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The people of Southborough have a great deal to be proud of.  One of the things the citizens of Southborough are known for is the beauty of their homes.  This area has some of the most beautiful mansions and residential homes in the entire Northeast. But keeping those homes looking immaculate and historically accurate is not easy, especially when the time comes to re-side.  Today’s homeowner is often torn between historical aesthetics and modern pocketbook concerns.  After all, today’s homeowner must pay today’s utility bills, even in Southborough.

There is one siding contractor that understands the needs of the people of Southborough, their pride in the historical accuracy of their home’s appearance combined with Yankee pragmatism. United Home Experts has gone out of its way to find siding materials that mimic old-world charm while providing the highest Energy Star ratings possible in order to reduce heating and cooling costs to the bare minimum. United Home Experts know Energy Star ratings inside and out and pride themselves on providing the homeowner with the highest ratings possible in order to reduce energy costs.  Not only that, but UHE buys its siding in bulk so it can pass on even greater savings to the people of Southborough.SouthboroCabRed

Of course, low maintenance siding is at the top of the list when it comes to the concerns of the homeowners in this area. UHE specializes in low maintenance siding, which looks great, goes up fast and easy, and lasts for years with little or no maintenance whatsoever.

Regardless of the type or style of siding that the homeowner has in mind, three things are constant:  training, quality and experience. United Home Experts is known for all three.  UHE has years of experience siding buildings in Southborough and can point with pride to hundreds of local homes that have been sided by its team of experts.  UHE not only knows Southborough and all of its rules and needed permits, but is in Southborough for the long haul. UHE cares about the quality of its work as just one unhappy customer could ruin the business, so the company will do whatever it can to make a homeowner’s siding experience a pleasant one.

How can UHE make eachhomeowner’s experience a pleasant one? UHE has all of its own equipment and they have an experienced work crew that has been siding homes for years, these are not day-workers as some other siding contractors rely on.  United Home Experts are skilled and experienced working on tall buildings and in tight spaces.  With the hundreds of buildings, both residential and commercial, that they have sided over the years, there is no building type or situation this siding contractor has not had experience with.southboro

Experience such as this is very important to a homeowner, even if the job at hand is a straightforward one; the kind of experience, training and skills that UHE workers bring to each and every job assure the homeowner that his or her home will be sided with a level of professionalism that most other siding contractors can only aspire to.

Whether or not the homeowner plans to use the experience of United Home Experts, every homeowner in Southborough is encouraged to have a no-obligation talk with the friendly and helpful experts who proudly call Southborough home. For more information about our siding services, visit our main siding page!

To schedule your free estimate, give us a call at 508-881-8555.

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There is a lot to be proud of in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.  Not many towns can trace their history all the way back to 1715.  And how many towns can host the starting line of the world-famous Boston Marathon each year?  And who can forget those warm and lazy evenings on the Town Common, listening to the summer concert series?fibercement-blogphoto33-resized-600

The people of Hopkinton take pride in their town, and have an almost fanatic devotion to maintaining the look and the feel of their town’s roots.  That is one of the reasons it is so important, when it comes time to re-side a home here in Hopkinton, consideration is given to tradition and to maintaining the aesthetics of the town’s grand old neighborhoods. Homeowners in this area should choose a siding for their home that reflects and enhances the beauty and the charm of this unique slice of Americana.  Choosing the right siding, however, can be a challenge.

To begin with, most homeowners want an extremely low maintenance siding, yet it must be a siding that blends into the neighborhood, a siding which maintains and enhances the charm and the dignity of this wonderful old town.  In addition to low maintenance, siding must be durable.  In fact, the siding must last a lifetime; no homeowner wants to go to the aggravation and the expense of siding a home again in a few years.

But there is more to low maintenance siding than merely looking good and lasting for years.  Siding must also protect the home from the elements and provides outstanding insulating properties; after all, no homeowner wants to pay more for utilities each month than is absolutely necessary.

When all these criteria are added to the mix, there is really only one siding contractor who can do it all: United Home Experts.  UHE has been siding homes in the Hopkinton area for years.  They can point with unbridled pride to hundreds of UHE-sided homes in many neighborhoods in Hopkinton.  UHE has roots in this community and they know every permit required for every job.Blog-Photo19

Roots are important when choosing a siding contractor.  A contractor who lives and works in the area and depends on the good will of a community cares about each and every home that he sides.  Even one unhappy customer can destroy a business, so UHE will see to it that every homeowner is 100% happy with the work as well as the price.

Homeowners who choose United Home Experts go to bed every night confident in their choice.  UHE has all of their own equipment and they are experts when it comes to working on tall buildings as well as siding in tight spaces.

UHE’s siding experts are also well-versed in all Energy Star ratings for siding, and can help homeowners choose not only the best-looking siding, but the most energy-friendly siding available.

Finally, and this is very important – United Home Experts hires and trains all of their siding experts.  Most of their siding installers have been with the company for many years, and many have won awards for their outstanding work.  UHE never employs day laborers as many other siding contractors in this area do.

When it becomes time to side a home or an office in the Hopkinton area, do not hesitate to talk with the friendly and knowledgeable professionals at United Home Experts for their honest and free advice. For information about our siding services, 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.

Other than a roof, a home’s siding is probably the most important decision that a homeowner ever has to make metalblog02-resized-600when it comes to a home remodel. The reason is simple: a home’s siding not only largely determines how a home presents itself to the world, but siding is also responsible for protecting the home’s structure and for providing insulation.

Maintenance must also be a primary concern. Not only does maintenance require a homeowner’s precious time, but it also translates into either a direct cash savings or an expense for the homeowner each and every month.

How well a home’s siding insulates is also important. Proper insulation can save a homeowner on utilities each and every month, which can add up to a great deal over time.

Homeowners have a wide range of choices when it comes to the siding on a home. In some areas, a homeowner’s choices are limited by deed restrictions or other local considerations, but most homeowners have at least some choice. One choice is metal siding, and this article will focus on metal siding pros and cons.

Let’s start with the benefits of metal over other alternatives.

One of the advantages of metal cladding is its low maintenance. Compared with some other choices, metal requires very little attention from a homeowner once it is properly installed.  This is especially true for those areas of the country subject to severe winters.  Snow, sleet, frost, rain, wind and even heat have very little effect upon metal.  Metal also does not absorb moisture or promote the growth of mold or fungus, both of which can destroy a home’s framing and can pose health hazards to the occupants.  metalblog034-resized-600

Obviously, the thicker the metal, the better it will withstand day to day abuse, as well as any extreme events.  Because aluminum is considerably softer than steel, the thickness of aluminum is especially important. Aluminum base siding has a .032 thickness which is 74% thicker than many steel counterparts, making it stronger and more dent resistant than aluminum.

Metal is also extremely unfriendly toward insects. Insect damage can be a problem with many home sidings, and the regular spraying which some sidings require in order to repel insects can be costly over time.  All insect problems are eliminated with metal.

The aesthetic qualities of metal, both aluminum as well as steel siding, have come a long way in recent years. Today’s aluminum and steel siding comes in patterns and textures which mimic wood, and pre-painted metal can provide a homeowner with up to twenty years – or even more in some cases, of carefree living. Steel siding, as opposed to aluminum siding, can also be very dent-resistant.

Another advantage to metal siding is its fire resistance. Even if a home is struck by lightning, a metal-clad dwelling is almost impervious to fire. This can be a tremendous advantage in high fire areas or areas prone to frequent lightning storms. Such protection might also translate into lower monthly homeowner insurance premiums, you can check with local homeowner’s insurance agents regarding any potential savings on premiums.

Aluminum siding can also be economical to purchase and install, saving homeowners money up-front as well as down the road.

Of course, as with almost anything, metal siding also has its drawbacks.

Let’s start with aluminum siding.  Aluminum is a soft metal and dents easily.  Hail, a stray baseball, even heavy rain or a power wash can dent aluminum siding, especially the less-expensive lower gauge sidings.  And when one piece or one section of aluminum siding is dented, it can be difficult to replace.  metalblog01

Not only can aluminum siding be difficult to replace, but matching the color of the replacement pieces can also pose a real problem.  The reason for this is simple, aluminum siding (as opposed to steel siding) often does not hold colors well.  Pre-colored aluminum siding has a tendency, in many cases, to fade or turn chalky after only a few years of exposure to the elements.  Some homeowners also complain that colors tend to run off of aluminum siding after a while.  Also, when trying to match pre-colored aluminum siding, there is little or no guarantee that a manufacturer will continue producing a specific color.  However, it should be noted that aluminum siding can be re-painted with a quality paint for long-lasting beauty.

All metal sidings, even the most heavy-duty siding, are subject to denting if struck with sufficient force.  Sharp objects can even pierce metal, especially aluminum, which is softer than steel.  Metal sidings are also subject to scratching, which will reveal the underlying metal.  Aluminum will not rust, but steel siding that has been scratched must be repainted immediately or it is subject to rusting.  MetalBlogRust

Steel generally holds its color better than aluminum.  Steel siding does not turn “chalky” over time as aluminum can.  However, after exposure to the elements steel siding can be susceptible to rusting.  This is true even of steel siding, which has been coated with a rust-resistant compound.  Homeowners in coastal areas, subject to salt spray, frequent fogs or other dampness need to keep this consideration in mind.

Steel siding is also more expensive than aluminum or most other types of siding.  Not only does it carry a higher initial price tag, but steel siding is thicker and heavier than aluminum siding and is more difficult and time-consuming to install; this can drive up installation costs and time considerably.  However, these initial costs can be balanced by the longer life expectancy of steel siding over most other types of siding.

Metal does not insulate as well as other types of siding, although adding insulation underneath the metal can alleviate most of this problem.  Many homeowners with metal cladding also complain that they are not protected from outside noises as well as homeowners who choose other types of siding.  Again, this problem may be rectified, at least to a large extent, by adding additional insulating material under the siding.

There is one final advantage to metal, especially for homeowners who are attempting to go “green.”  Metal is recyclable and need not end up in a landfill when its day is done.

No siding is perfect.  Every type of siding has its advantages and its disadvantages.  Metal sidings are unlikely to allow water to penetrate, but metal is more subject to disfigurement than other types of siding.  The severity of any disadvantage must be balanced by the area in which one lives, the intensity of local weather and the homeowner’s specific needs, both short-term as well as long-term.  Once all of those considerations are added into the mix, the homeowner then has to balance the advantages and disadvantages  –  as well as both short-term and long-term costs  –  of any particular siding before making any final decision.

Fiber cement siding has become extremely popular here in the northeast, keeping fiber cement installers in MA as busy as those in neighboring states.  There are many reasons for the popularity of this particular type of siding, but there are also certain issues with this siding that homeowners should be aware of.

If not installed properly, the warranty on this siding can become null and void.  That is why it is important that such siding only be installed by professionals, such as those at United Home Experts, who have many years of experience working with such siding here in the harsh weather conditions of the Northeast.

The primary problem faced by poor installation of this type of siding is water absorption.  One of the components of this type of siding is sawdust or cellulose of some type, and these materials absorb moisture.  That is why it is vitally important to have trusted experts do the installing.  They can see to it that the siding will not come in contact with standing water.FiberCement-BlogPhoto34

The advantages of fiber cement siding can far outweigh the disadvantages.   The fact is, more than five million homes in the US use fiber cement siding, and for good reason.  Such siding is durable and comes in a variety of textures.  This type of siding offers outstanding properties and can greatly enhance a home’s value and curb appeal.  Fiber cement installers in MA, such as the dedicated team at United Home Experts,  will install siding with a transferable 30-year limited warranty, attesting to the strength and durability of the product, even in the unforgiving northeastern climate.

This type of siding does not warp or crack due to the intense variations of temperature here in the northeast, and unlike many others types of siding, fiber cement does not attract insects of any kind.

Another advantage of professionally-installed siding is the range of baked-in colors available to the homeowner.  The paints used on this siding are specially formulated for New England’s often harsh climate.  United Home Experts offers 20 exciting colors, each baked onto the siding and each guaranteed for up to fifteen years.

Obviously, warranties such as those available with this type of siding attest to recent innovations in fiber cement technology which have alleviated many of the problems that were rampant in first-generation siding.  Today’s homeowners can confidently choose fiber cement siding to protect, beautify, and enhance the value of virtually any home here in the Northeast.

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Homeowners looking into installing cedar shingles for their siding are often faced with two main choices: white or red. These two kinds of shingles vary in significant ways when it comes to color, style, durability, resistance to natural forces and eco-friendliness.

United Home Experts has experience working with both types of cedar shingles. The best way for homeowners to make an informed decision about which kind is best for them and their home is to review the pros and cons associated with both types of shingles while considering what factors are most important to them.

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In the color department, shingles come with many possibilities. Left unpainted or unfinished, white shingles come to take on a pretty silver-gray color. Red shingles, on the other hand, appear rich and classic in their natural state. However, red cedar shingles cannot be painted, while white shingles can be painted any desired color as they naturally absorb paint well. Stained or painted white shingles will be better protected from the elements than unpainted or unstained white cedar shingles.

Durability and resistance

White shingles possess natural qualities that enhance their resistance to insects and decay, which are two of the most common threats to wood insulation. However, due to their fibrous nature, white shingles are more likely to split or crack (possibly during installation), and this makes them a less durable option than red shingles. In comparison, red shingles require less maintenance and, when installed properly, can last multiple lifetimes. As for resistance, red shingles do well resisting moisture, which keeps them from warping. However, even though they are more durable than white shingles, red shingles contain an acid that will cause them to become darker and blotchy and in appearance over time, which is a problem that does not affect white shingles.

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Overall, red cedar shingles are more energy efficient and environmentally friendly than white cedar shingles. This is partly due to the red shingles’ unique cellular composition that results in the capturing of small pockets of air and improves insulation capabilities. In comparison, white shingles can deteriorate early and often, thus requiring regular maintenance and weaker insulation.

Regardless of which type of cedar shingle homeowners decide is best suited for their siding, the team at United Home Experts has the skill and experience to ensure proper installation. Countless satisfied customers across New England agree that United Home Experts is the right choice for any kind of home improvement.

In the not-so-olden days, asbestos was found in everything from roofing materials to insulation to siding. In the Asbestos-GuyCutpast 20 years or so, asbestos has slowly been disappearing from old homes and buildings. Gradually, people began to realize that although asbestos materials provided great insulation and was inexpensive to install, the health risks were not worth it.

What happens when a homeowner decides their siding needs an upgrade, only to discover the outdated siding contains asbestos? Some homeowners undertake the removal themselves, while others contact a professional to help with safe removal and disposal. Many considerations lead to the decision of having the asbestos removed professionally, the most important being that it is dangerous to attempt removal alone.

Dangerous Nature of Asbestos Siding

Asbestos particles break down with heat and exposure to the elements. Installing or removing siding with asbestos also breaks down molecule particles, releasing dangerous particles. Inhaling these elements damages lungs and passageways. Long-term exposure to asbestos materials can create long-term chronic lung issues. Immediate removal of these materials is very important.

Expensive Removal Equipment

Proper removal of siding with asbestos particles demands special equipment and cleanup of the equipment afterward. Overalls and protective gloves are worn by workers, with the clothing often being disposable. Workers also use respirators to ensure that the asbestos particles remain in the air and not in their lungs. The professionals removing the siding will also need marked bags for storage of the removed siding and insulation.

Specific Removal Techniques

Workers remove siding with asbestos as quickly and efficiently as possible. Mostly intact siding boards reduce the risk of hazardous materials being released into the environment. In addition, siding surfaces and the surrounding area will need to be cleaned to decontaminate the area from any remaining particles that might still be in the air or on surfaces.

Proper Disposal

As mentioned previously, properly marked hazardous material bags will be used for asbestos-related waste removal. These bags should be visibly marked as having dangerous asbestos materials. The bags and materials can not be disposed of in just any landfill, but must be disposed of in specific landfills marked for hazardous materials and waste.

Finding the Right Siding Company

Asbestos continuously releases dangerous dust, so the quicker it is removed the better. However, it is always best to contact a professional for asbestos siding removal. Homeowners in the Massachusetts area can contact United Home Experts, who are leaders in siding replacement and installation. Their professionals will be happy to survey the property and give an estimate for removal of dangerous siding material and replace it with new siding. Homeowners who opt for a professional can rest assured that their home and family are in good hands.

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There are many homeowners who would like to invest in siding installation in order to improve the appearance of their homes. They want their homes to look good on the outside and they want to use siding for houses that are environmentally friendly. It is important for them to select an option that is durable and suitable for the climate. Making the right choice can decrease future maintenance costs and can keep a homeowner from needing to add under-performing materials to landfills. There are several environmentally friendly choices available on the market. Some items have been made with recycled materials so less virgin materials were used to create them. Many of the options are very reasonably priced and easy to find.

Once a siding type is chosen, it should be installed by an experienced company. United Home Experts is a company that has experience installing, repairing, and maintaining many siding materials. Proper installation and maintenance can ensure that siding lasts as long as possible.

Insulated vinyl siding includes a layer of foam insulation. The foam layer causes it to be easier to work with than regular vinyl siding. It does not need much maintenance and can last up to 50 years. It can be recycled and costs between three and eight dollars per square foot to be installed. It is more expensive than regular vinyl.vinyl-blogphoto09-resized-600

Another type of eco-friendly siding is Everlast Composite Siding. It is a wonderful alternative option for those who like the look of wood. It is a very durable product that is made of stone and polymeric resin. This type of siding has a Lifetime Performance Warranty. It is easy to clean since the original luster returns after being hosed down with a garden hose. Stains can be removed with regular household cleaners. Therefore maintenance is very simple and inexpensive. There are a variety of colors available.  stacked everlast

Fiber cement siding is made up of a small percentage of wood fiber, cement and silica sand. It is fire-resistant and will not emit any dust or volatile compounds into the air after it is installed. It is extremely durable and can last for more than fifty years. It requires almost no maintenance and is termite-proof. It is a well-known product that has been around for almost a hundred years.  It is possible to find and install fiber cement that is made out of recycled materials which is great for the environment. It is a sustainable and green siding option. This option is normally more expensive than vinyl siding.

The best type of green siding for one homeowner may not be the best choice for another homeowner. United Home Experts can help homeowners choose siding that will work best for their homes. The company answers questions and addresses concerns regarding green siding options that are available today. Climate, durability, cost and maintenance requirements have to be considered when selecting a siding material. Creativity may need to be used in order to source products that can be re-purposed and used as siding.

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Vinyl siding can be used to improve the appearance of the outside of a home. This can increase a property’s value ChamferBoard_smallproductglamour-resized-600and can make it a better place for the residents to live. A lot of people understand the importance of making sure their properties look good on the inside. They also need to put effort into making sure the outside of their houses look great. Vinyl siding is an option which can help the outside of a home look new.

It is available in many colors and textures. There are colors to complement the styles of older homes and there are textures that closely resemble wood. Vertical vinyl siding can be a better choice than horizontal vinyl siding for homeowners. Vertical siding is a lot easier to clean. It can be sprayed with a water hose or pressure washer. A mild detergent can be used if needed. Cleaning should be done once a year or more.  Vertical siding also has a lower risk of becoming water-damaged.

Types of vertical siding materials include steel, aluminum, vinyl, pressed composites and plywood. Aluminum does not weigh a lot, which makes it easy to install. This can lower the cost of installation. It does not ever rust and can be painted over if desired. It is an eco-friendly option since it is made from a high percentage of recycled materials. When discarded it is fully recyclable. The disadvantages of this type includes fading due to sun exposure and the fact that it can dent easily. Steel is a lot heavier than aluminum and therefore can be harder to install. However, it is more durable than aluminum. It will not fade but it will rust. There are coatings that can help it resist rust.vinyl-blogphoto09-resized-600

Pressed composite siding is made of fiber-cement and other additives. It is resistant to cracks and is fire resistant. It is more costly than some of the other types.

Vinyl vertical siding can last for a long time in normal weather conditions. It does not to be repainted and only needs cleaning once a year on average. It can be a lot less expensive than the other types. Price does vary depending on the quality of the vinyl chosen. It can crack under extreme conditions so panels may need to be replaced if cracks occur.

Vinyl siding can last twice as long as wood siding. There are many colors and patterns to choose from. It is affordable and will not suffer from termite damage. Some vinyl siding has insulation attached, which can increase energy efficiency. This can save an owner of a house or building money when paying their bills each month. It is also low maintenance, which allows homeowners to spend their time doing other things they enjoy instead of spending all their time working on their homes. Panel replacements may be required if they are damaged due to extreme weather or other rare occurrences.