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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.