Windows in the Winter

You've got your hot cocoa, your fireplace is roaring, and you are all set to weather the incoming cold-but are your windows? You might be appalled to learn how much heat can escape from your home if your windows are not adequately sealed. Properly sealed windows can save a home up to 25% on your heating bill, so imagine how much improperly sealed windows are costing you. We know your heating bill is high enough; you could be throwing money out of the window if heat is escaping, well...out of the window.

What to look for:

First look for any visual signs that your windows are wasting heat. Notice any cracks in the seal, deteriorating caulk, or any misalignment from the pane to the sill. Next, put your hand close to the bottom of the window: does it feel drastically colder than the temperature of the center of the room? Can you feel a draft? If so, not only is heat escaping, but worse, the cold is getting in. This could also be an indicator that other elements aside from the wind are sneaking in. Perhaps water is also squeezing into any insufficient seals, which can lead to the growth of mold or mildew. As Maryland's Fall has been particularly damp this year, now might be the perfect time to determine if your windows are ready to handle the incoming winter.

How to fix it:

Columbia Roofing installs vinyl replacement windows. We highly recommend the BFRich Vintage P-x6 Green Shield Windows-The benefits of Vintage include:

-Duralite warm edge spaces which improve the total window U-factor
-Heat control soft coat Ag3 Low-E glass reflects the heat and filters up to 94% of ultra-violet rays
-SunClean self-cleaning glass
-Anti-microbial treated gold series weather seal is resistant to mold, mildew and fungus

Not sure if your windows are winter-ready? We also provide a free thorough estimate of your home from the attic to the basement! To request an estimate simply click here to fill out this form, and we will contact you to schedule an appointment.

This winter, get warm and stay warm! Your house should be comfortable for you during these chilly months. If you start to question whether or not Frosty the Snowman would even melt if he entered your house, it might be time to check your windows.

Get Winter-Ready: Siding

This Fall season has shown itself to be much damper than previous seasons. Perhaps you've noticed the trees were a bit late to begin their colorful display of oranges and reds...or maybe you've noticed a few mushrooms popping up around your lawn. While a little drizzly weather might not dampen your spirits, unfortunately, wet weather creates the perfect growing conditions for mold and mildew. We want to make sure your home is adequately protected from the damages of mold.

What to look for:

If you have any existing exterior damage to your home's siding, this can be a very vulnerable point for mold to strike. Aside from the growth of mold and mildew, siding damage can also lead to rotting and the eventual deterioration of the exposed area. Be sure to look for ruptures, cracking, or peeling as these are good visual indicators that your siding might need replacing. If the siding on your home is already starting to fall away from the main structure, water can get into this space. If mold does not grow, this water can still freeze when the weather gets colder and separate the siding even further.

How to fix it:

Columbia Roofing installs a variety of vinyl, cedar, and cement siding from reputable manufactures such as Certainteed and James Hardie. We also provide a free thorough estimate of your home from the attic to the basement! To request an estimate, simply click here to fill out this form, and we will contact you to schedule an appointment.


As the really chilly weather begins to creep in, you'll want to bundle yourself in cozy sweaters and scarves to protect yourself from the cold-make sure your house is protected as well! We would be happy to "dress" your home up to keep out the mold and icy weather.

Repair Now, Pay Later

Important Repairs

As summer draws to a close many of the repairs you had intended to make may have been put on the back burner. Between taking vacations and other summer expenses you may feel like the roof repair, gutter replacement, new door or windows that you really need are just not an option this season. It's important to consider that fall and winter are not far away. Making your repairs now, at the end of summer, can give you a sense of security entering the harsh weather months.

 
Financing is Available

Columbia Roofing understands that you may want to make those repairs or replacements now but don't have funds to start a large project, and that's ok. We offer financing to qualified buyers from GE Money Bank that includes 12 Month Interest Free Financing. So start your project now and pay for it later.

It only takes 10 minutes for the approval process, just call us at 410.379.6100.
While we are not involved in the credit approval process, which is the sole discretion of GE Money Bank, one of our customer service representatives will assist you with the entire process over the phone.

For more information, please visit www.columbiaroofing.com.

Winter Is Coming

Have you noticed the radical shift in Maryland’s weather this past week? 

We’ve plummeted from an unusually warm 70 degrees to the frigid 30’s. While some parts of the state were lucky enough to just get a chilly rain, others were scraping ice off of their cars before work! As cumbersome as it may be to chisel ice off of your windshield, it’s an even bigger hassle to have ice collect in your gutters. These sudden drops in temperature, or “fast freezes” can be detrimental to old, damaged, or improperly installed gutters. As ice settles into a gutter it does two things: First, the water expands when it freezes, pushing outwards on the material—this has the potential to rupture unprepared gutters and will definitely make existing ruptures worse. Second, ice is much heavier than water. The weight of ice in your gutters can pull them loose from your house or even cause them to fall down completely. 

So how can you protect your gutters from ice damage? Know what to look for. First, observe any visual damage. Look for cracks, bowing, dents, bends, or rust. Second, note how well your gutters handle rainwater. If you see any overflowing this could be a sign of inefficient water redirection. Similarly, a weak trickle at the end of your rainspout during a heavy rain could indicate blockage from leaves or other debris. Lastly, have a professional investigate any signs of damage that you cannot see. Columbia roofing provides a free, thorough estimate of your home from the attic to the basement! To request an estimate, simply click here to fill out this form, and we will contact you to schedule an appointment. Stay one step ahead of fast freezes! Protect your home as it protects you from the chill this winter.

Energy Saving Tips for the Summer

This summer may be one of our warmest ones yet. Blasting the air conditioning, opening all your windows, and plugging in fans at full blast may provide some temporary comfort but may end up hurting your wallet with high energy bills while at the same time being harmful to the environment. Here are few tips on how to stay cool without overheating your wallet.

 

Be smart with your air conditioning and thermostat:

- If you have a programmable thermostat set it to 85ºF when you are away from home and try to keep it 78ºF or higher when you are home. You will save about 1 – 3 percent per degree for each degree that it is above 72ºF.

- Make sure your air conditioning is up to date with service, especially updated air filters. Dirty filters restrict air flow and will increase energy use.

 

Use ceiling fans to cool your home:

- Combining a ceiling fan with your air conditioning will allow you to raise the thermostat by 4º without a reduction in comfort.

- Turn off your ceiling fans when you leave the room-- fans cool people not rooms

 

Pay attention to your windows:

- Windows are one of the largest sources of heat gain. Block the sun by pulling shades and blinds down during the day – your air conditioner will not have to work as hard.

-  If it is cooler at night, turn off your a/c and open the windows to naturally vent out warm air. Close the windows as soon as you wake up to capture the cooler air in your home.

- Make sure you check for any leaks in and around your windows.

 

Decrease appliance use:

- On hot days try to avoid using the oven or stove. Instead use the microwave or go outside and grill!

- Only wash full loads of laundry, and use cold water. Make sure you use your washer and dryer after peak hours. Line-dry if you can.

- Using the dishwasher actually uses less water than washing them by hand. Wash a full load after peak hours and air dry.

- Take shorter and cooler showers to avoid adding extra heat to your home.

- Turn off and unplug appliances when not in use to avoid using “leaked electricity” that can add up and to also prevent adding extra heat. (game consoles, laptops, dvd players, musical instruments, stereos, hair dryers, chargers when not in use, etc.)

- Switch to energy efficient light bulbs and turn off the lights when you are not using them.

- Keep your fridge stocked. A full fridge keeps it from warming up when the door is open.

 

Follow these tips in order to keep cool and save money and energy. Do you have any energy saving tips for the summer? Leave us a Facebook Comment!