Colorado Springs Hail Damage to House Paint

Colorado Springs Hail Damage to House Paint

How to Recognize Hail Damage to House Paint

As a homeowner in Colorado Springs, you are probably well aware of our yearly battle with hail.  From April to September storms accompanied by hail can cause costly damage to your home and leave it exposed to further damage down the line.

Yes, your home is built to withstand the elements, but what happens when Mother Nature decides to rain down hail?  Hail can range from the size of a dime to larger than a golf ball and can strike the sides of your house at up to 70 miles per hour and do some serious damage.

While many people think of house paint as an aesthetic feature, it is actually the unsung hero of protection for your biggest investment, your home. The paint provides protection to the wood siding and trim from rain, snow, sleet, sun, you name it. If left untreated, hail damage to paint can lead to extensive and costly repairs down the line. When the paint barrier is broken, your home is at risk for splitting, molding, and rotting wood, and depending on the severity of the damage and how long it is left untreated, the damage can work its way through to the inside of your home, causing leaks and creating a gateway for pests to find their way in.

So now you’re probably asking yourself what to do if, and when, this happens. The first step is being able to recognize that you even have damage to begin with. Read on to see how you can determine if your house has been hit by hail.

How To Recognize Hail Damage to Your House Paint:

  •  there are dings and/or dents
  •  the paint is cracking and/or chipping
  •  there is splitting and discoloration of the paint
  •  check out your surroundings; if your neighbor has hail damage, chances are you do too

While hail damage may seem obvious in some areas of your home, damage to house paint can sometimes be a little tricky to diagnose, so give Vivax Pros a call and let our hail experts take a look for you. We will look at  the corners, trim, and areas near the roof line that can be hard to access.

You’ve Confirmed You Have Hail Damage, Now What?

Are you a Colorado Springs homeowner that has been affected by hail damage? Call the only painters your neighbors trust for a free paint estimate today! Vivax Pros can help you determine the severity of the damage and prepare for the process of repainting and protecting your home.

Think you have hail damage to your windows? Click here to find out how to tell. What about your roof? Click here to see.

Visit our Facebook page and share a photo or comment about an experience you’ve had with hail.

House Painting in Denver

Denver house painting, specifically exterior painting in Denver requires a professional painter that is truly in a league of their own. Due to Denver’s rich history, diversity, and local vibrancy you can find loads of different styles of homes all intermingling with each other on a single street. This means finding a painter in Denver that not only shares your your passion for preserving and protecting your home but also has the skills and experience to make it happen can be a challenge for new homeowners who aren’t sure where to look.

When you’re looking at painting a Denver home there are several additional factors you may want to take into account before selecting a painter. These vary from paint color selection all the way to after care and maintenance. We have a passion when it comes to the exterior painting of Denver homes not only because we’re a local Denver painting company but because we’ve been painting homes in Denver for over a decade and we have a passion for preserving the culture that thrives here.

How to Find the Best Denver House Painter

The uniqueness of Denver architecture and homes allows this city to look and feel like no other. Our job is to protect and beautify your home while still honoring its roots and heritage so it’s critical that you first understand what style of home you have. Is it a cozy and low maintenance Denver bungalow or a detailed and delicate Victorian? Are you concerned with mass amounts of wood replacement and repair or are you trying to get your modern abode to compliment its surrounding structures? It’s important that you and your chosen house painter have a clear expectation for all the requirements of your home so the proper technic and products can be utilized. When it comes to Denver house painting, knowing the style and needs of your home first and foremost is of the utmost importance.

Once you understand the style and requirements of your Denver home it’s time to dive into the overwhelming world of colors. With every paint color under the sun at your disposal it can be completely immensely difficult to choose a paint color that’s right for you and your home. Any great Denver house painter that truly cares about your home and experience should be able to get a feel for your house and help guide you to a paint color you can be excited about for years to come and that will honor the personality of your home. The main focus when choosing paint colors for a Denver home is making sure it not only enhances your home’s style but it also reflects your personal taste. An inexperienced house painter will not always take the time to walk you through the details and when you’re looking at large scale projects like this, especially something you’ll have to see every single day, you want to feel good about your paint color choices for a long time to come.

Prep and Warranties

Color isn’t the only thing that can make or break your Denver house painting project. Prep is the foundation for any good paint job and after 14 years in the Denver market we know that skimping on prep to save a few bucks can lead to massive damage down the road. Preserving these historic homes takes a house painter that understands the project and can educate you on what kind of prep must take place. You should be looking for a Denver painter with experience, strong warranties, and exceptional prep quality as these are not the areas to pinch pennies on. Your home is by far your largest investment and you should keep that in mind when looking for the best painter in Denver.

This project doesn’t stop after your house painters apply the last coat and clean up. Maintenance after your painting project is so important to the upkeep of your home and keeping that paint job looking fresh. If your home allows for it, schedule an annual pressure wash. They’re inexpensive and help to remove dirt and pollution from the paint’s surface which will help maintain that “just been painted” look. Ask your Denver paint professional if they offer any extended warranties or maintenance plans, especially for horizontal surfaces like decks or porches. This will also help you ensure that you are working with a Denver painter that isn’t going to be impossible to reach if anything happens down the line. A house painter with outstanding warranties and the quality to stand behind those warranties is far more important than cost when you’re looking at the bigger picture.

Protect your Home

Denver is a gem within the United States, a thriving urban metropolis with stunning mountain views, and therefore must be taken care of properly in order to maintain our culture and take care of these beautiful homes and businesses. Painting the exterior of your home is a perfect and inexpensive way to upgrade your house while preserving something that is part of Denver’s history. It is our responsibility as Colorado residents, whether you’re a native or a transplant, to educate ourselves on our house painting needs and to act in the best interest of protecting your home. For more information about what you can do to protect your Denver home check out our website or schedule a free estimate consultation today.

Spring Cleaning Checklist To Prep Your House For Paint

When the phrase, “spring cleaning,” comes up, painting should too! Painting a home is a smart investment for any homeowner to make. It can ensure that the home is protected from the elements, keeps its beautiful appearance, and retains its value.

Having a step-by-step guide can help you make sure your painting project gets finished within your timeline and meets all of your standards.

Listed below are some things to consider beforehand that can help make the painting process easy and stress free.

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🀆 Check to see if you have a Homeowners Association (HOA).

🀆 Find out the name of your subdivision to see if there might be specific requirements or permits needed before starting the painting project.

🀆 If you are part of an HOA check to see if they have a preapproved color list or packet to pick colors from.

🀆 Check to see if your HOA has a management board. Sometimes colors need to be approved not only through the HOA but also through the management board.

🀆 Research how long it takes for the HOA to approve the paint colors once they are submitted. Some HOA can take up to a month.

🀆 Inform the assigned Project Coordinator of the HOA requirements if there are any, so everyone is on the same page.

🀆 After you choose the colors and they are approved by the HOA, take a trip to the store to get test patches of the colors. Test the colors on the siding only on either the side or back of the house, NOT the front door or the garage door, only because these surfaces are often different than the material used for the siding.

🀆 Trim any bushes or trees that are close to the house that might interfere with painting.

🀆 Move any furniture that is against or near the house.

🀆 Take off any wind chimes, bird feeders, etc. that are attached to the house.

🀆 Turn the A/C and the sprinklers off.

🀆 Make sure to park the cars in the garage or across the street to ensure that no paint gets on the vehicle.

🀆 Put away any pets in the backyard either inside the house.

🀆 Double check that all windows are closed before the house gets power washed and painted.

Now you’re all set and ready to paint, protect, and improve your home!

What’s Next

Visit our Facebook page to leave a comment or question about prepping your home for exterior painting and make sure to come back in a couple weeks to get more information about how you can identify hail damage on your home and what to do about it.

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Back In The Spotlight: New Year’s Resolutions For The Whole Family

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Revisiting 2017 New Year’s Resolutions – For The Whole Family

Okay so it’s been about a month since the ball dropped and we’ve all welcomed in the new year. Many of us have set resolutions for 2017 and I’m sure I’m not alone in admitting some of these have begun to get out of focus while we are all back at our jobs and daily life continues around us. However, now is a great time to revisit those resolutions we set just three weeks ago and bring them back into the spotlight. Here at Vivax Pros, we’ve come up with a few great fun and creative ways to fulfill our resolution to give back to our community and wanted to share them here in order to encourage and motivate you, our readers, to not forget about your own resolutions and to inspire you to continue to set more goals throughout the year.

 

Recently, we thought of helping the hungry, the elderly, the environment, and eventually traded in our thinking caps for hard hats to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. There, we helped to build homes that will soon provide affordable living options for families and individuals in the Denver metro area, and we’ll continue to do good work like this throughout 2017. Building homes may not be for everyone so we thought we’d help get the ideas flowing by compiling a few other options we had for giving back to our Colorado community this year, so go on, dig in!

 

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, in 2015 around 53.1 million Americans had low to very-low food security and of those, 6.4 million of them were children. That’s over 16% of the population. A great new resolution to add to your list, if you haven’t already, is to have your children collect canned and dry goods in the neighborhood or get together with their classmates for a food drive. Then when you’ve got all your goods together, you can easily find a local foodbank with Feeding America, an organization that brings together the national network of foodbanks. Click here to see where and how to donate with Feeding America!

 

Ok, so you’ve donated canned goods to families in need on behalf of Feeding America, but you still have a little extra time on your hands. Consider becoming a Snow Buddy with Volunteers of America. Work off those holiday goodies and have fun in the the snow by shoveling snow for a senior in your community that needs the help. The program will match you with a senior buddy within two miles of you and whenever we get dumped with snow, you’ll have the opportunity to get your heart rate going shoveling it away while also giving back to the community you care so much about. For more details for Snow Buddies visit the site here.

 

Helping the hungry and elderly in your community is a great way to create a positive impact on a local scale. Looking for something bigger than just local? How about donating to The Vivax Community Improvement Foundation and helping to support the Rocky Mountain Tree Festival, a project that, by working with volunteers, plants native trees in areas of Colorado that were severely affected by the flooding in 2013 and need help restoring the natural ecosystems that were washed away. Last year Vivax Pros planted roughly 4,500 trees (one for every customer) and this coming year we plan to plant even more. Help to make that goal a reality by donating or signing up here to be a volunteer and plant trees yourself!

 

There are tons of great opportunities to give back to your community in 2017 and these ideas are a sure way to fulfill a resolution for community service and involvement for the whole family. Maybe you’ll make a new friend, hit that exercise goal, support reforestation, or will be able to check off that volunteering resolution you’ve set for 2017. Either way, you’ll be making an impact for Coloradans in your community and beautiful Colorado as a whole.

 

We’d also love to hear all about other resolutions you have for 2017. Share them on our Facebook page here, and see what others within our Vivax community have resolved to do in this new year.

Beautifying Your Home, From the Inside-Out

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Your house should be a place where you can truly unwind and recharge after your day. You come home, kick off your shoes, and pick a room to settle in. Which one is your favorite? Maybe the family room is, because there’s a comfy place to relax and you’re surrounded by mementoes of special times in your life. Maybe it’s the living room near the front door, because that room has the best view of the mountains. Or, let’s be honest, it’s the kitchen because you head straight there when you walk through the door.

 

No matter which room is your first choice for relaxation, a little fresh paint around the house adds a new dimension of beauty to welcome you home. However, the reality of painting the house is always more work than we anticipate. You have to buy the paint and supplies, then get to work protecting the furniture, art, and other items around the rooms, laying down drop cloths and taping the trim.

 

Ok. So you’ve finished getting ready. Now it’s going to take you a few hours, or even days, to apply the paint. Then it has to dry. Then you pick up drop cloths and move everything back to it’s place. Whew. All done.

And that’s just one room.

 

Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone else do all that while you’re taking care of other things? Interior paint projects can be a lot more hassle than you might expect. Vivax Pros uses the highest-quality paint, and we pay attention to detail to ensure your satisfaction with the work. When everything is done, usually in about a day, we clean up after ourselves and leave your home looking like it was painted by magic. It’s almost like it never happened, except that there’s a fresh coat of paint to admire!

Vivax Pros is your number one choice for all of your painting projects because we guarantee to treat you and your home with the utmost respect: we constantly strive for perfection from start to finish, and we are always available to answer your questions promptly. We have over 10,000 satisfied customers throughout Colorado for a good reason. If you want to chat with us about painting your home, inside or out, give us a call!

Easy DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner and if you’re like most people you’ve probably left getting a present to the last minute. For whatever reason buying gifts for the woman that raised you can be terribly stressful however this Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be. We’ve compiled a few ideas for easy, thoughtful gifts for Mom that are sure to move her much more than a three wick candle from Bath and Body Works…yet again. Scroll below and find which category your mom falls into and prepare yourself to be her new favorite.

The Giving Mother– If your Mom is the type of woman to put all others before herself (which mom doesn’t?) then she deserves a little pampering herself. Set it up so she can enjoy a day at the spa or create a spa day at home with this bath soak DIY. If she’s not at all into self indulgence, show her how well you listen to what matters to her and make a donation in her name to one of her favorite charities. If you can’t think of one off the top of your head The Rocky Mountain Tree Festival does amazing work in Colorado.

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The Green Thumb Mom– This definitely isn’t my Mom, we’re more of the “Everything we touches dies” kind of people however, if your Mother enjoys the greener things in life you can never go wrong with a plant. Choose one that’s particularly beautiful or a sturdy plant like cacti and succulents. Check out this tutorial on how to make a hanging terrarium, it’s easy, looks amazing, and it’s much cheaper than buying one pre made.

The White Wine Mother– If your Mom enjoys a glass (or two) after a long day take all those corks, or purchase some cork vase fillers from a craft store, and make this awesome DIY cork initial. Just a tip, hot glue and wooden letter work best.

The Crafty Mom– Did your Mom absolutely adore your macaroni art as a child? Well, it’s time to break out the glitter glue and kick it old school with a handmade present. Try this awesome DIY mug for the long distance Mom or, if your crafty skills are unmatched tackle this amazing family tree serving tray DIY. You might need to hit up ancestry.com but it’s adorable AND functional.

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The Mom that Has Everything– I get it, your Mom has it all. So what on Earth are you supposed to do? Something she’ll really love then is more action than anything tangible. It’s time to tackle something on the dreaded “Honey Do List” to see your Mom smile. There are always things on there that end up getting pushed to the back burner but it’s time to take them on. Get the windows washed, finally get the home painted, redo the deck just in time for Summer. Think about what she’s been asking someone to do for ages and make it happen!

Whatever you choose to do for your Mom just make her feel special and loved. Usually, it doesn’t matter what gift you bring to the table as long as you can spend some quality time with the people that matter most. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there!

Rrrrruff! Denver Furry Scurry May 7th

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There’s a good chance there’s a pup around somewhere to greet you with a wagging tail and big, canine smile the minute you walk into the Vivax Pros office. Our love for furry ones and commitment to serving the communities we work in combine beautifully at the Furry Scurry, presented in Denver’s Washington Park by The Dumb Friends League this Saturday May 7th. We’ll be there with you while we all work together to raise money for the 20,000 homeless pets that The DFL cares for each year by walking around Wash Park with our friends and neighbors, leash in hand.

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Members of the Vivax team will be available throughout the Scurry to answer questions about our services, processes and best-in-class warranties, as well as chat with you about the home improvement projects you’ve got planned for this year. If you’ve started thinking about painting your house, replacing your roof, or changing out some or all of your windows, come see us to find out more about what we can do for you, and set up a free estimate with us.
This is really just an opportunity for us to play with as many furry friends as possible but stop by our table if you have any projects coming up and we’ll be happy to get you more information. This is the perfect opportunity to swap heartfelt and goofy stories about our pets, help out an amazing cause, and talk about your home care needs this year. We would love the opportunity to give you a free estimate on painting your home, including the dog house!

Growing Together at the Rocky Mountain Tree Festival

 digs 2016 blog(4)When exploring the Colorado landscape, our shared appreciation for the outdoors is no secret. There is a strong, enduring relationship between our healthy, happy communities and the blooming elements of nature. And happy neighbors make for a thriving neighborhood, right?

To celebrate Earth Day here in Colorado, communities all around our state have shared in our understanding the important role we each play in preserving what makes Colorado special – our landscape. It is an enduring source of pride for the folks who live here, and trees are at the heart of this relationship. We all do our part to protect, preserve and promote the elements that enhance our neighborhoods. As a local Colorado company we’re right there with you. Running through our blood is a passion for all that contributes to a strong community, starting with your own home. Vivax Pros partnered with Denver Digs of The Park People to contribute to Earth Day by distributing and planting trees all around the Metro area. Thank you for being part of the celebration!

Tons of Vivaxians and locals came together to volunteer their time in order to ensure that 1,400 trees had loving new homes; from planting trees around the metro area to distributing saplings to folks who had requested them for their own little corners of Colorado. It was incredibly inspiring to see the huge turnout especially considering the cold, wet weather that came just in time for distribution day. Despite the snow every single person that participated, volunteers and customers alike, had a smile on their face and it felt great to be doing something so good for the community. Sometimes it’s the simple things, like planting a tree, that have the biggest impacts on the spaces we share. It was truly an honor to meet all of you and share warm smiles in the chilly weather.

We have another HUGE project in the works for this summer working with the Wildlands Restoration Volunteers that will really benefit the communities we service in northern Colorado so definitely check back in with us next month for more information on that.

*Psssst.* By the way, have you watered your tree yet? If you need any tips on how to ensure your tree stays happy and healthy check out this helpful post from Denver Digs!

Prepping your Home for Paint

Untitled drawing(1)There are over 1,100 painters in Colorado.  How can you be sure the company you chose won’t be the one to leave you with a half decent job for a over-inflated price?  The answer, is in the painter’s preparation. Here at Vivax Pros we proudly boast Colorado’s strongest warranty program.   We would not be able to stand behind a 14 year warranty if we didn’t  hold our painters to the highest standards of preparation.  To guarantee this quality, each painting crew is certified by Vivax Pros according to a 6 step mantra that has become the corner stone of our success.

Drop it:  You want your house painted; not your yard, flowers, statues, driveway, or dog.  Before we do anything, you can count on Vivax to lay down drop clothes over any important surface where paint doesn’t belong.

Pound it: If you love decorating your home for the holidays, you probably have a few nails sticking out of your house. We will hammer or remove every single nail on your house. This allows us to properly paint your home while also protecting the wood on the home from absorbing water through the holes.

Scrape it:  If paint is peeling off your house, it is our responsibility to scrape it downs to create an even surface to work on. If it’s isn’t scraped, the fresh paint won’t go on as cleanly, causing more peeling down the line.  This step may include replacing any pieces of wood that have softened due to extreme weathering.

Prime it: Vivax warranties our paint and workmanship for up to 14 years.  Of all the steps we take to stand behind that warranty, the most important is the Primer. We prime the bottom three boards of your house all the way around. This creates a seal on the most vulnerable areas of the home against moisture.

Caulk it:  Every open corner and crack of the home will be filled in with caulk to ensure a long lasting finish.

Mask it: if we can’t cover it with drop cloth,  we will mask it with plastic.  This means all Windows, wall mounted light fixtures, and anything else that is important to you.  We will stop at no length to protect the things you care about.

Paint it: Finally, we do the fun part.  Vivax will beautify every inch of your home with the highest grade of Sherwin Williams Paint. Whether you are freshening up the home with the same color scheme, or changing it up with a brand new combo, Vivax will not collect a dime from you until you are 100% happy about our work.  This is our promise to you.  This is the Vivax Way.

Spot it Early: How to Know when to Paint your Home

  Untitled drawing  Here at Vivax, we believe that the first step to fixing a problem, is learning about it.  We take great pride in our work and although it may sound silly, we find that a thorough knowledge of products, processes and our client’s needs have allowed us to be successful.  Likewise, we make it our job to ensure our clients are fully informed when it comes to our process and products.  Whether it is paint, roofing, gutters, windows or solar,  it’s our goal to leave each homeowner with a thorough understanding of how to best protect and beautify their home.  With that in mind, over the next few weeks, we will be giving homeowners the tips and tools they need to feel confident about their home improvement projects and act quickly when they notice something failing on their home.

1.  Chipping under the side boards
This is where it all starts, folks. Take a walk around your house. Take a look at the underside of the wood boards along your home. If there are small speckled pieces of paint hanging along the bottom edges, then it’s time to start thinking about paint. It is unlikely that your HOA or other neighbors would notice such a detail on your home. That’s why it’s important to keep an eye out for it yourself. By spotting the failing paint early, you have the opportunity to save yourself thousands in extra work.

2.  Peeling paint under window sills and bottom of deck supports
Trim and window sills are also among the first to start showing their age.  Typically, due to their location on the home, window sills,  trim, and base boards will begin chipping and peeling before the rest of the house.  In Colorado, this can be accelerated due to snow sitting against the house that is then soaked up into unprotected or worn down wood.

3.  Fading and loss of color
“Honey, is it just me, or does the house not look like it used to?”  It probably isn’t just you.  After 5 or 6 years, most paint (especially dark paint) will lose its original color and begin to fade.  This fading will be most apparent on the sides of your home that see the most sunshine, the worst of which being the South and West sides of the home.

4.  Cracking along edges
There are many cracks and spaces on a home that cannot be filled simply with paint.  Painters filled these cracks with caulk before the house is painted.  As time goes by,  these borders can crack and begin to open up.  If this problem isn’t address, water will soak into the cracks and eventually lead to much bigger (and more expensive) problems.

5.  Rotting
Other than a bad case of termites, rotting is the worst thing that can happen to the wood on your home.  Rotting happens when wood absorbs water, causing it to soften and deteriorate.  When the wood on your house has turned dark brown or black and is soft to the touch, it is rotten.  Any rotten area will require complete replacement. if you’re not sure if you have rotted wood, make sure to ask your paint professional about any areas of concern.

If you notice any of these symptoms around your home, let Vivax Pros or your paint professional take a closer look to see how they can help. Your home is typically your largest investment. It is your responsibility to make sure that you assess damage and act quickly to ensure the life of your home. By keeping up with maintenance and properly budgeting for projects you will see the benefits of quality work and your home will thank you for it.