Category Archives: Exterior painting

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.

Spring and Summer Colors that Can Help Lift Your Mood

The good weather is finally here! The signs are everywhere: warmer temperatures, budding trees, longer days, and the sense that the winter “blahs” are almost over. For many of us, spring means getting outside and tackling those projects that we have been putting off all winter long.

Paint projects and room renovations can really lift anyone’s mood. Here are a few suggestions that can help change your mood from the dreary days of winter to the freshness of spring.  

Take on a Project

When things start to awaken outside, it is time to get going on the projects that you have been putting off! One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to do this is with paint! One of the best ways to start spring off on the right foot is to have a project that you enjoy doing and look forward to planning, designing, and working on daily. There is nothing like a job well done to lift the spirits.

Ask a Friend

Sure, renovating a room can be fun, but it can be even more fun with a friend to help you each step of the way from brainstorming what you want to do with a room right through the execution. Nothing lifts a mood like the company of a good friend, especially when you are checking something off your “To-Do” list.

Mood-Boosting Colors

Now that you have found a friend to work with and decided to tackle that project you have been thinking about for ages, it is time to choose a mood-boosting color! Obviously, choosing a color is a personal thing and will depend on the room, furnishings, adjacent rooms, and accent pieces. But consider what mood these colors can set…

  • Soft yellows can bring the sun indoors.
  • Blues and greens are calming and can be reminiscent of the joy of nature.
  • Reds can add a dash of spice to accent a neutral color in any room.

Are you ready to lift your spirits with some well-chosen color? Contact Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to speak to our color consultants.

 

Water Stains and Other Paint Issues

Nail holes, cracks, peeling paint, and water stains are common blemishes that occur in homes and businesses. Fixing these imperfections on ceilings, trim, and other surfaces are an important part of the painting process. In order to get the professional and clean look you are hoping for with a paint job, these issues should be handled carefully. Here is a quick checklist of what to do in these instances to ensure the best aesthetic result.

Water Stains

The first step in dealing with a water stain is to find out the root cause. If the stain is on a wall or ceiling, the potential culprit is a leak in your roof, around the flashing, or near the chimney where water can sometimes find its way in. If the stain is near a window, door, or sliding glass door, the problem may be originating near deteriorating caulk. Once you have determined the cause and repaired the area, we suggest letting the area dry thoroughly, and having an inspection done to determine if there is any mold or fungus build up. Once you have completely repaired the area, it is time to use a primer that can cover water stains so they will not be visible again. Using a high quality top coat should complete the job. You may find that the entire area needs to be repainted as matching colors may be difficult.

Holes and Cracks – It is quite common for wall surfaces to have cracks and holes. Whether these occur because of the home “settling” with age, or from hanging multiple pictures on the walls, it is not a huge deal as long as you take care of the repairs prior to painting. Fill the holes with putty and possibly skim coat/tape over cracks to ensure that the primer and final coat will adhere well.

Peeling or Chips – If your home is anything like mine, the trim around doors and molding along the floor are the areas that see the most amount of damage. High traffic areas like doorknobs, light switches, and lower trim where shoes are kicked off tend to get a lot of peeling and chipping of paint. The ultimate solution is to not touch the trim, but that is not a feasible solution. It is important to sand down the peeling or chips and touch up the areas that see the most traffic to keep it looking professional.

While many “Do-it-Yourselfers” could tackle these issues, why not let Jerry Enos Painting handle the work for you and get your house back to looking fantastic and professional, minus the stains, holes, and peeling? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more about our attention to detail, cleaning, prepping, and professional painting when it comes to your most valuable asset – your home.

 

Warning Signs Your Home May Need a Fresh Coat of Paint

For the typical American, their home is their single greatest asset. It makes sense, then, that a home deserves regular maintenance and care to keep it in good working condition, from the electrical elements, to the heating elements, and all the appliances in between. Painting the exterior of your home is also one such chore that should be done every few years. For many homeowners, painting their home is not high on their list of things they want to accomplish this outdoor season. Unfortunately, homes have a funny way of showing when they need attention. Here are a few warning signs that you should consider painting your home’s exterior sooner rather than later.

 

  • Chipping or Peeling Paint – One of biggest red flags that your home needs some TLC is that the paint is beginning to bubble, chip, and peel. This is often a sign that the wood underneath has begun to rot and should be removed and replaced. Unprotected wood tends to absorb the water in the air or that comes down as precipitation. That absorption then causes the wood to soften, swell and, eventually, decay. Chips and peels are your home’s way of telling you that it may need some repairs.
  • Fading Paint – While it’s not as obvious as chipping and peeling, fading paint is another way that your home is telling you it needs a refresh. Fading paint can happen due to sun exposure, and it often happens more rapidly to darker paints. It can also indicate a problem with vapor barrier, so you would do well have this looked at by a professional who can evaluate your home.
  • Caulking Issues – The caulk around your windows, doors, and flashing can lose its elasticity. This is fairly common in New England, as the caulking needs to expand and contract given the quick-changing temperatures and environmental conditions. Consider calling in the pros to evaluate this issue and see if it needs replacement or repair.

 

Is your home sending you a message that it may be time to paint? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

4 Tips to Help Homeowners Choose an Exterior Paint Palette

Are you a decisive person or do you like to mull over things for a while before making any decisions? Deciding on a paint color for the exterior of a home can be one of those decisions that make you stop and really think. After all, the reality is that you will have to live with the color for years to come. To make the decision-making process a little easier, here are 4 tips from our experts.

  1. What Do You Want? If your home is not in a historical district or regulated by homeowner association bylaws, then you can basically choose whatever you want for an exterior color. The first thing you should consider is what YOU want. Do you like softer colors or darker tones? Are you in love with a shade that you have seen in nature, such as a green or blue? Think about what overall visual effect you want and go with it!
  2. Consider Your Home’s Environment – Plan your color around the elements of your home that you can not easily change such as color of roofing shingles, stonework, chimney color, walkways, and driveways. If there are other color elements that you would like to help blend in, then take those into consideration as well.
  3. Consider Architecture – If your home is a craftsman, Federalist, Queen Anne, or other style that has lots of architectural elements that you would like to highlight, then consider choosing a focal color and a couple of accent colors. Colors that are complementary can help bring out the architectural elements nicely.
  4. Consider Neighboring Homes – What are the colors of the homes immediately next to or adjacent to your home? If they are similar to a color you are considering, you may want to go a shade darker or lighter to distinguish your home from the surrounding homes. If all the homes in your area are light in color palette, do you really want to go super dark or would you rather blend in?

Do you need help choosing a beautiful exterior shade for your home? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more about our consultation services that can help you find the right color for you and your home.

Benefits of Painting the Exterior of your Home

Now that summer is in full swing, it is time for homeowners to think about tackling that “To Do” list of property chores such as cleaning out the garage, washing out the gutters, and deciding if this is the time to paint the exterior surfaces of your home. Homeowners sometimes wonder if they can put it off for just one more year and avoid the cost and headache that painting can sometimes be. That is where Jerry Enos Painting can help. Exterior painting is one of the most cost effective renovations that has both aesthetic and functional benefits. Let our team of professionals take on your painting “To Do” list, and you will see the benefits immediately. Here are just some of the ways that painting will benefit your home.

 

  • Aesthetics – Obviously a fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference in the look of any home. Think of how uplifting if would be to pull into your driveway every evening and see a home that has had a recent facelift. No more peeling areas, mildew stains, or fading areas will be seen – just a fresh coat of your favorite color.
  • Curb Appeal – If you are considering selling your home, think about the curb appeal benefits of exterior paint. A new paint job sends the message to home buyers that the home is cared for inside and out. It also takes an expense off the home buyer’s list of renovations they may want to complete. Realtors also report that a freshly painted home can increase a home’s value!
  • Protection Against the Elements – Painting can increase the lifespan of a home’s siding. New England homes deal with rain, snow, wind, sleet, hail, salty ocean water, and sea air constantly. Paint can serve as a sealant for the wood so these elements won’t impact the integrity of your home’s exterior surfaces. For example, unprotected wood is more susceptible to water damage. Unprotected wood can absorb water and cause it to soften, swell and, eventually, decay.
  • Identification and Resolution of a Pest Problem – Carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and termites love tunneling out and hollowing out the wood of homes in our area. Paint can help seal off exposed areas that are prone to damage from these pests. In addition, during the painting process our team can identify any pest problems and inform homeowners so they can resolve it before the damage becomes extensive.

 

If you are considering crossing painting off your “To Do” list this summer, call Jerry Enos Painting for a free estimate. We can help your home reap the benefits! Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Choosing an Exterior Color That is Right for You

When it comes time to paint your home, many people will chime in about a color they have seen or a color to avoid. All these well-meaning people may have good ideas or points, but you are the one who will need to live with the color day-in and day-out. You need to choose what is right for you and for the type of home you have. Here are a few tips from our experts on how to choose an exterior color that is right for you.

 

  • Do Your Research – This could mean different things for different people but we suggest starting by looking online for exterior colors that you love. Our portfolio page has several inspirational homes that could get you started. For others, it may mean going for a drive and seeing what home colors look nice to you or simply make you happy.
  • Home Style and Size  – Whether your home is a Queen Anne, a Cape Cod, or a tiny bungalow, it has distinguishing characteristics that you will want to take into consideration when deciding on colors. Look at the trim, turrets, or architectural items that you would like to highlight in a complementary or coordinating color. Look at homes that are similar in style and size to your home and adjust your color choices accordingly.
  • Test It Out – Always try out a color on your home so you can see just how it will look. This is especially true to see how the light changes the overall look of the color.
  • Ask a Professional – At Jerry Enos Painting, we offer the services of a color consultant who can help you choose a color that you will be pleased with for years to come.

 

Do you need help choosing an exterior color for your home? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more about our painting services.

 

New Homeowner? When Should You Paint Your New Pad?

Congratulations on your new home! Big or small, old or new, this home is all yours. Now it is time to put your personal stamp on it, and one of the best ways to transform a home is through paint! But the question remains, if your are a new homeowner: should you move in and see how your furnishings look in the space before painting or paint before you move in? Here are some points to consider that may help you either way.

 

Paint Before Moving In

  • Many homeowners believe it is a no brainer to paint while the space is empty and there are no items to move around or potentially drip on.
  • Chances are that you will be doing some repairs, cleaning, and modifying of the home before you move in anyway so why not add painting to that list. What’s one more thing?
  • Paint can sometimes create a smell that homeowners do not want to live with, so painting before you move in means that the smell will have a chance to dissipate.
  • Starting fresh in a home with colors that are all your own can be a relief and can make the house feel and look more like a home to you once you do move in.
  • If the home has dated wallpaper, paint techniques, or colors that make you cringe, you may want to have that taken care of before move in day.

 

Paint After You Move In

  • Many interior designers recommend waiting to paint until you have moved into your new home. The reason is based on the idea that homeowners will need to see how their furnishings look in the space and what colors they will want to pop in a room. This is especially true for homeowners who plan to buy new furniture when they move in.
  • For homeowners who have trouble deciding on a color palette, waiting until they have been in the home may be a good choice. Waiting can give a homeowner a chance to see what light the room has and how different a color may look depending upon the time of day or the weather outside.
  • Many homeowners find that the list of repairs, home improvements, and moving chores are enough to keep them busy. Painting may need to be something that waits until things have calmed down. Remember, buying a house is pretty stressful.

 

Whether you want to paint before you move in or wait until after, Jerry Enos Painting can help you make your house a home with fresh paint in every room and on your home’s exterior. Call us at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more about our painting services.