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Painting Exterior Aluminum Siding

Aluminum Siding History
In the 1940's Aluminum siding was developed for homes in the United States because it was considered to be a low maintenance alternative to wood clapboard siding. There were several benefits of installing aluminum siding including the fact that it was lightweight, and the paint finish was baked-on. No painting was necessary.

Back in the day it was a popular option among homeowners. During the 1970’s, the cost to manufacture aluminum siding had increased significantly and vinyl siding had proven itself to be the future of low maintenance house covering option. There are obviously millions of homes that were built between the 1940’s and the 1970’s and chances are good that the exterior is covered with aluminum siding.

Aluminum Siding still requires some Maintenance
Many people have discovered, there are some problems that are inherent with aluminum siding. The biggest problem is the fact that the coating that is baked on the surface of the aluminum and it has a tendency to chalk and fade like it's nobody's business.

What can you do when it’s time to bring the exterior of your home up to speed?
Is painting the aluminum siding a good idea? Can you paint it or should it be replaced with new vinyl siding?

Here is the good news:
when properly cleaned and prepared, paint will adhere to aluminum siding. And painting your home will always be less-expensive compared to replacing the siding.

Power-wash the Siding First
It is critical to first remove any chalk and mildew from the surface so that the paint will properly adhere. A quick check for a chalky surface is to move your hand across the surface of the siding. Observe your palm. If there is chalk then it must be removed before any paint application process can proceed.

Eliminating the chalk
This can be accomplished by power-wash cleaning and using bleach or an aluminum siding cleaning product. In some cases, a scrub brush with an abrasive sponge and some good old fashioned elbow grease could be necessary. These cleaning products are specially made to remove the layer of chalk from the surface of aluminum siding. Davinci's are Painters in Vienna Virginia and we include power-wash cleaning as part of the preparation process for all of our exterior projects.

Sanding and Preparation
If the paint on the aluminum siding is baked into the material from the factory then there would not be a problem about any peeling paint. But if the coating you’re painting over is not the original finish, make sure you scrape any loose or peeling paint, and sand any uneven edges.

Paint Application of the Finish Coating
Many good quality paints can be applied on top of aluminum siding without the need for a primer. Make sure you read the manufacturer’s recommendations on the can before you start your project. Then apply two coats of a 100% Acrylic Latex Paint by whichever application method that is recommended.

How is the Exterior of your Home looking?

Is the Exterior of your Home starting to deteriorate and look worn down? If the answer is yes, it may be time to think about painting to protect the exterior wood trim surfaces. Unfortunately sometimes wood deterioration can occur because of a lack of paint maintenance.

Usually, people have to go through exterior painting in Northern Virginia between 7 and 10 years. The time between each job depends upon the type of paint materials used and the preparation that was done previously. Another factor is how much maintenance took place since the previous paint job. When people neglect exterior maintenance such as power-washing every 2 years and painting every 7 years, unfortunate things can occur. Some of the things that we have seen as a result of poor maintenance include wood deterioration, and window glazing that is falling out. However, under most normal circumstances, most homes only require standard preparation procedures.

What sets Davinci's Painting apart from everyone else, is the fact that we include many of the preparation processes that others will not. These things include power-wash cleaning, extensive preparation processes like pole sanding the complete wall surface, inspecting the entire wall with spotlights, and of course priming.

Davinci's Painting is the Northern Virginia Painting Company that includes all of these things as part of our normal preparation procedure. We also include a complete inspection from a licensed Carpenter of the entire exterior, to determine if there is any wood deterioration. Additionally, we provide annual inspections and a 5 year warranty for all of our work.

Choosing the right Contractor and having a complete understanding of everything that needs to be done is very important. College Graduates who think that they are seasoned painters, really would not have the same experience as a seasoned mechanic with 20 years under his belt.

Davinci's Painting is the Northern Virginia Painting Company that provides the most comprehensive estimate in the Washington DC Area. Every last detail is explained thoroughly, and indeed our Website has a Start-up Guide, Facts Section, and an entire Glossary of Information for Homeowners to look-up paint information.

We do things the right way, and we have literally hundreds of references who would agree.
Please email or call us today for a free no-obligation painting estimate.

Advanced Interior Painting Ideas

Have you been thinking about creating a new dramatic look for your home?  There are a multitude of options, paint types, and colors that available from which you can choose. We have some great ideas and also offer some advanced painting techniques like faux painting that can help you create the exciting look you are looking for.

Accent Walls
The easiest way to change the look of a room is to create an accent wall. This can be done by choosing the right color and paint texture that will blend well with the other walls in the room. In a living room or bedroom an accent wall will bring immediate attention for anyone upon entering the room. If you have an architectural element like a fireplace, or if you have a wall of windows with specialized trim, then an accent wall will bring focus to that section of the room. Accent walls can also be used to draw attention away from problem areas in your home.

Special Wood Molding
Another way to draw attention to a certain section of a room would be the implementation of special molding like crown molding, chair rail, or more elaborate base. This will create an arrangement that will capture the eye and allow the wall to be broken up into sections. You can even get more creative and alternative elements on wall surfaces with different colors. Wood trim could also be highlighted with bright white! Some other ideas could include painting the areas below the chair rail with a different accent color.

Dimensional Finishes
With the right space, one could also implement dimensional finishes utilizing faux techniques such as venetian plaster for your accent wall. This will create a dramatic dimension of touch and draw people to the wall without question. The right Faux Artist could also add a Mural to the accent wall so that the wall becomes an actual art piece will draw immediate focus. This would be something totally unique.

You can feel certain that Davinci's Painting has the right resources and experience that can help you apply something beautiful! We will surpass your every expectation!

Preparing Your Home for Winter: Winterizing

As the temperatures go down and the days get shorter, the increasing energy bills give us more motivation to get our homes ready for winter. Improving the insulation of your home is a good idea, but there are also some additional winterizing tips that could save you some serious bills and problems with your home.

Seal Doors and Windows:
Some of the problematic areas found in many homes are the windows and doors. Cold air often goes through the cracks and often times drafts are created. One can test this by using an open hand to check the edges of your doors and windows to see if any cold air can be detected. A candle could also help you find cold air drafts. If you see any cracks around the trim or frame of a window, it is best to seal them with caulk. If a door is not sealed well, install weather-stripping to close the gaps. Also, if there is a draft under the bottom of a door, a draft-guard or threshold would be able to seal the space.

An alternative solution would be to have your doors or windows replaced to a more energy efficient model. This would also bring-up the value of the home while at the same time save money in the long run by reducing heat loss.

Prepare Furnace and Fireplace:
For your family’s safety, it is extremely important to protect yourselves from fire and carbon monoxide hazards. Have an HVAC professional inspect and tune your furnace and hire a chimney sweep company to clean your chimney. Also make sure to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors around your home, as well as, fire extinguishers that are in places that are easily accessible

Prevent Pipe Freezes:
If you have any exposed pipes in an un-insulated area of your home, such as a basement or crawlspace, you should to insulate them. Also disconnect and drain any garden hoses and put them away. If your exterior water faucets are not a anti-freeze type, then install insulation caps on the faucets to protect them.

Clean Gutters to prevent Blockage:
If your gutters and downspouts are clogged with debris, it is imperative to clean them out. Other methods are available which will prevent gutters with poor drainage from becoming blocked with ice. Over time, this issue can create leaks in roofs.

If you don’t have the time or cannot perform these maintenance activities on your own, you may want to consider hiring a professional. Davinci's Painting Company has extensive knowledge and experience to protect and seal exposed the wood surfaces of your Home. We also offer complete interior services to get your home ready for the holidays.