What is Painting and Decorating
Painting and Decorating is a professional trade that is used in construction and property maintenance. It is generally carried out by professional painters and decorators, who in most instances, have undertaken specific qualifications to improve their knowledge and skill. Many DIY lovers also carry out painting and decorating in their homes, but what actually is painting and decorating and why do you need it in your property?
Painting is a process whereby a paint is applied over a solid substrate. Paint is commonly applied with a brush and roller, however more advanced techniques also involve the use of spraying and powder coating. In essence, paint is an adhesive made of up several compounds and when applied correctly, paint sticks to its substrate to give a uniform and attractive covering.
Decorating is a skilled trade that involves utilising paint and other materials such as wallpaper to give a surface an attractive appearance and functionality.
While painting and decorating may seem simple at a surface level, it can be a very nuanced and skilled trade with many technical processes.
Painting in some form can be traced all the way back to ancient civilisations when it was common for nomad tribes to paint and engrave the surfaces of rocks and caves - a good example being hieroglyphics and wall art found in ancient Egyptian tombs. Over the centuries, advances in technology and changes in styles and trends have caused the development of painting and decorating as a professional trade.
Painting and decorating offers many benefits when carried out correctly. Surface protection, aesthetics and benefits to health and mood to name a few.
Surface Protection – While you may not consider it, paint adds a thin additional layer of material and much like a layer of clothing, it provides protection to what lies underneath. Let’s take an external timber fence as an example. Now most of us recognise that water can be harmful to the structural integrity of timber. When water gets into the grain of untreated and unpainted wood, it can cause issues such as wet rot, dry rot, fungal growth and general lack of functionality. Adding a layer of water-based gloss paint to timber acts like a waterproof coat, preventing moisture from soaking into the grain and providing protection for years to come. As with wood, most other surfaces benefit from the addition of a layer of paint.
Benefits of colour – Providing a nice fresh new colour to a wall can give your room and mood a much-needed lift. As well an attractive look and feel, paint colour can impact solar heat and light gain. Darker paints will absorb greater heat making the room feel warmer, however lighter colours reflect light better. A solution may be to utilise a mix of light and dark paint colours, keeping the darker colours for feature walls within the rooms. The use of light paints with a high sheen will help to reflect light better. Silk and gloss paints can be utilised to help reflect natural light and minimise the energy requirements for lighting the bedrooms. Water based paints should be selected over solvent based paints, as they have a lower Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) content. VOCs contribute to ozone depletion and are more harmful for the environment.
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