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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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Pro Painting Tips for DIYers 

Since the beginning of the Coronavirus quarantine, we have heard of many homeowners tackling home projects since they are stuck inside. The “do-it-yourselfers” (DIYers) are motivated and energetic. It’s great to see so many people taking this time to make improvements on their homes. 

As professional painters, we know how satisfying it can be to refresh a room or an entire home with paint. It can create a major transformation to any space. Hiring a painting contractor to make these changes is always the best way to get that professional look without all the hassle. If that is not in the cards for you, we have a few pro painting tips that can help your paint project come out looking amazing. paint bucket and paint

Mix Your Paint in a Large Container 

If you have a room that will take more than one can of paint, we suggest using a larger container, such as a five gallon bucket, to mix your paint prior to starting your project. Paint color may vary slightly from one can to the next. If you have to open a new can in the middle of a wall, the difference may be noticeable. Mixing the paints together eliminates the problem.

Patch, Sand, Prime, Paint 

Many homeowners find that there are nail holes or surfaces that need to be patched. If you need to complete this, take care of it before you set out to paint the room. Fill the holes or patch the wall, then sand down the remaining putty, prime the area, and then finally paint using the finishing color. Skipping a step here can mean the difference between having a wall that looks smooth and well painted and one that appears not quite right. cleaning with sponge

Be Thorough When Cleaning 

Chances are that your paint project will take more than one day. In order to keep the paints from drying out and thus render your rollers and brushes unusable, it is best to thoroughly clean all the brushes, rollers, as well as cover the paint cans at the end of each paint session. You really don’t want to waste the paint or have to invest in new brushes because the paint has dried and ruined the equipment. 

Prep the Surfaces 

Clean every inch of the walls and surfaces that you plan to paint. That means wipe down the corners near the ceilings, the baseboards, window framing, and all the walls. You would be amazed at how many homeowners skip this step and end up having to clean trim that has grime and dirt that collected on surfaces. We have even seen some homeowners paint over spider webs or food stains. It may seem like a hassle but it could save you time doing it now rather than interrupt your project to get out the cleaning products. 

Transforming your space with paint is one of the fastest and cost effective ways to change your home’s overall look. Check out our inspiration and portfolio pages for ideas for your paint projects. 

 

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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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Choosing the Right Painting Equipment 

If you are going to do a job, you might as well do it right. Painting is one of those jobs that takes a lot of time, patience, and energy. So if you are going to do it, you might as well invest in quality tools and equipment to get the job done in a professional manner. 

Painting can be a messy activity if you don’t know what you are doing. If this is the case, we suggest you hire a professional like one of our teams to get the project done, and done well. If you are planning on doing it yourself, we also suggest that you buy the right equipment so that you do not have to repaint again in a few months, or worse, ruin furnishings while you are painting. Here is our short list of tools that you will need when painting the interior of your home. 

Brushes 

Brushes come in all sorts of sizes, shapes, and materials. It is important to match the right brush to the job to get the best paint application possible.The larger an area you will need to cover, the larger the brush. If your painting surfaces have areas where you will need to cut in or paint details you will want to invest in a high quality angled brush. 

The materials that the brushes are made of also vary. According to home expert Bob Villa, “There are two general categories of paintbrush: those made of natural-hair bristles and those made with synthetic materials, such as nylon or polyester. If you are working with alkyd or oil-based paints and coatings, you can use either natural bristle brushes or synthetic bristle brushes. However, high-quality natural bristle brushes work best when applying enamels or any topcoat.”

Rollers 

Rollers are great for painting large areas of walls. They can cover a space faster and more smoothly than the typical hand-held brush. Rollers are hard to maneuver in small spaces or on smaller walls so only use what the space allows. When choosing a roller be sure to consider the length of the nap. In general, you should paint smooth surfaces with short-nap rollers and rough surfaces with long-nap rollers. As a paint expert at your local hardware store before you invest in a rolling system. 

Extenders

One of the most commonly forgotten tools is a roller extender. This simple extension to the roller can make rolling the ceilings and high walls much easier. Again, be sure you choose the right nap for the actual roller. 

Tarps and Tape 

Cover furnishings and flooring is extremely important when painting an interior room. Even the pros have been known to drip on occasion. Protect your floors, rugs, and any furnishing that was too large to move from the room. We suggest canvas tarps as plastic can get slippery. We also suggest taping down the floor covering to ensure that the area is safe from slips and falls. 

Are you starting a paint project and looking for high quality tools like brushes and rollers? Talk to our painting specialists about your project. Check out our website or Facebook page where we give lots of helpful tips. 

 

To Tape or Not to Tape – a Painter’s Question

Whether to use painter’s tape or complete the edges freehand through “cutting-in” is a question we are often asked as professional painters. While there are no hard and fast rules about using tape products, there are some pros and cons to this process of interior painting.

We often blog about the importance of preparing a room for painting by cleaning the walls and ceiling, removing furniture, and repairing cracks or nail holes. For homeowners who like to tackle painting projects on their own, applying tape to edges is often part of that prep. But is it really a necessary step? Today, we are going to look at the process of taping so you can decide for yourself if you want to do this for your next weekend project.

The Case for Painters Tape

Painter’s tape has become the product of choice for most do-it-yourselfers because of its predictability and low-stick qualities. It provides a straight line for precision and allows for a protective border in case spillover occurs. People who use painters tape boast that it ensures that you do a neat and tidy job, with clean lines and no messy edges.

Some homeowners who use painter’s tape believe that it can save time since you won’t need to be so careful around the edges. They also believe that painter’s tape makes for clean lines that have a very professional look. It can be used to protect your baseboards, built-in cabinets, and ceilings from the inevitable drips or uneven painting that can happen when painting by hand.

Painter’s tape comes in many different sizes, widths, and types for all sorts of walls, ceilings, and edges. In fact, go to any home improvement store and you will see a Valhalla of painter’s tape taking up almost an entire aisle.

The Case for “Cutting In”

Cutting in is the process of painting edges or straight lines with a quality angled brush without tape. It is all done freehand. This is the method that most professional painters use. The case can be made that using painter’s tape is extremely time consuming and can be a colossal waste of time. Painting freehand removes an additional step from the painting process both at the beginning of the project when the tape would be applied and again at the end of the project when the product would be carefully peeled off.

Professional painters are also quick to note that using painter’s tape is not guaranteed to make a project look professional. Even the highest quality tapes have been known to bleed through, allowing paint to get into areas where you really don’t want it and where touch-ups will be needed after the job is complete. Painter’s tape can also peel and rip during the removal process making an utter mess to your carefully painted wall.

Lastly, professional painters know that painter’s tape does not always work in certain painting situations. For example, it is really difficult to use this product on bumpy or uneven surfaces. This many times defeats the purpose of the straight line of the product. In addition, while the tape is straight, the person applying it must do so in a calculated fashion in order to line things up correctly. You really don’t want an angled line where there should be a straight one!

Generally, the argument about this type of product comes down to personal preference. Now you have a better idea of what the pros and cons are to using this product vs. cutting in freehand. If you need help with your paint projects, please call Jerry Enos 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

 

Painting Tips for Kid-Proofing Your Walls

If you have children, or even grandchildren, then you know just how messy life can be. Toys strewn around, snacks left uneaten, and all sorts of art projects are an everyday occurrence. It is pretty much an accepted part of having little ones in your life. But are there ways to kid-proof your walls and painted surfaces so that fingerprints, smudges, and smears are easy to clean or refresh? Let’s take a look at some painting tips for kid-proofing the walls in your home.

Choose Colors Wisely

Let’s face it, kids leave their marks on walls, furniture, and around light switches constantly. To combat the messes, choose a color palette that can hide the marks of crayons, fingerprints, and art supplies well. High traffic areas get especially dirty quickly, so choose a shade or two darker that can conceal the mess. Picking a bright white may be asking for trouble.

Choose a Good Sheen

When a mess occurs, you will want to be able to clean off the markings, smudges, or streaks easily and quickly. Choose a high-quality, washable, low-VOC paint in a semi-gloss or high-gloss finish. The higher the gloss, the easier it will be to wipe down and clean up.

Plan Ahead

The longer a stain, crayon streak, or paint mess stays on a surface, the harder it will be to completely erase it. Plan ahead and have wipes ready to make quick work of messes when they occur. Some homeowners find it easier to keep alcohol-free wipes in main living areas to use as clean-up-patrol. All you really need is warm water and soap to remove most marks.

Can’t Beat Them, Join Them

If the children in your home tend to draw on the walls or add their creative flair to the walls when they shouldn’t, maybe you should give them a space where this is allowed. There are some amazing paints on the market that allow children to write on them in chalk or erasable marker where the artistic side can be explored in a specific area of your home. Some homeowners create an art corner with a chalkboard wall to allow children to express their creative side, while still having an easy clean up after the fun is done.

Do you need more ideas for choosing the right color, sheen, or kid-proofing for your painted surfaces? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to speak to our color consultants.

 

Exterior Painting Mistakes to Avoid

Everyone makes mistakes now and then, but to really make a huge mess, paint must be involved! Every summer, we get calls from harried homeowners who valiantly attempted to DIY by painting the exterior of their home. Usually, those calls are to fix mistakes or redo sections that did not come out aesthetically pleasing as hoped. Sometimes, the mistakes take a little repair and rehab. If you think that DIY is the way to go for your home’s exterior paint job, then avoid these common exterior painting mistakes.

 

  • Enlisting the Help of Novices – While it may seem like a fun activity to invite friends, family, and children to help paint the house, we do not suggest it! Sure, it would be great to have an extra set of hands or two but avoid asking for help from someone who has no investment in your home, and certainly someone who has never prepped and painted before.
  • Skipping the Cleaning and Prepping Step – Many homeowners find that, after they painted, the paint seems to be coming off quickly or not covering well. It is possible, if you did not clean and prep the wood, that the paint is having a hard time adhering to the dirty surface. Always clean the surface and scrape the wood to be sure all peeling, bubbles, and cracks are dealt with before you even pick up a paint brush. This includes caulking windows, sanding and filling holes, and repairing any wood that is damaged.
  • Using the Ladder Properly – For your safety, always place and use a ladder properly. This includes having pets and children away from the area in case they bump into the ladder, and always have an assistant at the bottom holding the ladder by the base. Another safety guideline is to not reach when painting, as that can easily lead to tipping and falling.
  • Forgetting to Check the Weather – Many homeowners jump at the chance to paint on a weekend, but be sure to check the weather for the next coming days as well. Avoid painting when rain or high humidity is in the forecast for the next 72 hours or longer. It may mean waiting, but it can save you the hassle of having to repaint an area.

 

Are you looking to avoid all the typical mistakes that can come with painting the exterior of your home? 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.

 

Spring Touch up Tips

As the calendar gets closer and closer to spring, many homeowners get into spring cleaning mode. For some this means cleaning out closets, while for others it means a full basement overhaul. While for still others it means touching up paint chips, scrapes, bubbles, and spots!  If you are like me, and are one of these people who notices these little flaws around your house, then spring is a great time to do some much needed touch ups.

Spring allows for warmer weather, which means that paint can adhere and cure better and windows can be left open so that any residual smell can be erased by a good spring breeze. No matter if you are touching up in hallways, bedrooms, main living areas, or all of the trim throughout the house, here are a few spring cleaning touch up tips.

 

  • Clean any area that you plan to touch up. It is no fun painting only to find a spider web or dirt and grime that has built up on the surface that you want to paint. Wipe down the area with a wet towel that is free of lint.
  • Confirm that you have the right paint colors. Hopefully you have extra paint in your garage or basement that is properly labelled. Make sure to mix it well and test the color first! Discard old paint and try to get a color match.
  • Make any necessary repairs that are needed to the surfaces you will be painting. Fill nail holes, smooth out surfaces, and sand raised portions of the walls. Do not paint over blemishes hoping the paint will hide a crack, bubble or peeling paint. This will just lead to a lack of adhesion and paint problems down the line.
  • Don’t forget to prime the area that you will be touching up. Primer is used to gain optimal paint adhesion and color blending.
  • After painting and allowing for proper drying time, check the wall to see if the touch up looks natural.

 

Do you need help with spring touch ups? Call Jerry Enos at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

DIY Painting – Top 5 Things That Go Wrong

Need to update or refresh a room in your home? Considering paint as an option? Are you thinking about “Doing-it-Yourself?” You may want to reconsider doing the “Weekend Warrior” thing as mistakes are fairly common and costly when in comes to painting interior rooms. According to the paint experts at Benjamin Moore and our paint professionals here at Jerry Enos Painting, these are the top 5 things that could go wrong if you DIY.

 

  1. Improper Prep – Many homeowners and novice painters tend to want to jump right into painting without the proper prep of the room and surfaces. Without the needed cleaning, scraping, and filling of holes or sanding of uneven surfaces, paint could bubble, chip, or peel, leaving a room that is unsightly. Improper prep can also lead to accidents on floors, carpets, or furniture that has not been moved or covered. See our blog from last week on the Importance of Prep for Painting.
  2. Skipping Primer – Some inexperienced painters may have the misconception that primer is an unneeded step in the process. Primer covers flaws in the surface and gives you a smooth, long-lasting finish.
  3. Using the Wrong Sheen – High traffic areas need paint that is durable and easy-to-clean. Using a flat paint in these areas could mean that wiping the surfaces could fade the color or wipe it away completely. Use a semi-gloss or higher sheen on these areas.
  4. Using Sloppy Techniques – There are a million ways to paint sloppily. Some newbies dip the paint brush too deep, use the wrong level of nap on rollers, apply the painters tape inappropriately, or even use unsafe scaffolding on stairwells and high-ceiling areas. Professionals know how to paint each difficult area and apply the right amount the first time.
  5. Lack of Clean Up – Sure, after painting all day it would be easy to pack up shop without cleaning the brushes, covering the paint cans or checking for drips before they dry. Professionals have a tried-and-true method after painting that protects the paint, equipment, and the room that is being painted.

 

If you decide that doing it on your own is not going to happen, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.