Winter is the time to paint!

In Johannesburg, winter is the dry season making it the ideal time for exterior painting. Take a walk around the exterior of your house and decide whether on not it is time for a fresh coat of paint. If the answer is yes, you have two options: paint the house yourself or hire a professional. Lets look at these two options and discuss the pros and cons of each:

1) Painting the house yourself:
This is often an attractive option as on the surface it appears to work out cheaper. In addition, you are able to maintain a greater level of privacy as there will not be strangers carrying out the work on your property. However it is important to consider the following before diving in:
Do I have the time and energy for this extremely laborious task? (It can take 3-4 days for one person to paint a single bedroom, never mind an entire house!)
Do I own the correct tools such as scaffolding, drop sheets, brushes, rollers (long and short), ladders, cleaning materials etc?
Am I well versed in the correct method of application of different types of paint to different surfaces as well as the necessary surface preparation?
Have I chosen the correct paints and are they able to last 5-10 years?
Allot more goes into an effective paint job then just the paint!

2) Hiring a professional company to paint the house:
The pros of this approach (provided you are using a reputable company) is that everything is taken care for you. At Arcstone, all you have to do is select the colours you want and we take care of all the rest. In addition, Arcstone will back the paint job with a 10 year manufacturers warranty. This is due to the fact that Arcstone carries out all work exactly according to best practice and using the recommended materials and methods of repair as per the manufacturers instructions.
The downside is that you lose some of your privacy while the work is taking place, but we assure you that the job will be completed in the shortest period of time possible and you will receive an outstanding result. Our staff are also trained to keep noise levels to the absolute minimum and ensure that the site is kept as clean as possible at all times.

In terms of price, one thing is for certain – you get what you pay for! Arcstone offers incredible value for money. We only use the best paints and highest quality tools and materials. While at first glance it may appear cheaper to paint yourself, after careful consideration you might actually end up saving a great deal of time and money by contracting a professional.

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