Get the Beach House Look!

We just finished an exterior painting job and the transformation from the track house color scheme to a Redondo Beach look was a success! Our client grew up in the Redondo Beach, California area and really want to make her last paint job on this home in Woodland, California a beach look. The real challenge was to create a beach color scheme that would still fit in the neighborhood she lives in. The wide window trim was great to have because it really helped give that Bungalow cottage look with the new colors. Diane had selected several colors and was looking at a variety of color charts.  Kevin, our sales representative, helped select the colors and apply samples to Diane’s home prior to the work being done.

Brooks Painting has always offered color consulting to our customers. The process can be a bit scary for many who are indecisive on what colors to select and might need a little push in the right direction. We also will apply up to three color samples at no charge for the material and time to do so, as an extra service to clients and a thank you for hiring Brooks Painting. To our sales team, the fun part of the job is helping customers “Transform the color of your life”

BEFORE

AFTER

Color in photo:

Body: Sherwin-Williams SW 0019 festoon Aqua

Trim: Sherwin-Williams SW 7564 Polar bear

Roof trim: Kelly-Moore KM 5356-3 Eye of the Tiger

What Do I Do With My Leftover Paint?

You just completed a paint job, or better yet, Brooks Painting just completed one for you.  You have leftover paint and want to figure out what to do with it.  Here are some perfect uses for the extra paint that you have sitting around.

1.)      Use it.  Accent walls are a great way to add a little pop with paint you have sitting around.  Maybe you have a small bedroom or bathroom that needs painting.  That old storage shed out back needs a new coat, or the side fence.  Look around your house and see what you can use that old paint for before you move on to the next steps.

2.)      Keep it.  It is always good to have touch up paint after a project is completed.  The way paint manufacturers are constantly being forced to change the makeup of paint, it is best to have an old can around.  Make sure it is labeled, and the lids are securely on so that no air gets to the paint.  Store it in a location where the temperatures will not freeze of get too hot.

3.)      Share it.  If you have a lot of paint leftover, offer it to your friends and family.  Has someone commented how much they love the color of your room or house?  Save them a few dollars and give them the paint.  Don’t forget to refer them to Brooks Painting.

4.)      Recycle it.  In California we now paint a fee on every quart, gallon, and five gallon bucket of paint we buy.  This goes to California Paint Care, our state paint recycling fee.  Most paint stores are required to take your old leftover paint, and most landfills have free drop-offs too.  Brooks Painting will be hosting a free recycling drop off for the month of August.  You can drop off any old paint cans, as long as they are in good condition and not leaking for free to our office.  We will then properly dispose of it for you.

 

Do You Know Who You Hired and Why?

Brooks Painting recently started an exterior painting project on 6 commercial concrete buildings that have not been painted in 15 years, and they were (are) a mess. During the process of the washing, prepping and painting we discovered a number of interesting things.

What Went Wrong Before Brooks Painting?

This particular commercial property owner previously hired another painting company and gave them the “keys to the store” as one would say. No one really watched what was going on.

  • You could tell where paint had peeled off the building and no primer was ever applied prior to doing the new paint job.
  • The paint was so thin you could see the original color showing through the darker top coat color.
  • Cracks in the concrete walls were filled with caulking and never smoothed out to blend in with the walls.
  • Concrete walls with large portions of the wall missing form settling were filled over with fiberglass.
  • Caulking was applied over the top to seal the fiberglass.
  • Duct tape was used to cover holes that should have been filled and patched with concrete.

The listed just goes on and on. This proves the point you get what you paid for. Just because someone says they are a licensed painter or painting company does not mean he has your best interest in mind. These types of guys stay busy, but do not last long, and when they close shop they change their company name. Then another group of painters just like them is ready to fill their shoes with the same poor craftsmanship.

Will Not Make the Same Mistake Twice

This client has learned a valuable lesson. This type of work has caused substantial damage to their buildings and caused more cost to re-paint and repair than it should have if it was done right the first time. Anybody can paint a building but not everybody should paint a building! It needs to be done with the proper safety equipment, tools, products and professionals!

When the goal of a property owner is the lowest price, you are setting everyone up for failure: the property owner and the painting company.

Start knowing who you are hiring. See the buildings they have done over the years. Call past clients to make sure they backed up their warranty if needed. You want a company that puts the interest of the client first. You want a working relationship with your subcontractors to build trust and loyalty for both parties involved. One last thing, this does not mean that the highest price companies are the best either. Sometimes they overbid a project because they do not know what they are doing either. So do your homework and make sure the company you hire stacks up to being the best for your painting needs.

 

2014 Charity Paint Recipient Announced!

Congratulations to Davis Arts Center, the recipient of the Brooks Painting 2014 Charity Paint Give-Away! Of our three finalists, Davis Arts Center received the most votes and Brooks will be donating up to $10,000 in painting services for their facility. It is our honor to be able to give back to the communities we work in through our Charity Paint.

Davis Arts Center is a non-profit organization located in Davis, CA.  It is a gathering place for dynamic engagement with the arts. Through multidisciplinary classes and programs for the regional community, the Arts Center inspires creative expression in people of all ages and fosters an environment for the arts to flourish.

You can learn more about Davis Arts Center at www.davisartscenter.org.  We are looking forward to this exterior painting project and giving back to our community. Thank you to everyone who nominated and voted in this year’s giveaway. Be thinking about who you will nominate for 2015!

 

Does It Matter if a Painting Contractor Has Insurance?

When homeowners are shopping for a painting contractor in the greater Sacramento area, there are many things they are looking for: a good reputation, quality services, positive testimonials, and of course, a fair price. Very few people give thought to whether a house painter has insurance. So, is it important? Should I make sure the painting contractor I choose has insurance?

Yes! While it may be tempting to think, “Hey, it’s just painting… what could go wrong?” the truth is that all kinds of unforeseen events may occur, and you want to be protected.

Why Should a Davis Painting Company Have Insurance?

There are two basic kinds of insurance that a house painter should carry, and each one has a different purpose.

  • General Liability Insurance covers any damage that may occur in your home. Of course, a good painting contractor will be very careful and make safety a high priority. Nevertheless, accidents do sometimes happen. Falls and spills are always a possibility, no matter how careful you are. Also, painting tools and vehicles can cause damage, unlikely though it may seem. Hiring a painter with liability insurance means you are not at financial risk should something happen that is by fault of the contractor.
  • Worker’s Compensation Insurance is another important coverage that a good house painter should carry. This is a sign that an employer cares about his employees and complies with employment laws. In the unlikely event of an employee accident on your project, you will not be at risk of a lawsuit, since the Worker’s Compensation is designed to protect both you and the employee.

Fully-Insured Yolo County Painting company

At Brooks Painting, we want to be above-board and responsible to our clients and our employees. That is why we carry full Liability coverage and Worker’s Compensation coverage. We will even provide you with certificates of insurance upon your request.

Not only do we carry full insurance, we are also licensed by the city of Davis and by the state of California. Additionally, we have also earned accreditation from the PDCA (Painting and Decorating Contractors of America), an honor very few residential painters have achieved.