Taking care of the outside of your house is just as important as taking care of the inside. It’s not just about aesthetics. Paint can act as a barrier between your house and the elements. You will want to maintain that barrier, especially if you live in harsh weather conditions like rain, sleet, snow or heat. How do you know when your home is due for a repaint? There are some very clear signs that your home exterior needs to be repainted and then there are some not-so-obvious signs. Here are our top 7 ways to tell if your home needs a repaint.

 

Clear Signs Your Home Needs a Repaint

Let's start with the clear signs your exterior needs to be repainted.

  1. Visible cracks, flaking and bubbling.
    This is when you need to take action because the longer you wait, the more issues can arise. These are signs that your paint is wearing down and will need attention immediately.
  1. Dirty patches that don't come off.
    If you’ve tried scrubbing and power-washing and the dirt just won’t come off, then it’s time to get professional painters to your home for a new coat of paint.
    dirt that doesn't come off is one of the signs your home needs a repaint
  2. Water damage.
    Look for deep cracks along wood grain and also soft spots which can be a sign of rot. Black or gray spots from excessive moisture is something to be taken seriously and should be addressed immediately. Try to do multiple checks a year for water damage, before and after the rain season, to get ahead of what could be a very expensive repair.
    rotting wood is one of the signs your home needs a repaint
  1. Fading color.
    Natural elements can be harsh on an exterior. Excessive heat can cause excessive fading along with rain, snow and wind. Not only will a fresh coat of paint change the overall mood of your home, it can make an older house feel new again.

Not-So-Obvious Signs Your Home Needs a Repaint

  1. It's been 5-10 years since it was last painted.
    It can be hard to remember when you last repainted the exterior of your house, but if you have to guess, it just might be time to repaint. You definitely don't want to put it off until you see visible signs of damage. It's just part of maintaining your house.
    if your home hasn't been painted in 5-10 years, it's one of the signs your home needs a repaint
  1. Poor materials and poor quality of work were used when it was painted last.
    These factors play a big role in how long your exterior paint will last. Did previous contractors skimp on the prep work, use low quality paint, or was the application not professional? You know, the old saying..."you get what you pay for!"
  1. You are planning on selling your home.
    Repainting your home should be at the top of the list if you plan to make a good first impression with buyers, especially if the color is dated. A fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference in curb appeal as buyers first lay their eyes on what could be their next home.

 

If you are thinking it’s time to repaint your home this is the perfect time of year to do it, before the season changes and the weather starts to get harsh again. If you notice any visible signs of damage or wear, do not put off a repaint until the last minute as it could be even more costly. Now is the time to contact a professional painting contractor to protect and extend the longevity of your home.

At Bruno Painting, we take great pride in the work we do for homeowners and are excited to help you with the process of maintaining the exterior of your home. Reach out to schedule your exterior painting estimate!

Spring is the perfect time to give your home a good deep clean and to do some maintenance tasks that you may have been putting off. Now that spring is in full swing, it's time to get your Rhode Island home in order for the warmer weather ahead on the classic coast. Check out our five spring home maintenance tips to get your house ready for the season. 

After a long winter, your home may need some TLC both inside and out. Our experts at Bruno Painting have helped many homeowners in Rhode Island make improvements to their homes and have compiled the most common spring home maintenance tips to focus on this time of year. 

 

Spring home maintenance checklist

 

1. Start with a deep clean.

Spring is the perfect time to do a deep clean of your entire house. This means getting rid of all the dirt, dust, and grime that has built up over the winter months. Don't forget to clean those hard-to-reach places, like ceiling fans, high shelves, and under furniture.

Window washing and carpet cleaning are great ways to brighten up your home. Removing dander and pollen buildup in these areas helps clean the air in and around your home as well as reduce allergic reactions that many people experience throughout the season.

2. Check windows and doors for drafts.

check your doors spring home maintenance

Letting in the fresh air and natural light with clean windows will do wonders for your home. But too much air can make your home feel drafty and uncomfortable. Cold air can seep into your home through cracks and gaps in doors and windows. If you noticed these types of drafts near windows and doors over the winter months, this will need to be a top priority on your spring to-do list. 

Drafty windows and doors not only make your home less comfortable, but they can also drive up your energy bills. Unwanted openings in these areas can cause moisture to accumulate, which can lead to costly damage to your home. To help prevent drafts, check all your windows and doors for any gaps or cracks. Re-caulk these areas to keep moisture out and help your home stay clean and fresh.

3. Inspect gutters and downspouts.

Clogged gutters can lead to water damage on your roof, ceilings, and even walls. During the winter months, ice dams can form which cause damage to your gutters and roof. So, it's important to inspect and clean your gutters and downspouts both in the fall and again in the spring to keep your gutters clear.

To clean your gutters, use a ladder to remove any heavy debris by hand and rinse any remaining dirt with your garden hose. If you notice any damage to your gutters, be sure to get them repaired or replaced as soon as possible.

4. Give your HVAC system a tune-up. 

Your heating and cooling systems work hard all year long to keep your home comfortable. So, it's important to give it a tune-up before the summer heat sets in. This ensures that your system is running efficiently and can help prevent costly repairs down the road. 

In addition to scheduling an HVAC tune-up, replace the air filters every three months or so to keep your system working properly and maintain the air quality in your home for everyday living.

5. Don't forget about your outdoor space.

Now that the cold weather is mostly behind us, your outdoor space should be the focus of your attention.
Now is the time to start prepping your yard and garden for the warmer months ahead. This includes tasks like mowing the lawn, trimming bushes and trees, and planting flowers.

Once your greenery is ready for the sunshine, cleaning your home’s exterior is the perfect way to boost your curb appeal. This includes power washing your deck or patio, your exterior siding and gutters, and touching up your siding and trim with a fresh coat of paint. By taking care of these areas now, you can enjoy your outdoor space all summer long.

 

 

Following these simple tips can get your home ready for spring and enjoy the season worry-free. Use this checklist as a guide for things that you should do around your home this spring. 

Many homeowners in Rhode Island have spring cleaning projects well underway. If you are looking to make any home improvement updates this season or need a helping hand with making your home look its best, reach out to our team of professional carpenters and painters. 

Our team has been upholding and caring for surfaces and relationships since 2004. This spring, we’re happy to help boost your curb appeal and keep your home in top shape!

Cedar shake siding is a popular type of siding for homes in Rhode Island, especially on homes that are 10 years old or older. Homeowners enjoy the iconic look as it creates a unique finish and can add a rustic yet warm look to your home’s exterior. 

If you have cedar siding, it’s important to take care of it properly to ensure that it looks good and lasts for many years. From installation through its lifetime, caring for your cedar shakes will help you protect your investment. Here are a few tips on how to care for your cedar shingle siding.

 

What is Cedar Shake Siding?Siding Repair

Cedar shakes are a specific type of siding material that is found on the classic coast since colonial times. It is typically made of cedarwood, though other types of wood may be blended in, and comes in a variety of colors and sizes. 

Finish options for cedar shakes include stain and sealant or paint to create an even more unique look. When you properly care for your shake siding, it can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years or more. If you take excellent care of your cedar siding, it can last upwards of 20 years or more before needing to be replaced. 

 

Common Issues—Wear and Tear

Shingle siding is not immune to wear and tear and there are a few common issues that you may experience over time. Due to the nature of the natural material cedar shakes are made from, they are prone to require more maintenance than brick or artificial siding options, such as vinyl. 

As with any natural material, exposure to moisture will mean these surfaces are prone to moss, algae, and even mold growth. Cedarwood is a durable siding but can be a target of wood-boring insects. Traces of these insects such as termites, ants, and beetles seen around your home may be an indication that these insects are enjoying your siding as much as you are.

Other signs of wear and tear can be brought on by heat and dry conditions. Keep a watchful eye for cracked or warping shakes, especially on the sides of your home that are in the direct sunlight. It’s important to be aware of these issues and address them as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

 

 

How to Care for Shake SidingPower washing cedar shake siding rhode island

To keep your shingle siding looking its best, it’s important to clean it and care for it regularly. This includes both cleaning and maintenance tasks, such as checking for damage and repairing any issues that may arise. 

 

Clean Regularly

One of the most important things you can do to take care of your shingle siding is to clean it regularly. Washing your siding with a garden hose and dish soap is one way to maintain your cedar siding. This will help remove any dirt or debris that may have built up, and it will also help keep the siding looking its best.

A second way to clean your cedar shingles is to use oxygen bleach, which is nontoxic to trees, shrubs, and flowers. As a third option, you can power wash your cedar siding or hire a professional contractor to power wash it. To avoid damaging the cedar shingles, be sure the power washing equipment is used on its most gentle, lowest intensity settings and the appropriate mild detergents are used.

 

Keep Free From Moisture

Keeping your cedar shakes free from moisture accumulating on them is one of the best ways to prevent damage. To prevent moisture from accumulating on your home’s cedar siding, you can trim nearby trees and shrubs so there is enough distance for airflow. If there are any loose boards that may allow water to penetrate the siding, they should be nailed down or replaced with newly treated shakes. 

Treatments to protect from the elements, moisture, insects, and heat are available and will need to be applied every few years for effective protection. Additional measures such as painting can be an effective way to extend the life of your cedar shakes, but this can only be done when your siding is completely dry.

 

When to Call a Professional Painter for TouchupsCedar Shake Siding Rhode Island

Touchups and repairs for shingle siding can vary in price depending on the size and scope of the job. However, most repairs are relatively affordable, and it’s always better to address an issue sooner rather than later.

While some minor maintenance or repairs can be done on your own, any major repairs or updates should be done by your local licensed carpentry professional. If you need major updates like painting your cedar shakes or have found damage that has led to larger issues like wood rot, calling your preferred contractor is the best next step so you can avoid costly problems with your home. 

Cedar shake siding care and maintenance are important for your home’s integrity to ensure that it looks its absolute best and lasts for many years. By following these tips, you can keep your shingle siding looking great and free from damaging elements. 

 

Have you noticed your cedar shake siding not looking its best and in need of repair? It may be time to either clean or instead, completely update your home’s siding. Bruno Painting is here to help! With our team of expert painters and our carpentry division, we provide an all-in-one service to our clients. Get your complimentary exterior home update consultation and estimate from the experts at Bruno Painting today!

Boost your Rhode Island home's curb appeal

Homes with lots of character and beautiful finishes are seen commonly throughout Rhode Island. When you pull onto your street and take a first glance at your home, you should get a sense of joy because it looks lovely, well taken care of, and inviting. For others who may have recently moved in or who are otherwise behind schedule, this may not be the case. The first sight of your home as you approach may not give you such a feeling of happiness.

If your eye catches spots that need work, you may want to take steps to boost your home’s curb appeal. You can also schedule your home’s exterior updates during these colder months, in advance of when the work will be done as soon as the weather changes.

There are many options when you decide to improve the curb appeal for your Rhode Island home. The advantages of maintaining your curb appeal go beyond having an aesthetically pleasing house. Understanding the benefits, as well as how to accomplish a well-appointed home exterior will help you decide which updates you’d like to have done. Bruno Painting provides tips on how to boost your Rhode Island home’s curb appeal so each time you drive up to your home, you feel pleased, joyful, and happy.

 

What is Curb Appeal?

Curb appeal is how attractive a house (or building or property) is when looked at from the sidewalk. (Investopedia) Realtors use the phrase "curb appeal" more often than other types of professionals. However, curb appeal can be important outside of real estate.

 

Advantages of Boosting Your Curb Appeal

There are many advantages to boosting your curb appeal. If you want to sell your home this year, improving the exterior of your home can be a great start to the process. Improving your curb appeal can also boost your overall mood when you drive up to your home. If neither of those is enough to convince you, putting energy and resources toward giving your home better curb appeal could increase the value of your home!

 

Types of Curb Appeal for Your Rhode Island Home

Landscaping

One of the primary features contributing to your home’s curb appeal is landscaping. Many homeowners are surprised how different their home looks after it has been properly landscaped and maintained. With fresh mulch, flowering plants, and some well-appointed shrubs or trees, you can complete your landscaping projects to enhance the appearance of your home’s exterior space. Using plants to increase privacy and create a symmetrical look are ideal additions.

Some prefer to use plants to increase privacy and improve appearance. It's worth noting that plant selection should include options that will do well for the weather we see in Rhode Island. Find perennials that are native to our area, as well as evergreens. They will add touch of color all year round.

 

Exterior Cleanliness

boost curb appeal for your Rhode Island home

Is your home’s paint is in good condition but is a little dusty or dingy looking or simply needs a light sprucing up? There is no better way to make your surfaces look new than a good pressure washing. From siding to driveways to walkways, this is an instantaneous improvement to your curb appeal. Pressure washing cleans a variety of surfaces with ease by removing dirt, oil, and grime that builds up over time.

Another note from the experts: pressure washing can be done on your own. However, using an ill-fitted nozzle or the wrong cleaners for a surface can cause damage instead of improving your surfaces. Always consult with a professional if you are unsure what pressure washing method is best for your home.

 

Rotting Wood

Wood rot can greatly affect your home's curb appeal. Not only is it an eyesore, but if wood rot is left untreated, it can spread and cause even more damage to your home. Before you paint the exterior of your home, the wood rot will need to be repaired or, in some cases, replaced.

How do you know if you have wood rot? Look for pieces of wood that seem spongy or soft. They are at the beginning or intermediate stages of rot. Other signs of wood rot include paint chipping, paint peeling, wood splintering, or discoloration.  If you think your home may have wood rot, contact a professional painting or carpentry contractor to remedy these areas to protect your home from further damage.

 

Carpentry Work

carpentry work can help boost your Rhode Island home's curb appeal

Another feature related to your home’s curb appeal that can make a lasting impression is an inviting porch or a welcoming entryway. Home makeovers that include eaves, gables, or a full front porch can make any home a showstopper when it comes to curb appeal.

These types of updates require a trusted and skilled carpentry team that can work within the framework of other updates you want to make. One example is window and door updates. Installing windows, doors, and trim may seem like a possible DIY project. These are better left to carpentry professionals, however, who can provide high-quality craftsmanship that will last.

 

Painting

Boost your Rhode Island home's curb appeal with a coat of paint

As with any home improvement update, the most effective and impressive way to increase curb appeal is with a fresh coat of paint for your home’s exterior, windows, and doors. A paint update to a home with a lack-luster finish not only makes your property look more inviting but also helps protect your home from the elements.

Improving the curb appeal for your Rhode Island home is an important contribution. It can make your exterior look its best for your enjoyment, possibly get it ready to sell, or increase the value of your investment. Carpentry and painting updates are best done by professionals who understand your vision for the look of your home.

 

The painters and carpentry professionals at Bruno Painting in Rhode Island have been working diligently to prepare and plan for the upcoming exterior painting season. We are taking new clients who need assistance from full-service, experienced home improvement professionals. Contact us for more information about our range of services and how we can help you get the most joy from your home.

The Winter months are a time to enjoy the beautiful landscape in Portsmouth. From snowy sceneries to picturesque winter landscapes, there is much to appreciate. When pondering what to do this coming winter, consider booking professional carpentry services to upgrade your home and design your space to fit your needs.

Homeowners schedule carpentry services during the off-peak season of winter to secure off-season, oftentimes better, pricing for their projects. This may give customers an opportunity to get their carpentry work done without paying top dollar without compromising on quality. There are many carpentry projects that may be of interest to you to update your home. Homeowners choose many of these projects, not only to increase their enjoyment of their homes but also with the goal of increasing the value of their property.

 

Kitchen Renovation

Kitchen renovations are a common project among homeowners year-round as it has been proven to provide one of the best returns on investments (ROI). Your kitchen is the heart of your home, so taking care to update and improve your kitchen is a smart choice. Updates like new counters, backsplashes, flooring, and window treatments are all ideal updates to get the “biggest bang for your buck,” as well as the highest enjoyment from your kitchen.

Rhode Island Kitchen Remodel and Carpentry

Bathroom Remodel

Bathroom remodeling is something that many homeowners have done over the years in order to add value and convenience to their homes. Second, only to kitchen renovations, bathroom updates are a high ROI for any home. Many choose to update bathrooms that look dated with new flooring, vanities, tubs, and tile which make for a beautiful finish in a space that we spend time in every day.

Rhode Island Bathroom Remodel and Carpentry

Organization Updates

A well-organized home is one that exudes comfort and a sense of harmony. That is why so many have chosen to focus on areas of their homes that lend to keeping things tidy. With the help of custom closets, built-in shelving, and cabinets any home can feel as if an interior designer has revamped your space.

A closet remodeling project can be done quite easily and will help you stay organized. For smaller spaces, maximizing your storage space is especially important. Built-in shelving both in the bedroom and even in the living room can produce an elevated feel.

One of the easiest parts of home improvement is installing shelving in your closet or pantry. This increases your storage space while keeping your home organized. 

When thinking about organization, you may not think of cabinets immediately but they play a major role in everyday living.  A beautiful finish on kitchen cabinets can make your space feel more open and clean which is always an important factor in organizing your home.

 

 

Tiling Projects

One of the less common but equally important home carpentry projects homeowners consider is tiling. From backsplashes to basement and bathroom flooring, tile is a project requiring special skills. That is why professionals take great care and effort to complete them.

Rhode Island Tiling Remodel and Carpentry

Crown Molding and Wainscoting

When it comes to adding character and elegance to your home, nothing is more elegant than crown molding. While this may look extravagant and luxurious, many skilled carpenters can add this look to your home for a reasonable price. The added beauty and benefits of a finish cannot be understated in how this adds value to your home.

Wainscoting is another classic look you may see in homes in and around Portsmouth. Adding wainscoting to dining rooms and other spaces in your home can positively impact your home’s resale value. These aren't very difficult or expensive projects, but when done properly, they can make a dramatic difference.

 

The winter months provide time for Portsmouth homeowners to make improvements around the home. The first step towards any home interior project is hiring a trusted carpentry service that provides quality work. Hiring a company that offers carpentry along with other services like painting is a smart choice. 

The professional carpenters at Bruno Painting can complete all the services you need. Our team offers comprehensive services like kitchen and bathroom updates, tiling, shelving, and cabinetry. 

The best part of choosing Bruno Painting and Carpentry for your next home project is that you can work with one company to complete your project. We are the best all-in-one carpentry and painting contractor in Rhode Island. If you’ve been thinking about updating your home, take advantage of the services we offer this winter by scheduling your free consultation today.

By now, your home is likely decorated for the upcoming fall holidays and soon enough we will be experiencing all the beauty that fall and winter bring to the classic coast. Fall is a great time to take care of home maintenance tasks that you might not have had time for during the summer but still need to be addressed before winter settles in. 

This fall home maintenance checklist includes tasks that should be done once or twice a year and can help make sure your house stays in good shape all year long. While there are many tasks that can be done in the coming months, the following are some we found to be the most important to prepare your home for winter in Rhode Island.

Exterior home maintenance

Exterior Home Maintenance

Staying warm indoors begins with ensuring your home’s exterior is properly sealed. Here are the major areas to inspect for weak points in your home’s exterior.

Roof Repairs

Roofs are one of the most important aspects that protect your home. Any loose or missing shingles can lead to leaks, which can be detrimental during freezing conditions. Damage to your roof almost certainly guarantees problems elsewhere in your house as well since water may get into places it shouldn't be like attics, electrical wires, and pipes. Make sure you always have a licensed professional inspect this vital area of any structure because they'll know when something needs attention.

sealing windows is part of home maintenance

Caulking or Sealing

Caulking and sealing are important to prevent air from escaping, water intrusion, and heat loss. This is most important for areas around pipes and your foundation. Look for areas around windows where the weather meets wood frames to keep moisture and drafts out. Proper seals on doors can also keep heating costs down. A simple inspection for airflow in these areas will let you know if there is an issue that needs to be remediated. 

Siding and Paint

Your home is an investment and it deserves the best protection. Siding and paint on your exterior are great barriers to protect your home. If you notice signs of damage on your exterior paint, then there could be issues with its underlying material or substrate that needs some help in order to stay healthy. Inspecting for signs that current surfaces are no longer protected can reveal a few tell-tale clues: peeling, blistering, or cracks can mean there's an underlying material that needs to be repaired.

Interior Home Maintenance

Once your exterior surfaces are addressed, turning indoors to make sure your home is warm and safe all winter long is of the utmost importance. Here are our top tips to ensure the interior of your home is ready for the winter season.

Interior Fireplace Maintenance is important for safety

Chimney Cleaning

As the leaves change and fall, it's time to have your chimney cleaned. A clean fireplace can provide you with many cozy nights around the hearth. During cleaning be sure to inspect for cracks or signs of water damage. This will not only help you to protect yourself but also can prevent costly repairs should anything arise later down the road. Depending on your chimney, you should have it professionally swept every 50-70 burns or at least once a year.

Heater Maintenance

The simplest way to help keep your furnace in its optimal state through winter is through regular filter changes. Air quality has always been an important factor in keeping homes safe. By changing your air filters every 3 months, your furnace will continue to provide optimal air quality inside your home, without having any negative impact on performance. Be sure to also turn on your humidifier so that your air isn’t overly dry. Cold weather conditions demand more of our furnaces, so having your heater inspected this fall can help avoid breakdowns. 

And the final step to preparing your home for winter is getting an estimate from a contractor if you think any repairs need to be made before winter arrives. This will give you plenty of time and ensure that all necessary repairs are completed in time for colder weather. Make sure they're reputable by checking reviews online or asking friends and family members who they’ve worked with in the past.

Bruno Painting has worked hard to uphold and care for surfaces and relationships since 2004. Our mission to serve Rhode Island homeowners with our knowledge and expertise is exactly why so many people trust us to help keep their homes safe and warm. If you need help getting your home ready for winter, or you have a painting, carpentry, or remodeling project you’re considering, contact us today!

Summer is officially here and with it comes late nights and long weekends outside enjoying our incredible Rhode Island weather. Now more than ever our homes have become our central hub for work, play, and entertainment. However you enjoy your outdoor area, a great looking, well-maintained deck is essential for enjoying your view from your back deck.

Over time, decks begin to show signs of natural wear and tear that need to be addressed. Most importantly, taking care of your deck will help keep your home protected from damage. Thankfully, our experts at Bruno Painting have put together a list of signs to look for so you know when your deck needs to be repaired.

a deck being repaired by bruno painting in rhode island

Condition of Your Deck

The most common material for decks in Rhode Island is pressure-treated lumber. For many decades, this sturdy material was the default choice for builders on the classic coast. As with any natural building material, repeated exposure to the elements will cause wood to swell, split, crack, cup, and warp in humid, precipitous climates. Exposed screws or nails from splintering wood, fading or discolored boards, or boards that are soft and spongy to the touch are all clear signs that your deck needs to be repaired.

Deck railing and handrails are other common areas of your deck that require regular attention. Loose handrails can pose a serious hazard to you and your guests if left to weather and wear down over time. Railing is a key component to your deck’s aesthetic and to its function, most especially if you have a raised deck and the railing protects against a fall.

If your deck is attached to your home and has wood that is exposed, moisture can seep into joists, ledger boards, and siding of your home that is attached to your deck. This can ultimately expose your foundation to excessive moisture that may lead to larger issues such as mold, mildew, and decay. As long as your deck is cared for properly and regularly maintained over the years, your deck can support your home’s health, instead of causing damage to it. 

a faded deck is a sign that your deck needs to be repaired

Stain and Finish Peeling

A wooden deck shows obvious signs when it is time for a new coat of paint or stain. Previous coats of sealant will begin to fade and peel revealing exposed wood underneath. This can happen with heavy foot traffic, weather, and everyday life. 

Surfaces needing to be repainted or restained should be completely cleaned and dry before applying a stain. Due to the necessary drying time for stains, the forecast will need to call for clear, sunny days with warm temperatures and low humidity to allow the stain to set properly. Without these conditions, your stain may not bind properly and may need to be reapplied. 

Painting versus Staining

There are pros and cons to both painting and staining your deck. Some prefer stain because it allows the natural wood grain of your deck to show through. With stain, an all-in-one protective layer with a wood preservative is already incorporated. On the other hand, paint can provide an added layer of protection, as well as a different look and aesthetic.

Regular cleaning and treatment of your deck is a great way to extend the life of your deck. On average, decks are typically repainted or restained every two to three years. This can vary, though, depending on how much you utilize your deck space. 

a new deck by bruno painting rhode island contractors

Replace Your Wooden Deck

While pressure-treated wood is one of the more common materials for residential outdoor decking, many homeowners are opting for more durable, upscale alternatives such as exotic woods like ipe and tigerwood. Other homeowners are utilizing composite deck materials (sometimes referred to as ‘plastic wood’) to reduce deck maintenance needs and enjoy a more splinter-free deck experience.

When you see signs that your deck needs to be repaired, our experienced carpenters can remove your old decking and replace it with any of these newer materials. During our consultation with you, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of each type of decking material. This will allow you to choose what fits your design aesthetic and your budget.

Bruno Painting has been built on core values like integrity, humility, attitude, discipline, and excellence. These values are why the mission to uphold and care for surfaces and relationships is so important with every project and interaction our company has. We focus on building long-lasting relationships with our team and clients to provide the best service possible. No matter your home project, we desire to bring great service with trust, honesty, and dedication as if we were working on our own homes. Contact us today to set up a free estimate and let us transform your home this summer.

There’s an old Czech proverb that says, “A good neighbor increases the value of your property.” If you’re lucky, your neighbors will take good care of their homes. Your neighbors will appreciate you as a ‘good’ neighbor as well if you also take care of your home’s appearance. There are some excellent ways to improve your home's curb appeal, not only to make your home a more beautiful space for you to enjoy but also to increase the value of your property and maybe even the property of your neighbors.

curb appeal on a home thanks to Bruno Painting

While you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, many people do judge a home based on its outside appearance. A good-looking home with excellent curb appeal goes far in the real estate market. Drawing upon our decades of painting, remodeling, and carpentry experience, we've compiled our top 5 tips for you to increase your home's curb appeal.

Pressure Washing

Pressure washing is a quick, affordable, and satisfying way to clean your home’s exterior surfaces and brighten up your outdoor space. By using specialized nozzles, water or cleaning solution can penetrate through oil, dirt, pollutants, and other buildup on and around your home. 

Pressure washing is like a before and after makeover that allows your house, walkways, and the other hard surfaces around your home to look their absolute best. A word from the professionals — not all pressure washers are equal. If you are unsure which surfaces can be pressure washed or the best power nozzle to use, let a professional pressure wash your home, instead of doing it yourself. Using incorrect nozzles or power on surfaces not made for pressure washing can actually damage the surfaces, instead of cleaning them.

window treatments by Bruno Painting

Window Treatment

Caring for your windows

not only makes them look good but actually can prevent future damage from occurring. Simple steps like caulking and making repairs keeps your windows looking great and your home sealed and safe. These minor repairs can then be paired with window cleaning and updates.

Shutters and curtains that are bright and uniform will make your home look its best inside and out. Allowing natural light to flood into your home can make your home look more attractive and provide an upbeat space. In a day and age where most house hunters have initial searches via the web, good photos with well-kept windows can help sell homes.

Painting

A relatively inexpensive yet highly effective way to boost your curb appeal is by applying a new coat of paint. While exterior surfaces of homes found in Portsmouth and Newport are designed to withstand our harsh weather conditions, over time they begin to show signs of wear. One of the signs that your home’s exterior paint is wearing down is a dull, lackluster look.

Dull paint can make a home look as though it isn’t being cared for, which is something that potential homebuyers may avoid. For those not planning on selling their home soon, fresh paint not only looks good but also acts as a barrier of protection between the elements and your home. Reducing the risk of moisture and rot taking hold is just one of the many benefits of maintaining and painting your home. Another option to give your home improved curb appeal is repainting your front door a new color. Home exterior paint's lifespan varies depending on many factors but should be redone about every 5-7 years.

Bruno Painting fixes a roof

Roofing

One of the most overlooked areas that highly influences curb appeal is the condition of your roof. Signs that your roof may need work include loose or missing shingles, moss, or algae growth, and streaked or dingy spots. While these may be unappealing, they can also indicate damage beneath the surface which will need immediate attention. We recommend scheduling a contractor to come and inspect your roof to be sure there are no areas that need to be repaired or replaced.

 

Finishing Touches

You don’t need to have a green thumb to make your lawn and surrounding areas look great for curb appeal. Adding planters with bright flowers and long grasses can give your home that coveted coastal vibe. Mulch can be used near your foundation to reduce root growth and give your home a uniform base. Lighted paths and ornamental lights around your front entryway make a home look more appealing, well-cared for, and allow for your home’s curb appeal to be appreciated into the evening hours.

Bruno Painting increases curb appeal

Whether you are getting ready to sell your home or simply want to enjoy your home’s exterior, curb appeal is a mood-boosting, price-increasing, great way to make your home look and feel better. If you have already started working to increase your home’s curb appeal, or if you don’t know where to start, the experts at Bruno Painting can help you in making your home look its best! Upholding and caring for surfaces and relationships is at the heart of our top-quality work.

Despite a global pandemic, the housing market boomed in 2020 and shows no signs of slowing in early 2021. People are selling their homes with gusto—the freedom to work from home has afforded many people location independence, while others have needed more square footage to accommodate life in quarantine.

With so many houses going up for sale, it is more important than ever to make sure your house looks its best in order to compete in today’s market. Before you and your real estate agent photograph and list your home, make sure you prepare your home to sell by doing the repairs, updates, and refreshments that will make it appealing to potential buyers.

 

To prepare home to sell, make the necessary repairs before listing.

Repair

No matter the age of your home, consider completing any major repairs that may be revealed during a home inspection. To prepare your home for sale, check out the roof, pipes, foundation, electrical, and other systems.

If you’re uncertain about what to look for, consider having a professional pre-sale home inspection to identify potential problems that could lower the value of your home or derail its sale. Completing pre-sale repairs allows you to list your home for top value with confidence. Be aware, however, that if any unwanted house conditions are found during this inspection, you’ll be responsible to share them on the Property Disclosure.

 

Updating your light fixtures is an easy way to prepare your home to sell.

Update

After making essential repairs, the next priority to prepare your home to sell is updating it to make it modern and inviting. The two areas potential buyers consider most when looking at a home are the kitchen and bathrooms, so focus on updates in those areas first.

For a kitchen update, small changes can create an entirely new look. Replacing cabinet knobs and pulls, refinishing wooden cabinets, or re-grouting tiles can quickly and relatively inexpensively upgrade a dated kitchen. You can also replace a worn kitchen faucet or install new light fixtures to help brighten and modernize the space.

In the bathroom, the same concept applies––you can make relatively inexpensive changes to achieve a new look. For an outdated bathroom, you may want to replace the vanity and toilet, or simply the toilet seat. You should also check the bathtub or shower to see whether refinishing, de-liming, or re-grouting would help them shine.

 

Refreshing your home with a new coat of paint is a great way to prepare your home to sell.

Refresh

Next, refresh your home with deep cleaning and painting. While you may not have the budget to complete expensive repairs or remodels, most sellers can add value and appeal to their home with this frugal step.

Plan to deep clean your entire house. Make sure to clean easy to ignore places like baseboards, light fixtures, and closets. Tackle the buildup on often-touched electrical faceplates and the hard water stains on shower doors. If possible, plan to get carpets and tiles professionally cleaned to make sure your house is looking its best. If your house has been painted in the last year, clean the walls to remove any scuffs or stains. If it's been longer than a year, repainting can make a big difference.

Painting is one of the least expensive ways to make your house look clean, refreshed, and inviting to buyers. If you decide to paint, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Choose a neutral palette so it’s easier for potential buyers to picture themselves in the space, rather than showcasing your personality through colors you like. Kitchens and bathrooms may have brighter accent colors paired with neutrals, but living rooms and bedrooms do better with softer, cozier colors such as tans, greys, and blues.
  2. If it is out of your budget to repaint the entire house, focus on main interest areas like the kitchen and entryway.
  3. Pay special attention to any area with damaged, peeling, or cracked paint, as this suggests there is significant damage to the drywall or structure of the house.
  4. Before painting, make sure to prep the area properly. Remove any nails or wall anchors, then fill any holes or cracks to give you a smooth painting surface. Make sure to cover the floors with drop cloths and to tape edges to give you a clean line.
  5. To ensure a job is done correctly and efficiently, you may want to hire a professional painter. You can have them do the whole project or split the tasks with them and have them focus on harder to paint areas like ceilings or trim.

 

Once you have followed these steps to prepare your home to sell, you’ll be ready for staging and photography. Working with a professional photographer will showcase the features and updates you have made to your home. Refreshed spaces and high-quality photos are especially important in 2021 as many buyers have come to rely heavily on online house tours to help them purchase a home.

No matter where you are in your home preparation process, we are here to help. Our mission at Bruno Painting is Upholding and Caring for Surfaces and Relationships. Our teams of professional painters and carpenters are eager to help you to get your home ready to sell for the highest return on your investment. Reach out to get an estimate for your painting, carpentry, and remodeling needs!

With the lingering warm days ahead of us and the remnants of summer still in the air, boosting your home’s curb appeal with a fresh coat of paint is a great way to wrap up this summer. While homeowners typically schedule exterior painting projects in Spring and Summer, Fall is still a good time of year to schedule your home’s facelift in Newport and surrounding cities, here in Rhode Island. 

Few homeowners understand the extent of care and work professional contractors put into prepping their customers’ homes before the paint hits the brush. Thankfully, professional painters do take their time in the steps before painting to ensure the results are both long-lasting and smooth. We’ve detailed 8 essential tips to ensure your painters are focused on your exterior surface prep work for your enjoyment and home protection for years to come.

1. Planning

During the consultation and the planning stages of a home exterior paint project, a professional painter will take care to plan your project to perfection. The first step in this process is scheduling the painting project for days and times during the day when the weather and sun are most cooperative.

Strong winds and rain can shorten painting windows and leave your home exposed to the elements, effectively ruining your paint finish. High humidity and extreme temperatures can also influence how your paint dries and its eventual look and performance. Professional contractors know how to plan around these types of weather patterns and will ensure that your home stays safe and the best results occur throughout the entire project.

2. Repairs

During the consultation and inspection, repairs identified will need to be taken care of before any painting begins. These sorts of repairs can include exposed wood, loose gutters and shingles, wood rot, leaking windows, damaged siding, and doors that stick. Having skilled carpenters ready and available to make these repairs provides the home or building owner with the valuable gift of ensuring the foundation is healthy for the protective coat of paint goes on. A professional painter has a keen eye to find these issues and make repairs before they become larger issues. 

3. Cleaning

Once repairs have been addressed, cleaning should begin soon after. Professional contractors turn to pressure washing to cover areas that can safely and effectively be cleaned. If pressure washing doesn’t suit your home’s needs, a soft washing method or air blasting can be used. The goal in this process is to remove dirt, loose paint, and signs of mildew before advancing in your exterior project.

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4. Scrape and Sand

After your home is clean and dry, an inspection for loosened paint is conducted. Loose and flaking paint is removed with high-quality scraping tools. This stage in the project may take longer depending on how your home was cleaned. If a pressure washer wasn’t used, this step is essential to ensure your home is properly prepared.

5. Caulking

The caulk on the exterior of a house is exposed to the sun and elements while it protects the seals around your windows and other areas. Over time, the caulk can crack and cause leaks. Any area of your home that has been caulked will need to be inspected and possibly recaulked to ensure continual protection. This includes doors, windowsills, and trim.

6. Paint Prep

Once all the necessary repairs and cleaning are complete, the area will need to be prepped for painting. Protecting your landscaping should be a priority to your contractor. Using plastic wrap, tape, and other materials, your lights, plants, porch, sidewalks, and driveway will all be protected.

How to Prepare Your Home for Exterior Painting in Rhode Island

Depending on the number of painters in your contractor’s painting team, many of these steps can be completed simultaneously to save time between stages. It is, however, very important that your home is repaired, dried, and prepped before moving past this point. One last final inspection of each of these steps should be conducted by your contractor before priming begins.

Priming

Professional painters do not always agree about primer and its usefulness. Some professional painters believe using a primer helps your paint to adhere to your surfaces giving you better coverage that lasts longer. Other painting contractors forego the step of using a primer and, instead, paint two coats of your high-quality paint onto the surface. 

Whichever way you prefer, with primer or using two coats of paint, be sure you and your painter agree and understand the best process for your home and its materials. The main and really the only consideration is the quality of the finish and its longevity.

Painting

The most crucial part of painting is allowing adequate time for your paint to dry in between coats and after the final coat. Most of the time, avoiding direct sunlight can be important, so professional contractors start with western facing sides of your building in the morning and eastern facing sides in the afternoon. However, sometimes it is useful to paint in direct sunlight, but as professional painting contractors, we know when or when to not paint in direct sunlight.

Beginning with the top of your home and working to the ground, high-quality brushes and rollers specific to your siding and paint base are used for even application. After the larger areas of your home are painted, window frames and trim are painted to ensure that your window panes dry properly. Finally, the foundation of your home is painted, if necessary.

Final Touches

No home project is complete until our clients are satisfied. Since 2004, our mission at Bruno Painting is Upholding and Caring for Surfaces and Relationships. We take great pride in the work we do for homeowners in the Newport area and in Rhode Island.

We’re excited to hear about your next project. Reach out and let us know about your home’s unique exterior painting project.

Our perfect summer weather in Rhode Island has seen many of us spending lots of time entertaining and dining outdoors, soaking in as much of the summer sun and air as possible. No matter where in our great state your home is located, a nice, well-appointed deck is a must for enjoying your yard, whether it backs up to a forest or to the sea.

Each home in Rhode Island is unique and each has specific needs for their deck and outdoor entertainment areas. While many people take advantage of the Spring weather to make exterior updates, it’s also very doable to update or even build an entirely new deck during the Summer and Fall months. These are a few examples of options for you to consider for your home’s decking needs.

 

Maintain your Deckspace to Keep Your Deck and Your Home Healthy

Some may think that a worn deck is just a sign of a well-loved home or that there isn’t a real need to replace those splintering boards. However, decks left to wither can cause damage to your home and potentially cause you to have to make costly repairs. 

Depending on how your deck is attached to your home, wood rot can set in the joists, ledger boards, and even your siding. If moisture seeps into your foundation, other larger issues such as mold, mildew, and decay will start to take hold. These major areas of repair can be avoided with a deck that is sealed and maintained regularly over the years.

 

Replace Your Existing Deck with Newer Materials

It is no secret that we see quite a bit of moisture and humidity throughout the year. Most decks in Rhode Island have been built with pressure-treated lumber, as that was the go-to choice for deckbuilding for many decades. Pressure-treated lumber decking is affordable, readily available, durable, and easy to stain so it is no surprise that it is prevalent on the classic coast. Unfortunately, constant exposure to the elements causes pressure-treated wood to swell, crack, split, warp, makes it a relatively high maintenance home amenity in our climate. Annual pressure washing and restaining every one, two, or three years is recommended for this type of decking to keep it looking its best.

An alternative to wood for decking is composite and PVC. This mixture of recycled plastic and wood dust creates composite decking which is a synthetic, yet refined-looking, deck material that many Rhode Island homes are turning to for its many benefits.

These decks are virtually maintenance-free, weather-resistant, and come in a variety of colors and finish looks. If that isn’t enough of an advantage, they are also easy to clean and won’t splinter, warp, or rot. While this type of decking can cost about three times as pressure-treated wood, it can potentially save homeowners in the long run.

 

Pressure Treated Decks

If you love the look and feel of real wood, consider the following options some Portsmouth and Newport homeowners have used to satisfy their desire for a ‘real wood’ deck. Note that some decks are constructed using cedar, exotic woods, and some really amazing, high-end real wood products. Be sure to ask your contractor and their team of carpenters to show you all of the many, many choices of real wood that are available to you if this material is your preference for your next deck.

This multi-level low platform deck makes great use of this backyard space. The real wood deck and benches next to the garden create the feeling of a privately enclosed, secret garden. An oasis, a backyard paradise.  

This wooden deck in Newport had new boards installed which were sanded, stained, and reinforced to create this beautiful aesthetic. The railing and stairs were replaced to keep the deck structurally sound.

A raised pressure-treated deck in Portsmouth was completely transformed into a closed-in porch. The contractors built the overhang and installed windows to give this homeowner a completely new three-season space to spend their time.

A back door landing repaired and painted to match this beautiful home. Even small spaces deserve a good looking deck and staircase.

This unique stone home in Portsmouth went under some repairs including the porch area. The original wood was protected from the elements, sanded, and painted a beautiful grey.

 

Composite and PVC Decks

An old wooden deck in Middletown was replaced with composite decking and a new PVC railing. The colors match perfectly to the shingles of this home.

An elevated deck boasting a beautiful view of the water off of a roof is featured here complete with a bench. The railing is constructed from  PVC and composite wood for the deck boards as well as the lovely bench. 

This larger composite deck boasts a privacy fence installed for these homeowners to entertain and enjoy the beautiful weather in a secluded area.

 

Regardless of the material, your deck and porch can, not only look its best but also be maintained regularly for the rest of your home’s protection. If you done your deck maintenance in the spring, take advantage of this time to update your existing deck or create a whole new backyard oasis.

Our mission at Bruno Painting is “to uphold and care for surfaces and relationships.” The carpentry and painting divisions that make up our team have some of the most skilled and caring professionals in all of Rhode Island. We look forward to the pleasure of restoring your deck this Summer or Fall for you to enjoy all year long. Call us or email us to discuss your deck, painting, or other home improvement project.

Blue House Case Study, Middleton, Rhode Island 

This past June we had the privilege to work on a beautiful, blue-shingled home in Middleton. The homeowners were looking to update their home’s exterior with a fresh coat of paint. During the initial consultation and estimate, our team of professionals noticed that this home required some special attention to the windows, specifically deteriorating wood. 

When wood deterioration is bad enough, it’s called ‘wood rot.’ If left untreated, wood rot can spread and cause even more damage to a home. Before painting the exterior of this beautiful home, we repaired and, in some cases replaced, the rotted wood. 

Below is our case study for this blue house, detailing how we were able to get rid of the wood degeneration, give the exterior a fresh coat of paint, and deliver a great, long-lasting finish for our clients.

Initial Inspection

At the initial meeting with our clients, we needed to determine the extent of the damage and whether it was caused by weather, which is not uncommon for homes in Portsmouth and Newport. Living on the classic coast, many home exteriors are exposed to quite a bit of moisture and cold temperatures that erode paint and the underlying materials over time, including wooden window frames and other areas of the exterior of a home. 

Any pieces of wood that seem spongy or soft are at the beginning or intermediate stages of rot. Other signs of decay include paint chipping, wood splintering, discoloration, or paint peeling. Before further irreparable damage occurs, contact a professional painting contractor and carpenter to treat these areas to protect the rest of your home from further damage.

How do you know whether the wood will need to be repaired vs replaced? The standard is if there is more than ten percent of damage to the wood, it needs to be replaced. In some cases, if the rot is caught early enough, it can be repaired using epoxy products and paint. 

Removal and Replacement of Wood Rot

In this particular case, the damage was extensive enough in some places that the wood needed to be replaced. Our carpentry team made all the necessary repairs before our painters came in to finish the job.

When we removed the rotted frames and sills, our carpentry division took care to pull these boards out without causing damage to the house or windows themselves. Once the old frame and sills were removed, all leftover debris or wood pulp was removed and the area was cleaned.

Measure Twice, Cut Once

The pieces of the old frame and sill were measured as a reference for the new boards to be put in place. Measurements were also taken of the sheathing where the frame and sill used to sit to ensure that the new pieces would fit securely.

If your home does not have standard fittings and features (and depending on what type of window or home you have), you’ll need a contractor more skilled than the average handyman to help with standout features like mitered corners and fastening sites. Our master carpenter, Chris, and his team did a fantastic job making sure the windows fit perfectly in our client’s home.

Prepare the Sheathing

Once the wood frames and sills were removed, our carpentry division inspected the sheathing underneath and made necessary repairs. Repairs that may need to be done on sheathing include using caulk to fill in any smaller cracks and an expanding foam insulation to not only fill larger gaps but to also hold the new boards tightly in place.

Installation

Once the new pieces were cut, our painters stepped in to apply a few coats of paint to protect these new pieces of wood from exposure to moisture and water. Once the new window frames were ready, our carpentry division installed them into the sheathing and secured those pieces in place with nails. The final step in installing these new frames and sills is caulking any seams to keep out unwanted moisture, bugs, and other enemies of wood.

Final Touches

After the frames and sills were installed and inspected for quality, our painters finished the project with a fresh coat of exterior paint. Our team stripped and sanded the old paint to prepare the surface and to prevent unaffected parts of the frames from being exposed to moisture. The entire window trim was repainted with two coats of the highest quality paint to guard against all types of weather conditions.

Summary

In each step of this process, our teams took extra time and care to ensure that every surface had a high-quality finish. Our client is thrilled with the work we did and the care and effort we put into their home.

Since 2004, our mission at Bruno Painting is Upholding & Caring for Surfaces and Relationships. We enjoyed every step of this process on this project and take pride in knowing that the hard work and dedication we put into this home will be enjoyed by this family for decades to come.

Call or email our office for a free estimate to see what we can do for your home!

 

 

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