PAINTING: BEFORE OR AFTER I MOVE?

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Moving to a new home can evoke a range of emotions. It can be stressful and exciting all at the same time. Not only do you have to pack and move, but you also have to make important decisions like choosing the paint color of your new home. While some homeowners feel that it is essential to paint their new house after moving in, some prefer to do so before. Regardless of your preference, the primary goal is to paint the right color, and C.E.T. Painting  will be there at your convenience. C.E.T. Painting offers professional painting services that will leave your home in pristine condition. In as much as painting your new home after moving in has its advantages, expert painters recommend painting before moving in. Those who decide to paint their new home before moving in, know the secret. Let us examine the benefits of painting your home before moving in and why it stands out as the better option.   The 6 Advantages of Painting before Moving In   1. Faster It’s a no brainer that painting an empty house takes less time and effort than painting an occupied home. Empty houses allow smooth movement of painters from room to room. Another advantage of painting an empty house is that it is easy to protect and cover the floors.      2. Cheaper Painting contractors make advance estimates before painting your new home based on coverage area and labor hours. It will cost homeowners less money while painting an unoccupied home because painters work at a faster rate in such homes since they don’t use time moving furniture around the house.   3. Convenient Painting an empty house is convenient to painters because they can easily access the walls. They can quickly tape off and start rolling on new paints with less effort because they do not have anything obstructing their view. Painting an empty house is also convenient because occupiers don’t have to worry about moving their clothes while the painting of the interior parts of their closets is going on.   4. Easy Clean-Up Unoccupied homes are easier and faster to clean up after doing a successful paint job. Cleaning up empty homes is quick and this allows you to enjoy your beautiful new paint job all the faster.   5. It’s Less Messy Painting your home before moving in is ideal because it enables you to avoid scenarios where there are spills, smudges, and fingerprints. This can happen so easily if your moving items around before the paint has had sufficient time to completely dry.   6. Increase Curb Appeal Homes that are painted before occupancy sell faster. They sell at a faster rate because potential homeowners are attracted to newly painted homes. Well painted houses in pristine condition sell more quickly and at a higher asking price.   3 Advantages of Painting after Moving into a New Home   1. Avoidance of Damaging Newly Painted Walls Moving into a new home entails a… Read more »

BEAUTIFY YOUR HOME: PAINTING KITCHEN CABINETS

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If you are ready to give your kitchen a refresh, pack a punch with updated kitchen cabinets. A brand new look in your kitchen is a hallmark of elegance and sophistication. You can achieve this by either buying new cabinets for your kitchen or repainting the old ones. If you have taken your time to inquire how much new kitchen cabinets cost, then you know that replacement is expensive. Cabinets account for nearly 40% of a kitchens total cost. New ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets range anywhere from $1,600 to $6,000 while the other side of the spectrum gives you an option of spending much less. Your home reflects who you are and what you like. Giving your kitchen a refresh starts with the cabinets since they occupy the most space in the room. You can purchase high-quality paints from your local store and refurbish your kitchen cabinets. However, painting kitchen cabinets is not a walk in the park. To achieve excellent results that send the right message, you must hire pros who know how to boost the looks of your kitchen. The process requires extensive knowledge and experience. Depending on the size and amount of cabinets, this project will typically take 4-5 full days. This is definitely a project where the preparation work is vital to getting a beautiful finished project. If you have doubts or just don’t have the time investment it will take, this might not be the best project to do yourself. If you decide to do so, be prepared for the challenge. So, how do painting experts manage to pull off great looks and make it look so easy?   Preparation Successful paint jobs rely on diligent prep work. As earlier pointed out, cabinet painting takes several days. While prepping for the work, ensure you set up a room where you can do your cooking without getting in the way of the painting process. Cabinet transformation is a multi-stage process which lets you paint melamine, wood, and laminate cabinets. Painting kitchen cabinets with laminate surfaces can be tricky because they require special bonding primer. Professional painters ensure that they first test your desired paint in an inconspicuous area of the laminate surface to be sure that it bonds perfectly to the material. Drawers and flat-front doors are easily painted. However, woodwork with routed profiles, raised panels and other architectural details require more time to prepare and paint.   Removal of Doors and Hardware The first step of cabinet painting is emptying the contents. Drawers, doors, and hardware such as hinges and knobs are then removed. Special note is made so that cabinet doors and drawers go back into the right spot.     Clean Surfaces Paints don’t stick to greasy materials. It is for this reason that cleaning the cabinets with grease-cutting solutions is important. A kitchen scrub sponge or a cloth is used to wipe the cabinet surfaces, the cabinet doors, and drawers to get rid of any oil. After this, they are rinsed with clean… Read more »

The Importance Of Pressure Washing Your Home Siding Regularly

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Most homeowners disregard the importance of pressure washing. Some think it’s just not necessary. Or that it could even damage their home. However, this is not the case. Pressure or power washing is very important to your home. It gets rids of dirt, mildew, and mold, especially in shaded areas. Regular cleaning helps you get rid of dust, grease and chemical residues that have built up over time. Failing to clean your siding can result to fading or discoloration. Join us as we conclude our blog series, Everything You Need To Know About The Siding Of Your Home.  Mentioned below are some reasons why you should regularly pressure wash your home’s siding. Improves Curb Appeal Pressure washing your siding greatly improves the curb appeal of your home. This is particularly important to homeowners looking forward to selling their property. Using a pressure washer for cleaning your siding removes dirt and debris which make your house look old and unattractive. By making use of a pressure washer for cleaning your house, homeowners who intend to sell their property increase the chances of selling their houses at a faster rate. 2) Protects Your Home Moss, algae, mildew, and mold have the potential of causing repair issues in the long run. You do not have to live with the dinginess and damage that comes with these types of growth if you pressure wash your home’s siding. 3) Health Protection Protect your health as well as the health of your family members by getting rid of mold, dust and other allergens that can make you sick. Pressure washing eliminates these irritants by completely getting rid of them. 4) Preparation for Renovation Before embarking on any exterior renovations, make sure you pressure wash to get rid of any dirt that may inconvenience you in later stages of renovations. This is a recommended step that should never be skipped. The directions on the most common materials like tubes of sealant, bottles of stain, and paint tell you to start with a clean surfaces for the best results. Pressure washing is essential for cleaning and taking off peeling layers that may cause problems to new applications over time. Your home’s siding speaks volumes about your personality, who you are, and what you like. It is either a win or a fail; there is no in between. To make sure that you are on the winning side, go through the color palette on the color wheel. Never force colors to your home if it does not have a natural way to divide them. Always go for color combinations that are less complex. We hope that you have learned more about your home and this important but under appreciated architectural element of your home, siding.  Please check out any of the other articles in our blog series, Everything You Need To Know About The Siding Of Your Home by visiting our website.  We have covered knowing when it’s time to replace or re-stain, reviewed the pros and cons of… Read more »

Perfect Siding Color Guide

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The thought of choosing new siding colors can be daunting. There is always fear that you might not choose the correct color. Changing your siding color is more difficult than painting a room in your home. So, how do you ensure you make the right decision when it comes to the color of your siding? Don’t sweat it, C.E.T. Painting has created the perfect siding color guide to assist you through the whole painting process. Our advice is that before you choose your siding color palette, visualize what you want your home to look like. Choose a trim color from our color wheel that will that blends perfectly with your neighborhood. The following are some colors that may look flawless on your home, consider any of these siding colors as we continue our series of articles on Everything You Need To Know About The Siding Of Your Home. Coastal Blue It’s no doubt that blue has become quite popular over the last couple of years. When compared to neutral shades, it stands out as a bold color. If you aim to evoke feelings of peace and serenity to viewers and guests, then coastal blue is precisely what your siding needs. Homes painted with a combination of crisp white trim and coastal blue evoke a feeling of well-being. The color has the same effect as the sea does to its viewers. Cypress Cypress is a muted shade of green popular in the northern parts of the US. If your home is located in a conservative area that values neutral colors, then cypress is a perfect choice. The color blends perfectly in homes surrounded by woods, fields, and trees. This color is also ideal for homes located in areas where darker colors are preferred because it makes use of various accent colors. Marigold Pale or yellow tones of marigold are the key to anyone looking for warm and light colors to brighten their home’s exterior. Marigold is ideal at lightening and brightening a house without making a bold statement. Pairing marigold with crisp white trims brings about tremendous results on different architectural styles in all areas. Natural Clay Natural clay is popular with homeowners not willing to stark a shade or those who are intrigued by white. This color has a unique personality. It is cooler than tan or cream. It pairs perfectly with brown, beige, and tan. Natural clay is ideal for people looking forward to creating monochromatic exterior to their siding. Forest Green Forest green is ideal for homeowners whose houses are located in rural areas or those living in places surrounded by nature. The color reminds us of trees during mid-summer. Forest green is a perfect background color for houses that require bold accents, like red front doors or a black shutter. Desert Tan Regardless of where you live or your architectural style, true neutrals are always well received. Neutrals blend well with their surroundings. They are perfect if you live in a neighborhood of divergent styles or colors… Read more »

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Each Type Of Siding?

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Our previous blog article in our series on Everything You Need To Know About The Siding Of Your Home, focused on the importance of replacing or re-staining the siding on your home. More than simply improving your home’s curb appeal, we saw that siding improves your home’s insulation and protects it from adverse weather conditions. It goes without saying that your home’s siding plays a significant role in influencing your home’s architectural style.  This article will dig a little bit deeper on the kinds of siding materials you should use and breaks down the benefits and weaknesses of each. So sit back, buckle up and relax as we cruise you through a sea of information on your home’s siding. Types of House Siding: Wood Wood siding has been used for centuries. Most people not only like it for its beauty, but also for the natural look that it brings to their homes. The naturally changing tones and colors of wood make a home feel inviting. Wood siding can be from different tree species such as cedar, redwood, fir, pine, and spruce. An advantage of wood siding is that it can easily be stained. Other than stain color and species, you can further tailor your home’s overall look by selecting a profile that is most applicable to you. Some of the most popular profiles for wood are board and batten, shakes or shingles, bevel or clapboards, and engineered wood like vertical boards and wooden sheet siding. The cheapest option is clapboard while the most expensive option is shingles due to its classic look. Pros – If damaged, you can replace wood siding in small quantities. Other types of siding need sides and whole panel replacement in case of damage. – Without a doubt, wood siding is the ‘greenest’ siding on the market. – With wood siding, there is infinite customizability; there are no boundaries to the types of stains that can be applied on wood. – The insulation R-value of wood siding is higher compared to other types of siding, meaning it is more energy efficient. – It is easier and faster to install. Cons – Although wood siding has infinite customizability, maintenance is a must; there are no shortcuts. – Wood can easily be damaged by water or wood eating insects such as termites. – Maintenance cost always add up: staining is required every 3-4 years, and repainting is needed every 5-6 years. – It’s not suitable in dry areas since it isn’t fire resistant.   Fiber Cement Fiber cement is one of the most popular siding options because of its low maintenance and resistance to insects. It is a mixture of cement, sand, and fibers. Australia’s James Hardie is the most popular brand. Many homeowners prefer fiber cement because it is a low-cost wood alternative that is durable.   Pros – Fiber cement has a look and feel of wood, and it is not susceptible to wood insects. – Fiber cement has a class 1A fire rating, meaning it… Read more »

Is It Time To Replace Or Re-stain My Siding?

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Most homeowners focus on refurbishing old components of their homes such as doors, ceilings, windows, and decors but give little thought on the state of their home’s siding. The truth of the matter is that siding is as necessary as any other structural component. Sidings play a significant role in keeping your house in one piece. In fact, siding may be one of the most crucial elements of your home when it comes to maintaining the aesthetic value. So, should you paint or stain the existing siding on your house? If your asking yourself this question, the answer is probably yes. When you notice the siding fading or peeling off, it’s time to take action. To appreciate the important role of siding, let’s first take a look at some of the advantages of staining. The Benefits of Staining the Siding on your Home 1) Giving Your Home a Fresh Look Regardless of how old your home is, staining the siding gives it a refresh that makes it look brand new. Staining the siding of an older houses is the oldest and most effective trick to giving your home a flawless appearance. Replacing or re-staining breathes life into the exterior of your home. 2) Offering Protection from Harsh Weather Conditions Refreshing your home’s finish with a new coat of paint offers it renewed protection against extreme weather conditions. Wood fibers are held together by lignin. Exposing lignin to too much sunlight breaks it down leaving grey surfaces that cannot maintain a finish. This leads to water penetrating through the wood, a factor that results in wood rot. Rotting shingles and boards have the potential of compromising the structure beneath. Re-staining or replacing your siding gives your home a renewed fight against extreme weather conditions that have the potential to damage your home. 3) Maintain Structural Integrity As pointed out, mildew and mold that come as a result of water seepage through your home’s siding have the potential of wreaking havoc. Unprotected wood is susceptible to water damage. Water damage destroys woods and boards by making them soft. This leads to swelling and eventually, decaying. Re-staining your home’s siding prevents the structural damage of your home. 4) Extending your Home’s Lifetime Sidings such as vinyl can last up to 55 years. Daily wear and tear can significantly reduce this lifespan. Painting not only helps keep your siding look it’s best, but it also extends its lifespan. This aspect enables you to save money in the long run. 5) Prevents Termite Damage Staining and painting wards off wood-eating pests such as termites by sealing off exposed areas which are prone to damage. Stains are resistant to peeling and are easy to apply. They bring out the grain or texture of wood in a clear manner. Re-staining or replacing the siding of your home has a high return on your investment; especially if you are considering putting your house for sale. Even if selling is not for you, refreshing your home’s exterior can significantly… Read more »

Everything You’ve Wanted To Know About Replacing Your Windows

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As sure as taxes, there will undoubtedly come a time when your old windows will need replacement. So, when is the right time to replace your windows or how do you know that your windows need replacement? Your windows may need replacement if they are leaking. Also, if you notice that your windows are foggy, difficult to open and close or have rotten sills and frames, it’s high time you consider replacing them. Contemporary doors and windows are nothing new at C.E.T Painting; neither is modern architecture. C.E.T Painting is the number one firm which lets you choose your desired doors and windows based on your architectural style at an affordable price. Our unparalleled selection of doors and windows makes modern architecture easy to achieve. We have been a solid provider of customized windows since the trend began.   Our Product’s Diversity Whether you own a French Eclectic, an International Modern, American Farmhouse, Cape Cod or Georgian style home, we have the right window combinations that blend perfectly with the materials used in building your home. We feature Andersen and American Craftsman windows. They include Specialty, Awning, Transom/Fixed/Picture, Casement, Single-Hung, Double-Hung, and Double-Hung Impact Windows. All of our products are labeled, rated and certified by NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council).   The NFRC is a nonprofit organization that provides credible, fair and accurate performance ratings for doors and windows. Products we deal with meet the criteria set by the U.S Department of energy and the U.S Environmental Protection Agency on energy efficiency. The certification criteria are generally based on heat loss and heat gain of each product depending on the location of your home in the U.S. In short; we are pleased to offer safe and durable windows that have been tried and tested. This crucial aspect has won us the trust of hundreds of homeowners and real estate investors.   How Many Panes Are Best For My New Windows? Many homeowners are unsure about the number of panes their glass windows should have. When they go shopping for windows, their main concern is the price. Purchasing windows based on their cheapness means you only get cheap windows with nothing else to offer. When shopping for new windows for replacement, focus on the protection of your home as well as energy efficiency. Purchase windows based on the number of panes and the windows’ framing. Installing windows with 2-3 panes for every glass is the standard rule. 2-3 panes don’t allow air seepage; neither do they crack easily. They are also strong, a factor to consider if your home frequently faces tropical storms. If you genuinely value your peace of mind, especially when sleeping, 2-3 window panes are the best for your house for they effectively cancel exterior noise.   Benefits of Window Replacement The benefits of window replacement are numerous. New windows make your home stand out. They make a “wow” impact that will instantly be noticed. They not only provide enjoyment and comfort to homeowners, but they also increase… Read more »

How to Hire a Painting Contractor

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Regular painting and maintenance of residential and commercial buildings help keep your property in top notch condition. While some homeowners prefer to take matters into their hands and do the painting themselves, often commercial building owners prefer to hire professional contractors. Despite the fact that many homeowners choose to paint their homes themselves, it is advisable to engage the services of a professional painter. Hiring a professional painter comes with several advantages. For starters; professional painters will never compromise on quality, are artistic and add ingenuity in the job. Besides, hiring one saves you time and energy as you concentrate on other important activities – after all, painting is their livelihood. ⦁ Referrals: Whereas friends and family are a good reference point when choosing a painting contractor for your home, it is crucial that you also consult painting contractor’s in your local area. Many choose to use an internet search to find a wide range of painters in their area. ⦁ Angie’s List and ⦁ Home Advisor can be a great resource. ⦁ Estimates: Contact at least three painting contractors for an estimate. When they come to your home or business to assess the work, keenly observe each contractor and note the time they take to evaluate the condition your property. A good contractor is never in a hurry and will examine all the cracks and nooks that need fixing. You should feel comfortable asking how big the crew is and their levels of experience. Get the estimate including any additional material needed. Insist on a written quotation, preferably on the company’s letterhead. ⦁ References: Ask for references and a list of previous jobs done – every contractor keeps this type of list. If possible, go see a previous job and evaluate how it is holding up. ⦁ Process: Find out how they will prepare for the job – before actual painting starts. A good quality job involves smoothening of the surface area to get rid of any rough spots from previous paint jobs. Find out how many coats of paint they are going to apply for the finished product. The estimate should provide a breakdown of the following: brand and model of material, number of coats – primer and paint, labor and a proper description of surface preparation to be carried out. ⦁ Credentials: Before you do a contract; vet the contractor’s credentials, ascertain whether the contractor is a member of a professional, trade or local business group. Are they a member of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America? Check their rating with the ⦁ Better Business Bureau. Verify the validity of their contractors license. Cross-check the company with the attorney general’s office for any previous misconduct or unresolved complaints. ⦁ Materials: Consult widely on the best paint in the market that can withstand all weather conditions in your local area. Sometimes, a contractor may be promoting paint from some company and might mislead you. Insist on work guarantee, where the contractor bears any responsibility and cost in… Read more »

Why Trust the Job to a Professional Painter Versus Doing it Yourself?

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Some people feel that they are equally as qualified to paint a house as the technicians from a professional house painting service. Although it may appear that there is nothing complicated about applying a coat of paint, there is much more to painting than might meet the eye. Thus, why should you trust professional painters? What makes the difference? It all starts with having the proper preparation of the surface. Expert painters know how to properly prepare the home before actually starting the job, and they realize what it requires to do it right. So what are the reasons to trust your project to a professional? Let us discuss six benefits. Cost The main reason some homeowners even plan to paint a house themselves is associated with price. Every budget has its unique demands. Between harsh winters and hot summers, our homes are subject to exterior damage and deterioration. Having your home painted is a powerful protection from this potential damage. It is much more cost-effective over time when you decide to get it done right. Not only will you save time, energy, and frustration, but by trusting a professional painter, you can work together to find a scope of work that suits your budget. Warranty Generally, experts do their job professionally and provide a warranty of their work. Typical painting guarantees can vary greatly. It is wise, as a homeowner, to be sure you understand precisely what is and is not included in the warranty and what to do if repainting must be done. Insured and Bonded Every accredited painting service, no matter where they will work, must be covered and bonded. This protects the property owner, from a loss on the part of the painter or their staff. This provides an extra layer of protection and peace of mind. Maintenance Reduction Whenever your home is properly painted by a reputed company, you will notice time and again, that it lasts much longer than when you paint it yourself. By hiring a professional, you benefit from the expert experience and knowledge that can only be gained from years of doing this work. At the end of the day that means you won’t need to redo the work again for a long time. Over time, this means you have a beautiful paint job that is well worth the money. Quality Work By trusting a reputable contractor, you’ll be hiring experts who’ll offer you top quality work. When they are finished, you will be pleased at the detail and quality work that can only come from a carefully controlled expert paintbrush. Time Efficiency Professional contractors will usually offer you an estimate of the time period it will take to complete the job. While there may be an occasional exceptions, you can expect the work to be done quickly, effectively, and on schedule. A professional is quick to troubleshoot and overcome any obstacles and stay on schedule. While there are many more reasons, we have highlighted six reasons to trust your project… Read more »

What Sheen Should I Use to Paint my Interior?

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When painting a space, frequently the most thought about aspect is what paint color is going to be the perfect choice. You have invested lots of time and careful energy into the decision that will transform your room and home. Color certainly is a crucial step in that transformation but in addition to looking at shades and hues, it is vital to pick out a sheen. It could feel like an unimportant aspect but you’ll be amazed by how much paint sheen could determine performance. Matte You’ll find varying degrees of sheen that range from super shiny high gloss to ultimate flat or matte. The interior paint color combinations are achieved by variations of the concentration of resin and pigment. The greater the pigment, the lesser the resin, the flatter the interior paint color. The reason that many people choose to use wall paint colors that are flatter is the fact that they have the ability to mask imperfections in walls or ceiling. Matte interior paint colors are best for areas of your home or business office which see a great deal of action and therefore are more prone to get dings and scratches deeper than on the surface. Eggshell Enamel and Satin Eggshell enamel is a stage up from matte within the sheen division. This wall paint color still possess the strength to mask imperfections beneath paint but can better withstand a scrubbing and are more stain resistant. Even though eggshell enamels are better than mattes at sustaining wear and tear, satin finishes are even better at dealing with surface action. When painting a little one’s area, this sheen is the very best irrespective of the interior paint color. This option will hide the wall dents that occur from toys and lively play and can withstand the repeated scrubs from crayon creations and messy hand prints which happen from macaroni and cheese and mud pies. Semi-Gloss If you’re looking into house paint colors for the bathroom, kitchen area, or perhaps a rooms molding, semi-gloss sheen could be the best option. Wall paint colors which use this style of sheen are an awesome fit for these areas that are susceptible to messes that are likely to necessitate frequent cleaning. It’s a standard rule that the higher a paints gloss, the better equipped it is really at dealing with repeated cleaning. By deciding upon house paint colors that have a semi-gloss sheen, you are going to have the peace of mind that spaghetti sauce splashes and flying shampoo suds won’t harm the look and feel of your space. Another role of semi-gloss interior paint is its use in rooms which bathe in sunlight. Having this sheen within the interior paint colors you choose permits the space to become as bright as it can be by maximizing the sunlight as opposed to flat sheens which absorb sunlight. High gloss sheens make colors seem richer than any other finish but keep in mind they should be reserved for surfaces that are blemish free,… Read more »