Ceiling Repair

Ceiling repair can be a challenge when done correctly. It is often not the repair but the texture work after the repair is complete that makes or breaks the success of the repair. I always say that if you can find the repaired area, it is a failure. That is tough to accomplish. Many years ago I did work for a restoration company in Omaha and got so good at the drywall repair and texture work that they use to send me out instead of the dry-wall contractors. Sometimes being a perfectionist is a good thing.

Maximum overspray protection

Doing the repair is a slow, meticulous process and will take a few days since there are dry times involved. This is not something you want rushed or it will look like it was.

This is not something I would suggest a homeowner try on their own but I will go through the general steps so you can spot if someone is skipping steps or rushing it.

Ready for a final sand then texture

If you have a crack on your ceiling it will likely be at a tape joint. Whether it is on a tape joint or not and whether it is on a ceiling or wall it will need to have the loose material removed, be sanded and re-taped. You want the repaired area sanded lower then the textured area and the layers of mud should be applied after adequate dry times and proper sanding between coats of mud.

Needless to say all this type of work creates a lot of dust and debris. drop cloths, plastic sheeting and a good shop vac are a must.

You don’t want anyone using “hot” or fast set mud. They are just rushing the job and it will show.

In the Omaha area a crows foot texture is common. Smooth ceilings and even a knock down texture is popular too. Practicing the texture on pieces of cardboard is a good idea. The appearance of the texture can be controlled by many factors such as how diluted the mud is with water, drytime before texturing, and technique.

these photos are from a knockdown texture so after everything was ready to go the mud was sprayed on, allowed to set up and then knifed off.

The repaired ares are allowed to dry, primed and then the entire ceiling is painted.

Painting Brick

Painting Brick is not my first choice when painting a home. I like the look of brick in most cases but occasionally we are asked to paint it. Sometimes it is a good look but it is essentially forever so it is a decision you want to give thought to.

To do the job correctly there are steps that must be followed. Just like painting a house, the brick must be thoroughly washed and allowed adequate time to dry.

The brick must be primed and the primer must be sprayed and scrubbed in using a thick nap roller cover. I like a 3/4 cover. The primer of choice is XIM 400. Expensive but worth the money. You can go with a high Alkali primer but I have found that in most cases it is not necessary.

A quality exterior latex is the way to go for the finish coat. On this project we used Pittsburg Sunproof Satin. A minimum of two coats are required. Both coats should also be scrubbed in to insure good coverage and fill all cracks and pin holes in the mortar joints.

brick before
brick after

This home turned out well. Interesting color selections a sharp contrast of before and after.

How Do You Know When It’s Time To Paint Your House

How Do You Know When It’s Time To Paint Your House

Some times it is obvious when it’s time to paint your house. If it is not obvious, here is a short guideline for when it is time. The trick is always to try and catch your home before it has extremely failed paint. It can reach a point where it becomes much more expensive to repaint just because of the extent of the failure.

Your paint is failing. Peeling, flaking, blistering paint are all signs that it is due for a makeover. Some paint may appear to be sound but has faded considerably. You can sometimes remove a downspout to see the “before and after” or track how much your home has faded. Faded paint is a early sign of failure. Don’t ignore failing paint, it can lead to bigger problems down the road.

Selling your home. Curb appeal is always a factor when selling your home. Repainting your home is a small investment for the big sale. A freshly painted house is a sign of a well cared for home. You have one opportunity to make a first impression.

Carpentry issues. Damaged siding, window trim, etc. can be signs of additional issues. Have them addressed as part of a new exterior paint job. You may have wood rot, water damage issues, carpentry ants/ termites, etc.

Failing Caulk. Once caulk fails the above begins. Water damage, etc. The best time to have your home professionally caulked is as part of a exterior paint job.

It’s due. You don’t have to wait for damage or obvious signs of paint failure. It’s better and cheaper if you don’t. The life of an exterior paint job in the Omaha market is dependent on several factors. The quality and degree of prep work, the quality of the paint, How often the home is washed and minor paint issues addressed, etc. If everything was done right, you should expect 10 to 15 years on the life of you painted exterior. High Quality Paint makes a big difference. If your paint job is 10 years old or more, it’s time to paint your house.