If you are homeowner or a property owner and you are interested in exterior painting services including: painting the exterior of your home, restoring your deck, repairing the trim or other, power washing or any of our other services we are ready to demonstrate all that we can offer you.
Brian and Gene have successfully completed over 1,050 painting projects since 2008.
We can custom color match or design a color scheme that will make your neighbors just a bit envious.
When we meet we will provide you with our written "Exterior House Painting Process" and other documents like our written "Daily Exterior Clean-up Check List"
We don't just say we clean up every day, we put it in writing. We train our crew members to act like guests in your home. We also train them to be attentive to your domestic and security needs.
Most of our clients are surprised to see the number of steps required to complete a quality exterior painting project. It is a lot more than "scrape, prime and paint".
We believe our procedures will ensure that your painting project will be completed on time, for the price quoted and your expectations will be met.
If you have been disappointed with the quality of work of other painting contractors or so called painting services, we want to assure that your project can make you feel proud to drive up to your home or business again.
Below is a list of our most common services for homeowners and property owners. There are other services that we can provide. If you don't see what you need on our list - please contact us and we will give you our experience with your requested service and any other helpful information we have so you can make the best decision.
The Exterior Painting Process
The end product of the painting process is a function of the degree of attention to detail given to every step of the job. This is what makes the difference between a perfectly finished job and that of a low and inferior quality.
Surface Preparation: The surface to be painted should be prepared before the application of paint. This is fundamental to having a perfect finish. There are several ways of preparing the surface, the most common is washing. This is done to remove all loose dirt on the surface and in crevices. This would provide a fine surface for the paint to adhere to. Power washing is a very convenient way to go about this. It removes tough stains, grease and moss. The only challenge is that there is specific equipment that are used for power washing. This should be used by someone who is trained to use it.
Drop Cloth: Drop cloths are very necessary in residential exterior painting especially when you are repainting. They are to be placed around the areas to be painted as they absorb paint drops, preventing spills. This makes the cleanup process easier.
Caulking: This is the next step. It involves the use of a sealer in sealing cracks and expansions around doors and window frames. These cracks are responsible for the failure of paints around these areas. Caulking also prevents moisture from getting into these cracks. When caulking, only paintable caulk is to be used. Silicone caulking cannot be painted as such, and should not be used. If silicone caulk is already used in the home, it should be replaced with a paintable alternative.
Putty: This is a filler material used on older homes. It is used to fill cracks between joints, also acting as a seal from moisture between glass and wood. If properly applied, it preserves the authenticity of the home, however, newer and modern homes may not need this resource.
Scraping: This is used to remove any loose paint from previous coatings. This is critical to the durability of the paint job. When you paint without scraping, there is the tendency that the old loose paint would flake as a result of the weight of the new paint.
Sanding: This is optional, however, it is used to round the edges of the scraped areas. With a disk or belt sander, this can be achieved. Sanding improves the looks and has nothing to do with durability of the finished job. Edges would be smoother and look more rounded. However, this is a costly and time consuming process.
Priming: The purpose of priming is to seal porous surfaces, providing a smooth surface for the application of paint. High quality primers would act as surfaces to which the paint would adhere. If properly done, it enhances the end quality of the paint job.
Finished Coating: This is the application of the final paint finish. The use of the appropriate tools for this is necessary as there is no need to compromise standards at this point. Use rollers for wider areas where there is sufficient rolling space while you use 2-inches hand brushes for corners and intricate designs.
When you are finished painting, clean up the environment removing materials like the drop cloth and empty paint containers. Ensure a tidy environment after working, this makes the work place safe for all.
Even when the interior of a home is still unfinished, if the exterior is properly painted, it gives it that allure, difficult to resist. If the home is for sale, you will begin getting response from the market in a short while.
Need a professional exterior painting contractor near you that offers labor and material guarantees? We offer exterior house painting services in Dupage and Kane Counties. For free estimate call Al & Brian's Painting today! 1-847-586-3888