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Tips for Stucco Success

Joe Brindle - Thursday, July 18, 2013

Stucco is an aesthetic feature that has an outstanding texture and gives a home or business a great look. However, it is that same appealing texture that makes maintenance on the surface a challenge. Changing temperatures and weather tends to make stucco surfaces crack slightly over time. Those cracks allow dirt, leaves, mold, pollen and other environmental pollutants to potentially stain, discolor or even damage the stucco surfaces.

Here are 5 things that you can do to help keep your stucco in great condition:

  •  If you see dirt or leaves on the exterior walls simply wash away these mold carriers
  •  For cracks in the surface of the walls, clean and dry the area and then fill in the cracks
  •  If there are openings where surfaces join trim, windows, doors etc… clean and dry the               area then fill in the openings
  •  Make sure your gutters are clean so that the rain doesn’t run down the wall of your home, the     rain water can carry mold spores, mildew and other things from the leaves that can stain the     stucco surface
  •  If the flashing is damaged around the doors, windows or chimneys repair or replace them to     create a tight seal


Eventually you’ll want to refresh the color of the stucco and the possibilities are inspiring. Whether you decide on a bright color, fresh white, or an earth tone; your choice should suit your personal style. Make sure that the stucco is prepared for painting at the very least that would involve cleaning all surfaces, repairing damaged areas, removing loose material, and sealing minor cracks with a textured elastomeric caulk to match the existing texture. However, severe stucco damage may require more extensive repairs.

If you’re interested in recreating the beauty of your stucco give Custom Coatings Inc a call at 828-326-0953 for a free, no obligation estimate.


Let us help educate you!

Joe Brindle - Thursday, July 26, 2012

Part of what we do at Custom Coatings Inc involves educating our clients so that they can make the most informed decision possible.  At times that may not involve hiring us, but we feel that our clients appreciate our candidness and value honesty above all else.  In turn, most people who do not hire us in the beginning often call us in the future to assist with another project or to help fix their mistakes.  Something that quite a few home owners try to tackle themselves is a proper caulking job on their home.  Caulk is simple to use and can truly put the finishing touches on just about any surface.  But, there is a lot of caulk out there!  And if you use the wrong caulk it is quite difficult to work with and your finished results will not be what you are expecting.  

Our crews will use caulk on pretty much every surface of a home; door frames, windows, window frames, baseboards, chair rails, crown molding, siding, etc…  Any place that there is a transition and a possible gap caulk can be used there.  Applying caulk to a door frame or a base board prior to painting will make the edges sharp and tight.  Applying caulk around windows will help seal them for better energy efficiency and keeping water out.  Applying caulk on kitchen cabinets will seal unsightly cracks.  Before you apply caulk yourself make sure you are using the right product for the application.  Many home improvement stores will try to push silicone caulk for everything, but silicone is a bad idea for most situations.  Silicone can not be painted over – so unless you always want to see a bright shiny bead of caulk, don’t use it!  EVER!  Silicone has a place in bathrooms and kitchens, but on other surfaces a good acrylic caulk covers just about everything.  And a quality acrylic caulk is easy to work with. 

If you have any projects that need caulk call Custom Coatings and let us help with them.  We have the knowledge and skill to make your projects look beautiful in the end.  And if you decide to go a different direction you will be more informed after meeting with us so that you are able to make an educated decision about your project.  Then again, once you realize everything that must go into a project you will appreciate our thoroughness and might just hire us on the spot! 



Lead is serious and needs to be treated that way!

Joe Brindle - Monday, April 30, 2012

Do you know how dangerous lead can be to you or someone you love?  Most people know that lead is something that used to be in paint, but it is not that bad.... FAIL! Lead is serious business and it needs to be given the respect that it deserves. 

Lead chips are harmful and should never be ingested, but they aren't the serious threat like most people think. Lead dust is the real deal! To give you perspective, if one sugar packet contained lead dust instead of sugar and that dust was released it would be enough to completely contaminate a 1,500 square foot home! So if you have an average size three bedroom home and start sanding away, please make sure you don't have lead paint. Lead dust is easily transferred from clothing, to car seats, to couches, to anything... Think about coming home from a hard days job and plopping down on the sofa. If you look closely you will see all this dust float up and away..... If you had been working around lead based paint all day that could pose a serious problem. 

Lead poses the most serious threat to children under the age of six. Lead contamination has been linked to lower IQ's, learning difficulties, poor muscle coordination, hearing damage, and behavior issues. And young children are unable to get away from the lead dust that could be present in places where they lay or sit. Imagine a child strapped into a car seat - the same car seat that was strapped into the car where the parent was working around lead dust all day. Take a close look at the links below and view the case studies of a lead paint inspector from Dallas, TX. 

If you own a home that was built prior to 1978 and would like a painting consultation please let us know - Custom Coatings Inc is RRP certified and we would love to help you with your lead remediation project! 

http://networkedblogs.com/x2EdG 


By Patrick Stilwell 




Roof Coatings

Joe Brindle - Monday, March 19, 2012

Roof coatings are a major component of our business here at Custom Coatings inc.  At times people have a hard time grasping how a painting company can fix a roof and provide a water tight warranty, but when you take time to think about roof coatings and how they work it becomes clear! 

First, you have to know that the roof can be coated.  We can generally coat any type of roof except one that has gravel on it.  The simple fact is that you cannot get them clean enough to coat.  Another factor to make sure of is that they are not too far gone.  While coating roofs can help to extend the life of a good roof indefinitely, there is no cure for a roof that is already saturated or just plain bad.  Over the many years of coating roofs we have become quite adept at inspecting roofs and before we coat we also have an infrared test performed.  Proper testing is the only way to make sure a roof can be coated.  For instance performing an adhesion test is incredibly important – you want to make sure that the coating you are going to apply is going to stick and not peel off in big sheet!

The other reason we are so good at installing roof coatings is because our crews understand coatings and how they work.  Our crews know the ins and outs of applying liquid coatings (paint) because it is what they do every day.  So if they know how to properly apply coatings on a 100’ tall building how much easier do you think it might be to apply coatings at your feet?  Much more simple if you already have the proper knowledge and understanding of how coatings work! 

Take a look at the full article on adhesion testing below and check out the videos of an actual adhesion pull test.  And contact Custom Coatings for all your Roof Coating Needs!

http://bloggingpainters.com/adhesion-test-coating-epdm-roof/

http://youtu.be/JuZPfX0urnk

http://youtu.be/5Y_Ix_RgM1I

Painting can be challenging

Joe Brindle - Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Have you ever started something and after getting in a little too deep figured out you should have never gotten your hands dirty?  That is often the sentiment we see from our clients.  They started a project that looked easy from the outside, but once they got the paint all over the place they realized it was not going swimmingly. 

Plantation shutters are something that is not quite as easy as it may seem.  Painting them is something that a DIY’er should really think about before taking it on.  They can be tricky enough to install correctly, much less put them back in the right spot after painting them.  The louvers can slide as you are trying to paint and if you get too much paint on them they won’t operate correctly any longer.  They may not close all the way, they may stick, etc…  There are a lot of functional issues with painting plantation shutters. 

Also, you want your paint job to look good, right???  If you brush shutters it will take a LONG time.  And if you don’t spray them correctly you will cause yourself a great deal of frustration.  The shutters are so small that it is quite easy to apply way too much product.  Take a look at this article and associated video – then call Custom Coatings Inc when you are ready to let us help you paint your shutters! 

 http://bloggingpainters.com/2012/02/08/plantation-shutters-call-a-pro/ 




Patrick Stilwell

 

Caulking is more important than you realize!

Joe Brindle - Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Why Caulking Is Important

Caulking provides two beneficial purposes.  The first is to cosmetically enhance the appearance of a project by closing gaps and creating a smoother transition;  The second (and most important) is to provide a seal between two areas or surfaces to keep water from getting into the building or house.

Painters generally use caulking for aesthetic reasons. Uncaulked gaps between: exterior surfaces, between two surfaces, along the top of baseboards, in wood trim, along cabinets and counter-tops - will look unsightly and unprofessional. Caulking eliminates the gaps.

Water intrusion into a home or building can have devastating effects on the property. The water can rot wood, freeze inside masonry and cause defects or potentially create mildew. Caulking is just one basic step to help keep these and other problems from happening.

Like any skill, proper caulking requires practice.  Here are some helpful hints to help with your next caulking project…

-          Read the labels and buy the correct caulking for the job. When using caulking on the exterior of your home, be sure not to apply it in extreme temperatures or direct sunlight.

-          Buy a good caulking gun that comes with a built-in cutting tool and wire attachment for piercing the tube's inner seal.

-          Cut the tip at an angle and at the smallest opening you think you will need. Be sure to apply enough caulking to cover the entire gap properly so that the edges of the caulking can adhere to the surface and the caulk is thick enough to fill the gap. Most errors installing caulking are due to not installing a large enough bead in the gap. However, too much is not good either. It does take practice.

-          Use a damp rag, usually followed by a wipe with your finger, to smooth out the bead of caulking. Do this right away, or it will start to skin over quickly and will get lumpy and hard to work with.

- Always leave ample time for the caulk to dry if you are going to paint over it, or it will shrink and crack the paint as it cures.

- When you are finished using the caulk make sure to push a nail into the end of the tube of caulk for storage, as this will prevent the caulk from drying out between uses.


If you follow these simple tips you too can caulk like a pro!

Joe Brindle 

Taking the time to make it right!

Joe Brindle - Monday, January 09, 2012

How much time does it take to paint something?  Anything?  Walls, trim, ceilings, furniture, etc….  Time is probably the single most important thing to figure out when thinking of repainting something in your home.  Clients we do estimates for are often shocked at how much time it takes to properly paint something.  They think we should just slap up some paint on the walls and move on.  What we actually do and what people “think” we do are two ENTIRELY different things.  If you have ever done a little painting you know how rewarding it can be.  You also know how frustrating it can be when it does not turn out just how you envisioned.  I know that prior to working for a commercial coatings company I had NO idea how involved such a simple task could be.  I also never knew how to make a wall look good or how to make trim pop!  Painting is truly an art and the absolute biggest hurdle in getting it right is time.  If you follow a few simple rules then you too can achieve the quality results you are looking for!  You can have that “wow” factor!  Take a look at the first article in a two part series on interior painting and go paint something!  OR give Custom Coatings a call and allow us to help you out!

 http://bloggingpainters.com/2011/10/27/homeowner-tips/

Patrick Stilwell

Business Development Manager 

“Cool Wall” Exterior Paint Technology Can Save You Big Money

Joe Brindle - Friday, December 23, 2011
There is a new technology available to help homeowners hold down air conditioning costs without sacrificing comfort. It is called "COOL WALL™ ".  COOL WALL™ coatings have been shown to reduce air-conditioning demand by nearly 22 percent, according to tests by the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

“The tests found that the COOL WALL™ exterior coating's revolutionary heat reflective finish significantly reduced exterior wall temperatures by as much as 40 degrees Fahrenheit when compared to traditional paints and coatings. More important, the tests showed the Cool Wall coating also lowered interior temperatures in both CBS and wood-frame homes,” said Jay Haines, president and chief executive officer of Textured Coatings of America Inc. His company's TEX•COTE® SUPER•COTE™ COOL WALL™ exterior coatings were the subject of a nearly two year-long series of DOE tests.  

"Obviously, the savings vary depending on the home's location, as well as its construction type, its orientation to the sun, surrounding shade features and so forth," said Haines. "But the DOE tests confirmed a measurable and significant difference in the energy required to cool the home in all instances."

The most extensive DOE tests were conducted at the Oak Ridge test site in Tennessee, with additional tests conducted at actual homes in Jacksonville, Fla., and Phoenix, Ariz. The tests demonstrated that the COOL WALL™ coating could lower the costs of cooling a typical 1,100-square-foot ranch-style home by as much as 21.9 percent, Haines noted.

The SUPER•COTE™ finish can last for decades without fading, flaking, peeling or chipping," said Haines. Because of this durability, the SUPER•COTE™ finish virtually eliminates the need short repainting cycles that costs the homeowner loads of money.

The long-term savings in maintenance expense, coupled with the annual savings in air-conditioning costs, have resulted in a dramatic increase in interest in the "COOL WALL™" coatings in recent months, Haines said.

Start down your own road to savings by considering Cool Wall for your home or building.  Give our professionals at Custom Coatings a call at 828-326-0953 and let us provide you with a free estimate on your project.  

For more information, visit 
http://www.azobuild.com/news.asp?newsID=3798

What Kind Of Preparation Work Will We Do On Your House?

Joe Brindle - Friday, December 16, 2011

Our experts get asked this question a lot.

A paint job is only as good as the steps you took to prepare for it. Thorough and proper paint preparation is the key to a professional-looking paint job that will last.

What we’re saying is that before you do anything else, you need to make sure you're intended surfaces are prepared correctly to ensure a beautiful, long-lasting finish. We’ve seen many attempts at painting that were performed with very little or no paint preparation at all and the results were disappointing.

We’ve heard it said that once you apply a coat of paint onto a surface, it's like a magnifying glass was put over it. That statement is very accurate. The smallest imperfections and mistakes, dirt, grime, whatever, come shining out at you like a spotlight! Careless paint preparation can result in a dirty surface, and peeling or bubbling paint.

Things a good contractor should do in order to ensure your area is ready for a proper prep and paint job include:

  • Clear intended work space of furniture, and other stuff
  • Remove all wall (receptacle) and switch plates, and any hardware
  • Scrape/Sand peeling paint and dirt spots on surfaces
  • Fill and caulk all holes and small cracks
  • Thorough cleaning (basic paint preparation!)
  • Tape off surface areas you don't want paint on
  • Prime any newly repaired surface (especially new drywall or bare wood)

Without preparation like pressure cleaning, scraping, sanding to a tightly adherent feathered edge, etc…. no matter how expensive the paint is, it is not going to last!

We know proper paint preparation is not fun. It’s dirty, and it can be time consuming.  Let us do it for you!

Give Custom Coatings a call at 828-482-0618 when you’re ready for your next paint project. Our trained paint professionals know all the right steps to take in order to ensure the finest quality and longest lasting paint job possible.  We’ll be happy to provide you with a free estimate and set up a time to complete your project.

My Deck Paint Is Peeling. What Can I do?

Joe Brindle - Friday, December 09, 2011

There is no easy solution or one-size-fits-all for this problem. Treated deck boards weather and crack. People have been misinformed that painting a deck will stop the weathering process and help it to hold up well for a long time. That’s just simply not the case.

If you apply a solid stain, paint, or other film-building product to your deck, it will almost always peel. This happens because water gets inside the cracked wood, and then releases, causing damage to the coating.

In over 20 years of business, we’ve never seen a deck that has not weathered and peeled, to some degree. >But there is a way for you to keep your deck from peeling, and it involves regular maintenance.

The proper way to seal a deck is to stick to sealer-type products, and re-apply the sealer every two to three years as needed. You will know when it’s time to reseal because water will no longer bead up on your deck. That’s a sign that your sealer has lost its effectiveness and needs to be redone.

Custom Coatings is an industry leader with more than two decades of experience in commercial, industrial, and residential painting and coatings projects. We know what types of deck sealer are the best and we take pride in the quality of our work.

Our mission is to educate you on the most cost effective way to achieve your desired results. We will take the time needed to help you understand all of your options through a detailed consultation and written proposals with specifications - not just a price.

85 percent of our business is repeat business. We take pride in that. Our customers routinely refer us to the family, friends, and neighbors when the opportunity arises.

Just call us at 828-482-0168 and let us provide you with a free estimate on your next project.


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