Plants You Shouldn’t Have Near Your Home’s Siding

Plants improve the look and feel of any home. But while adding greenery to your front and backyard is great for your home’s curb appeal and the environment, you should make sure you’re not sacrificing functionality for beauty. If you’re looking to brighten up your home with a few plants this summer, here are a few you might want to cross off the list.

Plants You Shouldn't Have Near Your Home's Siding

Ivy

For those of you who love the look and feel of an Old English home, ivy can add beautiful texture and color to a traditional home. But, that beauty may come at a cost. Ivy is a fast growing vine plant and can work its way into even the smallest cracks between your bricks and vinyl siding. With enough time, ivy can begin to crack the foundation and walls of your house.

Ivy has also been known to attract unwanted insects and pests, since their structure makes it easy for squirrels and other rodents to climb into your attic. 

Shrubs

Shrubs look beautiful when they’re lining the driveway of your house, or planted in the flower garden in your backyard, but shrubs sitting right beside your home isn’t a good idea. Because they grow thick and quickly, they can scrape against and mark-up your siding.

Trees

Overgrown tree roots cost homeowners millions of dollars in structural and roofing damages every year. A good rule of thumb for trees is to plant them no less than 30 feet away from your house. But it’s not just tree limbs and roots you need to be on the lookout for. Some mature trees drink as much as 300 gallons of water a day. Overtime, all that water can saturate and weaken the soil and foundation under your house.

At JM Roofing and Siding, the siding and roofing we install will protect your home, save energy, enhance the value of your property, and last for years. Whether you’re looking to replace or update your home’s fixtures, we’ve got your house covered! For more information, give us a call at 203-299-0716.  

 

How to Brighten Faded Vinyl Siding

Years of wind, rain, sun, and a rogue soccer ball here-and-there can fade even the brightest vinyl siding. And with summer just a few days away, that sun is only going to get more and more intense. If your vinyl siding is in need of a pick-me-up, here’s the best way to bring it back to life.

How to brighten faded vinyl siding JM Roofing

What you’ll need:

  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Hose
  • 1 Soft brush
  • Vinyl-siding restoration product
  • Synthetic bristle paintbrush
  • Paint roller with a long handle

Directions:

Step 1: Mix vinegar and water in a large bucket (30 percent vinegar to 70 percent water). This mixture will eliminate dirt, dust, pollen, and mold. If after scrubbing a small area your siding still isn’t looking as bright as you want, try mixing in a little bit of laundry detergent.

Step 2: Pre-rinse the vinyl siding with a hose. To reach every surface, attach a garden sprayer to the end of it.

Step 3: Using a soft brush, apply the vinegar and water mixture to your house. For the best results, start at the bottom and work your way up — this will keep the bottom consistently wet and prevent streaking.

Step 4: Now that you’ve just scrubbed every nook and cranny of your house, apply a coat of of vinyl siding restoration to each panel. This will prevent future sun damage and protect all of your hard work.

 

If you’re tired of refurbishing your siding every year, it might be time for new siding all together! At JM Roofing and Siding, the siding we install will protect your home, save energy, enhance the value of your property, and last for years. Whether you’re looking to replace or update your siding, we’ve got your house covered! For more information, give us a call at 203-299-0716.  

Easy Fixes for a Front Door That Won’t Close

There’s something so inherently annoying about a door that doesn’t shut right. Somehow, this one little thing has the ability to throw off the feel of your entire room. But ill fitting doors aren’t just a cosmetic problem, they can also be a drain on your energy bill. Whether it slams closed, sags, or swings back and forth, here are a few ways you can quickly fix any door.

JM Roofing and Siding Easy Fixes for a Front Door the Won't close

A swinging door.

If your door swings open every time a breeze rolls in, just:

  1. Remove one of the hinge pins and lay it across a nail.
  2. Tap the pin with a hammer and reinsert it.

The extra friction you just added to the hinges should prevent your door from swinging open.  

A sagging door.

Your front door should swing open between half an inch and an inch above your floor. So if your door is scraping against the floor, you probably just have to secure the screws. To do this:

  1. Take the screws out and leave them somewhere safe (since you’ll be placing them back in at the end).
  2. Dip a match in white glue and place it into the screw holes.
  3. Using a craft knife, trim the matches until they are flush against the wood.
  4. Leave the glue to dry for about one hour (time may depend on what kind of glue you use) and replace the screw.

Now, that extra wood will help secure the nail’s grip.

A stuck door.

One of the most common front door problems is that the door just doesn’t sit in its frame. If your door is spring bound and hard to close:

  1. Remove the screws from the top hinge.
  2. Cut a few pieces of cardboard to the same size as the hinge plate. Then, pack it into the top hinge plate.
  3. Once it’s packed, screw the hinge plate back on.
  4. Repeat these steps for each hinge on your door until it’s secure.

Because you don’t have to completely take the door off of its hinges to do this, this is an easy technique that almost anyone can do.

A front door is the entryway to your home, so it’s important that it looks its best. But, don’t stop there! Make sure your house is in tip-top shape by replacing any siding that’s been lost or damaged. At JM Roofing and Siding, the siding we install will protect your home, save energy, enhance the value of your property, and last for years. Whether you’re looking to replace or update your siding, we’ve got your house covered! For more information, give us a call at 203-299-0716.  

Why Insulation Matters Year-Round

When it comes to energy efficiency, most homeowners are always looking for the latest gadget that promises to lower their energy use or make their home more green. And while products like energy efficient washers and dryers are can do that to an extent, the real answer to your energy troubles might be simpler than you’d think.

Insulation is the most practical and cost effective way to make your home more energy efficient. When compared to a house with no or poor insulation, homeowners in a properly insulated house spent nearly 40 percent less on their heating and cooling bill, all while keeping their home at the same temperature.

JM Roofing Why Insulation Matters Year Round

But there’s no one-size-fits-all method for insulating a house. To have your house properly insulated, you’ll need to tackle each area individually.

The attic. The attic is the most important part of your home in terms of insulation. The outer shell of your home is what prevents your cool air (or hot air in the winter) from escaping outside. The better insulated your attic is, the less money you’ll have to spend pumping in cool air.  

Air ducts. Homes with central air and heating should have their ducts inspected for small cracks or gaps. Leaky ducts have been known to lower efficiency by as much as 20 percent, so make sure all of your air is going where it’s supposed to!

Air leaks. Even homes with the best insulation can suffer from air leaks due to cracked siding and ill fitting windows. Save on energy use by caulking and weather-stripping any holes you find.

Siding. Insulation doesn’t just belong inside your home anymore, it’s also important on the outside. Cracked and damaged siding not only makes your home more susceptible to weather damage, but it also leaves your house feeling drafty. Insulated vinyl and aluminum are great choices because they come with a layer of foam attached to them, which improves their R-value (how great a material’s insulating power is).

 

At JM Roofing and Siding, the siding we install will protect your home, save energy, enhance the value of your property, and last for years. Whether you’re looking to replace or update your siding, we’ve got your house covered! For more information, give us a call at 203-299-0716.  

What can Metal Roofs be Made From?

Okay, we know it probably sounds like a silly question — “What can metal roofs be made from?” The obvious answer is, well, “metal.” But there are plenty of different types of metal that you can choose from, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. 

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Tin. Though it may be called “tin,” tin roofs are made from a surprisingly low amount of tin. Tin roofs are actually made from a number of soft materials, then coated in a mixture of tin and lead. When installed properly, a tin roof can last for as long as 50 years. 

Galvanized steel. These roofs are typically made from a sheet of alloyed steel and then coated with zinc. Two big advantages of galvanized steel roofs are that they’re relatively inexpensive and will last for 60+ years because they are highly rust-resistant. But, they will require plenty of maintenance throughout the warmer and colder months.

Aluminum. It seems like with each passing year, aluminum roofs get more and more popular. And that’s no surprise, seeing as how they are corrosion-resistant and require very little maintenance. For those who live in warmer climates, aluminum roofs are also known as cool roofs, because they reflect sunlight instead of absorb it into your home.

Copper. Copper is definitely the longest lasting metal roofing option, but it’s becoming less and less popular seeing as how its also one of the most expensive options, and can be difficult to find in large quantities. 

Here at JM Roofing & Siding, we offer a variety of metal roofing options that will provide an authentic look without the drawbacks of mold growth, rotting, high maintenance, and unreasonable costs. To learn more about your metal roofing options, call us today at 203-299-0716 to learn more and request a FREE ESTIMATE. Let our experienced roofers help you!

Summer Energy Saving Tips

It’s no surprise that the summer is most people’s favorite season. After all, who doesn’t love warm weather, barbecues, relaxing on the beach, and fresh fruit? But, while there are a million reasons to love summer, there is one big reason to fear its arrival — your energy bill. This year, before you decide to rip your air conditioners out of the wall, look to these energy saving tips to help get you through the summer.

JM Roofing Summer energy saving tips

Wash your clothes in cold water. Not only is cold water less expensive to use, it will also keep your clothes brighter and in better condition.

Unplug large appliances. Even when your TV or air conditioner is turned off, it still uses power. If you’re going away for a night or more this summer, make sure to unplug your larger appliances.

Open and close your blinds throughout the day. When the sun is up during the day, keep your blinds closed to prevent heat from coming in. At the end of the day, open them back up to expel any heat in the house.

Keep your water heater at 120 degrees. Especially in the summer, when people prefer cooler showers, don’t waste energy trying to keep your water really hot.

Run your fans counterclockwise. On a hot day, the first thing most of us reach for is the chain to the ceiling fan. But did you know that there is a right and wrong way to run a fan? During the summer, your fan should be rotating counterclockwise, so that it pulls hot air up and expels cool air down.

Seal all “air leaks” or cracks in your siding. If your siding is cracked, or it doesn’t line up perfectly with your windows and doors, the cool air in your home can easily escape through these leaks.

Consider “cool roofs” for next season. While we know this isn’t as easy as pulling your drapes open and closed, metal roofs (also known as cool roofs) are excellent at reflecting sunlight, instead of absorbing it. If you’re thinking of installing a new roof within the next few years, this is definitely one to consider!

 

To learn more about your siding and metal roofing options, call us today at 203-299-0716 and request a FREE ESTIMATE. Let our roofing and siding experts help you stay cool all summer long.

Metal Roofs Vs. Asphalt Shingles: Which is Better for My Home?

When it comes to calculating the value of your home, most of us think about the number of bathrooms it has, it its square footage. While those are important factors, one of the major selling points of a house is actually its roof. When you think about it, a good roof is an invaluable part of your home. Without it, you really don’t even have a house! If you’re considering redoing your roof, here are the pros and cons of going with a metal or asphalt shingle roof.

The Pros and Cons of a Metal Roof

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Pro: Longer Lifespan

When installed properly, a metal roof can outlast almost any other traditional roofing material.

Pro: Fire and Heat Resistant

One of the common myths about metal roofs is that they attract lightning. In reality, they’re less likely to attract and store heat, or catch on fire.

Pro: Very Little (If Any) Water Damage

Because of the way metal roof plates lock together, they’re highly resistant to water damage. And when your roof is free of excess water, it’s likely free of mold and mildew!

Con: They’re a Bit Pricier

When comparing upfront costs, metal roofs are more expensive than most other roofs. But, studies have shown that because they’re so durable, they cost less than a traditional roof over a lifetime.

Con: The Potential of Denting

Just like a ball can dent your car, large hail can dent a metal roof. However, this typically only happens during severe hail storms.

The Pros and Cons of Asphalt Shingles

JM Roofing and Siding Metal Roofs Vs. Asphalt Shingles Which is Better for My Home

Pro: They’re More Affordable

Asphalt shingles typically have a very low upfront cost, making them very attractive to first time homeowners.  

Pro: Easy Installation

Unlike a metal roof, which requires professional installation, people with minimal carpentry or building experience can learn how to install shingles.

Con: You Get What You Pay For

After a few years, cold temperatures, fallen tree limbs, and heavy rainfall can start to take a toll on your shingles. During hurricanes, shingles have been known to completely blow away.

Con: They’re Not As Environmentally Friendly

Asphalt shingles are a petroleum based product, meaning it takes a lot of energy to make them. 

The Takeaway

If you’re a first time homeowner and won’t be in your house for more than a few years, or live in a very mild climate, asphalt shingles are probably the way to go. However, if you’re going to be in your house for the next 30 or 40 years, or live in an area with extreme weather (especially rain) a metal roof may be a better option for you.

No matter what you’re looking for, JM Roofing & Siding can provide you with a wide variety of residential roofing services, including new roof installation, roof replacement, roof repair, and year-round roofing maintenance. To learn how our experienced roofers can help you, give us a call at 203-299-0716!

Stay Cool with a Metal Roof This Summer

There’s nothing better than sitting inside on a hot summer day with the air conditioning on full blast — or at least, that’s what you think until the first bill comes. With energy use on every homeowner’s mind, finding a compromise between comfort and cost can sometimes be a balancing act. We’ll, we’re here to tell you that your home could actually help save energy rather than use it, thanks to cool, metal roofs.  

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Cool Roofs

A cool roof is one that has been designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than traditional roofs. On a hot summer day, traditional roofs can reach temperatures of 150 degrees or more. However, on that same day, a cool roof would be around 50 degrees. Though cool roofs can be made from several materials, one of the most popular options lately have been metal roofs. Metal roofs are able to reflect solar energy that would normally be absorbed into your attic .

The energy efficiency of a roofing material is determined by its:

  • Solar Reflective Index (SRI): All materials absorb some amount of heat. An SRI will tell you how well (or poorly) a material reflects and absorbs sunlight.
  • Thermal Emittance: How much of the sun’s heat is absorbed by the material. If a material has a high thermal emittance rate, it will be easily able to radiate and expel the heat it traps. This prevents the heat from entering and circulating around a house.

Additional Benefits of a Cool, Metal Roof

  • Reduce energy use, especially in the summer
  • Limited sun absorption can prolong the life of your roof
  • It can lower the temperature of rooms that do not have air conditioning (like attics, garages, and storage closets)
  • Lower peak electricity demands
  • Reduce local air temperatures

 

To learn more about your metal roofing options, call us today at 203-299-0716 to learn more and request a FREE ESTIMATE. Let our experienced roofers help you!

What’s the Difference Between a Flat and Low-Slope Roof?

When it comes to choosing a roof, most of us are only thinking about one thing, the look! While the color and material you choose is certainly important, you also need to consider the structure of your roof. Deciding on a slanted or flat roof might not be as fun as looking at color samples, but it’s incredibly important if you want to get the most out of your roof. If you’re deciding between a flat or low-slope roof, here are a few things to consider. 

JM Roofing What's the Difference Between a Flat and Low-Slope Roof

A Flat Roof

As the name implies, a flat roof is just that — flat. To create a flat roof, builders lay the material one over the other several times, until they have a watertight seal. Typically, these are more commonly found on industrial and commercial buildings rather than homes. 

Advantages

  • Flat roofs are perfect for cities and more congested areas, because they allow you to utilize every inch of your home or building.
  • Flat roofs are also less expensive because they are easy to design and construct.

Disadvantages

  • Because the roof is flat, water and snow can easily pile up. This can lead to leaks, water damage, and mold.

Low-Slope Roof

A sloped roof is constructed in two separate parts, then joined at a ridge in the center of your house. Both parts of the roof slope at a slight angle down and away from the house. Low-slope roofs are more popular in residential communities and small towns.

Advantages

    • Because they lay on an angle, low-slope roofs can easily repel snow and water.
    • Low-slope roofs can be made out of almost any material, including wood, asphalt, metal, and slate.

Disadvantages

  • Because they are more difficult to build, low-slope roofs are usually more expensive.

Which is right for me?

If you’re deciding on a flat or low-slope roof, the choice typically comes down to where you live. If you live in sunny Florida, a flat roof is a cost-effective way to utilize every inch of your home. But if you live in the northeast and are accustomed to snow, a sloped roof will always be a better option.

Whether you know exactly what type of roof you’re looking for, or need some help deciding, JM Roofing & Siding has been the experts in roofing replacements and repairs for over 15 years! If you’re home is in need of a new or updated roof, make sure to give us a call at (203) 299-0716!

Debunking the Most Common Metal Roof Myths

Did you know that the Great Wall of China isn’t actually visible from space? Or that bulls are colorblind and can’t see the color red (fun fact: they’re attracted to the waving of the cape, not the color!)? The world is full of misconceptions and misinformation — especially about metal roofs. That’s why we’re taking a minute to set the record straight and correct these common metal roof myths.

JM Roofing - Debunking the Most Common Metal Roof Myths

Myth: They attract lightning.

Fact: We’ve all heard the story of Benjamin Franklin outside in a lightning storm with a kite and a key, so we understand the thought behind this, but it’s completely false! Metal does conduct electricity, but electricity is not drawn to it. And because metal roofs are non-combustible, they’re actually safer than other roofing materials, like wood.

Myth: It will sound like hail every time it rains.

Fact: Since they’re usually installed over an attic space and insulated, metal roofs are no more noisy than other types — they’re actually quieter than asphalt roofs.

Myth: Metal roofs will hurt your resale value.

Fact: Nope, not true! While metal roofs may not be everyone’s cup of tea, they are becoming more and more popular, thanks to their energy saving abilities and sleek look. Home’s with metal roofs sell just as regularly when compared to other homes on the market.

Myth: Metal roofs will look awkward on your home or in your neighborhood.

Fact: When most people think of a metal roof, they picture a shiny silver slab of metal, or the tin man sitting on their house. In reality, metal roofs come in a wide variety of colors, textures and styles, and can match any traditional, Victorian, ranch, modern, or colonial home. 

Here at JM Roofing & Siding, we offer a variety of metal roofing options, including tile, slate, shingle, and cedar shake roofing. All of these roofing systems provide an authentic look without the drawbacks of mold growth, rotting, high maintenance, or unreasonable costs.

To learn more about your metal roofing options, call us today at 203-299-0716 to learn more and request a FREE ESTIMATE. Let our experienced roofers help you!