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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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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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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!

A photograph of rain falling off a roof in the summer.
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How to Protect Your Roof This Summer

Even though it seems as though spring just arrived, it’s already almost halfway through the month of May. With June just around the corner, the summer months aren’t too far off. Time is certainly flying, but, on the bright side, we’re heading towards beautiful weather and not away from it. So, with that in mind, let’s go over a few tips on how you can best protect your roof this summer.

Keep an Eye on Sun Damage

Unless you live in the mouth of a cave, your home is going to be in direct line of the summer sun for a majority of the day. If your home is thoroughly shaded by trees, great, but if it’s not then you’re going to have to make sure nothing funky is going on with the crown of your home. First off, it’s important to know the warning signs of a sun-damaged roof. Some things to be on the lookout for are faded, chipped, warped, or other conspicuous abnormalities. Unfortunately, these signs might not always be super obvious, so it’s not a horrible idea to have a roofing professional perform regular maintenance inspections before and after the season is over.

Keep Water Damage at Bay

While your roof is there to protect your home from the elements, sometimes water can be your roof’s kryptonite. Water damage can lead to some costly repairs if left unchecked for too long, so it’s important to catch the problem as early as possible. On the exterior of your home, keep an eye out for broken or missing roof shingles. On the interior, lookout for seeping water. It may surprise you, but just one missing or busted shingle can let water into your home.

Watch Out for Storms

When summer rolls in, so do the thunderstorms. Storms can wreak havoc on your home given your surroundings, so it’s important to do what you can to ensure your home is protected. If there are any tree branches that either touch your house or reach dangerously close, trim those back. Because, after all, no one wants projectile tree branches flying through their windows or walls. If your home is fitted with gutters, ensure they are cleaned out and properly functioning. This way, all unwanted water will trail away from your property. Skylights can be big leak factors too, so check those for any leaking cracks.

If you follow these tips, your roof should be in good shape for the summer months ahead. For all your other roofing needs, count on us here at REI Roofing! You can reach us at 781-848-1999 or by filling out an online contact form.

What to Know Before Installing Solar Panels on Your Roof

In the last couple of years, the number of roofs with solar panels on them has steadily increased. You’ve likely noticed them on a neighbor or two’s roof and wondered if the panels were worth it, or if they make that much of a difference in your utility bill. Finding accurate information from an experienced buyer can be difficult and the number of homeowners who have owned a solar system for its full lifecycle is even more sparse. Installing the panels isn’t cheap, but the price of solar energy is pretty low overall. With the number of solar panel installations steadily increasing, you may find yourself wanting to jump on the solar energy bandwagon. However, there are a few things you should consider prior to taking the plunge. Check them out below!

Ensure Your Roof Can Support Solar Panels

This is probably the most important thing you need to know going into the process. If your roof is shrouded in shade throughout most of the day, you may not have enough sun exposure to justify the installation cost of the panels. If your roof isn’t cut out for solar panels, or you live in an apartment building where installing panels isn’t much of an option, you can still get in on solar power in the form of shared or community solar. By joining a solar community, you can purchase a stake in solar installation and receive credits for your personal electricity bill.

If your roof does get a hearty amount of sunlight each day, ensure that it is structurally sound prior to going through with solar panel installation. This way, if you need to replace or renovate your roof, you won’t have to cough over extra money to remove the panels and then re-install them once the roof repairs have been completed. Another important thing to note for those who have to pay a fee to a homeowner’s association is to make sure the solar panels aren’t banned for aesthetic reasons.

Research Your Installer

As goes with any other work you get done to your home, look into the credentials of the company who will be installing your solar panels. After all, would you hire a plumber to fix your plumbing system if they didn’t have much experience? Most likely not. When researching installers, be sure to keep an eye out for a contractor certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. This certification proves your contractor has a bevy of experience installing solar panels. Panels typically come with warranties anywhere between 20 and 25 years, so it’s in your best interest to find a company who will continue to provide service for the entire warranty period. While solar panels don’t need much maintenance, it is nice to know your installer is available to fix a problem if anything happens to stop working.

You Have Two Options, Lease or Buy

This decision is ultimately up to you as the homeowner, but both come with their pros and cons. If you elect to buy your solar panels, it’ll be a higher up-front cost but comes with greater returns. Leasing, on the other hand, allows for cheaper electricity with little money down but comes with fewer returns. With a lease, you pay them a particular rate for electricity since they essentially own the system. When your lease is up, the company can take your panels away. If you choose to buy your solar panels, they can continue to pay off for a long while after you pay off the cost of the purchase. Your best bet is to compare the benefits of owning against the savings of leasing and make your decision from there.

A bit more goes into installing solar panels on your home than you may have thought, and it’s definitely not a decision that should be made lightly. It is a highly viable power option, especially when you’re trying to make your home more efficient. Just be sure to do your research before diving into the project. If your roof requires structural repairs prior to solar panel installation, count on REI Roofing to solve the problem! Call us at 781-848-1999 or fill out an online contact form.

Spring Maintenance Tips for Your Roof

After the long and brutal winter season, it’s important to show your roof some TLC. This rings especially true now that it’s spring and spring cleaning should be in full swing. Every residential roof could go for a simple inspection come springtime, especially since regular maintenance allows roofs to last longer and perform better. Regardless of if you enjoy doing the maintenance yourself or if you need some help from REI Roofing, here are a few things to put on your roof checklist for spring.

Check Out Your Shingles

Take a good look at the shingles on your roof and if any of them are curling, loose, or otherwise damaged, you should look into have them replaced as soon as possible. If any nails are coming out, hammer them right back down. If your shingles, across the board, are looking worn and old, you really should contemplate a replacement. This rings especially true if your roof is getting up there in age.

Look Out for Flashing Damage

If you’re unfamiliar with roof flashing, it’s what connects the different elements of your roof, like walls of dormers, skylights, or where two slopes of the roof come together. Like most anything else, roof flashing can be damaged. Examine the caulking around the flashing for cracking and if you’re adept enough, you can re-caulk the flashing all on your own. If you notice rust spots on the flashing, however, you’ll need to look into having the flashing replaced right away to prevent any water damage.

Ensure There is No Water Damage

If ice dams are common on your roof, the damage they can inflict can result in water damage to your roof, ceilings, and insulation. Staying on top of leaks is important, as leaving them for too long can result in your roof’s underlayment rotting and ultimately destroying your insulation. If you spot the leak but aren’t sure how to go about fixing it, get in touch with us here at REI Roofing. Our team has the know-how on how to best tackle your situation.

Ensuring your roof’s health is sound in the spring only sets you up for success. Give your roof a thorough inspection and determine what needs to be done. If you encounter something that gives you pause, please give us a call. You can reach us at 781-848-1999 or by filling out an online contact form!

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