Why Choose A&R For your Exterior Paint Needs

When looking for an exterior paint company on Orcas Island, San Juan Island, Lopez Island, or anywhere in the Puget Sound, it can be confusing to know where to start, what to look for, or know if you’re being duped into choosing a low-grade company posing as an industry expert. Along with that, there’s the money that goes into it. It’s not like you’re just buying a pair of socks. We get it, you don’t want to spend an exorbitant amount of money on an exterior painting job if you don’t have to, but you also don’t want to have to pay twice to get a job done that should’ve been completed the first try. Luckily, you came across A&R in your search for a reputable exterior painter. We combine uncompromising quality with unbeatable value to deliver long-lasting painting solutions to our customers in the San Juan Islands and across the Puget Sound.

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We exclusively use Sherwin-William paints for their durability, full-color spectrum, water and oil-based paint options, and aesthetic qualities. Combine that with our three-step process that includes one coat of primer with two coats of paint, and you have an exterior paint job that not only looks great, but will last longer than other methods of painting.

We pride ourselves on the fact that 90% of any given paint job is spent doing meticulous preparation. When we create this solid foundation to work on, it only adds to the longevity of the exterior paint by ensuring it was applied properly from the start. We also provide caulking and weather sealant around all windows and doors to not only weather-proof your entire building, but to complete the project with a critical eye to even the tiniest nooks and crannies.

We’re also willing to go to great lengths and distances to provide our exterior paint services, and have multiple boats to allow us great travel flexibility. No island in the sound is too remote. We regularly paint homes on San Juan Island, Orcas Island, Shaw Island, Whidbey Island, Camano Island, Bainbridge Island and Anacortes on Fidalgo Island.

Our exterior paint services go beyond just the outside walls. Our A&R team has experience in resurfacing and restaining decks, sanding off old, flaking paint, performing lead paint removals, and even hand painting on request. If you’re looking to update the look of your building, contact us for a free estimate.

Our Industry-Leading Warranty and Skills

Any company is only as good as the products they offer and their knowledge of how to apply them. If you only have one of these two attributes without the other, your exterior painting job will suffer. Our wet Washington weather can be brutal.  It can and will find any weak spots on an exterior painting job, compromising the overall painting job and reduce the protection of your house. That’s why at A&R, we combine industry-leading products proven to last decades with our expertise and methodical application process to deliver a long-lasting and quality exterior painting job.

We also offer an unheard of 10 year warranty on all of our painting jobs. That’s right, for 10 years your investment in your exterior painting job will be protected when you choose A&R. Our closest competitors only offer a maximum of 5 years. Combine that with the fact that we’ve never had to repaint a house under warranty, ever, and our quality products and workmanship, and you’ll see why we’re the fastest growing exterior painting contractor in the San Juan Islands. But don’t take our word for it, check out our reviews on Yelp!

Only-the-Best Paint Products and Brands

The two industry-leading paint brands are Sherwin-Williams and Behr. Although they might look comparable on paper to the average consumer, there are some distinct differences between the two, and even other paints, that can significantly affect the overall quality of your painting job. We exclusively use Sherwin-Williams paints to get the most value for the money invested. Below are just a few reasons why Sherwin-Williams is superior to Behr, why we solely use it, and why it’s the best bet when it comes to exterior painting jobs.

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  1. Coats better: Sherwin-Williams paint consists of less water filler, making it coat with a purer, more even layer of paint than others that utilize a significant amount of water filler. This is important for not just the look of the paint when it’s dried, which will be more even and and a have richer color, but also for its durability against inclement Washington weather.
  2. Lifetime expectancy: By choosing Sherwin-Williams, we’re making an investment in our exterior painting jobs that will last 15-20 years. We’ve analyzed the cost of paint and when we take into account the added ROI from not having to perform a complete exterior repaint job with the usual 7-10 years lifespan other paints offer, that’s two paint jobs in one we provide by just choosing Sherwin-Williams!
  3. Sticks to itself better: Unlike other quick-drying paints, Sherwin-Williams paints dry at a normal rate, which helps it stick to itself better. You’ll notice this benefit when you look at other low-quality paints and see how much cracking occurs when you choose a faster drying, thicker but water-filled paint. It, again, goes back to the overall look and quality of the paint. You want something that will be smooth and durable instead of cracking and weak.
  4. Full spectrum options: Paints that are full spectrum use a blend of the seven natural colors in sunlight to create an infinite amount of colors and variations. Using a full spectrum paint gives you this ability to color match literally anything, which can be extremely important for touch-up jobs or if you have a specific color in mind. These paints also reflect light in a way that standard paints can’t, creating a high-end look to the outside of your house.
  5. A commitment to quality: At A&R Construction, we strive to provide superior quality and an excellent customer experience. This goes beyond just our application method and rests heavily on the products we use. By using only Sherwin-Williams paints, we ensure the jobs we finish will be some of the highest-quality and longest-lasting Washing exterior paint jobs.

Our Thorough Painting Process

How someone performs their job can say a lot about them. Are they passionate about what they do with a keen eye to detail? Or are they doing the bare minimum to make a quick buck? At A&R, we pride ourselves on the quality of our painting jobs, which is achieved through our meticulous painting process. With one eye focused on detail and the other towards creating a long-lasting solution, we combine both to achieve a superior painting job that will last for decades.

Prep work

Prep work is easily the most important part of any exterior painting job. After all, the paint is only going to be as good as the foundation it was applied on, so we do the leg work at the beginning of the process, which always pays off exponentially when it comes to the final product.

During this prep work, we have a critical eye for caulking and weather sealant application needs around the house. This is crucial for weather proofing a house and ensuring that the foundation beneath the paint is smooth and sealed. Living in Washington, this is especially important for protecting your house against the wet weather. Having this as part of our painting method helps ensures a happy customer at the end by fixing the tiniest nooks and crannies that the average eye and most paint companies would probably miss.

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At A&R, we pride ourselves on the fact that 90% of our time on a project is spent on preparation. This is evident in the final look of the house and the fact that we have never had to repaint a house, whether that’s due to issues or quality reasons.

Primer coat

After the prep work has been performed, we apply the first coat of primer. Primers provide a slew of benefits: it helps the paint adhere better to the surface, it protects the material underneath the primer, and it adds durability to the paint.

Paint coats

Some companies might opt to only apply one coat of paint based on the quality of paint and primer they use, but we take an extra step and apply two coats. Even with us using the highest-quality Sherwin-Williams primers and paints, we always apply two coats of paint to ensure an even coat of paint. This extra step also provides additional protection to your house and increases the longevity of the paint.

Our Sherwin-Williams paints dry within 24 hours, which helps to prevent chemical leakage into the local water supply and ensures the final coat doesn’t have any drips or runs in it. Just another reason why we only use Sherwin-Williams!

Gutter work

A lot of companies will paint the gutters once over while they’re still attached to the roof, but we like to take it one step further. At A&R, we remove the gutters, apply a primer and then a coat of paint. This helps to reduce flaking and will ensure a longer life out of the paint applied.

Post-Job Clean-Up

We 100% believe that an exterior painting job isn’t all the way complete once the last layer of paint is applied. There’s still cleaning and disposal of extra products to take care of.  In addition to removing all material and cleaning up after ourselves, we ensure to never clean sprayers on-site to avoid unnecessary paint on the property. The way we leave customers’ homes and businesses is often the longest lasting impression they have of us after we leave, so our job isn’t finished until your property is cleaned and left in an even better state than when we first arrived.

Recycling and Responsible Disposal

We’ve heard horror stories of other painting companies simply dumping extra paint out in the yard. This should, under no exceptions, ever be the case. We always offer the owners of the house the option to keep the extra paint, if there is any, for future touch-ups or color matching needs. If they opt not to keep it, we are sure to dispose of it in environmentally-friendly ways.

No Weather Limitations

Being in Washington, rain is a reality we face everyday that can’t stop the natural flow of business. After years of experience, we’ve perfected our painting in the rain process. We first lift up one layer of shingles (we’re also a roofing company, so we know how to do this properly), place a proprietary polycarbonate membrane around the building creating a containment zone, use heating elements and large fans to circulate the air, sucking out the paint vapors, and paint like normal. This is our tried and true method that has worked for us on countless projects, so you never have to worry about it raining on your parade.

We appreciate you considering A&R Construction for your exterior painting needs. If you have additional questions or would like to schedule a time for us to come out and give you a free estimate, please reach out at your convenience. If you’re in the San Juan Islands, particularly Orcas Island, come by and see us at our office!