L.H. Harvey Painting Services

Expert Tips

Painting needs preparation

The secret to a high-quality paint job lies in the prep work. Any professional painter will tell you that time invested in this important first step will mean your surfaces look better for much longer.



Paint your timber window frames and protect them from water damage

As well as looking great – a fresh coat of paint to the exterior of your home will also protect it from weather damage – in particular your timber window frames. Water is your timber window’s biggest threat and cracked and peeling paint is the ideal environment for water to seep through.

This can lead to swelling, rot and mould growth and the whole window frame may have to be replaced.

The best way to avoid this scenario is to act before the paint starts to flake and peel. Check your paintwork regularly and at the first signs of deterioration call your local painting expert. Taking action early will also save money as the longer you leave it, more preparation work will be needed and the job will take much longer.



A pain in the neck

DIY painting can be a pain in the neck – quite literally when it comes to ceilings! It can also be dangerous as you are trying paint with a steady hand while balanced on a ladder. A simple way to avoid painting pain is to get someone else to do it! A professional painter knows how to best reach tricky areas and have the tools and equipment necessary to produce perfect results.



Update your home

Don't let your home get stuck in the past! Paint colours and fashions come and go, but when they have gone, it can leave your home looking old fashioned and outdated. The good news is that it’s an easy fix. A fresh coat of paint applied by a professional painter will bring your property to back life.



Cheap isn’t cheerful

Painting your home is one job that everyone thinks is easy, but there are a few things you should take into consideration before embarking on such a project. For example, there’s a big difference between high quality and inferior paints. Cheaper paints look fine when going on the walls wet, but by the time the paint is dry, the difference in quality and coverage is very noticeable. Invest in high-quality paint and an experienced painter and your paint job will last much longer.



Professional painting

It might be tempting to have a go at painting yourself but the truth is, it’s really easy to do a not-so-good paint job. A professional painter will do thorough prep work and complete a high-quality job faster than you could, and with less mess.



Boost the value of your home

One of the most cost-effective ways to improve the look and value of your home is a fresh coat of paint. When people move into a new home they like to stamp their personality on it, so painting in neutral, modern colours will update your home, giving potential buyers the blank canvas they’re looking for.



Increase your street appeal

Whether you’re selling your home or simply want to give it a facelift, painting the front exterior can make a huge difference. Paint is an extremely powerful and cost-effective renovation tool. You can instantly modernise and refresh the exterior of a tired old property with a coat of paint in a neutral, traditional or contemporary colour scheme. It’s a simple way of increasing street appeal and making a great first impression.



Don’t wait to paint 

Any professional painter and decorator will tell you that the key to a long-lasting paint finish is in the preparation. This includes scraping away any loose paint, and filling and sanding any holes or defects. So, it’s best not to wait until paint starts to flake and peel before you call someone to repaint your home. The longer you leave it, the more preparation work will be required and the job will take much longer.