Regardless of when the Commonwealth of Massachusetts lifts or lessens stay-at-home orders related to the COVID-19 health pandemic, the need will remain throughout the rest of 2020 for South Shore business owners and neighbors to help and support each other. As we’ve all likely heard, unfortunately, it won’t be a matter of us blinking our eyes or snapping our fingers and “poof!” everything is back to the way it was pre-pandemic. There will be some long-lasting implications from Coronavirus, and some things will be forever changed. This all means that we will need to continue to look out for each other as we always have, here on Boston’s South Shore.
We’ve put together some ideas for supporting our neighbors and businesses, but please do share with us anything you believe we should add to this list. It is definitely not meant to be exclusive, but rather provide some food for thought regarding actions you can take that will make a difference in your South Shore neighborhood, and in the South Shore community, as a whole.
HOW TO HELP YOUR NEIGHBORS
While Stay-at-Home Orders Remain in Effect
- Continue to social distance. As you are out and about walking, biking, running, etc., leave 6 feet between you and others who you come across.
- Greet neighbors you know and don’t know. Ask them how they are doing and share some positive or hopeful info. or news.
- Ask how you can help. Check in with neighbors to see if you can grab them anything at the store or help in other ways, particularly neighbors who have compromised health or are elderly.
- Schedule street meet-ups. Text or call your favorite neighbors to do a socially distanced meet-up in the street on a nice weather day.
- Celebrate milestones. If a neighbor is celebrating a birthday, anniversary, a new baby or grand baby, make a sign with materials you have at home to show at their window or door, or that you can hang in their yard.
- Hold off on home visits. Don’t enter into neighbors’ homes or ask them to enter yours.
- Entertain passer-bys. Put fun things like stuffed animals in your yard or windows for children to get excited about as they are out walking or biking by.
- Share inspiration or a smile. Create encouraging, thoughtful signs to post in your yard or windows to encourage others and provide a laugh, smile, or hope.
- Support a local food bank. We all may have a neighbor who is struggling, but embarrassed to ask for help. Food banks allow recipients to remain anonymous. In addition to the Weymouth, Norwell, Hingham Interfaith, Braintree, Scituate, Canton, Marshfield, and Pembroke Food Pantries, you can donate to food pantries served by the South Shore Community Action Council’s Food Distribution Center that are listed here.
- Help hourly workers who are unable to get paid because they can’t work right now. Check out South Shore Tip Jar: https://www.southshoretipjar.com/.
- Sign up for the nextdoor.com site, if you don’t have a login.
- Check nextdoor.com regularly. See if there are any neighbor requests for help or information that you can respond to.
As Stay-at-Home Orders Begin to Lift
- Continue to social distance, as described above, for a while, particularly with elderly and health-compromised neighbors. Better safe than sorry!!!
- Keep the good neighbor practices above going!
- Once stay-at-home orders have been lifted for a couple of weeks, if you have a need to make food for a neighbor, visit in their home, or have them visit in your home, wear a mask and ask them to do so, and make sure all parties are regularly washing or sanitizing hands.
HOW TO HELP SOUTH SHORE/LOCAL BUSINESSES
While Stay-at-Home Orders Remain in Effect
- Pay it forward by paying in advance. If prior to our pandemic, you received regular personal, home or business-related services, such as hair- and nail-related ones, or home or business office cleaning services, and you can afford to pay in advance for future services you’ll receive, check in with the individual or firm who provides them. They could really be hurting financially and such gestures could mean the difference between them opening up their business again post-pandemic, and more importantly allow them to put food on their family’s table.
- Buy a gift card and give your favorite local business a lift. In keeping with the above, consider purchasing gift cards now from restaurants or other service businesses that you can use in the future.
- Be proactive about asking for pick-up service. If there are other small businesses from which you purchase tangible items such as food, hardware, or home and garden supplies, if you’re not comfortable visiting their store-front, consider placing a pick-up/take-out order. We’ve found that even hardware stores are willing to take a pick-up order to avoid your having to spend time in their store. Why not at least ask if there are creative ways for you to place and receive an order.
- Protect everyone’s employees. To keep restaurant, grocery store, and other businesses’ employees safe, wash or sanitize your hands before you enter their establishment and wear a mask.
- Plan now for future home and business projects and needs. If you know you’ll have a need for future services related to your home and business, including renovation/improvement ones — take the time to reach out to appropriate organizations to get a quote/estimate on your work now. Many organizations, like us at South Shore Roofing, are offering virtual estimate services right now.
As Stay-at-Home Orders Begin to Lift
- Continue to take action to keep the employees of businesses you visit safe, by washing or sanitizing hands and wearing a mask.
- As your financial situation allows, shop locally. Purchase both intangible services and tangible goods and services from South Shore businesses to help stimulate the local economy and support the future viability of some of your favorite restaurants, salons, home contractors, etc. We know you’ll agree that it would be a shame to lose some of our local treasures and business experts due to pandemic economic impacts. And, the best way to ensure that this doesn’t happen is to support them when and how we can. Every little bit helps!
Speaking of helping, we are always here to to do so. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to ask us a question about roof repair, renovation, replacement, or installment.
Like many of our fellow South Shore business owners, we remain committed to being there for, and serving our customers, during the current COVID-19 health pandemic — even if it means we have to change up how we go about doing so. Hey, houses and roofs don’t know or care if there’s a global health emergency going on. When a roof is in need of repair or replacement, it will continue to deteriorate and show signs and symptoms that it needs a roofing expert’s attention, like the signs and symptoms we outlined in our “New Year. New Roof? Warning Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Roof” blog post.
Get A Virtual Home Roofing Project Estimate
We understand and totally respect the fact that many home owners considering repairing or replacing their roof in late spring or summer don’t want our roofing contractors, or anyone else, visiting their homes right now. That’s why we are offering virtual estimates/quotes for your specific house roofing needs. Using available technology, we are able to measure your roof from our office, and can gather any additional details we need to provide you with a quote/estimate, via a phone discussion.
We are here to support our South Shore neighbors during this difficult time. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with a question or concern, to ask for advice, etc.
We remind everyone to stay safe and well by following local and state officials’ recommendations for social distancing and for staying at home, and by adhering to health officials’ guidelines regarding hand washing/sanitizing and other tactics for keeping your home and family Corona-virus-free.
Be well, be kind, and join our team at South Shore Roofing in believing that better days lie ahead.
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:
- 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.
Where did the year go? We can’t believe Halloween in New England is just around the corner! So that each and every ghost, goblin, Spiderman, and princess who visits your home enjoys a fun, safe Halloween, we’re sharing the below tips for making your place halloween-safe — for both your family and your visitors.
- Don’t Make Halloween Extra/Unnecessarily Scary — remember to turn off any alarm systems, so children aren’t frightened by the loud sounds or bright lights that might greet them when they approach your door.
- Keep Your Pets’ Halloween Celebration Separate — be sure your pets are in a room or area where they won’t be aware of or startle guest visitors and visitors won’t frighten your beloved pets.
- Prevent Falls and Fright — sweep and rake paths and walkways that children may travel to reach your front door. Don’t let a fall ruin their Halloween fun or cause a Halloween freak-out due to children not knowing what they just stepped on!
- Clear The Way For Visitors — related to the above, make trick or treaters feel wanted and welcomed by not placing on the route they will likely take to your doorway Halloween decorations or other items that they might bump into or trip on. If there are any bricks or pathway stones that are sticking up or broken that could contribute to a visitor’s fall, fix them before the big night! Same goes with any stairs trick or treaters may have to climb.
- Make It a Bright Fright Night — be sure to have outside lights turned on. This will alert trick or treaters that you welcome their visit, prevent any trips or falls and just make your young visitors feel safe.
- Paaahk the caahh in the garage — for those non-fellow-Bostonians, that’s park the car in the garage! Not only will parking your car make your driveway more accessible to trick or treaters, it should mean you and your car won’t be the victim of any possible neighborhood Halloween high jinks such as egg throwing!
- Light The Way With LED — never use lit candles to outline or light the path to your door or use them in decorations in any parts of your yard or home that trick or treaters might visit. There is too much risk that the long tail of a ghostly visitor or the long sleeve or hair of a Cinderella visitor might dangle over a candle and catch on fire.
We wish everyone a safe, festive, fun, and bewitching Halloween!
When you need a full roof replacement in Duxbury, MA and the surrounding areas, don’t just go with any contractor. You want a contractor who listens to your needs, communicates effectively with you, and helps you choose the right solutions for your individual roof. When you work with South Shore Roofing, you work with a team who is dedicated to getting the job done right the first time, and keeping the homeowner in the loop so that they know exactly what they are getting with our services.
Licensed, Insured, Experienced
Our team is trained and experienced in the handling of any roofing situation imaginable. We know roofing like the back of our hand, and we prove it in our craftsmanship. Our contractors are also fully licensed and insured for our safety and yours.
We take the time to listen to your needs, and communicate everything we do for you in detail. When you work with us, you will always know exactly what is going on with your roof, so you know you’re not being ripped off. We perform each project with honesty and integrity.
When you work with other contractors, you may need to spend extra money cleaning up after an improperly installed roof replacement. South Shore Roofers gets the job done correctly the first time, so you don’t waste your money on costly repairs in the future. Our preventative roof maintenance can also help you save money in the long term by extending the longevity of your roof.
Functionality and Curb Appeal
We understand that residential roofing needs to be both beautiful and functional. Our services can help you improve the curb appeal of your home by installing a beautiful and sturdy new roof.
When you need roof replacement or repairs anywhere in New England, trust the team that gets it right the first time, every time. Contact South Shore Roofing today for your free consultation.
When you manage a commercial property, keeping the roof in good shape is a major part of your regular maintenance tasks. The roof is what keeps you, your customers, your employees, and your product safe from the elements – so you can’t afford to neglect it. In order to keep your roof in the best shape possible, you need to partner with a good commercial roofing contractor in Duxbury, MA. South Shore Roofing is known for top of the line roofing services, and you can always count on our expert team for all of your commercial roofing needs.
Regular roofing inspections are important for evaluating the safety of your roof. Our team can spot problems with your roof before they become dangerous and expensive to repair. We can also keep on top of routine maintenance tasks to ensure your roof is in the best condition possible.
Whether your need a new roof coating, or minor repairs, you can count on the expert contractors at South Shore Roofing to get it done correctly the first time. We can work with you on a repair solution that fits your operating budget.
We also provide quick, expert repairs when your business faces unexpected storm damage. When you need solutions now, South Shore Roofing is there to tackle any roofing challenge.
When you need a roof replacement, you can count on our team. We can design a new roof that drains waters more efficiently, and lasts much longer than your existing roof. Keep your new replacement in top shape with our preventative maintenance options as well.
When you need a commercial roofing contractor in New England, choose South Shore Roofing. Contact us today for more information about our services.
Gutters are an important component of your roof. They collect rain water that drains off of your roof and carry it away from your home. The problem is that leaves and other debris can build up and clog your gutters and prevent water drainage. Keeping your gutters clean is an important part of roof maintenance.
Prevents Water Damage
When water can’t drain properly, it collects on your roof. This can lead to leaks, and wood rot – which may lead to a roof replacement. It can also cause mold and mildew that can be hazardous to your health.
Improper drainage can also severely damage the foundation of your house and cause water to leak into your basement.
Keeps Repair Costs Down
Keeping your gutters clean of debris can save you a lot of money on roof repair in Hanover, MA. It’s a relatively simple process, and the effort is worth it in the long run.
South Shore Roofing’s Maintenance Program
South Shore Roofing’s maintenance program can help you catch small roofing problems before they become a huge mess. Our services include cleaning your gutters and checking your ventilation so that you can ensure your roof health. Contact us today for more information.
Your roof is responsible for protecting you and your belongings from the elements, so it needs to be in good condition at all times. The problem is that repairing your roof can be expensive – especially if you need a replacement. Getting a regular roof inspection and preventative roof maintenance is a great way to catch small problems before they become costly disasters.
A full roof replacement may be the only option in the case of an emergency, but why pay for that when you could have caught the problem when it was still manageable? It may look like your roof is okay, but an inspection will catch all the tiny problems that you can’t see from the ground. This enables you to save money by paying for small repairs now and not having to go all out for a replacement.
Your roof is an important piece of your home. It protects you and everything inside your home, which can make it incredibly stressful when things go wrong. If left untreated, minor problems can even become dangerous. Give yourself some peace of mind and get a regularly scheduled roofing inspection to ensure that everything is fine.
When Should I Get a Roof Inspection?
You should have your roof inspected by a roofing contractor in Duxbury, MA once every three years to extend the life of your roof.
With South Shore Roofing’s inspection and maintenance program you will save yourself a big headache down the road. During your inspection, your gutters will be cleaned to ensure proper damage, which prevents water damage. We also verify that your roof is properly ventilated to keep heating and cooling costs down. Contact us today for more information about our roof maintenance and inspection services.
Roofing can be a complicated subject for homeowners. It’s not always easy to tell when there is an issue, and if there is one, it can be difficult to tell if a simple repair will do the trick, or if you will need a full replacement. Here are some things to take into consideration.
How Bad is the Damage?
Missing or damaged shingles and small leaks are often an inexpensive fix. Depending on that age of your roof, however, the new shingles or patching can look off – so you may want to reroof if you plan on selling your home in the near future.
More severe leaks, or larger areas of missing shingles, however, may require you to get a full roof replacement. Hiring a professional contractor to inspect the damage will help you determine the exact level of damage on your roof.
Weighing the Cost
If your roof is very old, small repairs may not be worth it. A roof that is nearing the end of its lifespan is not worth repairing because you will need to replace the roof anyway. In the end, it will be cheaper to just replace your roofing in Hanover, MA.
If your roof is newer, however, a small repair now will save you trouble down the road.
The only way to truly know for sure if a problem can be fixed or if you need a roofing replacement is to call a professional roofing contractor for an inspection. The inspection will tell you the extent of the damage, and the company will quote you a price for either a repair or replacement.
With the rising popularity of home improvement shows on channels like DIY and HGTV, many homeowners are taking maintenance and remodeling jobs into their own hands. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but there are some tasks that your typical homeowner should not handle themselves. Replacing your roof is a huge undertaking, and an incorrect step could cause major damage and added expense.
A Professional Eye
Even if you plan on working on your roof yourself, you should always call in a professional first to perform a roof inspection. Without their trained eye, you won’t know whether or not your roof needs a simple repair or a full replacement. A roofing contractor in Duxbury, MA will diagnose your roofing issues and be able to provide you with exactly the right solution for your roof.
Climbing on your roof for any reason comes with many dangers. Every time you are on your roof, you run the risk of seriously injuring yourself. Professional roofers are trained in proper roofing safety measures, and will ensure that the job is done without causing harm to themselves or your home.
One and Done
Professional roofers will get the job done right the first time, because they know roofing inside and out. When you perform a roof replacement on your own, you run the risk of faulty installation and expensive future repairs.