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Protect your Home with Quality Roofing

When it comes to the safety and comfort of your family, nothing is more important than the roof over your head. Damaged roofing can compromise the structural integrity of your home, and can cause a costly loss of energy efficiency.

Find out how to determine when it is time for a new roof and learn factors to consider before making your final decision. Also, visit our glossary of roofing terms you should know and learn about the different roofing shapes available.

Advance Remodeling does nearly all types of roofing including composite shingles, wood shakes, clay tile, concrete tile, metal roofs and torch down roofing.

If you have damaged or worn roofing, our roofing professionals can evaluate the structure and let you know what can be done. Contact us for your free, no obligation roofing estimate.

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When is it Time for a New Roof?

Most roofs need to be replaced, or at least repaired, every 10 years. However, a roof with the correct shape, materials and maintenance can last 20 to 50 years. When inspecting your roof, the following guidelines can be used to indicate the degree to which your roof needs repair or replacement:

  • Materially sound—not currently in need of repair or maintenance work.
  • In need of minor repair, such as patchwork and coating.
  • Requires resurfacing with a new membrane.
  • Deteriorated to the extent that it requires total removal and replacement.

Choosing a Type and Shape for Your Roof

Climate (sun, rain, snow, wind, etc.)

  • A light-colored surface material doesn’t absorb heat from the sun, which reduces your home’s cooling needs.
  • Choosing the right roof type and material can help your roof to withstand severe wind and snow.


  • Certain roof types can be initially expensive, but are more durable and save you money in the long run.
  • Local building codes.
  • A roof made from asphalt may be banned from certain urban areas due to its potential harm to the environment and population.


Some roofing materials give you more options when it comes to the type of look you want to create.


  • Roofing materials have different levels of fire protection.
  • Some roofing types can easily blow off in heavy wind, leaving your home vulnerable to dangerous weather elements.

Pros and Cons of Roofing Materials

Considering the many choices, each with its own pros and cons, it can be a daunting task to decide on the type of roofing for your home. When choosing a roofing style, make sure to pay attention to a few key factors: home design, structural strength, cost, local building ordinances and personal preferences. It is also a good idea to consider the long-term effects of your choice and what it will mean for your home in years to come.

Below is a quick look at a number of roofing types, accompanied by their main advantages and disadvantages.

Composition Shingles

  • Pros: At a very affordable price, these roofs are offered in a variety of colors and styles. Composition shingles made from asphalt and fiberglass are of high quality and very durable. They are easy to install compared with other roofing types, require little maintenance and usually have Class A fire protection.
  • Cons: These types of roofs do not perform well in high winds, and under certain conditions there is a chance that they might blow off. The materials also scar easily if hot, which damages the appearance and durability of the roof.

Wood Shakes

  • Pros: Available in a variety of colors, widths, thicknesses, cuts of wood, etc. – these roofs allow for flexibility in style. Wood helps to insulate your attic, which allows air to circulate easily.
  • Cons: Wood shakes are unrated by fire safety codes and often require wipe or spray-on fire retardants, which are usually less effective in fire resistance than other roofing materials. These roofs require much maintenance and repair due to damage from mold, rot and insects. Old shakes are not recyclable and have a more complicated installation process than other roofing types.

Clay Tile

  • Pros: Provides a unique look, especially for homes with a Spanish, Italian or South-Western look. A wide variety of colors and styles are available. Tiles are long-lasting, don’t rot or burn and cannot be damaged by insects. This roofing material requires little maintenance.
  • Cons: Tiles are heavy, which can cause a roof to require extra support. Also, if color is only added to the surface of the tiles, it can fade over time. Tiles are fragile, which makes it more difficult to repair the roof or walk on it to repair gutters or fireplaces. Clay tiles are one of the most expensive roofing materials, and installation can be quite complicated.

Concrete Tile

  • Pros: This roof type is very durable and is available in a variety of colors and styles. Most concrete roofing is long-lasting and requires little maintenance. Tiles are resistant to rot and insect damage and provide good fire protection. Concrete tile can be made to mimic other types of roofing.
  • Cons: This roofing style is on the expensive side and because it is relatively new on the market, there are still problems with breaking and color changing that must be resolved.

Metal Roofs

  • Pros: Regaining its popularity, metal roofs are now most popular in standing-seam steel (Standing-seam steel describes the upturned edge of one metal panel that connects it to adjacent sections, creating distinctive vertical lines and a historical look). These roofs can also be created to mimic other roofing types such as wood shakes, clay tiles, shingles, etc. Metal roofs are durable, fire retardant and require very little maintenance. Metal roofs are energy efficient and consist of many recyclable materials. They are lightweight, which means they can be installed over existing roofs.
  • Cons: Installation of metal roofs can be difficult and the cost is higher than most other roofing types. The life-long cost of the roof should be considered to determine if the initial cost is worth it.

Torch Down Roofing

  • Pros: For flat roofs or those with a slope of less than 1 degree, this method is better than the conventional method of applying hot tar with a mop and topping it with gravel because it can be installed with more consistency. Torch down roofing material is single-ply rolled roofing that has a mineral base that reduces energy costs by reflecting heat from the sun’s rays.
  • Cons: This type of roofing is not suitable for regions which experience heavy rain or snowfall due to the overlapping material strips on a flat or low sloped roof. Many safety precautions and carefully structured working conditions must be set due to a fire hazard from heating the adhesive material with a torch.

Roofing Shapes

  • Gable - A traditional triangular roof with symmetrical sides.
  • Cross Gable Same - as a gable roof but is has two parts that cross.
  • Flat - A flat roof is nearly horizontal with only a slight inclination that lets the water runoff.
  • Mansard - A four-sided roof with double slopes on all sides. The lower slope is much steeper than the upper.
  • Hipped - A low-pitched roof that allows for large eaves on a building.
  • Cross Hipped - Same as a hipped roof but it has two parts that cross.
  • Pyramidal - A hipped roof that forms a pyramid shape. Shed Same as a gable roof but with only one slope.
  • Saltbox - Same as a gable roof other the fact that the two sides of it are not symmetrical.
  • Gambrel - When viewed from the side, this roof looks bell-like.

Roofing Vocabulary You Should Know

  • Barge Board - A board that conceals roof timbers that project over gables.
  • Beam - The main piece of wood (or steel) that supports the roof.
  • Cornice - The part of the roof that sticks out past the walls of a house.
  • Eave - The edge of the roof.
  • Fascia - The edge of the cornice.
  • Rafter - A beam that supports the roof of a building.
  • Soffit - The underside of the eave.
  • Truss - A framework of beams, usually triangular, that support the roof of a building.

Don’t forget that you can have fun when choosing a roof for your home. Several colors, styles, shapes and materials are offered today, allowing you to create your own personalized look for your home.

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Siding to Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal

If you want to change the look of your home and give it some outside appeal, change your siding! Older homes, particularly those with shingles, can look old and run-down before their time. Bring your home back to life with maintenance-free, beautiful vinyl siding from Advance Remodeling.
Advance Remodeling does all types of siding including vinyl siding, aluminum siding, wood siding, fiber cement siding and more. A wide variety of colors and styles are available to choose from including, shake, traditional, beaded, dutchlap, and scalloped.

Whether you want to change the look of your home with new siding or your siding is in need of replacement, Advance Remodeling can provide you with many appealing options.
Take a look below at just a few of the siding projects that Advance Remodeling has completed in Maryland. And when you’re ready, contact Advance Remodeling for your free, no obligation siding estimate.

Siding is your home’s skin. It provides support for your home’s frame, protects it from the weather elements and is a key factor in your home’s appearance. When choosing siding, make sure to keep a few things in mind. You must consider your climate, the style you want to create, the size of your budget and how much maintenance you plan to do.
Siding provides a quick and dramatic change to update the look of your home. It is crucial to find the right contractor for the job since the siding of your home is one of its major aspects when it comes to exterior appearance.

When is it Time for New Siding?

If siding becomes decayed or displaced, it could affect your home’s interior and the foundation. Old or otherwise damaged siding makes your home susceptible to the elements. There are many tell-tale signs that signal when it is time to replace the siding on your home. Check for the following:

  • Swollen or discolored boards
  • Separation between seams
  • Siding that is cracked, corroded, or appears chalky and dull
  • Siding that no longer lays flat against the home

Only a professional contractor can assess the damage and decide if the siding must be completely replaced or a repair will suffice for now.

Replace Siding vs. Painting: Pros and Cons

One of the most common questions asked when it comes to siding is whether or not paint is a better choice. In the short term, painting is definitely less expensive than installing new siding on your home, but after a few years this changes. Whereas paint usually needs re-painting after two-three years, replacement siding is more of a long-term investment.

Painting can be very time-consuming, while on the other hand there are siding options that do not require any painting at all. Siding materials are often manufactured with color, so there is no need for that extra work.

Siding Materials

When deciding on a siding option, determine how much you want to spend, how much maintenance you plan to do, and what look you want to achieve. The key to this decision lies in knowing that there is no perfect answer to what is best. You must find what is best for you and your lifestyle. Here is a list of some of the most common types of siding today.

Vinyl Siding

Made from PVC plastic, it will not rot or flake, and is less expensive to buy and install than most other siding materials. Vinyl can be hazardous to the environment due to its release of toxic chemicals when burned. Vinyl siding can crack, split, and come to look faded after a few years.

  • Competitively priced
  • Available in a variety of colors
  • Virtually maintenance free
  • Second in strength to aluminum

Aluminum Siding

Although it may seem out-of-date, aluminum is easy to maintain and fairly durable. Aluminum will not crack, but may dent and fade. It is also fireproof and poses no health risks to occupants of the house. Aluminum is easily dented when a ladder is placed against it, which may make other home repairs, such as repairs on windows and gutters very difficult.

  • Competitively priced
  • Offers a broad selection of colors
  • Durability is only second to vinyl
  • Very low maintenance, but requires extra care for dents
  • Stronger than wood and vinyl siding

Wood Siding

Solid wood can outlast vinyl and other products with periodic staining or painting. Many old homes still look beautiful with the wood clapboard siding from when they were first built. Cedar, pine, spruce, redwood, Cyprus, and Douglas fir are the woods used most often in siding. Genuine wood is quite expensive when compared to other types of siding material.

  • Genuine wood is quite expensive
  • Results in the most aesthetically pleasing and unique look
  • Offers an unlimited amount of color choices
  • Subject to damage, especially from climate and moisture
  • Requires a lot of maintenance such as resealing
  • The weakest siding material compared to vinyl and aluminum

Fiber Cement Siding

This durable, natural-looking material can take on the appearance of wood, stucco, and masonry. It can provide the authentic look of wood with less maintenance. Fiber cement siding is fireproof, termite-proof, and often has a warranty of up to 50 years.

  • Durable and natural looking
  • Can mimic wood, stucco, and masonry
  • Requires less maintenance than wood
  • Material is fireproof and termite-proof

Other Materials

Other types of siding materials include cedar shingles, seamless steel, stucco, shakes, stone and cultured stone, brick and brick veneers, and engineered wood. For more information on the siding materials available to you through Advance Remodeling, visit the Remodeling Buyers Guide.

Siding Maintenance

Taking maintenance into consideration is extremely important when choosing siding for your home. Siding is exposed to all weather elements and must be repaired if its material becomes vulnerable to them.

The longevity of your siding depends on two things: the durability of the siding and how well it is maintained. This means that you must make sure you choose a material that you know you can maintain. If you do not plan to do much maintenance, you should choose a siding material that requires less maintenance.

Here we offer advice on how to maintain some of the most popular siding materials.


Vinyl is the easiest type of siding to maintain. It must be washed and inspected about once a year. It is said to be maintenance free, but there are a few factors you want to keep in mind.

  • Wash it annually.
  • Be careful with vinyl siding – keep lawn mowers and bicycles away to prevent cracks and breaks.
  • Keep hot things away from it that can melt the vinyl such as grills and patio torches.


Aluminum requires little maintenance, but there are a few precautions you can take to ensure it maintains its appearance and lasts a long time.

  • Aluminum should be painted when there is chalking or oxidation, which is the result of weathering.
  • A power washer should be used annually to keep it clean and looking new.


Wood siding needs a lot of maintenance. All types of wood are subject to damage from termites, rot, moisture problems, cracking, splitting, etc. Some steps are essential in maintaining wood siding.

  • To prevent wood rot, wood must be treated with oil or stained at least every three years and painted every five years.
  • In wet climates, wood needs special care due to absorption of moisture, which causes boards to expand.
  • Wood must be checked for holes from woodpeckers and insects and replaced if damage is found.
  • Wood can be cleaned with pressure washing, although if done improperly pressure washing can ruin the wood.

Fiber cement

Fiber cement siding is not “maintenance free” as it does require painting. However, because fiber cement does not expand and contract with the weather, paint adheres to it very well helping it last longer than it would on wood siding.

  • Insect nests and accumulated dirt can easily be removed by power washing. It’s also a good idea to inspect caulked joints each year between butt ends of boards, windows and doors.
  • Gaps that open when caulk pulls away can easily be filled with a high-quality acrylic or latex readily available in hardware and paint stores.
  • A well maintained fiber cement siding product generally requires repainting only every seven to fifteen years.

Types of Siding


A very common and popular choice that give the illusion of individual boards. It is attached by nailing through the sheathing and into the wall studs.


Attached to strips of wood that are nailed to the wall studs. May require caulking or wood strips between the boards.


Fixed to the home either over sheathing or strips nailed into the wall studs. They overlap and offset each other.


The least expensive option. Sheets are nailed directly into the wall studs.

Siding Styles


A square-edged design made to resemble cedar shingles. Shakes can be used all over or as a decorative accent to your home.


Each board overlaps the one underneath. Mimics the look of wood plank siding.


A decorative variation of the traditional siding style. Effect cut into the bottom of the panel creates dimension.


Another decorative variation of traditional siding. Dutchlap has a beveled edge at the top that creates dimension.


A decorative design normally used as an architectural accent. Scallops are rounded on the bottom and overlap each other.

Today, siding is offered in a variety of colors and materials, and has new and improved options that make the installation process easier. There are many siding options to consider before choosing what is best for you and your home, so remember to take your time going through the options and have fun with it. Your new siding is going to last a long time.

Gutters Add Protection to Your Home

From Standard to Leaf-Proof to Copper, Advance Remodeling has the gutters you need. When left untouched, your gutters and downspouts are in danger of clogging and leaking from leaves and other debris. Storm damage also causes many homes’ gutters and downspouts to sag or even fall. 

Advance Remodeling has years of experience replacing gutters, installing gutter guards, and installing soffit and fascia trim in the Baltimore area. Whether done alone, or as a part of a larger roofing or remodeling project, Advance Remodeling can ensure that your home is better protected from leaks, and looks nicer with new gutters and downspouts.

Advance Remodeling offers gutters in a variety of materials including vinyl, aluminum, copper and wood gutters. Our available gutter systems include sectional and seamless gutters. Contact us for your free, no obligation gutters estimate.

Every homeowner should know that old, damaged or defective gutters have the potential to cause damage to your home. Gutter clogs can cause wood rot, foundation problems and landscaping erosion. A properly installed gutter system can protect your home from serious damage year-round.

You can avoid a great deal of expense and unwanted hassles by installing a gutter protection system. Gutter protection systems help keep basements and crawlspaces dry, protect siding and windows from harmful backsplash and prevent staining and rotting of the walls of your home. So, while they may not be flashy, gutters are an important part of the home, which require a balance of practicality and aesthetics.

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Gutter Materials

Gutters come in many types of materials, sizes and colors. When choosing gutters for your home, you should consider the size of your budget, how much maintenance you plan to do and the different aspects of various gutter materials.


Vinyl gutters are simple to cut and configure. One problem with vinyl gutters is that they are susceptible to brittleness with age and extreme cold.


Aluminum gutters are the most common. Primary aluminum is the thickest and most consistent type. Secondary aluminum should be avoided because it often has problems with inconsistent thickness. Aluminum is prone to denting, but its color weathers well.


Copper gutters, although an attractive choice, are the most expensive gutter material. They offer architectural detail and a custom look.


Wood is the least popular of gutter materials because it requires a lot of maintenance and is more expensive than other gutter options.

Gutter Systems

Sectional Gutters

Sectional types of gutters are sold in 10ft. – 22ft. long pieces, and are either made of vinyl, painted aluminum or pre-painted steel. Gutter sectionals are joined together by snap-in-place connectors.

All sectional systems have end caps, corner pieces and drop outlets for connecting to downspouts. A problem that arises with sectional systems is the potential for leaks through the seams. Gutter add-ons, such as screens and filters, can help basic rain gutters stay clog-free, especially by keeping debris and animals out of them. A gutter cover allows water to flow along a contoured “lip” which feeds into your rain gutter.

Seamless Gutters

Seamless gutters are currently the most popular type on the market. The biggest selling point is that they don’t have seams which are potential sources of water leakage. The sections join only at inside and outside corners and at downspout outlets.

Seamless gutters provide a no-clog system which catches and routes water down and out while diverting leaves and debris to the ground. These gutters are also a popular choice due to their durability, seamless appearance and easy maintenance.

Seamless gutters are usually formed from aluminum with a baked-on finish, but can also be formed from copper or factory-painted steel. Seamless gutters are made with a special machine that is brought to your home by a gutter contractor.

Gutter Types

Considering the huge number of gutter protection systems available, choosing the right one can be a difficult and lengthy decision. Choosing a gutter system is important because they differ in how they can help protect your home from weather-related damages.

Some of the things you should take into account are cost, style and durability. Make sure to pay close attention to your home’s needs if you live in an area with extreme temperatures, heavy snow and rain, ice storms or forests.

Some of the most popular types of gutter systems are described below:

Fully Covered Gutter Systems

  • Provide superior protection from debris and allows maximum water flow into the system which helps avoid overflows that can lead to improper drainage.
  • They are not nailed to your roof, which can void the manufacturer’s warranty and cause leaks.
  • Perforations allow a slight slow-down in water flow, giving the gutter cover an opportunity to “bond” which directs the full flow of water into the gutter trough.

Mesh or Screen Gutter Covers

  • These gutters consist of metal coverings that are fit against the back of the gutter and across the top acting like a strainer and filter.
  • Reduces unsightly debris together with snow and ice that can collect on top of the screen and cause it to collapse.
  • There is a chance for the screens to rust and stain over time. Although they reduce the frequency and difficulty of ongoing gutter cleaning – they do not eliminate it.

Gutter Filters

  • Sponge-like foam “space filters” let water drain through but keeps leaves from building up in the bottom of the trough.
  • These filters do not have the capacity to handle heavy rain and water flow, and may overflow during heavy rain.
  • Snow and ice can settle in the foam, potentially causing ice damage, sagging and overflow.

Solid Gutter Covers

  • These gutter covers are usually made of vinyl or aluminum.
  • Solid gutter covers snap onto the top front of the gutter and slip under your shingles which can alter your roofline.
  • These covers can blow off in high winds and are vulnerable to damage from heavy debris, snow or ice.

Solid Gutter Covers with Slots

  • Solid gutter covers with slots work by allowing water to enter through slots or small holes located underneath a lip or on the vertical side.
  • These do not keep out small twigs, dirt, asphalt roofing granules and pine needles.
  • Covers with slots do not perform as well in very heavy rainfalls or on steep roofs.

Gutter Brushes

Most leaves and large debris are kept out by gutter brushes, small items that get caught near the top of the gutter brush either blow away or decompose over time.

Over time, the dirt, small twigs and pine needles that do not pass through the gutter brush may create a layer of ‘gunk’ in the bottom of the gutter which may cause staining and require periodic gutter cleaning.

Since old, damaged or defected rain gutters can cause a lot of damage, it is important to repair or replace them. Gutter clogs, which cannot divert water properly, can cause wood rot, foundation problems and landscaping erosion.

In addition to damaging your home, a rain gutter clogged with soggy leaves and debris is a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Mosquitoes and other pests also become problems when gutters clog.

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