ADVANCE   REMODELING, INC.

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Roofing Company in Maryland

Protect your Home with Quality Roofing Contractors

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 to Install 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.

Budget

  • 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.

Style

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

Safety

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

Wood

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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