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What is making the paint peel on the interior of my commercial property?

paint peel
Peeling paint has been a problem in Chicago for as long as painted buildings have been erected. For commercial property that was built before 1978, peeling indoor paint poses an even bigger concern, because of the potential exposure to lead and the likelihood for lead poisoning. Here are some of the reasons that make paint peel inside your commercial property.

Type of Paint

If the ceiling of your building is peeling, then it may have originally been painted with calcimine, sometimes called Kal-Kote. Unfortunately, the only paint that is compatible with painting over old calcimine is new calcimine. Otherwise, the paint will not stick and will begin to flake or peel.

Wet Surface

If your commercial space recently suffered some water damage, or there is a leak or high humidity in the office, makes the paint peel. Paint does not adhere well to wet or damp surfaces. Also, when plasterboard becomes wet and then dries, after a few rounds of this, it begins to rot and turn to powder. Paint will not adhere to this, either.

Bad Paint Job

Sometimes a bad paint job is a culprit of peeling paint. One bad habit some painters have is using too much paint so that the paint is layered on too thickly. This is especially bad for ceilings since the weight coupled with gravity speeds up the paint deterioration process.

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Cracking and peeling paint detracts from the beauty of the interior space of commercial properties. What’s worse is when you just paid to have the space beautified with that new coat of paint. Unfortunately, leaks happen, paint types are not always properly detected and some contractors are not as well trained as they should be.

To ensure you get the job done right the first time, or to correct the error of a bad paint job in your commercial building, call on Precision Painting & Decorating. You can reach us at 630-556-8609 or send an email to request an estimate.

Why Interior Painting Maintenance for Commercial Buildings Is Important

Interior painting maintenance

Whether you manage a multifamily unit, run a warehouse or own a multi-unit office building, you want your building to look good. You want your customers and clients to know you care and keeping the property maintained is a great way to do that. The following are some other reasons it’s important to keep current on interior painting maintenance of your commercial building.

Safety

 
Certain issues within a property can cause safety hazards. Old paint can cause a lot of safety hazards for your business. In many situations, all it takes is a quick fix by a professional, some minor paint work to create a healthy area. Doing this can prevent unhealthy mold growth, exposure to the elements and more.

Cost Effectiveness

 
When a property owner takes care to stay on top of interior painting maintenance, there’s generally a higher payoff. For example, if a spot of paint begins to peel off the wall, you can touch it up and it’ll be good as new again. If you leave it for an extended period of time, more and more paint will peel off, possibly in other areas around the room, until you have to repaint entirely. Small touch-ups here and there will cost significantly less than painting an entire room.

Professionalism

 
Whether it should be or not, image is sometimes everything in the professional world. A highly maintained interior with the proper paint shows clients and customers that you mean business. It shows your level of professionalism and lets others know you are good at taking care of things.

Time

 
Proper interior painting maintenance can often cut down the amount of time it takes to care for a building. When you take care of the small things as they come, you can avoid resulting in bigger projects that will take a chunk of your time to repair.

For your interior painting maintenance needs, contact Precision Painting & Decorating. We look forward to helping you create a safe, cost-effective and professional interior painting maintenance plan, so give us a call today at 630-556-8609 or email us at PPD Painting .

Increasing Efficiency With Technology

Increasing efficiency with technology
Technology has improved people’s lives immensely over the last few years. One way it makes life easier is when you want to make some updates to your home or business. In the past, you would need to call a company and wait for someone to actually visit the property to provide you with an assessment and estimate. This can sometimes take days and is not always ideal, especially when you need your building painted right away. Fortunately, you can find a painting company near you that utilizes efficiency with technology to its fullest potential.

Ways in Which the Painting Process Becomes Streamlined

 
Instead of giving the painting company a call, you can instead submit an online request for an estimate. You simply need to provide a few details about your desired project, and before you know it, you will get your estimate. In the event the contractor requires a more thorough picture, you can send pictures via text or email. With this, you can receive an estimate in minutes rather than days.

This is far friendlier for anyone’s budget and increases efficiency with technology. When you need to paint and decorate a building, you should naturally get quotes from several different companies. Having to keep track of all those messages that come in over the course of days or even weeks can be frustrating. When you get a quote in minutes, you make the process much simpler.

Finally, you should stay in touch with the painting company you hire over social media. Painting companies often post pictures and details of their work on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and more. This allows you to see first-hand what this company is capable of. A company that is proud of its work will have no problem showing pictures online.

The Company You Need

 
You should absolutely hire the painting company near you that invests in increasing efficiency with technology. Precision Painting & Decorating is ideal for commercial and residential property owners in the greater Chicago land area, so contact us by calling 630-556-8609 today!

Proper Prep Work creates a Longer-Lasting Finish

Proper Prep Work
You add one coat of paint to your walls with the intention of fixing them up. The problem is, you’ve made it worse. Now you see all of the imperfections in the wall. You see the small holes, tiny cracks and flakes of old paint peeking through the new layer. Paint can’t adhere to unprepared surfaces. Without the proper prep work, your paint will flake, bubble and peel away.

Do You Have Failing Paint?

If you didn’t prep work will usually see the paint job begin to fail quickly. First, it may not look good from the start. Some people find it looks worse than what they started with. Next, you’ll begin to see it flake or bubble just as quickly. Bubbly and cracked paint isn’t appealing. It looks messy and unprofessional. The finish won’t last long if it adheres to your walls at all. This makes the whole job a waste of money. It is why you need to prep.

What Is Prep Work?

A professional painting company can help talk you through the steps of proper prep work. If you hire someone to help create a long lasting paint job, this is what he or she will often do for you:

  • Wash surfaces to remove the grime
  • Sand and scrape the areas that have failing paint
  • Patch up any holes or cracks
  • Protect the other areas that don’t need a new paintjob

Once they have prepped the inside of your building, it’s time to work on the paint job itself. Specialists will prime the surface before applying the finish. This part is crucial. Without a primer, your paint job won’t last long.

When it comes to interior paint jobs, you need a professional to make sure that you get the job done right. Otherwise, you could end up spending too much money on repairs. For help with your next paint job, contact Precision Painting & Decorating by calling 630-445-0340 today!

Creative Solutions

Find out how PPD & Bethel Terrace Senior Living Community in Chicago partnered and used wall covering murals to solve an issue they commonly find in their facility.

 

This unique project was completed at a housing community for seniors, where some of the residents suffer from a variety of memory loss issues. In an effort to assist residents and reduce confusion, since every floor is identical, PPD was hired to install wallpaper murals on every floor to make each floor easy for residents to recognize and recall.

We first sized the walls for the new murals, then installed the murals along with stained oak trim that acts as a picture frame around them. In order to keep the disturbance and odor to a minimum, the oak trim was stained and varnished in our shop prior to installation.

An added benefit to this method was that we were able to produce a “factory finish” on the wood trim.  It is always very rewarding when we are able to do a project that genuinely helps and affects the lives of those in our community for the better!

Precision Painting & Decorating Begins Accepting Bitcoin, Litecoin, & Ethereum

America’s First Painting Job Paid For Using Ethereum

 
In December 2017 Precision Painting & Decorating became the first painting contractor in the country to accept payment for a residential painting project in cryptocurrency. With the current buzz surrounding cryptocurrencies, the story was picked up by the International Business Times. The project consisted of an interior repaint in the Chicago suburb of Frankfort, IL. Here’s what homeowner Dan Lundstedt, who paid using the cryptocurrency Ethereum, had to say about the experience:

“Well I have been lucky to be successful with Ethereum in terms of ROI, so I thought why not use it repaint my house? I know Aaron from a previous painting job, we got to talking about it, and here we are. The whole thing was simple because we executed in coinbase without drawing or converting bitcoins into dollars.”

Why did Precision start accepting cryptocurrencies?

 
Sensing that cryptocurrencies, especially Bitcoin and Ethereum, are more than just a fad, Precision decided to make cryptocurrency payments an option starting December 1st. According to owner Aaron Moore, who has been interested in cryptocurrencies for over 3 years, it was time to get the painting world on board with what he sees as a long term trend. He went on to admit there is some risk to accepting the volatile currencies that can drop by 10%, 20%, or more in a single day.

“Cryptocurrencies, especially Bitcoin, are becoming part of the regular vocabulary of everyday people, no different than Uber. With more and more people interested in them and starting to buy them, we figured, why not let a customer pay us in them?” Now we just need to hope they keep increasing in value, or someone could get a once in a lifetime deal on a painting project.

 

What cyrptocurrencies do we accept?

 
Via Coinbase and www.coinpayments.net, Precision Painting & Decorating accepts the three major cryptocurrencies; Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum. Cryptocurrencies can be used to pay for any of the following painting services:
 

  • Interior house painting
  • Exterior house painting
  • Epoxy floor coatings
  • Commercial painting projects
  • Any other painting or coating service Precision offers

     

    Ready to pay for your next painting project in a cryptocurrency?

     

    Call us at 630-688-9423 or click here to email us today!

     

Why You Should Paint Your Home Before You Sell It

If you are preparing to sell your house, painting your walls and ceiling can be one of the cheapest ways to improve the look and atmosphere of your home. Potential buyers are looking for houses that appeal to them and chipped, dull paint does not accomplish this. If your walls need an upgrade, here are a few reasons why you should consider repainting before you put up the “for sale” sign in your front yard.

Attractive Pictures of Your Home

One of the biggest perks of repainting is that you can market your home online with charming pictures of the rooms and hallways. Lately, online searches have attracted more buyers than any other type of marketing platforms. With freshly painted walls, your home can look brighter and cleaner in digital pictures, which can help you find the right buyer.

Your House Can Look and Feel Nicer

A successful paint job can change a buyer’s entire perspective on the condition of a house. Peeling paint, ripped wallpaper, and discolored walls can all lower the value of your home. People who are looking for a new house are expecting a place that isn’t run down and doesn’t require much repair. When your house has a new, attractive layer of paint, it can create an atmosphere that feels welcoming and classy.

First Impressions Are Everything

If you want to sell your house, you’ve only got one chance to impress a potential buyer. As they tour your home or scroll through the pictures online, your goal is to make them feel comfortable and welcome. By painting your walls, you can boost the appearance of your house and increase your chances of getting a few offers.

Overall, painting your house before selling is a smart marketing move. By giving your walls an upgrade, you can improve your entire house’s condition. If you are looking for a painting company that can effectively boost the appearance of your walls with expertise and accuracy, contact Precision Painting & Decoration today.

4 Easy Tips for Maintaining Your Epoxy Floor Coating

Epoxy floors offer a polished, durable foundation for both commercial buildings and private dwellings. While epoxy is tough, it isn’t indestructible. To keep your floors looking and functioning their best, here are four easy tips for maintaining your epoxy floor coating.

  1. Sweep Often

Dust, scratches, and buildup are enemies of epoxy floors. Fortunately, you can easily combat these if you sweep your floors daily. Professional epoxy coaters generally recommend giving an epoxy floor a good sweep every day to keep dirt under control. If your epoxy floor is in a high-traffic area or industrial site, you may need to sweep more often to prevent damage to your building’s flooring.

  1. Jump on Stains

Concrete is porous, so it stains easily. Epoxy coating seals pores, making concrete resistant to staining. Still, it does not make your floors impervious to damage. If you spill anything on your epoxy floor coating, be sure you clean the stain immediately. Then, check to see if the substance has damaged the coating. If it has, work with a professional coater to reseal the tarnished area.

  1. Mop Regularly

It isn’t difficult to clean epoxy-coated floors. With a mild water and ammonia solution, you can likely remove everyday grime from your flooring. Before you mop epoxy floors, however, be sure you test a small area to see how it will react to the cleaning agent you choose to use.

  1. Use Protective Items

Finally, to keep your epoxy floor in great shape, be careful about any items you place on it. If you have heavy machinery or furniture, you may choose to use a protective mat. Likewise, if your flooring is susceptible to high heat, flames, or chemicals, be sure you place a protective layer between the source and the floor.

By following these four simple tips, you should be able to keep your epoxy floors looking great and functioning optimally. Precision Painting and Decorating has the expertise to install and service epoxy-coated floors. Contact us today to learn more about this attractive, versatile, and durable flooring option.

6 Amazingly Remarkable Facts About Paint

 

At some point in your life, you probably encountered paint. You may have brushed up against a wet wall, helped a roommate paint their room, or watched a television show that had a professional painter. But no matter how familiar you are with the topic, here are some amazingly remarkable facts about paint you probably don’t know.

  1. The very first interior wall paint was applied nearly 40,000 years ago by cave dwellers in prehistoric France. They spray-painted some of their works of art by blowing paint out of hollow bird bones. They even used their hands as stencils.
  2. The White House is painted every year to keep it looking white, protect the porous stones used in its construction, and prevent discoloration from environmental pollutants. It was originally painted with a lime-based whitewash, but 570 gallons of paint are now used.
  3. Paint was created in the middle ages out of egg yolks and ground semi-precious stones. This special paint was then used to illustrate manuscripts. The monks called it “illuminating” the documents.
  4. Paint colors have a notable effect on the human body because they are said to vibrate at the same frequency. For example, red can cause the heart to beat faster and blue can slow the heart down.
  5. Paint blends better when it is wet. Therefore it is better to paint a wall as you move in one direction rather than rolling the edges first. Once paint dries, the paint applied to the edges to blend them will simply become a second coat rather than blending. This can cause dark spots.
  6. In ancient Rome, it took around 4 million mollusk shells to create one pound of crushed purple pigment. Because of the expense, the color was quickly associated with royalty.

When your home, office, or apartment building needs repainting, call an expert that understands paint’s little secrets. Precision Painting & Decorating knows how to apply paint that can last for years.

 

How to Make the Perfect First Impression with Paint

When someone walks into one of your rooms, you might want them to notice the walls right away with a strong pop of color or for the walls to unobtrusively fade into the background. Either way, the last thing you want is for visitors to notice your walls for all of the wrong reasons. The quality of your walls’ paint job influences your visitors’ first impression, so use these tips to make sure that your walls send the right message.

Good Preparation is Important

As with any job, good preparation is vital to making sure your finished walls make the best impression possible. Preparing to paint your walls includes the following:

  • Purchasing durable high-quality paint and painting tools
  • Purchasing enough paint for several coats
  • Properly preparing the wall surface to be painted

By fully preparing for the job, you can help ensure that the paint job will last, without adhesion problems like bubbling or blistering or an uneven finished product.

Pick the Right Paint

Not all paints are alike. Picking a high-quality paint that is designed for the wrong surface will result in a poor paint job, even if you pay top-dollar for the paint. Likewise, a satin sheen works well in many situations, but may not be the best pick for a workroom that may require regular scrubbing. On the other hand, a super durable matte paint can make a front office look drab. When choosing paint, it is important to consider the substrate, or surface, as well as exposure requirements.

Use the Right Techniques

Using the best method for your paint job will help ensure the finished product matches your requirements. Different outcomes, surfaces, and types of paint can require various techniques, so it is important to know which painting process to use. For example, the process for a textured ceiling can vary depending on the type of paint used.

When you want a professional, high-quality paint job for your commercial or residential property, contact PPD 630-445-0340 x3.

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