Category Archives: Exterior painting

Importance of Painting Prep 

What’s the most arduous part of any painting project? Hands down, it is the prep work before you get to the fun of seeing the end results and your new color. Unfortunately, skipping the prep work can mean a sub-par application, adhesion, and integrity of the paint. Let’s take a closer look at why prep work is important and what can happen if you skip this important step. 

Why Prep the Surfaces? 

Surface prep is cleaning your surface areas, whether it is the walls, ceiling, or whatever you are painting. Cleaning the surface means that you will be removing years of built-up dirt, grease, and potentially, mildew with a sponge and gentle cleanser. Without doing this important step in the process, you will potentially be painting over the dirt and grime. Paint adheres best to surfaces that are clean. Imagine a few months from now when the paint begins to bubble, crack, or peel because it mixed with the grime on the walls. You really want to avoid that scenario.

Prepping the surfaces also means filling in holes and repairing any damage that may exist. Cracks and holes need to be filled and then the entire surface sanded to form an even and smooth surface. Paint will adhere the best to those smooth surfaces. It would be a shame to have a newly painted wall and notice the old art and picture frame nail holes! 

Why Cover the Floor and Furnishings? 

Covering any furniture that can not be removed from the room will ensure that any drips or mistakes don’t end up ruining your furniture for future use. Covering the floors ensures that your carpets or wood floors don’t have paint stains after your paint project is completed. 

Why Calk the Seams? 

If you are painting near windows, trim, or edging, you may be tempted to just “cut in” and hope for the best. We recommend caulking areas again with fresh caulk that will give the paint a fresh look. After time and hot temperatures, caulk tends to crack and sometimes chip off. Removing the aged caulk and adding fresh layer will look professional. 

Why Repair Ceiling Stains? 

The temptation is there to paint over a ceiling stain, but we say “Don’t do it!” Stains on ceilings have come from somewhere and will probably reoccur if you don’t investigate where the water that caused the stain is coming from in the first place. Investigate to see if your roof is leaking, or if the stain is coming from a leaky bathroom or water pipes. Once the source has been discovered and repaired, a special primer for stains can be used to cover the stain and move forward with the new color. 

Do you need help with the laborious job of preparing a room for painting? Our team at Jerry Enos can help you. Call Jerry Enos Painting today at 978-546-6843, or visit our website

 

Stepping Up your Fall Curb Appeal 

It’s hard to believe that summer is quickly drawing to a close and soon the leaves will begin to change color and eventually fall. If you are considering selling your home this autumn, you will want to take advantage of the spectacular colors Mother Nature will be displaying. For those of you contemplating fall as the time to place your house on the market, let’s talk about a few ways to step up your curb appeal, specifically for that season. 

Play with Color 

Being in New England means that home buyers are counting on finding a home that fits our region. Regardless of the color of the leaves on the trees in your yard, you can play up the color changes in your flower boxes, along your front walkway, and at your entryway. Use hardy mums in colors of red, yellow, orange, and purple to make the area pop. 

Freshen Up the Exterior of your Home

Like they say, home buyers know within seconds if they want to investigate a house further. That means that from the time the potential buyers pull up to your home to the time they walk up the front walkway, they have decided if they will even consider your home for purchase. And that is before they have even set foot inside! That means your home needs to give off a great first impression. A fresh coat of paint can make the difference between a potential homebuyer stepping inside and one who drives away without giving your home a second thought. 

Up Your Landscaping Game 

By fall your lawn and bushes have reached their peak of growth, so be sure to have a professional team of landscapers do a clean up right before you put the house on the market. A neatly manicured lawn and garden shows terrific curb appeal. Make sure to have the gutters cleaned and any small repairs done that may send out red flags to buyers. 

Add Some Details 

Homebuyers love everything new and fresh. Add some new items that make the outside of your home shine. For example, buy a new mailbox, replace the lights, add new hardware, and invest in some new house numbers in coordinating metallic finishes. 

Are you trying to sell your home and are looking for a way to make it stand out from your neighbors’? Paint can really do the trick. Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more. 

 

3 Signs Your Home’s Exterior Needs Painting 

Have you ever been driving down the street and noticed a home that was recently painted? The usual reaction is, “Wow, that looks great! It makes the house look almost new!”  While paint can certainly make the aesthetics of a house look amazing, it can also help with the health of the wood structure of the home as well. Read on to find out why painting isn’t just for the sake of appearance, but for the health of your home as well. 

Paint is your house’s first defense against the elements of nature. We see a lot of harsh weather here in the New England states, so paint is critically important to the overall health and lifespan of your wood siding. Here is how a power wash, scraping, priming, and a final coat of paint can help improve the health of your home. 

Flaking, Bubbling, and Cracking

If you see any of these signs of damage or aging on your house, the time to act is now. Flaking, bubbling, and cracking paint is a sign of dry rot, wet rot, or possibly mold. Having a professional painting team come in and evaluate the wood underneath is your best bet. Sometimes, the wood will need to be replaced while, other times, the wood merely needs to be scraped, primed, and repainted to be sure that the rain and air do not continue to degrade the wood. 

Fading Paint 

Depending upon where your house is located, you may have one side that is a different hue than all the others. The direct sunlight could be causing a bleaching and fading effect on the paint. To avoid this, choose high-quality exterior paint that is designed to last and not fade. Fading can also indicate that the wood is drying out and rotting. A professional paint team can evaluate the issue and determine if repairs or a fresh coat of paint is needed to strengthen your first line of defense against the elements. 

Caulking Issues 

Most caulks are designed to expand and contract along with your house. If you have noticed that the caulk around your utility pipes, windows, and trim has begun to crack or harden, it may be time to consider recaulking and painting those areas. Once the caulk has degraded substantially, it will no longer be the seal you need it to be. 

Is your home showing signs that you may need a professional painter? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more. 

 

A Paint Pick-Me-Up for your Three-Season Porch

Many New England homes come with a bonus room attached to a small deck or outdoor space. These spaces, quaintly called a three-season porch or sunroom are meant to only be used during the spring, summer, and fall months due to the lack of heating in the area. 

Three-season porches, therefore, are notoriously a forgotten space all winter only to be opened up in the spring or summer when family members are eager to spend more time outside. How can you give your three-season porch a pick me up that is cost effective and will give you the most bang for your buck? Let’s look at a few options. 

Paint 

The largest square footage of your three-season porch is most likely the walls, ceiling, and floor. Choose a new paint color that will brighten the walls and ceiling space. Go with colors from nature like neutrals, greens, or blues that can be a transition space between your main living area and the deck outside your home. Since these porch areas tend to have many windows to let in light, you can get a little daring with the color and go with something that will get your attention. Furnishings

Three-season porches or sunrooms are great for sitting and reading with a cup of coffee or tea in the morning or a cocktail at night. Find some beachy style furnishings such as solid wicker that can give you a place to sit, put your feet up, and relax during the warmer months. A side table is a great idea for playing games, reading books or magazines, or storing your hobby materials. Don’t forget extra pillows in a coordinating or complementary color to make the seating area even more comfy. 

Accents 

Now that you have chosen the color palette and furnishings, it is time to have fun with accent pieces. Depending on what theme you have chosen, you should get some lighting for around the sitting area and some colorful throw rugs to add a pop of color. Add some family photos or beach pictures to the walls as well! Or, maybe, display your travel souvenirs and favorite books in your cozy three-season porch. 

If you need help painting and designing your three-season porch, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more. 

 

Gazebos, Patios, and Pergolas. Oh My! 

Have you been enjoying your outdoor space this summer? Or does your deck, patio, gazebo, or outdoor kitchen area need some work? If you answered the latter, then Jerry Enos Painting can help. We know how to make your outdoor space become a showcase for entertaining well into the fall months. 

The dog days of summer are here and we are all looking for a little relief from the heat. An outdoor space is the perfect place to visit with friends, entertain, make a meal, and just chill out. But if your space is looking a little worn you may want to call in our team. Here’s what we can do. 

 

Power Wash 

Does your deck seem a little dingy, dirty, or in need of some work? We can bring it back to life with a power wash that can not only clean it of the grime that builds up over the year but also rejuvenates the wood, concrete, vinyl, brick, and other surfaces. A high pressure power wash can remove entire layers of built-up dirt and particulates, oil, gum, and other gunk. Stripping away the grunge to reveal the unsullied surface below actually protects that surface from future rot and UV damage.Think about it for your gazebo, wood deck, brick pavers, walkways, and driveway. 

Refinishing 

If your deck needs more than a powerful wash, then refinishing may be the way to go. Sun, rain, snow, and the annual winter freeze all work in tandem in New England to make wooden decks age faster than they should. Our team at Jerry Enos Painting can repair, clean, and refinish your outdoor deck to a like-new condition so you can spend the warm months enjoying the outdoors instead of avoiding stepping on splinters and tripping over warped boards. Once we have determined the extent of weathering and damage to the deck, we use a multi-step process to strip and seal the wood so it looks like new for years to come.

Exterior Painting 

Protecting the wood on your patio is crucial to keeping it healthy under the sometimes harsh New England climate. If your outdoor space, including your pergola or gazebo, looks like it needs a facelift, we can complete a thorough cleaning, priming, and exterior painting project in the color of your choice! 

If your outdoor oasis is not quite the getaway you are looking for, call Jerry Enos Painting and we can help you restore it to its former, once-shining glory. Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more. 

 

Make Your Storefront Standout

In this digital age that we live in, more and more companies are no longer based in traditional storefronts. This is especially true considering the copious amounts of online shopping available. Consumers have many options that do not involve heading to a store to find the services or products they need.

That’s why, if you do have a storefront, you need to make it stand out and welcome your customers. How do you do that? Here are a few ideas to help make your storefront look its best and encourage clients or consumers to take a look at what your company is offering.

Consider Your Brand Color Palette

What colors do consumers associate with your brand? What colors are integral to your logo or website? Use those colors to help create brand awareness on your storefront as well. For example, use versions of your color palette on the building if possible. When consumers enter your store, they should be greeted with colors that they link to your brand, products, and services. This doesn’t mean paint every wall red if your logo contains red, but use it as an accent color or as a unifying theme around your office, store, or business. A cohesive color palette shows that you think ahead and stand behind your brand 100%!

Display Your Products

Depending upon your industry, you may want to use the windows in your storefront to showcase some of your products. Don’t go crazy jamming items in a window, but rather pick a few items that are special and rotate the display regularly so that something new and fresh is out there weekly.

Lighting Considerations

Be sure you are using proper lighting that makes your products shine. In other words, no fluorescent lighting but rather minimalistic spotlighting to showcase an item is great for a front window display.

Cleanliness

Drawing attention to your storefront can easily be done with the right paint color, lighting and displays. Unfortunately if the windows are dirty or there is trash, leaves, or debris outside your store, you have a problem. Be sure to regularly wash and clean the outside of your store as you don’t want to compete between a mess and your products for passersby attention.

Does your storefront need help? We can complete a power wash of the building, scrape, prime, and paint the exterior to make your business look shiny and new. Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Move-In Makeover for First Time Homebuyers

Buying a home can be both thrilling and nerve wracking at the same time! But now that you have finally taken the leap and decided to become a homeowner, you probably have a million questions about which project or projects you should tackle first. As painting professionals we have seen many new homeowners get overwhelmed with the never ending list of “Home Projects.”

The first thing to do is to evaluate what you want to do to make the house yours, and what you need to do to make the house livable. Those are two totally different things, keep in mind. During the home buying process, you hopefully had an inspection that will give you a good place to start. The inspection report should tell you if there are any safety concerns such as an electrical panel that needs updating, plumbing that should be repaired, or a roof that is nearing the end of its life. These are the items that you should include on the “need” to fix vs. the “want” to update.

Once any safety concerns have been repaired or updated, now is when you can have fun making over your home to fit your personality and lifestyle. Here are some suggestions that may be helpful.

Create a Priority List

Top on that list is obviously the items listed above that need to be completed in order for your home to be a safe living environment. Then, start brainstorming a list of things you would love to do to the house. This could include remodeling the kitchen or perhaps creating a man cave in the basement. Once the list is made, decide which items take priority. This may depend on your budget, time, and a dozen other factors.

Create a Budget

It may be hard to figure out what the cost will be for each item on your list, but you can at least rank them by least expensive projects to most expensive. This gives you an idea that maybe if your budget is tight your first year, that you conquer the smaller projects before you start on the larger renovations. Some homeowners split their list into small vs. large projects and try to complete the ones they can on their own to save money.

Complete Some Projects Before Move-In Day

Many homeowners get the chance to do some of their makeover before they even move in to their new home. It really is an ideal time to refinish or install hardwood floors, get rid of that popcorn ceiling, and paint each room the color you are envisioning. This will give you a rare opportunity to access the rooms without the bother of moving furnishings and all of your personal belongings. It is so nice to start decorating your home with a freshly painted canvas in the color palette that speaks to you personally.

Consider ROI

When checking off the items on your list in your new home, it is important to take into consideration the return you will get on your investment. Bathroom and kitchen remodels are great for increasing the value of your home and are always a smart choice. Projects such as adding smart home technology and energy efficient items such as appliances, heating and air conditioning systems, and windows are also a great way to start getting a return right away in smaller utility bills.

Do you have an ever-growing list of things you want to do when you get into your new home? Let us take care of your painting needs both inside and out. Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Boost Your Curb Appeal with Paint

In the world of real estate, the phrase curb appeal is thrown around quite a bit. Realtors encourage home sellers to boost their curb appeal to hook home buyers when they attend an open house or just happen to be driving by.

What is it exactly that gives a house curb appeal? What are the best improvements that can be made to ensure that the first impression your home gives is a positive one? Today, we will be exploring how a few changes and paint projects can give your home the curb appeal that will attract home buyers to your property.

Curb appeal really speaks to the first impression that a home buyer gets of your property the first time they lay eyes on it. In fact, real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran once stated that, “Home buyers decide if they want to purchase a home in the first eight seconds on the property.” That gives homeowners precious little time to make that initial positive impression.

What can homeowners do to boost their curb appeal? More importantly, what will give them the most bang for their buck when it comes to those improvements?

Exterior Painting

Home buyers take in the whole house when they set eyes on it. The maintenance of the outside of the house tells them quite a bit about the care for the home itself. If home buyers see peeling or dirty paint they will be immediately turned off. No home buyer wants to start the “What needs fixing” list before they even enter the home. A fresh coat of paint can make a home look new, vibrant, and well cared for. The ROI for exterior paint is almost priceless in respect to the impression it will have on the potential buyers.

Spruce Up the Front Door

The entryway to the home should be pristine and the front door itself should be a welcoming color. We suggest a fresh coat of paint on the door, new hardware for the doorknob, and maybe add a door knocker in the same metallic tone. You may even want to purchase some new house numbers that can make a front door really pop! It really is important to add nice touches and details that will appeal to the buyers.

Add Color with Plants

Add a splash of color to your walkway by planting some blooms that will boost your curb appeal. No room for planting in the ground? No problem, put a few potted plants on your steps in bright colors that send a welcoming message.

Garage Door and Porch

If you are lucky enough to have a home that has a garage or porch, be sure to repair any loose steps, railings, or problems before your open house. Garage doors should be newly painted and checked to make sure it opens easily. Porches should be staged with chairs and small tables so prospective homebuyers can envision themselves sitting outside enjoying a beverage or cocktail in their new home.

Walkways and Driveways

Repaving or using brick pavers may be out of the budget for home sellers, but a quick refresh with a power wash can bring the walkways and driveway back to life! You would be amazed at how much dirt and grime can build up over the years.

Landscaping

Can’t afford a professional landscaping project? Just make sure your yard is mowed and free of debris like kids toys, sticks, or stray items. A freshly cut lawn can look amazing. Add some mulch to your flower beds and your yard will suddenly have a cleaner appearance that will catch the eye of home buyers.

Need your home painted or power washed as you prepare to sell it? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

Benefits of Priming

Painting is a process that requires patience, attention to detail, and a keen eye. Sometimes that process can seem too drawn out for do-it-yourselfers. Skipping steps is always a temptation to get to the project finished faster. Prepping, priming, and making surface repairs are all important steps in order to get that professional looking paint job you want.

One step that many homeowners tend to skip in order to get the job done fast is priming the walls before painting. This is a critical step that can save you money, make the end product look richer and, believe it or not, can save you time and money in the long run. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of priming for your next paint project.

Better Coverage and Color

During any interior or exterior paint project, owners are looking for the new paint to cover the old paint and do it in a way that allows the new color to appear rich and vibrant. While it may be tempting to just use several coats of the chosen color, primer will do a better job of covering the old color. It will also keep the old color from “bleeding through.” By priming first, the new color will be vibrant and beautiful. In addition, primers are formulated in such a way that the main color will be more adhesive and cover more of the wall smoothly and evenly when a primer is used.

Blocks Stains

Just like a coat of primer can keep a previous paint from bleeding through, it can also completely cover stains that may be left over from water damage, scuff marks, or even smoke stains. This allows painters to start with a clean slate when applying the newly chosen color.

Saves Time and Money

It may be hard for novice painters to believe, but skipping the priming step on a paint project will actually cost you time and money in the long run. Not only is primer formulated to help the paint be adhesive, but it also seals the surface which translates into less paint being needed. This means you may not need multiple coats of your final color, thus saving you time and money!

Keep in mind that primer also thwarts common paint problems like cracking, peeling and blistering. This translates into your color lasting longer without needed touch ups or repainting.

Are you considering a painting project but need guidance? Talk to our crew about what you are looking for and we can give you a free estimate as well as let you sit back and enjoy the end product rather than doing all the work. Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

3 Reasons Why Your Business Needs A Fresh Coat of Paint

As a small business owner, you often wear many hats, right? You may be the manager, bookkeeper, human resource person, and IT specialist all-in-one. You do enough already, so painting your business should not be yet another task you must complete. You don’t have the time or energy to paint either the interior or exterior of your office. Regardless, there are many factors that lean toward why you should paint on a fairly regular basis. Here are three of the top reasons why your business could benefit from a breath of fresh air in the form of paint.

Your Business Value

Your business is probably your most valuable asset aside from your home. That means it should look like it is valuable. Walls, either interior or exterior, that have stains, peeling paint, cracks, or smudges do not make a good impression for your company. If your office is a storefront, or if you often meet with clients, your business should always put its best foot forward. The walls most likely are the largest square footage – use that space to make a great first impression. A new coat of paint can make a space feel and look alive, young, and inviting.

Build Your Brand

Along with sending a message to clients or customers, the building and the walls within are an excellent opportunity to strengthen your brand awareness. If your brand has a certain color associated with its logo or on the website, then use that color. Your brand doesn’t just have to show up on your letterhead or business card. It should be all around you. A fresh coat of paint in a color associated with your service, logo, or product can go a long way to build your brand awareness.

Boost Morale and Improve Focus

A new color or a freshly painted room can boost anyone’s mood. This is true in a business atmosphere just as it would be at home. An office that has fresh paint feels new and alive. This can spill over into how your employees feel and inevitably how your customers feel. Consider a fresh coat to boost morale and help your employees focus more.

Painting can make an area more aesthetically attractive and make the people who work in and around the area happier, more productive and, in some cases, more focused. Call Jerry Enos Painting if your business needs a facelift. You would be amazed what a new color, and a color that matches your brand, can do for your work environment. Call us at 978-546-6843 or email for a free estimate.