16 June 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.
29 May 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
13 April 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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31 March 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.
26 March 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.
27 February 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.
26 February 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.
3 February 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
For more information, contact SB Roofing.
15 January 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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15 December 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.
17 November 2014
This winter as homeowners worry about ice, snow, and roof leaks, many homeowners turned their thoughts to a metal roof.
Smooth and indestructible, metal roofs allow snow to slide off easily, avoiding many problems caused by ice that backs up under asphalt shingles, melts and drips into the house.
Other homeowners value metal roofs because of their environmental advantages. They are made from more than 90 percent recycled steel or aluminum. One company boasts that 11,000 soda cans make up a 10-by-10-foot roof section.
The metal roofs last longer, and when they are replaced, instead of adding tons of asphalt shingles to landfills, the roofs can themselves be recycled.
But there's a significant obstacle: A metal roof is more expensive than asphalt shingles, although the costs are comparable if the price of the metal roof is prorated over its useful life.
Metal roofs last over 50 years and do not leak, so in the long run, they are less expensive.
If you are thinking long-term, metal roofs are more expensive, but once they are installed, they are done. You never have to touch these roofs again.
There is an additional benefit of metal roofs that you may like as well, another roof won't end up in the landfill. A metal roof carries a lifetime guaranty, which means they never need to be replaced.
Metal is more expensive, but on the other hand, asphalt has a shorter life. You have a high outlay initially, but you get it back over the years.
A lot of people are fed up with water in the house and ice dams and may seek a metal roof alternative before the winter.
Metal roofs can be made of steel or aluminum, but aluminum is used exclusively in coastal areas or where humidity levels are high. Styles vary, from the traditional New England barn look of standing flat seams to realistic imitations of slate or shingles, tiles or shakes.
Many are finished with a durable paint guaranteed not to fade, or a Teflon material. Warranties vary and are usually transferable but are often limited to the first transferee, and are limited in time.
For more information on metal roofs, contact SB Roofing.
9 October 2014
Gutters filled with granules, cracks in the shingle mat on the roof, leaks in the house—they’re all signs a home needs a new roof.
Here are some tips on how to choose a contractor for a new roofing project.
One of the biggest mistakes people make is automatically going with the lowest priced contractor. Too many people base a job off of a price.
Instead of choosing the lowest bid, check to see how long the companies have been in business and finding out what former clients have to say about each one.
Check to see if the contractor offers a warranty. If you pick a certain contractor who has the certifications, they’re able to give you a warranty that basically covers a roof against any defects as long as the person owns the home.
An established roofing company can more likely ensure they will be there if a warranty needs to be used, while shingle companies are less likely to certify a “pick-up truck roofer” to give these kinds of warranties.
Try to find out why a bid is low before choosing it. A low bid can indicate poor quality materials or work, but it also could indicate that the contractor has low overhead expenses, thus being able to offer services at a lower cost.
Find out the reputation of the contractors and that people can always ask the them how they arrived at their bids.
One way of finding out some information on contractors is by calling a local roofing distributor and asking them who’s one of their biggest clients as far as purchases go. Also, ask the companies for references, as quality companies typically will be happy to put a potential client in contract with a past customer.
Since those references most likely would be from happy customers, the Better Business Bureau can be checked to see if any complaints have been made about the company and how they were handled.
Checking to ensure that the roofing company is licensed and insured is something else to look for when choosing a contractor.
You need to make sure whoever you’re hiring has the proper workman’s compensation insurance and have it faxed or e-mailed directly from the insurance company so you know it’s legitimate.
Knowing that your roofers are covered by insurance can protect a homeowner from a variety of risks, such as damage to property and liability for personal injury.
Also worth checking out is the type of training or skills the workers have, whether the company cleans up the job site, and whether that cost is included in the price.
As far as do-it-yourself roofing jobs, a professional job will typically always yield better results.
For those considering a new roof, September and October are the best months of the year to have it done. Contact SB Roofing for more information.
18 September 2014
Attention Active Military, Veterans, and Retirees. SB Roofing along with GAF Roofing systems would like to Thank you for your sacrifice and your commitment.
GAF – a U.S.-based corporation – is giving back to our troops. Receive a $250 rebate off your Lifetime Roofing System when installed by a GAF Factory-Certified Contractor!
Professional installers have long preferred the rugged, dependable performance that only a GAF roof can offer. The Timberline Shingles with Advanced Protection are the #1 selling shingle brand in North America! In fact, they are rated #1 in shingle quality by U.S. contractors and home builders.
The Roofing System must be installed by a GAF Factory-Certified Contractor like SB Roofing by December 31, 2014. The rebate form must be received by January 31, 2015.
For more information, contact SB Roofing.
12 September 2014
Besides performing the essential function of protecting you and your belongings from sun, rain, hail, and snow, roofs come in various shapes that add architectural interest to the buildings they cover. Factors to consider when choosing a roof, and roofing materials such as roof shingles, are local climate, cost to build and maintain, and the style of your home as a whole. If you are actively planning to build a house -- or just daydreaming about your future residence here is information on the different roofing styles.
A flat roof is the simplest kind to build. It takes the least amount of roofing material but needs to be carefully waterproofed, because it doesn't drain well. If you'd like to relax on a glamorous terrace or plant an eco-friendly urban garden atop your roof, a flat design could be for you.
2. Shed (skillion)
A shed roof consists of a single plane, which is slanted, high on one side, low on the other. This is an improvement on the flat roof due to better drainage. Although it will leave you with odd-shaped rooms underneath, adventurous souls may plan this deliberately as a unique architectural feature.
3. Gable (pitched)
A gable roof has two sides that slope down from a central ridge. Easy to build and suitable for whatever climate you may live in, it can be vented and doesn't collectprecipitation or debris like fallen leaves. The gable roof allows space for an attic, great for insulation purposes; you'll find it less complicated to insulate the floor of an unheated attic space (which can be used for storage of non-cold sensitive items) than the roof itself.
A hipped roof has two long sides and two shorter ones slanting down from a ridge in the middle. The eaves can overhang your property, shading overly sunny windows and shielding the entrance, as well as protecting siding from rain. With its high-quality wind resistance, the hipped roof is ideal for warm climates where there a frequent rainstorms. It's an excellent Miami roofing choice, for example.
A pyramid roof is similar to the hipped variety, with the difference that the former is topped by a sharp peak instead of a flat ridge.
A mansard is also a variation on the hipped roof theme, with four sides. There are two slopes to this elegant roofing type, with a lower slope that is much steeper than the upper and contains dormer windows. If you'd like to maximize your usable living space, this design will allow for an additional story under the roof.
7. Gambrel (Gambrill)
A gambrel roof resembles the mansard, except its short ends are vertical gables and it juts out over the faade of the building.
A bonnet is a pyramid roof modified to offer more shade to your home's outdoor area. Two of its sides change pitch partway down, from a steep slope to a gentler one, and stretch out to form large eaves.
9. Curved or Arched
A curved or, even more dramatically, an arched roof is a striking architectural feature, which may be used to cover your whole house or just a very visible portion. It provides good drainage and is usually manufactured from steel for maximum strength.
Most outstanding of all, a domed roof will add an exciting finishing touch if you are planning an over-the-top luxurious property. Construction is costly, though, compared to other roofing types.
21 August 2014
Your roof keeps your home safe and sheltered from the elements, but it’s one of the most expensive items to replace on or in your home. This is why it’s so important to shop around before signing on the dotted line with a roofing contractor.
No matter what type of home you live in, the price to replace a roof can be all over the map regardless of if it is damaged or old age.
You can find prices ranging from $5,400 to over $20,000 for the same roof for the same work. High pressure sales tactics aren’t uncommon with roofing companies. By getting multiple bids you really increase your chances of getting a low price, of saving thousands and thousands of dollars.
By the way, you have three days to cancel any home improvement contract when that contract is signed in your home. If you’re looking to replace your roof, get at least three estimates. It is also important to ask around, and check reviews.
SB Roofing specializes in a variety of roofing systems. Whatever your needs, we have a solution. Our roofers are qualified to install or repair many styles of roof. All our work is backed by a Quality Workmanship Warranty/Guarantee.
For more information on roof repairs and roof replacement, contact SB Roofing.
5 August 2014
Roofing shingles can be made from many materials, including wood, metal or thin pieces of overlapping slate. But far and away the most popular material in the US is asphalt shingles. The reason is they’re easier to apply, they’re relatively inexpensive and, when installed correctly, they can last decades depending on the slope of the roof.
Many weather issues can cause shingles to come off of your roof. It’s hard to speculate what might cause this to happen. Once the underside of the shingles is exposed to the wind, the lifting and tearing force can easily defeat the roofing nails that hold the shingle in place.
Modern shingles come with self-sealing asphalt cement designed to interlock the bottom of each shingle with the one below it. If the missing shingles are on a steep north-facing side of your roof, it is possible this sealing compound never got to activate as well as it should have.
When the sun’s rays hit shingles, it heats them up, causing the self-sealing compound to activate. In most situations, this compound does a magnificent job of welding the shingles together.
The roofing nails that hold in the missing shingle or shingles in place may not hold well for a host of reasons. Maybe the nails were not long enough. If you can gain access to the attic space below the roof where the shingles are missing, inspect the roof sheathing to see if it’s rotten, has cracks or is soft.
If you have shingles that have blown off your roof, ask at least two independent roof inspectors to come out and give you an opinion. If you tell them you just want them to look at the roof, you could get a significant discount on the fee.
If you it is decided that your existing roof is in good shape and you can have the missing shingles replaced or you can choose a whole new roof. For more information on roofing materials and roof inspections, contact SB Roofing.
17 July 2014
category by the Virginia Beach Award Program.
SB Roofing is dedicated to providing quality products, craftsmanship, and service. But, more importantly, we want to assure that you are completely satisfied with the job we do for you.
Each year, the Virginia Beach Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Virginia Beach area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Virginia Beach Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Virginia Beach Award Program and data provided by third parties.
The Virginia Beach Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Virginia Beach area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
For more information on SB Roofing, contact us.
24 March 2014
Spring is here. If you need a new roof after the tough winter, you know that this is one of the most important, and biggest, investments you can make in your home. That’s why it is so important to hire a knowledgeable roofing contractor. In fact, choosing the right contractor is just as important as choosing the right roofing materials. Remember the four “R’s” to help ensure you have the best person for the job.
1. Research local contractor options.
A great roofing contractor for your new roof should be dedicated to outstanding craftsmanship and should have a high level of professionalism. Ask for referrals from friends and family or check out reviews on consumer rating sites. As a general rule, any contractor you consider should be in good standing with the Better Business Bureau and hold at least $1 million in general liability insurance. Make sure to verify that he or she carries all required state and local licensing. As with any other professional service, it’s also a good idea to “shop around” and obtain multiple quotes before making a commitment.
2. Rely on a trusted brand.
The top roofing manufacturers proactively seek out alliances with some of the best contractors in the business. Contractor networks are supported by the manufacturer and offer homeowners added assurance that participating professionals are skilled and reputable. These designated contractors are typically up-to-date on the latest industry standards and technologies, as well as being trained inside and out on the manufacturers’ products.
3. Review any proposals thoroughly.
After a prospective roofing contractor does a thorough roof inspection, they should provide a written proposal and cost estimate for your roof replacement project. Review the proposal closely and inquire about such details as projected start and completion dates, expectations for payment and adherence to local building codes. The proposal also should clearly outline the scope of work for the job – including all products to be specified. In addition, this is an ideal time to ensure that the contractor will commit to supervising the job during each phase of the work, inspect it thoroughly when finished and leave your yard in the same shape it was found.
4. Request a comprehensive warranty.
Consider selecting a contractor who provides additional roof warranty coverage for excellent protection. Make sure your contractor takes the time to explain all available warranties so that you thoroughly understand the limitations and requirements before your roof is installed, and you know who to contact if there’s a problem in the future.
It’s important to make the extra effort to find a roofing contractor who will provide the support, know-how and breadth of services necessary to install a beautiful new high-performance roof for your home. For more information on SB Roofing, contact us.
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12 March 2014
Metal roofs are a popular option among homeowners and landlords because of their durability, strength and attractive appearance. Metal roofing offers great value because it has a longer lifespan than traditional roofing materials.
With proper maintenance and optimal conditions, metal roofing will cover a building almost indefinitely. While shingles will need to be replaced regularly, metal roofing offers you style with savings.
Here are some things to consider when shopping for a new metal roof.
Metal roofs are no longer synonymous with shiny tin roofs. These days, metal roofing has many styles and colors; matte finishes and textured designs in every color. It's all about functionality and making a design statement.
Find a style that will match the architecture of your building. Choose a handful of textures and styles, and request samples to see how they will look against your brick or siding.
Metal roofing comes in a variety of materials, including steel, aluminum, copper, zinc or an alloy of multiple metals.
There are also varying grades and thicknesses. Some materials have longer lifespans and are suited to regional weather variations.
You can choose between different stages of pre-fabrication. Some styles come press-formed and full-painted while others require more on-site work.
It's important to get advice from a company you trust, one with deep roots in your community. Local companies will understand which materials and brands perform best for your area. Be sure to do business with a company that has a long track record of happy customers.
As with any product you purchase, it is important to understand what the warranty covers. Also, look to see what problems the warranty will cover and whether there are any out-of-pocket costs for materials, labor or both.
A properly designed and installed metal roof can help you save money on your energy bill. Compare different materials and styles for any factors that will provide energy efficiency.
Some metal roofs can include insulating underlayment and special reflective coatings to deflect solar radiation. These materials can keep your attic cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, thus reducing your energy consumption.
For more information on metal roofing, contact SB Roofing.
25 February 2014
Many homeowners do not put too much thought into their roofs. But when leaks develop, roof repairs and the costs involved shed light on how important it is for homeowners to pay closer attention to the roofs over their heads.
Though certain roof issues, like lost shingles due to weather, are unforeseeable, many problems can be avoided with routine roof inspections.
Checking roof conditions twice a year can help homeowners avoid potentially costly repair work or even more expensive roof replacement.
Spring is a good time to inspect roofs. Bad weather, ice and cold winds can do significant damage, making spring the perfect time to find out if you had any roof damage over the winter and address any issues.
Start the roof inspection in the interior of the home, pinpointing potential problems that may indicate roof damage. Check for stains on the ceiling which may indicate leaks that need to be addressed. Homeowners with attics should enter their attics and look for signs of water damage, making note of any damp or wet insulation. This will let you know if water has been entering the attic all winter. Pay attention to the location of any wet spots or stains so you can match them up to the exterior of the roof later on. Musty smells also may be indicative of moisture problems, even if there are no visible leaks.
Inspect the roof outside. Grab a set of binoculars and inspect the exterior of the roof. Look at the roof flashing, including around the chimney and other areas of protruding pipes and vents. If the flashing is warped or damaged, moisture might be settling underneath. Sealant around dormers or skylights can also degrade, resulting in leaks. Check for spalling on masonry, such as the mortar of chimneys. Porous areas will allow water to infiltrate.
Have a professional roof inspection performed. If you are unsure if your roof has made it through the winter unscathed and would like a second opinion or if you find there is considerable damage, contact a roofing contractor. This person will offer a professional assessment of what can be repaired or if the roof should be replaced. If your roof is metal or features clay tiles, you may not have the expertise to make repairs yourself and will need to hire a professional.
For a roof inspection, contact SB Roofing.
28 January 2014
Do you need to replace the roof of your home? A lot rides on this decision, including home insurance costs. To a home insurance company, the roof is the most important part of your house. Because it's the gateway to far greater damage claims if it gets damaged.
The roof is the first layer that wind, hail, wildfire and other hazards really begin to act on. In more than 90% of hail or high-wind claims, there is a payout relative to the roof cover.
With insurance, a lot rides on your roof.
Because insurers have a vested interest in your roof, they price your home insurance accordingly, based on the soundness of its construction and what it will cost them to replace it. Premium incentives and disincentives for roof types vary widely by company and location.
If you live near a wildfire zone, you pay a lot if your roof is (made of) cedar shakes compared to asphalt shingles that are flame-retardant, or a metal roof that doesn't burn. Some home insurance companies won't even insure certain roof types, such as wood shakes, in high fire-risk areas.
Before you decide on roofing materials, you may want to check with your home insurance agent before you build or replace the roof to see what impact your roofing type might have on your premium. Companies are moving more and more toward 'actual cash value' coverage for a roof and not paying the full replacement cost.
What's the best roofing choice for you?
Look at the other homes in your neighborhood and you should consider the weather conditions and types of natural disasters that are common in your area. SB Roofing can also help you decide which roofing material is best for your home, neighborhood, home value and insurance premium. For more information on roofing materials, contact SB Roofing.
10 December 2013
When you need to replace the roof, choosing a roofing material is one of the hardest decisions in the process. You need to take into consideration, weather conditions, how long you will be in your home, the neighbor’s homes, and home value. Here is some information on the roofing materials available today.
Lifespan: 15 to 20 years for three-tab, 20 to 25 years for architectural.
Construction: Asphalt is infused into a fiberglass core, and the material is then covered with colored granules. Single-layer shingles create a flat appearance; double-layer architectural shingles give a textured look.
Pros: This least expensive roofing material is lightweight, fire-resistant, economical to install, available in a variety of colors and can be installed over an existing roof.
Cons: Shingles fade, become brittle, attract mold and mildew, and may blow off in high winds.
Good to know:
Lifespan: A lifetime, but the surface may require recoating.
Construction: In a traditional installation, thin sheets of stainless steel, aluminum, copper or zinc are measured, cut into panels and seamed for custom installation over a watertight roof underlayment. Metal also can be formed to simulate wood shakes, shingles and even tile or slate.
Pros: Metal is light, durable and laughs off the fire, rot and insect perils that plague other roofing types. Metal also reflects the sun's rays, keeping attics cooler.
Cons: Metal's higher price might discourage some homeowners. Some metal roofs also can be noisy in rain or hail and show surface dents.
Good to know:
Lifespan: 15 to 20 years.
Construction: Chunky wood shakes are hand-cut from cedar, redwood or pine trees, while wood shingles are machine-processed.
Pros: In addition to their timeless look, properly installed wood shakes can provide good insulation.
Cons: Wood shakes are expensive to buy and install, have little or no defense against fire, can warp over time and may be susceptible to rot. Insurers will almost certainly charge a premium to underwrite a shake roof.
Good to know:
Lifespan: A lifetime when installed correctly.
Construction: Actual slices of slate stone are cut to form.
Pros: Like tile, slate is impervious to fire, rot and insects, with the added benefits of greater impact resistance and less maintenance. Unlike tile, slate can be easier to repair due to its natural color variations.
Cons: Slate is expensive to purchase and install, and its weight might require extra support. Expect slate to add to your home insurance costs.
Good to know:
Lifespan: A lifetime when installed with sound underlayment.
Construction: Mined clay is shaped, glazed or painted, then baked. For concrete tile -- sand and pulverized rock are mixed with concrete, tinted, then poured into molds.
Pros: Versatile tile offers a wide range of looks, will not burn, rot or attract insects, and provides optimal attic insulation.
Cons: Clay tile is expensive, and some types can crack under foot if anyone ever needs to walk around up there. Any tile adds weight to the home's structural supports. The potential replacement cost could result in higher home insurance rates.
Good to know:
For more information on roofing and roofing materials, contact SB Roofing.
25 November 2013
1. What is the full name and address of the company?
Getting the complete address of the roofing company can be an important factor in determining a company’s time in business. If a post office box is given, ask for a full street address as well. Try to hire a contractor that has an office nearby. The likelihood of better service and quicker response time is greater if the company is based near your home.
2. Does the company carry insurance?
A roofing contractor should carry comprehensive liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance to protect you in the event of a roofing accident. This can be verified by asking to see the contractor’s certificates of insurance (workers’ compensation and general liability). Let the contractor know you want current certificates sent to you by the insurer before the job is started. Bland assurances of insurance coverage may refer to other forms of insurance. Don’t be confused. Ask for proof of general liability and workers’ compensation coverage for roofing projects.
3. Is the company a licensed or credentialed contractor?
When you pose this question, you are, in effect, asking if the contractor is licensed by your state and/or city. Not all states require contractors to be licensed. A number of cities also require professional licensing. Check with your local licensing authority for details. A contractor may also answer this question by telling you he has a business license. However, a business license is a tax requirement only and is not directly relevant to the contractor’s competence.
Several roofing manufacturers offer a variety of programs to professional contractors that establish their credentials as a knowledgeable roofing company. Homeowners can view a contractor’s credentials as another indicator of their degree of knowledge, professionalism, and dedication to the roofing trade.
4. How long has the company been in business?
Needless to say, longer is usually better. Under three years may signal an unstable business or one low on the learning curve. On the other hand, everybody has to start somewhere. References will be helpful to double check any business, and are especially important when dealing with a new business. A newer business may have a great future but it is only reasonable to be more careful when considering its referrals. The failure rate of small businesses in the first three years is very high.
5. Will the company provide referrals or references from previous jobs?
Request a list of 10 names and phone numbers of recent customers (last 12 months). It is not necessary to check all 10, but you will be able to pick randomly from the list those you do call.
6. What is the company’s workmanship warranty?
Typically, roofing contractor workmanship warranties are for one year or more. Longer warranties are not necessarily more valuable than shorter warranties. The length of the warranty is less important than the intent and ability of the roofer to stand behind his warranty. That is best evaluated using customer referrals. Ask his customers specifically for information about these four things:
The roofer will warrant his workmanship. The manufacturer, on the other hand, warranties the roofing material against defects in manufacturing. Thus, two warranties will cover the shingle roof system. Understand them both. Ask for a copy of the manufacturer’s warranty pertaining to the specific shingle products you are considering.
Even if problems of workmanship arise after the workmanship warranty has lapsed, a reliable contractor usually will want to stand behind his work. <<>
7. What is the company’s track record for solving customer complaints?
Try to find out how your contractor handles problems when they do arise. Request a referral from a job that involved a complaint. Ask the contractor if he has ever lost a job-related court case. Ask if his contractor’s license has ever been suspended and why. Also, in talking to the appropriate authorities, such as the Better Business Bureau and licensing departments, find out if any complaints have been filed against the contractors whom you have interviewed. Many contractors in business for any length of time have been involved in a dispute. Ask how the dispute was resolved, to test your contractor’s reputation.
For more information contact SB Roofing.
4 November 2013
The real estate market is heating up and as the prices rise homeowners are thinking about putting their home on the market soon. A new roof is the perfect way to set your home apart from the competition. Even though it is a seller’s market, you can get more for your home if the home inspector tells potential buyers that the roof is new.
No one wants to pay for a roof replacement, right now or in a few years. Take that worry away from potential buyers and make your home more enticing by repairing or replacing your roof before you put your home on the market.
Are you considering selling? Consider your buyer. Buyers have their choice of homes, but once the home inspector arrives, homes get taken off the list of homes they are considering. By replacing the roof or, I some cases, repairing the roof, you ensure that your potential buyers are still considering buying your home.
If you put your home on the market with a roof that needs to be replaced, you will end up losing money off your asking price in the end. Your home may also sit on the market for longer than you want making your own move take longer. When you home sits on the market you inevitable end up reducing the asking price in the end.
Even having regular roof inspections will make your home easier to sell. Showing buyers that you have a well maintained and regularly inspected roof gives you home added value.
For a new roof in order to sell your home, contact SB Roofing in Virginia Beach.
21 October 2013
Roofs are meant to last decades. As one of the least favorite but most important home improvement projects, most of us would like a new roof to last forever, they can’t. But, a new roof should last more than 20 years.
But there are some tips from roofing experts on which roofing shingles will give you the best and longest coverage for your money.
There's a 20-year three tab asphalt shingle, which is probably the shingle that was put on the house when it was built. There's a 25-year three tab asphalt shingle and there's an architectural shingle which is laminated. People often call that a fancy shingle. If you take a second look at roof with an asphalt shingle on it, it is most likely an architectural shingle.
There is also the 30-year lifetime laminated shingle. Most are asphalt, but others include wood, slate or tile.
When determining what kind of roofing product you want to use for your roof, first you want to think about what you have on your roof now? What kind of roofing material is being used on your house? What kind of roofing shingles is being used on your neighbor's houses? What's most commonly used in the neighborhood? What is going to fit best with the style? Also consider the color you choose. This is the advice from Angie’s List.
Angie’s List also wants you to know how important it is to hire a reputable roofing contractor.
When it comes to color, use the same method as picking paint -- hold up a sample to the outside of the home, both in the sun and shade, to get a good feel of what the single will really look like.
For more information on roofing and roofing materials, call SB Roofing.
7 October 2013
Is your roof in need of a makeover? If so, choosing roofing materials can be confusing because there are so many choices.
Here is some advice about what factors to consider before roof installation begins.
Before making a choice, consulted with a roofing contractor who can discuss the pros and cons of materials available.
Before you chose a roof look at samples and suggested types of roofing as well as color.
Asphalt shingles are the most common type of shingle used today and is relatively inexpensive, but other materials can also be used like wood, slate or tile.
When determining what kind of product you want to use for your roof, first you want to think about what is there now? A lot of roofing manufacturers also have a computer program that can show you exactly what it’s going to look like when it’s on your house. The last thing you want to do is pick a roof that doesn’t compliment your home or the neighborhood.
If the shingle is installed incorrectly, it will fail – that’s why it’s important to hire a reputable roofing contractor who has experience with the type of product you want.
Putting a new roof on your house is one of the biggest projects you’ll do as a homeowner. Your roof typically last 20 to 30 years, so you want to find a reputable contractor who is licensed and has insurance. You also want to be sure that they have a good reputation and good warranty for standing behind their work.
Choosing a color for your roof project is not always easy. Be sure to look at the samples in both the sun and the shade.
For more information, contact SB Roofing.
24 September 2013
If you are considering an new roof, metal roofing is something to consider. In fact, metal roofing is becoming one of the most popular roofing materials on the market because it has many advantages of traditional asphalt shingles. A longer lifespan, lower maintenance and better thermal properties, metal roofing is becoming popular all over the country.
When considering a new metal roof, consider the benefits of metal roofing while you consider the costs. Metal roofs require less maintenance and will last longer. As a result, they retain their value longer which makes them an asset when selling your home. So, despite their higher initial cost, they can pay for themselves over their lifetime. If a roofing system lasts for decades you will recoup the cost.
Metal roofs are fire resistant, impact resistant and non-corrosive, meaning they don’t rust. Additionally, they reflect sunlight which helps to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. This helps you reduce energy costs. Metal roofs are also recyclable, which makes them attractive if you are trying to reduce your environmental impact.
Available in different colors and textures, metal roofs have come a long way from the old style metal roofs. Remember, you roof is a long term investment, and metal roofs can last for decades with no maintenance and they can save you money on energy bills. If you want more information on metal roofing, contact SB Roofing.
18 September 2013
Want to get top dollar for your home? If so, set your home apart from the competition with a new roof. If you have not repaired or replaced your roof in some time, and you want to put your home on the market, consider a new roof. A home with a new roof is so much more appealing than other homes on the market.
When you put your home on the market, consider your buyer. If you want to sell and if you know you need a new roof, replace the roof before you list your home. Buyers are much more picky today. If your roof needs to be replaced, you won’t get top dollar. Most likely your buyers will use this as a prices negotiating tool.
If you haven’t had a roof inspection in several years, or you know you actually need a new roof, address this before you put your house on the market. By replacing the roof, you will end up spending money. But, if you don’t you will lose that much or more off the sale and your home will almost certainly take longer to sell.
Home buyers don’t care about the roof UNLESS the roof needs repair or replacement. In fact, most people don’t pay too much too the roof at all, except when it begins to fail. Roof replacement is probably one of the most “boring” home renovations, but certainly it is one of the most essential.
When you need a new roof, nailing over the existing roof is not recommended because this adds weight and increases the chances of roof leaks. Weigh the costs of the job and your return and you will find it is probably worth the new roof. Need more information? Contact SB Roofing.
26 August 2013
It is often hard for homeowners to know if they need roof repairs or a new roof, and it is an expensive endeavor. You need to know who to trust when you ask that question.
Here are some sings to look for that are easy to see to help let you know that you need roof repairs or replacement.
Leakage in the attic after wind driven rain.
Possible cause: Leaky or inadequate shingle underlayment or deteriorated flashing.
Leakage in attic after ice build up.
Possible cause: Inadequate shingle underlayment allows water from ice dams to leak into the attic.
Blistering and/or peeling of interior and/or exterior paint.
Possible cause: Excessive temperature or high humidity to do poor attic ventilation.
Stains on interior ceilings and walls or mold and mildew growth.
Possible cause: Inadequate or faulty shingle underlayment allowing leakage or enadequate ventilation.
Possible cause: poor attic ventilation.
Missing, cracked, or curled roof shingles.
Possible cause: Shingles have reached the end of their useful life.
Dark, "Dirty-Looking" areas on your roof.
Possible cause: Loss of granules due to age of shingles.
Excessive energy costs.
Possible cause: Insufficient attic ventilation causes heating/cooling system to run excessively
In warm weather, inadequate ventilation will trap hot air in the attic, causing air conditioning systems to work harder, or leaving your home's interior hotter and less comfortable. In both hot and cold weather, insufficient attic ventilation may cause moisture in the attic to become trapped and condense on the rafters. This condensed moisture can drip down onto the insulation and reduce its effectiveness. Excessive energy costs can result.
For a roofer you can trust and for more information on a new roof or roof repairs, contact SB Roofing.
9 August 2013
The first line of defense in keeping your home cool and combating the heat is the roof. Roofing materials and colors impact how buildings and homes handle heating and cooling. There are two roofing materials in particular that are great for warm weather roofs.
Roofing with slate tiles a durable and beautiful choice, with a natural color range. Slate roofing lasts a long time with little maintenance. Light colored and earth-toned slate help reduce the heat absorbed by a home because it has natural reflective properties. It also wears to a nice finish over time.
In terms of reflectivity, white metal roofing reflects about 66% of the sun's energy away from a roof. Metal roofing has another edge: Compared to other roofing types, it cools faster at night, and holds less heat for shorter periods.
Most metal roofing will cost 20% to 30% more than traditional roofing, but in energy savings, durability and lowered maintenance, it is a cost saver overall. In order to maximize the benefits of metal roofing in warm climates, treatments and installation are major factors. Most metal roofs are steel and aluminum and most types should be treated for corrosion resistance. They also need to meet minimum code standards for wind resistance and placement.
Roofing materials impact how buildings keep cool, especially in warm climates. For more information roofing materials, contact SB Roofing.
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30 July 2013
Has it been awhile since you have had your roof looked at by a professional? Maybe you have never replaced your roof. There are signs to let you know if you need a new roof, here is what you should look for.
The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends you do a roof inspection at least two times a year -- spring and fall. The best place to begin is inside your house -- grab a flashlight and make a trip to the attic.
Here are four things to look for on the inside:
When you take a look at the exterior of the roof, pay attention to such things as damaged flashing, missing shingles, curling, blistering, buckling, rotting and algae growth (which occurs most often in humid climates and appears as dark or greenish stains).
Here are tips on what to check on the outside:
10 July 2013
While severe weather seems to be on the rise in the U.S.—the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says severe, often record-breaking snow, cold, drought, heat, floods, tornadoes and hurricanes combined to reach the greatest number of multibillion-dollar weather disasters in the nation’s history—you can stay safe at home.
What You Can Do
The best place to start is with a durable roof backed by a solid warranty.
There are many different types of sturdy roofs available for residential applications. One of the most durable, proven to perform well in all climates, is Class 4 asphalt shingles. These shingles carry the highest impact resistance rating.
There are a variety of asphalt shingles. Impact-resistant shingles are an option which have added fiberglass backing. This enhances the impact resistance over and above the industry’s standards, so the shingles can withstand the impact of a 2-inch steel ball dropped from 20 feet without cracking—and hailstones at 90 mph.
Most CertainTeed IR-rated shingles also include a lifetime limited warranty against defects and a standard 15-year, 110-mph- wind warranty provision. Additionally, some insurance companies offer homeowners a discount on their insurance policy for these types of shingles.
For an even bigger environmental punch, solar reflective shingles with impact resistance are not only durable, but also excellent for anywhere solar heat is a challenge. The shingle has been tested to reduce a roof’s temperature by as much as 20% in hot sunny weather, which can lower utility bills. Plus, it comes in a palette of rich, authentic colors that make it an easy choice for eco-friendly living.
For more information on the right shingles to protect your home, contact SB Roofing.
19 June 2013
Most likely you have heard at least one “bad contractor” story if you are a homeowner. If you need roof repairs, a new roof, or a roof inspection, it is very important to hire a reputable roofer and a reputable roofing company. Here are a few ways to avoid a roofing scam.
How can customers make sure they’re hiring a reputable roofer?
The most difficult thing is hiring someone you can trust. Don’t be bashful about checking roofer reviews, calling the city or the Better Business Bureau. Don’t be afraid to check references. Make sure the contractor doesn’t ask for any money up front. Also, make sure they’re local contractors. Some will say they’re local, but they’re actually not. Make sure they pay their employees by the hour, no piecework, no subcontracting.
Should a customer have to make a down payment for materials?
If a contractor does not have the money to buy the materials, they don’t have credit, and there’s a reason they don’t have credit. You don’t want to hire them to work on your home.
Roofs have to pass inspection by the city or county. Doe that protect the homeowner?
When a contractor performs roof repairs or a roof replacement, the owner should make sure the contractor gets the permit. If the contractor can’t get the permit, he doesn’t have insurance. All city and country permitting mandate insurance, or a permit cannot be pulled for the job. Towns do the inspections, but it is not the inspector’s responsibility to make sure everything is done correctly on your house. It’s the contractor’s responsibility.
How do you know when a roof should be replaced?
There are two main things that should be checked. 1. If you have leaks, and 2. If you can lift your shingles up without tearing them. If you can lift up your roof shingles, there’s a good chance that you need a new roof.
Homeowners need to do their homework when hiring a roofer. Unfortunately with roofs, the typical customer won’t be likely to inspect the work firsthand. For more information on SB Roofing, contact us.
14 June 2013
Hurricane season is here and the best time to get ready for a bad weather is before it begins. Virginia is an area prone to high winds. Winds of 60+ mph to over 100 mph can do tremendous damage to your home’s roof.
Roof damage occurs in high winds, and roof repairs can add up after hurricane season year after year. As a homeowner you can feel more confident in your home’s roof. Did you know that more homeowners are turning to metal roofing to protect their homes and prevent costly repairs and damages. In fact, the residential metal roofing market has doubled over the last five years.
Metal roofs are durable, attractive, long-lasting, fade-resistant and energy-efficient. In addition, the Alliance reports that metal roofs are among the top-rated when it comes to enduring extreme weather conditions.
Additionally, standing seam metal roofs have a more modern look if that is what you are after. However, metal roofs can work on any style home including barns. They are available in a variety of thicknesses and can be made out of steel or aluminum and is available in a wide range of colors. Metal roofing is fabricated to meet the dimensions of your home and is installed by SB Roofing with unexposed fasteners, so you don't have to worry about penetrations that could cause leaks.
Metal roofing is a great investment when it comes to protecting your home. For more information contact SB Roofing.
20 May 2013
U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement
For the third consecutive year, SB Roofing Incorporated has been selected for the 2013 Best of Virginia Beach Award in the Residential Roofing Contractors category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).
The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.
Nationwide, only 1 in 120 (less than 1%) 2013 Award recipients qualified as Three-Time Award Winners. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.
About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)
U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.
The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.
SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association
13 May 2013
Unfortunately, roofs can develop roof damage that can go unnoticed or that seems minor, as a result, it gets overlooked by homeowners. If you have a roof inspection, and you hear “It’s only a little worn-out” or “Only one shingle is damaged”, and they don’t recommend repair or a further look, get a separate opinion. It could be a whole lot worse than it seems.
What could happen with roof damage?
After the winter, it is very important for homeowners, whether you are moving, staying put, or have just moved in, to have a roof inspection in the springtime.
For more information on roof inspections or if you suspect roof damage, contact SB Roofing in Virginia Beach.
6 May 2013
At SB Roofing we often get asked, “Why do I need a roof inspection?” Well, there are plenty of reasons to take care of the roof over your head. Along with the foundation, the roof is the most important aspect of your home. If your roof begins to fail, your home will begin to fail. You should get a roof inspection regularly, especially after harsh winters, rainy and windy springs or particularly strong hurricane seasons in Virginia Beach
You need to know exactly what’s going on with your roof, what repairs could be coming down the line, and any issues that you should be aware of. Roof issues, when not repaired immediately, result in big, big problems for big money.
SB Roofing believes that you should be well informed about your roof, especially now that spring is here. Roof inspections help you to discover any of the potential roof damage that could have occurred during the winter.
Roof issues can arise long before you become aware of it. If you have a problem with your roof, damage can be done in your home long before you see evidence of water leaks, causing mold, wood deterioration, and insect infestation that results in even more damage and more money spent down the line.
If you are thinking of selling your home, you can avoid any roofing surprises from a home inspection with a detailed roof inspection. Contact SB Roofing for your roof inspection today which includes a written report.
29 April 2013
If you own a home or are interested in selling your home, you should certainly get a roof inspection especially if it has been awhile since you have had one. However, doing a visual inspection of the roof is a great place to start. Here is a list of roof issues to look out for while viewing your roof. This is a cursory overview of some of the larger problems that are frequently identified during roof inspections. Of course, this is no substitute for a professional roof inspection, but it's a great start.
While many roof problems can only be identified by actually walking the roof, some defects can be easily seen from the ground. Be sure to view all sides of the roof. In older neighborhoods of Virginia with tall houses that are close to each other, it may be necessary to walk a fair distance away to get a good look at the roof.
For a roof inspection, contact SB Roofing.
8 April 2013
Standing-seam metal roofs are seen on more and more on homes. Why? In the Virginia Beach area, many homeowners are finding that metal roofing is more reliable, durable, green, reduce energy costs, are easily maintained and metal roofs last longer. For these reasons and more, Virginians are changing the look of their homes by installing a metal roof in place of asphalt shingles.
If you’re considering a standing seam metal roof, or if you would like a free consultation to learn what type of roofing is right for your home and budget, contact SB Roofing.
11 March 2013
To make a home last, keeping moisture out is key. Any house will last forever if you do. This is particularly helpful with roofs and roofing. So, when you need roof repairs, have those repairs done properly, by a reputable roofer.
Roof leaks lead to rotting structural elements inside walls or around the framing along the margins of the roof. With every building, after 20 to 30 years, it will probably need new shingles. A metal roof may need cleaning and painting. Even slate shingles, which are nearly indestructible, needs care.
A healthy old house involves proper drainage away from the foundation, taking steps to keep moisture out of basements and crawlspaces and be sure you have a roof that doesn't leak.
And about those tar roofs or using tar for roof repairs. Do not use tar to patch leaks. The best thing for a metal roof that may need maintenance is cleaning, priming and painting. Proper roof repair by a roofer is best for shingles and slate roofs as well, this is not a DIY task.
Sealing roof leaks may work for a little bit, but in Virginia, where it gets hot, tar develops hairline cracks. And in the cold Virginia winters, freezing and thawing causes cracks and these fissures let small amounts of water penetrate under the tar causing roof leaks.
The result? Rusted metal roofing – because the moisture is trapped – or rot under shingles. Or both.
For more information on roof repairs, contact SB Roofing.
4 March 2013
If you are putting your home on the market, or just looking to make your home more appealing, don't overlook the roof. Today's roofing materials are reaching a whole new level in looks, durability and performance.
In general, people looking for newly designed houses are more aware today of the lines of the roof and the roof material. Roofs are just as important to the overall design of a house and its curb appeal as its windows, siding and its proportions.
Appearance and style. A roof can make up more than half of a home's exterior, so it should complement the home's style and exterior color scheme. Boring single-color roofs are a thing of the past. Shingles and tiles come in a variety of color options, or you can create a custom color for your new roof.
Affordability helps make asphalt shingles a favorite. The vast majority of steep-sloped, single-family homes have asphalt roofing.
The distinctive natural beauty of slate and cedar shake still carries cachet in the custom-home market.
Not just for barns anymore, standing-seam metal roofs have a distinctive profile. The style features galvanized metal with painted finishes and raised seams.
Alternative products. Homeowners who want the rustic look of cedar shake or the rich texture of slate without the maintenance worries can choose from a wide selection of synthetic materials. Synthetic shingles capture the appearance of natural materials. Some synthetic products are considered eco-friendly because they use recycled content.
Asphalt shingles can be created to emulate cedar shakes and slate. Even synthetic polymer shake tiles are getting in on the act, offering the authentic colors and natural textures of quarried slate, hand-split cedar.
Durability. Advanced materials help ensure longer-lasting roofs. Where 20-year warranties were once the norm, many roofs are now backed by limited lifetime warranties.
Keep in mind that the length of a warranty should not be the main reason for selecting a roofing material. The selection of a shingle or roofing material should be based on the product's qualities and suitability for the prospective project.
Longevity is also a big part of the appeal of standing-seam metal roofs.
Energy efficiency. A roof can help reduce energy costs, reflecting the sun's rays and keeping roofs cooler, resulting in a more comfortable living space.
Energy Star-rated roof products can help reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in homes and can trim peak cooling demand by 10 to 15 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
For more information on roofing materials, contact SB Roofing.
25 February 2013
The spring season is the start of exterior home improvement projects. While many homeowners have been fixing up their homes rather than moving, the real estate market is finally rebounding. Now is the season to begin fixing up your home to put it on the market.
If you are planning on putting your home on the market, cost-effective projects that make a home more visually appealing and more structurally sound is a great way to attract potential buyers. Installing a new roof, having a roof inspection, or repairing a damaged roof are all ways to set your home apart from the others and attract buyers. SB Roofing offers tips for preparing your home before you begin popular remodeling projects.
SB Roofing is well equipped to assist homeowners in identifying roofing issues and implementing roof repairs. Contact us for more information.
7 February 2013
SB Roofing has earned the service industry-coveted 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor awarded annually to approximately 5 percent of all the companies rated on Angie’s List, the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies.
“It’s a select group of companies rated on Angie’s List that can claim the exemplary customer service record of being a Super Service Award winner,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Our standards for the Super Service Award are quite high. The fact that SB Roofing earned this recognition speaks volumes about its dedication providing great service to its customers.”
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2012 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, including earning a minimum number of reports, an excellent rating from their customers and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2012 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.
29 January 2013
One of the worst things to happen to a home for a homeowner are roof leaks. Unfortunately, many leaking roofs go undetected until we see the damage in the living space. To avoid major roof issues, leaks have to be addressed immediately.
This winter, if you have had high winds, snow on your roof, ice damns or, if you have had your roof shoveled, damage could have been done to your roof shingles. Too bad, in these scenarios contractors often suggest time saving, but improper solutions. Nailing shingles over the existing roof is not recommended because of the added weight and increased chance of leaks. A new roof is is often needed when the existing roof is in disrepair.
Some roof leaks often develop over time, so water may collect unnoticed for awhile before it enters your home. Concealed leaks in your roof sometimes cause deterioration that will endanger the structural integrity of the roof and result in costly interior and exterior repairs. The sooner you take care of your roofing problem, the better. SB Roofing is a full service roofer specializing in maintenance, repair and replacement of residential roofs. Our goal is to offer you the most economical solution for your roofing needs.
Contact us if you suspect you may have a leaking roof.
21 January 2013
If you are experiencing any roofing issues, who you choose for the roof installation or roof repairs is just as important as what you choose for shingles.
Did you know that approximately 90% of all roofing problems are installer error? Most of these issues lie in and around areas like chimneys, skylights and intersecting slopes. There are a lot of people and companies out there calling themselves “roofers”.
When choosing the right a roofer look at a roofing company that is willing to stand behind the installation and provide a labor warranty.
SB Roofing will provide a thorough evaluation and diagnosis of each aspect of the new roof or the roof repairs:
For more information on roof repairs or a new roof, contact SB Roofing.
14 January 2013
You may have some problems with your roof. But it is never easy to know if the roof needs to be repaired or replaced.
Of course, roof repairs are less expensive than a new roof, but will there be long-term costs that will come into effect if you opt for one over the other? How do you know which is the better option?
Even though replacing your roof is more expensive, depending on your circumstances it is often the better choice. Here is what you need to consider:
For serious roof problems, a new roof is the best option, but sometimes making repairs to your roof makes more sense. Here are some scenarios where a roof repair is the better option:
If you are still not sure whether your roof needs to be replaced or repaired, contact SB Roofing for more specific information about your situation.
27 December 2012
When you think of having a green roof, you have a couple of choices.
The ultimate green option for roofing is a metal roof. Metal roofs don’t wear out. They are guaranteed for the lifetime of the homeowner and the guarantee is transferable. Essentially, once the metal roofing is installed, you are done. Metal roofs are also one hundred percent recyclable.
Another benefit to having a steel roof is energy savings. Metal roofs reflect the heat, keeping your attic cooler. Metal roofs are actually lighter than asphalt and can be placed over traditional asphalt roofing. That also saves on more asphalt ending up in a landfill.
If you live in an area where it snows, the standing seam construction of a steel roof helps prevent heavier snow loads and less snow-related hazards.
Wood shingles are popular. While wood shakes are a green material and is 100% recyclable they wear out in 15 to 20 years maximum, not counting any type of storm damage. Wood shingles are very popular, but heat and cold will cause them to expand and contract, which will break them down over time.
For more information on green roofing solutions, contact SB Roofing.
20 December 2012
Usually, guests to your home don’t really come over to see the new roof. You don’t often daydream about a new roof either.
But, it is the systems of the house and the structural components that keep a house from deteriorating. When you go to sell your house, it will be the eye candy that will grab the buyers and bring them in, but it will be about how well you have updated and maintained the systems that will keep the buyers in the picture – especially after the home inspection.
When maintaining your home, it is important to take into consideration the components that make your house structurally sound:
Roof: The real purpose of a roof is to protect the home. The typical lifespan of a roof depends on the materials used, the number of layers, and the weather. Most often, in Massachusetts, asphalt shingles, architectural shingles and cedar shake are used, their lifetimes vary, and that also depends on how the roof is maintained, the weather, and how the roof was installed.
A few ways to maintain your roof and discover if there are potential issues:
Buyers will not want to purchase a great looking house, move in, and then have to replace the roof.
For more information on roof maintenance, contact SB Roofing.
30 November 2012
Now is the time to be thinking about what needs to be done to maintain and protect your house before winter.
Think about your roof. When was your last roof inspection? Does the roof need shingles? Does the flashing need to be looked at to prevent leaks? A roof inspection now will pay off in the future, especially when the snow starts melting and the first signs roof leaks show up.
If you think you need a new roof or new shingles, don’t put it off until spring. You would be better off getting a new roof right now before the cold, wet weather sets in.
For more information, contact SB Roofing.
23 November 2012
If you are a veteran and in need of a new roof, roof inspection or roof repairs, SB Roofing in Virginia Beach is your roofing contractor.
Through the rest of 2012, SB Roofing is offering $300 off your roof for all veterans. SB Roofing, is committed to providing you with the highest quality residential roofing products, service and workmanship available in Hampton Roads. Our goal is to offer you the most economical solution for your roofing needs.
We value the commitment and dedication of our nation’s veterans and we want to show you our appreciation. Contact us now for a roof appraisal so we can schedule your roof repairs before December 31, 2012.