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GAF Solar Roofing: A Competitive and Attractive Choice for Fairfield Homeowners

GAF Solar Roofing: A Competitive and Attractive Choice for Fairfield County Homeowners

With the increases in options for solar panel installation and the potential energy cost savings, there has never been a better time than now to consider installing solar panels to the roof of your Fairfield County home.  Options for financing the installation of a solar power system include purchasing the system, PPAs (Power Purchase Agreement), or zero-down leasing.  

If you are a homeowner in Fairfield County who has investigated adding solar panels to your home’s roof in the past only to decide that the cost, savings, and potential negative impacts to the structure of your roof as well as to your home’s appearance and curb appeal made solar energy unappealing, it might be time to reconsider the benefits of GAF solar roofing.

B&W Roofing Inc. is Fairfield’s #1 solar roofing team and we are excited about the benefits that GAF solar roofing offers our customers, friends and neighbors.

What are the Benefits of GAF Solar Roofing?

This aesthetically appealing solar power system offers several benefits to Fairfield homeowners, including:

  • A low-profile design that doesn’t detract from your home’s curb appeal and beauty.
    • Design that both protects and works with your current roof, protecting the structure and integrity of the roof of your home.
  • An incredible opportunity for savings on your energy costs, including a 30% federal tax credit of the purchase and installation price as well as long-term savings on your home’s energy cost.
  • The opportunity to earn money from extra electricity produced by your home’s GAF Solar power system through selling SRECs (Solar Renewable Energy Certificates) to your local utility company.
  • GAF Solar Roofing has been tested and proven to provide a longer service life than traditional solar panels, allowing you to maximize your return on investment over the life of your system.

For more information about how our Fairfield Solar Roofing company can help you maximize your energy savings with GAF Solar Roofing, contact us today.

Sources:

Homeowner’s Guide to Going Solar by Energy.gov

Solar Power for Your Home by FTC.gov

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Choosing the Right Roofing Color for Your Fairfield County Home

Fairfield County CT Cedar Roofing Contractor

Making the decision to replace your home’s roof involves selecting a durable and high-quality product, as well as selecting a color that will complement the exterior of one’s home.

Purchasing a new roof and the related installation service is truly an investment in the future of your home, both in terms of protecting the interior, but also in terms of aesthetics, especially when it comes to the resale value of your home. We don’t often think of it but our homes are our most significant investment. Taking steps to improve and upkeep your home often come with an ROI few if any other investments can match.

Listed below we’ve listed some guidelines you should consider when going through the roof selection process.

1. Verify Association Rules —

If your home is part of an association, it’s important to follow any and all guidelines they may have for roof color and style. If your home is independent of any such restrictions, it’s still important to consider if you want your home to stand out from other homes in the area, or if you prefer continuity and want to keep the roof color of your home similar to those nearby.

2. Selling Soon or Staying put? —

If you plan on selling your Fairfield County home in the future, it’s a good idea to consider whether it would be preferable to stick with a neutral color so as not to scare off buyers, though we recognize there is value in distinguishing your home from similar homes in your area as well. We see homeowners doing this often by using more striking colors that may help in the selling process. As they grab attention and are undoubtedly more attractive to certain buyers.

[Some of our customer’s come to us to shop all of the GAF roofing options only to come to realize they actually want a different roofing material all to get, and that’s fine! We are reconsigned as Fairfield’s Slate Roofing Experts, we also are home to a cedar roofing division and clay roofing team as well! As with all of our roofing services, our teams are second to none and ready to impress Fairfield’s most discerning homeowners.]

You may also want to talk to a realtor to determine what buyers are looking for. If you plan on remaining in your home, you have more leeway as to whether you want a bold roofline or prefer to blend in with the neighborhood.

3. Consider House Color and Style —

Of course, one of the main factors when selecting a new roof is to consider how a home’s current colors, including the exterior wall, door, trim color, and garage door color will look when paired with a new roof color.

The style of your home is also a top consideration, whether it is modern, traditional, colonial, etc. The exterior wall material is important as it helps solidify a home’s overall design. We recoe3mdn keeping everything inline. It looks best.

4. Research Your Roofing Options —

Sometimes finding the right roof color is as easy as touring various neighborhoods with homes similar to yours. There are also online tools that will allow you to upload a photo of your home to see how it looks when paired with various roof colors.

Lastly, once you’ve narrowed down your options to a few colors, be sure to ask for samples and consider how each one complements each aspect of your home including the walls, garage door, trim, etc.

Summary 

If you would like help in selecting the perfect roof color for your home, call on us! We have years of experience and truly enjoy the process. Never hesitate to call me, directly my contact information will put us on the phone quickly and together we can talk about your home’s top-down defenses and style! I can also show you some nice pro-tips we use in helping out customers select a roof color and style that will perfectly highlight their home’s exterior.

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James Hardie Vs. Cedar and Traditional Vinyl Siding

Is your house ready for inclement weather? When severe winds, heavy rain, hail, and other harsh elements pound against your house, you need a strong siding to protect your home.

That’s why more and more homeowners here in Fairfield are choosing James Hardie Siding.  Durability is only one of the many benefits of this house siding. Here’s what you need to know about James Hardie Siding and how it compares to cedar and traditional vinyl siding.

FIRST, WHAT IS JAMES HARDIE FIBER CEMENT SIDING?

Perhaps you’ve heard of James Hardie Siding but aren’t quite sure what it is. This type of siding first emerged during the 1980s as a substitute to vinyl siding. Also known as Hardie Board, Fiber Cement or HardiePlank siding, James Hardie Siding is a cement board siding, named after its creator, James Hardie. It’s constructed from a mixture of cement materials, sand, wood and cellulose fibers.

JAMES HARDIE VS. CEDAR SIDING

Fiber Cement – Maintenance

A huge advantage of James Hardie Siding is that its exceptional weather-resistant as well as able to withstand pests, moisture, peeling and fading. Thus, Fiber Cement only needs minimal upkeep. About the only maintenance required is a yearly washing, using a nylon bristle brush and soapy water, for removing dust.

Consider how cedar siding needs much more care for maintaining its durability and beauty. Besides having to regularly repaint or stain the wood, you’ll also have to check for problems from pests and look for signs for rot. 

James Hardie Siding – Appearance

Hardie Board is a perfect choice for a contemporary look as it features clean, modern lines thanks to its fiber cement. Fiber cement can be shaped to mimic wood grains, giving it a wood grain appearance without having to maintain actual wood siding. Can you paint it? Sure, you can also have it primed for painting or infused with baked-in color. 

Cedar siding has a natural wood appearance while offering a wide range of looks, including cedar shakes, board and batten and other options. It’s a good fit for a rustic or traditional looking home. You can either stain or paint it.

James Hardie Siding is Fire Resistant

Another perk of Hardie Board is that its fiber cement material does not burn, making it fire resistant. As a homeowner, you can save money on the cost of home insurance since many insurance companies have discounts for people with Hardie Board siding as it’s noncombustible.

JAMES HARDIE VS. TRADITIONAL VINYL SIDING

 Aesthetics

If you’re looking for siding that looks more like real wood but don’t want the maintenance involved with wood siding, then choose James Hardie Siding. Since this siding is thicker, it offers deeper texturing than what’s found in vinyl siding. In other words, it looks more like natural wood. Thus, this siding is known for its rich wood grain appearance that surpasses the look of vinyl siding.

Vinyl siding looks good at first. However, it has a plastic appearance rather than a natural look. It fails to retain its appearance once it begins to fade. Also, since vinyl can easily be dented, it starts to deteriorate with age.

Durability

Although vinyl siding is strong, Hardie Board is thought to be even more durable.

Because vinyl siding is considerably thinner, it’s more likely to be damaged by sharp objects, tools, rocks and other objects.

What’s more, vinyl siding is more susceptible to extreme heat and fire. On the other hand, Hardie Board consists of cement-like materials, which make this siding fire-resistant. As this siding does a better job of withstanding inclement weather, it doesn’t grow brittle with time, so it typically has an exceptionally long warranty.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

  • Fiber cement and cedar are both environmentally friendly.
  • When deciding on a siding material, consider factors, such as durability, maintenance, aesthetics, eco-friendliness, and cost.

Questions? For more information on the benefits of cement siding, contact us for a free estimate.