Before beginning your roof installation, a professional roofing contractor will complete a thorough inspection of your home, including the interior, exterior and any attic or storage area. There are several reasons for these visual inspections. First, any good home contractor will make the safety of you and your family paramount. Second, contractors want to be aware of any other issues with your home that might affect a roofing system installation. Third, confirming your home is in good working order and everything is ready for the roof installation means you will be more satisfied and confident in your finished roofing project.
1. Improper or Illegal Electrical Wiring
Sometimes, electrical wires not visible from living spaces or attic areas are only found after an old roof has been removed. A sub-par or new-to-roofing contractor may not notice this or bring it to your attention, deciding instead to work around it. The danger in this is that any roofing work that is done could penetrate the wire’s insulation, trigger a short circuit and possibly a fire. Illegal or damaged wiring presents a fire hazard and an experienced, knowledgeable, professional roofing contractor will review any concerns with you so that you can choose a course of action that makes sense.
2. Carbon Monoxide Cautions
If you do not already own a carbon monoxide detector, you should purchase one. If you already have one, be sure to check the batteries and ensure it is operational. A working carbon monoxide detector is a critical part of a safe roofing installation. During the installation process a professional crew will take every precaution available, but it is still possible for exhaust vents to shift or dislodge which could in turn cause a carbon monoxide leak. It is critical that the homeowner conduct a daily visual inspection of these vents as a safeguard.
3. Circuit Breakers
A professional roofing crew uses power tools and air compressors during your roofing project. Thus, they need to have access to electrical outlets. Often the garage circuits are the ones your roofers will make use of, but it is still possible that areas within your home might be on the same circuit. To avoid spoiled food or damaged computer equipment, take precautions with any sustained electrical devices. Likewise, make sure your roofing contractor has reliable contact information so that you can be contacted if a circuit breaker is tripped or if there are any other issues that need to be discussed.
4. Exterior Home Protection
An experienced contractor can avoid any major damage and minimize any minor damage to the exterior of your home. A quality roofing contractor will take precautions like covering heating and cooling units, covering windows and designating a debris area to prevent damage to your yard. Likewise, a good installer will take steps to prevent gutter damage including using attachments to prevent their ladders from resting on your home’s gutters causing dents and scratches. An expert roofing installer knows how to avoid problems before they begin with best practices that most sub-standard contractors ignore.
5. Landscaping & Watering Systems
A professional roofing crew will take care to avoid disturbing your landscaping. To protect your lawn from the damage of people walking back and forth, it is wise to avoid watering and turn off any sprinklers a day or so before the installation begins. If you mow your lawn close to the beginning of the installation, it will make it easier for your installers to clean up any debris or materials in the grass. Likewise, overgrown trees can cause premature wear and tear on your roof. They also make installation more difficult and dangerous. If your trees require pruning, it is wise to do so prior to your roofing system installation.
6. Pools, Spas & Hot Tubs
Pools, spas and hot tubs can be damaged by roofing debris. To protect the look and functioning of your outdoor water features, a trusted roofing contractor will tarp your pool, spa or hot tub with poly propylene before the beginning of the installation. Even with this precaution, small amounts of debris like sawdust may make their way in during excessive winds, so you may want to turn off your pumps during your installation. Be mindful that a tarped water feature presents another child-hazard and monitor your children accordingly.
Windows on Washington is committed to providing their customers with a smooth and easy roof installation. Please let us know if you have any questions about your installation or roofing project we are always willing to help. We can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 703-378-1190 or simply by clicking the link below.
Windows on Washington strives for complete satisfaction on every home improvement project we do. Our customers are some of the most well educated people in the country, and as such, they research their projects throughly. This research is why we participate in blogging, ebooks and many different web boards. Windows on Washington is committed to providing all of the information available about exterior home improvement so our customers can make the best decision for their home.
Here is what our customers are saying about us:
Just had Windows on Washington install the Okna 500 series windows. I highly recommend them. From estimate through installation they were highly professional.
They are located in northern VA and we are between DC and Baltimore. After seeing good things about them and Okna windows on this board I contacted them to see if they do work in out area. They said they do.
Brandon came out, measured, and gave an estimate and told us a bit about the company. No pressure, no "if you sign today", no "this price is only good for this week", no call back or email in the next few days to offer a special sale price going on now. Just a straight forward here is the price. He had a sample to show us. We let him know we would decide in the next few days. Their price was a bit less than the price given us by another reputable company using Sunrise windows that has done work for us before. It was a tough choice. But because of Brandon and what I've read about them on this board, we decided they would do a fine job and we could pay a bit less for a bit better window.
Their communication was top notch. When I contacted them to tell them they got the job, thier front office staff was very professional in handling the transaction. They then emailed us to let us know the windows had been ordered and gave us an approximate delivery date of the window to them. They told us once they received the windows they would contact us to set up an installation date. When they got the windows, we set up an installation date. The day before they contacted us again to verify and give us an arrival time. On the installation day, the installers even called us to let us know they were hung up in traffic and would be a little later than the specified time.
Once they arrived, they were extremely efficient and clean. 9 windows removed and installed in 3 hours. My wife was doing some work at the dining table and she saw a living room window being taken out. The next time she looked up the new window was in! She wondered when that had happened.
They look great, the installation looks great. They are a professional operation from beginning to end.
Windows on Washington is proud of our customer service record and strives for 100% satisfaction. We put our customers first with providing as much information and research as possible so that they can make an informed decision about their home improvement project. If you would like to experience the "WoW Factor" on your next home improvement project, please give us a call today at 703-378-1190.
Windows on Washington is commited to ensuring your home has the maximum possible energy efficiency. Our energy savvy customers often purchase new windows or doors to help increase the efficiency of their home, but many do not realize that appropriate levels of insulation can also make their home more effcient and help save money on heating and cooling bills.
When homeowners hire a home improvement contractor to assist in insulation or air sealing work, we suggest they follow these 4 easy tips to mazimize the increase in energy efficiency, as well as return on investment:
Professional Insulation Companies should use advanced diagnostic tests to determine where to add insulation and how much insulation is required. This test will take the guess work out of how much insulation to purchase, saving you money by confirming that you are only buying the amount of insulation you need.
It is important to determine the R-values of existing insulation. Then, you can make an informed decision on whether to add more insulation on top to bring the total R-value up to the recommended level for that area of the home or to remove the existing insulation altogether and replace it with new. If existing insulation is damaged, loose, moist or has insect or rodent residue, it may be better to remove it outright and refinish the area with new insulation of the correct R-value.
When adding insulation, be sure you contractor combines the R-value of the new insulation with the R-value of the existing insulation and that it equates total the recommended level. Double checking this level will insure you are getting what you are paying for. It is also recommended that all (assessible) pipes which transport hot water through the home be protected with insulation as well, as this prevents thermal energy from escaping the hot water while it’s en route to a faucet or water heater.
Know when to call a specialized insulation contractor. While some insulation upgrades are certainly possible with your average handyman, bear in mind that it is quite difficult to add insulation to existing walls without specialized training and equipment. If major exterior walls are deemed in need of an insulation upgrade, consult a professional insulation contractor with expertise in this area. They are likely to provide you with the most comprehensive work scope and which can also be the most time-and cost-effective solution.
In addition to having a detailed knowledge of the work which will be performed during the insulation process, consumers should also understand how to protect themselves when dealing with Insulation Contractors.
- It is important to get a price quote in writing before any air sealing and insulation upgrades are undertaken. The contractor should have an accurate idea of the costs involved at the conclusion of the initial energy audit.
- Consumers should also understand what recourse they have if they are dissatisfied with the work.
- The validity of the contractor’s credentials and licensure should be confirmed before any work begins and consumers should also check with their local Better Business Bureau (BBB) branch to see if there are any outstanding complaints on file against the contractor.
For more information about air sealing and insulation, please download "The Windows on Washington Guide to Air Sealing and Insulation." for free. It provides comprehensive information on air sealing and insulation by detailing strategies for locating and sealing leaks, identifying areas which need insulation upgrades and choosing the right insulation for the Washington, DC-area climate.
At Windows on Washington, we pride ourselves on providing solutions for home improvement problems. We strive for customer satisfaction from the initial project consultation process to the final installation - and beyond through our warranty guarantee. We want our customers to have a great experience with their purchase, whether it is replacement windows and doors, siding or roofing. We would like to share some recent feedback we received from real customers just like you.
"I thought you might be interested in some "before and after" shots, now that the siding up. I love it! Still have to replace the door bell and light fixture, but we're getting there. It changes the whole house - inside and out. So worth it, even just for the aesthetic aspect! I have lots of photos of the guys working and gaping holes in our house, if you ever need any.Thank you!!!"
"Great work. After two jobs the work for both was excellent. In a few years when we have to do all of the windows we will call Windows on Washington to do the work."
We have helped thousands of homeowners realize their home improvement dreams with custom replacement windows, exterior doors, siding, metal and asphalt roofing, gutters, air sealing and insulation. If you are considering an exterior home improvement project, you can find many reviews about our company on Angie's List, Guild Quality, Customer Lobby and Yelp. Also, be sure to ask us for references in your area!
Windows on Washington will be at the Capital Home Show Friday through Sunday, September 20, 21 and 22, 2013. We will be showcasing our best-in-class replacement windows, doors, roofing, siding and gutter protection. Stop by our booth, number 829, to talk to one of our professionals about your home improvement project and a special offer for all free in-home consultations booked at the Home Show.
The Home and Remodeling Show is also presenting many seminars and special events for homeowners. Check out the schedule below:
Friday - September 20
12:00 PM - Kitchen Remodeling – Tips and Tricks: Kitchen design is about more than just style.
1:00 PM - Making Your Home More Energy Efficient - Why a green Focus Is Important
2:00 PM - MATT MUENSTER - from DIY Network’s Bath Crashers and Bathtastic Series
3:00 PM - La-Z Boy Design Seminar "Looking for Inspiration? Comfort? And a bit of Glam?
5:00 PM - La-Z Boy Design Seminar "Looking for Inspiration? Comfort? And a bit of Glam?
6:00 PM - MEG CASWELL - HGTV’s Design Star and Meg’s Great Rooms
7:00 PM - MATT MUENSTER - from DIY Network’s Bath Crashers and Bathtastic Series
Saturday - September 21
11:00 AM - Find the Best Value in Kitchen Remodeling: Make the smart choices with your money.
12:00 PM - MEG CASWELL OF HGTV’S DESIGN STAR AND MEG’S GREAT ROOMS
1:00 PM - Handy Mom
2:00 PM - MATT MUENSTER from DIY Network’s Bath Crashers and Bathtastic Series
3:00 PM - La- Z- Boy Design Seminar "Looking for Inspiration? Comfort? And a bit of Glam?
4:00 PM - Meg Caswell of HGTV’s Design Star and Meg’s Great Rooms
5:00 PM - Integrating the 21st Century Home: How to Combine Energy, Audio/Video, and Security Systems with Convenience.
6:00 PM - La- Z Boy Design Seminar "Looking for Inspiration? Comfort? And a bit of Glam?
7:00 PM - MATT MUENSTER from DIY Network’s Bath Crashers and Bathtastic Series
Sunday - September 22
11:00 AM - La- Z Boy Design Seminar "Looking for Inspiration? Comfort? And a bit of Glam?
12:00 PM - MEG CASWELL of HGTV’s Design Star and Meg’s Great Rooms
1:00 PM - Handy Girl 101: This new workshop is a mother-daughter DIY workshop.
2:00 PM - Finding the Best Value in Bath Remodeling: Make the smart choices with your money.
3:00 PM - La- Z Boy Design Seminar "Looking for Inspiration? Comfort? And a bit of Glam?
4:00 PM - Meg Caswell of HGTV’s Design Star and Meg’s Great Rooms
September 20-22, 2013
Friday 10:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Dulles Expo Center
4320 Chantilly Shopping Center
Chantilly, VA 20153
Admission: $10.00 - Adults
$7.00 - Adults Online
$3.00 - Kids 6-12
Free for kids 5 and under
Free parking is available at the Dulles Expo Center.
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At Windows on Washington, we field a great deal of questions from homeowners that are dreaming of a home improvement project. We are committed to supplying our customers with all the facts, and believe the beauty, performance and warranty of the products we install speak for themselves. If you are considering a home improvement project, stop by our booth at the Home Show to discuss your home improvement plans with one of our experts or contact us by clicking on the link below.