Hurricane Season is here! Are you ready?

Hurricane Season is here! Are you ready?

Hurricane season officially started on June 1, and will run through November 30. There are a number of steps of you should take in preparation for potential hurricanes, the intensity of which seems to increase yearly. Complete the following supply and safety checklist, and speak to your family about the actions you will take should a hurricane approach.

Have a Hurricane Safety Checklist

Although hurricane season has started, it is never too late to take the necessary steps to protect your home and family. Use this hurricne safety checklist from the National Hurricane Survival Initiative. It provides a comprehensive list of the items you may need in should a hurricane hit your home.

Make sure you download and save the website’s PDF checklists for convenience and reference.

Essential items include:

  1. Food and water.
  2. Battery-operated radio, flashlights and extra batteries.
  3. First aid and non-prescription drugs.
  4. Tools and supplies.
  5. Sanitation, clothing and bedding.
  6. Special items.
  7. Possessions and documents.

 

Hurricane Do’s and Don’ts

 

Should you choose to ride out a storm, the preparedness of your house makes all the difference. New or old, your home should be fortified to protect you and your loved ones from the dangers presented by a hurricane.

Consider these common mistakes Florida homeowners make when it comes to hurricane preparation, and how you can avoid them.

1- Don’t:Tape your windows. 

Do: Apply storm panels or shutters. A number of options are available, including plywood, metal, plastic and fabric. Whichever material you prefer, all effectively add protection for you and your windows.

 

2- Don’t: Empty your inground pool. 

Do: Leave the water level alone and remove any loose equipment. Draining the water can cause hydrostatic pressure beneath your pool, causing it to ‘pop’ out of the ground. This is a risk for both inground fiberglass and concrete pools. For a great explanation of this big word, read this informative article by Holly Jender for River Pools.

 

3- Don’t: Open windows or doors to ‘equalize pressure.’ 

Do: Keep your windows and doors shut and secured. Exposing them to harsh winds can turn them into dangerous debris. By opening either structure, you also increase the chance of negatively affecting the interior pressure of your home, compromising the integrity of your roof.

 

4- Don’t: Neglect your roof. 

Do: Regularly inspect, clean and repair your roof. When it comes to hurricanes, your roof is the integral structure that protects you from wind. Without it, your home’s walls can collapse, causing injury or leaving you exposed to the elements. Invest in a high-quality roof and any necessary equipment to back it up, such as roof clips.

 

5- Don’t: Leave debris clean-up for last minute. 

Do: Regularly tidy your yard and maintain foliage prior to and during hurricane season. Trimming your trees and bushes helps create wind resistance, preventing the chance that they will become harmful debris. Any outdoor furniture and other loose items should have a designated area for quick storage.

 

6- Don’t: Forego a backup power supply. 

Do: Purchase a generator and learn the safe way to operate it. To prevent death from carbon monoxide poisoning, DO NOT OPERATE indoors. Be sure to follow all manufacturer’s safety instructions. If possible, have it installed by a professional. As hurricanes approach, generators become a prized commodity – one you do not want to be stuck without. In the event that power can not be restored for days or weeks, a generator can provide power to essential appliances.

 

After the storm

 

In the wake of a hurricane, it is of the utmost importance that you wait for an official declaration that your area is safe. Continue listening to NOAA Weather Radio for updates and announcements.

In the likely event of lost power, you may be unable to access information regarding the storm’s location. In many instances, people have mistaken the calm ‘eye’ of the storm as an indication that it passed through the area, and that the danger is over. Moments later they find themselves exposed to the harshest extent of the hurricane. Also look out for tornadoes. For every hurricane that makes landfall, the formation of at least one tornado is likely. Tornadoes are known to spawn up to three days following a hurricane.

Hurricane winds themselves typically account for only 50% of storm-related deaths. The other half are due to subsequent flooding. As Florida is prone to flooding, staying up-to-date on your proximity to flood zones can help you prepare. Even areas that had never before experienced flood waters are now susceptible. Recent studies show a 20% to 30% slow-down over land areas affected by North Atlantic and North Pacific tropical cyclones. Slower forward speed means increased rainfall and a greater likelihood of inland floods.

You should use equal caution in handling your supplies, and being exposed to the dangers presented by hurricane damages – such as fallen power lines. Read this article from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to learn about indoor and outdoor post hurricane safety tips.

If your hurricane preparedness includes roof cleaning, home repairs or shrub trimming, contact The Paint Manager. Our experienced team can help you complete your Florida hurricane preparations, and give you peace of mind when it comes to protecting your family.

Why You Should Hire a Professional Landscaper to Trim Your Shrubs

Why You Should Hire a Professional Landscaper to Trim Your Shrubs

Your front yard is vital in creating the first impression people get about how well you keep up your home. However, yard maintenance is not an easy task. Case in point: trimming shrubs. Depending upon the size of your property, your schedule and your physical capability, hiring a professional yard or lawn service can be the best approach to keeping shrubs and hedges well-groomed, healthy assets to your home’s curb appeal.

In addition to creating an attractive appearance, there are practical reasons to make sure shrubbery is in good shape, so to speak. Trimming is important to the plant’s health, ensuring it gets enough sun and encouraging growth. Trimming is different from pruning, which is done to eliminate dead, broken and infected parts of the plant. Pruning shrubs regularly helps promote healthier shrubs that produce more blooms.

If your landscaping is new, it’s much better to start pruning shrubs when they are young, then do minor annual pruning. If you allow them to become overgrown, they’ll end up needing major renewal pruning, which – assuming you hire a service – will be even more expensive. Black + Decker’s website provides an informative guide to shrub trimming. (For the adventurous, there’s even info on “How to Make a Topiary.”) Despite being written for the do-it-yourself, the article includes helpful basics that everyone should know. For those who may be entertaining the thought of going the DIY route, learning about the specialized equipment involved may tip you toward hiring a service.

Hiring a Yard Service Versus DIY

There is great deal of difference between a professional approach and the DIY way of doing things – unless, of course, you are qualified enough for the job and own the right equipment. In making a list of the advantages of hiring a yard or lawn service, equipment is a good place to start.

Equipment

Yard and lawn care services have all of the proper tools and equipment to do an expert job in trimming and shaping shrubs. In the hands of an experienced landscaper, these specialized pruning tools, saws and power trimmers create a uniform, beautiful effect for the perfect manicured yard. A professional service regularly maintains its tools, keeping them in good working condition, and stores them appropriately.

Physical Labor

There’s no getting around the fact that yard work is hard work. Even lightweight hedge trimmers are heavy and unwieldy, requiring a great deal of physical effort to use. Florida’s triple-digit summer temperatures make the job especially hazardous, necessitating performing it in the early morning or early evening for those insisting on the DIY route. Overexertion leading to illness, heat exhaustion or heat stroke are possible health hazards. Also, the more birthdays we celebrate, the more mindful we need to be about not overestimating our stamina and assuming we can still do what we once did easily in previous years.

Safety

Professional landscapers are trained to do their job safely. For those who don’t do so on a regular basis, climbing a ladder to reach the top of a hedge, wielding a power trimmer or using a small curved saw can be hazardous. Hiring a yard or lawn service could save you a trip to the ER.

Clean-up

A professional yard or lawn service may include clean-up of plant debris in the price of trimming. Be sure to discuss waste removal before hiring a service. Also ask if the service will remove the bags of debris, or if they will be left curbside for yard waste collection day. Some municipalities charge extra for bags of lawn waste that exceed the permitted limit, so check your local regulations first.

Peace of mind

When you hire a professional yard or lawn service, you can spend quality time with your family and friends instead of spending time on landscape maintenance!

The Paint Manager is well-experienced in such yard maintenance jobs as shrub trimming, and has been serving Central Florida homeowners since 2000. Contact us today to learn how we can make your yard an inviting place of beauty for your family and friends.

How to Stay Safe When Painting Homes With Lead-Based Paint

How to Stay Safe When Painting Homes With Lead-Based Paint

Lead-based paint is a grave health hazard for not only for homeowners, but also for those who are into home remodeling.

If you live in a house that dates back to 1978 or before, you need to make your home free of lead-based paint. The federal government in 1978 banned the commercial use of lead-based paint, though some states had done so earlier. Lead-based paint – which includes lead-contaminated dust – is the leading cause of lead poisoning.

Lead-based paint is known to have an unhealthy effect on children, especially those under the age of six years. According to a declaration by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), lead-based paint ingestion can lead to severe learning disabilities, seizures, behavioral problem, and even death. 

In adults, lead poisoning can cause high blood pressure, and can negatively impact fetus development if women are exposed during pregnancy.

Lead poisoning can also cause such acute conditions as renal failure and encephalopathy.

Traditionally, lead-based paint was routinely used in the painting of home exteriors and interiors. And, the chances of lead-based paint being used increases as the age of your home increases. The Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Protection Act was passed by the U.S. Congress in 1992 (also called Title X) to safeguard families from lead exposure from paint, soil, and dust. The EPA, through the Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule, has also directed home remodeling contractors to help control exposure to lead paint.

Putting things in perspective for lead-based paint

It is no doubt upsetting to find out that there is lead-based paint present in your home, but you can work to remove the problem. However, to solve the lead problem, you need to first get to the basics of the issue. And, to understand the basics, you have to know the facts about lead-based paint.

There are millions of homes that still have lead-based paint present, as it typically has been painted over through the years by non-lead-based paint. What you need to understand is if the paint is in perfect shape, you don’t have to worry much about the lead being present in your home. But, do keep in mind that when the lead-based paint starts chipping, peeling, cracking, chalking, or becomes damp or damaged, then the situation turns hazardous, and it becomes urgent for you to resolve the problem.

It is also a safety hazard if found on the surfaces, which your children can chew or those places where there is too much of wear and tear like doors and door frames, windows and window sills, and porches, stairs, and railings. Clean up the dust regularly and make sure to keep the paint in good condition.

Lead dust comes from the deteriorating lead based paint inside your home, or it can also come from the soil from outside your home, which of course is a result of the worsening exterior lead-based paint.

During painting, repair, and renovation activities when paint surfaces are demolished or disturbed, it produces toxic lead dust. This is why you need to hire professionals to do the job.

How to test if your house has lead-based paint

One way to find out is to use a home testing kit for lead. Though inexpensive and widely available, according to the EPA, they are not particularly accurate. Per EPA recommendations, you should look for a lead abatement company to perform the tests.

How to stay safe when repainting a lead-based home

Repainting a lead-based home is a risky proposition, and you need to carefully follow all the guidelines to keep you and your family safe. It is always advisable to hire a professional company to repaint your house if the test confirms that lead-based paint is present in your home. But, if you decide otherwise, there are ways to reduce the risks when repainting a lead-based home.

Encapsulation is the most common and effective way of dealing with the problem – it keeps the paint intact and stable. Encapsulation, as the name suggests is applying a fresh coat of paint on the lead-based paint. This makes sure that the lead-based paint doesn’t find its way into your home.

Make sure that you use a respirator when you are scraping the lead-based paint. NEVER remove lead-based paint without a respirator. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter for clean-ups.

Spray adequate water on the surface you are working to keep the dust at bay.

Put on safety gear before you start working on the lead-based paint. Make sure that you cover your eyes, hands, body, and head appropriately – use goggles, gloves, coverall, and hat to stay safe. Also, ensure that you use disposable gloves and coveralls and that you discard them every day. And, don’t forget to wash your goggles on a daily basis.

Always remember to dispose of the lead-based paint surface at a safe location outside your house. Make sure that no one except for those working on the project enters the work area, and seal the non-work areas with plastic sheets.

Why you should call in experts to repaint a lead-based home

Making a home lead-based paint safe is a risky job. Those who have the required experience and expertise can better handle the safety concerns of lead. After all, there is no point in risking your life and that of your loved ones by adopting a DIY approach.

When you hire professionals to repaint a lead-based home, you can rest assured that they will take all the necessary precautions as mandated by the rule of law.

Professionals are not just trained to do their job with perfection, but they also have all the resources (protective gear and tools) to carry out the work safely. They would also make sure that you stay safe while they work.

When you hire professionals, you don’t have to worry about toxic waste disposal. Lead disposal is a risky job. They know how, where and when to safely dispose of the lead-based waste.

The Paint Manager is experienced in making Central Florida homes safe from the hazards of lead paint. We are a full-service painting company in Orlando delivering quality work to residential and commercial customers. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

Why is it Important to Hire a Professional Roof Repair Contractor?

Why is it Important to Hire a Professional Roof Repair Contractor?

Unlike many other areas of home maintenance and repair, your roof is not a DIY project. Roof repair is a specialized job, and you need professionals to do the task correctly. The philosophy of “jack of all trades and master of none” does not hold true in case of roof repair.

A well-maintained shingle or tile roof not only increases the curb appeal of your Central Florida home, but prolongs its life. Conscientious roof maintenance starts with a clean roof – which speaks volumes about the overall condition of your home, and your values as a homeowner.

 

Here are 5 Reasons to Have Your Roof Professionally Cleaned

  1. Aesthetics – keep your home beautiful and enjoy pride of ownership
  2. Roof longevity – maximize its life and save money
  3. Value – protect your investment
  4. Health – mold triggers allergies; a clean roof promotes a healthy home
  5. Energy cost – a stained roof ultimately results in higher energy bills

 

How to Tell When it’s Time to Repair Your Roof

Sometimes, even a clean roof needs to be repaired. Damage from high winds, hail, tree branches, etc., necessitate calling a roof repair contractor. In the case of damage covered by homeowners insurance, your policy will determine eligible reimbursement for repairs. No matter how up to the task you may believe yourself to be, the main reasons for leaving it to the experts follow.

Experience and training – Roofing professionals have experience in a wide range of repair and replacement jobs, giving them the ability to recognize conditions that warrant a particular approach. What you may know from watching a YouTube video and what a pro knows from having encountered the same thing numerous times are probably two different things. Guess who should produce the more sound result? The roof is one of your home’s most complex structures. Don’t compromise its safety/integrity.

Roof repair can be dangerous – According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falling is the leading cause of injuries in construction. In 2015, out of a total 937 reported injuries, 350 were due to a fall. Climbing and working on a roof is not an easy job, it requires training and precision to avoid falls and accidents – which do-it-yourselfers typically lack.

Professionals are licensed and insured – Make sure the company you hire is licensed and insured. There are usually two components to insurance – workers’ compensation and general liability insurance, which protect homeowners from injuries suffered by others on your property and accidental property damage liabilities.

Also, hiring a licensed roof repairing company means that they have the necessary experience, the required skill set and a verified background check. It means that an insured and licensed roofing contractor will have trained professionals.

Repairing the roof on your own can void the manufacturer’s warranty/guarantee – Most roofing material manufacturers offer a warranty, but doing the job yourself may void it. In addition, a reputable roofing company will most likely guarantee its own work, providing an extra degree of protection.

If you live in the metro Orlando area and your roof needs repair, get in touch with The Paint Manager. With more than 15 years of roof repair experience, The Paint Manager is a trusted name in Central Florida roof repair. Living up to our customers’ expectations is our highest priority. We adhere to OSHA guidelines, and work as a team to give your roof a new look.

 

Selling a House? Here’s How To Improve The Curb Appeal Of Your Home

Selling a House? Here’s How To Improve The Curb Appeal Of Your Home

How To Improve The Curb Appeal Of Your Home

Let’s accept it, first impressions make a difference. Don’t you try to look your best when you go out on a first date? Or, do you buy clothes that don’t appeal to you in the first place? In fact, you always want to look impeccable and you can only buy stuff that creates a good first impression. Likewise, when you plan to sell your house, first impressions make a huge difference.

People spend so much money on the upkeep and appearance of their home’s interior, but do you make sure that it looks attractive from the outside as well? If not then you should start paying attention to your home exteriors, as it improves the curb appeal of your house.

In fact, what people get to see from outside either makes or breaks their impression. The same is true for your home as well.

So, what exactly is the curb appeal?

Curb appeal is a term generally used by realtors to evaluate a house or property that is up for sale. It is the attractiveness of a house or property when seen from the street. Interested home buyers first see a house from the street, and if it appeals to them, then they ask the realtor to move forward.

63% of prospective home buyers will come by to visit a house only after they like what they see online (National Association of Realtors).

This clearly means that the house they see from outside should generate sufficient interest among the potential home-buyers in the first place. What do they see from outside? The front entry, driveway, sidewalk and yard. Your home’s exterior should have the capacity to attract prospective home-buyers and bring them to the table for further negotiations.

Hence, the home exterior is the first thing that you need to work on and improve if you want to sell your house at a decent price.

So, what is it that you need to do?

Let’s Examine 9 Ways to Improve the Curb Appeal of Your Home

  1. Start thinking like a buyer – The first thing that you need to do is start thinking like a buyer. Grab a notepad and pen, and walk around the exterior of your home with a hawk eye to find out what could annoy a potential home buyer. Make note of things that you think needs replacement, repair, or cleaning. Take your car and drive down the street on both sides of your house, both during the day and night. You might just see a few things on the roof that you must remove, or a sidewalk that needs repair.
  2. Make sure your address number is visible, clean, and tastefully depicted – Address number is a small thing which many people tend to overlook, but has a tremendous effect on everyone who enters your home. If you write your number differently, then it generates more interest among prospective home-buyers. For example, if your house number is 428, you can write it as “four2eight”. Written numbers are a more stylish form of displaying your address.
  3. Ensure that your roof is clean and spotless – Many people think that a clean and spotless roof doesn’t improve the curb appeal of your home. That can’t be further from the truth. It creates a negative impact on the image of your home. Therefore, ensure that your roof is clean, free of streaks, and does not look dingy. Also, make sure that your roof isn’t missing shingles. Once you plan to sell off your house, see to it that your roof is cleaned, pressure washed, repaired, or replaced.
  4. Make your front door attractive and eye catching – Front doors are another thing that influence home-buyers. An attractive, eye-catching front door can impress your prospective buyers, and raise the value of your house. Make the entrance of your home more stylish. Paint it a bold color, and don’t forget to place a new cheery welcome mat in front of the entrance.
  5. Repaint the trim and shutters, and get a new mailbox – When you are repainting your front door, don’t forget to redo the trim and shutters. Also, try a new mailbox for your home. If yours is damaged or weathered, it could detract from the overall aesthetic.
  6. Get your sidewalk, driveway, and deck pressure washed – A dirty driveway, sidewalk, and deck can act as a spoiler for people who plan to buy your house. This is another important thing that you can do to improve the curb appeal of your house. Get your driveway, sidewalk, and deck pressure washed to make it sparkling clean. Don’t forget that someone’s first impression at times turns out to be their last one. This is not just cost efficient, but it is also very effective.
  7. Light up your porch, walking path, and landscape – Putting up lighting fixtures at the right places can bring out the best of what your home has to offer. Use them to draw the buyer’s eye to the most interesting aspects of your home, and away from the mundane parts.
  8. Place flower pots in front of the entrance – There are many plants (in a flower pot, of course) which you can place in front of your entrance. Put the flower pots in a symmetrical fashion, and spruce up your front yard with seasonal flowers.
  9. Get your home exterior painted – If you think your home’s exterior is worn out, then get it repainted by a professional painter. A freshly painted home exterior can be your best tool, in finding a buyer and receiving more offers.

Freshly done up home exteriors can greatly improve the curb appeal of your house, but it is not all that easy to spruce up your home exteriors in a jiffy. You need a lot of time, innovative ideas, and executional capabilities, besides experienced and trained manpower to change the face of your home from outside.

It is always advisable to hire professionals to improve the curb appeal of your house. Get in touch with The Paint Manager and make your home exteriors look attractive.

From repainting your home exteriors, pressure washing your sidewalks, driveway, and decks to the installation of a new mailbox, redoing your front door and roof cleaning, professionals at The Paint Manager are capable of providing a facelift to your home’s exterior just the way you would love to see it.

Most importantly, you should consult professionals at The Paint Manager for innovative ideas that can improve the curb appeal of your house.

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Different Types of Drywall, or Gypsum Board

Different Types of Drywall, or Gypsum Board

Different Types of Drywall

Home improvement can be daunting to those new to the process, every turn can be full of unfamiliar terminology and jargon. Drywall is especially overwhelming, as it comes in many different varieties and uses many different names for the same material. Here at The Paint Manager, we’re happy to clear up the confusion around your upcoming drywall project!

What is Drywall?

Drywall refers to the substance that is typically used to make interior ceilings and walls in the home. Drywall is created by placing a material known as Gypsum between two very thick sheets of paper, or occasionally two sheets of fiber. It is an alternative to plaster, which can take a week to apply, whereas drywall can be installed in a home in a day or two with the assistance of an experienced and knowledgeable drywall professional. Drywall is known for being an efficient and fire resistant building material, and comes in many different varieties.

What is Gypsum Board?

Gypsum Board is both another name for drywall and an element of what drywall is made out of.

Gypsum is a naturally occurring element found in the Earth. Also known as hydrated calcium sulphate, Gypsum is known both for creating aesthetically pleasing crystals and its use in construction. When heated to 150 degrees Celsius (302 degrees Fahrenheit), the water in these crystals leaves the substance and it can be used as a building material. Gypsum is naturally fire resistant, which makes it attractive to builders. It can be used both as a plaster on its own and as the binding substance in drywall between two sheets of thick paper or fiber.

Sheetrock vs Drywall

Sheetrock® is simply a brand name for drywall. Not all drywalls are brand name Sheetrock®, but Sheetrock® normally refers to drywall.

Type X Drywall

Gypsum is known for being slightly fire resistant without any additional treatments, but Type X drywall is known for being even more fireproof than other varieties because it is thicker and sometimes has additional fire treatments. It is not uncommon for building codes to require that Type X Drywall be used in place of other, less thick and less fire resistant varieties.

Purple Drywall 

As the name implies, purple drywall usually comes in purple sheets. It is known for being moisture resistant and mold resistant. It is the preferred type of drywall for spaces that are wet, such as basements prone to leakage.

Green Board Drywall

Green Board Drywall is moisture resistant but less so than the purple variety (it is not recommended if the space will be directly wet). It is a favorite for bathrooms and kitchens, where it is often used underneath a titled service.

Blue Board Drywall

Blue Board is also known as plaster baseboard. It is a favorite type of drywall for veneer projects; as it is designed to make the process of veneer plastering easier with a special texture. Its surface is more absorbent than other types of drywall.

Soundproof Drywall

Soundproof drywall is popular among musicians. It can help keep a recording space quiet while keeping the sound of loud music out of the surrounding space. It is thicker than other varieties and consists of wood, gypsum, and polymers.

Drywall Installation

Don’t stress and try to do your drywall project by yourself, the experts at The Paint Manager can have your project completed in no time-and done right! Through January 5, 2017, we will be offering up to 50 percent off on our services. Don’t wait, contact the Paint Manager today!

4 Reasons Why You Need Professionals For Drywall Repair

4 Reasons Why You Need Professionals For Drywall Repair

DIY Drywall, Good Idea or Not?

 

We all want to live in a beautiful, clean and green home. But, it requires quite an effort on the part of the homeowner to maintain a house that is striking, beautiful, clean, and which is full of greenery. A feat difficult to achieve, homeowners constantly have to strive hard to create and maintain a perfect home.

As a homeowner, you don’t only have to ensure that your home exteriors look beautiful, but you also have to make sure that the interiors, landscape, driveway, pool, and everything else in your house remains in perfect order. A lot goes into creating a home that is beautiful to look at, and a delight to stay in. From a well painted exterior, a nicely maintained landscape, and a perfect pool setting to stylish furniture, attractive paint on the walls, and more, you have to plan everything to perfection.

Integral parts of your home, walls and ceilings, play an important role in making your house look beautiful. And, when the interiors of your home have drywall ceilings and walls, it looks even better.  But, like everything else, even drywall doesn’t last forever. It requires regular upkeep, and at times replacement, when damaged beyond repair.

Though, more often than not, repairing is all it takes to give your drywall a perfect finish. Needless to say, without proper paint and finish on your walls and ceilings, your home interiors can’t look elegant. And, when the wall itself is not in perfect shape, then no amount of paint, good or bad, can produce the looks that are flawless. With drywall, you get a perfect finish, and then the paint on these walls look great.

Leave Your Drywall Repairs to the Professionals 

There are some home jobs that you as a homeowner can do on your own, but you just can’t repair everything in your house. But, there are some homeowners who think they can fix anything and everything that needs repair in their home. It is true that internet helps you learn a lot of things, be it fixing, or repairing a door knob, or changing your sink faucet, but there are some home jobs that are best left to professionals. And, repairing drywall is one such work, which should only be left for professionals to do.

Drywalls are building materials used as a substitute for wooden or concrete walls, which are not just inexpensive, but it also gives a wonderful finish. The only flip side to this is that drywall is softer in comparison to concrete or wooden walls, and therefore they are more prone to damages if proper care is not taken. Of course, when you have damaged walls at home, you need to get it repaired, or else it can spoil the beauty of your house.

When you watch videos online of people teaching you how to repair your drywall, you are bound to think that it’s an easy job and a perfect DIY project, but we tend to forget that the precision it requires (in repairing) calls for professional help.

Moreover, trying to fix a drywall yourself you might end up making the repair work even costlier, as the damaged area can increase further, which would then escalate your total cost. Hence, whenever you need your drywall to be repaired, it is advisable to call in experts.

4 specific reasons why you should call in professionals for drywall repairThe number one reason why you should call in experts if you have a damaged drywall is to maintain the peace of your house. Yes, any DIY project creates some amount of stress in the house. But, on a more serious note, here are 4 specific reasons why you should call in professionals for drywall repair.

  1. They (read professionals) know their job wellAn expert drywall repairing company, apart from knowing their job well, also realizes the unique needs of each of its customer, and therefore presents to you a customized solution. Drywall repair professionals have been through it all and seen every kind of damage your drywall would ever experience. They know what exactly needs to be done to fix the problem on your drywall. From estimates to the exact course of action, you have everything in black and white in front of you, which makes it easy for you to take a call whether to repair or replace the drywall.
  1. They have loads of experience and expertise – There is no substitute to experience, and with it comes the exposure and expertise of repairing the drywall, no matter how bad the damage is. DIY enthusiasts, or individuals and companies who don’t have sufficient experience and expertise of repairing the drywall could spoil your project and increase its total cost, whereas professionals do their job to perfection.
  1. It saves your precious time – Time, they say, is money, and you of course don’t have enough of it to waste. A project which professionals would be able to finish in a couple of hours, people with less, or no experience will do the same work in a couple of days. In today’s fast paced world, you don’t have that much of time to waste, do you? It therefore makes no sense to waste your precious time, instead it is better to save it and utilize the same in other productive work. Hence hiring professionals to repair your dry wall will save you time.
  1. They have the right equipment – Being in a different profession, it is highly unlikely that you would have all the tools that are required for drywall repair. When you hire professionals, one thing that you can be assured of is the latest equipment for the repair job of your drywall. Needless to say, you can spoil your wall further if you don’t have the requisite equipment. Moreover, just by having the right equipment does not guarantee that the job you do on your own will have great results because you should also have proper practice of operating these tools. And, when you hire professionals, not do they have the right equipment, they also know how to use it, which produces better results.

 

Apart from the reasons mentioned above, you also run the risk of injury and harm to your health, when you plan to repair the drywall on your own. Whereas, when you hire professionals, they not only know how to avoid injuries, but they also take necessary precautions that are required during the process of drywall repair.

Over and above this there is a huge difference in the quality of repair work done when you do it on your own, and the drywall repair that is undertaken by professionals.

If you are in and around Greater Central Florida and drywall repair is what you are looking at, don’t take chances of doing it yourself. Just get in touch with The Paint Manager, paint and drywall experts, and leave your worries to the professionals.

We have been in this industry for long to know the nuances of the trade, and know exactly what it takes to repair any kind of drywall.

We also have all the right tools and trained manpower who know how to use them efficiently, which ultimately gives your drywall a perfect finish.

Exterior Painters Get the Job Done: 7 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Pro

Exterior Painters Get the Job Done: 7 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Pro

Why DIY is not always the best move.

 

Painting the exterior of your home can provide a whole new perspective on its appearance. A fresh coat of paint can renew a home’s value, both literally and figuratively. After all, who wants to live in a home with a less-than-ideal paint job? If the exterior of your home has you feeling less than excited to come home every night, then maybe it is time to find professional exterior painters for hire.

Whether your intent is to sell your home, host a series of parties, or you want to fall in love with your home again, a fresh exterior paint job can work wonders on the perception of your home. Both for you and your guests.

Unlike painting a bedroom accent wall, painting the exterior of your home is no easy task. This is not a weekend DIY project. Sure, keeping paint off of the furniture and keeping borders even can be a challenge. But in most cases, for interior and exterior paint, you can tell the difference between a first-time job and that of a professional painter.

exterior paintersExterior painting is a time-consuming and labor-intensive project that requires professional experience. Spending a few hours over the course of a few weekends to get the job done will likely lead to a finished product that is choppy at best. Hiring a team will ensure the complete and efficient completion of your house painting services.

Here are a few of the benefits you receive by hiring a professional painter to upgrade the exterior of your home:

 

Imagine this: Your car breaks down on the side of the highway. Smoke is billowing out of the engine. You think it overheated but are not sure. Do you take your car to a reliable service center or do you start taking apart the car on the shoulder of the busy highway? The analogy is hardly different when it comes to painting the exterior of your home.

Exterior Painting is Hard Work

Painting the exterior of your home takes a lot more than just picking up a brush and swiping away. Knowing what paint to use, what tools you need, and what the required prep and cleanup work would be are all part of a professional exterior painter’s technical expertise.

Not to mention, a professional will be faster than a first-timer. They are accustomed to the strain that comes along with painting an entire house. Plus, they probably won’t break anything, home or body, while working on your home. You may have to pay more than you would if you were doing it yourself. But once you see the end result? The difference is invaluable.

There is no shortcut to experience

Experience cannot be bought. Only learned.  Experience teaches you how to perfect your work. Professional painters who have decades of experience know how to go about painting the exteriors of your home, and they do it beautifully, efficiently, and quickly.

Sometimes while painting the home, problems arise that you are not prepared for. You may notice a gutter in need of serious repair. Maybe a tree has grown too close to one of your walls, and needs serious trimming in order to complete the job…and that’s just a glimpse of it! Professional painting contractors have seen these issues time and time again and have the know-how to handle these issues as they come. If you do it on your own, even the simplest delays or issues will likely get under your skin.

Exterior Painting Requires Specific Equipment

exterior paintersPut down the paint brush and roller. To complete an exterior home painting job with finesse, you would need specialized tools like a power sprayer, ladders, power brushes, power washers, and maybe even a power sander. These tools are not always as affordable or accessible as interior painting equipment. The funds used to purchase all these tools can just as easily go toward hiring a professional painter, instead! Not to mention, using these tools often requires a bit of practice and experience to use them correctly.

Exterior Painting Can be a Safety Risk

Painting home exteriors can be a health and safety hazard for the inexperienced. It is not recommended to place ladders on top of the roof, to reach slightly more elevated areas of the home.  Since the professional painters have sufficient experience, they know how to approach situations like this for cleaning, prep work, and painting. The pros have all the necessary tools and the necessary training to complete your exterior home painting work without risking their body and lives. Without simple training and proper experience, it is not worth the risk. Especially when it is just to save a few dollars.

Make sure that the painting company that you hire has proper licensing and insurance.

Take Advantage of the Fresh Set of Eyes

exterior painterA professional painting company can suggest new ideas and perform them as described. They tend to have a good idea of what color combinations would suit your home, and if you’re trying to sell, what is appealing to homebuyers. A new idea can lead to a total refresh of your home’s exterior.

Don’t Worry About the Cleanup Work!

Painting the exterior of your house yourself would mean a massive clean-up effort after you complete the job. That means more work for you! When you hire a painting company, it is their responsibility to safely dispose of all debris, and leave your property in great condition.

The Process is Less Stressful

Hiring professionals for your exterior painting project will save you a lot of time and stress. When you take on the project yourself, and something goes wrong, you are bound to get frustrated. That frustration is likely to spill out onto your entire family. Pass on the stress, and get an experienced team to handle it for you.

Whether you are planning an exterior painting project, are ready for a new color in the kitchen, or need to hire roof cleaning services, The Paint Manager is here to help. Serving homes in Orlando, Sanford, and other Central Florida cities, our residential exterior painters Orlando are here to make your next home project fast, efficient, and affordable.

In Case You Missed It: 5 Ways to Spruce up A Tiny Living Space

In Case You Missed It: 5 Ways to Spruce up A Tiny Living Space

Big Ideas for Small square footage.

From downtown loft apartments to tiny homes in the wilderness, there is an increasing desire to spruce up a tiny living space. Do not feel cramped in your closet-sized kitchen, here are five great ways to create the illusion of space, despite a lack of square footage.

Creative Ways to add space to a tiny home

Add More Mirrors

Adding mirrors to your space will create an illusion of depth. This is because reflective surfaces catch the light, allowing the space to look wider than it really is. If you feel a little claustrophobic in your small room, try adding mirrors of varying sizes on the walls. A full-length mirror affixed to a door will make the room appear longer. Position the mirrors so that light from a window will catch the reflection, some point in the day.

Repeat Visually Interesting Patterns

tiny living spacesLike mirrors, the repetition of similar patterns tricks your eyes into perceiving depth. This does a lot to increase the perceived size of your tiny living space. Consider repeating lines, alternating colors, or even plaid as a theme in your room. You can choose to apply this pattern to your curtains, comforter, or with the help of a professional painter, on the walls. Try to stick to a scheme of two opposing colors. Choose one central place to focus the pattern. If you put the pattern everywhere, the room may appear cluttered and busy –creating the exact opposite of your intended environment.

Paint the Room

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Working with painting contractors, you can choose a paint color and finish that complements the intention of the room. While traditional advice suggests that dark-painted rooms tend to make it feel smaller, the right shade of purple, blue or gray can shift from cramped to cozy in only a few coats. You are in the room to sleep, after all. Avoid bright oranges and yellows in the bedroom for the same reason. Sometimes the difference between matte and glossy can change the perception of the room, drastically.

Play with Neutrals to Open up Space

Kitchens and bathrooms can be notoriously tiny. With a certain degree of required fixtures and appliances, there isn’t much room for you or really anything else. A cramped kitchen can be a disaster when entertaining a crowd. Find an eye-pleasing neutral color, on the lighter side usually, to use in these areas. Choose a glossy finish to help let natural light reflect off the surface.

Get Creative with the Lighting

A bright light can do a lot for a room, and opening the windows is not always an option. Use bright, led lights to bring a cool crisp light into a smaller space. Draping string lights around windows for a warm evening glow can add to the cozy ambiance of a tiny room. The darker a small room is, the smaller it is going to feel.

If you are currently struggling with the design of a tiny living space, contact The Paint Manager. For Interior and exterior paint work, The Paint Manager is the expert in turning your house into a beautiful home.

Roof Cleaning Contractors: Hiring the Best Company for the Job

Roof Cleaning Contractors: Hiring the Best Company for the Job

A little bit of research goes a long way when it comes to saving time and money on your roof cleaning.

Most homeowners want the exterior of their house to look great. But how? You can hire painting contractors to paint the exterior of your home. For a quick fix, you can get it pressure washed. Maybe it is time to spruce up the yard? One place you may not think to look to is your roof.

Look up, and for the first time, you may notice the algae buildup and dark streaks that have accumulated over time. It is time to start looking for roof cleaning contractors.

A clean roof not only adds value to your home; it increases its overall lifespan. Your roof faces a lot of abuse, from natural weather conditions to man-made irritants. Rain, sun, dust, wind and carbon pollution can all contribute to roof damage, over time.

The “dirty” appearance of your roof comes in the form of dark patches, usually caused by algae growing on the surface. Sometimes, homeowners confuse the color change for a bigger problem and assume that it is time to replace the roof. You can avoid having to take on such a project with proper roof maintenance.

At this point, your best bet is to call a roof cleaning professional to assess the current state of your home’s roof. When a professional leads the effort on restoring your roof, you can expect the removal of dirt, algae and other unsightly stains. Afterward, your neighbors will swear you had a new one built.

However, choosing a roof cleaning service can be a challenge. There is no shortage of qualified individuals out there, most of which can do the job without any issues. Yet, there are some companies that deal in shady or illegal practices, which can put you or your home at risk. With a few extra precautions, you can have a clean roof without any extra stress, undue cost, or inconvenience.

Why Hire a Professional?

You may be hesitant to pull out your wallet for what sounds like a pretty simple job. However, professional roof cleaning services know exactly what it takes to complete such a large scale job. You, on the other hand, may not.

1.  Roof cleaning is long, hard work.

If you think cleaning your roof only consists of climbing up with a bucket of water, scrubber, and some soap, you are surely mistaken. After spending hours on the roof, you would realize that you’ve only managed to remove a bit of dirt. The algae, mildew and mold still remain.

Leave roof cleaning to the pros, while you tend to the rest of your to-do list. Besides, climbing and working on a rooftop is dangerous. It is better to leave it to trained professionals who know how to avoid accidents.

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2.  It is not as expensive as you think.

If you think roof cleaning services are too expensive, do some research, speak to your neighbors, or ask your co-workers who have recently had their roofs cleaned. There weren’t always so many roof cleaning contractors in business. Due to the increase in competition, there are more options, making rates much more affordable.

Do keep in mind that rock bottom rates should not be your sole deciding factor, as the type and quality of services makes a world of difference when it comes to your roof cleaning experience.

3. The work lasts for quite some time.

When you clean the roof on your own, then there is no guarantee that it will stay clean for months. But, when you hire professionals, proactive measures are taken. They don’t just clean the roof, they undertake preventive measures so that it remains in good condition for the foreseeable future.

roof cleaning contractors

4.  Roof cleaners will not damage your roof.

Cleaning your roof yourself or hiring inexperienced cleaners can damage your rooftop. It is not just about cleaning your roof with a pressure washer or using a scrubber and elbow grease. If during the process of cleaning you damage any of the shingles or some of them get loose, then it might create more problems for you. Broken and unattached shingles attract more mildew, dirt and algae, which in turn would increase overall damage to your roof. When you hire a professional roof cleaning company, they do their best to make sure such damages or mishaps do not happen.

What to Watch Out For

Do a bit of legwork, and research prospective companies. Keep these things in mind before hiring a roof cleaning service:

1.  Experience and expertise are the #1 priority.

Make sure the contractors are who they say they are. Verify experience in the industry, special expertise, and past jobs. Take a look into their previous customer service. Start with a company’s website, and look for client testimonials.

You can also speak to your family, friends, and colleagues and take their referrals. After all, word of mouth is free publicity. If somebody close to you is a satisfied customer and recommends a roof cleaning company, you can probably count on their recommendation for a great experience.

2.  Check for Licensing and Insurance.

Unfortunately, not all businesses in this world are trustworthy and honest. Some companies, including roof cleaning companies, operate without proper licensing or insurance.

It is always better to avoid such companies, as it can cause more harm than good.
Roof cleaning is a risky job, and accidents can happen anywhere. You may find yourself responsible for the safety of the individuals working on your property. If a worker gets injured on your property, and there is not proper insurance coverage, you may be accountable for their medical expenses. It is not worth it to cut costs by hiring an unlicensed, uninsured company to work on your roof. It could end up costing you more than you ever wanted to spend.

3.  Start with an assessment, then a quote.

Different types of roofs require alternative cleaning methods. It is always better to ask the roof cleaning company to assess the roof and provide you with their recommendations for further service.

Get assessments and quotes from at least three different roof cleaning companies before making your final decision. This way, you can make the best choice regarding pricing and service.

4.  Check out the Reviews.

With just a little bit of research, you can check out a company’s customer satisfaction. A quick Google search should yield results on sites such as Yelp, Angie’s List, and Google itself. Alternatively, you can ask the roof cleaning company for client testimonials. Be wary of reviews that are suspiciously good, or extremely bad. They may not be a legitimate review from an actual customer!

5.  Ask about a warranty.

It is advisable to discuss the warranty before you sign an agreement with a roof service company. With a warranty comes peace of mind.

If your Orlando, Lake Mary, Sanford, or Central Florida home is in need of roof cleaning contractors, call The Paint Manager, a licensed and insured roof cleaning service and professional painter. We can help make your roof look brand new, once more.

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