The story behind the decision for this home exterior renovation
The home is a three-story, 2,070 sq. ft. contemporary colonial located lakeside in Hopkinton MA, just 26 miles west of Boston. Having been left vacant for some time, the home’s exterior displayed rotting and deteriorating areas of the siding and roof. It desperately needed repair and updating to bring the home to life and restore its beauty.
The buyer loved the house but understood that other buyers walked away thinking the project was too much of a challenge. She called Golden Group to get their assessment and was so pleased to learn that integrating exterior installations of this type was nothing new to Golden Group. We visited the property and explained that with expertise gained from completing numerous integrated projects, Golden Group, acting as the general contractor, anticipated and planned for all challenges in this project. Our clients have peace of mind knowing that the project is in experienced, skillful, and efficient hands for this home exterior renovation.
She recognized that Golden Group understood her vision and hired us before we even completed a comprehensive proposal for the job!
Exceeding the client’s vision in Hopkinton MA
This exterior renovation required the skills of a company with experience integrating three major exterior projects. The goal was to create a modern look and feel while conserving the style and setting by seamlessly merging with the natural surroundings of the lakefront home.
Not only did Golden Group deliver a home that achieved what the client envisioned, but we also designed some extras that still brought the project in on budget.
A new roof was installed for curb appeal and more
To give the home the stylish look our client desired, we chose a traditional GAF asphalt roof that features a dimensional look and enhanced shadow effect as well as a stain guard, algae protection, and high wind rating. We added a sleek, black seamless metal roof panel over the front entrance which provided an element of the contemporary style the client was looking for.
Solar and roofing integration philosophy
Golden Group Solar promotes the integration of a new roof and a solar system. This provides several benefits, not the least of which is the quality of the craftsmanship of both roof and solar panels. There are no punctures in the existing roof. The installation of screws into the roofing shingles can mean roof leaks and more problems. Golden Group installs the first course of shingles on the roof and then adds the solar mounts. The second course of shingles goes on top of the solar mounts, rather than drilling through both layers of shingles. There is no damage to the roof shingles, no risk of leakage.
Matt Weiner, Director of the Golden Group Solar division, further explained, “The roof rafters are marked for precise positioning of the solar mounts when the roof is bare. Therefore, there is no “hit or miss” when the solar mounts are drilled.”
We selected Hanwha Qcells for the solar installation. Recognized worldwide for their high-efficiency solar panels, Hanwha Qcells won the Top Brand PV Seal 2019 for the sixth year in a row in Europe and the fourth time in Australia.
In addition, Golden Group Solar installed an ice and water shield over the entire roof. Golden Group’s process ensures full protection of the roof under the solar panels, departing from the typical roofing practice where roofers commonly use felt paper solely over the roof, with an ice and water shield installed only at the edge.
This process takes more time to complete, but the extra effort is well worth it in peace of mind for the homeowner.
The right choice for siding for the home’s exterior
Before installing the new siding, Golden Group removed all the rotted areas on the home exterior walls and trim, which were previously compromised due to the decay of the existing wood clapboard siding.
A waterfront home needs vinyl siding, which is resistant to moisture and rot. Golden Group selected Certainteed vinyl shake siding, which was ideal for this lakeside home. Vinyl siding systems are easy to maintain and are fade- and moisture-resistant. They also offer protection against damage from insects. It is flame-retardant and has a lifespan of 20-40 years. Our client selected a light grey siding with a medium grey/green trim. The white trim in featured areas added a stylish “pop.”
Extras (within budget) add longevity and appeal
The affordability of the vinyl siding provided an opportunity to add some extras which not only increased the charm and appeal of the home, but also added efficiency. Greta Bajrami explained, “This three-story home has three roof angles, and the flashing and ridge vents need to be waterproof and windproof. We anticipated these essentials, among others, when planning the project so there were no unpleasant surprises.”
To ensure the best seal around the existing windows, they wrapped the windows with aluminum flashing. This ensures that the home was totally waterproofed. A new front door added character to the newly renovated and stylish home.
Post solar installation
After completing the roof and solar installations, Golden Group Roofing submitted all the paperwork to schedule a visit from the electrical and building inspectors to the home. Upon the inspectors’ approval, there is a four-week waiting period before Golden Group activates the solar system for the homeowners. Additionally, Golden Group sent comprehensive information to National Grid and installed a new electric meter. Net Metering measures electric usage vs the amount of electricity “banked” as surplus from the newly installed solar system.
The one-stop advantage saved time, and money, and ensured a longer life for the home’s exterior renovation.
Instead of three separate tasks, this Hopkinton home exterior renovation was one smooth, integrated undertaking. Golden Group as the general contractor planned for all challenges with the expertise of having previously completed many integrated projects such as this one.
The home exterior renovation took two months to complete and gave the client the dream home she had hoped for. Our client reflected, “You made my home look new. It has curb appeal, character, and style and the project raised the value of my home considerably.” She added, “I love my home! I’ve seen homes like this on HGTV, but I never thought I’d own one. I’m so happy I chose Golden Group Roofing.”
The integration saved our client enough money for her to be able to build a deck. This is something she had wanted but didn’t think she could afford.
Have questions about an integrated solar, roofing, and siding installation in greater Boston MA?
If you are thinking of installing a solar power system or a new roof or siding or have questions about a roof/solar integration, call Golden Group at 508-873-1884 or schedule a one-hour roofing consultation with one of our solar experts.