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
757-286-7400
robert@andrewsroofing.com

 

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

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

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

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

Understanding the Surface of Your Roof

Many people don’t realize how harsh of an environment the surface of a roof can be.  In the heat of summer, temperatures can climb up to 150° or more.  Some materials, such as slate, can actually become too hot to even touch.  Likewise, in the brutally cold winter, a roof surface temperature can drop below freezing.  Significant weather variations can be tough on your roof!

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In addition to the extreme temperatures in a given season, the surface must also withstand all forms of precipitation, including wind, rain, ice, snow, sleet and hail.  During hurricane season especially, sometimes a combination of these elements can cause significant damage.

Under such conditions, any given roof may be subject to failure if it is not receiving the proper maintenance on a regular basis.

For roofers, working on a roof can also be highly dependent on the weather.  If the temperature is too hot, certain repairs such as coatings, slate and shingle repairs cannot effectively be performed because the roof surface will not respond well under the high temperatures.    Likewise, some roofing materials can be extremely brittle and easily damaged when cold.

Imagine if you never cleaned or maintained the surface of your counter-tops or floors in your home.  What would they look like today?  The same goes for your roof, only your roof is designed to withstand much more extreme conditions.  Regular maintenance to your roof will help you maximize your investment until it is due for replacement.

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