Choosing the Right Type of Paint for Your CT Home Paint Job

Connecticut Home PaintersHow to Select the Right Type of Paint for Your Home Painting Project?

There are lots of colors on hand and they come in diverse shades and tints. With many options to be had, how will you know what the best paint to buy is with regards to home painting? Like many other homeowners out there, it is certain that there are requirements to help your paint job look great and last long.  Picking the right paint not only means choosing the perfect color to accent your home.  There are other considerations to consider based on the surface you are painting, current condition of the paint and environment.

When making your paint decision just know that Coastline Painter is here to help. We’re not just your CT home painters; we are also your CT home advisors. With over 35 years of experience on the shoreline of CT as well as New Haven and Middlesex county, Coastine Painters will help you select the best color for your home paint job, and the best type of paint to ensure your home is beautiful for years to come.

Types of Paints and Their Uses

There are water based and oil based paints obtainable available in your local hardware stores and paint specialty stores today. Be advised that experts have warned of the adverse health effects of oil based paints for some time now.  Even if you have customarily used oil based paints in the past it’s wise to move to water based paints to avoid health problems.

Home painting can be a complicated task. It requires creativity, a thorough understanding of the different types of paints, and how to properly apply them to different types of surfaces.  Many homes along the CT shoreline are older and might require some extra care and attention before painting. It’s also important to consider things like the lighting of the room, what the room is used for and the color of the decor. There are numerous types of both oil and water based paints. Emulsion and enamel paints that are water and oil based respectively are also frequently utilized for both exterior and interior home painting.

CT Interior Home PaintingAmongst the water based paints, there are several types of sheen/gloss obtainable. With the rise in popularity of sheen levels, there has been an increase in durability. This also creates a problem for an amateur painter though.  The improved sheen and gloss of paints also highlights imperfections in the surface you are painting.  This is where the expertise of a professional painter comes in to play as they will know exactly how to smooth out the surface being painted.

Satin and eggshell finishes are utilized in heavily used rooms or areas because they are more durable. On opposite ends of the spectrum is glossy and matte.  These two finishes are exactly as they sound.  Satin and eggshell contain some of the benefits of glossy and matte.  Satin is a little more glossy while eggshell is a little closer to matte. Eggshell and satin are commonly used in rooms like the kitchen, bathroom or family room because of the higher levels of traffic.

The matte finish is usually harder to clean but it does a better job of hiding flaws.  Matte finish paints are typically used in home offices and rooms with less traffic. Acrylic paint matte finish is utilized on many walls and acrylic eggshell as well as gloss finish is frequently utilized on trim and woodwork.

After choosing the type of paint, the shade choice is the next consideration.  One common mistake is over painting/coloring an area. This requires a good deal of tact and balance. The shades exude mood. While vivid colors could emanate happiness as well as activity, too much of it could cause a headache. More subtle shades could be perfect for serenity and calmness; however used excessively can create a look of dullness.

With the huge variety of paints available today, you have to be extra careful about your choice.  Coastline Painters can help you choose the best paint to suit your preference, needs and budget.

 

3 Tips for Choosing the Right Paint Color for Your Home’s Exterior

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Tips for Choosing the Right Colors for Your Home Exterior Paint Job

Choosing the right color for your home exterior paint job should not be made without careful thought and consideration.  You will have to live with the colors you choose for your exterior paint job for a long time. In most houses, the average life span of exterior paints lasts for eight years or more dependent on the type of paint used and the color chosen.

Choosing one color is something that would be very difficult for homeowners to compromise on especially when it comes to painting the outside of your home.  This is why when it comes to choosing the color for your home’s exterior you need to practice due diligence and place lots of thought into the decision.

Take Note of the Feel and Look of Your Neighborhood

As far as the color is concerned, you need to take into consideration the color scheme of your neighborhood. Choose one color that will compliment the outside of your home as well as your neighborhood. Dark and bright colors are more likely to fade quicker.  With that consideration, bright paint colors are known to be more cheerful and will definitely make your house more appealing and easier to look at.  On the other hand, dark colors will make it so that the wear and tear of winter doesn’t show as much on the exterior of your home.

Even if you’ve become comfortable with the color of your home’s exterior, choosing new colors could be an exciting and refreshing change.  A new paint job can have a positive emotional impact on you and your family.

Look for contrasting or coordinating colors for your trim. The contrasting or coordinating color can also be added to your home’s porches, garage, shutters and even exterior doors.  This will give your home more depth.

Make Note of the Details of the Exterior of Your Home

Walk around your home’s exterior and make note of the different features of the outside of your home. Try to take a look at the stone, roof, brick, mortar of your home. This is where you can start choosing the right color for your home’s exterior paint job.

Exterior Paint Considerations for your homeThe color that you’re going to choose is primarily dictated by the colors which are already present in your home’s exterior. This is often overlooked by homeowners. Don’t make the same mistake that many homeowners make when choosing colors for the exterior of your home. Homeowners see another house that looks good with a certain color and think it will look good on their own home.  The best thing you can do to beautify the exterior of your home is to choose colors that compliment the already existing mood and color scheme.

Don’t Rely on One Paint Chip Test

The same as your home’s interior paint, exterior paint color shades may differ from the paint chip you bring home from the paint store. Since painting the exterior of your home is a much bigger undertaking than painting a bedroom it is best to hire a professional home painter to go over all the color options with.

Most hardware stores carry swatches of colors in different shades and they may look good in the store but it’s important to consider your home’s surroundings, what it looks like during different seasons, and what your neighborhood looks like.   These are all things a professional home paint contractor can walk you through when it comes time to choose the right color.

The color is not the only consideration.  You are also going to need to determine what kind of prep work is involved based on the existing paint and material on the exterior of your home, and what paint is best for your home.

These are just a few pointers when it comes to choosing the right color of paint for the exterior of your home.  It’s always best to consult an expert home painter before making the final decision.  There are many things to consider when selecting the color and type of paint as well as materials for prepping your home.  The right paint decision will have your house looking spectacular for years to come.

Best Time To Paint Exterior of Your Home, Madison Ct

Best Time To Paint Exterior of Your Home! Many people think that the best time to paint the exterior of your home is summer or spring, but really the fall months are very ideal for house painting!  In the summer months it can get very humid which causes paint to dry longer, especially if it’s oil which takes a lot longer. We are house painters in Guilford Ct and used to the many different temperature swings in the New England area. First painting your home is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to increase the value of your home!

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When you paint your home in the fall you still have plenty of good weather to take advantage of! Sometimes its easier to do this valuable project in the fall due to the fact that things seem to be a little calmer around the home.  When you have a house painter on the premesis he usually will have a house painting crew with him.  When a good house painter from a reputable house painting company sets up the shop on your property, it can take up a little space.  If you decide to paint the exterior of your home in the fall, the kids are back in school and not around the house during the day, this makes it easier on the kids and family when house painters are working. In the fall, the weather is less humid which helps with drying time, and now with all the new high quality paints being able to sustain colder temperatures its a matter of researching the paint brand for the specifications and seeing the temp range.  Mostly it’s a good idea to stay above 40 Degrees in outside temp but you can go a little colder and do great.  There are a few things to watch for, the house painter you hire will want to make sure that the house surface is dry from any dew in the morning, this might mean a little later start, between 9:00-9:30 or a little later depending on where you live instead of the usual 7:30-8:00 am start, this gives more valuable time for drying.   After the paint or stain is applied in temperature’s at 40 degrees or above it is important that the temperature stay at 40 degrees or above for the next 3 hours so that the drying process is good.  Also, at night it’s important that the temperature does not drop below freezing the first night because curing paint can still have some moisture in it and it can crystallize in sub-freezing temperatures at night.  Please know that you won’t be aware of a problem until spring or summer months if this does happen because moisture can stay trapped under the wood, and in the warmer temps find it’s way out, which means bubbling paint!  So, if your house painter adhere’s to these guidelines,  you can have a fantastic paint job in the fall months! Sometimes you can get a little better value if you wait until the fall, a house painter is very busy in the warmer months and may be looking to fill a few gaps in the fall schedule and you can get a better deal!  We are house painters / painting contractors in Guilford Ct and we also serve the Madison Ct, Old Saybrook Ct, Westbrook Ct, Branford Ct areas and are happy to visit your home for a free professional evaluation or if you are not near us, please feel free to call us with any questions, we are so happy to help you! I hope this blog Best Time to Paint Your Home, Madison Ct is helpful!  Also please feel free to contact us with any questions! Dave & Kathy Moffitt

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Why Power wash your house, Westbrook Ct

dave's photoFor many of us, our home is our biggest financial investment!

So, doesn’t it make sense to protect that investment?
This blog, Why power wash your house,

Westbrook CT was created to give you the reasons why to power wash your home.

By power washing your house on a regular basis,

say every two years, you are removing dirt, mildew, algae, bird droppings and pollutants that are in the air

. All these things eat away at the stain and paint and end up causing wood damage.
By keeping your home clean you not only protect it, but it retains in beauty and curb appeal.

Maintenance is lower due to healthy wood, your paint and stain job will last longer.

Of course, when looking for a professional to power wash your home, make sure they have the following:
1. Licensed with the Department of Consumer Protection in your state.
2. Make sure they have workers compensation and liability insurances.
3. References upon your request.
Pay attention to how fast they get back to you for an estimate, and make sure they give you a detailed written estimate signed by both of you before work starts.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me for free professional advice!
Dave Moffitt
Coastline Painters LLC
Office 203-458-2073
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How To Save Money On Interior Painting, Madison Ct

There are a lot of ways to save money when you are looking for a painting estimate.  “How To Save Money On Interior Painting, Madison Ct” is set up to give you a few tips.

There are several ways to accomplish this, for interior work the best time to call is in January, this is  when things get slower then other parts of the year, you can have the work booked for that month if the contractor has time, or you can ask to have it scheduled for Feb or March.

Another way is to have the estimate done in the summer or fall and ask to be put on the schedule in the winter months, you should get a discounted price because this is when things are slower and contractors are looking for work, ask for a winter discount for booking now.

We have been painting houses in Guilford Ct, painting houses in Madison Ct and done all kinds of house painting from New Haven Ct to Old Saybrook Ct.  If you need any advice about how to paint a house in Ct just call us, we are happy to help!

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Dave Mofftt  – Coastline Painters LLC  Office 203-458-2073 our email is:  coastlinepaintersllc@comcast.net

Free Painting Estimate, Westbrook Ct

Free!

This can be the most expensive word their is!  Why?  Because “Free” doesn’t always mean a good value! Sometimes this word is used as a gimmick to get your attention!  How qualified is the contractor showing up?

Do we give “free” painting estimates?  No!  We give free professional evaluations of your home to see what it needs!  Not to split hairs, but there is a difference.  When we show up, we walk your home with you, we check the condition of your surfaces that you want painted, we check for rotted wood, moisture spots and much much more.  Check out our video with Dave:

Within a day you can expect a detailed estimate/professional evaluation for your home!  We then call to see if you have any questions about the estimate and go over it with you!  Be careful what you pay for, just because somthing is free in the estimate does not always mean a good thing!  You want quality and professional advice and expertise when it comes to your biggest investment!

If you would like to talk with us please call!  You can reach us at the numbers below or email us at coastlinepaintersllc@comcast.net

Thank you!

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How A Great Painting Job Gets Done Part 1, Madison Ct

It’s one thing to sort through estimates and find the price that fits your budget, but an important factor to getting a great painting job is in the prep work! This is why I created this article “How Great Painting Gets Done, Madison Ct. I  understand that price is important but what good is it to go by price alone if you don’t get a high quality paint job?  It’s like that old saying “Buy for price, buy twice”!  But, you don’t have to worry about that!

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Here are a few things to look for in an estimate:

-Make sure they are licensed with the state of Ct

-Make sure they have a lead license

In the estimate, make sure that they detail all the prep work that will get done, like, replace rotted wood.  Scrape and sand. Use a high quality primer, make sure a high quality paint product like Benjamin Moore is used.  Proper putty and caulking should be done.

There should be a clean looking crew that shows up on time and is neat and conscientious.

Without good prep work nothing else matters, it won’t look like a high quality job.

Please feel free to call us at Coastline Painters LLC at 203-458-2073 with any questions, we are happy to talk with you.  I can also come out and give you a free professional home evaluation!

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How To Prepare A House For Painting, Guilford Ct

The most important part of a paint/stain job is the prep work!  This is a quick blog about how to do this, and I have a link to my video talking about it also.

The first thing you do is power wash the house to remove dirt, mildew, loose paint.  You can rent a power washer for a day and use a eco-friendly solution, just check your local paint store for products to choose from.

Next you want to scrape and sand the siding and trim.  Take your time doing this and be thorough.  After this, you can apply one full coat of high quality primer or you can spot prime in the areas that need it.

Caulk any gaps and holes.

The last thing is to get a high quality product like Benjamin Moore paints and stains and carefully apply two coats.

Here is the link to my video:

I hope this helped, if you need any further advice or help please feel free to call us at (203) 458-2073.  We can also come out and give you a professional evaluation and estimate for your painting needs!dave's photo

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College Pro Painters NOT a good deal! Madison Ct

I have been a painting contractor in Connecticut for over 37 years.  It takes years to become a skilled professional painter.  College Pro Painters is actually an oxymoron!  How can you be a professional painter at a college age?  I am all for young college age adults trying to earn money in the summers between college years, I had two college age children and my son helped me in my business, but he was not a professional painter!

College Pro Painters are not lead certified, the company is lead certified, but each individual painter is not, they work under the College Pro’s umbrella.  Lead certification is very serious and important!  You have to go to classes and be taught how to test for it and when you find it how to take care of lead in the proper way!

This is only one instance of being a professional!  When you hire an established company, you should be able to call them after the job is done and talk with the person you hired.  College Pro painters are not like that.  The employee turnover is huge.

But the most important thing is to hire someone that is experienced and knows what they are doing and they do a beautiful professional job!  It takes skill and patience!

I hope this article College Pro Painters NOT a good deal! Madison Ct was helpful. You can call us for  any type of professional advice, we are happy to help!

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Dave Moffitt

Coastline Painters LLC Guilford Ct   Ph. (203)458-2073

Painting Questions and Answers Madison Ct

With such easy access to information and knowledge these days through the internet, it’s not hard to get answers to any question you may have.  The real question is how accurate is the answer you are getting?

That’s why we created this article “Painting Questions and Answers Madison Ct” to help give you some accurate sources for answers!

Here is a link to a video that we have about this article also, by Dave Moffitt.

Here are a few ways to get solid information, you can go to the Benjamin Moore website and find answers, you can also go on our blog to read the articles there, and you can call and ask us!  We are very happy to answer any and all questions! Even if you are not a past customer and just want to do some work around the house and need some advice, we are very happy to help!

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