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Increase The Value of Your Annapolis Home With a New Roof

Has it crossed your mind that you may be wanting to put your home on the market in the next year, 3 years, or 5 years? Are you remotely thinking about the possibility of selling? Then you may want to keep this in mind: getting a new roof not only increases the appraisal value of your home, but it also increases its curb appeal! This can be very important to lure buyers away from other homes for sale, while also making you more money for your home!

According to a report conducted by Remodeling Magazine,nationally homeowners will tend to recoup 65%+ of their investment (when factoring cost vs value of the roof replacement). Purchasing a home can be a stressful decision for many homeowners. A very important consideration for many is not just the current condition of the home, but what down the road may require repairs or replacement. A roof that only has 1 or 2 years left may be a point of concern for a new home-buyer, knowing they will have an additional $10,000 expenditure. Whereas having a new roof put on ahead of time, you not only enjoy the benefits of the new roof (curb appeal and being leak-free), but can also use that as leverage in your negotiation as that is one expense that they will not need to incur compared to other homes they are considering.

There are three other ways to maximize the curb appeal from your new roof

Material of Your New Roof

The type of roofing material that a new homeowner may be looking for can vary drastically. Generally, most tend to go with architectural asphalt shingles as they are the most economical option, yet offer a very aesthetically pleasing look. Metal roofing is also an option as it provides better protection to the elements, and can provide a 40-50 year lifespan! The downside to metal is that it can be more expensive, hence if you are planning to sell over the next few years, you may opt to choose an architectural shingle roof.

Shape of Your New Roof

Some homeowners prefer homes that have iconic, traditional sloped roofs. In this case, you would want to opt for a roofing material such as metal or asphalt shingles. However, some homes may have a flat roof that can have a terrace. The shape of your roof will depend on the pitch and construction of your roof.

Color of Your Roof

Possibly more than any other feature of your home, your roof is one of the first things that someone will see from the ‘curb’ when approaching your home. To maximize your ‘curb appeal’ you will want to select a neutral color, or a color that properly complements the design, look and feel of your home. It is important to consider the overall exterior of your home to make sure the color matches your siding, trim, shutters, and so forth. For instance, a bright yellow roof on a home with blue siding may not be the image that the new homeowner will want. The color of your shingles is extremely important to the overall aesthetic and outward-vibe of your home.

Condition Of Your Roof

Ultimately, the most important factor to a new homeowner is the condition of your existing roof. If it is in dire need of replacement, with shingles buckling, breaking or at risk of caving in, it could be a major concern for the home buyer. On the other hand, if you have a recently replaced roof in top-notch shape, as opposed to hindering your home’s curb appeal, it could actually increase the value of your roof!

Get A Competitive Advantage By Hiring The Best Annapolis Roofing Company

If you are considering replacing your roof before selling your home, don’t contact just any roofing company! Your roof is one of the most expensive investments you can make into your home, and the cheapest options can end up becoming the most expensive in the long-term. An inexperienced roofing contractor that improperly installs your new roof, or uses sub-par materials can end up causing premature leaks and requiring ANOTHER roof replacement years before your roof’s useful life should be up. We are glad to provide free roofing estimates for all Annapolis homeowners, and take pride in our reputation as one of the best roofing contractors in the Anne Arundel County area! You can also request an estimate on our home page


When it comes time to have your roof replaced, one of the most important things to understand and consider about your options, are the possible roofing warranties. Having your roof replaced can be a stressful process, and there can be a lot of moving parts depending on the complexity of your roof or any storm damage. Replacing your roof can be an expensive investment into your home, so you want to be sure that you are not only using quality products, but that you fully understand your warranty, and what it covers!

In this article today, we will be discussing what roofing warranties are, and what you need to discuss before hiring any roofing contractor.

What is a roofing warranty?

When purchasing a new roof, you’ve likely heard the term “roofing warranty”, but you may not fully understand what it means. Some companies will advertise a “lifetime roof”, others will advertise a 15 year labor and material” warranty. Unfortunately, they don’t always mean what they sound like, and it is important to spend a few minutes to discuss this with the contractor, and fully understand the scope and protection of those warranties. A warranty is to protect your home or investment in case something goes wrong. There are both manufacturer’s warranties, as well shingle warranties and labor and material warranties.

What is a labor & material roofing warranty?

Typically, your roof’s warranty will come from the manufacturer and it is the most publicly advertised. A manufacturer’s warranty is strong, but some homeowners have a misconception that it is a catch-all policy and covers anything and everything. Should something go wrong, they’re covered. Unfortunately, this is not true. It is important to fully understand what is covered.

Generally, it covers the actual roofing materials or asphalt shingles being installed on your home and ensures against any defective material. This can certainly happen, and a defect may not be seen or noticeable until some time after install.

This is important to understand because if your roof leaks from a defect in the shingle, the manufacturer will likely cover and honor that to be fixed. However, if a leak is not from a manufacturer’s defect, the homeowner could be forced to eat the cost of repairs, or replacement.

Many homeowners also think that if they have a new roof, and their roof is already leaking, it surely must be a manufacturer defect, and eligible for coverage. Again, the unfortunate reality is that in many cases it is from improper installation, or from the workmanship of the roofer (which is why we always say “you get what you pay for” and “cheapest option can be the most expensive”).

What is a workmanship roofing warranty?

While a manufacturer’s warranty is important, a roofing contractor’s workmanship warranty is EXTREMELY important. This coverage is critical because this is precisely what covers what happens if anything is installed improperly during your roof replacement. Should there be shingles installed incorrectly, flashing wrong, etc. this covers those mistakes.

A workmanship warranty is what will protect your home from leaks that are not a cause of manufacturer’s defect. In most cases, it is a workmanship error, and not a manufacturer defect.

Be sure to discuss with your contractor the length of period that their workmanship warranty extends to (i.e. is it one year, five years, ten years, or more).

Keep in mind that a workmanship warranty is only as good as the reputation and foundation of the roofing company. If the roofing company is out of business in 5 years, how can they honor their 10 year warranty?

What is manufacturer underwriting?

In some cases, your workmanship warranty can be written by the manufacturer themselves, which will extend the coverage you have for your roof. If your contractor uses a brand such as CertainTeed (as we do), most manufacturers offer extended coverage to SELECT contractors! Not every roofing company will be able to provide the same warranties, and is a reflection to their quality, craftsmanship and standing with the manufacturer. Your contractor may be able to provide a BETTER warranty than any other contractor can offer.

What does it cost?

Some underwritten warranties can cost a little bit extra, but it is certainly worth it if it will extend your coverage by years. However, you ultimately have to be the one to make that decision. A roof is an expensive purchase, and peace of mind can be worth it.

You’ll want to contact the manufacturer directly as well, and get their honest opinion on the contractor. They will tell you their standing with the manufacturer.

Questions to ask

Be sure to ask your contractor what types of certifications they have, what type of warranties they provide, what the extent of their labor and material coverage is, what is the workmanship coverage, is the policy underwritten by the manufacturer themselves, what is the length of coverage, and WHO is responsible for registering the warranties?

An Annapolis Roofing Company Who Stands Behind Their Warranties

If you’re looking for a reliable Annapolis roofing company who stands behind their work, and can offer premium manufacturer and labor warranties, give us a call today. We strive to provide premium craftsmanship, warranties and materials. If you have a roof leak, or are looking to replace your aging roof, we would love the opportunity to help – just as we have helped many of your neighbors! For more information to schedule an appointment, visit

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Can You Install a New Roof Over an Old One?

Your roof protects your home from the elements. A roof’s primary function is to shed water, diverting it away from your home. As your roof ages, it will start to wear down. Most asphalt shingle roofs have a lifespan of about 15 – 25 years. After this time frame, you will likely need to have your roof replaced.

Some homeowners ask us when they are in need of a roof replacement whether their new roof can simply be installed over the old roof (in doing so, saving costs from having to tear the old roof off).


A reroof is potentially an option when you have an asphalt shingle roof. While it is generally advisable to have your previous roof torn off and completely replaced, if you have a single layer, it may be possible. Additionally, there are other variables such as the current condition of your shingles. If they are curled or do not lay flat, it may be difficult to install over.

Many contractors won’t do a re-roof for liability reasons, particularly on a leaking roof. While you naturally may think that your leaks are stemming from old shingles, it could be from numerous things, such as the roof’s vents, flashing, or rotting decking. In these cases, it is important to completely tear off your previous shingles to access and repair any problematic spots, and then install the new roof.

Why Would Someone Consider a Re-Roof?

There’s a handful of reasons that an Annapolis homeowner may consider going the route of a reroof as opposed to a traditional shingle roof replacement. The first, and most obvious are the cost savings. By not requiring a contractor to remove the existing layer of shingles, saving time and disposal fees, there are additional savings. It also takes less time as there is less work involved.

Glen Burnie’s Finest Roof Replacement Specialists

For years, we have provided asphalt shingle and metal roof replacement services for Glen Burnie, Annapolis & Anne Arundel County homeowners. If your roof is leaking, or simply in need of a new roof because of age, give us a call! We only use top of the line materials, offer premium warranties, and are highly referred because of our premier workmanship and customer service. When it comes to finding a local roofing contractor that you can trust, not all roofers conduct themselves equally. Work with a local roofer that specializes in Maryland roofs, building roofs ideal for our wild temperature and weather. Call us at (410) 709-7577 to set up your free roofing estimate, or find out more at

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How Do I Know if My Roof Has Suffered Wind Damage?

Your roof is one of the most valuable components of your home’s exterior. It is designed to protect your home from the elements, providing shelter from snow, rain and wind. A ‘crack’ in the system can result in costly leaks, and interior water damage to your home. One cause of damage to your roof is hail and wind damage. Gusting winds can lift and break shingles on your roof causing long-term damage.

After a powerful wind storm strikes, it is important to have a thorough roof inspection to check up on the condition of your roof. When a violent thunderstorm rips through your neighborhoods, not only can gusting winds lift up your roof’s shingles, but flying debris can also cause damage (tree limbs and branches).

In this article, our goal is to provide some insight in how to know if your roof may have been damaged by a wind storm.


A leaky roof is the most obvious sign that something is not right with your roof. A roof’s designed function is to “shed water” away from your home. When water is leaking into your attic, and through your ceiling into your home, it is important to take immediate action to stave off future damage. One potential cause of a leaky roof is missing, lifted or broken shingles on your roof. With a broken link in your roof’s “chain”, problems can quickly arise. Water stains and brown spots forming on your roof are an indicator of water damage.

Debris Build-Up

Do you have trees and branches surrounding the roof of your home? Trees are a major source of roof damage. During a storm, a powerful wind gust can cause a tree to fall on your roof. However, it doesn’t always have to be that significant. A flying tree branch can puncture your roof’s shingles or even decking causing a hole in your roof. The long-term damage can result in damaged gutters as debris, leaves and branches buildup.

Blown-Off Siding

Some storm damage takes a trained eye in order to identify damage. However, blown-off siding, fascia and damage to your soffit is easily viewable to the naked eye from ground level. If you see chunks of siding or fascia missing, it is a good indicator that you may need to call a trusted Glen Burnie roofer. Your siding is designed to protect your home from the wind and driving rains, but broken siding can no longer properly do it’s job.

Impacted Gutters

After a thunderstorm that features driving rain, winds and even hail, your gutters and downspouts are prone to storm damage as well. You want to have a professional inspect your gutters as well to ensure that they are still properly attached and not pulled loose. As mentioned above, after a storm, your gutters could also suffer from debris build up. As your gutters clog up, it could result in leaks to your home as water can not be redirected away from your home, but is caught in your gutters.

Broken or Missing Shingles

When you walked outside after a storm, did you find a shingle laying on your driveway or garden? Can you see missing shingles from your yard when looking at your roof? If so, this can be obvious indicators that your roof has suffered wind damage. Your shingles are your roof’s main line of defense against rain and wind. Broken or missing shingles are the most obvious sure-tale signs of storm damage.

Why Request a Professional Storm Damage Inspection?

After a storm, it’s a good idea to call a trusted, local Annapolis roofing contractor to inspect your roof for any signs of storm damage. Not all storm damage is visible to the untrained eye. We specialize in storm damage repair and know how to properly identify signs of wind and hail damage to your roof and exterior. In many cases, your insurance may even cover all repair or replacement costs as storm damage is considered an “Act of God” by homeowner’s insurance.

If you’re looking for more information you can read more on our website or call us directly at (410) 709-7577. We can schedule you for a free, no-obligation storm damage inspection to examine your roof for any signs of storm damage, fascia/soffit damage, flashing, potential leak spots and the condition of your gutters. We have proudly served Annapolis, Maryland & the Anne Arundel County area for years!

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Is Asphalt Shingles or a Metal Roof Better For Your Annapolis Home?

We understand that when it comes to your home, you are searching for the best materials to not only improve the aesthetics of your home, but its curb appeal and home value as well. At Central Maryland Roofing we are sensitive that any home improvement job can be stressful, particularly to your roof which is one of the most expensive and valuable parts to your home. One question that we frequently get is whether an Annapolis homeowner should choose an asphalt shingle or metal roof for their home?

If you’d like to read about the features and benefits of both, we have compiled most of the main points below.

In The Early Days

Roofs have always been important since the beginning of time when buildings and structures were used for shelter. Originally, slate and tile were the most frequently used roofing materials because of their durability. Relatively recently, asphalt and metal has become popular. Shingles have now become the most widespread roofing material used across the United States (largely because of price).

Why Are Asphalt Shingles So Popular?

Asphalt shingles are the material that you see on your roof that are overlapping each other and sealed to your roof. The purpose of your roof is to shed water away from your home. Water is important to sustain life, but it is NOT something that you want entering your home unless it is controlled through pipes. Water leaking into your home can cause numerous problems, such as mold, water damage, and mildew.

Price of Shingles

Price is the largest reason why asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material in the United States. While there are numerous considerations that anyone should make before hiring a roofing contractor, or considering the proper material for their home, price is ultimately going to be one of the main influential factors. Asphalt shingles are typically cheaper to install than metal onto a roof. The same is true that an asphalt shingle roof tends to be cheaper to repair compared to a metal roof as well.

Replacing your roof can be a major investment. And for some, the benefits that metal offers does not outweigh the steeper upfront cost.

Durability of Shingles

You will find that asphalt shingles come in several colors, styles and makes. 3-Tab is one of the most popular, while you can also choose from architectural and designer shingles. Shingles are more prone to storm damage than metal roofs are. Asphalt shingles are prone to hail damage, as well as wind damage. When your 3-tab shingle roof is exposed to wind gusts of over 75 mph, it is likely that you will notice missing or lifted shingles.

Appearance of Shingles

Another reason that asphalt shingles are so popular is the variety of options available to Annapolis homeowners. All homes are constructed, and designed differently. Similarly, everyone has unique taste and style preferences. One of the benefits of shingles is the wide array of options that you can choose from to match your home. In many instances, HOA’s many only permit an asphalt shingle roof for conformity to the neighborhood.

Why Install a Metal Roof On Your Home?

Over the past years, metal roofs have increased in popularity for several reasons. For one is their sheer durability. Metal is a tougher, and durable material than asphalt which means it can offer a significantly longer lifecycle than a shingle roof. What this means for a homeowner is having to replace your roof less frequently. In turn this means the long-term savings are greater, but with a higher up-front cost, it makes it a more costly investment.

Pricing of a Metal Roof

As aforementioned above, a metal roof is typically more expensive than an asphalt shingle roof. Subsequently, it costs more upfront to have a metal roof installed on your home. However, the trade-off is that a metal roof can last up to 50 years, compared to an asphalt shingle roof which may last 15-20 years. That means that you may have to replace your shingle roof 2-3 times during the lifespan of just 1 metal roof.

Durability of a Metal Roof

Metal is an extremely durable roofing material, and is known to brace the elements better than asphalt. Compared to a shingle roof during a hail or wind storm, a metal roof will bear inclement weather. In some cases, your insurance may even offer discounts if you have a metal roof installed because of it’s sheer strength and composition.

Style of a Metal Roof

This comes as a surprise to many people, but metal roofs actually have numerous options and styles that homeowners can choose from. There are metal shingles and standing seam panels that you can choose from. It is designed and installed to the specifications of your home, and is actually lighter than a shingle roof. You can even have your metal roof designed to look like a shingle roof with metal shingles. There are many colors and styles that we can discuss with you.

Discuss With a Local Annapolis Roofing Contractor

Are you considering having your shingle roof replaced with a metal roof? Do you still have questions, or want to speak with an expert roofer directly? If you would like more information you can read more on or call us directly at (410) 709-7577. We offer free roofing estimates, and can schedule you a free appointment to sit-down with you to discuss your options based on the construction and style of your home. We use only the best products and and have years of experience in installing and replacing Maryland roofs.

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Things To Do in Severna Park, Maryland

Severna Park, Maryland is a census designated place in Anne Arundel County. It’s a big “small” town city, with a population of over 37,000 people. Whether you live in Severna Park, or are visiting, there are a handful of things to do! Perhaps you’re passing through Severna Park on your way to Annapolis, the Chesapeake Bay or to visit the Patapsco Valley State Park. We’ve compiled some fun things to do in Severna Park, MD.

Kinder Farm Park

The Kinder Farm Park is a must-see. It is a large park, about 288 acres in size. It is perfect to visit with your dogs for a nice long walk in the park. You may see people fishing (catch and release) in the water. There tends to be monthly events at the Park, whether there are runs, or cycling events or other gatherings or festivals. It offers many natural and recreational activities for bird watching, fishing, picnicking and biking.

Baltimore-Annapolis Trail Park

If you’re a nature person, or like walking, jogging or biking, this is another excellent bike trail. It’s a great place to go when you want to get outside, and go for a long walk or bike ride. It is a landmark trail in Severna Park.

If you’re into sight seeing, you may want to visit Point Lookout.

Severna Park Community Center

This is a main community center in Severna Park, which is over 36,000 square feet in size. It is used by many locals for its pools, dance studios, gyms, volleyball courts, basketball courts, and for public meeting space.

North Arundel Aquatic Center

The NAAC has a zero depth entry pool, a 134 foot water slide, vortex, and even a poolside spa. This is a major attraction in Severna Park especially in the winter since it is indoor.

Severna Park Library 

The Severna Park Library hosts events weekly for kids and parents. It is worth checking out their schedule to see the most recent upcoming events for your family.

Movies Under the Stars

The Severna Park Plaza shopping centers offers free movies over the summer in the plaza. It is definitely worth going to with your kids!

Sun Valley Movies

This is a major local favorite spot. While it is not always the most recent movies out in the theaters, it is a kid-friendly ambiance and offers extremely wallet-friendly prices.

Rolly Pollies

Rolly Pollies offers fun for the kids! Rolly Pollies will feature Parents Night where your kids cane play in the gym while you can wind down.


While Severna Park may not offer the most extensive lineup of things to do, such as Annapolis or Glen Burnie. Severna Park does feature some excellent dining options.

The Donut Shack is a local landmark in Severna Park, Maryland. Many think its the best donuts around the entire area. You can grab a coffee or get a dozen donuts to go. It is a wonderful treat for the entire family. Park Tavern is another popular restaurant. It has a pub fare with a long bar and craft beers on tap, located in the Park Plaza Shopping Center. Many locals think it has great food, craft beers, and great happy hour deals. If you want a fun date night spot, Park Tavern is a great option.

Cafe Mezzanotte is a popular Italian restaurant in Severna Park. To many, it has excellent service, food, and portions. If you’re looking for a top restaurant for a birthday or anniversary celebration, it fits the bill completely. Brian Boru Restaurant is more of an Irish fare, that has Sunday brunch and live music on the weekends. On Sundays, there is an all you can eat buffet. Garry’s Grill is an all-day American styled restaurant. Locals love it for the food, drinks and dessert menu. Brian Boru’s is known to have excellent service and generous portions – particularly the crab dip!

If you’re craving Mexican food, Mi Pueblo II is known as one of the best Mexican restaurants in Severna Park. It has Mexican staples, and guacamole is even made next to your table! It is a favorite in the area, with delicious sangria, drinks, food, and service. Be sure to try the fajitas or sangritas!

Local Severna Park Roofers

When your roof is leaking, trust your roof to a local Severna Park roofing contractor. Not all roofers value quality and craftsmanship the same. When something goes wrong, you want to know that your roofer is near-by, and ready to help. Our customer’s love our commitment to customer satisfaction and local family values. Whether you need an asphalt shingle roof repair, or considering a metal roof or slate roof replacement, we can help. Give us a call today, and we are happy to help however we can! We are competitively priced, and offer unmatched service.

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Famous People From Glen Burnie, Maryland

Glen Burnie, Maryland may not be a traditional “city”, but it is one of the largest towns in Maryland. Glen Burnie, a census-designated place in Anne Arundel County, has a population of over 67,000 people. That makes the suburb larger than most cities in Maryland. Glen Burnie has had several notable people originate from this town.

Jack Andraka

Jack Andraka, a 22 year old inventory is from Glen Burnie. He is famous for his cancer research and inventions. In high school, he won the grand price at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for discovering a way to potentially detect early signs of cancer. He invented a sensor that can be utilized or pancreatic cancer screening.

Kevin Barnes

Kevin Barnes is well known locally for his tenure with the Washington Redskins. Barnes is a local celebrity, playing college football at the University of Maryland, and then being drafted to the Washington Redskins in 2009. While originally born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, he moved to Glen Burnie where he went to Old Mill High School. In 2002, he was Baltimore Suns’ honorable mention All-Met and all county player. Barnes was drafted in the third round and played for 3 years for the Redskins.

Kevin Levrone

Kevin Levrone is a Gln Burnie native. Levrone is well known as an IFBB professional bodybuilder and a Hall of Famer. Over his career, he completed in 68 IFBB contests, and widely regarded a one of the best bodybuilders throughout the 1990

s. Until his record was beaten by Ronnie Coleman, Levrone had the record for most wins by any IFBB professional.

Michael Schearer

Michael Schearer is most well known for his work on improvised explosive devices and privacy as a computer security researcher. While Schearer was born in Reading, he lived for several years in Glen Burnie, Maryland & went to University of Maryland’s Francis King Carey School of Law.

Tony Saunders

Tony Saunders was a MLB pitcher for three seasons for the Florida Marlins & Tampa Bay Devil Rays. During his career, Saunders won a World Series champion his first year with the Florida Marlins! Saunders started locally playing at Glen Burnie High and went on to sign a free-agent contract with the Florida Marlins. Saunders pitched for three years at Howard High before transferring to Glen Burnie High. In 2005, Saunders returned to baseball, coming back to play with the local team the Orioles! He was eventually reassigned to the minor leagues to play with the Bowie Baysox.

C. Edward Middlebrooks

C. Edward Middlebrooks is a well-known local politician, serving as the Council’s Chairperson on the County Council for District 2 of Anne Arundel County. Middlebrooks is a graduate from Glen Burnie High School, and earned his Associate of Arts degree from Anne Arundel Community College, and then graduated from the University of Baltimore in 1985.

Bob Eberly

Bob Eberly is a very famous big band vocalist. Eberly was initially born in Mchanicville, New York. Eberly is known for his original recording of “I’m Glad There is You” in 1942 with Jimmy Dorsey! This song from 1942 became a jazz standard. He eventually headlined Perry Como’s CBS show. Unfortunately in 1980, Eberly became extremely sing. He died of a heart attack locally in Glen Burnie at only 65 years of age.

Glen Burnie Roofing

If you’re a local homeowner in need of a Glen Burnie roofer, whether you’re looking to replace a metal or asphalt shingle roof, or repair an old leaky roof, we can help. We take pride in our Glen Burnie roots and community, and value helping our neighbors. Please give us a call today if we can help! We can help you replace asphalt shingles, metal, slate, cedar shake or flat roofs!

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The History of Glen Burnie, Maryland

Glen Burnie, Maryland is a unique town, with some interesting history behind its development. Glen Burnie, located in Anne Arundel County, is actually a census-designated place, not a city! According to the 2010 census, the population is over 67,000 people, which makes it bigger than most cities not only in Anne Arundel County, but Maryland in general!

Glen Burnie Formation

The history of Glen Burnie dates back to 1812. Elias Glenn established a county seat as “Glennsburne”, which was changed to “Glennsbourne Farm” and to modern day “Glen Burnie”. Glenn’s children and grandchildren were given his property, which led to the name changes. Eventually, in 1854, William Glenn, Elias’ grandson incorporated Curtis Creek Mining into his family’s property, which was a prosperous company. After his death, Glen Burnie became its own subdivision and area in 1888.

Formation of Buildings

Glen Burnie was not originally intended to be a city. But in 1899, the first school was built in Glen Burnie called First Avenue Elementary. Just a few short years later in 1904, the first church was being built called St. Alban’s Episcopal. In order to get to Glen Burnie, Ritchie Highway provided access for all Baltimore traffic that was driving towards Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Moreover, as the years passed, more churches, buildings, and schools have been constructed. Shopping centers have been developed, and malls across Glen Burnie. As more schools, and buildings were formed, the popularity and interest in Glen Burnie grew. In 1970, local real estate developers attempted to make Glen Burnie more urbanized with new buildings, including an Anne Arundel Community College branch. Then, in 2000 the University of Maryland Medical System bought the North Arundel Hospital to expand it to accommodate the growing population of Glen Burnie.

Growth of Glen Burnie

Glen Burnie was a major point of interest for growth because of its convenient location. It was a 45 minute drive between Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis, an incredibly ideal location. It became a popular spot with locals because of distance, and offered a cheaper cost of living than DC.

Formation of Schools

Any modern city has quality schools, which is an important consideration for many young families on deciding where to live. In Glen Burnie, numerous schools have been formed, such as Glen Burnie High, Southgate Elementary, Marley Elementary, Glendale Elementary, Corkran Middle, Glen Burnie Park Elementary, North County High, Old Mill High school and others that serve Glen Burnie students.


BWI provides quick access to Glen Burnie residents for domestic and international travel, which is only a short distance away. The Baltimore Light Rail has a terminal to provide convenient transportation to Baltimore City for those working in the Baltimore area. There are also many major highways nearby Glen Burnie to provide access to both Baltimore and DC, such as Governor Ritchie Highway, Robert Crain Highway, Arundel Expressway, Glen Burnie Bypass, and of course easy access to I-695 Baltimore Beltway to travel north to Baltimore or DC.

Demographics of Glen Burnie

The 2000 census discovered there was over 38,000 people living in Glen Burnie. This includes over 15,000 households, and over 9,000 families in Glen Burnie. Roughly 29% have young families with children under the age of 18, while 47% are married, and 34% of Glen Burnie residents are non-families. The average income for Glen Burnie is slightly over $45,000.

Glen Burnie Roofing

If you are a Glen Burnie homeowner, and in need of a local Glen Burnie roofing contractor to help with any roof repairs or roof replacement, we are happy to assist! We provide free estimates on asphalt shingles, metal roofing, and slate roof replacements! Give us a call today to schedule your free estimate!

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7 Must-Things To Do When in Annapolis, Maryland

Annapolis, Maryland is not only the county seat of Anne Arundel County, but is also the capital of Maryland. According to the 2010 census, Annapolis had a population of over 38,000 people. Annapolis was the seat of the Confederation Congress, and its history dates back to the Colonial time period, known as “Providence”. Since those early days, Annapolis has become a beautiful city entrenched with rich history. These are just a few things to do, if you’re thinking about visiting or moving to Annapolis, the sailing capital of the United States:

#1 Visit The United Sates Naval Academy

The USNA was established in 1845, and is how most people know Annapolis. You can take a guided tour through the Naval Academy to learn about its history, what midshipmen go through, and to explore the beautiful campus. There is also the USNA Museum which has two floors of exhibits showcasing America’s history of sea-power. Depending on the day, you can also see a football or sport game!

#2 Walk The City Dock

If you want to properly take in Annapolis, you need to go downtown to the City Dock. This is the cornerstone of the heart of Annapolis on Main Street. You’ll find tons of local businesses with gift shops, restaurants and boutiques. You’ll see classic inns and galleries, and get a real feel for the area. Ego Alley is where you can tour boat Harbor Queen. If that is not your thing, you can relax to a sunset on the water.

#3 Take in the Arts District

If you visit West Street, you can dive into Annapolis’ art scene! There are restaurants, art galleries, music, painting, fine art auctions and art events. This is a ‘happening’ spot for many locals. If you’re in town at the right time, you can visit the First Sunday Arts Festival or the Chocolate Binge Festival.

#4 Explore Main Street

If nothing else, you must explore and walk down Main Street in historical downtown Annapolis. Walking this street, you’ll get a feel for four centuries of architecture that you won’t experience in many other cities. Between landmarks, local restaurants, Midshipmen walking around, the Chesapeake Bay, boats on the water, you’ll be in for a view you just won’t see anywhere else. It offers unique nightlife, dining, shopping, and cafes and shops.

#5 Shop at the Annapolis Towne Centre

If you’re looking for a change of scenery and a more ‘shopping’ area, drive to the Annapolis Towne Centre. A gorgeous Centre, you can shop and dine in. It’s about four miles from Annapolis, but has many retail stores and restaurants to choose from. There are summer concerts, and free parking.

#6 View the Sunset on Eastport

Eastport is the maritime district of Annapolis. On this side of the harbor, you can have a romantic evening watching the sunset over the water. You can embrace the brick buildings in the distance with all the spires and domes of the architecture nearby. You can kayak, take a canoe, or explore the Annapolis Maritime Museum. Lastly, for dining, Eastport offers “Restaurant Row” which is many of Annapolis’ most historic and well-reviewed restaurants. This row includes steakhouses, rooftop bars, and some of the best dining Annapolis has to offer.

#7 Stop in For a Bite

When in town, you may want to sample a meal at the Iron Rooster, Carrol’s Creek Cafe, Vin 909 Winecafe, Miss Shirley’s Cafe, Galway Bay Irish Restaurant, Osteria 177 or O’Learys Seafood Restaurant. These are some of the best restaurants that you’ll find in the downtown Annapolis area, all offering a unique touch or spin on many classics. If you love seafood, this is the area to visit!

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Annapolis Maryland’s Most Notable People

Annapolis, Maryland is rich in history, with tremendous significance to our country. It was the rise of a booming colonial city, and has produced dozens of notable celebrities and influential figures in our country’s history. It is the home of the signer of the Declaration of Independence, our country’s great U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen, and many others who have came from Annapolis.

Since 1987, Michael Busch has represented Maryland as Speaker of the House, and from 1987, he served in the Maryland House of Delegates. He is a local, influential politician. Novelist James Cain was also born in Annapolis. He is the author to numerous popular crime fictions dating back to the 1930s. He was instrumental in constructing the genre of film noir. Moreover, he was most well known for “double Indemnity” and “The Postman Always Rings Twice”.

John Brady is a local celebrity. Since 1977, Brady has served as coach of the Annapolis Panthers basketball team, generating more wins than any other basketball coach in the Baltimore metro. He has never had a losing season in his tenure.

Notable People In The Art’s & Music

Robert Duvall is one of America’s favorite and most well known Oscar-winning actors. Duvall grew up in Annapolis because he was the son of a U.S. Navy admiral! As such, he went to school in Severna Park. Jimmie’s Chicken Shack is a popular band that stems from Annapolis! Formed in 1992, they have received MTV airtime, and have played at dozens of rock shows and festivals.

Barbara Kingsolver is a famous noveslist, born in Annapolis, Maryland in 1955. She was won numerous awards, including being selected in Oprah’s Book Club selection! In 2000, Kingsolver received the National Humanities Medal from President Clinton. Debbier Meyer, a three gold medalist in the 1968 Summer Olympics, was born in Annapolis, Maryland in 1952. Christian Siriano, a well-known fashion designer & season 4 winner on Project Runway was born in Annapolis.


In the sector of Government and Politics, James Beans was a grad of the Naval Academy and is a highly prestigious officer in the Marine Corps. Peter Cullins is a very well known U.S. Navy admiral. William Paca may have the most significance as the signer of the United States Declaration of Independence.


An NFL favorite, Roger Staubach won the 1963 Heisman Trophy at Navy. He was not only the nation’s top college football player, but is now a Hall-of-Fame quarter for the Dallas Cowboys. He represents Annapolis through this time spent playing for the Naval Academy. In addition to Staubach, Craig Wilson also represents Annapolis in the professional world of sports. Wilson is an Annapolis High graduate, and played 5 years in the major leagues for the Kansas City Royals and the Saint Louis Cardinals as a third basemen.

Mark Teixeria was born in Annapolis in 1980. He is a World Series Champion, and holds All-Star awards, MVP awards, Gold Glove Awards and Silver Sluggar Awards. He is a highly touted MLB first basemen.

Furthermore, perhaps one of Annapolis’ most successful people is Bill Belichick, a graduate of Annapolis High. Belichick is one of the most successful, and well-known NFL headcoaches in history with the New England Patriots. Belichick has 6 Super Bowls, and is considered as one of the greatest coaches in NFL history. He is the longest tenured active head coach and the first to win 31 playoff games as a coach. He was Coach of the Year in 2003, 2007 and 2010.

Annapolis is a city rich with history, and notable alumni. If you are a local Annapolis resident, and looking for a local Annapolis roofer, give us a call today. We value Annapolis’ great history, and take pride in taking care of our local community and neighbors. Whether you have an asphalt shingle roof in need of a repair, or looking to replace your metal roof, we can help!