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Building Materials Through the Years

drywall repair in orlando building materials throughout the yearsHome construction technology has come a long way since the first residences were built. As people continued to build homes and the list of readily available materials expanded, builders found new and more efficient ways to create houses that not only protect their residents but also have a smaller impact on the environment and help save money. Now, many neighborhoods are constructed similarly, with some older homes making way for new construction.

We do still see plenty of brick and plaster houses in existence, but for the most part, general contractors have selected drywall as their building material of choice. Take a look at common building materials in years past and learn how drywall has improved the state of the house:

 

  • Brick. Brick in its many forms has been used as a construction material since the time of the ancient Egyptians. Initially formed by drying rectangles of mud in the sun, brick can now refer to any rectangular unit of building material laid in mortar. These literal building blocks are commonly made from clay, concrete, sand, and lime, and provide insulation and a pleasant, somewhat old-fashioned appearance.
  • Wood. Many homes and buildings still begin as wood frames, although those methods are quickly shifting toward rebar and metal. Wood is an excellent insulator and can help keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter, meaning that you save money on electricity. Keep in mind, though, that wood isn’t the best choice for Florida homes as it can be susceptible to water damage and rot.
  • Drywall. No matter the materials that make the frame of your home, there’s a good chance you’re surrounded by drywall on all sides. Drywall is one of the easiest wall materials for contractors to install, on top of being more environmentally friendly to make than other materials. Drywall is versatile and provides solid structure while giving homeowners flexibility.

 

We think it’s no wonder that drywall is the material of choice for modern-day construction. Some estimates say that 20 billion square feet of drywall is manufactured every year in the U.S. It’s lightweight and doesn’t cost much to produce. When you need drywall repair in Orlando, work with the team that knows the material. To learn more or to schedule your free consultation, call New Ceilings at 407-378-6040 today.

Earth Day Every Day: Going Green in Your Home

eco-friendly drywall repair for your homeJust about every company you encounter today will have a statement about how they’re dedicated to going green and saving the environment. In the same fashion, we’ve seen homeowners install solar panels and trade in their gas guzzlers for hybrids. After all, eco-friendly practices not only save the environment – they also save you money!

Here at New Ceilings, we’re no different, and we like to celebrate Earth Day every day. Are you trying to go green in your home? Here are 3 easy suggestions from your favorite drywall repair team in Orlando:

 

  • Switch out your light bulbs. Our homes are almost constantly lit, which in turn generates heat and requires more work from our air conditioners. Switching from incandescent to CFL light bulbs can reduce your energy consumption by almost 66% and help to keep your home cooler!
  • Pay attention to your paint. Getting ready to repaint your home’s interior? Make sure you choose a low-VOC paint, like Sherwin-Williams’ Harmony line. Limiting VOCs helps protect the atmosphere against volatile compounds. As an added bonus, limiting VOCs inside the home can help keep your family healthier.
  • Keep your drywall in good shape. You read that right! Drywall’s primary function is to protect you and your family by keeping the inside firmly separated from the outside. When your walls are cracked or have holes, you’re putting your air conditioner under a lot of stress and may be allowing interior chemicals to seep outside.

 

Going green really isn’t difficult with a little forethought and planning. When you need to tackle the big issues, it’s best that you get in touch with the professionals for the most cost and time efficiency. Ready to get started on your green home project? Call the drywall repair team in Orlando at New Ceilings at 407-378-6040 to learn more today.

3 Remodeling Mistakes that May Cost You

drywall installation orlando 3 expensive remodeling costsThe drywall installation team in Orlando at New Ceilings has been through their fair share of remodeling projects, and we know just how hectic they can be. Especially if you have a number of different contractors throughout the house, it can be difficult to keep everything organized and make sure the project is going smoothly from start to finish. Whether you realize it or not, however, there are a few slip ups along the way that may cost you extra.

Since we’ve been on projects of all sizes and durations, we wanted to let you in on a few expensive mistakes to avoid during your project. Here are 3 hiccups that may wind up being a big burden:

 

  • Stop changing your mind. It can be hard to make your mind up on how you want your home to look for the next decade or so, but making switches after the project begins can cost a great deal in time and money. Do whatever you can to avoid changing your mind after you put the green light on your project or you could face upcharges and scheduling delays.
  • Don’t try to cut costs by buying your own materials. Getting your own building materials rather than going through your contractors may seem like a great way to cut costs, but what you don’t know is that your builders probably already have a relationship with their vendors. Ultimately, you’ll probably wind up paying the same one way or another, so it’s best to let your contractors get the best quality materials for your job.
  • Always have an emergency fund on hand. If you take anything away from this blog, it’s to get your emergency fund stocked up now before you think about getting started. Changes and delays will almost inevitably happen, and it’s important to have extra funding available to keep things running smoothly. We would go so far as to argue that the emergency fund is one of the most important things you can do to prepare!

 

When you sit down with a trustworthy team to get ready for your remodeling project, you’ll be setting yourself up for a stress-free job. To learn more about what awaits you when you remodel your home, get in touch with the drywall installation team in Orlando at New Ceilings. Give us a call at 407-378-6040 to schedule your free consultation.

Dirty Walls? Here’s Why You Need to Clean Them

orlando drywall repair cleaning your wallsEvery surface in your home can, and will, get dirty at some point in time – it’s simply a fact of life. Especially if you live in a household with children or pets, you’d be surprised by all the places accidents and mishaps can occur. Even your walls probably have a few spots. But as a busy homeowner, you need to dedicate your time to much more pressing chores. Why should you put washing the walls on your to-do list?

While this isn’t a task you have to knock out once a week, it’s a good idea to give your walls a gentle cleaning every few months – and for good reason. Here are a few benefits to keeping your walls clean:

 

  • You’ll be able to take care of touch ups. Got a couple of dents or scratches that need repair? You’ll need to clean your walls first! Paint won’t adhere properly to walls that are dirty, leaving weird streaks and bubbles – not a good look. Give your walls a thorough but gentle cleaning when it’s time to add a fresh coat of paint for best results, even if it’s just a small patch job.
  • You’ll be less likely to develop a mold issue. This point is most applicable in your kitchen and bathrooms. Areas that are prone to mildew are usually also prone to mold issues, should they arise. Keeping the surface free of mildew and other substances can help make the surface uninhabitable to mold. As a bonus, if you regularly clean your walls, you’ll be able to tell if a more serious issue is arising before it has the chance to start.
  • You’ll save money. The difference between cleaned and uncleaned walls is like night and day. Many of those paint scratches and dents you’ve been meaning to touch up are probably just stains and smudges from dirty hands and furniture. Tidy up your walls with a gentle detergent and you might just be looking at a brand new room for a fraction of the cost!

 

If you haven’t cleaned your walls in a long time, why not show them a little TLC? After all, they do a great job of keeping you and your family safe day in and day out. To learn more or to schedule your Orlando drywall repair consultation, get in touch with the team at New Ceilings by calling 407-378-6040 today.

Give Your Drywall a Little TLC This Spring

orlando drywall repair team spring cleaningSpring cleaning season is officially upon us. Many people set aside some time between March and May to reorganize their homes and take care of tasks left unfinished. You may be surprised to find that this is one of our favorite yearly events, but with how busy we are throughout the year, organizing and tidying up can help reduce stress and make us more productive.

This spring, the Orlando drywall repair team at New Ceilings would like to recommend putting your walls on your spring cleaning list. Keeping your walls clean can help your room look fresh and help you see any potential issues as they arrive. Here are 3 simple tasks to check off:

  • Wipe down your walls with a gentle detergent, such as white vinegar and dish soap diluted with water. A lot of times, you might be surprised how much residue you remove from the surface, from splashes, bumps, and the like. Pay special attention to high-traffic areas like the entryway and the bathrooms. Never use abrasive scrubbers on your walls!
  • Check for any wall anchors and hangers that aren’t being used. Even small details like empty nails in the walls can make a room look sloppy or unfinished. Now is the time to assess all the empty hangers in your home. Since they’re already (hopefully) anchored properly, we recommend getting new art to hang, but if you’d rather leave the walls bare, check out this guide on removing your wall anchors properly.
  • Protect your walls from the outside in. If you haven’t already cleaned your gutters, now’s the time to get it done. While you’re at it, check your roof and your exterior walls for cracks, chips, and any other damaged areas where water might find its way in. Performing this simple maintenance is enough to help prevent serious mold and water damage inside!

Paying a little extra attention to your walls this spring can help you make sure your family stays happy and healthy for the rest of the year. If you’ve found any damage while assessing your walls, get it taken care of right away. Call the Orlando drywall repair team at New Ceilings at 407-378-6040 to schedule your appointment.

It’s All in the Details: Selecting the Right Contractors

orlando drywall repair finding the best contractorAfter you’ve met with a designer and laid out the master plans for your home remodeling project – whether you’re tackling the bathroom, the kitchen, or somewhere else – it’s time to start searching for the right team for your job. But a quick Google search for “remodeling contractor in my area” pulls up thousands of results and ratings. How are you supposed to sift through and find a match?

As the Orlando drywall repair team at New Ceilings knows, the contractors you select for the job can make or break the overall project. Here are 3 things to take a close look at to help you recognize the quality of your contractors’ work:

 

  • Interior paint. A quality interior painting job involves so much more than just finding the right colors. When you’re examining your new house paint (or checking out someone else’s), take note of the texture of the walls. Does it feel like it has lumps, bubbles, or drips? That’s the sign of a poor-quality or rushed job, and you should probably look for another painter.
  • Tile installation. It’s a little easier to visually check for a quality tile installation than it is to check a paint job. Tiles that are installed properly will be lined up neatly, with all tiles laying flush with the surface. Grout should be flat, unless the contractor is specifically using an out-of-the-box method. If you’re seeing weird grooves or the tiles are wonky, it’s time to move along.
  • Cabinets and countertops. Counters and cabinets should be created specifically to fit their space, so it’s fairly easy to tell when they haven’t been measured properly or when the work was done in haste. Take a look around the edges of your counters and between panels. If there are big gaps or there is a lot of caulk to help reduce the size of those gaps – you guessed it, this contractor isn’t the right one.

 

When it comes to picking the best drywall repair contractor, vetting their work can be a little more difficult than eyeballing it – but if you’re looking at a recent repair, you shouldn’t be able to tell when the new drywall starts and the old wall ends. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, call New Ceilings at 407-378-6040 today.

3 Tips for Planning Your Home Remodel in Stages

orlando drywall installation plans remodel in stagesIf you’ve been saving up for a remodeling project for years, you’re probably ready to dive in and knock it out in one fell swoop. But what if remodeling isn’t something you’ve had in mind for a long time, and you’re itching to give your home a little TLC? While it’s never a good idea to spend what you don’t have, it is possible to tackle your remodeling project in stages with the help of some solid planning.

From the Orlando drywall installation team at New Ceilings, here are a few things to keep in mind as you plan out your remodeling project. Of course, everyone’s projects will be unique, but this guide should help you make sure you’ve addressed all the basics.

 

  • Planning in stages will give you more flexibility. Beyond paying little by little, knocking out your remodel in stages will give you the option to adjust as time goes on. Switching gears is much more difficult during a one-and-done project. However, keep in mind that you should still create a master plan, even if you’re leaving room for flexibility. You don’t want to stray so far off track that your project looks disjointed.
  • Some contractors prefer to get the job done all at once. One setback to planning in stages is that many contractors prefer to get the job done in one sitting. After all, they want to be sure you won’t change your mind down the road. Consider your options for each piece of the job. You may be able to rely on specialists for each piece of the job – for example, hiring an Orlando drywall installation team to get the walls up, or a cabinet specialist to upgrade what you have in place.
  • Stick to your schedule. Once you have your plans lined up, it’s natural to want to dive in headfirst; but trying to tackle everything at the same time will leave you frustrated and exhausted. Instead, create a master schedule for every sub-project throughout and make sure you’re sequencing everything in the proper order. After all, it wouldn’t make sense to hire a painter before you have the walls replaced.

 

Overall, planning a remodeling project in stages is a much more hands-on experience – whether that suits you or not is entirely up to you. When you plan your remodel, it’s crucial to choose contractors you can trust, like the Orlando drywall installation team at New Ceilings. To learn more or to schedule your consultation, give us a call at 407-378-6040 today.

Common Bathroom Struggles and How to Fix Them

orlando drywall installation to fix common bathroom issuesFor many homeowners, the bathroom is a sanctuary, a place to get away from the rest of the world and unwind with a bubble bath or a hot shower. Many master bathrooms have been getting the deluxe treatment, as homeowners try to create their own in-home spas. However, no two people’s sanctuaries are the same – and when those two people live together, they may have some disagreements about how the bathroom is organized and presented.

While we hope that none of these issues have been dealbreakers for you, we understand just how annoying they can be – and that’s why we want to offer you some solutions. From the Orlando drywall installation team at New Ceilings, here are 3 easy fixes for common quarrels in the Throne Room:

  • Issue: My partner leaves their clothes on the floor. Solution: Make a laundry alcove. It can be unbelievably frustrating to enter a bathroom strewn with dirty clothes, especially if the hamper is just a few feet away. But keeping that hamper in line of sight of the bathroom is the best way to encourage your partner to put those clothes where they belong! If you don’t already have space for it, you can expand your bathroom to include a laundry alcove and prep station.
  • Issue: My partner doesn’t put their shampoo bottles back in the caddy. Solution: Create a built-in alcove with dedicated space. Psychology tells us that highlighting functional areas with splashes of color will make people more likely to utilize them. If your partner neglects to put the bottles back in the caddy, maybe it’s not bright enough! Instead of finding another one, why not build an alcove into the shower wall and highlight it with bright decorative tile?
  • Issue: My partner won’t clean the grout. Solution: Skip the grout entirely. We don’t know a single person who enjoys scrubbing grout – you probably don’t, either. Why not keep that in mind when you design your bathroom? Use single-sheet materials to avoid a grout seam. You can even mount the toilet to the wall to avoid that nasty ring around the base.

A little nod to design and a pinch of drywall installation can go a long way to help your relationship stay smooth. Ready to get started on one of these projects? Get in touch with the team at New Ceilings. Schedule your free consultation by calling 407-378-6040 today.

How to Help a Friend or Neighbor After a House Fire

drywall installation orlando help after fireAsk any homeowner if they are expecting their house to burn down today, and they’ll tell you no. Fires are sneaky and unforgiving in that way: no one expects them when they arrive, and once they’ve started, it’s hard to tell how much damage your home will experience. Of course, the most important priority in situations like these is making sure your family and the home’s other inhabitants are safe, but the fire itself is just the beginning of a long, arduous road to recovery.

If you know someone who’s recently experienced a house fire, you’ve probably noticed that they’re unsure of where to begin in the cleanup process. While the debris cleanout and drywall installation should be left to the professionals, here are a few things you can do to help out in the meantime:

  • Send donations or gift cards. A house fire is a very expensive ordeal. Not only does the structure of the home itself need repair, but the family also has to replace all their possessions. One way or another, they’ll be spending a lot of money during this time, and any assistance will be welcomed. Get them a gift card to a store they like, or just send a check.
  • Help out with the kids. Any catastrophe on the scale of a house fire is sure to be traumatizing to young children. They’ve lost the only sanctuary they’ve ever known, along with sentimental treasures and toys. Anything you can do to help ease that grief, whether it’s finding a replacement for the child’s favorite toy or taking the young one on an outing, will be a welcome relief for the whole family.
  • Host them for a meal. Even if your displaced friends are situated in a hotel, they’re probably missing the comforts of a real home and a good meal. Give them a break from their situation and offer to host their family for dinner. They’ll be sure to welcome the gift and the comfort that your thoughtfulness provides.

Rebuilding after a fire is a long process, and one that can be emotionally draining. If someone close to you has gone through this tragedy, they’ll need all the support they can find. Another great way to help is to get them in touch with a drywall installation company that can have the house looking like new once the dust settles. To learn more or schedule a consultation, call New Ceilings at 407-378-6040 today.

Removing my Wallpaper Destroyed my Drywall – Help!

drywall repair contractors in orlando remove wallpaper properlyWhen wallpaper doesn’t look dated or kitschy, it can be a great way to bring some texture and movement into any room. However, finding wallpaper that does just that can be a difficult search. Whether you’re tired of looking at a pattern that you never really liked in the first place, or you’re moving into a home with a few remaining relics of the past, you’ve probably wanted to remove the wallpaper in your life at some point in time.

The thing is, when you (or your contractor) put up that wallpaper, you wanted it to stay there. Taking it down without the proper preparation is guaranteed to leave you with some damaged drywall and a big mess on your hands. From the drywall repair contractors in Orlando at New Ceilings, here are a few steps to take if you find yourself in a wallpaper bind:

  • First things first: stop what you’re doing. If you’re the type to say, “There’s no turning back now,” we strongly encourage you to change your tune. If you see your drywall is damaged when you start removing your wallpaper, don’t continue. Ripping off chunks of wallpaper glue can take chunks of drywall right with it, and you don’t want to risk serious structural damage.
  • Learn the proper removal technique. If you’re determined to get it right on your own, at least learn the proper technique. Use a utility knife to gently score the wallpaper, then soak it down with a sprayer. Let it soak for at least ten minutes to soften the gluer, and then gently scrape it away with a putty knife. Note – don’t go back to the section that’s already damaged – start again on an intact patch!
  • If you’re not sure, leave it to the pros. Sometimes, the uninitiated may scrape too deep and start removing drywall paper as well as wallpaper. If you’re not sure exactly what you’re removing, just refer to the first step again: stop what you’re doing and call a professional.

As far as the drywall repair team at New Ceilings is concerned, wallpaper can go the way of the popcorn ceiling – removed, never to return. If you’re ready to say goodbye to dated wallpaper and update your look with a chic coat of paint, give us a call at 407-378-6040 today. Your consultation comes with a one-on-one meeting with a Sherwin-Williams Color Specialist.

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