We hear contradicting information on elastomeric coatings all the time. Even though they are like any other paint that can be applied to most surfaces and is a breathable that doesn’t mean we do not hear concerns from clients all the time. There are still many people who think elastomeric cannot be applied to stucco for instance.
Elastomerics Coatings were originally developed as a water-proof coating or membrane designed to keep water (rain) from penetrating concrete warehouses in areas that were prone to wind driven rains. The idea was to keep moisture from damaging the contents of the warehouse or building. They were typically very thick coatings applied in two separate coats, the second designed to be pin-hole free to prevent water intrusion. The final dry-film thickness would be 16-20 mils (8-10 times thicker than house paint). The coating was designed to very flexible or elastic to compensate for movement or settling and to bridge any cracks from reappearing.
As time progressed painting contractors began using elastomeric on homes for several reasons. The first being the need for a coating that could create a higher film build to fill in the cracking and checking on weathered wood siding. Painting contractors were aware of the benefits of using elastomeric coatings on concrete and stucco substrates to fill and bridge cracking and the fact that elastomeric coatings were a thick, high viscosity, high film build coating, they were also aware that the cost was thirty to fifty percent higher than the typical house paint not to mention the fact the spread rate – coverage was approximately 100 square feet per gallon compared to 300-400 square feet coverage of a quality house paint which in turn makes it more expensive then traditional acrylic paints.
They are among the best coatings used for stucco, poured concrete and masonry surfaces because of their waterproofing properties. You are assured that your house is protected from the rain and water damage from properly-applied elastomeric coatings.
Elastomeric paint is at least 10 times thicker than conventional paints. It attains greater dry film thickness than ordinary paints at 10 to 20 mils per coat against 2 to 3 mils for paints. The extra thickness translates to added protection to wall surfaces.
Elastomerics can stretch and fill small gaps in the wall. They are also very tolerant to small substrate movements. They can serve as flexible coatings between cracks. They can also adopt to expansion and contraction of walls during cold and warm weathers.
A single attractive feature of this product is its durability. Manufacturers, in fact, give up to 10-year warranty for elastomeric coatings compared to the usual 2-year warranty for ordinary paints.
For those do-it-yourself people out there, house painting is not technically difficult for you to perform, but it can be time-consuming, aggravating, messy and physically demanding, not to mention dangerous.
Hiring a professional painting company like Perry Wellington, takes these concerns out of the picture. Perry Wellington works around your schedule and tries to complete each project within the estimated period. We understand the hassles of having other people at you home while you are at work, or if your family is at home. That is why we strive to meet or beat our deadlines.
The old paint usually has to be scraped off before any new primer or paint can be put on the walls or exterior project. This scraping and prepping phase is not a fun nor easy process. Plus if your project is an exterior one than reaching those hard-to-reach areas is extremely dangerous.
Time – This is what we do day in and day out. We have become very efficient at completing jobs and what may take you a week would take us a few days.
We stand behind our work – We have a 2 year warranty on our work. You can rest assured that if there is an issue with with premature failure on your home we will cover all expenses to have it repaired. When you do a job yourself and you see failure, it is up to you to fix it yourself.
Our Reputation – One of our most treasured possessions as a company is our reputation and we will do anything to protect it. We run our business with integrity and we keep in tune with our moral fibre. We would never do anything to risk our reputation. We will do everything in our power to provide you the best quality job and service so that you recommend us. It is the lifeblood of our business.
Safety – It can be dangerous painting a two story house on potentially uneven ground or on a staircase. Allow us to inherit the risk so that you do not put yourself in danger.
Quality – Generally in our experience a professional painter will produce better quality work compared to a homeowner. We have vast knowledge about proper prep processes, product selection and application conditions.
Our Passion – We take pride in our work and that always yields a great quality job.
It is not uncommon to want to make a new home your own by choosing colours that are your style. The best way to paint a home is when it is empty. By painting your home before all the furniture is moved in can be beneficial on several fronts.
These are 3 reasons why you want to paint before you move in:
- You can easily paint ceilings, closets and trim. Who wants to tape trim and edge in ceilings while herding furniture and arranging drop cloths? And just imagine painting the bedroom closet once your slovenly spouse has staked his claim.
- No one wants to occupy an ugly house. Once you move in it becomes increasingly easy to procrastinate on getting the painting done.
- Its Cheaper. By painting a home while it is empty or before new flooring goes in it allows you to complete the job at a faster rate. You spend less time moving furniture, putting down sheets and more time applying paint at a faster rate.
Keep all these reasons in mind when purchasing a house with the intention of painting the interior. Off course its not impossible to paint once you are moved in, its just a little harder and not as economical.
Colour often dominates your thought process when it comes to painting. Colour is ultimately the most important decision from a visual perspective. However, coming in right behind colour as the most important decision is the choice of paint finish. Paint finish goes beyond whether it looks shiny or matte. The finish you choose affects how the colour looks. If you take the same colour and have it made in several different finishes, it will actually appear as a different colour in each finish. This is due to how each finish reflects light. It can affect the durability of the paint over time. It can affect how well imprecations can be hidden.
Here are the Pros and Cons of Each Finish:
- Good choice for areas with imperfections like ridges on exterior siding or waves on interior plaster walls
- Great for ceilings
- Look deeper then other finishes due to light absorption
- Great coverage which makes them affordable
- Not good for areas that require a lot of cleaning. Flat finish paint scuffs easily
- Not as good at hiding imperfections as flat but still good.
- Only a hint of shine giving it coverage similar to flat finish
- Easier cleaning then flat but not as good as satin or semi gloss.
- Has a rich luster
- Great for high traffic areas and rooms that require regular cleaning like bathrooms and kitchens
- Great choice for trim, windows and doors
- Higher Cost because it doesn’t spread as much
- Doesn’t hide imperfections
- Smooth to the touch and washable
- Stand up well agains humid conditions
- Will not be as deep as a lower sheen level paint
- Does not spread very far which makes higher cost
- Can often appear to have streaks and flashing in certain lighting conditions
- Not good for ceilings or long walls
There are many services and benefits you would get out of a professional paint job. It’s hard to love a home that looks drab and dated. Fortunately, a professional painting contractor can give your home an attractive makeover. The following specialties of The Painting Group can help your home look like new again:
- Renewed Curb Appeal: Nothing lifts a home’s exterior like a fresh coat of paint. It covers by far the most square footage and for a lower price per foot comported to other renovations. You can renew the current colour or go a completely different direction and do a complete makeover. We can help with colour consultations in the case you want to change colours
- Eye-Catching Accents: A new coat of paint isn’t the only way to enhance your home’s exterior—striking; high-contrast accents are a great alternative to painting your whole house. For example, a bold trim colour adds extra dimension to your home’s appearance. Consider a tone that pops against your home or one that matches a current deck or window trim.
- Exterior Power Wash: Along with painting your home you can also pressure wash other areas including concrete walkways, driveways, fences, decks, vinyl siding and garage doors. Your home may simply need a bit of cleaning to bring out its true beauty. We can help remove the dirt and debris dulling your exterior.
- Carpentry Touch-Ups: Part of having the new paint coating adhere to the surface we are painting is the make sure the surface we are painting is solid and well preserved. Paint typically does not hold well to rotted or worn wood. Our team is capable of replacing most rotted wood. In the case we cannot then we would utilize the services of our professional carpenter who we keep on retainer.
It is general knowledge that the two most common types of paint. There is oil-based paint and water-based paint, also known as latex or acrylic-based paint. Off course there are many more categories of paint but for almost all residential applications you will be dealing with these two types. How do you decide on latex vs. oil paint exterior for your home? How does one know which one to choose and what are the advantages of each one?
History of Oil vs. Latex Paint
For many years, oil-based paints were popular for home painting. From the 1920s to the 1960s, oil-based paint, which covered in fewer coats, leveled beautifully and was highly durable, was considered a miraculous innovation. When latex-based paints arrived following World War II, they quickly began gaining favour due to their being more environment- and user-friendly.
Many oil products have been slowly taken off the shelves due to government policy pushing for all environmentally friendly paint with low to zero VOC. Some primers are still oil-based without a latex alternative.
VOCs are volatile organic compounds which are found in many chemical formulations, especially paint, and which can be harmful to human beings and to the environment.
Advantages of Oil-Based Paint and Water-Based Paint
Naturally, oil-based paints had a lot going for them.
- Great at adhering to surfaces,
- Harder finishes and as mentioned
- Better levelling.
- They tend to have a more natural look than some latex-based paints as well.
However, water-based paints make up for these in a lot of ways.
- Latex lasts longer.
- You’ll see less colour fade.
- Acrylic-based paints are mildew-resistant.
- Much better for you and your surroundings, with low levels of VOCs, meaning fewer harmful fumes and less overall damage to the environment.
There are ways to make latex-based paints close to the equal of oil-based paints in those other areas, such as adhesion-friendly primers and sandpapering surfaces before painting to improve adhesion. Latex paints are also continually improving in terms of hardness. Finally, as environmental regulations get stricter and stricter, oil-based paints may be phased out altogether.
If you are a hoarder then please disregard this message. However, If you hate clutter then you may be tempted to throw out leftover cans of paint after you paint project is complete. Be strong and resist this temptation. It may save you a lot of aggravation in the future.
It is very well known that there’s always a need for some leftover paint. Over time as rooms experience wear and tear there will be a growing need to have those areas remedied. Whether its caused by dirty hands scuffing walls, your pet, moving furniture that leads to banging the wall, there will eventually be a need for touchups.
When this happens you will want to have this paint on hand for several reasons. The first reason is that it will save you time from getting in your car and going to the paint store to order more paint.
Along with wear and tear it is important to note that no one is perfect and if there is a missed spot or a thin spot where the paint needs to be applied a little more thickly to attain an even colour and finish then you will need more paint.
If you are doing a touch up then it is very important to use the can from which the original paint came. Often if you go to a store and have a whole new gallon made up there can be some slight variances. It would be indistinguishable to the naked eye if yo unpainted a whole wall but doing a spot touch up in the middle of the wall can expose this variance and come off as flashing on the wall. So use the original can as that colour came from a specific tinting machine.
Of course, there may not be enough to do the touch up you require. If you want to paint some additional walls then you will surely need more.
Having the can will make buying more a lot easier. A can of paint will usually have labels on the lid and the body with very important information. Labels will state the brand, manufacturer’s code, color, gloss level, and type of paint (latex or oil-based) you are using. Bring the can with you to the paint store so that they can easily reproduce the colour in the correct product.
Make sure to store your paint in an area that will stay room temperature all year round. If paint freezes which is liable to happen in the winter if you store it in your garage it will spoil the paint.
So, resist the urge to dispose of your leftover paint. A day will come when you’ll be glad that you did!
Peeling paint can be a distressing situation. As sheets of paint pull away from the house it takes away the protective layer that keeps the elements from damaging your house and as well the aesthetic beauty of your home. This problem should not be ignored.
Why does paint peel? There are many reasons as it turns. Some of these can be traced back to the day the paint was applied, while others can occur over time. Possible causes of peeling paint include:
- Surface preparation. If paint is applied upon a surface not properly prepared then there is a good chance the paint will not last very long. Applying paint on top of a dirty or mildewed surface. Not scraping the paint down to a firm base. Not priming bare wood. These are all examples of poor prep or lack of prep.
- Using lower quality exterior paint that has less-than-ideal adhesion and flexibility characteristics.
- Applying paint in less then ideal weather conditions that hinder the formation of good paint coating. Painting on extremely hot or very cold days can have a big affect on how the paint system lasts.
- Applying an oil-based paint to damp or wet surfaces.
- Moisture being trapped in the walls or in the wood due to previous rain, humidity, and other forms of moisture penetrating the walls through deteriorated caulking, a leaking roof, or others areas, causing wood to swell and paint to lose its adhesion.
- Excess humidity or other forms of moisture within the home escaping through the exterior walls.
Signs are pointing to moisture. You must cut of the source of where the possible moisture source is. Look at repairing your roof if you see stains on your interior ceilings. Caulk open joints and gaps in the exterior of your home if you see lifting paint on horizontal surfaces such as window sills. Make sure your gutters and downspouts are clean and cut away any vegetation that is too close to your home.
In most cases you will have to repaint. First, remove all the loose and peeling paint. Next, sand any rough edges on the paint so that they are as smooth as possible. Prime areas where the paint is completely gone to the point that bare wood shows. Finish your project by repainting with a top quality 100% acrylic latex exterior paint.
So, if you encounter peeling paint consider all possibilities as to the real culprit.
There are many potential risks that must be cautioned when it comes to painting your house. Most early paint failures occur because of a poor decisions at some point in the process that results in premature failure or poor finished product.
Mistake #1: Using low quality paint. Bargain bin paint is really fool’s gold: It can be much more difficult to apply, its applied appearance can be less than ideal, and it simply won’t last as long as top quality paint. If the allure of a cheap paint is too strong, keep those brushes handy as you will be needing them sooner rather then later to repaint the house. Alternatively you can buy high quality paint that is top of the line and 100% acrylic. You will yield a better looking, longer lasting paint job.
Mistake #2: Using low quality rollers and brushes. Substandard sundries may cost a little less, but they make a paint job more difficult and almost always affect the finished appearance of the paint. Cheap rollers can often shed lint and lead to an uneven finish on the wall. Higher quality applicators will make it easy to apply a thicker, more uniform coat of paint and thus a nicer appearance in the end.
Mistake #3: Not completing the proper level of surface preparation. In the exterior setting that usually means scraping and sanding to remove loose or peeling paint, priming unpainted surfaces, and removing dirt and mildew. When on the interior, good surface prep involves washing walls and woodwork, correcting surface imperfections with drywall compound, caulking, and concealing stains with an appropriate primer. The difference is in the details.
Mistake #4: Painting in the wrong weather conditions. When it is very cold, excessively hot, very windy or raining. Attempt to paint in moderate temperatures. Temperatures between 10 and 25 degrees is ideal with low humidity levels.
Just invest in the best quality paint and equipment, resist the temptation to take shortcuts on surface preparation, and pay attention to the weather when painting outdoors. It’s a fool-proof formula for painting success!
Are you planning on selling your house in the near future? Touch up painting can be a very wise investment. By touching up the exterior and having the home appear in pristine condition will show potential buyers that your home has been well maintained and cared for and provides comfort to potential buyers.
Here is a list of areas to keep in mind when undertaking touch ups.
- They say curb appeal accounts for 15% of the value of your home. Make sure there are no paint chips, bubbles or pealing paint exposing bare wood.
- Take a look at your foyer. This is where potential buyers get their initial glimpse of your home interior. Clean every surface and touch up walls where the paint shows marks or nicks.
- The kitchen and bathroom are by far the most important rooms in the house. Touch up as needed and put extra effort into the powder room which will be visited most often through walkthroughs.
- Kitchens can often look small and to help make look bigger, paint the kitchen a very light colour, preferably off-white. Cloud White from Benjamin Moore is always a favourite. At a minimum, remove food stains from the
- walls and remedy water spots by applying some primer and a coat of touchup paint.Check all window ledges. These areas can attract dust, stains and pealing paint. You do not want a potential buyers view to be ruined by these things. Sand, prime, and paint any sill where people may delay their tour.
- Inspect all your trim and woodwork. Touch up all chipped paint on these areas which can include chair rails, baseboards and casings.
- Look at areas that can come in contact with dirty hands and high traffic. This can be door jams, window frames, and the walls around your light switches. If the areas are smudged or dirty, you may be able to clean them if you used a glossier paint; if that doesn’t work, then do touchups.
- Cabinet doors can be one of the strongest magnets to dirt due to proximity to cooking and always being touched by your hands. If possible, scrub them clean of fingerprints or touch up those that are painted. Pay special attention to your kitchen, where everything should be spotless.
- Ceilings are another areas that can be under high scrutiny from potential buyers because they are typically white and any blemishes can be clearly seen. Take time to carefully prime and re-paint if there are many of these blemishes present.