Monthly Archives: April 2011

Ask the Expert: “Why is My Upstairs Always Hot?”

“My upstairs is way hotter than the middle or lower floors. What causes this and what can I do about it?”

There are two different reasons why this phenomenon happens.

Inadequate ventilation. Even with today’s energy-efficient windows, doors and siding, it is still important that your attic breathes properly. This process happens thanks to soffit vents and the ridge vent. Soffit vents are the intake; adequate soffit vents allow the ridge vent exhaust to flow fast and freely. If the soffit vents are blocked, then air is restricted. The ridge vent is where heat escapes the attic, which will greatly affect whether your upper level is hotter or cooler.

Many homes do not have adequate soffit or ridge venting. Some do, but the vents were never installed properly and aren’t working correctly. To get the best results, you need the right amount of intake to the exhaust. There is a formula to be followed.

Another solution for ventilation problems is to add an attic fan. Many times this is a workable solution, but other times an attic fan actually does more harm than good. It is important that you hire a skilled Sterling roofing professional to install an attic fan, as a poorly installed fan can worsen ventilation issues.

Inadequate insulation. The insulation in a home can and will break down over the years. We even see insufficient insulation in new homes that contributes to pesky ventilation problems. Fix the issue at the source and hire an Alexandria roofing and insulation expert to shore up your attic and keep the cool air inside.

Whether it’s inadequate ventilation, inadequate insulation or a combination of both issues, there is usually a fairly simple solution to keeping the temperature more consistent on all floors of your home. Contact Roofing & More to schedule your FREE, in-home consultation to see how we can make you more comfortable, save you money on energy bills, and help your roof last longer by keeping your attic cooler in the hot summer months. Call us today at (877) 398-4555 … you’ll be glad you did!

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Our Company Mission Statement Reminds Us Why We Do What We Do

Our Mission Statement: “To re-invent new ways and ideas to serve our customers better, to improve the lives of our employees and to give back to those in our community.”

I was recently reminded of how important it is for a company to have a clear Vision Statement, a clear Core Value Statement and a clear Mission Statement. This week I’d like to explore our Mission Statement with you. I will start my explanation by describing an experience I had at Business Planning Bootcamp a few years back.

The facilitator said, “I want you to close your eyes and think about how your business makes a difference – a difference in the lives of your employees, in the lives of your customers, in the community, in the businesses that you do business with and in your own family.” Then after a few moments of silence, he said, “Now I want you to think of how much more you could do if you were bigger and even more successful than you are today.” At that moment I became emotional, because I knew over the years we have made a difference. It is a true blessing to be a part of this, to live this and to know this.

“To re-invent new ways and ideas to serve our customers better …”

At Roofing & More, we understand that most people are apprehensive about climbing onto their roof, and for good reason. Doing so is very dangerous and causes worry, anxiety and many avoidable accidents. To eliminate the need for you or a loved one to get on the roof, we bring the roof to you at your kitchen table with a thorough video inspection.

One of our Northern Virginia roofing experts will provide you with an informative video of your roof that demonstrates everything you need to know about its condition. Should we find any issues, we will offer clear solutions. We are getting great feedback from customers about video inspections!

“… To improve the lives of our employees and to give back to those in our community.”

I remember a particular time when one employee came to me with tears in his eyes. He told me that he had the best year of his life. His finances had never been better, his marriage and family life had never been better and he was happier than he had ever been. He just wanted me to know. Wow!

I also thought about the many times when we had given back to certain individuals/organizations, how thankful they were, and what an amazing experience that was for all of us here as well.

At Roofing & More, we are more and do more than just install roofing, siding, doors and replacement windows in Fairfax, VA, and beyond. Our Mission Statement reminds us of why we do what we do. It guides us and keeps us thinking of ways to implement it daily.

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5 Things to Know and Do Before Choosing a Roofing Contractor

When it comes time to have professional improvements made to your home, it’s crucial to select an experienced contractor who can deliver the quality workmanship and materials you need for a reasonable price, without endangering your home and finances. Remember: an uneducated consumer who is only looking for the lowest price is the easiest target for an unscrupulous Northern Virginia roofing contractor. Be sure to complete these following five steps, and you’ll be well on your way to a smooth and trouble-free home improvement experience.

  1. Inspect. Do your own visual inspection of your home and you’ll be better prepared to discuss your findings and vision with the contractor.
  2. Learn. A little knowledge is a good thing! Learn about roofing, siding, windows, doors or any other improvement you are considering before you get in front of the contractor. Knowing basic features and options will prepare you to make the best decision for your needs without feeling rushed.
  3. Ask. Don’t feel shy about requesting proof of important coverage that will protect you from financial liability in the event of property damage or worker injury. Ask the contractor to provide you with proof of insurance and call the insurance company to verify the certificate is valid. This is important. If an uninsured crew causes damage to your home or an uninsured worker is injured while working on your project, you are liable.
  4. Investigate. Check certifications and licenses. There are different levels of licensing. Make sure your contractor is properly licensed and certified in your area to do the work you need.
  5. Get it in writing. Get all agreements with the contractor you select in writing to avoid unwanted and potentially costly surprises.

Roofing & More would appreciate the opportunity to learn about your needs related to Fairfax roofing, siding, replacement windows, doors and more. We’re a family-owned and -operated home improvement company that has been serving the entire Northern Virginia area since 1993. All of our work is guaranteed, licensed and fully insured, and our many satisfied customers would be pleased to share their positive experience with you. If you live in Ashburn, Chantilly, Fairfax, Sterling, Herndon, Great Falls, Reston or another area community, call us at (877) 398-4555 today!

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Good, Better & Best: Why We Offer a Choice of Replacement Systems

At Roofing & More, we recognize that one solution is not the right solution for every homeowner. That’s why we offer every replacement customer a choice of options, whether it’s for a Northern Virginia roof, siding, window or door system. Our goal is always to help you find the right solution for your needs.

In order to do this, we’ll first ask important questions that help us determine what we, as experts in our industry, would do in your situation. But no matter what, we always offer a “Good/Better/Best” range of solutions for your replacement project.

  • Good. The “good” system is for a family who is moving in one to three years and does not want to invest in extras that are not essential. Our “good” systems always meet the minimum manufacturer requirements and all local and state codes and guidelines. This option is also the lowest cost, to save money for our customers while still installing a system that they can feel good about passing on to the next owner.
  • Better. Our “better” system is the middle-of-the-road option, and our most popular system. It has extras that add real value. The families that choose this system are usually families that are staying in their home for more than three years. This system provides protection against even the worst storms that come our way. More importantly, the “better” system gives our customers comfort and peace of mind.
  • Best. Our “best” system is for those families who prefer the absolute best. These systems offer the longest warranties on both workmanship and material defect protection. They include extras that make a real difference in the value and the looks of a home.

As our company Mission Statement states, at Roofing & More we’re always looking for new ways and ideas to serve our customers. Our good/better/best systems are just another way of doing this! What can we do for your home today? Call us at (877) 398-4555 or complete our convenient form to schedule a FREE in-home consultation and estimate for Northern Virginia roofing, siding, windows and more.

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Why Architectural Shingles are Tops for Your Roof

Timberline American Harvest shingles in Cedar Falls

Architectural shingles offer wonderful benefits for the modern home. Because they are constructed of two bonded layers of shingle material rather than just one, they provide extra durability, better fire and wind resistance, and longer service life. The benefits of architectural shingles also extend to the cosmetic: they create a beautiful multi-dimensional effect that can be used to emulate the look of high-end roofing materials. With an architectural shingle, you can have all the sophistication of an upscale slate or shake with the performance and affordable cost of asphalt.

One of the most popular architectural shingles installed by Roofing & More is the GAF Timberline® series, featuring the new American Harvest™ shingle collection. Timberline shingles add a delightful natural wood shake look with extra dimension to give your roof new depth and beauty. The American Harvest color palette, inspired by America’s landscape, features subtle color blends designed to complement any exterior color scheme. Choose from the following colors for your Herndon roofing.

  • Brandywine Dusk
  • Adobe Sunset
  • Saddlewood Ranch
  • Golden Harvest
  • Appalachian Sky
  • Nantucket Morning
  • Cedar Falls

Timberline shingles not only deliver all the advantages of durability and great appearance found in an architectural shingle, they also come with GAF’s Limited Lifetime Warranty plus non-prorated coverage for the first 10 years. Roofing & More, your local GAF Master Elite™ factory-certified contractor for roofing in Chantilly, VA, can provide more information about all of the GAF architectural shingle choices, and help you choose the best color to complement your home. Call us today at (877) 398-4555 or click here for a FREE in-home estimate!

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Attic Ventilation 101: What You Don’t Know May Be Costing You

Are the upper levels of your home always hot, causing your air conditioner run non-stop during the summer? If so, the problem could be something other than your A/C system – the problem may lie with your Sterling roofing system. Improper attic ventilation is an issue the Roofing & More team encounters frequently during the summer months, when homeowners become frustrated by poor indoor climate control. Temperatures in an underventilated attic can reach 150 degrees or higher on hot, humid days. This heat will radiate into unfinished attic space and then into the finished levels of your home, causing excess heat upstairs and increasing the air conditioning costs of your home.

Not only can heat build-up in an attic make living spaces uncomfortable, moisture may also accumulate in the ceiling and walls that separate the trapped hot air from cooler air. Just as condensation forms on a glass of cold water placed in the hot sun, condensation can build within your roof and drywall, greatly increasing the likelihood of mold growth, dry rot and structural failure over time.

Attic Ventilation Options

When paired with a ridge vent, soffit intake vents draw cool air into an attic and keep hot air rising up and out of the ridge vent. Another attic ventilation option if your home does not have adequate soffit ventilation is an attic fan. However, a ridge vent and an attic fan should not be installed on the same roof. Finally, consider installing additional attic insulation to prevent heat from radiating to lower levels, interfering with the established roof ventilation pattern.

Call for a Free Consultation

With a proper ventilation system in place, hot, moist air from your attic is able to escape, dramatically decreasing the temperature in the attic as well as extending the life of Northern Virginia roofing. If you suspect improper attic ventilation may be a problem for your home, call Roofing & More today at (877) 398-4555 to schedule an evaluation in Herndon, Reston, Chantilly, Sterling or any surrounding community. We look forward to making your home more comfortable!

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Giving Back: A Special Kind of Roofing Project for a Local Military Family

treehouseAt Roofing & More, we have long been dedicated to providing our neighbors with quality, affordable Northern Virginia roofing, siding, windows and other home improvements. Another aspect of our mission, reflected in our company mission statement, is to “give back to those in our community.” Recently, we had the opportunity to do just that.

Kevin J. called Roofing & More for an estimate on very special project: a roof for a treehouse he had framed out for his two boys. Kyle Hoffman, owner of Roofing & More, stopped to present an estimate at the family’s home in Falls Church. “I could tell that Kevin had put a lot of effort into this project. It’s an awesome treehouse, but the roof was tricky and needed some professional attention,” says Kyle.

Kyle also learned that Kevin has spent his entire career serving in the U.S. Army, and currently works as a Strategist at the Army National Military Cemeteries. “A light bulb went off in my head. I knew this would be a great opportunity to use our skills to show our appreciation to a member of our military,” he says. “This man is serving our country well, and it was an honor to be able to do this.”

treehouse familyWithin days, the Roofing & More crew was on hand to finish off the treehouse with a professionally built roof complete with GAF dimensional shingles. It’s a structure that will be the perfect spot for many hours of adventure. “The treehouse roof really exceeded our expectations,” Kevin says. “It was a difficult job, but the crew made it look like a million bucks.”

Roofing & More looks forward to many more opportunities to give back to the community that has contributed to our company’s success for more than 20 years! If we can help you, call us at (877) 398-4555 to schedule a FREE in-home consultation and estimate for roofing in Arlington, Falls Church, Chantilly or any surrounding Northern Virginia community.

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New threat to homeowners: scavenging bears

Sturdy windows are important to keep our homes safe against harmful external elements such as the weather, people and wildlife. Homeowners should always prioritize strengthening their houses especially if no one can fully predict when casualties may happen. Some damage though, unexpected as they may be is not far from happening, like those from bear attacks. For the most part, bears are shy and will avoid humans as much as possible but can inflict sever injuries if provoked. They are usually attracted to food since they can smell it from afar and will dare go near a house provided there is no human in sight.

This incident has happened recently as nvdaily.com reported:

Having lived at Red Hill for 13 years, we have heard bear stories from neighbors and friends. Twice I have seen bears in the distance near here, but this is our first encounter with a bear so close to home. However, we will not leave bird seed out during the night, and we will be more vigilant about any outside potential food source such as the compost bin. The two visits are, in some way, exciting but dangerous for the bear and us, so we need to stop this creature’s habit by removing any food. It is not welcome here like some other creatures that visit or take up temporary residence for a season.

It seems that bears would only dare go closer to a house to look for sustenance. This only suggests that residents shouldn’t leave food around their houses especially in areas like Northern Virginia where such animals are commonly roaming around.

But even if food is already inside the house, the smell can still escape especially if you have loose or faulty windows which might lead them even inside your home. Protect your home from these predators by having a window repair in Northern Virginia.

We at Roofing & More Inc. with our team of professional factory-certified contractors can provide you with superior window repairs. Not only that, we also do window replacement in Northern Virginia. Our products are not only perfect for insulation; the air or smell doesn’t easily get in and out of your household. So for a well-protected home against scavenging bears, call us at Roofing & More Inc. today!

(Article Excerpt from Roger Barbee: Birds, bears, bees and other wonders of summer, nvdaily.com, June 11, 2013, http://www.nvdaily.com/columns/2014/06/roger-barbee-summer-brings-hungry-late-night-visitor.php)

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Video Inspections: It’s Just Another Way Roofing & More Does Right by Customers

Signs that your roof needs attention can appear at the most unexpected times and places. You may find water leaking from around pipes, an ugly stain somewhere on the interior ceiling, or water dripping from vents or a chimney. When you make these discoveries, it’s not too late. Just give Roofing & More a call.

One of the advantages technology has given roofing contractors is the ability to show customers exactly what we see when we’re on a roof, inspecting for problems. Only a professional should walk your Northern Virginia roof – we know how to do it safely and without causing further damage to roofing materials – but with a video camera, we can take you everywhere we go! During an inspection, our expert will take a video of your roof to document all the areas that need to be addressed, and allow you a bird’s-eye view of just what’s going on up there. He will then sit down with you to play back the video and explain his findings, and put together a no-obligation estimate so you can make an educated decision. Here’s an example of a video inspection recently done by Kyle Hoffman, president of Roofing & More.

Our customers appreciate the honest approach we take to roof repair in Northern Virginia. Seeing actual video evidence of their roof’s condition is not only reassuring, it’s a whole lot less nerve-wracking than climbing up there!

Don’t wonder about the condition of your roof any longer. See for yourself with a FREE video inspection and estimate from Roofing & More. We have been providing customers with quality home improvement services for more than 20 years. Your friends and neighbors trust Roofing & More to provide certified installation, brand-name materials and a home improvement experience that is enjoyable, all at affordable prices. Call us today at (877) 398-4555!

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