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STEP ONE:  Ice Dam Prevention

It seems every winter New Englanders experience a record number of ice dams.  As many have learned, ice dams can result in costly damage, not only to your roof deck and attics, but to interior walls and ceilings. It is much easier and far less costly to stop ice dams before they have a chance to occur. Now is the time to plan for preventative measures, such as heat cables, a cost-efficient way to prevent damage, and properly insulating your attic so as to still allow for cold air circulation above your attic floor insulation and adding heat cables, a cost-efficient way to prevent damage. There are a variety of heat cables that can be installed, such as self regulating and thermostatically controlled. Call today for advice on the best kind solution for your home.  We can take care of it all. 


This graphic is a good representation of how ice dams form:


As the graphic shows, ice dams can cause costly water damage to your roof, attic, and interior, damage that often includes replacing wet insulation, repairing damaged dry walls and ceilings, as well removing mold and replacing rotting wood. 



Remember: it is much easier and far less costly to stop ice dams before they begin.


Ice dam formation results from a variety of factors. When your roof gets covered with snow, warm air from inside the house rises to the uppermost ceiling area.  This air will eventually seep through an improperly insulated attic space until it eventually reaches the underside of where the shingle lie on the roof. As the roof surface warms up, snow starts to melt. The melting snow runs down the surface of the roof underneath the snowpack. When the melted water reaches the edge of the roofline, it refreezes and forms a wall of ice, or an ice dam, almost like a horizontal icicle until it gets bigger and creates a shelf that walks its way up the roof.  This process repeats and the ice dam continues to trap melted water.  Eventually, the melted water is forced up underneath the shingles, which allows the water to get inside your house and cause extensive water damage to your property. This damage may not be immediately apparent as water gets absorbed by the insulation, dry wall, and plaster in your walls and ceilings.

STEP TWO:  Inspect the exterior condition of your home

One of the most important aspects of keeping any home well protected so that the interior does not degrade is by maintaining a sealed, tight exterior.  Before the weather turns cold, take time to inspect exterior painted wood surfaces.  Look for any peeling, lifting, cracking paint, as well as any exposed or soft wood areas commonly found in end joints and connection points. Now is the time to make any necessary repairs to protect these areas.  We have a full complement of services to provide for this. 


For more way to protect your investment, download a free copy of our Home Maintenance Checklist here.  Use this checklist each fall and spring as a guide for spotting potential issues that could cause costly damage and/or repairs later.  


Prioritize Home Projects

With the housing slump and homes losing value, your best investment for the future is to make improvements now.  Home improvements that provide the biggest return at sale (typically over 150%) are:


  
•	Kitchen remodeling to include new cabinets, increased floor space, and a variety of upgrades
•	Bathroom renovations to include updated and upgraded fixtures
•	Additions and increased square footage in living areas or adding a bedroom 
•	Add crown mouldings to achieve the touch you want to a bedroom or dining room.


Don’t wait until you’re ready to move to make renovations necessary to sell; do it now so that you can enjoy the improvements while benefiting from the investment.  Even modest renovation and bring big returns:


•New flooring, paint, and window/door trim.

•Changing countertops, sinks, flooring, or tiles. 

•Enhancing the lighting in one or more of your rooms.

•Adding crown mouldings to achieve a distinctive look to a bedroom or dining room.




 

Fall is the time to prepare for winter.  A few simple steps taken now could save you from big complications later.  

Now is also the time to think about your home maintenance or remodeling priorities.  This blog will help you prioritize the improvements or repairs that will yield the most cost effective results.

                                                                               —Charlie