Why curb appeal matters

Selling your house? If you want to make your house and property look as attractive as possible from the road, especially for prospective buyers, you need to invest in something called ‘curb appeal’. Curb appeal can make the difference between your house sitting on the market for months or ‘sold’. For this you could need as little as some good quality exterior house paint. Adding real value to your home Although there are several ways to add curb appeal to your home, one of the most important is painting the exterior of your house. If the exterior of your home looks shabby, it won’t matter how much landscaping or other ‘dressing up’ you do, you will lose potential sales – because first impressions really do matter. Painting the exterior of home and other buildings doesn’t just add an ‘attractive’ factor to entice potential buyers; it increases the real value of your home and property. It’s therefore an essential investment, and well worth using high quality paints and painting services to do the job. Exterior painting as an investment Depending on the original state of your property, you may need to dig deep to create the kind of curb appeal that will add significant value to your home. There’s no getting around that, but in terms of return on investment, an extensive exterior paint job is the least expensive. The reward will far outweigh the outlay. In addition, few people will want to purchase a home that requires an extensive paint job, while many buyers might be enticed by the landscaping possibilities a so-called ‘blank canvas’ can offer. Exterior house paint can transform a house It’s not just the ‘fresh lick’ of exterior house paint, but the look and character that the house painting creates. You can turn unappealing or ordinary into enticing and exciting just through choosing a paint colour that can transform your home. This can add as much value to your home as interior design, and this will in turn get your house sold more quickly – and for more. Contact us today to let the team at Warrior Paints assist you with questions, advice and supplies for house painting, creating superb curb appeal with exterior house paint and with choosing a colour that will make all the difference. We stock the full range of South Africa’s best luxury house paint and painting products and we can help you add real value to your...

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Why does my paint peel, crack or bubble?

There are important differences between interior house paints and exterior house paints. Not knowing the differences and using in interior paint on the outside of your house, you will get peeling, cracking and bubbling – particularly on exterior walls that are exposed to direct sunlight. Although you do get some ranges that can be used for both interiors and exteriors, many of the best polymer-blend acrylic house paints are now highly specialised, increasingly requiring the use of specially designed paint for different applications and surfaces. So, if are you tempted to use that unfinished tin of interior house paint to brighten up an exterior wall, read on: Exterior house paint Exterior house paints are designed to withstand sun, rain and mildew. They are also specifically designed to adhere to exterior walls and surfaces such as stucco. This is all achieved through higher concentrations of resins, pigments and other ‘preservative’ additives in the paint. Very importantly, exterior house paint is fairly ‘flat’ and porous. This is not something you can see, but it’s important because it allows moisture to escape from the wall instead of bubbling under the paint. Interior house paint Interior house paint is usually finer in texture and therefore more delicate than exterior paint, with design elements focused more on subtle colour effect with less pigment. Another important aspect is lower concentrations of air pollutants. Interior house paints are also designed to be more resistant to sharp marks and abrasions. Theoretically, you can use an exterior paint inside, though you may get more air pollutants from it, it’s really the other way around that you want to avoid. Other reasons why your paint won’t adhere or degrades There are other reasons why the fresh paint on your wall or other surfaces may look good for a few weeks before it suddenly starts to degrade – to peel, crack or bubble. Lack of surface preparation e.g. the application of a primer if required Damp walls Painting over old paint instead of scraping it off completely Contact us today to let the team at Warrior Paints assist you with questions, advice and supplies for house painting. We stock the full range of South Africa’s best luxury house paint and painting products, and we’ll be happy give you painting tips and help you choose a paint colour for your interior wall and...

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How Often Should You Paint the Outside of Your Home?

Knowing that most exterior house paint can be expensive, especially if you buy the quality variants that are sure to last longer, one of the most common questions that home owners ask us is how often they should be treating the exterior portion of their home to a new lick of paint? We provide you with answers below. The Average Time Generally, it is recommended that you apply new exterior house paint to your walls at least every 7 years. However, sometimes it may be required a lot sooner, such as every 3 years. Ultimately, the frequency necessary will depend on a variety of factors including the following: The Quality of Paint You Use: As mentioned, when it comes to house painting, the quality of the paint you use has a direct and powerful effect on its overall longevity. Therefore, if you went with a cheaper alternative, the chances are quite high that you will need to repaint a lot sooner than expected. The Weather in Your Area: You will likely have to paint the exterior of your home more often if you live in an area with high levels of humidity or high rainfall, as this excess moisture will usually lead to accelerated cracking and peeling. Extremely hot weather may also result in the paint bubbling over time. How You Prep: Sufficient preparation of the surface area on which you intend to paint is just as important as the type of exterior house paint you use! A quality primer can truly work wonders when it comes to enhancing the lifespan of your work. Are you looking for advice on the type of exterior house paint to buy? Perhaps you are looking to invest in a few handy house painting tools? Or maybe you simply need advice choosing a paint colour? Whatever your needs may be, you can always turn to the Warrior Paints team for hands-on assistance and South Africa’s best painting products. Call us or pay us a visit today to learn...

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Neutral Doesn’t Mean Boring When You’re Choosing Interior House Paint

Most of the time, when people choose interior house paint, they want to find a colour that make a bold statement. However, what they should really be thinking about is choosing a house paint that will best complement each individual room. Sometimes, neutral is better! Here are just a few reasons why neutral colours always make for a great choice: Neutral Colours Draw Attention to Furnishings Think about it – what would you want a guest to notice first? The bright purple colour of your living room walls? Or the stunning new leather couch you just purchased? If you decided on the latter, neutral colours will be sure to work in your favour. Instead of drawing attention away from the different highlights of the room, they will complement and emphasise them. You Will Never Grow Tired of Them Sure, that oxblood red may seem like a good idea now… but how are you going to feel about its boldness in a few months’ time? The great news is that neutral colours never go out of fashion! There’s Even More Opportunity to Get Creative The best part about opting for a neutral interior house paint is the fact that it gives you the chance to get creative with exciting, colourful accents in terms of other aspects of your home. If your walls are neutral, you will be able to invest in a slightly more adventurous rug, carpet or coffee table without overwhelming the room. Are you looking for the best neutral interior house paint in South Africa? Perhaps you need help choosing a paint colour or finding the right acrylic paint? Whatever your needs, Warrior Paints is where you want to be! Contact us today to find out...

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How to maintain a painted metal roof or garden fence

Do you think that maintaining a painted metal roof or fence is a chore beyond your abilities? Think again! With a little DIY know-how, keeping the exterior house paint of your home looking spick, span and spotless is actually a simple process. The most important skill you need to have under your belt however, is knowing how to paint metal: if metal surfaces are not correctly prepared in the first place, then maintenance will be near impossible. 1.Clean the roof or garden fence to be painted thoroughly When it comes to any kind of house painting, a clean start is essential. Remove as much rust and old paint as possible using a wire scourer, sandpaper and paint stripper. If the metal you are painting is new, use a mild detergent to remove any oils on the surface. Apply a metal paint primer Since acrylic paint works best on metal, you should choose an oil based primer, and apply 2 coats, allowing for thorough drying time inbetween. Apply 2 to 3 coats of acrylic paint Use a brush rather than spray paint for a better, longer lasting finish. Paint thin, even coats and allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next. Apply an appropriate sealer For exterior surfaces, apply a sealer to add protection against the elements. Maintain the colour and shine Once a year, wash the roof or fence using a high pressure hose and a mild solution of detergent and ammonia, rinsing thoroughly with clean water. Apply sealer if necessary. Whether you’re sprucing up the roof or choosing a paint colour for the new garden fence, Warrior Paints has all the tips, tricks and products you need. For more information, please contact us...

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