Why painting your house exterior in the spring should be first on your to-do list

The snow is gone (at least in most parts of the United States), the birds are chirping, and the flowers are blooming, that only means that spring is officially here.  It’s time to clean things up, work in the garden, and make needed changes to both the home and its surroundings.  Assuming that your exterior paint is failing, it’s best to focus on that first.

There are a number of good reasons to paint your house exterior soon.  First of all, the weather is most comfortable now. Second, it’s more practical to paint before putting down your mulch, your plants and overall just working on your garden, which will just get trampled if you paint later on.  Finally, why not get your painting done before more pleasant distractions like vacations, sports, and barbecues interfere.

We all know your home is your biggest asset, therefore it should not be pushed to the back burner.  If it has been a while since your house exterior has been painted, you’re taking a chance by postponing repainting.

Exposed wood can begin to get rotten if it is not taken care of; not to mention other potential problems that may arise when your paint starts to wear off.  With any type of home exterior, if you wait too long and you are taking the risk of paying for expensive repairs or replacement, and don’t forget to include your repaint.

Another reason that most homeowners are not aware of.   Exterior latex paint forms the toughest, most durable, protective finish when the weather is just right, not too cold like February and not too hot like June, which leaves us just a few months to get the job done, like it is now.  By painting in spring temperatures, odds are you will get a longer-lasting paint job.

Always be sure to use quality exterior paint, they run more expensive than those found at home improvement stores, but they are more durable and colorfast compared to ordinary paints.  Quality paints can last up to ten years compared to ordinary paints, which often provide three to four years of service.  It’s one of the best ways to keep from having to paint your exterior anytime soon.

Ask your local paint store representative for the very highest quality 100% acrylic latex paint.  If the job is something you are not sure you can do on your own, you can also request your paint store representative to refer you to a licensed painting contractor.  If you live in the Charlotte, NC  area, give us a call, Acropolis Painting, Inc. can help! We are experts in paint, it’s not just about spreading that paint and changing the look of a place. We listen to your needs, offer professional service and guarantee our jobs.

Call us if you would like to receive a free estimate or check our website at http://www.acropolispainting.com to get more information.

Exterior House Colors to Sell Your House

EXTERIOR HOUSE PAINT COLORS FOR RESALE

Exterior paint colors are a great way to enhance the look of your home, but it is a little challenging to know what other people would like. Choosing an exterior paint colors is difficult to nail down because you are targeting a large area of space, which is also your home’s first impression. So if you are looking to put your house on the market, you need to make sure you’re increasing resale value by selecting the right exterior color.

You may be allured to a particular exterior house color, but the majority of buyers prefer neutral exterior house colors. So when you are selecting the right color to paint your home for resale, keep it traditional and neutral because these are the colors that attract the majority of the masses.

We have hand selected a few schemes in the neutral and traditional families:

White 
Nothing sells better than a clean, white or off-white paint.  White exterior paint compliments any home style and just about any landscape. People are really attracted to traditional white homes and with no doubt, they always make a good first impression. Choosing darker or brighter colors for the shutters, trim and doors will add valuable appeal to your exterior.

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Beautiful white house with darker doors for added contrast.

 

Brown or Beige
Next to white and off-white, brown colors and beige are other popular choices for your exterior when choosing the right color to sell your home. Not only, they blend well with natural surroundings, but adding white colors to the trim will make your home look warm and inviting.

Brown house with neutral trims

 

Gray
Gray is another favorite that people are attracted to for the exterior of homes. Painting your home’s exterior gray also blends well with natural stone and neutral or lighter trim.

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Blue
Blue is soft and it is reminiscent of the sky. Blue is safe but rich and beautiful choice for your home. Pair it with white trim and your home will evoke the cottage feel that many buyers are searching for.

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Light blue house with white trim

Yellow
Surprisingly enough, yellow is another color that appeals to the masses, yellow evokes playfulness and creates a welcoming, cheerful exterior. Choose a soft yellow if you have a beautiful landscape or want to add a curb appeal, stay with white trim for an even softer look.

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Warm and inviting, this yellow adds a great complement to the landscape.

 

Whether your home is going on the market soon or you’re just ready for a change, exterior paint color will add curb appeal to your home; any of the colors above can and will  improve your home’s value. Acropolis Painting, Inc. can help you achieve that look and more.  Contact us or visit our website http://www.acropolispainting.com and together we can add more value to your home.

Paint problems most homeowners face. Paint bubbles, cracks or peels.

Why does paint crack, bubble or peel?

Let me introduce you to Sisyphus, a deceiver, egocentric and narcissist. He was sentenced by Zeus for his mockery by having him endlessly roll a huge boulder up a steep only to have it roll back down. Roll. Sigh. Repeat. Many homeowners can relate to Sisyphus. Is it the right paint?  What is the right temperature? Are the walls properly prepared? Many homeowners face this challenge. Let’s access the problem correctly.

When interior paints blister or crack, the trouble sometimes can be attributed to poor-quality paint, in most cases; the trouble is actually due to poor surface preparation or the wrong methods of paint application.

What are those little bubbles?  That fresh coat of paint looks like the dimpled surface of the moon. Porous surfaces must be prepared first with a sealant or primer. Be patient! If you are full of energy and move to quickly for your paint, it will create those bubbles. Do not shake your paint, if you must mix it use a stick and stir slowly. Gloss-paint is especially sensitive. Take your time!

Those big bubbles were not there before? For your peace of mind, you are not just seeing things.  Those blisters are usually seen on latex and acrylic interior and exterior finishes, they are an eye sore. They don’t happen immediately, but you will notice these when the paint separates from its base, in this case the temperature is to be blamed; if it is 35 degrees or below or 90 degrees or above.  Another reason is having moisture on your walls, painting over a humid surface can often result in bulging blisters, make sure your walls are dry and allow any spackle or coat of paint to dry completely before you continue.

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Why Does Paint Crack? Mud cracking. Paint was applied too thick, surface was not prepared properly, or dirt was not removed. Follow directions for appropriate preparation, spread out the paint evenly, make sure your walls are clean and free of any other residue.

Alligator cracks:  Paint was applied over a glossy finish; application of a rigid coating like oil enamel over a softer and flexible coating, this is a no-no. Remove old paint first by scraping, sanding or using chemical removers, prep wash your walls and allow to dry. You’re welcome!

Hairline cracks:  Applying paint to bare surfaces without the adequate preparation at first; over thinning or over spreading the paint.  Prime surfaces before applying the paint; then apply the finishing coats at the recommended spreading rate.

peeling-paint-texture-7Why Does Paint Peel? It is very simple; paint peels if it can not adhere to the underlying layer. The simplest solution is to sand. Sandpaper roughens the base surface, creating minute peaks and valleys onto which paint molecules can adhere to. Most paint peeling comes from moisture surfaces.  The worse transgressor is paint incompatibility.

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If in doubt, ask your paint store representative, they can advise you if you know what you are dealing with. Truth is, paint can be a pain!  If everything else fails find a painting contractor, Acropolis Painting, Inc. can help! We are experts in paint, it’s not just about spreading that paint and changing the look of a place. We listen to your needs, offer professional service and guarantee our jobs.

Paint sheen finishes, what’s the difference?

How to select the right interior paint sheen

When deciding about painting, color is just one of the things you have to think about, but what about the sheen of the paint?

There are 5 different types of sheen: Flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and gloss. Let’s look at the pros and cons of each one of them.

Flat, Eggshell, Satin and Semi-glossFlat paint is very forgiving, this sheen  does not reflect light, therefore it is an excellent choice for hiding any imperfections on your walls.  Flat paint is non-washable. Use in your living room or ceilings.

Eggshell is flat paint with a hint of gloss, this is more durable than flat paint since you can lightly wash it, but don’t overdo it. Eggshell goes great in the bedroom or less formal areas.

Satin has a low sheen of gloss which means it will tolerate moderate washing, this is a great choice for households with pets or small children.  Use satin in high traffic areas, especially bathrooms.

Semi-glossSemi-gloss goes well on cabinets, moldings or trims, it has a beautiful glow without getting too much attention. It is washable and durable.

Gloss is perfect for heavy traffic areas, it is mostly applied to baseboards, doors, doorframes and window trims.  Preparation is very important to yield a smooth finish, otherwise it will accentuate imperfections. Gloss paint is washable and durable.

Consider a professional painter for new constructions.  Giving the proper preparation at the beginning will guarantee better finishing results for the future.

Choosing the right sheen is just as important as finding the perfect color, every house is unique and should be treated accordingly, therefore choose the right gleam keeping in mind your lifestyle.  Sheens can create a visual interest and extend the life of your paint job.  If you need a professional, don’t hesitate to contact us.  We are here to serve you!

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