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.

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.

Drywall Repair in Highly Visible Locations

Drywall is not indestructible, and people often find that out the hard way when they bang something into the wall and end up with damage.  If it’s not in a very visible area, you might consider doing the repair yourself, but when the location is someplace very visible, it might be best to call in the professionals.

Drywall Repair in Highly Visible Locations

How does it work?

Drywall repair involves filling the space, if the damage is large, with a piece of drywall that fits within the space and affixing it, using paper or mesh tape to connect the edges, and going over the tape with several thin layers of compound.

Do-it-yourself or call a pro?

Drywall repair is simple in concept, but can be difficult in reality.  There are several tricks to getting the compound to come out even and smooth that only come with experience.

  • Using several layers helps, but if you need to sand it too much, you’ll lose more compound than you want to and get stuck in a never-ending loop of sanding and compounding.
  • You can add texture to blend the area with a mixture of compound and water applied with a roller.
  • For a particularly large hole, you may need to add some structural support in the form of a pine board glued to the inside of the area.

While drywall repair can be done on your own this is only the beginning of the information involved.  Trying to achieve drywall repair yourself in a particularly visible area can lead to a frustrating time trying to get it to look like the damage never happened.  Feel free to contact us to see how easy we can make it for you.

Tips For Choosing The Best Ceiling Fan For Your Needs

A ceiling fan is a nice addition to any home. Not only do they help keep your home cool during the summer, but they can also help improve warm air flow during the winter. But, there are many options in the ceiling fan industry, and it is sometimes difficult to determine exactly which fan will work best in your home. To help with this choice, we have developed some tips for choosing the best ceiling fan for your needs.

Tips For Choosing The Best Ceiling Fan For Your Needs

Room Size

Start by measuring the size of the room you are planning to install your ceiling fan in. The size of your room will help determine exactly what size of ceiling fan you need. In extremely large rooms, you may even want to add two ceiling fans.

Ceiling Height

Another thing you will want to consider is the actual height of your ceiling. Start by selecting a fan that offers the right head clearance. This is especially important if you have a low ceiling, but you will also need to make sure a high ceiling is accommodated for too.

Additional Lighting

Finally, you will also want to decide if you wish to have a ceiling fan with a light kit. In most homes, this is the best option because it allows you to have additional lighting in the room. In the end, it can actually replace your current lighting option completely.

When choosing a ceiling fan, these are some of the things you will want to keep in mind. They can help you make the best decision possible when you are choosing a ceiling fan for your home. To learn more about how you can improve your home and make it more comfortable, contact us today.

Saving Money on Kitchen Remodeling

We all know the kitchen is the heart of the home, we nourish our family in it, not just with food but also with love and support. We entertain guests, assemble science projects, and teach life lessons to our teens in the kitchen.

Saving Money on Kitchen Remodeling

So when that kitchen is looking worn or outdated, it can affect how we feel too. To help save money on your next kitchen remodel you can follow these easy tips.

Don’t Replace Everything

Instead of completely gutting the kitchen choose to replace only the cabinet doors, the countertops, and backsplash, or fixtures and flooring instead. Leaving the original layout also saves money in plumbing costs by not moving sinks and pipes around.

Check out Local Retailers

Instead of shopping at big name stores check out the local building suppliers that contractors use. The savings here could be up to 20% on your remodeling budget. You can also save money by checking out refurbishing places such as ReStore by Habitat for Humanity for used cabinets, windows and doors and fixtures.

Do Some Work Yourself

If you decide to work with a contractor you can still save money by doing some work yourself. Such as doing the demolition, clean-up, and picking up supplies yourself. Doing the backsplash or flooring yourself will help slash that renovation budget too.

Shop for Floor Models

Shopping the floor models of appliances comes with considerable savings and sometimes comes with the same warranties as stock models. Also, shop late in the year to take advantage of stores wanting to make room for next year’s models. You may also make some good savings by asking if the store accepts trade-ins for your old appliances.

A kitchen remodel is an exciting project and adds value to your home but it shouldn’t be a huge drain on your finances if you shop right and have a great contractor.

Let Excellent American Painting help you with your perfect kitchen remodel, feel free to contact us for more information.

Discover Energy-Saving Remodeling Ideas

There are easy energy-saving ideas we hear on almost a daily basis such as using new ENERGY STAR rated appliances and light bulbs. However, while these things help, the impact is small. Real energy savings comes from energy-saving remodeling projects that close the house envelope.

Discover Energy-Saving Remodeling Ideas

Creating an air sealed home limits heating and cooling energy loss, which is the largest percentage of your home’s energy use. The U.S. Department of Energy states 43 percent of the average home’s energy consumption is from heating and cooling costs. An energy-efficient home not only saves you money, it will also increase your family’s comfort.

Some energy-saving remodeling projects are:

  • Insulation — If your attic insulation is less that 9 inches, adding another layer can significantly save energy.
  • Window —New ENERGY STAR rated windows will help decrease the escape of heating and cooling energy.
  • Doors — As with windows, a new ENERGY STAR rated entry door will help close the building envelope.
  • Air Seal Floors — Adding air and thermal barriers between a garage and rooms above will save energy and money.
  • Weatherproofing — Make sure to check for drafts. Weather-stripping and caulking around windows and doors will solve this problem.

Investing in your home’s energy efficiency saves money on your utility bills and will add value at resale. Numerous reports from the National Association of Realtors, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and Remodeling magazine show energy efficiency remodeling improvements add value.

Excellent American Painting LLC offers energy-saving remodeling that saves you money and improves your comfort. If you would like more energy-saving remodeling ideas, or need more information, please contact us.