Tips From Professional Kansas City Painters

Resealing vs Replacing Masonite Siding

Hardboard siding, sometimes known as Masonite siding, is a particular type of hardboard exterior siding composed of compressed wood fibers, waxes, resins, and wood chips. If properly manufactured, installed and maintained, hardboard siding is an attractive and cost effective construction material that can be used to shield your home from damage caused by the natural elements. However, if it is not manufactured properly, hardboard siding can unduly deteriorate, exposing your home to serious damage. If your home was constructed or new exterior siding was installed during the 1980s or early 1990s, you may have Masonite Siding. Before the 80s, Masonite Siding was considered the industry standard in top quality building and exterior siding material. During the 80s to mid 90s, though, changes in the manufacturing process led to a severe decline in the quality of their product, and its effectiveness and longevity was greatly diminished, leading to a class action lawsuit as countless homeowners were faced with home exteriors that were buckling, rotting, softening, blistering, and/or swelling, leading to cracked exterior paint or stucco, a buildup of mildew or mold within the walls, bowed wall studs, and even indoor leaks. Even today, many homeowners are just now discovering the costly impact of the improperly manufactured Masonite Siding of the 80s and 90s on their homes. Because the moisture enters the hardboard siding material from the backside, it is said to rot from the inside out, and by the time the damage is discovered, it is sometimes past the point of repair. A reputable professional residential painting contractor can help you decide if your Masonite siding can be salvaged, or... read more

Professional Faux Finishes vs DIY

If you Google the phrase “professional faux finish techniques” there are over 574,000 results. That’s more than a half million pages of articles, blogs, and videos all providing you with information about professional faux finishes. But, does reading those articles or watching those videos make you a professional? If you invest a weekend reading and watching, will your hard work result in a professional faux finish application in your home? The answer, more than a half million times over, is no. Professional faux finishes, and the techniques employed to properly apply them, are as varied as the information available about them on the Internet. But the fact is, the only way to produce professional quality results is through using an experienced professional. That’s why hiring a residential painting contractor to help you select the type of interior faux finish that is best suited for your home and your lifestyle is critical. They not only know of a half million ways to achieve a professional faux finish, they know which one is right for you. Whether you are interested in leaves, crackles, stones, sweeps, plasters or color washes, each style has a multitude of faux finish options. From the color, gradient, and intensity or subtly of the finish to the professional faux finishes durability and cost, a professional painting contractor has the knowledge and the tools to successfully transform your vision into a masterpiece in your... read more

Why you should hire a professional Kansas City Painter

The Top Three Reasons You Should Hire a Professional Painting Contractor 1. Professional Painters Save You Time You’re busy. You work, manage a hectic family or social calendar, and you have endless daily chores and responsibilities to tend to. When you embark on a DIY project to repaint your home, you may start off with a free weekend and lofty goals, only to discover that “life gets in the way,” and your weekend project drags on for days. In between researching the latest residential painting products and techniques, watching YouTube videos, having heated discussions with your spouse, shopping for the materials and supplies, setting up, painting, and then cleaning up, you’ve invested countless hours that may have been better spent with your family, only to achieve subpar results. When you hire a professional painting contractor, you will enjoy the freedom of leaving the hard work to someone else. Aside from an initial consultation to establish the scope of the work and select finishing techniques and colors that suit your home and style, you can go on about your business and leave the painting to the theirs – painting. Professional painting contractors have years of experience and knowledge that yield a truly “professional” result. Professionals will identify and complete any necessary repairs prior to painting to ensure that the job is done right the first time.   2. Professional Painters Save You Money The materials and tools necessary to repaint the interior or exterior of your home far exceed the cost of a few gallons of paint and some brushes. There may be repair or preparation work required, some of... read more

Selecting A Kansas City Commercial Painter

Tips for Selecting a Professional to Paint Your Business or Commercial Property Your business or commercial property is central to your livelihood, and any investment in it, whether repainting the exterior or interior, is a big commitment. There are a few factors to consider with selecting a professional to paint your commercial property: Work Closely with the Contractor to Establish the Scope of the Work Are you repainting the exterior of your commercial property, or are you giving your interior business surfaces a facelift as well? A true professional painting contractor will carefully assess the condition of the exterior surfaces of your home, including interior and exterior trim and windows, to determine if any repairs are necessary before the painting begins. Do the repair and preparation methods used by the contractor correlate to the age of the structure?  Do they follow historic preservation guidelines?  Or complement modern building aesthetics? Establish and Review a Detailed Timeline A work crew repainting your business or commercial property can impact your business. Ask if your customers or staff will be impacted by equipment needed by the painting contractor, or the fumes from the paint. Is this something the contractor will help you alleviate? How much parking will they need to use? What areas of your commercial property will be inaccessible? Ask how long the preparation and painting will take, from start to finish. Will each of those days be active work days, or will some “off” days be allowed for the materials and paint to cure or dry? Ask about the size and experience of the crew. Has the painter worked with this... read more

Tips for Selecting a Professional to Paint Your Home

Repainting the exterior of your home is a huge task, one that many people elect to hire a professional or contractor to handle. Because painting your home is a big financial investment, with long-lasting results, there are a few factors to consider when selecting a professional to paint your home:   Step Outside and Walk and Talk with the Contractor An accurate and realistic estimate for the costs associated with painting your home is not derived exclusively from the square footage or number of stories of your house. A true professional painting contractor will carefully assess the condition of the exterior surfaces of your home, including the trim and windows, to determine if any repairs are necessary before the painting begins. Ask what types of repairs, if any, the painter recommends, and why? Is the damage due to normal aging of a home, or are gutters or downspouts leaving your home exposed to excess weather damage? Once the necessary surface preparations are established and agreed upon, ask about the painting job itself. How many coats of paint will be applied? Both the quality and price of the completed work are impacted by this.   Discuss the Timeline Having a work crew at your home can be disruptive to your daily life. If you have children that nap during the day, they may be awoken by the sounds the contractor’s team makes, or your dog may bark incessantly at having people working just outside your doors and windows. Ask how long the preparation and painting will take, from start to finish. Will each of those days be active work days,... read more