Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Psychology of Color- What does the color of you home say about you?

houseDid you know that the psychology of color and its associations can have a profound impact on how people view you and your home? It doesn’t matter if you have your heart set on lime green vinyl siding or a candy apple red front door – every color means something. The color experts at James Hardie Siding give us a glimpse at what each color really stands for.

 

  • Blue is the color of the sky, water and mountains. In the northeast part of the country, gray-blue shades are associated with weathered wood that’s reminiscent of Nantucket. Blue exteriors are calming, relaxing and fit in with any landscape.

 

  • Red on a home’s exterior is most commonly associated with nature’s flowers and fruits. Nature uses red in most cases as an accent, especially when seen in bright, clean shades. Deeper, grayer-toned reds are common in Midwestern farm areas and northern areas of the country and therefore have a very warm, friendly rural feeling. Reds are also associated with fall leaves and bark and work well in landscapes that experience all four seasons.

 

  • Yellow is strongly associated with sunshine. It also has strong links to flowers, especially in the spring. Traditional associations, such as energy and intellect, do not translate well when yellow is used on the exterior of a home. Yellow homes appear to be clean, fresh and happy houses.

 

  • Green in many parts of the country is strongly associated with nature, new growth, trees and shrubs. Greens that are more yellow-based will be associated with new growth and springtime. Deeper greens are linked to maturity, such as older plants or trees. Keep in mind when working in arid areas of the southwest that there are limited associations to this color in nature, so use it sparingly as an accent color, if at all.

 

  • White is generally associated with adjectives such as pure, clean, new and bright. These are all positive associations, but be careful of using too much white on your exterior because it can be very boring. If you really want a white house, make sure you use some other colors to add interest, personality and drama.

 

  • Brown is most frequently associated with earth, Mother Nature and warmth. Since many James Hardie® siding textures resemble wood, shades of brown authenticate this look and can enhance design.

 

Streamline Exteriors is proud to be a independently owned & operated family business. Our services include residential and commercial roofing, siding, and gutter installation, repair, and maintenance. Contact us by phone or email to discuss your next project.

Tips for reducing mosquitoes around your home

mosquitoClogged gutters not only create the potential of causing damage to your roof and home’s exteriors, but also attract insects to your outdoor living space. Having your gutters properly maintained by the professionals at Streamline Exteriors will help to lessen the amount of mosquitoes and others pests you see during the warm seasons.
Why are mosquitoes attracted to gutters?

Mosquitoes love standing water. It provides them with an ideal breeding ground and easy access to their favorite meal – you. Keeping a clean gutter system will lessen the amount of mosquitoes you see during the warm seasons.


Why are good gutters important to keep them away? 

Proper gutter systems make a huge difference in the way water moves around your home. A good gutter system moves excess water safely away from the home, therefore pools are far less likely to gather nearby that attract mosquitoes. If gutters are clean and working properly, you should notice a decrease in the amount of mosquitoes and other pesky insects living in the area outside the home.

How do I know when to have my gutters cleaned? 

You should stick a regular gutter cleaning schedule to ensure effective pest prevention. We recommend at least twice a year, once in the spring and fall. If you can’t do it regularly, check your downspouts during a rainstorm. If they don’t seem to be flowing well, it’s probably time to clean your gutters. If you live in a two-story house, you can also check your gutters from a window on the second floor.
Other areas in the yard that may hold water and attract mosquitoes:

  • Potted plants with pans underneath that hold water are good breeding sites. 
  • Drainage ditches with emergent vegetation
  • Standing water in low grassy areas
  • Old tires
  • Rain barrels
  • Unused or poorly maintained pools
  • Tree stumps
  • Flat roofs
  • Boats on trailers
  • Tarped vehicles
  • Birdbaths, barbecue grills, ashtrays and other small containers
  • Tall Grass

Call 443-802-2180 or email the professionals at Streamline Exteriors to schedule your next gutter cleaning.