If you are a contractor or a client, here is the information that you need to know:
YOU ARE A CLIENT
Check with your provincial authorities to find out about current recommendations for renovation projects. In some parts of Canada, contractors are allowed to present quotes and carry out renovation projects starting in the upcoming days and weeks.
For example, in Quebec, all renovation projects will be allowed to start on May 11th 2020. In Ontario and Alberta, there is no set date for construction and home renovations to be relaunched. As such, strict guidelines are still in order. Please consult your provincial government website for specific information.
In the meantime, RenoQuotes is here to put you in touch with our network of contractors. We encourage clients and contractors to follow the rules and guidelines enforced by provincial authorities.
Consult our article for tips on how to organize your project remotely: How to Receive Quotes Remotely
Be sure to check out the following article for general information about renovations during this extraordinary situation: Renovation projects in the time of COVID-19
YOU ARE A CONTRACTOR
Guidelines vary from one province to another. As the information is changing daily, we encourage you to consult your local government website for specific information.
In any case, you will have to adapt your practices when presenting quotes and carrying out the work. In some areas, only remote communications are permitted. For advice on how to present a quote remotely, check out this article: 3 tips to present quotes remotely
If you meet with a client in person and start working on a project, strict hygiene and social distancing measures must be adopted. Here's another article that could interest you: What you need to know about construction sites reopening
Do you need financial help for your renovation company? Check out this article: Guide to financial assistance programs for Canadian businesses
Last modified: 2020-02-18 | Approximate reading time 5 mins
Although kitchens and bathrooms are two distinct rooms with very different features, they both require a specific type of paint. Learn more about why regular paint isn't appropriate for these rooms:
Kitchens and bathrooms are both very humid. The walls and surfaces in these rooms often come into contact with water and water vapour. Therefore, although conventional paint can be used on the walls, we recommend using paint that is specifically made for kitchens and bathrooms.
This type of paint is water-based; generally, it's a 100% acrylic latex paint. Many different colours, shades and finishes are available. It covers surfaces very well in addition to being resistant to dirt, humidity and frequent cleanings. Inside the paint, manufacturers include agents which protect against the proliferation of mould, as well as other water-related damage.
For the reasons cited above, kitchen and bathroom paint tends to last longer than regular paint and it will be much more resistant when used in those two rooms.
Always apply this paint on a clean surface. If needed, prime the walls and surfaces before you start painting. Certain types of paint can be applied to tiles, which is great if you're looking to give an easy makeover to your kitchen.
Also, thanks to the paint's anti-fungal properties, the tiles will be better protected against mould. When applying this paint, you will need a roller for large surfaces, brushes for edges and corners, as well as a paint tray.
Anyone can complete this type of job but if you're looking for top results, it's better to hire a professional painter. This rings especially true in the kitchen, where painting mistakes, such as staining cabinets, could affect the value of your house.
Kitchen and bathroom paint can cost about $20 to $25 per litre (approx. 45$ for a 3.7L format which is commonly found in home renovation stores). It is usually made for both bathrooms and kitchens, but a few brands sell them individually. However, the composition remains the same.
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Head to your favourite hardware store to choose your products. Depending on your needs, you will have to get primer and paint, as well as products to fix holes. You will, of course, have to choose from the selection available on site, following the advice of experts working at the store.
Do not forget to choose products that are suitable for kitchens and bathrooms. Be sure to evaluate whether you will need a different paint for the ceiling (usually a matte finish). In terms of equipment, see what you already have on hand and complete your kit with additional tools (brushes, sand blocks, seals, tape, etc.).
As with any painting project, it is important to prepare the room adequately before painting. Often, in kitchens and bathrooms, there are pieces of furniture and objects that cannot be moved.
You will have to work around these elements, without damaging them with paint. During this step, take the time to protect cabinets, countertops, backsplash, mirrors, doors and anything else you do not expect to cover with paint.
To protect the floor, it is recommended that you use a cotton tarpaulin because they adhere better to the ground and absorb the paint, thus avoiding many potential problems.
The preparation stage also includes cleaning the room and repairing all damage, which increases the chances of achieving satisfactory results.
Once you have prepared the room, it is now time to move on to the painting process. Be careful, however, not to rush the work! It is important to complete the steps following a certain logic. For example, if a primer needs to be applied, you will have to allow enough time for it to dry.
After that is done, start painting by applying the product to the room's mouldings and on the ceiling. After each step, it is important to respect the drying time so that the paint is homogenous.
Do you plan on painting your cabinets to renew their look? Again, you will need to use the right product and be thorough. Check out the following article for step-by-step instructions: How to paint kitchen cabinets.
If you have chosen the right paint, you will notice that the walls will be easy to maintain and resistant to repeated cleanings. However, after a few years, you may notice some imperfections. This does not mean that you will have to repaint the entire room.
As a matter of fact, you could simply keep a small amount of the paint you originally bought and use it to make corrections. Sometimes a new layer could also help refresh the room, but in general, with a good product, you will not need to do this often.
Here are a few articles about paint that may be useful for your project:
To see examples of bathroom renovation projects completed by RenoQuotes.com contractors, check out "10 examples of beautiful bathroom renovation projects".
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