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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.

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.

Choosing a Color for an Accent Wall

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Spring into Color!

A change of season calls for a special round of cleaning, and sometimes seeing your home in new light makes you want to do something different. If you’re looking for a change but aren’t ready to commit to a large-scale renovation project, painting an accent wall is an easy way to freshen up a room. Accent walls contrast against the other three walls in a room to create a powerful sightline that can easily make a room feel bigger and more dramatic.

However, achieving a successful accent wall isn’t quite as easy as slapping your favorite color of paint on the wall of your choosing. Talk to other homeowners and you’re sure to meet a few who found that their accent wall attempts were met with disaster. Getting an accent wall exactly right requires paying close attention to color, design and layout, and without taking the time to plan your wall, you’ll find yourself with a room that loses its sense of theme.

For finding success with your accent wall, follow the suggestions in this guide.

Easy Accent Wall Mistakes to Avoid

The first step in painting an accent wall is choosing which wall to paint. Many people make the mistake of automatically choosing the first wall they see when walking in a room. While this strategy often works, it’s important to take other factors into consideration, too. For example, it’s not smart to have an accent wall if it’s going to have visual competition from another wall. If you have a fireplace or large picture frames on one of your walls, making another wall an accent wall will only make the room feel busy.

It’s also important to ensure your accent wall fits the color theme of the surrounding room. Without simple ways of tying the color theme into the rest of the décor, it will get lost in the overall design. Sometimes it helps to review a sample gallery to gather design ideas for your own home.

Best Tips for Success

To successfully choose which wall to make an accent wall, you can follow these suggestions.

  • Choose a solid wall: Accent walls are typically solid without any windows or doors. It’s okay to make an exception for a truly stunning view or window frame, though.
  • Make sure it’s the natural focal point: Look around the room for what first captures your attention. Do you have a plant, painting or even piece of furniture you want to highlight? Making the wall behind it an accent wall will ensure it stands out.
  • Don’t let the wall be too bare: A well-balanced design requires proper furniture placement around your accent wall. Make sure your furniture arrangement fits the flow of the room without leaving your accent wall looking like an island on its own.
  • Choose a short wall: To make a rectangular room look longer, make the short wall farthest from the entry the accent wall. This draws attention and makes the room feel more square.

Choosing the right Color for an Accent Wall

When it comes to designing an accent wall, color can make all the difference. If your room is naturally a little featureless, making one wall a vivid color can add visual interest. Conversely, if you’re looking to keep a soft and unobtrusive vibe, you can paint one wall a few shades darker than the room’s main color.

It’s also important to decide if you want your accent wall to be a warm or cool color. Warm colors (like orange, yellow and red) tend to pull the wall towards your eye, which makes a space feel smaller and cozier- a good choice for long, narrow rooms. In contrast, cool colors like green, blue and purple pull the eye away and make rooms feel larger, an easy trick to trick yourself into thinking you have more square footage than you do!

Getting an Expert on the Paint Job

An accent wall may be an easy way to give your house an update, but you don’t need to be the one doing the dirty work. If you’re ready to call in the services of a professional painting company, FCI Painting can do the job for you. To book an appointment, you can find us online at https://fcipainting.com/ or by calling (239) 435-1001.

Redecorating with Wallpaper: Can You Paint Over it?

FCI Painting Tips for Decorating with Wallpaper

Looking for an easy way to modernize your dated home décor? Consider getting some new paint on those walls. Wallpaper that was the height of elegance 15 years ago is only dragging down your style aesthetic today, so opting for a fresh coat of paint will go a long ways towards transforming your space. But is taking down wallpaper worth the effort? Most people dread the idea of spending hours stripping old wallpaper off their walls, so they delay home improvement projects for years on end. However, this is hardly necessary. Prepping wallpaper to paint over it is possible, so long as you take the time to do it right.

You Can Paint Wallpaper, But Strip When You Can

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not always a décor faux pas to paint over wallpaper. Sometimes, it even makes sense. Not only can painting over wallpaper save you money and hours of prep work, it’s sometimes a smart choice for the durability of your walls. However, most homeowners shouldn’t paint over their wallpaper, so keep reading to learn if layering paint onto preexisting paper is a smart choice for your situation.

You should always attempt to strip your wallpaper before deciding to paint over it. The reasons for this are simple. First, paint usually looks better when put on a stripped wall. Otherwise, you risk seams from the wallpaper showing though, and raised designs may be emphasized with a coat of paint. Painting over wallpaper may also pose problems in the long run, as peeling paper will take your paint job off with it too and make frequent touchups a necessity. This means that it’s important to strip your paper before painting when you can, as the process of stripping painted over wallpaper is much more difficult.

When to Paint Over Wallpaper

Sometimes, stripping wallpaper won’t work for your walls. If any of the following conditions describe your home, you might be better off painting over your paper instead.

    • Too many paper layers: If your walls have multiple layers of paper on them, stripping off every layer yourself might be impossible and leave the walls an uneven texture in the process.
    • Minimal Time: Stripping wallpaper can be a drag, so if you’re on a tight renovation schedule, painting over the paper is a time saving option.
    • Crumbling drywall:  Taking wallpaper off drywall sometimes leaves it damaged and crumbling, so keeping it in place on older walls will ensure they stay intact.

How to Paint Over Wallpaper

If you decide to paint over your wallpaper, it is crucial that you carefully prepare your walls to prevent the result from looking shabby. Look over your walls, remove any loose paper in sight, and restore damage spots from nail holes. By taking the time to get your wall is as smooth as possible, you will get the best result.

Next, add a thin line of clear caulk around the edges of your wall, paying special attention to the places were the paper meets the floor and ceiling. This seals the edges and prevents the paper from peeling after it’s been painted.

After the wallpaper is secured, cover it in a coat of oil-based primer. This seals the adhesive in the paper and keeps it away from the moisture in the paint, which is otherwise likely to cause it to bubble or peel.

Once the primer is fully dry, inspect for gaps in the wallpaper seams these may need to be skimmed with drywall compound, sanded and re primed then you can paint your walls like normal.

 

When it’s time to call a professional painter

Feeling overwhelmed with the scope of your painting project? It might be time to call in some professional help and use the services of a painting company like FCI Painting. FCI Painting will never take the easy route on your renovation project and will strip off years of old wallpaper to give your walls a fresh look. You can find us online at https://fcipainting.com/ or by calling (239) 435-1001.