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Dec 27

Replacing Windows in the Winter Can Save You Time and Reduce Your Energy Bill

Yes, the spring and summer are good times for replacing windows, but when done by a professional installer, windows can be replaced in the winter months too. The benefit of replacing windows in the “off” season is that you will most likely have a reduced wait time to get your project completed. In general, the wait times for receiving and installing windows are much shorter in the winter and installers have more availability in […]

by Douglas Toler
Dec 18

Common Causes of Winter House Fires

Although fires at home can occur during any season of the year, they are most common in the winter — primarily because people are spending more time indoors and using more appliances and equipment that can lead to unexpected fires. Fortunately, most of the time, winter house fires are preventable, but it’s a good idea to be familiar with the common causes of house fires during the coldest season of the year. And, always […]

by Douglas Toler
Nov 27

Ladder Safety Tips for Homeowners

While most professionals who use a ladder in their job are trained on ladder safety, few homeowners take the time to educate themselves on ladder safety before climbing up on one. To make sure you stay safe, here are some basic ladder safety guidelines from the American Ladder Institute: Never use a ladder that isn’t tall enough to reach the area you’re working on. The ladder should actually extend one foot beyond the work […]

by Douglas Toler
Nov 18

How to Hang Holiday Lights Without Damaging Your Roof or Yourself

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 15,000 injuries related to holiday decorating occur every November and December. That translates to 250 injuries per day during the holiday season! Not only can you hurt yourself, but you can also damage your roof. Here are a few tips to help you decorate for the holidays and minimize roof damage. Avoid Getting on the Roof Climbing on your roof yourself is never a […]

by Douglas Toler
Nov 06

Finding and Eliminating Drafts in Your Home

Before Old Man Winter arrives and temperatures start to drop, you may want to check your home for any drafts. According to the Department of Energy, drafts caused by air leaks in your home can increase your energy bill from 5% to 30%! Not only do drafts allow expensively heated or cooled air to escape, but they also cause uncomfortable drafts. Drafts, or air leaks, can come into your home through windows, doors, fireplaces, […]

by Douglas Toler
Oct 17

What You Need to Know About Proper Roof Ventilation

The need for roof ventilation wasn’t documented until the early- to mid-20th century when the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers recognized that building condensation problems could be caused by poor roof ventilation. Today, not only is ventilation recommended for your home, it is also required. Proper attic ventilation is important to the protection of your home and your comfort year-round — but especially throughout the cold months as it protects your […]

by Douglas Toler
Oct 01
Cleaning Gutters

Prepping Your Roof for the Fall Months

Between now and the first freeze of winter, there are steps you can take to prepare your roof for the upcoming bad weather and to maintain the life of your roof. The first is to clean your gutters. You might be surprised at how much debris can collect on your roof and in your gutters during the spring and summer months. Overtime, when leaves, twigs and other debris pile up in your gutter system, […]

by Douglas Toler
Sep 16

Should You Repair Your Old Roof or Sell Your Home As-is?

If you’re thinking about selling your home, knowing when to replace your roof is critical. To help you, here are some factors to consider. First, when buyers are paying a premium price for homes, they expect to receive a pristine property in return. And, according to a recent study of Millennial buyers, around half of them are looking for move-in ready homes that won’t require any kind of maintenance for at least the next […]

by Douglas Toler
Aug 28

You Think You’ve Experienced Hail Damage — Now What?

While the weather in Northern Virginia is usually fairly moderate, lately we’ve been experiencing strong winds and storms that seem to blow in out of nowhere and bring with them hail ranging in size from pennies to baseballs. According to NASA, “hail is formed in the updraft of a thunderstorm, when the wind carries water well above freezing level. The rain freezes, and becomes larger as large hail stones stick together, becoming so heavy […]

by Douglas Toler
Aug 20

Hiring Your Roofing Company to Install Your New Windows is a Smart Move

At some point, your residence or commercial business is going to need upgrades other than a new roof, such as new windows (or replacement siding, gutter repairs, or a fresh coat of paint). You may be surprised to learn that hiring your roofing company to install your windows can be a wise move that will save you both time and money. If your roofer has expertise in replacing and installing new windows, you won’t […]

by Douglas Toler