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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...

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...