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No Cause to Pause when the Weather Outside is Frightful

No Cause to Pause when the Weather Outside is Frightful
Project Planning

At The Roofing Company, rainy days and snowstorms aren’t cause for our roofers to kick up their heels and relax. Our team is always hard at work, even when the weather doesn’t cooperate with installation plans.  Winter weather is no cause to pause, even when the weather outside is frightful.


Another activity that we frequently do when the weather turns bad is training. In support of our company mission statement that commits to “continuous improvement,” we have a knowledgeable team that undergoes continual training in safety compliance, plus the latest products and installation techniques through hands-on and classroom education. In this business, there’s always something new to learn and better practices to perfect.

We Roof in Cold Weather Too

On that note, we would like to remind our customers that just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to have your roof repaired or replaced. Our skilled crews continue to perform roof work throughout the winter season by taking extra precautions with materials and keeping a close eye on the weather forecast. Asphalt shingles can easily be installed in the winter, but care must be taken not to bend and crack shingles when the temperature falls below 20°F. And for most hard-working roofers, cooler temperatures are a welcome change from summer heat!

If you have any concerns about your roof during the winter, don’t hesitate to call The Roofing Company. Our trained roofers know how to protect our work and your home from snow, rain and wind, and deliver the same high-quality workmanship year-round to keep you comfortable and cozy.  So even when the weather outside is frightful, we wish nothing more than to make your roofing project delightful!

4 Home Winterization Tips: Getting Your Roof Ready

4 Home Winterization Tips: Getting Your Roof Ready
Tools & Tips

Winter isn’t officially upon us yet, but it’s fast approaching. More colder days mixed with some flurries, is a tell tale sign.  If you are wishing for a white Christmas, you may just get it! Before it arrives though, follow these proven winterization tips that will help make the season that much more exciting and enjoyable without having to worry about your roof!


Here are some simple winterization tips to help get your roof ready this cold season:

Inspect your roof. The first step in roof preparation is a thorough inspection. Look for cracks, broken or loose shingles, and sagging areas—anything that doesn’t look like it should. Inspect wet spots too because they could mean that there are small leaks on the roof.

Clean the gutters. Take advantage of the mild days we still have and unclog those gutters! One of the most common causes of roof damage is accumulated debris on the gutters. This prevents water and snow from passing through freely. Make sure you keep the gutters clog-free throughout winter as well because they tend to back up quickly during this time.

Check the valleys. Leaks typically occur in the valleys of your roofing system. Make sure they are free of clutter that can weigh down the roof and obstruct the path of rain and snow.

Fix or replace damaged flashing. Flashing is important in preserving the overall good condition of your roof. These are aluminum or metal strips used to seal and waterproof areas of the roof—usually along vents, chimneys, skylights, and pipes—so they don’t leak. These strips can be loosened or lifted by heavy rains and strong winds. So don’t forget to check, fix, or replace them if necessary.

The Roofing Company can help get your home up to par for winter, starting with your roof. We are no stranger to the importance your roof plays in protecting your family and your home from the extreme elements outside.  

It will be a relief knowing you took the steps in making sure you and your family are prepared for winter.  Now you’re ready. Let it snow!

Giving Thanks for Our Customers

Giving Thanks for Our Customers
Announcements

Happy Thanksgiving Day!  We take great pleasure today in giving the most heartwarming thanks to our customers, friends, employees and family. Without you, we wouldn’t have as much to be thankful for.


The days have grown darker earlier and cooler temperatures linger longer in the air.  Although shorter days and bundling up might not be everyone's cup of tea, there’s probably one thing we can agree on, and that is there is always something to be thankful for.

Our biggest thanks on this Thanksgiving Day, is you!  

In our constant strive to live up to our vision of Building Excellence, we are thankful for the pieces put in place where we can gather honest feedback to help evaluate us individually and as a team.  Whether your feedback was provided by a request or on your own, we acknowledge the time it took out of your busy schedule to do so. Your praises and all comments attribute to our growth in more ways than you realize, keep them coming!  Thank You!

We enjoy getting to see you each year during your courtesy annual inspection visit.  If you haven’t been able to meet with us, please do the next time we reach out to you.  It’s a great way to touch base, be it simply to give you peace of mind about your roof or answering questions you may have while we are there.  We sincerely appreciate each customer that takes advantage of this invaluable service. Thank You!

From the bottom and deepest part of our hearts of hearts, we cannot express enough gratitude for the many referrals you have sent our way.  Your confidence in our abilities and service is the biggest compliment you can make by referring your friends and family to us. It would be an understatement to say that without you, we wouldn’t be where we are today.  Thank you!

“You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way,
which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.”
2 Corinthians 9:11

Happy Thanksgiving!

Truth or Dare: Natural Slate is the only Slate

Truth or Dare: Natural Slate is the only Slate
Slate

Do you dare to know the truth about natural slate? If you already know that there is absolutely no alternative in comparison to natural slate, consider yourself more educated than most. Keep reading if you want to know more of the “slate” truth.


First, let’s briefly cover the simple definition of “slate”, which is a fine-grained gray, green, or bluish metamorphic rock easily split into smooth, flat pieces.  

Any product not matching the above description shouldn’t even be portrayed as slate. Unfortunately though, manufactures manipulate homeowners into thinking there is an equal or close substitute .  Alternate materials, otherwise known as the synthetic of its kind, are being marketed to homeowners, claiming their product is superior to a rock that has taken millions of years to form. The same rock that has been installed on a roof over 100 years ago still protects that exact structure today as it did then.  Can you say that about something fabricated?

Dare to compare the differences, as Tom Stortz with John Stortz and Son illustrates in “Why Synthethic “Slate” Is Destroying an Industry”.  In this article, he highlights excerpts from a synthetic manufacturers installation guide about the quality, cost, aesthetics, durability and warranty of that product, bringing to light the very contradiction of it.  

We introduce this article not only because we are so passionate about natural slate, but because The Roofing Company is a huge advocate for education; educating our team, customers and an audience searching for the right products to invest in.  The slate industry has been suffering from misinformation and misguidance by manufacturers marketing a cheaper, easier and lighter product that tries very hard to mimic natural slate. We are here to tell you that there is no way to fake it! Slate is slate.  

On that note, would it shock you to know that you CAN get real slate that is lighter, more affordable, and faster to install and repair than traditional slate?  If we have peaked your interest, read more about it or feel free to ask us about lightweight slate.  It’s all still natural slate.  The main differences between them are shingle weight and the installation and repair processes. Whether it’s traditional or lightweight, The Roofing Company maintains several thousands of Buckingham and Vermont slate homes in the Hampton Roads and Richmond areas.

Bottom Line truth, Tom Stortz states, “There is no substitute for slate. It’s time tested, eco-friendly, fire-resistant, and beautiful. Rubber shingles are creating a huge dumpster in our ocean because they cannot be destroyed, and this goes along with their dubious nature of the product.”

Don’t fake it.  Slate it.

A local well known college, CNU (Christopher Newport University), has already undergone two well known imitation slate failures in the past 15 years.

What Can Break Slate Roofing?

What Can Break Slate Roofing?
Slate

Historically, slate has been one of the most reliable roofing materials used by man. Many slate roofs are still in pretty good shape, considering how much time has passed since they were installed.


The Roofing Company helps you understand your slate roof better. Many people cite the material’s low water absorption index as the main reason for its longevity. Given that fact, you might wonder when exactly a slate roof would need replacing.

When Slate Needs Replacing

It’s hard to damage this great type of natural roofing material.  The main reason most slate roofs need to be looked at is actually because of a failure in the components that hold them in place—namely the fasteners.

The slate shingle itself might be durable, but this all goes to waste if what’s holding it in place isn’t of high quality. There are a few warning signs to look out for. The presence of leaks in slate roofing indicate a break somewhere between the shingles. Second, when individual shingles fall out, it’s always the fasteners that need replacing.

Why Replace Rather Than Repair

For one thing, slate is unique in appearance and color. Even those of the same shade can vary slightly. When you have to deal with a vast roofing area, changing everything all at once will ensure consistency in the look. A full replacement by a reliable roofing company is also a guarantee of quality in all the components used—leading to longer-term stability.

The Roofing Company offers you some of the best slate roofing services in Hampton Roads, from traditional slate roofing to lightweight slate options.  Count on us to understand your roofing needs, and to provide you with all the services you need to keep your components in the best shape possible.

Give us a call today and we can provide you with a free consultation.

REFERRAL PROMOTION THROUGH NOVEMBER 15, 2018! 

Earn up to $50 for each referral! 

Insider Look how to Critter Protect Your Roof

Insider Look how to Critter Protect Your Roof

As we covered earlier this month, there’s that annoying builder’s gap that leaves a vulnerable space between the fascia board and the bottom of the roof deck for roof rats, birds, squirrels and all kinds of other critters to enter your home. Get an inside look and find out the ultimate secret to critter protect your roof once and for all!


By now we know what the builder’s gap is and that it is, unfortunately, a common building practice on homes.  Not the best practice when you consider it creates the perfect entrance into your attic for critters and allows wind-blown rain to enter in the same way.

This is a close-up view of where the entrance is.  It’s big enough to stick an entire hand into the attic from the outside.  Yikes! I’m sure we all have seen squirrels and birds in similar size that would easily be able to access this entry!

 

A view from the inside where a critter has made a bed inside the attic.  The temptation of this warm and dry space was too much to pass up, which is especially the perfect dwelling when they are ready to welcome their babies!  

The tape measure is sticking out from inside the attic, making it easy to see where the critter gets in.

Here’s an example of improperly installed drip edge and the reasons why it doesn’t work:

  • Drip edge is too thin
  • Drip edge is too short of flange
  • No drip edge at the eave

We see where a very clever squirrel chewed up the Builder’s Gap in this customer’s attic, making a nice custom round designed critter entrance for his new home. 

Here is your typical drip edge you get at the Big Box stores, which is too thin and short of flange.  Not much of a challenge for those persistant and pesky home invaders.

Now this will do the trick! Heavy duty aluminum drip edge with longer flange and heavy gauge. PROVEN to keep CRITTERS out.  

So there you have it folks.  To keep those critters from making their home in your home, cover up that builder’s gap with strong and heavy aluminum drip edge. The time is now before the weather gets colder and they decide to nuzzle in your cozy dwelling. 

If that’s something you’d like to have The Roofing Company take a look at or repair for you, we are just a phone call away!

REFERRAL PROMOTION THROUGH NOVEMBER 15, 2018! 

Earn up to $50 for each referral! 

Spread the Spice: Earn up to $50 for every new Referral

Spread the Spice: Earn up to $50 for every new Referral

We are spicing it up for pumpkin season!  And so can YOU!  Get your Roofco Spice on by earning up to $50 for every referral now through Nov 15, 2018!


​Autumn is here and that sweet spice is in the air.  This fall we’d like to make the season a bit sweeter by saying Thank You to our loyal customers, friends, suppliers, and fans in the Hampton Roads area for referring us throughout the year.  This special offer is for you.

For each referral you send to The Roofing Company, receive $20 when a written estimate is provided and $30 when we've earned that customer.  Remember to use the word "RoofcoSpice"!

There are many ways to send in a referral, which are listed below: 

Referring person's full name, address, phone number and email must be provided to receive the reward.  Rewards are offered through tangocard.com, where there’s sure to be a gift card for you. Proposed project must exceed the amount of $500. Not valid with any other offer.

How We Can Protect Your Home from Critters

How We Can Protect Your Home from Critters
Tools & Tips

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.


At The Roofing Company, we go the extra mile to incorporate common-sense solutions that keep animals out of your attic and prevent the damage they cause.

The Importance of Drip Edge Flashing

We install heavy-duty, aluminum drip edge flashing that is custom-made to properly close the “builder’s gap” or “carpenter’s gap.” This space between the fascia board and the bottom of the roof deck is a common building practice on homes. A normal builder’s gap is large enough to stick your hand into the attic from the outside!

Not surprisingly, the “builder’s gap” provides an excellent attic entrance for roof rats, birds and squirrels. It also allows wind-blown rain to enter the attic. Critters that make it in, bed inside the attic where it’s nice and warm and dry, especially when they get ready to have their babies.

Recently we were called to inspect a six-month-old new construction home with critters in the attic. It wasn’t hard to see how the animals had made their way in. The improperly installed drip edge was too short and too thin to work, and there was no drip edge at the eave. This is the typical drip edge you get at a big-box store. Our solution is custom-made flashing that is heavy enough that a critter won’t be able to get into your attic.

As the expert in everything roofing, The Roofing Company goes above and beyond to keep your home safer and better protected from all outside elements, including critters. 

4 Tips on Accomplishing a Roofing Project Effectively

4 Tips on Accomplishing a Roofing Project Effectively
Project Planning
Roofing

Treat your roof with care because it plays an important role in terms of protecting the interior of your home from potential damage. While it is challenging to work on a roofing project on your own, you can hire professionals to help you.


We understand that it can be worrisome to hire a roofer, especially when you do not have any experience working with one. Nevertheless, we offer a few tips that can contribute to an efficient roofing project:

Conduct Inspections

Check the condition of your roof at least every spring or fall. This will give you an idea of the current state of your roof and help you make an informed decision. Employing the services of a multi-awarded and multi-certified roofer like The Roofing Company, however, will assure you of a more detailed and precise assessment of your roofing system’s overall condition.

Consult Professionals

Avoid doing things on your own; consult the professionals with regard to your roofing project. This will give you an idea of your options and the possible course of action you can take. This will save you time from having to exert unnecessary effort in handling your roofing concerns.

Hire Professionals

Remember that you do not have to put yourself at risk when it comes to your roofing project.  Hiring reputable professionals keeps you away from potential harm and ensures a successful roofing project.

Have Constant Communication

Communicate with your roofing contractor regularly. This will allow you to address any concerns that may arise while the project is coming along. We can update you on the project’s progress, so you can make decisions real time. Rest assured that our professionals will offer the best possible solutions to your roofing concerns.

You do not have to go through the trouble of trying to figure out what to do with your roof alone. The Roofing Company is committed to providing quality service in the areas surrounding Hampton Roads region. We will be happy to help you with your roofing needs. Call us today for a free consultation.

The Roofing Company Supports Roofs for Troops

The Roofing Company Supports Roofs for Troops
Announcements

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
855-433-8959.

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 2018, 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 www.military.com/discounts or www.gaf.com/military.

“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, 2018 and December 31, 2018. Rebate form must be received by January 31, 2019. 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.

Part 3 – The Basics of Energy-Efficient Roofing

Part 3 – The Basics of Energy-Efficient Roofing
Roofing

Harnessing the Cool Benefits of Cool Roofs. Cool roofs keep homes cool by reflecting most of the incident heat from the sun.


This reflection promotes energy efficiency because reducing the amount of heat absorbed by the roof and transferred to the home’s interior reduces the amount of energy consumed by HVAC systems. And that’s just half of the good news. Perhaps the best thing about cool roofs is that most roof surfaces can be made reflective without a complete roof overhaul.

Making Existing Roofs Cool

  • Low-slope roofs – Light-colored coatings or single-ply membranes can be applied onto most existing low-slope roofs to make them cool. If you want a dark-colored roof, choose a reformulated coating that contains pigments that reflect near-infrared (non-visible) light.
  • Built-up roof – Substitute gray slag or reflective marble chips for dark gravel or apply a cool coating directly over the roof.
  • Tile roof – Most clay and concrete tiles reflect only 10% to 30% of incident solar energy, although some manufacturers produce tiles capable of up to 70% reflectivity. If your tile roof is not naturally reflective, field-applied surface treatments can still make it cool.
  • Metal roof – Many metal roofs have reflective factory-applied finishes, but you can also have a light-colored paint or reflective coating applied on a metal roof after installation.

A Quick Note

Modified bitumen sheet membranes can only be pre-coated with cool roof coating during the manufacturing process. Spray polyurethane foam roofs, on the other hand, are already reflective to begin with so they don’t really need further treatment.

As for existing asphalt shingles, you may have them cool-coated, but you’ll be doing so at your own risk as it is not recommended by most manufacturers.

Final Thoughts

If your roof is due for replacement, there is no reason for you not to get a cool roof as it will cost roughly the same as its conventional counterpart.

As a takeaway, keep in mind that improving your roof’s energy performance depends on more than just what’s on the surface (see Part One). For best results, consult a trusted contractor about taking a comprehensive approach to roof energy efficiency.

Part 2 – The Basics of Energy-Efficient Roofing

Part 2 – The Basics of Energy-Efficient Roofing
Roofing

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.


But is reflectivity and emissivity all there is to an energy-efficient roof?

The short answer is NO. According to former California Energy Commissioner Art Rosenfeld, the ideal energy-efficient roof is:

  1. 100% reflective in summer; and
  2. 100% absorbent in winter.

The thing is, such a material doesn’t exist (yet). Modern cool roof materials are around 65% reflective (meaning they absorb around 35% of the sun’s energy). And unfortunately, the emissive and reflective properties of roofs don’t really change to suit the changing seasons. The ideal 100% reflective/100% absorbent roof is—for now—an impossibility.

But Rosenfeld’s definition of an ideal roof emphasizes an interesting point: focusing on a roof’s ability to absorb heat can also make it more energy efficient.

About Thermal Mass

Thermal mass refers to a material’s ability to absorb and store heat (the term is also used to refer to the material itself). A material with high thermal mass can hold a larger amount of heat and takes longer to fully absorb and release that heat compared to a material with low thermal mass.

You can think of a thermal mass as a high-capacity “battery” that gets charged and then releases, not electrical energy, but heat.

Roofing materials with high thermal mass can reduce the heating and cooling needs of homes in most climates. They are flexible enough to have the ability to:

  1. keep a home cool when it is hot out (by slowing down daytime heat transfer from the exterior to the interior); and
  2. keep a home warm when it is cold out (by slowing down heat loss from the interior to the exterior).

Roofing Materials with High Thermal Mass

Two things make a material a good thermal mass: a high specific heat capacity and a high density.

Roofing materials that meet these requirements include clay tile, concrete tile and slate. (Bonus: clay and concrete tile roofs can be modified with reflective coatings to make them even more energy efficient.)

A Quick Note

Roofing materials with high thermal mass tend to be heavy, so your roof deck and the underlying structures must be able to handle the weight. If you’re switching from a lighter material, modifications will have to be made to ensure that the structural integrity of your home won’t be compromised.

What if a roof replacement isn’t in the offing? Find out how you can harness the cool benefits of cool roofs without a complete reroof in Part Three of this series.

Part 1 – The Basics of Energy-Efficient Roofing

Part 1 – The Basics of Energy-Efficient Roofing
Roofing

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!


There are many ways to address energy efficiency at home, and it starts with identifying what contributes the most to your power consumption. For decades, space conditioning (heating and cooling) has been the typical US household’s largest energy expense. While appliances, electronics and lighting are slowly catching up, heating and cooling still make up a sizeable portion of the pie: about 48%, according to Energy Information Administration surveys.

The Case for Energy-Efficient Roofs

Climate is a big factor when you’re choosing a roof, but for most people, this is limited to how well the roof can protect their homes against the elements. But roofs also play a big part in making homes more energy-efficient.

Because the roof is responsible for about 20% of a home’s heat loss in winter and 5% of its heat gain in summer, any improvement in its energy performance will have a tremendous impact on the entire home’s energy efficiency. A roof system designed with energy efficiency in mind will be able to reduce the amount of power your HVAC system needs to stabilize indoor temperatures, which will in turn be a huge load off of your energy bill.

Building an Energy-Efficient Roof

Roof energy efficiency isn’t as easy to measure as, say, window energy efficiency. This is because so many factors contribute to a roof system’s overall energy performance, the biggest of which include:

  • Roof color and materials
  • Roof and attic insulation
  • Heat retention and ventilation
  • Eaves and shading

Among these factors, roof and attic insulation provide the simplest pathway to setting energy performance benchmarks. In the case of insulation, energy efficiency is rated in R-value, the measure of how well a material is able to prevent heat transfer. As a general rule, the higher the R-value, the better a roof is at preventing heat loss. (Heat gain prevention is more dependent on sun control than on insulation.)

Different climate zones have different space conditioning requirements, so ideal R-values vary widely. For instance, recommended ratings for cathedral ceilings in Zone 3 (mixed-humid, hot-humid and hot-dry) are R22 to R38, while Zone 6 (cold) calls for R49 to R60.

These R-values are recommendations by the Department of Energy and the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), the model building code for the United States.

Did You Know?

You can compute how much energy you can save through your roof using Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Roof Savings Calculator at http://rsc.ornl.gov/.

The online tool (which is also available as a web service) also lets users compare the performance of different roofing options, which will come in handy if you’re planning a reroof.

Is there such a thing as an ideal energy-efficient roof? Stay tuned for the second part of this blog series to find out!

Historical Restoration: Preserving the Community’s Heritage

Historical Restoration: Preserving the Community’s Heritage
Restorations

Some owners of old buildings and houses often wonder if restoring their properties is worth it. In Virginia, the state encourages the preservation of historic structures as it enriches our lives in different ways. It keeps the connection between our heritage and us intact. Furthermore, it offers many economic benefits.


Historical restorations help preserve the heritage of the community, allowing future generations to understand and appreciate our roots. When structures are successfully restored, they can even boost the pride of the community. Additionally, Virginia has had a tax credit program for historic building rehabilitation since 1997.  If you’re property qualifies, you may receive a 25% for rehabilitation expenses. Some local government agencies also offer reduced property taxes to encourage property owners to restore their historic homes or buildings.

Between 1997 and 2017, the program issued $1.2 billion in tax credits, reimbursing 25 percent of eligible rehabilitation expenses as tax credits. Those tax credits have stimulated $4.5 billion in private investment since 1997.

According to a study conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University in early 2014, restoring old buildings contributed about $3.9 billion to the state’s economy. The information used, which was between 1997 and 2013, also showed that rehabilitation projects generated about 31,000 part-time and full-time jobs and about $133 million in local and state tax revenues.

When planning to restore historical residential or commercial properties, make sure you’re working with licensed and trained contractors. Historical restorations, whether you’re dealing with the entire structure or just the roofing, requires a specialized skill. Not all construction are qualified to work on this type of project. You need to make sure that your contractors know the right materials to use and the historic methods to follow to maintain your property’s historical structure.

Fortunately, you don’t have to look too far to find a crew you can trust. We at The Roofing Company aren’t just trained to repair and replace roofing. We also specialize in preserving historical slate roofing and buildings. Our company has been in the industry since 1998. We have helped numerous homeowners and entrepreneurs maintain their homes and commercial buildings all across Hampton Roads and Richmond.

Are you ready to bring your historical property back to life? Contact us to learn more about historical restorations. You may also fill out our contact form to get a free estimate.

Preserving History: How Slate Roofing Gives New Life to Old Structures

Preserving History: How Slate Roofing Gives New Life to Old Structures
Restorations
Roofing
Slate

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.


Our Country’s Third President Thomas Jefferson was a self-trained architect and the elaborate architectural plan of the University of Virginia was initially his design.  He did seek out the advice of professional architects William Thornton and Benjamin Henry Latrobe.  Still, just a few short years after its completion in 1826, the roof started to leak. Slate shingles were installed in the 1830s to cover the original, leaky serrated wood roofs that Jefferson designed.  Fast forward nearly 180 years when the West Range at the University of Virginia finally received an entire new slate roof. 

That new roof cost nearly $900,000 to replace the old roofs Jefferson made. Luckily, you don’t have to spend that much. Excellent roofing by skilled and talented technicians doesn’t have to cost much as long as you rely on professionals like The Roofing Company to do the job. This is one way of avoiding costly mistakes.

How much you spend on new roofing depends on several factors. These include the materials used, the kind of work done (whether your roof can be repaired or needs to be replaced), the type of home you have and its location, and the time of the year.

To get a good idea of the costs involved, it’s best to get two or three estimates from roofing companies you trust. There are different roofing materials, styles and shapes so choose wisely. Take a long hard look at what’s available so you can make the best choice.

That way, you can breathe new life into your old home and preserve its beauty. A house would certainly look lovely with a new roof. It’s one way of making your home last and become an important part of history regardless of who lives there.

A Day to Remember at the Hilton Village Slate Coaster Keepsake Cutting Booth

A Day to Remember at the Hilton Village Slate Coaster Keepsake Cutting Booth

First-time slate cutters of all ages tried their hand at creating their own 100 Year-Old Vermont Semi-Weathering Grey Green Slate Coaster Keepsake to remember the event.  It was such a hit we had just enough to go around until we completely ran out of coasters by closing time. Don’t miss the many pictures that captured seconds in time at this grandeur day in history.


We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful and breezy day at the Hilton Village Centennial Grand Celebration Event.  Days leading up to it were 80 to 90 degrees. There was even a small threat of rain in the morning, however it stayed at bay, blessing the day and the families out to enjoy this magnificent historical occurrence.  Main Street was lined with antique and vintage model T’s to muscle cars, craft tables, war displays, walking architectural tours, sing alongs and The Roofing Company’s popular make your own Vermont slate keepsake coaster booth.   

Brian Chalsma, President of the National Slate Association, was there representing the NSA and instructing individuals of all ages how to cut the slate properly into a perfect square and dulling the sharp edges for added safety.  The deal was in order to take home a slate coaster, you had to use your own elbow grease to make it. First, pick your piece of slate from the stack against the tree and then cut it with the slate cutter. A special waterproof label with information about that very piece of slate was then stuck to the bottom of the coaster to mark the event date and little rubber feet to add a scratch-proof finish. Each piece was an original work of art and unique to its new owner.  We were all touched by the many naturally gifted slate cutters that came through, optimistic that any one of these students could very well become professional slate technicians one day. It was quite a sight to see! You don’t have to take our word for it though, because the pictures show just how much fun and entertaining it was!  To see more pictures, click here to go to our facebook album 

Thank you Brian, Teresa, Carissa, Rachel, Ken, Larry with ABC Supply and Jan with Nordic Steel Gutters for coming out to share this very special day with us.  

Join Us in Celebrating Hilton Village 100th Anniversary

Join Us in Celebrating Hilton Village 100th Anniversary
Announcements
Slate

Congratulations Hilton Village!  Join the celebration Saturday, July 7th, 8 am - 10 pm, at Hilton Village in Newport News where an entire day's worth of activities will be enjoyed to celebrate its 100th Anniversary; established in 1918.   Check out the video from The Roofing Company and Newmont Slate Company, filmed in the depth of the Vermont Slate Quarry in honor of Hilton Village.  The Vermont semi-gray green roofing slate installed on Hilton Village homes, originated from this quarry 100 years ago and still comes from there today.


The Roofing Company brings the Vermont Slate Quarry to Hilton Village in Newport News

The Roofing Company will be located in front of the Women’s Club on Main Street, showing its support of this magnificent historical neighborhood. Stop by our booth and try your hand with the same slate cutting tool used today by our own slate technicians that was used 100 years ago.

Hilton Village has quite a significance as America’s first public housing project built in the United States.  It was created to house shipyard workers during World War I. John V. Quarstein, author of Hilton Village: America’s First Public Community, vividly depicts the neighborhood setting in his book. “Hilton’s distinctive cottage-style architecture, reminiscent of an English village, is one of the first examples of the New Urbanism and Garden City movements in America.  Along the tree-lined streets are homes and shops that might have been pulled from a Dickens novel.” No doubt, driving through Hilton Village, as many of us do, is like traveling through time as Quarstein describes. John V. Quarstein’s book will be available for purchase at many locations during the 100th Anniversary Celebration event.  

Join us during the day long celebration!  It’s free and open to the public!

Full schedule is here: http://www.hiltonvillage100.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HIlton-100th-flyer.pdf

 

What Makes The Roofing Company an “Elite of the Elite” Roofing Contractor?

What Makes The Roofing Company an  “Elite of the Elite” Roofing Contractor?
Announcements

GAF announces it’s winners of the most prestigious contractor awards GAF offers: The GAF President’s Club Award.  Now for the 6th consecutive year since its inception, The Roofing Company, a GAF Master Elite® Contractor since 2002, continues to be recognized as one of the “elite of the elite” residential roofing contractors in the United States.


The GAF President’s Club Award can only be awarded to GAF Master EliteⓇ Contractors, which make up less than 2% of roofing contractors nationwide, who compete yearly to meet specific criteria in at least one out of three different pathways: the Performance pathway, the Reliability pathway and the Service pathway.  

Jim Slauson, GAF’s VP of Certified Program & Services, says “We value our certified contractors for raising the industry standard year after year by installing the best roofing products and systems. Our President’s Club award recognizes only those contractors who have distinguished themselves by the highest standards of excellence, customer satisfaction, and dependability."

Let’s hear what rightfully proud Brian Chalsma, The Roofing Company President, has to say in acceptance of the 2018 award.  “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.”

More about GAF can be found on last years blog, The Roofing Company Receives GAF’s Prestigious 2017 President’s Club Award.

Congratulations The Roofing Company!

The Secret to The Roofing Company’s 20 Year Success

The Secret to The Roofing Company’s 20 Year Success
Announcements

Milestones are achieved through blessings, inspiration and commitment.  The Roofing Company certainly isn’t spared on any one of those. Find out the secret to it’s 20 Year Success serving the Hampton Roads Community Residents and Businesses.  


It has been a remarkable 20 years, forming it’s foundation in 1998 to a transformed and well-oiled machine in 2018!  All the most important moving parts; administration, sales and production work seamlessly together to create an exceptional experience for every new and returning customer.  That is most definitely our goal!

As mentioned in last year’s blog The Roofing Company Celebrates 19 Years of Service in Hampton Roads!, The Roofing Company prides itself on the long-standing employees that have been with them for 5, 10, 15 and even 18 years!!  That isn’t so surprising when so much hard-work and dedication was built around creating a positive work environment with strategies implemented to encourage employee engagement, team-building, and increasing company morale by giving them a sense of pride in what they do.

One very significant employee event that has developed over the years is the annual training day celebration. All employees are in attendance, taking shifts and turns in teaching and learning from all the other departments.   It has taken years of an ongoing evolution of skills and systems to be where we are today, always with an eye to future improvements. The bottom line, training day is a day to celebrate the year before and take what we have learned from each other, from our customers, and share them with each other, providing the opportunity to offer a more rounded skillset from every employee to our customers in the next year to come.  You can learn more about our latest training day, The Roofing Company’s 6th Annual Training Day.

Of course we couldn’t get through this article without specifically mentioning slate! However, this particular “slate” announcement goes without saying how extremely proud and excited we are to have Brian Chalsma, our very own President of The Roofing Company, also be elected the National Slate Association President in 2017.  It is an achievement he worked very hard for and when you are sitting in a Roofco seat on board the bus, you can say without any hesitation how incredibly qualified he is for THAT seat!  Congratulations Brian!!

Congratulations to The Roofing Company, it’s Staff and
it’s Officers Brian Chalsma, Teresa Chalsma & Staci Davis!

Slate Roofs: Beautiful and Environmentally-Friendly

Slate Roofs: Beautiful and Environmentally-Friendly
Slate

Your roof is a large part of your home’s appeal. That’s why many homeowners desire slate roofing. Slate can make your home look sophisticated and distinctive. It has been used for hundreds of years, providing homes with a timeless and classic appearance. Slate is also an environmentally-friendly roofing material.


Slate Lasts a Lifetime

A slate roof's longevity is legendary. There are slate roofs installed hundreds of years ago that are still in use today! In fact, given proper care and maintenance, a slate roof can outlast the building structure. This roofing option helps with environmental sustainability as well. Slate keeps other roofing materials with shorter life spans out of landfills, because once you purchase a slate roof it will be with you for life.

In addition, slate can also be recycled once it has outlasted the building. Compare this with other roofing materials that are continuously manufactured and discarded, and you will see why slate roofing is a good investment.

Slate is Tough & Durable

Slate is resistant to degradation, no matter the climactic conditions. Moreover, it is impact-resistant. This durability means it can withstand harsh weather conditions without wear and tear. It reduces the need for resource-intensive roof replacement, saving you money and helping the environment.

In fact, over 95% of the slate roofs we have inspected over the years simply needed repair. A simple yearly inspection is all that’s needed to make sure the material lasts. Slate will make your home look great, last longer than a lifetime and protect the environment. If you want the first-class experience of owning a slate roof, then you have come to the right place. The Roofing Company is the Hampton Roads slate roofing specialist.  

Our President, Brian Chalsma, is the President of the National Slate Association, ensuring our master slate roof installers have complete training and education on slate installation and repair. In addition, we have achieved Certified Slate Crafter Specialist status from GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, and are a member of the National Roofing Slate Association.

If you would like to learn more about slate roofs, or our other products and services, we are more than happy to answer any questions for you.

The Roofing Company is a 2018 CoVa Winner!

The Roofing Company is a 2018 CoVa Winner!
Announcements

Coastal Virginia Magazine closed their votes March 31, 2018 for the annual Best of Reader’s Choice Awards. We are proud to announce, The Roofing Company is a 2018 CoVa Winner!


Every year Coastal Virginia Magazine reaches out to their readers in January for nominations for dining, shopping, health and beauty, media, professional services, like Roofing, and more.  Total nominations can easily reach 250,000-300,000! In February, the top 15 businesses in every category of all the nominations are then posted for voting.  Once voting begins, each person can vote once a day, even with multiple emails, until the last day on March 31.

The CoVa Readers’ Choice Contest is by the readers and for the readers.  When the contest results are revealed in the July/August edition, this particular copy of the publication also serves as a guide to carry through the year for any type of service or experience you’d like to find in Coastal Virginia.

We would like to thank everyone who voted for us!  With your support, The Roofing Company was nominated and a WINNER of the 2018 CoVa Reader’s Choice Award!

The Carters Benefit from an Office Tour: Find out How

The Carters Benefit from an Office Tour: Find out How
Announcements
Contractors
Tools & Tips

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. 


"BK" (Brian Koch), Expert Roofing Consultant, personally invited Mr. and Mrs. Carter to The Roofing Company building for a private tour of the facility, meet our administrative staff, and see first hand the onsite Hampton Roads Roofing and Slate Roofing Training Center.  

Mr. and Mrs. Carter visiting our place of business brings up an important benefit: knowing that we legitimately exist as a business, and locally for that matter.  A contractor that doesn’t have a business address listed in the area is just one of the warning signs to look for before deciding to move forward with a company. There are companies that specifically target locations that have been hit hard by a storm.  They stay just long enough to make repairs quickly and take flight as soon as money is collected. By the time they reach their next destination, there is no way for the homeowner to contact them if repairs weren’t properly done. Indeed, they are called storm chasers.  If you’d like to know more about other warning signs to look for before hiring a contractor, visit our page, “Don’t Ignore the Warning Signs Before You Sign.”  

That same day, after the tour and meeting with BK, Mary Carter submitted a review online,

"We’ll be getting our new roof installed in a couple of weeks. We are impressed with The Roofing Company and their personnel, and look forward to writing a great review after the work is completed.”

Thank you Mary, for your very kind words and we are so pleased to have met you and Mr. Carter in person.

Interested in your own tour of our office space, warehouse and training center?  Whether you are a current customer or considering The Roofing Company as your contractor, we invite you to contact us and schedule your very own personal tour.

Slate Roofing for the Modern Home? Yes Please!

Slate Roofing for the Modern Home? Yes Please!
Slate

Does slate roofing belong only on historical homes? No way! Now with the brilliantly constructed lightweight hook installation system, slate roofing for the modern home has become a, Yes, Please!


Every day, homeowners turn their ordinary homes into something special by installing a genuine slate roof.

From Italian to Mediterranean, Mission-style to the modern ranch, slate roofing options offer a beautiful accent to any home style, no matter its age. The featured picture in this blog shows an example of a slate roof The Roofing Company installed on a modern Colonial-style ranch in Portsmouth.

Before the clever invention of lightweight slate, not every structure was suitable for the installation of slate roofing.  However, now with the lightweight slate hooked system any home can have a slate roof.  If you are interested in seeing how this system is installed, there is a video for your viewing below provided by the Newmont Slate Company.  

Whether traditional or lightweight slate, both offer the following benefits for your home.

  • Extremely durable
  • Very low maintenance
  • Long lifespan of 100 years or more
  • Non-combustible
  • Beautiful, distinctive and many color options

Together, Bob Williams (in the video below), owner of Newmont Slate Company and Brian Chalsma, President of The Roofing Company and National Slate Association, developed the Slate Shield (TM), lite weight installation process, which is the finest real slate light weight installation available anywhere!

If you currently have a slate roof that is in need of restoration or repair, you’ve come to the right place. The Roofing Company can match the size and color of your slate repair so it blends seamlessly with the existing slate roof. We can also repair the underlayment and flashing of a slate roof, then replace the good original slates. For more information on a new slate roof or slate roof repair call our experts today!

Below are homes around Hampton Roads that The Roofing Company's skilled slate roof artisans and historical masons have taken extra special care to repair or replace their slate roofs.

Win a Race Entry to Chick-Fil-A’s Running of the Cows

Win a Race Entry to Chick-Fil-A’s Running of the Cows
Announcements
Charity

The Roofing Company is helping sponsor the 11th Annual Chick-Fil-A 10K, 5K & Fun Run Event Saturday, May 26 at the Mariners Museum and Park.  Get Your MOO on: Win a Race Entry to Chick-Fil-A’s Running of the Cows!


Chick-Fil-A’s Running of the Cows was first established in 2007 and has been running on all hoofs since!  It is one of the best and biggest race events of the year in the Hampton Roads Area with well over 1800 runners, 200 spectators and 100 volunteers expected.  That’s a lot of mooing! And if that’s not enough to moo about, we are giving away 1 FREE Race Entry for the 10K, 5K or Fun Run ($60, $50 or $10 Value). The choice is yours!

To enter, "Like" the post and/or add a "Comment" to the post. Get two winning chances by doing both! 

Click on the image below to go to the facebook post.

Winners will be randomly selected at 4 p.m. EST Friday, May 18, 2018, from all likes and comments as the winner of the Running of the Cows race entry.  The winner will be contacted personally via Facebook Messenger and posted on our Facebook Page.

Rules/Disclaimer: This promotion is open to those 18 and above in the United States. Void where prohibited. By “Liking” or "commenting" you enter and agree that this promotion is in no way associated with, administered by, or endorsed by Facebook; and acknowledge a complete release of Facebook by your participation.

We are absolutely honored to be a part of this event and cause that benefits the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank and Students Run the Streets.  

Happy Moos!  We hope to see you there!

2018 Mid-Atlantic Home & Outdoor Living Show Recap

2018 Mid-Atlantic Home & Outdoor Living Show Recap
Announcements

The Roofing Company joined together with IntelliDeck and Nordic Steel Gutters at the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Home & Outdoor Living Show in Virginia Beach last weekend.  It was an added treat for our sister company, The Remodeling Company, to have a booth just a few rows over from us.  


If you were able to make it to the show and we had a chance to talk to you, that is fantastic!!  Thank you for stopping by. We would love to hear your experience at the show!

This year was especially exciting for us since we were able to showcase two of our partners, IntelliDeck and Nordic Steel Gutters.  They captured visitors' attention with one-of-a-kind product demonstrations and provided a wealth of information to show-goers about their exceptional products.  

If you have a deck, do you have to spend endless time or money maintaining it?  Have you caught a splinter in your foot from walking across a wooden deck? IntelliDeck waterproofing systems take all that away with a vinyl membrane that is slip-proof, splinter-free, easy to maintain and offers cool color choices to keep the surface 20% cooler to walk on. As if they haven’t thought of it all, it also comes in wood grain patterns and colors.

The video below shows the IntelliDeck development and installation process.


Watch as Nordic Steel Gutters lives up to its name! The ingenious and unique design is the best half round gutter system which is low maintenance, efficient, several color choices and even offers a 20-year warranty!

Brian Chalsma, The Roofing Company President, puts this tough stuff to the ultimate test!!  It’s not every day you can say you’ve witnessed someone jumping on a gutter. Well, today you can.


 

Staci and Greg with The Remodeling Company rocking their booth in mad style just a few rows away.


A special thank you to Lindsey with IntelliDeck, Jan with Nordic Steel Gutter Systems and RobBK, Candice and Brian Chalsma for making it a great 2018 show!  

It’s Discussion Time: Dangerous Roof Leak Effects

It’s Discussion Time: Dangerous Roof Leak Effects
Roofing
Tools & Tips

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.


When we talk about roof leak effects, we’re referring not only to the extent of the water damage that may be involved but to other things as well. These include the following:

1. Health hazards due to mold and mildew

This bacteria growth is because of the accumulation of moisture caused by a leak. Mold and mildew live on accumulated moisture. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, when you already have a buildup of mold and mildew in your home, you and your family may be vulnerable to the following health risks:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Asthma
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
  • Infections and diseases that you may contract because of your weakened immune state

2. Elemental hazards

Water coming in contact with electrical wiring can be a source for accidents. For example, someone touching the wet wiring may receive an electrical shock, or it can create an open circuit that may lead to a fire. Water from a leaking roof may collect and form a puddle on the floor, which can cause someone to slip or fall.

3. Worn-out drywall

Drywall is a plaster type of material used in walls and ceilings. When it becomes wet, it becomes loose, deteriorates, and eventually can cause the ceiling or wall to collapse .

4. Rotting wood

The house’s structural foundation is made of wood, and when it is exposed or soaked in water, it can begin to rot. Rotting is not good for your home’s foundation because it can cause your home to collapse.

We at The Roofing Company, one of the most preferred roofers in Hampton Roads, hope that you find this informative and helpful. If you have any roofing problems, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

The Roofing Company Donates Shingles for Feral Cat Project

The Roofing Company Donates Shingles for Feral Cat Project
Announcements
Charity

The Roofing Company donated GAF Timerline HD Shakewood and Barkwood asphalt roofing shingles to Eagle Scout candidate Phillip Lombardi for covering feral cat shelters as part of his Eagle Scout project.


Troop 28 in Poquoson gathered together on Saturday, March 31, 2018 to build two cat shelters for the feral cat community under the care of Poquoson Animal Welfare Sanctuary (P.A.W.S.).  P.A.W.S. rescues abandoned, abused and neglected cats in the Poquoson area and provide a safe and loving place for them.  

Phillip and his team specifically built the cat shelters for the feral cat community at P.A.W.S., which is part of the Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) efforts to control the outdoor cat population.  The shelters will provide a warm, dry and safe place for the outdoor cats to call home.

Phillip: “I am really thankful for the shingles you donated to me, I finished my eagle scout project and those shingles fit the cat shelters perfectly!”

You are so very welcome Phillip!  Thank you for donating your time and skill for such an amazing cause!! - The Roofing Company Team

4 Ways Tires are Like Roofing

4 Ways Tires are Like Roofing
Roofing

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.


Yes, all tires are round and a roof comes in many different shapes.  They obviously don’t resemble each other. For more information about roof types we cover that in another article, What is Your Roof Design?.  All shapes aside, consider seriously how these similarities can personally affect your safety, investments and finances.  

  1. You don’t think about them until you need them. Buying new tires ranks way down on the list of things people like to do with their money, which often leads to an unplanned expense when they finally wear out and you’re left stranded along the roadside. It’s the same with roofing: few people are prepared to pay for a new roof until leaks and other issues lead to the inevitable.
  2. They’re more important than you think. Tires are the single most important safety feature on your car because they are the only thing that connects the car to the road; in fact, they could be life-saving in bad weather. A roof is the most important component of your structure because it protects your family, your possessions and all the other components that make a house a home.
  3. You’ll get a lot farther when you invest in quality. There is a significant quality gap between the most expensive and least expensive tire options for any vehicle. For example, run-flat tires that don’t puncture will cost more, but if you run over a nail, they’ll keep you rolling down the road instead of stranded. Similarly, a professionally installed slate roof or top-of-the-line GAF Golden Pledge® roof will weather every storm and last decades longer than a cheap roofing material installed by an inexperienced contractor.
  4. The wrong choice will come back to bite you. A poor choice in tires will haunt you for the next three to six years, leaving you to deal daily with a rough ride, poor handling and strange whining noises. A poor choice in roofing will come back to bite you in the form of a shorter roof life and increased need for expensive repairs.

So the next time you think about tires, think roofing – and trust an expert to help you prepare for this important investment! For 20 years, The Roofing Company has been a leading choice for roofing in the Hampton Road region. Call us today for award-winning roof installation and service.

The Roofing Company Joins In to Take Over Capitol Hill

The Roofing Company Joins In to Take Over Capitol Hill
Announcements
Roofing

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.


Roofing Day in D.C. was held March 6-7, 2017 in Washington D.C.  This marked the first and largest advocacy event where contractors, manufacturers, distributors, service providers and other roofing professionals joined together to share their message with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.  The roofing industry faces critical governmental policy issues, worker shortages and regulatory burdens which needed to be addressed by Congress.  Where the roofing industry was often not heard in the past, The National Roofing Contractors Association and Prime Advocacy came together to create this important event where they finally had a voice.

The event turned out to be a fantastic opportunity to meet with members of Congress and their staffs.  NRCA states, “We delivered our message about the most important legislative and regulatory issues affecting the roofing industry and your business. This was a unique and exciting opportunity as we took over Capitol Hill and spoke with one voice as a united industry!

The following video is by Reid Ribble, NRCA CEO.  He spent 6 years in the House of Representatives and noticed the roofing industry was not being heard from.   

Why Working with a Local Contractor Is Beneficial

Why Working with a Local Contractor Is Beneficial
Contractors
Roofing

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.


They Are Experienced

Your local roofing contractor is more experienced when it comes to handling the job.  Should there be other areas that need tending to, a skilled eye will be able to detect that before it becomes something more serious. They know how to go about working on different scenarios. They have an idea how long the project is going to take and what it requires for them to finish it. The Roofing Company has been providing reliable roofing and exterior services to thousands of Hampton Roads homeowners since 1998. Our customers have peace of mind knowing that we are experienced when it comes to taking care of that part of their home that shields them from the elements. 

They Are Equipped To Handle the Job

Local contractors have the equipment to ensure a quality roof repair or roofing system is installed. Working with them will no longer require you to guess the kind of tool you need. In addition, they are familiar with different tools to accomplish the task. It might surprise you how many different roofing tools are actually involved. Our professionals are experienced and only use products protected by industry-leading warranties. Rest assured that we will only use quality and warranty-protected products on your roof.

They Are Cost-Effective

Working with a reputable local contractor is cost-effective and guarantees quality results and effective installations. We provide roofing solutions that will make sure you get the most out of your investment.  As an added benefit all of our customers receive a courtesy annual inspection with every project. That means every year our trained eyes will make sure that your roof is in tip top condition.  

The Roofing Company understands that it can be exhausting, stressful and even sometimes dangerous working on your home. You can expect that working with us guarantees satisfactory results, as we make sure that your project will go along smoothly. We are here for you and you can reach out to us any time!

Tips from the Experts: Slate Roofing Maintenance

Tips from the Experts: Slate Roofing Maintenance
Slate
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
Announcements
Roofing

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
Roofing
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
Roofing

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
Announcements

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
Restorations

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
Slate

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
Roofing

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
Contractors
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
Roofing
Slate

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.  

Color

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
Roofing

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?
Roofing

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
Roofing

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.  KnowYouZone.org 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
Roofing
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
Roofing
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
Announcements

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 gaf.com.

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
Gutters
Restorations

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
Restorations
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
Restorations
Slate

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
Roofing
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
Announcements
Roofing

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
Exteriors
Roofing

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!
Roofing

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
Roofing
Slate

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
Roofing
Slate

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?
Announcements

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
Contractors
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.


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”?
Roofing

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
Exteriors
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
Roofing

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
Announcements
Thank You for Serving Our Country!

Our Company Veterans ROCKIN' the ROOF!

AIR FORCE

Mel Forbes
Administration
1976-1999

ARMY

Brian Chalsma
Transportation
1986-1988

ARMY

Art Thibeault
Transportation
1999-2005

ARMY

Kris “Travis” Heath
Infantry
1997-2001

ARMY

Theo Johnson
National Guard
2009-2013 

COAST GUARD

Raph Martin
Administration
1981-2003 

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
Exteriors

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
Exteriors

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
Exteriors

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
Announcements
Roofing
Slate

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


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Post Storm Scam - The Storm Chaser

Post Storm Scam - The Storm Chaser
Roofing
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
Contractors
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
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Recognizing our local Law Enforcement Officers and thanking them for their dedication and bravery in keeping us safe.


9/1/2016

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
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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?
Roofing

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 Airvent.com, “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
Roofing

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
Roofing

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.

THROWBACK THURSDAY

THROWBACK THURSDAY
Contractors

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
Roofing
Slate

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
Roofing

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 http://www.kidsbowlfree.com/.
  • Cut the price at the pump. Fuel up for less with GasBuddy.com 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.  
  • AAA.com 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 http://goo.gl/gwmvB9.

Happy Savings!

How a Roofing Professional Inspects Your Roof for Storm Damage

How a Roofing Professional Inspects Your Roof for Storm Damage
Roofing
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)
Roofing
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.


Interior:

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

Exterior:

  • 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!
Roofing
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.

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

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

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.

Thickness

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.

Affordability

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

Announcements

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

Announcements

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

Roofing

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

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.

Metal

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

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.

Wood

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

Exteriors

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, wvec.com, 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
Roofing

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
Roofing

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
Roofing

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
Charity

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 https://noroofleftbehind.com/

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
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

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Frequently Asked Questions About TPO Roofing

Frequently Asked Questions About TPO Roofing

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

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