Quality Built Exteriors Blog

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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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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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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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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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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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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Which Is the Best Home Investment: Indoor or Outdoor?

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

My financial planner sends periodic emails with advice on investing and using money wisely. Her most recent one happened to be on my favorite topic—home improvement! The article from Northwestern Mutual examined a new report comparing the average cost of 20 popular hom…

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Yes, Virginia, You Can Replace Your Roof in Winter

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast / January 18, 2018

I understand your initial hesitation, but hear me out. It seems crazy to think about pulling apart the literal roof over your head during the coldest months of the year. But this is Tidewater Virginia, not North Dakota.
Most roofing materials can be installed as long a…

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