A Nice Deck Is Essential

A nice stained deck is the essential finishing touch to any beautiful home. With decks being an outside addition to the home, they experience the most wear and tear and are always exposed to the elements. The prep work is the most important part to a long lasting beautiful deck. Pressure washing and striping is important depending on the stain. Since there is moderate traffic in this area, reinforcing certain loose areas is key to keeping good maintenance, and last is applying the stain. It is important to only stain when the wood has had time to dry completely. To avoid premature peeling, we like to leave our customers decks healthy. Therefore, no staining underneath the deck is done as this is how the wood “breathes”. Everyone loves a good cookout and we can give you a beautiful deck to grill on!

Tom Sawyer Used Whitewash and Unskilled Labor

Happy child with painted handsIf you’re considering painting an interior in Vinings or an exterior in Smyrna or any painting project in the greater Atlanta area, it might be a good idea to take a moment and reflect on Mark Twain’s classic tale of white picket fence painting.

As punishment Tom Sawyer is tasked by Aunt Polly to whitewash the fence around her home, a job Tom abhors. But Tom being Tom cons a number of friends to actually pay him for the privilege of painting a section of fence. Tom’s only concerns were having enough lime based paint and unskilled labor to slap it on so he wouldn’t have to lift a brush.

That was good enough for Tom…is it good enough for you? Read more

What Does A Good Painting Job Look Like?

good house paintingWhat’s Your Definition of a Good Paint Job?

When it comes to interior or exterior house painting the term “good” is going to be defined by the homeowner’s objective.  If the house is an upscale home in Smyrna or Vinings that the owner intends to live in long term, then most likely the owner will want a quality job performed that will last 8 to 10 years. Another homeowner may have a house that needs to be painted but doesn’t have the budget to afford top notch job and would settle for getting 4 to 5 years of service out of a house painting.

Then there is the person looking to sell their home. Often times this homeowner just wants a fresh coat of paint as a marketing ploy. So long as it looks good this homeowner could care less how long it will last.

Not surprisingly the cost difference between these three types of “good” can be dramatic. Ironically, in many cases the most expensive price can be the best value when the project is amortized over the life of the paint’s life.

Start at the Top and Work Your Way Down

So why is there such a big difference in cost? It’s not the materials. Granted there can be a $30+ difference per gallon between the lowest quality and best exterior paint but the real cost comes from how the paint is put on the house. Just like paint, painters come in different levels of quality except they aren’t as easy to identify.

Let’s take a look at the top-of-the-line painter who uses best practices regardless of the quality of paint involved. How does he go about performing the task?


Preparing the surface to be painted is the biggest part of the project and there is only good preparation or bad. Either the paint sticks to the surface or it blisters, peels or flakes off well before its time. The preparation process is also one of the favorite labor saving shortcuts of less than professional painters.

Here’s what should happen.

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It’s A New Year, And We Have A New Look!

Just like the work we do to offer our customers fresh and updated painting and construction on their homes, D&R Painting and Construction got a total renovation! We have a totally new website and a brand new logo that we are very excited about. Of course, while our logo and website may be new, our company still offers the same great service that D&R Painting and Construction has been providing around Douglasville and metro Atlanta for over 12 years.

In addition to our new look, we will be providing a helpful DIY blog with regularly updated posts to offer the best information possible about renovating your home! Everything from tips on hiring a contractor, to choosing the right paint and materials for the job, to helpful hints on maintaining the investments you make in home improvement will be discussed. Furthermore, we will be showcasing more of our previous work in a format that will provide you with greater detail and information on what makes D&R Painting and Construction the premiere renovation company around Atlanta.

We are very excited about what 2015 has in store for us, and we look forward to working with you! And of course, if you would like to request a free, no obligations quote, head on over to our Request a Quote page now!