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What to Look for in a Residential Roofing Contractor

Your roof is obviously a critical component of your home’s structure, and having a new roof installed is a major investment. Even small roofing repairs are important to the integrity of your home. That’s why choosing a roofing contractor shouldn’t be a decision that is taken lightly.

You Get What You Pay For

This is the first thing to keep in mind. It’s typical and understandable of homeowners to be looking for the best price, but be wary of an estimate that is significantly lower than what you’ve researched or than what other contractors have quoted you. As with most things, you get what you pay for with roofing, and a cheap job equals cheap materials, inexperienced labor, bad project management or nonexistent customer service. Your roof is an investment and if you invest in quality, it will likely be the only time you’ll ever need to do it.

Licensed and Insured

We cannot stress how important it is to ensure that your roofing contractor is licensed and insured. There’s a reason you aren’t going to try to tackle reroofing your home yourself and that’s because it can be a dangerous job. Reputable roofing companies will not only have the proper safety equipment, tools and training, they’ll also have insurance on all their employees in case anyone is hurt on the job. They will be licensed and will be able to provide proof of this. They will also file for all appropriate permits required in your city or county. If these things aren’t handled properly by the roofing company, you could be held liable for injuries or work that isn’t to code.

Get It in Writing

When having any work done other than smaller service-related repairs, make sure that everything about your roofing job is put in writing in a contract agreement. This includes price, timeline, warranties or guarantees, materials, safety procedures and liability, clean up methods, and financing terms if applicable.  Having a well-written contract protects both you and the contractor and assures that everyone is on the same page about the project.

Warranties and Guarantees

When having a new roof installed, there should be warranties for the materials themselves. Product manufacturers, depending on the type and grade of roofing materials selected, will provide a limited warranty anywhere from one year to a lifetime. Make sure the roofing company you engage goes over the warranties for the materials you choose in detail. However, a reputable roofing contractor will also offer a guarantee on their own work. At Andrews Roofing we provide our clients with a workmanship warranty for up to ten years on new installations.

Reputation is Key

Do your research on the companies from whom you’re getting quotes. Look at their website, review sites and ask around your neighborhood. Has the company been in business for awhile? While all businesses have to start somewhere, it is ideal to hire a company that has been working in your area for long enough to have earned a good reputation.

Locally Owned

A locally-owned company is also a plus, as they will know the issues and best practices for your specific location. In Hampton Roads, it’s critical to engage a roofing company that understands the issues that can arise from hurricanes, nor’easters, humidity and salt air. A local company can provide the best advice for your specific situation, but they will also be working hard to maintain and uphold their local reputation. This is their community also, after all.

Andrews Roofing Can Help

Andrews Roofing has been providing quality roof replacements and repairs to the residents of Hampton Roads cities for over two decades. Our reputation and breadth of work speaks for itself. We care deeply about our community, which is why we handle each project and client with the utmost respect and guarantee our work for ten years. We’re licensed and insured and you’ll always get the details of your project in writing before we begin work. We’d be happy to provide you with a free estimate roof replacement, so contact us today.

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How Good Communication Makes for a Better Roof

When it’s time to replace your roof, it’s important to choose a reliable company. You want a company that has the skills, equipment, and training to put a strong roof over your head. One important aspect of this is good communication skills. It’s possible that a roofing company can complete the job in a satisfactory manner without good communications, but even if this is the case you are likely to be frustrated. You could be unsure of the final cost, or the timeline for completion of the project. More likely, though, a good relationship with your roofing contractor will improve all aspects of the job, resulting in the roof you want for a fair price and finished in a timely fashion.

The Traits of Good Communication

You deserve a contractor that is available to answer any questions that arise before, during, and after the job. These important traits should inform all of your interactions with your contractor:

  • Regular discussions: These could come in the form of regular meetings or informal phone calls. These discussions keep you in the loop and let you know if any problems or complications have occurred. It also allows you to express any concerns about the progress of the job.
  • Good records: You should write down any important discussions you have with the crew or the supervisor, especially concerning the budget. Also, jot down any questions that occur to you, to ask the next time you speak with the contractor,
  • Mode of Communication: Let the contractor know which types of communication you prefer: email, phone calls, texts, or face-to-face talks.

The Hallmarks of a Strong Roof

Many factors go into getting a solid roof over your head. Good, regular communication is certainly an essential one. It keeps you informed about the progress of the job and answers your questions. Contact Andrews Roofing by calling 757-296-0553 or sending us an email to learn more about a trouble-free roof replacement.

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Avoid These DIY Roofing Hazards

DIY projects are all the rage, and some can certainly save homeowners a significant amount of money. However, residential roofing is an area that’s best left to the professionals. If you’re considering repairing or replacing your own roof, here are some common hazards that might make you reconsider a project of this scope.

Leaking Roof

Improper installation of roofing elements can create an ineffective roof. While nailing asphalt shingles may look straightforward, you’ll need to carefully install underlayment and flashing in order to create a leak-free roof. It’s very easy to create gaps, holes, and other imperfections that can create major headaches later on as your roof begins to leak.

Personal Injury

Perhaps the biggest hazard when tackling DIY roofing is personal injury. There are a number of dangerous situations you may get yourself into. Here are just a few ways that you could be injured while attempting to work on your own roof:

  • Improper use of tools
  • Falling through weak points in your roof
  • Losing awareness of your roof edge
  • Slipping on a steep roof pitch

Many of these issues are particularly dangerous if you have a two-story house. Even proper personal protective equipment doesn’t offer adequate protection for falls, improper use of nail guns, and other hazards.

Additional Expenses

In the end, many homeowners find they actually invest more in a DIY roofing project. From the significant time devoted to the added materials required to fix any mistakes, you may have more invested than a straight-forward professional project. Spend your weekends and evenings relaxing or working on another, more manageable home improvement project.

If you need to replace your roof, don’t risk your time, money, and personal health attempting a DIY solution. Contact Andrews Roofing today to receive a quote. Discover how safely and affordably you can enjoy a professional roof replacement and avoid the time, effort and risk of a DIY project. Call 757-296-0553 or email us today!

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Top Reasons Roofs Fail

When you install a new roof, the last thing that you want to happen is for the roof to fail. Unfortunately, when a contractor does a poor-quality job, this is exactly what happens. Here are some of the most common reasons for roof failure.

Poor Ventilation

Good ventilation keeps a roof in good health. You should have a ventilation system that pushes heat and moisture out during the summer. This will minimize expansion due to temperature changes. Also, it will keep your attic cool throughout the year.

Poor Installation

When it comes to home renovation, it is important that the projects are finished right. Even with the best materials, if the roof is not installed properly, it is not going to function correctly. You need to ensure that your roof is installed right the first time, by a contractor who knows what they’re doing.

Poor Quality Materials

When it comes to choosing materials, you want to take more than cost into consideration. Even if the low-cost products look appealing, you need to keep in mind that the lower costs can also mean lower quality materials. When you have high quality materials, your roof is more likely to last.

Poorly Chosen Flashing

You need to protect the protrusions where exhaust pipes, chimneys, and dormers connect to the roof. These areas are prone to leaks and other problems. Metal flashings are the best way to seal this area. You do not want to use caulk or any other type of sealant. These products degrade over time.

Roofs can fail for a number of different reasons. If you want to make sure that your roof doesn’t fail, then you’ll have to invest in regular maintenance and inspections. The higher quality the job, the more likely you are to have a roof that lasts. For a roof that will last, call a company you can trust. Contact Andrews Roofing by calling 757-296-0553 or sending us an email today!

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How to Maintain an Industrial Roof

When it comes to your building, there are few components as important as the roof. The roof provides safety from the elements and adds structural integrity. If you are unfamiliar with industrial roofs, you may not know the unique needs that they present. Here is what you need to know.

Semi-Annual Inspections Are Necessary

In order to maintain your roof, you need to schedule an inspection at least twice a year. In addition, you want to schedule inspections after any severe weather event. These inspections will analyze the roof and roof components’ condition, as well as leave you with a report of any problems. When you have a semi-annual inspection, you can catch problems quickly. This will provide you with the means to take care of maintenance and repairs as soon as possible.

Maintenance Is Necessary

When you neglect an industrial roof, it deteriorates quickly. As it deteriorates, it can leak and the water will damage the underlying support system, decay the structure, and harm electrical systems. The chain of events that might develop when you neglect maintenance can be severe. Some businesses can lose their inventory and equipment due to leaking water. When you own an industrial building, you have to schedule regular maintenance.

Repairs and Maintenance Are a Priority

After an inspection, it is crucial that you schedule maintenance right away. For instance, say that you have open seams or punctures. These problems increase in severity over time. You need to ensure that you take care of everything as quickly as you can. This also goes for less serious maintenance. Do not let your problem turn into something more serious.

Industrial roofs are different from residential roofs. If you are used to maintaining a residential roof, you still need to pay special attention to the unique needs of an industrial roof. For more information about your industrial roof and maintenance, contact Andrews Roofing by calling 757-296-0553 or emailing us today!

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How Important is Roofing Insulation?

While many commercial buildings invest in a durable, waterproof roofing material, some business owners forget to invest in proper roofing insulation. Whether your roof is completely uninsulated or has less than optimal insulation, read on to discover some important benefits you’ll enjoy by properly insulating your commercial roof.

Lower Utility Bills

The primary goal of insulation is to trap warm or cool air in your building. Whether you’re operating your air conditioner in the summer, or furnace in the winter, insulation reduces the energy consumption of these two units and provides you with a comfortably controlled interior temperature.

Because hot air rises, your furnace can especially benefit from proper roof insulation. Insulation is measured in R values, with a roof insulation recommendation anywhere between R-20 and R-49, depending on your climate and other factors. Contact a local roofing expert to determine the R value needs of your commercial building.

Improve Fire Safety

One of the worst-case scenarios in a commercial building is a fire. In the unfortunate event of a fire, insulation can protect your roof material from igniting. Be sure to use an insulation material that is fire resistant to add another layer of protection to your commercial building.

Prevent Mold Growth

Climate control in a commercial building produces a great deal of moisture. Whether you’re heating or cooling, humid air can become trapped under your roof. Without insulation, this moisture can condensate on the interior framework and harbor mold growth. Insulation can be mold-resistant and protect your building and your air quality.

Insulate Your Building Today

It’s never too late to properly insulate your roof. Contact Andrews Roofing to learn about your insulation options and find a solution that works for you. Whether you’re replacing your roof, renovating your interior, or focusing solely on new insulation, you’ll enjoy a professional installation team that can identify your insulation needs and help you enjoy energy-efficient solutions that can save you money.

Contact Andrews Roofing by calling 757-296-0553 or sending us an email today!

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Family owned and operated, Andrews Roofing provides reliable commercial, residential and industrial roofing services. We serve the Hampton Roads area including: Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Newport News, Hampton, Smithfield VA and the NC Outer Banks. We don’t just roof buildings, we shelter lives. Andrews Roofing Company was founded by Robert Andrews II. His father, Bob Andrews, is vice president and has over 35 years of residential and commercial construction experience. Because we are an owner-operated business, we believe in working with each client to ensure that they are treated like “part of our family.” We handle each job as if it were our own. You work directly with us each step along the way. The desired result, like family, we want you to be happy and we want you to come back.
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Why Architectural Shingles Are So Popular -

If you are researching having your roof replaced and are becoming confused or overwhelmed by all the different options, you’re not alone.
There are a myriad materials and styles available, but living in a beachside region like Hampton Roads creates an additional requirement of roofing materials being storm and weather resistant. If you’ve done any research, you’ve no doubt run across asphalt shingles and “architectural shingles” as popular options. But what is the difference, and which is right for your home? Let’s start from the beginning.

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