Get the elegant look of a slate roof… For a fraction of the cost

By Kim Cox:

I bet you didn’t know that natural slate is widely regarded as the most elegant, beautiful, and longest lasting roofing material available on the market…

That being said… it isn’t for everybody, and for several reasons.

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Don’t hire a roofing contractor before you ask them these 5 questions

By Kim Cox:

While there are many factors you should consider before hiring a roofing company to repair or replace the roof on your Maryland home…

Simply ask them these five questions, and it will save you tons of grief, wasted money, and help avoid further damage to your Maryland home due to hiring the wrong contractor.

No doubt you’ll want to hire someone who can quickly determine the root cause of your roof problem, and give you the best options to fix it right, the first time. Read more ›

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Don’t let old, stuck windows prevent you from enjoying the fresh smells of spring

By Kim Cox:

So I know what you’re thinking…

Why talk about spring when sunshine is only predicted two out of the next ten days… and it’s not even nice enough yet to open the windows?

You’re right… BUT it will be soon.

And don’t you want to be ready to enjoy it when it finally does get here? Read more ›

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Are these new solar shingles the future of residential roofing?

By Kim Cox:

So it looks like some really cool and exciting roofing shingles will be available from Tesla in a few months.

And these new shingles will have solar cells built right into them!

When your roof needs to be replaced… just imagine replacing it with shingles that can Read more ›

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Is the rigid foam board under vinyl siding really insulating your home?

By Kim Cox:

Before I answer this question, let me give you a little background on vinyl siding installation in our area.

As you know, here in Maryland, temperatures can fluctuate a lot, no matter what season it is.

And vinyl, by virtue of its composition… expands and contracts with changing temperature. That’s what vinyl does. So if it’s not installed correctly to allow for expansion and contraction, it warps, twists, and maybe even breaks.

If it’s attached to the home incorrectly, without proper backing, it will appear all wavy… looking more like a curvy mountain road than a straight wall. It ain’t pretty.

So there are some guidelines that professional vinyl siding contractors follow to make it look great, and prevent your brand new siding from getting damaged from the elements. Read more ›

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The 12 Days of Holiday Safety

By Kim Cox:

Like it or not, winter is almost officially here in Damascus, MD… and Christmas is only a week away!

So I’ve decided to mention 12 important, life-saving safety tips that will keep you and your family safe this holiday season and through the cold winter months ahead.

And yep… most of ’em are common sense, and you may know about most, but just maybe you’ll learn a thing or two…

And even save a life…

Prevent smoke… Prevent fires… Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning…

So here are all 12 in no particular order… Read more ›

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Leaf-clogged Gutters Can Cause $1000’s of Damage!

By Kim Cox:

The leaves are falling!

That means it’s time to start your yearly leaf cleanup…

Leaves in your yard are obvious because you can see them… but there’s also one more important item on your Maryland home you need to check out. And yet, it’s often overlooked.

It’s your gutters and downspouts.

You see, without proper precautions, falling leaves will completely clog up your gutter in no time. It’s a common problem, and one you should not ignore.

You may not realize it, but clogged gutters can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home. Read more ›

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ABC’s of Roof Replacement

By Kim Cox:

Every now and then, someone asks me what steps are needed to replace a roof… safely and correctly, so it will last as long as it should without problems.

So if you’ve ever wondered what’s involved,  I’m going to answer it right now, in a condensed and easy to understand way.

Obviously, there’s a ton more details involved in the actual work, but this will give you an idea of the process involved each time we replace a Maryland homeowner’s roof. Read more ›

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Vinyl siding that’s energy-efficient AND beautiful?

By Kim Cox:

Yep… it’s true!

Bet you didn’t know that Certainteed’s Cedarboards ™ insulated vinyl siding is a great option for your Maryland home…

Adding insulated siding to your home is like wrapping it in a comfortable weatherproof blanket – keeping your home cooler in the steamy summers and warmer in the winter, with R values of 2.0 – 2.7.

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Consumer Alert for Maryland Home Improvement Customers

By Kim Cox:

Maryland consumers now have more time to cancel a door-to-door home improvement contract… Courtesy of Maryland revised HB 439!

If you’re a Maryland resident, and plan on hiring a roofing, window, or siding contractor… Then this important law change may apply to you.

Effective June 1, 2016,  Maryland law gives buyers of home improvement services via door-to-door sales a total of five business days to cancel a transaction.

And get this…if you’re 65 or older, you get seven business days. Read more ›

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