Colorful Townhouse Vinyl Siding

Benefits of Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is the most commonly installed siding material in North America. It has long reigned as contractors and homeowners’ favorite choice because of a number of factors that have led to its widespread distribution and manufacturing, making it accessible and low-cost, which has bolstered its popularity. However, it offers a number of benefits that truly make it a fantastic siding option! If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of vinyl siding, keep reading below for more information!

Economical

The first benefit of vinyl siding is that it is relatively inexpensive in comparison to other siding options. Due to its widespread manufacturing, vinyl siding is widely accessible, which makes it a less expensive siding option than some. If you’re looking to replace your home’s siding on a budget, vinyl siding is arguably the best option you can choose!

Durability

Another reason that vinyl siding became so popular in the first place is that in addition to being low-cost, it is also extremely durable, particularly in comparison to other, older siding options. Vinyl siding is constructed to withstand inclement weather, including rain, as well as heavy winds and hail. Furthermore, it is moisture resistant and won’t rot, meaning you will never need to worry about your siding eroding off of your home. If you’re looking for a siding material that you can install and never need to worry about, vinyl siding is a fantastic choice!

Aesthetics

Due to its widespread manufacturing, there are many companies creating a wide array of color options for vinyl siding. This means that no matter what color of siding you’re looking for, you can always find the perfect shade to match your home’s exterior. If you’re looking for a particular color for your home’s siding, vinyl offers the best chance at finding the shade you’re looking for!

Energy Efficient

Another reason that many homeowners elect to install vinyl siding is that it can help to improve your home’s energy efficiency by helping to insulate your home. For homeowners who are looking for a bit of additional insulation out of their home’s siding, there are insulated vinyl siding options that can help further insulate your home, leading to significant savings on your home’s energy bills!

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If you’re interested in installing new vinyl siding on your home this spring, 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 our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your remodeling services!

Colorful Fall Leaves in Gutter

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.

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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!

Benefits of Fiber Cement Siding

Vinyl siding has long reigned supreme in the Northeast as the premier siding option, but there is another option that has been gaining in popularity as of late, Fiber-Cement Siding. Fiber cement siding provides a number of benefits to homeowners who choose to have it installed on their homes. Take a look at its benefits below!

Longevity:

Fiber Cement siding has a much longer lifespan than vinyl siding. While vinyl siding typically lasts for 20-30 years, fiber cement generally lasts for at least five decades, and potentially even longer with proper maintenance. This makes it one of the longest lasting siding materials on the market.

Durability:

Fiber Cement siding is renowned for its durability. It’s composition makes that it non-flammable, resistant to cracking, rotting, swelling, breaking, extreme weather, pests, and anything else Mother Nature can throw at it. It’s seamless design also means that it’s very resistant to moisture damage, which Eastern Massachusetts residents will appreciate, living so close to the ocean in such a windy state.

Appearance:

Fiber Cement siding is highly customizable.  It is available in a variety of color options straight from your manufacturer, which in our case is James Hardie. In addition to the factory colors, you can also order primed fiber cement boards that can painted on site. While it won’t last as long as a factory finish, painting your siding yourself should hold up almost as long as the factory, and it allows you to customize your siding any way you choose. In addition to the color options, fiber cement siding is also available in a variety of texture options. If you love the look of natural wooden siding, but you don’t want to deal with the damage it receives from the elements, you can opt to install fiber cement siding that has a natural wooden look.

Cost

This next benefit may seem a bit misleading. Fiber Cement siding has a higher installation cost than vinyl siding.  It is more expensive to produce, and more difficult to install, which makes it at the more expensive siding option at face value. However, what makes fiber cement such an enticing option from an economic stand point is its longevity. Fiber Cement can easily last twice as long as vinyl siding, and while it is a more expensive option, the fact that you will likely only need to install it once over the life of your home.

Eco-Friendly

While the manufacturing of vinyl siding requires the use of fossil fuels, fiber cement siding is made from partially recycled materials, which means it is a green option if you are looking to replace your siding with a more sustainable material. Furthermore, its longevity means it doesn’t fill up landfills like vinyl siding, and although the industry is still developing, it appears that there is potential for fiber cement to be recycled at the end of its lifespan. All-in-all, it is a far more environmentally friendly option than vinyl siding.

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Interested in learning more about the our fiber cement siding installation services? Reach out to our team at (781) 893-4546 or by filling out our online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!

Home with half wood, half vinyl siding, and a beautiful wooden deck

Fiber Cement vs. Vinyl Siding

Here at E.M. Snow Inc we offer two kinds of siding: James Hardie’s Fiber Cement siding, and CertainTeed’s Vinyl siding. If it’s time to replace your siding, you may be comparing your options, but are still unsure of which one you should use for your home.  Both kinds of siding offer distinct advantages over one another, and this guide will help you explore which option is best for your needs!

Fiber Cement Siding

When it comes to customization, there are few better options than fiber cement.  It can be designed to look like wood or stone, among other materials, which makes it a very versatile option.

Fiber cement is also more fire resistant than vinyl siding because it’s made from a mixture of cement and cellulose fibers.  This makes it harder to burn or melt than vinyl siding.  Fiber cement is also far more impact resistant than vinyl siding, which is very thin and easy to puncture.

The other major advantage that fiber cement offers over vinyl siding is it’s eco-friendliness.  Whereas vinyl sidings creation process requires the use of fossil fuels, fiber cement is made of more sustainable materials, making it the more eco-friendly option.

Vinyl Siding

While fiber cement is slightly more customizable, vinyl siding also offers the opportunity to customize its appearance to resemble other siding materials.  However, fiber cement is still the more durable option, and if you are trying to give your home siding that resembles stone or brick, fiber cement will look far more realistic than vinyl.

One major advantage that vinyl siding offers over fiber cement is its energy efficiency.  While it is a close competition between the two, vinyl siding edges out fiber cement due to the fact that vinyl siding can be fitted with extra insulation, although it’s not a standard option on all vinyl siding.  However, if you opt to get the siding that comes fitted with it, it will be more efficient than fiber cement.

Finally, when it comes to cost, vinyl siding is certainly the more economical option.  If you are trying to replace your siding on a budget, vinyl siding is a better option than fiber cement.  While fiber cement arguably looks better than vinyl siding does, it is considerably more expensive, which can make vinyl siding the more attractive option for homeowners.

Which One Should I Choose?

Both fiber cement and vinyl siding offer advantages over the other.  Vinyl is more affordable and has the potential to be more energy efficient, while fiber cement is more visually appealing and environmentally sustainable.  Ultimately, both options are great choices to re-side your home.  The option you choose is mostly dependent on your budget and aesthetic tastes. If you need more help deciding which one is right for you, reach out to our team at E.M. Snow Inc at (781) 893-4546 to discuss the options we have available! Our highly-skilled team will be happy to provide you with more direction to help you make sure you’re thrilled with the product you decide upon!

Tone on Tone Home Exterior

Color Coordinating Your Siding

So you’ve made the decision to replace your siding. That is great! The only problem is, you don’t know where to go from there. You’re not sure what siding you want or what look will best suit you and your home. For the first dilemma, we recommend you click here for advice, but for the latter, we’ve compiled some basic color and texture coordination tips to ensure that your home stands out for all the right reasons!

Exact Match

Neutral Tone Home ExteriorProbably the most simplest way to match your siding is to have it in one color consistently throughout. It creates a simple, clean look that isn’t too busy, and allows room for other things like your gardening or your stonework to stand out. It is generally recommended that you go with a lighter color like white or a neutral brown when choosing this scheme, as going too dark can run the risk of being too heavy. Lastly, this is a look best suited for a home with lots of windows spaced throughout, as not having enough elements to break up the single color can leave things looking a little blank.

Tone on Tone

Tone on Tone Home ExteriorIf you like keeping things in a single color scheme but find that one single color is a little too bland, you can make things a little more interesting by bringing in a slightly different shade in another portion of the house to accentuate it, without making it too bold. This makes it super easy to color coordinate it while still keeping it neutral and not too busy. Do you have some brick or stonework on your home? Choose a color that is similar to it, and bounce between that and the siding to introduce a little more depth and texture.

Bold Contrast

Home with Contrast ExteriorMaybe you don’t want to blend in. Maybe you want to be the focal point of your neighborhood, and catch the attention of passerby. Well in that case, your best bet is to go bold! Pick a neutral shade as a foundation for your look, and from their pick an opposing shade to highlight certain facets of your home. If you have brickwork or stonework involved, pick a neutral shade that matches it, or go even further and have both siding colors contrast it to make it a 3 way color scheme! Just be careful when you go down this route, as playing with too many colors and textures can easily turn a home’s appearance into a jumbled mess. Best get a few second opinions from some friends/family with good taste, or better yet, ask one of our contractors for their opinion!

Overall, what you choose for your siding should ultimately boil down to your personal preference and how you want to project your home to the community. We understand that this can be a daunting task, and that juggling this alongside all the other hassles that come with making decisions for siding can make things overwhelming, That’s why we over at E.M Snow Inc. are commited to handling the job to make it seamless and hassle-free for you. Our contractors, with over 50 years of experience between all of us, are more than ready for any task you throw at us. If you feel we can be of help, contact us or fill out an inquiry form. And FYI: our exterior decoration advice comes for free!

3 Benefits of Installing New Siding on Your Home

Siding is a staple in your typical American home, not just for aesthetics, but for its function as a shield against elementals like rain and debris, and for its purpose as an insulator. However, there will eventually be a point where it will have to be replaced in order to ensure the integrity of your home. Not sure as to whether it is worth doing?  Here are 3 major reasons why you should consider replacing your siding.

Curb Appeal

A good looking home will always be perceived as more valuable and appealing, and a fresh wall of siding will always contribute significantly to that. Siding will make your home look brand new, and with the large variety of sidings available, you can tailor the look of your home to be anything you want it to be. It will especially come in handy when you wish to sell the property, as a fresh looking exterior is a surefire way to increase market value.

Repair Hidden Structural Damage

The process of replacing siding pulls double duty, for removing the old siding gives you a look at the state of your walls beneath. This is helpful because sometimes structural damage isn’t visible externally, and as a result wouldn’t be noticeable to the untrained eye. Some forms of damage include delaminating plywood, deteriorated studs, or floor framing. If left unattended, this can seriously damage the integrity of your home, and become very expensive to fix. Therefore, it is recommended to take the unique opportunity to repair the problem outside while the siding is removed, to avoid having to dismantle the interior of your home.

Increased Energy Efficiency

With all your structural damage fixed and your new siding installed, prepare to reap the benefits of increased energy efficiency. Having a thoroughly sealed home allows you to keep your home heated at less cost. To further improve this, you can add foam insulation to trap more heat within your home, and you can also add a house wrap to the project to keep wind and moisture out.

A good siding job can result in a beautiful, valuable home that is high in structural integrity and low in energy costs. Therefore, it is recommended to update the siding of your property as soon as it is reasonable to. Here at E.M Snow Inc. we offer several options and styles for siding, and are committed to making your home as aesthetic and functional as possible.

Signs To Tell It’s Time For New Siding

Siding protects your home and it’s the single greatest factor in determining the overall look and feel of your house from the outside. As a homeowner, replacing your siding has many benefits but how do you truly know its time for an upgrade? Explore some of these signs below to tell its time for new siding.

Your House Needs To Be Repainted Constantly:

If the paint on your current siding needs to be repainted every few years, there is something wrong with the site. Besides the fact that you are wasting thousands of dollars to get your house repainted, siding should hold paint for much longer than every couple of years.

Cracked or Loose Siding:

With just a little bit of time, walk around your house and do a visual inspection of the siding. If the siding on your house are cracked or loose in multiple places, it may be time for new siding. If only a few boards are damaged or loose that can be repaired but it it’s widespread that’s a huge cause of concern.

Increased Heating & Cooling Bills:

If you notice over the years that your heating and cooling bills start to climb, there is a good chance that air is leaking into your house. Siding and insulation that has broken down can be a primary cause of heat and cooling bills climbing.

Peeling Paint or Wallpaper Inside the Home:

Peeling paint or wallpaper within your house can often be the cause of water making its way into your house. If your siding in faulty, moisture can seep its way into the interior walls of a home.

Fungus or Mold Growth:

Any mold or fungus growth on your siding can be a sign that moisture has made its way into the underside of your siding. While not all mold growth means you need to replace your entire siding system, it is reason enough to investigate further.

E.M. Snow, Inc is a leading siding company in Massachusetts. We will provide a free inspection and estimate if we think you need new siding. For further information please feel free to reach out. We can be contacted over the phone at 781-893-4546 or through our online contact form.