Roofing Tips

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
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
Jul 30

What You Should Know About Cleaning Your Roof

Did you know that one of the most important steps of roof maintenance is roof cleaning? The benefits of roof cleaning are many and include extending the life of your roof, helping the roof stay functional for a longer period of time and preventing decay, which could lead to expensive repairs or even a complete roof replacement. Here are few tips to consider about roof cleaning before you hire a contractor or start on […]

by Douglas Toler
Jul 15

How to Make a Wise Roofing Decision for You and Your Home

In our June blog, we provided 12 general business questions to ask roofing contractors before committing to hiring one. Today’s blog focuses on 10 additional questions that are more specific to roofing and your unique project. First, we recommend that you spend time examining your existing roof. Walk around your home a few times and even use binoculars if you can to get a good look at your roof from all angles. You can […]

by Douglas Toler
Jun 25

Before You Hire a Roofing Contractor, Ask These 12 Questions

We all hope we are choosing a roofing contractor who is honest and will do a professional job as promised, yet sadly, each year, the Better Business Bureau receives thousands of complaints about roofing contractors and their dishonest, deceptive practices. At Storm Guard Roofing and Construction of Chantilly, we believe that, when evaluating roofing contractors, it is extremely important to be informed and to get answers to several general business questions from a prospective […]

by Douglas Toler