Choosing the Color of Roofing Shingles

When you’re choosing a new roof, it’s important to get everything right the first time. After all, your roof is an expensive investment and one that may be on your home for 20 years or longer! This includes what color roof shingles you should choose. 

Not sure where to begin? We’ve got you covered.

Choose a color that compliments your home.

Consider your home’s exterior color, the architecture, and landscaping. Unless you’re ready to redo them all, you’ll probably want to choose a roof color that matches everything well. Even if you may save slightly more by choosing a different color, it could cost you much more to repaint or redo your landscaping if you don’t like the color combination.

For some assistance, cream, brown or beige homes match well with brown or grey shingles. A gray or blue home may call for darker shingles (think dark gray or black). A white exterior can look good with almost any roof color! 

Abide by community rules.

If you live within a community, there may be certain rules pertaining to the exterior of your home. Sometimes, the rules require very specific shades so that all the houses look alike or follow the historic look of the neighborhood.

Before committing to a certain roofing shingle, make sure it’s approved!

Try before you buy.

Think about it — if you were to repaint your bedroom, you wouldn’t just go out and buy the first color paint you saw. You’d take a few samples of colors home and compare. Same thing should happen for your roof! Take some shingle samples and look at them outdoors at different times of day. Also pay attention to other homes as you walk or drive by, for additional inspiration!

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!

How to Green Your Home

A little can go a long way when it comes to helping the environment. See below for some quick tips on how to make your home more eco-friendly, while also saving money on your utility bills!

Give your home a green makeover. 

One of the easiest ways to green your home is by switching over to energy-efficient light bulbs. They not only save energy, but they last longer than traditional bulbs.

You may also consider replacing energy-inefficient appliances with smarter options. When it’s time for a new refrigerator, washing machine, microwave or air conditioner, look for products with the Energy Star label — all of which have a high level of energy efficiency.

Stop wasting water. 

Look for ways you can prevent water waste around your home. Do you leave the water running while brushing your teeth? Turn it off! According to the EPA, doing this can save 8 gallons of water per day.

Notice a small drip from your faucet? Get it fixed! Leaks, regardless of how small, can result in a huge source of water waste in the home (9,400 gallons of water annually, to be exact).

Cool your home wisely. 

The summer season is just around the corner! How will you stay cool? For starters, if you have an air conditioner, you’ll want to keep the cool air inside your home, right? Now is the time to make sure all windows, doors and your attic are properly insulated.

You may also want to install a programmable thermostat if you haven’t already. This device helps to regulate temperatures inside your home at certain times of the day.

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!

How to Maintain Your Roof Shingles

Your roof is a sizable investment, which means that you want to ensure it will last for many years to come.

Since it’s constantly exposed to the elements, you’ll want to ensure it hasn’t suffered any damage between seasons. In fact, many common roof problems — and even expensive repairs — can be avoided with regular roof maintenance and inspections!

Roof Cleaning And Tidying

If you want to make sure that your roof is protected, routine cleaning is essential. Debris, such as leaves and branches, can accumulate on your roof rather easily, and it’s important to make sure they’re removed on a regular basis.

It’s also important to make sure you take steps to be proactive, removing vegetation that is causing this debris whenever possible. This can be a dangerous task, meaning it’s best to hire a qualified contractor.

Roof Inspection

Cleaning and tidying your roof will make the next step easier, which is roof inspection. It’s important to make sure your roof is checked for serious problems — we recommend an inspection twice a year, in the spring and fall. With a comprehensive roof inspection, many minor issues can be fixed with quick repairs before they turn into major problems.

Repair

If you have shingles that are broken or missing, it’s important to make sure they’re repaired or replaced as soon as possible. You also need to be sure any repair of your flashing, gutters, or downspouts is performed promptly. These features of your roof all work to keep water flowing away from the home to prevent damage.

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!