James Hardie Cement Siding

James Hardie James Hardie and the Modern Evolution of Cement Siding, Synthetic Trim, and Decking I started in the home improvement industry way back in 1983.  Yep, I’m old!  A lot has changed in 33 years, that’s for sure.  For example, in the realm of cement siding, James Hardie has rapidly gained a strong market share in Massachusetts as people are moving away from having to paint their homes ev...
Get your home ready for winter.

Get Your Home Ready For Winter It’s hard to believe winter is upon us again when it seems like it was just the 4th of July, but here it comes again!  It’s important to get your home ready for winter, so a little planning and action now can prevent a major crisis later.  Here are a few tips to have your home ready for winter. Heating system check up Make sure you have a service call scheduled with ...
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Southern Design Elements for Your New England Home   Over the weekend, I was lucky enough to be in a beautiful wedding in Isle of Palms, South Carolina, a city about 15 miles east of Charleston. While down there, I was blown away by the architecture and design elements of the waterfront “cottages” and historic plantations throughout the area. Charleston was very traditionally southern, while...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqoOvROmop8 Preventing ice dams.   That's a hot topic here in Eastern Massachusetts during the winter of 2015!  It seems like we have an ice dam disaster a couple of times per decade in the Boston area, as blizzard after blizzard dump snow mercilessly on helpless homeowners. The main cause of ice dams is heat loss from inside your home.  This heat loss is usua...
Beautiful roof

Roofing has never been known to be an exciting or sexy home remodeling project. We know. But, what could be more important to you, your family or your house than having a good roof over your head?  Masters Touch has been installing high quality roofs in Massachusetts since 1997.  We know how important it is and we understand that it is a home improvement project that you only want to do once in th...
Peeling paint on a house

Exterior Paint Failure Peeling paint on the exterior of a house can be maddening and expensive! Having to paint your house every couple of years or so is not normal. It should not be expected or acceptable. If you find yourself in this cycle of having to paint that often, there is a reason for it. It’s what I like to call a ‘pre-existing condition’. We have all heard that term before, probably fro...

Massachusetts is full of beautiful wood homes, both old and new.  There is nothing more beautiful than a painted wood home, but the extreme weather in New England can wreak havoc on exterior paint jobs.  One of the biggest challenges facing do-it-yourself and professional painters is rotting wood.  Whether your home is an antique home or one built more recently, you are likely to have to replace a...

It’s that time of year again.  Tax day is behind us, the flowers are sprouting, the trees have buds ready to bloom, and after a long winter folks are starting to emerge and plan this year’s exterior home improvement and landscaping projects all around Massachusetts. Perhaps you’ve been putting off some repairs, a new roof or a paint job for too long?  It can be a bit alarming after a long winter t...

Rising energy costs have homeowners in a panic. Many people are looking at various ways to slash their energy costs. From shutting off their air-conditioners to updating to Energy Star qualified appliances and replacing light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs. These are all good ways to save money, but the best way to save on your energy bill is to replace the windows in your home. Did yo...

Great question! There is no right or wrong answer because there are many different types of stains available and lots of different kinds of siding. In some cases stain is an excellent choice but there are times when paint is better. You should weigh several factors before you make a decision such as what coating was used last time, what will perform better over that coating, and what will give you...