Is It Time for New Gutters?

When your house or commercial building was built, the contractor most likely installed gutters around the perimeter of the roof. The reason builders install gutters is to catch rainwater runoff and guide it away from the structure’s foundation and landscaping. This prevents erosion and potential foundation damage that can happen when water collects around a home or commercial building’s base.

Ideally, your gutters will function well without getting clogged by leaves and other falling debris from the Greater Atlanta area’s gorgeous trees. In reality, that’s not always the case.

If gutters get clogged, what will happen?

Without any gutters―or with clogged gutters that don’t function correctly―your house could be in structural danger. When rainwater is allowed to collect and pool around a home’s foundation over time, it can seriously damage the foundation and cause structural damage. That’s why gutters are a big deal.

How can you tell when it’s time for new gutters?

  1. Clogged gutters. If your gutters get clogged often, you’ll need to get up on a ladder to clean out the rotting mess of leaves, sticks, and acorns. That can be a sign that it’s time for a new gutter system.
  2. Sagging gutters. If your gutters are sagging from the weight of too much water and debris, or water pours over the edge of the gutters when it rains—it’s time for new gutters.
  3. Leaking/rusty gutters. If your gutters are leaking at their seams or corners, or if you have rusty seams that look awful—it’s time for new gutters.
  4. Gutters pulling away from the home’s roofline. If your gutters are pulling away from the home’s roofline—it’s time for new gutters.

So, what’s the best type of gutter system that will withstand the Greater Atlanta area’s spring and summer rainstorms?

Freeland Painting has the answer!

Benefits of Seamless Custom Gutters from Freeland Painting

Freeland Painting builds and installs high-quality, seamless custom gutter systems that prevent many problems that traditional gutters can cause.

“We custom build 6-inch gutters in one continuous length with no seams on the straight stretches of your home’s roofline,” said Doug Ireland, founder and CEO of Freeland Painting. Seamless gutters provide a significant advantage because they have fewer failure points: Seams can leak, sag, and collect debris. Without seams, your gutter system will function much better.

“The only seams on Freeland Painting’s custom gutters are in any corners on the home—such as around a bay window—because when there’s a 45-degree corner in the gutter, there has to be a seam. Otherwise, they are completely seamless.”

In addition to providing high-quality seamless gutters, Freeland Painting uses a state-of-the-art mounting system to attach gutters securely to your house.

“Instead of nails, we use hidden gutter brackets that are mounted with screws for a more secure attachment that holds up well over time. Nails often fail to hold the weight of gutters filled with rainwater, making them sag and pull away from the structure. When gutters sag, they hold water; instead of guiding the water to a downspout, the water leaks over the edge of saggy gutters, and they fail.”

The hidden gutter bracket that Freeland Painting uses to secure gutters to your house helps your home’s curb appeal. The bracket is attached to the home’s wood trim from the inside of the gutter. These high-quality brackets connect the gutter’s outer lip for a secure attachment that protects the profile and shape of the gutter long-term.

“We install hidden gutter brackets every 24 inches—instead of 36 inches on a traditional seamed gutter—to hold your gutters securely and prevent sagging and leaking.”

In addition, Freeland Painting can add custom guards to the top of your gutters, which prevent debris from getting caught in them. With this feature, you’ll avoid climbing a ladder to clean out clogged gutters every Fall!

Quite simply, Freeland Painting offers a better gutter.

When you’re ready to replace your sagging, leaking, rusty, clogged gutters, give us a call at 678-679-3126 or email customerservice@freelandpainting.com. We’ll set up a convenient time for our experts to provide you with a free estimate for creating and installing seamless, custom gutters to protect and beautify your home.

What’s the best paint color to sell my house?

Planning to sell your house this year? Then you’re probably busy working through a checklist of things to do to make your home more attractive to potential buyers, like this one from Realtor.com. In addition to cleaning, making small repairs, and decluttering, real-estate experts also advise you to consider the outside curb appeal of your home. One major wow factor of your home’s curb appeal is a fresh coat of paint in one of this year’s most popular, trending paint colors.

Need some help with that? That’s where Freeland Painting comes in! We help homeowners in the Greater Atlanta area beautify their homes inside and out with a fresh coat of paint. But what color should you paint the outside to attract today’s buyers?

The Cyclical Nature of Paint Color Trends

Doug Ireland, the founder and CEO of Freeland Painting, has been in the painting and renovation industry for 18 years professionally – 33 years if you include working for his dad while in his teens and twenties. With those years of experience comes a wealth of accumulated industry knowledge.

“Contemporary color choices tend to change from season to season. As with many things that are a matter of taste, popular colors tend to be cyclical,” Doug explained. “For example, just a few years ago, we saw color shades trending in a reverse pattern – meaning, houses had light-color siding and darker-color trim. We haven’t seen that trend since the late 1970s! But it came back.”

“And for those who were glad to see brass door handles and cabinet pulls go out of favor in the 1990s—Well, they’re back.”

Find the Right Color to Help Sell Your Home Fast

Doug shared his thoughts on the colors you should consider to get your home sold.

“Right now, the most popular, trending colors have undertones on the cooler side of the color scale, instead of the warmer side. And gray ― shades of gray and charcoal ― are very hot,” he explained. “The trend has evolved from beige to “greige” to simply gray. This particular color trend morphed very slowly over recent years.”

What is greige, you ask? Greige is simply a mix of gray and beige that results in a richer color. Greige works well in either a cool or warm color scheme. It’s one of the hardest-working colors in the realm!

But back to the best paint color for selling your house: Gray.

“Grays come in a wide array of shades, ranging from rosy or mauve shades, to greenish shades, and then to blue shades of gray,” Doug explained. “The cooler colors of gray that are now popular have a hint of blue in them, but they’re still gray.”

4 Specific House Color Recommendations

In the Sherwin Williams line-up of high-performance paint, Doug shared four recommended colors he recommends to homeowners who aren’t sure what color to paint their homes to sell. These colors would be ideal for either your home’s exterior or interior, appealing to a wide range of buyers.

Three of the four are cooler hues of gray that are most popular right now, but he also adds a fourth choice that’s a bit warmer in undertone:

  1. Mindful Gray (SW-7016) is an extremely popular color because of its neutrality.
  2. Gray Clouds (SW-7658) has cooler undertones than Mindful Gray, with just a hint of blue in it.
  3. Morning Fog (SW-6255) goes another step further toward a blue-gray, and is trending.
  4. Requisite Gray (SW-7023) is a warm gray that’s ideal for people who prefer grays on the warmer side of the scale. Its popularity is fading a bit, but it’s still a nice color.

3 Recommended Accent Colors

As for accent colors on doors and trim, which are trending darker both on the inside and outside of homes, Doug recommends:

  1. Black Fox (SW-7020)
  2. Enduring Bronze (SW-7055)
  3. Iron Ore (SW-7069)

And, if you have a brick home that could use a fresh coat of confidence, we offer a state-of-the-art treatment called Lime Wash that gives your brick home instant old-world charm.

At Freeland Painting, we’re here to help with all of your home’s external and internal painting needs. Helping you choose the right color is part of the service we provide. At Freeland Painting, relationships matter more than the brush and the ladder. That’s why we offer a free color consultation with each job.

Call us today at 678-679-3126 or email customerservice@freelandpainting.com to arrange a convenient time for our experts to provide a free estimate on painting your home. With a high-quality paint job by Freeland Painting, your house will impress every buyer who is lucky enough to see it!

Give Your Brick Home Old-World Charm with Lime Wash

Is your brick home’s exterior dated and ho-hum? Would it benefit from an innovative treatment to give it new life and become one of your neighborhood’s most admired homes?

Here’s a creative painting idea: consider trying Lime Wash, a process from Benjamin Moore paints.

Freeland Painting has used Lime Wash with great success—most recently on the Johnson residence in Suwanee, Georgia.

Check out Freeland Painting founder Doug Ireland explaining the process in this video:

Lime Wash is a custom process. Freeland Painting professionals create it by applying a Benjamin Moore painting product and then expertly performing a wash-off with pressure washing. It’s a unique process that Freeland Painting has mastered.

“We custom-created this look for the homeowners, and tested it until the homeowners said, ‘Yes! That’s it! That’s the look we want!’” Doug explained.

The end result looks so cool―like a German Schmear.

What’s a German Schmear, you ask? Home improvement gurus from Bob Vila to HGTV rave about the German Schmear process to transform any brick element on your home with the look of an elegant, cozy European cottage. It’s a “perfectly imperfect” way to update your brick home in style.

Lime Wash will give your home instant Old World charm—but without the 200-year wait!

The Johnsons were delighted with the results of their home’s new Lime Wash update: “We’re very pleased with this process. Freeland Painting provided very professional service. We would do it again if we had other properties. You have to try this!” said Mrs. Johnson.

Check out the before and after photos of the Johnson residence, below. What a difference!

Freeland Painting Johnson Residence

If you’re looking to have a cool paint job done for your home or business, give Freeland Painting a call today: 678-679-3126. With 20 years of experience painting Altanta-area homes, we’re ready to serve you!

Remember: Think outside the box, but paint inside the lines!

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!

Do I Have to Prime a Surface Before Applying A Fresh Coat of Paint?

One of the most common questions that many homeowners have when they’re thinking about tackling an interior painting project is whether or not they need to use a coat of Primer before applying the finish paint.

Depending on the surface that you’re planning on painting, priming the surface isn’t always necessary. However, applying a coat of Primer first always helps assure that the more expensive top coats apply smoothly and adhere evenly for improved and longer-lasting results.

Painting New Drywall

When working with new drywall, using a high-quality primer first is a wise idea. A coat of high-quality primer reduces the likelihood that you’ll need to use two or more layers of surface paint to cover the surface with a perfect surface coat adequately.

Repaired Or Patched Drywall

If you’re working with fixed or patched drywall, you’ll need to pay particular attention to the areas with spackle or joint compounds on them. If these are small repairs, a separate primer isn’t required. All you need to do is apply a light coat of the finishing paint and allow it to dry to spot prime the drywall. Once the spot primed areas dry, you can paint over them without these spots showing.

Lightening Up Dark Walls

If you’re looking to lighten up the color of your existing wall covering, the most efficient way to do this is by using a Primer that offers a high amount of “hide” qualities helps subdue the pigments in the existing paint job, so a lighter color isn’t tainted. If applying a darker shade on a lighter pigment, the lighter color should have no adverse effect on the appearance of the finished surface of a darker shade of paint.

Tinted Primers Prep The Surface

One trick that professional painters rely on to assure a great looking finished surface is using a tinted primer to start. The use of tinted primers is an inexpensive way to achieve the intended finishing color before using a more expensive top coat to cover the area.

Covering Stains and Minimizing Odor

Stains and odors are other areas where primer comes in handy to cover these imperfections. Stains, spots, and odors caused by grease, crayons, and smoking, when not correctly treated before painting don’t get magically erased from the surface. Using a specialized Primer that’s designed to kill odors and stains helps assure that old odors and imperfections don’t show through when re-covered.

We Help With Painting Projects In Suwannee

If you live in the Suwannee, Georgia area and you have questions about an interior (or exterior) painting project, it would be our pleasure to help you. With two decades of experience under our belts, we are here to offer friendly advice, professional service, and ‘finishing touches’ as our way of saying ‘thanks’ for your business.

Give us a call at 678-679-3126 to discuss your project today!