Everyone at MTB Windows & More wishes you and your family a safe and happy Independence Day.
As 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
- Only John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All the others signed later.
- 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.
- 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.
- The only two signers of the Declaration of Independence who later served as President of the United States were John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
- The stars on the original American flag were in a circle so all the Colonies would appear equal.
- 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.
- The White House held its first 4th of July party in 1801.
- 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.
- In 1776, there were 2.5 million people living in the new nation. Today the population of the U.S.A. is 326 million.
- 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.
- Grilling food is also big on Independence Day. Approximately 150 million hot dogs are consumed on this day.
- Every 4th of July, the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped (not actually rung) thirteen times in honor of the original thirteen colonies.
If 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.
We use high-quality materials, such as Andersen Windows, Therma-Tru Exterior Doors and GAF Shingles.
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.
We 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.
If 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.
We use high-quality materials, such as Andersen Windows, Therma-Tru Exterior Doors and GAF Shingles.
Again, Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in the Tri-state area of Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia!
From all of us at MTB Windows & More, we wish every mom a Happy Mother’s Day!
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.
If 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.
Tax season is coming to an end. What will you spend your tax refund on in 2018?
April 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.
The 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.
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.”
Did 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.
The professional installers at MTB Windows & More use Andersen Windows, Therma-Tru Doors and GAF Shingles to add significant value to your home, which is due to the quality of these product lines.
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.
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
8) Gerald Ford
9) Ronald Reagan
10) Jimmy Carter
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our Family to Your Family
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 hurdles; 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.
We hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving!
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
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.
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, 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 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?
If 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 as 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 brand doors installed by MTB Windows and More provide privacy and safety.
There 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-Tru 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.
Security 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.
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.
- Clean and store summer gear
- Set up a family calendar
- Clear the way for easy weeknight dinners
- Share your backyard harvest
- Organize family photos
- Clean carpets and floors
- Organize for back to school
- Check emergency kits
- Organize closets BEFORE back-to-school shopping
- Schedule some “do-nothing” time for fall
- Clean and organize the garage
- Finish up outdoor projects
- Check your home for signs of pests
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 which 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.
Now, 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 recently introduced several new products.
Therma-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 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.
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
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 with MTB Windows & More home improvement pros at the 2017 Washington County Home Builders Association (HBA) Home Show on March 18 & 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 $2 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.
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.
We 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.
However, 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 information 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.
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 conditions 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 coffin. 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.
Upgraded windows, doors, roofing and siding can all help keep cold air outside and warm air inside.
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 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.
We hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving!
We 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.
From 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?
The 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 Winter
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.
Fall is not too late to start planning on putting a barrier of windows, doors, roofing and siding for the colder temperatures coming soon.
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.
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.
We Will Never Forget The Tragic Events of 9/11
The professionals at MTB Windows & More hope you and your family have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend!
Did You Know: Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. This year it is September 5th. The holiday honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate workers. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty U.S. states officially celebrated Labor Day.
Canada’s Labour Day is also celebrated on the first Monday of September. More than 80 countries celebrate International Workers’ Day on May 1 – the ancient European holiday of May Day – and several countries have chosen their own dates for Labour Day.
If you are in need of a professional remodeling company that can help with some of the best window, door, roof and siding products, contact us at MTB Windows & More in Clear Spring, MD. We serve residents and business owners in the Hagerstown, Greencastle, Martinsburg and Frederick areas.
More Than $300 Billion to be Spent on Remodeling and Additions by Early 2017
A new study is predicting that 2017 will see American homeowners once again spending big money on home renovations and upgrades as the housing market continues to stabilize and grow in many areas. The main reason for this is that equity is growing in the real estate — primary homes and investment properties — which means there is available cash for upgrades.
The types of projects expected to dominate the surge include the usual suspects; bathrooms, kitchens, additions and outdoor living spaces, like decks and patios. Other upgrades — which have likely been put off until a brighter financial day arrived — include new windows and doors, roof replacements, siding and HVAC systems.
The author of this article on the matter, is expecting the increase in spending to be around 8 percent by early 2017, which would be more than 3 percent above the historical average. To read all about the wave of home improvement spending that is anticipated, click here.
MTB Windows & More specializes in window and door upgrades, while their parent company Mt. Tabor Builders, Inc., handles custom building projects. To schedule a meeting to discuss your project, contact us today. We serve residents and business owners in the Hagerstown, Greencastle, Martinsburg and Frederick areas.
MTB Windows Has Completed a Number of Jobs in Frederick County, MD
Although headquartered in Washington County, the professional renovators at MTB Windows & More have gained such a regional following that many of their jobs are now taking them to neighboring Frederick County.
Each time the crews finish a project, another one is ready to start, as drivers notice the quality craftsmanship associated with the MTB Windows & More vehicles and signs at the job site.
MTB — a sister company to Mt. Tabor Builders, Inc. — has a reputation for being a a high-quality remodeling company that specializes in windows, doors, roofs and siding throughout the Quad-State area of Maryland (Washington County specifically), West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
In Frederick County, MTB does remodeling and renovations specifically in Myersville, Frederick, Urbana, Ijamsville, Middletown, Brunswick and Linganore areas.
Contact us today if you are in the Frederick area and would like to schedule an appointment. In addition to Frederick, we serve residents and business owners in Hagerstown, Greencastle, Martinsburg and those surrounding areas.
One Week After Brexit, Markets Are Normalizing and Any Threat to The US Housing Market Seems to Have Faded
For anyone who was panicking that the stock market would crash and the US recovery — especially the housing market — would sink as well, it looks like things will be okay. While we know that there is a long way to go in the process and how the rest of the world will be effected, we are happy that early reports are contradictory to the “doomsday” reports that happened in the hours that followed the UK leaving the European Union.
In fact, some conservative experts are saying that the fear of global volatility will likely keep the Federal Government from increasing interest rates. This is good news for those still considering borrowing money to buy or build a new home – we recommend Mt. Tabor Builders in Clear Spring, MD for this project — or do a major home remodeling or renovation project. Even just two weeks after the exit, US Stock Markets are hitting new highs.
Here is an article that speaks to the early results of the UK’s decision to go independent. #Brexit
MTB Windows and More is a new company started by the owner of Mt. Tabor Builders, Inc in Clear Spring, MD. Willie Eby decided to start the company to specialize in working with clients looking to renovate or remodel, rather than using Mt. Tabor’s main function, building custom homes. Specifically, MTB focuses on replacement windows and doors, roofing projects and siding jobs.
For more information about the specific materials used by MTB, please browse our website or schedule a meeting with us through calling or emailing us at the information located on our site.