Wood Plastic Vinyl Window

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.

Contact Us Today

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!

CertainTeed Craftsman Siding

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!

James Hardie Fiber Cement installed on a home

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!

Is it Time to Remodel Your Kitchen?

No room gets used more actively than in your kitchen. Sure, you spend a third of your life sleeping, but that’s not anything you have to do consciously! Instead, your kitchen usually gets most of your time when not at work or out running errands, and that means it takes a beating over the years. Even with the most conscientious care and caution, a kitchen needs work now and then. So, is it time to remodel the kitchen?

When to Remodel the Kitchen

A few things could point to it being the perfect time to remodel the kitchen. For starters, think about the way you operate while working in the kitchen.

Adequate Space

When cooking or preparing food, you may find yourself running into countertops and appliances more than you would like. Depending on the layout of your kitchen and the materials you use while in that all important room, you might need to remodel your kitchen simply for some more space. Especially when too many cooks get into the kitchen, there are no limitations to a kitchen with more room than you need. If anything, it helps mentally clear your head while you spend time getting ready for meals.

Efficiency

You might have enough space, but an efficient kitchen goes a long way. Anything from more organized appliance layout to a nice cooking island that gives you adequate room to move can really make you more efficient in the kitchen. There are several ways to improve your kitchen’s efficiency, all of which are often simple changes that are way past overdue.

Storage

There’s nothing like a kitchen with plenty of counter space. If you are currently using way to much counter space for appliances and even pots and pans, it may be time to remodel with some extra storage. Everything from overhead cabinets to entire pantry extensions can be small ways to make a big change to your kitchen. In more ways than one, the visual aspect of your kitchen really says a lot about your organization. If possible, an extension of storage units in your kitchen can be the fastest and easiest way to make the entire room look more effective.

 

The kitchen is truly a battleground, and if not prepared, you can feel like you are losing energy and time every time you prepare a meal. Avoid these issues by remodeling your kitchen now. With our help, we can transform your kitchen to a perfect place to cook, prepare meals, and even entertain.

 

Benefits of Window Replacement

Your windows offer a number of benefits for your home, most importantly providing light and ventilation.  However, there is so much more to gain from properly installed, high-quality windows. For homeowners who have been putting off replacing their windows, take a look at this blog to learn about all of the benefits that replacement windows can offer for your home!

Energy Efficiency

One of the most important benefits of replacing your windows is the energy efficiency that new windows can provide. One of the biggest problems homeowners have with older windows is that they begin to leak. Old frames loosen, crack, and break, which creates small openings which interrupt the seal of your home. Installing replacement windows can also improve your home’s energy efficiency by using Low-E glass, which is designed with a microscopic layer that helps to increase your home’s solar heat gain in the winter and reduce it during the summer.

Noise Reduction

On the topic of leaks in your windows due to improper seals, there is another drawback that can occur from these leaks beyond decreased energy efficiency. A leak in your windows also allows in sound, which if you live near a busy road or downtown area, can allow in unwelcome noise pollution. If you find that when you’re in your home, it feels as though your standing right next to the road, your windows are likely the culprit.  Replace your home’s windows in order to reduce noise pollution.

UV Reduction

Another benefit of replacing your windows is increasing your home’s UV protection.  The sun’s UV rays have the ability to fade your fabrics, such as furniture, carpets, drapes, and more. If you’ve ever moved the furniture around a particularly sunny room, you’ve likely noticed that your carpet, rugs, or even your hardwood floors have been washed out and the area’s that the furniture was covering maintained a fuller color. Replacing your windows can reduce this effect! Newer replacement windows with Low-E coating also offer protection against UV rays!

Curb Appeal/Resale Value

Finally, one of the greatest benefits of replacing your home’s windows is an increase in both curb appeal, and subsequently, resale value. Old windows begin to look bad after being constantly exposed to the elements for years. Whether your frames are decaying, your glass is dealing with condensation, or the glass is cracked or chipped, installing new replacement windows will help to boost your home’s curb appeal! Furthermore, increasing your home’s curb appeal will also increase your home’s resale value when its time to sell your home!

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With so many benefits to gain from replacing your home’s windows, now is a great time to have them replaced! If you’re interested in installing replacement windows on your home this spring, reach out to our team 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!

Signs to Tell that I Need a New Bathroom

 

For many folks, their bathroom is a place of tranquility and comfort after a long day of work. Bathrooms typically get a lot of use, and over time, they lose their shine and need a renovation. Leaky pipes, dated fixtures, broken tiles, and faded painting are indications that your bathroom may need to be freshened up. Still, sometimes you need a new bathroom altogether. Let’s look at some of the signs that you need a new bathroom.

Doesn’t Make For Great Photos

A picture can be very revealing and sometimes you miss things when you rely only on your own eyes to capture an image. A photograph can allow you to notice for the first time details about your bathroom that you were oblivious to. You might not notice that your bathroom is painted in a mismatched color palette, or that you have discoloration in places that shouldn’t be.

Smells like a Bathroom

Old bathroom smell is not inviting in the least. You should not walk into your bathroom and turn up your nose because it has an unpleasant smell. Chances are, you may have a mold problem because moisture has accumulated in the bathroom walls. It could also be that you have a plumbing or ventilation problem.

Bad Layout

Maybe you bought an existing home with a bathroom that has an awkward layout and thinks it’s time to go. If the layout doesn’t make sense for you or isn’t functional, it’s time for an update. Things like an odd arrangement of bathroom pieces, a cramped or impractical spacing are reasons to get a new bathroom. A toilet next to a tub, for example, doesn’t make for a good layout.

Leaks

Leaks are annoying and can cause costly unwanted damage. If you have brown water stains on the ceiling of your bathroom, an update might be needed if a repair can fix the problem. There may be hidden signs of a water leak, like mold, damaged floor, and walls that you are unaware of. This is a great opportunity to make use of modern fixtures that are not only stylish but provide new benefits, such as water conservation.

 

There is no need to remain stuck with a dingy, outdated bathroom. If it smells, leaks or isn’t photogenic, it’s time to get a new bathroom. Do some renovation and restore comfort and style to your bathroom space. You have a range of options when it comes to bathroom design and fixtures that you can work with.

 

5 Ways to Create the Perfect Farmhouse Kitchen

Farmhouse kitchens merge multiple distinct styles: traditional, rustic, vintage, and cottage too. A classic farmhouse is known for conjuring feelings of coziness and warmth. It has a delicate and classic vibe without being unapproachable or overly fussy.
Farmhouse kitchens are frequently compared to traditional kitchens. Traditional kitchens tend to be kitschier, where farmhouse kitchen is more sophisticated and charming.

  • The color of the Farmhouse: There are no rules for modern farmhouse colors. A winning palette combines natural wood tones, black, and white. Another revealing tale of the farmhouse style is neutral and muted colors. Because most modern kitchen use what they have, pieces were used well, paint finishes got worn, and when broken it got fixed. Things were well cherished. These means colorful pieces got faded, and everything took a conservative and a more neutral tone. Think warm wood, grays, and white tones.
  • Use the Right Decorations: large kitchen design is the foundation of any style, what transforms into the best/perfect farmhouse setting with a little space is the little decoration you incorporate. Here are some samples of the ideal farmhouse kitchen decoration you can incorporate; cotton or linen dishcloths, butcher blocks, china hutch, apron storage rack, wood utensils, glass canisters, mason jars, pot rack, white dishes, fresh flowers, and vintage accents (chairs, vintage stools, old teacups, and wire baskets). Don’t forget to avoid too much clutter with too many
  • Simplicity: A perfect farmhouse is also based on its simplicity. These go back to the economic status of top farmhouse throughout the years. Homesteads and farmhouses often use what they have, and every item used has its purpose. So in perfect farmhouses, you will often see plenty of enamelware and galvanized touches, because they were essential materials that were found on a working farm.
  • Brighten the Kitchen Space with Humble Hardware and White Cabinets: Repainting or installing new cabinets will instantly give the kitchen a nice feeling of a perfect farmhouse kitchen. Most homeowners often chose to use waterproof, non-toxic, and milk paint that produces an ideal type of finish that looks nice in a farmhouse kitchen. It is also recommended to use non-flashy cabinet hardware. Antique and brushed hardware finishing often evoke the non-intimidating and inviting a feeling of a perfect farmhouse kitchen.
  • Clean Lines: A perfect farmhouse has one thing in common, which is the clean lines, in both the décor and architecture. And kitchen cabinets are a perfect example. The farmhouse cabinet front is made of the shaker, because of easy construction and clean lines. Working on farmlands is enough for a farming family when it comes to building cabinets, furniture’s, and door frames, and they kept it basic. No fancy finishes, and simple functionality.

 

In Conclusion, avoid decorations. Also, keep the farmhouse theme tangible and functional. And remember this an opportunity to add your personality into space. For more information about our kitchen services, consider hiring Quality Interior Finishing today!

Is It Time To Remodel Your Kitchen

How do you know when it’s time to remodel your kitchen?  When your appliances are falling apart, or your countertops are cracked, and your cabinets aren’t working properly, with drawers ticking, it might be easy to determine.

But many other factors could indicate that your kitchen needs an update, beyond the cosmetic issues.

Here are a few things to consider when determining whether it’s time to remodel your kitchen.

Space

Are you happy with the amount of counter space, cabinet space and floor space in your kitchen?  Perhaps the position of your fridge or the shape and layout of your counter may be taking away useful space.

If you replace the countertop or change the shape of your kitchen, keep in mind that you need a total of 158 inches of countertop frontage, 24 inches deep with at least 15 inches of clearance above, for preparation, work area, and storage.

Kids

If you have children, and depending on their ages, your kitchen may need a remodel to accommodate their needs.  Countertops with sharp corners, space, and lower surfaces are all things to consider when you have kids.

Energy Efficiency

Are your appliances all from the 1970s still?  Even if they aren’t quite that old, newer appliances can save you a ton of money by saving energy and running more efficiently.  Plus they’ll look better too!

Traffic Flow

Think about what areas you use the most in the kitchen.  More than likely it’s the stove, the fridge, and the sink.  You’ll want these to be laid out and optimized for traffic flow so that you can move efficiently while you are preparing and cooking meals.  Take this into consideration when determining whether or not you’ll need to remodel your kitchen.

There are many reasons to remodel your kitchen, but it’s ultimately up to you to decide what will work best for your house, your kitchen, and your family.

Top 2019 Kitchen Trends to Get Ready for

The new year brings many exciting changes each year, but did you know that kitchen trends are a part of those exciting changes? Each year we see new styles come and go in the world of interior decorating and designing. Some of those trends last for years to go while others are short-lived but knowing what styles to look out for is the key! These are some of the biggest trends you should be expecting to see in 2019.

Exposed Shelving

We expect shelves to be hidden behind cabinets, but this year that expectation is changing. Open and exposed shelves and hanging racks are gaining popularity thanks to their unique design and easy accessibility. Homeowners love the convenience and style of this trendy option!

Matte is Back

Shiny appliances, cabinetry, and countertops are no longer what the modern homeowner wants. Instead, matte options are rapidly gaining in popularity. Dark matte colors are the most popular choice we’ve seen. If you have kids or pets matte is the perfect option for you because fingerprints and dirt can hardly be seen on the surface!

Bright Color Choices

While dark matte and crisp white kitchens remain popular, many homeowners are in search of color throughout their kitchen. Adding pops of bright color with wall décor, a bright backsplash, handles, and more is a trend on the rise in 2019. This can be seen easily in the choice of gold, and copper metallic cabinet and drawer handles. Copper or gold pops of bright color is a great option for the homeowner looking to make a noticeable, modern upgrade without breaking the bank.
To learn more about what kitchen trends are right for your space in 2019, consult with an interior designer or contractor. They can help you decide which trends will not only modernize your space but make it more functional as well!