Archive for Home Improvement

How to Winterize Your Ranch

Farming is a big part of our community in the Virginia Piedmont, whether it’s growing or breeding horses and livestock, and all of the equipment used at these farms can be a big investment. So, it’s nice that United Country has provided a helpful list for winterizing your ranch.

It’s certainly good timing, seeing how cold it is!

Some of them you might not have thought of before, like checking for any damage before the cold sets in.

Click here for the complete list.

The Best Time of Year to Inspect Your Roof

Even though Virginia is not considered a “northern” state, we do experience cold winters, especially near the Shenandoah and Blue Ridge Mountain ranges. Therefore, a new article from United Country is still relevant for homeowners in our area, or those looking to list a home in for sale in Virginia.

I list plenty of horse farms in Virginia, so for those clients there is more than one roof to consider, including barns, outbuildings and guest quarters.

Here are some of your roofing options from the United Country article:

Asphalt Shingles. The most popular of them all, asphalt shingles are one of the least expensive options and are available in a variety of colors. They are also guaranteed to last for 20-30 years. However, if you want a unique look for your ranch home, asphalt is probably not your best bet.

Wood shingles. If you are looking for a beautiful and unique look to add to your home, wood shingles provide just that. They are smooth and cut to a uniform thickness, but they do tend to fade over time, especially in bad weather.

Metal roofs. This material is very common in barns, sheds and other agricultural buildings. It is cheap, rugged and will last a long time. This material can be very beneficial in northern climates due to its strength and longevity.

Ceramic tile. Ceramic tile roofs are expensive, but could be worth the investment since they last up to 80 years. They can be great in northern climates due to their ability to lock out moisture that could damage the tile when frozen. However, these roofs are also heavily used in warmer climates as well.