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

Metal Roofs Vs. Asphalt Shingles | Roofing Norwalk | Darien

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.  

Stay Cool with a Metal Roof This Summer | Metal Roofing Fairfield County

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. 

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!

How to Know When It’s Time for a Roof Repair

If your refrigerator isn’t cold, you know it’s time to repair it. If your water heater isn’t heating your water, you know it’s time to repair it. It’s easy to tell when certain things in your home need to be fixed, but what about your roof? Surprisingly, a leak isn’t the only indication that you need to repair your roof. There are plenty of other, more subtle signs that it’s time for a roof repair. If you notice any of the following, it’s time to have your roof inspected.

When It's Time for a Roof Repair | Norwalk | Westport

Curled or warped shingles. As shingles age, they start to lose their shape and become disfigured. Not only are misshapen shingles unsightly, they’re a sign that your shingles are past their life expectancy and can’t properly protect your home anymore.

Cracked or peeling shingles. Cracked shingles can let water through the roof and into your home. They’re also a sign that years of rain, wind, and snow have taken a toll on your roof.

Bare or “bald” spots on your roof, caused by missing shingles. If you’re missing patches of shingles (and haven’t experienced a storm recently), it means they’re no longer strong enough to withstand everyday weather. In addition to your damaged roof, weak shingles can come loose and hit your car or a neighbor’s house.

Moss growing on or between your roof. If you notice moss growing on your roof, it’s a sign that you have excess water in your roof, and therefore water damage.

Dark streaks caused by airborne algae. Like moss, algae is another type of plant that loves a damp surface. If you notice dark streaks down your roof, it likely means you have water damage. Excess water can weaken your roof, and in severe cases, cause it to collapse.

Our experience working with highly respected brands allows us to provide new roof installation that lasts for years and is done within the manufacturer guidelines to protect your warranty. No matter what roof type you have, JM Roofing & Siding can ensure the quality and durability of the replacement!

The Advantages of Fiber Cement Siding

“Should I go with light or dark grey siding? Should it be smooth or textured? Should it be glossy or matte?” When it comes to designing the outside of your home, everyone wants their siding to look the best it can. But before you get too caught up in the design elements, make sure you ask yourself an important question – “What materials should I choose?” Though this question usually isn’t on the forefront of a homeowner’s mind, it’s an important one. The materials you use when siding your home could mean the difference between not having to touch it for 20 years, or replacing panels every few years.

If you’re thinking of residing your house, here are just a few reasons why fiber cement  is one of the best options.  

Advantages of Fiber Cement Siding | Norwalk | Westport | Fairfield County

Fire and Heat-Resistant

Unlike vinyl siding, fiber cement won’t melt or warp if it’s on a house that gets a lot of direct sunlight. And in the unfortunate event of a house fire, fiber cement won’t catch or spread the fire.

Long Lifespan

Fiber cement is made from sand, cement, and cellulose fibers – a.k.a some pretty strong materials. While the upfront cost may be a bit more than aluminum or vinyl, fiber cement will last an average of 3 times longer.

Impact-Resistant

Hail, fallen trees, and flying soccer balls are no match for fiber cement. No matter what happens, this material likely won’t dent or crack.

Perfect for Areas that Experience Extreme Weather

If you live in tornado valley, or are prone to hurricanes, fiber cement siding can handle strong winds and extreme weather tearing off your house and blowing away.

Low Maintenance

There is little maintenance that needs to be done when it comes to fiber cement siding. That means, you don’t have to treat or stain it before it’s put up, or wash it too often. The only maintenance that it really needs is a bit of recaulking – but even that only has to be done about once a decade.

 

If you’re thinking about getting fiber cement siding, JM Roofing and Siding offers pre-painted HardiePlank siding in a wide palette of colors to match any design style. The color is applied and heat treated to form an extremely durable finish that will outlast any other paint application by years. We promise that the siding we install will protect your home, save energy, improve the appearance and enhance the value of your property.

 

How to Keep Paint from Peeling Off Your Siding

Last spring, you spent all day outside painting your house. Several hours and a dozen gallons of paint later, your home looked perfect. But then just the other day you walk outside to find that all of last year’s hard work has gone to waste, because your paint is already chipping after a long winter. If this has ever happened to you, we feel your pain! If your paint has started peeling, here are a few reasons why that might be and what you can do to prevent it.

Paint Peeling Off Your Siding | Norwalk | Westport | Fairfield County

Why is my paint peeling?

  • Poor prep work: Paint has a hard time adhering to just siding. Before you paint, prime your house with a gloss primer.
  • Sun exposure: Houses that sit in direct sunlight can suffer the worst from peeling paint, because the sun causes it to bubble and chip off.
  • Weather: Rain, wind, and snow can all cause your paint to weaken and begin peeling off in large strips.
  • Dust: If your siding was dusty or dirty when you painted it, the paint is less likely to bond with the surface and will peel more easily.

What to do.

  • Always clean your siding before you paint it. Get rid of any dust and mildew that can make it difficult for paint to adhere.
  • Paint when the temperature is between 50 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Warmer (but not hot) weather will help your paint dry faster and smoother.
  • Let each coat of paint sit for several hours. Sometimes paint feels dry to the touch before it actually is. Painting over paint that has not fully dried can create a weaker bond than if you were to let each coat dry properly.
  • Not all paints fair the same in the sun or rain, so do some research before choosing your paint and get a type that will best fit your home’s needs.

Unfortunately, though painting your siding is a less expensive alternative to residing, it doesn’t last as long. 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 to do With an Old Roof – Repair or Replace?

To repair or to replace: that is the question. While this may not have been the existential crisis Shakespeare was referring to, deciding what to do with a faulty roof can still be tricky. Your roof is the main protector of your house, so you don’t want to let it fall apart – but you also don’t want to throw money out the window (or roof) by fully replacing a roof that’s still in good shape. If you’re trying to decide on whether you should repair or replace your roof, your answers to these questions may help you decide.  

Roof Repair or Replace | Norwalk | New Canaan | Westport | Fairfield County

How old is my roof? This is probably the most important question you should be asking yourself. The average roof lasts about 20 years, so if your’s is showing signs of damage after 30 years, you should look into replacing it.

How extensive is the damage? If you are only missing a few shingles here and there, or are getting water in the house for the first time, you can probably get away with just repairing the damaged section.

How long has the damage lasted? If you have repaired the same spot several times, yet every major rainfall you get water leaking into your house, then it’s probably time to admit you need to replace that entire section of the roof.

Can I match my existing shingles during a repair? If you only need to repair a small area of your roof, check to see if you have shingles left over from your last repair or if your local hardware store still has them in stock. Some people hate the idea of a mismatching roof, while others don’t mind it as long as it extends the structure’s life – so, to each their own on this one.

What is the weather like in my area? If you live in an area that suffers from heavy wind, rain, and snow, your roof is more likely to be damaged. If you think it’s finally time to replace your roof, talk to your contractor and try to find the material that’s the most durable. It may cost you a bit more up-front, but your future savings will thank you!

For 15 years, JM Roofing & Siding has been a family owned and operated residential roofing company serving New Canaan, Greenwich, and Norwalk areas. We’re the experts in roofing replacement and repair, so if your home needs some maintenance after the long winter, or you need a last minute emergency roof repair – give us a call at (203) 299-0716!

 

How to Keep Mold Off Your Roof

No one ever wants to find mold in their house – it smells, can be toxic, and is hard to clean. But maybe the only thing worse than finding mold in your house, is finding mold on your house. A moldy roof is more than just unsightly. In extreme cases, mold and mildew can cause your roof to collapse. If you have mold on your roof, here is how you can get rid of it for good and ensure your family’s safety.

How to Keep Mold Off Your Roof | Roofer Norwalk | Westport

Why Does Mold Grow on a Roof?

Mold and mildew thrive on organic matter. Now you may be thinking to yourself – “my roof isn’t made of living matter?” but unfortunately, the materials that fall on your roof often are. If plants and leaves fall onto your home before a heavy rain, mold can start to grow.

Detecting Mold

The tricky thing about inspecting your roof is that it’s obviously hard to see the top of it while you’re standing on the ground. Take a walk around the outside of your house and keep an eye out for any dark, wet spots or green patches. If you’re able to see a few spots with mold, odds are it is further up your roof as well. From there, you should call a professional roofing company to secure and inspect your roof.

Getting Rid of Mold

To get rid of mold or algae, spray your roof with a 50 percent mixture of water and bleach. (Pro tip: this is the time when a lot of people like to break out their power washer, but trust us – that will only do more harm than good. Power washers can easily damage or rip off your shingles and cause more water saturation). When you’re done, give your roof another rinsing with just water.
With JM Roofing and Siding, your home’s roof is always in good hands. We offer roofing material made from asphalt, metal, copper, cedar, and slate – many of which are mold and algae resistant! For 15 years, JM Roofing & Siding has been a family owned and operated residential roofing and siding company, serving New Canaan, Greenwich, and the Norwalk area. If you need an emergency roof repair or roof replacement, give us a call at (203) 299-0716!