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The Quality Built Exteriors Blog is your go-to for exterior home improvement tips! Check back for more articles on maximizing your curb appeal, what to ask potential home contractors and great ideas from easy DIY to projects where you'll be happy to use a quality professional.

Stuck at home? Invest in outdoor living spaces!

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast | March 19, 2020

Cancelled travel plans and low interest rates make this the perfect time to build that new outdoor kitchen or fire pit you’ve dreamed of.

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What Colors Should I Choose for My Siding and Roof?

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast | March 4, 2020

“I get asked this question constantly,” says Mike Reedy, owner of Quality Built Exteriors. “When they ask what color they should choose, I reply, ‘Well, what color do you like?’”
Of course, he explains, there’s more to it than preference, because most people understand…

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Front Porch Additions Are Worth It. Here’s Why.

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast | February 5, 2020

Almost anyone with Southern blood has a soft spot for front porches. Not only are we known for them in the South, but we know how to make the most of them. The first home my husband and I purchased, at the ripe old age of 23, was in Spokane, WA, where we were stationed…

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11 Winter Ideas for Backyard Living

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast | January 9, 2020

The holidays are over and the dreary stage of winter has set in. These short, chilly days might make you think there’s nowhere to go but back inside the house. But you don’t have to wait for spring to enjoy outdoor living. After all, you’re a Hampton Roads homeowner—yo…

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Replacement Windows: What Happens with a Shoddy Installer

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast | November 5, 2019

From shoddy to shady, some window companies in Hampton Roads are either clueless about proper installation or out to make a quick buck and then disappear. Because replacement windows are such a major investment, don’t simply hire the first guy to show up on your doorst…

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Replacement Windows: Choosing the Right Type

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast | October 18, 2019

So you’re considering replacing your old windows with new energy-efficient windows? Smart move! As the U.S. Department of Energy points out, energy loss from windows make up 25%–30% of your home’s heating and cooling costs. That means money spent on new windows is mone…

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7 Home Improvement Shortcuts (Without Cutting Corners!)

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast | August 29, 2019

Some home improvements—especially aesthetic ones rather than functional—have a secret shortcut that will save you time, money, hassle, or all three. (When it comes to the roof over your head, however, shortcuts just won’t cut it. I would never advise anything but a top…

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Vinyl Siding FAQs: Answers from the Expert

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast | July 23, 2019

Vinyl siding replacement is all in a day’s work for Mike Reedy, owner of Quality Built Exteriors. With decades of experience, he understands which siding materials hold up best to Hampton Roads weather—and when is the right time to install them. We took a look at these…

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Ideas to Dress Up Your Deck

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast | May 20, 2019

Your backyard deck is a bonus living space for your home—so it needs to look livable. Whether you purchased a home that already has one or decided to get a deck installed, you might be missing your deck’s potential. A lot of homeowners look out at that wide expanse of…

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Roofing FAQs—Mike Tells All!

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast | April 8, 2019

A roof is one of the biggest investments you can make in your home, so it’s no wonder homeowners want to investigate as much as possible before taking the plunge on a new roof. I asked Mike Reedy, owner of Quality Built Exteriors, to answer some of the most frequently…

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