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The Basics of a Residential Roof Replacement Project

Letting professionals handle your roof replacement project means putting the protection of your home into someone else’s hands. Understanding what a roof replacement entails, may help put your mind at ease. The following are some basics.

The Materials Used

You no doubt want the highest quality materials used for your home, but you may not know what those are. Speaking with your residential roofer about the options available can help you make that decision. Some materials commonly used for home roofs include asphalt composition shingles, metal roofing, wood shakes, and slate roofing. These materials come in different colors as well, so you can match a variety of exterior home features to your roof.

The Professionals Doing the Job

One thing you don’t want to do is trust the job to someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing. Contacting a professional residential roofer will ensure the job will be done correctly and last a long time. You want a company that does what they say they’ll do, as well as exceeding your expectations. Look for a roofing company with a great reputation that hires roofing professionals and ensures they are properly trained. With all these components pulled together, your roof will get done correctly.

The Cost of the Project

The cost of your residential roof replacement project will depend on the size of the job, the materials used, and the pitch of the roof. Speak with your roofer about the specifics of the job to truly understand what you’ll be expected to pay by the end. If the cost doesn’t work with your budget, you can work out a different arrangement beforehand to ensure you receive a nice roof within your price range.

Getting Started

Understanding a few basics of residential roof replacement can get you ready to face the project head on. Contact Andrews Roofing at 757-296-0553 to get your roof replacement scheduled.

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Roof Warranties: What Is Covered?

Roof purchases are crucial investments for your home or business. If you invest in a roof, you’re going to want to put money into a warranty. Before making the purchase, be in the know about what types of warranties are available as well as what is covered through the warranties.

Installation Only

The installation only warranty covers roof defects. These defects have to be due to improper installation.

Labor Only

Labor only covers the labor costs. This warranty does not cover materials. It’s important that you have a clear idea of what’s covered under a labor only policy.

Materials Only

Material only warranties are a guarantee that your roof holds up to specified roofing defects. They do not protect against roof damage if there is a faulty installation or if you do not maintain your roof.

System Warranty

System warranties cover labor cost and materials. The roof manufacturers offer these warranties and they may protect you in the case of an installation failure. However, they will not cover you if your damage arises from lack of maintenance.

Manufacturer’s Warranty

Manufacturer’s warranties can cover material, labor and system warranties. These warranties last for about 10 to 30 years. These warranties will not protect your roof from all damages, but they are a safeguard against roof damages to non-manufacturer provided components of the roof. Of course, not all warranties are the same. You need to understand precisely what goes into your warranty.

When you purchase a new roof, you need to pay close attention to the warranty options that are important to you. After all, to invest in a roof is a big deal. These are expensive investments that should last you a long time. It’s crucial that you have a warranty in case anything goes wrong. Most of the time, if something does go wrong, it’s simple enough to be fixed with your warranty before the problem gets out of hand. Email Andrews Roofing or call at 757-296-0553 today to get a free estimate on your new roof!

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3 Reasons To Get a Roof Inspection in the Spring

Spring brings beautiful flowers, warm weather and potential problems with your roof. That last one is always a surprise, but this is the time of year when roofing issues become visible. In fact, there are three main reasons why you should get your roof inspected during springtime.

  1. Warmer Weather

One of the biggest reasons for inspecting your roof in spring is the warmer weather. Now that the winter weather is becoming less frequent, the sun plays a role in drying everything out. This makes it easy and safe to conduct a thorough inspection of all aspects of your roof, including shingles and gutters. While you could attempt this yourself, a roofing expert knows exactly what to look for and can spot any problems more accurately.

  1. Spot Damage

Now that the sun is shining, it’s easy to spot any damage that occurred during winter. A professional contractor can clear away any leaves or debris from the roof and gutters as part of general maintenance. Then, they can inspect the roof for water damage, cracks, missing or loose shingles and other signs of wear and tear that may have happened during winter. That way, you can fix the issues before they become worse.

  1. Schedule Repairs

Spring is the ideal time to schedule any maintenance or repairs before the weather changes again. If you do need to replace shingles or rotted wood, you can plan these repairs before summer, so any damage won’t affect your summer plans or energy bills. A professional contractor can help you figure out the necessary repairs and set up a timeline for fixing the issues.

Schedule a Roof Inspection Today

Now that winter is over, it’s time to do some home maintenance. The cold weather can be harsh on your roof, but a springtime inspection can fix any problems. If you’re ready to take care of your roof, contact Andrews Roofing today by calling 757-296-0553 to schedule a roof inspection or repairs.

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4 Ways to Help Homeowners Choose the Right Shingle Color

When it comes time to replace your roof, there are dozens of colors available for your shingles. Whether you’re looking to match your current style or go for something brand new, here are four ways to help find the right color for your shingles.

1. Ask a Neighbor

Does your complex or neighborhood have guidelines for shingle color? While brightly colored or unique shingles may look striking, some areas have restrictions on the colors you can use. This helps ensure a uniform look to the neighborhood. Ask a neighbor or consult your association for more information before selecting shingles.

2. Check Out Your House

What color is your siding? Do your current shingles match, accent or clash with your siding color and material? These questions will help steer you toward or away from certain shingle options. Vivid colors may look tempting, but don’t select an option that clashes with your current exterior colors. Otherwise, you may have to repaint your siding in order to match your new, brightly-colored roof.

3. Keep Up the Curb Appeal

Personal preferences aside, you want a home that stands out in a good way. Think about shingle colors that are popular, inviting and increase interest in your home. Whether you’re looking to sell or you’re in your forever home, don’t forget curb appeal.

Some roofs match the color of the siding for a unified look. Others use an accent color to create depth and personality. Don’t forget about other colors visible, such as trim, doors and landscaping.

4. Ask a Pro

Consult a roofing contractor for more information. At Andrews Roofing, our skilled contractors have seen roofs all across the area and are knowledgeable about current trends in shingle colors. Don’t settle with a color simply because that’s how your roof’s always been. Contact us today by calling 757-296-0553 to learn about your options when it comes to engaging, dynamic shingle colors.

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Asphalt Architectural Shingles / Why They Are The Roofing Industry “Work Horse”

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Most of us know what an asphalt shingle roof is. It is an asphalt steep slope residential and commercial roof covering. You see them on most homes and on many commercial buildings. They have always been popular because they are cost effective, perform well, and they last 20 plus years. Because of these reasons they are right now the steep slope roof work horse. In other words, they are driving the market in Hampton Roads and The Outer Banks of North Carolina.

I am talking about architectural or “dimensional ” asphalt shingles. The price gap has closed much between them and 3 – tab shingles , which are a lesser product in every way so architectural shingles are really coming on strong. In fact , we don’t do nearly as many 3 – tab shingle roofs as we used to. The architectural shingle looks better, performs better, lasts longer, is heavier, and has a much higher wind warranty.

We prefer CertainTeed Landmark architectural shingles. They have a limited life time warranty.See photo. Andrews Roofing is a Certainteed “Select Shingle Master” contactor which is their highest designation. Because we install these shingles as per CertainTeed specifications and building code, they come with a 130 mile per hour wind warranty from CertainTeed! They honor it too. In Hurricane Irene in 2011, we lost 2 shingles off a house in Rodanthe , North Carolina and CT paid us to fix it. We had installed the roof 2 years earlier. I have the CertainTeed Landmark architectural shingle on my home and I own a roofing company!

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Please contact me with questions or comments.
Thanks, Robert Andrews

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Quality Roof Installation and Roof Repairs: Picking the Right Roofer or Roofing Contractor

There are all types of roofing and several manufacturers make them. The different main types of roofs are flat roofs, low slope roofs, and steep roofs.

An example to use here is steep roofing material. Asphalt shingles are a practical and cost effective way to roof a building, house, business or church that has a 4/12 pitch and goes up to almost a vertical slope. Asphalt shingles are made by 4 or 5 major manufacturers that I am familiar with. We like CertainTeed the best because of many reasons, but the other 3 or 4 guys’ products are at least acceptable as well. The point is that you do not have many manufacturers of asphalt shingles to choose from, but you do have MANY roofing contractors or roofers or roofing companies to choose from just in your local area. These roofers are all over the chart as far as quality installation is concerned. One can install a shingle roof incorrectly that has to be replaced because of roof leaks or other problems in as little a time as a month. Yes, this is true. We are expert witnesses in cases like this. But the big surprise is that a roof can be installed “good enough” and perform for 10 years or be installed very well and last 30 plus years. This is for real.

A good roofer has been doing it for a while of course, but he also must know what the manufacturer says about installing their product.  Conventional roofing industry wisdom is good but we must follow manufacturer specifications to make the roof its best and to make warranties count. A manufacturer in most cases is not responsible for the quality of the installation. They won’t stand behind it if it is not on right.

You do not want to be stuck with no warranty left after a few years because your roof wasn’t installed just right. The shingle makers spend big $ on engineering designs and testing to make sure their product stands up to elements such as wind, rain, and beating sun.

Think about it – that roof is the building’s first defense against these forces and it must do well for a long time. If they build that shingle, they know how to put it on for best performance and duration of service. Ex. Put the proper # of roofing nails in the proper spots. Use the right galvanized roofing nail and it must be the designated length. Do not drive the nail crooked or too deep and damage the shingle. These are just a few items to know about just the nails. This is the “tip of the iceberg.”

Trust me and take time to pick the roofer who will install a roof SYSTEM – not just a roof. The roofing crew needs real  roof mechanics, quality supervision, and a thorough post job inspection. The inspection should be done by a manager of some sort, preferably one who doesn’t work on the crew. He must get on the roof and look it over closely before you pay. Here are pointers for getting the right man for the job. He must be….

1. licensed and insured
2. certified by the manufacturer
3. in business [same entity] for a while
4. able to provide references of people with roofs like yours
5. able to give you addresses of buildings he has installed roofs on like yours
6. not the lowest price by too much,especially REALLY low
7. not financially challenged , if he is he may not be able to finish
the job or honor the labor warranty down the road
8. in possession of good equipment [ride by an ongoing job to see]

I could continue but I have probably said enough for now .  I am very
grateful that you read this.
Please contact me for guidance if you need it.
I really like this roofing stuff.

Robert Andrews, II, President                                                        robert@andrewsroofing.com/757-286-7400

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