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Signs you may need a new roof

The following things might indicate your roof needs some attention:

 

Missing Shingles

Cracked Shingles

 

Interiors Leaks

Siding Damage

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Curled Shingles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Moss, Algae, or Lichen Growth

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More granules in your gutters than on the roof

 

 

 

 

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Water stains or rotted wood in your attic

 

 

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Call 443-802-2180 or email info@streamline-exteriors.com to schedule a free, no-obligation evaluation.

 

 

 

Business Owners: Protect Your Roof Investment

Whether you are the owner of a large apartment complex or the neighborhood corner store, the last thing you want to worry about is a roof leak that will cost you time and money. The simple solution is to protect your business before trouble begins. There are a number of ways to accomplish this.

You are too busy with what is in front of you. You shouldn’t have to worry about what is above you.

Prevention- Schedule a yearly inspection. Addressing any potential problem areas can be done on your schedule, limiting interruption to your daily routine, while avoiding costly emergency fees. Also, if any flat roof repairs are necessary, you will know exactly how much to budget for.

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Repair- Seek out repairs at the first sign of any leakage. A leaky roof can mean loss of business and loss of goods. Damaged flooring, furniture, electronics, and merchandise can add up rather quickly. As a business owner, you want to protect your property and save money at the same time.

Replacement- If roof repairs will not solve the problem, replacing your current roof may be the best and most economical option. How can purchasing a new roof be economical? If you take into consideration the cost of continual repairs and possible damage bills, it may be the least expensive route in the long run.

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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” -Benjamin Franklin

 

Call 443-802-2180 or email us at info@streamline-exteriors.com to schedule your free, no-obligation evaluation. We would like to meet with you so we may answer any of your flat roof maintenance or replacement questions. We provide the answers and service you desire.

Free Seamless Gutter System

Join us in celebrating a great year in business with Free Seamless Gutters with the purchase of a roof replacement.

Benefits of a Streamline Exteriors Seamless Gutter System Include:

  • Greatly Reduces the Chance for Leaks
  • Eliminates Unsightly Seams
  • Custom Fabricated on Job Site to Ensure Exact Measurements to Fit
  • Many Colors to Choose From
  • Installed with Hidden Hangers

*Proposal acceptance and installation of new roof required. New gutter system must be installed at time of or within 30 days of roof replacement.   Not valid with any other offers or prior sales.  Not valid with any other advertised or unadvertised discounts or promotions. Offer has no cash value. Offer includes aluminum k-style gutter systems only. Sale/discount excludes current and prior contracts. Newly installed gutter system will match the existing gutter system. Streamline Exteriors reserves the right to design the system if there is no existing system on the house. Gutter system offer must be used on the same house/structure where roof is to be replaced. Offer may be cancelled without prior notice. Offer expires 12/31/2013.

Call 443-802-2180 or email us at info@streamline-exteriors.com to schedule your free, no-obligation estimate!

Roof Replacement

Replacing your roof is a major and important investment. A quality roofing system involves the underlayments, shingles and ventilation products all working together. A complete roof system is designed to provide optimum performance.

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Drip edge- Drip edge protects the edges of roof sheathing from water penetration during driving rains.

Ice & Water Shield- Waterproofing shingle underlayment prevents leaks from wind-driven rain and ice dams in vulnerable areas. These vulnerable areas include all valleys (where two roof planes intersect), around chimneys, walls, skylights, vents, and a minimum of 24″ past the interior wall line at the eave provides your first line of defense.

Underlayment- (felt paper) Underlayment covers the entire roof decking and provides and additional layer of protection against the elements.

Starter strip- Starter strip is installed along all the edges of your roofline to prevent wind and water intrusion under the shingle.

Asphalt Shingles- While shingles comes in a variety of designs and colors; they serve a primary, practical purpose. To create a watertight, wind-resistant seal that protects your roof from environmental damage.

Click on the manufacturers to view their product online: GAF Certainteed TAMKO

Attic Ventilation- Proper ventilation provides longevity to all of the roof’s components by removing excess and humid heat and allowing air to circulate.

Shingle Cap- Protects the roof’s peak and enhances its overall look.

We hope this information will make you a more knowledgeable consumer and, when the time comes, a smart roof system buyer. We are Certainteed Certified Master Shingle Company.

Call (443) 802-2180 or email us to schedule your free, no-obligation estimate. We look forward to working with you.

Ice Dams

Ice dams form when heat enters an attic and melts snow on the roof. Themelted snow (water) runs down the roof, under the blanket of snow, to the edge of the roof where colder conditions cause it to freeze, forming ice dams. If ice dams are not removed, water may be caught behind them, forced under shingles or spill over to form icicles. This can result in costly damage to your home: wet (ineffective) insulation; stained or cracked plaster or sheetrock; damp, rotting walls; and stained, blistered or peeling paint.

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Ways to prevent ice dams

Insulate- Do not let the heat from your home escape into your attic. The function of insulation is to resist the transfer of heat from your living space to the attic. An attic floor with sealed bypasses and properly installed insulation will be the most effective. Proper insulation will also save you money on your home’s heating bill.

Ventilate-   Install ridge vents at the peaks of your roof. Also, vents along the soffits and eaves of your roof. This will allow proper air circulation, keeping the temperature of the attic consistent with the outside air.

Clean your gutters- Clogged gutters give the snow and ice somewhere to accumulate. We recommend cleaning your gutters at least twice per year, once in the spring and fall.

Underlayment- Water-proofing underlayment does not prevent the formation of ice dams, it will prevent backed up water from getting into the house. It is a critical last line of defense against leaks, preventing backed up water from getting into your home wherever it is applied. When installing any roof system, we apply ice & water shield underlayment to before the shingles are applied as recommending by the manufacturers.

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The Truth About Gutter Protection

 

Which is the best gutter protection system for your home?  Should you just forget about protection altogether and have Streamline Exteriors clean the gutters regularly?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAny type of gutter protection may help keep your gutters clean, but your expectations have to be realistic and some maintenance will be necessary. Perfect gutter protection, one that is completely maintenance free, does not exist. Due to regular wear and tear, gutters need to be adjusted and/or tightened. Roofs in wooded areas need to be cleared of debris and of course even high-quality gutter protection needs to be maintained in order for it to perform properly. Gutter protection is a tool to reduce the frequency of gutter cleaning and maintenance, not eliminate gutter cleanings completely.

 

 

What “sensible” gutter protection does Streamline Exteriors  work with?

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Leaf Relief is one of the best products available. It is simple, sturdy, and in the right application, cost effective. Additionally, we recommend that customers who want gutter protection realize that they should the roof, gutters and gutter protection cleaned and maintained at least once per year or as otherwise recommended. Unlike some companies who provide gutter protection, we do not make claims that your gutters will be “clog free for 25 years or a lifetime.” Rather, we view gutter protection as a tool to reduce the frequency of gutter cleaning and maintenance.

 

Would you install gutter protection other than Leaf Relief?
We get requests to install gutter protection that homeowners buy on the internet or from hardware stores and we are happy to install those products and accommodate our customers with our informed opinion regarding them. The price of installation will be determined by the price of gutter cleaning and the difficulty of the job. We will also provide the homeowner with a gutter cleaning price with the gutter protection in place and suggest at least a once a year cleaning and check-up for the system. We will not obligate ourselves to stand behind the performance or the warranty of a particular product, but we will insure that the gutter protection is installed properly.

 

READ THE FINE PRINT ON ALL “25 year, no-clog” WARRANTIES!
Terms like “lifetime” warranty or “never clogs,” are the type of language designed to get the end-user to think a particular gutter protection product is completely maintenance free.

Most warranties originate from the manufacturers, not installers of gutter protection products. They often offer what appear to be excellent warranties that are in fact so good that they are unbelievable. While the gutter protection is warranted not to clog for 25 years or lifetime, the warranty will often spell out that periodic or occasional cleaning is necessary or that a special brush will be supplied for the homeowner to periodically brush off the fine screen mesh or filter. Rather than just listening to the hype about a revolutionary product that promises to save you time and money, please read the fine print of the full version of a warranty for conditions, exclusions, prorating and remedies to any problems. Most gutter protection systems list the full version of their warranties on their websites or you can call the company directly and request one.

 

 

Regular gutter maintenance is often the best and most economical way to keep your gutters functioning. In fact, there is nothing more reliable than a professional cleaning the gutters, removing roof debris and evaluating the conditions of your gutter system routinely.

 

All of our routine gutter cleanings include:

  •  Debris removal from all gutters
  • Clearing all downspouts
  • Tightening the entire gutter system
  • Inspection  of the gutter system for any repairs that may be necessary

Let Streamline Exteriors do a FREE – No Obligation Consultation to discuss the best solution for your home. Call 443-802-2180 or email us to schedule.

Tips for winterizing your skylight

untitledSkylight manufacturer Velux, offers these tips for preparing your skylights for cooler months, as well as for year-round care and maintenance:

1. Have your fixed or venting skylights inspected by a qualified professional. While issues such as damaged claddings or flashings would be obvious, other problems might only be diagnosed through a professional inspection.

2. Remove any debris that has accumulated around the exterior of the skylight.

3. Thoroughly clean the glass part of your skylight, inside and out. You’ll likely need a ladder to reach it, so be sure to take steps to prevent a fall. Use a mild, non-abrasive glass cleaner and a soft brush or other non-abrasive applicator to clean the glass, and immediately remove the cleaner with a squeegee or lint-free cloth. Never use metal scrapers, knives or blades of any kind to clean large areas of glass.

4.  Clean interior frames – often pre-painted wood or plastic – with a damp cloth or mild, soapy water for tougher dirt. Remove insect screens in venting skylights, spray with a garden hose and allow them to dry completely before replacing them.

5. If your skylight’s pre-finished wood frame needs refinishing, thoroughly remove the factory finish. Make sure the surface is clean, then apply a coat of water-based acrylic varnish or paint, following the manufacturer’s instructions for application. Be sure to keep all varnish and paint off the skylight gaskets and glass. Velux does not recommend painting over plastic frames and sashes.

6. Care for the mechanics of your skylights. Open venting skylights (turn off the power if they’re electric) and wipe off the chain using a clean, dry towel and no cleaner or solvent of any kind. For manual skylights, inspect the loop or crank handle to ensure it’s secure. Don’t add lubrication to your skylight’s moving parts; the internal workings of manual and electric operators are considered maintenance-free, and are pre-lubed, so they should require no additional lubrication.

7. Add blinds. A must-have aesthetic accessory available in more than 100 colors and patterns, blinds also provide extra insulation and allow you to control the amount of sunlight that enters through your skylights. They are also particularly effective at retaining heat during cool weather; studies show that adding a blind to make a complete skylight system can increase energy efficiency by 37 percent.  That gain in efficiency jumps to as much as 45 percent with a blackout blind used on a fixed skylight, according to Velux. Plus, you may be eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit for solar blinds.

8. Consider an inexpensive upgrade from fixed skylights to venting models. Venting skylights can help you enjoy fresh fall air by providing passive ventilation in addition to more natural light. If you happen to be replacing your roof, there is no better time to upgrade skylights. If you happen to be replacing a plastic bubble skylight with an Energy Star-qualified glass model, you can save up to $194 per year on your cooling costs.

We offer free, no-obligation estimates. Call 443-802-2180 or email us today to schedule.

Tips for Inspecting Your Roof

House HuntingBy having your roof inspected regularly and making small repairs can prevent costly repairs down the road. The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends you have a professional roof inspection at least twice a year, once in the spring and fall.

Interior (Attic)

  • Places where the roof deck is sagging
  • Signs of water damage or leaking
  • Dark stains-If you find dark spots, see if they are still wet or are old. Push a sharp screwdriver into the wood. If it is soft, it is a sign of rot. If the wood is stained but still dry and firm, it may be an old leak that has been repaired.
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Exterior check

  • Visually inspect your roof for cracked, torn, curling, bald or missing shingles.
  • Loose material or wear around chimneys, vents, pipes or other penetrations.
  • Excessive amounts of shingle granules in the gutters. The granules resemble large grains of sand. This may be a sign of advanced wear.
  • Signs of moisture, rot, or mold. Wet spots may not be directly under your faulty shingle; water can travel down to its lowest point before it drips.
  • Gutters and downspouts should be securely attached and free of debris. We recommend having your gutters cleaned at least twice a year, once in the spring and fall.

If you find problems, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to replace your entire roof. Many repairs can be made before a complete replacement is necessary.

Call 443-802-2180 or email us to schedule your next roof evaluation. Streamline Exteriors is proud to be an independently owned & operated family business. Our services include residential and commercial roofing, siding, and gutter installation, repair, and maintenance. We proudly serve the Annapolis, Baltimore and DC areas.

The Psychology of Color- What does the color of you home say about you?

houseDid you know that the psychology of color and its associations can have a profound impact on how people view you and your home? It doesn’t matter if you have your heart set on lime green vinyl siding or a candy apple red front door – every color means something. The color experts at James Hardie Siding give us a glimpse at what each color really stands for.

 

  • Blue is the color of the sky, water and mountains. In the northeast part of the country, gray-blue shades are associated with weathered wood that’s reminiscent of Nantucket. Blue exteriors are calming, relaxing and fit in with any landscape.

 

  • Red on a home’s exterior is most commonly associated with nature’s flowers and fruits. Nature uses red in most cases as an accent, especially when seen in bright, clean shades. Deeper, grayer-toned reds are common in Midwestern farm areas and northern areas of the country and therefore have a very warm, friendly rural feeling. Reds are also associated with fall leaves and bark and work well in landscapes that experience all four seasons.

 

  • Yellow is strongly associated with sunshine. It also has strong links to flowers, especially in the spring. Traditional associations, such as energy and intellect, do not translate well when yellow is used on the exterior of a home. Yellow homes appear to be clean, fresh and happy houses.

 

  • Green in many parts of the country is strongly associated with nature, new growth, trees and shrubs. Greens that are more yellow-based will be associated with new growth and springtime. Deeper greens are linked to maturity, such as older plants or trees. Keep in mind when working in arid areas of the southwest that there are limited associations to this color in nature, so use it sparingly as an accent color, if at all.

 

  • White is generally associated with adjectives such as pure, clean, new and bright. These are all positive associations, but be careful of using too much white on your exterior because it can be very boring. If you really want a white house, make sure you use some other colors to add interest, personality and drama.

 

  • Brown is most frequently associated with earth, Mother Nature and warmth. Since many James Hardie® siding textures resemble wood, shades of brown authenticate this look and can enhance design.

 

Streamline Exteriors is proud to be a independently owned & operated family business. Our services include residential and commercial roofing, siding, and gutter installation, repair, and maintenance. Contact us by phone or email to discuss your next project.

Tips for reducing mosquitoes around your home

mosquitoClogged gutters not only create the potential of causing damage to your roof and home’s exteriors, but also attract insects to your outdoor living space. Having your gutters properly maintained by the professionals at Streamline Exteriors will help to lessen the amount of mosquitoes and others pests you see during the warm seasons.
Why are mosquitoes attracted to gutters?

Mosquitoes love standing water. It provides them with an ideal breeding ground and easy access to their favorite meal – you. Keeping a clean gutter system will lessen the amount of mosquitoes you see during the warm seasons.


Why are good gutters important to keep them away? 

Proper gutter systems make a huge difference in the way water moves around your home. A good gutter system moves excess water safely away from the home, therefore pools are far less likely to gather nearby that attract mosquitoes. If gutters are clean and working properly, you should notice a decrease in the amount of mosquitoes and other pesky insects living in the area outside the home.

How do I know when to have my gutters cleaned? 

You should stick a regular gutter cleaning schedule to ensure effective pest prevention. We recommend at least twice a year, once in the spring and fall. If you can’t do it regularly, check your downspouts during a rainstorm. If they don’t seem to be flowing well, it’s probably time to clean your gutters. If you live in a two-story house, you can also check your gutters from a window on the second floor.
Other areas in the yard that may hold water and attract mosquitoes:

  • Potted plants with pans underneath that hold water are good breeding sites. 
  • Drainage ditches with emergent vegetation
  • Standing water in low grassy areas
  • Old tires
  • Rain barrels
  • Unused or poorly maintained pools
  • Tree stumps
  • Flat roofs
  • Boats on trailers
  • Tarped vehicles
  • Birdbaths, barbecue grills, ashtrays and other small containers
  • Tall Grass

Call 443-802-2180 or email the professionals at Streamline Exteriors to schedule your next gutter cleaning.