How Snow Can Damage Your Roof

The leaves are falling and the air is crisp. Before we know it, the first snowfall will hit the northeast. If you live on the east coast, you know how much damage can occur when a blizzard occurs. What all homeowners should do before snow is in the forecast is learn about how snow can affect your home and your roof. At Landmark Exteriors, we know that snow can be problematic for your roof, which is why we’ve put together a short list of the three ways snow can wreak havoc on it:

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Leaks
Be cautious if you have a flat roof or skylight, as water can easily accumulate if your drains aren’t working. And when condensation on the inside can’t escape your skylight, it could leak. This is why it is so important to remove the snow carefully once the weather calms down.

Clogged Gutters
Once snow turns to ice, it’s almost impossible to remove without causing damage. Make sure you remove the snow before it freezes up. This will prevent a likely need for gutter repair.

Structural Damage
Your roof is strong – sturdy enough to withstand heavy rainfalls and winds. But one thing it cannot do is bear the weight of inches and inches of snowfall. Of course, every roof is different, but do you want to take the risk? Find out how much snow you roof can handle to make the best judgement for your home.

What it all comes down to is knowing what your roof can handle and what it cannot. To help you eliminate the odds of leaks and structural damage this winter, turn to Landmark Exteriors for our Home Care services. Our services include roof inspection and repair, gutter repair, snow guard installation, and ice damming – everything you need to keep your roof in excellent condition. To learn more, give us a call at 203.838.3838 or visit us on the web.

Top 5 Roofing Tips for You

Roofing is kind of a big deal – you invest a lot of money in it and rely on it to keep your family safe. Of all the tips we could share with you to keep you and your roof in the best shape, here are five recommendations to consider:

Top 5 Roofing Tips for You | Roofing Companies Fairfield County | GreenwichKeep safe. Safety comes above everything else, especially when working on your roof. Be sure to wear shoes with good grip and protective gloves. When using a ladder, be sure to have someone spot you and hold the ladder at the base. Take your time and do not do any work if you are feeling under the weather or tired.

Choose quality material. When installing a new roof, you need to choose the right material. We recommend selecting a material of high quality – one that might cost you more money upfront, but will cost you less in repairs and to repair it in only a matter of 5 to 10 years. Some roofing materials have a 25 or 50 year warranty or even lifetime. The decision is yours to make, but consider the cost to repair first.

Keep gutters clear. You hear it all the time – fall is a great time to clear your gutters. But do you know why we even clean out gutters? It’s because we need to keep them free of leaves and debris so that melted ice can drain properly in winter. Be sure to check your downspouts too, which should be tilted away from your home and basement.

Ask about insurance. Check your homeowners insurance be make sure leaks and damage are covered. Roofs are a major investment, and you’ll need your policy to cover it. You also want to make sure your roofing contractor is insured (ask to see a license too while asking these kinds of questions).

Sign up for home care services. A home care service can keep your home (especially your roof) in great shape. Ask your roofing contractor about it and how you can sign up for routine maintenance as well as emergency repairs.

If you need professional help taking care of your roof, Landmark Exteriors can help! We do everything from the installation process to the home care service. Our experienced and well-trained and licensed professionals are experts at installing and are ready to help! To speak with our professional staff about a new siding, give us a call at 203.838.3838 or visit us on the web.

3 Places You Need Insulation the Most

The role of insulation is to prevent heat escaping from your home. By trapping air pockets, insulation slows the movement of heat out of the house in the winter and into the house in the summer.

Looking to insulate your home? The walls, roof, and floors are the most important areas to insulate to keep you comfortable throughout the year and it also helps you save on energy bills!

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Attic Insulation
Loose-fill is the best form of insulation installed in the attic – it is usually inexpensive to install and provides the best coverage. When insulating your attic, don’t forget about the knee walls in your home, which are vertical walls with attic space underneath. If you are remodeling, make sure you have enough space from your HVAC unit or water tank for proper insulation. TIP: Make sure to repair leaks or any other roof problems before you start to insulate your attic.

Wall Insulation
Up to a third of all the heat lost in an uninsulated home escapes through the walls. In order to figure out how to properly insulate your walls you must first find out what type of walls you have. Cavity walls are common in houses built after the 1920’s and are the easiest to insulate due to the gaps between the walls. Insulating solid walls on the other hand, can get a bit tricky. Insulation of solid walls involves placing insulation on the external or internal side of the wall to keep the heat in. This is the most costly option but you will see greater savings on your heating bill. Other types of walls that have insulation installed similarly to solid walls are steel-frame, timber-frame, and prefabricated concrete walls.

Floor Insulation
For upstairs rooms that are above heated rooms, such as a living room, insulation is not necessary, but insulation should be considered if the rooms are above a garage or a similar unheated room. Homes with suspended timber floors will need mineral wool insulation and homes with a ground floor made of solid concrete will need rigid insulation.
TIP: Before insulating your floors, seal all possible sources of air leakage – this will help minimize contamination.

Need help with roof repairs before insulating your home? At Landmark Exteriors, we understand how important it is to maintain your roof. No matter how big or small the damage, our professionals are here for your every repair and re-installation. To speak with on one of our professional staff members, give us a call at 203.838.3838.

Winterizing Your Roof

The air is cool, the leaves are falling, and now is the perfect time to winterize your home. Protect your investment by checking these two tasks off your to-do list this season:

home care roofing fairfield countyCheck the attic
To ensure your roof stays in top shape when spring bloom again, check attic ventilation. Ask your roofing contractor to take care of the task for you, as they have the tools and experience to know when signs re obvious. They will look for signs such as dampness, blackened color, mold, or rusty metal fasteners. Moisture is more likely to be present during cold, rainy weather. However, mold tends to grow in the warmer months. So now that we’re rolling into winter, you’ll want to schedule your inspection.

Clean the gutters
Roofing contractors will also take care of another major fall task – cleaning the gutters. Cleaning the gutters ensures that snowmelt doesn’t get backed up and drains properly, avoiding leaks and flooding issues. From leaves to twigs and other debris, you’ll want a professional to clear the space, pick up the leaves, and make sure there are no structural issues with your gutters.

At Landmark Exteriors, we offer preventative maintenance plans to help you winterize your roof and avoid costly repairs down the road. When you sign up for a Home Care service, it saves you the hassle of remembering to pick up the phone and schedule your follow-up.

Our knowledgeable staff is here to answer your questions and set up a schedule for your specific needs. Whether you need a maintenance plan or just a last minute-repair, we’ve got you covered!  To speak with on one of our professional staff members, give us a call at 203.838.3838.

A Cedar Life for Me

Wishing you could delay harmful effects of sun, rain, and snow on your roof? We’ve got your solution! Cedar Life is a division of Landmark Exteriors that protects and prevents your roof from being damaged. Here are three reasons many of our customers find it essential:

cedar roof installation farifield county1. We are industry leaders
When it comes to cedar roof and siding prevention, Landmark Exteriors has the proven track record servicing homes throughout Fairfield and Westchester counties. Cedar treatments require a specialist who is trained and knows the ins and outs of proper cleaning and treatment. Careless powerwashing does no good – what you need is a to hire a contractor who is fully insured and licensed, who also follows safety standards as well as Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau guidelines – and that’s exactly who we are!

2. We only use the best products
Our cedar cleaner and restorer is bleach-free and eco-friendly, tested and certified. The key ingredient that keeps your cedar roof and siding alive is a high-solids penetrative coating for extending the service life of cedar. This coating prevents erosion and water leaching and enhances its overall appearance.

3. Our process lasts longer than the rest
An untreated cedar roof may need a total replacement after 10 to 15 years, but our treatments can extend your roof life by 35 to 50 years!

When you choose Cedar Life, you are hiring cedar experts dedicated to improving the health and beauty of your home’s cedar. We leave our customers 100% satisfied, without exception. To speak with on one of our professional staff members more about Cedar Life, give us a call at 203.838.3838.

Why You Should Hire a Roofing Contractor

Some people like to reduce the cost of roofing repairs by doing the job themselves. It’s safer to bite the bullet and hire a roofing contractor – one who has valuable training and experience. Here’s why:


Safety

Do what you can to avoid unfortunate falling accidents – and that means hiring a roofer. When you learn a new skill, your mind is focused on the task at hand instead of your safety. A contractor, on the other hand, has years of trained experience and can do the task efficiently and safely. As the years go on, the more technology and techniques advance. If you do choose to complete a task on your own, we strongly advise someone working beside you to ensure your safety throughout the process.

Time

If you’re trying to do it by the book the first time, you can bet the project will take a fair amount of time. Oftentimes the task is difficult, and most of the time it takes hours, days, or weeks. The time you spend on your roof is precious, especially with winter approaching. Before you commit to a roofing project, consider calling your roofing contractor instead. Once you have the materials you need, your contractor can come in with the proper tools, expertise, safety equipment, and time.

Need a roof repair or installation? We’ve got you covered. At Landmark Exteriors, we offer only the top-quality roofing materials to provide our customers with durable, weather-resistant, guaranteed roofing solutions. Our experienced and well-trained installation professionals are experts at installing and are ready to take on your next home renovation project! To speak with our professional staff about a new roofing installation, give us a call at 203.838.3838 or visit us on the web.

Clear Your Gutters for Fall

The temperatures are dropping and pretty soon the leaves will start falling. But there’s still plenty of time and sunshine for a little outdoor maintenance. One of the most important tasks you’ll need to tackle before winter arrives is clearing your gutters. Clearing your gutters helps protect your home from water damage, so here is what we suggest you take care of first:

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Get rid of debris
Place a dropcloth below where you will be working so that leaves and debris can be caught and taken care of after your gutters are emptied. By getting rid of debris, you allow water that freezes and melts to easily escape your gutters.

Check downspouts
Are your downspouts clear of nests and other obstructions? Also, be sure your downspout is aimed away from your home to allow proper drainage come wet winter weather.

Address leaks
Sometimes the sealant will deteriorate over time, causing your gutters to leak. Now is the perfect time to address those issues by replacing your gutter if necessary.

When it comes to cleaning your gutters, safety should always come first. Use a sturdy ladder on solid level and well-gripped shoes.The safest plan of action is also to call a roofing contractor for home maintenance services.At Landmark Exteriors, we offer preventative maintenance plans to help you avoid costly repairs and keep you safe. When you sign up for a Home Care service, it saves you the hassle of remembering to pick up the phone and schedule your follow-up.

Got more questions? Our knowledgeable staff is here to answer your questions and set up a schedule for your specific needs. Whether you need a maintenance plan or just a last minute-repair, we’ve got you covered!  To speak with on one of our professional staff members, give us a call at 203.838.3838.

 

Landmark Exteriors in 3 Words

Landmark Exteriors designs, creates, and installs one-of-a-kind cedar, slate, tile, and copper roofing for homeowners in Fairfield and Westchester counties as well as Long Island. It’s taken years of collaborating with architects and designers to get where we are today, and in that time we’ve been able to reflect on what we bring to the table. To sum up our approach, we’ve come up with these three words:

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Reliable
When it comes to a roofing contractor, you need a team you can count on. Landmark Exteriors works close with homeowners to save our clients money and perform the job properly.

Experienced
We have a proven track record of installing beautiful roofs for our clients. From slate to cedar, small to big, we have done it all. For over two decades, we have been dedicated to what we do best. View our recent work to get an idea of the expert experience we hold.

Resourceful
You need a roofing contractor who is resourceful – one that works with designers, architects, and builders, and also offers the right kind of services. One of the most resourceful services is our Home Care division, which keeps your home in great shape. We have the tools to install, repair, and preserve your roof. To learn more about our Home Care division, click here.

Ready to hire a reliable, experienced, and resourceful roofing contractor? To speak with on one of our professional staff members, give us a call at 203.838.3838.

What Does Home Siding Really Do?

Everyone knows that your roof is an essential part of your home, but siding is more overlooked. From aesthetic to functional benefits, there are many reasons why your siding is so important. As your siding experts, we’ve compiled some answers to the question, “What does home siding really do?”

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1. Boost your home’s appearance
Siding can dramatically change the appearance of your home at first glance. With many different types of siding, you choose your style and the most appropriate material for your environment.

Here are a few types of sidings and what they offer:
Cedar Shingle – combining rustic beauty and durability. Due to its many cuts, textures, patterns, and styles, cedar is one of the more customizable options for your home siding.
Clapboard Siding – often referred to as wood siding, weather board siding, or wood plank siding, this option is a classic. Cedar is our most popular wood used in clapboard siding mainly due to its resistance to high winds and other extreme weather conditions.
Vertical Siding – this design alternative to traditional clapboard siding is installed perpendicular to the ground. It provides both natural beauty and rich color.

2. Repel Insects
When you choose cedar siding, it naturally produces an oil that acts as an insect repellent, turning away wood-eating bugs, such as termites.

3. Keep rot at bay
Another benefit to cedar siding is that its natural oil also resists wood rot. This makes it a perfect option for homes that experience high levels of humidity and damp, rainy conditions.

Looking to install new siding? The experts at Landmark Exteriors are here to help you with the installation process, no matter which type of siding you choose. Our experienced and well-trained installation professionals are experts at installing and are ready to help! To speak with our professional staff about a new siding, give us a call at 203.838.3838 or visit us on the web.

Your Fall 2016 Maintenance Checklist

Fall has officially  arrived, and with the last few days of warmth it’s time to tackle those last minute chores that can help prevent our homes from damage this winter.

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Step 1: Store your tools and furniture
From lawn mowers to lawn chairs, it’s time to stow away whatever it was we were using daily during summer. When snow falls, the last thing you want is for your mower to get buried and your chairs to get blown away – let’s put them away until next spring!

Step 2: Inspect the chimney
Before you turn on the fireplace this fall, there are a few things you’ll need to check. First, look up the chimney or blockages – did birds bring nesting materials down with them? Did critters climb down? If these materials catch  fire, it could crack the chimney and cause a hazard. Lastly, don’t forget to check the Chimney damper, which  allows you to close the flue when the fireplace is not in use to prevent heated or cooled air from escaping the home. If any of your chimney parts need repair or replacing, take care of them down before frigid nights arrive!

Step 3: Seal windows and doors
Got air leaks? Seal the cracks around windows and doors to ensure you don’t waste heat this winter and that your home remains a comfortable temperature.

Step 4: Check for roof leaks
One of the last things you want in winter is a leaky roof, so let’s resolve the problem before it’s too late! A few ways to determine if you have a leak is to look for missing or damaged shingles, or water stains on the ceiling or walls. As your roofing contractor to address the situation immediately and secure your roof once more.

Step 5: Clean the gutters
This fall, your gutters should be clean and debris free! The downspouts should also be directed away from your house to prevent flooding. If you need a new gutter system, turn to your roofing contractor for proper installation.

Gutter systems installed by Landmark Exteriors are created with copper, painted steel, aluminum or other materials to complement the architectural design of your property. We will work to ensure that the gutter system allows for proper drainage while remaining architecturally appealing. Landmark Exteriors will determine the proper pitching and the correct number of downspouts for your property. Meanwhile, our Landmark Exteriors Home Care division can help to maintain your gutters with regular cleanings.

To learn more about these services and more, visit us on the web or give us a call at 203.838.3838.