Here is a recent review I am very excited about...
Thank you so much for a job well done. We are so happy with the job you did in our house, we have recommended you to all the other home-owners in our new neighborhood. They are all very excited at the prospect of using your services. They are all quite resourceful and thorough and from the feedback I got from them, you are definitely the cheapest around. I appreciate you SO much for working with me and knowing my budget and helping me to stay within that budget. I know had I attempted this job myself, with those 20ft ceilings, it would have been a mess. You made this such a simple and comfortable experience. I am 100% certain, we will be calling you for any future needs.
With Austin Interior Painting, you not only get a professional painter, but you get an honest experienced friend in the painting business. We work closely with interior designers and general contractors, ensuring the best possible results for you. Our experienced painters guarantee clean, prompt service.
Don't trust your painting needs to anyone with a brush.
Painting Services is licensed and bonded. We offer a wealth of experience and expertise, at the same prices as inexperienced painters.
Painting Services is licensed and bonded. We offer a wealth of experience and expertise, at the same prices as inexperienced painters.
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Choosing a Good Painting Contractor
It seems that every year more homeowners are choosing to hire professional painters / painting contractors than do it themselves. A professional painting contractor can offer a level of quality not easily obtained by the average do-it-yourselfer.Livingston county has many quailty painter / painting contractors.
Evaluating a Paint Job for the Potential Do-It-Yourselfer
House painting is labor intensive and can be dangerous. Both interior and exterior painting will require considerable physical effort. Typically, exterior painting is the most demanding. Some things to consider are;
Are you comfortable with heights? Climbing ladders is a major part of any paint job.
Are you capable of moving heavy objects, like furniture? Lifting and moving things are also a big part of painting. Make sure you are physically able to do it.
Time is another factor to consider. Depending on the project, it could take several days of effort to finish the painting. This is especially true for exterior painting. Painters are typically faster than the homeowner.
Can you live with things being unfinished for a while if you are called away? For most people, they only have the weekends to accomplish something; an average exterior could take a month or more to accomplish woking only weekends.
Experience counts. It's hard to overstate the importance of experience. There is no such thing as "cookie cutter" paint jobs, where the same procedures can be used over and over with the same good results. Even new construction is a challenge from one job to the next. Painters do this kind of work all the time
Every home is different and will require different amounts and types of preparation as well as different mixes of products to achieve lasting results. The more types of paint jobs that a painter does the more they learn. Only the experience of your house painter can produce lasting results.
How to Find a Good House Painter
Ok, now you have come to the conclusion to hire a painting contractor or at least get a couple of quotes for your painting project. The cost of house painting can be substantial and a quality job even more. Get the most out of your paint job by choosing your painter correctly.
You have a few choices to help you locate a quality minded painting contractor.
In order to help you find that perfect painter I have put together some ideas. Starting with your personal sources and ending with the internet sources. An on-line contractor referral network offer free price quotes on a variety of construction services.
The best place to find information on painters or painting contractors here in Livingston County is of course Livingston county contractors.com we have painting contractors that live and work in brighton, hell, howell, hamburg, hartland, fowlerville, lakeland, whitmore lake and unadilla. Word of mouth advertising always starts with satisfied customers.
Therefore, start by
Reading about the company and their history in the area.
Read the awnsers to the question in the Interview with the Owner.
Read the reviews that homeowners like you have left for these painters in Livingston county.
This is a very important consideration.
Did the painting company start and finish in a timely fashion?
Arriving at a reasonable time every morning reinforces a schedule. Remember, with an exterior the weather always dictates the schedule.
Is a warranty included?
If a paint warranty was included find out if it has a reasonable amount of time before expiring, 3 years is enough, and if it has any value. Simply stating a warranty isn't enough. Get it in writing and understand its limitations!
If asking friends, family or co-workers doesn’t produce any leads there are other avenues that can help.
Local Paint Store
First and foremost is your local paint store, not the home improvement center. Most professional painters purchase their products from a local supplier, a paint store.
Here they have built a reputation, either good or bad, based on the quality of products purchased over time and timely payment if a store credit account is used.
Purchasing products of the highest quality indicates a true concern for the well being of your home.
If a painting contractor primarily purchases from a single source, for years, a reputation has been built with this supplier.
On time payment is always a good indicator of paint jobs finished and customers that have paid for the service.
Talk to the person behind the countertop and ask some questions. Describe your project and ask for any recommendations. Chances are they will know someone that is trustworthy.Since the economy went bad there are more people out there doing jobs they are not qualified for. One of these jobs is painting.
Dont Just Hire Anyone!
Hey listen, everyone thinks they can paint so, they decide to go into business for themselves and make some good money, especially in the summer. I understand this desire, this go-getter mentality, after all, that's what this country was founded on. But, you as the homeowner, need to beware of these people. I can't tell you how many times we've had to go to a homeowners house to repair damaged walls, remove paint from carpets and tile and just do overall "clean up" and finish painting behind these handyman types or self-created painting contractors. Not only will you be extremely frustrated but you could end up with damaged furniture, unfinished work or just a generally sloppy job! You will also have to pay another contractor to come out and do it right or do it yourself.
So, before you hire Joe Schmoe, ask him/her for references, make sure (s)he has a well-written website, ask for pictures of his/her work and require them to provide their licensing and insurance information. After all, who will pay to replace your paint-soaked couch if this person has no insurance?
Choose you weapon, what kind of paint
Many people, my customers included, don't put a lot of thought in the type of house paint they need in order to have lasting performance. Most people think of paint as a decorative element that provides protection to a surface.
The reality is opposite. Paint is a protective film that has decorative capabilities.
Paint manufactures are constantly trying to improve their products for the best performance, but they also know that no one will purchase these products if they don't offer a decorative appeal.
This explains the confusing volume of products on the shelves.
Choosing the best and most proper house paint to use is as important as the surface preparation and the application techniques used. An understanding of the different kinds will allow you the best opportunity at choosing house paint for maximum performance and decorative appeal.
What is House Paint?
Paint is a liquid that dries to form a protective film on the surface. Paint mainly consists of pigments, binders, additives and solvents. Each type of finish will have its own special blend of ingredients that enhance its performance for a given surface.
The pigments are fine particles that provide the color. The binder holds the pigments together and glues them to the surface being painted. Various additives can be included that enhance different properties of the house paint. These include splatter resistance, easier brushing, mildew resistance, hardness of the paint film and UV resistance.
The most common binders are latex, vinyl, acrylic and alkyd. Latex, vinyl and acrylic are formulated with water as the main ingredient. As a result these types of paints are known as "water base". Alkyd uses mineral spirits, aka paint thinner, as a solvent. Since earlier paints used natural plant oils, such as Linn Seed and Tung oil, as a binder instead of alkyd resins this type of paint became known as "oil base".
After the solvent evaporates the pigments, binders and additives are left on the surface, this is the paint film. Paints that contain more of these ingredients will form a thicker film, providing better coverage and more protection. The quality of the ingredients also has a great affect on how the paint works when applied and how long it will last. Gallon for gallon a cheap paint will have less binders and of a lower quality than a more expensive paint.
Of course the chemistry of house paint in much more complex than this explanation. This gives you a little knowledge of the two main types of paints, oil base and water base.
Varieties of House Paint
You have two types of paint to be concerned with latex paint and alkyd paint. Both types have excellent qualities but are incompatible with each other. A rule to follow is "oil over water - never water over oil". This means an oil base paint, alkyd house paint, can be applied over water base paint, latex or acrylic house paint, but never the other way around. A primer must be used before applying latex over oil base paint.
Both latex and alkyd paints have both good and bad attributes. They are both equally suited for most surfaces. No wonder it is difficult to decide which to use.
Latex paints are the most common and popular types of paints on the market. Because its primary liquid is water, latex dries quickly, is almost odorless (at least to my nose), clean up is with water and is environmentally friendly.
Most water based paints contain a small amount of volatile solvents also called Volatile Organic Compounds, VOC's. These compounds can be a problem with some people. No VOC paints are now on the market that can be used in these situations.
The main limitations are sensitivity to the cold, should be applied above 50° degrees F., and has a tendency to show brush marks when compared to alkyd finishes. Lower temperature versions can be applied at 35° degrees. Keep in mind, this paint cannot be allowed to freeze both during and for a few hours after application. The paint film will be severely damaged if allowed to freeze before it's fully cured.
The quality of latex paint is affected by the type of binder used. The best water based paints use 100% acrylic resins. Some manufactures use the term acrylic latex paint.
100% Acrylic House Paint has all the best qualities and will outperform cheaper latex house paints. This type offers splatter resistance, easy to apply, can be scrubbed, high chip resistance plus great color and sheen retention.
Many professional painters prefer to use alkyd house paint, especially on interior trim. It is durable, stain resistant and dries with less brush marks. Plus, it is a dream to spray with a HVLP paint sprayer, providing a factory like finish.
Unfortunately it has some major drawbacks; alkyd paint has a strong solvent smell and dries slowly.
The smell comes from the very high amounts of VOCs contained within the paint. Must be applied with adequate ventilation, plus the smell will stick around for a while.
Slow drying has its advantages; the paint flows on the surface producing a smoother appearance. Unfortunately it will have a tendency to sag if applied to thick. This means more coats will be needed and the project will take more time.
Even with these drawbacks this type of finish can produce superior results in some situations. This is an excellent paint for interior wood trim, doors and cabinets. Choose high quality alkyd house paint for the best results.
Specialty House Paint
Although latex and alkyd house paints represent the most common types you are likely to encounter, there are other types you need to know about. Each offers some unique capabilities.
Elastomeric is a truly unique exterior paint with rubber like qualities. Elastomeric paint was developed for cracked masonry, such as stucco. This is a very thick paint that can bridge over small cracks and stretch with the surface. A good choice for some wood surfaces.
Direct to Metal paints, DTM is primarily an industrial finish, but I have seen some versions available to the general public. I have used this type of paint on steel siding with incredible results. If you have some metal that needs to be painted, give DTM a try. Primarily an exterior product.
Epoxy paint, a two-component paint that is very tough and chemical resistant. Although interior only, this stuff is as tough as it gets. Most homeowners will use it on their garage floors, but epoxy can be used anywhere a super tough finish is needed.
Urethane floor enamels are the perfect choice for painting a wood floor. Typically a very shiny paint with all the positive attributes of oil base enamel. Very hard and scratch resistant. I use urethane paint on painted porch floors with great results.
Choosing Exterior House Paint
Every house will need painting some day and someone will have to choose what type of paint to use. There isn't a simple answer, "use this brand and it will last forever". The type of finish you choose depends on many factors.
Type of surface affects the type of paint to use. Example, wood trim and siding expand and contract with the seasons plus can split over time. The paint needs to expand and contract with the wood with out cracking. A good elastic paint is 100% Acrylic with a satin sheen.
The environment also affects the paint and the surface it's applied to. Regional weather extremes need to be taken into account. Every region has specific needs as to the best possible house paint to use.
UV exposure is another factor that affects the finish paint. Most alkyd finishes degrade faster when exposed to UV light.
Where you purchase your paint also affects the choices you make. It is my belief that paint should be purchased from a paint store not from a home improvement center. A paint store offers regional specific knowledge and products that are best suited for your particular needs.
Choosing exterior paint involves a lot of knowledge about regional weather and products best suited for a given surface. This knowledge comes from years of experience using different products.
Choosing Interior House Paint
Choosing interior paint is much easier than choosing exterior paint. Your needs and the environment are much easier to define and they remains fairly constant over time. The number of available products is lower.
Factors to Consider
Abrasion Resistance - Some areas of your home receive more ware and tare than others. These areas could be hallways, doors and trim or a child's room. Alkyd paints can offer excellent resistance to scuffing and is a good choice for doors, trim and floors. The acrylic paints offer lower odor, ease of application and excellent flexibility.
Humidity - Exposure to water will have a huge effect on the life of the finish. In areas such as bathrooms, saunas, and pools this is especially true. Both top quality oil base and acrylic finishes are resistant to moisture. The acrylic paints are better in most situations. Higher sheens should be used in areas that receive more humidity.
Sheen - The sheen of the paint affects how strong and flexible the paint film is and the abrasion resistance. The more sheen the more resistance to washing and the affects of abrasion. Choose a paint sheen that matches the conditions of the surface and your decorative needs.
Color - Intensity of color and the need for multiple coats affects your choices as well. Water base paints dry faster allowing you to apply another coat sooner plus quality acrylics are thicker and offer better coverage.
Top quality interior acrylic house paint is the best choice for ceilings and walls plus most surfaces. The alkyd finishes offer a harder film that can take more of a beating. Hence the preference most pros have for using oil base finishes on trim and doors.
Choosing interior house paint comes down to the amount of time you have to accomplish your project and the desired decorative appeal. If you need a super smooth paint finish, choose an oil base but if this project has to be finish ASAP choose the fast drying acrylics.
Why Use Quality Paint
House paint does much more than add color. Your homes ability to resist the forces of nature depends on the best quality paint used. Of course it's not just using high quality house paint. Proper surface preparation, primer and caulking all add to the final outcome.
Quality materials, professional painting tools and craftsmanship add up to a paint job that can last for years. Cheaper materials will last a shorter amount of time causing the need to repaint much sooner, plus the need for possible repairs.
This is especially true for exterior painting. Using $15 per gallon paint can mean repainting in 4 years and $25 per gallon paint could last for 10 years. Cheaper materials will force you to repaint your home much earlier as compared to using a top quality finish. What would you rather do, paint your home or something else?
Another consideration is the labor involved to prepare a home for painting and then apply the finish. The cost of labor, yours or a painting contractor, must be accounted for and will increase on a yearly basis with increases in the cost of living. Your labor also has value. Think of what it costs you in lost time from your job or missed recreational opportunities.
Example of Exterior Painting Cost
Let's assume the cost of painting a small exterior with $15 per gallon paint is $250 for materials and $1500 for labor, this equals $1750. Now also assume the paint job last for 4 years. In 8 years, with no increase in material or labor cost, the paint job cost $3500.
Using a better paint can double the time before repainting needs to be done, lets assume 8 years for arguments sake. The cost of materials goes up a little, it's now $350 but the cost of labor remains the same. This paint job now costs $1850.
The difference between these two examples is $1650 for an 8 year period. The better paint saves a considerable amount of money over time when compared to the cheaper paint. Of course this is a dramatic example. The labor costs can increase with the better paint job, especially if more intense exterior paint preparation is used.
This translates to a higher cost per year for the cheaper house paint and higher maintenance cost for you. The savings will be higher if a painting contractor is hired. Spending the money now for quality materials and craftsmanship will save you money in the future.
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City of Austin
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Downtown skyline as seen from Lady Bird Lake
Nickname(s): Live Music Capital of the World,Silicon Hills
Location in the state of Texas
City of Austin
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 30°15′N 97°45′WCoordinates: 30°15′N 97°45′W
December 27, 1839
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271.8 sq mi (704 km2)
264.9 sq mi (686.1 km2)
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4,285.7 sq mi (11,099.91 km2)
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Austin is the capital city of the U.S. state of Texas and the seat of Travis County. Located in Central Texas on the eastern edge of the American Southwest, it is the fourth-largest city in Texas and the 13th most populous city in the United States. It was the third-fastest-growing large city in the nation from 2000 to 2006. Austin has a population of 790,390 (2010 U.S. Census). The city is the cultural and economic center of the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos metropolitan area, which has a population of over 1,716,291 (2010 U.S. Census), making it the 35th-largest metropolitan area in the United States.
The area was settled in the 1830s on the banks of the Colorado River by pioneers who named the village Waterloo. In 1839, Waterloo was chosen to become the capital of the newly independent Republic of Texas. The city was renamed after Stephen F. Austin, known as the father of Texas. The city grew throughout the 19th century and became a center for government and education with the construction of the Texas State Capitol and the University of Texas. After a lull in growth from the Great Depression, Austin resumed its development into a major city in the 1980s and emerged as a center for technology and business. Austin is home to many companies, high-tech and otherwise: Fortune 500 corporations Freescale Semiconductor, Forestar Group, and Whole Foods Market, are headquartered there; AMD, Apple, Broadcom, Google, IBM, Intel, Qualcomm, ShoreTel, Synopsys and Texas Instruments have prominent regional offices there. Also Dell's Worldwide Headquarters is located in nearby Round Rock, a suburb of Austin.
Residents of Austin are known as "Austinites". They include a diverse mix of government employees (e.g., university faculty & staff, law enforcement, political staffers); foreign and domestic college students; musicians; high-tech workers; blue-collar workers; businesspeople; and, a sizeable GLBT gay community. The city is home to development centers for many technology corporations; it adopted the "Silicon Hills" nickname in the 1990s. However, the current official slogan promotes Austin as "The Live Music Capital of the World", a reference to the many musicians and live music venues within the area, and the long-running PBS TV concert series Austin City Limits . In recent years, some Austinites have also adopted the unofficial slogan "Keep Austin Weird". This interpretation of the classic, "Texas-style" sense of independence refers to: the traditional and proudly eclectic, liberal lifestyles of many Austin residents; a desire to protect small, unique, local businesses from being overrun by large corporations; and, as a reaction to the perceived rise of conservative influences within the community. In the late 1800s, Austin also became known as the City of the "Violet Crown" for the wintertime violet glow of color across the hills just after sunset. Even today, many Austin businesses use the term "violet crown" in their name. Lastly, Austin is known as a "clean air city" for the city's stringent no-smoking ordinances that apply to all public places and buildings, and all restaurants.