Creating Winter Curb Appeal

When you’re looking to sell your home, it can seem a bit more difficult to do so during the colder months. With the harsher weather, shorter days, and Bleecker outdoor conditions, you aren’t exactly set up for success infiltrating your home as stunning.

However, there are several things you can do to increase your home’s winter curb appeal and have a better chance of having a successful real estate experience.

Clear Away Snow

While white snow may look picturesque on your lawn, the same can’t be said when it is taking up space on your driveway and walkways. Potential buyers don’t want to see a driveway covered in dirty snow, so once it has stopped falling from the sky, shovel it away to allow for better entry into your home. 

Organize Your Yard

What is cleared, it’s time to tackle your yard. If there are stray children’s toys or lawn ornaments lying about,  place them neatly in your garage and out of sight. You also should consider tidying up any foliage to allow for more uniformity when potential buyers drive by.

Spruce Up Your Exterior

No potential homeowner wants to drive buy a house and see missing roof tiles or dirty siding. if you’re exterior could use summer repairs, have them made before your house goes on to the market to create a better curb appeal. Plus, a new roof or new siding can increase your resale value as well.

From complete roof installations and replacements to siding repair and installation, you can count on JM Roofing & Siding for exceptional service. Contact us today for a free estimate!

Prepping Your Home for Winter

When the weather outside begins to get rough and snow begins to fall from the sky, it can be easy to bundle up in your warmest jacket and put on your heaviest boots to protect yourself from the cold. However, the same can’t be said for your home. On the contrary, you need to take a few steps to prep your home for winter in order to ensure the structure’s safe and ready to provide you comfort for months to come.

How to Prep Your Home for Winter

Check Your Heating System

The last thing you want to have happen is for your heating system just stopped working in the middle of a cold night. by having your unit inspected by a professional, you can fix small problems before they get worse, ensure the system runs efficiently, and prevent a future breakdown.

Prepare Your Fireplace

If you plan on letting a few fires throughout the winter months, you’ll need to make sure your fireplace is ready to do so. Have it thoroughly cleaned, make sure the damper is open, and have the chimney inspected to ensure there are no air gaps that would allow for drafts or smoke to remain in your home.

Winterize Your Pipes

Especially in our Northeast climate, your pipes are much at risk for freezing up during winter. Consider insulating exposed pipes in your home, and slightly open any exterior faucets so the small water drip will prevent the spouts from freezing.

Inspect Your Home’s Exterior

If you have any cracks, holes, or other damage to your siding or Roofing, you may run the risk of drafts or water damage affecting your home. Before harsh weather hits, have repairs made to your home’s exterior to prevent future problems.

For 15 years, JM Roofing & Siding has been a family-owned and operated residential roofing and siding contractor serving the New Canaan, Greenwich, and Norwalk areas of Fairfield County. From complete roof installations and replacements to siding repair and installation, you can count on us for exceptional service.

Must-Have Outdoor Holiday Decor

One of the most exciting tasks of the holiday season is decorating your home! While it’s great to deck out the inside of your home, it’s always important to spruce up the outside of your home so everyone in the neighborhood can see just how festive you are.

If you’re short on ideas of how to make your humble abode seem like the most holiday-centric in the neighborhood, here are some must-have outdoor holiday decor.

String Lights

Whether you choose white or colorful, small or large bulbs, string lights are a holiday decor staple. You can hang them from your gutters, porch, or around your windows, among other places. Just make sure to use the proper materials to fasten the lights to your home — plastic clips are always better than staples since they don’t harm your exterior.

Wreaths 

The smell of pine is one of the most welcoming to experience during the holidays — and the spiral sight of those evergreen leaves looks perfect hung on your front door or in windowpanes. You can have plain wreaths hang outside your home, or you can adorn them with holly, ribbon, or other small details.

Bows

You place them on every present you wrap during the season, so why not use bows in your outdoor holiday decor as well? You can purchase pre-made bows or get a big roll of ribbon and make your own. 

If you don’t want to make actual bows, wrap ribbon around your porch or use it to frame your doorway.

For 15 years, JM Roofing & Siding has been a family-owned and operated residential roofing and siding contractor serving the New Canaan, Greenwich, and Norwalk areas of Fairfield County. From complete roof installations and replacements to siding repair and installation, you can count on us for exceptional service.

Why Wood Siding Turns Gray

Wood siding is one of the most luxurious siding materials you can choose for your home. However, it’s also a material that requires a good amount of maintenance in order to maintain the appearance. Without proper maintenance, one of the main changes you can notice in your wood siding is its tuning gray. But why exactly does that happen?

The Reason Wood Siding Turns Gray

Have you noticed trees in your area transform from having rich brown trunks to warped, gray one?  This is a very common process that happens over time. The same thing can happen with wood siding. 

Wood can be turned gray due to light, chemical, or biological factors. For example, the wood on the side of your home that gets the most sunlight exposure or that faces the street and is exposed to salt during the winter months may begin to turn gray sooner.

Something to also note is that wood won’t turn gray overnight. The discoloration can occur several weeks, months, or even years.

How to Protect Wood from Turning Grey

The best way to protect your wood siding from turning gray is by choosing a good manufacturer that coats their wood in a good finishing product. The best finishing product will protect from sunlight, dirt, salt, and pollutants and will not use harmful or toxic ingredients.

Since you probably won’t be shopping for these materials yourself, it’s essential to choose a contractor that uses the best materials on the market.

For all of your siding needs near Norwalk, CT, trust the team at JM Roofing & Siding to get the job done. Contact us today for a free estimate!

Why A Slate Roof is Good Choice for Older Homes

When you have an older home, it can be a bit difficult to make repairs and remodels that work for the current condition it is in and match the aesthetic that has been preserved for so many years. So when it comes to replacing your roof, you need to choose a material and style carefully. 

As you weigh your options, consider choosing a slate roof. In fact, they offer a number of benefits that can aid your older home.

Benefits of a Slate Roof for Older Homes

They Come in a Variety of Styles

Slate materials offer a wide range of colors and thicknesses, allowing for great customization. Since there are many style options to choose from, you can decide on one that perfectly matches your home’s aesthetic — so that you don’t have to sacrifice form for function.

They are Environmentally-Friendly

Since slate roofs tend to last longer than those that use other materials,  your new roof won’t have to be replaced as often. Additionally, this helps keep the old materials out of landfills — which is fantastic for the environment. Plus, since some older homes tend to use more energy and aren’t too green, adding this environmentally-friendly factor can make you a friend to Mother Nature.

They Last Longer

As we mentioned, slate materials typically have a longer lifespan than shingles do. With this being the case, you can focus on making other repairs in your older home and rest easy knowing that your roof is protecting your older home for years to come.

Are you Interested in adding a slate roof to your home? At JM Roofing & Siding, our expert team is here to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision and the skills to professionally install it as well. Contact us today to get your free estimate!

Preparing Your Home for Guests

The holidays are here, and you know what that means — family gatherings at your house! If you’re expecting a bunch of relatives and friends to stay with you for the holidays, it’s important to make them feel as comfortable as possible and as if they are in their own homes.

In order to do that, you’ll want to take a few measures around the house to make it a bit more welcoming.

Stock Up on Toilet Paper

The last thing anyone, much less a guest, wants to experience is finishing up in the bathroom and find there is no toilet paper left to use. Even if there is a fresh roll sitting beside the toilet, place a few extra rolls underneath the sink for good measure.

Supply Fresh Linens

You may think that just because no one has slept in the guest bed in months, that the sheets are fine to use. However, dust and allergens can still buildup. Be sure to change out any sheets so guests have fresh, clean bedding to sleep on. You should also have spare sheets, pillows, and blankets available so, if your guests like to sleep with six pillows or several blankets, they’re there with ease.

Write Down the Wifi Password

There’s going to a lot of photo-taking and posting during the holidays, and you know everyone is going to want to save data and get on your wifi. Rather than having to continuously look up the password, just write it down on a notepad so everyone has access to it.

Clear Out Clutter

Clear some space out of drawers and closet to allow guests to unpack.  Remove clutter from communal areas like your living room and kitchen. Clean up the yard in case it’s warm enough to play a little game of family football or soccer. 

Don’t forget to prep your home’s exterior! For all your roofing and siding needs in and around Norwalk, CT, contact JM Roofing and Siding for a free estimate!.

Tips for Lighting Your Home for the Holidays

Now that the holiday season has arrived, you’re probably getting all of the boxes of decorations down from the attic to deck the halls of your home. And if you’re like most people, one of your main tools in decorating is holiday lights. While they can definitely add some beautiful flare to your home, holiday lights also come with their fair share of safety issues.

In order to keep your home safe this season, here are a few tips to follow while lighting the place up.

Tips for Using Holiday Lights

Check the Lights First

When you first take them out of storage, inspect your lights and all the attached wiring. Have any of the bulbs cracked or broken, or do any of the wires seem frayed? Since damaged lights can be dangerous, avoid using these when decorating.

Ensure Outdoor Safety

Not all holiday lights are safe to use outdoors — and if you use indoor-only lights outside, you could risk a safety hazard. When buying new lights, make sure they are suitable for outdoor use. If you buy some that are not, exchange them or simply keep them inside.

Careful with Extension Cords

Like holiday lights themselves, not all extension cords are safe to use outdoors. Only certain models are designed to handle outdoor weather, so using one that it not could result in a number of problems. Also, use these cords sparingly. Hooking up several extension cords to each other can result in a short circuit.

Be Gentle with Cords

When hanging lights on your gutters or other parts of your home, carefully do so with staples or plastic clips. Avoid puncturing any wires as this can cause electrical hazards. Additionally, if you’re plugging the lights into an indoor outlet, make sure you’re not closing any doors or windows on them, as this can damage the cord as well.

From complete roof installations and replacements to siding repair and installation, you can count on JM Roofing & Siding for exceptional service. Contact us today for a free estimate!

Preparing Your Home for Guests

The holidays are here, and you know what that means — family gatherings at your house! If you’re expecting a bunch of relatives and friends to stay with you for the holidays, it’s important to make them feel as comfortable as possible and as if they are in their own homes.

In order to do that, you’ll want to take a few measures around the house to make it a bit more welcoming.

Stock Up on Toilet Paper

The last thing anyone, much less a guest, wants to experience is finishing up in the bathroom and find there is no toilet paper left to use. Even if there is a fresh roll sitting beside the toilet, place a few extra rolls underneath the sink for good measure.

Supply Fresh Linens

You may think that just because no one has slept in the guest bed in months, that the sheets are fine to use. However, dust and allergens can still buildup. Be sure to change out any sheets so guests have fresh, clean bedding to sleep on. You should also have spare sheets, pillows, and blankets available so, if your guests like to sleep with six pillows or several blankets, they’re there with ease.

Write Down the Wifi Password

There’s going to a lot of photo-taking and posting during the holidays, and you know everyone is going to want to save data and get on your wifi. Rather than having to continuously look up the password, just write it down on a notepad so everyone has access to it.

Clear Out Clutter

Clear some space out of drawers and closet to allow guests to unpack.  Remove clutter from communal areas like your living room and kitchen. Clean up the yard in case it’s warm enough to play a little game of family football or soccer. 

Don’t forget to prep your home’s exterior! For all your roofing and siding needs in and around Norwalk, CT, contact JM Roofing and Siding for a free estimate!.

Pros and Cons of Waiting for a Roof Replacement

If you’re like most people, you have a laundry list of tasks that you’ve been meaning to get done but have put off for a while. While that list may include things like fixing a faucet or replacing a light bulb, it may not always include having your roof replaced.

If you’ve been in need of a roof replacement but haven’t made arrangements for one yet, you may be taking some time to debate whether or not your home really needs one. Well, let’s hash a few points out so you can make your decision sooner rather than later.

Pros of Waiting for a Roof Replacement

More Time to Save

Unfortunately, a new roof isn’t exactly cheap, so if you wait a tad longer, you’ll be able to save more money to put towards the project.

Do It in the Off-Season

Winter tends to be a slower season for roofing companies, so by waiting for the off-season, you may reap a few benefits. There’s a chance your roof may have better availability to adapt to your schedule, and you may even get a discount if the company is in need of more business.

Cons of Waiting for a Roof Replacement

Risk Further Damage

When you continue to put off a roof replacement, you increase your risk of having more damage. Typically, the longer you ignore a problem with your roof, the worse the damage with get. Beyond deterioration to the roof itself, you could also risk damaging your insulation, dry walls, and other parts of your home. 

Unprepared for Winter

If you try to wait for a roof replacement in the off-season, you may reap the few benefits, but your roof won’t be ready to handle winter weather. This can result in energy loss, as your roof won’t be able to keep heat inside your home until it is completely intact.

For 15 years, JM Roofing & Siding has been a family owned and operated residential roofing and siding contractor serving the New Canaan, Greenwich and Norwalk areas of Fairfield County. We provide our clients with comprehensive roofing and siding services. Contact us today for your free estimate!

Things You Can Do with Fall Leaves

Fall weather is finally here, and you know what that means — you’ll soon have a yard full of leaves! While it’s fine to pile them high and let the kids jump into colorful mounds of yellow, orange, and red, having the mess in your yard does get old after a while. 

Rather than rake all the leaves into plastic bags and toss them in the trash, consider all the other things you can do will them.

Compost and Use Them as Fertilizer

Collect all the leaves, place them in a three-foot composting barrel, and there you have it — the leaves are set to compost. While most composting takes around six to ten months, you may be able to help the process along by shredding the leaves.

Once they are composted, spread the leaves over the soil in your yard to allow it to better hold onto water and nutrients.

Use Them as Mulch

If you don’t want to wait for the leaves to compost, simply lay down a thick layer on your soil and around plants, spray them down with a hose, and use them as mulch. The leaves will help block weed growth and decompose on their own over time.

Use Them an Insulation

While they can’t be used to insulate your home, you can place leaves on top of growing plants to provide a bit of warmth. Use chicken wire to contain them, and simply brush them away come spring.

Create Decorations

The various colors of fall leaves can add a lot of beauty around her home. After collecting and cleaning them, use the fallen leaves to create wreaths, bundles, banners, wall art and more.

When you’re working on getting your yard tidy, don’t forget to take your siding into account. For all your roofing and siding needs in the Norwalk area, trust the experts at JM Roofing and Siding! Contact us today for a free estimate!