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Metal Roofing Saves Maintenance Money

Metal Roofing Benefits

While metal roofing is a costlier alternative to asphalt shingles, their benefits have a huge payoff down the road. Quickly becoming one of the hottest roof materials, metal roofs look sharp and they’re smart if you want to save money in the long run on home-maintenance. Check out the following ways metal roofs are worth their weight.

Lifespan

Metal roofing is made to last with a lifespan that far exceeds asphalt shingles. While a new shingled roof has an average lifespan of up to 30 years depending on the shingle product, a metal roof typically lasts up to 70. It’s a lifetime investment for many homeowners and usually avoids the need for roof replacement later.

Durability

Whether it’s heavy winds or hail, metal roofs take a beating and can withstand winds of 140 mph. If you live in a coastal community where hurricanes are one of your roof’s biggest threats, a metal roof can save you money on roof repairs after the storm. Even better, a metal roof won’t crack or corrode.

Energy Efficient

If your energy bills are through the roof you might want to consider what lies on top. Metal roofs are highly energy-efficient. Because they naturally reflect solar-radiant heat, you’ll see a welcome decrease in your energy bill once you replace your existing roof with a metal one.

While nothing lasts forever, a metal roof is a safe bet for long-term value. Not only do metal roofs have energy-savings and durability perks, they’re attractive and timeless. Who doesn’t love the sound of rain pouring down on one?

Do you want to learn more about how a metal roofing is a wise consideration if you’re in the process of home remodeling? Contact Heritage Construction today and book a free consultation. 

 

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How to Hang Christmas Lights Like a Professional

Hang Christmas Lights with Ease

It’s that time of year when many of homeowners will be out in the yard and along the rooftop hanging Christmas lights that twinkle with the cheer of the holidays. Hanging lights is no small task and it can be quite dangerous if you’re not careful. This guide provides basic instructions for hanging lights on surfaces, how to measure the amount you’ll need, and the best types for the display you want to create.

Study the Surfaces

Where you hang your Christmas lights should be related to where the closest supply of electricity is. You’ll likely use an indoor outlet and have to run any cords through a cracked window. Once determined you can measure how many feet of cord you’ll need to reach the beginning of your light display.

You can hang outdoor holiday lights on the roof, shingles, and gutters but you’ll need to affix them with the right clips for their surface. By planning the initial setup of your holiday light display you’ll save time and frustration and have all the tools needed to do the job like a professional.

Measure

Grab a tape measure and start at the base of your home and go along any corners. Any other areas such as door frames and windows should also need to be measured if you plan on lighting those up as well.

Wattage Calculations

You don’t want to blow a fuse so make sure you calculate the correct wattage of electricity so that your lights remain safely lit without overloading your circuits.

Keep in mind:

  • Most households circuits are 15 or 20 amps
  • Do not exceed 80% of max capacity
  • 15 amps support 1800 watts
  • 20 amps support 2400 watts

Best Lights for Your Display

Depending on the style you want to create there are many options for Christmas lights. Many homeowners opt for cascading icicle lights along the rooftop because they twinkle and waterfall down and create a beautiful festive display. Traditional bulbs in white or colored lights can be used to light up the roof, tree branches, and along windows and doorframes.

While you can mix and match blue, multi-colored or white lights, most people tend to stick with one theme whether celebrating and decorating for Christmas or Hanukkah. In addition to strand lights, you can always find lighted lawn ornaments, hanging stars, and even snowmen and angels that will make your home glow with spirit. Purchase all of your light strands and displays first so you can move on to purchasing the proper hanging hardware.

Picking the Clips

Check the light bulb socket size and also where you’re hanging the lights to purchase the right light clips. The best choice is all-in-one clips because you can use a variety of bulb sizes. Some people start clipping at the ground and carefully climb up a ladder with one light strand at a time. Be careful not to let dangling lights knock up against ladders or walls or you could damage the strand or break the bulbs.

Store Your Lights Properly After Use

Is there anything worse than a tangled ball of twinkle lights? Make sure you pack up your seasonal lights with care to avoid a mess next year. A cardboard paper towel tube works perfectly to store lights in the meantime. Simply wrap them up around the tube and package them carefully for next use.

Hanging Christmas lights like a professional isn’t a dreaded task. Follow these basic steps and get into the spirit of lighting up your home this season. Don’t forget to call Heritage for a free roof inspection first and you’ll ensure your roof and home are safely decked for the holidays.

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How to Pick the Best Color for Your Roof

Picking the Right Shingle Color for Your Roof

Whether it’s shingles or tiles, the color theory still applies when choosing the right hue for your rooftop.  

Why Your Roof Color Matters

Your roof color choice is key in its appearance. If you want to add some major curb appeal and boost the value of your home, selecting the right hue will provide the visual harmony needed to be pleasing to the eye. Although they’re always a safe bet, don’t limit yourself to neutrals. The following tips will help you select a shingle that makes your home shine.

Tip One: Consider Your Siding and Shutters

Coordinating your siding and shutters with your roof will make it look its best and it’s the most important thing you should consider since your siding takes up the majority of your home’s visual presentation. Whether it’s brick or siding, the exterior of your home should work with your roof to be coordinated and appealing. Although it may seem as these two can match, you want them to be opposite to provide contrast and add distinction. For example, a dark brown roof works beautifully on a beige home, whereas a red roof on a white house will make it pop with personality. Take a look at this list for some more expertly combined palettes:

Red siding- Red brick and siding look best with black, dark brown, dark green and grey roofs.

White siding- White homes should opt for a brown, black, green, gray or red roof.

Gray siding-If you’ve got a gray home choose black, dark grey, dark blue, or a dark green roof.

Beige/tan- Add some flavor to a beige home with a dark blue or green, brown or black roof.

Brown siding- Don’t be boring when it comes to brown. Dark homes look beautiful with green, blue, black, charcoal or even light brown roofs.

Blue siding- There’s nothing blue about it. Black, brown gray and even white look right at home on a blue house.

Tip Two: Consider a Blended Shingle

Instead of just a solid hue, blended shingles combine many variants of complimentary colors to add dimension and pattern. Blended shingles are particularly attractive when you have plain siding and want your home to look more interesting. Rather than opt for a solid black roof on a brown home, go for a blended shingle flecked with tan and green to enhance the depth of your home and to give your roof some pizazz.

Tip Three: Balance Your Home with Light or Dark Shingles

Look at the size and the architecture of your home and keep the following key points in mind when selecting the right color for your roof. Dark colors draw attention and light hues distract. Since many ranch homes are long and sprawling a medium hue fits just right. A multi-level home looks best with a darker shingle and helps the house appear more substantial. You don’t want your roof to dominate your home or make it look smaller than it is, so strike the ideal balance when considering the color of your roof.

Tip Four: Complement Your Home’s Setting

Certain roof colors just look best in different environments. A green roof will always look at home on a rustic wood cabin, and a traditional downtown home looks formal and stately when topped with a black or dark brown roof. If you need home design ideas, drive around your neighborhood and check out some of the other houses and you’ll start to see the difference between a complimentary or an unattractive roof.

The Color of Your Home Has Many Advantages

More than just visual appeal, the color of your roof matters because it can also affect your heating and cooling bill. Because dark roofs absorb the heat, they’re ideal in cold climates. Light and neutral roofs play best where it’s warm.

Whether you’re wanting help choosing a complimentary shingle color or need annual roof maintenance, Heritage Construction will help you make the most of your roof. Your home only has one, and it makes an unforgettable first impression and increases your home’s value when it looks its best. Contact us to schedule a free roof consultation and get the roof of your dreams.