When installing or upgrading a roof, there are certain precautions skilled roofers can take to protect vulnerable areas from critters. Rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, bats, and birds may attempt to take up residence in your attic any time of the year, especially when cooler weather arrives.
Specific to the construction industry, there are warning signs that you shouldn’t ignore when hiring a contractor. Considering just one warning from that list of signs, recent customers, the Carters, benefit from an office tour: find out how.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Federal law requires that individuals receive certain information before renovating six square feet or more of painted surfaces in a room for interior projects or more than twenty square feet of painted surfaces for exterior projects in housing, child care facilities and schools built before 1978.
The roof protects our homes from different weather conditions. It also greatly contributes to their overall curb appeal.
Roofs shelter us from the elements, and even the strongest materials can deteriorate over time if left unmaintained.
Here we explain the basics of steep-slope roofing, which you can show to a professional contractor the next time you work on your roof.
In most households, the clothes dryer is an essential appliance. But few homeowners understand how to properly install and maintain their dryer, and this lack of knowledge can result in a serious fire hazard.
There are different flat roofing options available to address different needs. Understanding what each one is capable of will help you gauge which flat roof will work best for you.
Those of us living in Norfolk know that keeping our homes comfortable and efficient all year round isn’t exactly a piece of cake. We get 90-degree highs during our hot, humid summers and 32-degree lows from December to January.
Having your roofing installed means more than just hiring a contractor and paying the bill. You also need to keep an eye out for common mistakes that can adversely affect your roof. Knowing what to look for will help you keep tabs on the work being done on your home.
The comforts of having television, computers, air conditioning, heaters, and sufficient lighting are priceless. Coping up with modern living is thus simply not possible without electricity. But with this convenience comes the responsibility of paying for the consumption of energy.
The roof is protects the household from destructive natural and man-made hazards so it should be maintained regularly. If you fail to do so, rainwater and other debris can make their way inside and ultimately ruin your interiors. According to SheKnows.com, when you do an exterior inspection, you should do the following:
The signs of summer are already here with lots of sun and fair skies beautifully complimenting Virginia Beach’s scenery. Internationally known for its historic buildings and landmarks, it’s easy to see why tourists flock to city for a delightful summer vacation.
At The Roofing Company, our goal is to ensure your home can provide long-term, worry-free protection for you and your family. This is one of the reasons we offer an ongoing maintenance program that includes yearly inspections, an assessment of your home’s condition, all related repairs and documentation of those repairs for your records.
The rising temperatures across the states could only mean one thing: summer is just around the corner. Virginia Beach will once again host thousands of vacationers looking to beat the heat with a trip to one of its scenic beaches.
If you’re looking to save on homeowner’s insurance, the condition of your Virginia Beach roofing could be the key to lower premiums. That’s because as a home ages, it becomes more vulnerable to damage.
Need to get your roof repair or replaced? Whether you have a minor or major roofing job, this infographic will help you prepare better for it!
The roofing system is your home’s primary layer of protection, shielding your home from the harsh elements outside. This is why it is important that homeowners take the necessary steps to maintain a roof’s integrity. Not doing so will not only cause a number of roofing problems to surface, but it will also shorten the average lifespan of your roof.
As far as home improvement projects are concerned, roofing work is serious business. Any roofing project you decide to invest in needs to be done right the first time if you want to maximize your returns and avoid future headaches.
As your home’s primary line of defense against the Virginia Beach weather, keeping your roof in good condition is paramount. That is why it is necessary to conduct routine maintenance. This may entail climbing up the roof from time to time to do some cleaning or repairs.
Given the cost of electricity these days, certain home improvements that improve energy efficiency make a lot of sense. A reroofing project, for instance, is one such opportunity to keep heating and cooling costs down.
The Virginia climate can be described as being in the “Goldilocks Zone” because just like the bowl of porridge that Goldilocks chose in the popular children’s fairy tale, the place is “not too hot, and not too cold”. But then there are times when Mother Nature chooses to come in way too strong.
An article by Toni Guagenti for the Virginian-Pilot explains the difference between home appraisers and home inspectors by detailing what each one does and watches out for. Guagenti says appraisers generally do the job for lenders, while inspectors perform theirs for homebuyers.
Home exterior projects are going to be advantageous for you and your home even if you’re not trying to sell your house. Aside from making your home stand out among other homes in your neighborhood, these projects can also improve its curb appeal, weather resistance and energy efficiency.
Winter has come down in full force in Virginia, and the effects of what was forecasted as a colder-than-average winter were felt as early as the first weeks of December.
The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define a healthy home as a structure that keeps you safe from illness and injury. It also serves as much-needed personal space for you and your family members. It is important to keep your home in good condition to ensure a healthier living environment.
Your gutters redirect water away from your home and prevent water damage to your roof, siding, foundation and more. It’s important that you keep them in top condition, especially in the fall and winter, when the leaves fall and clogs are most likely to form.
One of the most crucial aspects of any home improvement project is choosing the right contractor for the task. In the case of a room addition, you must work with a contractor who has not only the skills but the experience necessary to pull everything off. Below is a rundown of the things you have to do to find the right contractor for you.
A large-scale makeover of your home is no easy task. You need to be sure that you have everything covered before proceeding with the project. Otherwise, you might just put your home and family in jeopardy. As the go-to source for home additions and remodeling in Virginia Beach, The Remodeling Company has several tips to share.
Winter is an exciting time for many because the holidays are approaching. Winter also means cold weather, which is often a challenge for homeowners. Before you hang trinkets and decorations, your home must be winterized first.
Every roofing structure is made up of complex components that regular people won’t fully understand. Even many of those who are adept at DIY ventures don’t acknowledge that they know their roofing well. As a homeowner, making decisions about your Virginia Beach roofing can be overwhelming.