Pembroke: How Do You Know It’s Time to Replace Your Roof?

Your roof protects your framing, walls and personal belongings so it is obviously a very important part of your home, yet oftentimes until a leak appears you may not know that it’s shelf life has expired. Typical Asphalt shingles have a life span of 20 - 25 years, depending on the initial weight of the shingles, and how many layers of shingles are on the roof. For instance Certainteed Landmark … [Read more...]

Project Spotlight: Milton Kitchen Renovation

The owners of this 1930s Craftsman style home were ready to update and enlarge their small and outdated kitchen. With a busy work and family schedule, they called upon designer Beth Bourque of Beth Bourque Design Studio in Milton to help. Working with the owners, Beth could easily come up with a functional design that fulfilled the owners need for additional space with budget in mind. To … [Read more...]

Scituate: Efficient Kitchen Storage

by: Melissa Boynton With more baby boomers downsizing their empty nests, the need for space efficient storage is all the more crucial. Kitchen storage solutions can be the trickiest of all rooms in the home.  Especially if you are one of those chefs that has a gadget for every need - graters, zesters, spices from every part of the world.  The building industry as well as the DIY … [Read more...]

Hanover: What is a HERS rating?

Recently Almar was adding a second level to a ranch style house. During the framing in section the Building Inspector told us that before signing off on the final inspection he wanted the home to have a HERS rating inspection done. So what is a HERS rating? HERS stands for Home Energy Rating System. According to the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) HERS is defined as, “The Home … [Read more...]

Hanover: Katie Thibodeau earns Certainteed Master Craftsman Certificate

The Almar team is pleased to congratulate our own Katie Thibodeau on earning her Certainteed Master Craftsman Certificate for: Vinyl Siding and Polymer Shakes. The Master Craftsman program offers advanced education and training for building professionals. Successful completion of this course demonstrates commitment to your profession and industry. Through CertainTeed's Product and Installation … [Read more...]

Hanson: What I Learned from the Blizzard of 2015

As I sit here one week after the Blizzard for 2015, watching more snow fall and looking at the forecast for the next few days. I’m praying that the flickering lights don’t go out completely, I’m now regretting a few things. Do you remember the tale of the Cobbler’s Children? The cobbler would work all day making and fixing shoes for other people. So by the end of the day he was too tired to … [Read more...]

Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS

Well the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS took social media by storm this summer. And whether you think it was great or silly it did it's job - Raise Awareness and Money for ALS research. You can not look at your facebook feed and not see someone you know taking the challenge. And I honestly think that's great. Because it shows how social media can be a place for good and not just time wasting or … [Read more...]

Norwell: Fed up with your old kitchen?

We all know that your kitchen is the heart of your home, memories are made there, people gather there, papers are piles, toys are stored and stress is constantly caused. At some point we all hit the point where we are fed up and want to change something in our kitchens. It could be something as small as the paint color or a whole remodel to start from scratch. There are key trends impacting … [Read more...]

Norwell: What goes into building a deck

Believe it or not there are many different parts and components that go into to building a safe and secure deck. Most homeowners understand the basics of what decks are made of: footings, framing, deck boards and railings. But there are so many more little details that can really make or literally break your deck. It is estimated that there are approximately 40 million decks in the United … [Read more...]

Quincy: Windows… windows… windows… What is the difference?

3 Tips to choosing your Replacement Windows By: Craig Guido (Almar Building & Remodeling Co. Hanover Ma)   In today's remodeling market there are endless options for windows when looking at replacing them for your house.   There are wood and vinyl windows you can choose from. The glass can be single, double, and even tripled paned.  There are so many choices with windows types and … [Read more...]