Miller Painting Painting Homes Beautiful for Over Twenty Years Sat, 30 May 2009 01:16:14 +0000 en hourly 1 How To Know When It Is Time To Paint Your Home Fri, 29 May 2009 18:14:59 +0000 Administrator Some surfaces need to be painted every year, like decks and stained front doors. Other surfaces only need to be painted every three years like window sills. Most surfaces on a home with one coat of paint will last 5 years and with two coats of paint last 8-10 years and look much better during the life of the paint job.

Sure Signs of Wear and Tear

Mildew and Mold

Small grey spores grow on the surface of the paint. They flourish in the microscopic nuggets of a paint job. The sun fuels them, the moisture holds them and a roughed up, porous older paint surface will permit them to grow. Good paints have a built in mildew-cide which will prevent the growth at the beginning of the paint job. Never fear though, a simple powerwash can clean mildew and mold off of the paint surface without harming the paint job. If powerwashed by a professional…It is similar to a strong rain storm with organic chemicals.

Color Fading

Fading of your paint color occurs when the sunlight breaks down the paint skin. The constant ultraviolet rays cause the paint surface to lose its color. It gets lighter and lighter until eventually losing most of its vibrant surface color.


Chalking occurs when the paint surface film actually breaks down, stops sticking to each other and just become basically dust. Usually a yellow paint job will have yellow dust on the surface from the sunlight beating down on the surface.

Splitting of Caulk at the Seams

Good caulk is very elastic. The longer the warranty, usually the better the caulking. However, no caulking will last 45 years like the labels say. There is too much movement in wood and too much stretching for caulking to last this long. On moveable areas of the home, like garage doors, the caulking can sometimes split out in less than a year.

Wood Grain

To see a natural wood grain through a paint or stain job is a beautiful thing. That is why paint is better than vinyl or aluminum. However, to see the wood fibers and cracks in the wood means it is time to paint or stain again to protect that wood from splintering and rotting.


This is the final stage of paint failure. At this point the paint is no longer protecting the surfaces beneath it. They are exposed in that area and vulnerable to future damage like wood rot, stucco cracking or delaminating. These areas of paint peeling need touched up or recoated completely to protect the surfaces underneath.


As time goes on, color choices change. If you have a home that is outdated with older style colors, for a very economical investment, you can change the complete look of the inside or outside of your home by painting. Colors on exteriors have become more soft and neutral. Instead of extremely light bodies of homes and extremely dark trim colors, homeowners and color consultants are looking for similar colors that compliment each other. On the interior, bold accent walls of deep, rich dark colors are becoming popular again. A color consultant or paint store visit will help you with selecting and visualizing new color trends for your home

New Builds

Often new homeowners in newly built homes ask when is it time for me to paint my home? The interior is usually painted one year later, after the home has settled and drywall cracks/nail pops are fixed. Builders often use cheap, flat white paint. Residential Repaint experts use higher quality paints with unlimited r selections and thick, rich, velvety coatings that don’t stain or rub off as easily as builder paint. It is a lot harder to work with, and uses a lot more paint, but the final product is worth the effort.

The exterior of a newly built home is a similar story. Usually 3-5 years after moving in is when homeowners call a Residential Repainting Expert. You will begin to see signs of blistering at this time due to the builder using a cheaper, unprimed builder grade paint. The color will have faded greatly, chalking may be setting in. Some areas of peeling will be evident on window and door frames.

A residential repaint expert will always put two good coats of paint on your new home, not one builder coat. This will last twice as long. A repaint specialist will always use a higher grade paint that lasts longer and holds its color better. Repaint professionals will prime exposed wood areas, caulk more areas and powerwash the surfaces to make sure they are clean before applying these two coats.

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How Does the Color of Your Room Affect Your Mood? Fri, 29 May 2009 18:09:18 +0000 Administrator There are so many colors in a rainbow When painting a room, think about what you want to feel in the room. Each color has a psychological meaning. Your mood is affected by the colors around you. Every color brings up a specific mood, for instance, red brings up anger, yellow cheerfulness and green represents growth and change. So the color you pick makes a significant difference in the overall feeling in the room. What mood do you want to create and which colors will help you achieve that mood?

There is help out there to help you decide, magazines, decorating books, go to Home Depot, they have employees who can explain what the colors represent. Paint is fairly inexpensive and transforms a room more quickly than anything else. Light colors make rooms seem larger and brighter. Dark colors are warm; and give large rooms a more intimate feeling.

Red raises a room’s energy level. It’s a good choice when you want to stir up excitement. Red can increase your raise blood pressure, and heart rate. Crimson can make some people feel irritable. With red invoking feelings of rage and hostility, it is a color that should be avoided as the main color of a room. Yellow reminds us of happiness and sunshine Blue is considered calming, relaxing, and serene. It brings down a persons’ blood pressure and heart rate. Green is considered the color to promote relaxation and serenity. Purple is rich, dramatic, and sophisticates, associated with creativity and luxury The color orange is all about excitement, enthusiasm and is an energetic color.

I have had the experience first hand to see how color can change a person’s mood, attitude and perspective. Once, I decided to paint my walls green, I felt a rebirth within me. It inspired me to write a book Paint My Walls Green, Six Keys To The Power of Positive Change, which will be published soon.

Janie Behr is a qualified life coach specializing in helping people find their purpose, achieve their goals, and explore all the possibilities that life has to offer. She is available for private individual coaching, group coaching and public speaking engagements. She runs frequent teleseminars dedicated to helping people find and live their most positive lives! For more information please visit

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DIY Resources: Painting an Interior Room is all about Preparation Mon, 25 May 2009 05:00:25 +0000 Administrator

DIY Resources: Painting an Interior Room is all about Preparation

By Maria Polidoro

Painting the walls of a room is one of the most inexpensive home improvement projects that will dramatically update the look of the room. Painting a room is also extremely easy, but doing a good job requires taking the proper steps to fully prepare the room. In fact, preparation often takes more time than the painting itself. Poor preparation for painting the walls of a room will show through in the final product, and is a common DIY mistake. Below are a few steps to take when preparing a room to be painted:

Have all of the necessary supplies before you begin. Making a trip to the hardware store in the middle of a painting project is not too convenient. Having all of the necessary supplies on hand to complete the job will make your painting project go smoother and help you achieve the quality results you want.

Start with a smooth surface. A uniform wall surface throughout the room will contribute to a professional looking, smooth finish. If there are holes or cracks in the wall, they should be repaired before paint is applied. Ensure that you are using the correct material for your wall surface, such as drywall compound if the surface is drywall. For larger holes you may use a drywall repair kit. Sand away any rough surfaces after the compound has completely dried, usually after 24 hours (refer to manufacturer documentation for application recommendations).

Mask the entire room with painter’s tape. Taping off surfaces that should not be painted is a very important step in the preparation process. Using tape made for painting will yield the best results and facilitate easier tape removal. Tape completely around window frames, door frames, baseboards, ceiling surfaces, banisters, light fixtures and any other surface you do not want paint to touch. Be sure the tape does not leave gaps for paint to seep onto the surfaces you do not want painted.

Cover the floor and furniture. The best way to protect furniture when you paint is to remove it from the room. If that’s not an option, move all of the furniture away from the walls and cover it thoroughly with plastic. The floor should also be covered with protective plastic.

Use primer for a uniform appearance. Especially important if you are painting the room a lighter hue, priming seals the wall surface to create a smooth canvas. It also helps seal any repairs you may have made and helps the paint adhere for a long-lasting finish. Most experts advise priming before painting interior walls.

If you take the time to properly prepare for painting, you can achieve a high quality paint job that will drastically transform the look of the room.

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Hiring A Contractor Sun, 24 May 2009 15:37:47 +0000 Administrator This article could save you tens of thousands of dollars. Not taking the time to screen and hire the right contractor for the job will almost certainly send your project over budget. If you’ve never dealt with a home construction or major renovation, there are issues that you would never stop to consider.

Use this checklist as a guide when you begin interviewing, but don’t forget about gut feelings. A person may look great on paper, but if you can’t shake a nagging feeling that something isn’t right, it probably isn’t. Give yourself plenty of time, some of the worst decisions are made when you’re down to the wire and short on time.

Make a Short List: Create a list of about five hopefuls using a combination of referrals from friends, or other people in your area who have had work done. A call to your local home builder’s assocation may also provide you with names of local contractors.

Set Up a Meeting: Have an initial meeting to check out the candidates. Look for things such as communication skills, was he prepared, and did he take notes? If this is for a renovation, did he bring a camera, and did he do a thorough job of assessing your needs and answering your questions.

A good contractor will bring up areas of concern or possible problems. Remember, right now you are seeing this person at their best, and although they may be sporting a charming, friendly demeanor, you have to see through this. Here are a few questions that will help you see if he knows his stuff.

How is your labour pool set up?

If he is a one-man company, you want to ensure he is qualified to do all the work that is required. If he represents a larger company, find out who you will be dealing with on a daily basis, and ensure they will be accessible.

Do you have preferred trades that you work with? If so, are they available and find out if there are any other jobs in your area he has used them on.

What permits will be required to complete the job? Depending on the job, you may be able to apply for any necessary permits, otherwise this may be the contractor’s responsibility. Ensure the cost of permits is built into the project. If he says a permit is not required for the job, double check. You will be liable if the city finds out you’ve renovated without getting permission.

What is the timeline for the project? Many builders quote a time based on when the building actually commences, but the time taken to apply for permits or tear down existing structures to begin work, is not considered.

Do they keep a clean jobsite? Nothing is worse than a builder who does not clean up after themselves and leaves debris in their wake.

How does their fee structure work? It’s very common these days to work on a cost-plus contract. The homeowner is billed for the cost of material plus a 10 or 15% contracting fee. They will emphasize how much money you can save because it allows you to look for deals on material and have more say on the cost of goods. This may be true, but builders prefer it because it allows for any unknown costs which may crop up, and they definitely will.

What sort of deposit does he require and how does he want payment?

How do you handle changes along the way? Your builder should have a system for dealing with changes in construction, costs, design or options. Generally a change-work order is issued, outlining the materials and labour required for the change and what any extra cost will result.

What is your maximum liability for insurance? The contractor should be able to provide you with a copy of their insurance policy documents and a rundown of their liability responsibility on the jobsite. There should be enough to cover the cost of the home in the event of an accident.

May I have three recent references? Get them and call all of them – it will be time well spent. Ask them if their overall experience working with the contractor was a positive one and given the chance, would they hire him again.

Once you’ve narrowed it dow, request a written proposal for the job. This should be a thorough document that itemizes labour and material, if more information is required and most importantly, what costs are NOT included in the price. He should identify a cap on the final cost and advise you of your progress to avoid going over budget.

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Spruce Up This Spring Thu, 23 Apr 2009 22:58:26 +0000 Administrator Spruce Up This Spring
A Primer On Exterior Painting

Courtesy of The Paint Quality Institute

(HIT) – Many homeowners are planning spring improvement projects and often at the top of the list is exterior painting. Debbie Zimmer with the Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute states, "To achieve picture perfect results from your exterior paint job, follow these four simple and economical steps."

1. Prepare the Surface.
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Before you begin painting, make sure the surface is clean and sound. Even the best quality paints will fail if they are applied to a poorly prepared surface. First, remove any mildew with a solution of one part bleach to three parts water then rinse with clean water. Wear eye and skin protection, and protect nearby plantings.

Next, make sure the surface is free of any loose, flaking or peeling paint. This may require scraping and sanding. Also, sand any glossy areas to dull them. Power wash the entire surface to remove dirt and chalk, rinse with clean water.

Finally, prime any bare areas with a top quality exterior primer.

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2. Use the Right Tools and Brushes.

Good quality rollers and brushes last longer and help a job move along more quickly. They also apply the paint more heavily and smoothly, which helps with long-term durability. Choose brushes that are well balanced, and have tightly packed bristles that are tapered up to the center of the brush.

3. Paint in the Right Weather Conditions.
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Ideally, you should paint when the temperature is between 60-85 degrees F, and when there is little or no wind. Avoid painting in direct sunshine, as this can cause the paint to dry too quickly and even to blister. In addition, if the temperature is predicted to drop below the paint manufacturer’s recommendation for minimum application temperature in the next day or two, you might want to consider postponing your project.

4. Use the Right Paint for the Job.
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Choose a paint that is designed for the job you’re doing. In most cases, a 100% acrylic latex paint will be the best choice. These paints adhere better, are more flexible, and last longer than ordinary paints. Using a lower quality paint just to save a few dollars will end up costing you more in the long run, as you will have to repaint much sooner than if you used a top quality product.

One very important thing to remember is never to use an interior paint for an exterior job. Manufacturers formulate paints for use either inside or out. Paints contain specific ingredients that all play a role in the durability and final appearance. These ingredients include pigments, binders, additives and the carrier or liquid portion.

The pigments provide the whiteness, darkness and color to the paint or other coating. In addition, they impart the opacity and hiding power required. Pigments are dry powders (not dyes); liquid colorants used in the stores contain pigment powders dispersed in a liquid.

The binder is the component that "binds", or ties together the particles of pigment, hopefully in a tough, durable film. The binder also provides the adhesion of the film, and influences almost all paint properties. Generally, the binder alone dries to a clear, glossy usually colorless film.

Additives are low-level ingredients included in the paint formulation, and put in the product in the factory, not point of sale additives that are purchased in the paint store, home center or other outlets. These affect certain properties such as thickness of the paint, mildew resistance and bubble breaking.

The liquid proportion is water and affects how heavily the paint will tend to apply, and how thick the paint film will be when it dries. This is an important aspect of the overall quality of the product.

How thick the dry film is will affect many of the paints durability and appearance properties including:

  • crack resistance
  • hiding
  • sheen uniformity
  • ease of touch-up
  • mildew resistance

Finally, it is important to apply the paint at its recommended spread rate; and not to thin the paint with additional liquid because this reduces the solids content and can compromise quality and performance.

So, when tackling your next exterior paint project, follow these steps and you’ll achieve that long-lasting and attractive paint job you planned.

Visit to view the new 2009 PQI color trend information.

About the Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute

The Paint Quality Institute(SM) was formed by Rohm and Haas Company in 1989 to educate people on the advantages of using quality interior and exterior paints and coatings. The Paint Quality Institute’s goal is to provide information on the virtues of quality paint as well as color trends and decorating with paint through a variety of vehicles, including television appearances, newspaper and magazine articles, and instructional literature. Be sure to visit the Paint Quality Institute at

About Rohm and Haas Company

Leading the way since 1909, Rohm and Haas Company (NYSE:ROH) is a global pioneer in the creation and development of innovative technologies and solutions for the specialty materials industry. The company’s technologies are found in a wide range of industries including: Building and Construction, Electronics and Electronic Devices, Household Goods and Personal Care, Packaging and Paper, Transportation, Pharmaceutical and Medical, Water, Food and Food Related, and Industrial Process. Innovative Rohm and Haas technologies and solutions help to improve life every day, around the world. Based in Philadelphia, PA, the company generated annual sales of approximately $8.9 billion in 2007. Visit for more information. imagine the possibilities™

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