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O’Sullivan Installs Wins Award From National Building Products Manufacturer

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osullivan-installs-alside-awardAlside has presented O’Sullivan Installs with special recognition as the recipient of their Award of Excellence.

The Award of Excellence is granted to companies who demonstrate exceptional levels of expertise, excellence, and professionalism in their use of Alside building products.

“This award is a tribute to O’Sullivan’s quality of workmanship and their commitment of partnership with their customers,” said Kevin Lima, Alside territory sales manager. “O’Sullivan Installs’ dedicated effort of their management and employees, gives homeowners an excellent value in their home improvement needs.”

About Alside

Alside represents over six decades of inspired innovation. Founded in 1947, Alside is a leading manufacturer of vinyl siding and accessories, vinyl windows and patio doors, and fencing and railing products for the residential and commercial remodeling and new construction markets.

With headquarters in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Alside has over 3000 employees in its seven manufacturing facilities. Alside products are distributed to licensed professional remodeling contractors and home builders through a network of over 100 company-owned supply centers and select independent distributors across the country.

A division of Associated Materials Incorporated (AMI), Alside is a recognized leader in the home improvement industry, and is a charter member of the Vinyl Siding Institute, the American Association of Architects, the National Association of Home Builders, and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and an ENERGY STAR partner. Fro additional products, please visit www.alside.com and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/alside

About O’Sullivan Installs

With over 20 years experience O’Sullivan Installs is the premier choice for your home improvement. Specializing in Windows, Siding and Doors. We offer a wide range of industry recognized products and award winning installation, all at surprisingly reasonable pricing. At O’Sullivan Installs we don’t dictate how your home improvement will go, we work with you to plan the best options and scheduling to work within your family life and budget.

Is your home due for an exterior upgrade? Contact O’Sullivan Installs for a FREE Consultation and download our free guide: “Seven Questions to Ask When Hiring an Exterior Remodeling Contractor in Massachusetts” for valuable guidance on your home improvement project.

The Benefit of Replacing the Front Door

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replacing the front doorThe front door of your home might not seem like a major feature of the house, but upgrading can have a significant impact because it’s not just the appearance that changes when the front door is changed. There are a variety of reasons replacing the front door may bring value to a home.

Here are a few of the benefits you may experience after replacing a front door on your home. You may decide that upgrading your front door – and the other exterior doors of your home – will be the next home remodeling project you plan.

Replacing the Front Door May Save Energy

Your front door might be no bigger than around four feet wide by seven feet tall, but it can allow a fair amount of air to pass through it in the summer and winter. A drafty door can let the cool, air conditioned air escape your home in the summer and allow the frigid air of the winter infiltrate your home.

Each of these circumstances can lead to higher electricity and heating oil costs because your air conditioner and heater must work harder to stabilize the temperature in your home. If your door isn’t old enough to replace, or you like the door that currently hangs on the front of your home, you may be able to have the seal of the door replaced.

An article from Deseret News explains why your front door (and the windows) can increase your energy costs:

“Doors and windows are basically large holes cut in the thermal envelope of your house. Even under the best of conditions, the R-value (the measure of the thermal resistance of a material or assembly) of doors and windows is significantly less than that of the wall in which they sit. Without the proper unit or correct installation, air and heat may be leaking out, driving up your energy bill.”

When replacing the front door on your home, you may choose from many different materials like wood, steel, and fiberglass, as well as various compositions of glass, such as insulated glass. More glass on the door usually means an increase in the value of an insulated door.

Boost Your Home’s Security by Replacing the Front Door

If you have old exterior doors, there’s a good chance they’re made of wood. While wood is a sturdy and beautiful material that can be maintained for many decades, you also have the choice of steel or fiberglass. Additionally, some doors are manufactured with more than one materials, so you may see a door made of fiberglass that features a wooden frame.

According to This Old House, your front door material can have a pretty big impact on your home:

“Perhaps the most important decision is what your door is made of. Most combine several materials; for example, many fiberglass and steel doors have wood frames. But it’s the surface material that most affects appearance, durability, security, and price.”

A boost to your home’s security is one of the best benefits of having a steel door installed, but you don’t have to worry that a steel door – or a fiberglass door for that matter – will look artificial when installed. Today’s manufacturers have created safe, modern doors that provide exceptional security while also looking like a classic wooden door.

You don’t have to give up the look of wood to enjoy the security of a brand new door.

A New Door Isn’t Air-Tight, But It Can Come Close

A new door is an excellent and cost-effective method for increasing the energy efficiency of your home; however, a new door might be just one part of an overall remodeling plan designed to make your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

The government’s Department of Energy offers a simple explanation regarding your new door’s air-tight design.

“It’s impossible to stop all the air leakage around the weatherstripping on a sliding glass door and still be able to use the door. Also, after years of use the weatherstripping wears down, so air leakage increases as the door ages. If the manufacturer has made it possible to do so, you can replace worn weatherstripping on sliding glass doors.”

In addition to examining the weatherstripping and replacing the front door on your home, you may also want to take a look at the windows around your home, as well as the other exterior doors of your home. Don’t forget to take a look at the door that leads from your garage into the house. You might find that door is a drafty beast that needs replacement!

Get a Professionally Installed New Front Door

Is your home due for an exterior upgrade? Want to learn more about new door options and replacing the front door of your home? Contact O’Sullivan Installs for a FREE Consultation and download our free guide: “Seven Questions to Ask When Hiring an Exterior Remodeling Contractor in Massachusetts” for valuable guidance on your home improvement project.

O’Sullivan Installs Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award

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Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

2015-super-service-awardO’Sullivan Installs has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.

In fact, O’Sullivan Installs has received the award for 8 years in a row!!

We’re incredibly proud and honored to have received Angie’s List’s Super Service Award for the 8th year in a row,” said Tim O’Sullivan, owner and founder of O’Sullivan Installs. “It’s a testament to the continuous level of effort we put into ensure that our customers are happy with their home improvement projects.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

“Only about 5 percent of the Exterior Remodeling companies in Massachusetts have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

About O’Sullivan Installs:

all-years-angies-list-super-service-award-osullivan-installsWith over 20 years experience serving the greater Billerica, Massachusetts area, O’Sullivan Installs is the premier choice for your home improvement project. Specializing in Windows, Siding and Doors, we offer a wide range of industry recognized products and award winning installation, all at surprisingly reasonable pricing. At O’Sullivan Installs we don’t dictate how your home renovation project will go, we work with you to plan the best options and scheduling to work within your family life and budget. Get a Free Consultation Today and download our free guide: “Seven Questions to Ask When Hiring an Exterior Remodeling Contractor in Massachusetts

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Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than three million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

Changing Window Size and Style with Exterior Remodeling

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Updating the exterior style of your home may include projects like roof replacement, new siding, or a new color of paint, as well as a change to the sizes of the windows around the home.

Window replacement can improve the energy efficiency of your home, as well as its appearance, and you have a few options for updating your home with new windows. Each option comes with a different price, project scope, and result.

Determining Whether You Can Change Your Window Size

The skeleton of your home features load bearing walls and support beams that ensure your house is structurally sound, and changing the size of your windows will require a professional’s inspection of your home.

If you want to reduce the size of some of the windows in your home, you’ll sometimes find that the most effective way to change the size is to leave the top of the window at its current height and change the window height from the bottom.

To widen the windows on your home, your contractor will need to examine the walls of your residence and look at the load-bearing structures around the house. Sometimes, the original builder will place windows between structurally important areas, which means expanding the windows in a horizontal direction may impact the structure.

It’s essential that you don’t start a project that includes a change to your window size without the assistance of a professional contractor who specializes in windows. Updating the window treatments or replacing the weather stripping is one thing. Changing the size of your home’s windows is quite another.

Kiplinger suggests:

“Installation, including anchoring, insulating and sealing the window to the house to make it airtight and watertight, is as important as the quality of the window itself. A poorly installed window may be hard to open and close, and its durability, energy efficiency, and appearance will be compromised.”

Where to Place New Windows

In addition to modifying the size of your current windows, your exterior remodeling project may include installation of a completely new window. Adding a window to a room is an excellent way to increase the natural light in the space and update the exterior of the residence.

The placement according to the interior of the room where the new window will be located is important, but the placement of the window from the outside is generally where you’ll want to start.

The easiest way to figure out where to place a new window is to examine existing windows and match the height of those windows to the new window. The windows don’t necessarily need to have the same length, but it’s best if they begin at the same height, even if one is longer than the other.

An Alternative: Changing Your Window Style

Your main purpose in changing the size of your windows may be to create a new design or appearance for your home. Perhaps your home looks dated, and you feel that updating the windows will help modernize the house. Maybe you’re thinking about a home addition and would like the old windows to match the new windows in the new space.

You may not need to deal with a dramatic change to the windows of your home. Updating the window type or style may be possible without really changing the size of the windows. For example, you may have casement-style windows, which are attached at the side of the window frame. Perhaps windows that attach to the top of the window frame would offer a nice style update.

This Old House reveals:

“Choosing a window style that goes with the rest of your house is another crucial concern. The wrong choice can ruin the look of your house and lower resale value.”

Some of the window styles available to you include:

  • Casement windows that open via a crank
  • Double-hung windows that open from the top or the bottom.
  • Double-pane windows that feature two pieces of glass fit together
  • Tilt windows that make cleaning easy
  • Consulting with a design professional may help you discover a new type of window style for your home, but you can also begin your search by examining architectural and home décor magazines. It’s helpful to have an idea of your preferred style before you begin planning with your contractor.

    Get Professionally Installed New Windows

    Is your home due for an exterior upgrade? Want to learn more about new window options and window sizes for your home? Contact O’Sullivan Installs for a FREE Consultation and download our free guide: Seven Questions to Ask When Hiring an Exterior Remodeling Contractor in Massachusetts for valuable guidance on your home improvement project.

    Your Guide to Engineered Wood Siding

    Posted by in Blog,Exterior Remodeling |

    engineered wood sidingExamining the different options you have for siding is an important part of the home remodeling process, and engineered wood siding is an excellent option for your home.

    Today’s homeowners have an incredible number of choices from fiber cement to vinyl to engineered wood siding, and the choice isn’t an easy one. Each siding option offers excellent benefits like durability and longevity.

    The home remodeling pros at Bob Vila’s official website share:

    “Engineered wood siding is easier and less costly to install than real wood siding. It is lighter in weight than wood and features advances that make installation easier, like LP’s SmartLock self-aligning edge design. Engineered wood siding can be purchased pre-primed, ready to paint, or pre-finished in any number of finish options, which reduces the field and labor time once installed.”

    Investigating each option can help you make a decision on your future siding project. Here are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind as you consider engineered wood siding.

    The Basics of Engineered Wood Siding

    Engineered wood siding comes in a variety of textures, and it can mimic the look of natural wood. It offers a lot of the same benefits as fiber cement siding, but it’s not exactly the same. Here are some answers to a few basic questions about engineered wood siding.

    1. How long does engineered wood siding last?
    It can last anywhere from 20 to 30 years. Most siding manufacturers offer excellent warranties, and your siding should look beautiful for decades with minimal care.

    2. Do I need to paint my engineered wood siding?
    Painting every 5 or 10 years is advisable. Keeping the exterior of your home clean can increase the longevity of the paint on the siding.

    3. Can I install engineered wood siding on my own?
    It’s a job for a professional, but installation is fast, so your installation costs will remain affordable.

    What are Some Reasons to Choose Engineered Wood Siding?

    Engineered wood siding offers a variety of benefits that may convince you to use this hardy siding option during your home remodel. Here are a few advantages of using engineered wood siding:

    Engineered Wood Siding is Durable.

    When you upgrade your home, you want it to last, and engineered wood siding lasts for years without aging. Siding is even rated to withstand harsh weather events.

    Engineered Wood Siding is Environmentally Friendly.

    The process used to manufacture isn’t hard on the environment, and the end-result uses fewer of the planet’s resources than other types of siding.

    Engineered Wood Siding is Affordable.

    You want the best for your home, and it’s important to choose a type of siding that offers long-lasting performance, and that’s also affordable. Engineered wood siding fits those criteria.

    Engineered Wood Siding is Resistant to Mildew and Damage.

    The outer layer of engineered wood siding is designed to reduce the growth of contaminants like mold and mildew, and it can even help limit insect invasions.

    Engineered Wood Siding Doesn’t Require Much Maintenance.

    With the appearance of real wood and none of the time-consuming upkeep, engineered wood siding is an excellent option when you want a maintenance-free exterior.

    LP Smartside® Engineered Wood Siding

    O’Sullivan Installs offers engineered wood siding by LP Smartside® because of its durability, visual appeal, and ease of installation.

    The official LP SmartSide® website shares:

    “LP SmartSide® Trim & Siding offers the warmth and beauty of traditional wood with the durability of LP engineered wood. It’s a complete line of high-performance trim and siding products to complement almost any building style. All LP SmartSide products feature our innovative, four component SmartGuard® manufacturing process for strength and to resist fungal decay and termites.”

    Get Professionally Installed Engineered Wood Siding

    Is your home due for an exterior upgrade? Want to learn more about LP Smartside® engineered wood siding? Contact O’Sullivan Installs for a FREE Consultation and download our free guide: Seven Questions to Ask When Hiring an Exterior Remodeling Contractor in Massachusetts for valuable guidance on your home improvement project.