April 2017 Newsletter

Other than burning down, probably the worst thing that can happen to a residential structure is a foundation problem. The foundation is literally what the house is built on, what keeps the building where it was built, transferring the dead loads and the live loads into the ground.

The source of the vast majority of foundation problems is water. Wet soil beneath a foundation can swell or lose strength.

And that’s only the first reason to keep the foundation dry. Then there’s the little problem of wet damp basements and crawl spaces that can breed mold and make below-ground interior spaces generally unpleasant. The problem is that typical concrete is not waterproof. Although uncracked it will typically keep out liquid water, water vapor can still penetrate quite easily. Keeping water drained away from concrete foundations and preventing it from moving through the concrete are essential to a successful structure.

Luckily, ACI Coatings, LLC has a solution to resolve your wet damp basement. Our products are tried and true to stop the water from entering your home and causing damage.

Call our professionals at 509-891-4959 to discuss your options for a clean dry basement.

March 2017 Newsletter

Most of us do not consider that painting the exterior of our homes as part of home renovation. Color to most people is just a way of brightening up your home, but in reality it is much more than that.

It becomes especially important if the exterior of home is made out of wood or timber. Modern paints are great when it comes to maintaining wood structures. They contain many conditioners and substances which will help to protect your home, and keep the wood structure in excellent condition.

We often assume that it is only cold weather which affects the wooden structures of our homes but this isn’t true.

There are many bugs and insects which love to make the wooden structure of your house their home. This is one of the main reasons you should seek professional advice to help to maintain your home.

As a professional painting contractor, ACI Coatings, LLC will be able to give you advice on the right paint for your home.

Top Reasons to Paint Your Home in the Spring

There are quite a few reasons why you shouldn’t leave this important part of your home maintenance schedule to the summer. Some of them are obvious but there are some which we may not immediately associate with house painting.

Weather

One of the main reasons is the weather. This is a comfortable time of the year to work outside, and you are not going to get too hot.

Some of the paints and materials used are meant to dry slowly. Treatments for wood exterior walls should be allowed to soak in slowly. In the summer they are likely to dry out quickly, and may not penetrate into the wood as far as they should.

Many paints now contain special ingredients to treat timber root, and these ingredients are much more effective when allowed to soak in slowly. If you paint during the summer, you may find that some timber conditioners will dry on the surface of the timber which means their effectiveness is reduced.

Before You Plant

Most of you like to get out into the garden in the spring to start planting. Most plant borders and beds are located close to the house and may even surround the house.

Once you have finished your planting, you don’t want to damage the plants by placing ladders in the flower beds or dripping paint on them. ACI Coatings, LLC covers and protects surrounding vegetation, to give you and your home a quality finish. 

Should You Hire a Contractor?

You can of course paint your home yourself but it is a lot of hard work. First of all it is always a good idea to wash the exterior of your home as this will ensure a better finish.

Painting using a brush or roller takes a long time. ACI Coatings, LLC also has all the necessary tools to do the job right, and what might take you a couple of weeks will just take a ACI Coatings, LLC few days and give you the peace of mind that your home has a quality, professional finish.

You don’t need to paint the outside of your home every year, but paint will only last for a certain amount time. As a homeowner, you should never underestimate how important it is to use paint to maintain the exterior of your home.

Call ACI Coatings, LLC at (509) 891-4959 for a free consultation.

 

February 2017 Newsletter

Got Moisture? 

Water is a critical component in the making of concrete, and a critical component in the failure of coatings. When concrete slabs are not given the proper time or conditions to dry, excessive water or vapor can be present in the slab. This can lead to water or vapor movement, which can cause a breakdown in the bond of protective coatings and sealants.

To ensure the best substrate for your coatings on freshly placed concrete, make sure the concrete has been cured for at least 28 days when using cement and at least 60 days when using a mixture of cement and fly ash or cement and slag. Both fly ash and slag hydrate a different rate then cement and can cause your coatings to delaminate if installed too soon.

Concrete moisture testing a recommended prior to any coatings installed on your concrete. Once the concrete has been tested and a moisture content determined, an action plan can be established prior to coatings installed. Which will save you time, money and frustration on your project.

ACI Coatings, LLC has been providing coating projects for over 25 years in the concrete coatings industry. Call one of our professionals at (509) 891-4959 for a free consultation for your next coatings project.

January 2017 Newsletter

Happy New Year!  2017 is starting out to be great for ACI Coatings, LLC.  Thank you to all of our customers and employees that continue to support us.

With the start of the new year, we just want to remind you of all the services that ACI Coatings, LLC has to offer you for your upcoming projects.

INTERIOR REPAINT:

  • DRYWALL
  • DOORS
  • DOOR FRAMES
  • WOOD BASE/TRIM

 

EXTERIOR PAINTING:

  • POWER WASHING
  • PAINT SIDING
  • PAINT TRIM
  • PAINT DOORS
  • PAINT WINDOW FRAMES

 

LOG HOMES:

  • INTERIOR/EXTERIOR STAIN
  • INTERIOR/EXTERIOR CHINKING
  • INTERIOR/EXTERIOR RESTORATION
  • CHECK REPAIR
  • MAINTENANCE – CHINKING, STAINING, SEALERS

 

CONCRETE FLOOR COATINGS:

  • EPOXY COATING
  • INTERIOR STAINING – ACID, ACETONE AND WATERBASED
  • INTERIOR/EXTERIOR CONCRETE SEALING
  • JOINT FILLERS
  • MAINTENANCE

Thank you for choosing ACI Coatings, LLC as your painting contractor for life.

 

December 2016 Newsletter

Why High-End Paint Is Always Worth the Splurge

Whether you’re decorating a room or remodeling a home, choosing a paint to cover the walls may be the most fun part of the process. But while much attention is paid to the aesthetic requirements of a selected color, few people realize how important the paint itself is. An inexpensive brand might make sense in the short term, but higher-quality paint will go on smoother, take longer to dry (meaning brush strokes are less visible), and last longer, demanding fewer retouches down the line. Plus, you won’t need to use as much paint—think one or two coats versus three or four. Why? Paint is made of pigments (the particles that give paint its color), resins (which bind those pigments together to create the film of the final product), and solvents (the liquid carrier that suspends pigments and resins, allowing the paint to spread evenly, and then evaporates as it dries). Less expensive paint is diluted with fillers and extenders and contains larger particles of pigment and binders, resulting in a less consistent coat.

But even if you decide on the best paint, there are a few other things you can do to ensure your paint job’s success. Before you buy the first gallon, don’t rely on swatches or paint cards—the colors are rarely true to life. Instead, paint a swath in both an area near the window and a dark corner of the room, and compare the sample in daylight and at night, with the lights on and off. “Regardless of which paint you choose, choose a skilled painter to prepare and plaster a wall before they even begin to paint,” advises Martin Kesselman, a colorist and consultant at Colours by Martin in Chelsea, New York. “The cost is in the labor, not the paint. So go for the gold in materials.” Here, three examples that are worth the splurge.

Farrow and BallFarrow and Ball is known for its carefully edited 132-color palette and its signature Estate Emulsion finish, a dead flat, chalky effect that imparts a classic look. Each batch is made and tested in England, and high levels of pigmentation—30 percent more than other paints—give walls depth of color, absorbing light so that the color appears to glow from behind. Charlotte Cosby, the brand’s creative director, notes that Farrow and Ball paints also have a very high coverage rate—up to 570 square feet for Estate Emulsion and 480 square feet for Modern Emulsion; average is 400 square feet—and the water-based paint doesn’t contain any plastic, so it flows well. “We don’t use any plastic fillers, which a lot of lower-priced brands tend to use,” says Cosby, “and we also use the highest-grade titanium dioxide.” Full Gloss and Exterior Eggshell are expected to last six years and are completely washable.

Fine Paints of Europe Founded in the Netherlands, home to the original Dutch masters, and widely known in the industry as the best paintmakers in the world, Fine Paints of Europe specializes in brilliant, high-gloss paint with a lacquerlike finish and covers the walls in such places as George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP pop-up shops. The University of Houston Medical Center chose the brand’s waterborne matte finish, “the only washable or scrubbable dead flat in the industry,” says president John Lahey. According to Lahey, it has a life span of 15 years versus the anticipated four years for domestic latex paint.

Donald Kaufman Color When the Metropolitan Museum of Art sought a palette for its newly renovated American Wing, it turned to master New York–based colorist Donald Kaufman. Unlike Farrow and Ball or Fine Paints of Europe, Kaufman provides a saturated pigment that can be blended into gallons of your favorite shade (though the company also offers for-purchase mixed cans). “We focused on how to make color better,” says Kaufman, “and by better, I mean more in line with how we see color, and more in line with the demands of really great architecture and decoration. We can have wall surfaces that reflect more light and reflect light most efficiently and mimic the wonderful nourishing aspects of daylight.” Not surprisingly, this is even more important if you’re considering LED lighting, which has a different effect than natural light.

 

This article has been provided by Architectural Digest.

 

 

 

November 2016 Newsletter

Benjamin Moore selected ‘Shadow’ as its 2017 Color of the Year.

 

Shadow brings a warm and inviting feeling to your space. The color easily transitions with the seasons of the Inland Northwest.

 

“It ebbs and flows with its surroundings, and light brings it to life. Rich, royal amethyst can fade into the soft lilac-grey of distant mountains or morph into lustrous coal. Indulge your mysterious side. Let Shadow set the mood.” —Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director, Benjamin Moore

 

A great color to accent an old world style living room with rich velvet surroundings. Or to add a punch of color to a tired bedroom. With its rich hue it can be played up or down depending on your furniture. If you’re brave enough to give Shadow a try, call ACI Coatings, LLC and have one of our experts help you pick the perfect sheen for your home. Call ACI Coatings, LLC at 509-891-4959.

“Emotional connections with this color evoke nostalgic memories of light on space and color.”

Carl Minchew,  Benjamin Moore Vice President of Color and Design

 

 

Call ACI Coatings at 509-891-4959 to have one of our sales professionals give you a free estimate on your upcoming project.

 

October 2016 Newsletter

It’s that time of year when the ghost and ghouls play their tricks even after you’ve given them a treat. If you’ve been the recipient of an egging of your home or car, have no fear, ACI Coatings, LLC has a few tips to help you remove that frightening goo once and for all.

 

ON YOUR HOUSE:

Wipe away any excess egg easily removed. Act fast. The quicker you remove the egg from the side of your house, the better off you will be. When egg dries, the stains become more stubborn, although still removable.

    • In particular, you want to make sure that you get rid of any pieces of shell fastened to the house. Try to get rid of any looser pieces of the egg that you can easily remove.
    • Due to their high moisture content, eggs remove somewhat easily when the egging is fresh. Prepare cleaning supplies as soon as you notice that your house has been egged.
    • You could also use a dull knife to scrape off excess egg stains. Or you could use a cloth or soft-bristled brush. Wipe away any egg that you can easily see. Be aware that some residue will likely remain.

Spray water toward the egg stain. Take a hose, power sprayer , or pressure washer, and direct a stream of water at the remaining egg stain.

    • The water pressure in the hose will help remove some of lingering egg residue. You don’t want to scratch the house while removing the egg, which is why it’s important to hose off or remove any loose shells.
    • Wash the egg downward. Wet the area beneath the egg before you do so, so that it doesn’t stick as it is washed downward. Avoid using hot water on the egg at any time because it could actually cook the egg enough that it will become harder to remove from the side of your house.
    • Put the hose on low pressure, and use warm water if possible. Try not to use a high-pressure hose, because this can move the egg to other areas of the house. You can buy or rent pressure washers at local hardware stores.

Test an area first. If the remainder of the egg stain doesn’t entirely come off with the water spraying, you’re going to need to apply a cleaning solution to your house siding.

    • By testing a small area of the stain first, you can see if the cleaning solution is removing any of the paint.       If repainting is needed call ACI Coatings, LLC at 509-891-4959 for a free estimate.
    • There are times that you will need to repaint the area that was egged. If repainting is needed call ACI Coatings, LLC at 509-891-4959 for a free estimate.
    • However, you may be able to remove the egg without causing that issue.
    • Most cleaning procedures work for aluminum or vinyl siding, although more unique sidings like stucco can require a more intense cleaning process.
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ON YOUR CAR:

Treat the stain right away. If the stain is relatively fresh, it may be okay to use a mixture of soap and water to clean it. This method will likely be most useful within the first hour after the stain forms; after that, the egg white will dry and begin to etch into your topcoat of paint. Wet the stain with warm water to soften it before you begin manually cleaning.

Combine a gentle soap with warm water. This is the solution you will be using to treat the stain. The gentler the soap, the better: ordinary car wash soap should be sufficient, or a regular-strength dish soap designed to cut grease. Hand soap won’t do it. Harsher soaps contain astringent chemicals that can eat away at the paint and make the spot more noticeable. The warm water will help soften the stain and prepare it to be buffed out.

    • You can soak the soap and water mixture into a towel as you go, or prepare it in a spray bottle beforehand for ease of application.
    • Watch out for industrial cleaners. They can be extremely harsh on paint, and if you’re not careful you could make the problem worse.

Use a towel or soft scrubber. Abrasive surfaces can damage your paint, especially if the job requires a lot of vigorous scrubbing. Find a microfiber towel or use the soft side of a kitchen sponge to go over the stain while leaving the paint unharmed.

  • While softer surfaces are less likely to damage your paint, it will take longer for them to work on the stain, increasing the total time of the process.

Dry the spot thoroughly. Once the stain is gone, dry the area with a microfiber towel. Make sure all traces of egg are gone before drying–if not, the streaks that soften and run off will dry again, and you’re back too square one. If possible, put the car up for the night somewhere enclosed to give it time to dry completely.

    • A chamois or microfiber towel works best for drying as it absorbs and holds moisture.

ACI Coatings, LLC is available for all of your holiday painting projects.  Call one of our professionals at 509-891-4959, and let them help take the scare out the season.

Happy Halloween from all of us at ACI Coatings, LLC.

 

 

 

September 2016 Newsletter

FALL INTO REPAIR

Get your mind in the gutters. Your roof’s drainage system annually diverts thousands of gallons of water from your house’s exterior and foundation walls. That’s why it is so important to keep this system flowing smoothly. Clogged gutters can lead to damaged exterior surfaces and to water in your basement. They are also more prone to rust and corrosion. Before the leaves fly this fall, have your gutters cleaned, then covered with mesh guards to keep debris from returning.

Button up. A home with air leaks around windows and doors is like a coat left unbuttoned. Gaps in caulk and weather-stripping can account for a 10% of your heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Weather-stripping is easily the most cost-effective way to rein in heating and cooling costs. This humble material also reduces drafts and keeps your home more comfortable year-round. Because weather stripping can deteriorate over time, it is important to inspect it periodically.

If you suspect a problem with weather stripping, you have several options for checking. Close a door or window on a strip of paper; if the paper slides easily, your weather stripping isn’t doing its job. Or, close the door or window and hold a lighted candle near the frame. (Don’t let the flame get near anything flammable!) If the flame flickers at any spot along the frame, you have an air leak.

While you’re at it, also check for missing or damaged caulk around windows, doors, and entry points for electrical, cable, phone, gas, and so. Seal any gaps with a suitable caulk.

Get on top of problems. Few homeowner problems are more vexing than a leaky roof. Once the dripping starts, finding the source of the problem can be time-consuming. Stop problems this fall before ice and winter winds turn them from annoyances into disasters.

Here’s how: Inspect your roof from top to bottom, using binoculars if necessary. Check ridge shingles for cracks and wind damage. Look for damage to metal flashing in valleys and around vents and chimneys. Scan the entire roof for missing, curled, or damaged shingles. Look in your gutters for large accumulations of granules, a sign that your roof is losing its coating; expect problems soon. Finally, make sure your gutters are flowing freely.

Note: Roof-mounted television antennas, even if they aren’t in use, may have guy wires holding them in place. Look for loose or missing guy wires. If you see some, and your antenna is no longer being used, consider having it removed altogether.

Walk the walks (and drives). Damaged walkways, drives, and steps are a hazard year round, but their dangers are compounded when the weather turns icy. Fixing problems in the fall is also critical to preventing little problems from becoming expensive headaches.

Look for cracks more than 1/8-inch wide, uneven sections, and loose railings on steps. Check for disintegration of asphalt, or washed-out materials on loose-fill paths.

Most small jobs are well within the ability of a do-it-yourselver, but save major repairs for experienced hands.

Call ACI Coatings, LLC for any of your home improvement needs. Let our experts help you Fall into Repair. 509-891-4959

 

August Newsletter 2016

Do you have gutters that need to be painted?

A living room wall that’s just making you crazing?

Do your windows need to be caulked?

Is your base trim nicked and in need of a fresh coat of paint?

Peeling paint that needs to be pressure washed?

A fence that needs a bit of love?

Selling your home?

Buying a new home?

 

Call ACI Coatings, LLC and hire our painters for a day.

Our painting experts will you give your home a fresh look, at just the right price.

 

Call ACI Coatings, LLC at 509-891-4959 and schedule a free consultation.

June/July 2016 Newsletter

Paint touch-up is a common source of problems on job sites, often because of changes in environmental factors such as temperature.

You can spot and correct problems before they occur, however, by using the tips below.

Temperature Temperature changes between coats can cause touch-up coats to be lighter or darker than your last finish coat, especially when you work in temperatures that fall between 40 and 60 degrees. Typically, touch-up coats will be lighter in color if they are applied when the temperature is 10 degrees cooler than the initial application. If the reverse is true, the touch-up coat will appear darker. Color differences with warmer temperatures—over 60 degrees—are less predictable. Problems may still occur, but they can also be caused by factors such as faster film drying and/or dry brushing.

How to Avoid Take care to apply touch-up coats in temperature conditions as close as possible to those during your initial finish coat application. To avoid dealing with wide swings in temperatures, apply paint only when temperatures are above 50 degrees.

Porous Surfaces Touch-up problems can also occur with porous surfaces, particularly with high-sheen eggshells and higher gloss finishes. Because unprimed porous substrates absorb more of the paint, they leave less of a sheen or gloss. Always apply a second topcoat to make sure you achieve the look you want. Without this second coat, any subsequent touch-up will be noticeable and affect the sheen or gloss you want to achieve. Poor color hiding can be mistaken for a problem with touch-up. When unpainted, unprimed surfaces are coated with white or transparent colors, gaps are possible. With these kinds of surfaces and colors, remember to always apply two topcoats over a primer sealer in order to achieve the best hiding.

How to Avoid Use a primer on all porous surfaces, to make sure they are sealed properly. When you are making drastic color changes or using a white or jewel tone, use a pigmented primer to augment the hiding of the topcoat.

Time Interval Different paint types require different amounts of time to finish. As a result, the amount of time between the application of your finish coat and touch-up can affect how well these two coats blend together. Alkyd paints, for example, sometimes require several weeks to reach their final appearance, while latex paints need much less time. A good rule of thumb to follow: the higher the sheen and gloss you use, the longer the time you will need to allow your paint to completely dry and set. Certain paint ingredients are slow to evaporate, and—depending on temperature and humidity conditions—need more time to escape from the film.
How to Avoid Allow at least two weeks for touch-up coats to dry thoroughly, before judging whether you need to re-apply.

Application Methods When you use different application methods with the same paint job, touch-up problems can occur. For example, if you use an airless sprayer or roller for your initial application and apply touch-up with a brush, differences in the paint film’s profile may be noticeable. Roller naps leave an obviously different surface profile than brushes. When light reflects off these profiles, the resulting reflection causes a difference in the sheen or color—which is why different paint formulations use specific ingredients for their flow and leveling properties. Touch-up marks also can be noticed when there is a significant difference in the film thickness of the touch-up and the initial application. The difference is often visible, particularly with higher-sheen finishes.

How to Avoid Save some of the paint you use at each job site specifically for touch-up purposes. Remember to use the same types of tools to apply them (such as the same size roller nap or brush). With airless sprays, spray some of the paint through your gun and store it for later use. When applying, take care not to use too much paint. You can minimize the difference by lightly feathering out the touch-up with a short nap roller. Take care to never “dry brush” or “dry roll.”

Additional Prevention Tips Make sure that your selected topcoat is the right finish for the job. Long walls with light sources at either end are often difficult to touch-up, as are walls with surface imperfections. In these cases, use a flatter finish. It will be more forgiving with surface and touch-up flaws.

 

ACI Coatings, LLC has over 25 years of painting experience to provide you with the perfect painting project. Please contact us at 509-891-4959 for a professional quote on your next project.