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4 Spring Home Improvement Projects

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Soon April showers will bring May flowers and that means it’s time to do some spring cleaning and maintenance. Here’s four projects KTM Exteriors & Recycling recommends to ensure your house is ready for the upcoming warm, wet months.

1. Roof Repair
A roof is the most important element of any home. It keeps you and your family dry along with everything else. Check if any shingles were lost or damaged during the winter months. If you see a problem, ignoring it could turn into a much bigger one! KTM Exteriors & Recycling can take care of any of your roofing needs, no matter how small. Contact us to schedule a survey, FREE of charge!

2. Gutter Replacement
Correctly installed gutter systems are vital for carrying as much water as possible away from your home, ensuring no water in your basement or crawl spaces. KTM Exteriors & Recycling is a proud partner with Englert, who has over 50 years of experience in residential gutter systems and provides over 15 colors to match any roof.

Not looking to replace your gutters? KTM installs gutter guards that not only protect your gutters, but update the look as well!

3. Update Siding
Not loving the look of your home? Is your siding dull or damaged? Updating your siding can boost your house’s curb appeal, giving it the charm and value you’ve always wanted. KTM Exteriors & Recycling has vinyl and fiber cement siding available, both requiring minimal maintenance. Not sure of which siding is best for your home? Contact KTM to discuss each siding!

4. Spring Cleaning
Looking to update an old shed or replace appliances? KTM offers demolition and clean-up services. Don’t stress about the mess, KTM will leave your space in spotless condition. No need to supply any equipment, we’ve got it all. Don’t forget, KTM has licensed mold technicians and water restoration specialists to aid in any project.

As you complete your spring cleaning and maintenance check list, consider renting a dumpster from KTM Exteriors. KTM offers free delivery and pick-up for any of your spring home improvement needs. Not sure which size if best for your project? Contact KTM and we’ll find the perfect size for you!

Contact us about any of your home improvement needs! Be sure to ask us about financing too.

Ice Dams – Protect your roof and interior structures from winter damage

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The Northeast has been hit with above average snowfall and below average temperatures in recent years. This makes attention to roof maintenance and care essential. Have you noticed icicles forming around your roof this season? While these may be iconic of winter landscapes, they’re also a sign of potential ice dams.

As described by one of our partners, Owens Corning, “an ice dam is a wall of ice along the edge of the roof that forms when melting snow continually thaws over warmer portions of the roof and refreezes along the roof’s colder eaves.” This leads to leaks that can damage interior walls, ceilings, insulation and other areas of your home.

To avoid the potential damage from ice dams, you can take two approaches:

  1. Be proactive by calling in an expert like KTM. We can assess the damage and take necessary action. This could mean additional shingles, underlayments, barrier products, ventilation, or insulation.
  2. Prevent the potential for ice dams by prepping your home for next year by remembering the essentials. That includes cleaning gutters and downspouts, applying proper waterproofing products, and inspecting for proper attic insulation and ventilation.

Whether you need preventative assistance or a contractor to fix current damage, KTM can help with gutters, roofing, siding and more. Don’t let ice dams ruin your winter or spring, call KTM to discuss all of our capabilities and products today!

Get your roof ready for winter

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Winter is coming. While cold weather season is already here, wintertime is undoubtedly the toughest time on your roof. Your roof is not structurally built to handle the kind of weight that comes with heavy snowfall. There’s no better time to get your roof and your home ready for winter than now with these tips:

  1. Roof inspection: Get an idea of how your roof is doing before the snowfall comes. Call KTM Exteriors & Recycling and we can make sure all the shingles are in order.
  2. Clear your roof: Leaves and branches are all too common during autumn, and they love to get stuck on your roof and in your gutters. Leaving this debris and then compounding it with snow will increase your risk of potential leaks and clogged gutters, which can lead to the formation of ice dams on your roof.
  3. Survey ventilation and insulation: This is something you should monitor all winter. Poor attic ventilation and insulation can make it difficult for your home to warm up, which can put a huge dent in your wallet. Not only that, but it can also encourage formation of ice dams on your roof.
  4. Tree trimming: As mentioned in #2, leaves and branches love to get stuck on your roof and in your gutters. Take this preventative measure (especially if you don’t have gutter guards) to keep your gutters clear during the winter. Gutter guards are also an excellent solution that KTM Exteriors & Recycling can easily install for you. Learn more about our Gutters services here.
  5. Flashing inspection: Your flashing is an extra-protective measure designed to direct water off of your roof. Be sure to inspect your flashing now to see if it is loose or torn. Making these repairs now is significantly cheaper than doing the repairs on a major roof leak! Give us a call and we can inspect your flashing for you.

Want to know how much snow your roof can handle? Give us a call and we can take a look!

Don’t forget–we offer snow removal services so you don’t have to climb up and shovel the snow. Learn more about our snow removal services here.

Contact Us today about roof maintenance and prep for the upcoming winter! Be sure to ask us about Financing.

Our Work: Roof Replacement in Raymond, NH

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It’s important to show you how KTM Exteriors & Recycling can transform your home. With our variety of services paired with our Residential Roofing Services, we can give your home the upgrade you’ve been looking for!

This project, completed in Raymond, NH, was a residential roof replacement. This job was completed in under 12 hours–that’s how quickly you could get your new roof replaced. Their new roof is made up of asphalt shingles, and we used virtually all Owens Corning products on this job to construct it, including: TruDefinition Duration Shingles, WeatherLock ProGrade Ice and Water Barrier, ProEdge Cap Shingles, and Vent Sure WeatherProtection Strips. The non-Owens Corning items used on this job were all aluminum products, primarily used for exhaust pipes, flashing, and additional leak prevention.

What was unique about this job in particular was the original roof was metal! While metal roofing has some benefits, including lifespan and heat conduction, it can be easily dented and marred, and replacement can be difficult. In this case, the homeowners were having a variety of issues, including leaks, so it was time to start anew.

Our team completely stripped and removed all metal roofing panels and replaced them with Owens Corning TruDefinition Duration Architectural Roofing shingles. As an Owens Corning Platinum Contractor, we know that the quality of their products are a perfect match with the quality of our roofing services.

In addition to replacing the roof, we also replaced a kitchen skylight. Roof replacement is a great opportunity to replace your old skylight. Be sure to trade-in your skylight for VELUX, our preferred provider! Learn more about our Skylight Services here.

Check back on our blog for more portfolio projects in the future!

Contact Us today about replacing your roof! Learn more about our Residential Roofing Services here. Be sure to ask us about Financing.

What type of siding works best for your home?

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Did you know that there are multiple siding solutions for your home? Each type of siding has different benefits and drawbacks, but all can provide the “curb appeal,” that homeowners seek, as siding is an excellent solution to upgrading your home.

KTM Exteriors & Recycling are experts in two types of siding: vinyl and fiber cement. Thanks to our partnerships with two of the industry’s top siding manufacturers, we can deliver both the upgraded look you seek and superior service. Check out the difference types of siding below and let’s figure out which material is best for your home:

Fiber Cement: The latest development in siding technology, fiber cement can provide the look of wood or masonry at a substantially lower cost than the real thing. Oftentimes, this type of siding can be virtually indistinguishable from actual wood siding! There are a variety of styles and textures.

Fiber cement siding is low maintenance and termite resistant, however there have been reported problems with moisture–that’s why we work with James Hardie. They have worked on their products for over 30 years and dedicated millions of dollars to refining their product into the best fiber cement siding in the industry.

Vinyl: Arguably one of the most popular siding choices for homeowners, vinyl siding is a great low cost and low maintenance option for your home. Like fiber cement siding, vinyl siding offers substantial versatility in terms of colors and textures. The one major caveat with vinyl siding is that it can be prone to cracking and buckling under cold temperatures if not installed properly–that’s why we work closely with CertainTeed, the best vinyl siding manufacturers in the industry, to provide both the quality and service you seek.

Wood: Most would say this type of siding has the greatest “curb appeal”: with a variety of colors, textures, and finishes, your home can get a stunning look with wood siding. However, there are a few drawbacks: because of all the variation, there is a greater range of costs, from both installation and maintenance, as an exterior finish is required and must be occasionally serviced. Wood siding is much more susceptible to weather, rotting, and insects/rodents.

Metal: Metal siding is typically made up of aluminum or steel. Often this siding is used as “retrofit” siding, meaning applied over wood siding that is worn out or damaged. If installed properly, there are typically no issues with moisture or unwanted insects/rodents. This type of siding offers both horizontal or vertical styles, and comes in a variety of colors. The major drawbacks to this type of siding can be prone to dents or fading over time, thus requiring specialized coating at additional cost.

Stucco: Stucco siding provides a very distinct, stylish look to your home. This type of siding is incredibly durable and has very little maintenance required for upkeep and keeping insects/rodents at bay. However, similar to metal siding, this type of siding can often fade and unless in decent condition, you will not be able to repaint. If your home is older, stucco siding can begin to crack if you have foundation movements. If you live in an area with heavy moisture/rainfall, we would not recommend this type of siding.

Not sure what type of siding is best for your home? We love questions! Give us a call today and let’s talk about how we boost your home’s “curb appeal.”

Contact Us today about upgrading your siding! Be sure to ask us about Financing.

Photo courtesy of CertainTeed.

Upgrade your commercial space with rubber roofing

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As a Mule-Hide Eligible Contractor and Carlisle Authorized Applicator, rubber roofing is one of the roofing services we provide here at KTM Exteriors & Recycling. Whether you’re in a residential home in the suburbs or a large storefront in the heart of downtown, we’ve got the roof covered over your head!

To that end, rubber roofing is also one of the lesser known services. There are many great benefits to having a rubber roof over your head, the biggest advantage being durability. Rubber roofs can withstand intense sunlight, winds, and even hail! Some research reports rubber roofs lasting up to 50 years.

In addition to their longevity, rubber roofs require little maintenance over the years, and because of the way they are laid out, fewer seams give opportunities for water to seep through and damage your property.

Rubber roofing is also considered the most “green” of the roofing materials, often being made with some recycled materials to begin with, and then ultimately being 100% recyclable at the end of its life.

For additional information on commercial roofing, please visit our Commercial Roofing page.

Contact Us today about transforming the roof over your head! Be sure to ask us about Financing.

Home Improvement Financing 101 with GreenSky

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KTM Exteriors & Recycling wants you to dream big. We don’t want you to feel bogged down by the potential financial burdens of living in the home of your dreams. Not sure you can swing the cost of roof repair or new gutters?

How would you feel about spreading your payments out over time? You dream big, apply, and then pay using financing. Too easy? Well, thanks to our partnerships with companies like GreenSky, Service Finance, and Home Investment Bank, this is possible and you can live under the roof of your dreams.

But where to start? What exactly is home improvement financing? We sat down with our friends at GreenSky to provide you with some great insight to help you get started!

What is this loan about, how does it work?
Think about premium products with long-term warranties and beautiful aesthetics. We understand, though, that those projects can be expensive and we don’t want you to have to write such a big check, instead, spread your payments out over a long period of time, or make use of a promotional offer. We offer several different GreenSky loans to our customers.

How does this kind of loan differ from others?
GreenSky loans will not be tied to your mortgage, and will allow you to get great terms on your dream projects with KTM Exteriors & Recycling. The loan application process will be easier than anything you’ve ever experienced, and payments will be simple and easy. GreenSky loans also do not have any pre-payment penalties whatsoever, so you can rest easy knowing that you can your loan off early, if you so choose.

What kinds of home improvement & maintenance projects are often covered under this kind of financing?
All home improvement projects that KTM Exteriors & Recycling can provide to its customers are covered under a GreenSky loan–this includes roofing, siding, windows, gutters, bathroom remodels, and more!

How do I know if I qualify for this kind of loan?
It is as simple as you applying! The GreenSky application process only takes a few minutes, you provide information in the application and will find out if you’ll be able to finance your dream project right then and there. You can apply using the mobile app through KTM Exteriors & Recycling, by going to www.greensky.com/consumer, or by calling GreenSky at 866-936-0602.

How does the funding process work?
Once you’re approved for a GreenSky loan and you’ve accepted the loan, you’ll immediately be issued a GreenSky shopping pass. As the customer, you must authorize KTM Exteriors to take money off the loan to pay for the project. This can be done in two stages, a maximum of 20% of the loan or the total project amount (whichever is lesser) and then 80% upon completion of the job. You will be prompted by KTM Exteriors & Recycling to sign a Borrower Payment Certificate for each transaction prior to funds being distributed from your GreenSky loan.

What paperwork do I need to get started?
If you are applying for a GreenSky loan with one of our KTM Exteriors & Recycling salespeople, all you need to sign is our loan application authorization form, allowing us to submit your loan application to GreenSky for a decision. The application process itself is completely paperless! After that, we will prompt you to sign up to two borrower payment certificates to authorize funding at different stages of the job.

Are payments deducted each month from my bank account?
They can be, but you will need to set up automatic payments through GreenSky using the customer portal found at www.greensky.com/consumer. You can also pay online, by phone, or by mail every month.

Be sure to visit our Financing page to learn more about our other financing partners. There are a wealth of different plans and loans to suit your needs, and KTM Exteriors & Recycling can help work to match you with the right loan.

**DON’T MISS OUT! KTM Exteriors & Recycling is offering a roof maintenance special for the upcoming fall season. Get your roof replaced, and you will get a FREE gutters and downspout cleaning. Save yourself the trouble and let KTM Exteriors & Recycling take care of the fall prep work for you. Get started on your dream home project with the best roofers in New England today!**

All you have to do is “Like” our Facebook Page and Contact Us today to redeem this FREE OFFER of a gutters and downspout cleaning with any roof replacement. Valid through 10/20/17.

Get ready for fall and save on roof maintenance now

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As quickly as summer arrived, cold weather season is already quickly approaching! Cold weather is one of the hardest times on your roof, and it’s important that you’re prepared now so you don’t have to worry–or more importantly, pay for it–down the road. Repairs to your roof can become very costly, so don’t wait.

Here are some crucial tips on prepping your roof for cold weather:

  1. Clean your gutters and downspout: In severe cases, clogged gutters can lead to leaks–which can eventually lead to ice dams in the cold weather season, one of the most damaging things you can do to your roof. In other cases, unwelcome mold or cracking is more common with clogged gutters.
  2. Get your roof inspected: No better time to get your roof inspected when it’s free of snow! Before the weather turns, it is important to get up onto your roof and get a close inspection done on shingles, flashing, insulation, etc.
  3. Trim your trees: Some branches can get a little too close to home, which could lead to further gutter clogging and more importantly, damage to your roof as the branches start to make contact with your shingles.
  4. Gutter guards: Want to protect your gutters for the future and never worry about clogs again? Gutter guards are relatively easy to install and keep debris out.
  5. Check your insulation: Keep moisture out during the cold months and save money on damage to your roof and attic by making sure your insulation is both in good quality and installed correctly. Vapor barriers on insulation should be pointing towards the living space.

Best of all, KTM Exteriors & Recycling can handle all of this for you well before cold weather arrives–peace of mind and a quality roofing system that will keep you warm, dry, and with a fuller wallet in time for the holidays.

DON’T MISS OUT! KTM Exteriors & Recycling is offering a roof maintenance special for the upcoming fall season. Get your roof replaced, and you will get a FREE gutters and downspout cleaning. Save yourself the trouble and let KTM Exteriors & Recycling take care of the fall prep work for you!


All you have to do is “Like” our Facebook Page and Contact Us today to redeem this FREE OFFER of a gutters and downspout cleaning with any roof replacement. Valid through 9/30/17.

Spring cleaning? How about summer cleaning!

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While spring weather often inspires homeowners to break out the cleaning gear, one thing is for certain: it is never too late to get to cleaning, and KTM Exteriors & Recycling wants to help on your next summer cleaning project! July is National Anti-Boredom Month, so this month, we’re advocating to tackle that House Project To-Do List!

There is definitely some powerful psychology behind organization and cleaning—tidiness and organization often helps boost morale. We want to help you achieve that familiar feeling of accomplishment when you complete a big task and make that check on your To-Do List. There’s no better time to be productive it than now.

You don’t need to stare at that cluttered basement, crumbling shed or patio for another day. Spring passed, but we can help tackle summer cleaning with ease. Here at KTM Exteriors & Recycling, we have extensive experience with demolition & cleanout. Unlike some of our competitors, we promise to leave your space as clean & pristine as when we left it. No project is too big to tackle.

Better yet, when paired with one of our dumpster rentals, it’s a cleanout match made in heaven! We have multiple dumpster sizes to choose from to suit your needs, and we offer free delivery and pick-up.

If your summer cleaning project involves maintenance of roofing and/or siding, we’re also here to help. Exteriors, interiors…we’ve got you covered you this summer, floor to ceiling! Don’t forget: we offer financing options.

Unsure where to begin on tackling your summer project? Contact Us today and let’s get started!

Be sure to take a look over some of our previous work in our Portfolio and our Interiors Portfolio.

Brighten your summer with a VELUX Skylight!

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There’s no better time to redecorate than summer! Have you been looking for that piece in your living space that will completely transform and revamp the room? There are so many avenues homeowners can take in terms of redesigning a space–but what better way to redesign than to do so, naturally?

A skylight is a window installed in your roof or ceiling, and may be the solution you’re looking for.

This is where VELUX comes in: imagine your space, completely transformed, all by the power of natural light! This is the power of a skylight. Worries over leaking and the like are a thing of the past. With a VELUX skylight, you automatically receive a “10-Year No Leak” warranty, an industry first.

Not only will this give you peace of mind on durability and quality, you will also receive energy efficiency: a skylight can help provide a space less dependent on air conditioning, filling your room with fresh air while also ensuring insulation and tightness when the skylight is closed.

Whether you’re looking to install a brand new skylight or replace your old one on your roof, the process is fairly straightforward and less costly than most homeowners would think.

Most importantly, you can get money back on your skylight. Laws passed in 2008 and 2009 provide a homeowner with up to a 30% tax credit on both the purchase and installation of qualifying products in renewable technologies: the VELUX Solar-Powered “Fresh Air” Skylights qualify for this tax credit. In some cases, skylights are free.

Whether your skylight will be deck or curb-mounted on your roof, KTM Exteriors & Recycling can pair a superior product with superior service. A smooth, quick installation will leave you with a completed transformed space bathed in natural light. Better yet, VELUX skylights are waterproof, making them perfect for high humidity rooms like kitchens or bathrooms–certain styles of VELUX skylights also feature a special coating that keep them clean and maintenance-free!

Let’s face it–everything is better under the sun. Get a skylight installed in your home today and brighten up your summer!

To learn more about our Skylights services, please click here. For any questions, please visit our Contact page.