How to hire a painting contractor for an exterior or interior job

Hiring a contractor can provide a quality job without you having to go to the effort of getting your hands dirty – or it can bring disaster to your home. Here are a few tips to make your home improvement project stress-free: Be careful about Insurance Accidents happen while painting – if the 5 litres of paint is spilled on your brand-new convertible, make sure you will not have to foot the bill. Every painter should have General Liability coverage. If they hire independent contractors, make sure the contractors are insured as well. It is also advisable to keep a copy of the insurance. Pick the right man for the right job If your house is more than thirty years old, it most likely has many layers of lead paint, window putty, deeper soffits, more architectural detail and aluminium storm windows to remove and replace. This requires more delicate work over a longer period. Painters used to quick jobs may not take the time to take care of these details. Paint brand matters If the contractor insists on a brand of paint – make sure it is for quality reasons and not price. After all, the painter will not have to live with his or her paint choices, you will. Warrior Paints has a high selection of quality paints.  There are many paint brands out there. Choose one you trust. Look for Painters belonging to Trade Organisations Trade Organisations must adhere to certain quality standards when it comes to properly painted services. A membership in a trade organisation indicates a level of professional commitment. Keep time A smooth-running team will arrive on time and leave on time – interrupting your life as little as possible. Make sure punctuality is as important to them as it is to you. Make sure they have the right equipment If the house is old, it will have lead paint.  Sanding should be collected in a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filtered vacuum and workers should have correct breathing protection. We offer a wide selection of quality paints in stylish colours. For more information, visit our website:...

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Our best tips for painting your interior office space

You do not always need to hire a painter to paint your office. Use these game-changing tips to create the best look for your office space: Choose the right colour palette A recent University of Texas study found that bland grey, beige and white offices induced feelings of sadness and depression, especially in women. Men, on the other hand, experienced similarly gloomy feelings in purple and orange workspaces. Warmer colours like reds and yellows are more stimulating, yet they can also be jolting. Cooler colours like blues, greens and pastels can create a calmer working environment. Angela Wright, a renowned colour psychologist due to her scientific theory known as the Colour Affects System, says: “What defines whether a colour is stimulating or soothing is not the colour, it’s the intensity. A strong bright colour will stimulate, and a colour with low saturation will soothe.” Wright believes blue colours stimulate the mind and are an ideal colour for an office where logic and reason is important. Yellow stimulates emotion and is best for an artistic office space. Choose from Warrior Paints extensive range of quality paints to find the best colour for your business. Tint the Primer You can tint the primer by mixing a small amount of the top-coat paint into it. Primer has three uses: it blocks stains from bleeding through, it allows a one-coat coverage for the paint and, most importantly, it improves paint adhesion. This greatly reduces blisters and peeling which – not a professional look for any office. Use canvas and not plastic to cover the floor Plastic cloths become a slippery hazard easily. Canvas drop cloths absorb the paint. Use an Extension Pole instead of a ladder Ladders lead to falls. They are not ideal for indoor spaces so choose a pole with a soft, non-slip grip and a rigid metal core. All plastic handles are too flexible, which make them hard to control. Use Paint grids instead of paint trays A paint grid is a rigid metal or plastic screen that hooks onto the rim of the bucket. This is a neater and faster way to remove excess paint. Store your tools Instead of cleaning all paintbrushes, you can wrap them in plastic and refrigerate them. When you retrieve them the next day, wait thirty minutes and the brushes will still be supple. Store the paint in a cool, well-ventilated area. We offer a wide selection of quality paints in stylish colours. For more information, visit our website:...

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