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.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions and we have the answers.

How much do you charge for an estimate on a siding installation? 

Siding estimates are free. 

What types of siding are there?

Vinyl, fiber cement and cedar are the most common, but there are many types of siding.  Recommended uses are based on the following:  cost, maintenance, location, climate, HOA requirements, etc.  We will be glad to discuss these issues during the process of choosing the right siding product for your home.

What are the costs involved in having siding applied to my home?

Most people don’t realize that a typical 40’x28’ split foyer built in the 1980’s can be re-sided (including new trim and shutters) for under $5,000.00.  Re-siding your home is a very affordable home improvement project with a  high return in value and personal satisfaction, and has a tremendous impact on the curb appeal of your home.

Is it necessary to use house wrap?

House wraps, such as Tyvek, all have their pluses and minuses, but in general they are a great vapor barrier and provide some level of protection when used with the right accessories to protect against water infiltration, as vinyl siding is only a water repellant product that provides a level of waterproofing. There is also no “R” value gained in the installation of house wraps; they only provide a level of protection for air infiltration.

Probably the most noticeable gain that comes from house wraps is to the reduction in draftiness associated with homes built prior to 1990, when building codes were updated to address these issues. Recently, there has been much more emphasis put on water infiltration as the industry has addressed the inherent problems with typical vinyl siding, which is a product that has to allow for expansion and contraction associated with temperature changes.  This limits the amount of protection against water because of the inability to caulk at the transition point where the siding adjoins windows, trim etc. There are many products available that provide R-value gains, and we would be more than willing to discuss those with you.

Do I need a permit to have my siding replaced?

Permits are not typically required for the re-siding of your home, but we always adhere to the local government policy on permitting.

Please keep in mind that other projects may require a permit if you are making a structural change to your home.  For example, enlarging a window opening size where a new header needs to be installed.

Do I need HOA approval for my siding?

If you live in a community with a Homeowner’s Association (HOA), there is most likely a set of architectural rules which govern the types of exterior products that are allowed, including material, style and color.  Typically, you must submit your proposal to the HOA for review and approval prior to beginning your project. 

What are the different types of roofing shingles? Which do you recommend?

There are many types of roof shingles available, including asphalt (composition) shingles and cedar shingles. Most residential homes in our region use either 3-tab or architectural shingles, and our representative will work with you to find the product that works best with your home and budget.

Do you roof over an existing roof, or do you remove and replace all shingles?

We can roof over an existing roof; however, we will conduct a field inspection and make a recommendation as to which application is best for your home.

How long does it take to re-roof a home?

The length of time to re-roof a home depends on the size and condition of the roof, as well as shingle type. Our representative will provide a time frame to complete your new roof.

Will there be any damage to the rooms immediately below the roof work?

The roofing process will most likely create vibrations throughout your home. We always recommend that prior to commencing the project, you remove any special light fixtures, wall hangings (mirrors, pictures, display cases, etc.) and pull away from the wall those pieces of furniture containing fragile items (china cabinets, lamp tables, etc.). We will be happy to make recommendations for your particular project.

What type of warranty do you offer? Does it protect against bad weather?

Jerry’s Siding & Roofing, Inc. warrants our workmanship for a minimum of five years (see proposal and/or home improvement contract for workmanship warranty details), and each manufacturer offers its own product warranty for the shingles.

Do you take insurance in case of storm damage?

Yes, we will help you work with your homeowner’s insurance company to comply with its specific policies and procedure regarding reparations to your home.

What do you recommend for maintenance once the roof is installed?

We will provide you with the shingle manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance. However, some simple housekeeping tasks include:

  • Keep the surface of the roof clean. This includes removing debris that has collected behind HVAC units, pipes, and other roof penetrations.
  • Replace any lost or damaged shingles as soon as discovered.
  • Keep all gutters free of debris, and make sure downspouts are draining properly.
  • Keep overhanging tree limbs trimmed and away from your roof.

Do you provide ventilation?

Yes, our representative will include recommendations regarding ventilation in your proposal.

Do you install gutters if needed?

Yes, we can include gutter and/or downspout installation in your project.

How do you dispose of the old roofing materials?

We will provide a construction dumpster onsite to collect old roofing material. Upon completion of your project, the dumpster will be removed and emptied according to local regulations.

Storm damage? Of course we can help!

We may be called Jerry’s Siding & Roofing…but that’s not all we do! We’ve been doing residential & commercial projects for the past 25 years.

If you experienced flooding in your home or lost part of your roof or even have a few broken windows, please let Jerry’s help you.

The MOST important part of clean-up & recovery is your safety!
It’s not worth the risk of someone’s life for a novice to try and take care of it without the proper training and expertise.

Trust us…we’re here for you. We can be found at:
#: 410-766-6800
http://www.jerryssiding.com
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Siding * Roofing * Windows

Jerry’s Siding & Roofing, Inc.

Siding, Roofing and Vinyl Window Replacement

We’ve been doing that for 25 years! Jerry’s Siding & Roofing, Inc., was one of the first contractors in Maryland to offer vinyl siding-a leading product in the siding industry. Recently, when fiber-cement siding arrived on the scene, we quickly jumped onboard with that, too!

Jerry’s Siding & Roofing, Inc., will do your residential or commercial project with good, old-fashioned integrity and unmatched know-how. The siding, roofing and other products we use are engineered with specific performance qualities to match the extreme variables of climate that we experience here on the East Coast. We believe that’s important.

After we establish the technical aspects of your project, you’ll have some important choices to make with regard to style, color and material. (We offer a variety of exotic wood shingles, too!) We’ll bring actual siding samples to your home, along with photos of siding projects we’ve completed. Then, if you still want to see other siding projects, we’ll send you on a field trip to check out the homes of other happy siding or roofing customers! (They’re so pleased with our work. . . they love to show it off!)

Our company is big enough to schedule your job promptly, work consistently and finish on time – and we are small enough to give you personalized, one-on-one attention from beginning to end!

Siding… Windows… Doors… Roofing…. We do that too!

Did you know that replacement windows and doors are easier to install and available in more sizes and styles when done in connection with a siding job? You might want to think about that.

The roofing industry continues to improve on materials. Many roofing products carry a 30-year or lifetime warranty. If you’re going to stay in your home for the long haul, installing a sturdy new roof is one of the best ways to protect your investment.

Serving Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.