Why You Should Replace Your Gutters if You’re Getting a New Roof

Is your roof at the age (or isn’t in good enough condition) where it’s no longer protecting your home to the best of its ability?

When you contact your favorite, local roofing company, *cough, cough,* make sure you also have your gutter system replaced as well.

“Why?” you might ask.

Because you NEED to…

installing a new gutter system to your home

Reestablishing What Gutters Do

Every home has a gutter system installed (or at least we hope so). However, many homeowners don’t know how important this system is to the health of their home.

Yes, the gutter system is designed to direct rainfall from the roof to the ground below. But so many different things can go wrong that will prevent this “simple” task from happening.

Gutters and downspouts can become clogged with debris, disconnected at the seams, filled with cracks and holes, not routed properly, and not have enough slope. All of which will cause your gutter system to be ineffective — which will lead to a whole slew of problems…

How Unmaintained Gutters Hurt Your Home

When your gutter system is clogged with debris or does not have enough slope to drain the water toward the downspout, water will begin to pool. Once the gutter starts to overflow, it can submerge the edge of your roof.

Do you know what happens to your roof when its edges become submerged?

You’ve guessed it — roof leaks occur!

When your gutter system is filled with cracks and holes, isn’t routed properly, and is overflowing due to a clog or improper slope, the water will overflow onto the ground directly beneath the gutters.

You might think that this is a good thing because it’s away from your roof, but now you have an entirely new problem — flooding. This flooding can cause potential foundation damage and flooding of your property and basement.

Replacing Both at the Same Time

One of the smartest moves you can make as a homeowner is to replace your gutter system at the same time you replace your roof. Doing so can help you prevent dealing with roof leaks, flooding, and any other damage to your home.

The last thing you want is to invest in a brand new roof, only to have it immediately damaged by the next few rainfalls. This can bring the life expectancy of your roof from 15 plus years, all the way down to just a couple of years…

It really makes you rethink the importance of a functional gutter system.

When it’s time to replace your roof (and inevitably your gutter system as well), our professional installers here at Landmark Exteriors can do the job for you!

We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about your vision for your home, and how our experience can benefit your home!

What Causes a Cedar Roof to Warp?

Do you have a cedar roof protecting your home?

How’s it looking?

Do the cedar shingles look uneven, colorless, or covered in some type of moss?

If so, your roof is probably warped and in need of a treatment to help restore it. But what causes a cedar roof to warp like this?

cedar shakes can warp after 5 years if you're not careful

Why is My Cedar Roof Warping?

When a cedar roof is installed, you can expect to have one of the best-looking and best-protecting roofs of any material.

However, after about five years, the natural preservatives on the cedar shakes can wear away — leaving the roof exposed to the harsh elements of Mother Nature.

When cedar becomes exposed like this, warping and rotting can begin to occur.

UV Ray Damage

Just like your skin, the roof of your home can become damaged by being exposed to ultraviolet rays from the sun. Unfortunately, there’s no way for your roof to cover up or go inside.

You might be thinking, “What about when the clouds are covering the sun?”

Ultraviolet rays can pierce through clouds, so they’re there even when the sun is hiding. This type of constant exposure will strip cedar roofs of their natural preservatives as time goes on — and unfortunately, there’s no way to stop this from happening.

Excessive Moisture Infiltration

As time goes on and your cedar roof beings to lose some of its natural preservatives, it will become susceptible to absorbing moisture from precipitation and highly humid days.

For those who experience roof damage (due to high-speed winds or debris hitting against the roof), the material can become further exposed to moisture and expedite the process of becoming warped and rotted.

Moss, Mold & Mildew

As a result of excessive moisture infiltration, either moss, mold, mildew, or a combination of the three can begin to grow on top of the cedar shakes (as well as underneath if there’s some roof damage).

The presence of moss, mold, or mildew is a sign that there’s an excessive moisture problem that needs to be addressed. As long as the growth continues to exist (because it needs moisture to survive), the more your cedar roof will warp and rot.

Homeowners with cedar roofs need to have them treated every five years. This is the magic number to help keep your roof from becoming damaged by the elements while also keeping it looking its best!

If your cedar roof is in need of a treatment process, our Cedar-Life division is designed to provide the best in business!

Why is My Roof Leaking?

When the roof over your head isn’t provided with regular maintenance, roof leaks can occur.

You might notice brown spots on your walls or ceilings inside of your home — these are usually a warning sign that there’s a roof leak in need of attention (unless your plumbing has sprung a leak).

Unfortunately, there are a few reasons why your roof is leaking…

a damaged roof will lead to roof leaks

Your Gutters Are a Mess

When you ignore critical gutter maintenance, such as clearing out debris and ensuring there’s enough slope positioned toward the downspout, you should expect to see some roof leaks sooner rather than later.

Why?

When rainwater falls from the roof to the gutters, gutter debris and improper slope will trap this water, causing it to pool over onto the eaves and edges of your roof. Think of this as a mini-flood at the edge of your roof — eventually, a leak will form.

You Have Shingles Missing

How often do you actually take the time to go outside, walk around your property, and inspect your roof from all sides?

(Probably not as often as you should…)

This is an important piece of maintenance that should be done at least once per season AND after harsh rain and snow storms. High-speed winds and heavy precipitation can cause shingles to rip off — as well as others to curl or crack over time, thus, breaking off.

Missing shingles should be replaced as soon as you notice they’re gone, otherwise, a roof leak can occur as soon as the very next rainfall.

Your Roof is Old

A homeowner that provides their roof with all of the proper maintenance throughout the years can still experience roof leaks if the roof is old and at the end of its useful life.

For many homeowners, they will purchase a home and keep the current roof because it most likely has some useful years left — especially if repairs are made right off the bat.

However, all roofing materials have their own specific lifespan and when your roof (made up of that material) reaches that age, a replacement will be necessary. Allowing your home to sport a roof passed its useful life is like playing with fire when it comes to impending roof leaks.

Roof leaks just don’t worsen the current condition of your roof — they can also cause damage to the structure, walls, and ceilings of the interior of your home.

When your home is in need of roof inspections, roof repairs, or complete roof replacements, our pro roofers at Landmark Exteriors will do everything to ensure your home is well-protected!

What New Homeowners Should Know About Their Roof

Moving into a new home is one of the more exciting times in a person’s life — especially when it’s for the very first time!

(If this is your first home, then congratulations!)

After you’ve taken the time to unpack and settle in, there’s a long list of “To-Do’s” that you’ll need to address.

At the top of the list — addressing the roof and any possible concerns with its ability to protect your home.

what to do when you buy a new home

Have the Roof Inspected Annually

Technically, this is something you should do before you purchase a new home, as buying a new home with a roof that needs replacement can significantly increase the amount you’ll spend right off the bat.

However, making it a point to have an annual inspection of your roof by a professional roofer is important.

You will be able to identify any possible trouble areas and have them repaired before they worsen, thus, lengthening the lifespan of your roof.

Your Gutters Are a Part of Your Roof System

When you think of your roof, do you think about your gutter system? If you don’t, then you need to start!

The point of a gutter system is to redirect rainwater from the roof to the ground below in a way that won’t cause pooling, flooding, or property damage.

  • Gutters with holes, gaps, and cracks will leak and cause water to pool on the ground, close to the house, resulting in possible foundation damage and erosion. This can cause serious problems for you down the road.
  • Gutters filled with debris (or an improper slope) will prevent rainwater from draining toward the downspout. This water can pool until it begins to overflow onto the edges of the roof. This is where roof leaks, water damage, and rot can begin to take place.

With all of the damage your home can sustain without the proper gutter system, you’ll never ignore your gutters ever again!

Keep a Number Handy

Problems with your roof can arise at a moment’s notice.

From storm damage (due to high-speed winds, flying debris, and trees falling) to an intense accumulation of rain/snow-fall to old age — roof problems will make themselves known when you least expect them (especially if you’ve been slacking on maintenance and inspections).

Make sure you keep your local roofer’s number in your contact list for when something does go wrong.

For those in the local Connecticut area that need a reliable roofer to count on, we’d be happy to fill those shoes for you!

Does Your Home Need Roof Ventilation?

When it comes to maintaining a home, many homeowners never consider the importance of roof ventilation.

However, this seemingly small problem can lead to bigger ones if they are not taken care. In fact, there are several ways that we can tell if a client needs roof ventilation. Here are 4 things people should keep in mind. 

Excessive Amounts of Heat

If a client needs roof ventilation, one of the first things we tend to notice is that there is an excessive amount of heat present in the home. Without the proper ventilation, heat from the sun cannot escape the house. Instead, its pushed down low into the house. And this tends to make the air conditioner work much harder.

Attic Leaks

We also check the attic to find out if there are any signs of leaks after a storm or rain. We may also notice leaks when there has been snowfall. This usually takes place when the flashing is deteriorated or if the homeowner does not have enough shingle underlayments.

Stains on Walls and Ceilings

If roof ventilation is needed, we will be able to tell by the state of our clients’ walls and ceilings. We will often notice stains or even a little mold growing inside the home. This is often the result of defective or poor underlayments which are allowing water to seep into the house. Poor roof ventilation can lead to this problem. All of the excessive moisture results in mildew and mold and bacteria tend to love these types of conditions.

Rust

Another thing our company checks for is signs of rust. When there is moisture present, it can cause the metal components of the roof, such its nails, to rust and sometimes break. This often leads to the home losing its shingles. An additional devastating effect is that it causes plumbing and venting duct straps to starting rusting and eventually breaking completely.

Conclusion

The truth is, there are a large number of ways that we go about expecting our clients’ homes when we want to ensure that their ventilation is in good condition. In fact, it is highly recommended that clients have their roofs checked while we are administering our other roofing, gutter, and siding repair services. Being proactive can definitely save a lot of money in the long run.

Fast Fixes that Add Home Value

Home improvements are great to increase the overall value of your home.

Generally, home improvements may seem daunting and not something that you want to tackle but with the right company, you can have a successful home improvement that helps you to increase the value of your home, help to save you money and make your home look great. There are many fast fixes out there that can help you to increase your home’s value.

Improvements to Increase Value

Here are a few of the things that you can do to improve the value of your home.

  • Roof. You roof over the years can see a lot of wear and tear. Replacing your roof might seem like a lot but the fact is that if you have a new roof your home value goes up and your home looks a lot better too. A roof replacement can give your home a fresh look and feel. A new roof can also help to save on energy costs. Getting a new roof can also prevent costly repairs that may happen if your roof becomes too old.
  • Gutters. Gutters are a fantastic addition to any home. If you already have gutters, consider upgrading them to new. New gutters are very functional and give your home appeal. Gutters are relatively inexpensive to put in and can be done quickly.
  • Siding. Consider upgrading your siding on your home. Old siding can give a dirty look to your home and can even harbor mold and other bacteria. Siding may also get holes in it and other damage. This could lead to the interior of your home being damaged. Replacing your siding will allow you to have a fresh new look to your home. Siding now comes in assorted colors and designs, so you can express yourself while increasing your home’s value.
  • Fencing. If you do not already have fencing, consider adding some. This can be fencing in your backyard or even just adding a decorative fence somewhere around your house.
  • Snow Guard. Adding snow guard installation can help to save your home from damage when it snows. This is a great added value to your home.

Each of these fixes will help to increase your home greatly. It will also help to increase the safety and functionality of your home. Consider adding these fixes today and see how quickly the value of your home increases. For roofing, gutters, siding and more, call Landmark Exteriors today!

The Benefits of Siding

Benefits of siding and taking care of it

One unsung hero of home structure is the siding. Siding is very resistant to different types of weather. Wind, rain, and other environmental elements can affect the appearance and functionality of a house. Siding helps keep a house in high-quality condition. It also provides a very unique look that other homes may not have.

Siding also does not need to be painted or stained, which could help homeowners conserve time, energy, and money.

The damage-resistant quality of siding also helps homeowners conserve money by reducing the amount of repairs that may need to be done on a house. Siding is very durable and very versatile.

It is available in a variety of colors and textures. It does not require a lot of maintenance over time. Most likely, it will get dirty or stained. It’s very easy to manually clean. Siding is attached to a house loosely. It does not fit tightly onto structure. This allows it to expand and contract with the change of the weather.

Another benefit of siding is its impact on energy costs. Siding helps prevent a house from losing heat. Which means in winter, it’s a big help by keeping in the heat. The same goes for the warmer seasons, it keeps in the cooler temperatures in your home.

If you have any questions regarding siding, which styles to choose, curious about the costs, need a quote on installation or repair?

Call us today.

(203) 838-3838

Spring Cleaning, Roof Maintenance

It is time for spring cleaning and on your spring cleaning list, should be roof maintenance.

Whether your roof is brand new or 10 years old, your roof needs to be maintained. Failure to maintain roofs is what causes people thousands of dollars in roof repairs and replacements. You could see sticker shock when you must replace your roof. Having your roof maintenance completed at least once a year will help you to avoid costly roof repairs.

 

Why Should You Get Roof Maintenance

Preventative roof maintenance can help you to avoid costly problems. When a contractor comes out, he or she will inspect your roof for all kinds of damage. From loose shingles, to hail damage, your contractor will go over your roof with a fine-toothed comb. Just because you do not see damage on your roof, doesn’t meant it is not there. There are many areas of your roof that could be prone to damage.

When You Do Not Take Care Of Your Roof

If you do not get maintenance on your roof, your roof could be damaged, and you could end up with leaks into your ceiling. Roof leaks can seep into your ceiling and walls. This can lead to the destruction of ceiling joists and rafters due to water making them rot. Once it gets bad enough, the roof leak can also get into the insulation in your home.

Leaks could lead to mold and mildew. This can be a health hazard and many people have gotten sick because of roof leaks and mold growing in their home. The problem can also grow throughout your roof, leading to you having to replace your entire roof.

Avoid costly issues

 

To avoid having to replace your roof, having a yearly maintenance schedule with a trusted contractor can help you to prevent any kind of roof damage. Your contractor will be able to catch problems quickly and repair them before they ever become a problem.

When your contractor comes out, he or she will check your roof and roofing fixtures like chimneys, gutters and vents. They will also make sure that all your roofing materials are intact with no issues. Debris such as leaves, and sticks will be removed from your roof if they are there.

This maintenance will help to save you money and help to extend the overall life of your roof.

To set up a spring cleaning roof maintenance, call Landmark Exteriors today! They can help you with your roof as well as siding and gutters.

 

What is Cedar-Life?

What is Cedar-Life? Here is a brief breakdown of what it is and what we treat.

 

Cedar-Life, a division of Landmark Exteriors, is a leader in cedar roof and siding preservation. We are fully insured and follow strict safety standards as well as Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau guidelines.

Our proprietary process cleans and preserves cedar, delaying the harmful effects of sun, rain, and snow. We will restore and rejuvenate the natural beauty of the cedar.

BEFORE Cedar Roof Installation Fairfield County | Darien | Greenwich

 

AFTER   Cedar Roof Installation Darien | Fairfield County | Greenwich

Cedar-Life delays the onset or return of mildew and algae and will improve the structural integrity of the roof or siding. Our cedar cleaner/restorer is bleach-free and environmentally-friendly.

An untreated cedar roof may need complete replacement after 10 – 15 years, while treating your roof every 5 – 7 years can extend roof life by 35 to 50 years.  We are a local provider with a long track record servicing homes throughout Fairfield and Westchester counties.

If you are interesting in restoring your cedar, contact us today for a free consultation. 

 

 

Trendy Roof Designs for 2018

The roof on your home might not be something you give much consideration. Other than the fact that it is designed to protect your home from the outside elements.

In fact, there are roof trends that change as the years go by and each year there is something new that you may see on a number of newly built homes or homes that are going through some sort of exterior transformation. If you are thinking about getting a new roof this year then let’s take a look at some of the top trending roof designs for the upcoming 2018 year to see if they would work with your home:

Asphalt Shingles

It may sound like something a bit outdated but in fact, you will see a lot of this roofing option in 2018. Asphalt is a really common material when it comes to roofing thanks to their affordability. They are also really lightweight and can be installed quickly and easily.

Not only are they really affordable to install but they last a good amount of time. As many as fifteen years you can have these shingles on your home. Some of the heavier materials may last longer but sometimes some additional support is needed because of how heavy these items are.

Greenery

Here’s one you probably haven’t seen before. People are now using the space on their roof to grow a variety of grasses, plants and even flowers. You can turn your roof into green space if you live somewhere where your climate will cooperate. Cities that are commonly using green space on their roof are Portland and Washington.

Some of these cities are offering up incentives to utilize this kind of roof when it comes to your yearly taxes. Not to mention, let’s be honest, these green roofs are really unique and inviting.

You can plant what you like but do your research ahead of time. Plants that self seed themselves are ideal and much easier to maintain.

If you are looking into replacing your current roof then take time to consider Landmark Exteriors for advice on your roof.

For two decades Landmark has designed, created and installed unique cedar, slate, tile and copper roofing for homeowners. We work  in Fairfield and Westchester counties, as well as Long Island.