The Ins and Outs of Getting Your Roof Cleaned

FCI Painting gives you the answers to Your Questions about Roof Cleaning

How often do you actually think about your roof? So long as it’s doing it’s job, probably not all that much. However, this is a major oversight for most homeowners, because taking a few steps to ensure your roof stays in top condition is far easier than repairing any damage that occurs from neglect.

For this reason, it’s important to keep your roof clean. Not only will it add to the value and the aesthetics of your home, a clean roof is a higher quality roof, and taking the time to give it the best care you can will ensure your roof will keep you comfortably covered for years to come.

Why You Need To Take Roof Care Seriously

There’s no single reason why it’s important to perform regular maintenance on your roof, but the following reasons all taken together should be all the proof you need to take the cleanliness of your roof a little more seriously.

    • Protection From Humid Climates: Most Florida homes are no stranger to heat and humidity, and if your roof is shaded throughout the day by large trees, the odds are good that your roof is home to plenty of algae, mold and mildew that will weaken the structure over time.
    • Smarter Home Maintenance: According to experts, it’s important to wash your roof every two years or so, meaning that roof care should be part of your household maintenance routine. Consistent cleanings help prevent grime from grabbing a foothold, which keeps your shingles looking fresh and new.
    • Better For Your Health: You probably don’t realize it, but dirty roofs are a breeding ground for a host of nasty allergens like mold, pollen and mildew, meaning that your breathing troubles might be made worse because of the state of your roof. If you want to take the health of your family seriously, it’s a smart idea to get it regularly cleaned.

Should You Get Your Roof Pressure Washed?

By far, the easiest way to get your roof cleaned is to pressure wash it. However, before you go out calling the first roofing company you can find in the phone book, there are some things you should know about the risks involved with pressure washing.

Understanding the Risks

If you leave your roof cleaning to non-experts, it’s all too easy for your roof to come away damaged. Too harsh of water pressure can strip the paint or protective coating right off the roof, it can and break apart the protective coating that helps your roof reflect sunlight. Without the careful attention of an expert, it’s easy for the tiles or shingles on your roof to get damaged during pressure washing. For this reason, it’s absolutely essential to trust the well-being of your roof with an expert.

Choosing The Right Company For the Job

For those that live in the Naples, FL area, the search for a top quality roof care company couldn’t be easier. FCI painting has been a staple company in the region for over twenty years, and we provide the best roof cleaning service you can find that leaves you without any hassle.

Don’t let the state of your roof get out of control; contact FCI painting today! You can find us online at https://fcipainting.com/ or by calling us at (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!

The Benefits of Painting Your Garage Floor

Painting Concrete Floors by FCI Painting

Your garage goes through a lot over the years, from dirt and dust to car fluid spills to pet dander to frequent exposure to the outside world. Not many people stop to think about the condition of their garage floors, but if you spend a lot of time in your garage, you’ve probably noticed that it could use a little sprucing up. Whether you own a residential or commercial garage, your concrete floors would benefit from some extra love. Painting and sealing your floor is one of the quickest ways to bring life back into your garage.

Why Paint Is Great for Concrete

Painting the concrete floors in your garage may not seem like a necessity. After all, it’s just concrete. But there are several reasons why painting your garage floor is a great idea.

  • Spills are bound to happen, even in the garage. Painted concrete is more resistant to spills, preventing stains and making clean up much easier.
  • Extreme dust build-up will also be a thing of the past if you decide to paint your garage floor. The paint makes it harder for dust to stick, and cleaning any dust that does accumulate will be as easy as a quick sweep through the garage.
  • The right color of paint will give your garage a unique look. Say goodbye to that drab gray concrete and say hello to a garage with character. Who says your garage can’t be as beautiful and welcoming as the rest of your home?
  • Besides easier clean up and aesthetic appeal, painting your concrete garage floor also adds an important element of protection for you home. The paint acts as a layer of insulation against heat and cold, which diminishes the chances of your floor cracking due to changes in temperature.

Your Paint Options

There are a few different options you can choose from when you paint your garage floor. Stains are a very popular choice for concrete. Water based stains are used to penetrate the concrete and create a new, permanent color. Your color options with stains are almost unlimited. Whether you want a subtle color for your garage floor or something bold and totally unique, there is a stain for you. Dyes are another option, and they come in both solvent and water formulas. Dyes tend to produce deeper color saturation and they can create a range of effects, from chemical stains to marbling to a solid, bright color. You could also go with a simple sealer, which will protect your concrete floor from damage while providing you with a subtle tint.

Epoxy Coating

The final step in the painting process is the epoxy coating. Your beautifully painted garage floor will look brand new for years to come when you choose to finish with an epoxy coating. The coating dries completely in about a day, won’t discolor, fade, or crack, and is resistant to impact damage, chemicals, scratching, and tire marks. It’s a great way to ensure the protection of your floor while adding a glamorous shine to your garage.

We Care About Your Floor

If you’re looking to revamp your garage floor, call FCI Painting today at (239) 435-1001. Our talented team is dedicated to customer satisfaction, and we can’t wait to assist you with all your painting needs!

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.

Maintaining the wood on your Dock or Deck

Weather Proofing your Dock or Deck with Stain and WaterproofingFlorida allows us to live outdoors and draws us to its beautiful waters all year round. Waterfront living is bountiful and so are the docks and decks. Entertaining friends and family on an outdoor deck or dock is a source of endless fun by all, including; boating, fishing, sunning, dining, parties or just relaxing and enjoying the view. Maintenance of that deck or dock means the party safely continues.

It is tricky to maintain the beauty of your decks original wood finish. The sun, sea and harsh summer storms can wear out the original wood finish sooner than you might think possible. It is not only important to maintain your wood deck for its beauty, it is imperative to conduct routine maintenance for safety reasons. Check all the bolts, nuts, nails and other metal fasteners for rust or corrosion. To keep your friends and family safe you will also need to replace splintered or dried-out wood slats as soon as possible.

Professional Deck Maintenance

Consult with a professional in your town regarding proper maintenance techniques which are suitable and ecologically healthy for your environment. You will want to be responsible and take care when choosing cleaning products and choose waterproof products that are also environmentally-friendly, especially if your dock is over the water. Most homeowners find they can’t quite replicate the results a professional can provide when they are ready to stain, paint, or otherwise refurbish a tired outside deck.

The Advantages of Deck and Dock Staining

Dock owners find a greater return on their investment with scheduled routine maintenance which includes cleaning of the wood planks and staining or waterproofing. Scheduled maintenance of your wood decking rather than having to replace wood planks tends to be less expensive and less disruptive to your outdoor lifestyle. Typically, deck staining prevents against the growth of mold and aging as well as damage caused by insects and other termites. Staining not only adds a decorative flair to your deck it also increases the lifespan of your deck by protecting it from sun damage like bleaching.

Signs That the Wood on a Deck or Dock Needs Maintenance

  • You can visibly see fading of the wood stain
  • It develops a bleached out look
  • Water is no longer beading off

Some stains and sealants are used to waterproof while some are for sealing. Some stains serve the dual purpose of both waterproofing and sealing. What is the difference, what are their applications, and which should you use on your deck?

Sealing the Wood on Your Deck or Dock

Sealing stains work by penetrating the wood to act as a shield against moisture. Moisture will inevitably cause mold and algae to sink into and harm the integrity of the wood. Following a sanding or power wash, a sealant stain is applied to the deck. Once it has been applied and allowed to cure, the stain will prevent excessive buildup of moisture and keep out harmful contaminants like mold and fungus.

Waterproofing the Wood on Your Deck or Dock

Waterproofing and sealing are fundamentally different. While some sealers provide waterproofing, a coat developed for the purpose of waterproofing is ideal for a deck that comes into contact with significant amounts of moisture.  As a rule of thumb to determine if your deck requires waterproofing, you should flick water onto the wood, if the drops are absorbed, your deck needs to be waterproofed.

Hiring a Professional

Consider hiring a professional deck maintenance painting contractor to handle the preparation, staining, and painting of your dock or deck. FCI Painting located in Naples, Florida has extensive experience painting, staining, and maintaining the appearance and integrity of outdoor decks. In Naples, we know that the sun, wind, and rain can take a heavy toll on our outdoor wood finishes. Thankfully, deck and dock maintenance can help alleviate the damage caused by the year round sun. To protect your deck from the elements and increase the value of your home, give FCI Painting a call today at 239-435-1001.

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.