Archives for Water Intrusion

Reasons Why Water Intrusion Occurs in Orlando Area Homes

Due to the explosive growth of Central Florida builders, new homes were built at a fast and furious pace. Hundreds and hundreds of new homes were built monthly between 1988 and 2006. Can you imagine what the county code inspectors had to do to keep up with that pace?

Think about the builder for a minute. Time is money. They needed to get those homes finished and sold as quickly as possible. Most times, this led to cutting corners and inferior techniques in order to get the job done. As far as water intrusion goes, the problem starts right after the stucco has been applied to the house.

When the stucco is applied to the exterior of the home, it can have a PH balance of over 80, which is about 10 times the number it should be before paint is applied to the home.

The rule of thumb is to wait 28 to 30 days before applying ANY paint to the house. The purpose of waiting that period of time is to allow the acidity and PH balance to drop to an acceptable level of around 6 to 8. Applying paint too soon changes the properties of the paint as it dries. This causes the paint to crack or peel over a period of time. Some of those cracks are so fine they are difficult to see.

The high PH number actually burns the paint and appears as blotchy areas to the trained eye. Typically, builders did not wait long enough before letting the paint contractors apply paint to the exterior of the home. And, when they did, the sub-contractors typically used inferior paint products.  It is when the paint starts to crack that rain and moisture begin to penetrate into the stucco. Of course, over time the moisture makes its way into the walls of your home.

This statement might not apply to all builders, but let’s face it; in most cases, their painting sub-contractor had the lowest bid. What do you think that means? Could they have used the cheapest paint they could get away with? You decide.

In summary, there are a number of reasons why exterior residential paint doesn’t perform well and doesn’t prevent water intrusion in Central Florida. Cheap, thin and unbalanced stucco is one of the primary reasons. For example, applying stucco on lathing that is less than one inch thick or using an incorrect proportion of sand and cement is a recipe for water intrusion. We also talked about not giving the stucco enough time for its PH balance to reduce to the 6-8 level.

Using inferior paint is another cause for water intrusion. When you think about the elements beating down on your home day and night, you can see why a good quality paint, with high elastomeric qualities, should be used to protect your home.

Another huge contributor to water intrusion is incomplete caulking. Most professional house painters DO NOT use quality caulk. Commercial painters often neglect caulking key areas such as windows and above and below trims.

If you’re looking for a professional residential and commercial painter that knows what it takes to protect the beauty and color of your home or commercial property, particularly in Orange County Florida, Orlando, Ocoee, Windermere, Isleworth, Winter Park, Winter Garden, South Lake County, Clermont, Mineola, Montverde and Four Corners, I urge you to consider Paint By Design before making a decision. I’ve got the best guarantees in the residential painting business – backed by unsurpassed customer service and attention to detail.

Call me at 407-415-4316 for a free – no obligation estimate. It won’t cost you a thing to have me come out and give you a detailed estimate. If you’d rather I call you, please complete our contact form. To learn more about Paint By Design of Florida, visit us at www.paintbydesignfl.com

Oh, and while we’re on the subject of estimates, you can rest assured, my bid will include proof of insurance and a detailed description of the processes and materials that are going to be used to paint your Central Florida residential home or Central Florida commercial property. No surprises and satisfaction is guaranteed!

 

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House Painting in The Rain? Not Recommended…

Well, it’s been rainy the last few days here in Central Florida. Not quite the recommended weather for painting the exterior of your home – or painting the exterior of anything outdoors for that matter.  So, I found myself catching up with some paperwork and going through my email archives. I’m not very computer savvy, but give me a paintbrush and a house, and I can do the unimaginable.

I found another email that was sent to me about three months back and I noticed the theme still remains the same; Polite, friendly, courteous, high quality, protection from water intrusion, attention to detail, etc.

I must admit. This feels wierd. I’m not one to toot my own horn. As a matter of fact, I come from the belief that one’s actions speak volumes, not their words. There’s nothing more frustrating than hearing someone talk a big game only to fail on delivery… C’mon folks. It’s about outstanding customer service and high quality workmanship, not good or average. These days, only the outstanding, well… stand out! Do yourselves a favor, don’t nickel and dime your investment. The “best” is not that much more expensive than the “average” but the results are the difference between day and night.

That said, I hadn’t had a chance to “stop and smell the roses”  in quite a while. Of course, I don’t remember the last time it rained for so many consecutive days either. No complaints from me though, we needed the rain in a bad way. In any case, it was great catching up with paperwork and even more refreshing to come across another email from a happy customer.

As promised in a previous posting – as I find them, I’ll post them. Frankly, I think it’s a great idea for me to share these with you as they illustrate my actions as a residential and commercial painter in Central Florida – not from my own words, but from the words of my customers. As we all know, the Internet can be a cruel place, so I’ve removed anything that could jeopardize their privacy:

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From: “Monica (lastname and email address removed)@cfl.rr.com>
To:
PaintByDesign@embarqmail.com
Sent: Friday, February 6, 2009 4:06:12 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: thanks

Hi Patrick,

I just wanted to thank you for making my house look new again! I am so happy with it and am so glad I ended up hiring you and your crew. I now have peace of mind knowing my home is protected from the next several years of rainy seasons because of the high quality of paint and the attention to detail you and your crew gave my house. I also appreciated the fact that you and your crew were polite, friendly, and answered any questions I had. I will definitely recommend you to anyone who inquires about having their house painted!

Sincerely,
Monica

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Those of you in Central Florida that are considering painting their homes or commercial properties, particularly in Orlando, Clermont, Ocoee, Windermere, Isleworth, Winter Garden, Monteverde, Four Corners, etc., I urge you to consider us before making a decision. I’ve got the best guarantees in the residential painting business – backed by unsurpassed customer service and attention to detail.

Call me at 407-415-4316 for a free – no obligation estimate. If you’d rather I call you, please complete our contact form.

It won’t cost you a thing to have me come out and give you a detailed estimate. Oh, and while we’re on the subject of estimates, you can rest assured, my bid will include proof of insurance and a detailed description of the processes and materials that are going to be used to paint your Central Florida residential home or Central Florida commercial property. No surprises and satisfaction guaranteed!

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Water Intrusion – Exterior Painting

Due to recent rain and storms, many people have questions and concerns regarding water intrusion from the exterior of their homes.

There are excellent waterproofing systems available on the market today but each system has their pros and cons. Paint By Design of Central Florida has done extensive research in this area and by working closely with representatives from major paint manufacturers, we’ve come up with the most comprehensive waterproofing systems available on the market today.

In the twelve years that Paint By Design has been in the residential and commercial painting business in Florida, our customers have never had a water intrusion issue after using us for their residential or commercial paint job.

This Orlando painting contractor services the South Lake and Orange Counties in Florida. We work in Windermere, Orlando, Winter Park, Apopka, Winter Garden, Clermont, Oakland, Montverde and Four Corners just to name a few. We are committed to providing you, our most treasured customer with the best system and surface preparation to address all of your concerns. Our system is designed to eliminate and/or prevent future problems with the interior or exterior surfaces of your residential home or commercial painting project.

We stand behind our work by providing you with the best painting system tailored to your specific needs AND we provide the best written warranty on the market today!

For additional information and a free estimate call us today at 407.415.4316 or visit our website and learn more about what we do and why we do it right from the start.

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