Exterior Painting

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…

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…

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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…

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…

Painting your DeckFront or back, having your tired-looking porch spruced up by first-rate exterior home painters is an effective and simple way to improve the overall appearance of your home. Go for a brand new hue, keeping in mind that it’s usually best to choose a shade that’s suitable for all seasons in Vancouver.

Pick a colour you love and won’t grow tired of too easily, and also one that’s subtle enough not to give the neighbours the heebie-jeebies. Consult your specialist exterior home painters about appropriate colour possibilities, with just the right accents to complete the effect. Then watch them finish the job as painlessly as possible.

3 Good Tips for Choosing Colours for a Porch:

1. Coordinate with the Colour of Your Home

You’d be surprised by the way some homeowners swing when planning for porches. (There’s a reason why that bright orange paint is on sale!) Skip the impulse to be extra funky or bold, as the novelty will soon wear off. Professional exterior home painters will tell you that when choosing a colour for your porch, it should be Continue Reading…

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Most modern homes are built and sold with a drab looking stamped-metal front door unit. Usually it is the factory finish white and if it has glass panels these often have a plastic frame, which later discolours to yellow in the sun. They can look pretty unattractive. The factory finish is very durable but in the end boring.

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Now if you go to Europe, places where houses are built out of stone or brick they go in for distinctive, brightly painted front door colours because the rest of the house is brick, just like every house in the neighbourhood and a street of brick alone is certainly boring. That front door is your mark of distinction. And since YOU are not boring (right?) you can spice up the entrance to your house and say, “Here it is! This is my house! Over here!” Simply by jazzing up your door’s colour.

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The way to pick a new and interesting front door colour is to consider the rest of your home. You want colours that coordinate and you can read my article on the Science of Colour to figure it out. But traditionally deep rich colours work well. Gloss Black, Deep Chocolate Brown, Burgundy Red are very popular. You can even get into rich Yellows, Greens and Blues. Certainly this is not a place for pastels but glossy deep rich vivid colours are the way to go.

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