Siding Problems: Vinyl vs. Exterior Painting

Siding Problems: Vinyl vs. Exterior Painting Friday, September 30th, 2016 by Chris Zorzy Is it time to paint the house again? You might be saying, “We just painted 4–5 years ago and we are already back at it again! Why don’t these paint jobs last as long as they used to?” There are many questions …


Insulation: Not always your only solution to save on fuel bills

Insulation: Not always your only solution to save on fuel bills Thursday, September 29th, 2016 by Stefanie Howlett “Gee, if I add more insulation or even better, have my contractor install more, I will save money on my energy bills. Right?” Not necessarily. First, there is a science to proper insulation and many times more …


Ice Dams and Roof Ventilation

Ice Dams and Roof Ventilation Monday, September 26th, 2016 by Stefanie Howlett Today, let’s talk about how to reduce ventilation, reduce ice dams, and as a result drastically reduce your energy bills in both the winter and summer months. The main reason ice dams form in the first place is because of a warm attic. …


Gable Vents and How They Affect Your Roof

Gable Vents and How They Affect Your Roof Monday, September 19th, 2016 by Stefanie Howlett Older homes—and there are many in our historic New England towns such as Topsfield, Boxford and Newburyport—have existing gable vents which are the rectangle-shaped ones on the ends of homes. Some of these vents are round or half round. Their …