Quality Built Exteriors Blog

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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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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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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Protecting Your Trim: How to Avoid a Bad Wrap

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast / July 23, 2018

In a humid climate like Hampton Roads, vinyl trim wrap is an ideal way to avoid peeling paint and rotting wood around your home’s exterior. Wrapping your trim, soffit, fascia and friezes means a virtually maintenance-free solution to an ongoing cost most Hampton Roads…

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Top 10 Mistakes Tidewater Homeowners Make

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast / April 2, 2018

After more than 20 years improving home exteriors across Hampton Roads, Quality Built Exteriors has seen it all. I asked owner Mike Reedy about the most common mistakes he’s encountered from customers—so you can avoid these same missteps.
1. Waiting until a problem hits

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10 Lively Home Improvements for the Dead of Winter

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast / January 8, 2018

The trees are bare, the holiday decorations are back in storage, and the grass has faded to a depressing yellow. No wonder we call it the “dead of winter”—and for many homeowners, this is the time of year when curb appeal seems like a hopeless cause.
But you don’t have…

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