Concrete may seem hard to paint, but this is actually quite easy to do if you follow certain steps. Here is a quick guide through five stages that will help you successfully paint your concrete surface.
Stage One: Expectations
Unlike, wood, glass and ceramic tiles, concrete is harder to manage and maintain, thus its paintjob takes more time to complete. That is why you should be aware of these things before going into this venture and make sure you do not expect to be done with such a task in a day or two.
Due to concrete’s porosity, the paint will require at least a week to dry, but this period can be extended onto ten days or a full fortnight. However, there is something positive about concrete that many people do not know: you can choose literally any color you want and avoid various shades of grey.
Stage Two: Preparation and Cleaning
The chances are that your concrete surface is not completely clean and ready to be repainted. Whether it is your walkway, driveway or a garage floor, there will surely be traces of oil, water, dust and dirt all over the place. Hence, you need to make sure the surface is thoroughly cleaned before starting to apply paint.
Stage Three: Getting Rid of the Old Paint
Should you remove previous layers of paint when repainting walls in your home? Some people claim that you should remove it because painting over old paint prevents new paint from sticking to your walls properly, while others believe that you shouldn’t bother as painting over it will have the same end results. If you decide to remove it, you should first use a paint scraper and a wire brush, say reputed Sydney-based painters, and then thoroughly clean the surface one more time.
Stage Four: Sealing and Priming
This is the last preparatory stage and a very important one as well. In order to perform a good paint job, all cracks and holes need to be taken care of – and almost all concrete surfaces are full of holes and cracks of various shapes and sizes. If you do not fill and seal them, your new paint will peel off quite quickly and your work will be useless.
Repairing holes can be done rather quickly and easily and, once the surface is completely dry, you should also apply an additional layer of primer in order to achieve stronger adhesion and make your paint job more durable. Most people have a tendency to use protective epoxy coating that can be applied to all surfaces regardless of their location, so it is perfect both for indoor and outdoor jobs.
Stage Five: Painting
Now, it is finally time for actual painting! There are a number of ways to do so and you can use different types of paint, based on your preferences. Make sure you use quality rollers and brushes and do not forget to apply at least two or three layers of paint in order to get the best results.
Finally, you can choose any color you want and completely transform boring grey concrete surface into a basis for a new and exciting area. In the end, let the paint dry properly and wait for at least a full day before moving back in.
If performed as suggested, this project can be painless and effective – by providing your concrete surfaces a new life, you will, consequently, elevate the quality of your life as well.
As we age, we want our home to be accessible and easy to navigate through. Whether that means
designing a new retirement home or remodeling your existing home, Jake Hulet Construction has
some suggestions that will make your home more functional and safe:
The Exterior of your home:
1. Outside stairs are often our client’s biggest concerns.
When designing your home, consider elevation gains and how you will access your outside
doors and garage area. We recommend building a single level home or a home that has all
the necessary rooms (master bedroom and bathroom, living area, kitchen, and laundry) on
the main level.
If you are remodeling your existing home with outside stairs, we can design a tasteful and
complimentary ramp to your home in place of the stairs.
2. Maintenance on the outside of your home can also be a challenge. We recommend vinyl siding
or brick that requires little to no maintenance.
The Interior of your home:
3. Inside stairs can limit your ability to access some areas of your home.
If you have a basement, or a multi level home, we recommend either installing
1) an elevator or 2) a stair lift seat. We have recently installed a stair lift seat in a home on stairs
leading to the basement that works well and was reasonably priced.
4. Your Kitchen should be built on the main level of your home.
Access to cabinets is also important. We recommend adding roll out shelves for kitchen
cabinets. By making your cabinets more accessible, you will be able to operate and enjoy your
kitchen more fully.
5. A Bathroom also needs to be found on the main level of your home.
Typically showers are easier to maneuver in than bathtubs; showers can have curbs built with
small ramps that allow wheelchairs and walker to roll in and out easily. Also, grab bars can be
easily installed. Bathroom cabinets can also be designed to allow wheelchairs to fit under the
6. Doorways and hallways should be at least 36” wide allowing for wheelchairs and walker to
easily maneuver from room to room. Additional, we recommend using lever door knobs that
make opening and shutting door easier.
If you are considering designing a new retirement home or remodeling your existing home, give
Jake Hulet Construction a call 435-590-9565 or email to discuss how your needs can be met.
Whether you are building a new home, buying an older home or freshening up your existing home, it is always a good idea to use a Professional Painting Contractor. Many homeowners, while quite capable of doing the work, after they purchase the required equipment and materials, and invest many of their own hours find that it may have been much more effective to hire a professional. A professional has all the required equipment, can often provide a better quality paint for a more competitive price, and is much more efficient. We can do the work in much less time and have your home back to normal quickly.
Inviting a stranger into your home is often a daunting task for many, here are some tips on choosing a contractor.
So now you are ready to contact a painter!
If you decide to call, remember, many painters are owner operators, therefore they may be working at a customers home and be unable to answer right away. Please leave a message and they will call you back. You can also email them using the contact us form on the web page.
Some of the questions they may ask are:
- May I have your name and contact info?
- How did you hear about us?
- What size is your project?
- When do you want the work done?
- Have you looked at colors yet?
- When was the last time the home was painted?
- Was your home built before 1978?
- Have you hired a contractor before?
- Do you have a budget?
The answers to these types of questions will help to determine how to best meet your needs. They can then set an appointment to meet with you and anyone else involved in the decision making progress. The information collected from the above questions will help us to be prepared when we meet and bring any color samples, product data or RRP materials.
When the contractor arrives at your home, they should:
- Arrive on time
- Walk through the proposed areas with you and take notes and possibly pictures
- Show you finishes and colors from sample boards or fan decks
- Provide a project book with testimonials and project photos for you to review
- Measure the space
- Leave you with a folder detailing our insurance and license information
- Provide you with a written, detailed, firm estimate
- Answer any questions you have
- Ask you if you would like to be added to our schedule
We hope to provide a professional, pleasant process to make your next home improvement project go as smooth and hassle free as possible. Our business depends on satisfied customers and referrals.
We have all read countless articles on “How to hire a Painting Contractor”and they all say basically the same thing. That is because there is an industry standard for most professional companies. There is also a lower standard, unfortunately. Many painters take shortcuts in order to shave a few precious dollars off the bid before presenting it to you. Let’s see how.First, we will take one of my own posts and break it down.1. In my post, I advocate asking friends or the local paint store for a referral. You really cannot beat word of mouth, beware of a contractor who has pages of typewritten referrals with no contact information. Look at their online reviews like Google or Yelp, making sure the authors are not all the same.
2. In my post, I advocate checking for License and Insurance. States vary on Licensing, but each state has a site that list the requirements, check your state here. Ask to see their license and check that it is current and the name matches. Some contractors will work under another contractors license, or consider their Driver’s License enough to declare they are licensed! They should also be able to show you a current General Liability Policy and be able to provide you a copy with you listed before the job starts. Workers Compensation is another one, many states you can check online. If a contractor is not covered and is injured in your home, your Homeowners Insurance might have to pay! Some contractors may have an old certificate, but if they have not paid the premiums, it is no good.
3. In my post, I ask if your home was built before 1978, if it is, your contractor must be RRP Certified to do any work. Don’t let him tell you it is not needed, the safety of your family is at stake.
4. In my post, I encourage both decision makers to be there and ask lots of questions of exactly what prep is to be done and what materials are to be used. Make sure it gets written down. Some contractors will write “paint walls”, then when it comes to the prep or even after completion claim smoothing out the walls will be extra. If a Premium paint is specified, make sure that paint is used. Ask who will be doing the work, the owner? the employees? or a subcontractor?
5. In my post, I advocate comparing apples to apples. If you followed the above advice, you will be able to pick the best bid not by price, but by which one will fit the needs of your project. You will be able to determine which company will use the right methods and materials, use skilled, legal and insured employees to protect and beautify your home.