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roofing

The Major Benefits of Roof Maintenance

It’s easy to get swept up in life and forget that your roof is constantly keeping you protected from the elements. After enough time passes, even the sturdiest roofs can diminish and become less efficient. Regular exposure to rain, snow, sunlight, intense cold and intense heat can really pack a punch. So, it’s best to stay ahead of the game and elect to have professional routine maintenance performed on your residential or commercial roof. Not convinced? Here are some key benefits of having a professionally maintained roof:

Damage Control

Often times, roof leaks are detected far too late. Homeowners usually only notice a leak once there has been an incident, and at that point, there might already be severe interior home damage. Having a properly maintained roof would prevent catastrophes like that from happening. Even if you notice staining on your roof, contact professionals immediately. This is a clear indication there’s a problem and you can quickly remedy the issue before it gets worse.

Curb Appeal

The exterior of your home can look absolutely amazing, but if your roof is shabby it’ll completely drag down its look. If your roof looks consistently maintained, it’ll be a staple of your home. Having a roof that looks practically new at all times isn’t only satisfying as a homeowner, but it could be a real selling point if you ever choose to leave your current residence.

Extended Roof Life

All roofs have a shelf life, but if you keep your roof thoroughly maintained you can be absolutely sure that roof will last you a long time. The roof will have the chance to be cleaned, repaired, sealed, and recoated, all of which make it exceedingly durable. Complete roof replacements are not cheap, and professional maintenance will keep that from being a reality for the longest amount of time possible.

 

These are just a few of the advantages of having your roof professionally maintained. Remember, your roof keeps you and your family safe day in and day out, and it doesn’t even get a “thank you”. So, show your roof you care by entrusting the professionals at REI Roofing to maintain your roof. We’ll make sure it safely caps off your home for years to come.

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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!

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roofing

Preventing Roof Leaks This Winter

Winter time is always a toss-up. It’s either picturesque and relatively beautiful, or it’s harsh and bleak and not at all enjoyable. In times of heavy snowfall, our roofs can really take a beating. Not only are they under consistent barrage from the elements, but when snow piles up your roof has to hold it. Even after the storm is over, it takes a bit of time for that snow to dissipate. The water runoff from melting snow can pose a few problems too, so we’re here to give you some tips on how you can prevent roof leaks throughout the upcoming winter season.

 

Inspect Your Gutters

 

As a rule of thumb, your gutters should be cleaned and inspected twice a year. It’s typically best to have these cleanings performed in the spring and fall as well. If you leave your gutters unattended, leaves and debris can build up, clog drains, and contribute to water build up. When your gutters get clogged, they cannot bring water away from your house. In fact, water can accumulate and seep into your roof which results in both leaks and damage. Clogged up gutters certainly won’t help your case come winter when snow runoff needs somewhere to go. It’s still early November, so get those gutters cleaned folks!

 

Check Chimneys and Skylights

 

Chimneys and skylights are some of the most common areas where leaks occur. In order to prevent moisture from coming into the house, skylights must be properly installed to seal out moisture. If you have a chimney, be sure that it’s flashed and sealed. By making sure these features in your home are secure, you’ll likely spare yourself some leaking woes this winter.

 

Repair or Replace Roof Shingles

 

If your home has a shingled roof, give your house a walk around and check for curled, damaged, or altogether missing shingles. It’s not a bad idea to check your gutters for shingle granules either. If your shingles are in bad shape or their protective granules are falling off, or both, you’re susceptible to leaks. If you notice there are just a few busted shingles, you can likely mend the issue yourself. If a majority of your roof is affected, however, it’s time to call in the professionals.

 

With the cold weather settling in and winter fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about the health of your roof. Utilize our tips to ensure your roof remains leak free this winter season. If you find you need more help, get in touch with us here at REI Roofing! You can call us at 781-848-1999, or fill out our online contact form.

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Siding

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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How To Tell You Need A New Roof

As a homeowner it is important that you keep all assets of your house in working in order. Making sure repairs are made, maintenance is completed and replacing various portions of your home when needed will end up saving you time and reducing stress and hassle.

1. Roof Age: How old is your roof? Is it 5 years old or 25 years old? This should be the first thing to consider when weighing whether you need a new roof or not. Most asphalt roofs last between 20-25 years so making a costly repair at age 25 of your roof could be a waste of money.

2. Neighbors Getting New Roofs: A majority of neighborhoods have homes that were built around the same time. If you are seeing that all your neighbors are getting roof replacements than your roofs time may also be up.

After the first step of realizing that your roof may be in the right time frame to get replaced, there are a handful of noticeable factors that provide a hint that something is wrong.

3. Missing Shingles: A few missing shingles here and there isn’t the end of the world. They can be replaced fairly easily. This becomes a major issues when shingles are falling off at a high rate.  Eventually your roof could look like a checkerboard.

4. Granules in The Gutters: When shingles start breaking down, the asphalt shingles can start to fall off. From the naked eye, it may be tough to see but these granules will usually end up in your gutters.

5. Roof Valleys: The roof valley is an extremely important part of your roof. Check to make sure that the area is in tact. If shingles are missing or are falling apart, you could be in trouble.

6. Daylight Through The Roof: This may be one of the easiest things to check. Go up in your attic on a sunny day and check to see if there is any daylight coming through the roof boards. If there is then, rain and animals also have access into your home.

If you still have questions about whether you need a new roof, please feel free to reach out to REI Roofing. Our team of contractors provides inspections, repairs and installations throughout the Greater Boston Area and South Shore of Massachusetts. We can be reached over the phone at 781-848-1999 or through our online contact form.

 

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Architecture & Building, roofing

How to Help Increase the Lifespan of Your Roof

When it comes to the lifespan of your roof, the proof really is in the pudding. The work put into installing the roof is what is going to shine through as the roof ages. However, there are things you can do here and there to ensure it holds up for as long as possible. You can remove debris from your roof, keep an eye out of ice dams in the winter months, and have your roof professionally inspected at least once every three years. But, there is a lot more to it. Let’s take a look at three major factors that help influence the lifespan of your roof.

1.) Insulation

When it comes to insulation, one normally thinks of what goes into their walls to keep their home at proper temperatures throughout the year. What we don’t think of is how insulation also protects the structural components of any building. Insulating your roof not only helps reduce energy bills, but it also extends the life of your roof. Roof insulation can be applied to existing roof systems too. Certain materials are better suited for different roof types, and some of these materials include latex and acrylic barriers, bituminous asphalt, elastomeric non-bituminous coatings, fibered coatings, and polystyrene or rigid foam panels. White or light-colored roofing materials can also prolong the life of your roof because they provide thermal insulation and reduce overall roof temperature.

2.) Attic Ventilation

Having an attic with poor ventilation can lead to a whole number of problems, one of which is premature roof aging. In the summer, when temperatures in an attic without proper ventilation can read upwards of 150 degrees, super-hot air can penetrate attic insulation and “fry” your shingles. When this occurs, the shingles deteriorate more quickly and the rafters holding up the roof can become weakened by cracking and warping. Air circulation in an attic is based upon a balance of air intake vents and air exhaust near the roof’s peak. It is recommended there be a minimum of at least 1 square foot of attic ventilation for both intake and exhaust for every 300 square feet of attic space. If you suspect your attic is not properly ventilated, perhaps it is time to look into options for sorting that out.

3.) We’ll Say It Again, Clean Your Roof!

If you have an asphalt shingle roof that is in almost constant shade, there’s a high chance it is attracting algae growth. The algae feeds off of the microscopic particles present in the limestone used to make the shingles. This growth is easily identifiable as a black of green staining on your roof. Opting to clean your roof results in no harm as long as it’s done professionally. When you get your roof cleaned, it protects the shingles and ultimately extends the life of the roof. It is also believed to be more energy efficient because a darker roof helps generate more heat.

Your roof has a big job to do, so the least you can do is tend to the little things that help keep it healthy. Keep an eye on your roof for debris, and check out your attic in the summer for potential ventilation issues. For everything else, contact REI Roofing. Our crew of professionals is here to serve you and all of your roofing needs. Call us at 781-848-1999, or fill out our online contact form!

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roofing

The Homeowners Guide to Roofing

When you own a home, you want to make sure that it is in top condition, especially during the months where weather may severe or uncomfortable. You also want to make sure that you find the right contractor for a repair or rebuild job, which is going to provide you with quality work that will be completed on time and will stand the test of time. With these types of giant projects it can be hard just to know where to start. Here are some steps that can help you find the right roofing contractor & finish the roofing project.

  1. Finding a Roofing Contractor- Finding a roofing contractor is easy, you just go online and search for a roofing contractor. Finding the right roofing contractor is a little bit tougher. You want to make sure that you search using roofing association sites like the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), because the roofing contractors these sites provide will be qualified and reputable. The best way to find a roofing contractor is to get a referral from a trusted source that is close to you.
  2. The Interview- Some people just find a roofing contractor online, give him the job and let him into their home without even asking a question, this is not a good practice. The interview should be more like a casual conversation where you get information on the company and the contractor to build trust. By the end of the conversation you should know what needs to be done, what the company is going to do and when the job is going to be completed. It should end with getting a list of references.
  3. Roofing Material- When choosing a roofing material, it is good to get the opinion of the roofing contractor because they usually tend to be the experts; however the decision comes down to you. The most important thing to account for is the strength of the reinforcing mat below the shingle and the quality of the asphalt. Asphalt roofs make up about 75% of the roofs in the marketplace, which is great because those roofs are offered in a variety of styles and colors.
  4. Roofing Systems & Warranties- Using one companies roofing products and system can result in a more cohesive and higher quality roof and usually allows for a greater warranty.

Following these steps will allow you to choose the right contractor for your roofing project, the right materials for your roof and leave you with the best roof you could ask for. Residential Exteriors provides reputable roofing contractors and quality roofing products for any job. Please contact us if you have any questions about roofing or would like more information about our roofing process.

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What is Roof Flashing?

WHAT IS ROOF FLASHING?

Flashing is an essential component of any roofing system. It’s unfortunate that flashing is sometimes forgotten about or installed improperly, because it keeps your roof both airtight and water proof, and is placed around sections where a chimney, skylight, wall, or another roof intersects with the roof being worked on. If areas like these are not properly sealed, you’ll eventually be subjected to some serious leaks. Intersections on a roof do contract and expand depending on outside temperatures and humidity levels, so flashing should allow for variable movement while also keeping moisture out of the roof. There are different types of flashing, though, and we’re here to explain them to you.

Abutments

There are two types of flashing used when a pitched roof comes up against a wall, and it really depends on the steepness of the pitch and the type of roofing material used. The first type of flashing is called double-lap flashings, which are made in two parts, and suitable for roofs made of plain tiles or slates that are pitched over 30 degrees. “Soakers” are sheets of metal made from lead or zinc that are folded at right angles along their length so their face is about 3 inches tall. This is also known as the “upstand”, which is put to the wall while the other face is placed flat to cover 4 inches away from the wall. The higher edge of the sheet is then turned down over the upper edge to help retain position. A stepped flashing is then placed over it, with the top edges secured into bed joints with wedges and mortar pointing.

There are also single-lap flashings, which are used on roofs with contoured tiles. This type of flashing is placed to the wall and then over the tile. The required width of flashing might be higher if the roof is shallow, however.

Apron Flashings

Apron flashings are the simplest of all flashings, and are used when the top of a lean-to roof meets a wall. The top edge of flashing is placed into the joint two courses above the head of the roof, and then dressed down to overlap the roof covering by about six inches or so.

Chimney Flashings

These are a bit trickier than other types of flashing. The front portion of the chimney gets an apron flashing that extends to the sides of the chimney stack, with the ends folded around the sides of the stack. The sides of the chimney are then covered with either single-lap or double-lap flashings, depending on which kind is more appropriate. The back then needs a gutter, which is created by turning lead up the back wall of the chimney to create an upstand. The lead upstand is then covered with separate flashing placed into the back wall. The back portion of the gutter then follows the roof pitch and is overlapped by the tiles above it.

Valley Flashings

These types of flashings are used when two roofs meet at an angle, but they are less common than the other types listed above. Boarding is built to run down the pitch of the roof from the ridge to the eaves, with fillets secured along both long edges. Sheeting is then dressed over the fillets, and roof tiles or slates are cut to overhang the valley.

While often overlooked, roof flashing is quite important. REI Roofing will make sure your flashing is installed properly the first time. Call us at 781-848-1999, or fill out our online contact form!

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