Pressure Washing :
KLM pressure washes each of our exterior repaints before any other work commences. Ladders and commercial pressure washers are used with one goal in mind, to make your house exterior as clean as we possibly can. To ensure a high quality paint job, surfaces must be cleaned as well as mold, mildew and dirt free.
Preparing your home for painting :
Once your exterior is clean, then the real work begins. This is the most important part of receiving a quality paint job – the prep work. This includes scraping, sanding, spot priming, and caulking the entire project. At KLM we use only the highest quality products for this step and all phases of your job. You can not expect to get a truly quality paint job unless you get a truly quality prep job. KLM always follows the manufacturer’s specifications regarding this process and all processes during your project. All prep materials have specifications pertaining to application and dry times. If these specifications are not adhered to then the product will not perform as intended. This is why you will never have your home completely prepped and painted in the same day by our company. If your home is prepped and painted in one day, you have been done a disservice. A quality job is a three to four day process regardless of project size.
KLM has fulltime carpenters to replace or repair any damaged wood on your home. KLM will never paint over any surface that we know is in need of repair. The reason for this is that the paint will not adhere, and you will not receive a quality paint job. Occaisionally during the prep phase of the job, we will discover additional damaged wood needing repair or replacement. At this point, we will bring our carpenters back in to repair the wood before proceeding. This makes the job more difficult for us, but it is the right thing to do.
Now it’s time to paint. KLM believes that it is our responsibility to use the highest quality products available to us for your project. When determining the total cost of any paint project the labor is always the highest expense so using the best products just makes sense. One of the differences between our company and our competition in this regard is our recommendations to our customers. We do not recommend any product to our customers that we know will not perform as advertised. We will not try to sell you a second coat of paint for your home unless it is absolutely necessary to insure uniform coverage. If prepped correctly one coat of paint is all that is necessary, unless you are making a significant color change on your project. Paint suppliers are in the business to sell as much paint as possible so they may have a different opinion on this than we do. KLM has been painting homes in the metro Atlanta area for many years and we have seen the results of our work. Therefore we will never recommend to any of our customers any product with a lifetime warranty.
These warranties are as empty as the used buckets that they are packaged in. There is no paint that will last for the life of your home. This is merely a marketing tool to sell a product that is twice and in some cases three times the price of the product that will perform the same job. There are many factors that influence the life of a paint job. The Southeast United States has extreme fluctuations in the weather. Therefore, you can expect to repaint your home every five to eight years – depending on the level of exposure to the sun, the direction in which your home faces and the levels of moisture around your home.