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From samples to digital renderings, how we help you find your home’s color

The outside of your house is a reflection of the many things inside: family, friends, hard work, strong values, memorable pasts, and eventful futures. This is why it should be treated with just as much love and care as any other part of your home.

Professional Color Service House PaintingOne essential element that displays the true personality of your home is the paint color. Find your home’s color with a simple process curated by the exterior paint experts at Crash of Rhinos Painting.

Keep reading for tips and advice from these color professionals to help you find the perfect exterior paint color in Phoenix for your stucco home.

1. An inspection can help us find your home’s color

Our quality exterior painting experts conduct a thorough inspection prior to providing a quote. Included in this careful inspection is a County Assessor’s home sketch.

In addition, an inspection video captures selected painting areas along with sections that may require further work.

2. Make your color choice count

The exterior paint color specialists at Crash of Rhinos Painting have a successful multistep system proven to find your home’s color effectively. Here’s how it works:

  • Step 1: Meet with the company’s professional color consultant. This person will be the liaison between you and your HOA, providing you with a selection of validated color palettes.
  • Step 2: Digital renderings (photos of your current home) are utilized to provide a representation of how your chosen colors will look on your home.
  • Step 3: With the help of your professional color consultant, you make your final color decision. The consultant will then work with the HOA to submit all paperwork.

3. Put some prep in your step

Thorough preparation leads to even better end results. You want a painting company that places value in doing prep work right.

All homes, especially stucco homes, need to be cleaned, properly repaired, and covered prior to painting. While this process may seem tedious, it ensures an even more beautiful outcome in the end. It also helps ensure that the paint is going to last longer.

4. Show your home some love

Are you looking to refresh the exterior of your home? Do you want to discuss paint possibilities for your house? Contact the specialists at Crash of Rhinos to begin your color journey today.

Here’s what makes our paint warranty policy different

At Crash of Rhinos Painting, we offer a seven-year paint warranty. It’s one of the things that makes us different.

In this blog, we’ll dive into just what makes our warranty special, and why an effective exterior painting warranty really matters to you as a homeowner—and says about the company.

To get started with Crash of Rhinos, schedule a free quote with us.

Pictured: Crash of Rhinos seven-year paint warranty certificate7 years, versus 2 years

The state of Arizona mandates that exterior painting companies have to provide at least a two-year warranty on their work.

That may not seem like much warranty, but many other companies tend to stay at 2-3 years, not expecting the layman to know just how long paint should last.

What does a paint warranty policy actually say?

The fewer years that are in the warranty, the less confident the painting company is in its prep work, its paint, or its quality assurance process. This makes sense: if a contractor knows that their paint actually only lasts five years, they’re not going to want to guarantee it for six. They’d be out of business!

Many exterior painters stick close to the two-year minimum for two reasons: first, because they aren’t obligated to offer more and, second, because they’re not confident in their products or services, or how their paint will stand up to a beating from Arizona’s sun and monsoon weather.

What our paint warranty says about us

In contrast, Crash of Rhinos offers a seven-year warranty on our exterior painting work. That’s five years above-and-beyond the minimum requirement.

Why? It’s because we know that our superior paint (Dunn-Edwards), thorough prep work, and careful quality assurance all add up to a home painting that is going to last for seven years or longer.

Oh, and here’s another thing:

Even if an exterior painting company offers a warranty—even a longer one—be sure to ask them just how much that warranty will cost. Many companies attract customers with generous warranties that they then upcharge people for when their service is complete.

Again, to contrast, our seven-year warranty comes with our service. No extra fees. No extra upcharge. In fact, it’s something that we lay out upfront in our proposal packet. It’s something that we feel customers deserve.

Choose Crash of Rhinos Painting

When it comes to exterior painting here in Phoenix, you have many choices. However, when it comes to great, customer-trusted exterior painting companies with an included, seven-year warranty, there’s really only one right choice: Crash of Rhinos Painting.

If your stucco home needs exterior painting, give us a call to schedule a free quote.

Here are the 5 things customers love about Crash of Rhinos Painting

Crash of Rhinos Painting is proud to be one of the best-reviewed exterior painting companies here in the Valley. That’s a reflection of not just the quality of our work at the end of the project, but our entire process.

In this blog, we’ll talk about the 5 things customers say they love about Crash of Rhinos—and why we do them.

#1. Our in-person estimate

Our exterior painting process starts with an in-person estimate. We come to you and inspect the exterior of your home, identifying through a video inspection what will need to be addressed in our painting process.

Time and time again, homeowners express how much this in-person inspection and estimate helps them understand our process better. It’s one of the reasons they love their experience working with Crash of Rhinos Painting.

#2. Our professional color consultant services

Crash of Rhinos offers professional color consultant services. Through this color consultation, our expert will help identify the right paint to use based on your neighborhood, existing HOA rules in your community, or just your personal taste.

#3. Our prep work process

Crash of Rhinos takes the time to do prep work right. Sure, most painting companies do some form of prep work. However, our prep work not only ensures that the paint will last and look great, but that your windows, fixtures, doors, and landscaping will be protected throughout the painting process.

When homeowners see our prep work for themselves, they understand why it matters. We want to leave your home looking great.

#4. Our daily follow-up and progress reports

We provide homeowners with regular updates on our progress and what we’ll be working on during different days of our project. Homeowners have told us that they love this level of communication. They never feel left in the dark or out-of-the-loop.

When you check out our reviews, you’ll notice that this regular and friendly communication throughout the project is what customers love most about working with Crash of Rhinos.

#5. Our 7-year warranty

Finally, when the project is complete, we back our work with a 7-year warranty. We’re that confident in the quality of our work and our paint. This warranty—five years more than what the state requires—is one of the main things that makes Crash different from other exterior painting companies.

This warranty gives homeowners peace of mind. Whether they stay in their home or sell their home in that period of time, they’ll know that the paint is protected for years to come.

Call Crash of Rhinos to get your estimate!

See for yourself what makes Crash of Rhinos one of the best-reviewed exterior painting companies in Phoenix. Contact us today to schedule your free estimate.

Here’s what our proposal folder contains

Getting your home painted is a big investment, and you want to know that it’ll be done the right way. At Crash of Rhinos, we create a detailed proposal folder for each and every job, because we want you to know ahead of time what you can expect from our team.

In this blog post, we’ll run through what our proposal folder actually contains, why it’s important, and—most importantly—what it looks like.

Every home painting job we do here in the Valley starts with a free inspection. To get started, contact our team for yours.

The 5 things our proposal folders contain

#1. Scope of work

Our scope of work contains a broad overview of the project, what we’ll be painting, and a breakdown of the process. We’ll also include a timeline for the work, and notes on what you can expect from us.

The scope of work will also contain information about our thorough prep process—something that we think makes-or-breaks an exterior paint job.

#2. Information about the paint

We’re proud to use high-quality Dunn-Edwards paint on every job we do. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for many other painting companies; they’ll often use “house” paint, which is often a blend of leftovers they can acquire on the cheap.

READ: 3 Telltale Signs Of Unprofessional Painters

Dunn-Edwards is specially formulated to handle the intense UV radiation we get here in Phoenix. It’s tough, durable, fade-resistant, safe, and it’s perfect for stucco homes. We’ll share more information about the paint in your packet.

#3. Notes about the warranty

Crash of Rhinos has an outstanding warranty. Exterior painting companies are required by the state of Arizona to provide a 2-year warranty on their work. Other companies typically stick to that.

Not us. We offer a 7-year warranty on our exterior paint. We’re able to do this because of the high-quality paint we use and our superior prep process—which helps the paint better adhere to your walls.

All of the details about our warranty—including how to use it if your paint starts to fade—is included in our proposal folder.

#4. Insurance documentation

Never hire an exterior home painter who isn’t licensed, bonded, and insured. An uninsured painter or uninsured company is a major liability for you and your home. If the worker is injured on the job, they can come after you, the client! If the worker breaks something, or makes a mistake, there’s nothing to protect your property.

Worse yet, some home painters will tell you they’re insured, but not back it up with documents. But, unless you ask for proof and they provide it, you can never be really sure if that insurance is up-to-date, what exactly it covers, or if it’s even real.

Of course, we’re fully protected and insured—including with workman’s comp—for your protection and ours. In our packet, we’ll include documented proof of our insurance policies.

#5. Detailed contract

Finally, our proposal folder contains a detailed contract that breaks down what everything costs, what you’ll be getting, and more.

If you’re happy with everything else in the proposal, and you’re ready to get started, complete the contract and send it back to us.

From there, we’ll get in touch with you and make arrangements to get started with either our professional color consultation or, should the color already be known, our prep work.

Start your exterior painting process today!

If your stucco home here in Phoenix is in need of exterior painting, get in touch with our team here at Crash of Rhinos to schedule your free inspection.

Why color match isn’t really a thing for your home’s exterior paint

There are many exterior painting companies that note their ability to “match” your home’s current exterior paint color. Using software or their expertise, they promise a color match for your new paint.

This is really appealing to many homeowners who like their home’s current color or what they remember it was like before fading. Plus, they know that the color is already HOA-approved. Color match promises to be the equivalent of keeping the status quo. It’s an attractive option for many homeowners.

However, it’s actually far more complicated than that. There are a number of factors that make exact color matching nearly impossible.

Your memory works against you

Human memory is tricky, especially when trying to recall an precise detail about something that you see every single day looked like years ago. You may remember loving the exterior color of your home when it was first painted, but after years of it ever-so-slightly fading with each day of UV exposure, do you really remember the color correctly?

There have been situations where homeowners have us paint their home the exact color that they used a decade or two before, and they ended up hating the color after seeing it again. It’s often because the paint is more vibrant and less faded than their current faded paint color.

That exact color may not be available

With the right prep work and expertise, your home’s exterior paint should last for years to come. That means a long time passes between paintings. Paint companies phase out products regularly, so it’s very possible that the paint once used on your home is no longer available.

This is especially true of new home construction that is now receiving its first post-construction painting. Homebuilders tend to use lower-grade paint (in contrast to the Dunn-Edwards paint we use) to save money, which means finding that paint again can be even more difficult. That’s even if your homebuilder took notes on the color of paint used on your home.

Same color, different results

Even if you’ve found the exact same color of paint, from the exact same manufacturer (and they haven’t changed the formula), there’s a chance that your new exterior paint will look different. That’s because process matters. 

At Crash of Rhinos, we do a lot of prep work for stucco and use a thorough two-coat process on homes. This, in turn, makes paint more vibrant (and likelier to last) than a house painter that slaps on one coat and calls it a day.

Professional Color Service House PaintingOur advice: love your new paint

Even if you really like the current paint color of your home, embrace the idea that your new exterior paint isn’t going to be an exact copy. Work on finding a color that you love because it looks great, not because it’s a perfect match.

As we’ve discussed, a color match can only get you into the general ballpark. If you go into your home painting process expecting an exact match, you’re probably setting yourself up for disappointment.

Schedule a color consultation with Crash of Rhinos

There are two ways to pick your home’s exterior paint colors. For an additional charge, we offer one-on-one consulting with our Professional Paint Advisor. With this service, our advisor will meet with you at your home and help you select the right color. This process includes digital renderings, and we’ll help you work with your HOA on finding compliant colors.

Start with a free quote

Every exterior home painting project begins with a free quote. Ready to get started? Contact our team today.

Here’s why winter home painting makes sense in Phoenix

Here in Phoenix, beautiful weather is on the way this winter. While the rest of the country is digging out their driveways, we’re enjoying sunshine, warm days, and family fun. Winter home painting, too, makes sense here. In this blog, we’ll review the reasons that you should call Crash of Rhinos this winter to have us repaint the exterior of your home this season.

The top-3 reasons why winter home painting is a good call

Here are the top-3 reasons that winter home painting just makes sense here in Maricopa County:

Pictured: Winter home painting makes sense in Phoenix, but not in other parts of the country.

This is what winter looks like for many homeowners in the U.S. That’s not the case here in Phoenix.

#1. Get your home ready for the holidays

Here in the Valley of the Sun, holidays can mean celebrations with families both inside the home and in the backyard. It’s not that uncommon to see many families barbecuing outside in the nice weather in December! It’s the time of year where guests are flying into Phoenix from colder, snowier parts of the country.

If you’re going to have that many guests and family visiting your home and seeing it from the outside, wouldn’t it be nice to have your stucco painting done? If it’s time for a repainting, anyway, why not get it done before the holidays and let your winter visitors marvel at how great your home looks this winter?

#2. Our climate allows for it

In most parts of the country, an exterior painting company isn’t going to advise you to paint your home in the winter, since below-freezing temperatures can stop your paint from properly bonding. Phoenix very rarely gets that cold. Most of our winter is temperate, with daytime highs in the 70s or even 80s.

More than that, winters in Phoenix are bone-dry, which is a good condition for exterior painting of stucco. In contrast, late Phoenix summers can be more problematic than winters. In most circumstances, we advise not to paint when a monsoon or haboob blows into the Valley.

Crash of Rhinos is a year-round painting company, and that’s mostly because the weather here in the Valley during the winter is an outlier compared to many other parts of the country.

#3. Close out the year right

What are your plans in 2018? One of the big reasons that Valley homeowners want us to work on their home in the winter is so that they can enter the new year with one less thing to plan or think about. A clean slate, if you will!

If you’re planning on selling your home in the coming year, getting the exterior painted now can give you more time to prep your house for sale. In this kind of housing market, that can give your home a leg up over others in the neighborhood (not to mention, a great paint job from Crash of Rhinos will help, too!).

For winter home painting in Phoenix, call Crash of Rhinos Painting!

Crash of Rhinos is proud to be one of the most trusted exterior painting companies in Phoenix. We specialize in exterior painting for stucco homes right here in the Valley. From our thorough prep work process to our free inspection and quote, we treat our customers right, from start-to-finish.

Ready to get started? Contact our team today to start your free inspection process this winter!

Why stucco repair is such an important part of our prep work

At Crash of Rhinos Painting, we specialize in exterior home painting for stucco homes here in the Phoenix metro area. Completely exposed to the elements, your home’s stucco exterior can take a beating over the years. That’s why an essential part of our prep work involves stucco repair and stem wall scraping.

In this blog post, we’ll run through just some of the reasons that stucco repair is the most important part of our prep work, and what this does for your home. It’s just one of the reasons that Crash of Rhinos is one of the most trusted exterior painting businesses in Phoenix.

Get a free estimate from our team by contacting us today!

Why does stucco repair matter so much?

stucco repair on Phoenix homesStucco is one of the preferred materials for building homes here in the Valley, mainly because our arid climate and low-clay soil negates some of its downsides—mainly, that stucco doesn’t do well with shifting earth beneath it. It’s durable and matches the look of many neighborhoods.

Yet, stucco is not impenetrable. Here are some of the reasons Crash of Rhinos repairs your stucco before painting it:

1. Your stucco home is under attack—constantly

This may sound melodramatic, but it’s true: your stucco is constantly being bombarded by the sun, wind, rain, and other natural elements. Our Phoenix climate can be tough on just about everything, and that goes double for the exterior of your home. Even woodpeckers take shots at it. Finally, as your home settles over time, cracks can appear in stucco.

In addition to making your home look unappealing, such damage to stucco can eventually lead to the failure of the stucco exterior. But, for our purposes, there’s something else: painting over damaged stucco is not going to turn out right. Let’s explain why.

2. Stucco in good condition ensures a smooth finish

Our job is to leave you with a stunning exterior painting job. To do so, we need to smooth over and repair any hairline fractures, holes, or other damage to the stucco walls we’ll be painting.

Think about it: if you were painting the walls of your living room, not fixing damage to the walls first would result in weird splotching and shadows. It’d look terrible. Same goes for your home’s exterior. Any exterior painting company that doesn’t do stucco repair first is asking for trouble.

Of course, that’s just one of the things we do for prep work. But, given that stucco is the canvas we work with, you could argue that it’s one of the most essential things we do.

3. Better stucco = longer-lasting exterior paint

A poor canvas makes for a poor painting. But, failure to properly prepare a home’s stucco exterior prior to painting can have another consequence: it could lead to the paint wearing faster or peeling, meaning that you’d need another painting sooner than you should.

Under Arizona state law, exterior home painters are required to offer homeowners a two-year warranty on their work. In our view, that’s not long enough. We place a seven-year warranty on the homes we paint.

Part of the reason? We’re confident in our prep work, painting process, and the high-quality paint we use. We do things right so that your home is painted to last.

4. Improves your home’s value on the market

A lot of the homeowners we work with have us repaint their homes specifically because they’re thinking about putting them on the market, either immediately or in the near future. It’s a good call: exterior home painting can drastically increase the curb appeal and value of your home.

Here in Phoenix, effective stucco repair is another great selling point.It puts the buyer’s mind at ease to know that there are no issues with the exterior of the home, and conveys that your home has been well-cared for.

Trust Crash of Rhinos with your exterior home painting and stucco repair

When it’s time to have professionals paint the exterior of your stucco home here in Phoenix, Arizona, call in the experts at Crash of Rhinos Painting. We handle all parts of the process—starting with a free quote. Call us at (602) 540-7471 or contact us online to get started.

3 exterior home painting tips to make your Phoenix stucco home shine

Exterior paint can transform even the oldest Phoenix stucco home into a stylish desert dwelling. The right paint can dramatically increase the appeal, as well as the value, of the property. Even if you don’t intend to sell the house, a quality exterior paint job can protect your house against natural elements, such as rain, wind, mildew, and mold.

Crash of Rhinos starts every painting project with an inspection.

From selecting the right time to paint to picking the right paint for the house exterior, here are three tips that can give your house the perfect look.

1. Select the right painter

This is the most important part of the process. You need to hire the right painter. Here are some of the things you need to look for in an exterior painting company:

One of the things that has made Crash of Rhinos one of Phoenix’s top-rated exterior painting companies is our commitment to customers. Read our reviews, and you’ll see that we almost do a perfect job, the first time. However, if something isn’t right, we back our work and we’ll make it right by the homeowner.

How far does our commitment to our customers go? We offer a 7-year warranty on our work. That’s five years longer than legally required in the state of Arizona. We’re that confident in our work.

2. Pick the right paint

This goes hand-in-hand with selecting the right painting company. Many companies are able to give you a low, low quote because they’re using a low-grade of paint, or a paint not suited for stucco homes here in the Valley. In exterior painting, the type of paint matters.

Crash of Rhinos uses professional-grade Dunn-Edwards paint that is specifically formulated for the desert. Some things that make this the right paint for your Phoenix stucco home include:

  • UV-Blocking Qualities: This paint is designed to stand up to the intense UV radiation of the sun without fading for years.
  • Vibrant Colors: Dunn-Edwards paints really work on stucco homes, adhering to the surface and creating a strong bond for better and more consistent colors.

3. Work with a team that does their homework

Crash of Rhinos puts the time into prep work because we know it matters. You can’t properly paint a stucco exterior without taking steps to ready the home, protect fixtures, and fix stucco damage. We do our homework because we know prep work is the difference between a successful project and one that isn’t high-quality.

Call us for the right people to work with your Phoenix stucco home

If your Phoenix stucco home needs new exterior home paint, contact us at Crash of Rhinos Painting for experienced and licensed painters.