Rain Damage

Various Ways Severe Weather Can Cause Roof Damage

When severe weather strikes, it can cause all sorts of damage for homeowners to deal with. Roof damage, unfortunately, is one of the most common problems people find themselves contending with following a major storm. If you happen to live in our service area in North Carolina or South Carolina, weather events can range from hail storms in the mountains to hurricanes on the coastline. Different types of storms can lead to different types of roof damage. It is important for you to understand as much as you can about these sorts of destruction.

WATER DAMAGE CAN OCCUR
Water damage is, of course, most common during rainstorms, rather than hail storms or snowstorms. People who live in the line of hurricanes often experience the most water damage to their homes, though it is certainly not limited to hurricane season. Even a relatively heavy thunderstorm can lead to water damage if your home has cracks or weak points in the foundation, around the windows and doors, or in the roof. To prevent this, make sure you have your home inspected every year to make sure it is airtight.

It is, however, important to understand that even the most well-sealed homes can sustain water damage if the rain is heavy enough. The pressure from falling water can weaken structures, causing shingles to a cave-in or vinyl siding to peel away from exterior walls. If this happens, bear in mind that is not your fault, and you did everything you could to prevent damage! Sometimes water damage is unavoidable.

WIND DAMAGE CAN OCCUR
Wind damage can happen during nearly any type of storm if the wind speeds get high enough. Tornadoes and hurricanes, though, typically have the strongest winds. In many cases, the wind itself doesn’t cause damage to roofs, although it certainly can. Most of the time, however, wind sends other debris, such as tree limbs, crashing into roofs, ultimately leading to serious damage. As a general rule, there is nothing homeowners can do to prevent wind damage. Following a storm with high winds, make sure you have your roof inspected for problems by a reliable professional.

HAIL DAMAGE CAN OCCUR
Hail storms can wreak havoc on roofs. Again, as with wind damage, there is very little that can be done to prevent this type of destruction; if the hail is large enough, it will inevitably cause problems. If you have asphalt shingles on your roof, the older they are, the more likely they are to crack and warp in a hail storm. Other roofing materials, such as clay tiles, are also highly susceptible to damage. Roofs that are rated for Class IV impact resistance are the best choice for families who live in areas where hailstorms are common.

The Hatch Homes team lives works and plays in the Carolinas just like you, so we understand the various types of storms that can impact this region of the country. If any sort of severe weather has damaged your roof, we hope you will call us to assess the situation and offer you viable solutions.

Roofs

A Homeowner’s Guide to Roofing Warranties

Whenever you perform a home renovation, there is a good chance that many of the materials you use for the project will include warranties. Having a warranty on a product is undoubtedly a good thing, but sometimes the way warranties and guarantees work can be confusing. This is especially true of roofing warranties, which can sometimes have a wide range of caveats that can befuddle homeowners. As you read this guide, you will learn more about how roofing warranties function and what you need to know to understand yours.

Understand the two types of roofing warranties

When it comes to roofing warranties, the first thing you should be aware of is that there are two different types. The first, a manufacturer’s warranty, is provided by the company that produces the roofing material you selected. If, for example, you had asphalt shingles installed on your roof, the brand that made them would offer this sort of warranty. Most of the time, these warranties cover errors that occur during the manufacturing process, such as a run of shingles that were cut incorrectly and don’t line-up properly when installed. Even the most thorough quality checks are not always foolproof, so it’s useful that manufacturers provide this safeguard for buyers.

The second sort of roofing warranty is a contractor’s guarantee, which is sometimes known as a workmanship warranty. Many installers offer this, but not all, so if it’s important to you make sure you talk to your contractor about his or her policies prior to signing any paperwork. Typically, these warranties cover installation mistakes, such as failure to install flashing or other necessary materials that will help your roof function properly.

Know what your roofing warranty should include

There are several key points that every roofing warranty ought to include. Look for these before agreeing to any guarantee. First, the warranty should clarify exactly how long it is valid for. This can vary rather widely; some warranties, for instance, are good from the date a project begins, others from the date the material was installed, and still others from the time a project ends. Depending on how long your roofing job lasts, this can actually make a difference!

Secondly, the warranty should clearly state what is covered under its provisions. Some warranties, for example, will not pay for damage if the homeowner was not having regular maintenance, such as an annual inspection, performed on the roof. Others dictate that they will not cover problems that occurred because of natural disasters, like the hurricanes that sometimes ravage the Carolina coast; warranty issuers believe homeowners insurance policies should cover this.

At Hatch Homes, we know roofing materials. We’ve been serving families in North Carolina and South Carolina for many years and have installed many roofs. If you have any questions about roofing warranties, or if you’d like to talk about having a new roof installed on your house, the team at Hatch Homes would be happy to assist you. Just give our office a call to schedule a consultation with one of our team members. We look forward to working with you.

new decks add value to your home

Home Remodeling Projects That Are Worth the Cost: A Guide

As a homeowner, you undoubtedly want your house not only to look great but be an excellent investment for your family’s future. This can make home remodeling projects a challenge. It’s difficult to know which jobs are most likely to have a positive financial impact on your property value and which ones will simply be aesthetically appealing. That’s where this guide comes in. In the next several sections, you will see detailed descriptions of some home remodeling projects that are absolutely worth the cost.

Adding a deck

Particularly in North Carolina, South Carolina, and other Southeastern states, outdoor living areas are essential. If your home doesn’t currently have a deck, adding one could both increase your property value and provide you and your family with a lifetime of memories. There are a variety of decking options on the market today, so you will have to spend some time researching them to figure out which choice is the best one for your lifestyle. Traditionally treated lumber boards are the least costly option, but composite decking and high-end tropical woods offer unique looks that some homeowners prefer.

Installing a new front door

This is a relatively affordable and straightforward change that can have a major impact on your house. If you’re planning to list your home soon, an updated front door is sure to be appealing to prospective buyers, as it can give your entryway a polished, upscale appearance. If you intend to continue living in your residence for the foreseeable future, a new front door also has benefits. It is likely, for example, to be more energy efficient than your current door, which will lower your utility bills year round.

Investing in upgraded siding

Siding is typically the first thing people notice when they see a house. This is primarily because it covers such a large surface area. Whether it’s been awhile since you had new siding installed or you’ve had the same siding since you moved into your home, investing in upgraded siding boards can make a huge difference in both curb appeal and the value of your house. There are several different types of siding today’s homeowners can choose from. These all have various benefits.

Vinyl siding is the most popular choice due to its relative affordability and wide range of styles. High-end vinyl siding typically features grooves and texture that make it look like classic wood. No matter what color you envision for your house, there’s sure to be a vinyl siding option to suit your tastes. Although vinyl siding is generally rated to last for at least two decades, fiber cement siding is an even more durable option. This type of siding is perfect who live on the Carolina coastline, as it can withstand hurricane-force winds without breaking away from a structure. It, too, is available in multiple colors and styles and is just slightly more costly than vinyl.

Hopefully, these ideas have sparked your imagination and given you some inspiration for your next home remodeling project. Give the Hatch Homes team a call to discuss what you have in mind for your house. We look forward to hearing from you and would love to work on your next renovation job!

Copper Vents

6 Ways to Use Copper in Interior Design

If you’re planning some remodeling projects around your house, there are a number of things you need to take into consideration prior to getting started. Choosing the materials you want to use is one of the primary choices you’ll have to make. Copper is a versatile material that has been popular for centuries, so you can trust that it will never go out of style. Although there are nearly limitless ways to incorporate copper into your home decor scheme, this guide will uncover six great options to get your imagination going.

  • Create an outdoor showstopper – When copper is used outside, its famous green patina tends to appear relatively quickly, within a few years. This makes the material ideal for eye-catching outdoor features, such as a spiral staircase leading to a second story balcony, the base of a fountain, or even an artistic privacy wall.
  • Install a new fireplace facade – Copper has a warm, inviting tone that looks even better with the reflection of fireplace flames bouncing off of it. As a result, it is an excellent choice for a fireplace facade that perfectly melds modern style with authentic charm.
  • Use it on your vent hood – Many families have copper cookware, but you may not have thought of using copper elsewhere in your kitchen. This material, though, adds warmth and visual appeal to the heart of the home. Copper works exceptionally well on vent hoods, which are often prominently placed and can make a major impact on the overall appearance of your space.
  • Invest in a new sink – Copper sinks have been enjoying a moment in the interior design world. Available for both bathrooms and kitchens, including in popular farmhouse sink styles, copper is an eye-catching and functional material. Because of its antibacterial properties, copper sinks are great for high-traffic areas where guests frequent.
  • Add charm with light fixtures – Sometimes, homeowners fear that the upkeep associated with copper will be too much for them to handle. If you fall into this camp, copper light fixtures just might be the perfect solution for you. They require less maintenance than other copper items and can add the perfect touch of this material to any space. Copper light fixtures are available in everything from small wall sconces to large chandeliers.
  • Use it as your backsplash – Copper makes for an incredibly attractive backsplash. Not only does it add gorgeous color and texture to your room, but it is easy to wipe clean if anything is spilled on it while you’re cooking. If you don’t want to use copper for the backsplash throughout your entire kitchen, consider using it only behind the stove as a special feature.

While some of these copper projects are things you can easily do yourself, others may require the assistance of professionals. If you’re about to embark on a primary renovation job involving copper, give your local interior company a call to schedule a consultation.

Beadboard Accents

Beadboard: Versatile Enough For Every Style

The region we serve, primarily in the states of North Carolina and South Carolina, may all be in the Southeast, but each of these states has a variety of regions and favorite home decorating styles. Culturally, for instance, the mountains of North Carolina and the beach communities of South Carolina couldn’t be more different from one another. As a result of this, many materials only appeal to a fraction of our clients. Beadboard, however, is unique because it has nearly universal appeal.

This classic type of wall paneling is created with evenly spaced boards connected with tongue-and-groove fasteners. When it was originally invented centuries ago, beadboard functioned as an early form of insulation. Today, it is purely decorative, but it certainly hasn’t waned in popularity. As you read this guide, you will learn how you can incorporate beadboard into your home remodeling project no matter what your personal tastes happen to be.

  1. Beadboard in coastal homes – Traditional white beadboard has a decidedly beachy look that fits perfectly with most coastal decorating schemes. If, for instance, you live in a beach bungalow in Charleston, you probably have a lot of pastels, tans, and blues in your house. Beadboard meshes well with all of these and will lend an elegant feeling to a casual beachfront home. One great way to use beadboard in coastal decorating is to hang pieces on the wall and let them function as a catch-all area for sunhats, beach buckets, and wet swimsuits. Beadboard is easy to wipe down, so it doesn’t matter if it gets wet or sandy.
  2. Beadboard in country homes – There are many operational farms, and small towns throughout North Carolina and South Carolina, which means a lot of people in rural areas still decorate with traditional country style. Beadboard is ideal for country kitchens, where it can be used in a number of ways. It can, for instance, make an excellent backsplash because it wipes down so easily or it can be used as a facade on unattractive older cabinets. When paired with other country accents, such as bronze fixtures and warm colored walls, beadboard fits into these kinds of homes perfectly.
  3. Beadboard in traditional homes – In New England, many traditional homes still have original beadboard. If you are trying to bring this look to your own house, whether or not it is historic, searching online and in home decor magazines for these residences is sure to give you inspiration. Traditionalists often use beadboard as wainscotting in dining rooms, bathrooms, and formal living spaces.
  4. Beadboard in modern homes – If your personal tastes are on the contemporary side, you can still make beadboard work in your space. Painted beadboard has modern flair and can work with any color scheme you dream up. Some homeowners who love bold decor even decide to go with glossy black beadboard to make spaces look especially dramatic. If you’re interested in this look yourself, make sure you stick to an accent wall. Otherwise, you run the risk of the black beadboard overwhelming your room.

Hopefully, this brief guide to beadboard has helped get the ball rolling on your next home renovation project. Although the installation of beadboard can be a do-it-yourself job, contact your local interior professionals who would love to help you remodel your space.

Stamped Concrete Designs

Four Things You Believe About Stamped Concrete That Aren’t True!

Stamped concrete has an undeniably great look. It is versatile and blends-in well with a wide range of home styles. Whether you live in a log cabin in North Carolina or a beachfront bungalow in South Carolina, you can make stamped concrete work on your property. If you’ve been thinking about using this material as a feature in your yard, but haven’t yet taken the plunge, it’s probably because you believe several purported facts about stamped concrete that are not true. This guide is meant to clarify these myths.

Stamped concrete is much more costly than other materials

Many homeowners are under the mistaken impression that stamped concrete is significantly more expensive than other materials on the market. In truth, although stamped concrete typically has a very upscale look, its price point is on par with similar options, like geometric pavers and natural stones. Furthermore, because stamped concrete that is properly maintained can last for decades, it’s an incredibly cost-effective choice since you won’t have to replace it or have it repaired frequently.

Stamped concrete isn’t colorfast

It’s not uncommon for people to think that the color of stamped concrete, which is an integral part of its overall appearance, will fade quite quickly, making it look like a standard concrete slab. Although it is true that this type of concrete will fade over time if it is not cared for, maintenance is quite simple. All you need to do is have a high-quality sealant applied once per year. It is best to let a professional handle this job, though you can try to tackle it yourself. As long as the color is adequately sealed, your stamped concrete will look like new for many years.

Stamped concrete will quickly deteriorate

Another myth about stamped concrete is that it will quickly begin to deteriorate, cracking and showing signs of wear. Although all stone eventually starts to crack and break down, as long as you properly maintain your stamped concrete, it will serve you well for a long time (probably longer than you live in your house!) Making sure it is professionally installed and sealed every year will go a long way toward protecting your new concrete from damage.

Pavers are much easier to install than stamped concrete

While pavers can be arranged in intricate patterns, they actually take quite some time to install in an elaborate fashion. Depending on the size of a patio or walkway, it can take weeks for even the most experienced contractors to finish paver designs; for do-it-yourselfers, it could take even longer. Stamped concrete, however, also has an intricate look without nearly as much effort. In some states, stamped concrete is even considered a preferred installation choice because it requires few labor hours and very little equipment.

All-in-all, stamped concrete is an excellent choice for whatever outdoor project you’re working on. Whether you’re thinking about installing it around an inground pool, creating a beautiful patio in your backyard, or adding walkways around your property, it’s an excellent material that will add beauty to your space.

Craftsman Accents

How to Achieve Craftsman Style Curb Appeal

Craftsman style homes have been popular across the United States for decades. North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia are no exception; families throughout our service region love this type of house! There are many reasons to like Craftsman houses, from their spacious front porches to their welcoming facades. As you read the remainder of this guide, you will learn how to upgrade your Craftsman home’s curb appeal without breaking the bank.

Let nature guide your color choices

The Craftsman style is strongly influenced by nature, so choosing a color palette taken from the natural scenery surrounding your house is a great idea. If, for instance, you live in a mountainous area of North Carolina, forest greens and deep browns would look fantastic. Or, if you reside in the South Carolina low country, consider a combination of off-white and sage green for your home. Most Craftsman homes are covered in wood shingles, which can also be left their natural color for an earthy look.

Add modern touches

Some homeowners aren’t crazy about drawing their exterior color schemes directly from nature, especially if their homes are new builds and not original, 19th-century Craftsmen. To add some contemporary flair to your residence, you can select a beige or soft grey tone (with brown undertones). You may also want to choose vinyl siding instead of shingles for a more modern look. Just remember to keep the color palette neutral to pay tribute to the style of your home!

Window and door styles matter

As a general rule, Craftsman-style houses feature double-hung windows with four or six panes on the upper portion and a single pane on the bottom. If you move into an older Craftsman that has been renovated over the years, you should seriously consider having windows like this installed for the sake of authenticity.

Furthermore, Craftsman homes usually have simple wooden doors that feature panes of glass across the top. It’s important to note that simple doesn’t mean cheaply made. Instead of focusing too much on price, look for a high-quality door made from sturdy hardwood that will stand the test of time.

Pay attention to quality

One of the hallmarks of Craftsman style homes is that they are impeccably crafted, hence their name. Therefore, even in the modern world, it’s important to pay attention to the quality of every piece you use on the exterior of your home. Don’t, for example, buy inexpensive, mass-produced light fixtures for your porch; instead, look for a local artisan who makes copper or bronze lights that will mesh well with the warm, natural colors of your house.

At Hatch Homes, we enjoy working on all types of houses, but Craftsman style residences are a real treat. If you are planning to renovate the exterior of your home in the near future, give us a call. We would love to take a look at your property, talk to you about the ideas you have, and give you a quote. Families throughout the Carolinas and Virginia trust us with their remodeling projects time and time again, and we look forward to adding you to our list of happy clients!

Curb Appeal For Spring

Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal For Springtime

Although many areas of North Carolina and South Carolina have moderate temperatures year-round, some families in our service area deal with harsh winters and vigorously embrace warmer weather when it arrives every year. Even if you live in a temperate climate, though, the arrival of spring is always welcome. With it comes longer days, more sunlight, and the promise of the long, languid summer ahead.

Many homeowners find themselves motivated to make changes to their houses in the spring. After the winter months, it can feel good to get started on remodeling projects you’ve wanted to do. As you read this guide, you will see some ideas that will help you boost your home’s curb appeal for spring. Hopefully, these suggestions will inspire you!

Update your front door

The entry door is one of the first things people see when they look at your house. It’s also a natural feature to redecorate without spending a lot of money, which is a win-win for you as a homeowner. Painting your front door a fresh hue, like bright yellow or leafy green, is a great way to get your home prepped for spring. You can also add a fun door decoration, like a bright wreath or even a few vintage gardening tools tied together.

Plant flowers near the edge of your property

Few things say “Spring is here!” like colorful flowers planted in your yard. The best way to make sure your new plants have the most possible impact is to put them along your property, in front of any fencing you may have. This way, they’ll be visible to both passersby and you when you return home each day. If you aren’t sure what kinds of plants are most likely to thrive in your area of the Carolinas, visit a flower shop and speak to an employee or contact a landscape designer who offers hourly consultations.

Make sure you can see your house numbers

Sometimes, especially after you’ve lived in the same house for quite a few years, you can assume your house number is clearly visible when it may actually be hidden by plants, outdoor furniture, or other items. Step into the street to make sure you can easily see your house number and, if you can’t, move it to a new location or purchase a new, larger set of numbers.

Maintain grassy areas and flower beds

Any lawn space and mulched areas of your yard should have extra care in the spring. They can take a beating during wintertime, even in relatively warm regions. If you aren’t sure you can manage your yard on your own, consider contacting a lawn maintenance service to assist you.

These are just a few suggestions for how to spruce-up your home’s curb appeal when spring arrives. There are, of course, many other tasks you can tackle as well. If you are thinking about doing any serious remodeling or landscaping, we sincerely hope you’ll give the team at Hatch Homes a chance to meet with you and give you a quote. We have a long list of satisfied clients throughout the Carolinas, and we would love to work with you and your family too!

Cottage Style Curb Appeal

How to Achieve Cottage Style Curb Appeal

There are few things more classic than a cottage style home. From drawings in Grimm Brothers fairy tales to thatched-roof homes in medieval Europe to modern incarnations around the world, the cottage has withstood the test of time. If you would like your house to have cottage style curb appeal, the tips in this guide will help you achieve it. In no time, you’ll be driving home to the cottage of your dreams every evening.

Choose your color

One of the perks of having a cottage-type house is that you can make just about any color in the rainbow work for you. As a general rule, though, the smaller your home is, the bolder the color it can handle well. Small cottages, for example, look great when they are painted cheerful yellows, sky blues, and leafy greens. For larger cottage homes, consider using a classic white hue or a pastel version of one of the colors listed above.

A garden is a must

Gardens are one of the hallmarks of cottages. Without a lush garden, your cottage’s appearance really won’t be complete. English gardens, which usually feature overgrown wildflowers, are perfect for cottage homes. If you aren’t sure which plants will flourish best in your part of North Carolina or South Carolina, don’t hesitate to contact a landscape designer. You will enjoy your garden more if you put effort into planning it to make sure it fits your lifestyle perfectly.

Make use of your porch

Although not all cottage style homes have porches, many do. If you are lucky enough to have this sort of outdoor living space, it can really lend to the overall cottage feel of your house if you decorate it properly. Consider, for example, creating a vignette using white rocking chairs, an old watering can, and some flowers. This will add cottage charm to your entry, making guests feel instantly at home.

Don’t forget the white picket fence

If ever a type of house called for the addition of a white picket fence, it is the cottage. This sort of fence adds a frame, of sorts, to your home, giving it a distinct cottage-like appearance even when passersby can’t see small details, such as porch decorations. Before you install your fence, check your municipality’s codes to make sure you meet any regulations regarding fencing height or distance from the sidewalk.

Look into a tiny cottage

As tiny houses become increasingly popular around the United States, more and more homeowners are looking into small cottages. These residences can be quite functional, especially for those who are looking to downsize or decrease their energy footprints. Just remember you might have to hire a professional decorator to help you select proportionate cottage details for your space!

At Hatch Homes, we love to help clients make their dream homes into realities. If you would like to turn your Carolina abode into a picture-perfect cottage, give us a call to schedule a consultation. Our team will work to make sure every detail of your house fits your vision. We can’t wait to get started!

Selecting the perfect red

How to Rock a Red Front Door

Red is a trendy color for front doors. There are a number of reasons for this, perhaps the foremost being that red doors work on nearly all types of homes. Whether you live in an ultramodern space in growing Winston-Salem, NC or a historic beauty in Charleston, SC, a red door can work for you. Another reason red is popular is that it is available in a range of shades, from quite subtle to incredibly bold.

If you’ve been thinking about having a red entry door installed on your house, but haven’t yet taken the plunge, you’ll enjoy the remainder of this article. In the next few paragraphs, you’ll see some great information about how to best highlight a red door without going overboard. By the time you’re done reading, you’ll probably be ready to start remodeling your entry today!

Let the seasons dictate your decor

Red doors, as you probably presumed, naturally lend themselves to decorating for the holiday season. Whether you prefer a traditional red and green color scheme or a more modern look featuring metallics alongside your red door, your entry area is sure to wow.

One thing many people don’t initially realize, though, is that red doors also lend themselves to decorating for other seasons. During hot Carolina summers, for example, they look amazing paired with patriotic decor for Independence Day and, in the fall months, they complement changing leaves and warm, autumnal tones very well.

Consider the color of your house

As stated earlier, red doors can work with just about any type of house, but it is important to note that they work best with specific color schemes. If your home is a bold color, you’ll want to make sure you select a subtle red that won’t compete too much. If, on the other hand, your house is a neutral tan or grey, you can get away with picking a bright red door that will naturally draw the eye.

It is also important to choose landscaping features that work with your new red door, rather than against it. Dark reds, for instance, look great with evergreen bushes and trees; this looks works well for homes in the mountains of North Carolina. Bright red shades, on the other hand, tend to pair best with cheerful plants, such as sunflowers and poppies.

Select the right type of paint

Not all paint finishes are created equal, especially when they are being used on something that gets touched as frequently as a front door. Matte paint, for example, generally shows fingerprints and dirt much more easily than gloss finishes do. Selecting a high-sheen gloss paint rated for exterior use is the best choice for your entry door makeover.

Although painting a door might seem like a relatively easy task that you can handle yourself, it often begets more jobs, such as putting in new landscaping and repainting trim, so it looks as fresh as the newly refurbished door. Therefore, it’s a good idea to leave things to the professionals at Hatch Homes. This will save you time in the long run. Give our team a call today to schedule your preliminary consultation. We’re excited to get started!