Where do you need painters?
Whether you want to renovate, repair or build new, painters can help enhance the look of your home. Paint can be used on the interior or exterior of the home and the wide range of paints and paint finishes that are available today means that you are only limited by your imagination. It is the cheapest way of redecorating, so if you’re after a new look without a lot of outlay, then getting your home painted may be the way to go.
Painters may carry out the following tasks:
Role of House Painters
Painters also perform the following tasks in the course of their work:
Things to Consider
There are some basics to consider when repainting. What is the function of the room/s that will be repainted? What direction does the room face? How big is it? What mood do you want to create? The basic rule is that light colours make a room feel larger and dark colours will make a room feel smaller. When choosing a colour scheme, it is best to stick to one of the following types: monochromatic – different shades of the same colour; harmonious – where similar colours are used; and contrasting – where two or more very different colours are used i.e. black and white.
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There are many different types of paint, and what you use will depend on the area to be painted and the kind of conditions that it has to endure. Outdoor areas will need to be painted with a special exterior paint that will be able to handle the harsher conditions. Most exterior paints come with UV protection. Interior paints need to suit their purpose. Bathrooms and other wet areas will require a more resistant paint that can stand up to moisture such as a semi gloss or gloss while living areas can get by with a flat surface. If you have kids or need a paint that is more durable, a wash and wear paint may be a good option.
When it comes to the interior of the home, there is a vast range of special paint finishes and effects available including metallic, pastel, suede, pearl, colour washing, marbling, rag rolling, ragging, sponging, dragging, crackling, stencilling, stainless steel, lime washes and rusted iron, among others. There is even blackboard paint available – great for the kitchen or study areas! With such a wide variety of choice, consulting a professional will help you to choose the right look for your home. Many painting companies will offer a colour consultancy service, or you may choose the services of an interior designer.
Wallpapering is a stylish alternative to paint, creating textures and effects that paint alone cannot achieve. Today’s wallpapers are easy to apply and remove and come in a wide range of colours and textures. Textures include hessian, canvas, vinyl, wood and rice paper, among others. Many paint companies will remove old wallpaper for you and install new wallpaper of your choice.
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When selecting your professional, there are a few steps to adhere to. Firstly, tell the painter what you require in terms of colour scheme, area to be painted, timeframe etc. Get a quote for the project, ensuring that it is as thorough as possible in terms of the brand of paint, the amount of paint required and labour costs. The quote should also ideally include how long the project is expected to take, when progress payments should be paid, and provide for the protection of surroundings and cleanup. Working out all these things before commencing the project will save any potential problems later.
Depending on where you live, a painter may require a licence to conduct works in your home. There is more information about painter licensing on Licensedtrades.com.au.
House painters will base any quote on an hourly rate of $40 to $60 per hour, depending on location and the nature of the job. Expect to pay more if your job involves the use of scaffolding - if you have a multi-level home for example. Painters will typically quote a flat fee which includes paint. They are also able to quote for smaller jobs, for example a single room.
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