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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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Winter Roof Preparation Tips

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, November 11, 2010

Once a year you need a thorough roof inspectionNow is the perfect time to do this before winter sets in.  Doing a little maintenance now while the weather is still pleasant will help keep your roof in top condition and get it ready to handle the winter cold.

First you need to clear your gutters of accumulated leaves and other debris.  If you have lots of trees, make sure to keep your gutters clear throughout the fall.  If leaves are left to accumulate in the gutters, they clog your downspouts and hold moisture which promotes wood rot, mold and mildew.

While you are up there cleaning the gutters (ONLY if you can do this safely)  take a look at the general condition of your roof.  Look for any tree limbs that may have grown over the summer and are now hanging over the roof.  Trim back any limbs that are touching the roof or hanging close to the roof.  Once ice and snow accumulates on these limbs, they can start dragging on the roof. When the Fall and Winter winds blow, any tree limbs brushing against the roof will damage your shingles.

Do a thorough visual inspection of the condition of the roof.  Look for cracked, broken, or missing shingles. Call us to replace any cracked, broken, missing or damage shingles to avoid further damage to your roof.  Left unattended, water will intrude into cracked shingles, and under and around broken and missing shingles.  The water will expand when it freezes, causing further damage to your roof.

Benefits of Synthetic Shingles

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 05, 2010

We offer many different types of roofing solutions. While we do not prefer one over the other simply because they each have their pros and cons we would like to target each type and tell you a bit about the benefits of each. First is our popular synthetic roofing. Synthetic can definitely acquire the look and quality of authentic slate shingles and ceramic tiles. This synthetic material is long-lasting, visually appealing, and weather resistant. It offers nothing but remarkable savings, from the product to the installation costs. Synthetic roofing is certainly an ideal investment, should this be the style for you.

When it comes to style and appearance, you can hardly tell synthetic roofing from slate that is cut from stone. The aesthetic details are so accurately presented that contractors and homeowners find it hard to tell them apart from actual stone slate. There are different choices for cutting shapes. There's the standard squared-cut type, which is what you commonly see on most houses, the chiseled-tip cut, and the rounded cut. All of these highly contribute to the styling and attractiveness of your roof that will truly make it uniquely yours.

The weight of synthetic shingles is another good source of big savings on your part. Since they're light in weight, we can install these at a much faster rate compared to other materials. Also the labor cost associated with these shingles is a bit lower, saving you more money.

Most of the modern and high-quality synthetic products today are highly resistant to cracks, fading, and warping. Our synthetic shingles are created using recycled rubber tires and crushed slates that are toughened with recycled steel. These also contain added UV resistant properties to help prevent formation of salt deposits and prolong the lifespan of the material.

As a whole, choosing synthetic shingles is a safe and beneficial investment. Be sure to check out our other roofing products and if you have any questions about shingles or dealing with roofs, feel free to contact us today.

When Was The Last Time You Looked At The Most Important Part Of Your Home?

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 29, 2010

Did you know that the roof of your home is exposed to maximum stress and strain? Yes, the roof experiences the maximum exposure to natural elements and also has to take the full brunt of the changes in weather and external environmental conditions. It is also the least looked after structure within the house. Most of us go in for wall upgrades like a new coat of paint or maybe an installation of a bathtub or a Jacuzzi in our bathrooms, but how many of us go in for regular roof repair or roof upgrade? For most people the last time they saw their roof was when it was constructed, or when they last cleaned the gutters. Like any structure, if a roof is not maintained properly will deteriorate and get damaged. In spite of the improvement in roofing designs in recent years, roofs still have a relatively shorter life that the walls. This is a direct result of both the vertical as well as the horizontal stresses that the roof experiences. There are many things that cause roof damage; here at the 10 most common factors:

  1. Earthquake and other natural disasters.
  2. Incorrect design.
  3. Extreme environmental conditions prevailing outside like snow, hail storm or gust of wind.
  4. Poor material used in the construction of roof. .
  5. Improper shielding from water and direct sunlight.
  6. Thinner layer than advised in the location where the roof has been installed
  7. Presence of hanging trees and branches on a roof.
  8. Lack of proper maintenance during the life of a roof.
  9. Lightning.
  10. Age of a roof.

These are just a few of the factors that can contribute to damage on a roof. SB Roofing knows that regular roof maintenance and roof inspection is key to keeping your roof "alive." If you haven't checked out your roof in a long time or if you cant even remember the last time you did, contact us today and we'll be happy to assist you in any way possible regarding your roof.

Differences Between Roofing Materials

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 22, 2010

As long as people have lived in houses, roofing has been a necessity. Roofing can be made of many different materials, which each have their own weatherproofing properties. As time has progressed, new roofing materials have been created that are even more effective than their predecessors. Roof construction has existed for thousands of years, and was a huge factor in the human transition to sedentary civilizations.

There are a wide variety of materials with which one can make a roof. While thatched roofing has been used for a long time, and is still used today, advancements in technology have allowed for other materials to become popular. The most popular materials with which to make a roof include slate, metal, ceramic tile, concrete, and asphalt. Membrane roofs can be made of plastic, bitumen, or other materials. It features large sheets of material, as opposed to smaller shingles or tiles.

Shingles are not actually a material themselves, but like thatching, they are a method of arranging materials in a way that seals out moisture. They are flat objects, usually tiles, arranged so they overlap and form a tight seal. Shingles can be made out of many different materials. Sometimes they are made out of wood.

Slate is a useful material because it can be made into thin layers that can be easily shaped into lightweight tiles. Stone and concrete can also be used. They are more expensive and also heavier. Ceramic tiles have been used for centuries and are another material that works well for roofs.

Metal shingles are a lightweight option. Metal roofs can also be accomplished with corrugated metal or a variety of other shapes. Metal roofs are more expensive than shingles and lightweight. Also, metal can be shaped into a wide variety of shapes, and it is a relatively easy process to make metal very thin.The most popular metal roof is the standing seam.  You'll find these roofs and a lot of commercial properties like schools and the Fire Station #1 in Norfolk, VA.

Constructing a roof is a complex practice that involves many different materials. The materials you will want for your own roof will depend largely on the area in which you live. Your needs should be assessed by considering the climate and daily weather of your region. Hurricanes are a concern, so roofs in affected areas should be secured to prevent damage. Knowing what materials work best in your conditions will help you and us make the right decisions about which roof style will work best for you. If you have any questions feel free to contact us today.

Get Your Roof Inspected Before The Storm

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 14, 2010

Be sure to have a roofing inspection done on your home when buying or selling, before storm season, and after any storm that sustained damage in areas near your property. For us who live on the east coast, home maintenance and repair are aplenty, and while it is certainly suggested to have your roof inspected after a storm, regular maintenance is something that many homeowners’ overlook.

In the real estate market, roofing and its quality is a major selling point. If you have house on the market for sell, it would be good for you to host a pre-inspection. This will disclose to prospective buyers the age of the roof, and it will promise that the materials in place will last for a set amount of time in regular weather conditions. Have us come out and inspect your roof for you so you can know what needs to be done.

If you are looking to buy a home, know that this is one of the largest maintenance expenses of owning a home. Look for a newer roof adorned with strong materials known to withstand the regional weather. If you discover any immediate repairs or prospective replacements or will not guarantee the home's covering, then you have a bargaining tool. You can insist that the seller come down the price in order to save you money for upcoming repairs, or you can retract any bid from the home until the repairs are made at the expense of the seller.

Being in an area prone to hurricanes, storms, and windstorms proper roofing preventative maintenance can pay off. As storm season approaches, especially if this is your first season in the area, it can be helpful to get your home inspected by the best. Securing gutters, sealing vents, reinforcing materials, and checking for other prospective dangers can save you further damage in the eye of the storm, but most of all it will save you time. If you wait to make repairs after the disaster, you will be in a long line of customers awaiting a service that just doubled in cost.

Lastly, even if your home was not visibly damaged in a disaster, get it inspected anyway! A lot of roofing damage cannot be seen from the ground perspective, and insurance claims will be difficult if too much time has elapsed; you could find yourself absorbing the expense of storm damage that your insurance company will deem as normal wear and tear. In short, your home's roof is a major investment that should be protected as such. It shelters you, your family, and all of your belongings, and you should be preemptive about protecting it. Contact us today as we are in the middle of hurricane season it would be wise to get your roof inspected by professionals.

What Your Neighbor's Actions Can Say About Your Roof

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, October 07, 2010

Many homeowners are hesitant to execute home roof replacement services even when the signs of problems are obvious. After all, you are not a roof expert and it can be hard to know if it is time to replace your roof. That is unless you find yourself watching the game in your living room while holding an umbrella.  Asking yourself the following questions can help you get an idea of whether or not a roof replacement is in your immediate future.

First off, how old is the roof? If you bought your residence or the structure in question from someone else, this is something that you should have asked during the purchasing process. A new roof can raise the value of real estate while one that is over a decade old can detract from it. Here are some quick facts to know about roof lifespan:

  • The average life of a new roof is between 12 and 20 years
  • Even if the roof was guaranteed for 20 or 30 years, if it is over 15, it may need to be replaced
  • In areas with extreme weather, the lifespan of a roof is significantly shortened. While we do not get as extreme weather conditions in the Virginia area as most other places, environmental damage can still shorten the lifespan.

One idea to think about is whether your neighbors have replaced their roofs. Although it is not a good idea to covet your neighbor's possessions, roofing is one exception to your mother's rules. If your neighbors are getting new roofs, this may be a sign that you should also replace your roof.  We say this for two reasons.  First, most neighborhoods are built around the same time and by the same roofing contractor.  Therefore, if their roofing solutions are wearing out, chances are so is yours.  Second, in a competitive housing market like the current one, you need every advantage you can get.  An old roof looks bad when positioned next to a street full of new ones. This decre the value of your house.

Weather is always a cause for concern when dealing with roofs. As mentioned above, extreme temperatures and weather can shorten the lifespan of any roof. Another problem that occurs during severe weather is it can worsen any small problems that existed before the storm or heat. Loose or weakened tiles subjected to strong winds or heavy rain can lead to bigger problems.  Damaged roofs must be repaired immediately to prevent more costly damage.  The pros at SB Roofing will complete your roof repair quickly and professionally in no time at all.   

Although these questions can provide an idea of whether or not it is time to replace your roof, the only way to know for sure is to consult a roofing professional that has been servicing the Hampton roads area for over 15 years. If these questions still made you unsure whether to repair or replace your roof, then contact us today, and we will be happy to help.

Replace or Repair Your Roof--That Is The Question

Darren Kincaid - Friday, October 01, 2010

The two most important systems of your home are the foundation and the roof.  Major failure of either of these systems will result in a costly repair.  Are you witnessing leaks and/or visible damage and are wondering whether to replace or repair the roof?  That is a decision you should make based on the advice of the roofing professionals of SB Roofing.   

The lifespan of any given roof swings wildly.  Poor solutions may not last 10 years. Some come with limited guarantees of 30-, 40-, or 50-years.   Let's look at the most popular style of roof, the Shingle Roof.

Shingles are the most popular roofing solution.   They are also the most cost effective.  Composed of both asphalt and fiberglass, they are available in an assortment of colors, brands and styles.  Choosing the right shingle for you and your environment is based on many different factors.  We've teamed with industry leading shingle manufacturers (like GAF and ELK) to guarantee that your new roof will last.

Regardless of how bad of shape you THINK your roof is in, you may not need a replacement at all.  In fact, a large percentage of our service involves helping you avoid costly replacement and extending the life of your existing roof.  That's why we offer multiple roof services to include replacement, repair, roof inspections, and general preventative roof maintenance.  And we will repair you shingles with higher quality products than you have now and with exact color match to boot. 

We both appreciate and respect the trust that is provided to us when working on one of the very most important aspects of your home. The bottom line, we install or repair every roof as if it was our own. If you have any questions at all about roof inspection, repair, or replacement, please contact SB Roofing us anytime.

SB Roofing (Virginia Beach, VA) Introduces Our New Web Blog

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 20, 2010

Welcome to SB Roofing's new blog forum.  We started this blog with the intent to source regular reoccurring information to both our loyal customers (who return to us for routine roof preventative maintenance) and to those who actively seek roof system solution installation/repair services.  We believe strongly that this blog will be a superb information resource to help you make informed consumer decisions about your roof. We will cover a wide-range of topics.  We invite you to participate in the blog and to nominate subjects that interest you.  We will be glad to research and advise.

For starters, we invite you to get to know us via our roofing services page.  There we provide you the details of our core services which include roof replacement, roof repair, roof maintenance, and roof inspections.

This bog is our way of giving back.  Please enjoy it and feel free to call us with comments on any given topic.

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