The Top Mistakes to Avoid When Installing Insulation in Your Home

There are many reasons why you might want or need to install insulation in various parts of your house. Your house may be old and the insulation is the original insulation. Your insulation may not be up to code. Your insulation may not be thick enough to insulate well. When you decide to install insulation, there are some pitfalls that you should avoid:

Although it is best to call a professional to install insulation in your home, you can do this yourself if you do your homework, read directions and follow directions carefully. With the proper insulation your home will be extremely energy efficient.

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The Most Popular Home Improvement Projects To Do In the Summer

Summertime is not only a time of vacations, it is also the time to tackle projects that require your presence outside or require parts of your home to be open. Some people actually dedicate a portion of their vacation to improving their homes. Whether it is a weekend project or a week-long renovation, the key is to plan ahead. Nothing is more irksome than a project left unfinished for long periods of time.

Some of the most popular large projects during the summer include:

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How to Install a Front Porch

The front porch is not only a useful area, but it is an expected part of the architecture of any home. You may have an old front porch that is falling apart and dangerous or you may not have a front porch, but would like one. If you have a few extra dollars, finding a professional to help you install a front porch would be ideal. A front porch is very similar to a deck in many ways. However, it is also a bit easier to build a front porch yourself than it is to build your own deck.

The first thing to do is to plan the style and size of your deck. You will need to measure your designated area in order to know how much material you need. Make sure you have the proper permits for your porch project. Then you will need to follow these steps:

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How to Select the Right Deck Builder

If you are not one of those people who love to build and do everything themselves, building a deck may not be your cup of tea. You must then find the right contractor to build your deck. But what exactly is the ‘right’ contractor? How do you know they will do the job you envision?

As in any large job or purchase that will cost a significant amount of money, you should start by doing your homework. If you have friends who have decks that you like, get the names of their contractors. Then, you should look up the available contractors in your area who build decks. Some may even have websites where you can look at examples of their work. If not, a quick phone call can ascertain locations where each contractor has done work. When you survey the various decks, make a note about how the contractors do their work. How do they connect each piece? What is the quality of the construction? Do they use the highest quality materials?

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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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