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!

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.

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. 

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.  

Exterior paint projects aren’t always at the forefront of a homeowner’s mind. Think about it, when was the last time your home’s exterior was painted? If it was before 2011, your home may be overdue for an update. Professional contractors recommend homes be repainted every 5 to 10 years in order to keep you and your investment protected and healthy. 

The benefits of taking care of your home’s exterior are far-reaching. To understand the advantages of having your home’s exterior painted, our experts at Bruno Painting have put together the top four reasons to have your home’s exterior painted this Spring or Summer.

A Home's Exterior Painted to protect from the elements

Paint Adds Protection

Regular protection of your exterior surfaces ensures the longevity and health of your home. At its essence, paint is a barrier between your surfaces and the elements. By maintaining this layer of protection, you minimize the exposure your surfaces have to weather damage, insects, sun, dust, mold, and mildew. 

Signs to look for when considering if your paint is failing to provide protection are easy to spot. Look for areas of paint that are peeling, flaking, bubbling, or cracking. These are signs that your paint has been compromised and will need attention. When it comes to painting the old saying rings true: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Using paint to protect your home is a relatively inexpensive way to maintain your home's surfaces.

Regular Painting Helps Keep Up with Repairs

Before your home’s exterior is repainted, a good painting contractor will inspect all the surfaces, including your trim, siding, windows, and doors. If they find peeling, fading, bubbling, or any other paint failures, your painter will repair the area before they begin the complete exterior painting work. Doing so can keep your home from deteriorating and prevent you from having more expensive repairs in the future.  

When repairs are necessary, finding the root cause of damage is imperative. Water damage, for example, can be caused by permeating rain or other precipitous weather we experience on the classic coast. No matter what the source of the damage is, preventing the source from causing recurring damages and making the necessary repairs is the only way to ensure that your home will not face the same situation in the future. Typically affected surfaces or spots to watch are windows, gutters, roofs, and doorways, all of which may be exposed to excess water.

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Painting Adds Value

At the end of the day, your home is one of the greatest investments you’ll ever make. Protecting your investment and ensuring the return on your home is as high as possible can be accomplished, in part, by keeping up with the maintenance and painting of your home’s exterior.  When you maintain your home, you will prevent it from diminishing in value over time. 

Newer-built homes are often painted with a lower grade of paint and applied with fewer coats than a high-quality paint job. While this allows a home to pass inspection, cutting corners by using below-grade paints won’t provide a durable, long-lasting paint finish. Professional painters have access to commercial-grade paints and primers that are engineered and designed to outlast and outperform many of the paints that a consumer can buy at a home improvement store. The results are longer lasting and less frequent need to repaint your home's surfaces, saving you time and money in the long run.

Paint Rejuvenates Curb Appeal

Paint is primarily made up of three components: solvents, binders, and pigments. Pigments provide color and add depth and character to your home. Over time, pigments that are exposed to the sun and precipitation will fade leaving behind a chalky dull appearance. If your home looks remarkably different today than it did five years ago, it indicates that it may be time to paint the exterior of your home.  Home's Exterior Painted

 

Updating the color of your home can also boost curb appeal. If you are thinking of selling your home or just want to enjoy the beauty of your outdoor areas, consider a color change to brighten up and bring positive attention to your home’s exterior. Making a lasting impression, not only boosts the overall aesthetic of your home but can make a large difference in your resale value if and when you choose to sell your home.

Regular maintenance of your home’s exterior is important regardless of the materials used to build it. Protection for your home this Spring can extend the longevity of your home’s surfaces as well as create a beautiful and welcoming home for you and your family. 

At Bruno Painting, our mission has always been “to uphold and care for surfaces and relationships.” Our highly skilled team of painters and carpenters shows this high level of care in each and every project we take on. We have restored Rhode Island homes to their highest potential with our services that reach well beyond painting. Contact us to discuss your exterior painting and other home improvement projects.

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.

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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.

Blue wall from Fine Paints of Europe

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Making your home a unique and comfortable space is at the forefront of many homeowners’ minds. From charming kitchens to cozy living rooms, making your home a pleasant, safe haven has never been more important. While it is a commonly known fact that the color of a room can influence your mood and how you feel in a space, the brand of paint you use can elevate your sense of pride in your home as well. 

Many homeowners in Rhode Island have been trading out standard paint brands with ones like Fine Paints of Europe® to complete their home projects. Our professional painters at Bruno Painting are certified Fine Paints of Europe painters and want to share all about this brand: who they are, why they stand out, what customers have been saying, and how it may be the perfect fit for your home.

Fine Paints of Europe Picture

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What is Fine Paints of Europe?

Since 1987, Fine Paints of Europe has been an independent company that imports high-quality paint from the Netherlands. As a family-owned and operated business, their service and goal is straightforward; to provide the finest paints to homeowners, professionals, and the architectural and design communities. They are dedicated to bringing only high-quality Dutch paint to the U.S. through local reputable retailers. 

What Makes the Difference?

The quality of paint you choose affects both the immediate finish quality and the long-term durability. Fine Paints of Europe contains zero fillers and only superior pigments, binders, and solvents. While these components are found in every paint, the quality of their formula is simply unmatched.

With high-end ingredients, paint lasts longer, provides richer color, and performs best, standing the test of time. While less expensive brands use fillers to stretch the paint to increase coverage and lower costs, higher quality paints do not. Surfaces painted with lower quality paints will need to be repainted more often which can become just as expensive as using a high-quality brand like Fine Paints of Europe.

 

Bruno Painting Refinished a Front Door

How Long Does Fine Paints of Europe Paint Last on Your Home’s Surfaces?

Proper application, including preparing your surfaces, will influence the longevity of any painting project. With a well-prepped surface by a professional painter, a project using Fine Paints of Europe is expected to last 8-10 years–well over the average length which most U.S. homeowners wait before repainting. Some have even reported having great results upwards of 15 years later with only minor necessary touch-ups.

Regardless of how long you are looking to go between repainting your surfaces, a high-quality paint will retain an even finish, require fewer coats of paint during application, and will better stand up to everyday wear-and-tear. Ultimately, better quality paint will provide your home with a more durable, brilliant finish that will protect your surfaces for a longer period of time.

What Customers Say

Customers have been extremely happy with the results they have seen using Fine Paints of Europe. Those who have been to the Netherlands can attest that Dutch doors and colors are an incredible sight to see. Bringing those vibrant hues to homes creates a welcoming and unique environment that US homeowners will be excited to select and have on their homes. 

Many painting customers are happy with the low environmental impact of Fine Paints of Europe. As a U.S. Green Building Council member, they follow environmental guidelines and requirements to ensure that these paints are safe and effective. These low-VOC paints guarantee low odor and contaminants in every gallon, which safeguards those with respiratory problems.

 

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What Painters Say

Skilled professional painters want to exceed their customers’ expectations with every project. Painting contractors have not only seen delighted customers, but they themselves are impressed with the ease of application and superior quality Fine Paints of Europe offers. The quality of this paint outmatches many of its competitors. 

The creators of this paint value fine finishes and workmanship so highly that they strongly recommend their clients utilize an experienced, professional painter when using their product. In fact, Fine Paints of Europe has created a Master & Certified Painters Program for clients to identify which painting contractors employ the most skilled craftsmen. Holding this high standard for professional painters speaks to Fine Paints of Europe’s commitment to meeting a higher standard of excellence.

Our owner Rick Bruno has dedicated himself to continually improving his trade. Rick has recently graduated from the Fine Paints of Europe Certified Painters Program and continually challenges himself to bring quality work to every home in Portsmouth and the rest of the classic coast. 

Spring is slowly blooming around Portsmouth and with it brings excitement in the air. If the season of re-birth has inspired you to repaint any part of your home, contact us and let our skilled professional painters transform your home this Spring.

Deciding to hire a professional painter to update your Rhode Island home is an exciting step in updating your living space. It can also potentially increasing your home's value. Fresh paint can breathe new life back into your space, whether you’re thinking about having your walls and ceiling painted, your cabinets, your interior doors, and trim, or even a full or partial renovation.

Browsing at design and decor photos for inspiration and choosing colors is exciting. However, choosing a reputable carpentry and painting company and getting a quote can seem like a lot. Instead of feeling intimidated, use the opportunity to better understand with the painting process. You can also get acquainted with the best available painting contractors with whom you may choose to work with again in the future.

Interacting with the employees of the different painting companies you’re considering can help you see if they’re professional and whether you’ll work well together. Pay attention to the details of both your customer service experience and the information provided in your quote. To feel like you’re choosing the right carpentry and painting company for you and your home, it’s best to understand what to expect from a house painting quote.

 

What your house painting quote should include

Getting an Estimate

While estimate processes differ slightly among painting companies, all should provide a detailed price quote. Your house painting quote will also include other important information. Most painters offer a free quote, while others may charge a set fee that is later applied to your final bill. Be extremely wary of any company that is reluctant to provide a quote or estimate in writing. Quotes are the foundation for establishing the expectations of both the homeowner and the contractor.

After you’ve scheduled your estimate, an estimator will meet you at your home to discuss your project and assess the condition of your home. Expect an experienced painter to ask detailed questions about your vision and goals for your update.

Some painting companies may conduct your initial meeting virtually and visit your home at a later date to take measurements, photos, and inspect for repairs in person. The in-home visit is a great time to discuss any questions you may have about a painter’s methods and materials. You may also want to discuss the overall process for painting your home. Regardless of how the estimate is conducted, a professional painting company should ensure you are comfortable with the process and be willing to answer all your questions.

 

Your house painting quote should include cost of labor and materials.

What Your Carpentry and Painting Quote Includes

After considering all the details of your project, your painter will generate a detailed quote for your review.  From repairs, paint types, required tools, and more, the goal of this process is to leave you with a specific and accurate estimate of the cost and time for your project.

Your carpentry and painting quote should include the following details:

The house painting quote should also provide a project timeline with step-by-step descriptions of the proposed plan. Overall, every important detail should be included to avoid any hidden charges or surprise fees. In fact, professional painting companies sometimes complete unanticipated work or make other necessary adjustments and still complete your job well and on time, without adding to your cost

Your painting quote will show a breakdown by room, showing labor costs, materials costs, and other line items. There may also be an additional cost for any necessary repairs. Additionally, your painting contractor should provide proof of insurance and liability coverage to guarantee that your home is covered in case of an accident or damage.

 

We adhere to the highest professional standards at Bruno Painting.

The Unwritten Expectations

You should expect each painter adheres to the highest professional standards. You should feel at ease knowing that you will be treated with the utmost respect and courtesy and that your home is in good hands.

While caring for your home, your Lead Painter should be able to provide you with updated policies when it comes to COVID procedures and how your family will be protected throughout the project. At the end of the day, your painting contractor should act professionally to care for both you and your home.

Winter on the Classic Coast is truly an ideal time to schedule a home painting project. Reduced demand for exterior painting allows professional painting companies to offer discounts and greater flexibility in scheduling to meet your needs.

 

Bruno Painting has been upholding & caring for surfaces and relationships since 2004. If you have been considering painting your home, but have been reluctant to get started, we would be happy to walk you through the estimate process. Some of our clients are so happy with our work, they’ve shared their experience with us. Feel at ease knowing you’re in the best hands with carpenters and painters who care about your home as much as their own.

The average American is spending more time at home and that means spending more time getting good use from your home’s features. Many have already utilized the downtime caused by the pandemic to renovate their home. By taking this time to make improvements to your home, you’ll get to enjoy the updates for more time and perhaps have an even greater appreciation for your new space because of coronavirus restraints.

For those wondering which improvements are worth taking the time to complete, one of our recommendations is a bathroom remodel. There are many benefits to remodeling your bathroom, but some homeowners have legitimate concerns about the process. To help with these concerns, here are five questions to ask when considering remodeling your bathroom.

1. What Will It Cost to Remodel My Bathroom?

Maintaining a budget is important with any remodeling project. For homeowners looking to make improvements that will increase your home’s value, creating a budget is key to this process. The average at-home bathroom remodel costs around $10,000 and can go much higher, of course. This includes the cost of hiring a contractor to complete intricate tasks like tiling, lighting, and installing a new shower or tub.

If your budget is tight, there are a few ways to lower this cost. For example, consider focusing on a high-quality paint and updating light fixtures instead of laying tile or putting in granite counter tops. You may also want to consider having a remodel done in stages so you can stretch your budget further and make your new space exactly how you want it. Ultimately, you are in control of what you want your remodel to cost, so plan well and enjoy both the process and the outcome.

 

2. Is it Worth it to Remodel a Bathroom?

The wisest investors know that if you are going to invest in anything, it needs to be worth the time and effort spent to make the improvements. While some are focused on the bottom line, others want to know that their home remodel is going to add value to their lives, and then to their bank account when they sell their home.

If you are in the market to sell, and your realtor suggests a bathroom update before listing, you may want to listen. Some studies show an average of 50% (but sometimes closer to 70%) return from bathroom reno projects. Some parts of the Providence area have even seen returns of more than 100% on their bathroom renovations.

For home renovations, a bathroom renovation is one of the highest returns on investment you can make. The key here is to focus on spending money wisely on the updates that will bring about a high return. For example, adding a second sink in a master bathroom or installing a doorless, larger shower space, will add more value than choosing the most expensive countertops. It is a balance between enjoying what you prefer now versus how much the update will return to you as a percentage of your investment.

There is also the “Joy” factor to consider when remodeling. Those who have made bathroom remodels a priority have reported being happier in their homes and satisfied with how their updates have made them feel. You sometimes cannot put a price tag on happiness.

 

3. Does my Bathroom Need to Be Remodeled?

One of the most common misconceptions about bathroom renovations is that everything will need to be replaced during a renovation. With a bathroom renovation, you can do a partial or a full renovation.

Some homeowners are embracing their retro pink or blue wall tiles, while others wouldn’t dream of living with such a dated looking bathroom. First, decide what you like and what you don’t and what things bother you and must be replaced as a priority. Next, build your budget and your list of things to be done as part of your bathroom reno project.

Cracked tiles, leaking toilets, and outdated bathtubs will need attention to get the most out of your investment. Thankfully, these are items that can be replaced relatively easily by a qualified contractor.

4. What Can I Remodel in My Bathroom?

A bathroom remodel can be a creative project as well as a source of future profit. For resale value, classic and traditional colors and selections tend to bring a higher return. Ultimately, you are remodeling for yourself and your enjoyment of your space for as long as you choose to live in your home.

It’s worth noting that if your home has only one bath, adding a second bathroom typically adds more value to your home than a remodeled bathroom. For bathrooms, it’s quantity over quality, especially these days when many are at home, perhaps even giving their pets a bath and preferring to do that in a separate tub area.

Buyers are also most interested in cabinetry, flooring, and a new tub or shower. For homes in neighborhoods with lots of families, tubs are extremely popular to remodel, especially if you have the space for a standalone tub in the owner’s suite. Otherwise, many are opting for adding huge, walk-in showers to make their delay routine easier and more enjoyable.

5. Should I Hire a Contractor to Remodel My Bathroom?

While some home remodeling projects can be done by the homeowner, a bathroom remodel is one that is best left to professionals. A bathroom has many complex components that take a skilled craftsman’s expertise to ensure it is completed correctly. From electrical to plumbing to tilework and everything in between, a licensed professional contractor will ensure that your bathroom renovation is done right the first time.

The bottom line is hiring a contractor who can take care of the carpentry, remodeling, and painting work is essential when deciding to do a bathroom renovation project in your home. Too many have started a bathroom reno project, only to find months and years later, that it is just too difficult and time-consuming, even if you are spending more time at home.

For all bathroom renovations, large and small, we recommend utilizing the services of an experienced contractor who can provide you with design ideas, great work, and an end result that you love.

Upholding and caring for surfaces and relationships has been our mission at Bruno Painting since 2004. We care deeply for our clients and work hard to make their homes a more enjoyable space to live. From tiling to remodeling (and of course painting), we have a skilled team of professional craftsmen who can make your home renovation dreams into reality.

When you take on a home painting project yourself, you’ll find an almost excessive number of paint types within each paint brand from which to choose. Though there are many choices, it can be difficult to know which paint is best for your specific painting project.

When you hire a painting professional to paint your home, on the other hand, you’ll have a wide variety of professional paint brands at your disposal, plus a painting team with the knowledge and information needed to select the best paint for your particular home and its unique characteristics.

We’ve put together a list of some of the best interior and exterior paint brands for your home. You can use this information to better understand all the different paint technologies available and be better able to have a conversation with your painting contractor about the best paints for your home.

Interior Recommendations

Kitchen Interior Green-Paint

Source: Benjamin Moore

For interior paint, some paint characteristics we believe are important are paint thickness, paint coverage or spread, fumes or paint odor, “green” considerations, color variety, sheen selection, specific chemical and preservative ingredients, and ease of application.

When we consider if a paint is “green,” we look at the presence or absence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs release gasses into the air that cause a strong paint odor, and which can be harmful to people and animals, possibly causing respiratory problems as well as harm the air quality.

Along with these factors, we look at customer satisfaction and overall performance for the price. Here are our top recommendations for interior paints:

Source: finepaintsofeurope.com

 

Fine Paints of Europe created the Eurolux™ Interior Acrylic Paint line to serve as an odorless acrylic paint option, which has been perfected over the last two decades. The coating quality is unmatched by this remarkable paint. Many have compared the durability and scrubbable strength tile, with the same washability! It is both quick drying and Low VOC,  making this a wonderful option for lasting beauty in any home. We recommend this in both kitchens and bathrooms due to its impeccable ability to be cleaned.

As an alternative, Eco™ Waterborne Paints by Fine Paints of Europe offer the benefits of both alkyd and acrylic formulated paints. With easy clean-up and application, this self-leveling paint dries to a beautiful finish while also being Low VOC paint, making it an eco-friendly choice. We recommend this paint for dining rooms, family rooms, and even bedrooms.

Aura Benjamin Moore Interior

Source: Benjamin Moore

Aura by Benjamin Moore is another paint we recommend for homeowners specifically looking for a paint that goes on effortlessly. The Gennex color-technology in this paint has maximum performance for long-lasting results. As a paint and primer in one, this paint dries quickly and adapts well to different surfaces. We recommend Aura in bedrooms for its low VOCs and minimal-odor qualities. Additionally, Aura Bath and Spa is designed specifically for high-humidity areas like your bathroom.

Last, but not least, for interior paint Regal Select by Benjamin Moore has performed well for more than 50 years. With its unique formula, a wide variety of beautiful colors, and an easy-to-clean finish for all sheens, this paint is one of our favorites.

As a paint and primer in one, Regal Select performs consistently on many different surfaces. The greatest advantage is that it has zero VOC and low odor making this a versatile choice for any room in your home.

Exterior Recommendations

Exterior Repaint by Bruno Painting

Exterior surfaces require paints that match the needs caused by local conditions. For homes that are near a body of water, for example, mildew-resistant paint will protect best; a stain- and dirt-resistant paint performs well in urban areas. Our exterior paint recommendations are based on specific attributes that may apply to your home’s unique needs.

Benjamin Moore’s Regal Select Exterior Paints offer optimum coverage with protection and durability. This paint holds up its appearance to weathering very nicely. This is due in part to the alkyd technology, which provides ultimate adherence to all surfaces. Its resistance to cracking, dirt, mildew, and color change make this a good overall choice for homes whose exterior requires extra protection from moisture and other elements.

Source: finepaintsofeurope.com

EUROLUX Housepaint by Fine Paints of Europe provides the advantages of both traditional oil formulas and modern acrylic features with a state-of-the-art formulation. Thanks to the advanced, durable coating this paint application is known for easy use. Weather resistance and environmental conscientiousness are associated with this paint which boasts superior adhesion to surfaces with flexibility making it a great choice for exterior paint as it stands up to numerous cycles of contraction and expansion that we see on the classic coast.

We use a number of different paint lines from these companies outside of these and always prioritize the highest quality paints. These are a simple selection of some of the best options as a starting point for you to consider. There are many paints on the market, with professional-grade paints offering the most technologically advanced qualities. Choosing one or more of these paints that are manufactured using the latest in paint-performance technologies will give your home greater protection and a better paint finish in the long run.

We know paint selection can be difficult, even confusing. Our mission at Bruno Painting is Upholding and Caring for Surfaces and Relationships. We take great pride in the carpentry and painting projects we do for Rhode Island homeowners and are excited to help you with the process of choosing the right paint for your home's interior and exterior. Contact us for a fresh coat of paint for your home!

Since you’ve been home more than usual, you may be more focused on your home and ways to improve it for all the time you and your family are spending there. You may be considering painting inside and out, changing out or painting your cabinets, or, if you’re really industrious, maybe knocking out a wall or two.

While you’re thinking over your choices, you may be asking yourself, “Which home renovation project will give me the highest ROI?”

In a perfect world, we could buy a bright yellow sofa pit with built-in cup holders, install over-the-top, clashing wallpaper just because we like the design, bring in ornate light fixtures, or get cabinet-front or avocado appliances to outfit our kitchens. Most of us, however, don’t. Why? Because tucked away, somewhere back in our minds is a concern about future resale. 

Excellent real estate agents astutely and continuously warn us about resale and trying to sell a house that has unusual décor choices. “Your blue carpeting is not good for resale,” I remember one agent saying with disdain. “And that backsplash tile, it’s … colorful,” she said choosing her words carefully.

If you don’t care about future resale then you may or may not care about ROI. You can tell right away when you see a house, who is not concerned and who, on the other hand, does consider resale value when making changes and updates to their home.

So, back to the questions, “Should I paint, decorate, remodel, or renovate?” and “Which Gives the Highest ROI?” The answer is that it really does depend on many factors, some in your control and some out of your control. 

Here are some factors to consider when you’re trying to decide what updates to do next for your home. As with all things in these unprecedented times, we’ll also consider the effects of COVID-19 on our home updating plans. 

Interior Decorating vs. Painting

Most of us are spending more time inside at home and because of that, you may have noticed that your mood is influenced by your surroundings more so than ever. We often attempt to control how a space makes us feel by updating furniture, adding light fixtures to brighten our space, and decorating to bring a positive vibe inside. 

For those that have the resources to furnish their home with new belongings every few years, this can be an enjoyable experience that provides you with a calmer, happier feeling. New furniture and interior decorating can influence your mood in positive ways. 

Interior decorating, however, can be expensive, whether or not you hire an interior designer to help you select your furnishings and colors. Because it can be a costly option, the ROI associated with decorating may not be as high as you’d like. 

On the one hand, you may love your home’s new look, but on the other hand, you may not gain the return on the investment it takes to get that new look. That’s where a relatively inexpensive painting project comes in. A new paint job can boost the mood inside your home and can accomplish this effect at a fraction of the price. 

And paint is so versatile because you can use it to accomplish many different goals. For example, if adding more light to your space is your goal, consider using warm/neutral colors to draw in natural light or cool colors to add a richness to your space. You can also change the colors of your rooms easier and more frequently than it may take to choose a new couch or bedroom set. 

Home Air Filtration Systems vs. Painting

With the coming Fall and Winter months, many homeowners spend extra time indoors and out of the cold fresh air. Having clean air inside the home, where allergens, mold, and cooking fumes exist, is important now today more than ever, as we consider the effects of the coronavirus, along with other pollutants. Some take the route of buying home air filtration systems for specific rooms. Others even go as far as to replace ductwork and dehumidifiers to improve air quality. So why paint when you could filter the air in your home instead?

There are few if any, downsides to investing in clean air for your home. The one problem is that most people don’t (or can’t) remove the underlying causes of the poor air quality so that even if you have a home air filtration system, it will have to continuously work to clear out the recurring toxins in your home’s interior air. 

Paint is a helpful tool in keeping dust and allergens to a minimum, which aids in improved air quality control. With the help of paint, individuals with allergies or asthma can breathe easier in your home. 

Walls and other surfaces of your home are typically made of materials that absorb moisture naturally. Over time these surfaces can become compromised which is when mold and other allergens take hold. Paint is designed to seal out moisture from porous surfaces and is the best way to prevent mold and damage during each hour you inhabit your home. 

Bottom line is that a home air filtration can be expensive and may or may not provide you with a solid return on your investment. Having your painter use low or no volatile organic compound (VOC) paints can help you improve your home’s air quality at a fraction of the cost. If having superb air quality is essential in your home, you may want to have both, a new air filtration system plus newly prepped and painted walls, painted with the highest quality, lowest VOCs available.

Remodeling vs. Painting

When homeowners think of improving their home, they may immediately assume a remodel is the best option. While this may be beneficial for some, not every homeowner has the time or resources to invest in remodeling. With all the benefits that come with remodeling, why paint? 

In short, painting is a much more cost-effective way to increase your home’s value. Not only is painting the least expensive way to increase the overall value of your home, but it is also effective for both interior and exterior gains. A professional paint job communicates to others that you’ve cared for and protected your home well. It also has shown to help homes to sell more quickly than homes that haven’t been repainted, and the painted homes are often selling for a higher asking price. The return on investment when it comes to painting vs. remodeling is no competition. Painting is the clear winner.

That said, there are many renovation or remodeling projects you can have done to your home that will provide many years of joy while you’re there, as well as add value to your home. The initial outlay may be more expensive than painting, but the return may be equal or better.

Our team of carpenters can take on any remodeling project you have, whether it’s in your mind or already on paper, drafted out in detail. We can discuss the details of your project and let you know what your potential return on investment (ROI) may be. 

Painting is not a cure-all to every homeowner’s desires, by any means, but there is immense value, both emotional and physical to a well-painted home. From interior to exterior, paint is designed to protect your home, to make it more enjoyable, and to keep you safe from unsafe toxins that may be hiding in your walls. The key is to find a professional painter who can help you make your home everything you’ve wanted and more. 

At Bruno Painting our mission is Upholding and Caring for Surfaces and Relationships. Our teams of professional painters and professional carpenters are eager to help you get your home looking how you want it to look, all while providing you the highest return on your investment.

The English writer Sydney Smith once said “A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.” If this is true, then caring for your home and making it a beautiful and well-protected space is important. And now, more than ever, with all the time we’re spending at home due to COVID, have space you love is important for your mental well-being and peace of mind.

To keep your space feeling fresh and updated, it’s important to care for the walls and other painted surfaces on a regular basis to prevent your interior from feeling old, scuffed, and unclean. A healthy home starts with a fresh coat of paint every few years. Here are the top five reasons to schedule a painting contractor for your home’s interior this year. 

 

Scuffing or damage, repair

A home that is well lived in has quite a bit of character. Sometimes character is beneficial, but not so if it means scuffed, dingy walls, or damaged surfaces. Instead of feeling homey or cozy, a home in this type of ill repair only looks like it’s not well-taken care of. Not only is it important to repair worn or damaged areas of your interior wall space, keeping up with your home’s interior maintenance is essential for a healthy home environment.

Typically speaking, interior walls are composed of materials that absorb moisture naturally. Over time, these surfaces can absorb too much moisture if exposed without a coat of paint to protect them. This means that damage internally to the structure of your home can begin to occur. Moisture within the walls can also lead to mold which is never good for your health. Thankfully, the solution is simple; a fresh coat of paint regularly applied to walls seals out moisture and gives your porous walls the protection they need.

Local professional painters have knowledge about high-quality paints and which types and brands protect your home in relation to how you live. From children to pets to the occasional recliner rubbing against the wall, paint acts as the perfect buffer between your family and your home.

New colors

Interior painting can be a surefire way to make your home a happier, more comfortable space. For new homeowners, this may be an essential step in order to make your house your own. Older colors even can feel dated and nonconforming to your style. Whatever the case may be, making the colors of your interior appealing to you should be a priority. 

New colors are released yearly to help homeowners keep their homes looking sharp. Many homeowners like to stay on-trend, while others prefer to use classic colors, despite what shows as new or popular at the moment. Popular colors such as Coral Clay or Naval from Sherwin Williams and First Light or Blue Danube by Benjamin Moore can bring new life to any space. Jeweled tones like dark blues and sage greens are popular with many homeowners recently, though, Sherwin-Williams has recently introduced their 2021 palettes that show some unique color combinations and many of Benjamin Moore’s 2020 colors are lighter hues. What’s important is that your new paint color makes your home happier for you.

 

Paint has been there for a looong time

Older paint can influence you in more ways than one. The health and wellbeing of people indoors have become a vital piece to the improvement of paints used around the house. Advances in technology have made it possible to offer interior paint with low or zero VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), which give off a strong paint “odor” and actually release harmful vapors. 

Over time, the release of these vapors or gasses can cause respiratory or other health problems related to allergies, asthma, or other chemical-related issues. Thankfully, these issues along with allergens like dust and pet dander are kept to a minimum with interior painting, improving your home’s air quality. 

General upkeep of home

Each home is unique in its imperfections and that is what often makes them special. Small imperfections add up eventually and these quaint marks can begin to make your home look unkempt.

Oftentimes, walls will have dents, scuffs, and dings from regular usage. Resurfacing and repainting your interior can remove these imperfections to give your home a pristine and refreshed look.

 

Going to sell your home

In a seller’s market, homeowners may need to move quickly after they sell their home, also quickly. One of the simplest and least expensive ways to get your home market-ready is by repainting. Both interior and exterior painting are a foolproof way to increase the overall value of your home. 

Additionally, a professional paint job communicates to potential buyers that you’ve taken good care of your home. If your home has been on the market for a while, a paint update to neutral colors can move your home off the market faster, sometimes even over your asking price. 

Not planning on selling your home soon? Not to worry, a high-quality professional paint job with the right contractor can last up to 7 years. It’s no wonder that so many make the smart investment to paint their homes.

The key to a long-lasting painting of your interior is a finding skilled contractor to prepare your surfaces correctly before completing the project. Finding a local professional that you trust and have confidence that they can meet your home’s needs is paramount.

Our Mission at Bruno Painting has been to uphold and care for surfaces and relationships. Our painting division consists of some of the most skilled professionals in all of Rhode Island. We look forward to the pleasure of helping you make your home, not only look beautiful but also provide a healthy environment for you and your family for years to come. Reach out to get an estimate for your painting, carpentry, and remodeling needs!

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