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Don’t cry – We can stop critters from creeping into weep holes

In most brick homes and buildings, there are weep holes at the bottom of each side that allow moisture to escape. They also allow the building to breathe. As important as they are in purpose, these weep holes also allow bugs and small rodents to enter. Because we are always looking for ways to improve our customers’ properties, we have found effective methods of stopping intrusion while allowing the weep hole to do its job. The same goes for window weep holes that allow vapors to escape. Small bugs can also get into these holes. We can use the same method to eliminate this problem from all but the tiniest (microscopic)... read more

Wildfire Mitigation

Much of Colorado Springs and its surrounding area is located within the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). This is why many of us choose to live in this area – we have all the perks of living in a city, but with easy access to forests, meadows, and close encounters with wildlife. Unfortunately, living here means we face the threat of wildfires every summer. None of us will ever forget the Waldo Canyon fire of 2012, or the Black Forest fire of 2013. You can reduce the risk of losing your home to a wildfire by performing fire mitigation and creating a defensible space around the property. Fire mitigation simply means removing fuels (tall grass, low branches, etc.). Creating a defensible space helps prevent a fire from spreading from vegetation to your home, and gives firefighters room to maneuver.       The Colorado Springs Fire Department lists the following tips on their website: Create defensible space around your home. Colorado Springs Fire Department recommends thinning out 30 feet or to your property line, whichever comes first. Keep rain gutters clear of leaves and pine needles. Do not store combustibles on or under decks, including fire wood. Rake up pine needles and leaves within 30 feet of any structure. Select plant species with fire resistant characteristics. Keep grasses mowed to a maximum height of 4 inches. Incorporate landscape designs to break up fuel continuity (i.e. paths, rock walls, gravel mulch.) Keep address clearly marked and visible from both directions of traffic. (Fire fighters can’t help you if they can’t find you.) Prune lower branches. Removing ladder fuels will help keep... read more

How to Preserve the Charm of Your Old Home

                      Founded in 1886, Colorado Springs has its share of original homes and buildings. From Old North End estates to west side charmers and hand-built craftsmen houses in the downtown area, it’s easy to see the pride our locals take in these wonderful homes. Owning an older home comes with a unique set of challenges. Homeowners might struggle to maintain the character of the home while still enjoying amenities like sound-proof windows and a sharp, modern kitchen. Additionally, some of our older neighborhoods were built on sandy soil that shifts, causing damage to walls, ceilings, and concrete slabs over time. How can you keep your old house comfortable and in like-new condition? Here are some tips!                       Inspect Your Home Regularly Some things you’ll notice – a new hairline crack in the plaster here, some tired looking paint there. Other things should be inspected for new damage every six to twelve months. -Check chimneys and chimney bases for crumbling brick -Check wood for rot, mold, and termite damage -Check windows for air leaks, loose panes, and peeling/crumbling glaze -Check the sealant or caulking around the window frames for wear and tear -Check for loose or missing nails and screws -Check flashing and any other metal fixtures for rust Clean the Gutters Regularly Clean the gutters on a regular basis to prevent damage from standing water. Keep Siding and Trim Finished and Protected Wood needs to be protected from the elements in order to last. Keep wood siding, trim, and... read more

Lead-Based Paint Safety

The element lead is all around us – small amounts can be found in the air, the soil, the water, and in fossil fuels. Prior to 1978, lead was an ingredient in paint. If your home was built before that year, it may contain traces of lead. Lead exposure can have scary consequences for babies, kids, and adults alike, but children under 6 are most likely to be affected. Long term effects of lead include: -Learning disabilities and developmental delays -Decreased bone and muscle growth -Nervous system damage -Kidney damage -Hearing loss (Source: kidshealth.org/en/parents/lead–poisoning.html) Because of the danger, remodeling or repainting an older home should be done carefully. Federal law requires contractors to provide homeowners with a lead safety pamphlet before beginning work – the minimum amount of work is six square feet of interior work or 20 square feet of exterior work. Before the work begins, you or your contractor should test the property for lead.           For more advice on working safely with lead, download the EPAs Don’t Spread Lead pamphlet at: http://www.paint.org/documents/2015/09/dontspreadlead_english.pdf If you don’t plan on painting or remodeling any time soon, the EPA recommends inspecting paint and other surfaces regularly for damage that might result in lead leaching into your environment, such as gouges or scratches in on the walls. Let TECC Painting help you paint your home safely. We are EPA certified lead-based paint containment contractors. Call us today at 719-577-9300 to schedule an estimate.  ... read more

Choosing the Right Paint For the Job

Is it time to refresh your home? Do you need to revive a faded exterior, or brighten up the walls of your living space? Repainting your home is an exciting undertaking, but it can be a bit overwhelming. With so many products available, how do you know which ones are right for you and your home? A little bit of knowledge goes a long way. Brand Value is the most important thing to consider when choosing paint brands. It’s tempting to look at prices alone, but quality is important if you want a product that will last. For the best value, choose the highest quality product you can afford Color Picking colors is the fun part of painting. With so many options, though, the samples on your walls can quickly get out of hand. Name brands like PPG and Sherwin Williams have in-store color tools, mobile apps, and color consultants to help you find the right colors for your home.             Sheen Sheen refers to the amount of light that reflects off of a surface. There are plenty of options to choose from, including flat or matte, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and high-gloss. Sheen affects the look of the finished paint job but more importantly assists dirt resistance, moisture resistance, and ease of cleaning. Flat and matte sheens provide a smooth, elegant finish but absorb dirt easily and are difficult to clean. This finish is not ideal for homes with children or pets who rub along the walls. Eggshell provides slightly more lustre than a flat finish, but is also not ideal for homes with... read more

Make a Space Feel Larger with Paint

Paint Walls and Trim the Same Color Painting the walls and trim in contrasting colors can make a bold statement, but it also interrupts the eye and can make a room feel small. Photo by LDa Architecture & Interiors – Browse contemporary bedroom photos   Use a dark color Dark colors appear to be farther away and trick the eye into thinking a space is larger.     Complement your Walls To really make the space pop, paint window moulding with a complimentary light color.     Paint White with Accents If dark colors aren’t your style, a classic white or off-white shade with complimentary accent colors will do the trick.             Tired of feeling closed in? Call us today to open up your space with... read more

Are You Ready for Hail Season?

Colorado’s hail season stretches four long months, from April to August.

Last year storms like the one in May, depicted in the video below, caused flash flooding, dangerous road conditions, and millions of dollars in hail damage to homes and vehicles throughout the Colorado Springs area.

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