When to Consider Tapered Insulation

Do you have a flat roof that is experiencing pooling of water? Is an area of your membrane roof sunken in and holding water?

Ponding water can be the greatest threat to a roofing membrane. It not only shortens the expected life of the membrane, but it can potentially void the membrane warranty.

Tapered Insulation

When a low-pitched roof surface will not permit efficient drainage, tapered insulation provides an effective and economical solution. When properly installed, it can extend the life of the roof assembly by eliminating problems associated with ponding water.

Tapered insulation provides a gradual low slope to your roof surface, providing positive rooftop drainage.  It can be used for built-up, modified bitumen, and some single ply roofing systems.   Improvements in roofing technology have resulted in products that are environmentally friendly and can be made from recycled materials.

Talk to a qualified roofing contractor about whether tapered insulation is a good option for your roof.

Robert Andrews – 757-399-3066 – service@andrewsroofing.com

Need Your Roof Financed?

Money_Roofing-FinanceHave you been debating whether or not to replace your roof because of the cost? Not sure if you want to wait for your next tax return or dip into your savings? There are other options.

On many occasions, our customers are in need of a new roof, but just don’t have the available funds to purchase one. We understand that roofing can be costly, so to provide another opportunity, we decided to offer financing options through our home improvement financing partner, GreenSky.

Once you have secured an estimate and you decide you would like to proceed with work, you can contact GreenSky directly to qualify. Picking the plan that’s right for you can be done in a quick, simple application process that can be completed online at www.greenskycredit.com/consumer or by phone at 866-936-0602.  Make sure you have Andrews’s Roofing’s dealer number, 81011920, when applying.

Once qualified, you will receive a shopping pass that can be used to get started on your roofing work. Should you need more information or have questions, feel free to contact our office at 757-399-3066 and we would be happy to help.

Robert Andrews II


Roofing in Cold Weather

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Most people opt to have a new roof installed in the spring and summer months. Others looking to replace their roof decide to install during the fall. But what happens to the roofs that are installed in the cold winter months?

Often customers ask us if it is okay to install a new shingle roof when the temperatures are extremely cold. This is especially concerning for those who do not have a choice in the matter and must replace their roof immediately.

There are no specific industry guidelines for temperature and roof installation for asphalt shingles, however, various manufacturers do make recommendations. Andrews Roofing installs roofs all year round, although, we do pay careful attention to the weather and elect to hold off for warmer days for certain types of applications.

Although asphalt shingles do become brittle as the temperature drops, steps can be taken to reduce or eliminate breakage. If shingles are stored in a warm place and loaded just before installation, problems can be minimized.

A concern we often hear from homeowners is whether or not the self-sealing strips will bond properly without a warm day to promote a good seal. The sun is very helpful in warming a newly installed roof and aiding in a good seal, but in areas prone to high winds, hand-tabbing, (or adding adhesive to the underside of shingles during the application), can sometimes be recommended. This measure assists with keeping the shingles in place, when needed, until warmer weather allows the seal to set as it should.

Whenever you decide to replace your roof, our staff is available to provide guidance and assistance in the process to achieve the best result possible. Also, our 10 year workmanship warranty on all shingle roof replacements provides added protection and peace of mind.

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

Hurricane Preparedness

In preparation for Hurricane Joaquin and any other tropical storms that may crop up this year, there are many ways to prepare yourself and your family should you find yourself in an emergency situation.


Here are a 12 tips to remember:
1. Have an evacuation plan.
2. Watch and beware of storm surges/potential flooding locations.
3. Avoid driving in water when you do not how the depths.
4. Check your disaster supplies, such as food, medicine and water. You ideally need a 3-7 day supply of food and 1 gallon of water per day per person. Have medicines ready for 7-days.
5. Make sure you have candles and flashlights, as well as back up batteries.
6. Fill your car’s gas tank.
7. Secure anything that could be picked up by the wind, such as bicycles and lawn furniture.
8. Turn your refrigerator to the coldest setting so that if the power goes out, the food can remain cold for a longer period of time.
9. Have a multi-purpose tool handy.
10. Have cell phones charged.
11. Have a generator available if possible.
12. Set aside your homeowner’s warranty contract and contacts in case any damage is sustained to your property. Take pictures of any valuable possessions that may have been omitted from your homeowner’s policy in the event that damage is incurred.

Should you sustain any damage to your roof, please do not hesitate to contact us at 757-399-3066. We do have a 24-hour emergency service response if a call is placed outside of normal office hours. Stay safe!

Robert Andrews, II

The Truth About Leaks

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Our goal is to secure your first line of defense when it comes to the elements. Water, in whatever form, (rain, snow, sleet, or hail), has a way of penetrating any weaknesses in a roofing system. It is our goal to not only install roofs that will stand up to the wear and tear that the weather brings year after year, but to also assist when water intrusions occur.

While many roofs leaks are simple to repair, determining the source of the leak is often the more difficult task. When customers identify a drip in their ceiling, they often assume that the leak is originating above the leakage point, however, a leak can be traveling down a rafter or can even be the accumulation of condensation. For example, it is common for plumbing and AC leaks to be misdiagnosed as roof leaks.  They can be tricky.

Roof leaks can be caused by any number of things. Once you familiarize yourself with the potential causes of leaks, you may be able to determine the source through process of elimination. If not, you can always contact our office for assistance. Here are a few of the main sources of roof leaks:

Missing, cracked or loose shingles, tiles or seams
Damaged or deteriorated flashing, seals and caulking
Improper attic ventilation, which can cause moisture through a buildup of condensation
Improper installation of valleys, flashing, shingles, collars, etc.
Ice Dams, which prevent proper run off and force water to back up beneath shingles
Ponding water
Exposed nail heads
Skylight flashings
Wind driven rain
Built up debris, which can trap moisture and accelerate deterioration

Robert Andrews II

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

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.


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.


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.

Enviroshake Roof

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