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.

How can I tell when my house needs painting?

Does my house need painting?

The indicators will be mildew starting to appear on the exterior painted surfaces.  If you have the house pressure washed and cleaned and the mildew comes back in six months, you are probably ready to be repainted.

Once the coating has weathered for a number of years the mildew resistance is diminished.  A new coating of quality exterior paint with a good mildewcide will help it to last longer before mildew appears again.  Mildew will eventually grow on any surface but the reoccurrence can be lengthened by using the high-quality paint with a mildewcide additive.

Another indicator is when you begin to see a number of areas of rotten wood.  This would indicate that there is caulk that is cracked or split and the water intrusion is beginning.

Also, when the first floor window sills begin to peel.  The reason the first floor window sills will peel first is that they are not shielded by the overhangs as well as the second floor windows from weathering from rain and the sun.

Of course, color fade and paint that is chalking are obvious indicators.  Usually color fade is first noticeable on the front shutters.

How often should I paint my house?  How long should my paint job last?

Most homeowners have a tendency to let the house go too long before repainting.  This usually causes more expense in preparation and in more carpentry required for rotten wood than normal.

Generally with lower quality paint you would expect about five years out of your painting.  With high-quality paint you should expect eight years or more.  It is not uncommon for a quality paint job to last up to ten years or longer.  Depending on how the home is positioned in relation to the sun.

The indicators that you should repaint are when you begin to observe heavier mildew buildup, a number of rotten wood areas, when the first floor window sills begin to peel, color fading, chalking paint and numerous areas of split caulk.

How do you paint a house to last longer?

The key to longevity in painting a house has a number of factors.  The house should be pressure washed to remove any mildew and residual dirt so the mildew doesn’t grown under the new coating as this usually results in peeling paint.  The prep work, of course, is important.  That means that peeling paint areas are scraped or sanded to remove the loose and peeling paint.  This means the edges of the peeling paint need to be scraped back tight toward the existing solid paint so that no loose edges remain.  Caulking is critical to prevent intrusion of water that causes rotting and swelling.  Another factor is the quality of the paint.  Use the highest quality paint always.  The failure of most premature painting jobs is the neglect to use the highest quality materials across the board.  This means not only the highest quality paint but also the highest quality caulk, the highest quality putty, glazing and the highest quality primers.

There are also specific paints to be used for sundry items around the house.  These would be metal roofs that require a special metal paint that last twice as long as house paint. (Due to direct exposure horizontally to the sun and rain.)  Also, iron rails require a high quality rust primer and a finish coat of high gloss oil base metal paint.  Chimney caps which are faded require  

If anyone of these items is lower quality it causes the weak link in the chain and affects the overall longevity of the painting.

What painting company has a reputation for the longest lasting house painting?

Mike’s Painting & Flooring of Marietta have a reputation for the longest lasting house painting jobs.  Our high quality paints and thoroughness allows our clients homes great longevity.

What is the longest lasting house paint?

We recommend Sherwin-Williams Duration Satin for great longevity.  The satin finish last longer than flat finishes.  Using gloss paint will cause eye catching discrepancies in the quality of the wood surfaces.  Duration Satin is used on trim and siding.

Most leading paint manufacturers have a top-of-the-line paint that is safe to use.  The reason we recommend Sherwin-Williams is that we have observed their products for over 40 years and can attest to the longevity as we go back and repaint our clients homes.  Sherwin-Williams is the largest paint company in the world and has state-of-the-art research and development laboratories.  It brings great peace of mind to know they produce high-quality paint.

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 do you pressure wash a house?  

You need to have a pressure washer that has 3500 to 4000 PSI and 50 feet of pressure washing hose. A long wand attached to the end of the pressure washing gun is helpful, and an assortment of tips.  A 5 gallon bucket, eye goggles to protect your eyes and a safety hat are also recommended.
How do you soft wash a house?

The difference between pressure washing a house and doing a “soft wash” is that when pressure washing you will use pressure up close on the siding or surfaces that are being cleaned.  Soft washing a house on the other hand, is a gentle rinsing procedure that uses low pressure on the surfaces.

When pressure washing the house, the high pressure of the water close to the surface may force water up underneath siding or through windows or doors.  Soft washing helps eliminate the concerns about excessive water pressure getting into the house.

Pressure washing the house is usually done on ladders.  Soft washing the house is done from the ground and does not require ladders. When soft washing the house we only use two tips.  One is a wide bleaching tip that has a fan width of 4 to 5 feet and also a bleaching tip that produces a stream that reaches about 30 feet high.  When you add an extension pole to the end of the pressure washing gun and also the height of the person doing the pressure washing you gently can reach a 40 foot height relatively easily. Also if you pull and release the trigger quickly you can shoot the stream another five or 10 feet higher.

How do I prepare my house for pressure washing?

The first thing to do is remove porch furniture or cover the furniture with plastic to protect it from bleach. Next, remove potted flowers away from the house. Then release all the screen clips from the inside of the house and remove the screens. It’s a good idea to pencil the numbers of the screens,  counting from left to right on the front,  and counting left to right on the right side, back and left side of the house this enables you to place the screens back on the appropriate windows.  If you have a front door that is a stained door it is a good idea to cover it and tape it with blue tape and plastic so that no bleach and water get on the surface. All other doors of the house should be taped at the door jamb and at the sill . If the varnish is sound it generally will not affect the door, but if it’s weathered the bleach will lighten the wood in these weathered areas.

It’s usually good to wash one side of the house at a time.  The bleach acts very quickly, usually 10 minutes or less. The first step is to use the pressure washer with the large bleaching tip to rinse the shrubbery it is near the house. The next up is to begin the bleach running through the injector of the pressure washer and start at the bottom and begin to bleach the house with this large pressure washing tip. Work your way up to the house to the overhangs.  Allow the bleach to run out of the line and clear water starts to flow and begin the rinsing process.  Start at the top and flood the surface from the overhangs all away down with clear water. When you’re finished rinsing the whole side go back one more time and do just the windows with a final rinse. The final step is to rinse the shrubbery a last time with clear water. Proceed to the next side of the house and repeat the process.

If you have a deck that is stained you need to rinse the whole deck with bleach and water so that it cleans evenly.  Then rinse the whole deck with clear water.

Again this is all soft wash process and no significant pressure has been used on the house.

There are surfaces that sometimes need to have some pressure in order to remove dirt or chalky paint. Be careful when using pressure around the doors and the windows so the water is not forced into the house.

For more information or answers to your painting questions, please contact us.

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


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If you’re in Marietta or the metro Atlanta area and it’s time to spruce up the paint job, look no further than Mike’s Painting and Flooring for quality, dependable work. You’ll be pleased with our prompt, courteous crews, and you’ll see that they take great pride in quality workmanship. Be it for exterior painting, interior touch ups, or a total overhaul both inside and out, our painting professionals are here to help. We use only the best quality paints, such as Valspar and Sherwin Williams, and our pricing is fair and competitive. We’ll always stick to the quoted price, and never cut corners in the process of providing superior results for our customers. With expertise in many finishing techniques and design applications, your satisfaction is our number one priority from the initial surface preparation to the final coat is dry. Make us your go to painting contractor Marietta!

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How Do We Ensure Quality?

The key to superior results starts with proper preparation. We begin by ensuring a smooth surface prior to paint application. This means sanding and prepping walls, woodwork, and any other surfaces properly. After the sanding is completed, next comes primer. Our crews will select only the top quality primer products. We also prepare all bathroom and kitchen surfaces to adequately prevent mildew and mold long after the paint is dry.

The attention to detail continues after the initial prep. This starts with quality paints in your chosen colors. During the paint application, our crews achieve the best possible result by doing all the little things right. You’ll be rewarded with crisp, perfect lines, no brush and lap marks, and well blended corners and trim. We also take extra care to protect floors and windows from spills.

Last, but not least, you can take comfort knowing that our painters will leave things clean or cleaner than we found them. After final touch-ups are done and the paint has dried, that will be the only lasting reminder of our presence!  As you’ve read above, you can trust that we’ve got the expertise and service that guarantees your satisfaction.

When you want the job done right, Mike’s is your painting contractor Marietta! Our attention to detail is evidenced by the superior results we offer.

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Mike’s Painting and Flooring has the experienced, trained, and dependable professionals you can trust to meet your goals for top-notch painting. Our company is licensed, bonded and fully insured, and we won’t have any hidden costs when quoting you a price. Once we’ve agreed on a price, you can expect our crews to be punctual, and we’ll meet our promised deadline to complete the project.

So if you’re in need of a trusted painting contractor Marietta, don’t wait any longer. Call Mike’s Painting & Flooring today to schedule a consultation, and get the beautiful interior and exterior look you deserve! And don’t miss out on our current specials : 10% off interior painting, and $250 off exterior painting.

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Mike’s Painting & Flooring: Your Hometown Marietta Painters!

Are you looking for reliable, professional painting services in Marietta? Are you tired of dealing with contractors who disappoint you with delays and deceitful extra charges? When it comes to Marietta painters, the clear choice is Mike’s Painting & Flooring. With over 20 years of experience around metro Atlanta, we’ve earned the trust of many satisfied customers, and want you to be next on that list. Our crews of expert Marietta painters take great pride in the quality of their workmanship. They are prompt, courteous, and always put your satisfaction first. Whether you’re looking to completely transform your color scheme throughout, or just need interior or exterior, Mike’s can handle any size job. Our expert painters are experienced in many finishing techniques, and will take great care to get the job done right from initial surface prep to the final coat. Furthermore, we use the best quality paints, such as Valspar and Sherwin Williams, and will not sacrifice quality when it comes to achieving a superior result you deserve. Our pricing will be fair, and we’ll always stick to our quote once work is begun. So read on to learn more about your hometown Marietta painters!

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Why Trust Mike’s? Because We Do Things The Right Way!

When it comes to achieving the result your home deserves, Mike’s has the Marietta painters who can deliver. Here are some of the steps we take to make sure each job is done right and our customers are happy.

The first step to a superior result is ensuring a smooth surface prior to paint application. This means sanding and prepping walls, woodwork, and any other surfaces properly. After the sanding is completed, it’s not time for paint. First comes primer, and our Marietta painters use only the top quality primer products. The crew also makes certain to prepare all bathroom and kitchen surfaces to adequately prevent mildew and mold long after the paint is dry.

Now that all the prep work is done, it’s time to apply those beautiful colors you’ve selected. Once again, quality materials lead to superior results, and Mike’s Painting & Flooring pros will not skimp on using the best products available. Throughout the paint application, our crews are continuously taking steps to achieve the best result. We do all the little things to make for perfect lines, eliminate brush and lap marks, blend corners and trim with walls, and protect windows and floors from any spills.

Finally, once the paint is dry, final touch-ups applied, and the job is done, you can rest easy knowing that our crews will leave a clean worksite. As you can see, our hometown Marietta painters have the expertise and service that guarantees your satisfaction.

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Mike’s Painting and Flooring has the experienced Marietta painters who can handle any residential or commercial painting needs. Our company is licensed, bonded and fully insured, and we’ll meet our promised deadline to complete the project.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to give your house a makeover! Call Mike’s Painting & Flooring today to schedule a consultation, and get the beautiful interior and exterior look you deserve! And don’t miss out on our current specials : 10% off interior painting, and $250 off exterior painting.