Famous Roofs From Around The World

While having a roof over our heads is a basic necessity, that doesn’t mean it can’t also be beautiful. Roofs will always need to be leak-proof, sturdy, and lined with a gutter system, however, these famous buildings take roofing design to a whole other level.

Here are five famous examples of roofs that provide much more than function and security:

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The Sydney Opera House – Sydney, Australia
The Sydney Opera House is known as one of the greatest architectural works of the 20th century. The curvaceous, shell-like design of this roof is what makes this building so unique and iconic. Each of the ‘shells’ are precast concrete panels, covered by over one million glossy, white and matte tiles.

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St. Stephens Cathedral – Vienna, Austria
This roof is covered by 230,000 multicolored, glazed tiles. In addition to the geometric patterns, these tiles also form images, including a coat of arms and a two-headed eagle. And because the roof is so steep, it only needs rainwater to wash it clean.

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St. Basil’s Cathedral – Moscow, Russia
St. Basil’s Cathedral, also known as Pokrovsky Cathedral, has had several makeovers over the years. But since 1947, this famous landmark has remained the same – featuring eight domed spires, designed with colorful hues and intricate patterns.

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The Grand Palace – Bangkok, Thailand
Spanning over 200,000 square meters, The Grand Palace is clearly not known for its modesty. One of the most famous elements is the roof of the throne hall (also known as The ‘Golden Roof’). Each tile is filled with symbolism from Thai culture and history.

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Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall – Fukuoka, Japan
This architectural wonder sets itself apart with its ‘green’ rooftop. The green-terraced roof can be explored like a park with walking paths, gardens, and reflection pools.

 

Need a roof repair or installation? We’ve got you covered at Landmark Exteriors and our Home Care division! We offer only top-quality roofing materials to provide our customers with durable, weather-resistant, and guaranteed roofing solutions. Our experienced and well-trained professionals are experts at installing repairing 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.

How To Prepare For Rain

They say April showers bring May flowers, but the rainy season can also bring on costly home repairs. While there’s no need to be fearful of a little rain, the last thing you want to deal with is a leaky roof or a flooded basement. Here are a few preventative measures you can take to help keep your property out of danger.

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Step #1: Roof Inspection
Rain plus warmer weather is the perfect combination for leaky roofs, so it’s important to schedule a full inspection. A professional roofing contractor will check your entire roofing system, not just the visual appearance of your shingles. Even if you find out that your roof is in good condition, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Step #2: Gutter and Downspout Cleaning
The purpose of gutters is to collect water, while downspouts funnel it away from the foundation of your home. However, they can’t effectively perform their job if they’re clogged with debris. Give your gutter system a good cleaning and trim any trees hanging over your roof, which can clog your gutter system with branches and leaves.

Step #3: Examine Your Siding
Snow, ice, wind, and freezing temperatures can all take a toll on the siding of your home. Before the rainy season officially begins, check your siding for any cracks, holes, or other signs of damage.

Step #4: Seal Windows
Keep the moisture outside of your home by securing your windows. Not only will this help keep you dry, it will also improve your energy efficiency. When your windows are properly protecting your home from the elements, you can more easily and efficiently heat and cool your home.

We’re all guilty of it – waiting until something becomes a problem before we take action. A leaky roof. Clogged gutters. Damaged siding. If you’re in Fairfield County CT or the surrounding areas, our team at the Home Care division has you covered! For more information about Landmark Exteriors or to sign up for our preventative maintenance plans, give us a call at 203.838.3838.

St. Patrick’s Day Events In Connecticut

We’re green with joy because St. Patrick’s day is finally here! This holiday’s a time to take part in Celtic traditions with parades, music, food, and plenty of good Irish cheer!

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Here’s a look at the celebratory events going on in Connecticut this weekend!

Parades
– The 14th annual Mystic Irish Parade is three hours of fun, hosted by the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation. With over 2,000 participants, the parade will feature bands, floats, dignitaries, national acts, and local groups. The parade forms at Mystic Seaport and marches downtown to the Mystic Arts Center at 1:00 p.m on March 19th
– Celebrate Irish culture at Greenwich St. Patrick’s Day Parade. There will be Irish wolfhounds, pipe bands, marching bands, and floats. The parade begins at Town Hall on Field Point Road and travels north to West Putnam Avenue at 2 p.m. on March 19th.

Running of the green
If parades aren’t up your alley, maybe wearing all green while running a 5k sounds more amusing. Luckily, It’s not too late to join in for the weekend, just make sure to check the website for weather alerts and location updates.
O’Niantic 5K: March 18th
O’Hartford 5k: March 19th

Irish Food
– Celebrate Irish traditions at Tavern Night: A Taste of Ireland on March 17th. Enjoy live music, tavern games, and an Irish cuisine meal including beef stew, Irish soda bread, pickled beets, and apple cake!
Mcladden’s in Hartford has a full day of Irish-inspired entertainment for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th – including Irish dancers!

We hope you enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations!

If you’re looking for a dedicated, experienced, and dependable roofing contractor, look no further than Landmark Exteriors! To learn more about our services, check out our website or speak with one of our professionals at 203.838.3838.

Comparing Our Gutter Options

Gutters are one of the most fundamental parts of a home’s exterior. By channeling and redirecting water away from the house, they help maintain it’s beauty and structure. Are you having trouble figuring out which gutters to choose for your home? Here’s a rundown on the different types of gutter systems available, so that you can make the best educated and informed decision.

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Yankee Gutters
These gutters preserve the details of a home’s structure and are built into the framing of your roof, which creates a more traditional aesthetic. Their channels are generally wider than modern gutters and consist of wood-framed gutter troughs lined with copper.

Half-Round Gutters
These gutters are the most decorative option on the market because they complement both traditional and contemporary architecture, adding upscale detail to your home. Half-round gutters are available in copper, lead-coated copper, zinc, aluminum, and galvanized steel.

OGEE Gutters
OGEE gutters are the most common gutter system used. They are seamless and reduce the possibility of leaks. These gutters are available in copper, lead-coated copper, galvanized steel, painted steel, painted aluminum, and zinc-coated copper.

Gutter Maintenance
Once you choose the right gutters for your home, make sure you’re keeping your gutter system well-maintained. Gutters can be easily clogged with leaves, pine needles, and other debris. When your gutters clog, they can no longer do their job which can lead to costly home damage and repairs.
Landmark Exteriors has the ability to custom design the perfect gutter system for your homes needs. We will work to ensure that your gutter system allows for proper drainage while remaining architecturally appealing. Meanwhile, our Landmark Exteriors Home Care division can help maintain your gutters with regular cleanings. To speak with on one of our professional staff members, give us a call at 203.838.3838.

Why It’s Important To Have A Healthy Roof

Many homeowners don’t think about the health of their roof until a problem arises. Waiting for an issue is a disaster waiting to happen, meaning costly emergency service and possible damage to your home’s interior. Here are a few more reasons why your roof is an asset you can’t afford to ignore!

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Protects your investment in your home

Buying a home is one of the largest investments in most people’s lives. And roofs are  fundamental elements to any home, which is why it’s so important to keep up with ongoing maintenance. Maintenance is key to extending both the life of your roof and the life of your property. This will help prolong it’s life and by extension, the life of your whole property.

Increases home value

A roof is a major selling point on a home. According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs Value Report, a new roof will bring you close to 70% return on your investment, making it one of the best home improvement projects. So whether you’re planning to sell your home now or in the future, this should be one of the first updates you make.

Guards against costly hidden damage

A major leak in your roof will quickly be evident as it soaks through your ceiling. But, if you’re not performing routine maintenance, there could be more subtle damage occurring without your knowledge. Set up a preventative maintenance plan to help expose hazards and remedy them before they become major problems.

Saves money on heating and cooling

A properly ventilated and insulated roof will help you save money on heating and cooling, ensuring a cooler summer and a warmer winter. Since it’s fairly expensive to heat and cool your home, don’t let your money escape out of a poorly insulated roof.

Need a roof repair or installation? We’ve got you covered at Landmark Exteriors and our Home Care division! We offer only top-quality roofing materials to provide our customers with durable, weather-resistant, and guaranteed roofing solutions. Our experienced and well-trained professionals are experts at installing repairing 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.

5 Warning Signs You Need Gutter Replacement

Gutters are the unsung heroes of your home. When they’re properly functioning, they go a long way towards protecting your house against rain. And with proper maintenance, gutters can last for many years, but certainly not forever. Here are five warning signs that it may be time for you to replace yours.

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1. Cracking
While small cracks in your gutters may not seem like a big issue, they will eventually turn into one. If you don’t fix the cracks right away, they can end up damaging the fascia boards behind the gutters, the shingles above the gutter, and the foundation below.

2. Pealing
The paint on your gutter is designed to last throughout the seasons. Unless your gutters are extremely old, peeling paint is an indicator that water is present, which could be a result of cracks or other damage to your gutter.

3. Mildew
Do you notice pools of water or mildew near your home’s foundation? This could be caused by something as simple as a clog or by something as complex as a defect in the gutter system.

4. Water Marks
Water marks underneath the gutter indicate that leaking or overflowing water is escaping the gutter. This type of water intrusion can damage your soffit and fascia board.

5. Sagging
This is one of the easiest ways to tell if you need gutter repair or replacement. Gutters should never sag or pull away from the house. This can indicate that the gutters are full of water and can no longer withstand the weight.

If you’re in Fairfield County CT or the surrounding areas, contact Landmark Exteriors. Whether you need a maintenance plan, ice dam prevention, or just a last minute gutter replacement, our team has you covered! To speak with one of our professional staff members, give us a call at 203.838.3838.

Why Choose Landmark Exteriors?

For 20 years, Landmark Exteriors has designed, created, and installed one-of-a-kind roofs for homeowners in Fairfield and Westchester counties, as well as on Long Island. We have grown to include the Cedar-Life and Home Care divisions, which has catapulted our company to being a leader in roofing, siding, and gutter design and installation. Here are three words that sum up our successful approach:

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Dedicated
For two decades, we’ve been helping our clients with all their roofing, siding, and home services and repairs. In an industry where many roofers are in business today and out of business tomorrow, it’s unusual to find a company with our experience and proven record of quality and reliability.

Experienced
From slate to cedar, small to big, we’ve done it all. View our recent roofing work to get an idea of the expert experience we hold.

Dependable
With Landmark Exteriors, our clients receive custom craftsmanship, quality materials, and a roof that lasts. This means no costly repairs or roof replacements in your future! Our commitment to quality means we’ll do it right the first time.

Landmark Exteriors was built on the premise that every client deserves high-quality products, precise workmanship, and exceptional design solutions. As such, Landmark Exteriors doesn’t outsource its work to subcontractors, but instead hires, trains, and coaches its employees to become skilled in the craft of roof building.

If you’re looking for a dedicated, experienced, and dependable roofing contractor, look no further than Landmark Exteriors! To learn more about our services, check out our website or speak with one of our professionals at 203.838.3838.

What Color Should Your Roof Be?

When it comes to your roof, every decision is a big deal – you’re most likely going to be living with it for the next 20 to 30 years – no pressure! And with all the different materials, shades, and colors to choose from, it can become a very daunting process. Here are a few things to consider to help you make your decision a little easier.

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Decide on dark or light. Although there are many colors to pick from, first you should decide between dark or light. Some people think dark colors are more likely to have heat retention. While this may be true with black shingles, there is no difference between any other dark color.

Pick roofing based on your siding. Keep in mind, the paint on your shutters, doors, and siding can always be changed, however bricks are permanent.

Add dimension. Although you want your roof color to match the rest of your homes exteriors, you also don’t want it to be an exact color match. Choose a hue that compliments your homes exteriors instead.

View roofing materials in different lighting. Before making a final decision, compare you color choices in the sun, the shade, during the day, and at night. This will help you make sure the color matches your taste no matter the time of day.

Consider the resale value. If you’re thinking about selling your house within the next few years, try to pick a roof color to appeal to the masses. This will make your home easier to sell.

Reflect your personal taste. In the end, the biggest factor that matters is your own personal style and taste. Make a list of colors and materials you are drawn to and which ones you want to avoid before picking out your samples.
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.

How To Choose The Right Cedar Siding

Cedar siding is an attractive and practical option for your home’s exterior. But when you’re in the market for new cedar siding, the amount of options you have may leave you overwhelmed. The best way to start your new endeavor is to familiarize yourself with this material so you can make the best decision for your home.

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Species
Both red and white cedar are used for siding materials. Red cedar siding is usually more durable and comes in a variety of styles. White cedar siding only comes in one style and because of its light color and weathered look, it’s often used in coastal areas.

Grade
Red and white cedar siding is available in different grades, which will affect the overall look of your home’s exterior. There are clear grades, which have a fine, smooth appearance. There is also knotty grades, with shows knots and other growth characteristics, giving the siding a more rough and textured look.

Finish
There is typically two finishing options – a semitransparent or a solid finish. A semi-transparent finish allows the natural color and texture of cedar to show through. Solid finishes stains the cedar and alters its natural color.

Style
When working with white cedar siding, there’s only one style available – shingles, which offers a more tailored look. Red cedar siding is not only available as shingles and shakes, but also in a variety of clapboard options as well.

Whether you need siding repairs or replacement, Landmark Exteriors is here to help! If you’re looking to preserve the health and beauty of your homes cedar, call Cedar-Life, a division of Landmark Exteriors. We clean and preserve cedar, delaying the harmful effects of sun, rain, and snow. If your cedar has already been damaged, we can help restore and rejuvenate it’s natural beauty. 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.

Metal Roofing 101

Are you interested in upgrading your home and increasing its value? Consider a metal roof – it’s one of the fastest growing segments of home improvement! Find out why this material is surpassing other roofing options on a number of different counts:

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Benefits of Metal Roofs
Lightweight. Metal is one of the lightest materials you can install on your roof. Although the weight can vary based on the different types of metal options, overall, metal roofs can be around 50 to 100 pounds lighter than other roofing materials.

Longevity. Metal offers high weather resistance and has a longer lifespan than shingles and asphalt. With proper care, you can expect a metal roof to last around 60 years.

Environmentally friendly. Metal is one of the most energy-efficient roofing materials. It reflects heat and helps keep homes cooler in the summer. Plus, it also contains a high amount of recycled content.

Excellent weather performance. Metal is exceptional at preventing leaks while also providing wind and fire resistance. According to Metal Roofing Alliance, some insurance companies offer home buyers up to 30 percent reduction in premiums for weather-resistant metal roofs.

Additional Facts
Metal roofs don’t solely lower heating bills. There are many other factors that contribute to your homes low energy usage – adequate insulation, fixed air leaks, and energy efficient windows.
Metal roofs are not loud. Typically, metal roofs are even quieter than an asphalt shingle roof. They are installed with a solid sheathing attached to help reduce the noise.
Metal roofs do not attract lightning. Even if lightening did strike, the energy would be dispersed throughout the structure.

No matter which roofing material you have installed on your house, Landmark Exteriors is happy to help you with any and all of your roofing needs, from installation to repairs and maintenance! To speak with on one of our professional staff members, give us a call at 203.838.3838.