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Creative DIY paint enthusiasts are not afraid to experiment with different paint hues for their projects. At times, the results of their effort can be truly inspiring. How do you create a masterpiece instead of just another typical paint job? First, you need to consider if you will choose to use a paint or stain. Although the two products seem to have a number of similarities, there are a lot of things that distinguish them. Knowing the difference between staining and painting is important if you are to achieve your desired results. This article will focus on their differences and similarities.

How Paint and Stained Decks Contrast

 

  • Stain is Less Expensive

When you walk into a paint shop or hardware store and ask for the price of stain and paint, you will quickly realize that a gallon of stain is less expensive than a gallon of paint. A gallon of stain sells for around $35 while a gallon of paint costs around $60. If you decide to go with the painting option, you will have to part away with an extra $15-$40 per gallon to purchase wood preservative and another $15-$35 per gallon of primer. With stain, you save the extra $30-$75 on wood perseverative since stains already contains them. Stains also do not require primers to adhere.

 

  • Paints Offers More Variety

Unlike stain, paint offers more when it comes to hue variety. From neutral colors like forest green or chocolate to eye-popping crimson or royal blue for more contemporary vibes. Stains are limited to clear shades of brown because they are designed to maintain the native or natural qualities of wood.

 

  • Stain is Easier to Apply

Both staining or painting a deck requires surface prepping like light sanding or scrubbing with deck cleaner. The effort required while staining is less. Painting has several processes. First, you will need to treat your deck with wood perseverative then proceed to coat it with a quality primer. You will also need a minimum of two coats of oil-based or latex paint. Once done, you will be required to seal the surface with a polyurethane sealer. With stains, you do not need to do all this since you can choose a 2-in-1 stain and sealer. You also don’t need to apply a top coat.

 

  • Painted Decks Can Easily be Maintained

When applied to decks, coats of paint dry to slick surfaces. This makes sweeping away dirt, dust, and debris a walk in the park. On the other hand, stains dry to a matte finish thus demand greater efforts when sweeping clean.  This makes most homeowners resort to using pressure washers when cleaning their stained decks. When using pressure washers, use care so as not to gouge the wood due to the force of the washer.

 

  • Painted Decks Lasts Longer

Although both stained and painted decks face unique problems (paint chips or peels while stain discolors due to heat), when you do an overall comparison, you will find out that paint is more durable and can last more than 10 years before reapplication. On the other hand, stained decks last for a shorter period, between 1-8 years, before a reapplication is required.

 

How Paint and Stained Decks Compare

 

  • Composition

Solid paint and stain contain similar compounds. Both deck stains and paints come in latex-based and oil-based mixtures. Like paints, color deck stains have solids which cause stains to form permanent films on the surface of lumbers.

 

  • Application

Both color stains and paints have similar application processes. Builders and paint experts apply both paints and stains with brushes, rollers, and sprayers. Additionally, both perform best when the application is done over coats of primers.

 

  • Maintenance

To maintain stained and painted decks, you will need to clean them regularly by scrubbing or washing them with pressure washers to get rid of dust, debris, and dirt. Doing so ensures that they maintain their superb look for the longest time possible.

 

An awesome and diligent paint job results in superb decks which add monetary and aesthetic value to our homes. A professional job on our decks not only complements our homes, but it also ensures that we get value for what we pay for. Regardless of the finish you choose, C.E.T Painting is here to ensure that you get top-notch services which will leave your decks looking as good as new. For more details about painting and staining your deck, contact us through our website or call us through this number: (914) 615-1415.

 

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In the first section of this article, we discussed some of the ways in which homeowners can make their home’s exterior more attractive. Some of the ways to increase your home’s curb appeal include using the right paint color, pruning trees and bushes around your home, utilizing outdoor furniture, and doing a mailbox makeover. There are more ways to increase your home’s curb appealing without splurging too much. Let us explore some additional pocket friendly to increase your home’s aesthetic value.

 

  1.  Renew Planter Beds

Now and then, harsh weather like too much sunlight gets your garden beds out of shape. To reverse the process, a homeowner has to pull weeds, prune growth and add mulch to restore the color of the garden.  Clean and reset dislodged or soiled bricks or stones that border your bed. To improve curb appeal, upgrade to a decorative cast-concrete or stone edging system if your border is tired-looking or old.

 

  1.  Add Fence Panels or arbors

Decorative fence panels, garden gates or arbors enhance your garden value as well as your home’s curb appeal. Such amenities are usually found in prefab sections or easy-to-build kits that easily connect. For perfect results, stain or paint these items with colors that are already painted on your house.

 

  1.  Add Accent Trim or Shutters

Trim and shutters add welcoming layers of beauty to your home’s exterior. Shutters also provide extra security and control light and ventilation. Exterior shutters are made from different materials like vinyl, aluminum, fiberglass, wood, or composite. For low maintenance and durable trim details, consider installing new composite materials like polyurethane or PVC resins.

 

  1.  Tile Your Doorstep

A great method of adding your home’s curb appeal is by creating permanent welcome mats by tiling or painting designs which contrasts with the front stoop or porch floor. This method is not only perfect for impressing visitors with your creativity, but it is also good because you do not need to replace mats when they are soiled.

 

  1.  Upgrade Railings

Stoop and porch railings tend to deteriorate quickly if not handled with care. If these railings are aging, replace them with quality metal or wood components to improve curb appeal. When it comes to making improvements to other items directly attached to the house, ensure the details, design, scale, materials, and color are compatible or in line with your home’s main features.

 

  1.  Embrace Symmetry

Symmetry is not only simple to arrange, but it is also pleasing to the eye. Symmetrical compositions of front-door accents and light fixtures boost curb appeal and create welcoming entryways. Consider installing lantern-style sconces that coordinate with the urns and the door hardware. They will not only look attractive, but they will also come in handy when guiding visitors to the door.

 

  1.  Replace Old Hardware

Wall-mounted mailboxes, overhead light fixtures, entry door locksets, and house numbers are elements that add interest and style to your home’s exterior. If they are dingy or outdated, they may not be adding the aesthetic value you think they do. These elements beautify your home when they function collectively. Brushed nickel suits contemporary homes while oiled-bronze finishes are suitable for traditional homes.

 

  1.  Dress up Your Front Doors

The focal point of your home’s curb appeal is the front entryway. If you want to make an impressive statement, install a custom wood door or paint it with colorful, high-quality paints. Clean the knob by taking care of all dirty spots and use metal polish if necessary. Choose a wreath or swag that reflects your personality because your entry signifies or matches your home’s interior.

 

  1.  Install Outdoor Lighting

Low-voltage landscape lighting not only provide safety and security, but they also play a vital role in increasing your home’s curb appeal. Fixtures illuminate walking paths or accent lighting to the house or trees. Install solar fixtures if you cannot use lights which require wiring.

 

  1.  Install Window Boxes

Window boxes offer an easy and fast way to bring charm and color to the curb appeal of your home. For a traditional look, choose boxes made from iron or copper. For a cottage feel, painted wood will work perfectly. Mix and match plants and flowers to suit your color scheme and lighting conditions.

 

  1.  Add Outdoor Art

Weather-resistant artworks are one of the best materials to increase your home’s curb appeal. Go for pieces which complement your exterior elements as well as the natural palette of your home. Wind chimes, metal cutouts, birdbaths, and sculptures are among the best choices of outdoor art. Water sculptures not only work as yard art, but they also offer a soothing experience due to the burbling sounds.

 

  1.  Apply Stone Veneer

Nothing carries permanence and pedigree like stone. Stones dress up exterior features like column footings, concrete foundations, and other masonry details. Although manufactured and natural stone best function as accent materials, they can be an expensive option for large expenses.

 

  1.  Stain Your Garage Door

If you believe that your garage door is outdated, there is no need of going through the costly process of replacing it with a new one. You can simply stain it with a new color at a cheaper cost. Start by cleaning the door by power washing its surface, then proceed to paint your stain on.

 

  1.  Hide Electrical Fixtures

Electrical boxes on the front of our houses can stand out in a bad way. To prevent them from being an eyesore, ensure that they blend and camouflage by painting them with a paint that resembles your home’s siding.

 

  1.  Design a Clear Welcoming Path

Paths that lead guests to our front doors are crucial when it comes to boosting our homes’ curb appeal. They could be a border or hedge of flowers or an allee of trees along bricks or pavers. These elements can be informal or formal depending on your residence’s architecture. For a perfect look, always work with the architecture.

While some of the suggestions on how to increase your homes curb appeal are an easy do it yourself fix. Some would be best done by hiring a professional. Even if a homeowner has the knowledge and skills to make repairs or install some of the things mentioned in this article, he or she may not have the time or necessary equipment to do a perfect job. If you are thinking of boosting your home’s curb appeal, it is prudent to consult or seek the services of a professional. At C.E.T Painting, we have exactly what you need to turn your ideas into reality. For quotes and inquiries, feel free to get in touch with us through our website or call us on (914) 615-1415.

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Ever heard how a first impressions last a lifetime? Just like a book cover, the first impression always sets the stage for what is inside. Regardless of your motive, whether you want to make improvements for personal enjoyment or if you’re going to put your house on the market, adding curb appeal is an inexpensive way of boosting your home’s value and making it look as nice as possible.

Research by the National Association of Realtors showed that over 60% of homebuyers are likely to show up at your doorstep after viewing your home online if it’s exterior looks amazing. In as much as you may not have given much thought to your driveway, yard, sidewalk or front entry, they matter a lot when it comes to increasing your home’s aesthetic and monetary value. So, how does one create characteristics that will elicit strong emotional appeal to your neighbors, family, friends or potential buyers? Let’s look at some of the things you can do to make the exterior of your home look perfect.

 

  1.  Mailbox Makeover

Mailboxes should express a homeowner’s personality as well as complement a home. If you decide to have a hanging drop box, choose a box that reflects the trimming of your home. You can increase a mailbox curb appeal by painting wooden posts so that they match with your house’s exterior color. You can also surround it with a beautiful flower garden.

 

  1. Upgrade House Numbers

Modernize your homes’ look by removing old house numbers and replace them with something that has an urban vibe. Choose a font which complements your home’s architecture. When doing so, be keen so that you can have something that grabs the eye from a distance.  Replacing house numbers is simple, and it takes less than an hour to get the job done.

 

  1.  Plant Flowers or Flowering Plants

Some people have a notion that increasing curb appeal can be costly. With flowers, it doesn’t have to be so. Flowers or flowering plants make an impact. They invite friendly buzzing bees, butterflies and they also make your house appear to be full of color. Plant flowering plants or flowers with colors that complement your house’s façade. Ensure that you plant varieties which bloom at different times. Doing so ensures that you have a color palette that continuously changes after a few months. Planting flowers is inexpensive since it typically costs less than $100.

 

  1.  Clean Your Gutters

You might not think that your home’s gutters make a lot of impact on its appearance. However, cleaning the outside and inside parts of your gutters makes an instant observable impact. Clear all the debris and scrub the outside until they look brand new. After doing so, you’ll be surprised at what a little scrubbing can do.

 

  1.  Utilize Outdoor Furniture

When it comes to outdoor furniture, you have to be smart lest you go overboard. Too little outdoor furniture makes your home appear neglected while too much can furniture clutters its appearance. Try to find a balance and ensure that the furniture is in good condition. You can go with simple ceramic stools and small tables with pretty planters on the top if you have a small yard.

 

  1.  Get Rid of Junk

Lose all eyesores on your property. They include dead bushes, unruly garden hoses, old vehicles, swing sets, lawn furniture, and empty planters. Anything outside your house that is unnecessary or unattractive should be recycled, tossed, given away or sold. While you are at cutting loose the clutter, find a place to hide the recycled cans and garbage. Ensure that the place is out of sight.

 

  1.  Nurture and Mow the Lawn

Lawns dramatically impact curb appeal because they are a major part of your front yard. Kill weeds, rake, mow, manicure and edge your lawn for an elegant front yard look. Also, make sure that it is well fertilized and watered. If you live in drought-stricken areas or where water is scarce, consider drought-tolerant landscaping. However, you should be advised that drought-tolerant landscaping can be a bit more expensive and it takes time for such landscaping to mature.

 

  1.  Prune Trees and Bushes

Bushes and trees bring a sense of majesty, maturity, and fullness to properties. These wonderful landscape additions can, however, become overgrown and rangy, making property less attractive. They can block the views you want to flaunt or overshadow gardens that need sunlight. If you observe that your bushes and trees are out of control, trim or hire a professional to prune them.

 

  1.  Use the Right Paint Colors

In as much as pruning and trimming overgrown hedges makes a massive difference to your home’s appearance, changing or re-doing the paint color also completely changes your house’s looks. When shopping for paints, consider your home’s position and as well as artificial and natural lighting. Before purchasing any paint, consult with the experts about the quality of the paints. Always go for high-quality paints.

 

  1.  Add Interesting Details

To increase your home’s curb appeal, you can install stylish front porch lights, a brilliant door knocker or brand new shining house numbers. Adding a touch of elegance in the garden can also be achieved by installing water features, garden sculpture or birdbath.

 

  1.  Wash the House

Work from the top down by sweeping away cobwebs and dirt. Use a pressure washer or garden hose to wash and clean the walls. You can also scrub dirty walls with a soft-bristle brush with long handles and a solution of water and non-phosphate detergent. After this, rinse from top to bottom.

 

  1.  Install Exterior Vinyl Sidings

Quality exterior vinyl sidings are a perfectly safe choice for homes. Their fresh quality looks give most homes a fantastic appearance.  Vinyl sidings are a great choice because they can be customized to many different colors and styles. They are also applicable to a home of any size or shape.

 

  1.  Build Benches around your Trees

Most homebuyers find comfortable outdoor spots appealing because they have a place to hang out with their family members. These spots are ideal for relaxing and playing board games and card games. If your front yard has several trees, you can make them an extension of a porch by adding benches that can be used for outdoor gatherings by your family members.

 

  1.  Repair Your Deck

Repairing or replacing old decks goes a long way in adding your home’s overall curb appeal. Having a deck means having unwavering dedication when it comes to maintenance. One of the great ways of maintaining or upgrading the looks of an old deck is by staining.

 

  1.  Add Window Planters

There are numerous ways of adding curb appeal to your home. One of the ways of accenting a boring exterior in a gorgeous and affordable manner is by adding window planters. You can work with useful herbs or colorful plants; you will not be disappointed.

As you see, increasing your home’s curb appeal does not necessarily have to be a costly affair. Some simple things like getting rid of the junk or washing your house go a long way in making your house’s exterior look better. However, some activities like repairing and staining your deck might need professional intervention. At C.E.T Painting, we will help you make your house more attractive and customize it however you want. For quotes and inquiries, visit our website or call (914) 615-1415. Check out the next section of our blog article where we explore another 15 tips on how to increase curb appeal for your home.

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Epoxy floorings are one of the best industrial and residential flooring options in the world. They endure heavy loads and weights as well as last long enough to prove that they indeed provide value for your money. Regardless of whether they are installed in school cafeterias, commercial buildings, garages, warehouses, industrial sites or other places that receive heavy traffic, epoxy flooring will provide high-performing, smooth, and durable surfaces that will last many years under constant use.

 

The use of epoxy flooring is on the rise. Like many entrepreneurs in the commercial and industrial sector, most homeowners are installing epoxy flooring in their homes-especially in their garages. So, why are epoxy flooring famous? Why do most architects recommend their installation and what are their advantages? Let’s find out.

 

Advantages of Epoxy on Garage Floors

Most of us pay little attention to our garage. The only time we see their importance is when we are working on our cars or when we decide to use the garage for another purpose-like making it a guest room. A garage is not just a place where we park cars anymore. It can be used in various ways, and its appearance matters a lot; especially when it comes to adding property value. So, why is it crucial to install epoxy flooring to your garage? What makes an epoxy floored garage better than the average garage?

 

 Impact Resistant and Durable

Epoxy coating is among the most durable floor coating on the market. Not only do they withstand constant foot traffic, but the impact resistant coating also endures bike trick practice, street hockey games, and basketball tournaments. Epoxy is designed to endure heavy machinery like forklifts in industrial facilities. So, regardless of whether you own and drive a BMW SUV or a Honda Civic, the floor will do just fine when it comes to resisting high impacts.

 

 Epoxy is Versatile and Colorful

Your floor color is one of the first things people will notice when they come to your house. A good epoxy flooring color makes a statement that defines your tastes and preferences; it leaves a lasting impression. Did you know that epoxy floor colors aren’t painted? The color is in the resin which is usually combined with a hardener. This means that epoxy flooring colors do not chip since they are part of the floor.

You can also paint the floor of your parking space or decorate your garage with your favorite team’s logo. There are countless ways to revamp your home garage using different epoxy flooring patterns. What’s more, the epoxy floor coatings can be done in different ways to have a variety of textures. With epoxy flooring, homeowners have the chance of customizing their homes in unique ways.

 

 Easy to Clean

Homeowners appreciate that it feels like you have to spend too much time and money on maintaining a home. The last thing they’d want is a high-maintenance floor in their garage. With epoxy, cleaning is easy and worrying about grease and stains as a result of spills should be the last thing on your mind. Epoxy doesn’t absorb liquids. Epoxy floors are also slip-resistant which means that they protect against damage that results from spills.

 

Why is Epoxy Good for High Traffic Areas?

Epoxy flooring is known to maintain its appearance regardless of the pressure they receive from heavy loads and high traffic. They are ideal for high-traffic areas such as school cafeterias, entryways, hallways, and other common areas. These places are more exposed to wear and tear because of frequent use, and as a result, they are prone to damage from mildew, molds, and water. Epoxy flooring contains antimicrobial agents for protection. Impressively, epoxy flooring can hold up to 9,000 per square inch without cracking, chipping, or breaking. If you are looking for a long lasting flooring material to install in a high-traffic area, look no further.

 

How to Choose Epoxy Color and Finish

The same way that you take pride in your cars is the same way that you should be proud of where you store them. A beautiful well-performing car deserves to be stored in an up-to-date garage. Storing it in a cracked, stained garage doesn’t make sense. Epoxy flooring adds decorative dimensions to cement surfaces. It also prevents oil absorption meaning that the concrete floor beneath is well protected from corrosion.

The right color and finish for your epoxy add aesthetic as well as property value to your home. When choosing the right color for your epoxy, there are several things you should consider. One of the things to consider are the colors of your walls and how they reflect on the floors. Also, consider shadows and other things that will fill up the floors. When choosing the right color for your epoxy, consider how easy and manageable they are when it comes to cleaning. For instance, white floors may look fantastic, but they are a nightmare when it comes to cleaning. You should also note that some darker paints show more dust and dirt than others. You can take your garage game to a higher level by applying a metallic pearl effect epoxy. Doing this amplifies and reflects the beauty of your cars. Garages with epoxy finishes are easy and cheap to maintain because they do not need frequent repairing because of wear and tear.

 

How Long Do Epoxy Floors Last?

Epoxy flooring can last up to 30 years without showing any signs of damage. The following factors determine how long epoxy flooring will last.

  •   The quality of the topcoat
    – High quality topcoat is highly resistant to abrasion and scratches.
  •  The extent of traffic– Epoxy installed on high traffic areas will wear out faster than those installed in low traffic areas.
  •  UV Light Exposure– An epoxy floor has poor resistance to UV light. When exposed to regular sunlight, the binder used can chalk and turn powdery.
  •  The thickness of epoxy– The thicker the epoxy coating, the longer it lasts.

 

How to Maintain Epoxy Flooring

-Wipe the flooring with a soft cloth or paper towel for minor spills.

-Routinely clean your floor with a commercial dust mop or a soft bristle broom.

-For heavy cleaning of a soiled epoxy floor, use clear ammonia, hot water, and a hard foam mop.

-Use kitchen scrubbing pads to get rid of some stains such as rust.

-Never use soap based cleaners or acidic cleaners such as vinegar and citrus cleaners. Soap based cleaners detract the shine from epoxy flooring.

-Place a pad under motorcycle kickstands to prevent damaging the coating surface.

 

When Not to Use Epoxy

In as much as epoxy adds property and aesthetic value to our homes and garage, there are instances where they should not be used. Structurally unsound concrete or compromised floors such as wood, uncoated, tile, and ceramic are a few examples. Epoxy flooring cannot be applied on uncoated floors is because they breakdown quickly. They also cannot be added to wood flooring because wood floors tend to flex and move.

Epoxy flooring installation requires the help of qualified professionals who have the skills and knowledge of working with epoxy coating. At C.E.T Painting, we have exactly what you need to take care of your epoxy flooring needs. If you are looking forward to installing perfect epoxy flooring to your home or garage, get in touch with C.E.T Painting, and we will be happy to provide accurate and affordable rates. For bookings and consultations, visit our website or call us on (914) 615-1415.

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House renovation is one of the most important activities for homeowners. Although it might be time consuming and inconvenient, it is one of the best investments that extend good looks and the integrity of our homes. One of the ways in which we can renovate our homes is by repainting the interior and exterior walls. Doing this can transform a home becoming dull into a pristine living space you are proud to call home. While most modern paints are designed to last for 5-10 years, many factors can contribute to luster loss and paint longevity.

While re-doing your walls based on instinct is a good start, some specific warning signs indicate that it is time to apply a fresh coat of paint. So how do you know the crucial indicators? When is the right time to repaint? How often should you repaint? Let’s find out.

 

Signs That Indicate It’s Time to Repaint

 

  • Fading Paint

 

Fading paint is a common warning sign. Paint fades because of the bleaching effect brought about by the UV rays of the sun. Interestingly, dark hues fade faster than pale shades. We might expect fading over time on the sunny side of our home.  But when fading occurs on our home’s shady side, it’s a clear indication of water intrusion or vapor barrier issues. If you can’t seem to find the source of the problem, consult an expert.

 

  • Morphed Paint Color

 

As earlier stated, UV rays cause paint fading. The result can be devastating and our carefully selected color can transform into something undesired. For instance, when your exterior, beige walls transform to pink, it is an indication you need to repaint your walls with a grade of paint that can especially survive the effects of UV rays.

 

  • Cracking, Bubbling or Flaking Paint

 

These signs signal mold, wet rot or dry rot brought about by failed waterproofing. Extreme humidity, harsh winters, ocean breezes, blowing sand, and strong sunlight also play a role in damaging the paint job on our walls.

 

Factors That Determine Timing For Exterior Repainting

Other than weather and the climate, how the previous paint job was done, how we maintain our homes and where we live determine when we should repaint our exterior walls. The material used to build our walls also determine when we should repaint. For instance, brick sidings require repainting after 15-20 years while stucco requires repainting after 5-6 years.

 

  • Previous Paint Job

 

It is important for any homeowner to know about the details of their home’s previous paint job if possible. When your home was last painted and how many coats were applied during the painting process is useful information. Knowing these details will help homeowners determine when they should repaint their homes again. Typically the better preparation that was used, the longer lasting the paint job. Before painting, take care of stucco holes, rotten wood, and any spots of molds.

 

  • Where You Live

 

Your home’s location goes a long way in determining when you should repaint your exterior walls. If you live by the beach where the weather is always hot, and the wind continuously blows sand to your walls, you might need to repaint your home’s exterior after 3-5 years. The same applies to homes that are in places that experience harsh winters. Intense storms and harsh winters bring about high humidity levels which cause faster aging of paint jobs. While lighter shades might last longer, darker hues will deteriorate at a quicker rate. Do trees cover your house or does it receive direct sunlight? Direct sunlight causes paint bubbling and faster fading.

 

  • Exterior House Maintenance

 

Exterior house maintenance aims to prevent further damage or spotting and fixing issues before the situation gets out of hand. Being on the lookout for wear and tear signs is crucial. Watch out for rot, dampness, chalkiness, mold, and rodent or insect infestation. If you detect any of these signs, take care of the issue as soon as possible. Doing this not only helps keep your family safe, but it also makes your paint job last longer. Ensure that you regularly wash moss and dirt off your home’s surface before your paint starts breaking down.

 

Additional Considerations When Repainting

While some homeowners repaint the interior of their homes to reflect their personality, mood, and lifestyle, most homeowners repaint the interior of their homes depending on other factors. This may include a shift in current trends of décor or family milestones. The type of room also determines when interior repaints should be done. Let us take a look at these factors at an individual level.

 

  • Family Milestone

 

A homeowner will likely paint his or her child’s room depending on their age  For instance, a parent may repaint his or her 12-year-old child’s room because the child no longer sees it fit to sleep in a room which has rainbow colors. A rooms color sets the tone of the entire room. They’ve outgrown the selections when they were only 6 years old and are ready to embrace their new teenage preferences.

 

  • A Shift in Current Trends

 

We live in a world where trends change every day. What was fashionable a few years ago may be considered as archaic in the modern world. If your interior décor rocked during Barack’s first term at the White House, it might no longer be viewed as trending. As you know, most homeowners like to match their interior décor’s color with the room’s color. This means that when a homeowner decides to revamp or upgrade his or her décor, he or she may see it fitting to repaint the interior walls as well.

 

  • Type of Room

 

The amount of activity that goes on in a room or space determines when it should be repainted. High traffic areas such as hallways or corridors are prone to faster wear and tear due to constant use by people. As such, they need to be repainted more frequently compared to other rooms that have less traffic like the bedroom.

A bedroom may not need frequent repainting, but there is an exemption. Young children’s or teenagers’ bedrooms may need frequent repainting compared to their parent’s bedrooms. Dining and living rooms may not require constant repainting since repainting a specific color means revamping your interior décor. On the other hand, rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens may need frequent repainting because they are exposed to factors such as spilling of liquids and grease. You may also be required to repaint your ceiling once you spot yellow spots on a white ceiling.

 

Conclusion

Interior and exterior painting is not a walk in the park. For the best results when painting our homes, we need to hire professionals who are well equipped to handle such delicate tasks and make your painting experience a breeze. Doing so is the only way to ensure you get quality paint jobs that last for years. If you believe that your home’s interior or exterior siding requires a fresh coat of paint, do not hesitate to contact C.E.T Painting for a free estimate. For quotes and inquiries, visit our website or give us a call on (914) 615-1415.

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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 lot of activities, some people will be unpacking and arranging different things while others will be moving furniture to an appropriate position. The process of moving and getting settled can lead to damaging newly painted walls. Ever seen the look of a car owner when he/she realizes his/her car’s perfect paint job has a major dent or scratch? It’s not pleasant. Such a thing happening to freshly painted walls is the last thing you need, nobody wants that.

 

2. Finding the Perfect Color Palette

Homeowners who paint their houses after moving in have an advantage of choosing the a color palette for their homes with insight into how light looks inside. They can observe the effects of natural and artificial light and how it can even change how a color might be perceived.

 

3. Matching Paint with Interior Features

Those who decide to paint their homes after moving in have the opportunity of matching paint with furniture and interior décor. As a homeowner, you want the perfect color to complement your rugs, artwork, and upholstery. Painting your home after moving in gives you the chance to do this without worrying about clashing colors.

Whatever decision you make, ensure that you get in touch with a professional painting company equipped with the right tools and personnel. If you are ready to give your home a new look with a fresh coat of paint, C.E.T. Painting will be happy to provide an accurate and affordable quote regardless of whether you have moved in or not. For bookings and consultations, visit our website or call us on (914) 615-1415.

 

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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 water and wiped with a clean rag to dry them. Holes and dents are then filled by use of a wood filler.

 

 

 

 

Sanding

For the paint to perfectly stick to the surface, sanding is done by medium grit sandpaper (sanding sponge or 120-grit sandpaper) after placing painter’s tape on the walls along the cabinets’ edges. Coarse 100-grit sandpaper is used to remove bumps or smoother rough surfaces.  This is a significant step, and painters are extra careful to avoid going overboard while sanding. The sanding dust is then vacuumed from all surfaces after which a tack cloth is used to wipe off any dust before painting. Some people prefer the wood grain showing while others don’t. At your request, painters fill open grain on wood surfaces before painting. The grain pores can be filled with spackling, by sanding between coats till the pores are filled or by applying several coats of high-build primer.

 

Applying Primer Sealer

For the first coat, a fast-drying primer is used to speed up the painting process. Primer sealers reduce the need to deglaze or sand old finishes before the finish paint is applied. A primer sealer provides a perfect base for water-based paints. Laying off is then done. Laying off is the process of using a brush or a dry roller to go over surfaces for the removal of build-ups in light manner.

 

Applying the paint

This stage involves painting the face frames’ opening and the inside edges, the sides of the outer cabinet and finally the front of the face frame. Keenly following these steps allows painters to detect and correct smudges or drips on visible areas. It also allows them to work faster in less critical areas. The next step is painting drawer fronts and cabinet drawers, along with separate moldings or wood pieces. If these parts have routed or raised features, the paint is carefully flowed into corners and crevices without accumulation in the spots. The paint is applied in thin, light coats covering all the areas. Thin coats dry quickly, and they leave fewer noticeable brushstrokes.

Painters are keen not to overwork the brush because it might create air bubbles that leave pits and bumps when the finish dries. The paint is then left to dry for a few hours before lightly resanding the surfaces in preparation for the second coat. Two coats of high-quality paint are enough to do the job. However, a third coat can be applied for protection purposes given the fact that kitchen cabinets are exposed to day-to-day use and cooking heat. An alternative to painting by brush is to spray paint the cabinets.  This will give you a polished factory finish.

If you are looking forward to repainting your kitchen cabinets, consider hiring experienced professionals who will perfectly do a thorough paint job which will last through the coming years. C.E.T. Painting has the best painters who double-check for defects before moving on to the next painting stage to ensure that you get your desired results. For bookings and consultations, visit our website or call us on (914) 615-1415.

 

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It’s a well-known fact that colors define the energy of a room. Your mood and a room’s tone changes according to the shade. Choosing the perfect color for your home is by no means a breeze because there are numerous color pallets to choose from. You of course want to select the perfect shade for each room according to its purpose. For instance, since your bedrooms are places of relaxing after a long day of work, you might want to consider painting them with lighter shades that do not overpower each other.  A good bedroom color is yellow. By painting your study space in a low wavelength color, such as a hue of green, it creates an excellent learning environment. This is due to the calm and restful atmosphere they bring. They increase focus and efficiency. So, how do you determine which color is best for the rooms in your home? Let’s find out.

Make use of ColorSnap® for your color selection

Over the years, some colors have faded into oblivion while others have reigned in popularity. You may hear a friend praising and recommending a particular color; however, it is crucial to note that not all colors are for everyone, there is a glove for every hand. Of course you will want to find what works for you. Sherwin-Williams has developed ColorSnap® and this is a fantastic tool to help you choose colors. ColorSnap® is an integrated system of tools and colors that help you with color selection. It allows you to visualize colors in sample rooms. The best thing about this feature is that you do not have to go to the nearest Sherwin-Williams store to make use of the tool. You can download the app from Google Play or the App Store and have fun matching the colors of your room professionally. Regardless of whether you are repainting or painting for the first time, ColorSnap® will make the rooms in your home seem heavenly. Perfectly selected ColorSnap® hues might be equated with Leonardo da Vinci’s or Pablo Picasso’s magnum opus. Sorry, we get excited when it comes to selecting colors, and so should you. As color experts, our advice is that when you are painting or doing some renovations, choose colors that have personal meaning or the ones that show individuality. Make use of ColorSnap® to compare multiple colors to ensure the color you settle for best fits the existing space in your home. When making your decision, consider the color fixed elements such as carpets and cabinets. Lighting also plays a crucial role in determining how the eye will perceive a color.  Another essential factor to keep in mind is the natural light a room receives.

 

Sherwin-Williams Top 50 Colors

One our favorite tools when selecting colors is the Sherwin-Williams Top 50 colors.  These span a full spectrum of hues and shades. Among them are a variety of neutrals that set perfect foundations for pops of color and allowing your personal design to shine. These colors are excellent for both interior and exterior painting.  Neutral colors are the hands down all-time favorites to many people. Let us highlight a few of our favorites.

 

 

Accessible Beige SW 7036

For exterior use, houses that have spaces designed with green products blend perfectly with Accessible Beige SW 7036. If you have a hillside home with exterior finishes of stucco, stone or cyprus, this is the color for you. Using this color makes your home look especially fantastic during sunset. This color is ideal for creating a farmhouse style in your home. The color matches well with dark wood oak boards, floors and batten walls. Accessible Beige can be painted in kitchens with raised panel cabinets, beige backsplash, beige cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. Family rooms with mounted TVs and medium tone wood floors look heavenly with this color. Accessible Beige blends perfectly with Greek Vanilla SW 7551.

 

Repose Grey SW 7015

One of the most popular Sherwin-Williams neutrals colors is Repose Grey SW 7015. Be it the bathroom, kitchen, living room or bedroom; Repose Grey will perfectly blend in any room in your home regardless of the lighting or the time of the day. Repose Grey has the advantage of making the spaces in your rooms seem large. This color blends perfectly with dark woods and is recommended for your home office. If your fireplace has brownstones, consider painting the spaces next to it with Repose Grey. The color is perfect for lake houses and houses with cement board siding. Colors that compliment Repose Grey include Eider White SW 7014, Backdrop SW 7025, Misty SW 6232, and Foggy Day SW 6235.

 

Pure White SW 7005

Pure White SW 7005 is also a perfect neutral color for beach and countryside farmhouses’ exterior painting. The color is ideal for
traditional kitchens that feature granite or quartz countertops, white ceramic backsplashes, shaker white cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. Pure White is also ideal for living rooms with light wood floors, tile fireplaces or accent grey walls.

Home offices or studies look good with Pure White especially if they have medium tone wood floors and traditional freestanding desks. Pure White blends perfectly with Inkwell 6992 black walls. Living rooms with marble floors and standard fireplaces look great with Pure White. Extra White 7006 perfectly complements this color. Visit the Sherwin-Williams website or make use of ColorSnap® to access more neutral colors for your home.

Now that you are aware of the options that you have when choosing the best shade from the top 50 paint colors, the next step will be painting the fresh coat of paints on the walls of your home. This is the last and the most crucial phase. You’ve put all this effort into selecting the perfect color for your home, handing the paint job to a rookie or unqualified painters may result in a poor finished result. To pull off great looks that compliment your home, consult and hire C.E.T. Painting for the best finishes. For quotes and inquiries, visit our website or give us a call on (914) 615-1415.

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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.

  1. 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 each type of siding material, highlighted how to choose the perfect color and now the important of pressure washing. For more information and guidance on your home’s siding, get in touch with us at (914) 615-1415, visit our website. Or send us an email at cetpainting@yahoo.com.

 

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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 because they do not clash or call for unnecessary attention to your property. Desert Tan and other neutrals blend perfectly with accent colors, like green shutters, for those who prefer a small pop of color.

Choosing just the right color is an important component when deciding to replace or re-stain your siding.  C.E.T. Painting is happy to be your partner in this undertaking.  Not only do we have experience working on some of the most beautiful homes in Westchester county, but we offer the best customer service in the business. Let us put it  to work for you. Contact us at (914) 615-1415 for a free estimate or visit our website. Our series Everything You Need To Know About The Siding Of Your Home continues with our next blog post on the importance of pressure washing.