Helping our economy by putting a metal roof on your home?

Can You Help Central New York’s Economy With Metal Roofing?

Sounds like a silly question right?


We at Preferred Exteriors and Renovations Inc. have partnered with a supply company with multiple branches including Auburn, Syracuse, Horseheads, and many others to bring you a Metal Roofing Panel that is formed right here in Central New York using 100% USA Made Pittsburgh Steel.

Panels are available with a 10 year or 40 year warranty for corrugated metal.

We are very proud of this product and hope you are as well. We sleep well at night knowing we are providing jobs local through the sales and forming process of this panel as well as employing people in neighboring Pennsylvania.

Call or email for a quote now on your new roof: 315-729-1120 or

Composite Decks Vs. Pressure Treated Wood

Composite Decks Vs. Pressure Treated Wood Vs. PVC Decking

Spring Time is Deck Time!

We offer a multitude of deck options for your home. Below are some differences between the materials as well as some pros and cons

Pressure Treated Wood


Pressure Treated decks in many cases are a cost savings of over 50% compared to the alternative.

Pressure treated wood doesn’t show scratches as much as some composites and can easily be painted, patched, and made to match existing decking rather easily.

Joist spacing can be twice as long per span, compared to composite. In some cases this will save on material cost.


Pressure treated Decks require much more maintenance than the alternatives.

Only one harsh winter in Syracuse, Oswego or even Ithaca can make a fairly new deck look in need of a new stain job.

New applications of stain will be required every few years until the deck’s end of life (about 20 years).

Pressure washing should be done regularly on a deck, more so if it’s in a shaded area that is prone to mold growth.

The initial savings of a pressure treated deck is usually spent rather quickly on maintenance of the deck.

Composite Decking


Composite decking requires much less maintenance than pressure treated decking.

Composite decks don’t require staining at all.

Some composite decks, such as Correct Deck, also offer a hidden fastener system that is much more cosmetically appealing than the traditional face nailing methods.

Railing systems that compliment PVC and composite decking are available, and are often a nice upgrade.

The different colors and grains available give a look and feel you couldn’t achieve with pressure treated wood.

Washing: Composite is mold and mildew resistant so pressure washing is necessary a few times a year.


Price. Composite decking usually costs more than double what a pressure treated deck does.

Composite decks require more structural framing than wood decks  and joist spans are almost never more than 12″.

This boils down to more contractor labor required to install a composite deck.

Expansion and contraction: Composite must be installed correctly or after time boards can buckle heave or break. This means strict adherence to the manufacturers specs, not only to uphold the warranty, but to have a beautiful deck for years to come.



Truly maintenance free.

PVC decking is the only truly maintenance free deck option there is. PVC decking does not mold at all, unlike Pressure Treated.

You can fasten PVC decking very close to the boards edge without fear of splitting or cracking the deck board.

Most PVC deck joists can be framed to 16″ centers, reducing the total framing required.


PVC decks are only available in a few color variations due to material limitations. The nice vibrant colors of composite decking are out of the question.

The price is higher than other decking options.

Realistic woodgrain finishes are not as fine as composite or pressure treated variants.


Depending on one’s needs, any of these options, using a quality product, would be a great additional value to the home on a personal and monetary level. Call us about specials and for more information.

I can always be reached on my cell phone to discuss the best option for your needs.

315-729-1120 or click here for a free custom deck quote!

Vinyl Siding: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Call us now for a free vinyl siding estimate: 315-729-1120

Many People have written and asked:

What would you or do you put on your home Duane?.

I try to practice what I preach and this year I will be vinyl Siding my own home.

I choose Certainteed Monogram siding for not only my own home but that of my customers. It’s a .046 thickness panel and has a great warranty from fading. To learn more:

cny vinyl siding contractorI am very proud that both myself and my company are a Certainteed 5 star vinyl siding contractor.

I also am accredited from the vinyl siding institute.

We have touched on a number of different things in our previous posts. This one is focusing on vinyl siding your home in the Rochester to Syracuse NY areas:

Vinyl siding: good, bad or ugly?

Vinyl siding can be all of the above. I’d like to explore each possibility individually. We can get the worst out of the way first. Note that the quality of your materials and correct installation solve 99% of any possible cosmetic issues.

Vinyl siding: the ugly!

If you can’t immediately envision an ugly siding job, take a look around the next time you go for a drive. Ithaca, Syracuse, and Rochester are no exceptions to shoddy craftsmanship. They each have their fair amount of poorly installed vinyl siding, just like anywhere.

One common cause of ugly vinyl siding in our central NY areas is ripples in the panels. This is caused by over driving the nails attaching to your wall, or stretching panels up and down, forcing the lines to match another section of wall. Cheap vinyl siding also can be chalky and look faded after a few years, if the color isn’t injected into the panel’s material, instead of being applied on top of it.

Anyone can do a vinyl siding installation. It takes real experience and skill to make it look good, however. Only then will your money be well spent.

Vinyl Siding: the bad!

Vinyl siding likes to expand. Most people, and contractors for that matter, think it’s “side to side” expansion and contractions on the panels. While that is true to a certain extent, the majority of expansion is downward. This is why you may notice unclipped or missing sections of siding in the middle of a wall, upon closer inspection. If you don’t snap a piece of siding completely when nailing, the paneling can expand downward and become unsnapped.

Vinyl siding doesn’t like impact. If you have a lot of small stones, sticks, kid’s toys, etc., and hit them with a mower, chances are you are going to have holes or cracks in your siding. This can be prevented by buying thicker panels and/or aiming the mower chute away from your house. Expect baseballs, car doors, and golf balls to do damage if in close contact with your home.


Guys: Keep your grill a safe distance away from vinyl siding! I once saw a place in Syracuse that had experienced the effects of a grill located slightly too close to the house, the results weren’t pretty.

Vinyl Siding: the good.

Vinyl is final!

If you use a good quality siding on your home, you can eliminate most problems mentioned above.

You no longer have to paint your home. Vinyl siding is virtually maintenance free. A high quality vinyl siding job can increase your home’s value by more than the cost of the job itself, in some cases.

It increases the “R” value of your home, as well as stopping drafts. This is increasingly true if you use an insulated vinyl siding or apply a high “r” board to your home prior to siding.

Add style: there are many trim accessories you can choose from, these will allow you to change the entire exterior style of your home, if you choose to.

Curb appeal is priceless. If you really want your neighbors to take notice of your home, new siding is an easy way to get there.

In closing:

If you choose a nice quality vinyl siding, and use a skilled, conscientious installer, vinyl siding can add value to your home that is difficult to beat.

Are you looking for a reliable handyman?

DO you need small Repairs done in a timely fashion?

Look no further! Call now:


Finding a reliable handyman can be hard. The problem homeowners seem to have is finding an INSURED handyman that does quality work and shows up on time.

I have heard many horror stories about local so-called contractors or handymen in places like Rochester, Auburn, Baldwinsville, Geneva, Waterloo and Syracuse, doing shoddy work. Even worse are the emergency situations some handymen take on (especially for a landlord’s rental property), situations like roof leaks or clogged drains. Many never even show up to fix these time sensitive problems.

Many contractors shrug off smaller jobs. Poole Construction / Preferred Exteriors & Renovations, Inc. welcomes them. We are in the process on creating a division specifically for the odd jobs some may have. We understand that small jobs can often serve as a low risk manner of building a working relationship with your preferred professional, and this can lead to a larger job. We are eager to serve your needs, small or large.


We have no problem working with building inspectors on code violations or or other similar needs such as obtaining a certificate of occupancy.

Commercial Storefronts/property management:

We currently work with a number of nationwide maintenance and repair companies and have done many repairs on commercial buildings. We have no problems with net 30 billings, w9′s and listing you as additionally insured and getting coi’s to you.

In closing:

If you are looking for a reliable professional handyman or remodeling company we will be a great fit for your needs, and always present a great value for the quality of work performed.

Areas we cover:

Including but not limited to: Syracuse, Baldwinsville , Geneva, Ithaca, Oswego, Liverpool,Waterloo outlet mall,Wolcott, Rochester. These are just examples and we cover a much larger swath than these. As alway if you need our services or advice it doesn’t hurt to ask.