Signs of Roof Damage to Look Out For

You don’t have to own a home to know how important and crucial roofs are, as they are quite literally the nucleus of the home, offering safety, security, and endless value. While it’s true that roofs are built to last a long time, they don’t exactly last forever and can deteriorate over the course of time, like most elements of your home’s exterior. It’s always smart to stay ahead of the damage and stop it before it gets worse – in today’s blog, we’ll be discussing the warning signs of a diminishing roof. If that sounds interesting, keep reading below for more!

Sign #1 – Damaged Shingles

Shingles are your roof’s first line of defense against the elements. Though they can be quite protective and durable in their own right, they can easily fall victim to mother nature and other conditions. In many cases, damaged or missing shingles are a telltale sign of a deteriorating roof.

Sign #2 – Sagging

When your roof starts to lose its structure, it will likely start to sag. It can be difficult to detect sagging without a proper roof inspection, so it’s wise for homeowners to conduct routine checkups of their roofs to stop the problem before it gets any worse. In many cases, sagging is a result of your roof’s natural aging process, but the likes of snow and ice can cause premature sagging.

Sign #3 – Water Damage

Water damage is something that no homeowner wants to be dealing with. This is because, if not treated properly, water damage can have disastrous results for your home both in an interior and exterior sense. Water damage can eat away at your roof, and make its way toward the interior of your home, causing the likes of mildew and mold, which contaminate the air of your home. Water damage, in many cases, suggests that you have an ineffective gutter system, as it’s clear that water is not properly flowing off of your roof.

Sign #4 – Age

Though it may be an inconvenient truth, as a roof ages, it gradually becomes weaker, and thus more vulnerable to the elements. Sometimes, the age of your roof is all that it takes for it to deteriorate. If you’re a homeowner and your roof is old, it’s smart to be proactive and keep an eye out for damages and problems before they intensify.

Need Help With Your Roofing? – Call E.M. Snow!

Are you looking to protect your home with a strong exterior this Winter? 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 or by  submitting a contact form. We look forward to hearing from you and getting started on your project!

Roofing Materials: Which is Best for You?

When it comes to building a strong roofing system, few things are as consequential as the materials you use, as they have a great influence on your roof’s performance, lifespan, and durability, among many other aspects. Especially if you’re a homeowner, it’s smart to be educated about the material(s) that your roof is made out of, whether it’s asphalt shingle, metal, or even rubber. In today’s blog, we’ll be taking a look at various roofing materials and analyzing their unique characteristics, including their own positives and negatives. If that sounds interesting, keep reading below for more!

Asphalt Shingle

Perhaps the most ubiquitous roofing material here in North America, asphalt shingle has been a longstanding favorite of homeowners and contractors alike for its budget-friendliness and ease of installation, among other benefits it brings to the table. Homes in nearly every neighborhood are armored with an asphalt shingle roof, and there are good reasons why it’s a widespread favorite: it is cost-effective and fits the characteristics of just about any home. Contractors are also delighted to know that installing, repairing, and/or replacing it is a relatively straightforward process.

Pros: Great value, versatile, great aesthetic appeal, suits virtually every home

Cons: Not as durable as other materials, susceptible to mold, water damage, and other threats

Metal

As one would assume, when compared to asphalt shingle, metal takes things up a notch in terms of strength and durability. Metal roofs are common to last much longer than their contemporaries and better withstand the elements, due to the simple fact that they can sustain much more damage and abuse. Though certainly not as common, metal is a great choice for homeowners who are in a particularly harsh or polarizing climate.

Pros: Much more durable than asphalt shingle, ideal for harsh or rough climates

Cons: More expensive, less easy to install, less aesthetic range than asphalt shingle

Rubber

Almost acting as a common ground between asphalt shingle and metal, rubber provides much protection without being too overbearing in price or in its installation process. One major benefit of rubber is that it has an impressively long lifespan despite it’s light weight – it is indeed one of the more deceptively strong materials.

Pros: Long-lasting, lightweight, relatively inexpensive

Cons: Not as commonly available, not known to be versatile in appearance

Need Help With Your Roofing? – Call E.M. Snow!

Are you looking to protect your home with a strong exterior this Winter? 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 or by  submitting a contact form. We look forward to hearing from you and getting started on your project!

Post-Winter Signs of Roof Damage

With the most turbulent months of winter now behind us (however, with New England’s weather patterns you can never be so sure) it’s as smart a time as ever for homeowners to assess the state of their roofs. All winter long, the likes of snow, sleet, and ice can easily wreak havoc on a compromised or faulty roofing system. Sometimes, all it takes is simple water damage or missing shingles to make your roof vulnerable to relentless damage from the elements, ultimately costing you a fortune in roof repair service. In today’s blog, we’ll be giving you tips on how to stay ahead of the curve and detect the signs of roof damage early on. If that sounds interesting, keep reading below!

Sign #1 – Damaged Shingles

A sign of roofing damage that is far from hidden, damaged shingles are one of the telltale signs that your roof may be vulnerable to the elements. Look closely at the shingles on your roof, are they buckling, cracked, or just damaged in general? Depending on how damaged they are, your roof may be at risk for an eventual leak. It’s best to stop this issue before it gets worse and invest in a roof repair or replacement service. Damaged shingles not only affect the appearance of your roof, but can also harm its functionality as well.

Sign #2 – Internal Warning Signs

Interestingly enough, problems with your roofing system can be detected in your home’s interior. Your roof’s purpose is to protect the inside of your home, so if you notice signs of internal damage, particularly water damage, then the time may be right to consider a roof repair or replacement, which can prevent further problems such as leaking, destroyed insulation, and even mold.

The ideal place for detecting roof damage is by inspecting your attic. If you notice signs of water damage on or across the ceiling, then your roof may be compromised.

Sign #3 – Sagging

This sign is quite self-explanatory. If you’re inspecting your roof and notice that your roof is sagging or drooping, then your roof may in fact need maintenance. If left untreated, a sagging roof can lead to disastrous consequences over time, costing you a lot and possibly damaging your home’s interior.

Need Help With Your Roofing? – Call E.M. Snow!

Are you looking to protect your home with a strong exterior this Winter? 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 or by  submitting a contact form. We look forward to hearing from you and getting started on your project!

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!

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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

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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!

Icicles on gutters, with snowy roof

Winter Roof Maintenance

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

Shovel Excess Snow

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

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

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

Ice Dams

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

Contact Us Today

If you need to replace your home’s roof this winter, our team at E.M. Snow Inc. is ready to assist! Give our team a call today at (781) 893-4546 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your remodeling needs!

Leaves on shingles

How To Improve Your Roof’s Lifespan

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

Clear Off Debris

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

Have Your Roof Inspected

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

Clean Your Gutters

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

Contact Us Today

Interested in learning more about our team’s roof replacement services? E.M. Snow is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by giving us a call at (781) 893-4546 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roof replacement & installation needs!