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When to Replace Roofing on Multi-Family Buildings

Property managers have their work cut out for them. Depending on the buildings they manage, they and their chosen contractors can be responsible for everything from roofing, siding, gutters, and windows, to yards, sidewalks, parking areas and much more. As a property manager, when do you determine that something needs to be replaced – is it when it fails?…in a certain time frame?…as a preventative measure?…or is it aesthetic? In this article, we will explore roofing specifically, and several scenarios that property managers might face.

Beautiful Properties Attract Great Tenants

Condo RoofingWhen it comes to choosing a place to call home, buyers and renters are naturally going to seek out the most attractive options within their budget. Aesthetically, roofing can be one of the biggest factors in first impressions. Roofs that appear to be old or failing – those with missing or warped shingles or stains – can deter people from exploring a property further. Even roofs that are not failing but simply look out-of-date or mismatched can be a negative factor for property seekers.

If the roofing on your property gives a not-so-favorable first impression, it might be time to update. After all, the more sought after your property is, the higher the value to prospective tenants.

Aging, Leaks, and Failing Shingles Are Warning Signs

Most residential shingle roofing has a life span of approximately 20 years, depending on the shingles used and the quality of the installation. As roofers, we know that properties nearing the end of their life span need to be addressed sooner rather than later. We have even seen roofs that are many years ahead of the end of their life span that are failing due to faulty shingles and/or subpar installation. 

Aerial Roof ViewIf your property has roofing that appears old, has missing, broken, or warped shingles, or if tenants are reporting leaks in their ceilings, it is time for a roof inspection. A licensed roofing contractor will be able to assess the exterior of your property using state-of-the-art methods such as satellite imaging and drone photography. This technology is highly effective in inspecting even the highest, most hard-to-reach areas of a roof. Your roofing contractor can also inspect interior areas where signs of leaks are present. 

Repairs, Repairs, Repairs

Replacing vast exterior elements of a multi-family dwelling all at once can not only be daunting, it can be expensive. When replacing something like roofing on the entirety of a property is not in the budget, property managers are in “fix-it” mode. Leaks are plugged with caulking and missing shingles are replaced. While these fixes might work in the short-term, it will not be long before these small issues become big problems. Caulking and replacement shingles are merely temporary band-aids that will eventually need to be addressed.

If the roofing on your property has been repaired several times over the course of a year or more, having an estimate done will allow you to budget for its replacement. While it might seem expensive, the cost of constant repairs and the threat of even larger issues due to roof failure could prove to be even more costly.

The Value in Partnership

Commercial Exteriors Packet
Download our Commercial Exteriors packet to learn more about what we do, and for property manager references.

If you’re a property manager, you are no stranger to headaches. After all, caring for the safety and well-being of hundreds of people can be quite stressful. And while many of your tenants may be easy-going and not ones to complain, you no doubt have many others that are the opposite! One way to help ease that stress can be to partner with trusted professionals. Building a rapport with various licensed contractors means that when problems arise, you have an inside expert you can trust. Solid relationships with roofing and exterior contractors, plumbers, electricians, and grounds maintenance contractors, can make your work life a bit less stressful.

How can S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows help you? With more than 40 years of roofing and exterior replacement contracting services on our side, S&K is a trusted partner of dozens of property managers in Maryland and Northern Virginia. To see our qualifications and licensing, a detailed list of our commercial property expertise, and a list of property manager references, download our Commercial Property Packet by clicking on the icon on the right. When you’re ready, give us a call or e-mail us. We’ll meet with you at your property to discuss how we can be of assistance. Call Charlie McCurry at 866-836-7663. 

 

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Why Do Roof Shingles Blow Off?

Shingle Blow OffsAs roofers, we are often asked why shingles blow off even when there hasn’t been a bad storm or high wind day. There are a few different reasons roof shingles blow off. Some are obvious, while others…not so much. Let’s explore…

The Obvious – Age

You’ve heard the phrase ‘nothing lasts forever.’ That certainly applies to roofing — most standard shingle roofs have a life expectancy of around 20-25 years. When shingles near their end, they begin to fail. They come loose from their seals and attachments, they crack, and they break. Wind and weather will eventually pry these failing shingles loose and they will blow off. 

When you experience shingle blow offs due to age, it’s time to call a licensed roofing professional. An honest roofer will inspect the roof and let you know if a repair will get you through another few years, or if your roof is in danger of causing more serious damage to your home such as leaks. 

The Not-So-Obvious – Poor Installation, Underlying Roof Issues, and Product Defects

If age is not necessarily the culprit of your shingle blow offs, it could be that your roof was either installed improperly, that there is an issue beneath your shingles, or even that the shingle installed is defective.

Poor Installation

Having a roof installed by someone who is not licensed is risky at best. There are reasons licensing exists – and that is to ensure that installers are trained, and that the consumer is protected. Improper installation can be caused by not using the proper tools, sealing, underlayment, and nails. It can also be caused by not nailing the shingles to the roof in the proper location. If your roof was installed by a professional who may have simply had a bad day, no worries. They will make it right! However, installed by someone unlicensed and you’re on the hook for having it fixed.

Compromised Plywood

If what is beneath your shingles is compromised, it can cause shingles to come loose and blow off. At the base of your roof, there is plywood. As we know, plywood is not impervious to moisture, unless adequately protected. Should that protection become compromised, damage can occur. A common cause of water beneath shingles is the improper or failed sealing of pipes and vents that protrude through your roof. Look atop any home’s roof and you will see several protrusions that are necessary to the home. As with anything that requires sealing, these items should have periodic re-sealing to prevent water damage to plywood.

Product Defects

It doesn’t happen often, but every now and then a shingle manufacturer will produce a product that fails years before its expected end. If the shingle was produced by a reputable manufacturer like CertainTeed, GAF, or EcoStar, there is no need to worry. They will work with you on replacement. Another solid reason to install a highly rated product by a highly rated roofer!

The Surprising – Blow Offs on a Brand New Roof!

On occasion, it is possible for shingles to blow off of a new roof – even one installed by a licensed professional. That is because it can take a few weeks for the seal that is beneath the shingles to set. The seal needs a bit of heat to set, which is usually produced by the sun even when the temps outside are freezing. However, if your new roof is installed when it is cold, if it does not have direct sunlight, and you experience a windy day, blow offs could occur. Here again, hiring a pro is key. Should this happen, rest assured that it will be fixed!

Need Help? Give Us a Call!

If you have experienced shingle blow offs on your home, give us a shout. Our roofing professionals will inspect your roof to see whether a fix or replacement is necessary. Call 1-866-836-ROOF (7663) or complete our online Estimate Request form. 

 

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Preventing Ice Dams on Your Home

How to Prevent Ice DammingIce damming on your home’s roof is caused by fluctuating weather conditions during winter. Snow and ice that accumulates on your roof, then thaws and re-freezes can cause a build-up of ice at your roof’s edge. This build up is often highly concentrated, and when thawing begins, it can over saturate your roof, causing leaks.

This winter we have seen prime conditions for ice dams – lots of precipitation and temperatures that swing from extremely low to warm. Hopefully your roof will escape the effects of ice damming, but just in case, here are some tips that can help prevent it.

  • Make sure that your attic has proper ventilation. Approximately one square foot of ventilation opening is recommended for every 150 square feet of attic space.
  • Check for air leaks in your attic from pipe vents, electrical junctions, etc. Seal any leaks.
  • Be sure that your attic is well insulated. Insulation such as Owens Corning Atticat blown-in attic insulation provides a high R-value, helping to ensure that your home does not rapidly lose heat.
  • If you are able, use a rake or broom to clear snow from your gutter, and approximately 3-4 feet above it. This will help allow water to properly drain into the gutter.
  • Pay close attention to ceilings during snow/freeze/thaw period. If you see signs of a leak, contact a professional to check for damage. Mold can begin forming in as little as 72 hours, so taking care of leaks promptly is crucial.

After all of the snow and ice thaw in the spring, it is wise to check your roof for any damage. Harsh winter conditions can cause shingles to loosen or fall, particularly on older homes. Be sure to have loose or missing shingles repaired or replaced right away to prevent future damage.

As always, when you need assistance with your roof, contact the professionals at S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows. We have helped homeowners care for their home’s exteriors since 1980. We are licensed, bonded and insured, hold an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and have received Angie’s List Super Service Award for 9 straight years. Contact us today at 1-866-836-ROOF.

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Social Distancing from a Contractor’s Perspective

Drone Roof MeasuringIf there is one phrase that will likely define the year 2020, it’s “social distancing.” Two simple words, one very big impact. How humans interacted prior to 2020, and how they will interact has changed – most likely long-term.

From a contractor’s perspective, the necessary practice of “social distancing” takes on a variety of forms.

How Things Have Changed for Contractors

Before March, when you would call a contractor and ask for an estimate, you’d receive a visit from an estimator or sales person. During that visit, you would probably shake hands, and invite them in to discuss the project you need completed. You may spend quite some time together at your kitchen table or in your living room going over the process, looking at samples, and even chatting about family, kids, or the weather.

Before March, your contractor may have had an office full of people – managers, scheduling staff, estimators, contract prep staff, accounting staff – every person that makes the wheels of an organization turn. They would gather in a small conference room for meetings. They would gather in kitchens for lunches and breaks. They might even head to a local restaurant on a Friday after work for happy hour.

Before March, every business owner considered their business essential. Essential to their customers, essential to their employees, and essential to the economy.

Now, things are different.

So how has social distancing and the other methods put into place to eradicate a pandemic changed the home improvement industry? Like many other industries, home improvement was both hurt and helped by these sudden changes. Hurt, like most others, in that business slowed or even stopped for enough time to cause financial strain. Helped, also like most others, in that contractors have been forced forward in time from a technological perspective.

What We’re Doing Now, and What We’ll Keep Doing

Long prior to the pandemic, a number of companies have offered amazingly accurate satellite imaging and drone technology for use in the construction industry. Contractors can virtually inspect many parts of the exterior of your home without setting foot on your property. Accurate measurements can be taken, even on the most complex of roofs. Potential problems can be spotted, such as missing or broken shingles, loose gutters, and issues around piping. While there are still some advantages to having someone get on your roof for measuring and inspection, the speed and accuracy of utilizing technology for this step is often a better choice. This technology is definitely here to stay.

In addition to using technology for estimating purposes in the field, contractors are also using it internally to go paperless. Product sample brochures, for example, can be provided to homeowners via a web link. Contracts can be sent to homeowners, and returned to contractors by e-mail. Payments can be taken over the phone or online. Supplies can be ordered online, and crew coordination can happen virtually as well. Going paperless makes sense, both from a speed perspective and an environmental one.

Prior to March of this year, when meeting with homeowners, it was the practice – even a requirement – of many contractors to meet face-to-face. While it has never been the practice at S&K, some contractors went as far as to require 90 minutes or more in a face-to-face meeting with all homeowners. That in-person meeting would also likely including hand shakes. While we can still meet face-to-face, that is up to the homeowners. And when meeting face-to-face, social distancing is followed.

We recognize that each individual has their own level of comfort with personal interactions during this trying time. The most vulnerable among us in particular require an extra level of care and caution. So from now on, although we have always considered ourselves to be kind and courteous, an “extra mile” effort is being put forth to ensure the comfort and safety of customers.

From an installation perspective, while crews may not always be able to maintain more than 6 feet from one another on the job, they will always maintain that distance from homeowners. For S&K, 90% of our work is done outside, so social distancing is not an issue. And when we do need to enter your home, all precautions will be taken, and time inside will be kept to a minimum.

To use another phrase from the pandemic, we are truly “in this together.” The owners and teams at S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows are committed to continuing to go that extra mile in everything we do.

If you are interested in learning more about our No-Contact Service, or to schedule an estimate, call us at 1-(866) 836-7663, or click the Estimate link above.

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Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Roof Replacement?

DOES HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE COVER ROOF REPLACEMENT?
During inspection for insurance purposes, your insurance adjuster or roofing contractor will take photos of any damage.

As with most homeowners insurance claims, you may be wondering “does homeowners insurance cover roof replacement?”, but that will vary from company to company, policy to policy.

If you suspect that you have roof damage caused by severe weather such as hail or high winds, or damage caused by animals or birds, it is possible that repair or replacement could be covered by your homeowners insurance. Normal wear and tear due to age is not likely to be covered. However, if your roof is less than 10-15 years old and has missing or broken shingles, the shingle manufacturer may be to blame, and repair or replacement could be covered by insurance. This does not happen often, but every now and again a shingle manufacturer produces an inferior batch that fails prior to its warranty expiration.

In either case, the first step is to contact your insurance agent. They will ask you a few questions to determine next steps. After that, if they decide that further investigation is necessary, they will send an insurance adjuster to your home to asses the situation.

Once it is determined that a claim will be covered, the agent may provide a list of local roofers for estimates or recommend that you contact contractors in your area. In our experience, they generally require more than one quote (usually 3) to ensure a fair price.

Prior to having the work done, your insurance company will need to approve the company/estimate that the homeowner is most comfortable with, and work can begin.

Beware Storm Chasers

When areas are hit by severe weather, storm chasers aren’t far behind. In our industry, storm chasers are usually fly-by-night companies looking to capitalize on storm damage. They often canvas door-to-door after storms asking if the homeowner would like them to get on your roof to assess any damage. Often times their tactics are not only shady, they can be illegal. Storm chasers have been known to CAUSE damage to your roof while “inspecting” it, then encourage you to file a claim. This practice is illegal, and insurance companies know how to spot it. In many cases, insurance companies can find enough evidence of this man-made damage to reject your claim, leaving you with a damaged roof that you must pay to fix.

Should you choose to have your roof inspected for damage prior to contacting your insurance agent, it is wise to be present to observe the process. Illegal tactics by storm chasers include hitting shingles with a hammer to mimic hale damage, curling the edges of shingles by hand, or breaking shingles. Unless a roofer is fixing missing or loose shingles, an inspection should be observation only. You should ask for photos to be taken and a report to be written and provided to you for your records. You can provide these to your insurance provider.

As always, never hire a contractor that is not licensed, bonded and insured. Ask your contractor for their credentials prior to enlisting their services, and ask for a written contract/estimate for the work to be performed. So “does homeowners insurance cover roof replacement?”“. If you’re still having concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us!

S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows has worked with most insurance providers, and are listed as a preferred contractor with many. If you’re curious if you have roof damage that is covered by insurance, contact your insurance provider. They will guide you through the process the right way.

 

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Avoiding the Pitfalls of Home Improvement Sales

In any industry, you will find companies who thrive and those who struggle. Aside from companies who thrive for a short period of time riding a trend, most businesses that enjoy continued growth and success have two things going for them: quality work and/or products; and a high level of customer service. Nordstrom has long been lauded as a company whose customer service is second to none, and their merchandise of high quality. Not known for big sales or discounts, Nordstrom customers pay a bit more because they know that they are getting quality products from people who will stand behind them, and will make their experience shopping with them pleasant.

The home improvement industry is no different. Contractors who offer high quality products and services coupled with outstanding customer service are well on their way to success. Other factors are certainly at play – marketing and advertising, bookkeeping, scheduling, and fostering a healthy company culture are crucial as well. But first and foremost, from the viewpoint of the customer, great products installed well, and interactions with staff make or break the home improvement experience. As a customer shopping for a reputable contractor, we offer some insight into what you might expect from different companies.

Home Improvements on the Cheap

While it may be tempting to spend less money and hire a friend (or a friend of a friend) who does work on side, buyer beware…bigtime. Many home improvements, and home improvement companies, are regulated by counties and municipalities for a reason. When done improperly by unlicensed contractors, home improvements can severely damage your home, and even be dangerous. Wiring installed by an unlicensed electrical contractor could malfunction and cause a fire. A roof installed by an unlicensed roofer can cause leaks that can go undetected, resulting in mold, drywall damage and even ceiling collapse. Improperly installed plumbing can cause leaks and even flooding. And if these improvements are not installed by licensed professionals, your homeowners insurance may decline coverage.

Before you hire any contractor, it is advised that you check to be sure that they are licensed and insured. Licensed contractors are held to state mandated standards, which often require certifications.

Beware High Pressure Sales Tactics

All too often in the home improvement industry, companies adopt a high pressure approach to sales. These tactics may include:

  • Requiring all homeowners to be present during the sales ‘pitch’
  • Asking for 1 or more hours of your time during the sales process
  • Discounts for signing on the spot
  • No guarantee of pricing today being the same as tomorrow

Companies often adopt these tactics as a way to increase their closing percentage. In other words, their belief is that by approaching sales in this way, they will gain more customers. Some even go as far as to penalize their sales people if they do not close the sale the same day.

Sale Pitch vs. Product and Installation Information

Home Improvement Sales
S&K salesman Tom Ciambruschini provides information on windows to customers in our showroom.

If you’re like most, you don’t  necessarily want to be ‘sold’ on a product. Instead, most homeowners are instead seeking some degree of education on whatever project they are looking to have completed. If they are in the market for new windows, they might want to compare how energy efficient different window products are, and how the style will look in their home. They may be interested in product warranties as well, and whether or not those warranties will transfer to the next owner of their home – a factor that can help in the home selling process.

Depending on the customer, this education process can be achieved in a variety of ways, and at varying levels. Some customers want to educate themselves. They might seek a lot of information from different sources, or they might simply put their trust in a friend, neighbor, or a company they have used before. Or, they might opt to have the contractor(s) that they are considering educate them. This is a personal choice. Before you have a contractor come to your home, it is wise to ask what their sales process entails.

Know the Facts on Pricing

When it comes to product pricing, a factor that high pressure companies will use to try and lock you in on the spot, contractors are typically made aware of pending price increases by suppliers. For example, if a pricing for a particular line of shingles like those from CertainTeed, will be going up, manufacturers and suppliers will notify contractors of the increase ahead of time.

As far as installation pricing goes, contractors who hire sub-contractor crews will also be made aware of any pending hourly, or per-job increases. And of course, contractors who employ their own installation crews have full control over when and how much their install pricing will increase.

Therefore, using the ‘we can’t guarantee these prices tomorrow’ tactic is not necessarily valid.

Our Approach to Home Improvements

S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows has served customers in Maryland and Northern Virginia since 1980. As a family-owned and operated business that has grown from a 2-person company to a $25M leader in exterior home improvements, our approach to sales and service is simple. Our sales people will work with you in the way that is right for you. If you are seeking an education in products and installation, we are more than happy to provide that to you. If you have already done your research, we will respect that as well. We do not require that all homeowners are present during our visit. In fact, if you do not have the time to spend at home meeting with us, we can visit your home to take measurements and call you to discuss your project by phone after that.

From a service standpoint, we pride ourselves in striving to make your experience worry free, guaranteed. From the initial contact to asses your needs, to the estimate, scheduling, installation and follow-up, our staff works hard to satisfy your home improvement needs.

We offer fair pricing, and will lock your estimate price for 10 days.  We will never tell you today that your price might be different tomorrow!

If you are in need of exterior home improvements, we encourage you to shop around to find the contractor that best fits your needs. Compare pricing, reputation and testimonials, and don’t forget to ask about licensing and insurance. We’d welcome the opportunity to be on your list of considered contractors. To schedule a free, no-obligation estimate, call us or click here to complete our online estimate request.

Best of luck with your next home improvement project!

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S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows Earns Esteemed 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Angie's List Super Service Award 2017ELDERSBURG, MD – JANUARY 24, 2018 – S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2017.

“The service providers that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award demonstrate the level of excellence that members have come to expect,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros are top-notch and absolutely deserve recognition for the trustworthy and exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year and overall.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, record a current trade license attestation and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

“Earning the Angie’s List Super Service Award in 2017 marks the 10th consecutive year that S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows has been given this honor,” said owner Don Katzenberger. “We take pride in the work that we have done in Maryland and Northern Virginia since 1980, and we will continue to work hard to install award-winning home improvements.”

Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

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About S&K Roofing, Siding & Windows Inc.

S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows (www.skroofing.com) is a leading provider of roofing and exterior home improvements throughout Maryland and Northern Virginia. Family-owned and operated since 1980, S&K provides high-quality exterior home workmanship and customer service that is among the best in the industry. Maintenance-free home exterior services include roofing, siding, windows, attic insulation, doors, gutters, sunrooms and decks. With showrooms located in Eldersburg, Maryland, and Sterling, Virginia, S&K services thousands of residential and commercial customers each year.  Contact by phone at: (866) 836-7663, or learn more at www.SKRoofing.com MHIC #21080, VA License #2705 105665

About Angie’s List
For over two decades, Angie’s List has provided trusted reviews and information to help millions of consumers make smart hiring decisions. Angie’s List offers more than 10 million verified reviews in over 700 service categories, providing its members a credible resource for researching and comparing local service providers. Angie’s List is based in Indianapolis, Indiana and is an operating business of ANGI Homeservices (NASDAQ:ANGI).

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The Contractor Game – Home Improvement Sales Tactics NOT to Fall For

As with any industry, in home improvement you have your reputable contractors and you have your dishonest ones. Then you have a whole layer of contractors who, while licensed, employ sales tactics that we consider to be borderline. Why? Because many of them are designed to pressure customers into making quick decisions without the benefit of doing research and comparing prices. In this blog post we outline several of these home improvement sales tactics and why you should be wary of them.

Sales Tactic

Requiring that ‘all homeowners’ be present at the time of the estimate.

Why Do They Do It?

Home improvements such as new windows, a new roof or new siding are big ticket items. The decision of what to purchase and how much you are willing to spend is generally a decision that is made jointly between all owners of the property.  Sounds reasonable to request that you all be present during the sales call, right? It is. What is not reasonable is to require it. In other words, to refuse to come to your home unless you’re all there is a red flag. They will tell you that it’s so you all have the information first hand. What they really want is to pressure you into signing on the spot. With all homeowners present, it is easier for the sales person to push for the sale on the spot.

Why We Don’t Do It

We do not require all homeowners be present for several reasons. First of all, we know how busy families are – work schedules and obligations like kids in sports make ‘extra time’ to take care of home improvements together nearly non-existent. Along with respecting your time, we also respect your intelligence. We know that you are capable of working with us, and informing your significant other on what was discussed. Lastly, we will never ask you to sign on the dotted line during the estimate process. In fact, because we need to return to the office, contact our suppliers and work up a well thought out estimate that provides you with the most value, in most cases we won’t provide a final price until a day or two after we meet. Therefore, there is no need to require that you all be present.

Sales Tactic

Asking you to allow 2-4 hours for the estimate.

Why They Do It

In short, to wear you down. The first tactic of requiring that you all be present leads to the opportunity for the sales person to overwhelm you both with information. Seemingly endless product options, features and benefits of the products you’re looking at, and copious amounts of installation information can take a lot of time. Some sales people will have videos, presentations, and samples to show. They will walk you around the home and show you various items and issues. By the time they are finished, you can’t fathom the prospect of doing this over again 2 or 3 more times while shopping. You’re just done and can’t wait to get this over with!

Why We Don’t Do It

Your time is valuable and so is ours. We have all of the information you want, but our job is not to assume you don’t know what you want or that you are a novice in home improvements. In fact, many of our customers, especially in today’s information age, come to us already having done their research on their own time. They’ve talked to friends and neighbors. They’ve done online research. They may have even visited home shows and showrooms and know exactly what they want. So why waste 2 or more hours of your time starting from scratch? On the flip side, if you are just getting started and want to pick our brains – great! We’re happy to do that. We want the process to be as worry free as possible.

Sales Tactic

Giving you a better price today than tomorrow, or not being able to guarantee today’s price beyond today.

Why They Do It

Once again, the name of the game for many contractors is getting a signed estimate on the spot. If the sales person senses that you are on the fence once the 2-4 hours you have spent together is finished, he may strongly encourage you to sign on the premise that prices may go up tomorrow. After all, manufacturers change prices frequently, right? Your sales person may even go as far as to tell you that he does not make a commission unless he gets you to sign. Oh the guilt! While that may or may not be true, his compensation should not be your responsibility.

Why We Don’t Do It

In order to provide you with an estimate that gives you the best product at the best price, we do not work up cost estimates on the spot. We work with various suppliers and will work hard to be sure that we order what you need at the best price. Our estimates are comprehensive and run through several checks and balances before it reaches you. Additionally, compared to high pressure home improvement companies, our profit margins are slim. We simply do not have room to miss a step by working up a quote on the fly.

S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows believe in honesty. We provide honest assessments, and give you honest pricing. An all-around No Worry experience is our goal. The next time you are in the market for an improvement to your home’s exterior, contact us for a free estimate and experience the S&K different. It will be Worry Free. Guaranteed.

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Winter is a Great Time for Exterior Home Improvements

Winter Gutter ReplacementTypically most homeowners don’t pay much attention to the exterior of their homes during the winter months, unless of course there is an issue. However winter can be one of the best times to have a professional do exterior improvements such as roofing, windows, siding and gutters. While very low temperatures and inclement weather can sideline an exterior project, contractors make it their business to take advantage of any and every winter day that crews can stay busy.

During an exterior home improvement contractors’ slow winter season – in Maryland and Virginia from December through March – you are likely to get your best home improvement deal. When contractors slow down, suppliers do as well, so pricing on both building supplies and contractor labor may be discounted.

So when can’t a contractor do exterior improvements? Contractors like S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows work hard to keep crews busy all year long. Our customers need to be taken care of – particularly when issues such as leaks arise – crews need to remain employed, and we need to continue running as usual. That means that the only time we aren’t out servicing our customers is when safety is an issue. Heavy rain, ice, sleet and snow can prohibit jobs from being installed, however generally it will only sideline a project for a few days.

If you are considering an exterior home improvement, contact us today for a free estimate. Get your best pricing, and have your home looking great in time for Spring. Visit our home improvement specials page for information on current special offers, or call us at 1-(866) 836-7663.

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Maryland Home Improvement Company Helps Homeowners Prepare For Harsh Winter Weather Conditions

— Home Winterization Checklist reveals ways to avoid costly damages —

ELDERSBURG, MD. December 3, 2009 – S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows (SKRoofing.com) released today its Home Winterization Checklist to help homeowners prepare for the harsh weather conditions predicted for the 2009 / 2010 winter season.

Weak El Nino conditions have forecasters predicting what could be the coldest winter in more than a decade. The popular 2010 Farmers’ Almanac (farmersalmanac.com) supports these predictions, stating that this winter about three-quarters of the nation, including the Northeast, will see temperatures averaging below normal.

“Our area has been spared a truly harsh winter for a few years now. We’re not as confident this year that we’ll be so lucky. We are advising our customers to prepare their homes for the worst,” said Don Katzenberger, President at S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows.

“Our Home Winterization Checklist will help homeowners get their homes ready for potentially damaging weather conditions and help lower their energy bills,” added Katzenberger.

Highlighting Problem Areas

The home improvement experts at S&K highlight some important areas to help homeowners prepare their home such as checking the condition of their roof to prevent heat loss, leaks and ice damming. S&K also recommends that gutters be checked regularly to ensure the proper flow of water away from the home.

Additionally, ENERGY STAR® approved products such as attic insulation and windows are recommended for increased energy efficiency. The complete checklist is available at no charge to homeowners on the S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows website at SKRoofing.com/Winter.

About S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows

S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows is Maryland’s trusted leader in roofing and maintenance-free home exteriors. Family-owned and operated since 1980, S&K provides high-quality exterior home workmanship and customer service that is among the best in the industry. Maintenance-free home exterior services include roofing, siding, windows, doors, gutters and decks. Contact by phone at: (866) 836-7663, or learn more at SKRoofing.com. MHIC #21080

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