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Is Your Home Prepared For The Rainy Season

Every house, no matter what it is built of, is vulnerable to harsh weather conditions and damage that comes along. When exposed to constant rainfall, not only the exterior loses its aesthetic appeal but also loses its ability to protect the interiors.

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Rain water, particularly acid rain, contains varied pollutants and chemicals that attack the paint on the exterior of your building causing it to wear out faster than it usually does. Moreover, rain water can seep through the roofing and exterior walls promoting the development of mould and mildew.

What Can You Do Protect Your Home During Rainy Season?

The rainy season is fun and enjoyable when you have your home all prepared, protected and sound. Here are some considerations that will help you prepare your house for the rainy season.

Get the roof ready

The roof is the most vulnerable part of your house in the rainy season and the most expensive to repair. So, it is important to inspect the roof at least twice a year.

  • Look for damaged, lose or worn out shingles.
  • Check along the ridges of the roof for cracks and leaks.
  • See if there are any rusty spots and holes across the valleys.
  • Have the professionals inspect your roof in case you can’t check the roof yourself.

Clean out gutters

Gutters are installed for the sole purpose of funneling away any water that collects on the roof.

  • Clear out leaves or any debris to avoid blockages during heavy rain.
  • Make sure the gutters are structurally sound.
  • Make sure the gutters drain well and don’t cause water to back up under the shingles causing damage.

Inspect the Interiors

Besides the roof, windows and doors can also be an easy access point for rain water to seep through and cause damage to the interior walls.

  • Make sure all the windows and doors close and open properly.
  • Check door and windows for water leaks.
  • Make any repairs and improvements as required.

Prepare the Exteriors

Your exteriors walls are constantly exposed to harsh weather conditions. So, it is important to invest in their protection.

  • If your exteriors walls use permeable paints, consider applying waterproofing coats to prevent seepage.
  • Install siding boards to prevent damage caused by moisture and rain.
  • Check the walls for cracks and fix them before they turn into leaks.

To sum up

Keep these tips in mind and prepare your home well before the rainy season approaches to avoid costly repairs, improvements and damages in the future and ensure safety and protection of the residents.

 

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Paint Colour Science: How Colours Affect Your Kids’ Behaviours

When remodelling your kids’ room, it is a good idea to paint the walls your kids’ favourite colours.

Now this might sound a bit obvious to you (parents) because it’s the kids’ room and everything in that room is only supposed to relate to their interests including paint colours. Seeing their favourite colours on the walls kids would naturally feel good just as they do when they see their favourite bottle, favourite toy or favourite shoes.

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But there’s much more to paint colours of the child’s room than aesthetic appeal that you need to know.

Kids are as sensitive to colours as adults. The colour on the walls of your kids’ room can make them feel sad, happy, inspired, depressed, excited and more.

Let’s get into details to understand how different colours can affect your child’s moods and behaviours in distinct ways.

WARM TONES

  • RED

Being highly emotive, red excites the mind and energies the body while increasing heart and breathing rates. However, too much of red can leave your child more aggressive and less focused.

  • YELLOW

Bright and warm in nature, yellow is associated with the feelings of ecstasy, happiness and celebration. While soft subtle shades help encourage concentration, brighter tones are helpful in enhancing memory and improving metabolism.

  • PINK

Typically incorporated for girls, pink can evoke the sense of femineity empathy and compassion. However, little one get easily get over this colour over time and may feel agitated and anxious.

  • ORANGE

Often overlooked, orange is a warm, youthful, welcoming and friendly colour that can be used in a child’s room to encourage confidence, independence and affability.

COOL TONES

  • PURPLE

This colour denotes prosperity, spirituality, creativity, passion and wisdom. Purple combines the vibrancy of red and stability of blue and often helps inspire a sense of compassion in children.

  • GREEN

Green colour symbolises natures and is associated with healing, health and well-being. It helps reduce anxiety and promote serenity and concentration.

  • BLUE

Blue colour has the exact opposite effect of red, which is decreasing the feeling of aggression and anxiety while lowering blood pressure and heart rates and promoting a calm and soothing mind.

Colours can influence your child’s mind and moods. Picking out the right paint colour for your little one is important to ensure a positive aura and some good memories in your little one’s life.

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Painting Science 101: Is it the right time to paint your house exterior?

Painting the exterior of your dwelling is the probably the easiest way to spruce up the forefront and add much needed elegance to your dwelling.

What’s more, the idea of DIY painting makes the job more fun and less exorbitant. But if you’re planning to embark on this exciting DIY venture anytime soon, we got to stop you there for a minute because there’s something you should know.

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No matter how much fun the job is and how good your paint materials and texture finishes, you can’t paint the exterior of your house any time of the year. Okay, have you ever seen anyone painting their exterior while it’s raining or anyone up on a ladder with a paintbrush in their hand in the dead of winter?

Of course, not.

However, bitter winter and rainy season aren’t the only times you shouldn’t be thinking about painting your exteriors. There are many other times of the year when you would want to put off your exterior painting project.

So, what’s the best time to paint your house’s exterior?

Weather has a crucial role to play in the success of a painting project. The temperature and weather conditions at the time of the application affect how the paint dries and how the job turns out eventually.

Ideally to yield best outcomes, you would want to choose warm, dry days. That said, late spring and early summer offer the best weather conditions with moderate temperatures, lower humidity and minimal rainfall. While late April and May might have a hint of the arrival of summer, the consistent warm weather with minimal fluctuations in temperature from day to night and scarce rainfall doesn’t come until June. Painting your house in, late June, July, August and early September produce quite good results.

Furthermore, it is suggested that you observe the weather for a few days before and after painting your exterior. If it rains before the painting day, you need to check weather forecast. If the news indicates toward a clear weather for the next few days, you want to wait at least one full day for the walls to dry fully and then you can proceed to paint.

To sum up

  • Summer being typically dry and warm is considered the ideal time for painting exteriors.
  • For those who can’t paint over the summer owing to unfavorable household situations or personal reasons, it would be a good idea to either take on the project in early spring or late fall.
  • Avoid painting in the rainy season and give your home’s siding adequate time to dry out if you’re planning to paint after spring rain.

The success with a paint job relies on much more than a quality texture paint. It is essential to ensure optimal temperatures, humidity levels and temperature fluctuations for an exterior paint job to turn out perfectly.

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Home Improvement Tips: Don’t Let Seepage Destroy Your Walls

Given that the exterior walls are always exposed to rainwater and harsh weather conditions, it is common to spot damp patches on exterior walls.

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While you can’t prevent water leaks that are the most common reason of seepage, you can sure care for your walls and take preventive measures to avoid high repair costs and property damage.

Let’s first determine the root cause of seepage

  • The first thing you want to do is to examine the interior walls for the areas with water spots.

  • Now that you have found the areas affected by seepage, the next step is to identify the cause of the seepage. Is it a leaking water tank or a burst plumbing line? Outflow in the water supply pipes or poor waterproofing of the floor slabs?

  • Besides faulty internal plumbing and water tank leakage, accumulation of rain water and underground water (after heavy rainfall) can also cause water to seep through the walls and ceilings.

  • Poor quality render and plaster or inappropriately applied plaster on the outer walls also lay the groundwork for seepage.

Furthermore, if you find it difficult to determine the possible reason behind those seeping walls, seek professional assistance. There are many leakage detection companies and service providers out there that specialize in water leak detection in and serve both residential and commercial properties. Hiring a reliable professional will save your time and prevent potential damage that could incur due to untreated leaks and seepage.

Tips to Steer Clear of Seepage

Now that you have familiarised with common problems that create a breeding ground for seepage, it’s time to heed effective ways to prevent seepage in the first place.

  • Waterproof the roof and external walls

If your walls use water permeable paints, apply exterior waterproofing coats on the exterior walls as well as the roof to block rain water and moisture from seeping through.

  • Seal the cracks

Walls of your home can develop cracks over time which initially appear around windows frames and doors, allowing moisture and water to penetrate through and create dam patches.

Check for gaps and cracks around the walls and seal them with putty or waterproof materials like mortar.

  • Use quality paints

Make sure to choose only high-quality water-resistant paints and render coatings for your walls. Paints containing silicon are impermeable and offer extra strength to walls.

  • Ensure proper drainage

Inspect your house drainage system, gutters, and pipe lines once in a while for leaks and wear and tear. Undetected leaky tanks and sweeping lines can cause internal wall dampness and cause significant damage and loss over time without you knowing about it.

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3 Reasons Why Your Exterior Paint Job Failed

Most home owners understand the difference a professional paint job make with the overall aesthetics and quality. However, if you’re a diligent DIYer and have done many of your home improvement and remodelling jobs on your own in the past, it is natural to be tempted to paint your exterior by yourself.

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Unfortunately, a DIY exterior paint job doesn’t turn out to be a rewarding experience for every home owner. Many DIY painters make mistakes that ruin not only their DIY experience but the outcomes.

If you incurred a failed DIY Exterior Paint job lately, here are the possible reasons why it might have happened.

Lack of preparation

Poorly prepped or not-prepped-at-all surfaces are one the common causes of failed paint jobs. Surface preparation is an inevitable step in the process of exterior painting that not only contributes about 80% towards the final paint output but adds quality and years to an exterior paint job.

Good surface preparation includes:

  • Pressure washing to remove dirt, dust, oils and chalk deposits.
  • Scrapping off peeling or cracked paint.
  • Sanding the edges of scraped areas
  • Caulking, masking and priming surfaces

Poor Quality Materials

A DIY paint job is a way for many to save money that goes into hiring a professional painter in the first place. While it makes sense to paint your exterior by yourself if you have the adequate skill and knowledge in the area, it would be a bad idea to skimp on products required to finish the job.

Premium paint, primer, plaster and coatings might usually be expensive but go a long way to ensure quality, longevity and protection. Investing a few extra dollars in quality products initially can save you a lot of money and hassle in the future.

Unfavourable Weather

Even if you are enjoying the pleasant weather in your city, your paint might not react the same way to the climate. Fluctuating temperatures, direct sunlight, humidity, and rains can interfere with the drying and curing process and affect the durability of the exterior paint.

Make sure to not only choose the right time to paint your exteriors but high-quality materials for maximum protection from adverse weather conditions.

That’s it! Keep these reasons of paint job failure in mind to ensure long-lasting results in your next.

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Texture coating Systems: Decorative & Protective coatings that will stand the test of time

If you are looking to breathe new life into old bricks, texture coating system is the ideal solution for you. Texture coating systems are heat, dirt, mould and fungi resistant-ensuring that your building will look newer for longer. Seamless for walls, columns and beams, it’s possible to achieve a long-lasting finish even in the toughest conditions. Whether you have planned to build a feature wall, renovate or build a new house, texture coatings will withstand the finish for many years to come. A textured finish not only protects your building against render cracking and staining but beautifies your building for years to come.

Texture coating systems offer versatile, long-life, durable and cost-effective coatings that perfectly match the stringent requirements of Engineering, Construction and Architectural industry. You can expect phenomenal transformation that a texture coating system can make to an existing building. Texture coating systems deliver the most effective coating with the greatest safety for environment, and extremely versatile finish for renovators planning to make first or second story extension.

Whether it’s for a residential dream home or a multi-story commercial application, texture coating systems deliver efficient system solutions to meet both the technical and aesthetic demands of your project.

Brilliant advantages of Texture coating system include:

  • Ensure uniform appearance to walls and vastly enhance the aesthetic appearance of the building.
  • Hide scars, wall repairs and alterations.
  • Flexible design of textured coatings allows wall movement.
  • Suitable for all types of substrate that are free of elevated levels of movement, sound and not permanently wet.
  • Made with a resin or enamel base to produce the high-performance coatings.
  • Textured coatings will not chip, peel or flake allowing the wall to breathe.

 

Texture coating systems are perfect for a wide range of substrates used in construction industry. They provide full range of roll on, trowel on, and spray applied texture finish that is available in a wide variety of decorative effects and profiles. Prominent applications of the texture coating systems include, Dincel building system, fibre cement sheeting, cement render, polystyrene and masonry. Available in large selection of profiles and fashionable colours, the performance coating solution of texture coating system ensures long term protection of any masonry substrate.

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How to Pick the Perfect Paint palette for Your Exterior

The facade of your home plays a crucial role in shaping first impression of your visitors. Picking the right shades for your exterior design isn’t just overwhelming but risky for the aesthetic of your home.

One wrong shade and you can end up upsetting your architecture and overwhelming your visitors.

To help you save the misery of an unappealing exterior, here we have highlighted a few vital tips for picking an exterior paint palette.

Take a good look around your neighbourhood

It’s every home owner’s dream to stand out with their façade but you don’t want your exterior to be odd kind of unique.

So, it makes sense to make your exterior with your neighbourhood exteriors. To blend doesn’t necessarily mean to copy the exterior colours across the street exactly. Pick colours inspired by your neighbourhood that set your abode apart without clashing with nearby ambiences.

Let the nature speak

A beautiful landscape around your house may indicate towards an earthy theme with greens and browns. Likewise, a beach exterior setting calls for hues of turquoise, vivid blue and even shades of grey and beige.

The nature or ambience around can inspire appealing colour combinations for your exterior paint. Make sure the ones you opt for compliment the natural aura around your home.

Heed your architectural era

Imagine a Georgian-style home painted with royal purple or a modern cape cod architecture in pale mint green?

Whether you have an imposing traditional house or a small property with a contemporary design, your exterior paint should feel appropriate to your architecture style.

To achieve great curb appeal while adhering to architectural guidelines, consider consulting a professional as they would have good knowledge of historically accurate colour combinations and palettes.

INSIDER’S TIP

  • Most home owners pick and finalise their colours on paint chips and end up being unsatisfied and complaining when their chosen shade look the way they expected on their walls.

Just like interior colours, exterior paints may significantly vary from how they appear on the colour guide or paint chip. Do not forget to test your chosen shades on an unimposing surface of your home before painting your exterior in them.

To Sum up

With countless options for exterior paint colours, you can get overwhelmed easily. Seek expert help to not just pick the right colours for your exterior but to ensure that our chosen colour theme works for years to come.

So, pick the right colours and create the effect you want.

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Is a Custom Home the Right Choice for You?

Who doesn’t like to live in an abode that feels like it’s just made for you.
Things placed just as you like, the perfect lighting, the dream kitchen, not to mention a theme that reflects your personality and lifestyle effortlessly.
A well-personalised custom home is something most home owners covet.
However, many drop their dream of a self-crafted home considering high costs involved in the process of building one.
While it is necessary to heed your budget and then come to a decision, a custom home does have the edge over pre-built properties and is definitely worth the extra money, if so.
Want to know how?
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Total personalisation, thus total satisfaction

The best part about a custom home is that you get exactly what you desired.

Since a custom home is built on the basis of needs specified by the owner, you can expect to enter a home filled with things and choices made by only you (and your family) once the project is finished.

There’s no substitute for the satisfaction that a custom-tailored home offers. Is there?

Freedom to optimise just about everything

Custom building your home allows you to have everything you want and nothing you don’t.

You don’t have to put up with that extra backyard space that isn’t much useful to you but is costing you unnecessary tax amounts every year. Or live with a design theme that is attractive but doesn’t suit your style.

With a custom approach, you can work with professional architects and designers to add specific features, from a quality render to furniture and interior paint, that will bring in a sense of functionality and suits your personal taste as well.

There sure are advantages to buying an already built house. It has special memories, a distinct history and a sense of reminiscence attached to it. Most of all, it is ready to move in. Convenient, right?

But the joy of living around a property that’s all about you and your family is unparalleled.

And if you’re are still confused about your choice, talk to a reputable home design expert who can help to make your decision easier and find an optimal solution.

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Landscaping Secrets to Enhance Your Exterior’s Curb Appeal

A beautiful exterior provides much more than just aesthetic elegance. With landscaping done right, the front of your house can make your abode a head turner and probably the most desired property in the neighbourhood.

Landscaping improvements have been proved to add instant wow factor to a property and increase its real estate value. That said, we have gathered some landscaping makeover secrets to create an eye-catching exterior.

But before moving on to landscaping tips, let’s take a quick glance at fast facts;

  • Research confirms that planting trees in from of your home significantly increases its worth
  • Studies have also revealed that trees growing within 100 feet of neighbourhood houses affect market prices significantly.
  • Well-designed landscaping can increase the property value by 10-15%.

Now that you’ve got your facts, here are some landscaping tips from the pros that will help you to create a handsome façade and raise your overall property worth.

Cohesive exterior paint

It’s no secret that a fresh coat of exterior paint can instantly boost the aesthetic appeal of a house.

A well-throughout colour scheme will not only enhance the architectural detail of your façade but also add a sense of vibrancy to your landscaping.

Interesting walkaways

Instead of naturally creating a path of dead grass by trampling across the garden, create fascinating walkaways and pathways using natural flagstone, brick, stepping and crushed stones.

Year-round exterior appeal

Design your landscape with year-round aesthetic interest in your mind. Not only does incorporating evergreen shrubs ad plants in your landscape make for a scenic view but it also allows you to protect privacy of your home and save on your energy bills all year long.

Whether you want to pull off a quick landscaping makeover or prepare your home for sale, the abovementioned information will help you improve your landscape as well as façade for better.

Go ahead, make your house stand out!

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Blunders You Would Definitely Want To Avoid When Remodelling Your Exteriors

Having a well-designed exterior is a great way to add aesthetic appeal to your home while increasing the property value.

But when it comes to remodelling an outdoor space, home owners often make blunders that turn their dream of an intriguing exterior into a lifelong nightmare.

We have listed three most common of these renovation slipups you would want to avoid in your next exterior remodelling project.

Starting Without a Plan

Whether you want to spruce up a small outdoor space or add more aesthetic value to imposing exterior, a well-throughout plan is a must for any exterior remodelling project.

And by planning, we don’t simply mean a verbal discussion with your exterior designer. You must have a plan drawn out with detailed drawings that help you determine how you’ll use your outdoor space, where those plants, shrubs, trees and other outdoor elements will go. ,

Skimping On Paint

Saving on a renovation project can be a tempting prospect for home owners, especially those with a tight remodelling budget. Unfortunately, more often than not, choosing cheap options ends up costing you way more in the long run than buying a bucket of quality exterior paint in the first place.

Cheap paint might save you money initially but good quality paint will ensure that your exterior walls have a durable coating while eliminating the need for frequent paint jobs.

Ignoring the Surrounding Cohesion

Often home owners, in an attempt to stand out with their exterior design, remodel their outdoor space in a way that doesn’t go well with their neighbourhood cohesion.

Keeping your exterior in tune with the homes in your surrounding is important to make sure your home stands out in a positive way. You must know what kind of unique will work for your exterior and will also keep your neighbourhood in cohesion.

Conclusion

It is common for home owners to make theses mistakes as they remodel their exterior space. The good news is they’re avoidable. Start with a good plan and avoid skimping on time and money, you are sure to make the most out of your remodelling project.

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