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Surfaces to Protect During a Home a Renovation Project and Why It’s Important

By Jamie Richardson | June 29, 2019

Whether you are looking to improve your home to list it on the MLS for sale, or are simply wanting to finally renovate one or more rooms, you’ve embarked on a home renovation project. Unfortunately, if you are like so many other DIYers out there, you may not have considered just how important it is to protect surfaces from the work you are doing. Home Remodeling & Renovation Guides should be considered before you take on the task. Here are some of those surfaces you might not have thought about and how to go about protecting them from irrecoverable damage.

1. Flooring

While most people are aware of those rolls of blue ‘painters’ tape that they can run along baseboards, ceilings and door or window frames to prevent bleeding when painting a room, did you know that you should protect your floor as well? Even tile floors can be damaged by paint or dropping heavy tools when working in that room, so it’s time to look at flooring paper like X-Paper manufactured by Trimaco.

This is extremely thick paper that will work infinitely better than drop cloths because it is self-adhesive, very thick and it will stay in place as you work. Don’t get lured into thinking that any damage from paint or construction will be easy to repair, and although it might well be, why would you want to waste your time and expense? It’s safer and usually much cheaper just to protect your floors with the right paper for the job.

2. Windows and Glass

Not only is it difficult and time consuming to scrape paint off windows and glass throughout your home but there is no guarantee that you won’t mar that lovely surface with a glass scraper; those scrapers are really nothing more than razor blades that have been fitted into a handle! You’ve seen the scratches and gouges razors can do to even the strongest surfaces, so why subject your glass to a razor if it could have been avoided?

3. Furniture and Furnishings

You may not have thought about lamps and light globes as being a ‘surface’ to protect, but they are some of the most neglected items when renovating a home. Paint can easily spatter on the surface of the globe or lampshade, and that is something which may not be recoverable. If you can’t remove something from a room, it is imperative that you use the best products available to cover those items. Yes, the best protection is to get them out of the room, but there really are times when that isn’t possible.

From knickknacks to floors and everything in between, don’t forget that if it takes up space, it has a surface. Those are the surfaces you need to protect for several reasons. Obviously repair and/or replacement cost is important but so, too, is how a few scratches or splotches of paint can affect what a prospective buyer will see in terms of value. If you must embark on a DIY home renovation project, remember that everything that can’t be removed must be protected at all costs. That’s the only way you are going to get results like the pros.

Jamie is a 5-year freelance writer who enjoys real estate. He is currently a Realty Biz News Contributor.
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