Free Estimates in Baltimore

If your home needs renovations or updates Charis Contracting can help you with quality home improvement in the following areas:

If it’s a Baltimore roofing installation or repair you need, or if you’re ready to get started on a much-needed Baltimore home remodeling project, please take a minute to call Charis Contracting at 410-440-2991 to schedule a roof inspection or to discuss your remodeling ideas with them.

If you prefer, you can fill out the convenient form on this page to request a free roof inspection or a no-obligation estimate for your home improvement project

 

Winterizing Your Roof in Baltimore MD

Winter weather poses a number of problems for roofs, the biggest being added weight. This is especially true in climates that get a lot of snow but even heavy rains add significant weight to a roof. All that added weight can cause some costly damages to your roof if it isn’t well maintained. In order to get your roof ready before the winter weather hits, you need to make sure it’s prepared to deal with the extra weight.

Steps to Preparing your Roof for the Winter:

1.       Check for structural damage. If your roof is compromised structurally, it will have an even more difficult time bearing the extra weight during winter. You can check your roof’s structural integrity by looking for areas where your roof sags or is uneven. If anything looks unusual contact a roofing contractor for an inspection. A sagging roof is a sign that the roof deck is damaged.

2.       Inspect the gutter system. This is a critical step that is often overlooked. Your roof’s gutter system is responsible for draining water from off your roof. If your gutter system is in disrepair, it may not be able to adequately drain the water. That means that during the heavy rains this winter season, your roof will retain more water than it should and will be more likely to become damaged. Fortunately, this problem is easy to correct. Simply make sure that your rain gutters and downspouts are cleared of any debris and make sure the rain gutter is securely fastened to the roof all the way around so that your gutter system is not damaged during the winter.

3.       Check the valleys of your roof. The valleys are the areas where two different slopes intersect. These are problem areas for your roof as debris such as leaves and branches tend to pile up here. As with clogged rain gutters, roof valley’s that aren’t clear of debris can cause your roof to retain water. Make sure to keep the valleys clear throughout the winter months.

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Choosing The Right Windows

Many homes today are built with the basic types of standard windows. By updating or replacing old windows can make a nondescript home into one that shines with curb appeal. But you need to know what is available (and what it’s called) when talking to window contractor. Here are some basic window terms you should know:

    1.  Double hung – One of the most common windows and a great window for a period home. The window consists of two sashes that move up and down. Only half of the window can be open at one time.
    2. Casement – Another common window, casement windows are hinged vertically to swing in and out like a door and operated with a crank.
    3. Awning – Awning windows are similar to casement windows but are hinged horizontally.
    4. Jalousie – Jalousie windows are horizontally placed narrow strips of glass, lowered by crank. Out of favor today, they were very popular in the mid-century
    5. Sliding – Sliding windows move on top and bottom tracks. They are very common and can be inexpensive.
        Paladian – A paladian window consists of group of three windows with an arch over the center. These windows have become very popular in the last decade. They provide visual interest and drama to a home.
    6.  Picture – Picture windows are especially popular in ranch-style homes. They are large fixed windows flanked b y 2 casements or double-hung windows.
    7. Clerestory – Clerestory windows were especially popular in Craftsman homes. They consist of a strip of small horizontal panes set high on a wall
    8. Elliptical or Arched – Elliptical or arched windows often placed above double hung or fixed windows in today’s new homes

The right windows can make the world of difference to the look of your home. You are now equipped to talk with your local home improvement store in the language of windows.

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