Roof Education

Syracuse Roof Education

Poole Construction – Standing Seam Metal Roofing: Commercial and Residential

Poole Construction – Metal Roofing as a viable alternative to asphalt shingles

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

If you are looking for a professional Syracuse Roofer or Roofing contractor in Sterling, NY and surrounding areas then please call 315-729-1120 or complete our online request form


Testimonials – Roofing & Siding Reviews

“Duane did a great job as promised.”

– Joe M. – Auburn, NY

“Duane was very professional and accommodating. Great with follow-up.”

– Service Magic User – Auburn, NY

“Preferred Exteriors was very professional in the work of repairing the flashing around our chimney. He called prior to leaving for my site to insure I was available and completed the work in a timely manner.”

– Service Magic User – Williamson, NY

“They were prompt and did a fine job. They also were reasonably priced! I will use them again!”

– Service Magic User – Auburn, NY

“Duane got the job done at a reasonable price and always called me back ! – unusual for many contractors.”

– Service Magic User – Dewitt, NY

“He was very professional. I would use him for the next project in his area.”

– Service Magic User – Auburn, NY

“He did a good job. We like our new roof.”

– Service Magic User – Lyons, NY

“Duane was very professional and knowing the urgency of my situation, he was very prompt in getting back to me and getting the job done. He gave me a detailed list of the work to be done, and informed me when it was completed, again verbally tellling me everything that was done. His price was fair and when I asked for a copy of his insurance certificate he provided it to me right away. I would recommend Poole Construction to anyone looking for a professional company who gets the job done above and beyone your expectations.”

– Karen K. – Auburn, NY

If you are looking for a professional Syracuse Roofer or Roofing contractor in Sterling, NY and surrounding areas then please call 315-729-1120 or complete our online request form.

Flat Roofing Systems in Syracuse New York

Installing flat roofing in Syracuse NY is easier compared to other roof types. It is also more cost effective. They are commonly seen in commercial buildings, garages and extensions. Although it is called a flat roof, a slight slope should still be built in order to drain water and debris.

Built-up flat roofing is a composed of many layers. The layers are built on top of each other to protect the structure from the sun’s UV rays and also from rains. It is usually made of tar-saturated paper, liquid tar, or asphalt.  However, you can always different materials according to your needs. It is recommended that you hire a professional roofer when planning to repair or install a flat roof.

There are two types of flat roofing. Warm flat roof is usually seen in homes. Insulation is installed on the roof deck together with water proofing on top. This provides warmth to the roof and rids of the need for ventilation. The cold flat roof has the waterproof layer installed directly on the roof deck. Insulation is also placed just above the ceiling. Because of this ventilation is needed.

There are certain regulations that you need to follow when installing a flat roof. The contractor will be able to address these issues and can explain them further to you. As mentioned earlier, it should have a little slope. There should also be drainage in one or two edges. Cold roofs should be properly ventilated. Most importantly it should be sturdy enough to walk on.

Flat roofing can be maintained by cleaning it regularly. Inspection should also be made at least twice a year. This will prevent further damage to your roof if some are seen at an early time. Always check drainages for blocks and if they are working properly. This will prevent accumulation of water and debris in your roof.

Some people who choose flat roofs convert them into green roofs. Shrubs or trees and different kinds of plants are placed in the roof. To secure the roof from damage, they are placed on top of a root resistant surface. Drainage is also provided. Converting your flat roof into a green roof can cool and insulate your home. The plants absorb water and it makes increases your roof’s life span and durability.

There is a wide selection of flat roofing materials that an amateur can’t fully understand. As always, your best bet is to hire a roofer that could repair and install your flat roofing according to your needs and specifications.

If you are looking for a professional Syracuse Roofer or Roofing contractor in Sterling, NY and surrounding areas then please call 315-729-1120 or complete our online request form

The Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing in Syracuse

Syracuse Metal roofing refers to the use of metallic materials such as steel and tin on your building’s roofs. Many Syracuse area home and business owners actually prefer using this kind of material when establishing a new building because of several reasons. If you are thinking about using metal roofs in your Syracuse construction, you must also know of the advantages and disadvantages to help you discern whether this is the material that works best for you.


  • Metal roofing system is durable. They can withstand extreme weather conditions like rain, snow and hail. They are also resistant to fire which makes it safe for places that are prone to wildfires. They do not crack, erode or sink thus making them easier to manage and maintain. They have a long time warranty that lasts up to 50 years.
  • They are both attractive and versatile. You can use them for any building character because they come in different forms that designs that will easily coordinate with the rest of the building. They are also pre-painted so all you have to do is choose the colour that works for you. Repainting is often the only thing you need to keep it in top shape.
  • Metal roofing is cost-effective. Because they last longer when compared to the other roofing materials, you do not have to keep on replacing them during maintenance. Insurance companies would offer you discounts when availing of a home insurance due to your metal roofs because of their durability and fire resistance. They also add value to your home because the mere fact that is made out of metal gives you an upgraded value more or less $1.45 per square foot.
  • They are also environment friendly. Since they are made out of recycled scrap metals, they are friendlier to the environment. You can also choose those that are painted with reflective pigments to decrease the use of your HVAC system. This is because the heat of the sun reflects back without penetrating inside your home and thus, controlling the use of your air conditioner.


  • If you are installing the metal roofing material yourself, you might find them trickier to install when compared with asphalt and shingles. You would need to plan and work carefully on the joints and the locations of the flashes to ensure that they are in place and water cannot penetrate.
  • If you are using them without insulation, you may find the sound of the rain annoying.
  • Since, they are of premium quality you may find the price of the thick gauges relatively high. However, since they are low maintenance, you will still save money in the long run.
  • With the right plan, metal roofing is simpler to install because you do not have to lay the small materials one by one.

If you are looking for a professional Syracuse Roofer or Roofing contractor and surrounding areas then please call 315-729-1120 or complete our online request form

Are you looking for a reliable handyman?

DO you need small Repairs done in a timely fashion?

Look no further! Call now: 315-729-1120

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

I have heard many horror stories about local so-called contractors or handymen in places like Auburn, Baldwinsville, Geneva 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 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.

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.

Vinyl Siding: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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

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:

I 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.

Adding value to your home when the housing market is bad.

Call or email for a quote today: 315-729-1120 or

Here is a list of nine things that can increase the value of your home and distinguish it from other homes being sold in the neighborhood.

  1. Interior paint: even a subtle color change with neutral colors and repainted trim can transform the impression one gets from a dwelling. Tying together a home’s rooms with a sensible color palette, and unifying the trim colors can create a drastic difference in the feeling a person takes away after a walk-through.
  2. Insulation: homeowners often seem surprised at how reasonably priced an insulation upgrade can be, especially when considering how effective they can be in lowering heating and cooling expenses. A typical attic blown-in insulation install rates about $2-3000. Comparing a heating bill to that number will quickly show the benefits possible in saving money each month.
  3. Closets: adding closets to your bedrooms can do wonders for a home’s appeal, as well as value. “I would have made a purchase offer, but there simply wasn’t enough closet space”.
  4. Replacement windows: new windows improve the inside and outside of a house, most especially when the old ones are painted shut or otherwise outdated and working improperly. Buying a quality window is important, but don’t overlook the balance between an energy effective window and the overall insulation efficiency of a home. An expensive, highly rated window won’t do much if the rest of the house is not up to keeping the cold out, and the heat in.
  5. Roof cleaning: If your home is in a highly shaded area, it is likely that black streaks or mold have marred the appearance of your roof. Most cases can be solved for under $1000 with an effective cleaning solution, making your asphalt shingles look new again.
  6. Landscaping: few things add curb appeal like freshly groomed grounds. Even simple mulching around existing trees and shrubs can add order.
  7. Interior doors: relatively inexpensive to buy and install. Interior doors that are in bad physical condition or that don’t open and close properly reflect poorly on the maintenance of a dwelling. Although it seems like a big job, replacement of the doors and trim can be accomplished rather quickly, making a solid impact on decor.
  8. Cabinet doors and hardware: along similar lines, kitchen cabinets can benefit from a similar treatment. Simply replacing the drawer pulls and cabinet door knobs can be a cheap and simple “one tool” job, bring about a small but thoughtful touch to a kitchen. One step further; tacking on a new style of cabinet door to the face frames will effect a more broad facelift.
  9. Lighting: Often overlooked, lighting is great bang for your buck, and intensely important to making a home feel cozy and inviting. Updated fixtures can add a hint of style, and function as well. Task lighting appropriate to a room’s purpose, and general area lighting will bring warmth and comfort to a place. Recessed kitchen lighting is a popular addition.

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.


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