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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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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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Now’s the Time for a Spring Roof Inspection

Wondering what toll the winter took on your roof? Right now is a great time for a spring roof inspection that will tell you just that.

What Happens to Roofs in Winter

Ice Damming
Photo courtesy of The National Weather Service

Rain, snow, ice and wind have an effect on your roof’s asphalt shingles by wearing away at the granules. This is a normal process, however excessive wear is a sign that your shingles may not last much longer. Additionally, a condition called ice damming can cause problems including leaks. Ice damming can occur when snow on a rooftop melts and refreezes. During the process, heat loss from your roof melts snow. When temperatures fall below freezing, ice forms from the melted snow most often at the edge of the roof under the snow. When additional heat loss from the roof melts the ice, the concentration of water that has no place to go can seep under the shingles, and into your home.

What to Look For

Roof Leak Ceiling Damage

An inspection of your home’s attic is a good place to start when looking for signs of damage from ice damming. Look for dark areas, signs of water trails and mold. Check ceilings for signs of paint discoloration, bubbling or peeling paint and sagging.

Outside of your home, check your gutters for an excessive amount of roof shingle granules – a sign that your shingles may not be holding up. Be sure to clean out any build-up of granules and debris in your gutters to help prevent damage from gutter overflow. On your roof, look for loose or missing shingles, or shingles that are curling or buckling, all of which put your roof at risk for leaks.

When to Call a Pro

Ice Damming

If you have concerns about your roof it is best to call a trusted professional roofing contractor to assess whether or not your roof is in need of repair or replacement. Look for a roofing contractor that will provide an honest assessment – one that will tell you how long you have before your roof is at risk, not simply try to sell you a new roof because you asked for an inspection. Check places like Angie’s List and The Better Business Bureau for roofing contractor reviews, and talk to your neighbors to see if they have had any experience with local contractors. While a roof inspection might cost a little, it goes a long way in easing your mind and keeping your home safe and sound.

S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows provides roof inspection services as well as roofing repairs and roof replacements. Contact us today at 866-836-ROOF for your spring roof inspection, or click here to schedule an estimate.

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S&K Installs the CertainTeed Integrity Roof System – Superior Roofing Coverage

Your first step to superior roofing coverage is to locate a roofing contractor who is trained to install the top rated roofing products. S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows is a certified Select ShingleMaster roofer, and is proud to offer the CertainTeed Integrity Roof System.

The CertainTeed Integrity Roof System includes the total package – underlayments, shingles, accessories, and ventilation. Features of the Integrity Roof System include strong, protective underlayment, top-notch waterproofing systems, accessory shingles to enhance appearance, shingles in a wide range of customizable styles and colors, and efficient ventilation systems. This winning combination will effectively work together to protect your home for many years to come.

The high-quality products used in the Integrity Roof System provide durability, strength, and longevity. Rest assured that all products produced by CertainTeed are the best the industry has to offer. If you want superior quality and a roof that will stand the test of time – the Integrity Roof System is the superior choice.

Give Your Home the Finest Protection Available – Get Roofing Coverage with SureStart and SureStart Plus
A new roof is an investment in your home’s future. A roof installed with CertainTeed’s SureStart and SureStart Plus guarantee provides full roofing coverage, including the tear-off of your existing roof, labor, and materials. A diverse range of coverage options – 3-, 4- and 5-Star coverage – are available to meet your needs and your budget. All roof systems installed by S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows come with a minimum of 3-Star coverage. However, you may choose to upgrade to 4-Star or 5-Star coverage for a minimal cost.

To learn more about SureStart and SureStart Plus coverage, and to compare 3-, 4- and 5-Star coverage, click here to download the brochure: SureStart Roofing Warranty

CertainTeed’s Integrity Roof System is the only roofing system on the market today that provides you with the security of SureStart and SureStart Plus. Although problems seldom arise, if they do, you will never have to worry about your roof with the coverage provided by SureStart and SureStart Plus. All plans include 100% of the cost to replace or repair defective shingles, as well as labor costs associated with all repair/replacing of shingles. 3-Star Coverage offers lifetime shingles for 20 years, and the 4-Star and 5-Star plans offer lifetime shingles for 50 years. As an added bonus, your coverage is transferable to the first subsequent owner should you sell your home at some point in the future.

Take the Next Step

Are you ready to install your new roof and secure the coverage you need? Contact S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows…Maryland’s Largest Roofing Contractor! Call us today at 1-(866) 836-7663.

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S&K Ends 2014 On Top for Maryland Roofing Companies

2014 marked S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows’ best year in its 34 year history, solidifying its place as Maryland’s largest roofing contractor.

S&K now completes an average of more than 1,200 roofs throughout Maryland and Northern Virginia each year. That means that our roofing installation contractors are out there replacing about 5 roofs per day (excluding weekends and holidays).

Success is not measured solely in numbers for S&K, however. We measure success by the number of satisfied roofing customers that we are proud to serve each year. Read our roofing reviews to see what customers in MD and Northern VA have to say about our roofing work. Click here to read roofing reviews.

If your home is in need of replacement roofing, trust the experienced roofing professionals at S&K. Call us locally at (866) 836-7663, 301-831-5088, or toll free at 1-866-836-ROOF to schedule your free roofing estimate today.

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Why We Love Roofing in Carroll County

As a roofer in Carroll County, MD, we have the distinct pleasure of installing roofing on unique homes. From historic properties to farms, bungalows to suburban neighborhoods, Carroll County has it all.

With S&K’s owner having grown up on farm land in nearby Howard County Maryland, the rural setting of Carroll County feels like home. We are privileged to have the opportunity to do roofing on farms and barns, which often includes metal roofing – among our favorite types of roofing. In fact, visit our showroom and you will see our distinct company color blue metal roofing.

There are also many historic properties throughout Carroll County. In addition to metal roofing on these homes, we often have the chance to install slate roofing. While some homeowners choose to replace their old slate with new genuine slate, others are opting for composite slate roofing. Composite slate offers the same look as genuine slate, but is a more green alternative.

Outside of historic homes and farms, Carroll County is home to a growing number of suburban neighborhoods. Known throughout the state as one of the top counties for schooling, Carroll County continues to attract new home buyers. S&K does roofing on a wide range of single family homes as well as townhouses and condominiums. Today, many of these homeowners are choosing architectural roofing, as its texture provides an attractive alternative to flat shingle roofing.

A Bit of Carroll County History

Carroll County Maryland was established way back in 1837, and was  named for Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737–1832), signer of the Declaration of Independence. The county was comprised of parts of Baltimore and Frederick.  Today, Carroll County is home to the cities of Westminster and Taneytown, and the towns of  Manchester, New Windsor, Union Bridge, Hampstead, Mount Airy (which is also partly in Frederick County, Montgomery County, and Howard County), Sykesville and Eldersburg. Click here to learn more about the history of Carroll County.

With its rich history and variety of different types of home and properties, we absolutely love roofing in Carroll County Maryland!

 

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Top Roofing Choices for Your Maryland Home

Often overlooked or simply taken for granted, a home’s roofing system is its first line of defense against the elements.  Whether you are replacing your current roof or choosing a roof for your brand new Maryland home, S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows has all of the information you need to make an educated choice.  S&K has been installing roofs in Maryland for more than 30 years and offers all types of roofing, including:  Asphalt Shingle Roofing, Composite Roofing, Metal Roofing, Genuine Slate Roofing and Cedar Roofing.

Let’s take a look at each roofing option to better understand which type most suits your Maryland home.

Asphalt Shingle Roofing is the most common roofing system installed in the United States.  Asphalt shingles now come in almost every shape and color imaginable and have warranties that can last a lifetime.  The typical asphalt shingle is a 36 by 12-inch, three-tab strip shingle composed of asphalt saturated mats made from organic felts or fiberglass.  Because of the ease of installation and relatively low cost, asphalt shingles continue to be the most economical of roofing choices.  Another great quality of asphalt shingles is their overall versatility.  Many of today’s asphalt shingles are designed to emulate both the look and feel of other more costly roofing such as wood and slate.  Manufacturers such as Certainteed have gone to painstaking lengths to create asphalt shingles that provide Maryland homes with gorgeous, high quality affordable roofing.  S&K has installed Certainteed shingles on thousands of homes throughout Maryland.  S&K also carries asphalt shingling from TAMKO and GAF.

“How long do they last?” is the question most asked by consumers when it comes to roofing shingles.  More often times than not, the lifespan of any roofing shingle will depend on factors such as temperature, severity of the weather or other acts of nature.  Studies show that asphalt shingles have a tendency to last longer in the more traditionally colder climates such as that of the Mid-Atlantic region.  Check out SKRoofing.com for a more detailed look at how installing asphalt shingles will not only beautify your Maryland home but also protect it from Mother Nature.

Composite Roofing is gradually gaining ground on asphalt as a top choice among roofing options.  Composite slate roofing and composite shake shingle roofing are made primarily from engineered polymers. They are manufactured to look exactly like slate or cedar roofing and come in a wide variety of colors, thicknesses, blends and widths.  Composite roofing offers consumers the look and feel of genuine slate and cedar roofing at a fraction of the cost.  A composite roof is estimated to last 50 years or more, making it the last roof you will ever need on your home.  S&K Roofing has installed composite roofing on thousands of homes throughout Maryland.  S&K carries composite roofing from industry leaders DaVinci, Certainteed and EcoStar.

Why use composite shingles?  Composite are most recognized for their durability.  Many composite shingles offer warranties that more than double the length of their asphalt counterparts.  Composite shingles are also manufactured in almost any color, shape and size.  The cost of a composite roof is only slightly higher than a traditional asphalt shingle roof.  For those homeowners who are looking for an environmentally friendly alternative to asphalt shingles, composite shingles may be the answer.  Composite shingles are often referred to as the “green” option when choosing a roofing material.  These shingles can often times be manufactured using recyclable materials such as post- industrial plastics and hemp fibers.  Composite shingles such as those installed by the experts at S&K are guaranteed to help keep your Maryland home beautiful and protected.

Metal Roofing is another option that many home and business owners in Maryland have turned to as an alternative to the more traditional roofing choices.  Metal roofing is one of the most durable and beautiful roofing products on the market today.  Metal roofing products include metal shingles, metal shakes and metal tiles that can come in a wide variety of shapes and colors.  The popularity of metal roofs is easy to understand given the qualities that they possess.  Metal roofing systems are fire resistant, strong against winds and seal out water.  A metal roof is guaranteed to reach its warranty period in full force.  These roofs are considerably lighter than other roofing materials and often require no additional structural support.

The main drawback of a metal roof is no doubt its overall cost.  Like any premium roofing product a metal roof will cost the homeowner more up front.  However, with its overall durability a metal roof will provide a greater return over its lifetime.  S&K offers metal roofing from premium quality roofing manufacturers Englert and Fabral.

Genuine Slate is a beautiful, long lasting and reliable roofing material.  Known more for its aesthetically appealing qualities, genuine slate roofing is also extremely durable, fireproof,  resistant to hail storms and can last a century or even longer.   The major “con” of a genuine slate roof is always going to be its cost.  The premium nature of this quarried material makes it a very labor intensive product. The slate roofing market is about one twentieth of its size a hundred years ago.  Due to the introduction of cheaper materials and the overall costs of the slate itself, these majestic roofs are now few and far between.  There is however no denying that a genuine slate roof is stunningly beautiful.  Depending on the area the slate was quarried, the colors of genuine slate can vary.  S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows carry genuine slate roofing from the Vermont Structural Slate Company and the Buckingham Virginia Slate Corporation.  If you are a homeowner restoring an historic Maryland home or just looking for the perfect roof to beautify your new house, genuine slate may be the choice for you.

Cedar Roofing is a gorgeous choice when considering a roofing product for your Maryland home.  Cedar shingling is known for both its durability and exceptional beauty.  A cedar roof properly maintained could last 50 years or longer.  There are two types of cedar roofing, shakes and shingles.  Cedar shingles are thinner and offer a smoother more refined appearance while cedar shakes are thicker and give a roof a more rustic look.  Natural cedar roofing is not susceptible to insects or decay but natural deterioration can occur.  Cedar roofing is best suited for dryer conditions that offer plenty of sunshine and drying breezes.

Natural cedar roofing is a more costly option than traditional asphalt or composite roofing.  Cedar is however, less expensive than slate or metal roofing.  For natural appeal and aesthetics, few roofing choices offer a more pleasing appearance than natural Cedar shingles or shake roofs.  A natural color progression occurs with age.  A result of weathering, over time a fine cedar roof will offer a distinguished silvered appearance equal to none. The beautiful appearance of cedar roofing is often imitated but seldom equaled by manufactured products.   Cedar roofing is a specialty of S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows.

When it comes to roofing, there are many options to consider.  Becoming an educated consumer is the first step to making the right choice for your roof.  Installing high quality durable roofing will not only protect your home but also add to its resale value.  For a complete list of roofing options and FAQ’s, check out www. SKRoofing.com.

S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows is your Maryland roofing company, serving the counties listed below.

Anne Arundel County Roofing Company

Baltimore County Roofing Company

Calvert County Roofing Company

Carroll County Roofing Company

Howard County Roofing Company

Frederick County Roofing Company

Kent County Roofing Company

Montgomery County Roofing Company

Prince George’s County Roofing Company

St. Mary’s County Roofing Company

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5 Summer Renovations that Add Value to Your Home

Looking to add value to your home this summer?  How about dressing up its curb appeal?  Maybe you are just looking to give your house that rejuvenation that’s so long overdue.  A home is the single largest investment most consumers make.  Improving your home’s appearance or upgrading some of its features is a tried and true way of adding to its value.   And when it comes to making changes that make a difference on your home, S&K Roofing Siding and Windows is the Maryland home improvement expert ready to help. S&K has come up with 5 summer renovation projects that can completely change the look and feel of your home while also adding to its value.

1. First Impressions
‘Curb appeal’ is the amount of visual interest a home draws at first glance.  A well-manicured, tastefully landscaped lawn will create a welcome first impression for visitors.  One of the easiest ways to create curb appeal is to tame excessive greenery around the outside of the house.  Simply mowing the lawn, weeding, trimming trees and shaping other foliage can go a long way towards giving the desired look.  Always make sure that no trees threaten the integrity of the home and remove dead branches.  Next, planting a variety of seasonal flowers can create visual interest through their contribution of color to the landscape.  Make sure to choose flowers that fit the style of the home, the climate and the soil they are being planted in.  Finally, adding pathway and garden lighting can give your home an elegant look at night.

Focusing on entryways and patio doors can also add to a home’s value.  The front door makes a strong impression on visitors and potential home buyers.  There are many maintenance free style doors that include attractive options such as glass inlays.  These doors offer a variety of colors and can simulate the look of wood.  S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows carries a wide variety of entry way doors from Therma-Tru, ProVia and Andersen.  In addition to providing aesthetic appeal to your home, a high quality door also provides your home and family protection.  If you are not looking to replace your current door, simply polishing knobs and door knockers and replacing damaged or tarnished hardware can spruce up the look of older doors.

2. Inside Out Appeal
Patio doors are likely the most used doors in your home. Patio doors are not only functional, but offer an opportunity to improve the ‘inside out’ appeal of your home. A patio door is much like a large window allowing added views to the outside and additional light to your living space.  Replacing old patio doors with high-quality new doors can offer long lasting quality, security, energy efficiency and style.  Adding French style doors, for example, can provide a luxurious look and feel.  Manufacturers today such as ProVia and Andersen offer a wide variety of patio door styles that will not only add value, but greatly improve the aesthetics inside and outside of your home.

3. Energy Efficiency
The third home renovation project you may want to tackle this summer is replacing your old windows with new energy efficient windows.  Windows that are drafty, in need of paint or just plain outdated can take away from the overall aesthetics of a house, and drain your wallet.  While window replacement may prove to be a daunting task at first, making smart decisions on your replacement windows will not only add to a home’s value it will decrease energy cost and consumption.

Window manufacturers such as B.F. Rich, Viwinco, Pella and Andersen all offer a wide array of quality replacement windows.  When choosing your new replacement windows make sure to be an educated consumer.  S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows suggest that you choose windows with premium grade insulated vinyl frames, vinyl sashes, multiple panes and low-e coated glass.  Advancements in window technology over the past decade make these replacement windows the best choice for overall durability and energy efficiency.

4. Protect and Beautify
Nothing speaks more to a home’s quality then a solid roof.  Homes with dirty or unkempt roofs are not only an eyesore but could potentially cause major damage to the structure of a house.  Common signs that a roof may need repair or replacement are leaks, cracked, warped or missing shingles, loose seams or deteriorating flashing.  Outside, look for excessive surface granules accumulating in the gutters or downspouts.  Inside look for peeling paint, cracks in the wall, discolored paint or water spots and peeling wallpaper.

Roofing systems have drastically changed over the years and new products on the market can last up to 50 years.  Roof shingle styles have greatly improved as well with the addition of composite roofing that mimics slate and cedar, and architectural asphalt shingle roofing that provides attractive dimensionality. S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows carries roofing products from manufacturers such as CertainTeed, DaVinci Roofscapes, TAMKO and GAF who offer a variety of roofing options that will no doubt add to a home’s visual appeal and value.

While replacing a roof may cause a bit of sticker shock, letting it deteriorate will prove to be even more costly. If your roof is showing signs of age, have it looked at by a professional. A good contractor will tell you how much more life it has. And when you are in need – or simply ready – for a new roof, have fun shopping the many options that will not only protect your home, but give it added beauty as well.

5. Outdoor Living Offers Resort Appeal
Finally, when looking for value-added summer renovation projects, nothing beats composite and cellular PVC decking.  Composite decks add to a home’s living space and also boost its value.  Replacing an old deck with a new composite deck can create a resort –like setting especially when surrounded by gardens or possibly even a water feature.  Add features such as gazebos, built-in seating areas, outdoor fireplaces, outdoor kitchen islands and grills to your composite deck and you have one appealing space!

Composite and cellular PVC decking offers many features that just can’t be matched by traditional wood decking.  These maintenance-free decks never need staining or sanding, and require little upkeep other than cleaning. Add a rainbow of color choices and the possibilities are endless.  S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows carries the finest quality cellular PVC and composite decking and railing products in Maryland from manufacturers like CertainTeed, Azek and TREX, just to name a few.

Summer is a great time for renovation projects.  Whether you are looking to sell your current home or simply trying to add value, these 5 renovations could make the difference.  S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows would like to help with your summer renovation plans.  Located at www.SKRoofing.com our web site will give you all of the information you need regarding your upcoming project. Good luck!

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S&K Helps Those Who Help Horses with Donation of New Pavilion Roof Installation at Days End Farm

— Company assists nationally-recognized horse rescue farm in need —

ELDERSBURG, MD. June 24, 2010 – S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows (SKRoofing.com), announced today the completion of a new pavilion roof at the Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Woodbine, Maryland. As a way to assist the farm in their efforts, the company installed the roof shingles at no charge.

“Days End Farm has served the community for 20 years,” stated Don Katzenberger, owner of S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows. “They have a long-standing reputation for rescuing and rehabilitating horses, and preparing them to move to caring homes. We applaud their dedication and are pleased to have the opportunity to help.”

The newly constructed 22′ x 70′ pavilion will be used for volunteer training, parties, picnics, cookouts and by groups like the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. A true community effort, the construction of the pavilion was completed by the Farm Operations Committee and volunteers, the shingles and roofing materials were donated by The Roof Center of Brentwood, Maryland, and the shingle installation was donated by S&K.

“As an organization that relies heavily on volunteers and donations, we are grateful to have built relationships with people like Don (Katzenberger),” said Days End Farm executive director Kathy Howe. “We’re looking forward to putting the new pavilion to good use this summer and for many years to come.”

For photos of the new pavilion, visit: www.skroofing.com/daysend.

About Days End Farm

Days End Farm Horse Rescue (defhr.org) is a Maryland-based organization that is nationally-recognized for responding to calls for help when a horse is in trouble. Days End Farm helps Animal Control remove horses from situations of abuse and neglect, provide shelter for abused/neglected horses, and offer rescue services during disasters. Their dedicated team of veterinarians, farriers, staff and volunteers nurse horses back to health while handling and preparing them for loving homes. Days End Farm Horse Rescue is open daily for tours from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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, attic insulation, 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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