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Cost Comparison to Save You Money

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

 

It’s December, and we all know what that means. ‘Tis the season…for spending. A lot. But don’t set your home on the back burner. It needs some Christmas cheer too, and Rhino Shield has the perfect, cost saving solution for you.

Our exterior coating is the best in the business. It’s long lasting, and will save you money too! Basic latex and acrylic paints need to be repainted every three to seven years. That sure is pricey! Our exterior coating will keep your home looking fabulous for twenty five years.

Our exterior coating is unique. It contains high solid contents and binders, and has been applied to both industrial and commercial sites all around the world. Why not invest in this same amazing technology for your home?

Pricing for paint varies immensely with location. We’re seeing more and more cost increases, and less and less quality products. Paint is easily watered down. This causes cracking, peeling, and unwanted maintenance that Rhino Shield’s exterior coating avoids.

Let’s compare Rhino Shield’s exterior coating and paint:

Binders

Paint: Latex, Acrylic

Rhino Shield: Acrylic, Urethane, Elastomeric

Solids

Paint: Clay, Minerals

Rhino Shield: Ceramic Microspheres, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide

Solid Percentage

Paint: 30-35%

Rhino Shield: 60%

Primer

Paint: Basic Latex

Rhino Shield: Exclusive Adhesive Primer

Thickness

Paint: 1.5 dry mils per coat

Rhino Shield: 10 dry mils minimum

 

Cost is important to almost every home owner out there, and we understand that. It’s hard to give exact estimates. Every home is different. Costs can vary based on size, shape, and region as well.

Our coating is long lasting, and worth every penny. Up front, the numbers may look different than the cost of basic paint. In the long run though, our exterior coating will help decrease your costs as well as the petty maintenance that comes along with basic paint, all while increasing your home’s value and lightening your to do list!

We know the holiday season is both busy and pricey. Make the right decision for you and your home by giving the gift of Rhino Shield this Christmas!

 

Key Items to Look for When Buying a Home

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Are you in the market for a new home? Whether you’re a first time home buyer, or one who has been around the block a time or two, here’s a list of key items to look for when searching for your next home.

Good Foundation

You want to make sure your future home is built on a solid foundation, literally and figuratively. It’s okay if there is some settling. However, if things are sinking, there’s a HUGE problem. That’s why you always have an inspection done. You never know what’s hiding underneath the shell of a home.

New Big Ticket Items

Homes are expensive, and there will always be little fixes that need to be taken care of, as well as maintenance to make sure your home stays in the best shape possible. It’s best to search for homes with newer Hot Water Heaters, Roofs, and HVAC units. Paint is an easy, and cheap fix. If your big ticket items are on the verge of dying, it’s going to cost you a pretty penny for replacement.

Long Lasting Siding

There are several different types of siding options out there including vinyl, wood, brick, stone, metal, and hardi plank siding. Certain options are better than others. Brick, as well as hardi plank siding are low maintenance sidings that are incredibly durable and long lasting. Both brick and hardi plank siding can be painted if exterior colors need a face lift.

Perks

There are several other things to look for when searching for a home that can add to its value, helping to keep cash in your pocket. Keep an eye out for homes with new, stainless steal appliances. Thermal pane windows are also an added benefit. They’re energy efficient, lowering your electric bill and keeping your home cooler in the summer. Wood flooring also adds value to a home, especially if they’re throughout the home or throughout the main level.

Property

It’s important to have a decent size lot. It’s rare these days, especially is suburban areas, but it adds immense value. Fenced in yards also add value. Families with dogs, and other pets, as well as children look specifically for homes with fenced in yards. It is great for resale, so keep that in mind.

Rhino Shield Exterior Coating

Rhino Shield’s exterior coating is ALWAYS an added bonus. It’s ceramic base works alongside of an adhesive sealing primer to insulate, resist algae, mold, and salt air. It also offers protection from fire and UV damage. The best part, is that Rhino Shield’s exterior coating lasts for 25 years! If that’s not a benefit, we don’t know what is.

Head over to our main page to find out more on Rhino Shield, and good luck in your search. We know you’ll find the perfect house to call a home!

The First Time Home Buyer’s Guide to Buying

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Are you a first time home buyer? Are you stressed? Confused? Not sure what to do? You are not alone.

The housing market is on fire. But it’s a seller’s market, so buyers beware! Inventory is low, but demand is higher than ever. It’s not unusual for sellers to receive more than one offer. In fact, a single home in a seller’s market can receive upwards of seven to twelve offers. So where’s the best place to start? Here are several tips that can help you through the process of first time home buying. You can do this! We believe in you!

1.Figure Out What You Can Afford

You can do this by talking to a mortgage lender or using an affordability calculator, but always remember to aim low. Lenders usually provide you with a number that’s on the top end of your budget. Make sure you are comfortable with the number, and if possible, buy a home that still allows you to live your life the way you currently do. If you like to eat out several times a week, or travel the world often, make sure to buy a home at a price that allows you to maintain your lifestyle.

2. Figure Out the Best Loan Type for You

There are several different types of loans, which can make things confusing. Do your research, and figure out which type of loan is best for you. There are fixed-rate and adjustable-rate loans, each with their own advantages. There are conventional loans, as well as government-insured loans like FHA Loans, VA Loans, USDA Loans, and even First Time Home Buyer Loans.  Each loan has their positives and negatives, but there’s one out there that will fit your needs better than the rest. Take your time, and figure out which one that is.

3. Find the Best Rate

Shopping for a mortgage is similar to shopping for a new car. You have to shop around the find the best deal. Interest rates vary from lender to lender, and so do other fees like closing costs. We encourage buyers to get quotes from several different lenders. It can save you a great deal of money in the long run, especially when it comes to interest rates, because we all know interest is what costs us the most.

4. Don’t Empty Out Your Savings

It doesn’t matter if you buy a brand new home, a home that was previously owned, or a renovated flip project. There will inevitably be something that needs to be fixed, replaced, changed, or updated. In preparation for buying your first home, make sure to save not only enough money for a down payment, closing costs, and moving expenses, but for future home repairs as well.

5. Be Careful With Other Purchases

Once you’ve found a house, put in a offer, and your offer has been accepted, be careful with your credit! Don’t open any new lines of credit, take out an auto loan, or make abnormal or large purchases (like furniture or appliances). Wait until after closing to do this! It’s important to maintain your current credit as much as possible. The lender’s mortgage decision is based on your credit score as well as your debt-to-income ratio. Applying for credit can reduce your credit score. Getting a new loan, or adding to your monthly debt payments, will increase your debt-to-income ratio. None of that is good from a mortgage lender’s perspective.

6. Get the Best Home Owner’s Insurance for Your Home

Don’t underestimate how much your home or your personal belongings are worth! Your property’s appraisal is important, but that alone is not enough. Take into consideration any improvements you make, as well as the value of your appliances, furniture, clothing and electronics. Make sure to account for everything that would have to be replaced

7. Maintain Both the Interior and Exterior of Your Home

Homes require a lot of upkeep. Some tasks are more important than others, but it all adds to the value of your home. Houses don’t come with an owner’s manual, so it’s important to do research and find out what all needs to be done to keep your home looking and feeling its best! And Rhino Shield can help! Head over to our main page to find out why our coating will help keep your home’s exterior fresh and protected for the next 25 years!

 

We know home buying is stressful, but it should also be fun! Keep your head up, prepare, research, and enjoy your new home!

Painted Brick Exterior Has Never Been More Popular

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Painted brick is becoming more and more popular, and it’s obvious why! This fresh new look gives your home an updated and upscale vibe that regular brick lacks. It doesn’t matter if you have a four sided brick ranch, or a two story colonial. Painting it’s exterior is the perfect way to update a boring or outdated home.

It’s also a relatively easy process! And there are so many options. Paint your brick a dark grey or green to give it a more moody look. Or go with a white or cream for a more classic and clean feel. The possibilities are endless! Just look at the transformation.

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Regular painted brick needs to be repainted every 3-5 years, and requires a lot of maintenance. Rhino Shield’s exterior coating is ceramic, helping with heat penetration. This is especially important during the hot summer months in the South. Rhino Shield’s exterior coating will protect your home’s exterior while keeping your interior cool in the summer months, and toasty in the winter.

Rhino Shield truly can do it all. So if you’re thinking about redoing your brick exterior, contact us today! We’ll be happy to lay out the pros and cons of painted brick. Give us a call or visit our main page to find out more about our products. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Rhino Shield Georgia Sponsors Special Olympics’ Duck Pluck

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Rhino Shield Georgia is excited to share their support for the Special Olympics at their 13th Annual Duck Pluck Atlanta event. We absolutely love supporting our local charities, and Special Olympics Atlanta is one of our favorites! This year, the event will take place at Post Chastain, August 10th at 1:00pm.

How to Participate

Each year, the Special Olympics Atlanta sets a goal for the community to adopt 10,000 yellow rubber duckies, raising money to provide meals, housing, and medals for athletes at their five State Games. On August 10th, all 10,000 ducks will take a swim in Post Chastain’s pool. Seven ducks will be “plucked” out for prizes. There are several ways to help raise money and join the cause!

Single Duck Adoptions

For just $5, individuals are able to adopt a single duck. This provides one meal for one athlete at the State Games.

Quack Pack

For $30, seven ducks will be adopted! This provides gold, silver, and bronze medals for one competition at State Games. (And you’ll even receive one souvenir junior duck in the mail.)

Mega Quack Pack

For $60, fourteen ducks will be adopted and helps provide two nights housing for four athletes at State Games.

Flock of Ducks

For $100, twenty two ducks will be adopted. This provides two nights housing and two meals for four athletes at State Games.

Golden Goose Pack

For $200, forty five ducks will be adopted! This provides two nights housing and two meals for EIGHT athletes at State Games.

Prizes

Donating not only helps an amazing cause, but also provides you an opportunity to win some amazing prizes including:

A two-night stay at the Mandarin Oriental in Atlanta

Two round-trip tickets on Spirit Airlines

A two-night stay at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island

A Dell laptop computer

$400 MasterCard gift card

$250 Macy’s gift card

$250 Waffle House gift card

 

Head over to Duck Pluck Atlanta to donate today, or join our team directly at https://www.duckrace.com/atlanta/teams/7430. We hope to see each of you on August 10th!

Coastal Homes Rock Rhino Shield Exterior Coating

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

The eastern coastal areas of Hilton Head, Bluffton, Beaufort, Savannah, and Sun City are packed with beauty. From historic homes in the heart of Savannah, to million dollar beach bungalows in Hilton Head, the east coast has it all! Including salt filled air and UV rays from the summer sun. This makes the east coast a prime location for Rhino Shield’s exterior coating.

The damp, salty air of the coast can make it difficult to maintain the exterior part of any home or building. But Rhino Shield’s exterior coating is a durable, flexible, low maintenance wall coating that helps resist water penetration. It’s perfect for coastal homes and can be used on hardi plank, stucco, vinyl, and even cedar planked homes, all of which are popular in these marshy coastal areas. Check out two of our most recent coastal home projects below!

Cedar Plank Home- Bloomingdale, Georgia

Stucco Home- Bluffton, South Carolina

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When your home is located on or near the beach, deterioration can occur 5-10 times faster than it would anywhere else. Rhino Shield’s exterior coating has a Class A fire rating, resists UV light, air pollution, mildew, and lowers the rate of corrosion caused from salt air moisture that occurs as a result of coastal weather conditions.

Rhino Shield can adhere to all common exterior surfaces and reflect over 90% of the sun’s rays. And as most of you coastal homeowners know, the sun near the ocean is powerful all year around. Rhino Shield is also environmentally friendly (low-VOC) and non-toxic. It even has a ceramic base which means it will never chip or flake like other paint products tend to do.

With hundreds of color options to choose from, the possibilities are endless. And no matter what the weather, Rhino Shield homes will continue looking great for 25 years! If you’re a coastal resident looking for a better option when it comes to your home’s exterior, give us a call today. You won’t be disappointed.

 

Community Involvement Top Priority for Rhino Shield Georgia

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Community involvement is top priority for us at Rhino Shield. We love our city, our state, and all of the outstanding charitable organizations in it! What better way to show our love, than through charitable donations to these amazing organizations.

SMILE 5k

A few weeks back we sponsored and participated in St. Mary’s Independent Living Extensions’ S.M.I.L.E. 5k race. Along with the support of Saint John Newman Catholic Church, the organization was able to host its eighth 5k race and one mile fun run at the Lilburn City Park and Greenway Trail. St. Mary’s Independent Living Extensions (SMILE) is a nonprofit organization that provides supported living services to developmentally disabled  adults in the community. SMILE’s 5k race was a huge success, and we had a blast being a part of it.

SMILE 5k

A success and sweaty 5k race for SMILE.

Big Heart Hustle

June 9th will be our second major 5k race of the year supporting Camp Big Heart at the Big Heart Hustle. Camp Big Heart is a summer camp focusing exclusively on providing a camping experience for special needs children and adults. The Inaugural Big Heart Hustle 5K takes off  Sunday, June 10th at 8:00am. The course, located entirely within beautiful Brook Run Park in Dunwoody, Georgia is runner and walker friendly. Post-race activities include music, food, vendors, and a variety of kid friendly activities. 100% of the event proceeds go to support Camp Big Heart, providing needed supplies, equipment, and scholarships for campers who would not otherwise be able to attend.

Head over to the Camp Big Heart website for more information or to sign up for the big day! We can’t wait to see you all there. It is a wonderful cause for the community. Don’t miss out. And don’t forget to head to our Main Page to find more information on Rhino Shield and all of our great products.

April Showers Bring May Flowers and Mold

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

April has always been known for it’s heavy rain and cloudy days. This year has been no exception. We’re beyond ready for sunshine! Have we had a sunny weekend in the last two months?

Where there’s rain, there’s problems. An important part of maintaining your home’s exterior is protecting it from the outside elements. To keep it looking fresh and clean,  it’s important to take necessary steps to prevent unsightly bio growth including mold, mildew, and algae. Rhino Shield has the perfect products to help you maintain the beauty of your home’s exterior.

Mildew

Mildew is a thin whitish coating consisting of minute fungal hyphae, growing on plants or damp organic material such as paper or leather. Mildew is a very common focus that can be found almost anywhere that dampness occurs. For the most part, mildew can be clean be cleaned using mildew removers, or bleach.

Mold

A mold or mould is a fungus that grows in the form of multicellular filaments called hyphae. Mold is everywhere, both in the air and on varying surfaces. It thrives in moisture, and is often found in homes where leaks. Mold is commonly found in windows, or pipes, or on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. It can grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery according to the CDC.

Algae

Algae is the simple nonflowering plant of a large group that includes the seaweeds and many single-celled forms. Algae contain chlorophyll but lack true stems, roots, leaves, and vascular tissue. They thrive in moist habitats. and can survive in a wide range of temperatures. They can be found in water or on land.

Most standard paints use a basic mildewcide. Rhino Shield uses a four prong approach to combat a wide range of mildew, fungi, and algae. In addition, inorganic additives such as zinc oxide (used in skin rash pastes) are used to provide long term effectiveness. Best of all Rhino Shield fights bio growth in an eco-friendly way! The biocides and additives are zero-VOC EPA registered agents. So say goodbye to mold, mildew, and algae! Head over to Rhino Shield’s main page for more information.

 

Commercial Projects Boast Beautiful Exteriors

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Commercial projects may not be at the forefront of Rhino Shield’s advertisements, social media posts, or website, but it’s a huge part of our company. We put a tremendous amount of effort and work into our large projects, just as we do our small ones. We may not be able to do skyscrapers, but we can do just about anything else!

With our trusted work crews, and reputable products you can trust us to take on any job! From shopping centers, churches, banks, and schools, to businesses, manufacturing plants, apartments buildings and condos, we’re your go-to crew!

Delmar Gardens in Smyrna recently entrusted us to give the exterior of their building a facelift, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome!

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We recently finished up a commercial shopping center as well! Although the building didn’t undergo any major color changes, the fresh coat on the exterior of the building was much needed. It will help keep this area looking bright and new for the next 25 years.

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We couldn’t be more pleased with the commercial projects we’ve taken on over the last few years. They’ve all turned out incredibly well, and we’re looking forward to our next big project. Weather it’s big or small, we’re here for all of your exterior needs. Contact us today for a quote!

Home Show Schedule for March Madness

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Home Show season is in full swing, and with Spring just around the corner, it’s time to get your home in tip top shape for the warmer weather. We have Home Shows happening all across the southeast this month. There’s no excuse not to go.

Chattanooga

The Tri-State Home Show is this weekend, March 2nd-4th at the Chattanooga Convention and Trade Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. With over 500 booths, featuring products and services for new home construction, whole house renovations, flooring, bathrooms, kitchens, landscaping, remodeling and more, it’s impossible to walk away empty handed. And don’t forget to register to win some awesome prizes while you’re at it. Friday is senior day! Bring your photo ID for discounted admission prices. Children sixteen and under are FREE!

Hilton Head

The Sun City Annual Home and Garden Show will take place March 9th at the Bluffton from 10:00am-2:00pm and is open to all members of the Sun City Subdivision in Hilton Head. Stop by for some home decorating, and updating ideas.

Bluffton

March 16th-18th is the Low Country Home & Garden Show at the Buckwalter Recreation Center. The Home Show will feature hundreds of local home and garden pros, all in one location, who will provide guests the insight and inspiration needed to renovate, restore, decorate and landscape homes for the Spring and Summer! Admission is free and open to the public, so stop by and enjoy all it has to offer.

Atlanta

March 23rd-25th is the 40th Annual Spring Atlanta Home Show at the Cobb Galleria Center. Take advantage of the one-stop shop for everything you need for your home, inside and out. Talk face-to-face with over 350 participating companies. And don’t forget to enter to win the grand prize package that includes a 7 LED fixture outdoor lighting package as well as a Weston Stone Fire Pit Kit. Marietta’s own Red Hare Brewing Company will have a backyard beer garden, which we think is reason enough to stop by.

Rhino Shield will be at each of these exciting Home Shows. Stop by and see us, and head over to our main page for more information.