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Fitzgerald Painting Services

Providing top quality performance and years of know how. Our staff is highly skilled in all phases of painting and wall covering, including preparation, application and clean up. We also provide a wide variety of custom services including hand rubbed, faux finishes, staining and refinishing.

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The Power Washing Process

Prior to painting your home, it is always advisable to clean it free of dirt and mildew.  Even if you’re not painting, you should keep your wooden or vinyl sided house clean.  Think about it in simpler terms, we clean our cars how many times a week, or month?  Living in New England we all know salt eats our cars, and to keep them in good shape we must clean them, not to mention they are much more attractive when not covered in dirt!  So wouldn’t you want to keep your house clean and attractive as well?  The mildew will eat away at your paint coating or wood, and eventually you have to spend a larger sum of money to replace rotting wood or failing paint.  Not to mention the car that costs $20,000 plus, is much less expensive than your home at $400,000 plus!  So shouldn’t we keep our larger investment clean and maintained as well?  And this is but a yearly issue, not monthly or weekly concern!

So now that we know we should clean our homes, much like a car there are several ways to do so. Typically, a power washer can be used, but do we really need 3000 PSO to do so? No, of course not- work smarter, not harder is my motto.  We prefer to apply our cleaner either through a downstream injector (adds chemicals to hose after the pump, so it mixes in downstream so to say) or we apply via a separate smaller pump.  Both systems use lower pressure, as the tip and pressure must be dialed down to allow chemicals to pick up through the injectors.  Once surface is cleaned, you can turn pressure back up to rinse the house off, and then we often do a double rinse and use a fragrant detergent after our standard wash to further clean and leave a fresh aroma, once done.  We also often use a separate pump system all together; it will run thru a standard garden hose, out a standard garden nozzle, with same pressure you will get from any standard water faucet.  This is why we can confidently say we offer a non-damaging system for older, more delicate surfaces.  We also prefer this system on wooden roofs to restore, and even asphalt roofs, to remove unsightly staining with no damage or water penetrating through inside.  We are asked many questions and I will list some of our commonly heard ones for you.

Q. Can it damage my plants?
A. This is a very common question, and I’m sorry to say the answer is yes, it can sometimes damage plantings. We do not clean with fertilizers, but if you use care and wet down plants prior, it helps immensely.  Upon completion, again rinse off lightly all plantings so anything landing on plants is diluted from pre-wetting, and cleaned free on completion.  There are more eco friendly cleaners on the market, but to date we have not found one we would recommend to properly clean and help out plants at same time.  Covering with plastic will bake the plants, and drop cloths get wet and crush them, so care and common sense helps alleviate most problems.

Q. Can you clean my house but not remove my paint at same time?
A. Yes, we can use a low pressure wash to clean your home free of dirt but not remove paint in the process.  Thus you keep your home clean and free of harmful mildews and unsightly stains.

Q. Can you make my shingles, deck, or fence to look like new again?
A. Most homes can have the gray removed from their shingles, resulting in a cleaner and newer look.  A wash will remove the dirt and mildew that is harmful to the wood, and it can be done with a low pressure wash to lessen damage to wood.  We also recommend a good sealer be applied after cleaning to add oil and preserve wood from drying out.

Q. Can you clean my vinyl or aluminum?
A. Yes.  Vinyl is not as final as some would like us to believe!  It will get dirty, it will get mildew and mold growth, and yes, it will fade in the sun as well. It can be cleaned free of dirt and mildew very easily.  Some areas of aluminum may oxidize badly over time and require hand scrubbing, but when even hand cleaning does not work, both vinyl and aluminum can be painted!  Truth be told, an aluminum sided house once painted will hold the paint better than a wooden house, as there is no moisture penetration to cause coating failure!

Q. Can I wash my house myself?
A. Yes, there are very easy ways to clean your house. A few ladders and a hand pump can clean a house if used properly.  Nut the time, effort and frustration is often more than most people are willing to deal with.  Ask an expert, check with the paint stores, or call us! Wouldn’t you rather spend time with your family while we clean the house for you quickly, safely, and thoroughly?  It is very inexpensive to clean your house.  Think of it as preventative maintenance.  We can clean your house, decks, fence’s, your concrete or brick walkways, pool aprons, etc. – A clean house is a happy house!  Let us make your house happy.

Brookline, MA Interior Painting

Choosing an interior painting contractor for your home is an extremely important decision.  Below are some pictures from a recent interior painting job in Brookline, MA.  Some important points to note – the proper preparation is key to a proper interior painting job.

  • Floors are properly protected with paper not drop cloths
  • Lights are used to properly check surfaces to be filled
  • Proper equipment is used for vacuuming, sanding
  • Walls are skim coated, and woodwork filled and caulked
  • Surfaces primed and finish coated
  • Proper clean up

“Soft-Wash” Roof Cleaning in Massachusetts

There is no easier way to improve and maintain the attractiveness of your property than to keep the roof and exterior properly cleaned.

The blackened areas and streaks that you see on your roof making it look “dirty” are actually the result of algae and bacteria that are feeding, growing, and spreading on your roof.

Roof Cleaning

In addition to making roofs look unsightly, these algae (Gloeocapsa Magma) can damage your roof and reduce its warranted lifetime. This premature degradation of your roof can end up costing thousands of dollars over time.

Lastly, the algae and bacteria on your roof can become airborne and spread – not just to other roofs but also into the air that we breathe. Airborne contaminants have the potential to cause discomfort and health issues for people with asthma and allergies.

Call us today and we will identify which type of organisms you may be infected with and safely remove them from your home. By keeping your roof’s surface free of these invasive organisms you can be assured that your roof will last longer, retain its curb appeal, heating and cooling effectiveness, and not affect the health of its occupants.

We are your top choice for roof cleaning, roof washing, roof stain removal in Massachusetts – (781) 696-1686.

Low Pressure Massachusetts House Washing

Algae, mold, mildew, dirt and grime accumulate on your siding throughout the year. This can cause serious damage when left untouched or cleaned properly.

We can wash your house with our low pressure soft wash cleaning system.

Pressure washing is now considered old technology. Do you really want someone to blast your home with 3000 to 4000 psi and hundreds of gallons of water? With our low pressure chemical wash, we let our chemicals do the work. Our proprietary blend kills mold, mildew and algae while cleaning your house.  We serve Massachusetts from Greater Boston to Cape Cod

Interior Paint Colors That Help Sell Your Home

Maggie Hernandez recalls a Realtor telling her sister-in-law that she had to get rid of many of her personal items in order to sell her home. But the realtor was even more adamant that the sister-in-law update the interior paint colors throughout her house. In fact 94 percent of all agents recommend a fresh coat of paint for their clients’ homes.And why is painting your house in order to sell your home so important? How about a major return on investment! According to HomeGain’s Prepare to Sell 2009 national survey, the average price to paint interior walls is $500 to $750, but that increases a home price by an average of $1,500 to $2,000 — which can be a 250 percent return on investment.

The Basic Rule of ThumbIt’s necessary to remove all the personal touches you’ve made within your home in an effort to make the place as impersonal as possible when staging your home for sale. A neutral-colored palette, without all the clutter, helps potential buyers envision how their personal taste can be implemented into the house.A bright red accent wall, or your teenager’s black-walled bedroom, needs to be painted over in order to sell. “Beiges, warm beiges and yellows are great choices for wall color and making a space look more impersonal,” says Maggie Hernandez, a seasoned home stager and realtor with RPI International, Inc. “Wallpaper is a deal-breaker, paint is your ally. Neutralize the color palette throughout the home and neutral doesn’t mean white.”
Karen Dembsky, president of Peachtree Home Staging LLC and Georgia’s Real Estate Staging Association, as well as a Pro Stager of the Year nominee, has the first and most important piece of advice before even tackling the issue of color.”A seller should always make sure that their paint has a fresh appeal, no dings, no marks. If there are any, it should be repainted or touched up because it gives the feeling of a well-maintained home,” she said. “The color has to be livable and appealing, you want a color where the buyer will come in and say that it’s not their first choice but they can live with it.”

Repainting the Kitchen

Going room by room and making the correct decision on colors is vital and Dembsky gives her take on the best approach for each one. In the kitchen it’s good to stay in the orange, red and yellow families. These work well because they’re food related, but it’s important to still make them soft, appealing and neutral, and keep them in the suggested food group colors. “In the kitchen, these colors will fly but keep these tips in mind to make them work well,” she says.

Repainting the Bathroom

In the bathroom paint must be light, because the room tends to be smaller, and a darker color would just make it more so. One way to infuse color into the room is through accessories like soaps or towels. But for the walls, keep it in the light yellows or tans. Perhaps you can pick up colors from the tile floors, but if the floors are hardwood then it’s best to stick with neutral tones.

Repainting the Bedroom

In the bedroom it’s also especially important to stay away from bright colors, since this room is viewed as a sanctuary, so choose something very neutral that will work with the flooring and also flow into the master bathroom. Bed and bath colors do not have to be the same but definitely must flow.

Repainting the Home Office

The only spot where warmer, richer colors are welcomed is in the home office, where cinnamon, dark brown or even dark blue are welcome — these colors make the space an area in which to work and relax.

Repainting Other Areas of the Home

Other paint suggestions to help sell your home include salmon-hued paints – they make people’s skin color look good. A very pale beige with a blue tone is very tranquil while a beige tone with a green tint that gives off energy and both are good choices for the living room.

And don’t forget about the great outdoors and your garage. In the patio area it’s not necessary to paint but do ensure that the decks and patios are pressure washed and fresh looking. For your basement and garage paint is also important. Paint the concrete floor and warm up these otherwise cold spaces with a warm neutral color like gold.

The Color to Avoid

Surprisingly, white is the color to avoid. Both Hernandez and Dembsky agree: When painting to help sell your house, the color white is not your ally. “The biggest mistake people make is painting their house entirely white inside thinking it’s a neutral color. It’s not, it’s a bright color,” Dembsky explains.

Enhance Your Home Cosmetically & Structurally

Exterior House Painter Woburn, MANow that Spring has arrived here in Massachusetts, you likely are looking around your home to determine what projects are needed to repair or maintain it. And, if you’re thinking of putting your house on the market, you know that you’ll need to prepare it to compete in this market. As most people know, a fresh coat of paint can make all the difference not only cosmetically, but also structurally. After all, paint protects your home from the elements.

For many, hiring a professional painter to tackle the job is well worth the price considering the non-financial costs of the job. Consider the physical risks of hanging out on ladders, juggling heavy equipment, and dodging hornet’s nests. Think, too, of the environmental issues of mold and mildew, and, if your home was built before 1978, lead and other contaminants. Indeed the biggest cost may be the time the work takes away from your preferred activities like ballgames, picnics and social gatherings.

Ultimately, though, the main reason to hire a pro is to help make sure that the finish lasts for years to come. A professional knows exactly how to prepare the surface – whether wood, vinyl or stucco – to allow proper adhesion. Professional painters also know that what type of paint to use and at what time and temperature to apply it. Done incorrectly, your paint job could need to be redone way too soon.

Many people are surprised to learn that preparation can take as much as 75 percent of the time needed to do a quality paint job. It’s that critical to the long-term success of the painting project. A professional will spend time examining the house before starting the surface preparation looking for cracks, chips, peeling and fading. These factors could indicate standing water or constant sun in certain areas, and those areas might need extra attention. Water issues must be addressed because surface variations could indicate damage to the underlying wood or other material. And continuous moisture will damage the new paint, too. After the examination, the work process is basically three-fold: repair damage, prepare surfaces, and then paint.
A professional painter starts by repairing damaged areas – typically fascia, wood trims, window sills and doors. Light damage can be repaired easily with the proper tools, but split or rotten wood may require the services of a carpenter.

Next comes the critical step of cleaning the surface. Soap, water and elbow grease can do the job, but pressure washing often is the preferred method for clearing surfaces of dirt, grime, oil and other air-borne pollutants. The main thing is to understand that damage can result if done incorrectly. It’s much better to use very low pressure (less than 1000 pounds per square inch) and lots of water. Let the cleaners do the work, not the water pressure. To protect plants, animals, family and friends, be aware of the types of cleaners being used and where runoff from those cleaners is going. They can be toxic, corrosive or irritating.
The most labor intensive part of the process follows, as it involves scraping, sanding or wire-stripping any loose paint or wood. If your house was built before 1978, this process could be dangerous because of the use of lead-based paint prior to that year.

After all the repairing, cleaning and preparation is completed, the house is finally ready for its new face. Be sure your painter uses only good quality, exterior paint from a leading manufacturer. Since your home is likely your most valuable asset, you’ll want to protect it. And a fresh coat of paint can help to protect it from sun, snow, rain and hail for years to come. Besides, it’ll make it look good, too.

House Painting Services Concord, Sudbury, Lincoln, Winchester, Weston, Wellesley, Arlington, Woburn

House Painter 5Looking for a Massachusetts painting contractor in Concord, Sudbury, Lincoln, Winchester, Weston, Wellesley, Arlington, Woburn?  Fitzgerald Painting Services provides top quality performance and years of know how to those MA towns and many others from Greater Boston to Cape Cod. Our staff is highly skilled in all phases of painting and wall covering, including preparation, application and clean up. We also provide a wide variety of custom services including hand rubbed, faux finishes, staining and refinishing.At Fitzgerald Painting Services, we strive to give you the highest quality performance and the least disruption to your home environment. If you’re planning to repaint a room or your entire home, call Fitzgerald Painting Services. You’ll be glad you did. (781) 696-1686.

Exterior House Painting

I have been in the painting business for over thirty years now and still find it puzzling that homeowners still go for the cheapest quote when doing a paint project. Why would you cheap out on something that should last you for years when done right and something you have to look at every day. A paint job on exterior work is primaliry there to protect your biggest investment from the harsh elements especially here in New England. Fitzgerald painting services use the best combination of products to make your job last. “We’re not the cheapest because we do it right”

Kitchen Cabinet Painting

One of the most common requests I get in the last year is homeowners tired of the glazed cabinets in their kitchens. At we paint twenty kitchens a year to give homeowners a new look. The glaze must be removed by sanding and start with a full bonding primer before the finish is applied. Again the correct combination of products is vital in this process.