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B.A. Boyle and Sons offer a tailored, bespoke painting and decorating service to our clients in Ipswich and across Suffolk. We have many years of experience as painters and decorators and have worked hard to build and maintain a reputation for a real service. We strive to delight our customers, not only with our finished work but with all aspects of our business, from the first contact through to completion.
- Interior painting
- Exterior painting
- Anti-mould coatings
- Floor coatings
- Timber care
- Wall lining
- Wall papering
Painter & Decorator in Ipswich
What is the difference between a flat, high gloss, satin, and eggshell finish?
Flat, high gloss, satin, and eggshell, are all terms indicative of the finish, and sheen level of domestic and commercial paints.
• Finishing paint – is generally used on trim, skirting boards, window sills, railings, and bannisters. Its durable, stain-resistant nature makes it suitable for application in high use areas.
• Semi-gloss/gloss – used frequently on the kitchen, bedroom, hallway, and playroom walls, alongside woodwork, and trim. This versatile paint is relatively stain-resistant and easy to clean.
• Eggshell – can be used across the home, but fares particularly well in halls, bedrooms, and playrooms. Eggshell has a less shiny appearance than semi-gloss.
• Flat – is used throughout the home on both walls and ceilings. Flat paint is particularly good at concealing surface imperfections, but stains easily, meaning it is less suited to high traffic areas.
• Matte – has largely similar characteristics to flat paint. Matte paint is commonly used throughout the home, providing a shine-free surface.
When is the best time to paint the outside of your house?
In the UK, there is a relatively wide window in which temperatures and conditions are optimum for exterior house painting. This window extends from April to October, when temperatures are, on average, above 8 degrees Celsius. Wet paint exposed to temperatures below this tends to have issues curing – so, warmer weather is desirable when painting home exteriors.
B.A Boyle & Son are happy to arrange a painting window most suited to your requirements, whilst working to ensure the optimum finish. If you’re unsure of when to arrange an exterior house painting service, contact us. We offer a free consultation service designed to establish your vision and the individual requirements of your property.
Can I paint over water stains?
Brown stains present on painted walls and ceilings are most likely a result of water damage – most often noticed in January and February when pipes freeze and burst as a result of cold weather. Even if the water causing this stair has since dried up, the stain will remain, and bleed through multiple layers of paint unless properly treated.
Firstly, the source of the leak should be addressed and corrected. Following this repair work, any damp areas should be allowed to try thoroughly, and any areas of rot should be addressed. The stain should then be primed with a sealant – this may require multiple coats. Following this, regular painting and decorating may take place.
Though this seems like a lengthy process, it eliminates the need for any future remedial work and ensures the perfect finish of your wall or ceiling.
Which tiles are best for flooring?
The best type of tiling for flooring varies from room to room – it's important to consider the way in which you’d like it to function before selecting a style and finish. Tiles used in bathrooms, for example, are likely to become slippery. If this is something you’d like to avoid, perhaps a textured tile would be best.
Tile design is completely down to personal preference – however, if you require assistance in the design process, the painting and decorating team at B.A. Boyle & Son will be happy to assist you. Contact us today for a free consultation with our painting and decorating experts.
What is lining paper?
Lining paper is a type of wallpaper specifically designed to prime and prepare your wall for the final application of wallpaper or paint. Lining paper is particularly beneficial in masking imperfections and creating a smooth finish. In addition to this, some studies show that the extra layer created by lining paper slightly increases energy efficiency in its creation of an extra layer of ‘insulation’.
Lining paper may also be used on ceilings, where it can hide mild damage and wear and tear – though, it is not advised to use lining paper to ‘repair’ or disguise any kind of significant structural damage on any surface.
What is the best lining paper for painting?
Specialist lining paper is not required for painting. Instead, simply evaluate the level of texture or damage present on your wall, and choose your grade of lining paper accordingly. It is important to note that smooth lining paper will allow for the more efficient use of paint, and produce the best finish. Regardless of the type of lining paper used, it should generally be butt-jointed, rather than overlapped, to allow for the even finish paint requires.
Should you require assistance in selecting, or applying lining paper prior to painting or wallpapering, the best route is to seek the advice and skill set of a professional painter or decorator. They will ensure the optimum selection and application of the lining paper.
Is wallpaper cheaper than paint?
Both wallpaper and paint vary widely in price according to colour, specification, and manufacturer. Whilst wallpaper, on average, is more expensive to purchase and install, there are options for both supply and application catering to lower budgets. Whilst paint, on average, is cheaper in supply, and application, many high-end paint manufacturers run high prices to match the quality of their product.
To further this, fixing improper application can be costly. It’s important to ensure your paint or wallpaper is applied by an experienced individual or professional the first-time round to avoid the need for product repurchase and additional labour costs.
Can you tile on all floors?
Generally, most floors can be tiled on – with exceptions including highly uneven or structurally unstable floors. Screed floor can be tiled on – but must be adequately prepared to avoid the creation of a lattice layer. In addition to this, you can tile over existing tiles, however, the painting and decorating team at B. A Boyle & Son don’t recommend this – it creates avoidable stability issues, and bulks walls and floors, often resulting in ill-fitting fixtures. Instead, strip back all original tile to the wall or floor.
All floors must be properly prepared prior to the start of the tiling process to ensure an optimum finish.
What’s the difference between a varnish and a stain?
Varnishes and stains are a large factor in proper timber and wood care – in order to ensure the longevity of any wooden fixtures in your property, you will most likely have to use these products at least semi-regularly to ensure their longevity.
A stain is a substance used to change or enhance the natural colour of wood often used to highlight grains through deep penetration. Though wood stains provide a level of protection, their primary purpose is to change or maintain colour for decorative use. Where this is required alongside extra protection, a varnish or topcoat should be used in conjunction with stain.
Varnish, on the other hand, remains on the surface of wood, drying, and forming a protective barrier more resistant to the elements than stains. Varnish is most commonly transparent, though, some are available in a variety of natural shades.
Can you paint on wallpapered walls?
Existing wallpaper should generally be removed to ensure the best possible finish – however, there are situations in which this is not feasible or the best course of action. In cases of minor wall damage, removing wallpaper and painting over existing plaster or brickwork may highlight imperfections such as cracking or peeling – or contribute further to existing issues. For these reasons, it is important to consider and inspect property conditions prior to removing any long-standing wallpaper.
If you are unsure of the condition of your walls or require a specialist painting service, contact B.A. Boyle & Son for a free consultation, to help establish the best way in which to bring you painting vision to life.
Where should I start wallpapering a room?
If you are wallpapering, it is best practice to start by hanging a length in a corner on a wall with no windows or doors. This way, you can hang a length from the ceiling to the skirting, which will serve as a reference for the rest of the job.
To make the job even easier, if you are right-handed, then choose a starting wall to the right of a window, and if you are left-handed, choose a wall to the left of a window. It is also considered easier to work away from a window then towards a window so as to avoid shadows being cast that could derail your attempts to ensure that the wallpaper is straight.
When wallpapering can you paste the wall?
This depends on what type of wallpaper you have. Traditional types of wallpaper tend to expand when wet, so these must be pasted and then left to soak before application. ‘Paste-the-wall’ wallpaper has a special backing that prevents expansion, so you can paste the wall and then apply the wallpaper.
‘Paste-the-wall’ wallpaper can also have the paste applied to their back directly, and then this paper can be applied to the wall. By using this method, you only have to line up the paper with the previous length that was hung, as opposed to ensuring that you have both pasted the wall straight, and then hung the new length also straight.
Which paint is best for home use?
From a décor perspective, and while following the manufacturer’s instructions, often it is best to use either a flat, satin, or eggshell type finish of paint for interior walls. Trims and various woodwork features lend themselves best to both glossy and semi-glossy finishes, depending on what your personal preferences are.
In terms of flat, satin, and eggshell, satin offers the highest sheen and is most suitable for rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms. Eggshell offers a slightly lesser sheen, and results in a light ‘glow’ effect when the light hits it; it is a happy medium between satin and flat. Flat paints offer a totally matte look.
Gloss finish paints are the most durable paints (the higher the gloss content, the tougher the paint), but tend to make imperfections the most visible. By using a gloss or semi-gloss paint for trims and woodwork, you can help to differentiate them from other, matte, painted surfaces. This can be especially helpful if they are going to be the same colour.
How often should I have the outside of my house painted?
As with many facets of home decoration, this is highly variable. Things like your local environment, previous painting, and traffic proximity can impact how often you will need to repaint the outside of your home to maintain the finish. This can be anything from 5 to 10 years on average.
Additionally, the type of paint and the type of material it is coating can all impact the duration of the finish. Painted wood siding can last for anything from 3 to 7 years before it needs repainting, for example, and brickwork painting can last for anything from 15 to 20 years on average before it will need repainting. These also depend on the appropriate paints being used for the job.