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Exterior House Painting: How We Handle the Prep & Painting

Posted & filed under Durapro Painting, Exterior Painting.

We here at Durapro Painting have a five-step approach to preparing for exterior house painting in Apple Valley. We consider most of our exterior projects to be 70% preparation and 30% painting, and we take prep work very seriously because we know thorough preparation will ensure superior quality as well as a lasting paint job. Our preparation and attention to detail is what sets us apart from the rest. And, we’d like to provide a rundown of our process to help give you an idea of the quality of exterior house painting we provide.

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  • We start by preparing for your exterior house painting by ensuring all the dirt and mildew is washed off of your home’s exterior walls. We always want to start with a clean surface. This will help ensure that the paint goes on smoothly and evenly and that dirt doesn’t cause the paint to discolor or look dirty after it’s been applied.
  • Next, we scrape and sand away any loose paint we find to be an issue on your home. This helps make sure that your exterior house painting job goes smoothly and the paint goes on evenly so that there aren’t any unsightly bumps in the paint when we’re finished. We also make sure that all gaps are caulked because that keeps water and air from seeping into your home after the exterior house painting process is complete.
  • Then, it’s time to prime! Primer is an essential step in the exterior house painting process, as it ensures the correct color of your paint and helps ensure paint goes on smoothly and evenly. And, paint adheres to primer better so it won’t flake off as quickly as it would without the coat of primer beneath it.
  • Finally, we paint! Most exterior house painting jobs take more than one day to complete, depending on the size of your home. At Durapro, we are extremely careful with their work and want to ensure you get the look you want for your home. After all, the exterior of your home is what most people see and is a reflection of how well it is maintained. And, the quality of your paint job not only improves curb appeal but can also benefit the value of your home as well.
  • And, we stand by all of our paint jobs. Our warranty on our labor is a three year warranty compared to most other painting companies that only provide a one or two year warranty. We also adhere to manufacturer warranty, depending on what paint you choose.

Are you ready to learn more about exterior house painting for your Apple Valley home? Call Durapro Painting at 612-442-2177 or Request a Free Estimate.

What Commercial Painting Contractors Can Do for Your Business

Posted & filed under Commercial Painting.

Your business’ exterior can often make the first impression on potential clients, employees and customers and is a reflection of your organization. That’s why it’s so important that you keep your business looking great. Have you noticed lately that your commercial business could use some sprucing up? A nice, fresh paint job can boost the spirits of any and all who regularly occupy or visit your business. Your first instinct might be to start fixing it up on your own. But a professional commercial painting contractor can help you avoid a lot of the hassle that comes with trying to do this type of project yourself and get your office the look you’ve always wanted. As commercial painting contractors in Eden Prairie and the surrounding areas, the experts at Durapro Painting would like to offer a list of the many ways hiring the experts can help your business.

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Commercial painting contractors can eliminate the stress of painting. They are licensed, trained and insured to perform painting work on your business and will guide you through the entire process from beginning t end. Of course, you will be asked to review the work to ensure it’s what you want, but Durapro Painting will take care of everything else for you.

Another benefit of hiring commercial painting contractors is that they can spot decay or rotting in the structure of your home or business. If structural weaknesses are spotted upon inspection, significant impacts in the long term may emerge. You will want to have these issues resolved before having the painting job completed.

Also, preparing the surface of the walls can be a bit more complicated since they are exposed to the weather and other outdoor elements. But the commercial painting contractor team here has the tools and know-how to clean the walls before the painting process begins. And they also know how to patch holes and take care of anything else that should be done before the paint is applied.

Our commercial painting contractors also know how to apply paint properly. Our crew knows exactly how much paint to apply for optimal exterior and interior painting results.

And, these are just a few of the great reasons to hire professional commercial painting contractors to revamp your business. We specialize in both exterior and interior painting and can give your business a fresh, new look.

Would you like more information on our commercial painting contractors in Eden Prairie and the surrounding areas? Call Durapro Painting at 612-251-8637 or contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Residential Painting: Tips from the Pros

Posted & filed under Durapro Painting, Exterior Painting, Interior Painting, Residential Painting.

Painting an entire home or even just a single room can be an overwhelming task, especially if you’ve never done it before. As residential painting contractors for Bloomington and the surrounding areas, we understand just how big of a task it can be. While we recommend using professional residential painting contractors like us any time you want to paint a room in your home or your home’s exterior, we would like to pass on a few painting tips we actually use ourselves to help you understand the process.

Paint

All paints have four parts. They are solvents, pigments, additives and resins. Solvents make the paint wet. Pigments give it color. Additives are additional chemicals that are added to the paint to change a specific property of the paint. And resins are what bind the pigment to the wall. Both exterior and interior paint have all four of these components.

Did you know there are major differences between exterior and interior paint? The pigments used are very different. Pigments in interior paint will fade faster than what is in exterior paint. The resins used will also differ because exterior paints have to be able to adapt to temperature changes and moisture. Interior paint has resin in it that is more rigid, which means the paint is less likely to scuff and is easier to wash. Professional residential painting contractors like us will always know which paint to choose but now you know the differences as well!

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Prep

Over the years as residential painting contractors we have always appreciated the importance of preparing the surface for paint. This includes patching any holes, replacing any drywall that needs it and making sure to apply a coat of primer to the walls.

Primer is so important because it helps the paint adhere to the wall better. The paint will go on smoother and the walls will look better when all is said and done. Plus, it can help when you are painting a wall that has already been painted before, especially if the old paint is a bright color and you are repainting with a color that is not as bright.

When you hire the professional painters at Durapro, we will take care of all of this for you before we even begin to paint.

Process

Instead of using the paint right out of the bucket, get a paint grid and attach it to the bucket. It makes getting the paint on your brush or roller easier, and it is also easier to clean up when you are done painting. Residential painting contractors like us find paint grids easy to use and far less messy than trays or other tools like that.

For areas that are out of reach, including the ceiling, get rollers with extension rods. This helps save time and energy when it comes to climbing up and down a ladder.

To learn more tips or to hire our expert residential painting contractors for your Bloomington, call Durapro Painting at 612-251-8637 or contact us for a Free Estimate.

An Easy Guide to Hiring Trusted Professional Painters

Posted & filed under Residential Painting.

When it comes to your home or business, it is important to hire the very best! Don’t trust your upcoming exterior or interior painting job to just anyone. Find professional painters in Minneapolis you can trust. There are several ways you can ensure you hire only top notch professional painters and we have a few suggestions.

How Is Their Reputation?

So they have testimonials on their site? Word-of-mouth praise and friendly recommendations are among the most noteworthy ways to find the best exterior and interior painting company. Your friends, neighbors and contemporaries who have had similar work done on their home or business are great sources. They may have even worked with us. Check out some of our favorite testimonials!

How Are Their Accolades?

Have your professional painters received any accolades? What is the company’s rating with the Better Business Bureau? How many years have they been in business? At Durapro Painting, we have an A+ rating on BBB (Better Business Bureau) and won a Super Service Award for Angie’s List 2016!

Are They Responsible?

Are the professional painters you are looking into licensed bonded and insured? If the job takes more than one day, will they leave all of their tools around? Take a look at their website and then follow-up and read customer reviews to investigate just how responsible they are. Are they like Durapro who considers preparation and clean up just as important as the paint job itself? This is an important attribute to look for in a painting company.

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Can they Handle More Involved Projects?

Special types of painting techniques can be required for certain jobs. Make sure the professional painters you’re talking to are capable of conducting them. If they say they can do it, seek it out in their portfolio to verify just how good it looks. For example, our portfolio illustrates the different kinds of work we have done and what types of projects we’ve completed.

Trust Your Gut

In the end, does the representative from the painting company seem professional and honest? Is the representative of said professional painters respectful and on time to your appointments?

When you hire professional painters like Durapro Painting, you won’t have to worry about many of the questions above. We have been a trusted name in the business for many years, are licensed, bonded and insured; and are familiar with a wide array of painting techniques. We also have many happy customers and can even provide you with references!

So, when you need professional painters for your Minneapolis home, contact us at Durapro Painting. Call 612-442-2177 or request a Free Estimate.

Spring Spruce Up: Exterior House Painting Season Has Arrived!

Posted & filed under Exterior Painting, Residential Painting.

March 20th marked the first day of spring. This not only means warmer weather, but a great time of year to consider sprucing up the home with a new coat of paint! At Durapro Painting, we provide professional exterior house painting for St Paul and surrounding neighborhoods. Homeowners have trusted Durapro Painting for all of their exterior and interior house painting needs for many years. We have an A+ rating on BBB (Better Business Bureau) and won a Super Service Award for Angie’s List 2016! We are not only experts in exterior and interior house painting, we also offer carpentry services. So, if your home needs more than just a new coat of paint, like if you have any rotten wood, we will be able to replace and fix that as well.

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We know how to make homes look great and add serious curb appeal. We also know how much work and preparation goes into an exterior house painting project. We consider most of our exterior projects to be 70% preparation and 30% painting. We take the prep work for any of our exterior house painting projects very seriously so that there is no guess work or complications. We want to ensure a smooth paint job for each and every one of our customers. And we know that good preparation will ensure not only great quality but a paint job that is long lasting.

Here are a few things you can do to prepare as well!

Choose Your Exterior Paint Color

Tips: Go out and take a look at your house. When was the last time you really looked at it for a while? Take note of any unique features to complement and allow yourself to get a feel for your home’s “personality.” If your home is more traditional looking, then you probably want to stick with traditional colors for your exterior house painting. Do you own a colonial or ranch? Consider more neutral colors. Do you live in a beautiful Victorian Tudor or Spanish Mediterranean? Opt for a little character with a splash of color or contrasting trim.

Preparing for Your Exterior House Painting

Tips: Make sure you have your paint colors finalized for your home and its trim. If you are having trouble deciding, you can contact the experts at Durapro for help.

And, if you are having other work done to your home at the same time your exterior house painting is scheduled, let us know. We will try to be sure we are there when it is most convenient for you. We want to ensure we don’t disrupt any more of your normal routine than what’s absolutely necessary. So, also be sure to let your painters know if there is a specific area to place painting equipment in order to avoid inadvertent damage to plants, landscaping or outdoor decorations.

Did you know we also have a three year warranty on our labor? Compare that to most painting companies offering just one to two years. So, let’s get started!

Are you interested in getting more information on exterior house painting in the St Paul area? Call us at Durapro Painting at 612-442-2177, or you can contact us to set up your Free Estimate.