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Adding a Storm Door to Your Home Entryway

If you haven’t had a storm door before, there are some things you may need to know before purchasing and installing one. A storm door is a door that is installed to protect your front door from weather. It can insulate your home and allow you to open your front door without getting bugs in your house. Storm doors have glass panels that can be switched out for screens in the warmer months. These doors usually consist of three separate layers to provide the ultimate protection to your entryway.

Why Would I Need a Storm Door?

There are many reasons to invest in a storm door if you have never had one before. Do you like to open your front door for some extra light? A storm door can allow you to do that even when it’s chilly outside! It’s a great addition to your home and can allow you to create a brighter space while still keeping the cold air outside. In New England, we have so many unexpected storms and a lot of ice during the winter. It’s best to protect your exterior door by adding a storm door to your entryway, especially if you don’t have an overhang or awning above the door.

Different Styles of Storm Doors

There are various styles of storm doors to choose from to go with any home or front door. Some let more light in than others. There are storm doors that are a complete panel of glass that let you see right through the entire door, and there are others that are only a quarter glass, and the rest is covered. It’s all about preference and what your needs are. J&J Home Improvement can go through options with you and help you choose the right one!

When Wouldn’t I Need a Storm Door?

The Department of Energy states that if your exterior door gets direct sunlight for over a few hours each day, you will benefit from not having a storm door. The glass on the storm door will cause heat to be trapped between the exterior door and the storm door. You also won’t need one if you have an awning or a covering above the exterior door in general. If you are unsure about needing a storm door, ask the professionals at J&J Home Improvement so they can discuss options with you!

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If you need a storm door, J&J can help you out! Contact us to learn more about our selection of storm doors and the rest of our home improvement services. Give us a call or fill out our online request form for more information!

Why Is Fall The Best Time To Replace Your Roof?

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It’s a good idea to get your roof replaced before the big winter storms settle in! Massachusetts has the most unpredictable weather, so who knows if we will get snow in October or none until January? You need to be prepared! After a long summer of hot weather and rainstorms, now is the time to make your roof more reliable and sturdy. Have out roof professionals help you out! Here are some great reasons to consider a roof replacement this Fall:

Brittle Shingles and Weather Conditions

The mornings and nights are getting cooler, which can mean your roof’s shingles may become brittle during the installation process. Brittle shingles can be hard to work with when roof installers are replacing them. They can crack when they are being put into place. Instead of using a gun, they would have to nail them in by hand. That makes it a lot harder and will take a lot longer as well. Along with warmer weather being ideal for not breaking shingles, it also benefits the roofers. No one wants to be on a roof in 80-degree heat, so the cooler temps are perfect for roofing. 

Save Money This Winter

Having newly installed shingles on your roof will save you some money on heating your home this winter. Energy-efficient shingles are the right way to go! When you are redoing your roof, it’s a smart idea to take this time to make sure your attic is properly insulated. This can help your roof keep out the cold air from your house even more. Along with keeping the cold air out, you’ll also keep the snow out! If you have any leaky spots in your roof, the snow can cause it to collapse. That will be a whole other issue! Ensure your roof is safe enough to get you through this upcoming winter and many future winters to come.

Creating an Air-Tight Seal on Your Roof

When roofers install new shingles, the shingles need some time to create a seal and form an airtight barrier and be able to protect your home against winter weather. The nicer weather will help the sealant do its work before the cold air doesn’t let the sealant settle. This way, your roof will be more effective this winter! You want your shingles to last you for many years.

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If you need your roof replaced, J&J Home Improvement can help you out! Our roofing services are the best in Plymouth County, MA. Contact us to schedule an estimate for your roofing project. Give us a call or fill out the contact form for more information! 

Benefits of Choosing Vinyl Siding For Your Home

Vinyl is typically the most popular siding material that homeowners are choosing. It is known for its durability, weather resistance, and more. Here are some great reasons to consider vinyl for the next time you have your siding redone:

It’s An Affordable Option

Vinyl is typically more affordable than other siding materials. This is one of the most popular reasons homeowners have been opting for vinyl as their their choice material. Vinyl siding is very affordable, and the low-maintenance cost of using materials that are energy-efficient also makes it an option that is pretty cost-effective.

Vinyl is Long-Lasting and Durable

Other than stone or brick, vinyl is one of the most durable materials available on the market. It is made to protect your home through high temperatures, high winds, and other severe weather. Vinyl also doesn’t rust, warp or decay. It also prevent termites from eating away at your home. One of the top advantages of vinyl siding is that it is resistant to moiture, so it won’t rot away.

The Most Low-Maintenance Option

Another huge benefit of choosing vinyl siding is that it has very little need for maintenance. You don’t need to do much to it. Basically, you need to wash it every year or so with a power washer. This is usually only if you see a buildup of dirt or mud.

Energy Efficient

Using insulated vinyl siding will ensure that your home stays eco-friendly. Insulated vinyl siding works like a cover of protection over the studs to keep your house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, saving you money on energy all year. 

Add to Your Curb Appeal

Whether you are looking to sell your home, or you just want a new look for the exterior of your home, vinyl siding is the perfect option for you. It doesn’t peel or chip which helps the exterior of your home to look clean and put together at all times. Vinyl siding can also help to increase the resale value of your home because of its durability.

Option of a Variety of Colors

Vinyl siding has the option of coming in a wide variety of textures and colors, as well as some that look like other materials, including stone, brick, or wood.

Simple Installation Process

The vinyl materials are lightweight and come with holes that are pre-drilled for installing straight onto the studs, which allows it to be a quick and easy installation process. Because of the fast installation, you won’t have to worry about being inconvenienced for very long due to the process.

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J&J Home Improvement is here to take care of your siding installation. Contact us to learn more about siding options. Give us a call or fill out our contact form.

Prepping Your Deck for Spring

Are you looking for the perfect spot to relax and spend your warm days on? A deck is the perfect addition to your backyard. If you have your deck ready to go, there are some things to take a look at before plopping down in that yard chair. Here are some ways to get your deck ready for another season of use:

Check the Stability of the Deck

There are many pieces that keep everything together and have you deck in one piece. This can be the nails that keep all of the wood planks together, metal pieces, the handrails, and screws. The first step you should take to get your deck ready for the spring is to test your ability to walk on it. Through seasons of regular use, the connections will become worn out and end up loose.

Finding Signs of Damage

Decks are usually made out of wood or a wood-like material. During a harsh winter, wood can rot, expand, or break. It’s important to address these issues before it’s too late and your deck is damaged for good. Fix up any areas that don’t look right. Watch out for soft spots in the wood because if you step on it, you might go right through. If you feel as if your deck is not up to code, have a deck professional check it out.

Clean Your Deck

After you are done assessing any damage to your deck, it’s time to clean it up. Consider user a pressure washer or a hose, depending on how much dirt and grime has settled into the wood. Cleaning it now will save you time later. You want your deck looking its best for any guests and visitors to your yard. That, and your feet will be clean after hanging out barefoot on a spring morning.

Add On Some Stain

Adding a protective layer of stain over your deck should be last on your list of things to do to get it ready for spring. If the wood is already stained, you can add more coats of that same color stain to keep it looking fresh and new. A great benefit of wood is that it can be stained over with other colors, so if you want to change it up, you can choose a new color and apply it over the existing one. Decks are very versatile when they’re made of wood.

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Contact J&J Home Improvement for all your deck needs! If you need deck repairs or are looking to build a new deck, fill out our contact form or give us a call at 508-436-6374. We look forward to hearing from you!

Spring Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Roof in Shape

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You may have heard the roof being referred to as the umbrella of a house. Did you ever pause to think about what it actually means? The roof is essentially the protective cover of a house that shelters what’s on the inside from the elements. However, many people often forget about roof maintenance and so a lot of time will pass before a homeowner actually checks on the condition of their roof. Spring is a good time to check on your roof, after the winter has done its damage and it’s time to repair any issue that compromises the function of your roof.  Here are a few spring maintenance tips that you can adapt to help keep your roof in shape.

Get Your Roof Inspected 

It is recommended by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) that homeowners get their roofs professionally inspected at least two times annually. This should be done once in the spring and one in the summer. You want to know what damage the sun, winter weather and summer storms have caused to your roof. Some things to assess include gutters, flashing, shingles and signs of protrusions, all of which can reveal much about the health of your roof. Signs of wear can mean that repairs are needed, and depending on the type of damage present, you may need a roof replacement. For the damage that you can prevent from getting worse, hire a licensed roof contractor to tackle the job before it escalates into something that could prove costly.

Try and Keep Roofing Clean

Whether it’s snow, rain, wind or hail, these weather conditions cause debris to fall on your roof and make their way into your gutters. From leaves to seed, these debris can cause an obstruction, and if allowed to accumulate, can impact the proper roof health, by trapping water on your roof and shortening its lifespan. Spring is the time to trim overgrown trees that can block drainage, limiting water damage to your foundation. Unclog blocked gutters and if algae and mold are present during an inspection, rather than doing a DIY job, get professionals to clean your roof and prevent the growth of either. 

Allow Your Home to Ventilate Properly

You may not think that your home needs to breathe in order to not affect your roof, but something as simple as inadequate ventilation could impact your roof. If you want to keep mold and ice damming at bay provide your home with sufficient ventilation to limit moisture buildup. If moisture reaches your attic where it condenses, your roof can become compromised. Your attic should have roughly 1 square-foot of ventilation per 300 square-feet of attic space as recommended by the Federal Housing Administration. Unfortunately, many homes do not abide by this standard. It’s a good idea to check your attic’s interior, along with your vents to spot any signs of air restriction and moisture buildup. Ensure that leaves and other debris isn’t trapped in your intake vent and exhaust. 

Get Roofing Insurance

While it’s good to keep up with adequate roof maintenance to limit the deterioration of your roof, insurance coverage can go a long way to provide cover for roof damage. Consider getting roof damage covered under your homeowner’s insurance policy, which could help greatly if disaster struck and you need to make expensive repairs or get a new roof. Homeowners insurance doesn’t automatically cover roof damage, so double check what’s covered under your policy. Don’t leave room for regret later on if a major roofing issue develops that you cannot put off or avoid.

Make Certain Your Warranty is Solid

Roof repair or replacement can be expensive and it helps to have the right kind of coverage to offset these expenses. Be aware of what’s covered under your roof warranty and the length of the coverage. Typical roofing warranties include the manufacturer’s warranty or shingle warranty, which often covers 20 to 50 years. A lifetime Having solid roof warranty can minimize feelings of anxiety about cost if you need to fix your damaged roof. A “lifetime” roof warranty usually lasts only 20- 30 years, but some roofing companies extend roof warranty up to 50 years, that  sometimes can be transferable and non-prorated.

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To ensure that your roof is in tip-top shape for spring, don’t neglect to carry out important maintenance measures. From getting a roof inspection to securing a solid roofing warranty, you should limit the chance of your roof deteriorating before it reaches its lifespan and also have proper coverage to tackle damages. For your every roofing need, J&J Home Improvement can help you with your roof repair or replacement job. With top-notch professionals that you can depend on for quality service, J&J will have your roof ready for the springtime, and give you peace of mind that your roof will provide you protection for many years to come.

Choosing The Right Siding For Your Home

Adding new siding to your home can add a fresh look to the exterior. The outside of your home can become damaged from weather and other elements, so it’s important to choose a siding that will be able to withstand it all for years to come. Vinyl is the leading material for siding when it comes price, durability, convenience, and reliability. Wood siding is durable and a traditional look for a home, but requires a lot more maintenance. Knowing the pros and cons of different siding materials can help you choose the right one for you and your home or property.

Gathering Design Ideas

Siding is the first thing your guests will see when they come to your home – along with the roof, yard, front doors, and gutters. Siding out of all these aspects creates the most curb appeal, so putting a lot of thought into which kind you want on your home is important. Looking around online and even taking a drive through different neighborhoods in your area can be a great way of finding out what you like. This way, you can see homes that are of similar style to yours so you can see exactly what the siding would look like on yours.

Weather

Because siding protects your home from the outside elements, make sure you take into consideration the climate of the area you live in, into consideration. Think about what siding options are the best for the environment you live in. For New England, we get a lot of snow in the winter, rain in the spring, and sun in the summer months. Choosing siding with UV protection or insulation can make sure your siding can endure harsh weather conditions.

Getting A Second Opinion

Before picking a siding based on your own thoughts and opinions, try to get a second opinion from a contractor or another professional. Look at all of your choices and try to take your existing home elements into consideration. Choosing can be really overwhelming. Getting other opinion can help you feel more confident in whatever decision you make with the siding.

Choosing Your Contractor

To get the right siding for your home, use the right siding contractor. Pick a contractor who is insured and licensed with references and referrals, so you know that your siding will be done properly. It is important to use the highest quality materials and services so that your home’s structure isn’t damaged or altered during the installation process. You know you can count on J&J to be your siding contractor!

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Choosing A Front Door For Your Home

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Entry doors need to be tough enough to be able to face the outdoor elements such as wind, rain, and snow – all while still looking presentable. Older doors are made out of wood or wood veneer, which warps and cracks after years of being exposed to the elements. If you are looking for a new front door, there are so many available options nowadays. There are newer wood doors that resist weather and elements better than older versions, as well as fiberglass and metal ones that appear as wood but offer better security and are cheaper.

Detecting Damage

Replacing a door may sometimes just mean switching out one door for another. Sometimes you may need to gut and replace the door framing which includes door jabs and threshold. Even if the existing door frame looks okay, the wall studs it’s nailed to can bend and move so the door isn’t in right. This can make it hard to open and close the door.

Material Matters

Many manufacturers offer an abundance of door styles. You can also find a broad selection at home centers, lumberyards, and door dealers. You can also design your own door.

Wood Doors

Wood doors are the most common ones you’ll find. They are known for their beauty and versatility. Wood doors come in cherry, oak, walnut, fir, pine, and maple. You can also choose from paint-grade doors such as western hemlock or pine.

Steel Doors

Steel doors are great if you are looking for security and durability. Steel is stronger than wood or fiberglass doors, and there isn’t a chance of warping or cracking. If there are ever and dents, they are easily fixable. Steel doors are also cost efficient. They are cheaper than wood or fiberglass. All steel doors have an inner frame made out of wood to provide strength. Most steel doors are also covered with a polyester finish that will need repainting eventually. These doors also come as a part of a pre-hung system, which can be very convenient.

Fiberglass-Composite Doors

Fiberglass-composite doors are maintenance-free and tough against the elements. They are known to be a good choice for humid or harsh climates. These doors give the appearance of wood with texturing similar to how a real wooden door would look and feel. They can be stained to match cherry, oak, walnut and other woods. They are another cheap option if you are looking to stay on a budget when it comes to switching your front door.

Aluminum Doors

Aluminum doors have an insulation core and are covered in metal around it. They are custom built to fit your door opening, and are exclusively sold through door dealers. They have an enamel finish so they don’t ever need a coat of paint and won’t rust. They are on the more expensive side, though. They are the next expensive option after solid wood.

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J&J Home Improvement can help you choose a front door that fits your needs! Contact us today by calling 508-436-6374 or fill out our contact form.

Why You Should Get Your Gutters Cleaned Before the Winter

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Properly cleaning your gutters is an important part of keeping up with your home’s maintenance. Your gutters are a system built onto your house, and need to be able to function properly to do their job and keep you and your belongings dry all year-round. It may even be easier to not have gutters at all, rather than one that aren’t working correctly. Choosing when to clean your gutters can make them last longer and stay in the best shape possible. After the last of the fall leaves have came off the trees is the best time to clean out your gutters for the winter.

They Are a Structural System

Along with being a convenience, gutters make the rainwater go where you need it to. Without gutters, the water would flood and erode your mulch and soil. The water that ends up pooling can soak all the way into your home’s foundation and ruin it. There is a drainage system built into your home’s foundation, but it isn’t there to be able to handle all the rainwater that misses the gutters.

Preventing Gutter Damage

Gutters can get clogged, even if you don’t live in an area with many trees. Even a small amount of leaves can get stuck and create a dam for water to get stuck. Make sure you clean them out before the leaves and moisture freeze in place and break your gutters when rainwater tries to pass through. Water is a pretty heavy element, and can weigh down the gutters to make them sag or become unaligned. Try to prevent this from happening by keeping your gutters cleaned out!

Professional vs Do-It-Yourself

For some, cleaning gutters can be a scary and dangerous project, especially if you have a larger, tall home. Climbing onto your own roof can be a scary task that many don’t want to do themselves. If you don’t feel comfortable getting up there and scooping out the leaves, call a professional gutter cleaner. Don’t prolong the cleaning process just because of the danger of getting up on the roof. Gutter professionals do this as part of their job, so let them know you need assistance.

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J&J Home Improvement can help you with your gutter needs. Whether it’s installation or cleaning, we can be the home improvement company for you and your house. Give us a call at 508-436-6374 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you out with your gutters!