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Before the Big Day: Leading Up to Your Professional Paint Job

Posted & filed under Commercial Painting, Durapro Painting.

Are you ready to schedule an appointment with professional painters for your St Paul home? Congratulations! Other than being very excited, there are a few more things that will happen before the big day. As the trusted name in painting, the experts at Durapro Painting would like to provide a rundown of that to expect in the days leading up to your scheduled painting.

professional painters bloomington durapro paintingFirst, the fun part! Picking the right paint color. Here are a few things you can try when determining what color you want the inside or outside of your home painted:

  • Consider lighting. For example, during the morning hours when the sun’s earliest rays light up the walls, the paint might look brighter than in the evening. Natural light can also make the paint look like it is a different color than artificial light.
  • The best way to figure out what the paint will look like is by painting a moveable and repositionable surface. The paint that you use for this test should be the same paint you want your professional painters to use.

Next, if our professional painters are painting any rooms in the interior of your home, move any valuables out of that room before we visit. Our professional painters always take great care not to damage anything while we are at your house, but accidents can happen, so it is better to err on the side of caution.

Remove any pictures or photos that are hanging up and put them somewhere safe. You should also remove any drapes or window treatments as well. Again, if you need help with this, let us know and we will most definitely assist you. Also, remove any electronic devices and store them somewhere else so they are not inadvertently damaged.

It is also important that furniture is moved out of the rooms we will be painting in. They can also be move to the center of the room if that’s easier, and we can cover them with drop cloths so we don’t get any paint on them. Our professional painters can handle all this for you as well as put down protective coverings to ensure your home’s interior is not damaged by paint.

If you have any pets or small children, it is important they are kept away from the rooms our professional painters are painting in. This ensures their safety and also ensures that our visit to your home goes smoothly. We also want to ensure that no pet hair ends up in the wet paint.

Do you want to learn more about our professional painters in St Paul and the surrounding areas? Call Durapro Painting at 612-442-2177, or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate.

 

Exterior House Painting Season with Your Trusted Painting Company

Posted & filed under Durapro Painting, Exterior Painting, Painting Tips.

Late summer is one of the classic exterior painting months. With temperatures warm, paint cures at its proper rate. But, how late can you push your exterior house painting? And, what are some benefits to painting this time of year? As the trusted painting company for Roseville and surrounding areas, we’d like to discuss some of the benefits of exterior house painting, what our painting company can do for you and why this is a great time of year to do it.

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Summer provides the perfect temperatures to have your painting company come out for an exterior painting job. As autumn draws near, however, you may be wondering when this window closes. Improved paint technology allows you to push it, but in Northern states like Minnesota, it is recommended to stop around November or even earlier depending on temperatures. Surprisingly though, early fall can be one of the best seasons to paint because the difference between highs and lows is less than in other seasons.

Now through much of September, the weather is relatively warm, rain is scarce, and in general, it makes a weary task made less grinding with the inclusion of sun and warmth. Also, as growing season comes to a close, you will likely have less greenery and outdoor chores, offering another great reason to go with exterior painting now.

Paint should only applied to a dry surface. Your painting surface can become moist either by direct contact from rain or snow or by humidity in the air. After a hard rain, it is recommended to wait at least a full day before painting. As you may know, moisture can bring mold. Step one to prepare for exterior house painting is to make sure all of the dirt and mildew is washed off of your home’s exterior walls. Our painting company will generally hand wash or power wash or do a combination of both. We always want to start with a clean surface. This will help ensure that the paint goes on smoothly and evenly and that the dirt doesn’t cause the paint to discolor or look dirty after it’s been applied.

A professional painting company like ours knows the best conditions for your exterior painting. So, when you are ready to get started, give us a call and we can tell you all about our exterior painting services and get you on our end-of-summer or early fall painting schedule!

Interested in hiring our painting company for your Roseville home or business? Contact Durapro Painting today by calling 612-251-8637 or Request a Free Estimate.

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.