WHY SHOULD WE PAINT OUR HOUSE ?
Painting of our home ! we are sure that all of us have done certain painting in our childhood upon the walls, because we love colours green, blue, yellow, orange and many more. But when ever it comes to real house painting we don’t have much idea related to this. We just do casual paintings for the sake of beautification, but there are a lot things we need to know.
We do a lot of hustle in making our home and always worry about the strength and lasting of buildings. So often we focus on the beam, wall, roof , plastering process of construction . We must focus on these things . There is another thing which people often ignores with the thought of that painting is just for the decoration purpose, but it’s not like that . It is also one of those material which provide protection to your home.
Previously people spent very little portion from the budget of construction, but now a days with the development of technology and with the increase in spending capacity people spend more for painting .
Advantages of painting our home:
Painting enhances durability, affects reflection of light and heat from surfaces (depending on the shades you choose), and makes your home look beautiful.
There are many advantages of painting your home
1) The first and foremost reason is to change the aesthetic appeal of your house.
2) As there are drastic change occurs in the environment every time you need to paint your house to protect your house. Walls get corroded if they are not painted.
4) Windows & doors can be saved from termites and different cellulose eating insects.
5) Also the paint provides protection to the wooden surface from absorbing moisture .
6) Unpainted houses would relatively depreciate faster and have a lower appraised value after several years of wear and tear.
7) Paint shields metal fixtures from corrosion such as the grills in windows, grills in doors.
8) It also makes easy to remove dirt from walls .
9) There are also eco-friendly colors are available, which reduces the carbon dioxide content within a room.
10) Especially the outside painting should be of good quality because it is most exposed to humidity, water, sun. So painting of wall protects it from absorbing moisture.
In all total painting is total whether protection for your exterior of your home.
How often you should do painting of your house ?
Painting is good for your house as it is a protective shield to your house which makes it look healthy. These are signs which shows you that your house need to repaint:
1) Flaking/bubbling- As often the sunlight, whether often contributes to the damage , when you see bubbling /flaking of your wall , you should go for painting.
2) Fading of paint- The walls often get bleached due to sun. If you feel that your exterior wall get bleached then you should paint your house.
Generally you should paint your house within 5-7 years. But actual time frame varies according to the color quality.
There are many varities of paints available in the market. You may choose cement paints for exterior walls and distempers , enamel paints or acrylic emulsion paints for the interiors.
Points to remember:-
- Decide the areas/ locations you want to paint.
- Check for cracks, loose plas etc.
- Decide the colour/shade.
- Calculate the area you want paint.
- Calculate the approximate cost with the help of paint cost examples given in the section on calculating painting cost and prevailing price in the market.
- Buy all painting materials you require in one go for convenience economy and the prevailing price in the market.
- Buy all painting materials you require in one go for convenience,economy and to minimize chances of colour variations.
Check economical alternatives first. For example, use an economical finish for passages & guest rooms, and a good finish for drawing rooms & bedrooms. Use distempers on the ceilings, kitchen and toilets.
Step-by-step Guide to painting
- Check and rectify water leakage problems. Fill cracks if required. Allow newly plastered surfaces to mature for a few months. Rub with sand paper to ensure that the surface is dry and free from dust, dirt ,etc.
- Apply a coat of primer .
- Apply acrylic-based polymer putty or plaster of paris(pop) to fill unevenness and rub with sand paper to smoothen the surface.
- Apply one more coat of primer.Allow it to dry for 10-12 hours. For the finish coat,the choosen finish paint should be mixed with water or a recommended thinner. Keep an interval of 4-8 hours between any two coats. Generally 2-3 coats of finish paint should give satisfactory results.
- Undertake repairs of any surface defects. surface water movement and wall cracks are major worries. Fill in cracks with a 1:3 cement and sand mix . Rectify any Faulty plumbing.
- Spray water adequately on newly plastered surface before painting. Clean the surface of dust, grease and any loose particles with a wire brush and water.
- Ensure that the surface is completely wet before commencing painting , with waterproof paint.
- One coat of white cement – based primer is recommended for exterior surfaces. If a lighter shade is to be applied on the surface . A minimum gap of 24 hours should be maintained between two subsequent coats. Each coat should be cured with water for 2-3 days, without fail.
Then choose colours for the wooden materials and metals. After finshing of the wall colour the wooden material and metals are coloured. To get idea about colours go through colour info sites such as Nerolac,Asian paints,Berger.
Calculating Painting costs:-
You can start calculating the cost towards painting.The labour cost ranges between Rs-40-50/squaremetr. A simple 2-coat lime wash will cost you a total of 5-7 rupees per sq.m similarly ,a 2 coat white cement finish will incur you a cost of 40-60 rupees per square metre. However ,it is always better to verify the cost from local market experts.
Given below are examples on how to calaculate cost of paint for an area of 200 square metre, excluding the cost of labour.
Whether coat Emulsion for 200 square metre:-
Exterior size - 200sq.m
Paint coverage - 4 square metre/coat/kg
No. of coats - 2
Cost of paint - Rs.400/kg
Total cost = (200/4)x(2)(400)=Rs. 40,000
Internal painting for 200 square Metre:-
Interior size - 200 square metre
Primer coverage - 20 squaremetre/litre
Cost of primer - Rs.150/litre
Total cost of primer = (200/20)x150=Rs.1500
You have the option of using enamel paint or acrylic emulsion paint or distemper. Let’s evaluate the cost in each case:
Coverage - 20square metre/litre/coat
No. of coats - 2
Unit cost of enamel paint - Rs.200/litre
Total cost - (200/20)x2=20 LITRES=Rs.4000
Coverage - 16 square metre/litre
No. of coats - 2
Unit cost Of acrylic Emulsion- Rs.445/litre
Total cost - (200/16)x2=25 litres=Rs.11,125
Coverage - 10square metre/kg
No. of costs - 2
Unit cost of distemper - Rs.60/kg
Total cost - (200/10)x2=40 kg=Rs.2400
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