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Wind Damage

Loose or Missing Roof Shingles?

Siding Flapping, Loose, Missing or Blown Away?

Rain Gutters Loose or Blown Off?

The Maryland, DC, and Virginia metro area has experienced very high winds and with the high wind conditions, many times homes are damaged. Have you inspected your home? It’s important that you check your home for loose or missing roof shingles, gutters, and siding. Blow-off damage occurs during these high wind conditions and can put your home at risk of becoming exposed to rain and extensive, expensive damage. Carefully inspect your home for damage!


How to check your home for damage

Inspecting your home’s roof following high wind conditions can be easily performed by simply looking at your home from the ground. It is not recommended that you attempt using a ladder or walking on a roof in windy conditions or when the roof shingles are wet. Simply walk around your home and inspect the roof for any signs of missing or loose roof shingles. Many times, it will beWind Damage Repairs very obvious where a roof shingle or group of shingles are missing. Inspect siding and trim to ensure nothing is loose missing or flapping in the wind. Check that rain gutters are not loose or hanging off the house. Also, take the time to look around the nearby property for shingles, trim, and siding laying on the ground.

Another place to check your home is by inspecting the interior of your home for signs of water leaks. Carefully inspect each upper-level rooms’ ceiling and walls for water stains or signs of water leaks. Dark spots on walls and the ceiling are common signs of water leaks and damage. If access to an attic or crawl space is easy to check, carefully inspect your attic for signs of water damage and leaks. Use a flashlight and look for dark areas on wood and possible water stained areas.

If you find a shingle, trim piece or section of siding and can’t find where it came from, it’s a good idea to have your roof and siding inspected by a roofing professional like Metropolitan Design/Build. Our professional roofing inspectors will be able to identify where any missing shingles, trim or siding may have come from and will be able to address the problem for you.

Types of Roofing Damage

High winds can cause many different types of damage. You may experience a shingle or piece of trim, or section of siding come loose or blow off. In some cases, you may have a tree or tree branch fall onto your home which can cause extensive damage. No matter how much damage your home has, it is key to have the damage repaired quickly and professionally to prevent further damage. A licensed and insured roofing contractor can address your roofing issues any time of the year from Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Does My Insurance Policy Cover Roof Damage?

Many times, homeowner’s insurance policies will provide coverage for roof damage caused by unpreventable reasons such as fire, acts of God such as tornadoes and hurricanes. Wind, rain, and hail may also be covered by homeowner’s insurance policies, but it is important to know that there are many factors that determine if your damage will be covered and if so how much the insurance company will pay. It is a good rule of thumb that the same basics that apply to your home’s roof may apply to the exterior of your property. This would apply to rain gutters and siding. A licensed roofing, siding, and gutter contractor will be able to guide you and advise you on what may or may not be covered. At Metropolitan Design/Build we have relationships with most of the popular local insurance companies and can help you. Often, we can work directly with your agent relieving you of any of the hassles of determining if your covered and how much is covered by your insurance policy.

For roofing, siding, and gutter needs call Metropolitan Design/Build to get an estimate for repairs. We are licensed and insured in Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia. We pride ourselves on our hard-earned reputation and customer service.
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Planning a Home Addition

Additions Decks Porches Screened Rooms


Thinking of building a home addition, screened porch or deck? Now is a good time and Metropolitan Design/Build is ready to help. Below are some important tips on getting the job done.

Determine what you want

Yes, building an addition, room or deck onto your home will most definitely add value and provide more space. However, it is important to keep things in perspective. First and foremost, you need to determine what type of space you want to add and what it will be used for. If you decide on a full-blown addition, are you prepared for the higher cost or will a screened porch or deck provide you with the same space? Determine what necessities you’ll need first. This will help you decide if you have the budget for your needs and wants.

Gather ideas

Once you’ve decided what you want, it’s time to gather ideas. Look at neighbors houses for ideas. It’s a good idea to drive your neighborhood and look for existing additions, screened porches, or decks for ideas. Look at how they are built, the location of doors, stairs, and other features? What materials have others used? Take pictures so that estimator can see what you have in mind.

Design/Build Stage

Once you’ve determined your wants and needs for your project, it’s time for the professionals at Metropolitan Design/Build to help. We can assist in ways you never thought. We can visit your property discuss in detail what you are envisioning and provide helpful and meaningful suggestions. We can help you determine if your budget is on target for the build you would like. Many times homeowners have no idea what the cost is for different projects. This is to be expected, and we are here to help. It is not uncommon for us to arrive on site for a full home addition and after carefully discussing needs and budget that the project may change in scope and size.

Our skilled estimators will gather all the necessary information and can provide you with a realistic estimate for your project.

If you are interested in starting a remodeling project and want to improve your quality of living in your home, give us a call. We are here to help. Our work is top notch and we have worked hard over the past years to please all of our customers. Get in touch today for more information and to start planning your project! (301) 870-2145

Additions may include

  • Bathroom Additions
  • Bedroom Additions
  • Decks
  • Family Room Additions
  • Garage Additions
  • Gazebos
  • Home Additions
  • Home Office Additions
  • Home Renovations
  • Kitchen Additions
  • Pergolas
  • Room Additions
  • Screened Room Additions
  • Second Story Additions
  • Sunroom Additions

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You Can Save on Energy Bills with Replacement Windows – Learn how?

Want to keep your hard earned money in your pocket? Have you seen your latest energy bills? Lower your monthly bills with new replacement windows! It is a known fact that one of the fastedReplacement windows and easiest ways to save money is by installing new high energy efficient windows! Builders use the cheapest windows that they are allowed when your home is being built. You have money just flying out with these low-quality windows.

25% of your annual heating and cooling costs are attributed to windows according to the U.S. Dept. of Energy. If your home is older than 30 years, most likely your windows are not even considered energy efficient. If your home was built in the past 30 years chances are that builder that built your home cut costs and used low-grade windows.

It is rather simple to find out if your windows should be replaced and you can do the work yourself! When the wind blows do you feel air leaking around your windows? Do your curtains move when it’s windy outside? Are your windows foggy or cloudy between the panes of glass? Do your windows get hot to the touch in the summer and cold in the winter? Here is a big one – does your HVAC system run most of the time to keep your house at a comfortable temperature? Are your windows hard to open or close? Or, do they not stay open when lifted? If you answered yes to any of these questions you can benefit from new high energy efficient windows.

At Metropolitan Design/Build we provide local Maryland, DC, and Virginia homeowners with some of the best windows available at reasonable prices. We have been helping homeowners throughout the metro area with replacement windows and other energy improving services for over 25 years.

So if you want you want to save money on those high energy bills one of the easiest ways to save is to replace those old low-quality low-efficiency builder grade windows with new state-of-the-art energy efficient windows.

Replacement Windows

Energy Efficient Replacement Windows in MD, DC, & VA

Window Replacements in Maryland, DC, and VA

Your windows play a critical element in your home’s security, safety, and energy-efficiency. The metropolitan area experiences fringed harsh winters and brutally hot summers. The swing in temperatures during each season can vary by 20% and sometimes even more!  You need a high-efficiency window to insulate you from the hot and cold air. It is a fact that 20% of your annual heating and cooling costs are attributed to your home’s windows according to the U.S. Department of Energy. If your home is older than 25 years most likely your windows are not even considered energy efficient and should be replaced.

Metropolitan Design/Build has been providing local homeowners with the best windows for years. You will save money on energy costs with new insulated energy efficient windows! Our window installers provide quality windows with real warranties and we are dedicated to providing our patrons with the best service.

Protect your home with high-efficiency windows and recognize the benefits immediately. Many of our replacement window customers comment on how quiet their home becomes immediately following the window replacement. During winter months, some homeowners notice that condensation no longer builds up on the inside of their windows. No air bleed or thermal transfer with today’s energy efficient windows.  Many customers also notice that indoor temperature swings will be decreased which will directly correlate to a saving money!

The replacement window experts at Metropolitan Design/Build are ready and able to help you reduce your energy costs and make your home a more comfortable. Contact us today for a window replacement estimate and in-home consultation.

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Residential Roof Replacements by Metropolitan Design/Build

Maryland Roofer Roofing ContractorReplacing your home’s roof comes with a lot of decisions and choices. Roofing manufacturers now provide so many options regarding colors and materials. Did you know that your home’s roof can represent up to 40% of your curb appeal? The right choice is important. Replacing roofs is what we do and we help homeowners throughout the Maryland, D.C., and Virginia areas make roofing material and color choices every day. It’s what we do. In some cases, the decision to make a totally different shingle color is just the beginning of a total exterior house makeover. Sometimes homeowners are daring when they make new color choices. No matter what choice we are here to guide homeowners in making the right roofing choices.

Choosing a roof shingle shouldn’t break the bank, roofing manufacturers offer many valuable options some more expensive than others but just about all your choices are going to be much better than the roof shingle you haveMaryland Roof Replacements on your home now. At Metropolitan Design/Build we provide homeowners choices and do our best to work within their budgets.

If it is time for you to replace your home’s roof or need a roof inspection we would be more than glad to provide you with the roof inspection, estimate, and roofing options.

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267 Kentlands Blvd
Suite 1052
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

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Metropolitan Design/Build has been helping homeowners in Maryland, DC, and Virginia for over 26 years with home improvement projects.

Take advantage of the slower winter months and have that new room addition added or refinish your home’s basement. Metropolitan Design/Build is a reliable contractor that you can trust to ensure your project is completed on time and with in budget.

Call for an in-home consultation

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267 Kentlands Blvd
Suite 1052
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Fall is Roof Inspection Time

Fall Roof Inspections - Metropolitan Design/Build

The “roof” is one of the most critical structures on your home. It protects everything below it from rain, snow, sleet and the harsh elements. Many times it is simply forgotten until water marks or other serious warning signs of a leak appear. Roof issues need to be dealt with quickly to prevent further damage and also to prevent possible catastrophic damage to your roofing system.  To prevent roof leaks and problems, it is smart to establish a relationship with a reputable roofing contractor in the area. A planned, routine maintenance schedule with a licensed roofing contractor ensures you will receive the maximum lifespan from your homes roof system. Metropolitan Design/Build is a licensed roofing contractor that serves the Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia metropolitan area.

By having your roof inspected regularly, you protect your home from possible roof damage and leaks.The different parts that make up a roof system need maintenance just like a car, boat, or motorcycle. Items such as roof ridge vents, vent pipe covers, fan covers and roof flashing, and skylights need to inspected regularly to ensure they are not damaged, cracked or in need of caulk or other maintenance. Loose shingles are generally found during a roofing inspection and can be fastened properly to ensure heavy rains and strong winds can blow them off.

At Metropolitan Design/Build, we work with many different types of roofing systems and materials such as:

Asphalt Shingles
Cedar Shake Shingles
Synthetic Shake Shingles
Slate Roofs
Synthetic Slate Roofs
Flat Roofs
Metal Roofs


Roof Repairs

Roof leaks may vary from home to home. Leaks can form from a variety of issues such as poor flashing work around chimneys or broken or damaged roofing shingles. It is not uncommon to form a leak in a valley on a roof or from objects hitting and damaging your home’s roof such as tree branches. Many times leaks can be quickly repaired with a new vent pipe covers or installation of new flashing. No matter what the cause, the professionals at Metropolitan Design/Build can quickly diagnose the problem and make the repair properly to ensure your home is protected.

Roof Inspections

Metropolitan Design/Build can provide you with the confidence that your roof will be inspected thoroughly, regardless of whether you are looking to replace your home’s roof, or to identify any possible storm damage. When you hire Metropolitan Design/Build, you can expect the best customer service and an honest report on your roof’s condition.

When you need a roof inspected, we will arrive on site and will inspect all aspects of your roofing system. Items such as dormers, chimney, wall flashings, ridge vents, and vent pipes will all be carefully inspected. Shingles will be carefully inspected for curling, cracking, and possible hail damage.

Each roof inspection is done with care and we are fully insured, so you can rest that you are protected.

As with any other major item, maintenance is key and having your roof inspected during the fall season is key to prevent any possible issues during the harsh winter months.

Don’t risk your home’s roof with an unqualified roofer. Contact us to schedule a fall roof inspection for your homes roof. You’ll be glad you did! (301) 870-2145

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(301) 870-2145

267 Kentlands Blvd
Suite 1052
Gaithersburg, MD 20878


Roof Hail Damage

Attention Maryland, DC & Virginia Homeowners!

Do you live in an area that recently suffered a hail storm? Your homes roof may have been damaged due to that hail storm! Good news is that most insurance companies will cover the 100% replacement costs of your Roof / Siding / Gutters after a hail storm. It is very important that you have a damage assessment consultation right away!

Roof Hail Damage

Contact Metropolitan Design/Build located in Gaithersburg Maryland (301) 870-2145  or (703) 691-9100 to schedule your roof / siding / gutter damage assessment.
We are licensed & insured in Maryland, DC & Virginia.

Spring Roofing Inspections

Maryland Roof Contractor

Homeowners have no idea what is going on with their roof since they don’t normally go up and look around. Not paying attention to your roof can turn into an expensive repair if there is damage. At Metropolitan Design/Build we suggest that you schedule a checkup for your roof twice a year normally in the spring and fall. Here are some things you as homeowner can inspect.

  • Shingles that are buckling or curling or cracked
  • Loose or missing shingles or roofing materials
  • Excessive amounts of granules in your gutters or where your downspouts discharge water
  • Leaks and water stains around roof vent pipes and chimneys
  • Heavy mold or moss growth on the roofs surface

An inspection should be completed by a licensed roofing contractor such as Metropolitan Design/Build who will examine your homes roof carefully and provide you with an accurate estimate of any repairs and a report of the overall condition of your roofing system. Don’t wait until the water is pouring in to call a roofing contractor. Be smart and save on expensive repair bills have your roof inspected regularly.

So if your concerned about the condition of your homes roof, give us a call we are easy to work with and can schedule a time that is convenient for you so we can perform a thorough roof inspection.

Metropolitan Design/Build

MHIC#: 28162
Virginia #: 2705039332-A
District of Columbia #: 420212400040

To schedule an estimate call (301) 870-2145

Roof Replacement – Get a New Roof Before Winter

Metropolitan Design/Build of Gaithersburg Maryland

Trusted Gaithersburg Maryland Roofing Professionals

Protect your home with a new roof installed by a roofing contractor that has over 26 years of experience and the customer testimonials to back our reputation! At Metropolitan Design/Build are Maryland Home Improvement Contractor, Metro Design/Buildcommitted to excellence and total quality for every roof project we deliver.

It’s important to ensure that your homes roof is ready for the harsh winter months. We provide residential roof inspections and will let you know if you need a simple repair or a complete new roofing system hassle free. Our roof inspection process is extensive and we will inspect every aspect of your homes roof for signs of any type of damage or leaks. Some common signs that your Maryland homes roof may need to be repaired or replaced are:

  • Curled or missing shingles or tiles
  • Cracked or worn looking shingles
  • Loose or missing flashing around vent pipes
  • Mold or moss growth on the roof surface
  • Sagging or staining on the underside of roof
  • Staining on attic rafters
  • Discolored shingles
  • Shingle stones in your gutters

We are an honest local roof contractor headquartered in Gaithersburg Maryland and we help homeowners throughout the metro area with roofing repairs and replacements. Areas we provide roofing services to include but are not limited to:

Counties: Calvert, Charles, Fairfax, Loudon, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Prince William, St. Mary’s
Cities: Alexandria, Bethesda, Bowie, Chevy Chase, Camp Springs, Clarksburg, Clinton, Columbia, Damascus, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Highland, Kensington, LaPlata, Laytonsville, Olney, Potomac, Washington DC, Rockville, Silver Spring, Upper Marlboro, Waldorf, Wheaton, White Plains, Woodbridge
Communities: Leisure World, MD – Montgomery Village, MD

We use the best roofing products and all roof inspections, repairs, and replacements are performed by certified GAF technicians. Our work is covered by real warranties! We also provide financing options and approvals are almost always very quick and hassle free. If you are concerned about the financial aspect of a new roof many times we can provide an acceptable solution.

So if your concerned about the condition of your homes roof, give us a call we are easy to work with and can schedule a time that is convenient for you so we can perform a thorough roof inspection.

Metropolitan Design/Build

MHIC#: 28162
Virginia #: 2705039332-A
District of Columbia #: 420212400040

(301) 870-2145

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