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Is TPO Roofing Fire-Resistant?

view from above of TPO roofing membrane on flat roof

What is TPO roofing material?

In the Baltimore, Maryland area, the winters are known to get pretty cold and wet. The winds coming in off the Atlantic can be hard on a roof too, which is why most large structures for commercial, industrial, and manufacturing go with a TPO roofing material. 

TPO roofing is an abbreviation for Thermoplastic Polyolefin Roofing, a single-ply roofing membrane, a popular and still fastest-growing roofing system for commercial, industrial, and manufacturing structures. It is made with a layer of synthetics and reinforcing scrim and is ideal for large structures with flat roofs. TPO roofing membrane is manufactured in sheets of 10, 12, or 20 feet wide and then rolled up for delivery to the job site.

Is TPO roofing good? 

Yes, in many applications, it is the many TPO roofing benefits that make this a popular choice for large structures in the Maryland area. Those benefits include: 

  • The Cost: TPO roofing has become a viable option for commercial and residential structures in this area because of the low cost. The average cost of having TPO roofing installed averages between $5.00 per square foot up to $7.50 per square foot. 
  • Durability: TPO roofing is algae, bacteria, debris, and dirt resistant, making maintenance a minimal concern. It is resistant to chemicals and ultraviolet exposure, and when concerned with TPO roofing and hail, this flexible membrane, is impact, puncture, and tear-resistant. 
  • Easy Install:  Because TPO roofing is flexible and lightweight, installation is easy and fast, has fewer seams, requires less labor, which reflects in the lower cost for installation. 
  • Energy Efficient: TPO roofing is energy-efficient, part of why it has become attractive for residential property owners. The energy efficiency helps lower the cost to cool and heat the structure, which is better for the environment. The white reflective surface meets and exceeds the requirement for EPA’s energy star rating. The gray, tan, and white color choices are indexed with the Cool Roof Rating Council and keep the structure cooler in the summer. 

Does TPO shrink?

No, this is one of the benefits it offers over PVC roofing, which will shrink over time and create problems with leaking. However, TPO roofing does stretch if exposed to high temperatures, though this is more of a problem for structures in the southern portions of the country, and not as much an issue in Maryland.  The mixture of the two types of rubbers that TPO roofing is made from, ethylene-propylene and polypropylene, when heated up will stretch. That can lead to membrane cracking and leaks if the cracks are not addressed and repaired. 

How do you maintain a TPO roof?

There are some factors that can affect the frequency of cleaning TPO roofing: 

  • Dirt and Dust Accumulation
  • Roof Slope
  • Rainfall Frequency
  • TPO Roofing Drainage

When cleaning TPO roofing, protect the low curbs or areas where water may enter. Make sure all exterior facing surfaces, plants, and shrubs are protected, and use only a low-pressure washer with a soft-bristled brush. 

Use a mild household detergent with water to wash off the surface then follow up with clear water to rinse. During and after the cleaning, inspect for any damages that need to be repaired. 

What is the life expectancy of a TPO roof?

Just as with the cleaning and maintenance of a TPO roofing, life expectancy is affected by several factors.

  • Dirt and Dust Accumulation
  • Roof Slope
  • Climate and weather
  • Maintenance and Upkeep

TPO roofing membrane has a typical life span between 15 years and 20 years. Another important factor in the lifespan of TPO roofing is the quality of the installation. An experienced roofing crew can make a big difference in how well the roof does under the conditions listed above and how long it will last. 

To Top It All Off – What is the difference between PVC and TPO roofing?

Looking at the differences and similarities between TPO roofing vs PVC there are some considerations that can determine the best option for a commercial, industrial, or manufacturing structure. Those considerations include: 

  • The Cost: TPO roofing is cheaper than PVC roofing per square foot with the installation labor about the same.  
  • The Labor: PVC roofing is easier to install because it is more flexible.  TPO roofing installation often requires additional work if glued instead of welded.  
  • The Industry Standards: ASTM has regular updates for TPO roofing standards that some manufacturers may overlook. Choosing a reputable roofing contractor is important so that these standards are followed to give you the longer lifespan. 
  • The Quality: Regardless of the roofing project at hand, either TPO roofing, or PVC roofing should have a quality material to match the quality installation to get the most lifespan possible. 
  • The Energy Efficiency: Both TPO roofing, and PVC roofing membranes provide reflective surfaces for UV ray reduction, which facilitates greater energy efficiency. 
worker installing TPO roofing membrane

A Superior Choice in Roofing

If you think TPO roofing may be the right choice for your building, reach out to our team by calling at (410)-288-1633 today.

Are slate roofs good?

Close up of dark gray slates on a roof.

The Popularity of Slate Roofing

Throughout Maryland, a slate roof is as common as an asphalt roof – on older historic homes and structures they are, anyway. As new homes are built, many developers and homebuyers are looking for ways to keep up that historic appearance, so slate roofs have picked up some popularity. 

What is a slate roof?

Slate is a natural material that comes from the earth, primarily in Italy. A slate roof is a premium roofing material because it has to be mined. It is that process that gives us a beautiful stone that makes a long-lasting roofing material. Installing a slate roof is a time-consuming process because of the care it requires not to break the slate slabs. 

Because it is a beautiful material, yet too expensive for many homeowners, manufacturers have designed asphalt shingles that mimic a slate roof in appearance. While this may give a home the appearance of a slate roof, there is no comparison when you look at the details. 

Why is slate used for roofing?

The slate roof benefits are key to why this distinct and unique roofing material is used so often. Before you select this roofing material, your slate roof contractor will discuss the capabilities and value of a slate roof. Additionally, they should review certain things about a slate roof you should be aware of. First, let’s look at the benefits: 

  • Color and Pattern Options


With slate being a natural material, it can come in a variety of colors and patterns. Once the material has been mined and is shipped to the roofing manufacturers to prepare for slate roof use, the texture is smoothed to a uniform precision. This also creates patterns, either a standard style width or a wide width. Colors vary, with black, green, greys, purples, and reds being available, lending to the overall style for a home’s architecture. 

  • Lifespan of a Slate Roof


Slate roofing is essentially made from rock, particularly homogeneous metamorphic rock, and is composed of clay or volcanic ash through regional metamorphism. Essentially, before a slate roof is ever installed, it has existed for millions of years. It is an incredible and durable material that can last for hundreds of years when installed professionally. 

Before a slate roof can be installed on a home, your roofing contractor will have an engineering inspection performed. Any home that has never had a slate roof will usually need additional supporting rafters installed first because of the extreme weight of slate. 

Why is slate expensive?

While a slate roof is beautiful, it is costly to have installed, but when you review the reasons why it makes sense: 

  • The cost of a real slate roof is attributed to it being an all-natural product that is mined from the ground and then processed from quarry blocks to pieces that measure approximately 8” x 8’ x 4’ and 2” thick slabs. 
  • The slabs are then split by hand to a thickness between 3/16 and 1/4 inch before having holes drilled or punched along the edge for nails. 
  • Shipping this heavy material is another cost factor. 
  • The weight of slate requires more workers to get these 600 to 800 pound squares to a rooftop. 
  • The cutting process of the slate is done onsite and is a time-consuming process as workers must avoid breaking or cracking the slate roof pieces. 

How many years does a slate roof last? Does a slate roof need to be replaced?

Unless your slate roof suffers from a natural disaster that rips it off your home, it will last up to a hundred years, or even longer. Routine inspections are recommended and any maintenance steps and repairs that may be needed will guarantee the long lifespan of your slate roof.    

Are slate roofs better than tile?

When comparing slate roof vs tile roof, there are many similarities. For example, both are fire and wind-resistant, somewhat moss-resistant, and both are durable materials, although a slate roof will break more easily when walked on, though it is recommended not to walk on a clay tile roof either.

Both have a long lifespan of 70 years or even longer, and basic cleaning is recommended for both for maintenance purposes, preferably by a professional. Both can be hail resistant to a certain degree. Do note that a raised clay tile roof is more likely to experience damage than flat clay tiles. 

Another thing to note is that clay is heavier than slate tile roofs and comes in more color options. Additionally, both need engineering inspection before installation. A clay tile roof can be a DIY project whereas a slate roof should only be installed by experienced professionals. Improper installation of either can cause problems later. 

Ornate window on a roof in front of gray and brown slates.

In Closing 

A slate roof can be a beautiful enhancement to any home but may not look right in some neighborhoods. If your home is a POA division, you’ll want to get approval before going to the expense of getting a slate roof. You should also consider the resale value of your home. If you over-improve, you most likely won’t get your money back. If you are interested in the possibility of getting a slate roof in Baltimore, MD, reach out to the Recovery Roofing & Home Improvement, Inc. by calling (410)-288-1633.

Modified Bitumen Roof Life Expectancy

built up roof

Choosing modified bitumen

We know the summers can be short here in Maryland. Did your commercial building modified bitumen roof show any signs of leaks during the short spring? If so, you need to address that now before the winter rolls in again. 

You want to start by finding a roofing contractor that is experienced in how to repair modified bitumen roof. As you interview 2 to 3 different contractors for quotes, ask for their warranty in writing and a list of recent commercial roofing customer that have a modified bitumen roof installed and/or repaired by them.  Then follow up with those names by calling and inquiring on the job that was performed. 

If it is determined that you need a new modified bitumen roof, the roofing contractor you choose should know how to remove modified bitumen roofing as well.  It isn’t as easy as just scraping it off. There is a process to be followed so that the underlying roof support isn’t damaged. 

Before you do any of that though, what is modified bitumen roof system is? A modified bitumen roof is an asphalt-based roofing material, a close mimic of a Built-up-Roof system and is typical for a flat to low-sloped roof.  This type of roofing was started in Europe in the 1960s and spread into Canada and America in the mid-1970s. 

With 5 layers of various materials, a modified bitumen roof can withstand harsh exposure to extreme environmental and weather elements. The framework for those five layers consists of: 

  • Insulation – A high “R” value is used for temperature stability and thermal resistance.
  • Modified Base Plies – Consists of polymer-modified bitumen reinforced with plies of fabrics like fiberglass, polyester, or both.
  • Modified Bitumen Membranes – A factory fabricated co-polymer sheet membrane that is reinforced with fiberglass or polyester. 
  • Adhesive – A bonding agent and waterproof material are combined and applied either cold or hot. 
  • The Surfacing – A top layer that provides UV protection and make the modified bitumen roof weather resistant.

What is a Modified bitumen roof life expectancy? 

A modified bitumen roof has an approximate lifetime of twenty years with little to no maintenance. While a modified bitumen roof needs extraordinarily little maintenance, keeping it clean and getting repairs done as needed will give it more than 20 years life. 

modified bitumen roof

How much does a Modified bitumen roof cost?

The tangible cost of a modified bitumen roof will depend on the quality of materials, where you’re located, and any installation complexities. Estimates of a modified bitumen roof are:

  • Modified bitumen roof cost range as low as $2.50 per square foot and as much as to $4.00 per square foot for 1,500 square foot structure. This is an installed price,  the total could range between $3,750 and $6,000.
  • For the roofing contractor to remove and dispose the existing roofing,  in addition to installing the new modified bitumen roofing, the cost will increase around $6,000 up to $12,000. 

To determine Is a modified bitumen roof coating worthwhile, let’s look at some comparisons: 

Comparing a Modified bitumen vs EPDM roofing, the EPDM is a rubber membrane roofing that has an estimated lifespan of 50 years and is available in black or white. It as a strong resistance to the environment and weather and installed in one piece, it has fewer lead possibilities. The modified bitumen roof can withstand foot traffic better than the EPDM roofing and costs less than the EPDM. 

Comparing the Modified bitumen roof vs TPO, TPO is a single-ply membrane that is flexible, even in sub-freezing cold, a plus here in Maryland, and tough, withstanding hail and ice/snow weight, expanding with the temperature. Installed without plasticizers makes it a “green” option. The smooth surface makes it easy to clean, a thicker membrane makes it puncture and tear resistant, but it is more expensive than a modified bitumen roof. 

Comparing Modified bitumen roof vs shingles really doesn’t exist since a flat or low-sloped roof as most commercial structure have, shingles isn’t possible. To have a commercial structure with asphalt shingles, you would need the roof to have a minimum pitch of 2:12, meaning for every 12 inches, the roof has increase of 2 inches. The shingles would need to be adequately sealed to withstand wind lift, and special installation procedures are followed. You would also need to check with local building codes and permit. 

Choosing an experienced commercial roofing contractor is the first step. With their experience and knowledge of the industry, you can have some assurance that your commercial building and the roof are in good hands. In addition to checking their references, you  want to verify they are certified, licensed, and insured. Confirm if they pull any permits or if that is your responsibility. Call (410)-288-1633 today for your commercial roofing installation in Baltimore, MD!

What is a Soffit?

soffit along underside of roof

What is the purpose of a soffit on a house?

Are you considering new siding for your home? You’ve probably realized that there are several different factors to be considered with this project, like including replacing the fascia and soffit. Both are essential to your home’s well-being, yet, because they aren’t easily seen or not aware of what their purpose is for a home. 

Fascia and soffit are typically replaced when new siding is installed, they are a trio that shouldn’t be separated so that all three match. Having the fascia and soffit installed at the same time as the siding will ensure that they are doing their job in providing insulation for your home. 

The soffits are more than the finishing touch to the roofing and siding of your home. Their purpose is to ventilate the attic to keep the rafters from rotting and prevent moisture damage to the attic and roof. The addition of the fascia boards is as important as the soffit as they protect the rafters and trusses ends by becoming a barrier against the elements.

Is soffit part of the roof?

Yes, and is typically matched with the siding. The soffit is located on the underside of the eaves, sometimes referred to as the roof overhang. Without the soffit, the eaves or overhang would be exposed to the elements and the aesthetics wouldn’t be as consistent with the siding. 

Do soffits lead to attic?

We know that attic ventilation is essential to a roof for several reasons: 

  • Keeps the attic cooler in the summer, lessening the strain on the air conditioner.
  • Reduces moisture in the attic from heat building up in the winter.
  • Eliminates  water condensation under the roof, preventing mildew, mold, and rot.

There are soffit vents that go with the rest of the soffit to provide the eaves ventilation. The eaves direct the fresh air from the soffit vents to the attic to do the things we just listed. 

For the soffit vents to work their best, they need other ventilation in the roof to pull that fresh air through. Some homes have roof vents on the roof’s peak either as individual roof vents, gable vents, or hip roof ventilation. 

Does soffit need to be vented?

Yes, for proper ventilation of the attic, soffit vents work in conjunction with the other vents as described above, pulling fresh air in through the eaves to the attic. This keeps the air circulating in the attic under the roof decking. 

How big should soffit vent holes be?

This can vary based on local building codes. Some requires small holes drilled in all the way around in the soffit. Others require 3” holes with mesh covering. If you are having your siding, soffit, and fascia installed by a professional, they will either know the requirements or where to get that information. If you are doing your own installation, check with the local governing offices. 

How much vented soffit do I need?

The general theory is 1 square foot for every 150 square foot of attic area. The ideal placement is for half the vents to be installed in soffits around the lower part of the roof for attic circulation. There are  different soffit vent types: 

  • Continuous
  • Circular
  • Perforated

For rectangular or square vents, multiply the length to the vent space width in inches. Now divide by 144 to for square footage conversion. For instance, a 6″ x 12″ vent is equal to 72 square inches divided by 144 =  0.5 square foot per vent.

How do I know if my soffit vents are working?

When new aluminum or vinyl soffits are installed  on a home where the siding already exists, the contractor will often cover the soffit vents. Sometimes, the contractor will install ventilated soffit sections but fail to cut out any material existing behind the vent, essentially keeping the soffit vents to work as they are intended.  

You can check your soffit vents by looking into the vent slots with a flashlight. If you see boards or insulation, you need to access the attic and remove the insulation covering the soffit vent. If there are boards blocking the soffit, you need to cut/drill holes into any board so that the soffit vent is getting air.  

underside of roofing system

How do you tell if attic is properly vented?

During the summer, heat buildup is reduced when there is good attic ventilation and in the winter, when moist, warm air seeps into the attic from below, good ventilation pulls it up and out of the house. These are how the attic stays dry and the possibility of ice dams are minimized. Four indications that your attic isn’t ventilated adequately:

  1. If you do not see any vents on the eaves and the roof, your attic is lacking enough ventilation. This can be added easily by an experienced roofing or siding professional. Many roofs have low profile roof ridge bents at the peak, or you may have gable vents. 
  2. On a sunny day when its warm, touch the ceiling and if it is hot, your attic isn’t ventilated enough. 
  3. On a cold, wet winter day, if there are thick ridges of ice on the eaves, your attic is inadequately ventilated. 
  4. Inspect the attic with a flashlight and look for any dampness, frost, or moisture. If you find any of that, your attic has insufficient ventilation. 

Once you have your siding, soffit, and fascia installed, can you pressure wash soffit? The answer to this is yes, but with caution.  Never use a high powered water pressure. This can bust through the soffit and create a lot of damage in the attic and behind the siding. Call (410)-288-1633 today for your soffit installation in Baltimore, MD.

Can I install siding myself?

siding installation

Protecting the sides of the home

Siding installation may seem easy, and while it isn’t that complicated, it also takes more forethought and planning than you may think.  It isn’t a profession that takes years of formal education to learn how install siding correctly, but practice makes perfect. So, with this article, we will answer a few questions about siding installation that every DIY homeowner has asked before taking on the challenge to install siding by yourself. 

What is the easiest siding to install? When you choose to install siding on house yourself, you’ll have several choices and decisions. Some of those include: 

  • Cost
  • Aesthetics
  • Prep work
  • Special tools
  • Arrange for Assistance 
  • Time frame if a concern 

These are things that will assist you in narrowing down that siding choices. There are four common siding options, all of which are available at most home improvement stores: 

  • Wood Siding: Available in various shapes, including old fashioned and simple clapboard to an intricate shingle. Wood siding has been around forever, a testament to its durability and longevity. However, it is a labor intensive siding installation process, starting with the old siding must be removed first. It should be installed by somebody that is competent in their carpentry skills. Wood siding installation will require more maintenance over other siding materials. 
  • Aluminum Siding: A low maintenance siding option, making it a popular one for homeowners that don’t want to worry about endless years of repainting. Aluminum siding installation can be done over existing wood if there isn’t any mold or rot. Aluminum siding installation is easier than wood siding because of the nailing flange formed on each piece, which interlock. Special tools are required like metal shears and you will need a second person to help hang. Aluminum siding is known for becoming powdery after years of UV rays and it dents easily. 
  • Vinyl Siding: A durable material and easy siding installation make this a common go-to for DIY and professionals. An inexpensive choice compared to other siding options that has minimal maintenance requirements. Color is long lasting because the colors are made into the pigments. Vinyl siding installation biggest concerns is the ease it chips and cracks but replacing strips of vinyl siding is easy. 
  • Fiber-Cement Siding: The latest technology in siding installation materials that has a large selection of finishes and styles. Because of its versatility, you can have practically any exterior wall covering. A durable product that offers low maintenance but is expensive and will require purchase or rental of special tools for siding installation.

What type of siding lasts the longest?

Having a siding installation job is a expensive investment, but for good reason: It is the exterior protection of your home. So you want to choose a siding material that is going to give you the best durability and longest lifespan. From the various siding materials available for siding installation, the lifespans are as follows: 

  • Wood Siding: Twenty to forty years. 
  • Aluminum Siding: Twenty to forty years. 
  • Steel Siding: Forty years or longer.
  • Stucco Siding: This material installed over wood frame has a lifespan of sixty years. When installed over concrete block, it can have a lifespan over eighty years. 
  • Vinyl Siding: Average lifespan is sixty years and with meticulous maintenance and upkeep, the lifespan can be one hundred years. 
  • Fiber Cement: When installed by a professional, you can expect a lifespan of one hundred years. 

Should you remove old siding before installing new?

Can you install new siding over old siding?

In general, it is recommended by siding manufacturers and many experienced contractors recommend removing the old siding before the new siding is installed. For a couple of reasons, it has become popular to leave the old siding: 

  • Environmental concerns old siding in the overfull landfills.
  • Expense is more when the contractor has to remove the existing siding. 
vinyl siding on a home

Do I need house wrap behind vinyl siding?

Many local authorities and professional contractors advise to wrap a house as the first step in siding installation, especially when using vinyl siding. The reasons that wrap is recommended are: 

  • Air leak blockage
  • Moisture blockage
  • Secondary layer defense
  • Uncontrolled air circulation prevention

As you shop for new material for your siding installation, the material covered in this piece can be a helpful resource. Research the internet and study the various types of siding. Determine which siding best fits the architectural style of you home and your budget. Most contractors will have samples of various siding materials where you can hold up to your house to get a visual idea of how your home will look. 

If you still have concerns, confusion, or questions, choose a siding installation contractor that will take the time to answer these and give you helpful information to choose the right product. Call (410)-288-1633 today!

Do Skylights Increase Home Value?

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Are Skylights Good or Bad?

Are you wondering whether skylights are good or bad? If so, let’s go over some basic factors contributing to their success as a light installation. Skylights provide light and warmth. As a window, they will need some routine cleaning every few years, and the flashing will need to be replaced eventually. Condensation will need to be resolved from time to time, as this is another aspect that can be an issue. Thermal heat loss will also be a consideration because there are comparatively huge amounts of heat that are lost through skylights when compared to the rest of your roof. To understand if a new skylight would suit your home’s needs, please don’t hesitate to give your local, professional roofing company a call.

Do Skylights Increase Home Value?

If you have been contemplating a skylight installation for your home, it will be vital for you to carefully weigh all the benefits and disadvantages. A cost-benefit analysis is always a good idea. Like swimming pools, skylights can be difficult to price out when it comes time to sell a home. Some future real estate buyers will be appreciative of the extra light and any energy savings that come with a skylight installation. However, it is important to remember that in the summer, a skylight will bring in unwanted heat. However, with the right skylight and installed in the right location, a good skylight can increase your home’s value.

Are Skylights Outdated?

In years past, skylights appeared to be the pinnacle of contemporary design. After all, they provide light and give home inhabitants the benefit of ultraviolet rays. However, according to prevailing fashion trends, skylights appear to be out of fashion. Despite this, household skylights were especially popular in homes that had high or vaulted ceilings.

Do Skylights Make the Room Hotter?

Essentially, skylights provide a light-filled portal, bringing the outdoors in, and vice versa. While this is a wonderful attribute, it also comes with some negative consequences. If you live in a particularly arid and hot environment, you will want to install your skylights in a part of the house where the least amount of sun will be able to infiltrate your home. This is because skylights can make your home hotter due to the transfer of heat from the outdoors.

Are Vented Skylights Worth It?

Are you wondering whether vented skylights are worth it? In order to discover more, please review the following list of advantages.

  •  Vented skylights can aesthetically improve your home’s interiors and exteriors.
  • Potential buyers can enjoy the benefits of increased indoor light.
  • When your skylight is installed in the right location, it can help you save money on heating and cooling costs.
  • Add aesthetic visual interest through architectural elements. 

To discover more, please be sure to contact your local, reliable roofing company.

What Skylight is Best

Which material do you invest in? Plastic or glass? According to the experts, glass is preferred for skylights because it has a timeless aesthetic, and is far superior to plastic. Glass is reputable because it offers a clear view, it doesn’t scratch, and it can also be ordered in lots of different sizes and types.

Which Skylight to Buy

Skylight repair and replacement is an essential service when you have a leaking skylight. Whenever you eventually replace your skylight, it will be important to understand which options are best for your home or property. Accordingly, internet experts tend to recommend Velux brand skylights. They are the world leader in skylights and have very durable flashing systems.

What are Skylight Windows

Are you wondering what skylight windows are? Do you want a little more information pertaining to what skylight windows are? A skylight is unique because it is a fixed window that is set into the roofline. It can incorporate venting options, but the window on its own will not open. A skylight has a different name in Europe. In Europe, skylights can be called rooflites. Another form of skylight is a tube skylight which is normally utilized for small spaces. Tube skylights are quite beneficial because they can supply outdoor light to a small bathroom, a closet, or a laundry room.

skylight

Can Skylight Be Installed on a Flat Roof

Would you like to install a skylight on a flat roof? If so, you will be pleased to find that skylights can be installed on flat roofs. As a matter of fact, you can install a skylight on practically any roof slope. Of course, there will be an added challenge for how little slope there is. Before moving forward with a skylight installation, please be sure to call your local professional roofing company for the best advice possible.

Please reach out to us today at (410)-288-1633 to receive services for your skylight in Baltimore, MD.

How do I install new windows in my house?

kitchen windows repair

Do you install replacement windows from the inside or outside?

With energy conservation on everyone’s mind these days and cutting back on monthly bills an ongoing goal for every homeowner, new window installation is popular. With added insulation in the attic and walls, new window installation can increase your monthly savings while conserving the energy used too. This is a win-win for homeowner and Mother Earth.

When a homeowner is considering the kind of new window to installation, this is a common question and the answer is: In most cases, it doesn’t make any difference.  One company prefers to do exterior window installation while other companies may prefer to do new window installation from the inside. 

There are factors that can determine the process, such as new window installation from the outside requires cutting the exterior blind stop trim for the window to be attached. 

Often, that piece does not come off easily and will need replacement to complete the job. Or the contractor can trim it with aluminum to give the window installation a finished look. 

Window installation from the inside requires removing an interior trim stop to do complete caulking and sealing. Some contractors will do the caulking as they do the window installation and others do the caulking after the window installation is complete. Window installation and caulking are important to create the proper moisture barrier, and each contractor has their own technique. 

The end result that the homeowner needs to be concerned with is the window installation is complete and there isn’t any potential for drafts when the job is done. No doubt that a new window installation from the outside is less disruptive to the homeowner’s daily activity, but the best job is the focus. 

How long does window installation take?

A big concern for every homeowner that is considering new window installation is the process of the job and how long it will take. Having new window installation is an expense that the homeowner has thought through thoroughly and time is of the essence, especially if right before the holidays. 

Window installation jobs vary from house to house based on these factors: 

  • Number of windows
  • Size and style of windows
  • Condition of the window opening 

In most cases, a window installation job is completed in one day with the average time per window 30 to 45 minutes. You might be able to replace all your home’s windows in just one day. 

How messy is window replacement?

Well, we can promise one thing – it is not a neat and tidy job to complete a window installation job. Keep your focus on the end prize: A beautiful home that is going to give you years of energy efficiency!  Then follow these steps to get prepared: 

  • Remove All Window Treatments: The blinds, curtains, drapes, etc. should be removed before the window installation crew arrives.
  • Prep the Yard: Most of a window installation job will happen around the exterior of your home. Remove everything you can like lawn furniture, flower pots, toys, water hose and caddy’s, doghouse,  and other items within a 4 to 5-foot range. Cover your plantings and shrubs that can’t be moved. 
  • Clear The Interior Space:  A lot of the window installation work will take place inside too. Move any furniture, plants, and toys away from the windows, allowing them space to work. You may to remove any pictures and wall decorations too. Make sure they have a clear walkway from inside to outside they carry windows in and out along with their tools. 
  • Remove Window Security Sensors: If you have a security system installed that includes window sensors, either contact the security company to remove them or remove them yourself. They’ll need to be replaced once the window installation is complete, the security company may need to reprogram the system. 
  • Empty Electrical Outlets: The window installation crew will have power tools and need electrical outlets. While you’re removing things from the wall, unplug lamps, televisions, and other items. 
  • Prepare yourself – it will be messy.  A professional and reputable window installation company will take the steps they can minimizing the mess and do a clean-up after the job is complete.  When you’re getting quotes, make sure this is stated in the quote and the contract. 
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Is it hard to install a window? and  Can I install a window myself?

These are the most common questions and we’re going to answer yes, new window installation can be hard and yes, you can do the job yourself, but you shouldn’t. Now, we’ll tell you why you shouldn’t do your own new window installation: 

  • Energy Efficiency Reduced: Remember your main goal with new window installation is energy efficiency. For this to happen, each window must be air-tight fit and professionals know how to make that happen. 
  • Aesthetic Quality: As a non-professional, there will likely be things you miss or skip thinking it isn’t necessary, but at the end of the window installation job, something is amiss, and the curb appeal is missing something or just isn’t right aesthetically.
  • Security: Most new window installation jobs are safe, but there are certain dangers that a DIY homeowner won’t know to anticipate or how to react. It is critical to avoid having an improperly installed window, leaving it unable to close and lock properly, allowing easy intrusion, breeching the homeowner and family’s security.
  • Necessary Tools:  New window installation requires window installation tools that the average homeowner isn’t going to have. Professional contractors have made the investment in proper equipment and tools because they use them every day. This will be likely be a one and done job for you, having specially purchased tools with no other purpose. 
  • No Guarantee or Warranty: A new window installation job is something you want guaranteed and you want to have warranty on the product. Most window manufacturers will not honor a window installation warranty if the product isn’t installed by a certified and licensed contractor. 

Need window replacement in Baltimore, MD? Call (410)-288-1633 today!

Gutter Repair and Replacement

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Learn More About Gutter Repair

When it comes to the conditions of your gutters it can be a rather daunting experience. From clogs, heavy rainfall, snow, hail, and more you can have a variety of issues or impacts that can negatively affect your gutter’s condition and stability. In order to get your gutter back on track, certain methods of gutter repair will need to be taken into action. Depending on the materials of your gutters, gutter repair may or may not be extensive. In order to get your property back into the condition, it was in before make sure to rely on the expert services of trained professionals. A reputable home improvement company can do wonders on getting the connections secure and conditions back into good shape. Until you reach out, here is some general background information concerning gutter repair that may prove useful to you.

Should I repair or replace gutters?

Depending on the extent of damages imparted onto your gutter system as well as the age of your gutters you may have to opt for one or the other as far as gutter repair vs replacements. With gutter repair, there are often more cases than you think of patching up areas. Localized areas are perfect to employ gutter repair as it’s unnecessary to replace a whole area when a small section is impacted. You may opt to replace only the impacted areas instead of replacing the whole system. Now, after your gutters have reached a certain age or have damages that are wide spread than a replacement will be more necessary. 

What is the average life of gutters?

The average life of gutters according to the National Association of Homebuilders is expected to be 20 years for aluminum and 50 for copper gutter materials. While aluminum downspouts last for 30 years copper downspouts can last for 100 years or more. Essentially, depending on the materials you get, the range of the expected life of your gutter system will vary.

How do you repair damaged gutters?

You may be able to patch a hole, crack or even correct a sagging gutter before replacements are made. With patching holes for example you may be able to buy a tube of roofing cement or metal repair patch that’s several inches larger than the damaged area. In the case of using metal patches, it’s important to make sure that the patch matches to the gutter material. 

Can you replace a section of gutter?

Yes, a section of a gutter can be replaced with gutter repair by slipping spacers between the gutter and fascia near the end of the damaged area. This will be useful in that it won’t cause damages to the roof when you are cutting the gutter. Cut the damaged section out with a hacksaw and cut in a new section of gutters that are at least four inches longer than the damaged portion. After cleaning the old gutter ends and caulking the ends the new gutter ends can be attached. Secure the gutter patch with sheet metal screws or pop rivets and then caulk over the head of the fasteners on the inside surfaces of the gutter.

How much does it cost to repair a downspout?

Repairing a downspout will cost a couple of dollars per installation yet removing and disposing of damaged downspouts costs a considerable amount more. 

Why are my gutters dripping?

Perhaps the most common reason as to why gutters drip is due to clogs which can cause leaks as well. When this happens water doesn’t spill properly down the roof and into the gutter which means that water will spill onto the foundation below. That’s why it’s important to clean gutters regularly especially after particularly harsh weather conditions. Since clogged gutters and downspouts are easy to recognize in most cases, you’ll be able to have them cleaned in a timely manner in no time. 

How do you fix a leaking gutter joint?

A good way to impart gutter repair with a leaking gutter joint is to apply polyurethane sealant to the joint. Not a lot will be needed but make sure that both sides are secure when moving forward with the application.

How do I stop water from leaking behind my gutters?

When it comes to leaks behind the gutter the main problem seems to be that gutters were not installed with proper flashing over the back end of it. A gutter apron will be a great way to prevent the dripping as it’s essentially a bent piece of flashing which tucks up underneath the shingles and over the gutter itself.

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What damage can a leaking gutter cause?

  • Damage to Roof
  • Damage to Fascia
  • Wood Rot
  • Water Stains
  • Water Pooling Near Foundation
  • Cracked or Damaged Foundation

Is it OK to bury downspouts?

Most downspouts stop within a foot of the foundation and with no mechanism to push water further away you may start to see cracks in the basement or foundation of your home. Some solutions can be to use downspout extensions or gutter splash pans. Yet if you want a neater look burning your downspouts can be a great solution where a trench can be dug with a drain pipe buried within.

Get Gutter Repair Completed By a Reputable Company

Make sure to get your gutter repair services taken care of with the help of a professional home improvement company. They will be able to conduct inspections to gather information about the condition of your gutter to ensure that the proper measurements are being taken to fix issues. If you’d like to get gutter repair and improve the drainage of rainwater from your home contact your local experts today.

If you’re in need of gutter repair in Baltimore, MD call (410)-288-1633 with Recovery Roofing & Home Improvement, Inc.!

How Long Do Asphalt Shingles Last?

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How Long Do Asphalt Shingles Last?

If you have recently had an asphalt shingle installation, you will naturally want to know how long your roof will last. If you have an asphalt shingle composition roof, you can expect your roof to last about twenty years. This estimate, of course, depends on the climate and prevailing weather patterns of where you live. If your area has a history of hurricanes or severe weather events, this may impact the overall roof lifetime of your roof system. It will also be important to consider the amount of roof maintenance that your roof receives. It is important to conscript a professional roofing company for regular roof inspections. With great roofing maintenance and a a proper roof installation, you can expect great roof longevity.

Are Asphalt Shingles Good?

Asphalt shingles are exceedingly popular in North America. That is because they are endlessly versatile in terms of colors and shape. Asphalt shingles are also relatively easy to install and quite affordable. For these reasons, property developers and homeowners have welcomed asphalt shingles on to their homes and properties. They also have a good standard roof lifetime. While asphalt shingles don’t last as long as a metal or tile roof, they remain a popular and affordable standard in the roofing industry.

What Are the Best Asphalt Shingles?

Quality is very important when it comes to asphalt shingles. Please read over the following list of recommended shingles to learn more about high-quality asphalt shingles.

  • GAF Marquis WeatherMax shingles.
  • CertainTeed XT 25.
  • Owens Corning Supreme AR.
  • Tamko Heritage Vintage.

While these shingles are certainly highly recommended, your local professional roofer will likely have some exceptional selections for you to choose from. You should be a discerning consumer and learn about your roofing material before it gets installed on your roof.

What is the Difference Between Architectural Shingles and Asphalt Shingles?

Are you wondering what the difference is between architectural shingles and asphalt shingles? If so, you are not alone. Many people look at shingles and wonder what the differences are. Please allow this distinction to be made here. Three-tab shingles have one shingle tab size and shape that consists of three separate tabs that are twelve inches wide. These tabs are coated with asphalt in order to shed water. Architectural shingles are characterized as laminate or dimensional. They come in different sizes and shapes and are considered a premium roofing product.

How Long Do 30-Year Architectural Shingles Really Last?

While 30-year architectural shingles have a defining title, it is important to consider roofing maintenance and the prevailing climate and weather patterns of your area. According to leading resources online, the expected service life of a thirty-year product is approximately twenty-five years. Of course, the best way to find out the current condition of your roof is to consult with a professional, insured 

Are Asphalt Shingles Energy Efficient

If you are looking for energy-efficient roofing material, you may want to pass over asphalt shingles. This is because even in a lighter color, asphalt shingles do not perform well in comparison with other roofing materials in the industry. Asphalt shingles are very good at absorbing heat and are poor at reflecting it.

Will Asphalt Shingles Seal in Cold Weather

If shingles are installed in cold weather, they will not immediately seal until warmer temperatures are present. The sealant will need to activate. If temperatures are at or below forty degrees Fahrenheit, it will impact the sealant. Your professional roofing contractor will have experience with shingle installations and will have some thoughts about installing shingles in different weather patterns and temperatures. 

Who Invented Asphalt Shingles

Are you wondering who invented asphalt shingles? In terms of revolutionary inventions, asphalt shingles are a modern marvel. The official inventor of asphalt shingles is American Henry Reynolds. Henry Reynolds hailed from Grand Rapids, Michigan. The asphalt shingles he produced first were used in 1903. Asphalt shingles were generally used in America by 1911. Asphalt shingles were so successful that by 1939 eleven million squares of shingles were being produced. Since then, asphalt shingles have come to revolutionize and dominate the roofing industry in North America.

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Why Do Asphalt Shingles Curl

Are your asphalt shingles curling? If so, you will need to contact a professional roofing contractor. That is because you could have a problem with inadequate venting. The air that is taken in your roof is displaced through higher parts of your roof. Without proper venting moisture and heat could become trapped in your attic. The heat that is added additionally to the bottom side of your shingles can cause them to wear prematurely. They will fade and curl.

If you would like to discuss your asphalt shingles in Baltimore, MD, our team is here to assist. Please reach out to our crew at (410)-288-1633.

Is TPO Roofing Good?

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Is TPO roofing good?

When you have a commercial building with a flat roof, among all the roofing options you have available, TPO roofing is among the best. This single-ply roofing membrane is durable, energy efficient, and cost-effective. In other words, with TPO, you’ll save money while getting a tough, long-lasting roof. These roofs often cost much less to install than similar membranes like PVC or EPDM and are valued for their ability to reflect sunlight, especially harmful UV rays. This will help keep your building cooler and improve its overall energy efficiency year-round. You will also save money on repairs and maintenance. They resist dirt, bacteria, algae and debris build-up which can damage the roof and they are highly puncture- and tear-resistant. If you are interested in TPO roofing in Baltimore, MD the experts at Recovery Roofing & Home Improvement, Inc. can field any questions you might have or set up a service appointment by calling (410)-288-1633.

What is TPO made of?

TPO roofing is a single-ply rubber membrane composed of Thermoplastic Polyolefin. This material is combined with fabric reinforcement to stabilize and strengthen the membrane. These membranes are usually manufactured in sheets of 10, 12, or 20 feet. 

Is TPO better than EPDM?

Two rubber roofing systems are commonly used for flat roofs today, either TPO roofing or EPDM roofing. While both are similar, especially in that they are single-ply membranes that are relatively easy to install, many people are choosing TPO over EPDM as a preferred roofing material. If you are thinking about choosing between the two materials, below lists some of the advantages and disadvantages of each.

  • While both are energy efficient, because EPDM is darker it’s less efficient in the summer, causing cooling systems to work overtime.  
  • TPO is three times more puncture-resistant than EDPM, although EPDM holds up better against certain types of impacts like those from hailstones.
  • EPDM is easier to repair, requiring no electrical sources. TPO is welded, so an electrical source must be available to make most repairs.
  • TPO lasts on average about 15-20 years while EPDM can last about 25-30 years.

Location and weather are two primary factors that normally determine which system is best. TPO is generally good for temperate or even hot climates where hail isn’t common, while EPDM is better for cooler climates or where hail is a problem.

What is the difference between TPO and PVC roofing?

TPO roofing and PVC roofing are often confused, largely because the material looks similar, as both are normally either white or lighter colors like tan. Both are also composed of similar synthetic polymers, though you may know PVC better as vinyl. PVC is also used in plumbing pipes and similar uses. When used in roofing, both are also single-ply membranes. TPO has been in use since the 1990s, so it is a relatively new roofing material and continually researched and improved upon. PVC has been around since the 1960s and many consider it more stable than TPO, because of the longevity on the marketplace. TPO tends to cost less to install initially, although under ideal conditions it may at best last about 20 years, while PVC can last much longer.    

What is the life expectancy of a TPO roof?

Under ideal circumstances TPO roofing will last about 20 years, although some newer improved TPO materials can last 20-30 years. Many manufacturers will offer warranties up to about 25 years. Typically, however, TPO is good for about 15 years.

Is TPO roofing fire resistant

TPO on its own, like some other single-ply rubber roofing membranes, is not fire resistant. Chemical fire retardants, however, can be added during the manufacturing process to this type of roof to give it a Class A fire resistance rating. The Class A rating is the top rating the Underwriters Laboratory gives to fire-resistant materials. If a fire does occur on this type of material it will have a lower flame spread so it can withstand a fire much longer than lower-rated materials.

Can TPO roofing be painted

TPO roofing can be painted. That said, the roof normally needs to be treated before it is painted. There are some paint manufacturers, however, now producing paint that will directly adhere to the material without treatment. 

How is TPO roofing installed

TPO roofing is fairly easily installed. Once the old roof is torn off, new insulation is installed first, then the cover board comes next. The membrane is rolled out and either attached with an adhesive or mechanically attached. Seams are then sealed with a hot air weld. 

A Roofer Installs TPO Roofing.

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Are you looking to install TPO roofing in Baltimore, MD? This material can be perfect for your flat roof, giving it added protection and improved energy efficiency, and the experts at Recovery Roofing & Home Improvement, Inc. are ready to help you get started with the installation. Learn more about how we can help or schedule a service appointment by calling (410)-288-1633.