Marietta Home Remodeling Pros

Tired of getting lackluster results from contractors? Looking for help with your Marietta home remodeling project? You’ve come to the right place for great, quality service and a reliable Marietta home remodeling contractor. Welcome to Mike’s Painting & Flooring. We specialize in providing straight forward, professional home remodeling service done right the first time. With expertise in a wide range of services from interior and exterior painting to flooring to cabinetry, you will find the pros with the skills to bring your project to completion here at Mike’s. No matter the size of your metro Atlanta or Marietta home remodeling project, our crews will treat you to the same level of courtesy and responsive service. When you reach out to Mike’s, you’ll speak to a knowledgeable contracting pro, who will schedule your free estimate. That’s right, we’ll come have a look and provide a quote free of charge for any of the many services we can offer. Plus, with Mike’s Painting & Flooring, you’re getting a locally owned and operated company with over 20 years of experience in the Atlanta area. As members of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, you can trust that our team of experts will get the job done right. Read on to learn more about our services, and get excited about your Marietta home remodeling project!

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For Marietta Home Remodeling, Trust Mike’s

After you’ve inquired and received a free estimate, you’ll start to understand why Mike’s has the Marietta home remodeling pros you can count on. We can work with any size project, and will focus on meeting and exceeding your expectations from the very beginning. At Mike’s, we take great pride in our workmanship and quality, which means we never cut corners when it comes to materials and getting the job done right. You might find some cheaper contractors out there, but you don’t want to trust something this important to a fly-by-night crew, right? Better to go with our licensed, bonded, and insured crews, bringing our work ethic and experience along to each project. We have expertise in painting services, hardwood and tile flooring, gutters and downspouts, cabinetry, and pressure washing. With a broad ranging knowledge of general carpentry and sheetrock repair, we also bring an artistic yet practical vision to each job. That means you’ll get the best combination of quality work while still sticking to your budget. From siding repair, to exterior decking, to interior rails and trim, you’ll see flawless results and expert installation.

Call Now For Marietta Home Remodeling

Mike’s Painting and Flooring has the ideal combination of professional experience, dependable and prompt crews, and an eye for quality work. When you’re considering your next Marietta home remodeling project, go with the hometown team who can back up our promises with results. Call Mike’s to learn about our current specials, and schedule your free estimate now. Prepare to be wowed by our service and attention to detail, and get that Marietta home remodeling done right!

Does the painting contractor you are considering offer everything we do?

We are more than just a painting contractor.  Mike’s Home Improvement of Marietta has grown to serve North Atlanta’s finest homes in more than just painting & flooring.

We also offer rotten wood replacement, carpentry, interior and exterior house painting, pressure washing, deck staining, deck refinishing, gutters and down spouts, stucco repair, siding installation, re-staining of front doors, sheet rock repair, and wallpaper removal…

As far as interior painting we have specialized painters that do interior painting.  We use Sherwin-Williams highest quality paints. Duration, Emerald, Cashmere, Super Paint, Deckscapes, and Loxon XP Elastomeric for stucco. All of their top-of-the-line products.

As far as carpentry, we replace all rotten wood siding with permanent products like Hardie siding and Hardie trim. These materials are impervious to rot.

We take pride in providing a professional painting experience from the time you call our office for an estimate to the finished job.  Mike provides detailed estimates which are left with you the same day.

Our focus is residential painting. We have found that we connect best with quality oriented clients.  You can count on us using the highest quality of materials on your project. Our commitment to you is to provide you a very thorough and detailed estimate that results in a finished product that is done correctly.  We use only the highest quality Sherwin-Williams products, providing you with peace of mind service.

At Mike’s Home Improvement we stress fairness and honesty with our clients.  We are fully insured for your safety. Workers compensation and general liability with friendly & helpful office staff to assist you.  We are always available to answer your questions.

Do I need to replace all my Georgia-Pacific or Louisiana-Pacific siding before an exterior painting of my home?

Quick answer is ‘Not necessarily’.  Many contractors will encourage you to replace all the siding on the house when quoting on an exterior painting project.  You can however, replace individual pieces of siding or sections of wood siding without having to replace all of it.

Usually the lower siding boards get the most weather.  They are exposed to more rain and more sun than the siding boards up closer to, and shielded from the soffits or overhangs.  If a siding board is swollen or soft then it should be replaced.  The first indicator of the siding going bad is on the chimney.  Because the chimney receives very little heat from inside the house it has a tendency to have more moisture inside and therefore weathers the siding more quickly.  If the chimney siding starts to go bad it may be only the upper portion of the chimney, above the roofline, that shows weak first in that section and can be replaced.  It is not uncommon to replace all the siding boards on the chimney with Hardie Siding.  When you look at the siding on the house you need to look underneath the bottom drip edge or weather bead of the siding board.  If looking at the bottom you begin to see fractures or cracks in the bottom of the edge then you have to check see if the board is soft.  This is one of the main problems that Georgia-Pacific and Louisiana-Pacific siding has.  Due to the fractures in the bottom edge of the siding it will absorb rain or beads of water that hang on the bottom drip edge of the siding.  That will cause the siding to continue to swell and rot.  If the siding has these fractures and is still solid you can use a thick primer or even a caulk that is wiped off to help fill these small fractures so that it will absorb less moisture.  This process extends the life of the siding.  If there are no fractures, no soft siding and no swelling there is no reason to replace the Georgia-Pacific and Louisiana-Pacific siding.

Another problem that occurs but less frequently is that Georgia-Pacific and Louisiana-Pacific siding appeared to have nail heads that were sunk too deeply by the nail gun of the contractor.  That does happen occasionally but generally you observe that the nails have remained in position while the siding has swollen at the bottom edge, holes appear where the nail head was.  This is easy to remedy if the siding has not swollen too much by simply filling the nail head with caulk and wiping off excess caulk.

Another less frequent but possible problem with the Georgia-Pacific and Louisiana-Pacific siding was that it would sometimes spall on the surface of the siding board.  This appears as if small chips of the siding has occurred.  Again this problem can be solved by sanding lightly by hand and then using a good acrylic primer.  This is not a long-term solution but generally will get your home through another painting season.

You can do a lot of single boards or sections of the house without having to replace all the siding.  If approximately 30% of the boards need replacement then it may be worth considering full replacement of your home siding at this point.  The siding boards can be replaced with Hardie Siding.  If you have textured siding, Hardie siding has a similar texture.  It’s not exact but is in most cases difficult to discern the difference from a short distance that there is a slight difference in the texture pattern and also the bottom weather bead edge.

FAQs on Pressure Washing the Exterior of your Home

Does pressure washing a house with bleach hurt my flowers and shrubs?

Generally if the shrubs are rinsed with clear water before and after bleaching there is no damage to trees or shrubs.  Flowers will be nipped and turn brown. This generally does not kill the flower – maybe just the delicate petals.  Shrubbery is rarely affected by bleaching except for current new growth.

Should I use bleach when pressure washing a house?

Sodium hypo chlorite is the basic ingredient of bleach. It is necessary to kill mildew. When used as a ratio of 1 to 15 or 1 to 12  bleach it will kill all the mildew and algae on the house.

What are those dark stains on my asphalt roof? My roof looks like it has mildew.

Actually the dark stains on asphalt shingle of your roof is not mildew at all.   The stains are a “blue-green algae” which require a special cleaning product to remove it.  Removing the stains on your roof is generally a job left for professionals because it needs to be done from the roof using hook ladders over the peak. The chemical used is an “asphalt roof cleaner”.

This cleaner mixed with water is very effective but also slippery when stepped on. The solution is applied with either a pump up bottle or with a pressure washer at very low pressure. It is then rinsed from the crown of the roof gently down toward the gutters applying minimal pressure. Basically it’s a gentle rinse like a heavy rain. Caution should be taken not to use pressure because it may result in removing some of the grains of the asphalt shingle. This of course reduces the life of your roof. The process gives you a nearly new looking roof again.

Tips for caulking the exterior of your home

The places on the exterior of the house that need careful caulking before painting would be the fascia board joints of the overhang. Particularly at the corners where they are mitered together. Also any butt joints and joints at the peak of diagonal fascia boards.  The next place would be the soffits or the plywood underneath the overhang at the joints where they meet the fascia and the siding. The caulk around all windows and doors on all sides should be checked for cracks and missing caulk.  The bases of columns, the top of shutters, joints of the rail systems, and the panels of bay windows.

It’s important to caulk the door sill and around the frame of the door at the sill to prevent water intrusion.

Above windows that are set into a brick wall there is a lintel or a metal beam above the window to hold up the brick. These should be caulked where the lintel meets the wood casement or frame of the window. Do not caulk the front edge of the lintel at the brick as this must be allowed to weep any moisture from the brick. Also, where the siding meets corner boards and corner board joints.  Another critical place is where the siding butts together in the middle of the wall. These siding joints can be caulked successfully if the gap is wide enough for the caulk to get into the crack. If the siding joint is so tight that the caulk only bridges the gap it may split again. Sometimes the old caulk in the siding joint is cracked and you need to cut the old caulk out with a razor knife. This allows for the caulk to get in and fill the gap correctly.

Basically any crack on the exterior of the house should be filled. Exceptions to this would be underneath the bottom edge of siding and the front edge of the lintels as discussed above.

How do I cut a caulk tube?

You want to cut the tube tip at approximately a 45° angle. Then take a long nail and insert it through the tip of the tube to break the seal. The hole should be about 3/16 of an inch for most caulking joints.

Caulking on the exterior siding joints at the corner board if done carefully, does not need to be smoothed with a finger. Most other areas were caulk is necessary should be lightly smoothed with your finger. If the hole in the tube is too large you will find yourself removing an excessive amount of caulk. Cut the next tube smaller and you will have less removal of excess caulk.

Do I have to remove all the old caulk on the exterior of my house before I apply new caulk?

The basic guideline is if the caulk is just split and is still functional and is difficult to remove do not remove the old caulk .Simply caulk the split that has occurred. The goal is to keep water out of the joint. If the caulk can be removed easily and will strip out by just pulling it then remove that section of caulk.

What’s the best caulk to use on the exterior of my house?

Use a high-quality acrylic caulk for most applications. Sherwin-Williams have two products we consider to be excellent. Storm Blaster and Proflex caulk are among the longest lasting. You can get Proflex in either white or clear. The clear caulk is great around brick and stone. These caulks have great longevity and remain flexible throughout their lifetime.

How do I caulk trim inside my house?

Use a caulk tube tip that has been cut at a 45° angle with a small hole about the size of a BB. After applying 3 to 5 feet use a wet rag to wipe off all the excess leaving the crack filled and no excess caulk showing.

How do I seal the inside of my leaking gutters?

You can use Proflex caulk inside your gutters to seal the end caps and the miter joints.

10 Things you need to know when painting your house

These are the 10 things you need to know when painting your house:

  1. Insurance for peace of mind:  The last thing you want is for a contractor to get hurt while working in your home and claim you are liable.  Don’t cut corners, go with a reputable contractor who has the right coverage for his team AND your home!
  2. Highest quality painting supplies & materials:  A reputable company can specify high quality paint – but all products used need to be highest quality across the board – caulk,  mildewcide, painters putty, glazing, shutter paint, wood primers, rust primer, metal roof paint, wrought iron, deck paints and stains, stucco paints, etc…  Example: Caulk goes for $1 tube to the finest caulk on the market @ $7/tube.   This not only gives the job greater longevity, but ensures the job goes well and you get your house painted the way you want.  Keep in mind every leading paint manufacturer carries several high quality lines and it pays to go with the best.
  3. Exterior Painting for that extra curb appeal:  By just tweaking the exterior you can dramatically improve your homes curb appeal and value by simply tweaking or adjusting the existing colors.  Slight changes to shade and contrast can make this difference quickly.  However it requires a very experienced and skilled color consultant which we provide FREE or charge.  Mike will come to your home to help you pick the colors you want.  You may want the most current and popular color palate, or go with a traditional or classic.  In considering color choices many factors affect curb appeal.  Style of the home, even of neighborhood, color balance, stone, brick, roof color.  Out of date or common color combinations can really hurt a home value and appeal.  Feel good about the way your home looks. (you could pick a paint contractor who gives you a color charge to pick your own colors).
  4. Actually an exterior home inspection – checking, inspecting, physical maintenance items, select specific products
  5. Choose a no pressure company – some companies camp on your doorstep, call everyday pressuring you to do the work.  We are latterly “no pressure” company.  We believe our customers are intelligent, have reached a certain level of success, know what they want, and have instincts to know who they trust to do their work. (we ask if we can help with any questions and let you make yor decision in your own time)
  6. How long should a painting estimate take?  Some people think we are more expensive… but a solid carpentry estimate – one done correctly by locating all rotten wood – can be done in one hour.  We make sure the correct high end products for different surfaces and finishing for your home.  Wood, stucco, hardi, cedar & decks also require the correct primers.   As part of our quote we check 11 different areas of the home that are potential trouble areas – saving you unnecessary expenses down the road, whether it be during the job or years away.  The estimates are completed on-site and shared with you the same day. Caveat emptor – avoid ballpark estimates that are done too quickly.
  7. Does the contractor have Full-time staff?  Choose a contractor who has a full-time, friendly and helpful office staff that answer the phone when you call.  Does your contractor have a team ready and willing to help you set-up an estimate, get questions answered, check scheduling and ask for Mike to call – we take great pride in getting to know our customers and fulfilling their needs – avoid wasting your time waiting for answers.
  8. How long has the contractor been in the business?  Get someone who made all their mistakes decades ago and knows how products perform on the materials you have on your home.  It takes an expert with years of experience to be able to specify correct primers and finishes for different surfaces and surface conditions.  Years of watching products perform is the only way to actually know the longevity of the products used.  We specify only the longest lasting paints for Hardi wood, vinyl, stucco, cedar, metal, etc. and specify the correct proper surface preparation for these surfaces.
  9. Should I get a carpentry estimate?   YES!  Always get a physical carpentry inspection!  This inspection takes at least an hour to complete correctly, as a casual visual inspection will not find all the rotted wood areas.  Carpentry materials should be permanent lifetime products such as hardi plank, hardi trim, PVC, etc. to avoid reoccurrences.  Your carpentry estimate should list the specific piece that are to be replaced and their location.   This way you will know what the cost is upfront.
  10. Does size matter?  We are biased, but we believe that when you use a smaller company where the owner / manager (who also did the estimates) do the supervision and the final inspection, you get the best results.  Get someone who cares about doing what they said they would do and inspects to make sure it was done.  After all, your home is your pride and joy – getting someone who takes pride in their work is the key to keeping your home a sound investment.

Get a complete carpentry checklist with your painting estimate

How do you inspect the exterior carpentry before applying exterior paint?

A good and thorough carpentry estimate and inspection requires two things:

  1. attention to detail (this requires experience and knowledge)
  2. patience to estimate properly (this requires discipline and a desire to do great work)

A good carpentry inspection is done by physically touching all the areas of the house.

We check:

  • soffits
  • fascia boards
  • fascia corners
  • corner boards
  • window trim
  • window sash
  • doors
  • door frames
  • pediments
  • shutters
  • band boards
  • porch ceilings
  • porch rail systems
  • spindles
  • columns
  • siding
  • chimney cap
  • frames
  • louvered vents
  • any additional details specific to your home

We make a detailed list of the particular pieces that need to be replaced and the location on the house of these pieces.

It is important to catch all the carpentry before the house is painted, otherwise you will be doing carpentry and painting again the following year.

The reason for the physical inspection is that you actually have to touch a piece of trim of siding to actually see if it solid. Sometimes you can touch a brick molding of the window that looks solid and sound but is soft and rotten and hollow inside. These areas cannot be detected with a visual inspection.

Wood that is used in homes over the past 25 years is wide grain pine. Because the grain is so wide and porous this wood has a tendency to absorb moisture readily and rot quickly.

Older homes were built with a tight grain pine and were much less susceptible to the absorption of moisture and therefore did not rot quickly, if at all.

The difference between wide grain pine and tight grain pine is that the newer pine was planted and harvested therefore it grew with lots of space around the tree which allowed for quick growth. The sun and the rain accelerated growth because it was not crowded by other trees. The older pine grew in its natural state with other trees crowding it and therefore grew very slowly and the grain was very tight. When you cut a tree down and you look at the stump and count the rings you will notice on the old pine that the rings are very tight and on the new trees the rings are very wide and porous.

A detailed physical carpentry estimate takes approximately an hour to an hour and a half to complete correctly.

We feel it is a dis-service to our clients to overlook and miss carpentry items that will cause them a problem down the road, so the team at Mike’s Painting & Flooring of Marietta always prefer to do the best job from the start.

How can I find a trustworthy home improvement contractor?

Mike’s Home Improvement of Marietta has the reputation of being trustworthy, honest, and fair.  We follow certain principles that we feel are critical for our clients to feel secure.

These principles are basically to tell the truth, at all times act with fairness & simple kindness, and to always go the extra mile.

Our reputation is to provide great longevity using the very best high-end products.  We have skilled painters that have the expertise and experience necessary to produce quality painting.  We are the experts; We are thorough and detailed.  Our office is friendly, responsive, punctual; service oriented and enjoys getting to know our clients.

We are the experts in residential & commercial painting, flooring, pressure washing, and general home improvement and carpentry repairs.

If you have questions about painting, please call us at (770) 971-2156 or email us with your questions at mike@mikespaintingandflooring.com.

 

Marietta Home Remodeling

Your Trusted Experts for Home Remodeling Services

If you’re in the Marietta or the Atlanta metro area and searching for reliable, honest home remodeling experts, look no further than Mike’s Painting & Home Improvement. At Mike’s, we can handle all of your Marietta home remodeling needs. No matter the size of the project, our professional crews can help you achieve your home improvement goals. With an artistic yet practical eye, we bring general carpentry and sheetrock repair expertise, and can also assist with installation, replacement and repair of siding, exterior decks, interior railings and interior trim. Our crews will take pride in their workmanship, use quality materials, and absolutely will not cut corners when it comes to achieving a superior result you deserve.

Marietta Home Remodeling Done Right

From the initial call for a free estimate, you’ll find that Mike’s Painting & Home Improvement is professional, courteous, and focused on customer satisfaction above all else. We will arrange a consultation to assess the work you need done and get you started on your Marietta home remodeling project as soon as possible. Perhaps you have a small siding, deck, or sheet rock repair that you’ve been putting off. Or maybe you want to completely transform your interior with all new railings and trim? No matter the size and scope of your Marietta home remodeling needs, Mike’s can help. With a perfect balance of quality, dependability, and affordability, you’ve finally found a contractor you can trust!

Call Today to Schedule a Marietta Home Remodeling Consultation

Mike’s Painting and Home Improvement has the experienced, trained, and dependable professionals you can trust to get the job done right. Based in Marietta, Mike’s is independently owned and operated. Our crews are licensed, bonded and fully insured, and we won’t have any hidden costs when quoting you a price. Once we agree on a price, you can expect our crews to be punctual and to meet our promised deadline for project completion. And don’t forget, we offer painting services, hardwood and tile flooring, cabinetry, gutter and downspout maintenance, pressure washing, and more!

So if you’re in need of quality, hometown Marietta home remodeling professionals, don’t wait any longer. Call Mike’s Painting & Home Improvement today to schedule a consultation, and get the professional service and results you deserve.