Do your walls and ceilings have cracks and ridges? If you want to improve the look of your walls and ceilings, texture repair is the way out for you. If you do consider texturing your walls and ceilings, get in touch with us for a professional piece of work and see how we liven up your walls and ceilings.
If you need to redecorate your home, texturing can do a lot; primarily it can hide a lot of flaws in your existing walls and ceilings. So, if ugly wallpaper, poorly patched up holes in walls, sheetrock that’s uneven, and paint that’s peeling off are bothering you, you need to go in for texture repair.
All that you need to know before you begin
Types of textures
Perhaps, you don’t know much about texture repair types, so it would help you to get in touch with contractors and find out the kinds available that would suit your walls and ceilings. Choose from Orange Peel or Splatter or Eggshell, Knockdown or Skip trowel, Sand, or Popcorn or Acoustic or Cottage Cheese textures.
Different texture repair styles
Before you speak to a contractor, understand the market for materials. You can have texture repair done for your walls and ceilings using plaster, bricks, stone, drywall and wallpaper. With plaster, you can opt for the stone style, the distressed style, with huge cracks and the contemporary style with plaster waves.
Bricks come in a variety of colors, are smooth, strong, and stable, but have a rough texture. Stone is available in a variety of textures ranging from rough to smooth, and include marble, granite and do not encourage the formation of mildew or mold. Drywall textures are the most widely used, because they have smooth textures. Orange peel, Spanish Knife Texture, sand swirl and rich tiger skin texture come under the drywall umbrella. Lastly, wallpaper is also the choice of many as it can mimic fabric. Its textures include faux leather, lace and velvet.
Preparing your walls and ceilings for texture repair
If you want to avoid the costs of calling in a contractor to give you a professional texturing job, you’re bound to have large doses of skill, perseverance and time to finish texture repair to your walls and ceiling. Here’s what you really need…
If you’re ready for it, you can get your walls and ceilings ready for texturing by smoothing them with a sander and wiping with a wet cloth. Next, check that the area below the wall is covered as the dust doesn’t spread and make a big mess around. Starting with 60-grit sandpaper, sand the entire area and remove the sander. Now, use 100-grit sandpaper and repeat as before and wipe again. Continue with 150-grit and 180-grit sandpaper and you will find your walls smooth.
If you find the above too difficult to do, call us – experts in texture repairs. However, you need to be prepared to discuss your texture repair project with us.
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Discuss your project with a contractor
To get the most out of your meeting with your prospective contractor, ask him if he has a valid Contractor License. Next, ask him for three job sites, which you can inspect as proof of his work. If you’re unsatisfied with what you see, move on to another contractor on your shortlist.
Speak to the contractor’s past and current customers and ask all about his work efficiency, adherence to deadlines and quality. Ask him if you need to supply him with materials or if he will put the entire cost in his quote.
Next, ask about insurance and who pays for an accident on the site. Do he and his staff have general liability or workers compensation? Find out how you can protect yourself in such circumstances. Now, find out about the patching methods he uses—regular mud or hot mud. Ask him how long the entire job will take and what the estimated cost would be.
Lastly, find out how he intends protecting your furniture from finishes falling on it. Does he include a separate charge for masking in the quote? Discuss every big and small aspect of this entire project before he begins work or you could be in for ugly surprises.
Ready for texture repair of walls and ceilings
Now that you know enough about texture repair, you’re at least mentally ready to expect all that’s in store for you. You know by now whether you want to call in a contractor or do it yourself. If you want to go with a contractor, be prepared for the following steps before you can get to see your house with a new texture, enlivened look and overall much better aesthetics.
To begin the process of texture repair, the walls and ceilings are scraped and smoothened with a wall scraper. Once the damaged area has been scraped, it’s necessary to smooth the surface with a joint compound to enable it to accept the new texture. Once a thick layer of joint compound is laid over the walls and ceilings, leave it for a few hours to dry and then apply the texture.
Your contractor will use a texturizing machine over a large repair area to save time. He is sure to have a range of nozzles and tips to give a different look to the texture. He might use a hopper gun, if the work is to be done on a small area. The nozzle of the gun contains the texturizing material which is of thin consistency. Lastly, your contractor might choose to use a roller for paint-on textures for a smooth finish or, for walls with texture already, he might do hand-applied textures.
These are the basic things you need to be aware of before deciding to go in for texture repair of your ceiling and walls. If you’re convinced by all that you have heard and read, by all means go ahead with your decision. Overall, there will be a definite change in the look of your house—its aesthetics will improve and so will its value, apart from its life. So, go ahead with full knowledge of all that it entails. If you’re sure that this is what you want, give us a call and we will do the best for your walls and ceilings.