We undertake both internal and external decorating and specialise in exterior repair of sash windows and rotten wood repair or replacement.
Our internal decorating service covers all areas of painting and decorating.
With our methods of preparation and using the right tools for the job, we eliminate brush marks and roller texture to ensure a flawless finish every time. This is all part of our attention to detail you just don’t receive from your average decorator.
Our external decorating is truly first class, with my back ground restoring sash windows externally for the national trust, we are able to carry out all repairs of rotten wood or render repairs.
We also own a large stock of scaffolding towers this enables us to be very competitive on price by giving you the saving on hire costs.
All our internal and external painting and decorating is covered by a 2 year guarantee.
so we take customer satisfaction very seriously.
Unless specified otherwise we always use the very best materials available
We are able to undertake all aspects of wallpapering from preparing walls to haging all types of wallpaper including:
Lining Paper. This isn’t a finishing wallpaper as it does not give a decorative finish, lining paperis applied to bare walls or ceilings in preparation for painting or papering with decorative wallpaper.
The purpose of lining paper generally used to: To cover minor imperfections on a surface before painting it.
Anaglypta is a white, thicker relief paper with an embossed pattern. It is then painted over witheither emulsion or resin based paint. It is an ideal covering for a poor surface as it disguisesmany lumps and bumps. The decoration can be changed with extra coats of paint.
Vinyl wallpaper has the design printed on a layer of vinyl. It has a fine paper backing and givesan easy to wipe surface. Expanded vinyl has a texture similar to a heavy embossed paper, butrequire less paste for hanging. It is a very durable surface, which can even be lightly scrubbed,making it particularly suitable for kitchens and bathrooms.
Embossed. These are quite similar to Anaglypta but with a coloured pattern as a decorative finish rather than the plain paper finish. Normally they can be overpainted; either at a later time when the pattern has become faded and requires a facelift,or from the time it is first hung.
Blown vinyl. These are similar to the embossed wallpaper described above but the finish is vinylplastic which gives it a tough finish.Being plastic, these papers cannot be overpainted.
Coving and Cornice
We are able to fit all types of coving and cornice with many different styles we are able to create a modern or traditional look for your room.
Paper Covered Gypsum or Plaster
medium weight, fairly robustneeds to be painted with wateror oil based paint
light, robust available ready coloured and patterned
(such as wood effect)
can be painted with water or oil based paint
light, easy to damage, cheap has the normal polystyrene bubble
can be painted with water based paint
We offer a very competitive plastering service and with the use of artex in many homes in the 80’s and 90’s we are often asked to plaster over artex ceilings to give the room a modern feel.
After wall paper has been striped from walls especially embossed paper that has usually been put up to hide walls that were in poor condition skimming the walls with a multi finish plaster will allow a flawless paint finish to be achieved.
Internal / external rendering
Bonding and muli finishing
We offer a wood flooring fitting service as well as restoration of existing hardwood floors.
Solid Wood Flooring
A real wood floor is a thing of beauty and can come in many varieties, with different styles, finishes, patterns and materials, meaning there should be something for every taste.
Such floors can also come in solid wood and engineered wood types, which offer different attributes and will suit different situations. oak flooring is one of the more popular types of wood in this range. Bamboo, is a new age hardwood that many people are using, it is a greener more sustainable option that also provides some different qualities to normal wood, it is moisture-resistant but is very durable like other hardwoods.
Buyers can choose between two ways of installing the wood, these being to either glue or secret nail it to the subfloor. Secret nailing is the more popular, whereas gluing can depend on how moist the subfloor gets if it is made of concrete. Using the correct glue and taking account of potential moisture are the key issues when installing this wood, in order to ensure it remains in good shape.
It may require the use of flooring underlay but again this is depending on the subfloor.
Engineered Wood Flooring
engineered wood flooring is constructed of three pieces of wood, which include a hardwood layer on top, with the three glued together very firmly. The top layer is responsible for the appearance of the floor surface and is usually about 2 – 6 mm thick, while the middle layer adds strength and the bottom layer balances it all out.
This structure means an engineered floor can be installed as a floating floor on top of any kind of subfloor and is the easiest way to install a floor. Oak and walnut are the two popular wood species but we do carry a wide variety including ash, beech, cherry and maple which offer different looks, shades and tones.
Laminate flooring is not actually real flooring but looks like it, with the appearance being provided by a photographic image of wood. This is placed on top of a core board made of compressed fibres and the material is covered in a melamine wear layer, which is what gives laminate flooring its famed toughness. It is less likely to scratch than wood and easy to clean, making it ideal for a crowded and busy house.
At Surrey Hills Decorators Ltd we realize that you don’t always have the time or the tools to do all the little jobs around the house.
We are able to carryout any handy man jobs around your home or office in Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex and South West London for a fixed hourly or day rate please call for more details.
- flat pack furniture assembly
- curtains and blinds hung
- light fittings
- lights / plug sockets and switches
- picture hanging
- basic pluming
Sash Window Repairs
Surrey Hills Decorators Ltd are experts in restoring sash windows.
This is how we restore a sash window
- First of all, we make sure the area is prepared and covered with dust sheets to keep mess to a minimum
- We then remove and check the sashes (which are the windows themselves)
- We remove any rot from the sills and boxes and either repair or replace the wood
- The weights and pulleys are checked to make sure they are working correctly
- We always fit new ropes when re-furbishing a window
- We will replace broken catches and can advise on new window catches and sash lifts
Making new sashes
Sometimes, on first inspection, we find that the sashes are beyond repair. If this is the case, we will give you a detailed quote and the cost of making, painting, glazing and fitting will be included. Occasionally, we will not be able to ascertain whether the sashes will need to be replaced until we have taken the window apart. However, we would always agree any additional costs before continuing with the work.
Painting your sash windows
New and newly restored sash windows need to be painted with good quality paint if they are to last and function for a long period of time.
All the joinery we make is fully painted using a high quality micro-porous paint. Once painted, your windows are protected and will not need to be redecorated for up to 6 years.
repairing your windows using resin repair system
Step by Step
It is important that the wood is not to damp, check it with a moisture analyser (not more than20%).
Cut the area to be repaired back to the healthy wood. For that use a router with a woodrot reamer or a chisel. For conservation joints use a groove reamer to open up the joints.
Flexipox SD and Woodflex are epoxy products; with these products a primer is required (Woodfix sf). Mix the Woodfix sf in a mixing cup and use a disposable brush to give the area which is to be repaired a thin layer. Wait at least a half an hour before starting to repair. When you wait longer than 3 days before starting, the repairing process need to be repeated in full.
The products are best to use with the temperature between 4°C and 22°C.
After that you can decide what to do. If there is still enough healthy wood left you can use the Flexipox SD for small to large repairs. If the repair is too big you can also put a new piece of timber in the frame (if you need more than 600 ml of Flexipox SD in the repair it maybe more cost effective to put a new piece of timber in). For that use Flexipox SD or Woodflex. Woodflex is best to use for conservation joints, fine gaps, cracks,or gluing new pieces of timber in, and where wooden parts are required to be glued together (for deep joints or cracks use static-mixer).
Mix the Flexipox SD or Woodflex on a mixing board till you get one colour. Than use application knife for filling or shaping. Remove big lumps of Flexipox after repairing from surface, when the repair is hard. Cut away edges with a sharp chisel. Then sand it till you get a smooth finish.