Energy Bill Too High? Your Caulking Could Be To Blame!

Have you noticed that your energy bill has increased dramatically over the last few months? If so, there might be a very simple culprit behind this problem – the caulking around your windows.

Caulking is a gel-like substance used in windows (and other areas of the home) to provide an airtight seal that prevents indoor treated air from escaping outside and stops outdoor air from being able to penetrate the interior of your home.

Properly sealed windows help keep your home comfortable and draft-free all seasons of the year. Even the smallest hole can result in significant energy losses. If several of your old window systems have worn or degraded caulking, the chances are good that you’re throwing your hard earned money (and indoor treated air) right out the window!

Choosing the Right Caulk For Your Project

These days, homeowners have a broad range of caulks available to tackle nearly any type of sealant project you may have, so it’s important to get the correct kind of caulk to seal windows.

Acrylic Latex Silicone Blend Caulk is a modern caulk choice for many common household sealant projects. Acrylic Latex Silicone Blend Caulk is a hybrid sealant that – like its name – is made of acrylic, latex, and silicone caulks. It’s durable and easy to apply. Depending on the type, this type of caulk can get painted to match the rest of your decor. Further, it’s fit for use in both indoor and outdoor environments, making it ideal for sealing Windows, Doors, as well as cracks in stone or brick interiors or exteriors.

Latex caulk is another option for homeowners. One of the reasons to love Latex Caulk is because when used in optimal conditions, it can last for up to two decades. Latex caulk is ideally suited for indoor use because it can get painted over. Extreme weather conditions and temperatures can change the effectiveness of this sealant, so while it can get used for making some minor repairs around the home, it isn’t always the best product for outdoor sealant projects.

To make sure that the caulk you’re considering is fit for your purpose, always read the label or packaging. The wrong caulk will never do the right job! Prevent messy mistakes and prolonged projects by skipping the wrong kind of caulk. It goes without saying that kitchen and bath caulk is not the right product for a window sealing project!

Get Professional Help With Your Window Caulking Project

If the time has come for you to have a professional evaluate the caulking around your windows to determine how much lost energy, you’re paying for on a monthly basis, the experts at Freeland Painting in Suwannee are happy to help! Our experienced team of professionals knows how to test and identify problem areas around your windows and other regions of your home that allow indoor treated air to escape and untreated outdoor air to leak in. Give us a call at 678-679-3126 to speak with a representative today!

No Deposit Needed For Residential Painting Projects at Freeland Painting

If you have an Interior or Exterior Painting project that you need to have completed in the Suwanee area, you want to make sure that you work with a professional painting contractor that stands behind their work.

Skip Deposits and Prepayments With Freeland Painting

At Freeland Painting, we believe that our high-quality work speaks for itself. That’s why we never require our valued customers to pay a deposit or prepay for work that isn’t complete. In fact, it’s our policy only to accept payment once the entire project gets finished to our customer’s complete satisfaction.

Why Do We Do Things This Way?

With almost 20 years of experience serving the Greater Suwannee area, we’ve built our reputation by providing stellar painting services to our residential customers. By not accepting deposits or prepayments for work, we are building trust. When we have a job to do, we do it. Without a prepayment.

Skip the “Fly By Night” and Independent Contractors

We know that most homeowners are interested in getting the best deal on painting services. However, sometimes the best ‘deal’ doesn’t offer outstanding value. Many “Fly by Night” Painting Companies and Independent Contractors require that their customers make upfront deposits or Prepayments. As the project progresses, they’ll ask for additional funds to cover the expenses for gas, transportation costs or extra materials.

These types of contractors often offer attractive, ‘too good to be true’ pricing on painting services. While the initial deposit or prepayment amount is small, over the course of the project the unexpected requests for funds start to add up! What appeared to be a good deal suddenly begins to lose its luster. And what’s even worse is if they do a shoddy job to boot.

As an established contracting business, we have enough free cash flow to pay for these costs without having our clients pay for the job first. When we make a free, no-obligation quote to complete your painting job, it includes everything. We set ourselves above the kind of painting companies that solicit their customers for money they don’t deserve.

What Types Of Painting Jobs Qualify for This Offer?

Our “No Deposit Required” policy is standard for all residential painting contracts.

For Commercial Painting Projects we are happy to negotiate payment terms based on the scope of the project. We will work with project managers to accommodate their deadline and budget.

Freeland Fundamentals Assure A Professional Finish!

Once we finish painting, we don’t stop there! Our expert painting crews go the extra mile to put finishing touches in place to make sure your home looks outstanding!

If it’s time for you to refresh and renew the interior or exterior of your home, give us a call first! We’re excited to offer fast and friendly services for all your painting needs, regardless of how small or big the project is. We can even provide guidance on selecting color schemes that enhance the interior of your space for a warmer ambiance.

Call (678) 679-3126 to discuss your Painting Project with one of our specialists today!

Tips for Painting Over Oil-Based Paint

How many times have you heard the saying that “oil and water don’t mix?” While this is sometimes the truth, when it comes to applying a fresh coat of paint, this isn’t necessarily always the case. In some situations, latex paint can be used to cover a surface that initially used an oil-based paint.

What Do I Need To Know When Painting Over Oil Based Paint?

The first tip is that you should never apply a coat of paint without first knowing what type of paint base you have. By doing so, you’re avoiding a lot of headaches later!

While you’ll have no real troubles applying latex paint to an oil-based surface and allowing it to dry, you’ll soon find the dried latex paint peels off easily, leaving your project looking like a disaster!

How To Determine What Type Of Base Paint You Have

Luckily for everyone, determining the existing paint on your surfaces is quite easy! All you need is a clean rag or a cotton ball and denaturized alcohol. Dip the cotton ball or cloth in the denaturalized alcohol, lightly saturating it. Then rub the cloth or cotton ball on the painted surface to test.

If you see paint on the clean cloth (pigment lifts from the surface) this indicates that it’s a latex or water based paint. If you don’t see any pigments (paint) on the cotton or cloth, this means you’re working with an oil-based paint.

Get Ready To Sand

Prepping the area, you’re planning on painting also helps set the foundation for fabulous looking results. We recommend using 150-grit sandpaper to smooth out all visible rough spots. Sanding is a step that you’ll want to complete before starting the next step, which is using a Primer. Sanding helps make the surface more course, so freshly applied paint will adhere more uniformly to the surface. After using a 150-grit grade of wallpaper for your initial sanding, switch to a 220-grit grade of sandpaper to make it smoother. Always be sure to clean away all dust from the surface for a smooth finish.

Apply Your Primer

Applying a high-quality coat of Primer is the next step in assuring that your finished painting project looks fantastic. Primer increases adhesion for a better finish. While some oil-based paints can get applied without the need for a primer layer, we always recommend that all areas to get painted are properly cleaned and sanded for maximal adhesion.

Don’t Let Oil Paint Deter You

Painting on top of an oil-based paint can be tricky, but don’t let that be enough to stop you from completing an improvement project at your home or office. Latex paint can be applied over oil-based paint. However, you’ll want to make certain that you follow all of our recommended steps before beginning to assure the best possible results.

If you live in the Suwannee area and you’d prefer to have your project completed by painting and renovation experts, give Freeland Painting call at 678-679-3126 today!

Jim Pollock: Testimonial

We want to thank Jim Pollock: Business Owner/Homeowner for his kind words. We are honored because we know “Relationships Matter more than the Brush or the Ladder.”

Jim: I became associated with Freeland Painting through meeting Doug. We got to know each other pretty well and I understood that he had a very professional organization. When it came time to do my house, I was obviously excited to see what he could do with the work here. My house had been basically neglected for, I say that, but for a few years because I didn’t take care of the woodwork on the outside. When he showed up to my project, he himself was here, he produced the estimate, he met with his men to get the job done, they took care of it. I needed to have someone assist me in selecting the colors and picking out certain colors. I thought it looked great and so we tested it, and you know that’s all I needed. It looked great and so then we went forward. I got to meet and work with the crew. I felt extremely comfortable leaving the house. The painters were in and out walking around, doing stuff. And I didn’t have any problems with that. And he’s got really good people working with him. It was a professional organization getting the exterior of my home taken care of, then just a painter showing up with a paintbrush. I would recommend Doug and Freeland Painting to my neighbors and my friends because I feel confident that he is going to take care of getting whatever needs to be done, done.

Text: Contact Freeland Painting: 770-744-4849.

Published Jan 12, 2017. Length: 1 min 57 seconds.

The Secret To A Perfect Interior Paint Job

 

When it comes to applying the perfect coat of paint on top of a surface that already has paint, many factors have to get considered. It isn’t always as easy as just grabbing your paintbrush and a can of paint.

One of the most important rules to follow for a perfect painting project is the knowing the type of base coat your surface uses. Paints, oil (or alkyd) paint can get applied on top of latex (or water-based) paint.  However, this never works out in reverse order.

If you make a mistake and cover a surface that has an oil-based base with latex paint, you’ll know it right away as the fresh paint, even when dry, will peel off in sheets. Even a mere fingernail scratch is enough to cause significant blemishes.

While it seems counter-intuitive, Latex Paint can safely get applied on top of oil based primers. Oil based primer can then get used to seal a previously painted oil based surface, allowing a layer of latex paint to get applied on top. Latex primers can’t be used on top of oil based paints, though. This type of primer and paint application is very specific and has to get done correctly or else peeling can occur. Once sealed, you can apply the latex paint on the surface.

 

Hybrid Paints Offer A Viable Solution

Due to new EPA regulations on oil based paints that have put restrictions on selling oil-based products to retail markets, many paint manufacturers have developed hybrid paints that dry to an enamel coat that are easily cleaned using water. Freeland Painting relies on Pro Classic Waterborne Alkyd paint by Sherwin Williams to cover areas such as trim, which benefit from using a higher gloss sheen. This new hybrid paint is compatible with both latex and previously painted oil-based surfaces. Using this type of hybrid paint eliminated the need to prime the area first, reducing the cost and time it takes to paint over surfaces with an oil-based pigment previously applied.

Freeland Painting has used this Sherwin-Williams Paint Product exclusively on all interior paint jobs since 2014 to assure a uniform application.

 

How To Determine What Type Of Base Paint Is Used

Before starting any painting project, the first thing to do is test the surface. By doing so, you’ll avoid a lot of headaches later knowing if you’re working with a latex or oil based paint.

Using a clean towel or rag, wipe a small amount of lacquer thinner onto the painted surface to test. If the surface has an oil-based paint applied, the cloth remains clean and doesn’t remove any of the material. If the surface is painted with latex (water-based) paint, the towel will discolor,  turning gray or black as the lacquer thinner begins removing the top layer of the paint. For accuracy, always be sure to clean the area you’re testing first, so you don’t confuse dirt with paint on the cloth.

We hope that you found this article helpful. If you live in the Suwannee, GA area and would like professional help with your next interior painting project, give us a call at 678.679.3126 to speak with one of our Painting professionals today!