Tom Lopatosky – The Home Improvement Expert

Exterior

Why Does Exterior Paint On Wood Surfaces Peel?

There certainly are a wide variety of items related to home improvement where if you asked the opinion of a professional as to ‘why’ something was occurring (or not occurring) you would receive a differing answer from every individual you asked. The reason why paint ...
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Exterior

The Challenges Of Exterior Structural Repairs

Some of the more difficult things to work through while addressing areas in need of repair on the exterior of your home, are those that come along when tackling repairs of a structural nature. Exterior structural repairs present a unique set of challenges which require ...
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Interior

How Does The Color Green Relate To Home Improvement?

As the luck of the Irish might have it, the color green is clearly synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day. What you may not realize, however, is that it is also VERY closely related to Home Improvement! The color green is, in fact, like a secret ...
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Deck Care

What Is The Purpose Of Lattice?

A number of years ago, I was having a conversation with a client and they were excitedly telling me a story of how the previous day they were looking for a paint product that they knew was around their home, but they just could not ...
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Chimney

What Is A Flue?

A while back, I messaged one of our masons that we had a client who needed to have a flute on their chimney fixed. Thankfully, although it would have been the perfect opportunity to do a deep dive into chop-busting, our mason chose otherwise and ...
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DIY Projects

Quick & Easy Interior Do-It-Yourself Projects

During the colder months of the year, particularly on the homestretch of Winter, it is understandably easy to get a bit antsy and wanting to do “something” productive around the home, especially when doing a project outside may not be the best option given the ...
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Exterior

Can Vinyl Siding Be Painted?

With a question that seems almost counterintuitive on the surface, we receive numerous calls every year asking if vinyl siding can be painted. If vinyl siding one’s home is meant to eliminate (or at least dramatically reduce) maintenance, then why would someone want to entertain ...
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Ceiling

Put Your Pride Aside – Fix The Leak!!!

Often I am called upon to help a homeowner figure out why something in their home is leaking and what can be done to properly fix it. I have been fortunate to build a career out of being somewhat of a ‘leak whisperer’ and be ...
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Bathroom

How I Prevent Mold On Bathroom Ceilings

The list of items that I have found of ‘things that get people concerned around the home’ reads almost like a frightful scroll of ‘heart-dropping-into-stomach’ moments… – The discovery of peeling paint – The discovery of an annoying leak which subsequently cannot seem to be ...
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Window

What Are The Advantages Of A Slider Window And How Do You Properly Install One?

Slider windows – also known as sliding windows or gliding windows – offer several advantages that make them a popular choice for many homeowners. Here are some of the reasons why: Ease of Operation: Slider windows are easy to open and close. They operate on ...
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Snow Shoveling

How I Remove Ice From Walkways

Sometimes no matter how advanced technology gets, the best methods of approaching a particular task may never be able to be improved beyond the point where they are currently at. A great example of this is a story a brother-in-law of mine shared with me ...
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Interior

How To Pick The Correct Paint Sheen

Certainly, one of the more asked questions that I receive when I am having conversations about painting, whether interior or exterior, is what sheen of paint should be used when painting the surfaces that are being coated. While at the end of the day, the ...
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Weather Conditions

Why Snow Is Fool’s Gold

When I was growing up (by the way, I hate to sound like “that guy”…), as like many folks, our household was quite busy. Between multiple siblings, school, activities, work, etc. the day-in and day-out house environment was quite “lived-in”. With exhaustive schedules, the tidiness ...
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Chimney

Why Chimney Maintenance Is SO Important

When it comes to the Holiday Season, it should be obvious why chimney maintenance is so important. After all, if you have a heavier-set gentleman, in an enormous red & white suit, toting around large packages in a sack behind him, who – by any ...
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Cleanup

Diagnosing Leaks – The Last Resort!

Attempting to figure out where a leak is coming from can often be the ultimate exercise in frustration. Whether the leak is coming from the interior, the exterior, or someplace in between, correctly figuring out where a leak is stemming from is enough to drive ...
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OUR HISTORY

LOPCO Expert

While looking for a way to pay his way through college, Tom Lopatosky started LOPCO Contracting in 1995. Since then, when Tom began the company with less than $100 in his pocket, LOPCO has grown to become the Home Improvement Contractor of choice for a wide number of people throughout Rhode Island and Southern New England. Tom learned many valuable lessons as he grew the business while attending college. Ultimately Tom (in the year 2000) graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree with a Concentration in Marketing, a Bachelor’s Degree with a Concentration in Finance, and a Minor in Computer Information Systems from Bryant University (Bryant College at the time) in Smithfield, RI. 

Prior to earning his degrees, Tom graduated from Classical High School in Providence, RI (where Tom won the ‘Al Morro Award’ for Football in 1994). After High School, Tom left for the University of South Carolina to pursue his dream of playing football. Soon after his mother passed away in 1997, he relocated back to RI and completed his college career at Bryant. Tom continued to play minor league football for 9 years and was part of 4 championship-playing football teams. 

As the demands of the company grew, Tom decided to retire from football in 2006 and focus on LOPCO full time.
Under Tom’s leadership, the company culture of striving to overdeliver on every project they undertake has led to much repeat business and their clients are often very happy to tell their friends and families about their experiences with LOPCO. This has helped tremendously as LOPCO has sought to further increase their customer base. Tom’s long-term goal for the company is “To lead LOPCO Contracting in continuing to paint and build the way to social consciousness while becoming the largest painting and repair company in New England.”

Tom lives in East Providence, RI with his girlfriend Leslie and his daughters Tamara & Ivelisse. Tom has held a variety of titles over the years including President of LOPCO Contracting, Regional Board Member of the PCA’s (Painting Contractors Association) Northeast Council, President of the RI Chapter of the PCA, Board Member of RIBA (Rhode Island Builders Association), and Building & Property Trades Advisory Committee Member for MTTI (MotoRing Technical Training Institute in Seekonk, MA).

Tom has been a RIBA member since 2008 and a member of PCA since 2006. In 2013 Tom received the PCA’s National “Humanitarian of the Year” Award, a “40 under 40” Award from Providence Business News, and his BNI (Business Network International) Warwick peers voted him “Member of the Year”. Tom has been involved with BNI for a number of years as well as quite a few other networking organizations.

In 2006 Tom was inducted into the Classical High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Over the years Tom has been a contributing writer and/or columnist for ExpertBeacon.com, RI Local Magazine, ShopInRI Magazine, The Jewish Voice, The Rhode Island Echo, The RI Wave, the East Providence Reporter, and The Smithfield Times and also has had weekly Home Improvement Tips that have run on the radio (630AM & 99.7FM WPRO in the RI area) and on television (WPRI 12 in the RI area). 

Tom is Roman Catholic and is a firm believer that success is often correlated with a person’s faith, not necessarily a particular religion, but faith in a greater power. 

Roman 12:12 is his favorite Bible verse which reads, “”Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.” Tom is very involved with his Church (St. Adalbert’s Church in Providence, RI) – Tom served as Chairperson of St. Adalbert’s Church’s Polish-American Festival for 6 years – and really tries to make it a point on attending service at least once per week (Tom also spends 30-45 minutes in prayer prior to beginning each day).
As a fun sidenote, Tom made it as a Semi-Finalist in the second season of “The Apprentice” (the round right before the finalists are on the show!).

Tom has been featured on the Real Estate Radio Network, the ‘Discover Rhode Island’ TV show, and on The Strongpreneur Nation Podcast. Today, Tom has his own weekly Home Improvement radio show on 630AM & 99.7FM WPRO in the RI area – ‘PROTALK Home Improvement’. Tom feels VERY fortunate to have been involved with a number of terrific community organizations over the years, such as: Amos House, Children’s Wishes, Clinica Esperanza, Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island, Habitat for Humanity of RI – Greater Providence, The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, The Town of Johnston, RI Police Department, Junior Achievement of RI, One Neighborhood Builders (formerly Olneyville Housing Corporation), Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, YouthBuild Providence, and YMCA of Greater Providence. Two of the biggest community initiatives that Tom has been involved with are being a lead organizer of ‘Clean Day’ on the Woonasquatucket River Greenway for nine years and a lead organizer for YouthBuild Providence’s annual ‘Build-a-Bed’ event for four years.

In addition to LOPCO, Tom also owns Cheer UP Athletics – an All-Star Cheerleading Gym located in East Providence, RI – and The Smithfield Times. Tom is an avid New York Yankee, University of South Carolina (ALL of their sports!), and Providence College Basketball fan. Tom’s extensive experience and overall industry knowledge have made Tom one of the most sought-after experts in the Home Improvement Industry. Remarkably, Tom is often even called upon by other contractors to help them through challenges in their businesses (often speaking at National Industry Conferences). Because he has made it a focus to delve into and solve problems that others in the industry simply want nothing to do with, Tom has become an invaluable resource for homeowners near and far. With all being said, it confidently is safe to say that Tom Lopatosky truly is – The Home Improvement Expert!!!

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