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Differences in VOC Paints: Low VOC Paint vs Zero VOC Paint

Differences in VOC paints is just the amount of volatile organic compounds in the paint.

Differences in VOC Paints

The federal and state organizations have regulated the amount of the VOC in paints.  The VOC is what is the smell you deal with when painting.  The less VOC, the less the smell.  Who would want to use the low VOC paint or the zero VOC paint? Asthmatic or pregnant women or anyone with lung issues would be a great candidate for this product.

Call our support team at 815-260-6773 and we can discuss your project today.  Our team with Mark have been servicing the Burr Ridge, Evanston, Lisle, Naperville, Warrenville, St. Charles and all Chicago for 30+ years.  We’d love to help you out with painting your home with low VOC paint or zero VOC paint.

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Repairing Ceiling Drywall Due to Water Damage

How a Pencil is Your Best Friend with Ceiling Water Issues

You have noticed a brown water stain in your ceiling.  Let’s see how to determine if it was a temporary situation or if there is a bigger problem for repairing ceiling drywall:

  • Temporary Situation:  Caused by children getting too much water overflowing from the bathtub or possibly a driving rain one night.
    • draw a pencil around the outer edge of the stain.  If it doesn’t grow any larger in the next 7-10 days, you have just a temporary situation.
  • Water Leakage:  Caused by leaking plumbing maybe from a toilet where quite a bit of water overflowed and got the ceiling below the toilet or shower area soaked in rain.  This too is a one-time situation.
    • If when you drew the pencil (see above) around the edge, and it grew, then you need to repair the drywall before it molds up
  • Major Water Leakage:  Caused by consistent leaking in your plumbing from toilet or shower or sink areas.  Sometimes you know about it, but just don’t have the time.  Or there are hidden plumbing issues down below the floor boards/tile or inside your walls.
    • If when you drew the pencil (see above) around the edge, it grew, but you also saw black stains, you have mold issues that need to be addressed right away

Repairing Ceiling Drywall Due to Water Damage

Let’s repair the ceiling for each of the three situations:

  • Temporary Situation Drywall Repair:  Just use a primer over the stain and touch-up with paint
  • Water Leakage Drywall Repair:  Cut out the drywall area;  tape, mud, and sand.  Prime and paint
  • Major Water Leakage with Mold Drywall Repair:  Get a plumber in to determine water issue is the first step.  Don’t move forward until this is handled.  Cut out bad drywall and moldy insulation.  If there is any mold in the area, treat wit a mold-cleaning agent that you can buy at your local hardware store.  Replace in new insulation.  Replace with new drywall.  Tape, mud & sand.  Prime and paint.

repairing ceiling drywall

Call our support team at 815-260-6773 and we can discuss your project today.  Our team with Mark have been servicing the Burr Ridge, Evanston, Lisle, Naperville, Warrenville, St. Charles and all Chicago for 30+ years.  We’d love to help you out with repairing ceiling drywall issues due to water damage.

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Reasons to Paint Your Ceilings | Nail Pops, Cracks, Scuff Ceilings

Reasons to Paint Your Ceilings

For the most part, ceilings get ignored when it comes to painting.  Most homeowners don’t want to spend the extra money and just have us paint their walls.  This isn’t a big deal, but there are times when you do have reasons to paint your ceilings:

  • Drywall Cracks
  • Nail Pops
  • Spiders get flatted on the ceiling
  • Smoker stains
  • Ball is thrown in room, leaving scuff marks

reasons to paint your ceilings

Hard to Do – Hire a Professional

This is one DIY project that you might want to hire a professional painting company.  It doesn’t look hard, but actually, it is.  First of all, you don’t want to peel off any existing wall paint from using painters tape along the wall/ceiling edges.  Secondly, it is really hard to paint over your head and shoulders for 6-8 hours at a time.

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Stain or Paint Front Door Video | How to Refinish Exterior Door

Only One Chance to Make a Good First Impression

Your mom was right:  you get only once chance to a good first impression.  Let me show you how to make your front exterior door look amazing with clarifying the confusion:  stain or paint front door?

Stain or Paint Front Door

That really depends on the type of door that you have.  To clarify, we are talking about the exterior of the front door. Let’s go over a few types of front doors:

  • Wood Front Door:  You can either paint or stain the front door
  • Steel Door:  You should paint the steel door
  • Fiberglass Door:  You can either paint or stain the fiberglass door

Proper Maintenance Schedule for Exterior Front Door

  • Wood Front Door:
    • Paint:  every 5-7 years
    • Stain:  every 2-3 years
  • Steel Front Door:
    • Paint:  every 5-7 years, sooner for darker colors
  • Fiberglass Door:
    • Stain & Varnish: every 2 years (before varnish fails)
    • Paint:  every 5-7 years

Maintenance Might Have to Be Adjusted

Keep in mind, if you have a storm door or a covered porch, this will help with the longevity of your front door because the door is protected from the outside elements.  If you have no protection or the front door gets direct sunlight, this maintenance schedule will be more frequent.

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Choosing the Right Paint Brush

Which Paint Brush Should You Use?

Choosing the right paint brush can seem impossible.  But this video should help you quite a bit.

Choosing the Right Paint Brush

Learn the secrets of the professional painter, when in this video Mark gives you his go-to brushes that he likes to use for interior painting.  Choosing the right paint brush can be confusing when going into the local big box store or the paint store and you see row after row of brushes.  Learn the ones you should invest in, to make your interior painting project look amazing.

choosing the right paint brush

Product Recommendation and Paint Brush Size

When choosing the right paint brush, my two favorite brands, in no specific order are Purdy or Wooster.  My favorite go-to brush is the 2 1/2 inch angle sash China bristle brush.  It is

  • good handle
  • firm bristles
  • applies paint evenly
  • can use this paint size (2 1/2″) for most applications

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