Despite tremendous advances in paint and coatings technology, many builders, contractors and property owners still use products that have costly long-term consequences when finishes fail, wood deteriorates, metal rusts, bricks crumble, walls crack, or paint peels. The homeowner ultimately bears the maintenance and cost ramifications of all paint, caulking, and wood finish choices on any home.
Many widely sold paint and wood finish products cost consumers and the environment. Many painting and deck care products sold by the mass merchandisers and national chain stores demonstrate repeated failure and costly maintenance issues. Common problems include polyurethane finishes that eventually lead to disappointing results, Spar varnishes continually fail, and Preprimed wood causes widespread paint problems on windows and trim. Many cheap caulking products have negative results relative to long term cost, performance, and appearance.
We frequently see property owners bearing the cost of these preventable paint failures and wood replacement on homes only a few years old. Many times, product choices are made based on short term savings on material, or simply a lack of awareness of newer, superior performing products availability.
Miniscule savings on materials results in cheaper products being used in all phases of many projects. Many times, clients almost force some contractors to use inferior products by seeking continually lower bids for their projects. Material and supplies should be specified by the owner, and separated from labor costs for most projects while evaluating options based on long term expectations. Locally-owned independent paint stores generally will supply the more premium specialized solutions for most paint and wood care projects. The information here can help you evaluate cost-effective choices and long -term value for every aspect of your project.
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By helping homeowners choose and acquire all the products and supplies needed to complete a project, there is no pressure on the contractor to even consider cost minimizing of materials for your job at the expense of quality.
We strongly encourage the use of water-based paint technology for your painting projects. There are superior performing, environmentally friendly alternatives to solvent based paints and primers.
Many readily available paint and caulking products boast from 10-45 year durability, yet we see widespread problems and failure, inside and out, within 3-5 years on many new homes and other types of buildings. Many paint failures result from the "one product does it all" approach. We feature manufacturers committed to the highest levels of performance and quality.
We are obligated to the manufacturers of none of the products that we discuss. We simply present our products of choice for various painting, caulking, and specialty coatings projects. These choices are based on continual evaluation of past projects, and various products' durability and performance. Our history has enabled us to evaluate the long-term performance of numerous brands and types of paint products.
We continually research and evaluate new products, tools, and procedures for a variety of painting and specialty coatings projects. Our team consists of experienced paint sales representatives, certified coatings consultants, and specialty contractors.
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