The Importance of Properly Installed Flashing

Your roof is one of the first barriers of defense against the elements when it comes to your home or business.  Flashing is an essential part of your roof system.  When installed correctly, it is essential in preventing water intrusion at various locations on your roof.

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What is flashing?

The protective seal that prevents water intrusion at areas such as skylights, chimneys, dormers and vents is called flashing.  Flashing is a critical preventive measure for moisture damage when water is most prone to penetrate a roof’s surface.

Where is flashing important?

Flashing is important at all roof penetrations, including edges, valleys, joints and any grooves, gaps, intersections and projections on the roof of any structure.

How can improper flashing damage my roof?

Poor or improper flashing can lead to premature deterioration at roof joints, so it is imperative to have flashing installed correctly when a new roof is installed.  Having it done right the first time is one of the best things you can do to preserve your investment.

 

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

4 No-No’s When Making Decisions about Your Roof

Do I go with a less experienced contractor for a significantly lower price?  Can I save money by buying my own materials?  Should I try to repair the roof on my own?

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With any investment, such as your home, you really should weigh your options before making major decisions on how to maintain it.  Avoid these pitfalls when making decisions on how to preserve your roof.

  1. Starting a major roof repair or replacement by yourself (if you are inexperienced).

Unless you have extensive roofing knowledge, it’s probably best to leave the roof work to the professionals.  Tearing off a roof is dangerous and difficult work.  We have often been called in to “rescue” homeowner from a project that they began but soon realized they were in over their heads.  The mistake is often made in an effort to save a few dollars, however, this can cause more damage and cost more in the long run.  With the proper safety equipment, knowledge and skill level, a certified roofing contractor is the way to go.

  1. Buying your own materials.

Shopping around for the best deal is a good thing, but when it comes to having a roof system installed, it pays to allow a qualified contractor with a competitive price to purchase the materials for you.  Not only do you avoid having incorrect quantities or products, the contractor may also have access to better, more competitive pricing due to established relationships with regular suppliers.  A roof installation tends to be a package deal and a good contractor will be able to provide a workmanship and manufacturer’s warranty with your system.

  1. Installing a product that does more damage than good over time.

Not all products are good products for your roof.  Contrary to popular belief, rain diverters can actually cause more damage than good, forcing water to back up under shingles, resulting in costly damage.  Another product that can ultimately cause problems are flush mounted skylights.  They typically don’t have a very wide flange and therefore tend to be unable to support high volumes of water.  Under heavy rain, water can go beyond the flange and penetrate beneath the roof, resulting in leaks.  Rely on a qualified contractor to help you decide what products will perform best for your roof.

  1. Not hiring a solid contractor.

Make sure that you do your homework.  Find a reputable contractor to perform work on your home. Sometimes price isn’t the only factor to consider when it comes to the service you are receiving.  Talk to friends, family and co-workers about a roofing company in your area that has a good name in the community, competitive pricing and a track record of quality work.   Check the Better Business Bureau, online reviews, and see if there is a company website for a feel and feedback on the contractor’s work history.  You want a company with integrity and a great finished product – it is absolutely worth the extra time.

Robert Andrews II, President
757-286-7400
www.andrewsroofing.com

What is Your Roof Made Of?

At Andrews Roofing, we know that our job is not only to help you build, maintain and restore your roof, but to help you understand the type of roof that you have so that you can preserve it for years to come.

There are many types of roofing materials, some more widely used in commercial roofing than in residential and vice versa.  Among the roofing types, we have selected 7 categories to briefly describe their characteristics.

SHINGLES –  Popular on many residential structures in this area, shingles are cost efficient, durable roofing material made with a base mat of paper, cellulose, wood fiber, or other materials saturated with asphalt to make it waterproof, then a top coating of adhesive asphalt is applied and ceramic granules are then embedded.  Shingles are the most common material used on residential roofs.

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TPO – Thermoplastic Polyolefins are blends or alloys of polypropylene plastic or polyprolylene and ethylene propylene rubber (EPR) or ethylene propylene diene terpolymer rubber (EPDM).  These extremely durable membranes come in several thicknesses, making it an appealing option that is common on commercial roofs and also used for residential roofs with little to no slope.

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EPDM – This synthetic rubber roofing membrane has ethylene and propylene astwo primary ingredients,, are derived from oil and natural gas.  EPDM is slowly being replaced by TPO membrane roofs.

EPDM Roof

METAL  – Primarily made of steel or aluminum, metal roofs have proven to stand the test of time.  Copper, zinc and titanium are also used in specialized architectural applications for homes.  Although metal roofing is more expensive than most other roofing materials, it is considered the strongest, most durable roofing material.

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PVC – an ideal long term solution PVC roofing membrane is made of thick, flexible UV-resistant thermoplastic material; it may also contain polyester or fiberglass, resins, pigments, plasticizers and other chemicals.  PVC is most often used on commercial buildings.

PVC Roof

COMPOSITE OR SYNTHETIC – A substitute for the real thing, synthetic types are created to mimic the look of real tiles, are often more environmentally friendly, sturdy, and energy efficient than their counterparts.  Virtually indistinguishable from real slate and wood, manufacturers such as EcoStar have developed a strong track record for dependability and are the top of their class.

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MODIFIED BITUMEN – These systems can be installed with the common torch method, asphalts, or cold adhesives. A standard modified bitumen roof system is a two-ply system applied in rolls that overlap the edge of the previous roll.  They are typically used on flat surfaces.

Modified Bitumen Roof

SLATE- This natural stone has a unique and beautiful appearance. One of the longest lasting roofing materials on the market, slate can also be expensive to maintain.

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No matter what type of roof you have, Andrews Roofing provides the experience and knowledge needed to preserve, repair or replace your roof.

 

Our People: Cyndy Lucente, Operations Coordinator

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Cyndy, the newest member of our Andrews Roofing staff, comes to us from up North. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Cyndy has joined our team as an Operations Coordinator.

Cyndy is responsible for taking a job, both hourly repairs and contract work, and coordinating all parties involved to get the job done. This involves an incredible amount of coordination and patience. She directs our suppliers, our customers for job scheduling, and our service repair teams. She is a strong asset behind the scenes as she keeps production flowing under her management.

At the core of our operations department, Cyndy keeps our process running smoothly. She doubles as our resident chief meteorologist, always aware of our current weather conditions to know how it might affect our work schedule.

We are more than happy to have her onboard. Her professionalism, experience and attention to detail make her a major asset to our staff and our customers. Her kindness, patience and effervescent personality enhance our service to the Hampton Roads community. She is a wonderful addition to the Andrews Roofing family.

If you need to schedule your work or would like to place a work order for repairs, feel free to contact Cyndy Lucente.

O: 757-399-3066 | jeri@andrewsroofing.com

Wind Driven Rain

A storm is about to blow through. High winds and heavy rains have been reported and begin to pound your neighborhood. During the storm, you notice a damp spot forming on your ceiling. Although there was a calmer rain a few days ago, this particular storm has caused a leak to appear in your ceiling. Why now?

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Often, customers will contact our office to report leaks that have manifested themselves after a storm with wind driven, or driving, rains. We hear that an area of the roof or ceiling leaks, but not consistently with every rain.

Rain that has been propelled by wind, often blowing horizontally, can create water intrusion in ways that may not have been possible if wind was not in the equation.

Wind driven rain can make its way past not only shingles, but flashing, chimneys, skylights, siding, windows, walls, corner boards and dormers.

Having a qualified roofer to evaluate your roof and provide routine maintenance is the best preventive measure. If your property does sustain damage from wind driven rain, be sure to have the repairs done soon after the damage. The longer storm damage remains without repair, the greater the risk for more extensive damages caused by rotten wood, mold, and water damage. Your wallet will thank you.

Robert Andrews II | Andrews Roofing | 757-399-3066 | service@andrewsroofing.com

Warning Signs: How to Avoid a Roof Collapse

Having your roof collapse can be an unexpected nightmare.

A collapse can happen during any time of the year, but with the weight of heavy snowfall in recent years, it is best to make sure your roof is in good condition to withstand the elements.

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Snow-related collapses can be caused by heavy amounts of snow accumulation on any type of roofing. One cubic foot of dry snow weighs approximately 6 to 8 pounds, while packed snow and/or ice can weigh even more. Other forms of precipitation can compound the problem if moisture from rain or sleet has been absorbed into the roof.

Flat roofs and lower sloped roofs tend to be at greater risk because they will accumulate larger amounts of precipitation.

Major warning signs should be addressed immediately by contacting your local roofer. Those signs include:

  • Sagging sections of exterior shingles or interior ceiling.
  • Severe/repeated leakage
  • Cracks in the exterior masonry
  • Bends, ripples or deformities in the roof supports, framing or structure
  • Sprinkler heads that have dropped below ceiling tiles
  • Doors or windows that are difficult to open or pop open on their own
  • Bent or bowed utility pipes or conduits at ceiling

Should you notice any of these conditions, contact Andrews Roofing for a free consultation with one of our estimators. We have a 24 hour answering service that can receive emergency calls and allow us to dispatch repair teams.

Regular maintenance and inspection of your roof will help you identify any type of roof damage and prevent a collapse if fixed in a timely manner. Some preventative maintenance tips include:

  • Removing debris, mold and algae accumulation, which can hold moisture
  • Keep drains, gutters and downspouts clear of leaves, dirt and debris so that drains can flow freely
  • Have roof problems repaired when they are discovered to prevent any further damage.
  • Remove any excessive amounts of snow from the roof (consider hiring a professional).

Robert Andrews II
Office: 757-399-3066
Email: service@andrewsroofing.com

Understanding the Workmanship Warranty for your Residential Shingle Roof Replacement

The job is done, the crew has cleaned up and left, and the newly installed roof is beautiful. Now that the job is complete, it is important to understand how you will protect your new asset.

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At Andrews Roofing, we stand behind our work. We pledge to give our customers a quality product that is installed correctly and will perform for the expected life of the roof. This does not mean that the roof may not need regular maintenance throughout its usable life. Just like a vehicle needs a tune-up, oil change or inspection, your roof needs regular maintenance and upkeep to maximize its lifespan.

We know that our customers want and deserve reassurance that the roof will perform after installation, so once the job is closed out, we issue a closing package for the roof, which includes the material warranty.

The workmanship warranty states that from the date of installation for a set number of years, (typically 10 years), there will not be any leaks caused from original application errors of any approved roofing materials provided and installed by our company. We will repair, at no cost to the customer, any leaks which are deemed to be caused by our workmanship.

The warranty is limited to roof repairs only and does not cover any damages to the property that are caused by acts of God. This means that forces such as tornadoes, hurricanes, hail, lightning, earthquakes and the like that are outside of Andrews Roofing’s control are not covered.

Material failure is another issue that is not covered under the workmanship warranty, although it IS covered by the manufacturer’s warranty that is delivered within the closing package.

If you have any questions about your workmanship warranty, please feel free to speak with one of our estimates before, during or after your purchase.

***NOTE: Andrews Roofing provides workmanship warranties for other roofing systems, but this blog specifically addresses the coverage available to our shingle reroof customers.

Jeri Eley | 757-399-3066 | service@andrewsroofing.com | www.andrewsroofing.com

Our Peope: David Wood, Estimator/Project Manager

David Wood_Head shot_103114David Wood has always been a hands-on type of guy. With his strong work ethic, natural talent for building and big heart, we are lucky to have someone so dedicated to delivering the very best to our customers.

Early in life, David learned that he received an incredible amount of satisfaction from managing projects from start to finish. Building was more than an interest; it was a passion that he has always taken a great deal of pride in.

After 7 years of government contracting experience working a superintendent and project manager, David found himself at Andrews Roofing where he could use his talents to specialize in the field of roofing.

With a wealth of experience and training in residential remodeling, David is a natural at estimating for homeowners. His responsibilities include residential estimation as well as overseeing each installation from estimate to final inspection. His strength lies in his ability to understand the customer while delivering a quality finished product. Installing roofs is a process, and with David on the job, we know that the outcome will be one of quality.

When you do what you love and love what you do, the end result will always be one that is sure to please. This most certainly is true for David. His personality and work ethic make him an invaluable asset to our team.

If you are interested in a residential shingle roof replacement, ask for David Wood and we will schedule and estimate for you.

Jeri Eley – Operations Coordinator, 757-399-3066, jeri@andrewsroofing.com

WANTED/Now Hiring: Operations Coordinator/Scheduler

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Andrews Roofing is seeking a highly motivated individual with experience in office administration, (some construction knowledge is preferred, but not required). Strong communication skills, both oral and written/typed are needed.  Job duties may include scheduling (estimators and repair crews), ordering/scheduling supplier deliveries, scheduling with customers/customer service, contract processing, payment processing, warranties, sales room support, receiving incoming leads and some additional administrative duties.  The position includes benefits.

If you or someone you know is a potential candidate, please submit your resume to service@andrewsroofing.com and contact Robert Andrews II at 757-286-7400.

Preparing For Your Residential Shingle Roof Installation

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The day has finally arrived…the day of your new roof installation. You have selected your roofing material, chosen a color, and reviewed the scope of work to be performed. What can you do to prepare and what should you know about the roof installation process?
The process of installing a new roof creates a construction site at your home. There are several steps that should be taken to ensure that you, your family and your hope are prepared for the new installation.

Please keep in mind that everything used to perform the work on your roof needs to be as close to the house as possible, which requires access to the yard and driveway. All vehicles should be removed from the driveway and parked away from the structure. Also, anything around the perimeter of the property that would limit roof access should be removed.

All children and pets should be kept indoors in a safe place or off the job site.

Materials will be coming off the roof and may be present in the lawn prior to clean up. We will ensure that ALL debris will be removed when the roof is complete. In preparation, you may wish to cover all valuables in the attic and garage, as dust and debris could enter those spaces. Remember to cut off power to all roof attic fans.

Noise from nail guns, nails, hammers, etc. are used throughout the process. You should expect associated noise.

Satellite Dishes that are mounted on your roof may need to be moved to allow proper installation.

Your job will receive a final inspection from our field superintendent. He will ensure that any remaining debris or materials have been removed from the property and that the roof installation is complete.

Should you have any questions throughout the job process, feel free to contact our main office at 757-399-3066 for assistance.

Robert Andrews | President | Robert@andrewsroofing.com | 757-286-7400