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Tips from the Experts: Slate Roofing Maintenance

Tips from the Experts: Slate Roofing Maintenance
Tools & Tips

Slate is a great choice when it comes to roofing. It holds up well against the elements, doesn’t retain snow or ice, boasts an incredibly long lifespan and possesses a classic charm that can make any home look beautiful and timeless. Follow these important tips from the experts about maintaining your slate roof.

Beyond the benefits already mentioned, one major advantage of slate roofs is their low maintenance requirement. They still require some looking after, but not as much as most other roofing options. How can you make sure that your slate roof is maintained properly?

Here are some tips:

  • Have your slate roof inspected at least once a year, preferably during fall in preparation for the winter season. During inspection, ask your contractor to avoid or minimize foot traffic on the roof to prevent damage to individual slate pieces.  
  • The best place to check a slate roof is on a ladder or scaffold safely secured onto the roof edge. If your contractor really needs to walk on the roof, he must use soft-soled shoes to prevent or minimize damage. Your contractor should also check for leaks inside your home, especially in your attic.
  • If your contractor finds leaks, he will have to check whether the cause is another possible leak source, such as compromised flashing. But if the leak does come from cracked or broken roofing slate, the damaged tile will have to be replaced as soon as possible.

Slate is a hardy material but should only be handled by expert roofers with the right training, experience and equipment. The Roofing Company is that slate specialist in the Hampton Roads area since 1998 and now in Richmond. That’s 20 years and thousands of projects involving top-quality slate roofing products and services. Give us a call if you need help with your roof or if you want to schedule a free, no-obligation in-home consultation.

The Roofing Company at the 2018 International Roofing Expo

The Roofing Company at the 2018 International Roofing Expo

Brian Chalsma, President of The Roofing Company and National Slate Association, joins over 450 other exhibitors celebrating the 2018 International Roofing ExpoⓇ in New Orleans.  The International Roofing ExpoⓇ is one of the most important trade shows for the roofing industry.

Roofing professionals from all around the world come together at this all-things-roofing event to experience and learn the newest products, best practices and innovations essential to success.  

Booth after booth on the show floor offers opportunities to discover the latest trends, advances in technology and best practices for business growth.

In the pictures, Brian Chalsma stands proud to represent the National Slate Association with fellow NSA Board of Directors and members:

One of the ways The Roofing Company sets itself apart from other roofing contractors is by continuously building excellence through continued education.  The International Roofing ExpoⓇ is one way, of many, to achieve that. 

After Brian returns from the Expo, we’ll update this blog with some of his best take homes from the Expo that our customers can benefit from. Keep an eye out for The Roofing Company Newsletter delivered to your inbox March 1st for February’s summary articles and a reminder of this update. Until then!!  

More pictures to come as they are published on the IRE website.

Common Roof Problems Not to Ignore

Common Roof Problems Not to Ignore
Tools & Tips

Your roof takes a lot of abuse from the weather on a daily basis and this month has definitely been no exception. Occasional storms and winter and summer extremes can take their toll over time. Identifying common roof problems early, such as dripping in parts of the ceiling or stains on the wall, can help get to the “roof” of the matter, so to speak, before things get out of hand and drain your savings.  Hold on to those savings and learn which common roof problems not to ignore.

Proper roof maintenance includes the regular inspection of all roofing parts. If you’re thinking of doing the inspection on your own, look for these obvious signs that your roof needs some attention before it gets progressively worse:

  • Buckling Shingles: Shingles that are starting to buckle, curl, or blister can be an indication that water has seeped in underneath, which can mean the end of the shingles’ lifespan.
  • Missing Shingles: If shingles or tiles are missing, especially on a large area of the roof, it is best to contact your roofing professional to help you.
  • Roof Flashing: Check the flashing on the roof. Damaged flashing may be a cause for leaks.
  • Loose Materials: Spot any worn or loose material around pipes, chimneys, and other openings.
  • Excessive Shingle Granules in Gutters: Granules protect shingles from ultraviolet rays and give them added weight. Check your gutters for any excessive amounts of shingle granules.
  • Stains & Mold: Inspect the interiors for any signs of leaking. Check the attic for water stains, mold, and other indications of moisture getting into your home.

Safety First! Always be sure to have your safety gear, tools ready and a sturdy and secure ladder before climbing up the roof.  

Mentioned above are some of the more common roof problems that can be caught on the surface. Other, often more serious issues, can lurk beneath that will usually be revealed through a thorough professional inspection. An expert roofer will be able to check problems in the following areas: soffit, fascia, gutters and drains, flashing, chimneys and vents, skylights, control zone access, fall arrest anchors, and vents.

As a customer of The Roofing Company, you receive a courtesy annual inspection if you wish to take advantage of it. We highly recommend that you do.  

The Roofing Company is here to help you get to the root of the matter. Our friendly staff is just a phone call away to answer your roofing concerns.

The Roofing Company’s 6th Annual Training Day

The Roofing Company’s 6th Annual Training Day

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 marked The Roofing Company’s 6th Annual Training Day where employees, and guest suppliers, taught and learned from each other.  While some things stayed the same as previous years, see last year’s Blog “What’s in a Training Day”, each year adds something new to mix of this invigorating educational event.  2017 earns major accolades for a complete warehouse overhaul and an implemented materials management process.  Way to go team!!

After the initial gathering and housekeeping announcements in the early morning, trainers were excused to take position at their stations in the warehouse.  Everyone else split into their assigned groups and headed to their first designated station to learn from the trainers and get a bit of hands-on application.  When the cowbell rattled (yes, a cowbell!), that was the que to rotate to the next station.

Below are the topics that were covered in the warehouse, using custom mock-ups constructed by our own talented production staff:

  • Warehouse evolution. Mel and Gary E. used a poster board prop with pictures displayed on it to show the dramatic warehouse transformation from 2005, when we first moved into the building, to the present day with our most recent major overall in 2017.   
  • 10 most common mistakes installing GAF shingles and drip edge. Nito and Travis used a roof mockup showing the most common mistakes other contractors make by not following GAF installation guidelines.  They continued to explain the proper installation process and importance of using the recommended GAF products to fulfill specific product warranties and pass final inspection by a GAF Inspector.  In addition, they covered the advantages of installing drip edge, especially since The Roofing Company can customize (bend) it to be the perfect fit for any home.  The end result should always be to protect and keep the roof dry.
  • Slate roofing history, styles and layouts. Adrian and Mike took us as far back to how and when slate was discovered to the versatile ways it can be installed on a roof.  Aaron & Moe demonstrated how to cut slate and assisted those who wanted to try their hand at it. There were several takers!  
  • Installing Drywall. Art and Jay started their presentation pointing out two sections of their drywall display; the right way and the wrong way.  They covered the differences of how to install the drywall and tips about filling in the seams, drying time and working with cutouts.  A dish with compound and a spatula was then handed to each individual in the group for hands-on seam filling.
  • Chimney Chase Covers. James and Theo showed pictures of different kinds of chimneys, leading into a beginning to end demonstration of how a chimney chase cover is constructed, installed, and explained details of its benefits.
  • IntelliDeck. Gary N. and Zach were prepped with hot air welding guns in hand, showing the careful and delicate process to waterproof a deck with a vinyl membrane system called IntelliDeck.  After a few helpful hints how to heat weld the material, each member in the group had their own prop to practice on using the heat gun.  

Once back into the warmth of the office building conference room, Staci and Debbie took front and center to share some very exciting administrative updates going into 2018.  Then new trainers took their stations scattered about in the office and the rest of the crowd was off to find their first station in the rotation.

The office stations covered these topics:

  • Bust-A-Bug. Jason with Bust-A-Bug gave an interesting presentation about the hazards of termites living and surviving in a roof structure.  Definitely not a good combination.
  • Customer Care. Chuck and Kris went into depth about the importance and success of our internal customer care process between departments.
  • Velux Skylights. Matt demonstrated two types of Velux skylight options, explaining the differences in installation, benefits, and function.
  • Production Checklists. Kevin highlighted checklists used in the production process before and after each project to ensure consistency, accuracy and customer satisfaction.
  • Nordic Steel Gutters. Back in the warehouse, Jan with Nordic Steel Gutters and CJ, used the roof mock up to demonstrate how this amazing half round gutter system works.  It incorporates clamps, never clogs, and is strong enough to walk on!
  • The Remodeling Company Process. Greg covered the 5 step process for a perfect remodeling project; Discuss It, Design It, Choose It, Built It, and Live It!  A simple yet detailed process to create most positive experience for the customer to remember.

As the last cowbell rattled, all bodies gathered again in the conference room to hand out awards acknowledging employees for their exceptional achievements in 2017.  

Building Excellence is our mission in everything we do.  It literally is our mission statement.  Our annual training day is just one of the ways we incorporate this into our company culture.  We take it seriously and take great pride in it because it offers that much more of a well rounded and skilled team for our amazing customers.

Thank you Marketplace Chaplains, Matt and Katie, for leading and ending our day in prayer, Larry and Louie with ABC Supply,  Danny with Primerical Financial Services and Alex with ProVia for being a part of our training day experience. 

If you ever want to stop in and see the training center, we welcome you to call us at 867-6600 to set up a personal tour just for you!  

Prevent Permanent Damage on Newport News Roofing Systems this Winter

Prevent Permanent Damage on Newport News Roofing Systems this Winter

The snow, labeled as a potential “coastal bomb” blizzard yesterday, swooped in overnight covering the Newport News area with close to 6-8 inches.  Strong winds whipped the snow in one direction and another, causing drifts of higher snow heaps in various areas. No matter the location, though, the first measure of protection for a home against snow and rain in many parts of the country is the roof.

Although snow might not seem like much when it inititally falls lightly on the roof, it can cause all sorts of trouble for a roof with existing problems. It can potentially cause water damage, as well as cave-ins if enough snow manages to collect atop a roof.

Homeowners should keep in mind that while snow is essentially frozen water, it can still cause leaks and all sorts of water damage. This is more apparent on days when the sun can melt the ice. Roofs have to still contend with other winter troubles such as snow accumulation, ice dams, and high winds, so it would really be best for householders to preemptively have their roofs prepared for such situations.  Still, roof probems can happen and when they do it's best to take action as soon as possible.

If you have a concern about your roof, contact us at 757-867-6600. Repairing a roof during winter is an extremely difficult task due to the temperature constraints. It is advisable to contact a professional and skilled contractor, such as The Roofing Company, who has years of experience working within winter conditions all across Hampton Roads.

You can have peace of mind that, as a customer courtesy for every project completed by The Roofing Company, an annual inspection is performed to ensure your roof is sound and will be able to uphold to harsh winter conditions as we are experiencing now in the Hampton Roads area.  If you didn't have your annual inspection last year, now is a great time to give us a call and get it scheduled.   

Wishing you a warm and safe snow day!

Over 200 Years of Roofing Experience

Over 200 Years of Roofing Experience

The Roofing Company is delighted and very proud to announce that our amazing and talented team combined has over 200 years of roofing experience!  Now that is where excellence is built!

We've spoken to you on the phone, met with you in your homes, and completed thousands of projects across Hampton Roads.  We'd like to take this very special opportunity to share our tremendous gratitude to all of our many wonderful customers who have invested and trusted in us.  We owe so much of our success to you!

We near the end of 2017,
here's hoping it was a marvelous year for all!

As we take the leap into 2018,
we wish you the best and most unbelievable year of all!

We have a German among us here on the Roofco Team.  She reminisces about Sylvester (New Years) celebrations in Germany and as the clock strikes midnight, loved ones turning to each other saying "Guten Rutsch!" Literally translated it means "Good Slide", wishing a smooth start into the New Year.  

All of us at The Roofing Company wish the very same for you and your loved ones!

How do other countries and dialects say "Happy New Year"?  We would love for you to share!  

Santa Doesn’t Want to Come Down a Leaky Chimney

Santa Doesn’t Want to Come Down a Leaky Chimney

As the weather cools down and evenings in front of a cozy fireplace become a ritual of the winter season, you may want to consider the condition of your chimney. In addition to having your chimney cleaned, it’s good practice to have an experienced roofing professional inspect it annually for leaks.

A leaky chimney can be the culprit of all sorts of problems, which can result in costly repairs. One of the more common issues we find related to leaks around the chimney system is faulty flashing.  Other areas of concern can be from cracks in the chimney crown, leaking from the inside out from condensation, and leaking bricks .

Chimney flashing is a layer of sheet metal that covers the gap where a roof and chimney meet. Flashing is generally made of stainless steel, aluminum or copper, and custom-fitted around your chimney to protect against water infiltration. For a watertight fit, flashing is installed in two layers: one under the roofing material and another extending up the side of the chimney. Caulk is then laid around the edges to seal the installation.

Sometimes flashing becomes damaged or corroded to the point that it can no longer keep water out, or the caulk loosens and creates gaps that need to be resealed. Occasionally flashing is missing entirely. In all of these cases, our skilled technicians can make repairs that will solve leak issues around your chimney. Every chimney is different, making the installation of chimney flashing a custom project that should be done by an experienced professional.

Let’s not forget Santa!  After all, he has a lot of homes to visit in such a short period.  We would bet, he’d be a lot jollier continuing his travels in a dry suit.  If you ever wondered where the stories about Santa coming down the chimney originated, there are several versions.  To reference a few, Santa was mentioned sliding down the chimney in the 1812 A History of New York by Washington Irving. In 1822 Clement Moore wrote a poem entitled A Visit from St. Nicholas about eight miniature reindeer pulling a tiny man in a sleigh, landing on houses where he comes down the chimney to stockings hung by the fireplace.  Then to add a more visual dimension to this happy and rosy cheeked giver of gifts, Thomas Nast, later in the 19th Century, depicted a Santa living in the North Pole with a workshop and busy working elves, in his cartoon drawings in the Harper’s Weekly.  

As our gift to you, each year and all through the year, The Roofing Company provides an annual inspection to all of our current customers.  When our Virginia Beach roofers come to inspect your chimney, we will closely examine the flashing for potential problems. If you are not yet a customer and would like to have us take a look at your chimney, any other roof repairs or replacement, give us a call today at (757) 867-6600 to schedule your free estimate!

5 Ways a Slate Roof Goes the Extra Mile for You

5 Ways a Slate Roof Goes the Extra Mile for You

Roofs continue to protect our homes from all kinds of weather conditions, and it’s important that they stand the test of time. A roof’s life span depends on the material it’s made from. One of the longest-lasting roof materials is slate.

What Is Slate?

Slate is a type of metamorphic rock used in roof tiles or shingles for stronger roofing. It can come in different colors, depending on where the home is located. For example, slate roofing from Buckingham County is available in blue, gray, or black.  Vermont slate comes in a variety of shades with the most favored being semi-weathering gray/green, unfading green or unfading gray/green, and purple.  

Slate roofs are popular for the following reasons:
  1. Longevity – Slate roofs can last over 100 years. Their appearance will remain the same even as your home ages.
  2. Durability – Because it is a natural stone, slate is highly resistant to different temperatures and harsh weather conditions. It is also water-resistant and energy-efficient.
  3. Visually appealing – Because of its simple design, slate can complement any architecture style. Aside from having different colors, it can also be customized or hand-cut to a specific thickness and size.
  4. Environment-friendly – By using slate roofs, you avoid adding to construction waste because you don’t have to replace your roof.
  5. Cost-effective – Although installing a slate roof is expensive, you can save on maintenance costs in the long run because of the material’s superior durability.
Other Factors to Consider

Slate roofing in Norfolk VA should include the slate stone itself, wooden boards, and metal fasteners (nails). With proper installation, you won’t have to worry about additional repairs. Like other roof types, it is a good idea to schedule regular maintenance with professional contractors. For our customers, The Roofing Company conducts a free annual inspection to take care of that for you.

Get Quality Slate Roofing from an Experienced Roofer.

A slate roof will go the extra mile to provide protection for you and your home. Not only will it add to your home’s curb appeal—it will also save you on maintenance and repair expenses down the road because of its low-maintenance qualities.

For your slate roofing needs in Norfolk and the surrounding areas, contact The Roofing Company at (757) 867-6600.

5 Factors That Can Affect Your Roofing Project Schedule

5 Factors That Can Affect Your Roofing Project Schedule
Project Planning

Time flies by so fast that you don’t notice the changes happening around you. One day, your house looks brand-new. The next, your roof looks old and worn-out. If your roof is old or damaged, it may be high time that you get a roof upgrade.

Planning for your new Virgnia Beach roofing project will take a lot of decision making as numerous factors can affect how the replacement project will go. Here are five factors that can influence the project schedule:

  1. Materials. Some roofing materials are harder to acquire or ship than others. If you want the project completed at a faster rate, ask for local roofing products from your contractor. These materials are more common and specific to your area, and they can be more affordable as well.
  2. Season. The roofing industry also has its busy and slow seasons. Ask your contractor about their schedule so you can match yours with theirs. We recommend scheduling your project during a slow season.
  3. Permits / Building Codes. Building codes are performance requirements for any building construction. Local Virginia contractors are very knowledgeable of these codes. To avoid any complications, ask them about permits or building codes before the project starts.
  4. Budget/Preparation. Budget is one of the major factors to consider in any home improvement project. Make sure you invest in high-quality materials so you get products that will efficiently serve you for a long time. These materials are also backed by strong manufacturer warranties.
  5. Weather. Upgrades on roofing in Virginia Beach, VA, should be carried out on warm, sunny days. Rain makes it more difficult to work on your roof. Schedule the project on days that are ideal for outdoor work.

Scheduling your roofing project on warm days during a slow season can ensure a faster completion time. Common and high-quality materials, such as those from GAF, can help you save money on future repairs as they can withstand different weather conditions and elements.

A local Virginia contractor like The Roofing Company is knowledgeable about which materials to use for your home. We also value customer satisfaction, so we make it a point to meet your every expectation.

We are a GAF Master Elite™ contractor that has been serving homeowners living in and around Hampton Roads, Virginia, for almost 20 years. We specialize in roof replacement and slate roofing services. To learn more about what we can do for you, call us at (757)-867-6600 today.

A Detailed Roofing Estimate Can Help You Avoid Unexpected Costs

A Detailed Roofing Estimate Can Help You Avoid Unexpected Costs
Project Planning

For many homeowners, a roofing project is a significant investment that offers many long-term benefits.  Know what information should be contained within an estimate to help you set expectations from the start and save you from unexpected expenses later.

According to Remodeling magazine’s “2017 Cost vs. Value” report, a midrange roof replacement in the South Atlantic region lets you recover about 69.3% of your costs. 

With a high ROI, it’s only right to make sure you’re getting the best value for your money when it comes to hiring contractors. To determine if you’re paying a reasonable amount for the project, request for a cost estimate and an outline of what needs to be done on your roof from various roofing companies in Hampton Roads and nearby areas. 

Here are things you should look for in an estimate:

Procedures to Be Done

After the contractors inspect your roof, they’ll know what needs to be done. If they need to replace the entire roof, it’s best to ask if they will also change the eaves and gutters, especially if these parts are adding to the problem. If they need to repair some sections, ask about the scope of work required so you can set your expectations accordingly.

Materials to Be Used

The estimate should also include price options when other material options are available ie; copper vs aluminum. This can help you determine if you’re getting the best bang for your buck.  Other specific things to look for are the description, type, color or style, and brand of the materials.

Duration of the Project

Some roofing jobs may only take a few hours, while others may take a few days. How long the roofers will work on your roof may affect your cost. To make sure your project runs smoothly and stays on track, think about asking for a completion table or schedule. This way, you’ll know which tasks should be completed when.

Enjoy the benefits of a well-maintained roof with the help of a reliable and efficient Virginia Beach roofing company, such as The Roofing Company.

As a GAF Master Elite™ contractor, we offer—and use—high-quality products that not all roofers can offer their customers. Our team is made up of experts on residential and commercial roofing. Call us to learn more about us and our services. 

5 Sneaky Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Hire THAT Contractor

5 Sneaky Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Hire THAT Contractor
Tools & Tips

Temperatures have started cooling down right in time for the fall season and another Halloween is now a thing of the past.  Don't be fooled, however, by the ghouls and goblins in the contractor industry.  They are out there all year around disguised as a real person! 

The success of any roofing job depends on the quality of materials you have and the skills of the contractors you hired. As roofers play a crucial role in your home improvement project, make sure you’re getting a team you can trust.

It’s not difficult to find qualified roofing companies in Virginia Beach when you know what to look for. To make it easier, we’ve listed five warning signs that can help you in your search for the right roofer. If you spot any of the signs below, it may be best to avoid adding that contractor to your short list.

  • No License, Insurance, and Warranty – These serve as your protection against subpar work and any untoward incidents that may happen while the contractors are working on your roof.
  • No Business Address – When looking for contractors, one of the things you should ask for is their business address. There should be no reason for them not to give their address to their customers. Additionally, verify their business details (including their license) with the state’s board of contractors.
  • Cash Payments – Check and credit card payments leave a trail of your transaction with the roofer, which may come in handy when you need to settle a dispute. It may be hard to prove you’ve paid and dealt with a certain contractor when you agree to pay in cash.
  • No Local References – Local references give you the opportunity to visit the jobsite and see the quality of work done by the contractors. It also gives you the chance to speak with previous clients and listen to their experience with the roofers, giving you a better idea of their professional ethics and workmanship.
  • No Standard Contract – Contracts help you and your contractor set project limitations, expectations, schedules, and deadlines. A roofer should at least have a standard contract to start with and then adjust it according to your needs and project requirements.

Finding a reliable and efficient contractor doesn’t have to be difficult. When you need a Virginia Beach roofing company you can trust, choose The Roofing Company.

Established in 1998, our company specializes in a range of roofing services for commercial and residential properties. To learn more about our services, contact us at (757) 903-0050.

7 Types of Slate Roofs

7 Types of Slate Roofs

Just like any roof, whether it’s asphalt, metal, tile or slate, the function is always to provide shelter, shield from rain and snow, and resist the often high speed winds we experience here in Hampton Roads.  Slate, on the other hand, is special in that it is a naturally solid, ultra-dependable and one of the longest lasting roofing materials created by the earth itself.  A slate roof can last anywhere from 100-200 years.  Wow!  Adding more cool points to this stone we admire so much, there are a variety of roof types that can be installed.

Standard Slate Roofs – The most common slate shape is rectangular with a standard 1/4″ – 3/8″ slate length and width and square cut butts.  These standard roofs are laid in uniformly spaced horizontal courses with alternating vertical joints carefully aligned.

Patterned Slate Roofs – Incorporates a specific design or course with different slate shingle colors and/or shapes into the main design of a slate roof, which is most frequently the standard slate roof due to the way it is laid out.   Creativity is one the added benefits where one has several color options and accents, such as floral and geometric patterns, dates, words, or names.  How cool is that?!

Random Width Slate Roofs – The same standard slate roof installation process with slate shingles of the same length and thickness, yet different widths.  They can range from as few as two widths or as many as eight widths.  Most experienced slate roofing contractors find this to be the easiest to lay out and the fastest to install of all the ones mentioned in this article.   

Multicolored (Blended) Slate Roofs – Take the random width slate roof, blend in a mixture of colors together and there you have it - voilah!  A four-color medley tends to be the most popular arrangement, however any number is possible to achieve the desired results.  Blending unfading slate colors and semi-weathering colors is common practice to ease the transition between colors.

Graduated Length Slate Roofs - There was a time when quarries didn’t produce slate in specific lengths and widths, which left roofing contractors sorting the “as available” sized slate shingles on site in graduated order, from longest and widest to shortest and narrowest.  Thus, this type of roof was born!  The organized graduated order laid out on the ground was the blueprint for installation on the roof, where the longest and widest pieces started at the eaves, which is where they carry the most water, and graduating several other lengths with the shortest and narrowest at the top, where they carry the least water.  Slates at the eave could be 1 inch thick, or more, and the 3/16 inch thick at the top of the slope. There’s a lot of muscle going into installing this roof! Whew!

Textural Slate Roofs – No slates go to waste!  Even the slates of rougher surface textures and thicknesses are used by mixing throughout to make this roof truly stand out from the crowd.  The effect creates a rougher hewn appearance by leaving slates of varying thicknesses lying adjacent to each other.  Slates may be of single size, random width, graduated length, uniform color, or multicolor.  

Hang-down (Staggered Butt) Slate Roofs – Longer slate tiles are randomly installed with the top laying in the same course line or higher and the additional length sticking out  past the bottom of the other slates. Thus, creating a hang down appearance.

We couldn’t have said it better than how the National Slate Association states about roof style and design, “it is the genius of the design professional, roofing contractor, or building owner that deserves the credit for creating a spectacular roofscape.”  

The images below are compliments of the National Slate Association showing incredible skill, craftsmanship and creativity in slate roof installation.  

Slate Roof: A Stone Now Anyone Can Own

Slate Roof: A Stone Now Anyone Can Own

Ahhhh, Slate.  The beautiful, natural and versatile stone we are in love with.  Literally!  When you understand what it’s made of, where it comes from, and how it’s used, you may also find that it’s pretty darn fascinating.  It’s more than just a rock and we are excited to announce, with our lightweight slate system, it’s a roof that can be installed on any home!  

What is slate and where does it come from?  Slate is a microcrystalline, fine grained metamorphic rock formed 400 million to 550 million years ago by means of tremendous pressure and heat from deep in the earth.  Those chemical and mineralogical transformations led to what you see today. Natural slate is commonly used for roofing material, floor tile, countertops, wall cladding, and blackboards.  


When you envision a slate roof, the first colors that may come to mind are grey, charcoal, or black.  There are those, and then other subtle variations in color, shade, veining, and grain of each individual slate shingle. The slate industry identifies the change in color as weathering, non-weathering, fading and non-fading. Unfading slates keep their color over a considerable amount of time, whereas weathering slates will slowly begin to change as they are exposed to the outdoor elements.  Slate colors can vary between black, gray, green, purple, red and other mixed combinations and are unique to the region where they are produced.  They can be found in Vermont, Pennsylvania, Quebec and right here in Virginia.

Sizes, Shapes & Thickness

Popular by demand, the standard, and most common, natural slate roofing shape is the rectangle, which begins at 12 inches in length and can increase by 2 inch increments up to 24 inches.  Step out of that rectangular box and check out other cool slate roof styled cuts below, available and only limited to your own creativity! Joseph Jenkins, author of The Slate Roof Bible, shares an awesome compilation of patterns, styles and even inscriptions using roofing slate, on his website Slate Roof Central.

Up until recently, due the thickness and weight of slate tile, only homes built to withstand the weight of the roof, could have a slate roof installed.  In most cases, the home was built with that in mind.  That limitation no longer exists.  Brian Chalsma, President of The Roofing Company and Sr. Vice President of the National Slate Association, and Bob Williams of Newmont Slate Company developed a light-weight slate system that can be installed on any home.  Not just that, it’s also more affordable than original slate, because it’s lighter and faster to install.  That means, any homeowner can now own a slate roof if that is their heart’s desire.  We are simply tickled about it because we can now pass our passion for slate roofing to any homeowner in Hampton Roads!

Want to know more?  Give us a call at 757-867-6600! We are more than happy to talk "slate"!

Parts of a Roof You Want to Know About

Parts of a Roof You Want to Know About

When it’s time for a Roof Replacement and you’ve found a qualified and reputable contractor to do the job, it’s a good idea to also be familiar with terms included in your estimate.  We’ll share parts of a roof that you should know about.  

  • Flashing:  Materials used to waterproof a roof around any projections, and there are several on the roof.  This term, more than any other mentioned below, will show up in most estimates.  Read over carefully and understand the difference between replacing the flashing or re-using the old flashing, especially in regards to your warranty.  
  • Chimney: Yes, the part that noticeably sticks out above the roof.  Did you know that not all chimneys are square?  Some are round and even square on the bottom and round on top.  No matter the shape they still serve the same purpose, which is to provide ventilation from an inside source to the outside atmosphere.  Flashing will be found around the bottom of the chimney where the roofline meets and this may be one of the areas described in your estimate whether to reuse or replace during a roof replacement.
  • Skylight: The window in the roof facing the sky that radiates natural light into the home.  Ahhh.  Skylights have come a long way adding layers of protection, better flashing design, improved energy efficiency and ventilation with a touch of a button. Flashing around the skylight is what keeps it air and water tight.  Pay attention to the estimate where your skylight is mentioned.
  • Dormer: A window extended from the roof with shingles on it is called a dormer window.  The dormer is the roof layer above it.  Other than adding a fascinating dimension to any roof, it offers several cool benefits, such as more daylight, ventilation and head space.  
  • Ridge:  The highest point on a roof where two sloped roof areas meet and are utilized for enhancing attic and roof system ventilation.  There are different options for ridge caps.  Some are more aesthetically pleasing.  Be sure to choose one that works best with your roofing system and that will do its job, which is to add protection.
  • Valley: The Vee shaped metal channels that run up and down the ‘folds’ of a roof. They are the opposite to a hip as they are the internal version. Leaves and debris are notorious for building up in the valley and problems can easily develop if they aren’t cleaned off regularly.​
  • Plumbing Vent or Vent Pipe: Ever noticed the skinny pipes sticking up from the roof?  They supply air to the drain pipes for liquid to flow properly and are designed to help prevent sewer gas from coming into the home.
  • Hip: A roof with four roof planes coming together at a peak and four separate hip legs. A hipped roof house has no gables or other vertical sides to the roof.  You can read more about these types in What Design is Your Roof.
  • Eave: The roof edge from the fascia to the structure’s outside wall. They form an overhang to throw water clear of the walls and prevent wood rot.
  • Facia: The exposed band under a roof edge that is visible to an observer.  May not seem like much to look at, however it plays an important role by keeping pests like squirrels, birds and bats from entering into your home.
  • Rake Edge: The vertical edge of gable style roof planes that prevents rain from running behind it.
  • Side Wall: Where a vertical roof plane meets a vertical wall, such as the sides of dormers, etc.


In unity, the functions of all parts of a roof are to keep the inside of your home dry, protected and free of uninvited visitors.  If you have any questions about any of the terms above or an estimate you have received from The Roofing Company, reach out.  We are more than happy to answer any inquiries!  

What is Your Roof Design?

What is Your Roof Design?

First and foremost, a roof is designed to protect the home from weather and hopefully with the least amount of maintenance as possible!  Of course, appearance is also important, however, take into consideration how that type of roof will perform throughout the seasons. This is where maintenance can become a huge factor, or not. Specific roof designs are better suited for certain regions.

  • Gable: Sometimes called a pitched or peaked roof, the gable style is one of the most popular roofs in the US and easily recognized by their triangular, inverted v, shape. Where they can easily shed water and snow and allow more ventilation, they can be problematic in high wind and hurricane areas, which are common in the Hampton Roads area.  If you choose a home with this style home, you want to be especially vigilant that the roof was constructed properly.  It is a simple design and can be built cheaper than other complex ones, however, if the frames do not have enough support, the entire roof can collapse.  Different Gable styles are the classic, crossed, front, Dutch, and gambrel.
  • Shed: This boxlike style, sometimes called a lean-to roof,  is identified by its single-slope in one direction. Shed roofs became popular in the 1970’s and 80’s used for houses, apartment complexes, vacation cottages, schools and small office buildings. After the 1980’s interest in this style diminished due to the extensive upkeep of the wooden exteriors.  
  • Hip: There are two ways to describe the hip roof style.  1) Sloping upward from all sides of a structure with no vertical ends and 2) all sides sloping gently downwards to the walls.  Both are basically saying the same thing. The most basic hip roof structure looks a pyramid-like shape on top of a house.  When other variations are included in the building plan, valleys start to take shape. Unlike the gable roof style, the hip roof tends to be more stable in hurricane regions, as long as there is a significant roof pitch that can cause the wind to stall and go over the roof to break up the effect. Carter’s Grove Plantation Home in Williamsburg is a historical hipped roof restored by The Roofing Company.   
  • Mansard: The French roof design popularized in the of the 17th century by architect Francois Mansart (1598-1666) has a nearly vertical roof that ties into another roof plane with two slopes on every side.  The mansard style can cost more to install and keep maintained, however it provides extra living space compared to other roof types.  A huge benefit is the box-like living space can easily be converted to a loft or an extra bedroom!  How about that!
  • Gambrel: This barn style roof is a variation of the mansard style, except that it has two sides, where the mansard has four. Many farm houses and log cabins have also adopted this style. Like the mansard, it offers extra space and the reason they are the choice for sheds and barns. Not an ideal style for areas with heavy winds or a lot of snowfall.
  • Flat: Yeah, just like it states...flat.  There is, however, a slight pitch in the ‘no pitch” flatness to allow water to drain off.  You’ll find this style more on commercial structures, however it can provide a significant amount of added outdoor living space on a residential home!  

By the descriptions above, is it obvious what type of roof you have on your home?  Perhaps it’s a combination of different styles.  If you aren’t sure, take a picture from the front of your home, post it on our facebook page, and let our roofing staff take a gander!  We are up for the challenge. Even if you want to show off the gorgeous rooftop you are so proud of, we’d love to see it!!

American Home Structures in History

American Home Structures in History

No American home is the same, we can surely agree on that.  Every home has its unique style, design, and personality.  When it comes to home structures, though, there are several styles over the centuries that have been adapted from other parts of the world or designed right here in good’ole America.  Since there are so many styles we could cover, we will talk about the handful of them that have remained timeless and popular.  Let’s take a stroll into some American home style history, shall we?   

  • 1600s - 1740: Colonial. In its original form, this home was simple, rectangular, a chimney in the center of the roof and symmetrical windows. Over time the Colonial has inspired revivals, such as Dutch, German, French, Georgian, and so on, homes to include dormers, shutters and decorative crowns above the door. These homes are well known for their desired curb appeal and a warm welcome at the front door.  Depending on when the home was built or updated, the front door will either be a raised-panel or the original clinch-nailed plank.
  • 1600s - 1950s: Cape Cod.  Sounds cozy and charming already, right?  That’s a common appeal with this style home.  Often seen with wood shakes, siding, and decorative shutters.
  • 1830s-1900s: Victorian.  You can find many Victorian style homes locally in historical areas such as Ghent and Larchmont in Norfolk and Hilton Village in Newport News. This “style”, unlike the rest of them listed in this article, is more of a period of history based on the Victorian era when Queen Victoria ruled Britain.  These pronounced homes make quite an impact with complicated, asymmetrical shapes, decorative trim, steep gabled roof lines often covered in natural roofing slate, large wrap around porches and two or three stories.  Take a look a look at the Historical Victorian home The Roofing Company just finished restoring.  It’s quite an impressive transition! (link to article here - UPDATE article with new pictures or create a new article talking about the improvements and what skill it took to restore)
  • 1905s - 1930s: Craftsman.  Does this bring to mind a tool belt, rulers, and complicated measurements? Indeed! Between the intricate woodworking, detailed stonework and arched doorways, a skilled craftsman is sure to measure twice and cut once building this home.  Familiar to this home is its low-pitched gable roof with deep, bracketed overhangs and exposed rafters.  
  • 1930s - 1960s: Ranch.  The #1 ranked home sold home in America by Trulia, it’s understandable why this is a household name, often referred as “The Ranch”.  Single story, open floor plans, and L-or U-shaped layouts are a grand demand among American families.

There are more styles, such as the Cottage, Tudor, Modern, Farmhouse, and Contemporary that you can find in Hampton Roads and maybe you even own that style.  We’ll be more than happy for you to share your home style with us. Send us a picture of it and let us know what you love so much about it!

Can you guess which of the picture(s) below belong to the description above?  Just to throw a wrench into it, more than one picture may fit the same description.

The Roofing Company has worked on all style homes.  For a roof replacement, roof repairs and slate roofing, please call us for a free estimate at 757-903-0050

Do you know Your Flood Zone?

Do you know Your Flood Zone?
Tools & Tips

It is truly heartbreaking the devastation and destruction Hurricane Harvey has left in its wrath across Texas and Louisiana this week, dumping over 9 trillion gallons over Houston alone!  It’s no surprise Harvey has been labeled “the worst rainfall disaster in US history” by some climatologists!

Hampton Roads residents are all too familiar with hurricane season looming over us year after year from June 1 to November 20.  Hot news topics include storm safety tips, the nearest shelters in case of evacuation and the latest flash flood alert after a heavy rainfall.  It’s inevitable that areas are going to flood, and some are more susceptible than others. states, “We ALL live in flood zone and we are all at risk of floods damaging our property.”  Do you know your zone?  You can easily find it at the FEMA Flood Map Service Center.  All you need to do is type in the address and the map will reveal your flood risk.  And there’s more!  You can also learn how to read a flood map and even find out if your own community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, which provides affordable insurance to property owners and communities.  Go ahead, check it out!  

Just this past January, FEMA issued a new Houston flood map.  They urged residents to check the map to see if they would need to buy flood insurance before the map was officially released in the later part of the month.  At that time, no one, especially residents in Houston and surrounding areas, could even fathom the events that have recently occurred!  Our hearts and prayers are with everyone affected by this horrendous storm.

If you are interested in donating to Harvey Victims, the New York Times compiled an authentic list in an article “Where to Donate to Harvey Victims (and How to Avoid Scams).”

3 Steps to Improve Your Safety during a Storm

3 Steps to Improve Your Safety during a Storm
Tools & Tips

When a major storm hits there is often a lapse in time between when the damage occurs and when a professional is able to come out to your house.  

Below are a few steps to improve your safety and preventive measures to take to help avoid any additional damages from water or debris. 

  1. Primarily, if it appears unsafe or dangerous for you to examine the damage closely please wait and do not change anything. If a tree or power line falls on your home there will likely be structural damage and getting on the roof could be dangerous. The Electrical Safety Foundation International cautions “Never touch a fallen power line or drive through standing water if a downed power line is nearby.”
  2. If it is possible to get into the attic and there is no fear of harming yourself, preventing any additional water from entering your home is a helpful first step. Collect and dispose of any standing water in your attic, and then if possible, patch the hole with a supportive item such as cardboard and cover with a tarp.
  3. If tree damage is causing the issue it is important to contact an arborist. The tree must be removed first before a roofing or remodeling contractor can assess the damage effectively.   

Remember that your safety is the number one concern. If you find yourself in this kind of situation please do not hesitate to call The Roofing Company at (757) 903-0050.  We are here to help you!

5 Roofing Tips Before a Storm Hits

5 Roofing Tips Before a Storm Hits
Tools & Tips

We are already over a month into the Atlantic 2017 hurricane season. As some may recall last September, Hurricane Matthew blew through Hampton Roads with a heavy wet roar and has been labeled as one of the strongest and deadliest storms of the 2016 season. Believe it or not, Matthew made it in the top 10, coming in at number 9, as one of the costliest hurricanes on record. 

What’s in store for the 2017 hurricane season?  Wavy reports, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters, the Atlantic could see ‘above average’ activity compared to a typical season. There is a 70 percent likelihood for up to 17 named storms with two to four being major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher.  With that prediction, there is a definite potential for damages.  How much exactly is difficult to know.  Best practice is to be prepared and your roof is one of the major elements exposed to hail, wind and rain!  Increase your peace of mind and avoid costly damages with the following helpful tips to reinforce your roof before any type of weather phenomenon strikes.

  1. Inspected your roof regularly. It is recommended you have your roof inspected at least once a year to catch any minor unforeseen damages before they become major, and possibly expensive. Did you know, The Roofing Company offers a courtesy annual inspection to its customers?  We understand the benefit of “peace of mind” and keeping our customer in-the-know on the condition of their home is one way we provide that.
  2. Reinforce Shingles. With hurricanes reaching speeds of over 155 mph, shingles not properly secured are easily susceptible to blowing off and leaving the roof exposed and unprotected. Did you know, the type of shingles installed on your roof can make the difference in a storm?  Class 3 or 4 shingles are the best to install because they have been tested and are able to handle strong winds.  The Roofing Company also offers other protective measures to reinforcing the roof with the shingles that are already installed.
  3. Maintain your Trees to Protect Your Property. Remove dead branches from the tree and trim branches within 6 feet of your roof.  Did you know, this also helps prevent access for critters into your home? Be especially mindful of trees that stand close enough to fall on your roof when exposed to pouring rain or high winds. 
  4. Evaluate your Attic Insulation and Ventilation. Your roof vents balance the indoor and outdoor temperatures of your attic and help insure proper ventilation. If these are not anchored correctly, large amounts of water can be blown into your attic causing leaks.  Did you know, proper ventilation actually makes your shingles last longer?
  5. Know your Roof Warranty and Insurance Policy. While we can’t stress the importance of this enough, be sure to note your manufacturer warranty policy and your own insurance policy for your roof. This will save you a huge headache when you need it at your fingertips.  Did you know, insurance companies view roofs as one of the most important parts of a home because they protect homes from the elements? 

The Roofing Company understands the fear that comes into play every time a storm is predicted to strike. With this list, we hope we can help decrease the extent of the possible damage you can incur and protect your home as much as you can your family. To learn more about how we can help you, call us now at (757)-903-0050.

Thank You to The Roofing Company Customers for your Testimonials!

Thank You to The Roofing Company Customers for your Testimonials!

What makes a company more proud about its success than to hear it straight from their customers.

In conjunction with The Roofing Company's 19 year anniversary, we'd like to share a few recent testimonials.

Experience of Exceptional Quality Work & Follow Through

I greatly appreciate the experience of exceptional quality work and follow through.   I intended on emailing you on the work completed earlier this year by your team at my house, repairing the roof and flashing around our 2nd story front window.  They were professional, detail focused and so careful with the old siding, completed the job and confirmed we were good with the result. I must also say, one of my neighbors, an engineer and somewhat critical of contractors, also noted he was impressed with the quality of the work.  They did what they said they would do, professional and detail focused.

Jimmy, Williamsburg

Professional job by professional workmen

It is not often that I have an opportunity to express my sincere appreciation for a job well done by professionals in the industry, but I am pleased to have this occasion now.

Form start to finish, this was a professional job by professional workmen....very impressive!

Brian, your work beforehand to create and finalize the sale was also top notch, as you ensured my needs and preferences were completely met, and you represented your company in a most professional manner to provide a level of confidence that your company would do a quality job for a fair price, and stand behind the work with your extended warranty.

All-in-all, this was an outstanding experience thanks to the professionals at The Roofing Company.

Toy, Hampton

The Roofing Company shattered expectations

Thank you for taking care of my wife and I. Three years of working with unscrupulous contractors and renovation companies who don't seem to know what quality work is, effectively reduced my faith in construction professionals to zero.  To say that it left a very bad taste in my mouth would be an understatement.  In fairness, I did not know what to expect from The Roofing Company going in, but I was almost certain that, like every other time, when the job was finished my problem wouldn't actually be fixed.  For what it's worth, you, Brian and The Roofing company shattered expectations.  Your commitment to quality and your concern for you clients is a commendable testament to your trade.  My wife and I sincerely appreciate your consideration.

Andrew and Raluca, Norfolk

The Roofing Company sends a special thank you to all customers who have taken time out of their busy schedules to submit reviews and testimonials over the years!  We sincerely appreciate each one and every one of you!

The Roofing Company Receives GAF’s Prestigious 2017 President’s Club Award

The Roofing Company Receives GAF’s Prestigious 2017 President’s Club Award

There couldn't be a better time than now, during The Roofing Company's 19th year anniversary month, to announce receiving the most prestigious contractor award GAFoffers: The GAF President’s Club Award, which they have continued to win for 5 consecutive years. This highly coveted award recognizes The Roofing Company, one of 2 in the nation, as an “elite of the elite” residential roofing contractors in the United States. 

GAF is North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, and only GAF Master Elite® Contractors can compete for its residential President’s Club Award. To qualify for this award, a residential roofing contractor must meet specific criteria in at least one out of three different pathways: the Performance pathway, where contractors focus on giving their property owners the best possible service, quality, and protection; the Reliability pathway, where the contractor has a long history of offering their customers the best quality and protection; and the Service pathway, where contractors consistently offer their customers the best protection available in the marketplace.

The Roofing Company has been a GAF Master Elite® Contractor since 2002; the company received the President’s Club Award due to its excellent performance in 2016. To become a Master Elite® Contractor—a status that less than 2% of roofing contractors nationwide are able to achieve—a candidate must demonstrate proper licensing, maintain insurance (in states that require it), have a proven reputation, and show commitment to ongoing professional training.

Brian Chalsma, president and CEO, is rightfully proud of The Roofing Company’s reputation. “We make a big deal of installation excellence,” he says. “We’re the leading slate roofing company in Hampton Roads. We were the first Master Elite roofer in Hampton Roads to win the President’s Club Award in its first year, when there were only 28 winners in the entire country. And we’ve won it every year since then. The award shows that our company is dependable. We’re trained well, and we have longevity—we’re in our third decade of service here in Hampton Roads.”

Attention to detail is important at The Roofing Company. “There are little things that some contractors don’t think about—like the importance of cleaning up after the roofing job is complete,” says Chalsma. “You don’t want scraps or debris on your property. A leftover nail popping a tire in your driveway is no fun.”

That attention to quality is not restricted only to job-completion time. “We do a courtesy annual inspection called a Customer Appreciation Inspection,” states Chalsma. “Many customers tell us that previous contractors never came back to check on their work. It’s a big deal for us, with almost 6,000 local customers, to schedule and execute that volume of annual inspections. But the fact that we go back to check the work leads to a lot of referrals. People feel good referring someone dependable to their neighbors.”

New opportunities continue to arise. “Many people started noticing more problems caused by squirrels, birds, roof rats, and other pests,” explains Chalsma. “We’ve started to concentrate on critter control and protection. We rodent-proof roof edges with custom-made, heavy-duty edge flashing, using custom copper pipe collars to encapsulate plumbing vent pipes; squirrels have been known to chew up vent collars made from lead.”

The Roofing Company applies its reputation for excellence toward reaching out to the community. “We’re a Christian based company,” says Chalsma. “When our staff knows of someone who is having hardship and needs roofing services, we try to help with when we are able. We’ve also worked with Extreme Make Over, Habitat for Humanity, Wounded Warrior Project, and the No Roof Left Behind program.”

According to Chalsma, the company will continue to raise the bar for roofing excellence in the Hampton Roads area. “If customers are thinking the word ‘roofing’—whether it’s low or steep slopes, metal, slate, tile, or any other roofing option—we want to be on the top of their minds, with The Roofing Company as the excellent choice and the customer’s first choice.”

About The Roofing Company

Founded in 1995 as Chalsma Contracting and renamed in 1998, The Roofing Company provides excellence in roofing in southeastern Virginia. With more than 6,000 local customers and numerous repeat customers and referrals, the company has earned the Installation Excellence award from GAF since 2002. With ongoing training programs, the company excels in GAF's stringent inspection program and in consumer protection, offering a high level of roofing excellence to customers, families, and friends. 

About GAF:

Founded in 1886, GAF is the largest roofing manufacturer in North America. The Company is an operating subsidiary of Standard Industries.

GAF products include a comprehensive portfolio of roofing systems for residential and commercial properties, which are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors. Its success is driven by its commitment to Advanced Quality, Industry Expertise, and Solutions Made Simple. GAF was the first roofing manufacturer to offer a Lifetime limited warranty on all of its laminated shingles, which then evolved with the introduction of the GAF Lifetime Roofing System by extending the Lifetime coverage beyond just the roofing shingles.

With a focus on social responsibility, GAF developed Advanced Protection® Shingle Technology, providing excellent durability and wind resistance while reducing the use of natural resources. The Company has also developed single-ply and asphaltic roofing membranes with excellent durability and high reflectivity to meet the most rigorous industry standards while helping commercial property owners and designers reduce energy consumption.

GAF also supports the roofing industry through CARE, the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence(TM), which has provided education to over 230,000 professionals. CARE’s mission is to help professional contractors and distributors build their businesses through sales and management education, and to provide product and installation training to contractors, distributors, architects, property owners, and related industry personnel. For more information about GAF, visit

About Standard Industries:

Standard Industries is a privately-held, global, diversified holding company with interests in building materials, aggregates, and related investment businesses in public equities and real estate. With over 7,500 employees and operations in more than 80 countries, Standard maintains a team-oriented culture of meritocracy and operational excellence, and a passionate focus on investing in its people.

The Roofing Company Celebrates 19 Years of Service in Hampton Roads!

The Roofing Company Celebrates 19 Years of Service in Hampton Roads!

It's hard to believe how fast the time has flown by! The Roofing Company opened its doors in June of 1998, and since then the owners and officers Brian Chalsma, Teresa Chalsma and Staci Davis have been leading the Company in serving the Hampton Roads Area for 19 years!  

The celebration is even further ignited by acknowledging long-serving employees Debbie Morris and Mel Forbes for 17 years of loyalty, devotion, and flexibility within the company! It would be an understatement to say their responsibilities today are anything like when they started in 2000!  You are all Class A amazing, who have dedicated so much of yourselves to make this company what it is now!! 

The Roofing Company can proudly say that every member of its outstanding team, including The Remodeling Company and My Handyman Company divisions, possesses a special and remarkable skillset that plays an important role in enhancing an exceptional and extraordinary experience to our customers. 

A special thank you to our thousands of Hampton Roads customers that we have served, educated and built relationships with over the years!  We owe so much of our success to you! 

This year in 2017 we celebrate our customers for their trust and faith in what we accomplish for them and the incredible team we have built to continue the excellence that exceeds our customers’ expectations every day of the year!

The Reed House Receives a Gutter Lining Facelift

The Reed House Receives a Gutter Lining Facelift

Renovations on the Victorian Reed House are moving along nicely. Since the project is only minutes from the office and I was already out running an errand for work, I decided to stop by myself and see this major project underway.  Currently, our amazingly talented crew is working on replacing the lining on the internal gutter system all the way around the multi-dimensional roofline.

My first thought as I approached the house, was wow, it's massive! It took my breath away and for a second I felt as though I was beamed into the 1900's when it was built.  As I stood in front of it, looking at all the scaffolding built around it, I waved at Gary working above.  He invited me to have an up close and personal view of what they were doing and after a tiny hesitation, I said "sure".  I walked up the u-shaped stairs to the top floor attic level, passing several other contractors working with-in the home, and once again I was flabbergasted at the over 5,000 square feet of space and exceptional architectural detail inside. 

I reached my destination on the 3rd floor where I had to crawl out of the window to get on the scaffolding.  Halfway through the window with one foot almost down, I got a glimpse through the gap between the wall and scaffold edge of how high up I was.  My heart dropped to my feet, but I still made it on the scaffold.  After a few very heavy steps, I decided that was where I'd stay, which still gave me a good view of what Dustin and Gary had already completed.  Obviously, this was not the day to conquer my fear of heights. In any case, they were both more than accommodating while I stood in my "spot", taking a few minutes to show me the new lining they installed over the gutter.

The internal gutter system, also known as Yankee Gutters, box gutters or built-in gutters, is considered a concealed roof drainage system, which was used on homes from the 1700’s through the early 1900’s and most commonly found on buildings from the Victorian period. Just like on the Reed House, this system offers a not readily visible gutter that doesn't alter the historic character of the building and doesn't take away from decorative cornice details.

Gary and Dustin are replacing the lining over approximately 300 feet of gutter.  It would be one thing if this was simply a straight gutter, but it's not.  On the front right side of the home, there is a barrel-like shape, which is what they were working on during my visit.  Precise measuring and trimming for an exact fit is especially crucial.  Once fitted around the outside edges, another covering is added perfectly flush at the inside top edge and heat welded to seal for a waterproof finish. I say this in the simplest form.  The pictures below visually show some of the steps involved.

The Roofing Company is very fortunate with its highly skilled production staff, which have the knowledge and metalworking ability to restore a home such as the Reed House close to his original historic character.  As it should be, most roofing companies won't touch a project like this simply because it requires working on a historical home. A preservation consultant whose practice focuses on historic structure should always be consulted before any dramatic alteration begins. 

Once the work is completed, a regularly maintained, well-detailed system can last 60 - 100 years or more.  Careful, regular inspection by a competent roofer is critical to the longevity and success of the system. Since The Roofing Company offers a free annual inspection to every customer, the Read House is in very good hands.  

Historical Reed House Restoration Applies Lightweight Slate

Historical Reed House Restoration Applies Lightweight Slate

Exterior renovations have begun on the Historical Reed House on Victoria Boulevard in the national historic district in Hampton, Virginia.  This beautiful yellow brick home, unique for its dormers with elaborate crestings, is under the care of The Roofing Company to bring it close to it's original state when it was built c 1902. 

Major repairs on this oldie but goodie include replacing the existing roof with Buckingham Slate, installing new liners on the internal gutters around the entire 2nd story perimeter and drizzling spaces with a copper shine.

The slate roof will be installed using the patented Slate ShieldTM, developed by the Newmont Slate Company in Vermont.  What makes this system so special?  It applies roofing slate with hooks; a tried and true method used in most of Europe. Another, more traditional method uses solely nails. A major benefit is the slate hooks and waterproof panels install fast and make for easy repairs, which means less labor cost.

The Slate ShieldTM System offers a couple of extra benefits by being lightweight so it can be installed virtually on any house.  Until recently, before this system existed, a house was specifically built to withhold the weight of the slate roof.  Now, with the lightweight Slate SheildTM System, homeowners have an option, whether you currently have a slate roof already or a shingle roof.  You can watch the video for a demonstration of the lightweight slate installation process.

Maybe you’re wondering how heavy a slate roof is?  A traditional slate roof can weigh between 8 to 10 pounds per square foot, or 800 to 1000 pounds per square. A “square”, in this case, is enough to cover 100 square feet of a roof area.  With an average roof area of 1,500 square feet, that would be up to 15,000 pounds!  That is a lot of weight on a house!  For comparison, an asphalt shingle roof with the same roof area would weigh somewhere around 6,300 pounds.  The burning question here is, what about a lightweight slate roof?  You might be surprised to find out it would only be approximately 6,750 pounds! How about that!

The current slate roof on the Reed House is the original roof, which proves once more that a slate roof can last well over 100 years. Here is a prime example of restoring a traditional heavy-weight slate roof to a lighter weight slate that will install faster and, if needed, be easy to repair.  

The Reed House roof installation will be happening soon.  We invite you to come back to this article and see updated pictures as the project progresses.  

The Roofing Company featured for Slate Sheild® Project of the Month

The Roofing Company featured for Slate Sheild® Project of the Month

Newmont Slate Company in West Pawlet, Vermont, produces the most and finest Vermont Black Slate in the United States. Newmont President and CEO, John (Jack) Williams has been in the slate quarry business for more then 50 years.  Newmont Slate developed the Slate Shield®, which is the finest lightweight slate installation process available.  The Slate Shield® lightweight system can be installed on any home, even if you currently have a shingle roof.  It's amazing!

In their May 2017 newsletter, Newmont Slate Company features The Roofing Company as "Project of the Month" for installing the Slate Shield® product on a classic victorian in the Hampton Historic District.

Hampton's Victoria Boulevard Historic District is a small streetcar suburb of 104 dwellings located a short distance south of the central business district of Hampton and approximately four miles from the industrial complex at Newport News. The site is adjacent to the point where the streetcar turned west to go to Newport News. Virtually all of the houses, most of which are rather imposing dwellings, were constructed in the last decade of the 19th century and the first two decades of the 20th century and designed in one of three compatible modes: the Queen Anne, the Colonial Revival, and the American Foursquare.

The south side of the 4500 block contains several of the finest houses in the district, most notably the Reed House (ca. 1902). This yellow brick Colonial Revival house is an extremely well-designed and executed house of the type praised by Joy Wheeler in his book The American Renaissance. The curving porch with Ionic order, well proportioned cornice and dormers with segmental-arched pediments, explicate the essentials of high-style suburban Colonial Revival in Virginia.

Bob Williams with Newmont Slate Company states, "If there is anyone in Hampton Roads who knows about slate roofing, it's Brian Chalsma and his company. The desire to see historic buildings preserved in their function, especially their roofs, is his passion. Brian is the Vice-President of the National Slate Association and has read The Slate Bible, by Joe Jenkins, numerous times. His experience and knowledge of slate roofing is more than impressive and he is more than willing to share this with anyone who asks.  This passion led him to develop the Hampton Roads Slate Roofing School."

Thank you, Newmont Slate Company, for the feature in your Newsletter!

Hail Damage: You May Benefit from a Re-Inspection

Hail Damage: You May Benefit from a Re-Inspection
Tools & Tips

When the weather is a delightfully breezy 80 degrees as it is now, it’s hard to think about frozen ice balls falling from the sky.  The local hail storm we had in Newport News and neighboring areas was a couple of months ago, however, we are still receiving calls from homeowners with roof damage from that storm.  Even if you are contacting your insurance, it’s in your best interest to contact a roofing contractor as well. Listed below are common questions and answers during that process.

How long do I have to file a claim?  

The National Storm Damage Center states, “The time you have to file an insurance claim varies by insurance company, but most insurance policies limit your time to file a claim, within 12-24 months of the storm.” However, a best practice is to take action as soon as you know or suspect since small damages can lead to other associated problems and costlier repairs.

If I think I have hail damage what should I do?

Call your insurance company and ask for an adjuster to inspect your roof for hail damage. Call a reputable roofing company and ask for the same inspection. If there are any discrepancies between the adjuster’s findings and the roofer’s findings you may call for a “RE-INSPECTION” where your adjuster meets with the roofer to go over the roof together. Re-inspections are very common.

The insurance company must determine two things when assessing the amount of your loss:

  1. Was there sufficient damage to the roof to declare it a total loss? (Usually determined by 10 verified hail hits per 100 square feet.)
  2. What is the size of the roof and how many shingles will be needed to replace the roof.

Do I need to get my roof replaced right away?

The insidious nature of hail damage is that it may pose no immediate threat to the structural integrity of the roof. However, many insurance companies have a “statute of limitations” of how long a hail claim is viable. If you have experienced a loss such as hail damage it is prudent to take care of the problem in a timely manner before it leads to other associated problems.

Why would my insurance company replace my roof?

The purpose of homeowner’s insurance is to protect homeowners against losses in their property’s value due to damage that is beyond their control. If you have hail damage, you have experienced a financial loss in that your original investment of a 20-year roof (for example) has now been reduced to a 5-10 year useful life span. Your insurance company will compensate you for your loss and replace your roof.

Why does the estimate read that there are more shingles to replace than there are to remove?

A number of shingles to remove from your roof is the actual amount of square feet that it takes to shingle your roof. However, when putting on shingles, some shingles have to be cut to fit dimensions, ridges, hips and valleys. The insurance company adds 10% to regular ridge roofs and 15% to hip and ridge roofs to account for the loss of shingles.

My gutters and siding are damaged and the insurance company paid me for how many linear feet had to be replaced. When I called a contractor, they had a minimum fee which was far in excess of the small amount the insurance company paid me. What can I do?

Your insurance company understands minimum charges such as these and has set prices they are prepared to pay as minimum charges for all trades. They do not give you the minimum charge up front because such a large percentage of their customers never call a contractor and just pocket the money. If you call your adjuster and ask for the minimum charge for the work, they will pay it without any hesitation.

In my adjustment, my insurance company deducted some money for depreciation, what is that all about?

Different insurance companies call the amount that they hold back different things. Some call it depreciation; other companies figure it in as a dump and removal fee. What it represents is the amount of money the company will hold back until they receive a signed contract from you and a contractor for the work. When they receive a signed contract, you will receive another check for the amount they have held back.

My insurance adjuster said there was no hail damage on his first inspection, I asked the Roofing Company consultant to call him and request to walk through a re-inspection with him. On the re-inspection the adjustor concluded that there was hail damage and “totaled” the roof. Why such a dramatic turn around?

There are many different reasons that this happens so often. Sometimes adjusters get to a roof too soon after the actual damage and the hits haven’t had a chance to weather yet. Sometimes the adjusters are inexperienced. Sometimes they were tired after looking at so many roofs that day. Sometimes they just make mistakes. The best results for the benefit of homeowner seem to be obtained when an experienced roofer walks through the inspection with the insurance adjuster and calls to the adjuster’s attention any damage that he sees.

The Roofing Company accepting the 2016 GAF President’s Club Award

The Roofing Company accepting the 2016 GAF President’s Club Award

Brian and Teresa Chalsma proudly accept the 2016 GAF President's Club Award from GAF President, James Schnepper and GAF Vice President, Brian Kimber at the 2017 GAF Conference in San Antonio, Texas. They feel especially honored to accept the award for the entire Roofing Company team.  

This prestigious award acknowledges an unsurpassed commitment to reliability, performance, and service on behalf of our customers. Fewer than 100 companies nationwide received the President’s Club Award for 2016. The Roofing Company has received this award for 5 consecutive years and there are only 2 in the Nation. 

The dedication and hard work of our entire team is what has allowed us to achieve these goals, as well as the important part our customers play in our success. Many thanks for allowing us to care for your homes! For outstanding service now and in the future, call (757) 867-6600.

Hail Stones Falling across Newport News

Hail Stones Falling across Newport News

If you think getting tornadoes in Hampton Roads is unusual, how about hail, and that happening on a warm day!! You might have been witness to the recent hail storm that fell through the Newport News Area. Wavy 10 TV announced, “There were several reports of hail – from pea-sized to ping-pong ball-sized. In addition to hail, there were strong winds, heavy downpours, and frequent lightning.”  This type of weather can wreak serious havoc on your roof, especially in combination!

Minutes before the hail struck in the area my mother called me, who lives about 20 minutes north of me in Newport News, “Stay inside and whatever you do, don’t take the dog out.”  She explained in haste, describing ping-pong ball-sized hail.  After 20 years in the area and never having seen that, I wondered if maybe she was exaggerating a bit?  I heard a little rumble starting on the roof and out of curiosity, walked into the hallway only to witness what she was talking about.  Watching these ice balls bounce on the ground with such vengeance, I could only think it would be like getting struck multiple time by paintball pellets to be walking in that mess!!!  Have you had an experience with a pummeling hail storm?  If so, feel free to share with us on our facebook post. We would sure like to hear about it. According to reports, this was the most reported hail storm damage since before 2005.

Can you imagine the force of the hail on a roof?  That accompanied by strong winds and heavy downpours?  If your home is in one of the areas the hail hit, how do you know if there is damage? Good question, because hail damage is often not visible from the ground.  It’s easy to think that since the storm was a couple of months ago, any sign of damage would be obvious by now.  Not necessarily.  Minor damages can eventually develop into major and costly repairs if left ignored.  The best option is to have a trained profession inspect the roof for any damages since they have a skilled eye of what to look for.  

Whether you would like to clear your mind of any harm to your roof, need repairs or it’s time for a roof replacement, give us a call at 757-867-6600.  We are more than happy to come out and provide a free estimate for you.  

Roofing, Tornados and Roller Coasters!

Roofing, Tornados and Roller Coasters!

Tidewater residents can attest to one thing, there certainly isn’t a shortage of severe weather action in Hampton Roads.  Just last week, The National Weather Service in Wakefield confirmed it was an EF2, possibly even an EF3, tornado that hit Chesapeake and Virginia Beach Friday night.  That type of tornado isn’t likely expected in this area when the severe weather warning alerts get publicized.

Based on the tornadoes in Virginia Beach in the last 20 years, the average tornado force is from 0 (40-72 MPH) to 1 (73-112 MPH).  The tornado that hit last week was between 113 to 206 MPH.  Any roller coaster buffs out there?  Even if you aren’t, I’m sure you can imagine the force when the fastest Busch Gardens roller coaster, Apollo’s Chariot, max speed reaches only 73 MPH! The fastest roller coaster in the world is the Formula Rossa in Ferrari World, United Arab Emirates reaches a max speed of 150 MPH.

What does a roller coaster have to do with roofing?  Nothing, however, a tornado with that much forceful speed blowing through parts of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, did leave residents with roof damages.  Wavy 10 announced, more than 200 homes were damaged and 12 were condemned. If your home is in need of repairs, we are here to help! The Roofing Company is a reputable, honest and caring contractor who will get your home back to its original state.

Don’t just take it from us. You can read what our customers have to say on our website, Google reviews, and Facebook reviews.

Traditional and Lightweight Slate Roofing Materials Suitable for any Home

Traditional and Lightweight Slate Roofing Materials Suitable for any Home

Slate has been a choice material for homes with traditional inspirations.

Whether it be classic public buildings or grand estates, slate roofs are ideal due to their timeless elegance and centuries-lasting versatility. Now it’s a specialty material known for its metamorphic green, gray and red tones, as well as its rock-solid durability.  With these admirable qualities, slate is highly suitable as a roofing material for home improvement.

The natural stone made of slate gives it strength. It is highly resilient to water and fire damage, which is better than common asphalt shingles. In lighter tones, slate naturally deflects heat which makes it adaptable to hot and humid Southeastern climates. Storms, winds and even ice and snow are well-tolerated by slate roofing systems.

With an expected lifespan of 100-150 years, slate gives a reasonable value for its cost. The worth of material accrual and installation may be pricey but the minimal maintenance thereafter compensates the costs. Accidental damages such as in extreme calamities require easier, less often, and lower cost replacements as compared to other traditional materials like asphalt and clay tiles.

Don’t have a slate roof but would like one?  You can, even if you currently have an asphalt roof!  There is a new lightweight slate roofing application process using approximately one-half (1/2) the amount of slate to cover the roofing area with traditional methods. This lightweight slate roofing method uses less slate, less weight, costs less and presents all the beauty and durability of a magnificent slate roof.   

The aesthetics of a slate roof beautifully tops most classic architectural styles. Darker earth tones complement Victorian-style mansions. Gray shades make romantic French mansard roofs. Light dyes or colorful palettes go well with homes of Mediterranean and Spanish inspirations.

A slate roof repair or replacement would be a job best done by only trained professionals. The Roofing Company has ample experience in the appropriate handling and stable installation of slate roofs. We are a popular choice for Norfolk slate roofs, including Colonial Place/Riverview, Larchmont and Ghent because of the skill and accuracy of our experienced team. This time-tested slate material is truly an investment, so having professionals handle it is critical if you want to end up with a beautiful and high-quality roof.

Historical Slate Roof Projects from Around the World

Historical Slate Roof Projects from Around the World

Our friends at John Stortz & Son, a supplier of high-quality slate roofing tools, often post about unique slate work being done in Europe and other parts of the world. We will share some of these amazing projects, along with a brief history of the proud tradition of slate roofing.

1287: The first recorded slate roof is the eight towers of Conwy Castle in North Wales, England. Over several centuries, the Welsh developed a proud tradition of slate production.

1600’s: Slate roofs are introduced to colonial America in the Philadelphia and Boston regions.

1785: The first slate quarry opens in the United States in Pennsylvania.

1800’s: In Spain, the quarrying process is refined enough to allow slate to be available for roofing common homes. To this day, almost 90% of all roofing slate source from Europe is quarried in Spain.

1839: Slate deposits are discovered near Fair Haven, Vermont, although quarrying was considered impractical because there were few uses.

1867: The Buckingham Slate Company, Virginia’s only slate manufacturer, and The Roofing Company’s preferred slate supplier is founded.

Late 1800’s: After the Civil War, slate begins to be mass quarried in the United States, beginning in Pennsylvania and spreading through the Northeast.

Early 1900’s. This marks the high point for slate production in the United States.

For many centuries, slate roofing was limited to the very wealthy due to its high cost and labor-intensive installation. We are fortunate to live in a time when slate roofing is attainable for the average homeowner. One of the most highly populated residential slate roof areas locally are in Norfolk; Ghent, West Ghent, Colonial Place/Riverview, and Larchmont. The Roofing Company is proud to be among a select group of roofing companies in Hampton Roads and the United States with the specialized knowledge and expertise necessary to install this unique and beautiful roofing material.

What’s In A Roofing Training Day?

What’s In A Roofing Training Day?

The entire company staff comes together once a year to hold it’s “Training Day” and every year it’s a little different and always an improvement from the last. A team is formed with employees from different departments and preparation is started months in advance.  The training includes the sales, production and administration aspects, with the goal of having all employees gaining a better understanding of areas outside their typical daily duties. It unifies our team as a whole. You can see Training Day at The Roofing Company is a rather important event! 

One part of the event that has become a favorite, is held in the warehouse around our in-house hands-on training center. The planning team decides what topics will be covered and designates which staff will teach it to the rest of us.  Stations are set up with either one or two teachers and the rest of the staff rotates in groups to the various stations.

Here’s what we learned from our Production staff  “teachers” at our last Training Day:

  • DecTec. This product is a high-quality, heat-weldable waterproof membrane with a textured surface, designed for foot traffic.  Adrian and Ziggy were prepared to demonstrate their skills using a heat gun. This fantastic product has virtually no maintenance, other than periodic washing and removal of leaves and debris.  It is also fire and slip resistant!
  • Overview of Mortar.  Mortar is what you put between the masonry units.  Mike explained there are different materials used to make it, however, the formula is always the same, binder + sand = mortar.  The binder can be anything from mud to lime to cements (made with lime plus hydraulic setting agents).  Our main takeaway from this station is that limestone works best and has played a significant role in masonry construction for over thousands of years.  One such structure is the Great Wall of China. Wow!
  • Drip Edge. Have you ever heard of a “Builder’s Gap”?  If you haven’t, neither did I, until Kris and Travis explained it to us at their station.  This is where the roof deck doesn't come down far enough to the roof line. Some builders believe this helps with ventilation, however, more than that, it’s a welcoming invitation for squirrels, rodents, and snakes.  Drip edge can be used to seal the gap and keep the critters out.
  • Slate shingles.  A hit at every Roofing Training Day is to practice cutting slate.  Juan and Phil have mastered this, making it look so easy.  I can tell you from experience and having attended several training days, it is not.
  • Safety.  This is a topic covered at every meeting at The Roofing Company, so Training Day was no exception.  Nito and Theo talked about the parts of a ladder, proper use and even had an old rusty ladder as a prop to show one you shouldn’t use.

Thank you for taking a little tour with me into our last Training Day at The Roofing Company.  If there’s a topic about your roof you’d like to know more about, please feel welcome to ask us.  Our team is highly informed, educated and skilled at what they do.

Shout out to Adrian, Ziggy, Mike, Kris, Travis, Juan, Phil, Nito and Theo on a job well done informing us of the topics above!  View the images to see them in action.

Your Experience Starts with our Experienced Roofing Staff

Your Experience Starts with our Experienced Roofing Staff

Our last blog was the start of a series that will cover the significance of employee training within The Roofing Company culture.  Not only is it part of the company mission statement, it is also the second key point of our 7-Point Satisfaction Guarantee, which is to send one of our Factory Trained Roofing Professionals to meet with you and get started on your Customer RoofCo Solution.  Why is this so important to our culture and beneficial to you?  Because we believe in, and take great pride in, providing our customer with the best experience, from the time of the first contact, to when we return to conduct our annual inspection on the work we completed.

Your experience with us begins with your first contact, be it calling our receptionist, speaking to a technician working on a job, or maybe being introduced to an estimator visiting with your neighbor.  Each employee of The Roofing Company is required to pass the GAF Roofing Steep Slope Pro Field Guide each year, beginning with the person answering the phone.  Whether they are setting your appointment with an Expert Roof Consultant, or answering an inquiry, they are versed and educated in roofing systems and the GAF manufacturer guidelines and procedures.  It is just one of the tools that help them visualize and understand your needs, concerns and schedule you with your Expert Roof Consultant.  It is also our first promise of the 7-Point Satisfaction Guarantee: Answer the phone and set an appointment for your Expert ROOF Consultation. 

One of our goals is to help you feel confident in contacting The Roofing Company in that we will listen, understand and find a solution for your home improvement project. 

When you contact a contractor, what are things you are looking for within a company and ultimately help you decide which contractor to choose?

What’s In a “Rain Day”?

What’s In a “Rain Day”?

How many companies do you know that have staff training on a regular basis?  You can probably name several.  Now, how many construction companies can you even imagine, not only hold an Annual Training Day at the end of each year, but train their staff continuously throughout the year? Okay, may a few.  Nail down a bit further (yes, pun intended), and we’ll narrow it down to one of only two GAF Master Elite Presidents Club roofing companies in Virginia to win the GAF Training Excellence Award consecutively for over fourteen years according to a top GAF trainer.  You guessed it, The Roofing Company, Inc. in Hampton, Virginia, who has been a performance and customer service driven company in the Hampton Roads Area, Virginia since 1998.  

We’ll cover more about the GAF Training Excellence Award in a future blog.  For now, you will receive a bit of history of how training developed within The Roofing Company.  As you might imagine, when it rains, roofs aren’t being repaired or replaced.  Therefore, the production staff is out of work for that day or possibly several days.  A plan was established to utilize these “rain days” by incorporating hands-on training for the field staff.  In doing that, it also provided peace of mind for each employee who was able to work that day.  

The training concept took very little time before it became a significant part of The Roofing Company culture.  Since the time of inception, which was over 16 years ago, training and team have become so much synonymous that they both are mentioned in the beginning of our company Mission Statement: Through an elite and well trained team of residential professionals we will…

Stay tuned in coming weeks how training on a “Rain Day” at The Roofing Company, has evolved into an annual company team event, including not only production, but all the departments together.

Prepare Your Home for Colder Days Ahead

Prepare Your Home for Colder Days Ahead
Tools & Tips

The old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” holds true, especially when it comes to keeping your home in shape. Taking a few preventive measures and some maintenance steps early on can go far in keeping your home cozy. Here The Roofing Company lists five ways to keep your home warm and comfortable over the winter season.

Clean Your Gutters:  All the debris and grime that has built up in your gutters can contribute to the formation of ice dams during the winter. Clean your drains and gutters now to save yourself headaches and repair costs later.

When checking your gutters, it helps to flush water through them to spot leaks and misalignments. The Roofing Company can also install a Gutter Topper® gutter protection system to make sure you’ll never have to worry about cleaning your gutters again.

Watch for Air Leaks: Ensuring there are no air leaks in your home is extremely important for energy savings. If warm air continually escapes around drafty windows and doors, your heating system will have to work harder. Unfortunately, this will lead to higher heating costs and maybe even a system breakdown.

If you are tired of using caulk to seal gaps around windows, get in touch with The Roofing Company. We offer many options for energy-efficient replacement windows.

Care for Your Furnace: Before the cold weather descends and you need to turn your furnace on, give it some attention. Dirty filters and build-up will cause your system to work less efficiently and shorten its life. Having it professionally cleaned and inspected will significantly reduce the risks.

It’s never too early to prepare your home for the winter. With our team of licensed and certified technicians, The Roofing Company can handle all the aspects involved in fall maintenance for your home’s exterior. Call us at (757) 867-6600 or fill out the form on our website today to receive a free quote.

Home Improvement Projects to Complete This Fall

Home Improvement Projects to Complete This Fall
Project Planning
Tools & Tips

Your home provides you shelter, protects your family from the weather, keeps you comfortable, and reflects your unique personality and taste. The summer heat has gone and left us with comfortable cool temperatures, so now it’s the perfect time to invest in energy efficiency and prepare for the autumn months. The Roofing Company suggests four great home improvement projects to complete this month.

  1. Dimensional Roof: The Roofing Company is proud to be a GAF Master Elite™ contractor. This distinction allows us, as a dedicated roofing company, to provide you with the strongest warranties from GAF and the company’s full range of products, including the GAF Timberline® Series, the #1-selling shingles in North America.
  2. Skylights: Another way to save money on energy bills is to reduce the use of electric lighting. Our skylights are the perfect solution. VELUX® skylights are energy-efficient and weatherproof, and can provide you with all the benefits of natural light without the drawbacks. These skylights protect you from ultraviolet and infrared rays, while helping to reduce your stress, elevate your mood and brighten your home. You’ll save money on lighting and your interior will look more appealing.
  3. Replacement Windows: 23% of the energy used to heat and cool your home can be lost through windows that are not energy-efficient. If you want to reduce your energy expenses, replace your old windows with top-of-the-line vinyl windows installed by The Roofing Company. Our windows have exclusive Thermareflect® glass that selects which wavelengths of heat and light enter your home. Undesirable heat is bounced back to keep your energy costs low.
  4. Gutter Protection System: We’ve discussed saving money through energy efficiency, but another great option is to save yourself some time and energy. We also install gutter protection systems. Gutter Topper™ works by allowing rainwater into your gutters while keeping everything else out. This keeps your gutters from clogging, and so you no longer have to deal with cleaning out muck and debris.

Autumn is here and the leaves will fall before you know it, so it’s best to get projects done now. The Roofing Company has experts in a full range of home improvement services. Our goal is to always provide the customer the most stress-free and enjoyable home experience possible. Give us a call if you would like to learn more about our products and services.

Fall is a Great Time for a Roof Replacement

Fall is a Great Time for a Roof Replacement

Fall is a great time of year. For roofers, the weather is cooler, which is a great relief from the hot summer season and up on the rooftops there is a phenomenal view of the leaves in changing colors! The Roofing Company crews can work long hours and get projects completed quickly without the risk for heat exhaustion. However, it’s not cold enough to interfere with any manufacturer’s recommended best installation practices, so we don’t have to worry about material problems due to low temperatures.

If you’re considering roof replacement, fall is a prime time to get it done.

The Time is Right, Now!

All kinds of asphalt shingles have a strip of factory-applied adhesive on the underside of the shingle. When new asphalt shingles are installed, the adhesive is slowly warmed by the sun’s rays, causing each shingle to seal to the next course. This seal strip also creates much of a shingle’s resistance to wind uplift. This means that shingles need to be applied when the weather is still warm enough for the seals to be activated. Replacing a roof in the fall gives shingles plenty of time to bond prior to the first snowfall.

If your roof needs repairs, don’t delay another winter. Even problems such as a minor leak can worsen significantly over the course of the harsh winter months, leading to a more serious threat to the interior and more expensive repairs. A serious ice storm or snowfall can bring everything to a head when it’s most difficult to make repairs.

If you’re not sure if your roof can make it through the coming winter, consider having The Roofing Company conduct a professional inspection. You’ll receive an expert evaluation of your roof’s condition and recommendations to keep it in the best shape possible. Call us today at (757) 867-6600 for prompt, efficient service from the most trusted roofing company in the Hampton Roads Area.

Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day
Thank You for Serving Our Country!

Our Company Veterans ROCKIN' the ROOF!


Mel Forbes


Brian Chalsma


Art Thibeault


Kris “Travis” Heath


Theo Johnson
National Guard


Raph Martin

Dear Lord,
​Today We Honor Our Veterans,
Worthy Men And Women
Who Gave Their Best
When They Were Called Upon
To Serve And Protect Their Country.
We Pray That You Will Bless Them, Lord,
For Their Unselfish Service
In The Continual Struggle
To Preserve Our Freedoms, Our Safety,
And Our Country’s Heritage, For All Of Us.
Bless Them Abundantly
For The Hardships They Faced,
For The Sacrifices They Made,
For Their Many Different Contributions
To America’s Victories
Over Tyranny And Oppression.
We Respect Them, We Thank Them,
We Honor Them, We Are Proud Of Them,
And We Pray That You Will Watch Over
These Special People
And Bless Them With Peace And Happiness.
In Jesus’ Name We Pray; Amen. 

3 Ways to Know Your Skylight Needs Attention

3 Ways to Know Your Skylight Needs Attention

Skylights are a wonderful way to bring more natural light and warmth into your home while saving on energy costs. As beautiful and functional as they are, skylights, when not properly installed and maintained, can be a source of headaches for homeowners. Because skylights are mounted on the roof, serious leaks can occur.  Diagnosing and repairing skylight leaks can be tricky, even for the professionals.

We wouldn't advise a homeowner to climb on the roof and inspect a skylight. However, there are signs you may notice from inside your home that will let you know your skylight needs attention.

  • Stains. One of the most common signs of skylight problems is staining and discoloration that forms on or around the skylight. This is typically caused by corrosion of the flashings or sealant used to waterproof the skylight installation.
  • Debris accumulation. When leaves and other natural debris build up around a skylight, they can allow water to pool around the area. If the debris is allowed to remain for extended periods of time, fungus will grow and gradually rot the sealant that protects the skylight, resulting in roof leaks.
  • Fogging panes. Often condensation on the surface of a skylight is the natural result of moisture build-up from dryers, dishwashers, showering and other activities in the home. When condensation forms between the panes, it’s an alarming sign that the skylight is no longer waterproof.

Skylights don’t have to be a leak waiting to happen. With annual inspections and proper maintenance by a roofing professional, you can avoid skylight leaks and enjoy this feature of your home for many years. Call The Roofing Company today for expert skylight installation and service in Hampton Roads and the Virginia Peninsula. We are fully certified in the installation of top-quality VELUX® skylights!

Until December 31, 2016, there is a 30% Tax Credit for select Velux Skylights and solar powered blinds.  Download this guide for more information.

Customer Showcase: Skylights Create A Vault Over a Fountain Room

Customer Showcase: Skylights Create A Vault Over a Fountain Room

For those viewers who'd rather look at pictures than read a lot of text, this blog is for you!  One particular Roofing Company customer took skylights and creativity to a whole other level.  Oh, and I should mention, there is a fountain in the middle of the home right under the newly installed Skylights.

A quick view from the outside of the home then, before any changes were made to the roof.

Just so you know I wasn't kidding about the fountain, here it is.  Pretty cool, or what?

This is the original vaulted ceiling directly above the fountain.  

Rafters and structural members are framed.  The picture on the right further along with plywood and skylights installed.

WOW, the transformation is amazing!  Four new skylights located symmetrically in the ceiling above the fountain room with a beautiful new ceiling fan.

As you can see, there are variety of ways skylights can be installed.  Skylights the limit but your creativity is not!

Until December 31, 2016, there is a 30% Tax Credit for select Velux Skylights and solar powered blinds.  Download this guide for more information.

Benefits of Opening Your Home with Skylights

Benefits of Opening Your Home with Skylights

You can transform any space in your home by adding skylights. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing form the outside but even more appealing from the inside where you can appreciate the beauty of nature and create a connection to the outdoors. You’ll enjoy the benefits of the outdoors without the drawbacks!

Aside from a great view of the sky, below are several benefits of installing skylights.

  • Natural Light & Brighter Rooms During Daytime: A skylight offers twice as much daylight as vertical windows. Studies have shown that natural light can boost energy and productivity, lift the mood, and reduce stress and anxiety. Any architect and interior designer will tell you that nothing beats natural light and ample amounts of sunlight when it comes to illuminating your living spaces.  Sunlight is also the best lighting for décor and interior design because it brings out an object’s true color.
  • Improved Energy Efficiency:  The light from the sun is 100% free.  Natural illumination for your home will remove your dependence on electric lighting and reduce your energy bill. VELUX ThermoTechnology™ and great engineering have improved the insulation and air tightness of the new generation of skylights. When closed, they keep energy locked in while letting sunlight in to illuminate your home without too much heat gain.
  • Healthier Home Environment: Sunlight is a very good source of the “sunshine vitamin” or vitamin D, which is vital in making our bones and teeth strong and in boosting our immune system. The fact that skylights also make rooms brighter helps relieve stress, eye fatigue and headaches.  Advancements in technology, such as automated blinds and VELUX glass coatings that block harmful UV and IR rays, can keep your home comfortable even in the summer.
  • Increased Home Value: Because a skylight can improve the look of your home’s interiors and reduce your energy consumption, it increases your home’s value.
  • Increased Ventilation: After proper installation, new skylights can also give you more ventilation options. Many VELUX skylights are designed for natural ventilation, helping you avoid poor indoor air quality while keeping your home cool and fresh.

For almost 20 years, The Roofing Company has been providing Hampton Roads residents with high-quality home improvement options that will make any home more beautiful and energy-efficient. Skylights are a great investment in this regard because they can make any room brighter, more comfortable and more welcoming.  Our specialists are fully certified to install Velux Skylights, the leading brand of skylights in the country.  

Give The Roofing Company a call to learn more about VELUX skylights or our other products and services. We would be pleased to schedule a free consultation.

Until December 31, 2016, there is a 30% Tax Credit for select Velux Skylights and solar powered blinds.  Download this guide for more information.

International Preservation Trades Workshop

International Preservation Trades Workshop

The Preservation Trades Network Presents the 20th Annual International Preservation Trades Workshop

The SRCA board of directors presented at the

International Preservation Trades Workshop

September 9-11, 2016, Clermont Farm, Berryville, VA

The topic was "Slate Roof Repair, Restoration and Maintenance." Presenters included Gary Howes, Nick Price, Chris Short, Chris Paulin, and Joe Jenkins.

The event was held on the grounds of Clermont Farm, a 360-acre research and training site in history, historic preservation, and agriculture, owned by the Department of Historic Resources of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Before the workshop they put their hands to work, repairing the springhouse located on the farm.  During the weekend, they enjoyed a dinner and auction to benefit the PTN Misia Leonard Scholarship Fund.

The National Slate Association, represented by Brian Chalsma and Bob Williams, also conducted a slate presentation at the IPTW.

Tax Credit for Select Velux Skylights and Solar Powered Blinds

Tax Credit for Select Velux Skylights and Solar Powered Blinds

Receive your 2016 30% Tax Credit for select Velux Skylights and solar powered blinds!

Download this guide for more information »

Post Storm Scam - The Storm Chaser

Post Storm Scam - The Storm Chaser
Tools & Tips

Do you ever wonder why roofing contractors get a bad reputation?  Much of it is due to roofing scammers called Storm Chasers or roofing gypsies. These out-of-town roofing companies pack up from wherever they are and temporarily locate to where the latest storm has caused significant damages. Once there, they canvas the area with literature, knock on doors and may even offer a free inspection. A contractor simply showing up at your door unannounced and offering to do repairs on the spot with payment, is a huge red flag. Don't fall victim to them! Their plan is to get as much work done as they can, in the shortest amount of time, and move on to the next storm damaged area. Should there be any issues with the work they performed, that is at the homeowners expense. By that time, they are likely long gone and can't be held accountable since there is no way to reach or find them.

These chasers can be well versed how insurance companies work and that helps them calculate the square footage to install a cheap new roof with an enticing low cost estimate. Cheap not only because of the price, but most of these roofs might last 5-7 years, if there aren't other issues before that. A new asphalt roof installed by a reputable roofing contractor can last between 20 to 50 years, depending on the shingle. A slate roof can last up to 150 years!

Especially after a major storm, many homeowners are overwhelmed with what to do next and want to get the repair or roof replacement done sooner than later. Before you agree to anything, sign anything, see the article Damages after the Storm - Choosing Your Contractor for a list of what to look for in a contractor.   

Shoddy Storm Chaser Signs to watch out for:
  • Showing up at your door unannounced offering repairs, especially right after a storm
  • High-pressure sales tactics offering an on-the-spot "good deal"
  • No local company address (PO boxes don't count)
  • No insurance or license
  • Full payment up front
  • Lack of written contract

It's always best to do your research before hiring any contractor and advisable to collect at least 3 estimates to compare. We can't stress enough times how important it is to get everything in writing. There's an old Chinese proverb “the faintest ink is more powerful than the strongest memory.”

Damages After the Storm - Choosing Your Contractor

Damages After the Storm - Choosing Your Contractor
Tools & Tips

The ferocious winds and flying limbs have subsided, so you take a deep breath and walk outside of your house to check for any damages.  You might be one of the lucky ones to sigh in relief that everything checks out, and your house is in the same shape it was before the storm.  On the other hand, you might be the homeowner staring at damages that simply cannot be ignored.  So , you investigate and try to decide whether or not to involve your home insurance company to fix the repairs.

If you do choose to use your insurance company, take note that you do not have to use the contractor they recommend.  After several of the past storms, it was actually quite shocking how many homeowners didn't know this.  It is up to you whom you choose to do the repairs and we recommend getting a few different estimates to compare not just the price, but what is covered and included in the contract.  Not all agreements are created equal.

There are some perks to using a "preferred contractor".  Policyholders may quality for special discounts or extended warranties. Most likely the insurance company has vetted the contractor for quality and reliability, and upholds a certain amount of accountability over them to perform.  After all, you would think that the contractor will want to make you happy to keep being recommended.  Another benefit can be that the contractor can handle an entire scope of work from restoration to cleaning, if that's what is needed.  

On the flip side, insurance companies pay only the current competitive rate as determined by the insurance companies.  This alone creates the string of other "cost saving" exchanges.  Cost saving for the insurer, not the insured.  A preferred contractor might be more apt to go with the insurer's scope of work, instead of the entire scope of repairs necessary, to remain in favor of receiving additional work.   With that, you could be left with unfinished repairs that could become a bigger and more costly problem in the future.  

National Storm Damage Center states on their website, "Approved contractors typically agree to cost cutting measures designed to save them money, often at your expense. This reduces the amount of money your insurance company has to pay out on your claim, but can also mean lower quality for you."

Just because the company is on the preferred list, doesn't always mean they're reputable.  Sad, but true.  In either case, whether you choose to go with a company your insurance recommends, or find your own contractor, it is still a good idea to do your own research before you sign on the dotted line.  Here are some basic items to inquire about:

  • What is the full name and address of the company?
  • Is the company licensed and insured?
  • How long has the company been in business?
  • What is the company's workmanship warranty?
  • Search the company's ratings and reviews?
  • Get at least three estimates from reputable contractors
  • ALWAYS get a WRITTEN contract, stating any guarantees, warranties, contract cancellations, etc.

By ALL means, ask questions about what you don't understand BEFORE you sign the agreement.  You will be happy you did, should anything regarding that repair come up at a later time.

Recognizing Our Local Law Enforcement Officers

Recognizing Our Local Law Enforcement Officers

Recognizing our local Law Enforcement Officers and thanking them for their dedication and bravery in keeping us safe.


At a recent quarterly company meeting, we invited our local officers to come and join us. 5 Officers, including 1 canine officer, from 2 neighboring cities accepted our offer and came.

In light of the huge increase in attacks on our police officers around the country over the past couple of years, we wanted to show our local police officers that as a company we support them. We had no particular agenda planned on how this would go, except we wanted them to know we appreciated them and to give our people a chance to interact with them individually as they felt led. Gathered as a group, in our front parking lot, our company recognized their efforts to keep us safe. Lots of conversations and hand shaking took place as we got to know each other just a little bit better.

Afterwards, we prayed over them as a Company. In the fellowship and sharing that continued after that, they let us know how much that meant to them. One member had recently been born again, so it was especially meaningful to him.

Thank you

From the bottom of our hearts!!

An Inside Peek into The Roofing Company during Storms of the 21st Century

An Inside Peek into The Roofing Company during Storms of the 21st Century

Hurricane Hermine has come and gone, leaving it's path in hurricane history with minimal damages.  When I say minimal, I only mean in comparison to particular storms of the past. Maybe you, personally, can relate to the ones that are mentioned below.

A View Inside The Roofing Company during Storms of the 21st Century

Being that we are a roofing contractor, our ears, eyes and attention are glued to what each storm is threatening to do until what does actually happens.  Over the years and several storms later, we have learned to be better prepared to accommodate and be available to both our staff and current customers for any storm-related emergencies. That is our utmost priority and a huge advantage over homeowners who have not established a relationship with a local contractor.

Within the company, especially during the hurricane season, it is common to hear the staff reminisce about experiences during past storms.

Probably some of the worst chatter of 21st century storms, in this area anyway, is when Hurricane Isabel made landfall with winds of 105 mph on September 18, 2003. The aftermath of its vengeance left 1.8 million people without power, 9,000 homes damaged and overall $1.9 billion dollars in total damages, not including economic losses.  Many families without power for 2-3 weeks, if not longer, were forced to endure the unusually thick humid air for September in Hampton Roads.

The Roofing Company staff working during the Isabel disaster, was that of unexpected chaos. More calls than possibly imaginable were flowing in due to damages and had to be routed through an answering service.  The answer service took the calls and The Roofing Company got back to as many people as possible.  Estimator schedules were jam packed with appointments for weeks at 12 hours per day Monday through Saturday.  We did the best we could but being a much smaller company then, we were limited to what we could handle at that time.

Then three years later, Tropical Storm Ernesto hit on August 29, 2006.  Fortunately, due to tremendous growth, The Roofing Company had just moved to a new and bigger location in Hampton that February, so we were much more prepared to handle our staff and customer needs. Still, tensions were lifted since this "storm" was going to blow through and it wasn't looking pretty due to the amount of rain prior and picking up momentum once it landed in North Carolina. We were on pins and needles, but due to careful planning and new systems in place after Isabel, we were better prepared. Several of the office staff who hadn't before then answered incoming calls, got the crash course of how it's done. Just in the first week of the storm, call volume increased 5 times the average amount. Let's just say, who went in as a rookie, came out as a pro!

A month after the storm we had booked 10 times more than the average number of appointments. Ernesto estimated $188 million in total damages without including economic losses.

Once again, after Ernesto, the company team gathered and discussed how, with the next storm, we can be even better!  In 2008 Hurricane Hanna was coming full force up the East Coast.  There was so much hype about Hanna; businesses and schools closed and cancellations reported left and right. The Roofing Company was more prepared than ever, holding a mandatory company briefing to discuss the call roster order, to FIRST, make sure all staff were safe and if anyone needed emergency repairs and SECOND, everyone's specific role after the storm to handle customer emergencies and other incoming calls.

Well, good preparation never hurt anything.  Ending on a light note, Hanna's effect on Hampton Roads says it all in this picture.

Roof Ventilation: What’s involved in an Attic Inspection?

Roof Ventilation: What’s involved in an Attic Inspection?

The Roofing Company holds a reputation in the Hampton Roads area for strictly following manufacturer’s guidelines. Inspecting an attic for proper ventilation is followed just a seriously as any physical work performed.  Therefore, the best options recommended to a homeowner are based on standards set by two manufacturers they support; Air Vent & GAF.

In an article written by Paul Scelsi for, “Standing Out in a Crowded Market”, Sam Roasario of Liberty Construction Inc. in Worcester, Mass., is quoted and emphasizes the value in conducting an attic inspection by asking Homeowners, “Would you trust a doctor who doesn’t examine a patient yet recommends surgery?”  That sure puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?

Most homeowners might think that as long as the roof is in one piece and there is nothing to indicate obvious issues, everything is fine.  The only way to know for sure that attic has the best working roof ventilation system, is to do a thorough inspection before recommending other services, i.e. roof replacement or repairs.  Afterall, just like each patient has different needs, so does the home.

So what are some of things contractors are looking for when doing an attic inspection?  Obviously, the most important consideration being air flow.

  • The roof design should match the best attic-ventilation system.  There are several different roof designs, i.e, gable, hip, mansard, shed, etc.  Each design varies in the way the air flows within it.
  • How many attics are there?  Some homes might have multiple attics, which can be shared or separated.  
  • Are there any physical obstructions?
  • Amount of intake and exhaust ventilation.  This is based on the attic square footage.
  • Attic and outdoor temperatures.
  • Exhaust vent should be working properly.
  • Is there a short-circuit?
  • Is the attic insulated and if so, is it properly insulated?
  • Are other parts of the home properly vented?
  • Is there rust, mold or mildew forming?
  • Each season itself brings more specific things to clue into.

The experts, Air Vent and GAF, have done extensive research into roof ventilation and that is why The Roofing Company vigorously follows the standards set by them, through staff training and maintaining manufacturer certifications.  

But don’t just take it from us. One of our customers expressed how important the attic inspection was to him and that being the underlying reason he chose The Roofing Company:

“My wife and I have spent last week interviewing six roofing companies for a bid to provide a new roof for our Virginia Beach home. The only thing I know about roofing is what I have read on the internet. Last week was an educational experience to say the least. Chuck Simpson was the last to be interviewed Saturday afternoon. He pretty much said what everyone else said and his price quote fell in line with most of the others. However, he did something during the interview that none of the others did or even mentioned. He went up into our attic to make sure there was nothing hiding under the shingles on the roof. Three of the six companies did not even bother to go up onto the roof to see what condition the roof was in and the other two just took measurements and said nothing about any possible concerns.” Larry S., Virginia Beach


Why Attic Ventilation Matters All Year-Round

Why Attic Ventilation Matters All Year-Round

In a past blog, we discussed the importance of attic ventilation for your home. Proper ventilation serves two main purposes: in the summer it allows hot air that has collected at the roof deck to escape out of the attic, and in the winter it thins and removes moist air before it can lead to damage. Here are the reasons ventilation matters in every season.

In the summer, good ventilation keeps the attic cooler, which means a cooler home overall. Moisture trapped in an overheated attic can cause damage to roof decking and shingles, leading to warping and premature deterioration.  Proper ventilation maintains a constant temperature in the attic which prevents the formation of ice dams and icicles in the winter.

Some Types of Attic Ventilation

There are several choices in roofing ventilation, and each has its pros and cons.

  • Static vent: This vent type has no moving parts. It creates an opening for hot air and moisture to escape, but only allows ventilation in the immediate area where it is installed.
  • Gable vent: These vents are installed at either end of the attic, near the peak of the roof. Gable vents are somewhat ineffective because air must blow directly into a vent to get air moving.
  • Turbine vent: Turbine vents are powered by the wind and tend to be noisy. Similar to static vents, they lack effectiveness when the wind is not blowing.
  • Power fan: Power vents use electricity to pull air out of the attic, but add an ongoing expense to a homeowner’s utility bill. Fans controlled by a thermostat may only operate in the summer, which does not alleviate the moist air that collects in the attic during cold months. Power fans must also be repaired when the motor stops working.
  • Ridge Vents: The Most Ventilation for the Money

A ridge vent is ideal for most homes because it is positioned along the entire peak of the roof. In addition to allowing for excellent exhaust of heat and moisture year-round, ridge vents blend in nicely with the roof line. Research has proven that ridge vents with external baffles, used in conjunction with undereave venting, are the most effective and efficient attic ventilation system you can install.

The Roofing Company would be happy to provide a no-obligation evaluation of your current attic ventilation system to determine if it is performing optimally. Since 1998, we have been the most trusted roofing contractors in Newport News, VA. Call us today at (757) 903-0050 or contact us.

Why Roof Ventilation is a Big Deal

Why Roof Ventilation is a Big Deal

If the attic has a proper ventilation system, it allows a continual flow of outside air through the attic, protecting the efficiency of the insulation and helping to lower temperatures in the living space.  This helps reduce the load on your air conditioner by moving hot air out of your attic.

The Importance of Ventilation:

  • An overheated attic, combined with moisture, can be damaging to roof decking and roofing shingles, causing them to distort and deteriorate prematurely.
  • Good ventilation creates a cooler attic in the summer
  • Good ventilation creates a drier attic in the winter and helps prevent ice dams.

Good ventilation serves two main functions:

  • Moves hot air next to the roof deck out of the attic in the summer.
  • Dilutes and removes the moist air in the winter before it can cause damage.

Different Types of Ventilation

There are many different types of roofing ventilation. Each has it’s advantages and drawbacks:

  • Static Vents – The least expensive but only provides ventilation in the immediate area where they are installed.
  • Gable Vents The wind must blow directly into one vent in order to get the air flowing across the attic and out the other vent.
  • Turbine Vents Experience the same problems as the static vents but generate a greater airflow than the static vents.
  • Power Fans They provide a high airflow. However, they take energy to operate so they create an ongoing expense. Also, fans controlled by a thermostat will usually operate only in the summer. These fans do nothing to remove the moist air that gets in the attic during cold months.

The Most Ventilation for your Money

A ridge vent is positioned along the entire length of the roof peak. In addition to being excellent exhaust vents, ridge vents blend in with the roof line, making a more attractive home. Years of research has proven that ridge vents with external baffles, combined with undereave venting, is the most efficient and effective system you can install.



Hot enough out there for you?  Adrian can tell you it is! 10 years ago he was captured on this roof, enduring the same summer scorching heat as he still does today. 

While a lot of us have the luxury of air-conditioned workspaces, being a roofer requires eight or more hour days on rooftops that can register 70 degrees higher than on the ground. How does he do it? Adrian says, “We carry a shirt with us, keep it wet, drink lots of water, take a few breaks a day, and go home early.” 

If you are required to be in the heat for long periods of time, how do YOU do it?

Keep Your Home Cool & Comfortable this Summer

Keep Your Home Cool & Comfortable this Summer
Project Planning

Are you looking for ways to keep your home cool and comfortable this summer? Are you hoping to cut back on your energy costs, as well? Over the years, your home has been exposed to various weather conditions. With that constant exposure to the elements, some maintenance work may need to be done in order to make your home cool, comfortable, and energy-efficient.

The Roofing Company has a few tips on where you can start your maintenance work this summer, aside from working on your gutters:

  • Check Your Roof: Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against the elements. The exposure to varying weather conditions like rain, snow, sun, wind, etc. take its toll, so it’s a good idea to inspect your roof for any possible issues where energy can leak out allowing excess heat to come in.  The Roofing Company can help you find out what’s the best solution to your roof concerns. We can recommend repairs or replacement, depending on the condition of your roof.
  • Consider Upgrading Your Siding: The siding protects and insulates your home. If it’s in bad condition or if you’re looking to improve your home’s insulation, consider getting James Hardie® fiber cement siding from the Roofing Company. This can help provide sufficient insulation for your home and improve curb appeal.
  • Replace Old and Worn Out Windows: If your windows are drafty or feature inefficient glass, it could compromise your home’s insulation. The Roofing Company provides windows that feature Thermaflect® Glass, which can help regulate the heat that enters your home and select wavelengths of light that enter your home.

Whenever you have a home improvement project, you can trust the expert services that the Roofing Company provides. Keep your home cool, comfortable, and energy-efficient in the summer with work on your roof, windows, and siding.

Learn more about what you can do for your home this summer by calling The Roofing Company today! You can reach us at (757) 903-0050 to schedule a free consultation.

Stop the Battle between Your Roof & the Heat

Stop the Battle between Your Roof & the Heat

Too much of a good thing can be bad. The same is true for about your roof. Because it’s always exposed to the sun, it is prone to damage that can shorten its lifespan.

Your roof is your primary defense against the harsh summer heat. The roof absorbs the UV rays from the sun, keeping you protected indoors. However, this damages your roof, gradually affecting its performance.

Here are common roofing problems caused by too many years of sun exposure, or an attic that is improperly ventilated.

  • Premature aging
  • Curled, warped or loose shingles
  • Dry, blistered or cracked roofing
  • Roof discoloration
  • High energy bills

UV rays and intense heat speed up the aging of a roof, which will lead to its deterioration. Certain roofing materials cannot effectively reflect heat away from the roof. This can make your home hotter during summer and may lead you to using your air conditioning more often. UV rays can also cause furniture and draperies to fade over time.

Create a Cool & Comfortable Home with Slate

There are different materials that you can use to replace your roof.  As far as the best option for beating the summer heat, slate is the way to go. It’s one of the most durable materials available today, lasting a hundred years or more!  

Slate roofing is resistant to harmful UV rays, which reduces the heat that is absorbed.  It’s natural reflective properties will help to keep the home cool while saving money on air conditioning.  Sounds good so far, right?  Well, there’s more!  Slate is completely fireproof!  It also doesn’t curl or warp and can be easily repaired if needed.

In the past, owning a slate roof was limited to those homes built specifically to withstand the heavy weight of natural slate, however The Roofing Company has helped develop a lite-weight real slate that can be installed on any home and for much less cost than the heavy weight slate.  

For more information or to schedule a free consultation with The Roofing Company please call (757) 867-6600.

Beat the Heat with a New Roof

Beat the Heat with a New Roof

Whew, it is HOT out there.  One step outside from a comfortably air conditioned space and the heat hits you like standing close to a bonfire on a cool night.  The true sign Summer is upon us and here to stay for a while.

These kinds of temperatures can make an already stressful day-to-day schedule to more exasperating, not to mention the humidity can seem to cause for tempers to flare up. Fortunately, most of us can find cool relief indoors.  What happens, though, when you get home after a long and hot day and your house is not providing the rejuvenating comfort you need?

If you have postponed home improvements or renovations for one reason or another, the rising temperatures should push you to finally proceed with the project, especially if the airflow in the home is not working like it should be. On a positive note, dry weather is always the perfect time for house repairs.

So what home improvements are we talking about? Well, from the top you can start with your roof. As your home’s primary line of defense against the heat, rain, snow, all sorts of elements, it will naturally wear out over time. This season where the temperature is getting hotter by the day, a worn down roof with possible leaks or cracked shingles could be the culprit behind the excessive humidity in your home.  Did you know, an attic temperature can easily reach over 140 degrees?  The heat in the attic can work its way through meager attic insulation in the home and A/C ductwork into the cooling system.  The A/C then has to fight that added heat to change all the hot air in your home into cool air.  That battle can add a hefty ticket to the power bill too, but I’m sure you get the idea.

Whether you have to completely replace a tired, old roof that can’t effectively bar the heat or are  looking into other roofing systems with materials like slate, which provides better insulation, contact The Roofing Company today to schedule your free consultation.

Hot Summer Savings Tips

Hot Summer Savings Tips
Tools & Tips

While summer is the perfect time to fire up the barbecue or enjoy a spur-of-the-moment vacation, it can also be the hardest season to score deals. Because these months are the peak time for many resorts and airlines, you’re less likely to find discounted products and services. But summer doesn’t have to be expensive; in fact, it can be frugal and fun when you use these clever ways to save!

  • Comparison shop online. Travel websites are the first place to check before buying plane or hotel tickets this summer, especially if you plan to travel last-minute.
  • Time rentals right. Need a car while you’re vacationing out-of-town? Reserve it mid-week and you’ll probably get a better price. Not avoiding the weekend rush can cost you as much as 10% more. Also consider prepaying for the rental; one major car rental company advertises up to 35% off rates when you pay at the time of reservation.
  • Be amused for less. When you show up at the gate of an amusement or water park, you’ll have to pay top dollar for admission. Plan ahead and save by buying your tickets elsewhere. Local grocery stores, bulk discount stores and fast food chains often offer discounted ticket prices for local attractions. Keep your eyes peeled for newspaper and magazine deals too.  
  • Roll a strike. Kids under 16 can get a voucher for two free games of bowling at numerous locations on any summer day at
  • Cut the price at the pump. Fuel up for less with by checking local gas prices. Reduce that cost even more by carpooling with friends or using public transportation.  If you do drive, be sure your tires are properly inflated to reduce friction and increase gas mileage by up to 3%. Keeping your vehicle tuned up and using the correct grade of motor oil will improve efficiency too.  
  • Membership Discounts. Several of the above mentioned savings are offered with a AAA Membership, from shopping, to dining, hotel accommodations, movies, amusement parks, car repairs, and much more.  For more information about benefits, go to

Happy Savings!

How a Roofing Professional Inspects Your Roof for Storm Damage

How a Roofing Professional Inspects Your Roof for Storm Damage
Tools & Tips

If you’re a longtime resident of Virginia, you know we are exposed to severe weather conditions on a regular basis. Heavy rains and strong winds that accompany thunderstorms threaten our homes. Damaging weather systems like hurricanes and hailstorms can also be a big problem.

The Weather & Your Roof

Homeowners can have a lot to deal with after every storm, as these weather systems can do significant damage to a roof. Even if a storm doesn’t come with much rain or hail, the wind alone can cause enough damage to warrant repair or replacement. It’s also important to know that some storms can result in hidden damage. That’s why it’s important to get your roof inspected by a professional roofing contractor after a storm. If the pros deem it necessary, get the roof repaired right away to avoid any problems (and bigger repair costs) in the future.

How Professionals Inspect Your Roof

Climbing up your roof can be unsafe, especially after a storm. Keep your feet safely on the ground by hiring a professional like The Roofing Company to inspect your roof for you. To ensure that no damage is left undetected, we will make sure that every part of your home is checked, from the exterior to the interior. Here’s what we do during an inspection:

  • We check your interior for signs of leaks and other forms of water damage. If our inspectors notice any water stains on your ceiling and walls, we’ll find the source and get the stains fixed in no time.
  • We inspect for missing or damaged shingles, check the flashing, exhaust pipes, valleys, and other parts of your roof for any signs of damage.
  • If a tree falls on your roof, your home could suffer structural damage. In cases like these, you should vacate your home until our experts can determine whether any structural damage occurred.
  • After a hailstorm, we will check the condition of the shingles. Hail damage comes in the form of dimples and may result in leaks.

If you live in Hampton Roads and need help from professional, certified and award winning roofing contractor, you can rely on The Roofing Company. Our doors are always open for homeowners who need quality roofing products and services. Call us now to schedule a free consultation.

Disaster Family Emergency Planning After The Storm (Part 2)

Disaster Family Emergency Planning After The Storm (Part 2)
Tools & Tips

When the storm has passed and no longer poses a threat, it's a good idea to check immediately for any roofing damages and sources of any leaks.


  • Water staining (around light fixtures, corners & around chimneys)
  • Wet insulation or water seepage in the attic
  • Cracked or broken skylights


  • Torn, curled or missing shingles (shingles might have landed around the property)
  • Dented vents
  • Dented gutters and downspouts

If you think you have damage from the storm, consider having The Roofing Company examine your roof. We are trained eye and can identify other damages you may have missed. What could start as a few missing shingles can morph into a serious moisture issue in the roofing substrate materials and the attic underneath.

Especially during high profile storms like Isabel, Ernesto and Joaquin turned into, be weary of "Storm Chasers," out-of-town roofers who move into an area and set-up following a storm. Many have been well-known to leave town after collecting money from homeowners and move on to the next storm without paying for suppliers or leaving work unfinished.  

The Roofing Company is local, established, certified, insured and highly reputable in the Hampton Roads area since 1998. Contact us at 757-867-6600. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!

Disaster Family Emergency Planning Before (Part 1)

Disaster Family Emergency Planning Before (Part 1)
Tools & Tips

Tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, wildfires. Any of these can leave your home or community devastated. It is important that you have an emergency disaster plan to ensure your family’s safety, and have the ability to communicate and reconvene when the danger has passed.

When identifying a local convening spot – consider somewhere central that everyone knows.  You may want to consider a local store where you can stock up on food and supplies. Also, have a regional meeting area in case your town is evacuated.

Sometimes long distance calls work when local calls don’t, so designate an out-of-state family member as your call check-in point.  Everyone in crisis should contact this family member and alert them to their location and indicate whether they’re safe.

You’ll also want to create an emergency disaster kit. This kit should include critical items like water, flashlights, batteries, matches, lighters, candles, maps, non-perishable food and communications equipment like a battery-operated radio and cell phone with phone charger.  A first aid kit is important of course, as is a change of clothing and a blanket for each family member. Other items to include:

  • Emergency supply of necessary medications and medical supplies
  • Spare glasses and contacts, contacts supplies
  • Plastic utensils, paper plates, napkins & can opener
  • Baby supplies, if applicable
  • Pet food, toy, bowl, bed
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Garbage bags

Put copies of important documents such as insurance policies, prescriptions, identification and bank account records along with cash and an extra credit card into a waterproof container such as a dry box that you can buy at a boating supply store.

Make sure each family member has a copy of the plan with the emergency contact person’s name, address, phone, and email information. Create a wallet-sized version and laminate it. Discuss the plan with the family regularly, and particularly before a large storm is coming. Surviving a natural disaster is all about preparation. Don’t leave your family’s safety to chance.

Hurricane Season is Here in Hampton Roads!

Hurricane Season is Here in Hampton Roads!
Tools & Tips

June 1 sets off the Atlantic hurricane season and this year's’ predictions are average or above-average compared to last year’s quieter than normal season. The U.S. National Weather Service can predict and inform you whenever any kind of storm will hit your area. Unfortunately, they can’t tell you how much it will affect you in terms of damage. It’s best to exercise caution and prepare for any storm so you can mitigate its devastating effects.

Your roofing is the most vulnerable and susceptible part of your home against weather damage brought on by hail, wind, and storms. In this regard, The Roofing Company wants to help you with your preparation efforts by providing you with helpful tips to reinforce your roof before any type of weather phenomenon strikes.

  1. Have your roof inspected regularly. Is it suggested that you schedule an appointment with your roofing contractor at least once a year. The “at least” adds the recommendation that more often would be better, but not a must. The majority of people don’t have their roofs checked until something is wrong and by then damage has occurred that could have been avoided. The Roofing Company offers a courtesy annual inspection to its customers so that they will be kept up-to-date on the condition of your home. As previously mentioned, because your roof is the part of the home that receives majority of the force of any storm that hits your home, it needs to be checked whether it can handle the impact.
  2. Reinforce Shingles. Hurricanes can come with extremely strong winds of over 155 mph. Such intense speeds can blow your shingles off, leaving your home unprotected. It’s best to install or replace your current shingles with Class 3 or 4 ones, which are able to withstand these great speeds. You can apply roofing cement or caulk on the edges of your shingles so that they won’t be blown off and replace missing or improperly hammered nails on your roof to reinforce them.
  3. Maintain around the Home & Gutters. Do regular maintenance projects, including cleaning your gutters and downspouts, to avoid clogging. Trim nearby trees by cutting dead branches to avoid them from falling on your roof.
  4. Check your Attic insulation and Ventilation. The balance of indoor and outdoor temperatures is of utmost importance for proper insulation and ventilation. You want to make sure roof vents are well anchored and sealed and soffits are well attached to keep large amounts of water from blowing inside.
  5. Understand your Roof Warranty and Insurance Policy. It’s advisable to take important note of your roof’s manufacturer warranty policy and your own insurance policy. Usually, extreme weather damage is not considered. However, it always pays to be prepared and insured.

Being homeowners ourselves, we understand the fear that comes into play every time a storm is predicted to strike. However, preparation always helps in decreasing the extent of the possible damage you can incur. With this list, we at The Roofing Company hope you can protect your home as much as you can your family. To learn more about how we can help you, call us now at (757)-903-0050.

The Roofing Company Supports Roofs for Troops

The Roofing Company Supports Roofs for Troops

Attention Active Military, Veterans, and Retirees. Receive a $500 rebate off your Lifetime Roofing System* when installed by a GAF Factory-Certified Contractor!

GAF and The Roofing Company, U.S.-based corporations, are giving back to our troops.

Receive a $500 rebate off your Lifetime Roofing System* when installed by a GAF Factory-Certified Contractor!  

Contact The Roofing Company for more information

Thank you for your sacrifice and your commitment.

For questions, please contact the GAF Roofs for Troops Customer Service or call toll free at

Click Here to submit the rebate form and follow the simple instructions for $250 rebate from GAF.  Remaining $250 rebate, contact The Roofing Company at 757-867-6600.

Available from January 1st through December 31st of 2016, active military, veterans, and retirees who use a GAF Factory-Certified Contractor can receive a $500 rebate when they purchase a new GAF Lifetime Roofing System and provide proof of purchase for GAF Lifetime Shingles and at least three qualifying GAF accessories. Details for the $250 rebate from GAF can be found through visiting or

“GAF, ABC Supply and The Roofing Company are honored to be able to give back to the brave men and women who have risked their lives to keep our country safe,” 

Paul Bromfield, senior vice president of marketing at GAF.

Valid in the U.S. only. Limit one rebate per qualifying individual. Limit one rebate per Lifetime Roofing System* installed by a GAF Factory-Certified Contractor between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. Rebate form must be received by January 31, 2017. Improper redemption or use constitutes fraud. GAF reserves the right to audit all redemption claims. GAF reserves the right to cancel or modify rebate program at any time.

*See GAF Shingle & Accessory Ltd. Warranty for complete coverage and restrictions. The word “Lifetime” means as long as the original individual owner of a single family detached residence (or the second owner in certain circumstances) owns the property where the shingles and accessories are installed. For owners/structures not meeting above criteria, Lifetime coverage is not applicable. Lifetime ltd. warranty on accessories requires the use of at least three qualifying GAF accessories and the use of Lifetime Shingles.

New for 2015: GAF Glenwood™ Shingles for a Wood-Shake Look

New for 2015: GAF Glenwood™ Shingles for a Wood-Shake Look

If you’re going for a rustic look on your home, the Virginia Beach roofers at The Roofing Company have just the product for you! New for 2015, GAF has introduced the Glenwood™ shingle collection, featuring the thickest asphalt shingles manufactured today.

Glenwood Shingles join many other offerings in the GAF Lifetime Designer Shingle collection. In addition to an industry-leading lifetime warranty, Lifetime Designer shingles include Advanced Protection® Technology for ultimate durability and long-term performance, and Premium Color Blends to complement a wide variety of home styles.

Glenwood Shingles have been engineered to emulate the look of authentic wood shakes without the inherent drawbacks of wood. Here are some features that set this shingle apart.

Lower maintenance

Cedar shakes require cleaning and regular maintenance to fend off moss, mildew and fungus growth. Debris must be kept off the roof surface to keep the wood from decaying. Glenwood Shingles are a lower-maintenance roofing choice.


Glenwood Shingles feature a triple-layer design that’s unmatched by any other shingle product. The ultra-thick construction creates a shingle that delivers all the natural beauty of real wood shakes.


Backed by a 50-year, non-prorated warranty on both materials and labor, Glenwood Shingles give you the confidence that you’ll be able to recover your investment long before the warranty expires.

Algae resistance

Unlike wood shakes that are prone to organic growth, Glenwood Shingles include StainGuard® Protection that helps ensure the beauty of your roof against unsightly algae stains.

Fire resistance

Glenwood Shingles carry a UL Class A fire rating, the highest possible rating, for better fire resistance and lower insurance premiums.

See Glenwood™ Shingles in Person

As a GAF Master Elite™ certified contractor, The Roofing Company is uniquely qualified to install this new product on your roof. Choose from six distinctive colors in the Glenwood collection, each designed to accentuate the shingle’s natural wood-shake look. For expert service from the most experienced roofing contractors in Hampton Roads, call (757) 903-0050.

Attention Military: Our Roofing Contractors in Virginia Beach Make You Eligible for a Rebate


The Roofing & Remodeling Company is pleased to announce that the “Roofs for Troops” promotion is again available to qualifying homeowners in Hampton Roads.

This rebate program is offered to current and former members of the U.S. military by GAF, the largest manufacturer of roofing in the country, as thanks for all your commitment and sacrifice.

Through December 31st, 2014, active U.S. military, veterans and retirees receive a $250 rebate on a GAF Lifetime Roofing System. To ensure long-term performance, the Lifetime Roofing System must be installed by a GAF Master Elite™ or Certified contractor. As one of the only GAF Master Elite certified roofing contractors in Virginia Beach, The Roofing & Remodeling Company can make you eligible for the “Roofs for Troops” rebate on the top-quality Lifetime Roofing System.

An online claim form with supporting documentation must be submitted to GAF within eight weeks of installation to receive the rebate. Allow eight weeks from receipt of your submission by mail for the rebate check to be mailed. For more information about this exclusive offer, please visit GAF Roofs for Troops or call The Roofing & Remodeling Company at (757) 903-0050.

We are honored to be part of this expression of gratitude to our brave men and women in uniform.

The Roofing & Remodeling Company Wins 2013 GAF President’s Club Award


Brian and Teresa Chalsma recently attended the 2014 GAF Wealth Builder Conference in Isle of Palms, SC. At the conclusion of the conference, The Roofing & Remodeling Company was among a select number of GAF Master Elite™ contractors nationally that was awarded all three of the 2013 GAF Master Elite Excellence Awards.

These sought-after awards are given to GAF contractors in recognition of superior installation practices and a commitment to ongoing training and consumer protection. Less than 0.25% of GAF contractors in the country received the Triple Excellence Awards for 2013.

Training Excellence

The Roofing & Remodeling Company has demonstrated a commitment to ongoing training to ensure quality installation.

Installation Excellence

The Roofing & Remodeling Company achieved this accolade by receiving at least 10 perfect scores on GAF-inspected installations.

Consumer Protection Excellence

The Roofing & Remodeling Company provided more than 100 enhanced roof warranties over the past year.

Additionally, the Chalsmas [GAF President's Club in US Graph] were thrilled to accept the 2013 GAF Master Elite President’s Club Award for our team. The prestigious award acknowledges an unsurpassed commitment to reliability, performance and service on behalf of our customers. Fewer than 100 companies nationwide received the President’s Club Award for 2013.

Our Virginia Beach roofing contractors acknowledge the dedication and hard work of our entire team that allowed us achieve these goals, and the important part our customers play in our success. Many thanks for allowing us to care for your homes! For outstanding service now and in the future, call (757) 903-0050.

Choosing the Best Roof: Roundup of the Best Materials


Selecting the kind of roof that is perfect for your location’s climate entails questions—a series of questions, if you may.

Your roofing contractors in Virginia Beach should be ready to answer concerns like the following:

  • How long will this particular roof material last?
  • How good is its resistance against the elements of nature, such as winds and fire?
  • Can it match the aesthetic theme and style of your house?
  • What materials is it made of? Is it energy-efficient? Is it environmentally sustainable?
  • Is the kind of roofing you want allowed by the building codes in your area?
  • How much is it?

Here, we give you a roundup of five common roofing materials and what makes one kind preferred over another.


Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material, able to comprise over 80% of the residential roofing market. They last about 15 to 20 years. Its resistance to wind and fire is fine, and it’s very affordable and moderately heavy.


Depending on the metal used, such as steel or copper, metal roofing can be more expensive than asphalt. But it makes up for it with its excellent durability and wind resistance. It can last up to 50 years. It can be composed of recycled material and doesn’t absorb much heat. It’s also known for its light weight.

Clay Tile

This material is highly environmentally sustainable. It’s also very resistant against fire, but not so much against wind. Clay tile shingles can last more than 50 years.


Slate is made of natural slate rocks (which gives its natural look) and is one of the oldest materials made for roofing. It’s popular for being superior in terms of durability as well as wind and fire resistance. Slate is all about longevity—it can last more than 100 years.


This material provides your home with a natural look, and it’s environmentally friendly as well. Despite its high maintenance and short life span, it has excellent wind resistance and affordability.

In choosing your roof, it’s good to consult roofing contractors in Hampton Roads so you’ll be able to receive professional and detailed suggestions. The Roofing and Remodeling Company is ready to take your call and assist you.

How water damage affects your home’s structural integrity


Some parts of the country have experienced damaging heavy rains and sporadic thunderstorms lately. Even the mostly sunny Virginia Beach is not spared as the past few weeks proved to be soggy.

Nonetheless, weather forecasts for coming weeks look promising as the sun is said to be making its presence felt.

The promise of a much fairer weather should prompt the homeowners to take advantage of the sunny climate and inspect their houses for any indication of water damage. Old houses, in particular, are more prone to damage as water can easily seep and saturate the home’s ceiling, walls, columns, and even the foundation. Consequently, it can affect the overall structural integrity of your house as what happened to this apartment complex in Norfolk:

Officials condemned an eight-unit apartment building on Willoughby Spit Saturday morning after they determined that water damage from rain made it uninhabitable.

A fire department spokesman said fire units were called out to the building in the 1200 block of Little Bay Avenue after part of the roof collapsed.

After assessing the damage, crews called building officials who made the decision to condemn the apartments.

The building was in the process of having the roof repaired. Areas of it were open Thursday when storms approached. Work crews covered the exposed areas of the roof with tarps in an effort to keep water out. Friday into Saturday more rain moved through Norfolk. Water got into the building, causing drywall to become saturated and give way.

If you don’t want to lose your home, you should start going around your house and look for the obvious signs such as water stains on walls, beams, columns, and ceiling as these are indications of water damage. If you spot any one of these, contact roofing contractors in Hampton Roads to help you assess for possible leaks in your roofing.

Depending on your roof’s condition, you can either replace the entire roofing or you can just have some parts repaired. Of course, you should be prepared for the cost involved but, which you should also discuss with your contractor, along with your options – all in the best interest of giving your family the comfort and safety they need.

Among the roofing contractors in Virginia Beach, you can rely on The Roofing & Remodeling Company. We provide high-quality roofing at a reasonable price. Our professional roofers are trained to install and repair roofs using the latest techniques in the industry. Just give us a call and we’ll schedule a free estimate.

(Article Excerpt from Water damage leads to condemnation of apartment building, displaces tenants,, June 21, 2014)

Case Study: A National Hotel Chain and the Right & Wrong Way to Award a Shingle Roofing Project

Case Study: A National Hotel Chain and the Right & Wrong Way to Award a Shingle Roofing Project

With shingle roofing, you really do get what you pay for. In the case of a large national hotel chain with multiple properties in Hampton Roads, it was a hard lesson learned. [Note: To prevent embarrassment due to the poor decisions of the General Manager of these properties, this hotel chain asked us not to publish their name in this case study.]

How It All Began

Recently the management decided it was time to re-roof one of its properties in Hampton Roads. So they hired a roof consultant and put the project out for bid. The consultant stressed the importance of hiring a Hampton Roads commercial roofing contractor who would make the hotel eligible for triple warranty coverage on labor, materials and contractor workmanship, with a final inspection by the manufacturer to ensure that the new roof was installed per manufacturer and National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) standards. After the final inspection was passed, then and only then would the roofing manufacturer award the “20-year, no-leak warranty which covers even misapplied flashings.”

The maintenance manager was tasked with gathering proposals and meeting with contractors. The maintenance manager understood why triple warranty coverage from a single point of accountability – the roofing manufacturer – was so important. And he realized that with 20-year coverage for leaks, the hotel would be able to rent out more rooms during busy seasons.

It was time for the busy hotel general manager to make the decision. Which contractor would be hired to replace the roof?

What the General Manager Didn’t Understand

The NRCA and the roofing manufacturer’s installation manuals have all the details necessary for a proper roof installation. Each step which must be followed in order to pass the inspection from the roofing manufacturer is explained in full.

The reason inspections have become so important – and required by most sensible property managers and property owners – is when the installing roofing contractor knows there will be an inspection and has trained his crews to properly follow all the steps necessary to pass an inspection, everyone wins! The property owner receives a correctly installed roof, the roofing contractor is happy and proud of his work, and the roofing manufacturer has a happy customer who will probably use their products for future projects.

A Decision is Made

Unfortunately, the General Manager decided he was smarter than the roof consultant. He sent his recommendation to the hotel owners to go with a cheaper roofing contractor, one that he believed was offering a comparable warranty at a cheaper price than the other bids. The maintenance manager tried one last time to convince the General Manager that there were huge differences in the installation details and the contractor workmanship coverage after successful completion of the inspection by the roofing manufacturer, but the General Manager had made his decision and was sure the owners would be happy with the money he had saved.

The owners of the hotel decided to follow the recommendation of their General Manager, but not the recommendation of the maintenance manager – the one person who understood the difference between the proposals presented by the competing roofing contractors.

The Consequences of the Decision

Fast forward to six months after a new “lifetime” architectural shingle roof has been installed on the hotel. The less expensive roofing contractor has already been paid in full, and the roof received a manufacturer warranty on labor and materials.

After a severe rainstorm, leaks show up in many of the same locations that leaked prior to the installation of the new roof. To make matters worse, several new leaks have appeared. The General Manager asks the maintenance manager to call the installing roofer to fix the leaks. The roofer comes out and explains it’s not his fault – the leaks are the responsibility of the roofing manufacturer.

So the General Manager has the maintenance manager call the roofing manufacturer. It takes a few more weeks for the manufacturer’s representative to get to this part of his territory for an inspection. But because the roof is too high, the manufacturer’s rep has to reschedule the inspection at a later date, when a much longer ladder can be rented in order to access the roof. The General Manager agrees to pay the additional expense to rent a longer ladder for the inspector to access the roof leak areas.

In the Meantime…

… more weeks pass and more damage occurs from additional rainstorms.

At the inspection, the rep determines that the leaks are not covered by the warranty for labor and materials since there is not any material failure. Instead, the leaks are all related to reused flashing and misapplication of flashings which would be covered by the contractor workmanship. The inspector suggests that the maintenance manager and the General Manager should have ensured that the job met the roofing manufacturer’s installation standards and requested any inspection be part of the original job specifications.

The roofing manufacturer rep went on to explain that, in his experience, over 70% of new shingle roofs leak – but it’s not from the shingle roofing materials! Instead, the culprits are most often the flashing details and lack of accountability with an inspection. It’s the inspection by the roofing manufacturer that ensures that a property owner receives a properly installed roof.

By inspecting the flashing, the roofing manufacturer rep can tell the roofing crew that installed the shingle roof was never trained properly, and makes more notes to protect the roofing manufacturer in the future when more leaks occur from poor contractor workmanship.

The roofing manufacturer rep suggests getting in touch with a different roofing company he knows that can properly fix the leaks. Funny thing, the same roofer that the rep recommended was the same roofer the maintenance manager had tried to get the General Manager to use!

Things Go From Bad to Worse

But the General Manager is hard-headed and convinced the maintenance manager is just not doing a good job. Since the General Manager’s bonus is affected by not being able to rent all the rooms which currently have water damage due to a leaking roof, he is highly motivated to get these leaks repaired as soon as possible. So the General Manager decides to handle this himself and get the original roofer out there and fix the work ASAP, threatening to get the hotel’s attorneys involved.

The roofer comes out again and meets with the General Manager and the maintenance manager. He explains the written contract between the roofer and the hotel. The only warranty that the roof has is the labor and material warranty from the roofing manufacturer and no contractor workmanship warranty. Since the General Manager agreed to take out the specifications necessary to pass the roofing manufacturer’s inspection, the roofer was able to lower the price of the job.

Now the General Manager realizes his mistake: awarding a roofing job that he really didn’t understand and not listening to the roof consultant and the maintenance manager. So the General Manager has the maintenance manager call the roofer that has specified the correct installation in his proposal (the one that would have gotten the job if the General Manager had not focused on going the “cheap” route).

The Final Price Tag – and a Lost Job

[GAF commercial shingle installation] Originally there was only a $19,000 “savings” by not doing the job with proper flashing, in accordance with the NRCA and per the roofing manufacturer specifications for inspection approval. Now, because a large amount of the new roof will have to be removed to make repairs around the walls and dormers, the repair cost is over $40,000!

All the leaks were fixed by the second roofer, since then the General Manager has realized that all Hampton Roads commercial roofing contractors are not the same. But the hotel also had the expense of repairing all the rooms which had been damaged by water intrusion so they can again rent out those rooms.

In the end, the General Manager was fired after the hotel owners realized they spent almost $60,000 (over $40,000 for roof repairs plus over $15,000 for ceiling damage repairs and painting in the rooms) for what should have cost them only $19,000.

The Moral of the Story

Unfortunately, now the roof only carries a five-year contractor’s workmanship warranty on the repair areas. The new roofing does not match the existing shingle roofing in color due to the amount of time which passed from original installation, and the changes in manufacturing processes from one run to the next  from that particular shingle roofing manufacturer.

Now the national hotel chain – which has a large amount of driveway traffic since it’s located close to an interstate – has an unattractive roof, forcing the hotel owners to set aside monies to re-roof the entire building in the near future. They want a properly installed roof which is all one color and carries a 20-year, leak-free warranty backed by a multi-billion dollar roofing manufacturer.

From this lesson, the hotel owners have decided on their five properties in Richmond, the Hampton Roads area and Southeastern Virginia, the only roofing specification they want in the future will be the inspected installation.

Only a rigorous inspection by the roofing manufacturer which passes will ensure you really do get what you pay for.

When it’s Time to Consider a Roof Repair or Replacement

When it’s Time to Consider a Roof Repair or Replacement

Are you the type of homeowner who’s careful about regular roof inspections, or is the laissez-faire attitude toward roof maintenance more your style? Whichever type you are, acting fast the moment you see the need for roof repairs or a full-on replacement can be one of the best investments you'll make. Virginia Beach roofing companies say that corrective roofing projects are always worth doing as soon as possible.

What is the role of your roof?
Your roof is your first line of defense against bad weather. It keeps you and your household safe and comfortable all year round. A good roof is, in fact, a prerequisite to a shipshape home, along with functional siding, doors, and windows.

How can you tell when your roof has a problem?
From inside your home, you can check for signs like water stains, mold or mildew spots and smells, visible leaks, and sagging ceiling tiles. Outside from ground level, you may be able to spot warped, cracked, or missing shingles, weakened flashings, loose seams, wood rot, and algae growth. If you can safely do an up-close check, keep an eye out for an accumulation of granules from your asphalt shingles in your gutters. All these are telltale signs of roofing problems.

Repair or replace?
This is a common question we are asked by homeowners.  It really does depend on the extent of damage that has incurred over time. Keep in mind that a problem that could’ve been solved with repairs a few months ago may require a full replacement if left alone. Apart from overlooked damage that can develop, roof failure can also become a result of improper installation, old age, and poor choice of materials.

Who can you call?  
Even if you are a weekend warrior, hiring a professional is still highly recommended. They have all the right gear; are licensed, and insured for your protection; and have trained eyes that can see not just existing but also potential problems in your roof.

If you suspect a roofing issue, don’t hesitate: contact your trusted Virginia Beach roofing company today. We at The Roofing Company will be happy to receive your call.

The Makings of a Bad Roof: The Outcome of Poor Installation

The Makings of a Bad Roof: The Outcome of Poor Installation

Putting safe Norfolk roofing over your head is not a onetime deal. If you have poorly installed asphalt shingles, chances are they’ve curled, buckled, or gone missing. The worst-case scenario is when they aren’t tacked on properly. Strong winds might carry shingle parts wherever they please. The same is true for other roofing materials, including metal, slate, and others.

However, roof problems don’t appear right after installation. Sometimes it can take a couple of months or even years for these to surface, depending on the degree of damage they can pose to your roofing. That’s why we at The Roofing and Remodeling Company remind homeowners to entrust their roofing needs only to certified installers like ourselves. Quality workmanship combined with excellent products makes for superior roofing you can enjoy for many years to come.

Imagine what will happen when hail or snow comes early and you’re caught unprepared. Basically, a poorly installed roof does not serve as good shield for your home. Some of the problems that faulty installation can cause include the following:

  • Moisture and Leaky Roofs. Leaks can result from improperly fastened flashing details. According to GAF, 95% of leaks occur at flashing details. The same is true for moisture. If the appropriate moisture barrier is not installed below the coping cap, leaks can also occur. The presence of moisture and leaks can cause various problems to develop.
  • Inadequate Insulation. Incorrectly installed roof vents will have an effect on airflow, temperature, and moisture. If not fixed early, they can lead to several problems like major leaks, mold formation, and loss of R-value, which is necessary for sufficient home insulation.
  • Reduced Energy Efficiency. Once your roof becomes vulnerable to moisture and leaks, it affects the general efficiency of the whole structure. You might experience a significant increase in your heating or cooling consumption and bills.

The troubles brought by poor installation don’t stop there. Once leaks and moisture persist, they can damage your walls, siding, and overall structure. Not only will they affect your home’s aesthetics, but they will be costly to repair as well. Additionally, they compromise the safety of you and your family. Leaks found in your attic can result in multiple dangers, including electrical, water, and physical hazards.

To ensure excellent installation, trust only the expert roofers in Norfolk, like us here at The Roofing and Remodeling Company. Give us a call today at (757) 903-0050, and our professional team will be happy to help.

Teacher Laura, No Roof Left Behind’s New Roof Recipient

Teacher Laura, No Roof Left Behind’s New Roof Recipient

Special education teacher Laura Norman is the recipient of a new roof, under the No Roof Left Behind™ program. We at The Roofing & Remodeling Co., a professional Chesapeake roofing contractor, will be installing a free roof replacement for the hailed winner.

About the Winner

Laura, a single mother of three with children ages three, four, and seven is a special education teacher from Chesapeake Public Schools. Her mother, who nominated her in the contest, noted that Laura doesn’t receive any child support from her ex-husband. Her existing roof is leaking, affecting the room of her children. However, as her salary is only enough to support her children, she could not afford a roof replacement.

“She is a very hard working woman trying to take care of her three children by herself. She gives to the community as a teacher and is very deserving of a new roof!” says Laura’s mother.

About the No Roof Left Behind Program

The No Roof Left Behind program is a way for The Roofing & Remodeling Company to set as an example to fellow local contractors to give back to their community. The program is determined to help good citizens when hit by adversities. A program guide, timeline, and a toolset to communicate the program are given by the organizer to help the contractors qualify the nominees. To be fair and square, a public voting is conducted so that members of the community decide who is the most deserving to get a new roof.

Mechanics on How to Join

You or someone you know who is in need of a new roof may be the next winner. It’s easy to nominate. Here is how you can join, as well as the selection process:

1)    Visit

2)    Upload a brief background along with photos about your chosen nominee who is in need of a new roof

3)    Entries will be reviewed by the volunteers

4)    Four finalists will be selected

5)    Public voting will be held

6)    Winner will be revealed online

7)    Date of installation will be announced wherein the community comes together for a celebration

Date of installation to be announced on our website soon.Congratulations Laura!

For more information on No Roof Left Behind Program or other products and services offered, call The Roofing & Remodeling Company today.

Home Cooling Needs: What Can Your Roofing System Contribute?

Home Cooling Needs: What Can Your Roofing System Contribute?
Tools & Tips

If you are a longtime resident of Virginia Beach, you’re probably aware that even though springs and summers here are typically wet due to the constant rainfall, it can still be really hot and humid. This is because of our geographical location—we are in a humid subtropical climate zone, which brings mild winters and hot, humid summers.

Because of our distinctively sweltering and clammy springs and summers, the temperatures inside our homes rise significantly during these seasons, which causes discomfort to those without air conditioning. For homeowners with proper cooling units, they tend to compensate for the heat by cranking up their air conditioners just to make themselves and their families feel comfortable at home; we all know where this could lead to—soaring energy costs.

Aside from discomfort and high cooling bills, hot and damp weather can be a health hazard at home, as moss, lichen, and algae can easily thrive in this kind of climate, which of course can be dangerous to those with allergies and skin or lung conditions, as some of these organisms can release harmful spores and toxins into the air.

This is where your roofing system can help you out. The Roofing Company, the most trusted Virginia Beach roofing company and a GAF Master Elite™ contractor, has been servicing the area since 1988. With almost three decades in the roofing industry, we know that your roof plays an important part in your home cooling needs. That’s because the roof’s temperature can significantly rise as the heat outside intensifies, and this can affect the temperature inside your home.

Fortunately, we at the Roofing Company offer GAF products, including the Timberline® Cool Series Roofing Shingles. This amazing roofing option is equipped with modern reflective technology —roofing granules that are more reflective than regular shingles—which helps in radiating the heat from the sun back to the atmosphere. This reduces the heat that gets into your home through your roof, and this, in turn, can translate to a much-cooler home interior without relying too much on your air conditioning systems.

So if you’re looking for ways to make your home more comfortable this summer without resulting to higher energy bills, invest in a cool roof using Timberline Cool Series Roofing Shingles. Call us at the Roofing Company, top roofers in Virginia Beach as well as in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Newport News, Hampton, and Richmond, Virginia to know more about this amazing cool roofing option by GAF.

Seasonal Home Maintenance Guide: Focusing on Your Exteriors

Seasonal Home Maintenance Guide: Focusing on Your Exteriors
Tools & Tips

As you prepare to welcome spring and all its colors, don’t forget to pencil in some home maintenance work. March is a great time to check your property for any damage caused by shifting weather conditions.

As you prepare to welcome spring and all its colors, don’t forget to pencil in some home maintenance work. March is a great time to check your property for any damage caused by shifting weather conditions.

Undetected issues can easily turn into major ones when not repaired promptly. To avoid problems, our team here at The Roofing and Remodeling Company shares a guide you can follow to ensure that nothing will be overlooked:

  • Inspection. Varying temperatures may cause siding and roofing materials to expand, which may result in tears and cracks. Let licensed and experienced contractors and roofers Norfolk residents trust perform a thorough inspection of your home. We’ll check for holes, dents, curling, and peeling of shingles and siding. Through thorough inspection, you can be confident that your layers of protection are still intact and able to withstand exposure to the elements.
  • Cleanup. After inspection, you can have our team clean your roof, gutters, and downspouts. Although these seem simple enough to do on your own, it’s best to have trained contractors do them for you. We have the necessary skills and equipment to work on your roof safely.

If you’re looking for a home improvement project you can do, think about focusing on your landscape. Match your beautiful roof and siding with a well-kept front yard to enhance your home’s curb appeal.

  • Repair. Maintain the structural integrity of your home by fixing seasonal damage promptly. And when’s the best time to do this? At the start of any season!

As your Norfolk roofing takes the brunt of the weather, make sure it’s always in top shape. Our team can fix damaged downspouts, gutters, rubber roofs, pipe boot flashings, skylights, interior leaks, worn-out shingles, and more.

  • Replacement. There are instances when replacing exterior parts is more cost-effective than repairing them. If you’ve been experiencing recurring issues, it may be time to get a replacement for your windows, siding, roof, or gutters. Our team can help you decide on the more practical choice.

The turn of the season is the best time to improve and maintain your house. Consult The Roofing and Remodeling Company and schedule inspection and repair work.

With over 15 years in the industry, we have helped many property owners manage their houses and establishments. Call us today at (757) 903-0050 to learn more about our services

Norfolk Roofing Remodel Ideas for More Ecologically Friendly Homes

Norfolk Roofing Remodel Ideas for More Ecologically Friendly Homes

Aside from being beneficial to the environment, green roofs are known for their cost-efficiency. Roof upgrades in this nature also contribute to the increase of the real estate value of the house, which makes it all the more attractive as an investment.

Norfolk roofing remodels can be geared toward ecological friendliness. As an article from states:

“A gradual increase is noted in the number of homeowners who explore options to make their living space green and eco-friendly. Some people opt for Eco friendly house designs, whereas others renovate their properties to make these more energy-efficient. The green house plans can also be optimized incorporating some simple and inexpensive ideas.

While constructing a new home, you can enhance its energy-efficiency by choosing the right roof. However, you have to initially invest some funds to install a green and energy-efficient roof without compromising on its quality.”

Aside from being beneficial to the environment, green roofs are known for their cost-efficiency. Roof upgrades in this nature also contribute to the increase of the real estate value of the house, which makes it all the more attractive as an investment.

The simplest roof improvement you can do is painting and refinishing. As with clothes, lighter colors tend to reflect heat better, as opposed to absorbing it. Therefore, cooling the home is made easier, which is perfect for a Southeastern residence. Commercial reflective coatings can also be applied to the roof.

Choice materials would be a foremost consideration in larger scales of roof reconstruction. The climate of Virginia is known for very warm summers, occasional storms, and mild cold seasons, so temperature adaptability and resilience to heat, water, and natural damages are important.

The all-natural slate is a very versatile material ideal for this climate. With proper installation, slate even lasts up to a century with minimal maintenance. The underlay, which is the insulating barrier of the roof, can also be refurnished.

The innate architecture of the house can be preserved and improved through simple tweaks or material upgrades. For such projects, consulting expert roofers in Norfolk like The Roofing and Remodeling Company is highly recommended. Costly solar-panel roofs and radical dome-shaped homes are not the only ways to save on energy. With the proper guidance and construction partners, an eco-friendly house is very much achievable – and affordable, too!

(Source: Simple Ideas You Must Consider while Designing an Eco-Friendly House, Eco Centric Lifestyles, October 30, 2013)

Tired of Black Streaks on Your Roof? We Install Algae-Proof Roofs

Tired of Black Streaks on Your Roof? We Install Algae-Proof Roofs

If you’ve had enough of those ugly black streaks that form even on “algae-resistant” shingles, The Roofing Company has a permanent solution. Some homeowners associations are very serious about making sure the roofs in their neighborhoods remain free streak-free, which can be very frustrating if your roof has this tendency.

For example, many homeowners in Virginia Beach and Williamsburg have told us they have been written only a couple of years after they had their shingle roof cleaned.

Why Algae Grows on Roofs

According to the leading shingle roof manufacturers, those black streaks are most commonly caused by a form of blue-green algae called gloeocapsa which thrives in areas of high humidity, like coastal Virginia. Algae spores are spread from roof to roof by the wind, and grow on the north side of the roof where the roof surface gets the least sun and stays damp longer. Algae feed on the limestone filler in roofing shingles. While algae growth does little harm to the shingle itself, the growth cycle causes unsightly dark stains on the surface of the roof.

Algae-Proof Roofing Options

If you want your roof to remain free of the dark streaks, then buy a true algae-proof roof! What roofs can you buy that would be algae-proof? Here are some options.

  • Lightweight real slate. This material can be installed on homes, churches and condos which were built for shingle roofs without the additional framing requirements of a traditional, very heavy slate installation.
  • Metal shingles. Metal shingles come in a huge array of styles and colors. Ensuring the roof is interlocking on all sides is one of the most critical requirements for long-term success with metal shingles.
  • Asphalt shingles with additional algae-proofing. The Roofing Company is now offering shingles which are guaranteed to remain free of dark streaks for as long as 20 years.

For more details on how you can eliminate the problem of black streaks on your roof, contact the Virginia Beach roofing company more homeowners turn to than any other: The Roofing Company. We are a GAF Master Elite™ contractor and experienced slate roofer serving the Hampton Roads, Virginia, area since 1998. Call us today at (757) 867-6600!

Gutters and Gutter Guards: Why Your Roof System Needs Both

Gutters and Gutter Guards: Why Your Roof System Needs Both
Tools & Tips

It’s fall again! It’s the time of the year when Virginia Beach homeowners bust out their ladders, roll up their sleeves, and get cracking on their roofs and gutters before the first snow falls. It’s not a job anyone looks forward to, but we grin and bear it year after year because everyone and their mother knows how important functional gutters are to our roofs and homes.

It is a gutter system’s job to divert rainwater runoff away from your roof and straight into your drainage or collection systems. It sounds simple, but by doing so, gutters keep your roof and home safe from water damage that would otherwise severely weaken their structural integrity (not to mention cost you an arm and a leg to fix).

This is why any Virginia Beach roofing company worth its salt will urge you to clean your gutters before winter hits. With trees contributing more than their fair share of gutter debris this fall, the risk of blockages and water damage is no laughing matter. And clogged gutters are the last thing you want come winter. Without an unobstructed path for snowmelt, ice dams can form at your roof eaves and cause serious—and sometimes irreparable—roof damage.

So say you’ve mucked out all the leaves, twigs, and soggy debris from your gutters. What’s next? If you’re the kind of homeowner who likes to plan ahead, you might want to consider installing gutter guards. These gutter accessories are designed to keep debris out without obstructing the flow of water. That means your gutters stay clean much longer, making yearly hands-on maintenance easier (or in some cases downright unnecessary).

As one of the top roofing companies in Virginia Beach, we at The Roofing and Remodeling Company highly recommend the Gutter Topper gutter protection system. A leading brand in the gutter guard market, Gutter Topper guarantees that you’ll never have to clean your gutters again. It’s a bold claim that’s worth testing out. To know more about Gutter Topper and its many benefits for your roofing system, call The Roofing & Remodeling Company at 757-867-6600 today.

Questions on Slate Roofing Contractors in Virginia Beach Often Get

Questions on Slate Roofing Contractors in Virginia Beach Often Get
Tools & Tips

Like their counterparts in other cities and states, roofing contractors in Virginia Beach often receive questions about slate roofs. One of the most frequently asked questions is what advantages slate roofs have over other kinds of roofing.

“Depending on where the slate roof was quarried, the qualities, color and longevity vary. The advantages, generally speaking of roofing slate, are many: it is fireproof, strong enough to resist hail storms, aesthetically appealing and can last a century or even longer.”

Here is a more detailed look into what slate roofs have to offer, which your trusted local contractor can discuss further with you.

How much do slate roofs cost?

Slate roof costs are hard to set in stone due to many factors. Generally, each piece costs $8 to $12. Depending on the quality of the material, installation costs range from $300 to $2,000 per 100 square feet. As experienced contractors like The Roofing & Remodeling Company will point out, slate roofs may seem pricey at first, but their cost per year over their service lives is among the lowest.

How long can slate roofs last?

Typically, slate roofs can last longer than asphalt shingles and metal roofs. Asphalt shingles are good for 20 years and metal roofs stay strong for at least 60 years, but slate can last for more than 100 years.

How much maintenance do slate roofs need?

The answer is minimal to none at all. As mentioned earlier, slate roofs feature fire and weather resistance, as well as invulnerability to rot. They are prone to being broken if stepped on, but they should be fine with careful attention. Even roofing contractors in Virginia Beach, VA take great care when installing or repairing them.

(Article Information and Image from Slate Roofing, Roof 101)

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Roofing Project Success: Communicating with Your Roofers

Roofing Project Success: Communicating with Your Roofers
Project Planning

As in relationships and other types of ventures, communication is an important factor when hiring contractors to work on your roof. Because this type of project can sometimes be stressful to some property owners, effective communication can help lessen worries. It can also help you save time and avoid unnecessary expenses.

When hiring roofers in Virginia Beach, one of the things you need to know is the most convenient way to reach them. This way, you can easily discuss any concerns that may arise while they’re accomplishing the project and even after its completion.

Here are some of the things you need to communicate with your contractors:

Contact Methods

With many ways to get in touch with other people, it’s best to ask your roofers through which method they prefer to be contacted. Do they have an office hotline, or do they prefer for you to get in touch with them through e-mail, messaging apps, or text message? Additionally, ask if they have a point person, such as a site supervisor, that you can speak with so you’ll only talk to one person about the project.

You should also inform the team about the method of communication you prefer. This way, they’ll know the fastest mode to reach you in case they need to make urgent decisions about the project.


Before starting any repair or replacement job, inform the contractors what you expect to happen during the duration of the project and once they’re done with your roofing in Virginia Beach. You should also ask the roofer what they expect from you. When you know each other’s expectations, you can rest assured that all of you are on the same page.

Project Duration and Schedule

Knowing how long they’ll be working on your roof allows you to plan your daily activities accordingly. It will also help the project go smoothly. Many homeowners prefer to be out of the house while contractors are working. If you’re going to be home on a day they’re working on your roof, it’s best to ask them what they’ll do. If you need a quiet place to work, choose an area of your house that’s the farthest from their working area as your temporary working space.

For a successful and stress-free roofing project, choose roofing contractors who are easy to deal with, like us at The Roofing and Remodeling Company. With nearly two decades of experience in the industry, we have served many homeowners with different needs.

How You Can Benefit from a Pella® Certified Contractor

How You Can Benefit from a Pella® Certified Contractor
Project Planning

Did you know that The Roofing Company is also the go-to company for window installation and window repair in Richmond, VA? As part of our commitment to providing full-service improvements to our customers, we have become a Pella® Certified Contractor.

What It Takes to Be a Pella® Certified Contractor

A contractor isn’t certified by Pella without effort. To become a Pella Certified Contractor, a company must complete an orientation and window installation training. The contractor will also be required to take part in various conferences that are offered by industry organizations, such as the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, National Association of Home Builders, Case Institute of Remodeling and Remodelers Advantage.

Pella also holds annual training sessions, product updates, and other programs to keep every contractor up-to-date with the latest advancements. The Roofing Company has committed to these activities to ensure quality and safety in our installations.

How You Benefit from Our Certification

The Roofing Company offers quality replacement windows from Pella. We are expertly trained and equipped to properly install all Pella windows to manufacturer specifications. Because of this, you can be confident that our window installations are top-notch. Aside from excellent workmanship, our window replacements give multiple benefits to your home as well. They are easy to maintain and to operate. If you want to spend less on maintenance costs, our windows are perfect for you.

You’ll also enjoy big savings, as our windows help keep your home comfortable while using less energy. We are certified to install Pella replacement windows that are ENERGY STAR®-certified.

Our replacement windows are backed by one of the best warranties in the industry. Our warranty covers your window frames, sashes, hardware and glass components. We also have the exclusive SureStart™ protection, which covers 100% of the cost of repair, materials and more for the first five years.

You can only get all these benefits from The Roofing Company, a Pella Certified Contractor. We are your professional window installer in Virginia Beach, VA, and committed to quality home improvement practices. Call us at (757) 903-0050 today to learn more about our Pella certification and other services.

Part 2: Singling Out Shingles How To Tell If You Need A New Roof, And How To Pick a Replacement

Part 2: Singling Out Shingles How To Tell If You Need A New Roof, And How To Pick a Replacement
Project Planning

Shingles are the most common roofing material in the United States. Shingles are popular with roofing contractors and with consumers because, among other things, they are lightweight and easy to install – with a reasonable amount of do-it-yourself experience, roof shingles can be replaced without the need to call in a roofing professional.

Shingles, in one form or another, are the most common roofing material in the United States. Whether made from asphalt or from wood (cedar, most commonly) shingles are popular with roofing contractors and with consumers because, among other things, they are lightweight and easy to install – with a reasonable amount of do-it-yourself experience, roof shingles can be replaced without the need to call in a roofing professional. That’s not to say that just anyone can replace them – a roof can be a very dangerous place for those without the experience and know-how.

Due to their light weight, shingles are well suited to just about any roof, save for the flattest (those with a roof pitch of 2:12 or less). Roofs rarely require additional structural reinforcement for the installation of shingles; despite this, they are durable and resilient enough to withstand being walked on, such as during inspections, maintenance, or repair work.

Asphalt shingles are one of the most inexpensive roofing options available today. Despite that, they provide good protection from the weather, have good fire resistance, and are reasonably durable; asphalt shingles have warranties that last upwards of 20 years. Some manufacturers sell asphalt shingles with warranties for up to 50 years, but the longer the warranty, the more expensive that shingle model will be.

One of the main reasons for the popularity of asphalt shingles is that they are available in a wide range of colors and styles, varied enough to suit just about anyone. They also have options such as fiberglass reinforcement, which increases durability and resistance to fire, as well as zinc plating, which reduces the rate of algae buildup. As with longer warranties, the more added options, the more expensive the shingles will be.

Wood shingles and shakes are typically made from cedar or redwood, though southern pine is occasionally used, too. Shingles are distinguished from shakes in that wooden shingles are cut by machine, whereas shakes are painstakingly handmade (and thus more expensive).

Despite being a lot more expensive than asphalt shingles, wooden shingles and shakes are a popular roofing material because of their aesthetic appeal, and give homes a warm, elegant look and feel. As a roofing material, wood is just about as durable as asphalt, and last up to 25 years. Depending on the local building codes, however, they may need to be treated with a fire retardant.

Coming soon will be the last part of this series, where we will take a closer look at your roofing options at the other end of the price spectrum.

Choose a Virginia Beach Roofing Company that Uses Quality Materials

Choose a Virginia Beach Roofing Company that Uses Quality Materials
Project Planning

An article posted on ABC Action News discusses why a roofing job always needs to be taken seriously: “Updating your roof is one of the most significant investments you can make, as it can last 20 to 30 years.”

The rationale behind this is that they already have the tools, skills, and roofing materials needed to build you a durable roofing system: something that you can ensure is worth your money.

This is especially true for roofing materials, because the quality of the contractor usually determines the quality of the tiles and shingles that they pick. Take for instance ordinary asphalt shingles. They may be low-cost and easy to maintain, but their relatively short service life means that you will find yourself re-roofing your house more than you should. However, there are more durable asphalt shingles available in the market that are made from composite or organic materials, but they can only be found from reputable roofing brands.

Luckily, trusted companies such as The Roofing & Remodeling Company use affordable materials thanks to their partnership with famous roofing manufacturers like GAF. Not only do they select high-quality materials, these roofers can also provide their clients with reliable warranties to make sure that even the simplest roofing system is financially compensated by the manufacturer should it fail to meet the client’s expectation. This service also extends to some of the best roofing materials that they have in stock, such as slate roof tiles that are considered the most durable material.

It’s not just your budget that can benefit from working with experienced roofing companies in Virginia Beach. You can be assured that your safety and personal health is protected, as well. This is because some roofs may have been built using obsolete or illegal materials such as asbestos, which was banned in the US during the 1980s when it was discovered that it can cause cancer. Even wood shakes, which are legally accepted roofing materials, need to be inspected carefully because they may not meet certain requirements. For example, Chapter 7 of the Virginia Building Code requires that wood shakes need to have a fire treatment rating of Class A. Make sure to hire a company that is well aware of these requirements.

(Article Excerpt and Image fromRe-roofing is expensive and you’ll live with a mistake for years, ABC Action News, Published October 25, 2013)

Reroofing: DIY versus Hiring a Contractor

Reroofing: DIY versus Hiring a Contractor

We all know that the roof is an important part of every house. It protects everyone and everything underneath it from the sun, rain, wind, snow, hail, and other damaging factors Mother Nature has in store for us.

We all know that the roof is an important part of every house. It protects everyone and everything underneath it from the sun, rain, wind, snow, hail, and other damaging factors Mother Nature has in store for us. That’s the reason why roofing inspection and maintenance is a must this summer—to make sure that your roof is still able to serve its purpose of protecting us from the elements.

However, when maintenance efforts fail because of extensive damage or if your roof is nearing the end of its life expectancy, you might want to consider replacing your roof. This, however, is a task that should be left to the pros. Most of you probably think that you can save a lot of money if you do the reroofing yourself. Yes, perhaps at first glance. Roofing companies in Hampton Roads and other parts in the area will surely tell you that reroofing may look easy, but it is actually difficult, not to mention can be hazardous. That’s because your roof is a complicated system that consists of different components that work hand in hand to function properly.

If you don’t have the experience, as well as the proper training, tools, and safety equipment, you can actually harm the structural integrity of your roof, and you could end up having to pay for more just to fix the whole roof again. Furthermore, doing the roofing yourself is also a dangerous task. In case you didn’t know, thousands of roofing- and ladder-related accidents are reported every year. And if you don’t have the necessary knowledge and safety equipment in roofing, you might end up severely injuring yourself.

The Roofing Company, the leading Virginia Beach roofing company, can help you out with replacing your roof, as we offer various roofing products from top manufacturers such as GAF. Our services can also ensure your roof’s beauty and durability. Plus, with our crew’s sufficient experience and constant training in the latest roofing techniques, you are assured that your roof will be done right the first time.

If you want to learn more about our company, products, and services, feel free to give us a call today.

How to Maintain Your Historical Home’s Curb Appeal

How to Maintain Your Historical Home’s Curb Appeal
Project Planning

Norfolk, Virginia and the area surrounding it has a rich history; if you take a stroll around some of the neighborhoods in the area, you’ll see that many of the homes here have either been restored or styled after historical houses. One particular architectural style that has been preserved or has been a popular choice for many residents is Queen Anne.

The Queen Anne architectural style is one of the most unique (to the point of eccentric) Victorian house styles. First seen in the 1880s and the 1890s at the height of the industrial revolution, Queen Anne homes can be described as picturesque with “free Renaissance” details. They are characterized by features such as an asymmetrical facade, a dominant front-facing gable and overhanging eaves. Queen Anne houses are also known for their “towers”—large porches that often cover most of their façades. Their exteriors are often covered with terra cotta tiles and wooden or slate roofs. All these components make for a style that is truly distinctive, elegant and timeless.

Whether your home is a Queen Anne or any other popular historical style, you want it to turn heads and have plenty of curb appeal. And a big part of maintaining that historical value is seeing to its proper maintenance. Your historical home needs the attention and care only experts with enough experience and proper training can provide.

If you need help for a special project, The Roofing Company, one of the top restoration experts and roofers in Norfolk, Newport News and the nearby areas, is your best bet. Since 1998, we have been providing Norfolk locals with quality products and services that will not only make your home look more beautiful, but also protect it from the worst weather conditions.

To learn more about our team, feel free to explore our website or simply give us a call. Contact the Norfolk roofing experts at The Roofing Company for all your home improvement projects today.

Slate Roofing in Norfolk (Part 1)

Slate Roofing in Norfolk (Part 1)

Slate roofing is slowly becoming a trend within homeowners all over the United States once more. Just ask The Roofing and Remodeling Company, a Virginia Beach roofing company who has worked within the industry for years.

It has accomplished roofing jobs for many residents who are keen on making their homes visually appealing. In our years of being a roofing professional, we know that the need and wants of the people change. Slate roofing is gaining a momentum in the trend scene and the town of Norfolk is no exception.

You might be wondering, what is slate roofing and why is it becoming popular?

Let’s discuss first the main material used in this type of roof by roofing companies in Virginia Beach, which is slate. Slate is a type of naturally occurring stone that is durable and, also, really nice to look at. Its origins come from clay and mud that solidify over time into mica, chlorite, and quartz. It can come in varying colors such as gray, purple, green, black, or red. You can even find variegated slate that can blend these colors together.

Identifying an authentic slate roof is easy. Just look at the way light hits it at a certain angle. This is due to the high mica content of the stone, which normally takes up 40% of its composition. A lot of people find slate as a suitable and eye-catching material for roofs. The reason behind it is that the stone has this certain capability known as “cleavage.” This might sound weird, but the stone has this individual layers that can be cleaved off. Think of it as a deck of cards wherein you can easily pull off individual cards within the deck.

Slate also has its own grading system that can tell you how long its lifespan will be. According to InterNACHI, International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, slates come with the following grades:

  • S-1: this means that the slate has the life expectancy of 75 years or longer.
  • S-2: the slate can last 45 to 75 years.
  • S-3: the slate can last up to 45 years.

Normally, slate can outlast these life expectancies and can outlive the grades they were given. You won’t have to worry about replacing it that much. (Continued…)

Insulation Tips: How to Make Your Roof More Energy-Efficient

Insulation Tips: How to Make Your Roof More Energy-Efficient

What homeowner would say no to a more energy-efficient home—one that lets you make the most of your investment, reduces your energy consumption, and keeps you comfortable all year round? If your goal is better energy efficiency for your home and household, there are few improvements with as big a payoff as adding insulation to your roof and attic.

Below are some simple tips for insulating your roof:

  1. When choosing from among the different types of insulation, consider your home design, budget, and climate. The effectiveness of your insulation will depend largely on these factors.
  2. Choose insulation that will provide more protection per unit volume. Consult your trusted Virginia Beach roofing company to know the R-values of the insulation products they carry.
  3. Refrain from using your attic as storage. Adding material to your attic floor is an inexpensive way to boost your home’s energy efficiency, but this would be impossible if there’s too much clutter.
  4. If you plan to DIY your insulation, put on safety gear: disposable paper overalls, gloves, goggles (not safety glasses, as they don’t protect much against dust), and dust mask. This may sound like overkill, but insulation products can cause serious irritation so it’s best to be prepared.*
  5. Do not to put insulation too close to a recessed light or electrical outlet to minimize fire hazards.

*Note: It’s still best to leave attic and roof insulation to professionals who can do the job more safely and thoroughly. While you may consider yourself pretty handy around the home, a trained contractor will be able to spot potential hazards as well as opportunities for more energy savings.

For more tried-and-tested tips on insulation and home improvement, don’t hesitate to call The Roofing & Remodeling Company, one of the most sought-after roofing companies in Hampton Roads and Virginia Beach. We’ll be happy to assist you.

5 Ways to Background Check Your Next Roofing Contractor

5 Ways to Background Check Your Next Roofing Contractor
Tools & Tips

Right now, your roof may be due for a repair or replacement, but before you even get to the nitty-gritty of your project, you need to do a full background check on the roofing contractors on your shortlist. The last thing you want, after all, is to fall prey to a fly-by-night roofer.

If you’re a homeowner, you see your roof as a prized home investment and would think twice before putting it in the hands of anyone who calls himself a roofer. Right now, your roof may be due for a repair or replacement, but before you even get to the nitty-gritty of your project, you need to do a full background check on the roofing contractors on your shortlist. The last thing you want, after all, is to fall prey to a fly-by-night roofer.

Below is a list of tried-and-tested ways to check up on roofing contractors:

  1. Check the company website. This is by far the easiest way to gather information on a roofer. The company website should be able to provide basic information such as company history, their number of years in business, the types of services in which they specialize, and the brands they carry.
  2. Double-check their memberships and certifications. It’s easy for a roofing company to say that they are members of trusted trade associations or certified by leading industry brands, but you should always verify these claims. Some of the top manufacturers (like GAF) have contractor verification tools on their website. You can also check trade association directories, which are often available to the public. If neither option is open, you can always contact these industry authorities directly for inquiries.
  3. Ask for license and insurance certificates. You’ll want to check whether a candidate’s license is current and in good standing. The Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) has an online License Lookup Tool you can use for this purpose. As for insurance, be wary of the “fully insured” claim. “Fully insured” should mean that they have general liability and workers’ compensation insurance, but this isn’t always the case. Always ask for insurance certificates.
  4. Check the Better Business Bureau. The BBB website does more than just rate and accredit contractors: they also publish records of client complaints. Use it to find out if a candidate has unresolved or poorly resolved complaints. Keep in mind, just because a company is not accredited with the BBB, doesn’t make them a bad company.  The BBB website states "BBB accreditation does not mean that the business’s products or services have been evaluated or endorsed by BBB, or that BBB has made a determination as to the business’ product quality or competency in performing services."   
  5. Get feedback from past clients. It helps to ask friends, family, and neighbors who have worked with a roofing company on your shortlist if they were fully satisfied with the service they got. You can also check reviews on websites like Angie’s List, Google Places and Customer Lobby. If you have a Virginia Beach roofing project coming up, feel free to consult (and do a background check on) The Roofing Company. We are an excellence award-winning GAF Master Elite Contractor with more than 15 years of experience under our belts. For more information, call 757-967-6600.

Part 1: Getting a Flat Roof: What You Need to Know

Part 1: Getting a Flat Roof: What You Need to Know
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As they offer a range of advantages, it is not surprising that flat roofs are popular as commercial roofing options. The situation may have been different some 10 years ago but now, the flat roof has become the go-to choice for many commercial establishments. Want to know what makes a flat roof such an attractive option?

The Advantages of Getting a Flat Roof

As they offer a range of advantages, it is not surprising that flat roofs are popular as commercial roofing options. The situation may have been different some 10 years ago but now, the flat roof has become the go-to choice for many commercial establishments. Want to know what makes a flat roof such an attractive option?

It’s easy to maintain

When you’re running a business, it’s integral that you protect your investments. A flat roof allows you to do just that without incurring a lot of other expenses because it is easy to maintain. In fact, for the most part, it just needing a regular cleanup. Scheduling routine maintenance also catches problems early, keeping repair costs down because minimal work will be required.

It offers value for money

As much as possible, you don’t want to spend. But when you do, you want to make sure that you’re going to make the most out of what you will be shelling out. Ensuring that you enjoy value for your money is easy for a flat roof because it is built to last, weathering through whatever the elements can bring. It also has reflective properties that let a flat roof reduce the amount of heat a structure absorbs, stabilizing indoor temperature. This allows you to save because energy costs are reduced as how HVAC systems work are optimized.

It presents expansion opportunities *a green roof or structure on a roof; anything showing something built over a flat roof*

Depending on your business needs, an expansion may be part of your future plans. It’s not always easy finding space that will work for you so why go anywhere else when you can turn to your roof? A flat roof makes it possible to utilize space on top of a building, maximizing areas that normally go untouched when sloped roofs are installed. Want to create more office space? Need a greenhouse? Interested in a roof deck? You can go ahead and build whatever you need with a flat roof.

Flat roofs combine form and function to address commercial roofing needs. Learn about available options in the second part of our blog series!

Annual Team Training Day Improves Communication Skills Companywide

Annual Team Training Day Improves Communication Skills Companywide

Every year since 2012, The Roofing & Remodeling Company team has gathered on December 31 to get the new year started off right with a Team Training Day. The latest team training was held in our on-location training center, and included a team building exercise called Back-to-Back Drawing.

The group was divided into pairs sitting back to back, and one person was given a picture with a configuration of shapes; the person with the picture gave verbal instructions to their partner on how to draw the shapes. It was a good time, as you can hear by all the laughter in the group.

Most importantly, this exercise demonstrated the importance of communication and how each of us communicates in different ways. At The Roofing & Remodeling Company, our Vision is “Building Excellence” and part of our Mission Statement vows that we will “Cultivate long term relationships with our clients, suppliers, communities and team members.” This can only be done when each of our team members can communicate effectively and cover all the bases with a customer or supplier, making for a fantastic experience.

At The Roofing & Remodeling Company, continuous improvement training and education is an ongoing process for staff members in all departments. Be it in the field or in the office, we really care about perfecting our skills, and we have fun doing it! Maintaining excellent communication with our customers is a top priority across the board, from when they first contact us to even after the job is complete, and we strive to improve that in any way we can.

If you haven’t used The Roofing & Remodeling Company for a home improvement project, we invite you to find out for yourself what makes us different from other remodeling and roofing companies in Virginia Beach. Give us a call today at (757) 903-0050.

Skylights Are Great Addition to Your Home in Virginia Beach

Skylights Are Great Addition to Your Home in Virginia Beach
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According to the recent estimates of the Energy Information Administration, 14% of all residential electricity consumption is used for lighting. Have you considered doing house upgrades that can bring in more natural light into your home? Because with more natural light coming in, you will likely rely less on electricity for lighting.

You may ask the help of an expert on roofing in Virginia Beach about adding skylights. We recommend this practical option because, aside from energy efficiency, you can also expect to get these benefits:

Aesthetic Appeal

You can improve your home’s aesthetic appeal and natural lighting is a great way to accentuate your interiors, especially if you have guests coming over.

Natural Heating & Ventilation

At no expense to your wallet or to the environment, you can enjoy ventilation or natural heating, when you need it most.

Added Home Space

Since skylights are installed directly onto the roof, you can free up wall space that is otherwise consumed by lamps. You can then use the space for home fixtures like cabinets, paintings, etc.

Furthermore, energy efficiency and aesthetic appeal that comes from installing a skylight can increase your property’s value—great news if you are thinking of selling your home.

We at The Roofing and Remodeling Company are fully certified by the industry leader in skylights, Velux Skylights, to install their top of the line products, which by the way, are also weatherproof. Unlike other brands, Velux skylights have the capability to stop the infiltration of UV light, which can cause furniture or other home fixtures to fade.

As one of the most trusted roofers in Virginia Beach, you can trust The Roofing and Remodeling Company to install Velux Skylights with guaranteed workmanship. For more information on skylights and our full range of home remodeling services, give us a call today.

The Roofing and Remodeling Company: For a Lead-Safe Home

The Roofing and Remodeling Company: For a Lead-Safe Home
Tools & Tips

Lead is a naturally occurring metal used in a lot of things in your house, from construction materials to batteries. Up until 1978, paint manufacturers used lead as an additive in their products.

But when experts discovered that long-term exposure to lead can cause serious health problems (e.g., neurological and developmental effects on humans, most especially children and pregnant women), the government banned the manufacture of paint containing lead.

Although the production of paint containing lead has stopped, lead poisoning is still very much a threat in homes built before 1978. Even if you’ve had your walls repainted with lead-free paint, the soil that surrounds your home that was painted with lead-based paint might also be contaminated. Contaminated soil can even be more dangerous because it can spread dust containing lead around your home.

And if you’re doing some renovations at home, such as replacing your Norfolk roofing, you might unsettle some of the remaining lead in and around your house, which of course can be hazardous to you, your loved ones, and even your pets. That’s why if you’re planning on doing some construction work at home, it is important to hire a lead-safe roofing firm certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) like The Roofing and Remodeling Company.

Our team of roofing experts at The Roofing and Remodeling Company has been trained, tested, and certified by the EPA to properly manage homes constructed before 1978. Lead-safe work and containment is key to working in such a toxic environment. Our crew is well prepared to handle such an environment, from using heavy plastic sheeting taped down and covering plants and/or furniture to our crew wearing proper safety gear.

With all our workplace preparation, you can be sure that The Roofing and Remodeling Company, one of the most trusted roofers in Norfolk and the surrounding areas, will be able to provide you with top-of-the-line roofing without you having to worry about the lead around your home. Just give us a call for a free quote on your next home improvement project.

Fix an Antique Roof with a Newport News Roofing Restoration Specialist

Fix an Antique Roof with a Newport News Roofing Restoration Specialist

That is the point of living in an antique house in Southeastern Virginia when you cannot bask in its old-world splendor because it is in a state of disrepair? To keep your home a haven for genteel living, there are tasks you should always be ready to perform.

1. Repair & Maintain – The first step is always to repair and maintain your house as you go along. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Make little repairs along the way and you’ll keep your house in great shape and avoid the little stuff turning into big stuff.
2. Restore – When things have gone a bit further than a simple repair it’s time to restore. Restoring is a more involved process that may involve rebuilding whole portions of the house in the style of the original house.
3. Replace in Kind – If all else fails and your problem area can’t be repaired or even brought back to life with a more thorough restoration it might be time to replace. […] Try to find a replica or construct an item that is as close to matching the original as possible.

Any of these tasks will require you to hire competent roofing contractors in Newport News, VA or the surrounding cities. The roof is a major area of concern for any homeowner who wants a beautiful and comfortable home, and its importance only doubles if it is a roof for an antique house.

After all, the roof of an old home has endured wear and tear not only over decades, but possibly even centuries. Missing tiles or damaged flashing here and there are likely to signal the need for more extensive repairs than they would with a more modern building. Its maintenance, restoration, or replacement should therefore be high on your priority list.

Finding a roofer who specializes in working on old roofs is just as important. As can be imagined, it takes extra skill to determine how old roofing materials can be salvaged—if they can be salvaged at all. It takes even more skill to remove and fix damaged centuries-old tiles from a roof without causing further damage to adjacent tiles, sheathing, and framing, and without compromising the original appearance of the structure.

Fortunately, the sheer number of well-restored antique houses throughout Southeastern Virginia means that you will not find yourself short of options when looking for a Newport News roofing company that can help you maintain your house. The team at The Roofing & Remodeling Company, for example, is always ready to completely restore historical buildings, whether they are stately community centers or quaint abodes like yours.

(Article Information and Image from Tips for Historic Home Owners {#11 Repair, Restore, Replace}, The Craftsman Blog, November 9, 2012)

Home Repairs That Are Best Left to a Virginia Beach Roofing Company

Home Repairs That Are Best Left to a Virginia Beach Roofing Company
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Responsible homeowners are often tempted to take matters into their own hands when fixtures or installations in their homes break down. While this attitude is commendable, you need the knowledge and expertise of professional repairmen like your trusty Virginia Beach roofing company before you can ensure that your DIY job ends without a hitch.

“How hard can it be?” is the first question a daring do-it-yourselfer may ask when approaching a perceivably easy home repair. And many have found out the answer to this question the hard way. The DIY craze has been in full swing in the United States for a while now. With the Internet as our guide, it seems as though no job is too large for our capable hands. Virtually every kind of repair or renovation is explained in full online, many times with step-by-step video to go along with it. And in a time when every penny counts, paying a professional could mean dipping into your staycation fund.

However, there are some home repairs that you shouldn’t try on your own. Here are some examples:

Electrical Repairs

Electricity isn’t just one of the most complex systems you have running in your home, but it is also one of the most dangerous. Sure, replacing light fixtures or unplugging electronic equipment for maintenance may be simple enough for you to do, but you still have to exercise extreme caution when doing them. Problems like busted wires or blown-out fuses should be left to the professionals.


The thing to remember about plumbing is that water passing through the pipes will always get out wherever it has a chance to. Thus, if your DIY repair job happens to spring a leak, your plumbing problems will take a turn for the worse. This is also especially troublesome when you try to modify your plumbing system.


Your sloped roof in itself is a treacherous place to be, more so when you have to move around it. While repairing a roof isn’t the toughest job in the universe, it can be difficult and dangerous at the same time when you’re carrying tools. A simple mistake could prove fatal.

To avoid problems, seek the help of dependable roofing companies in Hampton Roads for your safety and peace of mind. Companies like The Roofing Company are ready to help you and can deal with whatever roofing problems you have easily and efficiently. The next time you need to inspect your roof or do some repairs, consider getting professional help to avoid accidents and costly medical bills.

(Info from Top 5 Home Repairs You Should Never Do Yourself, How Stuff Works)

What are those Ugly Streaks on Roofs?

What are those Ugly Streaks on Roofs?

Damp, humid climates can encourage the growth of fungus on asphalt shingles. The result is unsightly green and black streaks that are especially noticeable on light-colored roofs.

But, there is hope! You can use shingles that are “fungus resistant.” Shingles become fungus resistant by the addition of copper granules to the shingle surface.

The least expensive shingle that is currently available with fungus resistance is a 25 year, 3-Tab shingle.

To keep your shingles looking their best, use shingles that are fungus resistant.

What is this Waterproofing Underlayment Stuff?

What is this Waterproofing Underlayment Stuff?

Waterproofing underlayment is installed underneath the shingles in areas where extra protection is desired.

High wear areas like the valleys on the roof, around dormers, rakes, eaves and skylights are good places to put an extra barrier of protection against water leakage casued by ice damming and wind-driven rain.

Waterproofing underlayment is self-sealing so that it seals around nails providing a water tight barrier against moisture.

Does a Brick Chimney Need Reflashing?

Does a Brick Chimney Need Reflashing?
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Some roofing contractors will not reflash the chimney unless it is specified in the contract. It is time consuming work and takes a high degree of skill to flash a chimney properly.

A favorite line to get out of reflashing the chimney is, “Why fix something that ain’t broke?”

The truth is that if the chimney is not reflashed when the roof is installed, the chances of the chimney leaking in the next 3-5 years are very high!

If you’re going to make the investment of getting a new roof system installed on your home, ensure that the system will keep you dry for years down the road. Make sure that the contractor is specifying that the chimney will definitely be reflashed!

Enjoy Our Exclusive Customer Appreciation Inspection Program with Every Project

Enjoy Our Exclusive Customer Appreciation Inspection Program with Every Project
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At The Roofing & Remodeling Company, our outstanding customer service experience ends when your project is complete, right? Wrong! We want your home to be taken care of not only now, but also in the future. That’s why we have developed our exclusive Customer Appreciation Inspection Program.

The Customer Appreciation Inspection Program is another way for us to demonstrate our gratitude for your patronage. Approximately one year after the installation of your roofing, siding, replacement windows or home additions in Virginia Beach, a team member will contact you to schedule a follow-up inspection. This inspection is conducted free of charge by our dedicated staff.

The Roofing & Remodeling Company team wants to ensure your home is providing long-term protection for you and your family. In addition to our Customer Appreciation Inspection, The Roofing & Remodeling Company also offers an ongoing maintenance program that includes yearly inspections, an assessment of your home’s condition, all related repairs and documentation of the repairs for your records. Just like a furnace or a car, a home will not continue to perform without regular inspections and maintenance. Our inspection program can keep your Newport News roofing and exterior in prime condition, and give you tremendous peace of mind.

To schedule a Customer Appreciation Inspection – even prior to your one-year completion anniversary – contact The Roofing & Remodeling Company at (757) 903-0050 or fill out the form on this page. We are always available to address your needs and concerns.


Thank you for your visit yesterday and for the roof inspection you performed. It was reassuring to know that our roof remains in good condition after two years of use.

My wife and I are grateful to you and to The Roofing Company for the quality of the workmanship used in replacing our roof. We were pleased with all aspects of the services provided to us – from the estimation process, to contract development, to the installation and guarantees and finally to the follow-up inspections. Thank you to you and your staff for all you do to protect our home from the weather.

I would happily recommend your services to anyone who is in need of roof replacement or repair and who is looking for a high quality job at a reasonable cost.


Dan Thornton
Virginia Beach, VA

How Good Roofing Contractors in Virginia Beach Can Prevent Ice Dams

How Good Roofing Contractors in Virginia Beach Can Prevent Ice Dams
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Few forces pose as much threat to your roof as winter itself, especially when it comes to the development of ice dams. An ice dam is the result of poor roof ventilation and a warm attic. It can be dangerous when left alone, so you might want to have your roof inspected for problem signs as soon as possible.

Ice Dam Formation

Essentially, an ice dam forms when very cold winter days are followed by thaw either via a warm attic or from the weather. Hence, they are common between winter and spring. As the thaw rolls by, the snow on top of your roof melts and runs into the bottom, only to re-freeze into ice on the way down. As Bob Formisano explained in

Ice dams form when melting snow on a roof refreezes at the edge of a roof. Why does snow melt on your roof when it’s freezing outside? OK, fair question. Well, it melts because the underside of the roof in the attic is above 32 degrees Fahrenheit that it warms the outside roof surface to the point that snow melts. Now here’s the weird part. Ice dams start or get worse after a heavy snow because of its insulating properties. Since snow is such a good insulator the outside roof surface is able to warm up easier from the warm attic space, thereby melting the snow faster.

Dangers of Ice Dams

At the outset, ice dams will cause your roof decking, rafters and sheathing to rot and weaken, significantly reducing the life of your roof. When the weight of the ice becomes too heavy, your roof could cave in. A more pressing problem comes when the icicle formation on your roof gets worse and forms into gigantic daggers of frozen water. This poses a deadly threat to you and your family.


Proper ventilation can prevent ice dams. Get rid of heat sources in the attic. Ensure that the attic space of the roof is well ventilated. Check that the underside of the roof deck is close to the temperature of the exterior side.

One of the best ways to prevent ice dams and other winter-borne roofing problems is to seek the help of dependable roofing contractors in Hampton Roads. These professionals can inspect, maintain and repair your roof before problems get worse. Many reliable contractors, like those from The Roofing and Remodeling Company have the experience and expertise to attend to your needs.

(Info from Ice Dams: How to Prevent and Remove Them, Home Repair)

How to Keep your Historical House in Tip-Top Shape

How to Keep your Historical House in Tip-Top Shape
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Newport News in the state of Virginia is known for its rich historical and cultural heritage. Aside from numerous museums that feature the Civil and the Revolutionary Wars, there are a number of historical houses and neighborhoods you can visit.

That is why most folks from all over the country who recently visited Newport News say the same thing: a vacation in Norfolk is the closest thing you can get to travelling back in time:

Newport News is home to two historic neighborhoods Hilton Village, a neighborhood of 500 English cottage-style homes, was built between 1918 and 1920 to provide wartime housing for workers at Newport News Shipbuilding. The Historic North End/Huntington Heights neighborhood contains numerous beautiful 1920s homes.

Also located in Newport News are five historic homes open to the public. Built before the Revolutionary War, the Matthew Jones House (circa 1720) on Fort Eustis also highlights the history of Mulberry Island, one of the first areas settled after Jamestown in 1607. Nearby are Endview Plantation (1769) and Lee Hall Mansion (1859), both restored to their Civil War appearance.

Two other historic homes are located in one of Newport News’ oldest neighborhoods, the East End. The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center (1899) is a modified Queen Anne-style home. Nearby is the 19th century James A. Fields House, the city’s newest historic home open to the public. Both the Newsome and Fields houses were originally home to prominent African-American community leaders.

Though owning a “piece of history” definitely has its charm, it might also mean a thousand and one headaches for you, especially if you don’t know how to maintain one. Remember that it is an old house, and it may have accumulated serious structural damage through the years that could pose a threat to you and/or your wallet.

The best way to tackle this problem is by facing it head on; you can either do some minor reconstruction yourself or hire a dependable contractor that has experience in handling old houses such as yours. But it is always recommended to let experts handle it as you might cause more damage than fix it. If you see some damage on your roof, you can contact roofing contractors in Newport News VA that specialize in historical restorations.

One such contractor is The Roofing & Remodeling Company, a restoration expert that has the equipment and staffing to handle delicate projects like this, which require extensive restoration experience. That is what the company takes pride in: working hand in hand with property owners to deliver a project with unsurpassed quality that blends seamlessly with existing aesthetics. Furthermore, Newport News roofing, especially with the older ones, needs to be able to endure the intense Virginia rainstorms, heavy snow, hail, and high winds. That is why this roofing and remodeling company only offers roofs with hard-wearing materials and second-to-none installation to keep your old house sturdy even through intense weather conditions.

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Frequently Asked Questions About TPO Roofing

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As fall starts, many homeowners are calling roofers in Chesapeake for roof inspection, repair, or replacement.

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