Jeremy Weber has been wearing a hardhat for as long as he can remember.
“I grew up on the jobsite,” Weber said of his experiences with the family business. “As soon as I could walk I was on the site. Siding and exteriors is in my blood.”
This year Weber took over the family business from his dad, giving the company a new owner and a new name. Formally RMW Aluminum, Weber decided to change the name to suit the company’s expanded services: RMW Exteriors. With an updated logo to accompany the updated name, the business is tackling a wide-range of projects, specializing in high-end and custom exteriors.
“Over the years the business has evolved into a lot of custom homes and architectural moldings,” said Weber of the Elmira-based company. “Wood siding is our specialty now.”
The specialized pre-finished wood siding is guaranteed for 15 years and is lower maintenance than traditional wood siding, which used to require re-finishing about every two years. Wood siding adds curb appeal to homes, something Weber says is invaluable to homeowners.
“When you’re listing a house, curb appeal is everything,” he said. “A person drives up to look at the house, if it doesn’t look nice from the street they’re likely to keep on driving; they won’t even give your house a chance.”
New siding, windows and doors can also help homeowners save money, providing customers with more energy efficient homes. Weber said proper attic ventilation of old homes is especially important.
“Often if a house was built in earlier years, renovation to an attic was an oversight, it wasn’t important,” said Weber. “We always recommend to customers that we open it up and get ventilation to the attic, it allows your attic to breathe.”
Weber said an unventilated attic would be like placing a fridge next to a stove in a kitchen. In the winter, home-owners have a pocket of cold air sitting on top of their house and warm in the summer, causing twice as much energy to be used during climate control.
Robert Weber began RMW Aluminum 25 years ago with a simple pursuit and has seen the company grow steadily ever since.
“I always enjoyed working with my hands,” he said. “I grew up on a farm and wasn’t interested in farming, so my choice was construction; I liked it.”
Robert’s growing business meant he needed to spend an increasing number of hours with clients and administrative work and less on job sites until Jeremy’s role in the company grew in 2010. Although Robert loves the customers he says have generously supported his family over the years, he is happy to be turning that part of the business over to his son and going back to working with his hands at job sites.
When he isn’t working part-time for RMW, his retirement will allow him to spend his winters in the sunny south.
Taking over the business from his father was a natural progression for Weber, who also shares his father’s love of working with his customers and working with his hands.
Moving from aluminum and vinyl siding to more elaborate projects also seemed like a natural progression to Weber, and now the company works with homeowners on things like restoration projects of heritage homes.
“We specialize in something that’s rare in the industry, renewing the house, but keeping the traditional look,” Weber said. “Everything has to be done very specifically: we can recommend what they have to do (to maintain a heritage home).”
In construction and renovation the summer months naturally bring more business, and Weber says his phone has been ringing since February with customers requesting quotes in anticipation of the nice weather. Even with all the success his father’s company has seen, Weber is always ready to take on new projects and new challenges.
Weber said he is grateful to the customers who provide him those challenges and will provide more to come for future generations of the business. Although he doesn’t have children of his own yet, Weber
hopes someday his kids will learn to work on a jobsite to “keep that family tradition.”