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Hurricane Season is Coming: Does Your Home Need a New Roof?

Hurricane season starts June 1st, and Hampton Roads residents know that the key to surviving hurricane season is preparation. If you’re a new homeowner in the Tidewater region, don’t assume that Virginia Beach residents are the only ones who need to be concerned about potential storm damage. Homes in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News and even as far west as Suffolk and Isle of Wight are all susceptible to hurricane force winds, storm surge and torrential rain.

Just as you would put together a hurricane preparedness plan and kit, you should prepare your home for the inevitable storms as well. The time to find out you need a new roof is not in the middle of gale-force winds and power outages. Fortunately relatively simple inspections and research can help you determine whether your roof is as hurricane ready as you are.

Research Roof Materials and Age

If you didn’t have your home built or if you haven’t had the roof replaced yourself, you may need to do a bit of detective work to determine its age and the materials that were used. If the previous homeowners didn’t leave any records, ask around the neighborhood and see if anyone knows the last time it was replaced. If the home is less than 20 years old, you can likely assume the roof is original. Regardless of its age, the materials and workmanship behind them is probably the biggest factor when it comes to whether reroofing is needed. Here are some rules of thumb when it comes to the lifespan of residential roofing materials:

  • Asphalt Shingles: the most common residential roofing material used on about 80% of homes generally lasts 15-30 years.
  • Architectural Shingles: a specific type of thicker, premium asphalt shingle that usually lasts 25 to 30 years.
  • Wood or Cedar Shake Shingles: less common, but sometimes used on beach homes, these roofs can last up to 30 years, but only if they are annually maintained and split shingles are repaired.
  • Clay Tile Roofing: a fairly uncommon material in Hampton Roads, these tiles can last as long as 50 years or more, which is good since they can be very expensive to replace and repair.
  • Metal Roofs: their lifespan depends on the gauge of the metal used. The higher the gauge, the thinner the metal. So a high-end 22-24 gauge metal roof can easily last more than 50 years, while a thinner gauge (26-29) can have a lifespan of 20-25 years.

Inspect Your Roof’s Condition

A visual inspection can also help you determine if an expert roofer needs to be brought in. If you’re concerned about the safety of doing this, call a licensed roofing contractor to inspect for you. Here are the most common red flags to look out for.

  • Shingle Deterioration: Do you see any shingles that are curled, split, or that seem to be crumbling away? These are signs of old shingles that need to be replaced. This kind of deterioration can cause structural rot and interior damage and will only get worse with time.
  • Flashing Deterioration: Leaks are often caused not by the roof itself, but by the flashing around it. Flashing should be strong and tight around chimneys, vents, skylights, and roof junctions, or water can enter, causing damage to walls, ceiling, insulation and even electrical wiring. A great time to inspect your flashing is when you’re cleaning the gutters. Make sure everything is secure and no pieces are missing.
  • Missing Shingles: Coverage is key. Wherever a shingle is missing, the effectiveness of the entire roof is compromised. The problem is also likely to spread – once one shingle is gone, the others around it are more vulnerable to wind. And while those missing shingles may not necessarily mean you need a whole new roof, they should be repaired and replaced as soon as possible.

Call a Professional

If you identify any of these issues, or are able to pinpoint the last time your roof was replaced and are concerned about its age, it’s time to call in a professional. Roofing repairs are not a safe DIY project, and the consequences of doing it incorrectly can be dire to both you and your home’s well being. Research roofers thoroughly and find a licensed and insured certified contractor. If they are a trustworthy, quality company, they will have these licenses and certifications in place and will provide a free estimate of the repair or replacement.

If you live in the Hampton Roads region and need an expert to help you determine if you need a new roof or roof repair, call Andrews Roofing. We have been serving Southeast Virginia for over two decades and have worked on hundreds of residential and commercial roofs. We are experienced in the exact types of roofing damage common in the Tidewater region and can give expert advice on the best materials and approach to providing a long-lasting, beautiful new roof for your home.

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Use a Beautiful Roof to Improve Curb Appeal

America has steadily moved into what more closely resembles a residential seller’s market. However, buyers are not without options. As home prices go up, many buyers are also withdrawing from the market. Nevertheless, a beautiful home can help to motivate even the most reluctant buyer, because it’s the first impression in deciding the value for money.

The Shape

The first thing many people recognize about a roof is the shape of it. In fact, some people prefer homes with certain roof shapes over others. For example, some owners prefer flat roofs that can hold a terrace, while others prefer steep A-shaped roofs that can fit an attic with standing space. You can’t create a roof that suits all preferences, but you can make sure yours is a high-quality option of its type.

The Material

First-time home buyers often do not have a preference for roof types beyond aesthetics. If they have lived in an apartment for years, then this is all the more likely. Seasoned home buyers may know exactly what kind of roof they want based on prior experience with roof maintenance. Consider this when choosing a roof.

The Color

Winter snow, fall leaves, and spring blossoms are just some of the things that may disguise a roof’s color. However, this does not mean that the color of your roof doesn’t matter. When choosing the color for your roof, consider the overall exterior of your home. Make sure the color of your roof complements the color of your siding, trim, shutters, etc.

The Condition

If people remember nothing else about a house, they remember the state it was in. Was it clean or dirty? Did it look stately and sophisticated or old and broken? The roof plays a big role in this. If there are missing shingles or the colors do not line up well together, it may give the wrong impression and subtract from the curb appeal.

If you need help visualizing your new roof, Andrews Roofing can help. Contact us today by calling 757-296-0553 or sending an email for more information.

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How to Reduce the Risk of Fire Damage

Your roof doesn’t just finish off the look of the house. It protects you, your family, and your belongings. If your roof becomes damaged, it is not going to provide that protection. The following are some measures to take to reduce the risk of fire damage to your roof.

Use Fire-Resistant Materials

When your roof is installed, speak with the contractor about the type of roofing materials being used. If it costs a little more to get a higher-class material, it is often worth the investment. Class A roofing materials are the most fire-resistant, followed by Class B, then Class C, which are each less resistant than the one before. There are also unrated materials, which are the least resistant to fire.

Repair Holes and Gaps

Fire-resistant roofing materials will begin the job of protecting your roof against fire damage, but you should also have holes and gaps repaired. Damaged areas of the roof won’t have the same protection as other areas. Whether you’re missing some shingles or have a gap in your flashing, a fire could sneak through those damaged areas and into the less protected areas underneath.

Regularly Clean the Roof

Fire-resistant roofing materials doesn’t mean fireproof. If you have a lot of debris collected on the roof and it begins to burn for an extended period of time, the heat could eventually get to your roofing materials and ignite them. Any time debris falls on the roof, due to the change in seasons or the change in weather, be sure it gets cleaned off.

Gathering More Information

To learn more about roof maintenance and what you can do to keep your roof in good condition, contact the professionals at Andrews Roofing. Call 757-296-0553 or email us today for more information!

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5 Factors That Affect the Lifespan of Your Commercial Roof

While the life expectancy of a commercial roof is anywhere from 10 to 40 years, there are several factors that can affect how long it lasts. Pay attention to these five factors to extend your roof’s lifespan and save money by avoiding unnecessary repairs or having to replace your roof prematurely.

Installation

When having your roof installed, make sure to choose a reputable company that is licensed and experienced in installing commercial roofs. An improperly installed roof can cause a large variety of problems including sagging and leaking.

Roofing System

The quality and types of materials used to build your roof will have a direct effect on how long it will last. While TPO or EPDM roof systems have a life expectancy of 22 to 35 years, an asphalt or metal roof can last up to 45.

Weather

While you certainly can’t control the weather, extreme weather conditions like rain, wind, and snow can take a toll on your roof. Even extremely sunny weather all year long can be problematic. Take the proper precautions to prepare for storms and inspect your roof whenever harsh weather hits.

Maintenance

All roofs are subject to wear and tear and will need to be properly maintained to last as long as possible. Perform routine inspections on your roof and quickly address any leaks you find. Replace damaged or missing shingles immediately and clean off any debris or algae growth.

Proper Ventilation

Excessive heat can cause damage your roof and quickly cut years off its life. Ensure that your roof and building is properly ventilated and insulated to help keep your roof cool. Not to mention, a well-insulated building will keep the interior nice and comfortable and help lower utility bills.

Inspecting your roof to make sure it is in the best condition is worth the time and money you will save down the road. Choose Andrews Roofing to install your roof and make any repairs you might need. Call us today at 757-296-0553!

 

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