Lead Based Paint

Lead in Paint

We’ve been hearing a lot lately about lead in paint. The Environmental Protect Agency has been working for three decades to reduce exposure to lead in paint. On April 22, 2010 a new law went into effect that requires all contractors performing renovation, repair or painting projects that disturb lead based paint to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. This “lead paint controversy” began in the 70’s. In 1978, the federal government banned lead-based paint from being used in homes. In 1996 additional laws went into effect requiring individuals to receive information concerning a property before renting, buying or renovating pre-1978 housing.

Lead Based Paint Health Concerns

Exposure to high levels of lead can be damaging to children whose nervous systems are still developing, and to pregnant women whose unborn children are still growing. One out eleven children in the United States has a high and/or dangerous level of lead in their blood stream. In 1991 the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services called Lead the “number one environmental threat to the health of children in the United States”.

Certified Renovators

Contractors today must jump through numerous hoops to guarantee they are meeting rigorous safety standards when working in homes, businesses and other child related facilities. They have been trained and certified as “Renovators” by EPA-accredited trainers. If you have concerns or questions about lead-based paint and its effects, or how to safely perform home renovations you should contact a professional who has received the EPA certification.

We have received this certification and would be happy to provide further information about the new certification requirements and lead paint testing.

Picking a Paint Sheen


“What type of paint sheen should I get?” The answer depends on where the paint will be applied and the general purpose of the painted surface.  Here are some very helpful tips to keep in mind to help make the selection easy.

Flat Paint

Flat paints the most commonly used sheen in homes is called flat or matte finish.  Most flat and matte finishes tend to have no shine at all. However, there are a few brands of flat paints that tend to leave a very light shine to them, due to the amount of acrylic resin in the paint.  Flat sheen lends itself well to ceilings, formal dining rooms, and large contemporary rooms with lots of natural light.  Flat or sometimes called matte, finishes really do look the best for walls if you are trying to hide defects in the wall.  Also, if you have a lot of artwork on the walls, flat sheens look great.

Satin Paints

Satin paints the next selection of paint sheens have several different names depending on how much shine the paint has when it dries.  Several names you would see in the paint stores are “Egg-shell,” “Low-Sheen,” and “Satin.”  Typically, these paints are far more scrub-able than the standard flat finishes mentioned above.  This tends to be the main reason homeowners decide to use one of these types of sheens.  Satin-type finishes look great in areas that do not have a lot of natural light, closets, hallways and stairwells, and, of course, your kids’ rooms.  Most satin finishes are found on walls only, not ceilings or wood surfaces.  However, some homeowners will opt for painting their baseboards, doors and trim work with a satin finish.  If prepared and painted correctly, trim and fine woodwork can look beautiful with a satin finish – even kitchen cabinets.

Gloss Paints

Gloss Paints The last types of sheen are known as glossy paints.  On the paint shelf, they are labeled as “Semi-Gloss” and “Gloss.” Typically, the semi-gloss gives off a shine of 65%-85% compared to gloss at 100%.

Gloss paints are difficult to work with and are best applied by a professional painting contractor.  Semi-gloss is the number one choice for most homeowners for bathroom walls, kitchens, laundry rooms, rental properties and, of course, woodwork. Selecting the right paint sheen is a matter of personal preference.  Some of us love flat.  Others have to have semi-gloss on every wall!

If you are unsure of the types of paint and paint sheens, give us a call at 520-881-0542.  We will give you some professional advice.

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Picking Colors

Over the years I have found that for many home owners, the process of selecting colors can be very stressful.  This is understandable when you consider that color can set the mood of a room.  Color can make a smaller room feel bigger, it can also give a larger room a warm homey feeling.  Research has found that color can bring out emotions and can stimulate us in many positive ways such as creative thinking and problem solving.  No wonder many find this process intimidating!  Here’s an suggestion I found  that on several occasions has been very helpful.  Hopefully it can help you reduce your choices from literally millions to a select few.

What colors dominate?

Go to your closet notice what color dominates your wardrobe.

Visit a local paint store, Sherwin Williams has a beautiful color display in every store.

Notice the colors in a favorite family heirloom, artwork or piece of furniture.

Try this, bring a favorite area rug into natural light and choose the first and the last color you notice.

After you have selected a favorite color, think about the feeling you would like that room to bring out in those who enter it.  Bringing in neutrals such as khaki’s and milk whites with any color will work beautifully.  Mixing light and dark colors can give you a very dramatic effect.  For example chocolate browns and pale pinks can bring a romantic feeling to master bedroom.

The Final Step in making your pick

Finally, after you choose your colors, you can take advantage of the many resources that are available to you.  If you visit Sherwin Williams’s website they will allow you to upload photographs of the rooms you want to make over.  You can virtually paint and preview the result of you color selection, this will help alleviate the overwhelming task of selecting the perfect color.  The exciting thing about paint is that new color you now can’t live without is only a brush stroke away!

Give us a call at 520-881-0542 and we will be happy to make your new colors a reality!