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Our Quick Summer Guide to Exterior Painting

By May 28, 2018March 22nd, 2022Painting Tips

Exterior painting is no small feat, especially if it is an entire home or commercial property. Here’s a short list of steps to help you along the way. From pressure washing to staining, these tips will cover the major moments in exterior painting.
Setting up ladders in the blistering heat and trying to navigate your way around an enormous structure isn’t what most people consider summer fun. But at re:fab we love every second of it. We’ve been doing this work for decades and are always eager to apply our expertise to new projects. Whether it’s a hotel or a residential condo, summertime is painting time and we’re here to help.

Pressure Washing

Before painting the outside of a house or commercial facility, it is always a good idea to pressure wash. Pressure washing is one of the most important pre-painting steps for many reasons. Exterior walls are usually covered in more grime than you think. Pressure washing gets rid of mold and protects surfaces against future buildup. By removing dust and dirt from your exterior walls, painting will be much more effective, and attractive, to potential buyers and clients.


Whether you’re planning on painting a suburban home, an office park or an apartment complex, you’ll want to repair anything in need of fixing first. Any damaged exterior surface requires attention prior to painting, this especially includes holes or cracks. If not filled correctly, these areas will fill with rainwater and potentially cause damage. Jotting them with paint will prove to be wasteful and inefficient.


Transforming the exterior of your property involves more than just regular paint. Unfinished and finished wood needs treatment as well. This includes a deck, shingles, trim and railings. Letting natural wood fall by the wayside will detract from the beauty of your soon-to-be painted property. Stain also does wonders for natural wood, like protecting against future mold. By pressure washing and staining your wooden surfaces, you are protecting them from grime and enhancing the texture and grain. Like paint, stains come in a wide variety of colors and opacities, so there are many looks available to suit your vision.


Unless you’re a professional, painting the exterior of a home or a commercial property isn’t the easiest task. Depending on the size of the structure, it can be time-consuming, dangerous and require a multitude of supplies. To get the job done right, we recommend you hire a trusted contracting company. It is important to approach a job like this with experts who have superior painting techniques, materials and experience. With a trusted contractor, you will be promised a good price, proper safety and overall efficiency.

re:fab offers a full list of painting services, including the ones mentioned above. Have fun this summer and rest easy knowing a skilled and friendly group will take care of your next big paint job.

If you are interested in painting your property this summer, inside or out, check in with re:fab for some advice. Understand the benefits of hiring a contractor for a job done right.

Drywall + Carpentry

Whether the interior walls of your commercial facility have been damaged, the front door of your business needs an upgrade or your floors are in need of attention, re:fab has the right team and process to meet your specific needs.
With a team of skilled carpenters and specialty craftsmen, re:fab helps clients tackle quick improvements to full-scale renovation needs.

Renovation Services

Professional Renovation Services Tailored to your Industry.

re:fab is the trusted partner for commercial renovations and specialty applications for properties and facilities across all industries. Whether a commercial office building or a multi-family property, our experienced team has the knowledge and resources to get your job done right.

  • Flooring & Epoxy Coatings
  • Windows and Doors
  • Interior and Exterior Painting
  • Rebranding Services and Special Finishes Installments
  • Carpentry & Drywall Repairs
  • Heating and AC and/or HVAC
  • Plumbing & Electrical
  • Trenching
  • Appliance Replacement
  • Gutters
  • Structural Repairs & Safety Hazards

Specialty Flooring

Floor Coatings Keep Your Foundations Safe

re:fab’s floor coating services provide a dramatic enhancement to the look and feel of commercial and industrial properties. In addition, specialty floor coatings maintain the health and durability of your floors and overall properties, creating a more healthy and safer space for your employees, customers and the environment

Our Experts Provide A Variety Of Floor Coating Services, Including:

  • Epoxy Floor Coatings
  • Cementitious Urethane Resurfacers
  • Decorative Flake and Quartz Floor Coating Systems
  • Joint Fillers-Repair Mortars
  • Electrostatic Dissipative (ESD) Coating Systems
  • High-Performance Urethane Topcoat
  • Resurfacers
  • Same-Day Coating Systems
  • Moisture Vapor Reducer
  • Sealers
  • Urethane Topcoats

*Please note: re:fab provides flooring services as part of a larger renovation or painting program or project, not a standalone service.

EIFS + Stucco

Commercial buildings and industrial facilities featuring exterior walls with an Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) have the attractiveness of a stucco finish but with greater insulation, toughness and longevity. In fact, unlike stucco, EIFS is actually a multi-layered system that includes insulation board, base coat and finish coat. It’s a combination that provides a classic look with modern advantages.

In addition to much-improved insulation, EIFS can improve indoor air quality and reduce the environmental impact of a structure throughout its lifetime, and it is available in a virtually unlimited range of colors and textures.

EIFS has transformed commercial buildings across all industries and our team of specialists can help you understand the benefits of this important application.

*We are Dryvit Systems EIFS Certified Installers.

Power Washing

Regular power washing keeps commercial facilities running efficiently and safely, helps businesses stay compliant with environmental regulations, rids surfaces of mold and delivers an attractive first impression to clients and guests. Our team can quickly and easily return your properties to excellent condition.

Exterior Power Washing Services Include:

  • Exterior wall pressure washing
  • Construction clean-up
  • Graffiti removal
  • Heavy equipment, truck and fleet cleaning
  • Driveway and parking lot cleaning
  • Patio washing
  • Gutter and drain cleaning
  • Outdoor structures such as play equipment
  • Swimming pools
  • Outbuilding

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re:fab’s 30 years+ experience with commercial interior and exterior painting, sealing and wall & ceiling applications assures each client that we have the expertise to deliver for any business painting requirement. Tackling projects both large and small, across New England, our teams are capable of serving all of your standard and specialty painting and application needs.

  • Interior & exterior applications
  • Multi-color systems
  • Wallpaper removal & installation
  • Power washing
  • EIFS & stucco
  • Wall coverings
  • Korugard
  • Acoustical ceiling painting
  • Lead paint removal
  • Low odor and non-VOC painting
  • Line striping
  • Electrostatic painting