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Painting & Cleaning

How often should you have to paint the exterior?
There are too many factors to take into consideration here, and each home can be different. However, a good quality job done by a professional crew under normal conditions should last anywhere from five to eight years. Call us, and we will be happy to evaluate your particular situation and offer you a more precise answer.

Can aluminum and vinyl siding be successfully painted?
Yes, absolutely. While it is understood that people are cautious and confused about the logic in doing so, there is no reason to hesitate. These products are often sold with the understanding that they are maintenance-free. Nothing is further from the truth.

These products do require regular maintenance that is more often than not never performed because the homeowner believes that they require no maintenance. Washing periodically is needed to remove dirt and oxidation just like your automobile; and when this is not done, repainting or replacement will eventually be needed. Obviously, repainting is by far the most cost-effective alternative.

What color should I paint my home's exterior?
Color is a matter of taste, however, there are two rules we like to recommend:
1) There are two schools of thought when it comes to selecting the right color of paint for the exterior of your home. One is that you own your home and the land beneath it, so you should have the right to choose any color exterior paint you want. Also, pick colors that are best-suited for your style of home.

2) The second school of thought is that color choices for exterior paint should be compared against the existing schemes of other homes in your area. You don't have to match your next-door neighbor's home shade for shade, but be aware of unspoken community standards before investing in paint. Also, since dark colors tend to fade faster than light and mid-tone colors, we suggest you keep these to a minimum. Dark colors are best as accent tones on shutters, doors, etc.

The exterior color schemes of most homes are generally more conservative than interior color schemes. Some may choose to coordinate the exterior color with the interior, but this isn't strictly necessary. As long as the transition from exterior to interior is not too overwhelming, the exact color scheme doesn't have to match. Consider the color of the first room guests will enter for some ideas on an exterior color that won't clash.

Is there anything that you can put into the paint to help prevent mildew?
The truth is yes and no. There are special chemicals that can be added to the paint, which are designed to help with this problem. However, it usually involves more than a simple additive if the mildew is an ongoing problem.

Mildew will grow in a damp and shady area with poor air circulation. Bathrooms will greatly benefit from an open window and a vent ceiling fan. For other areas, frequent cleaning may be all that's needed.

How is my property protected during painting?
Drop cloths are used underneath all areas that are being painted. Walkways, patio furniture, and shrubbery are all protected during painting.

Staining & Engraving

What is reactive acid staining?
Acid staining is a permanent coloration process where a low acid-based solution combined with natural metallic salts reacts with the lime present in your concrete. Unlike paint, these stains' chemical reaction with the concrete is permanent and will not peel off.

How does the concrete need to be prepared?
The concrete must be cleaned with a high-pressure power washer or commercial floor cleaner or buffer. Depending on surface condition, certain degreasers or other floor cleaners may need to be used.

Will the colors fade with time?
Exterior projects are exposed to the sun and other elements and are more susceptible to fading unless properly cared for. The industry does have UV-resistant sealers that aid against possible color fading. Sometimes colors may get a little darker with time, but overall there will be very little change. Proper maintenance of the surface is critical to keeping it in pristine condition.

What is concrete engraving?
Concrete engraving is the process of making decorative cuts into the concrete to create patterns, lines, or designs. A penetrating stain is used to transform the color and then a permanent, precise pattern is engraved (cut) INTO the hard concrete surface with a patented diamond blade engraving machine. This process is completed with application of a clear top coat to seal the surface area.

How many different designs are there?
With this process, the designs are virtually unlimited. There are many popular designs to choose from or you can bring your own designs. Size is no object.

What will an engraving job look like in several years?
With periodic maintenance, the surface will look substantially the same years after installation. With no maintenance, over time, engraved bricks or tiles naturally take on an antique or used brick appearance. Many people find this to be a very desirable look. This is caused by the wear of the protective sealer coats.

How long does it take to complete the engraving process?
The concrete transformation process will take several days to complete, depending upon the size and intricacy of the job and weather conditions. Cleaning and preparing the concrete surface is key to the longevity of the finishes.

The areas must be kept clean and uncontaminated as they dry. The stain and finish applications must also be protected from contamination and surface contact during the curing process. The concrete substrate should be isolated (roped off) during each operation to ensure proper adhesion of coatings.

The areas must be avoided during the processes and should not be used until the coatings are completely cured. Reuse availability times will be dictated by specific weather conditions and product specifications. Normally a 48-hour waiting period is required after the final finish is applied.