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Tips for Preventing a Leaky Roof

Have a leaky roof? Nothing is worse than having water running into your home. With kids and family under our roofs, we have to invest in and preserve the shield that defends us from the weather outside. If you have experienced water coming into your home, you know how horrible and frustrating this experience can be. Preventing a leaky roof requires expertise to diagnose where the problem originates. Our company is dedicated to helping our clients through these tough times, by fixing roofs or providing guidance on how to avoid and prevent these situations before they occur.. Below is Four Twelve’s guide on how to avoid the unfortunate homeowner’s dilemma — the pesky, leaky roof.  

Have Your Roof Installed Correctly The First Time

If you have roof issues like leakage, likely it’s because your roof is either at the end of its life, or it was never installed properly in the first place. The best way method of preventing a leaky roof is to hire a reputable contractor that does it right the first time around. We have seen roofs all throughout the Greater Baltimore Metro Area that have been repaired, coated, patched. We have seen roofs that have decks on them, and additions installed next door. In all these situations, there are technical details related to the installation that is vitally important to ensure your roof is long-lasting and prevents water from entering your home. This is where working with a quality team that employs quality technicians can make all the difference. Why invest at half-price multiple times to end up with a roof that still doesn’t function properly, when you can make the decision to have it done the right way on your first go?

No matter what repairs you endeavor, if your roof was installed improperly, sometimes it simply cannot be fixed without a full replacement. We have clients that come to us asking for the cheap and quick fix, and sometimes we are able to make it happen. However, sometimes that money is better utilized saving up for a roof replacement.

If You Have A New Roof That Is Installed Correctly, Get It Inspected Every Few Years

Like any investment, whether it be a car, a boat, or a new kitchen — a new roof requires maintenance. To assume that you can set it and forget it may work for a couple of years, but over the lifetime of your roof, or any investment, a little bit of maintenance throughout the years will lead to a more successful lifetime performance when all is said and done. Not only will this help in preventing a leaky roof, but also ensure the structural integrity of the roof over its lifespan.  

With flat roofs, tune-ups can involve a number of different scopes of work. Some of the things we see are failing seams, cracking membranes, lifting sheet metal, and clogged or misaligned gutters and downspouts. For all these issues, a simple investment every couple of years (two to three) can fix or remedy all of these things. For failing seams and lifting sheet metal, using adhesives and heat-applied maintenance can preserve the life of your roof. Cracking membranes can often be remedied with coatings applied overtop of your roof system. And gutters and downspouts should be cleaned regularly (2x per year), particularly if your roof has a tree nearby.

For shingle roofs, tune-ups vary but are not dissimilar from flat roofs. Common issues include loose shingles, deteriorating caulk around penetrations, leaky flashing, nail pops, failing adhesives and gutter and downspout maintenance. All of these things are repairable through quick tune-ups. Sometimes, pipe boots and flashing need to be replaced. Sometimes, roofs will need small sections of shingles replaced. And sometimes things will just need to be re-caulked. Similarly to flat roofs, gutter and downspout maintenance is vital to the performance of your roof system, especially if your property is in close contact with trees and debris.

Quick Patches

We always advise homeowners NOT to make repairs themselves. If you use certain products or install repair products incorrectly, you can void the warranty on your existing roof, or create a problem that can only be remedied with a roof replacement. For instance, we have seen homeowners install Flexseal, Henry’s Patching, and coating products to their detriment. Often times, roofing contractors cannot perform additional roofing work overtop of these products if a homeowner decides to take things into their own hands.

If you need a quick patch, most roofing contractors offer hourly service work to remedy small situations. Reputable roofing contractors should carry insurance, workers comp, plus a full complement of tools, ladders, and team members with ample experience remedying these types of situations. With high heights, and a high degree of risk, packaged with one of your home’s most valuable investments, investing in quality roofing contractor services is certainly the safest and most affordable option when weighing into consideration everything involved.

Leaky Roof? Contact Four Twelve

Four Twelve understands how these features make can make or break a good roofing company, and by implementing all of them we’ve quickly built up our reputation across the Baltimore area. Don’t suffer through leaks into your home because of an improperly installed or damage room. Let Four Twelve do it the right way the first time, and help you maintain the longevity of your roof. Contact us today to schedule a check up on the health of your roof.

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5 Tips for Choosing a Baltimore Roofing Contractor

Most of us don’t enjoy shopping around. Whether it’s searching for a pair of pants that fit right, a cup of coffee that fits your taste buds, or a roofing contractor you can trust, shopping can be an exhausting process. The stakes are raised greatly when considering companies to complete hugely important projects on your home. Finding the right contractor often begins with a simple Google search, but deciding which contractor is right for you can be frustrating when you’re not sure what you’re looking for. Below you’ll find five things to look for in any Baltimore roofing contractor you’re considering to work on your home.

 

1. Stay Local

This may seem like a no-brainer to some, but there are a variety of large contractors that operate in several states. While this may provide the security of a big name, what’s lacking is personalization and communication on an intimate level. Bigger organizations may be more profit-driven, leading them to contract separate aspects of your roofing job to a variety of local contractors instead of just one. This can cause communication to breakdown, leaving you out of the loop in regards to job progress, cost, and any roadblock that emerges along the way. When a personal touch is lost, communication can break down, which leads us to our next point.

2. Prioritize Communication, Not Sales Tactics

Communication is the key to customer satisfaction. Don’t utilize any contractor that is hesitant to communicate, doesn’t answer your questions, or doesn’t provide information about the project up front. Baltimore roofing contractors that communicate with and gain the trust of their clients will have a track record you can look into, and likely won’t use aggressive sales tactics to solicit your services. Roofing contractors going door to door in your neighborhood likely haven’t been able to generate clients organically, a red flag you should absolutely be aware of.

 

3. Insurance Is Key

Any time you’re seeking contractors that work on an enormous personal investment like your home, making sure the contractor has insurance is an absolute must. Mistakes can happen, but you don’t want to pay have to pay the price. If a worker is injured on the job and your contractor doesn’t have insurance, a lawsuit could be coming your way. While it may seem unfair, there is a burden on clients to make sure they’re working with companies that provide a safe working environment. Reputation is hugely important when looking for contractors.

 

4. Read Reviews and Testimonials

Any company can tout its trustworthiness and track record, but those things matter little without tangible evidence to back up the claims. Baltimore roofing contractors can be competitive, but customers opinions can help you better sort through them. Be sure to read through their Google reviews thoroughly in addition to website testimonials. These help you gain a better understanding of what kind of people you’re working with, their track record, and whether they’d be a good fit for your particular needs.

 

5. Avoid Being Oversold and Left In the Dark

Having to search for Baltimore roofing contractors is stressful enough as is. Don’t make the process more stressful for yourself by working with a company that wants to oversell you on every little detail. Often, these contractors use poor communication to your disadvantage. They’ll list out problems without providing any tangible evidence such as photos. They won’t provide you progress updates until they “discover” a new issue to add on to your bill. A good contracting company will only recommend services you need and present you with a suite of options so you can choose a solution that best fits your budget. And if a new problem does arise during the process, you’ll be informed promptly because the contractor is filling you in continuously on the project.

Contractors Tailored To You

Choosing the roofing contractor that’s right for you can be a stressful process, but Four Twelve strives to make it painless and comfortable. We communicate directly with all of our clients to help them through the roofing process, providing them with competitive prices, extensive warranties, and only making use of products that are guaranteed to last long. Give us a call today for all of your roofing needs.

 

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TYPES OF ROOFS IN BALTIMORE COUNTY | Four Twelve Roofing

If you live in Baltimore County, you likely have an Asphalt Shingle roof.

Asphalt Shingles have a lifespan of 20-50 years, when installed properly by a qualified roofing contractor. Asphalt Shingle roofs are the best product on the market for a pitched roof when it comes to cost-to-value and weather resistance. Asphalt Shingles also come in a variety of colors and design options. If you are looking for asphalt shingle roofing in baltimore, then call us.

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3 TAB SHINGLES

3 Tab Shingles are the most affordable type of Asphalt Roofing product. They are called 3 Tab Shingles because the individual pieces come in 3 tab pieces, with less styles and varieties compared to Architectural Shingles. 3 Tab Shingles are preferred for rental properties and homes with lower resale value. 3 Tab Shingles typically have a manufacturer’s warranty of 20 years.

ARCHITECTURAL SHINGLES

Architectural Shingles are the most popular and commonly installed type of shingles available on the market today. Architectural Shingles have a more dimensional appearance than 3 tab shingles and look like “shake” shingles when installed. Architectural Shingles are heavier and thicker than 3 Tab Shingles and thus have a longer manufacturer’s warranty, typically 30 years. Architectural Shingles are preferred by most homeowners to 3 Tab Shingles and will typically increase the resale value of your home. They are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners.

When it comes to your roofing needs, be it asphalt, rubber, or any type of roofing materials you can count on Four Twelve Roofing to deliver. Apart from our roofing services, you may also rely on us for other property improvement services including but not limited to gutters and skylight. You may visit us at 10 E North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21218 for a personal consultation. Contact Us Today!

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