HOW TO CHOOSE EXTERIOR PAINT COLOR FOR YOUR HOME Madison Ct

The exterior color of your home is an expression of your personal style! Painting or staining your home is also the best way to protect your siding and trim from the elements.   How long a paint or stain job can protect your home totally depends on the quality of materials and how the materials are applied to the siding and trim.  We wrote this article HOW TO CHOOSE EXTERIOR PAINT COLOR FOR YOUR HOME Madison Ct  to help you with this.

There are some great LOW-VOC exterior stains and paints now available using new technology that stands the test of time and elements better then the brands that have been on the market for years! There is Aura exterior paint, Arborcoat waterborne exterior stain to name a few.

A few things to consider when picking an outside color:

1. Your driveway, the chimney and the roof should play a role in deciding a color. If you choose a color that has similar shades in the roof, chimney and driveway, it will add harmony to the entire property, and also give a feeling of spaciousness.

2. If you have stone work on the house or a stone fence, using a color that blends with the stone work will give a sense on continuity and beauty.

3. If your home is in the west coast where there are a lot of terra-cotta roofs, picking a soft neutral color will help even out the intense color of the terra-cotta and bring more visual harmony to the entire look and a softness.

4. If you belong in a community or houses that are close together, you might consider choosing a color palate that is compatible with the homes in your neighborhood.  The color does not need to be the same, just a color that goes with the general scheme in your area.

5.  Landscaping also has an impact on the overall look.  If you have a brilliant display of colors around the yard, you might go with a soft color to offset the beautiful intensity of the garden, or if you have a subdued garden, you can choose a louder house color!

6. I would encourage you to choose a white or very very light color for the trim.  Choosing a trim color that is different from the siding color can be tricky.  It can make your home look smaller and also force your eyes to just see the trim and not the entire home.

7. Use the doors as another way to add a pop of color to your home. It’s not such a big amount of color that it overtakes your home, it’s just enough to add a little fun and kick!

If you are meeting with a contractor, they should be able to give helpful tips.  It’s also a good idea to go to your local paint center and get a bunch of color choices and put them on the house so you can see the color throughout the day as the light changes.

If you would like any further help or have questions, please call us! We are happy to answer any questions you have, recommend a good paint store and products! We can also meet you at your home to help you or give a free professional estimate and home evaluation, such as how to prep your home, if you need carpentry repair first…

We hope that HOW TO CHOOSE EXTERIOR PAINT COLOR FOR YOUR HOME Madison Ct  was helpful!

Dave Moffitt                                                                                                                                                                              Coastline Painters LLC,  Guilford Ct 06437                                                                                                               https://coastlinepainters.com/   our email:  coastlinepaintersllc@comcast.net                                         Ph. 203-458-2073

 

Painting Contractor Westbrook Ct

Hiring a professional painting contractor can really take the stress out of painting your home, but how to choose the right one?  Getting a referral is a great start, but the contractor that is being referred to you by a well meaning friend or family member may have worked well for them, but might not suit you.  This is why I created this article “Painting Contractor Westbrook Ct” Lets get the technical issues out of the way right now in this article.  Here they are:

1. Make sure they have insurance

2. They must be a licensed contractor in Connecticut.  You can find out if they are licensed and what the status of the license is at: https://www.elicense.ct.gov/lookup/licenselookup.aspx

3. More then one way to get hold of them, such as cell phone, office phone and email.

4. A good website with detailed information about what they do and how they go about it.

5. Referrals at least 2-3

6. A clearly written detailed estimate of work to be performed with a time frame and cost.

Now, once you confirm all of the above lets get to the unspoken part of finding a contractor. I am writing this not as a painting contractor owner, but a consumer.

Say you call one of the highly recommended contractors that a friend or family member raved about, and you meet with him but you feel that you just don’t connect with him and the first thing you question to your self is “is it me”?  It most likely is not you, but a simple personality clash.

When I invite a contractor to my home, the most important thing for me is that I feel like I can talk to him/her.  I need to know that they want to talk about the job, not just the facts but about what kind of end result I am trying to accomplish. I need to feel that they are happy to be here and eager to work with me.  The contractor must be patient and let me talk.  It’s important that he asks questions, this implies that he is thinking about everything I am saying.  I need to know he understands me and I don’t want to feel like I am wasting his time or he is in a hurry to leave.

Once a contractor leaves, I look for an estimate in writing within 72 hours.  If I don’t get one, that’s a deal breaker for me.  Some people might say “he’s really busy, that’s a good sign, he must be so good” NOT TRUE!  What that means in my mind is he can’t keep up with his demand.  He doesn’t properly hire help to service the work load and bookings that he has, which means my future schedule with him can go right out the window!  If they are that busy then he should make that clear to me, and let me know that if he gets my job, when he can get to it.  I dont’ mind waiting, but I don’t want to be jerked around as if my schedule and life do not matter.

So, I hope this perspective helps! There’s a lot more to hiring a contractor then the obvious reasons!

If you have any questions after reading “Painting Contractor Westbrook Ct” please feel free to call us!  We are in Guilford Ct and are happy to call, email or visit you for a free professional painting evaluation / estimate!

Dave Moffitt, Coastline Painters LLC  Ph. 203-458-2073 email: coastlinepaintersllc@comcast.net  website: coastlinepainters.com

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How To Paint A Garage Floor Guilford Ct

Garage floors take a beating, but they don’t have to look like they do! If your garage floor is stained with grease, dirt and rust, painting it can give the floor and the garage a new fresh look! You can choose from a wide range of colors, but if you work inside your garage alot, you might want to consider a lighter toned color that would reflect light.  You can also add colorful specs to the floor!

A latex base paint is good, or you can use a one step or two step epoxy paint system for garage floors.  Sherwin Williams and Rings End both carry great products for garage floors as well as other main paint stores.

When you do choose the brand, be sure to pay close attention to the instructions and in particular the temperature range the floor must be.  The floor temperature and temperature in the air is not the same thing, usually when the paint fails it’s because it was to humid or cold.

Check the floor surface, if there are cracks or holes be sure to fill the cracks and holes with concrete patch.  If your garage floor gets wet alot, treat with  a concrete water proofer before painting, do not use a waterproofer if you are using epoxy on the floor.

Next you need to clean the floor, if there is grease stains use a de-greaser and brush and thoroughly clean the floor, you can cut down on elbow grease by renting a floor maintainer machine.  Make sure the floor is clean of any grease or sealers of any kind.

Next you are ready to apply the expoxy kit or paint.  Be sure to read the instructions carefully.  With the epoxy kit, you have about two hours to apply, so map out beforehand how you want to go about it.  Make sure the weather outside is not wet or humid.  You will need a two to three day drying time and then another two to three days before you put your car in the garage!

I hope this article How To Paint A Garage Floor Guilford Ct helped!

If you need any other help or advice please feel free to call us or set up an appointment for a free professional evaluation and estimate.

Sincerely, Dave Moffitt of Coastline Painters LLC Office 203-458-2073

coastlinepaintersllc@comcast.net  our website: https://coastlinepainters.com/

 

 


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