Powering Away The Past!

Algae Covered North Side

Algae Covered North Side

In one of our recent projects, our client secured us to power wash their home. While the front is all brick, the two sides and back are vinyl siding. The north side of the house was covered in very unsightly algae. The remainder of the siding was covered in simply the natural accumulation of dirt.

Deck Before Cleaning

Deck Before Cleaning

In addition to the house, a significant portion of the back yard consisted of a patio area and deck. The deck was also showing significant signs of wear and disrepair. In fact, the homeowner was recently approached by a contractor stating the deck simply needed to be torn down. I convinced them to let me try to clean it up and then we could get a much better view of what needed to happen.

North Side Cleaned

North Side Cleaned

We arrived on the scene and did a quick walk-around to determine the best plan of action, set up our equipment and started in obliterating that gross green growth! We very quickly witnessed a wonderful transformation to white! BTW…did I mention that pressure washing on a hot, sticky 90+ degree day is almost enjoyable? We moved around to the back where the dirt accumulation was much less intense, but still it received a much needed cleaning.

Deck Cleaned and Ready For Stain

Deck Cleaned and Ready For Stain

From there, our focus turned to the patio and deck area. The grime and wear were quickly stripped away as the wood was transformed to a nearly new look. After it was all cleaned, we performed a thorough inspection of the deck in order to determine a course of action. Other than a section of the deck that had suffered significant decay and deterioration, the homeowner was pleased to hear that a good stain would give them back a peaceful sanctuary for their coffee in the morning, or a place to relax in the evening. Rebuilding the decayed section would naturally be a part of the plan as well.

All in all, now the homeowner has added great curb appeal to their home with the complete exterior cleaning. Once we have completed the minor rebuild, and then apply a good stain, the back yard will again be a place to host family and friends for a cook out and entertaining. Stay tuned as we share the accounts of the deck restoration project!

 

 

 

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So…Why Paint?

Stock photo...but I had this truck!

Stock photo…but I had this truck!

I grew up in the home of a general contractor. Throughout my childhood, I was always trying to emulate the work my father did. His focus was masonry. I had a builders set (similar to today’s Lego’s) that consisted of plastic bricks. I built, in miniature, a lot of the buildings my father built in reality, sort of.

I had an affinity for “little” cars, and not realizing that they one day could prove to be a great source of income, I played with my cars and my Tonka’s. The sand pile beside the garage became my construction site. I built roads, and then I would sneak into the garage, dip into an open bag of mortar and pave my roads. (Not everyone had paved roads in their sandbox!).

Cochran House...one of the early projects I worked on.

Cochran House…one of the early projects I worked on.

As I grew older and stronger, I was recruited to accompany Dad to work. I wasn’t always a willing participant, but looking back on it later in life, I was thankful for the work ethic my father instilled in me. Eventually, I grew to enjoy the work as I became more of a skilled laborer. After marrying my wife, I even decided to pursue a career and working with my dad was the route I would choose. For several years, I worked full time, and later part time, with him. Even after changing career paths, due to the sudden downturn in the construction business in the mid 80’s, I continued to work odd jobs and stay connected to my construction roots.

When the full time missionary phase of our lives wrapped up a few years ago and we returned to the States, I needed to find a new path that would allow me to buy groceries and such, yet still maintain a flexibility to continue our ministry focus. Painting was something I had done on the side, but now it seemed that it was the perfect answer for this phase of life. My brother in law had recently started his own painting company and we quickly became a well-oiled work crew machine. When God provided us with our MIRACLE grandchild, we easily made the decision to relocate to be a part of her life ( well and her parents also). This opened the door for me to step into the role of Small Business Owner and Final Coat Professional Painting was born!

I had several construction options that I could have pursued but easily settled on becoming a painting contractor. It was a skill that I had been able to hone over the past several years and it was somewhat easy to at least get started.  I truly enjoy working with clients to see their project goals satisfied, whether a simple refresh or a major update!

Moving into a new city and starting a service-focused business is a challenge. Many new businesses are able to rely on family, friends and existing contacts to get started. We don’t necessarily have an abundant wealth of those but I am truly thankful that doors have opened and new contacts are begin made with each new project. We look forward to including you on that list soon if you are not already there!why-paint-collage