Protecting Your Investment

  • Downspout Drainage Tips and Tricks

    7/11/2012 1:56 PM

    A properly installed gutter system directs rainwater off your roof, into the gutters and flowing to downspouts to drain away from your home. But if downspouts are not properly installed, there aren’t enough downspouts, or they don’t effectively carry water away from your foundation, homeowners can be faced with potentially serious problems. Wood rot, fascia damage, mold and mildew growth, soil erosion, wet basements and foundation damage are all issues resulting from poor gutter/downspout systems.

  • Can Your Windows Handle Heavy Rain?

    7/8/2011 5:00 AM

    The National Weather Service in Sterling, VA, has issued a Flash Flood Watch for most of Maryland, northern Virginia and Washington DC for today. Forecasters are predicting numerous heavy thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Cities such as Rockville, Fairfax, Ellicott City, Baltimore and Towson can expect rainfall to exceed two inches in less than an hour. How will your windows hold up to all this rain?If your home has replacement windows from Thompson Creek Window Company, you'll have no worries. Thompson Creek’s double hung windows can withstand over 11 of rain per hour. The highest rainfall recorded in the Baltimore area was 6.39 in one day. With the storms hitting our area later today, Thompson Creek windows will keep you and the inside of your house dry with windows that won’t leak.  

  • Replacement Windows Help Beat the Heat

    7/6/2011 5:00 AM

    Now that the mid-Atlantic area is well into the dog days of summer, do some of your rooms feel like a sauna? A typical double-paned, clear-glass window allows approximately 75 percent of the sun’s heat into your home. Are your windows keeping the heat out? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, installing high-performance windows will improve your home's energy efficiency. In addition to utility bill savings, the benefits of added comfort and improved aesthetics and functionality may make the investment worthwhile. Many window technologies are available that are worth considering, including low-e glass. Low-e stands for low-emissivity glass, which is a very thin coat of material on the glass to make it more energy efficient. This is important when the weather is very hot and sunny. Low-e coating helps reflect heat away from the surface, keeping unwanted heat out in the summer. Low-e glass is the most cost-effective way to increase the efficiency of your windows. It can also help reduce the amount of ultraviolet (UV) radiation entering your home, reducing furniture and carpet fading. If you have single-pane windows, installing Thompson Creek vinyl replacement windows with double-pane glass and low-e coating can result in savings on your energy bills of up to 30%.  

  • Siding - Repair or Replace?

    6/30/2011 5:00 AM

    If your home is more than a few years old, you may have areas of siding that show signs of wear. Whether it’s wood siding, aluminum siding or vinyl siding, over time siding can fade, develop leaks, warp, crack or dent. And old siding is typically much less energy efficient than newer siding. So if you have a section of siding that is damaged, do you just replace that section or your entire home? It makes the most sense to do the complete job. If you have a area of damage, the rest of the old siding is at risk for similar damage in the near future. Older siding is susceptible to wind damage. It is easier for water to penetrate the siding and damage your home. By installing new siding on your entire home, you can take advantage of the latest developments in siding. Vinyl siding from companies like Thompson Creek lays flat, hides any imperfections in the underlayment, has fewer seams and is foam laminated to add extra insulation to your home and block noise. Thompson Creek siding is also thicker and 300% more impact-resistant, providing your home with lifetime protection from ice, hail, winds up to 165 mph and other damaging weather conditions. And with vinyl siding, you never have to climb a ladder again to paint your house.

  • Gutter Gardens

    6/27/2011 5:00 AM

    Your home’s gutters are overhead and generally out of sight. You should take the time to inspect your rain gutters and downspouts to ensure rainwater is flowing freely to properly route water away from your home. Once gutters clog, they can continue to fill up with leaves and debris. Seeds are part of the tree debris that can clog gutters and turn them into gutter gardens. But you don’t have to climb a ladder and risk your safety to ensure your gutters are clear and free flowing. The Thompson Creek gutter system completely encloses your gutters, so the only thing flowing through them is water. This gutter system keeps rainwater moving properly through your gutters and to the downspouts. Thompson Creek gutters are guaranteed never to clog or pull away from your home, eliminating the need for you to climb a ladder to clean your gutters.      

  • Clogged Gutters Can Cause Structural Damage

    6/8/2011 5:00 AM

    Clogged gutters cause a multitude of problems, ranging from foundation damage and driveway damage to mold and mildew. When your gutters clog, water backs up and goes wherever it can. This can mean major damage to your homes fascia, or outside wall. Making its way down the side of your home, water seeps into the foundation causing hidden damage not visible from the outside. Clogged gutters can not only cause damage on your home’s exterior but also to the interior. It is possible for water to continue down along your foundation and into your basement causing structural damage and expensive solutions. Mold and mildew breed in the soggy leaves and debris in clogged gutters causing a serious safety issue for your family. Before having to deal with major damage and expense caused by clogged gutters over time, replace your gutters with the Thompson Creek Gutter System, which completely encloses and protects your gutters. There are no vertical openings for leaves and debris to enter and no screens to clog. Rainwater flows over and around the nose of the gutter system, into your gutters and swiftly though your downspouts. Our gutters offer protection against the elements with our exclusive high back system with eight flow reducers, preventing unwanted overflow and completely protecting the fascia.  

  • Get Your Home Ready for Summer

    5/6/2011 12:00 AM

      Spring weather is here, and summer is right around the corner. The signs of summer are invigorating, and encourage many homeowners to get outside to get their yard and home exterior ready for summer. But exterior maintenance can become tedious and time consuming, especially if your home isn't new. Worn out gutters may be pulling away from the roof. If the downspouts aren't configured correctly, you could see landscape erosion. Your wood siding may be peeling, splitting or warping, and at the very least need power washing. Your window frames and sills may need sanding and repainting.   Now imagine your home with a low maintenance exterior. Vinyl replacement windows that never need sanding or repainting. A gutter system that never clogs or pulls away from your home. Downspouts carrying water away from your home efficiently and effectively, eliminating landscape erosion. Vinyl siding that is thicker, stronger and better insulated.   The Thompson Creek Window Company is your local source for homeowners in Maryland, Washington DC and northern Virginia for products that decrease the amount of maintenance your home requires. For over 30 years, Thompson Creek has become the mid-Atlantic’s premier home improvement replacement products company with our vinyl windows, siding, doors, and rain gutters. All of our products are custom-manufactured, installed and serviced from our family-owned and operated facilities in Landover, Maryland. The team at Thompson Creek knows that our customers want replacement home improvement products that beautify their home, increase their home value and return on investment, save them money in energy costs, and will incur no additional maintenance or costs in the long run.  

  • Wet Basement - Have You Checked Your Gutters?

    4/8/2011 12:00 AM

      Wet or damp basements are a common problem in homes. Wet basements create mold, mildew, and ruin flooring and wall materials. It’s easy for water to find its way into your basement, merely from gravity – water flows down hill and along your foundation, stopping when it hits the basement. The wet soil all along the outside of your foundation walls creates pressure, finding its way through the smallest crack, or worse yet, the pressure creates its own cracks in the wall. Often homeowners will turn to more expensive fixes such as waterproofing the entire basement, which requires extensive excavation and landscape repairs. But before deciding on such an expensive fix, the source of the water in your basement should be identified, possibly offering a much cheaper solution. Ground water can seep through floors and foundations due to heavy rain or seasonal run-off, or it could be constant water seepage. Often the source of this water is your home’s gutters and downspouts. Gutters can overflow because of excessive rainfall, clogging from leaves or debris. Improper installation, for example, can cause draining from the second floor gutters into the first floor gutters, overflowing them. Sometimes homeowners install gutters in one or two locations but not all the way around the house. This causes an overload of water into your gutters which cannot drain away from your house properly. Water problems can also be caused by disconnected downspouts or downspouts that aren't long enough to direct water away from the house. So before deciding to undertake an expensive basement waterproofing project, first check your gutters and downspouts to make sure they aren’t causing your wet basement problems.  

  • Spring Storms Can Lead to Foundation Damage

    4/5/2011 12:00 AM

      Heavy spring showers and storms are already in full swing. In homes with clogged gutters or downspouts, foundation damage is the single biggest problem. Ground erosion allows rain water to work its way to the foundation, creating structural damage. If your home develops foundation damage, you're faced with a very costly repair. The uneven settling of the house or damage to part of the foundation can also compromise the plumbing and electrical systems and cause settling and cracks on solid surfaces such as sidewalks and driveways. In addition, you're looking at tens of thousands of dollars deducted from the resale value of your home. An efficient and properly maintained gutter system channels rainwater off your roof and away from your home's foundation. You'll also have the added benefit of avoiding the damage created by ordinary rain gutters that are easily clogged with leaves, twigs, granules from shingles and other debris that cause overflow and more costly damage. The best solution is one like the Thompson Creek Gutter System, which completely encloses and protects your gutters. There are no vertical openings for leaves and debris to enter and no screens to clog. Rainwater flows over and around the nose of the gutter system, into your gutters and swiftly though your downspouts. Our gutters offer protection against the elements with our exclusive high back system with eight flow reducers, preventing unwanted overflow and completely protecting the fascia.  

  • Gutter Problems - Wet Basements

    2/17/2011 12:00 AM

      Wet or damp basements are a common problem in homes. Wet basements create mold, mildew, and ruin flooring and wall materials. It’s easy for water to find its way into your basement, merely from gravity – water flows down hill and along your foundation, stopping when it hits the basement. The wet soil all along the outside of your foundation walls creates pressure, finding its way through the smallest crack, or worse yet, the pressure creates its own cracks in the wall. Often homeowners will turn to more expensive fixes such as waterproofing the entire basement, which requires extensive excavation and landscape repairs. But before deciding on such an expensive fix, the source of the water in your basement should be identified, possibly offering a much cheaper solution. Ground water can seep through floors and foundations due to heavy rain or seasonal run-off, or it could be constant water seepage. Often the source of this water is your home’s gutters.  Gutters can overflow because of excessive rainfall, clogging from leaves or debris. Gutter screens or gutter covers easily become clogged and overflow.  Sometimes homeowners install gutters in one or two locations but not all the way around the house. This causes an overload of water into your gutters which cannot drain away from your house properly. Water problems can also be caused by disconnected downspouts or downspouts that aren't long enough to direct water away from the house. So before deciding to undertake an expensive basement waterproofing project, first check your gutters and downspouts to make sure they aren’t causing your wet basement problems.  

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