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The Benefits of Double Hung Windows  

Double hung or double-sash windows have two sashes that fit into a single frame, and they’re the most popular type of window in residential homes. They work by sliding up the bottom sash into the top sash to open and then sliding down the window sash to close. See if they’re the right choice for you.

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The Strength and Beauty of ProVia Doors

The Importance of Entry Doors

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Pricing Guide for Outdoor Paint

QUALITY VS. QUANTITY – WHAT DO I REALLY NEED?

There is nothing like a quality paint job on an exterior to add visual appeal, protection, and value to the home.  Painting a home’s exterior takes time and consideration, particularly when it comes to choosing outdoor paint.  It is not just the color that needs careful consideration.  The quality of the outdoor paint will make a substantial difference in its durability and its ability to keep the color fresh and new-looking after several years of exposure to the elements.  Homeowners in harsh and extreme weather conditions such as in the New England states must pay particular attention to the quality of the exterior paint.

We Repeat – Don’t go CHEAP…

When it comes to outdoor paint prices, it is a bad decision to purchase the cheapest paint available, even if the color is perfect.  The pricier paint is actually formulated differently than the cheap brands.  The higher price is due to the cost of the premium ingredients used in manufacturing the paint.

SHOPS & STOCKISTS

Any home improvement store, large or small, will offer a massive array of outdoor paint colors.  The brands they stock will differ, however.  Some will offer Behr or Olympic; others Valspar, Glidden or Dutch Boy.  Sherwin-Williams has its own chain of retail stores.  Following are the top three outdoor paint brands used and recommended by professional painting contractors.

***   I just want to make a clear indication that these remarks are only a matter of our own opinions and not off of facts from the manufacturers.  ***

OUR PICKS – BRANDS COMPARED

 

SHERWIN-WILLIAMS DURATION

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This brand is the most highly recommended paint of professional home remodeling contractors.  Duration is their top-of-the-line.  Contractors prefer it, even though it is a bit pricey with prices ranging from $60 per gallon and lower, the quality of its one-coat coverage and excellent formulation is unmatchable.  The cost per gallon is definitely offset by the savings in labor and quantity of paint required for the job. I’ll have you agree with me on a couple details:

  • Does it make sense to save time and paint once? Yes.
  • Would you save money in the end because you don’t have to do multiple coatings? Yes, because multiple coatings means more paint, which equals more money.
  • Do you want your home to look nice? Well, duh!

The solution is to simply purchase a higher quality paint that will out-perform your expectations and give you that dreamy look you’ve been looking for.

Homeowners in New England with its extreme climate can turn to the professionals at United Home Experts who highly recommend and use Sherwin-Williams outdoor paint for all the reasons mentioned here.

VALSPAR DURAMAX

It is a far less expensive exterior paint at $33 to $35 per gallon. It claims to be self-priming and is said that it requires only one coat for good coverage. Some homeowners give Valspar DuraMax a high rating, though most professional home remodeling contractors shy away from the big box house brands. In my own experience of painting my own home and many relatives’ homes, many of these lower priced paints do not perform well enough to meet my expectations and require multiple coatings.

Do not be fooled by the price; expensive paints are worth their salt because they are genuinely higher quality, so if the price seems too low to be true, it is almost certain that the quality has suffered.

It must be noted that Sherwin-Williams Duration and Benjamin Moore’s Aura are the top-of-the-line paint formulations for both paint manufacturers, with Sherwin-Williams offering excellent quality at a more competitive price than Benjamin Moore.  The companies also offer a range of quality paints at many price levels.

BENJAMIN MOORE AURA

Benjamin Moore’s answer to Sherwin-Williams Duration is its Aura line of paint. These two would be close picks
of professional painting contractors if it were not for the price difference.

Homeowners thinking about repainting the exterior of their homes should bear all these facts in mind.  It does appear that the more expensive paint can actually saves them money in the long run. Whether handling a massive exterior paint job themselves or hiring a contractor to get the job done, it would be wise to seek the advice of professionals like those at United Home Experts. For our main painting page, click here!

All About Roof Flashing [Roofing 101]

WHAT EXACTLY IS ROOF FLASHING?

Flashing is a continuous series of thin pieces of sheet metal or other waterproof material that is installed to keep water from getting into a building from a vulnerable angle or joint.

HOW ROOF-FLASHING WORKS AND WHAT IT DOES

  • It typically operates under the principle that, in order for water to get through a joint, it must fight against gravity and work its way up.
  • In the case of hard rain that is being driven by the wind, the driving force of the heavy rain would have to be diminished.
  • Roof flashing can be installed in one of two ways. It can either be concealed or exposed on the outside of a building’s roof.

EXPOSED ROOF FLASHING

Flashing that is exposed is usually made of sheet metal. This is how flashing got its name: the metal material catches the sunlight and reflects it, creating an eye-popping, flashing effect.

The sheet metals are generally made from the following metals;

  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Lead or Lead-coated Copper
  • Painted Galvanized Steel Stainless steel
  • Terne metal
  • Zinc alloy

CONCEALED ROOF FLASHING

Concealed flashing is usually made of either sheet metal or a waterproofing membrane.

The waterproofing membranes are generally made from materials such as fabric made from bituminous coal or sheet material made from plastic.

Which type of membrane is used really depends on the climate and on the building’s structural requirements.

Aluminum and lead are not recommended for use as concealed flashing materials because they experience adverse chemical reactions when coming in contact with cement mortar.

Copper is one of the best metal materials to use for exterior flashing because it is durable and malleable. Using copper in any roofing project will ensure that no weak points exist in the roofing structure. As opposed to some other flashing materials, copper will not destruct if exposed for long periods to sunlight.

THE 2 MAIN TYPES OF ROOF-FLASHING

Flashing that is placed around objects that stick out from a building’s roof, like chimneys or pipes, to keep water
from pooling at joints or seams by forcing it to run off.

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Roof penetration flashing is used around cables, pipes, and supports to waterproof these vulnerable areas by providing a protective barrier.

ROOF-FLASHING FOR THE HOMEOWNER

1. Brands and Services

There are many types and brands of flashing available on the market, but homeowners may have trouble deciding between all the different brands and styles.

2. DIY Flashing

Flashing is a difficult project that is essential to execute with great precision, so it is a good idea for homeowners to seek professional help rather than try to do it themselves.

3. Technicalities

The flashing has to be carefully constructed and strategically placed so that water is definitely deflected away from the roof’s trouble spots and not into the underlying structure of the roof (and the home).

4. Improper Execution

Flashing installation done by nonprofessionals can lead to all sorts of trouble for the homeowner and the home, including mold, water seepage, leaks and structural damage.

The trustworthy professionals at United Home Experts are specially trained in all aspects of roofing, so they know all the best types of flashing and are able to install it correctly, ensuring a quality roof maintenance or construction job for any home. Homeowners can contact them for a free estimate and expert advice before undertaking any roof project. For more information about roofs, visit our main roofing page!