Important Information Before Pressure Washing Your Home

Pressure washing your home is a common summertime project. Homeowners complete this task to extend the life of their home’s exterior, improve curb appeal, and maintain a home’s value. Dirt, grime, and mold cling to your home’s exterior.  It seems like a great project for a sunny Sunday afternoon. However, pressure washing your home is best left to a professional. Below we’ll discuss the important information you should know before pressure washing your home.

Important Information Before Pressure Washing Your Home

Your health and your home’s health relies on the proper use of a pressure washer, having a working knowledge of the equipment, and knowing the correct safety practices. ConsumerReports warns homeowners, “despite the benefits, [pressure washing] can cause serious injury—and few consumers may appreciate just how serious. A pressure washer’s powerful spray is hazardous when misdirected, strong enough to damage skin in an instant. Lacerations are the most common injury, followed by bruises, punctures, and eye injuries.”

The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated 6,057 people went to the emergency room from pressure washing injuries in 2014. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that seemingly minor looking injuries can result in infection, disability, or amputation. Also, objects are thrown from mishandling a pressure washer’s sprayer, injuring those nearby.

Beyond the threat of serious injury, pressure washers can damage your home. They can rip apart window screens and peel paint. Water can get behind siding and masonry, becoming trapped and causing mold issues. High-pressure water can blow through window and door seals, getting into your house and damaging furniture, floors, and walls.

While it is a good idea to clean your home’s exterior, it is a better idea to use a professional for your own safety and that of your home. If you would like to talk about pressure washing your home, and need more information, please contact us.

Specialty Painting-Painting for the Chemically Sensitive

Specialty Painting-Painting for the Chemically Sensitive

Most people are able to tolerate the smell of a freshly painted room.  However, there are some people who would greatly benefit from specialty painting designed to keep paint smells at a minimum.  Asthma sufferers, people with breathing problems and others with multiple chemical sensitivity do have options when it comes to the painting phase of a home or room remodel.  Expectant mothers and mothers of young children are also good candidates for specialty painting.

Those who have breathing difficulties should avoid oil-based paints.  Not only are the fumes from these types of paints quite strong, the solvents used to clean the brushes and rollers have strong chemical smells as well.  Fortunately, latex-based paints have come a long way in recent years and now paint manufacturers offer a wide variety of paints with lower odors.  Paint with a lower level of odor is typically labeled “low-VOC” or “low-odor”.  VOC is an acronym for volatile organic compounds.  VOCs are known to cause headaches, breathing problems, nausea, and watery eyes in some people.

Just because a paint is labeled as low-odor or low-VOC doesn’t mean it has a lower quality or less color availability than a regular latex-based paint.  Low-VOC paints are available in all the typical paint formats such as semi-gloss, gloss, eggshell and flat.  Low-VOC paints can have color added to them just as with regular latex-based paints so chemically sensitive remodelers have as much choice in paint color as anyone else.

If you would like to have a painting done in your home, but want to keep paint odors to a minimum, please contact us to discuss all your available options.

Expecting? 2 Interior Painting Projects to Get Done Before the Due Date

If you are expecting a baby, you know that life is about to change. Everyone tells you so, and even if you’ve already experienced the wonder of bringing home a baby, adding another one into the mix changes things. There is always a long list of things to do to get ready for your little miracle, but we suggest letting someone else tackle these interior painting projects.Expecting? 2 Interior Painting Projects to Get Done Before the Due Date

You may think you have enough time to handle the interior painting you want to get done, but don’t underestimate how busy you will soon be. Most parents-to-be have to assemble cribs, changing tables, and other must-haves, attend birthing classes, arrange childcare for older children, and make sure diapers, wipes, and clothing is well-stocked. Oh, and by the way, you won’t sleep much for the next 6 months so try to get some rest! The only way you can get it all done is by delegating some tasks to other people. And while they say paint fumes are okay for expecting mothers, we suggest you just let us tackle these 2 projects that will make you feel more ready for your baby’s arrival.

  1. The nursery. Of course, you want your precious bundle of joy to have their own space to call their own. Even if baby sleeps in a parent’s room the first few months of life, it’s nice to have room to put all the clothes, change diapers, and have a crib for daytime naps. Whether you pick a lively primary color or a calming pastel, we can get that room painted quickly so you can start to get the rest of the room arranged and ready.
  2. Your living space. No one really tells you this, but you’ll be spending a lot of time in your living room or family room. When you have a newborn, there’s a lot of sitting involved. Feedings, at all hours of the day and night, require parents to just sit and try to enjoy the time with their little one. We suggest parents give their living room a little facelift so they love being in that room, even during the hard moments, like when the baby is wide awake in the middle of the night or is screaming from colic. Paint your living space a peaceful, serene color that is welcoming and calming.

If you’re about to welcome a new baby, we congratulate you on this new journey you’re about to begin. If you would like help with some painting projects to get ready for the big day, contact us.

Three Main Materials for Patio Covers

If you’re in the market for patio covers, one of the things you’ll have to determine is which material to use. Patio covers come in three main materials, and each type suits different needs and preferences.

Three Main Materials for Patio Covers

Vinyl

Vinyl is a good, durable material for a patio cover because it doesn’t rot or crack like wood. It also doesn’t require sanding every several years. It does, however, only come in a few colors, and its color can fade throughout the years. Some property owners won’t choose vinyl because of its inexpensive aesthetics. You also can’t paint it to match a property’s color.

Aluminum

Aluminum is strong, lightweight, and affordable, and it protects well from the elements. Like vinyl, aluminum is durable and not prone to rotting or cracking, and it requires minimal maintenance. The main drawback to aluminum is that it retains heat, which can make standing below it in hot weather uncomfortable.

Wood

If aesthetics are a large concern for you, wood is a good material to choose for a patio cover. Wood boasts natural beauty and texture, and it’s available in many types and colors. With wood, you’ll easily find an option that matches your property’s decor ideally. You can paint it any color you like, but wood requires regular sanding and repainting to maintain its aesthetics. It’s prone to cracking, peeling, and rotting as well.

The professionals at Excellent American Painting can help you make an informed choice when it comes to patio covers. To talk about this subject further, please contact us.

What You Need To Know About Garage Door Staining

Whether you’re on a quest to update the look of your home, or just clean it up, garage door staining is a great way to help achieve these goals. It’s the perfect way to bring out the true beauty of your unattractive or beaten up garage door. Garage door staining is a fairly simple process, although it involves some very necessary steps in order to ensure that it turns out just right.

What You Need To Know About Garage Door Staining

Cleaning 

The garage door staining process must always begin with a good cleaning. You’ll have to make sure that all dust, dirt, mildew, moss, and any other grime or particles of debris get removed completely. Not only do these things ruin the look of the door, but they are bad for it as well. Starting with a good, clean surface is absolutely the way to go. A pressure washer is best to use, along with fine cleaning supplies. If the door is new, sometimes sanding is all that’s necessary. And it’s important to allow the wood to dry thoroughly before beginning.

Quality Staining 

When you use a high-quality stain, your garage door will last for much longer and look much nicer. A professional will know which type of stain to use, whether a brush, a roller, or an air sprayer will work best, and how many coats you’ll need. They will also know the proper techniques in order to get the stain to go on as smoothly as possible and to penetrate as deeply as possible. Keep in mind that darker stains will last longer.

Contact us today at Excellent American Painting for more information on garage door staining. Let us help you give your garage door a striking appearance that will last for many years to come.

Bathroom Remodel With The Help of a Handyman Service

We sometimes think of a handyman as someone who knows a little about everything but isn’t necessarily an expert in anything. A handyman service offers so much more. Creating a successful handyman service means assembling a team of professionals who are well-versed in all areas of home improvement and remodeling, and most importantly, who take pride in the work they do.

Bathroom Remodel With The Help of a Handyman ServiceThese professionals use teamwork to get the job done right, saving you time, money and hassles. Take a typical bathroom remodel, for example. A handyman service can handle all aspects from plumbing to re-wiring, to taking up and replacing flooring, and vanities. They can install your new bathroom fixtures, and do any painting that’s required to boot!

Could your small bathroom use recess shelving? Done. A linen closet upgrade? It’s yours! A fairly new trend is the re-purposing of a beautiful old chest of drawers, console table, or a dining room buffet into a one-of-a-kind vanity with charm to spare. The carpenter end of the business can turn your antique or heirloom into a custom vanity that could become the centerpiece of your bathroom.

If you live in the Collin or Denton county region of Texas, just such a company exists and is ready to get your bathroom remodeling project (or any painting or remodeling project) under way. That company is Excellent American Painting, a name that might lead you to believe that painting houses are their only business. We don’t want to take away from the value of professional painting — it’s one of the things we excel at! But we’re so much more than that! Contact us to find out why Excellent American Painting is the choice of discerning homeowners in cities like Allen, Frisco, Celina, Plano and much more. We’re just a phone call away, give us a call today at (214)938-1088!

Transform Your Whole Kitchen By Simply Just Having The Cabinets Refinished

If you’re looking to update or remodel your kitchen without a costly hassle, sometimes just simply painting the cabinets will do the trick. Get the scoop on kitchen cabinet enameling and learn how cabinet refinishing can give your whole kitchen a fresh new look.

Transform Your Whole Kitchen By Simply Just Having The Cabinets Refinished

Primer

The process of kitchen cabinet enameling is really quite easy. You start with selecting a primer. This will depend on the type of cabinets you have. You’ll have to have the primer tinted to whatever color the top coat is. It’s important that you do this correctly because dark surfaces can bleed right through the top coat.

Paint 

Next, you’ll have to choose between oil-based or water-based paint. If you use oil-based paint you’ll want to make sure that the area you’re working in is well ventilated. Although the smell might be overbearing, it does provide you with a nice, durable outcome. Water-based paint is a bit easier to work with since it’s not as potent as oil-based paint and it’s easier to clean up. Whichever one you choose to go with, the most important thing is that you go with the best quality that you can find.

Getting the Job Done 

You’ll need to remove the cabinets in order to paint them. All doors, drawers, and shelves will have to come out since painting over hardware is not good. You’ll need to prepare the surfaces by heavily cleaning them and then sanding them down. You’ll have to carefully and separately prime and paint all parts and then put them back together when they are completely dry.

Contact us today for more information on how we can help you easily and comfortably turn your dream kitchen into a reality!

Discover How Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling Adds Value

Are you excited about a kitchen or bathroom remodeling project but are unsure if they will add value to your home? In an uncertain real estate market, many homeowners are hesitant spending money improving their home. Even if the improvement is to improve function or increase our own enjoyment, we all want to ensure we are not wasting money. Let’s discover how kitchen & bathroom remodeling adds value.

Discover How Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling Adds Value

During the housing boom of the early 2000s, a homeowner was almost guaranteed to get their money back. Today, the housing market is no longer a feeding frenzy. Some homeowners are not even willing to paint their house before placing it on the market. They wonder if it is worth the time and money if it doesn’t really help.

The simple fact is, home improvements do help sell your home. Real estate agents agree that anything you do to improve your home’s appearance, function, and livability attracts more buyers and increases offers. However, not all home improvements add real value at resale. Popular opinion has always stated kitchen and bathroom remodeling increase a resale price. Now there is proof.

The Remodeling Impact Report, created by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), list the following as the top 5 interior projects that add value:

  1. Complete Kitchen Renovation,
  2. Kitchen Upgrade,
  3. Bathroom Renovation,
  4. Add New Bathroom, and
  5. New Master Suite.

Why are kitchens and bathrooms at the top of the list for adding value? The NAR report also shows us these are the projects with the most appeal to homebuyers. It is all about buyer psychology. What sells a house is a buyer seeing them living in it. If they fall in love with the kitchen and bathrooms, the house is sold.

There is, even more, good news. Trends are showing that the value of home improvement projects is increasing. Remodeling magazine’s 2016 Cost vs Value report states there is an average of 64.4% return on all large home improvement projects. This is up from 62% from their 2015 report, the second-highest return in the past eight years.

If you would like to talk more about kitchen and bathroom remodeling adding value, or need more information, please contact us.

Choosing The Right Colors For Your Residential Painting Projects

Choosing the right paint colors for your home can make all the difference in more ways than one. Not only will it directly affect the look of your home, but it will affect the feel as well. This is why it’s important that you take some time to carefully select the colors for any residential painting projects that you plan to do. Choosing The Right Colors For Your Residential Painting Projects

Subtle 

If you’re going for a subtle look, try sticking with colors like different shades of blue, lavender, light green, and pale yellow. Subtle colors will exude a feeling of calmness and serenity. You’d be surprised at how just simply painting your bedroom a powdery blue color will bring you tranquility, or painting your kitchen a buttery yellow color will bring you a sense of warm comfort.

Elegant

If you’re going for an elegant look, try sticking with neutral colors like white, beige, or brown. Think earth tones. Adding tasteful decor to a room that’s painted a neutral color is usually a surefire way to create true elegance. Elegant colors can also include shades of mahogany, rust, and garnet. Keep in mind that the lighter the color you choose the more spacious the room will look.

Vibrant

If you’re going for a vibrant look, try sticking with colors like red, orange, or dark purple. Vibrant colors are the perfect way to add some flair and some pizzazz into your home. Many times people who choose vibrant colors for their homes will choose more than one of these colors per room. It’s definitely one way to make your home stand out among others.

Contact us to learn more about all of your interior painting options!

Call for Exterior Painting Services When Selling your Home

The exterior of your home is the first thing potential buyers will see, whether they are searching online or driving by in-person. Because curb appeal is so important, there are certain homes that may need exterior painting services before anyone will even step foot inside.

Call for Exterior Painting Services When Selling your Home

Homes in Need of a Trim Touch-Up

Sometimes, all that is needed is a trim touch-up, but attempting to do this yourself can end in disaster. Rickety ladders and dripping paint are just a few of the pitfalls.

Large Homes or Two-Story Homes

You may have done a great job painting your bathroom last year, but repainting the outside of a large home can be a daunting task. If you have a two-story house, painting it yourself could pose some serious safety concerns. Not only that, but it will take a very long time, and your time is better spent on other smaller home improvement projects.

Homes with Flaking Paint

Sanding and repainting a home with flaking paint is time-consuming, and you probably don’t have that kind of time. Leave this and other major painting projects to the professionals.

Homes Painted in an Unpopular Color

You were able to get past the lavender paint with green trim when you bought the house several years ago, but today’s buyers aren’t usually looking for fixer uppers. Your neighbors will also thank you when you switch to a light tan or pale yellow, perhaps with a traditional white trim. People like exterior colors to be conservative, so either change the color or be stuck there forever. Color changes are tricky, so again, leave it to the experts.

We are more than just a painting company, so please contact us with all of your home remodeling needs. From kitchen and bathroom remodels to trim touch-ups, Excellent American Painting is your one-call solution for preparing your home for the market.