At You And Yours Painting we follow a rigorous schedule on all of our interior projects. Following these steps helps us maintain a high customer satisfaction rate and quality.
Having space and room to maneuver is very important so we remove smaller furniture and items from the room. Furniture that remain (heavy or awkward pieces) is moved to the middle of the room and covered with plastic or a clean interior drop cloth to protect them from dust or paint. Floors are protected with masking paper and/or painter’s quality drop cloths. Separate drop cloths are used for interior painting.
Hardware, such as door knobs, electrical switch and outlet covers, railings and towel racks are removed or masked.
Flaking paint is scraped and sanded flush to the wall. Holes, cracks and dings are patched with interior grade spackle. Cracks in corners, baseboards and moldings are caulked using acrylic caulking. Patched areas are sanded with fine sand paper and spot-primed. All walls to be painted are rough sanded. Finishing coats are applied using interior brushes and rollers to an even and spotless finish.
Upon completion of the painting project, floors cleaned of dust and debris and are vacuumed/mopped, furniture put back to their original placements and a final walk around with the client is performed for any touch ups or concerns to ensure a high standard of quality and customer satisfaction.
Stucco and Siding
Stucco comes in different textures. Some are rough while others are smooth. Subsequently there are different methods of painting stucco. However, one that has been proven to be the most effective is spraying and back rolling. This process includes the use of a sprayer to evenly apply paint on the stucco while another painter rolls the freshly sprayed area with a rough exterior roller. This is to ensure the paint is applied evenly on the stucco surface and to also help with its coverage in small gaps in the stucco.
Wooden sidings are another type of exterior finish that is used. They too, come in different material. Some are large while others are small. They may be made of pine, oak or cedar. Sidings can be either painted or stained.
Proper preparation is key to ensuring a long lasting paint job. Some of which for stucco and siding include: power washing (when necessary), filing cracks and holes, scraping and sanding loose paint, and priming.
Decks and Railings
Decks are made of different types of wood. Whether they are made of pine, oak or cedar they can all be painted or stained. However, while painting them will yield one distinctive colour, staining them will yield different colours depending on the type of wood. Therefore, it is important to know what type of wood is being stained while selecting the stain. Especially when using a semi-transparent stain. the two most commonly used stains are solid and semi-transparent.
You and yours painting strongly recommends using solid stains for decks that have been previously painted or have been left bare for a long duration of time. This is to ensure a uniform look and color. Semi-transparent stains on the other hand, will look outstanding and bring the natural beauty of the wood to life on newly installed decks.
Preparing a deck for painting or staining varies. Previously painted or stained decks require scraping and sanding of all loose particles, followed by dusting off loose material and power washing if necessary. While, newly installed or bare decks require light sanding and power washing to ensure the best adhesion of stain or paint being used.
Windows, Doors and Trim
Windows and doors on the outside of your home are affected the most by snow and rain year after year. Periodic maintenance of them ensures they are up to the job of protecting your home from the elements.
The most commonly damaged areas are the window ledges where snow accumulates over the winter months. If not maintained periodically, moisture can cause the wood to rot and as a result will be unpleasant and expensive to fix.
Painting rotten wood is not a permanent solution as it will chip and crack quickly. Therefore, it is recommended to replace all rotten wood prior to painting.
Proper preparation of the exterior windows and doors is the most important element of a long lasting painting job. At you and yours painting we scrape the loose paint, light sand or power sand, clean and spot prime the surface before applying the finish coat. Caulking is also used in cracks around windows and door frames to stop the flow of air in or out of your home.
We also offer power washing and epoxy application services.