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Should You Hire House Painters or DIY?

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Time to repaint your home? Trying to decide if you should do it yourself or hire a team of house painters? At Rhino Shield, we believe that it’s best to call in the professionals. Here’s why.

All the Equipment You Need

Generally, home owners paint their homes every five to ten years. Because it’s such a relatively rare type of home maintenance, you may not have all the supplies you need on hand. As a result, you can’t just budget for paint.

You also need to buy brushes, rollers, and painting trays. On top of that, you need drop cloths, and the most expensive piece of equipment is a high quality ladder or a people lifter for the high parts of your home.

When you hire house painters, you don’t have to buy all that equipment. Instead, you just let the professionals come in and take care of it for you.

Safer Experience

Climbing on ladders, especially when you have items like paint buckets in your hand, can be extremely dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control, falls are a leading cause of death in the United States, and over half of all deadly falls happen from ladders. If you hire professionals, you don’t have to worry about danger to you or your family.

High-Quality Finished Product

In addition to saving you money on supplies and helping you avoid injuries, hiring professionals also yields in a superior finished product. In particular, when you hire house painters from Rhino Shield, we take steps to ensure that the work is done perfectly.

We tightly tape every piece of trim to ensure colors don’t migrate into the wrong places. We also focus on detail work. We want every bit of our clients’ homes or businesses to look just right.

Repairs Included

When you hire home painters, they can also do repairs as part of the process. They can look over your home and look for loose trim, broken window sills, dented shutters, or other small issues. Then, they can ensure that everything is repaired so that the paint has a smooth, final surface to go on.

Professional Mitigation for Dangerous Situations

If you have lead paint on your home, that presents a danger to you, and if you scrape off that paint, that creates an airborne risk that can be extremely dangerous to all people in the area but especially to children, pregnant women, and pets.

However, when you hire home painters who are skilled in lead mitigation, you don’t have to worry about those risks. The home painters can take care of everything from the scraping to applying new paint, and they can move through each step safely and thoroughly.

Possible Warranty

When you buy paint at a retail store there is usually a warranty on the label. Sometimes the warranties last for a very long time, such as “as long as you live in the home”. However, if you read closer, the warranty usually only covers a defective product. It’s difficult to convince a manufacturer that they sold a defective product. Georgia Coatings offers a more valuable warranty. First, the product warranty is against weathering. If Rhino Shield exterior paint breaks down before the expected life span of the coating, more product is supplied at no additional cost. Secondly, Georgia Coatings offers a limited labor warranty. Few painting contractors offer a labor warranty after 30 days. Rest assured that your paint project with Rhino Shield comes with long term support.

If you’re ready to hire professional house painters, contact us at Rhino Shield today. Rhino Shield is more than exterior paint. It’s a specially formulated coating that is guaranteed to last 25 years, and we back up that promise with a warranty.

Curb Appeal and How Rhino Shield Can Give New Life to Your Home

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Curb appeal is one of the most important factors in selling a home, because well…first impressions are EVERYTHING. If a home’s exterior isn’t appealing, people’s desire to view the inside drops significantly, resulting in a tough sell for the homeowner. After all, a home’s exterior serves as a snapshot of it’s interior.

Here are a few hints to maintaining your home’s curb appeal:

  1. Rid your home’s exterior of clutter, trash, and junk.
  2. Pressure wash once a year. It will keep your home looking fresh and bright.
  3. Landscape. (Meaning mow your lawn, trim your hedges, and maybe add a flower box or two. They’re trendy…thank you Chip and Joanna Gaines.)
  4. Inspect your roof. Make sure it isn’t missing any shingles and give it a good cleaning now and then.
  5. As silly as it sounds, make your house numbers noticeable and simpatico with your home’s style.
  6. Keep your home’s entryway clean and cobweb free.
  7. Make sure your home is free of chipped paint, scratches, and cracks.
  8. Open up your blinds, and make sure your drapery goes just as well with your home’s exterior as they do it’s interior.
  9. Add a cute welcome mat and light fixture on the porch.
  10. And if all else fails, give your exterior a fresh coat of paint. Even better, give it Rhino Shield’s exterior coating!

We have long lasting colors that will stay fresh for years! Your home will be the best looking house on the block. With Rhino Shield,  you can’t go wrong!

 

With hundreds of colors to choose from, and a twenty five year guarantee, what do you have to lose? Give us a call today at 678) 205-4500 and give your home the curb appeal you’ve been longing for!

 

Exterior House Painting Trends Throughout History

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

It’s common today to see a wide array of building materials and colors on residential homes when driving down the street. However, that wasn’t always the case.

If you are considering changing the look and/or color of your home’s facade, it can help to have some historical context for exterior house painting trends. This is particularly true if your home is considered to be historic.

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Colors (or a Lack Thereof)

Before the Revolutionary War, American homeowners did not use paint. Instead, the building materials themselves – white pine, white oak and white cedar, were both attractive and durable.

In the early 1800s, homeowners began using paints to color the exteriors of their homes, however these colors were usually limited to those derived from natural elements like colored clays, red iron oxide and lamp black. While there were some chemical-based blue and green colors available at this time, they were too expensive for the average homeowner. What’s more, the colors weren’t necessarily stable and could change.

In the mid-1850s, synthetic dyes and pigments were created. For the first time, regular homeowners had access to – and could afford – colored paint to change the look of their homes. Fast forward to the mid-late 20th century, when consumers could have specific paint colors mixed right in the store, giving homeowners the chance to have a custom color for the outside of their home.

Choosing House Painting Colors Based on House Style

If you are painting a house that was built before 1920 and want to use a white paint, consider instead using an off-white color, which is what would have been available to homeowners at that time.

If your home dates back to the latter part of the eighteenth century, you might consider house painting using earth tones and monochromatic schemes with your trim and siding. Colors available at that time were deep yellows, browns, grays, and reds.

Between about 1790 and 1840, homeowners favored off-white and cream colors for their homes’ exteriors, mimicking classic Roman and Greek themes. Homes from this period with shutters usually had a copper-based green paint, standing in sharp contrast to the home’s light color.

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Technology is Revolutionizing Exterior House Painting

Regardless of what color you want on the outside of your house, there’s a better way to get an attractive exterior today. Gone are the days of having to scrape and paint your house every few years to keep it looking nice.

Rhino Shield is a revolutionary product that is better than paint. In fact, homeowners who use Rhino Shield can go 25 years before having to paint their home again! Its application is not limited to wood siding, either. You can also use Rhino shield on brick, stucco, metal and vinyl surfaces to provide lasting protection.

When you choose Rhino Shield, you can count on prompt service, professional and experienced installers and skilled workmanship. To learn more about this versatile house painting product, contact your local office today at 877-678-2054, or request a free estimate online.

How to Choose Exterior Paint for Your Home

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

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Painting your home is a fabulous way to give it a visual update or improve the curb appeal. However, when you pick a paint contractor they can help you select the best and most appropriate exterior paint or coating system for the outside of your home. Look for the following features:

1. Repels Water
Exterior paint needs to be a lot more resistant than paint you use on the inside of your home. In particular, it needs to be able to resist water both from rain and from washing the house. Ideally, when water hits the surface of your paint, it should bead up. If the paint has a high absorption rate, that can damage the wood siding underneath it.

2. Inhibits the Growth of Mold, Mildew, and Bacteria
In that same vein, you want to ensure that any water that hits the home does not lead to any other issues. In particular, you want to ensure that the paint inhibits the growth of mold, mildew, and fungi. Those items can become an eyesore and if left unchecked could lead to health issues.

3. Allows the Wood to Breathe
Although you want the exterior paint to keep the wood safe from mildew and mold, you still want the wood to be able to breathe. Ventilation is critical if you want the exterior of your home to last as long as possible.

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4. Resists Fading
Additionally, quality exterior paint must resist fading. Sitting in the sun day after day, your home gets exposed to a lot of UV rays. Most fabrics, most interior paints, standard latex exterior paint, carpet, and other items can easily succumb to the pressure of UV rays and fade. Quality paint for the outside of your home should always resist fading so that it looks as good in a year or two down the line as it does the day you paint it.

5. Doesn’t Chip, Crack, or Peel
Of course, you also need paint that can bond to your home. To that end, the paint you choose should resist chipping, cracking, and peeling. If possible, you should look for data on elongation and aging studies to see how it stands the test of time. Painting your home is a time and money investment, and you deserve something that lasts.

6. Resists Fires
Home fires are unfortunately not that uncommon. Although most fires start inside, some fires start from the outside. That happens in areas near forests, when nearby structures are on fire, or if a power line sparks the fire. In those cases, you want an exterior coating system with a strong Class A rating.

7. Comes With a Warranty
To safeguard your investment, you may also want a product that comes with a warranty. That way if anything goes wrong, the paint company can replace the paint. Depending on the warranty, the labor may also be covered.

While you may find it difficult to find an exterior paint that meets all these criteria, Rhino Shield ticks all these boxes. This innovative solution to painting your home’s exterior comes in an unlimited number of colors. It also boasts a 25 year warranty and looks like fresh paint long after application. To learn more, check out the process or call us today.

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Keep Your Gutters Clean

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Gutters play an essential role in the upkeep of your home, but before they can do their job, you need to do yours!

Rain gutters are positioned to extend beyond the edges of a roof to collect both rain and hail runoff. They are usually located on every side of the home and are attached to  downspouts that carry water to the ground, keeping it away from the sides of the house.

However, it’s important that your gutters be inspected often to make sure they’re working properly. There are several signs that gutters either need to be cleaned or replaced.

First and foremost, keep an eye out for water stains. This is a tell tale sign that gutters need cleaning. Wood damage is another give away, along with a black color in between the edges and around the seams of your gutters.

If you find yellow stains along your home’s soffits, this can indicate gutter or roof leaks and should be addressed immediately to prevent flooding and water damage.

Always make sure that your gutters are free of leaves, as well as trees. Keeping trees and other hedges trimmed away from the house is essential in keeping your gutters working properly. If you find that trees are somehow growing out of your gutters, gutter guards and leaf guards can help!

Always remember, hand washing or pressure washing is the best way to keep gutters clean, clear, and functioning properly so that your home doesn’t look like this one:

Keep your gutters clean, because when they feel loved, so does your home! If you’re in Georgia and are in need of a pressure washer, head over to our Say Goodbye to Pollen blog for a list of reputable businesses in your area. There are several gutter professionals in and around the Atlanta area as well including:

Trusted Gutter Solutions, LLC

Pro Gutter Roof Siding

Buddy Allen Roofing & Construction

J&M Seamless Gutters

Morales Gutters, LLC

404 Gutters, LLC

 

For more information give Rhino Shield a call at (678) 205-4500. We’ll be happy to help!

Say Goodbye to Pollen

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Pollen season has finally come to an end and if you’re anything like us, we’re more than pleased to say goodbye to runny noses, sore throats, and itchy eyes. We can even take our car to get washed without worrying weather or not it will turn yellow again the next day!

What many of us fail to realize though, is that it’s not just people that are affected by pollen, it’s our homes too! Now is the perfect time to get out there and power wash your home. Powering washing should be done once a year to keep your home looking fresh and clean.

Power washing the surface of your home helps free it of dirt, mold, and mildew. It also helps get rid of tannin stains caused by surrounding trees, leaves, and sticks, as well as rubber marks from tires, oil, and irrigation rust. All these things can cause serious health risks for you and your family, so a yearly cleaning benefits you as much as it does your home.

Power washing helps maintain the value of your home, and in some cases can even increase the value of your property. It’s the easiest and most affordable way to maintain your home’s value for future sales. If you’re short on time, like so many of us are these days, check out the pressure washing services near you. Georgia has a ton of options including:

 

JPS Handyman

Oh Improvements & Painting

DA Kirkland Contracting

Dillard Construction

Proview Window Cleaning Services

Foreman Roofing and Repairs

M&C Pressure Washing

Russel Property Services

 

If you’re an existing customer, contact Rhino Shield for a quote on power washing and any questions you may have about cleaning the exterior of your home! We’ll be happy to help.

Getting More Bang for Your Buck

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

The housing market is hot right now, and property value is high. Because of this, home prices have been increasing steadily over the past few years! If you’re getting ready to sell, there are several ways you can increase the value of your home to get the most bang for your buck! We’ve compiled a list of our top five tips for increasing the value of your home. It won’t disappoint.

  1. Curb Appeal- This one is HUGE. If your home looks good from the street, it’s going to turn heads! This is the first step to getting buyers inside. Simple, low maintenance landscaping can go a long way, and so can a few trees, especially ones that provide shade, helping lower cooling costs during the summer months. Keep it simple, clean, and fresh!
  2. Paint- A coat of fresh paint can also go a long way. It helps make the interior look updated, and full of life. Any home that looks well taken care of is appealing to those in the market for a new home. And when it comes to the exterior, Rhino Shield’s Exterior Coating can help add immeasurable value to your home. Because of its durability and 25 year warranty, buyers will flocking outside on open house days.
  3. Bathroom Updates- It’s been said that people spend an average of 92 days of their lives in the bathroom, so it’s important that bathrooms be clean, fresh, and updated. Even if a full remodel is out of your budget, small affordable changes, like new light fixtures can make all the difference.
  4. Kitchen Updates- Kitchens have always been the center of the home. It’s where people gather with their families and friends for fellowship, fun, and fantastic food, so people want nice kitchens. But you don’t have to start from scratch. Instead, work on changing one outdated or old appliance at a time. Stainless steal is the way to go these days, so keep that in mind! Also, if you have the ability to add in an island, do it!
  5. Regular Maintenance- Last but not least, make sure you keep up with the maintenance on your home. Change out those air filters! The little things may not seem like a big deal at the time, but added together they can make a huge difference in your home’s value.

We want you to get the best price for your home, and these simple steps can benefit you greatly! If your planning on selling, consider Rhino Shield for your exterior! We’re here to help, so give us a call!

 

Curb Appeal & Landscaping Make all the Difference

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

By now, most of us know that a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for a home. We do it nearly every day here at Rhino Shield. But what makes those heads turn, you ask? Simple, it’s curb appeal and beautiful landscaping. If you’ve caught even a small glimpse of HGTV, you know exactly what we’re talking about. You should also know, we envy those homes just as much as you do. They’re gorgeous! Who could blame us?

Most of the homes you see on television are brand new and sport fresh, bright, and clean exteriors. A fresh coat of paint can go a long way. But it’s the home’s lines, landscape, and lovely curb appeal that really makes it stand out.

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Just look at this basic ranch style home. There’s really not a lot going on. The grass is brown, and the area lacks even the slightest bit of landscaping. You see very few, if any flowers or bushes. The handful that do exist are pushed up against the exterior of the home, breaking every rule of maintenance, as well as our hearts. These overgrown bushes are neglected, dead, and frankly pretty atrocious. So are all the weeds in the front yard. Pine straw is nonexistent, and so is any bit of bite in this property. Most people would drive past this house in a heartbeat. It sparked someone’s interest though, and that someone had an incredible vision.

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We were thrilled to work on this house, and even more excited to see the finished project! The green exterior coating brings an earthy, fresh feel to this home, and the splash of color on the front door brightens it up, drawing outsiders in! The beautiful pathway leads to a unique set of stairs, a cute front porch, and an even cuter pergola adding a hint of modern flare that younger, first time home buyers are looking for.  Fresh flowers, bushes, and plants make this home look well maintained, and stunningly beautiful. What a transformation!

Now we know what you’re thinking…that looks like a lot of work! And you may be right. The owners of this home spent a lot of time and effort sprucing up the place. So if you think this project is a bit overwhelming, that’s okay. There’s plenty of other options that require a lot less effort than this stunner.

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Just take a look at this log cabin! We were in awe of this recently finished project, and amazed by it’s curb appeal. It’s a real head turner. The simplicity of the hanging plants and well maintained bushes make this home a real rustic gem. Because sometimes, less is more!

Fall is just around the corner, which means cooler temperatures are on their way! Now is the time to get outside, water your lawn, your flowers, and any other plants before winter rolls around. Also, make sure to trim your hedges, pick some weeds, and maintain the outside of your home by keeping shrubbery away from any exterior siding. It may seem time consuming and expensive, but you’d be surprise at what simple maintenance, or even what a few simple hanging, or potted plants can do for your home.

But remember, it all starts with a fresh coat of paint, and that’s what Rhino Shield is here for!