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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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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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Visit S&K Roofing at the Howard County Fair!

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A fisheye view of the S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows booth at the Howard County Fair in West Friendship, MD.

This week we celebrate the 71st Annual Howard County Fair in West Friendship, Maryland. S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows has supported the Fair for many years with booths in the exhibit hall and active participation in the Friday night livestock auctions. We have also provided many of the buildings on the fair grounds with roofing and other improvements throughout the years.

S&K’s participation in the Howard County Fair stems from a love the county and its community by S&K owner, Don Katzenberger. As a child, Don grew up in Howard County and attended Glenelg High School. Many of Don’s friends were farmers and Don grew to love the country life. Today, Don and his family own their own farm with goats, chickens, geese and guinea fowl.

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“S&K Kids” Gabby & Isabella Hanel enjoy the goats on Owner Don Katzenberger’s farm.

And as tradition has it, each year S&K places and ad in the HoCoMo Freddies newspaper supporting the Fair and the 4-H Programs in both Howard and Montgomery County, which features children who are members of the extended S&K family. This year’s ad features the children of S&K CFO Scott Hanel and his wife Stephanie.

This year, you will once again see S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows participating the Livestock Auction on Friday evening, August 12th. Come see us and the other great folks at the Howard County Fair!

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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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S&K Replaces Roof on Outdoor World in Hanover, Maryland

S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows is pleased to have recently completed roof replacement on Outdoor World / Bass Pro Shops in Arundel Mills, Hanover, Maryland. The commercial roofing project took the crew approximately 4 weeks to complete, and included all parts of the shingled roof.

The buildings previous shingle had deteriorated due to Maryland weather conditions, so the Carriage House shingle in Georgian Brick from CertainTeed was chosen to better withstand the elements.

As you will see in the roofing gallery below, the job was a huge undertaking and the crew did a fantastic job. Outdoor World’s leadership team was pleased with not only the roof, but with the crew as well.

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Best Roofing Contractor Awarded to S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows

#1 Roofing Contractor Carroll County MarylandEach year, the Carroll County times sponsors Carroll’s Best, an awarded given to outstanding businesses in Carroll County, Maryland. Residents are asked to visit the Carroll County Times website and vote for their favorite local businesses. The awards cover businesses large and small, from coffee houses to car care to home services.

This year, S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows was voted #1 in the Best Roofing Contractor category. We are grateful to those who voted, and will continue to work hard to earn this status.

To view all of this year’s winners and honorable mentions, visit the Carroll County Times’ website at: http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/cctnews-carroll-s-best-2015-winners-20150921-story.html

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