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  • contact Us / Quote Request

    Colours & Space is conveniently located in Mississauga, Ontario. We service the Greater Toronto Area but have happily serviced many surrounding neighborhoods as well.
    Not sure if we work in your area? Just ask! And don’t hesitate to ask for a free, no obligation quote.

    Colours & Space
    1356 Safeway Cr,
    Mississauga, ON L4X 1H7

    T: 905-608-7742
    info@coloursandspace.com
    www.coloursandspace.com

  • Services

    Colours & Space is conveniently located in Mississauga, Ontario. We service the Greater Toronto Area but have happily serviced many surrounding neighborhoods as well.
    Not sure if we work in your area? Just ask! Colours & Space is a professional painting company. But its not just about applying a new coat of paint on a wall. Here’s a list of tasks we can take care of and hope to make your life just a little easier.

    1. • Painting of course! Residential/Commercial – Interior/Exterior (brush, roll, and spray)
    2. • Budget and colour consultation
    3. • Wall and ceiling repair
    4. • Deck and fence painting/staining
    5. • Caulking
    6. • Power-washing
    7. • Floor refinishing
    8. • Garage floor finishing
    9. • Furniture refinishing

    Don’t hesitate to ask about helping you finish that task that is long overdue.
    Please see our portfolio for pictures of some our projects.

  • Commitment

    Colours & Space is committed to you, the customer. Our goal is to continually provide the highest level of quality painting services at fair prices. We’ve built a growing business by following those simple guidelines. We’ve created long term relationships with our customers through referrals and repeat business and credit that to customer satisfaction at each stage of the painting process. From helping you choose the right colour for your space to putting back that last piece of furniture, we believe every step is important in making your complete painting experience a pleasure.

    Our company prides itself in paying attention to detail, timeliness, respect, cleanliness, and a customer oriented, service-minded attitude while maintaining the highest level of professionalism.

    Colours & Space is insured, bonded, and our staff is covered by WSIB.

  • Paint Tips

    Thoughts on Selecting a Painting Contractor

    Hiring the right house painter can be a difficult and confusing task. In addition to issues of quality, cost, scheduling and trust, your painter and his crew will become an integral, albeit temporary part of your life. The following tips will assist you in making the best choice.

    What type of painter do you need?
    Most homeowners aren't aware that there are different types of house painters and there are huge differences in price and work quality. Once homeowners understand that there a large range between types of painters and what they give the homeowners, they will understand the wide range in estimated prices from the different house painters bidding their house.

    Know the different types of painters and paint jobs.
    There are three basic types of painters. Each type will give you a different quality level of craftsmanship. Painters range from "low end" economy types, to average painters and finally, high end residential painting contractors.

    Low end house painters.
    The "spray and go" or "apartment" types are inexpensive and paint your house with a minimum of skill and preparation. They rarely do complete patching, sanding, or priming though they usually scrape peeling paint off the walls. Often they don't have a contractor's license or insurance. Their paint jobs don't last very long or look good. These fellows are great if you want a cheap job and you don't care about the mess they make or how long the job takes to complete. These painters are called apartment painters because property owners use them often in their high turn over units.

    Average painters.
    Average painters are guys who pick up a paint brush one day and claim they can paint. They may or may not have the skills, education and experience necessary to tackle every job, but for homeowners who aren't picky about their paint job, these painters can be an acceptable choice. Generally average painters don't do fine detailed work or craft their job to last very long. They often are able to get the painting done for costumers at reasonable prices. For those who aren't too picky, these can be the right painters for you.

    High end residential painters.
    High end residential painters focus on details, making the job last a long time and customer service. For example, Colours and Space makes sure to take care of your house from using clean, new drop cloths to leaving your house clean and spotless at the end of the job. Many of these painters are members of painting trade groups like PDCA and regularly read trade journals and maintain their paint education.

    Saving your time during painting estimates.
    Once you have figured out what type of paint job you want, let your prospective bidders know what you want. If you want a cheap job done, tell your painters over the phone that that is what you want. Let the painter decide if the job is within his scope of interest.

    For example, a high end painter may be perfect for a full house painting job, but unnecessarily costly for an apartment repaint. Figure out if you are looking for a simple paint job at the lowest price, or a quality job and are willing to pay for it.

    Identify possible candidates.
    To find the best professional for the job, start by asking for recommendations from friends, colleagues, neighbors, or related service providers you trust.

    Interview painters.
    Once you have some names, speak to them by phone to see if they pass your first quality check. If they pass the phone test and you invite them to your house for an onsite estimate, observe their level of professionalism. Courtesy, respect, punctuality and the ability to communicate are some of the most important attributes a contractor can have next to their basic competency. No matter how good someone appears to be, if they don't click with you on these points, don't hire them.

    General questions.

    1. • Are you licensed, bonded and insured?
    2. • How long have you been painting?
    3. • How long have you been licensed, bonded and insured?
    4. • What are your areas of expertise?
    5. • Who are your painters and how long have they been working for you?
    6. • How are you going to paint my house?
    7. • How are you going to prepare my surfaces?
    8. • What paints do you use?
    9. • How will you clean up at the end of the job?
    10. • Who will be my contact person for this job?
    11. • How many men will be on site and how many days will this job take?
    12. • How many houses like mine have you completed?

  • Frequently Ask Questions

    Q. I saw beautiful paint colors on my last vacation and have color chips I brought back. Can you match the color?
    A. Yes. Colours &Space can match any color in any brand of paint.

    Q. Is the quality of low VOC paint the same as regular conventional paint?
    A. Generally yes. The quality of low VOC paints has greatly improved in recent years. Feel free to use a low VOC paint and expect the same quality as conventional paints.

    Q. Is there a difference between low VOC paints, no VOC paints and natural paints?
    A. Yes. Many low VOC and no VOC paints can and do still contain synthetic chemicals. Natural paints claim to be made from only naturally occurring materials. Homeowners have been satisfied with both types. If one has a sensitivity to paint odors or chemicals, it is best to research the various brands of paint and make one's own informed decision before using them in your house.

    Q. What is VOC?
    A. VOC stands for "Volatile Organic Compound." "Volatile" describes a liquid that evaporates at room temperature. "Organic" means a compound that contains carbon. Thousands of VOC's, some natural and some man-made can be found in the air. Most natural VOC's are emitted from sources like trees and vegetation. The primary man-made sources of VOC's are motor vehicle exhaust, unburned gasoline, and solvents.

    Q. What is the best paint finish to use in kitchens, bathrooms and other high moisture rooms?
    A. High moisture rooms like kitchens and bathrooms do better with semi-gloss enamel paint. Semi-gloss paints are more moisture resistant, dirt resistant, washable, and scrubbable.

    Q. Does paint have an expiration date?
    A. According to the paint manufacturers, when stored properly, an unopened can of oil-based or water-based paint has a shelf life of one to two years (I've seen them go for five years or more). Once water based paint has been opened, it must be stored it in a cool, dry place. If you want to use it again, visually check the paint to see if it is free of mold and don't use it if smells bad. If it has gone bad, take it to a state regulated paint recycling center and dispose of your paint there.

    Q. What is elastomeric paint?
    A. Elastomeric paint is an exterior paint made for painting stucco. Elastomeric paints have water proofing and crack bridging properties that regular exterior house paints don't have. Almost all manufacturers have an elastomeric line of paint products. They look like regular paint and can be tinted to almost any color. They generally have to be applied to a thickness of 16-20 mils dry to qualify for the manufacturer's warranty.

    Q. What does paint finish, gloss level, sheen or enamel mean?
    A. Paint finish, gloss level, sheen and enamel are all similar ways of saying the same thing. These describe the smoothness and light reflectivity of the dry paint on a painted surface. There are approximately six sheen types and each has a name corresponding to its light reflective qualities. Sheens range from:
    • flat or matte (no-gloss)
    • eggshell
    • satin finish
    • low lustre
    • semi-gloss
    •high-gloss

    Each sheen has different qualities and uses. For example, a flat paint is often used to give a room a velvety look or to cover uneven drywall or plaster. A semi-gloss finish is often used in bathrooms and kitchens since it is cleanable and has a strong, hard shine. Generally, the higher the sheen the easier the paint is to clean and maintain.

    Traditionally, dry room walls and ceilings are painted in flat or eggshell and trim is painted in semi-gloss enamel. Wet rooms such as kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms are painted in semi-gloss. Water-based finishes are the standard paints for interior and exterior painting.

    Q. What is the difference between spray and "brush & roll" when it comes to paint application.
    A. Spraying and "brush & roll" are both acceptable ways to apply paint as long as the paint is put on at the proper spread rate (sq. ft./gallon). Spraying will provide a smoother appearance but is difficult to touch up. Brushing and rolling paint doesn't give as smooth an appearance as spraying, but is easier to touch up. Some people say that sprayed paint will not adhere as well as brushed & rolled paint but, if the surface is totally clean, both methods will adhere properly. Peeling problems can arise when sprayed paint is applied to a partially cleaned or dirty wall or surface. Depending on the surface to be painted and the condition and location it is in, a quality paint applicator will decide whether a spray or brush & rolled application technique is the best choice for the project.

    Q: Why do doors painted with latex paint sometimes stick to the weather-stripping?
    A: Latex paints contain chemicals called plasticizers that assist in proper film formation and keep the coating flexible. Many vinyl and plastic weather-stripping materials also contain plasticizers to make them flexible. When the two surfaces come in contact with each other, they have a tendency to stick to each other. This condition, known as blocking, generally occurs during the early curing time of the coating, but it can continue for some time. Blocking can also occur on, interior doors, cabinets, double-hung windows and garage doors. The easiest way to prevent blocking is to use a non-blocking acrylic paint.

    Q: What causes white powdery deposits on stucco surfaces, and how can I fix them?
    A: The deposits, known as efflorescence, are caused by moisture in the masonry. The moisture dissolves salts in the masonry -- the mortar, block, concrete, etc. -- and is drawn to the surface by the heat of the sun. After the water evaporates, it leaves behind white foamy looking deposits that must be removed before painting. You must find and fix the source of the moisture or your paint job will fail. Remove the efflorescence with a wire brush and coat the surface with an appropriate masonry primer and paint it with a topcoat or two.

    Q: Why is it so common for paint to peel off of exterior wood decks?
    A: The problem here is moisture. Usually, only the top and ends of the boards used on a deck are painted. This leaves the sides and bottom uncoated and able to absorb moisture from rain, sprinklers, hoses, and the soil under the deck. The moisture, drawn to the surface by the heat of the sun, destroys the adhesive bond between the wood and the paint, causing it to blister and peel. The best way to prevent peeling is to have all boards of the deck given a complete coating before the deck is built. Install the deck completely finished. Touch up the visible portion of the deck after it is completely installed. The best way to keep a new deck from peeling is to apply a deck sealer/toner or semi-transparent stain. Often these finishes must be reapplied yearly.

    Q: Can you give an estimate over the phone or do you have to come out to my house to estimate the job?
    A: I can give phone estimates. I'll ask some questions about the spaces to be painted and from your answers, I give an estimate of how much a paint job may cost. Generally, phone estimates are accurate and can quickly and efficiently give the homeowner a sense of how much something will cost to paint. Before painting a job, I must physically see the space and verify my estimate. Phone estimates are for information purposes only.

    Q: How long does it take for latex paint to dry between coats?
    A: Most latex paints when applied at temperatures between 60 and 90 degrees will be dry to the touch in about one hour and can be recoated within four hours. Various factors can increase these times such as poor ventilation, low temperatures, thick films and high humidity. In general one can safely put on two coats of water based paint in a day.

    Q: Which is a better house paint; oil or water based paint?
    A: This used to be a big question for homeowners. A high quality water-based or latex paint is generally the way to go to for residential painting. However, in a very few instances, it may be better to use an oil or alkyd-based paint. Here are a few suggestions and some strengths and weaknesses for both types of paint:

    Latex Paints
    Quality interior latex paints provide better long-term flexibility, that is, resistance to cracking and chipping. Latex paints also tend to resist yellowing with age in areas protected from sunlight. They emit fewer odors, clean up with water and are not flammable. Latex paint takes a shorter amount of time to dry than oil paint.

    Pros
    • Low odor
    • Faster dry time
    • Water clean-up
    • Long-term flexibility
    • Non-yellowing
    • Not combustible

    Cons
    • Relatively little amount of time paint can be brushed before it begins to set up.

    Oil Based Paints
    Oil-based paints offer better adhesion to difficult surfaces or those not thoroughly cleaned. Oil-based paints allow for greater length of time the paint may be brushed before it sets, superior resistance to "blocking" (or face-to-face sticking) and resistance to abrasion, once cured.

    Pros
    • Hard, durable
    • Moisture resistant
    • Greater flow and leveling
    • Greater open-time
    • Looks great

    Cons
    • Yellows with age and lack of light
    • Strong odor during and immediately after application
    • Requires solvent cleanup and is combustible

    Q. Can I use interior paints on my exterior? Or Exterior paints on my Interior?
    A. No. It is not recommend to use an interior-labeled paint on exterior surfaces. Interior paints are designed specifically for use on interior surfaces. Interior paints don't have the flexibility, strength or UV protective elements to stand up to exterior conditions. If you use interior paint on your exterior, expect it to fail, get moldy, or peel quickly.
    Do not use exterior paints for interior painting. Exterior paints have flex and other chemical qualities that make them suitable for exterior use only. Exterior paints are engineered to flex with heat and cooling of temperature changes. They don't get to do this on interiors and will crack and peel prematurely.
    Use interior paints on interiors and use exterior paints for exteriors. There is a good reason why paints are labeled for interior or exterior use.

    Q. What is that white fuzzy/powdery stuff that keeps appearing on my stucco?
    A. It is called effloresence. Effloresence is caused by water molecules evaporating out of stucco or cement underneath and drawing the minerals (lime and calcium) out and depositing them on the surface. Effloresence is visable evidence that there is a water problem somewhere close. There are various ways of solving an effloresence problem. Each solution depends on where the water source is coming from and addressing the source of the moisture as best as possible. A skilled painting contractor like Colours and Space can tell where the water is coming from and suggest a solution to your effloresence problem.

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