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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. 

Contact Us Today

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!

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!

Contact Us Today

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!

Questions to Ask Your Window Installation Contractors

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.


Hire professionals to install your windows

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.

How to winterize windows and keep your home warm

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


Winter Window Replacement? You Bet!

Now that the winter months are upon us, the thought of replacing your existing windows has probably past to the wayside. Most area contractors only replace windows during the warmer months, but not the professionals here at Go Advanced Siding. We install replacement windows all winter, in virtually all types of weather. We are one of the few companies doing window replacement in Methuen and the surrounding town during the cold weather months.

Our expert installation crews, our custom sizing of our windows, and the experience we bring to planning your project all go into making winter window replacement possible – with less hassle than you’d expect! Our experts can quickly and professionally install new, energy efficient windows during these months when your existing windows are costing you the most money. Our crew can deconstruct your existing windows and install new ones in just one day, limiting the amount of time your home is exposed to the cold air.

Thanks to the energy saving properties of the windows we install, you could notice a decrease in your energy costs this Winter, right after installation. That is money in your pocket that you’ll be able to find far better uses for in the new year.

Don’t sit around all Winter in a drafty house, waiting until Spring to improve the comfort of your home. Turn to Go Advanced Siding for window replacement this Winter and reap the benefits right away!

Go Advanced Siding would be happy to discuss your windows, roofing or other home improvement projects.  Call us at 978-440-5020, or visit our web site at for a FREE in-home evaluation and estimate.

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