Ice Dams – Solutions and Prevention

Posted on: February 18th, 2014 by editor

Ice dams -prevention and solutions

What is an ice dam?

An ice dam is a wall of ice that forms at the edge of the roof, usually at the gutters or soffit. When it forms the water then backs up behind the ice dam and creates a pool of water. This pool of water can leak into your home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.


Ice dams -prevention and solutions

What causes ice dams?

Ice dams are usually caused by heavy snowfall and improper ventilation in the attic. This causes warmer areas in your attic then the snow begins to melt, even when the outside temperature is well below freezing. When the accumulated snow on your roof starts melting it runs down your roof underneath the snow until it reaches a “colder” section like the soffit’s, valleys or in gutters then it begins to freeze again, this process of thawing and refreezing is what causes an ice dam.

Cleaning the gutters on your home can help prevent ice dams from occurring as quickly but they can still occur if the conditions are right. The gutters will be just as cold as it is outside and in some cases, full of frozen debris. So even if you don’t have a soffit for the water to refreeze in, the melted water will most likely refreeze when flowing into the gutters.




Ice dams -prevention and solutions


How can I remove an existing ice dam?

Performing ice dam removal is risking severe personal injury and damage to the roof if not done properly. Never walk on a snow covered roof and make sure if you’re going to use a ladder you follow the proper safety procedures. We highly recommend contacting professionals (like Landmark Roofing) with the proper equipment and roofing experience to carry out this job.

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Phone: (617) 965-ROOF

Chimney Counter Flashings

Posted on: December 16th, 2013 by editor

Chimney Counter Flashings

These photos were taken from a chimney project in Wayland, MA. The before and after photos of the chimney counter flashingsare at the lower elevation. This is where the chimney meet the asphalt shingle roofing and the vinyl siding.

Proper installation of chimney counter-flashings at roof penetrations can not be overstated. These roof weaknesses are most often where leaks and other issues will occur. On chimneys, the counter-flashing may involve cuttling into the brick mortar or stone of a chimney or wall. A properly flashed chimney is protected by the overlap between the base flashing and the counter-flashing.

At Landmark Roofing, we provide new construction and repair services. We specialize in slate, copper, shingle and flat roofing. We offer related home remodeling services such as masonry, gutters and historic restorations. With over 65 years of combined experience, we have earned a reputation for giving clients what they ask for and getting projects right the first time. Our industry expertise allows us to provide the highest quality roofing and renovation services while keeping costs low.

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Phone: (617) 965-ROOF

Copper Cupola

Posted on: November 6th, 2013 by editor

Copper Panel Roofing

Posted on: October 18th, 2013 by editor

We are pleased to present this copper panel roofing job, recently completed in Newton, MA.

copper panel roofing

Builders will use copper because of its appearance, its weather-tightness, flexibility. and fire resistance. Copper is initially more expensive to purchase, but is seen as a wise choice for longevity. The popularity of copper in architecture can be attributed to its durability, resistance to corrosion, attractive appearance and ability to form complex shapes. Historically, copper roof panels have been soldered, overlapped or seamed together. The panels may have formed edges that will add strength while providing a simple, water-tight way of joining adjacent pieces.

Copper panel roofing

We sent Tom over to get this job done. Tom takes great pride in the work he does. Metal roofing, such as copper, is a very specific science. The installer needs to have a basic understanding of metal roofing science. WIth proper education, sufficient practice, and a scientific mind, the craftsman can reach a level of permanence and beauty you would want on your home. Tom is just the guy to get that done!

copper gutter

One of our specialties at Landmark Roofing is copper roofing. We offer installations to clients in Newton, Wellesley, Weston, Brookline, Sudbury and throughout Massachusetts. Copper roofing can be a great way to reduce energy consumption, lowering both monthly bills and environmental impact. Your insurance company may even give you a discount for having a copper or other type of metal roof.
Aesthetically, copper roofs are versatile and can work with a wide variety of architectural styles. They also resist cracking and erosion, eliminating the need for maintenance in the future.


To talk to one of our staff and find out if a copper roof is right for your home, call (617) 965-ROOF (7663) with questions or to schedule a free estimate.


Ventilation and Chimney Flashing

Posted on: October 7th, 2013 by editor

This project in Mansfield was completed in 1 day.

Preparing for Ventialtion and Chimney flashing roof work Proper prior planning prevents poor performance (the 6 p’s).Roof ventilation and chimney flashing
We spent only one day on the site. This took many resources to make it happen.

Roof ventilation and chimney flashing


The roof was only 17 years old. The classic “builder’s special”.


Landmark Roofing knows how to inspect, detect, and make our customers enjoy the minimum headaches.


Landmark Roofing – Installing the best – Repairing the rest.

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Wood Gutter Maintenance

Posted on: October 7th, 2013 by editor

The gutter system on your home is its first defense against weather elements.

As we know all too well, if a roof does not do its job, the home is not well protected. Your roof will capture rainwater that it must then channel away from the structure through spouts. If the gutters are clogged or damaged, the water cannot reach the spouts and will pool up on the roof causing expensive roof damage.

Your home may be a classic house in need of repair, or a new home designed in a more traditional style. Wood gutters can be beautiful, as well as functional in the protection of your home’s roof. Wood gutters can be shaped as V-shaped eaves troughs or in half-round styles which can be shaped and painted to match the trim. Wood gutters, however, may require some additional maintenance, and require specific skills to repair.

Often wood gutters are joined with flashings – seams, end caps, outlets, and miters. If left untreated, these failed flashings will ruin an otherwise good wood gutter. It is important that these wood gutters be cleaned and oiled regularly, and by someone who knows what to look for, and how exactly to repair. Wood gutter maintenance is critical for the integrity of the roofing system.

Landmark Roofing, with years of roofing experience under our own roofs, is expert at inspecting, cleaning and repairing wood gutters. Often, we are called upon to line wood gutters with copper which will add years to the integrity of the gutters.


Landmark Roofing – Installing the best – Repairing the rest.

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Roof Drainage Systems to Avoid Costly Home Damage

Posted on: October 5th, 2013 by editor

Most people may never even think about their home’s roof drainage system and how it affects their roofing.

A Roof drainage system is the gutters, downspouts, splash blocks and other components used to carry water off of a roof and away from a structure.

We all know that the main purpose of a roof is to protect a building from weather. Rain and melting snow are able to cause damage to a building if they are allowed to stay on the roof and allow water to seep into the structure. A roof drainage system is designed to redirect water from the roof to the ground in order to protect the building from water damage.

Some buildings may use large overhangs (soffits) that carry the rainwater a distance from the building to protect the foundation form water damage. Other buildings will install a drainage system to redirect the flow into the ground.
There are a number of factors involved in determining the proper roof drainage system for a structure. The slope of the roof will dictate the flow of water. Drain size must be appropriate to prohibit water backup or standing water on the roof. The size of the roof will determine the number of drains required to prevent backed up water.

Other factors to consider in proper installation and placement of roof drainage systems include local building codes, type of soil, grade of the lawn and whether or not the building has a basement. A contractor might also need to consider the average amount of rainfall in an area and the rate at which rainfall might collect at a drain.

It is very important that the drainage system be installed where there is proper slope, the drainage could get backed up into a puddle of standing water. The standing water allows a collection of debris on the roof surface. Now, the collection of leaves, sticks, etc will cause more blockage and more standing water to continue to collect.

Whatever type of roofing and flashing you may have the water, melting snow, and ice, come off your roof, and into your gutters. Whether you have wood, aluminum, or copper gutters, they will lead to downspouts, header boxes, sometimes called collector boxes. Often these downspouts run into drywells, outpipes, catch basins and drains.

It is very important that once the roof drainage system has been installed, it is inspected regularly! The drains must be cleared of any blockage from leaves, sticks and other debris.

Here, in New England, we must consider the effects of snow on our roofing systems. If an attic is not properly insulated, the collected snow on the roof may melt. This melted snow then runs under the remaining snow and refreezes at the eaves. This is the cause of ice dams. Ice dams block the flow of the melting snow, causing it to seep into the roof, causing leaks.

Have your roof inspected regularly (yearly) to see if there is anywhere that water is collecting, or if the eaves gutters are cleared. If you have a flat roof, you will want to check to be sure there is no built up grit, leaves or other debris in a puddle. This situation may encourage the growth of algae or weeds that would weaken the integrity of the roof. Often basement water, icy stairs and walkways, really begin on your roof, at your gutters, and downspouts, as well as drainage components.

Keeping debris out of these systems can save you lots of headaches, and avoid costly damage to the system, foundation, and interior spaces.

At Landmark Roofing we can help you to evaluate your drainage system.
Contact us to schedule your free consultation.


Masonry Meets Roofing

Posted on: October 2nd, 2013 by editor

With flat roofs, termination is likely the most critical piece that needs proper attention. A termination is anywhere the roof ends and something else like a brick wall, sided wall, junction to slate or shingles begin. In this case the siding was brick and required serious precision.

Roofing that will be repaired by Landmark Roofing


The “counterflashing” was torn up and leaking. It’s comparative to an old dental filling; it needs to be removed carefully and then prepared then finally replaced.

If these steps are not followed your roof is only half way done. This part of the job took Jim about a day and a half. The flat roof was completed in a little over two days by two workers.


Landmark Roofing Repairing roofing - "counterflashing"

Landmark Roofing takes measures to ensure the job is done right the first time. In situations involving termination, clients can be assured that every step is taken to properly repair and/or install flat roofs.

We handle general repairs, waterproofing, storm damage repairs, recoating and more.

If you’re in need of any repairs or improvements to your flat roof, please call or complete a contact-us form to schedule your free consultation.

Lead-Safe Certified Roofing Contractor

Posted on: August 7th, 2013 by editor

Lead-Safe Certified Firm

As a contractor, we realize that we play an important role in helping to prevent lead exposure. That is why Landmark Roofing has been certified as a Lead-Safe Contractor in the State of Massachusetts.


The EPA’s 2008 Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule aims to protect the public from lead-based paint hazards associated with renovation, repair and painting activities. These activities can create hazardous lead dust when surfaces with lead paint, even from many decades ago, are disturbed. The rule requires workers to be certified and trained in the use of lead-safe work practices, and requires renovation, repair, and painting firms to be EPA-certified.


There are strict standards for renovation, repair and painting carried out in older homes and child-occupied facilities that may contain lead paint as well as for deleading operations. Contractors and other entities are required to be licensed by the Department of Labor Standards (DLS); their employees must be trained in the use of lead-safe work practices, and those lead-safe work practices must be followed to minimize occupants’ exposure to lead hazards.




Lead in Paint, Dust and Soil
The greatest exposure to lead from lead paint occurs as a result of swallowing or breathing in lead-based paint chips, dust and soil. Many houses and apartments built before 1978 contain lead-based paint. Lead from paint, chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards if not taken care of properly. If you own property built before 1978, learn 5 reasons why you need to hire a Lead-Safe Renovation Contractor


What Is the Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Program (RRP)?
• The Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Program is a federal regulatory program affectingcontractors, property managers, and others who disturb painted surfaces.

• It applies to residential houses, apartments, and child-occupied facilities such as schools and day-care centers built before 1978.

• It includes pre-renovation education requirements as well as training, certification, and work practice requirements.

Pre-renovation education requirements:

• Contractors, property managers, and others who perform renovations for compensation in residential houses, apartments, and child-occupied facilities built before 1978 are required
to distribute a lead pamphlet before starting renovation work.

Training, certification, and work practice requirements:

• Firms are required to be certified, their employees must be trained (either as a certified renovator or on-the-job by a certified renovator) in use of lead-safe work practices, and lead-safe work practices hat
minimize occupants’ exposure to lead hazards must be followed.

• Renovation is broadly defined as any activity that disturbs painted surfaces and includes most repair, remodeling, and maintenance activities, including window replacement.

• The program includes requirements implementing both Section 402(c) and 406(b) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). (
• EPA’s lead renovation regulations can be found at 40 CFR Part 745, Subpart E.


Training, Certification, and Work Practice Requirements.
• All renovators must be trained.
• Lead-safe work practices must be followed. Examples of these practices include:
– Work-area containment to prevent dust and debris from leaving the work area.
– Prohibition of certain work practices like open-flame burning and the use of power tools without HEPA
exhaust control.
– Thorough clean up followed by a verification procedure to minimize exposure to lead-based
paint hazards.


Landmark Roofing is a fully licensed home remodeling company and is Lead Safe Certified with the EPA. We’re proud of our many satisfied clients throughout the area, who often recommend us to others. If you’d like to find out more about our services or would like to request a free estimate, please call (617) 965-ROOF (7663) or complete a short contact form, and one of our staff will get in touch with you shortly.


Repair Chimney Before Having Roof Repairs

Posted on: August 7th, 2013 by editor

Yuck, and dangerous too !
Before you repair or replace that roof, have Landmark Roofing inspect that your chimney cap. chimney cover, masonry, brick joints, and chimney flashings are roof ready.

It’s not sexy, it’s just smart.
80% of the roofing we inspect has a chimney that needs attention. It is so much easier to do that chimney work BEFORE the roofing work gets done.
This Newton home needed repairs to its slate roof. Once we inspected the roof to evaluate the damage, we identified the problems with their stucco chimney. Cracks, pits and erosion were allowing rain water to seep in to the structure and causing further damage. It was best to complete the chimeny repairs before the roof work began.

stucco chimney repair prior to roof repair

Aside from flashing issues, a common cause of leaks developing around a chimney, as shown here, is water seeping into a chimney’s eroding bricks or stucco and compromising the structural integrity of the chimney. It’s a good idea to have your chimney examined a professional.

Just today, our masonry men were saying; “It’s so, just so much more work to protect the roof after”

repair to stucco chimney prior to roof repair


Let Landmark Roofing install the best, and in the right order, before you are fixing the rest.

Ice Rail Installation

Posted on: July 13th, 2013 by editor

We recently had a call to a homeowner who had experienced roof damage over the winter. Ice and snow which collected on the roof fell down on the lower canopy roof causing damage to the hip slates, field slates and nearly wiping out the family dog.

Visual of Lower Canopy Roof

Installing ice rails is a way of protecting people, pets, and property such as cars, shrubs, and deck furniture, as well as lower roofing. In the photo you can see the harm avalanching snow caused to the lower roof.

repairs to roof damage from winter ice and snow

First off, new copper hip caps needed to be fabricated and installed.

While installing the ice rails, and repairing the roofing and hips, we installed a gutter debris shedder. By installing this “debris shedder”, you never need to worry about debris clogging your gutters, downspouts, or getting into the “drywells”, or any underground drainage. Those sorts of clogs can do a great deal of damage, and usually at very inopportune times! And as soon as the gutters are cleaned, they begin to fill again. Avoid all that with debris shedders.

Another benefit of this debris shedder installation, is that snow and ice will not fill, freeze, and damage gutters, and downspouts. Gutters that fill with ice and snow get quite heavy, won’t drain well when things do begin to melt, and create an “anchor” for snow on the roof, which in turn begins the ice damming.

It is never to early to protect your homes roofing, flashing, gutters and downspouts, chimneys, and all the other components that keep the water out of your home.
Landmark Roofing fabricated and installed a new triple galvanized steel ice/snow rail retention fence and repaired the field slates.

This way snow and ice collect behind the fence and melt naturally and slowly off the roof. This avoids falling snow that would previously fall down and cause damage.


It’s never too early to start protecting your home or business for the winter.

Contact us now so we may inspect and protect your home for any reason in any season.

Asphalt Shingle Roof Repair: Let Our Fingers Do the Talking

Posted on: July 9th, 2013 by editor

Before last month’s big rain, Landmark Roofing replaced an asphalt shingle roof in Wellesley. The previous roof flashing had not been installed with consideration for these rake trims and were damaged over time. We took advantage of this and replaced the old and damaged trims and fascias. The trim board that we used was a composite material. Unlike wood, the composite trim will not rot, bugs won’t eat it and it will never need paint. It can, however, be painted to match your trim color.


Asphalt Shingle Roof Repair and Replacement


As to not repeat the past, a new roof system was designed to better align the new trims. Careful planning and measurements will bring more years to this client’s roof.


Preparing composite trim for replacing wood trim

At Landmark Roofing we like to say “let our fingers do the talking”… More than promises we like to see results. We work with you to be certain your roof is part of the whole exterior system and will give you not only benefits for your roof but many exterior protection benefits as well. Let Landmark Roofing not only tell you how but show you too!

Installing the Best, Fixing the Rest

Posted on: July 8th, 2013 by editor

Last week Jim and Donald found themselves in Newton Center installing a new hip cap to a slate roof building. “Hips” refer to the ridges on roofs that connect each section starting from the outer corners to the point of intersection at the top.

Jim and Donald installing hip cap

There are many ways junctions of slate roofing can be joined. The most cost effective solution when repairing them is to remove the existing materials and install a brand new metal or copper hip cap.


To complete this in a safe and efficient process Landmark Roofing uses it’s own fully equipped sheet metal fabrication shop. The project also requires some careful staging up to and on your slate roof.


Careful staging in preparation for hip cap


By installing the best and fixing the rest our clients gain a revitalized structure made to last.


Hip cap installation on slate roof

Landmark Roofing is a fully licensed home remodeling company and is Lead Safe Certified with the EPA. We’re proud of our many satisfied clients throughout the area, who often recommend us to others.

View our past projects from over the years, and you’ll see that our work tells a story of fine craftsmanship and of care put into even the smallest details.

Contact usfor more information about our services or to request a free estimate on your roof repair project.

Performed in a Timely Manner

Posted on: June 12th, 2013 by editor

A West Newton customer required trim replacement, flashing and waterproofing along with masonry work on her chimney.

“We are exceptionally pleased with the professionalism of Fred Lavitman and the Landmark Roofing team. The immediacy of the decision as to how to solve the roof problems and the accomplishment of this in a timely manner with a fair cost was outstanding!”


Chimney, flashing and trim repairs

We, at Landmark Roofing, are proud of our many satisfied clients throughout the area, who often recommend us to others.

Please visit our Testimonials Page to view more.


Working in Tight Quarters…

Posted on: June 5th, 2013 by editor

Landmark Roofing recently found itself in a tight job site but with some innovative thinking the lack of space was not a challenge for the workers.


Working in close knit neighborhood


By structuring the tarp over one whole side of the house and the surrounding area the residence as well as the fence was entirely protected.


Using tarp to prevent damage to residence and landscape


With the combination of working with a busy household, neighborhood, and tight space coming up with a clever way to get debris down ensured that the lawn and landscaping went unscathed as well as prevented major disruption to neighbors and our client.


Clever way to clear debris

Landmark Roofing is a name the local community trusts because we pay careful attention to what each client is trying to get out of their project–what their aesthetic tastes are, their functional needs for the space, and other considerations.

Copper Roofing, Flashing, Gutters, Downspouts

Posted on: May 29th, 2013 by editor

Aesthetically, copper roofs are versatile and can work with a wide variety of architectural styles. They also resist cracking and erosion, eliminating the need for maintenance in the future.


Shingle Roofing – Installation and Repair

Posted on: May 22nd, 2013 by editor

Shingle roofing is a highly preferred roofing solution for our clients because it is one of the more cost-effective options, and it requires low maintenance over the years.


Flat Roof Outfitted with Aluminum Gutters

Posted on: May 13th, 2013 by editor

Last week, Fred put the finishing touches on a flat roof on a home in Newton. This roof was outfitted with new aluminum gutters.

We also removed the siding to ensure that this roof is properly terminated behind the wall siding and the window sill.


We handle general repairs, waterproofing, storm damage repairs, recoating and more.
If you’re in need of any repairs or improvements to your flat roof, please call (617) 965-ROOF (7663) today to schedule a free consultation

Copper Gutter Liner in Existing Wood Gutters

Posted on: May 10th, 2013 by editor

Fred and Jim installed a copper gutter liner into existing wood gutters and a slate roof in Wellesley.

Copper Gutter Liner in Existing Wood Gutters

Wood gutters require a lot of maintenance, and can be damaged by our harsh New England winters.
By lining the gutter with copper, the seams and junctions can be soldered, ensuring that the wood never gets wet, and can’t rot. Copper resists cracking and erosion, eliminating the need for maintenance in the future.
Lining the gutter with copper
We remove the slates, install ice and water shield, extend the liner onto the roof plane, and put the slates back.
We remove slates
After this is complete, the owner will never have to be concerned about ice dams, or damage to the wood gutters.

Talk to one of our staff and find out if a copper is right for your home. Call (617) 965-ROOF (7663) with questions or to schedule a free estimate.

Copper Roof Repair on a Tudor-Style Home in Newton, MA

Posted on: May 3rd, 2013 by editor

This is a photo of a Tudor style home in Newton. Fred is on the rear canopy. He is installing copper standing seam panels that tie into a flat locked and soldered “abutting wash”.

We are also replacing the base flashing, and trim boards.

Copper roof repair

Jim is on the ground at our “on-site fabrication shop”, working on new downspouts to replace those damaged by winter. Other downspouts are being added for greater capacity.

Aesthetically, copper roofs are versatile and can work with a wide variety of architectural styles. They also resist cracking and erosion, eliminating the need for maintenance in the future.
To talk to one of our staff and find out if a copper roof is right for your home, call (617) 965-ROOF (7663) with questions or to schedule a free estimate.

Slate Roofing Installations and Repair

Posted on: April 30th, 2013 by editor
At Landmark Roofing, we provide high quality slate roofing installations and repair services for our clients.
Slate roofing provides a natural stone appearance to your roof that’s both attractive and practical. This type of roofing is known to last one hundred years or more, as well as being fire-resistant and environmentally friendly.



Copper Roof

Posted on: April 22nd, 2013 by editor

Copper roof making a statement

In Their Words

Posted on: April 20th, 2013 by editor

From our client:

“Loved the work and was impressed by the attention to detail and willingness to work long hours. Also amenable to customer preferences and suggestions.Very professional crew.”
– Wiley McCarthy
Completed roof of satisfied customer
Landmark Roofing was built on principals of trust and down-to-earth communication with clients.
We take a very personal approach in doing business, and our owners make themselves available for direct contact, as well as personally managing projects on site.

Problem Solved – Leaky Roof at Chimney

Posted on: April 19th, 2013 by editor

Problem: Chimney Leak

September 2012
Newton, MA residence

Customer reaction: “Landmark Roofing – very professional. Their staff took time to explain what needed to get done and how they would do the work. The work was completed in a timely fashion Most importantly, the always returned phone calls in a reasonable time”


Landmark Roofing was built on principals of trust and down-to-earth communication with clients. We take a very personal approach in doing business, and our owners make themselves available for direct contact, as well as personally managing projects on site.

Customer’s Reaction to New Roof

Posted on: March 18th, 2013 by editor
New Roof:
New Roof of Client
Customer reaction: “The best! Landmark Roofing staff worked hard and non-stop. They were polite at all times. I would have them back in a heartbeat.”