Save Money With These Energy Efficient Home Upgrades

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energy efficient homeOver time, the appliances and features within your home become inefficient, and they start requiring frequent maintenance and repair. When you embark on a home remodeling plan, it’s important to choose materials and to make decisions that will help you create an energy efficient home. You’ll save money on your utilities after making eco-friendly upgrades, and you’ll also do your part to reduce your home’s carbon footprint and the energy you use each year.

Here are a few projects you’ll want to consider as you upgrade your home, as well as some easy steps you can take to reduce your energy usage each day.

The First Step: Get an Energy Efficiency Audit

Having a professional conduct an energy audit of your home is a terrific way to determine whether your home uses too much energy. It’s also an ideal project to guide your renovations and help you plan your budget. Are your windows in need of replacement or repair? An energy audit will help you make the decision.

According to an article on Forbes:

“Heating alone costs an average of $500 per year, with attic and basement air leaks accounting for up to $70 of this expense. But sealing the house can cost as little as $100, paying back the investment in less than two years. Extra attic insulation can cost $2 per square foot, and pays back within five years in energy savings.”

An energy audit can help you make the best decisions when remodeling your home. If you’re already on board with replacing your windows or getting a new door, it’s important to combine those projects alongside small, energy-efficient upgrades and improvements as part of the overall plan.

Consider: It’s less expensive to hire a contractor once for a big job rather than twice or three times for three smaller jobs.

Some of the Best Energy-Efficient Remodeling Options

The projects you choose for your energy efficient renovations will usually fall into one of three categories:

1. Brand new features and items like windows or a new HVAC system.
2. Upgrades of current features like window repair or sealing attic ducts.
3. Devices that reduce energy waste like programmable thermostats.

After your energy audit is complete, you might find out that features you thought were fine are actually costing you hundreds of dollars a year in wasted energy. Old windows are often one of the first features a homeowner will consider when making a home more energy efficient.

According to an article on U.S. News & World Report:

“Replacing old, leaky windows with higher-efficiency models can also make your home greener.”

If you’re on a particularly tight budget, there are some options for repairing old windows, but your contractor can also help you find brand new windows that are affordable, as well as incredibly energy efficient. New windows have features like special glazes that make them a wise investment.

Understanding window performance and energy performance ratings are great ways to choose new windows for your home. The Department of Energy reveals:

“You can use the energy performance ratings of windows, doors, and skylights to tell you their potential for gaining and losing heat, as well as transmitting sunlight into your home.”

Your contractor is an ideal source for information on window performance, so make sure you utilize his or her knowledge before upgrading your windows.

Simple Energy-Efficient Upgrades

If you’re in the planning stages of a major renovation like window replacement, there are several cost-effective upgrades and changes that are a great investment. Farmers Insurance offers three suggestions for making your home green-friendly and sustainable:

  • Install a smart thermostat to control the temperature in your home.
  • Use blackout shades or curtains to save energy and protect furniture from sunlight.
  • Consider installing skylights to reduce the need for artificial lighting.

Other energy-efficient upgrades and easy fixes you may want to handle during your remodeling project include repairing faucets that drip, installing motion sensors on lights, and checking your dryer vent to make sure it’s not blocked and causing energy waste.

Are You Ready for New Energy-Efficient Windows?

According to the professionals at O’Sullivan Installs:

“Replacing windows can improve a home’s energy efficiency. The majority of all heat lost in homes happens through older windows. Newer windows are designed with energy-efficiency in mind. Improving a home’s energy efficiency means feeling less of a chill during the winter and less heat inside the home during the summer.”

Is your home due for an exterior upgrade? Want to learn more about new windows, or other energy-efficient home renovations? 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 Makes the 2015 Remodeling 550 List

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O’Sullivan Installs makes the list of top remodeling contractors in the nation for the 3rd straight year


Middlesex County, Massachusetts: Tim O’Sullivan and the members of O’Sullivan Installs are excited to announce their appearance on the 2015 Remodeling 550, which is the annual list of the most successful remodeling companies around the nation.

Each year, Remodeling Magazine celebrates the growth and success of the nation’s remodeling companies with lists of full-service, replacement, insurance, and franchise contractors. O’Sullivan Installs of Billerica, MA made the list at position #142, and 2015 is the third year in a row they’ve made the Remodeling 550!

According to Tim O’Sullivan, owner of O’Sullivan Installs:

My goal in launching O’Sullivan Installs is to be the diamond in the rough. We offer what we feel are the best quality products on the market with the highest quality install you can get, and we offer it all at the best value.”

The friendly professionals at O’Sullivan Installs have worked hard to provide reasonably priced home improvement products from some of the most-recognized names in the industry. Tim O’Sullivan and O’Sullivan Installs are so confident in their work that they offer an industry-leading 10 Year Workmanship Guarantee and a Lifetime Product Warranty.

What is the 2015 Remodeling 550?

In the past several years, the remodeling industry has seen growth and prosperity return to America, and Remodeling Magazine has documented that growth with its annual list of full-service and replacement contractors.

The lists rank businesses by their sales, and the publication also features details on the number of projects finished around the country, as well as numbers on growth from previous years. The replacement contractors featured on the 2015 Remodeling 550 showcase some incredible statistics with the average contractor completing around 2,700 jobs, which translates to almost 403,000 jobs completed in 2014 alone.

Through its research, Remodeling Magazine also found that the nation’s replacement contractors had an astounding $2.3 billion in gross sales for the year. The magazine expects that number to grow by 8.4% over the course of 2015. It’s an exciting time in the remodeling world, and exterior remodeling companies like O’Sullivan Installs are thrilled to be part of a vibrant industry.

Who is O’Sullivan Installs?

Tim O’Sullivan and his team have over 20 years of experience in home improvement, which started when owner Tim O’Sullivan was just 18-years-old and working at a local window and door business in Lowell, Mass. He took the valuable experience of that first job and moved on to other projects that would help him gain experience in environments as varied as a small-town corner shop and a local big box store.

Today, O’Sullivan Installs is a respected and hardworking exterior remodeling company in Billerica, Massachusetts. Serving Middlesex County and the surrounding areas, O’Sullivan Installs focuses on replacement windows, exterior doors, and siding installation. Improving the lives of each client, one project at a time, O’Sullivan installs provides expert installation, courteous service, and exciting updates to homes all around northeast Massachusetts.


For more information on O’Sullivan Installs & the 2015 Remodeling 550,

Or to get a Free In-Home Consultation, contact Tim O’Sullivan at 978-222-7028.

Finding the Best Contractor for Your Exterior Renovation Project

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best contractorUpgrading the exterior of your home improves its value, enhances its appearance, and also creates a more comfortable environment in which to live. For projects that require a professional’s help, it’s important to work with a professional contractor who has a history of providing exceptional service to customers.

Finding the best contractor means acting like your own human resources department and examining the qualifications of a few local renovation businesses to decide who is the best candidate for the job. A great contractor will earn your respect by remaining on schedule, offering clarity in pricing, and providing consistent communication.

Here are some essential characteristics that separate a ho-hum contractor from the best contractor in your area, as well as some of the steps you’ll want to take to find a great home improvement partner.

Don’t Rush the Search

If you’re looking at an emergency situation like a giant hole in the roof that needs immediate work, it’s probably not going to be possible to conduct lengthy interviews and research. However, if you’re looking at a timeline that doesn’t require immediate action, the time you take to educate yourself on your project and your potential contractors is worth the extra time it takes to reach the project’s conclusion.

Bankrate offers some “timely” advice on your timeline for finding a contractor:

“The best thing to do before you start interviewing contractors is educate yourself on the project… The more you know, the more able you’ll be to ask savvy questions and make smart decisions concerning the project.”

A good contractor will share a wealth of information with you about your project, but it can’t hurt to come to the table as an educated customer. Knowing what questions to ask will help you find an experienced and trustworthy contractor.

Look at Referrals and Reputation

Many great contractors don’t need to advertise at all because they receive so many recommendations from past clients. They’ll also tend to have a positive vibe on the internet as far as past customers are concerned.

Tip: Don’t rely entirely on the reviews you find online. They’re a good way to enhance the information you have about your contractor, but the internet is a pretty wild place when it comes to total accuracy, particularly on review sites like Yelp.

USA Today provides some sage advice on personal recommendations and online reviews:

“Usually, the easiest is to begin by seeking recommendations from family members and friends. Tap into social networking sites, such as Facebook, to expand your reach. Keep in mind though that anyone making a personal referral may not have had the same type of work done or had it done on the same budget as you’re anticipating.”

A great way to weed through reviews and recommendations is to find instances of similar work. For example, if you’re looking at getting new windows, look for reviews and recommendations that include windows or resemble the project you’d like to plan.

Narrowing the List

Once you’ve narrowed down your list to a few awesome contractors, there are a few additional steps you can take to choose the contractor who will work best for your project.

  • Ask friends about their experiences – Some of the best recommendations come from friends. Ask them about the outcome of their own home renovation projects.
  • Conduct interviews with each contractor – Ask each contractor simple questions about his or her experience and licensing.
  • Meet with your contractor – A meeting with your contractor is important because you need to find someone who you feel can bring your home improvement project to life.
  • Check out your contractor’s other projects – You might be able to visit the site of another project where your contractor is currently working.
  • Ask for bids – The price isn’t the only consideration you should have when choosing a contractor, but it can be a deciding factor.

Read more about these steps at This Old House or download our free guide: “Seven Questions to Ask When Hiring an Exterior Remodeling Contractor in Massachusetts” for valuable guidance on your home improvement project.

After You’ve Hired Your Contractor

A professional contractor has probably finished many projects exactly like the one you’ve hired him or her to complete. It’s okay to trust what your contractor tells you for things like the scope of the project and the time required to complete it.

It may feel difficult at first to place your trust in a stranger who may be changing a significant feature of your home, but that’s why it’s important to conduct your research and choose a contractor with whom you feel comfortable.

U.S. News & World Report recommends keeping in contact with your contractor throughout the project:

“For a big job, you may need to talk every day. If you see a potential issue, speak up immediately. Something that is done wrong will be harder to fix later after your contractor has packed up and moved on to his next job.”

Even if the job you’ve hired your contractor for will take no more than a few hours or days (such as replacing your exterior doors), it’s okay to ask your contractor questions when you’re confused or need information about the project.

Work With the Professionals at O’Sullivan Installs

Is your home due for an exterior upgrade? Want to learn more about your siding project, new windows, or other home renovation? 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.

Upgrade Your Home With New Vinyl Siding

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new vinyl sidingHigh-tech and modern, today’s vinyl siding isn’t the siding you’d find on a midcentury home built 60 years ago. It’s durable, affordable, and has undergone some impressive upgrades over the past half-century since it was first introduced. Of vinyl siding, home improvement expert Bob Vila suggests:

“Long saddled with a bad reputation, today’s vinyl siding is weather- and insect-proof, fade-resistant, and virtually indestructible under normal circumstances. It also remains one of the cheapest materials to install.”

If you’re looking for options to upgrade the exterior of your home, here are a few more reasons to choose new vinyl siding.

Recent Innovations in Vinyl Siding

One of the issues homeowners have dealt with after the installation of vinyl siding is the potential for damage during heavy winds. Today’s vinyl is rated to withstand some fierce weather, and many vinyl siding options are approved under the VSI Vinyl Siding Product Certification Program.

Some vinyl siding options are even rated to withstand wind as high as 110 mph, 150 mph, and an extraordinary 190 mph. However, the sturdiness of vinyl siding relies significantly on professional installation. Even the highest quality vinyl siding may falter if installation isn’t handled by an experienced professional.

Other recent innovations in vinyl siding include a vast array of new colors, as well as vinyl that looks exactly like other siding, like wood. If you have an older home where you’d like to retain the era-appropriate style, it’s possible to find vinyl siding to mimic a variety of other types of cladding.

Is Vinyl Siding Sustainable or Eco-Friendly?

As a responsible homeowner, it’s important to choose energy efficient features for your home to reduce your family’s “carbon footprint” on Earth. The idea of vinyl siding might not resonate immediately with homeowners who are eco-conscious, but it’s actually one of the most environmentally-friendly siding options out there.

In a publication by the Vinyl Siding Institute and the Sustainable Solutions Corporation, researchers determined that vinyl siding was an ideal option for homeowners looking for an environmentally friendly exterior cladding.

According to the Vinyl Siding Institute’s report:

“Using recognized life cycle assessment tools and fact-based data, vinyl siding, and insulated siding demonstrate exceptional environmental performance.”

One of the positive features of vinyl include that it never needs paint, which means you’ll spend less time maintaining your siding and will spend fewer resources (like paint) keeping it in good condition. If you’re looking for a responsible siding option, new vinyl siding offers many Earth-friendly benefits, as well as offering one of the most affordable options for new cladding on your home.

Maintaining Siding for Longevity

Vinyl is often marketed as a “maintenance free” option, but that’s not an entirely correct suggestion. It’s important to maintain the vinyl on your home even though the maintenance requirements are much less than other options. Here are a few ways you can ensure your vinyl siding investment lasts as long as possible.

The pros at This Old House explain what can build up on the exterior of your home if you don’t wash siding regularly:

“To keep vinyl siding looking its best, it should be washed periodically to remove the mold, mildew, dirt, and chalky oxidation that collects on the surface.”

You’ll probably want to avoid power washing the siding because of the force of that type of cleaning. You can keep siding looking terrific with a simple bucket of vinegar and water at a mixture of 30 percent vinegar and 70 percent water. Use a soft-bristle brush to keep it clean.

Another cocktail for cleaning your siding is to use a 1/3 cup of laundry detergent with 2/3 cup powdered household cleaner plus a single gallon of water and one gallon of liquid laundry bleach. This recipe is somewhat more complicated, but it can be brushed on the siding of the home and rinsed off gently with a water hose.

Want Help With Your New Vinyl Siding?

Is your home due for an exterior upgrade? Want to learn more about vinyl siding and working with a contractor? 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.

Find a Fantastic Front Door

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front doorYour front door is a part of your house that’s meant to protect your family as well as create a beautiful introduction to your home. Replacing your front door, as well as other exterior doors around your home, isn’t something you should do without understanding your options and the decisions that will make your house look fantastic.

Here’s what you need to know to make sure your new door is a beautiful feature for your home that creates a friendly and welcoming first impression for your guests.

Ask These Questions About Your Old Door

Sometimes it’s easy to decide that you need a new door. Maybe it’s warped and isn’t hanging in the frame as it should. Perhaps it’s brittle from time spent in the sun. Or, maybe your front door is moderately aged, but it doesn’t look too terrible yet.

Here are some questions you’ll want to ask yourself as you decide on a new door.

Is it possible to refinish or repair an old door?

Re-staining, repainting, and refinishing your old door are options to consider, but it’s only under specific circumstances that you should consider this course of action. Some old doors are beautiful antiques, and keeping them beautiful is an asset to the value and appearance to your home.

If you don’t want to get rid of your beautiful antique door, but you’re interested in a new door for the front of your home, you can move the antique door to another entrance or use it as a piece of art inside your home.

However, many old doors aren’t beautiful antiques, and they’re not particularly valuable. Old doors can even be dangerous because the warping, cracking, and aging has made them less able to withstand a break-in.

Is a Ready-Made Door Available for the Frame?

The easiest way to install a new door is to buy one that doesn’t require significant work to the entryway. You might be able to have a new door installed that’s the same size as the door you’re replacing. If any warping or aging of the wood of the frame has occurred, you’ll need to replace the frame, as well as the door.

According to This Old House:

“Sometimes replacing a door means simply exchanging one door, called a slab or blank, for another. But in some cases you’ll have to rip out and replace the old door framing, which includes the door jambs and threshold — especially if these wood members have begun to rot.”

Making the door frame larger or reducing its size are other options if you’re interested in a door that’s very different from the one you have now. Maybe you’d like to welcome people into your home with double doors, or maybe you’re looking at a large steel door as part of an exterior renovation to a sleek, modern façade.

What Door Material Should I Use?

If you haven’t replaced your door in many years, there’s a good chance you have a traditional wooden door on your home. Wooden doors remain popular, but today’s homeowners have many additional options which include:

  • Fiberglass door: Mimics the look of real wood and is tough against intruders.
  • Steel door: An affordable front door that’s also one of the best for security.
  • Wood: Classic and high-end, perfect for the handcrafted look.

According to Consumer Reports, each door material has strengths and weaknesses. For example, steel is the affordable version, but it may wear out faster than a wood door.

Why Should I Replace My Front Door?

If your front door is weak and aged, getting a new door is an easy decision to make. However, if you’re on the fence about replacing your door, you should know that experts estimate front door replacement actually yields a larger return-on-investment (ROI) than almost any other renovation.

Statistics shared by House Logic say:

“Replacing your front door can pay for itself by increasing your home’s value. “Remodeling” magazine’s “Cost vs. Value Report” estimates the total project cost of installing a 20-gauge steel door at $1,230. The project, on average, returns 101.8% of its cost, the highest return value in the report.”

Also, replacing your front door may even reduce your energy bills by making sure cold air doesn’t escape in the summer, and warm air doesn’t escape in the winter.

Want Advice On Your New Door?

Are you looking for ways to improve the energy efficiency of your Middlesex County 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.

Go Green & Save Energy with New Windows

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save energyAs the features in our homes age, they become inefficient, and manufacturers create better versions of the appliances and devices we use each day. Windows are one of the most important features of your home, but they could be costing you extra money in energy if they’re old and haven’t been replaced or upgraded in a few decades.

Upgrade Cost Versus Energy Savings

The size of your home and the current state of your windows will influence how much you save in the coming years on your energy bills. The government’s ENERGY STAR program provides some basic numbers that you might see when upgrading from different types of windows.

The U.S. Department of Energy suggests that residents in New England can save an average of $91 a year by upgrading double-paned, clear glass to ENERGY STAR rated windows. Homeowners upgrading from single-paned windows to double-paned may save $465 a year.

When looking at nationwide figures, the potential savings on switching from single-paned to double-paned windows for homeowners in Massachusetts and around New England is the largest average savings in the country.

Consider: It’s not just outright energy savings.

Saving money on heating oil and electricity is important for virtually all families, particularly when heating oil costs are so volatile each year. However, new windows may help you save money on energy in unexpected ways.

The Department of Energy reveals:

“New, energy-efficient windows eventually pay for themselves through lower heating and cooling costs, and sometimes even lighting costs.”

Speaking with your contractor can help you determine the potential cost of your new windows, and a look at your average energy costs can help you figure out how long it will take for your new windows to pay for themselves.

Improving the Energy Efficiency of Your Windows

If you’re not yet ready to replace all the windows in your home, there are some targeted improvements you can consider to boost their efficiency. The Department of Energy offers some simple window upgrades, maintenance, and replacement projects that may improve your home’s energy efficiency.

According to the federal government, some of the other features you can consider when improving the energy efficiency of your windows include:

  • Storm windows
  • New caulking
  • New weather-stripping
  • Interior window treatments

Tip: These improvements may also be targeted at the doors of your home. Do your doors let in cold drafts in the winter or let cool air escape your air conditioned home in the summer? Improvement or replacement of your doors could increase your energy savings even more alongside work on the windows.

Return-on-Investment for New Windows

If you’re thinking about selling your home in the near future, one of the ways you can improve your chances of selling quickly is by making targeted upgrades and performing select renovations on features that people like to see when they’re looking to buy a home.

Some of the most popular areas of your home that may lead to a higher sales price or a quicker sale include upgrading the kitchen and bathroom, as well as installing a new deck or new siding. Also, window replacement is also a project that offers solid return-on-investment.

According to an article on Angie’s List:

“The energy efficiency of new windows is a clear benefit to switching out older windows, but in some cases, it’s a safety feature, too. Costs depend on the number of windows you’re replacing, of course, and the type. Expect a return on your investment of at least 70 percent.”

Consider This Extra Project

Summer is a terrific time for home improvements, and now’s the time to upgrade, replace, and renovate features in your home so that your electricity bills this winter won’t take such a large bite out of your budget.

According to The Huffington Post, replacement windows are one of the best ways to save energy in your home, but you can also think about simple window installation kits in the meantime.

“Taping up your windows isn’t kind of home accoutrement that will win you any awards from Architectural Digest, but some people swear by plastic window wrap as a way to keep energy costs down by keeping the cold out.”

Window coverings work best when the frames and other features of the windows are in good condition (like the weather-stripping and caulking).

Want Help With Your New Windows?

Are you looking for ways to improve the energy efficiency of your Middlesex County 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.

Do we provide Superior Service – Angie’s List resoundingly says “YES”

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O’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 consumer review service in 2014.

“We at O’Sullivan Installs are deeply honored to once again receive the Super Service Award from Angie’s List. We truly appreciate all of our customers, and their support over the past 7 years. We take to heart all of their reviews, and we constantly make policy change based on our Angie’s List reviews. So we are always working to improve ourselves for our customers. We are very proud of the work our staff has done over the past year, and look forward to providing our customers another year of great service all at a superior value”

~ Tim O’Sullivan, Owner of O’Sullivan Installs

“Only about 5 percent of the companies O’Sullivan Installs competes with in Greater Billerica are able to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a mark of consistently great customer service.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 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, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

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. Members can find the 2013 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on

Want Help With Your Exterior Remodeling Project?

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.

Join our Hundreds of Customers who know why we have been awarded the Super Service Award for past 8 consecutive years.

Opportunity through Growth – Come Grow with us!

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Company with strong reputation for quality work and customer satisfaction is looking to expand their team. We are working to fill multiple positions at this time.

1. Field Supervisor
-Service all products offered.
-light one person installs or helping crews finish projects.
-pre installation consultations.
-post installation wrap up.
-general field help to crews and customers.

2. Crew Leader
-running window/door or siding crews.
-plan work and motivate crews to maintain install quality.
-work within timelines to finish projects.
-train associates to be ready for crew leader positions.

3. Crew Associate
-working under crew leader on installations (Window/Door or Siding).
-maintain company standards.

If you’re a self motivated professional that can deal with a flexible work load and demanding customer this may be for you. We are an open company that offers specific products and installations. From the consultation to the installation everyone is on the same page and the products and services are installed to a set standard and process. All applicants need to have a valid driver’s license. Background checks required.

Summer Siding Replacement Tips – Top Three Things to Know About Fiber Cement

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Summer might be the right time for siding replacement, and a homeowner might want to consider new fiber cement siding from a reputable siding contractor like O’Sullivan Installs.

What does fiber cement siding have that makes it superior to other types of siding like vinyl, brick, stucco, stone or wood? There are at least three things to know about fiber cement.

Fiber cement siding is made out of Portland cement, fly ash or sand, wood pulp and water. Portland cement is made out of iron, clay and limestone and is used as a binder for the other ingredients. This makes fiber cement:

  1. Attractive: This kind of siding can be made to look like wood, brick or stone. Yet, it’s far less expensive than these other materials. However, homeowners claim it’s considerably more expensive than vinyl but has the advantage of being much more aesthetically pleasing.
  2. Rot, Fire and Weather Resistant: Clapboard that’s deteriorated due to rot is one of the main reasons for siding replacement. Fiber cement is not attacked by termites and is resistant to rot. Once it’s installed and then painted, it doesn’t need a great deal of maintenance. Now and then, the siding may need to be hosed down. The homeowner should also make sure that the joints have been caulked correctly and that foundation plants aren’t so close to the siding that it prevents it from drying out when it’s washed. Homeowners also say that fiber cement holds paint better than other materials. It’s also not adversely effected by heat, freezes or precipitation. It’s also non-combustible, which makes it very fire resistant. Indeed, it’s very popular in the Australian outback, which is subject to intense brush fires.
  3. Durable: Fiber cement’s resistance to insects, fire and extreme weather damage makes it especially durable. Manufacturers usually warranty fiber cement siding for at least 25 years, which makes it comparable to other siding like asphalt or an asphalt and asbestos mix. Indeed, some contractors claim that siding made of fiber cement can last a century or longer.

Fiber cement is quite heavy, a bit brittle and needs special tools like cement shears to install. Therefore, it’s best to let a professional install it.

Work With the Professionals at O’Sullivan Installs

Is your home due for an exterior upgrade? Want to learn more about your siding project, new windows, or other home renovation? 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.

Win a $25 Gift Certificate to Olive Garden Restaurant

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2013 was a great year for us. Thank you to everyone involved!

We were awarded the “Super Service Award”, on Angie’s List, for the 6th year in row.

We made modeling magazines top 500 list.

Looking forward to a great 2014.

O’Sullivan Installations wants to reward you!  Simply like and share us on your Facebook account and once we hit 500 followers, we will raffle off a $25 Gift Certificate to Olive Garden.

Good Luck from your friends at O’Sullivan Installs, where Quality and Communication make the difference!


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