Winter Home Maintenance Tips

Part of having a home and making sure it stays in working order is through maintaining it. Each season throws a new set of variables at a house and proper maintenance ensures that everything continues to work smoothly. Winter in particular presents a lot of problems for homes. From ice to snow and freezing temperatures, getting your house in working order in preparation for winter will maximize the effectiveness of your home.

Maintenance Tips: 

1. Gutter Cleaning: With most of the leaves off the trees now, this is a good time to do some gutter cleaning. If your gutters and drains get clogged water wont drain and ice build up can cause so many issues for your roof and gutter system. So, make sure your gutters are cleaned out each winter!

2. Weather stripping: This is more of temporary solution, but air drafts during the winter can skyrocket your heating bills. Adding weather stripping to your windows and doors can help seal the warm weather inside and keep the cold outside. Eventually if your windows are extremely drafty, investing in new windows or doors will be a huge help.

3. Trim Tree Branches: Trees are a great asset to any home landscape but they can become increasingly more dangerous when hanging over homes. The extra weight from ice and snow makes the winter time a prime time period for these branches to break off. If you notice any branches hanging over your home, we suggest trimming them off before your house gets damaged.

4. Roof Evaluation: Make sure your roof is in tip-top shape going into the winter. With extra strain put on your roof during this time, making sure it’s ready to go is important.

For more information, please feel free to reach out. If you notice anything wrong with your roof, siding, windows or doors, don’t hesitate to call Solid State Construction for questions. We provide free estimates and provide some of the highest quality services in Massachusetts.

We can be reached over the phone at 508-581-3798 or through our online contact form.

What To Look For When Hiring a Roofing or Siding Contractor

When hiring someone to come onto your property and work on your home, you need to make sure you do your  research. There are so many people and companies out there that taking the extra level of precaution will make all of the difference. The fate of your house, your patience and your wallet will all include how diligent you are!

What to Look For in A Local Contractor?

1. Expert Installations: New siding or a new roof is a pretty big project considering all the work you put into your house. The combination of time and money that goes into these projects means that if not done properly, you wont receive a positive ROI. To make sure that your contractor is reliable, look at their online reviews and certifications. This will do a great job of telling you how reliable and skilled they are.

Here are some examples to check for: 

At Solid State Construction we keep high ratings and have reliable certifications because of our continued drive for helping every customer as if they were our own family.

2. Quality Roofing Shingles: As important as the people who install the shingles on the roof, the shingles themselves are extremely important. Ask potential contractors what manufacturers they work with and what type of shingles are available. Do some research, compare the shingles and make sure they are from a reliable source.

At Solid State Construction we work with only the highest quality manufacturers. We work with:

3. Experience: Choosing a new contractor can be risky for a range of different reasons. An established company comes with warranties that mean more and it also means something if they’ve been around for a while. A new company could have a lot of issues and it takes years to get your business the way it should be! Solid State Construction has been around for 12 years providing homeowners with all their amazing services!

When working with Solid State Construction, feel free to ask us any question that you’d like! It’s important you feel comfortable working with us.

For more information about our team and how we could help you with your roofing or siding project, please feel free to reach out. Our team can be contacted over the phone at 508-581-3798 or through our online contact form.

 

 

Solid State Construction Holiday Home Contest

Deck the halls with boughs of holly… or is Frosty the Snowman more your style?  Whether you like white lights or every color of the rainbow, we invite you to take a picture of your beautiful holiday home for posterity.  

HOW TO ENTER:

  1. Like our Facebook page.
  2. Comment on the Holiday Contest Facebook Post.
  3. Share this post with your friends.

There is no fee to enter and you do not need to be a current customer.

OFFICIAL RULES:

This contest, like our contests and sweepstakes, are governed by our official rules (click here)

SUBMISSIONS:

  1. Should be a photo of your home, taken this holiday season.  
  2. Should include your name, email address, phone number, and mailing address.  

By submitting a photo of your home, you grant permission for Solid State Construction to use that photo and your family name online or in promotional materials.  If the submission contains the likeness of yourself, your children, your dog, you hereby grant Solid State Construction permission to use that photograph including the likeness of yourself, your children, and your dog online and in promotional materials.

Deadline for submissions is Friday December 15th, 2018 at noon.

ENTER BY MAIL:

Solid State Construction
2 Shaker Road D203
Shirley, MA 01464

Original photographs will not be returned unless requested in writing.  

ENTER ONLINE:

Online entries (photo of the drawing plus your information) may be emailed to:  info@solidstateconstruction.com, or posted directly to SSC’s Facebook page (your contact details should be private messaged to us in that case). 

PRIZE:

One winner will receive a $100.00 gift card to Omaha Steaks

Tips to Tell That I Need New Siding

Siding is the shield around your home that protects it from weather-related stress, temperature fluctuations, and moisture build-up. Since all of these things represent threats to your safety and comfort, siding should be taken seriously and be properly maintained. Although painting and repairs can increase the life of your siding, there are times when it is best to replace it altogether. Here are some signs that your siding needs to be replaced.

  1.    Rot

Rotten siding means a weakened siding. If there are areas in your siding that are soft or crumbling, this means that it may not be able to keep water out of your house. If there is widespread rot on your siding it is advisable to replace it with rot-proof material.

  1.    Cracks

Like rot, cracks in your siding mean that water is liable to get into your home and damage the wooden interior. Cracks also allow pests to get into your home. Rodents and insects can be an annoyance or a direct threat to the house itself.

  1.    Too much maintenance

When repairs to your siding become overwhelming, you may want to replace it with a less labor-intensive material. Vinyl siding is a cheap option that is durable and requires relatively little upkeep.

  1. Decreased Efficiency

Even if there are no visible signs of damage to your siding’s exterior, drafts near windows or walls may indicate that your siding is due for replacement. One important function of siding and the insulation behind it is to stabilize your home’s interior temperature. As your siding deteriorates, you may find yourself spending more on energy as you compensate for the loss of efficiency with more heating and cooling.

  1.    Warped Siding

Siding should be flush with the house. If you notice any protrusions or warping, it could mean that there are problems behind the exterior. Sometimes, intense heat or cold can cause siding to become disfigured. Once it has lost its shape, replacement is the only way to fix the problem.

  1.    Mold

Moldy siding can often be cleaned off. However, if you find excess moisture inside your home, there’s a chance that your siding is failing. Wherever you find a build-up of interior mold, check the siding that corresponds to that area in order to locate the problem.

  1.    Selling your home?

According to the 2018 Cost vs. Value Report, siding replacement had a 76.7 percent return on investment. If you have doubts about the quality of your siding and are considering selling your home in the future, siding replacement may be a wise investment.

Advantages of Replacing Your Old Roof

As your roof gets older, its quality and integrity are likely to worsen.  Although roof replacement can be a big decision for homeowners, there are many accompanying benefits that may make it worthwhile.

Safety

An aging roof experiences a myriad of weather-related stresses. The longer a roof has been exposed to the environment, the more likely it is to weaken. In some cases, the roof may begin to sag. If there are leaks, rotting may occur. A weakened roof can be dangerous and can be a risk to your family. A new roof is an excellent way to ensure a safe living environment.

Warranty

When you get a new roof installed, it will most likely come with a manufacturer warranty that will protect you against problems stemming from defective materials. Just make sure you hire a certified contractor who can provide a long-term manufacture warranty. The length of the warranty is significant because many problems do not manifest themselves until a few years after installation.

Peace of Mind

Depending on what they are made of, new roofs can last anywhere from 10-30 years. By replacing an old roof with a new one, you are giving yourself many years in which you can rest easy knowing that you will not have to stress about the safety or quality of your roof.

Aesthetics

Aging roofs tend to develop specific visually unpleasant problems such as curling or balding shingles, sagging, and mold. If your roof is experiencing any of these signs of age, a new roof will make your home more attractive.

Home Value

Many homeowners replace their roof before selling to raise the value of their home. If you are considering selling your home in the future, you may want to consider replacing your roof. Not only will the new roof add the benefits mentioned above to your home, but you will also likely make back a significant portion of what you paid for it when you sell.

Energy Efficiency

A new roof can help you save money on your energy bills. With proper installation, a new roof can help to create a comfortable living space by minimizing temperature fluctuations. With a newly installed roof, you will have a more pleasant and cost-effective home.

Your roof is essential to the overall safety and comfort of your home. With so many potential benefits, roof replacement can be a necessary step toward a creating a home that is both safe and long-lasting. With years of experience and industry knowledge, Solid State Construction can provide you with a roof that you will protect your family for years to come.

Things to Consider When Replacing Your Siding

Just like your home’s roof, siding provides essential protection by repelling water, ice and other debris. It also can improve the curb appeal of your home.  However, siding that is cracked or worn may not function properly and can even lower the value of your home. If you decide its time to replace your old siding, keep in mind these important considerations.

1. Repairs or Replacement?

Sometimes damaged siding can be fixed without having to resort to replacement. However, if damage is extensive or if your siding is particularly old, the cost of repairs may make replacement the better option. Find out what kind of repairs can be done before replacing your siding.

2. Time of Year

When you do decide to replace your siding, it is advisable to have the work done in Spring or Fall in order to avoid extremely hot or cold temperatures. Extreme temperatures can cause the material to become rigid or brittle, making it difficult to work with.

3. Budget

Another important consideration is your budget. Be aware of the cost of whatever siding material you choose. Vinyl is often the cheapest option and requires minimal maintenance. However, fiber-cement and wood shake may be a better match for your particular preferences.

4. Architecture

Your home’s unique aesthetic can be taken into account when you choose your siding. You can choose siding that matches the colors and textures of your home. Additionally, if you’re looking for a specific exterior material, you can find vinyl or fiber cement budget-friendly alternatives.

5. Warranty

A long warranty can help protect your investment by providing coverage either for the siding installation, materials, or both. Ask your contractor if they guarantee their work and consider getting a manufacture warranty that lasts for a long time.

6. Window Replacement

You may want to consider having your windows replaced before putting in the new siding. The process of removing old siding can be complicated and may put your window capping at risk of damage. Replacing windows and siding simultaneously will reduce overall costs and possibly save your window capping from being damaged.

7. Climate

Certain types of siding may be better suited to your local climate than others. Wood performs poorly in humid areas while vinyl and fiber cement are more versatile options. When choosing your siding material, make sure to pick one that will not develop climate related problems. Luckily for New England residents, James Hardie has actually constructed a siding specifically for this region. 

For more information please feel free to reach out. Our team can be contacted over the phone at 508-581-3798 or through our online contact form.

Why Asphalt Is a Great Roofing Material

Asphalt Shingles are by far the most common roofing material used across the board in the United States. Homes and businesses alike often use asphalt to protect their home with asphalt as it does an absolutely amazing job protecting homes. There are other reliable roofing materials out there by why is Asphalt so popular?

1. Lightweight: As you can imagine, the weight of asphalt shingles really isn’t that much. This means that when installing an asphalt roof, most homes don’t have extra strain put on them and are capable of handling them. Heavy roofs such as slate often require extra structural support to handle this weight.

2. Inexpensive: Homeowners are always looking to save money and that’s why asphalt is so popular. Out of the most reliable roofing options out there, asphalt is the most affordable. Saving some extra cash is always a plus!

3. Efficient Installation Process: As a homeowner, nobody wants contractors working on their house for longer than they need to. Going with asphalt shingles means that contractors are in and out fairly quickly as the installation process typically doesn’t take very long.

4. Style Choices: With asphalt being so popular, there have been so many different styles of shingle and colors that have come out. Our main roofing manufacturer, GAF provides homeowners with so many options that there is no way you don’t get the exact roof that you want.

5. Durability: When it comes down to the bottom life for a roof, this is the most important factor. You want a roofing material that is going to last and that is going to protect your home for years to come. Asphalt is extremely durable and when using GAF your roof will be backed by an amazing warranty.

Solid State Construction is a GAF Master Elite Contractor and provides their roofing services throughout much of Massachusetts. If you have any further questions about your home and the need for roofing services, please feel free to reach out to us. We can be contacted over the phone at 508-581-3798 or through our online contact form.

 

Fall Outdoor House Maintenance To-Do

It’s hard to believe with temperatures climbing near 100 degrees outside today, but summer is nearly coming to an end. Labor day weekend in only a few days away and the next thing you know, leaves will start falling to off the trees and apple picking will become everyone’s favorite weekend activity. Another important task that occurs during the fall is home maintenance. Homeowners are taking fewer vacations and have more time to work on and around their house. Here are some of the more important items that you should be sure to do this coming fall to prepare for winter.

1. Tree & Shrub Care: 

If you have trees on your property, consider getting them trimmed prior to the winter. Broken tree limbs or dying trees heading into the winter can cause issues and can put your houses roof and siding in danger. It is also important to make sure that no trees are hanging over your house. With snow buildup, a tree branch hanging over your house is very dangerous and just asking for problems.

2. Clean Gutters & Downspouts: 

After most of the leaves have fallen off the tree, make sure to clean your gutters and downspouts. If you head into the winter with clogged gutters and downspouts, you’re simply asking for trouble. Clogged gutters in the winter don’t allow water to drain and it just sits there. Then, when the temperature drops, the water will freeze and ice dams can follow. That means damage to your gutters and leaks into your roof!

3. Make Exterior Roofing & Siding Repairs:

Heading into the winter with something wrong with your roof or siding will simply make the problem 100% worse. That means broken shingles or a crack in your siding! If either your roof or siding is past their life expectancy, getting a new replacement during the fall is the perfect time for your roof or siding.

4. Add Weatherstripping:

If you’ve noticed that your older windows aren’t providing a seal tight bond between the outdoors and indoors, adding weatherstripping may be a good temporary solution before getting new windows. This will at least help a little bit with keeping the winter warmth inside and the cold temperature outside.

There are so many ways that you can get your house ready for the winter! Our team is a leading exterior remodeling company specializing in roofing, siding, windows, doors, and decking. The fall is one of the more popular times of the year for homeowners to get upgrades on their house. If you are in need of exterior help, feel free to reach out!

We can be contacted over the phone at 508-581-3798 or through our online contact form.

 

Pros & Cons of Cedar Wood Siding

Solid State Construction provides homeowners with three different types of siding. These material types include fiber cement, vinyl, and cedar wood. As a homeowner, understanding all the details about these siding materials will help you decide the type of siding you want to protect your home. Today, we wanted to talk about Cedarwood siding, a popular siding material across and country and what are some of its advantages and disadvantages.

Cedar Wood Siding Pros & Cons

Advantages of Cedar Siding

Beauty: While other materials do a great job of looking like cedar wood, there is nothing quite like the real thing. Cedarwood provides a beautiful, warm feeling that is loved by so many.

Siding Styles: With cedar wood, you can have the ability to customize the look of your home. With a variety of different wood grains and styles, get your house looking the way you want.

Durability: There is some upkeep required with Cedarwood but its an extremely reliable product that can last for the long-term and especially when compared to vinyl siding.

Disadvantages of Cedar Siding

Frequent Painting: Cedar siding needs to be repainted quite often compared to vinyl and fiber cement.

Higher Possibility of Insect and Woodpeckers: Cedar that isn’t properly taken care of can become susceptible to insects.

Fire Rating: Due to the fact that this siding is made out of wood, it has a much lower fire rating.

Cost: The initial installation cost of cedar siding is usually on the higher end in comparison to other siding materials.

Solid State Construction provides their professional siding installations throughout much of Eastern Massachusetts. If you are interested in new siding and live around Massachusetts, please feel free to reach out. We are happy to walk you through all the siding materials and exactly what option is best for you.

 

Solid State Construction Children’s Art Contest

Theme:  My Home is My Castle

At Solid State Construction, we know your home is your castle.  This is especially true for the youngest of us – your kids!  This summer we have something especially for them – a drawing contest!

We invite your children ages 3- 15 to draw their own castles -erm… homes.  It can be realistic – a drawing of their own home!  It can be futuristic – what might your home look like in 100 years?  It can be wacky – a home made entirely out of peppermint twists?  Or it could be awe-inspiring – any future architects out there?

HOW TO ENTER:

  1. Like our Facebook page
  2. Comment on this post.
  3. Share this post with your friends.

There is no fee to enter and you do not need to be a current customer.  There are PRIZES to be won!  

OFFICIAL RULES:

Residents of the United States who are ages three (3) to fifteen (15) at the time of entry are eligible to enter.  The entries will be grouped by age as follows:  3-5 Tots, 6-10 Kids, 11-15 Big Kids. 

SUBMISSIONS:

  1. Should be made by the parent or guardian on behalf of the child
  2. Should include the child’s name, age, the parent or guardian’s name, and his or her email address or contact number.

By submitting artwork, parents grant permission for Solid State Construction to use the artwork and child’s first name and age online or in promotional materials.  If submission is a photograph of the child holding artwork, parent likewise grants Solid State Construction to use that photograph including likeness of the child online and in promotional materials. 

Deadline for submissions is Friday August 3rd, 2018.  

ENTER BY MAIL:

Solid State Construction
2 Shaker Road D204
Shirley, MA 01464

Original artwork will not be returned unless requested in writing.  

ENTER ONLINE:

Online entries (photo of the drawing plus your information) may be emailed to:  info@solidstateconstruction.com, or posted directly to SSC’s Facebook page (your contact details should be private messaged to us in that case). 

PRIZES:

We will choose one winner for each of the age ranges below. 

Tots (ages 3-5) – 1 winner
Kids (ages 6-10) – 1 winner
Big Kids (ages 11-15) – 1 winner

Each winner can choose (1) of the below:
4 tickets to Davis Farmland
4 tickets to Southwick’s Zoo
4 tickets to Six Flags
4 tickets to Canobie Lake Park