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About FCI Painting

FCI Painting Corp. is a full-service painting, pressure washing, and property maintenance company serving Naples, Florida and nearby Southwest Florida communities for more than 20 years. We are proud of our reputation for exceptional results – when you hire FCI painters you can be certain that your project is being serviced by experienced & highly skilled craftsmen who have built a great reputation across Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers and Marco Island, Florida.

Add Some Holiday Cheer to Your Home Now, Or Plan for Next Year

FCI Painting Naples FL Holiday Home Improvements
With the holiday season already upon us, it may feel like it’s a touch too late to consider options for cheering up your home or business with a fresh coat of paint or other services from FCI Painting. However, Naples, Florida weather generally remains temperate throughout December, making it a perfect month for painting, whether interior or exterior. FCI Painting can provide you a custom paint job with colors that perfectly match the holiday season, or touch up areas that have been damaged or otherwise lost their luster due to sun exposure, age or other effects. In short, our residential and commercial paint specialists stand ready to help you brighten your home for the holidays by what ever means you see fit.

FCI Painting Paint Services

As a full-service painting company with more than 20 years of experience, FCI Painting can handle any job, big or small. From commercial painting of large offices, stores and warehouses to residential interior and exterior painting, FCI Painting is a trusted name in painting for the Southwest Florida region. We are specialists with all types of paint, and also experts in the application of weatherproof coatings and wood stain finishes. Satisfaction is guaranteed, and some of our premier exterior painting products come with 10-year warranties.

Other Services That Can Add a Sparkle to Your Holidays

Exterior and interior painting isn’t the only means of adding some holiday shine to your home or office, and FCI Painting offers numerous other services that can renew the look of your premises and brighten faded or worn finishes. For example, our pressure wash cleaning service works wonders in making the outside of your home or business look brand new again. Likewise, our brick pavers, stone cleaning and restoration service helps renew the parking areas and entrance paths leading up to your home or business. Or consider our roof soft washing service, that will brighten and protect your roof in an ecologically sound way that will not damage your yard or plants. And, you could follow up this service with our roof maintenance program that inspects the roof for damage and offers coating options in custom colors that will help protect your roof from the Florida sun and weather.

Planning for the Coming Year

Absent conducting any painting or related work this year, the ending of the year marks the perfect time to assess the condition of your home or business, and to make plans for what work you might like to schedule for the coming year. Schedule an appointment to assess the condition and color schemes of your existing interior and exterior paint, as well as advise you on the condition and treatment options for other components of your property. FCI Painting will work with you to deliver exactly what you are seeking in relation to both aesthetics and in protecting your home from the elements.

FCI Painting Can Also Play the Santa Claus Role

 

Last, if you’re stumped at picking up a holiday gift for your loved one, consider giving them a holiday paint job or other FCI Painting service. It could be the gift that keeps on giving all year long. For any of your holiday painting or related service needs, contact FCI Painting online, or by calling (239) 435-1001, to see what our specialists can do to help beautify your home or business.

Weighing the Options for Using Paint or Stain on Outdoor Woodwork

Weighing the Options for Using Paint or Stain on Outdoor Woodwork in Naples FL
When it comes time to paint the exterior of one’s home or business, the question of how to address ancillary structures, such as decks, railings, fences, pergolas and the like usually comes up. While paint is generally used for most exterior walls, many home and business owners like to keep the natural look of any wood structures that may accent the main walls. In such cases, the use of stain rather than paint may be a viable solution; however, many people tend to be confused about the differences between paint and stain, as well as their correct application. Thus, consider this blog post a primer of sorts on the differences between paint and stain, with some guidelines on when, how and why to use either of the two.

Differences Between Paint and Stain

The easiest way to differentiate paint from stain is that paint coats and hides the original surface, while stain penetrates the surface. Clear and semi-transparent stains also serve to enhance the original grain and beauty of the wood, while semi-solid stains add more color, but hide more of the grain. Solid stains come the closest to mimicking paint, and completely hides the wood grain.

Paint and stain both have positive and negatives to weigh in determining which to use, but either one is better than leaving bare wood exposed to the elements.

Positive factors to consider with both include:

Paint

  • greater number of color choices
  • deeper and more vibrant color options
  • greater protection from sun and water damage
  • greater longevity between re-applications
  • can be used on other materials besides wood

Stain

  • finish options include clear, semitransparent, semi solid and solid
  • ability to enhance wood’s natural beauty
  • ease of application
  • no blistering
  • better handling of abrasion from foot traffic
  • no need to strip before re-application

Negative factors to consider:

Paint

  • horizontal surfaces subject to peeling and blistering
  • potential for rapid weathering with intense water, ice or sun exposure
  • intensive scraping and stripping required before re-application

Stain

  • the need for frequent—one-to-five-year—re-applications depending upon opacity and exposure
  • cannot be used on previously painted wood
  • can only be used on wood and most wood composites

Color and Surface to be Treated Key Considerations

All in all, the choice of whether to ultimately go with stain or paint depends upon each building owner’s particular needs and specific weighting of the above listed positive and negative factors. Color should perhaps be the first consideration, as the color choice may be limited with stains. The surface to be treated should take secondary consideration, as it often dictates the choice. For example, those wanting to retain and enhance the natural look of wood will likely want to lean towards using stain. Likewise, stain is usually considered the better option for porch floors and decking due to its superior ability to withstand foot traffic.

If you’re still stumped about whether to opt for paint or stain, FCI Painting can help you assess the job and determine the best painting or staining options for all of your outside ancillary structures. Contact FCI Painting online, or by calling (239) 435-1001, to see what our painting specialists can do to help beautify the exterior of your home or business.

FCI Painting Offers Expert Drywall Repair and Texturing Services

Expert Drywall Repair and Texturing Services

As residents of Naples and southwest Florida continue to clean up and repair the obvious damages wrought by Hurricane Irma, homeowners and businesses should assess their buildings for less evident damage. Among this less distinct damage is the potential impact to drywall from water intrusion. The drywall that makes up interior walls in homes and buildings that experienced flooding is likely compromised, as it sopped up floodwaters from the floor, while leaking roofs allowed water intrusion into ceiling drywall. Additionally, wind-blown rainwater may have penetrated outside walls and soaked into the drywall on the exterior side.

Not only can water damaged drywall be unsightly, but its integrity can be compromised to the point of collapse. At the least, untreated water-damaged drywall can lead to the growth of dangerous mold and mildew, usually within 24 to 48 hours of water intrusion. Not only is this mold and mildew possibly hazardous to your health, but it slowly continues to break down the gypsum of your drywall.

Let FCI Painting Inspect and Repair Your Drywall

If you know or suspect that the drywall in your home or building has been compromised by water intrusion, FCI Painting can conduct a comprehensive inspection to determine the extent of potential damage, and recommend the appropriate level of drywall repair. FCI Painting’s drywall repair specialists will remove and replace damaged sections of drywall to ensure the integrity of your interior walls and ceiling and eliminate the threat from mold and mildew. FCI Painting can follow-up its drywall services with a fast and efficient paint job that will make you forget that the walls and ceilings were ever damaged.

Don’t Forget to Account for Drywall Texture

Whether you have an existing drywall texture that you would like to replicate, or would like to upscale the look of your interior walls and ceilings, FCI Painting’s drywall specialists are experts in producing the full range of drywall textures. Drywall textures can be applied by hand or by compressed-air-assisted hopper, with a variety of different textures delivered by both methods. Our specialists use a variety of tools to produce the desired texture in the compounds used, whether drywall mud, joint compound or plaster. While the hawk and trowel are the most utilized tools, special brushes, detailing knives, paint rollers and other instruments can also be used for specialty texturing.

Different textures can be achieved with the compressed air hopper by using different sized and shaped spray gun nozzles. The amount of air pressure used can also influence the texture, as can any aggregate added to the compound used.

Popular Drywall Textures

Among the more popular drywall textures are:

  • Smooth Finish: This classy finish is used in many high-end homes, and is the most suitable finish for high-end matte and eggshell paints. A smooth drywall finish is achieved by applying plaster compound with a drywall knife and then using a pole sander to achieve the fine, smooth surface.
  • Skip Trowel: This elegant texture has a variety of subtle styles and looks, but most often is used to add a Mediterranean flair to walls and ceilings. The texture is achieved by utilizing a light stroke with a trowel on a joint compound mixed with a little water, and sometimes, some sand.
  • Knockdown: As with the Skip Trowel texture, this texture has a variety of subtle styles and looks, but the texture consists of unique shapes that emerge from the wall. Applied with an air assisted hopper using an aggregate material, the knockdown texture provides a classy look, but is also perfect for hiding any imperfections that otherwise can’t be repaired.
  • Swirl: This smoother looking finish includes swirls in compound created by making short swirl motions with the trowel or specialty brushes and knives.
  • Spray Sand: Known as a more cost-efficient texturing process, this compressed-air application gives the surface small sand-like bumps. Given the right coat of paint and this texture can look refined and exotic.

If you need drywall repairs due to storm damage, or as just part of overall renovations, contact FCI Painting online, or by calling (239) 435-1001, to see what our drywall specialists can do to improve the look of your interior walls and ceilings.

Finding the Right Contractor to Help With Hurricane Clean Up and Repairs

Hurricane Irma Home Damage Repairs

Hurricane Irma roared through Naples and Southwest Florida on Sunday with sustained winds topping 110 m.p.h., gusts reaching 142 m.p.h., and serious flooding caused by rain and a storm surge that reportedly reached up to seven feet. While the hurricane initially hit mainland Florida as a powerful Category 3 storm, it was soon downgraded to a Category 2 storm, and reports from around the region suggest that overall damage is not as devastating as feared.

Still, damage is widespread and all area homeowners and businesses face extensive cleanup, at a minimum, with many also likely needing assorted repairs, and some requiring extensive renovations. Assessment and cleanup began as soon as the winds started to subside, and when those who evacuated return to their homes and businesses, the entire region will be engaged in full-scale cleanup and repair work…for weeks and months to come.

Beware of Scammers Posing as Contractors

Communities generally pull together during times of crisis to help each other out, but, unfortunately, some unscrupulous people use disasters to take advantage of people in need. “Charity” scams are already underway across the country, with con artists working the phone lines and Internet to encourage donations to fake charities for hurricane relief. “Repair” scammers are already roaming our streets and going door-to-door to encourage people to pre-pay for repair work that will never be done, or offer repair services that they are unqualified to fulfill, and will likely botch. Likewise there will be some contractors from away looking to gouge unwitting victims of storm damage with repair costs far above what should be considered reasonable for the situation.

Most Construction Work Requires a License

Not to say that everyone offering repair services during this difficult time is a con artist, but there are some measures you can take to ensure that repairs and cleanup of your property are professionally conducted at a reasonable cost for the circumstances. When meeting with a “contractor,” or other people offering storm remediation services, perhaps the most worthwhile means of establishing their bona fides is by asking to see their contractor’s license. The state of Florida requires that many elements of construction—including painting—be conducted by a licensed contractor. In fact, construction work of most any kind valued in excess of $1,000 must be conducted by a licensed contractor. In Florida, a “registered” contractor’s license is valid for work locally, while a “certified” contractor’s license is applicable statewide.

Other measures you should take to assess and hire potential workers to repair your storm damages include:

  • Try to hire known contractors, whether by first-hand knowledge or reputation.
  • Ask to see proof of insurance.
  • Ask for references and follow through by checking them out.
  • Make sure all details—scope of work, materials, labor costs—of the job are put down in a written contract.
  • Do not pay in cash and do not agree to pay a significant amount advance.
  • Also be wary of those offering repair work under the guise of your insurance—do not sign any Assignment of Benefits (AOB) form and contact your insurance company before signing any related agreements.

FCI Painting is offering a range of after-storm clean up and repair services along with its full slate of painting and pressure washing services to homeowners and business in Florida’s Collier and Lee Counties who have been affected by Hurricane Irma. As a fully licensed Florida State Certified General (CGC) contractor with more than 20 years of dedicated service in southwest Florida, FCI Painting has the experience, manpower and tools to get your business or home back in shape.

To learn how FCI Painting can help you resolve storm damage and cleanup, contact us today online, or give us a call at (239) 435-1001.

Refreshing Touch Ups for Your Home’s Exterior

FCI Painting in Naples FL discusses refreshing touch ups for your home

Even if your home isn’t ready for a full renewal with a complete exterior paint job, there are numerous refreshing touch ups that you should consider that may help bring new life to your home’s overall exterior. Certain areas of the home can weather faster than others, creating a mismatch that can depress the overall bright look of your home. Simple touch ups, like pressure cleaning, accent painting, deck staining, and roof washing can add enough of a refreshing touch that it may look like the whole house has been repainted.

Touching Up Accent Features Brightens the Whole Home

Accent features of your home, such as doors, shutters and trim, tend to take more of a beating and weather and fade faster than the rest of the home. And, as accent features, they tend to bring out and brighten the rest of the home’s color. By renewing their bright look, you’ll give new life to the rest of the home. FCI painting can quickly and efficiently touch up such accent features with minimal disruption to your day-to-day living.

Decks, porches and other similar outside features also tend to receive more wear and tear than the rest of the home. A tired looking deck or porch with fading color can make the entire home look aged. When you restore your deck or porch with fresh paint or stain, not only will it look brand new, but will extend into the rest of the home to make it seem refreshed.

Pressure Cleaning Brightens and Preserves Exterior Paint

One sure-fire means of renewing the fresh painted look of your home, is with pressure washing. FCI’s home pressure cleaning service safely and effectively removes dirt and airborne contaminants that slowly build up on home exteriors over time. Not only does the pressure cleaning serve to restore the pristine sheen of the original paint job, but it will help preserve the paint job by removing contaminants that would otherwise wear away and degrade it.

FCI’s New Reverse Osmosis Waterfed Pole Cleaning System.

Speaking of pressure washing, FCI Painting now offers a new service designed to keep your windows clean without streaking, stains, spotting or buildup. Similar to low-pressure cleaning used to clean the more delicate features of your home, our soft window wash uses a unique pole system to spray your windows with low pressure, reverse-osmosis-purified water. This soft wash provides a window wash so clean and clear that you’ll hardly believe the glass is still there. Our soft window wash can be scheduled for residential homes, and is available to condominiums, housing associations and commercial buildings as part of their monthly or quarterly maintenance services.

With more than 20 years of experience, FCI Painting is well attuned to the painting, cleaning and maintenance needs of residential homes and commercial buildings throughout Southwest Florida. Whether a simple touch-up job or complete exterior re-painting, we guarantee that you will be completely satisfied with the results.

To learn more about how FCI Painting can help you brighten your home with refreshing touch ups, contact us today, or give us a call at (239) 435-1001.

Prepare for “Season” With FCI Painting’s Commercial Cleaning Services

FCI Painting in Naples Florida helps business prepare for Season

While many businesses in resort areas across America are in the midst of their “busy season,” here in the Naples, Florida region, summer represents the perfect time to prepare for our “Season.” That is winter, when the population just about doubles with the influx of snowbirds and tourists. Given that summer is on the wane and the start of our “busy season” is only a few short months away, now is the time for businesses to double-check their checklists for needed annual cleanup and maintenance of their commercial properties and buildings.

FCI Painting Goes Beyond Just a Coat of Paint

Not only is FCI Painting a leading name in commercial painting services in Southwest Florida, but also a respected provider of annual cleanup and maintenance services for commercial buildings. Whether for small businesses, restaurants, stores, apartments, hotels or any other venture facing a noticeable uptick in winter business, FCI Painting has the know-how, tools and can-do attitude to make your business premises look like new.

Of course, should your commercial building need some touch-up painting, or just an overall fresh coat of paint, FCI Painting offers fast and efficient painting services in order to minimize business disruption and return operations back to normal as quickly as possible.

Make Your Premises Look Like New with Pressure Cleaning

Absent the need for paint, pressure cleaning offers the most cost-effective, like-brand-new cleaning available. FCI Painting knows how to utilize the correct pressure, cleaning agent and temperature to remove tough grime, dirt and stains from just about any surface without compromising its integrity. Whether stucco, wood or concrete, and whether compromised by dirt, mold or mildew, FCI’s pressure cleaning know-how will safely remove the contaminant.

While pressure cleaning is appropriate for most commercial surfaces, it may not be the right option for your commercial building’s roof. And given the hot, humid temperature in Southwest Florida, your roof likely needs cleaning more often than you think. Our environment stimulates the growth of harmful algae, mold and fungus that eats away and breaks down roofing materials, decreasing the lifespan of your roof and potentially leading to leakage and other damage to your commercial building.

FCI Offers “Soft Wash” to Clean and Protect Your Commercial Roof

With pressure washing considered off-limits to many roof types and materials, FCI Painting uses a “soft wash” cleaning system that is more effective and less damaging than regular roof power washing. Instead of relying on high pressure water, our soft wash utilizes eco-friendly chemicals that treat the mold and algae without damaging the surrounding area’s plant life, and cleans the roof of dirt, grime and stains so that it looks like new.

With more than 20 years of dedicated experience in Florida’s Collier and Lee Counties, FCI Painting’s reputation precedes itself in both commercial painting and pressure cleaning. We guarantee superior results with either service, both of which can help make your business premises look like new, just in time for “Season.”

To learn how FCI Painting can help you prepare for “Season,” and to receive a free quote, contact us today, or give us a call at (239) 435-1001.

Painting Projects for Summertime Fun

FCI Painting in Naples offers assistance for summer projects

With its long days and warm temperatures most people agree that summertime is the season for having fun. It’s also a perfect season for taking care of projects around the house that might otherwise be neglected due to time constraints, weather or other factors.

With that in mind, summer is the perfect time for taking care of those long-neglected or never-considered painting projects. A fresh coat of paint will help brighten up your home and surroundings no matter where applied.

The Home’s Smaller Details and Accessories

Whether a barrier, enclosure or strictly ornamental, many fences help frame their homes. As such, a fresh coat of paint on a fence can serve to help bring out the grandeur of a home, similar to how a good picture frame can draw out a painting or photograph.

Trellises tend to weather quicker than fences, and, as adornments, are often neglected. But a fresh coat of paint on a trellis can definitely help brighten the garden and surrounding yard.

Speaking of weather, door and window trim, along with the doors themselves, tend to weather over time quicker than the rest of a house. Touching up those smaller detail areas between major paint jobs goes a long way in keeping a home looking showroom ready.

While treehouses can hold a special charm, for both children and their parents alike, for some reason many treehouses are considered finished when the last nail has been pounded. Why not give that treehouse the same attention to detail—and color scheme—as the main home?

In a similar vein, perhaps tend to that long-neglected shed with a fresh coat of paint?

Why Not Paint the Cave?

A man’s home may be his castle, but he truly only rules the roost in his man cave. No matter what form of private enclave—be it garage, storage room, or whatever—most men tend to be neglectful of its aesthetics. So what better summertime project than to up your game by personalizing it via a paint job. School colors, favorite sports team colors, hunter’s camouflage, or whatever colors speak to your style might look great on your garage floor, walls, or whatever space serves as your in-home hideaway. In fact, no matter what color scheme you might choose, a new paint job will undoubtedly make your cave the envy of all your cro-magnon, cave-dwelling brethren.

Summer Isn’t Endless

Whatever long-neglected or never-considered painting projects you might have around your home, the professionals at FCI Painting can help you determine the perfect color scheme and knock out any and all painting projects in one fell swoop during these dog days of summer (or anytime else, for that matter). Serving the Naples, Fort Myers and Bonita Springs area, FCI has been helping homeowners beautify their homes and surroundings for more than 20 years. You can learn more about FCI Painting’s talents by perusing our website at FCIPainting.com, or by calling (239) 435-1001.