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roofing

How to Protect Your Roof This Summer

Even though it seems as though spring just arrived, it’s already almost halfway through the month of May. With June just around the corner, the summer months aren’t too far off. Time is certainly flying, but, on the bright side, we’re heading towards beautiful weather and not away from it. So, with that in mind, let’s go over a few tips on how you can best protect your roof this summer.

Keep an Eye on Sun Damage

Unless you live in the mouth of a cave, your home is going to be in direct line of the summer sun for a majority of the day. If your home is thoroughly shaded by trees, great, but if it’s not then you’re going to have to make sure nothing funky is going on with the crown of your home. First off, it’s important to know the warning signs of a sun-damaged roof. Some things to be on the lookout for are faded, chipped, warped, or other conspicuous abnormalities. Unfortunately, these signs might not always be super obvious, so it’s not a horrible idea to have a roofing professional perform regular maintenance inspections before and after the season is over.

Keep Water Damage at Bay

While your roof is there to protect your home from the elements, sometimes water can be your roof’s kryptonite. Water damage can lead to some costly repairs if left unchecked for too long, so it’s important to catch the problem as early as possible. On the exterior of your home, keep an eye out for broken or missing roof shingles. On the interior, lookout for seeping water. It may surprise you, but just one missing or busted shingle can let water into your home.

Watch Out for Storms

When summer rolls in, so do the thunderstorms. Storms can wreak havoc on your home given your surroundings, so it’s important to do what you can to ensure your home is protected. If there are any tree branches that either touch your house or reach dangerously close, trim those back. Because, after all, no one wants projectile tree branches flying through their windows or walls. If your home is fitted with gutters, ensure they are cleaned out and properly functioning. This way, all unwanted water will trail away from your property. Skylights can be big leak factors too, so check those for any leaking cracks.

If you follow these tips, your roof should be in good shape for the summer months ahead. For all your other roofing needs, count on us here at REI Roofing! You can reach us at 781-848-1999 or by filling out an online contact form.

What to Know Before Installing Solar Panels on Your Roof

In the last couple of years, the number of roofs with solar panels on them has steadily increased. You’ve likely noticed them on a neighbor or two’s roof and wondered if the panels were worth it, or if they make that much of a difference in your utility bill. Finding accurate information from an experienced buyer can be difficult and the number of homeowners who have owned a solar system for its full lifecycle is even more sparse. Installing the panels isn’t cheap, but the price of solar energy is pretty low overall. With the number of solar panel installations steadily increasing, you may find yourself wanting to jump on the solar energy bandwagon. However, there are a few things you should consider prior to taking the plunge. Check them out below!

Ensure Your Roof Can Support Solar Panels

This is probably the most important thing you need to know going into the process. If your roof is shrouded in shade throughout most of the day, you may not have enough sun exposure to justify the installation cost of the panels. If your roof isn’t cut out for solar panels, or you live in an apartment building where installing panels isn’t much of an option, you can still get in on solar power in the form of shared or community solar. By joining a solar community, you can purchase a stake in solar installation and receive credits for your personal electricity bill.

If your roof does get a hearty amount of sunlight each day, ensure that it is structurally sound prior to going through with solar panel installation. This way, if you need to replace or renovate your roof, you won’t have to cough over extra money to remove the panels and then re-install them once the roof repairs have been completed. Another important thing to note for those who have to pay a fee to a homeowner’s association is to make sure the solar panels aren’t banned for aesthetic reasons.

Research Your Installer

As goes with any other work you get done to your home, look into the credentials of the company who will be installing your solar panels. After all, would you hire a plumber to fix your plumbing system if they didn’t have much experience? Most likely not. When researching installers, be sure to keep an eye out for a contractor certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. This certification proves your contractor has a bevy of experience installing solar panels. Panels typically come with warranties anywhere between 20 and 25 years, so it’s in your best interest to find a company who will continue to provide service for the entire warranty period. While solar panels don’t need much maintenance, it is nice to know your installer is available to fix a problem if anything happens to stop working.

You Have Two Options, Lease or Buy

This decision is ultimately up to you as the homeowner, but both come with their pros and cons. If you elect to buy your solar panels, it’ll be a higher up-front cost but comes with greater returns. Leasing, on the other hand, allows for cheaper electricity with little money down but comes with fewer returns. With a lease, you pay them a particular rate for electricity since they essentially own the system. When your lease is up, the company can take your panels away. If you choose to buy your solar panels, they can continue to pay off for a long while after you pay off the cost of the purchase. Your best bet is to compare the benefits of owning against the savings of leasing and make your decision from there.

A bit more goes into installing solar panels on your home than you may have thought, and it’s definitely not a decision that should be made lightly. It is a highly viable power option, especially when you’re trying to make your home more efficient. Just be sure to do your research before diving into the project. If your roof requires structural repairs prior to solar panel installation, count on REI Roofing to solve the problem! Call us at 781-848-1999 or fill out an online contact form.

Spring Maintenance Tips for Your Roof

After the long and brutal winter season, it’s important to show your roof some TLC. This rings especially true now that it’s spring and spring cleaning should be in full swing. Every residential roof could go for a simple inspection come springtime, especially since regular maintenance allows roofs to last longer and perform better. Regardless of if you enjoy doing the maintenance yourself or if you need some help from REI Roofing, here are a few things to put on your roof checklist for spring.

Check Out Your Shingles

Take a good look at the shingles on your roof and if any of them are curling, loose, or otherwise damaged, you should look into have them replaced as soon as possible. If any nails are coming out, hammer them right back down. If your shingles, across the board, are looking worn and old, you really should contemplate a replacement. This rings especially true if your roof is getting up there in age.

Look Out for Flashing Damage

If you’re unfamiliar with roof flashing, it’s what connects the different elements of your roof, like walls of dormers, skylights, or where two slopes of the roof come together. Like most anything else, roof flashing can be damaged. Examine the caulking around the flashing for cracking and if you’re adept enough, you can re-caulk the flashing all on your own. If you notice rust spots on the flashing, however, you’ll need to look into having the flashing replaced right away to prevent any water damage.

Ensure There is No Water Damage

If ice dams are common on your roof, the damage they can inflict can result in water damage to your roof, ceilings, and insulation. Staying on top of leaks is important, as leaving them for too long can result in your roof’s underlayment rotting and ultimately destroying your insulation. If you spot the leak but aren’t sure how to go about fixing it, get in touch with us here at REI Roofing. Our team has the know-how on how to best tackle your situation.

Ensuring your roof’s health is sound in the spring only sets you up for success. Give your roof a thorough inspection and determine what needs to be done. If you encounter something that gives you pause, please give us a call. You can reach us at 781-848-1999 or by filling out an online contact form!

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Architecture & Building

3 Benefits of Installing Skylights

Are you a big fan of natural light? We are too. Installing skylights in your home can be a great way to flood your space with natural light. Skylights can also add a compelling, beautiful element to any room. Regardless of whether the sky outside is crystal clear or all clouded up, skylights can elevate your home to the next level. Let’s take a look at a few of the benefits of adding skylights to your home. Read on!

They Help Maintain Privacy

Houses these days can be built rather close together, so opting for skylights can be the perfect privacy solution. This rings especially true in rooms such as the bedroom or bathroom. If you’d rather keep your neighbors from having a clear view of you in certain spaces, skylights can still let in tons of natural light without revealing the room. Since the windows get installed on the roof, you can rest assured you’ll have the privacy you desire.

They Can Lower Your Electric Bill

Choosing to install skylights can save you money on your electric bill. After all, with all of the light flooding into your home throughout the day, you won’t need to turn on the lights much. Besides, the sun doesn’t require electricity to run. Not only will you be lowering your electric bill, but you’ll also be helping the environment by expending less energy!

Mood Booster

Were you aware that skylights can help increase your vitamin D levels due to the amount of sunlight they let in? Well, you are now. Being exposed to sunlight through windows can help your well-being and overall satisfaction by reducing stress and increasing positive feelings. Plus, consistently higher vitamin D levels lead to better moods and can aid in warding off depressive episodes.

Skylights not only make your home look great, but they can also make you feel great! Increase your overall privacy while improving your home’s aesthetic by installing skylights. Let the team at REI Roofing help! You can reach us at 781-848-1999 or by filling out an online contact form.

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roofing

The Major Benefits of Roof Maintenance

It’s easy to get swept up in life and forget that your roof is constantly keeping you protected from the elements. After enough time passes, even the sturdiest roofs can diminish and become less efficient. Regular exposure to rain, snow, sunlight, intense cold and intense heat can really pack a punch. So, it’s best to stay ahead of the game and elect to have professional routine maintenance performed on your residential or commercial roof. Not convinced? Here are some key benefits of having a professionally maintained roof:

Damage Control

Often times, roof leaks are detected far too late. Homeowners usually only notice a leak once there has been an incident, and at that point, there might already be severe interior home damage. Having a properly maintained roof would prevent catastrophes like that from happening. Even if you notice staining on your roof, contact professionals immediately. This is a clear indication there’s a problem and you can quickly remedy the issue before it gets worse.

Curb Appeal

The exterior of your home can look absolutely amazing, but if your roof is shabby it’ll completely drag down its look. If your roof looks consistently maintained, it’ll be a staple of your home. Having a roof that looks practically new at all times isn’t only satisfying as a homeowner, but it could be a real selling point if you ever choose to leave your current residence.

Extended Roof Life

All roofs have a shelf life, but if you keep your roof thoroughly maintained you can be absolutely sure that roof will last you a long time. The roof will have the chance to be cleaned, repaired, sealed, and recoated, all of which make it exceedingly durable. Complete roof replacements are not cheap, and professional maintenance will keep that from being a reality for the longest amount of time possible.

 

These are just a few of the advantages of having your roof professionally maintained. Remember, your roof keeps you and your family safe day in and day out, and it doesn’t even get a “thank you”. So, show your roof you care by entrusting the professionals at REI Roofing to maintain your roof. We’ll make sure it safely caps off your home for years to come.

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Siding

3 Things to Keep an Eye on this Winter for Siding Health

It’s not only your roof that keeps you and your family protected from the elements, but your siding too. Ice and freezing runoff water can have a real impact on your siding, so be sure to take a look at the exterior of your home on a regular basis to ensure it is holding up well against the winter weather. Doing so can lead to you resolving small problems before they turn into big ones. Here are some things to keep an eye on this winter…

1.) Ice Dams

If your home has gutters, ice dams can form in them when snowmelt freezes in the gutters and entirely blocks the drain. This can lead to a few problems the next time snow or freezing rain comes along because the runoff water will have no where to go. This then forces precipitation onto your siding or roof, which makes them both very susceptible to water damage.

2.) Water Damage

If you’ve noticed an ice dam or two on your home, or even several, then you’ll want to check your siding for water damage. Obvious damage like broken pieces of siding are easy enough to spot, but other types of damage may take further inspection. These types of damage include discoloration, curling, warping, and rot.

3.) Mold

If water is allowed to sit without anywhere to go, mold and mildew can easily grow. Moist conditions provide an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive, so keep an eye out for mold and mildew growth along your siding. These fungi can be tricky to spot, but if left unchecked they can considerably damage the health of your home structure.

Ensuring your siding is in top shape throughout the winter can give you peace of mind that the elements won’t be making their way into your home. If you notice slight or significant damage to your siding due to nasty winter weather conditions, please get in touch with our team here at REI Roofing. You can reach us at 781-848-1999 or by filling out our online contact form!

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roofing

Preventing Roof Leaks This Winter

Winter time is always a toss-up. It’s either picturesque and relatively beautiful, or it’s harsh and bleak and not at all enjoyable. In times of heavy snowfall, our roofs can really take a beating. Not only are they under consistent barrage from the elements, but when snow piles up your roof has to hold it. Even after the storm is over, it takes a bit of time for that snow to dissipate. The water runoff from melting snow can pose a few problems too, so we’re here to give you some tips on how you can prevent roof leaks throughout the upcoming winter season.

 

Inspect Your Gutters

 

As a rule of thumb, your gutters should be cleaned and inspected twice a year. It’s typically best to have these cleanings performed in the spring and fall as well. If you leave your gutters unattended, leaves and debris can build up, clog drains, and contribute to water build up. When your gutters get clogged, they cannot bring water away from your house. In fact, water can accumulate and seep into your roof which results in both leaks and damage. Clogged up gutters certainly won’t help your case come winter when snow runoff needs somewhere to go. It’s still early November, so get those gutters cleaned folks!

 

Check Chimneys and Skylights

 

Chimneys and skylights are some of the most common areas where leaks occur. In order to prevent moisture from coming into the house, skylights must be properly installed to seal out moisture. If you have a chimney, be sure that it’s flashed and sealed. By making sure these features in your home are secure, you’ll likely spare yourself some leaking woes this winter.

 

Repair or Replace Roof Shingles

 

If your home has a shingled roof, give your house a walk around and check for curled, damaged, or altogether missing shingles. It’s not a bad idea to check your gutters for shingle granules either. If your shingles are in bad shape or their protective granules are falling off, or both, you’re susceptible to leaks. If you notice there are just a few busted shingles, you can likely mend the issue yourself. If a majority of your roof is affected, however, it’s time to call in the professionals.

 

With the cold weather settling in and winter fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about the health of your roof. Utilize our tips to ensure your roof remains leak free this winter season. If you find you need more help, get in touch with us here at REI Roofing! You can call us at 781-848-1999, or fill out our online contact form.

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Siding

What to Consider When Choosing Siding for Your Home

When choosing new siding for your home, it’s important to consider both style and functionality. After all, siding covers a majority of your home’s exterior surface area. There’s a lot of choices to sift through too, particularly when it comes to materials. There are plenty of manufacturers who now combine standard styles and materials with advanced technologies too, so today’s siding is prepared to protect your home for years to come. Seeing as there are so many options to pick from, we’ve outlined four key areas to focus on when weighing your siding choices: affordability, maintenance, design, and durability.

1.) Affordability

Price can be a major factor when deciding which home siding is right for you. Before any major home design decision, it’s important to lay out a budget plan. By taking a look at which options are in your price range, and which ones aren’t, you’re able to have a much more informed conversation with potential contractors. Also, with your budget and options in mind you’ll know if the estimate you’re provided with matches up with your financial plan. Be sure to remember that putting more money into the project up front can save you both time and money down the road.

2.) Maintenance

Low maintenance is certainly a feature you should be looking for beyond style and color. Choosing a low maintenance siding option can save you a lot of money along the way, and each type of siding requires different levels of care. For example, vinyl siding only needs a bit of soap and water to take care of most unsightly issues. Also, vinyl requires no painting or staining. Wood, on the other hand, can require painting upwards of every five years. Brick and stone siding options require repointing of mortar after a few years too. Each type of siding has its own specific needs, so it’s up to you which one best fits your needs. Keep in mind that it’s best to choose an option that is relatively free of costly repairs that can result from wind and moisture damage.

3.) Durability

Most homeowners usually only choose siding once, so it’s crucial to make the right decision in terms of siding durability. Since siding protects your home from various outdoor elements, you should be looking for a siding option that is resistant to rain, wind, and, in some cases, the sun. Believe it or not, some choice manufacturers offer siding with technologies that lend the siding to be resistant against the damaging rays of the sun. After all, no one wants faded siding. Choose an option that is likely to withstand all weather types mother nature can throw at it.

4.) Design

While functionality is ultimately the most important siding factor, curb appeal is practically right on its heels. After all, the siding you choose is applied to the entire exterior of your house. What makes this decision more difficult is that each material type has numerous style and color options to choose from. To help narrow down your choices, your contractor can work with you to help determine which siding type looks best on your home.

The decision regarding your home siding is a big one, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. Consider your options by applying the four key areas listed above. If the siding you choose looks great but isn’t exactly durable, then that probably isn’t the best choice. If you need help making the final decision, we can help! Give us a call at 781-848-1999, or fill out our online contact form!

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How To Tell You Need A New Roof

As a homeowner it is important that you keep all assets of your house in working in order. Making sure repairs are made, maintenance is completed and replacing various portions of your home when needed will end up saving you time and reducing stress and hassle.

1. Roof Age: How old is your roof? Is it 5 years old or 25 years old? This should be the first thing to consider when weighing whether you need a new roof or not. Most asphalt roofs last between 20-25 years so making a costly repair at age 25 of your roof could be a waste of money.

2. Neighbors Getting New Roofs: A majority of neighborhoods have homes that were built around the same time. If you are seeing that all your neighbors are getting roof replacements than your roofs time may also be up.

After the first step of realizing that your roof may be in the right time frame to get replaced, there are a handful of noticeable factors that provide a hint that something is wrong.

3. Missing Shingles: A few missing shingles here and there isn’t the end of the world. They can be replaced fairly easily. This becomes a major issues when shingles are falling off at a high rate.  Eventually your roof could look like a checkerboard.

4. Granules in The Gutters: When shingles start breaking down, the asphalt shingles can start to fall off. From the naked eye, it may be tough to see but these granules will usually end up in your gutters.

5. Roof Valleys: The roof valley is an extremely important part of your roof. Check to make sure that the area is in tact. If shingles are missing or are falling apart, you could be in trouble.

6. Daylight Through The Roof: This may be one of the easiest things to check. Go up in your attic on a sunny day and check to see if there is any daylight coming through the roof boards. If there is then, rain and animals also have access into your home.

If you still have questions about whether you need a new roof, please feel free to reach out to REI Roofing. Our team of contractors provides inspections, repairs and installations throughout the Greater Boston Area and South Shore of Massachusetts. We can be reached over the phone at 781-848-1999 or through our online contact form.

 

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Architecture & Building, roofing

How to Help Increase the Lifespan of Your Roof

When it comes to the lifespan of your roof, the proof really is in the pudding. The work put into installing the roof is what is going to shine through as the roof ages. However, there are things you can do here and there to ensure it holds up for as long as possible. You can remove debris from your roof, keep an eye out of ice dams in the winter months, and have your roof professionally inspected at least once every three years. But, there is a lot more to it. Let’s take a look at three major factors that help influence the lifespan of your roof.

1.) Insulation

When it comes to insulation, one normally thinks of what goes into their walls to keep their home at proper temperatures throughout the year. What we don’t think of is how insulation also protects the structural components of any building. Insulating your roof not only helps reduce energy bills, but it also extends the life of your roof. Roof insulation can be applied to existing roof systems too. Certain materials are better suited for different roof types, and some of these materials include latex and acrylic barriers, bituminous asphalt, elastomeric non-bituminous coatings, fibered coatings, and polystyrene or rigid foam panels. White or light-colored roofing materials can also prolong the life of your roof because they provide thermal insulation and reduce overall roof temperature.

2.) Attic Ventilation

Having an attic with poor ventilation can lead to a whole number of problems, one of which is premature roof aging. In the summer, when temperatures in an attic without proper ventilation can read upwards of 150 degrees, super-hot air can penetrate attic insulation and “fry” your shingles. When this occurs, the shingles deteriorate more quickly and the rafters holding up the roof can become weakened by cracking and warping. Air circulation in an attic is based upon a balance of air intake vents and air exhaust near the roof’s peak. It is recommended there be a minimum of at least 1 square foot of attic ventilation for both intake and exhaust for every 300 square feet of attic space. If you suspect your attic is not properly ventilated, perhaps it is time to look into options for sorting that out.

3.) We’ll Say It Again, Clean Your Roof!

If you have an asphalt shingle roof that is in almost constant shade, there’s a high chance it is attracting algae growth. The algae feeds off of the microscopic particles present in the limestone used to make the shingles. This growth is easily identifiable as a black of green staining on your roof. Opting to clean your roof results in no harm as long as it’s done professionally. When you get your roof cleaned, it protects the shingles and ultimately extends the life of the roof. It is also believed to be more energy efficient because a darker roof helps generate more heat.

Your roof has a big job to do, so the least you can do is tend to the little things that help keep it healthy. Keep an eye on your roof for debris, and check out your attic in the summer for potential ventilation issues. For everything else, contact REI Roofing. Our crew of professionals is here to serve you and all of your roofing needs. Call us at 781-848-1999, or fill out our online contact form!

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