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  • Wednesday, April 27, 2011The Lynden Tribune & Ferndale Record present

    2011

    FeaturingC4 Professional Power Washing

    in full swing for spring home improvement.

    C5 Modern elegance: The Bill and Thea Mancha home stands out in Lynden.

    C13 Dykstra Construction wins national Pyramid Award for Semiahmoo beauty.

    C17 A Window on a Dream: Stan and Kay Campbell home at Gooseberry Point brings waterfront views inside.

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    A supplement of the Lynden Tribune and Ferndale Record

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  • SPRING HOME IMPROVEMENTC2 Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, April 27, 2011 | Ferndale Record

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  • C3Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, April 27, 2011 | Ferndale RecordSPRING HOME IMPROVEMENT

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    Expert gives some guidelines on matching roof to house color KANSAS CITY, KAN. Does a green polymer tile roof work with a red brick house? Not likely. Will that same green roof be a better match for a white clap-board home? Absolutely. Selecting roofing colors that com-plement the rest of the homes exterior can be challenging for some people, said Kate Smith, (CMG) and owner of Sensa-tional Color. While people have the free-dom of color choice these days with the vast multitude of synthetic roofing colors and blends available in the marketplace, there are certainly some fast and easy guidelines they can keep in mind. Smith, who is a DaVinci Roofscapes resident color expert consultant, recom-mends the following guidelines when matching polymer roof colors with differ-ent style homes. Green roofs look bestwith homesthat have natural wood siding, or are painted gray, white or a lighter green col-or than the roof itself. Avoid red or colors that are very warm for the siding, al-though these bright colors could be used as an accent, such as for a front door. Brown roofs complement housespainted in tan, yellow, cream, off-white or adifferent shadeofbrown.Brickhomesthat have a yellow or brownish color cast to the bricks can also look good with a brown roof. Stay away from using a brown roof if you have a home with cool col-ors on the main body, such as blues and grays. Black roofs provide an anchor fortall homes by helping visually lower the roof and making the home look wider in contrast to the siding color and trim. A black roof has a strong link to homes painted in gray, blue, green or white and can also be used with a brick exte-

    rior. Try to avoid a black roof if you have a single story or smaller home, because the black can seem too weighty for a smaller structure. Grayroofsareanidealcomplementto more traditional style homes and can also be used on blue, green, black or white house colors. Bolder accent colors fortrim, shutters or the entryway door can broaden the visual appeal of the home with a gray roof. Terracotta color roofs work excep-tionally well with stucco and brick homes, along with stone and those houses with a mixture of exterior materials. White is classic color to use with a terracotta roof. The high contrast between the body and roof colors looks crisp and clean together, and is often a choice for warmer climates. Red roofs match up beautifully toaccent gray or warm brown house colors. Consider a red roof for a white or cream exterior to create a country look for a home.

    Depending on the style of a home, as much as 40 percent or more of the vi-sual you get when looking at a house is the roof, says Smith. The more roof that is shown, the more important it is to allow the roof color to help define the homes style. Im a great fan of color blends for roofs. When you select blends with differ-ent shades of a color or two in it, the entire roof seems to merge and unify the home exterior. This softens the roof visually and provides the homeowner with more long-term options for accent colors to pull out from the roofing blend color. DaVinci, the color leader in the syn-thetic roofing industry, offers 28 standard color blends. Homeowners may also cre-ate their own custom blends using the companys 49 roofing colors. And custom color blends and even custom colors are also available from the manufacturer. DaVinci recently launched eight new color blends as a result of research and ho-

    meowner requests over the years. These are visually exciting color blend options that can be incorporated into a wide vari-ety of home styles, said Smith. The new blends, with availability de-pending on product line, include: Milano Light Gray, Medium Gray, Dark Gray and Dark Purple. Cambridge Light Brown, MediumBrown,DarkStoneandDarkTan. Sedona Medium Terracotta, Dark Terracotta, Light Clay and Dark Clay. Sabino Dark Mountain and Medium Autumn. Sonora Medium Terracotta, Dark Terracotta, Light Clay and Dark Clay. Canyon Dark Mountain, Medium Autumn and Dark Autumn. Harbor Gray Light Chesapeake, Me-dium Light Chesapeake, Medium Chesa-peake and Dark Chesapeake. Chesapeake Light Chesapeake, Me-dium Light Chesapeake, Medium Chesa-peake and Dark Chesapeake.

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  • SPRING HOME IMPROVEMENTC4 Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, April 27, 2011 | Ferndale Record

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    Wash away the winter grime

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    FERNDALE As the calendar rolls into May and gray clouds give way to blue skies, spring marks the official start of the home improvement season. If tackling the green moss and discolor-ation on a homes roof or exterior walls is on the Honey-Do list, then the help of a professional pressure washer could save time and money. While many homeowners may choose to rent equipment and water-blast their roofs clean, using the tech-nique improperly can cause expensive damage, said Ron Lewis, owner of Pro-fessional Power Washing in Ferndale. For any house, the number one pri-ority is the roof, he said. You want to take care of the roof you put over your head. The company motto, If youre not happy, were not finished! demonstrates the dedication put into every job. Lewis, 55, started his power wash-ing company in August 2010. However, he is no stranger to exterior restoration. Before moving to Ferndale in 2008, hespent 36 years in the sheet metal roofing tradeinBritishColumbia. Whether it is a commercial business, industrial site or a residential property, Lewis can restore roofs and remove what he calls the foreign matter that builds up over time during harsh, wet winters. He fights to remove oil, grease and the three kingpins of foreign matter: algae, lichen and moss. Lichen is a fungus that ap-pears as white dots that look like barna-cles compared to the green, fuzzy moss. Foreign matter is anything up in the air that builds up on the wet side of the roof, he said. Lewis said general maintenance around the outside of a home is impor-tant after a rainy and wet winter, where build-up of debris and the kingpins can trap moisture and damage roof ma-terials. A professional power washing job can reduce financial liability by prevent-ing a major repair in the future and im-prove the appearance of a house or busi-ness. Homeowners dont realize that

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    spending some money to get their roof cleaned prolongs the life of their roof by years, he said. Lewis suggests a roof should be pres-sure washed every five to 10 years and should be done in spring or fall to keep it looking pristine. Letting moss grow on the roof and stain the walls drives down the value of a house and shortens the lifespan of the roof by 30 percent, he said. The average cost of a full re-roofing job, Lewis said, can run around $30,000, depending on the square footage of the house. My price would be 3 percent of that, he said. Cost does vary depending on the work. A full-service job consisting of cleaning the roof, exterior walls, drive-way and sidewalk runs approximately $1,000. Often Lewis is asked, Why does al-gae grow on only one side and why clean it off? The section of a roof near trees or away from the sun is most prone to grow-ing moss and algae, he said. Algae grows in places that do not get en