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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!

Keep Your Gutters Clean

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Gutters play an essential role in the upkeep of your home, but before they can do their job, you need to do yours!

Rain gutters are positioned to extend beyond the edges of a roof to collect both rain and hail runoff. They are usually located on every side of the home and are attached to  downspouts that carry water to the ground, keeping it away from the sides of the house.

However, it’s important that your gutters be inspected often to make sure they’re working properly. There are several signs that gutters either need to be cleaned or replaced.

First and foremost, keep an eye out for water stains. This is a tell tale sign that gutters need cleaning. Wood damage is another give away, along with a black color in between the edges and around the seams of your gutters.

If you find yellow stains along your home’s soffits, this can indicate gutter or roof leaks and should be addressed immediately to prevent flooding and water damage.

Always make sure that your gutters are free of leaves, as well as trees. Keeping trees and other hedges trimmed away from the house is essential in keeping your gutters working properly. If you find that trees are somehow growing out of your gutters, gutter guards and leaf guards can help!

Always remember, hand washing or pressure washing is the best way to keep gutters clean, clear, and functioning properly so that your home doesn’t look like this one:

Keep your gutters clean, because when they feel loved, so does your home! If you’re in Georgia and are in need of a pressure washer, head over to our Say Goodbye to Pollen blog for a list of reputable businesses in your area. There are several gutter professionals in and around the Atlanta area as well including:

Trusted Gutter Solutions, LLC

Pro Gutter Roof Siding

Buddy Allen Roofing & Construction

J&M Seamless Gutters

Morales Gutters, LLC

404 Gutters, LLC

 

For more information give Rhino Shield a call at (678) 205-4500. We’ll be happy to help!