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How to Locate & Seal a Window Draft

When it comes to keeping your windows in good repair, one of the most important things you can do as a homeowner is ensure that the system is properly installed & maintained. One of the most common issues that arises with older windows is drafts. As they can quickly reduce the energy efficiency of your home, it is important to promptly find and seal window drafts when they occur. If you’re wondering how you can discover window drafts and easily seal them this winter, take a look at our blog to get started!

How To Find A Draft

The first thing you’ll need to learn is how to find a window leak or draft. While major drafts are easy to notice, as they are oftentimes visible, for smaller window leaks, spotting the issue is often the major challenge, but there are a few tricks that can make the process easier!

One of the tried and true methods of locating a window draft is to take a candle and run it along the edges of a window. If there is any leak around the frame of your window, it will flicker in the wind. This means that you can pinpoint exactly where a window is leaking from, even if already know that a particular unit is leaking.

Sealing A Draft

Now, you’ve located your window leak, but you need to seal the unit in order to keep your home energy efficient! Depending on how severe the leak is, it can be handled in a couple of different ways. The first is simply using a bit of weather stripping. If the leak is minor and you can pinpoint it to one particular section of the window, you can easily fix the leak with a bit of weather stripping which can be bought at the hardware store.

For leaks that are a bit larger and more severe, you may need to re-caulk the window in order to make it airtight. This can be performed either at home by picking up caulking at the hardware store, or with the help of a trained technician!

Finally, for homeowners who don’t want to fully replace the unit but are trying to keep the window airtight throughout the winter, you can also have a film installed over your windows in order to keep the unit in good repair, helping to keep your home energy efficient no matter how many points of failure the window sill has.

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If you’re interested in replacing your home’s windows 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 remodeling needs!

Tiles vs. Hardwood Flooring

If you need to replace the floors in your home, you may be wondering which material you should use for your replacement needs. When it comes to flooring, two of the most popular options on the market are hardwood & tile flooring, but choosing between the two can often be a difficult decision. Are you interested in learning a bit more about the differences between the two materials and which one is right for your home’s needs? Keep reading below for more information!

Cost

To begin, let’s discuss the installation cost of the two materials. As expected, tile flooring is generally cheaper to install than hardwood flooring, making it the more economical option for homeowners looking to renovate on a budget. However, the one important thing to note about the cost of hardwood flooring is that it tends to add more resale value to a home, so if you ever decide to sell your property, you’re more likely to recoup the cost of installation with hardwood floors than tile. Just a consideration when choosing between the two.

Durability

Next, lets discuss the durability of the two materials! While hardwood floors may look beautiful, when it comes to scratch resistance, tile flooring takes the cake. If you have a house full of young children, it is often a much better idea to install tile flooring, at least in the rooms that the children spend a lot of time in. TIle flooring is much less apt to show signs of wear and tear, which makes it a better option if you’re concerned you will be damaging your floors.

Feel

While many homeowner’s wouldn’t consider this when thinking about their flooring options, the fact of the matter is that each option feels different on your feet, which may be a factor depending on your needs. Generally, hardwood floors will feel warmer, while tile flooring tends to be colder. In New England’s chilly climate, many homeowners prefer hardwood flooring, but tile is better for particular applications.

Maintenance

Lastly, when it comes to maintenance, hardwood flooring tends to be easier to maintain than it’s tile counterpart. Typically, the most maintenance you will need to perform on hardwood flooring is vacuuming with the occasional mop, while tile flooring will build up grime in the grout lines, and will periodically need to be resealed, while hardwood floor tends to last for decades.

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If you’re interested in installing either tile or hardwood flooring in your home, 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 flooring needs!

Old Hardwood Floors

Signs Its Time To Replace Your Hardwood Floors

If you have hardwood floors in your home, it can often be difficult to tell whether the boards need to be replaced! It depends on a variety of factors including climate, use, maintenance, and more! If you’re interested in learning more about the signs your floors need to be replaced that you may have missed, keep reading below for more information!

Creaky, Moving Floorboards

The first sign you may want to think about replacing your floors is when your floorboards are moving and creaking! If your floorboards are creaking it generally means one or two things; either your floor has aged, or the boards are rubbing together as part of a structural issue. Either way, creaky floorboards are worth taking a look into, as you may find other evidence of damage as you being to dig!

Discolored Wood

Another reason you may want to consider replacing your floorboards is that wood is discolored and worn. UV rays can discolor your floorboards, as can wear and tear, or cleaning products. If your floorboards are discolored, that means they have been exposed to some kind of damage, and it is worth considering a replacement!

You’ve Refinished The Floors More Than Once

Another reason to consider replacing your hardwood floors is that you’ve already refinished them multiple times! One of the greatest benefits of hardwood flooring is that you have the opportunity to refinish the boards, allowing you to easily repair minor damage, or redesign your home with a new color. However, if you’ve already refinished your floorboards a couple of times, you likely won’t have much more board to sand back and refinish. Eventually, this will cause the boards to break as they will be too brittle and weak. Be sure to replace your floorboards after a couple of refinishes!

Water Damage

Lastly, if you find any signs of water damage, particularly water damage that didn’t occur from you spilling something onto the floor. If your floorboards are showing signs of water damage, you could have a leak somewhere in your home, which could damage your floorboards today, and your home’s structure tomorrow! Even if the water damage is localized due to a spill, replacing the floorboards will help make your home more beautiful!

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Are you interested in learning more about our team’s hardwood flooring installation services? Our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist! You can reach 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 flooring installation needs!

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Common Window Issues & How To Address Them

Your windows are one of the most important, and oftentimes overlooked, portions of your home’s exterior. They provide your home with so many benefits, including most importantly providing natural light & ventilation, but also protection from the elements, curb appeal & resale value, and even insulation! Considering how important your windows are to the health of your home, it is important to ensure that the systems are kept in good repair. If you’re interested in learning more about a few of the most common issues that damage your windows, and how you can remedy them, keep reading below for more information!

Drafts

When it comes to window issues, the first one that comes to most homeowner’s minds are drafts. Window drafts are commonplace, and they will occur in most homeowners over time, as the elements wear away at your window frames and deteriorate the material.

If you’re looking to address a drafty window frame, you have a couple of options to choose from. The first is to add weather stripping around the window frames. This is a low-cost, easy to add solution that will immediately reduce the energy loss from your windows.

However, the more permanent, and reliable, solution to drafty windows is to repair the frames. Since the source of the draft is almost certainly a leaky window frame, addressing the source of the issue will clear everything up! If you’re trying to make your home more energy-efficient this winter, simply repair your frames!

Condensation

Another common window issue that homeowners tend to face in older home’s is condensation between the glass panels. Modern windows are constructed with multiple panes of glass, and insulating gas in between the panes. However, the sealants tend to wear away over time, and many homeowners find that in their older windows, condensation pops up in between the frames.

If you see condensation in between your window panes, you will want to have a professional come to examine your windows. Condensation is an indication that the seal is failing and water is finding its way into the system. Rather than exposing your home to moisture damage, if you see condensation in your windows, reach out to a window technician immediately. If the damage is relatively minor, they will be able to repair the window and eliminate the condensation. If the damage to the seal is severe, there is no solution besides repairing the unit, but the cost of the replacement will be significantly lower than the cost of allowing water damage to occur to your home.

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Interested in replacing your home’s windows this fall? 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 window replacement needs!

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How To Make The Most Of An Undersized Kitchen

The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home. It is the room in which you and your family get ready for the day ahead, or recharge and connect after the tasks at hand have been completed. This means that it is important to ensure that your kitchen is a beautiful space that has all of the amenities you need!

One of the most common limitations that homeowners face when it comes to ensuring their kitchen has all of the features they need, is size! If you’re looking to maximize the space you have available, take a look at our blog for a few tips!

Add A Breakfast Bar

If you’re looking to maximize the space you have available, one of the first things you should do is eliminate the need for a kitchen table by adding a breakfast bar! A kitchen table takes up a considerable amount of space, and getting rid of your table to replace it with more economical seating will help make the space feel much larger.

Make Use Of Wall Cabinets

Cabinets compose a large part of any kitchen. From housing dry goods, to pots & pans, you need plenty of cabinet space in your kitchen to ensure that you have easy access to everything you may need! However, having too many cabinets can also reduce the space you have for other ammenities, such as an island, dishwasher, or trash compactor. If you’re looking to maximize the space you have available, be sure to install as many wall cabinets as possible.

Use The Right Lighting

Another tip that will help make the space feel larger, even if you wish you had more square footage to work with, is ensuring that the kitchen has plenty of natural light. One of the easiest ways to add more lighting to your kitchen is to install a skylight! While it certainly won’t provide you with more space to use, a skylight will flood your kitchen with natural light, which is a great way to improve the feel of a space. If you’re looking for a way to make the space feel larger, even when you don’t have the ability to increase the size of the room, a skylight is a great option!

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Interested in remodeling your home’s kitchen this fall? Our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist with your kitchen remodeling needs! 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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Longest Lasting Siding Materials

Your home’s siding is one of the most important pieces of your home’s exterior. It offers a number of benefits for your home’s exterior, including protection from the elements & pests, curb appeal and resale value, and even insulation for your home’s exterior. It is also a major investment, which means every homeowner wants to get the most bang for their buck by installing a long-lasting siding material. That’s why our team has put together a blog examining which siding materials have the longest lifespans! Take a look below to learn more!

Vinyl Siding

To begin, let’s discuss the most popular siding material in North America, vinyl siding. Vinyl siding is renowned by homeowners and contractors alike for its durability, ease of installation, customization options, and economical price-point. But how long does it truly last?

Simply put, there is a reason that vinyl siding has become so popular; it lasts a long time! Budget vinyl siding has the tendency to fail relatively quickly, and on the low end, you can expect vinyl siding to last for 20 or 30 years. However, if you install a quality product and keep up with necessary maintenance, it is conceivable that your siding can last upwards of a half-century. This option is very durable and has a well-deserved reputation.

Fiber Cement

Next up, we have an option that has become increasingly popular over the last few decades; fiber cement. This siding material is beautiful, and many homeowners love the wide array of style and color options it provides. But the real question is how long does fiber cement siding last?

Homeowners will be happy to know that it is, at worst, comparable to vinyl siding. While vinyl siding is a fossil fuel product, fiber cement is organic, which means it is a bit more susceptible to weathering. However, with proper maintenance, fiber cement will last for 50 years at minimum, and potentially much longer under the right conditions.

Cedar Wood Siding

Lastly, let’s examine a siding option that many homeowners love for it’s aesthetic; cedar shake siding. While cedar siding looks fantastic, providing your home with a rustic, rugged exterior, many homeowners are often skeptical of its durability, as it is a wood product and it’s constantly exposed to the elements.

This concern is valid, as its beauty won’t protect it from weathering damage. Cedar siding is less durable than most siding options on the market, with an average lifespan of about 25 years. This, of course, entails proper maintenance along the way, and cleaning up any moldy shingles before they cause damage to your siding at large. If you’re looking for a siding material that will stand the test of time, you can certainly find more durable options!

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If you’re interested in replacing your home’s siding this fall, 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! Our team looks forward to assisting with your siding replacement needs!

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Fall Home Maintenance

With fall just around the corner in Massachusett’s, it’s almost time to begin preparing your home’s exterior for the months ahead. Fall home maintenance is important to ensure that your home is properly protected all winter long, which is why our team at Quality Interior Finishing put together this blog to help inform you about the home maintenance that should be performing for your home this fall!

Clean Your Gutters

When it comes to exterior home maintenance, there’s perhaps nothing more important than cleaning out your gutter system. Your gutters are one of the most aspects of your home’s exterior, helping to direct water away from your home, and ensuring that your foundation, roof, and siding are well-protected. However, your gutters often become clogged with debris, which can cause the system to overflow and potentially cause damage to your home. If you want to ensure that your gutter system is properly protecting your home, be sure to clean it out of debris during the fall!

Check For Drafts

Another incredibly important piece of home maintenance you should do during the fall, particularly in cool New England, is check your windows and doors for drafts. Your windows and doors play an incredibly important role in keeping your home energy efficient. They keep the elements out of your home, while ensuring that your heat and AC stay indoors. That means that when they begin to leak, it can seriously impact the energy efficiency of your home, particularly during the winter. If you find that your windows are doors have significant drafts, see if you can address the issue with a bit of weather-proof stripping first. If the leak is more substantial, you may want to think about replacing the units entirely!

Attic Ventilation

Another important piece of home maintenance that is often forgotten by homeowners is attic ventilation. If your home is particularly susceptible for ice dams, this is especially important to consider because it has a significant impact on whether or not they form.

Ice dams are created when the heat from your attic warms your roof and melts the snow, allowing it to run down and refreeze in your gutters when it is no longer being heated. Over time this causes liquid water to back up onto your roof and cause moisture damage. However, there is a way to mitigate the amount of snow that melts, and that is properly ventilating your attic. The reason ice dams form is because your attic is warner than the outside air, which melts the snow on your roof. However, if you properly ventilate your attic with a variety of ventilation options, you can keep it protected by ensuring that the snow won’t melt since it won’t be heated enough to do so.

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If you have any exterior remodeling needs to address before the snow begins to fall, 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 exterior remodeling needs!

Damaged vinyl siding

Signs Your Home’s Vinyl Siding Needs To Be Replaced

Your home’s siding is one of the most important aspects of your home’s exterior shell. It serves a number of beneficial purposes, including keeping your home protected from the elements and pests, as well as boosting your home’s insulation, and improving curb appeal & resale value! Considering how many benefits there are to gain from having well-installed and maintained siding, it is important to ensure that your home’s siding is kept in good repair! If you’re interested in learning more about identifying the signs that your home’s siding needs to be replaced, keep reading below for more information!

Warping & Bubbling

The first signs that you’ll need to replace your siding are when you begin to notice that your siding is bubbling and warping. This is a clear indication that something is going on below the surface. Your siding has likely malfunctioned in a particular area and moisture is finding its way into the system, which can quickly destroy the integrity of your walls. If you notice that your siding is warping, you will want to have it replaced as soon as possible!

Faded Siding

Another sign that your siding is aging is when it looks faded. UV light will cause your siding to lose its luster over time, which could mean it’s worth considering a replacement if your home doesn’t seem to pop like it used to.

Mold & Mildew

Another sign that your home may have moisture issues is mold & mildew build up. If your siding is accumulating a great deal of mildew, you will want to spray it down periodically to keep the siding clean, as mildew can deteriorate the siding over time. However, the most concerning issue with mildew & mold on your siding is that it indicates there is a moisture problem that could be lurking below the surface. If you find your siding is accumulating a great deal of mildew, you will want to examine the siding for any additional signs of damage to ensure moisture isn’t finding its way into your walls.

Broken Siding Boards

Lastly, if you see any damage to your siding, you will want to have it replaced. Even small cracks can allow water into your walls, which can quickly cause significant rot damage if left untreated. If you’re interested in saving yourself from costly repairs, be sure to examine the siding on your home and repair any problem areas as soon as possible.

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Interested in learning more about how to identify whether your home’s siding is in need of replacing? 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 for more information! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your siding replacement and installation needs!

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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.

Contact Us Today

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!