Whether you are trying to sell your home or just looking to spruce up the exterior, there are plenty of ways to boost the appeal of your home. Below are 5 easy ways American Perma-Coat Painting can help you personalize the exterior and increase the curb appeal of your home:
1) Color and Composition.
Color can play a big role in the curb appeal of your home. You could choose calming colors such as earthy browns, taupes, or greens. You can make a big statement and go with bold blues, reds, yellows or deep grays. The color of your home should portray the story you want to tell. Important things to keep in mind when choosing your color: the style and age of your home, current landscaping, and the color of your roof. Also, check with your homes association before you make your final color selection to see if there are any restrictions in the bylaws.
2) Front Door.
Your front door is the focal point of your home. Choose a rich hue that complements the color of your home. You can even pick an unexpected color to really make a statement! No color is off limits: red, yellow, robin’s egg blue, even orange or the perfect shade of eggplant. Whatever color you choose, it should be the perfect accent to the story of your home.
And don't forget the garage door. If your garage doors share a prominent place on the front of your home, consider updating the door to accentuate the style of your home. You can choose a different shade for the color, add special hardware or choose a beautiful stained wood door for a special touch.
Completely transform the look of your home by installing shudders. Shudders can either be functional or just for decorative purposes. They also give you a great opportunity to incorporate an accent color to your exterior paint scheme.
4) Update your exterior trim.
Another easy way to freshen up the exterior of your home is painting the trim. You can choose to just put a fresh coat of the current color, or you can create a whole new look by choosing a bold color. Painting the trim around the windows can add depth to your color scheme and set your home apart from the others in your neighborhood.
5) Refinish the porch floor.
Front porches can be very inviting. If your porch has had better days, breathe new life into this area by refinishing the floor and ceiling of the porch. The floor can either be painted in a beautiful accent color or the wood can be stained with a durable finish. Another unexpected touch is painting the porch ceiling! A soothing blue porch ceiling isn’t just for those who live in the south anymore!
But that's not the color I picked!" This lament is voiced all too often by Topeka, KS homeowners about the paint colors which were selected from a color card chip in the paint store. After the paint dries on the wall, they are sometimes faced with disappointment.
American Perma-Coat Painting recommends a simple remedy to this common problem: switch on the lights and look at the color under the actual lighting in which it will appear.
We strongly advise checking and selecting color under the right light to avoid disappointment. If color choice is critical, color selection should be made under the actual lighting conditions of the space to be painted.
Not all artificial light is the same, and various types of lighting have differing effects on paint color. Incandescent or LED lighting, most often found in residential settings, provides a totally different lighting environment to flourenscent lighting, normally found in commercial space. Special effect lighting, such as spot or track lighting very often distorts color. Even daylight can change the paint color, depending on the time of day.
Here are some tips on selecting the right color under various lighting conditions:
White and off-whites are the safest colors to use; they distort less under various types of light. Pale shades also do not undergo much change under different types of light and tend to remain true. However, both whites and pales have a tendency to reflect other colors. For example, a customer who had her entire living room painted in Linen White, insisted the walls were blue. The blue tone, in fact, was a reflection of the robin's egg wall-to-wall carpeting throughout the room.
Color should not be checked in an empty room. Since objects absorb and reflect color in different ways, color on the walls and ceiling very often becomes subdued and undergoes change by a room's furnishings.
If you do view a just-painted empty room, try to determine exactly how much of the wall surface will be visible after furnishings are reassembled in the space.
When using dramatic, daring colors, experiment first. Paint a sheet of poster board large enough to provide a true color reading and view it on the surface, under the lighting conditions for that space.
Color behaves entirely differently on a ceiling surface than on a wall surface. In most homes, the surface is being lit from below by floor lamps. Incandescent light reflected up to a ceiling makes the color on the ceiling appear much richer since the surface is reflecting light. If no light is hitting the ceiling, The colors will appear much darker and deeper. For example, a red ceiling when lit with incandescent lighting will turn to orange.
The gray-green family of color, including taupe, khaki, putty, sage and the historical colors are chameleon-like and will dramatically change under different lighting conditions, including daylight.
The look of a room can be intentionally altered with lights. Consider using atmospheric or mood lighting. A romantic look in the bedroom or dining room can be achieved by using pink bulbs. However, special lighting is usually not welcome in the bathroom/powder room when a true light is required for make-up and shaving. Also, avoid blue and green lighting in all rooms since they distort all colors.
While gloss levels can add richness and depth to color, the lighting under which they appear must be taken into consideration. Gloss levels of paint will impact on how color appears in certain light. The higher the gloss level, the higher the light reflectance, which means -- in simple terms -- more light will bounce off a wall painted with a high gloss finish than a flat finish.
Wash lighting will accentuate certain colors, making them richer. Placing recessed lighting fixtures in positions which wash over a wall will create light and shadow which add drama and depth to the surface while a spotlight, focusing on a fixed point on the surface, will create a hot spot and distort color.
Contact American Perma-Coat for further information and assistance on selecting the right paint color under various lighting conditions!
One of the most common structural problems we encounter in Topeka and Lawrence is exterior wood rot. Even for homes built with aluminum or vinyl siding, or all brick homes, there are many components of the exterior structure that are made of wood. Window and door moulding, trim work, fascia and soffit are typically made of wood.
All of these items are particularly vulnerable to weather extremes and water. When exterior wood damage is left unchecked, it can lead to higher heating and air conditioning bills, termite infestation and a decrease in home value. Also, it is a lot easier to repair some minor damage than to wait until there is a serious problem, which may require major replacement work. Let's go through some details that can help you avoid any big problems down the road.
Fancy names, but it's just exterior trim...
First, what exactly are the surfaces we're talking about? If you look at the exterior windows and doors on your house, they all have wood trim around them. The tricky part is that what you see is only part of the trim – the outermost layers are typically decorative mouldings. Underneath, more framing exists to hold the window or door in place. Catching a wood rot problem early often means we can fix just the outer moulding.
The fascia includes the horizontal boards that connect the bottoms of the roof rafters. The fascia provides stability to the structure and is often used to support the gutter system. The soffit is the finished layer covering the fascia. We usually consider this part of the structure the “eave” of the house.
Bugs, water and weather - watch out!
All of these areas are susceptible to water and weather damage. As exterior paint wears and weathers, small cracks may appear. Water can (and will) seep into the tiniest of these cracks. As the water sits on the wood surface it will not only saturate the wood, but can also grow mold and attract insects to the softened wood. Winter time makes the problem even worse. If water gets into small cracks in exterior wood surfaces and freezes, the expanding and contracting of freezing and thawing water can wreak havoc on the trim work. Often time, problems that are small and unnoticeable in the Fall emerge as major issues in the Spring.
Get it fixed now, before it gets bad...
In order to protect your home from wood rot and all of the associated problems, you can do a simple inspection to identify any problem areas. First, walk around your house and visually inspect all windows, doors and soffit. Keep an eye out for small insect holes, out-of-place soffit vents and cracks. If you have a two story home, you can perform this visual inspection from the ground. If you decide to use a ladder, be sure to follow all precautions associated with safe ladder use. Make a note of any areas you see that look like they may not be structurally sound. Second, you can use your fingers or a blunt object to check the density of the wood. Wood that is has water damage or wood rot will be much softer than normal. Being careful not to damage good wood, press on any suspected areas – if the area feels spongy or soft, there could be an underlying problem. Often times, we see trim work that looks okay at first glance, but will fall apart just by being touched.
American Perma-Coat Painting can handle any exterior painting. Before every job we fully inspect all of the surfaces to ensure structural integrity. If any wood needs repair or replacing, our team of skilled carpenters will handle the work before painting, and you can expect nothing but the highest quality work.
As a child, garage doors seemed almost magical. My brother and I would watch from the backseat as our parents pushed a tiny button and abracadabra! The garage door of our home would rise, signaling that we were finally home. Now that we are all grown up and homeowners ourselves, we hardly notice our garage doors and we certainly do not consider them magical. We expect them to go up, come down and keep the leaves out... and if the battery in our remote needs to be replaced? Well, we tend to get a little grouchy.
Even though they are no longer amazing, our garage doors are always working for us, and when it comes to your Topeka curb appeal, they are carrying some serious weight. When planning a cohesive look for your home’s exterior paint colors, you may have stopped to wonder: What am I supposed to do with my garage door?
If you stand in need of painting tips for your garage door, then buckle up! Today we are giving a free crash course in exactly that.
Exterior Paint Basics, The 3 Components
For starters, it helps to have a basic understanding of how exterior color schemes work. There are three basic components in play: your siding, your trim and your accents, which are typically your doors and shutters. As a rule, you want to play up the positive and interesting architectural features of your home and blend in, or downplay the mundane or negative aspects such as your gutters.
White and Bright
If you are working with white trim, you cannot go wrong with a crisp white garage door. Choosing white for your garage will help it blend in with your other exterior paint colors, giving you a fool-proof curb appeal with no regrets. If you still find yourself looking for a bit of visual interest for your garage, install a hardware kit to give it that carriage door look.
Is your home blessed with a real-wood garage door? If so, using a natural wood stain instead of exterior paint will skyrocket your curb appeal. Wood or even faux-wood steel garage doors are both timeless and trendy and add an air of elegance to your home’s exterior.
Black and Classy
Black. It’s classy for a dress and the same goes for your garage door. Using black, beige or gray can add a bit of contrast against your trim. When correctly chosen, these exterior paint colors pair well with both natural brick and vinyl siding.
If you feel like incorporating color, you are in good company, there is a growing trend of homeowners using paint colors such as navy, dark green or aqua on their garage doors. If feeling led in this direction, it is a good idea to go online and use a color scheme visualizer to test out your ideas before implementation.
If you are struggling with your exterior color scheme or vexed on how to use paint colors to your home’s advantage, our paint color experts can help. Give us a call. Our professional painters can help with your project from color selection to power washing, leaving you with cohesive curb appeal you will look forward to coming home to.
Exterior paint that is chipping, fading, and cracking needs to be re-painted. Exposed wood and wood rot are also signs that it's time for exterior house painting. Small issues can easily become large ones if things like wood rot aren't addressed promptly.
Exterior painting can be daunting, but it needs to be done approximately every five to ten years. With the crazy Midwest weather we have here in Topeka and Lawrence, routine maintenance is also important. Here are a few questions to use as a guide for determining when an exterior house painting job is needed:
Maintain the Exterior
One of the simplest, most important ways to extend the life of your home's exterior paint is to address problems as they occur. A little scraping, caulking, or sanding and re-painting a small area may be all that's needed for annual maintenance. In the same way, addressing minor wood rot when it first starts to happen can prevent larger problems down the road.
Tips for a Long-lasting Exterior Paint Job
When getting estimates from professional painters, keep in mind that paying less is almost never a good thing. Make sure to get a detailed quote that includes proper surface preparation. A paint job that is done without keen attention to prep and other important details can look good for a few years but will ultimately cost you more in the long run. From preparing the wood to choosing the kind of paint to use, every step of the process can be what lengthens or shortens the life of your home’s exterior paint job.
Is it time for exterior house painting? Get the job done right for a beautiful result that lasts. Our painters are professionals who care about your home. Call us at 785-271-1441 to schedule an estimate on painting your home's exterior today.
Cleaning the exterior of your home can be a very difficult, time-consuming, and often frustrating process. The professionals at American Perma-Coat Painting are here to help you with this responsibility.
Call American Perma-Coat today if you are looking for a way to improve the overall look of your property’s exterior. Our painting and pressure washing experts have all the experience and proper tools to improve the look your home.
Pressure Washing Brings New Life to Residential Siding
Cleaning the siding of your home can seem like an overwhelming chore, especially if you have more than one story. If you have been struggling to keep your siding looking its best, you should consider hiring American Perma-Coat to get the job done right!
One of the best things about hiring a professional is that they have the knowledge, skill, and experience necessary to clean your siding in the best possible manner. Different siding materials can be affected by cleaning agents and methods in different ways. One method may be harmful or cause damage. Our crew will use proper methods to ensure that no harm is done during the cleaning process.
Pressure Washing Restores Driveways and Sidewalks
One of the most difficult areas of your property to keep clean is concrete. Dirt, mildew, and algae can embed themselves into the surface of these areas. Driveways are notorious for collecting oil and rust stains.
Our skilled crew members know all the best ways to remove these particular types of stains. When we clean your driveways and walkways, we will pay a meticulous attention to detail in order to restore these surfaces to a like-new state of cleanliness. You and your family will once again be able to take pride in the look and feel of your home.
Pressure Washing Beautifies Decks and Fences
Having a deck on your property is a wonderful luxury, but keeping it clean can be a terrible chore. In order for your family to enjoy your deck to the utmost, you should hire a power washing contractor to restore its original beauty. American Perma-Coat Painting can help you with this task quickly and easily.
If you need to hire a professional pressure washing contractor in the Topeka or Lawrence area, call American Perma-Coat Painting today at (785) 271-1441.
Peak painting season for all professional painters is March through October. A common mistake many people make when deciding to paint their home and hire a professional painter, is to provide an adequate time frame for the paint job from start to finish.
Much like any other form of remodeling, when you hire a professional painter you need to allow adequate time for the painter to come to your home an do an estimate, before any painting work begins and then for the painter to put you on the painting schedule.
Most reputable painters are usually booked up during this time of year. So a good rule of thumb is 6 to 8 weeks in advance during the peak painting seasons of March through October. As a reminder don't expect to call a reputable house painter on Monday and expect to have your paint job finished on Friday!
If you are planning an exterior or interior painting project, call American Perma-Coat Painting now to schedule a time for our skilled estimators to meet with you at your home to give you a free estimate. If you’re happy with the quoted estimate, all you have to do is make a deposit to get on our schedule!
Call us today at (785) 271-1441!
Nothing causes homeowner anxiety quite as much as water damage. Whether it is a large, unexpected flood or a slow leak over time, water issues can wreak havoc on the walls of your Topeka or Lawrence home.
American Perma-Coat Painting is here for you in your water damage distress. Our professional painters are expertly trained not only for a quality paint job but for drywall repair as well. We can come in, give you an estimate and have your walls back to normal in no time. Underneath a fresh coat of wall paint, the damage will be expertly repaired and quickly become a distant memory.
Below are answers to a few basic questions we receive when it comes to repairing water-damaged drywall.
What Do I Do First?
First, you get in touch with a professional. Repairing water damage is not something you want to attempt on your own. When you call American Perma-Coat, one of our professional estimators will come to your home for an estimate and discuss your needs as well as the project’s timeline. They will make sure the leak has stopped and call in a plumber if necessary so that your new drywall will not see further damage. Next, they will check with you about your vision for the damaged room; will you want to match your existing paint colors or change wall paint completely? Whatever your needs, they will work around your schedule so that you experience minimal interruption to your daily routine.
How Long Will This Take?
The scale of the project will vary greatly depending on how much damage your drywall has sustained. Minor damage will be scraped away and filled with joint compound whereas major damage will need to be cut out and patched with new drywall, drywall tape and joint compound. The less damage to your walls, the less time the repairs will take.
Will I Be Able To Tell?
No. We use only the best tools and techniques and will patch and sand until the seams or damage blends completely in with rest of the drywall. Once the damage is repaired, it will be time to select new paint colors or match the existing paint job. If your home has damaged trim, our professional painters can replace that as well, ensuring that the walls of your home look even better than they did before.
What About the Mess?
Our team cleans up after themselves on a regular basis as well as a final deep clean of the workspace before completing the job.
We sincerely hope you never need us to come over and repair water damaged walls, but know that if the need arises, we are trained and ready to make your home right again. If you are having trouble with water damage or are simply looking for a fresh coat of paint, schedule an estimate with our American Perma-Coat team today. We are trained and ready to repair and refresh your home inside and out and look forward to hearing from you.
There are a lot of reasons for painting your home, and one of them includes putting the house on the resale market. If you want to make sure your house sells quickly, taking the time to "stage" it by painting it may help tremendously.
Painting is one of the cost-effective ways to enhance the look and feel of your home as well as improve its curb appeal. Apart from beautifying your home, painting will also help increase your home's resale value. Renovating your home for resale purposes doesn't have to involve modifying its structure like adding space to your kitchen.
Here are some of the ways to increase the resale value of your home:
1. Repair and re-paint your home's external surface
The potential buyer won't bother to check the interior of your home if they don't find its outside appearance appealing. The interior may look beautiful, but they won’t take the time to see it. Properties that are old, dilapidated or unsightly will surely turn off any potential buyer. A fresh coat of paint can make your home look fresh again. If you wish to paint with different colors, you may choose hues that can harmonize with the neighborhood. Or you may want to choose a bold accent color to set your home apart from the others.
Check the exterior surfaces to see if they have suffered any damage such as peeling or flaking paint, mold, cracks, holes, rusting from the fixtures, or impact from fallen limbs from trees. Remember that good cleaning and prepping on the surface is the key to a good paint job.
2. Painting and remodeling your kitchen
One of the reasons why certain houses sell so quickly is that their kitchens have been remodeled and updated with a coat of paint.
The kitchen is possibly the most popular communal room for renovations. Not only it is place where food is prepared, the kitchen also makes the perfect bonding place for friends and families. As said before, painting is the most cost-effective way of enhancing the look and feel of your home. Painting the kitchen, if done properly, will give back more for your expenses and labor. The walls and cabinets are the most popular areas in the kitchen for painting. When painting the kitchen make sure that you use paints with sheen -- they are resistant to dirt, oil and grime, making them easier to clean.
Popular colors in the kitchen are neutral (white, beige, gray, some shades of brown), but red, yellow and green are also popular. You may also mix and match any of these colors but be careful with the color choice for your kitchen or the colors may turn off potential buyers.
3. Painting interior walls
Since homeowners have little idea about the potential buyers' preference, many of them think that it is best to paint the interior walls with the safest colors -- neutral colors like white or beige. Some homeowners, on the other hand, think that white is plain, boring and cold, and so they insist on bringing more exciting colors to the surface.
However, it is important to be careful with the choice of colors for your interior walls. Colors that are plain give potential buyers an opportunity to liven up the space by adding their own furniture, fixtures, paint colors of their own choice, etc. Loud or bold colors can hinder potential customers from buying the house. So if you're using color, make sure that all the colors blend well together and are able to match the other design elements of your home. Adding visual interest such as accent walls and some art can be also be a good idea. if you're unsure, contact a painting professional or your real estate agent.
4. Sprucing up the bathroom
Potential buyers want homes that are clean and well-kept, most especially the bathroom. Refurbishing the bathroom doesn't have to be that expensive. Painting the walls, repairing the toilet and/or adding newer fixtures such as faucets and shower heads will make your bathroom more appealing to the buyers.
Staging your home for the resale market doesn't have to be that expensive -- just a fresh coat of paint could do the trick! For best results, consult with American Perma-Coat Painting in Topeka to get your home ready to put on the market.