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Kellogg's Painting

Leeds NY 12451 Greene County

NY House Painters, Pressure Washing, Deck Restoration & Staining

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House Painting Safety Catskills and Hudson Valley NY

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 7:56 AM Comments comments (106)
When hiring a painter for your Catskills or Hudson Valley NY home or business safety should come to mind. Ask the painting contractor about safety. Does the painting company have a safety program? Does the painting contractor perform safety meetings with there employees? Does the painter utilize a safety manual? 

Most construction work related injuries and deaths occur from falls. Falls from ladders and scaffolding. 

Kellogg's Painting Company of Leeds, NY 12451 employees are trained on how to safely use each piece of equipment that is used during the operations of painting the interior-exterior of your Catskills and Hudson Valley NY home. Our painting company has a safety program in place. We utilize a safety manual, weekly safety meetings, ladder safety classes, adhere to OSHA and asses any safety concerns of each painting project before starting the project. View our ladder safety certifications and training.

Another safety concern that is sometimes overlooked is lead paint. Older homes in the Catskills and Hudson Valley NY areas have lead paint under numerous layers of latex paint. Lead paint is not only a concern for a painting contractors employees, but it is also a concern for the family whom resides in the home that is being painted. Any painting contractor that is going to be painting six square feet or more of painted surfaces in a room for interior projects, or more than twenty square feet of painted surfaces for exterior projects where lead paint is present must be a EPA Lead Certified Firm with EPA Lead Certified Renovators and follow lead safe working practices. Read more about the Federal Lead Law and View Kellogg's Painting EPA Certified Firm and Certified Renovator Certificates.

Deck Staining & Wood Care

Posted on May 15, 2011 at 10:34 AM Comments comments (152)
Deck refinishing and staining is a very popular service, but it is not done properly in most situations. The most important factor in deck staining is surface preparation. Great surface preparation is the KEY to outstanding results. Prep right, and the deck will turn out great. Rush through prep, skip a step (or two) and the deck won’t look nearly as good.
A major source of problems and complaints for all wood finishes is over-application of the coating. Many do-it-your self believe that when it comes to coating, more is better. This is simply not the case and is particularly a problem for decks. Most deck finishes are designed to penetrate the surface of the wood. Putting too much of these coatings on the wood leads to a buildup of material, forming a film which can ultimately peel or crack. For water repellent products, over-application can result in a surface which is overly waxy, sticky, or slick. Over-applied stains will often result in sticky surfaces, since the coating buildup interferes with their ability to dry properly.
 
Fact: All exterior wood needs protection from the elements.
Why? The damaging effects of the weather on exposed, sun-protected wood begins immediately and last forever.
  • The day that you finish installing a deck or other exterior wood structure is the day trouble can start. Morning dew, rainwater, and melting snow are quickly absorbed by unprotected wood, causing it to soften and swell.
  • Direct exposure to the sun's heat causes drying, causing the wood to shrink.
  • Continuous cycles of wet and dry, swelling and shrinking cause wood to warp, split, crack and check-all of which leads to premature wood degradation.
  • Surface graying is caused by exposure to the sun's UV rays on unprotected wood.
  • Consistent moisture creates conditions for the growth of mildew, algae, mold, and other fungal organisms that feed on wood. spreading across and staining the surface.
  • Termites and other wood boring insects also use wood for a food source, causing rot and decay.
 
Weathered Wood:
If the wood on your deck is uncoated, it needs to be cleaned thorouly with a product specifically formulated to remove the aged top layer, which will rid the surface of its grayed appearance, ground in dirt, stains from food, fungus growth, including mildew, mold, and algae. I recommended using a per carbonated cleaner instead of a deck cleaner that contains bleach. Bleach has long term effects on wood and the glues that hold it together, just as bleach eats your jeans. After cleaning well follow up using a deck brightener. A brightener will remove tannin, stains, rust from nails, and will bring the decks appearance back to when it was new. I use a pressure washer to aid with my cleaning, but use low pressure 500-800psi.
 
If you have a previous failed coating on your deck you will have to strip it first using a stain stripper.
 
New Wood:
Just as in restoration of old wood, it is necessary to prepare the surface of the new wood before coating. Preparing the surface involves cleaning the new wood, in order to remove invisible surface barriers, such as excess wax, or mill glaze, a burnished surface often found on new cedar limber.
 
Preserve your woods beauty and structural integrity by following through with a regular maintenance program.Once your deck is installed and protected it should be cleaned once a year, inspected, and re-stained as needed. Daily exposure to UV rays willwear away the coatings surface layer, thus making it necessary to to re-apply periodically.
 
Splash water on your deck and notice if it is absorbed or beads up. If it is absorbed rapidly your deck is ready to stain. If it beads up you still have stain or contaminants on the surface.
 
Types of Deck Stain:
Transparent Deck Stainsare the lightest pigmented. These are also called wood toners and will enhance the woods natural beauty. They typically offer the least amount of UV protection from graying as the trans oxides are usually low. They offer the most natural look.
Semi-Transparent Deck Stains are higher in pigment and trans oxides. They still penetrate into the wood but have a higher ability to stop UV discoloration. Typically are "richer" in color then the Transparent Stains and accent the wood grain.
Solid "Opaque" Wood and Deck Stains are not transparent at all. They will mask or cover the wood similar to a paint but are thinner in consistency so they will penetrate into the wood cells. They offer the best UV protection from graying.

Spring Preventative Maintenance

Posted on February 19, 2011 at 8:27 AM Comments comments (5712)
Spring will soon be here and it will be time for home maintenance after a winter of neglect. Your home is probably the largest investment you will ever make. You should be doing seasonal preventative maintenance on your home. Routine, preventive maintenance will keep
 your property looking good, functioning well, will save you time and money in the long haul and keeps the value of your property. The following are tips to extend the life and value of your property.
 
  • Inspect your roof for damaged and/or loose shingles.
  • Inspect flashing around chimneys and vents, don’t forget to check your drip edge for any damage.
  • Clean your gutters, downspouts and inspect them for any damage. After cleaning your gutters run some water in them to make sure they are flowing properly and that they are directing water away from your foundation.
  • Inspect your fascia and soffit. Replace any soft or rotted boards, as they will allow water intrusion into your home.
  • Inspect your exterior painted surfaces for loose, flaking and/or peeling paint. Failing paint on exterior wood surfaces will lead to wood rot, as there is nothing to protect your wood surfaces from the elements.
  • Inspect the caulk around your exterior doors, windows, corners and any place there is a joint. Caulking your exterior surfaces properly will also prevent water intrusion, AC/Heat loss, drafts and insects from entering your house.
  • Trim branches and shrubs away from your home. Branches and shrubs can provide a pathway for insects, cause excess moisture to rot your exterior surfaces and/or enter your home and also cause mold/mildew to develop which is not healthy to you and your family.
  • Pickup any branches that may have fallen during the winter and remove dead branches from trees to prevent them from falling and causing damage to your home, car or bodily injury.
  • Inspect asphalt and exterior masonry surfaces for cracks that can cause further damage, water intrusion and cost you more money in the end by not repairing and/or waterproofing these surfaces now.
  • The spring time is perfect for pressure washing your homes exterior and decks, removing dirt, dust, debris, mold and mildew.
Now that you have a list of some preventative maintenance for the exterior of your home, let’s move inside to the interior and do some maintenance.
  • Check around tubs, showers, sinks, counter tops and water faucets to ensure proper caulking. Improper caulk in these areas will lead to water intrusion, damaging drywall, cabinets, floors, etc. This is also a good time to inspect any areas that are tiled for damaged, cracked tile or bad grout.
  • Inspect and clean your HVAC filter monthly, replace as needed.
  • Check and clean your clothes dryer vent and stove hood.
  • If you have a coiled back refrigerator, vacuum the coils.
  • Give your home a good spring cleaning from top to bottom, this will promote better air quality.
  • Check you’re A/C before the real hot weather comes.
  • Check smoke and/or carbon monoxide detector batteries.
 
The above tips are just a few things to check to keep your home running and looking great. Make your self a check list and you can add to it, as not everything is mentioned here.

Painters, N.Y Sales Tax

Posted on February 8, 2011 at 10:03 AM Comments comments (476)
When is a painting contractor in NYS suppose to charge sales and use tax? A legitimate painting company working in New York will be licensed, have a tax i.d number, have a federal employee i.d number, and have insurance. Ask your potential house painter if he can show you valid proof of all of these. If the painting company can not show you documentation that they are a legal company to work in NY, then do not hire them, as there can be problems down the road.

If you are a non profit organization then you will be tax exempt and not have to pay NYS Sales and Use Tax on your painting project. You will have to show proof to the painting contractor that you are tax exempt and he probably will want to make a copy for his records.

New York State does require that a house painter charges sales and use tax on all materials and labor that is going to be used in a painting/staining/coatings project that is not a capital improvement. Painting the interior-exterior of your N.Y home or business is considered repair, maintenance, and installation services, and these are considered taxable. Any surfaces that are pre-existing and have been coated, painted before are taxable according to NYS Tax guidelines.

A capital improvement project is not taxable. This is usually a new construction building or addition that will be painted and has never been painted before. If you have a capital improvement project you are responsible to provide the painting contractor with proper documentation. Once providing the painter with proper documentation you are not subjected to paying taxes on any interior or exterior painting/staining/coatings that will be applied to that project. If you do not provide the contractor documents the painting company will probably charge you NYS Sales and Use Tax to protect themselves. They will want to also copy your documentation for there records.

When you construct a capital improvement, you don't pay sales tax, but if a job is considered a repair, maintenance, or installation service, you pay sales tax on the total amount for materials, supplies, and labor (unless you furnish a valid exemption certificate).

New York law defines a "capital improvement" as an addition or alteration to real property that:
1. Substantially adds to the property's value or appreciably prolongs its useful life
2. Becomes part of the real property or is permanently affixed to the real property so that removal would cause material damage to the property or the article itself
3. Is intended to become a permanent installation.

Repairs and maintenance involve keeping property in a condition of fitness, efficiency, readiness and/or safety  or restoring it to that condition. Installation means setting up tangible personal property or putting it in place for use.

Always check your painting contractors documents. Make sure they are working legally and charging NYS Sales and Use Tax accordingly.

Every county in New York state has a different sales and use tax rate. Albany County, Columbia County, Green County, and Ulster County are 8%.

Sales and Use Tax, Classifications of Capital Improvements and Repairs to Real Property

Certificate of Capital Improvement

Kellogg's Painting Company provides house painters, custom staining, pressure washing services, and deck restoration contractor to homes and business in the Hudson Valley and Catskills, New York areas.

House Painting Color Tips

Posted on February 4, 2011 at 8:38 AM Comments comments (262)
When choosing paint colors to paint your house or office it can be a daunting task. There are 3 general groups of paint schemes:
  • Monochromatic schemes are based on one hue, which varies in value (lightness and darkness), and saturation (the amount of color). An example of this is a pale blue with a pure blue and dark blue. 
  • Analogous schemes combine no more than three similar colors. An example of this is red, yellow red (orange), and yellow. 
  • Complementary schemes are based on opposing colors. This scheme offers more contrast and can introduce both warm and cool colors into the area. An example would be the burgundy complementing the three shades of green in your front door
 
Find an existing dominant color that you like or wish to keep, in the room or on the house. On an exterior, this could be the color of the brick or stone, pre-finished windows, or roof. For an interior, it could be the color of your sofa, flooring, art work, or window coverings.
 
Determine what kind of feeling you wish to have in the room or on the home. Warm colors such as red, orange, yellow, or beige, can create an invigorating mood or add cozy intimacy to large spaces. They can help to warm up a room that has northern or eastern exposure. Blues, greens, violets, or grays, the cool colors, give a serene feeling and can add spaciousness to small spaces. The balance between light colors and deep colors should be considered.
 
Exterior house painting color selection tips:
  • Look for interesting architectural details, that can be accented color.
  • Drive through various neighborhoods to see color in action. Make note of appealing color schemes.
  • Define the entry way and window trim
  • A charcoal gray shingle may have flecks of gray-green or gray-blue that can be incorporated into the color scheme.
 
Interior house painting color selection tips:
  • Black lends itself to sophistication and excitement in any decor. use it on the trim in an entry way.
  • Make a small room look large with a medium shade on the ceiling.
  • Pastel shades are not just for walls and trim.
  • Neutral colors like grays, create a classic look with a modern feel.
  • Paint just one wall, accent it

House Painting Forum

Posted on October 20, 2010 at 6:57 PM Comments comments (254)
One of the newest House Painting Forum -s is now available to all homeowners, painters, painting contractors, builders, Insurance professionals, SEO, software and computer experts, coming together in one place, collaborating, in the house painting industry, for a down to earth, homeowner friendly community. Some major differences with the Painting Forum and similar forums, the owner here has more in place, benefiting all who join. Brand new to the web, the Painting Forum has high hopes giving back to the net, current, and valid information for the house painting industry, and for all of those who seek answers to questions.
Larger Signature Area:
Most forums of many topics, have a limit of characters in the signature. This is where targeted keywords can be hyper linked, helping that website or blog ranking higher in the search engines for that particular keyword or phrase. As a result of normally keeping a character limit to a minimum of 200-250 characters, many forums consider more than 3 text links spam. I don’t agree with this low number, as most top web sites have close to 10 keywords in html meta content, allowing most search engines know what they wish to rank for. In the Painting Forum, a 600 character limit, with a maximum of 10 keywords is acceptable, helping all those who join.
Blog Thread:
The Painting Forum allows links to blogs, contrary to many other forums.  On the same playing field as many bookmarking sites, the Painting Forum has a forum set aside, solely for others linking painting blog articles,  giving articles a special place, thereby helping the ease of inbound links and comments. Having one place of house painting related blogs acts as a directory also.
Many Other Painting Related Fields:
Running a house painting business, includes a lot more than just painting the interior or exterior walls and ceilings. The Painting Forum has set aside a special thread for those associated with insurance, website builders, SEO experts, software, sales, marketing, advertising,  safety equipment, and interior decorating experts. Hoping not leaving any area out, there’s more to painting a house than using a brush or roller. Adding other painting related forums as need be. If you can line up yourself with the house painting industry, we look forward seeing you there!
A Great Place Sharing Painting Ideas:
Helping those who have painting questions, the Painting Forum is the place to be, always sharing painting ideas.
Proudly having some of the most knowledgeable painting contractors and most famous painters of twitter, Tom with Kelloggs Painting Company of the Hudson Valley, Catskills & Albany New York areas.  There are decades of combined painting experience, always there helping those with painting questions, we all look forward building a community related to one we enjoy the most.
A big thanks to my friend Cal Phillips, owner of Eco Paint specialist, Inc., a professional Denver house painting contractor. Cal is the creator of this new painting forum and brings years of interior-exterior painting experience. Cal and I collaborate our ideas and thoughts as often as we can and we look forward to sharing them with you.
 
 

Selling A N.Y House

Posted on September 24, 2010 at 5:09 PM Comments comments (297)
Think Paint. A good first impression helps sell your home

It can't be overstated—when it comes to buying a house, the first impression is everything. If you're selling or
 getting ready to sell in the coming months, one of the easiest and most dramatic ways to enhance that first impression is through paint.

Fresh paint makes your house look clean, bright, and inviting.
"Painting your house's exterior before you put it on the market give the biggest bang for your fix-up buck—if you use colors that conform with your neighborhood's decorating norm," says Eric Tyson and Ray Brown in their book "House Selling for Dummies (Hungry Minds Inc., 1999).
Agents agree that sellers shouldn't take curb appeal lightly, especially when so many buyers are doing their homework and looking at the exterior of houses before they even contact an agent.

"Curb appeal is crucial," said Mary Sheridan, an agent in Silver Spring, Md. "Buyers get a lot of information from the web now and I find that often they have already driven around with a list of addresses and have decided which ones they want to see, giving curb appeal a lot of weight."

If nothing else, paint at least the door, door frame, and foyer or first room the would-be buyers will see.

Paint railings, window frames, trim, and other accents to freshen up the exterior.

Homeowners and buyers place a high value on the painted appearance of a home. Include the date the paint job was completed and the quality of paint that was used.

You can easily paint wood, brick, masonry, aluminum or vynal siding.

The fixed colors—roof color, wood, masonry, and stone.
The surroundings—houses and other buildings in the neighborhood.

And if you don't to paint the whole house, consider an eye-popper like the front door.

"It is very important to have a home looking its best and that starts as soon as a buyer drives up to the home," said Paul Thury, a Connecticut Realtor. "One important tip is to paint the front door if you cannot paint the whole house. This brings a good feeling as you enter the house."
Another important tip is to get all your painting done before potential buyers view the house.

"It is important to have all the repairs and paint done before going on the market," said Julie Nelson, a real estate consultant in Austin, Texas. "You need that bam experience on day one on the market. Anything less than bam and you're just helping the other homes in the neighborhood sell first."



Painting of House Siding

Posted on September 6, 2010 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (215)
Wood siding—planks, shakes, shingles or clapboard—is still the most common type and is generally thought of as the most sophisticated look for higher-end or historic homes. Depending on how it's forested, wood can be a renewable resource, too, and therefore a good “green” option. But wood is also the most vulnerable to insects, moisture
 and the elements. Swings in temperature and humidity levels can warp wood, sunlight bakes it and depletes its resins, and water perhaps damages wood the most. Damaged wood leads to bubbling, crumbling and cracking paint, Kellogg's Painting uses the latest advances in the painting industry, using 100% acrylic paints, primers, and proper preparationwill protect and restore your most valuable investment. Lack of proper preparation and cheap materials cause your paint to fail. Acrylics are flexible, UV protected, mildew resistant, and retain color the longest.
 
Other types of siding include plastic (vinyl or weatherboard), metal (aluminum or steel), masonry (brick, stone, stone veneer and stucco) and fiber cement (a laminate made from a mixture of cement, fiberboard, sand and other materials). The least expensive options, vinyl and aluminum, aren't as vulnerable to the elements as wood, but their color and condition will deteriorate over time, too, requiring paint or replacement. Vinyl, in particular, tends to bend, crack and fade. Aluminum fares better and has the added advantage of being recyclable. Kellogg's Painting can paint and restore your siding whether it's wood, vinyl, aluminum, or concrete. A paint job cost a fraction of the cost to re-side a home.
 
Even if vinyl or aluminum siding looks faded and old, you may not need to replace it. Many premium acrylic paints adhere so well that they can go over faded vinyl or aluminum siding.

Kellogg's Painting uses paint that will withstand the rain, snow and other elements of the climate in upstate New York. Only high-performing (and more expensive) paints, like high-end options by Sherwin Williams work on aluminum or vinyl because they are able to expand and contract in the heat with the siding.

Exterior House Painting

Posted on August 19, 2010 at 7:34 PM Comments comments (347)
 
Painting your New York homes exterior and maintaining it is important, not only for curb appeal, but the paint on your exterior is the only thing protecting your most valuable investment from the elements. It will cost you more in the long run to repair damaged wood and if the exterior paint is in real bad shape it will take longer to prepare the substrate for the proper paint job.
Good house painting contractors
will not stop at simply applying paint to your exterior, other aspects need to be taken into account as well. Proper preparation is the key and knowing and understanding what coatings to apply. Kellogg’s Painting Company adheres to the coatings industry standards:
  • Scraping all loose paint and combining it with sanding when needed.
  • Washing all surfaces to be painted is equally important, removing mold, mildew, dust, dirt, and chalk from the surfaces of your exterior to be painted,
  • Applying the proper primer to the areas of your Hudson Valley or Catskills, N.Y home where needed.
  • Caulking needs to be replaced around the home's exterior, it should be done when the home is being prepped. Caulk seals the gaps around windows, door jambs, and other points of intersection of various building materials. Caulking properly not only creates curb appeal, but it also creates a more energy efficient home, Kellogg’s Painting Contractor uses premium caulk with a blend of silicone and acrylic.
After a thorough preparation of your homes exterior our painters we apply two top coats of premium paint with 100% acrylic binders. Benefits of Acrylic Binders
A paint job by Kellogg’s Painting Company, Catskill, N.Y , is of lasting value, adding curb appeal and protecting your home from the elements. We not only use quality products from vendors you can trust, but we also give you a written warranty against any peeling, chipping, flaking, or blistering paint due to our workmanship.