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Review By: Larry
Rocky Mountain Exteriors always does exceptional work for me. This time snow on my roof got extra heavy and I was developing an ice dam on a shaded valley section. Rocky Mountain responded quickly to my call and arrived soon after to give me assistance. The gentlemen removed a good 20+ inches of snow from the first 6 to 8 feet off all roof sections, and removed the ever growing dam. Cold hard work that was done quickly and professionally. Thank you ever so much. http://localreviewdirectory.com/roofing-contractors/id/meridian/rocky-mountain-exteriors/rid/MTcxMDQyMjQ4MDI=
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Review By: Doug
They did a great job removing the snow build up from my roof. On time and very professional. http://localreviewdirectory.com/roofing-contractors/id/meridian/rocky-mountain-exteriors/rid/MTcwNjcyNjYzNzI=
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Review By: Cari
My husband and I agree that we made a lucky find when finding your company. Our new doors are top quality and look really great! The install was fast and smooth.... which was important because it was below freezing on the day of the install Also, your crew that came in were very pleasant and kind and they seem to really care about their product and the job they did. We would highly recommend you guys to anyone looking for new doors. http://localreviewdirectory.com/roofing-contractors/id/meridian/rocky-mountain-exteriors/rid/MTY3NDg3MTA1MDg=
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Review By: Karen
On time. Very nice guys. Worked very hard and did a good job! http://localreviewdirectory.com/roofing-contractors/id/meridian/rocky-mountain-exteriors/rid/MTYyNzU0MzAxMTI=
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Review By: Joshua
They found the problem on the roof and fixed it quickly. They correctly identified other issues that will need to be addressed and their advice was great. http://localreviewdirectory.com/roofing-contractors/id/meridian/rocky-mountain-exteriors/rid/MTYyNDQyNzcyNjc=
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Federal Residential Tax Credit Available for Energy Efficiency Upgrades http://rmexteriors.com/federal-residential-tax-credit-available-energy-efficiency-upgrades/?utm_source=Rocky%20Mountain%20Exteriors%20T1&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=OneFeedSC

Homeowners qualify for a Federal Tax Credit in 2016 for having upgraded certain heating, cooling, water heating, windows, doors and roofing systems in their home.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, signed in December 2015, retroactively renewed this tax credit effective January 1, 2015, expiring again on December 31, 2016. Any qualified equipment installed in 2015 or 2016 is eligible for this credit.

As in previous years, the cumulative maximum amount of tax credit that can be claimed by a taxpayer in all years combined is $500. If a taxpayer has already claimed a tax credit of $500 for purchases made in any previous year, they are ineligible for additional tax credits for any new equipment purchases.

Qualifying Upgrades

Energy Efficiency Improvements

This credit applies to energy efficiency improvements in the building envelope of existing homes and for the purchase of high-efficiency heating, cooling and water-heating equipment. Efficiency improvements or equipment must serve a dwelling in the United States that is owned and used by the taxpayer as a primary residence. The maximum tax credit for all improvements made in 2011 – 2016 is $500. The cap includes tax credits for any improvements made in any previous year. If a taxpayer claimed $500 or more of these tax credits in any previous year, any purchases made in 2011 – 2016 will be ineligible for a tax credit.

Building Envelope Improvements

Owners of existing homes may receive a tax credit worth 10% of the cost of upgrading the efficiency of the building’s envelope. Installation (labor) costs are not included and the credit is capped at $500 for all improvements. To be eligible for the credit, the improvement must meet the prescriptive requirements established for it under the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (including supplements).

The following improvements are eligible for the tax credit:

Insulation materials and systems designed to reduce a home’s heat loss or gain

Exterior doors and windows (including skylights) — no more than $200 in total credits can be claimed for windows in years 2006 – 2016 Equipment must meet version 6.0 Energy Star program requirements.

Pigmented metal roofs designed to reduce heat gain, and asphalt roofs with appropriate cooling granules, which are Energy Star certified.

Here are links to more details:

http://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/detail/1274



If you have upgraded any of these systems and meet the requirements above, be sure to apply for this tax credit.

 

Are You in Need of New Energy Efficient Windows or Roofing for Your Home at Affordable Pricing and Outstanding Workmanship?

Replacing your windows, entry doors or roofing will save you money in heating and cooling costs, improve the value of your home, improve the beauty of your home, and can qualify for a Federal Tax Credit.

It’s not to late in 2016 to have your windows, doors and/or roofing replaced and qualify for a 100% tax deduction. New windows, doors or roofing installation is fast and it’s the perfect time of year to have them done. 

Rocky Mountain Exteriors is a premier certified window installation contractor, door provider, and roofing contractor serving all Boise, Treasure Valley, and Twin Fall areas.  We offer the highest quality windows and workmanship available, at affordable pricing.

Our window features and benefits are perfect for energy efficiency upgrades, and we know the energy codes to help you receive your tax deduction.

Windows by Rocky Mountain Exteriors include a fusion-welded frame and sashes to provide superior structural strength and create a permanent barrier against air and moisture infiltration.  The Intercept Spacer System helps reduce conducted heat loss through the window and is better at retaining insulating gas than conventional designs.  Our triple-barrier weather stripping between the sash and jamb provides superior protection from air and water infiltration.  An additional benefit is the sloped sill that helps prevent water and air infiltration, forcing water to drain to the exterior of the window.

Our exterior entry doors are the very best and the only Energy Star Certified doors available: ProVia

ProVia has been crafting the finest entry doors for more than 35 years and is committed to making doors The Professional Way. We also provide perfect door installation and replacement services.

Our roofing services offer the very best materials, best workmanship, and best warranties. 50 year unconditional warranties on our roofing products. You receive a fast, affordable, and hassle free roofing experience.

Why You’ll Love Working with us:

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5 Common Signs You Need Emergency Roofing Repair

There are certain home repairs that, when mentioned, will send the average homeowner into high anxiety. Foundation issues, termite damage, plumbing failure, and roofing repair all fit the bill, largely because of the anticipated price tag associated with such problems.

However, you cannot afford to ignore roofing repair issues or you risk further damage and even higher costs. How can you tell if you’re suffering a roofing emergency or not?

Here are a 5 common signs that you should call your roofing contractor ASAP:

1.) Missing or Damaged Elements

Whether your roof is made from asphalt shingles, wooden shakes, clay tile, corrugated metal, or slate, it’s important to stay on top of inspections (both annually and following rough seasonal weather conditions) to ensure that everything is in ship shape.

If you’re comfortable on a ladder, you can always peek up top on your own. For annual inspections, you should call qualified experts in roof repair in Boise. At Rocky Mountain Exteriors, we offer free roofing inspections. However, it doesn’t take an authority on roofing to see when elements are missing or damaged.

Any time you notice that shingles, tiles, flashing or other elements are missing or damaged, it’s important that you call in a pro for emergency roofing repair. This will help you avoid further damage and costs.

2.) Leaks

If you find a leak in your home and trace it back to the roof, emergency repair is a must. Leaks that go untreated can lead to serious issues like mold and rot that may compromise the health of your family along with the integrity of your structure.

An experienced roofer that specializes in roofing in Boise should be able to uncover the source of the leak, fix the problem, and even handle some types of remediation for damages caused by the leak (although probably not mold or pests).

3.) Pest Infestation

Pest problems can cause untold damage to your roof. This is the case whether you’re dealing with insects like termites, ants, or bees or animals like rodents, raccoons, or birds. When you discover a pest infestation in your attic or on your roof, your first call should be to an exterminator, quickly followed by contacting your preferred roofing contractor.

You cannot allow pest problems to persevere or you risk untold damages or even roof collapse. Get rid of the pests and repair the damage for the safety of your home and family.

4.) Holes

Finding a hole where the rain gets in is an obvious emergency situation. Holes could be caused by severe weather (hail, snow, etc.), tree branches or other objects falling on your roof, or pest damages, just for example.

Regardless of the cause, however, the results are the same: an unwanted ingress of the elements and outside debris. It doesn’t matter if a hole is small or large. All can cause damage to your home.

Some holes are big enough to see on your own while others could remain hidden until they’re uncovered during your annual inspection. Either way, a speedy fix is a must to ensure that no further damage occurs as a result.

5.) Extreme Weather Conditions

If your roof is new or you keep it well-maintained, extreme weather may not be cause to frantically dial up your preferred roofing contractors in Boise, especially when extreme seasonal weather is fairly common in the Boise and Twin Falls areas. However, if weather conditions go beyond what we’re used to, it’s definitely a good idea to have your roof inspected for damage.

For example, snow and ice may not be particular cause for concern in our area. When a blizzard rolls through that dumps heavier than normal snow on your roof or you notice especially bad ice dam activity, you should consider a professional inspection.

Or, receiving our normal seasonal rain or downpours usually will not create a problem. When we have exceptionally high winds and hail, you’ll want to have your roof checked afterwards. The point is that you’re probably well aware of weather patterns in our region, so you’ll know when storms are extreme enough to warrant emergency inspection. It’s best to have a roof inspection completed after any extreme, abnormal weather.

Has it been awhile since you’ve had a roof inspection?

Rocky Mountain Exteriors is a #1 rated professional roofing contractor in Boise , Meridian, and Twin Falls.

We offer free roofing inspections to go over all of the areas above plus 15 other crucial items.

You’ll receive a complete report of any roofing issues you may have, and how to repair them before any further damage & costs.

Absolutely free and with no obligation

Get a free roof inspection today! Call: (208) 955-6818

 

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Bay Vs. Bow Windows: Which Is the Right Fit for Your Home?

Many homeowners relish the idea expanding their natural light and view of the great outdoors, and increasing their curb appeal. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean you want to install a glass garage door in your living room in order to create one of the indoor/outdoor living spaces that have gained popularity of late.

You might be looking for an option with more classic appeal that better suits a traditional style of architecture. The good news is that you have two great options when it comes to upgrades and window replacement in Boise or Twin Falls: bay or bow windows.

If you want to kill two birds with one stone, installing bay or bow windows in your home will not only give you a better view, but also improve the appeal of your home’s exterior. The only question is: should you opt for bay or bow windows? Which option provides the best fit for your home? Here are a few factors to consider before you decide.

How are They Different?

Bay and bow windows are similar in that they both project out from the exterior walls of your structure. The main difference is that bay windows tend to consist of three (or possibly more) windows that angle sharply outward, sometimes at as much as a 90-degree angle.

Bow windows, on the other hand, are somewhat less pronounced. They often consist of 4-6 windows that form a more gradual arch out away from the exterior walls, with angles that are far less sharp. Both can help to make rooms appear brighter and more spacious, provide extra seating, and add visual interest to your home.

Your Goals

You probably have several goals when you start looking for new windows in Boise, Seattle, or Los Angeles. Perhaps you want to allow for more natural light to come in, or you’d like to get a better view of your beautiful landscaping or the vistas outside your abode.

You may be interested in adding seating and/or storage, as well as making your interior more spacious. Of course, many homeowners also aspire to improve their curb appeal, especially if their facade is particularly dull, without any defining features to add visual interest.

In truth, selecting the right windows to add to your home could help you to accomplish several or even all of these goals. That said, you need to prioritize. For example, bay windows extend a bit further out from your home than their bow counterparts, allowing more latitude to add comfortable seating and ample storage.

Bow windows, on the other hand, are somewhat larger, but more flush, so you’re more likely to improve the view and the natural light coming in. Understanding your goals and priorities can help you to choose the perfect window upgrades for your home.

Available Space

Because bow windows include more windows, they tend to be larger than bay options. For this reason, you need to measure available space to ensure that the windows you want will fit in your home.

In most cases, any large picture window can be upgraded to either a bay or a bow window, or you could even create a larger hole in wall to accommodate bigger windows. However, having measurements at your disposal when you begin shopping for new windows will ensure that you don’t end up with a product that won’t fit your house.

Home Style

Bay and bow windows are most commonly seen in Victorian architecture. However, like many desirable architectural features, they have crossed over and tailored to suit other design styles. If you love the look of bay and bow windows and the benefits they confer, speak with a qualified contractor, designer, architect, or window specialist to determine which style of window will best suit your structure.

Cost

There may also be cost differences between purchasing bay or bow windows. This could depend largely on the scope of the project, though, including not only whether you choose bay or bow, but also the type of windows you select (casement, double-hung, picture, etc.) and the size you select. Take the time to comparison shop so you can stick to your budget and find the perfect windows to complement and improve your home.

Rocky Mountain Exteriors specializes in window replacement. We offer the very best replacement windows, styles, workmanship, and warranties available in the Boise and Twin Falls areas.

Schedule Your FREE Assessment!
 

 

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5 Simple Roof Maintenance Tips to Help Prevent Leaks

Help Stop Roof Leaks Before They Start

As a homeowner, you have a variety of annual maintenance tasks.

You’ll have to hire a technician to inspect, clean, and repair your HVAC annually, a plumber to flush your water heater, and of course, a roofing specialist to inspect and maintain your roof.

Unfortunately, while most people are well aware of the first two annual maintenance tasks, many fail to perform the third.

Certainly your roof comes with a warranty; asphalt shingles are generally guaranteed for twenty years while slate could come with a warranty of up to a hundred.

The problem is that a warranty isn’t going to prevent leaks, even if it will pay for repairs after the fact.

You need to do your part to protect your home and keep it secure against the elements.

After all, a leak damages more than just your roof. If could also seep down through your home, causing warping, rot, mold, foundation problems, and even serious structural issues over time if left untreated.

In short, it could become a far more expensive problem than a simple roof repair. You need to catch leaks early, or better yet, prevent them entirely.

When you hire professionals for an annual inspection, maintenance, and roof repair in Boise, you’ll ensure a longer lasting roof, and prevent possible major costs from water damage.

There are also simple preventive measures you can take on your own.

5 Simple Tips to Help Prevent Roof Leaks:

1.) Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Rain gutters and downspouts should be cleaned annually.

With little more than a ladder, some gloves, and a hose you can clear away sticks, leaves, and other debris that have been blown in by seasonal storms.

It’s important to do this before winter weather hits.

The last thing you want is water, snow, and ice backing up onto roofing and causing damages and leaks.

A clear system of gutters and downspouts ensures that rain and snow can be safely funneled off your roof and away from your house.

If this job looks to be more than you want to do yourself, there are gutter cleaning services you can hire to do this for you.

2.) Look for Obvious Issues

Most signs of damage and impending leaks are relatively easy to spot.

Mainly, you want to look for missing or damaged shingles, shingles that are starting to curl or peel, or tiles that are loose or cracked.

Many homeowners simply don’t think to visually inspect their roof.

Just taking the time to do this can help prevent major water damage issues to your home.

3.) Check the Flashing

Flashing is a seal that goes around chimneys, vents, skylights, etc. to ensure that water doesn’t get in around these high leak risk areas.

Flashing can begin to deteriorate or peel over time with exposure to the elements.

Your flashing may need repair or replacement before other parts of your roof, such as shingles.

4.) Watch for Seasonal Problems

Living in the Boise and Twin Falls areas, we experiences inclement winter weather.

You’ll want to watch for problems inherent to rough storms. For example, you’ll want to watch for ice dams that can form on the edge of the roof as water freezes.

Ice dams form when heat escaping through the roof melts snow, causing it to run off toward the edge of the roof where it subsequently freezes, forming a lip that prevents further runoff and continues to build.

If it grows too heavy, it could put strain on your roof and even cause a collapse.

But the ice dam will also cause water to back up under your shingles and cause leakage/water damage beneath.

Watch for roofing issues during harsh winter weather and harsh summer storms.

5.) Inspect the Attic

Even if the exterior of your roof looks like it’s in great shape, the only way to ensure there are no leaks is to get in the attic.

Look for signs of a trouble such as moisture, staining, mold, and rot.

An attic inspection should be performed at least once per year or even more frequently if we’ve had a severe storms.

Would you like a free roofing inspection?

Rocky Mountain Exteriors is a #1 rated professional roofing contractor in Boise and Twin Falls.

We offer free roofing inspections to go over all of the areas above, and over 15 other items. You’ll receive a complete report of any roofing issues you may have, and how to repair them. Absolutely free and with no obligation

Get a free roof inspection today! Call: (208) 955-6818

 

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6 Signs That the Windows in Your Home Need to Be Replaced

Once windows are installed in your home, chances are you won’t give them a second thought until you start to experience problems. Over time, your windows can suffer the wear and tear of age, just like any other part of your home.

Age alone may not be enough to clue you in on when windows should be replaced as some products are bound to have a longer usable life than others. However, there are plenty of signs that could inform you of when your windows need to be repaired or replaced.

If you’re worried about the performance of your windows and the effects on your comfort and convenience, here are just a few signs that will warn you when the windows in your home are due for replacement.

1.) Seating Issues

One of the most common reasons for window replacement in Boise is seating issues, as in how the window is placed, or seated, in the frame. Issues are often caused by something as simple and commonplace as a structure settling over time. Seating issues could also be blamed on deterioration, poor manufacturing, cheap materials, or even weather conditions (heating and cooling of air that causes materials to expand and contract), just for example.  What you’ll notice when you have seating issues is trouble opening, closing, or locking and unlocking windows. If your windows seem to stick in one position, they don’t move freely on a track, or you have to apply unusual force to lock or unlock windows, it may be time for replacement.

2.) Drafts

If you start to notice cold or hot drafts around windows (depending on the season), the problem could be as simple as deteriorated or inadequate weather stripping. It’s best to try this simple and inexpensive fix first. If that doesn’t stop the drafts, chances are you need to consider replacing your windows in order to achieve greater comfort in your home.

3.) Condensation Between Panes

Windows in Boise need to stand up to the onslaught of winter weather, including low temperatures, snow, and storms. For this reason, most homeowners install double-pane glass or at least add storm windows seasonally.If you start to notice condensation forming between panes of glass, it means you no longer have a tight seal in place. This is pretty normal for storm windows that aren’t a permanent fixture, but if you have double-pane glass it’s the kiss of death in terms of efficiency and comfort.When moisture creeps in, it means the barrier of air that adds insulation to your windows is virtually gone. This is definitely a situation in which upgrading to new windows in Boise is a must.

4.) Deterioration or Damage

There are obvious signs of damage to your windows and frames that you can keep an eye out for. Naturally, a cracked, chipped, or broken pane of glass is in need of replacement. You can also watch for cracks, rotting, or other damage to frames.Both windows and frames need to be in good condition if you want them to do their job and protect your home from the elements. Taking the time to check them annually or when you start to notice problems like drafts could give you the information you need to seek professionals for window replacement in Boise.

5.) Increase in Outside Noise

When your windows are compromised in some way, you might start to notice the noise level in your home rising. If you think you’re hearing more traffic noise, neighborhood parties, or other forms of noise pollution, it may not be just in your head. There’s a chance it’s time to upgrade to new windows.

6.) Rising Heating and Cooling Costs

The cost of gas and electricity used to heat and cool your home interior are bound to increase incrementally due to inflation. However, if you start to notice spikes in your utility bills that are well beyond the average seasonal increases, you could be dealing with waning efficiency where your windows are concerned.  Check HVAC equipment first to make sure the problem isn’t there. Replacing your windows is not without expense, especially if you decide to upgrade from single- to double-paned options. However, the fact that you could see subsequent decreases in your heating and cooling costs will help you to recoup some of the up-front expenses over time.  In addition to saving you money, such upgrades can also help to make your interior temperature easier to regulate, allowing you to maintain a consistently comfortable atmosphere for your family.

Home window replacement is one of the smallest home improvement projects, but yields one of the highest return on investment. With the available tax credits, home value increase, and energy savings, you can actually recover 100% of the money you would spend to replace your existing windows.

However, even the best windows won’t deliver the savings, aesthetics, comfort, and all the other advantages listed above if they’re insta…
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