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.

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!

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.


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.

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!


Siding Tips for Winter

Think of siding as your homes outer most layer of insulation. It is important to have your siding in top condition entering the winter months to ensure that your home keeps the cold out and the heat where it belongs: inside your home. While you certainly want to ensure that your siding is fully repaired before the winter months, the steps you’ll need to take depends on what type of siding your home has.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl Siding is especially important to install before the winter months begin. Vinyl Siding is particularly susceptible to fluctuation’s in temperature, expanding and contracting with the warmer and cooler weather respectively. Because of this, if you need to make vinyl siding repairs, be sure to do it before the temperature cools too much. Fall is the best time to install because it helps give the siding the room to both expand and contract. If you wait too long and install your siding in the winter, there is a chance that it could crack. To be safe, try to install the siding before the temperature tips into freezing territory.

Wood Siding

If your home has wood siding, it is important to ensure that your gutters are properly caulked before winter begins. As your gutters fill up in the winter time with melting ice and fall debris, they can overflow. When they overflow, if your gutters aren’t caulked to the home properly, water will begin to leak behind the gutters. Since wood is particularly susceptible to water damage, you want to ensure that the overflow can only leak out the front of the gutters.

General Tips

Depending on what type of siding you have, you should be sure to check for either any cracks in your siding. Making these repairs, no matter how minor they may seem, will help insulate your home and cut down on heating costs. For the same reason, you should see if your siding needs to be repainted. A fresh coat of painting on siding can add another layer of insulation. While paint may seem too thin to have any real effect, when properly painted, it creates an extra layer of protection by sealing your siding and helping keep the cold out and the heat in your home.

Reach Out to REI today!

Need to get that siding repaired before the snow starts falling? Give the team at REI a call at 781-848- 1999 or fill out of online contact form to receive a free estimate!


Siding Damage to look for this Winter

With Fall here and Winter well on its way, we wanted to write a blog on what to look for this winter regarding siding damage. Depending on the quality and abuse your siding has taken in its product life-cycle, this could be the winter you start seeing some damage to your siding. Continue reading this blog to better equip yourself for this winter and what to look for!

Fall Prep

Before it gets too cold and the yard covered with snow, take a walk around your home an assess your current vinyl situation. Any areas you feel that may be susceptible to additional winter damage you will want to take note off. Some things to look for before the winter starts including rotting wooden siding, vinyl that has broken over the summer or fall, or damage caused by animals or pests.

Wood Rot

If you notice any wood on the outside of your home beginning to rot, this will only continue through the winter months. Especially during the beginning of winter when there is potential for rain, snow, or freezing rain, exposed rotting wood will not do well in this environment. If caught quickly, you can replace the rotted section before it continues to spread due to the winter’s month snow and snowmelt.

Vinyl Siding Damage

Did you notice any vinyl siding that has cracked, been warped, or beginning to lose its original color while inspecting your home? Depending on the quality of your vinyl siding, harsh colds and high winds can greatly affect the health of your vinyl siding. Although you may be able to get away with another winter month with the same vinyl siding, when spring comes with its higher temperatures, cracks and warping may increase.

Residential Exterior Siding can help!

If you are nervous about the health of your siding this winter Residential Exterior Siding can help! We would be happy to field calls or evaluations regarding whether to repair or replace your siding either before the winter months come or when spring comes. We look forward to hearing from you and stay warm this winter!


Quick Vinyl Siding Tips

From being in this industry for over 15 years, we have seen a lot seen a lot of misconceptions from our customers about vinyl siding. Vinyl Siding is used widely across us and is the most used siding option for homeowners. As of 2 years ago, it was reported that over 30% of homes bare vinyl siding and the number was predicted to continue to grow. We here at Residential Exterior Inc. wanted to post a blog on some of the information regarding vinyl siding and its place in the siding market!


In terms of pricing, vinyl is generally the best option regarding “bang for your buck.” Some alternatives to vinyl can cost up to 2.5 times more than vinyl which can significantly add to the total price of a siding job. Vinyl siding can cost anywhere from $2.50 to $8.00 depending on thickness. Thickness, brand, style, and labor cost will all affect the final price.


The thickness of the vinyl siding will truly determine its durability. But, any ‘contractor grade’ siding a professional would install, should hold its integrity throughout its product lifecycle. The thickness can range from around .40” and up to .55” and can withstand winds up to 110 miles per hour. Vinyl siding that is less than .4” is available on the market but are more susceptible to cracking due to weather or general wear and tear. An advantage of vinyl is also its given ability to expand and contract with temperature changes. This prevents cracking from occurring which would require the replacement of said cracked vinyl siding.


Something we see people do all too often is power or pressure wash their vinyl siding. Due to its pliability and it being essentially a finished plastic product, power/pressure washing will increase the likelihood of the siding breaking or coming off with the force of the water. People at times don’t understand how much focused power a pressure washer can produce. If you are looking to give you siding a clean, create a 70/30 mixture of warm water and white vinegar. Using a soft car brush, gently scrub away any dirt or grim on the exterior of your home. If the siding is stained beyond the point where a cleaning doesn’t help, replacing the siding may be in order.

Residential Exterior Inc.

With Vinyl siding being the most popular siding in the market, we have vinyl installation and restoration capabilities. If you have questions regarding vinyl siding options or repair, give Residential Exterior Inc. a call today. Our trained staff is there to answer all your questions regarding your siding options and what options fit your price range and desired style.

Cedar Siding

Why Choose Cedar Siding?

When choosing to upgrade or install siding for your home, where you live and the elements your home will endure should factor into your decision making. Here at Residential Exterior Inc, we not only want your home to look great, we want to make sure the material used will be most effective as it pertains to longevity and retaining heating and cooling. Cedar siding can be the best option for your home depending on location and desired style. This blog is to highlight the reasons we think Cedar siding is a great option when considering new siding!


Cedar siding is a traditional siding option and for good reason. Cedar is naturally resistant to moisture which can be the main cause for other sidings cracking, splitting and swelling. With the addition of quality finishing products, your cedar siding can last the test of time if applied correctly and properly maintained. Out of most siding options, Cedar is the most naturally resistant to the elements.

Low impact on Environment

When undergoing major home renovations or construction, considering the environment should be considered. As mentioned above, cedar wood is the most naturally resistant to many of the elements a New England year can through at your home. With this being the case, Cedarwood requires less chemical treating than other siding options. Chemicals used to treat wood can wreak havoc on rivers and streams, and ultimately affecting the oceans they run too if not properly disposed of.


Aside from Cedar’s durability and low impact on the environment, we really enjoy the visual characteristics of a Cedar finish! When unfinished, cedar provides a rustic cape cod feel to a home. If deciding to finish the Cedar, there are several options regarding painting and finishing you can choose from. This allows us to customize the cedar siding to any client’s specifications. Cedar with its natural look, unfinished or finished, also has been known to blend in well with almost any backdrop.

Residential Exterior Inc. can help!

Let Residential Exterior Inc. help with all your siding and roofing needs! We will work with you to provide the most cost-efficient and visually appealing solution for your home! We cover a 40-mile radius around Boston and no job is too big or small! Give our office a call and we will begin learning more about what siding solutions make the most sense for your project. Call 781-848- 1999 to learn more and get started! Also, look here at some of the completed projects we have done in the Boston Area!

A photograph of a snowy roof.

3 Things to Keep an Eye on this Winter for Siding Health

It’s not only your roof that keeps you and your family protected from the elements, but your siding too. Ice and freezing runoff water can have a real impact on your siding, so be sure to take a look at the exterior of your home on a regular basis to ensure it is holding up well against the winter weather. Doing so can lead to you resolving small problems before they turn into big ones. Here are some things to keep an eye on this winter…

1.) Ice Dams

If your home has gutters, ice dams can form in them when snowmelt freezes in the gutters and entirely blocks the drain. This can lead to a few problems the next time snow or freezing rain comes along because the runoff water will have no where to go. This then forces precipitation onto your siding or roof, which makes them both very susceptible to water damage.

2.) Water Damage

If you’ve noticed an ice dam or two on your home, or even several, then you’ll want to check your siding for water damage. Obvious damage like broken pieces of siding are easy enough to spot, but other types of damage may take further inspection. These types of damage include discoloration, curling, warping, and rot.

3.) Mold

If water is allowed to sit without anywhere to go, mold and mildew can easily grow. Moist conditions provide an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive, so keep an eye out for mold and mildew growth along your siding. These fungi can be tricky to spot, but if left unchecked they can considerably damage the health of your home structure.

Ensuring your siding is in top shape throughout the winter can give you peace of mind that the elements won’t be making their way into your home. If you notice slight or significant damage to your siding due to nasty winter weather conditions, please get in touch with our team here at REI Roofing. You can reach us at 781-848-1999 or by filling out our online contact form!

A construction worker applying vinyl siding to a home.

What to Consider When Choosing Siding for Your Home

When choosing new siding for your home, it’s important to consider both style and functionality. After all, siding covers a majority of your home’s exterior surface area. There’s a lot of choices to sift through too, particularly when it comes to materials. There are plenty of manufacturers who now combine standard styles and materials with advanced technologies too, so today’s siding is prepared to protect your home for years to come. Seeing as there are so many options to pick from, we’ve outlined four key areas to focus on when weighing your siding choices: affordability, maintenance, design, and durability.

1.) Affordability

Price can be a major factor when deciding which home siding is right for you. Before any major home design decision, it’s important to lay out a budget plan. By taking a look at which options are in your price range, and which ones aren’t, you’re able to have a much more informed conversation with potential contractors. Also, with your budget and options in mind you’ll know if the estimate you’re provided with matches up with your financial plan. Be sure to remember that putting more money into the project up front can save you both time and money down the road.

2.) Maintenance

Low maintenance is certainly a feature you should be looking for beyond style and color. Choosing a low maintenance siding option can save you a lot of money along the way, and each type of siding requires different levels of care. For example, vinyl siding only needs a bit of soap and water to take care of most unsightly issues. Also, vinyl requires no painting or staining. Wood, on the other hand, can require painting upwards of every five years. Brick and stone siding options require repointing of mortar after a few years too. Each type of siding has its own specific needs, so it’s up to you which one best fits your needs. Keep in mind that it’s best to choose an option that is relatively free of costly repairs that can result from wind and moisture damage.

3.) Durability

Most homeowners usually only choose siding once, so it’s crucial to make the right decision in terms of siding durability. Since siding protects your home from various outdoor elements, you should be looking for a siding option that is resistant to rain, wind, and, in some cases, the sun. Believe it or not, some choice manufacturers offer siding with technologies that lend the siding to be resistant against the damaging rays of the sun. After all, no one wants faded siding. Choose an option that is likely to withstand all weather types mother nature can throw at it.

4.) Design

While functionality is ultimately the most important siding factor, curb appeal is practically right on its heels. After all, the siding you choose is applied to the entire exterior of your house. What makes this decision more difficult is that each material type has numerous style and color options to choose from. To help narrow down your choices, your contractor can work with you to help determine which siding type looks best on your home.

The decision regarding your home siding is a big one, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. Consider your options by applying the four key areas listed above. If the siding you choose looks great but isn’t exactly durable, then that probably isn’t the best choice. If you need help making the final decision, we can help! Give us a call at 781-848-1999, or fill out our online contact form!

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