Switching to Solar? Don’t Make These Costly Mistakes

Solar power has taken over the country. Just last year, one million solar panel systems were installed in the United States. And there are plenty of reasons to go solar: they can save you thousands on your electric bill, they’re a great investment, and they’re eco-friendly. But before you jump on the solar bandwagon, there are a few important, and costly mistakes you’ll want to avoid.

Switching to Solar Don't Make These Common Mistakes

Mistake #1: Installing new panels on an old roof.

Make no mistake, solar panels are heavy and designed to last for nearly 30 years. If you try to install panels on an old roof, it could collapse under the pressure. If you think your roof will need to be updated in the near future, do any roof repairs first!

Mistake #2: Not looking into rebates and tax incentives.

Don’t be afraid to admit it! One of the main reasons why people choose to go solar is for the tax breaks. But in addition to the rebates you get for just adding solar panels, there are a number of other, lesser-known, tax breaks you could be taking advantage of too.

Mistake #3: Choosing less-expensive solar panels.

If you had the chance to buy two identical products, but one was twice as expensive, would you buy the more expensive one? Probably not. For most things, it’s perfectly fine to choose the cheaper option, but unfortunately, solar panels are the exception. At first glance, going with a less expensive model may seem tempting, but you know the saying — “you get what you pay for.” Meaning in just a few months, you could be looking at some pretty serious problems.

Mistake #4: Attempting to do it yourself.

Any roof repairs or renovations are dangerous, but add in heavy solar panels and you’ve got yourself a recipe for disaster. Whenever you’re doing a roof repair, make sure to call on a trusted team of professionals!

Thinking of adding solar panels to your roof? Before you even look into panel brands, make sure your roof is up to the challenge of holding them. No matter what you’re looking for, JM Roofing & Siding can provide you with a wide variety of residential roofing services. To learn how our experienced roofers can help you, give us a call at 203-299-0716!

4 Common Summer Roof Problems (And How to Fix Them)

Roof problems are an unfortunate, but very, real part of home ownership. And while you can do your best to care for it, every roof is going to need a bit of maintenance every once in awhile. This summer, be on the lookout for problems caused by these four things.

Common Summer Roof Problems | Roof Repair Norwalk | Darien

Wind. There doesn’t have to be a storm for wind to damage your house, since even light wind can pull up a shingle. The best way to protect your roof is to have it inspected every few months. And if you see a shingle that’s starting to curl, have it changed immediately.  

Tree limbs. Fallen tree limbs can dent or scratch your roof. More importantly, they can fall off the roof and hurt someone standing below. Prevent branches from landing on your roof in the first place by cutting any long tree limbs. If a branch ever does make its way onto your roof, call someone to have it removed immediately.    

Birds and small animals. Woodpeckers can make surprisingly large holes in the side of your roof, leaving it susceptible to mold and insects. Raccoons can even pull up shingles and flashing as they work their way into an attic. Keep these critters from getting onto your roof by never leaving food in your attic and cutting tree limbs, which act like a bridge to your roof, short.

Rain. Especially after the few weeks we’ve had here in Connecticut, everyone is probably aware of the damage a lot of rain can have on your roof. The best way to protect your roof from water damage is to choose a roofing material that will last, and have it installed by a trusted company that won’t cut corners.

 

What’s one more danger facing residential roofs? A lack of maintenance! Minor problems, like missing shingles and small leaks are the number one cause of larger problems. The moment you see a problem, give JM Roofing and Siding a call! From small repairs to constructing entirely new roofs, we can handle anything summer weather throws at us!

Rules Every Metal Roof Owner Should Follow

It’s true — metal roofs are one of, if not the, longest lasting roofing material on the market today. But despite their sturdy panels, even metal roofs need a little TLC sometimes. If you have a metal roof, keep it looking its best with these few rules.

Rules Every Metal Roof Owner Should Follow

1. Don’t walk on your roof.

Walking on the roof is never a good idea, but it’s especially problematic if you have a metal roof. Walking or working on your roof can cause dents or holes in your panels. Not only will this make your roof look bad, but dents will cause water to pool in them and can lead to leaks.

2. Keep debris off of your roof.

While this is a great rule for metal roofs, it’s something that holds true for every roof. When organic materials, like branches, insects, and leaves sit on your roof for long periods of time, they can stain, and even damage, your panels.

3. Don’t forget the gutters.

Most people forget about their gutters when it comes to roof maintenance. But gutters filled with twigs and other debris can cause your roof to sag. It can also prevent water from running freely through your gutters and away from your house, leaving you more susceptible to leaks and floods.

4. Keep an eye out for loose fasteners.

Just like you would have to check for loose shingles on an asphalt roof, you need to keep an eye out for loose fasteners coming out of your panels. Over time, fasteners naturally begin to pull up. When they do, wind gets trapped under our panels and can lift them up.

5. Keep snow off of your roof.

Heavy snow sitting idly on your roof is a recipe for disaster. Not only can snow warp the metal, it can slide off and hurt someone standing on the ground.

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!

How to Close a Gap in Vinyl Siding

Is today finally the day you’re going to fix the small hole in your siding that you’ve noticed every day as you pull into your driveway? Not only is a hole unsightly, it acts as an open door for rain, bugs, mold and mildew to come into your home. If you notice a hole in your siding, the worst thing you can do is leave it alone. Take matters into your own hands and fix it in just a few steps.  

How to Close a Gap in Vinyl Siding | Siding Fairfield County

Step 1: Step away from the caulk gun.

If the hole is more than a 1/4 of an inch, caulk won’t solve the problem. While installing a new piece is the easiest solution, that piece probably won’t match the faded siding around it. So what’s a homeowner to do? With a small gap, your best bet is to try sliding the panels together.

Step 2: Head to the hardware store.

To slide two pieces back together, you’ll need a zip tool. While you probably won’t find this in most home tool kits, they’re available at almost any hardware store.

Step 3: Unlock the overlapping pieces.

Follow the instructions on the back of your zip tool packaging and free the pieces on each side of the gap. Then, slide the panels back together until they overlap slightly. Before you celebrate closing this gap, make sure you didn’t pull the siding too far and open another hole on the opposite end.

Step 4: Secure your siding.

If your siding is now completely covering your home, it’s time to secure it in place. Drive a nail through the right side of the flange hole at the end of the left-hand piece. While you want your siding to be sturdy, you don’t want to drive the nail in too deep, since vinyl siding expands and contracts throughout the year.

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.  

8 Housewarming Gifts That Will Excite Any New Homeowner

Whether it’s your very first house or you’re an avid mover, few things are more exciting than moving into a new house. So naturally, most people choose to celebrate this new chapter of their life with a housewarming party. But what do you get your friends or family who just moved into a new house? Whether you want to go practical or stylish, here are a few things every new homeowner will want.

10 Housewarming Gifts That Will Excite Any New Homeowner JM Roofing and Siding

1. A Tool Kit

This may not seem like the most exciting gift at first (especially if your friends aren’t exactly handymen), but they’ll be thanking you when a pipe starts leaking in the middle of the night and they have a wrench on hand.

2. A Comfortable Throw

Because every good couch needs an equally good blanket.

3. A Coffee Machine

Now that their nights will be spent setting up furniture and clearing out boxes, they’ll need all the caffeine they can get.

4. Flowers

Spruce up an unfinished home with a few colorful plants.

5. A First Aid Kit

Again, this may not be the most exciting gift at the time, but every home needs a good first aid kit — and most don’t get one until after the first injury.

6. Advice

There’s nothing new homeowners want more than some good advice. If you’ve owned your home for years and know the names of a few good contractors or professionals, jot them down in a nice notebook. It’ll certainly come in handy when your friends notice the first sign of trouble.

7. Kitchen Essentials

Get them all the kitchen essentials they’ll need in one fell swoop.

8. One Good Cookbook

Sure you can get plenty of recipes online nowadays, but there’ still something so charming about having a cookbook on the kitchen counter.

For 15 years, JM Roofing & Siding has been a family owned and operated residential roofing and siding company, proudly serving New Canaan, Greenwich and Norwalk areas. 

5 Things Every Homeowner Should Know About Their Roof

Your roof is important for many reasons. While it protects your furniture and belongings, it also protects those who you love most, so it’s important that it stays in good condition. Whether you just got the keys to your dream home, or have been living there for the better part of a decade, it’s never too soon or too late to learn a little more about your home.

10 Things Every Homeowner Should Know About Their Roof JM Roofing

1. How old your roof is.

Was the roof constructed a year before you bought the house, or 15? When deciding whether to repair or replace your roof, you’ll need to know this. If you’re incredibly organized and still have your home’s written inspection filed away, it will likely say the year your roof was installed. If you don’t have it, a professional can likely tell you how old your roof is.  

2. How your roof is ventilated.

Ventilation is sometimes seen as a bad word, especially in the summer months when homeowners are doing everything they can to keep their cool air in. But in reality, ventilation is incredibly important for your home’s health, since roofs that aren’t properly ventilated are susceptible to mold and mildew.

3. How a leak is happening.

Contrary to popular belief, leaks aren’t always caused by a hole in the roof. More often than not, it’s caused by over saturated tiles and spotty workmanship. 

4. Your gutters need love too.

Gutters play a key role in protecting your home and basement from leaks (see, we told you it wasn’t always from a hole in the roof!). The rain that falls off of your roof needs somewhere to go, so if your gutters are filled with leaves, twigs, and frisbees, they’re not able to do their job. 

5. Roof repairs shouldn’t be left to DIY handymen (or handywomen).

We’re all for the DIY trend of turning old dressers into bookshelves, but roof repairs should be left to the professionals. Not only are roof repairs difficult and time consuming, but they’re incredibly dangerous.

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!

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.