VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in Paint

What are VOCs? Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands (EPA, Environmental Protection Agency "Volatile Organic Compounds' Impact on Indoor Air Quality" 2017). Sources of VOCs There are many sources of VOCs besides paint. Also found in cleaning supplies, building materials, aerosol sprays, pesticides, permanent markers and so much more. The Environmental Protection Agency has a full list of products containing VOCs on their website. The biggest contributor of VOCs in paint [...]

VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in Paint2019-01-10T16:12:11+00:00

Tips For Hiring A Painting Company

Hiring a contractor can be a big investment of time, money, and emotion. We have all heard stories of contractors who have turned into total nightmares. Projects can go way over budget, take far longer than expected, or just don’t meet the quality standards you expected to pay for. Not all contractors are created equal and yes, price does often reflect quality. With these two facts in mind, the following tips can help ensure a contractor that is a good fit for your project and your personality. Get referrals There is often no better recommendation than that of a past customer. Talk to friends, neighbors, or even internet testimonials. Please keep in mind internet testimonials are often cherry picked or all together fictitious. [...]

Tips For Hiring A Painting Company2019-01-07T17:27:26+00:00

How to Repair Drywall Damage

Drywall is relatively simple to install and easy to repair. It's also easy to repair badly, which can leave a lumpy mess that declares "shoddy" to anyone who enters the room. Depending on your level of aptitude, this may be something to leave to the pros. Performing quality drywall repairs takes a specific level of skill that is only obtained through years of practical experience. With that said, here are few points to consider when faced with drywall damage. Thin is Better It's best to do a repair with three or four thin coats of compound--if possible leaving sanding for just the last coat. Let each coat dry adequately before applying the next one. Also, the most important thing with a repair is [...]

How to Repair Drywall Damage2019-01-03T20:53:20+00:00

Is Expensive Paint Worth the Cost?

In today’s world there are many choices when it comes to paint products and how they are advertised. Which ones are the best? What products will last the longest? These are a couple of questions that are brought up when making the decision. It can be confusing and frustrating if you don’t have the right guidance before making a purchase. I will go into detail in answering these questions and highlighting the information that is most important. EXTERIOR PAINT. EXPENSIVE VS BUDGET? In general, most major paint manufacturers have products that work and have stood the test of time. They wouldn’t be in business if the products often failed and had poor results. The products are made up of similar components with minor [...]

Is Expensive Paint Worth the Cost?2018-12-31T14:22:43+00:00

Picking a Color for your Home Office

A home office; a place where journeys are planned, numbers are analyzed and the place to get things done. The key to picking an office color is in the psychology of color. Blue is classified as the most productive color. It is also calming in low saturation which is a great way to feel when doing your taxes! This color is best for accountants, paying bills, organizing finances, ect. Bloggers, writers, and creative thinkers may not benefit as much with blue in their space. Yellow would be a better choice. Yellows stimulate emotion and is a cheerful and energetic color. This can certainly aid in your creativity. The color intensity plays a big role in your final choice as a low saturation will have a calming effect regardless [...]

Picking a Color for your Home Office2018-12-21T17:05:41+00:00

Can I Paint My House Myself?

It is not uncommon for home owners to want to put in some sweat equity. Painting your own house can provide such an opportunity. You might not be a master carpenter, an expert mason, or a qualified architect, but the thought of painting doesn’t feel too intimidating to many home owners. Sounds easy right? Purchase some paint and minimal equipment and your almost ready to go…right?  Well, just because you can doesn’t mean you should…but maybe. The first thing to determine is what type of painting is required, interior or exterior?  Most commonly, exterior painting will require more advanced knowledge of the painting process, different materials, specialized equipment, and perhaps heights or dangerous situations.  Few things can shake a “do it yourselfers” confidence [...]

Can I Paint My House Myself?2018-12-21T17:24:17+00:00

How much does it cost to have your home’s interior painted?

Painting is one of the quickest and least intrusive ways to give your home's interior a face lift and it’s one that can produce dramatic results as well. However, many homeowners feel overwhelmed when tasked with this project – From choosing the right contractor to choosing a lasting color scheme. To avoid getting stuck with a less-than-perfect experience, it is important to have proper price expectations and a clear understanding of what the contractor will be doing for you. Let’s take a closer look at the costs associated with interior painting. Calculating Room Painting Costs The cost to paint an average size room (12X15) ranges from $480-$790, not including ceilings, trim, frames, doors, and other woodwork. There are also several other painting factors that [...]

How much does it cost to have your home’s interior painted?2018-12-17T20:09:16+00:00

What are the pros and cons of using paint and primer in one?

With the constant media influence on certain paint products and how they are advertised, we become increasingly dependent and confused on what we are actually purchasing. Consumers that tackle do-it-yourself projects want value and they want it fast and easy. Should I buy paint and primer in one? It turns out, you don’t need to buy a separate primer. You can skip the priming step and your project will be done faster. Let me shed some light on this and explain what you are buying and why or why not it’s a value and/or a good choice. What is paint and primer in one? It’s a high quality, interior or exterior paint that has increased adhesion and stain blocking capability. Most high-quality interior [...]

What are the pros and cons of using paint and primer in one?2018-12-14T14:17:39+00:00

You’ve Decided to Paint…. Now What?

You have made the decision to paint. Now you have to choose a paint color for your home. We know it can be intimidating with so many options available, so we have put together some tips to help find the right color for you. If you are planning on selling your home try to stick with neutrals like off white, gray, or beige. Less is more when it comes to painting for resale. If you have recently purchased a new home or are just ready for a refresh, first think about how you want the space to feel. If you want it to feel light and airy choose cool colors like a light blue or soft green. Grays can pull blue as well, [...]

You’ve Decided to Paint…. Now What?2018-12-12T19:18:24+00:00

Do It Yourself Painting

Taking on personal home improvement projects have never seemed more possible thanks to a never-ending list of “How to” demonstrations and tutorials that are easily accessible. We live in an inspirational DIY era fueled by television shows that portray a convincing image that everything is easy, just follow the steps and nothing can go wrong. Combine this fantasy with the magical feeling of saving thousands of hard-earned dollars and it is no wonder why the DIY trend has been booming. Reality however, is far different than the fallacy that we see on social media, and shows like Flip This House. The fact is most “Do It Yourself” projects end up being nightmares and cost the homeowner far more time and money than they [...]

Do It Yourself Painting2018-12-10T20:13:27+00:00