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

Roofing Work Safety

Most work related deaths are caused by falls or being run over or hit by heavy equipment, as per an O.S.H.A. inspector I talked to last month. The rule is that when working six feet or above the ground one must have fall protection. So, this would include pretty much all roofers all the time. The most common type used is a full body harness. Any good roofing contracting company will have a written safety program which thoroughly covers fall protection. Think about it, even a 1 story residential shingle roof has a 12-14 feet high eave. At the ridge it may be 25 feet or more. A fall from these heights would do some serious damage to the body. There are times when fall protection is not required. One could work on a flat or low slope roof even 50 feet high without it if the parapet wall is 42 inches tall for example.

Bottom line is this: whether a contractor is going to do shingles, metal, flat, single-ply membrane, built-up, commercial, residential,  industrial, roofing replacement or roof repairs for you, make sure they have a written safety program and they have workers’ compensation insurance in case something does happen.

Just about every other year I hear of a local roofer falling to his death. It happens. Be sure it doesn’t happen on your property.

Robert Andrews ll, President                                                                                     

What to Expect From Your Roof During Heavy Heavy Rain – Hurricane Sandy

Your house or commercial building is not a boat or a submarine and even they take on water.

When Hurricane Sandy like rains come, many roofs may leak and never leak again. This type of abuse only happens every few years or so. Ernesto was a named storm in late summer 2006 that dumped 10″ of rain in approx 3-4 hrs in Hampton Roads , VA. I was on a low slope TPO single-ply membrane roof in downtown Portsmouth, Virginia in that rain and there was an 1-2 inches of running water from up slope to the interior roof drains. This water covered the entire roof surface. If those drains wouldn’t have performed properly, that roof would have folded under the water weight and leaked badly or even collapsed. Water weight temporarily sags the roof structure and can cause seams and flashings to fail by pulling them loose. Keep your interior roof drains, suppers, conductor heads, gutters and downspouts clear of debris so water runs off and does not back up causing leaks. Also remember that fiber glass asphalt shingles, shake, slate, tile, metal roofs are lapped for water shedding – not for water proofing. There is a big difference. Too much rain water just can’t shed fast enough and your roof may leak even though you don’t know it. Keep it maintained regularly and draining well and the first most important thing is to put the right product in the right place. For example, you would not install a shingle on a slope lesser than 2″ in 12″. It will leak if you do.

Do not let debris like pinestraw pile up in roof valleys, behind chimneys, etc. because heavy rain will make the roof leak and this lack of attention also shortens the life of the roof system.

With the appropriate product for the application and with excellent workmanship and maintenance your roof will handle most of the even “perfect storm” rain scenarios.

Robert Andrews ll , President Andrews Roofing