A paint job is very similar to a work of art. Some people do it because they are bored, others because they have to. But when it comes to executing a paint job like a pro, it all comes down to seven basic tips.
• Figure out why you are painting • Clean before you progress • Calculate how much paint you need • Invest in premium paint • Use the right tools and materials • Efficient use of the tape • Waste Disposal and Resource Management
Why do you want to hire a painter to renovate your home? This is a question that you should ponder on carefully before you start. If possible, pick up a pen and a piece of paper and write down your reason(s). This will help you have a clear picture of what you want your house to end up like after the project. This way, you can have expectations that the painter can hope to meet or surpass.
Also, people paint for a plethora of reasons and sometimes, the reason for painting determines the approach. For instance, if you want to paint your house to change the ambience, you should know the colors to add and those to exclude. Similarly, if you’re painting to improve the value of your house, make sure you know thee right color to paint certain locations in the house. For instance, having a white kitchen or bathroom is usually a sure way to bump up the re-sale price of a home.
• Asphalt • Metal • Wood • Asphalt
This is without a doubt the cheapest alternative costing around $3 per square foot in certain areas. When shopping for Asphalt shingles, remember that we have both organic and non-organic materials and the organic shingles (made of fiberglass) are usually pricier. Another advantage of the asphalt is the improved aesthetics it offers any home, however, if you stay in an area that is prone to high ice and winds, this is not an advisable option.
After Asphalt, these are next in line as the most affordable and durable alternative. Metal roofing sheets were not as popular many years when they were extremely expensive to buy and install. However, they are now considered a favorite due to the reliability and the decrease in price. Options like copper, zinc, and even galvanized steel (used in hurricane-prone areas) offer both comfort and safety.
The most-preferred material used in this roofing installation is red cedar and this is because of its ruggedness and its ability to withstand the influence of insects and weather. They are the most expensive options on this list, costing up to $100 per square foot, but they are totally worth it if your budget allows.
You have the option of renting a dumpster, hauling the shingles to landfill, or recycling the shingles (if they are recyclable). The simplest option is usually to rent a dumpster as it accepts all types of materials. The dumpster is always usually there till you finish the project. The only challenge you might face with a dumpster is the disposal regulation enforced in your area.
Similarly, driving the shingles to the landfill might be a reliable option, depending on the location and the facility.
You’ve seen how expensive roofing materials can get, right? Now, will you attempt hiring a novice at the job with little or no experience? Of course not! This is why you also have to invest in skilled and experienced roofing experts. But then, this also comes at a price, right?
Your option here is to always compare quotes from more than one roofing contractor. It is always good to have a break-down of labor costs from at least three independent experts before you settle with one. Always remember that the cheapest might not always be the worst, similarly, the most expensive is not usually the best.
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Research and Speak to People- This is usually the hardest part for some people, mostly because of the amount of wrong information being spread as regards roof replacement. It also helps if you speak to experts in the field so as to know the options that are available to you in terms of cost.
Timing- This is a factor not known to many people, but there are ideal times to schedule a roof replacement project, and there are bad times. Late summer and Fall are the peak periods for roofing projects, so if you begin your roofing project in the spring, you have a good chance of getting a great price.
Use Your Insurance- Yes. If you have a homeowner’s insurance, roof damage is often covered. If there are shingles that have been knocked loose by bad weather conditions, be sure to make use of this opportunity.
The next time someone tells you not to think about changing your roof anytime soon due to the cost, tell them you read this article. You get bonus points if you complete your next roofing replacement project with us.
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