Sunday, December 28, 2014

Maintain Your Roof & Cost to Replace Your Roof

Frederick County homes have roofs of every conceivable type.  Inspection schedules and costs to repair and replace are different with each type. Today's blog post on roof maintenance comes from Vince Petrolle of Prospect Mortgage.  Vince is a local mortgage lender and you can contact him about any mortgage questions you may have including refinancing. His cell: 301-461-1734, email: Read on to see what is required for your roof type.

How to Inspect and Maintain Your Roof
Pitched roofs should be inspected at least once every two years. To check the condition of an asphalt-shingle roof, go to the sunniest side and bend the corner of a few shingles. If they’re brittle and crack, a new roof might be in order. Other tell-tale signs an asphalt roof is beyond its prime: curled tiles and bare spots where the shiny ceramic mineral granules are missing.

Flat roofs should be inspected annually. Keep an eye out for ponding, or standing water in the form of puddles after a rain, or dry pockets filled with residual debris. Such areas may need to be built up to assure water properly drains to the downspouts.

If your asphalt, often called composition roofing, is in need of repair, you may have a couple of options. If there’s a single layer of asphalt shingles, you might consider nailing over an existing roof versus tearing off the existing shingles. This is called a reroof. If there are two or more layers of asphalt shingles on a roof, a tear off will be required. Also, be sure to check local housing codes; some regulate the maximum number of nail-overs.

Wood shingles in need of being replaced will crack, warp and reveal larger than normal gaps between shingles. Aged tile roofs may show signs of cracking. The flashing (meaning the plastic or metal weather stripping) around the chimney and any vent pipes also need to be inspected. Gaps can occur along flashing joints and this is often the source of water damage.

For an indoor roof inspection, look for sagging ceilings or stains that indicate water damage. In the attic, search for moist, dark spots on the roof deck. After rain, if these spots are wet, there’s a problem.
Attic vents should be periodically checked to be sure they’re clear of obstruction. Insufficient venting can damage your shingles and invalidate the manufacturer's warranty.

Clean your gutters annually and keep an eye out for algae and moss. Both can weaken roofing materials. You can prevent algae and moss growth by installing zinc strips along the ridge of the roof. Water running over zinc washes minute amounts of zinc carbonate over the roof, killing the moss and algae.

What It Costs to Replace a Roof 

Roofing costs vary depending on the type of roof. The number of obstacles on the roof, such as chimneys and vents, as well as the pitch of the roof, can greatly alter the cost of roof repairs. The cost of roof repairs are measured in squares: One square — an industry term — equals 100 square feet of roof and usually includes the cost of both labor and materials.

Generally speaking, a composition roof — often sold in good/better/best selections — costs between $150 and $250 per square and has a lifespan of 15 years to 30 years. A reroof — nailing over an existing roof versus tearing off the existing shingles — costs approximately $135 to $200 per square, not much of a savings, particularly when you consider it alters the material warranty of the new layer.

Concrete tile runs between $350 and $450 per square, and clay tile ranges from $400 to $500 per square. Both have a life expectancy of 25 years to 50 years. The classic cedar roof or fire-treated wooden shake costs between $550 and $650 per square and has a lifespan of 10 years to 20 years.

Costs for a single-ply membrane on a flat roof are between $250 and $400 per square. Thermoset membranes can be warranted up to 30 years. Tar and gravel roofs cost between $250 and $350 per square and have a lifespan of 10 years to 20 years, depending on the regions weather severity.

Before installing any roofing material, read the warranty’s fine print. With any roofing material, proper installation is crucial and regular maintenance by the owner is required.

If your roof is in need of repair, you can locate licensed contractors in your area by visiting the National Roofing Contractors Association.

 ~ Vince Petrolle, Prospect Mortgage, 301-461-1734~

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

E-News from City of Frederick - December 2014 - Christmas Tree Dropoff, Holiday Events, Commuter Bus, Winter Preparedness, East of East Street, Donations

The City of Frederick's December 2014 E-Newsletter is posted below. If you have any questions or suggestions direct them to Susan Harding, the Public Information Coordinator, and author of the newsletter: The topics for this month's newsletter are shown below and the articles follow. See the archives for other issues.
  1. Talk to the Mayor Tuesdays
  2. Christmas Tree Drop Off Sites
  3. Tips for Curbside Recycling in Winter
  4. FCAA Accepts a Wide Range of Donations
  5. Dill Avenue/Rosemont Avenue Water Line Replacement Project
  6. Parks & Recreation Department
  7. Holiday Events
  8. The Holidays in Historic Frederick Magic in the Air
  9. Weinberg Center 2014-2015 Season
  10. Free Holiday Parking in Downtown
  11. 515 Commuter Bus - Weekday Service
  12. Frederick Police News
  13. Winter Preparedness Information
  14. Carroll Creek Park Update East of East Street
  15. Alert Frederick County Emergency Notification System - Weather Alerts, Traffic Alerts
  16. Employment Opportunities

E-News from The City of Frederick 
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In This Issue
Talk to the Mayor Tuesdays
Christmas Tree Drop Off Sites
Winter Curbside Recycling
FCAA Accepts Donations
Water Line Replacement Project
Park & Rec Dept Classes & Events
Holidays in Historic Frederick
The Weinberg Center 2014-15 Season
Free Holiday Parking in Downtown
515 Communter Bus Weekday Service
FPD News
Be Prepared for Winter
Carroll Creek Update
Job Opportunities
City Government Offices Closed

City Government Offices will be closed for the following holidays:
Christmas Holiday
December 25th
December 26th

New Year's Day
Jan. 1, 2015

Channel 99 Productions
For your viewing pleasure! In-house productions by The City of Frederick Audio Visual Department
City Board/Commission Vacancies

For more information, contact Amber Grimes at 301-600-1453
or email

Quick Links
61st Administration 
of The City of Frederick  
Downtown Frederick Partnership 
It's what's happening!
To find out what the
Downtown Frederick Partnership has planned for the 2014 season
Fun in Downtown

Upcoming Events 
12/6, 12/13, 12/20
"Eat,Drink, & Be Merry"
3:00 - 9:00 PM

 Shopping, Dining and the Arts

Frederick...The Key to the Heart of Maryland.
For more information visit
Connect with The City
December 2014

"Talk to the Mayor Tuesdays"   

Mayor McClement has set aside the 4th Tuesday of each month from 2-6 p.m. to meet informally with citizens to discuss topics or issues of their choice. The next "Talk with the Mayor Tuesday" will be held on December 23rd.
The Mayor's office is located in City Hall at 101 North Court St. No appointment is necessary and citizens meet with the Mayor on a first come; first serve basis. 
For more information, contact Nikki Bamonti at 301-600-3835 or  email

"I have been very pleased with the wide range of topics brought to the table during the Talk to the Mayor Tuesdays.  Talking with residents in a casual atmosphere, hearing their questions and concerns and having the opportunity to address these items directly is exactly what I had in mind for these open door events."  - Mayor Randy McClement.

Christmas Tree Drop Off Sites    

The City of Frederick Christmas Tree Drop Off and Recycling Program begins Monday, December 29, 2014 and continues through Saturday, January 31, 2015.
To find out where to take your holiday greens, visit Christmas Tree Recycling.

Tips for Curbside Recycling in Winter

Winter weather could affect curbside recycling service. Knowing when to set your blue cart out is easy - there is an free app for that and more! Download the free app at My Waste

To learn more about recycling, visit

 FCAA Accepts a Wide Range of Donations

The Frederick Community Action Agency (FCAA) accepts a wide range of donations including monetary donations which are tax-deductible. For more information about making a donation, please contact Sarah McAleavy, Coordinator, at 301-600-6263 or

Dill Avenue/Rosemont Avenue Water Line Replacement Project 

The City of Frederick Department of Public Works will be installing two new sections of the main water line along Rosemont Avenue from College Avenue to Fairview Avenue. Once the project is completed, the area will be milled and overlaid.  This project is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2015. For more information, contact Keith Brown, Assistant Deputy Director of Operations at 301-600-1182 or email

The Parks & Recreation Department
Holiday Events

The Parks & Recreation Department offers Holiday Weekend Carriage Rides, Cookies & Carriage Holiday Light Tour, a Gingerbread House Making Class and more.
For more information on these events, visit Winter Brochure and scroll down to page 4.

The Holidays in Historic Frederick
Magic in the Air

Rediscover the wonder of the holidays in Downtown Frederick. For information on the Festival of Lights, Candlelight House Tour, and more, visit  Celebrate Frederick Events and enjoy the holiday season in Frederick.
View The Holidays in Historic Frederick

Weinberg Center 2014-2015 Season

Tickets are now on sale for the Weinberg Center for the Arts 2014-15 Season. This includes season events as well as The Frederick Speakers Series, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra season subscription and Flying Dog Movies.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Weinberg Center 2014-15 Season.   Hint - Tickets and vouchers make great stocking stuffers!

Free Holiday Parking in Downtown

The City of Frederick Parking Department is pleased to announce FREE Holiday Parking in Downtown Frederick on the following days:

  • Every Weekend (from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day) - Saturdays and Sundays from 8am Saturday to 6am Monday in all 5 City parking garages and at parking meters - normal rates apply after 6am on Mondays.
  • For a list of parking garages visit, parking.
  • For a map of handicap accessible parking locations in the City parking garages, visit  handicap parking.

515 Commuter Bus - Weekday Service

 Your Ride is Here! 
515 Commuter Bus from Frederick/Urbana to Shady Grove/Rock Spring Business Park
Weekday Service from 4:20 AM to 7:37 PM 
Express service via I-70 and I-270 to Downtown Frederick MARC Station, Monocacy MARC Station, Urbana P&R, Shady Grove Metro, Rock Spring Business Park.
For more information visit  commuter bus or call Eyre Bus Service Inc. at 1-800-321-3973.

MTA Maryland - 1-866-RIDE-MTA 

 Frederick Police News

56th Frederick Police Academy
The 56th Frederick Police Training Academy commenced on November 17th at the Charles V. Main Training Center beginning a 7 month long  course of study and practical application.  The 22 students will receive intensive training in a variety of areas.   Graduation is scheduled for June 26, 2015.

Drug Collection Unit

Do you have outdated prescription drugs, old over the counter medicines, Rx's that are no longer needed?  Please do not flush the drugs down the toilet.  Frederick City now has a permanent MedReturn Drug Collection Unit. For more information visit FPD MedReturn.

2015 Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) calendar.
For more information about your NAC, contact Michele Bowman at or call 301-600-2091.

Be Smart-Be Safe this holiday season. Share these Holiday Shopping Safety Tips with family and friends.

Winter Preparedness Information 

The Department of Public Works would like to assist you in preparing for winter weather.

Snow Emergency Declaration - Who decides to declare a snow emergency and when is it implemented?
Snow Emergency Routes - What are they and where are they? When you must move your vehicle?
Frequently Asked Questions  - Questions regarding snow removal in The City of Frederick
Snow Removable Map - A map of the snow removal regions in The City of Frederick.
Ready Gov/Winter - Winterizing Your Home and Car; Family Preparedness
When the Sky Turns Gray  - An animated video from FEMA on winter weather preparation.

Carroll Creek Park Update
East of East Street

Dirt is moving at the far east end of Carroll Creek.  Construction equipment, materials and crews are turning their attention to this side of Carroll Creek as a part of the Phase II construction. For more great pictures of the progress, visit  our blog.

Alert Frederick County
Emergency Notification System
Weather Alerts, Traffic Alerts & More

Sign up for weather, traffic, and other specific notices and updates at Alert Frederick County  Emergency Alert Notification Center.

Employment Opportunities

The City of Frederick values diversity in its workforce and is an equal opportunity employer.  For information on employment with The City of Frederick, visit the following links: Job Opportunities
 & How to Apply  


City of Frederick Snow Policies

I hate to mention it, but winter is here, and snow will inevitably come our way. Personally I love snow and I even like to shovel it. Of course my sidewalk is only about 16 ft wide and the walk leading to it is about the same distance, so I am not spending much time shoveling, even in the worst of weather.  Frederick City has rules about snow removal and which streets can not be parked upon during a declared snow emergency. You can print out a snow tips and reminders document at this address on the city website:
Among other things, it explains the following:

Within 12 hours after the snow stops falling, a person owning or occupying a lot, or part of a lot, abutting a City sidewalk shall remove the snow and ice from the abutting sidewalk for a width of 4 feet, or the width of the sidewalk, whichever is less.

If the owner or occupant fails to remove the snow and ice a Code official shall place a “Notice of Violation” in a conspicuous place on the property notifying the property owner or occupant to remove the snow and ice.If the property owner fails to comply with the “Notice of Violation” within twenty-four (24) hours after its posting, the Code official may cause the snow and ice to be removed.

The costs of removal will be charged to the property owner. (Ref. City of Frederick Charter Sec. 22.16) CAN I SHOVEL SNOW INTO CITY RIGHT OF WAYS?No – it is unlawful for any person to place and/or deposit snow in or upon any street, sidewalks or other public ways. Violations of this is declared to be a municipal infraction. The penalty for violation shall be the sum up to five-hundred dollars ($500.00).

You can do one of the following:
  • Check the City’s website at
  • Call the City’s Emergency Information line at 301-600-1300
  • Listen to local radio stations – FM WFRE 99.9, FM KEY 103.1, FM 103.9
  • Sign up for alerts at
  • Watch cable channel 99 or 25 WHAG
ARE THERE DEADLINES FOR THE CITY TO REMOVE THE SNOW? After the snow has stopped falling, and drifting has ceased, it is anticipated that City streets will be plowed and/or treated with ice melting chemicals according to the following schedule:
  • 0” – 3” Streets cleared or treated within 12 hours
  • 3” – 6” Streets cleared or treated within 24 hours
  • 6” – 9” Streets cleared or treated within 36 hours*
  • > 9” As quickly as possible *These times do not include time required to load and haul snow out of the Downtown commercial and/or residential areas. 
For more information, go to: 
Michele Bowman, the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Frederick Police Department, recently sent out this reminder of the city's snow policies:

Time To Think Snow and Plan for Winter…..

As a resident, business, or contractor in the City of Frederick there are a couple of snow removal regulations that you should be familiar with.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact The Department of Public Works at 301-600-1440.

Removal of snow and ice from sidewalks (City Code 22-16.) A person owning or occupying a lot or part of a lot abutting a city sidewalk shall remove the snow and ice from the abutting sidewalk for a width of four (4) feet, or the width of the sidewalk, whichever is less. Failure to remove the snow and ice as required could result in a fine not exceeding $100.  If the owner or occupant still fails to remove the snow and/or ice the city may have the snow/ice removed.  The cost will be charged to the property owner.

Placing snow in public way (City Code 22-16.1) A person may not plow, shovel or otherwise deposit snow or ice onto a public street or sidewalk.  Violation of this is a municipal infraction and subject to a fine not to exceed $500. A person violating this and the owner of the property from which the snow or ice originated from are jointly liable for any costs incurred by the City in (1) removing the snow or ice; and (2) repairing any damage to City property that results from this violation. 

Snow Emergency Declaration (City Code 13-17. & 13-18.) When a snow emergency is declared, all vehicles parked along snow emergency routes must be moved starting two (2) hours after the snow emergency declaration.  Please remove all vehicles within the required time.  Prohibited parking shall remain in effect until the Snow Emergency has been lifted.  Cars in violation may be towed at the owners expense.

Snow Emergency Routes Below is a list of Snow Emergency Routes in The City of Frederick.

Snow Emergency Routes

North / South Streets
Market Street
Route 70 Bridge
Route 26
Bentz St/
Opossumtown Pike
West South Street
North City Limits
East Street
Monocacy Blvd (Walser Dr)
North Market Street
Baughmans Lane
US Route 40
Rosemont Avenue
South Jefferson Street
Prospect Blvd
West Patrick Street
Monocacy Blvd
East South Street
East Patrick Street
Monocacy Blvd
Gas House Pike
MD Route 15
Gas House Pike/
Church St
Monocacy Blvd
East St
Mill Island Pkwy
Waterside Drive
Monocacy Ford Rd

East / West Streets
Patrick Street
NB Ramp US Route 15
Bailes Lane
South Street/
Reich's Ford Road
West Patrick Street
City Limits
Yellow Springs Rd/
Rosemont Ave/
Dill Avenue
City Limits
N. Bentz
Seventh Street
Military Road
East Street
Butterfly Lane
Mount Phillip Rd
Route 180
Military Rd
West 7th Street
Rosemont Ave.
Waterside Drive
Monocacy Blvd
City Limits