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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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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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Simple Steps to Setting Your Home Up for a Quick Sale

If you’re planning to sell your home at some point of time in the near future, you have landed on the right page.

While Australia is regarded as an ideal place to buy or rent a home with a comprehensive range of functional, aesthetically appealing properties, the seemingly competitive real estate market can make it quite challenging for some home owners to sell their property.

But don’t panic!

No matter how competitive the market is, there are certain ways you can make your home stand out in the neighbourhood and grab the most attention of potential buyers.

The following are the most viable yet effective means to improve your home’s value in an instant.

Exterior Wall Treatment
The first thing you would want to make sure when preparing you home for sale is that your exterior looks not just fine but appealing.

There’s nothing better than a fresh coat of paint to rejuvenate the façade of your depilated and old house. However, you don’t want to make your exterior stand out for wrong reasons. So, avoid outright bold tones like green lime or hot pink. Also, applying a render and other protective coatings before the paint can help prepare a fine base for painting.

In addition to a paint job, you must inspect your exterior walls for visible signs of damage like worn or rotten weatherboard panels and gaps between bricks. Paying heed to these small details can go a long way to boost your home’s value.

Spruce Up Doors and Windows
New, sophisticated doors and windows don’t just make for aesthetic appeal but help to make your house more energy efficient thus lowering household running costs.

When upgrading your doors and windows, also pay attention to kitchen cabinets and drawers. Check if cabinet doors, knobs and handles are grubby or need to be replaced. There are a lot of quirky knobs and fancy handles out there in the market that can add a dramatic yet compelling twist to your kitchen.

Rearrangement
Lifting the appeal of your home can be as easy as moving existing things around. Rearranging stuff will not only give your home a fresh, unique look but will make the interior more organised and spacious if done in a strategic manner.

You have all the freedom to get as creative as you can with your rearrangement tactics. While you’re at it, don’t shy away from incorporating unique design themes into your interior design.

The Takeaway
Aside from the tips mentioned above, there can be several other easy, economical and interesting ways to spruce up your home to get sold fast.

While most of these makeover feats can be tackled on your own, we recommend you to hire professionals for a seamless paint job.

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How to Choose Your Paint Colours to Create the Right Mood

Home décor is not just about buying trendy furniture, incorporating expensive accessories and accents or renovating rooms. It is about creating the perfect mood and ambience for your family and visitors.

Colours have a profound effect on both visual appearance and feel of your home. You can imbue your home with style, emotions and moods that reflect your personality and lifestyle by painting your home complimenting colours.

That said, we have gathered a useful piece of information for every home owner who wishes to utilise paint colours to create influencing moods in different rooms of their home.

Kitchen

Colours can work wonders for aesthetics of a kitchen. With endless colour options out there, you can go about creating a variety of moods in your kitchen. By going wise with your paint colour choice you can easily turn even an obsolete and boring kitchen into a vibrant room.

Suitable Hues: Generally, white, grey, red, blue, yellow and green will do for any kitchen space. However, you might want to keep red out if you’re watching your diet as it stimulates appetite.

Foyer and Living Room

The entrance hall and living room area are a place for conversations, entertainment and relaxation. Here you would want to have colours that evoke a sense of conversation, connection and encourage people to sit around and talk. The same goes with the dining room where you want to boost both appetite and conversation.

Suitable Hues: Warm tones like red, turquoise, periwinkle, yellow, orange along with earthy tones like beige and brown work to a great extent to draw people together and create a laid-back ambience.

Bedroom

Typically, a bedroom calls for a serene and relaxing environment. From unwinding yourself to relieve your stress and connect with your partner, the room has to be set in tones that promote health and tranquillity.

Suitable Hues: Colours such as lavender, blues and tints of green are amongst the best choices as they tend to calm the nerves and allow relaxation.

Conclusion

While you may be tempted to pick your favourite hues to paints your home, it is important to realise that those colours are going to have effects that would help serve the goal of respective rooms.

So, be smart while picking your options and make the most out of your investment.

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Why Ditch the DIY Urge and Opt for A Professional Paint Job

So, you think you can paint.

Maybe you can. You may be a keen DIYer, and it may seem like a lot of fun to paint your room yourself. But, you sure don’t want to end up having fun and an enjoyable painting experience accompanied by awful results.

A paint job is said to be successful only when you can spot a seamless finish as the end result. That said, paint jobs, whether you want to touch up a room or paint your entire home, are best left to professionals.

To support this fact, we have pulled together a few considerations that will also tell you what’s wrong with DIY attempt.

Painting is a skilled business

It’s not like grabbing a brush, roller and a couple of cans of paint and start wiping the walls with colours. For a paint job to be rewarding, it requires a strategic approach, practice and essential tools.

Professional painters are trained to approach and implement a paint job properly. With years of working in the field, they acquire knowledge and skills which help them determine what products to use on a certain surface and carry out the practice with minimal disruption.

Isn’t that ceiling is a bit beyond your reach?

The surfaces you need to be painted, be it a wall or ceiling, might have corners, slanted sides and steeply pitched tops that aren’t easily accessible. Working on ladders to reach such spaces can be dangerous.

Professional painters are training are skilled and used to dealing with difficulty accessible surfaces and know how to handle critical pant situations. They carry the appropriate safety equipment which ensure the safety of your home and family when in operation.

The after-work hassles

Once you’re done painting, there is a whole lot of mess to clean up. And, it’s not some regular cleaning task you can tackle. The post-paint clutter includes poisonous paint debris, toxic solvents that can’t be cleaned with just a cleaning agent and bare hands.

A professional paint job includes the post paint cleanup and disposal of rubbish as part of their service. Also, hired painters leave less mess to clean up in the first place saving your and eliminating hassles.

With these pointers stated, it makes sense to hire a professional paint contractor for your painting needs. Doesn’t it?

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Add Value to Your Property and Give It an Aesthetic Look with Roof Painting

Australia being a massive country experiences a variety of climate change, the temperature here can range from below 0 in cold regions to unbearable heat in Northwest region.

With such conditions, roof coatings have become a proven option to maintain and restore aging roofs, whilst minimising the impact of roofs on the surrounding environment. However, roof coatings are not a sole solution to cure all the roof related problems that you encounter. But, roof paints when properly applied can be a ticket to a sustaining roofing asset.

Microclimate management with roof paints

Water damping might occur in low-slope roofs, which makes the roofs prone to premature deterioration and eventual leakage. Similarly, a roof on which the outer membrane is exposed to dust, water and other contaminants is subjected to experience localized failure.

There are lots more benefits that come along with roof paint:

  • It offers a cooler environment, thereby minimizing your air-conditioning bills and extends life of your air-conditioning system.
  • It reduces the heat load in the attic space and helps insulation work more efficiently
  • A cool roof can help insulation work more effectively by reducing the heat load in the attic space.
  • It makes older roofs look brand new.
  • It extends roof life by increasing durability and adds value to the property.
  • It allows roof tiles to flex thereby preventing it from cracks and damps.
  • It fills the gaps in order to restrict reptiles and insects to sneak in and also inhibits the growth of algae and moss.

Effective roofing systems and roof coatings are receiving increased attention and recognition in Australia due to the number of benefits that comes along with it.

Whether you’d wish to freshen up your roof with a new roof coat of paint for an aesthetic look, or you simply wish to revamp your colour scheme with changing trends, Astec Piants offers the services you need. Our reliable painters can visit your property and help you with design options at the most affordable rates. Feel free to call us or demand a quote, our executives will make sure to get back to you shortly!

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