How to tell if you need the roof painters in to your Sydney home

Is it time to check out the exterior of your home and what needs to be done before the winter months set in? Could your roof do with a visit from the roof painters amoungst other things? Ensuring the exterior of your home is in good condition before the cold and wet weather sets in is important. We believe in prevention better than cure or fixing things after the damage has occurred.

If you have a weatherboard home and the wet and moisture creep into your weatherboards then it can cause damage and can be costly to fix if it’s not caught straightaway. Also, if your house roof happened to leak then it really can be a pain to fix especially with trying to locate the actual point of the leak. It only takes a pinhole for water to get in and then it can build up over time before any damage is found. Or if it’s a huge leak then the damage is usually done internally before you even have a chance to rectify the situation. So, embracing prevention and keeping on top of these things is definitely the best way to go.

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What to do before the roof painters come

You really want to give your roof the TLC that it deserves. It’s best to check it out before the roof painters come and that way it’s all a-ok before it’s painted. When you think about it your roof is one of the main things keeping you warm and dry or cool and dry depending on your climate. Even if you didn’t have walls your roof will still keep the rain or the sun off you. It gets battered in storms and then there’s the other extreme with our harsh sun. And because it’s so high up (normally) it gets neglected and forgotten but that is about to change as you are going to learn what to look out for when it comes to caring for your roof:

  • If you have a tiled roof keep an eye on the ridge capping. If the cement is looking loose then this needs rectifying.
  • Loose, missing or broken tiles are a definite sign that needs repairing. Ask us about our resealing option as we have a solution for you.
  • If you can access your roof space then it’s a good idea to climb up there and inspect the timber beams for any signs of water damage and even your insulation for dampness.
  • Also keep an eye on your plaster internally. If you see any water marks or stains on the ceiling or around the tops of your walls/cornice then you will want to have a further investigation done to find the cause.
  • Make sure your guttering and eaves are in good condition too as this can be a sign of further damage or that investigation is needed.

 

How to choose your roof paint colour

If your roof is looking a bit sad and dilapidated then it’s time to get the roof painters back in. You may wish to keep your roof the same colour or you may wish to take advantage of having it done and choose a new colour and give your home a part facelift or why not have the exterior of your home painted too at the same time and give your home a full facelift.

There are a few things to remember when choosing your roof colours:

  • Exterior colours –consider the colour of your exterior walls, trims, windows, doors, even garden paths and external garages. Consider anything that is visible from the front of your property.
  • Dark versus light colours – black and other dark colours absorb and hold the heat whereas white and lighter colours reflect. If you are in a warmer climate you will want to keep your roof cavity as cool as you can and everything helps so using colours that reflect the heat rather than absorbing plays a part in keeping your home cooler.
  • Neighbourhood – consider your neighbours and what colours work with neighbouring properties unless you are going for a statement home.

If you happen to be in Sydney too then some councils have laws against white roofs so it might be worth raising this with your painter or checking with your local council first to see if this applies to your area.

Below is a before and after picture which shows how much a change in colour can lift your home. Just excuse the annoying sun on the after picture but it was just that time of day when it was taken.

Roof painters Sydney before and after pictures with Summit Coatings

 

Our roof painters process

Preparation – as with any painting job it’s important that the surface is prepared properly to start with. As your roof is exposed to everything and all conditions we start with giving it a high pressure clean.

Reseal – if you have roof tiles we have an advanced membrane system that we can use to reseal over porous tiles which prevents the water getting in. As I said above it only takes the smallest hole for water to enter your home and start causing damage. So, it’s an easy and effective way to protect the structure and interior of your home.

Paint – we have qualified painters and we use Taubmans Endure Exterior paints to do the job. We also hold all the relevant insurances and licenses for our painters who are also used to working at heights and with various roof styles and pitches.

 

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Why choose Summit Coatings as your roof painters in Sydney

As I said above prevention is better than cure or fixing the cause of the problem when it comes to your home or roof more specifically. At Summit Coatings we are all about helping home owners look after what is normally their largest investment and take care of all your painting needs.

We are award winning painters whilst also being members of the Master Painters Association so you can rest assured that you are going to receive a quality job that will be delivered in a professional manner.

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Is it time to get the house painters back?

How do you know when it’s time to get the house painters back, we hear you ask? If a proper job has been done by your previous contractor and they’ve done the right preparation, used the correct paint for the job and also applied it correctly then for the exterior of your home your paintwork can last up to 10 years (if you don’t have elements like sea salt to contend with).

And whilst the outside of your home isn’t subject to external elements, if you have young children or pets then it can be a close comparison sometimes. If kept in good condition, the length of time between internal paint jobs can be many, many years, depending on how much wear and tear your home suffers. And even when it’s time for a paint job, it’s more for a cosmetic upgrade than anything else.

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When is it time to get the exterior house painters back?

Ideally, you really want to get the house painters back for the exterior of your home before you see too many signs of wear and tear and damage. House paint not only plays a cosmetic role in your home but also acts as a barrier between the elements and the materials of the walls your home. And as the walls of your home are what is keeping you warm and dry we really want to look after them.

So, it’s a good idea to do regular checks of your walls and pay particular attention to the following:

  • Peeling and cracking paint
  • Any exposed bare wood
  • Mould or water stains showing
  • Chalky residue coming off on your hands
  • Improved street appeal

Also, don’t forget to check the paint on the exterior of your home around windows and doors as you don’t want moisture getting in around those or into wooden doors and windows. That can cause you all sorts of problems that are best avoided.

If you do decide to repaint the exterior or your home you may like to check out one of our previous posts on Exterior Paint Colours North Shore Sydney for some ideas and inspiration.

Exterior house painters North Shore Sydney before pictures

Above is the a before picture and below is the after picture.

Exterior house painters North Shore Sydney after pictures

When is it time to get the interior house painters back?

When it’s time to get the house painters back for the interior of your home, it’s normally more of a cosmetic decision as there’s not much damage that can be done internally that will damage the structure of your home. The things to look out for or that may make you decide to repaint or not are:

  • Mould or mildew – if either of these appears then act ASAP to rectify the situation
  • Faded paint
  • Damaged plaster
  • Renovating
  • Damaged architraves or doors

If you have damage to your plaster then it’s important that it’s is fixed properly and your walls are prepared to a high standard as a subpar job repairing the plaster will transfer into a subpar paint finish.

If you are thinking it’s time to repaint the interior and would like to check out some paint colours you might like to look over one of our other blog posts Choosing the Right Interior Paint Colour to give you some inspiration.

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How to choose the right house painters?

Now the question of how to choose the right house painters is very important and can make or break your project. Always make sure you are dealing with a company that is licensed and holds a certificate of currency for both Workers Compensation and Public Liability insurance. Don’t be afraid to ask to see a certificate of currency for both. If the painting company you are dealing with is reputable, then they won’t mind providing that information.

When it comes to Summit Coatings we are also members of the Master Painters Australia NSW Association Inc which are the industry association representing painters and decorators. By being a member we have a code of conduct to abide by both with our service and our workmanship so you can rest assured you are going to get a quality job from Summit Coatings house painters.

We also use quality materials such as  Taubmans Paints so between that and our excellent house painters you are guaranteed to get an excellent finish. Feel free to contact us at any time to discuss your painting needs or to obtain a quote.

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Prepare baby’s nursery for painters North Shore Sydney

When it comes to painting your baby’s nursery you, of course, want the best house painters North Shore Sydney to do the job but here’s a few thing we get asked regularly to get you thinking.

Mint green nursery paint colours by Summit Coatings

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Painting your baby’s nursery in North Shore Sydney? How soon is too soon?

When you have a baby on the way a lot of planning goes into the baby’s nursery and painting the room plays a big part of this, so don’t leave it too late. You want to be able to enjoy the momentous occasion and enjoy putting the finishing touches on things and not leave it until the end of your pregnancy when you’re exhausted and tired. You also don’t want to have to move all the things you have started buying out of the baby’s room for the painters to come in if you can avoid it. The less you need to do the better. So that’s why we say get in early and get the painting out of the way and enjoy getting your North Shore home ready for baby.

 

Gender specific vs neutral colours

When choosing your interior paint colours for baby’s nursery obviously it will depend how far along you or your partner are in the pregnancy as if you’re being super organised and getting onto the painting you may be too early to even know baby’s gender and that’s if you decide to find out so neutral colours would be the way to go in that case. There are some wonderful neutral colour options available too from your normal your whites, soft greys and wood tones through to mint which is hugely popular with interior paint colours this year in general as well as coral, lilac, navy and red. If you’re after some impact then wallpaper is a great option or accessorise with some wall art or floor rugs that can be easily changed. If you would like to explore a feature wall though and aren’t sure about choosing colours or wallpapers that complement each other then we also offer a colour consultancy service around the North Shore and Northern Beaches area.

 

baby nursery paint colour inspiration by Summit Coatings

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If you are waiting to paint though until you know baby’s gender then that opens you up to a world of blue and pink interior paint options and then some. We use and recommend Taubmans and you can view their online colour chart for some ideas.

baby blue paint colour inspiration by Summit Coatings

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When you are deciding between gender specific interior paint colours or neutral other important things to take into account are the furniture and decor that you not only have now but will also have in the future. Fads come in and out very quickly and babies, unfortunately, grow up very quickly and therefore they can grow out of paint colours just as quick and will be out of their nursery furniture before you know it. We will, of course, be more than happy to come back and repaint for you at any time you need a painter in  North Shore Sydney or surrounds but if you are wanting to get some longevity out of the painting we have done for you then you may want to consider how far down the track you wish to repaint.

neutral nursery paint colour inspiration by Summit Coatings

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Is painting our North Shore baby’s nursery safe?

We use Taubamans Endure Paints which are asthma and allergy friendly. They also have an antibacterial protection and are mould and mildew resistant with superior washability and are also tough and durable which is super important for growing families. You also have the option of low sheen and semi gloss which are particularly great for those high traffic areas.

Contact North Shore’s best Master Painters now for a quote.

 

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How to care for wooden windows after the house painters

Wooden windows are quite popular around the North Shore and Northern Beaches area and look absolutely fabulous when they have been freshly painted by our house painters. Freshly painted or stained wooden windows can really freshen up the inside or exterior of your home.

Unfortunately, wooden windows do require some more tender loving care than aluminium windows but just a little extra attention goes a long way and will help extend the length of time between our house painters visits.

 

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How to look after wooden windows once the house painters have been

Weather in general can cause problems when it comes to wooden windows but if you are also in the Northern Beaches area and live right near the beach then you have salt water to contend with too. Most damage is manageable and fixable but if you do a few things between visits from our house painters you can extend the life of your wooden paint job.

5 Tips for regular wooden window maintenance

  1. Regularly clean your window frames with water and a mild detergent
  2. Check for any deterioration – cracks, peeling paint, mildew, etc
  3. Probe the window frame to check for any signs of rot as this will need to be addressed ASAP
  4. Check seals, as if these are falling then it can affect the efficiency of your home heating or cooling
  5. Remember to check the condition of your window sash too

 

Wooden windows by house painters Summit Coatings

 

If you notice that your wooden windows need only a small touch up you may be able to attempt this yourself. If the work needed is more extensive or you would prefer to leave to the professionals,  contact us at Summit Coatings for assistance. Also, keep in mind the height of the window as access and working from heights can also be problematic when attempting a repair.

How to touch up wooden windows

If you are comfortable with some home DIY then use the following as a guide on how to touch up wooden windows:

  • Sand back the area in question
  • Make sure you get into any corners
  • Fill any cracks with putty and make sure you push it into the cracks
  • Allow putty to dry until hard which may be overnight
  • Tape off around the window pane
  • Repaint the area with any leftover paint the house painters have left or if there’s not enough for the job in question then you will need to colour match the area. We recommend Taubmans paints so any stockist of Taubmans would be able to help you with this
  • When painting the area remember to follow the directions for application and drying times, etc too

If the area is bigger than what you can handle or the window height requires special access, then Summit Coatings are just a phone call away and we would be happy to discuss your requirements with you.

 

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How to fix your paintwork before calling the house painters

If some of our superb house painters from Summit Coatings have been to your North Shore or Northern Beaches home, you’ll know that “just painted” feeling. Clean walls, unchipped skirting boards and beautifully finished door frames.

Then life kicks in…

The interior of your home starts to get bumps and scrapes on your newly painted walls from kids toys, bags and then some. Or if you had our house painters paint the exterior of your home then you have the ball games or falling bicycles that may scratch your exterior walls. Unfortunately, accidents happen so we have some suggestions on how to look after your walls once the house painters have been through, and how you can make that “just painted” feeling last a little longer.

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How to touch up your interior walls after the house painters have been

If your interior walls have succumbed to some scuff marks, or if you have little ones that think walls are really just art canvases once the house painters have departed then you can try the following:

  • Remove the damage with soap and water and see what will come off. You may be surprised, (we hope!)
  • If that doesn’t work though another alternative is Magic Erasers. They are great for those stubborn marks and you can usually purchase these from your local hardware store or supermarket. They can work wonders but if the house painters have only just recently been then avoid at all costs as they are not recommended to use on freshly painted walls so just keep in mind the time frame of when your walls have been painted to when your current damage has been done.

Touching up interior walls

  1. If you are going to attempt touching up yourself and you have some leftover paint from your house painters, we highly recommend trying a small test patch of paint first on an inconspicuous area behind a piece of furniture or artwork for example first.
  2. Make sure you let the area dry before you sit or stand back and assess if it’s a match or not.
  3. If all is looking good then go ahead and touch up the damaged area. Use a small brush if it’s only a small area and feather the edges out to blend the area in as much as possible. Otherwise, if it’s a larger area then use a roller or brush no bigger than the area. You don’t want to give yourself more work and a larger area to try and blend the edges.

How to touch up your exterior walls after the house painters have been

If it hasn’t been long since the house painters have been and gone then you may be able to scrub the marks away or at least some of it to lessen the damage. Otherwise, use the following as a guide:

  • If the exterior of your home is weatherboard then a light sand may be needed to even out any gouges, etc before paint is applied.
  • If you are able to touch up the area yourself then the same steps apply as to how you touch up your interior walls (see above) in relation to testing the paint on an inconspicuous area, waiting for it to dry, etc before assessing whether it’s a good colour match or not.

It is extremely imperative that the area is prepared properly so as not to cause any ongoing damage to your home especially when it comes to the sun which, although lovely around the North Shore and Northern Beaches area, can be a hindrance in this situation. If ever in doubt please contact us at Summit Coatings and we can chat to you about the best way to proceed.

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Worst case scenario when touching up your paint work

The worst case scenario is that the wall in question will need to be repainted and if this is the case please feel free to contact Summit Coatings.

Sometimes this can be the easier option as with the way light, angles and shadows reflect on walls and their surrounds it can hide any slight differences in colours.

We will only be too happy to assist you with your query. Being a family owned and run business with kids, pets and the lot, we (unfortunately) understand that that “freshly painted” feeling doesn’t always last.

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Exterior paint colours North Shore Sydney

Do you live in the North Shore and Northern Beaches area of Sydney and are looking to have your house, commercial premises or strata complex painted but feeling overwhelmed with all the choices? Then read on and hopefully, we can take away some of the stress and overwhelm.

 

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Choose the right exterior paint colours for your home around Northern Beaches and North Shore

A great way to start the process when choosing the right paint colour for your home is to visualise your favourite colours and what works together and compliments each other.  Also take a walk around the outside of your home and really look at the colour of things that are permanent or just hard to change or you wish not to change such as the roof, gutters, garage doors, windows, exterior doors, veranda railings and even the concrete or paving you have in your driveway and surrounding paths.

It is also a good idea to look around your street at what your neighbours have and even go for a walk or drive around North Shore and Northern Beaches or the area you live in as it’s a great way to see what exterior paint colours have been chosen in your area. This is a particularly fantastic way to look at colour choices if you’re a visual person and like to physically see what colours work together.

You also need to take into account the style of your house and the environment around North Shore and Northern Beaches when choosing your house paint colours. Is your house modern, heritage, traditional, bush or beachside? Do you have features you wish to showcase or areas you wish to hide? All this can be done when choosing the right paint colour for the exterior of your home but take the time to factor the above points in when deciding.

Once you have narrowed it down and have an idea of what colours you are wanting then pick up a Taubmans paint chart at your local hardware or paint store or view their online paint chart and have a look at what is available in the exterior paint colours you are liking.

 

Painting your commercial premises

If you are looking at repainting the exterior of your commercial premises then your first deciding factor will be whether your own business also resides in the premises or whether the premises is tenanted. If your own business does reside within then you can go the extra mile and tailor the exterior paint colours around your branding and signage but if the premises is tenanted then you might like to concentrate more on neutral colours to appeal to a broader market should you need a new tenant down the track.

When choosing the exterior paint colour as you do when choosing the right paint colour for your home you can also take a look around the neighbourhood at other commercial properties and other businesses to see what exterior paint colours and accenting colours have been used or even book an appointment with one of our Colour Consultants for advice.

 

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Extra house painting inspiration

If you would like some extra inspiration when it comes to choosing your exterior house paint colours then have a look at our gallery too and see if some of the exterior paint colours peak your interest that we have used when painting houses at Woollahra, Manly, Palm Beach, Hornsby and other suburbs in and around the North Shore and Northern Beaches of Sydney.

If you’re also looking to repaint the exterior of your home with the intention of selling shortly then check out our previous blog post on Preparing your home for sale in summer.  You might find some valuable tips and tricks here too.

So if you’re looking for the best house painter or commercial painter for North Shore, Northern Beaches and surrounding areas then please contact us today!

 

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Preparing your home for sale in Summer!

Summertime is often a popular time to sell your home – and it’s no secret as to why. Properties often look their best as the days are longer, the temperature is up and the garden is in full bloom! People also start thinking more about moving during this time, as it gives them a chance to start fresh for the year. The only problem with selling in Summer, is that the market becomes crowded as more and more homes come up for sale. The team of residential painters at Summit Coatings can get busy by preparing your home for sale – we’ve got a few tips which will help you stand out from the rest.

Preparing your home for sale in Summer:

First impressions count

It’s said that potential buyers make their decision on a house within the first 30 seconds of seeing the home. What this means for sellers is you need to prioritise curb appeal, and the exterior of your home. Take the time to tidy the yard; mow the lawn, trim the hedges and make sure the edges are tidy. Even take time to plant some bright flowers and fix any dead patches of lawn with a grass patcher. Getting the water blaster out to clean the driveway is also a great way of giving your home’s exterior an instant facelift. Of course, the most effective way to improve the exterior appearance of your home is a fresh new paint colour (or even just refreshing the existing one).

Our residential painting service are experts at applying that all important lick of paint to keep pushing up that Summer time sale price. Consider neutral tones which work with the surrounding features of the neighbourhood. Also don’t forget to keep in mind a home’s architectural style or heritage, as this can considerably impact exterior colour choices.

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Style the property for the potential buyer

There is a vast difference between how you would style a property to live in or for a sale. When you’re styling for you personally to live in, definitely stick to your individual taste! Include family photos in the decor, add the cushion your 13 year old made in textiles to the couch, and keep the family planner visible in the kitchen. However, when it comes to sale time there’s a whole new set of rules to follow.

It’s important to consider who you’re marketing your home to. If it’s a young family, include plenty of bright accent colours and soft furnishings to keep the mood playful (but safe). If it’s for a professional couple, high-end finishes and polished pieces will be more attractive to them. Preparing your home for sale doesn’t mean clearing out all of your family items, though it could be a good idea to remove photos from the home. You want to make buyers feel like it’s already their home, and by leaving personal photos and identifiers serves only as a reminder that it’s someone else’s place.

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Leverage natural light

The natural light during summer is especially refreshing, after the darker months, so it’s important to make the most of this. Pull back window treatments to let as much light in as possible. As residential painters we always hear our clients talk about the importance of natural light in a home, and we couldn’t agree more. If you can, also opening any windows to let the smells of the summertime garden float through your home. Consider also positioning a vase of fresh flowers on the dining table or sideboard to bring the outside in.

 

Freshen up the walls

Just like giving your exterior a new paint, a fresh coat of paint on the inside of the home will only increase the saleability further. Again, stick to neutral colours which won’t sway a buyer one way or the other. Something light will also complement the brightness of the summertime, and make your spaces appear larger.

Our residential painting services include preparation of a property for sale time. This is a service which can be more economical than painting a home to last another 10 years as the objective is to “freshen up” rather than endure. It’s especially important to touch up high scuff areas such as skirting boards and door jams.

If you’re looking to spruce up your home for a summertime sale, contact Summit Coatings today to learn about how we can help get your home looking its best for sale time!




Protect your Walls: tips from a Master Painter Sydney

As a Master Painter Sydney , part of our job often includes fixing damage to existing walls, prior to repainting. Our homes often suffer some heavy duty wear and tear. Between sticky kids’ hands, muddy dog paws and the vacuum cleaner which never manoeuvres quite how it should. However, it’s after the holiday season that we see the most damage being made to our interior walls. Of course, wear and tear is a normal part of living, however there are a few solutions you can use this Christmas which will reduce the damage caused to your walls (and paint job!)

Tips to protect your walls this holiday season

The first step is to work out what you’ll be using the room for. This will make choosing the best room design a walk in the park. Good questions to ask yourself are: “what will I do in this room?” and “who will use this room most?”. While everyone wants to create a magazine worthy home, the most important part of a cohesive design aesthetic is ensure it’s a practical fit for its purpose.

Use a reliable fixing technique
There are a number of adhesive and fixing devices available today, all which claim to leave your walls free from damage. Whilst most good quality sticky hooks do live up to their claim, it’s often user error which sees paint being torn off walls. To protect your walls, whenever you use fixtures, ensure they’re strong enough to hold whatever it is your fixing. Not only does a falling decoration do damage to your walls, the thing your hanging may break, and even risk hurting unfortunate passersby’s. 3M offer a quality range of adhesive hooks, and always detail to what weight they are suitable for – and these aren’t simple suggestions! As a Master Painter Sydney, we actually recommend you go one step stronger for extra piece of mind.

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Check the quality of those wall decals
With extra space becoming more of a luxury, many are opting for wall decal Christmas trees. They give a modern twist, are kid (and cat) friendly and you can avoid the trail of pine needles a real tree will always leave in its wake. Wall decals are self adhesive stickers which are designed to be applied directly to your walls, and peel off again without any damage. And whilst they might be designed to leave your walls damage free, again it depends on the quality of decal as to how your own experience unravels. To protect your walls, always purchase your decals from a reputable store that specialises in wall decals, such as The Wall Sticker Company. Just like you would visit a specialist butcher for the highest quality cuts, visit a specialist sticker company for quality decals which can be removed without a trace.

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Drill holes in inconspicuous places
Sometimes there’s just nothing like a good old hammer and nail to string those lights or hang that wreath. Whilst we generally recommend shying away from making permanent holes, there are ways to ensure that once the decorations head back in to their boxes for the year, you’re not left with a gaping hole in your walls. Firstly, to protect your walls use super skinny nails. Often people are just hanging fishing wire to display christmas cards, or mounting a decoration on the front door. With the range of nails available, there’s no excuse why you can’t use a narrow nail to do the job. Secondly, nail in a discreet spot. Don’t just get out the hammer and knock a hole eye level. Think about making the hole higher up the wall, or on the side of a door frame where you won’t notice it straight away. And for any permanent damage that you just can’t live with, there’s always Selley’s filler and a bit of touch up paint (done by a professional of course).

In the end, most damage caused by holiday cheer isn’t permanent and can always be fixed, but it helps to know how to avoid it in the first place. A good professional paint job using quality materials will always help to keep your walls looking fresher for longer. Contact Summit Coatings to discuss any of your painting needs. 

 

 

4 tips to choosing the right paint colour for your heritage home

When choosing the right paint colour for your heritage style home, it’s difficult to know which palette will ensure your home looks its best. Home owners can fall into the trap of choosing colours which don’t accentuate the home’s character, but actually date it considerably (even if it’s a brand new paint job).

Sydney’s North Shore showcases some of Sydney’s most beautiful, heritage style homes. As North Shore painters, Summit Coatings has been lucky enough to work on a number of these residences, and bring them to life through careful colour selection and finishes.

We’re listed some tips to assist you choose a colour scheme for your heritage style home.

 

1. Identify the architectural style and era

On first glance, every heritage style home on your street might look the same. But on closer inspection there are vast differences been a Queen Anne Victorian, a Californian Bungalow or an traditional Queenslander. Many paint manufacturers can actually offer “heritage” collection paints, which recommend a scheme based on your style of home, which can make choosing the right paint colour easier. Sticking with these schemes will ensure your home can rise to its potential, instead of looking a disjointed and pretending to be something it’s not.

 

2. Consider your curb appeal

Choosing the right paint colour isn’t always easy, with plenty of “umming” and “arring” . Consider how you want your home to look from the street. Do you want it to sit prominently, as a grand residence visible from the road, or perhaps you prefer a quiet achiever, which blends into its surroundings? For something bold, consider darker shades to really draw the eye. However if you’re after something a little softer, pale hues will work best here.

 

3. Don’t just stick to the building

Heritage homes usually come with charming fences, driveways, eaves and balconies. Instead of having these the same colour as everything else, consider making them a feature. Try using feature colours which still work with your colour palette, yet are a few shades lighter, or darker than what’s on the walls. This is where it really pays to have a professional consultant guide you in your choices. Colour consultants can assist in determining which features should shine, and which should be subtly hidden away.

 

4. Take a look at the rest of the street

Some people love having their house as the only home in bright pink, on a street of neutrals. And depending on your style, you may be able to get away with this. However, if your priority is to present a beautiful property which looks at home in its surroundings, consider what your neighbours are doing. We see many charming streets with one heritage house after the next. Take a look at what others have done and take note of what works and what doesn’t. We don’t recommend painting your entire home the same shade of grey as each of your neighbours, what we do recommend is using visual cues from fellow home owners to ensure it looks its best.

 

If you would like more information about how to enhance the look of your heritage home, call Summit Coatings on 02 9973 3131, contact us through our website. We offer colour consultancy as part of our services to make your project easier and developed the below colour trends guide to you started on choosing the right paint colour for your home today.



How to choose a strata manager for your complex

Summit Coatings have worked with countless strata managers and self managed body corporates over the last few decades, and have learnt a thing of two about what makes a good strata manager (especially when it comes to managing maintenance projects). If your body corporate is in the market for a strata manager, be sure to check out our top tips on how to choose a strata manager for your complex.

1. Speak to their current clients

When considering how to choose a strata manager for your complex, ask for contact details of current clients and call them. It pays to do research and see how happy other executive committees are with your candidates.

2. Find their specialties

Whilst good strata management requires wearing many hats, you might notice that certain management teams specialise in different types of strata plans. Some boutique strata management agencies focus on smaller schemes, whilst some managers with multiple offices across Sydney have more resources to control larger schemes.

3. Make a clear list of your expectations (remember, they’re managers not mediators)

Together with your executive committee, it’s best to make a clear list of what you expect from your strata manager. What will their responsibilities be? How and how often do you expect to communicate with them? How do you expect them to handle disputes between owners/residents/contractors? What is the extent of their responsibilities? An honest strata manager will let you know if your expectations are realistic based on your budget – whilst others will promise you the world (so make sure you get everything in writing!)

4. Be prepared to pay for good management

Like most things in life, you get what you pay for. Just like you’re more likely to get a dodgy paint job if a quote is half the price of other contractors, choosing a strata manager purely on cost will more likely cost you more money down the line. A good strata manager will charge more for their services but on the plus side, they will most likely save you money by properly balancing the books, hiring quality trade contractors and making sure the day-to-day runs smoothly.

If you’re a member of a body corporate and are looking for experienced strata painters, speak with Summit Coatings today.