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.

 

 

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.

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.

 

Picking Between Horizontal and Vertical Siding

Your home is being judged by its exterior. It’s the same deal that books put up with in terms of their covers. One of the biggest choices that you need to make in terms of the exterior of your home is the siding. There are pros and cons to both horizontal and vertical siding when it comes to visual appeal, installation, cost, and durability, and we’re going to explore all that here.

Aesthetics

Vertical siding panels have a more unconventional look. Many people prefer this style because they elongate the home and make it stand out from the rest. But not everyone is a fan of breaking from the norm. Traditional neighborhoods with Colonial-style houses aren’t necessarily the best place for vertical siding.

Installation

We’ve established that horizontal siding is much more common than vertical siding, and that’s largely because the installation process is more simple. Vertical siding requires more steps to install, as the siding professional will need a layer of furring strips to be laid horizontally underneath the panels in order to level and smooth the surface. This ensures a clean look.

Cost

The vertical siding orientation is just going to cost more; plain and simple. The cost is also going to vary based on the materials that are used. Also, siding materials are going to vary in price, no matter what orientation you choose. Take for example steel, which is a heavy material that you often find in residential settings, and it costs more than vinyl or wood siding panels.

Durability

Both horizontal and vertical siding can be quite durable, depending on the craftsmanship of your siding professional. Fiber cement and metal are the most durable siding materials. Consider that with horizontal siding, there’s a potential for rainwater to leak underneath the siding strips. This is particularly true if you opt for wooden siding that can warp over time and create mold and mildew. Vertical siding is not quite as prone to this water damage because water that hits the surface falls to the ground immediately.

Maintenance

Lastly, let’s look at maintenance. No matter what kind of siding you choose, regular maintenance is essential. But this is going to be based on the materials that you choose. Vinyl siding requires the least amount of maintenance, and it’s easy to clean. Wood, however, is going to warp over time and requires a great deal of maintenance in order to maintain.

How To Clean James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding

James Hardie fiber cement siding is a leading siding solution which stands out from its competitors because it requires far less maintenance. The material resists much of what mother nature has to throw at it but throughout the years of extreme New England weather there becomes the time when maintenance, and cleaning is needed. Cleaning is recommended from James Hardie when dust, dust, chalking, oil, grease or mildew builds up over time.

For tips on how to clean off the surface depending on your issue, check below!

Construction Dirt or Chalk:

Any dust from cutting and construction needs to be removed immediately. You’ll need a soft cloth, soft paint poly bush or chip brush. BE sure that you don’t use a hard brush that could damage the surface. If you choose a brush, brush the surface and then rinse with water. If you choose a cloth, simply wet the cloth and rinse that area.

Oils & Grease:

All you’ll need is a soft cloth, liquid dishwashing soap and a garden house. Use the soft cloth soaked with the soap to clean the area and then the garden hose to rinse everything off.

Mold & Mildew:

While this happens very rarely, it can occur. Lightly scrub the infected area with a soft cloth, and mildew cleaner. Then, use a garden hose to rinse everything off.

James Hardie recommends working small sections at a time. Start from the top of the problem and work your way down.

The best thing about James Hardie siding is that maintenance is so rarely needed. But, if you are noticing one of these issues after the years, you should stay on top of it.

James Hardie Siding Continues To Grow

One of the best ways to tell that a product and company is doing well is whether or not they are growing. And, for James Hardie Fiber Cement siding it is safe to say that they are growing! Although not in Massachusetts, James Hardie is opening a $220 million Alabama building products plant. Biz Journals & Made In Alabama both reported the story after James Hardie announced its new home last week.

The company which already has 3,200 employees around the world will be adding around 205 with this latest investment. Over a year ago, James Hardie started looking for a place to build a plant for the Eastern & Southern U.S. markets. After extensive research Prattville, Alabama was selected. What helped set Prattville above from the other locations is that it has a skilled workforce, a close proximity to key resources and availability to key markets.

James Hardie Fiber Cement is taking the country by storm one house at a time. Learn more about this product in a recent post about James Hardie Siding FAQ’s.

For more information about James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding please feel free to reach out to Solid State Construction. We are siding installation specialists throughout Massachusetts and are happy to help you. We can be contacted today over the phone at 508-581-3798 or through our online contact form.

James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding FAQ’s

At Solid State Construction we have been doing more and more James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding installations. It is becoming more popular and when one person gets it in a neighborhood it seems that the rest of the homes follow. While it’s becoming more popular in this area, there are still alot of questions surrounding this siding solution. We have pulled together some of the more frequent James Hardie questions and have all the answers for you, below!

What is Fiber Cement? 

Fiber cement is made up of portland cement, sand & cellulose fibers. These materials together help create a siding solution that portrays the appearance of real wood.

How long can fiber cement siding last?

James Hardie has their own 30 year warranty on its product because they know it can last the test of time. Most Hardie siding can last up to 50 years or more.

How does James Hardie siding affect the environment?

With James Hardie offering a solution that is durable and low maintenance, it offers little waste at all.

What is the maintenance needed for James Hardie?

James Hardie needs to be painted far less than other siding solutions. Because of the fact that it doesn’t soak in the paint like wood siding products, the paint life cycle lasts 12 year or more.

Overall, James Hardie fiber cement siding is one of the leading siding options out there. For further questions that you may have, please feel free to reach out. We can be contacted over the phone at 508-581-3798 or through our online contact form.

Signs That Your Siding Is Breaking Down

Solid State Construction provides homeowners throughout Massachusetts with siding installations and repairs. From fiber cement and vinyl siding to cedar wood siding we have the options to fit your budget and your needs. But, before we even get to helping you out, it’s important for a homeowner to be able to diagnose whether they want to contact a contractor. We are always here to conduct an inspection but follow some of these tips to help realize that you’re in need of new siding.

Frequent Painting Is Required: A homes siding at the minimum should need a new paint job every 8-10 years. If you find yourself needing to paint your siding every 5-6 years then this is a tell-tail sign that something is wrong.

Rising Energy Costs: If your heating and cooling bills have risen unexpectedly that is a sign that your home is letting drafts in. It may or may not be your siding that is the reason for this but you have to find out right away and fix it.

Rotting/Warping: Walk around your house and just take a look at the physical appearance of your siding. It should look intact and very similar to the way it was installed. If you see any warping or any boards that have started to rot then this is a sign that you need immediate siding help.

Holes: This may be a no-brainer but if your siding has holes in it then you need to act quickly. Holes in your siding is just asking for unwanted visitors from water, insects, and animals.

Dry Rot: A dry rot problem may not be very noticeable to the naked eye. Take the handle of a screwdriver and walk around your home and simply tap your siding. Dry rot basically eats away at the heart of your siding leaving just the top layer left. You’ll be able to hear the difference if dry rot is occurring.

Peeling Paint or Wallpaper of Inside Walls: Compromised siding often leads to water making its way inside your home. This moisture build up can lead to paint or wallpaper pulling away from the walls.

For more information about if you are in need of new siding please feel free to reach out. Solid State Construction can be contacted over the phone at 508-581-3798 or through our online contact form.

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