A lot of things can make a neighborhood highly desirable. Good schools, proximity to shops, restaurants, and parks. And, of course, beautiful homes.
There is nothing quite like driving through a neighborhood with well-maintained homes. You can feel the pride of ownership, as well as that certain inherent comfort and peace.
Today’s post takes us to one of those lovely spots in Greenwich, where a soon-to-be customer came home from work one day and realized his place might be a sore spot when it came to the neighborhood roofs. In fact, the closer he looked at his roof, the more he cringed. This was the cedar roof he’d admired from afar for so many years?
Although he had some roof repair done on it previously, this cedar roof’s lifespan was coming to an end. And we happened to be at the right place at the right time, as we were already doing a Greenwich roof repair … applying snow guards to his neighbor’s home. That’s when he decided enough was enough and gave us a call. Time for another Greenwich roof replacement!
The first thing we did, as always, was offer a thorough roof consultation. When it comes to replacing your roof, there are so many options, it can be overwhelming. As roofing specialists, we want to help the client navigate through those decisions and determine which roofing is the best fit for their home.
Through this process, we concluded it would be best to replace the existing roof with Tapersawn cedar shingles. To be more specific, we went with Blue Label 5/8-inch Tapersawn pressure-treated cedar shingles from well-respected Watkins Sawmills, which has been in business almost 75 years and is one the largest manufacturers of red cedar shingles in North America. Color was the natural Western Red Cedar.
There are myriad benefits for installing cedar shingles on your roof. Cedar shingle cost isn’t cheap, but when installed properly by roofing professionals, you will be rewarded many times over.
Like Connecticut, cedar shingles are known for their beauty. It’s a highly-sought-after luxury roofing material offering a classic look that makes a lot of sense for the homes in this area.
But there is more to a cedar shingle house than just being eye-catching. Northeast weather can be harsh, even brutal at times, and naturally a solid roof is your first line of defense against the elements. And for that defense, a cedar roof is top of the line, being particularly good at withstanding weather damage.
One thing many people might not know about a cedar roof is its thermal benefits. This type of roof allows your home to be efficiently cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This insulation equates to energy conservation when it comes to heating and air conditioning, which in turn means you’ll save on the electricity bill. And who among us doesn’t appreciate a lower electricity bill?
Also, pressure-treated cedar offers superlative protection against rot and decay, adding years to the lifespan of your roof with minimum maintenance. Roof replacement is a big commitment, and we want to make sure the new one will bring peace of mind, protection, and durability for years to come.
Back to the Greenwich project. Despite some weather delays (what did we say about the Northeast conditions?), everything came together beautifully. The homeowner actually was traveling during most of the project, so we made sure he was able to sign off on all paperwork online while also keeping him constantly updated on how the job was coming along. All told, he was able to score a new roof with minimal disruption to his life.
One of the special things about this installation was we also replicated the same cedar look on the roofs of the pool house and shed on the property. This can be an overlooked option when doing a straight home roofing replacement, but matching roofs will give the property a clean, put-together look.
The homeowner was delighted with the outcome – as were his neighbors, so we definitely foresee us having more business in this neighborhood in the days to come!
This is a good rule-of-thumb story. If you notice several homes in your neighborhood are getting their roofs repaired or replaced at the same time, there might be a common thread. It could be that some nasty weather event resulted in damage to many houses in the area.
But it’s also possible these homes simply were built around the same time, and the roofs are naturally wearing out at the same time as well. So take a close look at your roof. If it appears old or run down, or if you see curling, cracking, or bald spots, it’s probably a good idea to have a consultation so that it doesn’t become a bigger, more expensive problem down the road.
Or maybe it just might occur that your roof is starting to stand out in the neighborhood for the wrong reasons! Whatever the case, know that we’re nearby, ready to help.
Materials used (manufacturer): Watkins Sawmills, Ltd.
Materials used (type): Tapersawn Cedar
Materials used (color): Western Red Cedar
Project Cost: $100,000
Time to Complete: Four weeks