How Do I Know What Paint Sheen To Use?

Sprucing up your home with a fresh coat of paint can be an exciting and fulfilling project. With all the different kinds of paint sheens out there, it can be difficult to know which one to buy, especially if you’re standing in a line at the home improvement store needing to make a quick decision.

At Texas Professional Painting, we want to take the stress out of buying paint. We’ve created a guide to help you choose the paint finish to make your home pop. Read below to learn more!

Which Interior Paint Sheen Is Right for Me?

Paint finish is another term for paint sheen. You’ve probably made a trip to the home improvement store to buy paint and been asked the question, ‘What finish do you want?’.

Some stores will give you a quick rundown of what finishes are best for which projects, but it’s better to have this knowledge in your toolbox so you can make an informed decision yourself. Paint finishes come in satin, high gloss, semi-gloss, matte and eggshell and there are some key differences between each.

Sheen, or gloss, is the amount of light reflected off a surface. When paint has more resins, the result will be a shinier or glossier finish.

Below we will highlight finishes from matte (no shine) to gloss (the most shine).

Matte

Matte (sometimes called flat) paint finish has a low gloss percentage, so it doesn’t reflect a lot of light. This means that matte is a good choice if you don’t want imperfections to show through the paint.

Matte has tons of pigment, so the colors will look good anywhere, but it’s best to apply it in rooms that aren’t trafficked as much.

It is the least durable of the paint finish family, so use matte for surfaces in areas like ceilings, living rooms and dining rooms.

Eggshell

If you’re looking for a universal paint finish, eggshell is a great choice. It has a flat look with just a little bit of gloss to it, and it’s great for every interior surface in your home.

Eggshell is a little more durable and reflective than matte, while still keeping its ability to conceal surface flaws.

Another great benefit of eggshell is its stress-free application. Normally when painting interior walls, time is of the essence to avoid lapping. With eggshell finish, you can take breaks and come back to it and the finished product will still look amazing.

Satin

Satin is a very smooth and velvety finish and is a great choice for trim, doors and ceilings. It can also be used for walls in rooms that get a lot of foot traffic.

If you’re looking to paint a kids’ room, satin is the finish for you!

Semi-Gloss

Semi-gloss is the next stop in the paint finish family and it is (you guessed it) semi-glossy.

This sheen is great for rooms that get a lot of traffic because of its high durability and will be great in rooms that experience a lot of moisture and drips.

High Gloss

High gloss finish is glasslike, shiny and eye-catching, making it a great choice for statement walls as well as trim, molding and cabinets.

This beautiful finish is the most reflective in the paint sheen family, giving surfaces a mirror-like appearance. This beauty comes at a price though, as high-gloss paint is very difficult to apply, and makes surface impurities stick out like a sore thumb.

When using high-gloss on a surface, you’ll want to make sure to sand your wall and use primer before applying the paint.

A tip for applying high-gloss in your home is to use a quarter-inch or high-density paint roller to fully coat smaller spots.

Call Texas Professional Painters Today!

For painting projects that might seem too big to handle on your own, call Texas Professional Painters. We have proudly served San Antonio for years, and we will be happy to make your painting dreams come true.

We provide great prices and friendly service for interior, exterior and restoration painting as well as staining and finishing!

Your home’s deck is built to withstand winter weather, but like most other physical aspects of a home, it requires preventative maintenance and care. Texas Professional Painting understands there’s a lot to consider when it comes to getting your deck ready for the winter, so we’ve prepared a guide with the best methods to keep it in shape!

How Does Cold Weather Affect My Deck?

The majority of outdoor decks are made out of treated wood. Since wood is a natural material, you can expect it to wither and break down over time. While all weather will give a deck wear-and-tear, cold weather in particular can be especially damaging. The reason is that moisture from rain, snow, or ice often seeps into cracks within the wood. Cold temperatures then cause the moisture to expand, leading to even more cracks, warping, and sometimes mold, mildew and bugs.

This is why it’s important to prepare your deck for winter, even if you live in an area where winters aren’t particularly harsh. All it takes is a few nights of freezing weather to cause damage that will shorten your deck’s lifespan. Preparing your deck ahead of time will save you time, effort and money in the long run. 

How Do You Protect Your Deck From Weather Damage?

Keep it Clean

The easiest way to prepare your deck for winter is by simply taking the time to clear out any clutter or debris from the top of your deck such as trash, dirt, leaves and planters. Not only will this help improve the overall appearance of your deck, but it also prevents any unnecessary growths like mold and mildew.

If you want to go the extra mile, we recommend cleaning your deck with soap and water. Using a cleaner specifically made for the material your deck is made of is the best way to prevent any damage to previous coatings. You can also use a soft-bristle brush to scrub away at any stubborn stains or a pressure-washer to save time.

Use a Tarp 

Another simple strategy to protect your deck from direct moisture damage is to cover it with a non-porous, thick tarp. This will reduce the chance of any rain, ice, or snow from seeping into the wood. You can use a tarp that’s made for pools, as long as it covers the entirety of your deck and can be secured in place. Use nails or screws to prevent the tarp from moving during windy weather. 

Staining & Protective Coating

While the above methods are helpful, the most effective method to protecting your deck is having a local San Antonio painting company like Texas Professional Painting apply a high-quality deck stain.

Sealing your deck with a water-resistant stain/coating is key to surviving the cold. It serves as a protective sealant that fills any cracks and prevents moisture damage such as cracking, warping, and mold. Not only that, but it also increases the lifespan of your deck, prevents rotting, reduces UV damage and improves the look of wood grain. Cold weather affects the previous stain on your deck, so it is a good idea to make sure your deck is protected this winter with a new protective coat.

Note: if you are planning to stain your deck in the winter, be aware that low temperatures can lengthen the process as the staining can take longer to dry. Plan to stain your deck on a day with temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. If you stain your deck on a day it freezes, your stain may fail to curate and will not adhere properly to your deck.

Contact Professional Painters

Has your deck aged or been damaged by cold temperatures? Texas Professional Painting can help you restore it back to life! Our deck staining services will help improve the appearance of your deck as well as extend its life expectancy by protecting it from harsh weather. We also offer a variety of deck stain colors, so you can rest assured your deck stain will be the perfect match for your home’s exterior! Contact us today to schedule a meeting to discuss our deck staining options before the winter arrives!

Deciding to re-paint any part of your home is a big step, but where do you start? One of the first steps is to pick the right paint sheen. Before you dive into the different types of paint sheens, keep in mind that a paint sheen is simply the various levels of gloss that a paint can contain when placed in light.

Here are a few of the more common sheens on the market:

Gloss

If you have young children or even fur babies, a high gloss paint will be your best friend. These types of paint are more durable and easier to clean, which is a good choice for cabinets, trim and doors.

Semigloss

If you do not want to commit to the utmost shine, semigloss is a perfect match for you. Even though paints with a higher paint sheen require more prep work, these paints can be easily cleaned due to their popularity in easy-to-reach areas.

Satin

It makes sense to want the most durable paint on your interior walls, but a satin finish may be the better choice when considering re-painting high traffic areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms. This paint sheen is the easiest to clean out of the lower-sheen options, and it resists mildew and fading, which makes high-moisture areas the best fit for this paint sheen.

Eggshell

Eggshell is one of the most popular paint sheens and provides a soft, smooth finish. It is ideal for areas in a home with medium-to-low traffic, such as hallways, doorways and living rooms. It is also great for textured surfaces, such as exposed brick, because it hides the imperfections instead of highlighting them.

Flat/Matte

A flat/matte paint sheen provides a smooth, non-reflective appearance that hides any imperfections like nail holes or patches. This paint sheen is ideal for new construction projects using drywall, especially on the ceiling. Even though this paint is used in low-traffic areas, it is easy to clean up with a damp sponge – but it will not last when using a chemical cleaner.

Call Professional Painters

There are various paint sheens to consider to get that perfect finish for every inch of your home. The creative process can be the most difficult part, so why not get some help with the hard labor? Texas Professional Painting can help get the job done, so contact us to schedule an appointment.

What Time of Year is Best for Exterior Home Painting?

You might be looking at the exterior of your house and thinking it is time for a fresh coat of paint. However, it might not be the best time of year to get the exterior paint redone. The biggest element that can affect the process of painting is the weather. But what weather conditions are best for painting? Keep reading to find out.

The Best Season for Painting 

You could define the best time to paint the exterior by season and summer is typically named the best one to paint in. However, summer can present different conditions in various regions. Due to this, it is important to pay attention to the weather conditions associated with a typical summer such as warm and dry temperatures.

One of the most important things for exterior painting is to have a dry and warm climate to allow the paint to have enough drying time. When it comes to summer, your region could be prone to hurricanes or other tropical weather so you should aim to get the paint job done earlier in the season when it has the potential to be dryer. 

While the warm weather in the summer can help with speeding up drying time, extreme heat can have a negative effect. When temperatures get high or the sun is shining directly on the house it could prematurely cure the paint or in other words making it dry too quickly after applied. 

Painting in Other Seasons and Weather

If you’re still wanting to get your house painted during another time of year, it is possible but if it falls during a time when the weather conditions are optimal. You should try and find a time when the temperature remains somewhat consistent throughout the day. For example, if the day and night temperatures vary drastically it would not be a good time to paint. 

Another important element to keep in mind is the moisture or wet conditions. You don’t want your home to get painted following rain or high humidity due to there still being moisture remaining on the home’s surface. 

When it comes to humidity it is unlikely you will find a time where it is non-existent. Instead, pay attention to the level of humidity in the air. Around 40 to 50 percent humidity is typically the ideal condition, but if it is up to 70 percent the drying and curing time of the exterior can be slowed dramatically. 

With these tips and keeping an eye on the weather forecast, you should be able to plan for sprucing up your home’s exterior paint. If you are unsure a painting professional will be able to advise you on when to start the project. 

For expert advice and to schedule your exterior painting, contact the experienced team of painters at Texas Professional Painting

Accent walls are more than a trend when it comes to decorating your home. An accent wall can include a different color, shade, design or material than the other walls in the room. With thousands of options to choose from, you can add a personal touch into any room in your home.

Picking the Wall

Before looking through the many options to choose from, it is very important to choose the right wall in your room. If your room does not have an architectural feature like a slanted wall or one that is different already, you could benefit from an accent wall. Choosing the right wall in your room should be your first decision.

Color Choice

Accent walls are meant to stand out and embellish your room. Do not let a bold color intimidate you – it could be the perfect touch to the area. As long as the bold color goes well with the room, you can choose whatever you want. The paint color that you choose can be powerful and create the mood of the room.

Specialty Paints

Keep in mind that there are many specialty paints to choose from, such as chalkboard or metallic paint. With this many options, you can easily bring your ideas to life. A fun touch is using chalkboard paint to create a chalkboard wall. This idea is perfect for a kids playroom or even a kitchen wall. Magnetic paint is a fun idea to add along with the chalkboard wall. The ideas are endless when it comes to specialty paints.

Patterns

A patterned accent wall is not limited to only paint. There are many textile options to create a pattern onto your wall, such as wooden wall paneling, stickers, shelving, tiles, etc. Patterns create a fun, personal touch, so think outside of the box! A pattern works well with a simple or busy room. Don’t shy away from a pattern!

Texture

Creating a textured accent wall will catch everyone’s eye. A wood edge or stone wall is a great idea to bring texture into your room. Adding a brick accent wall is a very popular option, as well. You can go many different ways with texture and create exactly what you want. Your home painting ideas are endless.

If you are looking to add a bold pop of color or wanting to add a dramatic textured, patterned wall, the professional painters at Texas Professional Painting can help you achieve your accent wall goals. We will work with you from concept to completion. Contact us today to get started!

There are so many home painting trends to choose from these days, what matters most is picking the right one for you. Luckily, we are here to give you some great home painting ideas. Whether you’re looking for a home exterior painter or interior painter, Texas Professional Painting is one of the best San Antonio house painters you can find!

Let’s get into some of the most current trends we’re seeing.

Bathroom

Long gone are the days of boring color palettes in your bathroom. These days it’s all about bringing in bold colors to liven up the space. Examples of these colors would be shades of blue, green and gray, which will bring new life to your bathroom. With that in mind, bold isn’t for everyone – so it’s nice to have alternatives.

More neutral colors like creams, whites and pastel colors make for a quiet, yet tasteful, statement in any home.

Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the house, so you want the place where you spend the most time to look great, as well. What better way to do that then to paint it with colors that welcome anyone? Reds, whites, grays and yellows are all popular choices and will liven up your kitchen in any number of ways. What matters most is choosing a color that will make your kitchen the star of the show.

Bedroom

The bedroom is where you go to relax after a hard day’s work, and you want the walls in your room to encourage that feeling of relaxation. The best way to do this is with colors like soothing blues, soft greens and calming yellows. You want your bedroom to be cozy. These colors will bring that feeling to any room – and make for a great place of rest.

Baby’s Room

Choosing a color for the room of a new family member is always a challenge, but it doesn’t need to be. You want your baby to feel comfortable and at home with soft colors that don’t overstimulate. Whites, greens and purples in soft shades will ensure that your baby feels right at home while still bringing an element of charm to the room.

Home Siding

The color of your home siding is how you stand out from the crowd amongst your neighbors, but you don’t want to be too bold. We suggest soft grays, blues and greens to accentuate the features and lines of your house without drawing too much attention to yourselves. Combine this with white accents to make your home elegant and stylish.

With so many trends and different San Antonio house painting companies to choose from, we know there are many hard choices to make. Just know that we’re here to help you make all the right decisions for your home. Contact Texas Professional Painting today!

Painting the interior of your home is a very common, and sometimes simple, renovation. But it’s not as straightforward as many assume. Most homeowners, when painting inside, don’t know what paint to choose. If you pick the wrong type of paint, there could be a twice-as-expensive do-over in your future.

For various areas of the home, it is recommended to use a certain paint finish. This is usually based on how frequent people could be rubbing against the wall, if it’s just an extra bedroom or if it’s your main living room area.

Here is a guide to choosing the best paint finish for your desired area.

Flat

A flat finish works best in low-traffic areas, such as dining rooms and ceilings. This finish will give off the least amount of shine and durability. Flat paint will be damaged when using any type of cleaner, so it is smart to use this finish when painting areas that will be rarely touched. Flat coats provide the most coverage and require fewer coats when covering any imperfections.

Eggshell

Eggshell works best in foyers, living rooms and on trim. It is very similar to flat paint in the way that it can hide imperfections easily. However, eggshell is more durable. Eggshell gives off a flat finish with a delicate, low sheen.

Satin

A stain finish is the type of finish you most commonly see inside a home. It works best in hallways, children’s rooms and laundry rooms – due to its high durability. Satin finishes give off a velvety sheen, meaning it is much easier to clean than a flat or eggshell paint finish. One downside of using a satin finish is it shows brush strokes easily, meaning it will be tricky to do any touch-ups down the line.

Semi-gloss

Semi-gloss works best in kitchens, bathrooms and any areas that get a lot of wear and tear or moisture. It is extremely durable and cleans easily, and it gives off a shiny and reflective sheen. The downside of this finish is it shows imperfections more than a flat finish would.

High-gloss

High-gloss works best when painting any trim, cabinets or doors. It is the shiniest finish of them all – and is also the most durable. This paint finish is best for areas that will need a good scrubbing from time-to-time. High-gloss can also be used on the exterior of your home when painting your front door or shutters. The downside? If applied incorrectly, any painting imperfections will easily be seen.

Call the Pros!

Don’t think you want to tackle painting a room yourself? Contact Texas Professional Painting today, and schedule us to have your home interior revamped.

Interior, exterior and general house painting can seem like a daunting task, especially when you don’t know how often to do it. Below are three common signs your house is in need of a paint job.

 

1) The paint is flaking or peeling

Exterior painting done well will resist the elements of nature, but it still won’t last forever. Paint that is flaking or peeling can be a sign of dry rot or mold. A new coat of paint can prevent any further issues. Interior painting of a home should be done carefully, as paint flaking is common when it does not adhere properly to the previous surface.

 

2) Paint colors don’t seem as bright

As the sun beats down on your home, UV rays cause the pigment in paint to breakdown. The exterior paint will begin to look less bright, especially if it is a rich color like yellow, red or blue. More neutral colors like satin, cream or gray absorb less UV rays, extending the life of the paint job. Same goes for the interior of your home. If you leave the curtains open often, you may notice a distinct difference in the color of your walls that are covered by something, such as a photo.

 

3) It’s been awhile

Paint doesn’t last forever. Just because you don’t see any signs of paint being worn doesn’t mean it isn’t time to spruce up your house. Keeping up your house before problems occur can save you time and money in the long run. Timeframes differ for exterior painting, depending on the type of paint used. Interior painting mainly depends on how well it was adhered to the previous surface.

 

House painting may not always seem like a priority, but knowing the signs of when it’s time to give it a fresh coat can save you time, money and hassle for years to come. If your home is in need of a new paint job, let the experts at Texas Professional Painting handle it for you!

 

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