Keep safe. Check your Home and contents insurance before renovating

As licensed painters in Sydney, we know just how busy and stressful home renovations can be. We see firsthand what’s involved and where people go seriously wrong. Did you know some home and contents insurers won’t cover you while you are renovating? Depending on how big the renovation is of course. This means, if anything happens, you simply won’t be covered! Let’s take a look at everything you need to do with your insurance before you start renovating! And if you’re unsure check with your insurance company. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

How do I know if my Home and Contents Insurance is valid during a renovation?

Basically, it’s imperative you check everything with your insurance company before you start your renovation. There are different levels of risk. For example, if you’re renovating your kitchen, you’re most likely not tearing down any of the external structure. This means your doors and windows will still lock. Your policy will probably still stand. If you are pulling down external walls, that’s an open door to thieves. Some insurers won’t cover you for this sort of renovation. But, don’t worry, you can still ensure you’re covered!

Is your home contents insurance valid with renovations? Tips from our licensed painter Sydney

Top 6 tips from our licensed painters Sydney to ensure your home insurance policy covers you

As licensed painters in Sydney, we are often part of renovation projects, both large and small. We know renovations add value to your home. But not being covered by your Home and Contents insurance could reverse all of that possible profit! Here are our tips to ensure your renovation is safe, insurance wise.

1.    Talk your insurer

If your insurer doesn’t know about your renovation plans, you may not be covered should anything go wrong. It’s also important to talk to them about exactly what will be covered, if anything, during the renovation. If you know where you stand from the beginning then you can make alternate arrangements if need be.

2.    Talk to your builder

Sometimes a builder may have an insurance policy in place that will cover the entire structure. Other times their policy will only cover the section they’re working on. So always ask! Communication is key when it comes to renovating your home.

3.    Vacating your property may void your policy

Yes, living through a renovation is a bit hellish but if you vacate, check with your insurer what this means. Some policies become void if you’re not living at the property depending on how long you won’t be living there.

4.    Projects over approximately $50,000 aren’t classed as renovations

Some insurers won’t cover you if your project is valued at over $50,000. This is because the project is no longer classed as a renovation. Your home becomes a building site instead. And there’s a different type of rules and regulations when it comes to your insurance.

5.    DIY renovators need extra cover

Some insurers won’t cover homeowners undertaking their own renovation projects.

6.    Your trades must be insured too

This is the biggest one to remember. It’s essential that you use licensed builders, licensed painters and other licensed trades. Don’t take their word for it, check that all their licenses and insurances are up to date!

So, if you’re planning on renovating, be safe! If your current insurer isn’t interested in covering you during your renovation, ditch them! You can search and compare insurances agencies easily online. There’s no reason you can’t easily find the right insurance policy to cover your renovation.

Licensed painter Sydney renovation tips regarding home insurance

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As licensed painters, we have all the relevant licenses and insurances in place. We also have years of experience and we know it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry! If you’re needing a professional licensed painter in Sydney, contact us today!


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Renovating your North Shore home? What is HBCF?

Are you thinking about renovating your North Shore home? Have you checked if your prospective builder is licensed? Do they have adequate insurance cover? Today we look at the best way to stay safe – Home Building Compensation Fund (HBCF).

What is Home Building Compensation Fund?

HBCF is the new name for Builders Warranty policy. It is the insurance that covers Sydney and NSW homeowners including your home in North Shore and Northern Beaches. It has been put in place to protect you as a homeowner for:

  • Loss of deposit
  • Failure to start or finish
  • Defective work

If you’re planning a renovation on your North Shore home, HBCF is essential in most cases. Some projects will not legally require a builder to have HBCF so do your research to make sure you know where your project stands.

When do I need HBCF for my North Shore renovation?

As a North Shore renovator, you don’t need to take out HBCF. Your builder needs to take out the insurance. HBCF is required for any residential home building work valued at over $20,000. If the cost does not exceed this amount, there is no legal requirement for the insurance. If the work is valued at over $5,000 your builder must hold an appropriate licence with Fair Trade. Regardless of the value, all contractors must carry the appropriate licenses required.

There are some projects that do not legally require a builder to have HBCF:

  • New multi-story residential buildings more than 2 storeys
  • Some stand-alone contracts for internal installation, water features etc.
  • Contracts carried out by certain Government departments.

Your builder looking after your North Shore renovation should provide you with the relevant insurance certificate. If not make sure you ask! It’s important to know exactly what you should be looking out for and don’t be afraid to speak up if something doesn’t feel quite right. You will need this insurance certificate should you need to make a claim.

Renovating your North Shore home and when you need HBCF tips from Summit Coatings

What’s the difference between a certificate of insurance and a certificate of eligibility?

There’s a big difference between a certificate of insurance and a certificate of eligibility. This is a really important point for North Shore renovators to remember!

A certificate of eligibility only shows that the builder is entitled to apply for a certificate of insurance. This does not mean they actually have the HBCF insurance! It is vital the builder supplies you with a certificate of insurance. Check the certificate for the following before your North Shore renovation begins:

  • A project-specific certificate of insurance
  • Name of the builder and homeowner
  • Value of the contract
  • Address of the property
  • Details of the work

Another very important tip from us is to always check the certificate of insurance is legitimate! You can do this by checking the details on the Certificates Register.

Hopefully, your builder will do a fantastic job on your North Shore renovation. Then there’ll be no need to worry about claiming through HBCF. But things can go wrong! It’s so important to cover yourself! The same goes for painters. Do you need a licensed and professional painting contractor? If so, do your homework! It’s hard to know how to choose a licensed painter. Here are the top things to consider before your next North Shore painting renovation:

  • Obtain at least 3 quotes
  • Like your builders, check your painter’s insurance and license
  • Are they part of the Master Painters Association NSW?
  • Check their experience – ask for references and testimonials
  • Trust your instincts – first impressions are usually right
  • Do they offer a guarantee?

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Here at Summit Coatings, we are an award-winning team that care about our customers. We can help you with your next North Shore renovation. Contact us today to discuss your painting needs!


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The importance of high quality roof spraying in Sydney

We all now know the pros and cons of roof spraying, but why is it so important to choose a high-quality roof spraying service in Sydney? Like everything in your home, your roof is precious. In fact, it protects a large portion of your home. Therefore you want to ensure your roof spraying is of a high quality and professional finish.

A quality roof spraying service can really fix your tired looking roof. It is a cost-effective way to restore and make your roof look new again! Even though it is extremely cost effective, you are still spending money. Obviously, when you’re spending money, you want to ensure you are spending it wisely.

How do I choose the most high-quality roof spraying service in Sydney?

Like any home improvement project, you need to research and know how to choose a licensed painter. Here are our top tips when searching for a high-quality roof spraying service for your Sydney home:

  • Get several quotes: we recommend getting at least three quotes from three reputable companies.
  • Check insurances and licenses: this is crucial! All high-quality roof spraying companies will have the correct insurances and licenses in place.
  • Take notice: really look at the way the roof spraying company is treating you from the very first contact. Usually, first impressions are right, so go with your gut.
  • Do your research: put on your detective’s hat and do your research. Check reviews online. This is usually a great way to see if a roof spraying company is actually going to provide a high-quality

High quality roof spraying Sydney in action with Summit Coatings

What should a high-quality roof spraying service be offering me?

It’s hard to know what you should expect from your roof spraying service. After all, if your last roof spraying was high quality, you shouldn’t need another for up to 15 years! There are some obvious things you should expect – honesty, reliability and good workmanship. High-quality Sydney roof sprayers should also offer the following:

  • Preparation: a high-quality roof spraying company will provide a good service from start to finish. This includes preparing your Sydney roof for spraying. The better your roof is cleaned and prepared, the better the end result will look.
  • Advance Membrane System: if you are having problems with leaks but can’t find the source, this will be perfect for you! Our advanced membrane system can reseal your roof. Any little gaps, cracks etc. will be sealed ensuring the structural integrity of your roof again. Even if you haven’t got any existing leaks, prevention is better than cure!
  • Two coats of quality paint: one coat will not sufficiently take care of your Sydney roof. Think about all the severe conditions your roof is put under. Two coats of high-quality paint, such as Taubmans Endure, are essential. This will ensure your roof is protected and looks its best.
  • Clean up and aftercare: Sydney roof spraying services should include a thorough clean of the job site before finishing. Another important factor is to ensure you are given the correct aftercare. Make sure you feel comfortable in contacting the company should you have any questions or issues after the job is done also.

Why is Summit Coatings the best high-quality roof spraying service in Sydney?

There are no shortcuts taken here at Summit. We take pride in our workmanship which you can see from the number of awards we have won with the Master Painters Association of NSW. With over 30 years’ experience, you can rest assured we know what we are doing. Just take a look at the before and after images below – our roof spraying service is definitely high quality and the best in Sydney.

High quality roof spraying Sydney before photo with Summit Coatings

High quality roof spraying Sydney after photo with Summit Coatings

So, if you’re thinking of getting your Sydney roof painted, contact us today! We are here to help you by providing a high-quality service that will have your Sydney home looking brand new again!


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50 Shades of Grey: Our house painters North Shore top picks

It’s all about the grey and not just in the cinema! Even if you haven’t seen the movies, everyone knows about 50 Shades of Grey. Today we look at our house painters in North Shore’s top picks. Our very own 50 Shades of Grey! We’ll look at our top picks over five main categories. Let’s look a little closer at one of North Shore house painter’s top shades.

As most of us know, grey is incredibly popular. It makes an area feel glamorous and sophisticated. Grey can instantly create a clean, calm and classy feel to any North Shore home. Unlike the movie, Taubmans Endure have a lot more than 50 shades of grey – closer to 700 shades in fact! There are endless options from light and bright to dark and dramatic.

Grey is a great alternative to the standard white and beige walls. Grey naturally hides imperfections a lot better than white. This makes grey a great choice for an overall interior or exterior colour or anywhere for that matter! North Shore home owners are now leaning more towards grey than white shades and it’s easy to see why.

Layering grey tones is also a top pick for our house painters in North Shore. Think an overall light grey interior with a few dramatic dark grey feature walls thrown in – perfection! Or perhaps a two-tone grey exterior? The choices really are endless!

Let’s now have a look at house painters North Shore top picks for the infamous grey over our top 5 categories.

Our house painters North Shore top 10 picks for feature walls

Features walls are exactly as the name suggests, a feature. Our top 10 picks for feature walls include some beautiful dramatic shades of grey. Shades that ooze mystery and sophistication. Feature walls look particularly fantastic in living rooms, bedrooms and at the end of hallways or entrances.

Feature wall top grey picks from our house painters North Shore at Summit Coatings

Our house painters North Shore top 10 picks for exteriors

House painters are now seeing more and more North Shore home owners choosing a grey exterior. Why?

  • Because it’s classy.
  • It’s simple.
  • It’s beautiful!

Grey exteriors always look fresh and clean. You could also choose a slightly darker shade to really stand out on your North Shore Street!

Exterior top grey picks from our house painters North Shore at Summit Coatings

Our house painters North Shore top 10 picks for flooring

Whether its carpet, tiles or, the latest trend, concrete, grey is the top pick for floorings. Lighter shades look best if you’re flooring is to cover a large area of your North Shore home such as your living area. Whereas smaller areas, such as bedrooms, can look great with a darker shade of grey.

Flooring grey top pics from our house painters North Shore at Summit Coatings

Our house painters North Shore top 10 picks for all over interior colours

It’s not just grey exteriors that are popular in North Shore. House Painters are seeing grey shades take over from the classic white when it comes to interiors as well. For an overall interior colour, we like a lighter shade. Team these lighter shades with one of our top picks for feature walls and you’ll be onto a winning colour combination!

Interior top grey picks from our house painters North Shore at Summit Coatings

Our house painters North Shore top 10 picks for nurseries

There’s nothing more exciting in life than starting a family. Next in line in the excitement stakes would be decorating your baby’s nursery! Grey is a calming, soothing and luxurious colour. This makes grey a top pick for North Shore nurseries!

Top grey picks for nurseries from our house painters North Shore at Summit Coatings

What’s next with greys?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the endless choices of grey, talk to one of our expert Colour Consultants. We can help you pick the best colour pallet for your North Shore home. Our award-winning team are ready to help you transform your home. Contact us today!



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Pros and cons of roof painting in Sydney vs Re-roofing

Is your Sydney roof looking worn out and tired? You’re probably wondering what your options are and which is best. Does your home need re-roofing or could a roof painting service suffice? How do you even tell if you need roof painters or a re-roof? Below we look at the pros and cons of roof painting in Sydney vs re-roofing.

Why is it important to maintain your Sydney roof?

Your Sydney roof protects you from the elements – wind, rain, the sun and everything in between. The problem is, when it comes to our Sydney roofs, we tend to have an ‘out of sight out of mind’ attitude. It’s important to take notice of your roof. Maintaining your Sydney roof won’t just save you from the elements, it will also save you a lot of money!

Maintaining your Sydney roof yourself is great. Like most things though, at some point in time, you will need to call in the experts to help! When it’s time for the experts, it’s time to make the big decision – re-roof or roof painting.

Roof painting Sydney tiled roof North Shore from Summit Coatings

What are the Pros and Cons of re-roofing?

Re-roofing will obviously mean you will have a brand new roof and everyone loves brand new things, right? This, however, will come at a cost. A standard sized home can cost upwards of $20,000 to re-roof. Not to mention the disruption and time it takes to complete the job. This can cause havoc for busy Sydney home owners. Of course, sometimes you have no option but to re-roof. Perhaps you’ve purchased a home with severe roof damage. Maybe your Sydney roof has suffered damage in a storm. This is when re-roofing is a good option. Below we list the pros and cons of re-roofing:


  • Adds more value
  • More energy efficient – traps cold air in during summer and warm air during winter
  • Brand new materials


  • Costly
  • Longer turnaround
  • Disruptive process

Of course, it’s always great to be able to save money! So if your roof isn’t in total disrepair why not consider a much cheaper option – roof painting for your Sydney home instead?

Why is roof painting in Sydney the best option?

Roof painting, also known as roof spraying, is the restoration of your existing Sydney roof. It’s a much more cost effective way to give your roof a makeover. Our award-winning team can help you assess whether roof painting for your Sydney home is your best option.

How will roof painting benefit your home? Well, as we all know, the number one enemy of any Sydney home is roof leaks! There’s nothing worse than water damage. Our roof painters in Sydney use an advanced membrane system which will apply long lasting waterproofing to your roof. Painting your Sydney roof is also a great money saving option if you’re thinking of selling. Buyers will be drawn to a house with a brand new looking roof!

Below we look at the pros and cons of roof painting:


  • Cost effective
  • Quicker turnaround
  • Will fix leaks
  • Aesthetically appealing
  • Will bring your roof back to life – adding up to 15 years to your roof’s life!


  • Won’t fix larger leaks
  • Won’t fix a damaged roof

Roof painting Sydney 5 step procedure by Summit Coatings

The below before and after shows the dramatic improvement our roof painting service Sydney can provide. Check out our gallery for more great transformations!

Roof painters Sydney before and after pictures with Summit Coatings

So next time you walk outside, look up and check out your roof! If you think it needs a makeover, we can help! There are many ways our roof painting service can fix your tired looking roof. Why not contact us today to chat about the best option for you?



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Is it time again for the professional residential painter Sydney?

Your home is usually the biggest asset you will ever own and the most important! We are asked by our customers time and time again ‘when is it time to get their professional residential painter in Sydney back’? Below we look at the signs to look out for and the benefits of using a professional residential painter for your Sydney home.

Why it’s important to use a professional residential painter to maintain your Sydney home

The paintwork of your Sydney home isn’t just a cosmetic function. It’s a protective barrier and is your home’s first defence against the elements! When paint fades, peels, chips, or sustains damage, you are putting your home at risk of much worse things than just not looking its best. Living in Sydney, and often near the beach, our professional residential painters see a lot of homes with poorly kept paintwork. This is mainly due to the wear and tear that comes with living near the ocean! Salt damage is a killer for exterior paint in particular. But don’t worry, we can fix even the most damaged of homes! Take a look at our gallery for some fantastic professional painting transformations like the one below.

Use a professional residential painter Sydney to maintain your homes exterior before photo from Summit Coatings

Use a professional residential painter Sydney to maintain your homes exterior. The after photo from Summit Coatings

However, the most important tip we can give is to book the services of your professional residential painter Sydney before the damage occurs. It’s an important part of maintaining your home and will save you a lot of money in the long run. So, remember, keep an eye out for the warning signs!

What are the signs that your Sydney home needs a professional residential painter?

The exterior of your home usually needs repainting every 5-10 years. A variety of factors come into play including the material of your home and the elements such as sea salt. The interior of your home is different. The life of your interior paint really depends on your lifestyle. If you have small children or pets you may notice you need your professional residential painters back more often than those homeowners who don’t. We also find Landlords tend to need our services more frequently than live-in homeowners.

Keep an eye out for the following telltale signs that you need a visit from your professional residential painter Sydney:

  • Cracking, flaking or bubbling paint
  • Mould
  • Mildew
  • Water stains
  • Any exposed bare wood
  • Chalky residue coming off on your hands
  • Outdated colours
  • Faded paint
  • Damaged plaster
  • Damaged architraves or doors
  • Marks and stains that cleaning just won’t remove

Painting seems easy so why get in the professional residential painter for your Sydney home?

There are many reasons why you should choose to use the best residential house painters in Sydney over attempting a DIY job.

We have all watched the renovations shows and think ‘I can do that’. While painting seems easy, it’s more than just a simple coat on the walls. Repainting your walls, trims, doors, etc. can be a big job and therefore time-consuming. It can drag on forever before you are finished. The chaos caused due to the length of time and having to move and rearrange furniture can quickly become a nightmare. Not to mention the usual work and family commitments getting in the way.

Ask yourself do you have the time and effort needed to give your home the justice it deserves? You don’t want to be relaxing on the couch after finishing your painting only to notice a little, or big, imperfection! You certainly won’t be relaxing with that in your face every day. And once you’ve noticed it your eyes will be drawn to it every time you are in the room.

Some jobs require a lot of preparation. Plaster or wood sometimes need patching. Your base items need to be repaired properly or the finished painting will be compromised. This is often the hardest part of residential painting. Luckily, it’s a big part of what we do. Another factor to consider is the materials you may need to complete the job. Some Sydney homes, depending on height, will require big ladders and scaffolding.

Why use a professional residential painter in Sydney. Tips from Summit Coatings.

So, if you have spotted any of the above warning signs, or are just simply sick of your paint colour, why not contact us today? Our professional residential painters in Sydney will work closely with you to ensure we take all the stress out of painting your home. We are an award-winning company and guarantee you’ll be blown away by our service!



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Stop! What to do before your North Shore house painter comes

So, you’ve decided to get in the best North Shore house painter to spruce up your place. But what do you need to do before the house painters come? We take a look at the main things you need to prepare. We will also cover how to choose a licensed North Shore house painter.

Why preparing for your North Shore house painter is important?

Like with most things, preparation is key! To get the best results that last, preparing for your North Shore house painter is essential. Whether it’s your entire house being painted or just a minor touch up, the better you prepare, the better the results will be.

What homework do I need to do before our North Shore house painter arrives?

There are two main things to do before you start painting your North Shore home:

1.  Decide why you want to re-paint your home?

Really think about your reasons for wanting to re-paint. Do you want a new style and colour completely or just a re-fresh of the existing colour? Ask yourself how this will affect the rest of your home and its colours/styles. You can work closely with one of our experienced Colour Consultants to go over all your options and discuss your vision.

2.  Time to do some due diligence

This is the most important aspect of your homework! We see time and time again clients coming to us after experiencing terrible service from other companies. It’s really important to look into the companies you have to quote your North Shore house painting job. Google and social media can be a goldmine for this. Check the reviews carefully! It’s also a good idea to check the company’s website thoroughly. Search through their gallery to look at their previous work.

Do I need to move furniture before our North Shore house painters arrive?

Our answer? Yes, please! The most considerate preparation you can do for your North Shore painters is to clear the room of all furniture. A clear room allows your painters to work easily and, in turn, complete the job quickly and efficiently.

If you can’t remove all furniture, the next best thing is to move everything into the center of the room. Feel free to cover your furniture if you wish. Plastic dust sheets are great for this and can be easily taped down. We can then use our drop cloths over the top to protect from paint splatters.

A lot of our clients take the opportunity of moving furniture and items out of the room to do a thorough spring clean. By removing everything from a room you’re almost forced to sort out your belongings. Out with the old and in with the new, as they say!

 Do I move furniture before our North Shore house painters arrive. Tips from Summit Coatings

What cleaning needs to be done before our North Shore house painters arrive?


The cleaner the walls, the better our Taubmans Endure paint will look! Start by getting your vacuum out and cleaning the buildup of dust around the skirting, cornices and anywhere else dirt may have gathered. Don’t forget those pesky cobwebs as well! It’s best to vacuum the entire room so there’s no potential of dust and dirt flying up and sticking to the newly applied wet paint.

Washing walls

It’s best to wash all walls before they are painted. Some areas of the home will need more cleaning than others, just like your general household cleaning. We suggest using a product like Sugar Soap or a simple solution of detergent and warm water to wash your interior walls.

Bathrooms areas can also gather mould and mildew which are no good for painting. This will have to be removed before your North Shore house painters arrive. Same goes for kitchen areas. Kitchens gather grease and grease is the number one enemy for your house painters.

Filling in walls

Your North Shore house painter can definitely help with any plaster repairs. It’s just part of what we do. However, if you do want to save a little extra money, you can let your inner DIY master shine!  Your North Shore house will need to have smooth walls before painting begins. Examine your walls and repair any damage or talk to us at the time of quoting to discuss any areas that need patching.

What wall fittings do I need to remove before our North Shore house painters arrive?

It is important to remove all pictures, photos, and wall hangings. If you plan to re-hang your items in the same position, leave your hooks etc. where they are. If you decide you’d like to completely re-decorate, remove all hooks carefully and patch the holes. To avoid chipping plaster, use pillars to twist the hooks out of the wall. Any electrical appliances, such as televisions, brackets etc. also need to be removed.

What wall fittings to remove before North Shore house painters arrive as recommended by Summit Coatings

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The better you prepare for our North Shore house painters, the better the job will be! Contact us now to discuss your painting needs and how we can help you prepare and complete your next painting project.



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Northern Beaches House Painters Share Tips for Perfect Picture Hanging

We’ve covered how to match your interior painting to your wall art but now it’s time to focus on the art itself! Whether it’s an expensive painting or a framed family photo, our Northern Beaches house painters share the best tips for perfect picture hanging and answer the most common questions we are asked.

The most important tip our Northern Beaches house painters can share starts with what you are hanging your picture on

Ascertain what material your wall is – brick, plaster, masonry, timber etc. This will determine the best way to perfectly hang your picture. It will also determine the tools and equipment you will need to get the job done.

  • Brick walls can withstand heavy pictures easily and you won’t need to locate a wall stud or use wall anchors
  • Plaster walls will require you to locate a wall stud and usually use wall anchors or toggles
  • Timber walls will require a nail, screw or picture hook
  • Plastic adhesive hooks can be used for lightweight pictures. These are great for rental properties or if you simply don’t want to put holes in your walls. Just don’t use on newly painted walls.
  • Canvas prints are best perfected using the flush mount hanging technique

What is the best height to hang pictures?

As a general rule, perfect picture hanging is achieved by keeping your picture eye-level. If you are hanging a picture in a room where more time is spent standing than sitting, your eye level will be higher than that of a room where you spend more time sitting. This is something to take into consideration and look at the positioning options from all angles.

Always avoid hanging pictures too high though. The top tip from our Northern beaches house painters is to ensure your guests aren’t injuring their necks when checking out your beautiful pictures!

What picture goes where we hear you ask our Northern Beaches house painters?

Perfect picture hanging can also come down to the location of your picture. Our tip is to keep smaller, more detailed pictures to smaller spaces of your Northern Beaches home. In turn, larger pictures that require more room to take in the whole picture and the wow factor should be hung in a larger space.

Larger pictures are great as focal points opposite an entrance to a room or at the end of a hallway. Whereas small pictures are best hung along the wall of a hallway or hung in a set with other small pictures.

How do I hang a group of pictures is another one our house painters are asked a lot?

Our Northern beaches house painters main tip for perfect group picture hanging is to always treat the pictures as one image. This tip will ensure your grouping looks like it belongs together. Spacing your pictures is also important. Pictures should not be too far nor too close to each other. When grouping pictures you’ll definitely need to follow our next tip.

 Our Northern Beaches house painters share tips on how to group pictures from Summit Coatings


Do a picture hanging test run

A common mistake made is making a hole in your wall without fully assessing the best option. And this is just cringe-worthy if your walls have just been painted. We hear your paint! Our tip to avoid unwanted holes is to use some scrap paper or newspaper and cut to the size of your photo frame/artwork. Position the paper on the wall and stand back to assess. Rearrange the paper until you are happy with its position.

Or if you happen to be tech savvy you can always do a mockup in Photoshop or another similar program. And then see what the actual images themselves would look like.

What lighting is best to enhance my pictures and images?

It’s best to hang your picture in a well-lit area to show it off, of course! Direct sunlight and fluorescent lighting will damage your picture though. The best option is to use spotlighting for each picture. This will add a fantastic effect and will bring focus to your picture hanging. Another popular choice is the gallery system art wands. These wands are very easy to install.

Stay away from heat sources

Our Northern beaches house painters understand your pictures and artwork are of great value to you. Avoid picture hanging near any heat sources or any area with high humidity such as a bathroom. These areas will damage your picture. And you don’t want that.

Consider your furniture

When arranging your pictures always centre them with the wall in mind, but also consider your furniture. For example, some couches sit higher than others. So, be sure to hang your pictures high enough so the couch back doesn’t interfere with things. The same goes for higher furniture. If you have a bookshelf against the wall, it’s best not to hang a picture too close to this to avoid that cluttered look either.

Our Northern Beaches house painters share furniture placement tips from Summit Coatings


We share these tips with you for perfect picture hanging as we take great pride in our Northern beaches house painters and the work they do. And we know it’s important to compliment your perfectly painted walls with perfectly hung pictures! Contact us today for more tips and advice and quote for your painting needs.



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House painter Sydney colour forecasts for 2018

The 2018 year is now in full swing and it’s time our house painters in Sydney take a look at what colours are trending. We tend to know a thing or two about spectacular colour schemes in our line of work. And we want to help you share this knowledge with you so your home looks it’s best. When it comes to colour schemes they’re one of those things that can really make or break a house too. So you really do want to get it right.

All those purple lovers would have been thrilled to see that the Pantone colour of the year is ultraviolet. Will house colours follow this trend? Sorry, all you purple lovers out there, you will be disappointed! We won’t be seeing a lot of ultraviolet houses in Sydney this year – thank goodness! That might just be a bit too much.

Choosing the right colours to paint your Sydney house can be daunting. The colour palette will set the tone for your entire home. And this year the options are endless for beautiful colour schemes.

Our house painters Sydney 2018 interior forecast

This year is all about bringing the outside, in. We will see a lot of green and terracotta interiors this year. Previously we have seen a lot of terracotta’s on the exterior of our Sydney houses, but not this year. Embrace the deep, rich terracotta tones and break them up with beautiful greens and subtle pinks.

Colours don’t just make our homes look wonderful they also play a bit part on how your emotions. Do you have a busy and stressful life? Then utilize colours and tones that evoke relaxation.

  • Subtle pinks: great for creating a touch of femininity and class as well as softening the overall look of a room.
  • Green: creates a relaxed feel in a room and has been known to help people sleep better. Green could be a winning choice for your bedroom or baby’s nursery.

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Standing strong this year are the ever faithful greys and charcoals. You can create a moody and dramatic interior with the use of lovely cloudy greys and bold charcoals. Yes, bold colours like charcoals can go horribly wrong, but can also go incredibly right! With our help you can create a winning interior colour scheme. Just ask us about our colour consultancy service.

Our top interior colour choices from the Taubmans Endure’s Extensive paint colour range

House painters Sydney interior colour forecast 2018 from Summit Coatings


The 2018 exterior colour forecast from our house painters Sydney

 The exterior of your Sydney house will be the first thing people see and remember – first impressions count! Let’s take a look at what this year will bring for our house painters in Sydney.

2018 has a consistent theme – relaxation. The colour forecast for this year’s exteriors follows the interiors’ calming and relaxing tones. Think greys, creams and light colours.

Making a big comeback is the red brick! The look that has been around for as long as anyone can remember is back on trend. Mix in some softer edges with the red brick to bring in a modern look, similar to the house below, with part red brick, part render.

Don’t be afraid to add some patterns and textures to the exterior of your Sydney house. Think concrete patio paired with a red brick façade and finished with soft colours for the door and windows. Adding to this with some amazing landscaping would give you endless textures to choose from.

House painters Sydney, Summit Coatings 2018 exterior colour forecasts

Taubmans 2018 colour of the year is Black Flame. If you are brave enough to use this shade on the exterior of your home, you’ll no doubt be the stand out house on your Sydney Street.

Before choosing the paint for your Sydney house it’s best to take a drive around your local area and check out the neighbourhood. There’s no better way to see what colours work best than seeing them on an actual house! Be nosey, take notes of what looks good and what doesn’t. Keep an eye out for houses of a similar style to yours to get the best inspiration.

The good news is, colour trends for exteriors cycle very slowly. This means your Sydney house exterior will stay on trend for a long time.

House painters Sydney Summit Coatings service Northern Beaches and North Shore too


Need more inspiration? Check out our gallery or, better yet, meet with one of colour consultants who will be able to assist you to choose the best colours for your Sydney home. Contact us today to get your house on trend with the 2018 colour forecast!



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5 painting tips from the best painters North Shore

We are going to share our painting tips from the best painters in North Shore and surrounds. Painting really is something you want to be done right. And there are steps you need to take to make sure you get the best finish possible.

Painting Tip 1 from the best painters North Shore: Prep like you never have before

As we’ve said before preparation really is everything. From filling cracks, dings, dents, and holes in your plaster to washing and sanding any rough spots. You want a clean, smooth wall to paint.

If you aren’t comfortable or confident with plastering and getting a smooth finish then call a professional plasterer. Repairing plaster can easily go south and plasterers will probably tell you that a lot of their small jobs are fixing up botched jobs. You don’t want to be sitting back relaxing and looking at your imperfect plaster joints or patches. It will seriously drive your mad!!!

If you are going to tackle the job yourself your local hardware store should be happy to make sure you purchase the right products.

Don’t forget to make sure your walls are clean too. You can check out the best way to wash your walls in our previous article options to update your residential painting in time for Christmas.

Painting Tip 2 from the best painters North Shore: Use canvas drop cloths instead of plastic

Using a canvas style drop cloth rather than plastic is much easier and saver to do particularly on the floors. Plastic gets slippery which can be dangerous on the floors. Plastic also slips and slides so it can easily move exposing your flooring or furniture and accidents can happen before you realise.

Plastic also rips and tears quite easily so isn’t nearly as long lasting as cotton or canvas. Whereas canvas style drop cloths are a lot more resilient and longer lasting.

Painting tips from the best painters of interior houses, Summit Coatings

Interior painting project at Killara


Painting Tip 3: How to cut in and keep it straight

There are many tools out there to help you cut in straight. But you can’t go past a steady hand and a decent paint brush. Remember practise makes perfect!

If you aren’t lucky enough to have a steady hand though these can be a great little tool – Shur-Line Premium Wheel Edger. You do need to be careful of the following though:

a) Make sure your adjoining wall or ceiling’s paint isn’t wet as if that’s the case this little tool won’t work. As the little wheels on the top run down the adjoining wall/ceiling to guide you along.

b) Whatever you do don’t get any paint on those little rollers

c) Make sure you the little bristles on the pad don’t go astray and off track leaving a mark on the adjoining wall/ceiling.

d) Don’t add too much paint to your pad either as you’ll have paint oozing out where you don’t want it to go

Need to cut in around doors or windows?

Then masking tape is great to pop around the frames. Just make sure you peel it off before the paint has tried as you don’t want it pulling the paint off too. Always do a sweep of the painted edge where you need to roller with a brush to feather the edge out so you aren’t left with a ridge or bump.

Painting Tip 4: How to stop your tools – rollers, brushes, paint tray drying out between coats

Why wrap them in plastic of course. Whether it be a garbage bag for the trays and smaller grocery bags or cling wrap for the paint brushes and rollers. Wrap them tight and you’ll be amazed at how wet they still are when you go back to do your subsequent coats. So much easier than washing out between coats all the time.

Painting tips from the best painters in North Shore Summit Coatings on site at Jonah's Restaurant's commercial painting project.

Summit team on site at Jonah’s Restaurant | commercial painting project

Painting Tip 5: Peel off the painters tape before it’s fully dry

If you have used painters tape to mask off doors, windows, light switches or skirting boards. Make sure you peel off the tape before it’s fully dry. If it’s too dry when you peel off the tape disaster can strike and it can peel off the paint too. Which is just devastating when you’ve finished and packed everything away.

What now if you have decided painting isn’t for you

So after reading through our 5 top tips from the best painters in North Shore. Are you inspired to tackle it yourself? Or have you decided that interior or exterior house painting isn’t your thing or you just don’t have the time? Don’t hesitate to call us here at Summit Coatings.

We are more than happy to discuss your next painting project with you. No matter how big or small we can help you. We have over 30 years of experience and are members and award winners of the NSW Master Painters Association so you are guaranteed and assured to receive a quality paint finish you will be happy and proud of.



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