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.

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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.  

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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.

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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!

How to Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal on a Budget

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” While that’s certainly true about people, it’s also true about your house! Don’t let all those big-budget renovation shows make you think improving your home’s curb appeal is going to cost thousands. Below are just a few of the cost-effective ways you can add charm to your house.

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Paint the Doors, Trim and Shutters

A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to brighten up your home and give it that fresh, clean look. But before you start looking at paint colors, remember that outdoor paint can easily chip and fade, so make sure you use a primer and top coat.

Install a New Mailbox

We know, who really gets paper mail anymore? Sure most bills and letters may be sent via the internet now, but most homes still have traditional mailboxes. Whether your mailbox is standing by the road or mounted to your home’s siding, a new one will add a hint of small-town charm to your entryway.

Update Your House Numbers

Peeling or fading house numbers not only look bad, but they can confuse first time visitors. Update your numbers with a new coat of paint, or really kick your design game up a notch and have 3D numbers installed on the side of your house.

Add Greenery

Trees, flower boxes, and shrubs make a home more inviting and lively. If your home is a neutral beige, grey, or white, this is a great way to add a pop of color just in time for spring. You can even use trees strategically by placing them in front of windows and rooms that receive a lot of direct sunlight.

Replace Old Lighting Fixtures

Outdoor lighting fixtures need to be replaced more frequently than indoor ones, because rain, snow, and wind can ruin their finish. If you already have the existing wiring, a new light fixture shouldn’t be too expensive.
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. We’re the experts in siding replacement and repair, so if your home needs some maintenance after the long winter – give us a call at (203) 299-0716!

4 DIY Projects You Can Do in A Weekend

It happens every year – the minute warmer weather hits, you make a list of all the great projects you want to do around the house. But week-by-week, life gets in the way and before you know it, there’s frost on the ground. The problem is, most of us plan renovations that are too big and time consuming, so we never really get around to doing them. So this weekend, embrace your inner handyman and tackle these two-day projects.

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Install/ Repair Rain Gutters

Without gutters, rain water will erode the soil and foundation around your house and start to leak into your basement or crawl space. If you already have gutters, make sure they are not sagging or leaking. Gutters filled with leaves and other debris will cause water to flow over the side and damage your lawn.

Update the Garage Floor

When it comes to home repairs, few homeowners want to spend money on their garage. But a new floor is a great way to insulate your house and protect your car’s tires. Epoxy is one of the best flooring options because it’s stain and water resistant, wipes clean, and won’t chip.

Create a Jr. Toolbox

If you have a little ‘DIYer’ in the making, get them set up with their own homemade toolbox and set of tools. Create a simple rectangular toolbox out of wood and fill it with a handyman’s essentials: a hammer, wrench, nails, and tape measure.

Spruce up Your Entryway

Your front door and siding are the first thing people see when they arrive at your house, so make sure everything is in tip-top shape. Give your glass windows a good cleaning and paint the front door a new bright color. The winter can also be tough on siding, so paint over any areas that have chipped and replace panels that have come loose.

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