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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 Instead, work on changing one outdated or old appliance at a time.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!

 

Rhino Shield Cost Comparison

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Over the last several months we’ve noticed you, our customers, searching for the cost of Rhino Shield. Although it varies drastically from one home to another, we wanted to let you know that we’ve heard you and we’re here to give you the best answer possible!

There are several different products that go hand in hand with the exterior of your home. Among these are vinyl siding, paint, and coating products. Rhino Shield falls into the latter of the three. Each product varies in price point. Vinyl siding can be extremely costly, whereas paint products fall on the lower end of the spectrum. Rhino Shield’s price point lies somewhere in between.

Our average sized project usually has an interior square footage of approximately 2600 square feet. A complete exterior coating on these homes usually range from $10,000-18,000. This is subject to the design and layout of the home. Not every home is the same, which is why the cost can vary significantly. We understand that this can be a huge investment in your home’s exterior, but here at Rhino Shield, we provide our customers with the best products and customer service available. Our products offer benefits that our competitor’s products do not.

Rhino Shield has a proven product that resists fading and is safe for the environment. We even carry a 25-Year Warranty. Investing in our exterior coating prevents costly maintenance by eliminating the need to repaint. Not only does our coating make your home look refreshed, renewed, and absolutely stunning, it keeps it looking that way for years to come.

Rhino Shield Ceramic Coating is durable, flexible, and low maintenance. It resists water penetration, and can provide you and your home with insulation benefits. It can even alleviate the stress that comes from outside noise. Our coating provides fire resistance, UV blockers, mildewcides, and algeacides, aiding in the protection of you and your home.

Vinyl sidings can be extremely pricey, but Rhino Shield has managed to beat out nearly every vinyl siding estimate out there! Vinyl also has several drawbacks. It tends to dent easily, and absorb pigments, making panel replacement nearly impossible. Regular paint, while less expensive, tends to fade fast and peel easily. Rhino Shield adds value to your home, and keeps it looking fresh and new for twenty five years. We know that you won’t be disappointed with out products, so give us a call and get your estimate today!

Winter Weather Preparations

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Winter is just around the corner (hard to believe, we know), but we were finally able to break out those warm winter clothes this past week as temperatures dropped into the low forties and high thirties.

It won’t long before we start seeing freezing temperatures, and that means only one thing for your home: trouble. Fear not though, Rhino Shield is here to help! Here are five easy steps you can take to prepare your home for the winter weather, protecting it from natural elements that can harm your most prized possession during the upcoming season.

  1. Seal Window Gaps- If the gaps between your window frames are larger than the width of a nickle, it’s a good idea to seal them with caulk. Silicone caulk works best, as it won’t shrink and can withstand the harsh elements of the outdoors.
  2. Turn Off Outside Water Sources- This will help prevent undrained water in pipes from freezing, bursting, and flooding your home. Water damage can be an absolute nightmare. Make sure to disconnect all water hoses and other exterior water sources, and drain them before it’s too late.
  3. Sweep Out Chimneys-Many times, during the summer months, insects, birds, and even squirrels manage to find a way into your chimney. It’s important to have it clean and swept to prevent fires as well as carbon monoxide poisoning.
  4. Inspect Downspouts, Gutters, and Roofs- Making sure your shingles are in good condition before the winter season can help prevent any leaks that may occur as moisture and frigid temperatures mix during the winter season.
  5. Check Foundation- It’s important to double check your foundation along with your windows, for any cracks or entry points that small animals can wiggle their way into, because if they’re big enough for animals to get in, they’re definitely big enough for water to seep through.

We know it’s easy to forget some of the things as the winter months roll in. Between work, getting the kids off to school, and Christmas shopping, it’s easy for your home to get overlooked. This year though, make sure your home is at the top of your priority list, because if you take care of it, it will take care of you!

Coated Brick: The Next Big Thing

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

With the rise in popularity of shows like HGTV’s Fixer Upper and Flip Or Flop, we’ve seen a spike in the number of clients painting or coating their home’s brick exterior. And Rhino Shield is loving this new trend just as much as our clients are.

This new craze brings a hint of modern flare to any type of home, and we are swooning at the finished product. So are two of our most recent clients who gave Rhino Shield rave reviews saying, “This crew was incredible. They worked so hard every day to transform this home- we are extremely pleased with their work and will readily promote Rhino Shield and the entire process.”

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Some of the more popular colors include varying shades of grey, cream, and white (like our most recent client’s chose). The transformation is stunning! Brick coatings turn typical brick houses into  stunningly elegant, and unique homes. The finished products are incredible but it’s no easy feat to transform these brick homes.

Brick is unique and special steps must be taken to ensure homes are fully protected. Brick, much like human skin, contains pores. Some brick is more porous than others. If a home has very porous brick, Rhino Shield must first apply a block filler to help fill in these pours for a smoother texture. After the brick is coated, it must be sprayed and back rolled to ensure any cracks and crevices are completely filled in. This gives homes the opportunity to take full advantage of the Rhino Shield product.

Rhino Shield is classified as a Low E Coating, helping lower the cost of energy bills, as well as protecting your home from outside elements for the next twenty five years. If you’re interested in coating your brick home with our product, give us a call. We are incredibly excited about this new craze, and can’t wait to hear from you soon!

Unique Color Schemes

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

There are 7.5 billion people in the world, and no two people are exactly the alike. We all have different personalities and different interests. Our favorite foods differ, favorite music, favorite television shows, and even favorite colors. We all have unique styles, especially when it comes to our homes.

In certain neighborhoods the exterior of the homes tend to resemble one another. They share similar features, and similar hues. Many times, homes in these types of neighborhoods, often those with HOA (Home Owner Associations), have certain rules and regulations residents must abide by. Where we see the real uniqueness in those types of neighborhoods is in the interior of the homes.

But luckily, in several neighborhoods, as well as free standing homes on extensive amounts of land, homeowners have to ability to show off their unique style even on their home’s exterior. We’ve had two creative home owners who have gone off the beaten path when it comes to colors, and the results are impressive. Both are incredibly happy with how things turned out, and we couldn’t be more excited for them!

As you can see, our first house was rather bland and ultimately quite standard, but the owners spruced it up with a splash of blue that has them swooning.

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The owners were so thrilled, they even called in to their local radio station to speak to Kimmer about the Rhino Shield product. Who would have known a little blue trim could go a long way!

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Our second client’s home went from dark and drab to bright and bold. This unique yellow is not one you often see, but boy does make a statement!

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If you have a unique style that you’d like Rhino Shield to help you with, give us a call today. We are always looking for exciting projects, and yours can be next!

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!

Keeping the Heat Out This Summer

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

We’re not quite sure where you live, but down here in Georgia it’s sweltering. It’s hard to even poke your head outside without breaking a sweat. We’re counting down the days until fall, but until then Rhino Shield has teamed up with our clients to help keep the heat out and the cool right where it should be…inside!

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Our Durable Finish Coat, unique to Rhino Shield, has been thermally tested to keep the heat out. Most exterior surfaces, including vinyl, are designed to protect and insulate the interior of your home. Rhino Shield’s Durable Finish Coat goes the extra mile, keeping homes cooler than the average insulation.

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And with better insulation comes less expensive electric bills, something we all love! But that doesn’t just help in the summer months. It protects both the interior and exterior of your homes year around.

From extreme heat to extreme cold, Rhino Shield protects, insulates, and beautifies your home 365 days out of the year for 25 years! And you can’t beat that.

Stay cool with Rhino Shield and all of our exterior home products. You’ll feel much more comfortable when you do!

Happy Father’s Day from Rhino Shield

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Father’s Day is Sunday, and boy did it sneak up on us quickly this year! If you’re out scrounging around for last minute gift ideas, fear not! Rhino Shield is here to help, and what better way to say thank you to your dear ole dad, than with a new paint job for the exterior of your home? That’s one less thing he’ll have to worry about, and really, what dad couldn’t use a break from all that manual labor that comes with being a homeowner?

Not in need of a paint job? We have several other services that can help lighten the load for your dad as well. Make sure to contact us with any questions. We’ll be happy to help.

If your budget is a little bit smaller, that’s okay! Here are a few other gift ideas that dad is sure to love:

  1. Home Depot Gift Card- Because what dad doesn’t love free money to spend at a home improvement store?
  2. Paintball- We all know that men never fully grow up. And what better way to bring out dad’s inner child than with a day out playing paintball? Plus, he’ll enjoy the extra quality time with the ones he loves.
  3. Man Cave Decorations- Is dad in need of some new decor for his hide away space? Head over to Boys Fort to order some incredibly unique and masculine decor, perfect for an office or man cave! They’re run locally out of Portland, Oregon so you know you’ll find something quirky and interesting for the greatest man in your life.

Here at Rhino Shield, we have several fathers we’d like to give a special shout out and thank you to! Your hard work, loving hearts, and goofy spirits are loved and enjoyed by all those who come in to contact with you.

Jeff could not be any prouder to call this young woman, Jessica, his daughter.  He speaks to everyone with great pride of Jessica, including customers! Jessica adores her dad, and looks up to him with great respect as a role model for hard work and success, as well as love and laughter.

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Tim is the father of Shelby, our Social Media Director, and she could not be prouder to call him dad. He is an incredibly hard worker, and has taught her so much about life over the past 25 years. He is adventurous, and has a quirky sense of humor. She is honored to have him as a father.

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Shaun comes from a blended family, and treats each child as his own. He is an awesome example of respect and love.  Shaun does a great job in and out of the office, and we are proud to have him as our project manager. He truly is the definition of class.

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Gilbert not only has two sons, but a grandchild as well. Originally from Puerto Rico, Gilbert now resides in Georgia. He is an incredibly hard worker, but is working his way towards retirement, and will be leaving us in the near future. We are happy to have had him with us over the last ten years, and wish him nothing but the best after retirement.

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To all the other Rhino Shield dads out there, we are forever grateful for what you do for our company, your children, and your families. Happy Father’s Day everyone. Enjoy the weekend, and relax! You deserve it!

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Commercial Projects Keep Us Busy

Monday, June 13th, 2016

The exterior home industry may be our forte, but we love taking on bigger projects as well. Weather it be a home, business, church, or school, every building needs a little tender loving care from time to time. This month we’ve started working on several commercial projects and are so excited to see what the finished product looks like.

Last week we started work on Shallowford Free Will Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia. This gorgeous church has been loved and cared for over the years, and doesn’t need a whole lot of work. Just a few exterior adjustments to help protect from harmful outside elements, and this church will be looking brand new in no time!

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Back in 2004, we worked on Pinnacle Credit Union. Its main office is located in Atlanta, Georgia with a secondary branch located in Eatonton, Georgia near Lake Oconee. It’s been almost twelve years and this quaint little bank is still looking as great as it did years ago.

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There are several other projects in the works, and we can’t wait to share them with you. Here at Rhino Shield, we work on almost any project we can get our hands on. From condos and apartment complexes, to churches and school buildings, banks and credit unions, small businesses and large businesses. We do it all! Our products are award winning, and so is our customer service, so let us know what we can do for you, no matter how big or large the project may be!

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

They say, “April showers bring May flowers,” but what they fail to mention are the extensive amount of wood repairs that come along with it. Luckily, Rhino Shield is here to help with two of our amazing products that withstand both the test of time and weather. Our Adhesive Primer Sealer and Durable Finish Coat make for the perfect pair in protecting wood and other exterior surfaces which tend to get damaged with heavy rain and moisture.

Our Adhesive Primer Sealer is the perfect product to protect your home’s exterior, and it works wonders on several different exterior surfaces including wood, plywood, stucco, cement, block, brick metal,clay, and stone. You can use it on just about any surface. The list goes on and on! APS can even be pushed into porous surfaces to seal both small cracks and voids on the exterior of your home or business. Made with a high resin formula, APS goes on white, and drys a tacky transparent membrane, protecting surfaces from any future mold or mildew growth that comes along with frequent spring and summer showers. If you’re living in the south, especially the Metro-Atlanta area, we know summer storms have become a regular occurrence for you. Protecting your home from those storms is at the top of our to do list. Is it at the top of yours? If it is, this is the perfect product to start with!

Finish up the process of protecting your home with our Durable Finish Coat, specially formulated with an acrylic urethane-elastromeric coating containing 3M microspheres as a primary solid. In simpler terms, DFC is a ceramic coating that enhances the beauty of the exterior of your home, all while protecting it from harmful outside elements. It seals cracks, expanding and contacting with temperature changes.  While the product’s main focus is on water proofing resisting mildew, algae, and fungi, it also adds insulation and sound-blocking features that you’ll greatly appreciate as well. Because of its superior dirt pick-up resistance, DFC is sure to look great for years to come, with little maintenance for you! More protecting, and less stressing. That’s the perfect combination for any home owner out there!

The same holds true for the property managers of these wood condos in Athens, Georgia. These beautiful condos experienced severe wood damage after several years of spring and summer showers.

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We came to the rescue and turned the rotting exterior into something amazing! They look brand new, and have a woodsy, outdoorsy feel that we know the residents love. They look great, and will stay looking this wonderful for years to come.

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We know how easy it can be to put off work on your home, but our products make it easy and painless for our customers to maintain the beauty of their home. And it’s long lasting which is even better! For more information on our Adhesive Primer Sealer and Durable Finish Coat, visit our website, or contact us at 1-850-424-6805. We promise that next year the only thing those April showers will bring, are beautiful May flowers!