What You Need To Know Before Installing Solar Panels

Solar Panels on Roof of Home

Solar panels are a great addition to many homes. They promote clean energy flow and are very environmentally friendly. They are definitely a step in the right direction, but is your home ready for them? Unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as just installing the panels overnight. Here’s what you should know before getting solar panels:

Your Roof Needs To Be Ready

In order to hold the panels up, you’ll need a strong foundation! Your roofing will keep them snug, but is your roof ready? If your roof has any kind of damage, like shingle curling or leaks, then you should reconsider. It could be very dangerous to your house’s foundation if you were to get panels before inspecting your roof. Make sure you get the proper repairs so it’s in tip-top shape! 

Which Way Do Your Slopes Face

Solar panels need to face the sun in order to work, so make sure you do research on which way they should go. You have different slopes on your roof, each going in a different direction. Usually, it’s advised that you have your panels facing the south side of your house. This is because there will be direct sunlight in this area for most of the day! 

Connecting To The Grid

You will have to connect your solar panels to the grid– to power your home of course! A lot of questions come with this like: How much will this cost? When will it get hooked up? How do I get credited for the electricity? Solar-estimate.org states that “In Connecticut, The advantages of installing solar panels in Connecticut are that there are both state-based incentives and the federal tax credit available.” Prices vary from state to state, as well as electricity crediting laws. 

When it comes to roofing, we know our stuff. We’d be happy to help you update your home before installing solar panels. Contact us at (203)838-3838 to discuss your options!

Spring Cleaning: Roofing Edition

When we think of spring cleaning, we often think of the interior of our home.! However, besides vacuuming and dusting, do you know what your spring cleaning checklist is missing? That’s right, your roofing. Here are some ways to clean up your roof in time for spring: 

Clean Those Gutters

Fall and winter are not very kind to gutters. They get filled with leaves, grime, and ice throughout these seasons. Check to make sure your draining system is working properly and ready for the spring showers. 

Check For Mold

If you notice that some parts of your roof on the outside have strange, dark spots, you may be dealing with some mold growth. Little mold spots can be dealt with by using bleach solutions or mold specific sprays. However, if you notice there is way more than just a little spot, you’ll want to call a professional to help clean it. 

Examine Your Shingles

If you notice that some of the shingles are curling and cracking, they might need to be replaced. Damaged shingles could also mean a roof leak, which if ignored, can lead to interior water damage. 

Look At Your Interior

If a sneaky roof is already present, your interior will show some common signs.It’s here you’ll be able to check for water damage, leaks or mold. Often missed when not actively looking for it. If there are sudden water spots on your ceiling or a strange smell in the attic, it might be time to call a professional. 

At Landmarks Exteriors, our professionals are here for all your roofing needs! Large or small, we take care of everything from routine maintenance items to emergency roof repairs. Contact us today to see how we can help!

5 Tips For Inspecting Your Roof

inspecting your roof

When it rains, it pours. Not only this month but next month as well! You should make sure your roof is ready to take on these intense weather patterns, or else you might be facing some roofing issues in the near future. Here are some tips for checking to make sure your roof is ready for the April showers ahead: 

1. Safety First

First and foremost, you should make sure you are inspecting your roof safely! Do not climb on a ladder while alone. If you don’t feel you need to get close and personal to check, look from a window or use a set of binoculars. 

2. Check Shingles

If you notice any cracking, curling, or missing shingles, that is a sign that your roof is not ready to take on heavy rain. If ignored, over time, water can leak into the home and lead to water damage down the road. 

3. Gutter Strength

Your gutter is a pivotal part of your draining system. Their job is to channel the rainwater away from your home and into your drainage system. When broken or lacking the proper strength to do the job, water will pool around your foundation and lead to damage to your home’s foundation. 

4. Examine The Inside Of Your Home

When a roof leak is present, there might also be water damage. Look around your home for signs of water spots, leaks or damage. If any is present, you’ll want to get your roof fixed ASAP.

Last But Not Least, Call A Professional

Making an appointment with roofing specialists can help make sure you don’t miss anything during your inspection. A team of professionals can spot minor things that you might have missed and will provide you with the best solution for you and your home. 

Knowing you’re in good hands is essential when it comes to the quality of your roof. When searching for a roofing specialist, be sure to contact the best. Landmark Exteriors Inc is dedicated when it comes to ensuring quality roofing. Contact our team of roofing specialists: (203) 838-3838. 

Dangers of Insufficient Ventilation On Your Roof

Closeup of a roof vent on a house.

Proper roof and attic ventilation might not be something you think about often, but without it, you could be looking at several issues. The effects of poor aeration can cause damage to your roof and can make it hard to salvage what is left. With the right insulation in your attic and airflow, you can avoid these dangers. 

Roof Damage

Without improper ventilation, excessive heat and moisture can cause your roof to corrode. The shingles and underlayment support can start to crack and break off, and they are both essential to the structure of your roof.

Mold Build Up

Mold grows in places where it’s overly damp or wet, and that could end up being your roof and attic! Without the right room to breathe, these areas of your house may remain moist for long periods, and with excess moisture comes the danger of mold growth.

Rust

Mold isn’t the only thing you need to worry about in your attic; you’ll want to look for rusting, too!. When excess moisture is present, the components that hold your roof together can rust, leading to shingle loss. Not to mention when condensation builds up in your act, parts of your air vents, plumbing, and heating can all be at risk of rusting, too.  

Landmark Exteriors Home Care division provides an extensive list of services to keep your home in great shape. From roof maintenance to attic ventilation, we can help protect your home before it experiences any serious damages! Contact us today to set up an appointment. (203) 838-3838 

Why Does My Cedar Roof Curl?

When it comes to the roofing on your home, it’s essentially part of a lifeline that prevents the interior, your ceiling, walls and attic from getting wet. And for the most part, it does a great job! However when your shingles begin to get old and deteriorate, that might change. As they do get old, shingles made of material like cedar might begin to curl, which begs why they do that! Below are a few reasons why this happens, and what your options are. 

General Curling

Oddly enough, your roof curling is a natural process that might happen due to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, combined with the effects of rain and temperature changes. As these all happen, those shingles take a beating — and over time, can begin to fail. When those shingles are constantly exposed to different types of weather, it can lead to faster deterioration, which results in earlier signs of damage and quicker need for replacement. 

Some Fixes

Some fixes for a cedar roof can be having them pressure washing or performing spot treatment on small affected areas — however most of the time, this doesn’t always work. It’s important to make sure everything is thoroughly inspected to make sure you’re getting the best fix or solution to the issue you’re experiencing the first time. 

Replacement

If replacement is something you feel you need, the options for you are generally available as you need them. It’s important that when performing something like this, you’re choosing to go with a reputable company that can perform the repairs and replacement in a professional, cohesive and timely manner. After all, your roofing is extremely important and it’s nothing to short yourself on! 

Is a Stucco House a Good Choice?

For many people, the idea of redoing their home brings a bit of excitement, as it can mean a color change, a material change, and an overall different look completely for their home. What they’re usually unsure of in most cases, is what exactly to use in order to make those changes to their home. Stucco, a less known yet still popular choice, is something rising through the popularity ranks as of late — but is it really a good choice for your home?

What Stucco Is

Stucco is essentially a mixture of different ingredients, containing sand, cement, lime and water. Realistically, this is more of a finish coat than anything else, and adheres to a layer of material underneath it. Stucco is great because it’s a thinner, paintable finish that lays pretty flat when installed properly. 

Is It Worth It? 

There are a few advantages to stucco, and the best one is the lifespan associated with the addition of it. Stucco can last up to 50 years when properly maintained, which is great for people who are looking for a solution that will last a long time. Additionally, stucco is considered a cheap option because it’s low on material that would otherwise drive the cost up. The most of the cost associated is with the labor needed to install it properly. 

Is It For Me?

If you’re someone willing to give it a shot, there are a few things to consider. Stucco is difficult to repair, should damage occur. Additionally, it’s a hard thing to do on your own — and not built for every area! Most homes with stucco can be found in the southwest region of the states, but some do have it up here.

Ultimately, the decision you make is up to you, but if you’re interested in learning more about how Landmark exteriors can help you, Contact us today at (203) 838-3838 or online for a free consultation.

Signs of Winter Siding Damage

The last thing anyone wants to see at home this winter is damage — especially when it’s cold and full of inclement weather that would otherwise prevent repair or prevent you from wanting to go out and inspect/begin repairing yourself. Unfortunately it can happen to anyone in what seems like moments, and it’s imperative to make sure it’s handled as soon as possible. Below are a few things to look out for that can cause winter damage on your siding. 

Lamination

Wood siding often includes a layer of laminate on top of it. And while there to protect, it can wear down as it’s hit with water, snow, ice and other weather. Once it gets to the wood itself, it can cause warping, rot, peeling and more — which can look bad, and perform worse than it has.

Missing Siding

High winds and heavy ice during the winter can cause pretty brittle situations, and when this happens, your siding might literally fall off. If this is something you experience, you’re exposed to tons of different damage due to the climate, and that can be a huge issue for you to deal with when it worsens.

Cracking

As we’ve stated, brittle conditions can be difficult for any type of home siding, and plastic/vinyl is no stranger to issues that can arise. Due to the cold conditions and the extreme temperature shifts we sometimes see, a crack can form, expand and travel seemingly anywhere on the siding itself, which if left to do so, can cause serious damage.

Moisture

All of these types of damage bring on the eventual issue of moisture, which can lead to mold, mildew, more damage, water damage inside your building, and so much more. Instead of letting it go this far, promise to be vigilant and thoroughly inspect all areas for any signs of damage before they become too hard to handle.

Winter Home Decor Tips

As winter carries on and we’re dreaming of the warmer weather where we’ll spend our days outside, it’s important to try and embrace a bit of the season before it’s over. You don’t necessarily need to be a gung-ho winter person, but a little decorating can help you feel a tad more cozy at home and make the season a bit more bearable. Below are a few things to decorate your home with to really bring out that winter vibe. 

Pillows & Blankets

Curling up on the couch with a warm drink and a good book or movie to watch is a great way to enjoy the colder months when it’s too frigid to go for a run or a swim. Pairing your couch with softer, warmer blankets and a few extra seasonal pillows can really bring out the most in the season, allowing you to stay cozy, enjoy the warmth of your own home, and change the look of your living rooms for a bit. Typically lighter colors and plaids work best, but anything winter-themed will work!

Candles & Decorations

The scent from a nice pine tree is best enjoyed during the Christmas months, but once that’s taken down, you need something else to freshen up the scent of your home. While a nice pine candle might work, some seasonal potpourri or a warm, food scented candle might also be a nice addition and when lit, can really make you feel like you’re inside of a cozy cabin.

Curtains 

Although it might not seem too important, adding a trendy set of curtains or a heavier set can help you keep out light when you want to sleep in, and keep warm throughout the day. Not only can this help by doing that, but it can also keep your living spaces a bit more festive and tasteful during the months of cold weather. 

Keep in mind that Landmark Exteriors can help you with any exterior projects at home, similar to what we’ve been doing for years! Contact us today at (203) 838-3838 or online for a free consultation.

Home Exterior Trends for 2020

Home Exterior Decor Trends For 2020

If you’re looking to spruce up the exterior of your home this year, there are some new and exciting trends that you should be aware of. The following are some of the top home exterior trends for 2020.

Dark Colors

Dark trims or accents are all a popular choice across the country, and proves to be a great style for any type of home. Deep charcoals are popular and so are burgundy reds. You can find the shade you like and have the accents installed on the outside of your home.

Inside to the Outside

The outside of your home can be as comfortable as the inside. Large decks are in style, and they’re large enough to have hot tubs or fire pits. Gazeboes are great for shade and entertaining. Outdoor kitchens and bars are also popular. Now you can have some of the comforts from the inside of your home outdoors.

Dark-on-Dark Color Palettes

In addition to using the dark accents outside, the entire color of your home can be dark. Dark siding is accented with some dark trim. Natural wood tones are in and you can find a great shade for your home.

Glass

Windows have always played a role in exterior home design. Now, windows and sliding glass doors are getting even tall. Floor to ceiling windows and doors are popular. These glass doors will make your home functional and they will let natural light into your home.

Grey Colors

Grey is one of the most popular neutral colors and now it is being used on the exterior of the home. There are many different shades of grey that you can select from. They range from lighter shades to almost black. The deeper the grey color the more appealing it will be in 2020.

Durable Materials

Durable and higher quality materials are being used on the exterior of the home. They will improve the look and the function of the home. Fiber cement siding is being used as it can repel fire and insects. It is low maintenance and will last for many years.

These are some of the most popular exterior home design trends that will be seen in 2020. These designs are modern and will increase the curb appeal of your home. Keep in mind that Landmark Exteriors can help you with any of these projects. Contact us today at (203) 838-3838 or online for a free consultation.

What Kind of Siding is Best for Cold Weather?

The Best Siding For Your Connecticut Home

When you choose new siding for your home, it’s important how it will stand up against the winter storms we’re accustomed to here in Connecticut. Many homeowners make decisions about their home’s exterior based on aesthetic purposes only —  and, they don’t know what kind of siding to choose or what material serves as the best. Here’s what you need to know before you make a decision.

Types of Siding Materials

When it comes to siding there’s a lot of materials to choose from:

Wood

Wood is a classic choice for sliding materials. It doesn’t always serve as the best kind of siding material as it doesn’t protect much from the cold weather and can be expensive. One thing to take into account is that wood can warp and expand in winter conditions.

Cedar-Life

Our exclusive product is part polymer and highly refined paraffin oil. The key ingredient in Cedar-Life products is a high-solid penetrative coating for extending the service life of the cedar. It restores the moisture content, helps it to stay flexible, and is designed to enhance its structural integrity and appearance.

Vinyl

Vinyl is an alternative to wood as it has a similar appearance but is cheaper in terms of costs and doesn’t require much maintenance.

Brick or Stone

This type of material is durable in cold weather and resistant to harsher climates. In cold weather, brick and stone siding is energy efficient and can store heat.

Fiber Cement

This material is a composite made out of a blend of sand, cement, and cellulose. It’s similar to wood in appearance yet is cheaper than vinyl.

When it comes to choosing a material, Cedar-Life and brick or stone siding are some of the best choices. Not only is brick or stone relatively low in cost, but the material also requires little maintenance, and retains its heat. 

Cedar-Life delays the onset or return of mildew and algae and will improve the structural integrity of the roof or siding. If you have any questions about upgrading your roof or need a repair, contact our team of experts at (203) 838-3838.