Westminster Maryland Roof Problems

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Westminster is a city in northern Maryland, United States. It is the seat of Carroll County.The city's population was 18,590 at the 2010 census. Westminster is an outlying community within the Baltimore-Towson, MD MSA, which is part of a greater Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, DC-MD-VA-WV CSA.

guttersThe City of Westminster operates under a mayor-council form of government. The Mayor is elected to a 4-year term. The Common Council is composed of five members who also are elected to serve four-year terms. The qualified voters of Westminster have voted for 3 members of the Common Council on the 2nd Monday of May since 1967 while the mayor and the remaining two council members have been voted upon the second Monday of May since 1969, and every 4 years thereafter. In 2006, The Mayor and Common Council established the position of City Administrator who serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of the city.

The City of Westminster offers an incentive to the owners of historic properties within
the bounds of the city’s National Register District to undertake rehabilitation of
maintenance of their properties in a historically sensitive manner. The requirements for
qualifying for the historic tax credit are outlined in sections 143-5 and 143-6 of the city
code. This document, however, will serve as a basic guide to help you in preparing your
application for consideration by the city’s Historic District Commission.

Retaining and repairing durable, character defining historic roofing materials in good condition.

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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.