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Top Exterior Paint Colors

enamelpaintsThe top exterior paint colors for 2014 are likely to vary depending on the region of the US that you live in. In northern New Jersey, for instance, colors of the cape are likely to be prevalent. This means that light blues with white trim and creamy yellows with white trim are likely to be common. White homes with a traditional black trim and bright red door should also be considered as a top trend. This year it’s back to the basics when it comes to exterior paint colors for the home.

Color of the Year for 2014

The color of the year is called A Breath of Fresh Air. It is a very light, pale blue. This color is pleasing to the eye and has a very calming effect. It is also quite versatile when it comes to complementing trim colors. Continue reading

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Causes of Paint Bubbling, Cracking and Peeling

Paint Bubbling

Paint Bubbling

What homeowner likes to notice that their interior painting job is beginning to peel, bubble up or crack? Sometimes Summit, NJ homeowners like to think that these types of paint inconsistencies are only seen on the exterior of the home. They are surprised when they see the interior paint showing these same types of wear and tear. It seems totally out of place since the interior walls do not have the weather extremes that exterior ones have to deal with. What could make interior paint bubble, crack or peel? Actually, there are several factors that can contribute to this unsightly problem; but in many cases they can be totally avoided. Continue reading

Health Benefits of Natural Light

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Natural Light

There are many advantages to having a lot of natural light in your Silver Springs, Maryland home. The energy savings alone may be enough to make you want to get new replacement windows and skylights. You may also be able to benefit from natural sunlight’s ability to make you healthier. It can be an effective germ killer as well as improve the moods of those around and even help to cure some illnesses. Here is how natural light can be helping you. Continue reading

Roof Remodeling Trends

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Condominium

There are many things to consider when thinking about renovating the roof on your house. Here are some things you should know before trying to do the job yourself that can help make sure you get the longest life you can out of your roof.

Signs of Damage

The first thing you should do, if you are unsure if you need your roof replaced or not, is to inspect the inside and outside for any damaged areas. On the inside, areas of dampness is a good sign that you have a leak. Your insulation will get ruined and your wood will start to rot if the problem is left unchecked. The hole in your roof will likely only get bigger and more parts of your home end up ruined. Continue reading

How to Prepare a Surface for Painting

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Interior Paint

One of the essential steps when preparing for house painting in NJ is preparing the surface to be painted. Many painting projects are quietly sabotaged by failing to properly prepare the surface. When the surface is not made ready to receive paint it can cause peeling, cracking or bubbling. This is because the unprepared surface does not allow for proper adhesion and when the paint does not stick well enough it can trap air beneath it or simply not stick well enough to properly cover the surface being painted. It is essential to use the right type of primer and the right amounts of paint. Finished wood, bare wood and varnished wood all need to be prepared differently in order to complete a painting project which will last. Continue reading

How to Prepare Your Windows for the Winter

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Open Window

It is extremely important to prepare your whole house, along with the windows, for the winter months. When working properly, windows allow the warmth and light of the sun to fill your home as they show you what is going on in the outside world. If your windows are improperly insulated, they allow the warmth inside your house to get out and end up raising your utility costs. Depending on the severity, your windows could be costing you hundreds of extra dollars every year in the Baltimore area. Continue reading

How to Find a High Quality Painting Company

High Quality Paint

High Quality Paint

When looking for an interior painting contractor in Somerset, it can be difficult to even know where to begin. It is important that Somerset, NJ homeowners find a reputable painter who can do the job right and be fair about their price. Finding an interior painting contractor who is going to do the job professionally in the first place is very important, since it can be extremely costly to hire a second contractor to fix what the first one failed to do or did incorrectly. It’s important to remember that your home is an investment, and very likely your largest investment. For this reason you want to find a professional contractor who can perform high quality interior painting. There are several things to consider when choosing a contractor. Continue reading