It’s time to prepare your home for cold weather. Following these home improvement steps will help make your home cozier and more affordable when the temperatures drop.
Your roof is an important part of your home that plays a vital role through all seasons of the year. Here’s how to tell if it’s time to upgrade to a new roof:
Strong winds, heavy rain and flying debris from a storm can easily damage your roofing system. That’s why you should conduct a thorough roof inspection after any storm passes to determine if you’ll need a new roofing system. Read on as Exterior Source, the area’s home improvement expert, discusses a few things you should know about storm damage restoration:
At Exterior Source, we’re more than just a roofing contractor. We are home improvement experts, experienced in enhancing the curb appeal of your home through our exterior services. Installing a deck is one of the best ways to do this, and we’re proud to offer one of the best deck systems for your home – Zuri® Premium Decking.
A roof replacement project is an expensive investment in your home and should be given a good deal of consideration. To prepare yourself for it, and to make it as smooth as possible, Exterior Source suggests these tips:
The roof of your home has to work hard during the winter months, as it is the first line of defense against rain, snow, wind, and ice. As the temperatures drop across the state of Virginia, it’s important to address any roof issues you’ve been putting off this year.
Did you know that many unreliable roofing contractors prey on unsuspecting homeowners in storm areas?
We’ve been seeing more and more of this disturbing trend, especially after major storms that leave homeowners with costly roof damage in need of repair. These contractors, known as “storm chasers” often do not carry insurance policies, product warranties, or construction license numbers. Their goal is to make a quick buck by exploiting homeowners without regard to the safety and quality requirements of the industry. Most are not local and travel to the area looking for homeowners who have been affected by hail or wind damage, never to be seen again until the next major storm happens.
Homeowners should be cautious before hiring the first installer that knocks on the door. Some tell-tale signs of a storm chaser include:
- Promises of no insurance deductible (aka insurance fraud)
- Requires cash up-front
- Requires homeowner to obtain the building permit
- Asks for authorization to be the sole contact with homeowner’s insurance company
Storm chasers have no reason or incentive for producing high-quality work and are long gone before any problems arise. The best way to avoid this roofing scam is to do your own research before hiring a contractor. Educating yourself on the qualities of a licensed, reliable contractor will benefit you greatly the next time you are in need of immediate repairs.
Check out these blog posts to help guide you the next time you’re ready to hire a contractor:
- 3 Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Contractor
- The Benefits of Hiring a GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractor
Exterior Source is a locally owned and operated company that has served the Richmond and Tidewater areas since 1993. As a GAF Factory-Certified Master Elite Contractor, we are licensed by our state, trained to install quality roofs, required to maintain insurance, and established in the local community. We are experienced in insurance claims and can help homeowners with storm-damaged roofs, gutters, siding or windows.
Roof leaks can cause extensive damage if left untreated, making roof repair a top priority. Fortunately, Exterior Source, the top roofing contractor in our area, can replace your roof before they cause serious damage to your home. Today, we’ll discuss the dangers of roof leaks and explain how to avoid them:
The exterior of your home is arguably just as important as the interior. It sets the first impression of your home since it is the first thing friends, neighbors, and guests see. It’s also one of the leading contributors to curb appeal when it comes to the value of your home.
There are many ways that you can transform your home’s exterior, but the good news is that remodeling doesn’t have to be outrageously expensive. A few minor improvements like the ones we’ve listed below can go a long ways towards the value, look, and appeal of your home.
1. New siding is one of the best ways to improve home value.
The National Association of Realtor’s website, Houselogic, reported that the best choices for improving home value are through exterior projects, like siding replacement. As the outer shell of your home, siding not only adds to your property’s curb appeal but it also helps to improve energy costs.
2. LeafGuard gutters remove the headaches of maintenance.
Cleaning gutters twice a year is assumed to be one of the unavoidable chores of homeownership. Thanks to LeafGuard, you’ll never have to clean gutters again! Their one-piece gutter solution offers the best rain protection system around, keeping your home’s foundation and exterior safe from water damage. They also incorporate a seamless design that will boost curb appeal for your home, allowing you to enjoy both improved aesthetics and function for your property.
3. Replacement roofing is appealing to buyers.
If you’re thinking of selling your home, a replacement roof will up your home’s curb appeal factor tremendously and make it much more appealing to potential buyers. Is your roof missing shingles, streaked with stains, or leaking? Replacement roofing not only protects your home, but can also improve the aesthetic appeal.
4. Replacement windows improve energy efficiency of your home.
New windows may not be on the top of your home improvement list, but they are one of the single most important factors when it comes to making your home more energy efficient. On top of that, they can yield up to a 73% return on investment if you ever choose to sell your home!
5. A new front door instantly transforms the look of your home.
A replacement door is one of the quickest, easiest ways to give your home’s exterior a major boost. They offer timeless style and incredible energy savings to improve the function and look of your home.
Ice dams are caused when melted snow refreezes along the edge of a roof, preventing water from draining. Water backs up behind the ice dam, essentially sitting on your roof and causing some not-so-good problems!
Many times, we’ve had customers call us thinking their gutters were causing the icicles and ice dams. This is not the case. The actual culprit may surprise you.
A warm attic is the cause of ice dams during the winter months. As heat from inside your home rises, it warms the shingles on your roof, causing the snow to melt. As the melted snow runs off the roof, it will typically refreeze once it gets past the outside walls of your house (the roof overhang) where it is no longer being heated. This refreezing process is the perfect condition for ice dams to form.
Here are some reasons why your attic may be heating up during the winter:
- Drop down attic stairs
- Lack of insulation allowing heat to rise through your ceiling
- Air handler and air duct vents in your attic
- Lack of ventilation which allows heat to become trapped in the attic
- Cathedral ceilings with improper insulation
- Recessed lights, or light canisters in the ceiling below attic
- Metal pipe chimneys
How can you prevent ice dams in the future?
The best prevention against ice dams is to ensure that your attic temperature is as close to the outside temperature as possible. If ice dams do occur, you want to be sure that your roof is protected from water seepage as much as possible. Newer roofs, by code, now have an ice and water barrier to prevent ice dam water from penetrating your house. When we install a GAF roof, our Master Elite roofers will always put an ice and water barrier on the eaves, gables, hips, ridges and valleys of your home.
Have you experienced water damage to your roof due to ice dams? Call us today to schedule a free, in-home consultation!
While summer, fall, and spring months are often thought of as the peak months for home improvement projects, there are some advantages to saving these projects for the winter months. In Virginia, and most other southern states, there are often plenty of good weather days during the winter months to update siding, replace roofing and windows, install new gutters and finish multiple other exterior projects. Consider some of these advantages to starting projects during the winter:
Contractors are not as busy. Spring is traditionally the time of the year when builders are the busiest. Most homeowners are coming out of winter hibernation, have money to spend, and are looking for something new. Prices go up and schedules get booked quickly. The winter months, however, are a much more flexible time for home contractors since they aren’t swamped with multiple projects at the same time. Contractors may be able to get to your project sooner and finish it quicker than they would during peak months.
Materials are often less expensive. The same way that Halloween candy is cheaper on November 1st, materials are often less expensive during the non-peak building months. Because the cost of materials often influences a contractor’s price, you are more likely to get a better deal during the winter months.
You’ll get a jump start on your project. It’s never too early to start planning and, luckily, planning isn’t weather-dependent. It’s true that the best projects are often solidified before the work even begins, so the winter months are a great time to start researching, planning, and reaching out to contractors. Even if your home improvement project requires warmer weather, you will be more likely to get a jump start if you begin planning now while the weather is cooler and business is slow. Not waiting for good weather (aka when everyone else starts calling) has its advantages!
Call us today to get started on your home improvement project!
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