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Monday, March 3, 2014
What you should know about your wood siding
The biggest risk to wood siding is moisture, which will
lead to rotting, insect infestations, mildew; mold; paint peeling, etc.
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Wood siding expands and contracts with normal changes in humidity and temperature. These fluctuations
cause paint to chip and crack, and cause caulked seams to deteriorate around windows, doors, and corners. And because the
south and west sides of your home receive the most sun, they will wear faster than the north and east sides, and your siding
will need repairs and re-finishing more often on these sides of your home.
It is therefore important that at least once a year you should inspect your wood siding. Inspect your siding
for any possible places where water can penetrate or get under the boards: joints with cracked caulking; missing flashing;
cracked boards; chipped or peeling paint; open nail holes; and around trim and light fixtures.
Your wood siding must be properly finished with paint, stain, or clear sealer. Left unprotected, it’s susceptible
to rot and decay caused by moisture.
But in addition
to being properly finished, there are other things you should do to protect your wood siding. For example, make sure that
any soil is at least 8 inches below the bottom of your wood siding, to prevent moisture and insects from infiltrating your
wood. And be sure that no bushes, tree branches, shrubbery, etc. are touching your wood siding. These can scratch your siding
and create opportunities for insects and moisture to attack your wood. You should always have about 1-2 feet between your
house and any plant materials, including crawling vines.
take care that any lawn sprinklers do not spray water onto your wood siding, especially sprinkler heads which point upwards
and can spray water under the edges of your wood siding, Masonry or Brick. Over time miss-adjusted sprinklers can create an
avenue for water intrusion into your home or building, which if nothing else can lead to a maintenance nightmare. Check the
coverage of your sprinkler heads once a month and adjust as necessary to prevent a large repair bill. A little maintenance
now can save you $$. And further about your lawn, when mowing your grass, be sure that the mower discharge faces away from
your house, so that sticks and stones thrown from the mower do not fly against and damage your siding.
Never let children throw balls against your siding. And if you have problems with wood peckers,
then placing a wind chime nearby can often help keep them away.
You will also want to make sure that your attic has proper ventilation, and maintain your indoor humidity below 65%.
As high humidity from these areas can cause moisture to get behind your wood siding. And if you are in a region that is prone
to ice damming, you should consider adding roof heat tracing wires, to prevent ice build-ups which can cause water to infiltrate
behind your wood siding.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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Friday, February 7, 2014
Tired of White Walls? Here are 6 popular colors for any type of home
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If you've lived with white walls
for a bit too long, yet kind of freak out when presented with paint color choices, we know that you're not suddenly going
to go for dramatic black walls. That's why we've rounded up some no-fail paint colors that can fit in any home no matter what
style. These hues may be on the "safe" side, but they're a great step towards more colorful living.Great For (Color) Commitment-Phobes: Benjamin Moore, Manchester Tan Color Expert Sharon Grech told BobVila.com that this neutral "is almost like an off-white. It’s not gray
or cold, and it’s not a boring beige." So, it's great for anyone who is scared of real color. Try it in: The kitchen. Great Blue-Behr Premium Paint, Cloisonne Blue Blue is a crowd-pleaser, the go-to choice when someone wants to try "real" color. (Not that neutrals aren't
"real," but you know what we mean.) This soft blue has slight hints of gray, which lends sophisticated appeal. It
especially works for small spaces. Try it in: Bedrooms and hallways. Great Gray: Benjamin Moore, Rockport Gray Gray is timeless, but can often skew too "cold." This version has warmer undertones, which create a cozier
feeling. It also makes for a great backdrop for art or framed photographs. Try it in: Living rooms, kitchens and home offices. Best Calming Color: Sherwin Williams, Sea Salt
Sage green hues are perennially popular because they work like a neutral while still adding a little color to a space.
They also come across as soothing. This particular shade has a touch more "green" without going muddy. Try it in:
Bedrooms, home offices, dining rooms and kitchens.Most Flattering For Skin Tones: Benjamin Moore, August MorningA golden apricot that This Old House says flatters every
skin tone. Try it in: A small bathroom.
Color: Sherwin Williams, Tea Chest Deep chocolate brown is an unsung hero of the paint world. It can go in pretty much any room, gorgeously sets off textures
(woods, textiles, etc.) yet is unobtrusive. Try it in: Living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Pallas Painting, Inc earns 2013 Angie;s List Super Service Award
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January 7th, 2014
Award reflects Pallas Painting’s consistently high level of customer service
Pallas Painting has earned the service industry’s coveted
Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review
service in 2013.
“Only about 5 percent of the
companies Pallas Painting competes with in the Chicago and surrounding areas are able to earn our Super Service Award,”
said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a mark of consistently great customer service.”
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2013 winners have met strict
eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade;
the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide
by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from
price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2013 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search
results on AngiesList.com.
Exceptional quality, honesty and customer service have made Pallas Painting, Inc. a national
leader in the residential painting industry for over 24+ years. We deliver the very best value in painting to residents in
Dupage, Kane, Will and other counties. For more information, please visit: www.pallaspainting.com
Angie's List helps consumers have happy transactions with local service professionals in more
than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to healthcare. More than 2 million paid households use Angie's
List to gain access to local ratings, exclusive discounts, the Angie’s List Magazine and the Angie's List complaint
What to do with left over paint
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At Pallas Painting we leave left over paint when we finish a
paint job at your home. We usually ask if we can store it someplace warm and out of the way for you, like a basement.
But one day you’re cleaning out your basement and
you think, all this old paint is a hazard, and you dispose of it. You hired Pallas Painting so you never will have to
lift a brush again, right? We ask you to please hold off, unless you are sure that it is useless and you plan to update your
walls with another color in the future.
we come to do a touch up or make a repair we can use the left over paint. If properly stored it will last 10 years or more.
If it’s dried up and otherwise useless we can still use the information on the can and dried material inside the
can to match the paint. It can be very difficult to match a color if there is no paint can around to use as evidence. And
rather than just touch up an area we might have to repaint the whole room and this will cost you extra.