Home Improvement Blog

Benefit of bathroom remodel

Posted by william bateman on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 @ 07:07 PM

We all have bathrooms in our homes and here at WMB CONSTRUCTION we pride ourselves in building and renovating them here in Orange County, NY 10950. Bathroom can range in any shape or size and can have many different features you can add or choose from. Nothing beats a hot shower on a cold morning or cold shower on a hot muggy day.

New or old revovation, bathroom designs are always exciting! Every customer has different tastes, wants and needs which makes it exciting for us to create your inside oasis. 


Bathroom options:

  • Bathtub
  • Showerstall
  • Concrete showerbase
  • Body jets
  • Jacuzzi
  • Jacuzzi tub
  • Bidet
  • Multiple showerheads
  • Heated floors
  • Handicap tubs and bars
  • Shower jets
  • In wall shelves




Bathrooms are a part of our everyday lives and we all deserve to be clean in a fashionable way. Nothing better than a nice bath/shower after a long days work or even a night on the town. 


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5 home remodels that can make you money

Posted by william bateman on Sun, Jan 06, 2013 @ 08:27 AM

Remodeling a home can be a very costly venture. Homeowners looking to add value to their homes may try to add upgrades or renovate entire sections of their homes to make them more marketable. Not all home upgrades and renovations are worth spending your hard-earned money on, though. Here is a look at five ways to make your home renovation worth the money and effort you put into it.

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Your roof is the main component of your home. Without a good roof your house will remain worthless. A new roof is always a great investment because no bank ever wants to get involved in loaning money for a home that isn't protected. A poor roof can also increase your chances for mold and mildew build up due to leaking water that can cause health ailments and thousands in damage.

Signs that you need a new roof:

  • Algae growth on shingles

  • Damaged flashing

  • Buckling of sheathing under shingles

  • Curling of shingles

  • Blistering of shingles

  • Missing shingles

  • Ceiling spots inside of your home

  • Missing granules on shingles

  • Evidence of rotting


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Your bathroom is one of the most frequented rooms in your home. It is the room where you freshen up everyday and take care of your personal hygiene. Bathroom remodels have been known to return 30-40% on your initial investment when you sell. Nobody wants to move into a home knowing that the bathroom is in need of complete renovation and will in most cases pay more for the home with a good finished bathroom remodel.

Signs that you might need a bathroom remodel:  

  •  Visual evidence of mold and mildew build up

  • Soft spots on floor/and or walls(may indicate rot which could be serious if not addressed)

  • Leaking water

  • Musty smell

  • Grout missing in many areas


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Your Kitchen is the most frequented room in your home. It brings family together and is the heart of every home. The kitchen is usually the first room you see in a house, so with that being said, it is the most important. I have seen returns as high a 50% on real nice kitchen remodels. The first thing you want to do when selling is knock your buyer off their feet and you can do this with a good quality kitchen.

Signs you might need a new kitchen:

  • Soft spots on floors

  • Cabinets are delaminating

  • Cabinets are faded

  • Circuit breakers keep tripping when you plug in appliances

  • Mold and mildew build up


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 Decks are always a great benefit to any home. Outdoor living and entertaining is on a rise and each year the demand keeps rising for these projects. It creates a personal oaisis and tranquility right in your backyard. It is a guaranteed investment that you and your family can enjoy for years and still have return at the end.

Signs you might need a new deck: 

  • Deck surface is splintering

  • Deck bounces or sways when walking on it

  • Railings are loose and wobbly


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 Finished basements are key to any home. Unfinished it adds no square footage or value to your home. A nice finished basement will most likely have any male interested in purchasing your home know it has beautiful hideaway known as "The Man Cave"! But besides that it creates a great area for entertaining or even just a playroom for the kids. The ideas can become endless when designing your basement. You can add a bathroom, bar, play areas, pool table, etc.!!! A definate asset to your home. Right off the bat when listing your home your square footage will increase by 600-1000 which equals big gains.

Why you might want to remodel your basement:

  • Added square footage

  • Added value

  • Creates entertaining/playing area


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When performing any remodel it is important to pay attention to detail and quality! The sight of a poor install can have adverse affects on your return. While all these recommended projects can be costly, I advise customers to set up a five to ten year plan to save and complete these projects for your enjoyment and to increase the value of your largest investment, your home! 




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From old to new using Benjamin Moore paint

Posted by william bateman on Sat, Dec 15, 2012 @ 01:20 PM

Is your home looking old and deteriorated? Does the thought of spending thousands to replace leave you with a pounding headache? The anwser is to save what you have and enhance it with a Benjamin Moore paint upgrade. For a fraction of the cost to replace, you can beautify your home instantly without the mess of a major renovation.

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Benefits of painting:

  • Instant results

  • Superior protection

  • Removal of any mold and mildew

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  • Thousands of colors to choose from

  • Can change colors at any time as opposed to pre-colored vinyl or composites

  • Cleaner appearance and smell




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 This is a project before we started in beautiful Monroe, NY. The appearance was that the staircase was in need of complete replacement. After evaluating the integrity of the staircase I came to the conclusion that the problem was years of mold and mildew build up. This was great news for both me and the customer.



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How did WMB Construction enhance the staircase:

  • Treated all mold and mildew with bleach to kill it

  • Powerwashed all surfaces

  • Applied primer where necessary

  • Glued and nailed loose railing sections

  • Caulked voids where necessary

  • Applied two coats of Benjamin Moore exterior grade latex paint to all surfaces




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 The results are unmatched and within two days, years of damaged had been fixed. With two coats of Benjamin Moore high grade latex paint, all the surfaces have been sealed for years of continued use. Preparation and the use of good quality products is everything when producing a quality finished product!!! 



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5 key factors to use Benjamin Moores new Vinyl Select

Posted by william bateman on Fri, Jun 24, 2011 @ 02:23 PM

Vinyl siding has always been marketed as a maintainance free product that will never rot or fade leaving you, the customer, to never perform any work again on your siding. Vinyl siding is an excellent product that withstands many years of abuse from the elements but lets face it, nothing is forever. Over the years the sun will take its toll on your siding leaving you to spend thousands to replace it. With Benjamin Moore's new Vinyl Select you now have the opportunity to safely apply paint to vinyl siding.


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What you gain by painting your vinyl siding:

  • Quickly spruce up your homes exterior

  • Add value to your home

  • Protect your vinyl siding from future damage

  • Ability to change the color of your home

  • Save thousands!!

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How it works:

Certain paint colours tend to absorb the heat of the sun, transferring it to the substrate, and when vinyl siding expands dramatically, it is not able to contract to its original dimensions. However, thanks to Benjamin Moore, you are no longer limited in your colour selection.


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The 60 colours in our Vinyl Select collection greatly expand the colour selection options for you and your customers. From light to dark, our vinyl-safe colours will provide the colour freedom and the performance you expect from Benjamin Moore.


 With any painting project performed, surface preparation is just as important than the application. Without proper surface preparation, your project is sure to fail.

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WMB Construction performs with every exterior project:

  • Powerwash all siding surfaces

  • Treats problem areas

  • Scrape and scuff any problem areas

  • Brush and roller applications



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WMB Construction interior impressions with "Aura" paint from Benjamin Moore

Posted by william bateman on Tue, May 31, 2011 @ 09:28 PM

Your home is your biggest investment  and maintaining it is a priority. With Benjamin Moore's Aura paint line, your home will maintain the beauty and protection it needs to withstand the elements of everyday life. With superior adhesion, coverage and durability, WMB Construction stands behind the quality of Benjamin Moore paints.


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Benjamin Moore's Aura:

Aura® Matte Waterborne Interior Paint (522)

  • Extreme hide, never more than two coats in any color

  • Provides a mildew-resistant coating

  • Color Lock® Technology, no color rub-off

  • Excellent touch up

  • Self priming

  • Easy application and clean up

  • Stains wash off easily


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New Aura paint benefits:

  • Added value to your home

  • Non- toxic low VOC's

  • Superior coverage

  • Excellent finish


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Key factors for a quality paint application:

  • Roller and brush applications will always give you the most professional finished product.(brush first and roll after to hide any brush marks as possible)

  • Remove all dirt and debris from surfaces to be painted

  • Allow proper drying times in between coats

  • Remove any mold/mildew before paint is applied

  • Remove any rotten material before paint is applied

  • Completely cover area with drop clothes before any work is performed


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WMB Specializes in:

  • Interior painting

  • Exterior painting

  • Deck staining

  • Powerwashing

  • Carpentry

  • Sheetrock repair

  • Much, much more!!

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Stain your deck or siding with all new "Arborcoat" from Benjamin Moore

Posted by william bateman on Wed, May 18, 2011 @ 05:05 PM


Nothing enhances and protects your home like a fresh coat of paint. A new coat of paint tells the world that your house is new and valuable.deck staining painting monroe ny

Benjamin Moore's all new Arborcoat stain will restore your home back to new condition and leave you with years of durability.

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Ideal for Decks

All finishes:

  • Engineered for superior durability

  • Outperforms the best alkyd stains on the market

  • A tough, scuff resistant finish that withstands heavy foot traffic

  • Advanced Deck System — looks rich year after year with easy annual maintenance

  • Easy application

  • Repels Water, Mildew Resistant

Transparent and Semi Transparent
Finishes Offer:

  • Unique two-coat system for ultimate UV protection

  • Protective Clear Coat can be reapplied annually for maximum protection

  • Resins that penetrate and protect


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Ideal for Siding

All finishes offer:

  • Engineered for superior durability

  • Outperforms the best alkyd stains on the market

  • Ultimate Durability — Outperforms the best alkyd stains on the market

  • Easy application

  • Repels Water, Mildew Resistant

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Finishes Offer:

  • Unique Resins that penetrate for great UV protection

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Benjamin Moore® ARBORCOAT® Waterborne Exterior Stain Protective Clear Coat (636)

A premium-quality 100% acrylic finish coat for BENJAMIN MOORE ARBORCOAT waterborne exterior stain systems. Use as a protective coating over (637) Transparent and (638) Semi Transparent Stains on decks or other surfaces where enhanced abrasion resistance and additional protection is desired. Can also be used over (639) ARBORCOAT waterborne semi solid stain when a low lustre finish is preferred.

  • A clear protective coating for BENJAMIN MOORE ARBORCOAT Transparent (637) and Semi Transparent (638) stains on deck surfaces

  • Low lustre finish, can also be used over ARBORCOAT Semi Solid (639)

  • Functions as an annual refresher coat for BENJAMIN MOORE  ARBORCOAT Transparent (637) and Semi Transparent (638) stains, reviving that newly stained look

  • Formulated to protect, and beautify wooden decking and furniture

  • Provides mildew-resistant coating

  • A water-repellent coating

  • Scuff resistant

  • Dual UV protection for deck systems

WMB Construction specializes in:

  • Powerwashing

  • Paint and stain applications

  • Sheetrock and taping

  • Carpentry

  • Much,  much more!!!


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Deck inspirations with Benjamin Moore

Posted by william bateman on Fri, May 06, 2011 @ 07:03 PM

Your deck is worn and weathered?  So bad that you are thinking about replacing it?  The tought of how much it will cost has given you a headache?  Ever think about restoring it?

Your deck is the #1 outdoor entertaining area of your home and needs maintenance just like any other area of your home. A new deck can easily run you in the thousands of dollars while a deck restoration may run you in the the hundreds or low thousands depending on square footage.

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 Just imagine your old, outdated and weathered deck back to its original condition! In the matter of a couple days you will have your dream deck back with a fraction of the cost!

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The #1 step for a long lasting deck staining application is preparation. Without a clean surface, stain will not adhere correctly, leaving you with less than half of the standard lifespan.

How a deck should be prepared properly:

  • Mildew and mold areas should be treated properly
  • Powerwash entire deck to remove all dirt and debris
  • Deck should dry for at least three days before any stain applications
  • Any rotten wood should be changed before any stain applications

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WMB Construction stresses the fact that a great long lasting job relies in using a great product. We always try to use Benjamin Moore products. In the field, we have found that Benjamin Moore is a leader in the painting industry.

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What is the right application for your deck:

  • If your deck is new and you like the natural wood look, transparent or semi-transparent oil based stain is best for you.(this application may last for 1-3 yrs.)
  • If your deck is worn and old, solid color latex stain is best for you.(this application may last for 5-7 yrs.)
  • Solid color stains will always out last transparent and semi-transparent stains whether your deck is new or old.

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The same goes for house siding applications too. This is a home WMB Construction stained last year. The old T-111 siding was badly damaged from years of abuse.

How we fixed it:

  • Powerwashed the entire house to remove all dirt and debris
  • Treated all mold and mildew issues
  • Removed all rotten wood
  • Caulked all voids
  • Primed problem areas with oil based primer
  • Applied two coats of Benjamin Moore latex stain

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Painting is complete! We even sealed the driveway and applied mulch to all the flower beds.

How we supercede the competition:

  • Owner/operator on site and hands on
  • No spray applications
  • Brush and roller application with all jobs for superior longevity
  • Neat and clean applications

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WMB Construction specializes in all phases of home improvements throughout Orange County, NY. Call us today and we will offer our qualified advice for your homes next painting job.

Services offered:

  • Interior and exterior painting/staining
  • Carpentry
  • Powerwashing
  • Siding and deck repair
  • Much, much more!

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What are the advantages of latex paint

Posted by william bateman on Tue, May 03, 2011 @ 08:18 PM

Made from a water-soluble base, latex paint combines the advantages of versatility and easy clean up. It applies smoothly and wears well in both interior and exterior use. Latex paint can be thinned with water, and equipment or spills can be cleaned up simply with soapy water.

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Latex paint is non-toxic and has less of an odor than other paints, such as oil-based paint. When used indoors, fumes from oil-based paint may linger for several weeks. On the other hand, odors from latex paint dissipate quickly after the paint has dried. Of course, adequate ventilation is always necessary when painting indoors regardless of the type of paint used.

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In addition to being non-toxic, latex paint is non-flammable. Oil-based paint and the solvents required for thinning and clean up are highly flammable. Those solvents, along with the oil-based paint itself, are considered toxic waste and must be disposed of according to local regulations.

Latex paint is much more environmentally friendly than other paint types. It is not considered hazardous and may be disposed of with regular waste. Liquid oil-based paint or solvents should never be disposed of in the regular trash or poured down a drain. However, both oil-based and latex paints may be acceptable for recycling if handled according to the requirements of the recycling center.

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In general, latex paint tends to have better gloss and is easier to touch up than oil-based paints. However, the higher the gloss of the finish, the more imperfections will show. Also, higher gloss finishes tend to be more difficult to touch up than finishes with less shine whether or not latex paint is used.

Advances in latex paint have resulted in less fading on exteriors, no yellowing on interiors, and less likelihood of cracking or peeling. Another major advantage to latex paint is its faster drying time. If a second coat of paint is required, there usually is no need to wait more than an hour after the first coat. Oil-based paint takes up to 24 hours to dry depending on factors such as weather conditions and air circulation.

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WMB Construction mainly uses latex paint in most applications. The acrylic resins in todays latex paints and stains offer excellent adhersion and durability with a quality application.

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Quality long lasting paint jobs are always contributed to a professional surface preparation and application. Without the proper steps taken, no paint oil or latex will adhere.

Tips for a quality job:

  • Clean surface to be painted very good
  • Powerwash exterior surfaces
  • Treat mold and mildew problems
  • Replace any rotten wood
  • Caulk all seams
  • Use a good product like Benjamin Moore
  • Always apply two coats
  • Add "Emulsabond" to paint for added adhersion for problem areas

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Where oil paint/stain is still used:

  • New wood

  • Transparent and semi-transparent applications

  • Stain killers

  • Metal applications

WMB Construction specializes in:

  • Interior and exterior painting 

  • Sheetrock repair

  • Siding repair

  • Powerwashing

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Exterior paint benefits

Posted by william bateman on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 @ 09:36 PM

Is your home looking old and outdated? Are you looking for a fresh look? Your interior or exterior is in need of that extra enhancement? Did you know that a fresh coat of paint will transform your home?

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WMB Construction has transformed thousands of homes in the area into elegant showpieces! Based out of Orange County, NY, our company specializes in quality painting applications that guarantee long lasting results.

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WMB Construction ensures: 

  • Cleanliness and professionalism with each job performed

  • No spray jobs. Old school brush and roller applications that will leave you with a long lasting and clean finished product

  • Owner/Operator on site so you can feel comfortable with us on your property

  • Quality materials used on every job

  • We work one job at a time so disruption of your life is minimal

  • Complete surface preparation before any paint is applied

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Painting interior/exterior enhances any home in a matter of days or weeks depending the size of the project. When you look at the cost of vinyl siding on the exterior of your home, the price can be astronomical! With a quality paint job you will cut that cost more than in half. Same goes for your interior, wallpaper will always cost more than paint.

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Painting benefits:

  • Instant added value to your home

  • Change colors of your home easily(vinyl siding and wallpaper make transitions very difficult)

  • Protection for your home interior/exterior

  • See rotten wood that needs replacement before carpenter ants and termites can create more damage

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Over the years I have seen more jobs done incorrectly. Preparation is the biggest player for a quality job. Without a clean surface any grade of paint will not adhere.



WMB Construction paint application pledge:

  • Exterior applications will be treated and powerwashed before any paint is applied

  • Interior surfaces will be clean and free of dirt and debris before any paint is applied

  • Primer applied on all surfaces necessary

  • Two coats of paint/stain with all applications(except oil applications)

  • Respect of your home by use of drop clothes

  • No spraying applications(only spray application is lattice)

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How will WMB Construction satisfy your next painting project?

  • On time, one job at a time

  • Peace in mind that your project is being completed correctly

  • Easy going mentality to work with you and your project 

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Interior or exterior, WMB Construction  will be your #1 choice in choosing a painting contractor for your next painting project.

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WMB Construction specializes in:

  • Interior painting

  • Exterior painting

  • Wallpaper removal

  • Sheetrock repair

  • Powerwashing

  • Carpentry to fix rotten wood

  • trim work to enhance your living area

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Perform a facelift on your home with a fresh coat of paint

Posted by william bateman on Sun, Apr 03, 2011 @ 06:48 PM

Spring is here and everybody is ready to spruce up their home. Put away the snow shovels, rake the lawn, mulch, fertilizer, plant flowers, etc. The only problem is the exterior of your house and/or deck doesn't have a fresh look. Just imagine what a little paint would do for the exterior of your home!

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A fresh coat of paint can easily fix that problem. In the matter of a week you can tranform the entire appearance of your homes exterior. WMB Construction applied two coats of Benjamin Moore latex stain over the extremely weather beaten T-111 walls of this home. Done all by hand so the product really penetrated into the wood. We even sealed the driveway for the customer!

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What you gain with a new exterior paint job:

  • Instant gratification

  • Instant added value to your home

  • Protection from the elements

  • Opportunity to change colors

  • Cheaper than vinyl/composite products

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Without oil/latex stain on your deck you risk damage to the boards. Oil/latex stains penetrate the wood keeping it from drying out, warping and splintering. Not to mention a beautiful finished product.

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Five key factors for a long lasting paint application:

  • Surface preparation. All dirt, mildew, mold and paint peelings removed before any paint is applied.

  • Brush and roller applications will always outlast any spray job by years.

  • Caulk any voids prior to painting.

  • Add "Emulsi-Bond" additive to paint for extra adhesion.

  • Allow paint to fully cure before second coat is applied

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With thousand of colors to choose from, your home will be transformed in an elegant fashion that will have all your neighbors talking!

By not painting you risk:

  • Your home unprotected from the outside elements.

  • The wood on your deck deteriorates leaving you with thousands in replacement or repair.

  • Caulking shrinks and falls out leaving voids for water to penetrate and rot your walls away leaving you with thousands in repairs. Especially if termites or carpenter ants are involved.

  • Wood bees are more drawn to old non treated wood surfaces. Wood bees can cause a great deal of damage.

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WMB Construction specializes in:

  • Exterior and interior painting

  • Powerwashing

  • Sheetrock repair

  • Wood repair

  • Staining

  • Caulking

There is no better and faster way to spruce up your home than painting! Click on our logo below to schedule your next free estimate!

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