At Exceptional Exteriors Roofing & Siding, we go to any length to help homeowners in Rochester, NY, and across the region. In an effort to better enhance and protect your home’s exterior, we’ve provided answers to some common questions we get asked by homeowners like you.

Whether you’re looking to install new roofing, need siding or shingle repairs, our crew is here to help.

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Common Questions & Answers

What goes into the cost of a roofing project?

When it comes to installing or repairing a roof, labor and materials are going to drive up the most costs. Paying a crew for their professional installation skills accounts for 20-30% of the overall cost of your roof replacement. This includes the careful removal and disposal of the old roof and underlayment. Costs may vary depending on the size and angles of your roof.

Roofing materials are generally expensive, and between 70-80% of the overall cost goes to materials. Materials can also include accessories such as fresh drip edges, fasteners, new ventilation, and new flashing.

Equipment is another factor that can affect the cost of a roofing project. This category may include equipment such as roof jacks, shingle cutters, air compressors, pneumatic nailers, liability insurance, and fuel.

How can a roof warranty benefit you?

Our roofing brands offer a variety of different warranty options. Some brands offer five to 10-year warranties. Other brands offer exclusive warranties to contractor network members and cover a range as high as 15-50 years. These warranties often cover material defects and labor to repair material defects.

How much does it cost to install siding?

The cost for siding installation can vary, but usually material drives up the most cost. Though higher-quality material can cost more, it tends to last longer and reduces the need for replacement siding or exterior painting.

The size of a home is another major factor. The larger the house, the higher the cost for materials and labor. The cost of your siding project can also depend on the shape of your home. Siding a house with turrets, eaves, and multiple floors will require higher labor costs than a house with a simple cube shape.

If your home’s current siding is older, you may need to remove or overlay, which can also drive up the costs. Some types of siding can be installed on top of old siding; otherwise, you may need to pay more for removal.

When should you replace your siding?

Is the siding on your house deteriorating, cracked, or fading? Have your energy bills seemed higher than usual? Are the panels loose, or does your siding have mildew or bubbles of pooled water?

Siding can begin to break down over time, causing splits and openings in the insulation, which can leave your home feeling colder or warmer depending on the time of year. Not to mention, it can also leave the outside of your home looking worn-down.

When should you install windows & doors?

Do your windows always seem cloudy? Do you feel a draft or hear constant noise coming from outside? Are any of your exterior doors loose, worn down, squeaky, or difficult to open? Have your energy bills gradually increased in the last couple of months?

While some of these signs can point to the need for new roofing or siding, they can also indicate that you may need door and window replacement. Regardless of these signs, it’s a good idea to replace older windows and doors every 10-20 years.

When should I repaint my home?

Repaint your home every 5-10 years, or every 4-7 years if it’s stained. Factors like previous prep work, paint quality, insulation, and moisture barriers can affect the lifespan of your paint job. Look out for signs like peeling, cracking, fading, or chalky appearance. Stucco should be repainted every 5-7 years to prevent cracking and deterioration. Regularly painting your home can prevent damage in the long run.

How do I know if my gutters need repairs or replacement?

Look out for signs such as sagging or pulling away from the house, cracks or holes, peeling paint or rust, water overflow, and foundation issues. These indicators suggest that your gutters may require repairs or replacement. If you observe any of these issues, it’s best to consult with a professional exterior contractor, like Exceptional Exteriors Roofing & Siding, who can assess the condition of your gutters and provide appropriate recommendations.

What should I do if my home is damaged by a storm?

In case of storm damage to your home, prioritize safety by ensuring the safety of yourself and your family. Document the damage by taking photos or videos to assist with filing an insurance claim. Contact your insurance provider immediately to be guided through the claims process and recommend specific contractors to work with. Seek a professional exterior contractor help who has experience in storm damage repair. These contractors will assess the damage and give estimates for necessary repairs or replacements. Always check for proper licensing, insurance, and positive customer reviews before selecting a contractor.

What factors should I consider before choosing a fence for my property?

Before choosing a fence for your property, there are a few key factors to consider. First, determine the purpose of the fence, whether it’s for privacy, security, or aesthetic reasons. Next, think about the material that suits your needs, budget, and desired maintenance level. Popular options include wood, vinyl, aluminum, and chain link. Additionally, consider the style of the fence and how it complements your home’s architecture. Check with your local authorities or homeowners’ association for any specific guidelines or restrictions. Consider the long-term maintenance requirements and set a budget for the project. Consulting with a professional exterior contractor can also be beneficial in guiding you through these considerations and helping you select the right fence for your property.

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