Home Improvement

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Recent blogs on Home Improvement
By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Baltimore roofing company McHenry Roofing is urging the city’s residents, who want their homes to be more energy efficient, to opt for a simple roof modification that has proven to decrease a home’s energy usage.In an article published in The Atlantic magazine on 31st August 2022, writer Eric Scigliano makes a case for using roofing materials in lighter pale colors to decrease the amount of energy spent on cooling the home. The science behind the claim is sound and backed up by verifiable research.Lighter colors reflect most of the sun’s light on warmer days and don’t get as hot. This keeps the temperature of the home cooler compared to using darker roofing shingles. This also means that homeowners can save some money on their power bill in the summer months which in Baltimore are hot a...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
MD based McHenry Roofing has, by offering excellent roofing services, managed to become one of the top commercial roofing contractors in Baltimore. It currently holds a very high rating on the Google platform alone, indicating that the vast majority of customers are satisfied with the company’s services. While there is no shortage of roofers in Baltimore City, few can match the quality service offered by McHenry Roofing, and the many 5-Star reviews the company has received serve to show just how happy people are with the work its team is capable of.One review states that the company was able to deliver, “Excellent customer service! I worked with Jeff, who was helpful, kind, patient and extraordinarily professional from start to finish. I compared the quotes for three different companies...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Creating Generational Wealth Through Homeownership
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
I am often asked for a referral for a roofing contractor.  This is one area I don't "have a guy" for and am often calling around for referrals and it's always an emergency.Here is a great testimonial from one of my fellow agents in Baltimore.  McHenry Roofing a local business!! McHenry Roofing of Baltimore, MD is a contractor that’s known for putting the needs of its customers first whenever the company is called upon to do big or small repairs. This is never more evident than in the prompt and responsible way that the company responds to requests for emergency roof repairs. It’s something that this reputable Baltimore and vicinity roofer has come to specialize in. The company owner, Joseph Conley, says, “Although many roofing companies offer emergency roofing help, few dedicate themsel...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
McHenry Roofing of Baltimore, Maryland is a contractor that’s business continues to grow in volume every year. Much of which is due to the company’s experienced and talented roof repair crews and this contractor's emphasis on exceptional customer service at all times.McHenry Roofing is also proud to be thought of as an affordable roofer in Baltimore MD. It believes in delivering its customers the highest quality roofing work for the money those customers spend on their roof repair projects. Something which the company owner, Joseph Conley, says does not always have to do with the bottom line numbers on a roof repair quote. Conley stated, “One thing that people must be careful of when they get a quote for a roof repair, is to make sure they are comparing apples with apples. For example, ...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
McHenry Roofing of Baltimore, MD is a contractor that’s known for putting the needs of its customers first whenever the company is called upon to do big or small repairs. This is never more evident than in the prompt and responsible way that the company responds to requests for emergency roof repairs. It’s something that this reputable Baltimore and vicinity roofer has come to specialize in.The company owner, Joseph Conley, says, “Although many roofing companies offer emergency roofing help, few dedicate themselves to be as prompt and efficient at that type of work as we are. It’s why so many in Baltimore County and the surrounding areas think of us first when they have any type of emergency roofing needs. That’s why when you are searching for good roofers near me in Baltimore after sev...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
While there are numerous factors to consider when selecting siding for a home, durability should always be at the top of your list. Taking a closer look at the top durable siding types may assist you in making the best choice based on the specific needs of your home.  Engineered WoodEngineered wood siding, the most durable siding on the market, combines the aesthetics of real wood with engineered wood strand technology for superior durability. It has withstood the test of time and is an excellent choice for a variety of applications.  Vinyl SidingVinyl is a popular choice due to its low cost and low maintenance requirements. It is not, however, one of the most durable siding types because it has a low impact resistance and is prone to cracking, melting, and buckling.  Fiber CementFiber ...
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By Duane West
(3R's Construction & Remodeling)
Have you outgrown the available living space in your house? Perhaps you'd like an entertainment room or game room, but your home doesn't work for such things. Perhaps you want a guest room, a kid's room, or a home office so you can take care of family concerns and work at the same time. Simply said, this additional area doesn't work with your current floor layout.This is the time when you could convert your garage into more living space. One major benefit of a garage conversion is that you may add extra space to your home in an unobtrusive, quick, and affordable manner.An extensive remodeling project, a garage conversion entails raising the floor, insulating the walls, adding heating, cooling, and ventilation, as well as modernizing the doors and windows. However, this home renovation p...
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By Jaymie Carroll, Realtor Marketing, Sales & Goal Achievement
(Real Estate Spice)
How can you improve the comfort of your bedroom and aesthetic appeal?Update your old ceiling fans or add one to a bedroom that has yet to have one.The newer ceiling fans have smart feature capabilities, and some offer LED lighting options.  When choosing to update or add a ceiling fan to a bedroom, various factors exist, including design, performance, and functionality.Here you'll find the 7 BEST CEILING FANS FOR BEDROOMS, considering their features, benefits, and overall value.Whether you or your sphere is looking for a sleek and modern design or a powerful and efficient fan, this best ceiling fans for bedrooms guide will help you choose the best ceiling fans for bedrooms.Add style and comfort to your bedroom with these ceiling fan ideas! If you're looking for more inspiring bedroom id...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP McHenry Roofing, a company based in Baltimore, MD, has recently published a blog post that explains the various types of shingles or roofing materials that are best for homes in the Baltimore, Maryland area. Typically, asphalt shingles, wood shingles, slate shingles, and metal roofing have been found to be suitable for homes in the area. Each of these types have their own repair needs but it is the tile roofs and metal roofs that are the more costly to repair although they can last longer and are more attractive. Asphalt shingles are considered to be the best in the market for the area, particularly for pitched roofs because of their weather resistance and cost e...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
McHenry Roofing, a full-service residential and commercial roofing company serving Baltimore, Maryland, is drawing attention to a fairly recent development in the roofing industry that is sure to please environmentally conscious homeowners and business owners in the city.GAF, one of the largest roofing materials manufacturers in the United States, unveiled the GAF RoofCycle™ process in the second quarter of 2021. The roofing industry giant’s innovation was regarded by experts as a breakthrough with tremendous potential to divert shingle waste from landfills, reuse existing materials, and put them back into construction sites all over the nation. GAF’s new asphalt recycling process solves one of the major environmental challenges currently facing the roofing industry, the build-up of mas...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
McHenry Roofing, a company based in Baltimore, MD, has recently published a blog post that explains the various types of shingles or roofing materials that are best for homes in the Baltimore, Maryland area. Typically, asphalt shingles, wood shingles, slate shingles, and metal roofing have been found to be suitable for homes in the area. Each of these types have their own repair needs but it is the tile roofs and metal roofs that are the more costly to repair although they can last longer and are more attractive. Asphalt shingles are considered to be the best in the market for the area, particularly for pitched roofs because of their weather resistance and cost effectiveness.Joseph Conley, owner of McHenry Roofing, says, “There are various types of roofing materials, including slate, ti...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Baltimore, Maryland area contractor, McHenry Roofing, is one of the most experienced roofing repair services in its area. Experience that’s often used to give sound advice as to how a homeowner can keep their roof in tip-top condition. That’s why this leading Baltimore and vicinity roofer wanted to discuss the importance of homeowners getting a roofing inspection done every two years. The company’s owner, Joseph Conley, says, “It’s no secret that your roof is one of the most important structural aspects of your home. After all, if it fails and leaks, this can lead to some severe problems with the rest of your home’s important structure and cause damage to the contents of your house. The problem is your roof is never observed except from a distance in most cases. This is not an ideal sce...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Business owners in Baltimore City who are worried about the condition of their property’s roof can rely on the experts at McHenry Roofing to deliver affordable high-quality commercial roof repairs and replacements.Flat roofing is very popular among Baltimore City property owners. They are mostly found on commercial properties and, in the case of residential properties, on row homes. Homeowners or those using their property for business might take into consideration several factors such as the time and cost it takes to install, maintain, repair, or replace a particular flat roofing material before settling on one of the many options available. The complexity of the roof plan and the weather in Baltimore, which is mostly cloudy with a fairly consistent chance of precipitation throughout t...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
McHenry Roofing, a Baltimore based roofing company, would like to reach out to anyone who may be in search of a roofing company in Fells Point. The company offers a wide range of roofing services aimed at ensuring that their Baltimore customers have a sturdy roof over their heads throughout the year. McHenry Roofing holds an excellent reputation for providing high quality roofing services to homes and businesses in the area. The company’s experienced team of roofing specialists is dedicated to meeting the needs of customers in the area, and they boast an excellent record when it comes to customer satisfaction.“McHenry Roofing is a full-service residential and commercial roofing contractor,” the roofing company says. “From minor roof repairs to complete roof replacements, waterproofing, ...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
McHenry Roofing, a Baltimore, MD based roofing company, was recently featured on Home Inspection Insider. They were featured in an article titled ‘21 Eye-Catching Gray Exterior House Colors for 2023,’ and in the article they are described as a, “next-generation roofing and exterior painting company.”The company is happy to have been featured in an article by Home Inspection Insider and to be considered one of the most prominent names in the field. They view it as evidence that their commitment to producing excellent work is being recognized in the home remodeling industry, and the McHenry Roofing team hopes to be featured in more such publications in the future.McHenry Roofing is a full service roofing company based in Baltimore. Widely considered Baltimore’s leading roofing contractor,...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
McHenry Roofing is one of the most recognized names in the Baltimore area when it comes to roof repairs. That’s because this roofing contractor in Maryland is known for doing quality roof repair work that is complemented by very good customer service. But it’s also a roofing contractor that likes to educate those in its area on how to go about getting competent roofing work done. A good example of that is the company’s recent blog posting that discusses how to choose a roofing contractor in Baltimore.Joseph Conley, McHenry Roofing’s owner, says, “When it comes to home improvements, you must make the right choice for the contractor that you use. This fully applies when hiring a roofing contractor too. Hiring the wrong contractor can result in unsatisfactory work or work that is not compl...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Baltimore, Maryland based McHenry Roofing is reaching out to their local community to share information on the cost of a roof repair. Headquartered in the Federal Hill neighborhood, McHenry Roofing has been servicing the roofing needs of Baltimore and the surrounding areas for more than two decades.Joseph Conley of McHenry Roofing says, “Your roof is your home’s number one protection against the elements, but that is not an easy job to do, and with the constant exposure to the elements, roofs can wear out and break down. This can lead to leaks, stains and even structural damage to your home. Ideally, you want to get your roof inspected every couple of years and stay on top of maintenance, but in the worst case scenarios, you would be wise to be prepared. With that in mind, we wanted to ...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
McHenry Roofing, a company based in Baltimore, MD, is happy to announce that they will be providing their roofing services to homeowners at the Locust Point peninsular neighborhood in Baltimore. This community is found in South Baltimore and is completely surrounded by the Locust Point Industrial Area. Its traditional boundaries are the Patapsco River to the north, east, and south and Lawrence Street to the west. It is a harborside area that is known for being home to Fort McHenry, where artillery demonstrations and flag-changing ceremonies are held on the wide lawns. This fort played a vital role in the War of 1812, which was what inspired “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Casual seafood restaurants, sports bars, and taverns can be found all over the area.Joseph Conley, owner of McHenry Roof...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
This year, resolve to take better care of your home by practicing good home maintenance! Your home works hard to take good care of you, return the favor by starting with these simple steps.Know Your HomeAn easy way to start off with home maintenance is to make sure you set aside between 1% and 4% of your home’s value for home maintenance. Some call this the “Home Maintenance Rule of Thumb.” This is meant to be an easy-to-follow budgeting strategy to make sure home maintenance tasks aren’t neglected. These smaller maintenance tasks will save you money in the long run, as you avoid the more costly breakdowns that can occur without regular maintenance.Closely Monitor Your Key SystemsEvery house consists of a few key systems that are the most important to a well-functioning home (and the m...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
McHenry Roofing, a company based in Baltimore, MD, is pleased to announce that they will be delivering their roofing services to the residents of the Brewers Hill neighborhood in Baltimore. Brewers Hill is found in the Southeast District of Baltimore. At the eastern boundary of this neighborhood is Haven Street, Conkling Street can be found to the west, Fleet Street can be found at the northern boundary, while Dillon Street can be found at the south. The homes in this neighborhood include the traditional Baltimore rowhouses made of redbrick and formstone.Joseph Conley, owner of McHenry Roofing, says, “We are a part of the Brewers Hill community and see our clients as neighbors. We have provided both roofing and vinyl siding services on Fleet Street, Haven Street, Dillon Street, and Conk...
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