Answers to South Calgary’s Frequently Asked Home Improvement Questions

Have you spent time evaluating your home, wondering if things need to be updated? If so, you’re not alone. The majority of homeowners have a running list of all the projects they would like to get done. These projects may be big, small, expensive, budget-friendly, vital, or even just a nice-to-have.

A to-do list is wonderful until it’s time to actually tackle the projects on it. Why? Because you may be an expert when it comes to knowing what your home needs, but it’s unlikely that you’re an expert about how to do all of it.

That’s where CertaPro Painters® of South Calgary comes in. We’ve compiled a list of answers to some of the most common questions we get asked as home improvement experts. Use this list to understand what needs to be done around your house now, what can wait another year, and what you should call someone for.

Let’s start with the home improvement FAQ for projects you can do any time of the year.

Home Improvement Projects for Any Season

There are many seasonal home improvement projects, primarily exterior projects, that can only be done during spring, summer, or early fall. But The below interior projects can be done at any time.

How Do I Know If It’s Time to Repaint the Interior of My Home?

Did you know that interior paint does not last forever? Don’t believe us? Visit your parents’ or grandparents’ home and ask them about the paint colours on their walls. If they haven’t repainted in the last 10 years you will likely get a response that the walls were originally one colour but over time have become the colour you see today. Another trick? Try moving an old picture or bookcase. It’s likely that the wall colour you see there looks very different from what the rest of the exposed wall looks like in its current state.

Curious about what rooms in your own home need paint to avoid this fate? Divide your home into high traffic areas and low traffic areas. High traffic areas need paint more often, likely every 3-5 years. These areas include the bathroom, stairs, kitchen, bathroom, hallways, and entryways. Low traffic areas may be able to get away with new paint every 7-10 years. These areas include the living room, dining room, bedrooms, office, and any spare rooms or spaces.

How Do I Know If It’s Time to Refinish My Kitchen Cabinets?

painting kitchen cabinets south calgaryFirst, let’s answer the question, “Is refinishing different from just repainting?” Yes. Refinishing your cabinets involves
removing the doors, sanding down the cabinets, stripping off the old finish, and applying new paint and/or stain. This can be a tedious process, so we suggest you contact a professional for help.

If you are wondering if you need to go through the process of refinishing your kitchen cabinets, answer the following questions:

  • Do your kitchen cabinets look outdated?
  • Do they have food, grease, or fingerprint stains?
  • Are they chipping and starting to show significant wear?
  • Do you want a new look but don’t want to pay thousands of dollars for new cabinets?

If you answered yes to any of the above home improvement questions, then it’s time to refinish your kitchen cabinets.

Does Wallpaper Go Bad?

Wallpaper is a great way to express yourself. It gives you the ability to play with different patterns, designs, and textures. If you are considering wallpaper, or looking at your current wallpaper, and wondering if it goes bad, consider this: You do not express yourself the same way you did when you were a teenager or even the same way you did 10 years ago, so why would you expect to have the same wallpaper for the rest of your life? Yes, wallpaper can go bad, but it lasts much longer than paint and it’s more likely your tastes will change before your wallpaper goes bad.

If you want to remove old wallpaper and install new, contact a professional. Don’t spend the weekend picking at the wall. An expert will know the tricks to removing wallpaper seamlessly and installing it flawlessly.

How Do I Know If It’s Time to Replace the Wallpaper in My Home?

Wondering if it’s time to replace your wallpaper? Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is my wallpaper peeling?
  • Is my wallpaper splitting at the seams?
  • Does my wallpaper have bubbles under it?
  • Is my wallpaper faded or stained?
  • Does my wallpaper look dated?
  • Do I hate entering that room because of how ugly I consider my wallpaper?

If your answer to any of the above is yes, then it’s time to replace your wallpaper.

Use the same rule as with paint – high traffic areas are replaced more often than low traffic areas.

Home Improvement FAQ for Spring and Summer Projects

Not all painting projects can occur year-round. Time your exterior projects for when it makes the most sense.

You can do that by taking advantage of nice weather, moderate temperatures, and (hopefully) dry working conditions. These exterior projects should be done during the spring, summer, and early fall.

Do I Need to Repaint the Exterior of My Home?

Curious about whether you should repaint the exterior of your home? In general, it’s best to repaint your home every 5-10 years, depending on the material. You should also consider repainting your home for the following reasons:

  • If you have recently replaced a portion of your exterior
  • If you are beginning to see excessive wear
  • If the siding is beginning to fade or chip in spots
  • If you simply want a new look

Contact a professional to talk about the current state of the exterior of your home and how often it should be repainted.

Tip: The reason the best time to paint your home is the spring, summer, or early fall is because the majority of paints adhere best when they are applied between 50 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

How Often Should I Powerwash My House?

pressure washing south calgaryExperts recommend that you powerwash your house once a year.

You may want to consider washing your house more than once a year if you live in an area with dense tree coverage or vegetation that results in excessive dirt or mold on your house. People who live near cities with low air quality should also consider powerwashing their house multiple times a year.

Tip: You can powerwash brick, vinyl siding, and stucco. These will look like new after a quick cleaning.But be careful. Inexperience or the wrong setting can cause damage to your home. If you have never used a powerwasher, we recommend contacting a professional.

When is the Best Time to Powerwash My House?

Powerwashing a surface does not have the same limitations as painting and staining a surface. We recommend you do it in the spring or summer. The natural light will help you identify the areas that need the most work and the sun will help quickly dry the surface.

Do I Need to Re-stain My Deck?

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Staining or re-staining your deck will help you protect the wood and prolong the life of your deck. It’s a common misconception that staining your deck will protect it forever. The majority of stains last less than five years, and some less than three due to extreme weather. If you have a deck, you should strongly consider re-staining it or participating in annual maintenance.

Reasons to re-stain your deck:

  • If the stain is more than three-years-old
  • If you are seeing chips in the stain
  • If you are seeing the wood begin to split
  • If severe weather conditions have resulted in excessive wear
  • If you’d prefer a new look

If you are re-staining your deck or doing touch ups, make sure you have the correct colour. If you are unsure of the stain, an expert can help colour match.

If you intend to remove old stain and apply new stain to the deck, you may want to call a professional. It can be difficult to properly remove stain without damaging the wood.

When is the Best Time to Re-stain My Deck?

The best time to stain or re-stain your deck is in the fall. Spring and summer are not ideal for applying stain. Spring has too much rain and prolonged moisture, and the summer months are typically too humid. The direct sunlight and extreme summer temperatures can also result in a premature stain failure. This means that the stain will be unable to penetrate the surface to provide long lasting protection. This will cause the stain to wear prematurely.

Contacting a Professional

You can contact a home improvement expert to discuss all your ideas, questions, and concerns – with no obligation. CertaPro Painters® of South Calgary offers free remote and in-person estimates to all customers. Exterior projects can be quoted by experts who evaluate the home from the street. This does not require any personal interaction. Interior projects can be quoted via pictures or a Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime call. We do not require any personal interaction or contact and are working to enforce social distancing for all customers and employees. And if for whatever reason you don’t feel comfortable, you don’t need to hire us – you’ll have an idea of cost and involvement and we’ll be on our way.

Contact us today to discuss your project and schedule your free remote estimate.