When Do You Need To Replace Your Roofing?

It can be difficult to gauge when to replace your roofing, as many times the damage can be fixed with a few minor fixes. However, there are a few ways that you can determine whether you need to replace your entire roof, or not. Let’s look at some of these items.

Check your attic: The attic will be the first place you notice anything. If there is any sunlight at all in the room, or if it is not properly ventilated, you will need to replace the roof. A way to avoid this is by making sure your attic is properly ventilated, as well as properly insulated. The attic can reach about double the temperature as the inside of your home if not properly ventilated, and this can cause roofing problems.

Age of the Roof: Roofs can last between 20 and 25 years, so they should be checked consistently every few years, to be sure, and then have a thorough inspection at the 20-year mark.

Rot and Damage: Rot and damage to a home can be detrimental if they are not taken care of. Water damage, especially, can be a huge issue for many homes. This also relates to damage from winter snow and ice, which causes massive problems if not fixed right away. This kind of damage can make the roofing structure cave in on itself and potentially collapse, leaving your home vulnerable to many things, such as water flooding, animals, etc.

Plants: If there are plants growing on your roof, or to be more specific, moss, fungi, and other frequent elements, this is a sign that the roofing structure may be compromised. If you frequently remove these, then you will have no problem, but letting this grow and expand can really cause problems for the future.

If you need a new roof or need a professional to take a look at your roof, feel free to contact us by filling out our contact form or by calling us at 781-899-6353.

Vinyl Siding Project in Hudson, MA

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This Winter, Three Sons Window & Door installed new vinyl siding to a home located in the town of Hudson Massachusetts. For the vinyl siding, we used Ply Gem Harbor Gray. Vinyl siding is one of the most popular exterior cladding for homes and there are a lot of benefits when added to your home. The exterior is practically maintenance free where it does not need to be painted.

Installing vinyl siding on your home is also very energy efficient because it helps reduce drafts and saves money on your energy bills. Vinyl siding comes in a variety of colors to help complement your home. It can also stand up to severe weather and maintain its original appearance and last over long periods of time.

Three Sons Window & Door also installed a new roof to this Hudson home using Certain Teed Architectural Shingles in beautiful Granite Gray.

If you’re looking for vinyl siding or roofing installers, contact Three Sons Window & Door today at 781-899-6353 or fill out our contact form!

Winter Maintenance for your Home

Winter is almost here and it’s important to make sure you home is in good condition for the cold winter months. Check out some tips for home winter maintenance:

  • Clean your gutters: Blocked gutters can result in melting ice and snow to enter your roof or foundation causing serious damage.
  • Evaluate your Roof: Throughout the year the severe weather can result in shingles and tiles to break and even create leaks and holes. Make sure before snow collects on your roof you make sure it’s in good condition.
  • Seal the windows: Inspect your windows to see if there is a draft coming through, you should seal these windows to keep heat in and energy bills low.
  • Check your attic: You want to make sure your attic has properly installed insulation and ventilated for the winter.  Ventilation lead cold air into the attic, while the insulation seals heat in your home.
  • Prepare for winter storms: In the case of severe snowstorm make sure you have a fully-stocked emergency kit that includes batteries, a flashlight, candles, matches, and warm clothes and blankets.

If you need any help with your roof this winter, contact Three Sons at 781-899-6353 or fill out our contact form online!

Is it Time to Replace Your Roof?

With Winter right around the corner, it may be time to replace your old roof. Here are some signs that it may be time for an upgrade:before & after roof
  • Age: Most experts agree that a typical roof will last between 20 and 25 years. It also depends on whether the current roof has one layer of shingles and is properly ventilated. If the roof was installed over another layer and is older than 20 years, chances are you need a new roof.
  • Curling or Buckling: Shingles that are curling or buckling are another sign that you may need a new roof. If you see that this is happening it could mean that your shingles are past their life expectancy.
  • Missing or Broken Shingles: If you see that your roof shingles are falling apart or missing in the valleys, you could be susceptible to roof leaks.
  • Chimney Flashing: An older chimney may be flashed with cement or tar. It may be time to replace with a metal flashing system.
  • Shingle Granules: When cleaning your gutters, look and see if there are any shingle granules or look to see if any of the granules have worn away.
  • Seeing daylight through roof boards: If you notice a spongy feeling when walking on the roof or if you see daylight coming through the roof boards it is likely time for a new roof.

Soon we will experience extreme weather conditions in New England. If your roof is showing signs of age or damage, you may want to consider a new roof. Three Sons Window & Door offers complete roofing replacement services. We specialize in CertainTeed and GAF shingles and are fully licensed and insured.

How to Prepare your Roof for Winter

Since we are in the state of Massachusetts, we are guaranteed to get snow at some point during the winter and it’s important to make sure our roofs are in the best shape. If you are already aware of any existing leaks coming from your roof or any gutter damage, you should get it repaired immediately. Here are a few signs to look out for to make sure your roof is prepared for the winter.

  • If your notice any missing tiles or damaged shingles on your roof, it’s best to take care of the problem right away. When your roof has loose or missing parts it most likely will not be able to endure the bad winter weather. When this type of damage is not taken care of it can be more expensive for repairs and possibly dangerous.
  • Make sure you clear your gutters of any debris or leaves that have gathered up throughout the months. When you remove the debris from your gutters it can help reduce ice dams when the snow hits. There can be significant damage to your roof because of the extra weight that’s caused by ice dams.
  • Besides gutters, you should also check that all your drains and downspouts are clear of any debris.
  • Another way to prevent the formation of ice dams is ensuring that your attic is properly insulated. If you have an old flat roof that has little insulation, your roof and ceiling will be much colder because there is little in between.

During the winter, it’s important to take into consideration things like snow accumulation, ice dams and high winds because they can cause serious damage to your home. If you’re in need of a roof, please contact us for a free estimate at 781-899-6353 or fill out our contact form online!