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  • How to Get Crayon, Pen & Marker Off of Walls

    How to Get Crayon, Pen & Marker Off of Walls

    child drawing on wall

    Kids bring all kinds of joy to life, but they also introduce some unique and stress-inducing messes. One, in particular, being writing on your clean walls. There is nothing that catches your eye quite like a random bold smudge of color! And although beautiful in its own childish right, we understand that it’s not a piece of artwork you plan on framing. Today, we’re sharing how to get cray, pen, and marker off of your walls, without damaging the paint. Plus, tips on how to prevent permanent staining or discoloration.

    Before You Get Started

    Removing a child’s wall art is not for the faint of heart! It takes some surprisingly simple products, but a whole lot of elbow grease. So we recommend mentally preparing for a whole lot of scrubbing or investing in a tool that will do it for you. Additionally, don’t jump straight at the unsightly marks. You must test any products, especially chemicals, on a discreet portion of the wall first. Otherwise, you run the risk of causing more unattractive damage.

    Household Tricks to Clean Marks Off Your Walls

    Some of the best ways to remove marks from your walls are already tucked away in your cabinets! Try out one of these popular household tricks for removing crayons, markers, and pens!

    • Baking Soda – Apply a small portion to a soft, damp cloth and gently scrub. It has the perfect amount of grit to remove crayon, without scuffing up your wall. After you are done, wipe the wall down and allow it to dry.
    • Magic Eraser – If you don’t already own a magic eraser, then you will after this! A soft piece of melamine foam with a cleaning agent, they are a highly rated product that makes removing dirt and grime a breeze. To use it, just wet it a little (wring it out) and gently scrub the wall. 
    • Baby Wipes – Ideal for water-based inks, like washable markers, baby wipes are a popular choice amongst moms. But a warning! Baby wipes can smudge color and cause staining. DO NOT WIPE, BLOT ONLY!
    • Toothpaste – You read that right! Non-gel toothpaste can be applied to a mark and wiped off after a short period to remove some marks. Some claim that it works best in combination with baking soda. Just don’t scrub too harshly.
    • A hairdryer – Especially useful for crayons, the heat from a hairdryer will help make waxes melt and easier to clean. Once warmed, simply use a damp cloth with mild soap to wash it off.
    • Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) – To remove the ballpoint pen and magic marker ink, apply rubbing alcohol to a damp cloth. Then gently dab the marks until they disappear, before wiping them down with a clean cloth.

    Can’t Remove the Marks?

    Unfortunately, it happens. Some marks are simply too tough to remove and will have to be covered instead. If you’re tempted to swipe on a quick coat of paint, however, stop! You can not paint directly over crayons, pen, or markers. These can bleed through the paint over time and will come back to haunt you. Instead, apply a coat of primer and allow it to dry completely, before spot painting.

    Create More Room for Creativity

    If your child has a habit of drawing on your walls, it might be time to stop fighting their creativity. Instead, give them a specific area to draw via chalkboard paint. Applied like regular paint, over a primer, chalkboard paint can be applied to a small area or an entire room. It can even be used on cabinetry and other flat surfaces. If you choose to go this route, consider letting your little one take part in the painting process. This will help them better understand what the area is for and establish clear boundaries. In the end, you’ll deal with a lot more messes, without hindering your child’s desire to draw.

    Protect Your Walls

    Once you’ve fully relished the chore of removing a child’s art from your walls, you won’t want to do it again. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to make this unfortunate circumstance less painful in the future. Namely, stain-resistant paint. While we can’t prevent kiddos from going to town on your walls, we can make the clean-up much easier. Stain-resistant paints have a higher sheen, think satin, semi-gloss, or gloss. This type of paint helps to seal surfaces, making them less porous, and therefore easier to clean in the event of a mess. If you plan on painting again soon, opt for this type of paint. If you do not plan on painting any time soon, you can invest in a topcoat or sealer. Versus putting it in any and every room in your house, just cover the areas where your kids may be left unsupervised. Like a playroom, basement, or their bedrooms.

    Need help adding a new color or an additional layer of protection to your walls? At Helix Painting, our team consists of caring, passionate, service-oriented professionals, who strive to make your interior painting experience easy and low-stress. Learn more about our interior painting services here, or request a free estimate to get started!

  • Need-to-Know: The Pros & Cons to Painting a Brick Home

    Need-to-Know: The Pros & Cons to Painting a Brick Home

    A home with an original brick exterior is pure gold in our book! But many homeowners would prefer a more modern look, leading many to consider an update with paint. And while painting a brick exterior is as feasible as any other home exterior, it does present a unique set of pros and cons. Making it important that you consider all facets of your decision, prior to starting the extensive painting process. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know, both good and bad, when it comes to painting a brick home.

    Pros

    A Cleaner Look – Brick walls are beautiful, but they don’t exactly lend the most modern look. For many homeowners, especially younger ones, an exterior that is clean is preferable. Something that is hard to achieve with discolored, chipped brick and mortar. Luckily, it is a pretty easy fix with a solid paint color! There are a wide variety of solid color paints to choose from, that will deliver a fresh and modern look to the exterior of your home.

    Protection – As with any other surface brick will degrade over time. Due to a variety of weather and environmental factors, it will fade and wear down. But with the proper prep work and maintenance, brick that is painted will be much more durable. Moisture will be far less likely to penetrate the brick, causing less damage in the long run. Plus it will look better!

    Cons

    There is No Going Back – It is so important to consider that when you paint a brick home, there is no going back. Once it is painted, you’ll have to learn to love it! That or you’ll face the headache of a complete removal (and trust us, you won’t want to).

    The Prep Work – Painting brick is no easy feat, it takes extensive prep work! This is something to note, especially if you plan on painting your home’s exterior yourself. More specifically, the entire surface will have to be extensively cleaned to remove all dirt and grime, in order to ensure that the paint adheres properly.

    More Maintenance – As with any other painted surface, painted brick requires maintenance. What good is a beautiful new home exterior if you don’t plan on keeping it up? Painted brick in particular is especially susceptible to discoloration, especially if it is white, or a similarly light color. At the least, you will need to take care to have regular power washing performed.

    Increased Risk of Moisture Damage – Unfortunately, during the painting process it is unavoidable that some moisture will become trapped between the brick and paint. Brick is after all porous. This means that moisture damage is more likely, especially in colder climates where the moisture can freeze and expand.

    The Best Colors for a Brick Exterior

    White, Cream or Ivory – Bright colors such as these are a classic choice and will lend to that modern clean look you know and love. It is a color that will look warm and inviting year-round and can be complemented with contrasting dark shades.

    Grey – Greys come in a wide range of tones and saturation, making it a very versatile color that will suit a plethora of personalities. This is a great color if you live in a warm-weather climate where the surrounding foliage is always bright. 

    brick house painted blue

    Dark Green or Sage – A beautiful and underrated color, green is a stunner that is perfect for those who want a down-to-earth-looking home. It will complement a natural surrounding especially well and will lend a feeling of warmth and coziness.

    Dark Blue – Although a dark color, a deep blue is a bold choice for a brick home. It is also a less popular alternative to green if you prefer a look that is a little more unique.

    Are you in need of exterior painting services for your brick home? Helix Painting in Denver is committed to making your home painting experience simple and hassle-free. Our exterior painting services include walls and siding, trim, doors, garages, and more. Book your exterior painting estimate or request a free estimate online.

  • HOAs & Exterior Paint: How to Keep Your Home Compliant!

    HOAs & Exterior Paint: How to Keep Your Home Compliant!

    Living in an area with a homeowner’s association is all about compliance. There are requirements in regards to the exterior appearance of your property, with guidelines to consider and approval processes to go through. Prior to doing any work, such as exterior painting, you will need a green light from the HOA. Today we’re sharing advice on how to keep the exterior of your home HOA compliant!

    Read the Rules

    The first step you should take when considering whether to paint the exterior of your home, is to read the rules. Every HOA has a unique set of rules, but there are often similar elements. To find the rules surrounding the maintenance of the exterior of your home, look under Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R) There you will find a specific set of rules in regards to what is and is not allowed, who is responsible for what, and any processes you are expected to go through.

    Getting Approval

    In many cases, approval is required to paint the exterior of your home. This is where the CC&R comes into play. You can first check which tasks you are responsible for and allowed to complete without approval. But if for any reason you are unsure, play it safe and ask the HOA. Seriously, don’t touch those walls until it has been made clear by the HOA that you are good to go! Whether areas of the exterior are damaged and in need of repairs, or you think its time for a new coat of paint.

    Paint Requirements

    If you do get a green light to paint the exterior of your home, you will also need to look into paint requirements. That is, the type and color of paint you are and are not allowed to use. Most HOAs have a very specific target audience, and therefore a look that they are going for. If they allowed homeowners free reign, it could impact the overall appearance and value of the area. Therefore, there may be existing restrictions as far as paint options.

    Painting Schedules

    So as not to deal with the unsightly construction equipment and noise year round, some HOAs limit when you can have exterior painting completed. Usually during the spring or summer time. If you receive approval to have the exterior of your home painted, but do so outside of this window, it may result in non-compliance. So be sure to specify if there are limitations as to when you can paint. 

    Hiring Contractors

    Lastly, you will want to see if your HOA has guidelines for hiring contractors. Some HOAs are less strict on this matter, but others prefer to work with one or two contractors for a more consistent aesthetic. Or simply because they have found them to be the most reliable or best priced. If your HOA does not limit the contractors you can go through, then you will personally want to ensure that they are insured and can meet your compliance requirements.

    If you’re part of an HOA, you have to remain compliant, the experts at Helix Painting can help you do just that! Located in Denver, we serve homeowners throughout the area with a wide variety of exterior painting services. From walls and siding, to trim and doors, as well as garages. Visit our website today to request a free in-person estimate, or request a free virtual estimate.

  • Easy Exterior Updates to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

    Easy Exterior Updates to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

    The exterior of your home is a passerby’s first impression. What does your current situation say about you? If the answer isn’t ideal, you’re not alone! Plenty of homeowners forget to consider the impact of curb appeal. Aside from boosting your own pride for your home, it also affects the monetary value. If you’re looking to invest and do a little sprucing up, here are easy exterior updates to boost your home’s curb appeal.

    Maintain Your Lawn

    A lawn is one of the most rapidly changing elements of a property. It can grow out of control or completely die in a relatively short period of time. And while you don’t need to create an out-of-this-world lawn display, regular maintenance is a must. For starters, do your part to keep the grass lush and cut. In areas where you have plants, be sure to trim them regularly for a more pleasing appearance. If necessary, consider setting up a regular maintenance schedule with your local lawn care professionals.yellow painted exterior of a home

    A Fresh Coat of Paint

    It is recommended that you paint the exterior of your home every 5 to 10 years. This is for numerous reasons, from curb appeal to your safety and protection. In regards to curb appeal, it will ensure that your home remains stylish and modern. If you aren’t up for painting your entire home, consider spot treating it instead. Give your front door a fresh coat in a modern color, or repaint the exterior trim. Although a small improvement, these touch-ups can have a surprising impact. If you don’t want to go this route alone and are in need of professional assistance, contact our team at Helix Painting in Denver.

    Clean Up Any Walkways

    Homeowners often forget about the walkways surrounding their home, including the driveway. Over time these high traffic areas begin to degrade from use and weather. The material may crack, chip, or become discolored. In some instances, power washing will do the job, removing most of the dirt and debris. In others, larger repairs are necessary, from spot treatment to full replacement. Fixing these areas will lend to better curb appeal, as well as safer walkways.

    Replace Any Outdated Lights

    As with anything, lighting makes all of the difference. When it comes to your home, the lights you feature can have a huge impact. Consider replacing old or broken lighting, such as a pair of outdated wall sconces or broken walkway lights. Sometimes all it takes is setting aside the time to replace a bulb. We completely understand how easy it is to overlook a single lightbulb! But when it comes to improving your home’s curb appeal, good lighting is a quick fix.

    Clean Your Roof

    Don’t underestimate the impact your roof has on the curb appeal of your home! Although in some scenarios a full replacement may be necessary, a thorough cleaning is sometimes enough. By removing the stains from trees or algae, and replacing any missing or broken shingles, you will instantly boost your home’s curb appeal. As well as increase the overall longevity of your roof! And while you’re up there, go ahead and clean those gutters.

    Update Your Garage Doors

    If your home features a garage then you probably have garage doors. Depending on where the entrance to that garage is located, your garage doors can take up a significant portion of the exterior of your home. As with the exterior walls of the home, these too need to be cleaned and repainted. You will also want to replace any outdated hardware, like handles or hinges.

    Remove any Clutter

    Clutter happens and that’s okay! But leaving items to rot on your lawn is not. Whether you have kids, pets, or simply enjoy lawn activities, do your best to clean up or remove clutter. Perhaps you have an old fountain that hasn’t worked in years or outdated furniture that is collecting moss. Make the decision to clean up or remove items versus letting them ruin the curb appeal of your home. As for unsightly items that can’t be removed, like an AC unit, consider coming up with a creative way to hide them.

    Get a New Mailbox

    Your mailbox endures a lot and is probably dragging down the curb appeal of your home. Depending on the material of your mailbox, it might even be falling to pieces – a common problem with old plastic designs. If you’re tired of having to frequently fix or replace your mailbox, invest in an update. There are plenty of new stylish designs on the market. Or consider a more durable material, such as bricks or stone.

    Are you in need of exterior painting services? Helix Painting in Denver is committed to making your home painting experience simple and hassle-free. Our exterior painting services include walls and siding, trim, doors, garages, and more. Book your exterior painting estimate or request a free estimate online.

  • How Exterior Painting Protects Your Home

    How Exterior Painting Protects Your Home

    On average, it is recommended that the exterior of your home be repainted every 5 to 10 years. However, this timeline will depend on several factors. Such as the weather and conditions where you live, the type of exterior on your home, and the previous paint job. Learn about how exterior painting protects your home, including the benefits of exterior painting. Plus check out some of our favorite exterior paint color combinations!exterior home in the process of being painted

    The Benefits of Repainting the Exterior of Your Home

    Before investing in exterior paint, it is best to consult a professional to see if repainting is necessary. If it is determined that your home needs to be repainted, the cost may cause some concern. Let us reassure you however that the benefits of repainting your home are worth the investment!

    1) Curb Appeal

    One of the immediate benefits of repainting the exterior of your home is curb appeal. A fresh coat of paint is a quick fix for signs of age and weather. It is also a good way to reduce the visible age of your home, by giving it a modern and updated look. Improving the curb appeal of your home will increase the overall property value, which will also benefit that of your neighbors.

    2) Keeping Out Unwanted Guests

    Large animals are a nuisance, but small critters and insects can do significant damage to a home. Especially termites! Exterior paint helps to seal the most insect-prone wood on a home. Unfortunately, the access point for insects is often at the ground level, which also happens to be where the paint will wear the fastest. Regularly inspect your home for termites or places where the paint has become damaged, and that may be more susceptible to unwanted house guests.

    3) Extend the Life of Your Siding

    The main function of a home is to protect you and your family from the elements. Depending on the location, it was likely designed using materials made to withstand a specific type of weather. For example, homes in Denver often feature siding that is more impact-resistant. Every single day the life of your siding lessens. Maintaining the paint will help it last as long as possible, usually between 20 to 50 years.

    4) Protection From the Elements

    Exterior paint is a barrier that protects your siding, extending its life. Therefore reducing the likelihood of damage, and that the cold or moisture will penetrate your home. When moisture from rain or snow makes its way past the paint and to the wood of your home, it can lead to serious problems. 

    5) Prevent Mold, Mildew & Rot

    Mold, mildew, and rot are a result of moisture repetitively penetrating the paint and wood of your home. Eventually, it will cause the wood to soften and weaken, posing a serious risk to you and your family. Unfortunately, once rot takes hold, there is no undoing it. The only fix is to replace the structural wood – which will cost a lot more than if you were to regularly repaint the exterior of your house.

    Exterior Paint Colors

    Need some inspiration on exterior paint colors for your home? Here are just a few popular color pairings!

    Carbon & Pure White – This classic combo is a beautiful pairing that won’t go out of style. It is also a great option for those who like a bold contrast between different elements on the exterior of your home. Such as the walls and shutters.

    Olive Green & White – Green and white have peaked in popularity over recent years, especially on homes that feature raw wood. Variations of these colors look good with all shades of wood, especially dark and yellow tones.

    Red & White – If you aren’t afraid to go bold, then go with red. Preferably a true red, that easily contrasts with red. This color also looks good on homes that feature industrial elements on the exterior.

    Cream & Coffee – For a cozier exterior, cream and coffee are a charming combination. These colors are a good choice for those who prefer a neutral palette that is modern, but not boring.

    Olive Grey & Creamy White – Olive green and cream are another neutral option but are earth-inspired. These colors look stunning with homes in a more woodsy setting, or those feature stone elements.

    Are you in need of exterior painting services? Helix Painting in Denver is committed to making your home painting experience simple and hassle-free. Our exterior painting services include walls and siding, trim, doors, garages, and more. Book your exterior painting estimate or request a free estimate online.

  • What Color Gray Should I Paint My Kitchen Cabinets?


    What Color Gray Should I Paint My Kitchen Cabinets?

    gray kitchen cabinet tops and bottoms

    It’s a question that our team at Helix Painting is asked time and time again, “What color gray should I paint my kitchen cabinets?” While the answer is unique to your specific home and design goals, one thing is certain. You can’t go wrong with gray kitchen cabinets! Today we’re sharing why gray kitchen cabinets are so popular, and what this color can lend to your home. Plus get inspired by some of the hottest grey colors for kitchen cabinets paint!

    Gray Kitchen Cabinets Ideas

    In recent years gray kitchen cabinets have spiked in popularity, but why? Gray is a beautiful balance of both neutral and warm tones, delivering homeowners the best of both worlds. Used in a kitchen space, it also lends brightness and a sense of cleanliness. It is a color that will complement a wide array of tile backsplashes, as well as most any color of kitchen appliances. Of course, we can’t ignore that it also complements a variety of colors, depending on the shade of grey you choose. Making it an incredibly versatile color! Don’t get us wrong, an equal number of homeowners associate grey with being dull and boring. But if your goal is a kitchen that is trendy and will stand the test of time, you won’t regret going with gray. 

    Tips for Choosing Gray Kitchen Paint

    white kitchen cabinets on top and gray on bottom

    When it comes time to start comparing swatches, the sheer number of grey paint options can be overwhelming. Each and every shade will give off a special something to your home! Here are some factors that you will want to carefully consider and compare.

    Light or Dark – As with every color, gray comes in both light and dark shades. So how do you choose? The best way to decide is by considering the size of your kitchen and the light available. A small space or space with limited light can feel smaller with dark paint. So a lighter shade of grey will help open it up and give off the illusion of a grander space. Whereas a larger kitchen will ample natural light can handle darker paint, and may help make it feel homier. 

    Warm or Cool – When referring to a warm or cool shade, we’re talking about where a paint lies on the color wheel. Gray is often thought of as a neutral color, and it can be. But it can also have a warm or cool undertone. A cool gray will have pink and bluish hues. Whereas a warm gray will range from peach to yellow or golden undertones. Taking note of an undertone is important as it will impact your overall color scheme or palette, and dictate other colors you feature. Whether it be hardware, a backsplash, the wall color, or flooring.

    Grey Kitchen Cabinet Paint

    While there are countless shades of grey to choose from, some are tried and true. Check out some of our favorite grey kitchen cabinet paint, from top brands like Sherwin William and Benjamin Moore!

    gray kitchen cabinet doors

    • Sherwin Williams Pussywillow – A gorgeous shade, Pussywillow has a slightly cool undertone. It is similar to Mindful Gray but more saturated. Pair it with soft cream colors, as well as other warm hues.
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    • Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray – A soft, medium color, Dorian Gray has a slightly purple undertone. It pairs especially beautiful with crisp and bright whites, creating the most beautiful contrast.
    • Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray -This shade is a perfect contrast color to a cooler wall color. It can appear rich in some spaces and neutral in others but always looks gorgeous when complemented by warm details, like woods.
    • Benjamin Moore Gray Horse – A cool mid-tone gray, this shade creates a space that’s both stylish and restful. Pair it with other neutrals, or with warm earth tones like brown and green.
    • Benjamin Moore Gray Owl – One of the most popular gray colors. It’s a light warm gray that can go cool with more natural light and looks especially great in small, darker spaces.
    • Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray – A rich warm gray, Chelsea Gray is a super chic color for cabinetry. It is a deep and bolder shade of gray, that contrasts well with bright whites and is complemented by warm metallics.

    Ready to bring your vision of gray kitchen cabinets to life? Our team at Helix Painting is focused on delivering quality cab

    inet painting services to the metro Denver area. We’re committed to making your interior painting experience easy and low-stress with our unique combination of personalized service, quality work, and streamlined process. Contact us today for a free in-person estimate or take advantage of our convenient virtual estimate. We can’t wait to help make your dream home a reality!

    gray kitchen island with white cabinets

  • Helix Painting Earns 2020 Angie’s List Super Service Award

    Helix Painting Earns 2020 Angie’s List Super Service Award

    Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

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    Littleton, CO, February 2, 2021 –  Helix Painting is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2020.

    “Despite the enormous challenges facing our service pros throughout 2020, our Angie’s List Super Service Award winners continued to provide exceptional customer service,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These outstanding businesses have helped homeowners not only maintain their homes, but also evolve them into safe and comfortable spaces that can handle all the mess of life, work, school and entertainment under one roof. Our homeowners’ consistent positive reviews make it clear: these are the best pros in our network.”

    Angie’s List Super Service Award 2020 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an exceptional rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List and undergo additional screening.

    “We are honored to once again be recognized with the Angie’s List Super Service Award 2020,” said owner, Vanessa Homuth. “As a company focused on delivering exceptional quality and customer service, the Angie’s List Super Service Award is very important to us.”

    Helix Painting has been listed on Angie’s List since 2017. This is the third year Helix Painting has received this honor.

    Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are rated in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

    For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

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    Helix Painting is a team of passionate, caring, service-oriented professionals. Family-owned and operated, we’re committed to making your home painting experience easy and low-stress with our unique combination of personalized service, quality work, and efficient process. We understand the frustration of working with home painting contractors who fail to deliver on promises. Team up with Helix Painting for brilliant results. Visit our website to book your free estimate today!

     

     

  • Tips for Painting Your Rental Property’s Interior

    Tips for Painting Your Rental Property’s Interior

     

    living room with blue sofa and blue area rugOne of the easiest ways to retain or improve the value of your rental property is to add a fresh coat of paint. Repainting the walls of a rental can make it look like it has never been lived-in and hence more attractive to prospective renters. Good paint also shields the home’s walls from moisture, dust, and physical impact, thereby preserving their condition.

    But the way you approach the repainting of your rental matters. Things like paint color and finish go a long way to determine how often you have to repaint the home and how much you spend doing it. If you don’t fine tune your strategy for painting, you may end up doing more work and spending a lot more money than is necessary. And a situation like that is less than ideal for a rental because the asset should make you more money than it costs you.

    A reasonable system for repainting your rental between tenants will result in a quicker turnover. After a tenant leaves, Paramount Management explains, you should be able to have your rental ready for showing in less than 24 hours. You should be able to do this without spending a lot of money. Here are steps you can follow to paint your rental more quickly and efficiently.

    1.      How often should you paint?

    It would be best to repaint your rental when the paint on the walls is looking ragged. Landlords will sometimes say the law demands that they paint a rental every time a tenant moves out. But there is no such law. That is not to say you shouldn’t paint the rental every time it becomes vacant if that is what you prefer. But if you are like most landlords and would rather avoid the trouble, you can reduce the frequency of repainting by using paint that will not wear out or get dirty quickly.

    2.      What colors should you use?

    Choose a color that most people can live with and which does not show dirt easily. Landlords often get stuck fixating on the best colors to use in a rental; this is not necessary. It happens because the owner allows their personal preferences to interfere, or they think they have to paint the home with fancy or trending colors. Using these as the basis for choosing a rental’s color is a grave mistake. It limits the pool of tenants the home appeals to and increases the landlord’s work.

    The rules for choosing the best colors for your rental property are as follows:

    • Do not use bright or bold colors; they don’t have mass appeal
    • Do not use colors that relates to a specific group of people
    • Do not use white because it is too stark and shows dirt easily
    • Use lights shades of an attractive neutral color – such as grey, beige, or tan
    • But the shade should also be dark enough to hide blemishes
    • And if you have multiple rental properties, use the same colors for all of them

    3.      What is the best paint finish for a rental?

    There are five types of paint finishes you can use inside a home, and each has its pros and cons.

    • Flat or matte finish: It is low-sheen and conceals flaws well. But it is porous and absorbs the stain effortlessly. It is best for low-traffic areas.
    • Eggshell finish: It has a soft velvety appearance that is not glossy. It tolerates cleaning and may highlight flaws and show roller marks. It is best for moderate-traffic areas.
    • Satin finishes: It is shinier than eggshell and appropriate for moderate to high-traffic areas. It is tolerant to moisture but will reveal brush and roller marks.
    • Semi-Gloss finish: Is durable, washable, suited to moderate/high-traffic areas, and tolerant to moisture.
    • Hi-Gloss finish: It is reflective, durable, and washable. It is highly resistant to moisture and stains. It is perfect for high-use surfaces.

    The absolute best finish for a rental property is semi-gloss. It combines many of the best qualities of the other finishes. Using semi-gloss in a rental means that you can wash the walls with soap and water every time a tenant moves out, and they will be good as new. That can make the difference between needing and not needing to repaint the rental.

    4.      Pay attention to proper paint preparation

    Every time you repaint your rental, pay premium attention to surface preparation. The time and care you put into preparing a surface will determine how long the paint lasts. Most premature paint failure is due to poor surface preparation rather than the quality of wall paints.

    5.      Do not buy the most expensive paint

    You do not need to buy the most expensive paint in the market to get the best results. The quality of the paint job is not entirely dependent on paint quality. Expensive paint will cover only slightly more surface than cheaper paint. And you will still need two coats whether you use costly or cheap ones. However, to get the best results without spending a lot, aim for moderately priced paints.

    Between tenants and ready to invest in your rental property? Helix Painting of Denver is proud to offer our professional painting services to those who own both single and multiple rental properties. Contact us today to Request a Free Estimate, or visit our blog for more useful information and inspiration!

  • The Best Basement Painting Tips & Tricks

    The Best Basement Painting Tips & Tricks

    The basement is often the last part of a house to get a new coat of paint. And yet, basements are an integral part of the home, often used for entertaining or as an additional living space. Making it all the more important that you paint with care! To help you bring your vision to life, we’re sharing the need-to-know basement painting tips and tricks. Including some of the best tried and true colors to paint your basement!

    How to Pick a Basement Paint Color

    basement painted light colors

    Selecting basement wall paint is no easy feat. If you haven’t already, you’ll probably sample and swatch way more paint colors than you would care to. But we understand! When choosing colors to paint your basement, you want to complement the overall theme of the house and lend to the space. Whether it has less than ideal lighting, low ceilings, or another unique element. Without further ado, here are some of the best colors for basement painting!

    Gray – Easily one of the most popular basement paint colors is gray. This color is a great option for a soothing and relaxing space, like if your basement will function

    as an additional living space. The best gray paint for basements are those with cool undertones, such as blue, which are calming. In addition, go a shade darker than you would assume. Too light and you risk a vibe reminiscent of a sterile hospital setting. You might consider Agreeable Gray SW 7029 by Sherwin-Williams, one of the most popular Gray paint colors.

    Blue – As mentioned, blue is a color that exudes calm. But if you punch up the saturation, then you have a color that is both cozy and dramatic. Why go wish a saturated paint color? People are quick to use light colors in a basement that lacks light. However lighter colors are only visible when light is present. So opt for a rich color like Storm or Navy, that doesn’t require light to look beautiful. If a highly saturated color scares you, create an accent wall as a test run!

    Green – A color that has picked up traction in recent years is green. To be more specific, earthy greens like Sage or Moss. Note however that these are comparatively light colors. They are most suitable for spaces that already appear large and light. Like if there are ample windows or a high ceiling. Green is a homely color that lends a sense of cleanliness that is perfect for a minimalistic layout. Take a look at some of the trending shades of green paint, both light and dark, over at Benjamin Moore.

    Bright White – So you want a white basement, but are worried about that sterile feel we mentioned? The trick to pulling off white is the careful and tactical use of color. White is a great choice, especially if you want a crisp vibe. We recommend combating this cleanliness with warm and inviting neutrals, like rich browns and industrial blacks. You can then add in a smattering of non-neutrals, for that vibrant and homely feel. As much as you want to avoid ‘hospital’, you should also avoid ‘hotel’.

    A final note: Use color with caution! Interior designers often use a 60-30-10 rule, to prevent the use of too much color. To achieve this, 60% of the room should be the main color, 30% should be the secondary color, and 10% should consist of accent color(s).​

    Painting Basement Ceilings

    Don’t forget to paint your basement ceiling, which is also a wall. An unfinished ceiling can make an otherwise beautiful room feel lackluster. For expansive, high or vaulted ceilings, you can’t go wrong with white. It will lend to the already present bright and airy feel, and contrast darker walls. Should you have a lower ceiling, consider black. While this may seem counterintuitive, it can actually give the illusion of height or depth. If you have an exposed ceiling, black or charcoal can also help to hide imperfections.

    Choosing a Basement Paint Finish

    As with any room, you need to choose the right basement wall paint. Depending on your location, your basement may be a little damp. Even if it isn’t regularly damp, it’s best that you prepare for the worst. Otherwise you risk having to repaint much sooner than you would like. For basement painting, we most often recommend a glossy finish. Glossy paint is often better at resisting both moisture and stains. Note however that glossy paint is more prone to showing off imperfections present on a wall. So for the best final product, take the time to prep and smooth every surface.

    Hire a Professional

    Want to achieve the basement of your dreams on the first go round? Hire a professional! Basement painting is not as easy, or as fun, as it sounds. It takes a lot of research and preparation to get the job done right. At Helix Painting we can assist you in choosing the best basement wall paint, and ensure a mess-free application process. Contact us today to schedule a free estimate, or view our photo gallery for ideas and inspiration!

  • How to properly prep for exterior painting?

    How to properly prep for exterior painting?solid stain painted brown exterior

    Proper prep is the key to any paint project, particularly an exterior painting project. Without proper prep, even the best exterior paints may fail. Prep is time-consuming and detailed work, but it is the foundation of your exterior painting project. The following key steps will make sure your exterior painting project starts on the right note.

    1. Start with a good cleaning

    While you cannot always see it, your home’s exterior likely has a layer of dirty from dust, pollen, and other particles in the environment. Without thoroughly cleaning your home’s exterior, your paint will end up sticking to that dust and not the home’s siding or trim. This is likely to cause the paint to fail in the future. Additionally, be sure to let the surface dry before you start painting. Depending on where you are located, this make take a half a day to several days.

    1. Repair damaged surfaces and hammer in loose nails

    Rotten or damaged wood needs to be replaced to prevent larger problems within your home (ie water intrusion). Paint on rotten or damaged wood is likely to fail. Additionally, you’ll want to be sure all loose nail heads are hammered back in to create a smooth surface.

    1. Scrape loose or peeling paint

    As you can imagine, if you paint over loose or peeling paint, you will end up with finished product that doesn’t look very good and the new paint is likely to start peeling again quickly. You want your home to have only well adhered paint or bare surfaces to ensure the paint will hold up properly.

    1. Sand scraped surfaces and rough areas

    Any areas needing scraping or with rough exposed wood will need to be sanded. Sanding the surface helps to create a smooth finished look. Be sure to wipe down areas that were sanded to ensure any resulting dust is removed.

    1. Caulk

    Caulking a home helps to avoid water intrusion. You want to be careful to apply the right amount of caulking to be sure seams are filled while not applying too much caulk and impeding natural expansion or creating a bumping finished look. Before applying new caulking be sure to dig out any existing caulking from the joints that has either cracked or pulled away from the joint.

    1. Prime

    Any replaced boards or bare wood needs to be primed to allow for proper paint adhesion. Additionally, for those people living in climates where snow can build up on the home, we often recommend an extra level of prep including priming the bottom three boards of the house and along the roof line where snow accumulates. Primer is inexpensive relative to the cost of paint and a good quality primer will help keep extend the life of your home’s paint job.

    Your now ready to apply your paint. There are many great paints on the market for exterior painting. We love both Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore paints. Talk to your painting company or local paint store to figure out what paint is best for your project and budget.

    If you are looking for a professional painting company, Helix Painting is happy to come out and give you a free estimate. We offer a variety of exterior paint packages with extended warranties. You can book your estimate on our website or give us at call at 720-445-9856.