How to Make Your Asphalt Roof Last Longer

Your roof is one of the most important aspects of your home, so maintaining it should definitely be a priority.  Asphalt roofs are the most common roof type and should last between 20-30 years. But no matter the type of roof you have, you can still do your part to ensure that your roof lasts as long as possible.  

Here are some ways to help increase the lifespan of your asphalt roof.

Give it a Quick Look Around

Especially after a bad snow or rainstorm, go outside and check your roof.  Walk around your house and see if you can find any glaring problems that you need to get fixed immediately or could be a problem in the future.  

Get Regular Roof Inspections

There could be damage to your roof that you can’t see yourself or is only noticed by a trained professional.  Getting your roof inspected can help catch any serious problems sooner than later.  

Clean the Gutters

Leaves piling up in the gutters can cause water to wick into parts of the roof and cause rot.  Cleaning your gutters each spring and fall can help prevent rot damage which can be a pricey fix.  

Trim Overhanging Branches

Trim your trees to prevent branches and leaves from piling up on your roof.  When branches and leaves pile up it as well causes rot damage.  Especially if there is a storm, debris won’t fly on to your roof if the nearby trees are trimmed. 

Remove Piled Up Snow if Possible

Removing snow can help prevent ice formation and leaks into your home. Don’t pull off the ice that’s already been formed to prevent damage.  Try using a roof rake to push snow off the roof and away from the gutters safely to prevent leaks and roof damage.

If you’re looking to get your roof done or need help maintaining, Landmark Exteriors can help.  Give us a call at (203) 838-3838 for more on how we can help you.

How to Get Your Deck Ready For Warmer Weather

When the weather starts getting warmer, it’s time to get your deck ready! After all, it’s the perfect place to relax and get some fresh air with family and friends.  So here’s how to makes sure your deck is in tip-top shape for all your spring and summer plans.

Clean Off Any Debris

Fall and winter can leave behind plenty of backyard droppings on your deck.  Start by sweeping or blowing off any leaves, branches, and any other debris.  

Clean Any Furniture 

Scrub down and rinse off all your furniture items so that they are fresh and clean and ready to be enjoyed by you and your guests.  Put any cushions that can fit in your washing machine, power wash outdoor rugs, empty and clean any planters, and throw out anything that isn’t salvageable. 

Scrub the Deck Down

How you clean your deck depends on what your deck is made from.  Typically, power washing is your best option or scrub it down yourself with a long-handled scrub brush and a brand of deck cleaner.

Replace or Add New Furniture

If you need to get new furniture, make sure to get items that compliment your deck and your home.  Find pieces that are durable, comfortable, and fit your overall vision.  

Decorate!

Add pops of color and comfort to your deck space with outdoor pillows, rugs, and accessories.  Adding fresh plants adds a sense of freshness, vibrancy, and a nice natural scent.  If you plan on entertaining at night make sure to add some fun lights. 

If you need help getting your deck clean and ready for all your warm-weather plans, give Landmark Exteriors a call at (203) 838-3838.

Choosing the Right Siding Color For Your Home

Your house is your home, and making your home exterior look finished and attractive can be a challenge. Picking siding for your home can seem tricky, but the right color siding can make your home stand out and give it the curb appeal you’ve always wanted. Whether it’s blue or yellow, every home has a siding color that fits just right. Here are some tips on helping you find the perfect color siding for your home:

Look Around the Neighborhood

A significant first step on deciding a siding color is driving around your neighborhood and getting an idea of what looks you like or dislike. Also, consider your neighbors’ homes and determine if you want to match or stand out from the houses near you. 

Set the Tone For Your Home

Deciding the tone for your exterior is an essential next step. Decide whether you want to utilize warm tones like reds or yellows, or cool tones like blues and greens. Warm tones are more bright and energizing, while cool tones are more cozy and relaxed.  

Match Your Roof and Other Exterior Elements

You want your home to look finished and have all the exterior elements match. Make sure to consider the color of your roof, trim, windows, and other exterior features.  

Look at Plenty of Samples

Ask for siding samples or get some color swatches to test out how different colors look on your home. Look at your samples on different areas of your house and see how it looks next to all your other exterior elements.

Be Mindful of How Colors Look at Different Times of Day

Siding colors will look different depending on the lighting and time of day. So make sure to keep that in mind and look at your color samples under different lights or on the side of your house at different times of the day.  

If you need help deciding on what siding is perfect for your home and installation, give us a call at (203) 838-3838 to learn more about how Landmark Exteriors can help you.

Why Choose Metal Roofing For Your Home

When deciding what roofing you want for your home, you want to consider quality, durability, and look, among other factors. Metal roofing might be a great option to find if you’re looking to update your home. But why choose metal roofing over different types of roofing such as asphalt or cedar? We have a few reasons below:

Very Lightweight 

Metal roofing is very lightweight and can often be applied directly over an existing roof, saving you the cost of tearing off your existing roof.  

Very Durable

Metal roofs can last up to 50 years when properly maintained. They are almost impenetrable and can resist rot, rust, and insects.

Great for Snow and Rain

The surfaces on metal roofing are hard and slippery, making it easy for rain and snow to slide right off. Metal roofing also conducts heat, which helps snow to melt off quicker.  

Fire Resistant

Because they are non-combustible, metal roofs are the most fire-resistant roof type and can often receive a Class A fire rating, depending on what the metal roof was installed on top of.

Saves Energy

The metal roofing reflects the sun and helps to keep your home cool in the hotter months, which enables you to save energy on cooling your home.  

Environmentally Friendly

Today, metal roofs are often composed of at least 50% recycled material and are 100% recyclable themselves. Metal roofs are perfect if you are environmentally-conscious and will please you knowing only a small fraction of your roofing materials will end up in landfills one day.  
If you have any questions or want more information on metal roofing, let Landmark Exteriors help you and give us a call at (203) 838-383