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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.

You can Paint Your Exterior Vinyl Siding

Over time, the color and sheen of aluminum or vinyl siding of the exterior of your Home can become weathered and faded.  In the past, most Painting Contractors were reluctant to paint to paint vinyl siding because of the fact that vinyl tends to expand and contract depending on the outside temperature.  Under most normal circumstances, caulk and paint will crack and become separated from the surface whenever expansion and contraction occurs. Benjamin Moore’s Regal Select Revive and Sherwin Williams Vinyl Safe line of Exterior Paints are specially formulated with Vinyl Lock technology that is specific for vinyl siding.

Although we have been painting aluminum siding for quite a while, this new paint formulation provides remarkable benefits when it comes to painting vinyl siding and other PVC plastic trim  Even though vinyl siding typically lasts a lifetime, these new paint products make it possible for Home Owners in Northern Virginia to revive their exterior vinyl siding's dull faded appearance.  The paint is acrylic latex based which delivers superior adhesion that is specific for plastic, and can be applied by brush, roll, or spray techniques.  Moreover, depending upon the Homeowner's Association approval, Home Owners can change the entire color scheme of the exterior of their Home.

Regal® Select Revive Paint Highlights

  • Excellent adhesion with Vinyl Lock technology to adequately maintain the look and color of your home
  • A wide selection of colors that are formulated to be safe for exterior vinyl and PVC surfaces
  • Hard Durable finish to resist fading, cracking and peeling
  • Formulated with the paint and primer together
  • Available in Low Luster Finish

The expense is minimal compared to an investment in new siding, so this is a fantastic option for the homeowner on a budget seeking to renew the look of their home.  The material comes in a low luster finish and there are 59 different colors to choose from including pastels, white colors, vibrant blues, greens, and reds. Davinci's Painting performs exterior painting jobs from April through October, so now is the best time to book a free estimate and consider bringing your Home's exterior up-to-date.  Whether you are looking to refresh your faded siding with a color close to the original or it's time for a dramatic change, give us a call today at (571) 314-7288 or schedule your estimate online

Lead Abatement in Washington DC

Many Homes in the Washington DC Metro Area were built prior to 1978.  Back in those days, it was a common practice to use lead-based paint materials for both interior and in exterior painting jobs.   For many home owners, older houses have a certain charm and attraction because of the architecture.  As is the case, there is craftsmanship that cannot be found in newer houses.  Lead Paint was also the most durable at the time, and is sometimes found in older buildings.

If this sounds like your Home, and has never previously been tested for lead, it is the law for any Contractor to first test the house for lead prior to performing any work.  This is how lead gets into the home environment and onto carpets and possibly furniture. When the paint chips or flakes off due to scraping or sanding, lead particles can be released.  This is when it can become a health hazard, especially for women who are pregnant and small children.

Perhaps some of you have seen the image of a child eating paint chips off of an old door; however, this is not the most common way that children become exposed to lead.  Whenever there is any type of construction work going on dealing with lead paint, there will always be lead dust because of the fact that lead paint crumbles very easily.  The dust can be stirred into the air when the house is swept or vacuumed and then subsequently inhaled inadvertently.  

These project photographs are from an exterior project that we recently completed in downtown Washington DC.   There were two parts to the project.  The first part of the job was the most extensive to remove the previous layer of lead based paint.  Once that was completed, the paint application process was routine.  Please visit our Pinterest Job Photo Website to view more photographs that illustrate the level of safety requirements involved in the removal of lead based paint.

Failure to effectively deal with the risk of lead exposure can cause liability issues related to environmental contamination. You should absolutely discuss your Contractor’s plan and procedures for lead compliance.

Davinci’s Painting is EPA Lead Certified, and we are experts in the testing and identification of lead, as well as, lead removal practices.  For the health and safety of your family, leave the job of lead abatement and lead paint removal to an EPA Certified Lead Paint Removal Company. There are numerous safety measures that must be followed for both the work environment and the painters themselves.  Documentation must also be submitted to the government.

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!