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Steam Ice Dam Removal

Advanced Roofing and Siding works to always bring the latest technology for our customers. No matter what service or product it is, we want our customers to have the best. The latest and newest product we are offering our customers this winter is in relation to ice dams!

We are introducing the Steam heat ice dam removal. How it works is a steamer heats the water 300 degrees before force shoots the steam out through as hose into the ice dam. This then slowly melts the ice into small chunks of ice that we can remove from your roof . This method keeps the ice from tearing your asphalt shingles or damaging your metal roof surface.

If you have noticed that you have ice dams, please reach out to the specialists at Advanced Roofing and Siding and we can get you back your house back on track.


Vinyl vs Fiber Cement Siding

Every homeowner wants their home to be beautiful. They want every part of their home to feel welcoming and to increase the value of their home, as well. One of the ways you can make your home more attractive and valuable is to choose the right type of siding. Two of the most popular siding options are vinyl and fiber cement. Choosing the best siding for your home can be tough. Comparing these two options can help you to make the right choice for your home. Let’s compare the benefits of each material below!

Energy Efficiency

When comparing these two types of siding and looking at the most energy-efficient option, you will find that vinyl siding takes the win. Vinyl siding can be fitted with added insulation, improving the efficiency of the material and making it the superior option for insulation.


When discussing which siding is more eco-friendly, you will find that fiber cement is at the top of the list. This type of siding uses sustainable materials like wood fibers in its construction. No fossil fuels are used in the construction of fiber cement, unlike vinyl siding. 


Both vinyl siding and fiber cement siding are durable. The only difference for durability is that vinyl siding won’t absorb any moisture like the fiber cement potentially could. With that being said, the durability factor really is a tie between the two types of siding. 


Fiber cement siding requires you to do more maintenance than vinyl siding. It will need to be painted, caulked, and it will fade with time. Vinyl siding generally doesn’t have these issues, making it the lower maintenance option. 

Fire Resistance

Fiber cement siding is much more fire-resistant than vinyl siding. This is because fiber cement siding is flame-retardant and vinyl siding is not. 


Vinyl siding is the cheaper of the two types of siding. This is when you are taking into consideration the original cost. However, you may have to replace vinyl siding earlier than you would have to replace fiber cement siding, making fiber cement the more cost-effective option on a long-term basis. If you’re expecting to be in your home for the foreseeable future, fiber cement is likely to be the more economical option over the lifespan of your home!

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These are the differences and similarities between vinyl siding and fiber cement siding. If you are trying to make home improvements on your house and siding is in question at this time, now you have a better idea of what you should have installed. Keep in mind that although the durability factor is about the same, the other factors vary between the two. 

If you’re interested in installing new vinyl or fiber-cement siding on your home this winter, our team at Advanced Roofing & Siding is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (978) 440-5020 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! If you’re interested in learning more about our services, reach out today for more information!

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Wood vs. Vinyl Windows

When it comes to remodeling, redecorating, or renovating parts of a house, windows are an excellent place to start. Windows should be given considerable attention, given that these parts of your home are what give it a distinct look, feel, and value. Homeowners and homebuyers both consider front and back windows to be a crowning feature of their home. Windows give you a view out to the world and allow the world to see a glimpse of your world, as well. So if you’re redoing or upgrading your home, you’ll want to choose the best windows for you. Here are the significant differences, pros, and cons of wood vs. vinyl windows.


Vinyl: Vinyl is made of a plastic known commonly as PVC.

Wood: Wood windows are commonly made from pine or fir.


Vinyl: White or light tan. Darker colors will cost more.

Wood: Natural wood or painted any color.


Vinyl: No maintenance needed. No sealing or painting required. With vinyl, you can set it and forget it.

Wood: High maintenance. Wood must be treated, sealed, and painted when installed and every few years. If the wood is painted, you must refresh the paint job every one-to-two years. 


Vinyl: Vinyl does a fair job of insulating, though these windows are not beneficial in areas that get freezing temperatures.

Wood: Wood is your go-to solution for insulation. Wood keeps heat inside and cold outside, creating a cost-effective method for keeping your energy bill down.

Cost For The Window

Vinyl: Vinyl windows are a cost-effective option. They are, on average, 25% cheaper than wood.

Wood: Wood windows are going to cost more than vinyl. If wood is important, factor a higher cost into your renovation budget.


Vinyl: With light colors to match modern homes and darker colors coming onto the market, their appearance is improving.

Wood: If you’re going for a natural look, you can’t beat wood. Wood will give you a very outdoorsy feel for homes in the country. Wood can also provide a stately feel for older homes.

Ordering Time

Vinyl: Vinyl is plentiful, and many manufacturers have it available. You can order vinyl windows and have them delivered according to any schedule you set.

Wood: Wood is harder to obtain. You will need to adjust to the supplier’s time table for your window projects.

Resale Value

Vinyl: Vinyl has a good resale value. Most homebuyers will accept vinyl windows if it comes with the house of their dreams. 

Wood: Resale value is excellent. Wood windows that have been maintained will always add to the beauty of a home. Well-maintained wood is looked upon favorably by homebuyers.

Bottom Line

Vinyl: If you prefer cost-effective windows that look well maintained with little to no maintenance, vinyl is the way to go.

Wood: If you prefer the eco-friendly nature of wood windows, you will have more maintenance in your future, but your home will retain a higher resale value for it.

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Our team at Advanced Siding is happy to be able to offer our window installation services to Massachusetts homeowners in need! Our team can be reached by calling us at (978) 440-5020 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your remodeling needs!

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Fall Home Maintenance

Fall has arrived, and with it comes the need to do a little maintenance around your home. Preparing for fall and winter is important to do before the snow begins to fall. Knowing a few tips and areas to tackle first will help you to ensure your home is prepared for the dropping temperatures! 

HVAC System

Make sure that you’re changing your filter on a regular basis. If you haven’t changed it during the summer months, now is the time to do so. It helps you to have a more efficient heating system, and it cuts down on dust, dander, pollen, and other irritants in your home. Also, the filter in your furnace, if you have one, should be changed as well. 

Now is the perfect time to also bring out an HVAC technician to do a once-over of your entire system. Cleaning the ductwork, checking the furnace and heating unit you have, and repairing any small issues will help you stay warm and toasty when the winter weather hits.

Check Your Doors and Windows

Make sure the seals around your doors and windows are fresh and repaired. If they are cracked or leaking this can cause you to lose heat this winter. If you change your window screens out during the summer, now is a good time to put the cold weather screens back on. Go around the home and be sure to inspect your frames to see if any are loose or broken. Repairing them now will save you from lots of cold drafts in the future.

Clean Your Gutters and Downspout Areas

With the crisp fall air comes the torrential downpour of dead leaves. While the leaves are beautiful, they also can wreak havoc on your gutters. Be sure you’re keeping a watch on them and cleaning them out on a routine basis. Leaves can clog up your gutters and cause water to stand against your home. This can lead to rotted wood on your roof. This is a good time to also inspect your brackets that support your gutters and ensure they are secure. Don’t forget to make sure that the water doesn’t pool up below the downspout area. Double-check that proper drainage is installed so the water doesn’t cause damage to your foundation or other concrete areas.

Clean the Chimney

Fall and cooler days mean it is time to enjoy a crackling fire. Before you start one in your home, ensure you have the chimney and fireplace cleaned professionally to reduce any issues. 

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If you need to repair your doors, windows, siding or roof before the winter arrives, reach out to our team at Advanced Roofing today! We can be reached over the phone at (978) 440-5020 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your exterior remodeling needs!

Multi-Colored Metal Roofing

Pros & Cons of Metal Roofing

Whether intended for a large industrial or commercial structure, an outdoor agricultural building, or sprucing up a family home with a fresh clean look, modern metal roofing is a great option. This article briefly delves into the big-ticket pros and cons of choosing metal roofing along with some of the basics. Let’s start by examining the basics below:

Common Materials: The most common types of metal roofing on the consumer market today are Aluminum, Copper, Corrugated, Metal Tiles, Tin, and Zinc. Each have their own appearances, pros and cons, and associated costs. 

Pricing: Prices fluctuate over time depending on open global market conditions, but generally speaking metal roofing costs will range from $5.00 to $12.00 per square foot. Of course there are cheaper options like corrugated steel with vulnerability to leaks and rust, as well as much more expensive high-end materials with hefty installation prices like copper.

Choosing Quality Manufacturers: Metal roofing should be officially tested and labeled by primary organizations like UL or FM Global to ensure performance, durability, weathering, and other environmental standards are clearly met. 

Pros of Metal Roofing

First, the biggest pro of metal roofing is it lasts longer than other roofing materials. A shingle roof for example that’s made with asphalt shingles will last roughly 15 to 20 years with decent maintenance. Rubber lasts for about 10 to 15 and architectural asphalt shingles from 25 to 30 years. Metal roofing, on the other hand, can last between 40 and 70 years with good maintenance!

Along with a much slower breakdown of materials, metal roofing is going to be far more durable – capable of taking more of a beating, like sustained gusts of 140mph, while also requiring less maintenance along the way. Three other benefits are as follows:

  • Fire Safety: Metals won’t go up in flames, spark, ignite or melt as easily as other materials, even when exposed to wildfires. 
  • Efficiency: Metals tend to reflect solar light and heat rather than absorb or conduct it, which reduces cooling or air conditioning costs by 10-25%. 
  • Going Green: Along with reducing cooling costs, metal roofing can be made of as high as 95% recycled content. When the material has run its course on the roof, it can all be recycled, whereas with other building materials waste is a common problem (an estimated $20 billion annually). 

Cons of Metal Roofing

Obviously there’s no such thing as absolutely perfect roofing material that lasts and stays looking pretty forever for next to nothing. Well, not yet anyway, so metal roofing has its challenges like any other material. The first of which is affordability, where upfront and installation costs are going to be higher. It’s going to feel like more of an investment when looking at a home or industrial/commercial structure.

Payoffs on the investment are increased property value, lower insurance rates and maintenance costs, increased longevity, and so forth. That said, other than affordability, three other common drawbacks have more to do with the type of metal chosen. 

  • Metal Behavior: If improperly installed, or if installed in large, low-quality panels, there is likely to be expansion and contraction during summer/winter seasons. During the spring and fall rain, hail, and heavy winds can be somewhat noisier than softer materials. Proper installation and better quality metal roofing really help here. 
  • Coloring Issues: Over time, repairs may be needed, but finding exact matches for existing metal roofing can be challenging. This becomes more of an issue with homeowners, when years after installing the metal roofing they decide on an extension.   
  • Overall Performance: Like any other material, metals have their weaknesses – foremost of which is water! When it accumulates or leaks serious damage can ensue. Again, this is often either due to improper installation or neglected maintenance. Then it’s important to take into consideration the grade of the metal, high or low, relative to its durability and thickness. 

And that about wraps it up in terms of the basics and pros and cons of choosing metal roofing. The magic happens when the right metal roofing product is chosen for the job, installed correctly, and maintained responsibly. 

If you need to install a metal roof on your home or business this fall, our team at Advanced Roofing & Siding is ready to assist! Reach out to our team by calling us at (978) 440-5020 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your metal roofing installation needs!

Advanced Roof Replacment

How Quality Installations Affect Your Roof

The roof is an important part of the house. It sounds silly to put it so bluntly, but it’s true. There are a lot of homeowners that know little about their roofs, including the last time any sort of repairs or installation took place. Owning a home can cause headaches for a variety of reasons, and dealing with roof issues is on the top of that list. For that reason, finding a quality team to work on your roof is crucial. The installation of your roof and its parts can really affect the health of your home, which in turn affects your wallet. Here’s why quality installations have an impact on your home’s roof:

Quality Installations Matter

There are a lot of companies that claim to know how to perform work on a roof, but do they perform quality installations? It matters, for you and your home. Here are some ways to tell if the team you’re hiring is prepared to get the job done. 

Experience is Everything

The amount of time a team has spent working on roofs can really affect the job they do. For example, any project can start to expose new concerns and issues, and crews experience plays an enormous role in how they respond to and handle these problems. To no fault of the professionals own, a roof’s shingles and prior installation can cause issues, and an experienced team won’t balk at the complications they provide. Less experienced roofing professionals might get thrown off by the extra complications, but experience is everything when it comes to roofing. 

Keep An Eye on the Little Things

When it comes to replacing a roof, it’s not all about the big details. While the entire project needs to have a plan set in place, it’s the little things that can really make or break a quality roof – literally. The small details noted by the best roofing teams can make the difference between a long-lasting job, and a roof that’ll need some extra work in just a year or two. 

A Great Roofing Team Works with You

Quality contractors and teams will meet with you, get your signature, and complete the work with an open line of communication. Communication is key on a project like a roofing installation, so make sure the team you’re working with is talking you through things every step of the way! 

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Quality installations come down to a team that knows how to get your home up to its top standard. Looking for a quality team to work on your roof? Our team at Advanced Roofing & Siding is ready to assist! Reach out to our team by filling out our online contact form or calling us at (978) 440-5020! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roof replacement needs!

Poorly Installed Roof

Common Mistakes Inexperienced Roofers Make

Some contractors will convince you that they know how to replace a roof, but when it comes time to complete the work, it becomes obvious that they are not well versed in the process. Keep an eye out for these 8 common mistakes amateurs roofers make! Improper installation can cost you much more than hiring a professional in the long run!

Nailing Issues

Roof shingles seem simple enough to replace, but sometimes things can get a little topsy-turvy. When nailed in improperly, the shingle and roof itself can be in danger. Exposed or over-driven nails can even cause safety concerns. If the roof’s shingles are installed incorrectly, a whole new batch of issues can pop up. 

No Drip Edge Installed

Drip edges are metal barriers on the roof, and when forgotten, you’ll notice shortly after. Other than general aesthetics, a lack of installed drip edge can lead to openings for bugs and other undesirables entering your home via gaps. Forgetting the drip edge can also lead to water running down your home’s siding and leading to mold and water damage. 

Bad Start

A bad starter section of a roof can really lead to a whole mess of problems. A good shingle foundation is necessary for a functioning roof! Ensure that your contractor is using starter shingles, or you may lose a few shingles during a particularly windy day!

Poor Roof Sloping

A lot of amateur roofers looking to do things on their own miss the mark on the slope. It’s a precise angle needed to ensure the roof does its job, so be sure your contractor gets it right, or gutters and shingles can become damaged.

Improperly Installed Gutters

Speaking of gutters, they too can cause problems if they are improperly installed. Ensure your contractor installs them with the proper support and seals the system, otherwise, your home’s siding and foundation can be exposed to serious water damage!

Misaligned Shingles

If shingles are overlapping, misaligned, or incorrectly placed onto the roof, it can be highly problematic for your home. Dripping water might be a nuisance, but major damage can come from the wrong arrangements of shingles. 

Incorrect Flashing

A major problem when installing flashing is using the wrong kind. Older flashings and low-quality builds can really cause headaches during the Spring & Winter

Lacking Leak Barrier

Vulnerable areas on the roof are protected by installing a leak barrier. When the barrier is incorrectly installed, or worse, forgotten altogether as it often happens with inexperienced roofers, your whole home is at risk.

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Reach out to our team at Advanced Roofing & Siding today to ensure none of these problems happen to your home. When it comes to an important investment like your roof, it is best to leave the installation process to professionals! If you’re in need of a roof replacement, reach out to our team today at (978) 440-5020 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you!

Different Window Styles

A Guide To The Most Popular Window Styles

When it comes time to replace your home’s windows, the options can be overwhelming! There is simply an enormous selection of window manufacturers, materials and styles to choose from! If you’ve been looking for help, take a look at our blog to learn more about different window styles, and the best rooms to install them in to maximize their efficiency and functionality!

Double-Hung Windows

When it comes to windows, the first style that comes to most homeowners minds is the double-hung. This is the most commonly installed window style, comprised of two independently moving sashes, which allows the window to open vertically from the top or bottom. This style of window is easy to operate, and widely available at a relatively low price point due to widespread manufacturing. The only issue with this window is that they can be dangerous for children who may accidentally close the window on themselves, although this risk can be mitigated by opening the window from the top rather than the bottom. They are perfect for bedrooms, studies, or other rooms where easy ventilation is needed.

Casement Windows

The casement is arguably the second most popular window design. It offers ease of operation, as it is opened and closed via a crank that allows the window to open horizontally outward. This makes it a safe and easy option for children to use, making it the perfect window for playrooms! Another common application for casements is in kitchens and bathrooms, as a crank operated window is easier to use with wet hands than trying to open a double-hung window!

Awning Windows

Similar to the casement, an awning window is also crank-operated, but rather than opening horizontally outward, it is hinged at the top and opens up-and-outwards. Its design makes it the perfect window to allow in a pleasant breeze during a rainstorm or windy day without allowing debris and moisture into your windows!

Picture Windows

Quite possibly the most simple window design, picture windows simply consist of a fixed sash that doesn’t open or operate in any way. These are most often installed in rooms as an aesthetic piece, allowing in a flood of light into a room that doesn’t need ventilation. They are most commonly installed in hallways or great rooms, or in combination with another style of window that can provide ventilation, such as a double-hung or casement window.

Slider Windows

Another window style that is easy to operate, sliders move horizontally in a track, making them quite possibly the easiest window to operate. This style lends itself well to the same situations where you may want to use a casement, such as in a kitchen or bathroom where you have wet hands and need a window that is easy to operate. Slider windows also tend to be relatively inexpensive thanks to their simple design. The one negative of slider windows is that they tend to accumulate more dirt than and grime than a typical window frame, but frequent cleaning can mitigate the grime that builds up.

Bay & Bow Windows

Finally, we have arrived at the most elegant of all window designs; bay & bow windows. These two window styles are generally the same, but while a bay window has a boxier shape, a bow window has a rounder shape, which generally just involves having one more window included in the unit! The typical construction of a bay window consists of fixed picture windows comprising the center of the piece, flanked by either double-hung or casement windows at the edges of the unit. Bay and Bow windows look fantastic, and they will boost your home’s curb appeal considerably. They also offer a wonderful place to lounge and read while enjoying all of the sunlight that the unit has to offer! Bay and Bow windows are generally installed in living rooms facing towards the street, as they provide a great deal of curb appeal!

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If you’re interested in installing any of the window styles above into your home, our team is ready to assist you! We have an enormous variety of materials, styles, and manufacturers for homeowners to choose from, ensuring you can find the perfect windows for every room in your home! You can reach out to our team today by calling us at (978) 440-5020 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your window replacement needs!

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Most Common Roofing Mistakes

Installing a roof is a complicated process.  There are a lot of fine details that need to be kept track of in order to ensure that the roof is installed properly.  A misstep or two along the way could seriously compromise the integrity and longevity of your roof. If you’ve been wondering how you can spot an inexperienced roofer, keep reading our blog to learn about some of the most common roofing mistakes that inexperienced crews make!

Forgetting To Install The Starter Shingles

This is one of the first steps of installing a new roof, and it is vitally important to your roof’s health. Forgetting the starter shingles can result in water finding its way into your roof deck where it can cause significant structural damage. Furthermore, forgetting to install the starter shingles can result in the bottom layer of your shingles blowing away!

Improper Overhang Of Shingles

Another mistake that an inexperienced roofer will make is giving the shingles too much overhang.  While there should be a few millimeters of overhang to help guide water into your gutter system, too much overhang can lead to wind ripping up your shingle system and causing significant damage to your home.

Forgetting The Underlayment

Another mistake that an inexperienced roofer will make is forgetting to install an underlayment below the shingle system.  Underlayments provide important benefits for a roof, as they act as your roofs final line of moisture defense if water finds a way to permeate into your roofing system.

Forgetting Flashing Around Vents and in Valleys

Another installation mistake that inexperienced roofers often make is forgetting to flash around any openings in your roof like vents or your chimney, or within the valleys of your roof, which act as funnels during a rainstorm. Flashing, and counter flashing, help to keep moisture out of the openings in your roof where they could cause significant damage. An inexperienced roofer will often remember to flash around openings, but not in the valleys of your roof, which handle significant amounts of water run-off during storms.

Improper Shingle Installation

The installation issue that most homeowners likely think of is improper shingle installation. This entails a number of different issues, from too much space between shingles, to not enough, to using the wrong number of nails or putting them in incorrect locations. There are many ways to install shingles incorrectly, so be on the lookout for a variety of signs!

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There are plenty of mistakes that can be made when installing shingles, which is why it’s important to work with a roofing professional who knows how to install your roof down to the finest details. If you’re looking for an experienced roofing contractor who can install your roof the right way, our team at Advanced Roofing & Siding is ready to help! We can be reached over the phone at (978) 440-5020 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roofing installation needs!

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Spring Maintenance Tips For Your Home’s Exterior

When the cold weather has passed and the warmth of spring beckons, it’s time to get outdoors and address some of the issues/damage that the winter season may have created for your home’s exterior. Spring is about restoration and revitalization, and it’s a great time to spruce up, renovate and restore beauty and curb appeal to your home’s exterior in order to make a good first impression. Spring maintenance is something that every homeowner should perform and here are some tips for your home’s exterior.

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Winter frost can cause debris to become lodged in gutters and downspouts. As a result, cleaning them, especially after the winter season, is key to removing debris and leaves that can rot and attract critters. The frost can also damage the structure of gutters and downspouts and repairing them should be a priority to maintain their proper function, diverting water away from your home and protecting its foundation. Cleaning and repair are also needed to prepare for spring rains.

Reseal Exterior Woodwork

Outdoor structures like wood decks, fences and pergolas are exposed to the elements that can damage their finish. Rain, ice, and heat can cause these structures to become dull and lose their luster or particular varnish. It’s best to re-stain and re-seal your wood structures annually and repair woodwork where needed.

Inspect Roof, Windows, and Doors

Your home’s roofing, doors, and windows are vulnerable to humidity, rain, and extreme temperatures and can suffer deterioration when exposed to the elements. It is wise to visually inspect your roof, windows, and doors in the springtime and identify any damage that could compromise their designed function. Try to spot cracks in windows, scrapes along the floor, missing shingles, deteriorating granules, and blocked vents, and fix these issues found during the inspection.

Paint the Exterior

Spring is the ideal time to take on a paint job because the temperature is more ideal for outdoor labor. Walls and your siding can become dusty, chalky, dull, and the paint will simply fade over time. You may just want to add a fresh touch to your home’s exterior with a new paint color. Choosing the right hue can go a long way to make your home’s exterior beautiful and appealing.

Schedule Air-Conditioning Service

With warmer weather in the spring, it’s essential that your home’s air-conditioning system is in good working condition. HVAC systems accumulate dust and dirt in condensing coils and air filters that impact their efficiency. Cleaning these areas is necessary for operating efficiency and keeping your home cool and increasing the life of your cooling system. Changing the filters is necessary at least once each season.

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If you are unsure about how to perform certain spring maintenance work on the exterior of your home, call the professionals at Advanced Roofing & Siding. Reach out to our team today at (978) 440-5020 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your exterior remodeling needs!

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