What Makes Architectural Shingles the Best Choice for Your Roof?

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 by Barbara Zorzy If you are considering a roof replacement, you may wonder what the difference is between regular shingles and architectural shingles. Architectural shingles are a premium grade of asphalt shingle roofing. They are thicker, and feature a distinctive, textured appearance. Also known as dimensional or laminate shingles, architectural shingles …


Remodeling Magazine’s 2018 Cost vs. Value Report

Remodeling Magazine’s 2018 Cost vs. Value Report Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 by John Wagenknecht Remodeling Magazine’s 2018 Cost vs. Value report came out last week with some important information to consider if you are thinking about remodeling your home this year.  Each year, the magazine releases a report discussing which home improvement projects have the …


Spring is Siding Time!

Spring is Siding Time! Monday, April 16th, 2018 by John Wagenknecht With spring here, it’s time to start thinking about some much-needed home improvements. One big way to enhance the long-lasting appeal, longevity and beauty of your home is to install siding. This is the perfect time to think about siding installation. If you do …


Spring Home Improvement Checklist

Spring Home Improvement Checklist Friday, March 30th, 2018 by John Wagenknecht With the days getting longer and temperatures turning warmer, now is the perfect time to get your home ready for Spring. You will be able to enjoy the pleasant weather ahead even more if you know your home and yard are in tip-top shape. …


How to Tell if You Need a New Roof

How to Tell if You Need a New Roof Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 by John Wagenknecht How to Tell if You Need a New Roof Nobody thinks too much about their roof – until it leaks. At which point the damage may be more extensive and expensive than you’d like to think about! That’s why …


Storm Door in Billerica

Storm Door in Billerica Thursday, January 25th, 2018 by Barbara Zorzy This was one of our previous customers who bought a new home in Billerica, MA. The home didn’t have a storm door on the front entry door and he called to have us install a new storm door. The situation for our salesman, Ed …


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 …