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2017 PQI Interior Color Forecast

The following article and photos are courtesy of the Paint Quality Institute » original article link

2017 PQI Interior Color Forecast

Spring House, Pa. – Color trends in interior design are frequently fickle, quickly swinging from one side of the spectrum to the other. But for once, forecasters say that a single hue has entrenched itself as the current and future favorite: Gray!

“Gray, in all its variations, has emerged as the overwhelming choice of designers for spaces ranging from home interiors to elegant office settings, and everything in between,” says Debbie Zimmer, color expert for the Paint Quality Institute.

Versatility is the secret to the success of gray, says Zimmer. “Gray is beautiful in its own right, but it is so perfectly neutral that it can work alongside other soft tints or serve as a perfect foil for vibrant accent colors.”

One reason gray is so versatile is that it is not a stark primary color, nor is it typically a simple combination of black and white. What we call “gray” actually refers to a wide range of complex grayish colors that often contain hints of red, green, blue, yellow, or some other hue.

SPPC Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award!!

Announcing our 8th winning of the coveted
Angie’s List Super Service Award!

Taking care of our customers is very important to us! We know every job we do is unique. That is why we offer a personal service that you can’t get with our franchised driven competitors.

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements which include:

  • An “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade.
  • Company must be in good standing with Angie’s List.
  • Owner must pass a background check.
  • Abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
Angie's List 2015 SSA award

“Only about 5 percent of the painting companies in Southeast Michigan have performed  consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Current Super Service Awards
YearCategory
2015Wallpaper Removal
2015Painting­ – Interior
Super Service Awards History
YearCategory
2014Drywall
2014Wallpaper Removal
2014Painting­ – Interior
2012Deck Maintenance
2012Painting­ – Interior
2011Wallpaper Removal
2011Deck Maintenance
2011Painting­ – ­Exterior
2011Painting­ – Interior
2010Painting­ – Interior
2009Drywall
2009Painting­ – Interior
2008Drywall
2008Painting­ – Interior
2007Painting­ – Interior

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What’s Your Neutral: Beige or Gray?

The following article and photos are courtesy of Houzz.com » original article link

When I start a project with a client, one of the first things I like to determine is if they’re more of a beige or a gray. What I mean by that is, nearly all projects need a neutral color that works as a general backdrop, or canvas, that will steer the direction of the design. I generally find that clients gravitate to one neutral more than the other. Selecting a neutral doesn’t mean we won’t use other colors in the space; it just means the palette will start with an underlying neutral tone. People’s preferences for beige or gray tend to trump trends, but one is often trendier than the other. But no matter which one is currently the most popular, beige and gray will always stand the test of time.

2016 Color Forecast: “Chill Out” Colors Are The Hot Picks For 2016

The following article and photos are courtesy of the Paint Quality Institute » original article link

2016 color trends

Off-whites will prevail next year, but very pale blues and greens are also expected to be popular. The lighter, softer color palette – and especially the blue-green hues — will help create a more relaxing environment for busy, hyper-connected homeowners who find more than enough stimulus at work, on the road, and in the other corners of their world.

With wall color trending to the subtle side, the color, pattern, and texture of home furnishings will take on added importance in decor. Well turned out rooms will rely heavily on fabrics and carpeting to impart visual interest. And against lighter walls, artwork will have extra prominence.

Three Little-known Reasons to Favor Acrylic Deck Coatings

The following article and photos are courtesy of the Paint Quality Institute » original article link

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If you had to cite just one reason for the growing popularity of 100% acrylic deck coatings over traditional oil-based products, it would be their durability: Acrylic coatings simply last longer and need to be re-applied less frequently.

That’s certainly a compelling enough reason to favor water-based acrylics for use on decks and other exposed wood. But as with anything else, if you want the complete story, you have to go beyond the headline. And when it comes to the performance advantages of acrylics over oil, there’s plenty to say.

Deck coatings made with 100% acrylic owe their long-lasting performance to a variety of things: exceptional adhesion; flexibility when subjected to changing temperatures or even deck movement underfoot; and resistance to the sun’s damaging UV rays.

But there’s more – performance benefits you’ve likely never heard about that help create and maintain an attractive appearance for your deck. Among these are some coatings characteristics with odd-sounding names: lapping resistance, wet abrasion resistance, and uniform erosion.

Lapping resistance is an application property that is especially important when applying semi-transparent acrylic deck stains. It means that if you overlap your brushstrokes or roller marks during the application, it won’t be very apparent. You’ll still get a consistent-looking finish.

Wet abrasion resistance is related to the fact that 100% acrylic deck coatings dry very quickly. In terms of performance, it means that there is little chance just-applied stain or finish will be accidentally wiped off or washed away in a sudden shower, even if the coating has been in place for only a few minutes.

A third little-known benefit of 100% acrylic coatings is uniform erosion, meaning that as the finish wears, it will do so consistently, rather than in a splotchy manner. Clearly, this is an aesthetic benefit. But it contributes to durability also: A finish that erodes here and there can quickly begin to flake and peel, a problem that can only be corrected by re-finishing the entire deck. This type of failure is very rare for an acrylic coating.

Knowing the whole story about 100% acrylic deck coatings – including these little-known, but very important, performance characteristics — should make it easy to decide what type of coating to use on your outdoor deck. Rather than being put off by the strange names, put on some acrylic deck coatings, and enjoy their wonderful benefits!

Why Acrylic Coatings Are the Best Options for Decks

The following article and photos are courtesy of the Paint Quality Institute » original article link

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If your outdoor deck is looking tired, it may be high time to give it a “pick me up” in the form of a new deck coating. And there’s no better time to refinish a deck than spring, when you can enjoy the fruits of your labor all summer long.

In years past, many homeowners used oil-based or “alkyd” deck stains, but these products have some major shortcomings: for one, they soon become very brittle; and second, they absorb the sun’s harmful UV rays. As a result, oil-based coatings quickly degrade, wear away, and must often be re-applied as often as once a year.

Fortunately, technology has come to the rescue, and manufacturers now offer some far better options in the form of water-based 100% acrylic deck coatings. These products share none of the shortcomings of oil-based coatings, so they not only make a deck look great . . . but, thankfully, they also last much longer.

Debbie Zimmer is paint and color expert at the Paint Quality Institute, which does extensive testing on deck coatings. She explains why 100% acrylic coatings perform so much better than oil-based products:

“Unlike oil-based deck coatings, water-based 100% acrylic coatings form a very flexible protective film that is also highly resistant to UV rays. So, acrylics are really the perfect ‘antidote’ for what ails oil-based deck products,” she says.

“The proof is easy to see on the hundreds of wood test decks we have at our outdoor exposure locations,” she says. “Time after time, the acrylic coatings outperform oil-based coatings, and that’s true on every type of wood, from redwood, cedar and pine, to pressure-treated wood and wood composite deck materials.”

If you like the idea of stretching out the staining cycle on your outdoor deck, then a water-based 100% acrylic coating is the way to go. You can even choose from three popular options, each one offering some specific advantages:

Semi-transparent acrylic stains are lightly pigmented coatings that permit you to either maintain, or change, the color of your wood or composite without hiding its grain or texture. These coatings are water-repellant and contain special ingredients to keep mildew in check. Semi-transparent coatings typically last about 18 months.

Solid color acrylic stains — sometimes referred to as opaque stains — have more pigment than semi-transparent products, so their color tends to obscure the grain of the wood. At the same time, that added pigment provides extra UV protection and better durability, so solid color stains last longer, typically, three to five years.

Wood restoration acrylic coatings are the product of choice for severely weathered and some habitually neglected decks. These are basically super-thick acrylic coatings that actually fill in and conceal cracks and crevices up to ¼-inch deep. Plus, these coatings create a slip-resistant finish that resists future cracking and peeling. As with the other acrylic products, these come in a wide range of attractive colors and offer some mildew protection, too.

“All of these acrylic coatings have excellent adhesion to wood decks and other surfaces, which is another reason they last so long,” says Zimmer. “And unlike oil-based or alkyd coatings, which require solvents for cleanup, you can clean up after applying water-based acrylics with plain soap and water.”

So, unless your idea of a good time is applying another coat of stain, think about using a longer-lasting 100% acrylic coating when your wood deck starts sending out distress signals. You’ll be doing your deck, and yourself, a big favor!

To learn more about acrylic deck coatings, including information on surface preparation and application techniques, visit the Paint Quality Institute website at www.paintquality.com.

A GOOD QAULITY PAINT JOB CAN HELP YOU SELL YOUR HOME

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Over the years I’ve had many, many homeowners ask me if they should paint their house when putting it up for sale. As a homeowner myself, my first impression is no way! And as a painter, I know that for the most part, people repaint as soon as they buy anyway. But… real estate agents will tell you that a good first impression is critically important when selling a home.  Most prospective buyers drive by homes before they go inside. If a house looks poorly maintained, or even uninteresting, they just keep driving! So when it comes to painting this is what you should do:

Exterior

For the exterior there are a few quick fixes that can add curb appeal. Peeling paint can be scraped and touched up; there is no need to re-paint the whole house. Sometimes just power washing can make the exterior look new and updated. Painting the front door, garage door and shutters can update the front of the house and be eye catching. Power washing and re-staining the deck can offer a huge impact.

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Interior

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For the interior repair all cracks, holes, water damage and drywall or plaster imperfections. Buyers don’t want to see signs of a leaking roof or pipe even if they’ve been fixed. Paint all ceilings, closets, previously painted doors, casings, windows and trim, with a white or light color. Closets can be bedpainted after you move. If the walls are in really bad shape you can prime them for the perspective buyers or use a light neutral color throughout. Beige Grays are really hot right now and they go with everything.


Wallpaper

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Remove all wallpaper. Buyers hate wallpaper! Every buyer who has ever called us to remove paper has said, “What were they thinking!” I’ve also had calls from people “thinking” about buying a house but want to know how much it would be to remove all the wallpaper, before they make their decision to buy.

A good looking paint job will show a well-maintained appearance to your home which will give you a great first impression and a definite advantage when selling.

SPPC Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award!!

Angie's List 2014 Super Service AwardWe are proud to announce our 7th winning of the coveted

Angie’s List Super Service Award!

Taking care of our customers is very important to us! We know every job we do is unique. That is why we offer a personal service that you can’t get with our franchised driven competitors.

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements which include:

  • An “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade.
  • Company must be in good standing with Angie’s List.
  • Owner must pass a background check.
  • Abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

“Only about 5 percent of the painting companies in Southeast Michigan have performed  consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

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Moving in? Don’t wait to paint!

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New homeowners often struggle with the decision to paint before or after they move in. There usually isn’t much time between closing and moving in, but most contractors agree that the best time to paint the interior of your new home is before you move in!

Painting is fun and exciting! Immediately painting your new home can add to the excitement of moving in. With the wide range of paint colors available today, you can always find the right color to completely personalize your new rooms. And Tara is always available to help if you need it. Our customers get SO EXCITED when they start to see their new home come to life with the colors they chosen!

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Painting feels good. Adding a new coat of paint makes any home – whether brand new or previously occupied —feel cleaner, fresher, and much more inviting.

Painting empty rooms saves time and expense. The job will take a lot longer if there are items to be moved and protected.  This is by far the best time to paint closets and utility rooms without having to unload them first! Painting empty rooms takes less time so it costs less than painting occupied rooms. Once the major patching, trim work, ceilings and wall coats are on, changing the wall color at a later date can be a snap–even if you do it yourself.

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Do what you can now. If time constraints or budgets are stopping you from painting the whole house–try to at least get all the patching, ceilings and closets done. The trim and walls are accessible by moving the furniture to the center of the room. If all the prep is done they can still be done easily at a later date, one or two rooms at a time.

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STOP WORRYING and get the paint color you really want!

COLOR WHEELAdvances in software have made it easier to match paint colors

I remember back in the day when my Mom was teaching me how to paint we would go to Montgomery Ward to get the paint and it was always an ordeal!  The guy behind the counter was usually overworked and stressed because there were too many customers for him to wait on. Color matching was out of the question! You had to pick off the limited color chart and that was that.

When I started my business in the early 80’s some of the guys at the paint stores had some knowledge of color and after many attempts they were able to get close to the color samples my customers provided.  But it was hit or miss at best.

You’ll still find a few people who pride themselves on matching colors by sight, but most rely on color matching software. “The engineers and technicians who develop these tools have worked to improve the color matching systems so that you can get within a percent or two of a color,” says Debbie Zimmer, a spokesperson for the Paint Quality Institute.  (Her blogs and articles are the best)!

The staff at any paint store  can match just about anything you bring in to them…a piece of fabric, an old paint can, a picture frame, different manufacturers color chips, it’s so easy today. I prefer Sherwin-Williams…they have awesome color tools online:

http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/find-and-explore-colors/?WT.ac=SEGDIY%20Primary%20Promo%20Left%20Find%20And%20Explore%20Color

and they have trained color consultants at some of the stores and always have time to help with matching.

The easiest way to pick your colors is to call Speed Pro Painting!

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