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Winter Home Maintenance Tips

The weather is starting to cool, and as any New Englander knows, that means the snow and frigid days are right around the corner.  While winter can be beautiful in its own right, it also brings a new set of home maintenance rules. There are a few things you should consider doing to ensure your home is in the best possible condition before winter hits. Check out these tips!

Shut off Exterior Water Lines

Everyone knows what can happen if your pipes freeze.  However, one thing people sometimes forget to do when maintaining their water lines is ensuring that all exterior lines have been turned off. Your hose, for example, should be turned off and drained.  If water sits in a hose during the winter it will freeze and when it does, it can back up indoors and cause pipes to burst inside your home!

Weatherstripping

A low effort installation that can make a world of difference on your heating bill is adding weatherstripping to make sure your home is air tight.  A couple of the most common areas homeowners lose heat through are their doors and windows. If you feel a cold breeze coming from under your door or in between panes on your windows, installing weatherstripping will certainly save you money on your heating bills this winter!

Check Your Roof and Gutters

While we discussed the importance of cleaning your gutters in our last post, we didn’t discuss how debris-filled gutters can lead to ice dams.  With more places for moisture to get trapped within the debris, not only is it easier for the gutters to freeze, but there is less room for the water to go.  This causes water to back up onto your roof even faster and can cause water damage on your roof deck, particularly is your roof isn’t in perfect condition. Making sure your gutters are clean goes hand-in-hand with checking on your roofs integrity.  If you see any cracks, missing shingles, or anything else out of the ordinary, it is important to address these issues before the snow falls and leaves you with a more expensive, and colder, problem on your hands.

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Noticed some areas of your home that could use a touch-up before the winter? Need to replace a window, fix an area of loose shingles, or repair some siding? Reach out to the team at Advanced Roofing & Siding to help you with all your exterior home improvement needs today! We can be reached at 1 (978) 440-5020 or by filling out our free online estimate form today!

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Why is Gutter Cleaning so Important

Cleaning your gutters is something you may not often think about – and that’s a good thing. Gutters are essential components of your home that ensure that rainwater flows from your roof to the ground without getting into your home. Here are some reasons why clean gutters are so important:

Prevent Water Damage

When a gutter becomes filled with debris and can’t function properly, rainwater backs up and can cause damage to your home by flowing over the gutter sections. Once a gutter floods, the water can get underneath the roof or trickle down the side of the house to the lower levels. This could cause rotting of the roof or siding. A clean gutter ensures easy water run-off and helps prevent water damage.

They Are a Perfect Home for Pests

A clogged gutter is often filled with sticks, leaves, and other debris from nearby trees. This kind of environment is attractive to certain insects and rodents who often take up residence in the mucky build-up. Keeping the gutters clear of these materials will discourage critters from moving in.

Bracket Damage

Clogged gutters are heavy. Over time, the weight of your gutters may cause stress to the brackets holding it in place. This could lead to damage and could cause your brackets to fail.

Protect Your Foundation

If your gutters end up flooding, water could seep into the ground along the side of your home. Once this water freezes, it could expand and create cracks in the foundation.

To keep your gutters clean, follow these useful tips:

  • Clean them at least twice yearly. If your house has lots of surrounding trees, you may want to clean more frequently to prevent clogging.
  • Consider hiring a professional. While many people choose to clean their gutters themselves in order to save money, a professional will do a thorough job that could save you money in the long-run. They can locate a problem and address it before it becomes more complicated. Moreover, by hiring a professional, you can avoid the risk of incurring ladder-related injuries.
  • Consider installing a gutter guard. Gutter guards will reduce the frequency of your cleanings by preventing debris from entering the gutter. You will still find some debris in your gutter but the amount will be much less than without a gutter guard. You may only need to clean your gutters every one to three years.
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Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Siding Contractor

There are many great reasons to consider having the siding on your house replaced. These range from saving you money on your utility bills to having more pride in your home every day when you pull up the driveway. No matter why you’re thinking about having your residence sided, there are some important questions you should ask every siding contractor you’re considering. These are detailed below.

 

  1. How many years of experience do you have? – Because improperly installed siding can lead to a host of issues down the road, including mold infestations and rotten wall studs, it is essential to make sure you work with an experienced contractor who has spent at least a few years doing siding jobs. It is also critical to find out how much experience everyone working on your project has. You want to make sure it isn’t just the lead contractor who knows what he or she is doing, even subcontractors who may be called in.
  2. Can you install James Hardie siding? – The James Hardie company’s fiber cement siding is fast becoming one of the industry’s most popular options. It’s eco-friendliness, and durability is appealing to homeowners in all areas of the country. However, contractors have to undergo a certification process to install James Hardie materials. If you’re interested in buying this kind of siding, you need to make sure your contractor has been cleared to install it ahead of time.
  3. What are your payment policies? – No two contracting companies have exactly the same payment policies. It’s a good idea to find out what will be expected of you before you sign on the dotted line. Some contractors, for instance, offer financing options, while others expect to be paid-in-full by the time jobs are completed.
  4. Are any warranties available? – Not all siding contractors offer warranty options, but some do. If you want to make sure your new siding is covered if any problems arise, ask your contractor if you can purchase a warranty or if any guarantees are offered at no charge.
  5. Do you have licenses and insurance? – Most home renovation professionals, including siding contractors, are required to carry certain insurance policies and have particular business licenses. Find out precisely what regulations your municipality has, then ask your contractor to show you proof of coverage. Reputable professionals will be happy to oblige.
  6. Do you have references? – Another thing any reliable contractor will be happy to do is to provide you with references’ phone numbers. They understand how important word-of-mouth recommendations can be and know that talking to past clients just might lead you to decide to hire them.

 

These are generic questions that are meant to get your conversations with local contractors started. You should also make any inquiries that pertain to your specific job. Our team of experts has spent years working with families just like yours and look forward to making sure your project exceeds all of your expectations.

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Benefits of Replacing Siding on Your House

Often times, it’s easy to forget about the outside of your house. When in reality the outside is the first thing people see, which is why it’s essential to not forgetting about the outside, like this previous project we did. Whether it’s maintaining, updating, or replacing every aspect plays a big part. As siding is the first thing that will defend your house against the elements – weather included.

Siding on your house isn’t something we think about every day – but there are major benefits to your home (and pocket) when you replace the siding on your house. When updating your house, there’s always benefits and reasons why you do it. With siding, these are the top benefits as to why you should replace the siding on your home now.

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Increase curb appeal – As the siding on your home starts to fade, look old, or become damaged your house doesn’t look as inviting. With new siding, you will see that the whole house will look different and new.

Decrease your energy bills – With new siding, it will help insulate your home. In the winter, this means your heating bill will be lower as the siding will help keep in the heat. In the summer, new siding will insulate your house and keep the hot air out while the cooler air inside. Both of these can have your new siding pay for itself.  Especially with the ever-changing weather in Framingham, Ma with harsh winters and humid summers.

Increase your future resale value – As you may look to sell your home in the future (or even keep up the value) if a house looks nice, you will be catching eyes of home buyers who will then take the next step and look at your home instead of skipping right over the option.

Help find structural damage – If you have mold, mildew, or termites in your home’s structure when you remove the siding, you will be able to examine the structure of your home. If any of these problems are caught early, it can save you the headache of the problem escalating adding stress and more of a financial burden on you.

When doing any work done on your house turn to the people who are dedicated to you and your home. Answer more of your siding questions to make an informed decision. Any more questions? Feel free to contact us by giving us a call or sending an email.

 

Questions to Ask Your Window Installation Contractors
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Questions to Ask your Window Installation Contractor

The windows of your home are very important. They provide you with insulation, let sunlight into your home and can also be an attractive addition to your home décor. If you are having windows installed in your home, there are several questions you will want to ask your window installation contractor to make sure they are providing you with the best service and the best possible windows for your home. These questions are as follows.

Are You licensed and insured?

Before starting work with any contractor, it is an to find out if they are licensed and insured.  A license will ensure that you are working with a qualified contractor, who knows what he or she is doing. Insurance will help to protect you in the case that an accident occurs while the work is being performed.

Do these windows have extra panes?

Today’s windows can come in double and triple paned varieties. These windows can help pay for themselves, as they provide significant energy savings. Not only do the extra panes offer an added thickness that protects from the outside air, but there is also usually some sort of gas between the panes like argon or krypton. These gases add to the insulating properties.

Will new trim be included?

When you are having windows installed, the trim is always a consideration. If you are replacing windows, it is always a good idea to get a new trim. Your old trim is likely to get damaged during installation, and you also run the risk that it will not match your new windows.

Ask your contractor if new trim will be included in the installation and, if not, what the additional cost will be. Also, make sure that the new trim supplied is a good match for your current windows.

What kind of mechanism will be used for opening the closing the window?

If you are getting new windows, you need to consider what kind of mechanism will be used to open and close the windows. If you are replacing windows, it is likely that you will have to go with whatever mechanism was used for your previous set, as this can rarely be changed.

If you are getting new windows, their opening and closing mechanisms can affect how the space of the room is used. Clearance may be needed to allow the window to be opened.

Windows can be ‘tilt and turn,’ with combination hinges that can open vertically or horizontally. Butt hinges are the simplest opening mechanism with hinges attached down one side or along the top edge on a ‘top-hung’ casement.

If you are looking to get windows installed in your home, call Advanced Roofing & Siding first. Advanced Roofing & Siding is knowledgeable about windows, ensuring you end up with an energy saving product that best suits your home. We are licensed and bonded, work quickly and efficiently, and will always give you a fair price. Hire us and we guarantee that you will have great windows that will last the test of time.

 

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Pro’s & Con’s of choosing Cedarwood for my Siding

Wood is considered one of the perennial choices when it comes to selecting appropriate siding for your house. Whether it is horizontal siding like shingles or clapboards or vertical sidings, like batten or board, there is no style in which Cedarwood cannot be transformed. With its rich character, Cedarwood can resist swelling and is dimensionally stable. Combined with these features, it is considered one of the most popular types of wood sidings people prefer over other wood choices.

However, ‘Perfection does not exist’-  it implies perfectly when it comes to Cedarwood as it has a number of disadvantages like its benefits. Thus, it is important to get yourself familiarized with certain specifications, pros, and cons of Cedarwood before choosing it for your sidings.

Why  Cedarwood is a good option for Siding?- Pro’s

With its rustic and charming look, Cedarwood is categorically a practical choice to design your siding with. There is a brief overview of advantages for those who want to opt for Cedarwood for their siding.

Offers You Variety:  Both white and red Cedar are suitable for siding material, but Red Cedar is considered more durable and can give you variety of styles. It creates a light look for an overall exterior of your home. Plus, with saturated colors, Cedar siding has the capacity to get stained in multiple shades.

Modern Exterior: People demand Cedarwood for its curb appeal.  It adds much more to the modern exterior of your house. It is available in different grades which are smooth in appearance and demonstrate very few imperfections with some inevitable growth characteristics.

Hardcore Resistance: Cedarwood has an immense resistance power to endure cupping, cracking and swelling. These qualities make it a preferable option than pine, vinyl, and fir.

 Easy Installation: Cedarwood has an extremely easy repairing and installation system that is at the same time affordable.

Renewable: Cedarwood is biodegradable and can be renewed (without preservative).

Cedar Siding- What is Wrong? – Con’s

Easily Rots: Cedarwood needs to be sealed and stained regularly which may cost a lot! The process is required to protect wood from getting any mold and rot due to moisture penetration.

Home to Insects: Cedarwood requires regular and proper cleaning to increase its resistance to insects. Regular staining treatments enhance the durability of the wood and protect it from moths and other insects.

Fire Retardant:  Cedarwood is a fire retardant and comparatively less in demand than fiber and timber for this purpose.

No Chemical Resistance:  As Cedarwood does not have any fire resistance, any reaction with chemical and preservatives makes it less environmentally friendly.

To put the issue in perspective, Cedarwood, despite having tons of benefits have to be taken care of frequently so that it last comparatively longer than other wood types. Advanced Roofing & Siding has special expertise to not only design your Cedarwood sidings for enhancing your house’s aesthetic value,  but it helps you maintain it so that it can retain its qualities.

Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing
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Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing

Are you looking to replace your home’s roofing? If this is your first foray into roofing options, you may be overwhelmed by the amount of finishes and styles available to choose from. Metal roofing has become increasingly popular over the years and is now a stylish and modern way to give your home a new look. But as with any materials, there are pros and cons to metal roofs that you should be aware of before embarking on its installation.

One of the best things about a metal roofing is the expected lifetime of a metal roof. Most average roofs will need to be replaced every 20 years, but a metal roof can last up to 70 years with only small paint touch ups along the way. This can pay off in the long term if you’re planning on staying in your home for several decades. Additionally, a significant benefit is its rain and snow resistant properties. Unlike a regular shingled roof, metal roofing smoothly and efficiently can shed rain and snow — even massive amounts — thanks to the hard and slippery surfaces. Speaking of natural elements, metal roofs are also fire resistant, providing external protection from fire. Metal roofs can also help improve your home’s energy efficiency by reflecting solar radiant heat. This can help decrease your electric bill anywhere from 10 to 25 percent and will lower your overall HVAC use as well.

There are plenty of positives that could lead you to install a metal roof, but as with most things, there are some drawbacks that you should consider. While a metal roof lasts longer than a regular shingled roof, it can cost more money to install too. It costs like other high-end finishes that can range from $150 per square foot up to $600 per square foot. Additionally, a metal roof naturally produces more noise. While some may like the romantic sound of rain on a metal roof, others may find it bothersome. There are plenty of insulation tactics you can use to ensure noise is absorbed as well.

If you’re considering replacing your traditional roof with a metal roof, there are plenty of benefits that make it an excellent choice. Talk with a professional contractor to determine if a metal roof is a good choice for you.

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Common Problems with Inexperienced Window Installations

When it is time to replace your old windows or just installing new ones at your house, you might be tempted to do it on your own. You may think you can do it yourself as the task seems really easy and simple. Or since the task is so easy, you may just ask any contractor to see it through. The fact is that even though installing windows is a simple task, but it has quite a few intricate details, which if missed can create numerous problems. Listed below are a few issues that may occur when an inexperienced installer does window placement:

Fitted Too Far Forward

This is the most common problem that occurs when someone who does not understand the task entirely, tries to see it through. Sometimes it’s because they are fitted too far away from the window frame when the frame should be sitting perfectly on the glass pane. The frame should be creating a U-barrier to prevent heat loss.

Fitted Too Close

Another problem that you may have to deal with as a result of poor fitting or by having it done by an amateur is that they may fix it too close to the outer brickwork. This can lead to numerous problems as well – such as creating a thermal bridge, which leads to poor heat resistance and transfer. These bridges can lead to 25 – 40% heat loss in the building.

Leaving Gaps

This is another common problem you can avoid if the job is performed by someone who knows what they are doing. Inexperienced window installers may forget and most probably do not even know that they have to fill up the gaps right. Because if this isn’t done correctly, it can very well lead to poor ventilation, heat loss, poor sealing, increased humidity, and increased energy bills. Plus, these gaps can lead to moisture, condensation, and even mold.

Loss of Time and Money

Time is money, and if you hire an inexperienced person to install your windows, you will be in a deficit. Another way contractors waste your money is by not being careful. Lack of knowledge may lead them to cause more damage than good. It is common for inexperienced workers to cause property damage, which can definitely lead you to lose more than you can save.

Sometimes it seems like an excellent idea, to do things on your own. It saves money, apparently. But the truth is that some people are called professionals for a reason. What they charge you now can save you much more in the long run that you might save from one installation fee. Hiring a company that is licensed and insured, is your safest bet. Advanced Roofing and Siding is not just licensed and insured, we also have years of experience and can provide repairs in no time. Therefore, instead of wasting your time and money on a short fix that will cost you much more in the long run, trust the professionals.

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Benefits of Adding a Deck to Your Home

With Spring just around the corner, homeowners are looking ways to spruce up their home to entertain their guests. A deck is a great way to add space to relax and host parties for their close ones. Whether you choose a natural wood deck or a low-composite deck, there are so many types of materials to pick that will add beauty and value to your home. Here are some of the reasons why homeowners are looking to install decks this year.

The perfect way to entertain guests.

Installing a deck to your home is the perfect spot to host a family dinner, friends gathering or even a barbeque. The list is endless! By adding deck furniture will give an overall look at your deck the central space for hanging out.

A deck can increase the value of your home.

Decks can be a great attraction for potential homebuyers as they like to feel immediate comfort when they see a family-orientated outdoor space. This will allow them to visualize living in and using that space.

Custom design.

Probably one of the best reasons to have one. Being able to customize and create any look with your decks like the lights, frames, type of wood, size, and more! If you are looking for ideas or inspirations, please feel free to get in touch with our design team who will be happy to assist you.

Does not require much of your time.

If you’re planning to add a deck to your home, building a deck does not require much of your personal time compared to other remodeling projects.

A deck is relatively inexpensive.

Compared to other renovations and remodeling projects, a deck can be very inexpensive. This can be a huge benefit for homeowners who are on a budget and looking to add value to their home. Keep in mind, the price of the deck differs depending on size, materials that you choose. At Advanced Roofing and Siding, we only work with high-quality materials in the US; you can be sure your deck will be durable.

For more information about our decking services, please get in touch and contact us at (978)440 5020 for a free consultation.

How to winterize windows and keep your home warm
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How to winterize windows and keep your home warm

Do you feel a cold breeze coming from your windows? Is your heating bill a lot more expensive than usual? Keeping the cold outdoors can be costly, especially if you have many windows. According to the Department of Energy’s website, whether your windows are old or new, replacement windows can account for as much as 30 percent of your home’s heating loss.
Here are other ways to keep your home warm throughout the winter.
1. Sealing and caulking windows. Inspect around the frames of each window for cracks, gaps or anything that you feel that needs retouching. Any old caulking that needs to be replaced, safely remove it with a putty knife or screwdriver and apply new caulk appropriately.
2. Weather stripping. Weather stripping is inexpensive and can be installed easily if applied carefully it can be an impact. Although, it is used for temporary use as it is less durable than the others and doesn’t withstand moisture.
3. Storm windows. Storm windows are windows that installed outside or inside of the main glass windows of a house. This is to prevent air movement through single pane windows that are in good condition. Keep in mind that storm windows are meant to permanently installed, so if you’re looking to replace your windows in the future, you may want to skip this.
4. Thermal window drapes. A great way to keep the heat inside is installing heavy thermally lined drapes. They are affordable and changeable when spring or summer approaches. This will look a lot better than putting plastic over the windows.

With various ways of protecting your windows can help save money throughout the winter. However, this is only a temporary fix! If you notice broken windows or rotten wood around the window frames, you should immediately contact a professional to prevent further damages. If you are looking to have your windows replaced Westborough, MA, get in touch and call us at (978) 440-5020

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