How Important are Gutters?

Especially if you are a first time home buyer, getting to know all of the working parts of your home and what they do and need to function properly will take some time. Gutters are one of the essential pieces of a home, but they often get neglected. If you are curious to know just why gutters are important and how to properly care for them, our friends at 4th Dimension Concepts are eager to break this subject down for you.

What Gutters Do

Gutters are put into place in order to divert water away from your house. This is important because the more contact water is able to have with the exterior elements of your house, the more opportunity it has to cause damage. Water can easily find any weak points in your siding or foundation, and can lead to structural issues and rot. Gutters work by escorting water elsewhere where it is not able to pool around your actual home.

How to Care for Them

Everything wears out over time. Performing a regular inspection of your gutters can help you to identify failing gutters before any damage can occur. When touring the outside of your home look for signs of faulty gutters in the form of holes, gaps, or sagging.

Failing gutters are more often caused by clogs than anything else. If leaves, branches, or lost toys block the water passageway, the water will escape by other means. Either down your siding, through your roof, or down to your foundation. To prevent this from happening, it is good practice to semi-regularly clean out your gutters. Of course it is important to always be careful when doing chores that require ladders. Make sure to have a spotter and use caution.

If you are ever in the need for gutter repairs or replacements, 4th Dimension Concepts is only one call away. They are friendly, trustworthy , and experienced professionals who will walk you through the entire process from start to finish.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Townhomes

Having a place to live is a basic necessity for everyone. It can be difficult when choosing a place to live, however, when you are trying to weigh out which style of housing suits your needs best. We get that. That is why we have invited our friends over at Montano Homes to help highlight the pros and cons of one type of housing in particular: townhomes.


Convenient Locations 

Townhome communities make convenience a priority. This is why you will often find them close to shops, restaurants, and more. And whether it is important to you to live downtown or in the suburbs, there are townhome communities waiting for you.

Low Maintenance

If you dread spending your limited free time on things like yard work, a townhome is right for you! Most townhome HOA’s will cover all outside maintenance so that when you are at home, you can spend your time doing things you actually want to do.


Including in your HOA fee are many quality amenities. Depending on the community, things like trash pick up, swimming pools, gyms, and pest control will be available for you to take advantage of.


Less Privacy

For some, one of the biggest downsides of a townhome may be a lack of privacy. With townhomes you typically will have a few shared walls and a smaller yard. With good neighbors, though, this should not interfere too much with your home life.

Less Freedom

We have briefly discussed some of the advantages that come along with having an HOA. They keep everything neat and in order for the entire community. This may not be as ideal for those that enjoy artistic freedom, though as HOA’s do have very strict standards that you have to abide by.

Ultimately, townhomes are excellent choices for many different types of people. If you would like to tour one in person and get a better feel for if they are right for you, do not hesitate to get in touch with Montano Homes.

Why You Should Hire a Professional Painter

Sometimes we desire to change the color on our walls for a change of scenery. Sometimes it is out of necessity. Either way, you may be thinking that doing the job on your own is easy enough. And while that could be true, once you have experienced the difference between an amateur and a professional paint job, you may just never go back.

When it comes to painting, drywall, and more, we rely on our friends over at My Denver Painter to help. If you are not sure whether hiring a professional is worth it, we want to share a few ways that they can make your life a whole lot easier.

Prep Work

As homeowners, we are constantly juggling our to-do list. Therefore, we often seek out options that help us get a job done quickly. One thing that we usually omit is prep work. Afterall, this step can take a lot of time and can prove to be quite tedious. A professional, on the other hand, will never skip this step. They will always take the time to properly tape, cover, and sand so that the only thing you are left with is carefully painted walls.

Safety Precautions

Did you know that falls from ladder related incidents are some of the most common injuries when completing home improvement projects? One of the easiest ways to prevent this from happening to you is to hire a professional. Professionals will have the proper equipment so that no one is tempted to reach or stretch in an unsafe manner. Even if your home is several stories high, a professional has invested in the right equipment to get the job done.

Quality Work

Because professional painters specialize in this one trade, they are highly proficient in doing it well. They know the tips and tricks that contribute to a flawless finish. In addition to this, they will be able to offer you suggestions on paint colors, sheens, and trends. They are familiar with different paint suppliers and products and will guide you towards high quality, low VOC paints as well.

Clean Up

After you have painted an entire room by yourself and you are officially tired, the last thing you want to do is to tidy up. Better than wishing for a miracle is to simply hire a professional instead. When they finish a job, they make sure to put everything back in its place and leave your home in better condition than they found it.

Whether or not you have the skills to successfully paint your home on your own, it is clear to see that hiring a professional crew to do the job for you can save you a lot of time and stress. Next time you want superior results in a timely manner, do not hesitate to trust our friends at My Denver Painter!

How to Fix Broken Swimming Pool Tiles

A dip in the calm, cool water of a swimming pool on a simmering hot Summer day is one of life’s simple pleasures. Do not let cracked or loose pool tiles ruin your swimming fun though! If you notice damaged tiles or grout in your pool and ignore it, serious structural damage to your actual pool can occur.

So, what should you do when you notice signs of failing tile and pool grout?Our friends over at the Grout Medic of Denver have the solutions you need! If you are curious about what to expect when you give them a call, we are here to break it down for you.

First things first, for the technicians to service your tile and grout properly, it is necessary to completely drain the water from your pool. So, be sure to complete this task before the crew arrive. As a family owned business, the Grout Medic is very intent on offering a down-home and personal experience. In order to do this, they will make sure to discuss your wants, needs, and options with you before they begin working. This way when they pack up and leave, you will be left satisfied and with exactly what you expected.

So, depending on what you want, the Grout Medic will either remove a few specific problem tiles, or completely remove all the tiles along the walls and stairs. From there, they will grind down all of the cement backing from the previous installation. You can rest assured that these professionals will also leave the entire pool area tidy. Vacuuming all dust and debris from the pool so that it is perfectly ready to be filled and enjoyed immediately.

After removing the concrete, they will thoroughly prep and clean the tiles being re-bonded. Lastly, they will lay the tile and seal the grout joints with an epoxy grout. Epoxy grout is superior to typical cement grout, particularly in wet areas. Epoxy grout is not porous and thus it will last longer and be more effective at preventing water from breaching the barrier.

Our longtime friends over at the Grout Medic of Denver are seasoned professionals who have provided trustworthy service to many homes in the Denver area. If you need grout and tile work done on your pool or inside your house, you know who to call!

Kitchen Cabinets Redone

There are a number of different things that you can to do spruce up your kitchen when it comes to some weekend DIY projects. Among the easiest weekend projects to do is revamping your cabinets. Many homeowners are liking opening shelving over your standard cabinets with doors. If you happen to be changing the look of things, painting the interior of your home and want to add a side project to it, this will be perfect. My Painter, LLC has provided the best tips on how to go about this. Let’s get started!

First off, you need to figure out what look you’re going for. Whether you want white cabinets, black ones or some other color. You will also need a sander and some sandpaper. You will also need a dust mask as it will create a lot of dust. If you don’t want the dust flying everywhere in the house, then you will need to do some preparation work with plastic sheeting in doorways. Now that you have everything ready to go it’s time to get started! 

The first step is going to be getting the doors off. This shouldn’t take too long if you have a screw gun. After you have gotten all of them off and put or thrown away you can start filling in the holes of where the hinges used to be. You can use wood putty for this. Do not worry about getting it super flush with the rest of the cabinet. It will get sanded down with the rest of it. 

After you have filled in all the holes, you’ll need to give them time to set. In the meantime, you can start sanding down different parts of the cabinet. The majority of it you will be able to get with the sander but there may be some areas you have to sand by hand. Work your way from the harshest sandpaper to the lightest. It is up to you on how fine you want to get it. Generally, when you run your hand over it, it should be very smooth. 

Once everything has been sanded it’s time to paint! Sherwin Williams is among the best in the business when it comes to paint. If you do not have drop cloths down on your floor yet, put them down. Tape around the cabinets so that you aren’t getting paint where it shouldn’t be. Once it all dries you the project is complete! If you would like to see more painting projects and tips then just visit My Denver Painter!

Are Your Ready for 8K TV?

Screen Resolution Sizes, Compliments of Snowy Peak TV

You may have just purchased a new 4K flat screen TV and now 8K televisions are coming out later this year.  Does that mean your new TV is obsolete?  In talking to video production companies like Snowy Peak Entertainment and looking to experts like PC Magazine the answers is yes and no. 

4K technology is still so new that people were shocked to hear experts like PC Magazine senior analyst Will Greenwald say that 8K TVs would be entering the US market by October 2018 with Samsung’s Q900FN QLED 8K. Before that, big TV manufacturers like Samsung, LG, and Sony had only shown their future 8K technology at industry press conferences with nearly all of their limited sales being in the Asian market.

Just as 4K is quadruple the pixel count of 1080p, so 8K is the quadrupling of the number of pixels in 4K since the horizontal and vertical pixels are each doubled. This gives 8K TVs 16 times the pixel count of 1080p HD! The simple terms 4K and 8K are used to express the number of horizontal pixels, which are rounded to 4,000 and 8,000 respectively. In other words, the industry could have just as well used the term 2K instead of 1920 by 1080p since from 1080p HD to 4K UHD to 8K each resolution is double the horizontal pixels of the previous one.

In the United States as in most places, 4K has only recently become the standard resolution for TVs over 40 inches. Although 4K TVs and movies are now widely available, popular streaming and digital services like Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu are still offering most of their programming in 1080p resolution. On this account, many people still prefer native 1080p resolution to upconverting 1080p to a 4K television, especially since the difference in resolution is less noticeable on TVs less than 40 inches.

The change has been very gradual from SD to HD and from HD to UHD, not merely because of the initial costs of higher resolution TVs, but because of the equipment upgrades needed with each increase in resolution. Higher resolution requires upgrades in cables, computers, game consoles, video players, and streaming devices so that often some sectors of the industry are slowing down the overall change to higher resolution. Not only is this ongoing transition to 4K a reality for the average consumer, but also for professionals.

Industry professionals are still transitioning over to producing 4K content to match the growing consumer market. Snowy Peak, a video production company based in Denver, Colorado, has already had to upgrade their post-production equipment to deliver 4K quality. They have upgraded their network infrastructure and computers to double the storage capacity to make native 4K resolution possible. With the advent of 8K TVs, production companies will need to make even investments into future 8K technology.

Thankfully for 4K consumers and professionals, not only is 8K TV still in its infancy, but it will take years for 8K content to catch up to 8K TV availability just as 4K content is still catching up to 4K TVs. The price of 8K TVs will initially be very high for the average consumer like 4K TVs were, and along with needed upgrades in video devices and accessories, the 8K HDR or high dynamic range formatting of TV broadcasters has yet to be developed. The future of 8K TV and its superior quality to 4K is very promising, but for consumers and video production professionals the availability of 8K content is still a long way off. So is your brank new 4K television obsolete?  No because there is not really any thing you can watch right now in 8K.  Yes because there is one standard higher and only time will tell if that becomes the new standard for high quality entertainment.