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Home construction in New England requires strong building materials. There is a wide variety of siding available in the Northeast, but the two most popular home siding options are Certainteed Vinyl Siding and Everlast Composite Siding. Here is an overview of how the two compare to each other.

Comparison of Material Composition and Appearance

Certainteed siding, as the name suggests, is composed of vinyl, which is a very tough form of plastic, or PVC vinyl-blogphoto01-resized-600(polyvinyl chloride). Composite siding is made up of a mixture of mostly stone particles with some polymeric resin added in. This type of resin is basically a plastic that starts out as a liquid but then hardens into a thick, heavy-duty coating.

Both choices are long-lasting and durable and will serve their purpose well in the harsh weather that can so often be found in New England. In consumer tests, Everlast siding showed a slight advantage in durability of its Certainteed vinyl competitor.

Another major concern for most homeowners is: How does the product look? Certainteed vinyl comes in a wide variety of styles that resemble wood, stone, or brick. This type of siding can be stained and finished to enhance its beauty and increase its lifespan. The biggest turn off for homeowners on vinyl siding is that it looks and feels cheap and with good reason.

Everlast composite siding resembles realistic wood clapboard, with non-overlapping, even seams. There is no othereverlast_polymeric_cladding-resized-600 product on the market that is as realistic to wood siding is than Everlast. This type of siding is a beautiful choice as is. It never needs to be painted, stained, or treated. Its maintenance-free beauty is a clear top choice for homeowners who don’t have a lot of time, or the inclination, for regular, involved upkeep.

Comparison of Weather and Pest Resistance

Vinyl siding withstands both snow and rainstorms, which makes it a good choice for houses in the Northeast. The downside of vinyl siding is that it has to be installed properly and professionally with some added flashing in order to keep a home completely dry and free of insect infestations. Also, the expansion and contraction rate varies up to an inch sometimes, which creates distortion and can tarnish the vinyl.

Composite siding, on the other hand, lies flat against the home, which enables it to more effectively resist mildew, rot and termites. Like vinyl siding, this type of siding is resistant to rot. Composite siding requires no extra flashing to be able to withstand pests and everything the weather throws at it. In this case, then, composite siding is the best value.

Comparison of Maintenance Requirements

Certainteed vinyl siding is fade-resistant. Depending on the company that is selling the siding, the vinyl sidingcedarimpressions01 comes with either a 50-year, one-owner lifetime warranty or a transferable warranty. Everlast, on the other hand, is guaranteed for the life of the house it is siding, and its warranty is also transferable.

Neither type of siding requires much maintenance. All that a homeowner needs to do is wash debris from off the side of the house with a garden hose once a year. For this reason, both types are fairly equal when it comes to maintenance, but the composite siding has an edge over the vinyl siding because of its lifetime warranty.

Conclusion

Based on these comparisons, Everlast siding comes out as the clear winner in terms of both customer satisfaction and durability. Most manufacturers also agree that Everlast is the better choice for most homeowner situations. Homeowners should visit the professionals at United Home Experts to learn more about this amazing home siding option and to see how they can get it for their own homes. For more information on siding, visit our main siding page!

Siding is one of the most important features of any home, especially here in the harsh climate of the Northeast, and it can be one of the most difficult decisions for a homeowner to make.  This is understandable, as siding must do many different things for a home.  It must look pleasing and fit into its surroundings.  It must be durable and able to stand up to the extremes of weather that this part of the country is so famous for, which can range from freezing cold and snow, to wind, sleet, and hail, to brutally hot summers.  Finally it must be energy efficient, and it must fit into the average homeowner’s budget.

Asking a siding to do all of these things is obviously asking a lot, but one type of siding steps up to the plate here in the Northeast and hits a home run every time: Certain Teed vinyl siding.

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Why is Certain Teed vinyl siding the best choice?

Let’s start with the alternatives.  There’s wood siding, there’s aluminum siding, there’s fiber cement siding and there’s vinyl siding.  Stone and brick are also choices, although they are generally a building choice and not a siding choice, strictly speaking. There are other siding materials, but most of the others simply cannot stand up to the harsh weather conditions the Northeast may throw at them.

Wood siding is good for some places in the country, but here in the extreme Northeast, where winters can get bitterly cold and summers scorchingly hot, wood is not a good choice.  Wood cracks, allows water seepage, and is susceptible to insects.  Wood treated for insects must be retreated every few years, adding greatly to its overall expense.

Aluminum siding has its advantages, but many homeowners find it aesthetically unappealing, and aluminum is also prone to denting.

Fiber cement is a good choice.  While fiber cement can be subject to water damage, this can be alleviated by professional installation.  Fiber cement is, however, more expensive in most cases than vinyl.Vinyl-BlogPhoto01-resized-600

Vinyl siding, especially when installed by experts with many years of vinyl experience, such as those at United Home Experts, is the clear choice.  Vinyl seldom dents, warps or cracks, no matter how severe the weather gets.  Vinyl does not absorb water, nor is it at all susceptible to insects.  Vinyl also comes in a wide range of pre-painted, baked-on colors — or it can easily be painted in any color a homeowner chooses.

Another great advantage that vinyl has is its insulating quality.  Combined with heavy-duty insulation, pre-cut to fit snugly inside the vinyl sheeting, vinyl siding’s insulating qualities cannot be beaten by any other siding.  And as every New England homeowner is likely aware, every bit of heat saved is money in the homeowner’s pocket.

What Does Certain Teed Offer?

Certain Teed offers eleven different product lines with one of the largest selections of wood-grain and smooth vinyl siding in the business.  Certain Teed vinyl siding also comes in a wide range of both vertical and horizontal siding, with a huge selection of widths to fit any homeowner’s taste and budget.  Certain Teed also edges out its competitors when it comes to color selection, offering just about any color of vinyl siding that a homeowner could want.dutchlappanel01-resized-600

Any product is only as good as its warranty, and Certain Teed siding offers among the best warranties in the business.  Depending on the grade of vinyl chosen, (the mid to high grades are recommended for our area) Certain Teed’s vinyl siding is covered by warranty for anywhere from ten to twenty years.

There is a lot to consider when choosing a home’s siding, so it may be a good idea to consult experts before making a final decision.  The people at United Home Experts have years of experience when it comes to installing siding in this part of the country, and they offer a wide range of different types of siding, which means they are not wedded to any one particular type or brand of siding.  This means you can count on them to help choose the best siding for your home.

When it comes to roofing in the harsh climate of the Northeast, where extremes tend to be the norm, customers don’t just need good roofing materials”they need exceptional.  Two prominent roofing products in this area are CertainTeed and IKO.  While both products have their strengths, as this article will demonstrate, CertainTeed’s product comes out ahead on virtually every important point.

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An internal comparison survey was conducted by the United Home Experts team. We provide siding, roofing, window and door replacement services throughout eastern New England. Unbiased opinions were retrieved based on our individual experience using the products. The ratings provided are opinion based and not the result of lab testing or product specification examination.This article is intended merely to provide information to New England homeowners.

So which is more durable and longer lasting under conditions of harsh wind, rain, snow, ice, hail and unremitting heat, CertainTeed Asphalt shingles, or the other brand’s 3-tab roofing?  Both are good products but, as noted before, good simply will not make the grade.  Based on our personal opinion in working with products and personnel from each manufacturer, CertainTeed simply comes out on top, time and time again.

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One measure of a shingle’s longevity is its weight.  Some manufacturers claim that new mat technologies allow them to produce a lower-weight shingle that lasts as long as the heavier shingle, but that claim is usually self-serving.  The better CertainTeed asphalt shingles weigh in at an impressive 240 pounds a square for their top-of-the-line styles.  The other brand’s website does not even specify this important detail. It’s also notable that the CertainTeed 30-year-guaranteed shingle is rated for 70mph winds, while the other brand is only rated for 60mph.

Guarantee

Both the CertainTeed 30-year shingle and the other brand’s 30-year shingle have an unconditional five-year warranty, followed by a limited 30-year warranty. However, a warranty is only as good as the company that backs it up, and CertainTeed’s warranty has fewer exclusions.  If a roof is installed by a company like United Home Experts, with a long track record in the Northeast, a homeowner can rest assured that all aspects of a warranty will be honored.

Color Selection

The CertainTeed color selection is second to none.  Plus, CertainTeed offers Colorview on their website which allows the customer to see online what different shingle colors will look like on the customer’s actual house.  The color selection on CertaintTeed’s 30-year shingle is larger than any other manufacturer’s offerings.  The other roofing brand offers approximately 15 different color gradients in its 30-year shingle.

Both CertainTeed and IKO make a good product.  But, as noted earlier, good isn’t really good enough, especially in the harsh climate of the Northeast.  On comparison, the CertainTeed product clearly wins in most important areas, and is the hands-down best choice for roofing in New England. And, of course, the best roofing materials call for the best installation.  The experts at United Home Experts have years of experience in applying roofing in the unforgiving environment of the Northeast.

Our number: 888-724-6865.

 

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When you buy asphalt shingles for your home it is very important that you know exactly what you are paying for. It’s a large investment, and at times there can be some confusion as to what exactly is included in your asphalt shingle warranty.

Be aware that when you purchase “30-year shingles” it doesn’t necessarily mean that your roof will be fully covered for a full 30 years. Many companies will offer a limited warranty, but there are often many caveats to be aware of.

Most limited warranties won’t Asphalt Shinglescover any type of damage that is not deemed to have been a defect of your asphalt shingles from day one. This means that damage during installation, fire or emergency damage, and even weather damage may not be covered. If your shingles were not installed by exact specifications, that too, may void your warranty.

Luckily there are reputable companies out there which will give you a better and fair asphalt shingle warranty, though you may have to be diligent in making sure that you find one of these companies and get yourself a very good deal.

It’s important to be sure of exactly what you’re getting yourself into with any investment as important as the roof of your home, and if you do keep your wits about it there should be no trouble at all finding a certifie

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d and trustworthy company willing to give you a fair estimate and, importantly, be upfront with you on the details.

At United Home Experts we offer a full coverage warranty that covers materials, labor, and workmanship for the life of the roof. Please request our full warranty for full details. For more information about our roofing services, visit out main roofing page!

Click here for another article that details roof warranties.

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When choosing a roofing company in Massachusetts it is unbelievably important to do your due diligence. Roofing companies are notorious for shortcuts and various “cost saving” corners they will cut to save money on their bottom line.

Roofers Personal Warranties Are Useless

I would recommend always hiring a roofing contractor that has a warranty backed by the manufacturer.  I firmly believe that companies who do not have warranties backed by the manufacturer provide a useless warranty.  If I had a dollar for every roofing company that has gone out of business in Massachusetts in the last ten years, I would be a rich man. If a company goes out of business, what good is their warranty?  If a manufacturer is willing to stand behind the installer, you can be sure that they are laying down your roof properly.

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I feel that a roofing company taking short cuts on your roof is no better than a criminal.  This is because they are promising you one thing, knowing full well that you will not typically see what is under the shingles and will cut corners to save a buck.

Roof Layovers Are a Bad Idea

One common shortcut that happens every day in Massachusetts is a layover of the existing roof.  Layovers do not solve any problems and will usually last a quarter of the time as correctly installed roof.

Skipping the Underlayment

Another common shortcut with roofers in Massachusetts is not placing underlayment on the roof decking.  To go along with this theme is roofers that will skimp out on underlayment or use cheaper alternatives for underlay.  The underlayment is an essential component of a proper roof system.  The proper underlay adds the extra protection your roof needs between the shingles and roof decking.

Roof Ventilation is Key

Ventilation is also a common shortcut for roofers in Massachusetts.  Some roofers will under ventilate, use incorrect ventilation, or use cheaper ventilating products.  When ventilation is not installed correctly, it can cause your house to generate too much heat and moisture.  This can cause the wood on your roof to buckle and form mold.  Improper ventilation is also a major cause of ice dams on a roof.

Roofing Contractor Recommendations

I recommend asking potential roofers lots of questions; ask for referrals, proof of insurance, and request a full scope of their intended work.  A roof is a very large investment and I would hate to see any customer get3 ripped off by a company taking short cuts.

Andy Egdahl is a Roofing Specialist for United Home Experts.

Comments

This is not good advice! In most cases the manufacturer’s warranty does not conver the leading causes of roof leaks – which happens to be contractor errors.
Rather than basing the decision on a warranty, I would suggest consumers do their part to ensure they are hiring a professional who will do the job correctly to begin with. If the roofer does his job correctly you won’t need any warranty.

Posted @ Tuesday, February 21, 2012 1:32 PM by John
John, thanks for your comment. Let me clarify the first paragraph. There is a big difference between a roofing shingle warranty (which as you noted is virtually useless) and a roofing system warranty. There ARE in fact roofing system warranties that are backed by the manufacturer which include coverage for labor and workmanship (as you noted that’s most important). These warranties are not available to just anyone but are reserved for a select group of contractors who have gone through the necessary training and are enrolled in the necessary programs. Currently we can offer a full coverage roofing warranty that includes shingles, underlayments, flashing, labor, and workmanship.

Posted @ Tuesday, February 21, 2012 2:02 PM by Peter Martino
I do understand what you are saying but I would encourage all homeowners to thoughly read the warranty so they know what they are getting (and not getting). In some cases the manufacturer’s workmanship warranty will not cover costly items like disposal and metal work. Other warranties claim to only the cost of repairing or replaceing the defective shingle – and not any of the much needed system components. If the roofer does his job correctly, there is no need for this warranty – which does represent a cost to the homeowner. It’s my recommendation that rather than selling your customers on the fact that the manufacturer will back you up in the event that you screw up, why don’t you sell them on how you eliminate the risk of something going wrong to begin with.

Posted @ Thursday, February 23, 2012 10:12 AM by John
John, these are all excellent points and we agree 100%. The only problem is that every roofer that a homeowner meets with is telling them how great they are, and you know as well as I–that many roofers are absolute hacks and most go out of business in less than 2 years. Our approach is explain the intricacies of the installation AND back up our promises with a top notch warranty from a top-notch manufacturer.

Posted @ Thursday, February 23, 2012 11:09 AM by Peter Martino

Andy Engdahl is Roofing Specialist for United Home Experts and works hard to educate his customers about a proper roof installation process, good quality products, and how to receive the best warranties in the roofing industry.

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A long lasting, high performance roof in Massachusetts is much more intricate and involved than what is in plain sight.  It is very easy and common to see a roof as basically a bunch of shingles covering your house.  To have a roof that will work and stand the extreme weather conditions in Massachusetts, it is very important to hire a roofing company that uses a proven roofing system.

A proper roof system will help prevent many of the problems associated with roofs in Massachusetts, such as ice dams. A roofing system is made up of many components that essentially work in unison.  The components that are part of a roof system include;

    • shingles
    • ventilation
    • underlayment

A strong roof system should always begin with removing the existing layers of roofing and inspecting the entire deck surface.  Sheathing that is has rot needs to be replaced. Next, ice and water shield should be applied six feet from all lower edges, eaves, dormers, in valleys and around skylights.  The ice and water shield provides protection from ice dams and prevents leaks from wind driven rain.  After the ice and water, a high performance fiber glass reinforced felt paper needs to be positioned on the remaining decking.  The fiber glass reinforced felt paper provides an extra layer of protection between the shingles and the roof deck.  Following the felt paper is a layer of starter shingles around the perimeter of the roof.   After the starter shingles are applied, high quality, strong warranty shingles should be placed on the roof.  The final step to a high performing roof system in Massachusetts is proper ventilation. There are various options for ventilating ones roof depending on the design of the roof.  A typical vent for a roof is a ridge vent.  The ridge vent works very well to prevent excessive heat and moisture. It is absolutely vital that a roofing company in Massachusetts follow a very similar roofing system as outlined above. The aforementioned roofing system should provide for a worry free durable roof for many years to come.

MORE OPTIONS THAN YOU THINK

Most people assume they only have one option when it comes to replacing their roof, and that is asphalt shingles with either a fiberglass or organic base. However, there are many other less common options available for roof replacement. The question our customers ask us is, “are these roofing types right for my home?” Here is a list of pro’s and con’s for each category to help you decide.

1. ASPHALT SHINGLES:

A base material combined with either an organic fiber mat or fiberglass core. Each type is impregnated with asphalt and coated with mineral granules to add color and texture. An adhesive back combined with nails is the fastening method used.

PROS
 CONS
Largest variety of color and style, Many warranty options through certified companies, Generally the least expensive optionLess impact resistant than some other options, Does not reflect heat

2. METAL ROOFING:

Once limited to low-slope structures, standing seam steel roofs can now be used on steeper roofs as well.

PROS
 CONS
Durability, practically maintenance-free, heat reflectiveAesthetics are not pleasing to most people, more expensive than asphalt, Noisy, Limited options

3. SLATE TILE ROOFING:

One of the oldest forms of roofing in New England, it is still used today on certain more traditional homes and in specific neighborhoods.

PROS
 CONS
Traditional appearance for older homes, Long lastingRequires reinforced roof to handle the weight, Difficult to repair, Limited styles and colors, Very expensive

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4. COMPOSITE SLATE:

The composite slate market is on the rise in the roofing industry. Lamarite® Slate composite shingles seem to be leading the pack.

PROS
 CONS
Accurately resembles slate tiles, Less expensive than slateLimited styles and colors, Few roofers in New England have experience with it

5. INTERLOCK:

Interlock roofing is a composite roof system made mostly from recycled materials.

PROS
 CONS
Durability, Longevity, more variety than other types of roofing except asphaltAesthetics, Much more expensive than other options, short track record

6. WOOD SHINGLE ROOFING:

 

PROS
 CONS
Natural aesthetic beauty for country style homesQuality and longevity can vary significantly, attracts moss and algae, more expensive than asphalt roofing


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roof_knowledge_curled-shinglesThere are many manufacturers of asphalt roofing materials in business today, such as GAF and CertainTeed, and they offer many different types of shingles, from 3-tab to architectural, from designer to luxury shingles. The most popular type of shingle being used today is the 30-year architectural. Most people have the misconception that “30-year” means “I am covered by the warranty on my shingles for 30 years”.  Unfortunately that is far from true.  The term “30-year” has nothing to do with the performance of the shingles and most roofing companies are only able to offer their customers a 30-year limited material warranty through the manufacturer.

If during the 30 year period the shingles fail, the limited warranty offered by the manufacturer only covers the homeowner if the manufacturer determines such failure was caused by material defect. The manufacturer would then pay the homeowner a certain pre-determined amount generally not exceeding $.40 per square foot on day one of the warranty, and then prorating equally from that time.  However, if it is determined by the manufacturer that the problem is not from defective shingles, then the warranty is void.  There are many other limitations which void the warranty such as an improperly vented roof deck, improper nailing, and failure of the surface to which the roof is applied.  Even if one is successful in claiming this type of warranty, the homeowner still has the burden of hiring a roofer, pulling a permit, disposing of the shingles, and purchasing any other miscellaneous materials needed for the repair or replacement.

But there is some good news! Some manufacturers make it possible for certain roofing contractors to achieve a level of certification allowing them to offer more inclusive warranties. For example, CertainTeed offers the “ShingleMaster Company” and the “SELECT Shingle Roofer” certifications. There are very strict requirements for a company to be awarded any of these statuses. A CertainTeed “SELECT Shingle Roofer” company, CertainTeed’s highest level of certification, for example, is able to offer homeowners 100% of the costs of the repair for 20 years, including tear-off and disposal of the old shingles, new materials, labor and workmanship.  So fellow homeowners, when hiring a roofer, do your homework. Find out the exact details of the warranty being offered to you.  You don’t want to invest thousands of dollars in your new roof, just to find out the hard way that your investment went kapoof!