What Happens When a Tree Falls on Your House?

You may be safe inside your home when a storm hits, but what about your property? High winds, rain, thunder, and lightening can all take a toll on your home — and even large trees! That’s right, sometimes a storm can be so bad that a tree ends up falling on top of your roof. Here are the necessary steps you should if this ever happens to you.

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Safety

We know it hurts to sit back and not do anything, but removing a tree from your property can be really dangereous. Wait for the pros who have the qualifications and experience necessary to get the job done right.

Check Inside

Check inside your home for signs of damage and then call a professional. You may not find anything substantial, but sometimes damage may not be visible, so it’s important to make sure your property is thoroughly checked just in case.

Document Everything

You will want to take pictures all around your home for your insurance claim and your own personal records. Try to snap some shots of every angle — even inside your home and after the tree is removed.

Fix Your Roof

Contact a roofing specialist to repair or replace your roof. Landmark Exteriors Home Care division provides an extensive list of services to keep your home in great shape. Large or small, we take care of everything from routine maintenance items like gutter cleaning to emergency roof repairs. At Landmark Exterior Home Care, we take pride in finding solutions to your problems and helping you sustain the beauty of your home.

If you’re looking for a dedicated, experienced, and dependable roofing contractor, look no further than Landmark Exteriors! To learn more about our services, check out our website or speak with one of our professionals at 203.838.3838.

Are Gutter Guards Really Worth It?

Autumn can wreak havoc on your home. All of those beautiful leaves, branches, and seeds falling off the trees end up on your roof, clogging your gutter system. Thankfully you can simplify your gutter cleaning by installing gutter guards.

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What Are Gutter Guards?

Gutter guards are designed to minimize gutter cleaning. They cover the gutter to keep out debris and allow rainwater and snow to flow freely through and away from your home.

What Are The Five Types Of Gutter Guards?

  1. Screen gutter guards are the most common and inexpensive type. However, they don’t filter out smaller items like pine needles.
  2. Foam gutter guards are extremely porous foam strips, inserted in the gutter. Water will pass through the foam, but solids will be trapped on the top.
  3. Brush gutter guards are similar to foam. They are placed inside the gutter, allowing only water to pass.
  4. Micromesh gutter guards have tiny holes in them, which allows them to filter out almost every size of debris. *This should ONLY be installed by an experienced roofing pro*
  5. Surface tension gutter guards are curved covers that guide water into the gutters and solids on the floor of your home.

We will work to ensure that the gutter system allows for proper drainage while remaining architecturally appealing. Landmark Exteriors will determine the proper pitching and the correct number of downspouts for your property. Meanwhile, our Landmark Exteriors Home Care division can help to maintain your gutters with regular cleanings. To speak with on one of our professional staff members, give us a call at 203.838.3838.

Halloween Events In Connecticut This Weekend

With all of Connecticut’s history, there’s no shortage of spooky events and activities for Halloween. Check out some of our top freaky events happening this weekend:

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Mark Twain House and Museum

Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours – Mark Twain House and Museum

This isn’t any ordinary tour — this ghost tour is as much educational as they are goosebump-inducing and was also featured on Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story.

Date: October 26 – 28

Time: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Admission: Tickets are $25, $17 for children ages 6 to 16, and $20 for members of The Mark Twain House & Museum.

Hallowed History Lantern Tour – Cedar Hill Cemetery

Watch as history comes alive on this lantern-led tour of Cedar Hill. Be prepared with appropriate walking shoes and a flashlight — NOT suitable for children under 13!

Date: October 27

Time: 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Admission: $15

Halloween Hysterics at Henry’s – Henry Whitfield State Museum

The Halloween Hysterics at Henry’s include flashlight tours, scavenger hunts, craft activities, displays on the Whitfield/Salem witch trial connection and the cemeteries under the Guilford Green, and tours of the Holidaze exhibit.

Date: October 28

Time: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Admission: $8 adults / $6 seniors (60 years+) and college students with ID / $5 children (6-17)

Things that Go Bump in the Night at the Hale Homestead – Nathan Hale Homestead

Travel each room by candlelight, all the way up to the dark and dreary attic. Hear the history and staff’s spooky Homestead stories, as featured on the Syfy channel’s Ghost Hunters!

Date: October 27

Time: 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Admission: $15

We hope you enjoy a spooky-filled weekend!

If you’re looking for a dedicated, experienced, and dependable roofing contractor, look no further than Landmark Exteriors! To learn more about our services, check out our website or speak with one of our professionals at 203.838.3838.

3 Reasons Your Gutters Won’t Make It Through the Fall

Autumn means leaves will be falling off the trees. And even though this is a beautiful sight to see, if your gutters are not in tip-top shape, they won’t be as happy during this time of the year. Here are three reasons your gutters won’t make it til springtime.

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  1. Your current gutters are old.

When it comes to your home, age is NOT just a number. Age is one of the most common reasons for most home repairs or reconstruction. While the quality of the material, conditions, and weather all come into play, nothing can combat old age.

  1. There’s damage.

Your gutter system is constantly exposed to the outdoor elements. And for this reason alone, they can take quite a beating overtime. If professionals find them broken beyond repair, don’t delay replacement. You could end up facing serious structural and moisture damage in the end, especially during the harsh winter weather conditions.

  1. Your gutters are clogged.

Leaves falling off the trees makes for a pretty autumn sight. But they also make for clogged gutters which leads to costly repairs. And don’t forget about all those acorns (or chestnuts) — gutters clogged with nuts can lead to pesky critters like mice or squirrels, and they have no problems chewing holes in your roof and/or siding!

Landmark Exteriors Home Care division provides an extensive list of services to keep your home in great shape. Large or small, we take care of everything from routine maintenance items like gutter cleaning to emergency roof repairs. At Landmark Exterior Home Care, we take pride in finding solutions to your problems and helping you sustain the beauty of your home. To speak with on one of our professional staff members, give us a call at 203.838.3838.

Early Fall Home Maintenance Tips That Are So Easy

It may not feel like it, but soon enough the rough, autumn weather will be here. Check the following off your maintenance to-do list and your home should be more than ready for cooler weather.

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1. Check for cracks.

Cracks in your home’s foundation or near windows can be an entryway for unwanted critters like mice! You’ll also want to make sure you seal them properly to prevent cold drafts from getting inside your home.

2. Inspect your roof.

Hire a professional to check for any issues with your shingles or gutter system. They’ll be able to make any necessary repairs before the autumn and winter storms arrive. They will also come clean your gutters after the leaves have fallen to ensure optimum drainage.

3. Reinforce doors and windows.

Now’s the time to replace your door and window screens with storm windows. You can also add weather stripping to keep the cool air from getting in.

4. Trim your trees.

Noticing dead branches or decaying limbs around your property? Call your landscaping service to have the dead branches removed. And the decaying limbs can become quite hazardous if they fall on your home or your car, so it’s best to remove those as well!

Landmark Exteriors Home Care division provides an extensive list of services to keep your home in great shape. Large or small, we take care of everything from routine maintenance items like gutter cleaning to emergency roof repairs. At Landmark Exterior Home Care, we take pride in finding solutions to your problems and helping you sustain the beauty of your home. To speak with on one of our professional staff members, give us a call at 203.838.3838.

Can You Trust Your Roofing Contractor?

Trust is an essential part of any relationship — and that includes your roofing contractor! After all, you’re depending on them to work on the main structural component of your home. With their help, you and your family can sleep safe and sound. But trust isn’t always so easy to find. Can you trust your roofing contractor?

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A History of Good Business Practices

A reputable roofing contractor has a positive history in the area, as well as:

  • A current license from the Department of Consumer Protection. Here, you can check a contractor’s status and how long they’ve been licensed on the Department’s website.
  • Workers compensation, personal liability and property damage coverage (a dependable contractor should willingly provide copies of these certificates).

A Good Local Reputation

As previously mentioned, responsible roofers have a positive connection with the customers and suppliers in the local area. You can check a contractors background by going to BBB.org and looking out for an A+ rating (which Landmark Exteriors is proud to have!), as well as recognition awards from well-known services like Angie’s List or Thumbtack.

Certifications from Roofing Manufacturers

Every contractor needs to go through training in order to be qualified to work. But, only top-of-the-line contractors have certifications like CertainTeed and GAF. In order to obtain this, roofing companies have to:

  • Be in business for at least seven years.
  • Provide ample insurance coverage.
  • Have an acceptable credit rating — no bank overdrafts, liens, or unpaid suppliers.
  • A good BBB standing — high customer satisfaction surveys.
  • A dedication to high-quality workmanship.

Landmark Exteriors prides itself on its high level of experience and craftsmanship. Our commitment to quality means we won’t cut corners, so we understand the importance of certification in the field. For 20 years, Landmark Exteriors has designed, created, and installed unique cedar, slate, tile, and copper roofing for homeowners in Fairfield and Westchester counties, as well as Long Island. To speak with our professional staff about a new roofing installation, give us a call at 203.838.3838, or visit us on the web.

Fun Fall Activities in Connecticut This Weekend

There’s nothing quite like Connecticut in the fall. You can go pumpkin or apple picking, attend one of our many fall festivals, or hike to see some of the best views of the autumn foliage. Here’s how to enjoy every second of fall in Connecticut, starting this weekend!

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49th Annual Southington Apple Harvest Festival – Southington, CT

Can’t make it this weekend? You’re in luck! This family-fun festival is held over the course of two weekends. There will be live music and entertainment, food, contests, crafts, carnival rides, and more!

Times: Sept. 29th – Oct. 8th
Admission: FREE

Mystic River Oyster Festival – Mystic Seaport

This event is exactly what the name suggests — a celebration of all things to do with the oyster and other popular shellfish. *ONE DAY ONLY!*

Times: Sept. 30th
Admission: Adults $28.95 / Seniors (ages 65+) $26.95 / Youth (4-14) $18.95 / Children (3 and under) FREE

The New England Chowdafest – Sherwood Island State Park

This is a 2016 Yankee Magazine Top Event you won’t want to miss! Grab a spoon, ballot, and pencil, and start sampling New England clam chowder recipes from 40 award-winning restaurants.

Times: Oct. 1st
Admission: Adults $20 / Children (6-12) $5

Harvest Festival – Miranda Vineyard
Miranda Vineyard is kicking off the fall grape harvest season with its annual Harvest Festival. There will be live music, crafts, food vendors, wine tastings, and the ever-popular grape stomp!

Times: Oct. 1st
Admission: FREE with non-perishable food donation.

We hope you enjoy your weekend!

If you’re looking for a dedicated, experienced, and dependable roofing contractor, look no further than Landmark Exteriors! To learn more about our services, check out our website or speak with one of our professionals at 203.838.3838.

5 Tips To Help You Find The Right Roofing Contractor

It’s important for every homeowner to have an honest and trustworthy roofing contractor on call. However, we know how hard it can be to find a reputable professional that’s capable of getting the job done right the first time around. In  honor of National Tradesmen Day, Landmark Exteriors is here to share with you our pro tips to help you find the right roofing contractor for your home.

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1. Get Local Referrals.

You reduce the chance of any issues when you choose a contractor from your community. They’re more familiar with local rules and regulations. They also have a relationship with local crew and suppliers. So all and all, they can get your job done more quickly and efficiently compared to others.

2. Research Certifications and Memberships.

It’ll boost your confidence with the company once you see all their certifications and licenses. Take it one step further and start researching them on the Better Business Bureau website. GAF factory-certified contractors are required to maintain satisfactory ratings with the BBB in order to retain their certification.

3. Warranty On Repairs.

Check if the work they provide is warranted. A contractor that is proud of his work will offer warranty plans, no questions asked.

4. Free Estimates.

Most contractors offer free estimates, but ask before you hire someone to come give you a quote. The expected outcome is that you’ll be able to compare quotes with other contractors without any added costs. Good contractors don’t add an estimation fee because they are confident with their work.

5. Read Testimonials.

Are their social pages filled with testimonials from previous clients? This is a BIG plus because this means they’re delivering on their promises!

Landmark Exteriors prides itself on its high level of experience and craftsmanship. Our commitment to quality means we won’t cut corners, so we understand the importance of certification in the field. For 20 years, Landmark Exteriors has designed, created, and installed unique cedar, slate, tile, and copper roofing for homeowners in Fairfield and Westchester counties, as well as Long Island. To speak with our professional staff about a new roofing installation, give us a call at 203.838.3838, or visit us on the web.

Metal Roofing: Why It’s Exceptionally Energy Efficient

Metal is one of the ‘coolest’ roofing options on the market. Find out some of the top reasons why our customers choose metal roofing:

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Longevity

This just so happens to be the number one reason homeowners choose metal roofs over any other material. A properly installed and maintained metal roof can last for over 50 years, thanks to its exceptional weather resistance and durability.

Strength/Protection

Metal roofs can reliably protect your home from almost anything Mother Nature throws its way.
As mentioned above, metal roofs are immune to moisture, as well as long-term sun exposure. And they can even survive high winds, heavy rain, and excessive snow.

Attractiveness

Metal roofs can match almost any style with its wide variety of styles, patterns, and designs. Some metal roofs can even look like slate, clay, or wood shake.

Value

The initial price of metal roofs may be alarming, but it’s a great investment since metal can last decades-long with low maintenance requirements. And if you take energy-efficiency into account, a metal roof can reduce the energy consumption of your utilities, which ends up saving you money in the long run.

To learn more about metal roofs, turn to Landmark Exteriors! We offer only top-quality roofing materials to provide our customers with durable, weather-resistant, and guaranteed roofing solutions. Our experienced and well-trained professionals are experts at installing repairing and are ready to take on your next home renovation project! To speak with our professional staff about a new roofing installation, give us a call at 203.838.3838, or visit us on the web.

The Benefits Of Lead Coated Gutters And Roofs

Homeowners are constantly going head-to-head on which roofing material is the best. Well metal has come up against one of their biggest competitors yet, lead coated copper.

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What Is Lead Coated Copper Roofing?

Lead coated copper sheeting combines both copper and lead, making it the more superior roofing option. Copper is lightweight, flexible, resistant to weather and corrosion, and extremely durable (an average lifespan of 75 years!). The lead material, helps further shield the roof from weathering, and is very malleable, making this material combination ideal for wrapping facades, chimneys, and protecting roofs from the elements.

What Are The Benefits?

While we already mentioned durability and flexibility above, there are many other benefits of lead coated copper roofing.

  • Leak resistance: When properly installed, lead-copper panels are watertight.
  • Versatility: It can be used on steep or low pitched roofs, and can either be painted or left with its natural look.
  • Stain resistance: Not only does it avoid corrosion, but it doesn’t stain easily as well.
  • Environmentally safe: The lack of solubility that prevents staining also prevents there being a health hazard or contamination in the environment.

To learn more about lead coated copper, turn to Landmark Exteriors! We offer only top-quality roofing materials to provide our customers with durable, weather-resistant, and guaranteed roofing solutions. Our experienced and well-trained professionals are experts at installing repairing and are ready to take on your next home renovation project! To speak with our professional staff about a new roofing installation, give us a call at 203.838.3838, or visit us on the web.