Have a question about your roofing? We hope to answer it here – check out these common roof questions!
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:
This will largely depend on where you live, your budget, and the style of your home. The most common type of roofing material is asphalt shingle roofing, because it comes in many colors and is affordable. Think about the weather conditions you live in, and explore all our roofing options to decide what’s best for you.
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:
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.
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.
Keep in mind that this is just a range based on averages—many roofs can last longer than this.
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.
Depending on the weather, material, and size of the home, roof installation can take anywhere from 1 – 2 days for an asphalt shingle roof to almost a week for slate roofs. If the weather is bad, that can add on a couple days to the process, and the larger the roof, the more time it will take.
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.
Have a question about your siding and trim? We hope to answer it here – check out these common siding and trim questions!
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.
Generally speaking, there are a few signs that indicate you probably need new siding, including:
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.
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.
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 »
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.
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.
Have a question about skylights? We hope to answer it here – check out these common skylight questions!
Shanco Companies installs a wide variety of skylights:
Skylights enhance the appearance of your home, add more natural light, and can help lower your energy bills.
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:
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.
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.
Have a question about new windows and doors? We hope to answer it here – check out these common window and door questions!
Shanco Companies installs many different types of windows:
Learn more about our window replacement in Maryland, DC, and Virginia.
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.
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:
You should try to clean windows at least twice a year, and when you do:
There are many different window styles for you to choose from, including:
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.
Have a question about gutters? We hope to answer it here – check out these common gutter questions!
Shanco Companies can replace your gutters with:
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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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