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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.

This Summer, Graduate from DIY to Professional Drywall Repair

graduate from diy to pro on your next drywall repair projectThe summer is always a season of new opportunities and expanding horizons, especially for graduates. As you get ready to enter the “real world,” you’re figuring out how to make it on your own and starting to seek out quality over speed when it comes to investing in yourself and your home. So if you’re giving up the old college try, why would you still fall back on that for drywall repair?

This season, whether you’re settling into your first home or you’re a seasoned homeowning veteran, it’s time to set aside the DIY plans in favor of a professional treatment. From your trusted drywall repair specialists at New Ceilings, here are 3 good reasons why:

 

  • You’ve already got a lot on your plate. Drywall repair takes more planning and preparation than you may initially think. Even if you have the right tools, you’ve got to measure your new drywall properly, ensure your patch is flush, protect your electrical and plumbing, if need be, and match your finish – which amounts to a lot! Spare your time for the pressing matters and let the professionals get the job done quickly and easily.
  • The pros have a seasoned eye for detail. Even if you’ve had to do this once or twice before, we can guarantee your patch won’t look as seamless as a professional repair. Avoid any potential eyesores and make sure this repair job will keep your walls looking fresh for years to come.
  • You’ll probably wind up saving money. It’s easier and more affordable to get the job done right the first time. If you do it yourself, you run the risk of needing future repairs and revisions to achieve the perfect even match. Over time, revisions and replacements tend to add up, both in money and in time.

 

Sure, it’s great to make sure you have working knowledge of how to maintain your house, but you’re doing yourself a disservice if you’re not hiring a professional drywall repair team. See the difference for yourself when you’re ready for your next drywall repair project. Call New Ceilings at 407-378-6040 to schedule your free consultation.

Drywall Repair for Mother’s Day? We Say Yes!

drywall repair for mothers dayAlthough we firmly believe that mothers should be celebrated every day for their hard work and dedication, Mother’s Day is a special opportunity for us to show our mothers just how much we love and appreciate them. Traditional Mother’s Day fare includes tokens of gratitude like brunch, bouquets, and the like; but this year, we’re giving our moms the gift of professional drywall repair.

Not the most common gift, we know. But we think drywall repair is the perfect way to give your mom a break and take a little stress off of her plate. Here are just a few reasons why:

 

  • You’ll put her mind at ease about your own safety. It’s a lovely gesture to try and knock out mom’s home improvement list on your own, but for something as involved as drywall repair, your mom will probably worry about your safety. Hire a team of professionals to do it and take mom out for a mimosa or two.
  • You’ll take a big chunk out of her to-do list. Motherhood is like one neverending to-do list. It’s almost a miraculous occasion when moms get the rare chance to take a proper break (by that, we mean one that lasts more than 15 minutes!). By finding the right team and scheduling the appointment, you’re giving mom the chance to reset and recharge to take on the world once again.
  • You’ll give her a gift that will last for years. We’re not ragging on bouquets or houseplants – far from it! The only problem with gifts like that is that they get thrown out after about a week. Your professional drywall repair will stand the test of time and give your mom something she can enjoy every day.

 

This Mother’s Day, think outside the box and inside your own home. Professional drywall repair is the perfect gift to thank your mother for all her years of love and care. Ready to get your appointment scheduled? Get in touch with the drywall repair team at New Ceilings to schedule your consultation. Call us at 407-326-9779 to learn more.

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.

Staying Sane While Planning Your Remodeling Project

orlando drywall repair remodeling tips to help you stay saneNo matter how much we love our significant others, we don’t always see eye to eye on how to decorate and organize our homes. This fact is amplified when you throw a remodeling project into the mix – which rooms should you start with? What are your biggest problem areas in the house? How much can you set aside for a budget? Without open communication and patience, remodeling can quickly turn into a disaster.

The Orlando drywall repair team at New Ceilings wants you to love your home remodel from start to finish. Instead of letting things get out of hand, here are a few tips to help you and your loved ones stay sane while giving your home a facelift:

 

  • Take the time to talk openly before you put details on paper. The biggest issue that couples face during their remodeling projects is feeling like their thoughts are going unheard. Give yourselves the time to do some brainstorming and get all of your ideas and concerns down on paper before you get into the nitty gritty of planning. That way, you’ll be able to incorporate your big ideas into the process.
  • Write out a detailed budget. Any money problems are enough to shake a couple’s foundation, and running out of money during renovation is no exception to that rule. Before you even start looking at contractors, write out a line-item budget for the work you want done and leave plenty of room for emergencies. If you’re not sure you’ll have enough, it might be best to push off your project until you can save up.
  • Remember that life is going to be different for a little while. Depending on the intensity of your remodeling, you may have to stay in a hotel while the project is ongoing, or you may just have certain areas of your house that are temporarily unusable. Make sure you lay out an alternate routine to help you when certain rooms are blocked off – you may have to make coffee in the living room or shower in the guest bathroom, but you can make it work!

 

One of the best ways to eliminate stress during your remodeling project is to work with a team of trustworthy Orlando drywall repair professionals. If you’re ready to get started, call New Ceilings 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.

Drywall Troubles? Do This, Not That.

drywall repair team orlando do this not thatThe internet is one of the most powerful tools in any homeowner’s toolbox. Whenever a problem arises, all you have to do is hop on your computer or smartphone to get expert advice in seconds. With that in mind, you’d think that anyone could be a home repair professional, right? There’s just one problem – you’ll probably be inundated with too many answers. How do you pick the right ones?

Here at New Ceilings, our drywall repair team in Orlando has been around drywall for long enough that we can give you a few definitive answers. Check out this guide when you find a dilemma on your hands:

 

  • I found a small hole in one section of my drywall.

 

DO THIS: Do what it takes to get rid of the issue right away. If it’s a very small issue, like a nail pop, you should be able to use drywall compound to repair it on your own. If not, schedule an appointment with a pro today!

NOT THAT: Don’t wait until the small problem turns into a bigger one to get it repaired. Even if it seems minuscule, it’s best to take care of the issue now.

 

  • My wallpaper is starting to peel off.

 

DO THIS: Anyone that tells you wallpaper removal is an easy job has obviously never done it themselves. Wallpaper removal can be an absolute mess if you don’t know what you’re doing – even if it’s starting to peel away on its own. Call a professional.

NOT THAT: Resist the urge to peel, no matter how tempting those corners are! You might take away a chunk of wall with it.

 

  • I think I might see some water damage on my ceiling.

 

DO THIS: As soon as you notice water damage, check the outside of your home to see if you can find an entry point; if you can’t see one, make sure your water fixtures are working in case it’s a burst pipe. Even if you can’t find the cause, get a repair team to your home ASAP – leaving your drywall wet can be expensive and even detrimental to your health!

NOT THAT: Don’t try and take care of water damage issues on your own. You could come in contact with mold or do serious damage to the plumbing and electric behind the walls.

We hope our handy guide has helped to clear up a few burning questions you had about drywall repair! If you find yourself with damaged drywall, get in touch with New Ceilings, the drywall repair team in Orlando. Give us a call at 407-378-6040 to schedule your free consultation.

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.

A Quick and Dirty Guide to Household Mold

drywall installation orlando household moldMold is one of our least favorite four-letter words – just the sound of it is enough to make a homeowner’s neck hairs stand on end. When it comes to this household menace, it’s better to take extra preventative steps rather than waiting to clean up the damage. But some rooms of your home, like your bathrooms, are exposed to moisture more frequently than other areas, making them more susceptible to mold growth. What kind of action should you take to keep your home and family safe?

If you see a small patch of mold inside your home, you need to take care of the situation quickly. From the Orlando drywall repair specialists at New Ceilings, here are a few things to keep in mind when you see mold on your walls:

 

  • If it’s mildew, wipe it down thoroughly. Mildew and mold are similar substances – both are types of fungal spores that thrive in warm, damp areas. But while a major mold infestation may require some serious demolition to get rid of, mildew just needs a cleaning cloth and some white vinegar. Be sure to wipe down mildew-prone areas at least once a week to keep it from spreading.
  • If the mold is on a porous surface, you’ll need to replace it. Mold has a way of digging its roots deep into any porous surface, making it impossible to extract. If you see mold on carpet, foam, or drywall, you’re looking at a replacement project. Mold on glass and metal, however, can be cleaned – but be sure to take the proper precautions before you start.
  • If you’re sensitive to mold, call the professionals right away. Most online mold removal guides will tell you that it’s ok to try and clean up a patch of mold under one square foot on your own, but if you’re sensitive to mold, don’t even try it. Mold can cause severe health issues in people, including respiratory infections, chronic headaches, and more.

 

Mold is a formidable foe, but when you’re prepared and you know what kind of mold you’re looking at, you can make the best decision for your home. You’ll need the help of a mold specialist to remove any drywall that has been infested. If you need new drywall installation in Orlando, get in touch with New Ceilings at 407-378-6040 today.

What to Do When Your Drywall Patch Looks Patchy

orlando drywall repair retexturing your drywall patchWhen it comes to drywall repair, the actual repair process isn’t usually the biggest challenge; making the patch blend in with the rest of the wall, however, is a different story. If you’ve ever repaired your own drywall before, you’ve been there – no matter how much you sand, prime, and paint, the patch just doesn’t want to blend in with the rest of your home. And when it comes down to it, having a mismatched patch is just about as bad as having a hole in your wall.

If you’re feeling frustrated with the way your drywall patches stand out from your walls, you’re not alone! The Orlando drywall repair team at New Ceilings have fixed up a number of stubborn patches over the years. Here are a few insider tips to make your repair a little more subtle:

  • The first step is – you guessed it – priming the area. Just as you’d do if you were repairing the wall the first time, you need to take the time to prime the area in question before you retexture and repaint it. Scrape off any raised areas with a putty knife before you sand the surface. Be careful not to tear up any drywall tape beneath if you’re near a seam.
  • Start applying your drywall compound. The key to getting a smooth, even surface when repairing drywall holes is to use thin, even layers of drywall compound. It’s better to air on the side of caution since you’ll be adding more layers after the first one dries. Let the area dry completely before you sand it down, and always wipe away any dust as it’s created.
  • Feather your compound outward. After your first layer is dried and sanded, start working outward as you make progressively thinner layers of compound. This feathering process will help ensure that the patched area looks flush with the rest of the wall. Continue adding further layers until you can’t see the problem spot or feel any raised patches.

Keep in mind that if your walls have orange peel, skip trowel, or some similarly raised texture, you’ll still need a team to come in and make the walls match. Why not hire a team that can take care of the whole process? New Ceilings is the name you can trust when it comes to Orlando drywall repair. To learn more, call us at 407-378-6040 today.

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