How to determine your Remodeling Budget

How to determine what your budget should be for a remodeling project is always a tricky subject. I’m always curious how as to how people come up with there initial budget when they call us to talk about their remodeling project. Sometimes people’s numbers are realistic and sometimes people are so far off the mark I couldn’t buy the materials for what they think the whole project should cost. So … [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...]

Vinyl Siding Myths.

How much do you really know about vinyl siding? Many homeowners are sure they know the ins and outs of vinyl siding, only to be surprised by the facts. Let’s take a look at some of the common myths and misconceptions and get to the truth! Myth #1: Vinyl siding fades in the sun. The truth revealed: If you have vinyl siding installed, you’ll discover that the color lasts for decades. This is … [Read more...]

Scituate: What is a 203K Loan?

We've been talking to a few clients about utilizing the 203K loan option to finance their upcoming remodeling projects. And people seem to have a lot of questions about how the process works. So I thought today was a good time to go over some commonly asked questions that Almar gets from the contractors end.[1] Over the years a lot of clients have used refinancing as an option to help pay for … [Read more...]

What is insulated siding?

By: Allison Q Guido, CS (Almar Building & Remodeling, Hanover Mass) Installing new siding on your house is a big investment. It can really As you consider your vinyl siding options to should think about not just the basic options like what style siding you want but also should you invest in Insulated Vinyl Siding panels or not. All vinyl siding opting will provide a low maintenance … [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...]

Hanover: “What’s Your Score?”

What’s your score? Well that is just what energystar.gov is asking with the EPA’s new Home Energy Yard Stick. This online quiz “provides a simple assessment of your home's annual energy use compared to similar homes.”[1] According to the website just by answering a few simple questions like: your zip code, the size of your home, how many occupants, what type of fuel you use, and recent billing … [Read more...]

Scituate: Spring Home Maintenance Tips

Spring has sprung. While you’re banishing the cobwebs during your annual spring cleaning, take some time to give your home a thorough inspection. A few simple maintenance maneuvers will ensure that your home will remain in good shape and that all systems will keep humming efficiently. Clean your gutters. After a long winter, dirt and debris will gather in the gutters. Clean them out … [Read more...]

Scituate: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words.

By: Craig H. Guido, CS (Almar Building & Remodeling Co. Hanover Mass) The world is changing so fast and the way people get ideas for the remodeling of their homes is changing fast too. We all can remember the days of going to the local bookstore to get idea books and magazines so that you could decide the style and desires you want in your project. And For years we met with clients with … [Read more...]

Pembroke: Five Vinyl Siding Accessories you MUST have!

By: Allison Q Guido, CS Every vinyl siding job can be either basic or it can have added accessories that will make your house not only look better, function better, but also save you money on your heating and cooling costs. House-wrap. Siding is not water proof so you want to make sure you have a barrier between the siding and your sheathing. The wrap deflects water away from the sheathing, … [Read more...]