PORCHES, RAILS, & DECKS
ROOFING & CEDAR SHINGLES
For years we would perform the carpentry, window and door restoration, and porch repairs, but then leave the painting to someone else. After being asked by our customers, and after coming up with an approach we could feel passionate about, we have put together an expert restoration painting crew, ensuring the restoration and painting will receive the same attention to quality, and that no details would fall between the space separating different companies.
Many painting companies will add “and Restoration” to their name, but don’t be fooled. An extra carton of caulk and some moldings from Home Depot do not transform those college student painters into restoration carpenters. These companies aren’t our competition; rather misinformation and a reassuring sales-pitch are. This is where we are different.
We treat the painting as the capstone to the restoration. True, some houses just need a fresh coat of paint without lots of carpentry, and as historic purists, we’re the last people to fix or replace something that isn’t broken. But the key to a long-lasting paint job is the quality and integrity of all the things that happen before a paint can is opened. The soft and damaged wood needs repairing and consolidation. The flashings need to be sound and properly fit, the roof needs to drain properly, and windows need to function as they should.
Then, and only then, the house needs a thorough scraping so that all the loose and failing paint is removed. Finally, behold the vivid transformation of a fresh paint job, one that will truly last! Don’t settle for a cheap 5-year paint job. Call Thoughtful Craftsmen, the Restoration & Painting experts.
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