Ice Dam on Home

How do I prevent Ice dams?

Ice dams can be devastating for your roofing system. They occur when some portions of your roof are above thirty-two degrees Fahrenheit and other portions are below that temperature.

As snow that is on the portions of the roof above freezing melts, it flows down onto the colder parts of the roof and refreezes into ledges of ice at the edge of the roof. Though these ledges are quite beautiful, they can cause a real problem.

The water caught behind these dams remains right where it is, unable to flow off the roof. It can then seep into your attic spaces or into your walls under the siding. So, how do you, as a homeowner prevent this icy disaster? By the time you have finished reading this blog post, you will know exactly what to do.

Freeze Your Roof

Ice dams occur when a part of your roof is above freezing while the rest is below. This usually happens because heat rises up into your attic, warming the roof shingles above.

This warming causes the snow to melt and run down the roof before refreezing at the edge. Therefore it’s necessary to keep your roof and attic cold. But how do you do that?

The first step is to close all the attic bypasses. A third of the heat lost from a house is through the ceiling into the attic. Close up any gaps in the drywall. Stop up any cracks around light fixtures or windows, and make sure your walls, ceilings and roofs are properly insulated. Doing all these things has a bonus, too. By stopping ice dams, you also will lower your heating and cooling bills.

Insulate the Attic

Check the levels of attic insulation. Building codes say it should be twelve to fourteen inches deep. However, if it is less than eight inches deep and you’ve had ice dam issues, you need to apply more to reach building code specifications. Blown-in fiberglass or cellulose is better than that which you place by hand as it wraps more easily around joists and other attic obstructions. Also, you won’t save very much money by doing this yourself. It’s definitely time to call in a professional.

Ventilate The Attic

Adding roof and soffit vents can actually cool your attic and roof. They do this by pulling in cold outdoor air. This air expels the less dense warm attic air. This displacement of heat also cools the attic and the roof in the process, which keeps ice dams from forming and condensation from damaging your roof’s decking.

Conclusion

Ice dams can cause a lot of damage, wasted money and problems for you. That is why it is necessary to prevent them. You stop ice dams in their tracks by keeping the roof cold. This will keep the snow from melting and refreezing in the first place. If your roof has no ice dams, then it is a truly beautiful winter.

Home Maintenance Tips For The Winter

Winter in New England depending on the year can be absolutely brutal! We all saw what happened a couple years ago with the snow. Homes are at the forefront of this abuse that mother nature throws at us. To better help prepare your home for the next 3-4 months ahead of us, we have put together a helpful checklist of items.

  1. Ice Dams: If you have had ice dams in the past, you would have noticed a whole bunch of ice form up at the edge of your roof. This happens when the roof temperature is cooler at the bottom of the roof in comparison to the top. Ice and snow then melt and refreeze as they reach the bottom of your roof.
  2. Trim Your Trees If Needed: Tree limbs and branches become vulnerable to snapping when covered in snow and ice. Make sure that no branches are hanging over your house because if fallen can cause a whole set of problems.
  3. Ensure Windows & Doors Are Sealed: If you live in an older house, or if you know your windows and doors haven’t been replaced in a while, make sure they are still keeping your home warm. Cold air infiltrating into your house is a significant contributor to an increased heating bill.
  4. Clean Gutters: To help prevent against Ice dams and other gutter related issues make sure that your gutters are cleaned after all the leaves have fallen.
  5. Store Outside Items: Whether it be a hammock, chairs or other items that have you been utilizing during the summer and fall outside, be sure to bring them inside. A winter storm could ruin them.

It is very important to maintain your house, so all the assets can last as long as possible. For more information, please feel free to reach out. We can be contacted by the phone at (781) 344-2420 or through our online contact form.

Fall Home Maintenance To-Do’s

Fall is a great time to touch up your house on all fronts before winter arrives. Summer weekend getaways happen on a less frequent occurrence, giving you more time to maintain the quality and integrity of your house. With this being the first full week of fall, here are some maintenance tips to help you out:

  1. Trim Trees & Shrubs: Winter can be extremely harsh on trees, so make sure that the ones on your property are healthy. Falling limbs and trees cause tremendous damages to roofs and siding every year, so make sure you are ready.
  2. Gutters & downspouts: Once most of the leaves have fallen, farther into Autumn it is crucial that you clean out your gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters during the winter can lead to leaks through your roof.
  3. Exterior Repairs/Replacements: Going into winter, you want to make sure your house as a whole is structurally sound. A whole in the roof or broken siding board could cause some issues during the winter. A proper inspection can go a long way for your:
  4. Prepare Deck: Make sure that your porch or deck aren’t in need of repairs. Cover and store all chairs and accessories that you have been using. This even means that emptying pots are essential because the dirt can freeze causing pots to crack.
  5. Look Interior: After you have done your do-diligence outside, the fall is also a great time to plan any interior remodeling jobs you have been thinking about.

Mario’s Roofing is a leading exterior remodeling company in Massachusetts. If you need any help with your roof, siding, windows or gutters, feel free to reach out! We can be contacted over the phone at 781-344-2420 or through our online contact form.

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What Are the Benefits of Getting a New Roof?

Replacing your roof can seem intimidating to many homeowners, often making it difficult to even start the process. When you aren’t familiar with roofing materials it’s tough to say whether you actually need a new one, and if you do, is it really worth the investment? Receiving a new roof for your home will save you money over time and for those of you looking to sell your home, you’ll definitely see a return on investment.

  1. Energy-Efficient

Older roofs allow heat to enter the home during the summer months and heat to exit during the winter. Those of us who’ve lived in MA for years understand how critical it is for us to be cool in the summer and warm in the winter, especially with the blizzards and humidity. A new roof will ensure your home stays nice and comfortable, thus, cutting costs on your energy bill.

  1. Boost Curb Appeal

The roof is one of the first parts of the property we notice so when you have a deteriorated roof, it can really be unsightly. It may seem minimal if other areas of your home have been updated such as the windows, siding and doors, but it actually makes a huge difference. Many homeowners don’t realize this can be a make or break for potential home buyers.

  1. No Safety Risk

A new roof allows you peace of mind because you don’t need to suffer from the safety concerns that you would with a damaged roof. An older roof allows water to seep into the home and then mold grows which can pollute the air; mold leads to a slew of respiratory issues. In the winter, ice dams can form and icicles can hang from the roof. Just think, if you shut the front door too hard, an icicle could drop and hit you.

  1. Return on Investment

When selling your home, you’ll receive about 70% of every dollar spent on your new roof. Since a roof has a lifespan of 20 + years, it’s wise to invest in a roof made from quality materials.

If you’re in need of a new roof, call Mario’s Roofing today at 781.344.2420!

5 Reasons Why You Need Energy Efficient Windows

Replacing older windows can be problematic, especially if they’re deteriorating. The process of replacing and installing a window is a lengthy one and it involves hours of hard work so you must have steady hand. It might be tempting to keep costs low by replacing your window with a regular one but if you choose an energy-efficient window, you’ll be saving money in the long run.

  1. Your home will be better insulated when you have energy-efficient windows installed. These specific types of windows help to keep the hot air out in the summer and cold air out in the winter.

2. Energy efficient windows are also much safer for the environment as they allow you to stay cool or warm without overusing your heater or cooling system. This means there is less energy usage so your home does not need to use as much power that is generated by coal or natural-gas, in turn, making your home incredibly eco-friendly.

3. If you want your home to be quieter, definitely invest in energy-efficient windows. If you live in a busy neighborhood, have loud neighbors, or are constantly hearing dogs barking, energy-efficient windows do a great job of keeping noise from getting in and out.

4. Furniture, artwork and the carpet will also stay intact when you invest in energy-efficient windows because the sunlight won’t damage them. Typically the sun’s rays fades these materials but energy-efficient windows reduce this by 75%.

5.Condensation is less apparent when you utilize energy-efficient windows because the low e-glass is protected by metal. This type of glass repels condensation when frost builds.

 

 

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Getting Your Money’s Worth Out of Your New Roof

When investing in a new roof, you want to make sure you purchase the best quality material and hire trained professionals. With a solid roofing material, you can expect it to last for 20 years and if you choose to re-roof over your shingles, your roof will last for 15 years. Let’s go over what damages to look for in your current roof and how to choose the best roofing option, allowing you to truly get your money’s worth out of your new roof.

Look at the Attic Ventilation. If there isn’t enough attic ventilation, your roof could age prematurely. Attics with poor airflow can hit above 100 degrees which can ultimately affect the shingles on your roof.

Insulate Your Roof. When it’s extremely hot outside, the roof actually feels much hotter  and the roof transfers radiant heat to the attic. Roof insulation will not only keep your roof cooler but your entire home will remain cool. This in turn, allows the roof to last longer.

Don’t be Cheap. You might want to choose the cheapest roofing material but in the long run, this probably won’t be the smartest decision. A cheaper roof means it won’t last nearly as long or you may need to dish out more money on repairs.

Understand Issues Within Your Home. There’s no doubt that your roof will encounter an issue here and there over the course of its lifespan. Keep in mind, that’s in a period of 20 years. There could be a tree covering the roof which ends up causing damage or perhaps there’s to much water damaging the roof. Make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into before looking for a new roofing material.

Contact Mario’s Roofing for a Brand New Roof

Our roofing contractors are licensed and insured so you can feel completely comfortable with your roofing installation. We will discuss all available options with you and work within your budget to provide a beautiful roof that will last for years to come. Give us a call today at 781.344.2420.

 

5 Things You Should Know About Roofing

roofing constructionAs a homeowner, you’re well aware by now that there’s plenty to maintain in the home such as sink repairs, window replacement, new siding installation. The roof of your home is probably the last thing you think about…unless there’s a leak.

Your roof may start to rot when leaves, moss and algae build up because they retain water. When you don’t check your roof, the shingles will rot which will lead to leaky ceilings within your home.

Especially during the autumn months, leaves will begin to fall from the trees and land in the gutters. When it rains, your gutters are filled with wet, heavy leaves which ultimately cause wear and tear on your roof. Mold growth is also a common occurrence when this happens too.

There are so many issues that can occur with your roof, leading it to be replaced. Let’s take a look at some things you need to know about the roofing process.

  1. Find Out What Type of Roof You Have

The price of your roof replacement or repair depends on the size of your house and which type of roof you currently have. You also need to understand what issues are going on with your roof prior to looking for an estimate. This way you are fully aware of the issues and won’t be surprised with high estimates.

  1. Know That Roofing is Loud

Try to have you roof repaired at a time when you know you’re busy. Roofing is extremely noisey so you don’t want to be caught off guard when the contractor is working. If you’re going to be home during the process, get your head phones ready or purchase ear plugs.

  1. Browse Roofing Materials Before Hiring a Contractor

Each roofing material serves a different purpose and some roofs are not reliable for our Boston climate. Do extensive research into what material is best for you and fits within your budget. Some materials work wonders and reflect the heat, making them perfect for more tropical environments while others are made to withstand heavy amounts of snow.

  1. Choose the Season

While roofers are available all year round, you want to think about what time is best to have your roof replaced. In a majority of areas across the country, roofing season occurs from the late spring throughout the fall. The nicer the weather, the quicker the work will get done.

  1. Know What Colors You Want

Many of the roofing materials comes with a wide-variety of colors to choose from. Try picking about 3-4 colors and then speak with your chosen contractor about which is best for your home.

Ready for a new roof? Contact Mario’s Roofing at 781.344.2420 today!

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Advantages of Vinyl Siding

While aluminum siding was immensely popular during the 1950s and 1960s, vinyl siding started increasing in popularity and over time, it ranks as the most sought after siding material. Throughout the years, manufacturers have greatly improved the quality and durability of the vinyl siding, and now there are numerous colors to choose from. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages of vinyl siding.

  1. Affordability

A majority of homeowners opt for vinyl siding because it’s much cheaper than other siding materials. Other popular siding materials such as wood, fiber cement and stucco are all durable products but they are a bit pricier. Vinyl siding is easy to afford, easy to maintain and overall a great investment.

2. Versatile

As mentioned above, vinyl siding is incredibly versatile and comes in a wide-variety of colors. If you adore cedar shakes but want the qualities of vinyl, you can actually purchase vinyl replacement that looks authentic. Vinyl siding can also be fitted horizontally or vertically, so just know, you’re never limited with one option when it comes to vinyl siding.

3. Nearly Maintenance Free

Vinyl siding requires the least maintenance out of any siding material. It easily resists termites and rot. The material looks new for many years because it doesn’t stain or get damaged easily. All you really need to do is clean the siding a few times a year and you’re good to go.

Are you ready for vinyl installation? We provide vinyl siding installation in numerous homes near Stoughton, MA as well as Rhode Island. Our trusted company is licensed and insured, we work quickly and will walk you through our process so you feel completely comfortable.

 

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What Roofing Materials Last the Longest?

Choosing a new roof for your home can be challenging especially since there is a wide variety of roofing materials on the market.  You need to consider which roofing materials can withstand the New England weather. In the winter, we deal with blizzards, cold rain, and sleet.

It’s quite obvious that the longest-lasting materials are typically the most-sturdy. Natural roofing materials such as wood shingles are typically outperformed by concrete and slate tiles. Aluminum and asphalt roofing have an extremely long lifespan so they are definitely another material to look into.

Below is a look at the most popular and reliable roofing materials:

  • Asphalt Shingles: This type of shingle is by far the most economical and It has a seamless installation process. You also have the luxury of choosing from a variety of colors and it’s inexpensive.
  • Metal Roofing: Metal roofs hold up wonderfully to extreme weather conditions and you can choose from aluminum, copper zinc or stainless steel.
  • Wood Shingles: These are absolutely breathtaking as they create a rustic or country feel, making the home look very storybook-esque.
  • Slate & Clay: This specific type of roofing creates an elegant appeal, completely reinventing the exterior of any home. Choose from black, green, grey, red or purple!

Ready to get a new roof? The team at Mario’s Roofing has years of experience providing Massachusetts residents with affordable and quick roofing installation and repair services. If you’re in need of financing, don’t hesitate to ask. Give us a call today at 781.344.2420!

Why Should I Get A New Roof?

Getting a brand new roof is certainly intimidating for anyone. It is an investment but when a new roof is needed, there aren’t many other options available out there. So, it’s important while you go through this journey of getting a new roof replacement that you understand what benefits you’ll be getting.

What does a new roof mean for you? What are you gaining from it? 

  1. Property Value: Almost all home improvements will raise your property value. Some are higher than others but if you have a new roof it will absolutely make your home much easier to sell.
  2. Curb Appeal: So many old roofs bring down the appearance of a home. Whether you are selling your house or not, you want a house that looks nice.
  3. Energy Efficiency:  So many old roofs are leaking air meaning A/C is being wasted during the summer and heat is being wasted during the summer. With a new roof from Mario’s Roofing your HVAC won’t have to work as hard to keep a reasonable temperature.
  4. Safety: Don’t forget about safety when it comes to the maintenance of your house! The longer you wait, the more dangerous the situation can become.
  5. Peace of Mind: Let’s be honest, having an old roof that is causing you issues can cause not only a lot of structural damage but also stress.

For further information about how Mario’s Roofing can help you with a brand new roofing installation please feel free to reach out. We service all of