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Extend The Life Of Your Roof In 3 Simple Steps

  
  
  

 


new roofA new roof is one of the more expensive exetrior home improvements a homeowner can make.  However, a new roof can net a return on investment of up to 89% in 2014 if you take good care of it.  Whether our customers are trying to extend the life of their current roof or are enjoying a brand new roof expertly installed by our team, the experts at Windows on Washington are often asked, "How can I extend the life of my roof and keep it looking great?"  As always, when our customers have questions, we have answers. Our experts put together 3 simple tasks to help to extend the life of your roof and prevent serious damage before it occurs.  Of course, we never recomend that a homeowner climb a roof if they are not comfortable, prepared and safe.  Always call a professional if you need assistance. 

1. Inspect

  • Skylights – Inspect the seals around your skylight. Often debris can get stuck or wedged around the edge of a skylight, degrading the seal. If your seal is cracked or worn, reapply sealant to prevent leaks. It is critical to keep water from penetrating a worn seal, for moisture can cause signficant damage to the roof or the roof deck.
  • Flashing – Inspect the flashing around your chimney and vents. These areas of the roof are the most prone to leaks. Again, proper sealing of this area will prevent the moisture seeping into your roof and causing further damage.
  • Roofing Material – Inspect your roof to make sure the shingles, shakes or metal decking is not cracking or lifting. If the roofing material is damaged, we would suggest these areas be repaired to avoid additional damage to the exterior and interior of the home.
  • Attic – Inspect the visible underside of your roof in the attic. Look for damage or staining on the plywood, as these indicate that the roof is leaking.  Any watermarks should be assessed to determine where the leak is coming from and fix it before more extensive damage happens.

2. Clean

  • Debris – Keeping your roof free from debris will extend its lifespan. Moisture can be trapped under debris, which will degrade the roofing material over time. In addition, debris may prevent proper water flow off your roof which can result in damage to other roof areas, overflowing of gutters and accelerated roof aging.
  • Algae and Fungus – Algae and fungus growth on roofs are a common problem for homeowners in the Northern Virginian and Maryland areas. Cleaning these growths from the roof with a bleach solution will help prevent damage and pre-mature aging as well as unsightly black streaking. 
  • Gutters – Cleaning your gutters of debris, leaves and sticks will prevent any disruption in water drainage from your roof. If gutters become full or clogged, rain water will spill over the top of the gutter and onto lower areas of the roof. As the roof below is not built to handle this increased water flow, the roofing material will show wear and can develop leaks over time.

3. Remove

  • Water – Removing water from your roof seems obvious to keeping your roof intact for many years to come. Look out for moisture pooling on the roof and eliminate the cause of the puddling.   Standing water is the fastest way to ruin and shorten the life expectancy of a roof.
  • Snow – If your home is hit with a heavy snow storm, removing the weight of the snow will extend the life of your roof.  Removing the snow prevents your roof from buckling due to the increased weight and keeps your roofing material in good shape by preventing long term moisture exposure as the snow melts.
  • Tree Branches – Tree branches that have a tendency to grow over a roof should be removed for two reasons. First, removal will prevent them from breaking off and damaging your roof during a storm.  Second, removal will allow your roof deck to dry out completely in between storms.  Since tree branches cause shade and trap moisture, the roofing material in these areas will wear far faster than a roof that can dry out completly.
If you find any damage on your roof while you are inspecting, cleaning or removing damaged elements from it, give the experts at Windows on Washington a call.  We would be happy to evaluate your current roof and make suggestions for a repair or replacement without the hassle of high pressure sales.  Click the link below to ask a Windows on Washington roofing specialist all your toughest questions.
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Spring Has Sprung - Windows on Washington's Double Coupon Offer

  
  
  

 


Were you plagued this winter by problems and issues with your home that made you ask:

  • Why are my heating bills so high?  
  • How can I stop the drafts from my old windows?  
  • Why do I have frost coming under the door or on the bottom of my windows?
  • Why do I have ice forming on my roof and gutters? 

Now is the perfect time for you home to say good bye to Old Man Winter forever and ask the experts from Windows on Washington for answers to all your tough home improvement questions.  

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Spring marks the end of winter when everything is renewed and begins to grow.  Let Windows on Washington help you make your home more beautiful, comfortable and energy efficient with replacements windows, a new roof or eye-catching new siding.  There's never been a better time to call, especially with our new double coupon savings!

Experience The WoW Factor! 

Let our experts take the guesswork out of your replacement window, roofing, siding and insulation home improvement plans.  With our brand new "Spring Has Sprung" Specials, you can make your home more beautiful, comfortable and energy efficient while staying within your budget.

Don't miss out on these savings!  Click the links below and a WoW Team Member will call you to schedule a free estimate to receive your double coupon worth up to $2000 off.  And as always, we promise that our consultations are never high pressure - we provide all the technical and pricing information you need to make the right product decision for your home at a great price.

 

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Learn About Windows on Washington's Warranty

  
  
  

 


At Windows on Washington, we provide our customers with professional, innovative and quality home improvements.  We care deeply about our work and always go the extra mile to make sure each job is done right the first time.  Our customers can count on our experience, expertise and extra care to make their exterior home improvements goals a reality. 

Windows on Washington stands by our products, service and workmanship with some of the strongest warranties in the marketplace, including:

  • Windows – Lifetime

  • Doors – Lifetime

  • Roofing - 10 years

  • Siding – 10 years

  • Gutters – 1 year

  • Skylights – 2 years  

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Should you have the need of any warranty service, please click the link below and our Customer Service Team will be in touch promptly.  As always, our Team works hard every single day to fulfill our mission statement:

 

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 The Windows on Washington Mission Statement:

At Windows on Washington, we provide our customers with quality products and expert workmanship to improve the comfort, beauty and energy efficiency of their homes.  And we do it with unparalleled service.  Our work is not complete without your total satisfaction.

Learn The Top 5 Reasons Why A New Roof Will Fail

  
  
  

 



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At Windows on Washington, we often hear the question from frustrated homeowners, "Why is my brand new roof already failing?  I expected at least 15-20 years out of my investment!"   

We compiled the top 5 reasons for a new roof to fails:

1.  Poor workmanship - A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

  • The best shingle in the world is only as good as the professional putting it on.  If you surveyed the entirety of roof leaks, workmanship would be far and away the number 1 culprit.   
  • Improperly nailed shingles, flashing shortcuts, poor detail work on penetrations and improper roof-to-wall intersections are some of the most common examples of poor workmanship that can lead to shingle blow off, leaks, property damage and even mold growth.


2.  Penny-wise and pound-foolish material strategies  - Saving a little can cost a lot!

  • Skimping on items like edge metals, proper code observed coverage of Ice/Water shield, using cheap sealants and pipe collars and the re-use of flashings are just some of the cost corners that contractors will use to cut costs.  Consumers often eat this up, accepting the bid from the cheapest roofing company.  While the cost differential between the best materials and the least expensive can add up on a roofing project, the quality is more than worth it.  An unexpected leak can far outweigh the expense differential on materials and impacts the realized cost of the roof replacement.
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3.  Inadequate or improper ventilation strategies - Ventilation is an often overlooked aspect of roofing. The idea that "if what was there before worked, it should continue to do so" is prevalent in the industry. 

  • Proper attic and roofing ventilation is imperative to maintain a dry and healthy attic space. In addition, proper attic ventilation is your protection from pesky ice dams that form after heavy snows. 
  • Continuous, balanced and passive ventilation is ideal and easily accomplished if the roofing contractor is familiar with current ventilation technology and options and takes the time to do it right.

4.  Flashings - Many masonry chimney flashings are produced in a manner that is more ornamental than functional. 

  • The stepped appearance of chimney flashing is designed to mimic the proper reglet cut and tuck into the mortar joint.  However, roofing contractors often cut corners and simply caulk the joint. As this caulking breaks down over time, the homeowner is left with a clear and rapid pathway for water to bypass the flashing and enter the home.
  • Tucking the flashing into the chimney surface is ideal and will ensure that flashing will hold up for the duration of the roof, but the labor to do so is more expensive than the shortcut.

5.  Poor Workmanship - This cannot be highlighted enough, so it deserves 2 places in our top 5!

  • Watch for caulk - it is not a replacement for proper technique and application!  However, many low quality roofing installers will use caulk to correct or hide problems that should be addressed in a more professional or costly way.  As the caulk breaks down over time, you will face problems such as leaks, gaps and premature material break down.
  • The careful and conscious roofer should "think like water" to make sure that every application is redundant and always aimed at creating the most durable and leak proof finished product.  It is difficult to maintain focus on that goal when trying to complete the project as quickly and cheaply as possible.
  10_facts_btn The best way to make sure your roof does not fail is to hire a competent roofing company.  Researching the roofing companies in your area can be daunting.  The best place to start is with company review sites to weed out the companies you do not want to work with.  Then choose a few to research their websites and to finally call to your home for an estimate. 
Let Windows on Washington guide you through the process of installing a new roof.  The experts at WoW are happy to provide you with not only the information and research you need to make the right choice for your home, but also the expert installers that will do it right the first time.
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Preparing Your Home and Roof For Winter Storm Pax

  
  
  

 


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The Mid-Atlantic region is taking Winter Storm Pax warnings seriously, and for good reason.  Many homeowners are quickly preparing and securing their homes for another winter blast.  Here are some tips from Windows on Washington and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help you in those preparations.

Before the storm:

  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well-trimmed.
  • Clear away any loose debris around your home.
  • Clear clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Secure all outdoor furniture, decorations, trash cans and anything else could get damaged in the winter weather.
  • Install a generator for emergencies.  
  • Stock up on fuel for your generator.
  • Gather blankets and firewood to help keep your family warm in the event that the power goes out.
  • Take pictures of your home inside and out for insurance purposes.
  • Make sure you prepare a space for your pets.
  • Prepare a list of emergency numbers in case the power is out for an extended amount of time.  (Include plumbers, electricians, the power company and roofing companies to contact for emergency repairs.)


During:

  • Listen to the radio or TV for information.
  • Avoid using the phone except for serious emergencies.
  • Stay off the roads during the storm to allow emergency vehicles access to the roadways.
  • Bring your pets in out of the storm.

After:
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
  • Stay out of any building that has water around it.
  • Inspect your home for damage. 
  • Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.
  • Call in a professional for any damages you need repaired.


Windows on Washington has doubled our efforts to prepare for the winter storm's aftermath.  We pledge to take care of our customers' homes after the storm.   Please be mindful of storm chasing home improvement contractors that will prey on homeowners after a major storm.  Choose a local contractor that you can trust and that will be around long after the storm is gone.  Here are some links to help you choose the right contractor for the job.

10 Tips on Choosing a Roofing Contractor After a Storm
10 Tips on Finding the Right Contractor
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Windows on Washington - Our Installers Make the Difference

5 Tips On How To Prepare For The Installation Of Your New Roof

  
  
  

 


new roofCONGRATULATIONS on the purchase of your new roof!  It's one of the best investments that you can make into the long term maintenance and structure of your home.  The best way to ensure a fast and uneventful installation is to prepare appropriately.  Here are Windows on Washington's top 5 tips on how to prepare for the installation of your new roof.


1.  Access To Your Home
Before your roofing installation begins, it is generally advised that you clear one side of your driveway for the collection of roofing materials. Likewise, in order to protect your vehicles, park all boats, RVs, cars and trailers away from the installation area to prevent damage. In order to properly clean up during and after the installation, you will need to provide the install team with access to all areas of your yard. Make sure the gates are unlocked and any pets are secure. 


2.  Attic Entrances and Stored Items
There is no perfect solution to keep the items you store in your attic space pristine during the installation of a new roof. Although your roofing installers will clean debris from the attic and take care with your things, there is no sure fire way to keep all dust and debris off stored items. Items that would be harmed by dust or debris or are substantially fragile should be removed during installation. Likewise, after your installation, open your attic entrance carefully in case any dust or debris remains.


3.  Children
A new roofing system installation turns your home into a temporary construction site and can often stimulate the curiosity of children. It is important to keep them away from the work area at all times. In addition, it is possible that materials and equipment will remain around your home for the duration of the installation.  Items such as sharp metal flashing, nails, ladders and such can present a hazard to children of all ages. Keep your children safe by reminding them of the possible dangers and supervising them at all times during the installation.


4.  Pets
Because of the noise and presence of unknown persons, some pets find a roof installation very unpleasant. You may decide to board any particularly anxious pets with family, friends or your vet for the duration of your installation.


5.  Neighbors
Although you may be prepared for the noise and commotion during your roofing project, your neighbors may not be. It is wise to take the initiative to notify your neighbors in advance that the approaching project may cause a temporary increase in noise and traffic. Letting neighbors know in advance gives them an opportunity to move cars if necessary and sets a positive tone in case they have an issue during or after the installation. A quality roofing company will clean up during and after the project to minimize the inconvenience to your neighbors.


Preparing your home for the installation of your new roof is the best way to make sure things go smoothly.  At Windows on Washington, we are extremely proud of our Roofing Division, as they always maintain the same high quality standards for which Windows on Washington is known.  In addition, our experts can help guide you through your roof installation from start to finish.   We carry a variety of quality products ranging from Certainteed for asphalt roofing to Decra for steel roofing because we are committed to serving all of our customer's roofing needs. Contact Windows on Washington for a free roof quote today and see what the WoW Factor can do for your home!

 

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10 Reasons Why Windows on Washington is the Best in Home Improvement

  
  
  

 


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  1. We are a fully licensed, bonded and insured family owned, local company.  With WoW, your home improvement dollars stay in our area, and we give back to our community by supporting local charities and children's activities.
  2. We live our mission statement everyday  - Our work is not complete without your 100% satisfaction!
  3. WoW's outstanding customer service has earned us a 5-star Yelp rating, the Angie's List Super Service Award in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau. 
  4. WoW provides a written estimate valid for one full year and  a proven track record of meeting the estimated project amount, so there are no surprises.
  5. WoW has a beautiful showroom where you can come meet with our professionals and view our entire product line.
  6. WoW believes in educating homeowners about their home improvement options so our customers can make a fully informed decision without high pressure sales tactics. 
  7. WoW makes home improvement plans a reality.  We have made thousands of homes in the Metro Area more beautiful, comfortable and energy efficient.
  8. We only use best in class products.  We have done the research so you can feel confident in the value of your purchase.
  9. WoW Installations are rooted in our deep understanding of building science and always follow industry best practices.
  10. WoW stands behind our work with a lifetime warranty on our workmanship, including a complementary accidental glass breakage warranty.


At Windows on Washington we take great pride in our best in class products, professional installation and outstanding customer service.  Click on the link below and experience the WoW Factor for yourself.


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Windows, Siding, Roofing, Doors - What Is The Best Investment for 2014?

  
  
  

 


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Every year, customers ask us which projects they should apply their home improvement dollars to get the highest return on investment.  Our customers are very savvy and know that they need to focus on not only the energy savings they expect to receive from their exterior home improvement, but also where they would gain the most if they decided to sell their home after the renovation.

One of the most respected reports that provides analysis on the return on investment (ROI) homeowners receive for home improvement projects is from Remodeling Magazine.  Their 2014 report has just been released for 35 of the most common remodeling projects, for both the interior and exterior of the home.  The report compares these projects and their respective ROIs nationally, regionally and in major cities around the US.  Once again the Washington, DC area out-preformed the National and South Atlantic regions with higher ROIs.

 

Siding Replacement

Replacing your siding this year could net you up 124% of your investment.  Advancements in technology and manufacturing have given homeowners several types of siding from which to choose.  

Vinyl 99.2 % ROI
Fiber - Cement 124 % ROI
Foam - Backed 105 % ROI

 

Custom Window Replacement

Replacement windows can start paying for themselves the minute they are installed through reduced energy costs.  In addition, potential home buyers look very favorably on attractive, new, energy efficient improvements.

Vinyl Windows  96% ROI
Wood Windows  96% ROI

 

Door Replacement

The front entry or garage doors are the focal point of a home, and can reduce curb appeal significantly when they need to be replaced.  A beautiful new door can make a great impression on a guest or potential buyer, which dramatically impacts curb appeal and increases the value of your home.  

Steel Door 125% ROI
Fiberglass Door  89% ROI
Garage Door 114% ROI

 

Roof Replacement

When a home is being sold, the number one item that a home inspector will assess is the roof.  Even if the roof has some lifespan left in it, many home purchasers will negotiate for a reduction in sale price to compensate for any perceived future maintenance or replacement costs.   

Roof Replacement  89% ROI

 

At Windows on Washington, we pride ourselves on our commitment to continued research on building science and exterior home Improvements.  Our Team is well versed in Replacement Windows and Doors as well as Siding and Roofing. They are ready to demonstrate how energy efficient improvements can save you money once the project is complete as well as provide estimates from this Cost vs. Value Report on your potential longer term ROI.  Ask the experts at Windows on Washington what the “WoW! Factor” can do for your home.

 

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Replacement Windows From A Customer's Perspective

  
  
  

 


At Windows on Washington, 100% customer satisfaction is our number one goal!

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The WoW Team knows that the only way to achieve this goal is with quality installations and best in class products. We spend countless hours training our staff to handle any issues that may arise during construction projects. We also work tirelessly to choose the best quality windows, doors, siding and roofing materials to ensure the complete satisfaction of our homeowners.


Don't take our word for it!  Check out Windows on Washington on Customer Lobby, Yelp or Angie's List, where our team has won the Super Service Award for 3 years running.  Read what just one of our customers had to say about their window replacement project:
We replaced all of our windows a year and a half ago. I did extensive research on many area companies and was shocked to see the wide range of quality and price. Warning, there are many poor performers in this industry who try and charge extremely high prices for average windows and use very high pressure sales techniques. There were a lot of them to sort through. We decided to use Windows on Washington (WOW) and were very pleased. They offered exceptional quality and the price was very reasonable, $575 - $800 per window for Okna 800 series triple pane argon gas filled replacement windows (range depends on the hardware selected). We used the basic white handles because we have bright white trim. The performance of these windows are at the high end of the industry and the white matches bright white trim vice the blue/ white of most replacement windows. We decided on Argon gas windows. Krypton gas windows are not worth the extra expense. Both are noble gases with Krypton more dense, under Argon on the periodic table, but perform very similar as an insulator in windows. The more important factor is how the windows are constructed, preventing the escape of the gas and how they shed exterior water. The Okna windows don't use a drain hole system, which always clog up over time, creating problems. Instead the exterior mill work is sloped to shed water, a much better design as seen in the industry journals. Also the windows operate smoothly and have rigid supports across the tops of the windows preventing drooping over time. They come with a lifetime warranty that includes accidental breakage and gas loss. Since we installed the windows, we have seen a consistent 15 - 20% savings over our old original single pane windows, on energy usage each month based on TH (gas) and KW (electric) units used during similar average temperature months. Also, the WOW installers did not damage our extensive landscape near the house. They were professional and quick, everything was done in a day. Ask for Eric, he's the owner to come by for an estimate. No high pressure with him. He lets the product and price sell the job. ....David


We call an experience like that the "WoW Factor!"  We put our customers first by providing as much information and research as possible so that they can make an informed decision about their home improvement project without the high pressure sales tactics that are so common in our industry.  Let the experts at Windows on Washington show you how we can make your home more beautiful, comfortable and energy efficient.  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 or click the link below. 

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Winter Specials and Coupons for Replacement Windows, Siding and Doors

  
  
  

 


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Brrr...Baby It's Cold Outside!, so now is the time to make sure your home is warm and as energy effcient as possible.  Whether you need replacement windows, a new exterior door or simply air sealing and insulation, Windows on Washington has the solutions to all your home improvement challenges. Contact us today and receive up to $1,000 off your next exterior home improvement project!


Click here to get your Winter 2013 coupons.

 

Windows on Washington is Home Improvement You Can Trust. 

We are a locally owned and operated company focused on improving the energy efficiency and appearance of our clients' homes. Our company was founded on a simple philosophy: be upfront and honest. Many home improvement companies force homeowners to sit through three hour sales presentations and then close with high-pressure tactics to make the sale. We created a better way to do business.  

At Windows on Washington, we work with our clients the way we want to be treated in our own homes - knowledgeably, professionally, and respectfully. We take the time to listen to your home improvement needs and then create a solution using best-in-class products coupled with our expert installation techniques.  Whether you are looking for energy efficient replacement windows, beautiful siding, gutters, a new roof, or money saving insulation and air sealing, we have your answer.  We will educate you on our approach to your project, explain your options and encourage you to do additional research.  

 

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