Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer. Football season has started and kids are going back to school. The end of summer and beginning of fall, however, doesn’t need to mean the end to your outdoor living season.
Fire and heating features are growing in popularity. Just this year, the American Society of Landscape Architects named fire features to be one of the most popular components to outdoor living. Whether it is a fire pit or outdoor fireplace, some type of heating mechanism prolongs the months of the year you can utilize your outdoor living spaces. One of my favorite things to do in the fall is to huddle around a fire pit with friends, a glass of wine and some s’mores.
Fire and heating features can be as simple or as complex as you’d like. As long as they provide some heat, you can be outside even if the weather turns cool. Some homeowners prefer something more permanent like a custom designed and built outdoor fireplace or fire pit, while others want something more mobile, like a portable propane heater or fire pit from the local store.
If you have a permanent fire feature on your property, you may not realize that just like your patio or deck, it too should be cleaned periodically. It’s a good best practice to remove ash and dust regularly and rinse everything with your garden hose. A hose will remove any loose dirt or spider webs that may settle over time (it’s spider season people!).
Every year or so, you may need to take outdoor cleaning to the next level and higher a pressure washing company. Because many outdoor fireplace and fire pits are made with pavers or concrete, they’re naturally porous. Dirt, dust, ash, and water can seep into the surface. You may also notice the typical mold or mildew that can build up. At Renew Crew, we use eco-friendly products to kill and remove all of that grime and bring your outdoor surfaces back to life.
If you have questions on how to clean your fire features, please contact your local Renew Crew. We’ll work with you to make your space look new again so you can enjoy a clean space this fall.
And lastly, Happy Labor Day!
All of us at Renew Crew, America’s most trusted pressure washing company, are happy to announce the enhancement of RenewCrewFranchise.com, our franchise recruitment website.
RenewCrewFranchise.com aims to educate potential candidates on our business and franchising in general and help them to evaluate if it is a viable way for them to achieve their personal, lifestyle and financial goals. The site walks interested parties through 5 clear steps.
Step 1 is all about you. In these 5 pages, we’ll help you to evaluate if investing in a Renew Crew location is the right next step for you. We’ll cover some questions to ask yourself, how Renew Crew can help you to achieve your goals, why franchising works, if Renew Crew is specifically a good fit for you and some frequently asked questions.
You’ll learn more specifics on Renew Crew and its parent company, Outdoor Living Brands (OLB), in Step 2: About Renew Crew. First off you’ll learn about OLB, our family of companies, and our Code of Values. Then we’ll cover Renew Crew’s position as a market leader and our business model. Finally, you’ll hear from our clients in a number of testimonials.
Step 3 covers the training and support available to all of our Renew Crew franchisees, because franchising is all about being in business for yourself but not by yourself. Our training and support teams cover marketing and lead generation, accounting, sales and operations. Our franchisees will explain in their own words how the corporate support staff is here to help you grow your business.
Step 4 covers Renew Crew’s available markets and investment considerations. Currently, there are over 350 viable territories left in the United States. We’ll discuss what type of an investment a franchisee is expected to make as they enter and grow their business.
Lastly, step 5 discusses next steps to learn more about the Renew Crew opportunity. Each one of our franchisees goes through a discovery and qualification process where you learn all about us and we learn about you to see if we make a good fit.
Please learn more about Renew Crew at RenewCrewFranchise.com!
A few days ago I visited a friend who had recently repainted her guest room. The previously dark beige room is now a light blue-grey. It’s amazing the difference that it makes. The room is lighter and more inviting than before. Updating the surface of a room, home or exterior space can breathe new live into an area. And deck cleaning is no different.
Yesterday I came across some pictures from our Renew Crew of Lincoln team of some recent deck cleaning and sealing projects they’ve done and the transformations are incredible!
Take this deck for example. It looks as though the deck has been previously stained, but the color is now showing its age. It’s uneven and fading as well as chipping in key places like the railings and steps. Dean and Heather Ritchey, who provide deck cleaning and sealing in Lincoln, removed the existing stain and deep cleaned the entire space. Using a foam cleaner, they were able to remove any built -up dirt and loosen any dying wood fibers. After the deck was dry, they applied a semi-transparent protectant to the wood.
Doesn’t the space look more inviting? The color is even throughout all of it. Renew Crew’s protectant will stop water and dirt from settling back in the wood and will repel the sun’s harmful UV rays.
This next project from Lincoln is smaller, but still makes a big impact. Unlike our first example, the deck didn’t have a previous colored stain on the surface. Instead, the natural wood deck looked weathered and grey as wood that isn’t protected dries out and loses its color over time. The same three-step process was used on this deck to revive its color and quality.
And look at it now! It looks bright and new. The wood grain is now more easily appreciated with the protectant that the Ritcheys used.
If you have questions on how professionally cleaning your deck will enhance the space, please reach out to your local Renew Crew office.
Happy National Curb Appeal Month! That’s correct, August is dedicated to helping homeowners increase their home’s curb appeal. Updating the exterior of your home to make it look better doesn’t have to be a big process. You can make it as strenuous or expensive as you’d like. If you aren’t sure where to start with your property, here are some ideas:
Landscaping. It’s normal for trees, bushes and flowers to grow during the spring and summer, but sometimes they get a little unruly. Trimming and pruning your landscaping can make a big impact on the curb appeal of your home. Regularly mowing the lawn also makes your home look well kept.
Pick up. With thunderstorms or outdoor play with kids and dogs, it’s normal for debris to be present on your property. Walk around and pick up an sticks, leaves, acorns and throw them away. If your kids are known to leave their toys outside, considering getting a storage bin that they place everything in when they are done for the day. Having a clean yard at the end of the day will make your home look more inviting.
Cleaning. Whether it’s your siding, walkways, steps or gutters, outdoor surfaces get dirty over time. Regular cleaning is a part of home maintenance. A pressure washing company, like Renew Crew, can visit your home and revive your outdoor surfaces so they look new again. Renew Crew even takes it one step further by protecting your surfaces from future dirt and grime.
If pressure washing isn’t necessary at this point, make it a habit to rinse off your outdoor surfaces with your garden hose.
Touch Ups. Painted surfaces are known to chip from time to time. Walk around the front of your home and make notes of the areas that may need a few touchups. This may include your railings, doors, mailbox and more. If you don’t have paint on hand, tester pots from your local home improvement store should be enough to fix minor touch ups.
A little effort on your property can go a long way when it comes to increasing your home’s curb appeal and what better month to do it than National Curb Appeal Month!