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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

Spring Time Outdoor Maintenance Tips

It sometimes feels as if Spring isn’t even a season in New England. But with temperatures to hit 60’s and 70’s next week it is certainly going to feel like spring shortly. With warm weather comes a resurgence from the winter time sorrows. As you clean up your house it’s important to look outside for important house maintenance tips.

Check the Gutters: Ice, snow and heavy rain can take a toll on a homes gutters. With all the snow in the area finally melted this would be a good time to make sure that they’ll still in working order. Look for any part of your gutters pulling apart from the roof and any improper drainage that can lead to leaking through your roof.

Roofing Shingles Examination: All parts of your house get hit hard during the winter and your roof is no exception. If you know what you are doing and don’t want to hire a professional roofer to inspect your roof then be safe and look for potential damage. Any leaks in your house, missing shingles, buckling shingles & missing granules that have fallen into your gutters are all signs that you’re in need of potential repairs or replacements.

Siding: Whether you have wood siding, vinyl or maybe even James Hardie there will come a time when it either gets dirty or looks old. James Hardie Fiber Cement will keep its structure and color for much longer then the other materials but the spring time is a great time to check out the quality of your siding.

Overgrown Trim: Trees, and limbs take on a lot of weight from snow during the winter and while they could be healthy during the fall, they could break, or end up in a position over your house. This is a good time to trim back on any branches that are 5-7 feet away from your house to prevent against branch damage.

There is so much more that you can do during the spring to maintain the beauty of your house. For more information please feel free to reach out. We can be contacted over the phone at (781)-344-2420 or through our online contact form.

When Do I Need New Siding?

Understanding when you are in need of home improvements is one of the best ways to make sure small issues don’t become worse. This can and will save you money. When it comes to your homes siding, there is no exception to the rule. So in order to stay on top of your siding, how/when do you know that’s time for repairs/new installations to be made? There are a variety of issues that can deteriorate the overall integrity of siding, so keeping an eye out for them is crucial:

Tips that I am in need of new siding: 

House Needs Frequent Painting: Aging and old siding on a home won’t hold its color for very long. If you find yourself every 5 years repainting your house then that’s a siding that there is a fundamental issue. Siding at the least should hold its color for 8-10 years and with some of our solutions much longer.

Spiking Heating & Cooling Bills: If you’ve noticed over time that your heating & cooling bills have started to climb, then there most likely is an issue with your homes ability to keep a constant temperature. Whether it be your windows, doors, roofing or siding you should fix the issue before your inflated bills continue.

Poor siding and low quality insulation frequently lead to the following issue about.

Peeling & Loose Wallpaper & Paint: As your homes siding starts to fall apart, moisture will make its way inside. With moisture built up on the inside of your walls, paint & wallpaper will start to pull off the walls. If you notice this happening on any walls in your home, there is a good chance that a leak is somewhere.

Dry Rot:  Something that isn’t very noticeable to the eye is dry rot. Underneath the siding of your home, dry rot begins by eating away at the body of your siding. The outer surface stays intact but the siding itself becomes useless. Take the handle of your screwdriver and tap it throughout your siding. If you hear an emptiness then you’ll realize the siding has been compromised.

Rotting & Warping: Walk around your house and look for siding that has changed shape. If your siding has warped, looks cracked or is loose then this is a serious problem. A small area that has any of these issues can potential receive a repair but if it’s wide spread throughout your home then you’ll certainly need a replacement.

If you have any questions about your siding please feel free to reach out to Mario’s Roofing. We can be contacted over the phone at 781-344-2420 or through our online contact form.

Top Signs Of Roofing Damage

All year long your roof takes a beating. It is at the center of all that mother nature has to throw at us. From the hot summer sun to freezing temperatures mixed with blizzard conditions, your roof is an important aspect of your home that can’t be overlooked. Many people often wait too long when it comes to replacing their roof and damage can occur.

If you are unsure what the status of your roof is, follow some of these warning signs that your roof may be in need of a replacement.

Roof Age: How old is your roof? A typical roof usually lasts between 20-25 years so if your roof is in this range or older, you need to be extremely attentive with all issues.

Curling & Buckling Shingles: If your roof shingles are curling or buckling that is a sign you may need a new roof. Check out the side of your roof that receives the most sunlight as that area is most vulnerable.

Roof Valleys: If you notice that shingles are missing or falling apart in your roof valley then it is most likely time for a new roof. Valleys are one of the more important parts of a roof as snow, and rain flows through this area down to the gutters. If this area is breaking down the leaks are most likely right around the corner.

Moss Growth: If there are large portions of your roof covered in moss, then you should have it checked out. It is often more visually of an issue but as moss grows and puts down roofs, problems can occur.

Holes / Daylight through Roof: During a nice sunny day go up into your attic to make sure their is no daylight coming right through the roof boards.

For more information, please feel free to reach out to Mario’s Roofing. We can be contacted over the phone (781) 344-2420 or through our online contact form. We provide roofing inspections, repairs & new installations all throughout Massachusetts!

What Type of Roof Is Right for Me?

With more choices of materials, styles, and colors than ever before, here at Mario’s Quality Roofing we understand that getting started with choosing a new roof can be a very intimidating process for homeowners or business owners ready to make roofing improvements. A new roof is a big investment but a smart one, too, so it is important to make the right choice based on your particular situation. So today, we would like to help you build a foundation for your roofing knowledge by outlining some the major pros and cons between some of the different types of roofing choices, allowing you to choose the right roof based on your roofing needs for your family or business. With your new knowledge, you can maximize the return on your roofing investment and feel confident that you are getting amazing value for your new roof from the work we provide at Mario’s Quality Roofing.

Many homeowners and business owners make their choice of roof based on a variety of different factors. Evaluate your own needs carefully, considering the durability, insulation properties and energy efficiency, weather resistance, fire resistance, and overall cost of each roofing material. Today, we are going to talk about some of the top choices for roofing materials: Asphalt, Rubber, Metal, and Slate.

Asphalt Roofs

Asphalt composite shingles are one of the most popular and economical choices for a new roof, and they are generally considered the standard cost-effective choice for residential homes with steep sloped roofs. Compared to other types of roofs, asphalt shingles has very good energy-efficient insulation properties relative to their lower upfront cost. They can be installed with impact-resistant backing and can be a very strong choice for enduring the snow, hail, and other challenges of some of the harsher New England winters. Many insurance companies will even provide discounts for homes and businesses with impact-resistant asphalt shingle roofs. However, asphalt shingles are typically heavy and thus are preferred primarily for roofs with steeper slopes. The main downsides to asphalt roofs are that they can be at risk of cracking when exposed to severe temperature fluctuations, and cheaper asphalt roofs not made from premium materials generally have a lower expected lifetime than some of the other more expensive choices like slate or metal.

Rubber Roofs

Rubber roofs, also known as EPDM single-ply roofs, are one of the up-and-coming technological advances for roofing materials. They are one of the most popular choices for flat roofs in the New England area due to their light weight, durability, and seamless construction compared to traditional shingles. Rubber roofs are waterproof, fire resistant, and energy efficient, serving as an insulator during the winter and reflecting heat during the summer. Rubber is extremely low maintenance compared to other types of roofs, and repairs to rubber roofs are much lower cost than other types of materials. The main drawback to rubber roofs is the fact that many homeowners and business owners consider rubber roofs to be less attractive in aesthetic appearance compared to other choices like slate or asphalt shingles.

Metal Roofs

Metal roofs can be configured as panels or shingles and are an extremely durable and weather-resistant choice for roofs. They are lightweight, fire-resistant, and their low coefficient of friction allow higher sloped roofs to shed snow quickly during the wintertime. While their initial installation cost can be higher than some of the other more economical choices like asphalt or rubber, the extremely high durability and lifetime of metal roofs still allow for metal roofs to be a very cost effective choice for homeowners or business owners. The main drawback of metal roofs is that high level of noise generated during inclement weather like rain or hailstorms.

Slate Roofs

Slate shingles are generally the most durable, high quality, and expensive choice for new roofs. Slate roofs last indefinitely and their classic stone appearance is considered the most aesthetically attractive choice for roofs. Slate shingles come in a variety of sizes and colors, including grey, green, purple, black, and red. Once installed, slate shingles are low maintenance, completely fireproof, and expected to last over five times longer than roofs made from other materials. The main drawback of slate, besides the high price, is that slate shingles are very heavy and may require reinforcement to the underlying structure of your roof.

We hope that this information on some of the pros and cons of different types of roofs will give you a good idea about some of the major advantages and drawbacks to each kind of roof, so you can make the best-informed decision for yourself, your family, and your business when it comes to which roof you should choose. At Mario’s Quality Roofing, our experienced and qualified roofers are ready to take on any roofing project you may and complete it to your exact specifications. If you are interested in talking to us about your roofing project, please give us a call at 781-344- 2420 or fill out an online contact form today.