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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.

Contact Us Today

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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Benefits of Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding has been one of the most popular siding materials in New England for decades, and for good reason.  It is a wonderful siding option that keep homes protected from anything Mother Nature has to throw at them.  If you are interested in learning more about why vinyl siding is such a great option, keeping reading below:

Economical

Vinyl siding is one of the least expensive siding materials to install, because it’s relatively cheap to manufacture and it’s ease of installation means it’s also inexpensive to install. If you are interested in replacing your home’s siding on a budget, vinyl siding is arguably the best choice.

Aesthetics & Customization

If you are interested in finding a siding option that can fulfill a particular aesthetic vision you have in mind for your home, vinyl siding is arguably the best option. Due to the high volume of manufacturers constructing vinyl siding, it is available in an enormous array of finishes and textures, meaning if you have a particular aesthetic vision in mind for your home, vinyl siding is the best choice to fulfill that vision. New vinyl siding looks fantastic, and can certainly boost your home’s curb appeal.

Durable & Weather Resistant

Vinyl siding is highly durable. When properly installed and maintained, vinyl siding can last up to 50 years.  It is weather resistant, with resistance to warping, cracking, and molding.  Additionally, vinyl siding is highly wind resistant, with most basic vinyl siding rated to withstand wind speeds of up to 110mph, making it a fantastic option for those windy Massachusetts days. There are also siding options that are rated to withstand over 200mph winds, meaning your home’s siding will be able to withstand hurricane force winds.

Energy Efficiency

Vinyl siding also has the potential to help improve your home’s energy efficiency.  While basic vinyl siding isn’t a great insulator, it is possible to get insulated vinyl siding that will help protect your home from unwanted energy loss.

Low Maintenance

Finally, vinyl siding is an extremely low maintenance siding option, requiring almost no maintenance after installation. After installation, the most maintenance you will likely need to do to maintain your siding is paint it on occasion if your finish begins to wear away, or wash off any dirt or grime with a hose and a bit of soap or vinegar if any mildew growth is occurring.

Contact Us Today

If you are interested in replacing your home’s siding, reach out to our team today to get started! We can be contacted 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 siding replacement needs!

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Pros & Cons of Asphalt Shingles

When it comes to roofing materials, none is more universally used than asphalt shingles.  They are the most common roofing material on residential homes in the United States, and for good reason. They offer a variety of benefits for the homeowners who choose to install them. However, like any other roofing material option, they also present their own drawbacks that should be considered before installation.  Take a look at our blog to learn about the pros and cons of asphalt shingles.

Pros:

Longevity: Asphalt shingles have a variable lifespan depending on the quality of the shingles themselves, but generally, they have a competitively long lifespan.  On average, a well-maintained asphalt shingle roof will last from 20-30 years.  However, the highest quality asphalt shingles have been known to last for 50 years or more.

Ease of Installation: Generally, a contractor who installs roofs of any sort is able to install asphalt shingles.  They are one of the easiest roofing materials to install, as they are simpler to install than metal roofing, and far less fragile than slate, which is prone to cracking if you don’t know how to work with the material. This also makes it easy to find another contractor who can make repairs on your roof if need be.

Economical: If you are interested in replacing your roof on a budget, asphalt shingles are certainly your best option. Metal and slate roofing both cost twice as much as your typical asphalt shingle roof, making it the best option if you are interested in replacing your roof for a good price.

Aesthetics: When it comes to style options, no other materials can truly compare to asphalt shingles. Due to the fact that so many manufacturers produce asphalt shingles, they are available an in enormous variety of styles, colors, and even textures. If you have a particular color scheme or aesthetic in mind for your home, asphalt shingles are likely your best bet to fulfill your vision.

Cons:

Environmental Effect: If you are interested in installing a roofing option that offers environmental benefits, there are better options than asphalt roofing. Fossil fuels are used in the manufacturing of asphalt shingles, which immediately hurts their ability to be an environmentally roofing option. Furthermore, asphalt shingles account for about 5% of the United States yearly waste.  With so many shingles being thrown away at the end of their lifespans, it’s hard for asphalt shingles to be a truly green roofing option.  Hopefully as the recycling process gets better, asphalt shingles will become a green option in their own right.

Maintenance: If you are interested in installing a roofing material that you won’t have to think about once its been installed on your home, asphalt shingles are not the best option.  They require periodic maintenance to keep in good shape, from keeping debris cleared from your roof, to ensuring you take care of any moss or algae growth that occurs.

Overall, asphalt shingles are a wonderful roofing option for any home.   While they have a couple of clear drawbacks, they offer so many benefits that make them truly competitive with any other roofing material on the market.  Here at Advanced Roofing & Siding, we are happy to be able to offer our homeowners the Owens Corning line of asphalt shingles.  Owens Corning is one of the premier shingle manufacturers in North America and we are happy to be able to install their wonderful products for our homeowners.

Interested in learning more about asphalt shingles and the services we offer? 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 assisting with all of your roofing needs!

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Best Season To Replace Your Roof

When it comes to roof replacements, there are times that are better for replacing your roof than others.  You may be wondering which season is the best for replacing your roof. Take a look at our guide to learn more about the ideal time to replace your roof:

Winter

As you may have guessed, winter is the worst time to replace a roof, particularly in a snowy climate like New England.  All the snow and ice makes full roof replacements exceedingly difficult, if not downright impossible.  While you may be able to have some spot repairs done on your roof in the winter, if you need a full replacement, you’re better off waiting until the warmer months, when the materials can be properly installed. Sealants in particular won’t work as well in the winter months, and your roof could pay for it later on.

Spring

Spring time is a good time to replace your roof.  If you can set up your appointment early in the spring, you have a better chance of getting your work booked and completed in a timely manner.  For many contractors, the busy season begins around mid-April to May, so if you can book your work for late March or early April, this may be one of your best chances.

Summer

Summer can be a bit of a toss-up when it comes to completing your exterior remodeling projects.  In general, contractors busiest season runs the course of the summer, from roughly April-September, so you may have trouble getting your homes remodeling project completed quickly. Furthermore, extreme heat can make installing a roof just as difficult as frigid mid-winter temperatures.  Both extremes effect the way the sealants set, and although it shouldn’t be a concern on all but the hottest summer days, it can still be a factor to consider.

Fall

Finally, we have arrived at what is arguably the best season to replace your roof, Fall.  There are a few reasons why fall beats out the other seasons, the first of which is that the contractors busy season is typically drawing to a close.  This means that you won’t have to wait for weeks to have your work started, and once your project begins, it will be completed quickly. Another reason Fall is ideal is because of the mild weather.  Unlike early Spring, which has the tendency to be damp from both spring showers and winter precipitation, Fall is generally much drier, and the mild temperatures mean that your roof installation should be ideal for the installation, with your contractors able to work without extreme heat or frigid cold affecting the materials or the contractors themselves. Furthermore, completing your roof replacement before winter rolls around will give you peace of mind that your roof is protected from the New England weather all winter.

Have more questions about replacing your home’s roof? Reach out to our team at (978) 440-5020 or by filling out our online contact form today! We look forward to helping you with all of your roofing needs!

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Four Signs You Need To Replace Your Windows

Sometimes the signs that your home needs exterior remodeling are obvious. Having a tree limb fall through your roof or break a large portion of your siding will leave you with obvious repairs to make.  However, when it comes to your windows, the signs that you need to replace them can be more subtle, but just as important for the health of your home.  Interested in learning more about some of the signs you may have missed? Check out all of the things you should look out for below!

High Energy Bills

One of the most obvious signs that your windows need to be replaced is when your energy bills seem to be much higher than they should be.  If your windows have a draft, you could be losing a significant amount of heat through them. The easiest way to check is to hold a candle around your window frames. If you see it flickering, you know there is a draft coming through the windows.  If you have particularly old windows, they could be hurting your homes energy efficiency as well.  Windows used to have just a single pane of glass which is not energy efficient at all and is more prone to leaking.  If you have single-pane windows, even if they don’t have a draft, it is likely that you will see improvements in your energy bill just by switching to newer, more energy efficient windows.

Rotting Frames and Leaking Windows

These two issue tend to go hand in hand.  If your windows frames weren’t properly sealed, or even if you just live in high precipitation area, you may face rotting window frames. While you may not be worried about a bit of decay if water isn’t actively leaking into your home, you should replace rotten frames as soon as possible.  While they may be stopping moisture from making its way into your home for the time-being, it will continue to rot and eventually it will begin to either leak moisture into your home, or begin to the damage the walls of your home instead.  What could have been a simple window repair could turn into something far more expensive if left untreated.  Be sure to replace any rotten window frames and leaky windows as soon as possible.

Noise Pollution

Another issue you may face, particularly with old single-pane windows, is noise pollution. If you find the noise coming from the street to be very loud, even when your windows are closed, it is likely that you need to replace your windows.  Not only will replacing your windows improve the noise pollution inside your home, but it is likely that if your windows are letting in large amounts of noise pollution, they are also not as energy efficient as they should be.

Operation

Finally, if you find that you simply cannot open and close your windows easily anymore, it is likely that you need to replace the whole unit. Wood windows in particular tend to accumulate large amounts of moisture in their framework over the years.  If you can’t operate your windows, they won’t be much use to you.  Therefore, replace any windows that you cannot open and close!

Have more questions about replacing your windows? 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 today!

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Pros and Cons of Fiber Cement Siding

When you need to replace the siding on your home, the options you have at your disposal can be overwhelming at times.  Should you opt for the tried-and-true classic, vinyl siding? Or perhaps something with a little more aesthetic appeal like cedarwood? Another option that deserves consideration is Fiber Cement siding.  Created in its modern form in the 1980’s when James Hardie built a version that was asbestos-free, fiber cement has been around since about 1900.  However, it has taken off in popularity in recent years as an alternative to vinyl siding.  If you’ve been wondering if fiber cement siding is the right option for your home, take a look at our guide comparing its pros and cons below.

Pros:

  • Fire Resistant: Fiber Cement Siding is one of the most fire resistant siding options one can install on their home. It has the Class A1 certification for fire resistance, the highest rating achievable.  While Vinyl siding will begin warping and melting at 165 degrees, Fiber Cement is capable of resisting much higher temperatures, and could help save your home in the event of an external fire.
  • Endurance: Fiber Cement siding lasts a very long time. If properly installed and maintained, it can last 50-75 years, which is far longer than vinyl siding.  If you want to re-side your home and not have to think about doing it again for decades, fiber cement is the right choice.
  • Durability: Fiber Cement siding is also very durable. Fiber cement will not rust or rot, resists extreme weather like snow, hail, and high winds, doesn’t degrade from UV exposure, and is crack and pest resistant.
  • Versatility: Fiber Cement can also be designed to mimic a variety of textures, and can be painted any color you choose. This versatility makes it a popular option among homeowners.

Cons:

  • Expensive: Because Fiber Cement is heavy and requires careful handling, it is difficult to install. This makes it far more expensive to install than vinyl siding.  However, it lasts a very long time, and its comparable in cost to installing vinyl siding two or three times.
  • Maintenance: Fiber Cement siding lasts a relative eternity, but it will need to be repainted along the way. Expect to have to repaint your siding every 15 years or so.
  • Insulation: While basic Fiber Cement and Vinyl Siding offer comparable levels of insulation, vinyl siding can be ordered with extra insulation which considerably increases its insulation value. If you live in a climate with extreme heat or cold, insulated vinyl siding will insulate your home more efficiently than fiber cement siding.  However, fiber cement does offer marginally better insulation than basic siding, which is important to keep in mind.

Have any more questions about the benefits or drawbacks of Fiber Cement siding? Reach out to our team at Advanced at 978-440-5020 or fill out our online contact form for more information today!

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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.

Contact Us Today

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.

 

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