roofing

Replace Roof
Construction Consultant, roofing

How much can a new roof really save your home in heating costs this winter?

A roof is one of those things that often gets overlooked until there’s a big problem. However, there may be issues with your roof that you aren’t even aware of long before it springs a leak or shingles blow off in the wind.

Your home’s roof is what helps insulate and keeps warm air within your home during winter months. An inefficient roof, or a roof that was installed incorrectly, can cost you thousands more in heating costs during the winter months. Continue reading our industry blog highlighting how your roof can help you save.

Basics of How Your Roof effects the Temperature of Your Home

Depending on several factors, your roof impacts the amount of heat that’s either absorbed into your home or not. For example, the color of your roof, the material it is made of, and whether or not it contains certain newer technologies will all impact how hot or cool it is keeping your home. For example, a darker roof will absorb more heat than a lighter-colored roof.

Problems with Inefficient Roofs

If your roof is not helping you keep your home warm in the winter, this will lead to more energy consumption. More consumption means more wear on your heating solution, which leads to more repairs of that system as well. Not only will you be spending more on your heating solution utility bill, but you’ll also end up spending more on that system overall.

How do I know if there is a problem with my roof?

In general, you should expect to replace your roof every 20 to 30 years. If it is within that range (or over), a new roof can certainly help you save on your heating costs.

If timing does not make the decision obvious, then the best way to tell if your roof could be contributing to your climbing heating bill is to compare your usage year over year. Most utility companies store previous bills online, so it should be easy for you to see. While electric costs go up over time, your usage should remain relatively the same – unless, of course, you experienced a change in your household that would make a significant difference.

If you see a major difference in usage year after year, then you should definitely consider having your roof inspected to see if it could be the issue.

REI Roofing can install roofing that will help you save money this winter. Serving a wide area throughout Massachusetts and with multiple years of experience, call REI Roofing today!

 

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!

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.

Spring Gutter Cleaning
Construction Consultant, roofing, Siding

Cleaning Gutters: Best Practices

With the spring and summer months upon us, there are numerous projects homeowners should have on their “to-do” list. From ensuring decks and patios are structurally sound to reviewing the rest of your home’s exterior, the list goes on. If you are a homeowner, you should be sure that reviewing your homes gutter system is a priority this spring/summer. Continue reading our industry blog on Best practices when cleaning your homes gutter system!

Ladder Safety

When cleaning your gutters, you want to be sure you have a quality ladder that is properly set up. This includes an overall sense of comfort while on the ladder as well. If you don’t feel comfortable on a ladder, you should hire or reach out to a friend, neighbor, or family member who is willing to help you out! Be sure the ladder is set an angle that won’t end up giving out from underneath you and provides a sturdy base to conduct work.

Cleaning the Gutters

We recommend staying on the ladder while clearing debris from your gutters. Some opt to climb onto the roof, but we stay clear of this as kneeling on the edge of a roof can be dangerous. While clearing smaller sections and climbing back down to move the ladder over may take longer, the minimized risk is worth it in our opinion.

Proper equipment

Be sure you have a great pair of gardening gloves prior to getting up to your gutters. These will enable you to grab the leaves, twigs, and other debris with ease. If underneath the section you are cleaning is a manicured part of your yard, you can elect to bring a bucket or plastic bag to hold the debris before disposing of it.

Another great tool to potentially use is a trowel in case the debris has caked itself to the gutters.

Test your gutters

It is important after you clear much of the debris to test out if the system is fully functioning. By bringing a hose up the ladder with you, you can run water until you start seeing it exit the gutters spout. If you cant climb up the ladder with the hose, you can use a spray nozzle and aim it up to where water enters the gutter.

Testing the gutters will also get any additional smaller debris you may have missed when up on the ladder.

REI: Roofing Professionals you can trust

REI roofing understands that a functioning gutter system reduces the risk of numerous potential issues for a homeowner. From water seeping into siding and rotting out wood to undermining foundations, improperly working gutters can be the cause of many concerns. Be sure to clean your gutters this spring and summer and if you notice while you are up on the ladder you could use a new roof, call the experts at REI 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

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!

Spring Siding
roofing, Siding

Home Exterior & Siding Spring Maintenance

While it seems to be appearing on an inconsistent basis, Spring is in fact here in New England. After the cold winter months, it is best to perform a visual inspection of the exterior of your home. You want to do this to ensure no significant damage has occurred to the point where it needs to be repaired. It is important to be able to make this distinction because some blemishes that may appear minor, may carry a large price tag if gone unchecked. We wanted to write a blog focusing on how to inspect your homes siding and overall exterior this Spring.

Siding

If your home has non-vinyl siding and is painting, inspect the areas that may have chipped or peeling. Depending on the severity, this may allow water to damage your home’s siding. Also, be sure to take a close examination of small holes where paint has been chipped. It’s possible that as small critters look for new homes during the spring months, they have found a comfortable place within your home’s siding.

If your home has Vinyl siding, you will want to consider any siding that has cracked due to cold weather or strong winds. Checking for animals who have borrowed applies with vinyl siding as well.

Window and Door Caulking

While this can be done inside your home, the caulking used for doors and windows can be impacted by cold winter months. This can especially be the case if the caulking is older and it was a particularly cold winter. Inspect and determine if the caulking needs to be replaced and this will save you time and money prior to next fall.

Other Areas to inspect

In addition to the siding and caulking, you will want to investigate your homes porches, decks, and patios, and any outdoor railings. The cold temperatures of the winter months can loosen improperly installed railings due to the contraction and expansion of the wood. You will also want to investigate the foundation of patios, decks, and porches in case animals have burrowed or the cold weather has caused structural damage.

Residential Exterior Inc.: Spring Assessment Pros

We receive a lot of phone calls in the spring due to individuals noticing some of the issues highlighted in this blog and the last blog we posted about Spring Time Roofing Check. If you are aware of winter damage that occurred this past winter or suspect your roofing or siding could use a professional evaluation, call the Pro’s at REI roofing today. We can provide an estimate, recommendations, and a variety of solutions that meet your budget.

spring roofing
roofing

Spring Roofing Inspection

Spring is now officially here and unless your home is under constant shade, the snow should be gone from your roof! With the snow also gone from your yard, you can take a few steps back (avoid the mud) and you can get a good look at your roof. How did your roof hold up during the winter months? We wanted to write a blog highlighting what to look for after the long winter months to ensure your roof is still in working condition!

Gutters and Downspout

Before looking at the shingles themselves, take a detailed look at the gutters and downspouts of your home. While you (hopefully) cleaned your gutters right after fall prior to winter starting, additional leaves or twigs can find themselves in your gutter system. Since spring will be bringing rain, you will want to make sure all that rain goes to the right place. Be sure gutters are cleaned and securely attached to downspouts. After ensuring gutters are properly connected and the gutters are cleaned, be sure water will be led away from the foundation of your home. If needed, you can purchase a downspout extension which leads far enough away to not undermine your home’s foundation. Failing to do so can lead to costly repairs.

Test your gutters and downspouts by placing a hose on the far end of your gutter and turn it on.

Roofing Shingles

Now that you know your gutters and downspouts are in working condition, take a look at the shingles themselves. Check to see if any of the shingles are cracked or out of place. Some may move as the snow from winter melts. If you notice any shingles cracked, deformed, or out of place, it may be beneficial to have a residential roofing professional such as REI come and review your homes roof.

Vents, Chimney’s and Skylights

These roofing features are spots you need to take a closer look. These features are naturally vulnerable to water damage for a variety of reasons one of which is improper installation. Checking these features requires a professional and at times, removing some of the shingles around to assess the damage in more detail. If you suspect the roofing around your roofs vents, chimneys or skylights is damaged, give REI a call today. In the event any of these features experience damage of the winter months, our staff will be able to make repairs once evaluated and explained to the homeowner.

REI: Spring Roofing Inspections

If you noticed any of the roofing features mentioned in this blog experienced damage over the winter months, give the pros at REI a call today. In addition to providing analysis on your roof after the winter months, we will be able to recommend repairs and present multiple options that align with your budget. If you have questions regarding our services, capabilities or the topics covered in this blog, we invite you to call our office or fill out a contact form!

Extreme Cold Roofing
roofing

Extreme Temperatures & your Roof

As we enter the winter months, it is important to be checking the exterior of your home before, during and after winter for damage. The winter months, especially in New England, can impact a home or businesses roof dramatically. The impact of the winter can only get worse depending on the severity of the winter and the existing condition of your roof. We wanted to write a blog on the Winters’ effect on your roof and provide our customers with a better understanding of what’s happening.

Things to check prior to winter

As mentioned above, there are multiple factors into the impact this winter will have on your roof. First, check your roof’s overall health. If you notice damage from years past already rearing its head, you may want to give a roofing professional a call (Preferably REI!) for an assessment. From there, we can recommend if it should be replaced or restored prior to winter or if it will stay in good shape until spring.

Next thing to consider is the severity of the winter months to come. Snow, Rain, and most importantly, dramatic temperature swings, can greatly impact the overall health of your roof.

Why Temperature Swings?

Dramatic temperature swings, with the addition of precipitation, are what causes cracks in any roofing surface. Since water expands when it freezes, as it finds its way into cracks within your roofing, the back and forth of expansion and melting expands the crack. With the crack expanding each time this occurs before you know it, you have structural damage to your roof. This can lead to less efficient heating during the winter months and cooling during the summer months.

What can you do?

If there is a dramatic temperature swing predicted in the forecast there are a few things you can do to help minimize its impact on your roof. If there is excessive snow on your roof, be sure to remove it if possible. The less snow there is to melt away on your roof means less potential water getting into cracks and freezing. If the snow is frozen solid to the roof, you can wait till it gets warmer and begins melting and remove the snow once it’s manageable.

Residential Exterior Roofing is here for you

If you are concerned with whether your roof is in good health going into the winter season, give Residential Exterior Inc. a call today!  Our team of Roofing experts can run through a checklist via phone call or even make a house call to provide an estimate on a roof repair or replacement!

green roofing
roofing

What is Green Roofing?

As a leader in the roofing industry, we are always keeping up to date with the direction of trends within roofing. With the consumers becoming more eco-conscious with their purchasing decisions, ‘green roofing’ has begun to make an impact in both residential and commercial roofing. Green Roofing refers to a variety of material used to lessen a buildings carbon footprint. These types can range from actual plant life as part of your roof or the installation of solar panels. We wanted to post a blog on the current trend and some of their pros and cons!

Green Roofing- Plantlife

Roofing has come full circle! When humans first began building more sturdy living structures, they would often interlay big square of moss to not only keep rain out but to also retain heat from their fires. The methods used today are certainly more advanced and you won’t have the possibility of loose soil falling into your kitchen, but in theory, it works the same. The addition of a few inches of soil and plants (usually an assortment of grass or moss) acts as a blanket to the home and adds certainly an eye-catching, fairytale enchantment to any building. The additional plant life helps with absorbing carbon from the environment and can act as a home for insects that are under-appreciated in terms of the role they play in our ecosystem.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is traditionally found in old-school barns or building and there is a reason for that. Due to their durability, this roof style tends to last much longer than some of its competitors. Metal roofing can also help with heating and cooling costs as it doesn’t absorb heat as easily as traditional methods. Additionally, when the metal roofing needs to be replaced it can be recycled, also lowering environmental impact.

The Addition of Solar Panels

As solar capabilities are expanding and becoming more affordable within the consumer market, we see more and more of our clients asking about them. While we are not certified to install these panels, we are more than happy to work with your solar provider to ensure your roofing with be solar compatible. When considering solar, an in-depth look at your roofs natural sunlight exposure is required to get the most out of these panels. When taking a look at the roofs natural lighting, also consider skylights, which we posted a blog about a few months back!

Residential Exterior is your roofing expert!

When considering updating, repairing, or replacing a roof, give us a call. As industry experts, we love hearing customers goals in terms of roofing and we will be there to recommend the best solution that meets style, efficiency, and cost. If you have any questions regarding our capabilities within roofing or any other service we provide, give us a call today!

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