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Remodeling 550 Ranks The Home Doctor 125th in the Nation

Top trade mag Remodeling has dropped its Remodeling 550 for 2018 – an annual listing of the top full-service remodelers in the country – with The Home Doctor ranking in at a whopping 125.

Since launching in 2013, we’ve been one of the fastest growing home improvement venders in the country, replacing thousands of roofs and windows. We’ve consistently offered the kind of quick, efficient service that keeps our customers recommending us to their friends and neighbors.

“You can tell from the 2017 reports and 2018 forecasts that today’s biggest remodeling companies are busier—and likely more successful—than ever before,” said Craig Webb, REMODELING’s editor-in-chief. 

“The top 300 full-service remodelers on our list earned 8% more in revenue in 2017 than they did in 2016, and they expect to increase another 12% this year,” Webb said. “Meanwhile, the list’s top 150 replacement contractor firms (generally, companies that specialize in home improvement work like roofing, siding, gutters, windows, and foundations) earned a whopping 41% more last year, and they predict 17% more growth in 2018.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. If you have a roof in need of a little love, call us today for a free quote!

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5 Ways to Prep for Roof Replacement

You don’t schedule a full roof replacement for your home every day – at least not if it’s getting done right. While a good installer will always keep your family’s convenience and safety in mind, it’s a good idea to head off potential accidents or damage with a few simple precautions. Here are a few pointers from our installers:

1. Clear personal belongings from the yard.

Dust and falling debris may damage anything left in the open, so clear a path for the work crew before they arrive. The day before your scheduled installation, take a few minutes to move patio furniture, children’s toys, and any vehicles in the driveway away from the work zone. As an added bonus, you won’t have to clean up the yard later.

2. Keep friends and family informed.

Work zones can be dangerous places, so create a plan for keeping your kids occupied during your roof replacement. Ladders, nails, and loud noises will all be difficult to avoid while contractors are working, so getting out of the house entirely may be your best option.

And take it from us: a little advance warning can go a long way, so keep your neighbors in the loop. Let them know a few days beforehand to expect some noise and dust.

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3. Mark exterior outlets.

Electrical access is easy to take for granted, but your contractors almost certainly can’t do the job without it. This matters more if your home is older or if your outlets are tough to spot, but the set up phase of the job will almost certainly move faster if your contractors know exactly where to plug in. Colored masking tape or even luggage tags will work.

4. Clean out the attic.

It’s better to be safe than sorry – and vibrations and debris are unfortunately no friend to fragile family heirlooms. Sturdier furniture should hold up fine underneath a blanket or tarp, but consider moving grandma’s fine china and your kid’s 5thgrade science experiment.

5. Sweep the driveway.

Reputable installers will pick up stray nails with a magnetic wand, but it’s not uncommon for a few to go missing despite best intentions. If your driveway is asphalt or concrete, sweeping ahead of time will make it easier to spot debris where it’s most likely to damage tires and children’s’ toys.

Should you run across any issues during the roof replacement itself, don’t be afraid to contact your installation company directly! We only work with venders that commit to our philosophy – our job is never done until you’re satisfied.

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4 Simple Ways to Recover from Storm Damage

Homeowners across the DMV are learning it the hard way – the torrential rains and about-face temperature shifts of summer can do a number on even the hardiest roof. Whether you’ve spotted missing singles or seeping water damage, the best time to tackle storm damage is now. Here are four tips from our industry-leading venders on how to get ahead of the problem before it gets out of hand:

1. Document the Damage.

Take photos of any new trouble spots around the house, as soon as you can do so safely. A smart phone camera should be all you need, though you can get fancier if you have the means. The goal is to establish a record of the damage that you can share with your insurance company as well as any venders who may be providing repairs. You’ll also have the images for your own records, which will give you a point of reference as your repairs are completed. Keep an eye out for gaps between shingles and spots where sealant may be peeling off.

2. Determine what homeowner’s insurance will cover.

Homeowner’s insurance is one of the important purchases you can make as a homeowner, but unfortunately it isn’t a magic bullet – at least where storm damage is concerned. While damage relating directly to a freak storm will typically fall under most policies, you may hit a snag on your claim if your roof was old or previously in disrepair. The best way to understand the specifics of your policy is to contact your provider directly. Go in with an idea of what type of claim you’ll be filing and a list of questions for the agent.

3. Check your warranty.

Most reputable companies provide a warranty that should cover your roof for a period of time after a full replacement, though this will vary depending on the age of the home itself and when the work was previously completed. Check it on paper first, then call a representative to determine where they can help.

4. Call for an estimate.

We’re ready to work on your time table, and that’s why our free estimates are always honored for a full year. Give us a call and we’ll send a representative who will assess the damage and then work with you to find the best option for your home – always with the needs of your family in mind.

Addressing damage to your home is never fun no matter the reason, but our goal is to help you find the silver lining – by putting the pieces back in place stronger than before.