Tips to Decorating Your Walls Without Ruining The Paints

It is always fun to decorate your home for the holidays or to have nice wall art hanging year-round. But if done incorrectly, it can really damage the paint on the walls. We have some tips to help you still be able to decorate without harming your painted walls.

 

High-Quality Paint

Of course, it starts with using high-quality paint on your walls. Never use cheap paint just to save a buck. The quality of paint is not where you want to make sacrifices.

 

Talk with our painting experts to learn about which paint we recommend. We also recommend prepping the walls properly, then using a high-quality primer, follow by using high-quality paint. Using high-quality paint will look better, last longer, and handle better when it comes to scratches, scruffs, and damage.

 

Limit the Use of Nails

There are many options out there when it comes to hanging decorations. The ideal way to ensure your decoration stays in place is to use a nail, but this can be damaging to your painted walls.

 

If you absolutely have to use a nail for heavy decorations, we recommended using the smallest nail possible. Also, only use nails for items that are permanent or in an area where you know you will always be needing decor.

 

 

Tips for Temporary Decorations

Avoid using nails for temporary decorations. When hanging holiday decorations like cobwebs and monsters for Halloween or garland and mistletoe for Christmas, use items that will not harm your walls.

 

Special adhesives and hooks will easily blend in and are great for light pieces.

 

Putty can also work well for decorations like cobwebs and garland. It is easy to remove and blends in so no one can see it.

 

Magnetic Paint

If you are really looking to get creative, check out magnetic paint. This is great to use when you are trying to figure out where you want to place your decorations. There are also magnetic primers available. Then, all you have to do is apply magnetics to the back of your décor, genius!

 

Looking for help from our experts? Or have questions about warranties or an upcoming painting project? Just click below to contact us or to learn more about our painting company. East Valley Painters, serving Sun Lakes, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Chandler, and east valley cities for the past 30 years.

The Different Paint Finishes to Choose From for Your Interior Paint

Choosing the right color of paint to use on the walls of the interior of your home is already stressful enough…you also have to consider the type of paint finish you are looking for.

Whether you are tackling the job yourself or hiring us to get the job done, you must always think about which paint finish is best for each room of your home.

Types of Paint Finishes

Let’s start by exploring the different types of finishes. If you are still unsure about what you want, you can always talk to us for our expert opinion.  

Flat/matte Finish – flat and matte paint will absorb light instead of reflecting it. With no light reflection, it happens to be the paint with the most pigment, making it perfect for bedrooms.

Gloss or semi-gloss – gloss or semi-gloss paint reflects light, leaving a bright and shiny finish. This paint is smooth and easy to clean making it durable and great for places that have access to moisture or grease stains.

Satin – satin paint is extremely easy to clean. This paint leaves a velvety look, but it can be tricky since the finish makes it easy to see any and all painting flaws.

Eggshell – eggshell paint gives off a little luster, but basically no shine. This paint fits between satin and flat finish and is great for rooms that have walls that may be prone to imperfections

The Interior of Your Home

The type of finish to choose is determined by the different needs based on each room in your home.

Kitchen

For your kitchen, you will want a durable paint that is easy to clean. A high gloss or at least a semi-gloss finish is the ideal option.  

Living room

The living room needs a paint that can withstand high traffic and is easy to clean. A good choice for a living room is a satin finish.

Dining room

The dining room is often one of the most elegant rooms in the home. An eggshell finish leaves a smooth and clean look to help complete the demeanor of the dining room.

 Bedroom 

As we mentioned before, a flat/matte finish is perfect for bedrooms, plus it is a great paint finish to use to have fun with colors.

Looking to change up the paint in the interior of your home? Talk to our team! We know paint and can help you decide on the best paint finish and color for each room of the interior of your home.

Just click below to contact us or to learn more about our painting company. East Valley Painters, serving Sun Lakes, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Chandler, and east valley cities for the past 30 years.

Benefits of Working with a Professional Painter on Any Size Project

It doesn’t matter if you have a small or big painting project, you can either choose to do it yourself or hire a professional painting company like East Valley Painters to get the job done.

There are many benefits to hiring a professional when painting the exterior or interior of your home. Painting projects can be complicated, but a professional company will have the right techniques and tools.

You Get What You Pay for with Quality Work

The painters at East Valley Painters not only have all of the best tools on the market, but they also know the best techniques for a precise and detailed outcome.

Certain tools and equipment are needed for the best paint job and this includes the type of paint used. With a professional painter, they know which type of paint is best for the exterior and interior of your home.

Along with the right tools, a painter always leaves clean lines with no leftover debris or chips in the paint job. Plus, the job will last for many years as most professionals use a paint finish that offers protection to the paint to last for many years.

The experience you receive with a professional painter really is invaluable.

The Project Will be Done on Time

Things always come up, so if you are working on a painting project yourself, you may not be as efficient as you would like.

Working with a painting company will ensure that your paint job sticks to a timeline. There is no procrastination with professional painters and they will always get the job done right in a timely manner.

While working on the painting project, a professional company will ensure that they don’t interfere with your daily life and will ALWAYS clean up after the project is finished while also properly disposing of any materials.

A painting company can help you get rid of the stress of preparing and cleaning up after your painting project.

You Can Easily Stick to a Budget

It isn’t hard to go over budget when working on home remodeling projects. The beauty of working with a painting company is that they will work with you to set a budget and stick to it!

In the end, it is a wise investment to have a professional paint job.

We Know the Latest Trends and Pay Attention Details

At East Valley Painters, we are aware of the latest trends and colors to use so we always have recommendations if needed. We also know about the best primers on the market along with the best paint that will stand weather conditions.

During our work, we will always fix any structural defects and address decaying areas. This will help your home’s foundation be protected from water and moisture which could cause mold.

We Get the Job Done Safely

Not only do we get the job done right and on time, but we also get the job done safely. Our painters are trained and certified to deliver only high-quality work.

We take pride in keeping our painters and customers safe by following strict safety guidelines.

East Valley Painters, serving Sun Lakes, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Chandler, and east valley cities for the past 30 years.

Preparing Your Painting Projects for Monsoons

If you plan on renovating the exterior of your home and updating the paint this summer, make sure you know what to do if a storm is heading your way!

Tis the season for monsoons…and here are some helpful tips to keep you painting your home’s exterior even during this summer’s storm season.

Pay Attention to Weather Patterns

We are pretty lucky in Arizona as we usually have plenty of sunshine which doesn’t impact exterior painting. But during the summer months, we do see an increase in storms.

Look at the weather forecast and always be in constant contact with your painting company during a project.

Since we see triple digits during the summer, it is best to always start your painting project early, so you are done before the heat hits. This is all beneficial because storms usually hit later in the day as well, so you will be missing those monsoon storms.

When checking the weather, look at the dew point. Avoid exterior painting in Arizona if the surface temperature is NOT at least 5 degrees higher than the dew point. The surface area of what you are painting needs to be dry and clean to avoid any water spots to form, especially when using darker paint colors. Remember, the paint will only adhere to dry surface.

Dust, Rain, & Wind

Dust, rain, and wind can all wreak havoc on your home, especially in the middle of an exterior painting project.

Clean down your house from any dust that might have it the night, but remember that your home needs to be dry before painting. At least it shouldn’t take too long in this heat.

If excessive wind and haboobs (dust storm) are in the forecast, you might want to put the project on hold because wind can cause the paint to dry too quickly and dust particles could impact the finish.

Lots of moisture weakens the adhesion of the paint, causing it to peel off easily. Color discoloration can also occur if water is present. And rain can wash away paint that is still drying, reducing the life of the paint and causing a streaky appearance.

There are limitations to exterior paint application in rainy weather. We don’t see rain that often here in the desert, so it is best to just hold off on your project until the storm passes. Since the surface needs to be completely dry before painting, keep in mind that sections hidden from the sun will take longer to dry.

Quality Paint

Good quality paint is key. Acrylic and latex paint are water-based paint and are best to use on the exterior of your home. These types of paints also don’t trap moisture beneath the paint. This will lead to less of a chance of the paint cracking and peeling.

Working with the Professionals at East Valley Painters

If you’d rather leave this one to the pros, or have questions about warranties or an upcoming painting project, just click below to contact us or to learn more about our painting company. East Valley Painters, serving Sun Lakes, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Chandler, and east valley cities for the past 30 years.

Things to Know Before Starting a Painting Renovation

You never want to just wing a painting project. Things need to be thought out and planned before you actually dive into a painting renovation. From knowing if you are going to hire a professional, to having the colors ready, be prepared!

Know What You Want

Of course, the first thing to decide is what you are going to do with your painting renovation! Are you just repainting one room or one accent wall? You could probably tackle the project yourself. But if you are going to do multiple rooms including complex rooms such as bathrooms and the kitchen or the exterior of your home, you should hire the professionals at East Valley Painters to get the job done for you. We have the skills, experience, and the right tools to turn your painting vision into reality.

You will want to really plan out which rooms you are looking to repaint along with the colors you want to use. The type of paint to use will also play a role. If you are painting the exterior of your home, look for paint that is suitable for outdoor conditions. If you are going to paint your bathroom, look for paint that is good with getting wet from time to time.

Then, Plan Accordingly

Once you figure out which walls you are going to paint, you need to figure out WHEN to paint them. Renovating your home’s paint may take a few days. So, if you are planning on having lots of company or a party at your home, either delay the project or hold the event after it is complete.

Luckily in Arizona, we usually see nice weather year-round. Even though it gets warm, you can still plan around the heat by getting the job done early in the morning or when the sun goes down. When there is an occasional dust or rainstorm, you should probably put projects on hold for the time being.

One of the most important things to remember is to never do certain rooms at the same time, which will cause your home to be even more hectic during your painting renovation. For example, don’t do all of the bedrooms at once. You can do an office and guest room at once, but be sure you have a place to sleep!

 Also, doing the kitchen and bathrooms at the same time might seem like a smart idea, but it isn’t. You will still need access to water and if the renovation takes over a day, you will need to use one or the other.

Prepping the Painting Area

Before you start the painting job, whether you are doing it yourself or not, you will need to remove all furniture in the room, electronics, window treatments, and wall hooks. You want the walls completely bare, even if a professional is coming to do the job.

The floor will need to be covered to protect it from paint and the doors and ceiling will need to be taped off as well. When you make things ready for your painting project, it will become an easier task to accomplish.

During the painting process, keep kids and pets away. Also, have a clear entrance and exit. While painting, open up the doors and windows in other rooms to keep the air circulating.

Exterior Painting Renovations

When it comes to renovating the paint on the exterior of your home, you will want to make sure it is clean. Either you can wash it yourself or find a local company that can do the trick. Professional painters will get this job done for you if you decide to use a professional. They will then correctly do the job and even all the clean-up!

Looking to hire the professional painters? Just click below to contact us or to learn more about our painting company. East Valley Painters, serving Sun Lakes, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Chandler, and east valley cities for the past 30 years.

When is it the Right Time to Update the Interior Paint of Your Home

You might be thinking it is time to upgrade your walls with some fresh paint. There are two options…tackle the task yourself or hire the professionals at East Valley Painters to get the job done!

Either way…how do you really know it is time to update your home’s interior walls?

Time

Nothing lasts forever. In reality, you will most likely need to update the paint on your walls at least every 10 years. It really will depend on the room and how much traffic it gets. Some rooms are more popular than others such as the bathroom, whereas other rooms could get dirty easily, like the kitchen. Those rooms might need to be updated every 5 years.

The Paint

The biggest sign that you need to update your walls’ paint is the paint itself! Is the current paint job fading? This usually happens with darker colors and walls that are exposed to the sunlight. Or maybe there is noticeable wear and tear on your accent wall.

Low-quality paint also plays a factor. This type of paint will cause cracking or flaking, especially in extreme temperatures. Pretty much anytime your paint is damaged, it should be repaired or repainted as soon as possible.

Just Need a Change

Maybe you want to repaint your walls because you need a change! Updating your walls’ paint is a quick and easy way to remodel a room, even if it is just painting an accent wall.

 

If you decide to change the style and décor in your home, you will want to keep up with the look with a fresh coat of paint. There are times when you just want a new color on your walls.

Selling Your Home

Of course, if you are selling your home, you will most definitely want to update the walls in your home to make it more valuable. The benefits of doing this are well worth it. A freshly painted home is more presentable and will attract more people. Which means you will be able to sell your home quicker.

Hire a Professional

It isn’t always easy repainting the walls in your home. It takes time, the right supplies, high-quality paint, and more importantly…patience. Sometimes it is best to leave it up to the pros.

Just click below to contact us or to learn more about our painting company. East Valley Painters, serving Sun Lakes, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Chandler, and east valley cities for the past 30 years.

Tips to Maintain Your Home’s Exterior Paint

Now is the time that you might be marking things off of your to-do list. One of those tasks might have been to update the exterior paint of your home. After putting in the effort and spending the money to do so, you want to take the extra precautions to properly maintain it year-round.

Your home is the first line of defense against several elements, including Mother Nature. Here are some tips on how to protect your home’s exterior paint from a variety of different elements.

Check Your Sprinklers

Water from your sprinklers can easily stain and decay wood, and at a much faster pace. It can also damage the home’s exterior paint, causing your home to age.

To avoid this, make sure your sprinklers are aligned correctly so they don’t hit your home’s exterior.

Check Your Grill

With the temperatures heating up, you might be using your barbeque grill more. But the heat from the grill can easily damage your home’s exterior. Plus, flames can leap, so always make sure to keep the grill away from your home.

The heat can melt vinyl siding, so it is best to keep the grill at least 10 feet away from your home while in use and make sure to let it cool down before putting it back to store.

Check Your Trees

This might be a given, but you would be surprised how many times trees damage an exterior’s home. Be mindful of where you plant your trees around your home. As they grow, branches can grow into the home’s exterior causing damage by scratching the foundation or breaking windows. If too close to your home, trees can easily chip the paint when there is any wind.

Use the Right Paint

Of course, the best way to protect your home’s exterior is to use the right paint! Protective paint can protect your home from Mother Nature’s elements like rain and wind. Plus, it is easy to maintain and can easily be sprayed down after a dust storm hits. Using high-quality paint will last longer and offer better protection.

Let the Professionals Handle It

When you do run into an issue with your home’s exterior paint, East Valley Painters is there to fix it and help keep it maintained all year long.

Proudly serving the East Valley, we use only the highest-quality paint and equipment. Contact us today for a free estimate!

The Impacts Weather Can Have on Exterior Painting

Yes, weather and exterior painting go hand in hand. It can be difficult to do a painting job in harsh weather conditions. So, what is the relationship between weather and exterior painting?

Luckily, we see over 300 days of sunshine here in the valley of the sun. We usually have the most perfect weather to get the job done. Yes, Phoenix does see extreme heat in the summer and get some crazy thunderstorms (we will discuss this below), but East Valley Painters is still able to get the job done in these conditions.

Rain

We do see a few rainy days across the valley, but how does this affect exterior painting? Obviously, we can’t paint when it is raining out. But how long after do we need to wait after the storm has cleared? It all depends on the surface and the shape it is in. Do you have stucco and Is it In good shape? A light rain should only impact the job for the day if that. Get lots of rain and have wood? We will need to wait almost 3 full days. Remember, the surface needs to be dry to do the job. If not, the paint can bubble, blister, or peel. A moisture meter can be used to determine if the surface is dry enough.

Monsoon

In Phoenix, the summer months bring us monsoons. This isn’t just rain, but also wind and dust storms. This is unusual around the country, but very common in Phoenix. They usually pop-up in the late afternoon and evening, but does this still impact your paint job?

At East Valley Painters, we like to start early so we are usually done by the time the storms move in. However, we still watch the radar so that we have plenty of time to clean-up before the thunderstorm approaches.

When your home is it with a dust storm, we will always spray off any dust or dirt before resuming the job.

Extreme Heat

It is not uncommon to see triple digits for 100 days out of the year in Phoenix. It can get really hot and yes it is hard on the workers, but with years of experience working in the sun, they know how to deal. We try to adjust our hours to work earlier in the day to get the job done, when it is cooler and have plenty of sunlight. But does the heat have any impact on the paint?

Yes, high temperatures can stop the paint from binding together properly, causing peels and cracks. This is why we like to start the job before it reaches the highest temperature of the day. Luckily, we don’t have much humidity here in Phoenix to impact the drying process. The gentle breezes we see often helps speed up the drying process up.

East Valley Painters

For the past 30 years, East Valley Painters has proudly served Sun Lakes, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Chandler, and east valley cities. Our team of painters will ensure that the job is done right and has the experience applying not just exterior paint, but also exterior protective paint coatings to protect your paint from extreme weather conditions.

The Difference in Interior Paint Jobs and Exterior Paint Jobs

Thinking about a complete remodel of your home? You might want to start by upgrading the paint your home’s interior and exterior paint. But you have to be prepared for both of those projects in different ways. Of course, you can always leave the chore up to the professionals at East Valley Painters!

Interior Painting

Interior painting can be done at any time of year and during any type of weather. When it comes to interior painting projects, the first thing to consider is the products you are using. You will need the right paint and basic painting tools to get the job done.

When it comes to the paint to use, make sure to purchase paint that is formulated for indoors specifically. This paint is formulated to resist scrapes, scuffs, and scrubbing. Plus, the rigid paint is perfect for interior paint. Indoor paints also use less unhealthy solvents, meaning fewer gasses evaporate into the home. Also, the resins are less prone to damage.

One of the great things about interior paint is that there are endless color options. So, you could paint each room a different color if you want to! And, you only need simple painting tools such as brushes, tape, and small ladders to get the job done.

Painting the interior of your home can cause disruptions in your daily life since you need to close off the room you are painting. However, keep in mind that interior painting can be done quickly and Can be done often, usually at an affordable price.

Exterior Painting

Exterior painting is a little bit of a bigger project. You will need special equipment and it is usually best if you leave this job up to the pros.

Weather does play a role since exterior painting needs to be done when it is dry out. It can take several days to get the job done since the coats need to dry before adding another layer. Luckily in Arizona, we see over 300 days of sunshine, so it can usually be done at any time of year.

Exterior paint is formulated for long-term flexibility and it will expand or contract with hot or cold weather. Additives are also added to the paint to resist fading from the sun and any moisture. There are fewer color options when it comes to exterior painting, but you should be able to find a color you like easily.

Since exterior painting needs to cover large areas, tall ladders and special painting equipment is needed. Which is why a professional painter should do it.

Using a Professional Painter

Professional painters have the right equipment and know all of the tricks to get the job done right. They also have access to the best products and can give helpful advice.

Have questions about warranties or an upcoming painting project, just click below to contact us or to learn more about our painting company. East Valley Painters, serving Sun Lakes, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Chandler, and east valley cities for the past 30 years.

The Differences in Painting Smaller and Larger Rooms

Did you know that you can change the feeling of a room just by the paint color you use? With the proper colors, you can transform a room by making a smaller room appear larger and a larger room appear smaller. It is all in the magic of paint!

Smaller Rooms

If you want to transform smaller rooms such as kitchens or bathrooms to appear larger, you will want to use light colors, as these colors tend to recede. When you paint a smaller room a light color such as a light green or neutral tan, your eyes travel continuously around the room so that it appears more spacious. Also, you can paint the ceiling a lighter color to raise the apparent height of the ceiling.

Still, want to add a little color to your room? Paint just one wall a darker color to add some flair without making the room seem even smaller!

Looking to add some personality to your outdoor porch? Paint your porch a soft blue to resemble the sky!

Larger Rooms

For larger rooms to be cozier, paint the walls with darker colors. For an even more personal feeling, paint the ceiling a darker color. This is because a darker color trim doesn’t stand out and makes the room appear smaller. This is great for large bedrooms and living rooms. Deep blues, rich reds and dark browns are great colors to use!

When painting larger rooms these dark colors, the color combinations are endless, making it very easy to decorate with.

Professional Painters

Of course, you will always want to use the best quality paint and painting supplies. When it comes to painting the interior and exterior of your home, it is best to leave it up to the professionals. East Valley Painters has been serving Sun Lakes, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Chandler, and east valley cities for the past 30 years. If you have questions about warranties or an upcoming painting project, just click below to contact us or to learn more about our painting company.

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