In the heart of Newport, RI, where historic charm meets modern living, the need for expert painting services is paramount. Among the myriad of options, one name stands out—Bruno Painting. This blog unfolds the canvas of Newport painting services, shedding light on the expertise that transforms houses into homes.

5 Newport Painting Services Newport Residents Rely on From Bruno Painting

1. Exterior Elegance: Elevating Curb Appeal with Newport Painting

The exterior of your home is its first impression, a snapshot of the beauty within. Newport residents understand the significance of a well-painted exterior, and Bruno Painting is the brush that brings this vision to life.

How We Make Your Vision a Reality

Benefits of Hiring an Expert:

  1. Enhanced Durability: Newport's ever-changing weather demands a durable exterior. Professional painters at Bruno Painting not only choose top-quality paints but also employ techniques that ensure longevity, protecting your home against the elements.
  2. Expert Color Consultation: Selecting the right color for your home's exterior can be daunting. Bruno Painting teams with experts to provide personalized color consultations, taking into account architectural features, neighborhood aesthetics, and your personal style to ensure a harmonious and visually appealing exterior.
  3. Time and Cost Efficiency: DIY exterior painting projects can quickly spiral into time-consuming endeavors. Bruno Painting's efficient team, armed with experience and precision, ensures a timely completion, saving you both time and potential costly mistakes.

2. Interior Transformation: The Artistry Within Your Walls

Bruno Painting's interior painting services in Newport cater to the unique tastes and preferences of homeowners, turning each room into a masterpiece.

How We Make Your Vision a Reality

Benefits of Hiring an Expert:

  1. Meticulous Preparation: Achieving a flawless interior finish starts with meticulous preparation. Bruno Painting's professionals expertly prepare surfaces, addressing imperfections, and ensuring a smooth canvas for the chosen colors.
  2. Attention to Detail: It's the little details that make a significant impact. Bruno Painting's craftsmen pay meticulous attention to corners, edges, and intricate details, leaving no room for imperfections. The result is a polished, seamless interior that reflects true craftsmanship.
  3. Clean and Hassle-Free: Painting can be a messy affair, but not with Bruno Painting. Their team takes care of all the logistics, ensuring a clean and hassle-free painting experience. You can enjoy the transformation without the stress of cleanup or disruptions.

3. Fine Paints of Europe: Elevating Your Home with Luxury Finishes

For those who seek the epitome of sophistication, Bruno Painting introduces Fine Paints of Europe—a collection that transcends ordinary painting, creating an aura of opulence.

Unveiling the Distinction of Fine Paints of Europe

When it comes to achieving exceptional results, quality is the cornerstone. Opting for premium materials such as Fine Paints of Europe is an investment in an outcome that surpasses the visual appeal and durability of conventional paint brands.

“There's no greater expense than opting for cheap paint.”

Crafted with Excellence

Fine Paints of Europe stands out due to its meticulous formulation, incorporating superior pigments, binders, and solvents—fundamental components in any paint. Unlike many domestic paint brands, FPE refuses to compromise by incorporating fillers that sacrifice color vibrancy and long-lasting durability.

A Palette Beyond Compare

Irrespective of your desired color, Fine Paints of Europe has it all. With a plethora of color collections to explore, they not only offer a diverse range but also have the capability to custom-match any shade from alternative paint brands. Renowned for their vibrant and enduring hues, FPE sets the benchmark for quality painting throughout Europe. Feel free to contact us to discover the extensive selection of FPE colors available for your home.

Benefits of Fine Paints of Europe:

  1. Unparalleled Quality: Fine Paints of Europe is synonymous with luxury and quality. Bruno Painting's experts use these premium paints to achieve a rich, durable, and radiant finish that elevates your home's aesthetic.
  2. Extensive Color Palette: With a vast array of colors and finishes, Fine Paints of Europe allows for customization that goes beyond the ordinary. Bruno Painting's professionals assist in selecting the perfect palette, ensuring a personalized touch that resonates with your style.
  3. Long-Lasting Beauty: Fine Paints of Europe doesn't just provide immediate beauty; it ensures lasting elegance. The durability of these paints means your home remains a beacon of luxury for years to come.

4. Painter for a Day: Unleashing the Power of Professionalism in a Day

Bruno Painting introduces a unique service—Painter for a Day—a perfect solution for those seeking swift, efficient, and expert touch-ups without committing to a full project.

Benefits of Painter for a Day:

  1. Flexibility and Convenience: Whether it's a small touch-up or a single room transformation, Painter for a Day provides the flexibility you need. Bruno Painting's professionals adapt to your schedule, offering convenience without compromising on quality.
  2. Cost-Effective Solutions: For minor projects, hiring a painter for a day is a cost-effective alternative. Bruno Painting's transparent pricing ensures you get professional service without breaking the bank.
  3. Swift Solutions: Need a room ready for a special occasion? Painter for a Day delivers swift solutions, ensuring your space looks impeccable in no time.

5. Power Washing, Carpentry, and Carpenter for a Day: Beyond Brush Strokes

Bruno Painting extends its expertise beyond traditional painting services, offering power washing, carpentry, and Carpenter for a Day services that encompass comprehensive home care.

Benefits of Additional Services:

  1. Preservation of Surfaces: Power washing is not just about appearance—it's about preserving the integrity of your home's surfaces. Bruno Painting's power washing services remove dirt, grime, and contaminants, ensuring your home stays in pristine condition.
  2. Seamless Repairs: Carpentry services go hand in hand with painting. Bruno Painting's carpenters address any structural issues, ensuring a seamless painting process and enhancing the overall longevity of your home.
  3. On-Demand Carpentry Solutions: The Carpenter for a Day service provides on-demand expertise for minor repairs and enhancements. It's a convenient way to address small issues without the need for a full-scale project.

Why Choose Bruno Painting: Upholding Surfaces and Relationships

Our Mission Statement and Core Values:

Since its inception, Bruno Painting has operated on a foundation of integrity, humility, attitude, discipline, and excellence. These core values are not just words but the driving force behind the company's success. Upholding surfaces goes beyond paint—it's about preserving the essence of your home, and preserving relationships is at the heart of what Bruno Painting stands for.

Transform Your Home with Bruno Painting's Expertise

Ready to transform your Newport residence into a masterpiece? Trust Bruno Painting to deliver impeccable results that go beyond expectations. Contact us today for a consultation and let our expert team unleash the true potential of your home.

Nothing transforms the outward appearance of your home as quickly as a new coat of paint. Whether your goal is to enhance curb appeal for a home sale or simply enjoy a more attractive residence, painting the exterior of your house is a great first step in achieving those aspirations.

Our guide today will cover several essential aspects of revitalizing your home's exterior. But before delving into the details, let's first explore the reasons why repairing and repainting the outside of your home is beneficial.

The Advantages of Exterior House Painting

Undertaking the task of exterior house painting requires effort and investment. If you're contemplating whether the value of applying a fresh coat of paint to your home's exterior justifies the cost, the answer is unequivocally YES.

Here are the benefits:

Enhanced Aesthetic Appeal

Your home reflects your identity, and everyone desires a residence that looks as remarkable as it feels. Achieving this involves maintaining an impressive exterior, and a quality paint job is a pivotal step in creating excellent curb appeal.

Choose a color that complements your home's aesthetics and harmonizes with the landscaping. Consider neighboring houses to avoid color clashes.

Increased Property Value

While you've already invested substantially in your home's value, maintaining a fresh and sharp exterior ensures its value continues rising. An attractive exterior leaves a positive first impression on visitors and potential homebuyers, ultimately contributing to a higher resale value.

Damage Detection and Repair

During the painting process, professional painters identify significant issues that might have gone unnoticed. Over time, issues like mold, mildew, rotting wood, and water stains can affect your walls. Regular painting helps reveal and address such damages before they become more apparent.

Early detection allows for less invasive and more cost-effective repairs.

Protection Against Elements

Beyond aesthetics, a fresh exterior paint job serves as a protective layer against various elements, including weather damage, dust, and insects.

Quality paints act as a barrier, preventing wood from rotting and mitigating the need for more extensive and costly exterior painting in the future.

Understanding the necessity of regular exterior house painting, you may wonder, "How often should I paint it?" Let's answer that question.

Signs Indicating It's Time to Refresh Your Home's Exterior

There are unmistakable signs, such as chipping and cracking paint, indicating that your home requires exterior painting. However, some less conspicuous indications can also signal the need for a repaint.

While there is no fixed timeline since each home is unique, some general guidelines exist, although various factors can influence the timing.

Most experts recommend repainting exterior walls every 5-10 years, taking into account factors such as climate, the quality of the previous paint job, and other considerations we'll discuss later.

Here are the approximate intervals for different materials:

Wood siding: Typically, this may need repainting every 3-7 years, averaging around every four years due to staining.

Keep in mind that these are general estimates, and the actual timing may vary based on specific conditions and maintenance practices for each home.

Struggling to find the perfect paint colors for your home’s exterior? You are not alone! Many homeowners have a difficult time landing on the right hue(s) for their home. We have some paint color ideas and color combinations that can help! Fine Paints of Europe and Benjamin Moore are two paint companies that we love and use in our painting projects. Here are some of the best exterior paint colors and color combinations from these companies, as well as general things to consider when choosing colors.

 

What to Consider When Choosing Exterior Paint Colors

How to choose exterior paint colors for your home

Professional color consultants typically use three to four paint colors when creating an exterior color scheme. These are usually for siding, doors, trim, and accents. When planning your exterior paint color palette, consider trim, windows, garage doors, shutters, and other exterior elements for the full picture. 

Start building your palette using color direction from unchanging exterior elements like roofing, stone, brick, and landscaping. Since these elements are unlikely to change, you’ll want to make sure any colors you choose will go well with the colors of the unchanging aspects. If these exterior accents lean warmer, consider hues like browns, reds, oranges or yellows. If they lean cooler, look to grays, blues, greens and violets.

 

Paint Companies We Recommend

Fine Paints of Europe

Fine Paints of Europe has been in operation since 1987. These paints are formulated with superior pigments, binders, and solvents; however, they never have fillers that stretch coverage at the cost of color and longevity.

Fine Paints of Europe are made to last. They require fewer coats to produce a beautiful and rich color, retain an even finish and are crafted with everyday living in mind. The true value of this paint comes from its longevity. Fine Paints of Europe can protect your home for up to 15 years when properly applied.

Benjamin Moore Paints

Benjamin Moore Paints has been in business since 1883 and has always striven to produce the highest quality paints in the industry. When it comes to premium paints and stains for your home, Benjamin Moore has set a high standard for excellence.

They manufacture their own resins and proprietary Gennex® colorants, which deliver superior performance and application properties in every product. Paired with their incomparable selection of authentic colors, their products are formulated to help you achieve beautiful, lasting results every time you paint. The exterior of your home is so important, and a great choice to ensure a high-quality finish is Benjamin Moore Exterior paints. 

 

Exterior Paint Color Ideas and Combinations

Two-Tone Olive

Dark olive-green house exteriors are rare, but they tend to be very memorable. This is because of their unique style and captivating character! With homeowners looking for more modern ways to make their home stand out, dark olive green, with white or light trim, is now becoming a go-to.

Colors

Fine Paints of Europe

Siding (Olive Green) – Mooreland Green

Accent (White) - White Café or Royal White

Benjamin Moore Paints

Siding (Olive Green) – Trailing Vines

Accent (White) – Swiss Coffee or Cloud White

 

Blue and Gray

Exterior paint colors for your home include Thunder and Hale Navy from Benjamin Moore.

Gray is a great neutral that can match just about any style of home and is a beautiful complement to brick. The shutters and doors done in a more saturated color, like blue, provides a sophisticated accent. The question is... do you prefer light blue or dark blue?

Colors

Fine Paints of Europe

Siding (Gray) – Winter Sky or Grey Mist

Accent (Blue) – Blue Horizon or North Sea Blue

Benjamin Moore Paints

Siding (Gray) – Horizon or Slate or Thunder

Accent (Blue) – Polar Sky or Smoke or Hale Navy

 

Black and White

White and black is a classic color combination for an exterior.

Black and white never goes out of style. The more common way to use this combo is white siding and black accents. However, if you want to go the less tradition route, black siding with white accents can make a great look! Whether you have an old home or a new build, this classic combo looks fresh forever. And it really pops against a lot of greenery! 

Colors

Fine Paints of Europe

Siding (White) – Spinnaker White or Royal White

Siding (Black) - G21850

Accent (White) – White Café 

Accent (Black) – Black or G21850

Benjamin Moore Paints

Siding (White) – White Heron or Cloud Cover

Siding (Black) – Onyx or Soot

Accent (White) – Atrium White or White Dove

Accent (Black) – Flint or Black Tar

 

Gray, Red, and Black

Especially on smaller or more traditional-style homes, simplicity works best for exterior color combinations. Neutral siding colors, like warm gray, create a solid foundation. Then introduce color in small doses, such as a glossy red front door, to create a focal point that doesn't overwhelm the exterior color scheme.

Colors

Fine Paints of Europe

Siding (Gray) – Storm Cloud or Silverblade

Trim and Accent (Black) – Black or G21850

Door (Red) – Rembrandt Red or Tulip Red

Benjamin Moore Paints

Siding (Gray) – Gray Owl or Storm

Trim and Accent (Black) – Flint or Soot

Door (Red) – Caliente or Smoldering Red

 

When considering exterior paint colors for your home, there are practical elements to consider, as well as stylistic choices to make. At Bruno Painting, we provide color assistance to our clients so their exteriors look exactly how they want! If your exterior could use a fresh coat of paint, call us for a free estimate – 401-662-0057. 

What Goes Into Properly Painting Your Home’s Exterior?

The first thing you may think of when it comes time to repaint your home’s exterior is the color you’ll choose this time around. Since a well-done exterior paint job lasts between 5 – 7 years, considering our often-harsh Rhode Island weather conditions, you’ll be looking at the color you choose for some time. Selecting the exterior paint color you’ll love for many years is a topic for another blog. Suffice it to say, paint color selection is not the only thing that goes into painting your home’s exterior.

You may or may not know that an excellent paint prep and application can actually protect your home’s exterior surfaces, and provide protection from unwanted water, from snow, rain, condensation, or other sources, from entering your home. If unwanted water gets inside and is not somehow dried, you may get mold which can cause rot and harm your health.

Before your house can benefit from the protection afforded by a well-executed paint job, it’s essential to be sure your professional painter does all it takes to properly prepare and then paint your home’s exterior.

 

What Paint to Use

One of our favorite paint brands to use for our clients is called Fine Paints of Europe (FPE). Their tagline is “Luxurious Lasting Color, Imported from Holland.” They’re not inexpensive, but what FPE supports is following proper painting protocols for best results.

In fact, on their website, FPE says, “Please do not consider the use of our house paints unless you are committed to doing a proper job and are aware of the factors which will determine the appearance and durability of the application.”

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Steps to Properly Paint Your Home's Exterior

At Bruno Painting, we are 100% committed to doing a proper job and exceeding expectations for best painting results. How do we do that? We follow a step-by-step process cultivated over many years of painting our clients’ homes. Our formula is proprietary, but we’ll share the basic steps for how to properly paint your home’s exterior for the best results.

 

Step 1

 Select your painting professional. Of course, we’re biased and believe we’re one of the best painters in Rhode Island. (Anyone who takes their work seriously should believe they’re the best!) At Bruno Painting, we not only offer elite painting services, we also have a team of experienced carpenters who can remodel your home, fix any fixable problems with your home, and basically re-work or rebuild your home to your liking. Then our team of experienced, highly trained painters come in and add the coats of paint needed to make your home aesthetically amazing!

What we’ve cultivated at Bruno Painting is a teamwork environment so our carpenters and our painters work seamlessly to do the work the right way, no cutting corners, the best way, the correct way. You’re assured a structurally sound, well-painted home when your project is completed!

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Step 2

Plan which parts of your exterior will be painted and agree on the paint brand and the color palettes that will be used. If there are any structural updates or fixes to be made to your home, we’ll discuss those with you in detail so you can decide all the work that needs to be done prior to paint prep.

Decide on exactly what color and finish goes on which surfaces. Even exterior paints come in different sheens and selecting the sheen for each area to be painted, such as the siding or the trim, is an important step not to be overlooked. To note, exterior paints with a more matted sheen tend to be less durable. Conversely, exterior paints with a more glossy sheen tend to tolerate wear and tear better.

Another consideration when choosing the sheen for your exterior paint is to realize that an exterior paint with a more matted sheen is not as easy to wash. If you anticipate needing to have your home power washed because it is near an ocean or trees, you’ll want to select a finish that is not completely a matte finish.

During your professional painting consultation, paint brand, color, and sheen selection will all be addressed.

 

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Step 3

Decide on a schedule for the painting your home based on your best estimates and weather forecasts. Another one of our favorite paint brands is Benjamin Moore. According to the experts at Benjamin Moore, “Plan based on weather – rain can easily ruin a fresh coat of paint … so weather Is truly a critical component of a successful exterior paint project.”

Benjamin Moore’s tip for exterior painting in the “right” weather:  “Low temperatures and high humidity are a bad combination. Generally speaking, the higher the humidity, the slower a product dries.”

Realize, of course, that the weather can change. But it’s important to be aware of upcoming weather to give your paint project the best chance of success!

 

Step 4

Prepare your home for painting. This stage is often referred to as “prep” and many experts prep a home for painting in different order. The important thing to note is that a house exterior is cleaned, dried, caulked, and sanded for optimal paint adherence before a primer or paint brush is used.

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Step 5

Prime the exterior surfaces to be painted, including brick surfaces. Note that some experts recommend caulking after priming. You may even choose to caulk some areas before priming and caulking other spots after priming. The key point is to make the caulked surface as smooth as possible so the paint covering it will look as smooth.

 

Step 6

Have your carefully chosen paint color and sheen applied to your home’s exterior. This is the most rewarding step, of course, especially if you’re changing to a new color that you’re excited to see on your home.

While painting professionals may differ in their process of painting your home, the best exterior painting results will be achieved when the approach is systematic and well-planned. It is a big endeavor to have your home’s exterior painted. There’s a lot that goes into properly painting your home’s exterior.

At Bruno Painting, we’re focused on doing all the right things and on Upholding and Caring for Surfaces and Relationships since 2004. We invite you to become a completely happy Bruno Painting client. Reach out today for your complimentary remodeling and painting estimate.

Summer is here on the classic coast and with it comes enjoying the outdoor areas of your home. The summer season is also the best time to make some exterior updates to your home.

Exterior updates are a great way to boost your curb appeal, protect your home and add value to your investment. Regularly inspecting and updating your home's exterior will help to identify any potential problems.

Whether you're looking to add some curb appeal or just want to make your home more enjoyable, there are easy ways to make home exterior updates for summer. Here are some great ideas for giving your home a summer makeover.

 

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Update Outdoor Areas

Late nights around a fire pit or beautiful patio are some of the best ways to entertain and spend time with your family. Updating your outdoor spaces can extend your living area to your backyard and beyond. Try incorporating some of these into your next home improvement project.

 

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Painting Projects

Painting is one of the most effective ways to transform your home. Paint is also an incredible agent for protecting your surfaces against weather and decay. Two of the most popular updates homeowners make to their exteriors are siding and front door projects.

 

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Installing New Windows

Installing new windows is a great way to update your home's exterior and improve its energy efficiency. If your windows are old or drafty, they could be costing you money on your energy bills.

New windows will keep your home better insulated and reduce your energy costs. You can also find windows that come with UV protection to help keep your furniture and carpets from fading.

Exterior updates are also a great way to improve your home's energy efficiency. Not only will regular exterior updates save you money in the long run, but they'll also help make your home more comfortable and efficient.

 

Updating and maintaining your exterior in summer protects your home, improves your curb appeal, and adds value to your investment. At Bruno Painting, we handle any necessary carpentry work, do the key prep work to ensure longevity in your project, and use high-quality paint. Our expert teams of painters and carpenters are ready to make your home exterior updates seamless. Contact us for your next exterior painting or carpentry project!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

How to Boost Curb Appeal for Your Rhode Island Home

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. 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

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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.

If you own a home in Rhode Island, then you’re likely familiar with how damaging winter weather can be to your home. While we’re already into the colder months, there are still a few maintenance updates you can make to your home to make it more efficient. 

Although winter is often seen as a time of rest and resetting, it can also be a time for preparation. By taking care of some common issues now, Rhode Island homeowners can avoid costly repairs in the future. Here are some winter home maintenance tips to help keep your home in good condition. 

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Check and Clean your Roof and Gutters

One of the most important things you can do in preparation for winter is to check your roof and gutters. Make sure that all the shingles are in good condition, and that there are no leaks or cracks. If you notice any moss growing or discoloration on your roof, schedule a cleaning to remove this growth to avoid costly repairs.

Gutters should be free of any debris, so they can do the job of properly draining water away from your home. It's best to clean gutters on a dry, clear day; preferably after the wind has removed most of the leaves from nearby trees. You may want to consider hiring a professional to clean your gutters, especially if the weather makes it more dangerous to do it yourself. It is important to have these inspections done before temperatures drop below freezing, which can prevent water from consolidating and freezing in areas around your home that could cause severe damage.

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Service your Furnace and Chimney

Another home maintenance update to schedule in preparation for freezing temperatures is to clean your furnace and chimney. Having a clean furnace and flue will help avoid the risk of fire and ensure that you stay warm and get the most out of your heating system this winter. 

Heaters take on quite a large task during the winter months, so steps like changing the air filter, and ensuring that your humidifier is working properly will help keep your furnace running smoothly. It is recommended that you service your gas furnace at least once a year. Regular cleaning and maintenance can keep your furnace and the parts that commonly malfunction in their best shape.

A dirty or clogged chimney is a big fire risk during the winter months, especially when you are burning wood for heat. Make sure to have your chimney inspected before lighting a fire and make any necessary repairs right away. Foul-smelling air can often be an indicator of serious damage or neglect to your flue system. With this in mind, your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors should also be tested to ensure your home is kept safe while you enjoy your warm hearth.

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Winter Storm Home Prep

When a winter storm is expected, there are a few things you can do to help prepare your home. Make sure all the windows and doors are properly sealed, and stock up on food, water, and emergency supplies. If you have a fireplace, make sure you have plenty of wood to last through the storm in case you lose electricity or other means you have for heating your home. 

One of the biggest dangers of winter is the risk of frozen pipes. When the water in pipes freezes, it can expand and cause the pipe to burst. Take precautions to keep your pipes warm and have a back-up plan in case the heat does go out. Finally, be sure to keep an eye on the weather forecast, so you can take appropriate steps to protect your home.

Winters can be tough on your home, especially when it comes to weather-related issues. But by taking precautions and preparing now, you can avoid costly repairs in the future. By checking for damage and cracks in the roof, gutters, and other areas around your home, you can help keep your home in good condition.

It is important to make sure your home is properly stocked with food, medical, and other supplies. Also, make sure you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency. Be sure to take care of any issues with your chimney or furnace right away. By following these winter maintenance tips, your home will be ready to face the wintry weather.

Bruno Painting offers the following services to help your home look and feel its best all year round. 

Our team of professional painters and carpenters can help you get your home looking and operating its best this winter. We can also customize a home update package for your home’s unique needs. Schedule your free estimate today. We look forward to serving you!

 

Selling a home is a very involved process with many things to do in preparation, including sprucing up your home’s interior and exterior to make it more appealing to homebuyers. Your house may need something as simple as a fresh coat of paint or it may require a larger maintenance project to prepare it to sell. It’s best to have a clear plan of your projects, both large and small, that you intend to have completed when you prepare your house to sell.

Knowing what repairs and updates need to be done beforehand can help make the process easier. Bruno Painting provides this list of things to do to get your home ready for sale.   

Prepare your home to sell with great curb appeal

Choose the Right Color

Your home should be seen as a warm and inviting place to potential buyers. Painting your home a harmonious color can add to that effect. If your home needs a fresh coat of paint before you sell, you can consider neutral colors like off-white, light blue, gray, or yellow. Painting your house a neutral color will attract a wider range of potential buyers. Non-traditional colors may only appeal to a limited number of buyers.  

What defines ‘the right color’ is based on many factors. Is the house surrounded by woods and trees or is it a landscape characterized by lots of green grass and plants? Is your house close to the beach? Are you looking to make your house pop or are you wanting it to blend in?  

A color like red or yellow may stand out in the trees whereas a gray or green would blend in. If your home is close to the coast, you may want to look at painting it a shade of blue, gray, or taupe to match the landscape. 

Prepare your home to sell with repainted shutters

Additionally, the color of the shutters, doors, and trim can add to the enhanced curb appeal and buyer appeal. White trim and shutters on a blue or gray house really make them stand out. It also gives a fresh and crisp look to the home. If you decide to go with a nautical theme, darker blue or aqua would go perfectly with a lighter color of blue. The elements of your home can truly tie together the color palette you choose. 

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Take Care of Repairs and Maintenance

If you are preparing to sell your home, the reality is that you may need to make some repairs. It can be something as simple as fixing a leaky faucet or something a little more complex, like replacing several boards on your deck. Once you figure out what projects need to be done, you can decide if you want to tackle each project on your own or if you need to hire someone to complete it. Some common repairs include a front door upgrade, window replacement, kitchen renovations, roof replacement, and bathroom renovations. 

Prepare your home to sell with repairs

Other things that may need to be done fit more in the maintenance category. It’s important to consider spaces that may need professional cleaning or power washing. Deep cleaning your home before putting it on the market can give it a crisp look. 

If you are still living in the house while trying to sell it, it’s essential to deep clean every part of your home including dusting the fans, polishing your appliances, and cleaning the windows inside and out. You’ll want to make sure much of the clutter is gone, especially if pictures are going to be taken or if you are having a showing. Keeping your home clean and decluttered is not a one-time project. This process will need to continue the entire time your house is on the market.  

Prepare your house to sell with enhanced curb appeal

Enhance Your Home By Adding Extra Curb Appeal

Whether buyers are looking at your home online or in person, the first thing they see is the outside and the surrounding areas. When your home is clean and well-taken care of on the outside, it can entice buyers to take a look inside. Adding things like flowers or a wreath on the door, trimming the shrubs, or edging the sidewalk can all add extra curb appeal to your home.

For the projects that cannot be done on your own, the experts at Bruno Painting Carpentry and Remodeling are here to get the job done for you. Our services range from interior and exterior painting, power washing, gutter cleaning, carpentry, deck additions or updates, and remodeling. 

 

Bruno Painting is here for everything your home needs. When you're ready to prepare your house to sell, our experts can give you advice on what your home needs to get ready to sell quickly. Bruno Painting is a highly trusted name all across Rhode Island. Our trained and certified employees are here to serve Portsmouth and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to find out how we can help you update your home or prep your home to sell.  

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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