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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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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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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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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Before You Replace Your Vinyl Siding, Ask These Questions

By Melissa James, The Exterior Enthusiast / June 11, 2018

Ready to give your house a face-lift? For many homeowners in Hampton Roads, vinyl siding replacement is an instant makeover that’s as practical as it is beautiful. Today’s vinyl siding has so many styles and colors, the possibilities are endless. But unlike a fresh coa…

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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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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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