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Benefits of Remodeling Your Bathroom

If you’re interested in breathing new life into your home, one of the best options to choose is remodeling your bathroom. Similarly to your kitchen, your bathroom is a room in which you spend a great deal of essential time, which means it is important to design the space in a way that both grounds you for the day, while still offering all of the amenities you need from the space. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of remodeling your bathroom, keep reading to get started!

Improve Your Home’s Value

One of the most common reasons homeowners choose to renovate their bathroom, and one of the greatest benefits of all, is that it increases your home’s value. Even a minor bathroom remodel, consisting of a tub, sink, and toilet replacement, can offer a 102% return on investment, meaning when it comes time to sell your home, your remodeled bathroom could actually make you money in the long run! Even if it doesn’t increase your home’s value that significantly, it is still a fantastic investment to improve your quality of life in your home!

Aesthetic Enhancement

Another benefit and common reason that homeowners consider remodeling their home’s exterior is that it simply improves the beauty of the space, making it more enjoyable to spend time in your bathroom, and helping improve the experience.

Energy Efficiency

Another major draw to remodeling your bathroom is that it can help to improve the energy efficiency of the space. If your toilet or shower use too much water, installing new fixtures can help improve your home’s efficiency and save you money on your bills. If you’ve find that your home’s bathroom uses far too much water, consider remodeling to help make the space more eco-friendly and friendly to your wallet!

Declutter The Room

A common issue that homeowners face after using a bathroom for a while and becoming more accustomed to the space is that it becomes cluttered as they bring more possessions into the room. Remodeling the bathroom can help you redesign your storage options, making the bathroom less cluttered and easier to navigate. If you find that when you’re using your bathroom, you’re sifting through drawers looking for your nail clippers or floss, remodeling the bathroom can make it much easier to find everything you’re searching for!

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If you’re interested in remodeling your home’s bathroom this summer, our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with all of your interior remodeling needs!

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Vinyl Siding vs Fiber Cement

When it comes to replacing your home’s siding, it can often be overwhelming deciding which siding material to use for your replacement. There are so many options out there it can be tough to decide which one you should use. While vinyl siding has long reigned supreme as North America’s most popular siding option, there are other niche options that have been growing in popularity in recent years, such as fiber cement! Often considered to be the two most popular siding materials on the market today, it can be tough to decide between the two options are they both offer their own benefits. If you’re interested in learning more about which siding material you should use for your home’s exterior, our team at Quality Interior Finishing has put together a guide! Take a look below for more information!

Aesthetics

If you’re looking for a beautiful siding material for your home’s exterior, you can’t go wrong with either option. Vinyl siding is widely manufactured, meaning it is available in a wide array of color and style options. However, James Hardie’s fiber cement is available in an unmatched variety of color options, meaning if you have a particular color in mind for your home’s siding, there is no better option than fiber cement!

Durability

Next up, lets explore the durability of the two siding options. Both options are considered durable in their own right, as two of the best options on the market. However, fiber cement takes the crown here. While vinyl siding is built to withstand moisture issues, fiber cement is known to last longer when properly installed. However, it is more brittle than vinyl siding, making it more susceptible to breaking off when hit by a baseball or falling tree branch, which is important to keep in mind.

Cost

When it comes to which option is more economical, vinyl siding takes the crown everytime. Fiber cement is significantly more expensive, and it’s durability makes it worth the price, but if you don’t plan on living in your home for decades to come, vinyl siding can last for twenty or thirty years and can be installed for less than fiber cement.

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If you’re interested in installing vinyl or fiber-cement siding on your home this spring, our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your siding replacement needs! We can be contacted over the phone by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your team’s siding replacement needs!

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Exterior Spring Maintenance

With spring in full swing in New England, it is important to ensure that your home’s exterior is in good repair! If you’re interested in learning about the home maintenance you should be doing this spring, take a look at our blog for a few tips & tricks you should know about!

Check Your Gutters

One of the first things you should examine in the spring is your home’s gutter system. They are likely to be full of debris that from the fall, including broken twigs and fallen leaves, which, in combination with the snowmelt that has run into your gutters all winter, has likely left your gutter system full of grime that could potentially clog the system. You will want to check your home’s gutters to ensure that the system is draining properly to keep your home protected during those spring showers!

Examine Your Shingles

While you’re looking at your roofing system, it is also a good idea to check your roofing system to ensure that everything is still in good repair! Roofing damage can often be understated, as it is hard to figure out where a shingle may be leaking unless it has completely broken off from the roof. Shingle damage can present itself in a variety of ways, including being as obvious as broken shingles that have come flying off of your roof, but it could also be as understated as small cracks or loose granules. That’s why it is best to have a roofing professional come to examine the roof in the spring if you suspect it may be leaking or have accrued other damage during the winter.

Take A Look At Your Windows

Another area you should examine is your windows. If there was water or snow resting on your window sills all winter, they may have absorbed a bit of water and accumulated some moisture damage, which can affect the window’s ability to stay sealed. If your window is leaking air, it can end up being expensive, particularly during the dog days of the summer when many homeowners have their A/C units running. Check around the windows to ensure that they are both structurally sound, and that they are not leaking air and reducing the energy efficiency of your home!

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If you’re interested in learning more about our team’s interior & exterior remodeling services, reach out today for more information! Our team can be reached over the phone by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your remodeling needs!

Different Window Styles

Different Styles of Windows

As you start new construction or consider remodeling your home, one major choice you’ll need to make is what types of windows you’ll want. There are many different styles of windows – and quite a few factors that will help determine which type is right for you and your home. Keep reading to learn more about different types of windows and their most common uses.

Double-Hung Windows

A double-hung window has two components that slide vertically up and down in the frame. This allows them to open wide from the top or the bottom, but they stay in the frame so they don’t protrude out onto the exterior or into the interior of the house. Double-hung windows are one of the most common types of windows used in homes.

Casement Windows

Casement windows are hinged windows that open with a crank. They can be hinged on either the left or the right and open outward. A lot of people use them in their kitchens. 

Awning Windows

Awning windows are hinged at the top and opened outward.  They can be installed above, below, or beside a stationary window to help increase air flow. 

Picture Windows

A picture window is a very large stationary window that allows for the maximum amount of light and views of the outdoors. These windows are great for any room in your home where you would have an incredible view. 

Transom Windows

Transom windows are the small windows you see mounted above doors or windows to allow for more light. They are usually stationary, but they can be operating to let more light in. 

Slider Windows

Slider windows glide along a track – giving them their name. They generally have one operating window that slides over or past the other windows in the arrangement. Slider windows are typically used in modern or contemporary-style houses. 

Stationary Windows

Similar to picture windows, stationary windows are smaller versions that do not open. These windows are highly customizable in various shapes and angles. These windows are often used in modern or contemporary-style homes alongside operating windows.

Bay Windows

When we’re discussing window shapes, bay windows are among the most iconic. A bay window offers more interior space and offers an architectural element to the home. Bay windows are created as a combination of windows with a stationary window in the middle, with either double-hung windows or casement windows on each side. 

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Hopefully this helped provide some insight into the various types of windows you could choose for your home as well as where you might use them in your home. If you have any questions about these options or want to get a quote, contact our team at Quality Interior Finishing today! We can be reached over the phone by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your window replacement needs!

Kitchen Cabinets in Different Woods

Choosing Wood For Your Kitchen Cabinets

Remodeling your kitchen is one of the most fun remodeling tasks a homeowner can tackle. Many people love breathing new life into the heart of their home with a beautiful update. However, when it comes to remodeling your kitchen, there are a number of different factors to consider. One of the most important decisions you will need to make is choosing which cabinets to install in your kitchen. Many homeowners love using real wood cabinets, but there are such a wide variety of options to choose from that it can often be difficult to decide which ones to use. If you’re interested in replacing your kitchen cabinets this winter, take a look at our blog to learn which wood to use for your cabinet replacements!

Maple

One of the most common woods that homeowners use for their kitchen cabinet replacements is maple. Maple is a hardwood that is available in a wide array of colors, mostly between white & cream colored, although it is a fine grained wood which means it can be easily stained to any color of your choosing. Maple is relatively inexpensive due to its widespread availability, which makes it a great option for those remodeling on a budget!

Cherry

Cherry is also a hardwood, but it is softer than Maple. It generally has a deep red to brown color, with a wood grain that has pin knots & pitch marks, giving the wood more character. Cherry is generally easy to find because it is relatively common, but it is more expensive than maple.

Oak

Oak wood is very hard, with a brownish color and a coarse wood grain. Oak is generally stained, but the evolution of the paint industry has led to oak being painted quite frequently, providing it with an updated look. Oak has generally been considered to be an older, slightly outdated wood, but the emergence of new paints has led to a renewed interest in oak products! It is a readily available wood that is relatively inexpensive.

Walnut

Another hardwood that many homeowners trust for their kitchen cabinet replacements is walnut. Available in a wide variety of color variations, from white to dark brown, walnut is the perfect wood for any home’s kitchen. It can be finished to fit nearly any kitchens aesthetic, making it a fantastic option for any homeowner. However, when it comes to pricing, walnut is one of the most expensive options on the market.

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If you’re interested in remodeling your home’s kitchen this winter, our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your kitchen remodeling needs!

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Benefits of Adding an Island to Your Kitchen

If you’re considering remodeling your home’s kitchen, you’re probably interested in learning how you can improve the functionality and beauty of the heart of your home. One of the most common additions that homeowners choose to make in their kitchens is adding an island, and for good reason. Building an island in your kitchen can add a ton of resale value and improve the performance of the space. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of adding a kitchen island, keep reading below!

Storage Space

One of the most common reasons that homeowners like to add an island to their kitchens is that it provides the space with additional cabinetry space, in a convenient location. If you don’t have quite enough cabinet space in your kitchen for all of your pots, pans, and accessories, add an island to increase your cabinet space.

Aesthetics & Resale Value

Another reason that homeowners choose to add an island is simply that they look nice. A beautiful kitchen island can serve as the focal point of your kitchen, and it will increase the value of your home in the process! If you’re looking for an easy way to boost your home’s value and the beauty of the space, an island is a fantastic way to do so!

Breakfast Bar

If you have a small kitchen and lack the space for a traditional dining table, a kitchen island can provide you with communal eating space in a pinch. Adding a breakfast bar with stools is an easy addition to any kitchen island and can improve the functionality of your kitchen, giving you a space to eat with your family and friends regardless of whether you have a traditional dining room and table.

More Appliances Without Wasting Counterspace

Particularly in smaller kitchens, one of the limiting factors is the amount of space you have to work with. If you have a large variety of appliances taking up valuable kitchen space, remember that a number of them can be installed straight into your kitchen island. A microwave is a common example of an appliance that may otherwise be sitting on your counter that can easily be added to the side of a kitchen island. You can also add larger appliances such as your dishwasher or an additional stove!

Another Workstation

Finally, one of the most common reasons that homeowners choose to install a kitchen island is that it provides them with another workstation when they’re working on those large meals. With additional counter space, and the potential for another sink in their kitchen, adding an island can easily improve the functionality of your kitchen and allow more people to work on a meal at once!

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If you’re interested in remodeling your kitchen and adding an island this winter, our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today for more information, we look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your kitchen remodeling needs!

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Vinyl vs Wood Windows

While windows have always historically been constructed of wood, windows built with vinyl have become increasingly popular as the technology has become more available. If you’re interested in learning more about the differences between wood & vinyl windows, keep reading our blog for more information!

Aesthetics

One of the major points of competition between wood & vinyl windows is their aesthetics. When it comes to the aesthetic benefits, most homeowners will tell you that they prefer the look of traditional wooden windows. While vinyl windows don’t look bad, they are generally a solid color, with no wood grain or other eye-catching features. Wooden windows, on the other hand, provide your home with the beauty of natural wood on the interior, while still offering you the option to coat the exterior of your window in more weather-resistant vinyl. If you’re looking for a window that will boost your home’s resale value, wooden windows are the way to go.

Insulation

Another important factor in deciding which material is better is the insulation value of each material. While vinyl windows offer insulation from the elements, they are often hollow which significantly reduces their energy efficiency. With solid wood windows, it is very difficult for the heat or cold to be transmitted through the material. You can see this effect for yourself by putting your hand by your window frames on a cold day. You’ll notice that the frame of the window is just about room temperature because wood insulates so well!

Affordability

When it comes to affordability, vinyl is the cheaper, and more readily accessible option. Vinyl windows are, on average, roughly 25% cheaper than wooden windows. If you’re looking to replace your home’s windows on a budget, vinyl will be the more affordable option!

Maintenance.

If you’re looking for a window option that you can install and never need to worry about again, vinyl is the best option. While wood windows will need to periodically be painted or resealed, vinyl windows require no maintenance after insulation unless there is a significant malfunction with the material. Factory painted vinyl windows will last for decades as long as you do a bit of bare minimum maintenance like washing away mildew from the windows.

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Whether you’re interested in installing wooden or vinyl windows, our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist. Reach out to our team by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your window replacement needs!

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Benefits of Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding has been the most popular siding option in North America for decades, and for good reason. Vinyl siding provides a number of useful benefits for your home, including providing protection from the elements. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of vinyl siding, take a look at our blog to learn more!

Durability

One of the greatest benefits of vinyl siding, one that has allowed it to enjoy a long run of popularity, is it’s durability. Vinyl is impervious to rot and moisture damage, and is also built to withstand high winds and light impacts. Properly installed vinyl siding can easily last 20-30 years, and potentially much longer if a premium option is chosen. Furthermore, warranties are often transferable between owners, meaning if you’re considering purchasing a home with vinyl siding, it’s quite possible that the warranty will be passed down to you!

Economical

Another reason that homeowners love vinyl siding is that it is an economical option for those looking to replace their home’s siding. Vinyl siding is widely manufactured, which helps to reduce the cost. Furthermore, it is easier to install than fiber cement which helps reduce associated labor costs as well. If you’re interested in re-siding your home on a budget, vinyl siding is one of the best options you can choose!

Aesthetically Versatile

An additional benefit of vinyl siding’s widespread manufacturing is that it is available in a truly enormous variety of color and style options. No matter what your vision is for your home’s exterior, you can easily find a siding material that will match the aesthetic style you’re going for. Furthermore, some vinyl boards look so much like other siding materials that you can’t tell without being right next to the siding. For example, the CertainTeed siding our team carries is available in a style called Monogram, in which the vinyl siding boards are molded from real cedar! If you’re interested in finding a siding material that will boost your home’s curb appeal, vinyl siding is a fantastic choice!

Maintenance-Free

As we mentioned earlier, vinyl siding is essentially impervious to most deterioration. This makes maintenance and upkeep incredibly easy. In all but the most extreme climates, the most maintenance you will likely need to do to keep your home’s siding in great condition is to occasionally wash down the siding with soap and water! If you’re in search of a siding material that you can install and not need to worry about, vinyl siding is a great choice!

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Are you interested in installing new vinyl siding on your home? Our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist! We can be reached over the phone at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your siding replacement needs!

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Benefits of Fiber Cement Siding

While vinyl siding has long reigned supreme as the most popular siding option in North America, there are other options that have recently been gaining in popularity. One such option is James Hardie’s Fiber Cement siding. While it has not overtaken vinyl siding, there are still many homeowners who are curious to learn more about this up-and-coming option, and the benefits it can provide for their homes. If you are interested in learning about the benefits that vinyl siding can provide, take a look at our blog to learn more!

Longer Lifespan

While vinyl siding can last for a couple of decades, it is still likely that you will need to replace your home’s siding’s multiple times, especially if you plan on raising your children in the same home. On the other hand, fiber cement siding is capable of lasting for nearly half a century, meaning that you may only need to worry about replacing your home’s siding once!

Aesthetics

Another reason that homeowners love to install James Hardie’s Fiber Cement is that it is available in an enormous array of colors. Any shade you can think of can be installed on your home, ensuring that if you have a particular goal in mind for the look of your home’s exterior, it can be achieved with fiber cement.

Weather Resistant

Fiber Cement siding is also completely weather resistant. No matter what Mother Nature throws at your home, from blizzards, to scorching heat, fiber cement can handle it all. Furthermore, it is also heat and flame resistant, and will not melt like vinyl siding. For comparison, Fiber cement siding is as resistant to fire as brick, so you know installing fiber cement siding on your home will keep it protected from just about anything!

Economical

While this one can be a bit misleading at first, installing fiber cement siding on your home can be a more cost-effective option than vinyl siding. While vinyl is cheaper to manufacture and install, it doesn’t last nearly as long as fiber cement siding. From having to replace panels when they break, to having to conduct an entire reside of your home, installing vinyl siding can quickly become far more expensive than it seemed. With fiber cement siding, you won’t need to worry about replacing panels, or residing your home for a half-century. Long-term, fiber cement is the most cost-effective option!

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Interested in installing fiber cement siding on your home? Our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist! We can be reached over the phone at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your siding installation needs!

Old Window Frames

Signs You Need To Replace Your Windows

Your windows are a very important portion of your home’s exterior, but they are often overlooked in comparison to your siding and roof. However, they serve a number of benefits, including allowing light and ventilation into your home, as well as boosting your home’s curb appeal. Furthermore, because they are fitted into openings in your home’s walls, it is essential that they are energy efficient and keep your home sealed no matter what the weather is like outdoors. Therefore, it is important to keep stock of your windows and replace them when needed! If your curious to learn how you can identify whether your windows need to be replaced, take a look at our blog to learn more!

You Can Feel A Draft As You Walk By

Depending on the season, this could be a burst of warm or cold air, but if you feel a difference in temperature as you’re walking by your windows, this is a clear sign that the seal has failed and your window is leaking air. Leaking windows can significantly decrease your home’s energy efficiency and increase your energy bills which means it is important to ensure that your windows are kept in good repair!

Noise Pollution

Another sign that your windows are failing is when you can clearly hear the cars driving up and down the street and not a single window is open in your home. Old windows have poor seals which can significantly contribute to noise pollution. Furthermore, having old single-pane windows can also significantly increase the amount of noise pollution your home is exposed to.

Difficult to Open or Close

Another sign that your windows need to be replaced is when it becomes difficult to operate the windows. If you find that your windows are sticking in their tracks and it is difficult to open or close them, that is another sign that your windows need to be replaced!

The Frames Are Rotting, Cracking, or Peeling

If your window frames are beginning to deteriorate, it is important to have them replaced before they begin to damage your home or detract from the beauty of your home’s exterior. Window frames can decay in a variety of ways, including something as minor as peeling paint, or as major as the frame crumbling away from water damage. If your frames are deteriorating, have your windows replaced as soon as possible!

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If you need to replace your home’s windows, our team is ready to assist! Reach out to us today to learn more about our window replacement services! We can be contacted over the phone at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your window replacement needs!