exterior painters in VancouverElastomeric coating is great for a number of purposes, such as fixing roof leaks, restoring roofs, and for refurbishing stucco. It’s not really considered a kind of paint, but rather, as the name implies, a type of coating. For one, its texture is different from that of paint; it’s thicker, more elastic and more “spreadable.” Due to this thickness and its overall resilience, elastomeric coating also last up to twice as long as regular paint. It can fill in pores, small pits and hairline cracks that may collect dust particles—things that regular paint can’t do as effectively. If these microscopic cracks are not filled, they may serve as a breeding ground for mold spores, mildew and algae.

Elastomeric coating can stretch out in the summer heat but easily returns to its former shape without damage. In addition, since the product contains internally plasticized elastic polymers, it can bridge cracks permanently, preventing new cracks from damaging the elastic surface coating.

Types of Elastomeric Coating

An elastomeric coating is usually made of polymeric ingredients, such as titanium oxide and acrylic, to make it cloudy and reflective. There are several types of Continue Reading…

residential painters in VancouverPlanning to have your home’s exterior painted professionally, but need some key questions answered first? Here are some of the most commonly asked questions that homeowners pose about outdoor painting.

Q: Can paint cover all types of exterior surfaces?

A: Almost everything can be painted. The most common surfaces painted include:

  • Wood siding (usually cedar, redwood or pine); another type of wood siding, called T-111, is harder to keep painted because of the many cracks in the plywood. If your house has T-111 siding that is stained, consider re-staining instead of painting.
  • Vinyl and steel can be painted, but there several things to consider. Generally, painting steel siding is the same as painting other types of siding, but vinyl siding and trim require some extra steps. Consult with your residential painters to Continue Reading…

exterior painter in VancouverMost homeowners tend to use more neutral colours for their home’s exterior. Just drive around a typical neighbourhood and you’ll notice that many Vancouver houses are clad in varying yet relatively subdued shades of cream, green, blue and brown, just to name a few. And there’s no question that they look absolutely fine that way.

If you’re the adventurous, love-something-more-offbeat type, however, perhaps you’re wondering… do really bright colours work well for exterior painting? The answer is… why not? Just remember that bright doesn’t have to mean garish or gaudy. If you’re considering deviating from the norm and making your home stand out using brightly coloured paint, you should step outside the box and give it a try.

Paint Chip Colours Don’t Always Look the Same in Reality

Bear in mind that both bright and dark colours in particular can look quite different on a small sample area versus covering a large surface. Just because an Continue Reading…

commercial painting contractor in VancouverWarehouses, offices, stores and other business outlets need a facelift every so often, and one of the easiest ways to do this is with a fresh coat of paint. Naturally, a painting project of this nature can also affect accessibility to your premises and you want to have it done as quickly as possible for a reasonable price, not too much to ask from a professional contractor who has the necessary experience and know-how.

Getting several estimates is fine, but there’s more to it than that. Before making a decision, make sure you’re clear on just what those quotes include. If an overall cost sounds too good to be true, make sure you’re clear on what the price includes.

Questions to Ask Your Commercial Painting Contractor

Before signing the contract, it is best to understand the parameters of the agreement by asking your commercial painting contractor several questions:

1. How many coats of paint are included in the contract price?

To win the bid for your project, some contractors may Continue Reading…

exterior paintingDespite the fact that we’ve all been exposed to so many different colours since childhood, we sometimes still have trouble deciding on just the right one for the various items and structures around us very day. When you were in grade school, did it really matter that the dog in your colouring book was blue and the grass was orange? You let your imagination run free and enjoyed the result.

Not to suggest that when it comes to picking hues for your home’s vinyl siding and accompanying trim, you should just shut your eyes and arbitrarily spin the colour wheel.

The funny thing about colour, though, is that being compelled to select the “right” one seems to intimidate us, when there really isn’t anything to be scared of. Take a lesson from the child in you; loosen up your outlook and don’t be afraid to get somewhat experimental. We’ve all seen some truly unusual colour combinations that have strayed well outside the box and look awesome.

Exterior Painting Colours: Getting Started

The first thing to consider is the current colour scheme of your home. If you love it, then you can simply replicate it or go with something very Continue Reading…

paint contractorsLet’s face it: many of us suffer from the fear factor of choosing the wrong colour when planning for home painting. The beauty of it is, part of the convenience of using paint is also the ease of changing it. You don’t have to commit to one colour forever.

If you are unhappy with a particular shade, don’t just cower in shame and live with it. Take a deep breath. How liberating to realize that you can relax and trust your own instincts. If you are truly unhappy with the results, it’s not the end of the world.

The Courage to Move beyond White

Although white (and its merry band of myriad off-whites) will always be a trusted neutral, every once in a while, you understandably feel the urge to try something new. Bolder, deeper, and more interesting. Colours that express your taste and personality. There’s a whole world of them waiting to be discovered and you’re ready to venture into it. But when faced with Continue Reading…

home interior paintingHow many times have you chosen what you thought was exactly the dead-on colour at the paint store, only to coat a couple of walls on the home front, step back to assess and feel truly disappointed? Maybe even confused, wondering how could the paint sample be so different from what I’m seeing now?

Most people think the easiest part of a home interior painting project is selecting the right colour. But it’s more complicated than that, largely due to one key factor that gets easily overlooked: the effects of lighting on paint colour.

Day or Night, Natural or Not?

The lighting in a room has a huge effect on colour. Never pick paint when you’re short of time and without getting a sense of how it will appear in your actual home environment. Here are four situations to note when choosing paint colours. Continue Reading…

exterior painting

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that performing exterior painting in a downpour is not a good plan for success. Even those damp days when drizzle is light but the air feels moist aren’t the best conditions. Jokes abound about Vancouver and perpetual rain, but those of us who live in the area know that there are definitely dry windows of opportunity for the outdoor tasks that need doing.

Exterior painting is no exception. Getting a complete paint job done by professionals at regular intervals is recommended to keep your home, store, office building or warehouse appealing and inviting and the “uglies” away.

Why Exterior Painting in Warmer, Dryer Times?

Painting in damper conditions can result in an uneven coat and faulty drying, plain and simple.

But it’s not just moisture. Exterior painting done in cooler weather means that paint will not only be slow to dry, but Continue Reading…

home interior paintingWhen it comes to home interior painting, no job is too small for a professional painter. Whatever you need done, an efficient and organized professional painter can always make it happen.

If the scope of your painting project is relatively small, such as freshening up the walls in your guest bathroom or walk-in closet, for example, most experienced home painters will be skilled at assessing the time frame and materials required for the job, as well as the cost estimate, through a straightforward, over the phone consultation.

Small Jobs May Eliminate On-Site Assessment Time

The pros are pros for a reason. They know just what questions to ask and can zoom in on the particulars without wasting your time. Your basic description of the room and its size can eliminate the need for and cost of an on-site Continue Reading…

Vancouver painterWhen it comes to painting the exterior of your Vancouver home, after from the all-important decision to leave this tricky and potentially dangerous job to a top-notch professional, the next vexing verdict to be tackled is: What colour will look good?

Aside from popularity, there are a number of factors to consider when making your choice. For instance, have a good second look at the colours of the neighboring homes. Not to say be a total copycat, but do go for reasonable compatibility with the area’s general theme. No one wants to live next to a harshly-hued eyesore.

At the same time, make sure to choose a colour that suits the design of your house. Hiring a Vancouver painter to provide sound advice and show you a full range of choices will alleviate the stress.

Classy Colours for Exterior Painting

1.  Gorgeous Greys

Ask a Vancouver painter and he’ll tell you that grey (and not just those “50 shades”!) has risen in popularity when it comes to colour selection for home exteriors. Grey is valued for having presence while being easy on the eyes and is part of Continue Reading…

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