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Baltimore Construction Roofing

FOUR TWELVE ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF ITS ROOFING DIVISION

That’s right folks, we are officially launching a roofing company. Over the last few months, we have noticed such a demand for roofing, siding, gutters and windows in Baltimore City and Baltimore County – that we have decided to grow out a roofing segment within Four Twelve.

We are not forming a new company – we will simply be doing more roofing, siding, gutters and window work within the purview of Four Twelve’s General Contracting business.

Four Twelve aims to provide our roofing clients with the same experience they have grown accustomed to, when working with our General Contracting team. Quality, timely customer service. And integrity in relationship management.

As we state on our website, and something that has come to be a mission statement for our company – “We aim to build quality homes and manage our relationships from a place of honesty and integrity.” When it comes to roofing, these principles certainly apply, and we think we can benefit our community tremendously through offering a quality product in the exterior home improvement and renovation sector.

Contact your local roofing contractor in Baltimore, MD – Four Twelve Roofing for an estimate today!

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Baltimore Roof Replacement Roofing

ROOF REPLACEMENT – BALTIMORE CITY VS. BALTIMORE COUNTY? | Four Twelve Roofing

The first step in replacing your roof, as a resident in Baltimore, is identifying whether you live in Baltimore City or Baltimore County.

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BALTIMORE CITY RESIDENTS

If you live in the city, more than likely you have a “Flat Roof.” Flat roofs typically have little to almost no pitch from front to back. These come in multiple forms – Modified Bitumen (which has a few different forms), Silicone Coatings or EPDM. To learn more about Flat Roofs, click here.

BALTIMORE COUNTY RESIDENTS

If you live in the county, you likely have a pitched roof, and pitched roofing material comes in many different forms – cedar shake, metal paneling, slate shingles or what is most common (~85% of homes) – asphalt shingles. To learn more about Asphalt Shingles, click here. You may also visit us at 10 E North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21218 for a personal consultation!

When selecting Baltimore City roofers, it is important to know whether you have a Flat Roof or a Pitched Roof. This will dictate the scope of work and the contractor you select to perform your roof replacement. Make sure your roofer has experience working on flat roofs or pitched roofs before electing to go with them. Check What Others Are Saying About Our Services! 

 

Call Your local roofers in Baltimore – Four Twelve Roofing Today for a FREE ESTIMATE
Baltimore’s Local, Trusted Roofing Contractor.
(410) 989-7343

 

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Baltimore Flat Roofs Roofing

TYPES OF FLAT ROOFS IN BALTIMORE CITY | Four Twelve Roofing – Flat Roof Specialists

If you are a homeowner in Baltimore City, you likely have what we call a “Flat Roof.”

Flat Roofs are tricky, as they are, by definition, flat. With little to no slope on a flat roof, it is hard to shed water, snow or debris, which means you need a Baltimore roofing contractor who is experienced when it comes to these types of installations, such as Four Twelve Roofing. Check What Others Are Saying About Our Services! 

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MODIFIED BITUMEN – THE COMMON PRODUCT

Modified Bitumen is the most common product used when it comes to Flat Roofs. Modified Bitumen goes by a couple of different names – rubber, torch down or tar. Tar is the old way of doing things. Typical old rowhomes will have a tin sheet metal cap, with many layers of tar roofing material on top of them. Newer Modified Bitumen roofs will be either rubber or torch down, which is Four Twelve’s preferred flat roofing product. It is cheap and typically has a lifespan of 20 years. It is usually laid in 2-3 layers, on top of the wooden roof deck, and your roofer will use a torch to heat up the glue or adhesive to get it to stick to your roof deck.

SILICONE COATINGS – WATER RESISTANT AS IT GETS

Silicone Coated roofs are typically applied on top of original modified bitumen roofs. Silicone coatings respond well to UV degradation and are water resistant. Typically we recommend doing a modified bitumen roof and then coming back 10-15 years after the installation to do a silicone coating. The UV protection will help in the summer months. UV rays are what degrades your roof most – not snow or tree branches – but rather the hot summer sun. Water resistance also means that when water ponds on your roofs surface, behind a skylight or a chimney, it will not find any seams to sneak through, as the silicone completely prevents this.

EPDM – CLEAN AND SIMPLE MATERIAL

EPDM stands for Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer and is basically the same material used to make bicycle tires. EPDM roofs are applied by mopping glue onto the roof deck and then laid flat, taping all seams and edges with a specialty tape. EPDM provides a cleaner look than modified bitumen, with less visible seams, but this material is easily punctured and thus, not as highly recommended as torch down.

Four Twelve has been a flat roof specialists with a 100% satisfaction rate from a Baltimore & Columbia roofing company. Contact us for more information. You may also visit us at 10 E North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21218 for a personal consultation!

 

Call Four Twelve Roofing Today for a FREE ESTIMATE
Baltimore’s Local, Trusted Roofing Contractor.

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Baltimore Community Involvement Creativity

1,000+ HOURS OF LIVING WAGE SALARIES, 2,000+ HOURS OF LOCAL LABOR | Four Twelve Roofing

As part of our project at 1600 Barclay, Four Twelve Roofing set a simple and seemingly attainable goal – to create one full time hire from within our community. Through the first quarter of this project, we have exceeded this goal and created 3, 30+ hour/week positions for young apprentices.

When entering the homebuilding industry, it is hard to find work if you don’t have experience. Under the tutelage of our experienced carpenters and foremen, we have been able to work with our apprentices for the better part of this year – teaching them all facets of homebuilding. Four Twelve self-performs most of our own work, which allowed us the opportunity to train our apprentices in roofing, siding, masonry, framing, interior carpentry and painting.

Four Twelve’s close relationship with the local community has been helpful in making this program succeed. Through our time in Greenmount West, we have gotten to know our neighbors, community leaders and workforce training programs – such as Project JumpStart, a local Baltimore Workforce Development program. These apprenticeship positions have been invaluable to date – providing quality on-the-job training in addition to good paying and reliable work. Here’s to 3 more homes and continuing to build the locally trained, locally sourced laborpool in Greenmount West and Baltimore.

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Baltimore Construction

BRICKS. PAYING HOMAGE TO THE PAST.

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Brickwork is something special in Baltimore City. Throughout the building boom that took place in Baltimore City in the late 1800s and early 1900s, most homes were built from brick. The majority of these rowhomes still stand today. The homes we are building at 1600 Barclay will be built in homage to the the historical architecture of this city.

In order to make our brick facades most authentic, we went and walked the block of 1600 Barclay St, in search of the oldest home with the most original architectural details. While all the homes appear quite similar, one home stood out as the oldest on the block.

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While some rowhomes are built exclusively with standard bricks of 2-1/4” x 7-5/8” dimensions, the original homes on our block were built using a variety of shaped bricks – not just standard ones. Looking at the facade above, you can see all the specialty bricks that went into the construction of the building – arched bricks around the 1st floor doorway and windows, jack-arch bricks above the second story windows and cove bricks tucked in the recess above the jack-arch bricks.

Below is a photo of our brick order containing all these specialty bricks, in preparation for our install.

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During the course of excavating our site at 1600 Barclay, we found a number of these specialty bricks buried in the ground – an indicator that the homes which originally existed on our plot were similar to the homes we are replicating in our design today.

Here are some photos of the bricks we dug up on our plot of land, side by side with the new bricks we had fabricated for the build-out of 1600 Barclay.

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Earlier this week, our masons began laying brick and when they’re complete, these homes will have all the similarities of their brethren down the street. One of the beauties of matching historical architecture is preserving the stories of the artists and craftsmen who originally built this city. In Baltimore rowhome construction, home developers were always trying new styles and nuanced elements to differentiate their homes from other ones in town. That is why rowhomes on 29th St next to Papermoon Diner, have green ceramic shingles and a sunroom. Meanwhile, homes in Federal Hill are made of old brick, thick grout joints and oftentimes come in small sizes. Each neighborhood was built by a group with their own unique style.

Seeing as this is our time, we at Four Twelve have been enjoying adding our own details to these homes.

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As the bricks go up, on the facade of our first home, we decided to get a stoneworker to etch the house number in a slab of polished marble. This is a detail that has been used on old homes before, and one that we wanted to bake into the homes we are creating now. A nice use of old and new techniques, to create a product that is uniquely Four Twelve.

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Baltimore Flat Roofs

WHY YOU SHOULD SILICONE COAT YOUR FLAT ROOF AND SAVE THOUSANDS

IF YOU LIVE IN OR OWN PROPERTY IN BALTIMORE CITY, CHANCES ARE YOU HAVE A FLAT ROOF…

Flat roofs vary in lifespan and type of material. But one thing is certain about all flat roof products – you can save yourself a chunk of money and extend the life of your flat roof by doing a simple and cost effective solution – a Silicone Coating (something most folks have never heard of before).

 

5 BENEFITS OF GETTING A SILICONE COATING

1. Silicone coatings are roughly 1/3 of the price of replacing your roof. The problem is if you wait too long to do a coating on your roof, and your roofing material degrades too much, the surface will not be smooth enough for a silicone coating. So you must do a coating earlier on in the roof’s lifespan, as a preventative maintenance action.

2. Silicone coatings are energy efficient. Silicone coatings roll out white in color and reflect the suns rays. This helps save money on heating and cooling your home.

3. You buy yourself 7-12 years. If you get a coating on your roof while the rubber roof is still in good enough shape – your silicone coating can buy you 7-12 years of no maintenance on your flat roof for a price 1/3 of the cost of replacing your roof. This is in comparison to 1-3 years for an aluminum coating, which is a much more inferior product other roofing companies try to sell in the Baltimore market.

4. Silicone Coatings are the only roofing material that is water resistant.Another thing that differentiates silicone products from aluminum is their “water resistant” behavior. If water ponds on the surface of your roof, most materials are not “resistant” or in other words, they eventually will become porous if ponding is sustained. Silicone is one of the only products that is completely resistant to water and will continue to keep it out of your home even if it sits stagnant for a time.

5. Peace of mind. Silicone coatings are made from the same material in the infomercials where Billy Mayes is fixing a garden hose with a rubber patch. Every time one of our techs gets it on their hands, it is a difficult process to remove. And every time Four Twelve installs a coating, we do 2 coats, applied perpendicular to each other, to ensure optimal coverage. If your roof receives a coating, you can kiss those leaks goodbye – something that can be a continual problem for flat roof building owners.

image of silicone coating on a baltimore roofWHETHER YOU ARE A COMMERCIAL PROPERTY OWNER OR A RESIDENTIAL HOMEOWNER IN BALTIMORE – IF YOU OWN A FLAT ROOF – SILICONE COATINGS MAY BE A GREAT OPTION FOR YOU.

Imagine 7-12 years of maintenance free time with your flat roof – this solution really is a gamechanger – and that is why our clients all around Baltimore are opting in to coat their roofs around the City and the County.

If you’d like a Free Estimate on coating your roof, call your local roofer in Baltimore – Four Twelve Roofing at (410) 989-7343 and we’ll schedule a time to check out your property and recommend the best course of action.