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When Should You Paint Your House? Here Are 3 Pointers!

Mar 3

Interior painting can be done all year, but exterior painting should be done only at certain times of the year. Instead, when it comes to painting the exterior of your home, read this article Toronto Home Painters: The Best Time of Year to Paint Your Home's Interior.


When was the last time you painted your home's interior?

Painting your home can be enjoyable because it adds colour, character, and evokes emotions in us. Painting is an important part of home maintenance because it protects your walls, wood frames, and metal in your home. Paint creates a protective layer that will protect and preserve your home for years to come. Painting the inside of your home every 5-10 years is a good rule of thumb. High traffic areas, such as playrooms, should be painted every five years, whereas bedrooms can be painted every eight to ten years. General wear and tear, as well as moving into a home from an era when lead-based paint was used, should be enough reason to paint your home this season.


Due to cold temperatures and snow days, many people stay at home during the winter months. Consider how many businesses rely on relatively warm and dry weather to do their jobs: construction workers, road workers, painters, concrete workers, and so on. You probably thought that home improvement was out of the question for things to do in your home during the winter season. That's not entirely correct. Winter is an excellent time to make improvements to the interior of your home, and you're in luck because winter will be here for another month.


Painting the interior of your home may appear to be something to put off until the hot summer months, but  toronto interior painting pros think again! During the winter, the dry and cool air inside your home benefits the newly applied paint. Indoor paint should be applied at the proper temperature, which is why many professionals recommend painting the inside of your home during the winter months. For example, to achieve a beautiful even finish, you want the temperature of the air, the wall surface, and the paint to be between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. So, before the next snowfall, go out and buy some painting supplies to transform the inside of your home before spring.


Interior Painting Suggestions

Achieving a flawless paint job requires more than just knowing what to do and what not to do. Before you start painting your house, here are some helpful hints and tips:

1. Evaluate Price and Performance


Whether you decide to paint yourself or hire a professional, you should always compare prices. You might not realise it if you're looking to hire a professional painter, but winter weather typically means slower business for home improvement companies. This translates into contractors being more competitive in their bids. Because business is slower in the winter for contractors and construction in general, you can get some great deals. Compare bids based on the types of paint or materials to be used; you can ask the painter what they intend to use so that you aren't comparing apples to oranges.


You should also compare the cost and performance of the paint used as per the toronto house painting experts. There are numerous name brand paints available, some of which may even be found at your local home improvement store, such as Home Depot or Lowe's. Behr, Benjamin Moore, Glidden, Sherwin-Williams, and Valspar are just a few of the well-known paint brands. All name brand paints are available in several tiers or levels of performance, which can be thought of as contractor grade, good, better, and best. Contractor grade paints are typically the cheapest, followed by two to three higher tiered paints ranging from $15-60 per gallon. We recommend that you first establish a budget for your project and then decide on the paint and performance options you want for your home. Interior paint performance characteristics may include paint and primer in one, one coat hide, superior scrub resistance, cooking / grease resistance, high or low gloss (sheen), and so on. Consumer Reports recommends selecting a sheen and colour first, followed by a paint that scores Very Good or Excellent in hiding cover; 'economy' paints do not perform well.


2. Clean Your Walls With A Tack Cloth Before Painting


If you intend to paint by yourself or want to prepare for the toronto painters, this tip is for you! When it's time to paint your walls, baseboards, door and window trims, make sure there's no dust or debris on the surface. If you do not clean these surfaces before painting, your paint may have bubbles or blemishes. A tack cloth can help with the cleaning process before painting. Tack cloths are simply cheese cloths that have been treated with a tacky material such as beeswax. Gently wiping the walls with the cloth to catch any debris and lint caught by the tacky material is ideal, but be careful not to apply too much pressure because the wax can be transferred.



Recommendations for Painting Preparation from Major Manufacturers

        * Behr - If any oil, grease, or wax stains need to be removed, apply a mild detergent with a sponge to a lightly water-dampened surface, rinse with clean water, and                          allow to dry.

  • Benjamin Moore: "While there is no best method for cleaning walls before painting, most walls can be cleaned with a sponge and warm water. Surfaces that have been exposed to oil or grime, such as kitchen walls, should be washed with a solution of water and grease-cutting detergent, followed by a rinse with clean water to remove any residual cleaning agent. Finally, wipe down the walls with a damp cloth."
  • Sherwin-Williams: "Washing your walls and trim will remove grime, cobwebs, dust, and stains that can prevent your paint from adhering to the surface. Gently rub in a circular motion with a mixture of lukewarm water and mild soap. Using a slightly damp cellulose sponge, rinse your walls.


3. Purchase High-Quality Painting Supplies


This is related to point #1: Compare Price and Performance. The first point to consider is how price and performance differ; in most cases, you get what you pay for. It should go without saying, but when it comes to painting your home, you want to use high-quality paint and materials that will apply smoothly and easily and last for years. Picking the right paint can be mind-numbingly frustrating (look at all the options in the photo above), as there appear to be hundreds to choose from. To begin, you do not want the cheapest paint you can find because it typically requires more coats, has low scrub/scratch/mar resistance, or will not last as long as a higher end paint. Instead, look for a high-quality paint with higher solids, which results in a better paint build, greater scrub/scratch/mar resistance, and so on.


Do some research on the paint brands that are available in your area; unless you live in the middle of nowhere, you should have access to all of the major brands. We recommend reading online reviews or visiting your local home improvement store and asking the employees in the paint aisle for their recommendations and why. Do your research on paint brushes, rollers, and rods, and don't be afraid to test them for lint transfers and brush fallout. If you use them as testers and notice that they are shedding, you know you don't want to use them for a project as important as your home. We prefer the lint-free Wooster paint roller, but foam rollers are also acceptable.


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