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I have done a lot of online research over the years about some of the details and instructions for interior house painting. I'm putting it out there that a lot of the information that one would find on the Internet is just plain wrong.

This Painting Blog tries to help provide better painting information so hopefully it will be useful for both homeowners and other painting contractors alike.

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Homeowners Associations Regulations

HOAs and Restrictive Ordinances are designed to protect neighborhood property values by enforcing Homeowners to maintain their home and not to deviate in terms of paint colors or architectural changes. Sometimes however, the bureaucracy of the HOA can be a little overwhelming.  I’ve heard of stories of homeowners being sued by their HOA simply because they painted their shutters red instead of green.

So the front of your house needs to be re-painted or your vinyl siding needs to be power washed. Should you ask permission from your HOA before doing anything?

Usually most HOAs are easy to deal with. They will clean your streets, plow your streets, trim your trees, maintain the swimming pool, and allow you to paint your home the exact same color that was used when the house was built. There are some that have come up with more stringent guidelines. Most notably the Reston Virginia area has an HOA for Reston, and each of the small townhouse clusters has their own HOA

There are some HOAs that will require homeowners to hire an “HOA Approved” painting company. The most moderate HOA’s will limit color choices for an exterior repaint to three or four acceptable neutrals colors. If for some odd chance the homeowner would like to deviate from the approved list of colors, they must go through a color change approval process. This could involve submitting paint samples, provide paint manufacturer and brand information, and possibly even attend architectural HOA board meetings.

There are always obvious constraints. For example, if your next door neighbor had the exact same color that you would like to apply, then there might be an objection. Some HOAs rules do make sense in terms of paint schemes. Colors should be in the same schema when you take into consideration the siding color, trim color, garage door, front door, and shutters. Often times, they will regulate the brand of paint that you use to be the same builder brand and quality. All of these pesky rules and regulations should be included within the By-Laws of the HOA.

>As a homeowner within an HOA Controlled Community, you should take these regulations seriously, and always inquire with the Board if you are thinking about making changes to the exterior. Trust me; HOA’s have their ways of forcing homeowners to comply with their demands. As stated in the By-Laws of the HOA, usually they are able to fine homeowners several hundred dollars per month. If the fines get ignored, they can then place a lien on the property thereby forcing the homeowner into submission.

It's important to document everything whenever you're dealing with the HOA. For example, if someone complains about your color choice years down the road, it's a good idea to keep a paper trail concerning your color approvals. Paint colors on the inside of the home should never become an issue with the HOA in your neighborhood. Davinci's Painting has been dealing with HOA's in Reston since Reston was built! Please give us a call if you should need any assistance.

Exterior Painting in the Spring!

When spring time brings upon mild weather, most homeowners in Northern Virginia look forward to taking care of those things outside of their Home. Yard work like landscaping and gardening in general are usually the first things that come to mind. Many people just cannot wait to start buying bags of mulch and get to digging up the shrubbery. However, if you think that your Home is need of an exterior cleaning and paint job, then it would be best to put off the landscaping, and take care of the important project first.

You Shouldn’t Delay Painting Your Exterior
It’s never a good idea to delay performing exterior cleaning, repairs, or painting of your Home. Usually, the life expectancy of the typical paint job is 5 to 7 years. After a certain amount of time, those areas that were previously caulked or repaired could become exposed to the elements. Sometimes excessive water penetration due to a faulty gutter or downspout can also cause paint to fail prematurely. When wood trim becomes exposed to the elements, wood deterioration begins. As more time passes, this deterioration can penetrate beyond the cornice trim that you can see, and can enter into the wood framing of the house. The more time that you wait, the more expensive the repairs can become.

Paint First Then Do Outside Landscaping
Despite the great amount of care that is taken to protect plants and the landscape surrounding a Home, there is a lot of work that goes into getting a house painted. Power washing the exterior is the first phase, and often times the most difficult and dirtiest aspect of the job. Because of the excess amount of water, plastic protection of plants is not feasible during this process, and it is almost inevitable that something will be touched. On the other hand, plastic coverings and drop cloths are always utilized to cover plants and shrubbery throughout the preparation and application phases. In any event, if you have the option, you should always consider performing landscaping after any type of exterior work.

Exterior Painting and Weather Challenges
Temperature fluctuations are one of the most important factors to consider when you are thinking painting the exterior of your home. Latex paint will have an adverse reaction as temperatures approach the freezing mark. The reason is that latex paints contain water and will freeze at temperatures below 32 degrees, and this will cause the paint to not cure properly. Moreover, the evaporation rate is much slower prohibiting the latex particles to come together, coalesce, and dry properly. Weather in Northern Virginia is generally mild during the spring and summer months, and it is absolutely the optimal time to perform any type of exterior paint applications. Painting should always be avoided during rainy conditions.

Maximize Your Paint Job!
Painting the exterior of your home will increase the curb appeal because and will make your home look like new on the outside. It will also improve your home’s value and helps portray the idea that you have taken excellent care of your home. If you are considering putting your home on the market, this type of home improvement investment will help draw potential buyers for a first and second look. If your home was painted within the past 5 years, perhaps cleaning your house is all that is needed. Power washing is always included in all of Davinci’s Painting exterior painting work, and it’s the best way to remove mold, mildew and stains on your home’s brick, wood, and aluminum siding.

There are numerous factors that can affect exterior house painting and it can be challenging to get the work done the right way. This is why it is crucially important to hire a Class A Northern Virginia Painting Company. Davinci’s Painting is a museum quality painting contractor, and we perform additional preparation processes that other companies cannot and will not provide. Why not get your exterior painting done before more fun outdoor activities start like gardening, graduations, and family barbecues? Give us a call or request an estimate through our website!

Important to be Licensed and Insured?

Here are the things to look for when considering hiring a painting company in Northern Virginia.

  • Have a valid painting company in Northern Virginia State Contractor License.
  • Have General Liability Insurance for the homeowner.
  • Have Workman’s Compensation Insurance for the employees.
  • Have an established local business address.
  • Can be located easily on the Internet.
  • Demonstrate overall good business practices

Hiring an unlicensed and uninsured contractor is a serious risk for your home and property, and certainly an unnecessary financial risk. Here are some things that you should consider when you are looking to hire a painter or handyman to do work on your home.

Hiring a Class A Licensed and insured painting company provides assurances and peace-of-mind. The licensing provides consumer protection. The State Contractor’s Board who licenses Contractors have set up rules, regulations and laws to protect the health, welfare and safety of the general public. The Construction Recovery Fund is also there to protect consumers in case of a financial loss incurred as a result of project abandonment, negligence or fraud caused by a licensed only residential contractor.

Workers compensation insurance is required by law and is regulated by the state. It provides coverage for an employee in case of an accident and injury that occurred on the job. Its main purpose is to ensure that in the event of a workplace accident, an injured worker can receive medical care at no expense to them. Moreover, Workers Compensation protects our company as an employer, as well as our clients, the homeowners, from any lawsuit that could potentially occur because of an accident.

We have been extremely fortunate and have not had anyone injured on our jobs. Needless to say, we all know accidents do happen, so that is why our company ensures that everyone is protected with Workman’s Compensation Insurance.

General Liability Insurance provides protection for homeowners for property damage that can occur due to an accident on the job. Painting can be a potentially hazardous activity around your home. Inexperienced people dealing with ladders, furniture, and solvents can sometimes have accidents. If a painting contractor does not have General Liability Insurance, then you the homeowner could end up paying for these issues out of your own pocket if your homeowner’s Insurance Policy does not cover it.

As a Museum Quality Painters, we have over 30 years of experience in dealing with many different types of painting and renovation projects. We are cautious and careful, and we never rush a job or cut-corners to compromise safety or quality. Yes, we carry General Liability Insurance for our Clients.

In addition to working with a licensed, and insured contractor, there are several other things that you should do to ensure that your home improvement project goes smoothly. The painting contractor should have a good understanding of the project requirements and be able to provide a comprehensive estimate and scope of work. This is especially important when you want to make an accurate comparison when receiving multiple estimates. Finally, make sure your painter has a written warranty, which shows that they will guarantee their work once the job has been completed.

ur painting estimates are probably the most detailed that you will find in the Washington DC area. We scope out every area, as well as, the preparation and application phase processes. Also, we offer our clients a warranty for 5 years. This warranty is accessible on our homepage.

In this day and age, any unlicensed painter should raise concern for the homeowner. Even though it costs money and may be difficult to acquire, working without a license or insurance is breaking the law. Moreover, you the homeowner can be held responsible if the un-thinkable happens on your property. That being said, you homeowners should be really suspicious of anyone who is not licensed and insured. Keep in mind that you are hiring a company for a service that could be hazardous, so you should not base a hiring decision on price alone. Hiring a licensed and insured painting contractor will give you the peace of mind that the business owner is responsible and thoughtful enough for their business and the people that they are working with.

Wood Deterioration and Replacement

Many Homes that were built within the last 2 decades in Northern Virginia were mass produced and, as a result, there is usually a need to replace wood trim that was of low grade, or which was installed poorly. Moreover, a sub-par roofing job provided by the original Builder will almost always lead to problems with the Wood Trim and paint that was designed to protect it.

We recently just replace parts of a Fascia Board that had deterioration because the drip edge of the shingles were installed flush with the fascia boards. To add to the deterioration problem our Carpenter discovered additional deterioration within the actual framing. There was evidence of leaking within the attic and obvious rotted Facia Board Trim that all needed to be replaced on the Exterior.

The Homeowner wanted to preserve the original features of Home, specifically, the Porch. My take preference would be to replace the rotted wood with wood. However, everyone was concerned about the long-term maintenance. We ended up installing installing new Gutters under the drip edge, so that should fix the problem with water flowing over the fascia. We then thoroughly examined the remaining Wood Trim of the Exterior and I am very confident that this Homeowner will not have additional carpentry issues in the future.