October 1, 2015 - 0 comment
When painting your home in the Toronto area, you should take some time to do a little research on the different types of textures painters use on interior and exterior jobs to make sure you get the desired effect. It used to be that if a home owner wanted a textured look for their walls that they would have to spend hours with a sponge or rag to get the effect. While these techniques can still be used, it is much more popular these days simply to use textured paint. There are many types of textured paint available on the market today so a wide range of looks is possible if you know what you’re looking for.
The list below identifies and explains some of the more popular textures that painters use and what materials they are best for covering.
Smooth Textured Paint – This covering is heavy and thick and is not typically applied with a paintbrush, but usually a knife or trowel. The thickness allows it to resemble a plaster finish or possibly stucco depending on how you apply it. The lack of grainy materials in the paint gives it a smooth appearance that looks nice without too much work.
Premixed Textured – This is the simplest paint to work with and provides a nice look when applied, but at close range you can sometimes see imperfections and the overall look can appear quite grainy. For this reason it is best to use it on ceilings or walls that are not closely examined. Premixed textured paint comes in a bucket and generally includes sand. All the Toronto painters has to do is stir it and it is ready to use.
Self mixing – Self mixing requires a little more work in that you must prepare the paint yourself by adding the texture (generally in the form of sand) to your base paint. This extra step is not really that much work and the nice thing about it is you can control the amount of texture you give your paint.
A quick warning about textured paint
While textured paint can add a lot of depth and character to a painted surface, there are a couple things that the homeowner should keep in mind. Because, it is not flat against the wall this type of paint creates as much as 15 to 25% more surface area on the wall because of all the tiny peaks and valleys that it creates. Therefore, when the time comes to re-paint, you could find yourself having to buy a more paint than you ordinarily would have. Another point to note is that textured paint is much more difficult to remove – so it’s important to be sure that you like your choice
before you begin painting.
Like regular paint textured paints come in a number of sheens from gloss to satin to eggshell. If you’d like more information on how you can use textured paint to spruce up the appearance of your Toronto home, then contact the professionals at Perfect Painters. We’d be glad to help.