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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.

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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!

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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!

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!

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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!

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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!

 

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!