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The Benefits Of Hiring A Color Consultant

color consultantIf you have recently built a new home or are remodeling your current one, you’ve probably relied on a bevy of professionals to get the job done right. From architects, framers, plumbers, electricians, to interior designers and artisans, perhaps even a decorator…there seems to be a professional for every thing. But have you thought about hiring someone to advise you on a color scheme for your room, or entire home for that matter?  Vision is one of the most dominating senses, and attractive color design can engage us in ways that other elements cannot. With that in mind, you may want to consider hiring a professional who can help bring to life exactly what you want your home to convey using paint. (more…)

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The 5 Most Common Mistakes When Selecting a Paint Color

paint colorChoosing a color is hard enough, let alone when you’re trying to figure out what color(s) to paint your residence or business. The fact of the matter is that mistakes can be made, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the five most common errors associated with picking a paint color. (more…)

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Exterior Paint vs. Interior Paint: What’s the Difference?

PaintPainting can be a great way to freshen up and add new colors to your living space. With warmer weather around the corner, you can now make good on your plans to not only paint indoor spaces, but outdoor ones as well.  A quick trip to the store might raise some questions, however. Which paint do you use? Does it make a difference if you use interior paint outside and exterior paint inside? As it turns out, all paint is not created equal and depending on the job, you might want to be careful when choosing the right paint for you. (more…)

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Exterior Finishes for Wood

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Work completed by Fordham & MacLean Painters

Wood is a very simple building material, yet due to its unique characteristics, it can be used for a variety of exterior building applications. Without protection, however, wood can deteriorate easily due to sun and moisture exposure. Applying a finish to the exterior wood of your home can enhance its appearance and prevent deterioration.

More often than not though, exterior finishes for wood are short lived in durability. This is due to the wrong kind of finish being applied to the wood surface or to not following recommended application procedures. It is important to try and properly maintain the finish on the outside of your home in order to reduce your overall spending costs.

The following are tips you can apply when finishing the exterior wood of your home:

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Tips for Painting Stucco

Image Courtesy of DIY Life

Image Courtesy of DIY Life

Stucco is an incredibly durable, versatile product that has been used as a popular building material for over 100 years. Stucco is a type of plaster made by mixing cement, sand, and lime with water, then applying it to the exterior and interior walls of your home.

It is environmentally safe and clean, and allows for air infiltration, keeping your home fresh and comfortable. It also acts as an excellent barrier against termites and woodpeckers that will slowly deteriorate your home.

Stucco is an excellent choice for your home’s exterior because it provides a hard, durable, weather-resistant outer surface that protects from all the elements. Stucco is also breathable, making it rot- and fungus-resistant. However, over time, stucco exteriors can suffer small chips, fractures, stains, and fading that may need to be repaired.

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Why Your Exterior Paint Colors Are So Important

The following is a guest post by Ryan Parker, owner/operator of Mod Paint Works.

Mod Paint Works

Mod Paint Works

A Different Kind of Value in Exterior Colors

There are many ways to add a statement of color to the exterior of your home. Here, we are discussing the importance of your home’s exterior paint colors. From dark vs. light colors, to the exposure of your home and quality of paint you select – your exterior paint colors are extremely important.

Dark vs. Light

Colors have different values. When we refer to the value of a color we are talking about the lightness and darkness. Also, within colors we have inorganic and organic colors (these might seem a little opposite, as they did to me). Inorganic colors are those that are ‘earthy’ – beiges, browns, tans, mossy-greens, etc. Organic colors are reds, blues, greens and yellows – more vibrant, intense colors.

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The Differences Between Low VOC and No VOC Paints

low and no voc paintsMany people are confused about low and no VOC paints. Manufacturers tout them, but are the products any good? Consumers who arm themselves with knowledge can make better decisions about the paint products they use.

What Are VOC Paints?

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4 Tips for Painting Exteriors in Cold Weather

Painted by Fordham & MacLean Painters

Painted by Fordham & MacLean Painters

Not too long ago it was common for painters to pack up their ladders and brushes and retreat indoors as soon as the temperature started to fall. Exterior painting was a job for the summer when the warm temperatures would allow a coat of paint to dry quickly and uniformly, and no sensible painter would so much as pop open a paint can when there was a chill in the air.

With new advances in technology, however, the exterior painting season can now stretch well into the winter under the right conditions and with the right equipment. Here are just a few tips to help you get a great paint job after the mercury falls.

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