Winters in New Hampshire and Massachusetts can be beautiful. But when the snow piles up on your roof, your home and family are at risk. In this month’s blog, we’ll discuss the hazards of roof snow, and why you should rely on professional roof raking and shoveling.
A little snow on your roof isn’t a big deal. But in the harshest of winters, a little snow quickly becomes A LOT of snow. Mix in cycles of rain, thaw, refreezing, and more snow, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
As snow accumulates on your roof, it can allow the formation of ice dams, a thick buildup of ice along the eaves of your roof. Sure–those icicles are pretty. But they can cause significant damage to your roof and gutters, and allow water to back up into your home. The result?
To help prevent ice dams from forming on your roof, contact the roof snow removal professionals at Peter DeSalvo Contracting. We provide commercial and residential roof shoveling, roof raking, and ice dam removal in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
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Believe it or not, that fluffy white stuff weighs a lot and places significant stress on your roofing structure. In fact, just 12 inches of snow could easily weigh thousands of pounds. This stress can lead to disastrous roof leaks and devastating cave-ins.
When it comes to maintaining your home, some jobs–including roof shoveling and roof raking–are best left to the professionals. Without the proper tools and safety equipment, you could damage your roof and seriously injure yourself.
If you have snow buildup on your roof, contact the professionals at Peter DeSalvo Contracting. Even during the harshest New England weather, we’ll be ready to take care of your roof snow removal. Our licensed and insured team provides commercial and residential roof shoveling, roof raking, and ice dam removal. Visit us online to learn more.
Sure, icicles are pretty, especially around the holidays. But if you’ve got icicles hanging off your roof, you may be in for some trouble. Why? Because the same conditions that allow icicles to form—heavy snow and freezing weather—can also cause ice dams, a thick buildup of ice along the eaves of your roof. In this month’s blog, the DeSalvo team discusses the dangers of ice dams and shares tips on preventing ice dams this winter.
Why should you be worried about ice dams, anyway? Because ice dams can cause significant damage to your roof and gutters, and allow water to back up into your home. The result? Peeling paint, warped floors, stained and sagging ceilings, wet attic insulation, and ultimately—mold, mildew, and rot.
Ice dams form on homes with insufficient attic insulation and ventilation. Here’s how it works: If your attic isn’t properly insulated, heat escapes and melts the snow on your roof. The melted snow trickles down, refreezing along the edge of your roof. Once an ice dam is formed, any additional snowmelt has no place to go except under your roof. Some of this runoff will form those “beautiful” icicles you see every winter.
The best way to prevent ice dams from forming is to ensure your home is properly insulated and ventilated. Contact the professionals at DeSalvo Contracting, who can:
If you have icicles hanging off your roof, chances are you have ice dams. And if you have ice dams, you have a problem with your home’s insulation and ventilation. The DeSalvo team is here to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
We’ve had an unseasonably mild autumn in New England this year, but rest assured–winter will soon be upon us. Since your roof is your home’s first line of defense against the harsh elements of the season, here are four things you should do to prepare your roof for winter:
Remove any leaves, twigs, branches, or dirt covering your roof as it can lead to the growth of mold, fungus, and mildew. Debris can also cause your roof membrane to wear, allowing water to trickle into your home. If you don’t have the experience, equipment, and physical ability needed to safely remove debris from your roof, contact the professionals at DeSalvo Contracting.
Before your roof is blanketed with snow, take a good look at your shingles. If they are buckled, curled, or missing, you may end up with water leaking into your home this winter. If you think you have problems with your shingles, the DeSalvo team is happy to take a look at your roof. Contact us to schedule a free roof inspection.
Clean out your gutters and look for granules, the protective material that covers your shingles. If you’re seeing an excessive amount of granules, there may be small holes in your shingles, which can result in water leaks.
If there’s moisture in your attic insulation or outdoor light coming through your roof boards, you have a serious problem with your roof. You’ll want to take care of this before the harsh winter weather is upon us. Contact the professionals at DeSalvo Contracting.
Your roof is talking to you. Are you listening? Most people don’t think about their roof until they have a major problem—and a major expense—on their hands. You shouldn’t wait until you have to break out your water buckets to pay attention to your roof. In this month’s blog, the experts at DeSalvo Contracting share 4 signs you may need a new roof.
While your shingled roof should last 20-30 years, there are factors—including climate and how well your roof was installed and ventilated—that can affect its lifespan. Here are 4 signs you may need a new roof:
Over the years, the harsh elements of a New England winter can cause your shingles to crack or fall off. You can replace missing and cracked shingles here and there, but due to weathering, it may become increasingly challenging to match them over time. If you have a lot of missing shingles, your roof may be failing. Contact DeSalvo Contracting as soon as possible to schedule your free roof inspection.
Extensive weathering can cause your shingles to curl on its edges or buckle in the middle. If this is happening to your roof, you may experience leaks in the near future. Have a licensed roofer take a look at it.
If there’s moisture in your attic insulation or outdoor light coming through your roof boards, you have a serious problem with your roof. Contact a professional roofer to get your roof inspected as soon as possible.
Over time, your shingle’s protective granules wear away and fall off, collecting inside your gutters. This can create small openings for water to leak through, causing serious damage your home.
Fall is a great time to repair or replace your roof. Taking care of it now will ensure it’s ready to protect your home from winter’s harshest elements. With an outstanding reputation for both residential and commercial roofing, the professionals at DeSalvo Contracting will provide a thorough roof inspection and let you know if you need a new one, or just a few repairs. We hold certifications with IKO, CertainTeed, and Genflex, the best in the roofing industry. Contact us today to discuss your roofing concerns and schedule your free roof inspection today.
Whether you need roof repairs, a new roof for your garage or addition, or a complete roof replacement for your home, choosing a quality roofing contractor can be overwhelming.
Not all roofing contractors are created equal. Some, like DeSalvo Contracting, are more committed to their workmanship and after-sales service than others. And while some have years of experience and dependability, others may not be around long enough to fulfill any kind of roofing warranty service. If you’re looking for a roofing contractor, here are some tips to get you started.
Talk to the people you know and trust, including your colleagues, neighbors, family, and friends. Social media is a great way to quickly solicit referrals and receive open and honest feedback.
This will allow you to get a “feel” for the various contractors and gauge the pricing for your particular roofing job. Be leary of bids that seem excessively high or low. And note that, while pricing is important, it shouldn’t be your sole deciding factor. From these discussions, you should be able to narrow down your list.
It goes without saying that you shouldn’t hire anyone who can’t provide proof of insurance. If someone is going to be working on your home, you should also ask about their professional training and certifications. In addition to being OSHA 10-certified, DeSalvo Contracting is an IKO-Certified Installer company. This elite certification requires applicants to complete rigorous testing and be voted in by a panel of experts.
Like anything else in life, you get what you pay for. DiSalvo builds residential and commercial roofs with the finest materials in the industry, including IKO and GenFlex asphalt shingles, steel panels, and rubber EPDM membranes.
Be sure to carefully review your contract. At DeSalvo, every step of our residential roofing process is itemized on a comprehensive list. We eliminate all unknown factors to provide clients with security and peace of mind before the start of every roofing project. We protect our clients’ investment with a 10-year craftsmanship warranty on every roof we install. We also offer an IKO Shield PRO Plus extended 20-year labor and material warranty that can be prorated to the lifetime of the house.
DeSalvo Contracting has a long-standing reputation of professionalism and quality in residential and commercial roofing repair and replacement throughout New England. Contact us today to discuss your roofing needs.
Siding is one of the most important elements of any building—whether commercial or residential. It not only acts as a protective barrier from nature’s elements, it can also improve energy efficiencies by decreasing monthly heating and cooling costs. The right siding also provides the finishing touch to a your commercial space or home, boosting overall curb appeal.
In this month’s DeSalvo blog, we discuss some of the top commercial and residential siding options available today.
Hardwood is one of the most popular types of siding used today because it can be painted in virtually any color and is available in several design patterns, styles, and widths. While it is relatively lower in cost than most common siding choices, it more susceptible to the elements of nature.
Vinyl siding costs more than wood siding, but is one of the most durable siding materials. It requires very little maintenance (no repainting!) and won’t scratch or dent. Vinyl siding can be combined, using various colors and patterns.
Stone siding can add visual interest to both commercial buildings and homes. It can be used to cover entire exterior walls or serve as an accent. Because of the complex manufacturing process involved, stone is one of the more expensive types of siding.
Although it has been available for decades, fiber cement siding is becoming increasingly popular. It is widely used in areas where humidity levels are high. It is very durable and like wood, it can be painted in virtually any color. There are not as many style, design, and pattern options, but this is expected to change as it continues to grow in popularity. Because of the cost of the materials and labor involved in installing it, fiber cement is one of the most expensive siding options.
DeSalvo installed this beautiful, timeless siding at the New Hampshire Liquor Stores in Pembroke and New Hampton.
Siding not only protects your commercial building or home, it adds color and visual interest. If you need help choosing the right siding, contact the professionals at Peter DeSalvo Contracting. We install all major siding brands, including CertainTeed, Mastic, Royal Building Products, James Hardie, and PlyGem.
Does your upstairs bedroom feel 10 degrees hotter than your living room? This could be a sign that your roof isn’t properly ventilated. In this month’s DeSalvo blog, we discuss this and other signs your roof isn’t properly ventilated.
Poor roof ventilation can increase your energy costs and cause significant damage both inside and outside of your home. During the warm summer months, hot air builds in your attic and moves into your living space. During the cold weather months, your heating system’s hot air and vapors cause excessive moisture, which can build up on the underside of your roof. Together, these two results of poor ventilation cause the following problems:
If your roof isn’t properly ventilated, the sun’s heat and the heat rising from the rest of your home cannot escape. This is especially problematic in the warmer summer months, when hot air builds in your attic. According to the U.S. Federal Housing Administration, your attic temperature could climb to over 150 degrees! This hot air eventually passes through your attic floor into the rooms below. The result?
Excessive moisture in your attic can cause significant damage to your roof, including:
While Ice dams are beautiful to look at, they are a sign of poor roof ventilation. The water that backs up behind the dams can cause significant damage to your walls, ceiling, insulation, and other areas.
Without proper ventilation, moisture from rising warm air will condense on your rafters or roof sheathing. If you have any dampness, frost, or leaks in your attic, you very likely have poor roof ventilation.
When excessive moisture is trapped in your home, it can cause both your interior and exterior paint to peel or blister.
If your home’s exterior is decaying or rotting, you have a moisture problem likely caused by improper roof ventilation.
If your home is showing signs your roof isn’t properly ventilated, contact the professionals at DeSalvo Contracting. We will gladly visit your home and inspect your roof and attic for you–at no charge. Our professional team serves the roofing, siding, and door and window needs of customers throughout New England. Call us today at 603.521.7992.
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Thinking of selling this summer or fall? One of the most inexpensive ways to increase your home’s curb appeal and value is to install new siding. And according the National Association of Realtors, whether it’s vinyl, fiber cement, or stone veneer, replacement siding has consistently increased resale value for homeowners. In addition to boosting your home’s curb appeal, your replacement siding will help control energy costs, which makes it a smart investment.
You couldn’t pick a better time to sell your NH or MA home. But if it’s older, or is looking worn or outdated, you could miss out on the booming marketplace. “Replacement siding can make your home look virtually brand new,” says Peter deSalvo of Peter DeSalvo Contracting.
If you’re not planning on selling your home anytime soon, but have been itching to give it a much-needed makeover, now is also a great time to replace your home’s siding. With today’s many replacement siding options, you’ll get the beautiful home you’ve been dreaming of. On average, siding adds a 78 percent return at resale and once installed, replacement siding requires little maintenance and lasts for up to twenty-five years.
“Additionally, homeowners have the option of installing foam backing to vinyl siding, which adds durability and increased insulation, saving homeowners money over time,” DeSalvo notes.
Peter DeSalvo Contracting offers the following types of replacement siding:
Peter DeSalvo Contracting offers replacement siding from the following major brands:
In addition to siding for new construction homes, Peter DeSalvo Contracting offers complete residential siding repair and replacement. We perform expert finish carpentry repairs on home exteriors. Whether you need new exterior trim, stone veneer, stucco repair, or waterproof wrapping, contact DeSalvo Contracting for all your residential siding needs.
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Your roof is your home’s first line of defense from nature’s harshest elements. Year after year, it takes a beating from wind, rain, snow, ice, and extreme heat. Yet most homeowners give little thought about their roof until there’s a major problem, which can result in costly emergency service and damage to your home’s interior. But how do you know if you need a new roof? Here are 5 signs that you may need a new roof:
“An asphalt shingle roof lasts about 20 to 30 years,” says Peter DeSalvo, who has been providing residential and commercial roofing services in NH and MA since 2005. If your roof is this age or older, you’ll probably need a new one in the near future. And remember, just because your roof looks good to you from down below doesn’t mean it’s problem-free. Instead of climbing up a ladder to get a better look, have it inspected by a licensed and insured roofing company.
It’s okay to replace a few missing or cracked shingles here and there. But because the color of your weathered shingles changes over time, matching them will eventually become difficult. Ultimately, you may opt to replace your entire roof. Note: if you have several missing shingles, the “tabs” may not be in tact. Have a professional roofing company take a look and they’ll tell you if you need a new roof. Most companies, like DeSalvo Contracting, offer a free roof inspection.
Extensive weathering can cause your shingles to buckle in the middle or curl on its edges. If your shingles are buckled or curled, you are at risk of developing serious problems—including leaks—in the near future. Contact a professional roofing company as soon as possible.
If your gutters are filled with granules, your roof may need to be replaced very soon. When your roof shingles’ protective granules wear away and fall off over time, they create small openings for water, which can cause extensive damage to your home.
If there is daylight coming through your roof’s boards or moisture in your attic’s insulation, your roof needs to be replaced or repaired.
If you think you need to replace or repair your roof, talk to the professionals at DeSalvo Contracting. Our expert team has nearly 20 years of experience in commercial and residential exterior work and a commitment to outstanding customer service. With DeSalvo’s low-cost financing options, you couldn’t pick a better time to repair or replace your roof. Our best deal features a 3.99% APR for 84 months. Contact the DeSalvo team today to learn more!
If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your home, replacing your windows is a great place to start. Windows are such a prominent feature—if they look worn, your home will too. Here are some more good reasons to replace your home’s windows this spring:
If you are spending too much money on your heating and cooling costs, your windows may be to blame. Replacing your old windows could lower your energy costs by over 25%.
Even the tiniest cracks in window glass or window framing can let in cold drafts during the winter. Today’s energy efficient windows can increase the warmth of your home by nearly 50 percent in some instances. And in the summer months, these energy efficient windows can help keep your home cooler.
It’s no fun struggling to open or close a window. Whether your windows are sticking to the layers of paint on the frames, have rusted latches and hinges, or cannot open or shut due to a twisted or rotted frame, it’s probably a good time to replace them.
Installing new replacement windows can provide added security since most have been tested for forced entry. Many also have extra locking mechanisms. This gives you peace of mind knowing that your home is a secure as possible.
Today’s replacement windows can help reduce the amount of noise coming into and going out of your home. And when it comes to getting along with neighbors, this can go a long way!
If you plan to put your home on the market this spring, making improvements to its exterior is always a good investment. In fact, of all home improvement projects, replacement windows rank as one of the top five returns on investments. According to the 2017 Remodeling Cost Vs. Value Report, a New England homeowner can expect to recoup between 64 and 72% of their investment in replacement windows.
Think you may need to replace your windows? Contact the professionals at DeSalvo Contracting. We have a passion for installing beautiful, functional windows that add value to your home and increase its efficiency.
Spring is here and if you’re planning on selling your home, you don’t want to wait until the flowers bloom to get it ready for the market. Here are 4 ways to increase your home’s curb appeal this spring:
As the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. “If you want to sell your home this spring, you should work on the outside first. If your home’s exterior is a mess, no one is going to even look at your fabulous kitchen,” says Peter DeSalvo, owner of Peter DeSalvo Contracting. And when it comes to investing in your home, exterior home improvements typically give you more bang for your buck. According to Remodeling magazine’s 2017 Cost vs. Value report, exterior projects had an average payback of 74.9% nationally, while interior projects returned 63.5%.
A new front door instantly enhances your home’s appearance and may greatly increase its resale value. A recent door manufacturer study found that upgrading the front door of a $190,000 home increased its perceived value by nearly $8,000. With many entry doors selling for an estimated $3,000, this is a significant return on investment!
When was the last time you washed your windows from the outside? Doing so will make your home sparkle. If your home is older, you may want to replace your windows. This will give it a fresh new look. You’ll not only add significant curb appeal, but help increase your home’s efficiency, which is a win-win! Want to kick things up a notch? Install some interesting light fixtures outside of your major windows to make your home look brighter and bigger.
According to a recent Better Homes and Gardens article, a roof can account for 40 percent of a home’s look from the curb. And to many homebuyers, homes with new and well-maintained roofs suggest they are well taken care of. Replacing your roof’s faded and curled shingles will give your home that extra “pop.”
Remodeling magazine reports that having new roofing installed can also have a big impact on your home’s resale value. Talk to your contractor about what materials will best complement your home and attract potential buyers. Be sure to ask about warranties, which can bring additional value to your home.
According to the National Association of Realtors, adding new siding to your home is a great way to increase its resale value. Whether it’s vinyl, fiber cement, or stone veneer, replacement siding has consistently increased resale value for homeowners. In addition to boosting your home’s curb appeal, new siding will help control energy costs, which makes it a smart investment.
If you plan to sell your NH or MA home, now is the time to plan your spring exterior home improvement projects! Contact the experienced professionals at DeSalvo Contracting to learn how prepare your home for the spring real estate market.
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