Our Process for Interior Painting
Step One: Protection and Surface Preparation
Before any work begins, Iwano and Sons Construction, Inc. takes all necessary measures to protect your belongings, while providing you with the highest quality service. Our crew will gently move all your furniture and décor to the center of the room and cover it with clean, new plastic sheets. We then roll up any area rugs that you may have and put that in the center of the room. Our next step is to cover the floors with paper and mask all necessary fixtures that may be in the room, such as hinges, doorknobs, and light fixtures.
Preparing all surfaces starts with making them as smooth as possible. First, we will remove any loose nails or hooks, sand any rough edges, and scrape any leftover pieces of wallpaper or wall border. Then, we will use joint compound or caulking for any sealing of gaps or holes that may be present. We will hand sand and hand wash any areas that become dusty from this step.
Step Two: Prime and Paint
Priming will begin once the surfaces are smooth and dry. We use a latex primer to ensure proper adhesion and quality color control. Primer is the under coat of any successful paint job and gives the room, or area, an overall setting for the paint color. We use only the highest quality of paints, such as, Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, or California. We will gladly help the homeowner when choosing the right colors for your home’s interior.
Step Three: Clean and Inspect
Iwano and Sons Construction, Inc. always likes to keep our work space clean, not only for the aesthetic view, but also for safety reasons. We will always store away paint materials, ladders, drop cloths, and other equipment at the end of each work day. At the end of the job, our crew will inspect the site to make sure that all surface areas have a uniformed appearance in color. After our own inspection, we will walk the site with the homeowner giving you the opportunity to review our work and to provide feedback while we are still on site. Our most important job is to have the customer happy with the results.
Our Process for Exterior Painting
Step One: Inspection and Protection
Inspection of a job is a key element to any exterior house painting project. We will meet with the homeowner during a free estimate to talk about expectations. We inspect with our eyes and identify any signs of chalking, peeling, or blistering on the paint, as well as noting any water damage. Here at Iwano and Sons Construction, Inc. we let all our customers know that when we start chipping and scraping away at paint and start removing the damaged rotten wood from a home, there may be more damage than what can be seen on the surface. We include a carpentry allowance directly on your estimate so that we have some leeway with materials in case more damage is found underneath the surface. We take pride in offering the homeowner a full disclosure about the carpentry materials and will provide all receipts at the end of a job with absolutely no markup. If the allowance is not met at the completion of the job, the homeowner will be refunded. Our quoting of the carpentry allowance is our way of being completely honest and transparent with the homeowner from the start.
We protect the jobsite like it is our own home. All exterior features, such as lights, shutters, and lattice will be removed and stored safely to protect them from dripping paint or damage. Next, we place drop cloths around the edge of the home and over landscape to protect the grass, stone, or bushes from paint chips, paint drops, or damage. We also protect the roof and any other non-painted area to ensure the new paint is only seen where it belongs.
Step Two: Surface Preparation
Our next steps happen simultaneously. We scrape, sand, and repair any issues. Scraping and sanding the paint helps to maintain the integrity of the original wood. We do not want to layer on new paint, this would end disastrous for the homeowner. Paint can bubble, peel, chalk, and chip along with growing mold, mildew, and algae. We work to eliminate the issues, not bring new ones. Repairs will be made to any clapboard, fascia, or window sills that may have rot or simply need to be re- nailed. These areas are most commonly repaired because of normal wear and tear from weather or aging of wood.
Once all repairs have been made our power washing process begins. We first hand scrub any stubborn areas with water and our Simple Green and TSP solutions. Next, we use our pressure washer machine and detergents to remove any mold, mildew, or algae. After the treatment, your home will need time to dry. We like drying time to be a total of two to three days.
Step Three: Paint
Now that your home is dry and ready to paint, we can move forward with adding premium caulking on all joint, around windows, and areas that have spacing in between the wood. Caulking is used to prevent future moisture from entering behind wood, which could in turn prevent mold growth or leak damage inside your home.
Priming will begin on all surfaces with oil based or latex primers. This is done to all bare wood areas to increase adhesion of the final paint work. Special priming will also be done on problematic areas with cedar bleed or rust.
Finally, the exterior painting can begin. We use only the highest quality of paints, such as, Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, or California. We will gladly help the homeowner when choosing the right color for your home.
Step Four: Clean and Inspect
Iwano and Sons Construction, Inc. always likes to keep our work space clean, not only for the aesthetic view, but also for safety reasons. We will always store away paint materials, ladders, drop cloths, and other equipment at the end of each work day. At the end of the job, our crew will inspect the site to make sure that all paint chips and other materials are not on the ground or in landscaping around the home. After our own inspection, we will walk around the site with the homeowner giving you the opportunity to review our work and to provide feedback while we are still on site. Our most important job is to have the customer happy with the results.