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!

 

Flat Roofing Installation

Why is Rubber Preferred for Commercial Flat Roofs?

If you own a commercial building that needs reroofing, you’ll be faced with many choices. While numerous roofing options are available, you want the best solution for your budget and the long-term durability of your roof. If you have a flat roof, your building is a prime candidate for a rubber roof. Why should you switch from traditional asphalt to rubber? Read on for the benefits you can derive from applying a rubber roof for your commercial roofing needs.

Ease of Winter Cleaning

If you’re in an area with freezing winters and frequently deal with ice, snow, and freezing rain, a rubber roof is your best option. When you need to shovel regular loads of snow off your roof or chip ice buildup, using a roofing material that allows for quick and convenient cleaning is quite beneficial. Rubber roofs allow for fast snow removal ensuring you won’t ever have a roof that becomes too heavy with snow and ice buildup. No longer will you risk damaging your roof by catching a shovel on the roofing material and picking it up.

Cost-Effective

Perhaps the best reason for rubber roofing is its cost-effective nature. While traditional asphalt roofs will need to be maintained and replaced, rubber roofs are often a set it and forget it solution. Rubber is a highly durable material and resistant to the wear and tear of foot traffic, snow, ice, and harsh sunlight. If you install a rubber roof onto your commercial building, you likely won’t need to install another for the lifetime of your structure. Rubber roofing is an investment that gives you quality performance at cost-effective prices.

Efficient Installation Process

If you install a rubber roof, you can expect a faster turnaround time than asphalt. The common single-ply nature of rubber roofs creates an easy installation process for contractors familiar with rubber roofing. Any needed repairs can also be fixed quickly and efficiently. You’ll not only have a building ready to use in record time, but you’ll save money by hiring contractors for less time. Contractors who specialize in rubber roofing will be able to give you an accurate estimate of project timing so you can plan around the installation process. There is no need to pull up your old roofing material when applying rubber roofing. Because rubber roofing can be applied over your existing roof, you can expect contractors to start on your project right away.

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If you’re interested in learning more about our team’s rubber roofing installation services, reach out to us 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 roofing installation needs!

 

Wooden Entry Door in the fall

Signs You Should Replace Your Front Door

The front door of your home is one of the first impressions new guests receive. Depending on what your door looks like, that will set in their minds what they are about to enter. While most people do not use their front door daily, it is important to keep an eye out for issues that your door may need to be replaced. More and more homeowners are using their side doors or garage entrances. Because of this, the signs may go unnoticed when a new front door is needed. By keeping these following issues to look out for in mind, you can make sure your front door is always a welcoming sign to all who enter.

Difficult To Open And Close

If your front door is getting harder to open and close, this is a sign something is amiss. For example, sometimes your door is hard to open in winter but much easier in the summer. That is a sign that it is not sealing well. Also, if you notice light coming in around the edge of the door, that’s another sign that it is not sealed properly. If your door doesn’t seal, then you’re losing heating and energy from your home. 

Warped or Weathered Looking

Let’s face it. Front doors take a beating from the elements. While it may not be used as much as it once was, this is still the main entrance in and out of your home. Doors can become warped over time, or they can be damaged due to other influences. 

Moisture in the Glass

If your door has glass panes then you need to watch out for moisture. Moisture can get in between the panes of glass when the seals are not secure. If you start to see moisture, that means this is a breeding ground for mold and mildew to happen. That can lead to much bigger issues. Do not let this go farther than it should. Because of older doors are made mostly of wood, this can cause you to have mold growth on more than just the door. It is very important that you replace the door as soon as possible when noticing moisture on windowpanes.

Water Damage

If your home has suffered any type of water damage, you should replace the door sooner rather than later. A door that has suffered damage due to water is softer and not as sturdy. This means your home is easier to break into, and it is also open to pests and insects. 

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These are just a few of the signs you should replace your door that may appear. Do not wait until you’re dealing with a major issue to replace the front door. Be sure you keep watch and replace when it is showing signs of wear instead of risking further damage.

If you need to replace your home’s front door 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 door replacement needs!

Colorful Fall Leaves in Gutter

Fall Home Maintenance

Holiday season has arrived, which means that colder, harsher weather is coming into view, and the days are getting shorter. With the fall will be in full swing soon! This article can serve as a quick exterior fall home maintenance checklist with a focus on windows, doors, roofing, siding and gutters to ensure the home’s ready and protected.

Windows

  • It’s time for that regular cleaning & inspection where you simply wipe them down to see any potential damage to the frames and sashes. 
  • Any repairs needed? Now’s the time to be proactive and make those repairs which were put off during spring and summer. 
  • Weatherstripping is an easy way to seal window areas and trap heat inside where it belongs (while lowering your winter energy bill). Also, repair any worn out rubber seals. 

Doors

  • Check not only the doors themselves, but everything directly around them like outdoor faucets, patio furniture which should be covered or come inside, doorway lighting, decks, steps and walkways.
  • Repair or replace anything that’s breaking down in the frame like rubber sealing and consider weather stripping, using door sweeps, etc., to conserve heat. 

Roofing

  • Schedule a roof inspection if one wasn’t conducted in the spring or summer. These are essential and required under most roofing warranties. Inspectors will spot a large assortment of potential problems most homeowners are unaware of.
  • Check any attic areas to see how insulation is holding up and whether the ventilation is blocked or hampered in some way. For those in much colder climates where snow and ice accumulation is a serious issue, this is a critical inspection. 

Siding

  • Check first around windows and doors, then the rest of the home to spot any loose siding which could let the cold air, water and moisture create problems for interior walls. If they aren’t addressed, the siding may expand during freezing temperatures and get worse.
  • Look for any cracking, warping, rot and other general signs of siding degradation.

Gutters

  • After the leaves have fallen check those gutters to ensure the home’s drainage system is working properly! Once it starts raining and getting icy or slippery, being on the roof is far more dangerous. And, once winds begins picking up being on ladders is also sketchy.
  • Get any damage promptly repaired and be sure fascia boards are in good shape.

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While this isn’t an exhaustive or comprehensive list by any means, these are the basics of getting busy with fall home maintenance before any small issues or problems become big ones once the weather hits. If you need help preparing your home’s exterior for the fall season, our team at E.M. Snow is ready to assist! Reach out to us 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 exterior remodeling needs!