Exterior House Painting
Priming, painting, and staining are all surface applications to help beautify your home. It will be important for our estimator to look at your home’s exterior condition. Damage from dry-rot or woodpeckers will be noted along with recommendations of some boards being replaced. Noted articles, such as vines and shrubbery up against a surfaces to be stained or painted will be noted in the estimate. When a homeowner accepts our proposal, it is the responsibility of the homeowner to have anything growing up against the house such as vines and shrubbery taken care of.
For paint and stains to stick and achieve uniform coverage, all surfaces must be dry, dull, and clean!
Depending on the surface we are beautifying, we may use a verity of tools such as wire-brushes, dusters, power-washers, scrapers, and vacuums. We knock off spider webs and dust off debris. During this time we may remove shutters and hanging planter chains. Patio furniture is moved away from the work areas.
The following day, we protect surfaces and objects such as windowpanes and security lights with paper, plastic film, and tape. We pull shrubs back from the house. Drop cloths are laid down to protect pavers, decking, concrete flat-work, and landscaping. If we are painting gutters, facia, or chimney stacks, we often cover small areas of the roof with drops. Bare wood is spot primed with oil. Large areas may require additional priming. Only after the primer is thoroughly dry, will we begin painting.
Weather Permitting, We Begin Painting
Again, for stain and paint to stick, a surface must be dull, dry, and clean!
If there is rain in the air, we cannot paint!!
As we move around the outside of your home, we keep your lawn, decks, driveway, and landscaping tidy and organized.
We Put Things Back Together
We reattach items such as downspouts and shutters and all items we took down during the project.
Wrapping Things Up
Our lead painter will do a final inspection and will invite you to do a walk-around just prior to the teardown. Throughout the project, we only bring to the work area, items that we need. When we are done with a tool, we return it to our work vehicle or trailer. At the end of the job, we release shrubs that were pulled back from the house. We take up the drop cloths and dispose of all the plastic film barriers and coverings. We pick up any flakes and crumbs. We move patio furniture back to where it was. We do a final walk-around to make sure we are not leaving any tools behind and guarantee you are 100% satisfied with the work!
We never request money down when you order our service; we don’t consider it good business to hold you and your money hostage! Our painters are never assigned to two job sites at the same time.
Only when we arrive to begin work, may we require a deposit. Only when the work is complete, are we paid in full!
Attached Garages Bays
One of the most commonly used entry points into a home is through the attached garage. It is for this reason our customers have us paint the interior of their garage!
Although the walls are on the inside, we apply a high quality exterior paint to the walls and ceiling to achieve a bright fresh look. Dust is something that clings to dull surfaces, so we paint the walls and ceilings in a satin finish.
Before we get started on painting, items in the garage are moved to the center of the room and covered with plastic, while other items are temporarily stored outside. We cover every square inch of the floor with drop cloths and remove electrical covers just like when we are painting a home’s interior. After inspection the drop cloths are taken up and electrical plates put back.
Decorative Pediments, Crowns, and Columns
Michigan weather is harsh on exterior wood structures. For this reason, we do not wash wood under high pressure!
Spiderwebs are swept away and grime is washed off of the decorative surface. Next, the surface is scraped and old loose paint is knocked off and disposed of. Next, drop cloths are laid down to protect pavers, decking, concrete flat-work, and landscaping from stray paint. All bare wood is spot-primed with oil. Next, we prime the decorative surface. Finally, we apply two coats of high quality exterior paint to the façade’s pediment, columns, and crown.
After the work has been inspected, we take up the drop cloths and return planters and exterior entry mats, ensuring old paint flakes are not left behind.
Overhead Garage Doors
Overhead garage doors are made from a variety of materials. A fresh coat of paint that ties in your trim can really go along way with your home’s curb appeal.
If your garage door is in excellent condition we can paint it. We are able to paint aluminum doors so they will never scale or flake.
Before we can begin, we cover any objects inside the garage that the homeowner does not want paint-dust to fall on. Vehicles, lawn tractors, and bicycles are removed and parked at a reasonable distance from the work area.
We remove the side and overhead weatherstrip from the garage frame. Next, we wash and rinse the door by hand and allow to dry. Next, we tape off the rubber bumper. We shield the flashing that covers the frame of the garage door, and we tape off the exterior garage door handle and plate. Next, we lay down drop cloths on the driveway. Finally, we spay multiple coats of paint to your garage door.
Upon inspection of the door, the drop cloths are taken up. Next, the paper and plastic barriers are torn down and the weatherstrip is reattached.
Michigan’s weather is harsh on exterior wood structures. For this reason, we do not wash wood under high pressure!
Grills, lawn, and patio furniture are removed from the worksite. Hanging planters and chains are taken down. Spiderwebs are swept away and grime is washed off of the pergola. Next, the structure is scraped and old loose paint is knocked off and disposed of. Next, drop cloths are laid down to protect pavers, decking, concrete flat-work, and landscaping from stray paint. All bare wood is spot-primed with oil. Next, we prime the structure. Finally, we apply two coats of high quality exterior paint to the pergola.
After the work has been inspected, we tear down the site and put everything back to where it was.
Before we begin painting a brick patio, we wash the surface of the grouted mortar and brick to insure adhesion of the paint. We remove spiderwebs and we wire-brush for loose paint. We then allow the surface to thoroughly dry.
For paint to adhere, all surfaces to be painted, must be: clean, dull, and dry!
Cracks are filled with an exterior paintable caulk. Next, we pull back shrubs from the area that will be painted and we cover areas that are not to be painted with plastic and paper. Drop cloths are laid down over pavers, landscaping, and concrete flat-work such as concrete steps, and decking.
Finally, the painting can begin. If the brick has never been painted in the past, we back-roll to make sure the paint gets into every nook and cranny. Depending on the outside temperature, we use high quality paint suitable to the day’s temperature and humidity.
After we apply the paint, we teardown the plastic and return things to where they were.
Exterior Painting Services
Garage Bay Interiors
Brick Patio Walls
Decorative Pediments, Crowns, and Columns
Garage Overhead Doors
Entry Doors and Garage Access / Utility Doors
Window Frames and Sashes