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How to Restore a Weathered Deck

Has your old weathered deck become a source of shame? Most of the time, it is cheaper to rejuvenate your deck than to replace it entirely. In this blog, we'll provide some techniques to give your weathered deck new life or help restore the look of a new deck. We'll also discuss repairs, deck cleaning, stain application, filling cracks in deck boards, and more. Different Ways of Restoring a Weathered Wood Deck There are many ways to restore a weathered wood deck, depending on the material, the age, and the damage it has sustained over time. Cleaning Decks need to be cleaned regularly to get rid of dust, mold, mildew, and moss. Deck cleaning can be done by a power washer or a bucket of soapy water with a scrub brush. Painting vs. Staining Prolonged exposure to moisture can rot your wooden deck boards, so they need to be sealed regularly. You can do this with deck stain and clear seal ...

The Ultimate Guide to Pressure Washing Your Home

Pressure washing is a great way to get your home clean if it has caked-on dirt or mold and mildew buildup. Even just one good wash from a pressure washer can make your home look like it's been freshly painted, especially if the paint is still in good condition. If you're not sure how to pressure wash your home, you should learn about the process before getting started. Why? Because pressure washing incorrectly can harm the home's siding. Be sure to follow all manufacturer recommendations when using a pressure washer, and seek expert pressure washers if you're feeling uncertain. A professional exterior pressure washing service can get the job done quickly and with little trouble! Let’s take a look at what you need to pressure wash the outside of your home: What You'll Need For Pressure Washing Your Home's Exterior Residential local pressure washing machines are available for rent f ...

Tips for Painting Your Aluminum Siding

Does your home’s aluminum siding need an upgrade, but you don’t want the expense of replacing it? Many homeowners choose to paint their aluminum siding as a budget-friendly way to refresh their home’s exterior. Before painting your siding yourself, you should familiarize yourself with the expert steps required to make the finished product look great and last for years to come. Let’s take a closer look at the following tips on how to paint aluminum: Can You Paint Aluminum Siding? The factory finish on your home’s aluminum siding is exposed to the elements 365 days a year. Over time, exposure to the sun and harsh weather can cause the finish to fade. Fortunately, you can paint your siding. The key is to properly prepare aluminum to achieve a long-lasting paint job. If you prep your aluminum siding panels using a quality primer and the correct type of paint, your aluminum sid ...

Top Questions Homeowners Ask About Exterior Painting

Choosing a reliable painting company for exterior house painting is one of the most significant decisions a homeowner has to make. The exterior is your home’s first impression, so naturally, it would be best if a professional with experience and an excellent reputation does the job. You not only want the paint job to look good, but you want to be confident that the paint will endure the elements and have a significant lifespan. Online reviews are helpful, but they are not always the most accurate indicator of quality workmanship and industry knowledge. C&M Painting are the top exterior home painters in Shelton, Milford, Orange, and nearby CT areas with the know-how to get the job done to your satisfaction, and the reputation to back it up. If you are looking to get your home’s exterior painted, consider the following questions as you discuss the job with prospective companies. ...

How to Paint Your Walls to Make Your Room Feel Bigger

Are you looking for a quick way to refresh your home? The easiest option also happens to be the most transformative! With a minimal investment and just a few hours of time, you can create an entirely new look for your home. Simply applying a few fresh coats of paint provides a high-impact change that improves not only the way your home looks but also the way it feels. Specifically, strategic interior painting can make your spaces look and feel larger – no matter their true size! Whether you live in a two-bedroom cottage or a one-story ranch, your desire for more space does not always necessitate costly, lengthy renovations. Instead, careful color selection can make your home feel much bigger without adding any square footage. Below, we’re breaking down several ways to make your rooms feel larger with interior paint. Consider Light Sources When choosing paint colors for small ...

Freshen Up Your Interior with The Most Popular Paint Color Trends of 2020

If you’ve been considering repainting your home’s interior, 2020 is your year. The colorful influx of new and unique hues from some of the best interior paint companies has resulted in a wider assortment of options than ever before – sure to please even the most indecisive homeowners. However, this ever-expanding selection of colors and paint types can seem overwhelming, leaving you feeling unsure of where to begin. Luckily, C&M Painting and Home Improvements is here to help. Below, we’re discussing a few of the best paint color trends for 2020. Let’s take a look! Start with a Color Scheme in Mind Before you can decide on a color for a particular room in your home, it’s important to develop a color scheme that will promote not only the design sense you desire but the overall feeling you want to experience when you walk in. If you’re planning on painting multiple ro ...

Everything You Need to Know About Popcorn Ceilings

A popcorn ceiling is a sprayed-on paint/plaster technique that creates a texture much like popcorn. Sometimes referred to as acoustic or stucco ceilings, popcorn ceilings were commonly used in houses from the 1930s to the 1990s but have fallen out of fashion for many reasons. Decades ago, this technique was seen as a cheaper and better alternative to painting one’s ceiling. When asbestos (the primary binding agent typically used in stippling) was banned in the US in 1978 with the Clean Air Act, popcorn ceilings were created using Styrofoam instead. Below, we’re discussing everything you need to know about popcorn ceilings, including why they became popular, their possible impact on your health, and how to remove them safely. Why Were Popcorn Ceilings Used? Popcorn ceilings came into fashion not only for their look and style but for their practical benefits, too. First, the plast ...

How To Pick the Perfect Paint Finish For Each Room Of Your Home

Picking the right kind paint for each room in your home is a task many first time and seasoned homeowners alike can find daunting. You may know the color you want for each room but picking the right interior paint finish for your home is another step that’s very important to get right the first time to save yourself headache down the road. There are some basics you can follow to know the best paint finish for bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms and other areas of your home. For instance, you can safely assume the higher the sheen of the paint, the higher the shine and thus the more durable that paint is. However, knowing more about the most popular types of paint finishes is helpful in choosing the best finish for every room in your home. In this blog we will discuss four main types of interior paint finishes: matte, eggshell, semi-gloss and full gloss. Flat or Matte Paint Finish Mat ...

Interior Painting and Your Health

Interior Painting and Your Health: What You Need to Know Of course you know that lead-based paint is bad for you, which is why it isn’t for sale anymore. But did you realize that the majority of paint sold at your local home improvement store could be harming your health? It’s true, and it’s all thanks to the toxic chemicals it contains, referred to as VOCs. The term stands for Volatile Organic Compound, and they could be affecting your family in more ways than you realize. What exactly are VOCs? Have you ever wondered why paint has such a strong odor? You can thank the VOCs. Simply put, they are harmful gases that are emitted from paint during the drying process. In fact, they are the ingredients that actually cause the drying, so they are kind of important—which is also why you won’t find very many paints without them. Most VOCs are considered carcinogens by the EPA  (suc ...

Reasons to Hire a Painter

For Interior Painting in Connecticut, Hiring a Pro Is the Best Way to Go What is one of the most common home improvement tasks that Connecticut homeowners take on themselves? Yep, that’s right: painting. It seems easy enough. All you need is some paint and some brushes and in no time at all you will have a made over room that flawlessly shows off your impeccable tastes. It seems ideal, but it turns out that the reality of interior painting is much more complicated and time consuming than it looks. That’s just one of the reasons interior painting in CT should be left to the professional painters. Here are four more: The Job Will Get Done Quickly How many half-finished projects do you have collecting dust around your home? If you are like most Connecticut residents, there are more than you would care to admit. So what makes you think you will actually complete your interior painting ...