Leaves in Gutter System

Most Common Roofing Issues

The most important aspect of your home’s exterior is inarguably your roof. It serves a number of essential purposes and functions including keeping your home protected from the elements, as well as offering curb appeal & resale value, and insulation from the elements. With so much to gain from having a well-maintained roof, it is important to ensure that your system is kept in good repair! However, because your roof is constantly exposed to the elements, it tends to accrue a great deal of damage from the elements, and over-time issues arise which will need to be dealt with. If you’re interested in learning more about the most common issues that affect your roof, keep reading below for more information!

Roof Leaks

Perhaps the most common roofing issue that homeowners tend to run into are roof leaks. They can pop up in a variety of ways, from blunt damage occurring to your roof, to rusted flashing, to failing shingles, which means it is important to periodically examine the roof for damage to ensure that there are no leaks forming in your roof.

Algae, Mold, & Mildew

Another common roofing issue that New England homeowners face is mold growth on their shingle system. Particularly for those in rainy, shady locations, mildew growth can be significant, spreading over the entirety of the roof if left unmanaged. While mold growth won’t necessarily damage your roof, if it’s left to grow, it will continually hold moisture onto your shingles, which will make the most significant impact in the winter when it freezes and the moisture expands. While it won’t necessarily damage your shingles, its still best practice to address any mold & mildew growth before it impacts your roof’s integrity.

Ice Dams

Another damaging weather condition that tends to affect New England homes is ice dams. They are formed when the heat from your attic melts the snow on your roof, which runs down the shingle system until it reaches the gutters. At this point, the water, which is no longer being actively heated by the heat escaping through your roof, refreezes. Eventually, this causes the water to back up onto the roof, which is reminds in liquid form as it is continually heated by the attic, and it will begin to seep under the shingles and into the roof deck where it causes significant rot damage. If you’re trying to protect your home from damage, removing ice dams is one of the best things you can do.

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If you’re interested in replacing your home’s roof this fall, our team at E.M. Snow Inc. is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (781) 893-4546 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roof replacement needs!

 

Windows showing the seasons within each pane

Best Time of Year to Replace Your Windows

Your windows are easily one of the most important pieces of your home’s exterior. They offer a laundry list of benefits, including providing your home with ventilation & natural light, but also curb appeal & resale value, protection from the elements and intruders, noise reduction, and insulation. Considering how important your windows truly are to your home, it is essential that they are kept in good repair! However, if you need to replace your windows, you may be wondering if there is a good time of year for it. Summer or Winter? Spring or Fall? Our team has put together a guide discussing which times of year are best for your replacement project! Take a look below for more information!

Winter

Let’s start with the option most would perceive to be the worst: winter. There are certainly drawbacks to winter window replacements, including of course the heat loss. However, winter replacements aren’t all bad. It is usually far easier to book an appointment, meaning if you find during the winter that your windows are drafty and you’re losing significant amounts of heat, you generally won’t need to wait as long to set-up an appointment. This can make winter a good time to think about replacing your windows.

Spring

The next option is springtime, which has its pros and cons. When the winter thaw clears, many homeowners begin to examine their home’s exterior and take stock of any need for repairs. This means that spring is generally quite busy and it can be hard to book an appointment. However, if you can, it is a great time of year, as most homeowners tend to notice a lot of issues that they had previously overlooked!

Summer

Next up, we have summertime. This is always a great option, as the weather is fantastic, except on the hottest of the dog days, and contractors tend to have a bit of a late-summer lull, making it easier to get a quick appointment. However, there is one option that reigns superior over all the others.

Fall

The best season to replace your windows is undoubtedly Autumn. Fall is fantastic because it allows you to get your home prepared for the winter season ahead, and your windows are one of the biggest contributors to energy loss in your home, making it a great option to prepare your home for the winter ahead!

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If you’re interested in replacing your home’s windows this fall, our team at E.M. Snow is ready to assist! We can be reached over the phone by calling us at (781) 893-4546 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your window replacement needs!

Rainy Roof

How Different Weather Conditions Affect Your Roof

Your home’s roof is the most important piece of your home’s exterior shell. It has so much to offer to your home, including of course protecting your home from the elements, but also offering curb appeal and resale value, as well as insulation. Considering how many benefits your roof provides your home, it is important to ensure that it is kept in good repair! The most damaging factor for roofs, by far, is inclement weather, but not all weather damages your home in the same way. Interested in learning more? Let’s explore how weather affects your roof below!

Sun

To begin, let’s start with the one weather condition that will be there every single day, which is sunlight. Over time, UV rays will eventually cause your shingles to deteriorate. Your granules help to mitigate this, but particularly when they begin to fall off, your shingles will fail quickly. Prolonged exposure to the sun will cause them to become brittle and crack, and while there’s not much you can do to stop this, it’s important to keep an eye on your roof given this information.

Snow

Next, let’s examine how snow affects a home’s roof. One of the most common weather conditions in New England, snow causes damage in a similar fashion to rain, but there are a few distinctions. Of course, the primary concern with snow is moisture damage, but snow damage isn’t as immediate as rain can be. What you’ll need to worry about it ice dams. These form when the snow on your roof melts and then refreezes in your gutters. Over time, this causes the ice to back up until eventually, it is held in liquid form on your roof, where it seeps under your shingles and into your roof deck!

Rain

Last, we arrive at what is easily the most damaging weather condition beyond hurricanes or tornados, which is rain. The reason rain is so damaging is because even a small roof leak can cause quick and severe damage if there is an undetected roof leak. Furthermore, if there is a particularly windy & rainy storm, water can be forced under your shingles without any leaks. If you’re concerned about water damage, be sure to have your roof inspected by a professional on at least an annual basis!

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Interested in replacing your home’s roof this summer? Our team at E.M. Snow Inc. is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (781) 893-4546 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roof replacement needs!

Roof Ventilation

Why Your Roof Needs Proper Ventilation

Your home’s roof is the most important portion of your home’s exterior shell, offering protection from the elements and pests, as well as improving your home’s curb appeal and resale value, and helping to keep your home insulated. Considering how many benefits a well-maintained and installed roof provides for your home, it is essential to ensure that it is kept in good repair! One of the most important parts of proper roof maintenance, and one that most homeowners tend to overlook, is ensuring that your roof has proper ventilation! Plenty of homeowners are unaware that your roof even needs to be ventilated, which is why our team put together a blog discussing the importance of proper roof ventilation!

Why Do I Need Roof Ventilation

To begin, let’s discuss why roof ventilation is so important. Since heat rises, and your home’s roof is the peak of your home, heat collects in your home’s roof. This can be destructive in more ways than one.

In the summertime, as heat collects in your attic, it can begin to damage your shingles. Without proper ventilation, your attic can begin to accrue moisture damage, damaging both your roof deck and shingle system. This makes it essential to ensure that your home’s roof is able to ventilate properly, otherwise you could be damaging your roofing system and impacting your home’s energy efficiency!

Ice Dams

However, perhaps the most damaging issue that can occur without proper roof ventilation, particularly in a snowy climate like Massachusetts, is ice dams. Any homeowner who has lived in the Massachusetts area for at least a few years has experienced ice dams.

Ice dams form in the wintertime when the snow on your roof begins to melt due to the heat escaping out of your attic. The heat coming from your home can become trapped in your roof where it begins to heat the shingles and causes the snow to melt. As the snowmelt runs down your roof and reaches your gutters, it eventually refreezes, no longer heated by your roof. Over time, water will back up on your roof and begin to seep into your roof deck, causing significant damage!

This is where roof ventilation comes in. Many homeowners are unaware, but one of the easiest ways to combat ice dams is with proper roof ventilation. By having your roof properly ventilated, you can stop heat from building up in your roof. The idea here is that if the temperature in your roof is the same as the outdoors, the snow won’t be heated and melt, protecting your home from destructive ice dams!

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If you need to replace your home’s roof this summer, our team at E.M. Snow Inc. is ready to assist! Give our team a call at (781) 893-4546 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roof replacement needs!

Old Asphalt Roof

Signs Your Roof Needs To Be Replaced

When it comes to replacing your home’s roof, it can often be difficult to identify whether your home’s roof is in need of repairs, or needs to be fully replaced. The signs of damage are often subtle and easy to miss with the untrained eye. If you’re interested in learning more about the signs that your roof needs to be replaced that you may have missed, keep reading our blog for more information!

Broken or Missing Shingles

One of the most common issues that homeowners often see with their roofs is broken or missing shingles. Your shingles can break or fall off of your roof for a variety of reasons, including blunt trauma from falling tree branches, high winds, and more. This is the most obvious sign that your roof needs to be replaced, but many of the signs are far more difficult to spot!

Damaged Flashing

Another sign that you will need to repair, or replace, your roof is if your flashing is damaged. This can be difficult to assess if you’re not a roofing professional, as your flashing is located around your chimney, and in the valleys of your roof. It will rust from moisture over time, which can lead to roof leaks that often aren’t spotted until significant damage has occurred. Be sure to have a roofing professional examine your roof’s flashing at least once a year.

Loose Granules

A sign that your shingles are nearing the end of their lifespan is when you begin to find loose granules in your gutters or on your lawn. Over time, shingles will begin to lose their structural integrity, as they are exposed to the elements regularly. One of the most common signs of this is loose granules. Take it as evidence that your are in need of a roof replacement in the near future.

Curling At The Edges

If you notice that your shingles are curling or warping at their edges, it means that they have absorbed some degree of moisture and it is affecting the structural integrity of the shingles. If your shingles have absorbed moisture, it can quickly seep into your roof deck, where it can completely compromise the structural integrity of your roof. If you notice that your shingles are warped in any way, have a roofing professional assess the system as soon as possible.

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Interested in replacing your home’s roof this spring? Our team at E.M. Snow is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (781) 893-4546 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roof replacement needs!

Colorful Townhouse Vinyl Siding

Benefits of Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is the most commonly installed siding material in North America. It has long reigned as contractors and homeowners’ favorite choice because of a number of factors that have led to its widespread distribution and manufacturing, making it accessible and low-cost, which has bolstered its popularity. However, it offers a number of benefits that truly make it a fantastic siding option! If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of vinyl siding, keep reading below for more information!

Economical

The first benefit of vinyl siding is that it is relatively inexpensive in comparison to other siding options. Due to its widespread manufacturing, vinyl siding is widely accessible, which makes it a less expensive siding option than some. If you’re looking to replace your home’s siding on a budget, vinyl siding is arguably the best option you can choose!

Durability

Another reason that vinyl siding became so popular in the first place is that in addition to being low-cost, it is also extremely durable, particularly in comparison to other, older siding options. Vinyl siding is constructed to withstand inclement weather, including rain, as well as heavy winds and hail. Furthermore, it is moisture resistant and won’t rot, meaning you will never need to worry about your siding eroding off of your home. If you’re looking for a siding material that you can install and never need to worry about, vinyl siding is a fantastic choice!

Aesthetics

Due to its widespread manufacturing, there are many companies creating a wide array of color options for vinyl siding. This means that no matter what color of siding you’re looking for, you can always find the perfect shade to match your home’s exterior. If you’re looking for a particular color for your home’s siding, vinyl offers the best chance at finding the shade you’re looking for!

Energy Efficient

Another reason that many homeowners elect to install vinyl siding is that it can help to improve your home’s energy efficiency by helping to insulate your home. For homeowners who are looking for a bit of additional insulation out of their home’s siding, there are insulated vinyl siding options that can help further insulate your home, leading to significant savings on your home’s energy bills!

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If you’re interested in installing new vinyl siding on your home this spring, our team at E.M. Snow Inc. is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (781) 893-4546 or by filling our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your remodeling services!

Copper Gutters

Benefits of Replacing Your Gutters

We typically don’t give gutters much thought until they malfunction, or we realize that we have to clean them. However, gutters play a very important role in protecting our homes from water damage, so it is important to take care of them and perform the necessary maintenance on them in order to keep your home in peak condition! If you’re interested in learning 

Prevent Interior Flooding

Gutters send water away from your home. If they can’t do their jobs properly, this can lead to costly repairs such as interior flooding or damage to your foundation. 

Protect Against Roof Rot 

When gutters don’t drain properly, this can lead to a buildup of water back onto your roof. This water can create puddles, which can lead to mold and decay on your roof. The worst part is this back-up can actually start breaking down your roof in a matter of hours – so if you don’t notice the water back-up right away, you could have major damage in a short amount of time. 

Avoid Driveway Damage

Standing water on your concrete, such as your driveway or walkway, will start to break it down. If your gutters aren’t properly working, additional water may be landing on these areas and causing damage. 

Damaged gutters or water drainage systems are a very common reason for bowing driveways and cracked walkways. 

Slow Landscaping Erosion

Landscaping is an investment – regardless of whether you hire a professional or do it yourself. Clogged or damaged gutters may cause water to flood or rush onto your landscaping. This can wash away mulch or pebbles you’ve placed, knock over flowers or shrubs, and cause soil erosion and dips in your yard. While all of these things can happen in a particularly heavy onslaught of rain, they are more likely to happen due to poor gutters. 

Eliminates Pests

If your gutters aren’t working properly, there is a good chance that water will collect either on your roof or in your lawn. This creates an ideal place for mosquitos or other pests to live. Not only can this make it harder for you to enjoy the outdoors around your home, but it can also be a health hazard for you and your family. 

Saves Your Time

New gutter systems often come with guards already attached or for not much additional cost. This can save you a lot of time when it comes to cleaning off your gutters and performing other maintenance. 

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If you are experiencing any problems like landscaping erosion or driveway damage, it may be time to replace your gutters, unless there is another issue. If you want to prevent any problems or save time on your home care chores, you should definitely consider gutter replacement.

If you’re interested in learning more about our team’s roofing services, reach out to us today to get started! We can be contacted over the phone by calling us at (781) 893-4546 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roofing needs!

 

Roofing Inspection

Benefits of Having Your Roof Inspected

Most homeowners agree that their roof is arguably the single most important piece of their home’s exterior. It serves a number of very important purposes for your home, including protecting it against inclement weather and pests, but also helping to improve your home’s curb appeal and resale value, and providing valuable insulation. With so much to gain from having a well-installed and maintained roof, it is important to ensure that your home’s roof is kept in good repair! If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of having your roof professionally inspected, keep reading below for more information!

Extend Your Roof’s Lifespan

One of the greatest benefits of regular roof inspections is that they help you find issues with your home that you would have otherwise overlooked, including moisture damage or broken flashing. Damage to your roof can seriously reduce its lifespan, which makes having regular roof inspections essential for helping your home’s roof last as long as possible. If you’re interested in keeping your roof healthy, have it inspected on a regular basis.

Discover Water Damage

In the same vein as extending it’s lifespan, having regular roof inspections can help you discover issues quickly, such as water damage, before they deteriorate your entire roof. Water often finds it’s way into your roof through the smallest openings, and it can be incredibly difficult for the untrained eye to find. If you suspect that your roof is leaking in any capacity, have it inspected in order to save your roof before the water damage is too extensive.

Save Money

Another benefit of having your roof inspected is that it will help you save money in the long-run. As we mentioned above, it can often be incredibly difficult to identify whether your roof is leaking or damaged unless you’re a professional. You may be sitting at home, thinking that your roof is fine because there are no active leaks, when in fact, the damage is continuing to get worse until your roof abruptly fails.

By having your roof inspected, you can find this damage before it destroys your roof, helping to keep your home protected and saving your money on repairs and replacements in the long run!

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If you’re in need of roof replacement for your Massachusetts home, our team at E.M. Snow Inc. is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (781) 893-4546 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roof replacement needs!

Different Window Styles

Different Window Styles & Where To Install Them

When it comes to replacement windows, they’re not one size fits all. There are a multitude of different window styles that work best in different settings, which can often make it difficult to identify which styles are best for each room of your home. If you’re interested in learning more about the different styles of windows, keep reading below to learn more about different window styles.

Double-Hung Windows

Often considered to be the standard of the window industry, double-hung windows are one of the most common window styles that you will see in nearly any home in America. Both sashes operate individually, allowing you to open the window from the top or the bottom of the window. These windows work well in nearly any room in the house, but if you have any children, be sure to make sure they don’t pull windows down on themselves by accident.

Casement Windows

Another very common window style is casement windows. Casement windows are operated via a crank, which opens horizontally away from the home. These windows are extremely easy to operate, which makes them a good option for playrooms, or over your kitchen windows when you need to open a window with wet hands.

Awning Windows

In a similar vein as casement windows, awning windows are another very popular style. While casement windows open horizontally from the home, awnings are also operated via a crank system, but open vertically, which makes them a fantastic option during rainstorms, allowing you to ventilate your home without exposing it to water damage. They are another easy to use option that many homeowners employ!

Picture Windows

While every other style of window we’ve discussed so far is operable, picture windows exist simply to provide natural light. They are inoperable, stationary windows that are often oversized to help boost the amount of light in your home. Typically flanked by operable windows that allow you to provide ventilation to areas where picture windows are installed, picture windows are mostly for aesthetics, and can greatly improve your home’s value.

Slider Windows

Finally, one of the most popular window styles of yesteryear that still holds niche popularity, slider windows are arguably the easiest window to operate. While they are very easy to use, it is important to ensure that you don’t install slider windows in any area where they could be used by kids, as they are incredibly easy to open. They are best utilized in areas where easy to operate windows are necessary, such as hard to reach areas or even over your kitchen sink.

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If you’re interested in learning more about different window styles, or perhaps in installing new windows in your home, our team at E.M. Snow Inc. is ready to assist! We can be reached over the phone by calling us at (781) 893-4546 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your window replacement needs!

Entry Door Replacement

Benefits of Entry Door Replacement

The entry door is the gateway to your home. You want it to look welcoming for your neighbors, family members, and friends. Having a better entry door will also increase the value of your home and make your home look more appealing, too. There are also other benefits to replacing your entry door.

Security for Your Home and Family

One of the greatest benefits of replacing your entry door is adding more security for your home and family. If you have an older entry door, it is easier for someone to break into your home. There are many newer entry doors that allow you to bolt the door and lock it with a keycode. These are some of the best doors for added security to your home and family, and more convenient if you happen to forget your keys! 

More Energy Efficient

A new entry door can add more energy efficiency for your home, as well. Your older door likely has leaks or holes in it somewhere. Air from the outside can come in through these leaks and holes. Even in the summer, you don’t want the cool air from your home’s air conditioner leaking outdoors. Replacing your entry door is the best option if you want to add more energy efficiency to your home. 

Increased Curb Appeal

Do you want your home to be one of the best-looking home’s in your neighborhood? If so, a new entry door could do the trick. The entry door of a home is the main place someone looks when going by a home. It is the focus point of the front of your home. You want your entry door to look appealing. There are many new entry doors you can get to make your home more appealing. If you aren’t sure which entry door you should get, be sure to talk to home repair or remodeling experts today. 

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These are some of the greatest benefits of entry door replacement. Whether you have an older entry door, a broken entry door, or one that just isn’t appealing for your home, these are just a few of the reasons that you should get a new one. There are new entry doors that have secure locking mechanisms, look great, and can increase the value of your home. You can get these entry doors online or from your local store. 

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s entry doors this winter, our team at E.M. Snow Inc. is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (781) 893-4546 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your entry door replacement needs!