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 Better Way to Paint a House 

Fall is by far the best time to paint a house in most locations. The cooler, drier weather allows the paint to cure properly and also makes the work more enjoyable rather than suffering through the summer heat or spring showers.

Keeping your house painted is the best way to keep issues like rot or termites at bay and should be a regularly scheduled part of your maintenance every 5-10 years on Atlanta’s  climate and the condition of your paint.

If you let a paint job go too long you run the risk of damage to the underlying structure AND increased costs for more involved surface prep. Heavy sanding, scraping and carpentry repairs can be budget busters so keeping your house painted regularly is a time and money saver.

Picking a Color Scheme

Before you do anything you need to start shopping for colors. Today there is an almost endless choice of colors for house paints. I have put together a list, Use Colors for 2018 to help you find the right colors for your house.

While you should start with color swatches nothing beats seeing the color actually on the house. Once you have some ideas of the colors Brook Paining will come to you house and help you with best options and color examples.


Prepping Like a Pro

My Dear Friend Marco  was a painter and he always told me “the paint job is in the prep.” Anyone can slap some paint on a wall but only a meticulous person can make it last a couple decades. The secret to a lasting paint job is the proper prep. I’ll go through the steps we use for the best preparation and therefore best looking, longest lasting paint job you can get.

If your house was built before 1978 you’ll first need to test for lead paint. If the test comes out positive then you’ll either need to hire an EPA certified professional who has been properly trained in dealing with lead paint or you’ll need to follow the precautions listed in my post  Working Safely With Lead Paint in an Old House. 

  1. Wash – Give your house a good washing. I recommend a good rinsing with a hose end sprayer and a long brush to get the surface thoroughly clean. A pressure washer can cause damage than you think if you not properly trained for.  Give the house at least between a day or two days to dry out depending on weather tempeture. Even if the wood isn’t wet to the touch it may still have too high of a moisture content to hold paint. 
  2. Remove Loose Paint – Depending on the condition of your existing paint job this might take 10 minutes or 10 days! Paint is only as good as the surface it adheres to and if you paint over loose or chipping paint it will be a matter of weeks before your new paint job starts to fall apart. Paint adheres best to bare wood so for the best adhesion you should strip all the old paint off using a  ProScraper,   Speedheater  or  chemical stripper ; however this will take a lot of time and cost a lot. At the least you want all the loose paint off. Once that’s done you’ll want to sand down the rough edges where the paint chipped off to smooth the transitions out. And keep the remaining paint from peeling further.
  3. Repair Damaged Wood – Now is the time to repair your rotted wood. Whether it’s replacing a battered clapboard or rotted trim, don’t skip this. Paint will not hold onto rotted or weathered surfaces and you’ll wish you had replaced them when you had the chance. Any grey weathered wood should be sanded until it reveals healthy brown wood again. If the rot damage is small you can use  wood fillers or epoxies  for nail holes wood filler is fine.
  4. Caulk & Prime – Before you start caulking everything spot prime any bare wood or filler/epoxy repairs with an oil-based primer. For extra adhesion prime everything including the old paint. While not always necessary it results in a better finished product. Next, make sure to caulk any gaps around siding and trim junctions. My caulking plan is to caulk all vertical joints. Horizontal joints between siding or above and under doors were designed to be left open in most causes in order to accommodate for movement of the wood and to allow water to drain out. For gaps 1/4″ or larger you’ll may need backer rod before caulking to help the caulk bridge the gap.

Applying The Paint

You’re almost there! If you’ve done all the extensive prep we’ve talked about, your house probably looks like a mottled mess, but that’s all about to change. Here’s just a few tips for the main attraction.

  1. Buy quality brushes and quality paints. You DO get what you pay for!
  2. Start your painting from the top and work down to avoid repainting any spills or splatters.
  3. Try to avoid painting in direct sunlight because it can cause poor adhesion and uneven drying.
  4. Clean up spills and drips quickly before they dry.
  5.  One coat is enough to protect your house from Mother Nature.
  6. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for drying time between coats and don’t rush re-coating even if it feels dry to the touch. Hurrying the 2nd coat is a sure fire way to get peeling paint that doesn’t adhere.
  7. Cold or humid weather will slow your drying time so adjust accordingly. If temps are forecast to fall below 50 degrees then it’s best to hold off on painting until you can have temps consistently above that threshold.

There you have it! The right way to paint your house. Don’t settle for a bargain basement paint job because the short term savings inevitably ends with greater long term costs. As with anything, doing work the right way is expensive and time consuming, but in the end very satisfying .  

Do it yourself painting is fun but also can be dangerous and challenging remember give a call to Brook Painting Atlanta’s trusted company get a free estimate and go with the best.  



Paint brushes up!


A home’s curb appeal can go a long way.  But keeping your home or bussines in pristine condition year after year can be quite difficult, considering that all interior and exterior surfaces will eventually deteriorate.

Fading exterior paint color is the first sign of paint film degradation. However, Atlanta’s top commercial and residential painting contractors admit that people don’t usually notice the changes in the color intensity mainly because fading occurs gradually. This may prevent property owners from implementing the right remedial measures that could stop the deterioration of the wall system.

Preventing Exterior Paint from Fading

Fading should not be confused with chalking. Fading represents the excessive lightening of the paint color especially on the surfaces exposed to sunlight. Chalking, on the other hand, refers to the formation of a powdery residue on the wall surface as a result of a chemical reaction in the paint film.

Although all exterior surfaces inevitably fade over time, here are four simple ways to ensure your business puts its best face forward and keeps it on for many years to come.

  1. Evaluate the things you cannot change – One of the things you cannot change is the position of your building. To reduce the adverse effects of different weather elements, always opt for paint products that can work harmoniously with the environmental factors which exert a heavy toll on your building. If your commercial property gets a lot of direct sunlight, for instance, you should choose light paint colors, which have been proven to absorb less sunlight than darker shades. Aside from color variations, wall paints also vary in terms of sheen. A higher gloss finish will reflect more light compared to flat paint, reducing the amount of light a paint color may otherwise absorb. The amount of UV light absorbed by a paint product dictates how long a paint job will last.
  2. Choose fade-resistant paint – Though it may seem obvious, opting for fade-resistant paint is one of the few things you can do to avoid fading exterior paint color. The best fade-resistant paints contain high-quality pigments and a sufficient amount of binder, which binds the pigment particles to the other ingredients to form a durable paint film. In addition, the binder ensures good adhesion between the paint film and the wall surface. As less expensive exterior paints often contain low-quality ingredients and lower volume concentrations of pigments and binders, they usually start to deteriorate after only several months from the application. As a general rule, high-quality acrylic latex paints have better color retention compared to oil-based paint products.
  3. Consider the quality of paint products – Paint technologies and products have evolved considerably over the past years. Nowadays, the type and quality of paint systems have a dramatic impact on the overall appearance, performance and service life of an exterior paint job. Adequate surface preparation along with the correct application of a high-quality paint product can help you avoid premature paint failure  in the form of fading exterior paint colors, bubbling, peeling and cracking paint, efflorescence, mold growth, dry rot, etc. This will limit the maintenance and repair requirements, reducing your operating expenses.
  4. Don’t use paints prone to fading – Inorganic pigments like tans, beiges and browns are more stable on exterior surfaces than certain organic colors. As an example, bright reds, blues and yellows are particularly vulnerable to UV radiation and consequent fading. Using alkali-sensitive paints on  highly alkaline surfaces  like new masonry is another mistake that can lead to fading exterior paint color. Also, tinting certain types of paints or over-tinting a paint product may cause the paint to fade prematurely.

At Performance Painting Contractors, one thing we cannot stress enough is the importance of timely maintenance and repairs. The moment you see fading exterior paint, small cracks, peeling paint, mold growth or dry rot, give us a call at      678-349-4988 . Atlanta’s painting contractors to paint the exterior or interior of your company may seem like a big expense, it is nothing compared to what you might pay later if a paint job isn’t up to the mark.






Your house or Business talks about you, let Brook Painting contractor raise the standard of your house and business with the best quality and the best-looking property, anyone can call himself a painter but not everyone is one, one thing is to hold a brush and another one is knowing how to use it, make your self a favor and hire Brook Painting Contractors, Call us and from the first moment you will see why Brook Painting is your best option.

Here we show some of the most popular colors of 2017 and 2018

Importance of color in daily life

Do you feel anxious in a yellow room? Does the color blue make you feel calm and relaxed? Artists and interior designers have long believed that color can dramatically affect moods, feelings, and emotions. “Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions,” the artist Pablo Picasso once remarked. 

Color is a powerful communication tool and can be used to signal action, influence mood, and even influence physiological reactions.

Certain colors have been associated with increased blood pressure, increased metabolism, and eyestrain.

So how exactly does color work? How is color believed to impact mood and behavior? 

What Is Color Psychology?

In 1666, English scientist Sir Isaac Newton discovered that when pure white light passes through a prism, it separates into all of the visible colors. Newton also found that each color is made up of a single wavelength and cannot be separated any further into other colors.

Further experiments demonstrated that light could be combined to form other colors. For example, red light mixed with yellow light creates an orange color. Some colors, such as green and magenta, cancel each other out when mixed and result in a white light.

If you have ever painted, then you have probably noticed how certain colors can be mixed to create other colors. 

“Given the prevalence of color, one would expect color psychology to be a well-developed area,” researchers Andrew Elliot and Markus Maier have noted.

“Surprisingly, little theoretical or empirical work has been conducted to date on color’s influence on psychological functioning, and the work that has been done has been driven mostly by practical concerns, not scientific rigor.”

Despite the general lack of research in this area, the concept of color psychology has become a hot topic in marketing, art, design, and other areas.

Much of the evidence in this emerging area is anecdotal at best, but researchers and experts have made a few important discoveries and observations about the psychology of color and the effect it has on moods, feelings, and behaviors.

Of course, your feelings about color are often deeply personal and rooted in your own experience or culture. For example, while the color white is used in many Western countries to represent purity and innocence, it is seen as a symbol of mourning in many Eastern countries.

The Psychological Effects of Color

Why is the color such a powerful force in our lives? What effects can it have on our bodies and minds?

While perceptions of color are somewhat subjective, there are some color effects that have universal meaning. Colors in the red area of the color spectrum are known as warm colors and include red, orange, and yellow. These warm colors evoke emotions ranging from feelings of warmth and comfort to feelings of anger and hostility.

Colors on the blue side of the spectrum are known as cool colors and include blue, purple, and green. These colors are often described as calm, but can also call to mind feelings of sadness or indifference.

Let the experts of Brook Painting help you to choose and paint with the right colors and technics for the benefit of

your house. Let the experts of residential painting do the best for you.