What is the Right Roof for Your Home?

When remodeling your home with an addition, second floor bump-up or whole-house remodel, one of the decisions you have to make is on the type of roofing material. Considerations include matching the existing roof, style, color, materials, durability, and weather conditions. So what is the right roof for your home?

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Questions to consider include:

  • Do I want to match my existing roof or get a new roof altogether?
  • Will I stay in my house for a long time?
  • What is allowed or not allowed by my homeowner’s association?
  • What is my roofing budget?
  • What color roof works for my home?

Roofing Types

Asphalt Shingle Roof

An asphalt shingle roof is the most common choice, covering more than 80% of homes in our area. It is attractive, comes in various colors, and is easy to install. You can expect your asphalt shingle roof to last approximately 20-30 years.

Wood Shingle or Cedar Shake Roof

Wood roofs can be attractive and can last about 30-40 years, but they must be maintained regularly to avoid mold, mildew, moss or debris from building up and damaging the shingles.

Related: How long do roofs last?

Metal Roof

There is a certain old-fashioned charm accompanying a metal roof, and benefits that include reflective qualities of heat and UV rays that can result in lower cooling and heating costs. Modern metal roofing can be styled to resemble other types of roofing, like slate, tile or shingles and can last up to 50 years. Being lightweight and malleable, it is a right roof choice for homes with a steep pitch or intricate angles. It is also recyclable, making it an environmentally-friendly option.

Tile Roof

If you have a Mediterranean or Spanish-styled home, it was likely designed with a tile roof to give it that European influence. Tile can be the right roof choice if you are looking for durability and longevity. A tile roof can last up to 100 years! Keep in mind that a home or an addition must be constructed properly to support the extra weight of the tile.

Slate Roof

If you really want to make a statement, a slate roof may be the right roof option. It is one of the longest-lasting roof types—up to 150 years! However, it is expensive and difficult to install. You will need to find a qualified installer, especially if your roof has unique angles or a steep pitch. A slate roof is also heavy and will require the correct support in the remodeling construction.

Think about the Right Roof When Remodeling, with Help from Schroeder Design/Build

Most people think about the interior of their home when they consider remodeling. But there are outside selections to make too—like your roofing materials. The right roof is the one that serves your needs for aesthetics, longevity and budget.

Our design team here at Schroeder Design/Build will help you make decisions like “What is the right roof for my home?” When you’re considering remodeling your home or business in Northern Virginia, contact us at 703-449-1700 to schedule a free consultation.

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How to Care For and Maintain Your Cabinetry

Your cabinetry, whether it is your kitchen or bath cabinets, or cabinets anywhere in your home, is an essential part of why your home is aesthetically appealing. To keep your cabinets looking beautiful, they do require a little special attention. We’d like to thank Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. for their help in developing these tips on how to care for and maintain your cabinetry.

Care for your cabinetry by ALWAYS:

• Cleaning up spills or standing water immediately (including condensation). Pay special attention to the areas around your sink, range, dishwasher, toe spaces and baseboards, and use a blotting action rather than wiping.
• Applying all cleaning solutions to a cloth when cleaning, and never directly to the cabinetry itself.
• Avoiding extreme temperature changes or humidity levels. This can cause the wood to warp or the glue that holds the veneers to loosen.
• Rotating accessories that sit on your cabinets so that they don’t remain in the same spot all the time.
• Using pads, cloth or felt to protect surfaces from plastic, rubber, hot dishes, beverages, bookends, flowerpots and vases.
• Using a protective pad when writing with a pen or pencil.
• Making minor repairs while the problem is small.
• Treating your cabinetry as if it was furniture. They are constructed with the same grade of wood as your furniture and require the same care to reward you with lasting beauty.

Maintain your cabinetry by NEVER:

• Using a damp cloth, water or ammonia to clean your cabinetry. Do not use a used dishcloth to wipe cabinets, as it could contain traces of grease or detergents.
• Using an abrasive cleaner or abrasive cloth on a painted surface. This will scratch, scar and dull the finish permanently.
• Using concentrated detergents. Harsh detergents, strong soap and self-polishing waxes can have a damaging effect on the finished surface.
• Using silicone polishes on the cabinet surfaces. This will raise the sheen to beyond that of the manufacturer’s intention. These polishes can seep into the finishes and are very difficult to remove.
• Using petroleum distilled polishes on the cabinet surfaces. These are often flammable and toxic, and are seldom ever completely removed.
• Leaving damp or wet cloths draped over cabinet doors. This can cause permanent water damage.
• Letting water run off the sink to the countertops and sink cabinetry. Care for and maintain your cabinetry by watching for and cleaning up water deposits or drips.
• Placing rubber or plastic objects on a wood finish; their ingredients react with those of the finish.
• Pulling downward on doors. This can cause them to split at the hinge area and sag.
• Placing more than 75 pounds of weight into a drawer. This may cause the drawer bottom to sag, or the drawer slides to function improperly. Evenly distribute weight inside a drawer.
• Using a drawer as a step to reach higher. This may cause the drawer bottom to sag, or the slides to warp.
• Attempting to repair badly-damaged surfaces without the proper materials or professional help. Contact your Authorized Wellborn Dealer, like Schroeder Design/Build.

Your cabinets are an investment in your home and should last a lifetime if you understand how to care for and maintain your cabinetry. After we install cabinetry and complete your remodeling job, we will provide you with warranty and care instructions.

For Cabinetry or Cabinetry Inspiration, Visit Schroeder Design/Build

Need some ideas for beautiful kitchen cabinetry? Visit our Kitchen Remodeling Portfolio!

When you’re looking to put on an addition, redo your kitchen, or remodel any room in your home, contact Schroeder Design/Build, Inc. We are glad to serve clients throughout Northern Virginia with award-winning remodeling services.

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