The Best Spring Flowers to Plant at Your Home

beautiful spring flowers outside a brick home

We’ve all heard that April showers bring May flowers, and now that it’s May, it’s time to get planting! Flowers add color and freshness, are the perfect accessory to any home and can make any house stand out from the neighbors. 

 Now that the weather is getting warmer and you are spending more and more of your time outdoors, it’s the perfect time to spruce up the outside of your home. Here are some of the best and most beautiful flowers to plant in your garden during Spring:

Tulips

A timeless spring classic, tulips are known for their cup-like shape and the wide variety of colors. They don’t need to be watered every day and only need partial sunlight. Plant multiple colors in big groups to make a gorgeous statement in your garden.

Daffodils

Another spring classic, daffodils have long petals, a tube-like center, and come in various warm colors such as yellow, pink, red, and orange. Daffodils bloom early and should be watered regularly to keep them thriving all summer long.

Crocus

This beautiful flower is small, elegant, and graceful. They come in various white shades of blue, purple. These flowers are low-maintenance and grow best in volume so plant a bunch of them in your garden!

Hyacinth

Make a statement with this uniquely shaped flower. They come in a variety of pastel colors, have a pleasant aroma, grow in bunches, and add an elegant feel to your home.

Primrose

These beautiful, vibrant flowers are also hardy, long-lasting. Primrose flowers are also low-maintenance, add a great pop of bright color and beauty to your garden.  

Azaleas

These flowering bushes are perfect for lining your entryway or driveway. They are easy to maintain, a delicate pink color, and you need to make sure that the branches are cut out of the way when necessary.  

For more help on making the exterior of your house the home of your dreams, call Landmark Exteriors at (203) 838-3838 for information on how we can help.

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

What You Need To Know Before Installing Solar Panels

Solar Panels on Roof of Home

Solar panels are a great addition to many homes. They promote clean energy flow and are very environmentally friendly. They are definitely a step in the right direction, but is your home ready for them? Unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as just installing the panels overnight. Here’s what you should know before getting solar panels:

Your Roof Needs To Be Ready

In order to hold the panels up, you’ll need a strong foundation! Your roofing will keep them snug, but is your roof ready? If your roof has any kind of damage, like shingle curling or leaks, then you should reconsider. It could be very dangerous to your house’s foundation if you were to get panels before inspecting your roof. Make sure you get the proper repairs so it’s in tip-top shape! 

Which Way Do Your Slopes Face

Solar panels need to face the sun in order to work, so make sure you do research on which way they should go. You have different slopes on your roof, each going in a different direction. Usually, it’s advised that you have your panels facing the south side of your house. This is because there will be direct sunlight in this area for most of the day! 

Connecting To The Grid

You will have to connect your solar panels to the grid– to power your home of course! A lot of questions come with this like: How much will this cost? When will it get hooked up? How do I get credited for the electricity? Solar-estimate.org states that “In Connecticut, The advantages of installing solar panels in Connecticut are that there are both state-based incentives and the federal tax credit available.” Prices vary from state to state, as well as electricity crediting laws. 

When it comes to roofing, we know our stuff. We’d be happy to help you update your home before installing solar panels. Contact us at (203)838-3838 to discuss your options!

Spring Cleaning: Roofing Edition

When we think of spring cleaning, we often think of the interior of our home.! However, besides vacuuming and dusting, do you know what your spring cleaning checklist is missing? That’s right, your roofing. Here are some ways to clean up your roof in time for spring: 

Clean Those Gutters

Fall and winter are not very kind to gutters. They get filled with leaves, grime, and ice throughout these seasons. Check to make sure your draining system is working properly and ready for the spring showers. 

Check For Mold

If you notice that some parts of your roof on the outside have strange, dark spots, you may be dealing with some mold growth. Little mold spots can be dealt with by using bleach solutions or mold specific sprays. However, if you notice there is way more than just a little spot, you’ll want to call a professional to help clean it. 

Examine Your Shingles

If you notice that some of the shingles are curling and cracking, they might need to be replaced. Damaged shingles could also mean a roof leak, which if ignored, can lead to interior water damage. 

Look At Your Interior

If a sneaky roof is already present, your interior will show some common signs.It’s here you’ll be able to check for water damage, leaks or mold. Often missed when not actively looking for it. If there are sudden water spots on your ceiling or a strange smell in the attic, it might be time to call a professional. 

At Landmarks Exteriors, our professionals are here for all your roofing needs! Large or small, we take care of everything from routine maintenance items to emergency roof repairs. Contact us today to see how we can help!

5 Tips For Inspecting Your Roof

inspecting your roof

When it rains, it pours. Not only this month but next month as well! You should make sure your roof is ready to take on these intense weather patterns, or else you might be facing some roofing issues in the near future. Here are some tips for checking to make sure your roof is ready for the April showers ahead: 

1. Safety First

First and foremost, you should make sure you are inspecting your roof safely! Do not climb on a ladder while alone. If you don’t feel you need to get close and personal to check, look from a window or use a set of binoculars. 

2. Check Shingles

If you notice any cracking, curling, or missing shingles, that is a sign that your roof is not ready to take on heavy rain. If ignored, over time, water can leak into the home and lead to water damage down the road. 

3. Gutter Strength

Your gutter is a pivotal part of your draining system. Their job is to channel the rainwater away from your home and into your drainage system. When broken or lacking the proper strength to do the job, water will pool around your foundation and lead to damage to your home’s foundation. 

4. Examine The Inside Of Your Home

When a roof leak is present, there might also be water damage. Look around your home for signs of water spots, leaks or damage. If any is present, you’ll want to get your roof fixed ASAP.

Last But Not Least, Call A Professional

Making an appointment with roofing specialists can help make sure you don’t miss anything during your inspection. A team of professionals can spot minor things that you might have missed and will provide you with the best solution for you and your home. 

Knowing you’re in good hands is essential when it comes to the quality of your roof. When searching for a roofing specialist, be sure to contact the best. Landmark Exteriors Inc is dedicated when it comes to ensuring quality roofing. Contact our team of roofing specialists: (203) 838-3838. 

Dangers of Insufficient Ventilation On Your Roof

Closeup of a roof vent on a house.

Proper roof and attic ventilation might not be something you think about often, but without it, you could be looking at several issues. The effects of poor aeration can cause damage to your roof and can make it hard to salvage what is left. With the right insulation in your attic and airflow, you can avoid these dangers. 

Roof Damage

Without improper ventilation, excessive heat and moisture can cause your roof to corrode. The shingles and underlayment support can start to crack and break off, and they are both essential to the structure of your roof.

Mold Build Up

Mold grows in places where it’s overly damp or wet, and that could end up being your roof and attic! Without the right room to breathe, these areas of your house may remain moist for long periods, and with excess moisture comes the danger of mold growth.

Rust

Mold isn’t the only thing you need to worry about in your attic; you’ll want to look for rusting, too!. When excess moisture is present, the components that hold your roof together can rust, leading to shingle loss. Not to mention when condensation builds up in your act, parts of your air vents, plumbing, and heating can all be at risk of rusting, too.  

Landmark Exteriors Home Care division provides an extensive list of services to keep your home in great shape. From roof maintenance to attic ventilation, we can help protect your home before it experiences any serious damages! Contact us today to set up an appointment. (203) 838-3838 

Why Does My Cedar Roof Curl?

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. 

General Curling

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

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. 

Replacement

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!