How To Know When You Need To Repair Your Roof

If you are unfamiliar with home repair, you are likely not surveying your roof on a regular basis. Every Spring and Fall you should be checking and maintaining your roof inside and out. If you roof isn’t that old (i.e. less than about 20 years old), and you do not live in an area with harsh climate, chances are your entire roof will not need to be changed. But how do you know if your roof is compromised in any way?

If you go up into your attic with a flashlight, you should not be able to detect any type of moldy odor. If you do, you should look for small breaches and leaks in your roof. Inspect all of the wooden areas of your roof because wood is especially susceptible to rot and mold. Small leaks can manifest as small pinholes of outside light shining into the attic, dark spots on the wood, and/or inward sagging.

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The Benefits of Hiring a Contractor to Install Your Siding

Siding installation is a very intricate home improvement project. If you are not experienced in siding installation, your install can go bad very easily. When a siding install is problematic and not done according to specification and code, various consequences follow such as:

Because of these potential problems, it is in your best interest to find a good contractor who is experienced and reputable. When you search for a contractor there are several points to remember. Be up front at all times with your potential contractor. You must always conduct interviews with several contractors in order to intelligently determine which contractor is right for the job.

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Leaf Protection & Seamless Gutter Installers, Contractors & Services

Gutters are an integral part of a homes’ roof system and channel water that runs off the roof away from the home. Essentially they are required to protect the foundation of the home from water damage, but they also are instrumental in protecting the outer home surface from damage if water is allowed to run down the exterior walls. The more reason to properly vet and choose the right contractor for the job.

Our gutter installers in Fairfax County, can help prevent leaks into crawl spaces and through the basement walls and in some locations, can be used as a means of collecting rainwater into barrels or cisterns. Gutters can be made from a variety of materials, with the most common being seamless aluminum due its resistance to rust. However, they can also be made from copper. Sunshine Contracting will be able to help you with your new seamless gutters installation in Fairfax, Prince William, Stafford or Loudoun County and answer any questions you may have regarding gutter services.

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What is Rake Board?

Rake board gives your roof and the eaves the finished look you want to really enhance the ambiance of the exterior appearance. This is the name given to the board that you place on along the slope of the roof of your home.  When roofing is part of home improvement , VA contractors will always include the installation of roof boards in the project.  At Sunshine Contracting we use only the best material in rake boards. In addition to adding the proper accent to your home we make sure that it gets the protection that it needs from the elements of the weather.

Installation of rake board

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Importance of Leaf Protection

Although you have gutters installed to take water away from your house through downspouts, there is a good chance you don’t look forward to having to clean leaves out of the gutters on a regular basis. This occurs more often if you have trees close to your home. It is then that you realize the importance of having leaf protection for the gutters. Even Virginia deck builders can give you helpful advice because when the gutters can’t do their work properly the water can cause damage to your deck and other parts of your house. At Sunshine Contracting we stock and install several different types of leaf protection that will make your regular home maintenance much easier.

Types of Leaf Protection Systems

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What is Fascia Board?

Although fascia board is usually made from wood, contractors in Virginia can use other types of material. It is important to know the advantages and disadvantages of each type before you decide on the accent you want for your home. Our professionals at Sunshine Contracting offer exceptional advice so that you have all the information you need to make the best decision.

The various types of material used for fascia board are:

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Super Service Award Winner 2012

Why this award is such an honor

Numerous companies advertise on Angie’s List every year but only a select few can claim to have received the Super Service Award. It is a very prestigious award because less than 5% of these companies achieve the criteria required for being deemed as providing their customers with the type of service we provide at Sunshine Contracting. According to this engage in home remodeling, Fairfax VA customers claim that we offer them a one-stop shopping venue. We supply the materials and the installation technicians you need for every job and we do so at a competitive price that won’t overstretch your budget.

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Importance of Using a BBB Accredited Company

Features we bring to our BBB accreditation

Licensing and certification are two very important details you must look for when hiring a company for home remodeling. Virginia has regulations in place for various types of home improvement projects and the materials must be in accordance with the industry codes. When you come to us at Sunshine Contracting you can be sure of getting only the best. The materials we supply exceed the industry standards and all of our installers are experienced and certified in the type of work that they do.

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Should You Get Insulation When Replacing Siding?

For all exterior projects in replacing siding for Virginia home improvement, homes should also have new insulation installed before any siding goes on. The reason for this is simple. Insulation provides a protective barrier against loss of air and heat from the home and prevents water moisture form causing mold or mildew to develop. However installing insulation serves other important purposes as our experts at Sunshine Contracting will tell you. These are:

What to look for in siding insulation

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How Important is Attic Insulation?

Attic insulation is more important than the insulation in any other part of your home. This is because heat rises at all times of the year. At Sunshine Contracting we know the value of making sure you have adequate insulation in your attic and we recommend its use to our customers who are doing VA home improvement. The insulation you place in your attic can contribute greatly to making your home as energy efficient as possible.

Purpose of attic insulation

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