• 5 Signs You Need To Re-Paint Your Interior

    5 Signs You Need To Re-Paint Your Interior

    Flaking & Peeling

    Higher humidity rooms, such as the bathroom, can cause paint to flake and peel, especially if the previous painter did not use a high-quality paint. Moisture penetrates the paint and separates it from the wall. 

    If you notice your paint bubbling, wrinkling, or peeling, it’s time for a new coat.

    In areas of high humidity, quality paint is key. It is also important that paint has an extra coat of protection. It’s worth it to have it done by a professional, especially if they offer a warranty.

    Paint may also crack, flake, or peel if it was not primed correctly. Inadequate priming will not allow the paint to adhere to your wall correctly, and paint will start to come undone.

    Fading Color

    Over time, your interior paint may start to change color. Even the most resilient, quality paints eventually fade. 

    Because your walls are not exposed to the elements outside, your paint won’t fade as quickly as exterior paint, but you will still want to repaint every 5 to 10 years. 

    Whether age has made your walls darker, or sunlight has made it lighter, you’ll notice that your wall color isn’t as vibrant and new as it once was. You may even notice blotches or lines of varying shades. A quick coat will make a world of difference and brighten up your home. 

    Damage

    Life happens. A rogue baseball makes a dent, furniture leaves scuff marks, little hands leave prints… the list goes on. 

    If your walls have sustained some damage over the years, it may be time for a refresh. Any deeper areas of damage will need to be patched first before you can prime and paint.

    Be sure to pick a color and finish that will withstand your family’s stage of life.

    New Color Preferences

    Sometimes, a color you once loved no longer fits your style or your stage of life. Trends change and, with them, our preferences. If the color in your home no longer makes you happy, you may want to look for something new.

    Selling Your Home

    You may not even notice until you are moving just how dingy your walls are. Repainting walls before putting your home on the market can make a huge impact on potential buyers. Who doesn’t love walking into a home that looks brand new and well-kept?

    Your Realtor may be able to give you an idea as to what paint colors attract more buyers. 

    As a general rule, neutrals are your best choice for selling your home. It provides a blank slate for a buyer to visualize their things in the home.

  • 5 Signs You Need A New Roof

    5 Signs You Need A New Roof

    1. Roof Age

    Wear and tear on an older roof are sure signs it’s time to call for a replacement. Other factors include when the roof got its last replacement, the number of layers of shingles and how the roof ventilated.

    If you didn’t build your home, and the sellers aren’t quite sure how old the roof is, a good trick is to find out if all the houses in your area are around the same age. If you’re buying in a new or old subdivision, gated community or something similar, there’s an excellent chance many of the roofs were installed around the same time. If you notice your neighbors are getting new roofs, it is probably a sign you need a new roof as well.

    2. Your Attic

    If you haven’t been up in the attic in a while, now’s a good time. Grab a flashlight and check under the eaves. If your normally dark attic has little rays of sunshine peeping in or if you notice water stains on the floor or the walls, you probably have a roof with holes and leaks. If you don’t have any streaks on the wall, but the insulation is wet, this is another sign you have a roof leak.

    Here’s another tip. If you are up on the roof for any reason, such as to repair a shingle or flashing, and you notice the roof feels spongy or bouncy, that could be a sign of underlying moisture. When you’re back inside, go up in the attic and check for those water streaks and sunshine rays.

    3. Curling or Buckling Shingles

    Look at the roof slope on the side of your home that receives direct sunlight. If the shingles have curled or buckled, it can mean they have outlived their life expectancy. It can also be a sign they were defective from the get-go. A professional roof contractor will be able to tell you if this is a cause of the problem.

    4. Roof Valleys

    Roof valleys are a vital component of the overall roof system. These are the areas where snow and rain flow through to your rain gutters. If shingles are missing or falling apart in these areas of your roof, they can quickly lead to roof leaks.

    5. Missing Shingles

    You can tell just by looking at your roof if you’re missing a shingle. If you had a recent storm with a lot of wind or rain or even hail, you should do a visual inspection of your roof at the first opportunity. Missing shingles in your roof valley, as we just pointed out above, points to a potential moisture issue. If there are more than a few shingles missing, this is a sure sign your roof is getting older and needs replacement.

  • 3 Signs You Need To Replace Your Siding

    3 Signs You Need To Replace Your Siding

    Cracked, Crumbling, and Rotting Siding

    This is one of the top ways to know your siding needs replacement at first glance. If the siding is cracked, crumbling, rotting, or you notice some warping, it’s clear that the damage is beyond repair. When the material is wood, moisture can spread through the wood fibers, weakening the structural integrity of your siding.

    The wood siding will become brittle, and ignoring the powdery panels allows the rot to keep spreading. On the other hand, vinyl siding tends to start warping, which will negatively affect your home’s aesthetics. With the evidence right in front of you, it’s time to call an experienced siding contractor as soon as possible.

    Your Siding Has Moisture Problems

    There are several ways moisture can wreak havoc on your siding. To begin with, you might start noticing small blisters or bubbles that form underneath the surface. Water has likely penetrated your siding. That means the function of your siding has been compromised, and you’ll need new siding that does a better job of keeping water out.

    The next telltale sign of siding that has moisture problems is the appearance of fungus, mold, or mildew on your siding. These substances only grow where they find moisture, so if they have found a safe haven on your siding, then you’ll need a siding contractor to install new siding that won’t let water through.

    If your moisture problem has gotten serious, you may even start noticing paint peeling inside your home. The damaged siding outside your home will let moisture spread into your walls leading to a bigger and more costly problem. Not only will you have to replace the siding, but you might also need to replace your interior’s wallpaper or get a new paint job. That’s why it’s so important to act fast and invite a professional siding contractor over before the issue gets out of hand.

    Your Siding Loses Its Color

    As mentioned, your siding not only protects your home, but it’s also there to make a curb appeal statement. However, if the siding starts to fade noticeably, it can become an eyesore instead. Normally, new siding has great weatherproofing abilities that keep it from severely fading, but this feature gets stripped away over time.

    You may notice the paint chipping or peeling away much more quickly, even after you’ve applied a fresh coat of paint. This is the best time to have a contractor install new siding with a longer-lasting color that makes your home look more