- Does the company carry insurance? How much and what type?
- Yes! Neponset Valley Construction and its roofing division carry carries a Commercial General Liability Coverage Policy in place that covers several insurance areas up to $2,000,000. A copy of the policy will be presented as part of the initial meeting package.
- Does Neponset Valley service my town?
- Neponset Valley services residential and commercial businesses in Southern New Hampshire, Eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Cape Cod.
- Do yo do emergency repairs?
- We certainly do! We inspect the situation and give you our opinion so you can make the best decision on how you may want to proceed.
- Should my chimney be inspected as the same time as my roof?
- Most definitely! Cracks in the mortar can occur due to the age and the elements. Water can seep into those cracks and deteriorate the chimney structure at about the same rate as the roof. The problem can be as simple as a repoint or as large as a rebuild. The key is to have the chimney work done before replacing the roof.
- How do I know my roof needs to be replaced?
- The three most common factors are age, appearance and leaks.
If the roof is around 20 years of age it may be nearing the end of its life depending on the quality and warranty of the roof. There is also some variation based on sun exposure, shingle color and ventilation under the roof. If you are unsure of the age then your next evaluation factor is:
If you have shingle that have broken off, look buckled or warped, or have lost some granule surfacing it is probably time to consider a replacement.
This is obviously not the best way to find out you need a new roof. By the time you find water leaking inside the house, it has probably started quite a while prior to your finding. The leaking can cause structural damage to the rafters and the boards on top of them, not to mention to your ceilings and walls. It is much less expensive to replace your roof before you see leaks.
- Can a new roof be installed on top of my old roof?
- If you have only one layer of roofing in decent condition, you can probably install a new roof on top of it. If you have two or more roofs, if the existing roof is badly buckled, if there is a need to inspect or replace decking, or if there is an accumulation of moss or algae, the old roof should be removed.
- Can roofs be installed in the winter?
- Yes. Cold weather does not hurt the materials. The limiting factor is the comfort of the installers. If the weather is sunny, with a little wind and the temperature is reasonable, we can work. If there is ice or thick snow on your roof or exceptionally cold temperatures with high winds, we may not be working.
- Is there a difference between standard and architectural shingles?
- Architectural shingles not only do not cost much more than standard ones, but they usually have a longer warranty. They are also cosmetically appealing. However, if you cannot see much of your roof when standing in your yard, you may just settle for a 30 or 35 year tab shingle. You might also consider shingles that contain bits of Zink and other metals that will help prevent the growth of mold, algae and lichen. We will gladly walk you through your options during our first meeting.
- How do I choose the best shingle?
- Today, shingles are compared based on the length of their manufacturer’s warranty. In general, the heavier and more durable (and more expensive) the shingle, the longer the term of the warranty. Today’s shingles offer many new textures than were available a few years ago. These new shingles can approximate the look of hand split cedar shake and slate roofs. So you have a wide variety of colors, textures and performance to choose from. We will help you wade through all the options.
- Why is ventilation important?
- Inadequate ventilation can cause condensation in the winter and excessively high shingle temperatures in the summer. Also, most shingle manufacturers warranties are voided if proper ventilation is not installed.
- What is considered proper ventilation?
- The air space beneath the roof needs to have openings to allow outside air to flow through it. The best way to ventilate this space is to install a ventilation strip (ridge vent) at the peak or the roof—but this is not enough. For the ridge vent to work properly and allow the hot humid attic air to pass through it, the attic space needs to allow cold outside air to come in. The best way to do that is to provide ventilation at the bottom of the roof using vents in the roof overhang (soffit vents) or ventilating drip edge. In difficult roof configurations, even powered roof vents may be needed.
Windows and Doors
- What is the moisture between the glass?
- Moist air can fill the space between the panes of glass when the seals along the outer perimeter of glass fail. This is called seal failure. Seal failures allow moisture to penetrate into the space between the panes of glass making your insulated unit appear cloudy or fogged.
- When should I replace my windows?
- Here are six tips to look for to help you make your decision.
- Determine how many panes of glass are in the windows. Single pane windows are the least energy efficient. You can replace them with double or triple paned ENERGY STAR compliant windows to enhance energy efficiency and make a home more comfortable during all seasons.
- Look for condensation inside the glass on double or triple glazed windows. This could indicate seal failure. If this is the case, you might need to replace the glass or the entire window.
- Do your windows open and close easily? If your windows are hard to open or close—or they won’t stay open or locked—this could be a sign that the window needs replacing.
- Have someone stand outside your window. With a small flashlight, stand inside and travel the light around the windows perimeter. If the person outside sees light coming through, this is an indication of seal failure and probably energy loss.
- Does it seem especially noisy in your house? If you live near an airport or busy street, consider replacing your windows with laminated glass windows to help reduce noise transmission.
- Did your neighbors just build a new home that’s to close to you bathroom? For added privacy, request decorative obscure glass in your windows. This will allow light to flow into the home but will keep your privacy.
- How do vinyl windows compare with windows made from other materials, such as wood and aluminum?
- The performance and longevity of vinyl windows compare very favorably to those other building materials and vinyl often costs less to produce. Vinyl windows and doors are rapidly capturing a major market share as more builders and homeowners learn about vinyl’s outstanding value and economy.Long lasting beauty, low maintenance and excellent thermal efficiency ratings give vinyl windows and doors a winning edge over other types of replacement windows. Vinyl won’t pit or peel over time, needs only simple care and cleaning and it’s easy operation maximizes performance and adds value to your home. You can’t get much better than that!
- How long do I have to finish my wood windows (Harvey Majesty Wood Windows)?
- Harvey Majesty Wood Windows must be finished with stain, polyurethane or paint within 48 hours of installation.
- Apply one to MO coats of stain (wiping the sash after each application).
- Apply two coats of polyurethane and sand with fine steel wool after drying.
- Apply one coat of primer.
- Apply one to two coats of paint.
- I heard that living through a remodeling project is a nightmare. How can I prepare?
- Common homeowner complaints include dust, delays and additional costs. To combat dust, pack up and move your kitchen before construction, then protect what you can’t remove. You or your contractor can seal off nearby rooms with plastic sheeting and tape. Ask that the construction area be swept daily.Good communication is essential to staying on time and on budget. If you are doing some of the work yourself, clarify up front who is doing what, from demolition and pulling permits to painting. Decide which entrances and bathrooms the workers should use, and notify them of children and pets. Leave a notebook and pen in a designated area so you can leave messages for the contractors (and vice-versa).Make sure you can still eat: set up a temporary kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, coffee- maker, table, trash can, non-perishables and paper goods. A crock pot, pre-made frozen meals and restaurant coupons will also help you get through the project.
- How long does it take to complete a kitchen remodel?
- There are two main phases to a kitchen remodel: design and construction. The length of the former is typically up to the homeowner and his or her ability to make decisions and stick with them. Given that a new kitchen is a major investment, you’re entitled to take your time choosing colors, Finishes and features. Just remember that products can’t be ordered until you’ve made your final decisions.
- Some custom products and materials may require lead times of up to nine months. Custom cabinets typically arrive in 12 to 16 weeks; semi-custom in eight to 10 weeks; and stock in four weeks or less.
- Once the products do arrive, expect construction to take anywhere from two to 16 weeks, depending on how ambitious your project is and on how many setbacks you encounter.
- What is the difference among stock, semi-custom and custom cabinets?
- These are the three basic types of cabinet construction. Stock cabinets are constructed prior to purchase, come in standard sizes and are typically the most affordable. Expect limited wood species, door styles, accessories and finishes. They are usually available within one week of being ordered.
- A step up from stock, semi-custom cabinets have more sizing options and a wider range of door, finish and wood selections. They also cost more. Expect to wait at least one month for delivery.
- Custom cabinets are either made by a custom manufacturer or by a local woodworking shop. They come in any shape, size, material or finish your designer can dream up. Custom is typically the most expensive type of cabinetry and usually takes at least six to 10 weeks to deliver.
- There are so many different materials and brands of counter tops. How do I decide which is best?
- Your primary considerations should be your cooking and entertaining needs, looks and price—and only you can decide which factor is most important for your home and family.
- What kind of ventilation do I need in kitchen?
- You have a choice of a range hood, an over-the-range microwave or downdraft ventilation. Which system you choose will depend on the power of your range, the layout of your kitchen, local building codes and your own style preferences. You’ll pay more for systems with higher airflow and lower noise ratings. CFM’s refer to the amount of cubic feet of air a vent system can move per minute, while sones measure noise level. The National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends a 150 CFM minimum for all surface cooking appliances. The Home Ventilating Institute recommends that kitchen vent fans should not be louder than nine sones.
- How much does a new or remodeled kitchen cost?
- Room size, floor plan, product choices and amount of labor required all affect the costs. If you’re starting from scratch, the project obviously will cost more than if you just replace a few items. However, a remodeled kitchen can cost more than a new one if it involves major structural change or unpleasant surprises such as asbestos.Like a car or clothing, kitchens can cost $5,000, $50,000 or $150,000. You can keep the price down by making affordable product choices—vinyl flooring instead of tile, laminate counters instead of granite—or by doing work yourself.
- What affects my costs?
- The products and materials you choose will have the greatest impact on your new kitchen’s price tag. Cabinets typically account for half the cost. Installation and labor costs (which vary most by geography) take up the next biggest chunk (about 16 percent) followed by the costs of other major design elements.
- How can I keep my costs down?
- Be ready to make a compromise here and there. Here’s a guide to a few lower-priced substitutions that will give you a look similar to pricier materials.
Design Element Pricey Look Less Expensive Substitute Cabinets Cherry Wood Maple Wood Moulding Details Less Moulding Details Appliances Built In Panels applied to freestanding models Pro-style Stainless steel finish with standard features Counter tops Granite Patterned laminate or stone covering a small space in the kitchen and laminate, tile or butcher block throughout the rest Flooring Stone Patterned vinyl or laminate Hardwood Laminate Sinks & Faucet Integral Under-mounted Nickel Brushed chrome Architectural Details Hardwood Mouldings Vinyl covered rigid foam Structural Beams and Rafters Decorative beams and rafters installed below the ceiling line Stuccoed Walls Sponge-painted Walls
Decks, Porches, and Patio Enclosures
- What room in the house should lead to the deck?
- Decks typically are built outside of the kitchen or family room, but can be built anywhere there is access from the house. Some people put decks outside a first floor master bedroom, for example.
- What is the right location in your backyard to build the deck?
- A backyard spot that receives a mix of sun and shade or a space that is private or can be screened by adding large shrubs. Generally the southwest and southeast corners of a house offer the best combination of sun and shade.
- What is the right size for the deck?
- A backyard deck can be a variety of shapes from square or rectangular to octagonal. How you plan to use a shape? A place for entertaining large groups? A cozy spot for two? An outdoor dining area for the family?