Sometimes quality shows and sometimes it resides in the background quietly making your home safer and more durable and giving you peace of mind. Described below are a few examples of how Larlham ensures the beauty as well as safety and durability of your home. In the long run they all show.



Walls are typically built to sit on top of floors. Larlham starts its wall sheathing at the foundation where it is nailed to joists that connect the wall to the floor system. Think about that the next time a hurricane threatens lower Delaware.


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Building codes require trusses every two feet, but Larlham believes 24-inch spacing results in sagging that over the entire roof can resemble Delaware Bay on a mildly choppy day. Larlham’s standard is 19.25 inches and the result is a uniformly flat roof.



Three-tab shingles are popular because they are the least expensive. In addition to durability issues, Dan believes they are also a dead give-away that other materials and construction techniques used in the house may be low-end. Larlham prefers architectural shingles because they look better, last longer and add value of the house.



Paint doesn’t reveal its character the day you move in. What the naked eye can’t see is how it will look over time. Low-quality binders found in inexpensive products reduce paint’s resistance to UV-light, decreasing color retention. High-quality resins increase hardness and sheen. Starting off in the business as painters, Dan and Mark know exactly which paints are necessary to make your house look its best and stay that way.



Wood was once the preferred standard for windows and still has aesthetic appeal. But after replacing a number of top national brand wood windows guaranteed for 15 years after five, Larlham is now recommending customers give more consideration to vinyl, vinyl/wood or composite windows. Ask about their experience with this important component of your new house, as window technology is always improving.

 Floor Covering

You can spend a lot on floor coverings and people do. Larlham’s general rule is to pay for the degree of durability required depending on the traffic each area is expected to receive. As to material, their generic recommendation is hardwood in the dining room, living room, and foyer; tile in the mudroom and bathroom; carpeting in the bedroom. Then the quality of each material chosen must be considered and that’s where Mark or Dan will describe the pros and cons of each option.