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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The Importance Of Cleaning Exterior of Your Home By House Painter In Madison Ct

With spring around the corner and it’s a great time to walk around the outside of your home and access what needs to be done.  I guarantee that most of us have homes that could use a good cleaning due to dirt, mildew and residue from leaves etc.. that is why I created this blog “The Importance Of Cleaning Exterior Of Your Home By House Painter In Madison Ct”  to give a few valuable tips weather you are doing the cleaning your self or hiring someone to do it for you!

If you are hiring a professional to do it here is a link to an earlier blog I did on what to look for when hiring a contactor of any trade: http://coastlinepainters.com/uncategorized/painting-contractor-westbrook-ct/

When your home is left with dirt on it, the effects can pile up quickly, dirt and mildew reduce the life of your paint job and eat through just about anything.  Once the paint starts chipping and peeling then the outside elements have direct contact with the wood on your house and can cause moisture, which can cause wood rot.    Your beautiful home now looks tired and run down.

What’s the solution?  Power wash your home at least every two years!  A lot of people and professionals use basic bleach.  If you don’t want harsh chemical’s around your home, you can opt to use a eco friendly product! Be careful here though, if a “green” cleaning product says it’s “all natural” or “green” that doesn’t mean it doesn’t contain harsh chemical’s.  Green cleaning is not regulated by any goverment agency, anyone can advertise their products as green and they really are not!  Try to find a “Green Seal Certified” house cleaner they have great standards!  Simple Green offers a great line of products, or ask at your local paint store!   If you have used a professional house painter in the past, ask them, or go to a paint store and ask there.

I hope this blog ” The Importance Of Cleaning Exterior Of Your Home By House Painter In Madison Ct” was helpful!  We are professional house painters in Guilford Ct and we serve the entire shoreline area!  Please feel free to call us with any questions, we are very happy to help!

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Why Use Non-Voc Paints? By House Painter in Old Saybrook Ct

It used to be years ago that the homeowner had no choice when it came to what was in their house paint except for finishes, color and if it’s oil or latex base.  But with time there have been great strides in offering healthier choices!

Paints and finishes release low level toxic emissions for many years after the paint dries!  This comes from Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s)  which were put into the paint to ensure good quality paint.  We have created this blog “Why Use Non-Voc Paints? By House Painter in Old Saybrook Ct ” to give you a little information about this so you can make an informed decision next time you buy paints.

What are Volatile Organic Compounds?  They are in the house paints that house painters use unless you ask for NON-VOC PAINT OR O-VOC PAINTS They are a large group of carbon based chemicals that easily evaporate at room temperature.  VOC’s are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids from an array of chemicals, some of which can cause short term or long term health effects. They are not only found in house paint but in everything from cleaning products to hobby products.    Some symptoms are nose and throat irritation, headache, dizziness, fatigue.. and many more symptoms which you can experience one or more of.

Most large painting companies now offer low or no VOC paint, we recommend No VOC paint.  Our favorite is Benjamin Moore’s Natura.  These paints are very high quality, and they last a long time.  The cost is not much more if at all then regular paint.

So next time you are painting or you hire a professional house painter to paint, be sure to ask about and insist on a NO VOC paint!  

If you have any questions, please call!  We are professional house painters in Guilford Ct and serving the entire shoreline all the way up to Old Saybrook and beyond!  You can call, email or text us!

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3 Benefits Of Hiring A Professional Painter For Your Home in Killingworth Ct

kathy facebook imagedave's photoIt’s no secret that many homeowners like to try and tackle home improvement projects themselves. Let’s be honest, though, unless your Chip or Joanna Gaines from HDTV’s Fixer Upper, chances are you’re not quite sure you know what you’re doing. While the internet is a great resource full of endless information, you may not be able to teach yourself how to paint a room (well) from doing a couple hours of research. If this sounds like you – it may be time to call a professional house painter  to come get the job done. You’ll save yourself time, headaches, and energy!

Here are some tips for 3 Benefits Of Hiring A Professional Painter For Your Home in Killingworth Ct

 1.Safety and Equipment

Depending on when your home was built, you could have paint that contains lead. Typically, this is found in older homes, built prior to the 1970’s. But, it can be very dangerous to your health if you don’t know how to take the proper safety precautions. In fact, certain methods of removing lead paint can release more lead particles – increasing the exposure to lead.  Not only does a professional house painter know the proper techniques to use in a sticky situation like this, they know just the right safety measures to take, and they have the right equipment to do so.

 2.Knowledge and Experience

Maybe you’ve painted a couple walls and ceilings, or maybe you’re a little more experienced and have been down this road several times. No matter how many years you’ve been painting your house, chances are a professional house painter will still have more experience than you. There isn’t anything wrong with that – it is their profession after all, but for people who like to do things themselves it can feel intimidating to ask someone else for help. Just remember; a professional house painter or house painting company probably paints multiple houses and projects per day. Interior and exterior house painters are so used to setting up for a house painting  job, perfecting the job, and cleaning up afterwards that most professionals house painters  are usually able to complete certain projects within a few hours! Of course this depends on what you’re asking them to do, but you can guarantee that the job will be done more efficiently and will appear of higher quality thanks to their knowledge and experience!

 3.Preparation and Practices

Preparing your home for a paint job doesn’t just involve painters tape, tarp, and tools. Of course you need the paint, too! But, that doesn’t just magically appear once you decide what color you want – you have to choose the exact kind of house  paint to use. There are thousands of different options, hundreds alone in some individual home improvement stores, it can seem nearly impossible to narrow down your choices to even a “top 3!” Luckily, when you hire a professional house painter, they’re prepared to make these kinds of decisions. Not only will they help you to determine the kind of finish you want, but they’ll also probably guide you towards a higher quality paint.

 We’ve probably all heard a story from do-it-yourself painters that’s along the lines of, “I don’t understand why the walls are shaded different in different areas – I got all the same color in every paint can!”

Ah. But did you mix them all together? Little (but common) mistakes like this can cause timely and costly fixes. A professional house painter knows the proper house painter practices when painting and  probably as well as they know the back of their hand – it’s just second nature.

We hope this blog “3 Benefits of Hiring A Professional House Painter For Your Home in Killingworth Ct ” was helpful!  As always please feel free to call us with any questions, we are happy to help!   You can call, text or email us!

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3 Common House Painting Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make, By Painter In Madison Ct

Whether you’re planning on painting a bedroom, your favorite piece of furniture, or the crown moulding that you can’t stand the color of, we’re here to help. We know many homeowners like to paint around their homes themselves, even though it can seem like a big project to take on. If you’re one of these people, we’re sure you can relate to these 3 common painting mistakes, this is why we created this blog “3 Common House Painting Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make, By Painter In Madison Ct 

 1.Buying the least expensive paint and brushes

Typically, when someone wants to begin painting a room or multiple rooms throughout their house, the first thing that comes to mind is – how much is this going to cost me? So, in an effort to save money and make the DIY project cost-effective, they’ll reach for the cheapest paint and least expensive paint brushes. While you may not notice an immediate difference, you’ll probably end up paying an additional price somehow. Some lesser expensive paints require multiple coats to be able to cover an area that a higher quality paint could. While others, can be extremely difficult to clean off of surfaces (you know, on the off-chance you make a mistake and spill or drop a little paint on the floor). Professional house painters usually will invest in high quality products!

 According to professional house painters for interior house painting or exterior house painting, if you want to test to quality of your paint, look at its thickness. It’s a safe bet to avoid “generic” branded paints.

 2.Combining latex and oil-based products

Many people think you can combine latex and oil-based paint, so they won’t bother to correctly prime their walls. However, if you have oil-based paint on the area that you’re currently wanting to paint, it’s not a good idea to apply latex-based paint directly on top of it. Surprisingly, the reverse (oil on latex) doesn’t cause any issues, though, so we can see the confusion. But, once you’ve applied latex on top of oil, it becomes extremely difficult to remove. It’s likely you’ll have to sand or scrape it off of the area.  Again, another secret that interior and exterior house painters and painting contractors know.

 To prevent this from happening – prime your walls first with a latex-based “conversion” primer. It will help the latex-based paint to sit on the area without being nearly impossible to remove. No sanding or scraping for you today!

 3.Choosing the wrong finish for the wrong room

Different rooms around your house will have different levels of traffic. It’s important to think of this when you’re choosing the finish for your paint because a “flat” paint is much harder to clean than a paint that has a “Eggshell” Matte” “semi gloss” or “high gloss” finish when painting your home.

 The finishes range from flat to high gloss and measure how “shiny” the paint will be on the walls. Interior house paints that are glossier tend to be easier to clean, making them perfect for high-traffic rooms like the kids playroom (aren’t you sick of trying to clean those walls?).  A professional house painter will be sure to ask his customer about finishes that best suit their home when house painting.

Next time you need to choose a interior house paint color, keep in mind how often you may be needing to clean something off of the area it’s going on. If the answer is likely never – go for a flat paint. If it’s pretty often, you know what to do!

We hope this blog “3 Common House Painting Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make, By Painter In Madison Ct” was helpful. As always, you can call, text or email us for professional advice, or have us come over to give you a free home painting estimate!

Sincerely,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dave and Kathy Moffitt                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Coastline Painters LLC                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Covering the shoreline in Ct              Office (203)458-2073  Text (203) 738-9090  coastlinepaintersllc@comcast.net                                                               kathy facebook imagedave's photo

 

Preparing To House Paint, An Essential Guide, Painter In Westbrook Ct

Adding a fresh coat of paint or bringing a new color into a home can make a world of a difference. But, sometimes, it can seem like a grueling task to start and finish yourself. To help the process move along quicker, take some steps in extra preparation and you can save yourself a ton of time later on!  This is what a lot of interior house painters do!  This is why we created ” Preparing To House Paint, An Essential Guide, Painter in Westbrook Ct 

Use a “Staging Area” when starting to paint the interior of your house! 

If you’ve ever painted a room while lugging a gallon-sized can of paint around the room with you, you know how tiring and draining that can be. Well, it can also be time consuming. If you think about all of the chances you give yourself to spill paint on the floor when you’re picking up and setting down that paint can, you can imagine the amount of paint you’ll likely have to clean up after the job is complete.  Professional house painters in Westbrook Ct use these tips:

 Want to save yourself some time? Every extra step you take in preparation is another step you won’t have to take in clean up. Prepare a “staging area” to use while you’re painting. Leave your open paint cans, extra brushes, rollers, and cleaning supplies in the middle of the room for easy access. No room for spills and everything is kept all together!  Of Course you can choose to put all these items on a fold table, this way you don’t have to bend over all the time, another great tip for house painting is put a painters drop cloth on the floor first, or an old cloth or blanket.

Clean the Area

This may be a no-brainer, but if it’s not done you could end up spending twice the amount of time, effort, and potentially money, to fix the areas that weren’t cleaned.

Whether you’re painting floorboards, walls, ceilings, moulding, etc. cleaning the area first will make an incredible difference in the quality of work you’re able to complete. There are tons of different things you may find on your walls – dust, dirt, oils, smudges, etc. All of these can affect the way the paint takes to the surface. For example, with an oily area, it could change the consistency of your interior house paint.

For a smooth, clean, and professional finish, remember to clean the area you plan on painting before you put anything on it!

Cover the Flooring

While you may think you can get away with covering the flooring just around the base of your walls, you’d be surprised at the amount of paint that would probably end up on your flooring if you did so.  Covering your flooring is one of the easiest ways you can prepare for any paint job, because it usually just involves throwing some sort of plastic or tarp down (and making sure it covers everything, obviously).

Each step you take in preparation is another step you won’t have to make during clean up. Just remember that, and you’ll always go above and beyond to prepare for your do-it-yourself interior house painting job that your friends always ask about – “what was the name of the painter you hired for this, again?”

If trying to tackle a project like this is not for you – don’t worry, we’ve got just the right painters for the job! Coastline Painters LLC located in Guilford Ct and covers the entire shoreline  will always take great care of you and your home.  Just need some advice? No problem! Call us anytime and we are happy to talk to you!

I hope this blog Preparing To House Paint, An Essential Guide, Painter in Westbrook Ct was helpful!   And of course you can call us for a free professional estimate anytime, you can call, text or email us!

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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
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Exterior House Painting Branford Ct

When you call a painting company for an estimate, what makes them stand out? What should you look for in an excellent painting company? This is why we wrote this blog “Exterior House Painting Branford CT”dave's photo

Here at Coastline Painters LLC we offer a very high level of customer service! After we meet with our customer, we have a detailed estimate sent to them by email within 24 hours. A few days later, we call to see if they have any questions and would like to schedule the work. A lot of time, we hear the same thing from customers, ” I wanted to compare your estimate with another company, but the other painter never sent me an estimate after I met with him” or we hear, ” I am still waiting for another painter to come out and give me an estimate, he hasn’t called me back”
We make sure this NEVER happens at Coastline Painters LLC! When we start your job, we are on time, professional and efficient! Some companies allow their house painters to smoke on breaks and play loud music, we NEVER allow this!

I hope this blog “Exterior House Painting In Branford Ct” has helped you! And as always,
make sure your contractor has insurance! Liability and workers compensation!

Please feel free to call us if you need any professional advice for house paining in the Madsion ct, Guilford CT, Branford CT and any shoreline area town in Ct!!

Dave Moffitt
Coastline Painters LLC
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Painter Westbrook Ct, Tips On How To Find Exterior or Interior House Painter

Finding a good house painter shouldn’t be difficult, there are a few things to look for, so we created this blog “Painter Westbrook Ct, Tips On How To Find Exterior or Interior House Painter” 

Finding a interior and exterior house painter Westbrook Ct is as easy as doing the following:

First, check to make sure that the interior and exterior painting  contractor is licensed in the State of Ct and that the license is current and in good standing. Just go to Department of Consumer Protection.

Second, take note of how fast they call you back, how fast they schedule the estimate and if they follow up with a written estimate giving details on prep work, kind of materials being used, how long the job will take.  How you are treated in this process will most likely carry over to how they treat you during the job.

I hope this is useful for you, and as always, please call with any further questions or professional advice you may need! We are happy to help! We hope that when  you search for interior or exterior painters in Branford, Guilford or Madison Ct or anywhere else, that you can use these guidelines!

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