Window draft, failing caulking

Finding & Sealing A Window Draft

For New England homeowners, one of the most important pieces of home maintenance you can perform is ensuring that your windows are properly sealed. This is essential for reducing energy loss during those cold winter days & nights. However, it can often be incredibly difficult trying to locate drafts in your windows. If you’re interested in learning a bit more about how you can find & seal a window draft yourself, keep reading below for a few tips from our team!

Finding A Draft

The first step to sealing your window drafts is locating them. To begin, all you’ll need is a bit of time & patience, and a candle to make the process easier. First, you can visually examine the window frame to see if there are any obvious holes in the system. However, generally window leaks are difficult to find, and you won’t be able to catch them with your eye, and you’ll need to employ your other senses. One option is to slowly run your hands around the window frame to see if you can feel any draft. Oftentimes this will work if the draft is significant enough, as you’ll notice the cold air rushing into your home, & warm air rushing out, or vice versa depending on the season. However, if there doesn’t work, try using a candlestick. The small flame will be more sensitive to gentle drafts than your skin, and if you see the flame flickering in the wind, its a clear sign that there is a draft nearby.

Sealing The Draft

Once you’ve pinpointed where the draft is coming in, the next step is sealing the draft. In order to seal it, you’re going to need caulking, or weather-stripping if the leaks seems to be relatively minor. You’ll need to install it around the entirety of the leak, taking care not to leave any corners unsealed.

However, if the leak is substantial enough, it’s a good idea to have a professional come to repair the damage and assess the window unit. If the leak is large enough, it’s possible that water damage could be occurring in the frame of the window, which can permeate through to the surrounding walls if left unchecked. A minor leak can safely be addressed at home, but for any leaks that are large enough to be visible, it’s best to get a professional opinion and repairs!

Contact Us Today

If you’re in need of new windows for your Massachusetts home this year, our team at E.M. Snow Inc. is ready to assist! You can 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 window replacement 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!

Windows showing the seasons within each pane

Best Time of Year to Replace Your Windows

Your windows are easily one of the most important pieces of your home’s exterior. They offer a laundry list of benefits, including providing your home with ventilation & natural light, but also curb appeal & resale value, protection from the elements and intruders, noise reduction, and insulation. Considering how important your windows truly are to your home, it is essential that they are kept in good repair! However, if you need to replace your windows, you may be wondering if there is a good time of year for it. Summer or Winter? Spring or Fall? Our team has put together a guide discussing which times of year are best for your replacement project! Take a look below for more information!


Let’s start with the option most would perceive to be the worst: winter. There are certainly drawbacks to winter window replacements, including of course the heat loss. However, winter replacements aren’t all bad. It is usually far easier to book an appointment, meaning if you find during the winter that your windows are drafty and you’re losing significant amounts of heat, you generally won’t need to wait as long to set-up an appointment. This can make winter a good time to think about replacing your windows.


The next option is springtime, which has its pros and cons. When the winter thaw clears, many homeowners begin to examine their home’s exterior and take stock of any need for repairs. This means that spring is generally quite busy and it can be hard to book an appointment. However, if you can, it is a great time of year, as most homeowners tend to notice a lot of issues that they had previously overlooked!


Next up, we have summertime. This is always a great option, as the weather is fantastic, except on the hottest of the dog days, and contractors tend to have a bit of a late-summer lull, making it easier to get a quick appointment. However, there is one option that reigns superior over all the others.


The best season to replace your windows is undoubtedly Autumn. Fall is fantastic because it allows you to get your home prepared for the winter season ahead, and your windows are one of the biggest contributors to energy loss in your home, making it a great option to prepare your home for the winter ahead!

Contact Us Today

If you’re interested in replacing your home’s windows this fall, our team at E.M. Snow is ready to assist! We can be reached over the phone 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 window replacement needs!

Different Window Styles

Different Window Styles & Where To Install Them

When it comes to replacement windows, they’re not one size fits all. There are a multitude of different window styles that work best in different settings, which can often make it difficult to identify which styles are best for each room of your home. If you’re interested in learning more about the different styles of windows, keep reading below to learn more about different window styles.

Double-Hung Windows

Often considered to be the standard of the window industry, double-hung windows are one of the most common window styles that you will see in nearly any home in America. Both sashes operate individually, allowing you to open the window from the top or the bottom of the window. These windows work well in nearly any room in the house, but if you have any children, be sure to make sure they don’t pull windows down on themselves by accident.

Casement Windows

Another very common window style is casement windows. Casement windows are operated via a crank, which opens horizontally away from the home. These windows are extremely easy to operate, which makes them a good option for playrooms, or over your kitchen windows when you need to open a window with wet hands.

Awning Windows

In a similar vein as casement windows, awning windows are another very popular style. While casement windows open horizontally from the home, awnings are also operated via a crank system, but open vertically, which makes them a fantastic option during rainstorms, allowing you to ventilate your home without exposing it to water damage. They are another easy to use option that many homeowners employ!

Picture Windows

While every other style of window we’ve discussed so far is operable, picture windows exist simply to provide natural light. They are inoperable, stationary windows that are often oversized to help boost the amount of light in your home. Typically flanked by operable windows that allow you to provide ventilation to areas where picture windows are installed, picture windows are mostly for aesthetics, and can greatly improve your home’s value.

Slider Windows

Finally, one of the most popular window styles of yesteryear that still holds niche popularity, slider windows are arguably the easiest window to operate. While they are very easy to use, it is important to ensure that you don’t install slider windows in any area where they could be used by kids, as they are incredibly easy to open. They are best utilized in areas where easy to operate windows are necessary, such as hard to reach areas or even over your kitchen sink.

Contact Us Today

If you’re interested in learning more about different window styles, or perhaps in installing new windows in your home, our team at E.M. Snow Inc. is ready to assist! We can be reached over the phone 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 window replacement needs!

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.


  • 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. 


  • 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. 


  • 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. 


  • 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.


  • 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!

Replacement Windows

Benefits of Replacement Windows

Your windows are an important piece of your home’s exterior.  They provide a number of benefits for your home, from boosting curb appeal and resale value, to providing ventilation and natural light. Therefore it is important to keep your windows in good repair.  However, your windows may be nearing the end of their lifespan but still functioning, which begs the question, why would I replace my windows if they seem to be protecting your home? Take a look at our blog to learn about the benefits of replacement windows!

UV Protection

One of the first benefits of replacement windows is the UV protection that new windows can offer for your home.  Oftentimes, older windows are not fitted with Low-E glass, which consists of a reflective, metallic layer that helps cut down on UV rays coming into your home.  UV rays can damage your home’s carpet and upholstery, so if you find that if you move the couch across the room you can see an outline of your carpet from where it sat, take it as a sign that your windows need more UV protection.

Energy Efficiency

Another benefit of replacement windows is the energy efficiency they can provide.  Low-E glass has the dual benefit of decreasing UV rays, but also helping with solar heat gain by keeping heat in the home during the winter and reflecting excess heat out of the home in the summer. Installing new replacement windows can help increase your home’s energy efficiency if your old windows lack Low-E glass.

Increased Security

Another reason you may consider installing replacement windows is the increased security that new windows provide. Your replacement windows can be fitted with the latest hardware to help keep intruders out, as well as laminated glass that holds together when broken thanks to a polymer layer within the panes.  New replacement windows are certain to offer security benefits over old windows.

Curb Appeal & Resale Value

Old windows have chipped paint, rotted frames, and outdated designs. Installing replacement windows will help boost your home’s curb appeal, and subsequently, it’s resale value. If you’re considering selling your home in the next few years, installing new replacement windows will benefit you while you enjoy the home, and the resale value they provide means that when it comes time to sell the home, you will get back nearly all of the money you invested in installing the windows. In fact, you can expect a 70-80% return on your investment when it comes time to sell your home.

Easy Maintenance

Finally, one of the greatest benefits of replacement windows is the ease of maintenance that they can offer.  Old double-hung windows were a hassle to clean. If you have them on the second story of your home, you know what a nuisance it can be to have to grab a ladder to clean the exteriors of your windows. New double-hung windows offer the ability to tilt the sashes, allowing you to reach the exterior side of the glass from the interior or your home.  This has advancement has made spring cleaning far easier for homeowners!

Contact Us Today

There are so many benefits to gain from installing replacement windows.  If you need to replace your home’s windows this spring, our team at E.M. Snow Inc. is ready to help! We can be contacted over the phone at (781) 893-4546 or by filling out our online contact form!

Signs you need new windows

Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Windows

Checking your windows may not be on the top of your to-do list, but maybe it should be. You may need new windows and not even realize it. The signs that your windows are due for a replacement may not be so obvious. It’s relatively easy to spot dated or severely damaged windows, but other signs may go unnoticed. If you know what to look for, you’ll be better able to determine when you are in need of new windows. Here are some signs that it’s time to replace your windows.

Decaying Frames

Decaying window frames are one of the most obvious signs that your windows are due for a replacement. Moisture exposure and accumulation can ultimately cause serious decay of the frames, which can turn into a safety issue. Rotten wood frames, for example, can begin to grow mold which impairs the structure and also poses a health risk to occupants in the home. Furthermore, rot can spread and affect other areas around the window.

High Energy Bills

If you notice that your energy bill is particularly high, your windows may have air leaks, which causes you to waste a lot of your energy dollars. A sure sign of drafty windows is feeling a breeze when your windows are closed, which could indicate that there is an issue related to poor installation or faulty seal. According to, drafty windows can cause roughly 10% to 15% increase in your energy bills. Check your windows for air leaks, and if found, it’s time for a replacement with more energy-efficient options that can reduce your heating and cooling costs.

Problems Closing and Opening Windows

You made have difficulty opening or closing your windows, which could be the result of some causes. Proper maintenance and upkeep may have been neglected, or they may not have been installed correctly in the first place causing an issue with balance. A simple cause could be an accumulation of dirt, dust, and debris over time, which worsens and increases friction, making the windows hard to open and close.

Outdoor Noise

When your windows are closed, and a lot of noise still comes through from the outdoors, this may be the result of incorrect sealing or poor craftsmanship. If sound blockage is important to you, then it’s time to replace your ineffective windows with ones that provide noise reduction.

E.M. Snow, Inc provides industry-leading quality windows and exceptional service. We can help you to enhance the beauty of your home and increase energy efficiency and make your property stand apart.


Signs You Should Replace Your Windows

Maybe you just bought a new house or maybe you’re in the process of renovating. There is never a wrong time to replace the windows on your home, and there are several benefits to spending the upfront money to replace them. But how do you know when to bite the bullet and make the change?

Rotting or decaying window frames

As your wooden window frames are repeatedly exposed to moisture and natural elements such as snow and rain, your frames may begin to rot or decay. Once this happens, they can warp. This is an obvious sign that it’s time to replace your windows. If you ignore this issue, your windows might start to leak and water could pool in your home.


Are you recently noticing an increase in condensation? This can be a sign that the seal between the windows has begun to fail, and it’s time to replace them. If left unaddressed, this can result in leaky windows and additional damage to the interior of your home.

High-energy bills

If you’ve noticed an increase in your monthly electric and heating bills, your windows might be to blame. If your windows are of an older age, it’s likely that the heating and cooling is likely going to waste. Newer windows are now highly energy efficient, and even offer special features like UV blocking technology that will minimize the amount of UV heat let in through the windows.

Renovating or remodeling

If you plan on renovating your home, this is a great time to also replace your windows while work is being done. If you’re getting vinyl or exterior work completed on your home, it is convenient to replace the windows at the same time as they’re all connected. This can also help improve the curb appeal of the overall renovation work completed.

Ignoring the warning signs of faulty windows can result in major issues for your home’s exterior as well as the interior. Upgrading to nicer windows can make your home look better and save you money in the long run. If you have questions about replacing your windows, or you want a second opinion on your windows, contact E.M. Snow, Inc, contractor for a consultation.

Signs Your Windows Need to be Replaced

Signs Your Windows Need to be Replaced

Having well-insulated windows will protect your home and family from overusing your air conditioner or heat throughout the year. A question we commonly get asked is “how do I know if I need to replace my windows?” Besides the most visible signs such as water leaks or cracked glass, there are other warning signs your windows need to be replaced.


If you’re finding yourself increasing the heating during the cold, this could be a clear sign that cold air is escaping your home. Additionally, if you notice cold air as you walk past the windows, then you will need to replace your windows. There are other reasons why your windows are drafty, including poor installations and broken seals.

Single Pane Windows.

There are still older homes that have single pane windows. Double or triple contains extra insulation which will not only protect your home but also helps your heating system to work less and as a result, saves you money.

Struggling to Open the Windows.

If you are finding it hard to open your windows each year, it’s not you, but your windows. This is due to moisture settling in your windows which cause it to swell, which over time, you will find it harder to open and close your windows. Don’t postpone this issue and contact your local window professional to fix the problem.

Increased utility bills.

Have you noticed your utility bills have skyrocketed compared to last year? Chances are, your HVAC system is working much harder than it needs to be, and this is due to your old, leaky windows that are allowing a significant amount of air (and vice-versa).

Noisy Wind.

Are you having trouble sleeping due to the noise coming from the outside? Improper insulation and cracks are issues you should not ignore. Replace the windows before the costly damages increases.

If you’re looking to replace your windows in Waltham MA, please feel free to get in touch with our window professionals at 781-893-4546.