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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.

 

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.

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