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Attention Home Buyers, Sellers & Realtors

 
discontinued-shingle-chalet-home-for-saleAttention Home Buyers, Sellers & Realtors

DON’T LET THIS RUIN YOUR PROPERTY CLOSING!

Homeowners Insurance Providers are cracking down on homes with discontinued shingles such as Atlas Chalet, Certainteed Horizon and Owens Corning Prominence. Potential home buyers are receiving denial of coverage letters from their insurers who refuse to assume the liability of these discontinued and often defective shingles.

The vast majority of home inspectors are not trained to look for this, but for this one reason insurance providers are denying coverage required by lenders. This is catching people by surprise and wrecking a home purchase that would have otherwise concluded without incident.

Lenders require the property be insured and without coverage the loan application is rejected.

If you are planning to sell or purchase a home you suspect has such a roof, call us Today to schedule your free inspection and consultation.

 

Sparrow Exteriors is a premiere contractor recognized for our expertise with discontinued shingles, storm damage restoration and friendly service. If your home, or a home you are considering purchasing has defective or discontinued shingles call us today and…

Sparrow Exteriors, the VERY best for your home improvement needs! From roof replacement to house painting, replacing your siding, adding insulation, gutters and new windows, we make it easy.

 

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Slate or Shake — Which is for me?

 

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If you’ve looked around our site you’ll see that we install DaVinci Roofscapes’ polymer slate and shake roof systems. If you’re here, chances are you’ve made the decision to get a new roof and have decided to invest in a 50-year roof from DaVinci Roofscapes. Now, where do you go from here?

Here are some next steps from DaVinci’s Marketing Manager, Wendy Bunch:

While some people say the next decision is color, slow down and decide first if you’d like a slate or shake roof. The polymer slate product is made to resemble real slate tiles, while the shake resembles natural cedar shakes.

Just because you may have shake or slate on your roof currently doesn’t mean you can’t “change things up” with a new roof look. Or, perhaps you have an asphalt shingle roof now and you’re not sure what type of polymer roofing materials to select.

Start by looking at pictures of different homes with similar styles to yours to see what others have put on their roofs. (HINT: the Gallery on the DaVinci website is a great place to look!). You may also want to get some different slate and shake roof samples to lay on your roof and hols up near your siding to see what appeals to your home’s style. (HINT #2 – Check out the “FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior” downloadable guide to see a variety of home styles with different roofs!).

Whichever you select — slate tiles or shake roofing, know that you’re in good hands with the DaVinci product. These roofing products resist insects, fungus, algae and mold. They come in a variety of profile lines, and DaVinci leads the industry in tile thickness, tile width variety and the greatest selection of subtle earth-toned colors.

DaVinci Roofscapes has manufactured award-winning, lightweight roofing systems since 1999. The environmentally friendly roofing tiles are 100 percent recyclable. And, as a bonus all homeowners will appreciate, the virtually maintenance-free imitation slate and shake shingles are far more cost effective than the natural product.

For more insights, visit “Check Out Polymer Slate Roofing Options” and “Invest in Your Roof“.

 

Sparrow Exteriors is a DaVinci Masterpiece Contractor and is here to assist you in your upcoming roof installation. If you have questions, would like to see samples, or are ready for a detailed quote to install DaVinci Slate or Shake on your home, call us today or fill out the form below and…

Sparrow Exteriors, the VERY best for your home improvement needs! From roof replacement to house painting, replacing your siding, adding insulation, gutters and new windows, we make it easy.

 

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Painting: Brush, Roller, Pneumatic Sprayer – Which is Better?

 

 

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As a painting contractor the questions we receive are varied and numerous, but perhaps the most common question we’re asked is “brush, roller, sprayer – which is best?”

So often when homeowners seek answers concerning matters of application instead of receiving an unbiased review which weighs the pros and cons of each method, they are bombarded with contractor bias and sales gimmicks. As we’ve previously demonstrated in our post dedicated to roofing and proper nailing method (hand nail versus power guns), it all comes down to the quality of the applicator’s training, supervision and individual integrity.

Like everything related to home improvements, the answer is likely to change based on the individual demands of each project. The methods used to apply paint, stains and coatings are affected by changing technology, as are the very paints themselves. Understanding the various products and procedures used in both exterior and interior painting techniques allows consumers to get the best, longest lasting paint jobs possible.

With that being said, we thought we would take this opportunity to review the pros & cons of the three most common paint application tools: Brush, Rollers & Sprayers.  

 
Paint Brush

There is no substitute for a personal touch. Brushes are essential in certain techniques and work well with smaller areas and detail work. However, they do tend to be limited by how much paint they hold. Anyone who has attempted to paint a large area solely with a brush knows it can be tedious, time consuming, arm and back breaking work. The paint brush is the oldest known paint application tool, but for large areas there are better means of application.

 
Rollers

Norman Breakery is credited with inventing the paint roller in 1940. Since then much has changed in regards to the materials, but the basic premise has remained the same. Rollers are often preferred on larger, smooth and lightly textured areas like walls. The roller holds significantly more paint than the brush and covers more surface area faster. If the surface to be painted has deep grooves a roller may struggle to reach them. Rollers also are not recommended for detail work.

 
Paint Sprayer

Many people tend to think of paint sprayers as a recent invention and while they haven’t been around as long as the brush, they have been with us for quite a while and even predate the paint roller. In 1893, Francis Davis Millet, a decorations director for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, was working under a tight deadline and in a stroke of genius invented the paint sprayer. Since then paint sprayers have been improved and seen various takes on the concept including the aerosol can in 1949.

Sprayers tend to use more paint and have an easier time getting paint into grooves and cracks. This ease of accessibility combined with the speed the paint is applied make this application a favored among painting contractors.

It is worth noting that there are different grades of paint sprayers. Should your painter choose not to use a professional grade sprayer, they may need to thin the paint to keep it moving through the sprayer. However, a professional sprayer does not require the paint to be thinned.

While both brushes and rollers require some preparation, paint sprayers require much more. Since there is an increased chance of overspray, professional painters should tape off and cover the areas that are not to be painted.

Perhaps the single greatest advantage of paint sprayers is the time they save. There is simply no comparison when it comes to painting a home by hand as opposed to applying the primer and final coats using a pneumatic sprayer. The time saved translates into savings for the customer and a quicker turn around on being able to enjoy the project.

 
Striking a Balance

As previously mentioned, we do not believe one technique is appropriate for every situation. We examine the unique demands of each project and recommend the appropriate application method(s) to be used. A quality paint job does not rely solely on the application tool, but also requires detailed preparation in order to ensure the paint lasts.

If you are planning an upcoming painting project and have questions, or would like a free, no-obligation estimate, fill out the form below or call us today and…

Sparrow Exteriors, the VERY best for your home improvement needs! From roof replacement to house painting, replacing your siding, adding insulation, gutters and new windows, we make it easy.

 

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