Commission wind, hail and ice add up to about 32% of the insurance claims made by    homeowners.  This number is especially staggering since many sections of the U.S. don’t    see frequent hail storms, and other sections don’t have climates that produce ice dams.      Add another 14.3% for water damage and it’s […]

 Roofers in Massachusetts have their work cut out for them.  Every season presents it’s own weather  conditions that make it difficult to keep a leak proof roof.  Here are 4 of the essential things that all  responsible roofing contractor in massachusetts will provide without question.  #1:  Don’t skimp on High Quality Ice and Water Shield: Ice Dams […]

I was recently asked by Jim Cory from Replacement Contractor Magazine to comment on the growth of fiber cement siding in New England, specifically Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.  Here’s the article: High Fiber by Jim Cory Demand for fiber cement set to grow at twice the rate of the replacement siding marketBy Jim […]

Central Mass Fall Worcester Home Show October 23rd – 25th, 2009 DCU Center Worcester, MA Friday Oct 23rd 5:00pm to 9:00pm Saturday Oct 24th 10:00am to 8:00pm Sunday Oct 25th 11:00am to 5:00pm Fall Rhode Island Home Show Here we’ll have 2 booths.  One booth will display Fiber Cement siding products, and the other booth […]

Over the past couple of years a few companies have popped up in new England that claim  to offer some sort of lifetime paint product.  They say, “Never paint your home again!”  or something catchy like that. Sounds like a great idea right? But is it too good to be true? You may think the […]

 New England is a region known for its traditional buildings. Although many local historical  councils have strict regulations on what building materials can be used to restore a building,  many traditional buildings are not regulated by these commissions. In such cases it’s  becoming more and more prevalent for building owners to have fiber cement  siding installed to […]

 There have never been more incentives to replace your windows or doors than there is right now!  You might be  thinking “that’s quite the sales pitch,” but it’s actually true. Here are 5 ways you can save money by replacing your windows this fall.  #1 Federal Tax Credit: Although Cash-For-Clunkers has stolen some of the the thunder, the federal tax […]

We’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about whether or not there are any asphalt roof shingles that qualify for the Federal tax credit for energy efficient improvements.  The answer is YES!  For specifics on your territory consult a local roofing contractor. We recommend Certainteed® roofing materials over any other roofing products on the market.  Certainteed® […]

 This is an excellent question, and the short answer is, “Less than you think!”  The requirements for the  Federal Tax Credit for energy efficient home improvements are fairly stringent.  The standards are a U-  value <= .30 and a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) <= .30. (U-value measures the rate of heat loss  through a […]

Vinyl windows have gained significant market share in Massachusetts over the past 20 years, but  why?  What do vinyl windows have to offer the typical homeowner in New England? Vinyl windows are certainly not right for everyone.  What we tend to recommend to homeowners is if  you like the look and feel of wood then […]