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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The Ultimate Guide to Preparing Your Home for Selling

By Ben Matthews | Aug 9, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Preparing a home for sale requires some strategy on your part. To maximize the price you hope to get and complete the sale within your desired time frame, your house must be as perfect as possible for potential buyers. The DMV housing market is strong but not so strong that you can let your home appear mediocre and still command top dollar. Therefore, diligent preparations before you list are highly recommended.

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The Home Maintenance Checklist for Severe Weather

By Ben Matthews | Aug 2, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Washington D.C. and its surrounding areas do not suffer as much risk for direct hits from hurricanes as other parts of the Atlantic seaboard, for which residents are thankful. However, we still encounter the effects of powerful storms making their way up the coast. Homes may be subject to heavy rains, high winds, hail, and other severe weather effects from the outer reaches of the hurricane or the remnants of a weakened, but still dangerous, storm.

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Ask a Contractor: Q&A With a Residential Roof Repair Expert

By Ben Matthews | Jul 26, 2017 6:00:00 AM

You have questions about residential roof repair. Lucky for you, we have expert answers to provide. Here are some questions that local roofing contractors often hear from customers, with our responses:

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6 Things to Know Before Replacing Your Residential Windows

By Ben Matthews | Jul 19, 2017 6:00:00 AM

You’ve likely heard the expression “The eyes are the window to the soul.” In the home improvement realm, we’re going to rearrange that a little: “The windows are the eyes of your home’s soul.”

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The Pros and Cons of Working with a Local Roofing Company

By Ben Matthews | Jul 12, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Installing a new roof is an incredibly important—and sometimes stressful—decision for homeowners. Cost often factors into roofing choices; depending on materials used, the size of the home, and the contractor hired, you can easily pay five digits for a replacement roof. On a more personal level, the roof is what holds a house together. A quality roof protects your home for decades; a shoddy one can lead to more problems—and more stress—down the line.

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Flat Roof Repair and Replacement Costs in Washington, D.C., and Maryland

By Ben Matthews | Jul 5, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Flat roofs offer an attractive, economical, durable, long-term option for homes built with a minimal slope up top. However, homeowners with flat roofs must be diligent, because repairs and leaks that aren’t addressed can escalate in a hurry.

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Types, Availability, and Cost of Solar Roof Tiles in D.C. and Maryland

By Ben Matthews | Jun 28, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Solar roof panels were once seen as a futuristic luxury—something reserved for rich homeowners in California or the desert (where it’s naturally sunnier) and only achievable with a willingness to install clunky, unattractive hardware atop your house. In other words, for D.C. and Maryland homeowners, going solar was often prohibitively expensive and practically unfeasible.

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Guide to the Cost of Residential Solar Panels in Washington, D.C.

By Ben Matthews | Jun 21, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Residential solar energy continues to expand in popularity and output in the United States. According to Greentech Media, residential solar installations grew by 19 percent in 2016, while new residential output totaled 2,583 megawatts, enough to fully power more than 400,000 homes. Homeowners, either driven by environmental awareness or lower energy bills, or both, are choosing residential solar panels. Clearly, this green approach is no longer a fad.

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7 Types of Roof Shingles Best for Maryland and D.C.

By Ben Matthews | Jun 14, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Uh-oh—you have found a few shingles from your roof strewn about your backyard. Or you noticed many shingles curling up in the corners, which is a sure sign your roof is old or failing and might need to be attended to. Or worse, water is leaking through the roof. Or simply, you want a new look and roof functionality for your house.

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