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Have a Great Memorial Day Weekend!

We at MTB Windows & More hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe Memorial Day Weekend.

Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer and we hope it means the start of a return to normal life.

The upcoming holiday is about remembering. It’s about remembering those who have served, because some of those gave all so many could live free and pursue happiness. It will also be about remembering when things were different in our world. The COVID-19 virus has caused illness, death, anxiety and an incredible disruption in all areas of life. This will certainly be a Memorial Day to remember. The usual pageantry of parades, ceremonies and large gatherings of loved ones will be muted, at best. However, it might be the start of people leaving their quarantine situations, as restaurants Flag - happy Memorial Day weekend from MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MDand shops re-open and re-engage their customers.

We encourage people to move forward, while being wise and adhering to the restrictions that keep everyone safe. If you’re sick, stay home and get well. If you’re going out, where a mask in public places and keep a six-foot buffer from others. Wash your hands frequently and keep your hands away from your face.

Memorial Day Facts

Did You Know: Memorial Day is Monday, May 25, 2020. The holiday began after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans established it. It was originally called Decoration Day, because the citizens were encouraged to decorate the graves of those who died in the war. By the 20th Century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions merged and Memorial Day honored all Americans killed while in military service.

Read more about the Memorial Day holiday by clicking here.

From everyone at MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MD, we say “thank you” for all who have served to protect and defend our nation.

Why MTB for Replacement Windows and More?

Doors, Andersen Windows and GAF Shingles by MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MDSimply put, we use top-quality products that are installed by highly-trained professionals. Replacement windows by Andersen Windows are among the best for insulating your home and security. Insulation and security are also top features of the great-looking exterior doors made by Therma-Tru.

And, the GAF Shingle System is among the best on the market for durability and resisting mold and stains. Click on this link to learn about the superior roofing material and the warranty that will help you sleep better at night.

Contact Us for Your Home Improvement Needs

MTB Windows & More logoContact us online today if you are in the Hagerstown, Greencastle, Martinsburg or Frederick County, MD areas for an assessment and quote. If you prefer to call, we can be reached in our Clear Spring office at 301.766.7161.

 

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”    – General George S. Patton

April is National Month of Hope

April is National Month of Hope and our world is definitely in need of hope.

 

Hope Month from MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MD

Photo by James Jester

While most of the planet is clamped down due to corona virus (COVID-19), there is reason to hope. Warmer temperatures and extra time with family are among the better outcomes from the havoc. We’ve also heard great stories of people helping people during this time. Many healthcare workers are making sacrifices to take care of those infected. Even inside the health crisis, there is some good news. Most people recover from the virus. Children often have little or no symptoms from it. The number of new cases from where it started is declining. Countries are working together on a common goal of limiting the spread and finding a cure. And, we should find hope in that the global community should be better prepared for future outbreaks.

Other stories of hope include:

  • Miraculous stories of recovery by elderly patients.
  • Many celebrities and professional athletes donating large sums of money to institutions and essential workers in need.
  • Chefs teaching free, online cooking classes.
  • Air pollution has plummeted in cities with high numbers of quarantined individuals.
  • Venice, Italy’s canal waters are clear.
  • Artists giving free, online concerts.
  • The early release of films to watch through streaming services.
  • People purchasing local goods and services to help community-based business owners.
  • People making masks due to the shortage of such essential equipment.

 

We Have Hope

We at MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MD, also have hope. Our hope that once this global pandemic is over, people will be more kind toward MTB Windows & More logoeach other. We hope families will be closer and people will enjoy going back to work and serving alongside their coworkers.

We also hope to get to serve them as they return to everyday life.

 

MTB’s Services and Products

We do home improvement projects and home repair throughout the Tri-state area. Our estimator is available to give a quote on replacement windows, siding, roofing, and exterior doors. We work in Hagerstown, Clear Spring, Sharpsburg, Boonsboro, Mercersburg, Greencastle, Berkeley Springs, etc…

We use top-quality building materials. Our choice for replacement windows is Andersen Windows,because they help insulate a home so well AND add a layer of security. Security is also a key feature of the great-looking exterior doors made by Therma-Tru. And, the GAF Shingle System we use is among the best on the market for durability and resisting mold and stains.

Our sister company — Mt. Tabor Builders, Inc. —  specializes in building custom homes, major additions, major renovations and building outdoor living spaces.

 

Think Home Improvement During Heart Month

February is National Heart Month, so start thinking about great ways to strengthen your heart and home improvement upgrades.

Okay, we know one thing has nothing to do with the other, but we’re in the throes of winter — albeit a strange one — and we just want you to think about some important things. The first is that heart disease is the number one killer of men and woman in the U.S. Since we think be should be healthy and live a long life, we want to us this space to share some good news. That good news is that you make a change and live a healthier and longer life.

Happy February from MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MDBelow are a list of recommendations from the American Heart Association.

Wisdom for a Healthy Heart

 

Meet Now for a Spring Home Improvement Project

Now, as your eating better and exercising, start thinking about the upgrades needed at your home. That’s right, spring is getting closer every day. One of the suggestions in the mental health article is to focus on one thing. We suggest focusing on a home project that adds to your home’s beauty. Right Andersen Picture Windows with painted interiors by MTB Windows and More in Clear Spring, MDnow, your grass and landscape are pretty dreary. But soon, they will come to life. Think about how beautiful the house would like with new siding, replacement windows, exterior doors, roof, etc….

We at MTB Windows & More want to meet with you now, while the sketchy weather keeps us inside for the next month or more. If you’ve noticed cold air coming in around your windows and doors, we want to help. If you’ve noticed your shingles breaking or water coming through your ceiling, we want to help. If your siding is ugly and you want it changed, we want to help.

If you would like expert help, contact us here for questions or to schedule a meeting.

We hope you and your family have a happy and healthy February!

Is the Cold Air Finding You Inside Your Home?

New windows, doors, roofing and siding can all help keep cold air outside and warm air inside.

Right now, the Tri-State area of Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia is experiencing the dark days of winter.  This is the time to inspect your home and answer these questions. Do my windows let cold air inside? Do I hear the whistling of the winter Cold air inside the home from old windows and doors that can be replaced by MTB Windows and More in Clear Spring, MDwinds come past my exterior doors? Is my roof breaking down to a dangerous level under the freezing temperatures?

Even if we can’t help during this winter, getting information on your home now will help when the home improvement season begins. That could be perfect timing with a tax refund. Investing that back into your home will pay off, because the savings will come through years of smaller heating costs.

If the answers to the questions above keep you up at night, plan to contact the professionals at MTB Windows & More soon. We can make a plan, get an estimate and show you the wisdom in Meting snow on leaking roof Hagerstown, MDreplacement windows and doors. We’ll do our best to inspect roofing materials, but weather will dictate whether we can see the issues at hand.

The MTB professionals use some of the best products on the market, meaning your home’s heating system won’t have to work as hard to keep the warm air in and the frigid air out. You’re paying to heat your home. Let’s work together to keep the heat in in the winter and keep the heat out in the summer.

Top-Quality Building Products

Sunroom windows in Martinsburg, WV homeReplacement windows by Andersen Windows are top quality for insulating your home and security. Insulation and security are the top features of the great-looking exterior doors made by Therma-Tru.

And, the GAF Shingle System is among the best on the market for durability and resisting mold and stains. Click on the link above to learn about the superior roofing material and the warranty that will help you sleep better at night.

Contact Us for Home Improvement Estimate

Contact us online today if you are in the Hagerstown, Greencastle, Martinsburg or Frederick County, MD areas for an assessment and quote. If you prefer to call, we can be reached in our Clear Spring office at 301.766.7161.

New Year’s Resolutions and a Look Back at 2019

The new year is here and so are the New Year’s Resolutions that will shape 2020.

Each new year brings reflections on the old year passing and dreams of the new one to come. We are so thankful for another year of helping others and seeing our business grow and improve. We met many new friends in 2019 and hope New Year Resolutions from MTB Windows and More in Clear Spring, MDthose will become life-long connections. As folks are sitting down now to make their New Year’s Resolutions for 2020, we thought it would be fun to see the wisdom the internet holds for such suggestions. The typical ones of losing weight, eating better, going to church, saving money, exercising more, etc… have been replaced. The ones we found achieve similar results, but in smaller “bites,” you could say. These include building a better budget; eating vegetables regularly; doing one new exercise; etc…. To learn more, read the full article here.

If your resolutions include upgrading your home in 2020, please let us help. Our home improvement experts know how to install replacement windows, replacement doors, roofing, siding and much more. We install great products — Andersen Windows, ThermaTru Doors, GAF Singles, etc… — the right way. Our specialists are trained by the manufacturers to make sure it is done right. Great products installed correctly means the best value for the consumer’s money.

To schedule an estimate, contact us here or by calling our Clear Spring, MD office at 301.766.7161. You can also email our office staff at info@mtbwindowsandmore.com.

While looking forward to a great new year, we also thought to search for good news from 2019. Sometimes the bad news leads and the good news gets forgotten by those reporting. We know that we at MTB Windows & More heard plenty of good news in the greater Hagerstown area, but what about the rest of the world? We were surprised to find headlines like:

 

Good News Headlines from 2019New Year Resolutions from MTB Windows and More in Clear Spring, MD

Ethiopia Smashed World Record for Tree Planting

Poaching of Rhinos, Elephants Drops Dramatically in Kenya

Cigarette Smoking Among Adults in the US Reaches All-time Low of 13.7%

Type 3 Polio Officially Becomes Second Species of Poliovirus Eliminated in 2019

Report Shows Children’s Lives have Improved in 173 out of 176 Countries Since 1999

According to the World Bank, India Halved its Poverty Rate in the Past 30 years.

 

To read more good news, click on this link. There are 99 inspiring stories (snippets of stories) that will encourage you as you boldly go into 2020. We hope you will be someone’s inspiring story as we approach the year 2021 a year from now. Until then….

Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas from MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MD

Everyone at MTB Windows & More wishes you a Merry Christmas and a great holiday season!

“We wish you a merry Christmas. We wish you a merry Christmas…” Okay, now that you have the song in your head, we really do wish you a Merry Christmas, a happy holiday season and a great start to the new year!

Merry Christmas from the home improvement experts at MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MDThis is also a great time for us to say “thank you” to all of our clients, who were among the highlights of 2019. We look forward to serving you again in the future. We hope and pray the new year is a great one for all, and that peace will be the main thing we celebrate this time next year.

Click here to find out more about MTB Windows & More home improvement company. If you prefer to talk to us, click here to send a message or call our Clear Spring, MD office at 301.766.7161. Our techs specialize in installing replacement windows and replacement exterior doors.

And while you’re waiting for Santa and the New Year to arrive, enjoy reading about the way others celebrate Christmas around the world.

Christmas Traditions from Around the World

UKRAINE

Celebrations of Christmas around the world often include acts of charity. Ukrainians traditionally hang spider web-shaped decorations on the tree. This reflects their legend of the poor widow who didn’t have enough money to decorate her tree, but when her children awoke on Christmas day, the tree was covered in webs that glistened gold and silver in the new day’s light.

JAMAICA

Jamaicans dress in elaborate costumes to celebrate Christmas with parades and “Junkanoo” dancers, which is based on African dances. The December 26th festival may have started as early as the 16th Century.

SPAIN

The Spanish dish, turrón, a sweet dish made from honey, egg white, sugar, and toasted almonds, is served during Christmas. Recipes date back to the 16th Century.

GREAT BRITAIN

Mistletoe was first hung as a Christmas decoration in Great Britain. However, the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe is thought to have originated in other parts of Europe.

Merry Christmas from the home improvement experts at MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MDHOLLAND

Children in Holland receive presents from Sinterklaas on December 5, rather than on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. And if they leave carrots for Sinterklaas’s horse, he’ll leave sweets for the kids.

ICELAND

Thirteen jólasveinarnir, or “Christmas Lads,” deliver presents to children in Iceland. Originally, the Christmas Lads were pranksters. Each showed up on a specific day around Christmas and performed a trick.

JAPAN

Children in Japan receive their Christmas presents on their pillow during Christmas night. Many Japanese families serve fried chicken as their traditional Christmas meal.

NORWAY

In Norway, people hide all the brooms in the house on Christmas Eve to prevent witches from stealing them for a midnight ride. It’s also a Christmas Eve tradition to leave a bowl of porridge in the barn for the gnome who protects the farm.

GERMANY

In Germany, it is traditional for children to decorate their Christmas lists with pictures and then leave them on the windowsill overnight. Then, the Christkind delivers gifts at Christmas. Also in Germany, it’s a tradition to leave a shoe or boot outside the front door on December 5, so that Sinterklaas will put small presents in their shoes for the following morning (Saint Nicholas Day).

RUSSIA

Here, Christmas is celebrated on January 7, and Babouschka brings gifts to children. Babouschka, meaning old woman or grandmother in Russian, is based on the biblical story of the woman who didn’t give a gift to the baby Jesus. So, to repent, she gives gifts to children. Wonder why we celebrate Christmas on December 25 anyway? Here’s where the tradition came from.

POLAND

The traditional Christmas meal in Poland is called the Wigilia. Held on Christmas Eve, Wigilia is derived from the Latin phrase “to watch.” Families here believe that what happens during Wigilia festivities predicts the coming year.

ITALY

Italian families celebrate Christmas Eve with the Feast of the Seven Fishes and eat lentils during the holiday season to ensure luck and wealth for the following year. The children in Italy receive gifts from La Befana during Christmas.

IRELAND

It’s traditional for Irish families to leave out mince pies and pint of Guinness as a snack for Santa. As kids get older, this tradition may come to an end and continue to be passed on. Learn about what to say when your child asks, “Is Santa real?”

FINLAND

In Finland, families decorate the holiday tree with geometric mobiles made out of straw. It’s also customary to enjoy a sauna on Christmas Eve before Santa’s visit; according to the ancient custom, this ritual cleanses the body and mind.

GAF Shingle System installed by MTB Windows & More of Clear Spring, MD

Our Services and Products

We do home improvement projects and home repair throughout the Tri-state area of Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. We are always available to give a quote on windows, siding, roofing, and exterior doors. We work in Hagerstown, Clear Spring, Sharpsburg, Boonsboro, Mercersburg, Greencastle, Berkeley Springs, etc…

We use top-quality building materials. Our choice for replacement windows is Andersen Windows,because they help insulate a home so well AND add a layer of security. Security is also a key feature of the great-looking exterior doors made by Therma-Tru. And, the GAF Shingle System we use is among the best on the market for durability and resisting mold and stains.

Our sister company — Mt. Tabor Builders, Inc. —  specializes in building custom homes, major additions, major renovations and building outdoor living spaces.

Merry Christmas!

Hello December!

Hello December! Bring on the holidays and the start to winter and a new year.

December is for home improvment projects and home repairs with MTB Windows & MoreDecember can be such a great month, as long as you plan it well and execute the plan with precision. After all, there are decorations to be put up, shopping to be done, bowl games to watch, family to be entertained, holidays to be enjoyed, meetings to be scheduled and — if there is time left — relaxing to be done. Meetings to be scheduled?! Well, that is if you are planning an home improvement project soon or in 2020.

December is a busy month, but there are ways to get all of this done. Here is a link to a helpful article for some assistance, because we want you to enjoy this time of year.

Now, back to the idea of meeting with home improvement specialists during this time of year. Winter hasn’t officially started yet, so contact us now if you’re thinking of replacing windows and doors. These upgrades can save on utility costs before the furnace stays on all winter long. We usually have some holes in our schedule during the holiday season. We like to fill this time with meeting new clients and completing jobs before the frigid weather arrives.

While you’re planning your December schedule, be sure to take in some of the fun opportunities in the greater Hagerstown, MD area. Click on this link to pick and choose from all the great events. We hope your holiday season is a great one!

 

December Dates to Remember

December is derived from the Latin word decem, which means “ten” because it was the tenth month of the early Roman calendar.

  • December 6 is Saint Nicholas Day. St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children, inspires traditions around the world from hunts for presents to stockings or shoes filled with sweets.
  • December 7 is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Remembering those who died during this attack by the Japanese in Hawaii.
  • December 13 is St. Lucia’s Day, which has long been associated with festivals of light.
  • December 15 is Bill of Rights Day, declared in 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • December 21 is the Winter Solstice — the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and first day of summer in the Meeting at MTB Windows & More office in Clear Spring, MDSouthern Hemisphere.
  • December 24 is Christmas Eve, the night before Christmas, marked with many family and church gatherings.
  • December 26 is Boxing Day (Canada, UK).
  • Hanukkah begins at sundown on Sunday, December 22, and ends at sundown on the 30th.
  • December 31 is New Years Eve, ushering out of the old year and welcoming the new one.

 

December is for Meeting with MTB Windows & More

MTB Windows & More logoIf you would like to meet to discuss your upcoming project,  contact us here or call our Clear Spring, MD office at (301) 766-7161. We do home improvement projects — including roofing — and home repair throughout the Tri-state area of Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. We work in Hagerstown, Clear Spring, Sharpsburg, Boonsboro, Mercersburg, Greencastle, Berkeley Springs, etc…

Our sister company — Mt. Tabor Builders, Inc. —  specializes in building custom homes, major additions, major renovations and building outdoor living spaces.

Happy Thanksgiving from MTB!

Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for a great year.

 

Doors, Andersen Windows and GAF Shingles by MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MDThe staff at MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MD is grateful and hopes that your Thanksgiving is about taking the time to appreciate everything good in 2019. Our staff members also hope that it will be a safe and happy holiday for you, your family and your friends.
We encourage you to spend Thanksgiving day telling the people in your life just how thankful you are for them. Tell them, text or email them or even send a note through the mail. We know that when people say nice things about us — see below — if makes us feel great and want to make sure each client is happy with our work. Payment for a job well done is nice, but compliments about how we do our job, is a bonus that is priceless. We can guarantee NO ONE will be upset that you took the time and consideration to be appreciative.
“Thanksgiving is more than turkey and football. It’s a time to get together with family and relax. It is also a time to sit back and thank God for the many blessings, as a family, as a business and citizens of this country. I hope we can all be more thankful in the next year,  and not just think about our blessings at Thanksgiving.”  — Willie Eby, MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MD
And while you’re thinking of who you can reach out to during the Thanksgiving season, enjoy these Thanksgiving trivia questions:

Did You Know This About Thanksgiving?

Happy Thanksgiving from MTB Windows and More in Clear Spring, MD1. What year was the celebration that is most commonly considered to be the first Thanksgiving?

A: 1621. This is the celebration that people most often talk about when they are talking about the “first” Thanksgiving. But there are others that are claimed to be the first Thanksgiving. There was another celebration in Plymouth in 1623 and one in Boston in 1631 that people claim was the actual first Thanksgiving.

2. How long did the first Thanksgiving celebration last?

A: Three days. It was celebrated much earlier than our current celebration, possibly in late September. There were about 50 European settlers and around 90 native Americans (from the Wampanoag tribe) who attended the multi-day feast.

3. Under which president did Thanksgiving become an annual holiday?

A: Abraham Lincoln. The U.S. has celebrated Thanksgiving off and on since 1774. On November, 26, 1789 George Washington made a proclamation that the country would celebrate a day of thanksgiving to God. Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday after Sarah Joseph Hale, the woman who wrote “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” convinced Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. That came after writing letters to him for 17 years.

4. Was turkey served at the first Thanksgiving?

A: Turkey wasn’t served at the first Thanksgiving. Legend has it that venison, duck, goose, oysters, lobster, eel, and fish were shared, along with pumpkins and cranberries. Surprisingly, it is believed that the pumpkins were served in a stew and in pies, although slightly different than we make today. 

5. Which president was the first to give a turkey a presidential pardon?

A: Ronald Reagan. John F. Kennedy was the first president on record for unofficially sparing a Turkey in 1963. The Reagan administration in 1987 gave the first official presidential pardon to a turkey as a joke. The turkey was spared and put into a petting zoo. George H. Bush made it an annual tradition in 1989 and each president since has carried on the tradition.

Thankful for Kind Words about our Home Improvement Services

“I just wanted to take the time to again say thank you for all that you and your people have done. The workmanship is second to none as well as the expertise of the men that you have working for you, which says a lot about you as well as your company.”  – Bill W. of Boonsboro, MD

 

Therma-Tru Front Entry Door installed by MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MDHome Improvement Services from MTB Windows & More

We hope you enjoy the entire Thanksgiving week. If you would like help designing and completing a home improvement project or home repair soon, please contact us right away by clicking here or calling us at 301.766.7161. We are always available to give a quote on windows, siding, roofing, and exterior doors in Hagerstown, MD; Greencastle, PA; Martinsburg, WV; or the Frederick County, MD areas.

We use top-quality building materials. Our choice for replacement windows is Andersen Windows,because they help insulate a home so well AND add a layer of security. Security is also a key feature of the great-looking exterior doors made by Therma-TruAnd, the GAF Shingle System is among the best on the market for durability and resisting mold and stains.

November is for Home Improvement Projects

Welcome to November in Western Maryland

Welcome to November, the month that reminds us to be thankful; a month to have some pre-winter fun; and a month to meet with us at MTB Windows & More, Inc. to discuss home improvement projects for the end of this year or in 2020.

November’s warm days and chilly nights is the perfect time to gather with family and friends around a fire pit. It’s also a great month for playing sports outside, going for a hike or bike ride, or even planting a fall garden.

Andersen windows and doors in Clear Spring, MDIf you want something of the lower-impact variety, go to a local park or attend a fall festival. For more Hagerstown, MD-area fall ideas, click here.

This is a great time of year for home improvement projects. If you’re thinking of replacement windows or replacement doors to help on your utility bills, let’s talk soon. The cold air is on its way and we want to help keep it outside of your home. We specialize in windows, doors, roofing and siding. If you have another need, we can probably help with it. Our sister company — Mt. Tabor Builders, Inc. — can handle larger building, renovation and home repair projects.

 

November home improvement projects with MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MDWhat Makes November Special

Month-long celebrations and special days include:

Election Day — Tuesday, Nov. 5th                                                               Veterans Day — Monday, Nov. 11th
World Diabetes Day — Thursday, Nov. 14th
Thanksgiving  – Thursday, Nov. 28th
American Indian Heritage Month — Learn more about this country’s native people group.
Good Nutrition Month — Commit to eating a low-carbohydrate diet, cutting process sugar and increasing lean protein and fiber intake.
Aviation Month — Learn how air travel started with the Wright Brothers in 1903.
American Diabetes Awareness Month — Have your blood sugar checked and start cutting back on your sugar intake and increasing activity.
National Stamp Collecting Month — Learn about the history of postage stamp artwork.
National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month — Celebrate this delicious concoction of Marcellus Gilmore Edson.

MTB’s Home Improvement Services & Products

MTB Windows & More logoWe are always available to give a quote on windows, siding, roofing, and exterior doors in Hagerstown, MD; Greencastle, PA; Martinsburg, WV; or the Frederick County, MD areas. To discuss your home improvement project, contact us here or call our Clear Spring, MD office at 301-766-7161.GAF Shingle System installed by MTB Windows & More of Clear Spring, MD

We use top-quality building materials. Our choice for replacement windows is Andersen Windows,because they help insulate a home so well AND add a layer of security. Security is also a key feature of the great-looking exterior doors made by Therma-Tru. And, the GAF Shingle System is among the best on the market for durability and resisting mold and stains. .

Replacement Windows to Save on Utility Bills

Having replacement windows installed now will ensure that you will save money on this winter’s utility bills.

Andersen Casement Windows and Picture Windows with Colonial Grille Pattern installed by MTB Windows and More in Clear Spring, MDMTB Windows and More wants to save you money. This isn’t a pitch for a week-long sale. This is about investing in your home to have long-term savings, because once the windows are paid for, the money can stay in your pocket!

MTB installers are trained by the manufacturer, Andersen Windows. Andersen is recognized as an industry leader in replacement windows.And that, combined with our expertise, means the job will be done right. Andersen Windows provide an upgrade to the security and energy efficiency you don’t find in builder-grade and inexpensive replacement windows.

Plus these windows can add style, because they come in an unlimited number of custom sizes and colors. And if you like a more natural look, you can choose wood stain pre-finishes, such as pine, mahogany, oak, maple, etc…This allows the owner of an older home to make a near-perfect match to existing characteristics of the dwelling. This is especially important if the owners want to keep the look of the original windows, but upgrade to a better window.

Casement plus curved window from Andersen WindowsWarranty Options

Andersen replacement windows are maintenance-free, which can also be called, “worry-free.” Andersen also boasts having some of the best warranty options in the replacement window industry. This includes a transferable warranty for the next owner of the home. This is something that can add value to a home for sale.

ENERGY STAR® Partner

Andersen was the first window manufacturer to be named an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year, because of the materials Andersen Replacement windows by MTB Windows & Moreand engineering that go into their products. As an example, Andersen produces products like SmartSun™ glass, blocking 95% of the sun’s harmful UV-rays. PassiveSun™ glass brings the heat from sunlight into your home, saving on fuel bills.

Contact MTB for Replacement Windows & Other Home Projects

To discuss our replacement window options, contact us here or call our Clear Spring, MD office at 301-766-7161. We are always available to give a quote on windows, siding, roofing, exterior doors, etc.. in Hagerstown, MD; Greencastle, PA; Martinsburg, WV; or the Frederick County, MD areas.

Our Top-Quality Building Products

We use top-quality building materials. Our choice for replacement windows is Andersen Windows,because they help insulate a home so well AND add a layer of security. Security is also a key feature (pardon the pun) of the great-looking exterior doors made by Therma-Tru. And, the GAF Shingle System is among the best on the market for durability and resisting mold and stains. We also do other home improvement work.

Client Testimonial

“I just wanted to take the time to again say thank you for all that you and your people have done. The workmanship is second to none as well as the expertise of the men that you have working for you, which says a lot about you as well as your company.”  – Bill W. of Boonsboro, MD

 

Welcome to October!

October is a great month for so many things, including the start to holiday season and start to a new year.

Mt. Tabor Builders welcomes October to the Clear Spring, MD areaWe at MTB love this time of year. Cooler weather moves into the area in October. Families and friends start planning gatherings this time of year. And, we get busy helping people get their homes ready for the cold weather, that will soon follow. Those are some facts about how we feel about October.

Do you know these interesting facts about the eighth month of the year?

October Facts

The name October comes from the Latin “octō”, meaning “eight”, because in the Roman calendar October was the eight month of the year. January and February were added to the beginning of the year after the Julian calendar reform.

The Anglo-Saxons used a term for October meaning “fullness of winter,” because it had the first full moon of the winter season.

According to folklore, if the deer have a gray coat in October, you should expect a hard winter.

The holiday of Halloween, celebrated in October, comes from “All Hallows’ Eve” or the night before “All Hallows” day (All Saints Day). In old English, “hallow” means “to sanctify.”

Famous people born in October include Angela Lansbury, Bill Gates, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Julie Andrews, Hugh Jackman, Alfred Nobel, Anne Rice, Arthur Miller, Auguste Lumière, Friedrich Nietzsche, Christopher Columbus and John Keets.

Calendula the October Flower in Hagerstown, MDThe birthstones for October are the tourmaline and the opal. Tourmalines display a wide spectrum of colors, such as yellow, pink, blue, red, green, black or brown. Opals exhibit different colors (green, white, yellow, blue, pink etc.) depending on the conditions under which they were created.

The traditional flower of the month of October is the Calendula, symbolizing comfort, healing, protection and grace.

Special holidays in October include Halloween (October 31), Columbus day (October 14), Yom Kippur (Oct. 8 – 9) and International Peace Day (October 2nd).

 

Why Contact MTB Windows & More in October?

MTB Windows & More logoThis is a great time to contact us, because cold weather is on it’s way. Since our home improvement experts specialize in keeping the cold outside, contact us now for a meeting. We’ll be glad to tell you about our replacement windows and replacement exterior doors. We use top-quality Andersen Windows and Therma-Tru entry doors. Not only are products among the best, our installers are trained by the manufacturer to install them correctly, because we want satisfied customers. Satisfaction means a the job done right and low utility bills on the coldest — and hottest — of days.

If you need a new roof, we install GAF Shingle Systems. The system includes a high-quality underlayment for added protection between the wood sheathing and shingles. It also is a 6-nail shingle system. This 6-nail pattern allows MTB and GAF to offer a lifetime warranty to withstand winds of up to 130 miles per hour.

We serve the greater Hagerstown, Washington County and Frederick County area. We also serve customers in nearby Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia.

 

Happy Labor Day from MTB!

Everyone at MTB hopes you and your family have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend!

Happy Labor Day from MTB Windows & More in Hagerstown, MDLabor Day is the unofficial end of summer. We know this makes some people sad (students), while other people (parents and those who hate the heat) have been anticipating this weekend for months. Know matter your perspective, we at MTB Windows & More hope it was a great summer. We also hope the fall is even better.

We know this time of year can be hectic, but we are ready to help get your home ready for the upcoming season. Our home improvement experts love to help homeowners get a major job accomplished. This allows homeowners to tend to the more important things in life.

Other things we love are trivia questions, calendar events and kind words about our work. Well, that may be a stretch, but we do have some great facts about the Labor Day holiday below. Most people know that Labor Day in the United States is celebrated on the first Monday in September. However, many might not know it honors the American labor movement. This movement brought strength, prosperity and well-being to our country as it was booming in the late 19th Century.

This year’s holiday is Monday, September 2nd.

 

Fun Trivia Facts About Labor Day

* The first ever Labor Day celebrated in the US was on September 5,  1882 in New York City, which was planned by the Central Labor Union.
* The first state to celebrate Labor Day was Oregon. The legal holiday was celebrated in 1887.
* Labor Day was made a National Holiday by Grover Cleveland when he signed an act in 1894, making it a federal holiday.
* Before Labor Day act was passed, an average workday was 12 hours long, seven days a week, even for children of age 5.

September Happenings in the Tri-state

September is the start to the busy fall season. Click here and here to find out all the September events in the greater Hagerstown, MD area.

 

Nice Words About Our Labor

We love to hear great feedback about our work. It makes us feel good, because we know that we have met and exceeded expectations. Here are a few words from Bill, who trusted us with his home improvement project in Boonsboro.

“I just wanted to take the time to again say thank you for all that you and your people have done. The workmanship is second to none as well as the expertise of the men that you have working for you, which says a lot about you as well as your company.” – Bill W., Boonsboro, MD

MTB Windows & More logoContact Us for Home Improvement Projects

To discuss your home improvement or home repair needs, contact us here or call our Clear Spring, MD office at 301-766-7161. We are always available to give a quote on windows, siding, roofing, exterior doors, etc.. in Hagerstown, MD; Greencastle, PA; Martinsburg, WV; or the Frederick County, MD areas.

We use top-quality building materials. Our choice for replacement windows is Andersen Windows,because they help insulate a home so well AND add a layer of security. Security is also a key feature (pardon the pun) of the great-looking exterior doors made by Therma-Tru. And, the GAF Shingle System is among the best on the market for durability and resisting mold and stains. We also do other home improvement work.

 

August is Here, Cool Weather is Coming

August brings the unofficial close of summer and the start of the busy fall season. Many hope cool temperatures will start soon.

Therma-Tru Front Entry Door installed by MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MDWe at MTB Windows and More hope the summer has been a great one for your family and friends. We know the season is not completely over, but the “Back-to-school Shopping Ads” certainly make many start thinking about fall. By the end of August there should be a break in the weather. That means cooler evenings and soon that furnace will kick on to take the chill off. Is your home ready to keep the warm air in and cold air out?

Well, if it isn’t ready, the good news is that it can be. Contact us to schedule a meeting Elegant living room window by Andersen Windows in Hagerstown, MDabout replacement windows and replacement exterior doors. Many people wait until the cold air is blowing the curtains and the energy bills are climbing toward four digits. But, if you contact us now, the home improvement work can be completed before the winter coats are put on.

While you’re checking your available dates for a MTB Windows and More meeting, enjoy these interesting August facts and trivia.

August Facts

The name “August” was given by Roman emperor August, in 8 B.C. Until then, the Romans called the month “Sextilis,” meaning the sixth month of their calendar. August claimed this month his own because most of his victories occurred during this month. Many other versions of the name designate this month as Harvest Month.

Lammas Day (Aug. 1): This day marked the beginning of the harvest, especially the first wheat and corn crops. It derives from the ancient English festival the Gule of August, a pagan dedication of the first fruits the early English church, which later converted to Christian usage.

August 19th is National Aviation Day, chosen for the birthday of Orville Wright who piloted the first recorded flight of a powered heavier-than-air machine in 1903.

August for home improvement in Hagerstown, MD by MTB Windows and More in Clear Spring, MDAugust’s birthstone is peridot, which is said to symbolize strength and healing power. Babies born in August are lucky to be guarded by peridot’s good fortune. Peridot is the rare gem-quality form of the mineral olivine, which appears in various shades of green.

August in the Northern Hemisphere is similar to February in the Southern Hemisphere.

August’s flower is the gladiolus. The flower was discovered in Africa in the 17-18th centuries and was initally used as food (don’t try this at home!).

Famous birthdays in August include Barack Obama, Cal Ripkin, Jr., Herman Melville, Hulk Hogan, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Lawrence, Ben Affleck, Madonna, Robert DeNiro, Peter O’Toole and Cameron Diaz.

“In August, the large masses of berries, which, when in flower, had attracted many wild bees, gradually assumed their bright velvety crimson hue, and by their weight again bent down and broke their tender limbs.” – Henry David Thoreau

August Events in History

Aug. 1, 1981 – MTV network debuted on cable television, actually playing music videos 24 hours a day. The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” was the first video shown, followed by Pat Benatar’s “You Better Run.”

Aug. 2, 1776 – The official signing of the United States Declaration of Independence took place.

Aug. 3, 1936 – Jesse Owens won the 100 meter dash, beating ‘the world’s fastest man Ralph Metcalfe at the Berlin Olympics.

Aug. 4, 70 A.D. – The Second Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans.

For more important August event dates, click here.

Astronomy in August

  • August’s full moon, the Full Sturgeon Moon, rises on August 26 at 7:56 a.m. EDT. See more about the full Moon for August.
  • August is a wonderful month for star gazing! It’s also the month of the Perseid meteor shower, which reach their peak between August 11 and 13.
  • A partial solar eclipse occurs on August 11; in North America, it’s visible only in very NE Canada.

August Folklore

  • ​​​As August, so February.
  • Observe on what day in August the first heavy fog occurs, and expect a hard frost on the same day in October.
  • If the first week of August is unusually warm, The winter will be white and long.
  • So many August fogs, so many winter mists.

High-Quality Building Products

Replacement windows by Andersen Windows are top-quality in the industry, since they help insulate a home so well and add a layer of security. Security is also a key feature (pardon the pun) of the great-looking exterior doors made by Therma-Tru. And, the GAF Shingle System is among the best on the market for durability and resisting mold and stains. We also do other home improvement work.

We are always available to give a quote on windows, siding, roofing, exterior doors, etc.. in Hagerstown, MD; Greencastle, PA; Martinsburg, WV; or the Frederick County, MD areas.

 

Mt. Tabor Builders Inc.

If you are looking to build a home or complete a major addition, see our sister company’s site (Mt. Tabor Builders, Inc.). Mt Tabor does major remodeling and custom building throughout the Tri-State area. This area includes Hagerstown, Clear Spring, Hancock, Boonsboro, Smithsburg and Frederick County in MD.
Click here to see Mt. Tabor’s gallery of projects.

July is Here!

Welcome to July, a great month for planning home improvement projects.

July for home improvement projects by MTB Windows and MoreThe home improvement specialists at MTB Windows and More have some time this summer to discuss your projects. Does your home need replacement windows? Are your shingles ready for summer storms and frigid weather of the coming seasons? Are your exterior doors in good shape? If exterior doors have outlived there life, they no longer provide the best security and insulation, because of broken seals or framework that has settled.
We do have some time for meetings this month. Contact us soon to get the process started. Now, as you consider the best day for appointment, enjoy these facts about the month of July.

July Facts

The name “July” honors the Roman dictator Julius Caesar (100 B.C.–44 B.C.). With the help of Sosigenes, Caesar developed the precursor to the Gregorian calendar we use today.
July 1 is Canada Day, a Canadian federal holiday that celebrates the creation of the Dominion of Canada in 1867. The Dominion of Canada was a union of the three separate Canadian colonies of the time—New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Canada (which included Quebec and Ontario). Canada remained a part of the British Empire until 1982.
July 3: The hot and sultry Dog Days of Summer begin!
July 4: Independence Day celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Don’t forget to raise the flag!
July 14: Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille and the start of the French Revolution.
Did You Know? John Adams believed that July 2 would be the day when Americans would celebrate their independence. On July 3, 1776, he wrote to his wife, Abigail: “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.”

Wacky Celebrations of July

July is National Watermelon Month!
July 7–13: National Farriers Week
July 8: International Town Criers Day
July 17: World Emoji Day
Jul 20–28: National Moth Week
July 22: Spooner’s Day
July 27: Take Your Houseplants for a Walk Day

July Astronomy

On July 4, Earth is at aphelion, the point in its orbit at which it is farthest from the Sun. The distance between the two orbs will be 94,513,221 miles.

July’s full Moon, the Full Buck Moon, occurs on the 16th, at 5:38 P.M. EDT. Read about the Full Buck Moon or see more Moon phases.  Look up! Summer is a great time for stargazing. See our Sky Watch highlights to know what you’re seeing above.

 

Folklore for the Summer Season

NE’ER TRUST A JULY SKY.
IF ANT HILLS ARE HIGH IN JULY, THE COMING WINTER WILL BE HARD.
AS JULY, SO NEXT JANUARY.
WHATEVER JULY AND AUGUST DO NOT BOIL, SEPTEMBER CAN NOT FRY.

Misc. July Facts

July’s birth flowers are the larkspur and water lily. The larkspur, especially white forms, generally indicates lightheartedness; pink, fickleness; purple, first love. The water lily symbolizes purity of heart. Find out more about July’s birth flowers.
The July birthstone is the ruby, which is believed to protect its wearer from evil.

Contact Us

MTB Windows & More logoTo discuss your home improvement or home repair needs, contact us here or call our Clear Spring, MD office at 301-766-7161. We are always available to set up a quote on windows, siding, roofing, exterior doors, etc.. in Hagerstown, MD; Greencastle, PA; Martinsburg, WV; or the Frederick County, MD areas.
If you are looking to build a home or complete a major addition, see our sister company’s site (Mt. Tabor Builders, Inc.). Mt Tabor does major remodeling and custom building throughout the Tri-State area. This area includes Hagerstown, Clear Spring, Hancock, Boonsboro, Smithsburg and Frederick County in MD.
Click here to see Mt. Tabor’s gallery of projects.

May Starts Home Improvement Season

May is a great month to get started on your home improvement project.

May starts home improvement season in Hagerstown, MDThe month of May is a perfect month for a lot of things. It could be the best month for household projects, since the warmer weather is here to stay. Now, those spring projects you’ve been thinking about all winter can finally get underway.
Those projects may small projects, like painting or creating a new garden. But, if those projects include replacing your roof or installing replacement windows, we would love to help you do it right.

Andersen window on Hagerstown duplex built by Mt. Tabor Builders in Clear SpringSchedule Your MTB Appointment

If you have a home improvement project and need professional help, contact us at MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MD. To do so, click here, or call us at 301.766-7161. Our home improvement specialists are trained by the manufacturers to install replacement windows and doors; roofing materials, siding and more. Whether it is an upgrade or a home repair, our pros will get the job done correctly, because they are trained correctly. While you’re making your project list, enjoy these interesting facts about the fifth month of the year.

The Month of May

May is named for the Roman goddess Maia, who oversaw the growth of plants.
May 1 is May Day, which marks the return of spring by bringing in branches of forsythia, lilacs and other flowering shrubs, like azaleas.
In Hawaii, May 1 is celebrated as Lei Day. Leis are wreaths that are often made with native Hawaiian flowers and leaves. Writer Grace Tower Warren suggested May 1 for the date because it coincided with May Day, a celebration also linked to flowers. She coined the phrase, “May Day is Lei Day.” The first Lei Day observance occurred on May 1, 1928. The following year, it was made an official holiday in the territory, since it did not become a state until 1959.
May 4 is now known as Star Wars Day. Fans of the iconic movie series flood social media with memes about “May the 4th Be With You.”
May 5 is Cinco de Mayo (“The Fifth of May”), celebrating the victory of Mexico over the French army at The Battle of Puebla in 1862. Many people celebrate by eating traditional Mexican meals.
May 12 is Mother’s Day! Learn about the history of Mother’s Day.
May 20 is Victoria Day in Canada. This holiday celebrates the birthday of Queen Victoria.
May 27 is Memorial Day (or Decoration Day). This federal holiday is a poignant reminder of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country. It’s tradition to post the American flag on this day.

May’s Fun Days

May 1: School Principals’ Day. Celebrate your school’s leader!
May 2: World Tuna Day. Tuna is a healthy food to eat!
May 5–11: Root Canal Awareness Week. Try NOT to celebrate this one!
May 8: No Socks Day. We recommend flip flops…and a trip to the beach!
May 14: Dance Like a Chicken Day. Click here for the Chicken Dance song.

May Folklore and Symbols

A dry May and a leaking June, make the farmer whistle a merry tune.
A snowstorm in May is worth a wagon-load of hay.

May’s flower is the Hawthorn or Lily-of-the-Valley. The hawthorn means hope, while the lily-of-the-valley symbolizes the return of happiness.

May’s birthstone is the emerald, matching the green grass and leaves that decorate the landscape.

Our Quality Products

MTB Windows & More logoReplacement windows by Andersen Windows are top-quality in the industry, since they help insulate a home so well and add a layer of security. Security is also a key feature (pardon the pun) of the great-looking exterior doors made by Therma-Tru. And, the GAF Shingle System is among the best on the market for durability and resisting mold and stains.

We are always available to give a quote on windows, siding, roofing, exterior doors, etc.. in Hagerstown, MD; Greencastle, PA; Martinsburg, WV; or the Frederick County, MD areas.

If you are looking to build a home or complete a major addition, see our sister company’s site (Mt. Tabor Builders, Inc.). Mt Tabor does major remodeling and custom building throughout the Tri-State area. This area includes Hagerstown, Clear Spring, Hancock, Boonsboro, Smithsburg and Frederick County in MD.
Click here to see Mt. Tabor’s gallery of projects.

Use Your Tax Return for Home Improvement

Tax returns are a great way to help pay for home improvement and home repair costs that are needed to upgrade your home.

Tax return for home improvement in Hagerstown, MDApril is here and spring has finally arrived in the Tri-state area of Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. And by now, you are either getting your tax information together or you are waiting for that refund to hit your account. Now is the time to start thinking about a wise way to invest that “new-found” money.

Some will see it as a windfall for a shopping spree, while others will see it as a chance to invest in their home or family.

A Wise ChoiceAndersen French Patio Door with painted interiors, Bellagio handle with Square Escutcheon Plate in Pewter finish. E-Series Double-Hung windows in Cottage Style sashes

We think one wise choice is to consider upgrading your house to make it a better place to come home to every day. Depending on what the government owes you, your refund may only pay part of the cost. But, coupled with some savings or a home equity line of credit or 401k loan, the dream can quickly become a reality.

“I love my new kitchen and the work you have done. The more I use it, now that I’m settled in, the more I really like it, as does everyone who has come up to see it. Thanks again!” – Linda Domer, Hagerstown, MD

The home improvement specialists at MTB Windows & More would love to talk with you about a building project. We specialize in exterior makeovers; replacement windows; new exterior doors; a new roof; and much more. Not only will these upgrades change the look of your place, it will make it more energy efficient and secure. Just think about the heating bills from this past winter and cutting those down dramatically when the chill returns around November.

MTB Windows & More uses some of the best quality products available, including Andersen Windows, Therma-Tru Exterior Doors and GAF Shingles. Not only are the products great, but our home repair experts are each trained by the manufacturers to install these products exactly the right way. This ensures it will be done right the first time and will last like the makers intended. 

Contact Us

MTB Windows & More logoTo discuss your home improvement or home repair needs, contact us here or call our Clear Spring, MD office at 301-766-7161. We are always available to set up a quote on windows, siding, roofing, exterior doors, etc.. in Hagerstown, MD; Greencastle, PA; Martinsburg, WV; or the Frederick County, MD areas.
If you are looking to build a home or complete a major addition, see our sister company’s site (Mt. Tabor Builders, Inc.). Mt Tabor does major remodeling and custom building throughout the Tri-State area. This area includes Hagerstown, Clear Spring, Hancock, Boonsboro, Smithsburg and Frederick County in MD.
Click here to see Mt. Tabor’s gallery of projects.

 

 

March Starts Home Improvement Season

March brings spring, which brings “better” weather, which brings the start of home improvement project season.

March is the start of home improvement season in Hagerstown, MDAre you thinking of upgrading your home in 2019? Replacement windows are great for keeping warm air inside next winter and frigid air outside, where it belongs. How about the exterior doors. Are they whistling a tune every time the wind blows? Did your roof BARELY make it through the rough months? We can replace it with one that will hold up and look great for decades.

While you’re making a list of all the upgrades, updates and repairs at your Tri-state area home, enjoy reading some interesting facts about the third month of the year.

Clear Spring, MD house with Andersen Windows and GAF Shingle SystemGreat Things About March

If you’re a sports fan, the words “March” and “Madness” go together like peanut butter and jelly. But, if you aren’t a college basketball fan, then consider these great things from the Old Farmer’s Almanac about the third month of the calendar year.

Special March Dates

  • March 5: Mardi Gras (“Fat Tuesday”) or Shrove Tuesday. Read more about this holiday.
  • March 8: International Women’s Day. Click here to learn more about this celebration.
  • March 10: Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 A.M. Don’t forget to “spring forward” and set your clocks ahead one hour!
  • March 15: The Ides of March. Beware the Ides of March!
  • March 17: St. Patrick’s Day. Read more about about the traditional Irish holiday known as St. Patrick’s Day.
  • March 20: The vernal equinox, marking the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, occurs on Wednesday, March 20, at 5:58 P.M. EDT. On this day, the Sun rises due east and sets due west. In the Southern Hemisphere, this date marks the autumnal equinox. Read more about the First Day of Spring!
  • March 22: World Water Day brings attention to the need for safe drinking water for nearly one-third of the earth’s population. Click here to help solve this issue.

Getting Outdoors in March

Andersen Windows by MTB Windows & MoreContact Us

Contact us in our Clear Spring, MD office today if you are in the Hagerstown, Greencastle, Martinsburg or Frederick County, MD areas for an assessment and quote on your home improvement projects. We use some of the best products, including Andersen Windows and GAF Shingles.

If you are thinking of building, instead of doing a home improvement or home repair, then contact our sister company at the Mt. Tabor Builder’s website.You can also call the Mt. Tabor office at 301-766-7161.

Visit Us at the Home Show on March 9th or 10th

The Washington County Home Builder’s Assoc. Home Show is a great place to talk about your home improvement project.

2019 Home Show in Hagerstown, MDThe home improvement specialists from MTB Windows & More are available to talk dreams and plans next weekend at Hagerstown Community College. The campus’ ARCC building is the site of the 2019 Washington County Home Builder’s Association Home Show.

“We just like to meet people, answer their questions and talk with them from a very relaxed, no pressure approach” says Willie Eby, owner of the Clear Spring-based construction and home improvement company. The MTB team — at booth number 200 — has been a regular participant at the wildly popular two-day show.

GAF Shingles and Andersen Windows on custom house built by Mt. Tabor Builders of Clear Spring, MDThis is the perfect opportunity to “interview” those who will be personally involved in designing and implementing your building project. MTB’s designer Royce Eby encourages folks to bring pictures and lists of desires in a project to the conversation. Of course, those discussions can take a deeper dive into what can and will be accomplished at a later date.

The MTB team and those in their sister company Mt. Tabor Builders, Inc. have decades of experience doing home improvement; building custom homes; remodeling homes; adding major additions and in-law suites; and finishing basements. 

Client Testimonies

Many of their clients over the years are glad they chose the teams from MTB and Mt. Tabor. Hear are several testimonials:

“I had never built a home before and I’m not someone who likes making decisions. I was very impressed with Willie and Royce. The more I talked with them, the more I knew I wanted them to build my house.
“The house is really tight. You don’t hear the rain or wind. Even in the hottest month this summer, my energy bill was only seventy-four dollars.” – Linda of Boonsboro
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“We started out talking to several other builders, but as we met with and talked to Willie and Royce, we were sold and went with them. We had heard the horror stories about people who build a house or build a big addition, but they made it a smooth process. We had no issues and we know we have a quality-built home.” – Isaac of Boonsboro
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“I had all these crazy ideas and they never said, ‘no.’ Willie, Royce and all of the Mt. Tabor guys are easy to work with and down to earth. They were so close to us (in Clear Spring) and made it very convenient to meet them at the house for regular meetings.” – Burma of Clear Spring

The Home Show takes place Saturday, March 9th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday the 10th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is just $2 for adults and free for children 12 and younger.

To learn more about Mt. Tabor, contact us here or call our office at 301.766.7161.

February is Here, But Spring is Coming

February is upon on us and that means spring – and home improvement season – is closer.

February Home Improvement with MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring & Hagerstown, MDWe at MTB Windows & More try and complete as many home improvement and home repair jobs in the winter as possible. But a few spring-like days gets us excited about installing replacement windows, exterior doors and roofs. And of course winter can be the last straw for some roofs that were on their last shingle. If you’re tired of hearing — and feeling — the howling winds, call us for an appointment. If your roof has finally given up the fight, call us before the spring rains move in. We would love to help you be happy — and dry — in your home. 

And while you’re considering that call or email to schedule a meeting, read this interesting trivia about the second month of the year. Fact: February was not always the second month of the year.

February Facts

February was originally the last month of the calendar year. It was eventually moved in 450 B.C. to its place as the second month. This was done so the calendar would reflect a standard lunar year.

February is packed with holidays and history. February 2nd is Groundhog Day; the 12th is Abraham Lincoln‘s birthday; the 14th is St. Valentine’s Day; the 15th is Chinese New Year and Susan B. Anthonys birthday; the 18th is President’s Day.
and the 22nd is George Washington’s birthday.

roof replacement needed in Hagerstown, MD by MTB Windows & MoreThe month of February is the only month that can pass without a full moon, in common years. The last time we witnessed such a scenario was last year (2018).

In common years, February starts on the same day of the week as March and November, and on leap years, it starts with the same day of the week as August.

February is American Heart Month; Black History Month; Bird-Feeding Month; and Dental Health Month.

Amethyst is the birthstone for those born in the month.

The Violet and the Primrose are the flowers for February.

February is named for the Latin word februum, which means purification.

And, the second month of the year is a day longer every four years. Do you know why? The answer is: A common year has 365 days and a leap year 366 days, with the extra day designated as February 29. A leap year occurs every four years to help synchronize the calendar year with the solar year, or the length of time it takes the earth to complete its orbit around the sun, which is about 365¼ days.

GAF Shingle System installed by MTB Windows & More of Clear Spring, MDContact Us

Contact us in our Clear Spring, MD office today if you are in the Hagerstown, Greencastle, Martinsburg or Frederick County, MD areas for an assessment and quote on taking care of your winter blues.

If you are thinking of building, instead of doing a home improvement or home repair, then contact our sister company at the Mt. Tabor Builder’s website. You can also call the Mt. Tabor office at 301-766-7161.

New Year’s Resolution: Home Improvement

Lose weight? Eat healthier? Read the Bible? Spend more time with friends? Are these some of your New Year’s Resolutions?

New Year's resolutions with MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MDThese are some great New Year’s Resolutions, but we think you should add some home improvements to your 2019 list.

The home improvement experts at MTB Windows & More have holes in their schedule for opportunities to replace windows, exterior doors, roofs, siding and to complete many other jobs. Many of these will help save on heating bills this winter and spring. This means you’ll invest in your home, rather than in the local utility company.

MTB Windows & More logoIf you’ve had it with your old doors and windows, contact us to find out how much money can be added to your monthly budget. The MTB professionals use some of the best products on the market. This means your home’s heating system won’t have to work as hard to keep the warm air in and your house. The change will also provide a solid barrier to keep the frigid air out.

Replacement windows by Andersen Windows are top-quality for insulating a home and adding a layer of security. Security is also a key feature (pardon the pun) of the great-looking exterior doors made by Therma-Tru. And, the GAF Shingle System is among the best on the market for durability and resisting mold and stains. If your roof needs replacing, this is a great time to add insulation in your attic or to your roof line.

Do you know the easiest way to check how effective your insulation is above your family’s head? During the next snow — provided the temps stay down — see how long the snow stays on the roof. Snow that melts quickly on your roof without elevated outside temperatures, means the heat from your home is rising out of the living space and leaving through your roofing materials. We can help with this problem and save you money on home heating for years to come.

Contact Us

Contact us in our Clear Spring, MD office today if you are in the Hagerstown, Greencastle, Martinsburg or Frederick County, MD areas for an assessment and quote on taking care of your winter blues.

Happy Holidays!

Everyone at MTB Windows & More wishes you and your family a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year!

Merry Christmas from MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MDThis is a great time of year for us at MTB Windows & More and we hope it is for you too. We hope you get to find time to spend with friends and family. We also hope you find time to slow down and relax, while thinking about the highlights of the past year.

This is also a great time to say “thank you” to all of our customers, who were the highlights of our year. We look forward to serving you again in 2019. We hope and pray the new year is a great one for all, and that peace and goodwill will prevail.

Contact us if you need a home improvement company in 2019. We are experts in roofing, windows, doors and siding projects. We use high-quality products, like Andersen Windows, Therma-Tru Doors and GAF Shingle Systems. You can call us at our Clear Spring office at 301-766-7161 or contact us here. 

And while you’re waiting for ol’ St. Nick and the New Year to arrive, enjoy some interesting holiday trivia.

Holiday Trivia

1) When was Christmas originally celebrated?

A: January 6th. In the West, Christmas was always celebrated on the 25th of December. Consequently, except for a select few, almost everyone who celebrates Christmas does so on December 25th.

2) In what century was the first written use of Xmas?

A: The 16th Century. The “X” comes from the Greek letter Chi, which looks like an “X”. The letter “X” has long been used as an abbreviation for Christ, because the Greek word for Christ begins with what looks like an “X”. As a result, Christ was often written with the letters Chi (X) Rho (p) which looks like Xp.

3) The modern Santa Claus is mainly a mix of what two historical figures?

A: Saint Nicholas and Father Christmas. St. Nicholas was a Greek bishop who lived in the 4th century and was famous for his generosity and gift giving. Father Christmas dates back to the 16th Century and is widely considered synonymous with the modern Santa Claus.

4) The four sides of a dreidel display the letters Nun, Gimmel, Hey and Shin, mnemonics for the phrase Nes Gadol Hayah Sham. What is the usual translation of this phrase?

A: A great miracle happened there. The letters then were given significance as forming a mnemonic for this phrase, a reference to the origins of the Hanukkah celebrations. This phrase refers to the miracle by which a single day’s worth of sacred oil burned for eight days, while a fresh batch could be prepared during the re-dedication of the Temple.

5) What was the poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” originally titled?

A: A Visit from St. Nicholas. It was anonymously published in 1823. It has been attributed to, and claimed by, Clement Clarke Moore. There is some controversy as to whether he is the author.

Christmas lights on a house in Hagerstown, MD6) Who created the first electric light Christmas display?

A: Thomas Edison. In 1880 Edison put up the first Christmas display made from electric lights to advertise his light bulbs. A few years later an inventor named Edward Johnson, Edison’s colleague, created the first string of electric Christmas lights.

7) How long have people celebrated the new year?

A: Celebrating the new year dates back 4,000 years. The ancient Babylonians were the first recorded people to celebrate the new year. While the calendar we use now to mark the new year is the Gregorian calendar, the Babylonians celebrated the new year based on the moon. For them, the new year arrived during the first new moon that occurred after the vernal equinox. The vernal equinox (late March) is a day on which the amounts of darkness and daylight are equal.

8) When did the famous New York City New Year’s Eve celebration begin?

A: 1904. The first Times Square celebration had to do with The New York Times, because the iconic paper was celebrating its new headquarters. At the time, the Times tower was the second-tallest building in Manhattan. The celebration involved a street festival that lasted all day, which ended in a show of fireworks. More than 200,000 people were in attendance.

9) When did the famous ball become part of the celebration?

A: 1907. The first Ball weighed 700 pounds and had a diameter of 5 feet. It was constructed of wood and iron, and had one hundred light bulbs on it.

Happy Holidays from MTB Windows & More!

P.S. – Our home improvement professionals work throughout Western Maryland. That service area includes Hagerstown, Clear Spring, Hancock, Boonsboro, Smithsburg and Frederick County in MD.

Mt. Tabor Builders, Inc. is our sister company and can help with building a home or doing a major addition or renovation. Click on this link to see Mt. Tabor’s gallery of projects.

Happy Thanksgiving from MTB Windows & More

We hope you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.

 
Happy thanksgiving from MTB Windows and MoreThe entire staff at MTB Windows & More hopes that Thanksgiving is a day filled with reflection on a year of blessings. If you have been blessed with faith, good health, a home, children, children, a career, a pet or anything else that brings joy to your life, we hope this season is one where you appreciate each as a gift.
If you have time in your busy schedule and are thinking about an upcoming home improvement project, we would love to meet with you. This is the time of year we like to hear from prospective clients to see if 2019 is the year we work together to upgrade and update their home. Much of our work adds value to the home and adds to the dwelling’s energy-efficiency rating. Imagine having lower electric and gas bills.
And while you’re pondering that and enjoying the days leading up to Thanksgiving, enjoy this…

Thanksgiving Trivia

1. What year was the celebration that is most commonly considered to be the first Thanksgiving?

A: 1621. This is the celebration that people most often talk about when they are talking about the “first” Thanksgiving. But there are others that are claimed to be the first Thanksgiving. There was another celebration in Plymouth in 1623 and one in Boston in 1631 that people claim was the actual first Thanksgiving.

Elegant living room window in Hagerstown, MD2. How long did the first Thanksgiving celebration last?

A: Three days. It was celebrated much earlier than our current celebration, possibly in late September. There were about 50 European settlers and around 90 native Americans who attended the 3-day feast.

3. Under which president did Thanksgiving become an annual holiday?

A: Abraham Lincoln. The U.S. has celebrated Thanksgiving off and on since 1774. In 1789 George Washington made a proclamation that the country would celebrate a day of thanksgiving to God on November 26th. Some presidents after him continued the tradition, declaring different days of Thanksgiving. But it wasn’t until a proclamation by Lincoln in 1863 that the last Thursday of November became the official Thanksgiving holiday.

4. In what year did both the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and America’s Thanksgiving Parade start?

A: 1924. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was started by Louis Bamberger in Newark, New Jersey but was transferred to New York City where it is now held by Macy’s. America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit was inspired by Eaton’s Santa Claus Parade in Toronto, Ontario.

Andersen Windows by MTB Windows & More5. Which president was the first to give a turkey a presidential pardon?

A: Ronald Reagan. John F. Kennedy was the first president on record for unofficially sparing a Turkey in 1963. The Reagan administration in 1987 gave the first official presidential pardon to a turkey as a joke. The turkey was spared and put into a petting zoo. George H. Bush made it an annual tradition in 1989 and each president since has carried on the tradition.

Contact Us

Contact us if you need a home improvement company in 2019. We are experts in roofing, windows, doors and siding projects. We use high-quality products, like Andersen Windows, Therma-Tru Doors and GAF Shingle Systems. You can call us at our Clear Spring office at 301-766-7161 or contact us here. 

Our home improvement professionals work throughout Western Maryland. That service area includes Hagerstown, Clear Spring, Hancock, Boonsboro, Smithsburg and Frederick County in MD.

Mt. Tabor Builders, Inc. is our sister company and can help with building a home or doing a major addition or renovation. Click on this link to see Mt. Tabor’s gallery of projects.

Happy Halloween from MTB Windows & More!

Everyone at MTB Windows & More hopes you and your family have a safe and happy Halloween.

Halloween window from MTB Windows and More in Clear Spring, MDThis is the time of year for scary decorations and creepy costumes. However, the scariest thing to us is knowing cold weather is coming and people are relying on old windows, doors and roofs to keep out the elements. If you need a home improvement company in the greater Hagerstown, MD area to help you save on energy bills, then contact us today.

While you’re taking an inventory of all the upgrades you can make in your home, enjoy this Halloween trivia about the traditions we all know and love.

Halloween Trivia

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Why are pumpkins part of Halloween?

A: Pumpkins are actually indigenous to the Western Hemisphere and have been found on the continent for thousands of years. Pumpkins entered into the Halloween celebration after Irish immigrants came to America and found that pumpkins were easier to carve than potatoes for the holiday.

When did the Jack-’o-lantern become part of the autumn celebration?

A: Jack-’o-lanterns have been around for hundreds of years. The legend is of a man named Jack, who according to legend, invited the devil for a drink. Jack did not want to pay for his drink, so he made a deal with the devil. The devil turned himself into coins, but instead of paying for the drink, Jack kept the coins. Later freeing the devil, he promised to change him back if he did not steal his soul. Upon Jack’s death, God would not let him into heaven because of his past and the devil would not let him into hell. Instead, the devil gave Jack a piece of coal, which Jack placed into a turnip. The legend goes that Jack used the turnip and coal to light his way as he looked for a final resting place. The original jack-’o-lanterns in Ireland were carved out of turnips or potatoes.

Therma-Tru Front Entry Door installed by MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MDWhy do we have Halloween parties?

A: The idea of people gathering together to celebrate dates back to the early American settlers, who celebrated the harvest. People would gather at these events and would share ghost stories, dance, sing and tell fortunes. Since that time, Halloween has become more of a holiday about bobbing for apples and candy than celebrating the harvest.

Who is responsible for bringing Halloween to America?

A: Halloween is mix of traditions from Celtic, Catholic and Roman religious rituals. Celts would dress in costumes and light bonfires to ward off ghosts, thought to return on Halloween. The Celts believe that the boundaries between the living and the dead blurred on Halloween, making it easier for ghosts and spirits to return to cause mischief.

When did candy corn become part of the celebration?

A: More than 35 million pounds of candy corn is produced each year according to the National Confectioner’s Association. Created in the late 1800s, the three colors are supposed to look like the colors in kernels of corn.

GAF Shingle System installed by MTB Windows & More of Clear Spring, MDHow did ghosts become part of Halloween?

A: Most cultures and civilization contain some sort of stories about spirits, many of whom return from the dead. According to legend, ghosts are “specters” and belief is based on the thought that a person’s spirit lives on after their death. Places or structures that are haunted by ghosts are thought to have some sort of connection to the ghost’s past.

How did costumes become part of the holiday?

A: Costumes were first worn to tell each other’s fortunes and for protection against evil spirits. The first costumes in Ireland were made of animal heads and skins. The modern celebration of Halloween still involves costumes, but many are not as creepy or scary as the first.

Did Trick-or-Treat start in America?

A: Trick-or-treating for candy and prizes is a common tradition in the United States. A predecessor of trick-or-treating is a Scottish and Irish practice called “Guising,” where children went from door to door in costumes collecting coins and food. Children would only receive the prize if they did a “trick” such as song or dance, before the treat was given.

How much candy is given out on Halloween?

A: One quarter (600 million pounds) of all of the candy sold in the United States every year is purchased specifically for Halloween. Ninety million pounds of that is chocolate.

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MTB Windows & More logoContact us if you are thinking of roofing, windows, doors or siding projects. We use high-quality products, like Andersen Windows and Therma-Tru Doors. You can call us at our Clear Spring office at 301-766-7161 or contact us here. 

Our home improvement professionals work throughout Western Maryland. That area includes Hagerstown, Clear Spring, Hancock, Boonsboro, Smithsburg and Frederick County in MD.

Mt. Tabor Builders is our sister company that can help with building a home or doing a major addition or renovation. Click on this link to see Mt. Tabor’s gallery of projects.

Happy Labor Day from MTB!

Everyone at MTB Windows & More hopes you and your family have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend!

Happy Labor Day from MTB Windows and More in Clear Spring, MDThis is the unofficial end of summer. We hope it was a great summer and hope the fall is even better. We know this time of year can be hectic, but if you are thinking about home improvement projects or home repairs, call us soon. Out schedule is booking up, and your likely want the work done before Old Man Winter comes for his annual visit.

Another thing we love at this time of year is a good set of trivia questions. Well, that may not be completely true, but we do have some great facts about the Labor Day holiday. And while most know that Labor Day in the United States is celebrated on the first Monday in September, many might not know it honors the American labor movement, which brought strength, prosperity and well-being to our country. There are currently about 157 million people above the age of 16 in the country’s workforce.

This year’s holiday is Monday, September 3rd.

10 Fun Trivia Facts About Labor Day

Clear Spring, MD house with GAF Shingle System by MTB Windows and More1) The first ever US Labor Day was celebrated on 5th of September. 1882 on Tuesday in New York City which was planned by the Central Labor Union.
2) The American Labor Day concept was idealized by Canada in order to honor the Labor Movement. They also held a “9-hour Movement” to support the striking workers.
3) The first state to celebrate Labor Day was Oregon. The legal holiday was celebrated in 1887.
4) Labor Day was made a National Holiday by Grover Cleveland when he signed an Act in 1894 establishing a federal holiday.
5) A congress passed an Act on June 28th, 1894, to make Labor Day a legal holiday to be celebrated on the first Monday of September.
6) Labor Day weekend is considered to be the busiest travel weekend of the year.
7) According to a research, thousands of mom would actually go into labor on Labor Day resulting in almost 10,829 babies being born on Labor Day.
8) Labor Day is also considered to be the end of Hotdog season. According to a National Hotdog and Sausage Council, Americans typically consume almost 7 billion hot dogs.
9) Before Labor Day act was passed, an average workday was 12 hours long, seven days a week even for children of age 5.
10) Peter McGuire is thought to be the father of Labor Day.

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MTB Windows & More logoContact us if you are thinking of roofing, windows, doors or siding projects in the next few months. You can call us at our Clear Spring office at 301-766-7161 or contact us here. 

Our home improvement professionals work throughout Western Maryland. That area includes Hagerstown, Clear Spring, Hancock, Boonsboro, Smithsburg and Frederick County in MD.

Mt. Tabor Builders is our sister company that can help with building a home or doing a major addition or renovation. Click on this link to see Mt. Tabor’s gallery of projects.

Happy Independence Day!

Everyone at MTB Windows & More wishes you and your family a safe and happy Independence Day.

Happy Independence Day from home improvement specialists MTB Windows and MoreAs we celebrate this great American holiday, we thought it would be a great time to learn more about this pivotal period in our nation’s history AND enjoy some Independence Day Trivia. We hope you will take the time to learn a little more about our country’s legendary beginnings and then, if you’re in need of home improvement and home repair services, contact us for the expert help we can provide.

Did You Know: On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. The colonies and England had already been at odds for a year when the colonies convened a Continental Congress in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776. In a June 7th session in the Pennsylvania State House (today it is called Independence Hall), Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution with the now-famous words:

“Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”

These words led to the drafting of a statement presenting to the world the colonies’ case for independence. Members of the committee included John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Robert R. Livingston of New York and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia. The drafting of the actual document — The Declaration of Independence — was given to Jefferson.

On July 1, 1776, the Continental Congress reconvened, and on the following day, the resolution for independence was adopted by 12 of the 13 colonies. The process of revision continued through all of July 3 and into the late afternoon of July 4, when the Declaration was officially adopted. Today, the original copy of the Declaration is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence. The tradition of it being a patriotic celebration became even more widespread after the War of 1812, in which the United States again faced Great Britain. In 1870, the U.S. Congress made July 4th an unpaid federal holiday. It became a paid federal holiday in 1938.

Independence Day Trivia

  1. Only John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All the others signed later.
  2. The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men from 13 colonies. Each could have been tried for treason had the revolution failed, losing their lives and their family property.
  3. The average age of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45. The youngest was Thomas Lynch, Jr (27) of South Carolina. The oldest delegate was Benjamin Franklin (70) of Pennsylvania. The lead author, Thomas Jefferson, was 33.
  4. The only two signers of the Declaration of Independence who later served as President of the United States were John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
  5. The stars on the original American flag were in a circle so all the Colonies would appear equal.
  6. The first Independence Day celebration took place in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776. This was also the day that the Declaration of Independence was first read in public after people were summoned by the ringing of the Liberty Bell.
  7. The White House held its first 4th of July party in 1801.
  8. Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on July 4th. Adams and Jefferson (both signed the Declaration) died on the same day within hours of each other in 1826.
  9. In 1776, there were 2.5 million people living in the new nation. Today the population of the U.S.A. is 326 million.
  10. Fireworks are part of the tradition of celebrating this national holiday. More than 250 million pounds of fireworks will go up in smoke in 2018.
  11. Grilling food is also big on Independence Day. Approximately 150 million hot dogs are consumed on this day.
  12. Every 4th of July, the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped (not actually rung) thirteen times in honor of the original thirteen colonies.

Therma-Tru Front Entry Door installed by MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MDIf you need expert help with a home improvement project or any home repairs, please contact us here or call our Clear Spring, MD office during the week at 301-766-7161. We are always available to set up a quote on windows, siding, roofing, exterior doors, etc.. in Hagerstown, MD; Greencastle, PA; Martinsburg, WV; or the Frederick County, MD areas.

Andersen Windows logo for MTB Windows & MoreWe use high-quality materials, such as Andersen Windows, Therma-Tru Exterior Doors and GAF Shingles.

If you are looking to build a home or complete a major addition, see our sister company’s website (Mt. Tabor Builders, Inc.). Mt Tabor does major remodeling and custom building throughout the Tri-State area, including Hagerstown, Clear Spring, Hancock, Boonsboro, Smithsburg and Frederick County in MD. Click here to see Mt. Tabor’s gallery of projects.

A Great Father’s Day Gift

We at MTB Windows & More salute all dads on this Father’s Day weekend. Thank you for taking the time to invest in the lives of your family members.

Happy Father's Day from MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MDWe hope the day is great one for all dads who take on the noble cause of being great fathers to their children and making the sacrifices that often come with being a dad.

The Father’s Day gift has become somewhat of a joke, with the punchline being an ugly tie or after shave, that is — and rightfully so in most cases — never used.

If you search for “Best Father’s Day Gifts 2018,” you will find suggestions like wireless headphones, shoes, skin care products, aviator sunglasses, etc… Now we’re not saying these would not be appreciated, but let’s think more practically. What if you gave dad the gift of “free time?” Take a look at projects around dad’s house. Maybe some have been started or maybe some are “To Dos” that may never get done if he doesn’t have some professional help.

Andersen Windows installed by MTB Windows & More of Clear Spring, MDIf those building projects — like new vinyl siding, replacement windows and/or doors, roofing, etc… — were done, could you spend the day with dad at the park or riding bikes or fishing? He would probably enjoy spending an entire Sunday with family and not worrying about the home repairs that need to get done. With those being off his plate, he could enjoy the nice summer weather after enduring a long, cold winter and a long, wet spring. With that in mind, he probably wouldn’t even mind picking up part of the bill. It may not be something he would do for himself, but in the end, he would be happy for the help of getting control of the work and having some precious time with those that matter most…his family.

If you would like to help your dad with a home improvement project or any home repairs, please contact us here or call our Clear Spring, MD office during the week at 301-766-7161. We are always available to set up a quote on windows, siding, roofing, exterior doors, etc.. in Hagerstown, MD; Greencastle, PA; Martinsburg, WV; or the Frederick County, MD areas.

GAF Shingle System installed by MTB Windows & More of Clear Spring, MDWe use high-quality materials, such as Andersen Windows, Therma-Tru Exterior Doors and GAF Shingles.

If you are looking to build a home or complete a major addition, see our sister company’s site (Mt. Tabor Builders, Inc.). Mt Tabor does major remodeling and custom building throughout the Tri-State area, including Hagerstown, Clear Spring, Hancock, Boonsboro, Smithsburg and Frederick County in MD. Click here to see Mt. Tabor’s gallery of projects.

Again, Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in the Tri-state area of Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia!

#HappyFathersDay

Happy Mother’s Day!

From all of us at MTB Windows & More, we wish every mom a Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother's Day from MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MD, your home improvement experts.We know how important moms are to every household and we want to take time to celebrate each and every mother on their special day. The hard work they put in to build homes should never be taken for granted. If you don’t know what to get your mom on Mother’s Day (a home repair or home improvement project may be the perfect gift), at least take time to tell her how special she is and how much she means me to you.

Did You Know: The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Her campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Ann Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War, and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honor all mothers, because she believed that they were “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.”

In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers. Jarvis’ holiday was adopted by other countries, and it is now celebrated all over the world.

Andersen Windows by MTB Windows & MoreIf you would like to help your mom with a home improvement project or any home repair needs, please contact us here or call our Clear Spring, MD office during the week at 301-766-7161. We are always available to set up a quote on windows, siding, roofing, exterior doors, etc.. in Hagerstown, MD; Greencastle, PA; Martinsburg, WV; or the Frederick County, MD areas.

If you are looking to build a home or complete a major addition, see our sister company’s site (Mt. Tabor Builders, Inc.). Mt Tabor does major remodeling and custom building throughout the Tri-State area, including Hagerstown, Clear Spring, Hancock, Boonsboro, Smithsburg and Frederick County in MD. Click here to see Mt. Tabor’s gallery of projects.
Again, happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms in the Tri-state area of Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Great Ideas for Your Tax Refund

Tax season is coming to an end. What will you spend your tax refund on in 2018?

Tax return spent on home improvement with MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MDApril is here and Spring has finally arrived in the Tri-state area of Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. And by now, you are either getting your tax information together because of the looming deadline or you are waiting for that refund to hit the mailbox or bank account. Now is the time to start thinking about a wise way to invest that “new-found” money.

Some will see it as a windfall for a shopping spree, while others will see it as a chance to invest in their home or family.

We think one wise choice is to consider upgrading your house to make it a better place to come home to every day.. Depending on what the government owes you, your refund may only pay part of the cost. But, coupled with some savings or a home equity line of credit or 401k loan (where you pay yourself back with no penalty), the dream can quickly become a reality.

Therma-Tru Front Entry Door installed by MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MDThe home improvement specialists at MTB Windows & More would love to talk with you about an exterior makeover; replacement windows; new exterior doors; a new roof; and more. Not only will these upgrades change the look of your place, it will make it more energy efficient and secure. Just think about the heating bills from this past winter and cutting those down dramatically when the chill returns around November.

MTB uses some of the best quality products available, including Andersen Windows, Therma-Tru Exterior Doors and GAF Shingles. Not only are the products great, but our home repair experts are each trained by the manufacturers to install these products exactly the right way. This ensures it will be done right the first time and will last like the makers intended. 

Elegant living room Andersen window in Hagerstown, MDIf we can be of service to you for your home improvement or home repair needs, please contact us here or call our Clear Spring, MD office during the week at 301-766-7161. We are always available to set up a quote on windows, siding, roofing, exterior doors, etc.. in Hagerstown, MD; Greencastle, PA; Martinsburg, WV; or the Frederick County, MD areas.
If you are looking to build a home or complete a major addition, see our sister company’s site (Mt. Tabor Builders, Inc.). Mt Tabor does major remodeling and custom building throughout the Tri-State area, including Hagerstown, Clear Spring, Hancock, Boonsboro, Smithsburg and Frederick County in MD. Click here to see Mt. Tabor’s gallery of projects.

 

 

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from everyone at MTB Windows & More!

We hope this time of renewal and rebirth is a special season for you, your family and your friends. For us, it is a time to reflect on a special blessing of knowing and understanding the ultimate sacrifice that God made when he sent “His only begotten son.”

Happy Easter from MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MDDid You Know: Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. In the Bible’s New Testament, the resurrection occurred three days after Jesus was crucified by the Romans and died in roughly 30 A.D. The Easter holiday concludes the “Passion of Christ,” a series of events and holidays that begins with Lent—a 40-day period of fasting, prayer and sacrifice—and ends with Holy Week, which includes Holy or Maundy Thursday (the celebration of Jesus’ Last Supper with his 12 Apostles); Good Friday (on which Jesus’ death is observed); and Easter Sunday, also known as Resurrection Sunday.

Food For Thought: Knowing that Judas would betray Him, Jesus still washed his feet in the Holy Week ceremony that was the example of humility in leadership and love toward those closest to Him.

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If we can be of service to you, please contact us here online or call our Clear Spring, MD office during the week at 301-766-7161. We are always available to set up a quote on windows, siding, roofing, exterior doors, etc.. in Hagerstown, MD; Greencastle, PA; Martinsburg, WV; or the Frederick 
County, MD areas.
If you are looking to build a home or complete a major addition, see our sister company’s site (Mt. Tabor Builders, Inc.) Mt Tabor does remodeling and custom building throughout the Tri-State area, including Hagerstown, Clear Spring, Hancock, Boonsboro, Smithsburg and Frederick County in MD. Click here to see Mt. Tabor’s gallery of projects.

Happy President’s Day Weekend!

Everyone at MTB Windows and More hopes you and your family have a happy and safe President’s Day weekend!

Did You Know?: Presidents’ Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of February. The day honors presidents of the United States, including George Washington, the country’s first president. It was originally established in 1885 in recognition of Washington and is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government.

Traditionally celebrated on February 22 — Washington’s actual birth date — the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of Uniform Monday Holiday Act (1971), an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While some states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln (Feb 12th) and others, President’s Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents.

President’s Day Trivia (answers below)

1) What former president was on an African hunting trip when his enemy J. P. Morgan quipped: “Let every lion do his duty”?

2) What future president was the only U.S. senator from a Confederate state to remain in Congress after secession?

3) What president’s image graces a $100,000 bill?

4) What future U.S. president received the last rites of the Catholic Church after an infection following spinal surgery in 1954?

5) What war saw James Madison become the first U.S. president to command a military unit during his term in office?

6) What document did President Andrew Johnson want a copy of placed under his head upon his burial?

7) How many U.S. states are named after a president?

8) Who is the only president to have survived two assassination attempts by women?

9) What future president cheated on an eye exam to join the cavalry reserves in the 1930s?

10) What U.S. president installed solar panels on the White House roof?

The professional installers at MTB Windows & More use Andersen Windows, Therma-Tru Doors and GAF Shingles to add significant value to home, which is due to the quality of these product lines.

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If we can be of service to you, please contact us here online or call our Clear Spring, MD office during the week at 301-766-7161. We are always available to set up a quote on windows, siding, roofing, exterior doors, etc.. in Hagerstown, MD; Greencastle, PA; Martinsburg, WV; or the Frederick 
County, MD areas.
If you are looking to build a home or complete a major addition, see our sister company’s site (Mt. Tabor Builders, Inc.) Mt Tabor does remodeling and custom building throughout the Tri-State area, including Hagerstown, Clear Spring, Hancock, Boonsboro, Smithsburg and Frederick County in MD. Click here to see Mt. Tabor’s gallery of projects.

 

President’s Day Trivia Answers

1) Theodore Roosevelt

2) Andrew Jackson

3) Woodrow Wilson

4) John F. Kennedy

5) The War of 1812

6) The U.S. Constitution

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8) Gerald Ford

9) Ronald Reagan

10) Jimmy Carter

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’s Resolutions!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our Family to Your Family

Everyone at MTB Windows & More hopes you and your family have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year, filled with hopes and dreams that come true in 2018. We hope your holiday is filled with the peace, comfort and joy that was meant to accompany this celebration of Christ’s birth and the new beginning that starts when the old year ends.
New Year's resolutions with MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MDIf one of your New Year’s resolutions is to remodel your home, please plan a meeting with us right after the holidays are over. As home improvement specialists connected to a custom home designer and builder (Mt. Tabor Builders, Inc.), we have the experts on staff to help with small remodeling jobs to whole house renovation projects.

On the MTB Windows side of things, clients can expect a total exterior transformation that will bring extraordinary curb appeal to a home that has maybe lost its luster. The products we use — Andersen Windows, Therma-Tru Doors, GAF Shingles, etc… — not only bring new life to the look of the home, but add significant value due to the quality product lines.

Once the improvements are agreed upon, MTB will take care of the permitting process; help with any financing hurdlesAndersen Windows installed by MTB Windows & More; and then put together a work schedule so families can function as normally as possible in a temporary work zone. MTB Windows management takes pride in the company’s policy of leaving job sites neat, clean and safe at the end of each work day.

If we can be of service to you as the new year begins, please contact us here online or call our Clear Spring, MD office during the week at 301-766-7161. We are always available to set up a quote on windows, siding, roofing, exterior doors, etc.. in Hagerstown, MD; Greencastle, PA; Martinsburg, WV; or the Frederick County, MD areas.

MTB Wishes You a Happy Thanksgiving

We hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving!

We are very thankful for you — our current home improvement clients and those we hope will soon be our home improvement clients. The relationships we built in 2017 have made it a wonderful year and can’t wait to see the connections we make as this year comes to a close and a new one begins.
Happy thanksgiving from MTB Windows and MoreAnd speaking of the end of the year, we believe Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to lead into the Christmas season. While some seem to want to jump over it or leave it behind to rush to the Black Friday sales, we treasure this day as a reminder that we have so much, for which to be thankful.
We at MTB Windows and More truly hope that on Thursday, you stop and reflect on all your blessings, and the blessing that you have been to others this year. If you have your health, a home, friends, family, faith, a job, a pet or whatever it might be that makes life a little better, we hope you will take some time on this holiday to reflect on those gifts. Our intention is to do the same and then go into the “season of miracles” focusing on those gifts we have already received.
Contact us today in our Clear Spring, MD office if you are in the Hagerstown, Greencastle, Martinsburg or Frederick County, MD areas and are interested in major renovations to your home in 2018. We specialize in roof replacement (GAF Shingles); replacement windows (Andersen Windows); replacement exterior doors (Therma-Tru); and vinyl siding replacement. For larger renovation projects, we recommend our parent company, Mt. Tabor Builders, Inc.

Schedule Meetings Now for 2018 Major Renovations

Meet and interview home improvement specialists now if you plan to do major renovations to your home in 2018.

Many people like their current home, but they don’t necessarily LOVE their current home. The thought of selling it and buying

MTB Windows and More Major Renovation

After Renovation

another one and then moving is not an option for some. But, if the idea of doing some major renovations to make the home go from good to great is one you like, use the winter months to lay the foundation for the job. The foundation here is meeting with and choosing a home improvement specialist who can do what you want, in a timely and budget-conscious manner.

The professional remodeling experts at MTB Windows and More want to help you get even more excited about your future building project and get ready to dive in NOW! They want to meet with potential clients and nail down the details of what the home will become after the installation of new siding, windows, doors, etc…

One of the very first things to do before such a meeting, is to collect plenty of photos and drawings of what you want included in the renovation. In this case, color schemes and window and door styles are key factors. And while MTB focuses on certain aspects of such renovations, their sister company — Mt. Tabor Builders, Inc. — can handle everything else you can imagine and have the budget to complete.

MTB Windows and More Major Renovation

Before Renovation

On the MTB side of things, clients can expect a total exterior transformation that will bring extraordinary curb appeal. The products used — Andersen Windows, Therma-Tru Doors, GAF Shingles, etc… — not only bring new life to the look of the home, but add significant value due to the quality of these product lines.

Once the improvements are agreed upon, MTB will take care of the permitting process, help with any financing hurdles and then put together a work schedule so families can function as normally as possible in a temporary work zone. MTB management takes pride in the company’s policy of leaving job sites neat, clean and safe at the end of each work day.

Contact us today in our Clear Spring, MD office if you are in the Hagerstown, Greencastle, Martinsburg or Frederick County, MD areas and are interested in major renovations to your home in 2018.

New Windows, Doors & More to Keep Cold Out

New windows, doors, roofing and siding can all help keep cold air outside and warm air inside.

Winterize your home before winter with MTB Windows and More replacement windows and exterior doorsRight now, the Tri-State area of Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia is experiencing an Indian Summer. For some, this is great. We know that others are done with the heat and looking forward to cooler temperatures. The bad news for those that welcome each warm day with a smile is that the cold air will come and stay sooner than you want. In the meantime, ask yourself these questions: Do my windows let cold air inside? Do I hear the whistling of the winter winds come past my exterior doors? Is my roof able to withstand another round of freezing temperatures, snow and ice?

Andersen Replacement windows by MTB Windows & MoreIf the truthful answers to these questions keep you up at night — as Jack Frost journeys toward your neck of the woods — plan to contact the professionals at MTB Windows & More before the cold air moves in to stay. The MTB professionals use some of the best products on the market, meaning your home’s heating system won’t have to work asTherma Tru door on Clear Spring, MD house hard to keep the warm air in and the frigid air out.

Replacement windows by Andersen Windows are top quality for insulating your home and security. Security is also a major feature of the great-looking exterior doors made by Therma-Tru. And, the GAF Shingle System is among the best on the market for durability and resisting mold and stains.

Contact us today if you are in the Hagerstown, Greencastle, Martinsburg or Frederick County, MD areas for an assessment and quote on taking care of these problems now, before the situation becomes unbearable in the middle of winter.

Therma-Tru Doors for Privacy and Safety

Therma-Tru brand doors installed by MTB Windows and More provide privacy and safety.

Therma-Tru Front Entry Door installed by MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MDThere are lots of reasons to replace exterior doors. Some people want a more stylish look to their home. Some want to upgrade their home’s energy efficiency. Sometimes the old doors are just worn out and need replacing. But no matter the reason, privacy and safety will always be upgraded when folks choose Therma-Tru Doors.

The professional installers at MTB Windows and More are trained by Therm-Therma-Tru Front Entry Door installed by MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MDTru staff to properly install these fine quality products. Because of that, MTB clients can trust the doors will work correctly from day one. This is a huge part of how well the doors perform now and throughout the years to come.

Below is a link out to Therma-Tru’s “Security and Privacy” page on the company website. If you have any questions about what is published here, feel free to contact MTB (contact info is below) for answers.

Clear Spring Farm House Therma-Tru doorSecurity and privacy are high on everyone’s list of priorities when selecting a door, but no one wants to sacrifice great style to achieve them. With a Therma-Tru door system, you don’t have to. Since your preferences might be different from your neighbor’s, you have many ways to customize your options. To read more, click here.

MTB Windows and More is a Clear Spring, MD-based company that specializes in installing exterior doors, replacement windows and roofing materials. If you would like to schedule a time to meet with an MTB representative, contact us here or call us at our Clear Spring, MD office at 301-766-7161.

End of Summer Checklist

As summer comes to an end, everyone should use this checklist for end of summer to-dos that will make the busy fall season a little less stressful on everyone under the same roof.

August is still technically part of summer, but with vacations wrapping up and back-to-school activities kicking off, most people’s mindset shifts to a fall mindset. And, with fall being a typically busy season for most families, we think this checklist for the end of summer is a great way to be ready for the shorter days that are on the horizon.

Here is the list. Be sure to click on the link to get all the details.

  1. Clean and store summer gear
  2. Set up a family calendar
  3. Clear the way for easy weeknight dinnersEnd of Summer checklist provided by MTB Windows and More in Clear Spring, MD for all your replacement window, exterior door and roof replacement needs.
  4. Share your backyard harvest
  5. Organize family photos
  6. Clean carpets and floors
  7. Organize for back to school
  8. Check emergency kits
  9. Organize closets BEFORE back-to-school shopping
  10. Schedule some “do-nothing” time for fall
  11. Clean and organize the garage
  12. Finish up outdoor projects
  13. Check your home for signs of pests
  14. BONUS: Check for roof leaks and check windows and doors that do not seal tightly.

To read all the details about this list, click here to link to the article from HOUZZ.

MTB Windows and More can help with new roofs and replacement windows and doors. We use Andersen Windows, Therma-Tru Doors and GAF Shingles. Our home improvement specialists are trained to install the high-quality building products made to make houses more energy-efficient.

If you would like to schedule a time to meet with an MTB representative to talk about upgrading parts of your home, contact us here or call us at our Clear Spring, MD office at 301-766-7161.

Renovate with More New Windows, Views in Mind

Old houses are often dark and have a closed-in feeling. If you have such a house — or can get a deal on one because it isn’t selling — think about a renovation to add more windows.

With real estate market values returning, banks are willing to lend money now to re-invest in a home that should hold the value. The Hagerstown and Tri-state area are filled with houses built during a time that no longer appeal to many in the general home-buying public.However, the idea of taking out a few walls, adding some windows, and a few other touches can make a big difference. Adding new windows that allow for more natural light can often be a giant step in the right direction.

Andersen Casement and Picture Windows with painted interiors

Andersen Casement and Picture Windows with painted interiors.

We found an article that talks about a home renovation that did exactly that.

When the owners of a Portland, Oregon 1970s split-level home approached architect Risa Boyer about a full renovation, their main goal was to open up the home, both internally and to views of their yard. 

The interior transformation hinges on three important changes: opening up the main staircase; creating an open-concept plan for living, dining and cooking; and adding a new master bedroom suite behind the renovated kitchen to give the homeowners the privacy they craved. 

The result is an… Click here to read the entire story.

If you would like to schedule a time to meet with an MTB representative to talk about how a major renovation project can turn an ugly house into a radiant, dream home, contact us here or call us at our Clear Spring, MD office at 301-766-7161.

For Father’s Day, Dad Wants a Energy-Saving Home

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads working hard to serve the needs of their family.

Dads right now are waking up to gifts whichHappy Father's Day from MTB Windows & More include ties, after shave lotion, lawns tools, macaroni art displays, etc….. But what every dad really wants is a cost-efficient home where the thermostat is left where he set it and lights are only on in rooms where people are actively doing life. Well, all dads know that is a pipe dream, but maybe MTB Windows and More can help pops out this year. We’ll come back to that a little later, but first a history lesson about Father’s Day.

The story of the first Father’s Day in America happened in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908. Grace Golden Clayton suggested to the minister of the local Methodist church that they hold services to celebrate fathers after a deadly mine explosion killed 361 men. While Father’s Day was then celebrated locally in several communities, unofficial support to make the celebration a national holiday began almost immediately.

William Jennings Bryant was one of its staunchest proponents. In 1924, President Calvin “Silent Cal” Coolidge recommended that Father’s Day become a national holiday. But no official action was taken until 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson, through an executive order, designated the third Sunday in June as the official day to celebrate Father’s Day. In 1972 Father’s Day was officially recognized as a national holiday.

Andersen Windows and Doors installed by MTB Windows and MoreNow, back to giving dad an energy-efficient home, that will put more dollars in the family budget. Replacing the house’s light bulbs with all LED bulbs is a great start. But, for even bigger savings, help dad replace old windows with replacement windows (by Andersen Windows) or drafty exterior doors with air-tight replacement Therma-Tru doors. Now this will really get dad excited about Father’s Day.

MTB Windows and More can help make dad happy this year. Our home improvement specialists are trained to install the high quality building products made to make houses more energy-efficient.

If you would like to schedule a time to meet with an MTB representative to talk about how to make dad the happiest he’ll ever be, contact us here or call us at our Clear Spring, MD office at 301-766-7161.

Therma-Tru Doors Introduces New Products

Therma-Tru Doors recently introduced several new products.

Shaker Style Therma-Tru DoorTherma-Tru Doors is well-known for making high-quality, stylish doors. The company’s products impressed the owner and staff at MTB Windows & More, that they use the products almost exclusively in their door and window replacement projects.

The door featured here is a Smooth Star Shaker Door, that fits with many current trends in the local building market. The MTB folks have information on all the new products, most of which were made available as of February of this year.

If you would like to schedule a time to meet with an MTB representative, contact us here or call us at our Clear Spring, MD office at 301-766-7161. If you would like to read more about Therma-Tru Doors, click here.

To read the entire article recently published about the new products, click on the READ MORE link below.

“Therma-Tru is offering a preview of its new product offerings for 2017, which include new door styles, glass designs and stylish handlesets, among other things. Above everything, Therma-Tru was focused on creating statement-ready products that could be customized to fit a homeowner’s style.” READ MORE

Did You Pay Too Much Money in Taxes?

Did you pay too much in taxes this year? If so, spending on a major addition to upgrade your current home may make the difference next year.

Pay too much in taxes? With tax day just now in the rear view mirror, many Americans are writing checks to the government while wishing they had spent the money on a sound investment instead. Perhaps the best investment/tax shelter is in a shelter of your own — your home that is.

Andersen Windows installed by MTB Windows & More of Clear Spring, MD

The professional home builders at Mt. Tabor Builders, Inc and remodeling specialists at MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MD understand the importance of investing money wisely. Both companies are owned and managed by life-long area resident Willie Eby. This wise-money management track is how the estimators and designers at the companies approach each client that wants to build a new home; build a major addition onto an existing home; or buy a “fixer upper” property that needs to be completely renovated or remodeled.

Willie and his team meet with clients to discuss the best options for a client’s budget. They have more than two decades of

Andersen 400 Series Woodwright® double-hung windows

building experience and can guide those looking to take control of their financial future with an investment in the real estate market of Western Maryland and Tri-State area. However, they are not tax professionals and tax advice should come directly from a tax professional.

MTB uses high-quality products, including Thermu-Tru exterior doors; Andersen windows; and GAF Shingles. If you would like to discuss building a home, adding a major addition or tackling a major renovation project, please contact us here. If you would prefer to phone a Mt. Tabor or MTB professional directly, call us at our office at 301-766-7161.

Visit MTB Windows & More at Home Show

Visit with MTB Windows & More home improvement pros at the 2017 Washington County Home Builders Association (HBA) Home Show on March 18 & 19.

MTB Windows and More will be at the HBA Home Show at Hagerstown Community College on March 18 and March 19.Visit the MTB Windows & More booth (booth number 221) at the show and to talk about your home improvement needs and/or dreams. MTB professionals are experts at installing replacement windows, exterior doors, roofing materials and siding. The experts are trained by the manufacturers of the high-quality brand materials they install. Those companies include Andersen Windows, Therma-Tru doors and GAF Shingle Systems.

Team members will be available at the booth to answer questions and schedule consultations for spring work. The show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 18 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday the 19th. Admission is $Breakfast nook windows in Martinsburg, WV home2 and free for children 12 and younger. About 150 vendors will be on hand in the Hagerstown Community College’s ARCC building. Approximately 6,500 attendees are expected.

For more information about MTB or the products we use, call our Clear Spring, MD office at 301-766-7161 or contact us here. We serve residents and business owners in the Hagerstown, Greencastle, Martinsburg and Frederick County, MD areas.

Tax Refund for Windows, Doors or a New Roof?

Now is the time for early tax refund checks to start arriving and we have a suggestion on the best way to use those funds: replace your windows, doors or add a new roof to your home.

Andersen 400 Series Casement Picture Window installed by MTB Windows & MoreWe realize it is more fun to spend a tax return on something like a vacation or a new car, but most will agree there is often a better way to spend it. This is especially true if your home has older windows, inferior exterior doors or, worst of all, a leaky roof. A roof that is days, weeks or months away from being a major expense is the most urgent need on this list.

Elegant front door in Martinsburg, WVHowever, if your roof is in good shape, replacing windows and/or exterior doors could save you more money in the long run. Cold days and nights in the winter and hot days in the summer can wreak havoc on utility costs. Those savings over several years could total more than what you need to spend now to significantly bring down those electric costs. Not to mention the added security offered by the Andersen Windows and Therm-Tru doors that MTB Windows &
More installs. These high-quality products, including the GAF Shingle System we use for roofing materials, offer the best value for the best price.

For more informroof replacement in Hagerstown, MD by MTB Windows & Moreation about these products or the highly-skilled installers that we employ, call our Clear Spring, MD office at 301-766-7161 or contact us here. Our installers are trained by the manufacturers to make sure they know exactly how to do the best job for our company and for you, MTB’s valued client. We serve residents and business owners in the Hagerstown, Greencastle, Martinsburg and Frederick County, MD areas.

Ice, Snow and Roof Care

Most weather forecasts right now have some reference to ice or snow.

Ice, snow, freezing rain, sleet, etc… are always red flags for us in the Tri-state area of Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. However, many local residents don’t think much about the roof on their home and how these weather conditionsSnow on roof in Hagerstown, MD can adversely effect this important part of their costliest investment.

We advise people to make sure gutters are cleaned of all debris, so that as the snow melts, it can be moved off the roofing materials and away from the house as quickly as possible. However, if excess snow and ice does not naturally clear due to long-periods of extreme temperatures and clogged gutters, it would be good to find a way to safely remove the buildup on the house. We do recommend extreme caution, as using ladders during this time of year can be very dangerous.We also recommend hiring a professional to do this if needed, instead of taking unnecessary risks.

The prolonged exposure to consistent moisture on roofing materials can cause damage to the shingles and lead to the growth of fungi as warmer temperatures arrive. This is even more likely if we have a wet spring season.

If your roof was already in bad shape, the combination of snow, ice and spring rains could be the final nail in the roof’s roof replacement in Hagerstown, MD by MTB Windows & Morecoffin. If that is the case, please call us for a roofing estimate. We’ll explain why we use the GAF Shingle System with a lifetime warranty and why it would be a great choice for your home.

MTB Windows & More specializes in roof replacements; replacement window installation (Andersen Windows); exterior door upgrades (Therma-Tru Doors) and siding replacement. The company employs highly-skilled professionals, trained by the manufacturers to properly install the finest-quality products. MTB is located in Clear Spring, MD and serves residents and business owners in Maryland (Hagerstown, Clear Spring, Hancock, Boonsboro, Keedysville, Smithsburg, Funkstown and east of Washington County into Frederick County, MD); West Virginia (Falling Waters, Martinsburg and Inwood) and into Virginia and nearby Pennsylvania. Contact us today online or call our Clear Spring office at 301-766-7161.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from everyone at MTB Windows & More! We are hopeful that 2017 is a bigger and better year than the old one we leave behind in 2016. We are grateful for all the blessings of the past year, but hold out hope that the new year will be one that brings great prosperity and peace for our nation and all nations around the world. While the times often seem gloomy and hopeless, we believe that if each person can grasp the idea of doing what is right and serving their fellow man, a brighter future is not far away.
If we can be of service to you as the new year begins, please contact us here online or call our Clear Spring, MD office during the week at 301-766-7161. We are always available to set up a quote on windows, siding, roofing, exterior doors, etc.. in Hagerstown, MD; Greencastle, PA; Martinsburg, WV; or the Frederick County, MD areas.

Merry Christmas from MTB Windows and More!

Merry Christmas from MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MDFrom all of us at MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MD, we hope you and your family have a very merry Christmas. We hope this special holiday is filled with the peace, comfort and joy that was meant to accompany this celebration of the savior of the world.
We look forward to spending time with our families during the week-long break between Christmas and the start of the new year, but also look forward to serving you again when the break comes to an end and 2017 arrives.
If we can be of service to you as the year comes to a close, please contact us here online or call our Clear Spring, MD office during the week at 301-766-7161. We are always available to set up a quote on windows, siding, roofing, exterior doors, etc.. in Hagerstown, MD; Greencastle, PA; Martinsburg, WV; or the Frederick County, MD areas.

Upgraded Windows, Doors and More Keep Cold Air Outside

Upgraded windows, doors, roofing and siding can all help keep cold air outside and warm air inside.

Breakfast nook windows in Martinsburg, WV homeDo your windows let cold air in to your home? Do you hear the whistling of the winter winds coming around the corners of your exterior doors? Is your roof able to withstand another round of freezing temperatures, snow and ice?Exterior doors help keep cold air outside

If you can’t say “yes” to all of these, plan to contact the professionals at MTB Windows & More before winter’s cold air moves in for good. MTB professionals use some of the best products on the market, to make your home’s heating system doesn’t have to work as hard to keep the warm air inside.

Contact us today if you are in the Hagerstown, Greencastle, Martinsburg or Frederick County, MD areas for an assessment and quote on taking care of these problems now, before the situation becomes dire in the middle of winter.

Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving by MTB Windows & MoreWe are very thankful for you and thank you for helping us to have a wonderful 2016 thus far. Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to lead into the Christmas season. While some seem to want to jump over it or leave it trampled behind in the mad rush of Black Friday, we treasure this day as a reminder that we have so much for which to be thankful.

We at MTB Windows & More truly hope that on Thursday, you stop and reflect on all your blessings, and the blessing that you have been to others this year. If you have your health, a home, friends, family, faith, a job, a pet or whatever it might be that makes life a little better, we hope you will take some time on this holiday to reflect on those gifts. Our intention is to do the same and then go into the “season of miracles” focusing on those gifts we have already received.
If you are in need of our services, contact us today for a quote on windows, siding, roofing, exterior doors, etc.. in Hagerstown, MD; Greencastle, PA; Martinsburg, WV; or the Frederick County, MD areas.

Thank You to Our Vets on Veterans Day

Veterans Day celebrated by MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MDFrom all of us at MTB Windows & More, we say “Thank you” to all of the military veterans for your service to our country. And for those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom, we are forever indebted to you and your families for your sacrifice.

Did You Know: Originally, Veterans Day was called “Armistice Day,” and the date was chosen to commemorate the signing of the armistice with Germany that ended hostilities during World War I. At first, the focus of Armistice Day was on the veterans of World War I, though it was always meant to honor all veterans of foreign wars, who risked their lives on the battle field to secure the freedoms of all Americans. Over time, with the passing away of the World War I generation and the coming of new conflicts during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, the focus on the 1918 Armistice was lost and the name of the holiday was changed. 

Congress also made November 11th a day of prayer and thanksgiving and expressed a desire that the U.S. flag be on display during this day and that special ceremonies be held. Finally, in 1938, Armistice Day became a permanent, official public holiday.

Today, Veterans Day is generally regarded as honoring all those who ever served in the U.S. Armed Force rather than only those who actually fought in a war.

If you are in need of our services, contact us today for a quote on windows, siding, roofing, exterior doors, etc.. in Hagerstown, Greencastle, Martinsburg or the Frederick County, MD areas.

 

Is Your Roof Ready for Winter?

Is Your Roof Ready For Winter?

roof replacement in Hagerstown, MD by MTB Windows & MoreThe chilly evening temperatures have made it to the Tri-State area (Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania) and it probably won’t be long before Old Man Winter starts knocking on the door during the day. For many, this is a time to start slowing down a bit and cruise into the holidays and hope for an early Spring. However, we encourage you to do an inspection of your shingles now (use binoculars from the ground or call us to scale the top of your home) and see if an upgrade is needed while the weather allows. Since winter can be very hard on your roof, it is important to make sure your roof is ready to handle what lies ahead.

The Roof Problem In WinterMeting snow on leaking roof Hagerstown, MD

A typical scenario is that a front moves through overnight and drops an inch or two of snow on your roof. Then, the following day, temperatures warm up a bit. The melting process can be slow and take longer to drain away than rain.

So the rising temperature during the day melts the snow, which starts to make its way to the internal roof drains or parapet wall scuppers. But before all the melting snow can drain off the roof, the shortened daylight hours and plunging temperatures close in again, causing the water to re-freeze. If your roof has failing seams, cuts, abrasions, or holes, the water will penetrate those areas, expanding when it freezes, causing more damage.

As this cycle of melting and re-freezing continues, the moisture will either go away as the air dries it out or stay locked in to the cavities for a longer period of time, causing the roof to fail.

We May Be The Solution

The professionals at MTB Windows & More are trained to inspect, repair and replace roofs the right way. We use the GAF Shingle System to ensure the materials are high quality and the installation is secure, with a wind rating of up to 130 mph.

Contact us today if you would like to ask questions or schedule a time to meet with us about all the options for making sure your roof is done right.

MTB Windows & More Wants You Ready for Cold Weather

Fall is not too late to start planning on putting a barrier of windows, doors, roofing and siding for the colder temperatures coming soon.

Elegant front door in Clear Spring, MD custom colonial by MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MD

Photo from Therma-Tru Doors

Do your windows let cold air in to your home? Do you hear the whistling of the winter winds coming around the corners of your exterior doors? Is your roof able to withstand another round of freezing temperatures, snow and ice?

If you can’t say “yes” to all of these, plan to contact the professionals at MTB Windows & More before it gets too late in the year and you may have to rely on another company that does not install the high quality materials that MTB recommends for a job done right.Sunroom windows in Martinsburg, WV home

Contact us today if you are in the Hagerstown, Greencastle, Martinsburg or
Frederick areas for an assessment and quote on taking care of these problems now, before the situation becomes dire in the middle of winter.

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