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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...

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. According to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, Colorado is in the heart of Hail Alley, which gets the highest frequency of large hail in North America. Over the past ten years, hail storms in Colorado have caused over $3 billion dollars in insured damage. Hail can severely damage roofing, siding, and decking resulting in aesthetic damage, at best, and safety hazards, at worst. If your home is damaged during the upcoming storm season, call TECC Painting for a free estimate. We will work with your insurance adjuster to help arrive at the best possible outcome for you. Let us help you get your home looking new...

How to Hire the Right Painting Company

Hiring a painting company can be a big decision. With so many out there, how can you be sure you’re making the right choice? Here are some tips to get you started. Ask around Have any of your friends or neighbors had their homes painted recently? Do you like the results? Ask who did their work. Get an estimate Get multiple estimates if you want, but don’t forget to compare quality along with prices. If estimates differ greatly, ask why. Make sure the company doesn’t plan to cut corners or use lower quality product. Walk the estimator around and show him or her exactly what you want done. Be specific and make sure the estimator understands exactly what you want. Make sure prep work and any necessary repairs are included in the estimate. Ask about employees Look for a company that hires employees rather than subcontractors. A company that screens and hires employees is accountable for the work and conduct of those employees. Ask if employees undergo a criminal background check and a drug screening before they are allowed to work in or around customers’ homes. Ask About Insurance An uninsured or underinsured contractor might save you money, but leaves you vulnerable to a civil lawsuit if anything happens to workers on your property, and leaves you paying for any damages to your property. Make sure the company guarantees their work A good company will make it right if you are not 100% satisfied. Check reviews and references Look for testimonials on the company website and customer reviews on independent sites like Yelp and Angie’s List. Call references if...