Category Archives: Exterior painting

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Now’s the Time to Paint if You Are Selling 

In the months leading up to selling your home, many homeowners create a list of projects that need to be done in order to make the property look nice and get the best price. Repairing things that are in need of fixing, updating old appliances, and remodeling dated areas are among some of the top things that make the list to fetch top dollar at sell time. Painting, a cost effective and majorly transformative measure, may be one of your best tools to increase your home’s value and improve aesthetics. 

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Increasing Value 

Realtors know that most home buyers are looking for turnkey homes. They do not want to put time and money into a home that they are most likely already paying top dollar for. Improvements, even small ones, can increase a home’s overall value. 

Consumer Reports says that enhancing your home’s exterior, including paint touch-ups, can boost home value by 2-5%. As for your return on investment of painting the numbers show that painting is well worth the cost, time, and effort. Painting the interior results in a 107 percent on the return on investment (ROI), and painting the exterior leads to a 55 percent ROI. 

Painting an entire house is not a small job. It will take days and special equipment including scaffolding and ladder extensions if you have a two story home. Choosing a professional painter can ensure that you have a team of experienced painters that will get a quality job done in an efficient manner. home and key

Increase Curb Appeal 

Although curb appeal is not an actual number you can see on your purchase and sale agreement for your home. It can, however, impact a home’s appeal. In a 2019 survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors, 66% of real estate professionals agreed that exterior paint is essential to a home’s curb appeal, and is a project that homeowners should complete prior to listing. have a major impact in the increase in value of your home. 

At first glance, your home should look well kept and clean. That first impression can go a long way to getting buyers to consider your home for purchase. Remember that many homes are previewed online first. Home buyers spend lots of time swiping over images and deciding within seconds if they want to consider attending an in-person viewing or open house. Realtors report that home buyers decide within mere seconds if the “look” of a home from a computer image is worth further investigation. 

The importance of making your home “buyer ready” is critical if you want to have multiple offers above your asking price. Contact our team for a free estimate and a color consultation. 

 

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Why Is Your Home’s Paint Peeling, Bubbling, and Fading? 

When was the last time you had the exterior of your home painted? If it has been a few years, or maybe longer, you may be facing some paint issues. Peeling, bubbling, and fading paint are some of the most common issues that homes in our area experience especially after several years of wear-and-tear in the New England climate. 

Today’s blog is taking a closer look at some of the issues that crop up with exterior paint and what you can do to prevent and treat the problems in the future. red peeling paint

Bubbling or Blistering 

One common problem that New Englanders see on their home’s exterior is bubbling or blistering paint. The bubbling is usually caused by a loss of adhesion and lifting of the paint film from the underlying surface. Direct sunlight for many hours a day, moisture or dampness that became trapped under the paint, or insufficient surface preparation can be at the root of this particular paint problem. 

One solution to this problem is to scrape away all the bubbling paint right down to the wood, sand and prime, then repaint the area. Make sure that all rough areas have been smoothed out and that you are using the right type of paint. 

Peeling 

Peeling paint is a very common paint problem that can be caused either by moisture or poor adhesion. In order to prevent this from happening to your home make sure the sub surface is prepared properly with adequate cleaning, scraping, and priming. 

Often peeling paint stems from bubbling or blistering paint not being taken care of initially. If you see paint beginning to blister, take care of the problem immediately before the paint can split away and start peeling. Peeling paint means your wood is no longer protected from the elements. 

Fading

A common problem that many homeowners notice is that the paint on their home seems to be fading or not as vibrant as it once was. Direct sunlight, harsh weather, and extreme temperature added to poor quality paint, all contribute to fading paint. Annual touch ups and choosing high quality paint may help your exterior paint remain vibrant for years to come. 

Talk to our team today about having the exterior of your home painted this season and have your home looking fresh and new. 

 

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Achieve a Classic New England Look with Paint 

Do you own a historic home, or maybe just one that conjures up images of quintessential New England homes? Whether you live on the rocky shores of Maine, the sandy dunes of Cape Cod, or on the bustling streets of Boston, your home can take on that traditional look of a New England home with the transformative power of paint. 

Classic New England periods actually have a color palette. Think about the colors that remind you of the region and the homes that you encounter in the quaint villages and towns that dot the coastline of our region. The area is rich not only in history but in a traditional look that many homeowners are searching for when they paint either the interior or exterior of their homes. 

Yankee Magazine has dubbed the common color palette in our region as, “Shades of the Era.” Each time period, whether it is the First Period Colonial period, Federal/Greek Revival period, or the Victorian era, allowed for different color palettes to thrive. colonial home

First Period Colonial Period

In the First Period Colonial period, when New Englanders were first to revolt against the English monarch, the color palette was fairly simple. Many early houses were left unpainted to weather the elements. Leaded white (that would later turn yellow), black, and traditional barn red were common for residential homes. Color specialists often refer to the colors of this period as neutral drabs with the occasional pop of color. 

Federal/Greek Revival Period

During the late 1700s and early 1800s, our region went through a Federalist or Greek revival when it comes to color palettes. Post British independence caused many New Englanders to use brighter colors and paint trims lighter. During this time, soft colors were all the rage, including peaches and brighter pastels in shades of green, yellow, and blue according to the historians at Yankee Magazine.victorian home

Victorian Era

In the years following the Civil War, synthetics were introduced to the nascent paint industry, opening up a wider range of pigments and greater saturation. Color was used to play up exterior architectural elements, such as columns, dentils, and cornices. Often three to five colors would be used on a single house. For example, chocolate-brown trim could be paired with golden-yellow siding and a brighter accent, such as turquoise, on a porch ceiling.

Are you looking for a traditional New England color palette but aren’t sure what would work well with the style, size, and architectural details of your home. Take a look at our portfolio page and contact us for an estimate and a consultation with our color specialists. 

 

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4 Things to Do Before Painting Your Home’s Exterior 

If you have decided that this summer is the time to have the exterior of your home painted, you have made a great choice. Summer is the perfect time to maintain the exterior of your home. The weather is usually cooperative, the humidity is in the right range for the curing(drying) of paint, and the longer days allow for optimal working hours. 

Before you hire a painting company, like our team here at Jerry Enos Painting, you may want to consider doing a few things before starting the project. Here are four things that you will want to add to your “To-Do” list prior to the start date. tools

Clean the Exterior Surfaces

Painting over a dirty surface will have disastrous consequences. It could lead to an inability of the paint to adhere to the surface and thus cause peeling, bubbling, and uneven adhesion. To prevent these from happening, it is smart to clean the exterior of your home prior to the beginning of your paint project. 

A few suggestions for cleaning include: power washing or pressure washing the exterior of the home, hand washing the detail areas like the trim, and scrubbing the window cases. Be sure to hire an experienced power washer as too much pressure directed at the wood siding can damage it. 

Repair Damaged Areas

While cleaning your home’s exterior, you may find that there are areas that need repair. Be sure to replace wood that is damaged to ensure that the paint will adhere when it is applied. Repair dents, warped wood, or railings that may be loose. Check the hinges of your shutters if you have them on the exterior of your home as well. Remember to look for damage caused by pests such as carpenter bees, carpenter ants, and termites.window

Re-Caulk or Reseal Windows 

Some homeowners find while inspecting the exterior, that their windows need some attention. Usually a cleaning and then caulking or sealing of the windows will help the overall appearance of the windows and will help with energy savings during heating and cooling seasons. 

Protect Surrounding Areas 

Just as you would cover floors and furnishings if you were painting the interior walls of your home, you should use sheets and tarps to cover bushes, shrubs, and exterior items that you want to avoid dripping paint onto outside your home. This is especially important if you are painting around patios, decks, and front walkways. Protect tender plant growth with mesh or wooden/plastic tenting. 

Are you getting ready to paint the exterior of your home? Consider taking these four steps to get ready for your project. Contact Jerry Enos Painting for professional help in refreshing your home with paint.  

 

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Benefits of Exterior Painting For Your Home 

Experienced homeowners know that regular maintenance on a home can add years to the lifespan of the structure while also adding value when it comes time to sell. Modernizing electric panels, improving the plumbing, upgrading appliances, and maintaining the landscaping are just a few ways to increase value to a home. 

One method of increasing the value and the overall health of a home that may be overlooked by many homeowners is exterior painting. Let’s look at how painting the exterior of your home has many benefits that will pay off now and later on down the road. home and key

Increasing Your Home Value

Any renovation in your home will most definitely increase your home’s overall value, especially when it comes time to sell. Kitchen and bath upgrades tend to be top on the list of home renovations that bring in the best return on investment (ROI). 

Exterior painting of a residential home is actually high on the list as well. Take this study in a U.S. News and World Report article. It was found that, depending upon the size and style of home, a major kitchen renovation can yield about a 65% return on investment. That’s great news. But guess what? An exterior paint job, given its cost effectiveness to create a major transformation, can produce a return on investment of up to 140%! 

Enhance Curb Appeal 

Paint is one of the most transformative projects you can undertake in any home. It can make a worn and tired exterior look fresh and new. Scraping peeling paint, replacing rotting wood, and giving a pop of color can give your home an appealing look which will create a positive first impression for neighbors and passerbyers. new home

Protecting Your Home 

Wood siding, such as the kind found on many New England homes, is extremely susceptible to issues such as mold, mildew, rot, and pests. If the wood siding on a home is exposed to the elements for any length of time, these issues could quickly develop and become large problems that may take quite a bit of time, energy, and money to remediate. By applying a fresh coat of paint and repairing any planks that are experiencing bubbling, peeling, or rotting wood, you will protect your home for years to come. 

Keep in mind that many pests such as carpenter bees, carpenter ants, and termites love to find exposed wood to nest in, and tunnel through. The more a homeowner maintains a healthy coat of paint on a home’s exterior, the less chance it will have of attracting these nuisance and damaging pests. 

Does your home need some tender loving care this summer season? Let our team know and we will be happy to schedule an appointment for a free estimate. 

 

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Using Nature as Inspiration for Your Color Palette

Choosing a color palette for the interior or exterior of your home can be excruciatingly hard for some people. Most homeowners tend to look for inspiration in many different places. For instance, some homeowners choose colors from their favorite clothing pieces, furniture collections, or paintings they own. Others choose from a color palette that merely pleases their eye. Still others choose their colors from images they love in nature. That’s where we begin in today’s blog – choosing colors from nature’s inspiration. 

If choosing paint colors is a struggle for you, as it is many who are choosing to refresh their home, consider looking to the world around as your muse. sunset photo

Vacation Photos 

If you have been on a vacation that you loved, chances are that you have photographs of the area you visited. Go through those photos and really consider the colors you see. 

Did you visit a lush green tropical forest? Did you swim in the shimmering turquoise waters of the Caribbean? Did you marvel at the sunset over the Grand Canyon? Did you visit the spectacular leaf display during the Autumn months in New England? 

Wherever you visited, you may see some inspiration for the colors that you can use in your home. If you can print your photos, your local Benjamin Moore dealer may be able to help you find just the right shades that can make your palette come to life. 

Garden Inspiration 

If you are a true “green thumb,” then you know that flowers, shrubbery, annuals, perennials, and even the varied shades of grass can lend itself to ideas of what colors you would like in and on your home. Take a look at the flowering plants and greenery around your property for some insight into the colors you may like to see on your walls, ceilings, and surfaces. Even a bold accent color for a door, mailbox, trim, or shutters could come from your eye catching gardens. path in the woods

Nature Walk 

Given that many of us are still homebound due to the coronavirus, it is no doubt that getting out for a walk is good mental therapy and can be a mood booster. During your nature walks, look around you at the trees, ground cover, and all the varied hues that nature provides. If you are looking for neutral, Earthy tones, look no further than the hiking paths, rail trails, or woodland footpaths in your neighborhood for inspiration. 

Nature can be such a great place to gain ideas for painting the interior or exterior of your home. Check out the wide array of colors that you may like at Benjamin Moore Paints online. Talk to one of our specialists about how you can safely get started on your home’s paint project. 

 

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How to Give Your Storefront a Facelift

Mom and Pop businesses and storefronts have taken a hit recently due to the pandemic. This means that now, more than ever, it is important to reach out and give a helping hand to those small and medium-sized businesses that may be struggling during this unprecedented time. 

Whether you are looking to attract new business or somply give a boost to your overall appearance, your seasonal facelift to your storefront does not need to be expensive. In fact, some spall, cost-effective changes can make a world of difference and help attract previously loyal customers, and new customers alike to your storefront. 

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Paint is the number one way to make a fast and cost-effective transformation to any area whether it is indoors or the outside exterior of your storefront. 

Whether you choose to paint the entire exterior of your storefront or just the entryway, this is an excellent method to give your place a visual boost. By fixing any peeling, bubbling or faded paint you’ve taken the first step in making your store look new again. 

Remember that even small paint projects such as painting your front door, mailbox, or front steps can make things look fresh and new again. 

Add Plantings 

Spring is here and everyone needs a little reminder that the Earth is a beautiful place. Add some fresh blooms and annuals to the walkway in front of your store or in the window boxes to add a touch of color and a fresh look. 

flowersLiven Up the Landscaping 

Just like adding some annuals to your front entrance can spruce things up, so too can adding fresh landscaping elements like new sod, mulch, or edging to the walkway and front exterior. New bushes or flowering shrubs can really add a pop of color and make your storefront look amazing as the season progresses and foliage fills in. 

Lighting 

By adding lighting to the outside of your storefront, you can not only add to the brightness of your storefront, especially illuminating your sign, but also add a fresh modern flair, or even a historic look depending on the light fixtures you choose. 

A full remodel may not be in your budget this spring and summer given what’s happening in the world, but a few key improvements can make your storefront look new, fresh and ready to jump back into business. Talk to our specialists if you are looking for a crew to get your spring facelift started. 

 

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3 Often Forgotten Tools You Need for Painting

Painting can be a wonderful way to transform any space. It can brighten even the darkest of rooms, open up a space, and even lift the mood of a room. But to do this, you need the right tools. Painting takes more than a brush and a roller to get the job done well and looking professional. 

As a professional painting company, we invest in high quality brushes, rollers, and scaffolding to get to those hard-to-reach places. Homeowners often think that the job takes only a few tools, but that could not be further from the truth. 

While we here at Jerry Enos Painting have many tools at our disposal for painting both the interior and exterior of home in our region, there are some tools we find to be most important for making a project come out professional looking. choosing paint colors

Buckets and Paint Drills 

If you are painting a large area, it’s a smart idea to mix your several gallons of paint into one larger 5 gallon bucket. This ensures that your paint is constant throughout the surface. Many homeowners have found out the hard way that the three gallons they thought were identically mixed, are just slightly differently thus making one area of a room look different than another. That’s why it’s a good idea to mix your paint with a paint drill in a larger 5 gallon bucket. That way all the walls or surfaces will have the same color. 

Step Stools and Scaffolding 

New England has some of the most interesting styles of homes. Some come with impossibly high ceilings while others have built-in shelves or nooks and crannies that make painting a challenge. Having a wide variety of step stools and scaffolding that can be arranged in different ways is imperative to reach hard to get to spots whether it is a ceiling trim or an open staircase. 

As a side note, it is critical that you hire a painter that is trained, licensed, and insured just in case the worst happens while painting tough to reach surfaces. painting walls

Floor and Furnishing Covers 

Often it doesn’t dawn on do-it-yourselfers who want to paint a room or surface that they need to protect the items and floors in the immediate vicinity until after they have spilled some paint. Floor coverings and furniture protectors are critical during any paint project. 

We suggest floor and furnishing coverings that are not slippery. Many homeowners have slipped on plastic covers that are used to protect carpeting or hardwood floors while painting or stepping down off a ladder. Cloth or canvas coverings secured to the corners can help with protection and safety. 

Do you need help with your painting project? Call our team or check out our portfolio page for inspiration for your next project. 

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Signs Your Home’s Exterior Needs Painting 

The winters are long here in New England, and there’s probably no other area of our great country that looks forward to spring more than the residents of the northeast. The snow, sleet, cold temperatures, and road salt can wreak havoc on our roads, cars and even the exterior of our homes and businesses. Is your home’s exterior looking a little worse for wear this spring? Here are some signs that this may be the year you need to paint. 

There are general guidelines that every homeowner should follow when it comes to replacing and maintaining parts of the home. We all realize that a washer and dryer, a stove, or even the roof doesn’t last a lifetime. Neither does the exterior of your home. That’s why careful regular inspections and maintenance can help protect your most valuable asset. 

Look for these signs that your home could be telling you it’s time for some attention. damaged wood home

Damaged Wood 

As the weather improves here in the northeast, it is a good idea for homeowners to get outside and do an inspection of their home’s exterior. If you find that there are soft spots on the wood siding of your home, then you may have a problem. 

After severe weather conditions such as pounding rain, hail, or even snowstorm after snowstorm, a home’s exterior may begin to fail. Wood can become vulnerable to rot and decay. 

Check around your home for chipping wood, soft spots or places where the siding looks damaged. Take care of the wood underneath and a careful coating of primer and top coat can protect your home from further damage. Left untreated and maintained wood will continue to rot and could cause water damage or structural issues for your home. peeling paint

Bubbling, Cracked, or Peeling Paint 

Another sign that your home needs some attention is any bubbling, peeling, or cracked paint. Once paint has bubbled or been compromised it can leave your home exposed to the elements and that, in turn, could lead to decay and rot. In addition to rot, these signs of damage can also lead to mold and mildew build up that could become even more problematic. caulking

Damaged Caulking 

Once you have inspected the siding of your home for the signs of paint and wood damage, take a closer look at the windows and seams of your home. Check to see if the caulking used in the corners and along edges is intact. Damaged caulking can also lead to issues with water build up, leaking, and eventually rotting wood. 

Sometimes caulking alone is the problem and homeowners can reapply the caulk and solve the problem. Often, however, the caulking is just a symptom of a larger problem of water damage and paint degradation. 

If your home’s exterior is looking worn or in need of attention call our team at Jerry Enos for a free estimate and to schedule repairs and painting for your most valued asset – your home. 

 

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Why Is Choosing a Paint Color So Hard? 

This is probably the number one complaint from homeowners who have decided to refresh the interior or exterior of their home with paint. “Why is choosing a color so painful?” Honestly, there are actually several factors that may be causing this seemingly simple decision to become one that is excruciating. 

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The Problem

First of all, the number of paint choices can be overwhelming. Benjamin Moore has over 3,500 color choices alone! Most homeowners start looking at a wall of swatches that can only  add to the confusion. 

Secondly, many homeowners go into the task of choosing a paint color with some seriously unrealistic expectations. The DIY television shows make it look so simple. Choose a color, prep the room, and voila, you are done by the end of the weekend! The process of painting needs to be taken in steps, and starting and completing a project in one weekend, including making the color choice, probably isn’t going to happen. 

Lastly, many homeowners don’t take into account other components of the paint color decision process. For example, choosing a color is really just part of it. Now you have to choose what sheen and how it will coordinate with adjoining rooms, furnishings, and accent colors. Plus, it’s a really good idea to see how a color looks during different times of day and in both natural and artificial light. 

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Solutions 

We agree that choosing a paint color can be difficult. The process can be made a bit easier if you follow some guidelines. Here are our suggestions that may help. 

  • Look for inspiration from items you already own such as a blanket, painting, picture frame, or keepsake from a vacation. 
  • Narrow your color choice to three and then play around with shades that are slightly lighter and slightly darker. 
  • Use a tester sample to paint a larger swatch on the actual wall and see how it looks. 
  • Use the tester to determine what sheen may be best for the room. Keep in mind higher gloss is better for high traffic areas. 
  • Ask for help from color experts who can point you in the right direction if you have an idea of the overall “look” you are going for. 
  • Consider how the color may coordinate with the adjoining rooms. This is especially important if you have an open concept home. 
  • If you have fallen in love with a color that seems too bold, consider using it as an accent color instead of your main color for the space. 

Still having trouble? Talk to our color specialists who can help you weed out options and point you in the right direction. Remember not to rush the process or you may get stuck with a color that you may not love.