Archive for May, 2019


Memorial Day – Remember and Be Thankful

We would like to wish you and your family a good Memorial Day. May we always remember and keep our hearts grateful for those who fought for our country.

Memorial Day imposes a duty on all Americans to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It’s a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest now.



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Home Exterior Color Ideas and Inspiration

When painting the exterior of your house and other outdoor features, you have two important characteristics to keep in mind: how well it lasts and how good it looks.



Painting a house is no small investment, so choosing the best paint color for the exterior surfaces of your house means picking colors that look great and last. We can help you select a durable paint that resists the punishing effects of weather and will last a long time. Check out this post from Benjamin Moore.



Foolproof Color Picks

To narrow down your color choices, build an exterior palette around the elements of the house that won’t change, such as roofing materials and stone or brick components. Pick contrasting but complementary colors to highlight architectural elements and add dimension. Similar color undertones will link the elements together.



Take a Look Around

The best inspiration may come from stepping outside. Select hues that are compatible with your neighborhood, architectural style and natural surroundings. For exterior colors inspired by classic American design and architecture, look no further than Benjamin Moore’s Historical Collection for tried and true favorites that are perfect for any home.



The Right Light

Just like interior paint colors, exterior colors shift depending on how the light hits them—and can look different when applied than they do on a chip. Make regret-free choices by buying a quart of paint and applying it on inconspicuous areas of all sides of your house. Visit your samples throughout the day until you’re comfortable with your choice.



Finish Lines

Color is only one aspect of an exterior paint choice; sheen is another important factor. Low Lustre finish is a top choice for the main siding color—the low-reflective finish adds a slight gloss, hides surface imperfections and cleans well. Semi-gloss paints add extra durability and clean up easily, making them a good choice for areas such as window sills that bear the brunt of weather shifts. High gloss finishes make color look richer but magnify surface imperfections.



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Giving Back to John Monaco for Decades of Service



The year 1943 seems like distant history for many, but for one member of the PDCA community, it was a life-changing year. John Monaco had just returned home from the army, and he was searching for the next phase of his life. He knew he needed to get set up with the right career and start to move in a positive direction.

After talking with his father, John decided to start working at the painting business his grandfather started in 1906, Beverly Painters & Decorating Inc., formerly known as Henry Monaco Painting. Despite being a third-generation contractor, John knew nothing about painting or business. He spent some time working with his father and learning the trade, then he turned to PDCA, which turned out to be one of the most valuable resources to start and maintain his career.

John spent years attending PDCA seminars and meetings, learning from industry leaders and making valuable connections. He found that other contractors always had the answers he was looking for and would offer any assistance they could provide.





The help he received from PDCA allowed him to be involved with his family business for many years, eventually taking over in the late 1970s.

John went on to help other contractors by being involved with local chapters and giving back to the community. He was the President of Westchester Chapter of PDCA on three different occasions in the 1980s.

Recently, John, who is now retired, needed the exterior of his home painted. He called Ray Rahni of Paint Track for an estimate. As a thank-you to John’s years of service, Ray organized a group of PDCA members to come complete the job free of charge.

The crew joined together, regardless of their company, for two days to complete the job. About 14 workers from various painting companies in the area, including Palette Pro Painting & Renovation. All volunteered together to paint the exterior of John’s home.





As the team finished the job, John was moved by the work everyone had done. This project is a testament to the extraordinary community that comes along with a PDCA membership. No matter how busy life can get, members of the community are always willing to come together to help out another member, like John.

At the beginning of his career, John found the answers and support he was looking for from PDCA. He later moved to become the giver and help other contractors in the association. Many years later, John is still seeing the tremendous benefits PDCA provides and the compassion of many members.

After all of his experience with the association, John Monaco said, “All you need in your tool case is PDCA.”

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