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Reroofing your house? Consider These Important Aspects Before You Get Started

For most home owners, roof may not be a priority in the list of home renovation projects. In fact, many would not even consider inspecting their roof until they have to place buckets and pans at different places in the house to catch water seeping through the ceiling.

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Know that roof is an essential feature of your home which needs as much care and attention as any other part of the house. That said, ignoring your roof when it needs a replacement or repair can jeopardise the safety of your property and inhabitants of the house.

Here are some vital considerations to keep in mind when reroofing to ensure a rewarding outcome.

Your roof is more than just the shingles

Though shingles encompass a large part of the roof, they are not the only part that requires attention or treatment when it comes to reroofing your house. There are other components including roof deck, ice and water shield, underlayment, starter strip, ventilation system, flashing and more that need equal TLC being parts of your roof system.

Tear off or overlay?

When getting your roof redone, you have two choices; tear off the original roof and get an entirely new structure or simply add a new layer over the existing shingles.

Technically, it is always a better idea to strip away the old roof, which provides you a clean space to install new durable shingles while adding to your home’s worth.

However, if you are on a tight budget, you can consider adding a new layer of shingles on the top of the exiting roof. This will greatly reduce labour costs and give you a new roof in less time. But be aware that the overlaid shingles may not last long and can also weigh down the top of your home, which could be a problem if your home is not structurally sound.

Choose the right materials

Replacing the roof is a big project which will need you to invest a significant amount of time, money and effort. So, you want to make sure you install a roof that you don’t have to worry about at least 20 years.

Your roofing contractor may suggest different types of materials depending on your location and exterior themes in the neighbourhood. It may be tempting to opt for cheapest materials, but remember that the materials you choose can make a great difference to the durability and maintenance costs of your roof.

Is it the right time to reroof?

Just as there are tell-tale signs which indicate it’s time to repaint your bathroom walls or remodel your kitchen, there are indications that imply your roof might need to be replaced. These signs include staining and peeling exterior paint, cracked, missing or curled shingles, excessive amounts of granules in the gutter, water stains, attic leaks, sagging rooftop and aging roof.

It is important to check your roof at least once in a few months for leaks, damaged shingles or other signs mentioned above. This will not only help you determine whether your roof needs a repair or replacement but also save you a lot of damage (interior and exterior) and money in the long run.

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Things Your Potential Professional Painter Wants You To Know

While inveterate DIYers may not hesitate to take up their own home painting project, every home owner would hire a professional contractor to paint their home at some point in life.

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A professional paint job certainly offers significant advantages over a DIY undertaking, which makes it more of an investment than an expense.

However, there are many home owners who would still have a lot of hesitation and questions about hiring a professional painting contractor. We reached out to some professionals and got to know about things they want their clients to know and understand, which will definitely eliminate most of your doubts about a professional paint job.

We know when you only get in touch with no intension to hire us

Many home owners tend to contact different painters around their area not to compare their offerings, prices and quality but to get free advice and ideas to do the job on their own later.

Know that they are professionals, and they would not like to offer their valuable advice only to hear that you can do it on your own or get it done by some other service provider for a lot less.

We care about your home and assets

A professional yet reliable paint service provider realises that they would be working on your valuable possession. They understand your concern about your property and assets getting damaged in the process of painting. So, they do their job with utmost safety.

A responsible painter puts in significant time and effort into prep work to make sure your belongings remain secure and intact before and during the process.

Do not compromise quality for money

You will find many professional service providers offering the same service at cheap prices. But remember that if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.

You can sure hire a cheap painting contractor to save a few bucks but then you can’t expect a seamless job. It’s easy to think that anyone can paint, so why not save your money and hire a new, amateur painter around the street. But before you does that know that a premium painter would not offer you just a service but a much-needed assurance of safety and quality.

You need to do some work too

While a premium contractor usually takes care of pre-work, you can’t leave all of it to the painter. There are tasks you need to do as the home owner to make sure your home is painter-ready.

For interior painting, remove switch plates, outlet convers, remove any stains and spots on the wall to be painted and move furniture and any objects that get in the way of painters. For an exterior paint job, trim shrubs and trees around the house to provide clearance for hassle-free painting. Also cover plants and shrubs around walls with plastic sheets to spillage and damage. Scarpe peeling or flaking areas of the surfaces for seamless paint application.

Still confused if a premium contractor is worth the investment? Consult with an experienced paint contractor and get to know how a professional service can make a difference by the professionals themselves.

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Interior Painting Hacks: Paint Colour Inspirations for Small Kitchens

So, you’re dealing with a tiny kitchen.

You implemented varied storage solutions and tricked out the drawers, cabinets and the island with proven space-saving tricks. It worked a bit for your storage and cooking space, but the kitchen still looks small and an expensive remodel to stretch your kitchen doesn’t seem like a feasible option to you.

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That’s where paint colours come into perspective.

When chosen and applied strategically, paint colours can help to virtually extend the confines of a small kitchen and make it appear spacious yet intriguing.

We have laid out some paint colour ideas for small kitchens which will help you to provide the much-needed lift to your tight-space kitchen without having to shell out on a major overhaul.

Pick whites

For someone who has no idea which colours would work for their small kitchen, white is a go-to option. It reflects light and creates a sense of space while making the walls recede. Moreover, painting your cabinetry, drawers, countertops, walls and the ceiling white can help to smoothen the edges, nooks and boundaries and create a visually cohesive design that works to keep your kitchen feel bigger.

How about neutrals

Not only are neutral hues known to visually enlarge a space but when combined with soft contemporary tints and shades of earthy tones, a neutral colour scheme can make for an inviting interior by adding warmth, depth and character to your kitchen space.

Incorporate soft hues of greys, beige, whites and browns into your kitchen to bring in subtle elegance and sophistication while creating an appearance of a spacious kitchen.

Utilise low-contrast shades

A low-contrast colour scheme goes a long way to create the illusion of space and depth. A small kitchen that uses same hues throughout along with minor variations of light colours, makes your eyes glide over varied surfaces to find a place to settle, tricking you into thinking that the room is larger than it actually is.

So, to make your cramped kitchen look spacious, try to keep your countertops, cabinetry, trims, backsplash and walls in the same colour family while incorporating little variations of the selected colours to avoid monotony.

Putting it all together

You may not be able to practically increase your kitchen space without a major remodel, but these paint ideas would definitely help a lot if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to make your small kitchen feel and look bigger.

Furthermore, we would recommend that you seek expert advice on the matter to make informed decisions for your kitchen design. A professional paint job, on the other hand, would also make a big difference to your kitchen aesthetics and appearance.

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How to Choose Paint Colours to Create a Cosy Environment in Your Home

Nothing compares to the feeling when you get back to home after a long day to unwind in a warm, cosy space in your home that just makes you feel right.

Paint is an easy yet effective way to set the tone and atmosphere of a room as you want it. By paying attention to the psychological effects of various paint colours, even a cold and uninvited room can be turned into the most intimate, comfy space.

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Get inspired from the following paint colour ideas to up the much-needed cosiness factor in your home.

SUNNY WARMTH

  • A soft, elegant shade of yellow on the ceiling can give a comfy, welcoming feel to an otherwise neutral room.
  • Whether you opt for a soothing whipped-butter shade or pick a vibrant lemon tone, a splash of sun-touched yellow in your room can bring the cosy side up.
  • For walls painted yellow-apricot, add dusky lilac or spring green trim.
  • For pale-yellow walls and ceilings, go for ivory trim.

HUES OF GREY AND BROWN

For a room to feel cosy, paint colours don’t necessarily have to be from warm pallet. When reflected in multiple shades around the room, cool and quiet shades can also help to create a sense of intimacy and warmth.

  • Paint the walls between wooden plank floors and a white ceiling, grey. To bring out the deeper version of the walls, incorporate a pewter-coloured upholstered sofa and a sisal rug under the sofa to compliment the darker shade of the brown wooden floor.
  • To present some more shades of grey and brown in the room, consider adding walnut or maple end tables in front of the sofa, charcoal bookcase around the corner and wooden picture frames on the wall. If there’s still room for a few shades of the same colours, you can place a small wooden table behind the sofa holding a white lamp with a ceramic base.

RADIATE WARMTH THROUGH RED TONES

  • Fiery red walls reflect warmth and comfort while creating a dramatic look.
  • Accommodate elegant antiques and imposing white bookcases with enamelled red walls and ceiling and gilded white trim.
  • For an extra dose of warm elegance, add velvet upholstered sofa with brocaded chairs featuring geometric patterns.

Go ahead! Incorporate these paint ideas to create the ultimate snuggle zone in your home to unwind and let all your stress out. Moreover, do give your walls a fresh coat of render before painting them any colour to bring the best out of your paint colours and make it last longer.

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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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