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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.

Contact Us Today

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!

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5 Ways to Find a Roof Leak

As any homeowner knows, your roof is one of the most important pieces of your home’s exterior. It functions as the umbrella of your home, keeping the elements and pests out of your home. However, due to its constant exposure to the elements, your roof often begins to break down after the constant exposure to the elements. Over time, your roof may develop leaks, allowing water into your home where it causes significant damage! It can often be difficult to spot a roof leak, but if you keep an eye out for any damage to your roof, you may be able to spot where the leak is coming from. Take a look at our guide to see what you should be looking for!

Take Note of Any Leak Big or Small

The first place to start is to find any sort of leak and take note of it. A lot of people might notice a little drip coming from a corner of the house and write it off as a little fluke. This is the easiest way to allow a small issue to become a big problem. For starters, make sure you know where it is, and what is directly above that spot in the house. 

Check the Attic

A lot of times, a leak in the roof can be traced to the attic. Of course, some homes don’t have a traditional attic, but you may have some sort of access to the area between the roof itself and the top level of the house. In this case, see if the leak is coming from the attic, or up above. It helps to know this so you know what needs to be done about the problem. 

Imitate Rain

To see where exactly the leak is coming from, it helps to imitate rain and watch where the water enters your home. Don’t do it with a ton of water, but just enough to see it get into a small crack or damaged shingle of sorts. 

Make Tiny Repairs Yourself

Something like a single shingle can be repaired with a hammer and nail. Likewise, caulking around the chimney is easy to apply. Of course, if there are bigger issues present, let the professionals take care of it. 

Contact a Professional

Need a roof replacement for your home? Our team at E.M. Snow is ready to assist! We can be reached over the phone at (781) 893-4546 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with all of your roof replacement needs!

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Do I Need To Replace My Roof?

Replacing your roof is not a decision you want to have to make; as a homeowner, repairs can often be time-consuming, costly, and altogether a pain in the neck. That being said, ignoring the threat of something major like a damaged or aging roof is 100% necessary for the safety of yourself, your family, and your home. Waiting to work on repairs is a far cry from being proactive about the value and safety of your home, so rather than panic and worry, know the signs that it’s time to replace your roof. This list also helps you identify areas that might soon become a problem, so you can plan and save for a project you might need to get done in the future.

Why do I have to Replace my Roof?

While no one wants to replace their home’s roof, it is important to ensure your roof is kept in good repair! Take a look at a few of the signs that your roof needs to be replaced that you may have missed.

Old Roof

Some roofs simply age out. Even if you haven’t experienced any major damage, the shingles are only built to last so long as they weather the elements. If it’s been a long time since your roof replacement and you notice things like bent shingles or loose granules, it’s likely time to take a look at the age of your roof. Has it been a while since you replaced it? If you can’t remember the last time repairs were done at all, it’s likely time to make a call.

Weather Damage

An easy way to determine if it’s time to replace your roof is when the decision is forced upon you. Weather damage is a pain, but often cannot be ignored. If wind damage is blowing your shingles off, or if rain is starting to come into your home, it’s not much of a “should you replace your roof” as it is a “you need to replace your roof.” Don’t wait for another storm; just make sure to get it taken care of now before interior safety is at risk.

Energy Efficiency

It might seem a little obvious, but your roof plays a big role in maintaining the internal temperature of your home. New shingles can help keep air and heat in your home! As your roof affects your home’s internal temperature, homeowners spend more on A/C and heat than they need to be doing. If your energy bills have been soaring lately, take a look at your roof to determine whether it is still keeping your home protected and secure. Additionally, solar panels are growing more and more inexpensive, making it possible to harness solar power for your home.

Contact Us Today

Think it may be time to replace your home’s roof? Reach out to our team at E.M. Snow Inc. today to learn more about our roof replacement services! We can be reached over the phone 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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Advantages Of Installing A Skylight

Skylights often get a bad rap from homeowners who believe that they simply lead to energy loss and potentially lead to leaks as well. However, there is so much to gain from having a well-installed skylight on your home. If you’re interested in learning about some of the benefits of installing a skylight in your home, keep reading to learn more!

Skylights Provide Natural Light

The first benefit is the one that every homeowner thinks of; skylights provide a great deal of natural light. If your home is surrounded by trees or even other home’s in an urban environment, installing a skylight is a great way to take advantage of the light that you would otherwise be missing out on. Studies show that more natural light increases productivity, making them a particularly smart investment for that gloomy home office!

Skylights Provide Ventilation

If you have a skylight that operates, it can be a great way to let fresh air into your home. Furthermore, heat rises, which means on those hot summer days when it seems like there’s no relief, opening up your home’s skylight can allow all of the hot air up through the top of your home.

Solar Heat Gain

Another benefit of installing a skylight into your home is the solar heat gain that a skylight can provide. Particularly during the cold winter months, a skylight can help heat up your home by allowing in sunlight all day! Well it won’t be the most significant energy gain, skylights certainly have the potential to cut down on your energy bills by providing a bit of extra heat!

Make Your Room Feel Larger

One often overlooked benefit of installing a skylight is that it will help make the room it is installed in feel larger. While adding a skylight to a room obviously doesn’t make the room any larger, the opening that is created to allow the light from the skylight down into the room will open the room vertically and flood it with light, which despite not actually adding any space to the room, does make it feel larger.

Aesthetics and Resale Value

Finally, installing a skylight on your home will help increase the resale value and aesthetics of your home. Many people love the way skylights look on a home’s exterior, and it indicates that you’re trying to improve your home by paying attention to the fine details. If you’re looking for an easy way to boost your home’s curb appeal, few options are better than installing a skylight!

Contact Us Today

Interested in installing a skylight in your home today? Reach out to our team today to learn more! We can be reached over the phone at (781) 893-4546 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your skylight installation needs!

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Pros & Cons of Asphalt Shingles Roofing

Asphalt shingles have long been the standard of the roofing industry, holding their title as the most popular roofing material in the United States for decades.  They offer a variety of benefits for homeowners, but they also come with their own set of drawbacks.  Take a look at this guide to learn more about the pros and cons of asphalt shingle roofs and find out if they are the right option for your home!

Pros:

Cost: If you are interested in replacing your roof on a budget, asphalt shingles are your best option.  They are inexpensive to manufacture, which results in an economical roofing option for homeowners.

Easy Installation: When it comes to installation, there is no easier roofing material to install than asphalt shingles. Slate roofing is heavy and brittle, which makes it easy to break. Metal roofing is complex to install, which makes it easier to install incorrectly.  If you are able to find a contractor who installs roofs, they most likely work with asphalt shingles.  If you are interested in installing a roofing material that just about any contractor will be able to work on, asphalt shingles are your best option.

Aesthetics: Asphalt shingles are available in an enormous array of style and color options. If you are interested in using your roof to help create a particular aesthetic for your home, asphalt shingles are your best bet.  With so many manufacturers, you can find asphalt shingles in nearly any color or style, and at any budget.  This makes them fantastic if you have a particular style in mind for your roof.

Long Lasting: Asphalt shingles longevity can vary greatly depending on the quality of the shingle  On the low end, inexpensive asphalt shingles might only last for 15 years or less.  However, if you are willing to spend a bit more for a higher-quality product, there are asphalt shingles that have the potential to last for 50 years or more! Overall, the average asphalt shingle lasts for about 20-30 years, meaning you may only need to replace your home’s roof once!

Cons

Environmental Impact: If you are interested in choosing an environmentally friendly material for your home’s roof, there are better options.  The manufacturing of asphalt shingles requires the use of asphalt shingles, which makes them an unsustainable option.  Additionally, while slate and metal roofing are recyclable, asphalt shingles are not and they end up comprising a large portion of the United States annual waste, with some estimates placing the number as high as 5%! If you are interested in installing a roofing material that lowers your home’s carbon footprint, there are better options than asphalt shingles.

Maintenance: Asphalt shingle roofs require periodic maintenance to keep up. You will need to clean debris off of your roof, and out of your gutters, clean off any algae or moss growth that occurs on your roof, and also periodically examine the flashing to ensure that your roof deck isn’t amassing any water damage.

Have more questions about installing asphalt shingles on your home? Reach out to our team at (781) 893-4546 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to helping you with any of your roofing needs!

Common Roofing Mistakes Homeowners Make

Common Roofing Mistakes Homeowners Make

One of the most common mistakes we experience when working on roofs are damages made by homeowners. We understand some damages can be fixed if you’re usually a handy type person in the house but unless you’re a professional roofer, some things should be left as they are. Here are the common mistakes homeowners make with their roof.

Doing it yourself with no experience.

This is a bad idea from the start. No matter how many tutorials you’ve watched trying to repair your roof with no experience is very dangerous. Roofing is not something you can pick up in a matter of hours; it’s a skill developed over time, best understood only by someone who’s been doing this for over 50 years like E.M. Snow, Inc. Other encounters we face from homeowners are unfinished projects; this could be due to many reasons like suffering from an injury, problems occurring mid-project, or even overspending their budget because it was more affordable doing it yourself than hiring a professional.

Hiring an inexperienced roofing contractor.

Upgrading your roof is one of the biggest investment you will have to make. Taking the time to research for a reliable and trustworthy contractor is highly recommended. However, due to cost, homeowners opt to work with contractors that are cheaper which in result leave them with a poor job and will have to pay even more to fix the damages when it could have been prevented at the very beginning. Think about the long-run not the short.

Buying cheaper materials.

Your roofing contractor will have the best knowledge on what type of shingles that not only look visually pleasing but also fits within your budget. Although, you may come across some great deals online or brochures, keep in mind, that your roofing contractor will be the ones who will be installing them. They have the years of experience of installing and replacing all types of materials to determine which products are highly rated for your Massachusetts home.

If you’re looking to hire contractors that specialize in roofing, you’ve come to the right place! With decades of experience in installing and replacing roofs in Massachusetts, they are no other contractors out there that have the knowledge quite like the team at E.M. Snow, Inc. Get in touch and learn more about our services and how we can protect your home for many years to come! Call today at 781-893-4546

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Why You Should Hire a Roofing Contractor

It’s happened to millions of people — you’re sitting down at the dining room table and notice a leak coming through your ceiling. Or maybe a strong storm comes through and knocks some shingles off. Roofing work can be tedious and dangerous. So, before getting on the roof yourself to inspect the issue, consider hiring and roofing contractor to complete the work safely and efficiently.

 

Experience

There are several reasons you should hire a professional to do your roof work. The number one reason being an experience. No matter how many books you read or YouTube videos you watch, nothing can compare to the knowledge that a professional roof contractor offers. If you attempt to fix the roof yourself, you could ultimately cost yourself more money and hassle by having to hire a contractor to go behind you and fix your work.

 

Safety

Countless people fall every year while attempting to do roof work themselves. Professional roofing contractors are trained in the methods and required materials to safely complete work on your roof. Roofing work is arguably the most dangerous part of home maintenance and should be left to a professional instead of attempting to climb and fix it yourself. It often involves ladder and pulley systems, and sometimes even harnesses to ensure the safety of the workers.

 

Warranties

Another main benefit of hiring a professional roofer is the potential warranties you receive from the contractor and manufacturer. This can help guarantee the work is completed on time and properly to ensure the warranties are considered valid. This ultimately can save you money if an issue ever arises again after work is completed.

 

Cost of materials

Professional roofing contractors can often get discounts on materials and wholesale pricing. If you don’t have a roofing license, you likely won’t be able to get the same discounts that contractors are allowed access to. Additionally, if you begin the work yourself and mess up, you’ll likely have to buy more materials, ultimately costing more money.

 

Time

Lastly, time is money. And a professional roofer can evaluate quickly and correctly where the issue on your roof is originating from. By attempting to complete the roofing yourself, you will likely waste time diagnosing, while a professional can accurately begin working to fix the issue at hand.

 

 

Benefits of Getting a New Roof

The roof is one of the most important areas of the house that needs to be maintained all year round. At E.M. Snow, Inc. we understand selecting and buying a new roof can be a big decision and investment. However, once we correctly install your roof, we guarantee you peace of mind for many years.

Here are 3 benefits of a new roof.

Preventing Health Hazards.

Old roofing can cause issues like water damage that can potentially lead to mold and mildew, which becomes a safety hazard to you and your family if it continues to be exposed to the elements. A new roof installation or replacement will protect your home from all the natural elements hazards and keep your home dry.

Reducing energy bills.

When your roof gets old, its shingles will start to curl, peel, or even fall off, which allows air in your home to escape. A new roof will not only help fix holes, but it will be well insulated and also be built with new energy efficient materials to help reduce energy costs even further.

Increase the look and value of your home.

If you are planning to sell your home soon, investing in a new roof is a great way to increase your home value. Potential buyers tend to feel more at ease when knowing a home roof has been recently maintained, as it means they do not need to think about replacing anytime soon.

If you’re interested in a new roofing installation in Waltham, MA, we highly recommend you speak with us for a free estimate. For more information about our roofing services, call us today at 781-893-4546.

Benefits of Scheduling Roofing Work During Winter

One of the top questions we get asked every winter is should we wait until spring to have our roof done? While we understand to worry about having roofing work completed when the weather is cold, there are some of the benefits of doing so.

  1. Leaks Can Get Worse.
    If you notice a leak, it is best to get it fixed right away. Leaving the problem until spring to deal with will just grow worse, putting your home and family in danger of developing water damaged and mold. Scheduling replacement during winter will not only lower risks of damages but keeping you and your family remain dry and warm all season long.
  2. Damages to the Roof leaves it vulnerable to the elements.
    We know how unpredictable the winter weather can be in Massachusetts. If you spot any damaged, loose, or missing shingles after winter storms, it’s essential to have them replaced as soon as you can.
  3. More Comfortable for Contractors.
    As you can imagine, some contractors are more comfortable doing roofing work during winter rather than the hot summer months. Being up on a roof exposes these workers to even warmer temperatures, which can make it difficult for them to complete their work safely. Those who do roof replacements during winter can stay warm in colder temperatures while still being able to go about their jobs.
  4. Snow Removal is Quick and Easy
    Safety is a priority for us, which means snow needs to be cleared away first before getting started. While this adds a bit of time for replacements, but once the snow is cleared away, contractors can or handle replacements in a safe, non-slippery environment.

Please contact us today to set up a free consultation for roof installation or replacement. The winter weather won’t be stopping us!

When Should I Replace My Roof?

Even if your roof isn’t falling in on itself or if there aren’t puddles in your home, there are plenty of signs that your roof needs to be replaced. When your roof starts to fall apart slowly, it will usually tell you. As a homeowner, it is important that you are aware of these signs. Whether you think your roof is getting old or if you are doing a routine check, these signs may be telling you that it’s time for a new roof.

1.) Roof Age: Most asphalt roofs have a typical lifespan of 20-25 years. This will obviously vary depending on the quality of maintenance your roof gets and other circumstances.

2.) Buckling or Curling Shingle: Look at the slopes of your home that get the most sunlight. If your roof shingles are starting to buckle or curl, that is a sign you may need a new roof.

3.) Missing Shingles: If a shingle here and shingle there fall off your roof, it isn’t the biggest deal in the world. But, if it happens fairly often and your house starts to look like a checkerboard you may want to look into fixing this issue.

4.) Shingle Pieces in Your Gutter: The shingle pieces that make up a roof are very smaller granules. As the shingles start to break down the shingle granules will start to come off and roll into your gutters.

5.)  Sunlight Showing In The Attic: One of the easier issues to notice is if daylight comes through the roof boards in your attic.

There are so many different variables that go into a roof. Along with that, your roof gives you man signs that it is breaking down. If you aren’t sure if you need any help with replacement roofing issues, please feel free to reach out.

When customers get new roofs with us, we always recommend CertainTeed Products.  A new roof is not a short-term fix. With our skilled contractors and high quality manufactured materials, we have a solution that lasts for a long time!

E.M. Snow Inc. has over 50 years of experience in Eastern Massachusetts and is happy to help. We can be reached over the phone at 781-893-4546 or through our online contact form.