January 24, 25, and 26th is the 2014 Northern California Home & Landscape Expo. Brooks Painting will be there in building #5 and hoping to meet some new customers as well as see some past customers. This show has over 1,000 exhibitors in 13 buildings, plus outdoor exhibitors. That’s a lot of ground to cover! Most people only plan on attending one of the 3 days and will not get to everything at the show.
Here are a few tips on making your visit to the show (or any home show) more productive:
- Take pre-printed address label stickers so when you sign up for information, drawings, etc., you do not have to write out your information every time. Just put a sticker on!
- If you are looking for specific services/exhibits, do a little research ahead of time. Look at the online directory of the show and see what companies will be there that offer the services you need and make a list of who they are and what building they are in so you’re not just wandering hoping to see them. You may also want to check out their website ahead of time to learn more about them before meeting them in person.
- Beware of high-pressure exhibitors that want you to commit to a price for future services on the spot. If it’s a home improvement project, they should be coming to your home and putting their eyes on your project to give you a truly accurate estimate. Otherwise they are just guessing!
- If you are an attendee who likes to purchase retail vendor items at these shows, bring something to put your purchases in that you are comfortable carrying for probably hours. Some people bring small travel bags on wheels so they can pull it with them instead of carrying a bag. Check show rules first to see if they have restrictions on what you can bring inside.
- And, of course, wear comfortable shoes!
Line and Aisle Striping
Brooks Painting can offer your facility or commercial building safety in a coating. Color coding pipes are helpful for employees to know what pipes contain which liquids or gases. Walking through a warehouse can be confusing, even if you do it on a daily bases. Striping the walkway with different colors will help guide employees and clients safely through your facility. You can also purchase coatings that glow in the dark, in case of a power outage.
Facilities that have continual water-like processing plants, can be coated with a non-skid epoxy. These coatings can have a light to heavy aggregate added for the aggressiveness needed to keep a wet floor safe. Stairs can be slippery and a non-skid additive can be mixed into a clear or pigmented coating as well to keep employees from falling down stairs.
Maybe you have railings around or bollards that need to be more noticeable, paint them in a bright safety color like yellow or green. Safety colors can be used in so many ways form highlighting an area not to enter, to a wall forklifts can’t see and continue to run into. The possibilities to be safe are endless. The safer your company and facility is, the more you protect not just your employees, but the bottom line. Accidents are costly and can have a long lasting impact on any company.
There are many paint companies offering safety coatings. Sherwin-Williams, Rustoleum and Tnemec, just to name a few, have a large section of products to keep your work place safe.
Yes, there really is an expert out there that selects a color of the year. That expert is not one individual but actually a group of people at the Pantone Color Institute and the color for 2014 is…drum roll, please…Radiant Orchid.
Each year the folks at Pantone comb the world looking for color influences in art, entertainment and fashion. Their color of the year influences all industries, including fashion, home design and even packaging. This year’s Emerald was selected as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity. Radiant Orchid is said to encourage expanded creativity and originality.
“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm,” says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of Pantone Color Institute.
For use in the painting industry, I would use the color to liven up neutrals such as gray or taupe. Sherwin Williams was inspired by the color, went a step further and named 6263 Exclusive Plum as their color of the year.
Personally, I would venture to say that the experts at Pantone know what they’re talking about. They’ve been seen as the expert for the last decade and with a woman at the helm with a name like Eiseman, she’s got to be the expert!
- Terese Eiseman, Estimator & Color Consultant at Brooks Painting
Most of our customers are probably familiar with a majority of the painting services Brooks Painting offers. Such as: residential, commercial, interior, exterior, wood staining, fence and deck finishes, epoxy floors, cabinet refinishing, and more. One service you may not think of is furniture painting. If you have a piece of furniture that you want to keep but it’s old and worn, or you simply want a new color, one way to get a new look without having to buy a new piece is to re-paint it. And, you can pick the exact color your want instead of being limited to manufacturer choices. The dresser you see here was old, with peeling varnish and poor wood condition. We prepped, primed and painted to give it the look the customer wants. It’s finishing the drying time in our shop and then it will be ready to deliver. I love the new look!
When we start approaching the fall season a popular questions is, “when is it too late to paint the exterior of my home?”. “It’s never too late to paint,” I like to say. Protecting your home’s exterior is an all year round to do list and most likely is your biggest investment. Even if you can’t have a full exterior repaint done before cold and rainy weather is coming, at least weatherize your home. It’s a good idea to fill gaps between the windows and joints to keep water from penetrating to the inside of your home. Scrape peeling areas or exposed raw wood. Have all repairs not only primed but painted as well, even if the color isn’t a good match. You don’t want to have primer exposed to the elements and be unpainted, this will cause the primer to breakdown prematurely.
Most of the time the south side of the home takes the brunt of bad weather and you can get this painted first to help budget your available expenses. If this is helpful to your finances, at least start having the exterior of your home done in phases from worst to best sides, but this will usually cost more than having all of the home exterior done at the same time. Brooks Painting does offer a “Painter for the Day” Program for customers for this exact reason. The opportunity to have a little work done at a time to help maintenance your home and stretch the dollars can save you money later on much costlier repairs. Also keep in mind during the cooler months of the year, Brooks Painting offers the best discounts to keep our employees working all year round. So when most people are thinking the cooler months are a time not to paint, you’re reaping the benefits in many ways by doing so.
So again, it’s Never Too Late to paint or maintain your home all year round. You should be thinking of your home exterior in the cooler months even though it goes against what you may have heard or been taught. Remember years ago homes were painted with oil base paints and that was a big reason why exteriors were not painted. Times have changed and paints have too. Call Brooks Painting for a “Painter for the Day” to get those small projects done today.