why you should hire a professional

Why You Should Hire a Roofing Contractor

It’s happened to millions of people — you’re sitting down at the dining room table and notice a leak coming through your ceiling. Or maybe a strong storm comes through and knocks some shingles off. Roofing work can be tedious and dangerous. So, before getting on the roof yourself to inspect the issue, consider hiring and roofing contractor to complete the work safely and efficiently.



There are several reasons you should hire a professional to do your roof work. The number one reason being an experience. No matter how many books you read or YouTube videos you watch, nothing can compare to the knowledge that a professional roof contractor offers. If you attempt to fix the roof yourself, you could ultimately cost yourself more money and hassle by having to hire a contractor to go behind you and fix your work.



Countless people fall every year while attempting to do roof work themselves. Professional roofing contractors are trained in the methods and required materials to safely complete work on your roof. Roofing work is arguably the most dangerous part of home maintenance and should be left to a professional instead of attempting to climb and fix it yourself. It often involves ladder and pulley systems, and sometimes even harnesses to ensure the safety of the workers.



Another main benefit of hiring a professional roofer is the potential warranties you receive from the contractor and manufacturer. This can help guarantee the work is completed on time and properly to ensure the warranties are considered valid. This ultimately can save you money if an issue ever arises again after work is completed.


Cost of materials

Professional roofing contractors can often get discounts on materials and wholesale pricing. If you don’t have a roofing license, you likely won’t be able to get the same discounts that contractors are allowed access to. Additionally, if you begin the work yourself and mess up, you’ll likely have to buy more materials, ultimately costing more money.



Lastly, time is money. And a professional roofer can evaluate quickly and correctly where the issue on your roof is originating from. By attempting to complete the roofing yourself, you will likely waste time diagnosing, while a professional can accurately begin working to fix the issue at hand.



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.

Benefits of Getting a New Roof

The roof is one of the most important areas of the house that needs to be maintained all year round. At E.M. Snow, Inc. we understand selecting and buying a new roof can be a big decision and investment. However, once we correctly install your roof, we guarantee you peace of mind for many years.

Here are 3 benefits of a new roof.

Preventing Health Hazards.

Old roofing can cause issues like water damage that can potentially lead to mold and mildew, which becomes a safety hazard to you and your family if it continues to be exposed to the elements. A new roof installation or replacement will protect your home from all the natural elements hazards and keep your home dry.

Reducing energy bills.

When your roof gets old, its shingles will start to curl, peel, or even fall off, which allows air in your home to escape. A new roof will not only help fix holes, but it will be well insulated and also be built with new energy efficient materials to help reduce energy costs even further.

Increase the look and value of your home.

If you are planning to sell your home soon, investing in a new roof is a great way to increase your home value. Potential buyers tend to feel more at ease when knowing a home roof has been recently maintained, as it means they do not need to think about replacing anytime soon.

If you’re interested in a new roofing installation in Waltham, MA, we highly recommend you speak with us for a free estimate. For more information about our roofing services, call us today at 781-893-4546.

Benefits of Scheduling Roofing Work During Winter

One of the top questions we get asked every winter is should we wait until spring to have our roof done? While we understand to worry about having roofing work completed when the weather is cold, there are some of the benefits of doing so.

  1. Leaks Can Get Worse.
    If you notice a leak, it is best to get it fixed right away. Leaving the problem until spring to deal with will just grow worse, putting your home and family in danger of developing water damaged and mold. Scheduling replacement during winter will not only lower risks of damages but keeping you and your family remain dry and warm all season long.
  2. Damages to the Roof leaves it vulnerable to the elements.
    We know how unpredictable the winter weather can be in Massachusetts. If you spot any damaged, loose, or missing shingles after winter storms, it’s essential to have them replaced as soon as you can.
  3. More Comfortable for Contractors.
    As you can imagine, some contractors are more comfortable doing roofing work during winter rather than the hot summer months. Being up on a roof exposes these workers to even warmer temperatures, which can make it difficult for them to complete their work safely. Those who do roof replacements during winter can stay warm in colder temperatures while still being able to go about their jobs.
  4. Snow Removal is Quick and Easy
    Safety is a priority for us, which means snow needs to be cleared away first before getting started. While this adds a bit of time for replacements, but once the snow is cleared away, contractors can or handle replacements in a safe, non-slippery environment.

Please contact us today to set up a free consultation for roof installation or replacement. The winter weather won’t be stopping us!

When Should I Replace My Roof?

Even if your roof isn’t falling in on itself or if there aren’t puddles in your home, there are plenty of signs that your roof needs to be replaced. When your roof starts to fall apart slowly, it will usually tell you. As a homeowner, it is important that you are aware of these signs. Whether you think your roof is getting old or if you are doing a routine check, these signs may be telling you that it’s time for a new roof.

1.) Roof Age: Most asphalt roofs have a typical lifespan of 20-25 years. This will obviously vary depending on the quality of maintenance your roof gets and other circumstances.

2.) Buckling or Curling Shingle: Look at the slopes of your home that get the most sunlight. If your roof shingles are starting to buckle or curl, that is a sign you may need a new roof.

3.) Missing Shingles: If a shingle here and shingle there fall off your roof, it isn’t the biggest deal in the world. But, if it happens fairly often and your house starts to look like a checkerboard you may want to look into fixing this issue.

4.) Shingle Pieces in Your Gutter: The shingle pieces that make up a roof are very smaller granules. As the shingles start to break down the shingle granules will start to come off and roll into your gutters.

5.)  Sunlight Showing In The Attic: One of the easier issues to notice is if daylight comes through the roof boards in your attic.

There are so many different variables that go into a roof. Along with that, your roof gives you man signs that it is breaking down. If you aren’t sure if you need any help with replacement roofing issues, please feel free to reach out.

When customers get new roofs with us, we always recommend CertainTeed Products.  A new roof is not a short-term fix. With our skilled contractors and high quality manufactured materials, we have a solution that lasts for a long time!

E.M. Snow Inc. has over 50 years of experience in Eastern Massachusetts and is happy to help. We can be reached over the phone at 781-893-4546 or through our online contact form.