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We are a company of specialists. We don't take deposits until the job is satisfactorily completed. We also do loft convention, roofing, upvc, guttering, plumbing, extension, bathroom, plastering, flooring. Paving, and Painting decorating, Thanks for reading.

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Reviewed by Jose on 6/12/2018

Ali and his colleague very professional and excellent customer service. Able to deal with the changes from building control professionally. Worked well with my budget. I will definitely recommend to my friends and family.

We are a family run Property Refurbishment company based within Writtle, Essex. Established in 1992 by one of the partners, Martin Hoban. Specialising in Internal and External Finishes and Redecorations. Our aim is to provide a professional and reliable service to our clients.

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Reviewed by James on 4/12/2018

Martin did a great job, the clubhouse looks really good

IPAF registered Professional Painter & Decorator. Over 25 years experience, friendly & reliable. Domestic & Commercial buildings, Internal & External. Cherry picker license. Public liability insurance. Based in Hertfordshire but can travel nationwide.

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Reviewed by Gabby on 13/1/2019

Very pleased with all aspects, Would highly recommend.

Combat cleaning & painting is a preasure wash and external out door painting bussiness based in South Wales. With attention to detail to make your home look beautiful again.

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Reviewed by Andrew on 4/12/2018

Great Paint job by Duane! Reliable and professional. 5 star tradesman!

D. Lowe Decorators is a successfully ran company trading since 2014. I myself have over 13 years experience working within the Painting and Decorating industry. We cover all aspects of Painting and Decorating at competitives rates.

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Reviewed by Peter on 10/1/2019

Really pleased with the work, was very quick, clean and tidy and left with a quality finish. Thanks to Dale for squeezing us in at short notice and to Jonny for the top paint job! would highly recommend,.

i have been painting and decorating now for over 25 yrs,specialities include new builds,start to finish and making good on older properties.External work and internal work,no job to big or small.i have painted many pulic houses,hotels to a high standard.

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Reviewed by DOUG on 20/12/2018

ALWAYS ON TIME VERY GOOD JOB DONE WELL ,EASY TO GET ON WITH DOUG MARTIN STARCROSS.

A family run business who offer interior and exterior painting tree and garden services drive and patio cleaning fascia and Gutter Cleaning and repairs. We offer a great value ,honest and reliable service.

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Reviewed by Elaine on 3/12/2018

Rory and his son were fantastic. Extremely reliable, hard working, never stopping, even in the pouring rain. Very reasonable and lovely people. They have already got extra work from neighbours, after witnessing the job that father and son did. I would definitely recommend them.

Quality workmanship carried out by ourselfs ( Kenny & Graeme). With over 20 years of experience each at all aspects of exterior & interior painting and building maintenance.

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Reviewed by Margaret on 4/1/2019

I would highly recommend Graeme and Kenny for any small or large painting jobs. They were punctual, obliging and listened to what I wanted. They work to a very high standard and are very conscientious about the quality of their work, which I found very reassuring. Graeme and Kenny cleaned up behind themselves and were a pleasure to have in our home. We will most definitely contact them again for future painting jobs and were also impressed with pricing. Thanks guys, we are so pleased with workmanship ??

GB Decorators has 30 years of professional painting and decorating experience.Upvc window and door spraying specialist. We offer a neat and tidy service with flexible working hours. domestic and commercial work at very reasonable prices. No job too big or small.

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Reviewed by Daniel on 2/1/2019

Great job very helpful and on time A****

Costello's Multi-Tasks was established in April 2017 , I have 19 Facebook reviews . I also have 17 years experience, in Painting & Decorating and General household maintenance, Such as water damaged ceilings and walls. I am also fully insured for your piece of mind. Please note i offer 100% costumer satisfaction , And therefore will be honest, If i believe i am not the man to help you. Services Costello's Multi-Tasks has to offer . Painting & Decorating, interior, Exterior Making good , Cracks holes , Water damage . Flat packs, Curtain poles, Blinds, Shelves, Pictures . Gutter fitting , Shed building or repairing, Such as felting. Gutter cleaning, Driveway and Patio cleaning. Dry lining and skimming. Artexing , Limited to Stipple, Broken leather , swirls . Door handles and locks , Interior, Exterior.

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Reviewed by Carol on 19/12/2018

Liam was really good at this job, he completed within the day and left the room all nice & tidy! Would definately hire him again!!

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External wall painting specialists - what you need to know

Looking for a quick and affordable way of refreshing your house’s exterior?  A fresh coat of paint can work wonders in revitalising your house’s appearance, improving curb appeal and adding value to your home.

Whilst painting may seem like a DIY task, exterior walls can be tricky. Not only is it difficult to do a thorough job without the use of scaffolding, the walls will also need a lot of expert preparation to achieve a neat and long-lasting finish.   

External painting is best undertaken during the summer months so that paint can dry quicker and to avoid moisture penetrating the walls.

Which paint is suitable for my property?

Exterior wall paint doesn’t come in one size to fit all. The type of paint suitable for your property will depend on the age of your house, wall surface type, and whether it’s been painted before.

Houses with cavity walls

Newer houses built after 1920 usually have cavity walls. Cavity walls can be painted with standard water-based masonry paint, mineral-based paint or eco paint.

Standard water-based paints are the most affordable option and are suitable for houses with walls that are in good, dry condition. Mineral-based paints are more expensive but contain a binder that creates a long-lasting finish. Eco paints are best for the environment and have very low or zero volume of volatile organic compounds.

Good quality paint should be weatherproof and contain a fungicide to prevent the growth of algae, moss and mould.

Houses with solid walls

Older properties built pre-1920s often have solid walls which should only be painted with a high quality breathable paint like Dulux Weathershield or Sandtex to prevent damp getting trapped in the walls.

If your house has lime rendered walls it’s advisable to stick with a breathable limewash only.

A professional painter and decorator will be able to guide you through which paint or finish is most suited to your property type.

Benefits of painting your house’s external walls

As well as the obvious aesthetic benefits, a new layer of paint will also help to protect your walls from the elements. This improves their longevity and reduces the need for repairs later down the line.

Will scaffolding be required? 

Painting the exterior of a house is a time-consuming job, and not one that should be attempted using a ladder only. If full scaffolding is required, it can significantly bump up the price of the job.  However, many painters and decorators now use lightweight access towers that can be set up very quickly, eliminating the need for scaffolding.

Ask your painter what access equipment they plan to use and whether they have included the cost of this in their quote.

What’s involved in the job?

Depending on the size of your property, the weather, and the condition of your walls, external wall painting usually takes 2 to 4 days to complete.

See below a brief outline of the steps your painter will take to complete your job.

  1. Set up access equipment.
  2. Remove flaking paint.
  3. Brush dirt off the walls.
  4. Wash dirt, mould, moss or algae from walls.
  5. Make any necessary repairs.
  6. Allow the walls to dry.
  7. Apply a stabilising primer.
  8. Apply first coat of paint and allow to dry.
  9. Apply second coat of paint and allow to dry.
  10. Apply any further coats necessary.
  11. Remove access equipment.

Cost of external wall painting

The average cost of having all external walls painted on a semi-detached house usually falls somewhere between £900 and £1500. 

The price will be dependent on factors including:

  • Size and type of property.
  • Condition of the walls/whether any repair work is needed.
  • Whether the price of scaffolding is included in the quote.
  • Number of coats required.
  • Type of paint being used.
  • Surface being painted (pebble dash is more expensive).
  • Your location.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

Although no formal qualifications are required to be a painter and decorator, there are certificates and courses that can be taken that show a commitment to providing a high standard of service. These include the Painting and Decorating Diploma, levels 1 to 3 and short courses offered by product manufacturers.

Check with your tradesperson if they have any trade qualifications and whether they’re members of the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA).

Members of the PDA must stick to a code of practice that demonstrates commitment to professional, quality workmanship and fair practice.

Planning permission for external wall painting

There’s no need to apply for planning permission when painting the exterior of your house.  However, if you live in a listed building you’ll need to apply for listed building consent.

Insurance for external wall painters

It’s very important that your tradesperson has public liability insurance at minimum.  Although unlikely, if there were to be any accidental damage to your house whilst the work was being carried out, public liability insurance would pay for the damage.

Questions you should ask your external wall painter

  • Will full scaffolding be used and is this included in the quote?
  • Do they have any trade qualifications?
  • Are they members of the PDA?
  • Do they have public liability insurance?
  • What type and brand of paint will be used?
  • Is the work guaranteed and if so what are the terms of the guarantee?

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