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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.

3 Reasons Why Popcorn Ceilings Won’t Come Back in Style

popcorn ceiling removal team won't see popcorn returnIf you’ve paid any attention to fashion or interior design over the last few decades, you know that trends are cyclical. The early 2000s saw a return of the bright neons and crimped hair of the ‘80s; modern interior designers saw a flourish of ‘50s style mint-green kitchen appliances. So if everything that goes around, comes around, why are popcorn ceilings still so unfashionable?

Here at New Ceilings, we couldn’t be happier to see popcorn ceilings go away for good – and it seems we’re in good company. Check out these three reasons why our popcorn ceiling removal team doesn’t think this trend will come back around:

 

  • Some of them contain harmful chemicals. As you probably know, some popcorn ceilings are made with asbestos, the structural fiber that has been shown to lead to certain types of cancers. While modern designers could use different materials to minimize the threat of any harm, most people still have a sour taste in their mouths from the association with asbestos.
  • They’re not allergy friendly. Today’s modern homeowner is looking to establish their own clean, organized place that’s a safe haven for themselves and their families. Doing so means catering to any health and safety needs family members may have, like allergy sensitivities. Popcorn ceilings are known dust traps and can leave allergy sufferers, well, suffering.
  • They’re not good palettes for experimentation. As you’ve come to gather from our previous posts, a lot of modern interior design focuses on ceiling color and texture. If you have a popcorn ceiling, however, repainting can be a real pain, and you don’t have much room for other experimentation. Most modern designs look best against a smooth surface, not a mottled one.

In truth, popcorn ceilings were never really that trendy – they were cheap for developers and easily hid any construction blemishes. If you’re ready to leave your popcorn ceilings in the past, it’s time to schedule your free consultation with New Ceilings. Give us a call at 407-378-6040 today to learn more.

How to Remove Your Drywall Anchors

orlando drywall repair experts remove drywall anchorsIf you want to hang wine racks, artwork, sconces, or just about anything that weighs more than a sheet of paper on your walls, you’ll need to get familiar with drywall anchors. Available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials, these devices help to create a firm fitting for whatever hangers you use. But once you get them in there, you may be wondering: how do I get them out?

Drywall anchors were designed to stay put, so getting them out without ruining your walls can be a task. Luckily for you, we’ve removed our fair share of anchors in the field. Below is a step-by-step guide to getting those anchors out of the wall:

 

  • Assess the type of anchor you’re removing. Not all drywall anchors are created equal! Check whether the offending anchor is metal or plastic, and how big it is. The smaller, thin plastic anchors should come out with a set of needlenose pliers and an easy tug; the thicker metal ones will require a bit more work.
  • Try backing it out. If the anchor doesn’t come out with a gentle pull, try unscrewing it. Using a hammer, tap a Philips head screwdriver as far back into the anchor port as you can. Then, turn the screwdriver counter-clockwise to begin releasing its grasp on the sheetrock. A lot of times, the teeth of the anchor will catch on the screwdriver right away, making removal a breeze.
  • If all else fails, recess it. If neither of those two methods work, your last-ditch option is to recess the anchor into the wall. To do this, use a utility knife to gently score a circle around the head of the anchor. Grab a screwdriver that’s thicker than the anchor port and gently tap against it until it sinks through.

Once you’re done with any of these methods, you’ll need to repair and texture your walls before you repaint.

If your drywall anchors don’t want to budge, don’t force them. Applying excessive force can cause large holes and severe cracking in the area. Instead, get some help from the experts. Get in touch with the Orlando drywall repair experts at New Ceilings to schedule your free consultation today. Call 407-326-9779 to learn more.

Why is my Drywall Tape Peeling?

orlando drywall repair team fixes peeling tapeQuick and dirty drywall lesson: drywall is held together by mud, nails, and tape before it’s textured and painted. The tape mostly serves to act as a smooth surface between seams and let your texture go on flush and even. While this is somewhat common knowledge, some homeowners don’t know of drywall tape’s existence since it’s so well-hidden. But what if your drywall tape makes a surprise appearance through your paint?

Loose, peeling drywall tape is a fairly common issue and a fairly easy fix. But don’t pen an angry letter to your home builder just yet – it may not have been their fault! Here are three possible reasons why your drywall tape is peeling:

  • Poor application technique. Peeling drywall tape is most common in newer homes, arising due to poor application. This can mean that your builders either put too much or too little compound on the joints before taping over it. Don’t be too concerned – your drywall tape doesn’t have a direct hand in your home’s structural stability. It’s still best to get it repaired ASAP, though.
  • Rowdy kids or pets. Puppies, kittens, and children have one thing in common: they manage to destroy just about everything when left unsupervised. It’s a fact of life – whether your new puppy just chewed through your moulding or your little one is in a peeling and picking phase, your drywall might just get caught in the crosshairs.
  • Humid conditions. Another thing that tends to be destructive is water, as you probably know from living in Central Florida. If there’s too much humidity in your home, your drywall tape may lose its adhesion and start to peel away from the sheetrock. If you see this happening throughout your home, it’s a good idea to have a professional inspection to make sure you don’t have a serious underlying moisture problem.

 

As we mentioned earlier, peeling drywall tape isn’t a cause for panic – it won’t cause your house to collapse. Still, it could be an indication of a greater issue lying beneath the surface, so it’s best to have it repaired as soon as possible. To repair the area, you’ll need to strip the texture, reapply the tape, and retexture the area. That’s a lot of work! Contact the Orlando drywall repair team at New Ceilings to get it done at 407-378-6040.

3 Essential Skills for Every Homeowner

As a homeowner, you’ve probably found yourself wearing many hats. From host to house cleaner, you’ve undertaken a wide variety of tasks to help keep your home and family happy and healthy. For that, you should be proud of yourself, especially if you didn’t grow up intending to become a handyperson!drywall repair orlando 3 necessary skills

Of course, certain tasks come around more often than others during the course of your homeownership. Of course, the average homeowner shouldn’t be expected to take care of every issue and repair on their own – that’s what the professionals are here for! Nevertheless, making yourself familiar with a few crucial skills can help you save time and money and give you the satisfaction of a job well done. From the drywall repair team at New Ceilings, here are 3 skills we recommend you keep under your belt:

  • Basic Organization. Organization truly is a skill that requires patience and perseverance to develop. While some people seem to be born with it, many of us struggle to find the perfect place for every item and let go of unnecessary clutter. Staying organized can help you save money, as you won’t buy duplicate items as often. It’ll also help reduce your stress levels and boost your productivity at home.
  • Paint Touch-Ups. Scuffs happen, even to the most fastidious of homeowners. While most touch-ups probably only take up a few square inches of area, it can be pretty tricky to make your touch-up blend in with the rest of the wall. A skilled touch-up painter knows what kind of brushes to use, how much paint to apply, and how to make sure the sheen is a match.
  • Fixing Small Leaks. Major plumbing issues are definitely not appropriate tasks for an amateur, but understanding how to tighten connections when it’s necessary can be a godsend in the long run. We’ve mentioned before how water likes to wreak havoc on all it touches when it’s left free to run, so being able to stop up even minor leaks can protect your drywall and prevent mildew and mold growth.

One task we didn’t put on this list: drywall repair. While you can buy an at-home drywall repair kit from any home improvement store, making the patch flush with the wall and matching the texture are different stories altogether. We highly recommend you leave any size drywall repair to the professionals. To schedule your consultation with New Ceilings, call 407-378-6040 today.

Amateur Popcorn Removal vs. the Real Deal

orlando popcorn removal the difference between professional and amateur popcorn removalEvery homeowner goes through a foolhardy phase at some point in time, rushing in to repair and upgrade any issue in sight. It’s ok – we’ve been there too! After all, you’re the ruler of your domain, so it feels good to be able to be in charge of your home’s well-being. However, certain projects like Orlando popcorn removal are best left to the professionals. Even if it was a good learning experience to knock down the texture, the finished results may not look as polished as you had hoped.

If you’re happy with the results of your DIY popcorn removal, we’re not here to tell you you’re wrong, but you may change your mind when you get to take a look at professional results. From the popcorn removal team at New Ceilings, here are a few differences between DIY and professional popcorn removal:

 

  • DIY – your shoulders will be sore. Ok, so this isn’t a result you can see, but it’s one you’ll definitely feel for a while after you’re done with your project. Most homeowners who try to tackle popcorn removal by themselves say that it takes a lot longer than they had expected. That’s many long hours of reaching, scraping, and stretching, which can really add up if you’re not used to it. Leave it to the pros and you don’t have to worry about soreness or fatigue.
  • DIY – you’ll probably have to clean up a few times. If you’ve never done it before, you probably don’t really know just how much dust and debris gets knocked loose in the process. (Hint: a lot.) Any loose corner on your plastic sheet covers or your drop cloths can allow pesky texture dust to seep into panel seams, vents, and any other little gap it can find.
  • DIY – you’ll be left with amateur texturing. Many people don’t remember that you have to texture your ceiling before you paint it until it’s too late, leaving them at the mercy of YouTube experts to figure out how to do it. Professional popcorn removers will not only texture your raw drywall for you, they’ll probably give you a fresh coat of paint, saving you oodles of time.

Leaving your popcorn removal job in the hands of the professionals will bring you benefits you can see and feel. It’s time to give your home and your ceiling a fresh start and leave outdated popcorn texture in the past. When you’re ready to schedule your consultation, call New Ceilings at 407-378-6040.

3 Tips to Get Your Home Rental-Ready

drywall repair orlando get your home rental readyRenting out investment property is a popular way to earn residual income for homeowners across the country. Some hunt for houses and condos for the sole purpose of renting them out; other times, families move to a new home and decide they’d like to rent out their previous one. Whatever the case, if you’re getting ready to rent out your home, you should be aware that you’ve got a good amount of work ahead of you.

Arguably the hardest part of renting out your home is finding the right tenant. One way to help make sure you sign on the right renters is by getting your home in great shape – especially since your tenants won’t generally have the option to renovate. Here are 3 tips to get your home ready before you put up the For Rent sign:  

 

  • Kitchen and bathrooms are your first priority. Potential renters tend to pay the most attention to the kitchen and the bathrooms, as they’re likely to spend most of their time there. That doesn’t mean you have to buy all-new appliances, but make sure the grout is clean, the walls are in shape, and there aren’t any crumbs hiding in the nooks and crannies.
  • Make the space attractive, but neutral. Leaving too many of your own personal effects throughout the rental property may make your renters uncomfortable and keep them from envisioning it as their own. Choose attractive paint colors and flooring as appropriate for each room, but keep it neutral enough that they can grow within the space.
  • Go through your basic repair checklist. Once your tenants are signed on, you want to keep them there – and nothing is more of a turn-off than having to call for repairs within the first few weeks. Make sure all faucets and toilets are working, new light bulbs are installed, walls are in good shape, and the air conditioner is still humming to help give them the best experience possible.

 

With these tips in your pocket, you’re sure to find the right renter in no time. But don’t think you have to undertake all the repairs and renovations by yourself – that’s what we’re here for! To get your drywall in top shape, get in touch with the specialists at New Ceilings. Call 407-378-6040 today to schedule your free consultation for drywall repair in Orlando.

Give the Gift of Organization This Year

orlando drywall repair specialists offer organization tipsEvery year, getting our homes and offices organized takes a top spot on our list of resolutions. After all, a clutter-free environment helps reduce stress, encourage productivity, and gives us something to be proud of at the end of the day. But putting it on the list and actually getting it done are two very different things, and without the right set of tools, organization can be downright difficult.

That’s why we think your loved ones deserve the gift of organization this year. From the drywall repair specialists at New Ceilings, here are 3 ideas to help you bring a little peace and harmony into your loved ones’ lives:

  • For the overworked head of the family: Chalkboard Paint. Managing a family is a full-time job, no matter what age your kids may be. It helps to make sure all assignments are done on time and chores are completed when there’s a centralized family hub to keep everything in place. That’s why we love magnetized chalkboard paint – you can hang notices, leave notes, and set schedules in one neat little package.
  • For the enthusiastic handyman: Pegboard Tool Storage. It seems like a handyman’s toolkit never stops growing. If the DIY’er in your life is always digging through some chest or another to get the right part, help them set up a pegboard storage wall, which is easy to customize and lets you keep all the necessities within arm’s reach.
  • For the makeup addict: Wall-Mounted Vanity. Some may consider the makeup kit to be the tool chest of the face. Though the contents are different, one thing remains the same: they both keep growing. Give your favorite fashionista an easy way to store and organize all their lipsticks, nail polishes, and eyeshadows with a wall-mounted vanity, complete with lighting and a variety of storage areas.

Taking an interest in your loved ones’ passions is a great way to show them you care. Before you install any of these great organization tools, you’ll want to make sure your drywall is in good shape and ready to carry a little extra weight. Need repairs before you’re ready to roll? Schedule your free consultation with New Ceilings today. Call 407-378-6040 to find out what we can do for you.

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