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Believe it or not, the holiday season is upon us, and Austin-area event calendars are filling up with all things festive. We’ve narrowed down what is typically a very long list of merry making events to the top 25 things to do during the holidays in Austin. Grab those calendars and start your 2017 holiday planning! Many thanks to Springfree Trampoline for sponsoring this post!

Movies in the Park: Muppet Christmas Carol

When: Saturday, November 9, 6:30-10 p.m.

Where: Ramsey Park, 4301 Rosedale Avenue, Austin

Close out the 25th Annual season with some holiday cheer! Join us at Ramsey park for a very Muppet Christmas tale. Movie begins around 6pm, but get there early to grab your spot!

Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade

When: Saturday, November 18, 11 a.m.

Where: Starts at the Capitol at 11th and Congress, moving south on Congress all the way to Cesar Chavez, ending just north of the bridge.

Enjoy giant inflatable balloons, festive holiday floats, children’s characters, marching bands, classic cars, Santa, and more at this annual parade the benefits Blue Santa. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate.

Austin Empty Bowl

When: Sunday, November 19, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Central Texas Food Bank, 6500 Metropolis Drive, Austin

Potters from all over Central Texas donate bowls of all sizes, shapes, and colors. Thirty restaurants and bakeries donate delicious soups and breads, while musicians donate their time and talent to entertain us. Then, on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, friends and families come together to purchase a bowl for $20, have it filled with soup, and enjoy the music. The bowl is yours to keep, as a reminder of those whose bowls are empty. The proceeds go to the Central Texas Food Bank to help sponsor the Kids Cafe Program and Meals on Wheels Central Texas’ Meals for Kids. Kids Cafe and Meals for Kids provide a safe, nurturing place where children receive a hot, nutritious dinner, as well as help with homework.

A Christmas Carol

When: November 22 – December 31, 2017, various times

Where: ZACH Theater, 202 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin

Austin’s most rockin’ holiday tradition returns to make merry with a new music to get the party started! ZACH’s inspired adaptation of the Dickens’ classic is a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a musical score that spans all genres and eras. Motown meets the HoHoHolidays in this family celebration, creating an infectious spirit that has everyone dancing in the aisles, creating an infectious spirit that has everyone dancing in the aisles. Join the loving Cratchit family and three soulful ghosts as they take Ebenezer Scrooge on a joyride to miraculous transformation, as he rediscovers his heart and love for human kindness.

Santa on the Terrace

When: Saturday, November 24, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin

This Black Friday, Santa is coming to town and spreading some holiday cheer! Join us on the City Terrace and take some time out of the busiest holiday of the year to celebrate the season. Bring the kids for a FREE photo with Santa overlooking the best view in Austin! Enjoy some holiday treats with all sorts of fun entertainment. Activities will be planned for the whole family, so bring everyone. And, in true Black Friday fashion, we’ll have some of our best deals of the year available!

The North Pole Flyer

When: Saturday & Sunday, November 25 – December 17, 2017, 8:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Where: 401 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park

Enjoy a special 2 hour excursion on a real train that features a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, all-you-can-drink hot cocoa and a locally baked holiday cookie. Each car is decorated for the season where passengers enjoy a live reading of the North Pole Flyer book-our railroad’s own Christmas Story! Santa will spend time in each car to “check your list twice”, and pose for photographs before handing out a gift to each child to remember this special ride! Tickets start at $45.

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters Holiday Lights Display

When: November 17 – January 1

Where: Mozart’s, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin

Mozart’s annual light display takes place every hour on the hour until midnight. The show lasts fifteen minutes, but Mozart’s does get crowded, so plan to get there in advance, and consider dropping guests off since the parking lot fills up quickly (there is additional parking across the street). It’s also a lovely, centrally-located spot to enjoy the lakeside view and look for ducks

Zilker Tree Lighting Ceremony

When: Sunday, November 26, 5:30 p.m. pre-event music, 6:00 p.m. lighting

Where: Zilker Park, Barton Springs Road

Enjoy local entertainment, food, live music and more at the annual lighting of the Zilker Tree, which stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25-watt bulbs – totaling 3,309 lights.

November 27 – December 31, 6 pm – 12 midnight, tree on display nightly. REMINDER – on Trail of Lights Nights the area roads will be closed as thousands visit the Trail of Lights. If you are planning to visit the Holiday Tree itself, make sure to plan around those nights.

A PRAIRIE CAROL: Charles Dickens’ Christmas Tale

When: Friday & Saturday, December 1, 2 & 8, 9, 7-11 p.m.

Where: Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, Austin

Based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, families will enjoy various scenes of Dickens’ classic tale in 1800s Texas on four nights in December. Bring the family to Pioneer Farms this holiday season for a most unusual event. Watch the village come to life with carolers and colorful characters that step out of history, not in England but in the Lone Star State. Then experience the classic Dickens tale like never before, as our actors take you into the story with an interactive theatrical presentation staged in the historic old buildings at Pioneer Farms.

Elf Academy

When: Saturday, December 2, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Where: The Domain, Amy Donovan Plaza, in between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Dillard’s

Elves in training can enjoy music, face painting, balloon twisting, crafts, games, prizes, giveaways, a Santa snack and fun photo opps!

German Christmas Market

When: Saturday, December 2, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: German-Texan Heritage Society, 507 E. 10th Street, Austin

The German-Texan Heritage Society offers shoppers hand-made, imported crafts including plenty of Christmas themed decorations such as nutcrackers and ornaments. It is a festival atmosphere with traditional German Christmas music, tables full of handcrafted items direct from the Erzgebirge region of Germany, a visit by both our historic American Santa Claus and the traditional German Sankt Nikolas with gifts for the children, a hospitality serving of Glühwein (hot spiced wine), coffee, apple cider/juice and gingerbread cookies and plenty of German style baked goodies for purchase. All purchases are Sales Tax Free on this special day.

Holiday Sing-Along & Downtown Stroll

When: Saturday, December 2, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Downtown Austin at the Texas State Capitol, Congress Avenue and 11th

Sing holiday songs on the lawn of the Capitol and then stroll along Congress Avenue.

Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells

When: December 2-16 (Saturdays and Sundays), 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Where: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street, Austin

Based on the popular chapter book, Austin Scottish Rite Theater presents Junie B on stage as she struggles to take revenge on her nemesis “tattle-tale” May. This is a hilarious and heartwarming holiday tale.

Lights of Love

When: Sunday, December 3, 4-7 p.m.

Where: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas, 1315 Barbara Jordan Blvd., Austin

Lights of Love is a festive event for children and families to experience holiday fun and the magical moment when hundreds of sparkling lights suddenly illuminate the Ronald McDonald House and its big, bright holiday tree. Many activities are planned including cookie decorating, kids’ crafts, snow slide, music, photos with Santa Claus and much more! $5 per person suggested donation | $20 per family suggested donation.

Holiday Open House at the Four Seasons

When: Monday and Tuesday, December 4 & 5, 5 p.m.

Where: Four Seasons Hotel, 98 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin

A beloved tradition, our Open Houses invite locals and visitors to ooh and ahh over the Gingerbread Village in the Lobby, all while enjoying complimentary hot apple cider and festive cookies. The talented pastry chefs behind this year’s Monopoly-inspired Village – along with special guest, Santa – will also be on hand for photo opportunities and to answer questions about the houses, which will be on display from November 21 through December 25, 2017.

12th Annual Mueller Tower Lighting

When: Tuesday, December 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: Mueller Control Tower, Berkman Drive, Austin

Join the Mueller community for the 12th Annual Tower Lighting Ceremony! The Reagan High School Drumline and Boss Street Band will provide entertainment for the entire family. Free coffee, kettle corn and cookies will be available while supplies last! Food trucks will be on-site with food for purchase during the event. Free hot chocolate, hot cider and cookies will be served while supplies last! Food trucks will be on-site with food for purchase during the event. FREE!

Domain NORTHSIDE Kids: Frosted

When: Wednesday, December 6, 10 a.m. – noon

Where: Domain NORTHSIDE,

The Boogaloo Crew will guide your littles in activities and crafts that get their bodies and minds engaged. End the morning by taking home a fun photo (and a first come, first served gift bag from select Domain NORTHSIDE and Rock Rose retailers and restaurants). Guided activities begin at 10am. Space is limited. After 10am, we will begin to take walk-ups and registered guests will not be guaranteed admission.

Ballet Austin’s The Nutcraker

When: December 8-23; shows at 2 & 7:30 p.m.

Where: Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin

Austin’s favorite holiday tradition returns for its 55th year with all of the colorful characters, pomp and pageantry you adore. Journey with young Clara Silberhaus from her family’s holiday party to the confection-filled Court of the Sugar Plum Fairy, where sweets of all kinds come to life. Ballet Austin’s annual production of the world’s best-known ballet features hundreds of dancers, gorgeous sets and costumes, and the Austin Symphony Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s magical score. It’s the perfect way for family and friends to celebrate the season together!

Gingerbread House Workshops at the Thinkery

When: December 9-24, various times

Where: The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue, Austin

These hour-long, educator-led workshops are appropriate for all ages and offer everything needed to build and decorate a charming gingerbread house. Each attendee must reserve a seat in the workshop and we recommend purchasing one Gingerbread House Kit for every 2-3 people. Cost: $5 Member Adult or Child Seat | $12 Non-Member Adult or Child Seat | $20 per Gingerbread House Kit (Every group must purchase at least one house).

Charlie Brown Christmas

When: Saturday, December 9, 3:30 & 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Avenue, Austin

Join the Austin Chamber Music Center for a live music performance featuring all of your favorite tunes from the holiday classic – and more, including Snoopy! Bring your family to this Austin tradition and get in the holiday spirit!General Admission: $22-$37.

Holiday Family Day at The Blanton Museum of Art

When: Saturday, December 9, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd., Austin

Celebrate the holidays with the Blanton Museum of Art! Enjoy exploring the special exhibition and permanent collection galleries while engaging in fun conversation, and searching for creative inspiration to make festive art in our WorkLAB Studio that you can keep for yourself or give to your loved ones as a gift. Free museum admissions for children ages 12 and under; program included with admission.

Austin Trail of Lights

When: December 9-23, 7-10 p.m.

Where: Zilker Park, Barton Springs Road, Austin

Visit the Trail of Lights and take a spin under the Zilker Tree! Kids will enjoy an interactive kids’ area, photo opportunities, visit with Santa, delicious food and more. General admission is FREE on select nights, $3 for ages 12+ from December 15-17 and 20-23. Parking pass is $15-$20.

Cherrywood Art Fair

When: December 9 & 10, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Where: Maplewood Elementary School, 381/2 St. & Maplewood

Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts ranging from jewelry to ceramics and more. There’s live music, an art corner for the kids, food and drinks and more! FREE Admission!

Handel’s “Messiah”

When: Tuesday, December 12, 8 p.m.

Where: Hyde Park Baptist Church, 3901 Speedway, Austin

The Austin Symphony once again presents its Christmas tradition, Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by Chorus Austin for you and your family at Hyde Park Baptist Church. This night of musical magic will comfort you through its familiarity and fill you with the joy of rediscovery. Let us begin your winter celebrations with a performance full of rejoicing!

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

When: December 14-24, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Where: Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin

The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is an 11 day fine art, shopping destination featuring national and local award-winning artists, with live music and two full bars in a festive, lively atmosphere.

Looking to add a trampoline to your backyard this holiday season? Take a test jump at the Springfree Trampoline showroom, located in The Domain in Austin or at the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave . Springfree Trampolines have no springs, no hard edges, and a frame beneath the jumping surface. That’s smart engineering. Their patented safety design and tgoma’s one at a time play feature will give you peace of mind that your kids are having a safe, fun jumping experience.

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Groundwork Music Project is hosting their 7th Annual Fall Family FUNraiser on Sunday, October 22, 2017! Join this fabulous organization for an afternoon of music and fun at Cherrywood Coffeehouse.

This perennial favorite is back with the usual variety show of live music by Groundwork Music Orchestra (with students), Tameca Jones, Jon Dee Graham, and Walker Lukens. Bring the kids for face painting, balloon animals, and more.

What: Groundwork Music Project’s Fall Family FUNraiser
When: Sunday, October 22, 2017Advertisement
Time: 3-6 p.m.
Where: Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 381/2 Street, Austin
Cost: Tickets are $5 a person at the door and include entry in a raffle.
RSVP: Facebook Event Page

In honor of national Family Volunteer Day on Saturday, November 18th, bring your family to Austin Families Give Back, an event hosted by Generation SERVE (formerly Little Helping Hands)! Your family will learn about giving back to the community while sampling hands-on service activities to benefit nonprofits across Austin. This event will be free and open to the public and all
ages are welcome to attend!
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Please pre-register to attend with your family. Shifts are available between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
What: Austin Families Give Back: Family Volunteer Day 2017
When: Saturday, November 18th: shifts available between 10:30am and 4:30pm
Where: Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave St.
Cost: Free!
Visit generationserve.org/familyvolunteerday for more information and to register!

Kids and adults of all ages will be movin’ and groovin’ at the Hush Hush Music Bash, a FREE family-friendly event that will take place at The Domain. For those who can’t make it to ACL Music Festival and have FOMO (fear of missing out), Hush Hush is the perfect way to get your live music fix while preparing your kids to be future festival-goers in a smaller, more intimate setting.

From babes in strollers to teens, kids of all ages are welcome!

Fun activities include:
– Rain stick making at the Bright Horizons at Westlake booth
– Jumping on Springfree Trampolines
– Giveaways
– Cool down with Steel City Pops (available for purchase)
– Dance contest

Lineup:
3 pm: DJ Bill
3:30 pm: RIDERS AGAINST the STORM (RAS)Advertisement
4:15 pm: Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship
5 pm: Koo Koo Kanga Roo

What: Hush Hush Music Bash
Where: The Domain, Amy Donovan Plaza, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin (in front of iPic Theater)
When: Sunday, October 15, 2017
Time: 3-6 p.m.
Cost: Free!
RSVP: Facebook Event Page

Presented by: LiveMom, Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child, The Domain, with music sponsored by The Austin Diagnostic Clinic and Springfree Trampoline Austin.

Back by popular demand, Rosita y Conchita is an imaginative adaptation of Erich Haeger and Eric González’s award-winning children’s book about two sisters who try to reunite on the Day of the Dead. Along the way Rosita keeps getting lost, but she miraculously finds her way to Conchita through familiar sounds and images. This touching story comes to life with live son jarocho music by Son Armado, professional actors, and puppetry. All ages will delight in the rhyming bilingual dialogue and stunning images.

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Children love to gather around on the rugs in front of the stage to watch the action in the historic Austin Scottish Rite Theater, Austin’s oldest and theater. Going through a recent renovation, parents can relax in the newly re-upholstered seating under a historically restored starlit ceiling. It’s magical!

 

What: Rosita y Conchita: A Dia de los Muertos Play in English and Spanish

Where: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street, Austin

When: Saturdays and Sundays, September 30 – October 29, 2017, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Cost: $12 adults, $8 children 2-12, under 2 are free

More information: http://scottishritetheater.org/show/rosita-y-conchita/

Giveaway: Enter here for a chance to win a family four pack of tickets to see Rosita y Conchita at the Austin Scottish Rite Theater. The winner picks which performance to attend. All you have to do is leave a comment or fill out the form below by 9:00 a.m. CST on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.

A brand new KinderCare is opening in Round Rock on August 21, 2017! KinderCare Education is the nation’s largest provider of early childhood education, and local families are invited to tour their newest child-care center during the Family Party and Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, August 19th. Guests will enjoy refreshments and fun activities that will include educational games and giveaways.

KinderCare Education makes it their passion to nurture a sense of discovery, joy, and wonder in every child, every day, at every one of its nearly 1400 centers across America. KinderCare is the most accredited early childhood education provider and focuses on creating a world of learning, joy and adventure for children ages six months to twelve years. To bring these learning concepts to life, children and their parents will enjoy the following activities during the grand opening party:

  • Color a pre-printed wall mural
  • Visit a (temporary) tattoo bar
  • Showcase creativity in the chalk corner
  • Try out the all new playgroundAdvertisement
  • Cozy up with a book at the Book Nook
  • Take a guided tour with KinderCare staff

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What: KinderCare Family Party and Grand Opening Celebration
When: Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Round Rock KinderCare Learning Center, 1900 S. AW Grimes Blvd., Round Rock
Cost: Free

The Austin Summer Musical for Children’s 2017 performance of The Jungle Book is coming to the BOyd Vance Theater August 12-27, 2017. The non-profit organization provides live musical theatre productions for the children of Central Texas as a way of fostering community, building interest and enriching the lives of children through music and theatre.

The fully costumed and choreographed production is presented FREE of charge. It is written, planned and performed by a board of community volunteers who share their free time to ensure that the children of Austin and Central Texas will be treated to a quality show.  There are 17 free public performances, produced for children ages 2-12.

The Jungle Book

Banished by the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan, a human boy named Mowgli and his panther friend, Bagheera, are on the run in the deepest parts of the jungle. On their journey, the two meet a sinister snake named Kaa, a herd of elephants and a giant bear named Baloo, who teaches them the swingin’ musical rhythms of the jungle. After surviving a dangerous encounter with a band of monkeys led by King Louie, Mowgli and Bagheera are forced to run for their lives. When Shere Khan returns, our heroes must rally their fellow animals into battle and restore peace throughout the jungle.
While the show is free, you do still need to have a ticket for entry to the theatre. Tickets are available 30 minutes prior to the show with online tickets available for select performances.

When: Saturday and Sundays, August 12-27, 2017
Time: Saturdays at 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m.
Where: Boyd Vance Theater, inside Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St., Austin

Tip: Arrive early to make sure you get a place in line to get tickets! Lines can be long and tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Only six tickets allowed per family. Tickets are released 30 minutes before show time.

More Information: http://www.summermusical.com/

Ingredients:

1 classic story, myth or fairy tale
1 group of expert improvisers
1 audience full of great ideas

Combine all ingredients and mix together until you have a totally new hilarious story!

Saturdays and Sundays in August, Austin Scottish Rite Theater and Hideout Theatre present “Once Upon a Whaaa?!”, a fully improvised mashup of some of our favorite classic stories. The skilled improvisers from the Hideout Theatre will take the Scottish Rite stage to completely remix well-known stories using suggestions from the audience. Since it’s improvised, each show is totally unique, never seen before, never to be seen again!

What would happen if Prince Charming had to win a singing competition to wake Sleeping Beauty up? What if Snow White went on a road trip? Find out Saturdays and Sundays in August at 11:00 AM at Austin Scottish Rite Theater!

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Showtimes

Sat August 5 – 11:00 AM
Sun August 6 – 11:00 AM
Sat August 12 – 11:00 AM
Sun August 13 – 11:00 AM
Sat August 19 – 11:00 AM
Sun August 20 – 11:00 AM
Sat August 26 – 11:00 AM
Sun August 27 – 11:00 AM

Tickets: $12 adults, $8 children under age 12. Purchase online or at the door.

Giveaway: Enter here for a chance to win a family four pack of tickets to see Once Upon a Whaa?! The winner picks which performance to attend. All you have to do is leave a comment or fill out the form below by 9:00 a.m. CST on Friday, August 4, 2017.

Kids decorating cookies with sprinkles and frosting is so much fun! Better yet, it’s mess-free when done at a bakery! Baked by Amy’s, located off of 183 in north Austin, is offering two cookie decorating classes for kids this summer. For only $25 per person, they’ll provide the cookies, decorations, an instructor, and they will clean up the mess, too!

Can’t make a class? Bring a group of 8 or more in to decorate cookies without an instructor. They will set up a table for the group to have fun with icing and sprinkles for only $5 an item.

AdvertisementWhat: Cookie Decorating Classes
When: July 29, 2017 at 1pm (Beach/summer theme); August 5, 2017 at 1pm (Back to school theme)
Where: Baked by Amy’s, 13265 US-183, Austin
Cost: $25
RSVP: 512-918-2253

Everyone loves an underdog story. And this one starts with a power washer.

Back in 2001, the founder of Westlake Home & Commercial Services, JT Hasty, spent his last $300 on a power washer, believing in its benefits for the care and maintenance of Austin homes around the area. He hit the streets and went door to door demonstrating how transformative a simple and relatively inexpensive pressure wash can be.

Through his hard work, they grew from a simple one man operation. Day by day, JT built up clientele in Westlake Hills and Tarrytown. Over fifteen years later, Westlake Home & Commercial Services is now Austin’s premier pressure washing and window cleaning company. They have expanded all over Texas and work with residential, commercial, and multi-family properties.

 


The Art of Customer Service

While the growth of Westlake Home & Commercial Services reflects the rapid growth of Austin, they still maintain their original values as a neighborhood business. Believing in excellence in service in every aspect of what they do. They truly care about providing value to their customers. They love to see their customers’ happy faces after seeing results of a cleaning. They even work around your schedule, so you can get service when it’s most convenient for you.

 


Active in the Austin Community

They wouldn’t be where they are today without the support of local friends and neighbors here in Austin! That’s why at Westlake Home & Commercial, they are dedicated to giving back to the community, including being active members and giving back to Austin Pets Alive!, a local nonprofit that maintains comprehensive and innovative programs for animals at high-risk for euthanasia. They also work with food banks in the local area and encourage their employees to take time volunteering for the causes they personally care about.

 

People Over Profits

At the heart of Westlake Home & Commercial Services is their employees. Taking pride in each and every one’s success is at their core. They’re proud to provide great jobs for people all over Texas. Their employees earn competitive pay and are fully protected by health insurance plans. They believe, “when you treat your employees right, you build a happy and healthy company.”

 

A Service For Every Cleaning Need in Austin

As their business and team grew over the past fifteen years, so have the number of services provided. Their clients expressed a need for things like pressure washing for all types of surfacesgentle but effective roof washing.

In the Austin area, lakefront properties rely on their boat dock cleaning services. And today’s energy-efficient homes maintain solar panels with their low-pressure soft washing service.

Whether it’s time to deep clean your tile and grout or you want to refresh your deck and pool area with power washing before a big party, they can help a neighbor out.

Want to breathe new life into the exterior of your home or business?

Get in touch with Westlake Home & Commercial Services today for a free estimate. They can answer any questions you may have.