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3 Roofing Upgrades That Can Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

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!

Repair Flashing

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!

Update Gutters

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.

Why Summer is The Perfect Time to Get Your Roof Repaired or Replaced

Summer is the perfect time for barbeques, beach trips, and picking up that paperback that you’ve had forever but haven’t gotten around to reading yet. The warm weather lends itself to rest, relaxation, and connecting with friends. It’s also the perfect time for checking those long-procrastinated home improvement projects off your list. Is one of those projects replacing or repairing your South Shore home’s roof?

You can hire a roofer at any point in the year, but there are quite a few reasons why summer is an ideal season to tackle this project in particular.

  1. The weather is consistently dry and warm enough to allow materials and tools to function optimally. Shingles need to set and seal and they can only do this at temperatures between 40 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Installing shingles in the summer will prevent shingles from getting cold, cracking and breaking.
  2. You can prepare for the harsh winter weather conditions in advance. When the sleet, snow, and hail come, you won’t have to worry about your roof leaking or your home sustaining any damages that might have been prevented had you replaced or repaired your roof sooner. We discussed the dangers of prolonging roof repair and replacement in our “Warning Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Roof” blog post.
  3. Summer conditions are safer for outdoor workers, in general, and the abundance of light allows our experienced team of roofing contractors to work longer days so your residential roof repair or replacement project will be completed faster. The dry, warm weather allows for more good work days and since we’re in New England, it doesn’t tend to get so hot that workers will get overheated if they take the right precautions, like staying hydrated.
  4. Since summer is such a great time for house roofing work, local stores will have a greater variety of shingles to choose from, so you can be sure that you get exactly the color and style of new roof that you want for your South Shore home!

Time slots are more limited in summer because it’s such a good time to do the work, so it’s better to schedule your roof replacement or repair project sooner rather than later. Our roofing company can help with residential roofing, commercial roofing, and storm damage. You can visit this page to get a free virtual or in-person estimate on your new project. And don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions. The team at South Shore Roofing would love to discuss your roofing needs today!

 

Rejuvenate Your Home For Summer With These Spring Cleaning Hacks

Spring in New England is just around the corner, and when it comes to home-related musings and to-do lists, that’s got our team at South Shore Roofing thinking about spring cleaning. Yeah, we know that spring cleaning can be time-consuming, hard work, and a bit boring. But, if you focus on the end game of literally and figuratively clearing away the winter cobwebs, and on how much fresher and airier your home will feel, you can bring a whole new, upbeat approach to the task of making your Massachusetts home spring- and summer-ready.

Check Out These Spring Cleaning Checklists

To make your spring cleaning thorough and effective, we’ve done some of the heavy lifting for you – at least on the research side vs. decluttering and chore side of things.  Check out the following resources that provide tips and checklists for pointing all your spring-cleaning energies in the right direction.

We know you’re going to want to be outside as soon as warm, spring weather hits Boston’s South Shore. So, why not start tackling your spring cleaning today? We think you’ll reap both emotional and physical benefits from the breath of fresh air that physically and mentally comes from having digs that are less-cluttered. And, you’ll also be invigorated by the spring air that comes from opening windows to let winter aromas out!

What Spring Cleaning and Being Back Outdoors Might Uncover

We hope you’ll keep our residential roofing services in mind, should your spring clean-up work reveal home water damage/stains, leaks, or mold. As we talked about in our recent blog post, the aforementioned unsightly, smelly, and unhealthy home conditions, may indicate the need to call in a roofing specialist or roofing contractor like our experts at South Shore Roofing. In addition, as you are out in your yard more with the arrival of spring in the Greater Boston area, you may become aware of changes in your roof that you didn’t notice the previous fall or during the winter. Learn more about whether it may be time to replace your roof.

Our team is always ready and available to discuss both your home roof and commercial roof concerns, so don’t hesitate to reach out today  or anytime that you need our assistance.

 

 

 

Why Wet Home and Office Walls Warrant Taking Immediate Action

Despite our rainy New England springs, and sometimes snowy winters, it’s not normal — or a good thing — if your South Shore home or office has wet walls, or if you’ve noticed new water stains or mold in your commercial or residential building. Sure, we’ve all experienced a fogged-up mirror or small droplets on the wall due to condensation left in the bathroom after a shower. But, such moisture should dry up within an hour or less, and your bathroom and kitchen should be the only rooms in your office or house where you experience such short-term moisture.
How To Know If Moisture Is Meddling With Your Residential or Commercial Property
In addition to having walls that are wet in appearance and touch, other signs your home or business has a moisture issue that needs to be addressed immediately include:
  • Wallpaper or wall paint that is peeling
  • Wall or ceiling stains from mold
  • Water stains on walls or ceilings
  • A musty smell or odor emanating from walls or ceilings
Why Even Your Bathroom Shouldn’t Be Bathed in Moisture
Damp, wet, or slick walls, that remain so, mean trouble for both your family’s or tenant’s health as well as your residential property’s or commercial property’s health. Mold can make both humans and pets sick. And, the longer it is left untreated, the more mold can spread — creating uninhabitable work and living spaces. Houses can literally be rendered unlivable by deadly mold that is not addressed. Plus, the cost associated with removing such mold grows exponentially along with the mold!
Common Sources of Home and Office Wall Moisture
Three of the most common sources of home and office wall moisture — and what causes them — include:
  • Inadequate drainage – Home or office dampness can stem from inadequate ground and surface drainage. Pooled water from saturated ground, downspouts, or runoff can find its way into your house or business via porous walls or cracks in your foundation.
  • Condensation – this occurs when hot, moist air hits cold, dry air — causing water droplets to form on cold surfaces, such as home and office walls. We’ve all noticed condensation in the bathroom or kitchen after a steamy shower or when the tea kettle’s been whistling
  • Leaks – this can be due to something as simple and noticeable as a leaky washing machine, dishwater, bathtub, or sink; something less obvious like roof-related leaks occurring in chimneys, vents, or skylights, or, from leaks associated with inadequate or deteriorating flashing on windows and doors; and from Mother-Nature-induced ice dams.

Why Temperature Discrepancies Can Spell Big Trouble

Many of the reasons past and new customers reach out to us at South Shore Roofing in winter months have to do with the colder temperatures we experience in the Greater Boston area. The huge difference between the temperature outside home and office buildings and the temperature inside can cause an abnormally large amount of condensation, causing walls to get and remain wet. This in turn leads to mold build-up and water and mold stains. In addition, as we discussed in our blog post about ice dams, such temperature contrasts (uneven temperatures) can occur within your home or office roof itself. The latter can also lead to leaks and water damage.

Our residential roofing contractor and commercial roofing contract experts can help you determine both the source of your wall moisture and the best way to treat it. For example, installing adequate roof ventilation in your home or office may help to control moisture levels and save you from needing a premature roof replacement. Or, perhaps, your home needs greater insulation.

Experiencing the “moisture meddling” signs we described above? Don’t try to solve or fix the problem yourself. Contact our team of professional home roofers and commercial roofers at South Shore Roofing today to ensure the good health of your family, tenants, employees, and that of your business property or residential property!

New Year. New Roof? Warning Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Roof

Many homeowners or owners of a commercial property delay putting on a new roof, partly because it’s not always the most exciting change or renovation to be making to a home or business. Let’s face it, sometimes, it’s just a lot more fun to be adding a new game room, patio, or screened-in porch to your house or updating your residential kitchen or bathroom. You can envision your family or friends enjoying themselves in, or complementing you, on the new space.

The above said, a new roof can give your home or business a whole new aesthetic, and totally update its look and feel. A new residential roof or commercial roof can also take a home or business from looking old and dated to looking more modern/current. And, even if the aforementioned isn’t a driver or reason for you to replace your residential roof or install a new commercial roof, the liability associated with an old roof should be!

So how do you know when it’s time to replace your residential roof or business roof if you’re not simply replacing it because you want to improve your property’s appearance. As residential roofing services and commercial roofing services experts with years of experience, we believe it’s time to replace your home roof or office roof when:

  • Your home or business roof shingles are:
    • cracking
    • curling at the edge
    • cupping (the center of the shingle is concave or depressed, so the tile forms a cup)
    • balding, i.e., there are spots where granules are coming off
  • Your residential or commercial roof just looks really uneven, unattractive, worn, and/or old
  • Your neighbors who built their homes at the same time as yours are replacing their roofs
  • Your house’s or business’ roof is more than 20 years old
  • And, this is the most obvious reason — your possessions and family get wet each time it rains because of a home roof leak or a commercial roof leak

We mentioned above the liability of not replacing a roof when it shows signs of needing to be. Replacing your residential roof or commercial roof, when you witness one or several of the above signs, will help you avoid:

  • potential costly damage to your home or office furnishings/possessions and any lawsuits that could arise related to the aforementioned if you are renting out a home, apartments or office space.
  • any family member, guest/visitor, or tenant getting ill or injured due to unhealthy conditions (think damp, cool, and mold-related ones), a roof collapse (from incidents such as not being able to support a large snow fall) or debris falling through your roof, and any associated lawsuits
  • increases in energy costs due to cold air or heat seeping through any holes in your roof
  • insects, rodents, and small animals, like raccoons, entering your home or office through roof holes
  • an even more costly roof replacement down-the-road because of extensive damage from delaying replacing your home or commercial roof
  • a large decrease in your property value

Still not sure whether 2020 should be the year you replace your roof or already know that is? Contact our South Shore MA roofing company/roofing contractors today for an assessment and quote.

South Shore Roofing wishes all our readers, clients, prospective clients, and friends and family a very safe, healthy, adventurous, and prosperous new year. 

 

 

South Shore Roofing: Massachusetts’ Roofing Contractor

roofing specialist hanover maSince we founded our roofing company in 2002, we have built a reputation of quality and affordability in Cohasset, Massachusetts and the surrounding areas. We offer roofing services for both residential and commercial buildings including repair work, regular maintenance, and full roof replacements. We pride ourselves on taking the time to listen to our clients’ needs to ensure that the job is done right.

In this blog, through a diverse set of future blog posts, we will discuss various aspects of the roofing industry, as well as the challenges of being a home or commercial property owner. Whether you’re interested in learning more about roof repair and how to properly maintain your roof, or you want information on tangential topics, like home decorating, and home & office safety, you’ll want to subscribe. There are many interesting topics to explore related to creating and maintaining the ideal appearance, safety, and longevity of your home or office building, and we’re bringing them all to you!

When you need residential roofing services/home roofing services and/or commercial roofing services on the  South Shore of Boston, MA, you can trust South Shore Roofing to get the job done right the first time. Visit other page of our site to learn more about our services, view a photo gallery of our previous work, and see what our satisfied customers are saying about us. We work hard to maintain our reputation as one of the best locally owned and operated roofing contractors/roofing companies in Massachusetts by providing reliable and high quality craftsmanship in every project, big or small.

Contact us today to speak to a roofing contractor who understands local homes and businesses better than anyone. We proudly serve customers in Massachusetts, particularly in the South Shore towns below, and accept credit cards and offer financing through a third party.

  • 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