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Hiring the Right House Painter for Your Home

Most homeowners hire a contractor to paint the outside of their home. Adhere to our advice to help ensure a top quality job, whether or not you’ll have your home painted this autumn or next spring.

Meet the pros. According to Houston Painters Pro, you should call at least three different providers for your job. (Friends and family are excellent reference sources.) And be home for the first meeting with them. That way, you’ll know how much time each contractor needed to assess the condition of your home. The lengthier he takes, the more practical the estimate you’ll receive. Even a knowledgeable painter will need more than a quick walk around your house. Also ask each contractor about the size of his crew and the members’ skill level.

State your expectations. The number of coats a painter applies really isn’t the only factor in determining the quality and price of the project. Preparation is also essential. If you want a surface that’s free of unevenness from past paint jobs, tell the contractors– and be prepared to pay extra. But if you can live with some imperfections, agree on what degree of prep is acceptable and what isn’t.

Get quotes. Secure a written estimate from each contractor. It should include a breakdown of labor, material costs, the number of coats of primer and paint, the brand and model of materials, and a detailed information of the amount of surface preparation that will be performed.

Check references and past work. Obtain a list of references from each contractor and call them to find about their experience with the professional. A record of positive references is a good sign. Also examine jobs the painters did several years ago to see how their project is holding up. Use the latest projects to check the skill of their present crews.

Consider credentials. Before you hire someone, consider his credentials. Membership in a trade or local business group, for example, isn’t a guarantee of quality work, but it reveals a level of devotion and reliability on his part. Also confirm whether the pro has the appropriate license(s). (You’ll find the licensing information in your state at the Contractor’s License Reference Site. Additionally contact the Better Business Bureau, the attorney general’s office in your state, or a local consumer-affairs agency to find out whether the contractor has a history of unresolved complaints.

Obtain a complete contract. The contract should consist of all the contractor’s major information: name, address, office and cell numbers, and license number, plus whatever details were in the estimate. Make certain the contract clearly states what is and is not included in the job, according to Houston Painters Pro in Sugar Land, TX.

Get a copy of the painter’s liability and workers’ compensation insurance certificates. If he doesn’t have coverage, you could be on the hook if, for example, the crew drops a ladder on your neighbor’s car or a crew member gets hurt on the job.

Request a guarantee. The painter ought to guarantee to correct any chipping, peeling, blistering, flaking, or excessive fading or chalking that occurs within two years after the job is done at zero or small price. If he informs you the paint itself has a warranty, keep in mind that doesn’t consist of labor, that is a far more expensive proposition than material.

Choose the paint yourself. Your painter might try to talk you into a paint he prefers, however use the finish you want.

Search for lead. If your home was built before 1978, older coats of paint could very well contain lead. Which means the painter may need to take extra precautions to avoid any hazards.

Hold out the final payment. Lastly, don’t make a huge down payment and hold back the last payment, usually 10 to 15 percent, until you are completely satisfied with the job.

2017 Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

 

While you can get out and about and enjoy the outdoors during the summer months, it is best to focus summer maintenance on outdoor tasks.

These tasks may include:

* Cleaning and repairing all outdoor power tools, such as the lawnmower, weedeater, or hedge trimmer

* Checking the patio and deck for possible deterioration and fixing and performing any necessary repairs

* Inspecting the roof for possible damage and water leaks if this was not done in the spring time. For a free Roofing Inspection from a professional local roofer call us today for a free evaluation at (507) 589-4020.

* Checking the brick, siding and cement areas on the home for shifting in the foundation or cracks or chips in the siding or brick

* Taking time to seal the cracks in the garage floor and driveway

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Getting a new roof is a big purchasing decision and we appreciate the gravity of that decision. The very best way to make sure you get the best price and the best contractor for your roofing project are to contact three or four local roofers to request a quote. All the quotes should be around the same price since roofing is such a competitive industry.

If you want a professional roofer to take a look at your roof or to give you a free estimate call (507) 589-4020 to set up an appointment. Our roofers are local Austin businesses with over 20 years experience and will treat you fairly. To request a quote call or contact us today.

Summer Home Maintenance Tips

There are many home safety tips that you should know to keep your family safe and healthy. The first step in any home safety program is to craft a schedule of inspections to be carry out, so that the checks can be conducted on a regular basis. Here are a few safety checks to put on your home safety program.

Check your smoke alarms according to manufacturer recommendations, dust, and clear of spiderwebs that might clog the sensors.

Check all your windows and make sure that they open close easily. In the event of a fire you may need to egress though a window and you will want to be sure the windows open smoothly.

The next monthly maintenance tip to keep your home running smoothly is to run water through unused drains and to clean the shower head to prevent clogging. A safe draining cleaning method is do pour baking soda and hot water routinely down drains.

The next home maintenance tip is for pet owners, if you have pets in your home you need to routinely clean the air ducts and change air filters on a monthly or quarterly basis. Pet hair tend to clog these items quicker so it is necessary to routinely check.

The next home maintenance tip is to conduct a visual inspection of your roof. From the ground check of missing discoloration of your shingles and look for shingles that may be loose or missing. Check around gutter downspouts for loose granular and around the house for shingles. For more roofing maintenance tips read our article about 6 Signs You Need a New Roof.

By adhering to the above mentioned home maintenance tips, you can keep your home running smoothly and more importantly safely. You can save a lot of money by fixing problems before they become major repairs by putting in home maintenance and inspection plan.

About Us

Getting a new roof is a big purchasing decision, and we appreciate the gravity of that decision. The very best way to make sure you get the best price and the best contractor for your roofing project is to contact three or four local roofers to request a quote. All the quotes should be around the same price since roofing is such a competitive industry.

If you want a professional roofer to take a look at your roof or to give you a free estimate call (507) 589-4020 to set up an appointment. Our roofers are local Austin roofing contractors with over 20 years experience and will treat you fairly.

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5 Things to do in Austin This Weekend – June 30 – July 2, 2017

Looking for something to do this weekend in Austin? Here’s a list of the 10 concerts and events happening in Austin.

5. Friday Night Flix

Friday Night Flix is showing The Great Outdoors on June 30th. Friday Night Flix
Friday Night Flix returns on June 30th with the classic comedy, The Great Outdoors!Grab your lawn chairs or blankets and join us in the courtyard, as we watch this hilarious movie on a huge outdoor screen.

We’re starting things off at 6 pm with a Poptail Party – our signature Popsicles™ infused with mouth-watering adult beverages!
RSVP for FREE for a chance to win some awesome prizes: https://fnf-the-great-outdoors.eventbrite.com/
FREE one night stay at Lone Star Court!

HAPPY HOUR ALL NIGHT and a classic burger with fries and a soft drink for just $5 in the Water Trough Bar!The Marshall Hood Band will be performing live in the Water Trough at 10:30 pm, following the movie.
Where:  10901 Domain Drive, Austin, TX 78758 @ 6PM Friday June 30

4. SH!T FACED SHAKESPEAR

Sh!t-Faced Shakespeare
Shit-faced Shakespeare® is the deeply highbrow fusion of an entirely serious Shakespeare play with an entirely shit-faced cast member. Side-splitting, raucous and completely unpredictable, the show has been running since 2010 and has already entertained over 45,000 eager theatre goers across the UK. Having successfully completed multiple sell-out runs of the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe festivals, the Magnificent Bastards made their way stateside in 2015 to Boston and have been enjoying a smashingly successful run since. In addition to Boston, Austin, Atlanta, and Saint Paul all have a crop of Bastards on hand to delight you each weekend.
Shit-Faced Shakespeare® seeks to introduce a new generation of theatre-goers to the works of the Bard by reviving the raucous, interactive and vibrant nature of Elizabethan theatre with a very modern twist – reminding them as we go to always enjoy Shakespeare responsibly. Where:  The North Door 502 BRUSHY ST AUSTIN, TEXAS 78702, Lounge Doors @ 6pm; Main doors @ 7pm

3. DOG DAYS OF SUMMER BENEFITTING AUSTIN PETS ALIVE

Toss Pizzeria and Pub Dog Days of Summer Load up the dogs and join Toss Pizzeria, Lofty Dog Pet Store, Hops & Grain Brewing, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka in supporting Austin Pets Alive! We are holding an outdoor dog appreciation day featuring Kiddie Pools to keep the pups cool (cold beer and frozen drinks to keep the humans cool), giveaways, swag, dog treats, and of course PIZZA!! Lofty Dog just celebrated the grand opening of their South Austin location. Come check out their stuff and make it your go-to local pet store. Where: Toss Pizzeria & Pub.  2901 S 1st St, 78704 When: 2 – 6 PM

2. Independence Day Taco Revolution

Independence Brewery Taco Revolution

Independence Brewing Co. and Tacos of Texas are coming together to launch Revolución Saison Ale and celebrate Tacos — the national food of Tejas.

First there was el book. Now there’s la cerveza. The Tacos of Texas and Independence Brewing are taking the tacos to a whole ‘nother level with Revolución Saison Ale. It’s a perfect compliment to your carne asada, fajitas, carnitas or even tacos al pastor. So Tejas, join the Revolución and wash down your tacos with our Saison.

Where: Independence Brewing Company @ 3913 Todd Ln #607 , Austin TX, 78744

When: July 1, Saturday

1. 21ST ANNUAL CTBA BAND SCRAMBLE & GARAGE SALE

 

BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT, AND JOIN A BAND! OR, JUST COME TO WATCH & LISTEN!

All money raised from the Garage Sale & Scramble goes to the Central Texas Bluegrass Association, to help us in our mission to support bluegrass music in deserving youth.

July 2, 2017 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at Threadgill’s 6416 North Lamar

(Sunday, Independence Day Weekend!)

Have a Safe and Fun Independence Day Weekend

Why You Should Invest in Quality Roof Material

Invest in Quality Roof Materials

Invest in Quality Roof Materials

A new roof is a worthwhile investment, despite the hefty price tag. Investing in a quality new roof can be a more affordable option in the long term. The quality of the materials you choose can have a meaningful impact on the total live time cost and maintenance cost of your roof.

It may be tempting to go with the cheapest option, but it is advisable to consider the long term ramifications of purchasing inferior products for your installation.

Initial Installation Costs

Labor and material charges determine the installation cost of your roof.  Ideally, you want to get a minimum of three quotes from local roofing contractor before you proceed with your project. You will want to get references, and whenever possible view examples of past completed roofing jobs.

Hiring the right local roofer will pay off in the end. Generally speaking more qualified, professional offers will charge a premium, but these changes will usually reflect the quality of the craftsmanship and the extended lifespan of your roofing system.

Furthermore, investing in quality materials mean you get the correct solutions for your home. Different materials will likely be used by your roofing contractor depending on the location of your home.

I want to highlight to you that roofing quotes don’t usually include replacing rotted roofing materials if the damaged areas aren’t visible during the initial inspection. Most roofing companies will be prepared to replace plywood decking of your roof, if necessary. But replacing damaged wood will inevitably increase costs. It is important to install your roof properly with sound materials if you want your roof to last.

Roof Maintenance Costs

You should consider future maintenance cost when picking roofing materials. Especially in areas with lots of inclement weather with the possibility of severe hail storms. It may be necessary to fix roof leaks and replace materials on occasion during the lifetime of your roof. By investing in quality roofing materials, you could reduce roof maintenance cost significantly.

So while the initial price tag of a new roof may seem high if you are using quality materials, you must weigh that against the long term cost of roof maintenance. Your roofer can help you choose the best roof your home to reduce total lifetime cost of the roof.

A Roof is a Necessary Expense

Roof replacement is a significant cost for all homeowners at one time or another. Eventually, your roof will require small repairs, but after 25 years or so you will have to get a new roof. By investing in quality materials upfront, you can save money in the future.

Budget Cuts Aren’t Always a Good Thing

About Us

Getting a new roof is a big purchasing decision, and we appreciate the gravity of that decision. The very best way to make sure you get the best price and the best contractor for your roofing project is to contact three or four local roofers to request a quote. All the quotes should be around the same price since roofing is such a competitive industry.

If you want a professional roofer to take a look at your roof or to give you a free estimate call (507) 589-4020 to set up an appointment. Our roofers are local Austin roofing contractors with over 20 years experience and will treat you fairly.

If you have enjoyed reading this article, please like us on Facebook, and leave a comment down below. We would appreciate hearing from you.

Address
901 S MoPac Expy Austin, TX 78746

Phone
(507) 589-4020

Connect

Email
sales@austinroofbuilders.com