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When I replaced the flooring in my home recently, I was surprised to find out that one of the options available to me was a cork floor. I’d always thought of cork as nothing more than the way to top off a bottle of wine. However, it turns out that cork is a great flooring option. It has many of the benefits of hardwood, but the texture and give of the material also adds some of the benefits of carpeting. I decided to start a blog about flooring so that I could share some of the benefits of interesting and lesser-known flooring options. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you only have a few choices. There are lots of great directions you can take with your home flooring that will perfectly suit your home and your needs.

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Choosing The Right Interior Paint Finish: An Overview Of Semi-Gloss Paint And Its Advantages

Applying a fresh coat of paint to each room can improve the market value of your building, whether it be commercial or residential, by 1 to 3%. The question isn't should you repaint the rooms, but what type of paint is most suitable. Depending on which room you are repainting, the type of paint that you choose will differ. Semi-gloss paint is highly recommended for rooms that are subject to high levels of humidity and condensation, like the kitchen and the bathrooms. This article will tell you more about semi-gloss paints. 

A Look at Semi-Gloss Paint

Semi-gloss paint contains ingredients that possess a reflective quality. Most semi-gloss paint is made from acrylic with a latex formula. Due to the sheen nature of semi-gloss paint, it is highly recommended for rooms with high traffic, as it will add brightness to the room. Semi-gloss paint is also highly recommended for cabinets and trims.

As semi-gloss paint is more likely to attract attention to any imperfections and flaws, it is important that you spend extra time washing and priming the walls before applying several coats of the paint. Consider scuffing and sanding the walls for a smoother and more attractive finish. Since semi-gloss paint has a sheen finish, you may not need to apply a topcoat over the paint, and you will still be able to get the results that you desire. Keep in mind that you will typically need to apply more coats if the paint is of a lighter color.

Advantages of Semi-Gloss Paint

In comparison to other types of paint, semi-gloss paint possesses several unique advantages that make it an attractive option. These advantages include: 

  • being easy to maintain and clean. The sheen quality of semi-gloss paint makes it a lot easier to clean and maintain. The smooth finish only needs to be wiped with mild soap and water regularly to look like new. Semi-gloss paint is scrubbable. 
  • being resistant to mildew, high levels of humidity and condensation. This means that semi-gloss paint will be less likely to crack, peel or become damaged by mildew.
  • having an extremely strong finish for lasting durability. Semi-gloss paint lasts for a long time, and can tolerate a lot of wear and tear. It is probably one of the most durable options available on the market. Once you have properly applied several layers of semi-gloss paint, you won't have to worry about repainting the walls for a long time to come.
  • having a self-priming finish that will seal the surface and prevent staining. 
  • improving the overall appearance of the room. Semi-gloss paint tends to easily brighten up a room, and give it the illusion of being much bigger or spacious than it actually is.

Important Considerations to Keep in Mind

Although semi-gloss paint possesses many advantages, it is important to keep in mind that it does tend to attract attention to any imperfections that may be present on the wall. As a result, it is important to spend a considerable amount of time prepping the walls prior to painting them for the best finish. 

In addition, semi-gloss paint does have reflective properties. If the room that you will be painting is subject to receiving a lot of sunshine and sunlight, the sunshine and sunlight may create an uncomfortable glare on the semi-gloss paint. In these situations, most experts recommend going with a satin gloss instead, as it tends to have a subtler finish. 

Conclusion

If you're at a loss regarding the type of paint that will be most suitable for a particular room, consult with professional painting services to better understand the advantages and disadvantages that each type of paint has to offer. Professional painting services can make a huge difference to the finish that you receive, as the professionals are more aware of how to implement techniques for a smoother finish that will conceal all of the flaws within the room.