About

I’ve been  painting the Waterville Valley, New Hampshire region for over 30 years!

WHAT I DO…

Interiors & Exteriors
Residential & Commercial
Power Washing
Home Improvements

No job is too small!

ABOUT HARRY STEARNS…

I grew up in northern New Hampshire and started painting houses over 30 years ago to help pay my way through college at Plymouth State University.  I graduated with a degree in History and a minor in New Hampshire Studies.  The proverbial question, “What will I do now that I’ve graduated?” nagged at me.  I decided to stay in Waterville Valley (just down the road from PSU) and started my own painting company. Fast forward 30 years…I’m still painting! I now live in Thornton with my wife, Jan, and two children who both work with me during their college breaks. Name a Waterville Valley property and I’ve probably painted it at one time or another – from hotels to single-family homes and condominiums! I’m a sole proprietor, so when you hire me to paint your home, I’m the one doing the work. Estimates are always free. Give me a call at 603-254-9838!

That’s me on top of a mountain.

The fine print…

always try to give credit for photo images and information that I use and link to the original source. If you find that one is in error or if I have used one of yours and you want it removed for any reason, let me know.

You are welcome to use my images as long as you give credit with a link back to my blog. Thanks!

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DISCLOSURE POLICY

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me and my wife, Jan. I do not accept advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. All views, opinions or recommendations are strictly my own.  Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question. ~ Harry Stearns
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4 responses to “About

  1. Ah, I am happy I found your site. I have a question for you, if you don’t mind. I just bought a house. It’s a smaller home with vinyl siding. I really wish the house was a different color, but I was told that although it is possible to paint vinyl siding, it can cause problems due to the expanding of the material during the warmer months. I was also told that you should never paint vinyl a color that is darker than the original color. Is that true…? I mean, my house is white, so what color is not darker than that? lol. In your professional opinion, do you think I am better off just re-siding it or painting it?

    Thanks Harry! 🙂

    • Hi Asia, thanks for stopping by. Vinyl is final in my book and I’ve never attempted painting it, nor would I even if a customer requested it. The expansion and contraction issue would be a major consideration – especially here in New Hampshire with its four seasons – along with adhesion/bonding. There may be some specialty products you could use, but to go from white to a darker color could present problems because it attracts more heat, which could cause problems with the siding – buckling/warping, etc. My brother has a very light color vinyl siding on his house in southern New Hampshire. He has not painted it, and never will, because he has had problems where the sections that are exposed to sunlight and heat are actually warping (like melting!). He’s had to replace the siding a number of times in that particular area.

      So…bottom line…as a contractor, I would be leery about painting vinyl siding.

      Let me know what you decide to do. Good luck!

      Harry

      • Thank you for getting back to me. Yes, I figured that it may do more harm than good to paint the siding. I live in upstate NY, so the expansion and contraction with the weather changes would definitely pose a problem for us.

        After hearing your advice, I definitely am not going to paint. . I don’t want to set myself up for issues with the exterior, especially since untouched vinyl is probably the easiest thing to maintain. I appreciate your opinion so much! Thank you for helping me! 🙂

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