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Interior And Exterior Painting Services: What Do They Offer?

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Improving the look and feel of our home can be achieved in many ways, but painting the interior and exterior is a great way to achieve this, with minimal fuss, and at a relatively low price.

You might not want to tackle these tricky jobs yourself, and will therefore be looking for interior and exterior painting services to help you.

There are a huge number of factors you need to bear in mind when it comes to choosing the right paints, choosing the right contractors, and getting the finish you want that will both protect your home, and leave it looking amazing.

Real estate agents say that a great looking home with fantastic kerb appeal can increase the home’s value by as much as 20%. Imagine if the exterior of your home, matched the interior, with a fresh and clean appearance that is both attractive and protective in equal measure.

Simple jobs, such as keeping on top of the painting, can result in a home that looks well maintained and beautiful, giving you the advantage over other homes in your street.

Interior Painting Services: What Do They Offer Your Home?

Many of us choose to paint the interior or our homes ourselves. This is all very well, but it is a time consuming job and if the preparation is not carried out to a high standard the results and longevity can be very disappointing.

An interior paint job will include wall emulsion or water based paints, and gloss or oil based paints on all trims including: skirtings, cornices and stair rails. You will also want your ceilings painted – a job that can be backbreaking, and hard to get right.

The costs you can expect range from a couple of hundred pounds for one room, through to £2000 for an entire house. It can also take upwards of a week to complete, due to the complex nature of some painting jobs indoors.

You might need to have your interior repainted every 2-4 years, depending on wear and tear.

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The paint used is flexible, breathable and designed to stop water penetrating the brcikwaork and to allow any damp inside the bricks or the walls to dry out. An exterior paint job is usually more straightforward than an interior one, and therefore is cheaper at around £750. It will also only take 2-4 days

Exterior Painting Services: What Do They Offer Your Home?

This is even more important. It is tempting to simply pop to a D.I.Y store and buy a simple masonry paint and paint over your brickwork. But bricks and exterior walls in general require special treatment and a hydrophobic paint is the perfect choice.

It also needs to be carefully applied to properly prepared walls. Any cracks or issues should be repaired before any work is carried out and the walls needs to be thoroughly washed before any work is carried out.

The paint used is flexible, breathable and designed to stop water penetrating the brcikwaork and to allow any damp inside the bricks or the walls to dry out. An exterior paint job is usually more straightforward than an interior one, and therefore is cheaper at around £750. It will also only take 2-4 days.

You may need to pay extra for scaffolding however. These paints tend to last as long as 20 years and come with a manufacturers guarantee.

Choosing The Right Painting Services For Your Property

Knowing how to find a contractor that will really help you to get the finish you want can be hard. There are many factors you should bear in mind, and many painting contractors do not have the right qualifications or experience to do a great job.

You may also need to find a separate contractor for the exterior and the interior work, as many specialise in just one area. You should, however, think about the following:

● Always get three quotes as a minimum. You need to be able to accurately compare these quotes, so try to ensure that you give each contractor the right specifications, so they can give you the quote you need.
● Take the time to check out the contractor, and to find reviews on them. Ask for references, and visit the homes they have already work in. Find out how they work, whether they are polite and efficient, and if they clean up after themselves.
● If the contractor claims to be a member of a trade body, you should follow this up. It is usually a case of calling the trade organisation, and asking if you can sometimes use online sites to check on your behalf.

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In terms of your property’s exterior, the choices of paint are even more important. Your home needs a paint that is breathableto prevent moisture being retained in the bricks and leading to damp issues inside your home

Is Your Contractor Using The Right Products?

This could be the difference between a poor interior or exterior paint job, and a good one that lasts. In this respect, using the correct paint for the right areas is essential.

For example, your bathroom and kitchen will need a specialist paint that can withstand condensation, steam and heat, while your living room will need a good hard-wearing emulsion that will look good, and maintain its colour.

Your interior painter also needs to have a flair for design, and will help you work out what colours will work well inside your home.

In terms of your property’s exterior, the choices of paint are even more important. Your home needs a paint that is breathableto prevent moisture being retained in the bricks and leading to damp issues inside your home.

Insulation paints are also a great idea, as they will provide an additional layer of warmth for your walls, and improve the heat levels inside your home. In turn, this could save you money when it comes to energy expenditure.

Your outside paint should also be hydrophobic. This means that it is waterproof, and actively repels water. Not only does this protect your brick work from damage, but it keeps it cleaner as the dirty water simply runs off.

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As you can see, your interior and exterior painting jobs should be done side by side, and finding the right contractor to do both is worth the time and trouble

Why Bother Painting The Outside And The Inside?

You may think that you can get away with simply painting your interior walls, and enjoying the way that your home looks, but failing to protect your exterior walls could mean that all of your hard work inside will be a waste of time.

Your exterior walls could cause damage to your interior walls through a number of different ways, as listed below:

● Exterior walls that have not been waterproofed can allow water to seep into the cavity between the brick and the interior wall. If the insulation in this cavity becomes wet, it will stop working effectively, and you could develop damp patches and mould on your interior walls.
● Exterior walls could become further damaged by water that has seeped into, cracked, and then frozen and expanded. Cracks can become huge problems very quickly.
● Water that is inside your walls will leach out eventually and this could be to the exterior or to the interior of your home. If it comes inside it can cause your interior plaster to “blow”. This requires the plaster to be removed, and a new piece of wall added. Unless you fix the water ingress problem outside, you will have a repeat of this issue.
● Remember that even if you want to keep the look of your bricks, you can always use a clear coating that will allow the beauty of the bricks to show through, while offering the same levels of protection.

As you can see, your interior and exterior painting jobs should be done side by side, and finding the right contractor to do both is worth the time and trouble.

Remember that both jobs are specialist, and that your contractor should understand the importance of using the right products, such as hydrophobic exterior paints.

For a professional opinion on whether exterior wall paint is suitable for your your particular property, contact our expert team today, by calling 0800 1700 636, or, alternatively, by simply clicking the button below!