Category Archives: Exterior painting

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.

 

Signs It is Time to Paint the Exterior of Your Home

Are you the type of homeowner who lives by a schedule; when to mow the grass, when to plant the garden, and when it is time to trim the shrubs? Sometimes the passage of a certain amount of time is a good indicator that a chore is due to be done. There are other times when our property gives us visible signs that a homeowner duty is coming due yet again. This is true of painting the exterior of your home. While most wood homes can go 3-7 years between paintings there are factors such as the condition of the wood, exposure to the elements, and quality of the last paint job to keep in mind. Do you see signs that it is time to paint the exterior of your home?

Here is what to look for…

  • Signs of Wear and Tear – Depending upon what side of your home gets the most direct sunlight for the largest portion of the day, wear-and-tear may occur at different rates. Look for bubbling paint that is getting ready to crack or chip away. Look for paint that may have been put on too heavily and is peeling away. Both of these are indicators that it may be close to time to have a professional scrape, prime, and repaint your home’s exterior.
  • Signs of Cracking – One of the more common places for paint to begin to degrade is around the caulking areas near windows and doors. These areas can be especially vulnerable to peeling once the cracking begins.
  • Signs of Dry Rot or Mold – Are the boards of your home’s exterior beginning to have small gaps or spaces between them? This may be an indicator of dry rot. Are the boards soft to the touch or show signs of rot around windows or overhangs? These are also indicators that it is time to repair and repaint.
  • Time Passing – When was the last time you had your home power washed, scraped, sanded, and painted? If you can’t remember and you think that the color is beginning to fade or not look as vibrant or fresh as it once did, then it may be time to call Jerry Enos Painting to schedule our services soon.

Painting the exterior of your home is not just for aesthetic purposes; it is also to protect your home’s exterior surfaces against the ravages of nature, especially in the northeast. The wood and other surfaces need regular maintenance so that your home stays in good repair. If you see any of these signs that your house may need to be painted, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Exterior Painting – Why Use a Pro

Have you ever set out on a “do-it-yourself project” such as painting and then abandoned the idea before the job is even halfway done? Or have you ever started a painting project only to realize that you didn’t have the right equipment (or for that matter skill level) to complete the job the right way? These are common hazards of homeowners thinking that painting the exterior of their home will be easy or a quick weekend project. Wondering why you should use a professional for exterior painting?

Professional Painters have the advantage because they…

  • Understand the Conditions of your Home: Many homeowners don’t realize that there are so many factors to consider when painting the exterior of a home. For example, how difficult is your home to paint? Is it a simple box shape with easy lines? Or perhaps your home is taller, older, or has intricate detailing, dormers, overhangs, or nooks and crannies that may need extra TLC. Some homes have sloping ground or the grade around the perimeter of the structure is graded awkwardly. Other homes need lots of prep work due to wood rot, mildew, peeling, cracking paint, or loose caulking. If your home has some tricky aspects, you may want to consider hiring a professional who knows how to deal with homes of all sizes, shapes, details, and prep work needed.
  • Have the Right Tools  Painters make it part of their business to have the right tools needed to handle every situation. The experts at Jerry Enos Painting can deal with any type of home because we have specialized equipment that a homeowner would not normally have at their disposal including: lifts, extension ladders, planks, scaffolding, an assortment of paint applicators, caulking, repair needs and, of course, cleaning items for all that prep work.
  • Have the Experience and Skills  While it may seem like operating a brush and roller are fairly simple jobs, this is not exactly true. Professional painters like our team members, understand where to look for issues, how to prep a difficult area, how much paint is adequate, the right conditions to paint in, how to cut-in properly, and a million other little tricks-of-the-trade that only come with years of experience and skill.
  • Save you Time  One of the questions to consider when deciding to go it alone painting or hiring a pro is, “How much is your time worth?”. Do you have several weekends to devote to prepping, cleaning, and painting the exterior of your home or would that time be better spent doing something else?

 

Professional painters, like the members of our team here at Jerry Enos have the skill, experience, understanding of your home’s special conditions, and the time to complete your exterior paint project right the first time! Call Jerry Enos at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

4 Common Exterior Painting Questions

Once the weather warms up a bit more, our experienced painters at Jerry Enos Painting will be out in full force for the season working on the exteriors of homes in our region. Savvy homeowners know that there are questions they should consider before choosing a paint and a painting company. Here are some of the five most common things to consider when painting your exterior.

How often should I paint my home’s exterior?

There are many factors that determine how long your exterior paint should last including: the quality of paint used, the condition of the surface, climate and environmental factors, and the sun exposure on the home. Getting the longest life out of your exterior paint can mean regular cleanings, repairs to wood siding, and touch ups to areas that are showing wear and tear. With a little TLC your paint job can last many years.

Should You Hire Out for Exterior Painting or Should You Do-It-Yourself?

If you are a weekend warrior and feel up to the task then go for it, but if you feel like you don’t want to be on a ladder, or spend all of your free time painting, or have no idea how to paint then hiring a reputable, reliable, and experienced painting company is the best course of action. Jerry Enos Painting has been doing exterior and interior painting for over two decades in the North Shore region. Call our office and check our references for satisfied customers who can tell you about our exceptional customer service and skills.

What Should I look for in a Painting Company?

First, find out the reputation the company has. Are they reliable, well trained, and do the job the right way the first time. Remember, they will be painting your most valuable possession – your home. Then find out about insurance and licensing. Do some research online on Yelp, the Better Business Bureau, and other online review locations to find out what they are rated and what customers are saying about them.

What Should I ask the Painting Contractor?

While meeting a team member should give you a good “gut” feel for the company as a whole, there are some questions you may want to ask when interviewing painting companies. Find out what surface prep they do. Ask about the quality of paint being used. Ask what the clean up procedure is at the end of every day. Ask what is included in the estimate – is it labor or labor and materials? Request that they give you names of people in your area whom they have done work for so you can look at the quality yourself.

Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Caring for your Home’s Exterior Paint

Painting the exterior of a home can not only give a house a new, fresh look that is sure to increase curb appeal, but can also protect the wood from potential rot, aging, and weathering due to climate, precipitation, or sun. There is quite a lot riding on the quality and maintenance of the paint that is protecting and aesthetically enhancing your home. So what steps should you take to make sure the paint is cared for properly. As professionals we know that the life of any exterior paint job depends on the care it receives. Here are a few tips from our painting professionals about how you can extend the life of your exterior paint and keep your house looking polished at the same time.

 

  • Check for Spots and Stains – It is inevitable that something will stain or mark your house, whether it is a bird that soiled the paint, a child’s ball that bounces against the exterior wall, or a tree limb that rubs against the house, causing a mark. Homeowners should inspect the paint regularly to be sure that these marks or stains are cleaned with a gentle detergent, water, and a soft cloth.
  • Power Washing – The northeast region has such wildly changing temperatures and humidity that mold and mildew can often begin to grow and spread on the exterior of homes with excess moisture. Consider having a power washing performed by a professional company such as Jerry Enos Painting. Doing it yourself may save you a few bucks, but damaging your paint or exterior surfaces is possible if the power washing is not done properly.
  • Quickly Care for Damaged Boards or Siding – Wood can rot fairly quickly if it has been damaged and left to the elements. Replace or repair damaged boards and repaint the area to seal the wood and protect it from moisture.
  • Invest in Quality Paint – The exterior of your home is bombarded with the sun’s rays, hard winter winds, and temperatures that fluctuate greatly. Choosing a high quality paint can diminish the ravages of Mother Nature and save your home from having to be painted again too soon.

 

Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843 or visit our website to find out more about cleaning and maintaining the “like-new” look of your home’s exterior.