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Most people don’t often think about window replacement unless there is a major problem. The fact is, though, that are many good reasons for home window replacement, even without a major emergency necessitating the change. Andersen Windows with Stormwatch(R) are some of the best on the market today. Here are just a few of the benefits of adding these amazing accessories to any home.

Improved Seasonal Comfort

Replacing an old, drafty window – especially a single-paned one – can improve your home’s ability to maintain a AndersenBedroom-aw10-103-resized-600warmer interior by about fifty percent. Today’s Energy Star-rated version is made with special technology that combines frames that are energy efficient and high-performing glass.

This same glass that keeps the interior air warm is also better able to protect a home against the hot sun during the summer months. This window type with the high-performing glass reduces the amount of heat that comes into your home by at least fifty percent. Just think of how much heating and cooling bills can be reduced by installing it into the home.

Increased Curb Appeal

Switching out some features of your home can have a dramatic, immediate effect on your its exterior appearance. AndersenExterior-04-075-resized-600United Home Experts has a vast selection of window, door, and siding products that offer many options to homeowners that often complement many homes, whether they have a more traditional or a more contemporary design. And with all the trim packages that are available for both the exterior and the interior, homeowners can be sure that their custom-designed window will have a unique look.

Low Maintenance

Vinyl and fiberglass frames never need to be painted. In many cases, much of the newer hardware used in replacements is constructed from durable stainless steel or die-cast zinc that undergo numerous tests to ensure they will hold up in any home. In fact, most of the best window manufacturers today offer a full lifetime warranty to the original homeowner, covering both materials and labor.

Improved Home Security

In addition, a new window can give your home added security. The Andersen brand has been forced-entry testedAndersenBathroom-resized-600 for safety. Most now offer locking systems with multiple points that render lock breakthroughs nearly impossible.

Reduced Sound Transmission

A new window has the often overlooked ability to inhibit the transmission of sound. Noise comes in various frequencies from many different sources. With the world’s population increasing every year, it is becoming more difficult to control noise by the day. These glass features of the home can be the weakest
link when it comes to maintaining sound control.

Environmental Benefits

Last but not least, a new window can aid in improving the environment. When less energy is used to heat and cool the home, fewer natural resources are being used up, and so there is less impact on the environment.

Is It Time for a Replacement?

Many homeowners may be confused as to whether they really are in need of window replacement. A consult with the professionals at United Home Experts can help any homeowner better understand their options in order to make a more informed replacement window decision.

WHAT IS EPDM?

EPDM stands for Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer.

It is a rubber membrane with a single ply that has been a major solution in the low-sloping commercial roof industry for over four decades. It is the most popular choice of architects, consultants and contractors in both new construction and replacement projects because of its value, quality, and other various benefits.

WEATHERING ABILITY

One of the major benefits of this roof type is its outstanding weathering ability. It is both waterproof and hail resistant. Because of this, it is ideal for a variety of climates, including here in the Northeast.

DURABILITY OF CONSTRUCTION

EPDM, because it is made from rubber, is also very flexible and durable. It is able to expand and contract in relation to weather changes, and this ensures that it will hold up better than other roofing solutions over time.

The unique way in which it is formulated ensures that EPDM is virtually resistant to exposure to harmful ozone and UV radiation. It also stands up well to the test of cold cracking. Because it does not rely on plasticizers to achieve flexibility, there is no potential danger of brittle membranes due to future plasticizer loss.

LONG LASTING

The lifetime costs of EPDM membranes have exceeded other popular low-slope systems, such as built-up roofing, roof_membrane_1modified bitumen, and thermoplastic that have been mechanically attached.

The durability of the EPDM membrane has also led to very long life expectancy ratings, including over 23 years in covered applications, more than 26 years in exposed applications and an estimated ultimate service life of over 50 years.

ENERGY SAVING

EPDM offers a variety of options that enhance energy efficiency to commercial roofing professionals. White EPDM membrane systems have been built with increased UV resistance in mind. These types of systems offer similar performance characteristics to the black EPDM membranes, but with even more energy and environmental benefits. It has become increasingly popular to add white coatings to black EPDM membrane surfaces to extend the life of the roof, increase energy efficiency, and decrease pollution.

EPDM roofs that are ballasted often act the same, in construction, as roof surfaces that are reflective. Although stone ballasts and pavers are not as reflective as white coatings, ongoing industry tests indicate that there is a positive impact on energy usage with this EPDM system type. During the day, the ballast absorbs at the same time as it shades the roof membrane. Then, in the evening hours, the heat is released. Some other EPDM roofing accessories include garden roof systems and photovoltaic panels, which both help to increase a structure’s energy savings.

As is the case with any roofing system, insulation is crucial to ensuring that any building is energy efficient. Adding extra insulation to an EPDM roof can not only increase the effectiveness of a building’s thermal resistance, but it can also eliminate thermal short circuits and potential moisture issues.

CONCLUSION

With so many roofing options available today, it might seem daunting to choose which one would be best for any individual project. EPDM membranes, however, stand out as the most versatile material, and they have a proven track record that reinforces why this is the best option for nearly any construction project with a sloping roof.

Contact the professionals at United Home Experts today for an expert opinion on your next roofing project.

For more information on rubber roofing, read our Rubber Roofing page!

When it comes to the construction of a house, there are many roofing shapes and styles from which to choose  –  so many, in fact, that many people may not have the time to research all of them. Here is a quick list of 10 of the most popular and functional roof styles. We can install asphalt roof shingles on any of these styles of homes, except flat roofs, we use a different material called EPDM.

ROOF TYPES

1. ARCHED ROOF

This roofing type is most likely not going to be used for the whole building construction, as they can be costly to install, but can be used as an accent to add tremendous aesthetic value to the home.

2. BONNET ROOF

This type of roof is also not usually used on a whole house. It can mainly be found gracing the back porch or a decorative veranda. This roof type is similar to both the hip roof and the pyramid roof, which are mentioned below. The main difference is that two of the roof’s sides slope out at an angle.

3. CROSS-GABLED ROOF

This roofing type is most likely not going to be used for the whole building construction, as they can be costly to install, but can be used as an accent to add tremendous aesthetic value to the home.

 

4. FLAT ROOF

This is one of the easiest types of roof to identify because it is very common – and flat, as its name implies. Flat roofs are easier to construct than any other roof type. They are safer to stand on, and they are generally more accessible for maintenance and repairs. The main drawback to this type of roof is that it does require more maintenance than other types, largely because the lack of slope can tend to accumulate debris.

5. GAMBREL ROOF

This type of roof is very similar to the Mansard Roof. This Dutch-inspired type of roof is made up of four slopes, two on each side of the home. The lower slope is a much steeper vertical style than the upper slope, which might be visible from below, but it might not.

6. HIP ROOF

As mentioned before, this roof is very similar to the bonnet roof. The main difference is that the four sides of the roof meet at a ridge or a flat spot, instead of coming to a point at the top. This enhances the practicality of the roof type.

 

7. MANSARD ROOF

This type of roof is quite similar to the Gambrel Roof mentioned above, with a few minor differences. The main one is that the Mansard Roof does not have the vertical gable ends and the roof overhanging the facade of the home, as is the case in the Gambrel style. This French style of roof offers extra room for increased living or storage space on the top story of a house.

8. PYRAMID ROOF

True to its name, this roof type is shaped like a pyramid. This is another type of roof that is not practical to use on a whole house, but can add a beautiful decorative touch to small home sections or to corresponding outside structures like garages. angle.

9. SALTBOX ROOF

This is interesting type of roof is asymmetrical in form and features a long pitched roof with one very long side and one very short side. Oftentimes, this results in a house that is multi-storied in the sense that one side of the construction is only one story, while the other side of the building features two stories.

 

10. SKILLION ROOF

This roof type has one single sloping roof surface. It looks like one half of a triangular roof, and it can be compared to a flat roof whose roof sides have been inclined just slightly. It is not often used in full home construction but can often be seen as a special roofing option for multi-level homes

For project examples and more detailed information about different roofing shapes and styles when determining which ones might best suit their needs, homeowners should contact the professionals at United Home Experts.

According to architectural practices, “transom” is a term that is given to any transverse horizontal structural bar or beam. It is also used to describe a crosspiece that separates a door from the window located above it.

Transom windows, also known as transom lights or fanlights, are smaller-sized windows that are usually hinged and set above a doorframe or on a particularly high area of a wall. They have been used in architectural constructions for a very long time. The first were used to decorate early Gothic churches. These windows were unglazed windows located directly in the belfry. They also took the form of spire lights, where they were thought to be necessary to strengthen the overall church wall construction.

Toward the end of the Gothic period in architecture, it became common to include these types of windows in the during (6)-resized-600designs of all structures, including residences and businesses. They were very popular in building construction before the advent of central air because buildings with these windows stayed cooler and more comfortable in the hot summer months than buildings without them.

Today, these window types are highly prized in a variety of architectural settings for the enhanced cross-ventilation they provide while at the same time maintaining an individual’s security and privacy. There are many different types of transom windows that are available on the market today. Here are descriptions of just a few.

Paneled Glass

This type of transom window is built with a frame that is paneled to create a symmetrical pattern or design similar to a grid. These windows are elegant, simple pieces that can be affixed by hinging either at the base or the top of the frame, or on both frame sides. The glass panels that make up this type of transom are almost always divided by vertical strips of metal or wood, but sometimes larger paneled glass transoms include horizontal pieces of wood.

Solid Window

In contrast to the multi-paneled transom, some transoms feature just one piece of glass inside a solid, sturdy frame. Like the paneled transoms style, these solid windows can be affixed or hinged at the frame’s top, bottom or both sides. These solid transoms often feature a heavy piece of frosted, brightly colored or intricately etched glass. They might also contain a piece of glass that is highly embellished for enhanced beauty.

Fanned Window

These transoms are arched, fan-shaped or semicircular and are often called “fanlights” because they resembleFanTransomWindows open decorative fans. This type of window is either fixed in place or hinged at the base to allow the frame to swing from one direction to the other. This style of transom window is usually designed as much for decorative beauty as it is for practicality.

Major Brand Names

Most transom windows that are sold in the Northeast are constructed with vinyl and are manufactured by Pella. There are transoms available in other brand names, but Pella windows are some of the best.

Transoms can add beauty and functionality to any home or office building. To learn more about transom window styles and to see which one might be best for specific architectural needs, individuals should contact the professionals at United Home Experts.

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Transom windows can be installed by themselves (as interior windows), or as decorations above doors and cased openings.  Standard carpentry tools such as nails and hammers are needed, as well as a few simple components to frame the transom.

In addition to the cased opening components, it is necessary to have adequate material for the fabrication of a jamb frame, a stop molding (for holding the sash in place), and a mullion (for installing the transom above your door).

Any homeowner who is looking to add both beauty and functionality to his or her home should consider installing transom windows. Most people won’t have any idea of where to start, so here are the basic instructions for completing transom window installation above a door.

Those that are really looking to take on this project themselves should first get a detailed set of instructions from the window manufacturers. This set of instructions is strictly to get an idea of the process. We are not responsible for any accidents, warranty voids or mishandling. We highly recommend allowing professionals, like ourselves, to replacing your windows. We offer the best warranties and coverage, aside from manufacturers, for replacement windows that are available to homeowners in the New England area.

Step 1. The first thing that is needed is a calculation of the final opening width. Based on this measurement, a transom jamb frame will need to be measured to fit that same width (about a quarter inch bigger on all side than the actual dimension of the door slab). This frame will be made using flat jamb material. The transom sash might need to be cut down slightly in order to fit inside the frame of the jamb.

Step 2. The transom sash should be centered inside the jamb frame and fastened to it. It is often easier to do this while lying on a flat surface to inhibit twisting during assembly. Temporary spacer blocks should be used to hold the transom sash in place until the stop molding can be applied. It is recommended that spacing nails or screws be fastened every eight to twelve inches.

Step 3. The stop molding needs to be cut and assembled on both sides of the sash to provide a completed look forduring (6)-resized-600 your transom. This has the added advantage of covering any gaps that might exist between the jamb frame and the sash.  Some common trim profiles that are used for this purpose include cove mold, quarter round, and square stop. Install shorter (vertical) stop pieces first.  This will allow for the bending of longer pieces into place to obtain a tight fit.

Step 4. The transom unit (the assembled sash and frame) should now be fastened on top of the cased opening or door.  To accomplish this, nail the transom jamb to the head jamb of the door (or cased opening) beneath it.

Step 5. Once everything is assembled, it will be necessary to measure the door and transom together as one unit.  Cut the casing (the two legs and the one header) and install on one complete side of the transom.  Then case the other side of the assembled door / transom after installing the door in the rough opening.  If the transom and the door are assembled directly at the foot of the opening, it is much easier to secure the door in its final position.

Step 6. After applying the casing, complete the transom trimming process by installing the mullion between the jamb frame and the door head jamb.  Adjust the mull detail by installing spacer blocks between the jambs and using a wide mullion to cover the gap.

Step 7. Next, the assembled unit (cased on one side) will need to be placed into the rough opening by plumbing and tacking.  Then shim and nail behind the jamb on the open, uncased, side.

Step 8. After shimming, the uncased side should be measured, cut, and completed.

Step 9. Repeat Step 6 for the unfinished side of the transom.

The process for installing a transom over a cased opening or by itself is completed in the exact same way (without the doors).

These are the basic steps one would take to install a window. Of course, after reading these instructions, some homeowners may prefer toleave the task to the professionals. United Home Experts can help; the company specializes in window installation and a variety of other home improvement projects for those living in the Eastern New England area.

Preparing a surface for paint makes the difference between a quality, lasting exterior and a shoddy one.  The result of an unattractive, short-lived painted exterior is not the fault of the paint itself but rather the failure of the paint to adhere to the surface.  The paint had no chance of adhesion because it was applied over a dirty, greasy, peeling surface.

Before starting preparation, a major consideration in preparing and painting an exterior surface is when the work should be done.  When painting an exterior, the temperature of the surface to be painted should be greater than 50°F and less than 90°F.  This means that homeowners in areas of the country such as New England have a rather slim window of opportunity to carry out the exterior paint preparation and repainting project.

Preparing the Environment for Exterior Paint Preparation

Surrounding landscape plantings, barbecue grills and other nearby objects must be protected from paint chips and PaintPreparationspatters as well as the chemicals in cleaning solutions and paint strippers:

  1. Turn off all electrical power and gas fuel suppliers that connect to outside objects.
  2. Cover them with canvas.
  3. Pull any tall bushes near the home away from the structure with ties.   Stake the ties so that the foliage does not touch any exterior surface.
  4. Remove exterior fixtures such as lighting, mailboxes and shutters.
  5. Patch, repair and repaint any trim that is to be reaffixed to the home’s exterior when the new paint is dry.

Removing Loose Paint

This chore will always include hand scraping and sanding.  A power washer can also be used, but should only be PaintScrapeoperated by an experienced operator, as this tool can cause serious damage to an exterior if misused.

 On a dry surface, beginning with the loosest part of the peeling paint, scrape it off using one tool or a combination of a paint scraper, putty knife, heat gun, sandpaper and sanding block.  On wood siding in particular, careful attention must be paid when scraping with any tool to avoid gouging the wood.

Sanding the Surface

Once all loose paint is gone, the surface must be sanded wherever the paint was removed, blending the harder edges with the sandpaper to make the surface as smooth as possible.

Cleaning the Surface

Now that all the scraping, sanding and environmental protection has taken place, it is time to thoroughly wash PowerWashingthe exterior.

Remove screens, storm doors and windows and whatever is not to be painted.

With a solution of TSP and water, thoroughly wash the exterior with either a power washer set to the lowest pressure or a hose with a car wash brush attachment. Work from the top down.  Rinse each cleansed section as completed with clean water.

At this point, homeowners residing in the New England states with the short span of weather conditions conducive to the proper paint preparation and repainting might want to consider getting help for this extensive project.  The professional, experienced home remodeling team at United Home Experts has been doing quality work in the New England area to the satisfaction of many homeowners.

The Final Paint Preparation Stage:  Drying and Caulking

  • If the paint to be applied is latex, allow the exterior to dry at least a day.
  • If it is an oil-based paint, allow at least a week before painting.
  • Caulk any gaps around windows, doors, between siding, moldings; anywhere moisture can seep in.

With completion of these steps in paint preparation, the exterior paint that is finally applied will have a smooth, attractive appearance and will keep that look for many years with minimal maintenance.

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When it comes to interior decorating, one of the most important questions any homeowner or designer can ask is, “How should I paint the inside of my home?” Indoor paint adds depth and character to walls and ceilings and changes the atmosphere of any overall living or working space. For this reason, it is important to know how to select the best indoor paint for your purposes.

Use flat (matte) paint for ceilings. One of the best reasons to use flat paint is that it readily adheres to rough surfaces. Because it adheres so well and is non-reflective, it tends to minimize imperfections, whereas glossy paints highlight imperfections.

Have a textured ceiling that needs to be covered over? Flat paint can help with that. It actually decreases the amount of texture that is present, giving a smooth, finished look than can instantly update a room’s style.

It should be noted that flat paint is very hard to clean and tends to attract dirt and stains more than glossier paints do. Flat paint, then, is perfect for use on ceilings because stains are less likely to occur there.

Satin and eggshell paint is optimal for dens, adult bedrooms and other areas children don’t usually frequent. Both swpaintcansatin and eggshell paints are good choices for these areas because they are much easier to clean than the matte version of indoor paint. Satin finish works best on walls because it is more reflective, while eggshell works better on ceilings because it does not emit as much glare.

Eggshell paint is slightly more difficult to clean than satin paint, and it is not as readily available. It should be noted that neither of these types of paint will hold up to any serious scrubbing.

Semi-gloss paint for family rooms, children’s bedrooms, and window and doorway trims. This type of paint is perfect for very high traffic areas because it is very resistant to dirt, grease, and grime. It is also very easy to clean, more durable, and comes in more color varieties than the other types of indoor paint; however it also costs more than the other types, with the exception of high-gloss paint, which is the most duration homeexpensive paint type as well as the most difficult to find.

Gloss paint for bathrooms, kitchens, and other highly humid areas. This paint is very useful in areas that are prone to moisture and staining. It is even more durable, dirt-resistant, and easy to clean than its semi-gloss cousin. It does, however, tend to show more imperfections than any other of the indoor paint types, so walls should be very carefully sanded down before the paint is applied.

All of these paints come in a variety of colors, although some (especially the glossier paints) tend to be offered in more color choices than others (especially the flat paint).  Sherwin-Williams has a wide variety of all of these types of paint, available at a great value to the consumer. Whether the desired paint type or paint color is decided upon first, individuals should consult with the professionals at United Home Experts for more ujwkmam6detailed recommendations.

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A correct and thorough preparation of a home’s interior will help ensure a quality, long-lasting paint job.  Proper paint preparation will also help avoid messes and mistakes that could be time-consuming and expensive to clean up.  Interior painting preparation is actually more tedious and takes more time than applying the paint. For good advice and a quote on contracting the job out, homeowners in the New England states of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island can depend on the professionals at United Home Experts. Following are some of their useful tips for interior paint preparation.

The first step in interior paint preparation is to clear the room of light furniture and any decorative items.  Remove everything from the walls, including heating vent covers and electrical faceplates.  Cover switches and receptacles with painters’ tape.  It is also beneficial to remove hardware such as knobs, handles and locks from doors and windows, or at least mask them off with painters’ tape.

Heavy furniture should be pushed into the center of the room and covered with a plastic sheet, with a canvas SWPaintCandrop-cloth on top of that.  Should a light fixture be immovable, wrap it carefully with plastic.  A garbage bag serves this purpose well.

Wallpaper in good condition can be painted over.  Wallpaper that is torn or pulling away from the wall must be removed.  The best way to remove wallpaper is the good, old-fashioned method of peeling off all possible paper by hand.  Any remaining shreds and paste are then sponged or mopped with very hot water until every last bit is removed.

The surface can now be prepared for the paint by a thorough sanding to ensure the wall is free of any specks of paper or paste.  Be sure to dust off any traces of the sanding as well.

Like the loose wallpaper, paint that is chipped or peeling must also be completely scraped off.  The trick here is to PaintPreparationremove the paint without gouging the wall.  A scraper with edges that can be sharpened and a stiff wire brush are good tools to use here.

If the finish on any woodwork is in poor condition, it is best to remove the paint or stain altogether with paint-stripping gel before applying new paint or stain.

Small holes and cracks in the wall from denting or nail holes must be puttied over to enable a smooth surface.  Larger holes can be made smooth with self-adhering mesh cut wider than the hole.  To do this, cut two pieces and center the first piece over the hole.  Press it down.  Center the second piece over the hole to form an X with the first piece and again press on it.  Cover the mesh completely with putty using a putty knife.  When dry, sand the area and apply primer.

Use fine-grain sandpaper to smooth the entire surface for paint preparation.  Sanding also finely roughens the surface, allowing better paint adherence.

The final step in interior paint preparation is to vacuum the rooms to be painted and dust the surfaces of walls, ceilings and trim.  If it is a kitchen or bathroom that is being repainted, the walls must be cleaned of all grease and soap scum both before and after sanding.

Repainting an interior space can make a huge difference in its appearance and livability.  This is a big project, but the results can be amazing.  A quality paint job will also add value to the home.  Homeowners considering selling their home should keep this in mind.

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There is a distinct difference between paint and wood stain in theirchemical makeup as well as the circumstances under which each should be used.  There are also at least as many differences in wood stain types as there are in types of paint.  One simple, general rule for choosing between stain and paint for covering either an exterior or interior surface is if the wood is rough-sawn, stain it; if smooth, paint it.

Like paint, wood stain can be oil-based or water-based.  Unlike paint, stain also comes in gel form.  The decision wood scapeson which one to use depends on the wood species to be stained, the space in which the work will be accomplished, and how important environmental friendliness is to the homeowner.

Oil-Based Stain

This is easy to work with as it is slow to dry.  It does require that the staining be done in a well ventilated area if the stain application is taking place in an interior space, as the vapors can be hazardous as well as flammable.

Water-Based Stain

These are more environmentally friendly and do not diffuse harmful vapors into the surroundings.  The stain color duration homeis added to a water-based solution instead of oil.  It is not nearly as flammable as the oil-based stain.  Unlike the oil-based stain, though, the water-based stain dries very quickly making it more difficult to use.  Because of the rapid drying once on the wood surface, it is not easy to achieve an even finish.  Water-based stains actually raise the wood’s grain, roughening up the surface.  One way to smooth the grain is to wash the wood with water, let it dry and sand it smooth before the water-based stain is applied.

Gel Stain

Not everyone knows about these relative newcomers to the stain and paint market.  The consistency of the gel stain is like a thick paste, so it cannot penetrate wood like the oil- and water-based stain products.  Gel stain lies on top of the wood in an even layer.  It is good for woods that have an uneven grain such as maple, where a penetrating stain might make the wood appear blotchy.  However, the gel stain will not allow the natural wood grain to show through.

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Modern paints come in two varieties: oil-based and latex.  Oil-based paint is preferred for interior spaces like swpaintcankitchens and bathrooms as dirt and grease can be easily wiped off.  Latex is generally preferred for exterior painting because it weathers better than oil-based paint and is more resistant to fading and chalking.  Latex paint is preferred for all climates, but particularly for harsh climates found in all parts of the country.  Oil paint, however, is a good choice for repainting an exterior where old, brittle paint is already present on the surface of the structure.  This type of situation exists in areas such as New England, where historic homes are cherished and preserved.

The New England states of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire are not only rife with stately historic homes but are also subject to some of the harshest weather anywhere in the country. Homeowners in these states should consult with the professionals at United Home Experts to guide them to the proper choice.

Choosing between wood stain and paint is a complex issue.  The decision depends on so many factors that conducting a thorough research involving contacting United Home Experts, home improvement stores and retail paint outlets for more information and advice before beginning a major painting or staining project would serve the homeowner well.