Rhode Island Home Improvement Blog

Home Show Season

homeshowIf you should stop for a minute and take a deep breath while outside you’ll notice something a little different in the air. That fragrance stirring in the breeze, my friends, is the flowery scent of home show season.  There is no better time of year for those of you shopping for brand new replacement windows, vinyl siding, or roofing systems. Perhaps your goals are more interior-driven, such as bath and kitchen centric. Don’t let your tired bathroom or kitchen hold you back! Now is the time to bring your home into 2017 with style.

Of course, you could always visit the home show at the Rhode Island Convention next weekend. However, if you would rather avoid the nightmarish parking and the social-anxiety inducing crowds you could come down to our showroom instead. Located smack in the middle of Rhode Island, our customized showroom in Warwick holds its own personal home show every day (and our coffee is much better than anything you’re going find in the convention center).  No matter what your home improvement wish list includes, you’ll be sure to find it right here with us. Tired of inflated heating bills, you say? No problem. We’ve got you covered with the latest Energy Star technology featured within our Protec replacement window system. Maybe you’re sick and tired of painting your home year after year? If that’s the case, come peruse our spectacular vinyl siding samples.  Whichever direction your unique taste takes you we have a vibrant color that will cater to you.

Browsing through our showroom, you will undoubtedly be taken aback with our kitchen cabinet refacing display. Our handcrafted cabinet door and drawer fronts will unlock your imagination as to just how beautiful your kitchen could become—without the hassle found in full-scale remodeling projects.

Hate traffic and crowds? Come down to our showroom at 1815 Post Rd in Warwick where every season is home show season. You can also call us at 401-739-1001 to schedule an appointment for us to bring the home show to you!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day

peanuts-paddyday-GOODIf the rumors I’ve heard are true and everyone really is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, let this Swedish boy sitting at the keyboard wish you, gentle reader, “Sảsta lả St Patrick!”  While the imagery associated with today range from explosions of lime-green shamrocks dancing throughout the streets to rivers of Guinness flowing from local neighborhood open taps, we would like to add one of our own visuals to this glittering pot of gold: Protec replacement windows. You won’t need the famed luck of the Irish should you choose RI Home Improvement to upgrade your windows. Our Protec replacement window system will keep every ounce of your home’s coziness inside while shunning the unseasonably frigid temperatures that have confronted us the past few days outside.

Instead of relying on luck like so many other window companies prefer, we’ve utilized the latest glass technology and composite design to offer our customers prime energy efficiency. So many windows on the market today are constructed for low cost, which translates into low value. Don’t be fooled by these inexpensive windows—which our competitors like to describe as “economical,” but we like to use a more accurate term: “cheap.” Our Protec window features a proprietary mix of specialty polymer and acrylic resins for a solid core, giving homeowners a much better value for their money as compared to a flimsy hollow shell of a subpar window. If strength and durability are factors found important to you in your search for replacement window perfection, you have just met the window of your dreams in Protec!

Don’t be left green with envy at the hands of an inferior window system this St Patrick’s Day season! Call RIHI today at 401-739-1001 and schedule an in-home consultation with one of our delightful little window leprechauns. Our estimates and river dancing lessons are both free!


Congratulations John H., of Norwood!

JohnHunterJohn H., of Norwood, MA, is the lucky winner of a $100 Golfer’s Warehouse gift card.  He was one of many who signed up to win at the recent golf show.  Check it out.  If you see us at one of the many events we attend, stop by to see if we’re giving anything away … more often than not we are!  Just ask John H.!

We’ll also be glad to speak with you about any home improvement projects you need done.

John received his gift card from RIHI Marketing Manager Ron Pazienza (right) at our Warwick offices.

Could the next gift card winner be you?  Or even better, could you be the winner of our yearly $15,000 Home Exterior Makeover Sweepstakes?

The BBB Speaks

Phyllis-BBB-AwardMost our blogs contain exciting information surrounding our Protec products or any of the scintillating events we take part in on any given weekend. Today, however, we’re going to focus on us and something of which we are extremely proud. If you will take a moment to glance at the picture included within this blog you’ll notice our stunning and lovely human resources department—or as we casually refer to her: Phyllis—being presented with our latest award from Daniel Guerino of the Better Business Bureau.  It’s not often we like to brag about the assorted accolades and acknowledgements we receive, but this is a big one. Covering the previous forty years, the Better Business Bureau has recognized our commitment to honesty, integrity, ethics, and trust.

Why does this award mean more to us than many of the others? Simply stated: because we could not achieve this status with the BBB if it were not for you—the RIHI customer. We take great pride in providing every homeowner we work with the same tireless customer service. Whether you’re doing something as simple as replacing your gutters or an extensive kitchen project, our goal and ultimate end-game is to make sure you’re left a great feeling about your home and the project you’ve so graciously allowed us to assist you with. Once you actually take a step back it is you—the RIHI customer—who have bestowed this award upon us. You have been generous enough to reach out and contact the BBB, expressing your gratitude through your glowing recommendations of us, and for that we sincerely thank you!

As long as our customers will allow us, we’ll continue to provide the quality-assured service that we continue to improve upon sixty years after our inception. Remember, you can always reach out to us at 401-739-1001 to enjoy the same service which has kept us in such good standing with Better Business Bureau over the last four decades.


Getting a Jump on your Roofing

Groundhog_Day2I don’t care what Punxsutawney Phil says about his shadow. My phone tells me there are 70 degrees outside and the t-shirt I’m wearing in the office today tells me springtime has arrived.  A smattering of my coworkers might think I’m rushing things a bit while pointing out that the calendar still reads “February,” but that’s okay.  As I sit outside RIHI corporate typing this blog on my laptop, watching the gutters flow with the last remains of snow, I’m reminded of the benefits our Protec roofing shingles provide.  Covering all the angles from form to function, our roofing system will compliment your home’s vibrant appearance while protecting your family from the harsh New England elements. Do not take your roof for granted, people.

Who says roofing can’t be sexy? Vinyl siding, replacement windows, and kitchen cabinet refacing might get most of the attention, but the right roofing system will add the perfect finishing touch to make your house radiant. For example, our Duration shingle package comes in myriad colors with bold lush tones tailored to your specific taste. We’ve also gone to the trouble of adding complementing shadow lines to our shingles, which give your roof an elegant accent of class.  The difference in our Protec roofing system lies within the technology honed within not only the construction of each shingle, but also within the method of installation. Each roof we complete features a durable, tough woven engineered reinforcing fabric providing superior fastening during the installation process. We also utilize a superior adhesion that sustains a firm grip to the fabric nailing strip, giving your roof the appearance that it was just installed yesterday. Call RIHI and your neighbors will think you have a new roof installed every year!

Speaking of which, you can always reach one of roofing experts at 401-739-1001. Put the sexy back in your shingles and call RIHI today!



Know Your Snow

snow-roofIf timing truly is everything, then today is the perfect time to talk about how to properly remove snow from your roof. Yes, once again Mother Nature lulled us into a false sense of security as she let us off easy with a very gentle January. Now as many of us dig out of the multiple snowy inches laid down upon us yesterday, we should think about how much snow is too much snow for our roofing systems to handle. The good news is that your home—as long as it was built to code—should have no problem shouldering the burden of snow generally associated with your region.  Another secret known to many savvy homeowners, one which I will share with you now, is to know your snow. Do not gauge the snow on your roof by the visible amount. For example, dry fluffy snow carries much less weight than that of wet snow. While the latter makes for much better snowball fights and snowman construction, the former is far easier to manage.

You may now be asking, “How do I know when my snow load is too much?” Since we’re in the secret-sharing mood the next one involves your home’s interior doors. If your roof is starting to buckle a bit from excessive snow your interior doors will stick when your attempt to open or close them. You may also notice some chipping along the drywall above these doors.

Should you now find yourself wanting to remove snow from your roof your best bet is to call a professional. Your snow-slicked roof is the last place you want to start honing your shoveling skills. If you have a one story house, such as a bungalow or ranch, you can purchase a snow rake from your local hardware store. These rakes will allow you the ability to remove snow from the safety of ground level. Remember, you don’t need to remove all the snow—just enough remove any threat of compromising the structure.

As always—feel free to address any snowy roof-related questions to The Home Improvement Guys at RIHI via 401-739-1001.


End the Cycle of Painting with Vinyl Siding


Are you sick of painting your house? Most homeowners are, yet year after year and spring after spring more people drag themselves outside only to be held hostage by a brush and bucket of paint. There are so many more fun and interesting things to fill your weekend with other than lumbering up and down a rickety ladder. On the other hand, if you happen to be one of the fortunate people who have called RIHI over the years, inquiring about our Protec vinyl siding, then you’ve already forgotten about all the painstaking perils painting your house can incur. Please don’t waste another beautiful spring weekend bristling under the weight of paintbrush bristles.

Protec vinyl siding gives you the best of all worlds. This is not your grandfather’s siding, people. Vinyl siding has gotten a bad rap over the past few decades because of the hideous lime-green flimsy plastic that donned so many homes in the 70s. Spanning a spectrum of 22 vibrant colors, Protec delivers a flavor for everyone’s unique taste. Our Protec siding also offers the look of freshly painted cedar shakes, clapboard, and shingles. Even a ten-year span your house will appear to look as if you just painted a week ago.

If durability is a concern, Protec is for you. In fact, if you’d like confirmation of the aforementioned durability then check out the video above. You’ll be treated to a baseball shot from a cannon straight into our wood impressions siding.  Take notice, Mother Nature! What do you have for New England that can compete with a cannon-fired baseball? On second thought, perhaps I shouldn’t taunt Mother Nature considering the previous few winters we’ve suffered through.

Whether your motivation lies within ending the strain of painting forever, or making your home the most beautiful on the block—you’re going to want to call us immediately at 401-739-1001.


How do I Handle Ice Dams?

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One of the most often asked questions we get here in the office this time of year is how to handle the hassle of ice dams.  An ice dam is simply a layer of ice that forms along the edge of a roof, inhibiting the collected snow from melting properly. The resulting melt then has the potential to creep into the house, leaking down into the walls, creating damage to the interior of your home.  The old saying “an ounce of prevention outweighs a pound of cure” was never more accurate than when discussing ice dams.


Preventing ice dams takes a few different forms.  Your roofing ventilation plays an important role in ice dam prevention. A properly ventilated roof will allow air to flow smoothly so that excess heat will not build up and cause the melting process to speed up, which creates a breeding ground for ice dams. You will also want to remove snow from your roof, especially if you notice icicles forming.


If you find yourself past the point of prevention, however, you have a few avenues to pursue, best of which involves calling a professional. One option is to place a box fan in your attic and pointing it at the leak. The cold air the fan generates will refreeze the leak, in essence bringing it to a stop. Again, the melting and freezing cycle of the snow drives the ice dam process, so keeping it frozen will alleviate the leaking.

Hose down your roof!

If you’d prefer another route, one which may seem somewhat unconventional, grab a pair of panty hose. Yes, you read that correctly. If you fill a pair of panty hose with rock salt, lay it across the ice dam—leaving the foot of the hose hanging off the gutter, the salt will melt the ice without damaging the roof, allowing the excess snow and ice to flow into the gutter. Granted, you may receive some inquisitive looks from neighbors and passersby wondering why you’ve littered your roof with ladies’ hosiery, but at least you’ve nailed down that nasty ice dam issue! Who ever said science can’t be fun?

As always, we’re here awaiting any questions and concerns pertaining to your roofing needs. Reach out to 401-739-1001 and we’ll be happy to share how our Protec roofing system will help you in the fight against any inclement weather to which we have to look forward. 


Let it Snow!


Peaches, all comfy and cozy
behind RIHI Protec Windows!

She held off as long as she could, but good old Mother Nature finally reminded us that we live in New England—and it happens to be January. With the holidays fading into memories and our thoughts turning to daydreaming about Memorial Day cookouts, we just have to get past the next sixty days or so of winter’s worst offerings. If, however, you were one of the hundreds of savvy homeowners who took advantage of our RI Home Improvement 2016 extravaganza specials then you have very little to worry about. In fact, just as I was diligently shoveling my driveway this morning I happened to turn toward my house to notice my dog looking at me from her perch inside my recently installed RIHI Protec bay window. While I was laboring through the bitter cold and back fatigue, Peaches—on the other hand—could not have looked more comfortable or cozier behind those three panes of Climaguard glass. Just that simple one window replacement project has brought a quiet calm to my household—not just giving Peaches the perfect place to keep a close eye on her neighborhood buddies—such as chipmunks and squirrels, but also bringing me a heating bill that is much easier to digest. It never ceases to amaze me how many people will replace all their windows, but leave the largest window alone. I did not have this option, as my bay window verticals would gently rustle with each blustery breeze. The custom-made composite construction of my new Protec bay window seals off the winter wonderland from my living room, giving Peaches a great place for afternoon naps—at least that’s what she tells me.

Don’t let the first significant snowfall of 2017 get you down! Look Mother Nature square in the eye and fight back. Take it from Peaches and call us today at 401-739-1001 for your free window estimate. Keep winter outside…where it belongs!


Congratulations Marilyn M., of Jamestown!

walmartwinnerMarilyn M., of Jamestown, is one of our recent winners of a $25 WalMart gift card.  For the holiday season, we’ve been promoting a Scratch-2-Win contest, where instant prizes include steep discounts on RIHI products as well as gift cards.  It’s still not too late to give it a shot!  Stop by our North Kingstown Walmart location or our kiosk at the Warwick Mall.

Marilyn received her gift card from RIHI Lead Generation Manager Tom Case at our Warwick offices.

Could the next gift card winner be you?  Or even better, could you be the winner of our yearly $15,000 Home Exterior Makeover Sweepstakes?


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