Icicles on gutters, with snowy roof

Winter Roof Maintenance

For many Massachusetts homeowners, wintertime is the most difficult stretch of the year. The roads are icy, the weather is uncomfortable, and it brings a host of home maintenance issues, from shoveling snow, to removing ice, to ensuring that the home is sealed and energy efficient. One of the most important aspects of your home to maintain during the wintertime is your roof, which functions as the the umbrella of your home, keeping it protected from the elements and pests! This means that keeping the roof well-maintained is essential for the health of your home, and safety of your property. If you’re interested in learning a bit about the roof maintenance you should be performing this winter, our team at E.M. Snow has put together a blog for you!

Shovel Excess Snow

One of the most important things you can do to help keep your home’s roof in good repair is to shovel excess snow from the roof. You could choose to hire a professional to get on our roof and removed it, or alternatively, you can use a roof rake to grab snow and remove it from your roof; just be careful not to drop it all on your head!

The reason removing snow from your roof is so important is because it can cause a couple of significant issues. The first issue that often occurs with excess snow is that it can damage your roof by being too heavy and potentially causing damage to your roof deck.

The other issues that often occurs is that snow ends up melting down your shingles, and refreezing in your gutters, where it causes ice dams. Let’s discuss how to address & prevent ice dams below!

Ice Dams

One of the most important issues to keep an eye on in the wintertime is ice dams. Ice dams occur when excess snow from your roof melts and runs down to your gutters. When its no longer being heated by the warmth escaping from your attic, it refreezes in your gutter system where it it causes water to back up and seep into your shingle system. This means that keeping your gutters clear of ice dams is important for maintaining the health of your roof! To help reduce ice dams, it’s best practice to both ventilate your attic properly, also use ice melt when significant dams form.

Contact Us Today

If you need to replace your home’s roof this winter, our team at E.M. Snow Inc. is ready to assist! Give our team a call today 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 remodeling needs!

Window condensation, hand wiping away moisture

Why Are My Windows Condensated?

Condensation on your windows is often a regular occurrence. For the most part, it is merely science, as the cold air outside meets the humid air inside. However, some condensation issues should be addressed. Minor condensation can be typical, but you may also experience seal failure and experience severe condensation between your windowpanes. Knowing why you have condensated windows and whether it can be harmful is an essential step in understanding if it is necessary to solve the potential problem.

Is it Condensation or Seal Failure?

A standard amount of condensation is not the result of a damaged or failed window. Instead, it stems from the amount of moisture within the interior of your home. If you see condensation on the outside of the window, your window is working properly as well. When condensation builds up between the panes of the window, a seal failure is the most probable cause. This is a problem that you will need to address.

The issue with a seal failure is that it is no longer insulating your home correctly. Air makes its way in from the outside and your home’s warm air can escape to the exterior. It can even cause an increase in your utility bills, which is especially noticeable if seals have failed on multiple windows. When condensation builds up between the panes of your window, there is no quick fix. Unfortunately, a seal failure resulting in condensation means that a new window is necessary.

Why is there Condensation?

If the condensation on the interior of your windows is not a result of a seal failure, it is simply an indication of excess moisture in the building. As previously mentioned, condensation occurs when the cool air outside meets the humid and warm air on the other side of the windowpane.

The causes of humidity in a home are often the result of simply living: cooking, cleaning, bathing, or running the a/c or heat can all introduce moisture into the air. Even the construction of the home and its materials can play a part in the interior humidity levels. All of these factors play a role in how much condensation builds up on your windows.

Is Condensation Harmful?

In small amounts, condensation does not cause harm. However, if your windows have continuous condensation or excessive amounts, there is a potential for damage. If condensation continually drips down the window to reach the sill, water damage can occur. It can also damage the paint, drywall, insulation, and nearby furniture. Taking care of condensation before it comes to this point is ideal.

Is it Possible to Minimize Window Condensation?

There are ways to reduce the humidity in your home, thus reducing condensation. For example, in colder months, your ceiling fans should turn clockwise to circulate the warm air better. Ventilating fans should be used for cooking, bathing, and doing dishes. Let some warm air out periodically to allow some of the humidity to escape. Utilize a dehumidifier regularly. Hang materials that are designed to pull moisture from the air throughout your home. You might even consider replacing your current windows with newer, more efficient, double-paned versions. The regular implementation of these actions can help you to reduce humidity in the interior and condensation on the windows.

Contact Us Today

If you’re ready to replace the windows in your home 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 remodeling needs!

Leaves on shingles

How To Improve Your Roof’s Lifespan

Homeowners know that your roof is the most important aspect of your home’s exterior. Your roof offers so many benefits for your home, including protection from the elements, as well as curb appeal & resale elements, and insulation. With so much to gain from having a well-installed and maintained roof, it is important to ensure that your roof is not only well maintained, but also lasts for as long as it can! If you’re interested in learning how you can improve the lifespan of your roof, keep reading our blog for more information!

Clear Off Debris

The first thing you should be doing to help improve your roof’s lifespan is to ensure that you regularly clean off any debris from the system. If you have branches around your home, you will likely deal with branches & leaves on your roof from time to time. While they won’t always cause damage, allowing these branches and leaves to sit on your roof will hold moisture on the system which, over time, will cause the shingles to deteriorate. If you’re trying to maximize the lifespan of the system, cleaning it regularly will help keep it in good repair!

Have Your Roof Inspected

Another important piece of advice for homeowners looking to maximize their roof’s lifespan is to ensure you have the roof inspected on an annual basis. Having a professional examine your roof can reveal damage that would have otherwise gone unnoticed and gradually worn away at your system. A roofing professional will be able to assess your need for repairs, and will help to ensure that your roof stays well-maintained! If you’re trying to maximize your roof’s lifespan, an inspection is a great choice!

Clean Your Gutters

One of the most damaging things that homeowners often do to their roofs, is allowing their gutter system to fill up with debris and overflow. Your gutter system is designed to protect your roof by routing water away from your home, but when the system fills with debris, it can cause the water to pool up instead of flowing out of the system. Eventually, this can lead to water seeping under your shingle system and causing significant water damage. If you’re trying to keep your roof protected, it is essential that you keep your gutter system clean and flowing!

Contact Us Today

Interested in learning more about our team’s roof replacement services? E.M. Snow is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by giving us 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 & installation needs!

Ice Dams

How To Prevent Ice Dams This Winter

With winter on its way in Massachusetts, there are plenty of homeowners who will very shortly be looking to rid their home’s roof of ice dams. Damaging and potentially dangerous, ice dams are a nightmare to deal with, and they can end up causing considerable damage if left to grow throughout the winter. If you’re interested in learning how you can protect your home from ice dams this fall with a bit of preventive maintenance, keep reading below for more information!

How Do Ice Dams Form

Before we discuss preventing & removing them, let’s first discuss how ice dams form! Ice dams are created from snow that melts off of your roof and refreezes in your gutters. Throughout the winter, snow will accumulate on your roof, building up with each snowfall. Heat will be continually escaping through your attic, warming your shingle system. This causes the snow to gradually melt, and run down your shingles. When it reaches your gutters, and is no longer being heated by your shingles & attic, the water will refreeze as ice in the gutter system. This process will repeat over and over throughout the winter, gradually building up. Eventually, if the ice dam gets large enough, it will begin to hold liquid water onto your roof, which can begin to seep under your shingles if it’s held on your roof. Eventually, ice dams can cause significant amounts of water damage to your roof deck & shingles, which means it is important to prevent ice dams whenever possible. If you’re interested in learning how to prevent ice dams, keep reading below!

How To Prevent Ice Dams

If you’re interested in preventing ice dams from occurring this winter, there are a few methods you can employ. The first thing you should do is assess your attic’s ventilation. Since ice dams are formed from heating escaping through your attic and heating your shingles, if you can mitigate the amount of heat that accumulates in the attic during the winter, you can prevent the snow from melting. You will first want to ensure that your attic is properly insulated. After adding as much insulation as you can, if your attic is still too warm, ensure that it has the proper ventilation. By ventilating your attic, you can bring cold air into the space, which will keep your shingles cool, and prevent the snow from melting!

If ventilation isn’t going to reduce your ice dams enough to alleviate the issue, you can also consider installing zinc strips to melt the ice, but this tends to be a last resort method for homeowners. Generally, ensuring that your attic has the proper ventilation will help keep snow frozen on your roof, rather than melting down it!

Contact Us Today

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!

BBB 41 Year Certificate of Achievement

BBB Certificate of AchievementOur team at E.M. Snow has been in business for over 50 years, and during this time, we’ve established a track record of excellence, ensuring we cater to all of our client’s needs and leave every job site cleaner than we found it.

That’s why we are happy to announce that we’ve just received our annual Certificate of Achievement from the Better Business Bureau, congratulating our team on 41 years of exceptional service! We are always proud to receive recognition for our work, and we take pride in delivering the same quality of service that Massachusetts homeowners have come to expect from our team, year after year.

Whether we’re replacing your windows or entry door, or completing a full roof installation, our team has always brought the same attention to detail & care to every project. We aim to continue providing our same quality of service for another 41 years, and we look forward to assisting you all with your remodeling needs along the way!

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.

Contact Us Today

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!

 

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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!

Contact Us Today

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!

Contact Us Today

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!

Contact Us Today

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.

Contact Us Today

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!