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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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Think About Your Roof Before Winter Sets In

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 22, 2012

The cold weather is starting to close in. So, if you are a homeowner, there are some things you should be thinking about getting done before winter sets in. Your roof is No. 1. Why is it important?

We spend thousands and thousands of dollars on everything inside our homes. But the roof is what is protecting it all. If you have a leaking roof or a roof with other issues it’s only a matter of time before you have problems in your home. It can lead to heat loss, mold, a rotting and pests.

Most homeowners will call a roofing company for roof repairs. But roofs are much more than just shingles. Homeowners need to know what they should be paying attention to if they want to do what’s right for their home.

During the winter, you want to see snow on your roof; you don’t want to see patches where the snow has melted. And you really don’t want to see icicles because that means the snow on the roof is melting when it’s still freezing outside. This can lead to ice dams that block your gutters and cause water to back up underneath the shingles. Once it’s there it’s really easy for it to get inside your home.

Typically there should be roofing paper underneath the shingles to act as an extra layer of protection in case any shingles blow off. It’s a preventive measure.

Roofing underlayment, which is an ice and water membrane, should be installed along the perimeter of your roof and in any run-off valleys. It’s used in any areas on your roof where there’s going to be extra water flow or drainage. But it can’t protect an area that actively collects water. It’s a preventive measure — not a direct line of defense.

Many people spend all their money on sprucing up the inside of their homes. Yet, they forget to spend money on the roof. Before anything else is upgraded or renovated in your home, you have to make sure your roof is doing its job. Contact SB Roofing.

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Metal Roofing Protects Homes from Fire and Extreme Weather

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Hailstorms, hurricanes, snow and fires can all cause extensive damage to a home. The roof takes the brunt of extreme weather. Choosing the right roofing material can mean the difference between a minor repair or a major problem. Approximately 10% of homeowners now choose metal roofs when remodeling.

Metal roofing is designed to stand up to extreme weather conditions. Washington state homeowner David Gordon experienced firsthand the importance of selecting the right roofing system. The metal roof he chose protected his home from being engulfed by the deadly Cle Elum wildfire. In the high wind conditions common in a wildfire, burning pine needles and debris can easily ignite a traditional asphalt roof.

“The odd thing is, we chose our metal roof primarily to help with shedding the snow. As it turns out, our metal roof saved our home when the wildfire swept through our area,” explained Gordon.

For homes in hurricane-prone areas, metal roofing’s durability is a key factor to consider when re-roofing. Many metal roofing systems have a 120-mph wind rating and uplift resistance that exceeds new building code requirements. Metal roofing materials interlock, forming a protective barrier that other roofing materials do not provide. The interlocking system makes the roof stronger and more resistant to high winds.

In addition, naturally durable metal roofs are highly resistant to hail damage. Hail will not penetrate a metal roof. Metal roofing products have the highest impact resistance and hail rating.

“Smart homeowners recognize the investment value in a metal roof,” says Bill Hippard, president of the Metal Roofing Alliance. “In fact, 61% of consumers who choose a metal roof cite durability as the top reason for their choice. “
For more information on metal roofing, contact SB Roofing.

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Virginia Beach Roofer Reviews

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 25, 2012

At SB Roofing we take our jobs seriously. We take pride in pleasing our customers and we understand the how important both roof repairs and new roofs are to your home and the investment of your hard earned money that is involved. That is why we use the best materials, work in a timely manner, and respond to your phone calls.

Hear what another of our satisfied clients had to say:

1. How would you rate our service? Excellent

2. How would you rate the quality of our work? Excellent

3. How would rate the value of SB Roofing (quality vs. pricing)? Excellent

4. How likely would you be to refer SB Roofing to a friend or family member? Definitely

"I interviewed over 6 roofing companies. SB Roofing was my last. I was impressed with the honesty, knowledge and compassion Scott presented. I called Scott to set up a time to get an estimate and he came that day. I do not know how he is able to do all he does, but he made time for us. Any questions were answered or he would get the answer. Clean up was better than what we expected. Follow up was above and beyond. It was very refreshing to have a person treat us with respect and kindness and take care of our home as though it were his own or his crew's. The crew was very friendly and respectful. The crew and Scott took into consideration any inconvenience of our neighbors too.

I would recommend SB Roofing to anyone. Pricing was a bonus. Our roof looks wonderful and we have noticed the change in temperature in our attic for the good. We are very thankful SB Roofing was available to put a new roof on our home.

Contact SB Roofing for your roofing quote.

Make Your Home Easier to Sell With a New Roof

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 20, 2012

The real estate market is heating up, but it is still a buyers market. You can make your home more enticing to potential home buyers by taking care of roof repairs or getting a new roof.

If you are putting your home on the market, consider the buyer. While buyers have their choice of homes, remove some tasks from their “to-do” list in order to make your home more economical and enticing.
Inevitably, if put your home on the market with a damaged roof or a roof that needs to be replaced, you will end up losing money in the end.  You home will sit on the market for longer, you will pay for your home longer, and you will end up reducing the asking price.
Even regular roof inspections will make your home easier to sell.  Showing buyers that you have a well maintained and regularly inspected roof gives you home added value.

For roof repairs, a new roof or a roof inspection in order to sell your home, contact SB Roofing.

Tips for a Successful Roof Renovation

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 10, 2012

As the years go on and people grow older, so does your home. The changing of seasons and the weather that comes along with it can take a toll on your home, leaving its appearance less than desirable.
Your roof is one of the first things that people will see. If your roof is in need of repair, don't ignore the problem. Aside from adding beauty and curb appeal, the roof protects your home. It faces both everyday weather as well as the extreme climates. Keeping your roof up to date and maintained can save you from dealing with other problems inside your home later on.

As you begin your roof renovation, take the time to think about some of the decisions that come with putting new shingles on your roof, such as the method of installation and type of shingle. Your new roof should be appealing and durable for many years to come.

When making decisions on installing new shingles, don't just think about who you would like to do the job; think about how. Will you choose to install the new shingles over the old, known as overlaying, or strip all the old shingles off the roof before laying down new ones? Whichever you decide, make certain the shingle manufacturer's application instructions are followed to ensure you have a properly installed roof.

If your roof is beyond repair and you need a roof replacement, then consider removing your old shingles. Make sure you have made any necessary repairs to the roof deck underneath the old shingles and underlayment before the new roofing materials are installed.

Maybe you are just looking for a quick roof fix to add some new color to your house or repair some minor problems. If so, overlaying may be the best option. Overlaying takes away the time of ripping off the existing shingles, the hassle of finding a place to put them after they have been removed, and will save some money along the way as well. Leaving the existing shingles also creates a double layer of protection for your roof. Just remember that proper installation, according to the shingle manufacturer's application instructions, is very important.

After deciding which method of roof installation is best for you, it is now time to decide the kind of shingle you will choose. Asphalt shingles are the most common form of roofing shingle used today in the United States. Unlike wood shake, slate, metal and tile shingles; asphalt shingles are a practical choice for most residential uses and relatively inexpensive.

Replacing your old roof is an excellent way to improve the condition and appearance of your home. Don't be the house on the block that needs some work, improve your home with a new roof and be the center of attention at the next block party.

Metal Roofs Withstand High Winds Better than Asphalt Shingles

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 30, 2012

The hurricane in the Gulf may have you thinking about your roof. If it is time for a roof replacement, you should know that metal roofs weather hurricanes better than asphalt shingles. This makes them have a better ROI than asphalt roofs too.

Metal roofs have been subjected to 90 psf uplift testing. That is very high wind. So, in heavy winds and hurricanes, metal roofs will fare better than asphalt. And their wind resistance does not diminish over time; they are just as trustworthy when they are old as they are when they are newly installed. Not so with shingles.

The cost of metal roofing is higher initially than shingles, but over time you will save money on maintenance and repairs. Why? Because metal roofs last the lifetime of your home. Asphalt shingles need to be replaced every 10 to 20 years.
For more information on metal roofs, contact SB Roofing.

Roof Inspections and Maintenance Help Uphold Materials Warranties

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 13, 2012

Your roof protects you and your home from the weather.

If your roof is properly installed and maintained, most roofs last for many years; however, no matter what, at some point your roof will need to be replaced.

What do we mean by roof maintenance? Of course, you should schedule annual roof inspections.

You need to keep your roofs valleys and gutters free of leaves and debris. Debris can cause water to wick under the shingles and cause damage to the structure of your roof and home.

Clogged rain gutters can cause water to flow back under the shingles on the eaves and cause damage. Also, ensuring that your attic is properly insulated and vented is the best way to preserve your roof.

When choosing a shingle color, in warmer climates often a lighter color is best because heat can break down roofing materials faster. Lighter roofing materials get less hot.

There have been recent cases where homeowners have challenged shingle manufacturers on their warranties because they have shingles that were supposed to last 25 years, deteriorating to the point where part or all of the roof needs to be replaced as early as 10 years.*

In these scenarios, the manufacturer will try to determine whether the shingles were installed properly, that sufficient ventilation/insulation was present and regular maintenance was performed, before honoring any warranty claim.

Please be sure you maintain your roof properly and have regular roof inspections. This will go far in showing shingle manufacturers that your roof was properly cared for. For information on roof inspections, contact SB Roofing.

*from IFPress

Virginia Weather Resulting in Leaking Roofs

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 23, 2012

This summer Virginia has been having some interesting weather, between heat, wind and rain.  As a result, this severe weather has  caused some extensive roof damage. Even homeowners with fairly new roofs have been discovering roof leaks, damaged and missing shingles and various other problems.

Often however, roof leaks are not discovered until the water enters the home and damages the ceilings inside our homes. At this point it is already too late. Water damage, warping and mold are occurring as well as structural and cosmetic damage.     

If you have an older roof, if you have not had a roof inspection for some time, or if you are in a new home, given the severity and strangeness of the weather, it is recommended that you have  a professional roof inspection.  Contact SB Roofing today.   

How to Know if you Need Roof Repairs or a New Roof?

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 16, 2012

You may have a roof leak, or you noticed some loose shingles, perhaps your gutter cleaner told you that your home has some roof problems. The question now is: roof repairs or a new roof?

Well, roof repairs are less expensive than a new roof, but are you just putting off the inevitable. Spending money on roof repairs when you need to replace the roof could just result in a waste of money. However, replacing the roof when you only need some repairs is also a waste of money. How do you know what to do?

Often a new roof is the better choice. This is what you should consider:

  • How old is the roof? If it is 15 years or older, a new roof is not far off. Don’t waste money on repairs.
  • If your roofing problems are a result of very severe weather, you probably have extensive damage and your roof has probably been weakened.
  • If the roof has been exposed to excessive moisture a new roof is the best choice.

A new roof is the best option when you have serious roofing problems. But sometimes roof repairs make more sense. Here are scenarios that a roof repair is the better answer:

  • If you are moving six months to a year, repair the roof instead of replacing it.
  • If the problem is limited, roof repairs may be sufficient.
  • If you regularly maintain your roof the problem should be small and easily repaired. Regular roof maintenance ensures that you have smaller roof issues.

Contact SB Roofing for more specific information about your roof problems.

The Best Roof Choice in Virginia is a Metal Roof

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A metal roof can add significant value to your home.

Metal roofs not only add a touch of style to your home, they can offer you and your family protection from the elements, they are cleaner, energy efficient, easy to care for and they are a popular roofing choice used by many architects.

Metal roofs are resistant to breaking or cracking. They also help with energy efficiency of your home.

Metal roofs are very durable, lasting much longer than traditional roof shingles. In addition to being stronger, steel roofs are more lightweight as well.

The lighter weight of metal roofs takes the pressure off the foundations and bearers, which helps reduce or eliminate cracking in walls.

Metal roofs provide a better level of thermal protection by reflecting more heat, which keeps the energy bills down.

They also come in a number of different colors, which means most often they can match any style of home.

For more information on metal roofs, contact SB Roofing.

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