Exterior Carpentry Repair Work and Painting in Vancouver.

Professional and experienced carpenters for all your exterior and interior carpentry needs in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. One of the many benefits you will get when hiring Argenta Painting and Restoration Ltd. for all your renovation needs.

Even though Vancouver does not have the extreme weather conditions (-30/+30 degrees Celsius) as other parts of Canada the constant and abundant rain (what! it rains in Vancouver!? No way!) is one of the biggest enemies of any Homeowner in the Lower Mainland. Water (rain) damage is a very common occurrence in roughly 80% of the houses we paint every year in Vancouver. When left unattended a small leak can cause serious problems on any surfaces, especially on horizontal surfaces or any surface that by design allows water to collect, such surfaces include, but are not limited to, decks, porches, railings, roofs, gutters, stairs, etcetera.

The most common damage we see in Vancouver homes are rotted fascia boards, which constitute about a 50% of all our carpentry repair work. The usual culprits for all the water damage are neglect, from Homeowners thinking that either paint is a mere cosmetic part of their house or that their rough cedar fascia will last forever just because of the quality of the wood they have and while some woods are much better at resisting the elements as others they all need constant maintenance.

Showing your home some much needed TLC (tender love and care) is a smart thing to do to protect your investment because let’s all face it, Vancouver house prices are through the roof and neglecting and investment that big may not be the sensible thing to do. Applying a couple coats of paint, stain or clear coat will increase the longevity of your Home.

Painting every 10-12 years as a preventative measure may seem, to most Homeowners as a better option rather than paying for costly structural and water proofing repairs every 15 years.

A simple fascia repair, on a 1-storey house in Vancouver, can cost anywhere from $250 (our minimum charge for up to 4 labour hours) plus any materials used up to $800 dollars for higher off the ground fascia boards where flashing, gutter removal and re-install, plus other water proofing techniques may be needed, these prices are based on past carpentry repair jobs we have completed in Vancouver, all of our prices for any carpentry repair work are done on a Time plus Materials basis as we never know what exactly we will find after we start removing rotted wood.

Other tips for adding years to the woodwork in your property are;

    1. Ensure all wood that is directly exposed to the elements is properly primed with an oil-based primer and painted with 2 coats of good quality paint product.

 

    1. Ensure all exposed wood has a properly installed and sealed metal cap or flashing, flashings are by fay the most efficient way to protect your wood surfaces. Metal caps or flashings are most effective when the sides are at least ½” away from the sides of the wood.

 

    1. Ask your carpenter to use a sealant, not a caulking, when sealing all the new joints. Preferably have him use something called MasterSeal NP1, an elastomeric polyurethane sealant specially formulated for sealing areas from water damaged it is our go to product when doing High-Rise weather proofing and window sealing.

 

    1. Less joints = less troubles, even when following all the proper procedures mentioned above we try to make the least number of cuts/joints possible, minimizing the amount of areas where water can “sip thru”.

 

    1. Never, under any circumstances, caulk/seal the bottoms of any exterior woodwork such as window trims, fascia boards, belly boards, skirt boards, etc. Leaving the bottom part of any of these surfaces unsealed will allow any water/moisture that may make it through to be able to scape reducing the risk of water pooling behind your woodwork where you will not otherwise see it until it is too late.

 

Here is one of many testimonials from one of Argenta’s numerous happy customers:

“We had Ricardo to replace our rotten wood trims, paint our stucco and exterior trims and fascias recently. Their price is very competitive. The communication with Ricardo is excellent throughout the whole project. Their employees are very professional, efficient and polite. We are very satisfied with the end result and will definitely use them again for our future projects.”

Jennifer Y. (Homeowner)

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Are you ready to paint but have no idea what paint product to choose?

After having decided what rooms of your house need painting, which you actually have the time for and even more stressful what colours to use then you’re then faced with another big dilemma,  what product should I use to paint the interior of my house with?  Here are some recommendations from products from our friends at Sherwin Williams (I can offer some input for the products of other companies in future blogs if anyone needs).

A common thought from most Homeowners and DIY-ers in Vancouver is that all paint is created equal, that you should simply get the cheapest paint or the one that is in discount. This can sometimes be true specially when you are faced with special offers from paint stores in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, this offers are most common during the summer months when everyone is in a crazed to have their Homes, bedrooms, decks, fences, etcetera painted , all trying to take advantage of the good weather, the school holidays (because let’s face it we’re all just wishing we can get our teenagers involved to cut our labour and get to enjoy a cold one as soon as possible).

From flat to gloss finishes, white base or ultra deep bases, a gallon of paint versus a quart, cheap to high end paint products, the selections and combinations are almost endless and while most paint companies in Vancouver will always recommend the best products to use for your specific needs I have noticed that sometimes the “high end” products are being offered more often than not. Don’t take me wrong, this is not a bad thing, since the paint companies know their “high end” paint products are the safest products, for the Homeowner and the paint company, to offer because they’re usually self priming to a lot of substrates, they cover well in two coats even when doing a colour change, they tend to have low to no VOC’s making them more user friendly.

So, if you haven’t done much painting before (meaning you have at least the concept of rolling handled) you should stick to the paint company’s recommendation. If you do have some experience, even small, maybe you painted during a summer back in the day or have painted a few rooms in your Home (or your Girlfriend’s place) I would suggest may be taking a few tips which may save you a couple bucks.

1 – When painting new areas such as bare drywall, bare wood, bare metal.  Stick to the recommendation of your paint store, if that recommendation is a high end (pricier product) and you have a few rooms of new drywall to paint then I would suggest using an economic drywall primer from Sherwin Williams called PVA (always have the paint store tinted to a colour as close as the one you’ll be using and only buy what you need as tinted products are non-returnable). Why am I recommending using a drywall primer when you have a self-priming paint? Well, drywall walls tend to be very (and I swear am not trying to be redundant) very dry, specially the areas around the joints where the mudding was done and will soak a lot of paint if not primed. Rolling (no need to cut if you are careful and get as close as possible to the edges/corners) a coat of inexpensive primer can save you a few bucks since you will be using a lot less top coat (regular paint). The amount of paint you will save by rolling a primer coat first can be considerable specially when painting larger areas.

 

2 – Repainting any room walls with the same colour, if this is the case I recommend using a product called Quali-Kote on their low-sheen finish if you’re not paint savvy or eggshell if you have any kids, pets or in high traffic areas where walls can get dirtier. An eggshell finish will provide you with and easier to clean surface while a low-sheen finish will allow you to hide imperfections better and to have a smoother finish in your walls.

 

3 – Colour change in your walls? If the colour change isn’t too drastic  (light to dark or vise versa) I recommend using a product called SuperPaint, by far my favorite Sherwin Williams product. SuperPaint is a very thick, self-priming paint with excellent coverage and the best thing is, it sits right there between too expensive or too cheap. SuperPaint is our “Go-to” product because of its versatility and how user friendly it is. However, if you do find SuperPaint to be too thick for you can ad some Dynaflow to it to make it run smoother and to extend its “wet edge”, meaning you will have a bit more time to do a cut-line and a good back-roll job.

 

4 – Painting a kitchen or bathroom? If so, you might want to try Duration matte-finish. Duration is a great product, more so because it is easier to clean, it’s stain resistant and more durable than most paint. Yes, Duration sale price is a bit steep but trust me, you will thank me during clean-up time, specially after your secret that marinara sauce starts bubbling.

Even though all of the recommendations made above are quite user friendly and easier to apply than most you should always consider buying quality brushes and roller sleeves.

  • Dynamic 10mm microfiber roller sleeves will give your paint job a nice and smooth finish (always remember to go around the surfaces of the roller sleeve with the tacky side of a piece of painter tape to remove any loose fibers).
  • Brilliant 2 & ½” brushes are relatively inexpensive and have a nice feel to them, they’re not too stiff nor too soft, should be perfect for a first timer (no need to go for an expensive brush unless you know how to take care of them and are capable of cleaning them properly).
  • Green painters tape (1 & ½”) is an excellent aid to keep areas not being painted clean or use green frog tape (1 & ½”) if you want a clean cutline.
  • Sims trays and liners are usually inexpensive and can hold about ¾ of a gallon of paint leaving some room to roll the paint roller without overloading it with paint.
  • For small holes in your walls use Drydex, a pink patching compound that dries white when dry indicating when it’s safe to sand the patches.
  • Use a fine grit sponge sanding block to sand all the patches in your walls.

The wide range and versatility of Sherwin Williams products plus the excellent customer service provided by all Sherwin Williams employees are some of the many reasons why we love to use their products and even though this blog sounds like an endorsement it isn’t, all paint companies have great products just like the ones described above I just thought I’d do my first recommendation blog on the products I use and know best.

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Exterior Staining, Exterior Painting.

Either is an exterior staining, exterior painting, Argenta Painting Ltd and its professional painters can deliver an extraordinary outcome.

The house in the picture below was done early this year in Squamish BC, we stained with a Cloverdale paint product called Sunfast Exterior Wood Finish satin finish.

This product has an excellent UV protection as all waterborne products. Sunfast is ideal to apply in log homes, furniture, railings, doors, soffits, siding and all exterior wood.Sunfast enhances wood grain and natural tones on exterior vertical wood surfaces.

Texture Ceilings and Walls

Why do contractors texture ceilings and walls?

Among the main reasons why developers and contractors decide to texture surfaces such as ceilings and walls is the monetary value, texturing is a more affordable way to finish a ceiling or a wall. Texturing has a great hiding capability which allows contractors to get away with one less skim coat and a lighter much faster sanding process.

High rises are the most common buildings to use textured ceilings, this is because ceilings in high rises are made out of concrete, which would require more work. When polishing a concrete ceiling it is necessary to apply a masonry primer before skim coating plus a drywall primer after the three skim coats of drywall mud have been applied and sanded, thus, increasing the cost when finishing apartment buildings.

At first glance most textured ceilings will look flawless but if you take a second look at the ceilings on a nice sunny day you may see patterns of the unfinished concrete or even nicks and dents. All of which are almost perfectly hidden by the texture and a coat of flat white paint.

There are several different kinds of textures out there, for which the following are the three most common:

  • Spanish Texture or Span-Tex
  • Aggregate
  • Popcorn

All three products have the same uses with different finish and look, so it is only a matter of which one goes better with your home and the style you are looking for. Whether you would like an orange peel finish to a very coarse finish

Span-Tex provides you with a wide range of texture finishes, from a very fine and discrete to a coarse finish Span-Tex is the go-to choice for contractor, developers and home owners alike.

Textures with aggregate are easier to apply and provide a more even finish than Span-Tex. They come in three different sizes; fine, medium and coarse aggregate

Popcorn finish; we recommend this kind of texture for ceilings or walls with lots of imperfections. Popcorn texture has by far the best hiding capability of all three textures, this thanks to how coarse this texture is.

While texture is commonly used to hide the imperfections, it important to know that texture will not get rid of big cracks or gauges. Surfaces with bigger imperfections will first have to roughly be filled before texturing, remember it does not have to be perfect as the texture will cover the rough edges

It is strongly recommended to prime any bare drywall or concrete surfaces prior to texture application and then apply one or two coats of paint, preferably a flat finish with Argenta White. It is not uncommon for builders to only prime the bare drywall or concrete ceilings and then texture ceilings skipping the painting process to save money. At Argenta Painting Ltd. we always paint all the ceilings that we texture, especially when we do texture matches

Although fresh texture is very easy to remove, we recommend to protect all areas with tape, plastic (poly) for the walls and furniture and canvas drop sheets for the floors. Protecting all these areas will has an added benefit as you will already have everything ready for painting. Should any of the texture get on the walls or surfaces you can easily remove it using a fine sanding paper (150 grid or finer) if you are planning to repaint walls or simply use a damped rag to clean the texture off any surfaces. This works best for water-based texture bags of pre-mixed contractor grade paint or powder texture only, as we have found that the texture in some of the spray-texture cans found in paint or hardware stores can be very hard to remove with any of the methods depicted above

We recommend you to have the wall paint handy in case you need it, since removing painter’s tape can seldom pull off the top coat from walls, I these rare cases a small touch up with a brush may be required.

Feel free to contact us with any more questions you may have regarding textured ceilings or simply to get a free quote to retexture or paint your home.

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Argenta is in demand as a top new construction painter in Vancouver:

  • Commercial
  • Residential
  • Industrial
  • Multi-family
  • Strata
  • Highrise