How Proper Attic Insulation Helps Your Roof

What are the Benefits of Attic Insulation?

When you’re a homeowner, there’s a chance you have a running list of everything you need to do to keep your most prized possession — your home —  afloat for the years to come. And while an attic is usually an afterthought in most cases, it should be front and center on your list — along with your roof. 

That said, if you have not had insulation installed in your home’s “bonus space” or the current insulation has seen better days, here’s why you should consider having it installed or reapplied by a trusted professional.

Extends the Lifespan of Your Roof

Let’s cut to the chase: Having proper insulation in your attic will help extend the lifespan of your roof. This is possible because home insulation acts as a barrier between your humble abode and the elements. And since your roof gets the brunt of the proverbial stick from Mother Nature, the space needs all the help it can receive to reduce the likelihood of a problem from occurring.

Insulation in your attic, when installed properly, will help save the underside of your roof from condensation. Unfortunately, more times than most, when an attic is insulation-less, condensation can cause wood-rot — and that’s only the start of an unfortunate series of element-related events for your roof.

Protects Your Roof From Harsh Elements

Remember how we discussed that insulation could prevent condensation from forming in your attic? Well, it can also prevent ice dams from forming on your roof. When heavy, melting snowfall refreezes in the evening, that’s when an ice dam starts. However, insulation in your attic will help keep the heat present and lessen the possibility of ice dams forming.

Now, in the summertime, your roofing materials may begin to deteriorate if heat begins to rise to your roof. Luckily, having the proper attic insulation in place will prevent that from occurring. Additionally, insulation will also help keep your home cool and cut energy costs in half; you’ll find yourself tampering with the thermostat on your central air conditioner less often!

Contact Landmark Exteriors for roofing inspections, repairs, and installations this fall season!

The experts at Landmark Exteriors are here to help ensure your home’s roofing systems look great and function properly for years to come! Give us a call at (203) 838-3838 or visit our website to learn more.

Winter Damages To a Home’s Exterior to Watch For

The winter weather never fails to be intense and can wreak havoc on the outside of your house. As a homeowner, it is important to know how exactly the cold temperatures and ice can cause damage and concerns. Here’s what to look out for this winter season:

Snow and Ice on the Roof

Winter weather takes a toll on your roofing system. The continual condensation and freezing process can lead to loosening and broken shingles and leaks, especially if your roofing system has been inspected recently or properly maintained.  

Ice Dams 

Those icicles, also called ice dams, hanging off the side of your roof may look beautiful, but they are very dangerous and not a good sign. The heavy ice weighs on your gutter system and can easily cause breaks. Water will also build up because there is nowhere for it to safely flow away from your home and can cause damage. Keep an eye out and carefully try to melt or break the ice dams when they appear.  

Siding Damage 

Your siding is a crucial layer of protection for your home during the winter months, making it vulnerable to damages from cold temperatures and storms. Some signs of damaged siding include warping, paint peeling, mold, mildew, and rot. Be sure to address any issues as soon as possible before they persist and worsen.

Walkways and Driveway Cracks

The cold can also cause problems for your walkways and driveway. Ice can create cracks in the concrete, and asphalt and salt can wear the surfaces even further. These cracks can lead to algae growth and leave openings for melted ice to seep into and then refreeze and grow. These spots will require dilling and the removal of any moss or algae that has developed.    

Contact Landmark Exteriors for roofing inspections, repairs, and installations this fall season!

The experts at Landmark Exteriors are here to help ensure your home’s roofing systems look great and function properly for years to come! Give us a call at (203) 838-3838 or visit our website to learn more.

5 Questions To Ask When Hiring A Roofing Contractor

Every home needs a quality roof, so when it’s time for a replacement or some repairs to be done, make sure you have only the best handling the job. 

Every home needs a quality roof, so when it’s time for a replacement or some repairs to be done, make sure you have only the best handling the job. 

Landmark Exteriors has been helping homeowners care for their roofing systems for more than two decades. When hiring a roofing contractor, these are the important questions to ask: 

What type of roofing do you do?

Not every residential roofing company can install and repair all roofing materials. There are plenty of popular roofing materials that homeowners opt for, including asphalt shingles, cedar, slate, metal, and more that all require their own expertise to work with. Make sure the company you’re contracting is an expert in your desired roofing material.  

Do you have references from previous jobs?

It’s important to hire roofers with experience and reputable references. Be sure to ask for some information and photos of previous jobs they’ve worked on. A reliable roofer will have a list of people they’ve worked with to use as a reference. If you do reach out to any of those references, be sure to ask if there were any problems while working with the roofers and, if so, what they did to resolve the issue.  

Do you have insurance and the appropriate licensing?

Your roofing contractor should have insurance that will cover any damages to your home in case of a problem, so don’t be afraid to ask to see the documentation for yourself. As well, they should have all the appropriate licensing on state, city, and county levels that ensure they are meeting every qualification. You can double-check with your local licensing office that their license is up to date and there are no outstanding violations.  

Do you offer a warranty?

Ask what their warranty policy is and what exactly will be covered. Most warranties last a year, but others will last even longer. Be sure also to see if an extended warranty will raise the cost of the overall job.  

Do you use subcontractors at all?

If the roofers outsource work to other subcontractors, it’s best to know this ahead of time and make sure they are also experienced, licensed, and have insurance. They should also be able to tell you the name and address of these subcontractors. 

Contact Landmark Exteriors for roofing inspections, repairs, and installations this fall season!

The experts at Landmark Exteriors are here to help ensure your home’s roofing systems look great and function properly for years to come! Give us a call at (203) 838-3838 or visit our website to learn more.

Every home needs a quality roof, so when it’s time for a replacement or some repairs to be done, make sure you have only the best handling the job. 

Landmark Exteriors has been helping homeowners care for their roofing systems for more than two decades. When hiring a roofing contractor, these are the important questions to ask: 

  1. What type of roofing do you do?

Not every residential roofing company can install and repair all roofing materials. There are plenty of popular roofing materials that homeowners opt for, including asphalt shingles, cedar, slate, metal, and more that all require their own expertise to work with. Make sure the company you’re contracting is an expert in your desired roofing material.  

  1. Do you have references from previous jobs?

It’s important to hire roofers with experience and reputable references. Be sure to ask for some information and photos of previous jobs they’ve worked on. A reliable roofer will have a list of people they’ve worked with to use as a reference. If you do reach out to any of those references, be sure to ask if there were any problems while working with the roofers and, if so, what they did to resolve the issue.  

  1. Do you have insurance and the appropriate licensing?

Your roofing contractor should have insurance that will cover any damages to your home in case of a problem, so don’t be afraid to ask to see the documentation for yourself. As well, they should have all the appropriate licensing on state, city, and county levels that ensure they are meeting every qualification. You can double-check with your local licensing office that their license is up to date and there are no outstanding violations.  

  1. Do you offer a warranty?

Ask what their warranty policy is and what exactly will be covered. Most warranties last a year, but others will last even longer. Be sure also to see if an extended warranty will raise the cost of the overall job.  

  1. Do you use subcontractors at all?

If the roofers outsource work to other subcontractors, it’s best to know this ahead of time and make sure they are also experienced, licensed, and have insurance. They should also be able to tell you the name and address of these subcontractors. 

Contact Landmark Exteriors for roofing inspections, repairs, and installations this fall season!

The experts at Landmark Exteriors are here to help ensure your home’s roofing systems look great and function properly for years to come! Give us a call at (203) 838-3838 or visit our website to learn more.

How To Handle A Roofing Emergency

Unfortunately, emergencies happen — which is why it’s so important to be prepared for the unexpected! Leaks open up, tree limbs fall, and more can harm the well-being of your roofing system when you least expect it and cause serious problems. 

Unfortunately, emergencies happen — which is why it’s so important to be prepared for the unexpected! Leaks open up, tree limbs fall, and more can harm the well-being of your roofing system when you least expect it and cause serious problems. 

From the roofing experts at Landmark Exteriors, here’s a step by step guide on how best to handle a serious roofing emergency:

Don’t panic.

The first step when a roofing emergency arises is to remain as calm as you can. If you’re panicking, it won’t be easy to assess the situation properly and start correcting the problem. It’s also possible the damage looks a lot worse than it really is, and your roofers will be able to fix everything good as new.  

Minimize damage and project as best as you can.

The next thing to do is minimize the damage to your interior as best you can. If there is water leaking, add buckets and tarps to the space to protect the area and then keep your distance. If there is a tree protruding, make sure everyone clears the area and stays away. Do not try and do any repairs yourself.  

Contact your insurance company.

As soon after the damage occurs as possible, give your homeowner’s insurance company a call to explain what happened. Unexpected roof damages can be expensive to repair, but your insurance may cover repairs, hotel costs, and more to help you while the situation is addressed. Your insurance will send an adjuster to inspect the damages and determine the value of your claim. 

Contact an expert roofing team. 

Along with your insurance company, it’s crucial to get in touch with your local roofing experts. They’ll come to your home quickly to assess the damage and develop the best plan of action to fix your roofing system.  

Trust the professionals and keep yourself safe. 

It may be tempting to try and fix the problem yourself, but it’s important to let the professionals do their job. Your focus should be on keeping you and your family safe and assisting the professionals in any way they ask. 

Contact Landmark Exteriors for roofing inspections, repairs, and installations this fall season!

The experts at Landmark Exteriors are here to help ensure your home’s roofing systems look great and function properly for years to come! Give us a call at (203) 838-3838 or visit our website to learn more.

Unfortunately, emergencies happen — which is why it’s so important to be prepared for the unexpected! Leaks open up, tree limbs fall, and more can harm the well-being of your roofing system when you least expect it and cause serious problems. 

From the roofing experts at Landmark Exteriors, here’s a step by step guide on how best to handle a serious roofing emergency:

  1. Don’t panic.

The first step when a roofing emergency arises is to remain as calm as you can. If you’re panicking, it won’t be easy to assess the situation properly and start correcting the problem. It’s also possible the damage looks a lot worse than it really is, and your roofers will be able to fix everything good as new.  

  1. Minimize damage and project as best as you can.

The next thing to do is minimize the damage to your interior as best you can. If there is water leaking, add buckets and tarps to the space to protect the area and then keep your distance. If there is a tree protruding, make sure everyone clears the area and stays away. Do not try and do any repairs yourself.  

  1. Contact your insurance company.

As soon after the damage occurs as possible, give your homeowner’s insurance company a call to explain what happened. Unexpected roof damages can be expensive to repair, but your insurance may cover repairs, hotel costs, and more to help you while the situation is addressed. Your insurance will send an adjuster to inspect the damages and determine the value of your claim. 

  1. Contact an expert roofing team. 

Along with your insurance company, it’s crucial to get in touch with your local roofing experts. They’ll come to your home quickly to assess the damage and develop the best plan of action to fix your roofing system.  

  1. Trust the professionals and keep yourself safe. 

It may be tempting to try and fix the problem yourself, but it’s important to let the professionals do their job. Your focus should be on keeping you and your family safe and assisting the professionals in any way they ask. 

Contact Landmark Exteriors for roofing inspections, repairs, and installations this fall season!

The experts at Landmark Exteriors are here to help ensure your home’s roofing systems look great and function properly for years to come! Give us a call at (203) 838-3838 or visit our website to learn more.

What To Do With Your Fall Leaves

Leaf cleanup on your property is an important job every time fall rolls around, and it can seem like foliage just keeps on piling up. Instead of mindlessly filling up bags with your autumn leaves, turn them into something beneficial or fun!  

The team at Landmark Exteriors has some ideas for what you can do with your fall leaves, besides leaving them in a bag on your curb:

Make Mulch

Leaves are a natural mulch that can help protect your gardens! Add some leaves to the tops of your soil to prevent weed growth, and as an added layer of protection from the cold and snow, so your plants are healthy and happy once spring returns.  

Improve Your Soil

You can also take some shredded leaves and mix them right into your soil. As they decompose, your soil will become more nutrient-rich, leading to more earthworms and other microorganism activities that help your plants grow.  

Get a Compost Pile Started

If you’re not already composting, now is a great time to start! Take your fall leaves and pile them in an open corner of your yard to get your compost started; making a simple structure with wood or chicken wire helps them not to blow away. Keep layering other compostable materials such as grass clippings and kitchen scraps and watch them decompose throughout fall and winter. When spring arrives, you’ll have a great compost mix to add to your garden soil.  

Make a Scarecrow

If you’re looking for a fun fall project with the kids, try making your very own scarecrow! Use old clothes, some dry leaves, and grab a pole to display your new creation to ward off birds in your garden. 

Fall Decorations

Some of your fallen leaves may be more attractive than others, so take advantage of these! You can use leaves with different colors and shapes to make some gorgeous fall-themed decorations for both inside and outside your home. Try adding them into a vase with some fall flowers or lights!

Contact Landmark Exteriors for roofing inspections, repairs, and installations this fall season!

The experts at Landmark Exteriors are here to help ensure your home’s roofing systems look great and function properly for years to come! Give us a call at (203) 838-3838 or visit our website to learn more.

How Do I Remove Leaves From My Roof?

Autumn is here, which means those leaves will fall and make a mess before you know it. With the many lists of things homeowners have to worry about, leaves piling up on your roof may not be one of them, but it’s something important to consider, and here’s why:

Why Do You Need to Remove Leaves From Your Roof?

If you ignore your leaf piles on the roof, the dead foliage will decay and eventually cause moisture to be trapped against any roof shingles. With this trapped moisture, mold and algae are likely to grow, causing serious and costly damage. 

Also, the leaves will eventually make their way into your gutter system, causing clogs and preventing water from being safely drained away from your home. This is especially a concern if you haven’t taken the time to clean out your gutters during the fall season. 

How to Get Rid of Leaves on Your Roof

Unfortunately, the strong winds may not be enough for them to blow off completely to let you avoid any concern. Taking a hands-on approach to removing your roof’s leaves is the best to ensure there are no issues — and here are your best options:

  • Roof rake – You can buy a roof rake from your local store that helps you brush off leaves from your roof while safely standing on the ground. A broom attached to an extension pole can also work if you don’t want to purchase a roof rake.
  • Blower – If you have a ladder handy and someone to help hold it steady, you can take your leaf blower up and quickly blow all the leaves off your roof. 
  • Call a professional – Give your local roofers a call for help cleaning off and inspecting your roof, so you don’t have to worry. 

The tool you use will depend on the pitch of your roof and your comfortability, but calling a professional for help and advice is always your best bet. 

Contact Landmark Exteriors for roofing inspections, repairs, and installations this fall season!

The experts at Landmark Exteriors are here to help ensure your home’s roofing systems look great and function properly for years to come! Give us a call at (203) 838-3838 or visit our website to learn more.

Enjoying Fall in Fairfield County, CT

This season is one of the most beautiful and underrated times of the year, and for us living in Fairfield County, CT, and the surrounding areas, we get some of the best fall days of all. If you’re looking to make the most out of autumn, the team at Landmark Exteriors has some ideas for you to enjoy this great season to its fullest in the state we call home:

Apple Picking

If you’re looking to make the perfect apple crisp or pie, stop by one of the many great Connecticut orchards because apples are in season! Take a walk through the gorgeous fields and fill a bag with fresh-picked, delicious apples in various varieties to take home and enjoy.

Pumpkin Picking

There truly is nothing more classic fall than pumpkins! There are farms all over with fresh pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, waiting to find their way into your arms. Whether you’re looking for one to decorate your front yard, carve, or cook with, you’ll have plenty of fun picking out the perfect pumpkins with your friends and family.

Corn Mazes

Farms all over Connecticut turn their cornfields into mazes with complex turns and crazy patterns, so be sure to check one out and get lost! How long will it take you to get out?

Visit a Haunted House

If you’re looking for something more spooky to celebrate Halloween this season, visit one of the many incredible haunted houses around or take a local ghost tour. There’s plenty of frights and scary spots to choose from!

Hiking

‘Tis the leaf-peeping season! Embrace the gorgeous weather and scenery by taking a hike on some of Connecticut’s great trails. Breathe in the fresh, crisp air and experience the beautiful foliage from various heights and areas. Good luck determining which trees have the most colorful leaves along the many trails running through the state.

Contact Landmark Exteriors for roofing inspections, repairs, and installations this fall season!

The experts at Landmark Exteriors are here to help ensure your home’s roofing systems look great and function properly for years to come! Give us a call at (203) 838-3838 or visit our website to learn more.

Expert Pumpkin Carving Tips

Grab your pumpkins and get your creativity flowing; it’s time to carve some jack-o’-lanterns! Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned pumpkin carver, these tips can help take your skills to the next level. Happy carving!

Gather The Right Tools 

Thankfully, you don’t need to invest in a bunch of fancy tools to carve your jack-o’-lanterns. Depending on how intricate you plan on making your designs, all you need is a sharp blade for cutting and a tool to help you clean out the inside. You can run to your local store and find a convenient carving kit with these two tools to make the job easy.  

Open Your Pumpkin From The Bottom

Cleaning out your pumpkin can be difficult, but you can simplify the job by cutting the pumpkin open from the bottom instead of the top around the stem. When you open it from the bottom, lots of the seeds and strings will easily fall out, making the process much quicker and easier.

Trace Your Design

Once the face of your pumpkin is clean and you’ve picked out your design, use a marker or stencil to trace your template directly on the surface so it’s ready to be carved perfectly!

Be Patient

You may be excited to see your incredible new jack-o’-lantern, but don’t rush the carving process. To help avoid collapse or pieces breaking, don’t pull out the pieces as you go, but rather wait till the end for a final reveal. This will help ensure a perfectly executed design and better stability. 

Don’t Use Real Candles

Though they look great, real candles will cause your pumpkin to go bad quicker and they can be a fire hazard. Instead, choose a battery-operated candle, which will look equally great and is much safer.

Contact Landmark Exteriors for roofing inspections, repairs, and installations this fall season!

The experts at Landmark Exteriors are here to help ensure your home’s roofing systems look great and function properly for years to come! Give us a call at (203) 838-3838 or visit our website to learn more.

Fall Roofing Maintenance Checklist

Have you gotten started on your fall roof maintenance yet? Don’t put it off for too long. The winter months can be particularly harsh for roofs as the frigid temperatures and heavy snow keep piling up. Keep your home and family safe all winter long by taking some time this fall to ensure your roof is ready for the season’s changes.    

Now that fall is here, be sure to cross these roof maintenance tasks off your checklist before winter arrives:

Trim Trees

Over hanging trees are one of the biggest threats to the safety of your home’s roof. Taking some time to trim back any branches that are hanging low is important in the protection of your house, as is getting rid of uprooted trees.

Take a Look in Your Attic

The condition of your attic can have a direct effect on the state of your roofing system. Go into your attic and give it a look over: check that the insulation isn’t blocking your vents, look for any unwanted animals hiding in your attic, and see if there are any holes in the roof. Don’t put this off, as you’ll need time to correct any of these issues before the temperatures get too cold! 

Clean and Inspect Your Gutters

It’s crucial that your gutters get cleaned and checked to ensure they’re working efficiently before winter storms arrive. Your gutter system helps reroute melted snow and rain safely away from your home’s foundation, and unfortunately, they get clogged easily, especially from fall leaves. So, be sure to safely DIY the gutter cleaning or call a local gutter expert to handle the job. If your system needs fixing or a replacement, be sure to get in contact with a gutter installation company.

Get a Proper Roof Inspection Done

The only way to be certain your roof is in the best condition possible is to call your local roofers in Fairfield County, Conn., to come and give a full inspection. After their assessment, the roofers will alert you to any damages or problems that will need to be addressed soon. Be sure not to put off any needed repairs, especially when winter is approaching.

ROOF REPAIR AND INSTALLATION IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CONNECTICUT

We’re ready to help you with your next roofing project! The experts at Landmark Exteriors are here to help ensure your home’s roofing systems both look great and are functioning properly for years to come! Give us a call at (203) 838-3838 to learn more.

DIY Gutter Cleaning Tips

Gutters work hard all year round to make sure rainwater and melted snow is safely filtered away from your home’s foundation. Unfortunately, more than just water makes its way into your gutter system. Gutter cleaning should always be on your to-do’s as the seasons change to ensure they can keep doing their critical job.  

These five DIY tips for cleaning your gutters will help you get the job done in no time:

  1. Know when the right time is for the job.

Homeowners should expect to clean their gutters twice a year: once in the spring and then again in the fall. However, if your yard has trees towering over the roof, you may want to clean them more frequently since leaves build up quickly and blockages cause severe problems.

  1. Gather the necessary supplies.

First, you need to find a sturdy ladder so that you can reach your gutters and someone else who can watch and secure the ladder to ensure your safety. Next, you’ll also want to wear the right protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, glasses, and gloves. Lastly, get the tools you’ll need to get rid of all that gunk, such as a hand shovel and bucket. You may also want to lay a tarp over your grass to avoid any fallen debris from ruining your lawn or plants.  

  1. It’s time to clean.

Now that you have everything you need, it’s time to get cleaning. Use your tools to scrape all the built-up gunk out of the gutters and into a bucket or down on your tarp. Once everything has been removed, use a hose to flush out the remaining dirt, check for leaks, and ensure all the clogs are gone.

  1. Don’t forget the downspouts.

Since downspouts typically have an area or two where they bend, debris can get stuck easily, and many people forget to clean these spots. Flushing the downspouts with a fast stream from a hose may be enough, but if not, try using a plumber’s snake! That should do the trick. 

  1. Give a thorough inspection.

Now that they’re cleaned, take a moment to check the gutters themselves and your roofing nearby for any signs of damage or debris that needs to also be removed. If there are any spots for concern in either your gutter or roofing systems, be sure to call your local roofing experts in CT for an inspection, repairs, and any needed replacements. 

GUTTER REPAIR AND INSTALLATION IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CONNECTICUT

When your gutter system needs raptors or a replacement, the experts at Landmark Exteriors are here to help. Give us a call at (203) 838-3838 to learn more.