Why You Should Check Your Roof When You Return From Your First Spring Stroll
It’s the first day of spring as we write this blog post, and it’s a glorious day on the South Shore — 46 degrees and sunny! Plus, we’re hearing it’s going to be a warmer spring than usual. And, that means, there will be lots of enticement to get out there walking in your particular South Shore neighborhood.
We’re suggesting that when you return from your first spring stroll, you make and take the opportunity as you come close to arriving at your doorstep — but are still far enough away that you can view your home’s various rooftops — that you look for any damage that may have occurred related to your roof during the winter.
How To Check For Winter Roof Damage
As we explained in this previous blog post, you should do the following to check your home or commercial roof for damage that may have occurred during the winter:
- Look to see if any shingles are missing.
- Check for any exposed nails.
- See if any of your “flashing” is now “waving” or has become loose, or is broken.
- Look for any gutters that have become detached.
If you notice anything that needs tending to, give our roofing experts team at South Shore Roofers a call!
Need A New Roof?
Maybe viewing your roof after your stroll, and from the street, immediately causes you to think it looks old, tired, dilapidated, etc. and you want to improve your curb appeal this spring with a brand new roof vs. repairing a few things. The team of roofing contractors at our South Shore roofing company brings years of expertise in residential roof installment, and would be glad to help. Just reach out for a complimentary consultation.
And, Speaking Of Spring Walks and Home Improvements
Check out these past blog posts for ideas for spring strolls on our beautiful South Shore:
Or, get other spring home improvement and spring cleaning tips:
Rejuvenate Your Home For Summer With These Spring Cleaning Hacks
10 Ways To Get Your Patio Ready for a Socially Distanced Summer
Making The Most Of Cold And Snowy South Shore Days: Where To Sled and Skate
As we write this post, it’s looking to be a cold weekend ahead here on Boston’s South Shore; plus, it’s only early February, which means there’s still likely going to be plenty of days ahead this year fit for outdoors ice skating and/or sledding.
The above inspired our South Shore roofing company to share our list of great places to skate or sled on the South Shore — the place our residential roofing contractors call home! Check out these places to “play” outdoors on South Shore winter days!
Where To Ice Skate On The South Shore (Outdoors)
- Norwell Skating Rink: Pine Street Fields, Norwell
- Jacobs Pond Conservation Area: 48 Jacobs Lane, Norwell
- Lily Pond: King Street, Cohasset
- Widow’s Walk Golf Course: 250 The Driftway, Scituate
- East Street Pond: East Street, Cohasset
Where To Sled On The South Shore
- East Middle School: 305 River Street, Braintree
- Braintree Municipal Golf Course: 101 Jefferson Street, Braintree
- Lincoln Park: 74 Pond Street, East Braintree
- North Hill Country Club: 29 Merry Avenue, Duxbury
- Miramar Retreat Center: 121 Parks Street, Duxbury
- South Shore Country Club: 274 South St., Hingham
- Coast Guard Hill: 900 Ferry St, Marshfield
- Milton Academy Ayer Observatory: 170 Centre St., Milton
- First Parish Norwell: 24 River St., Norwell
- Gaffield Park: 68 River St., Norwell
- Presidents Golf Course: 357 W. Squantum St., Quincy
- Furnace Brook Golf Course: 20 Reservoir Road, Quincy
- Scituate Country Club: 91 Driftway, Scituate
- Tufts Library: 46 Broad St., Weymouth
Be Safe When It Comes To Outdoors Ice Skating and Sledding
Inspired to head out for skating or sledding? Be sure your children bring and wear their helmets, thick gloves or mittens, and hats. And, make sure an adult will be accompanying and watching them throughout their skating or sledding activities! And, keep in mind that safety experts recommend that children sled feet-first!
If ice skating is in the plans for your South Shore winter play day, make sure an adult checks the ice before children skate on it. Ice that has open water patches is a “no go” for skating — it’s just not safe. Look for outdoors ice skating spots where ice has a dark blue color vs. white or grey, since dark blue ice is safer!
Lastly, be sure to pack some hot drinks, like hot cocoa, or hot cider, in thermoses to warm everyone up and keep them hydrated!
Play It Safe When It Comes To Your Home And Roof This Winter
And, speaking of both playing and staying safe, be sure to “play it safe” and hire an expert when snow and ice are causing, or have potential to cause, damage to your home or roof due to ice dams. As we explain in this blog post about ice dams, ice dams can damage your home. So, learn what they are and why you should hire professional roofers like South Shore Roofing to help you treat and remove them.
Our Team Of Roofing Experts Is Always Here To Help
Whether you need help because of winter weather’s impact on your home and roof, or you want to start planning for a new roof installation or roof replacement this spring, reach out to the team of roofing experts at South Shore roofing today!
Making Your Home Holiday-Ready: Easy, Inexpensive Ideas To Make It Both Safe & Inviting
As we write this, we’re in disbelief that the fall and winter holiday season will soon be upon us! Where did the year go? To help you ensure your holiday guests stay safe and feel welcomed this holiday season, we’ve put together a list of easy and inexpensive tactics you can start chipping away at now.
How To Make Your Home Feel Inviting To Holiday Guests
These small touches can make a huge difference in making your holiday guests feel special — whether they’ll be lodging with you for a few days, or just spending a few hours at your home:
- Buy extra festive-looking boxes of kleenex at a big box or discount store, and place them around the house in bathrooms, guestrooms, and the kitchen for easy snagging by guests.
- Purchase, at a discount store, a number of toss pillows with holiday designs, or in solid holiday colors like gold, silver, light blue, green, and red and place them on chairs and sofas throughout your home and on beds in guestrooms.
- For both your bathrooms and guestrooms, create baskets that contain small toiletry items to make your guests feel pampered — you know the kind of baskets you see in restrooms at weddings. Include items like small scented hand lotions and soaps.
- And speaking of soaps, shop big box or discount stores for hand soap with holiday designs or scents to place in bathrooms. While you’re there, snag a few pairs of comfy-cozy socks for individuals of all ages and genders, to place on the beds in guestrooms.
- Seek out small white or red poinsettia plants or Christmas cactuses that are in bloom to place throughout your home, and in bathrooms and guestrooms.
- Clear out and designate a drawer and space in a closet in any bedrooms in which guests will be staying so they know you took the time to prepare for their stay.
- Use small baskets or bowls — particularly ones with a holiday design or color — to house a few snack items for guests, and place them on nightstands in bedrooms where guests will be staying. Related to that, consider placing small holiday figurines like elves or angels, or other holiday decorations, on nightstands and in bathrooms that will be used by guests.
- Search online for the best deal for a collapsible luggage rack for guests to place their suitcase on when they arrive, and to make it easy for them to unpack.
- Follow these tips from a fellow South Shore business (DME provider and expert in making homes accessible) to ensure your holidays are disability inclusive!
How to Keep Your Family And Guests Safe This Holiday Season
We’ve written a bunch of blog posts in the past about holiday safety and winter safety tips for your home. We recommend you review these each & every holiday and winter season to make sure your family and guests will stay safe:
- 8 Steps To Keep Your Home and Family Merry & Safe This Holiday Season
- Holiday Decorating: Decorate Your Roof Safely Part 1
- Holiday Decorating: Decorate Your Roof Safely Part 2
The team of roofing experts at our South Shore roofing company is always available to talk with you about any of the following & more!: attic ventilation, attic air circulation; roof moisture, wall moisture, or ceiling moisture; ice dam prevention, ice dam removal; new home roof installation; and home roof replacement. You may find this past blog post helpful related to why your attic and roof may be wet on a dry winter day.
Never hesitate to reach out to our team of residential roofing contractors if we can be of service related to home safety measures or home challenges.
The team of experienced roofers at South Shore Roofing wishes all our readers and customers a very safe, healthy, and happy holiday season!
South Shore Local Treasures: Part I
We’re so fortunate to have so many of what we like to call “local treasures” on the South Shore that we thought the onset of warmer weather made for the perfect occasion to share some of our favorite things to do and places to visit in spring and summer.
And, because there’s so South Shore treasures we want to talk about, we’re featuring these fun and interesting South Shore places and activities in two blog posts — one featuring cultural activities and events, like food, art, and music, and the other featuring nature-related activities and events.
So, here we go. Part 1!
Local Treasures on the South Shore: Culture
The weather is warm, school’s out, and the sound of peepers fills the air. Summer is a great time to attend outdoor concerts, festivals, fairs, and farmer’s markets – and many of them are free! We’ve looked into the best cultural events happening on the South Shore this summer and we’re excited to share some of them with you. South Shore residents, get out your calendars and read on to learn when and where you can go and have some fun.
Plymouth: Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra and Project Arts both offer free outdoor summer concerts in Plymouth. Their free outdoor concerts are on the waterfront and family-friendly, perfect for all ages to enjoy. All you need to bring is a lawn chair or blanket. Additionally, First Fridays Plymouth occurs on the first Friday of every month from May-October. Restaurants, art galleries, museums and shops open their doors to host poetry readings, display artwork, and host musical performances and art demonstrations.
Quincy: We’ve attended the following event a couple of times already, and it is just so much fun! It’s also refreshing to see folks off their devices and phones, and singing & dancing with friends, family, and neighbors. Check out Porchfest Quincy!
Braintree: The schedule has yet to be posted, but every year, there are a series of free outdoors concerts at beautiful Sunset Lake in Braintree. Invite friends, family, and neighbors, and bring your own chair and snacks for an evening of great outdoors music!
Hanover: Every Tuesday at Forge Pond Park, you can find food trucks lining up for business which are part of the South Shore Food Truck Association. Although the food isn’t free, it’s reasonably priced and you’ll find some of the most creative food start-ups in action there. You can find everything from tacos, pizza, and sandwiches to ice cream and shaved ice. Bring your family and friends or a date for a nice picnic.
Kingston: Gorgeous Gray’s Beach Park has a host of cultural activities planned for this spring and summer — farmer’s markets, movies, and music. Be sure to mark your calendars for one or all of these fun events.
Weymouth: This year is Weymouth’s 400th anniversary so there are plenty of celebrations in which to take part. Village festivals will celebrate each of the four villages in May, June, July, and August. The second Saturday of each month, streets will be full of vendors in the selected village. In June, the Weymouth Farmers Market will start up and be held weekly at the high school on Sundays. Featuring local fruits and vegetables, this is a great place to pick up the ingredients for your next farm-fresh meal.
Get outside and enjoy the rich cultures of all these South Shore towns this summer. It’s the perfect time to enjoy the resurgence of many public events. Remember to read up on local mask mandates before you attend.
We hope South Shore residents consider us here at South Shore Roofing one of the South Shore’s #localtreasures! We’ve got a long, rich history of meeting the roof repair and roof installation needs of both South Shore business owners and residents.
As with getting out and about, spring and summer are the perfect time to have your roof repaired or replaced, so reach out now to see how our team of roofing experts can be of service!
South Shore Local Treasures: Part II
As we expressed in the first post in our two-part blog series about South Shore Local treasures, we are truly blessed to have so many of what we like to call “local treasures” on the South Shore.
Our first South Shore Treasures blog post focused on cultural activities and events — think yummy food, great outdoors music, and more!
So, here we go with Part 2, which focuses on South Shore spring and summer nature activities and events!
Local Treasures on the South Shore: Nature
Beaches, marshes, and rolling hills characterize the beloved landscape of our South Shore. While we’re close to the metropolitan area of Boston, there are still plenty of beautiful places to enjoy nature. Whether you like fishing, walking, hiking or biking, there’s a place for everyone in the outdoors.
Plymouth: Explore the site of the largest freshwater ecological restoration project in the Northeast at Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary. What was once a 481-acre cranberry farm is now a permanently protected natural resource. You can see a brand new pollinator garden, attend a program, or walk through the marsh on 3 miles of maintained trails.
Quincy: The Saltmarsh Trail is a half mile self-guided nature walk designed to highlight major plant and animal species in the marsh. It leads to a cemetery overlooking the bay. Another short trail is the Red Diamond Trail at Faxon Park. It’s a good walk for families, with a playground at the entrance and stone benches for resting or picnicking along the trail. Also in Quincy is the waterfront park at Squantum Point, a former naval field with views of the Boston skyline. It’s now a popular spot for birdwatching.
Braintree: Pond Meadow Park (which has entrances in both Braintree and Weymouth) has 2 miles of paved trail on 320 acres of land. The diverse landscape of ponds, streams, meadow, forest, and marsh is a popular place for jogging, biking, fishing, camping, kayaking, and canoeing. A wide paved loop circles around a pond, providing beautiful views of the water. You can find old stone walls and glacial erratic boulders scattered throughout the woods. In terms of wildlife, there are turtles, migrating birds and plenty of fish species.
Hanover: 40-acre athletic complex, Forge Pond Park offers athletic fields and 6.5 miles of wooded trails for walking and running. A 1-mile paved trail is ideal for biking with small kids and wheelchair use. A gravel boat ramp at the back of the lot provides access to Forge Pond for a quiet paddle. Luddams Ford Park includes 22 acres of trails maintained by the Hanover Conservation Commission and a dam which was once used to power several mills once located here. Now, it forces salmon to climb a fish ladder to swim upstream to spawn. A nearby pond offers catch and release fishing, and small launch for kayaks and canoes. Hungry? Bring lunch! There’s also a picnic area overlooking the river.
Kingston: Maple, cedar and pine trees surround the marsh at The Nook Preserve in Kingston. At the mouth of the tidal Jones River, this nature preserve was once a location for Wampanoeg and Patuxet tribes’ summer encampments. European immigrants then used it for livestock pasture, so the land is criss-crossed by stone walls. You can also launch kayaks and canoes at the nearby Mulliken’s landing.
Weymouth: King Oak Hill Park features views of the Boston skyline and a quarter mile paved loop makes for easily-counted laps. Stroller and wheelchair friendly, the park’s total area clocks in at 24 acres. It’s built on what was once an important junction and hunting lookout for Wampanoag people. Check out other Weymouth park favorites of a devoted South Shore walker.
South Shore Nature and South Shore Ice Cream:
What’s not to love about pairing exercise in nature with ice cream? Check out this great blog post from another Local Treasure, North and South Rivers Watershed Association, on how to get your nature and ice cream fixes simultaneously!
We hope you can find time to get outside and relax in the parks, preserves, and trails in your town/city and beyond!
We also hope South Shore residents consider us here at South Shore Roofing one of the South Shore’s #localtreasures! We’ve got a long, rich history of meeting the roof repair and roof installation needs of both South Shore business owners and residents.
As with getting out and about, spring and summer are the perfect time to have your roof repaired or replaced, so reach out now to see how our team of roofing experts can be of service!
Spring Cleaning Checklist For Your New England Home
The days are getting longer, the temperatures are slowly rising, and the first flowers will soon be poking their heads out of the ground. Yes, while it may feel impossible and long-overdue, as it does every year without fail, spring will soon have arrived in New England and on Boston’s South Shore!
Like January and September, spring is a time for new beginnings. It’s time to clean out the old and make way for the new! In this post, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about spring cleaning your house and your roof! So whether you’re a spring cleaning newbie and just learning the spring-cleaning ropes, or you’re looking for some extra tips related to your annual spring cleaning routine, read on!
Why Create and Follow A Spring Cleaning Checklist?
The best way to get your home clean for spring is by using a checklist. This will ensure that you don’t miss any essential areas and complete the job promptly (we’ve found having a checklist motivates one to complete tasks, so you receive the satisfaction of checking them off your list).
Whether you create and update your spring cleaning checklist via paper or an online document such as a Google sheet or Excel worksheet, some of the most common areas to focus on during home spring cleaning and incorporate in your checklist include:
- Deep cleaning kitchens and pantries.
- Giving all fixtures, surfaces, and objects in your home a good and thorough dusting
- Scrubbing all bathroom surfaces from top to bottom
- Cleaning all windows and windowsills – inside and out (depending on how far off the ground your windows are you may need to hire a professional window cleaner to do the outside work safely)
- Cleaning your grout and tile, professionally, if possible, to preserve its longevity
- Thoroughly dusting and washing baseboards and molding
- Cleaning dirty spots off the wall and doorways and on or near light switch plates
- Refreshing your entryway with new runners and welcome mats
- Using touch-up paint where needed, or re-painting walls entirely
- Cleaning your carpets and rugs with a carpet cleaner, or hiring a rug cleaning service
- Inspecting the home for mold, cracks, and leaks. Learn why wet walls require immediate action.
- This is also a great time for checking the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and replacing them, as needed.
Roof Spring Cleaning
Just as you need to clean your home in the spring, you also need to clean off your roof. This is especially important if you live in an area like Massachusetts that sees a lot of rain or snow. After all, the winter weather can do a lot of damage, and it’s important to get ahead of any potential problems. A dirty roof can lead to all sorts of issues, such as leaks and water damage.
There are many different things that you can do to get your South Shore roof ready for spring. However, here are a few of the most important ones:
- Inspect the Roof for Damage: Take a look at your roof for any damage that may have occurred over the winter. We suggest you do this by looking up at your roof vs. climbing up on your roof – we don’t want anyone to slip or fall, unnecessarily. Sometimes, it means standing far back in your driveway or yard, so that you can look at your roof from a distance. If you notice an area of your roof that looks like it’s been damaged and needs fixing, give our South Shore roofing contractors a call and we can access whether you need our services related to residential roof repair or roof replacement. Check out these warning signs it may be time to replace your roof.
- Clear Debris from Gutters: If you can do it safely yourself, make sure to clear out all the debris from your gutters. This will help ensure that rain water can flow freely and not cause any damage.
Need more spring cleaning ideas and inspiration? Check out last year’s spring cleaning hacks blog post: https://www.southshoreroofers.com/tag/spring-cleaning/
How Our South Shore Roofing Experts Can Help
Don’t risk getting up on your roof to try to mend yourself any damage that you may see. Both being up on the roof, and trying to fix the roof yourself, could lead to undesirable consequences. One of the professional roofers on the South Shore Roofing team can inspect the roof and determine what needs to be done to fix it. They can also provide advice on how to prevent future damage. If you’re looking for a reliable and experienced roofing company, be sure to contact South Shore Roofers! We have been providing quality roofing services for many years, and we’re seasoned roofing contractors who’ve helped many South Shore businesses and families get their home roof or business/commercial roof ready for spring. So, reach out today!
8 Steps To Keep Your Home and Family Merry & Safe This Winter and Holiday Season
Because of the restrictions and limitations that COVID19 placed on the 2020 holiday season, we’re all particularly excited about celebrating the holidays in 2021, right? As South Shore roofing contractors, we’re seeing and hearing from local friends, family, and customers that they plan to go all out with holiday shopping, home get-togethers (even if they keep them small or stick to just family based on their pandemic comfort level), and decorating the inside and outside of their homes.
We think you’ll agree that, with all that “stepped-up” holiday activity, it’s more important than ever that we all do all we can to protect our South Shore homes and families, by putting the following measures in place:
- Keep sidewalks, walkways, and driveways shoveled and salted (or use dirt in lieu of salt) to make sure falls and slips don’t put a damper on the holiday season or the winter. Learn how to remove snow from your property safely.
- Ensure walkways, driveways, and any outdoor stairs are well-lit, particularly since it gets darker much earlier on South Shore winter days.
- Keep your winter and holiday guests, particularly overnight elderly or disabled ones, safe by installing grab bars or other safety measures in bathrooms. Tub and shower or other bathroom falls & slips can be easily avoided.
- Plan for possible winter power outages on the South Shore by taking these measures.
- Be carbon monoxide smart. Simply follow these tips to keep your family and guests safe all winter.
- Be vigilant about looking for signs that you may need a new home roof or to improve attic air ventilation or circulation. This includes not just signs in your attic, on your roof, or on your ceiling, but also your walls.
- Act now so that ice dams don’t dampen your holiday spirits and festivities.
- Take safety precautions when hanging holiday decorations, so no-one gets hurts while putting decorations up, or after decorations are hung. Learn more from our two blog posts on this topic:
The team of roofing experts at our South Shore roofing company is always available to talk with you about any of the following & more!: attic ventilation, attic air circulation; roof moisture, wall moisture, or ceiling moisture; ice dam prevention, ice dam removal; new home roof installation; and home roof replacement. Never hesistate to reach out to see if we can be of service related to home safety measures or home challenges.
We wish all our readers a safe and happy holiday season and winter!
During The Season Of New Beginnings, Why Not Invest In A New Roof?
Particularly here in Massachusetts, where we have so many students returning to our large number of outstanding colleges and universities, September feels like a time for new beginnings. It gives us a second opportunity in any given year — beyond that offered by January 1 — to start with a clean slate and a fresh new outlook.
Update Your Look For A Fresh Outlook
Oftentimes, even some small changes in our personal appearance, or the appearance of our home & surroundings, can help us feel rejuvenated and refreshed and either support a number of related changes, or satisfy our desire for change. For example, a new fall wardrobe might give us the confidence we need to interview for a new job, or it may simply make us feel happier in our current job. Or, new furniture might make us feel comfortable hosting a book club meeting at our home, or simply make us happier when we curl up on under a blanket to read.
We all continue to spend a lot of time at home because of COVID-19 concerns, and whether we’ll be entertaining a smaller or a larger group at our house this holiday season, we’ll want our South Shore residences to look attractive. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a beautiful new roof that adds curb appeal and a new look & feel to your home? The team of roofing experts at South Shore Roofing is knowledgeable about the latest innovations in home roofing and enjoys helping new and past clients feel more joyful about their homes.
Contact us for a free virtual or in-person consultation about your South Shore home roofing needs — whether it be a roof installation, roof replacement, or roof repair. Our team of residential roofing contractors will be glad to discuss with you what type of new roof might give your particular home a fresh new look this fall!
And, here’s hoping everyone has lots of new beginnings that excite them this autumn!
A SIMPLE GUIDE FOR GETTING YOUR HOME & YARD READY FOR SUMMER
We’ve pulled together ideas below for making both the outside and inside of your home summer-ready because who doesn’t want to be, and isn’t ready for, summer?
Using Your Outdoors Space For Summer Hosting & More!
Are you eager to host a barbeque or graduation party? What about all those reunions and landmark birthdays that had to go uncelebrated? Do you find yourself missing those casual weekend fires and family badminton matches in the backyard? Now that we can safely gather with friends, and family, it’s time to get your yard and house (yes, including your roof!) ready for summer gatherings.
Here’s how to get started:
First, read these articles from last season about making your patio space super cozy and about why summer is a great time to get your roof replaced.
Now that you have some decoration and renovation ideas, you can think about how you want to use your space. Do you want to host fantastic meals for your friends in a chic dining space? Do you want to have a weekly backyard volleyball tournament for your neighborhood? Are you interested in an outdoor workspace where you can field Zoom calls and reply to emails while enjoying the sun?
What you want to do with your space will determine next steps. For instance, if great conversation and fine dining is your priority, you can focus on your patio or porch space. If you want to host outdoor sports events, then you can make sure you have all the right equipment, good storage space for that equipment, and a hydration station. If you want to work from home outside, you’ll need a supportive chair and table in the shade or with an umbrella you can open up for sunny days.
Other Summer Home & Yard Tasks
While they aren’t as fun or exciting as planning for summer activities, like those described above, key home maintenance tasks you should consider include:
- Make sure your cooling system is functional before rather than during the first heat wave. HVAC maintenance can also keep humidity in your home down which increases the lifespan of your roof.
- Visually inspect your roof for any damage that might have occurred during the winter such as missing shingles, exposed nails, wavy flashing, or detached gutters, and if you notice anything that needs tending to, give our roofing expert team at South Shore Roofers a call!
- Put flower boxes in windows and plant some bright flowers. Bonus points for planting things that will flower in different months, so you have continual color throughout the warm months!
- Clean your gutters to prevent flooding in your basement during any big rain storms.
- Trim branches away from your roof. This will prevent gutter clogging and potential damage from any falling branches. Focus on trimming diseased or dead branches hanging close to the roof.
Once you’ve designed your yard space to suit your needs and gotten your home and roof in order, it’s time to invite the friends and family over! Summer on the South Shore is a beautiful time of year. This is definitely the time to kick back, relax, and enjoy being with your people.
If you need help with replacing or repairing your roof this summer, South Shore Roofing will be there for you. You can get your free consultation today. The team would love to discuss your goals and work towards solutions with you. Have a great summer!
Why Your Attic and Roof May Be Wet On A Dry Winter Day
Often, during winter, homeowners are surprised to see water drips and droplets on attic ceilings, walls, and the underside of their roof, when it’s not even raining or snowing outside! As shown in the picture below, sometimes, it seems to those who own a home that their roof, wall, or ceilings are crying because of water droplets that appear around nails. After spending a lot of physical and emotional energy trying to figure out the source of the moisture, they end up calling professional roofing contractors, like South Shore Roofing, to investigate the source of wet wood in their home.
Many New England homeowners don’t realize that moisture can still build up in the top floor of their home or underneath their roof on cool, dry, winter days because of condensation challenges. Condensation occurs when attics are too warm and there’s no way for air to escape outdoors or to circulate. Sure, everyone would prefer that their attic feel warm & cozy when they need to visit it to bring down a treasured item that’s been tucked away in the attic. But, since most of us don’t spend a lot of time in our attics, and the trade-off of having a warm attic is the build-up of annoying and damaging moisture, we’re actually better off keeping our attics cool from home-damage, health, and cost perspectives.
How to Know If You Attic or Roof is Moisture-Challenged
In addition to beads of water on walls, ceilings, or your roof, you may notice these other common signs of a moist attic or roof:
- Staining, discoloration or warping of wood or other attic materials
- Foggy/frosty windows
- Musty smells
- Wood rot
- Masonry deterioration
Why You Need to Address Attic and Roof Moisture
Left untreated, attic moisture can lead to some of the unpleasant, unfavorable conditions listed in the above-section of our blog. These can, in turn, lead to expensive, extensive home damage and associated repair costs, but most importantly, can make family members very ill.
How South Shore Roofing Experts Can Help
To prevent, moisture build-up and condensation, attic temperatures should be kept as cold as the outdoors. This can be accomplished simply through improved air ventilation and circulation in your attic – basically, you want air to be able to flow both in and out of your attic. Our team of roofing specialists can undertake the following to create better airflow, and ultimately, a colder atmosphere in your attic by installing:
- Soffit vents underneath your gutters/in your attic’s eaves to let air flow into your attic.
- Roof ventilation at the peak of your roof, known as a ridge vent or ridge venting, which allows air to flow out. This requires an opening to be cut across your roof’s peak to expose the attic below. A ridge vent is, then, placed over that opening to allow air to exit the attic.
Say Goodbye to Moisture, and Hello to a Healthier, Safer Home
Your family and your home are your most important assets. So if you believe your roof or attic are showing signs of moisture build-up, contact us today, so that our roofing company can assess your attic and roof situation.