The outside of your house means a lot. Curb appeal usually comes to mind first. When your exterior looks great, it adds to the neighborhood and helps you take pride in your home. Repairing or replacing roofing, siding and windows also protects your home from the elements and keeps energy costs low. From a contractor’s point of view, the roof is at the heart of a well-protected exterior. Keeping … [Read more...]
What Is The Best Roof Style for an Addition?
Thinking about an addition or new outbuilding to create more room? You want a space that complements and enriches your home. Choosing the right roof style is essential for an expansion that genuinely meshes with your existing footprint. You want to avoid an awkward patchwork look, but the roof doesn’t have to mirror your roof note for note. You can do a little mixing and matching while going for a … [Read more...]
Should I Choose a Metal or Shingle Roof?
Metal roofs are making a big comeback. Their quality, durability, and looks are winning fans in our region and around the country. But contemporary asphalt shingles also offer terrific aesthetics, quality, and value. So which one should I choose for my new roof? The answer will depend on your budget, up-front versus long-term considerations, your house style, and individual needs. Here are a few … [Read more...]
Can Birds Damage My Gutters?
We know it’s spring in Northern Virginia when the robins and bluebirds arrive. Birds are beautiful and fun to observe. But they can be rough on your roof and damage your gutters. And the last thing we need during spring rains and summer storms are gutters that aren’t doing their job. But with a few professional tricks, we can keep your gutters in great shape and prevent and minimize damage. How … [Read more...]
How Can Skylights Improve Air Quality In My Home?
It seems hard to believe, but by the end of March, the sun will set at 7:39 p.m. After a crazy year and a winter with plenty of weather-related ups and downs, we can all use a little more air and light in our lives. Because of the COVID pandemic, Americans are also more focused than ever on air quality and ventilation. The good news is today’s gorgeous and efficient skylights not only drench your … [Read more...]
How Do Rising Materials Costs Affect Roofing Prices?
There’s no other way to put it: construction costs are going through the roof. This February, lumber prices in the US hit a record high--double what they were at the end of last year. As contractors around the country are scrambling to keep up with rising prices and delays, consumers also feel the pinch. But trusted roofing contractors around the country are working to offer clients quality and … [Read more...]
How Can I Prevent Roof Condensation?
Got water damage to your roof? Here’s something you may not know: it’s not always water coming in from the outside. Sometimes the problem comes from inside your home. Warm, moist air gets into your attic and roof. It meets up with the cold air outside--and boom! You have a condensation problem. Prevent roof damage by controlling hot air and moisture flow in your attic with your roofing … [Read more...]
How to Manage and Remove Snow on the Roof
In Northern Virginia, we all love a good snowfall. Many of us have memories of historic snow events in recent years--including the Snowpocalypse triple whammy of 2009/2010 and Snowzilla in 2016. Big storms are exciting but also create challenges. Winter can be tough on your roof. The combination of snow buildup and the melt/refreeze cycle creates wear and tear and the potential for leaks--or … [Read more...]
Why Should I Choose Vinyl Siding?
What would you say if we told you vinyl siding is classy and cool? A few decades ago, vinyl got an unfortunate reputation as a cheap material, prone to cracking and sagging. But things have changed in recent years. Today’s vinyl siding is not your grandmother’s ugly synthetic stuff. Thanks to dramatic improvements in materials and new installation techniques, vinyl siding is now upscale and … [Read more...]
Does Roof Replacement Require HOA Approval?
As the old saying goes, behind every challenge, there’s an opportunity. Dealing with an HOA can be frustrating. But keep in mind, HOA guidelines are there for a reason. The goal is to keep neighborhoods looking neat and well cared for, a concept most of us can get behind. We all want a community with plenty of curb appeal. HOAs help make that happen. Believe it or not, when it comes to your home’s … [Read more...]
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