Concrete vs Vinyl Siding: Which is best for your home?

When choosing a siding replacement for your house, you have a number of options to consider. But, while most people think wood is the way to go, the expense and upkeep of real wood siding can make it unrealistic for most homeowners. That’s why vinyl and fiber-cement siding are so common throughout the US. But, how do you choose between the two? Here is a quick rundown of the pros and cons of vinyl versus HardiePlank fiber-cement siding:

DURABILITY
One of the main drawbacks of wood siding is that it highly susceptible to destructive insects and animals like termites, carpenter ants and woodpeckers. Vinyl and HardiePlank siding have zero appeal to wood-destroying pests. However, vinyl does have some weaknesses that you don’t find in fiber-cement siding.

Vinyl siding can be easily damaged by an errant lawn mower or garden spade. It is also prone to cracking during freezing winters, and warping in hot temperatures (on that note: don’t place your grill too close to your vinyl siding!)

HardiePlank on the other hand, is made of long, thin sheets of concrete, which means it can crack upon heavy impact, but it won’t warp or become brittle under severe weather conditions. So overall, HardiePlank is the more durable option.

FIRE RESISTANCE
When it comes to the threat of fire damage, concrete siding is the better option. HardiePlank fiber-cement siding is not explosive or flammable.

Vinyl siding is treated with fire retardant materials, which means it will help to slow down the spread of a fire, but will not stop it completely. And since, as mentioned above, vinyl siding is susceptible to heat damage, even a nearby fire that doesn’t even touch your home can end up severely warping and permanently damaging your vinyl siding.

AESTHETICS
Wood siding is highly desired because of its rich texture. But when it comes to recreating that texture, HardiePlank far outpaces its vinyl counterpart. Vinyl siding usually does have a wood-like textured relief on its surface, but the planks are simply too thin to allow for a realistic looking wood texture.

Since HardiePlank is about 2 1/2 times thicker than typical vinyl siding, it allows for deeper embossing, giving it a much richer texture that resembles real wood.

CONCLUSION
One area where vinyl has the edge on other siding options is price. But while it is true that vinyl is generally cheaper than most other materials, that cheapness often shows when it becomes easily damaged over time. So, when it comes down to it, HardiePlank and other high-quality fiber-cement boards are the clear winner when it comes to choosing either concrete or vinyl siding replacement options for your home.

The experts and Freeland Painting can help with all of your siding replacement needs. Give us a call today to learn more!

Paint and Primer in One: Do or Don’t?

Everyone loves the results of a new paint job – the fresh sheen of a new color on walls is something that can easily change the entire atmosphere of a room. It does take work to achieve a new look with fresh paint, and most people don’t love the work that is required to get to those final results. With the time it takes to prime the walls, let them dry, then to paint them (then repeat if the walls currently are a bold or deep color), there is a lot of frustration and impatience that can surface during these makeovers.

It is for this very reason that many people consider using a paint and primer in one – also known as self-priming paint. The idea here is that the painter will only have to paint once (or at least with fewer coats), but still be able to take advantage of the benefits of both the primer and the paint. But how does the battle wage between paint and primer vs primer? Is it really the better way to go to use an all-in-one? Does being patient and using separate products still win as far as overall benefit and quality of work?

When to Use Traditional (and Separate) Primer

We must look at the main reason for the existence of primer: it is designed to prepare a surface for a new coat (or coats) of paint. First, if a surface has never been painted at any time in the past, such as in the case with new sheet rock, using a traditional primer is going to be essential. Another instance in which you would want to use separate primer and paint products would be if you are painting a glossy or slick surface with paint that is less glossy – when going from semi-gloss to flat, for example. The primer will help cover up any glare of the undercoating. If you’ll be painting over oil-based paint with latex or acrylic, you’ll want to first use a primer as well.

Ideal Situations for the Self-Priming Paint

If you’ll be painting a wall that already has paint on it, and it is not an extreme change in gloss or color, a paint-and-primer-in-one would work to your advantage. As for exteriors, exterior trim and facing that is already painted does very well with all-in-one products. Just remember that combining like finishes and like colors usually do well with self-priming paint. If you’re taking on more complex paint work, such as with industrial metal painting and auto detailing, you are not going to want to take this route but instead, you should opt for the standalone primer followed by paint.

If you’re not sure how to balance between paint and primer vs primer, be sure to give Freeland Painting a call! We can not only help you decide which path would be most suitable for your project, but we can also do the painting for you quickly, professionally, and beautifully – the right way, every time.

Paint Sprayer vs. Rollers & Brushes: What’s Best For Your Project?

Paint sprayers used to be reserved for professional house painters. But now, with a number of easy-to-use models available, more and more do-it-yourselfers are opting for the speed of the sprayer over traditional brushes and rollers. So, when it comes to painting the interior of your home, which method should you choose?

Rollers & Brushes

PRO: Using a roller on large areas is a great way to get good even coverage without having to go through a whole lot of setup beforehand. All you need to do is simply mask the areas you don’t want painted and get to work. Then once you’re done with the larger areas, use your brushes to finish off those fine edges and corners.

CON: Using rollers and brushes is time consuming and physically taxing. Between holding your roller over your head for hours and taking multiple trips up and down a step ladder, be prepared to get exhausted when using a roller on your large walls and ceiling.

PRO: Using rollers and brushes will save you money on paint. When spraying, only about 70 percent of your paint ends up on the intended surface, whereas with a roller practically every drop of paint sticks to the surface.

Paint Sprayer

PRO: Spraying is faster and less exhausting. With a sprayer, you can get the same amount of work done in just a fraction of the time. However, with a sprayer, paint goes everywhere. This means that you will have to spend a lot more time prepping and masking every square inch of the surfaces you don’t want painted.

CON: It’s more expensive. As mentioned above, sprayers waste more paint than rollers and brushes. And on top of that, they are considerably more expensive to rent. Renting a good paint sprayer will generally cost you more than buying the rollers, brushes, paint trays and liners you need to complete your project.

PRO: Sprayers are better for textured surfaces. When it comes to detail work and textured surfaces, such as crown molding and popcorn ceilings, a paint sprayer is the way to go. If you use brushes and rollers on these surfaces, you’re likely to be there all day.

Conclusion

When it comes down to it, your choice in painting tools really depends on the nature of your project and your budget. If you just need to paint a couple rooms in your home, and don’t want to have to cover every last inch of your house in drop cloths and masking tape, opt for rollers and brushes. If you are painting a new home, or full remodel, a sprayer might be the way to go since you won’t have to worry as much about getting paint all over the place. But no matter what the size and scope of your project might be, if you want the best possible results in the shortest possible time, your always better off leaving it to the professionals. For interior and exterior painting in the Atlanta area, as well as siding, roofing and gutters, contact Freeland Painting today to get a quote on your next home improvement project.