Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Your price is too high, too low and just right?

Your price is too high, too low and just right?

We hear it all the time, your price is too high, we also hear your price was the lowest as well as it was right in the middle? How can this be?

The simple answer is we estimate everything, for the most part, the same way with the same prices and known production rates so what is the one difference on each project? The client is the unknown on each estimate.

Why the gap?

Everyone has their own idea of what something will cost, when you go to buy a car and look at a new BMW vs a used car from another lot, of course, there is a price difference. When you go to a fancy restaurant vs a Tgi Friday's you are aware there will be a price difference, it's expected.
But when you hire any contractor you expect all the pricing to come in around the same amount?

What's the difference?

Unless each contractor is on the estimate at the same time, using the same paint and has spoken to the same person on the site you will not have a chance of getting the same pricing from the contractors and even then it will all be different as each contractor runs their business a completely different way.
  • One may use all subcontractors and gamble they won't get caught by the Irs misclassifying their painters
  • One may have insurance but no workman's compensation
  • One may not have a training program for their employees and just gambles each job goes well
  • Do they treat their employees well? Are they happy? One secret in the painting industry is painters are migrants, they go from company to company once they burn their bridges from the other companies or anytime they can make an extra dollar. This is one reason we take recruiting very seriously and don't necessarily look for the 10,20-year experienced painters.

So what's the deal

What I am saying is we one price someone thinks seems high may actually below to someone else and it has nothing to do with how much money they have.
We hear all the time our cabinet refinishing prices are high, however, we are doing 5 cabinet projects a week and are always busy. Not every contractor is for every person, the same as not every store in the mall is for everyone, some may shop at WalMart and be thrilled and others prefer Macy's. That doesn't make you cheap or snobby at all.
It's also not a reason to get angry at the contractor, if a contractor is a low baller and that is their business model so be it, on the other hand, if they charge a price for what they give and it is loaded with value a price can be attached to that and it may seem high upfront.

here is a video we recently did on this subject.

Monday, September 24, 2018

A Kitchen Makeover

A kitchen makeover.

We hear it all the time when we finish a kitchen cabinet refinishing project. "It totally transformed our home"
It is something we love to hear also "we saved so much money" That savings comes from not having to install new cabinets.

Refinish don't replace

Refinishing a solid cabinet set is a great way to go, why rip them out only to put in the same or a lesser grade?
We did this project for a great client of ours in Easton, Pa
I could tell when I went out to the estimate this was an important project for them.
From timing to the materials and the color it was all equally important to them. I took all these notes down and once they approved the cost which was approx $2000 I set up the job folder and turned it over to our guys.

The job

The job starts way before we step foot on it, a kick-off meeting in the shop going over how we estimated it to the colors and what was expected from the client.
Once we do that a crew leader does a walk through before the job begins to make sure everything is as planned.
Once the project starts there are no surprises, we properly prepare the cabinets and I cannot stress that enough. With our team, they all know how a project will go as we have a very detailed written system.
We train this system all the time and no one can touch the cabinets until they pass the training.

The paint

Paint selections are key, now is not the time to skimp on costs, we have tested every paint we use in our shop to make sure it performs as expected out on the job.
I think you can tell from the pictures this job turned out awesome.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

How much will it be to paint my kitchen cabinets?

How much will it be to paint my kitchen cabinets?

Painting kitchen cabinets are the rage right now but buyer beware not every painter can do this fine finish work. Contacting your typical three estimates will not be a great judge of what results you will get.

To professionally paint cabinets takes skill, training, and the best products that have been used on every project. At Amato Painting we are consistently doing at least 3-5 projects per week and have honed in our system, from a climate controlled spray area to the proper preparation and knowledge to adjust with the ever-changing job issues such as moisture, temperature, different cabinet types and finishes.

Anyone can paint?

Well some people do believe this and maybe with a wall or a bedroom I would try it, I would not let "anyone" touch my cabinets, would you let anyone paint your car?

We do hear sometimes that is too much but if you break the project down, it is always much cheaper than replacing or refacing if your buying quality cabinets, again I will say if your hiring someone to install high-quality cabinets you could never do it for the same price as painting them. You don't want to skip any steps when painting kitchen cabinets or you may face paint failure which is the peeling you may be worried about

The process

The process has been tested by us, the products we use are all tested in our shop before being used on a project. We have guaranteed results and a free 3-year touch-up program on most projects just ask your estimator.

The price to paint cabinets

So what is the price? Typically we look at projects by the door openings and this price can vary between $80-$100 per opening, this varies due to detail, current condition and any odd-shaped cabinets such as wine racks, glass front or other items. This includes a full cleaning, prep and full prime coat. Adequate dry time and following the specifications is important however remember your painters are the experts and they sometimes make adjustments onsite. 

No site visit

Normally we don't even need to visit the site to give a price, however, we will come out to make sure we meet once an agreement is made to make sure we are a good fit for each other and you have been told of the whole process and what to expect.

What to expect

Remember with any painted surface, your car, a deck or anything painted you can scratch it or damage the paint. The good thing about this is they are painted and can be touched up. They are not bullet proof as some people expect however are very durable in most cases

Monday, September 17, 2018

Planning ahead to make a great painting project

The fall is coming

The fall is coming, summer is ending, were closing the pools, kids are back in school and here comes the cold.

Another exterior painting season is winding down. the rush to paint your interior rooms before the family arrives for the holidays.

Being prepared can assure you of being able to select the correct painting company to do your work.  If you already have one you trust and use and they are any good most likely they have a backlog.

Scheduling can be tough when the holidays come around. Everyone wants to freshen up their homes. What could worse than seeing walls all scuffed up or dirt and dust all over the baseboards?

Plan your projects ahead

Planning ahead will take this worry ahead. A professional painting company can make this happen.

We all want a home to be proud of and a fresh coat of paint can make that happen.

Some things to keep in mind when you call a painting company.  Do they use their own employees or will a different crew show up to do your work?

Wouldn't it be great if the person you met also trained the painters that are coming over?

Call a good painting company

When you call a good quality painting company will have a backlog.  They most likely should not be available the next day.

A professional painting company should and will supply their own paint. You don't take your parts for your car to a mechanic, do you?

Planning ahead to get the best painting company.  Knowing what you want to be done and knowing what you expect to  is key to having a great project

Monday, September 10, 2018

Choosing the correct paint sheen

Paint Sheens Made Simple

There are a million and one paint colors but typically only five or so sheens (finishes)  to choose from each manufacturer. Although they may call them something different the sheen will determine the luster and washability.

Paint sheens range from flat to high gloss and can be used on many different surfaces and applications however there is typically a standard.

Selecting the ideal paint sheen has both practical and cosmetic considerations.
Meaning using a flat paint on most high use areas will not last very long and vice versa using a high gloss finish on a ceiling that tends to not be finished as perfectly when spackling a new home can result in highlighting imperfections you do not currently see, a sheen can also extend the life of a paint job in many cases.

Different Paint Sheens

  • Flat has no shine, typically is used on ceilings or closets and in areas where you expect to touch up or on surfaces that are not perfect and you may want to hide imperfections.
  • Matte Finishes are flat looking straight on but have an angular sheen and can be scrubbed in most cases. A great choice for interior walls.
  • Eggshell has a soft appearance that resists dirt and can sometimes be washed, it should touch up but may not in some instances.
  • Satin has a pearl like finish and is easy to clean but most likely will not touch up.
  • Semi gloss has a shine and is typically used on trim such as baseboard, chair rail, doors and frames and is great when it comes to cleaning.
  • High gloss is super shiny, easily washable but will be virtually impossible to touch up. We typically use this on front doors as a showpiece or on cabinets and even some accent walls. Your surface should be free of any imperfections as they will show.

Choosing The Right Sheen 

Choosing the right sheen doesn't have to be difficult, with proper planning and expectations and using a professional who can help with a consultation you can be assured to choose the correct sheen for your application

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Benjamin Moore Scuff-X vs the competitor

Benjamin Moore Scuff-X vs the competitors pre cat epoxy

A head to head match up

It was a lazy afternoon in our office and as I was cleaning out a few things it popped through my head to show everyone else what we already knew about Scuff-X  in the office and some of our commercial clients know.

So I pulled out the competitors pre-cat epoxy water-based formula and grabbed a gallon of Scuff-X. For those who don't know Scuff-X is a single component paint that resists scuffs before they start.

Time to paint

I went over to a wall I had already primed and has two coats of flat paint on it and marked out the walls into two square sections and applied two coats to each square with each paint and let dry for hours.

Hiding and coverage

Once that was done I removed the tape and here is where the amazing results start. The first thing is the hiding and coverage of Scuff-X were clearly better than the pre cat, we use a lot of pre cat and trust me we know the coverage and hiding issues it has with most colors. I used the same roller cover for each a 4inch by half inch sleeve from MAB we had lying around the shop.

The Real Test

Here is where Scuff-X shines, I took a plastic spackle knife and ran it across each surface multiple times, there were NO marks on the Scuff-X, in fact, I damaged the drywall with marks and not the paint. The pre-cat side was a mess, marks all over. I then took my sneaker which if you have kids at home or in a mudroom know these create a million marks. I ran it across each side and again the pre-cat failed miserably. I was lucky enough to use this when it first came out in my basement stairwell as a test before we used it on any clients projects and we have ZERO marks.


If you have a commercial or high use area such as a doctors office, waiting room, gym or any other space I highly recommend this product, it will certainly save on repainting costs down the road.
here is the actual video from these tests

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Use a professional decorator to choose your colors

We all know choosing the colors for your painting project can be very stressful, frustrating and a scary ordeal especially if you’re dealing with an open space. Yes, you can try to use the paint store but guess what, typically that person is not trained or experienced enough to know all the in’s and out’s of color. They can sell you paint and maybe be able to pick a few colors for you.
We want only the best for our clients and trust me you don’t want myself or the painters choosing your colors, so we partnered with Jamie from FD design co who is a professional interior decorator and can assist in the color selection.
She also offers additional paid services such as home staging, commercial and residential interior design,e-                                                           design and more.

Interior decorating and color consults

Interior decorating is a true skill and to know what colors, sheens and more can be used or not used takes great skill, a fine eye for detail and to see things before they will be done. If you need a painting contractor who can help you every step of the way please give us a call at 484-821-7112 or schedule online here

Friday, August 31, 2018

How much will it be to paint my foyer?

How much will it be to paint my foyer?

We have painted more foyers than I can remember, the reason for that is they are typically high and dangerous for the typical homeowner to tackle, the heights present a few challenges when working with paints.
  • Lap marks from rolling from high to low where the paint meets in the middle, once the paint is dry you will see a band in the middle of the wall
  • Working on the stairs, how to properly use a ladder near and on your steps
  • Time, we just only have so much time in the day, do you really want to spend it painting when you can be enjoying your family or doing what you do best to earn your living?

Heights of foyers

So your typical foyer we see is usually about 18-20 ft high, the stairwell is right in front of you when you walk into the front door and it may or may not be an open space crossing right into the living room.
For this instance we are speaking of one that is not open, it has a small hallway at the top, a bathroom at the bottom hall and a closet.

So what do you want to be painted?

Here is where your choices begin, let's assume your foyer is about 20x10
This means your ceiling is 200 square feet, not that much but remember it's now 20 ft in the air and will require ladders and possibly scaffolding so the price goes up a bit, typically that ceiling using a good quality paint from Benjamin Moore like Ultraspec will cost you about $225-$275 
You will want to use a flat paint generally on a ceiling to hide any imperfections, remember when they are building a home the ceiling is not a focus for the finishers and you can have some uneven sheetrock or spackle work.

Paint The Walls

Now to paint your walls remember we are measuring the wall sq ft, not the floor so we have 1200 sq ft, not 200, so to do our general spackling of most (not all) dings and dents, nail holes) spot prime with an interior primer and apply two coats of a good quality paint such as Benjamin Moore Regal we would be charging about $1100

The Trim

Do you want the trim done? That would include any baseboard, spindles perhaps, the interior side of the front door and any other doors in that area. Typically in a room this size you can add another $400 to apply two coats of paint.
Remember these prices can vary and your foyer may be higher or lower but to have an idea of what it may cost is a great thing.

Using professional painters

These costs are using professional painters, who are employed by us, are trained by us and work to support their families.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Painting A Medical Facility

Painting A Medical Facility.

Painting a medical facility takes a trained and professional staff as you will surely have challenges unlike other commercial painting work  such as:
  • Using Products around people who are sick, low to zero voc products
  • Wet paint around a very busy facility and many people
  • Safety issues and tight workspaces
  • Being considerate of your surroundings, being quiet, not disrupting the work of the staff
  • Guiding patients to the correct areas and helping when needed
  • The work surely will be phased, have you properly estimated it for these delays?

Medical painting and facility painting can be great.

It also can be disastrous if your staff is not trained as a company, are they professional and do they know that some matters will take priority over the painting work and can come at any moment?

It can be frustrating if you're not prepared for these types of delays but with the proper planning and the training of your staff, these types of projects can be very rewarding. Knowing your working in a clean area with special paints that will help keep the walls germ free goes a long way in taking pride in your work, it goes one step further knowing your also helping out a team of doctors, nurses and staff in the hospitals or clinics.

Amato Painting does countless commercial painting projects.

The hospitals, clinics, and rehab centers are one of our specialties and we have worked for some of the areas largest facilities down to small clinics. Some of this work is done at night but keep in mind most of the facilities are still running so it takes a highly trained staff of painters to accomplish these projects. Throwing subcontractors or unskilled "painters" into projects like this is a recipe for disaster.

Some types of things painting can do for your facility 

  • Anti-scuff paint for high traffic areas
  • Clean rooms and germ-free walls
  • Color coordinating hallways
  • Protection of surfaces from rust, mildew, and mold
  • Patient and employee morale using certain colors
  • Protection from water damage for exterior surfaces
  • Staying up to date on inspections
If you need a consultation on what a professional company can offer your facility please schedule online at www.ryanamatopainting.com

Saturday, August 25, 2018

How to get the best price when painting your home

How to get the best price when painting your home.

When you decide to have your home painted whether it's the interior or exterior you have a few things to do to make sure you get the best price for your project.

Remember you can always get a lower price, that is not the goal here, you want to find the best value for the price, the lowest price may actually be the highest when all is said and done.

How can that be you ask? It's simple, you have three prices to paint your bedroom, let's say $500,$600 and $800
Of course, the $500 is tempting, you only have so much money allocated, they seem fine and anyone can paint, right?

The painting estimate

  • But they want you to supply the paint, so you have to take time, run to the store, get the paint. If you don't order enough guess who is running back out for more paint? And hopefully, they don't charge you for the wasted time.
  • The will not help with color selections at all, so you have more work to do.
  • Maybe they used a lower grade of paint, which means it will not last as long, clean up well and you will be forced to repaint in another year (ADDED COSTS)
  • They use subcontractors who are not trained by the same company, you may get a good paint crew and you may not, it's a gamble. 
  • They may not be insured and the subcontractor also may not be insured making things very sketchy should an injury happen.
  • If something happens who will come back and touch up? Wil they come back at all?
  • Is the communication good throughout the process? 
  • Is their relationship with the paint manufacturer a good one? Support from Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams surely helps any project should an issue arise.

 What painting actually costs

So that $500 estimate could actually cost you double or triple a year or two down the road by having to repaint the work again or worse yet an accident and your insurance will cost with a deductible.

The lowest price is usually that for a reason, not in every case but the majority of the time. Saving money is great however when it will cost you more, in the long run, you have to be very diligent and think about the goals of the project.

Here are some tips to get a great price when painting your home.

  • Develop a relationship with your painting contractor, when you have projects pop up you will have a go-to company and with that usually comes perks such as free upgrades of paint, an extra here and there and knowing who is around your home.
  • Know exactly what you want to be done and clearly explain that to your estimator
  • Make sure what you said you want to be done is clearly listed in the proposal, many companies will do a completely different job than the one you wanted using cheap paints and materials or untrained labor.
With our company, we offer a free color consultation with a decorator, touch ups once per year and a highly skilled staff of employees

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Interior painting and why it's so awesome

Interior painting is awesome

Yes, I said painting is awesome, especially interior painting, being in someones home on an estimate is where it starts, getting to listen to their hopes, dreams, and expectations and usually getting to sit down and take a look at colors and ideas.

This is what I love and where I am most involved, many people do say to stop doing the estimates personally and eventually I will have to but for now, I enjoy the days out and getting to meet most of the people. Yes I sometimes come across some I would rather just forget about, not everyone can be as nice as most of our clients.

Once we are given a project is where the work starts, from gathering tools and the paint itself, to going over the plan with their crew leader, to the crew leader making a visit to the home to make sure my plan or Kyle's plan is a good one or do we need to tweak it a bit.

Once that visit is done the fun begins, getting to change a home drastically and immediately by adding color is an awesome feeling. I know for a fact if you ask our painters why they like to paint most will say they get to step back after the job and see what they did and see the smiles on the customer's faces.

There aren't many other trades such as painting where you can almost instant gratification, in less than a week and in some cases a day you can change the look and feel of your home. Not to mention it is the number one investment to add value to your home for the lowest cost.

Our painting customers are the best

Meeting all the great people from doctors to mechanics to office workers and mom's and dad's and their children is always fun and most people are so accommodating we can never forget them. I see people out all the time we have done work for and get to know them and their families.

Yes, we do get some people that would turn anyone's smile upside down, but most likely they are not happy anywhere in their life so these people are few and far between, out other clients are the ones we remember and develop relationships with. Here's to a great fall painting season

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Playing phone tag

No More Phone Tag

What's worse than being excited for getting work done around your home and deciding to call a contractor and they either call back days later or never at all?

I know that frustration first hand when I had a few things to do around my home and reached out to numerous contractors only to be never called back, called back weeks later or promised an estimate and never received one.

We face that same thing in our office although in a different way. We try to get right back to people the same day but when we return the call nowadays not many people actually answer their phone. So when we attempt to schedule an estimate it becomes a game of phone tag.

I needed this to stop so we just added an online scheduling system, you can schedule your estimates online without having to speak to anyone at http://www.ryanamatopainting.com/contact-painter.php
Simply select your estimator to see his availability and choose the day and time that best fits your needs. That's it the end of phone tag for us.

We want nothing more than to be able to come out right away and give you your estimate right away, the downside to this is we are ALWAYS the first one out and we sometimes get "I need to wait for the other estimates" When this happens we know the other estimates may or may not be coming and were waiting for weeks on our end sometimes for an answer as the schedule keeps on filling your available time to do your project keeps getting pushed back.
Keep that in mind when you receive these other estimates, what happens when the job starts and they weren't attentive when you asked for a price?

Sunday, August 5, 2018

How To Get The Paint Job Of Your Dreams

How To get The Paint Job Of Your Dreams:

Everyone dreams of a beautiful home, one that is warm, inviting and let's face it makes people a bit jealous when they see it in person.

We all see the tv shows just amazing bedrooms, bathrooms, and basements. We see the pictures on Pinterest and all over social media and wonder if one day we can have the same amazing outcome.

Sure it takes money, great products, and the painting company or contractor to make it happen but there are a few things more important than all of those and we will go over them below.

Now don't get me wrong after you have all of these important things in place you need the best products for the job, a great company with skilled craftsman and women but we will get to that in a minute.

There are a few super important matters to go over before we get into to all those other details and these are the ones that most of the time cause issues of a bad job or satisfaction not being met, it is not always a "bad contractor" even when it may seem that way.

  • Expectations: Yes we all "expect" a good job but what is that exactly, one person's idea of a great job can be totally different than the next, I have seen it, first-hand guys, we do the same job on each and every one of our projects and we have "bad" jobs as any other contractor has had. Could it be a bad paint job? Sloppy? Missed spots? Or simply a difficult client, one that is never happy? Those all can happen but usually, it starts with missed expectations, something was missed at the estimate, the client may not of been home or the one that will critique the mist wasn't home and never met the estimator to explain what they want and expect. remember one person's perfect paint job doesn't make it everyone's. If the estimator had dove in and explained to the correct person what will and won't be done and how things will go it could have been a different story. TIPS: Be Home for the estimate-Have a detailed list of what you want done-How much prep and patching do you expect- How long will this project really take? Ask questions and be open about communication

The keys to know when painting your home

  • Quality Vs Price: Were you open and honest about your budget? Or did you hide the fact you're looking for the top of the line job but you beat the contractor up on the price? Trust me when someone just drops the price it will be coming from somewhere, cheaper materials, cheaper labor or skipping steps somewhere.TIPS: Be honest about your budget-Be open about what this project looks like in your mind

  • Communicate Throughout the project: It never stops amazing me when people hire us and then disappear. Meaning they don't talk, are not available to go over things, have no input until the last day and then it is ripe for expectations to be missed. TIPS: Be available- Speak to your lead painter-Do walkthroughs with them

  • Be Nice: Nothing is worse than working for someone who just isn't nice. We all know the kind, they hire you and then have nothing to say but negative things if they speak to you at all. Or they refuse to deal with the lead painter onsite who can help them in a few minutes, they would rather go around the communication policies and call their supervisors. This only delays a quick fix that could easily be done onsite ruins the relationship of the person that can help you the most and makes everyone want to finish your job quicker to get away from them. Again leaving it ripe for things to be missed or mistakes to be made. No one works well under mean people. TIPS: You catch more flies with honey than vinegar- Be kind
These are just a few of the important things when you're having any home improvement project done. After these things than it is selecting your painting contractor, finishes and more. If you can keep the important ones straight these other choices are the fun ones.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

What will the price be to paint my home?

How much will it cost to paint my cabinets?

This is the main question we are asked everytime someone calls in to inquire about painting their kitchen cabinets.

We used to go our and estimate every project and then I realized almost every project is the same one. So we streamlined this process by being open about our pricing, we are so confident our work and value are superior we post all of our pricing for everyone to see.

You see the price in itself is not what you should be judging a project by, there are more things behind it, the value, the commitment to your project, the training the staff receives.

In the event something would happen on your project it will require all of this un said values to come in to play, where will the other companies be at that time? We stand behind our projects and with the areas best training program for kitchen cabinet painting you can rest assured anyone who steps foot near your cabinets is fully trained and certified by us to do so.

You can save thousands of dollars by painting your cabinets vs replacing them. That is a fact.

So what does a typical kitchen cost to be painted?
Take this kitchen for instance, what we can see shows about 30 openings, we count each drawer and door, so that is $2250 not including the island or the overhead area above the stove, to add those we would charge around $450. This would include our standard application, fully prepared, scuff sanded, wiped clean of all dust, grease and deglossed. A full solvent based prime coat and two full finish coats to give you a beautiful finish.
Remember these are new cabinets, a lot can be done with old worn out cabinets and they look like night and day when done but they are older cabinets and will show dents, age from all the years.
We like to explain the expectations. A 30-year-old painted set of cabinets may not look like a set purchased right from the store, no matter how much work is involved. Also if there is a textured wood grain, that will show through the paint job. It can be made smooth but that is a much more labor intensive project.

We love working on cabinets and have done so many we cannot count them all, if you need a free no hassle quote visit www.amatopainting.net and we will get a proposal right over to you or call 484-821-7112

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Ride along with me on a commercial estimate

Take a trip with me on a commercial estimate

Doing commercial estimates is no easy tasks and doing 9 in one day is even tougher. \
But with proper preparation and planning and the correct systems in place, I did this in 2.5 hours and sent them all while I was onsite.

It's important to know just being the lowest price does not make you successful, you need to service your clients while also being profitable.

Anyone can be the lowest price and this isn't a race to the bottom of the pile of failed companies.
Painting companies are notoriously bad business people, heck I was in the paint store and a few never heard of workers compensation the other day. That's crazy.

So follow along with me and see what goes into a day at Amato Painting with Ryan.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

How Much Will It Cost To Paint My Kitchen Cabinets

How Much Will It Cost To Paint My Kitchen Cabinets?

So you have decided you would like to paint your kitchen cabinets and hopefully, you have decided to use a professional painting company that does kitchen cabinets all the time.

Remember just because they are a painting company or a painter does not mean they can refinish kitchen cabinets.

It is a different application than your typical wall or piece of trim and you want and need a company that does this all the time and not just one of their jobs.

Everyone always asks the big question, how much will this cost me. Now is not the time to get the lowest price, remember there will always be a lower price but this is a specialty item and one that not everyone can do. We are open with our pricing and we typically charge $75 per door or drawer so if you count your openings and multiply it by $75 that is the cost. So ten door and drawers your cost is $ 1500, 20x$75. 

There are of course a few variables, glass fronts, wine racks and other out of the ordinary pieces of cabinetry. But this will give you a very good basis for the cost of your project.

You typically will get a full prep by washing, scuffing and cleaning the cabinets and after that a full prime coat. Once it is primed you will get at least two full finish coats using top of the line cabinet coatings. Professionals will be able to apply these coatings in the specified manner suggested by the manufacturer.

Our clients always tell us they have saved at least $10,000 vs replacing or refacing their cabinets. use that money saved for other projects around the home or take that family vacation you have been meaning to go on.

If you want to totally transform your kitchen in an easy affordable way contact us to schedule your project.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

How to take the pain out of getting a painting estimate

How to take the pain out of getting a painting estimate.

Let's face we all need painting at one time or another, that wood outside is rotting, the deck needs staining and the siding needs freshening up. Or perhaps you're having a graduation or birthday party and the interior hasn't been freshened up in ten years.
This is where we come in but if you're like me and have had to call around to get estimates you know as well as I do you can call ten people and maybe two call you back if you're lucky.

So what are you supposed to do? For one, don't forget who didn't return your calls in a timely manner, when I say timely please give people a reasonable amount of time to return a call, this for me is 48 hours, if I don't receive a call back typically I will move on. 

I had to get some work done around my home and we called numerous other contractors for things we do not do and trust me it was hard to get anyone to return calls, show up or give a price. So when you find someone who gives you great communication now wouldn't be the time to attempt to get them to lower their price.

When I find someone who can service me, of course, I look at the price, however, I do keep in mind, do I really want to go through this estimating process two more times? I may end up with someone who I regret hiring and I already have a proven contractor I have worked with and trust.

I am probably one of the easiest clients a contractor will have, I let them do their work, I don't micromanage them at all and I don't shop around. If I trust you, you were referred or have done work for me before that's all I need. You have a customer for life.
Now, will people make mistakes along the way? Sure they will, but when they do you let them correct them. I had a driveway company reseal our blacktop and they sprayed it all over the garage doors, I tried to get it off that morning but none of my cleaners would work, so I didn't yell or scream at anyone, it was a mistake, I emailed and asked what I can use to get it off. No one ever answered but when I arrived home it was already done. That is impressive to me, I would recommend them to anyone even after a mistake.

SO long story short, when you find someone you trust and they deliver, what's the sense of dragging out the estimate process? be open and honest about your budget, remember you trust them enough to come into your home, you can certainly trust them enough to have a real conversation about the budget.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Interior Painting is about prep and who is in your home.

Interior painting is very personal.

You have people inside your home you don't know and never met, this is one reason we background check everyone and make sure they do an initial meeting before our projects start when possible.

The days of selecting the lowest price to do your work are long gone, you should feel secure and comfortable with who you choose to do your work.

We work very hard in selecting the right people to work with us, not just the best painters.
Our values must be upheld which are accountability, commitment, dependability, and relationships.

Without those, you cannot work here. We all want to be around people we like, heck we even do this when we select the clients we work for, just like employees some bad clients may slip by us and they are usually the more difficult jobs of unreasonable people.

Interior work is about the prep work and the order and cleanliness of the job, keeping a nice tight order to your project and a clean shop area, cleaning up each day goes a long way.

Are we always perfect? No way but that is always our goal and if something happens we are right there to be accountable for it and correct it and move forward.

We offer a full array of interior painting from wall covering install and removal to painting trim, ceilings, spackle work and full interior repaints. Should you need anything check out this page for more information.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Staining and painting decks, what to know

Returning to a clients home year after year is a great feeling

When we return to a clients home year after year for additional work or to recoat things we have done in the past is a great feeling for us.

They have put trust in us to maintain their home, decks, sheds, and fences and to have that trust means a lot.

Even when everything is done perfectly there may be a coating issue or an area that gets more abuse than others and the stain or paint may wear. Remember it is only a coating protecting these areas and they can only take so much abuse

This deck, in fact, we have done three times now I believe, it gets hit with the tremendous weather, sun, rain, ice, snow which means shoveling, expansion and contraction and it's also the main entrance so lots of foot traffic and dog traffic as well/

We like to explain that decks in the northeast and in our area will certainly need to be maintained and possibly every year. That doesn't mean you have to recoat the entire deck each year but most likely the floor and top rail.

Now if you expect a deck to last forever and have zero future maintenance on it you will never be happy with the work no matter what product is used or what company does it.

With proper preparation, and good products used and some maintaining of the surfaces this deck can last many years but remember that means some work, cleaning each year, recoating when needed and possibly replacing a board here and there if you see any rot.

With the proper expectations, you will be thrilled with the work and have a deck your neighbors will be jealous of.

Tell them Amato Painting did it

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Painting makes a difference in everyone's daily life

Every day we enter a business, a home or our workplace. Imagine if there was no color?

We take it for granted but the colors we see every day affect our moods, our productivity as well as the people around us.

Colors can dramatically change a space and alter the "feel" of a space very quickly for the good or bad.

This is why there are color consultants who are trained to not only choose colors that compliment each other but also make the space have a certain feel depending on the goal of that area.

It is amazing what a paint job can do to a home or business, trust me the real reason most painters take up a career in painting and stay in it is they love to see that look when someone sees the area they just completed.

I know when I am out driving I like to show off the things we painted to my family and I know the other painters we have do the same thing.

For most of us, it is our life, not just a paycheck

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Painting, why do it?

Top three reasons people have to paint.

Protection: To protect metal, wood and other surfaces from decaying and having larger expenses to replace things. Rust and rot can be devasting to any surface and if left go too long correcting will turn into replacing. On metal surfaces, rust also is very corrosive and can quickly turn a normal repainting project into much more.

Safety: making surfaces safe either by color coding to know what pipes are what such as gas, sprinkler lines water lines which you may see in factories. Anti-skid coatings for floors and ramps, safety lines for pedestrians, the lines on the highway etc. There are many reasons to paint for safety, without that we would have disorganization and many safety issues.

The last reason is simply beautification, you want things to look better, a store wants their facility to look great for their customers, you want your home to be beautiful for your family and friends to see.
This list is never-ending.

Painting any surface can have multiple reasons at the same time why it should or can be painted.
Our painters love to paint, it is always a way to help someone no matter what reason they are choosing to paint a surface. That is the best thing about our trade, when we're done we can step back
and take a look at the work we have done and the happiness it may bring whether for safety, protection or beautification.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

How to properly stain my deck

What to expect with my stained deck.

When staining a deck you have to have expectations that meet the work being done and products being used.

Living in the Northeast our homes and decks are under all types of weather, snow, rain, ice, extreme heat and with any wood surface they are also freezing when they absorb moisture, defrosting expanding and contracting. 

Not to mention we shovel them, our pets walk on them and typically we entertain on them.

With all of this abuse, you should expect yearly maintenance.
That may be washing every year to remove mildew and dirt or repainting or staining the floor and top rails that are exposed to the harshest abuse.

The lifespan of a deck

To expect a deck in our area to last year after year without any upkeep is setting yourself up for a disappointment. No contractor around can promise a long-term warranty on an exterior deck in our area.

What products?

Now selecting different products will certainly help, a semi-transparent penetrating stain can last much longer than a solid coating in some instances. We are referring to the stains that absorb into the wood and do not leave a clear film on top. That kind of stains will peel and a penetrating stain will fade.

The other benefit of a penetrating stain is you can simply come back, wash it and coat it again rather than the sanding or stripping required with most stains.

You can also select a solid stain, you will see no wood grain, it holds up very well but again expect to possibly re doing the floor and top rails every year or two. Solid stains may peel and typically it is because of moisture.

Knowing what to expect on any painting project can make for a successful one, but having expectations that are simply not possible can set things up for resentment, anger and blaming the contractor for something that is not controllable.

Friday, May 18, 2018


Hiring and training apprentices

Hiring and training apprentices can be a great thing for any company.
To bring new fresh faces into your business can also bring with it a new found energy and great people to surround your existing team.

We always say competition brings out the best in most people and for those that are threatened by it and fail well at least you removed those from your company.

The most important part of the apprentices is having a training program for them and keep up with it, to just hire a new painter and call them a trainee or apprentice but never train them is not fair to them and won't benefit your company in the long run either as they will never turn into your painters of the future.

With our company we do apprentice training each Friday, the first three weeks is a simple one-page training and the third being onsite and hands-on training. We have found it best to keep it short.

The biggest and most important thing in all of this is you experienced painters taking the time to help train these people, if they won't take the time to train them, again they are not helping the company out, the apprentice or themselves, wouldn't it be great to have a team of apprentices who can do a large project under you as the crew leader? You would be under budget, help others out and also make yourself look good. It's a win-win situation.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Working around weather and the schedule

Working around weather and the schedule

On a nice rainy day like today, it brings up a great topic, the exterior work, and the schedule.
What happens when it rains? Will the paint be ok and other great questions?

At our company and any company that does exterior work that is weather dependent we have to watch the weather report days in advance, we want to make sure the surfaces are dry and clean number one and we also want to make sure we are applying the paint as per the manufacturer's direction.

Now with exterior painting we do have to dodge and work around the weather, we may have to start and stop during the same day, work later in the morning or end the day earlier. The painters are very skilled at this so when you wonder what they are doing there is always a plan, feel free to discuss it with them. We want to make sure the paint has "skinned" up and with products like Sherwin Wiliams Resilence we can paint closer to rain than ever before.

So now the bad part, there are only so many available hours to schedule in a day, week or month so when any job is pushed back due to weather it may mean ALL the jobs behind it are pushed back even if it is an interior project, this is because we have allowed a certain time to do each project, when one is moved that doesn't mean we can move that one and still begin the next on top of it, there wouldn't be a company around that could manage that.

Scheduling is a chaotic dance, always moving up or back and adjusting while trying to maintain the projects, the happiness of the client and keep the workers going. It is not a perfect science by any means and there are many many variables such as weather, call-offs from being sick or family issues they have to attend to the clients needing to change things. 

We all have to be flexible in this manner to have a great project, schedule things loosely and move things up when you can. It is always fun to call someone and say we have availability and can move things up. A client who won't be able to handle scheduling like this may have a tough time with any contractor and we like to know this ahead of time plus make sure they are well aware of this.

So the next time you see it raining outside know that there is a team inside the office scrambling to adjust things and make everyone as happy as can be.

You can't do it all

You can't do it all

Where is Ryan? Where is the manager? Is Ryan there, we hear it all day long or people contact me on personal emails, Facebook, or however they think they can. 

If I answered every request that came in all I would be doing all day and night is putting out fires or talking to salespeople or anyone one else who needs a "minute" I would be a glorified firefighter. The problem is I can put those fires out right away and make things better but that is doing a disservice to the people I personally put in place and trained myself.

I spend countless hours training everyone, we do more training than you would imagine and work day and night 7 days a week sometimes 16 hours a day or more I have gotten to a spot where I planned to not be available for the day to day things. I have put our company in a place where I can oversee and manage, be a CEO and not have to manage daily job sites, client issues, employee issues.

That certainly doesn't mean clients will understand that but that is the way it is if I had to fix every small issue that comes in we wouldn't be able to service the amount of work we do or do the training that we do and honestly it was never my plan to work "in" the business but to work "on" the business.

So yes the calls that come in for me I rarely take, anyone I need to speak with knows how to get a hold of me and it is a select few, guess what I also make mistakes so just by getting a hold of me doesn;t mean everything will be better, remember the answers your getting were trained directly by me to the people in charge who also will make an occasional mistake, we're all human, but you cannot say we are not accountable for ourselves.

You may say, you are the owner and have to do it, no I don't believe that think about all the companies you deal with day in and out and how many of them are you getting the owner on the phone? They work hard to get to a spot where they either have to step back to manage things or want to, you cannot fault someone for that, they place managers in positions to handle all of these things.

So let the people in place do their thing, hold them accountable for what they say and be a great customer

Friday, May 4, 2018

Top 5 reasons to pressure wash

Power washing is an inexpensive solution to quickly clean and brighten the exterior of your home however many people think this is a luxury and will get to it when they can. But there are real reasons you should be washing your exterior surfaces at least once a year professionally.
While it is very true high pressure can damage any surface most professional power washing companies are really doing a soft wash with lower pressure while letting the cleaners do the work.
Here are our top three reasons to power wash
  1. It saves money: Keeping your exterior surfaces clean and clear such as your gutters, concrete, and siding can help avoid much more costly repairs in the future.
  2. It saves permanent damage: Mildew can severely damage and stain any surfaces and will speed up the deterioration of those.
  3. Saves Time: A professional company will be cleaning from the ground, no ladders no safety issues. Leave the work to a professional where heights are involved
  4. It removes allergens: Pressure washing can help reduce the allergens such as pollen on the exterior surfaces of your home
  5. It prepares the surfaces: Pressure washing prepares the surfaces for painting and staining much faster and more thorough then hand washing, remember if you don’t prepare your surfaces paint and stain can fail.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Did you know this big secret of painting companies?

Did you know many painting companies have a dirty little secret they would hate for you to know?

You have someone come out for a painting estimate and they seem professional, well dressed sometimes and seem to know everything about painting and how the job will be done.

They make you feel so comfortable how can anything go wrong? They give you the proposal and it all sounds great so you agree to it, the project gets scheduled and as start day comes close you get all the things you may need to get done on your end.

Will the painters show up?

When the painters show up it's not the company you met with, you may or may not know this. It is supposed to be disclosed within your proposal and contract but many times it is not if at all.

So who cares who shows up? You should most certainly care, the way the estimator said a project will be completed is now out the window as each different company will do their own projects a different way and as a true subcontractor the person you met should have no control over this new company, if they do they are not a true subcontractor and are really employees.

Why do companies do this? That's easy to answer, money. They will establish their profit before a project starts and reduces any risk on their end. They have no payroll taxes to be paid, no workman's compensation to pay, no training to do, no human resources, just sell the jobs and give them away for someone else to do, it's a great system until something goes wrong. 

Your gambling with your home, there are many great subcontractors and trust me being in the painting business there are also many horrible painters and scary people to be around your home.
having employees allows us to train our systems on how each project should go, we have accountability should something need correcting and a warranty if something goes wrong down the road. With a subcontractor, there is no telling if they will show back up to fix anything or if they will be in business a year from now.

The worst part about this is insurance, sure they may have liability insurance but where is the worker's comp? Anyone onsite other than the owner needs to be covered by workers comp. The company you hired cannot cover them as a subcontractor or they would be an employee. 

After a conversation with the IRS on another matter, we discussed this and they assured me this is a priority issue to address this locally, this is needed to protect homeowners, level the playing field and have trained craftsmen and women in and around your home.

Here is a recent video we did on this topic

Thursday, April 26, 2018

You Don't Have To Spend A Fortune To Get A Great Paint Job

You don't have to spend a fortune to get a great paint job

When your looking to paint the exterior of your home we know the first worry may be the price.
How much will it cost? Can we afford it and who will do this work?
How do we know we're not being overcharged?

These are all great questions and ones that are normal to ask and worry about but let me ease your worries, if you do your homework you can find a great painting contractor who will do a professional job and one that you will be proud of. Here are the things you need to do.
  • You must know exactly what you are expecting when the project is done, a professional estimator should spend time finding these expectations out and providing solutions to meet these 

  • Be open to discuss the budget. Let me say that again, BE OPEN TO DISCUSSING THE BUDGET. You must be open to discussing the project's budget, you may not know your budget and that's fair but a great estimator can give you examples of other projects they have done and their costs to help you zero in your costs.
  • Be open about the experiences you have liked and not liked with past contractors. This will help alleviate any issues on the new project by bringing to light past issues the contractors will be wary of.
  • The time frame of the project. Your time frame can directly affect the cost of your project, an immediate need will certainly increase your costs by having to bring in painters that were not scheduled for a project or bringing in the fastest painters who demand more money to complete projects in a fast and professional manner. Or when work is busy some contractors will pick and choose the work they do. See how many will even call back in the summer when they are busy. Do you really want those types on your project?
  • Micromanaging your project can actually affect the cost. Spending too much time micromanaging a project will slow down production, make the contractors nervous and not want to be on your project. Hire someone you trust and let them do the work. No one likes someone looking over their shoulder.
By following some basic rules you can certainly keep your costs down on a painting project, failure to do these can certainly increase costs before and throughout the project.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Ryan Amato Painting wins top job award 2018

Ryan Amato Painting wins American Painting Contractor Magazine Top Job Award 2018 for their work on the Paxinosa School project in Easton,Pa 
APC Magazine has announced the winners of its 2018 TOP JOB Awards, sponsored by Zinsser. This year the publication is recognizing 31 painting contractors for excellence in the craft of residential painting.
This year’s winners tackled challenges across a wide spectrum of projects, from faux finishes to failing finishes, and historic renovations to modern wallpaper-heavy solutions. Winners demonstrated an ability to solve complex challenges, exceed customer expectations and create long-lasting finishes that show mastery of the craft.
“We are thrilled to win this award as it shows the dedication to our projects from our crews and staff”  says owner Ryan Amato
This has been an amazing year for Ryan Amato Painting with winning countless awards and can be a testament to the quality and service we provide

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

How much is it to paint my shutters?

How much is it to paint my shutters?

It's almost exterior painting season and we get asked all the time about painting shutters.
Drive into any neighborhood and you will see those faded ugly vinyl shutters.
Painting them is a great way to preserve them and really get a huge bang for the buck.

The issue is to do them yourself your talking about heights, ladders and making sure you don't get paint on your home. The professional painter to the rescue To paint your shutters is something we do all the time, we can paint them on your home with little to no disruption to anything else.
Using a great quality paint from Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore certainly will guard against premature fading again and being able to keep them clean.

You still will have some maintenance on them, a once a year washing is best to protect the paint and make it shine but little else is needed at all. We even suggest painting new shutters before hanging them up to guard against the fading.

The most common vinyl shutters on a standard two-story home should cost you between $50-$75 per shutter to paint them depending on their condition, the heights, and access.

It is generally a one day project for one painter and can be done in an assortment of great deep colors to compliment your home. Give us a call for any of your shutter painting needs or any other exterior painting projects you may have in mind. 484-821-7112

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Your puppy is ugly and negative people aka bullies

Your puppy is ugly and other positive comments online

I love YouTube, I will say it again I love YouTube, I use it at work, at home and it keeps me company at the gym on those never-ending treadmill sessions. I also use it myself for our business uploading videos, tips and other things to help clients and other companies.

It always amazes me that people can be so nasty but more so they have the time to do it? I barely have enough time in a day to get my things done, I would never have time to troll someones YouTube or Facebook page to write nasty comments. I am impressed they have the time honestly.

Negative reviews

So no matter what video you search for someone will either give it a thumbs down or have a nasty comment, try it now go to YouTube and search puppies, who would hate puppies? You will be surprised, I haven't set this up, the fourth result down for me is "Puppies playing with babies" now that is double the cuteness and it has 15K of dislikes? and reading through some not so nice comments. Ok let's try another search kids like to watch "kids playing with toys"

Puppies and kids are bad?

How can that be bad? well, my first result has 10k of dislikes and comments are disabled most likely because people leave nasty ones. Can ten thousand people really dislike a kid playing with a new toy?

Let's go back to business, I have been lucky on YouTube with people being so supportive, leaving great comments but I am not naive I will get some eventually, now Facebook is another story, we are always on the defensive there and it's not from customers.

We receive messages from other companies pretending to be regular people, spouses putting ads up of their husbands' companies, people telling us the pictures aren't real or the same or they can do it better, faster, cheaper etc. I can only imagine what it must be like to be a celebrity, I do not envy that at all, the money would not be worth the attacks. I also can not imagine what kids nowadays must go through, I can only imagine in age they are already sensitive to how they look when people write nasty things on their pages it must really hurt.

Bullies come in all sizes and ages and can be male or female.

Bullying is not just physical and bullies are not just teenagers in a school, you would be surprised how many bullies we run into, from nasty demanding spoiled clients who verbally abuse our workers and office staff to the general contractors who are so spoiled rotten and are used to getting everything they ever request whether its right or wrong, Kyle could tell you stories of contractors demanding we paint while it's snowing or pouring outside or calling to demand we have painters onsite even though we were there and they have no work ready. Bullies suck no doubt and you cannot reason with an unreasonable person. One day I will do a blog with examples of some of the things we go through with demanding clients that will blow your socks off. If we could only name them.

So what are we supposed to do? Let them bring you down? No way! You smile at them, be the bigger person but let them know they are being rude, I don't let them get away with it, let them know how they are treating you, one thing I always tell our staff is to not accept in any way someone abusing you. pack up and leave or hang the phone up, we don't need those type of clients. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

How much will it cost to paint the exterior of my home?


How much will it cost to paint the exterior of my home is a question we receive all the time and it’s a great one.
It seems there is a mystery to pricing exterior painting work so what does everyone do? they open up Google search and call a few painting companies that pop up and hopefully one actually calls you back. That is a discussion for another time.
Once you get someone to call you back they all come out and do a dance around the home and tell you how great they are, they are using the best products, will put two coats on and whatever else they think will make you love them.
Guys, I am here to tell you everyone applies the paint the same way, uses the same stores, some are real insured companies with employees and others subcontract some or all of their work.
The difference that sets us apart is no one trains their painters like us, NO ONE! There are no apples to apples, from the support you will receive on the job to the communication from the office there is no comparison and we believe that.
So back to how much will my home cost. There are many factors that go into that question such as.
  • How much preparation does the home need?
  • When was the last time it was painted?
  • What type of heights are involved?
  • What is the timeframe for this work to be completed?
  • Are lead-based paints involved?
  • What colors are being used and is there priming involved
After these questions are answered and we discuss your expectations for your project AND we discuss your budget which is very important we can come to a professional summary for your proposal and prescribe the correct scope of work for the project.
On the home in this picture which is an actual home we did, I met with the homeowner to discuss his project, it was a new home for his family and wanted a color change. We went over how we would complete this project, we hit it off right away and he felt comfortable using us. For me this is where all the other estimates mean nothing, we were in his budget, we hit it off and our scope of work is everything needed. JOB SOLD: The house we completed would cost in this scenario around $3750-$4200 to paint it professionally.