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PO Box 62085
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PO Box 62085
Virginia Beach, VA 23466
(757) 785-9937
(877) 312-7302
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Metal Roofs Perform Better in Hurricanes

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 02, 2011

Overall, metal roofs perform better in hurricanes than asphalt or other types of roofs. In fact, Sal Alfano of Remodeling Magazine reported that homes renovated with standing-seam metal roofing show a rate of up to 95.5% cost recouped for homes in the Eastern states, and 6% resale value gain over homes roofed with asphalt.

Over time you'll save money on metal roofs too even though the initial cost is higher than most other roofing materials. The good news is, metal roofs lasts a lifetime, asphalt requires reproofing every 10 to 20 years. And as stated above, a metal roof can increase the resale value of your home.

But, it’s hurricanes that are on people’s minds, so you should know that most metal roofs have been tested to 90 psf uplift testing. That is very strong. Overall in a wind storm, metal will generally do better than asphalt. The best new though, is that metal roofs are just as wind resistant old as they are new. You won’t find that with shingles.

If it is time to replace your roof, contact SB Roofing, Virginia Beach.

Prepare your Virginia Roof for Hurricane Irene

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 26, 2011

There are ways to prepare your roof for Hurricane Irene. While you don’t have time to replace your roof, you can be sure that it has the best chance for successfully keeping you and your home dry.

  • Remove all debris from your roof top.  During strong storms and hurricanes the water falls so fast that you want to ensure as much as possible makes it to your gutters. So, remove debris that may divert water from your gutters.
  • Be sure your gutters are clean. The water should be able to run freely down your roof and into your gutter system. Overflowing gutters is the main cause of flooded basements.
  • If you have low lying, or dead branches or trees that hang over your roof, remove them or have them removed if possible. You don’t want any trees or branches causing damage to your roof during a hurricane.
  • Have a blue tarp on hand. If you do suffer from hurricane damage you want to get a tarp on your roof (or at least the damaged portion) as soon as possible to stop further damage.
  • Walk the perimeter of your home, if you see loose or curled shingles, pay particular attention to them. These shingles lift easier in high winds.
After the hurricane, again walk the perimeter of your home. If you see loose or curled shingles that you hadn’t noticed before, get your roof inspected as soon as possible. The best thing you can do during this hurricane is be sure you are ready for the next one.

By-the-way, metal roofs arguably offer the best hurricane protection.

Increase Your Home's Value so You Can Move to Paradise

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 19, 2011

As a homeowner doing home maintenance is a fact of life, especially if you want to sell your home someday and move to paradise. Well that’s the dream anyway, but home maintenance is a fact of life. Replacing and repairing roofs are part of home maintenance, albeit the least exciting aspects of it.

If you need a new roof, and you do eventually plan to sell your house, consider architectural shingles. Architectural shingles set your house apart, there is a subtle difference that says “this house is cared for, and special”. With this type of roofing solution you can take care of your roof problem while increasing the value of your home.

Architectural shingles mimic a cedar or wood shake without the maintenance and they have a longer life. Also called synthetic shingles, synthetic roofs are designed to look exactly like the natural roofs,  but synthetic materials are lighter weight and usually less expensive to repair.

Synthetic shingles are highly fire resistant.  They are also backed by a 50-year manufacturer's warranty.

So if you need a new roof, and are interested in moving to paradise someday, contact SB Roofing to see how architectural or synthetic shingles can increase your home’s value.

10 Ways to Tell if You Need a New Roof

Joseph Coupal - Friday, August 12, 2011

We don’t often look up at the roof. But inspecting your roof regularly and repairing it as needed can prevent some costly repairs down the road. Keeping your roof in good condition will also benefit you if you decide to sell your home.

What do you look for and how often do you inspect the roof?

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, head to the attic with a flashlight.

Here are four things to look for on the inside:

  1.   Places where the roof deck is sagging
  2.   Signs of water damage or leaking
  3.   Dark spots and trails
  4.   Outside light showing through the roof

What to look for on the exterior:  

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).

  1. Visually inspect your roof for cracked, torn, bald or missing shingles.
  2. Scan the roof for loose material or wear around chimneys, vents, pipes or other penetrations.
  3. Watch out for an excessive amount of shingle granules in the gutters, this is a sign of advanced wear.
  4. Check for signs of moisture, rot or mold. Note that wet spots may not be directly under your faulty shingle; water can travel down to its lowest spot before it drips. Mold, fungi and bacteria can grow quickly, within 24 to 48 hours of a water-related problem.
  5. Examine the drainage, and make sure gutters and downspouts are securely attached. Also ensure all drains are open and allow water to exit, and all gutters and downspouts are free of debris.
  6. Check that all bath, kitchen and dryer vents go entirely outside of your home, not just into the attic space.

Original article – Home and Garden

A New Roof May Make Your Home Easier to Sell in this Market

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 08, 2011

In this slow Virginia real estate market, anything you can do to make your home more saleable would be beneficial. Many homeowners who are thinking about putting their home on the market need to consider the buyer. This is no longer a seller's market, and it hasn’t been in a while. So, while those who want to sell and know they need a new roof used to be able to put their home on the market without fixing the roof. Maybe they took some money off the asking price.

Not these days. If your roof has less than 5 years on it, or if you haven’t had a roof inspection in several years, or you know you actually need a new roof, you should get this fixed before you put your house on the market. Either you're going to pay for a new roof or lose that much off the sale, but the sale will almost certainly take longer than it would with a new roof. There are just too many competing homes for sale. 

When buyers make an offer in this market, they will usually add up everything they think they need to have fixed in a home and their number will usually be higher than what you can do the job for. Then they subtract their cost from your asking price and then some. Weigh the costs of the job and your return and you will find it is probably worth the new roof.

Roofing Material with Mettle

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 29, 2011

Because of affordability and ease of installation, asphalt shingles have long been the first choice in residential roofing. However, metal roofs have slowly been increasing in popularity.

Though metal roofs may cost more up front than asphalt shingle roofs, they can be much more durable. Their lifetime spans anywhere from 40 to 60 years, as opposed to 15 years for asphalt. By choosing a metal roof, it's the last time most homeowners will have to put on a roof.

Besides longevity, metal roofs also can be more energy efficient - a "cool" solution because reflective coatings can be applied to the base metal and reduce how much heat enters a home.

Aesthetics are another plus. Standing seam roofs can also add vibrant color that withstands strong sunlight for decades.

Be sure to hire an experienced pro to install it since it takes more skill than putting on asphalt shingles.

Architectural Shingles for an Upscale Look

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 22, 2011

Architectural shingles are also known as laminated or dimensional shingles. They are some of the highest quality shingles because they are heavier, and do not require additional support under the roof. They are used by homeowners who like a distinctive, upscale  look to their roofs. Their weight and design give a three-dimensional appearance. Some are nailed on, while others in addition to nails, have interlocking tabs. They are also attractive to builders because of ease of installation.

What are they?
Architectural shingles are made using a heavier base than a standard asphalt shingle. The base is made from fiberglass or organic materials, with some asphalt added. The back of the shingles are coated with a special material and granules are added to the top layer.

How long do Architectural shingles last?
In most cases they're designed to last for 30-50 years. They contain asphalt and minerals, are strong and flexible. They withstand extreme temperatures and other weather events. They are often available with a lifetime warranty.

Metal Roofing Adds Value to Virginia Beach Homes

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 15, 2011

Metal roofing is becoming a popular alternative to shingles because it is strong, aesthetically pleasing and exceedingly durable. Should you consider metal roofing for your Virginia Beach home? Other than a great appearance, metal roofing offers many benefits.

Long lasting
Metal roofing offers exceptional longevity compared to other roofing materials. Metal withstand adverse weather conditions much better than other roofs. Metal roofs look great for years with little to no maintenance.

Better Energy Efficiency
The main benefit of metal roofing is that it can help to improve your home's energy efficiency. It reflects heat away from the home rather than absorbing it like other roofing materials, so the home's attic stays much cooler. This increase in energy efficiency will lower your utility bills.

Like many energy-efficient additions, a metal roof can also boost your home's resale value while making your home look great, boosting curb appeal and helping it stand out in a crowded real estate market.

Important Things to Consider Before Replacing your Roof

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 07, 2011

Let's face it. Roof repair or replacement is job number one when considering home upgrades. Everything you do, from remodeling to painting to renovations, will be ruined without a functioning roof. Roof replacement is probably one of the most “boring” home renovations, but certainly is one of the most essential.

Roof Replacement is the process of removing the existing roof when in disrepair. Nailing over the existing roof is not recommended due to the added weight and increased chance of leaks. There are many factors that may cause a roof to fail, such as poor workmanship, faulty materials, inclement weather, age, and improper maintenance.

Your choice of roofing materials depends on your own personal taste and on the style of your home.

  • Asphalt Shingles: Cheap and easily obtainable, but less attractive than other options due to "flat" appearance.
  • Wood Shake: more expensive, but an attractive shingle.
  • Metal Roofing: Metal roofing is less common, and few roofers install it; great for heat reflection and snow shedding.
  • Architectural shingles or "Faux" Slate - Recycled post-industrial synthetics gaining in popularity.

Advantages of Metal Roofs in Virginia Beach

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 30, 2011

Standing seam metal roofs are available in steel or aluminum, and a variety of thicknesses.  They are fabricated to meet the dimensions of your home and are installed with unexposed fasteners, so you don't have to worry about penetrations that could cause leaks.

Professional-looking metal roofs are a great investment, and they are available in a wide range of styles and colors. Here are some of the advantages of Metal Roofs from SB Roofing:

  • Light Weight
  • Durable. The lowest end metal roofing will last 20–30 years which is roughly 2 times the lifespan of an average asphalt roof. Most metal roofing products today come with warranties from 25 to 50 years.. The coatings and fixings on steel roof sheeting can be designed for different environments including industrial and marine locations.
  • Fire and spark resistant.
  • Hail resistant.
  • Wind resistant.
  • Metal is readily recyclable. Aluminum and copper roofing products are available with over 95% recycled content. As an example: recycled Aluminum only requires 5% of the energy to produce as does new Aluminum.
  • Energy efficiency. Coatings with high reflectivity commonly save 20-30% on air-conditioning costs because they reflect much of the sun's heat. This increases the thermal efficiency of buildings in high temperature areas.
  • Labor efficient
  • Most metal roofing products require very little or no maintenance.
  • Metal roofs are often used to cover large buildings because of their high strength to weight ratio.

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