House with limewash brick exterior. Photo courtesy Acme Brick*
Do you have visibly aging brick? Are you considering a new exterior on your brick home, but not sure how to change the color or appearance of your brick?
Although brick is one of the oldest and most stable building materials, it doesn’t always age well.
Bricks that are chipped or worn around the edges aren’t the look everyone is going for. There is also the genuine problem of dated brick facades for many homeowners.
How do you give your house an update that doesn’t cost many thousands of dollars in this situation?
Brick house with German smear technique. Photo courtesy Pine Hall Brick
Is your home’s brick exterior outdated, dingy, or old? Are you looking for a new look for your home but not sure if you should paint your brick exterior?
To paint or not to paint your home’s brick exterior, that is the question. It is at least the one perennial and raging debate you will find on any home renovation blog or show.
Fierce battle lines have been drawn with one side fully in the natural all-brick-all-the-time camp and the other willing to do whatever it takes to cover their bricks.
Do you have your mind set on freshening up your home’s traditional brick exterior? What are your options?
Are you considering a new front door for your home?
There are a surprising number of critical factors about a front door. You may not appreciate them all unless you are re thinking about replacing your front door.
Do you think of your roof primarily as shingles?
Maybe you know it has something to do with rafters and beams. Did you know there are significant components to a roof done right?
Most of them can’t be seen once the final product is installed. However, they each do an essential part of forming a weatherproof system to protect your home.
There are a number of new roof price variables that impact the overall cost of a new roof.
As much as we like to make our job look easy, there are many variables associated with having a new roof installed.
If you, the customer, get three or four different quotes from different roofing companies, you might be surprised at how different the price estimates are.
We don’t recommend only choosing the lowest price available for many reasons. However, we recognize that cost is a factor.
Do you know your roofing architectural styles? Do you know what sets a hip roof apart from a gambrel roof or a mansard roof?
You might be surprised to find out how many roof styles there are, let alone how many different roofing materials there are to choose from.
There are many architectural styles that “go with” their own type of roof.
Gambrel roofs are no exception. Let’s take a look at this classic style and find out if it will work for you,
What is a mansard roof? Would you be able to identify this style if you see one?
You may not know it, but you have probably seen one. If you have ever been to the Louvre in Paris, you have seen a mansard style roof.
This style is also called a French roof, or a curb roof. If a gambrel style roof is a gable roof “broken” into two sections, a mansard roof is a hip roof broken into two sections.
The gable roof is the most classic roofline. It has two sloping sides that come together at a point and form a ridge across the top. The end walls – or vertical sides – are triangular as a result. It’s also called a pitched roof or a peaked roof, and it’s one of the most popular types of roof in the United States, if not the most popular. This is the type of roof you will find on a Cape Cod style house.