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Ceiling Cracks: Concern or Cosmetic?

April 13, 2018

If you have cracks in your ceiling, don’t panic! It’s more common than you may think. Homes are naturally subject to movement—seasonal shrinkage and expansion due to cold and heat. Additionally, movement can be caused by slow settling into the ground below the home. Some cracks are merely cosmetic, while some may indicate a structural issue. Are your ceiling cracks cause for concern? Here’s a handy guide to decoding your damage:

Spiderweb Cracks

Spiderweb cracks are a normal part of a home settling over the years. They can run throughout the home, not only on the ceiling but also on the walls, floors, and grout joints in tile installations and concrete slabs. As long as they’re small, they’re considered cosmetic and no cause for alarm. However, large cracks that are more than 1/16 inch wide are a sign of structural issues and should be looked at by a professional.

Matching Vertical Cracks

Cracks that run across the length of a ceiling and then continue down a wall along the same line are a sign of structural damage and a cause for concern. These cracks are usually related to a weak wall stud, but can also be caused by an earthquake or simply the settling of the home over time. The size of the crack can help you determine if it is a pressing issue or something which has just begun to form.

Saggy Ceiling

If your cracks are accompanied by a bow or a “dip” in the ceiling, it’s a sign of a large problem and requires immediate action. A saggy ceiling means that the structural “bones” are no longer holding up the weight of the home. If you spot any cracks that also include a sagging section, contact a structural engineer right away to determine the damage.

Location, Location, Location

The location of a crack in your ceiling is a good way to determine whether or not there are larger issues at play. Cracks along the edges of a ceiling are a normal part of a home’s movement and therefore a cosmetic issue, while cracks across the middle of a room can be problematic. Wide, long and multiple cracks mean it’s time to call a professional to assess any structural damage.

For any cosmetic cracks, McDermaid Painting in Palo Alto offers drywall and texture repair. McDermaid Painting has 28 years of experience providing residential and historic building painting services for homeowners. We provide custom, personalized services, and our quality of work can’t be beat. Contact us today!

2018 Color Trends

February 9, 2018
If repainting rooms in your home is on your to-do list this year, you’ll want to catch up with the 2018 color trends before doing so. This year, we’re going to see bold, statement-making colors that will give a pop of sophistication to your home in wonderful and unexpected ways. Continue reading below to see what colors we can expect to see trending this year.
A Twist on Black
This year, expect to see shades of black. Yes, you read that right. The sleek color is taking over spaces all over, from kitchens to bathrooms to dining rooms, this color gives a sophisticated and classic look to any room. Be sure to pair it with light, neutral colors, such as creams, taupes, and light colored woods. Check out Deep Onyx or Black Flame by PPG Paints.
An Abundance of Berries
Not the actual fruit, but colors inspired by them. You can expect to see shades of raspberry pink, deep strawberry reds, and even blueberry inspired colors. Whether you’re looking to add a vivacious pop of color, or just need a little warmth in your chosen room, this entire color scheme has any type of color you could want. Try Caliente or Caponata, both by Benjamin Moore.
Calming Blue-Greens
These colors will always be a favorite, and can add a calming effect to any room you add it to. While the calming qualities of this color work wonders in a bedroom, bathroom, or home office, it’s neutral enough to add to kitchens, living rooms, and dining rooms. If you’re looking to add this color to your home, you can try out Boca Raton Blue, or Fort Pierce Green, both by Benjamin Moore.
Updated Neutrals
Whether you’re a cool grey person, or you prefer shades of taupe, there’s one thing we’re certain of: all neutrals will be getting a face-lift this year. Because of their versatility, you can use these colors in any room you like, and since there are so many different shades, you’re sure to find the right color for any room in your home. If you’re looking for greys, try Delray Grey or Soho Loft, by Benjamin Moore, or if you want warm beige, try Driftscape Tan or Broken Arrow, both by Benjamin Moore.
No matter what paint color you’re looking for, the professionals at McDermaid Painting can help you find it. Come visit us at 716 San Antonio Rd., Suite B in Palo Alto, CA, or visit our website to learn more about our services.

Choosing the Right Color for Your Master Bedroom

January 26, 2018
When redoing your master bedroom, it can be hard to pick out a lot of new aspect when it comes to the design. But perhaps one of the toughest decisions you’ll make is what color to paint the walls. You spend a lot of time in your bedroom, and you don’t want to hate the new color after only two weeks. Below you’ll find some tips on how to pick the best color for your master bedroom.
Consider the Mood
Your master bedroom is likely bigger than most other rooms in your home, which means you can be a little more relaxed when it comes to picking a color. Find a color that reflects the mood you want your master bedroom to convey. Do you want it to be a relaxing space? Do you want something energetic? Or do you want a color that will inspire you the moment you walk in? No matter what you decide, pick a color that will reflect what type of mood you want your bedroom to portray, and have it be a reflection of who you are as well.
Green is a very popular and wise choice for bedrooms, mainly because it was both cool and warm elements to it, and there is a wide range of tints you can choose from. Green also makes decorating easier, because it can be used in a more modern, eclectic way, or a more zen, relaxing way. If you only want to use it as an accent color, green is the perfect color to make small details pop.
Red or Yellow
Although you can use red or yellow in the bedroom, proceed with caution as red and yellow are very stimulating colors. We suggest using either as accent colors, and incorporate them in pillows, candles, hand towels, or lamp shades or bases. You can also get creative and use it in your accent pillows or bedding. If you’re set on painting the walls either of these colors, go for a softer shade for a more relaxing effect.
Blues are the most natural color for bedrooms. They’re both cool and soothing, and help relax you after a long day. Deeper shades of blues can make a great statement wall, or act as a dramatic backdrop for an important piece of furniture. There are plenty of muted and pale tones to help you unwind after a long day.
If you’re having trouble finding the perfect paint color for your master bedroom, or any color in your home, visit McDermaid Painting. We can help you find the perfect color, just give us a call today at 650-961-7415.

Spruce Up Your Home For the Holidays

January 9, 2018
There’s just nothing quite like walking into a space and instantly feeling a sense of warmth and comfort, especially during the holidays. And there’s also nothing quite like being told that your home is cozy and inviting. However, maybe you’re struggling with creating an atmosphere that others want to be in. If you are having a hard time creating a more cozy and inviting home for the holidays, here are a few tips.
Inviting Entryway
First impressions are everything – especially when it comes to the entryway of your home.Start with a festive wreath on the door and a nice mat to usher in and welcome both family and guests. Great lighting, art or a mirror, and a succession of rugs help to pull guests into this entry.

Let There Be Candlelight!

Having plenty of candles in your home gives it a sense of warmth. Put a couple candles in each room and people will feel a sense of comfort no matter where they are in your home. Select scents that remind you of the season – like pumpkin, spice, and apple. Just remember that any candles set out where food is being served should be unscented.
The Power of Smell
As stated above, this can be one of the most important factors in creating a welcoming environment. Try a homemade holiday potpourri or freshly baked cookies to get your home smelling festive.
Offer Snacks & Refreshments
Nobody can be comfortable when they are hungry or thirsty. When guests are offered something to snack on they immediately feel more comfortable. And, if you put out freshly baked cookies, your house will be smelling super-homey too!
Be Accommodating of Both Kids & FurKids 
If children are on the guest list, make sure to have an area and some activities arranged for them ahead of time. If pets will be visiting as well, set up pet-friendly areas to ensure your furry guests are comfortable as well.
McDermaid Painting has been serving the Peninsula by providing custom painting services for residential and historic buildings for over 23 years. Our customers receive individual attention and an atmosphere of comfort and trust throughout the job. For more information, give us a call at (650) 961-7415.

Spice Up Your Kitchen with 2017 Paint Colors

October 11, 2017

It is almost a cliche when you hear that the kitchen is the heart of the home.  Yet the heartbeat of the home, the kitchen, must appease the tastes of many. When it comes to the home’s heart, choosing the right kitchen color is critical.  Here are three color schemes to keep in mind when choosing colors.

Warm and Inviting. Use spicy, warm kitchen colors, such as red, orange and yellow, that relate to food, offering appetizing surroundings.  These colors are especially inviting, making kitchens feel irresistible.  Think terra cotta shades, Mediterranean hues of orange, peach or persimmon reds, along with greens, taupe, and golds
Yellow, a classic kitchen color, is a warm shade that will instantly wake up a drab kitchen. This goes well with white cabinets that can offset its brightness. On the other hand, a lighter shade of yellow can create a soft tone, brightening up a space.
Oranges can range from terracotta tones to rich pumpkin.  You’ll often see them in Tuscan-style cooking spaces.
Spicy red, a color with a lot of personality, goes best with a kitchen that has a lot of light.  It can add drama to a lackluster space and is an outstanding as an accent.

Cool as a Cucumber.  Use cooler, serene kitchen paint colors like green, blue and violet to create a calm and fresh atmosphere.

Cool paint colors paired with warm woods are a great choice for a kitchen color scheme. A light sage is a perfect all-over wall color.  Cool blues, which can sometimes conjure up a beach theme, can be tinted enough to make it more of a tranquil hue and paired against white or dark wood is a great offset.

Neutral Territory.
  Kitchens can  feel more open by incorporating white or a neutral color.  These light colors are elegant backdrops for any space, and make kitchens feel light and airy.  Light gray or taupe are two options to use as neutral kitchen colors. Neutral tans or the increasingly popular slate gray can all be pulled together, creating a modern kitchen color scheme.

Finally, after you pick the main go-to shade, remember that a  good rule ofthumb is to select shades that are next to each other on the color wheel and pair them with a grounding neutral. It’s also helpful to balance warm tones with a cool color or two. To find complementary shades, choose ones that are opposite your favorite warm colors on the color wheel.

McDermaid Painting has been serving the Peninsula by providing custom painting services for residential and historic buildings for over 23 years.  Our customers receive individual attention and an atmosphere of comfort and trust throughout the job.  Call us at (650) 961-7415.

Trust a Professional to Paint your Home: Here’s Why

September 19, 2017

Painting a room in your house is one of those projects where, as they say, it’s easier said than done. While the concept may sound simple, in practice, there are many steps involved that make all the difference between a chic, polished space and a sloppy, hurried paint job.

There are some things that are best left in the hands of professionals. Because you take pride in your home and its appearance, having its interior or exterior professionally painted, rather than trying to handle it yourself, is highly recommended.
Here are a few key reasons why we recommend you leave the paintbrushes in qualified, professional hands.
You Save A Lot of Time and Hassle

Painting a room requires prepping the walls, filling up holes, and applying tape to the side boards to avoid damage—and that’s even before you open your first can of paint.

We live in a world with demanding schedules and routines that are anything but routine. If your home needs a new look, give yourself a break and let a qualified professional take this on.
It’s Just Going to Look Better
While yes, anyone can hold a paintbrush and apply paint to a wall, trust us—you can always tell the difference between an amateur and a professional painting project. And your visitors and family members will too.
Professional contractors, like your friends and experts at McDermaid Painting, know exactly what it takes to make your home look beautiful. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience required to transform your space into what you envisioned.
No Detail is Too Small
Because this is what we take pride and pleasure in doing all day, every day, the professional team at McDermaid Painting knows what to do to make a room look perfect, rather than good. We’ve gotten pretty good at noticing the small details and understanding how to best enhance your space.
The Proper Equipment is Always Used
Painting is so much more than a brush, a blank canvas, and a can of paint. It’s also about the equipment you use to efficiently use your time.
Painting the exterior of a home requires an enormous amount of safety gear, patching tools and caulk, and those can be difficult to come by for the typical do-it-yourselfer. A professional will also understand the kind of paint that will make your home look its best for the longest possible amount of time.
Painting your home should be completed by a professional to give your home the beautiful, polished look it deserves. We at McDermaid Painting would be honored to serve you and help you give your home a stunning new look. Call us today to discuss your upcoming paint project at 650-961-7415 or email us at contact@mcdermaidpainting.com.
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