Unwhile painting a bathroom requires a bit more planning and preparation, it doesn't have to be difficult. However, you may meet with disappointment if you fail to choose the right type of paints for your bathroom.
Account for Moisture
Moisture is the biggest factor you must take into consideration when selecting paint, as well as primer, for a bathroom. Using an oil-based primer that is moisture resistant is a good place to start. If possible, it’s also helpful to know if the walls in your bathroom were treated for moisture. In many cases, “greenboard” is used to protect against moisture buildup, and it gives you more flexibility with your paint and primer choices.
What Type of Paint Should I Use?
Flat or matte paints are not recommended for bathrooms. They have a rigid, almost porous surface that can cling to moisture and lead to rapid mold, mildew and bacteria buildup. Regarding bathroom paint finishes, you want to select from a satin, eggshell, semi – or high-gloss options, something with a noticeable sheen to it. Understand that the higher the sheen and darker the color the more imperfections you will see in your drywall finish. Ensure that proper prep is performed to reduce visibility of these imperfections.
Many paints today contain mildewcides. Mildewcides work to retard the buildup of mold and mildew, but they don’t kill the bacteria causing them. If you have an incredibly high moisture level in the room, these may be some of the best paints for your bathroom. However, many homeowners steer away from high chemical paints, and these would fall into that category. Proper ventilation in a bathroom will help to reduce mold and mildew.
What About Color?
While many people lean toward light, even stark white paint colors for their clean, crisp appearance, these paints may stain more easily than others. Depending on the size and layout of your bathroom, as well as your aesthetic preferences, a colored paint can be better at disguising moisture issues that may occur over time.
As with any home improvement or interior painting job, if you’re uncomfortable with any aspect of it, seeking professional advice is recommended. While some people shy from the upfront costs, having the job assessed by an expert and done properly the first time will save you time, re-doing work, and money down the road.
Author: Archie Deese
It is important not to defer maintenance on your home as it can lead to decreased the value of the property or affect the safety and health of the homeowner. As such it is important to perform maintenance with the seasons. Fall is a good time to catch up on simple key maintenance items that help to keep your home in tip top shape.
Roof & Gutters:
If you haven't had your roof inspected in some time this is a good time to do it. Check for damaged shingles,nail pops and damaged flashing. Inspect for any penetrations that may allow rodents/pests to set up residence in your attic. Gutters should be well secured to the eaves and free of leaks in corners. If you have trees overhanging your roof this is a good time to add gutter guards to protect gutters and overhangs to reduce blockages in gutters and downspouts.
Spring rains and pollen followed by summer temps and humidity can lead to mold, mildew, and wood rot. Fall is a great time to wash exterior surfaces and replace any trim that has signs of damage or rot. Consider using composite moldings where trim is in contact with patios, decks, driveways or porches. Composite moldings will deter rot and reduce maintenance costs. After cleaning and repairs determine if your home requires a new paint job. Chaulky faded finishes and peeling paint is a good sign that it is time to paint. Caulk any gaps between window and door trim where they meet siding and brick to reduce air infiltration and to increase energy efficiency.
Check decks for loose deck boards and railings. Raised nails or screws should be replaced to reduce foot and tripping injuries. Have your deck washed while the rest of the exterior is being washed and retreat with stain or paint if needed to increase material longevity.
We all have heard that when we set the clocks forward or back it is always important to replace batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Stay the course with this timely reminder and check all units for proper operation and replace any that no longer are functioning properly.
With cold weather around the corner it is a good time to have your furnace and water heater inspected. Ensure that furnace gas burners are clean, that your water heater is free of leaks, ensure flue pipes are free of rust and that your furnace filters are replaced. This will insure your systems are operating at peak performance and are energy efficient.
The holiday season brings festivities that add lighting and increase power usage in the home. Have your electrical panel (load center) inspected for loose wiring, connections or defective breakers. Check all GFIC receptacles, lamp/power cords, holiday lights, and replace any frayed or damaged cords.
Fireplaces should be inspected to ensure that your flue is free of obstructions and that the flue damper is operating properly. Check the fire box and for cracked firebricks or panels. Review all gas log connections. If you are burning wood in your fireplace check the flue for creosote build up and have the fireplace cleaned to prevent a chimney fire.
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