To ensure a quality finish LM Construction will follow some crucial steps to get the job done right. Many do-it-yourselfers don’t realize that using the wrong products can damage their home, or that quality is lacking due to starting the painting process without proper preparation or tools. When you work with the painting specialist at LM Construction, you can expect our Five-Step Exterior Process to give your home the protection it deserves.
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505.988.HOME in Santa Fe, New Mexico
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All buildings will have layers of dirt, mildew, algae and/or cobwebs that require removal prior to the application of any products. This is especially true with the dirt and dust in Santa Fe. Power washing is one of the most important steps in preparing the home for exterior painting and is crucial in ensuring that the paint will adhere properly. We power wash with the right cleaners and nozzles for the job, then allow the time necessary for surfaces to dry properly. LM Construction will never power wash and paint in the same day.
Loose paint must be removed after power washing so that the paint adheres correctly and will last longer. We do this the old-fashioned way which is generally the best way by scraping, by hand, with knives and wire brushes to remove peeling, bubbled, or loose paint. This tedious process will ensure a smooth and tight surface for painting. Loose boards are nailed down, and our expert team can handle most repairs. LM Construction will always clean up the mess when we are done!
When the preparation work is completed, your home will have a tight and clean surface ready for priming. Our painting professionals treat all exposed surfaces with high quality bonding primers that will seal surfaces and provide a solid foundation for proper adhesion of the new finish-coat products. Bare wood, metal surfaces, water stains, rust and new carpentry are primed. Under certain conditions our painting team may recommend full primer coats on new or substantially weathered wood.
LM Constructions team of Santa Fe painters will caulk seams, joints, cracks, nail holes, and major wood joints. Any loose glazing is removed and replaced in order to ensure a tight seal and reduce air leaks and moisture entry points in vulnerable areas. We use siliconized latex caulk on all exterior entrances, structural joints, and wood windows.
Color samples are recommended to ensure that you will like the colors on your home. LM Constructions field managers carry fan decks of colors for you to review or check out the Sherwin Williams AR ColorSnap Visualizer App to see how any color will appear on the exterior of your house. Want your bathroom to match your Starbucks mocha? ColorSnap can match colors from the real world! LM Construction uses only premium paints and stains from Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore, BEHR, as well as other high-end paint products. It is important to please be aware that colors displayed on your computer screen will almost certainly be different from the actual colors. Any approvals for color changes required by Homeowners’ Associations are the responsibility of the homeowner.