When Carl Robertson visited colonial Williamsburg more than 30 years ago, he fell in love with what he saw. He had always loved American history, and after visiting the 18th-century historical sites and reenactments in Virginia, he decided he wanted to create a similar experience closer to home — a lot closer to home.
Robertson and his wife, Jeanne, decided to start Providence Plantation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making history come alive, on their 44-acre property in Evans City, Penn., and they recruited their then 12-year-old son, Dale, to help.
“At first we just did colonial fairs, modeling arts and crafts — that kind of thing,” said Dale. “As time went on, though, we started building colonial buildings and painting and staining their interiors and exteriors to look like old times. I was involved with all of it from the beginning.”
What Dale and his parents didn’t know then was that this was actually the beginning of Dale’s training as a professional painter. In high school Dale got a job painting at a local trade school, and several years later, in 1993, he and three friends started their own company in Pittsburg. His friends eventually backed out of Pro Power Washing and Painting, but Dale kept on, and he’s been at it ever since.
“We were one of the first companies in Pittsburg to do any kind of pressure washing,” said Dale. “We did and I still do anything from painting to pressure washing to wall paper removal and more. As a kid, I found I enjoyed the work. It was peaceful and relaxing. Today, I like it because it’s challenging. Every job is different. There’s also something to be said about working for yourself.”
Dale moved from Pittsburg to Pollock Pines in 2011, and now he’s looking to kick start Pro Power Washing and Painting along the 50 Corridor and throughout El Dorado County. He is licensed, bonded and insured and owns all of his own equipment, and he has expertise in numerous areas, including both commercial and residential deck cleaning, interior and exterior painting, wall paper removal, paint stripping, faux finishes, kids’ rooms, log home restoration and more.
“I really try to focus on the details,” said Robertson. “I listen to people to find out what they really want, and if they’re not sure about something — what color to stain their deck or paint a room, for example — I’ll spend a lot of time with them looking at magazines or nature, etc. to help them figure it out.”
Most importantly, Dale is committed to quality, and he’s looking for customers who are as picky and choosy as he is.
“Whereas a lot of guys will only do two coats on a log home restoration, I do three,” said Dale. “The third coat makes it look rich and deep and last longer. I want to do everything the right way the first time. Generally, if someone is cheap, they’re cutting corners, and it’s the home or business owner who loses out in the end.”
Check out our booth at the El Dorado County Home and Garden Show, May 2-5, 2013. Our new Web site will also be available soon at www.propressurewashingandpainting.com, or call (530) 919-2710.