Exterior Painting Season is coming!

gorgeous and durable exterior painting
Spring is just a few days away (yippie!), and if you're one of the many homeowners now considering painting the exterior of your home, here’s some info on what’s needed for a great exterior paint job. Any high-quality paint project needs a lot of careful attention on the prep work. But for an exterior job, prep is even more important. If moisture gets in a spot that should be caulked, paint can fail. If a little paint chips off and moisture has access to the siding, a larger area of paint can...

What are VOCs?

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If you're thinking about painting in your home, you may have heard the term "VOCs" mentioned as something to avoid if possible. We at Freedom generally use a zero-VOC paint for interior jobs (pictured). But just what are VOCs, and why do we avoid them when we paint in our clients' homes? VOC stands for "Volatile Organic Compound." "Volatile" in this case means a boiling point below room temperature, which means evaporation, which means chemicals being released into the air as vapor. Lots o...

A Dirty Word

EPA certified lead-safe firm
Lead. Until it was outlawed in the US in 1978, lead-based paint was frequently used in homes and businesses. Exposure to lead-based paint has been shown to cause problems in growth and development, physical and intellectual, in young children. In homes built before 1978 it may be painted over or covered up, but it’s often still there. When a painter prepares a job, they need to sand or strip existing paint, and often this process kicks up old lead paint dust and chips. Federal law mandates...