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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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“Why I Painted My Front Door Yellow”

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast | March 28, 2019

Bold color ideas for better curb appeal
“It’ll look fabulous,” I assured my husband.
“But… yellow?” he said. My hubby is like most homeowners—he feels most comfortable with safe colors. Expected colors. In other words, boring colors. So naturally, when I suggested repai…

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Spring Checklist for Your Home Exterior

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast | February 28, 2019

Daffodils!! Have you spotted them yet? I’ve seen them blooming around my Yorktown neighborhood since mid-February. Whether it was the groundhog’s prediction of an early spring, or just the fact that Hampton Roads had no major snowfall this winter, it’s clear that sprin…

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10 Quick Additions to Boost Your Curb Appeal

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast | January 31, 2019

There’s nothing like pulling into your driveway and feeling pleased and proud to call that place your home. Your guests and neighbors also enjoy admiring a house with killer curb appeal.
Of course, sometimes we need to invest in major exterior projects like window repla…

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Roof Leak? What NOT To Do

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast | December 30, 2018

While “roof leak” brings the rainy spring season to most Hampton Roads homeowners’ minds, you need to think earlier. Winter weather can be just as big a culprit, as Quality Built Exteriors knows well by the number of emergency roof repair calls they receive this time o…

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Secrets to Hanging Outdoor Decorations without Damage

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast | November 30, 2018

Ah, the irony of holiday decorating—you love making your house beautiful so much, you create ugly holes all over it in the process. But pinholes could be the least of your problems… you can also rip off shingles, gutters, and more. Sometimes we get too caught up in the…

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Seamless Gutters Have More Benefits Than You Can See

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast | October 31, 2018

Time to get your mind in the gutter! Gutters might not seem like a very exciting topic, but on a house with failing gutters—or no gutters at all—you might face more action than you bargained for. The fact is, we don’t usually think about our gutters until there’s a pro…

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7 Reasons to Get Gutter Guards

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast | September 28, 2018

A few months ago, my friend told me that water was “leaking out of the siding” in her house. She made a panicked call to a plumber, concerned a pipe had burst inside the walls. As it turned out, the problem was her gutters. She had gone too long without getting them cl…

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10 Ways to Prep Your Home for Hurricanes

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast | August 31, 2018

You know what they say about an ounce of prevention. And yet, Quality Built Exteriors gets far more calls after a hurricane than before. Instead of spending big bucks to repair storm damage, spend some time on weather-proofing your home. Here are 10 preventative steps—…

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