Ellicott City is an unincorporated community and census-designated place, along with being the county seat of local government in Howard County, Maryland, United States. It is part of the Baltimore–Washington Metropolitan Area. The population was 65,834 at the U.S. Decennial Census of 2010. It is the county seat of Howard County. Founded in 1772, the town contains the B. & O. Railroad Museum's branch at the Ellicott City Station, built in 1830, and the first terminus of the initial line. The downtown historic district is located in the valley of the Tiber River, with its east end abutting the upper Western Branch of the Patapsco River. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, Ellicott City surpassed Towson, Maryland (county seat of neighboring Baltimore County) for the first time, as the largest unincorporated county seat in the country.
The downtown area in the Patapsco Valley is often called "Historic Ellicott City" or "Old Ellicott City", to distinguish it from the surrounding suburban unincorporated area that extends north to the Baltimore County line, south to the other large unincorporated town in Howard County, Columbia, and west to West Friendship.
Sometimes a roof in Ellicott City Maryland can naturally reach the end of its useful life without experiencing a roof failure. Many homes in Ellicott City were built close to 45+ years ago. Ellicott City has homes with wonderful neighborhoods like West Friendship / Mayfield, Turf Valley Rd / Pebble Beach Dr, Baltimore National Pike / Frederick Rd, Montgomery Rd / Ilchester Rd, Rockland, Pine Orchard, Baltimore National Pike / Rogers Ave, Baltimore National Pike / Dogwood Dr, Ilchester, Old Saint Johns Ln / Saint Johns Lane.
If your roof looks old and worn, and you are doing preventive maintenance on your home you may want to consider having ReNew Home Designs inspect your roof to identify possible problem areas and discuss roof replacement options.
If replacing an old roof is delayed, however, it could result in bigger roof problems down the road. So watch for the warning signs to be sure to give yourself plenty of time to have Renew Home Designs give you a free estimate on replacing your roof.
|Missing Granules||Moss||Algae/Dark Stains|
|Cracked Shingles||Aging Roof||Curled Edges|
Potential signs that your roof may need to be replaced:
- Shingle edges are curled or shingle tabs are cupped
- Bald spots where granules are missing
- Cracked shingles
- Your roof is at least 20 years old; while many shingles today are produced for durability, many factors can accelerate the aging of shingles. For example, if your roof is not properly ventilated, it can negatively impact your shingles
- Neighbors are getting new roofs. Homes built around the same time period can experiencing the same types of weather conditions can mean that your roof is nearing its useful life
- The roof just looks old and worn
- Dark streaks. Airborne algae cause dark streaks on roof decks. While this may not necessarily harm the roof shingles, it may not look good. Algae streaks can be removed using a 50:50 blend of water and bleach sprayed on your roof. It is important to use a low volume garden hose so you do not knock the protective granules off your shingles. It is also important that you protect your landscaping from the bleach run-off.
- Moss. Moss can grow on roof surfaces that don’t get much sunlight especially in cool, moist climates. Moss growth can be more than a cosmetic issue. Moss holds moisture against the roof surface and overtime in freezing climates can cause damage to the granules on the top of the shingles. Moss can be brushed off but it won’t prevent it from growing again; take care not to damage the shingle surface.