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FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions


 "Because an informed customer is the best customer."

Q. What is the difference between pressure washing and mildew removal?

A.
As its name implies, pressure washing involves the use of pressurized water to remove dirt, sediment, and other contaminants from a surface.

Pressure washing is most appropriate for concrete, pea gravel, bricks, and other masonry surfaces.
Pressure washing can also be used to remove peeling paint in preparation for painting, though extreme care must be exercised to avoid damage to the substrate.
Mildew removal involves an application of chlorine and detergent, often with the use of a pressure washer (though at low pressure).

The chlorine will kill mildew and the mold spores which cause mildew, and the detergent will loosen the accumulated dirt which provides nutrition to the mildew.

Many companies attempt to remove mildew by pressure washing. Not only can this force water into the house (particularly around doors and windows), it does not provide sufficient cleaning.
While high pressure water will remove most visible dirt and mildew, residual dirt and mold spores will quickly lead to renewed mildew growth.

I make a distinction between these two cleaning methods because they are appropriate for different surfaces.

Q. My house is only three years old and it is covered in mildew. Should a paint job last longer than that?

A.
Yes, a paint job should last longer than three years. However, exterior paint requires regular maintenance to maintain its appearance and extend its life. 

The mildew growth you are experiencing is not uncommon in Houston, particularly on new homes. Builders frequently use paints which do not contain a mildewcide.

The composition of the paint, combined with our climate and omnipresent mold spores, makes mildew an inescapable problem in Florida.

Your paint may be in fine condition. I would recommend cleaning the exterior of your house, and then inspecting the paint. In addition to being unsightly, mildew can also destroy the paint film. Regularly cleaning the exterior will not only improve the appearance but extend the life of your paint as well.


Q. Most of our shower is tiled. The ceiling and a small section above the tile have painted sheetrock, which frequently mildews. In addition, the paint flakes off regularly. What can we do?

A.
Unfortunately, not much. Condensation from the shower is collecting on the painted surfaces and causing both problems.

The damp, warm environment is perfect for mildew, and as the moisture penetrates the paint film, it causes a loss of adhesion, resulting in the flaking.

The addition of a mildewcide to the paint may help, but it will not eliminate the mildew problem. Improving air circulation in the shower may also help, but this may not be possible or practical.
Regularly cleaning with a mild bleach solution will kill the mildew, but will most likely contribute to the peeling problem. Using a satin or semi-gloss latex paint will help with both problems. 

These paints develop a harder finish, which will deter moisture penetration. They are also a little more mildew resistant. This is most likely going to be an ongoing problem, due to the design of the shower.


Q. My Home is mostly brick and I really don't like the color. Can bricks be painted?

A.
Yes, but special preparation is required. The bricks should be cleaned to remove dirt, algae, and mildew.

A masonry primer should be applied to seal the bricks. If they are extremely pitted or uneven, a block filler may be needed to fill the indentations. Bricks present some unique problems compared to wood.

The porosity of the bricks and the alkalinity of the mortar can adversely affect the appearance and adhesion of paint.

For example, highly porous bricks which are not properly sealed will absorb paint unevenly, resulting in a spotty appearance.

On older homes with significant damage to the bricks and mortar, painting can greatly improve the appearance. Caulk can be used to fill cracks, and once painted, are much less noticeable.

An elastomeric coating can be used to provide a water proof barrier which will bridge any hairline cracks which subsequently develop.


Q. My house is about 50 years old and has been painted many times. Some areas look fine but others are peeling terribly. What causes this?

A.
There are probably a number of causes. Areas exposed to the afternoon sun, generally on the West, take a real beating. The intense heat causes the paint film to expand. If the paint film cannot expand sufficiently, cracks will develop and moisture can get under the paint film and cause even further damage.

On an older home, it is most likely that oil based paint was used at one time. Because oil base paint continues to harden over time, these layers of paint will be extremely brittle. Each layer of paint will expand at different rates which will contribute to the stress on the paint film. In areas where the old paint has been removed down to bare wood, adhesion is probably much better than those areas with multiple layers of paint. This too can cause problems as the edges of the old paint curl, allowing for moisture penetration.

The most effective long-term solution is to completely remove all old paint. However, this is obviously a time-consuming, and consequently, expensive endeavor.

Q. I got three bids for painting my house. Two estimators walked around the house, took a few notes, and handed me a price. How do you determine prices?

A.
Many painters still use the "eye-ball" method, i.e., they rely on a visual inspection and their experience to determine the labor and materials required for the job.

While they may be fairly accurate, it is easy to overlook certain factors. The result may be a price which is inaccurately low. When the painter realizes this, he may be tempted to cut corners or generate additional charges to offset the loss he will incur.

I have developed a more scientific approach to estimating. In general, each type of surface will take a specific amount of time to prepare and paint.

By determining the quantity of each surface, I can calculate the time required for the job, as well as material requirements. The same holds true for virtually every service we offer.

This system allows me to accurately identify the costs associated with the job. In addition, we monitor production rates and material prices and make adjustments when necessary.

Rather than guess about labor and materials, we quantify the work to be done. While my estimate is not 100% accurate, it does eliminate the guess work, which results in more accurate pricing.

Q. When we approved your estimate, we were told it would take 3 weeks before you could start. Why does it take so long?

A.
The primary reason is our work load. However, we also take into consideration other factors, such as the type of work. A particular crew may be better suited for certain types of work, which may delay the start of your job while they complete other work scheduled for them.

It has been suggested that I hire additional crews to reduce the waiting time. While this is true, it may also result in hiring less desirable painters. Rather than compromise the quality of our services, I prefer to maintain quality and perhaps occasionally lose a job because of the back log.

Of course, we are always looking for good painters and supervisors. But "good" in our context means more than just being a skilled craftsman. I look for individuals with sound characters, which greatly reduces the potential labor pool.

In addition, because our business is somewhat seasonal-- the winter months are generally slower-- employee turnover would greatly increase. This would have a negative impact on morale, and ultimately, on quality. In the long term, stability and quality are interrelated.

By keeping turnover to a minimum, my crews know what I expect of them, and I know their capabilities. I do not need to continually train new crews. Everyone-- myself, my crews, and my customers-- benefits.


Q. How long does it normally take you to give an estimate?

A.
We can generally get an estimate to a customer within 24 hours of inspecting the work. More complex jobs or work which will require some research-- e.g., to find the best coating for a particular problem-- might take a little longer.

Most of our estimates are generated on a computer. The number of materials we use and the variety of surfaces we prepare and paint makes it virtually impossible to determine an accurate price without a computer.

The computer allows us to include and consider all of the variables which will influence the time it takes to complete the job. For example, our computers are programmed with production rates, material usage rates, material pricing, etc. When we enter the proper quantities into the computer, we can accurately determine the labor and material requirements for the job.

Other variables, such as access problems, are then factored into the price. We then write the estimate, detailing the work to be completed and, after review and approval by the estimator, submit the estimate to the customer.

 

 

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