Cool roofs are one of the biggest buzzwords in roof energy efficiency today. They work by reflecting a large fraction of incident solar radiation, dramatically reducing the amount of heat absorbed by your home. They also quickly release whatever amount of heat they end up absorbing.
Is energy efficiency a concern for you? You’re not alone. Every year, Americans spend around $40 billion on air conditioning alone. That’s the equivalent of a sixth of all the electricity the United States consumes annually!
Many of us think of Thomas Jefferson as the author of the Declaration of Independence of the United States. However, did you know he also designed the roof for the University of Virginia which he founded? This is just one example of how slate roofing gives new life to old structures.
One of the most common problems with regard to roofing, experienced by a homeowner like yourself, is a leaking roof. Once identified, a roof leak should be taken with absolute care and caution and should be dealt with immediately to avoid the chance of these dangerous roof leak effects.
Did you know that roofs and tires have a lot in common? It’s true! Find out 4 ways tires are like roofing and you may just see your roof in a new light.
Brian Chalsma, The Roofing Company President, stands with Robert C. Scott, Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District, as he joins thousands of other roofing professionals to take over Capitol Hill and discuss important issues that affect the roofing businesses and industry as a whole.
Accomplishing something without help from anyone can be fulfilling. You learn from the experience and there is the incentive that you can become better the more you do it. Nevertheless, there are reasons why working with a local contractor is beneficial.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Selecting the kind of roof that is perfect for your location’s climate entails questions—a series of questions, if you may.
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.]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Waterproofing underlayment is installed underneath the shingles in areas where extra protection is desired.
An article posted on FoxBusiness.com explains how roofing quality affects a householder’s home insurance plan. The basic premise of the correlation between roofs and insurance is that the more damage-prone a roof is, the costlier the home insurance becomes.
An article on the American Family Insurance (AMFAM) website gives some pointers on roofing maintenance. One of the first things you need to do is to make sure your attic has proper insulation and ventilation.
Water Pipe Burst, damages roof in Newport News
GAF scientists are fanatical about quality, and have gone beyond standard industry tests to subject GAF shingles to extreme conditions. They developed “The Monster,” combined with water from pressurized jets, the machine simulates the conditions of a Category 3 hurricane.
If temperatures appear to be sizzling in the rest of Virginia, that can’t be said for those of us in Norfolk. The Daily Press reported “Rain will lead to a break from the heat for Hampton Roads”
I don’t like limpy, curling shingles! With proper installation this eye sore can be prevented.
3-tab shingles are the most common type of shingles on the market. They have a very flat appearance and are what most people picture when they think of the word “shingle”.
Harnessing the Cool Benefits of Cool Roofs. Cool roofs keep homes cool by reflecting most of the incident heat from the sun.
If you have noticed a roof leak in your home, or water stains on the roof deck or ceiling that are evidence of a leak, we’d like to offer two pieces of advice.
As a GAF Master Elite™ certified roofer, The Roofing & Remodeling Company is one of the only roofing contractors in Virginia Beach that can offer the GAF Golden Pledge® limited warranty.
Some parts of Virginia recently sustained a devastating storm – which included damaging winds, frequent lightning, hail and even incidents of flash flooding. This overnight blitz that occurred between 11pm to 2am has left major damage in its path.
Don’t worry, the asphalt shingle roofing manufacturers have wind warranties that limit and exclude the compensation you can receive for damages! We’re being sarcastic here, but the fact is most roof warranties exclude “acts of God.”
For years, Virginia Beach properties didn’t see growth in terms of value possibly due to the American economy being in a slump. Thankfully, things are recovering now, and according to a report from PilotOnline.com, this time is definitely bright for owners who want to sell their homes.
Commercial roofing requires far more careful consideration than their residential counterparts. That is one reason the options are far more complex. The Roofing Company takes a look at four of our most popular commercial roofing options to help you choose the right one.
It’s fall, the time when many homeowners begin completing their list of tasks to get a home ready for winter weather. Gutter cleaning should be on that list. It’s an important maintenance chore that can prevent some serious water damage to your home. And while you’re up there, take a look at the area around your gutters. Do you notice anything strange?
Norfolk residents are very lucky to have one of the finest climates in the country. What with our humid subtropical climate, which typically has moderate seasonal changes, we can enjoy warm summers, pleasant falls, mild winters, and beautiful spring days.
Roofing is considered fairly easy from the perspective of most home improvement contractors, but more has been forgotten about roofing than has been retained by a large percentage of today’s craftsman.
More and more homeowners nowadays look for easy, proven ways to keep their homes cool…literally. One of the things that you can do is to add insulation in the attic, as suggested in a recent article from Daily Press.
When looking for roofers to work on your home, you verify their business details, ask for licenses and certifications, and request for references. Once you find the contractor you want to deal with, it’s time to ask for a contract. Why?
Sometimes, all you need is a few upgrades to transform your home from “nay” to “yay”! In this article, The Roofing Company suggests ways you can “wow” guests and make a lasting impression. These range from the simple to the more complex – all of them services that we can provide for your home.
How do I know if I have hail damage of my roof? Can I tell from the ground?
If you’ve had hail in your area, to determine if the shingles have been damaged a close inspection of the shingles has to be made from the roof. Usually you cannot tell from the ground.
Roofing is not normally the top priority in a homeowner’s improvement list—unless it starts to act up or leak. If that’s the case, you’re left with only two choices: repair or replacement. The climate also plays a big role in the performance of your roof.
For first-time buyers, choosing a new home can be nerve-racking. With all the preparation, research, and errands you need to do, you have to be on top of your game and stay motivated no matter what. On the other hand, moving into a new house can be exciting.
There are a lot of roofing companies in Hampton Roads that specialize in installing roofing shingles, like our team at The Roofing and Remodeling Company. Installing shingles on your roof is a popular choice among homeowners, perhaps because of their renowned durability. However, it goes without saying that just like everything on earth, roofing shingles also have their own limitations.
It’s easy to underestimate just how important it is to make sure that your home’s roof is in good condition. It’s important to regularly check your roof for damage, especially if you live in an area that’s subject to severe weather conditions.
Homeowner’s insurance is a necessary expense and when storm damage or another calamity strikes, you expect to get back some of those dollars to help cover the unexpected costs to repair your roof and other property. What many homeowners don’t know is that some insurers are now minimizing their liability for roof repair by enacting an age limit on roofs.
No one likes to work in a hot building. “Hot” roofs make the interior uncomfortable, add to stress levels, increase energy expenses and are a burden on the environment. Be sure to look for cool roof options for your commercial interests. The Roofing Company looks at what makes a roof cool, the benefits and the best options to consider.
Leaking roofs have caused problems in homes and offices alike. In the case of the latter, they can cut scheduled meetings short, leading to loss of productivity. Even politicians are not immune from the trouble caused by leaks. In fact, the first session of Spain’s parliament was interrupted by a leaking roof.
Buying a roof is a big investment, and all homeowners want to make the most of their money. The Roofing and Remodeling Company understands this, which is why we’ve partnered with roofing manufacturer GAF.
Every investment related to your roofing is important. After all, you’ll reap what you sow in the long run. The Roofing Company, your local roofers in Virginia Beach, VA, can point you in the right direction. We shed some light on these four tough roofing questions.
Winter has set foot earlier than expected in Norfolk, Virginia. In the second week of November, WVEC.com reports that locals felt the presence of Old Man Winter. However, the conditions were easily manageable as it only involved some rain showers and snowflakes.
Your siding plays an important role in enhancing the overall look of your home. It has the power to highlight the best features of your architecture. Like your roofing in Chesapeake, VA, your siding is exposed to harsh elements, causing it to fade over time. Fortunately, there is color technology that can fight color fade.
It’s important to pay ample attention to our roofs year in and year out. Last year, in particular, hasn’t been easy. Extreme heat and heavy rains have proven to be tough opponents, but our good ol’ roofs didn’t give in. Make 2015 the year you give back for all the hard work your roof has done for your home. Give it a pat on the back by following this checklist.
For the very best in shingle, copper, and slate roofing in Richmond, turn to the professionals of the Roofing Company of Richmond.
So you have read the first part of our series highlighting the importance of having your roof checked at least twice in a year. Now let’s move on to discuss the things you need to do to prepare your roof for future roof repairs, as well as info on what to do during routine inspections.
Platinum is a rare metal that is more expensive than gold and highly valued for its resistance to weathering and corrosion. That’s why at The Roofing & Remodeling Company, we’ve named our very best warranty package after this metal: the Platinum Protection Package. Here are some of the unique benefits you will enjoy with this warranty coverage for your roof.
There’s an ongoing debate within the real estate industry about the wisdom of installing a new roof on a home in order to help it sell. I can attest to the fact that the majority of things that can go wrong in a home start with roof problems! An old, worn-out roof is deferred maintenance and signals to buyers that a home may not be well cared-for.
Did you know that you may qualify for a homeowners insurance discount simply based on the material you choose for your roof? In many states, use of impact-resistant roofing products makes you eligible for significant insurance premium discounts. Here’s what you need to know about this potential discount.
Nowadays, we have been given the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of advanced roof materials and products. While some homeowners get easily intimidated by the cost and effort involved in maintaining or replacing a roof, your investment will eventually pay off.
The new year marks a new beginning. What can be more exciting than starting a new hobby or doing something you’ve never tried before? The same thing can be said of your household. If you’ve skipped maintenance in the previous years or haven’t started on that long-overdue renovation, now is the perfect time to do so!
As the housing market is slowly recovering from the recession we had in 2008, more and more people are becoming confident in buying a new home. Some of the more well-off families are even looking for vacation homes to buy. And what better place to buy a vacation home than in Virginia Beach.
The question of roof repair vs. roof replacement is one that has been discussed to death, but not without good reason. If it were that easy to give a definitive answer, roofers would’ve dropped the subject ages ago.
There is a reason why they’re called professionals. Find out why professional roofers trump DIY repairs every time when you have roofing needs.
When they conducted a statewide building inspection of historical structures, folks in Berkeley County, Virginia concluded that the first thing they need to repair in their 1856 courthouse was the roof. “…when the roof is sound you do not need to worry about any interior penetration of moisture” says one of their officials.
This homeowner paid a contractor $16,000.00 for this roof 3-4 months ago. The roof looks like any other roof from the road yet performs differently when it rains.
Have you been experiencing problems like leaks or a higher monthly electric bill? Is roof maintenance costing more than replacement? Is your roof more than 20 years old?
If you want Norfolk area roofers that are knowledgeable and honest, The Roofing Company and The Remodeling Company is the place for you. We’ve won a number of service awards, and you can feel comfortable knowing you are getting the most professional service with friendly care.
Recently, we received a testimonial from a customer who hired us for a Virginia Beach roofing project based on one deciding factor: the attic.
Recently a family in Virginia Beach called us to take a look at a roof leak. A leak had appeared on the ceiling of one of the living spaces and they were worried about it. So we checked the roof and noticed a very suspicious hole that looked … well, like a bullet hole! Our suspicions were confirmed when we found a bullet in the attic!
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.