A Look at CertainTeed Roofing & Siding

Though we’ve worked with a variety of products over the years, the team at E.M. Snow has delivered excellent results with CertainTeed. Offering top-of-the-line roofing and siding products, CertainTeed has been at the forefront of countless home improvement jobs we’ve taken over the years. In this blog article, we’ll take a closer look at the CertainTeed brand and what it can offer to both homeowners and contractors. If that sounds interesting, keep reading below!

Introduction to CertainTeed

CertainTeed was founded in 1904 under the name General Roofing Manufacturing Company, meaning that it has been a mainstay in the industry for over 110 years! Since their inception, the brand has persisted, developed, and evolved into what it is today. Now, in 2021, the company looks ahead optimistically toward a bright future, as it is germinated into a manufacturing force of nature, offering the likes of fencing, decking, railing, trim, insulation and ceilings! With so much to offer to both homeowners and contractors, the CertainTeed has inevitably become a force of nature in the building products industry. This also applies to the workforce, where CertainTeed has grown exponentially since its founding, now boasting more than 6,300 employees and a hefty number of manufacturing plants throughout North America and Canada.

A Closer Look at What CertainTeed Offers

Simply put – CertainTeed offers a lot! As mentioned, they specialize in roofing and siding products, but also bring fencing, decking, and even insulation to the table. They are best known, however, for their roofing and siding products, so we will be focusing on those in this blog!

When we used CertainTeed here at E.M. Snow, we are using it exclusively for our roofing or siding projects. Why is this the case? Well, CertainTeed is proven to produce excellent roofing and siding products!

Roofing Products

CertainTeed offers roofing materials for projects both residential and commercial. They offer Landmark line of asphalt shingles as well as other variations, like Grand Manor, Carriage House, and Belmont. If you’re looking to outfit and armor your home with asphalt shingle roofing, CertainTeed is always a reliable choice! You can view a full list of their asphalt shingle types here, and see their gallery here.

Siding Products

Looking for siding? CertainTeed has you covered! They offer vinyl, cedar impression, and even stone veneer siding! It’s hard to go wrong with any of these options, as you are guaranteed to see an increase in curb appeal! You can view the full list of their siding products here and a gallery here.

Looking to Have CertainTeed Products Installed?

Need home improvement services from the experts? Look no further than us here at E.M. Snow! We have completed countless projects throughout the greater Boston area. Get in touch with us by giving us a call at 781-893-4546. We look forward to hearing from you and getting started on your project!

Which Material Is Best For Your Front Door?

When it comes to either installing or replacing your front door, it’s normal to have a plethora of questions. For instance, you might ask yourself what style of door is best for your home, what the right dimensions are, and finally, what door material is best for you.

If you’re looking for help with the latter question – you’ve come to the right place!

For homeowners looking to replace or install their front door, it’s smart to explore the various door materials out there, as they each bring certain advantages and disadvantages to the table. In today’s blog, we’ll be taking a closer look at these materials, hopefully so you can get one step closer to making an informed decision!

Material #1 – Fiberglass

Fiberglass doors have become an agreeable choice for homeowners, as they have a neutral look that is similar to wood. Though they appear similar to wood, fiberglass doors are certainly more durable and long-lasting.

Pros: Attractive, neutral appearance and increased durability

Cons: Known for being a bit on the expensive side – not budget-friendly

Material #2 – Wood

For many reasons, wood is an essential door material. Not only has it been around for centuries, making it the traditional choice, but wood doors are an excellent choice for homeowners looking for versatility! There is an wide variety of wood doors to choose from, including ones with glass accents and other decorations. No matter what the vibe of your home is, it’s more than likely that there is a wood door that will compliment it well.

Pros: Customizable to suit your home

Cons: Not known for being the most durable choice – prone to deterioration and damage over time

Material #3 – Steel

Where other materials may wither and underperform, you won’t catch steel doing the same. Renowned for its brute strength, a steel door is sure to keep your interior safe year after year. Though steel may not sound like the most aesthetically appealing option, steel doors can actually combine looks with functionality quite well.

Pros: Extremely durable, can help keep drafts and wins from entering your home

Cons: Can be expensive and hard to replace

Looking For A Door Replacement Or Installation?

All you’ve got to do is call E.M. Snow! Based in the greater Boston area, our craftsmen have installed an array of doors to homeowners in the area. If you’re consider either a door replacement or installation – give us a call at 781-893-4546 or visit our website to learn more!

Product Spotlight: James Hardie Siding

When it comes to siding materials, James Hardie is one of the most trusted names on the market. This is because James Hardie continues to offer a durable, easy-to-install product without breaking the bank – making it a popular choice among homeowners and contractors alike.

In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at James Hardie’s siding, and why it remains one of the most prominent options out there.

The Benefits of James Hardie Siding

  • Durability and Longevity

For homeowners, these might be two of the most attractive strengths of James Hardie siding. From the moment James Hardie siding is installed on your home, it’s unlikely you’ll have to worry about it – at least for a long time.

Even here in New England, where weather can get violent and erratic, James Hardie siding is proven to protect you, your family, and your home from the conditions brought about by all four seasons.

  • Variety for Days

There is no doubt that James Hardie siding comes in an impressive array of styles and colors. No matter the appearance of your home, it’s more than likely that James Hardie siding will suit it well.

Just a few styles that James Hardie has to offer:

– HardiePlank Lap Siding

– HardieShingle Siding

– Hardie Textured Panels

– HardiePanel Verticle Siding

This does not even include the variety of colors to choose from! With so many options, James Hardie will definitely capture the essence and character of your home.

  • Confident Installation

Over the course of our long and storied history, E.M. Snow’s craftsmen have installed James Hardie siding on a plethora of homes throughout the Greater Boston Area. Since James Hardie siding is so common across the country, homeowners can relax knowing that the most contractors have familiarity with this product.

In conclusion, if you are a homeowner, there are a multitude of reasons to consider James Hardie siding for your home! It doesn’t end with the above reasons – see what benefits James Hardie can provide for you!

Contact Us Today

Contact our team at E.M. Snow Inc. today to schedule an appointment with one of our siding experts! Our team has the tools and knowledge to repair or replace your siding as needed. Siding repairs are extremely difficult during the colder winter months, so don’t wait to schedule your consultation! You can contact 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 siding installation needs!

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Signs Your Siding Needs to be Replaced

The siding on your home does a lot more than just look good. Having a home that looks good is important, of course, but so is having a home that’s dry and free from unwanted pests! Keep an eye out for these telltale signs that your siding needs to be repaired or replaced. The sooner you identify the warning signs and schedule an appointment with a siding contractor, the better protected your home will be! 

Visible Damage 

Vinyl siding is very durable, but damage can still occur. Once your vinyl siding has signs of damage it will be less effective at protecting your home against various weather conditions. There are three major types of damage that can occur to your vinyl siding. First, warped siding. Vinyl siding can expand in different temperatures and weather conditions. If your homes siding was hung too tightly, this will cause warped siding that may look like it’s buckling away from the home. The only way to fix this is to replace the vinyl using a contractor who understands the importance of hanging the siding lose enough to allow for movement overtime. 

Second, your siding can develop holes that impact the effectiveness against weather conditions. The areas of siding with holes will need to be replaced. The most common cause of holes in your siding is animals trying to find their way into the home for shelter. 

Finally, your siding may have cracks. Heat, cold, hail, rain, and even debris being thrown up by your lawn mower, can all cause a crack in the siding. Inspect your siding for cracks at least twice per year to schedule a repair before it becomes worse.  

High Utility Bills

High heating and cooling bills are frustrating to say the least. Of course, it sucks to spend more money than you think you should be to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. If you’re battling high utility bills and can’t seem to find the cause, it might be your siding! 

Excess Moisture in the Home 

Excess moisture in your home is never a good thing. That moisture can promote mold growth that’s harmful to the health of anyone inside the home. Moisture in the home can be related to your roof, windows, water lines, siding, and more. It’s worth checking out the current state of your siding if you’re trying to determine the cause of excess moisture in your home.

Contact Us Today 

Contact our team at E.M. Snow Inc. today to schedule an appointment with one of our siding experts! Our team has the tools and knowledge to repair or replace your siding as needed. Siding repairs are extremely difficult during the colder winter months, so don’t wait to schedule your consultation! You can contact 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 siding installation needs!

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Roofing FAQ 

Being a homeowner is stressful. Part of owning your own home is maintaining it inside and out. Ignoring the maintenance that your home needs will lead to costly damages, poor energy efficiency, a lower resale value, and so many other negative outcomes. The roof of your home is something that is easy to forget about since it’s not inside the home or within your eyesight very often. Homeowners who have little experience with roofing repairs and replacements are bound to have questions, so let’s discuss some of the most common inquiries. 

How Do I Know When My Roof Needs Replaced? 

Knowing when your roof needs replaced isn’t simple unfortunately. There’s a lot that comes into play, including the age of your roof. If your roof is over 20 years old, it probably needs to be replaced. Other signs that your roof needs to be replaced include:

  • Curling or warped shingles
  • Missing shingles
  • Moss or algae growth 
  • Excess granules coming off the existing shingles 

You should inspect your roof at least once a year or hire a contractor to inspect it for you. If you’re doing the inspection yourself, be sure to take notes and mark the areas of concern so you can show your contractor. 

Can My Roof Be Repaired Instead of Replaced? 

Some of the signs that your roof needs to be replaced may actually be signs that your roof needs to be repaired. If your roof isn’t very old and as only minor damages to one specific area of the roof, it can probably be repaired. Roofing repairs are cheaper than a total replacement and extend the life of your existing roof. The best way to determine if your roof needs to be repaired or replaced is to have a roofing contractor perform a roof inspection. They can assess the current condition of your roof and then give you options for a repair vs a replacement with price comparisons. 

How Long Will a Replacement Take? 

A roof replacement timeline depends on a variety of factors. The size of your roof, the condition of the existing roof, and the type of roof you’re getting installed all impact the timeline. In general, a total roof replacement can be completed in 1-2 days. Roof replacements are best when they’re done on a warm, dry day. Summertime is ideal for a roof replacement, but most contractors can get the job done during the spring or fall too.

Contact Us Today

Contact E.M. Snow Inc. today to schedule your roofing consultation! Our team can assess your current roof and make recommendations for your next steps. We strive to provide our customers with high-quality, dependable work at a reasonable price. Winter will be here before you know it, so schedule your consultation today! You can give our team a call today at (781) 893-4546 or reach us by filling out our team’s online contact form

Window draft, failing caulking

Finding & Sealing A Window Draft

For New England homeowners, one of the most important pieces of home maintenance you can perform is ensuring that your windows are properly sealed. This is essential for reducing energy loss during those cold winter days & nights. However, it can often be incredibly difficult trying to locate drafts in your windows. If you’re interested in learning a bit more about how you can find & seal a window draft yourself, keep reading below for a few tips from our team!

Finding A Draft

The first step to sealing your window drafts is locating them. To begin, all you’ll need is a bit of time & patience, and a candle to make the process easier. First, you can visually examine the window frame to see if there are any obvious holes in the system. However, generally window leaks are difficult to find, and you won’t be able to catch them with your eye, and you’ll need to employ your other senses. One option is to slowly run your hands around the window frame to see if you can feel any draft. Oftentimes this will work if the draft is significant enough, as you’ll notice the cold air rushing into your home, & warm air rushing out, or vice versa depending on the season. However, if there doesn’t work, try using a candlestick. The small flame will be more sensitive to gentle drafts than your skin, and if you see the flame flickering in the wind, its a clear sign that there is a draft nearby.

Sealing The Draft

Once you’ve pinpointed where the draft is coming in, the next step is sealing the draft. In order to seal it, you’re going to need caulking, or weather-stripping if the leaks seems to be relatively minor. You’ll need to install it around the entirety of the leak, taking care not to leave any corners unsealed.

However, if the leak is substantial enough, it’s a good idea to have a professional come to repair the damage and assess the window unit. If the leak is large enough, it’s possible that water damage could be occurring in the frame of the window, which can permeate through to the surrounding walls if left unchecked. A minor leak can safely be addressed at home, but for any leaks that are large enough to be visible, it’s best to get a professional opinion and repairs!

Contact Us Today

If you’re in need of new windows for your Massachusetts home this year, our team at E.M. Snow Inc. is ready to assist! You can 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 window replacement needs!

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Summer Roof Maintenance Tips

Summer is in full swing in New England, which brings with it a new set of maintenance concerns. Particularly when the summers are as hot, humid, & rainy as this year has been, keeping a close eye on your roofing system is essential for keeping your property protected. If you’re wondering how you can keep your roof well-maintained this summer, keep reading below for more information about our summer roof maintenance tips!

Keep An Eye On Your Attic

Particularly during such a rainy & humid summer, one of the most important things you can do is take a peek into your attic from time to time to keep an eye out for water damage. Whether the heavy rains find their way through your shingle system, or the humidity manages to cause mold inside the attic, keeping an eye on the space will go a long way towards preventing more severe water damage issues.

Trim Back Problem Branches

If you have any branches growing too close to your property, trimming them back can go a long way towards extending the lifespan of your roof. Tree branches can damage your roof in a variety of ways. They could lead to excessive moisture dripping onto particular spots on your roof. They could also break and damage your shingles, or even rub across the shingles and loosen your granules. If you have branches growing too close to your roof, trimming them back could end up saving you a lot of money down the line on repairs!

Perform An Inspection

Whether you take a thorough look around your property from the ground for signs of obvious damage, grab a ladder for a closer look, or hire a professional to perform a thorough inspection, having a clear idea of the condition of your roof is important for the health of your property. Damage can occur quickly, particularly is a leak goes undetected, so if your roof is getting older or you’re noticing visible signs of damage, having the system inspected is essential for keeping your property protected from damage!

Contact Us Today

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s roof this summer, our team at E.M. Snow is ready to assist with your roofing needs! Our team is proud to offer both asphalt shingles, and flat rubber roofing for home & business owners without a traditionally pitched roof. If you’re ready to get started on your project, you can contact 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 roofing needs!

Asphalt Shingles

Benefits of Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most popular choice for roofing in North America. The reasoning behind this is because asphalt shingling includes many benefits including,  versatility and weather resistance. If it’s time to replace your roof or if you’re looking for an upgrade it would be worthwhile to consider choosing asphalt shingles for your home. Below will inform you on why you should choose asphalt shingles over other materials for your new roof. 

Versatility

Asphalt shingles are well known for there versatility. They can cover many different angles, shapes, and forms. That means that asphalt shingles can work with most types of roofs. No matter what the size of your roof is, or if it is complicated you can count on asphalt shingles to protect and cover your roof seamlessly. Most homes will be suitable for for asphalt shingles. 

Color Options

Asphalt shingles will suit your wants and needs. They are available in a wide array of colors so you will be able to pick the right shade that will work with the rest of your home. If you’re looking to improve your homes curb appeal, the selection of asphalt shingle colors available will make that possible! Other roofing materials aside from asphalt shingles do not offer such a wide array of colors. 

Cost-Effective Quality

One of the best benefits of asphalt shingles compared to other roofing materials is that they give you high quality and performance but, at a lower cost. Asphalt shingles are the most cost-effective roofing material and they provide you with the most value in the long run. In the end, other roofing options such as, slate roofing, shake roofing, metal roofing, and more don’t offer the same value for the cost of asphalt roofing. 

Energy Efficiency

When you make the decision to install an asphalt roof on your home, your roofing contractors install a whole system which includes underlayment, this can make your home more energy efficient. You can purchase specially designed asphalt shingles in light, medium, and dark color tones that help reflect a higher amount of the sun’s heat. This leads to a reduced temperature of the roofs surface, and may in turn allow homeowners to use less energy to cool their homes.

Contact Us Today

If you’re interested in the benefits of asphalt roofing, 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!

Spring Home Maintenance, cleaning gutter system

Spring Home Maintenance

With spring arriving in Massachusetts, it is important to keep up with your home maintenance in order to keep your home protected through the season! However, it can be tough to know which facets of your home’s exterior deserve the most attention, which is why our team is here to provide a guide on the proper spring maintenance that you should be performing on your home this summer. If you’re interested in learning more, keep reading below for more information!

Clean Your Gutters & Downspouts

First off, one of the most important pieces of spring maintenance for your home is cleaning your gutters & downspouts. Your gutter system serves a very important purpose, particularly in the springtime, by routing water away from your home’s foundation & siding, keeping it protected from water damage. This means that keeping the system free of debris & flowing freely is essential to the health of your home. If your gutter system is clogged, water will back up over the sides of the system, spilling onto the home & ground beneath the system where it can end up causing significant damage to your home or foliage. Be sure to check your gutter system each spring and ensure that there are no clogs in the system.

Inspect Your Roof

Another good piece of home maintenance advice is to check your roof for damage. Once the snow has melted, you may be able to spot damage on your roofing system. Perhaps your flashing has rusted from the moisture. Or your shingle system may have been damaged in the fall or winter by branches. Springtime will provide you with an opportunity to examine the system and ensure that your roof is in good repair for the spring & summer showers!

Check Windows & Doors for Drafts & Rot

Finally, it is a good idea to check the frames of your windows & threshold of your door for signs of rot, or drafts. The constant moisture that sits on your sills and threshold each winter can often cause moisture damage, particularly as it thaws and refreezes continuously. This means that come spring, it is a good idea to take a look around your home for signs of rot in the system, ensuring that everything is well maintained for the warmer months!

Contact Us Today

For homeowners who need to replace their roof, siding, or windows 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 exterior remodeling needs!

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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!