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!

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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!

Roofing Inspection

Benefits of Having Your Roof Inspected

Most homeowners agree that their roof is arguably the single most important piece of their home’s exterior. It serves a number of very important purposes for your home, including protecting it against inclement weather and pests, but also helping to improve your home’s curb appeal and resale value, and providing valuable insulation. With so much to gain from having a well-installed and maintained roof, it is important to ensure that your home’s roof is kept in good repair! If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of having your roof professionally inspected, keep reading below for more information!

Extend Your Roof’s Lifespan

One of the greatest benefits of regular roof inspections is that they help you find issues with your home that you would have otherwise overlooked, including moisture damage or broken flashing. Damage to your roof can seriously reduce its lifespan, which makes having regular roof inspections essential for helping your home’s roof last as long as possible. If you’re interested in keeping your roof healthy, have it inspected on a regular basis.

Discover Water Damage

In the same vein as extending it’s lifespan, having regular roof inspections can help you discover issues quickly, such as water damage, before they deteriorate your entire roof. Water often finds it’s way into your roof through the smallest openings, and it can be incredibly difficult for the untrained eye to find. If you suspect that your roof is leaking in any capacity, have it inspected in order to save your roof before the water damage is too extensive.

Save Money

Another benefit of having your roof inspected is that it will help you save money in the long-run. As we mentioned above, it can often be incredibly difficult to identify whether your roof is leaking or damaged unless you’re a professional. You may be sitting at home, thinking that your roof is fine because there are no active leaks, when in fact, the damage is continuing to get worse until your roof abruptly fails.

By having your roof inspected, you can find this damage before it destroys your roof, helping to keep your home protected and saving your money on repairs and replacements in the long run!

Contact Us Today

If you’re in need of roof replacement for your Massachusetts home, our team at E.M. Snow Inc. is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (781) 893-4546 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roof replacement needs!

Flat Roofing Installation

Why is Rubber Preferred for Commercial Flat Roofs?

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

Ease of Winter Cleaning

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

Cost-Effective

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

Efficient Installation Process

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

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If you’re interested in learning more about our team’s rubber roofing installation services, reach out to us today by calling us at (781) 893-4546 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roofing installation needs!

 

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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!

Old Asphalt Roof

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