House Renovation

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!
House Renovation, Siding

Insulated Siding FAQ’s

There are a lot of things homeowners don’t know about the place they live. You might not know the history of who lived in your home before you, or even the time period in which the house was built. For that reason, some things might need touching up or fixing. Another thing many don’t know is whether or not their roof features insulated siding. Many homes are starting to feature insulated siding, but owners aren’t aware of its role in the home’s upkeep.

Let’s start with the question on a lot of homeowner’s minds.

What is Insulated Siding?

Insulated siding is the vinyl siding of the 1950s, but supercharged with permanent laminate or insulation. Most siding consists of two layers, one of resin or polyvinyl, and the second made from titanium dioxide for UV protection. Insulated siding adds another layer, ensuring the roof controls temperature more precisely.

Does Insulated Siding Make your House More Environmentally Friendly?

Insulated siding is an important step in making buildings “green.” The installation of insulated siding allows for reduced energy costs, as well as better air in the home. Pollution isn’t hard to creep in through a poorly insulated roof, especially one without work done on it for years. The insulated siding is breathable, allowing for water vapor to escape and eliminate the threat of excess moisture, which leads to mold or rotting shingles. The breathability of a home with insulated siding is easy to note, and it’s a great way to excel the quality of your home.

Is Insulated Siding Expensive?

Every siding material is different, and each color and quality of insulated siding is different as well. Luckily, the trend of installing insulated siding has made more manufacturers interested in its creation, which drives down costs compared to a few years ago. It’s a wonderful feature for the roofing market, and sure, there are some finer built insulated sidings that can cost more than traditional vinyl siding. That being said, a lot more options are available now, and can help you get insulated siding without spending an arm and a leg.

Should I Get Insulated Siding?

A big question on homeowner’s minds is whether or not they should install insulated siding. It’s tough to offer a general answer that fits everyone’s needs and budget. The best option is to call REI Roofing at 781.848.1999 for a consultation and find out what’s going to be best for you, your family, and your home.

Roofing Vent
House Renovation, roofing

Why Roofing Ventilation is Important

As a homeowner, one of the easiest things to forget about is your roof. Often, you don’t know something’s wrong with your roof, let alone remember that something can go wrong until it does. The important thing to remember is the key to a well functioning roof: ventilation. Ventilation in a roof allows for airflow to stay clean. It allows good air to flow comfortably, and bad air to escape to the outdoors. Ventilation allows for proper airflow.

Key Functions of Roofing Ventilation

Hot air rises, and your roof is forced to bear the brunt of the indoor conditions, and the outside pressure and weather. That’s a lot of responsibility. Ventilation is key to the process, so here are a few key functions of a well-ventilated roof.

Extend the Life of Your Roof

If your roof is well ventilated, it’s more likely to avoid damage. Poor ventilation means moisture gets trapped in the shingles and roof insulation. That can lead to icing, which deteriorates the entire roof. In the summer, warm air can stay trapped and force you to spend more on energy costs.

Keeping Energy Costs Down

Energy costs are a huge headache for a lot of homeowners. It’s tough keeping your house cool in the summer, and heat is hard to come by in some homes come winter. An issue might be the fact that your roof is poorly ventilated. Proper ventilation allows heat to escape your home so that you don’t have to run the air conditioner all day long. That saves you cash and keeps your home comfortable.

In-Home Comfort

Your home is where you spend most of your time. For that reason, you want it to feel comfortable. A well-ventilated roof allows you the temperature you desire without insanely high energy costs.

Curious about the quality of your roof’s ventilation? Call REI roofing today to get a professional out to your home to ensure your roof isn’t costing you extra, or a problem waiting to happen.

House Renovation, roofing

Location Specific Flash Roofing Basics

Flash roofing is what help protects home and other buildings from leaks. While “flashing” is applied across the entire roof, addition flashing can be required for specific locations as some areas of roofs are more likely to spring a leak than others. Areas where two adjacent slopes meet and areas that protrude from the roof such as chimneys and vents are places where additional coverage is needed. The professionals at REI Roofing are experts in roof flashing, and we wanted to use our industry blog to highlight some of the basics, so our customers have a better understanding! Continue reading to learn more!

Roof Flashing Basics

The “Flashing” as it is called, is generally one of the following materials: plastic, felt, rubber, galvanized steel, aluminum, or copper. This is laid across the entirety of the roof then it is covered by shingles. In the past, rubber and felt where more commonplace but as costs for sheet metal has dropped and since it is more durable, most modern homes or homes that have had their roofs replaced have opted for the galvanized steel or aluminum option.

Location Specific Flashing

Chimney Flashing Basics

As mentioned in the first paragraph, flashing is necessary for areas where opposing or adjacent surfaces come together. A chimney is a perfect example of an area you want properly flashed. In addition to the fact the roof is custom fit around the chimney, the heat from fires in contrast to the cold of winter will naturally warp and change how well the chimney fits the roof. Chimney’s that don’t have flashing is almost always going to eventually spring a leak. Flashing a chimney includes flashing along the bottom, where the chimney and roof meet and up the sides of the chimney (Side flashing) to prevent water from running down the chimney and undermining the base flashing.

Skylight Flashing Basics

Properly flashing skylights is 100% necessary as well. Since skylights are placed on the down slope of a roof, it is prone to having water undermine the flashing as it runs down. The same principles are applied to skylights as they are to chimneys. A properly placed and flashed skylight can make a world of difference in natural light in a home alongside air ventilation. People to this day continue to shy away from installing them due to the old stigma that they are more likely to leak. While this was the case prior to modern roof flashing practices/ technology, REI roofing is expert skylight installation specialists.

REI Roofing: Flashing Roofs across the entire Greater Boston Area

The experts are REI roofing continue to repair, replace, and install roofs for homes and businesses across the state of Massachusetts. Our customers have come to trust the great work we do and even refer us to neighbors and friends for their roofing and siding needs. If you need your roof, siding, or any other exterior work completed on your home or building, give us a call today.

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!

Cement Fiber Siding
House Renovation

Fiber Cement Siding

When homeowners consider siding options, cement fiber siding seems to be one that can be overlooked. While traditional and well-known vinyl and cedar make up most of the siding in the US, fiber cement siding is a viable option with several advantages over the other two. We here at Residential Exterior Inc. wanted to write a blog regarding why some choose Fiber Cement Siding and why it can be a great choice for your home!

History of Cement Fiber Siding

Fiber Cement Siding was created in the 1980’s by an Australian inventor. Its creator was looking for a siding option that would hold up when encountering Australia’s common brush fires. Through making this fire-resistant siding, it was also noticed that it was also resistant to impact, moisture, and most pests. Due to its cheap cost, in addition to tweaks over the years to create better aesthetics, Cement Fiber siding is now a practical and affordable option when considering siding.

Material and Installation

Hinted in the name, Cement is the main component of Fiber Cement Siding. In addition to cement, this style of siding also has sand and cellulose fibers. The material is molded into boards that resemble wood! Earlier versions of  Fiber Cement Siding had asbestos mixed in but due to asbestos hazardous health and environmental implications, asbestos is no longer used in Fiber Cement Siding.

Fiber Cement Siding is a heavier option than wood and vinyl making installation a bit more difficult. It is recommended to have a professional install due to some of the equipment and nails used required to install properly to ensure the siding looks professional.

Advantages of Cement Fiber Siding

As mentioned earlier in the blog, Fiber Cement siding is fire resistant and keeps out pests. Its durability makes it a great option and if deciding to use a thicker cut of Fiber Cement Siding, it can help with insolation costs. Additionally, unlike vinyl or cedar, Fiber Cement Siding won’t warp due to heat or extremely cold temperatures. In terms of color, you can choose to have it pre-painted or just primed so you can apply the paint yourself. If you elect to have a factory finish, you can expect the paint to last up to 15-20 years!

Residential Exterior Inc.

If you are considering re-siding your home or business, give Residential Exterior a call today! Our professionals will work with you to understand which siding option we offer is best for the building you are re-siding. We look forward to hearing from you and hope this blog helped provide some insight into the world of  Fiber Cement Siding!

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