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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.

Hire an Experienced Commercial Painting Company

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Commercial painting contracts represent a responsibility to the contractor or hiring company to abide by city, county and state regulations. These rules and regulations are in place to protect all parties concerned. A busy commercial property means an increase in risk and therefore should only allow properly licensed and experienced contractors to get the work done safely and according to commercial standards.

What is the difference between “just a painter” and a professional commercial painter? The answer is equipment experience, safety training, licensing and insurance and so much more.

License & Insurance

The state of Florida does not offer a license specially for Painting Contracting, however you will find that most reputable commercial painting companies will have a licensee who is state certified as a General Contractor, as an extra measure of commitment to excellence. Even with a state CGC license, most often individual cities or counties will require an extra license to be filed if work is to be performed within its boundaries. All necessary licensing should be provided prior to job commencement.

Risk mitigation begins with the obtaining the proper insurance. Both worker’s compensation and general liability are mandatory in the state of Florida for any type of contracting work. Individual commercial projects may also require specific limits or to be listed as additionally insured depending on that particular project requirements.

Equipment & Safety

A commercial painting contractor must be prepared to make a large investment in machinery & equipment when taking on a larger commercial project. Along with this investment in capital comes an investment in training in all aspects of equipment operation to ensure personal & job safety. Safety is paramount on larger commercial projects, which means all equipment needs to be operated within OSHA safety Requirements.

The types of equipment you might see on a commercial painting project include but are not limited to:

  • Gas powered airless sprayers capable of producing and applying paint at 2 gallons per minute (GPM). Gas powered machines are more suitable as power may not be readily available.
  • Large spray tips and extension wands are a valuable part of the equipment inventory.
  • Commercial painters also require cleaning equipment like large gas powered pressure cleaners an ideal machine will produce up to 4000psi and 4 GPM of water and chemicals to properly prepare the surfaces for the paint application.
  • Lift equipment including scissor lifts and boom lifts as a majority of the work is to be completed at high elevations.

Hire a Licensed and Insured Commercial Painting Contractor

Protect your commercial property or project by hiring an expert team of experienced commercial painters. FCI Painting is a licensed and insured painting contractor located in Naples, Florida. Call (239) 435-1001 for an estimate today. We are dedicated to customer satisfaction!

Florida Home Revival Guide

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Florida summers are extremely HOT and WET! If you are like most year-round residents you wait until the Fall to walk around your home to inspect for damage and start to plan any needed clean up. The harsh summers filled with extreme heat and rain wreaks havoc on our homes. Overlooked maintenance can have long term effects on your home’s appearance and structure. It is important to do a thorough check for mold and mildew and check your roof, siding and decking for any needed repairs.

Florida’s winter season is a busy time in Southwest Florida as our northern neighbors return to their second homes here in the sunshine state. The community gets prepared for a busy schedule of fun-filled activities. The holidays and social events mean more entertaining outside. Here are a few reasons why you need to plan your Florida home annual maintenance.

Outdoor Entertaining

Finally, we can open up the lanai and spend time outdoors. Boating and lying out by the pool in the beautiful Florida winter months are a dream. In order to be comfortable inviting over guests you will first need to consider cleaning up the lanai, pool area and all outdoor entertaining areas. Consider power washing to remove bugs, spider webs, dirt, mold and mildew. Once the dirt and grim is removed you may notice that the summer months have worn out the finish on your deck or house. Make the old look new by resurfacing concrete decks and re-painting pool cages.

Annual Maintenance

As the winter residents return they will find out that many of their neighbors have already completed their annual home maintenance projects. These maintenance tasks are important not only for beautification but to maintain a sound structure. Consider hiring a contractor to perform an annual maintenance inspection on your home. Small annual clean-up and repair projects now can save you a lot in the future.

Roof

Don’t neglect your roof just because you can’t see it. Schedule a roof cleaning and consider roof sealing when needed.

Pool Area

Make this season a splash by cleaning up the pool area. The pool cage is a trap for bugs and spider webs. Start by power washing and cleaning up the entire area. Don’t just replace the broken screens; consider the appearance of the cage itself. A pool deck clean and coating application can make a big difference on its appearance.

Curb Appeal

Are you expecting a return on your Florida home investment at some point in the future? Since most of us would answer YES to this question, we all need to be aware of Curb Appeal. Your home should be maintained as well as or better than your neighbor’s home. Investing in repainting the outside of your home can mean an immediate improvement in curb appeal.

Realtors and investors who are getting ready for a sale or re-rental understand the benefit of dressing up the exterior of the home for a great first impression. Outside clean-up like pressure cleaning and re-painting presents a visible acknowledgment that the home has been taken care of.

Contact a Professional Painting Company

If you are considering annual home maintenance projects in Naples, Florida, contact Naples’ leading paint professionals at FCI Painting. Call (239) 435-1001 or contact us online.

Never Power Wash Your Roof Again – Here’s Why!

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If you aren’t familiar with soft washing, you should be! This system was designed to be minimally invasive and significantly more effective than a traditional roof power washing. If you’ve had pressure washing before – prepare to be amazed at the efficacy and ease of this incredible system. This treatment is available in almost any climate, from the humidity of Florida to the arid air of Arizona. But what exactly makes soft wash different? Instead of potentially damaging your roof with the powerful water pressure it takes to clean it, soft washing is a gentle chemical alternative that treats for mold and algae and leaves your roof cleaner than ever.

What Exactly Is Low Pressure Cleaning?

Regardless of where you live, you have dirt, dust, and mold growing on your roof. Organic material like leaves and soil accumulate in the nooks and crannies of your roof. While traditional power washing uses a high psi to remove the surface of the mold and algae, it does not solve or treat the underlying problem.

Similar to how a gardener treats their plants to prevent bugs and harmful fungi, soft wash utilizes a gentle cleaning solution that kills the unwanted organic life hiding in your roof. Additionally, soft wash leaves behind an inhibitor that helps to prevent the growth of new fungus and mold. Where traditional pressure washing will damage your roof and fail to treat the entire problem, soft washing shines as a quick and effective treatment to clean and protect your home.

You may be asking yourself, how does power washing damage my roof? It can damage it in a few ways. One way is that it may strip the paint or protective coatings that prevent weathering. Additionally, it can break down or destroy important parts of your roof that deflect heat from the sun. Most homeowners have what is known as a composition roof. Typically, a composition roof includes a warning from the manufacturer against any aggressive cleaning of the surface. Overall, improper pressure washing on your roof could lead to the breakdown and erosion of the roofing material.

Is It Dirt…Or Something Else?

Those dark streaks on your roof likely are not only dirt. Those are most likely a bacteria known as Gleocapsa Magma and are the leading cause of roof stains in the United States. Organisms that live on your rooftop wreak havoc on your roofing materials by breaking down and decomposing them. In states like Florida, soft washing has seen a meteoric rise in popularity because hot and humid climates are where your destructive rooftop organisms like to thrive. Many of these organisms are able to feed on the material that your roofing is made out of. In fact, a typical shingle contains limestone, which contains nutrients that mildew and bacteria are able to grow and populate more of your roof.

There is some good news, these annoying bacteria can be removed safely with the use of the soft wash!

What Can Algae and Fungus Do To My Roof?

Besides the discoloration of shingles and other roofing materials, these harmful fungus and molds can do more damage to your roof than you may have believed possible. As mentioned above, the bacteria known as Gloecapsa Magma can thrive on surfaces like wood, concrete, and even aluminum! As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to know exactly what these little pests are capable of. Gloecapsa Magma will create a miniature ecosystem for itself and will produce an acidic waste that is powerful enough to destroy the materials around it, further allowing the bacteria to flourish.

Another common form of contaminant that can live on your roof is a blue-green algae. Some of these are known as “nitrogen fixing algae.” What this means is that they are able to subsist in environments that would otherwise be unable to support life. This blue-green menace creates a root system for itself and once attached to your roof or surface, the root system will begin to break down the area by creating cracks and fissures.

Spray and Forget!

Soft washing goes beyond a surface treatment. A soft wash will eliminate destructive bacteria and mold while preventing new growth from occurring. It is an incredibly simple process – a trained professional uses a soft wash system to evenly coat your roof with a powerful mixture of bacteria and mold fighting chemicals. The next step is easy – forget! Gone are the days of an invasive and loud power wash that damages your roof and doesn’t treat the mold. Welcome to the future of total roof cleaning with the soft wash system.

Choosing the Right Company

Finding a company that provides your home with the soft wash it deserves can be difficult. There are many contractors out there that claim to soft wash your roof, but will use bleach, or simply use a lower psi on a standard pressure washer. That’s why you should call FCI Painting! We deliver an incredible cleaning solution to your roof with minimal hassle to you and your home. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

You can find us online at https://fcipainting.com/ or by calling us at (239) 435-1001.

 

 

The Difference Between an Amateur and a Professional Painter

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It is a common for a homeowner to look at the new paint job on their home and think “I could have done that.”  With the right tools, years of experience and effort, you could approximate the quality of a professional painter, but it is surprisingly difficult. When you hire a first class house painting company, you are hiring specialized equipment and expertise that can be the difference between an acceptable job and a work of art.

The foremost difference between professional painters and weekend do-it-yourselfers is the care and precision that goes into preparing the painting surface.  Most DIYers jump ahead to the actual painting without cleaning, stripping and priming the surface.  High quality painters will actually spend the majority of the time prepping the surface by using repairing imperfections, smoothing rough areas or pressure washing. Amateur painters fail to realize that a well-prepared surface will not only adhere the paint for a longer period of time, but will also produce a more aesthetically pleasing result.

Professionals are unwilling to sacrifice quality for a few dollars.  Many amateurs will often substitute cheaper materials in an effort to save a little money, but professionals understand that the right materials provide that little extra in quality which will elevate the project. For example, many people unknowingly use masking tape instead of painter’s tape, without realizing that painter’s tape provides sharper edges to the final result.  Trust a professional to know the difference between a cost saving and a reduction in quality.

Another important consideration is the cost savings of hiring a professional.  There is some critical equipment that most DIYers do not purchase—or purchase the wrong kind—that a professional knows is essential for a first rate job.  These include top-tier paints, primers, tarps, paint scrapers, masks or goggles.  For an exterior painting, professionals will utilize pressure washers, sanders and scaffolding which can be very expensive for a one-time job.

Professionals are much more likely to safely complete a project than an amateur.  No paint project is worth a serious injury, so hiring experienced painters that are insured is almost always the right way to go for a sizable paint job. Even for small, interior paint jobs, it is wiser to hire skilled professionals; most injuries while painting involve falls from 2’-6’ stepladders.

The final issue you should consider prior to taking on a paint project yourself is the amount of time required. Most professional painting companies will use an entire team of specialists that can rapidly complete the project, producing minimal disruption to your family.  Not only will it take you considerably longer to complete the same job, you are likely to run into delays if you make a mistake or fail to properly plan the job.  During this extended period, your family and visitors will have to endure malodorous paint products, obstacles, and paint mishaps.

If you are considering painting  your home, office or building, contact Naples’ leading paint professionals at FCI Painting.  Call (239) 435-1001 or contact us online.

The Life of a Paintbrush

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If you are preparing to paint your home or business, you want a new look that will POP! Part of producing a stunning, new look is working with first-rate materials.  You have probably given a lot of thought to the colors and types of paint you want to work with, but you should also carefully consider the paintbrushes you use.  With the right paintbrush, you can achieve a creamy, smooth texture that will appeal to the eye as well as the touch, and last for years.

Depending on the quality of your paintbrush, their lifespan can range from a few days up to three to four years! For the standard interior paint brush, there are two types of bristles: synthetic materials—like nylon or polyester—and natural hair.

The lifetime of a paintbrush often depends on the material the paintbrush is being used to spread. For example, the higher quality, natural bristle brushes work best when used with enamels or topcoats (these should never be used with latex-based paints). On the other hand, synthetic brushes will typically hold their shape better and can be used to paint with nearly any material.

While they may be expensive initially, we recommend premium polyester paintbrushes because, with proper care and maintenance, they will last an extended period of time.

Average Lifespan

  • Natural Brushes – Made with natural animal hair and used for applying oil-based paints, natural brushes can last 3-5 years with proper care.
  • Blended Synthetic Brushes – These brushes are easy to clean and maintain, especially when working with latex paint. These brushes are typically made of nylon and polyester, which offers premium durability and excellent shape retention. These brushes should last you 2-3 years with proper care.
  • Polyester Brushes – Ideally used with latex paint, these brushes will retain their stiffness and shape with almost every paint and will apply evenly and smoothly. With regular maintenance, these brushes should last 6 months to a year.

The lifespan of your paintbrush can be greatly extended with the proper care and maintenance, regardless of what kind of brush you use! We recommend using soap and water on latex brushes and mineral spirits on natural oil brushes.

Paintbrush Maintenance

Oil Paints

You should always make sure that you’re closely following the manufacturer’s instructions when cleaning your brushes. Typically, the instructions will ask you to use a specific cleaner or solvent. To clean with a solvent, you should pour it into a container that will easily accommodate the brush—a very clean, used paint can works well. After pouring it into your container, work the thinner throughout the bristles by dipping it in the container repeatedly until the excess paint has come off. If necessary, spin the brush a few times until no material remains on the bristles.

Latex Paints

Latex paints are less difficult to clean off. These paints can easily come off with a mixture of warm water and dish soap. Clean the brush by dipping it into the mixture and working the soapy water into the bristles with your hands, followed by a rinse of clear water. Repeat the process if necessary.

Tools & Gadgets

Paint Brush Comb

After you’ve washed your brushes, you may still find yourself with some dried paint on the bristles. This is where a brush comb comes in handy. The comb is especially useful because it allows you to carefully remove dried paint without damaging the bristles. Just a few strokes with a paint brush comb, and your brush will be virtually like new!

Brush Spinner

You should never leave your brush with water on it as it can cause your bristles to warp. A brush spinner is a great solution to this problem. Once you’re done cleaning and combing your brushes, toss them into the spinner for a perfect dry.

FCI Painting Has You Covered

Painting may seem easy, but for an error-free, high quality result, you should hire an expert team like FCI Painting. Our painting company has been giving homes the perfect makeover for years! Whether you’re painting the interior or need a fresh coat on the exterior, give us a call at (239) 435-1001 or use our contact form online.