MCE Receives Pulse of the City News Award

“Performing to the level needed to earn this recognition in consecutive years is impressive. You and your staff have proven the exceptional service you provide is embedded in your company’s values and mission.” – Pulse of The City News



Pulse of the city award 2018

MCE Receives Super Service Award for 2017

Mark’s Custom Exteriors Earns Esteemed 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award#superserviceaward

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

 St. Helens, OR, January 1, 2018 – Mark’s Custom Exteriors is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2017.

“The service providers that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award demonstrate the level of excellence that members have come to expect,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros are top-notch and absolutely deserve recognition for the trustworthy and exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year and overall.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, record a current trade license attestation and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

“We’ve been in business for almost 25 years and demonstrate a high level of customer service. We use only the highest quality material backed with the best warranty available to our customers. New customers do some research on our track record, and they feel comfortable with that. We believe that a satisfied customer is our greatest source of new business and we go to great lengths to accept nothing short of their complete satisfaction.”

Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

How to Choose the Right Color for Your Roof

A clean, new roof can certainly add value and curb appeal to your home! Choosing the right color is an important part.

Steeper sloped and higher pitched roofs allow you to see more of the roof from street level so choosing the right color to accent certain features can be important!

If your home has a lot of detail and colors, choose a neutral or low key color for your roof. Too many colors and patterns can be a little overwhelming to the eye! Dark colors make your home look smaller while lighter colors will make your home appear larger.

If character and charm is what you are aiming for, then bold and vibrant colors could be a good option.  However, if you plan on selling your home in the near future, remember that your taste may not be the same as potential buyers so choosing something less bold could be the way to go as to not scare away potential buyers.

Keep it in the neighborhood! Be mindful of your neighbors and choose a color that best fits in with the other homes. If you’re part of a neighborhood association, be sure your color choices do not violate those rules. If you don’t have strict rules or guidelines, think about how your roof will look among your neighbors.

You don’t want your roof color to exactly match the color of your home’s exterior, but you do want it to blend well with it.

Check out the roofs for yourself! Ask your roofing contractor to see sample boards and colors. There are also interactive tools available that allow you to see the color on your own home. Check out GAF’s Virtual Home Remodeler Tool HERE.


Fall and Winter Roof Readiness

As the summer is coming to an end, the winter months are just around the corner. No matter the age of your roof, unexpected damage can happen at any time during any season. It’s important to inspect your roof once or twice a year to catch any potential issues that could lead to major repairs or replacements down the road. Depending on the size of your home, you may be able to get a good idea of your roof’s condition from ground level, but it’s always best to contact a professional if you are concerned about damage.

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Here are some tips on what to look for:

  • Check the chimney for cracks or damaged/missing flashing. In the winter this can be potentially serious because if the water gets trapped in cracks in the mortar, it will freeze and expand, causing more damage to the chimney.
  • Missing shingles expose your roof deck to the elements. If you notice spots where shingles appear to be missing, it may be an indication that you have water leaks. This is where an attic inspection is helpful in identifying leaks.
  • Inspect the attic for water damage or mold. Leaks and improper roof ventilation allow moisture to build up in the attic and cause mold to grow.
  • Damaged, rotted or blistered shingles should be inspected and repaired immediately.
  • Smooth or deteriorated shingles indicate that the shingles have most likely reached the end of their productive life. The granules on the roofing shingle are what protect the roof system from the elements.
  • Moss and algae growth can build up under shingles and allow water to get in causing leaks.

Another good habit to get into is cleaning out the gutters. Debris can build up in the gutters and clog the downspouts not allowing for proper drainage from the roof. The water then gets trapped and can leak underneath the roof line or in some cases, cause an ice dam.

Don’t hesitate to contact a professional. Most contractors, like ourselves, provide free estimates. Mark’s Custom Exteriors will provide a thorough estimate of your roofs condition, take accurate measurements and inspect the attic to ensure there are no active leaks. Give us a call to set up your free estimate or submit our online consultation request form. 503-397-2215