Preparing Your Home For Winter Weather

Especially here in New England, where weather can be unpredictable and harsh to begin with, the Winter months may pose a threat to your home’s upkeep and general maintenance. Whether it’s the likes of snow, freezing rain, or ice, the structural integrity of your home is put to the test during the Winter months. In today’s blog, we’re going to help you stay one step ahead of the elements and prepare your property for the Winter!

Tip #1 – Inspect Your Roof

When the snow of Winter arrives, you’ll want to have a sturdy roofing system to keep the elements at bay. Over time, vulnerable, damaged, or sagging roofs can spell disaster for your home’s interior if they are not properly tended to. This is why it is wise to conduct a roof inspection to analyze the state of your roof, and depending on the results, you can make the necessary reparations. Even when the snow beings to melt at the end of Winter, potential water damage can yield further damage to your roofing system. In any case, it’s smart to get your roof inspected!

This tips also includes cleaning your gutters! Following the Fall season, there may be leaves and other organic buildup in your gutters. As such, it’s smart to check in on your gutter system and remove any obstructive matter.

Tip #2 – Consider Nearby Nature

Winter storms are known for being particularly unpleasant, due to extreme temperatures, poor visibility, and most importantly in this case – wind. Wind can swiftly knock down wildlife such as dead trees, including their branches and twigs, which can potentially cause harm to your home. While conducting your roof inspection, it might be smart to take a look at the trees that circle your home (if there are any). By reducing them, you can avoid potentially catastrophic damage to your property.

Tip #3 – Prepare Your Landscape

The months leading up to Winter are an ideal time to rid your landscape of any leaves, debris, or unwanted items that sit around on your lawn. Not only can this help your grass grow properly by the time spring arrives, but it can also save your lawn from the damages brought about by mold and other diseases.

Need Help Prepping Your Exterior – 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. We look forward to hearing from you and getting started on your project!

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How to Tell A Roofer is Legitimate

Investing in a roof is a big undertaking and can set you back a good chunk of change. That is why it is important to find a legitimate roofer with a strong reputation to take on your project. It is not always easy to find a reputable roofer, but it is not impossible. With the right knowledge of what to look for when seeking out a roofer, you’ll be one step closer to finding the right team. Check out these tips that can help you spot a fake roofer or a roofing scam and find a legitimate roofer.

Ask for Insurance

Not all roofers offer the same services or have the same qualifications. Legitimate roofers should have insurance, both workers’ compensation insurance, and liability insurance. A roofing company that means business and is worth looking into is one that has insurance coverage. This is an important in the roofing business and when people are working on your property. You want to avoid being held liable for any damages on injuries that could occur while roofers are working on your property.

Validate Certifications

If you want to put your trust in a roofing company, check to see if they are certified. A legitimate roofing company will possess training and certifications that grant them the right to operate as a roofing company. Having a qualified team, with the know-how to get the roofing job done right is what you need to ease your worries. A reputable roofing company should have no qualms about showing their roofing certifications when asked.

Check Their Reviews

A good reputation can signal to you if a roofing company is legitimate. You have the charge of verifying the integrity of a roofing company, and with so many companies with an online presence, you can find useful information that can help you to make your decision. Look up a roofing company’s rating and reviews to hear what past customers have to say about their service and performance. You can use Google as a source or check with the Better Business Bureau for a roofing company’s rating.

Ask Your Friends and Neighbors

If you have friends or even neighbors that have used a roofing company that you are interested in, get their scoop on the company. With their firsthand experience, you can learn much about the company, including why you should choose them or avoid them. Maybe they have used a company that isn’t on your list and could give you suggestions.

Contact Us Today

There are many roofing companies out there that are ready to meet your needs. To avoid getting scammed, be sure to work with a trusted roofing professional like E.M. Snow.  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 roof replacement needs!