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Fun additions to Skylights!

If your home has skylights, you might take them for granted. Other than providing extra natural light in your space, you probably don’t think too much about what you can do with them. There are, however, a number of fun things you can add to skylights to make them much more than windows! As you read the rest of this guide, you’ll discover what five of these things are and, hopefully, spark your creativity along the way.

  1. Holiday decorations – Very few people decorate their ceilings for the holidays but skylights allow you to add fun decorations throughout the year. Themed window clings are a great option but you can even add unexpected items as well. Securing a wreath to a skylight at Christmas time for instance, is sure to make a statement!
  2. Tints – You might not realize it, but skylights can be tinted to whatever shade you desire. Whether you want your skylights to be darker to provide added privacy and security for your family or you’re interested in adding a colorful tint, such as a purple or blue hue, it can be done. There are kits that allow you to tint your own windows or you can contact a professional to handle the project for you.
  3. Shapes for kids – If you have little ones in your house, you know that every moment can turn into a teaching moment. Your kids probably love looking at any skylights in your home, so make them educational! Whether you buy pre-made window clings or create your own shapes from construction paper, skylights are the perfect place to put shapes for your children to familiarize themselves with.
  4. Frosted contact paper – Although contact paper is most often used to line drawers and shelves, the clear variety can create a beautiful frosted glass look on windows and doors. Whether you’re interested in increased privacy or you just want to add visual interest to your skylight, looking-up a tutorial for how to do this project is sure to be right up your alley.
  5. Glowing stars and planets – Skylights are the ideal spot to put glow-in-the-dark ceiling stickers, such as stars and planets. Typically, these come in packs and they are perfect for kids and teens of all ages; many adults even like them!

Hopefully these ideas have helped you figure out something fun to do with the skylights in your home. Beautifying these windows is something you can do on your own to surprise your family or turn into a bonding activity for everyone in your household. No matter which option you choose, you’re sure to love your newly decorated skylights! If you have any questions about skylights or our capabilites as a window and roofing provider, give us a call today! 

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!

Siding

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!

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Siding

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!

Residential Exteriors Inc. Earns National Recognition from CertainTeed for Outstanding Residential Remodel

On August 22, 2018, Residential Exteriors Inc. was presented with the Remodeler Project of the Quarter award from CertainTeed. (From left: Chris Boilard, CertainTeed Siding; Nick Kazolias, Owner, Residential Exteriors Inc.; Frank Curreri, Sales, Residential Exteriors Inc.; Randy Hathaway, CertainTeed Roofing)

 

(Malvern, Pa.) – Residential Exteriors Inc. (REI Roofing), of Braintree, Massachusetts, has won the Remodeler Project of the Quarter award from CertainTeed Corporation for outstanding work with CertainTeed roofing and siding products in a recent residential remodel.

The contractor replaced and upgraded the home’s exterior from a weather-worn and aged shingle to a blend of Cedar Impressions® Triple 5-inch Saw Mill Shingles in Sterling Gray, as well as Landmark® Premium Architectural Grade Shingles in Cobblestone Gray. The modern gray tones paired with the texture of the Cedar Impressions shingle gave this home a fresh new look and significantly boosted the home’s curb appeal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“When we sell CertainTeed product lines to our clients, we are asking them to put their trust in us and the products we use,” said Nick Kazolias, owner of REI Roofing. “It’s comforting to know that we can offer them the best services, products and warranties that the industry has to offer. CertainTeed offers REI the same assurance that we offer our clients; that the services and products will stand the test of time and the company will always stand behind them.”

The Remodeler Project of the Quarter honor is not the first award REI Roofing has won from CertainTeed. In 2014, CertainTeed awarded REI Roofing 20SQ CertainTeed Landmark PRO Shingles for being the leading company in the area to register the most SureStart Warranties.

The company is a Select Shinglemaster Roofing Contractor, a RoofingRESPONSIBLY Recycling Program member, an EverNew Composite Railing Master Craftsman and a Restoration Mill Trim Master Craftsman.

“It’s been a pleasure working with REI Roofing for many years,” said Chris Boilard, senior territory manager for CertainTeed Siding. “Nick and his team are very knowledgeable and customer-focused, and always have an over-the-top sense of urgency to take care of their customers.”

“REI Roofing has been a great partner of CertainTeed Roofing for many years,” said Randy Hathaway, senior territory manager for CertainTeed Roofing. “Nick and the REI Roofing team have been outstanding professionals to work with as they not only enjoy and understand the roofing business but have always been open to trying new products. Most importantly, REI Roofing has been focused on providing quality customer service to homeowners for many years, and we look forward to partnering with REI Roofing for many years to come.”

REI Roofing is a leading full-service roofing company located in Braintree, Massachusetts, serving both residential and commercial properties in the Greater Boston area through Plymouth. For more information, contact 781-848-1999, info@reiroofing.com, or visit www.reiroofing.com.

The Remodeler Project of the Quarter award is an opportunity for remodelers using multiple CertainTeed products to win cash and promote their business. Projects can be submitted on www.certainteedrewards.com,  by simply providing basic product information and images.

The award is part of the CertainTeed Building Solutions® program that celebrates local, active remodelers who demonstrate excellence in workmanship and creativity using multiple CertainTeed products. To learn more about all the Building Solutions programs for builders and remodelers, visit www.certainteed.com/pro-center/loyalty-programs.

About CertainTeed

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, has helped shape the building products industry for more than 110 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm’s slogan, “Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed,” inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed is a leading North American brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, drywall, and ceilings. A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies, CertainTeed has more than 6,300 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. The company had total sales of approximately $3.7 billion in 2017. www.certainteed.com.

 

Siding

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!

Pricing

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.

Durability

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.

Cleaning

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.

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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!

Composite Deck
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Adding a deck to your home

Decks act as an extension of your home allowing you to enjoy the nicer weather New England has to offer. If you grew up in this area, family meals, cookouts and even late nights are known to be had on the decks of homes. If you are considering adding a deck to your home, odds are you have a few questions. Between building material to appropriate sizing, REI has the professional expertise to steer you in the right direction. First, let’s look at some deck material options that are on the market today!

Options in the market

Pressure treated– One of the most common options used by homeowners today. Pressure treated wood does offer some durability but with harsh winters and warm summers, these don’t have the longest shelf life. Expect to make some repairs along the way to specific pieces as time moves on.

Natural Woods– These include the likes of Cedar or Redwood. Generally, a little more expensive and these woods naturally have components within them making them resistant -to a point- to weather and bugs. Again, with New England’s wide range of weather extremes, it’s not exactly the best option for homes in this area.

Composite– The option we like to recommend to our clients. Manufacturers have come a long way in mimicking the touch, feel, and look of natural wood in the form of a composite material. These are significantly much more resistant to the elements then the options listed above. In addition to being the most resistant and having a great look, they are much cheaper than traditional lumber.

Boardwalk Composite Decking

We have experimented with a variety of brands, types, and manufacturers regarding composite decking options. Through using several products on the market, we have been most satisfied with the results of Boardwalk Composite. Resistant to fire and warp, Boardwalk composite also boasts a 10-year guarantee. Boardwalk provides the look of wood without any of the hassles real wood can have.

The REI Experience

REI has been installing and constructing custom decks since we started in 2001. If you are considering adding a deck to your home, give us a call. Our staff will work with you to understand your desired style and features to ensure you are left with an end product you will want to show off to your neighbors. Leave an inquiry on our contact us page or give us a call at 781.848.1999. We look forward to hearing from you!

Skylights

Different Types of Skylights!

Skylights offer natural lighting, benefits regarding heating and cooling, and are overall great due to giving one the ability to look at the stars at night while trying to fall asleep. These are all great reasons to consider when considering an installation of skylights. What most people don’t know is that there are a variety of skylights one can choose from. We wanted to showcase some of the options when considering skylights in this blog.

Fixed Skylight

Fixed skylights are generally what people think of hearing the term skylight. These skylights do not have the ability to be opened which is not a bad thing at all. Due to their inability to open, they are seen as the most watertight option when it comes to skylights. Also, because of their simplicity, fixed skylights are generally the cheapest style to install.

Tubular Skylight

Tubular skylights allow you to harness the light from the sun to provide a room or hallway with natural light. A tubular skylight has a dome top that captures the sun’s rays. A tube of reflective material is run through the attic leading to the ceiling below where, what looks like a light fixture, is placed. These do not provide a view of the stars or clouds above but can add a lot of natural lighting while not running up your electric bill. This is a great option for homes with natural lighting issues and for those who are environmentally conscious!

Manual Venting Skylight

These are similar to your Fixed skylight with the exception of it being able to be manually open to let warm air escape and fresh air in. Great for keeping down cooling cost while adding natural lighting and the ability to look at the night sky!

Electronic Venting Skylight

These tend to be the most expensive due to the wiring required. The electronic venting skylight gives you utmost convivence of opening and closing the windows with the press of a button. Some of the nicer models have the ability to close upon the first drop of rain, giving you peace of mind on those humid pre-thunderstorm afternoons. No need to run to the next room to close the skylight!

Residential Exterior Can Help!

Residential Exterior Inc. is proud to say we are certified in Wasco skylight installations. Give us a call at 781.848.1999 and our team of experts will seek to understand the best skylight option for your budget and desired style. We offer free estimates and look forward to hearing from you regarding advice on skylights or any other roofing, siding, window upgrade or remodel you have in mind!

Cedar Siding
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!

Durability

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.

Aesthetics

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!

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