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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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Do You Need a New Roof? Virginia Beach

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 30, 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:

  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.

Exterior check

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:

  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 (they look like large grains of sand) 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.

If you think you may need a new roof, or if you want a roof inspection, contact SB Roofing.

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Protect Your Home with the Right Roof - Virginia Beach, VA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 10, 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.

What Works

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.

Keep cool

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.

Hire a Reputable Roofer in Virginia Beach

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 19, 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.


Metal Roofing Protects Against Hurricane Force Winds - Virginia Beach

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 14, 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.

SB Roofing Incorporated Receives 2013 Best of Virginia Beach Award

Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 20, 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

Unnoticed Roof Damage - Virginia Beach

Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 13, 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?

  • Leaks.  Water damage can cause some of the worst problems in homes.  A missing or loose shingle, ice dams, and condensation can all cause water to get into your home.
  • Animals.  Often, small animals will make a home to wait out the winter.  Spaces in your roof that are easy for these animals to get in can mean damage to your roof and a big infestation problem.
  • Rot.  With ice dams, leaks and attic condensation, the wood under your roof and behind your siding can rot.  
  • Mold.  Where there is moisture there is mold.  If water is being trapped or has trouble draining from your roof, you home could be at risk for mold.

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.

Roof Inspection, Why? Virginia Beach

Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 06, 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.

Roof Inspections and Inspecting Your Own Roof - Virginia Beach

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 29, 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.

  • Look for any irregularities with the roof: shingles that look curled from the ground indicate an old roof.  This type of curling almost always happens on the south side first, so pay special attention to that side.
  •  Look out for cracks in shingles.  These typically won't be visible on second story roofs, but it's sometimes possible to spot these on single-story roofs.
  • Mis-matched or patched shingles, missing shingles, and shingles sliding out of place typically indicate an improper roof installation.  Keep in mind, a 'new' roof doesn't always mean a 'good' roof.
  • Always look for loose shingles in roof valleys.
  • When you see that a large section of the roof has been patched you need to wonder why the roof was patched to begin with. A patched roof is often the result of an improper installation that has led to shingles coming loose.
  • Shingles without neat rows may have been installed that way, but it may also mean that shingles are beginning to slide down.
  • Closer inspection of the roof may reveal that the shingles were improperly nailed, causing the shingles to slide down.

For a roof inspection, contact SB Roofing.

Virginia Homeowners Love Metal Roofing

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 08, 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.

  • Metal roofs are low-maintenance.  Asphalt shingles often fly off due to severe weather conditions and wear down more quickly.  Asphalt shingle roofs need to be in the shoveled in harsh winters. Snow slides right off  metal roofs.  With a metal roof, homeowners do not have to worry about frequent roof maintenance projects.
  • Metal is the most sustainable roofing material.  Usually, if you decide to change from asphalt shingles to metal, the metal can be installed right on top of the shingles.  This cuts down on the waste produced from your reroofing project.  Metal roofing material is also easier to recycle.
  • Metal roofs reduce energy costs.  In the summer, homes stay cooler because metal roofs reflect sunlight, reducing the amount of heat transmitted into your home.  In the winter, homes stay warmer because the inside heat is reflected back into the house from the underside of the roof.
  • Metal roofing looks great! Metal roofs can significantly add to the curb appeal of a home and they come in a variety of colors.

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.

Roof Repairs are not DIY Tasks

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 11, 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.


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