Home Improvement FAQ

Roofing 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

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What kind of roofing material is best for my home?

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.)

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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.

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How long do roofs last?

Although the longevity of your roof can be affected by how well you keep up with maintenance and get professional service, the roofing material makes the most difference. Certain types of roofs last longer than others.

  • Asphalt: 15 – 20 years
  • Wood: 20 – 50 years
  • Metal: 25 – 50 years (many last longer, up to 100 years)
  • Slate: 40 – 100 years

Keep in mind that this is just a range based on averages—many roofs can last longer than this.

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How can I protect my roof?

Roofing tends to last a pretty long time, but there are things you can do to further increase your roof’s lifespan. The most important things you can do to help your roof last as long as possible are keep up with professional maintenance service and make sure it’s properly ventilated. You should also keep it free of debris, and if you have a flat roof, waterproof it.

How long does it take to get a new roof?

What is roof waterproofing?

Roof waterproofing is a service Shanco offers to help keep your roof from leaking. The most common methods involves applying a water-resistance “membrane” to the surface of the roof.

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.

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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
  • Broken siding

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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.

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How much does siding cost?

The cost of siding will be determined by how big your home is and the material of the siding. According to HomeAdvisor (based on more than 150 cost profiles), in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, the average reported cost of siding installation is $9,261.

What is house wrap?

House wrap is a synthetic material that is installed over the sheathing of homes and behind the siding. It serves as a barrier against air and moisture infiltration and helps protect homes. Learn More »

What is fiber cement siding?

Fiber cement siding is a material made of sand, cement, and cellulose fibers. It gives the look of wood but is more durable and requires less maintenance. It won’t readily warp, crack or rot and is a great alternative to wood and vinyl siding.

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Why is my siding falling off?

The most common reason siding falls off is due to poor installation, are, and bad weather. If the wind is moving fast enough, it can rip the siding right off, and a combination of wind and rain can loosen the siding enough for moisture to get through.

Skylight FAQ

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

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What are the benefits of skylights?

Skylights enhance the appearance of your home, add more natural light, and can help lower your energy bills.

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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
  • Leaks
  • Excessive condensation (could indicate improper sealing)
  • Discolored or bubbling drywall near the ceiling
  • Uncomfortable drafts

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What are the different types of skylights?

There are:

Fixed skylights: Fixed skylights don’t open at all and are, therefore, extremely energy-efficient. They are perfect for kitchens, home offices, hallways, living rooms, etc.

Ventilating skylights: These types of skylight can be opened. They are ideal for areas where a lot of moisture accumulates, such as bathrooms and laundry rooms, etc.

Tubular skylights: Tubular skylights, which are small and circular, are one of the newest in the industry. They are typically are installed in smaller areas—hallways, closets, etc.

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How much does it cost to install a skylight?

According to HomeAdvisor, the average reported cost of skylight installation in the Washington, DC metropolitan area is $1,572, with most homeowners spending between $1,394 and $1,750.

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
  • Casement
  • Slider
  • Bay and bow
  • Picture
  • Tilt
  • Geometric

Learn more about our window replacement in Maryland, DC, and Virginia.

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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.

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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

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What is the best way to clean windows?

You should try to clean windows at least twice a year, and when you do:

  • Avoid citrus-based cleaners and paint removers
  • Try not to let the cleaning solution dry on the surface of the window pane
  • Wipe the windows dry with a lint-free cloth

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What are the different window styles?

There are many different window styles for you to choose from, including:

  • Casement
  • Awning
  • Double-hung
  • Bay
  • Slider
  • Bow
  • Geometric

How do I know if I should repair or replace my windows?

If your windows are made of vinyl, it may be just as cost effective to replace them as repair them. If your windows are of a higher grade, it may be worth it to get the frame repaired. If your window is cracked or broken, it may be possible to replace the glass, but if your current window is old, it could save you money in the long run to upgrade to a more energy-efficient model.

If you’re having trouble opening your window or are seeing condensation between the panes, it’s worth it to get repairs. If the wood is rotting or the glass is broken, however, you should contact Shanco for a replacement. Always consult a professional before deciding on repairs or replacement.

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Gutters FAQ

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

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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.

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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
  • Leaks
  • Rust or flaking

Those are some of the most common gutter problems, but there are a lot more than that. Learn more about common problems and when to repair or replace your gutters »

How long do gutters last?

Your gutters should last at least 20 years or so—the average lifespan of gutters is 25 – 30 years. However, gutter systems can last longer than this, particularly if they are properly maintained and cared for.

What does standing water in gutters mean?

Standing water in your gutters often indicates there is a clog. If you see standing water in your gutters, you need repair right away because clogged gutters can lead to a host of other water damage problems for your home.

How do I clean out my gutters?

To clean your gutters you will need to flush out all the debris that has built up inside. If you don’t have a gutter cleaner, you can use a trowel, ladder and a hose to manually remove dirt and branches. To protect your gutters, consider installing a gutter guard.

What types of materials do gutters come in?

Shanco installs aluminum and copper gutters. Both have benefits and drawbacks, so choosing one should be based on the style of your home, your home’s exterior needs, and your budget. You have many options to choose from, including size, color, and seam.

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Should I repair or replace my gutters?

Deciding to repair or replace your gutters has a lot of factors involved, including how old they are, what material they’re made of, and your budget. Usually, a small leak can be repaired, but if your gutters are corroded and rusty, they should be replaced. Half-round gutters are less prone to leaking than other types because they are seamless—gutters with seams have a higher chance of leaking. If your gutters are bent or tearing away from the house, you should probably get them replaced.

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