This Month in Gaithersburg Homeowner News: October

By Ben Matthews | Oct 18, 2017 6:00:00 AM

October already, and 2017 is quickly hurtling toward its conclusion. Halloween caps off this month, and we promise not to tell anyone if you buy peanut butter cups for trick-or-treaters but secretly hope many don’t come to your door! We’ve included tips for the spooky holiday in this post, but first, the news …

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What Is James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding?

By Ben Matthews | Oct 11, 2017 6:00:00 AM

The exterior of your house, particularly the siding, is worth more than you might think. Like the roof, siding provides structure to your home and protects the inhabitants within it from the elements.

Then, there’s home value to consider. According to Remodeling magazine’s 2017 Cost vs. Value Report, new siding recovers 82 percent of its cost upon resale in homes in the South Atlantic region. And that number doesn’t even take into account how much more difficult it is to sell a house with dull, cracked siding.

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Contractor Horror Stories: 5 Ways to Avoid Hiring the Wrong Residential Contractor

By Ben Matthews | Oct 4, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Do an internet search on “residential contractor horror stories” and the results you get back may make you never want to hire someone to do work on your home again. Some common, frightening themes of woe you might see:

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This Month in Gaithersburg Homeowner News: September

By Ben Matthews | Sep 27, 2017 6:00:00 AM

The arrival of autumn signals cooler weather, falling leaves (accompanied by the need to rake), and a wonderful time of the year in Gaithersburg and the entire DMV. Fall is the perfect season to take on household projects—we’ve escaped the summer heat but still have plenty of time before winter sets in (and, frankly, we’re in no rush for another rough winter …). Don a sweatshirt, take a look outside, and see what needs to be done. You might appreciate sorting out the garage or washing exterior windows now rather than having to do so in the spring.

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5 Tips for Filing a Roofing Insurance Claim

By Ben Matthews | Sep 20, 2017 6:00:00 AM

The hurricanes of 2017 have been a brutal reminder of the havoc that extreme weather can wreak on families and the homes they live in. Although the DMV rarely takes the brunt of tropical storms the way other parts of the South and Southeast do, Mother Nature can still hammer roofs in our region, from heavy snowfall bringing branches down on homes in the winter to hail and high winds in the spring and summer to nor’easters and other storms in the fall.

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6 Tips for Picking the Right Color for Your Roof Replacement

By Ben Matthews | Sep 13, 2017 6:00:00 AM

 

Many factors go into roof replacement. Homeowners must think about cost, materials, choosing a contractor, warranties, and how soon they need the job done or whether they can hold off a few months. What they might initially overlook is which color their new roof should be. The choice is important because once a color is picked and the roof is installed, they will be stuck with it for 30 years or longer.

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How to Find the Best Solar Panels for Home Use

By Ben Matthews | Sep 6, 2017 6:00:00 AM


The number of solar cells sold jumped by 95 percent in 2016.
Although much of this near-doubling was from utility installations, residential installations also noticeably increased. People across the country—and not just in sunnier regions—are turning to solar to lower their energy bills and take a proactive step to help the environment.

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Asphalt Roof Shingles vs. Slate Roof Tiles: Which One’s Better?

By Ben Matthews | Aug 30, 2017 6:00:00 AM

With so many roof replacement options available to homeowners, some people understandably aren’t sure which material is best for their homes. One debate we see often is between asphalt shingles and slate tiles. Both are common in Maryland, and we specialize in installing both. Is one better than the other? Read on to find out.

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This Month in Gaithersburg Homeowner News: August

By Ben Matthews | Aug 23, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Wow, summer went fast! It always does, doesn't it? Gaithersburg kids are going back to school, the weather is getting just a tad cooler, and our NFL team’s season is starting again. Here are the latest events and happenings Gaithersburg homeowners should know about as fall approaches:

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Going Solar: 6 Things Homeowners Should Know About Residential Solar Panels

By Ben Matthews | Aug 16, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Google launched an ambitious initiative in 2015 to map the solar capabilities of buildings throughout the United States. Project Sunroof takes imagery from Google Maps and Google Earth to determine how much sunlight hits individual structures. The results so far have been startling: 79 percent of all rooftops evaluated so far are technically viable—meaning they get enough sunlight—to support solar and provide a return on investment.

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