Meet Amy Stanitzke: Freeland Painting’s Relationship Liaison

Ever since Freeland Painting was founded in 2009, it’s been a top priority to build our community relationships and presence in the Atlanta metro area and beyond. In fact, the experienced professionals at Freeland Painting believe that “Relationships matter more than the brush or the ladder.

That’s why we brought on Amy Stanitzke to Freeland Painting’s core team of professionals as our Relationship Liaison. If you’ve had the pleasure of working with Amy, you know she’s the exact right person for that role: A people-person with a positive attitude, Amy is enthusiastic about helping businessowners, homeowners, and other community members and groups connect with the right services to make their businesses stand out.

Freeland Painting provides residential, multi-family and commercial painting, (both interior and exterior), custom roofing, cementitious siding, and gutter systems that improve curb appeal and structural efficiency.

Our staff members play an integral role in ensuring that each customer enjoys a standout experience when they choose Freeland Painting. That’s why we want to introduce you to them.

We’ll start with Amy Stanitzke, because she’s celebrating her 2-year anniversary with Freeland Painting this week. We asked her a few questions so customers can get to know her better. Here’s what she shared:

What’s your favorite paint color?

Agreeable Gray! It was the most popular Sherwin Williams paint color in 2019. My husband and I ended up painting the outside of our house with it. What a great paint color name!

What made you decide to join the Freeland Painting team?

There’s a story about that. I met Doug Ireland, the owner and founder of Freeland Painting, through meetings of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce where Doug and I were both members. At the time, I was working in the senior living sector. Doug has a great personality, and he always cracked me up when we talked. At the time, my husband and I were customers — Freeland Painting painted both the interior and exterior of our houses. My husband and I became friends with Doug and his wife (the cofounder of Freeland Painting), Keri.

One weekend, Doug and Keri took us out on their boat on Lake Lanier. We had such a fun afternoon — and it made me think how wonderful it would be if we worked together. So I mentioned, “If you’re ever looking for a business development person for Freeland Painting, let me know.” That’s how it started. My position began as part-time, and has since grown into full-time work.

What does your role at Freeland Painting entail?

My job title is Relationship Liaison. I’m responsible for developing new client and customer relationships for Freeland Painting, maintaining our existing relationships, being a resource and a connector for people both in and outside of the industry.

I focus mainly on the Atlanta metro area, but also on a wider scope beyond Atlanta. Depending on the size of the job, Freeland Painting has taken crews out of state to complete important jobs for our valued customers. My role is to connect with property managers, property management companies, general contractors, and project managers in a wide variety of settings.

In which industry associations does Freeland Painting participate?

Freeland Painting actively participates in four associations to better communicate with and expand our client base:

  • Community Associations Institute (CAI Georgia), in the homeowners’ associations segment.
  • Atlanta Apartment Association, for the multi-family division of our business.
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW Atlanta), which is for both men and women in Atlanta’s real estate segment.
  • Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA Georgia), which includes property managers, building owners, and other industry vendors that Freeland Painting can partner with. BOMA  also provides resources that benefit all of our customers.

What’s your favorite part about working at Freeland Painting? 

We’re all so busy that we’re not often in the same office together — especially in the past 18 months. But when the whole team gathers in the same room, we all get along incredibly well and have strong relationships with each other.

This stems from Doug. He is a knowledgeable leader, and his focus is on putting great people and processes in place so Freeland Painting can make its customers happy and continue to grow. Doug standardized all of our work by establishing the “Freeland Fundamentals,” a 56-point checklist that covers every aspect of each project we undertake. Our goal is to make sure that every client enjoys a superior experience in working with us. We go the extra mile to ensure that our work gets completed within budget, within deadlines, and to our client’s complete satisfaction.

As a result of the Freeland Fundamentals, I always know what my next step is on every job. It takes the guess work out of serving our clients at a high-level of customer service.

How is Freeland Painting unique?

We distinguish ourselves from other painting companies because we’re all about relationships. Every company is made up of people, and we all experience human error on occasion. But if we have a paint drip on a driveway or elsewhere — what makes us different is how we solve the problem. Freeland Painting goes to lengths to make customers happy.

It’s also interesting to note that we’re a paperless office. We’re not wasting paper by circulating printouts by hand. Our processes and systems are digitized. We’re a very high-tech painting company. There’s no messy whiteboard with a list of projects. It’s all computerized. That makes us more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Do you have any unique hobbies or talents?

My husband, Steve, and I live on a lake. We love boating, being outdoors and playing tennis. And I also enjoy reading.

Have you ever had a DIY paint job “fail”?

Through painting the two walls in my kitchen, I gained a lot of respect for what the professional painters at Freeland Painting do. I got paint splatter on my maple cabinets even though I tried so hard to be careful. It wasn’t a great outcome. I learned that you’ve got to use painter’s tape like a pro and do things the right way.

Do you have any pets?

Yes: two dogs. Phoophie is an 8-year-old Maltese. Mojo is a 15-year-old Pekingese mix. We also have four grown children and we’re very proud of them.

What’s your favorite vacation memory?

Going to the Jersey Shore to visit family. I grew up outside of Philadelphia, and spent my summers going to Sea Isle City, New Jersey. When our kids were younger, they could rent bikes, and come and go as they pleased. What a relaxing vacation destination.

What’s your favorite song?

That’s a tough one. My husband’s an engineer by day, and a musician and pianist at heart. We listen to music all the time. I have a lot of favorites, but it’s too difficult to name just one.

Why should people in the Atlanta metro area choose Freeland Painting?

Because we care. And because our relationships with people matter to us. It’s so basic — but it’s so true.

And while we enjoy a solid reputation now, we realize that our reputation is only as good as the last job we finished. Constantly remaining vigilant in maintaining our positive reputation is important to building success, as it can disappear in an instant. We never forget that!

Call Freeland Painting at 678.679.3126 to schedule a free estimate for your single family or multi-family residence or business. We look forward to building a solid relationship with you that we are confident will last for years to come!

6 Reasons You Need Gutter Guards

While we love sunny summer days, the leaves of autumn will soon be upon us! There’s a good reason why we call the season “Fall” here in the United States (most other countries call it “autumn”)—all of those beautiful leaves on shade-providing trees in your yard are going to fall in the next few months. That can be a problem if your existing gutters aren’t up to the challenge.

At Freeland Painting, we know that clogged gutters are a homeowner’s nightmare. Here are 6 reasons why you don’t want clogged gutters on your home:

  1. Rainwater needs guidance. When your gutters get clogged (with Fall leaves, for example), they can’t perform their intended function: To guide rainwater away from your home’s foundation and therefore protect your home’s structural integrity.
  2. Foundation problems. When gutters are full of leaves, sticks, and acorns, they can’t guide rainwater safely to the downspout and away from your home’s foundation—where you want it to go. Over time, pooling water around your home’s foundation causes erosion and settling. The resulting cracks in your home’s foundation can cause structural problems.
  3. Gutter waterfalls damage landscape shrubs. When gutters are clogged, rainwater has nowhere to go. It often cascades over the edge of the gutter and falls to the ground forcefully, causing the soil or mulch around your home to erode. This harms your landscape plants or shrubs planted where the “gutter waterfall” lands because soil erosion exposes their roots.
  4. Interior damage to ceilings and sheetrock. It’s not just the outside of your home that can suffer damage due to clogged gutters. Standing water in your gutters can decay the wooden fascia boards on your home, and then water can seep inside and ruin your walls and ceiling. If your home doesn’t already have fiber cement siding and fascia, Freeland Painting can help with that, too!
  5. Mosquito breeding ground. Standing water in your gutters after a rainfall is the ideal breeding ground for mosquitos and other pests. In addition to being annoying, mosquitos carry diseases that could easily spread to you and your family. Eliminating standing water—in gutters and everywhere else on your property—is the key to eliminating mosquito breeding grounds.
  6. Clogged gutters need unclogging. This will involve someone—most likely you, your spouse, or your partner—climbing up on a ladder and trying to balance safely (yikes!) while fishing out the decaying leaves, acorns, and other debris from the gutters by hand. It’s a dirty and dangerous job, but somebody’s got to do it. Unless, that is, you prevent the problem of clogged gutters from happening in the first place.

Guard Your Gutters

As Benjamin Franklin wisely said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” For our purposes, he means that by installing gutter guard protection, you will prevent the problem of clogged gutters from ever occurring, so you essentially solve the problem before it even happens.

So what’s the solution? Freeland Painting offers high-quality, seamless custom gutter guards that are guaranteed to prevent leaves and other debris from getting stuck in your gutters and clogging them up.

That’s right: Gutter guards give your gutters their own specialized cover that lets rainwater run over them into your gutters using water’s property of surface tension while keeping leaves and other debris out.

Let Surface Tension Work For You

What is surface tension? It’s the property of water that makes water droplets “stick together” and adhere to the surface that water is already on.

Here’s how surface tension makes gutter guards so effective: As water runs down your roof and over the gutter guards, water clings to the gutter guard’s curved surface—even defying gravity for a split second as it adheres to the gutter guard’s curve before falling into the gutter beneath the guard.

Once in the gutter, rainwater is guided safely out through downspouts and away from your home’s foundation. However, leaves and other debris on your roof don’t have surface tension, so they can’t get past the gutter guard. It’s a simple, effective solution that can save you hours of hassle this Fall and every Fall for years to come.

We Install Gutter Guards Over Existing or New Gutters

If you don’t need new gutters but want custom, seamless gutter guard protection, Freeland Painting can install gutter guards over your existing gutters.

If you’ve been thinking about installing new gutters, Freeland Painting highly recommends both our seamless custom gutters and Gutter Guard protection system. It’s guaranteed to keep leaves and debris out of your gutters, so they function correctly and protect your home, inside and out.

Call Freeland Painting for a Free Estimate

We even offer free estimates—call us today to schedule at 678.679.3126. When you get Gutter Guard covers professionally installed by Freeland Painting, you’ll be the happiest homeowner on your block because you can spend more time doing the things you love rather than cleaning out your clogged gutters!

DIY Paint Tips: How to Clean Your Paint Brush Like a Pro

The experts at Freeland Painting are excited to share paint tips to help you accomplish do-it-yourself painting projects with professional results. That’s why we’ve shared information, including how to tape like a pro and 9 tips for painting a wall like a pro.

We recently posted our insights on how to choose the right brush for your paint project. In that blog post, we discussed various scenarios that call for specific brush shapes and sizes, but the overall takeaway was this: Buy the most expensive brush you can afford.

Why should you buy the most expensive paint brush you can afford? Because the technology is in the bristles: The better your paint brush, the better your paint job. Plus, a high-quality paintbrush will last for years IF you clean that paintbrush properly after each use. So, how do you do that?

How to Clean Latex Paint from a Paintbrush

Latex paint is the most widely used paint for walls and trim in homes, so that’s the type of paint we’ll talk about cleaning from your paintbrush.

When you’re done painting with latex paint, here’s what NOT to do: Don’t use vinegar, don’t soak the paint brush in a cleaning solution, don’t use a wire brush to scrub the bristles, and don’t use sprays or chemicals to clean it. Cleaning latex paint from your brush properly is much simpler than that.

All you need to clean latex paint from your brush is warm, running water. That’s right: Latex paint is water-soluble and will clean up using nothing but warm water. No soaps, no chemicals – just clean, warm, running water.

Here’s how: With the handle of the paint brush pointed toward your body and the bristles pointed away, run the bristles under warm water and gently massage the paint out of them with your fingers. Keep the paintbrush angled downward so that the bristles are lower than the handle and water flows from the handle end down through the bristles.

Be patient, as there can be a lot of paint on the brush. When you think you’ve gotten all of the paint out of the brush, turn the brush over and repeat the process on the other side–working any remaining paint out of the bristles with your fingers in a gentle manner. The key is to be patient and gentle with the paint brush.

Final Steps for Pro Paintbrush Care

Once all of the paint is out of your brush, it’s time to dry it like a pro:

  1. Dab it. To dry your paint brush, dab both sides of the bristles lightly on a clean cloth several times. Then, reform the bristles into their original position, and lay the brush flat to dry.
  2. Roll it. If there’s still a lot of water in the bristles, you can speed the drying process by rolling the handle of the brush between your hands so that the brush spins quickly and centrifugal force causes the water droplets to leave the bristles. After spinning the brush, reform the bristles into their original position—the way the brush looked when you took it out of its packaging—and lay the brush flat to dry.
  3. Cover it. When you purchase your high-quality paint brush, save the cardboard cover that comes with it. Why should you save it? Because it’s the ideal storage mechanism for your brush. Once your brush is completely dry, simply re-insert it into the cardboard cover, and your brush is ready for your next painting project!

Our No. 1 Paint Brush Care Tip

The number one, most important tip Freeland Painting can share about paintbrush care is this: Never let paint dry on your paintbrush.

It’s simple: Avoid letting paint dry on your bristles so that cleaning the paintbrush will be much easier and more successful.

That means you should always wash your brush immediately after you’re done with your paint job, while the paint is still wet. No procrastinating!

If you need help finishing your DIY paint project, call the expert painters at Freeland Painting. We’ll happily provide you with a free estimate on your home, commercial, or multi-family painting project.

Contact us today at 678.679.3126 to schedule a free estimate!

DIY Paint Tips: How to Tape Like a Pro

When you’re ready to start your next DIY painting project, after choosing the right paintbrush and deciding what colors and sheen of paint to use, the next step is prepping your paint surface. To achieve a professional-quality paint job, Freeland Painting recommends using painter’s tape to ensure sharp, clean paint lines.

Painter’s tape serves as a barrier between the areas you want to paint—and those you don’t. It’s especially useful on ceilings, baseboards, and trim. Here’s what you need to know to apply, use, and remove painters tape like a pro.

Choose the right painter’s tape for your paint project

With painter’s tape, you get what you pay for. While you may be tempted to buy a cheap painter’s tape, at Freeland Painting we recommend “sticking with” the original: Blue interior painter’s tape from Scotch. We like ScotchBlue original multi-surface painter’s tape in the 1.5-inch width. With its medium-strength adhesive, it’s our go-to tape for protecting trim, drywall, ceilings, and floors. If you’re painting near delicate surfaces such as cabinets or freshly painted surfaces that you want to protect, use ScotchBlue’s lower-adhesive version. Unsure which tape is best for your project? Scotch offers a handy, free paint tape selector tool to help you decide.

Pro tip: Here’s what not to use: Masking tape looks similar to painters tape, but its adhesive leaves a sticky residue, which can be difficult to remove. And be sure to check that your painter’s tape is for interior surfaces when you’re painting inside. Exterior painter’s tape has stronger adhesive to stick to cement, brick, or stucco and could damage your walls, trim, or other interior surface when used inside.

Prepare Surfaces Like a Pro

To get the best paint job possible, you have to prepare like a pro. With a clean, damp sponge or cloth, gently wipe the surfaces you plan to tape and paint. This includes baseboards, trim, walls, ceilings, and wherever else may soon have either paint or painter’s tape on it. The reason is simple: Dust builds up (yes, even on walls—don’t ask us how!) and can prevent both paint and painter’s tape from adhering correctly. If you skip wiping down dusty baseboard surfaces and apply painter’s tape on top of the dust, the tape won’t adhere properly and may leak or pucker. When that happens, paint spreads under the tape resulting in messy lines—defeating the purpose of taping in the first place!

Pro tip: While waiting for your surfaces to dry after wiping them down, remove light switch covers, nails, and other fixtures. A 3-inch piece of painter’s tape applied over the bare light switch itself will prevent unwanted paint splatter. Use another small piece of painter’s tape to stick the light switch cover screws onto the back of the cover itself, so they don’t get lost.

Apply Painter’s Tape With Precision

Once your surface is clean and dry, it’s time to start taping. When applying tape to a straight edge such as a ceiling or baseboard trim, keep the roll of tape flat against the wall and work in short sections (about 8 inches at a time), aligning the tape over the surface you’re taping and making sure it sticks well. Avoid stretching the tape. Rookie paint tapers may want to remove short, 6- to 10-inch sections of tape while you get the hang of it. Once the tape is applied, go back over its edge to seal the bond with a putty knife or credit card. Check out this video from Ace Hardware that shows best practices for using painter’s tape.

Pro tip: When you get to the corner of the baseboard, continue past the corner and run the tape an inch or two up the wall in a perpendicular fashion. Then, use a sharp putty knife or razor blade to cut the tape off the wall along the baseboard line. That way, the corner of your baseboard is thoroughly protected.

Gently Remove Painter’s Tape

Once you’ve finished painting the wall, it’s time to remove your painters tape. The best time to remove it is just after you’ve painted, while the paint is still wet. Don’t wait for it to dry, as the dry paint may lead to chipping of the paint surface as you remove the tape, resulting in a messy line. To remove painter’s tape, tug gently on the tape at a 45-degree angle. Go slow as you remove it, watching for any trouble spots. If you see or hear paint pulling away from your freshly painted surface, use a razor blade or utility knife to gently cut the tape away from the surface to maintain a clean line.

Pro tip: Though it’s tempting to use the same tape for multiple coats of paint, the expert painters at Freeland Painting know that you’ll get a better result from removing the tape—and reapplying it—with each coat of paint.

Using painter’s tape like a pro takes patience and skill, but the resulting high-quality paint job is worth the effort.

When you’re ready to call in the professionals, Freeland Painting is here to help. Give us a call to schedule a free estimate on your paint job. Whether it’s a residential, multi-family, or commercial paint project: No job is too big or too small: We do it all!

Call Freeland Painting at 678.679.3126 to schedule your free estimate!