How To Prepare For Hail Storms In Advance

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Planning ahead can mean the difference between extensive damage and minor remediable problems. A proper preventive strategy will help you considerably reduce the negative effects of inevitable summer storms. Here are the right steps to take in order to prevent hail damage.

Prepare Your Home and Outdoor Area for a Hailstorm

The condition of your property is one of the most consequential factors in determining the amount of damage a hail storm will inflict on your personal belongings. The integrity of your roof should be your primary concern for it will keep you safe during a storm.

  • Inspect and maintain your roof. Inspect your roof regularly and take immediate measures if you notice a problem. Replace broken or damaged shingles without delay and consider installing ones rated as class 3 or 4 which have been proven to withstand harsh hail. Do not neglect seemingly minor defects that may make your roof susceptible to hail damage. Make sure the overall condition of your chimney is good and that it can be properly closed if necessary, and take effective measures to better protect your roof. If you consider an imminent renovation project, you are advised to opt for impact resisting roofing to further reduce eventual hail damage and secure your home.
  • Keep your trees and shrubbery well-trimmed. It is very important to eliminate the risk of trees or branches falling on your home during a storm. Maintain all the trees and shrubbery in your yard but pay special attention to branches that are directly over your roof or too close to your windows – in the event of a storm they are most likely to damage your home. Strong wind and hail stones can easily break any weak or dry branches, so be prudent enough to remove them in time.
  • Properly maintain your outdoor area and avoid potentially dangerous materials. It is not only falling trees and branches that may cause severe damage to your home – all kinds of debris such as decorative or waste materials blown by the fierce winds during a hailstorm pose a great risk. So keep your outdoor area clean and safe (make it a rule to keep woodpiles under a shed away from the house, etc.). What’s more, you are advised to replace rock or gravel landscaping material with shredded bark or other safe pieces that will cause no harm even when blown by strong winds.
  • Keep gutters and drainpipes clear of leaves and debris. Make sure water can drain quickly or your home may sustain water damage in addition to the typical hail damage.

What to do During Floods

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What to do during minor flooding

Use the following guidelines to stay safe during minor flooding:

  • Stay Informed – monitor local conditions and be aware of the situation
  • Farmers should prepare to move machinery and livestock to higher ground
  • Tune into your emergency broadcasters: ABC Local Radio, commercial radio and designated community radio stations, or SKY NEWS Television
  • Ensure your family members and neighbours are aware of the situation
  • Floodwater is dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwater
  • Floodwater is toxic – never play or swim in floodwater

 

What to do during moderate flooding

Use the following guidelines to stay safe during moderate flooding:

  • Act Quickly – conditions can change rapidly
  • Farmers should move machinery and livestock to higher ground if it is still safe to do so
  • Tune into your emergency broadcasters: ABC Local Radio, commercial radio and designated community radio stations, or SKY NEWS Television
  • If you are likely to become isolated, make sure you have enough food, drinking water, medications and pet food
  • Floodwater is dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwater
  • Floodwater is toxic – never play or swim in floodwater

 

What to do during major flooding

Use the following guidelines to stay safe during major flooding:

  • Act Quickly – conditions can change rapidly
  • Be prepared to evacuate if advised by authorities
  • If you are likely to become isolated, make sure that you have enough food, water, medication and pet food, and be aware that you may need to live without power, water and sewerage
  • Raise belongings by placing them on tables, beds and benches, or move them to higher ground
  • Tune into your emergency broadcasters: ABC Local Radio, commercial radio and designated community radio stations, or SKY NEWS Television
  • Block toilets, household drains, sinks and plugs to stop sewerage backflow
  • Floodwater is dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwater
  • Floodwater is toxic – never play or swim in floodwater

 

What to do if you need to evacuate

Use the following guidelines during an evacuation:

  • Act Now – take immediate precautions to protect your life and property
  • Raise belongings by placing them on tables, beds and benches, or move them to higher ground
  • Collect together medicines, important documents, mementos, photos and pets and take them with you when you evacuate
  • Take three days’ supply of clothing and medications with you
  • Turn off electricity and gas at the mains and lock you doors and windows when you evacuate
  • Remaining in your home or business during flooding is dangerous and may put your life at risk

7 Warning Signs You Need a New Roof

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Benefits of new windows

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1. Replacement Windows Save You Money Now and Later

Purchasing new windows might seem costly at first glance, but after evaluating your monthly energy savings year after year, it’s one of the best home improvements you can make. Older, single-pane windows are often the source of up to 30 percent of your home’s heat loss. In contrast, energy-efficient replacement windows are designed specifically to keep heat in or out, depending on the season.

Additional Features of New Replacement Windows

  • New windows keep extreme weather outside. Energy-efficient windows can reduce the demand on your heating and cooling systems by up to 25 percent allowing you to make your home more comfortable at a lower cost.
  • Premium window insulation. Double- or triple-pane replacement windows are now filled with gas, typically argon or krypton, to help keep air from escaping your home.
  • “Low-e” (low thermal emissivity) windows have a very thin coating applied to the glass. This coating reflects various solar waves, such as long-wave infrared energy (or heat) from the sun, keeping your home more comfortable. Combined with double- or triple-pane glass and argon or krypton gas, low-e coatings can significantly improve the thermal efficiency of your windows.

Not only will you see immediate savings in your monthly costs, but you might be able to receive instant savings offered through rebates for new windows from your utility company. You may also be able to claim a deduction on your income taxes for your energy-efficient replacement windows.

2. New Windows Will Increase Your Home’s Worth

If you replace your windows tomorrow and sell your home the following day, you will be able to recoup the majority of your cost. That alone makes it a worthy investment.

There are other monetary benefits of new windows. Your property value may increase, which also increases your resale value. An often overlooked benefit of replacement windows is curb appeal. The ever-increasing selection of window types, sizes, colors, hardware finishes and styles allows you to match your windows to your home’s design or update its look. The continuity of your home’s appearance can greatly influence the appraisal of your home. Curb appeal can make or break the sale of a home.

Additionally, replacement windows with multiple locks can also lower your insurance costs. This added value also increases appeal to a potential homebuyer. Emotional security certainly adds to the appeal and perceived worth of your home.

3. The Comfort of Replacement Windows

Your home is your castle. It’s the place you live, learn and grow. It’s the place you go for comfort. The benefits of replacement windows are far greater than the cost. They improve your home’s overall environment with benefits like natural light, noise reduction, improved views and custom style. New windows can offer UV protection for walls, fabrics, flooring and furniture, which lengthens the life and quality of your home’s interior. They also require very little maintenance, allowing you more time for activities you enjoy. Consider the benefits of new windows for your home and how they can improve your quality of life.

On the Job

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Keeping your home and family safe and comfortable in all weather conditions is the important job done by your roof. That’s why you need a reliable Germantown roofing company like HomeTech Exteriors on the job.

HomeTech Exteriors is a GAF-certified Germantown roofer, which means you get the advantages of a quality roofing system from the world’s leading roofing manufacturer, professionally installed by the area’s top roofing company. All backed by industry-leading warranties to provide peace of mind and assurance that your roof will deliver many years of service.

Choosing the Color of Roofing Shingles

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The roof is an important element in the overall appearance of your home. Knowing how to choose the color of roofing shingles will help ensure that you make a choice that will suit your home’s appearance as well as work in the climate where you live. Your choice can also depend upon the architectural style of your home and upon many other factors including from energy efficiency.

Siding

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Siding will deliver significant advantages for your Maryland home, including:
  • Increased Energy Efficiency – Installing siding increases your home’s R-value, an important measure of the insulating capacity of any material
  • Increased Structural Integrity – Expertly produced siding, like that produced by CertainTeed and Mastic, provides a nearly impenetrable force to protect your home
  • Proper Moisture Management – If properly installed, siding will allow your home to “breath,” meaning moisture can get in and out
  • Air & Noise Barrier – Vinyl and fiber cement siding prevent air infiltration that can dramatically increase your home energy costs, and serve as a significant barrier to external noise
  • Increased Curb Appeal- Your home will be the stylish, colorful envy of the neighborhood when hire HomeTech to wrap it in beautiful, durable vinyl or fiber cement siding

Have Storm Damage, Maryland? Call HomeTech!

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High winds, driving rain, and heavy snow are all dangers to the structural integrity of your home or business. Among the structures that are most vulnerable to storm damage is the roof of your home or business. Any flying debris that strikes your roof will cause damage, even if it is not visible to you. In addition, on the off chance to we have a heavy snowstorm, the gutters of your Maryland roofing system could be knocked out of place. When that snow melts, a lot of that water will be directed right into your home.

Maryland has a history of unpredictable weather so if a freak storm hits and you find yourself in a home that is exposed to the elements do not wait to call a professional Maryland contractor like HomeTech. It could mean the difference between affordable roof repairs and an expensive roof replacement MD.

In addition to damage to your Maryland roofing system, storms can also cause damage to your siding, windows, and doors. HomeTech is an expert in the inspection and repair of all types of storm damage, to each exterior aspect of your home.  During our inspections we actually get up on your roof to inspect the situation.  You can’t truly see damage from the ground. We have been promptly responding and quickly repairing storm damage since our inception in 2000, and hundreds of homes have HomeTech to thank for mere repairs rather than full replacements of roofing, siding, windows, and doors.

So when disaster strikes and your Maryland home falls victim to storm damage, make sure to call a fully licensed contractor like HomeTech. Don’t fall victim to what we in the industry call “Storm Chasers,” unlicensed contractors that will respond quickly, do poor work, never get up on your roof and leave you with an empty wallet and more costly repairs to pay for.

EnergyTech Windows from Soft Lite and HomeTech

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Home Tech‬ partners with Soft Lite to install their EnergyTech replacement ‪‎windows‬. Designed with an increased R-Value, these windows are one of the newest innovations in energy efficient living. When manufactured by Soft Lite and installed by the Germantown roofing professionals at Home Tech, replacement windows will immediately make a positive difference in your energy bills. Learn more.