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SB Roofing, Inc., Roofing Contractors, Virginia Beach, VA
PO Box 62085
Virginia Beach, VA 23466
(757) 785-9937
(877) 312-7302
PO Box 62085
Virginia Beach, VA 23466
(757) 785-9937
(877) 312-7302
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Virginia Beach Roofing Summer Roof Care Tips

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 23, 2011

Due to the summer heat and strong winds in Virginia Beach, we recommend you perform roof inspections regularly. Virginia Beach roof inspectors will look for uplift around the perimeter shingles. During the next wind storm, is the perfect time to walk around your roof and inspect it from the ground. Look for shingle lifting. Shingle lifting is an indication that the adhesive strip holding down the shingles is no longer performing its duty and should be replaced. As a result, your roof may be vulnerable to leaks and shingle blow off.

Keeping your roof clean is the most important tip we can give you. Built-up debris and plant matter will cause moisture to gather allowing mold and mildew to grow leaving green stains or black streaks. These stains and streaks are unsightly and will damage your roofHave moss removed from the roof by sweeping while it is wet or by having a roof moss killer product applied. Also, check all gutters and downspouts to make sure water is flowing freely and clean out all roof drains and gutters from spring time flower blossoms.

We do NOT recommend pressure washing roofs. If you have asphalt shingles, pressure washing can remove the granules which are the shingle's sunscreen material. If you lose that sunscreen layer, the asphalt shingle will be exposed to harsh UV rays which will start premature aging and the shingles will become brittle. If you have cedar shingles, pressure washing them will remove the top, aged layer making your shingle thinner. You will then have to treat the newly exposed cedar so it will once again repel rain water.

Virginia Beach roofing companies like SB Roofing stand ready to provide more roofing tips, inspections, and maintenance if you have any questions about the quality of your roof.

SB Roofing Plays Key Role in Ocean Breeze Water Park Facelift

Darren Kincaid - Friday, June 17, 2011

Next time you drive by Ocean Breeze Waterpark in Virginia Beach, check out the new look.  Ocean Breeze Waterpark's new owners undertook a multi-million dollar facelift for the 36-year-old attraction. Work began this year with a new waterslide complex and additions to a children's play area. SB Roofing was an instrumental roofing contractor in the overhaul.

The project couldn't have gone better. Our part of the work included adding a colorful new metal roof for the cupola part of the new section. It only took us 3 days, finishing within budget and earlier than projected. We actually found a few minutes during all the excitement to take some photos. Check out our photo gallery below.

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How to Avoid Roofing Scams

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Promising rock-bottom prices and quick turnaround for a new roof, unlicensed and untrained home improvement “professionals” prey on consumers when they're most vulnerable.

Unfortunately, this is a common practice that usually results in poor installations that later cause trouble, when the installer has moved on to the next town. 

Choosing a new roof to protect your home and family is a big decision, and deserves careful consideration.
The nonprofit Metal Roofing Alliance recommends homeowners ask these questions before signing a contract for a new roof:

  1. Is the company licensed, and are the employees bonded and insured? How long has the company been in business?
  2. What types of roofing materials does the company offer?  The industry has evolved - there are many choices beyond the old asphalt shingle.
  3. Will the contractor provide a written, final estimate?
  4. Can the new roof be installed over the existing roof?
  5. What are the environmental considerations of the new materials and disposal of the old roof?
  6. What company manufactures the roofing material the contractor will use?
  7. How long with will the new roof last?  What does the warranty cover?
  8. Will the company use subcontractors?  If so, how will they be managed/supervised?
  9. Is there pending legal action against the company?
  10. Can you speak with former customers? 

Most homeowners will have to buy three or more roofs in their lifetime.

A growing number of homeowners are avoiding the chore and cost of multiple roof installations by choosing durable and environmentally-friendly metal roofs.   Resistant to cracking, shrinking and eroding, metal roofs stand up to hail, high winds and even wildfires.  Today's residential metal roofing is competing with common roofing material - such as asphalt shingle, cedar shake, clay tile or slate roofing - only stronger and more durable. No matter the style, most homeowners who choose a metal roof will never have to worry about re-roofing again.

Original article on PR Newswire

Choosing the Right Roofing Material Depends on Personal Taste and Location

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Choosing the right roofing materials for repair or installation of a new roof is a pretty hard thing to do especially for those who do not have any experience. Roofing is one of the most important facets in the structure and integrity of your home, so it is necessary to do the proper research for the best roofing materials for your home and your needs.

Deciding on the best roofing material to use depends on your personal preference but it also depends on the area where your house is located.

Asphalt Shingles - The most cost effective among all types of roofing - that's why they are widely used. Asphalt shingles provides a variety of colors that add style to your roof. Asphalt shingles usually have 30-, 40-, 50-year or limited lifetime warranties. They are widely being used by homeowners.

Architectural Shingles- Synthetic Architectural Shingle roofs are designed to look exactly like the natural roofs, such as slate or cedar, but synthetic materials are lighter weight and usually less expensive to repair. Synthetic slate and cedar are highly fire resistant.  They are also backed by a 50-year manufacturer's warranty.

Standing Seam Metal Roof – Similar to  asphalt shingles in functionality and durability, they are inexpensive, long-lasting and easy to install. A properly installed metal roof should last at least 50 years. They are great in warmer climates where they reflect the heat from the sun.

Wood Shingles - the ideal choice of many homeowners. The color of wood shingles turns lighter over time, but this look is often what the homeowner is looking for. With proper care and maintenance, wood shingles could last for about thirty to fifty years.

What are Architectural Roofing Shingles?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Architectural shingles are a new generation of high-quality roofing shingles with a distinctive, textured appearance.  They are also known as laminated or dimensional shingles; architectural roofing shingles are among the highest quality roofing products made. Architectural shingles were designed to produce an asphalt shingle product that had the higher end quality look of slate or cedar wood shake shingles, without the negatives of breakage, insect damage or weight. Architectural shingles come in a wide variety of colors, styles, and warranties.  

Architectural shingles have a unique visual appearance. Instead of a running row pattern as with 3-tab shingles, architectural shingles have a cedar shake texture appearance that give a more dramatic look to a home. Architectural shingles are also excellent for hiding roof imperfections due to their textured look. Because of this alone, many home builders prefer to use them today. However, many builders believe that architectural shingles are easier to install then 3-tab shingles.

Architectural shingles are manufactured using a mat base that is heavier than the standard 3-tab asphalt shingle. The mat base is made from either organic materials or fiberglass material coated with asphalt. Colored granules are then added to the top surface. Multiple layers are overlapped and laminated together to produce the textured appearance found in architectural shingles.

Due to the heavier mat base, architectural shingles are heavier than standard 3-tab shingles, thus making them less susceptible to curling and wind damage. Some higher end architectural shingles are rated for winds up to 120mph. They also have heavy coats of granules are also highly fire resistant.

Architectural shingles are excellent for more complicated and higher end roof lines, such as hip roofs, or roofs that include turrets and gables.

Synthetic Shake Shingles are the Perfect Alternative for Your Roof

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 12, 2011

Synthetic Shingles are designed to look exactly like the natural roofs, such as slate or cedar, but at a fraction of the cost. Synthetic roofing is realistic looking and highly durable. These state-of-the-art shingles provide you with a stronger, pliable, and worry free roof for your home. After the shingles are installed, the sun bonds them together providing you with a solid membrane. This gives you additional protection for your roof.

Interest and use of synthetic roof shakes is growing. There are many advantages, from style and function, a long lifespan, and low maintenance. As homeowners grow more acquainted with the materials and the benefits, they will see the advantages a synthetic roof shake brings.

Synthetic slate has a very good textural effect and appearance and they solve many problems wood shakes have such as pests, and mold and mildew. Even better, they are guaranteed for 50 years. Synthetic roof shakes are made of many different materials and are an environmentally friendly alternative. They are all polymer-based, and some use recycled material. Different manufacturers use different materials for the synthetic roof shake but synthetic roof shake captures the texture and colors of natural materials, while delivering a highly durable shingle, which is weather resistant with a long lifespan.

A Comprehensive Roof Inspection Can Protect You from Costly Repairs

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Many homeowners have experienced roof leaks or have noticed visible signs that their home or roof is aging.  However, unfortunately, there are additional components to your roof system that are not always easy to identify.

There are many contractors who will do a basic roof inspection, meaning an examination of the exterior of your roof, sometimes from street level, and basic components like flashings.  Unfortunately, this is a basic standard in the industry.  However, more thorough roof inspections can identify areas of concern and identify items that could potentially lead to more costly roof damage and roof repairs. In the case of roof inspections, ignorance is not bliss.

At SB Roofing, we do a comprehensive inspection that covers the basics as well as an inspection and review of potential issues. We will provide you with a detailed overview of what we find.  Our comprehensive inspection includes:

•   Inspect all flashing in the roof system
•   Inspect all pipe collars, storm collars, and air vents
•   Check for any damage to the roof deck on the exterior and interior surfaces
•   Complete spot checks across the roof system for straight lines, appropriate fasteners, and number of layers of existing roof
•   Inspect gutter system to insure adequate drainage
•   Complete an attic inspection for moisture, mold, mildew and adequate ventilation

Contact us today to schedule a free roof inspection.

Metal Roofs Add Value and Protection to Your Home

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Your home is your most valuable possession. Protect it with a long lasting, durable metal roof from SB Roofing. Standing seam metal roofs have a more modern look.  They are available in steel or aluminum, and a variety of thicknesses.  Metal roofs are a great investment, and you'll save money in the long run.  A metal roof can last a lifetime, whereas materials like asphalt require reroofing every 10 to 20 years.

The average life of a non-metal roof is 17 years. A metal roofing system offers durability, lasting 2 to 3 times longer than many other roof types. Chances are good that a metal roof will be your last roof. And they are available in a wide range of styles and colors.

Regardless of the roofing style, color or finish you have on your home now, there's a metal roofing style to match. Metal roofing in both light and dark colors reflects heat effectively to reduce cooling needs during the Virginia summer and they insulate homes better during the winter. This can help to lower your energy bills. They are made 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.

Regular Roof Inspections Save You Money in the Long Run

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Whether you already own your own your home or are looking to buy one, get a thorough roof inspection. The roof is one of the most important parts of your home and it is what keeps the rest of the home secure and protected. Having a professional check the current state of your roof can help you save money and headaches down the road.

You should get your roof inspected because as a homeowner or buyer, it's important to know everything you can about the state of your home.

Prevention: Regular roof inspection - it is recommended to have a professional examine your roof every two or three years. This will help determine if minor roof problems and leaks will become major issues in the future. These checks can spot damage by weather, animals or other elements and let you plan, and budget, for timely repairs that may not cost as much now as a larger fix will down the road.

Value: If you are going to sell your house at any point, a buyer will certainly want to know what shape the roof is in. If your roof needs a lot of attention it can make selling your home a challenge. Regular inspections can alert you to necessary repairs before you put your home on the market. This can also help evaluate the selling price.

Renovation: If you would like to remodel or have an addition built, a new room will require extending the roof, and the new structure should match your present one. Regular inspections can help you figure out what needs to be done to ensure the roof is even and strong.

Regular Roof  inspections can save you larger bills for repairs down the line rather than leaving  roof problems unnoticed and unattended.

Cedar Shingles are Great for Roofing

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 06, 2011

If you're replacing your roof, cedar shakes or cedar shingles are an excellent way to increase the curb appeal of your home and increase your home's value. It's easy to see why homeowners would want to add cedar shingles to their home. The beauty of cedar shingles is unsurpassed by any other roofing material.

Cedar shakes, above all, add a beautiful look to your home.  Whether you like the hand-split style or the perfections, SB Roofing can accommodate.  In its natural state, cedar has a rich, textured grain.  It's one of nature's best building products.

Cedar shingles have a natural ability to resist the elements, insects, UV rays and other sorts of decay; also allowing your home to stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Cedar shake shingles are able to provide a higher insulation value than any other roofing products.

Everybody wants the house to look great, and one of the best ways to do this is to make sure that you use the right roofing material. There are many different roofing choices on the market, but be sure to consider cedar shake roofing.

Contact SB Roofing for a cedar shake roof that is beautiful, and a great investment.

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