Archive for February, 2016


Deck Sealing and Staining – How often?

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How often should you repaint or restain your wood deck? That depends on a number of factors, such as exposure to sunlight and the kind of use and weather it gets. In order to know whether it’s time for a new coat, inspect it once the snow melts. Is it peeling? Is there any mold? Is it worn or discolored? If so, then it’s time to give a rejuvenating coat; otherwise, the wood will continue to degrade – and quickly! However, it’s important not to skip a single step. Most deck-refinishing problems are the result of poor preparation or application during the wrong kind of weather. So use the right materials to seal it. It makes all the difference.

When staining a deck, you have several choices in the type of stain to use. There are transparent stain types, semitransparent stain types, semisolid stain types and solid stains. Transparent stains will soak into the deck boards while a solid stain is more like a paint and will rest on top of the boards. The type of stain you use, as well as other factors, will greatly determine how often you need to stain your deck.

Transparent stains provide some coloration to the wood, but very little protective value. Decks with a transparent stain should be coated with a sealer to extend the life of the wood.

Semitransparent stains provide both color and protection of the wood, while still allowing some wood-grain to show through. Decks coated with a semitransparent stain should usually be recoated every year.

Solid stains are almost like a paint, and provide several years of protection for your woodwork. Rather than penetrating into the wood, they remain more on the surface, and they do not allow the natural grain of the wood to show through. Solid stains require recoating after 4-5 years, on average.

Sealers do not provide any coloration of the wood, but they protect it against moisture that causes rot and splitting. Most sealers last one cycle of seasons and should be renewed each year.

Contact us to learn about the expert deck staining and sealing services provided Palette Pro Painting & Renovation, Inc. You’ll be amazed with the excellent results. Give us a call. 800-687-9470

Adding Color To Your Ceiling

Often people forget to even consider ceiling color when painting the interior of their home. They just assume they should use some shade of white. But there are a lot more choices than that!

Sometimes white is the right choice, but have an open mind and consider some other options. BenjaminMoore.com says “Ceilings are often the Forgotten Fifth Wall in a room. Too often, little thought is given to a ceiling’s contribution to the overall room design, which is typically just coated in some ubiquitous white paint.

Look at your ceilings from a new perspective. Color, sheen, pattern, and texture on the ceiling can transform the entire look and feel of a room. So the next time you’re ready to refresh the look of a room and don’t know where to begin—look up!”

Here are some inspirational photos of what an impact ceilings in color can have.

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2016 Paint Trends

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Thinking about painting your home? What’s in style for 2016? All the way from bold to natural hues, lets talk about the beautiful palettes for 2016!

The importance of choosing the right paint color can really set your home apart from the rest. Exterior color is all about street appeal while the interior color sets the tone and mood. With help from a color consultant, you can certainly create the perfect feel.

Exterior color is the first thing we notice. It’s where the story begins and the first chapter of what’s to come. Taking this into consideration, it is indeed important to select contrasting colors. Choose a shade 3 times darker than your preferred color and decide if you want to go with warm or cool tones. The current color trends for 2016 offer intensity and lightness, with grey hues still remaining by far the favorite. Warmer tones such as neutrals and hints of chocolate keeping with the earthy theme while hints of white still captivate and add that fresh feel. Our suggestion, is to bring the outside in and create a free-flowing feel throughout.

Allow yourself to be inspired when selecting an interior color, the walls of your home are your canvas. White is often the preferred, however, there are endless shades of white in cool and warmer tones that can change the entire look of your home. Interior colors evoke emotion. With so many options it is important to remember to draw on the senses and create the feeling of space while still having that homely feel. Cool whites keep your rooms fresh, clean and sophisticated whereas warmer whites can add a feeling of comfort.

White is not the only color that you can choose from. There is a rainbow of colors out there. But once again, Grey is the winner when it comes to paint. It demands attention. There is an intensity and depth to what was once a color that complemented. This feature color is here to stay and with such a broad range of shades, the options are endless.

Feel free to mix it up but adding blacks, tropical colors, dusty/smoky shades and blues. Each color represents an emotion, embracing the exterior and all its charm. With so many elements impacting the end result, lighting and furnishings play such a large role in tying the story together. Raw materials, accent pieces and shades, smooth surfaces and shimmering coppers all blended to create the masterpiece that is your home.

For more paint ideas contact us at 800-687-9470 and schedule an appointment.

2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award

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Palette Pro Painting & Renovation, Inc. Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award
Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service


Palette Pro Painting & Renovation, Inc. has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.

“Only about 5 percent of the Painting & Renovation companies in Westchester County NY and Fairfield County CT have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

Contact us today to book an appointment with one of our esteemed service professionals.
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Low-VOC Paint – Green Painting

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Paint contains three different types of chemicals: binders, pigments, and solvents. The binders allow the paint to adhere to a variety of surfaces, the pigments give the paint its vibrant color, and the solvents keep the paint liquid until it is applied. Though all types of interior and exterior paint contain these components, not all paint is the same. Lower-quality brands often contain high concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can cause several harmful effects. Choose high-quality, low-VOC paint to:

Avoid Health Problems

Most VOCs in paint are found in the solvent. The solvent is designed to dry out after a short period of time, which means that it evaporates directly off of the freshly painted surface. When paint is applied to the interior of your home or commercial space, this means that the VOCs can contaminate the indoor air, which can lead to respiratory problems and a variety of other health concerns. Low-VOC paints use alternative solvents, often with a water base, to reduce the concentration of toxic chemicals. Choose low-VOC paints to safeguard the health of your family or your employees.

Protect the Environment

When you have the exterior of your home or business painted, you should still choose low-VOC paints. Because the volume of paint used to cover a building’s exterior is quite large, using inferior paint can release many VOCs into the surrounding air. In addition, not all toxic compounds evaporate when the paint dries, and high-VOC paints can continue leeching contaminants into the air for many years after their initial application. To keep harmful chemicals from entering your local watershed and ecosystem, always use low-VOC paints for exterior applications.

If you hire Palette Pro Painting & Renovation to paint the interior or exterior of your home or commercial building, we can help you choose environmentally friendly, low-VOC paints. No matter the size or scale of the paint job you require, we will help you select a color scheme and provide meticulous, high-quality work. If you are in the Fairfield County or Westchester County area, call us today at 800-687-9470 to schedule a free estimate.