Common DIY House Painting Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

One would think that painting your house is a rather simple chore: you buy a paint brush and a couple of cans of paint and “VOILA”! In a couple of hours, your home will be looking great! However, in most instances, this isn’t the case. Let’s look at some of the most commonly made DIY house painting mistakes and what you can do to avoid them.

  • Buying Cheap Brushes and Rollers

You’d be surprised at how much of a difference a good quality paint brush or roller can make – and how big of a mess a cheaper alternative can lead to! Just like the paint, this isn’t something that you want to skimp on. Spend a little bit extra if you can. You’ll be very glad you did.

  • Not Sanding the Walls

Sanding the walls is imperative if you want them smooth and even. It also ensures a better and easier paint coverage. If the walls had originally been covered in a high gloss paint, sanding should always be a priority.

  • Not Using Primer 

If you think that primer is an unnecessary waste of money, think again! Primer ensures that your paint adheres to the walls. It warrants a much longer lifespan.

  • Forgetting to Protect the Floors and Cornices

It doesn’t matter how much of a whizz you are with that paint brush, using some masking tape to seal off the cornices and skirting boards, as well as a few pieces of plastic for the floor, will always pay off! Little accidents and small drips happen. If you have neglected to take precautions, it could lead to disaster.

At the end of the day, the one sure-fire way in which to avoid these house-painting mistakes is to hire a painting professional. That’s where Showroom Condition comes in! We specialise in everything from house painting in Johannesburg to waterproofing and everything in between. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help you!

Waterproofing Wisdom

The best time to start repairing something is always NOW. But when it comes to waterproofing, yesterday would have been better! Seriously though, now is the right time to get your buildings ready to cope with the summer rains that will soon be upon us.

Your property should be inspected annually for water leaks and damage as water damage is one of the most detrimental things that can happen to your property. Moisture can destroy more than just your foundation, roof and ceiling; it can also ruin furniture and finishes, create rust, mould and mildew! Not to mention how uncomfortable and unsightly it is to live with leaks in the home…

There are many ways water can leak into your home. It comes in through your roof, walls, pipes, even floor. And for older houses (although few in South Africa), the basement can be a waterproofing and damp disaster zone. Locally, we see many problems arising with flat roofed houses, but pitched roofs are certainly not exempt from their own headaches.

When it comes to waterproofing and water damage, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Check for clogged gutters or gutters that are bent and not flowing properly.
  • Check metal roofs for rust.
  • Make sure that there is no water resting on the house after rainfall or irrigation.
  • Use French drains to divert water and keep it running away from buildings.
  • Hire a waterproofing specialist to ensure you’re using the most suitable waterproofing solution. The experts can help to set you up with the system that is right for your home’s location, how it was built and what water source is causing your problem. There is no generic answer to waterproofing needs.

Prevention is always better than cure

Taking preventative waterproofing steps could save you tens of thousands of rands in repairs to your home’s infrastructure, finishes and contents.

For more information on Showroom Condition’s waterproofing solutions, or to get a quote, please contact us today.

Waterproofing solutions – know what will work best

Waterproofing your home is essential if you want to keep water out, especially in seasons where rain can cause havoc. It is a great displeasure for a home owner to have to discard expensive furniture if it has been ruined by water damage. Thus, it is important to waterproof your house to ensure no unwanted leaks can ruin your décor.

Here are a few waterproofing solutions you can choose from if your house is leaking, whether it may be from rain or an underground water problem:

  • Waterproofing products – Products such as paint primer can solve your leak problem. It is important however to determine how bad the leak is and if paint primer will be able to stop the leak from getting any worse. If you have water seeping from your walls, it will not be recommended to use paint primer.
  • Crack injections – If your wall has a crack and there is water coming from it, it is best to inject the crack with epoxy or polyurethane material. Doing so will prevent water from coming through the crack but is not recommended for all types of walls.
  • Exterior excavation waterproofing – To stop a leak, you will have to excavate from 1.8 meters to 2.4 meters on the outside of the foundation in order to get to the culprit of the leakage. It will typically be a faulty pipeline or natural water flowing into the foundation area. This can be quite expensive, but doing so can prevent any future leaks.
  • Interior excavator waterproofing – This method is more commonly used and much less expensive. By using this method, you will need to know how strong the flow of natural water is that moves beneath the floor. Installing pipes to lead the water away from the building can solve the problem permanently.

Waterproofing services at Showroom Condition

At Showroom Condition we specialise in waterproofing services and can help you with any water related issues you might have.

Contact us today to make use of our waterproofing services.

Why waterproofing is essential

Summer is here and the afternoon thunderstorms have started. Heavy rain is bucketing down and we hope you are covered, not only with umbrellas or sitting dry undercover, but that your home or property roof is safely sealed. If not, you are taking an enormous risk in possible roof, wall and furniture damage.

Don’t be caught unprepared and spend extra money on fixing and repairing when you can have the job done professionally and affordably. We take our Handyman Services seriously when you hire us for all your waterproofing needs. We make sure you never have a leak again.

Three reasons why you need to get waterproofed today!

Waterproofing protects your home, without it the following can happen:

  1. Mildew, mold and cold damp will damage the interior walls as well as cause all sorts of health problems.
  2. Cracks can be created in the concrete or walls causing massive damage to the exterior and interior of your home or building. Not to mention creepy crawlies making your house their home.
  3. Bad insulation or waterproofing can also make you incur more utility costs, as you try to keep your environment warm or cold, depending on the season.

It is a great idea to inspect your home or property regularly for signs of water damage. Having them repaired early means saving you money.

Contact us today!

Looking for waterproofing services in Gauteng? You have come to the right place. Showroom Condition has a team of professionals ready and waiting to help you with all your waterproofing needs. Contact us to find out how we can help.

Why is waterproofing important?

Waterproofing your home seems like a very expensive and time consuming task. It is not as it seems and actually pales in comparison to the costs and renovations you will need to do if the waterproofing is not taken care of properly initially.

Living in Gauteng, where we are famous for “world-class” thunderstorms and having a leaking roof is not going to go down too well with the maintenance of your home.

If you fail to waterproof your home, there is a great chance that you will ruin your wall structures, the roofing as well as damage furniture in the home and cause dampness which will lead to mould.

Besides this ruining the aesthetics of your home, it will cost you more in repairs, and renovations at a later stage. Let’s not forget that it is not safe to live in an environment that retains moisture and mould.

Repairs and renovations in the long run:

Because of water leaks, you may need to repair walls, repaint, sort out roofing damage and purchase new furniture. Thousands of rands could be wasted if you are penny wise and pound foolish. Perhaps waterproofing doesn’t seem as daunting now as it did?

Health hazards:

Do you want to run the risk of losing the home entirely because water damage has rendered it uninhabitable? Mould can cause serious health issues for you and your family. If you have damp and mould you are more likely to have respiratory problems, respiratory infections, allergies or asthma. Damp and mould can also affect the immune system of both children and adults.

For a professional team of handymen, contact Showroom Condition today and find out more about your waterproofing requirements.

Why would I need waterproofing?

Waterproofing can either be your best dream or worst nightmare. However, the only way for it to be the latter is for you to not have it. Yes, waterproofing is a Godsend, especially with Africa’s thunderstorms. When thinking about the costs and seeing this as an unnecessary expense, picture this; you don’t get waterproofing, your home floods and you need to call in a service team to do ten times as many jobs as the one initial preventative measure which you could’ve taken. Furthermore, waterproofing can make your home safer in more ways than one.

Mould build up 

Let us face it, mould thrives in damp conditions. Therefore, the less damp your home is, the less likely you are to develop this problem. Mould can be extremely hazardous to a person’s living conditions. It is toxic as well as dangerous and many people suffer from allergies induced by mould. This is therefore why you should nip this problem in the bud before it even gets close to these stages.

Collapsing 

Yes, this is a real concern and so it should be. Water induces damp rot within ceilings, walls and even floors. As you can imagine, if this problem is left unattended to, it could wreak serious havoc. If a ceiling collapses with residents of the home underneath it, this could lead to some sever injuries, even death. Therefore to prevent this from even being a possibility, stop the initial problem of damp rot by getting waterproofing out into your home.

Who you can call 

With the ramifications of no waterproofing having been said, now it is clear to see why this service should definitely be made use of. Showroom Condition will be there as soon as possible to fulfil this service within your home and you can continue living hassle free. Call us today and get your home water free.

What makes Waterproofing Necessary?

You can save yourself huge costs in the repairing of damages to your home by waterproofing in time. The plaster, brickwork and internal property are all exposed to the elements and waterproofing helps to seal these off.

To most people waterproofing may appear an unnecessary expense but those who know better will tell you otherwise. Due to exposure to moisture and other elements, some parts of your home and internal property gradually lose their lustre and deteriorate in strength.

To avoid this, it is recommended to get your waterproofing done sooner than later. Engage a professional and make sure all areas including the following are waterproofed:

  • Concrete slabs,
  • Flat roofs,
  • IBR Roofs,
  • Corrugated roofs,
  • Tile roofs and valleys.

Also make sure to waterproof other items such as Metal Box Gutters, Parapet Walls, Planter boxes and ponds, damp proofing, showers, tanking, staircases, patios and balconies and parking decks.

At Showroom Conditions we believe in the old adage “a stitch in time saves nine”. We offer excellent waterproofing services. We also help solving any roof leak issues by providing a comprehensive range of leak detection and waterproofing services.

Contact us any time and our professional team will come and access your home and offer suggestions to secure your home.

Waterproofing from Showroom Condition

The word “waterproofing” is self-explanatory, meaning to make something resistant to water penetration. The practice of waterproofing has been around for many centuries dating back to biblical times, when boats were waterproofed using bitumen. The 1800’s saw natural bitumen used with a combination of other natural materials to waterproof roofs. Between 1945 and 1955, a more modern approach was developed, but it was only in the 1970’s that the first approved liquid roof water resistant coatings reached the markets. From there onwards, technology improved by the year and developed into the industry it is today. 

Types of waterproofing

There are four main kinds of sealers:

  • Silicon-based sealants protects against water damage, UV rays, extreme temperatures and even mould and can be used on natural materials such as marble or stone. The disadvantage is that you cannot paint over it.
  • Polyurethane types have a shorter life span than silicon-based types, are not very eco-friendly, but you are able to paint over them.
  • The bituminous types make great concrete, roof and tank sealants, being able to withstand hot and cold temperatures.
  • Clear sealants are the most popular type best suited for all kinds of projects and you can add tints to get the required colour.

What does waterproofing do?

It creates a tough flexible barrier against moisture, protecting the walls of the structure. It can withstand heat or cold and its formulation enables it to last for many years before it becomes necessary to apply another layer.

Why is waterproofing necessary?

  • The porous nature of walls makes moisture absorption in areas with high humidity a problem as it can cause continuous dampness inside the building, causing mould and deterioration of painted walls.
  • Heat and cold expansion causes small cracks and in surfaces which can lead to water easily penetrating and damaging the structure.
  • Too strong a cement mixture can also cause fine hairline cracks due to lack of flexibility, which will also lead to water seeping into the gaps.

At Showroom Condition we believe that waterproofing is one of the most important things any homeowner can do for his property. We specialise in securing your property against moisture damage. Contact us for expert advice and long term solutions.

Waterproofing

The word “waterproofing” is self-explanatory, meaning to make something resistant to water penetration. The practice of waterproofing has been around for many centuries dating back to biblical times, when boats were waterproofed using bitumen. The 1800’s saw natural bitumen used with a combination of other natural materials to waterproof roofs. Between 1945 and 1955, a more modern approach was developed, but it was only in the 1970’s that the first approved liquid roof water resistant coatings reached the markets. From there onwards, technology improved by the year and developed into the industry it is today.

Types of waterproofing

There are four main kinds of sealers:

  • Silicon-based sealants protects against water damage, UV rays, extreme temperatures and even mould and can be used on natural materials such as marble or stone. The disadvantage is that you cannot paint over it.
  • Polyurethane types have a shorter life span than silicon-based types, are not very eco-friendly, but you are able to paint over them.
  • The bituminous types make great concrete, roof and tank sealants, being able to withstand hot and cold temperatures.
  • Clear sealants are the most popular type, best suited for all kinds of projects and you can add tints to get the required colour.

What does waterproofing do?

It creates a tough flexible barrier against moisture, protecting the walls of the structure. It can withstand heat or cold and its formulation enables it to last for many years before it becomes necessary to apply another layer. 

Why is waterproofing necessary?

  • The porous nature of walls makes moisture absorption in areas with high humidity a problem as it can cause continuous dampness inside the building, causing mould and deterioration of painted walls.
  • Heat and cold expansion causes small cracks and in surfaces which can lead to water easily penetrating and damaging the structure.
  • Too strong a cement mixture can also cause fine hairline cracks due to lack of flexibility, which will also lead to water seeping into the gaps.

At Showroom Condition, we believe waterproofing is one of the most important things any home owner can do for his property. We specialise in securing your property against moisture damage. Contact us for expert advice and long term solutions.

The importance of waterproofing your home

The detrimental effects of water damages to your home cannot be ignored and with the rainy season upon us, waterproofing your home is a vital investment that needs to be made. It is better to spend money on waterproofing your home than it is to try and repair the damages to your home afterwards. It’s the classic “better to be safe than sorry” scenario.

Damages that could ensue from failing to correctly waterproof your home include roof damages, damages to the walls which could risk the very safety of your home and damages to other important assets such as your furniture.

Other waterproofing services we offer

Waterproofing your roof is not the only service we here at Showroom Condition offer. We are experts in both internal and external leak detection, metal box gutters, ponds, showers, walls and more.

We pay expert attention to detail and aim to prevent problems before they occur and will offer you advice on the best products and course of action according to the specific needs of your structure.

Waterproofing, if done correctly, is a long term investment that will pay for itself a hundred times over by preserving the safety of your family, adding value to your home, keeping your assets safe from water damage and preventing a world of electrical disasters that could result from improper waterproofing.

We offer our services at affordable rates and will get the job done efficiently and with little inconvenience to you. So for waterproofing services done right, contact the experts at Showroom Condition and remember, prevention is better than cure!