What to NOT Do When Hiring a Roof Contractor

Whenever you hire someone to do a service for you, you want to make sure you’re getting the best person for the job. One person you want to do extra research on is your roof contractor since your roof plays such an important role in keeping you, your family, and your home safe. In order to get the best contractor, here are a few things you should not do when hiring a roof contractor.

Don’t Choose Amateurs

It’s no secret that hiring a roof contractor isn’t always the cheapest task, but you should never hire amateurs just to save a few dollars. The reason those guys can charge less is that they cut costs and aren’t doing the best work possible.

Save yourself the trouble of fixing mistakes that amateurs will make, and always choose a professional, licensed, and insured roofing contractor.

Don’t Forget Your Due Diligence

You should always do your research about anyone you’re considering hiring. Check a contractor’s reviews, experience, and past projects in order to make sure that they are the best person for you to hire.

You should ask to see their insurance papers and licenses to confirm they will be able to safely handle any mishaps that may happen during a project. You should also ask about any warranties a contractor offers and the specifics of each.

Don’t Breeze Through Paperwork

You want to make sure that you’re paying for exactly what you want, nothing more or less, and that there will be a set way to handle any unexpected costs. Make sure you read your contract carefully to ensure you and your contractor are on the same page.

When you want the best roof contractor in the Norwalk, CT area, trust the experts at JM Roofing & Siding. With over 15 years of experience under our belts, we have the knowledge and know-how to offer you the best experience possible. Give us a call today at 203-299-0716.

How to Handle Emergency Roof Repairs

When a storm rolls into town and winds batter down against your home, your roof can take quite the beating. And when all is said and done, you could be in need of emergency roof repairs to handle all the damage those heavy winds and rain caused. But how exactly do you handle emergency roof repairs?

What is Considered an Emergency Roof Repair?

Generally, an emergency roof repair is one that is required to fix damage that allows water infiltration. These repairs usually fix missing shingles, holes, or other structural damage that allow leaks into your attic.

Many times, this damage is made by natural causes, such as storms via winds, lighting. If the damage is not made by nature itself, heavy winds can knock over trees that can fall onto your roof and pierce it, if not damage it further. Other times, water damage can allow critters to get into your roof and wreak havoc on your home.

What Steps Do I Take for Emergency Roof Repairs?

If you notice the damage during the storm and call your trusted roofer for repairs, they will likely tell you to hold off until the morning — the damage is done, and there’s no fixing anything while the storm is still going.

During a storm, you’re best off calling your insurance adjuster so they can assess the cost of the damage. Then, once your roofing contractor arrives after the storm, discuss your repair options with them so you can determine the most affordable and best option for your roof repair.

If you are in need of emergency roof repairs, contact JM Roofing & Siding. We will help you with a wide variety of residential roofing services, including new roof installation, roof replacement, roof repair, and general roofing services.

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Why You Need a Well-Ventilated Attic

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How often do you go into your attic, especially during the summer, and immediately think, “It’s hotter than Hades in here?” If you’re like most people, it’s pretty much every time. That ’s because your attic has little to no ventilation.

While you may think of home ventilation only in regards to your bathroom or kitchen, it’s very important to have a well-ventilated attic too! Here’s why:

Heat and Moisture

One of the biggest issues poor attic ventilation can cause is extreme heat and moisture build up. Besides causing you to feel all but suffocated when you try to go into your attic, all that heat and moisture can affect specific areas of your attic, such as trusses and rafters, and cause them to become warped.

If that happens, your roof can become damaged to the point that it collapses. Not good!

Damage to Insulation

Your attic insulation is responsible for keeping your home toasty in the winter and cool in the summer — but a lack of proper ventilation can ruin your insulation. If all that heat and moisture has no way to exit your attic, it can get absorbed into your insulation and ruin its integrity.

Mold

If there is any moisture buildup anywhere in your home, you’re at risk for mold growth. While common spots for mold include your basement and bathroom, your attic is also particularly susceptible to mold. What’s worse is that, since you’re not in your attic all that much, you probably wouldn’t notice the mold until it was too late and you needed major repairs.

If you are in the market to update your roof, contact JM Roofing & Siding. We will help you with a wide variety of residential roofing services, including new roof installation, roof replacement, roof repair, and general roofing services.

Contact JM Roofing & Siding today for a FREE roof installation estimate!

 

How Your Gutters Affect Your Roof

Your roof is your home’s first line of defense when it comes to protecting you and your family from the elements. Well, it doesn’t do it on its own — it has a bit of help. If your roof is your main protector, your gutters are its sidekick. They work together with your roof to get rain and snow away from your home — and since they work together, that means your gutters affect your roof in a few major ways.

How Your Gutters Affect Your Roof

If there are any problems with your gutters, your roof will likely be affected. Some of those problems include:

Sagging

If your gutters become loose from your fascia and start sagging in a certain area, water will pool there and continue to pull the gutter further down from your roof. Not only will that result in water running off your roof and straight down the side of your home, but the more they pull, the more those gutters can damage your fascia.

Size

When you first have your gutters installed, you should make sure they are properly sized to accommodate the water that will be running off your roof. The size of your roof has an effect on not only the size of your gutters but also the material they are made of. The wrong gutters can make for improper draining and future roof damage.

Clogs

If you don’t clean your gutters regularly enough, they can become clogged, and the water that flows into them will have nowhere else to go but back onto your roof. If too much water sits on your roof, it can seep under the shingles and cause water damage. What’s worse is that, if the pooling water becomes too heavy for your roof to support, holes can develop or your roof can cave in entirely!

 

If gutter problems cause damage to your Norwalk roof, call the experts at JM Roofing and Siding for help. We can handle any issues that may arise with your roof at an affordable cost.

How to Stay Safe While Cleaning Your Roof

When you think of all the things to keep clean and tidy in your home, we’re betting your roof isn’t at the top of the list. Nevertheless, you should take a day once in a while and get all the dirt, moss, and stray frisbees off your roof to protect its integrity.

When cleaning your roof, you have to make sure that you keep yourself safe from falling or other injuries. And here’s how you do just that:

Use a Sturdy Ladder

You should always use a sturdy, metal ladder that’s in good shape. If the ladder has any loose stepping rungs or is, at all, shaky, you shouldn’t be using it. You should also be sure to place your ladder on firm, solid ground so it doesn’t tip or slide while you’re on it. (It’s best to have someone hold the ladder steady while you’re on it as well.)

Wear the Right Clothing

Don’t just climb onto your ladder wearing any old outfit. You should always wear shoes with non-skid bottoms and gloves with gripping palms so you don’t slip while on your ladder. You should also wear a long-sleeved shirt to protect your skin and safety goggles from any debris you find on your roof.

Use a Hook for Your Supplies

You shouldn’t try to balance on your ladder and hold all of your roof cleaning supplies. Attach a ledge or hook so you can place or hang a bucket with your cleaning supplies for easy and safe access.

Watch Your Footing

If you end up standing on your roof, watch where you step. If your roof is slimy from moss or has missing or loose shingles, you could easily slip or lose your footing and go tumbling. It’s very important to step only on dry areas of your roof so you stay safe.

 

As your local roofing company, we provide the services you need to keep a highly functioning roof over your head. Call us today and we can take care of your home’s roofing needs.

Decorating Your Home for Halloween

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This time of year, you can rarely drive down the street without seeing houses adorned in fake spider webs, carved pumpkins, and giant inflatable monsters. If you want to make your house the most festive on the block, make sure you take advantage of these ideas for decorating your home for Halloween.

Hiding Behind the Trees

Buy a few sets of skeleton hands or make some out of clay and molds and attach them to the tree trucks around your home. This way, it will look as if something scary is hiding behind the tree ready to come out and grab you!

DIY Graveyard

Pick up some foam or styrofoam boards from your local craft store, paint them gray, and spray a weatherproof sealant over them to create tombstones. Insert wood rods through them and stick them in the ground to create a spooky graveyard on your lawn.

Floating Witch Hats

Get a few costume witch hats and some battery-pack-operated lights. Attach the lights to the inside of the hats and use fishing line or clear wire to hang the hats from tree limbs.

Monster Door

Vertically attach green, black, purple, and white streamers to the top of your front door to create hair, and tape a streamer horizontally lower down on the door to create a mouth. Color paper plates to make scary eyes and two more pieces of streamers to make angry eyebrows. Ta-da, your front door is a monster waiting to welcome trick-or-treaters.

 

To keep your home’s exterior beautiful year-round, call the experts at JM Roofing & Siding today! The siding our experts install will protect your home, save energy, improve the appearance and enhance the value of your property.

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Can I Paint Vinyl Siding?

After years and years of coming home to your house every day, you can start to get tired of seeing the same colored siding. When that’s the case, we are often asked what can be done. Well, you typically have two options: you can replace your siding entirely or go the alternate route and paint your siding.

With the right preparation and color choice, you can be well on your way to a brand new look for your home.

Tips for Painting Your Siding

Clean It

Before you paint your vinyl siding, you need to make sure that it’s completely free of dirt, mildew, or other grime. This ensures the paint will stick to your siding. You can clean your siding by either by hand, using a sponge and a mix of one part bleach to 10 parts water, or your can carefully power wash it.

If it’s your first time power-washing, don’t stress! We have some great tips for power washing your siding.

Prime It

This really only needs to be done if you have porous or pitted siding that could absorb the paint rather allow it to sit atop the vinyl. Otherwise, you shouldn’t have to prime your siding.

Choosing Paint

You can’t just use any paint here. In order to ensure the paint sticks to your siding well and last longs, you need to choose good-quality paint that is meant for exterior use on vinyl. You should also take weather into account when choosing the color of your paint.

Heat from sunlight can cause paint to warp if the color is more heat-absorbing. It’s best to speak to a side or paint expert to have them help you decide on the best color for function and style.

 

When it comes to changing up your siding, don’t hesitate to contact JM Roofing & Siding today! The siding our experts install will protect your home, save energy, improve the appearance and enhance the value of your property.

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Can I Power Wash My Siding?

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Different kinds of siding need different kinds of maintenance. When you have vinyl siding, you should keep it in good condition by washing the dirt off of it every so often — but what do you use to wash it? In an effort to save a little time and effort, some homeowners try to power wash their siding. However, if that’s the route you plan on taking, you need to make sure you’re doing it the right way in order to keep your siding safe.

Tips for Power Washing Your Siding

Wear the Right Safety Gear

Protect yourself from any dirt or water that can come flying back at you while you’re power washing. Be sure to put on a long sleeved shirt, a face mask, gloves, and safety goggles before powering on the power washing.

Cover All Electrical Areas

Water and electricity don’t mix, so make sure to cover any outdoor outlets, lights, or other electrical items before power washing.

Remove Mold by Hand

If there are smaller spots of mold or mildew clinging to your siding, it’s best to clean it off by hand using a sponge and a mix of warm water and bleach — 10 parts water and one part bleach. This way, your power washer will have an easier time cleaning your siding.

Start on a Low Setting

In order to prevent the power washer from damaging your siding, start out by using  a low pressure setting. If you find that the dirt and grime is not being removed by that spray setting, you can gradually increase the intensity.

Spray Smart

Start at the bottom on your home, and spray the cleaning solution in a side-to-side motion to avoid leaving spray marks. You should also work in small sections so you can more effectively clean your siding. Once you’re done spraying, let the cleaning solution sit on your siding for a few minutes.

Rinse Top to Bottom

Whereas you started at the bottom to spray the cleaning solution onto your home, to rinse your home, start at the top and work your way down. This way, all the dirty water is going to flow down to a spot you’re going to wash away anyway.

 

Don’t hesitate to contact JM Roofing & Siding today! The siding our experts install will help protect your home, save you energy, improve your home’s appearance, and enhance the value of your property.

Contact JM Roofing & Siding today!

 

The Truth About Wood Siding

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When you picture wood siding on a home, what comes to mind? For some people, it’s the rounded timbers of a log cabin, while others (surprisingly) think of plain plywood boards. We’re happy to say that wood siding doesn’t involve either of those things — although those log cabins are pretty cool.

In reality, wood siding offers a lot of benefits for your home.

The Truth About Wood Siding

Wood Siding Comes in a Lot of Styles

If you want your home to stand out from the neighborhood crowd, wood siding has plenty of styles to help.

  • Clapboards: These are long horizontal pieces that slightly overlap each other. The more popular woods used for this style are redwood and cedar.
  • Rectangular Planking: This style is typically used for more modern homes and is similar to clapboards, except that the boards here don’t overlap.
  • Shingles: Wood shingles are cut uniformly by machines and are applied to your home from the ground up so they overlap with each other.
  • Shakes: Similar to shingles, shakes are small and overlap on your home. The main difference is that the pieces used for shakes are hand-split so they vary in size.
  • Vertical Planks: This style features non-overlapping wood and is mostly popular with gothic revival-style homes.

Wood Siding is a Good Insulator

Remember those log cabins we mentioned? There’s a reason you see them a lot in cold areas. Wood is a natural insulator so it can help keep heat inside your home during the winter, helping lower your utility bills in the process.

Wood Needs to Be Maintained

It’s the one major catch to wood siding — wood needs a bit of maintenance. Every few years, you should repaint and reseal the wood in order to keep it in good condition. The upside to that is, if it’s maintained properly, wood siding can last a lifetime!

 

To find out if wood siding is a good choice for you and your home, contact JM Roofing & Siding today for a FREE siding estimate!

10 Roofing Terms You May Not Know

When it comes to roofing, there’s a lot more going on then just shingles and tiles. Many homeowners aren’t familiar with a lot of roofing terms, but we can help you with that. Being in the know can go a long way when it comes to your home.

10 Roofing Terms You May Not Know

Pitch, Hips, Ridges, and Valleys

These terms refer to the angles and shapes on your roof. A pitch is the angle or slope of your roof. A hip is an outward facing angle, a ridge is the peaks, and the valleys are inward angles.

Flashing and Ridge Vents

Flashings are the metal pieces you can see around chimneys or vents. It prevents water from getting into the seams. Ridge vents are metal or shingles that cover the peaks to release hot air to help with attic ventilation.

Surface Materials

These are the materials that are on the outside of the roof. Shingles, tiles, slate, metal, and many more options are available for surface materials. We offer a variety of options.

Underlayment

This is the waterproof materials between your surface material and sheathing. Its usually treated felt.

Sheathing

Sheathing is the boards that sit on the roof trusses or the rafters. Usually, it is made up of plywood.

Fire Rating

This term is used to show your roofs ability to retard fires. There is a class A, B, C, and unrated.

 

When it comes to repairing or replacing a roof we understand it can be difficult. Terms for your roof shouldn’t make it even harder.

 

As your local roofing company, we provide the services you need to keep a highly functioning roof over your head. Call us today and we can take care of your home’s roofing needs.