Home Improvement FAQ
Have a question about your roofing? We hope to answer it here – check out these common roof questions!
What are my options when it comes to new roofing?
Shanco Companies can install different types of roofing, and we can also install roof cupolas. Our roofing services in Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia include:
- Copper roofing
- Standing seam metal roofing
- Slate and simulated slate roofing
- Cedar shake roofing
- Asphalt shingle roofing
How do I know whether I need a roof repair or full roof replacement?
Your best bet is talking to professional roofers! They will be able to tell you if a roof repair will suffice or if you need full roof replacement. As a general rule of thumb, you most likely need a new roof if:
- Your roofing is old (some materials can last for 50 or more years, but some may need to be replaced after 25 or so)
- Your roof repairs have been getting more frequent and/or more expensive
- Damage is too extensive (this can happen in the event of a fire, snowstorm, tornado, etc.)
What are common roof problems?
There are many things that can go wrong when it comes to your roof, and many times it starts with proper maintenance! Keeping up with your roofing (and gutter) maintenance is a good way to increase the lifespan of your roof and keep it in top condition. After all, clogged gutters are some of the most common roof problems! A couple other common problems include roof vent damage and missing or damaged shingles.
Siding & Trim FAQ
Have a question about your siding and trim? We hope to answer it here – check out these common siding and trim questions!
What types of siding do you install?
Shanco Companies installs vinyl siding and fiber cement siding. Both of these are durable, low-maintenance, and energy efficient. They can make your home look great and help lower your energy bills!
Learn more about our siding installation in Maryland, DC, and Virginia.
How can I tell if I need siding replacement?
Generally speaking, there are a few signs that indicate you probably need new siding, including:
- Moisture on the side of your home
- Flaking or peeling finishing
- Boards that aren't lying flat anymore
- Faded color
What are the differences between wood trim and vinyl trim?
Wood and vinyl trim are commonly used to enhance the exterior of your windows and doors. Many homeowners choose wood trim for aesthetic purposes, and it's appealing for those who prefer natural materials. On the other hand, vinyl trim is extremely low-maintenance and resistant to damage from insects, water, mold and mildew, etc.
Have a question about skylights? We hope to answer it here – check out these common skylight questions!
What types of skylights do you install?
Shanco Companies installs a wide variety of skylights:
- Wasco skylights
- Dome skylights
- Pyramid Trapezoid skylights
- Sun Tunnel
- Custom fabricated
What are the benefits of skylights?
Skylights enhance the appearance of your home, add more natural light, and can help lower your energy bills.
How can I tell if I need to repair or replace my skylight?
You'll probably be able to tell if you need to repair or completely replace your skylight. A few signs to be on the lookout for include:
- Water stains
- Excessive condensation (could indicate improper sealing)
- Discolored or bubbling drywall near the ceiling
- Uncomfortable drafts
Window & Door FAQ
Have a question about new windows and doors? We hope to answer it here – check out these common window and door questions!
What types of windows do you install?
Shanco Companies installs many different types of windows:
- Double hung
- Bay and bow
Learn more about our window replacement in Maryland, DC, and Virginia.
What types of doors do you install?
Shanco installs both front entry doors and patio doors – hinged/swinging and sliding glass doors. We also install custom wood doors. Door products we commonly recommend are Simonton French and sliding glass doors and ProVia doors.
Learn more about our door installation in Maryland, DC, and Virginia.
What are the benefits of window replacement and door replacement?
New windows and doors do more than just enhance the appearance of your home! There are a number of different reasons homeowners replace their windows and doors:
- Safety and security
- Better energy efficiency and lower energy bills
- More comfortable home interior year round
- Less maintenance
Have a question about gutters? We hope to answer it here – check out these common gutter questions!
What types of gutters do you install?
Shanco Companies can replace your gutters with:
- 5-inch and 6-inch aluminum seamless gutters
- 5-inch and 6-inch copper seamless gutters
- 5-inch and 6-inch aluminum half round gutters
- 5-inch and 6-inch copper half round gutters
Learn more about the gutters we offer »
What are seamless gutters?
Seamless gutters are continuous lengths that are measured and cut onsite for a perfect fit. They only require joining at corners and where the gutters meet the downspouts, and because of this, they are less likely to leak.
How can I tell if I need to repair or replace my gutters?
Do you have old, failing gutters? Repair or replace them because they're leaving your home more susceptible to water damage! There are a few telltale signs you need to repair, or maybe even replace, your gutters:
- Frequent clogs
- Rust or flaking
Have a question about decks or deck installation? We hope to answer it here – check out these common deck questions!
What types of decking do you build?
Shanco Companies can build you:
- Trex decking
- Fiberon decking
Learn more about our Maryland deck building services.
What is composite decking?
A popular alternative to wood decking, composite decking installation has surged over the past few years. Composite decks are made up of recyclable plastic and various other materials, depending on the manufacturer – wood fibers, sawdust, etc. An advantage of composite decking is its environmentally friendly characteristics.
What are the benefits of composite decking?
In addition to being environmentally friendly, composite decking is generally:
- Extremely durable
- Slip-resistant (which makes it great for areas with hot tubs)
- Splinter-free, perfect for those who like to walk around barefoot
- Resistant to heat, scratching, insect damage, mold growth, etc.
Have a question about patio design? We hope to answer it here – check out these common pation design questions!
What types of patios do you build?
Shanco Companies can build:
- Concrete paver patios
- Brick patios
- Stone patios (flagstone, slate, limestone, etc.)
Learn more about our patio design in Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia.
Why should I invest in a patio?
A great patio design can completely transform your backyard. If you don’t have a deck or “sitting” area, a patio is ideal. It makes outdoor entertaining – and just relaxing on your deck – easy and fun. Also, if you want an outdoor fire pit or full fireplace, a patio is the way to do it.
What are some good patio design tips?
Your patio design is ultimately up to you – that’s the best thing about a custom patio design! Need some design inspiration? Common patio features include:
- Retaining walls
- Fire pits (or full fireplaces)
- Small grill area or full outdoor kitchens
- Pergolas or awnings
- Hot tub or pool
Learn more about popular patio ideas »