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Tips For Protecting Your Exterior Commercial Painting Job

February 20, 2016by adminBlog

Posted by House & Condo Painters


Repainting your commercial business depends on four major factors: getting the first job paint done right and using quality paint, choosing the right colors, pressure washing every year, and touch ups. It is recommended for doing the exterior commercial painting every 5-7 years, knowing exactly when to repaint your business will help in maintaining its visual appeal and preserving its value. Below we have listed four major points that will help you in keeping your building looking like new all year long.

 

  • Getting a good paint job, the first time around:

Before maintenance, touch ups and pressure washing you must make sure that the paint job is done right the first time. Investing a bit more in the beginning will take the paint job a long way and you might not need a full repaint job for a very long time. A good paint job means making sure that all the prep work is done right and the right type of paint is used. Tony (General Manager at House & Condo Painters) suggests using Elastomeric paint because its thick coating forms a durable tough film that provides a water proof coating to almost any structure. It is also resistant to sunlight, heat, cold and rain. This type of paint will last longer and protect your building from cracks and peeling. Elastomeric paint is our number one choice; however there is less coverage per gallon meaning that more paint would be required. If you decide to go with standard paint, we suggest a low sheen satin finish for the body this will help retain the color longer and it will not allow dirt to stick as easy making it easier to clean when scheduling a pressure wash. Sheen is a protective coating that will help in preserving the paint and fading.

  • Choosing the right colors:

Lighter colors are always recommended as a first choice because they will last longer. Darker colors will fade faster, absorb more heat and will need a repaint job sooner because damage is more noticeable. Dark greens and browns tent to fade the most, and because darker colors fade faster they are more difficult to touch up. Paint can make a huge difference in estimating, high quality paint is not cheap. At House & Condo Painters, we tend to be at the higher range of price due to our commitment to use high quality paints, especially on exterior commercial painting.

  • Pressure washing on a regular basis:

We recommend pressure washing your building at every one to two years (depending on location, surroundings, and weather conditions). This will extend the life of the paint because it will remove the dirt that eats through the paint. It will also remove any mold or mildew build up and spider webs making your building looking like new and clean all year long. Pressure washing is quick and inexpensive. Touch ups: Repainting the areas with most exposure to sun will make your commercial building look fresh and new. Regardless of the paint used, heat and extreme weather conditions can affect tremendously the look of the paint. Touch ups can help in fixing small paint jobs and a lower cost.
If you need an exterior commercial paint job or have any questions about your paint job, please give House & Condo Painters a call. One of our experienced professionals will come to your location and answer any questions you may have.

For a free painting estimate call us today at (647)-222-7303 or email us info@houseandcondopainters.com

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How to Choose Paint Colors to Make Small Spaces Look Bigger

January 19, 2016by adminBlog

Posted by House & Condo Painters


 

Small can be cozy, but sometimes, having more room—be it real or perceived—is essential. Whether you live in an apartment or condo, or a small house or bungalow, you don’t have to feel like you’re enclosed in a smaller space. You can make any room in your home look bigger by creating the illusion of a larger space using color. You just need the right paint and color scheme. Keep reading to find out how.

  • Color

Paint colors are probably the most important factor in giving small spaces a larger appearance, so use it to your advantage. But how do you know which colors will bring you the results you want? Decorators know how color can change a room. Paint colors can make us feel calm or energized, happy or sad, edgy or relaxed. They can affect the mood of a room as well, making it seem open and airy or small and cozy.

Warm colors, like red, orange and yellow advance (come forward) so walls feel closer and rooms feel smaller. Darker colors also have this effect. A better choice is to use cool colors, like pastels, whites and neutrals, lighter blues and greens. These paint colors give the impression of receding or moving away, making rooms seem larger and more open. However, if you have your heart set on a yellow (warm colored) room, select a washed-out, lighter tint. Light and brightly colored walls are more reflective making a space seem more open, which helps maximize the effect created by natural light.

If you want to use several colors in your room, it will appear larger if you choose hues of the same saturation (intensity), no matter if they’re pale or bright. To determine similar intensity, look for paint colors similarly positioned on their individual color swatch strips. This creates the illusion of space because similar levels of saturation seem to flatten out, with no distracting focal points to spoil the effect.

Another effective space-creating choice is a monochromatic color scheme, which uses different tints and shades of one color family, like light, medium and dark blue. To heighten the effect, paint trim and doors to match the walls, and add matching tone-on-tone fabrics and textures to your furnishings.

Small, square rooms look larger if you paint two opposite walls the same color, especially one that’s deep and dark. This is because the intensity of color will create depth in the room and visually open up its dimensions. 

  • Don’t Forget the Floors

Remember that your floors also play a role in the perceived size of your rooms. Keep floors or floor coverings light in color to add to the illusion of more space. Lightly colored wood or light, neutral carpet colors make a room appear brighter and more open. Remove any over-sized rugs. They can make a room look smaller than it actually is.

Great work! Your small space has just been magnified. Enjoy!

House & Condo Painters is the perfect choice for painting interior room beautifully. We use Eco-friendly paints to add color to your home. Get in touch with us for interior home painting as well as exterior home painting services.

Call us (647)-222-7393 today!

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Different Paint Color & Its different Effects

November 11, 2015by adminBlog

Posted by House & Condo Painters


Does color really have an impact on your mood? Many experts and designers think so. Below are some of the most commonly used paint color believed to stimulate mood, comfort and health?

 

  • RED

Red can raise a room’s energy level, stir excitement and conversations, and it is said to raise blood pressure and speed heart rate.  According to some reports, since red is such a happy and stimulating color it is often used in restaurants. Designers recommend using red in places such as hallways, libraries, living room and dining room.

  • GREEN

Green is said to be the most restful paint color to the eye. It takes us back to nature and has a calming effect when used as the main paint color. It is also believed to release stress, offer comfort and togetherness and affect your productivity – something to consider when painting your office or work area in your home.

  • ORANGE

It’s the perfect color for your work out area; its vivid color produces stimulation and enthusiasm. It increases oxygen supply to the brain and is believed to increase energy levels. When considering orange to be used in the gym area or play area make sure to use in bright variations since darker shades can stimulate the appetite, the complete opposite of what your goal might be.  Orange can be used in any area that you want excitement, high energy levels, and lots of fun.

  • PURPLE

Better known as the royalty color, purple symbolizes wealth and luxury.  Designers suggest eggplant purple to stimulate the creative part of the brain. Lighter shades of purple are good in restrooms and spa/relaxation rooms since it brings up a sense of rest and peacefulness. It’s better when used as an accent or secondary paint color and not as the main color. Thinking of having your own mini spa at home? Then lavender would be just the right color to consider.

  • YELLOW

It’s ideal for kitchens, dining rooms, halls, and bathrooms. Some designers suggest not using it as the main color scheme but rather as an accent color or lighter shades of yellow throughout the home. Some studies have shown that babies seem to cry more when used in darker shades and large amounts since it can create frustration and anger.

  • BLUE

It can produce a calming, relaxing, and serene environment. It is also believed to bring down blood pressure and slow respiration and heart rate.  Warmer blues go best in family rooms, large kitchens, and living rooms. It can also be good as the main paint color (in softer shades) darker shades can evoke sadness.

Next time you decide to paint your home or work place, think of how you may want to “feel” rather than what color is trending. Knowing just a bit more of paint coloring will definitely give you a better idea of what to look for in the paint store.

At House & Condo Painters, we special offer FREE PAINT COLOR CONSULTATION; Call us (647)-222-7393 today!

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Smart Tips For Painting Interior Walls

October 11, 2015by adminBlog

Posted by House & Condo Painters

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Painting interior walls in your home seems like a quick and easy task but sometimes the work is more than meets the eye. To help you tackle the paint process, read these quick tips so you can maximize your time and energy.

  • Tip 1: Paint the furniture the same color as the walls to create a sculptural look in your space.

  • Tip 2: Paint the entire room the same color, including the ceiling. Leaving a white ceiling tends to make the room feel lower then it is. (This is especially true when you have dark walls.)

  • Tip 3: If you are going to paint your floors, consider painting your rug. You can make a layout and design the space.

  • Tip 4: To create more height, try painting one room in 2 different finishes. If you’ve painted your wall with a flat finish, try painting the ceiling in a glossier finish.

  • Tip 5: Paint the molding the same color as the walls and ceiling will also create height.

  • Tip 6: Go by the 8 ft rule. If the ceiling is less than 8 ft high, paint the ceiling 2 shades lighter than the wall color. If the ceiling is higher than 8 ft, paint the ceiling 2 shades darker then the wall color.

  • Tip 7: Use flat paints in low-humidity spaces like the hallway and semi-gloss paints in high-humidity spaces, like the kitchen or bathroom.

  • Tip 8: Use a pearl finish on walls in a long and narrow space. This will create a luminescence and add more space.

At House & Condo Painters, We specially provide free color consultation before we start the job. We will give you our professional opinion on the color and finish combinations that will make your home as you dream!

Looking for ideas for your home wall painting? Contact us (647)-222-7393  for a free quote Now !

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How to Keep Your Exterior Painting Looking Good Longer?

September 18, 2015by adminBlog

Posted by House & Condo Painters


Protect your investment; you spent good money to increase the curb appeal of your home or business, with a beautiful exterior painting job. Now what? Although it should last for years, natural elements such as sun, rain, and dirt can damage your exterior and shorten its life. Therefore, to make the most of your investment you should check the painted surfaces a couple times a year, especially after severe weather conditions, to see if touch ups and maintenance are needed.

Below are 3 helpful maintenance tips to keep the exterior of your home looking good longer:

1.Dirt. Remove any dirt or grime before it has a chance to build up by power washing the exterior of your house, store or office building.

2.Rust. You can remove rust with a mixture of 1/2 cup Epsom salts to every 1 cup of water you use.

3.Mold and mildew. Use household bleach to the exterior walls affected with a 3-to-1 ratio of water and bleach. Work the solution into the surface and go approximately 1 ft. beyond the affected area. Keep the area wet while it sets in for 20 mins, then rinse thoroughly. First, be sure to protect any surrounding shrubbery, plantings, or grass with plastic.

It’s been a long winter…Need a new interior or exterior paint job? House & Condo Painters have been the interior and exterior painting contractor of choice in Toronto & GTA areas for more than Twenty five years!

 Give us a call (647)-222-7393 today, for free professional quote!

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How to Consider When do Your Garage Floor Coatings

August 20, 2015by adminBlog

Post by: House & Condo Painters


Garage floors withstand a lot of use and abuse over the years; your vehicle may leak oil or drag in salt from the road. Due to the porous nature of concrete, homeowners should consider garage floor coatings such as: epoxy paints, stains and sealers.

1.Easier to clean

2.Hides cracks and surface problems

3.Available in a variety of colors

4.Looks brand new and cleaner

5.Protects against future damage from oil leaks, chemical spills, road salt and moisture

Epoxies can provide you with the toughest floor if properly prepared and applied. You cannot drive on newly epoxied floor for the first week. Epoxies leave you with a beautiful glossy look. For a more exciting look, you can also use mix-in pigments, color chips and other add-ins to achieve special visual effects.

Concrete stain gives concrete the look of natural stone; it is a coloring rather than a coating. Therefore after it dries a urethane sealer must be applied to protect against moisture, chemicals and stains. It is not maintenance free, depending on the amount of traffic your floor gets, follow-up maintenance and reapplication may be needed every year or two.

If you want the job done right, call House & Condo Painters today (647)-222-7393, for an estimate; find out what coating is ideal for your garage floor or other services.

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The Right Paint Color Can Increase Your Home Value

July 8, 2015by adminBlog

Posted by House & Condo Painters


Getting a new color of paint for your house can be a lot of fun. You’ll feel better coming home every day to a house that looks the best it can be. Paint color can improve your mood.

If you’re thinking about selling your home, try to fresh your home with a neutral color s. These neutral colors have a wide appeal. Buyers might give more price thought to how the paint color.  It absolutely can affect the selling price. Here’s how colors affect selling prices.

Kitchen: Wheat Yellow is signature, “warm neutral”, apparently and a great paint color for a kitchen. Homes with yellow kitchens sell for an average premium of $1,500 when compared with all other homes controlled for similar features. One surprising find: Even though white kitchens are often featured in home decorating magazines, these colors come off as sterile or cold to home buyers, painting a kitchen white did not increase a home’s selling price.

Bedroom: Painting a bedroom with light green can increase a selling price by an average of $1,300.Choosing the right paint color here can be a challenge since the bedroom is the most personal room in the house. Think about that, after all day work, bedroom is ONLY place you may relax your mind. For sure, you might prefer a more soothing paint color.

Living room: According some report that home with dove or light-grey paint sold for an average premium of $1,120. The worst shade is orange. Homes with terra-cotta-colored living rooms sold for an average of $850 less than other homes.  

Bathroom: The color of bathrooms didn’t have a great impact on the selling price. Even so, we may say that the best colors are tans, such as oatmeal or beige. Homes with bathrooms painted in those shades sold for an average of $295 more than other houses. As we found that dark-brown bathrooms— think of Tuscan-style shades—sell for an average of $550 less than other homes.

Dining room: Purple might be the best choice. Lavender, mauve, or eggplant sold for $1,200 more than other houses. You might want to stay away from grey paint, since the research noted that homes with slate or dark-grey dining rooms sold for $1,500 less than other similar houses.

House & Condo Painters is a full service painting contractor who specializes in interior painting and exterior painting, residential painting and commercial painting.   We know how important it is to create just the right atmosphere for you in your home or establishment. We guarantee that you will be pleasantly satisfied with our friendly and professional service.

Please feel free to phone us 647-222-7393 and schedule an appointment today. We are happy to show you free professional color consultation.

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Home after Interior And Exterior painting will be worth more

June 17, 2015by adminBlog

Posted by House & Condo Painters


If you’re thinking about putting your house up for sale but it’s looking a little bit too ‘well-loved’, there are several ways to spruce it up. Tired, old homes can be given a makeover with a simple fresh coat of paint. This can not only make your property look more modern and appealing, but it can also potentially increase its property value. Both interior and exterior painting can lead to great Returns on Investment (ROIs). A home with newly interior and exterior painting will be worth more and it may also attract a higher number of buyers.

  • Benefits of Painting the Interior

Making a good first impression with a tidy exterior is important, but the interior of your home should be given just as much attention. Peeling paint inside your home will signify to buyers that you haven’t taken good care of the property and that there may be other problems lurking below the surface. Wallpaper usually turns potential buyers off as well, because it often features busy patterns and makes the house seem outdated. We recommend choosing light, neutral colors for both the interior and the exterior of the home. This is because light colors can open up even a small space, making it appear brighter and larger. Neutral colors can also allow the buyer to visualize themselves living in your home. This helps to de-personalize the property and create a clean slate. We advise against painting entire rooms in bold colors, for the same reasons as above: they go out of fashion or tend to stand out for the wrong reasons.

  • Painting the Property’s Exterior

The importance of a good first impression on buyers cannot be emphasized enough. And the first impression that potential buyers have of your home is its exterior. It’s vital to make sure that the front of your home is as well-presented as possible. Badly maintained homes or those with a distasteful paint colors will be off-putting to buyers and may well cause them to offer a lower bid or simply look elsewhere. By painting the outer walls of your property, you can increase ‘curb appeal’ and make your home stand out from the neighbors’ houses. Neutral colors are generally recommended because they will appeal to a wider range of potential buyers. Although bold colors can be exciting, they may fall out of fashion or make your home stand out for all the wrong reasons. You can play around with color by painting the trim a bolder shade, to make your property really pop.

Interior and exterior painting can add 200-300% of its investment to your home but done poorly can do the reverse. Only Hire Professional Painters from House & Condo Painters.

Give us a call today (647)-222-7393, and enjoy free professional color consultation and estimate.

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Why You Should Hire a Professional painter?

May 20, 2015by adminBlog

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Spring, time to liven up the place! Whether you are an expanding family or an empty nester re-purposing rooms in your home, thinking of redecorating or preparing to sell? A new paint job will give you a fresh new look. Are you asking yourself, “should I hire a professional painters to do the work?” Or do you want to do it yourself?

If you aren’t sure which way to go, consider the following 3 reasons to hire professional painting contractor vs DYI.

  • Quality Paint Jobs.

Let’s face it, professional painters will do a better job and it will last longer. A skilled painting company has the experience dealing with all types of wall textures, know the best type of paint, can make recommendations on which walls to paint which color, and of course how to mask imperfections. They will give you the results you’ll be proud to show off.

  • More Cost Effective.

If you do the painting yourself, you most probably need to invest in the necessary equipment and supplies; extension ladders, the right brushes and rollers, scaffolding, drop cloths, etc. Plus, what is your time is worth? Consider the hours, days and maybe even weeks you will spend in selecting and making the purchases, setting up, prepping, painting, then cleaning, etc. You may be forgoing crucial time you could be spending with your family and friends, studying, or relaxing or working or doing other chores. So, in the long run, a professional paint company will cost you less AND free up your time!

  • Prepping & Clean up

If the prep work isn’t done correctly, then you just wasted your time and money. It doesn’t matter what kind of paint, how expensive the paint is, or the technique you use, sloppy or ill prepared walls, stains, spots and surfaces will ruin the job. A professional knows how to treat stains, scrape and prep interior walls and exterior surfaces for the best possible look.

House & Condo Painters will make your life easier; we’re committed to giving you the best professional paint job one expects for their home or business. Call today (647)-222-7393 for a professional quote.

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High Quality Paint is Worth the Money

April 16, 2015by adminBlog

Posted by House & Condo Painters


Before you start your painting project you will need to consider what items you have to buy and how to prep the walls of your house. For the usual painting project, you will need the following: paint, primer, rags, brushes, tarps, spackle, ladder, and trays.

Once you begin painting, whether interior or exterior, you should start with a primer, as primers help to prevent paint from being absorbed into the wall in uneven patches, and will smooth any cracks and blemishes that may appear beneath the surface of the paint. Then you would have to apply approximately two or more coats of paint on top of the primer.

If the rooms you are having painted get a lot of exposure to the sun, consider fade-resistant paint. The less expensive paints will surely fade over time and not stand up to being washed.

If you invest in the cheaper paints, you must use more coats of paint, not to mention the amount of time you must allow the paint to dry between coats. This can be anywhere from five hours to an entire day. Inexpensive dark paints can take over a week just to finish a single paint job. So, you actually wind up spending more time and money on the lesser priced paints; they really aren’t such a bargain!

 Call House &Condo Painters on (647)-222-7393 today .Save Money and Time on your next home improvement project. Proudly serving Toronto & GTA

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