Monday, May 8, 2017

Does your house need painting? Here's how to tell...

Has it been more than a few years since you have taken care of the exterior of your house? Not sure what signs to look for to know when it's time? You can always call D.J.'s Painting and Remodeling, Inc. for a free estimate and we'll give you our professional advice, but here's some quick tips to look for:

  1. Your color doesn't seem as bright or bold. Over time, sun fades paint color. Try removing a shutter to see if there is a color difference. If there is a vast difference, it's time.
  2. Paint is starting to peel. If you notice any peeling, curling or bubbling in paint, it is one of the easiest signs to tell your paint is starting to fail and allowing the wood underneath to be exposed to the harsh conditions of mother nature.
  3. Gaps or cracks. Even the smallest gaps or cracks are letting water in and causing damage to your home. If it's one or two, it's an easy fix and touch up. If you find more than that- call us at (309)452-9643 to give you an estimate.
  4. Caulk has gaps, cracks or is loose. Caulk is another component of your house that helps with water-proofing your house. This is probably the most important aspect that needs to be addressed before winter comes.
  5. Your house was build 5 years ago. During new construction, a single coat of paint is typically sprayed on. You shouldn't wait more than 5 years to have your home prepped and painted a second time after the house has settled and moved. 
As always, you can always schedule an estimate with one of our project managers even if you are unsure if your house is needing some work or not. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

10 tips for creating your ideal patio

When creating your outdoor space, it’s important to consider how you will use it, what features to include and who will be using it before going forward with a design. It’s an exciting and fun addition, but you want to make sure you don’t do this twice.  

D.J.’s Painting & Remodeling, Inc. will also help walk through this with you, but it’s good to start taking notice of how you and your family use your current space.

  • Create a gathering place - Make a space that’s friendly for the kids, friends and family for times you host a gathering, and most importantly for you and your partner.
  • Add an archway or pergola- for some shade and character, adding a pergola or trellis brings a unique and aesthetically pleasing outdoor living area.
  • Adding speakers – nothing adds ambiance like some background music. Bonus points if your speakers that are inconspicuous (such as decorative rocks or fixtures
  • Repel bugs with citronella candles and torches – Citronella will repel unwanted mosquitoes and other bugs away while also providing the gorgeous flame to set the mood.
  • Use string and accent lighting for easy and elegant look - String lights are perfect for outdoor lighting because they are small enough to be difficult to see during the day & there are so many bulbs to spread the light out easily at night.
  • Create a separate nook for yourself – even if it’s a hammock or swing, create a place for you that is just for a quite time for relaxation.
  • Add the element of water- Fountains or ponds can be used to be the center of attention or provide the perfect accent to your favorite outdoor spot.
  • Add a fire pit – The only thing more attractive then water is fire; using fire anywhere in an outdoor space is sure to get some wows.
  • Add a heater for cooler nights- Chilly weather should not stop you from enjoying the beauty of your backyard. Outdoor heaters are an easy addition to keep you cozy through those brisk nights. 
  • Include an outdoor kitchen – If you are a frequent entertainer, investing in an outdoor kitchen would be a great addition for grilling and serving.