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    "The painting/repair team assigned to us was so professional, polite and efficient. The attention to small details made our house look really great. Tom, Bill and the team really listened to our concerns, whether small or large, and eliminated them all. It is so delightful to have had such a positive experience. We appreciate it very much."

    Janis P.
    Cleveland

  • Fireplace Doors and Why You Need Them


    Fireplace doors can add safety, efficiency, and style to your home.

    Fireplace doors can add safety, efficiency, and style to your home.

    Winter is upon us in Cleveland, and those of you with fireplaces have probably already lit them a few times this year.  But here’s a serious question for you: Do you have fireplace doors?  Because you really should.  There are three main reasons that fireplace doors are important.

    1. Safety

    Fireplace doors protect your home and your family.  They create a barrier between burning hot flames and inquisitive children/pets.  They also keep the hot embers and sparks from you fire contained to the fireplace, and not on your flammable floors.

    2. Efficiency

    Have you ever felt a cold breeze blowing down your chimney into your house?  Or noticed that the hot air in your warm home is somehow escaping though your fireplace?  Fireplace doors prevent this by creating a thermal barrier between the air in your house and the outside air in the fireplace, so you won’t be fighting constantly to maintain the temperature of your home.

    3. Style

    Let’s face it.  The right fireplace door can add class and charm to your living space, at a very reasonable cost.  How can you go wrong?  With their prevention of injury and property damage, their improvement on energy efficiency, and their undeniable decorative style, fireplace doors may very well be the perfect home improvement this winter.

    For more information on fireplace doors, check out this article.  Photo courtesy of HGTV.

    Filed under: Gadgets & Technology, Home Mechanic Tips

    Good News for Baby Boomers: Robocars Will Be Here Sooner than You Think


    Lexus "Robocar" with Tom Cruise in 2002 Minority Report © Twentieth Century Fox

    Lexus “Robocar” with Tom Cruise in 2002 Minority Report © Twentieth Century Fox

    Usually we view technological advancements as being geared towards a younger crowd.  Surely, all of us at some point have witnessed a senior citizen smile apologetically as they explain: “I just can’t figure out these smartphones, my grandson has to show me how to use it.”  New technology is generally unfamiliar, and best utilized by those who have the time and eagerness to explore it.  But Google has been working on a new venture which, unexpectedly, may appeal more to older adults.

    Self-driving cars, or Robocars, as Google prefers to describe them, are anticipated to be a reality by 2020, and will be more marketable towards Baby Boomers, according to one Google insider.  The reason? Mobility.  As people age, mobility can be a major hurdle to overcome.  Along with physical limitations to movement as a result of aging, seniors often experience more difficulty driving.  This means they have to rely more on public transportation, which can be inconvenient and equally challenging.  Unfortunately, this results in many seniors becoming prisoners in their own homes, shut off from the outside world.

    Google sees Robocars as an answer to this problem.  Initially, they could be implemented in localized areas like retirement communities, acting as taxis or uber vehicles, but cheaper because there’s no driver.  The self-driving cars will probably be available at per-mile or monthly rates, making them an economical choice for people on a fixed income.  There are still some issues with the logistics of getting Robocars on the road, but Google sees it as a high probability that we’ll be seeing them within the next decade.

    Audi "Robocar" with Will Smith in 2004 iRobot © Twentieth Century Fox

    Audi “Robocar” with Will Smith in 2004 iRobot © Twentieth Century Fox

    As Baby Boomers retire, they’re not going to want to settle down.  Robocars will give them the flexibility and mobility they need to continue living their fast paced lifestyle.  And while they may never appeal to the young, who typically enjoy the excitement and independence of driving (think Will Smith in iRobot), Robocars promise an independent future to a subset of the population that has never wanted to be tied down.

    Filed under: Gadgets & Technology

    Winter House Maintenance Tips


    Winter may have come early in Cleveland, but that doesn’t mean your house problems are hibernating.  Homeowners often forget that this cold weather can be rough on a home.  Don’t neglect your wintertime home maintenance, or you’ll find yourself in need of some seriously expensive repairs!  Luckily, Reilly Painting & Contracting provides year round service to make sure your home stays in the best condition, so you don’t have to worry about unexpected emergency fixes.

    Does your roof look like this?  Poor insulation means you need to call Reilly.

    Does your roof look like this? Poor insulation means you need to call Reilly.

    If your roof has the charming look of icicles lacing its edges during the winter, you shouldn’t be so charmed.  Icicles mean that you have poor insulation and you’re losing heat, which causes the snow on your roof to melt and form icicles over the edge.  Cleveland contractors Reilly Painting & Contracting can help fix these insulation problems and make your home more energy efficient.  We also provide winter snow and ice removal.

    Icicles don't look as pretty when you realize that you're watching money leaking out of your home.

    Icicles don’t look as pretty when you realize that you’re watching money leaking out of your home.

    There are lots of areas in your home that may be inefficiently insulated, so it is always a good idea to do a yearly inspection of areas where you may be losing heat, like drafty doors and windows.  But maybe you’re more worried about your home’s foundation.  We also waterproof basements, so you don’t have to worry about water leaking in, ruining your foundation, and flooding your home.  And don’t forget, the number one cause of flooded basements is actually clogged and broken gutters!  When the water from your roof (and all that melting snow) isn’t getting channeled away from your home’s foundation, cracks and leaks develop.  It’s not too late to call Reilly Painting and Contracting and schedule a gutter cleaning, but don’t wait too long, because time’s running out.

    Filed under: Basement, Common Household Repairs, Fix That Leak, Roofing

    Snow Means More Tree Damage and Clogged Gutters


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    Call it an early Thanksgiving treat, but truth be told the crews at Reilly Painting and Contracting were a little surprised to have received an early dumping of snow. Did you feel the same?

    With such a huge amount of snow coming down, houses are now more susceptible to tree damage and clogged gutters. Phones at the office have been ringing off the hook with customers scheduling their fall gutter cleaning. It’s not too late to contact us and be placed on the fall gutter cleaning schedule. We’ll take care of unclogging the gutters and removing any tree damage or debris that may have fallen on the roof.

    So, why is this home maintenance task so important for your home?

    Fall gutter cleaning is an important part of preventative maintenance for your house. During the fall especially, leaves and plant matter build up in your gutters and cause clogs.  And gutter clogs mean that your gutter can’t function properly to channel water away from the house.  This might not seem like a big problem for winter, since most of the water we’ll be getting in the next few months will be frozen, but what happens when the January thaw rolls around?  And spring will be just around the corner before you know it.

    Clogged gutters can cause several serious problems for your house.  They’re the NUMBER ONE cause of basement water problems, because the water from the roof overflows and accumulates around the foundation of the house, creating leaks and a cracked foundation.  The water from backed up gutters can also lead to rotting wood around the gutter, and leaking roofs where the water sits because it has no channel for proper drainage.  The onset of winter only exacerbates this problem, because the freezing water expands, causing ice damns on the roof and more broken gutters.  And don’t think it’s only the house you have to worry about.  Water runoff from overflowing gutters can damage your driveway, create ice-slicks over your sidewalk, and wash away your landscaping.  All of this cost you tons of money!

    You don't want your gutters to look like this in the spring!

    You don’t want your gutters to look like this in the spring!

    Easy solution?  Get those gutters cleaned! Reilly Painting & Contracting in Cleveland provides fall gutter cleaning and repair services.  Don’t neglect this simple home maintenance step.  It will save you lots of money in the future, so contact us today.

     

     

    Photo provided by Window Washers

    Filed under: Common Household Repairs, Fix That Leak

    Take a Magic Leap


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    A mysterious company that made the internet “lose its mind” with a single 15 second clip.  Magic Leap, based in Florida, has developed a brand new technology they’re calling “Cinematic Reality”.  This technology is similar to augmented reality and virtual reality, but it’s supposed to be much more realistic and visually dazzling.

    The idea is that without needing to use a cumbersome headset, a person would see a digital image presented in actual reality, creating the illusion of something appearing in real life that’s not really there.  It uses digitized light fields to overlay images onto the real world.  It mixes the real with the unreal.  Industry insider Thomas Tull said, “It’s so badass, you can’t believe it”.

    Some experts have suggested this effect may be achieved by using a device that would project the image directly onto your retina, but so far Magic Leap has declined to disclose many details.  However, industry leaders are confident of the technology’s potential, with Google coming in as the biggest financial backer to date.

    This is definitely a revolutionary technology to watch.  It may soon change the way we experience reality forever.  To learn more about Magic Leap and see what clip made the internet “lose its mind”, check out the CNN video below:


     

    Filed under: Gadgets & Technology

    Fall Outdoor Work is a Race to the Finish


    Fall is a great time to make this small addition to your backyard

    Fall is a great time to make this small addition to your backyard.

    Fall is quickly slipping away from us, and there’s still so much to do!  While you’re working to make the inside of your home warm and welcoming for the upcoming holidays, don’t neglect the exterior.  Fall in Cleveland is the time when you should be putting your flower beds in order, addressing any insulation problems, and putting away all your warm weather gear.  A little preparation before the winder comes means a lot less work once it’s all over.

    But have you ever noticed that when you trying to put all of you tools and outdoor equipment away, there never seems to be enough room?  Storage is always a precious commodity, and often the tools are last on the totem pole.  I’m sure  I’m not alone when I confess that more than one spring thaw has caught me red-handed with a rusty trowel that didn’t quite make it back to the garage before the snow.

    Simple solution?  Build a shed.  Sheds aren’t the same tiny utilitarian outbuilding you may be familiar with.  These days sheds are a personal style statement, an accessory for your house, and better yet, a custom storage area that will be a joy to use year after year.  Imagine a place for every tool, and every tool in it’s place.  No more hanging your gardening hat on the rake,and say goodbye to tools strewn across the back porch.

    And the best part?  You don’t have to do it alone.  Cleveland Contractors Reilly Painting and Contracting can help you build a shed that’s uniquely you.  We’ll work with you to make sure it satisfies all of your needs.  And fall is the perfect time to get this project out of the way.  Just be sure to call us soon, you don’t want the snow to catch your tools unprepared.  Life is hectic; let Reilly Painting and Contracting take care of what we do best.

    For all of your house upgrades this fall, remember to contact Reilly Painting and Contracting.

    Photos and shed ideas provided by This Old House

    This country cottage shed is a perfect home for more than just tools

    All those little details make this country cottage shed a perfect home for more than just tools.

     

     

     

    When your shed looks this good, you actually want to use it.

    Filed under: Gardening & Landscaping
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    Avoiding the Hoard Before It Gets Worse


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    Hoarding. When I imagine that word, I think back to 12 years ago babysitting for a family who tended to keep the house jammed with stuff. Newspapers. Clothes. Junk food. At the time, I thought the house may have been a bit disorganized due to the lack of square footage, but looking back on those years, the family (particularly the parents) could have very well been suffering from a hoarding disorder.

    After watching a couple of episodes of Hoarders on AE TV, what I saw and experienced back in my teenage years does not come close to what these families are enduring. Houses, office spaces, and backyards are jammed packed if not filled to the ceilings with garbage, documents, antiques, food, and, horror of all horrors, pets. Often times, children of compulsive hoarders are neglected because their parents are unable to manage their hoarding behavior.

    So why do I bring up this topic? One of the services that Reilly Painting and Contracting offers is de-cluttering and organizing homes throughout Cleveland, Ohio. We may not be hoarding experts, but often times customers contact us when they are preparing to buy or sell their home and need assistance getting rid of items from their home. In a way, we’re preventing further clutter and chaos from building up to the point of it reaching a potential hoarding episode.

    We also work with a Cleveland feng shui expert named Martha Royan to ensure that your home or office is organized efficiently.

    If you live in the Cleveland area and believe you may need help organizing your home, or if you know someone who could benefits from our de-cluttering services, please send us an email today to set up an appointment.

    Let us take this burden off of your shoulders. We look forward to helping you get back to doing the things you love to do.

     

     

    Photo provided by PS Mag

    Filed under: De-clutter Your Home

    Signs It’s Time Have Your Roof Repaired


    Is your roof ready for the fall and winter?

    Fixing and repairing roofs during the Cleveland fall and winter season is a big part of the Reilly Painting and Contracting business. Lately we’ve been getting a lot of calls from home owners who have noticed water damage, flooded basements, or roof leaks. Today, we’d like to shed some light on what to look for when it comes calling a professional to fix a roof, or, worst case scenario, installing a new roof.

     

    Roof Repair Symptoms

    1. Light shines through from the roof into the home

    2. After a big rain storm, puddles of water are scattered around the home

    3. Cracked or torn shingles from the roof – This is something you will need to inspect when walking around your home

    4. Excessive amount of shingle granules (they look like large grains of sand) in the gutters — this is a sign of advanced wear

    5. Old age – How old is the roof? The average age is between 20 and 25 years

    If you nodded to any of these roof repair warning signs, we suggest giving us call today to schedule an estimate before worse weather in Cleveland starts to set in!

    Take a look at these photos below for additional signs and symptoms of roof repair

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    As a Cleveland home owner or renter, these are problems that need to be fixed immediately. Please contact Reilly Painting and Contracting today to schedule a roofing estimate.

     

     

     

    Information provided by Angie’s List and Improve Net

    Photos provided by TenList and Select the Home Repair

    Filed under: Fix That Leak, Roofing

    Easy DIY Halloween Home Decorations


    Halloween in Cleveland, Ohio, is only a few weeks away. If you’re one of those people who wants to get a jump start on Halloween decorations, we’ve found some easy decorations that you can make on your own. Or, get the kids involved and have them create them with you!

    Hanging Bats

    Trace, glue, snip..you’e done!

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    Dancing Lawn Ghosts

    Make your home the scariest in the neighborhood by using Styrofoam and cheesecloth

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    Monster Archway

    Neighbors will love passing under this face to get their treats

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    Photos and decoration ideas provided by Listotic 

    Filed under: Fun Stuff
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    Dry Erase Board Paint Demonstration

    Last Friday, we sat down with one of our representatives from Sherwin Williams in University Heights, Ohio to give us a demonstration on one of the newest and hottest home decor products, dry erase board paint. Take a look at our YouTube video below, and make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel for more home repair and house contracting tips!

     

     

    Filed under: Fun Stuff, Painting & Remodeling