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PO Box 62085
Virginia Beach, VA 23466
(757) 785-9937
(877) 312-7302
scott@sbroofing.com
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Roof Leaks Can Go Unnoticed – Virginia Beach, VA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

One of the most important parts of our home is the roof. Too often, it is the last thing we think about until a problem arises.
All homeowners fear a leaking roof. And, once a roof starts to leak, the problem needs to be addressed immediately.  Leaking roofs and water damage can cause a lot of problems in your home and a loss of belongings.

Too often leaks in the roof can be hidden and they can cause deterioration that harms the structural integrity of your roof and your home, creating costly repairs. To find roof leaks before major damage happens, you should have your roof inspected before and after winter. And, after last winter, and the heavy rain this spring, it is possible that many homes have roof leaks that never had them before.

Missing or damaged shingles and damaged flashing can cause roof leaks. Roof inspections will help determine if the flashing is connected to vents and chimneys properly and will ensure that it is in good condition. Damaged or missing flashing needs to be fixed or replaced. Debris that stops water flow off of the roof and that blocks gutters can also cause roof leaks. Debris on the roof can cause water to get under the roof shingles and result in water damage.

The sooner you address roofing issues, the better off you will be and less damage will result. For more information or for a roof inspection, contact SB Roofing.

Signs that Your Roof Needs to be Replaced – Virginia Beach, VA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, May 29, 2015

Leaks, loose flashing or damaged shingles signal when your roof should be fixed — before it fails.

It would be great if you could tell the need for a new roof with a sure sign, like buckets in a living room catching a downpour.

In real life, homeowners hope to know long before then that they should replace a roof. But they also don’t want to spend $5,000 or $10,000 unless they have to. It’s all proactive. The last thing you want to do is replace drywall and paint.

So how does a homeowner not only know when a roof is about to fail but also catch it before it does? Start by considering the age.

Tile, slate and metal roofs can last a lifetime, but asphalt shingles, which cover an estimated 75% of U.S. homes have a limited life span.

Most asphalt roofs start to fail in 15 to 20 years. The older a roof, the more it requires inspection — especially along peaks, valleys, penetrations and edges.

Homeowners should examine their roofs for key signals, say experts.

Leaks

Water damage in the home or attic is the clearest sign of roof failure. But a leak alone isn’t conclusive proof that an entire roof needs to be replaced. Be sure that the leak isn’t due to poor flashing around a skylight, chimney, vent or other penetration of the roof. Such a problem can be fixed without replacing the entire roof.

Light in the attic

A thorough inspection of the roof should include looking under the roof. Cracks of light in a dark attic often point to thin or exposed spots in the roofing above, although make sure the light isn’t coming from vents — which is normal.

Granule loss

Asphalt shingles are typically constructed of fiberglass or felt mats covered with asphalt and topped with ceramic granules, which protect the roof against the rays of the sun. As the shingles age, granules loosen and run off. Look for smooth shingles or granules collecting in gutters.

Damaged shingles

Cracked, missing or curled shingles are more signs of roof aging. A few damaged shingles might not be serious or might be repaired, but a roof full of such shingles could be vulnerable to leaking.

Loose shingles

Asphalt shingles are designed to stick firmly to the shingle below it. As the seal weakens, wind can blow water and debris under the shingles, causing further deterioration.

Algae and moss

Although they can be unsightly, algae and moss growth on a home aren’t themselves causes for alarm. But, over time, both can eat away at granules, weakening the roof shingles.

Loose flashing

Flashing is the metal flange placed around any penetration of the roof, as around a skylight, vent or chimney. Over time, flashing can pull away from the roof, leaving gaps that water can run into.

Check to ensure that flashing is firm to the roof and under shingles above skylights, vents and chimneys. That often happens is it’s not your shingles per se reaching the end of life, but everything else does.

For more information on roof replacement, contact SB Roofing.

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A Roof in Good Repair is the Key to a Home in Good Repair – Virginia Beach, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 13, 2015

Homeowners who want to do a “top-to-bottom” spring cleaning should pay attention to the top (a home’s roof) and the bottom (its foundation) of their homes. This can go a long way to preserving a property’s value and comfort.

No homeowner wants water leaking through the roof or seeping into the basement. The resulting stains or mold can be costly, but some proactive maintenance can keep the moisture out and excessive repair costs from digging into the pocketbook.

Weather can prove taxing on homes. Summer beats down with high temperatures, and winters bring freezing lows. Severe weather poses a risk to houses, especially their roofs.

But, a little vigilance pays off.

Trouble can come from above, and the roof of a home might not always be the primary source of the mischief. But it is important to have a roof inspection after a particularly cold, wet winter.

In the winter, water backs up in gutters, freezes and then expands upward and under the shingles. Eventually, that water gets into the house.

Some products exist to combat these problems, leak barriers for a structure’s most vulnerable places, but tell-tale signs will always point to problems with a roof.

Those signs include missing shingles or the loss of “gravel” from still-attached shingles, not to mention spots on interior ceilings.

You can tell when the shingles are starting to go bad or not. Sometimes, they don’t look too bad from the ground, but when you get up on the roof, you can see cracks in them.

The problems might be serious or easily resolved. Around the ventilation tubes that rise through the roof, the so-called “stink pipes,” a rubber washer might have cracked and given way to water. This costs little.

Older or damaged roofs, though, give homeowners a decision to make. The typical options for replacement are the 25-year “3-tab” shingles and the newer laminated “architectural” style, are longer-lasting but for a reasonable price.

A price also comes with not addressing a roof problem.

If homeowners let roof issues go on too long, you’re going to end up doing damage to your ceilings and you’ve got to replace the sheetrock. You can even get a little mold in there.

For more information on roof repairs or roof replacement this spring, contact SB Roofing.

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Replace the Roof before You Put Your Home on the Market – Virginia Beach, VA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring is here and this is the time of year when many homeowners consider putting their home’s on the market. Before you do there are things you need to do around the house to get it ready for the market. One of those things is to check out the roof. In fact, with a new roof you can really separate your home from the competition.

A new roof is a sure-fire way to boost a home's resale value. Forget kitchen remodeling. You could spend a fortune, and it still might not suit prospective buyers' tastes.

Replacing an unattractive or out-of-date roof with a new nice-looking one is great for boosting that all-important "curb appeal." Roof replacement was one of the very few projects singled out in Remodeling magazine's new annual Cost vs. Value Report for 2015, rising a chart-topping 5.9 percent over even last year's increase.

If you have not replaced or repaired your roof in some time, you may need a roof inspection before you put your home on the market. When buying or selling a house, you can avoid any roofing surprises through a detailed inspection of the roofing system that includes a written report.

For more information on a new roof or a roof inspection, contact SB Roofing.

Metal Roofs Last a Lifetime – Virginia Beach, VA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 26, 2015

This winter brought record cold and snow, in one of the worst winters ever. But the weather did do one thing. It convinced many homeowners it was time to forever abandon their conventional roofs for something better. That "something" is the increasingly popular metal roof.

The residential metal roofing market has grown by double digits in the last five years. Residential roofing experts report metal roofing is winning converts based on its durability, fire-resistance, energy savings, value and natural good looks.

“People are getting tired of having to replace asphalt shingles every 10 to 12 years,” says president of a company which installs hundreds of metal roofing systems yearly. “People are becoming more and more educated on metal roofing, and are seeing the longevity of it ... after completing [a metal roofing] job, you’ve made a big difference in appearance, energy savings and the value of the home.”

Non-metal roofs last 17 years on average, but metal roofs can last a lifetime. Though higher in initial costs, they can boost homes’ resale value. They can also cut homeowners’ insurance premiums in some states by up to 35 percent.

Among factors underpinning the growth of metal roofs, few are more important than the roofing systems’ fire-resistance, the alliance reports.

While conventional roofs in darker colors absorb the sun’s rays, metal roofing actually reflects them. That decreases summertime cooling loads and also insulates against winter’s cold, saving homeowners utility costs.

Metal roofing’s aesthetics are realistic and mimic natural roofing products.

For more information, contact SB Roofing.

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Reasons Metal Roofing Is Great in Winter – Virginia Beach, VA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, February 27, 2015

You may live in Virginia Beach, but this has still been a tough, cold winter. In fact, it seems winter gets colder and tougher every year. If you are considering a new roof, consider a metal roof.  Metal roofing is ideal because it does not deteriorate and it looks great. In fact, a metal roof will end up costing less in the long run because it is durable and resistant to the elements. It can also increase the value of your home. Since it is winter, here are three reasons that metal roofing is a great option for your home in the winter.

1. It keeps your house warmer.

Metal roofs can actually insulate your home and keep cold air from entering it. It fact, the material might even lower your heating bills! A fun fact about metal roofing is that it can be installed over a roof you already have which will further protect warm air from leaving and cool air from entering. This will keep your house cool in the summer as well.

2. Metal roofs can be installed in winter.

It is true that other types roofing can be installed during the winter but the process will not be as simple. Metal roofing can be installed and the winter elements will have no affect on the process. In fact, a non-metal roof often weakens from heavy snow and cold weather. That is why it is not uncommon for home and business owners to install metal during the winter.

3. Metal roofs shed snow.

This is especially true if you have a sloped roof. When snow melts during the spring, you will see it quickly slide off of your roof. The metal will prevent ice from building up and ruining your gutter. In addition, the chance of having leaks is extremely unlikely because metal will stand up to the harsh winter climate without breaking.

For more information on metal roofing installation, contact SB Roofing.

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Common Myths about Metal Roofs – Virginia Beach, VA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 26, 2015

You may be trying to decide on the type of roofing material that would best suit your home and your lifestyle. You may be considering a new metal roof, but there are some preconceived ideas out there about metal roofs, but knowing the facts will help you decide if installing one is the right decision for your home. Below are a few of the myths commonly associated with metal roofs.

1. Hear the rain

If you want a metal roof so you can hear the sound of rain to help you sleep, you may be disappointed. In order for a metal roof to be loud, you need to have sheets of metal over open rafters so the metal can reverberate and make sound. Today’s metal shingles are fastened to your existing wood roof deck. This method of attachment reduces the ability of the roof to make sound. If you have a sky light, you will find it will be much louder than your new metal roof.

2. No more ice

A metal roof does not stop ice from forming. Ice is a result of snow melting over a warm roof and then running to the cold eave edge and refreezing. The fix for ice dams is to eliminate the heat going to the roof. This is accomplished by increasing attic ventilation, getting rid of heat sources and increasing insulation to R-50.

3. No shoveling snow

While it is true that metal roofs shed snow, the temperature needs to warm up five to eight degrees above freezing. Once the snow starts to melt, it slides off. In heavy snow areas, avoid standing seam roofs if you have valleys. The ribs of the standing seam direct the snow to the valleys and can become compacted and cause damage to the roof. Look specifically for roofs designed for the snow country, as these roofs will lock into the valley and help prevent any damage.

4. A warmer home

A metal roof can actually dramatically reduce the amount of heat entering the home. Not all metal roofs are created equal. For example, an aluminum roof is the most energy efficient. Unlike steel, aluminum roofs have been tested to determine that they can reduce the amount of heat entering the attic of your home by as much as 34 percent. Energy saving coatings such as HI-R pigments are also available that can further reduce the heat gain of the home. The net effect is that your home is much cooler in the summer but remains warm in the winter.

5. No resale value

A quality metal roof adds to the resale value of your home. According to one report, a metal roof will add back over half of the initial cost when it is time to sell. It stands to reason if two identical homes were for sale, and one of them had a metal roof, the home that would never need a new roof would sell for more money. Homeowners generally work hard to make their homes maintenance free and may be less inclined to buy a home that will require additional maintenance.

For more information on metal roofing, contact SB Roofing.

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Winter can Put Roofs in Danger – Norfolk, VA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 03, 2015

You live in Virginia, and you probably don't think too much about ice dams. But, ice dams are not unheard of around here.

Ice dams usually occur after a heavy snowfall and several days of extreme cold, can cause water to leak into houses. The best way to deal with ice dams is to prevent them from forming in the first place.

1: Ice blocks gutters

Heat rises from the house into the attic, melting snow on the roof. Melted snow trickles down into the cold gutter and freezes, creating an ice block or “dam.”

2: Trapped water seeps through roof

As the ice dam continues to enlarge, it traps water behind it. The ice and water can back up under shingles, seeping into the attic, ruining insulation, rotting wood and damaging plaster.

Preventing ice dams

  • Keep the roof cold by making sure warm air is not leaking into the attic from the house. Seal plumbing vents and electrical wires with foam spray or caulking. Increase insulation in the attic.
  • Clear leaves and debris from gutters before winter, which will prevent blockage.
  • Attempting to remove an existing dam by chopping it or using heat can damage the home.

For more information, contact SB Roofing.

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Metal Roofing FAQs –Virginia Beach, VA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 15, 2015

Winter has come to Virginia Beach and unfortunately, some homeowners still need to consider replacing the roof. If you are considering a metal roof, here are some frequently asked questions about how metal roofs handles ice and snow.

Will snow easily clear off of my metal roof, or will it freeze and pile up?

Snow and ice slide right off a metal roof system in a clean sweep. For this reason, metal roofing continues to be a very popular roofing choice in even the most cold and snowy climates, including cooler regions of the US and Canada.

Lucky for you, with a metal roof you’ll never have to worry about the destructive effects of ice damming -- when snow backs up against your roof eaves and forces water into your home under the shingles.

Because durable metal roofing is designed to shed snow and ice, you’ll also be free from worrying about icicles or ice buildup that can tear down your gutters.

If snow and ice shed from metal roofs so easily, what prevents large, dangerous chunks from falling onto nearby walkways and traffic areas?

Metal roofing systems are not only designed to shed snow and ice, but can also be installed with snow guards or heating cables. Both of these help to break up large snow and ice chunks to avoid the "avalanche" effect that might otherwise occur outside your home during the winter.

As strange as it sounds, the prevalence of heat sources within the attic or under the roof cause ice on metal and asphalt roofs by melting snow in one area and allowing the runoff to re-freeze in another.

Consult with your local metal roofing contractor to locate these heat sources within your home. Once these heat sources are found, you’ll be able to tailor the installation of your new metal roof so that snow and ice shed easily and safely.

Is it possible to install a metal roof during the winter months?

Metal roof installations are not at all uncommon even during the most brutal winter seasons, especially because a heavy winter snow can be the breaking point for an old roof that needs to be replaced.

For more information, contact SB Roofing.

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A Common Question About Installing Metal Roofs –Virginia Beach, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 15, 2014

At SB Roofing we often get this question: “I want to replace a shingled roof with a metal roof. I have one layer of asphalt shingles on my roof. Can I place the metal roof on top of the shingles?”

Well, the quick answer to your question is no. And there are some good reasons why. A metal roof is pretty much a lifetime product, and as such, you want to make sure that it is installed so that it never needs repairs. When you remove all of the asphalt shingles from your roof, it’s entirely possible that there may be some sheets of plywood on your roof that are not as sound as they once were for a variety of reasons. Those sheets would have to be removed and replaced by the roofer in question. There may also be some fascia boards that need replacing. Now is the time to take care of that problem, too. Once the roofing system is properly repaired, the new underlayment can be placed and the metal roofing system installed.

When the new metal roof is installed properly you will have a roof that will last almost indefinitely. Please don’t waste your money on a new metal roofing system without having it prepared and installed properly. It’s a decision you may soon regret.

For more information on metal roofing materials, contact SB Roofing.

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