The best time to paint the exterior of your house in the Castle Rock CO Area is typically spring, summer and fall. Now that spring is upon us, some may be asking, “How often does the exterior of a house need painting?” There are a few considerations that should be taken—both aesthetic and practical—in order to properly answer this question. Here are a few helpful principles to keep in mind:

First, you paint a house when it needs it!  Peeling, discoloration, and even layers of dust are signs that your house could use a new coat. Sometimes you have to go with your gut. Check the stucco, siding and the trim on your home’s exterior—these are usually the first areas to begin falling apart. Many make the mistake of only touching up the trim when the trim looks worn down. The problem with this is that when the trim begins to go, the rest is soon to follow. Save yourself having to do the job twice and have it all done at once!

As a rule of thumb, five to ten years is the amount of time that most homes in the Denver area require a new exterior painting job.  Weather severely affects the life of any coating. If you’ve had an unusual amount of snow, wind, rain, and other sorts of precipitation, five to ten years might be too long of an estimate. For example, in northeastern states, the time between new paint jobs is actually shorter because of the harsh climate.

People looking to sell should always paint. Statistics show that repainting your home is one of the clear way to increase its selling potential and value. Not only does a fresh paint job protect your home from the elements, but it also causes it to look radically fresh and new.  

Lastly, it depends on the paint. You have more work with cheaper tools and products. It’s a fact. If you used a cheap paint the first time around, don’t be surprised if discoloration and peeling begin to show after a year or two. This will not happen with higher end paints (assuming they are applied correctly). Save yourself time and money, and have it done right the first time around.

One final piece of advice that’s worth sharing is that the longer you put off painting your home, the harder the job will be. Building materials used today typically need a constant and strong barrier from the weather to keep them from swelling and contracting. Keep your paint fresh and strong, and the surface beneath will have a longer shelf life and cause you less problems.

Remember to contact Red Rocks Painting for all your painting needs in the Castle Rocks, Parker and surrounding area's 303-660-0038


The single most popular paint color in the world might also be the most confounding. One problem is that there are just so many variations of the hue. But don't assume they're all the same. "If I were to lay some whites down side-by-side, you would immediately be able to see the differences,".

"The first step in picking a white is deciding whether you want a warm white or a cool one. Warmer shades of white incorporate an undertone of yellow—think French vanilla ice cream—or a touch of rust, pink, or brown. ­Cooler whites, on the other hand, suggest a hint of blue, green, or gray. Choose one or the other based on the existing tones most prevalent in a room. "Take a look at your brown-leather sectional, or your cherry floors, or your oriental rug. These things are there, don't ignore them."

More often than not, people lean to the warmer whites, which far outsell their crisper cousins. That said, there are those who prefer a cleaner, more modern white, says Becky Spak, a color-marketing specialist with Sherwin-Williams (a range of the company's whites are shown at right). "Maybe they have a lot of stainless steel, or a more modern urban-loft look. Those are the folks who usually look to the cleaner, cooler whites." 

Once you have the tonal family established, follow the same rules as any other color: Choose two or three shades, put up a row of sample swatches—be sure to do two coats of each, advises Spak—and eyeball them during the day and at night, with the lights on. Then go with your gut; odds are, one of your choices will either ­soften or complement the givens in the room. 

Finally, consider staying ultra-stark on the often-overlooked surface overhead. A white with little or no undertone, or at most a slight gray cast, creates a neutral "sky" above and visually lifts the ceiling height. Says Charbonneau, "That's really the place for the whitest white of them all." 

Decoding the Strip Chip
That's what that narrow row of darker-to-lighter shades of one color is known as in the trade. The darkest shade anchors the card, then it is "let down" into lighter versions that contain less color pigment and more pure white. 

So how come some colors start to look redder or bluer or somehow different as the shades get lighter? "That's really a trick of the eye," says Carl Minchew, director of color technology for Benjamin Moore. "It's your perception of the color that changes. The color pigment remains the same." 

Color perception is influenced by several factors, including the quality of the light around you (is it yellowish incandescent light or bluer fluorescent light?) and the "simultaneous contrast" factor—what other colors surround the one you're looking at? A white background will make very vibrant yellow look less bright but more intense. Against a mahogany surface, the same color will look lighter and brighter. 

Paint colors tend to appear more intense on the wall than on a tiny little rectangle of paper, so the strip chip does allow you to preview what a ­deeper value might look like. And if you're nervous about a given color, going one step lighter can be a safer bet—you'll probably get something in between once it's up on the wall. 

If you're really at a loss, try this: Find a strip where you can live with the darkest-color chip; then you know you'll like the colors at the middle and the top of the range. 

Here are a few reasons why.

1. Painting franchise owners are not bad people. They have good intentions but are sold a bill of goods upon which they can rarely deliver. While experience levels may vary, most franchise owners, especially the College Pro variety, have little-to-no experience. Painting is not about applying a coating. It is about choosing the right product for the job and having the long term experience to know what it will take to make that product look good and last. Even with the best paint, an inexperienced painter can miss or skip steps that are crucial to the final outcome.

2. Franchise owners have a built in overhead that will cost the homeowner extra money.. franchise fees. Many homeowners may be enamored by the colorful brochures and marketing and the dazzling sales speech but those things are simply supplied to the franchise owner (at a significant, recurring cost) by a larger company that has no interest in the outcome of a paint job. They sell franchises, not satisfaction. 

3. A local painter will have gone through the pitfalls of scheduling, hiring and training. Besides being an already experienced technician, the local painting company owner has experienced the trials and tribulations of making the process smooth for homeowners. On the other foot is the new franchise owner who has been taught how to hire more inexperienced painters to handle the job while he/she sells and makes a fortune. In reality, the homeowner gets people who are sloppy, have no skills to cut in or prep and and a franchise owner that is buried in callbacks from the unhappy customers before them.

In the end, in any trade, you cannot circumvent experience. There may be some great paint franchise owners out there. A homeowner should never mistake a big company name they see advertising for the customer service, attention to detail and follow up they will receive from a local company. At Red Rocks Painting you will get the service and quality  that only a skill paint contractor 


Lead was added to paint until 1978. So if you are painting a house constructed before 1979, lead paint was almost certainly used to paint it. If you are old enough, you must remember that lead was also added to gasoline until it was made illegal to do so.

WARNING! If you scrape, sand or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO LEAD DUST CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS, SUCH AS BRAIN DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD ALSO AVOID EXPOSURE. Wear a NIOSH approved respirator to control lead exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop. Before you start, find out how to protect yourself and your family by calling the National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD or log on to www.epa.gov/lead .

Don’t panic, lead paint poses no danger if it is intact and undisturbed. Flaking or peeling paint does pose a danger to children if they chew on paint chips. Paint chips have a sweet taste, so be careful, and remove all peeling or flaking paint. Where lead paint poses a hazard is when painting or renovations are done. That is when sanding and scraping can put lead dust in the air and have it settle on surfaces.

Starting in April 2010, federal law will require that anyone performing renovations, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978 must be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Until that time, the EPA recommends that anyone performing these repairs, renovations or painting in pre-1978 structures follow these three simple rulea:

-CONTAIN the work area


-CLEAN up thoroughly

If you have a contractor paint your home, make sure they follow these work practices.

In addition to lead-based paint, non lead-based that is in use today requires special precautions to avoid harm to your health. I am going to copy another warning off of a paint can to make sure that you read it. It is as follows:

Use only with adequate ventilation. To avoid overexposure, open windows and doors or use other means to ensure fresh air entry during application and drying. If you experience eye watering, headache or dizziness, increase fresh air or wear properly fitted respirator or leave the area. When spraying, wear proper respiratory protection. Adequate ventilation is required before sanding or abrading the dry film. If adequate ventilation cannot be provided, wear an approved particulate respirator [I always use a dust mask when sanding because I like my lungs.] In all cases follow respirator manufacturer’s direction for respirator use. Avoid contact with eyes and skin. [Wear safety glasses with side shields.] Wash thoroughly after handling. Do not take internally. Close container after each use. FIRST AID: In case of eye contact, flush with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes. Get medical attention. If swallowed , get medical attention immediately.

I had to inform you of all of these hazards because it is very important. Go to the government web site for a lot more information on lead-based paint. I am glad that you now know about all of these hazards. Like everything else in life, it pays to be careful. 

To many large painting residential painting companies start painting exteriors before its warm enough on the outside and push the projects in order to make a "check". Here at Red Rocks Painting we will not paint exterior house's in the winter, especially at the high elevations of Castle Rock and most front range cities. The adverse effects of cold weather on paint are well known and are the reason exterior painting is seasonal. Recognizing that painting in cold weather is sometimes unavoidable, it is important to understand how low temperature can affect a paint’s application and drying characteristics, appearance and performance.

How Does Cold Weather Affect Paint Drying?
The two key ingredients in paint that are affected by low temperature are the solvent 
and resin. The evaporation rate of both water and mineral spirits is considerably slower 
at 50°F than it is at 80°F. This means that in colder weather the slow evaporation rate 
of the mineral spirits in an alkyd paint will keep the film soft and also delay final 
oxidation curing. Latex paints are affected solely by the slower evaporation rate of 
water and volatile additives at low temperatures. 

How Does Cold Weather Affect Recoat Times?
As we discussed above, low temperatures slow down drying. Therefore recoat times 
must be extended. For example, at 75°F a latex paint recoat time may be four hours. 
At 50°F it would be around six hours. The drying of alkyd paints may be slowed down 
even more, comparatively speaking. At 75°F the recoat time may be 16 hours. At 50°F 
it would be about 48 hours. 

Why Shouldn’t Latex Paints be Applied below 30°F?
To understand why latex paints should not be applied at low temperatures it is 
important to understand how latex paints form films. All latex resins are emulsions 
latex film, the latex resin particles come closer together until they actually touch and 
“coalesce”. Lower temperatures harden the latex particles preventing proper 
coalescence. In severe cases, this may result in the film actually cracking. In milder 
cases the film may exhibit poor touch-up, holdout, stain resistance, color uniformity or 
low sheen. 
latex film, the latex resin particles come closer together until they actually touch and 
“coalesce”. Lower temperatures harden the latex particles preventing proper 
coalescence. In severe cases, this may result in the film actually cracking. In milder 
cases the film may exhibit poor touch-up, holdout, stain resistance,

What are Some Other Cold Weather Paint Problems?

1. Alkyd and oil-based paints may exhibit sensitivity to blushing or exhibit poor color 
uniformity due to dampness condensation during drying. 
2. Latex paints may be sensitive longer to surfactant leaching or water spotting 
3. Increased viscosity or thickness of cold paint may cause the application of heavy film 
builds slowing down drying even further. 
4. Cold, thick paint may be more difficult to tint or mix. Longer shaking times may be 
These are just a few of the problems that may occur due to painting in cold weather. If 
a problem does occur, generally the only solution is repainting in warmer weather or 
under more favorable conditions

Nov. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Sherwin-Williams Co., the largest U.S. paint retailer, agreed to acquire closely held Consorcio Comex SA de CV for about $2.34 billion including debt to gain Mexico’s largest paint maker as housing demand improves. The shares rose the most in more than a year.

Sherwin-Williams will fund the all-cash deal by selling $2 billion in 5-, 10- and 30-year bonds, the Cleveland-based company said in a presentation today on its website. It didn’t specify how much debt it’s assuming. The acquisition would be the biggest takeover in Mexico by a U.S. company since 2004, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Sherwin-Williams Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Christopher M. Connor is adding to the company’s 3,500 North American stores after an improving North American housing market led to record earnings in the third quarter. Comex, which has exclusive sales to 3,300 paint stores in Mexico, generated two- thirds of its $1.4 billion of revenue last year in Latin America, Sherwin-Williams said in the presentation.
Comex also sells to almost 1,600 stores in Canada and it operates 240 stores in the U.S. It has more than 7,200 employees and it operates eight factories in Mexico, five in the U.S. and three in Canada, according to a statement today.

It’s the largest paint maker in Mexico, said Jorge Quintana, an outside Comex spokesman with Fleishman-Hillard. The acquisition of the Mexico City-based company will double Sherwin-Williams sales in Latin America, the company said.

Comex is the leading paint brand in Mexico, selling through 750 concessionaires who carry no other brand in the 1 to 100 stores operated by each, Sherwin-Williams said. Comex’s Canadian brand is General Paint and its U.S. brands are Color Wheel, Kwal, Frazee and Parker.

Sales of existing homes in Mexico are improving faster than new homes, Carlos Hermosillo, an analyst covering builders for Grupo Financiero Banorte SAB, said in a telephone interview from Mexico City. The outlook for paint sales is positive because of increased remodeling of existing homes, he said.

“People are investing in rehabilitating used homes and there’s a generalized increase in purchasing power,” Hermosillo said. “That makes an investment in this sector very interesting.”

U.S. sales of new homes rose to an annual pace of 389,000 in September, the highest since April 2010, the Commerce Department reported on Oct. 24. Housing starts surged 15 percent in September to an annual pace of 872,000, the fastest pace since July 2008.


Since the June 6 hail storm in the Castle Rock and Parker area, there have been plenty of new roofs installed and houses repainted. Some home owners have been in a rush to get the work done only to find snake oil salesman and used car salesman.
One thing i have been finding is that alot of owners have been hiring roofers to contract the painting of there exterior which is a big mistake.
There is a huge difference in painters' ability, skill level, knowledge and professionalism. Often times people remark that this painter  is expensive while that other painter is cheap. Most of the time there is a reason for the prices painters charge; often the more expensive painter is the better painter. Inexpensive painters often don't know how to adequately factor in all their costs and usually price the job too low. When this happens, the customers pays the price because the painter has to rush off the job, will use low quality materials and/or will not return your phone calls or return to the job if there is a problem.





 Picking a color out can be very confusing. If you are going with the same color as before or changing colors all together, we are sure you will see a nice difference.  We will try to do everything we can to make sure you are happy with the color you selected, by providing samples to various areas of your project before we start to apply the finish coat. .


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