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Painting and decorating services offered as well as wall and floor tiling and plastering. I have a team of six working for myself no job to small.

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Reviewed by Alan on 16/10/2020

Colours Decorating did a first class job. They gave me a quote and carried out the work on a friendly but professional manner. There were no extras and the price we paid was the price quoted. I definitely recommend this firm

Painter and Decorator Located in the South West, i have been painting and decorating now for over 30yrs,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 public houses,hotels to a high standard.I also have a lot of call backs off customers i have done work for,which is very pleasing.I guarantee my work is to a high standard.I have also now moved into the domestic and commercial cleaning side,again,all work is to a high standard.

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Reviewed by Roger on 11/9/2020

Andrew and John completed the job to a really first class standard. They carried out every element of the job as quoted and went above and beyond in many areas. They were reliable and punctual, very friendly and conscientious, both in the work and the cleaning down afterward. I really can't recommend them enough, excellent work.

Company is a family run business, which is happy to take on all aspects of decoration interior and exterior and fully insured.

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Reviewed by Stuart on 11/10/2020

Unfortunately not a great experience. Paul is keen and reliable, however, we struggled to have work delivered to an appropriate standard. If you have a rental flat and want it repainted in a hurry then Paul would be a good bet. For quality finishes I would suggest looking elsewhere.

MWM Painter and Decorating Services: * Military Veteran * Excellent Industry Knowledge * I Offer a First Class Service * All Work is to the Highest Standard * I offer Competitive Rates

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Reviewed by Irene on 15/5/2020

The standard of work was extremely high. Everywhere was left clean and tidy.All garden furniture,pots etc put back in place. Mark always arrived early and finished the job on time and the price was very fair.

Over 30 years experience in all aspects of painting & decorating and I have a 5 star rating on rated people

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Reviewed by Bruce on 19/10/2020

Quick and efficient job. Kevin turned up when expected and completed a good job. Cleaned up once finished and did not leave a mess.

Professional painter and decorators and I myself have been in the trade for 12 years. Collins Decor promise to deliver the perfect finish, completed on time and with minimum hassle. We carry out all aspects of residential and commercial re-decorating from single rooms to complete property renovations.

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Reviewed by Jessica on 9/7/2020

Craig and team provided an efficient service, finished to a high standard and quality work. I would highly recommend Craig's work and would use his services again in the future.

We are a medium size company who cater from small to big projects, We use specialist equiptment when painting external walls and use coatings that are designed to be maintenance free. We also specialise in Firestone rubber roofs and UPVC products such as Fascias/Guttering even building new Porches. As a company we do not use salespeople we send out an employee to sit down and discuss your needs, Measure up where neccessary and workout the quote. We are a Nottingham based company but cover most parts of the UK and have material drop off points in most areas making it very accessible to work where needed. Please feel free to use our service all our quotes are valid for a period of 12 months and you are under no obligation to use us, we employ all our staff even down to our installers so you never get any sub-contractors on site and a free phone number direct to our Nottingham head office for all your customer service needs.

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Reviewed by Beverley on 20/10/2020

Nadeem and his team are professional, courteous and reliable. Steve, Carl and David did an excellent job fitting uPVC soffits, fascias, guttering, windows and doors. We could not have asked for better. Would highly recommend.

We are a family run business providing a friendly and prompt service to all our customers throughout The province with over 40 years experience in roofing & driveways & all aspects of home maintenance ./ plastic facias/gutters / ect. Timber decking / All types of specialised coatings Industrial . Agricultral. Demestic Slurryseal on asphalt drives. Sealmaster for tarmacadam. Fibreglass & butyle rubber For flat Roofs supplyed & fitted. one call does it all . We also now do guttervac cleaning And Sanetiser & disinfectant spraying On & around houses yards drives stables dog kennels ect

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Reviewed by Ronnie on 12/10/2020

Very pleased with the work carried out. Extra costs arose when I added some work and to address some maintenance issues which I had not anticipated

Finelines is a decorating company dedicated to customer satisfaction and superior finishing standards. Having been in the industry for over 25years and worked at the highest levels ‘finelines’ is a service of great quality and distinction.

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Reviewed by Christopher on 20/10/2020

Steve Clarke could not have been more helpful and the work was excellent

I am a decorator, who believes in offering my customer's a cost affective service which delivers a high standard of workmanship tailor made to meet the individual needs of each customer.

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Reviewed by Malcolm on 18/9/2020

Really pleased with quality of workmanship speed and attitude Would definitely use them for future work and recommend them to others

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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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