That’s Included?!

What exactly is an exterior remodel?  It is literally anything you can envision on the exterior of your home; residing, additions, deck, porch, outdoor entertaining space, and can also include landscape design (we have ideas but we sub contract this part out). For this article, we want to quickly talk about exterior areas for entertaining—typically known as decks.

Some things to consider when creating a new outdoor area, specifically decks or porches, in Oregon is the wide spectrum climate we have.  Overall, Oregon (and the PNW) is considered to be a wet area of the US.  Therefore, sloped roofs with gutters or pergola type coverings (water can get through them) are important areas to invest in when planning your exterior remodel.

With most RBR exterior remodels, we focus on a full roof awning.  This gives us much more freedom to insert lighting and protect the deck itself, giving you and your guests a beautiful space to enjoy all year long.  That being said, water will still find the lowest, least resistant path to accumulate or flow, making horizontal surfaces, like decks, particularly vulnerable.

Composite decks are a wonderful choice in the PNW and we build these frequently for our clients.  Composite material is a blend making it more resilient to mold and water damage.  Composite decking can be a bit more difficult to clean (think: mopping with some elbow grease), but with wooden decks, you must treat them at least once a year to maintain easy cleaning…so pick your poison.

As we mentioned, exterior remodels can also include outdoor kitchen areas, additions to existing outdoor space, landscaping and siding (read more on that here).  All in all, we want to do what’s best for you.  That means working within your budget to accomplish your goals for the exterior of your home.  If you have questions we didn’t address in this article, please use the form below to ask those—we would be delighted to talk with you about your options.

Until next time, 

RBR Construction: Your Exterior Specialists

RBR Construction & Roofing
“Built on Integrity”
Oregon CCB# 202768
Washington CCB# RBRCOC*816MJ

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Roofing: You Have Options

Roofing is one of those things you know is going to be expensive. And big. So it gets put off. And hey, we don’t blame you. But when it finally comes to the point that you’re exposed to the elements (just kidding, we know you’ll call before then), give us a call and let us replace that for you!

In the meantime, here are some things you may want to think about when considering a new roof: Climate, Cost, Durability, Environmental Impact, and Longevity.

Metal Roofs (our favorite): A metal roof is a roofing system made from metal pieces or panels. They are known for their longevity, lasting an average 40-70 years, more than double the lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof. Metal roofs are more durable, withstanding wind gusts of up to 140 miles per hour and impact resistant (great for areas with high winds and extreme weather). And, you may have guessed, metal roofs are fire resistant because, you know, metal. Because metal roofs also reflect light, they don’t absorb heat like other roofing materials and can lower your utilities by 10-20%. Finally, metal roofs are environmentally friendly because they are typically made up of reused metals and are 100% recyclable at the end of their lives. Unfortunately, all of these pros come with a price tag much higher than other roofing materials. In addition, metal roofs can be a bit louder than you may be used to (think: rain, expansion and contraction under heat). All in all, metal is our top choice for the PNW.

Composite Shingles: Composite shingles are America’s second favorite roofing material to asphalt. Made up of fiber glass, recycled paper products and asphalt, they are considered a “green” and affordable option. Composite shingles are lightweight and can be resistant to mold and moisture (compare to cedar shingles). Although not as durable as metal, composite shingles hold up against average weather and have a lifespan of 15-20 years.

PVC Membrane (Polyvinyl Chloride) is typically what you see on commercial buildings and flat roofs. Because of its durable, lightweight and waterproof features, it is the ideal choice for flat or low slope roofs. Like TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin) and other membrane style roofing materials, it is eco friendly because it can be applied over existing roofing for easy repair. It is resistant to heat, chemicals and impacts and has a lifetime of about 30 years. Just like metal roofs, it is highly reflective and therefore energy efficient. Also like metal roofs, it requires minimal maintenance.

Like most large investments in your home, we recommend meeting with your roofing professional to discuss the best material for your home based on your location, your preferences and your budget.

Until next time,

RBR Construction & Roofing

RBR Construction & Roofing
“Built on Integrity”
Oregon CCB# 202768
Washington CCB# RBRCOC*816MJ

Siding: What You Need To Know

Hello there!  RBR Construction here—your exterior specialists in the Willamette Valley. First, if you are a client or have been a client, thank you so much for supporting a small, local business.  Your business not only creates jobs in our community, but it allows us to reinvest in the beautiful place we live.  

As you know, we are “Built on Integrity”. That means we bring honesty and a great work ethic into everything we do, but we also seek the best craftsman and highest quality product within your budget. When it comes to siding, there is a wide range of options, prices, and features, including home maintenance. In this article we are going to look into four popular siding choices, and go over some pros and cons. Please note this is a high level overview and you may have questions—that’s okay! Please feel free to reach out to us to ask any questions you have.

Up first, VINYL.  You’ve probably heard of vinyl siding (and you’ve definitely seen it).  It is the most common type of siding because of its light weight, easy install and budget friendly price tag. These are all great things to consider when choosing siding for your home.  Some not-so-great features about this type of siding include its sensitivity to heat and the fact that it is not recyclable.  When this siding needs to be repaired or replaced, waste goes straight into a landfill.

Next, let’s talk about the very popular, CEDAR siding.  The aesthetic of this siding, especially in the PNW landscape is hard to beat.  It is absolutely gorgeous.  Unfortunately, the pros stop there.  Cedar is far and away the most expensive product, hardest to install (which means additional labor costs) and requires very regular maintenance.  In addition, it is prone to rot, home to wood-boring insects and, as you may have guessed, is the least resistant to fire.

Moving on to ENGINEERED WOOD, we have a mixed bag of pros and cons. Because it is technically wood, it is less resistant to fire than siding products that are not wood-based.  Mold is often found in engineered wood siding and because it of its base component, wood, you run a higher risk of wood-boring pests.  The pros of this product include its lightweight, easy install, and affordability.

Finally, we’ve saved the best for last here, FIBER CEMENT.  This one is our favorite.  Of the four siding products we review in this article, this one is the most fire resistant with a Class A fire rating.  Although we take extra precautions when installing due to the nature of the materials fiber cement is made out of (literally, mixed with cement and you don’t want to breathe in that dust), it is affordable (comparable to engineered wood prices), requires average install time, and comes with custom features like, pre-stained to resemble cedar or pre-painted, reducing labor and cost.

And there you have it.  A high level review of four siding options.  We hope if you have any questions and that you will reach out to us—we would love to hear from you!

Until next time, 

RBR Construction: Your Exterior Specialists

RBR Construction & Roofing
“Built on Integrity”
Oregon CCB# 202768
Washington CCB# RBRCOC*816MJ

Exterior Specialists

RBR Construction has always kept customers at the center of our business. And to do that, we hire the highest level craftsmen, use the best materials for the job and, above all else, are committed to integrity in our work and in our lives. When you hire RBR, you’re hiring integrity, exceptional work ethic and expertise. We are going to be spending a lot of time together, especially on your larger projects, so it’s important you know what our standards are ahead of time.

So, I hear you’re the “Exterior Specialists”. Tell me more.

We would love to. You hear that because many times we are working within a budget to make the house you’re living in a home in which you feel comfortable. When working within a budget, we want to prioritize what is important to you and what will be the longest-lasting and most efficient use of your money. If there is exterior work to be done, we recommend prioritizing it because that is literally the framework of your home and it is important to make sure it is sound. So that is usually where we start. We focus a lot of time and energy to make sure we use the right type of siding, that it is installed correctly, and that YOU, our client, is happy.

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