Replacing a roof can be a big investment, and you may be tempted to put it off for a while. Maybe you think it can’t be that bad (it is), that you have plenty of time before it gets worse (you don’t), or that you at least won’t see any new problems (you will).

No matter what excuse you tell yourself, nothing good will come from waiting too long to replace your roof. Here are some important reasons not to put off roof replacement...

How to Tell That You Need to Replace Your Roof


First, it’s important to be able to recognize that you even need to replace your roof in the first place. Some common signs of an old roof that has overstayed its welcome are:

  • Your shingles are damaged (curling or cracked) or even missing

  • Your roof is over 20 years old

  • You have a leak (or leaks)

  • You have organic growth like algae or moss from water damage


Once your roofing contractor concludes that you need a new roof because of one of these common issues, don’t delay. Here are 5 reasons why: 

5 Reasons Not to Put Off Replacing Your Roof


 

It’s Bad for Your Attic and Ceiling


 

If you have a roof leak, the attic and ceiling will evidently bear most of the damage. Unwanted moisture that gets in through your roof can damage your attic and any belongings kept there. Your paint could bubble or your ceiling lights and fans could be damaged. Mold and mildew can also thrive in damp conditions. A damaged roof provides no protection to your home from the outside world, so you need to replace it quickly. 

 

It’s a Potential Fire Hazard


 

You might think we’re being dramatic here, but it’s true — a leaky roof can actually cause a house fire. If water gets in through your compromised roof and comes in contact with electrical appliances in your home, you could be in for a disaster. Electrical wires can short out lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, & smoke detectors and start a significant combustion. 

 

It Puts Your Family’s Health at Risk


 

Like we mentioned earlier, water damage in your home from a leaky roof can encourage mold and mildew growth, which is very bad for your family’s health and well-being. Mold thrives on dampness from water damage and will spread all across your home if you let it. If anyone in your family has respiratory problems, this will be especially harmful to them.

There are other ways that a damaged roof can harm your family's health. Squirrels, rats, and other rodents can get into your house through a compromised roof and leave their droppings all over your house. Racoons and bats are common problems as well. 

 

It Harms Your Home’s Structural Integrity


 

If you think replacing a roof will be expensive, try replacing a roof, your foundation, your walls… it’s not a pretty picture, but that’s what can happen if you don't replace a damaged roof soon enough. Water damage from a leaky roof can infiltrate your walls, rafters, ceiling joints, foundation, and more to compromise your home’s structural integrity. Wood rot and mold growth will make your home’s wooden components to bow and buckle. When this happens, you know you’ve waited almost too long to replace your roof. A buckled roof can lead to a collapsed ceiling, which can be catastrophic.

 

It Lowers Your Home's Value


 

If you ever plan to sell your home, the longer you put off replacing your roof, the lower your resale value will be. Procrastinating on roof repairs can lead to all the problems we just mentioned — mold growth, bubbled paint, water damage, a damaged foundation… the list goes on and on. Buyers aren’t going to be willing to pay top dollar for a house with these problems, so it’s in your best interest to take care of the problem now.

Replacing your roof can seem so overwhelming, expensive, or bothersome that you want to see how long you can go without having to do that. But this won’t save you any money, time, or hassle overall. In fact, it’ll probably just make things worse.

So if you think you need a new roof, call us today for a free consultation. We prioritize constant communication and have experienced project managers & crews to ensure a painless, 5-star experience.
Your windows add light and beauty to your home, but they also can let in unwelcome visitors and increase your utility bills if they’re not in good condition. If you’re not a replacement window professional, you may think you don’t have the knowledge to estimate the condition of your windows.

Luckily, there are a few simple things to look out for to help you identify when you need to replace your windows.

Why should you replace your windows?


You might think that as long as your windows aren't broken, you don’t need to replace them. However, windows are an essential part of your home’s health & wellbeing and should be appropriately taken care of.

On the surface, windows make your home beautiful and let in a lot of natural light. Well-designed and well-installed windows can increase your home’s curb appeal and resale value.

But windows do much more than this. Durable windows will be a good defense against burglars and bugs, but weak ones won’t stand up to these tests. Plus, your windows are an integral part of your home’s energy-efficiency. If they are loose or weak, they could let in warm air in the summer and cold air in the winter, making your utility bills sky-high. 

5 Signs You Need to Replace Your Windows


1. Your Energy Bills Are Too High

Old windows are not a very good barrier against the outside weather. If your windows don’t keep your home insulated, your heating and cooling system will have to work much harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, resulting in higher energy bills. It could even cause you to have to replace your HVAC system much earlier than you usually would. All this means that investing in your windows can save you a lot of money in the long run.

You can test your windows for insulation in two ways. On the next chilly day, stand near your windows and see if the area is cooler than the rest of your house. If so, your windows aren’t insulating your home well. Next, hold a candle near your window frame, moving up and down the frame. Does it flicker? If it does, your windows are drafty. 

Old windows have fewer panes of glass to help them be energy-efficient. New ones won’t have any gaps or leaks. Current technology features strong, weatherproof glass to help bring your energy bills down.

2. Your Windows Are Hard to Open and Close

Does it take some elbow grease to open and close the windows in your home? They might be swollen with moisture and age. Depending on the age of the home, they may have even been painted shut! This is especially likely if you have old wooden windows. 

If you can’t easily open and shut your windows, it’s time to think about replacing them.

3. Your Window Frames Have Seen Better Days

If you have old windows, they are most likely made out of wood. Wooden windows are susceptible to decay when exposed to too much moisture. Over time, this water damage can seriously compromise the quality and strength of your windows. If they become too rotted, they will threaten your home’s security. 

If you notice any leaks near your windows, you need to replace them as soon as possible. Water damage can cost thousands of dollars to fix! Plus, moisture encourages mold and mildew growth — something you definitely don’t want in your home. Vinyl windows are an excellent choice for replacement windows. They do not degrade and are weather-resistant, guaranteeing years of great performance. Furthermore, they are inexpensive and can be custom fit to your window openings.

4. You Can Hear Everything

If you can hear everything going on outside your windows, it might be time to replace them. Do you hear cars driving by or people chatting on the street? Your home should be a refuge, a place to escape from the world. If you can always hear your neighbors arguing on their porch through your old windows, you can kiss peace goodbye. New energy-efficient windows will block these noises from entering your home.

5. You Have Foggy Windows

If your windows get foggy or collect condensation, it could be a sign that it’s time for new windows. Though not all condensation is a bad sign, it can indicate a problem. If you can see condensation or fog between the panes of glass, your window’s seals are not functioning properly. If your seals are broken or damaged, you might have leaky windows on your hands.

Though replacing old windows can be an investment, it’s crucial to the overall function of your home’s heating and cooling system. Your windows, doors, insulation, ventilation, siding, and HVAC system all work together to keep your home energy-efficient. Plus, new windows will save you money in the long run by lowering your energy bills and improving your home’s resale value.

If you believe you may need new windows, call Northeast Home & Energy today for a free consultation.
Recently, Richard from Northeast Home & Energy had the opportunity to meet with Ray Mead to talk about the Stephen H. Roney Memorial Park, a project started by firefighters from the Engine Company No. 2 of Grafton, Inc.. With dedication and help from the Grafton Community Preservation Fund and other generous donors, this beautiful park is approaching Phase Two! 

Here is a little bit about the project and Stephen H. Roney:

  • The park:

    • Located at the corner of North Grafton's North Main Street and Bridge Street, the Stephen H. Roney Memorial Park was created by the Engine Company No. 2 of Grafton



  • Stephen H. Roney:

    • This quaint and relaxing space ... is a project initiated by his brother firefighters from Grafton Fire Department Engine Company Two, of which he was a firefighter for forty-five years and Captain for eleven. Steve answered the call to help those in need both as a firefighter and director of Roney Funeral Home, serving this town with humility, pride, strength and compassion. He was a devoted steward and parishioner of St. Mary’s Parish, happily giving his time as a Eucharistic Minister. Many former Little League players have fond memories of being coached by him as they learned the game."



  • The Grafton Fire Department Engine Company Two:

    • "Our organization's primary goal is to raise funds to purchase goods and services that will be used to improve the firefighting abilities of the Grafton Fire Department, fund an annual $1,000 scholarship and support other local civic groups with the same general goal of promoting the public good. Our organization purchases additional equipment and training above and beyond that which is provided by the Town."



  • How you can donate:

    • "Phase Two of the project, starting soon, will include the installation of lighting, benches, signage, a flag pole, and landscaping. We are dedicated to maintaining this park and are seeking donations to finalize the completion of the park."

    • Checks, online donations, and sponsorship donations are much appreciated and can be accessed by clicking here.



  • *Source: http://www.graftonengine2.org


We wanted to give back to our community, and we encourage you to learn more! ⭐️ http://www.graftonengine2.org/roneypark/

As always, Northeast is a phone call away for organizations you are passionate about, questions, comments, and free estimates! (508) 839-7001?