Now that the Exterior season is finishing, we thought it would be interesting to hear what the crew has to say about which weather conditions outside are the toughest to work in. We asked them to rate the following: 1) Heat, 2) Humidity, 3) Cold, 4) Wind: Here’s the answers:
Dan, Painting Contractor: The worst is Wind. Next is Cold. Following that would be Humidity and then Heat.
Tony, Painter: Humidity is the worse. Next is Wind. Following that is Heat. The easiest is Cold. Comments: We had a good season, but 1 job with a lot of prep work we did was hard. This house was in really bad shape. There was a lot of peeling. It probably could have used a 3rd coat, but the customer wanted to do only 1 coat, except in worse areas he agreed on 2 coats. What happened is this house was not kept in good condition, and the last time it was painted, they probably just painted over the peeled areas.
Mike, Painter: The worst is Humidity. Next is Wind. Following that is Heat and then finally Cold. Comments: One day, when I was working with Dan, the wind was so intense that you couldn’t even go on a step ladder. Also, with winds, when on a roof or putting a ladder on it, it can be very dangerous.
John, President: I would combine Heat and Humidity together as the worse. Next is Wind, and then Cold. If it is Cold and Windy, you can’t work. If it’s just cold, then you can. In 4 Decades , the worse is the Heat with the Humidity. It’s a killer. It destroys you.
Chris, President of Tacoma, WA location: These conditions don’t apply out here. We never have Humidity. However, the fog can be bad. Typically, we start with a rainy season, then it turns good, and then comes the Fog with the Cold. At the end, there is only 4-5 workable hours time in a day. Also, what currently is going on is a lot of smoke from all the fires out here.
So that’s the opinion of the crew. Everyone has a different perspective of the conditions. The guys in IL are in for a big change now that our Interior season is starting, and they don’t have to be concerned about the weather outside! In the Tacoma location, Chris is doing Exterior and Interior both during the Spring/Summer season.
Many homeowners of Cedar Sided homes have a brick front/ or partial brick on their home, and want to create a “WOW” Factor when the house is up for a new painting/staining. This us usually done to take a darker colored brick to go lighter. Most often, white is used on the brick. However, it can be a tan or gray color, or another color to match the siding.
There are some situations, however, that we prefer not to paint the brick. The first is when their is noted water damage to the brick, which you can tell by seeing water stains on the brick in areas. Another situation is when there is efflorescence, which is water in the brick, that evaporates, and then leaves crystalline salts on the brick. The final situation where we prefer not to paint the brick is when there are problems with the tuck-pointing falling apart.
In the above situations, you may want to hire a company that stains the bricks instead. However, it won’t be a solid, uniform, consistent look such as the painted look.
Painting the brick is usually a 3 step process of a primer, and 2 topcoats of a flat paint that is good for masonry surfaces. You want to ensure it has a uniform, consistent finish, which is why a hand application as opposed to spraying is the best way for the project to be done.
Here are the Contest Rules/Requirements for our Referral Rewards Program for 2018:
- For every Referral you give us that goes forward with the painting ( small Handyman projects are not eligible. We refer those projects to a Handyman/Painter), you will receive a $50.00 Visa Gift Card, when that customer project ends.
- If you give us at least 2 Referrals that go forward, you are entered into The End of Year Contest, and if there is a tie for the number of Referrals that go forward, there will be a drawing at the end of the year to win a $500.00 Visa Gift Card.
- Winner agrees to be announced in Paint-Right Painting Facebook posts and email Newsletter.
We appreciate Referrals, and like to thank our customers this way!