Architecture & Building

Architecture & Building, Construction Consultant, House Renovation, roofing

How to Pick the Right Shingle Color

If you’re planning to install a new roof, there are many factors to consider. Besides settling on roofing materials and a contractor to take on your project, there are critical aesthetic choices left to make. Your roof is one of the most prominent and noticeable components of your home, and it lasts the longest. Changing up your roof is not something that you’ll likely do many times, and that’s why you want to do it right. Choosing the right color for your shingles shouldn’t be an afterthought. 

Among other things, the right choice can enhance your property’s curbside appeal. This way, you’ll have a home with a sturdy and reliable roof that also attracts buyers if you ever put it up for sale. If you’re confused about which shade suits your home best, take a look at some of the aspects that should inform your decision-making. 

Siding materials

Take a look at the siding of your home and take note of its color. Shingles give you the opportunity to either complement or contrast the siding materials. Depending on your aesthetic preference, you can choose to make your home stand out from the others with a pop of color. Or you could play it safe with traditional colors such as black, gray, or brown. 

Also, evaluate your home’s architectural style and the kind of aesthetic it conveys. Are you going for a rustic look? Mediterranean? Or a simple colonial style? Take a look at homes that have a similar style for ideas. Factoring this into your decision-making will narrow the overload of choices down significantly. 

Local Ordinances

If you live in a community with a homeowner’s association or in an area with strict preservation laws, it’s crucial to consult the rules before making your choice. Spending money on a costly roof installation isn’t a choice made lightly. It’s worthwhile to make sure you’re not violating any neighborhood standard by choosing the wrong color. 

Local trends

If you don’t live in a neighborhood with any rules on your home’s exterior, take a drive through the area and note the roof colors of other houses, particularly those of your neighbors. How will your color choice look next to theirs? Do all the homes around you have the same color? That’s a good indicator that you might want to consider those colors or complementary shades for your roof. 

Climate Control

The color of your shingles can also contribute to the temperature inside your home. Darker colors absorb heat, causing temperatures indoors to rise. Lighter colors do the opposite; they reflect heat and may help to keep your interior cool. If you live in a warmer climate, you’d be better off choosing lighter colors for your shingles, whereas those in colder climates would benefit from darker colors. 

REI Roofing: Helping Homeowners with deciding on the Best Shingles

Now that you’re aware of the different impacts your roof’s color can have, you can make a more confident decision. REI roofing can help you evaluate your home’s architectural style and siding materials, the exteriors of nearby houses, local ordinances, and climate control. After doing this, you are on your way to make an excellent choice that’ll complete your home’s aesthetic!

Moss on Roof
Architecture & Building, House Renovation, roofing

Best Practices for Moss on Roofs

Moss on roofs can be an eyesore for a home. In addition to it being unattractive to your home’s aesthetic, I can also cause issues for your roof. Here at REI, we wanted to write a blog on how moss ends up growing on roofs and why it’s important to remove and prevent more moss from growing.

Why Moss thrives on Roofs

Moss thrives in areas that are damp and shady. This is why you will see areas of your roof that are under shade, they tend to have more moss. Another reason moss grows is due to the warmth of your home. The shingles are the last point of contact between the outside world and your home.

Potential Damage

Why moss is bad for roofs is due to how it grows. Moss expands and goes underneath your shingles which exposes your homes actual roofing to weather. When your shingles are undermined by moss, water can seep onto your roofing which can lead to it rotting or mold to grow. Additionally, when your home’s shingles are undermined by moss, high winds are more likely to pull shingles off your home.

Removal of Moss

Removing moss is been done with a chemical solution that you can create using some household items. There are also products you can buy at your local hardware store that can get the job done. A recipe we have found to work is as follows:

  • 8 ounces of Dish Soap plus 2 Gallons of Water


  • 2 cups of Chlorine + 2 Gallons of Water

Prior to applying the solution, spray down the mossy area. Using a large spray bottle, apply the solution to the impacted area of your roof. Let the solution sit for an hour then gently scrub away the moss and hose off the roof with water. Be sure to not use a power washer as this can take off shingles which will require new shingles to be added later.

Prevention and Strategy

Preventing moss growth is the best way to ensure moss doesn’t continue to grow on your roof. Since moss thrives in more shady areas, investigate the areas of your roof that are most shadowed. After finding the areas that are most shadowed, understand which trees are providing this shade. Removing or trimming these trees to shed more light on your roof should decrease the mosses presence on your roof.

REI Roofing: Call with Questions regarding Moss Removal

REI Roofing has seen roofs with moss and can provide our customers with recommendations regarding how to manage moss on their roofs. If your roof has seen better days and needs some roofing upgrades, call the experts at REI Roofing a call today!

Veteran Home
Architecture & Building, House Renovation

Heidra for Heroes- Supporting our communities Veterans

Facebook Post: Dec- 29th

We recently had the honor and privilege to attend Heidrea for heroes 5th Anniversary Gala in Plymouth, MA. REI Roofing was graciously awarded the Outstanding Partner Award. This award means so much to each and every member of our team and, in turn, we Thank Heidrea for heroes for giving us the opportunity to give back to our Veterans who have given so much. Learn more about our involvement with Heidrea for Heroes below!

Our most recent outreach

REI has been involved with Heidrea for Heroes for 5 years now. We consider ourselves fortunate to be involved with Heidrea for Heroes and are given the ability to give back to our veterans. Before the holiday season kicked off, we received a message from Heidrea for Heroes regarding the 97-year-old veterans’ home. This WWII veteran, who served in the Pacific Theatre, had a failing roof and some other cosmetic issues throughout his home. With the combined efforts and planning of Heidrea for Heros, TDL Electric and REI, the team was able to repair home essentials and bring back this veterans’ homes back to proper living condition.

What giving back means to REI

REI understands we wouldn’t be able to succeed as a company without the support of the communities we work and live in. Going another step, these communities and the United States wouldn’t be what it is today without the selfless sacrifice so many of our veterans have made throughout America’s history. It is not only our privilege to help our veterans but we feel it’s our obligation to take care of those who have protected our freedoms. If you know of a veteran who could us assistance regarding an upgrade regarding their housing situation, we encourage you to reach out to us or Heidrea for Heroes directly!

About Hiedra for Heroes

Heidra for Heroes was founded in 2013 by 2 Marine Corp Veterans. Heidrea for Heroes mission is to help transitioning veterans re-enter civilian life and the civilian workforce. The capabilities of Heidrea for Heroes include but are not limited to home repairs, vehicle modifications, family support, and workforce readiness/ preparedness programs. If you are a veteran or know of a veteran in need of any of these services, don’t hesitate to reach out to Heidra for Heroes today! To learn more about Heidra for Heroes and the rest of their veterans outreach capabilties, visit their homepage here and mention your found their site through REI! We look forward to continuing our involvement with the great work Heidra for Heroes and helping veterans across Massachusets!

Architecture & Building, Siding

Looking Back: Siding Trends of 2018

As the year comes to an end and we head into 2019, a lot has happened in the siding industry. As Massachusetts premier roofing and siding experts, we wanted to write a blog highlighting some of the trends we noticed. Additionally, we wanted to explore some trends we expect to see with 2019!

Siding in 2018

We saw the siding industry maintain pace as a growing industry as homes continue to be built throughout the US alongside the renovation industry thriving. Let’s take a look at a few of the trends we noticed over the course of this year!

Light on Dark

The polarizing combination of light and dark siding work to accent each other. This style isn’t limited to just two colors with many homeowners electing to choose white for soffit’s and other trim. The darker siding filling in large portions of the homes siding with the lighter shade of a similar or accenting color filling in other aspects.

Siding made of Steel

Steel siding offers individuals an extremely sturdy siding surface. Siding made from steel is generally recycled from salvage steel reducing its impact on the environment. While the installation of steel siding is something we don’t offer, if you are looking for a steel siding option, we have the capabilities.

Multiple Materials for Siding

We have seen some homes not only incorporating multiple shades or colors of siding to their home but also adding things like brick or layered limestone to its exterior. This provides a modern look to a home and reduces the cookie cutter nature that some neighborhoods tend to have. This will up the curb appeal of your home without a doubt.

Trends we expect to see in 2019!

Trends can be difficult to predict but there are a few things we expect homeowners to move towards in the year 2019.

Dark on Dark

From research on the web, several articles mention the application of dark on dark for siding and trim for a home. This will provide a much more modern look to any home. This style wouldn’t do best for all but ideal for some individuals dream homes!

Bringing back to Classic with a twist

Each year, people want to maintain a homes classic look but still vary it a little. Look for homeowners to elect for classic white colored homes with dark, neutral colors as trim.

Don’t Forget about the Shed and Poolhouse

If the homeowner is looking to re-side their home, they are more than likely in a position to do the same with their sheds or pool house. Providing every building on the property with the same siding and trim projects a sense of completion of the property. Looking to go a little outside the norm? Go crazy with color and design on your shed to make it stand out!

Residential Exterior Inc Solutions

If you have questions regarding trends in the Siding industry, our capabilities as a contractor, or pricing, give us a call today at  781.848.1999  or fill out and a convenient online contact form here! We look forward to hearing from you!

A photograph of six beautiful skylights.
Architecture & Building

3 Benefits of Installing Skylights

Are you a big fan of natural light? We are too. Installing skylights in your home can be a great way to flood your space with natural light. Skylights can also add a compelling, beautiful element to any room. Regardless of whether the sky outside is crystal clear or all clouded up, skylights can elevate your home to the next level. Let’s take a look at a few of the benefits of adding skylights to your home. Read on!

They Help Maintain Privacy

Houses these days can be built rather close together, so opting for skylights can be the perfect privacy solution. This rings especially true in rooms such as the bedroom or bathroom. If you’d rather keep your neighbors from having a clear view of you in certain spaces, skylights can still let in tons of natural light without revealing the room. Since the windows get installed on the roof, you can rest assured you’ll have the privacy you desire.

They Can Lower Your Electric Bill

Choosing to install skylights can save you money on your electric bill. After all, with all of the light flooding into your home throughout the day, you won’t need to turn on the lights much. Besides, the sun doesn’t require electricity to run. Not only will you be lowering your electric bill, but you’ll also be helping the environment by expending less energy!

Mood Booster

Were you aware that skylights can help increase your vitamin D levels due to the amount of sunlight they let in? Well, you are now. Being exposed to sunlight through windows can help your well-being and overall satisfaction by reducing stress and increasing positive feelings. Plus, consistently higher vitamin D levels lead to better moods and can aid in warding off depressive episodes.

Skylights not only make your home look great, but they can also make you feel great! Increase your overall privacy while improving your home’s aesthetic by installing skylights. Let the team at REI Roofing help! You can reach us at 781-848-1999 or by filling out an online contact form.

A person cleaning their gutter with latex gloves.
Architecture & Building, roofing

How to Help Increase the Lifespan of Your Roof

When it comes to the lifespan of your roof, the proof really is in the pudding. The work put into installing the roof is what is going to shine through as the roof ages. However, there are things you can do here and there to ensure it holds up for as long as possible. You can remove debris from your roof, keep an eye out of ice dams in the winter months, and have your roof professionally inspected at least once every three years. But, there is a lot more to it. Let’s take a look at three major factors that help influence the lifespan of your roof.

1.) Insulation

When it comes to insulation, one normally thinks of what goes into their walls to keep their home at proper temperatures throughout the year. What we don’t think of is how insulation also protects the structural components of any building. Insulating your roof not only helps reduce energy bills, but it also extends the life of your roof. Roof insulation can be applied to existing roof systems too. Certain materials are better suited for different roof types, and some of these materials include latex and acrylic barriers, bituminous asphalt, elastomeric non-bituminous coatings, fibered coatings, and polystyrene or rigid foam panels. White or light-colored roofing materials can also prolong the life of your roof because they provide thermal insulation and reduce overall roof temperature.

2.) Attic Ventilation

Having an attic with poor ventilation can lead to a whole number of problems, one of which is premature roof aging. In the summer, when temperatures in an attic without proper ventilation can read upwards of 150 degrees, super-hot air can penetrate attic insulation and “fry” your shingles. When this occurs, the shingles deteriorate more quickly and the rafters holding up the roof can become weakened by cracking and warping. Air circulation in an attic is based upon a balance of air intake vents and air exhaust near the roof’s peak. It is recommended there be a minimum of at least 1 square foot of attic ventilation for both intake and exhaust for every 300 square feet of attic space. If you suspect your attic is not properly ventilated, perhaps it is time to look into options for sorting that out.

3.) We’ll Say It Again, Clean Your Roof!

If you have an asphalt shingle roof that is in almost constant shade, there’s a high chance it is attracting algae growth. The algae feeds off of the microscopic particles present in the limestone used to make the shingles. This growth is easily identifiable as a black of green staining on your roof. Opting to clean your roof results in no harm as long as it’s done professionally. When you get your roof cleaned, it protects the shingles and ultimately extends the life of the roof. It is also believed to be more energy efficient because a darker roof helps generate more heat.

Your roof has a big job to do, so the least you can do is tend to the little things that help keep it healthy. Keep an eye on your roof for debris, and check out your attic in the summer for potential ventilation issues. For everything else, contact REI Roofing. Our crew of professionals is here to serve you and all of your roofing needs. Call us at 781-848-1999, or fill out our online contact form!

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