Take the Stress out of Door Installation

Replacing that old door seems like a simple enough task: run to the hardware store, buy the right size door, and screw it into a place where the old one was. Unfortunately, this DIY project often turns out to be more than homeowners bargained for. What seems like a quick task can turn into an ongoing job that never quite works out. Even worse, doors that are not hung properly can lead to damage to both the door and your home, leading to the need to go through it all again.

Take the Stress out of Door InstallationHanging a new door will require, among other things, precise measurements and the ability to work in small detail even with a large piece of material. This work starts well before the new door even goes up. In some cases, the previous frame or trim might need to be replaced. The existing subfloor or sill may need to be repaired before work with the new door begins, particularly on doors that have been exposed to the elements. Preparing the opening can become a job in itself.

The door itself – after the opening is prepared and reframed if necessary – must go in perfectly level. The process continues after the initial hanging, using shims to help align the frame, with adjustments continuing until everything is plumb. Once the door hangs nicely, it may be time to insulate around the frame.

The process involves far more steps and caution that might be expected. To save time and hassle, it often makes sense for homeowners to seek help from a reliable professional. At Excellent American Painting, we want your door replacement to go as smoothly as possible. Please contact us with any handyman service requests or to receive more information.

Gutter Cleaning is Not Something That You Should Ignore

If you are like a lot of homeowners, you might not find yourself thinking about your gutters very often. After all, gutters can be an “out of sight, out of mind” type of thing. However, your gutters have a very important job, and keeping them clean is essential. Gutter cleaning is not something that you should ignore and below we’ll discuss why.

Gutter Cleaning is Not Something That You Should Ignore

When gutters become clogged with various types of debris, such as leaves, tree branches, and dirt, then it makes it difficult or impossible for the water from your roof to flow through the gutters and away from your home as it is supposed to. This can lead to water standing on your roof, which can cause serious roof leaks.

Additionally, if the water is not directed far enough away from your home, which your gutters are supposed to do, then it can end up flowing alongside your foundation. Over time, this can cause foundation issues with your home.

Preventing your roof from leaking is important if you want to avoid costly roofing repairs and if you want your roof’s lifespan to be what it’s supposed to be. Additionally, a leaky roof can cause damage to the inside of your home, costing you money. Foundation damage to a home can also be very expensive.

Gutter cleaning, on the other hand, is affordable and can be done quickly and easily by the right professional. Then, you can avoid all of these problems and so much more. If you are looking for someone who you can count on to clean your gutters quickly and efficiently and at a fair price, contact us at Excellent American Painting & Handyman Service today.

Professional Handyman Services Is The Way To Go

Are you finding that every turn you make in your home, there’s something that needs some attention? Do you walk into your main living area and shudder at the thought of having to paint? Only to walk into the kitchen and realize it is in dire need of an update? Not to mention other things that get done seasonally, such as waterproofing and staining your deck. You may wonder how all this has gotten by you. You notice little things here and there, but you can really only afford to pay one company at a time. So here you are, trying to choose which task needs the most attention. Professional Handyman Services is by far your greatest option.

Professional Handyman Services Is The Way To Go

We understand that people simply don’t have the extra cash to hire several different home contractors. There are certainly not many people who would prefer to drag their home improvements out for an extended period of time. This is where Excellent American Painting & Handyman Service makes your life easier. We can provide you with a worker in nearly any category. We can send you that professional painter or carpenter to get your projects going. With so many scammers out there trying to take advantage of innocent, trusting people lately, wouldn’t it be nice to have workers in your home that you know you can trust? You can rest assured knowing that is exactly what you will get with our company. You see, we have done our homework. So, we are certain our staff has trusted, qualified professionals.

You can now get on with your daily routine. There will be no more of the shuddering you experience when you see that “one more thing” waiting for the tackle. We can take care of all the heavy lifting for you. Our promise to you is your satisfaction with our work when we leave. We will treat your home with the utmost respect, just as if it were our own. We will be careful not to damage your items and we’ll leave your house in order, just the way we found it. Allow us to make things easier in your world. We’d love to hear what upcoming projects you have in store for us. Please contact us today so we can discuss how we can service you. Whether it be painting, replacing wood or even replacing a kitchen, we are who you have been looking for. So take a break, and let us put the relaxation back in your home.

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.

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.

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!

Is Crown Molding Right For Your Home?

Crown molding is a stylish and popular way to cap or surround rooms, cabinets, pilasters, and more. For rooms, you generally apply it along where the wall meets the ceiling as a way to add lots of charm, character, value, and sophistication into your home. Before you begin, you need to ask yourself is crown molding right for your home? Let’s take a look at how you can tell.

Is Crown Molding Right For Your Home?

Home Style

Crown molding may not work out for every type of home if you don’t know what you’re doing. Typically, crown molding does best in traditionally styled homes. Ornate crown molding seems to just flow so much nicer in a traditional atmosphere. If you like contemporary style, though, but you still want to add crown molding into the mix, try keeping the room as simple as you can. This means the fewer the furnishings and the patterns the better. It will help the crown molding to stand out more and to look nicer.

Ceiling Height 

In most cases, crown molding looks better with higher ceilings. If your home has very low ceilings, crown molding may make your rooms look more cramped for space. The higher the ceilings the better. If you really want to put crown molding in a room with low ceilings, then you can just select molding that is not very wide to make it work better. If you want to put crown molding in a room with 10 foot or above ceilings, then you should probably just follow the rule of adding 1 inch of width to the molding for every foot.

Contact us today to see what kind of crown molding would work out best for you and your home.

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.