Tuesday, 24 March 2015
Your home needs painting, and you’re thinking, “How hard can it be? I’ve got a ladder. Maybe I’ll do it myself.”
Before you head off to the paint store, there are a couple of things to consider:
HOW EASY IS IT?
Preparing the surface for painting is key. Lack of proper prep will result in a bad paint job. You need to remove things too: light fixtures, flower-boxes, mailboxes, house numbers and decorations, shutters, etc.
Also, selecting the best paint can be complicated, requiring knowledge of the many options available on the market today. And you need to know how much paint you will use. Buy too little and you’re making extra trips to the store. Buy too much, and you’re trying to return the extra paint, which can be tricky.
Then there are the tools required to get the job done so that the end result is a smooth finish and splatter-free windows. Visit the paintbrush aisle in any hardware store and you’ll be astonished at the selection. Nylon/polyester blend bristles or natural? Or sponge brushes that you throw away after use? Extra-fuzzy rollers or the short nap ones? Or what about a spray gun—wouldn’t that make the painting go fast? Don’t forget the drop cloths!
HOW SAFE IS IT?
Painting can be dangerous work. According to OSHA, falls are the leading cause of death in construction and almost a third of those deaths are from workers falling off ladders. If that happens to professionals, then you’ve got to ask—how safe is ladder work for the general public?
In addition, houses built before 1978 might have been painted with lead-based paint. Scraping and sanding lead-based paint (while prepping surfaces for new paint) can have serious effects on your health.
The crew at Original Richard knows how to prepare your house for painting and can get the job done efficiently, safely, and professionally. They know the right paint to use, how much of it they’ll need, and they have the right tools for the job. And when the painting is done, they know how to handle the hazardous wastes that are left over.
Original Richard Painting Contractor is the go-to contractor for home improvements from Orange County to the South Bay and all over Southern California, with over 42 years of experience. For a free estimate on your home painting job, contact us today.
Then all you’ll have to do is pick the color, sit back, and enjoy the transformation of your home.
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Tuesday, 24 March 2015
Things to Keep in Mind when it's Time for Office Painting
Having a fresh coat of paint can make your office seem cheerful and inviting, which in turn could increase productivity and sales. There are several things you should keep in mind when having office painting performed, and here are just a few we thought were worth mentioning.
The colors you choose for your office should reflect your company, yet not be overly brilliant. The type of clientele you attract will largely determine your color scheme, as you’ll want different shades if you normally serve business professionals than you would if catering to teens.
Think about your brand or logo, and then try to use similar colors on your walls. If you’re afraid doing so might be too dramatic, you could elect to create accent walls or paint your trim different colors instead.
It can be a good idea not only to compare color swatches, but to obtain a small sample of each shade so you can see how it might look on your walls before committing. Color samples are not always accurate, and might look completely different with various types of lighting. Your color choices help establish your image, which is why it is important to spend extra time deciding on them.
Scheduling your painting job should be done so as not to interfere with normal operations. Think about when your busiest times are so you can arrange to have painters come during your slowest periods. You may also want to have painting done at night or on days when you are normally closed. Here at Original Richard, we cater to business owners just like you, and will be happy to work around your schedule to make things easier for you. To find out more about our painting services, contact us.
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
Crown Molding Options
One of the best ways to improve the appearance of your home is to install crown moldings, which are trims that are applied to finished edges of walls, cabinets, pilasters and cornices. Because crown moldings add formality and depth otherwise plain-looking walls or cabinets, they increase the value of your house.
With so many materials from which to choose, it can be confusing if you don’t know which type of crown molding is best for your rooms. If you’re considering crown molding for your home, here what's available regarding materials and sizes.
Types of Materials
These are some of the most common materials used in constructing crown moldings:
- Wood—This is the crown molding that’s mostly widely used. Woods for crown moldings can be oak, mahogany, pine and other species of wood. For a rustic effect, use pine moldings. A downside of wood crown moldings is that they’re affected by humidity and temperature changes, causing it to shrink, expand or crack.
- Plaster—Because plaster moldings are custom-made, they require professional installation. An advantage of this type of material is that unusual designs can be sculptured from it. It also holds up well under humidity and temperature fluctuations. On a negative note, it’s more expensive than other materials.
- Foam and plastic—These materials cost less than wood or decorated plaster. There are also “peel-and-stick” foam and plastic options which are exceptionally easy to install.
- MDF (medium-density) fiberboard—This material consists of man-made resin and wood fibers.
Some homeowners think that that crown moldings can’t be any color but white. On the contrary, you can stain or paint them to match whatever color scheme that goes with your room.
Another misconception is that crown moldings shouldn't be used in kids’ playrooms and bedrooms because they’re not strong enough to withstand the wear-and-tear of children’s activities. For kids’ rooms, choose high-density polyurethane moldings as they’re exceptionally durable, especially where children play.
When selecting a size for your crown moldings, consider ceiling height. For example, if you have a standard eight-foot ceiling, don’t install a large size because molding that’s too wide can overpower a small room, making it look ever smaller than it actually is.
Eight-foot ceilings generally should have a molding that ranges between 3” and 5.25” wide. Ceilings that are 9’ to 10’ high should have somewhat wider molding because if the molding is too small, it will appear insignificant compared to the room. Therefore, 9’ to 10’ ceilings need molding that ranges from 5.25” to 7” wide.
Be consistent in size. In other words, use the same crown molding size for every floor in your home.
The crown molding professionals at Original Richard can install crown moldings. Serving Southern California and Orange County , we're also are known for providing other high quality home improvements, such as custom painting, dry wall, stucco and sand blasting, recessed lights, general remodeling and other services. Please contact us.