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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 Even roofs that are not failing but simply look out-of-date or mismatched can be a negative factor for property seekers.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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Can You Wait to Replace Your Roof? Supply Chain Woes May Provide Your Answer

If you haven’t already noticed, the prices of nearly everything in Maryland, Virginia, and just about everywhere are on the rise. Roofing is no exception. In fact, roof shingles, plywood (often necessary in roof replacement), siding, and many other building materials have seen a dramatic increase in the past year. Here are just a few examples…

  • Shingles, including labor, miscellaneous materials, nails and flashings have gone up from January – December 2021 10-12 %
  • Cedar and synthetics roofing has gone up 18-20%
  • Flat roofing has also increased 18-20%

In fact, just about all aspects of getting a roofing job done, including insurance, gas, and overhead expenses, are up.

When you search for roofers near me for your roof replacement, you may find many roofing companies like ours – and we are all in the same boat!

As a roofing contractor it can be frustrating to see these increases, but for a homeowner it can mean the difference between keeping your home up-to-date and safe from the elements…or not.

Why Are Roof Prices Increasing?

Roofing Supply Chain2021 will not be the end of these increases. Manufacturers have said that asphalt shingles will increase 6-8%, synthetic roofing 12% and cedar 8-10% by February 2022. But why? Let’s take a look.

The majority of shingles on homes are made from asphalt. Asphalt is made primarily of oil. And as we all know by visiting the gas station, crude oil prices are on the rise. So naturally, the cost for asphalt shingles must rise as well.

It is not just asphalt costs that are going up – lumber is too. However, lumber prices were already on a steady increase due to the housing bust more than 10 years ago. During the 2008-2009 recession, many lumber yards and mills were forced to close. This put a strain on supply when things began to bounce back. Fast forward to 2020, and BAM! COVID-19 sweeps the globe and once again puts the squeeze on supplies.

Imported materials have also become scarce. According to global supply chain consulting firm GEP, as much as 30% of the building materials in the U.S. are imported from China. With the pandemic hitting them first and hardest, manufacturing and exporting slowed significantly. This supply chain disruption has reverberated around the world.

While Prices Rise, Shingle Colors Decline

Roofing shingle manufacturers – and roofers like us – love to offer customers a wide range of color choices. When materials are in short supply, however, manufacturers must decide which colors they will produce. Look around your neighborhood and you will likely see just a handful of shingle colors. That’s because they are the most popular colors among both builders and homeowners. So while offering say 10 different colors is nice, the top 3 or 4 are the ones most likely to be available. Manufacturers simply cannot afford to have shingles with low demand sitting in their warehouses.

Can You Afford to Wait for a New Roof?

Shingle manufacturers, lumber yards, and other building suppliers have fired the warning shots already – “More price increases are coming!” We aren’t talking 1-2% – we are hunkering down for ANOTHER increases of 6-8%. On a typical roofing project, the increase for materials will jump a minimum of several hundred dollars. And of course, the bigger the roof, the more the jump. 

If you have delayed replacing your roof, or if you were considering roof replacement on your home or commercial building, waiting will cost you. Not only that, your shingle color of choice might not be around. That is today’s scenario – we have yet to see how things will further be impacted as the pandemic rages on. Your best bet is to contact a roofing contractor ASAP.

Why Choose S&K to Replace Your Roof?

S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows has been a quality roofing contractor for over 40 years. We have weathered several recessions and continue to be strong despite the ongoing pandemic. In short, we are here for the long haul. We offer a no-pressure, no-hassle approach to home improvement. Our motto is Worry Free. Guaranteed., and our mission is to have Customers for Life. That means from the time you first contact us, to the time your job is complete, we are committed to providing top-notch service and installation.

If you are thinking of a new roof, give us a call at 1-866-836-ROOF, or click here to schedule a roofing estimate.

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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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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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Missing Shingles or Broken Shingles – What’s the Harm?

If your home has missing or broken roof shingles, you might think it’s no big deal. Outside of looking bad, what’s the harm, right? Well, there can be a lot that goes wrong when roofing shingles are missing or broken. After all, your roof’s shingles are the main line of defense for your home against the elements. When that main line is compromised, minor intrusions can cause major damage.

In this blog post, we cover what can cause your roof shingles to be compromised, what can happen if left untreated, and what to do to make sure your home stays safe from whatever Mother Nature has to bring.

Conditions that Can Cause Loose, Broken, or Missing Shingles

Damaged Roof ShinglesHigh/sustained winds – As we have seen in recent years, certain times of the year can bring with it high, sustained winds. Roof shingles are meant to sustain wind, and even some gusting. But when gusts reach high levels, and/or are sustained over a period of time, even the best shingles and installation can be in danger.

Ice damming – During winter months when weather patterns swing from mild to severe, the freezing, melting, and re-freezing can cause ice damming. Ice damming can force ice, then water, to back up under roof shingles. This process loosens and can even break the shingles.

Improper installation – When your roof was installed, hopefully it was installed by a licensed roofing contractor. That is not always the case. Roofs installed by unlicensed, or poorly trained contractors can be subject to a variety of flaws. Improperly installed plywood, underlayment, and shingles can result in shingles that become loose and easily dislodged in wind and rain.

Roof Age – Even the best shingles and the best shingle installation has its limits. Most shingles come with 20-30 year warranties. When that time is up, you will likely see the tell tale signs – missing and broken shingles. If your roof is near or past its warranty, roof replacement is probably in order.

Why Fix Damaged or Missing Shingles

Prevent Damage to Plywood – When roof shingles become compromised, water can seep underneath them. If the barrier between the shingles and the plywood (the underlayment) is also compromised (and it likely is when shingles become loose or broken) water can also seep underneath of it, reaching the plywood. Once water becomes trapped between the plywood and underlayment/shingles, it can quickly begin to rot the plywood. Rotten plywood can lead to leaks and even dangerous mold.

Prevent Leaks – Once water finds its way under your shingles, it will find a path that will eventually lead to leaks. Sometimes a homeowner won’t even be aware that they have shingles that are compromised until a leak occurs. If your home is situated in such a way that you cannot see the roof in its entirety, how would you know? Unfortunately, you’ll know when you see a leak! Leaks that are visible inside a home in ceilings and walls can be costly. If your roof shingles are aging or if you see missing or broken shingles, do not hesitate in fixing the issue.

Aesthetics – If you are like most, you take great pride in home ownership. You work hard to keep your home looking its best. When it comes to curb appeal, your roof is one of the first and most noticeable parts of your home. When roof shingles are broken or missing, it can give the appearance of a home that is unkempt. Fixing your roof will help keep your home looking its best.

Repairs vs. Replacements

Shingle/Roof Age – When deciding whether to repair or replace your roof due to missing or broken shingles, age is likely the first consideration. If your roof is well within the shingle warranty, a repair is probably going to suffice. If your roof is approaching or has exceeded the shingle warranty, your roofing contractor may recommend replacement. Roof replacement may also be recommended if a large portion of your roof has been compromised.

Aesthetics – Even when your roof is within its warranty, there are times when the shingle that was originally used is no longer available. Even if it is available, over time your existing shingles may have faded. In either case, it can be difficult to get a match that will not look ‘patched.’ When that is the case, you might choose a roof replacement over a repair.

Insurance Coverage – In our area, each year we see isolated extreme weather events. In 2018, Mt. Airy, Maryland experienced a small tornado that ripped the roof off of a portion shopping center. The year prior, Ellicott City, Maryland was devastated by severe flooding. When your roof has been damaged by severe weather, your homeowners insurance may cover the damage.

Cost – When the damage to your roof is not covered by insurance, it is up to you to foot the bill. Many roofers offer financing, however not everyone’s situation allows for the expenditure of a new roof, particularly when it is unexpected. If you are in a situation where you cannot afford a new roof, a repair may buy you enough time to save, or at least to find a financing option that works with your budget.

Consulting with a Roofing Contractor

As with any home improvement contractor, it is imperative that you make sure they are licensed, bonded, and insured. Using an unlicensed roofing contractor, or doing a roof repair or replacement yourself does not provide you with a warranty. The lack of a warranty offers you no recourse if your roof becomes compromised. Reputable roofing contractors will offer not only the warranty on the roof shingle, but a limited workmanship warranty as well. When having your roof repair or roof replacement estimated, be sure to ask your contractor about warranties.

In addition to providing warranties, a reputable contractor will not advise roof replacement unless it is necessary. If your roof is well within the shingle warranty, unless there is significant damage, a large portion missing, or leaking, a reputable roofing contractor will likely offer a roof repair vs. a complete roof replacement.

If your home has missing or broken roof shingles, and you would like an assessment, contact us at 1-866-836-ROOF to schedule a no-obligation, free roofing estimate.

 

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CertainTeed® Honors S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows Inc. as Top Roofing Contractor

MD and Northern VA area pros bring peace of mind and added protection to homeowners

(Malvern, Pa.) – By virtue of its commitment to providing homeowners with top-notch service and extended warranty protection, S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows Inc. (S&K) of Eldersburg, MD and Sterling, VA has been recognized by CertainTeed Corporation as a roofing contractor that homeowners can trust.

“Replacing a roof is a major undertaking,” said Jay Butch, director of contractor programs for CertainTeed. “One of the biggest concerns homeowners have is finding a contractor they have confidence in to do quality work.”

S&K is credentialed as a CertainTeed SELECTTM ShingleMaster, a hard-earned designation that only one percent of all contractors in North America attain—and a credential that shows homeowners that S&K is committed to quality installation, professionalism and ethical business practices.

As a SELECTTM ShingleMaster, S&K is able to offer its customers CertainTeed SureStartTM Plus, the industry’s  most comprehensive extended warranty program. SureStart Plus extends and expands CertainTeed’s standard product warranty coverage in the unlikely event of a manufacturing product defect.

CertainTeed is recognizing the top 20 companies throughout North America for going above and beyond to protect consumers interests. S&K is the number three roofing contractor in North America in usage of these extended warranties for their customers.

“We take great pride in the work our employees do for homeowners throughout Maryland and Northern Virginia,” said Donald Katzenberger, owner of S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows, Inc. “CertainTeed makes it easy with quality products, credential programs and homeowner benefit programs that ultimately help us put the most reliable, best looking roofs on their homes.”

S&K’s roofing practice has brought a rich legacy of professionalism and craftsmanship to the greater Baltimore-area. The company has made it a point to not only offer up incredible service to the community, but also warranties that can help homeowners sleep easier at night.

“S&K is one of those contractors in the country that provide top-notch client service,” said Butch. “They’re exceptional in the industry and should be applauded for their commitment to placing the customer first.”

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 CertainTeed

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, has helped shape the building products industry for more than 110 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm’s slogan “Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed,” inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed is a leading North American brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, drywall and ceilings.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies, CertainTeed has more than 6,300 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. The company had total sales of approximately $3.4 billion in 2016. www.certainteed.com

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Roof Leak Causes and Remedies

Roof Lead Causes and RemediesYou’re getting ready for work. It’s a rainy day – the third day in a row. Your morning is already a bummer on the weather front, buy you’re determined to make it a good day anyway. That’s when you glance up and see it. A wet ceiling. Great. The roof is leaking. Goodbye good day.

Before you dial your roofer, keep in mind that leaks  that are visible on your walls or ceiling aren’t always roof related.

Other Causes of Leaks

Causes other than roof leaks that are visible on walls and ceilings include window leaks, condensation from air conditioning units, clogged gutters and plumbing leaks. If the leak appears on the ceiling of an upper level room and an attic is accessible, you can enter the attic to see if you can find the source. If the leak appears on a lower level ceiling, the culprit is not likely the roof, but perhaps plumbing or condensation. If the leak appears on a wall, check above the area to see if a source of water entry is visible. If none of these are the case, you may well have a roof leak.

Types of Roof Leaks

Roof leaks come from a variety of sources, but always indicate a compromise in seals. Your roof and its parts – ridge venting, exhaust piping, joints, flashing and shingles – all require seals to prevent water from entering the home. The largest ‘seal’ is your roof’s shingles. Broken or missing shingles can allow water to enter underneath. When this happens, over time the plywood that your shingles are attached to can rot, allowing more and more water to enter your attic.

Another seal that your roof is likely to have is flashing. Flashing is used in the joints of your roof – generally when two different roof lines meet. Flashing is placed under shingles to ensure that the joints are sealed. If flashing becomes loose or cracked, water can enter the joints and into your home.

At the first sign of broken or missing shingles or compromised flashing, your local roofer should be called to inspect the issue and recommend either a roof repair or roof replacement.

Other seals that are compromised can be a bit easier to remedy. Your roof likely contains several exhaust pipes. When the seal between your pipe collars and your roof is loose or broken, water can enter your attic via the exhaust pipe. Such is the case with flashing around your chimney.  Often when these are the source of your leak, simply re-sealing them just might do the trick.

There is also one anomaly that happen during heavy rains and windy conditions. The combination of high winds and torrential rain can cause rainwater to be blown through the ridge vent of your roof.  When it’s ‘raining sideways’ it is possible for it defy the laws of gravity and come in through your ridge vent. When this is the case, you may not have anything wrong with you roof at all. You can just blame Mother Nature.

If you discover a leak in your home and suspect something on your roof is to blame, give us a call. We’ll send a roofing expert out to inspect and diagnose the issue.

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Why Adding Attic Insulation Makes Cents (Yes, Cents!)

Adding attic insulation such as Atticat blown-in attic insulation from Owens Corning not only makes sense, it makes cents! Additional attic insulation provides a higher level of energy efficiency, which in turn saves you money each month – summer and winter.

Atticat Attic Insulation MarylandAtticat blown-in attic insulation is easily installed in just a few hours, and will provide energy efficiency for years to come. When your home has attic insulation with a high R-value (a measurement of energy efficiency), it helps prevent heat loss through the ceilings in your home. Warm air rises, and when insulation in your attic is insufficient, that warm air can pass through your ceilings into your attic, and escape through your roof. Efficient attic insulation provides a barrier, preventing the warm air from entering the attic.

During the hot summer months, energy efficient attic insulation work the same way, only in reverse. Sun and high temperatures warm your home from the roof down. Adequate insulation prevents the heat in your attic from entering your home. In addition to adequate insulation, you should also be sure that your attic is properly ventilated so that the warm air can escape.

According to energystar.gov, 15.5 inches of blown-in attic insulation can save you up to 20% on your heating and cooling costs. In fact, energystar.gov also states that the average US home spends $2,200 on home energy costs (http://www.energyhog.org/adult/pdf/EnergyFacts.pdf)  Add it up, and your Atticat insulation installation can save you hundreds of dollars each year. And because Atticat insulation is made of fiberglass, it is non-combustible and will not settle over time. Atticat insulation offers an R-Value rating of R-49 which is recommended for the Maryland climate zone.

S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows installs energy efficient Atticat insulation throughout Maryland. Contact us today to learn more and to get a free attic insulation estimate. Call 1-(866) 836-7663, or click here to schedule an estimate online.

 

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Roofing in Montgomery County Maryland

Roofing in Montgomery County MarylandMontgomery County Maryland is as diverse in architecture as it is beautiful. Drive through Montgomery County and it won’t take long before you pass by rolling hills, century old farms and bustling commerce.

With all of this diversity, suffice it to say that roofing in Montgomery County MD runs the gamut. From galvanized metal roofing that tops many of the beautiful old farm houses in Montgomery County to flat roofing that tops office buildings and shopping centers, this county has it all!

S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows has done roofing in Montgomery County Maryland since 1980. In fact, S&K’s owner is a resident of the county and takes great pride in servicing many other county residents.

Montgomery County is also home to Montgomery Village, which has chosen S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows to be one of its trusted home improvement providers. Another large Montgomery County entity that trusts S&K Roofing is Leisure World. On any given day, you may find roofers, siding installers, gutter installers, window installers or sun room builders from S&K working hard for Leisure World residents.

Looking for a Roofer in Montgomery County MD?

Trust S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows with your next roofing project in Montgomery County. Call us for a free estimate and we’ll provide you with references in your area.

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