Monthly Archives: June 2019

Clean it Up with Power Washing

Looking for a refresh this season? From the siding on your house, to brick patios or walkways, to even the gutters protecting your house from rain, power washing can give a brand new shine to even your dirtiest areas.

What is Power Washing?

Power washing combines water pressure with cleaning agents to remove entire layers of built-up dirt and particles, oil, gum, and other gunk that’s accumulated over time. The tools used to clean these items are usually professional grade and powerful. It is important that you have someone operating the high-pressure water who knows what they are doing so they don’t damage the siding of your house or other areas. The term power washing is often used interchangeably with pressure washing as they use similar techniques.

Why Homes Need Power Washing

Why a homeowner will need power washing is really determined by what is being washed and what they would like removed. For example, our climate in New England can encourage the growth of mold and mildew that can cling to the wood siding of your home, shed, or deck. A thorough power washing can remove the mold and washing with certain cleaners can discourage the new growth of molds or mildew.

If cleaning is your main objective, a power washing can clean up the leftover salt and debris from the winter on walkways, the exterior of a home, or decks. Many homeowners use power washing to rid their gutters of built up leaves, sticks, and trash that may have built up over the years.

If your home or deck needs repainting or refinishing, a power wash prior to applying the paint or finish can ensure that any peeling, bubbling paint is easily removed. Power washing will take it right off.

What Areas Can Be Power Washed?

Some homeowners see power washing as a once-a-year chore that can bring new life to the exterior of their home. The pros at Jerry Enos Painting know that there are many uses for power washing. In the past, we have power washed all sorts of things around businesses or residential homes including roofs, walkways, brick patios, fences, driveways, sheds, decks, and windows.

For businesses, we regularly work with: apartment complexes, condo blocks, homeowners associations (HOAs), hospitality chains, restaurants, office parks, fitness facilities, shopping centers, retail locations, marinas, stadiums, and parking garages. When you’re ready to brighten up your storefront, show that rental, refresh your shopping center, or tackle those high traffic areas of your property, call our team at 978-546-6843 or email us for a free estimate.

 

Does your Deck Need a Facelift?

Is your deck trying to send you a message? Most homeowners enjoy their decks during the spring, summer, and fall months when they entertain around a fire pit or BBQ. It is during the winter months, however, that decks can begin to age and experience weather that can cause much-needed repairs. Take a look at your deck this month and see if it is sending you a message that it needs some repair, paint, or a facelift. Here are some signs that your deck needs some TLC.

Aging Finish

If your deck is made of wood, as so many decks in our region are, it may be trying to tell you that it needs a new coat of paint or finish. Has the finish on your deck started to deteriorate such as peeling, bubbling, oxidizing, or flaking? It may be time to call Jerry Enos Painting to clean it up and put on a fresh coat of finish.

Signs of Rot

Take a closer look at your deck. Does the wood feel soft? Does it look damp or discolored? Are the supports solid? If you feel like your wood is beginning to rot, or has become the meal of some unwelcome pests, you may need to repair the wood and then have it re-stained or re-painted to seal and protect the wood from further damage.

Signs of Repair Needed

While you are examining your deck, check each board to be sure it is not warped or cracked. Check the railings and stairs to be sure they are secure as well. Wiggly or loose railings or boards are a sign that some repairs are needed.

Jerry Enos Painting offers services that can restore your deck back to the glory of the days when you first built it. Natural wood decks have a beauty all their own, and we pride ourselves on bringing out that beauty by reversing the ravages of time. First, we use a floor machine designed specifically for hardwood to strip the deck of dead fibers to reveal the fresh, unsullied wood underneath. Then we seal it with a high quality, hard wearing clear or tinted penetrative coating that highlights the qualities of the wood itself and protects it from moisture and the elements. You’ll be amazed at how fresh and new your wood deck will look after refinishing and how easy it is to care for from here on. Contact Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website.

 

Reasons Why You Should Paint Your Home’s Exterior

The weather has warmed and the heavy rains of April and May have diminished. Now is the perfect time to think about painting the exterior of your home. Most New England homes experience quite a bit of wear-and-tear as the climate in our region can be tough on the exterior of homes and businesses. Here are a few reasons why painting your home’s exterior should be on your “To-Do” list this year.

Protection to the Outside of Your Home

As we mentioned, our region experiences a wide range of temperatures, humidity, and natural events like hurricanes and snowstorms. These events and shifts in weather can be rather tough on the exterior of our homes. One of the aspects of climate that homeowners should be concerned about is moisture getting into the structure and, in particular, into the siding of the home. Moisture can lead to leaks, rot, and mold. Keeping a fresh coat of paint on your home can protect it from the weather, particularly moisture from rain and snow.

Determining if Repair is Needed

Many times, painters discover exterior repairs that are needed due to the ravages of nature, pests, or the passage of time. These repairs can go unnoticed until a thorough examination is completed during a painting prep. Most homeowners can recognize peeling paint, stains, and bubbles, but rotting wood is sometimes trickier to identify until scraping at it during the prep for painting. Painting prep can be the inspection your home needs. It also means that repairs to siding, windows, and shingles will get done regularly.

Increasing Curb Appeal

Whether you are thinking about selling your home or just want to give your house a facelift, paint can be a great place to start. Home buyers usually decide within mere minutes whether a specific property is what they are hoping for. A fresh coat of paint on the exterior may be just enough to impress buyers into taking a look around the inside as well. Homes with peeling paint, stains, or repairs that are needed send a bad message, whether your house is on the market or not.

Increase the Value of your Home

Your home is probably your most valuable asset. According to Consumer Reports study on the Best Ways to Improve the Value of your Home, paint is one of the most cost-effective methods to boost the value of your home. The cost of a professional paint job is typically overshadowed by the prospective increase in the market value of your home. By maintaining the exterior of your house, you are looking at a potential return of up to 7%.

Jerry Enos Painting knows how to inspect, prep, and complete a professional look for your home. Take a look at our portfolio page to see some of the more recent homes that we have painted. Contact Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website.