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Residential Painting: Tips from the Pros

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

Commercial Painting Services Make Your Image Pop

Posted & filed under Commercial Painting.

Keeping your business looking its very best can be challenging. There are the brass tasks of daily operations that help build your reputation to the world you do business with, that which allows you to generate revenue. After all, it is the business of your business that allows you to get business in the first place.

What about the aesthetic? How about the physical brick and mortar of your property? What does their appearance, to the outside observer (be they neutral party, existing client or potential customer) say about your business? If your building exists independently—detached or even semi-detached—how does the way it currently looks affect your ability to gain business from those who are nearby? If your offices exist within a larger building within an industrial complex, or if you just have no real say on how the exterior of the property looks (even if not!)–what does how the interior looks say to the visitors who come in?

There are many ways that you can boost the visual presence of your company. One such way is by hiring a  commercial painting service for your St Paul or greater Twin Cities area business. Fresh coats of paint go a very long way in promoting the idea that you care about your business and that appearance and image matter. Painting the interior or exterior of your property is a set of organized tasks best left to professionals within the trade. Also, do you really want to waste time where you and yours can be generating actual revenue for your company by taking a few days out to conduct a massive paint job or jobs? Your workers painting instead of making cold calls or organizing data?     

Commercial painting crews, like those at Durapro Painting, come equipped with all of the obvious and proper tools of the trade, as well as knowledge on that for which they are being hired. A well-oiled machine, our commercial painting services have conducted myriad aesthetic boosts to businesses throughout the area. We know what we are doing.

We know how to prep walls and surfaces best for painting. We know how to paint, properly, to help your building look its best for as long as is possible. We take great care, providing drop cloths to cover any items or walking area from accruing paint spills. You may have holes in the walls on the exterior of your building that allow for critter access that you may be otherwise unaware of—we patch those holes. You may have layer upon layer of old paint on the interior office walls that require a little sanding and scraping. Leave these burdensome tasks to the commercial painting masters, like us.

Why not get those interior commercial painting projects completed in St Paul or the greater Twin Cities metroplex before the holidays? Call Durapro Painting at 612-442-2177 or contact us for a Free Estimate.

 

Prep Your Home for the Arrival of Professional Painters

Posted & filed under painting contractors.

Calling on professional painters for your Maple Grove or surrounding areas home, those like Durapro, is an easy process. Professional painters can carry out your home or commercial business property painting project in an incredibly quick and efficient manner. Keep your focus a few specific things to help guarantee the painting process is as smooth those new walls will be. Your home or office will thank you.

Prepare for our professional painters by following these tips:

 The Potential for Damage

Always aiming to avoid damaging anything within a home or office, our professional painters are incredibly careful. From time to time mishaps do occur. Pack up, relocate or protect any breakables—especially those near or on the pathway of the area they will be working. As per potential damage to landscaping efforts, make sure any manicured bits of it are covered so as to prevent paint spillage onto plants and/or otherwise cause harm. Durapro will gladly cover all of these items for you, but you do have the option in advance.

 Inform all Relevant Parties

Once you know when our commercial painting contractors will be coming out to complete the project, make sure employees and family are informed. Why not post a sign at your business front doors to make your customers also aware that professional painters will be working. That way, everyone is more than aware of what is going on and when. On a home project, be sure that pets and children are aware of the goings-on. If possible, keep pets away from general areas in which work is to be done.

 Colors

We do discuss your home or commercial painting project with you at length before we begin our work. Please make sure the colors you want are finalized before our professional painters arrive. This includes paint colors for trim and other parts of your home or building’s exterior—all possible colors you may want to be implemented in any way.

Accessibility

If you have any particular area in which you would like our painting professionals to park our work van, please let us know. Make sure there are zero obstacles between where we park and where we will be working. Our team of professional painters will have equipment that they will need to carry back and forth between the job site and their work truck. A clear path will make this easier and could help your painting project go a bit faster.

Our team knows how to work carefully but efficiently to make sure we do not disrupt your business or family-life any more than we have to. With a little help from you, those disruptions will be kept to a minimum and we will have all exteriors and interiors looking as good as new in no time!

Are you interested in learning more about professional painters near Maple Grove? Call Durapro Painting at 612-442-2177 or contact us for a Free Estimate.