Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the top questions our clients ask us about home improvement projects. 

  • Why do you use Simonton windows?

    Simonton has been manufacturing reliable windows since its establishment in Pennsboro, West Virginia in 1946. The company has earned many prestigious awards for its windows, including earning the Highest rating in Builder and Remodeler Satisfaction from J.D. Power (seven times!), the Highest rating in Customer Satisfaction in 2010 by J.D. Power, and Highest in Quality in the Vinyl Window category in Builder Magazine’s Brand Use Study (four times!). Finally, Simonton’s ProFinish Contractor series was named Best Vinyl Window by Consumer Reports. King Quality offers the the following styles of Simonton windows:
    • Double Hung Windows (these can be opened from the bottom or lowered from the top; they also tilt for maximum cleaning accessibility).
    • Single Hung Windows (these can be opened from the bottom only).
    • Slider Windows (these glide open from either the left or right, giving you a wider view of your landscape).
    • Casement Windows (these have a crank operating system, which makes the windows easier to open and close while providing maximum airflow).
    • Awning Windows (these are hinged at the top with a design that opens outward, providing additional airflow to a room. They also open and shut easily).
    • Bay & Bow Windows (these windows also opened outward, giving you a beautiful and scenic view of your property).
    • Picture Windows (the most energy-efficient style of window, these come in a variety of shapes and sizes for versatility throughout your home).
    • Geometric Windows (these are typically used to create a focal point within a home, or to add more light to a space).
    • Special Shape Windows (these windows can also add uniqueness to your home).
    • Garden Windows (these are outwardly-projecting windows that give space for foliage or other décor).
  • How will I know that my windows need replacing?

    If opening and closing your windows is a difficult task, or if air leaks in or out or around the window, or you see condensation appearing between glass panes, it's time for new windows. Also, if you notice that your heating/cooling bills are higher than expected, it's likely you can benefit from new windows. According to the Consumer Federation of America, the average American household spends $1,500 per year on energy costs. Replacing your current windows with energy-efficient windows can help save a bundle. In fact, you can reduce your energy bills by one-third by simply using low-emissivity glass windows.
  • Is it OK to add new siding to existing siding, or must the existing siding be removed first?

    The KingWall composite siding that we use can be applied over your old siding. Doing this will increase the R-value (thermal resistance) offered by exterior walls by up to 19 percent. However if your old siding isn't in good shape, it's best to remove the old siding before installing the new siding.
  • What is composite siding?

    Composite siding gives you the beautiful look of wood at about half the price of wood shingles without suffering any of the typical problems of wood (including warping, rotting, and cracking).  There are a wide variety of siding options available for your home’s re-siding project. They include: 1. Engineered Wood. Engineered wood siding is made from wood products that are mixed with fillers and binders, heated, and then pressed into boards. A decorative layer is bonded into the boards to replicate the look of natural wood. The boards are then treated to resist mildew, rot and insects. The result is less expensive than natural wood siding, is more durable and requires less upkeep. 2. Acrylic. Acrylic composite siding is a solid-core vinyl siding product that incorporates a polymer mixture, rigid core backing, insulation and a thermal barrier coating into the composite. This siding is known for its strength, impact resistance and noise reduction and insulating properties. King Quality Construction Inc. offers the only acrylic composite siding available, KingWall Siding by Crane. 3. Fiber Cement. Fiber cement siding is made from a mixture of sand, cement, water, and cellulose that is steam heated and formed into planks. The result is a durable product that is resistant to damage, rot and insects. Fiber cement siding requires less maintenance than wood siding and is typically guaranteed to last 50 years, although it will need to be repainted after 10 to 15 years. Fiber cement siding is also flame retardant.
  • What kind of shingles do you use on replacement roofs?

    We use Timberline® Roofing Shingles from GAF, the largest manufacturer of roofing materials in North America. GAF's Timberline® Shingles are engineered to last, and provide uncompromising protection and durability. They come in several varieties, including:
    • Timberline® HD® Shingles - These are the top-selling shingles in North America. They're built in layers to ensure that rain, snow, sleet and the rest of it stay out of your home. There are many different colors available, from bold Patriot Red through vibrant Hunter Green and homey Barkwood.
    • Timberline® Ultra HD Lifetime High Definition® Shingles - These shingles pair the proven High Definition® blend with layers that are up to 53% thicker than standard architectural shingles. Many attractive color options are available.
    • Timberline® American Harvest® Shingles - These shingles come with the highest fire rating available, Advanced Protection® Shingle Technology, and peace of mind, thanks to their excellent warranty. But it’s the colors that really distinguish make these shingles shine. Designed by color industry expert Patricia Verlodt, these shingles come in distinctive contrasting colors
  • Is my roof warranty transferable to a new owner?

    If you sell your home, your roof warranty transfers to the buyer. This feature can boost your house's resale value (as well as curb appeal).
  • Why is getting a “non-prorated warranty” for my roof important?

    "Prorated" warranties will only cover a portion of the cost of replacing or repairing any part of your roof due to a product defect. "Non-prorated" warranties cover the complete cost of any such replacement or repair. King Quality offers a 50 year non-prorated full roof warranty from the manufacturer GAF. Our millennium roofing system comes with a fifty-year material guarantee non-prorated and a 25 year workmanship warranty.
  • Why is properly ventilating my attic so important?

    It's important because unless your attic "breathes" properly, condensation can build up, which over time may cause rotting and even structural failure. Proper attic ventilation systems allow a continual flow of outside air through the attic, protecting the efficiency of the insulation and helping to lower temperatures in the living space. It consists of a balance between air intake (at your eaves or soffits) and air exhaust (at or near your roof ridge). The U.S. FHA (Federal Housing Administration) recommends a minimum of at least 1 square foot of attic ventilation (both intake and exhaust) for every 300 square feet of attic space. For example, if your attic is 900 square feet, you need a total of 3 square feet of ventilation. This amount should be divided equally between intake and exhaust ventilation (i.e., 1 1/2 feet of each) to ensure proper air flow through the attic.
  • How long will replacing my roof take?

    In many cases the King Quality team can get the entire roof replacement done in one working day (including clean-up). We've done this for many of our Long Island customers (check out our Testimonials page).
  • When is the best time of the year to replace a roof?

    If your roof is failing to protect your home, the answer is "right now." Even in wintertime, when snow and ice conditions make it tougher to work than in fair weather, King Quality is ready. We've replaced many roofs in the January/February time period, and the quality of work is equivalent to that done in any other months of the year.
  • How much will a roof replacement cost me?

    The price you'll pay for a new roof system depends on many factors, including the size of your roof, the materials that will be used, and the contractor you choose to do the work. It's always best to get more than one opinion on any roofing job, but beware of "low-balling" roofing contractors. Although they might be able to bring the job in under budget, their substandard work can jeopardize your investment in your home. If you need help financing your roof replacement project, call us -- we have very attractive financing offers available for roof, window, and siding replacement projects.
  • Isn’t it possible that I can just have my roof repaired, instead of having to completely replace it?

    If the source of your leak is caused by loose flashing or a small section of your roof suffering localized damage, you may only need a repair to make things right with your roof again. But it's also possible that your roof system may have underlying problems that necessitate a complete replacement to protect your investment in your home. A reputable, certified roof inspector will be able to give you a reliable answer to this important question.
  • How will I know if my roof needs replacing?

    Leaks inside your home are the most typical indications that your roof needs serious and immediate attention. Look for discolored sheet rock/plaster, cracked paint, peeling wallpaper, or wet surfaces in attic areas and in your home's upper floors. Also inspect the exterior of your roof for dark spots on the shingles, which may indicate mold, algea, or fungus that can compromise the shingles' protective qualities. To prevent roof problems before they become so acute that they pose a damage to your home, it's best to have your roof inspected twice a year.

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