1. Clear Away DebrisThroughout the year, your roof will accumulate different kinds and amounts of debris. For example, during the spring, you may notice scattered piles of seeds, twigs, or grass along your roof. In the fall, you may see small branches and piles of leaves across the entire structure. If you leave this debris on your roof, it will collect moisture from fall rains and winter snows. The more moisture the debris retains, the greater the risk for mold, algae growth, and rot. Use a sturdy ladder to climb onto your roof. Use a broom or air blower to remove the leaves and twigs from your roof. Spend a little extra time cleaning out the valleys of your roof, since leaves are more likely to stick in these corner crevices. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this cleanup yourself, call a roofing professional to perform the service
You love the idea of your home covered in lush green vines. Houses covered in ivy look romantic, picturesque, or classic, and the greenery makes the buildings stand out in their neighborhoods.
However, ivy isn't for everyone. While ivy looks beautiful, it can damage your home-and if you change your mind about ivy, it's highly difficult to remove.
If you're not sure if ivy is for you, keep reading. This blog will cover when ivy works, when it doesn't, and how to remove it if it's already climbing all over your home.
When Is Ivy Okay?
Usually, you see ivy growing on homes with brick walls. If your house is not too old, has mortar between the bricks, and is in good condition, the ivy will probably be fine. While ivy does sink roots into existing cracks, it can't usually make new fissures in the brick. Your solidly constructed walls should be able to support the ivy without getting damaged.
When Is Ivy a Problem?
Generally, any wall that is not newer brick in good condition should not have ivy. Avoid the following:
- Siding. If you have any kind of siding, ivy is not for you. The roots will work their way into the seams, widening them dangerously. Your siding could sustain a lot of damage.
- Old or damaged brick. If the brick or mortar is already weak, the ivy's roots will further deteriorate it. The roots could widen t
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The overall appearance of your home's exterior depends on a number of key choices, including roofing material and color, color scheme, windows and doors, and siding. When choosing siding for a new project or renovation, many homeowners opt for vinyl siding. In fact, reports show that more than 30% of new homes feature vinyl siding, with the number constantly increasing.
But where does the appeal lie? Your first thought when you picture vinyl may not be a positive one. However, this modern material stands superior to many options on the market and meets the needs of thousands of American homeowners.
In this blog, we list 10 of the fundamental advantages of vinyl siding.
1. Affordable and Cost-Effective
Compared to other popular siding choices, especially cedar shakes and other wood varieties, vinyl siding costs less initially. Cedar shakes can cost more than two-and-a-half times more to purchase and install than vinyl.
Because vinyl also incurs few other expenses (as we'll discuss below), vinyl also represents a more costeffective option.
2. Durable Over Time
Vinyl siding can last as long as 50 years when installed correctly. The vinyl should withstand the test of time for this period even without high levels of maintenance, which accounts for the material's use on many rental properties.
Remember, durability relies directly on installation quality. If you have some experience installing s
Your roof shelters you and your family from the elements-and it safeguards your home and belongings as well. But if time or the elements have worn your roof down, you'll need to replace it to preserve your home's condition-and keep you and your loved ones safe.
As you explore different roofing materials to use, you come across metal roofing in your search. You may even start to wonder what makes this material such a good option for roofs. Below, we've listed the benefits of metal roofing so you can install a roof that provides you with the most advantages.
One of the best benefits of choosing a metal roof is its aesthetic appeal. Metal roofs can be made from different types of metal, so you can select a material that best suits your budget and personal taste. From copper and aluminum to tin and galvanized steel, you can install a metal roof that seamlessly matches your home's architecture.
As you improve your home's exterior with a new metal roof, you can add to your neighborhood's aesthetic and charm as well.
Traditional asphalt roofs tend to last between 20 and 40 years. Depending on the materials used, a metal roof has a life expectancy of 40 to 70 years often twice that of asphalt! Since metal roofs are extremely durable, you won't have to replace the entire roof as often.
However, just like your car, metal roofs can dent if large hail stones fall on them. If the roof becomes dented in some areas