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Best Season for Interior and Exterior Painting Around Lake Minnetonka

Why fall is the best season for interior and exterior painting?

Fall is an amazing season for many different reasons including the comfortably warm but cool, crisp weather, which is perfect for tackling some of those home improvement projects.

Do you have any last minute interior or exterior project that you’d like to tackle before winter comes? Well, it’s not to late to contact your favorite Lake Minnetonka painting contractors at M Carlson Painting.

Interior painting

It is often assumed that painting can only be done during warm weather, but autumn and winter are some of the best seasons for tackling interior painting projects.

Fall and winter are typically slower seasons for painting contractors, which means you’re more likely to get a better bid if you tackle your interior painting projects during these seasons rather than during the busy summer months.

What makes autumn and winter the best seasons for interior painting?

During these seasons it’s easier to control and regulate the temperatures that are required for optimal paint drying conditions compared to exterior projects. Ideally paint should be applied at 60 degrees Fahrenheit and shouldn’t drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Compared to exterior painting projects, these temperatures can be easily controlled by utilizing your central heating system. It is suggested that homeowners turn up their thermostat to about 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit before painting crews arrive, and keep it there for approximately 36 hours after they’ve finished.

Fall and winter are also great seasons to do interior painting projects because there’s less humidity in the air compared to the summer months.

If the humidity is too high, paint had trouble drying, which is why it’s important to check and set your thermostat properly before starting any interior painting project. The optimal range for humidity for interior painting jobs is between 40 to 50 percent.

Running a heater and dehumidifier, in addition to turning up your central heating system, will ensure that your paint dries perfectly.

It is also important to remember to have proper ventilation when your painting contactors are doing an interior painting job during the fall and winter. Opening up a few windows will help, but you don’t need to open up every window in a room your painting in to ensure proper ventilation.

Opening up a few windows for air circulation is especially important if your painting contractors are working with enamel paint, which provides a hard, glossing and opaque finish.

Using a fan will also provide extra air circulation, but make sure it’s clean and free of dust and other particles, which can land on the paint and get stuck.

Exterior painting

Autumn is one of the last seasons of the year where exterior painting projects can be done. Late spring and summer are typically the seasons when you want to be doing exterior painting, but these projects can still be done through October, depending on the weather.

A general rule of thumb for exterior painting is that the ambient temperature must not drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but some premium paints can be applied to as low as 35 degrees Fahrenheit.

Oil-based paint can be applied when the temperatures are between 40 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit and latex between 50-85 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fall is also a great time to complete those exterior painting projects because the humidity is lower, which allows the paint to dry properly. Optimal relative humidity levels for exterior painting tend to be between 40 to 70 percent.

Whatever the time of year, M. Carlson Painting is ready to help you with a variety of commercial or home improvement projects.

A Painting Contractor Helps Make Sprucing Up Your Home for Summer Easy and Fun

With summer having just arrived, now is the perfect time to spruce up your home and increase its curb appeal with a fresh paint job. Winter is hard on your home’s exterior paint, making summer the ideal season to lighten the feel of your home with a new coat of paint on your exterior siding, shutters and doors.

Working with a painting contractor can help you turn a potentially stressful exterior residential painting job into an exciting process, as your professional contractor will handle all the details including:

  • Preparation of all surfaces for proper application of your home’s new paint
  • Calculating the amount of paint needed
  • Purchasing all the necessary supplies
  • Applying the paint in a timely and professional manner
  • Completing all of the cleanup for you

Your job will be to allow your creative side to flow freely and visualize which colors would make you feel the very best as you look at your home from the curb upon returning home each day.

Additional Services Can Be Completed by Your Contractor

Your painting contractor is likely to offer additional services that will also increase the appeal of your home’s exterior. Power washing is a service that can transform a home that appears old due to dingy vinyl siding into one that appears to have had a complete exterior makeover with sparkling clean siding. Decks and fences as well as additional outdoor fixtures can be cleaned and varnished or enameled to create the vibrant freshness around your home.

Indoor residential painting can also be completed by your professional painting contractor and can turn an otherwise drab indoor setting into a place of relaxation and peace. If you have never hired a professional to complete a residential painting job, you will likely be pleasantly surprised at just how smoothly and quickly the whole process generally flows, leaving you to simply enjoy the fruits of your decision to spruce up your home.

As you complete your home’s preparation for summer, don’t forget to plant those extra flowers, change out your curtains, add a new outdoor walkway, and perhaps create a new outdoor living space surrounding a fountain or other attractive fixture. By investing in your home’s appearance and increasing its curb appeal, you will not only give your spirit a lift but also be prolonging the life of your home’s shutters and doors with a fresh paint job.

Green Cleanup – Tips to Decrease Your Environmental Impact

Considering Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd, it’s time to review how you can decrease your environmental impact by using non-toxic painting tools and properly disposing of your household paint. For starters, think about how paint jobs or home cleanups performed with natural products or a painting contractor certified by the EPA can both serve as greener solutions.

Even for those who need to clean up graffiti on building facades, there are options such as SodaClean, which only uses specially formulated baking soda pellets to effectively remove paint and grime from buildings. It’s a cleaning solution that leaves no toxic residue and does a wonderful job of cleaning buildings of unsightly graffiti.

Many people often don’t know what to do with their paint after they’re finished using it. While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a number of laws governing the proper disposal of paint, you should always check with local authorities or a paint contractor to learn about proper disposal guidelines and protocols in your area.

The most environmentally friendly way to dispose of leftover paint is to donate it to community and religious organizations, or even just a neighbor who might need it. Also consider keeping the paint and looking for touch-up jobs around the house. Over the course of time, dings and marks in your paint are sure to arise, and you’ll be happy you didn’t throw that paint out.

Approximately 90 percent of the house paint sold in the country is latex water-based paint and poses some of the biggest recycling problems. Many assume that water-based paint is safe to dispose of while oil-based paint poses a hazard. However, both paints contain hazardous materials that can contaminate groundwater.

To properly dispose of these paints, you should bring them to a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility for proper disposal. However, you can throw this paint out in the normal trash if it is completely solid. In most areas of the country, acrylic paint can generally be disposed of in a plastic bag with normal trash. Leave the lid open and let the paint dry. You can also consider adding some kitty litter inside to speed up the drying process.

Also be sure that your paint is not manufactured prior to 1977, as it will likely contain lead. Acrylic water-based paint made before 1992 will also have mercury in it, considered a heavy toxic metal. Both of these paints should be brought to a HHW facility and you should especially not use lead paint under any circumstance.

Remember that M Carlson is an EPA lead-safe certified painting contractor that offers a wide-range of environmentally friendly solutions for all of your painting needs. We believe that by following these tips, you will help make sure toxic paint isn’t leaking into your drinking water and soiling your community.


Repainting? Hidden Hazards You Don’t Want To Overlook

Spring is right around the corner, are you considering freshening up your space with a fresh coat of paint? If you own an older home or business, it is probable that lead paint was used in the original construction. If you are concerned that your home or business contains lead paint it’s important to find the right painting contractor to assess the situation.

M Carlson is an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm servicing Minneapolis and all surrounding areas and we have a team of painting contractors who will come to your home or business to check for lead paint toxicity.

Lead paint dust can leach into your environment without your knowledge. Sanding a wall painted with lead paint without proper protection is dangerous and should only be done by a professional.

After years of painting with lead-based paints, it was discovered that lead causes numerous, detrimental health problems. Lead-based paints must be removed from any homes or businesses in order to keep the air quality safe for humans.

High levels of lead in the bloodstream can lead to significant central nervous system problems, convulsions, coma and possibly death. Young children exposed to even moderate to low levels of lead can suffer problems with intellectual and physical development. Children may exhibit behavioral problems, issues with impulsivity and have difficulty reaching normal development milestones, all because of lead paint dust that hasn’t been removed from their environment.

Although lead paint is toxic to adults too, children are at higher risk for lead dust contamination than adults. Young children do not understand that dirty toys may be covered in lead paint dust and they will put just about anything in their mouth.

To reduce the amount of lead based toxins in your home, do not disturb areas that are intact that you suspect are painted with lead paint. Dust often, especially in areas where young children play, to reduce the risk of exposure for your children.

Scraping or sanding lead paint leads to large amounts of lead filled dust and you should never try to remove lead based paint on your own. A painting contractor certified in lead safety techniques can safely remove lead paint in your home without risking your health.

If your home was built before 1960 and you find chipping paint, it is highly likely that this paint is full of lead. Give us a call and we can come assess the situation and remove any unwanted lead paint safely.

To protect your family from sources of suspected lead, leave the area untouched and call a professional. Without testing, it is not possible to know whether paint is lead based or not so it is better to be safe and let a professional do the work.

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