Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Full Service Contracting Company

A Real Advantage Inc. is a full-range professional contracting company offering residential and commercial services for all your exterior needs. From single family homes to large business complexes, no job is too difficult.  We are experts in any type of exterior building products and services, including customized and historical projects.
A Real Advantage Inc. takes pride in quality workmanship and service. From the moment we receive your call for FREE Estimate, you and your property are placed in professional, caring hands. Our experienced, trained estimators and sales personnel will thoroughly examine your needs and provide you with a written proposal.
Our siding services include:
Residential and Commercial Services
Tear-Offs and New Construction Roofing
EPDM Rubber and Modified Bitumen Single Ply Roofing
Chimney Rebuild, Repoint, Chimney Hoods
Algae Resistant Shingles
Power Roof Fans and Vents
Vinyl and Aluminum Siding
Heavy. 032 Gauge Seamless Spouting
Leaf Relief Spouting Guard
Emergency Repairs
Our professional service helps property owners decide on the type of products and color enhancements they would like, while still keeping their budget in mind. By choosing A Real Advantage Inc. for your roofing and siding needs you are choosing experienced personnel who know the latest technology of the projects assigned to them.  

Friday, May 4, 2012

A Real Advantage Construction

Hi, My name is Michael Wesley and I am the proud owner of A Real Advantage, Inc.  Most consumers recognize that choosing a roofing contractor can be a confusing and sometimes a risky decision.   A Real Advantage Inc. is dedicated to helping every customer make the best and safest decisions possible in order to get the job done right the first time.   This is a family owned business specializing in exterior home improvements
Our services include roofing, siding, soffits, capping and leaders.  We can customize your home with our wide selection of colors and products.  We pride ourselves on being dedicated to providing superior workmanship and our outstanding customer service.  We’re a proud member of the Better Business Bureau and participate in the customer committed program.

We offer the highest quality work for some amazingly unbeatable rates.  We are a home improvement  contracting company that you can count on.   
Along with our attentive customer service, we are also committed to providing superior workmanship using only top quality materials.  We take pride in the honest and dependable service that we offer.   

Friday, April 13, 2012

Solar Cell Roofing


Solar cell roofing made from solar shingles or solar panels is being increasingly incorporated into the construction of new residential and commercial buildings. In many areas, people are choosing to replace their conventional roof with a solar roof when it is time for maintenance. And most of these people would tell you that the long-term value, or short-term increase is resale interest, made it worthwhile.

A solar cell roof is called "building integrated", also known by the more complete name "building integrated photovoltaic" (BIPV). BIPV suggests that you would have needed that part of the structure built anyway, and you've chosen to use material that will also serve the purpose of generating power through solar energy. The first advantage of solar cell shingles or panels on the roof is obvious: some of the initial cost is paid by lowering the overall material and labor costs involved in the construction. The second advantage is that the BIPV does not stand out - it is a normal and expected part of the design and structure of the building. These two advantages often make bipv solar roofing the clear choice over rooftop wind turbines, raised solar panels, and backyard windmills which both stand out and cost a lot more to build and install.

In some parts of the world, often due to government subsidies, many new houses are built with solar roofs. Until recently, this was not the case in the U.S., UK, and much of Europe because the cost remained prohibitive. However, with the invention of what is called "thin film solar technology", solar roofing tiles, panels and shingles have become easier to fabricate and work with and are much more aesthetically pleasing. This technology is best for pitched roofs where shingles or small tiles are the norm. Large flat roofs, such as the tops of many commercial buildings, can have one giant layer of solar film, or large integrated panels.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Do you have a leak?

The Field of Shingles

If your roof is older, it is possible that the leak is within the roof field. This means the expanse of shingles, slate, shakes, whatever. If your roof is asphalt, then you can walk around with ease. Other materials such as slate, concrete tile or clay tile may not be so forgiving. You can crack roofing if you walk on it, so be careful. With regular shingles, look at the tops of the vertical knockouts. Look for missing colored granules. Look for cracks. Possibly a nail has backed itself out of the roof sheathing. Simply take your time and hunt.


A valley is a line where two roof planes intersect. Here we use a metal flashing in the valleys. Some areas use rolled roofing. Other places simply lace the shingles together. Valleys can be big problems if you do not trim the shingles correctly. When you trim a shingle for a valley you end up with a chisel point on the end of the shingle. If a second cut is not made to make this point like an arrow point, then water can travel along the top of the shingle and find its way inside your house. The shingle wrapper tells you how to make this simple second cut.

Head Wall Flashings

Some roofs stop at a vertical wall. A metal flashing must be in place to direct water streaming down the wall away from the stopping point of the shingles. This flashing may be behind wood siding or in front of a brick wall. The flashing should extend over the shingles at least three inches. If the wall is brick or other masonry, the flashing must bend and extend one inch into a mortar joint. Tar, caulk or roofing cement should never be used in conjunction with these materials. If you see them, it is a sign that someone tried to patch a leak!

A Real Advantage Construction is your #1 source for repairing roof leaks on your home! The professional staff will work hard to find at fix the leaks they find! Choose A Real Advantage Constrution for all your roof leak repairing needs in New York, the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Why do Most Prefer Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding has increased both in popularity and quality over the years and has grown to be a major competitor in the siding industry. Vinyl offers many advantages over other materials, despite being less expensive than most other options. It is a durable choice, one that homeowners can expect to enjoy for several decades. Wind, sun, rain and snow are no match for the durability of vinyl.

Siding contractors are familiar with the damage that the harsh winters can inflict on siding, and they have found that vinyl siding withstands the conditions. Even in northern states, the sun can beat down on a house in the summertime and fatigue other materials. However, vinyl siding will not fade even under the drastic conditions that the northern states have to contend with. This means that you will never again have to face the chore of painting your house.

Contractors recommend vinyl siding as an excellent choice for any homeowner looking to reduce the maintenance requirements of their home. Many roofing companies highly recommend vinyl siding. This new system locks tightly together to help make your home more weather tight. New York can face high damaging winds, and when you choose vinyl siding with this feature, you won't have to worry about the siding panels lifting or separating from each other.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Siding Installation

You've made an appointment to have siding installed on your property. While you're undoubtedly excited at the prospect of a fresh new look for your home, you're also probably wondering to what extend the installation process will affect your day to day routine.

Expect things to get messy: During siding installation, the outside of your house is bound to turn into one giant mess. Make sure to remove all planters, furniture, and miscellaneous items from your porch and patio before the work begins so that they don't get damaged. If you have a garden area to the side of your house and you don't want it trampled, mark off the area and let your contractor know where it is so that he and his crew can do their best to avoid ruining it.

Get ready for some noise: Siding installation is not always a quiet process, and the noise levels might get a bit unpleasant over the course of the project. Sure, some noise here and there is bearable But given the length of the installation from start to finish, those who tend to be home during the day might want to make other plans. Remember that while shorter siding jobs can take two or three days, longer jobs can take more than a week depending on the size of the house, the materials in question, and the circumstances at play.If you have babies or pets at home, then you should know that a moderate amount of ruckus might translate into a greater disturbance if sensitive ears are consistently exposed to the noise.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Spring is a Great time to Replace Gutter Guards

Purpose of a Gutter Guard:

There are many products that claim to be gutter guards. They can be anything from a piece of chicken wire to complete vinyl covers with a slit allowing water to go through. When attached to your gutter, the guard is supposed to keep leaves and debris out so you don't have to climb up a ladder, reach over and clean the gutter. Some claim to keep you from ever having to clean your gutter out again. But the truth is, while most do an excellent job of keeping out the big leaves, other debris does get in the gutter. You will have to take the guards off and clean the build-up inside the gutters once in a while.

How the Guard Works:

The guard is attached to, placed in or placed over the gutter, depending on the type. As leaves fall, the guard prevents them from getting into the gutter. Twigs and seed pods also fall from trees, and the debris may pile up on top of the guard. As it rains and the wind blows the debris blows off the top of the guard and the water runs into the gutter and out the downspout. If some roof gravel

A Real Advantage Construction is your #1 source for gutter cleaning in New York, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx! The professional staff will work hard to make your gutters spotless. Choose A Real Advantage Construction for your next gutter cleaning needs!