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Transform Your Vinyl Siding

Vinyl Siding Transformation done by Level Five Painting, LLC.

Vinyl siding is plastic exterior siding for houses and small apartment buildings, used for decoration and weatherproofing. Although this engineered product, manufactured primarily from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin, is commonly installed in residential construction in the United States and until a few years ago it was not recommended painting it to color-changing a vinyl siding.

Fortunately, nowadays painting contractors can work with premium products specially designed to transform houses. Without re-siding necessary, with the right products, and painting techniques, painters can now provide exceptional work changing the color of houses and buildings with vinyl siding while locking in optimal performance.

Vinyl Siding Transformation in Medfield (MA): After and Before

Debunking the misconception that you can’t paint your vinyl siding, our team strongly recommend using the product “Revive”, from Benjamin Moore. This product is offered in a large color palette and was exclusively created to rapidly give a new face to your vinyl siding. Although the “Revive” product can be found in many colors, you can’t find it in any “black” shade or any colors that contain black in the formula because it retains more heat than the other colors and can bend any vinyl siding. Another product option is a paint called “Duration” from Sherwin Williams which is a very good product, but whoever is painting the house have to disclose that the choosing color is going to be applied on vinyl siding and it cannot contains any type of black tint to the formula.

Now that you know that is possible to find the right product to color-change your vinyl siding, you can also find the perfect painting contractor to provide you this type of service. Level Five Painting, LLC. can change the color of your vinyl siding without overcharging you and taking longer than necessary to complete your project. According to the owner of our company, Jorge Aurichi, the secret to complete a perfect job involving any vinyl siding is to certify that your team will follow all steps of this procedure with knowledge and attention to detail. “The first thing you have to do in a vinyl siding project is power washing the house – maybe 2 or 3 times if necessary – to completely remove all chalk. Then you tape all the windows and isolate all areas you don’t want to paint. After that, you apply the Revive product either with a brush, rollers or spray, but the ideal is to apply it using a spray machine”.

Vinyl Siding Transformation in Medfield (MA): Before

It is extremely important to proceed with this type of project only during convenient weather – it’s not recommended to be done under extremely hot and sunny days nor during rainy days. According to Aurichi, perfect temperatures are between 53°F and 70°F, that’s why the end of spring and beginning of summer are the perfect days to hire someone to change the color of your vinyl siding.

Benjamin Moore Regal Select Exterior REVIVE for Vinyl Siding

Once the weather allows your contractor to get the job done, your project can be finished within a short time. “If you have time you can get those 2 or 3 power washing done on the same day. Once vinyl sidings don’t absorb the water, you can paint the house the next day. It takes around 4 days to get the color-changing of the vinyl siding of a 2,500 square ft. house is done”.

Vinyl siding projects are less pricy than any wood painting project. Once a reliable painting contractor got the job done, you paint with last long. “The “Revive” product costs around US$60/70 per gallon. It takes approximately 20 gallons to paint a 2,500 square ft. house”, said Aurichi. While any paint can fad naturally by time and weather, the only maintenance required is power washing your vinyl siding each spring in order to extend the life of your paint job.

Vinyl Siding Transformation in Medfield (MA): After

Are you interested in color-changing your vinyl siding? Contact our talented team of painters here. Call us at (617) 869-9446. E-mail us at contact@levelfivepaintingllc.com.

Protect Your Family From Exposures To Lead

                                                                                                 Somerville Lead-Safe banner

Lead paint is still present in millions of homes. If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead-based paint, and you may be exposed to it. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning. It can cause serious health issues, especially for children (less than 6 years old).

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), if the paint in your house is in good shape you, probably, don’t have to worry about anything. But sometimes, deteriorating lead-based paint (peeling, chipping, chalking, cracking, damaged, or damp) is a hazard and needs immediate attention. If your income matches the restrictions, you may be able to apply for the “Lead Paint Safe” program in your city and get assistance to control lead hazards in your house unit.

                                                                     EPA Contractors Lead Safety During Renovations Brochure

Although this is a very serious problem, nowadays, you don’t have to spend tons of money in order to be safe. If your house still contains lead, you don’t need to hire a “deleading” service. You just need to choose a certified company that can works where lead can be found. By renovating your unit, you are making sure your walls are encapsulated and it will be extremely hard for your family to get in contact with lead.

EPA Contractors Lead Safety During Renovations Brochure

Although our team can’t remove lead from your house at the moment, our crew is certified by EPA with the “Lead-Safe Renovation for Homeowners” license, which means every single employee of Level Five Painting, LLC. can help you if lead can still be found in your house, in case if you live in Massachusetts and/or Rhode Island. Is extremely important to emphasize that a renovator’s intent is never to permanently eliminate lead paint hazards or make a “lead-free” claim about a home, building, or structure. The “Lead-Safe” renovation service is an option that fits your pocket and offers another layer of protection.

                                                                         Festool HEPA Vacuum used during Vinyl Siding projects

Currently, homeowners that face lead issues in their houses but don’t pay enough attention to this problem, end up hiring painting companies that are not licensed which can cause bigger and even more expensive problems in the future. By hiring “professionals” that can’t prove any “lead-safe” certifications, you and your beloved ones are exposed daily to risks of lead-poisoning, by inhaling and/or eating it. 

Example of  a Lead-Base House that needs a renovation

If you need help protecting your house, contact us. Our team is ready to help you. Call us at (617) 869-9446 or e-mail us at contact@levelfivepaintingllc.com. Here you can download the EPA Contractors Lead Safety During Renovations brochure.

Level Five Painting, LLC. Lead-Safe Renovation Contractor License

Level Five Painting, LLC. owner Lead-Safe Renovator Supervisor Initial Course Certification

Everything You Must Know Before Hiring A Painting Contractor

Patio done in South Boston (MA)

One of the busiest seasons for painters is here. Spring starts this March 20th and our painting schedule is already getting booked. Many homeowners wait until the weather is warmer to start their painting project. This makes all sense once it’s the perfect condition for painters to deal with exterior parts of houses. Because of the high volume of people looking for painters our team created a list with everything you must know before hiring a painting contractor.

WHAT YOU MUST CONSIDER:

1) Open communication: If you are planning on starting a painting project you must keep your communication open with your prospect contractor. You must tell the professional what quality you are expecting the project to be done and what it is your real budget. Those are important things to tell anyone that you are getting quotes from. This is the only way to get an ethical estimate;

2) Great recommendations: When you are searching for companies to provide an estimate you must identify companies with good online reviews and companies with references upon request – from real clients and home improvement professionals;

Take a look at this review: “The Level 5 Painting crew was extremely clean. Seriously clean. They made sure every surface was covered before taking out the old drywall, replacing it, and then painting the ceilings and walls. They were meticulous about making sure the rest of the house was undisturbed. And they did a lovely job on the drywall and paint itself.”
Paul Lim

3) License and insurance: Verify if the contractor has insurance and license to work either with exterior and interior projects. Reliable contractors must have a Home Improvement license and asbestos/lead-safe certifications as well as trained professionals to work in those areas. Level Five Painting, LLC. has all cited insurances as well as: Workers’ Compensation; Liability and Additional Umbrella Insurance. Our team is certificated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA);

4) Knowledge and network: What differs a great painting contractor from a regular one is knowledge. A reliable painting contractor must know not only about painting products and services but other areas of home improvement as well as know great professional references. Level Five Painting, LLC. keeps great relationships with clients and other contractors. Proudly, we are a source of contacts and recommendations for clients and collaborators. Our vast network has not only home improvement contractors but other types of professionals, such as financial ones;

5) Ask for detailed estimated: Ask for detailed estimates with EVERYTHING you need from a painting contractor. Ask for material details and if the painting crew starting your project will be the same one finishing it. Level Five Painting, LLC. maintains the same crew from the beginning to the end of each project. We keep open lines of communication during the entire painting process. On the first day of work, we introduce our painting crew to the clients and ask if they are comfortable working with them on their project. For us, this is the best way to produce an ethical work and control the quality of it;

6) Cleaning: Only hire companies that keep cleaning as a priority. Level Five Painting, LLC. is proud to be rigorous about this subject.

7) High standards: Hire painter contractors that offer support from beginning to end of any painting process. Contractors should always ask for their clients’ feedback – not only at the end of the project. Your opinion is essential in every step of the painting project. Contractors do a great job when the client gets satisfied with all results done in the project. If a company crew doesn’t promptly pay attention to their clients’ concerns it’s a great sign that they should not trust them. Level Five Painting, LLC. doesn’t finish a job without our clients’ approval. If a client tells us the project needs touch-ups or any additional services we will do it;

8) Trained and qualified professionals: Hire a company that has trained professionals in different areas. Level Five Painting, LLC. is specialized in lacquer; wallpaper; upholstery; exterior paint; glaze finish; cabinetry; stains; restoring furniture; high gloss finishes; industrial coating (epoxy, textures); Venetian plaster; faux finishes and murals.

We hope you’ve got informed with our tips. Get inspired by our exterior project selection down below. If you are thinking about starting a new project, get an estimate from us (click here). Our Spring Schedule is open and our team is ready. Have an amazing Spring!

Exterior Painting Project done in Needham (MA)


Exterior Painting Project done in Wayland (MA)

Exterior Painting Project done in Needham (MA)

Exterior Painting Project done in Winchester (MA)

Contact us: contact@levelfivepaintingllc.com
Call us: (617)-869-9446
Fax us: (617)-869-9446
Find us at: 950 Watertown Street (Suite 6) Newton, MA, United States

Decks: Everything You Should Know About It

Spring is upon us and the exterior painting project season is already open for our painting crew. One of the main services provided during the hottest days of the year is deck painting/staining and renovation. Decks are an amazing way to add value to your property. According to the “Remodeling Calculator” website, compared to an attic, building a deck costs a lot less, but provides one of the top ROI’s of all remodeling projects. If you are thinking about selling your house we strongly recommend you to pay more attention to the quality and attractiveness of decks. According to “Remodeling Magazine’s” cost vs. value report, “A homeowner can recoup an average of 80% of the cost of building a new wood deck, during resale. […] Compare this with 78% recouped for a bathroom remodel and 69% recouped for a family room addition.”

Even though decks are amazing options to attract buyers, not all decks have the same value. It’s very important to make sure you will trust your deck in only professional hands. Our team has an extensive deck portfolio. That’s the main reason why the CEO of our company, Jorge Aurichio, came up with some tips to help you when you are investing in a deck.

Inspection and Repair:

1) The first step is to make sure you will hire a professional capable of properly inspect your existing deck in order to access rotted woods and repair it. We from Level Five Painting, during the first day of the meeting, access the deck and verify if it has any damage that can affect the whole deck – from its structure to the final product. In our wood inspection, we identify what type of wood the deck is made of (it can be Mahogany, Oak, Ipe, etc). This part is extremely important because different woods have distinct tones and colors. If a professional doesn’t precisely know what type of wood is dealing with it, is not possible to know exactly what product to use on it. It will result in a job that will cost more and takes more time to repair the mistakes;

Cleaning/Power Washing:

2) One of the most important steps during this process in order to have amazing results is to provide great quality deck cleaning. A great professional knows exactly the types of cleaning products go with existing decks wood and its finishes. Our company always make sure we only work with eco-friendly products. All our products don’t offer damage to plants, animals, sole, pets and people – especially babies/kids;

3) It’s very important to provide proper power washing. The pressure of the machine should be adapted accordingly to the type of wood. If there’s more pressure than the wood supports you will end up with damages and flaws in the substrate that didn’t even have in there before this procedure;

Prep work/staining/sealing/painting:

4) The prep work includes scrapping, sanding, cleaning, and priming (if the deck was previously painted). The prep work should always be done with the correct and great quality materials because one mistake can cause delays and a lot of loss;

5) The correct products are important tools during the entire process, especially after the prep work is done. One common mistake done by non-professionals is using products that are not suitable for exterior areas. Decks should always be painted by using exterior premium products. We know those products cost more but it also protects the deck for a longer time if compared to other brands. Lastly, keep in mind – when hiring a contractor – that only real professionals have vast knowledge and experience with decks. The wrong person can’t do exactly what and with the excellence a professional do. The wrong contractor can cost you more than if you start your project with the correct person taking care of it.

To finish up, here are some of our deck projects done in the last years. Get inspired and have a great Spring!


Ipe deck done in Newton, MA

Mahogany/Cedar deck done in Brookline, MA


Cedar deck done in Newton, MA



Ipe deck done in Chestnut Hill, MA


Pressured Treated deck done in Needham, MA


Mahogany deck done in East Falmouth, MA


Mahogany deck done in Waban, MA

 

Spring Equinox 2019

Following Winter and preceding Summer, Spring is one of the most beautiful and pleasant seasons here in Massachusetts. The Spring Equinox 2019 is around the corner, starting on March 20th, our team is ready to complete the most inspiring exterior projects during the days when the sunset occurs later and the trees are blooming. That’s why we selected some of our exterior painting projects to share here. We hope you can get inspired and start thinking about getting your next project done with our crew.

Spring and Summer are the busiest months for painting contractors. The best way to guarantee your exterior painting project done during the next season is to schedule it before the Spring starts. Our schedule is currently open and we are looking forward to making your house looks even better. Check out our selection of exterior painting projects done in the last season:

This is a project painted in Peabody (MA) with “Cinnamon 2174-20” paint from Benjamin Moore. The Amish star was painted with metal effect paint (copper) and the borders of it were painted with patina (copper as well). Both products are from Modern Masters Inc.

This exterior project was done with excellence in Roslindale (MA). The siding was painted with “Gray Owl OC-52” while trims were painted with “Simply White OC-117” and “Onyx 2133-10” from Benjamin Moore.

This stunning project was completed in East Falmouth (Cape Cod), MA. These walls were painted with “Arborcoat Exterior Waterproofer – Clear (320)” and trims were painted with “White PM-2”, both from Benjamin Moore.

The decks are an important part of exterior projects. In this one located in Brookline (MA) our team did a power washing, restaining and repainting its trims.

Your garage deserves more this Spring. Get inspired by these shutter doors well painted with “Black Forest Green PM-12” from Benjamin Moore. The walls were painted with the color “Montgomery White HC-33”, also from Benjamin Moore. This project was done in Needham (MA).

Contact our team and get a quote from us. We are looking forward to working in your house. You can find our team at (617) 869-9446 or contact@levelfivepaintingllc.com