When the primer is dry, caulk all small joints (less than ¼-inch-wide) in the siding and trim. Most pros use siliconized acrylics—paint won't stick to straight silicones—but Guertin and O'Neil like the new, more expensive urethane acrylics for their greater flexibility and longevity. O'Neil stresses that it's shortsighted to skimp on caulk. "If the joint fails, you're back to square one." Guertin uses the lifetime rating as his quality guide. "I don't expect 35-year caulk will last 35 years, but it should last longer than a 15-year caulk." Home Painters
A fresh paint job has the power to totally transform the look of your house in less time and for less cash than any other remodeling project. That thin skin of resin and pigment also protects your investment, shielding it from sun, wind, and rain—until the paint begins to crack and peel, that is. Then it's time to button up with a couple of new coats. Properly applied, new paint should last for a good 15 years, provided you use top-quality materials, apply them with care (and with an eye on the weather), and, most important, clean and sand every surface first. Here's what you need to know to get a first-class finish on your home's exterior. Denver Home Painting
"Chuck is the owner of Orion. He is a very nice man and not a pushy contractor. We hired him to renovate the exterior of our house (replace siding and paint). He was fair-priced and did not try to talk us into any additional work so that he could make more money. Our house is extremely old and had wood rotting off of it. He took his time to make sure the work was done right. A lot of times, contractors will give you a low estimate and then start adding work " that needs to be done" as the job continues. Chuck didn't do that! The final product was amazing and we could not be happier. The work he did updated our house by 50 years! Because our house is so old, we will definitely be using Chuck again in the future! " Home Painters
The conventional wisdom that burning pine creates creosote is a completely false although very popular myth (particularly on the east coast). Creosote is created by burning wet wood too slowly (particularly in a stove that can be damped down). The resin in pine and other softwoods is not a factor in the creation of creosote. In fact, the resin may cause the fire to burn hotter and cleaner. There may be other reasons to avoid pine in a fireplace, but creosote is not one of them. The science on this is pretty simple.