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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 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.
  • Outside light showing through the roof

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.