Amazing Roofing Collection: Part One.

This is a collection of some of the most interesting and inspiring roofs form around the world. We collected so many we are splitting this blog into two! Here’s round one:Image

Roof garden: We have a lot of fun “green roofs” on this post, but this one is the only delightful country garden.

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Farming: An urban roof farm in Brooklyn, New York.

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Recycled: This roof is made entirely from used tires. We wonder, does it smell like burning rubber when the sun is blaring?

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Decorative: The roof at the Grand Palace makes quite the colorful statement!

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Clay: This clay roof touches both the sky and the grass.

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Whimsical: Looks like it was pulled right from the pages of a fairytale book!

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Roof-pool: We see roof pools a lot in the city, but this one takes the concept to whole new level. So very beautiful and serene.

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Desert: Not all roof gardens are perfectly lush and manicured. This “green roof” blends perfectly with it’s natural desert surroundings.

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Siding: When roofing becomes siding…

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Urban garden: Top of City Hall in Chicago, Illinois.

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Painted: Beautiful painted roof in the country.

Roof farming: Check out these goats that live on a restaurant roof in Sister Bay, Wisconsin!

**Stay tuned for the second part!

Using Your Attic to Determine the Condition of Your Roof

What homeowner wants to brave the winter elements to check on the health of his roof? And yet, given the crucial role roofs play in determining a house’s efficiency (yes, that means utility bills) most people think they have no choice but to go mano-a-mano with all that snow and ice, ladders, and recreation of a bad Christmas comedy… Turns out most people are wrong, you can just check your attic instead.

So here are 4 simple checks to mark off your list while looking up:

1. Animal damage. Have those pesky birds, bats, squirrels and raccoons have gotten snuggly in your attic?  Any signs of nests, droppings and gnawed wood, wires or insulation, should set off a red-light alarm in your head. First, call a pest professional immediately. Second, call a roofing specialist to asses the damage.

2. Leaks. “Tut tut, it looks like…” a fancy Nor’easter? It’s gonna rain. It’s gonna snow. It’s going to get ugly. And when it does, shine a flashlight up in the attic in search of not just dripping water and condensation, but also water stains on the ceiling, walls and floor.

3. Ventilation. “The attic is like the lungs of the house,” says Joplin. “It must be able to breathe in order to function properly.” Therefore, if your vents are stuffed with debris, they need to be cleared.

4. Structure. Now that you’re in the attic, take a look up. Are sections of the roof sagging? If so, that signals potential structural weakness requiring professional repair.

**Bonus tip: Of course, for those who insist on venturing outside in the cold (because that’s how we separate the men from the boys, of course)- You can still check for structural deformities without climbing any treacherous ladders by using binoculars to zoom in. From the safety of the ground, quite the novel idea! Look for missing shingles, and broken gutters.

The Chill is Already Here! Learn About Winterizing Your Windows…

It’s here, and we certainly can’t avoid it- the chill. Chances are if it’s starting to cut through your jeans, it’s capable of seeping through your windows.

Windows can be your best friend or worst enemy during the cold dark months of winter. On the one hand, they allow light and warmth from the sun into your home and are your portals to the outside world. On the other hand, they can allow heat to escape, driving up energy costs, and costing hundreds of dollars per year.

It is estimated that as a whole, homeowners in the United States waste $25 billion in heating air that eventually leaks through improperly insulated windows.

Proper preparation can save you a significant amount of money in heating costs and keep you warmer this winter.

Sunlight can be a natural source of heat, even in the winter. Some glass has a thin coat on one side which allows the sun to penetrate from one direction but is tinted in such a way that the thermal energy remains inside. This type of tinting is generally found in double-glazed glass – windows with more than one layer of glass – because it is delicate.

Even without special tinting, it is important to keep your windows clean to maximize the amount of sunlight penetrating your home.

The type of frame you use is significant, too. Frames made out of aluminum are susceptible to expanding in the hot weather, causing leakage. Vinyl frames are low cost and mold well to any shape, but are liable to warp or twist. Wooden frames are more reliable and aren’t as affected by temperature extremes, but may crack or warp from moisture. Fiberglass frames are fairly new, and don’t shrink or warp. Wooden frames are generally considered more attractive.

Regardless of what kind of materials are used, the actual condition of the windows is a key factor in minimizing heat loss. Look at the frames of your windows. Different kinds of window frames are susceptible to a varying amount of leakage. The quality of the frame is also a concern. In order to minimize heat lost through a leaky frame, you may want to use caulk to close any holes, or add weather stripping around the areas where leakage is more likely.

The best way to reduce energy wasted through old windows is to replace them with new energy efficient windows.

The quality of newer windows far exceeds even the finest quality windows that are 20 years old or more. This is an investment that pays for itself in comfort and savings on heat and electric bills in both winter and summer months.

Tips for DIY:

  • Before applying caulk, remove old caulk and paint residue from the window with a brush, putty knife, or fluid designed to dissolve the residue.
  • Apply the caulk to all joints of the frame, including where the frame meets the wall. Caulk should be applied during dry, warm weather to set properly.
  • Weather stripping seals the movable part of the window where it comes in contact with the frame or fixed part of the window. It is generally made of rubber, felt, vinyl, foam, or metal.
  • Storm windows will also help keep energy costs down by providing an extra layer of protection from the wind and helping to contain condensation. They can reduce heat loss by 25 to 50 percent.

Have you considered your decorating?

Another way to retain heat comes from your choice of window treatments. No matter what you use to cover your windows, keeping the covering open during the day will allow the sun’s rays to contribute to the heating of your house, and closing them at night will keep some of the heat in. Treatments that let heat into the house include drapes, roller shades, Venetian or vertical blinds. Be aware of any external shading devices that may block sunlight, such as awnings, roof overhangs, or shutters.

Just a small bit of knowledge and preparation can save you a couple of bucks in heating over the winter, and over time, it can add to quite a penny.

Highlighted excepts from “How to Prepare Your Windows for Winter” By Dave Hoffman.

WEATHER Blog: Warm Air Will Stick Around

Let us help keep you cool by inspecting your roof & windows!

CBS Baltimore

Tuesday morning’s front left little in the way of rainfall.  However, it did leave us in a much different air mass Tuesday afternoon.  Temperatures have jumped to the low 80s, while the dewpoints remain high from the morning rain – creating muggy conditions.  The warm air is going to stick around for the rest of the week with varying chances for showers and thunderstorms.

The next chance for showers comes late Tuesday night and Wednesday, as a new front moves our way.  That front gets out of here slowly on Thursday, again giving us the chance for a shower or thunderstorm.  During this stretch, highs will be above average but probably not as high as Tuesday.  We are forecasting temperatures to top out in the upper 70s/near 80 degrees.

The storm track lifts just enough to the north for even warmer air and sunshine Friday.  However, it’s still going to be close enough…

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Time for Spring Cleaning!

Taylor Global LLC

Home Maintenance Checklist for Spring

 


Most homeowners know regular maintenance is a must. Anytime is the perfect time for routine maintenance checks on many areas of your home. But how do you decide what needs to be done, and in what priority?

The experts at ServiceMagic.com, a Web site that helps connect homeowners with prescreened contractors in their area, offer the following checklist to help you shape up your home:

  • Gutters and downspouts:  Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts. Reattach gutters that have pulled away from the house. Run a hose on the roof and check for proper drainage. If leaks exist, dry the area and use caulking or epoxy to seal the leak.
  • Siding: Clean siding with a pressure washer to keep mold from growing. Check all wood surfaces for weathering and paint failure. If wood is showing through, sand the immediate area and apply…

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Cut Your Energy Costs Day

Yesterday, January 10, 2012 was National Cut Your Energy Costs Day.
How are you doing?
What does it mean to be energy efficient?

Energy efficient means to reduce the amount of energy required to provide products and services. In regards to housing, we specifically like to focus on the subject of insulating your home… to allow it to use less heating and cooling energy while still achieving and maintaining a comfortable temperature. How can you do this? By using the proper doors and windows and making sure your roof is up to par.

Jerry’s Siding and Roofing can take care of all three of these aspects for you. Call us today @ #: 410-766-6800 to make an appointment for your free estimate TODAY! I mean, we do want to honor yesterday’s big day, right?! : )

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Roof Replacement and Repair

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Top-quality building product companies like Tamko and CertainTeed offer asphalt shingles and a whole lot more—slate, steel and fiberglass, to name a few. Jerry’s Siding & Roofing professionals are trained and certified to expertly install every type of roof, from the underlayment on the bottom to the ventilation at the top.

Metal roofing, used during the late 1700s and still visible on many historic buildings, is making a comeback in the residential market. Steel shingles—made to look like tile—are also gaining popularity. Tile steel shingles are attractive, durable and energy efficient.

Fiberglass shingles offer a reliable and economical option. In addition to a 25-year product limited warranty, they come with a 10-year algae relief-algae cleaning limited warranty—a desirable service in an area with high humidity.

Contact us to learn more about these and other home improvement products and services.

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