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Improve Your Commercial Warehouse with Updated Ceiling Paint

Your warehouse provides your business with the space needed to keep succeeding and growing. The majority of commercial warehouses were constructed with dark beams and dark paint. Updating the paint job on your ceiling gives the opportunity to refresh the tired environment and keeps your commercial space in good repair.

Keep an Eye on that High Ceiling

The exposed ceilings in warehouses typically have electrical conduits, heating ducts, and structural elements exposed. With a quick glance your lighting will probably keep most of the space hidden.

Adding a bright white or light coloured paint to the ceiling can allow your plant manager to keep an eye on crucial systems without getting out of the lift.

Good Time for Preventive Maintenance

Once you decide that having the ceiling painted is on the docket, you can more easily take a good look at the structure of your warehouse. Seal up any small leaks, secure a dangling wire, remove dust, and consider if further repairs are needed. It isn’t often that you really give your ceilings a good inspection, but they can be the first indication of a more serious problem on the roof.

Improve Insulation and Lighting in One Step

Painting your warehouse ceiling isn’t all about looks. Ask your commercial painter about applying an insulating layer along with the tint at the same time. Your investment in dressing up the area could also help you control your energy expenses. We can also help you choose a paint that offers greater light refraction, which can improve lighting without investing in new fixtures.

Highlight Important Fixtures

If you have major mechanical units mounted near your ceiling, now is a great time to think about giving them an updated contrasting paint job, so they are more easily located in the case of an emergency or are better able to show leaks and defects. We can also use industry standard colors to brighten up safety areas to help you maintain your OSHA standards.

Leave it to the experts

If you are looking to give your business a new lease of life then get a free no obligation quote Wallace Contracts Limited. Our commercial painting experts are dedicated to making your painting refurbishment as easy and stress-free as possible. Contact us on 01782 810220 or fill out our simple enquiry form for a free quote today!

Which Office Layout Is Right For Your Business?

Office layouts have traditionally looked pretty similar with the same desks in repetitive lines separated by departments. The era of paper-based offices however are dying out and the new era of portable technology is growing with a wireless network. Without the need for a central desktop with wires needing to be discretely hidden, we now have more opportunity to shape the office environment.

With this new opportunity to redesign the office space we are going to take a look into the three best office layouts linear, radial and organic.

Linear Layout

A traditional layout with areas and departments arranged in sequence, often in straight lines this is an often favoured layout within established departments.


Radial

A modern structure with areas and departments arranged in a circle from a central point of focus. A common layout within publications and marketing businesses which require a keystone figure to monitor the full process.

Organic

A fluid and more flexible structure that reflects the people who use the space and how they use it as opposed to the building itself or a company structure.

Now you’ve seen all the main options, it’s time to reflect on what office layout will work best for you. Every team is different so consider all the above but keep your specific requirements in mind. What works for one office may not work for another.

Whether you have dozens of employees or work from home by yourself, setting up an efficient, personal workspace is one of the best things you can do for your productivity and mental well-being.



If you would like to find out more on our office refurbishment services then please fill in our simple contact form or call us on 01782 810220.

 

Tips for a Successful Painting Project

Attention to detail is essential to make your painting project done correctly. Beginners and even decorating professionals always strive to improve their skills and knowledge in achieving painting perfection. Some would ask for tips and ways to step-up in the field of painting, which is very helpful in improving their skills.

You have to be very particular in every detail because every stroke matters. It could build a good impression or break your good reputation. If you are new to painting, here are our a few helpful tips that are guaranteed to achieve a perfect result.

1. Plan a reasonable timeline

Providing a secure and clearly defined schedule can make your customers feel comfortable throughout the painting project. If you rush things to be done in a short period to impress the clients, it will lead you to a failed outcome.

Having a broad idea of the project on how long it will take, the products to use, and the smoothest way of relaying messages to the clients will give them proper expectations and will help you complete the job right on time.


Aside from a reasonable timeline, it is also essential to inform your client with the following information:

  • Type of paint you will use and other necessary materials
  • How long it will take to complete each stage of the painting project
  • How long the product will take to dry before proceeding to the next
  • The staff who are involved with the job

    Providing these details to clients will give them a whole picture of the project.

    2. Document your work

    Documenting your work is one of the best ways of promoting your skills. The before, during, and after photos you take will serve as evidence of your skills and capability to handle the project. Aside from that, you can look back to the things you’ve done and check the details to improve.

    3. Paint one wall at a time

    Completing one wall at a time is a common practice for professional painters. It could save time, energy, and it will prevent the materials, the roller, brush, and the paint from drying out and be wasted.

    4. Clean everything before painting

    Before the brush touches the wall, you have to clear and clean every single object or something insignificant in the entire surface. Remember, a single spot could damage everything. You may lose a customer and gain bad reviews.

    5. Use the right equipment

    Rollers, brush, paints, and whatever tools and equipment you use have a vital role in your painting work. You have to choose high-quality products, tools, and equipment to achieve quality work. All these things will give a good impression on your reputation and painting ability.

  • Is it worth paying more for Dulux paint?

    The most frequently asked question we get from our customers is always “Is it worth paying more for Dulux paint?” The simple answer is yes we believe so much in the product that Wallace Contracts Ltd in 2018 became a Dulux Trade Contract Partnership.

    What is the Dulux Trade Contract Partnership?

    Dulux Trade Contract Partnership is an exclusive network that aims to deliver the best quality commercial decorating in the industry. Our contractors are stringently and regularly audited to make sure they meet or exceed our quality, service and sustainability criteria.

    What is Dulux Paint?

    Dulux has been manufactured for over 80 years and offers a variety of over 1200 colours; and you can choose from matt, silk or soft sheen (a washable, mid-sheen finish, halfway between matt and silk).

    The option to choose Dulux considering all the variety and quality should, therefore, be an easy one. However, the cost compared to cheaper alternatives does deter some people from paying slightly more.

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    So Why Choose Dulux?

    The cheaper and thinner the paint, the more coats you’ll need to apply. Since thinner paint will need more applications than thicker, higher quality paint, more paint will need to be purchased, and more time will need to be spent painting the additional coats. This is especially the case for darker-toned colours because of the transparent base which is used to create darker-toned paint.

    While light paint colours consist of a slight pigment mixed into a thick white base, darker colours cannot be mixed into a white base without becoming lighter. This may be a difficult concept to grasp until you imagine that you’re trying to buy a gallon of red paint. If the base of the paint was white, when the store clerk added red pigment, the resulting paint would be pink, not red. Thus, dark paint colours will be mixed into a transparent base.

    All paint has pigments, resins and solvents in it. With Dulux paint, the pigments are smaller and purer. This gives the paint one of its main attributes: the ability to hide the surface on which it is applied. With cheap paint, the pigments are of lower quality and are larger which means you get to give the wall two coats of paint instead of just one.

    Better Coverage

    The cheaper and thinner the paint, the more coats you’ll need to apply. Since thinner paint will need more applications than thicker, higher quality paint, more paint will need to be purchased, and more time will need to be spent painting the additional coats. This is especially the case for darker-toned colours because of the transparent base which is used to create darker-toned paint.

    Pigments give paints the ability to hide or cover the surface you are applying it to. Hence, it is very important that the paint you are using offers more pigmentation, which is usually not the case for low-quality or cheap paints. As a result, instead of saving money from cheap paints, you’ll end up buying more because more coats are needed to completely cover your wall or other areas where you’ll be applying it.

    Longer Lasting

    High-quality ingredients are used when creating high-quality paints. Thus, using high-quality paints on your property will give you an assurance that it is more fade-resistant, durable, and can last for a very long time, even 10 years or more.

    Less Stick

    One of the most dreadful experience you might encounter is having your clothes stained by paints, or if your newly-painted cabinet is difficult to open because the painted doors stuck together. This thing is unlikely to happen if you use high-quality paints as they are less likely to stick once they are dried.

    Easier To Clean

    If you use high-quality paints, cleaning your walls is not going to be a daunting task. Most quality paints are stain-resistant, and the dirt can be cleaned easily without the need of scrubbing, just by wiping a damp cloth with a little detergent.

    Preparation

    It goes without saying that the painter should never underestimate the importance of correct preparation before painting as, if that factor is skimped on, the best paint in the world will not stand up to the job and the results will be poor, so whatever materials you choose to use, always prep before painting.

    If painting indoors, new plaster should be allowed to dry before applying the paint and old plaster should be sanded down and dust-free, along with proper crack repairs and removal of any old remaining paint or wallpaper.

    Who We Are

    Formed in Stoke-on-Trent by founding Directors, Daniel and Margaret, Wallace Contracts has been successfully trading in painting and decorating since 1978. With continued expansion and investment over the last 40 years, we are a premier supplier in the Decorating, Refurbishment and Planned Maintenance Industry.

    By actively selling the company’s services, Daniel and Margaret used one job to finance the next, offering customer’s high-quality, and skilled decorating services. The company’s success can be no doubt attributed to pride in completing work on time and without issue.

    Our comprehensive service includes;

    A beautiful end result achieved through attention to detail and quality workmanship Experienced and expert project management, delivering a customer experience that is hassle-free Highest quality products and a competent and responsible workforce Highest levels of customer service including aftercare and a 12-month quality guarantee Whatever you’re looking for in painting and decorating Wallace Contracts Ltd will ensure your expectations are not only met but exceeded with minimal disruption to your home life.

    Tips For Refurbishing Your Business While Staying Open

    Painting and renovating can be a huge disruption to your day-to-day operations, but with careful planning and preparation the disruption can be minimised.Wallace Contracts limited have some of our top tips to consider when painting during business hours.

    1. Announcements

    Before you begin your refurbishment we recommend notifying your customers and staff of the potential issues a refurbishment can cause. Providing your employees with the correct training can maintain minimal disruption.

    Printing signs around your business and messages on all social media platforms will allow your customers to know ahead of time and reduce the potential negative reviews due to a less than perfect experience.

    Once the refurbishment is complete showcase the finished product on social media with new photos, a final update will then bring your regular customer back into your business.

    2. Should you stay open?

    Before beginning your refurbishment, you’ll need to do some groundwork into any legalities which may cause your business to temporary close. If you own a business providing customers with food and refreshments, you may not be able to stay open while staying within health and safety codes.

    3. Create an unoccupied zone

    If you have a large enough business you could create a buffer zone to separate the refurbishment area from everything else. This will help to lower noise levels, contamination and disruption to employees and customers.

    Without a buffer zone you could cause mayhem and an unorganised refurbishment that will ultimately create stress and negative reviews.

    Leave it to the experts

    If you are looking to give your business a new lease of life then get a free no obligation quote Wallace Contracts Limited. Our commercial painting experts are dedicated to making your painting refurbishment as easy and stress-free as possible. Contact us on 01782 810220 or fill out our simple enquiry form for a free quote today!