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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.

How Building Color Can Bring in More Clients

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Make Your Business Stand Out!

When customers visit a business they generally arrive with certain expectations. While courtesy and professionalism are usually tops on that expectation list, in many cases cleanliness can rank equally high. Given that nothing looks cleaner than a fresh coat of paint and that the exterior of your building marks a potential customer’s first impression of the business, maybe it’s time to consider a fresh coat of paint for your business’s exterior.

If your business has a dedicated corporate color scheme, or the building associated with your enterprise has always been the same color, the choice of paint coloring is probably dictated by past decisions. Likewise, if your business has a logo with a specific color scheme, you may need to choose building colors in a way that highlights or matches the logo. However, should your choices be more open, you should carefully consider your building colors, because the colors you choose may help bring in more potential clients and/or lead to more business.

Use Psychology in Choosing Your Building Paint Color

Psychologists have long known that colors can evoke emotional responses in people, and marketers utilize color in their efforts to influence customers. Consider that research has shown that colors can increase brand recognition by 80 percent, and that print ads in color are read more than 40 percent more than similar ads in black and white. Color can even influence the perception of temperature. Walls painted in warm colors, such as orange and red, generally make people think a room is warmer than it actually is, while cold-colored walls, such as blue and green, make people lower their temperature estimates.

People’s perceptions of—and response to—colors can and do vary. Genders display distinct differences in their color preferences, with men generally known to prefer stronger colors, while women tend to prefer softer hues. Distinct cultures may perceive colors and their meaning differently than the mainstream, and individuals may acquire subtle color biases as a result of past experiences.

Psychologists and marketers have developed various rules of thumb with regard to colors and business that may help you determine the right color choices for your building. Let’s consider a few of these rules in relation to the most common colors:

Blue

Known as the most popular color, blue is used in branding by 35 percent of the Forbes list of 100 most valuable brands. Its status as a favorite color is thought to have evolved from the pleasant association we have with seeing the blue sky, or the blue of water. Marketers believe blue is associated with trust, integrity and communication.

Red

Used in branding by 30 percent of the Forbes list of 100 most popular brands, red can send mixed messages. On the one hand it conveys warnings, such as the red in a “Stop” sign, but it can also signify anger, as evidenced by a face reddened by rage, or angering a bull with a red cape. With branding it is thought to connote power and passion.

Green

Green can invoke mixed messages, as well. Your first thought might be that it conveys a sense of nature and regrowth, which is correct, and “green” is all about the environment. In branding It also represents “money,” the pursuit of which can be diametrically opposed to green goals.

Yellow

Yellow is an interesting color in that most people don’t rank it high on their favorite colors list, but those who do like it tend to like it a lot. It is the most visible color one can see in daylight, and, while not popular with the majority of people, is considered a “happy” color.

Orange

Orange is thought to represent high energy, but is also associated with good value.

Tide and other cleaning brands use orange in their branding to suggest industrial strength; while Home Depot’s orange is supposed to be suggestive of good value.

Pink

Considered a kid’s color or effeminate, pink is also believed to have a calming influence. In fact, this influence is believed by some to be energy draining, which is why many sports teams paint their visitor’s locker room pink.

White

While it may not be considered a true color depending upon who you speak to, white is used as a color in branding (and certainly as building colors), though usually to offset other colors. White represents a bright, clean look, though marketers warn that it should not be overused as white can be suggestive of boredom.

Black

Black is not a color, and instead serves to absorb the colors of the visible spectrum. Similar to white, it can be very effective at offsetting other colors. When used in branding it is generally tied to the ideals of luxury and refinement.

Type of Business May Also Guide Color Choice

Ultimately, the type of business you are engaged in will help dictate your color choices as well. Much as toy store owners would not likely paint the exterior of their building black, funeral home proprietors would likely refrain from using a bright red color scheme. A law firm’s building might seem a bit off-putting if painted blue and yellow, but would probably look quite professional in black and white.

If you’re having a hard time choosing the perfect color scheme for your building, it might be time to call in some professional help. Serving the Naples, Fort Myers and Bonita Springs area, FCI Painting has been helping businesses with their interior and exterior painting needs for more than 20 years. You can find us online at https://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.

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.

 

 

Does your home suffer from the most common problems?

According to InterNACHI, The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, roof damage is in the top 3 of most common problems plaguing today’s homeowners. In Florida, with our torrential rains and hurricanes, the roof is arguably the most important aspect of our homes.

Thankfully, FCI painting has over 20 years of experience to use to tackle roofing, and indeed any problem your home might incur.

Roof after Cleaning and Painting
FCI Painting has a tried and true method for the maintenance of your damaged roof. To begin,we blast away the mildew and other dirt or contaminants with an organic cleaning solution. While inspecting the roof for any damage, we might find some old chalky tile glaze or another form of corrosion depending on your roof type, the deterioration caused by our harsh Florida sun. Finally, we finish off with a roof coating which can be any color imaginable, or even the exact same color as your current roof!

Of course, roofing issues aren’t the only home related issue we face.

Roof Cleaning
Does the stonework or concrete around your home have mold, mildew, or dark spots? Often, too many people will attempt to clean their moldy or dirty flagstone, stone, or other delicate stonework with acidic or damaging scouring cleansers. FCI Painting offers a professional, low cost, and fast services, not only for their cleaning services, but for every service they offer. Don’t make the mistakes all too many amateur homeowners fall victim to, ending up costing them more money than having just called the professionals in the first place. Let FCI Painting do the heavy lifting, leaving you with a pristine finished product, every time.
Which common problems in the home do you face?