House Renovation

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

OR

  • 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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