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.
The team of experienced roofers at South Shore Roofing wishes all our readers and customers a very safe, healthy, and happy holiday season!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
By Guest Blogger, Matt Lee, Innovative Building Materials
The overall outer appearance of your home is classified as its curb appeal. This appearance is significant in establishing good first impressions from guests, friends, and potential buyers later down the road. A dull front, with little visual appeal or aesthetic choices, will most likely result in a home with low curb appeal. However, if this reminds you of a home you recently purchased this is no cause to worry! There are several procedures a homeowner can undergo to increase their home’s appearance and attractiveness.
One of the foremost techniques you can use to increase your home’s curb appeal is renovating your home’s roof. These renovations can include work on your roof’s flashing, gutters, or the entire roof of your home. Each of these three renovations are discussed and explored further below. If you are a homeowner looking to boost your home’s curb appeal then the following is for you!
Your roof’s flashing is the collection of resistant paneling that surrounds your chimney, vents, valleys, and skylights. The overall purpose of flashing is to direct the flow of water on your roof away from these more vulnerable areas and into your gutter and drainage system. You should look to repair your flashing if it is missing or otherwise rusted, Not only can missing or rusted flashing lead to leaks in your roof, but it can also decrease the overall attractiveness of your home. In general, flashing is offered in a variety of materials including galvanized steel, PVC, and lead. However, the most common flashing materials are aluminum or copper.
Renovating or replacing your roof’s flashing is a great way to improve your home’s curb appeal. Both aluminum and copper flashing are perfect for most homes. These flashing materials also can be painted a variety of colors to match your garage trim, accent colors, and overall colorway of your home. This coordination will be sure to give your home a needed boost, and keep your roof safe from any leaks!
The overall function of your roof’s gutter system is to provide the entire roof with drainage support. This gutter system should take water collected during a rain shower or winter weather event and transport it off of your roof through a maze of downspouts, gutters, and splash pans. Not only is this drainage system vital in terms of your roof’s overall performance, but a new, well installed gutter system can also give your home a refreshing look. This refreshing look can do wonders for your home’s curb appeal.
Drainage system updates can be installed on your home in a variety of styles. The most common styles of gutters and downspouts offered by roofing professionals are classified as half-round gutters, k-style, box style, or curved style gutters. Pairing the perfect gutter system with your home is a great way to simultaneously improve your roof’s effectiveness and the overall appearance of your home. At first your home’s gutters, like different driveway paving ideas, may be overlooked when searching for ways to increase curb appeal. However, properly installed gutters can give your roof a seamless and sleeker look.
Install a New Roof
So, you had your roof checked by a roofing professional, and there was no damage to your home’s flashing or drainage system. However, the professional you consulted told you that your roof was at the end of its lifespan. While having a new roof installed on your house can be stressful and financially anxious, it is the perfect exterior upgrade to give your home a new stylish look.
When having a new roof installed on your home, you can choose from a variety of roofing shingles, such as impact resistant shingles, metal shingles that are flame-resistant, and other materials meant to mimic wood and other materials. These different materials can be used to simultaneously improve the strength of your home’s roof and the visual aesthetic of your home. A new roof can do wonders for your home’s curb appeal.
Enjoy Your New Roof!
Your home’s curb appeal is a combination of a large list of exterior factors including landscaping, siding, your front door, and yes, of course your home’s roof. Overall, the roofing upgrades discussed previously can have an immediate impact on your home’s curb appeal. If you are looking to increase the visual aesthetic of your home’s roof first take a look at its flashing and drainage system. Then after that, you can decide if you want to have a new roof installed on your home!
Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.
With the upcoming holidays and the COVID pandemic still an issue, it’s easy to start feeling a little sad and confused about how to celebrate. We all want to feel connected to our communities and stay in touch with our neighbors, but it’s also important to stay healthy and keep others healthy as well. You can read the CDC guidelines for the holidays here.
Many South Shore towns aren’t having trick-or-treating (well, at least not in it’s traditional form) due to public health concerns. Luckily, there are still some ways you can have fun and connect with your community this fall. Here at South Shore Roofing, we have a few tips on how you can decorate your house and yard for trick-or-treaters and fall enthusiasts alike.
- Carve pumpkins. Pumpkin carving is still in! Thankfully, this timeless holiday tradition is still a great way to celebrate the season. Pick up a few big pumpkins at your local farmer’s market or farm stand and get carving. On a warm day, pumpkin carving is an excellent socially distanced activity to do with friends and family. And when you’re done, the glowing goofy faces will be sure to put a smile on the faces of everyone who walks by.
- Spruce up your doorstep. It might be too cold for some plants to survive and many summer flowers are no longer blooming. That means it’s an excellent time to purchase some mums and cornstalks to revitalize your walkways and front porches. The arrangements will add a fresh pop of color to your home. You can add a doormat, such as this “Hey There Pumpkin” doormat for even more fun.
- Make Your Patio a Cozy Hang Out. The days are getting shorter and colder so you may need to take steps to make your outdoor spaces more comfortable for you and your guests. Consider purchasing some string lights, an outdoor heater, and having blankets at the ready for those socially distanced fall gatherings.
- Get spooky with your yard. Due to the pandemic, more homeowners seem to be decorating their lawns, and we’re seeing a whole host of new lawn ornament options this fall. You can find everything from skeleton flamingos to gravestones to eyeball plant markers. For those participating in drive-through/drive-by Halloween events, these decorations are key. Feeling creative? You can spend a weekend outside (and socially distanced and masked, when needed) inventing your own yard decorations with family and friends. Scarecrows only require a bunch of leaves and some old clothes!
- Highlight your windows. One thing hasn’t changed. Most trick-or-treaters, if they come, will only see you house from the outside. You can really bring cheer to your home for Halloween by placing decorations in the windows such as these skull lights.
- Post an interactive sign. For those in towns doing socially distanced trick-or-treating, you can make your home stand out and connect with your neighbors by taping a blank piece of paper to your door above the candy bowl. Leave a marker and hand sanitizer nearby so people can leave messages for each other. After the event’s over, post the now-filled paper to social media. It will be a unique record of the times!
In sum, since certain Massachusetts towns and cities aren’t supporting trick or treating this year, it would be nice for neighborhood kids, and the community, in general, to see houses and lawns decorated so they can still enjoy Halloween — and there’s so many options for being creative and decorating!
As long-time roofing contractors serving the towns and cities below, we support our South Shore MA customers and the safety and well-being of your neighborhoods. We have more information about what it means to have your roof ready for fall as well as advice on supporting South Shore neighbors and businesses during the pandemic. If you’d like us to inspect, repair, install or replace your roof this fall, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here for any and all your home roofing needs!
- Braintree, MA
- Cohasset, MA
- Duxbury, MA
- Hanover, MA
- Hull, MA
- Kingston, MA
- Marshfield, MA
- Norwell, MA
- Pembroke, MA
- Plymouth, MA
- Quincy, MA
- Scituate, MA
- Weymouth, MA