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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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Choices in Roofing Materials

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 04, 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.

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Roofing Season Begins

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 25, 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.

  • Have a plan: Communicate with your contractor well before the scheduled work is to begin about project requirements. The right expectations and timeline will limit the chance of unexpected surprises after the project is underway.
  • Prepare your yard: When doing exterior work, often a yard, plantings or shrubbery can get damaged. If there is a special flower or bush that you really don’t want to get damaged, consider moving it, or holding in a pot for the time being.

SB Roofing is well equipped to assist homeowners in identifying roofing issues and implementing roof repairs. Contact us for more information.

SB Roofing Earns Esteemed 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 07, 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

Damaged Shingles Can Cause Roof Leaks

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 29, 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.

The Right Shingles and the Right Roofer are very Important

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 21, 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:

  • Inspect current condition of the roof surface for visible signs of fatigue or failure.
  • Inspection of the existing ventilation and water carrying system.
  • Inspection of attic to establish condition of wood sheathing, ventilation, or improper insulation or air sealing.
  • Condition of chimney and all areas that may require repair or replacement of the flashing or re-pointing.
  • Determine if the roof is actually in need of replacement or if there are other conditions that may be causing problems. Not every roof that leaks is a bad roof. Ice dams can be the problem as even new roofs have been known to leak.
  • Provide a variety of options for style, color, and the length of the warranty period that fits your budget.

For more information on roof repairs or a new roof, contact SB Roofing.

Should Your Roof be Repaired or Replaced?

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 14, 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:

  • How old is the roof? If the roof is fifteen years or older, replacement is around the corner anyway. Stop wasting money on repairs and just replace it.
  • If your roof problems are because of severe weather, the damage is probably extensive. A repair on the obviously damaged part may solve your problems for a month or two, but replacement is the best choice because the roof has probably been weakened.
  • If the roofing layer has been exposed to excessive moisture or the moisture has led to mold on the inside of your home, replacement is the best choice.
  • If the roof was poorly designed, improperly or poorly installed, or built with cheap materials, you will need a new roof.

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 moving in the next six to twelve months, a new roof is not worth the costs when a repair can keep your home in good shape for the time being.
  • If the damage is limited, a repair may be sufficient to solve the whole problem.
  • If your roof is new or regularly maintained the problem should be small and easily repaired. Regular roof maintenance ensures that small problems are spotted and fixed quickly.

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.

Green Roofing Materials

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 27, 2012

When you think of having a green roof, you have a couple of choices.

Metal roofs
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
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.


Put Money into your Roof

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 20, 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:

  • check the attic – do you see any discoloration on the sheathing  look for curling or cracked shingles on the roof
  • keep the gutters clean
  • remove any tree branches resting on the roof
  • have the flashing checked, make sure it’s not rusted or loose.

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.

Replace Your Roof before Winter Sets In

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 30, 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.

Discount on New Roofs for Veterans

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 23, 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.

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