The Homeowner’s Guide – Plastering Your Walls

Plastering a wall is a job that must be done with care to cover all the imperfections of the wall, so you must have a lot of patience. That's why many people hire professionals to do it and be perfect. In case you want to learn because you want to do it for yourself, here we leave you the steps to do it:

Preparation

First, you must prepare the mixture that will be applied on the walls that’s cement with sand, and little by little you will dilute it with water until it’s thick. You should also notice that the wall is free of any type of dust, dirt, grease and also remove old coatings such as paint or wallpaper that had previously.

And also, you can prevent from staining any part of your home and avoid disasters by placing newspapers, old shirts or sheets on the floor so that if a little mixture is thrown on the floor.

Application

After all the above description is ready, you must apply a funds fixer, and wait for it to dry within a few hours, and you cannot raise any kind of dust or sand because if it doesn’t stick to the wall and it will be a problem.

When drying, you can apply the same plaster or cement or sand mixture, you will be placing it on the wall in small quantities and helping with a trowel, thus trying to fill any part that you see is missing until the wall is completely covered, smooth and level.

Second Application

After applying the first part, you should wait approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour for the mixture to dry on the wall. Then you can apply little by little more mixture to go smoothing any lump that has been with the trowel.

You must be careful especially with the corners because it is a part that is usually difficult to cover. This is our secret weapon.

Polish

After the wall has dried completely, you must dry and polish the wall; this is done by first spraying a little water all over the place and passing the trowel to finish smoothing everything.

Final Touch

Already the final touch will depend on the person if you want to paint the wall the way you want or want to put wallpaper.

It really is easier to do than you think, you just have to have a lot of patience and watch tutorials in addition to reading, in order to learn the correct techniques.

2 Low-Cost Improvements to Do at Home

The maintenance and repairs of a home or some construction is somewhat expensive for some families or even for some companies that find it difficult in some cases of bad economic times, so there are certain techniques or tricks that you can perform so that maintenance is much cheaper and even a little easier than doing it in the common and expensive way.

Even these techniques can be done when you are interested in selling your home, so you need to put it in good condition to get a little more money. These techniques also help that when doing these jobs, you will not release as much dirt or dust as in the common way of doing it.

Clean the Vinyl On Your Wall

The vinyl is a plastic that can be placed on the walls for both protection and for a decorative point of view, which makes the walls look fantastic and new for many years without painting or anything like that.

But in some cases this vinyl begins to peel off or get dirty, so you should clean it with a dry cloth, rubbing it in different directions and in a necessary case you can stick it back to its place. It is a simple point but that your visitors will take into account visually.

Repaint Exterior Doors, Windows, and Accessories

Being the first thing that people who visit your home see, the doors, windows and all the accessories that are on the outside of your house are a fundamental part when placing a price on your house if you want to sell them or maintain a good decorative presentation in front of the people who visit you, so you should always keep them in good condition and fix them.

These repairs can be done at a very low cost, so you can check in your shed some paintings that you already have or you can buy some at very low cost, that will work. By having your doors and windows in good condition, your house will have a good presence to your guests, neighbors or even appraisers who are going to review the price of your house.

These two tips are the main ones for the repair of your home at very low cost, there are many more that can help you, so get down to work and start renovating your home saving money in the process by following our lead.

2 Tips to Choose a Good Roof and Windows Sealant

The windows and roof of a house is one of the main and fundamental parts of it, so it should have some care and maintenance so that it can fulfill its protective function in the best way and avoid any inconvenience that may arise at the time of finishing the construction of it.

To maintain the integrity of the roof and windows it is recommended to place a special coating called sealant, which keeps it in optimal conditions avoiding any problems of leaks, cracks, among other things, and on windows, it helps to avoid the flow of the air conditioner wind draft to lose or don’t reach all places and goes out the windows. So we must take into account many factors that are:

Material

In some areas, according to the environmental factors or the material of which the roof is built, the sealant will be applied in a different way or place than others, but before applying it, certain tests should be made with different materials such as rubber or liquid rubber, or asphalt, in the case of the roof, etc.

With these tests, you can see the acceptance of certain materials to the exposure of UV rays and the outdoor which makes then have thermal regulation, waterproofing, among others.

All these sealants are of European manufacture which makes them 100% quality, guaranteed with the highest standards of cohesion, adhesion, reactivity, movement capacity, and elasticity, resistance to stress, climatic stability, flammability, and cost, being the best in the world in this area.

Types

There are several types of sealants that we can find in the market according to the necessary characteristics in the construction work, which can be:

Polysulphide Sealant

It is the oldest and the most reliable, for its permeability and protection, it is a bit expensive with respect to other options that are in the market, but its quality is guaranteed, it has great protection against UV rays and its duration is 20 years or more by avoiding leakage, and cracks and creases on the windows.

Silicone Sealant

It is the most common used in the market, thanks to its low price and easy access, it has problems with metal surfaces because of the corrosion that may occur, they are resistant to UV discoloration, they are not recommended for areas that release a lot of heat since the product would not stick very well.

Polyether Sealant

They are for roofs that have moisture and serves to cure it, they last a lot, more than silicone, besides having a good bond can resist the cold, which would make it work like a thermal material, they are easily applied and have a good resistance to UV rays already outside, can last from 20 to 30 years if placed correctly.

To perform this type of work and choose the indicated sealant there are many things to take into account, but these two are some of the main ones, we hope that it worked perfectly for you.