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7 Telltale Signs it’s Time to Repaint Your Home

Repainting your home’s exterior is an important part of preserving its value and protecting its materials. Paint not only gives your home’s visual appeal; it also helps to protect its structural integrity by providing a coating that resists wear from the elements.  If you are unsure when to re-paint your home exterior, look for these seven signs that indicate a new coat of paint should be in its future.

1. Peeling Paint

If you find areas of peeling paint on the exterior surfaces of your home, it’s time to call a painting contractor to discuss re-painting. These flaked and chipped areas never get better, and will continue to get worse as they are exposed to moisture and the sun’s heat. You may find bits of paint lying on the ground that indicate flaking coming from the upper levels of the home that are not yet detectable from a distance.

2. Spidery Cracks on Surface

If you detect spidery cracks on the painted exterior surface, it means that the painted coating is beginning to fail and will soon lead to chipping and flaking of paint.

3. Fading Color

Exterior surfaces on the southern side of the home or other areas may be exposed to fierce ultraviolet rays throughout the year that can fade the color. Repainting will even out the color, and will give the home a well-cared-for look.

4. Exterior Looks Dirty and Washing Doesn’t Help

Pressure washing your home’s exterior can be a good way to remove dirt and mold left over from the winter months and rainy spring periods. However, washing will not remove years of dirt and pollution that may occur in your area. If a washing does not appreciably improve the look of the home, it may be time for a new coat of paint.

5. Water Stains

In some areas of the country, water stains can be a particular problem. Heavy rains during the spring and summer months can leave exterior surfaces looking uneven and unattractive. A new coat of paint will cover these stains and give the home a fresh look.

6. Signs of Wood Rot

If you notice lost paint and rotting wood around window or door frames, it’s time to think about re-painting. Paint helps to protect wood from the elements, and without this protective coating, construction materials begin to deteriorate rapidly.

7. Color Choice Looks Dated

Many times, the house was painted in a color that was popular at the time, but now makes the home look old-fashioned. A fresh coat of paint in one of the new colors that are currently available can give the home an updated look that can be particularly important if you intend to sell the home in the near future. Look through home design magazines on online to get ideas on the freshest colors for today’s homes.

If you see these seven signs, call M. Carlson Painting for a free quote to give your home exterior a fresh and beautiful appearance.

Mold & Mildew: The Hidden Hazards of Springtime Painting

Spring is here! Time to spruce up the house with a bright new paint job. But take care – April showers may bring May flowers – but they can also bring mold, and other kinds of damage beneath that beautiful coat of paint. Wood panels can stay wet for several days after the wet season, especially in areas with a good deal of ambient moisture.

What can go Wrong?

Even an imperceptible amount of moisture in the siding can spell disaster for your new spring paint job. Low temperatures can prolong the time it takes for paint to dry. Rain and humidity cause poor adhesion. Wind can cause debris to blow and stick to wet surfaces. And even wood that seems dry can contain moisture.

Just prepping the surface to be painted while it is still wet can cause damage. You may think it’s safe to scrape off the old paint before the skies have cleared and the walls have dried. But if the wood is still soft, a scraper or sander may bite in and cause gouges. The resulting mess can delay your project and cost hundreds of dollars to repair on top of your original investment in paint and supplies.

The Dangers of Mold and Moisture

Mold can grow on any moist, dark surface. It can be especially dangerous for small children, the elderly, persons with health conditions or serious allergies. Even those in good health can become seriously ill from overexposure to airborne mold spores.

While it’s impossible to get rid of all of the mold in a house, you can eliminate dangerous and damaging mold growth by keeping rooms and surfaces as dry as possible. Indoors, use dehumidifiers and keep air conditioners in good working condition. Do not allow moisture to stand or permeate surfaces. Open doors between rooms as much as is practical, and keep windows open to promote air flow. Most importantly, take care not to seal in moisture by painting any surface before it has dried thoroughly.

How to Avoid Painting Over Moist Wood

Before you roll your eyes and say you know it’s a bad idea to paint in bad weather, remember that spring, like autumn, can be unpredictable. It’s important to thoroughly review the local weather forecast, and to start your project at the right time. Ideally, you’ll want to have two warm and dry days before starting to prep your project. Use a reputable, national source of weather news like NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), or the Farmers Almanac. The odd Internet weather service may seem handy, but many of them are unreliable.

Above all, give yourself a good one-week window of warm and dry weather for your outdoor painting project: two days for the panels to dry, one to three days of work (depending on the size of your project), and another two days for the paint to dry. And remember, when it comes to painting at the end of the rainy season – the waiting is the hardest part.

Top 5 Tips to Survive the Holiday Season

The holiday season is known for family gatherings, decadent food and thoughtful gifts. It’s also known to be highly stressful. Here are the top 5 things you can do to help you get through the holidays with all your stuffing intact.

1. Say “no” sometimes. Holidays often mean a social calendar sent into overdrive. Parties, work gatherings and volunteer opportunities abound. While spending time with others and serving your community are important, it’s also necessary to keep your schedule manageable so that you don’t overload yourself. Decide in advance what events or activities are truly special to you and graciously say no to whichever ones don’t make the cut.

2. Treat your body well…and indulge a little. The better you treat your body this holiday, the better you’ll manage the challenges that comes with it. Drink water, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat whole unprocessed foods. Also, enjoy that sweet dessert or rich appetizer every now and then. Indulge with moderation and do so without guilt. If you’re worried about going overboard at a party, eat a healthy meal with lots of protein before leaving your house so that you don’t have to face temptation with a growling stomach.

3. Prepare the thank you cards. Expressing gratitude is one of the best ways to improve your mood and spread good cheer. As the gifts come rolling in, have a pen and paper ready to keep track of who gave what. For extra karma, send thank you notes to all the people who have given you the gift of their service this year, like the dog groomer, your childrens’ teachers, the landscaper, or the nice barista who always serves you at the coffee shop.

4. Give yourself a gift. For everything that you do for your family and friends, you deserve to do something meaningful for yourself, too. Along with staying healthy, a gift to yourself can be anything from a day at the spa to finally getting your ceiling painted. Only you know what your heart truly desires. Reward yourself.

5. Let go of the little things. Pine needles all over the carpet. Tangles in the decorative string lights. A cluttered kitchen. Six inches of snow to shovel off the driveway. The holidays are packed with plenty of challenges that may drive you up a tree. When a hiccup happens, pause and remember that the smallest inconveniences don’t deserve the greatest amount of your energy. Besides, it’s often those imperfections of life that bring around a little spirit. Take a deep breath and make a toast to the mess.

Pick the Best Palette for Your Residential Painting Projects

Home decorating gives us all a chance to indulge our inner artist. Of course, any artist knows masterpieces start with good canvas. The palette we choose is the most important step of renovation: It can be the deciding factor on what does or does not make it into our grand design. Feeling intimidated yet? Just about everyone does! Luckily, we have loads of advice from residential painting experts to guide us.

Start small.

Picking out a new pallet can be quite daunting. This is why experts recommend you start small. Is there a certain mood or favorite color you want to feature? Is there one certain accent object you just have to show off? All of these will set you on the path to pallet perfection.

Tips and Ideas:

  • Don’t go overboard: 3 main colors is just about right for any room.
  • Experts recommend using a 60-30-10 rule meaning 60% main color, 30% accent colors, and 10% other colors.
  • Don’t worry if you get stuck: We have interior painting companies for a reason! Professional painters can often help you make sense of things like color theory, so you can choose the best combinations.


Kick back with cool colors.

Cool tones like light blue and yellow can give a room a soft, relaxing mood. It’s perfect for bedrooms and bathrooms, or any room that you want to give an open, airy sort of feel.

Tips and Ideas:

  • Other cool hues include soft pinks, greens, and purples.
  • Because they’re associated with calmness, these palettes are perfect for nurseries (the amount of sleep you’ll get when baby arrives may vary…)
  • Go classic with warm colors.
  • If a rustic Western European feel is what you desire, warm colors like red and gold hues are the way to go. Many residential painting experts love to pair this palette with other “spice” hues like dark brown and green to give a room warm vibes.
  • Red makes a great accent wall color but be careful, too much dark red can make a room look smaller.
  • Renaissance and Victorian style furniture couple well with this palette for a classy countryside look.


Want something more modern? Try high contrast.

Who said a simple palette has to be boring? Clean white paint can make black accents draw attention right where you want it. Want a little more color? Try sleek muted greys or stainless steel as compliments.

Tips and Ideas:

  • This theme is especially suited to kitchen and bath projects, particularly if you have stainless steel appliances and fixtures.
  • Try playing with textures in the same color: Painted white brick or white tile compliment smooth surfaces like cabinets.


Curb Appeal without Breaking the Bank

Curb Appeal to Any Home is Simple and Affordable

Creating curb appeal for the home is easier than many may think. Granted, some homeowners spend hundreds of dollars adding curb appeal to the home, and this is all right. But, if the homeowner is on a limited budget there are many ways to add curb appeal without breaking the bank. Look for the spring and fall paint sales and shop resale instead of retail for lawn and garden accessories.

Homes Need a Bath Too

If your home has aluminum, siding consider doing a power wash at least every other year if not yearly in the spring or fall before winter. Dirt accumulates on the siding of the home and takes away from the beauty of the house.

The Focal Point of the Home

The focal point of any home is the doorway. Make sure your door is attractive and decor adds support to the rest of the home. You do not have to buy an expensive glass door, just add an attractive eye-catching paint and decorate the door with a beautiful wreath complementing the season. Replace weathered and worn door locks and hardware.

Window Appeal

Windows always add a certain coziness to the home. Make sure paint is not peeling from around the windows and if they need new paint decide, on what color best suits your home. Remove and repair any cracked or broken windows. Decorate the inside windows with lovely cozy curtains or blinds. Make sure windows are clean and shiny. Window shutters add beauty and appeal to any home.

Lawns, Gardens, Flowerpots and Lights

A simple and inexpensive way to add curb appeal to any home is to keep the grass mowed and weeds trimmed. Trim grass away from curbs and sidewalks. Keep up on this weekly job and add flowers around your steps and porch area to brighten up that newly painted door. Compliment your wreath hanging on the door. Lawns that are continuously mowed, groomed flowerbeds and flowerpots around the home add a lot of eye-catching appeal to any home. Add inexpensive solar lighting to show off your garden and home’s entrance.

Dress up the Garage

If your home has a garage make sure, the doors have new hardware and the doors shut well. Repair any broken window panes. It makes no difference if the garage is attached or unattached to the home keep it in good repair. Remove chipped and peeling paint and repaint the structure with a color that is going to accent the home. Homeowners need to keep their driveway maintained. Keep weeds away and make sure the driveway is clean and free from mud and dirt, and if you have a stone driveway replace stones when they need replacing.

Do Not Forget to Dress the Mailbox

A humorous or delightful mailbox always adds curb beauty to any home. A specialized mailbox expresses the homeowners personality. If the mailbox is on a pole at the end of the walk or even across the street, create a lovely garden around the pole. Decorate the pole and box according to the season.

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