Jun 19 2020
How to properly prep for exterior painting?
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Jan 16 2019
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In order to join Team Dave Logan, Helix Painting went through their extensive interview process and background screening to ensure we are using quality business practices and operating with professional ethics. The screening criteria included:
- Better Business Bureau Certification
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- Personal Background Check
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We now proudly have the Team Dave Logan on our website and in our emails and look forward to working with fellow team members in the future.
Apr 23 2018
Deck staining and fence staining is one of the easiest ways to freshen your outdoors for Spring. When deciding to stain your deck or fence, there are some important considerations.
When do I need to Re-stain my deck or fence?
If you live in an area like Denver, the combination of lots of sunshine, snow and, of course, hail, lead to some pretty tough conditions for the exterior parts of your home. Most homes need their exteriors painted at least every 5-7 years. Some stained surfaces can even need to be re-stained every 2 years. Decks and fences are no exception. If your stain has worn away, the wood on your deck or fence is exposed to moisture intrusion and likely to begin rotting. A water test is the easiest way to see if your deck or fence need re-staining or sealing. Sprinkle water on the deck. If the water beads up or stands on the deck, your deck is protected from moisture absorption. If it soaks in immediately, the deck needs to be treated. In this scenario, it is time to re-stain your deck or fence.
Who will do the job?
Are you planning to hire someone to complete the work or are you planning to complete it yourself? While there is always the allure of doing it yourself to save money, this is one DIY project that can often be tougher than you think. Cleaning and sanding the surfaces before staining is much more time consuming than people expect. Cutting corners or not using the proper preparation techniques is the most common reason for deck stains and sealers to fail. If you decide to DIY this project, do not skimp out on this part of the process. You can learn more about deck staining from Sherwin Williams or your favorite paint company. If you decide to hire someone to do the work, be sure to discuss how they will prepare the surfaces beforehand. Many companies will not warranty work done on horizontal surfaces (due to the potential for water to puddle on horizontal surfaces), so it is important to make sure the job is done right the first time.
When is the best time to Stain a Deck or Fence?
Decks and fences need to be stained when the weather is warm and dry. Most stains are best applied when the temperature is between 50 and 90 degrees. Additionally, it is best if you have a window of a few dry days for this project. You’ll need to have prep done on one day and staining on the following day. Ideally, it would be best to not have rain for 24 hours after a staining to allow for the paint to properly dry.
What kind of stain should I use?
Choosing the wrong stain could result in a final product that disappoints. The type of stain you choose depends on the appearance and durability you want to achieve. It should also be influenced by the condition of your current wood. If your wood has hail damage or major variations in color, a clearer stain will show these imperfections more than a solid stain. The main stain types are:
- Clear – Clear stain shows the natural wood grain best, but offers the least UV protection.
- Toners – Toners provide a light color that highlights wood grain and provides good durability.
- Semi-Transparent Stains – Semi-transparent stains provide very good durability and add a rich, pigmented color, but still allow the natural wood grain to show through.
- Solid Color Stains – Solid color stains help cover up wood blemishes or unsightly grain and offer maximum durability.
Now that you know a bit more about deck staining and fence staining, it is time to get outside and test your wood decks and fences. If they are absorbing moisture or looking worn, it is time to prioritize this project. You can learn more about Helix Painting’s deck staining and fence staining services on our website. You can also book a free estimate online or call us at 720-445-9856.
Apr 23 2018
Color is a great way to make your home stand out. While many people choose earth tones and more muted colors for exterior colors, in certain neighborhoods, colorful trim and unique siding can add charm and character to home. We recently completed one such project for our client. This house was on the north side of Denver, in an older neighborhood that prides itself on having homes with character. Our client decided the best way to honor this home’s historic character was to enhance the trim’s color.
Communication is Key When Making Major Color Changes
When embarking on a major color change, communication and continuous follow through with the client is key. We encouraged our client to meet with a color consultant to help create a plan for the home.
Getting expert advice helped to ensure we could create a final product matching our client’s wishes. We then created a mock up of our client’s vision. While the mock up wasn’t the prettiest image, it helped make sure everyone was on the same page.
Not only did this mock up help our painters, the image helped our client see a few changes she wanted to make to the color scheme. The visual clues and continuous communication allowed us to make necessary changes before money and labor was wasted on a design that wasn’t perfect. With the new mock up approved, we were ready to start painting.
Revealing the Finished Product
After such a dramatic change in the home’s colors, we couldn’t wait for the reveal to our client. In the words of our client, “Wow!” The home went from a tired, dated looking property to a vibrant, eye catching home.
Find a Way to Make Color Work for You
The vibrant colors used in our client’s home are definitely not for everyone. Whether you prefer less bold colors or your HOA restricts you, you can still find your own ways to express personality in your home. Accent walls are one of the easiest ways to create dramatic flair inside a house. Check out our blog post, Changing Paint Color Can Dramatically Transform a Room, to learn more about accent walls. As described in the blog, you can use the Sherwin Williams ColorSnap Visualizer to see what a new color might look like in your home.
Feb 11 2018
Helix Painting has won “Best of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Thank you to all of our customers who voted for us and provided glowing reviews of our interior and exterior painting service.
the Best of Houzz Award
The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
“The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.”
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.
Dec 06 2017
Can I do exterior painting in winter? We get a lot of phone calls for exterior painting, even in cold winter months. Unfortunately, unless you’re in the Sun Belt, it’s pretty hard to re-paint a house during the winter.
Why do you need warm weather for exterior painting?
Sherwin Williams and other paint manufacturers have some great paints temperature rated down to 35 degrees, which means if the temperature dips below 35 degrees, you’re likely to run into problems. If the weather gets too cold, the paint won’t set right and could end up cracking or peeling. Typically you’re re-painting the exterior to protect your home or repair damaged paint. Shelling out money for a new paint job only to have it peel and flake is not what you want! Even if it warms up to 50 degrees during the day, paint takes several hours to set correctly. If the temperature falls before it has set, you are in trouble. Additionally, during the winter months the days are shorter. Painters are faced with a compressed time window to perform the work – sometimes as little as four hours. This could lead to the project taking several days longer than planned.
Unless there’s a dire emergency, chances are you are better off waiting until spring time, unless you get lucky with a several day heat wave.
Should I wait until the spring to book my exterior painting estimate?
While the winter might not be the best time for painting your exterior, it is a great time to get an estimate. Painters are generally more available in the winter and will often give you a discount for booking before the spring rush. It will also put you at the beginning of the schedule once the weather warms up.