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Happy Spring!  Every season has its beauty but Spring sure is hard to beat.  As we start to get busy again with roofing and siding it's nice to appreciate how beautiful this time of year really is.   I was going through some old photos and came across this one of a rainbow after a Spring storm last year.  It really made me think what a awesome world we live in to be able to look up after a storm and see the beautiful colors of a rainbow hung in the sky. God made a beautiful place for us to enjoy!
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Seven Keys to Help Minimize Storm Damage To Your Home
Maryland Shingle had a interesting siding repair call that involved a lightning strike a while back.  The home had been hit by lightning along the upper front slope of the roof edge. The lightning had blown a hole in the siding and capping material leaving burn marks with a hole into the attic.  When the fire department arrived they removed some siding and made sure everything was safely out.  We were then brought in to repair the siding and trim capping damage from the lightning strike which we completed within a few hours.  Many times after severe weather has damage a homes exterior secondary water leakage occurs due to the water tight envelope of your home being compromised. This secondary water leakage into the home not only adds to the distress of having storm damage but also can create the need for costly repairs to the interior of your home.   Here are seven tips to help minimize #stormdamage that can occur to your home;

1) Before a storm ever hits take pictures of your home and belongings storing them in a safe place.  This one step can save many headaches down the road if you need to file a insurance claim.  Visual proof your home didn't have preexisting damage goes a long way toward making your case that a storm damaged your home.

2) Invest in a 50' to 100' roll of clear plastic poly sheeting and some duct tape both can be obtained for around $50 to $75 and stored out of the way very easily. Get the clear type of plastic so you can see through it and make sure it's at least a few mills thickness so it won't tear easily. If you ever need to seal a room off, close off a broken window or protect flooring from water damage you'll be glad you made this small investment.

3) Know where your gas shut off valve and main water turn off valves are in your home. You will also want to know how to turn these valves off and keep any needed wrench nearby if one is needed.  If you ever spring a leak you will want to know where and how to operate these valves until help arrives.

4) Make sure any exterior drains especially around basement doors are clear of debris.  Removing all debris in and around these drains can keep a sudden flood of water form pushing that same debris over the drain eventually flooding into your basement.
 
5) Consider window well covers if you have basement windows that are below grade.  Window well covers can be obtained for a very small sum of money. They can keep heavy rain and water that sometimes floods over your homes gutter system from filling up that same window well and eventually coming into the interior of your home.
 
6) If your home has a electric sump pump consider a battery backup. If you lose power during a heavy rain  your sump pump will not work without a battery backup.  You could find yourself either bailing out the sump pump pit as it fills or worse watching your beautifully finished basement fill with water due to a power outage with no functioning sump pump.  One of the most likely times to lose power to your sump pump is right when you need it most during a storm and heavy rain.

7) If you do happen to lose power during a storm go around and turn off anything you were in the middle of using when the power went off.  This is especially true of electric ranges and ovens, irons, hair dryers and other appliances that if left on and unattended pose a danger.  When the power comes back on the last thing you want is for these items to turn themselves back on with you having moved on to other pressing issues and forgetting they were left on.  If you lose power turn off everything while you are thinking about it.  You can turn these items back on safely when power is restored.

                These are just a few common sense things you can do to prevent additional damage to your home when a storm hits.  There are also many things that can be done to prepare for your physical needs during and after a storm hits like having water, food, blankets, flashlights, batteries, radios and many other items but for this article the main focus is how to prepare your home for a storm.  Be safe and prepared.  A little preparation goes a long way even if hopefully it's never needed!
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Winter does have beauty all its own a time and season for everything.  Out driving around today passed a field with a huge number of Snow Geese.  They took to the air in a absolutely amazing display of beauty. The #snowgeese pictured against the clear blue sky looked like a Norman Rockwell picture. God  sure does know how to paint a beautiful picture.  
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10 Things To Look For On Your Home After A Harsh Winter
After a very hard winter it's always a good idea to do a visual inspection of your homes exterior.   The exterior of your home takes the brunt of winters harsh climate conditions and in many cases needs a little help in the spring to maintain protection from the elements.  Many times a walk around the exterior of your home will reveal items that can be repaired or correct at a reasonable cost if done quickly.  The flip side of that coin is putting off those needed repairs which can lead to future expensive repairs to your homes roof, siding and waterproofing systems.   We recommend taking a pair of binoculars with you during this visual inspection to look for any damage that may have occurred up on your homes roof over the winter.  Here are 10 things to look for during the inspection of your homes exterior that can save you from costly repairs down the road;

1 Look for any missing or loose roof shingles on all slopes of your homes roof
2 Check for debris that may of fallen on your roof and may become a safety issue if not removed
3 Use a pair of binoculars to visually check your roofs plumbing vent pipes collars for splits and cracking
4 Look for any gutters that are sagging or have pulled away from the fascia boards
5 With binoculars Inspect for lose or missing aluminum trim capping around your home
6 Check windows for lose, missing or damaged screens
7 Look at all siding material and note any unclipped, buckling or missing siding
8 Examine exterior dryer vents for clogs and missing louvers on the vent itself
9 Use your binoculars to carefully inspect gable vents for holes caused by hail, birds or falling debris
10 Take binoculars and visually inspect overhangs for soffit material coming out of place
               
After a long harsh winter take some time to enjoy the Spring and as you do  remember to give your house a well needed #homeinspection it could prevent a small repair from tuning into a big expense.
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Roof collapse effected by snow and re-roofing choices
With all the talk about roofs collapsing due to the weight of #snow you can bet there are many homeowners glad their roofers didn't do a layover.  A layover is when you install a second layer of shingles over the old existing shingles.  This saves a good amount of time and money but can add a substantial amount of weight to your homes roof.  There are many reasons we at Maryland Shingle Roofing & Siding Contractors will not do any layovers which we covered in our article about the unexpected pitfalls of installing a second layer found on our website.  For now let's focus on snow loads and how to avoid adding to the tipping point of any #roofcollapse . Take a average colonial style home with a 25 square roof and let's see what that roof really weighs in at. Here is a brief list of the material and weight used on a 25 square roofing job with standard three tab shingles.

* 25 Square of roofing shingles at 220 lbs per square  = 5,500 lbs
* 5 Rolls of 15 lb roofing underlayment at 44 lbs per roll = 220 lbs
* 4 Rolls of  Snow and Ice shield at 35 lbs per roll = 140 lbs
* Other roofing accessories drip edge, collars,  nails  ect = 100 lbs
        
Total weight placed on top of the home a whopping 5, 960 pounds!

In our example every layer of roofing materials adds approximately 3 tons of weight to the top side of your home.  So on our hypothetical house when a second layer of roofing is installed over a old existing layer without stripping off the old roof they are going to end up with approximately 6 Tons or 12,000 pounds of roofing material on their home.  To paint a picture a Chevy Tahoe SUV like the one in the picture weighs around 5,000 lbs to get the full effect call some friends since you will need to add five 200 lb people inside the SUV to equal the weight of that second layer of roofing.  This SUV amount of weight is in addition to the weight already on your home from the original roof that was not stripped off.  To summarize a 25 Square roof with two layers of roofing  is the equivalent weight of two fully loaded SUV  trucks on top of your home not including any snow loads.  Next time someone offers to re-roof your home without stripping off the old shingles remember this picture, add a second layer get a SUV free! 
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Working all over Maryland you see some pretty nice places.  I think sometimes we miss how #beautiful the places we live and work really are. A while back I started to use my work camera to take pictures of all the beautiful places I've had the privilege to see.  #America really is a blessed land and place of great beauty. This is Keedysville Maryland.
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Driving home about 4 weeks ago I saw these two #BaldEagles in a field on the eastern shore of Delmarva. A couple of cars had stopped to get a look at the Eagles.  Then when I started to take some pictures one took flight.   Delaware, Maryland and Virginia  have some really beautiful areas and it's nice to see the Bald Eagle is a part of it.  
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Customer always comes first video. Something we truly have tried to do all these years.

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Spring is on the way!  It may look cold and snowy but its only 30 days, 22 hours, 49 minutes and 45 seconds until Spring arrives!  Attention all roofers start your engines!
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Maryland Shingle Roofing, Siding and Windows starts 2014 with a fresh new look!  Our new updated website and soon to be blog will add a new way to keep in touch. Our blog will keep our customers informed of the many services we offer and beautiful places we work.  Take a look at all our updated and ever growing information at our new website!
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