Keeping you roof on budget

Roofing Budgets

In Loudoun county where the cost of living is a high, and where the quality of life is worth it. A roof replacement project can seem like it can cost an arm and a leg. A roof replacement project within budget is a challenge. By hiring the right roofing contractors and trying out the following tips, however, you’ll be well on your way.


Roof Replacement Project



Don’t Rush the Planning Stage



With the exception of emergency roof replacement, there is no reason to rush. Take time to research and consider your options before making a choice. Whether you’re looking at different color options or planning to change your roofing slope, carefully considering your options will streamline your project and help you avoid unnecessary changes.


Research the Ballpark Cost



You won’t know the actual cost of your project until roofers give you written estimates, but you can ask around and get a rough estimate of the project cost. This will give you an idea of how much financing you will need and what options are available for a certain price range. When considering the project cost, weigh the long-term benefits of your roofing choices against the cost; the right roofing choices can bring a significant return on investment.


Avoid Making Changes Once the Project Is Underway



Making changes while the roofing project is underway is the best way to blow your budget. Ideally, the only changes that need to be made during roof replacement are repairs to damage that wasn’t discovered until the project began. Anything else will delay the project, as components may have to be reordered and some of the roofing work would have to be undone, consequently increasing the project cost.



Prepare an Emergency Fund



An emergency fund is intended to cover the cost of unexpected expenses, such as the aforementioned repairs. Aim to set aside 10-20% of your total budget for this purpose.


To learn more about how we help you keep your roofing project within budget, call Mid Atlantic Construction and Technology. today at (571) 252-9748 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free in-home consultation and estimate. We serve many areas in and near Loudoun and Fairfax, Va.


Roofing Materials For Loudoun Homes

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To lend authenticity to your Loudoun county home when planning your roof replacement, choose a material that matches your home’s architectural style. At Mid Atlantic Construction and Technology, our company offer a wide selection of roofing materials and style options, making it easy to find an option that will complement the other components of your exterior.

Asphalt Shingles

Today’s most popular roofing material is undoubtedly asphalt shingles. They strike the perfect balance between affordability, longevity and aesthetics and can complement any architectural style with a sloped roof. Homes featuring traditional architecture with “square” floor plans, such as Colonial Revival or Federal architecture, look great with three-tab asphalt shingles. If your home is built in a more ornate style like Victorian, Craftsman, or Gothic Revival that traditionally features wood shakes, dimensional shingles like the GAF Timberline® shingles are ideal.

Metal

Metal is an extremely versatile roofing material. If you’re thinking about the now-typical standing-seam metal roof design, you should know that metal roofs are available in several styles that mimic traditional ones, including tile and slate. We recommend stone-coated metal shingles if you want to retain a traditional look while taking advantage of the benefits of metal roofing.

Tile

Tile roofs a defining feature of Mediterranean- or Spanish-style architecture. The warm red hues complement stucco siding and wrought metal windows. Homes with sprawling floor plans and gentle-sloped roofs, such as Ranch-style homes, can seamlessly transition to tile roofs. In addition to traditional clay tiles, we also offer concrete tiles as a more affordable yet equally strong option.

Flat Roofs

Flat and low-slope roofs are a staple of contemporary architecture. There are several options for flat roofing depending on how you intend to use your roof: traditional built-up roofing (also known as “gravel roofs”) and modified bitumen roofs, ideal if you expect high foot traffic on your roof. Single-ply systems like EPDM and TPO are seamless solutions for thin roofs and are more energy-efficient thanks to their outer layers that can reflect sunlight, reducing the amount of heat absorbed through the roof.

Whatever home style you may have, Mid Atlantic Construction and Technology. has the roofing material to match. Call us today at (571)252-9748 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free in-home consultation and estimate. We serve Loudoun and nearby areas, including Fairfax and Prince William counties.

Spring Just Won’t Come

If you’re living in the Northern Virginia, you’re probably wondering where is Spring. As we approach April it stills feels like we’re in the winter season, even though it’s officially Spring. We at Mid Atlantic Construction and Technology are preparing for a busy Spring and Summer. We’ve partnered up with 2 of the top residential and commercial remodeling companies in the region to bring you quality service.

Spring is the time when most residential home owners do most of their remodeling. It seems this year is more unusual than most due to the weather being crazy. Our company and it’s affiliates offer some of the best roofing, siding, kitchen, and bath remodeling service in the region. Call Us today to see what we’ve got to offer. You might be blown away at come of the prices we have. Our company offers in house financing for those commercial and residential property owners who might be cash strap.

Roofing Maintenance

Moss and algae are fairly common problems with most residential, asphalt roofs. Unfortunately, they grow regularly and are both unsightly on any home. Worst of all, they can damage your roof if they’re left to their own devices. That’s why it’s important to take one day out of the summer to give your roof a bit of a cleanup and figure out how you can prevent moss or algae from growing on your roof again. First, here’s a bit of info on why they’re there in the first place:

WHAT CAUSES MOSS AND ALGAE GROWTH?

Moss and algae growth are common in humid climates like Michigan, and most often appear in shaded, cooler areas of the roof. You’ll recognize moss as little furry green spots on your roof, while algae growth looks more like dark streaks. They are both fairly common issues that can be prevented, but they can also be taken care of with a simple wash. Either way, it is important to address moss and algae growth on your roof, because if not taken care of, they can lead to more serious problems.

Since moss and algae both like moist, wet climates, they’re typically indicative of an excess of water on your roof. If allowed to stay—moss especially—they can lead to the rotting of your sub-roofing, damage to your shingles, and larger-scale water damage that’s hard to take care of. There are a few ways to prevent them, but they take a bit of work:

PREVENTING MOSS AND ALGAE GROWTH

Moss – Moss thrives in dark areas, where it’s cool and water can collect. Typically, trees are to blame for most moss growth. If you have trees with limbs that hang over your roof, they drip water after it rains, and they shade your roof. This creates the perfect environment for moss to grow. If you want to prevent moss as best possible, consider at least taking down branches over your roof, if not cutting down the trees that are very close to your house.

Algae – Algae is trickier than moss to prevent, but some shingle manufacturers are making strides with copper composite shingles. Though these shingles do cost more, they contain copper particulate, which is toxic to algae. If re-roofing your home with new shingles sounds like too much work, it’s good to know that metal strips can do more or less the same job. If you have metal flashing around your chimney, you’ve probably noticed less algae on those parts of your roof. That’s because when it rains, metal particulate from that flashing is distributed down your roof, killing algae as it goes. One solution to algae growth is to attach metal strips on either side of your roof, just below the ridge. Metal particulate washing down will help kill algae.

GETTING RID OF ALGAE OR MOSS

If you already have algae or moss, and you’re looking to get rid of it, it’s good to know that the process isn’t that difficult. It’s really just a matter of getting a soft roof brush, some cleaning solution, and a ladder, and getting to it. Check out these steps:

1. RINSE THE ROOF

Rinse your roof first with plain water from the hose. Don’t use a pressure washer— that’s too hard on shingles and can damage your roof. Rinsing will get rid of some initial moss and algae and will help any plants you have growing down below resist chemicals you use later on.

2. CHOOSE YOUR SOLUTION

There are a number of roof cleaning solutions out there, you just need to pick one. Wet & Forget and Roof Wash are both popular, or you could make your own solution out of a 1:1 ratio of bleach and water. Simply pick one area at the top of your roof, and apply your chosen solution.

3. SCRUB GENTLY

After you’ve applied your washing solution, take your roof brush and gently scrub one small area at a time, working down the roof. This helps to ensure you don’t break, crack or pry up any shingles. Work in small areas at a time, so you don’t waste solution, and you don’t forget your spot.

4. RINSE

Finally, once you’ve scrubbed the whole roof, simply rinse it down with clean water— again, not with a pressure washer—and let it dry! It’s good to pick a sunny day to do this project, so your roof can dry quickly, and you can make sure you got all the moss and algae off.

Moss and algae on your roof are an issue, but they’re fairly easily solved. Just one wash a year will typically keep most moss and algae from making a home of your roof. If you’re having concerns about washing your own roof for moss and algae removal, or you’d like a bit of help with the project, don’t hesitate to call Mid Atlantic Construction and Technology. Local, trusted roofing experts, we’ve been helping families in Loudoun repair and tidy up their roofs for decades. Whether you need help choosing a roof wash solution, or you’d like us to take care of the wash itself, we’re happy to help. Give our office a call at 571-252-9748 or contact us online today for a free roofing estimate!

Things You Need To Know Before You Get A New Roof

Mid Atlantic Construction and Technology is the leading source of roofing information for Loudoun county residents. We give top quality advice for free, so if you ever in need for roofing tips we are here to help. If you’ve made a recent foray into home ownership, or if the home you’ve lived in for years finally needs a new roof, it might feel a bit overwhelming to start the new roofing process. A new roof is a big investment, and it’s something most people only do once or twice in their lifetimes — which means re-roofing is probably not something you’re used to or familiar with. Even though a new roof can be a major expense, it’s an investment in the future of your home — keeping you and your family safe for at least another 20 years, and improving the resale value of your home. It’s a necessary improvement, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. If this is your first experience roofing or re-roofing a home, here’s everything you need to know:

DECIDING ON A NEW ROOF The hardest part of roofing is often just deciding when you need a new one. For some homeowners, a major leak or serious water damage makes it obvious that a new roof is in order, but barring a major incident like that, it can be tough to decide when getting a new roof is the right decision. Some signs that it’s time for a new roof include: Leaks in your home or attic Torn or curled shingles A roof that’s older than 20 years Sagging in the middle Discoloration or excessive mold and algae growth There are a few signs that make it obvious you need a new roof. If you’re experiencing any, or many, of the signs above, it’s probably a good idea to think about replacing your roof sooner rather than later. After all, your roof is one of the biggest things standing between your home and the elements.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT TYPE OF ROOF Once you’ve decided it’s time for a new roof, it’s natural to want to call up your local roofer right away. We encourage you to take a little bit of time to look around and really think about what type of roof you’re looking for this time around. The two most popular materials for a new roof are metal and asphalt. We’ve laid out the pros and cons of asphalt vs. metal roofing in depth, but the reader’s’ digest version is this: Metal roofing is lighter and more durable, lasting as long as 50 years. It’s also more costly upfront, but because it’s light can often be installed over an existing asphalt roof. Asphalt roofing is more common and more affordable and will last about 20 years on average. It is heavier, which means that in most cases, you’ll need to pull off your existing asphalt roof before you can put on the new roof. The material you choose will dictate the cost and the style of your new roof, so it’s an important step to determine early on in the new roofing process. Both asphalt and metal roofs offer myriad color options, you just need to decide which look you like the best.

Head to Houzz or Pinterest for roofing design and style inspiration that can give you a better idea of what your new roof might look like. NEW ROOFING COST EXPECTATIONS We’ve said it before, but a new roof can cost quite a bit of money. The cost of your roof will depend on a variety of factors, including what type of shingle or metal style roof you’d like, as well as the size of your home, the pitch of your roof, and if you have extras like a chimney or sunroofs that will take laborers a bit of extra time to work around. In reality, a new roof can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $40,000 depending on the type of home you have, and the materials you choose, which is why it’s important to collect estimates from a few trusted local roofers in your area. Once you know what type of roof you’d like, and whether you need to tear off the old roof first, or simply overlay a new roof over the old one, you’re ready to talk to roofers. FINDING A ROOFER When it comes to hiring a roofer to install your new roof, the goal is to find the person who can provide the best quality, at the best price. You don’t want to hire the roofer with the lowest bid, simply because it will cost less, and you certainly don’t want to hire the roofer who quotes you at an astronomical price. You need a roof that will keep your family and your home safe and secure for at least another 20 years, which is why it’s so important to do your homework when you’re looking for a roofer. Start by talking to your neighbors, friends, and family. Do they know anyone who’s recently had a new roof installed? Were they happy with the price and the quality of the labor? Asking around is a great way to determine who has a good reputation in your area, for the type of roof you’d like.

a list compiled of local roofers you’re interested in talking to, you can call around and ask for estimates. Work to get itemized estimates if you can, as that will give you a better idea of where your money is going for your roofing job. Don’t just stop at estimates either. Remember, you want a roofer who can provide an exceptional roof at a quality price, so you need to make sure the roofer you hire actually does good work. Talk to their references, and ask them questions about how they work and how long they expect your roof to take. In the end, you’ll want to choose a roofer who you get along with, and who you trust to do a great job. Be thorough, and don’t hire anyone who doesn’t want to answer your questions or work with you as you decide who to hire. A new roof is a major investment, and you deserve a roofer who is willing to work with you throughout the entire process. SCHEDULE YOUR NEW ROOF INSTALLATION Now that you’ve chosen a roof type, color, and style, and found a roofer you can trust, it’s time to schedule the installation of your new roof! Depending on the season, your roofer may have more or less availability. Most roofers are at their busiest during the summer, so if you’d like your new roof installed right away, plan to do your researching in the winter, and hire someone just as the weather starts to turn warmer. If you do have to wait a while until your roofer has the availability to install your new roof, take that time to make arrangements for when the roofing crew does arrive. Roofing isn’t exactly a quiet job, so you might want to arrange to be out of the house for the period of time they’ll be working on the house. If you have pets or children, make sure they have somewhere to go while the roofing team is at work.

ENJOY YOUR NEW ROOF! With your new roof installed, you can relax knowing that your home is safe and secure for years to come. What’s more, you’ve likely improved your home’s energy efficiency and resale value. A new roof has quite a few benefits, not least being the improved curb appeal! A new roof might seem like a daunting home improvement task. It is honestly one of the biggest fixes a homeowner has to make, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. If you do your homework and find a roofer you trust, a new roof can be installed in a snap. For new roof installation, you can trust in the Loudoun county area, consider Mid Atlantic Construction and Technology. We’ve been installing both asphalt and standing seam metal roofs for decades, and we’ve won awards doing it. We’re here to help, and if you’re just not sure what your roof needs, we’re happy to give you a free, no obligation quote.

Resolve Your Commercial Roofing Problems

It’s a new year. A new beginning. A time to set new goals. Why not consider a roofing-related resolution this year?

Here are a few suggestions to help facility managers stay on top of things in 2019 relative to commercial roofing assets.

1. SCHEDULE SPRING AND FALL PROFESSIONAL INSPECTIONS.

As you know, inspections are typically recommended at the ends of the winter and summer seasons – a roof’s two harshest climates. Roofs tend to expand and contract during hot and cold temperatures, respectively. These forces can cause splits, particularly at penetration points, which are the weakest parts of the roof. Just making it a habit to do regular inspections can help you stay ahead of major repairs.

2. EVALUATE INTERNAL SAFETY PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES FOR ACCESSING YOUR ROOF.

To minimize wear and tear, as well as safety concerns, establish firm protocols on who’s permitted to access the roof, as well as proper safety regulations for them to follow when they’re up there.

3. DETERMINE YOUR ROOF’S REMAINING USEFUL LIFE.

Engage Mid Atlantic Construction and Technology to perform an SR analysis of your roof. This innovative combination of objective roof evaluations, laboratory testing and computer modeling empowers you to make educated and informed decisions by truly understanding your roof’s exact condition, remaining useful life and most cost-effective means of extending it.

4. DON’T JUMP TO A REPLACEMENT CONCLUSION. CONSIDER REPAIRING AND RESTORING IT FIRST.

There usually are other options for extending the life of your roof that are much less costly, and potentially just as warrantable. Explore your other options first.

5. RE-ASSESS YOUR GO-TO LIST OF CONTRACTORS.

Do you know who you would call in an emergency leak situation? Do your homework before a situation occurs because when water is dripping, the last thing you need is to be evaluating. Look for proven responsiveness, fair pricing and an impeccable safety record. Plus, consider contractors who self-perform, use the latest technology and can minimize return visits by performing the repair correctly the first time. Contact Mid Atlantic Construction and Technology for all your commercial roofing needs and questions.

Prevent Roofing Problems

LOUDOUN COUNTY COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL ROOFING MAINTENANCE IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA

The best way to prevent and circumvent roofing issues is to detect the problem early. Know what to look for and identify warning signs so that you can call an Loudoun Roofing Contractor, pronto. Also, take care to hire a roofing contractor that won’t let you down when you need them the most.

Some ways you can help prevent problems are:

Mind those leaks.
Annual inspections are going to pinpoint roofing leaks. Even a small leak can cause big water damage that requires the skills of a Loudoun Roofing professional.
Don’t overlook mold. Don’t ignore signs of mold, which is caused by leaks and that can cause damage and even health repercussions for anyone spending time in the structure, building, or home.

Don’t delay action.
Delaying action will cause damage to exacerbate; leaks can grow quick and water damage may occur.

Ask an expert.
You can’t always see damage, leaks, and problems with the naked-eye; call a roofing professional, who has the knowledge and tools to thoroughly assess the situation properly.

Hire someone with local experience.
Don’t shop for a roofing company based on price alone; look for someone with some experience and time in the community. This is not the time to hire someone from away that has no local contacts.

Check their credentials.
Always make the effort to contact references and check credentials. Also, if your Loudoun Roofing Contractor participates in any professional organizations, this may point toward a commitment to what they do.

Check your guarantee.
Don’t get caught in the web of sub-par work. Make sure that the company you hire offers some sort of guarantee so you don’t get stuck with roofing issues and no recourse.

The best way to spot a potential issue is through annual roof inspections and a pragmatic schedule of preventative care and maintenance for your roof. This may curb service calls and prevent situations that require costly, crisis roofing intervention.

OUR ASHBURN ROOFING COMPANY CAN HELP

Don’t mess around when you spot any of these issues; call on a professional Ashburn Roofing to come and address your roofing problem. For a reliable and reputable Loudoun roofing contractor, Call Mid Atlantic Construction and Technology. Address the situation early and prevent costly damage and havoc later.

TIPS FOR CREATING A STYLISH POWDER ROOM

Beautiful Loudoun Bathroom Remodeling Projects

By making your powder room bold and stylish, you’re making a statement.

When you have guests over, the powder room is usually the only bathroom that they use. By making your powder room bold and stylish, you’re making a statement. Your bright, bold powder room will make a fantastic conversation starter! Here are a couple of easy ways to pull it off.

BIG AND BOLD

Just because your powder room is a small space doesn’t mean you can’t have big, bold colors and wallpaper prints. Bright and bold colors for walls and accents will make a statement. If you choose to go with wallpaper, a larger pattern may even make the space feel larger than it actually is.

CONSIDER YOUR GUESTS

While you and your family will also be using your powder room, the design of this room should be all about your guests. Make sure it is always stocked with plenty of soap and hand towels. Make sure you include a mirror in your powder room as well, because most people like to check their appearance during a bathroom break. If you really want to, you can even take it a step further and include a small basket of lotion, dental floss, and breath mints, just a couple of small items that your guests might find useful. Your guests will appreciate the thought, and you might even find these items handy one day too!

LIGHTING YOUR POWDER ROOM

In many homes, the powder room is found somewhere in the interior where there are no windows. This makes lighting the space very important. Be sure to include plenty of lighting in your powder room. You should be sure to consider light sources that provide warmer lighting, because most people find this type of light much more flattering.

KITCHEN AND BATH REMODELING FROM KENWOOD KITCHENS

Ready to get started on your next kitchen, bathroom or closet project? Mid Atlantic Construction and Technology can help. Since opening its doors in 2008, Mid Atlantic Construction and Technology has made a name for itself throughout Maryland as a complete kitchen and bathroom remodeling firm.

We want our clients to get what they deserve: a quality installation with quality products, at a fair price. Contact our expert planners today for a free consultation about your dream project. Call us today at 571-252-9748

Loudoun Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling

As the weather breaks and get warmer, many residents in Loudoun county will be looking to start their remodeling projects. Mid Atlantic Construction and Technology will be looking forward to assist many of these residential and commercial property owners. Loudoun county is one of the most beautiful counties in the United States.

It can be easy to fall into a decorating rut with your home. Redoing an entire room can be an expensive and time-consuming process, and so often the fear of a decorating idea falling flat prevents us from trying something new and exciting. But there is one room in your home that is the perfect space to experiment with interior design trends: the powder room.

Why the Powder Room is Your Perfect Blank Canvas

Most powder rooms are compact making them the ideal space in which to try a something new. You’ll need less materials to tile floors or cover walls allowing you to splurge on something really fantastic without breaking the bank. Plus, in such a small space you can get a bigger impact from a single high-style element that might get lost in a larger room. On final reason to experiment with going bold in your powder room is since this is a space you don’t spend a lot of time in, you can safely choose colors or patterns that are more intense without wondering if you’ll tired of them quickly.

So, now that you know why the powder room is the perfect place to get adventurous with your decorating, let’s look at some great ideas of homeowners whose decision to go bold paid off big!

Making a Statement with Wallpaper

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This powder room is glamorous without being overly feminine thanks to the oversized floral wallpaper. In a larger room the pattern might come off as too sweet, but the small quarters keep the print feeling graphic and fresh.

Adding Texture with Shiplap

Photo by Kailey J. Flynn Photography – More beach style powder room ideas

The shiplap on the walls and going up the sloped ceiling give this tiny powder room some much needed texture and while making the room feel more open. If you’ve ever wanted to experiment with beadboard, planks, or wainscoting in your home, this space proves the powder rooms are a great place to start!

Going for Drama with a Tile Wall

Photo by Charlie & Co. Design, Ltd – More contemporary powder room ideas

With so many fantastic tile patterns on the market these days there is no end to the creative options for your bathroom. Creating a feature wall behind the vanity is a great way to show off your personal style and have a little fun.

Showcasing a Feature Element

Photo by Carla Aston | Interior Designer – Discover traditional powder room design inspiration

The blue and white patterned vessel sink is clearly the star of this bathroom. It’s gentle curves are echoed in the vanity’s backsplash and the mirror, and painting the walls a bold blue to match the sink turned this powder room into a showstopper.

Uncovering Your Powder Room’s Hidden Potential

Now that you are equipped with some ideas for how to turn your powder room into a hidden treasure in your home, how will you go about transforming it?  As always, we are here to help with your bathroom remodeling needs, from small upgrades to jaw-dropping transformations Call us today at 571-252-9748 to get your next project moving forward.

Northern Virginia Fall Weather

Northern Virginia Fall weather can be as crazy as its spring season. As you know the Fall is when the trees leaves start changing colors, and it gets groovy. The weather is also nice and you have all the holidays like Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall in the Fall. Northern Virginia is one of the most beautiful places to go in the Fall. One of the most beautiful places you can go in Northern Virginia is Loudoun county. Loudoun county has many different towns that are beautiful in the Fall, but have a lot of local events going on.

Some of the places that are beautiful in Loudoun during the Fall include towns like Hillsboro and Middleburg.
If you want to go sight seeing in the Fall you should first take a trip to Hillsboro. Hillsboro is located in Western Loudoun, and the way you reach Hillsboro is you get on route 9 going to the west. Hillsboro is a small little town, and the people there are quite friendly. But during the fall season Hillsboro is a very nice place to visit, and it has many wineries in the town. Many historic properties are located in Hillsboro Virginia, and you and your family would enjoy the scenic routes.

The next place you want to visit in the Fall is Middleburg Virginia, the way you reach Middleburg is quite simple. You get on route 7 west, you past the town of Leesburg, you past go into the town of Purcellville, make a left at the first 7-11 convenient store. From there you should be able to find Middleburg. Middleburg Virginia is horse country and you can find some historic property in Middleburg. You have some famous people who’ve lived in Middleburg including Martin Lawrence and the Former owners of BET.

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