Monthly Archives: April 2011

Protect Your Home from the Dangers of a Storm

stormThe aftermath of a serious storm can be devastating and costly for a homeowner, whether it’s caused by lightning, strong winds or even a hurricane. Damage to a home can happen in an instant. Knowing the power of Mother Nature, and more importantly, how to prepare your home to stand up to her fury, can save you time and money before the weather takes a turn for the worst.

The good news is that there are many ways to protect your home against damage.

  • Install UL-listed surge protectors on electrical panels to avoid power spikes often caused by lightning. Consider purchasing a home lightning system. This system can redirect lightning to the ground so that it steers clear of your home.
  • Have a professional that handles storm damage repairs come out and inspect areas most prone to storm damage, such as the roof, basement, windows, shutters, etc.

Hurricanes present a different set of challenges. Few homes will be unaffected by a direct hit from a hurricane, but there are precautions you can take to lessen damage as a storm approaches.

  • Install hurricane shutters or plywood over glass doors and windows.
  • Make sure your doors are as secure as possible. Each door should have at least three hinges and a deadbolt security lock with a bolt that’s at least one inch long.
  • If you have a patio, consider having impact-resistant doors installed, which can withstand serious pressure and sustained winds.
  • Tie down or bring indoors any objects that might be blown around by hurricane winds. Secure all items that cannot be brought inside.
  • If floods are a common threat to your home, install a sump pump to protect your basement.

The key is safety, so make sure you have a qualified professional that can assess your needs and help with the preparations. Roofing & More specializes in Northern Virginia roof repair and window repair in Alexandria, VA, so you can count on our team to evaluate weak areas and make plans for improvement. With a little research and advanced planning, you can be safe and give yourself peace of mind. Call us today at (703) 467-0206.

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Fall Into Savings with a $200 Rebate on the GAF Golden Pledge® Warranty

golden pledgeOne of the greatest benefits of having a new roof installed by Roofing & More, a GAF Master Elite™ factory-certified contractor, is that we make you eligible for the best warranty coverage available for roofing in Sterling. The Golden Pledge® warranty – only available through GAF Master Elite certified contractors – gives you real peace of mind with lifetime coverage of shingles, a warranty to cover both labor and materials, and an independent 40-point factory-certified inspection after the roof has been installed. Here are the advantages of choosing Golden Pledge over other warranties.

  • Material coverage. Golden Pledge includes 100% coverage of shingle defects for 50 years. Other warranties typically include only 10 years of coverage.
  • Labor coverage for shingle replacement. One of the biggest expenses when replacing a defective roof is the cost of installation labor. With the Golden Pledge warranty, this cost is covered for 50 years. Other warranties may only cover labor for 10 years of coverage.
  • Workmanship coverage. The Golden Pledge offers another unique benefit with 25 years of coverage for workmanship, even if the installing contractor goes out of business. Typical coverage from manufacturers who offer a workmanship warranty is two years.
  • Good Housekeeping protection. The GAF Lifetime roofing system is the only roofing system to have received the prestigious Good Housekeeping seal.

There are many Sterling roofing contractors to choose from. Why not get the best roofing system, installed by the best and backed by the best warranty? Through October 31, 2014, when you have a roof installed using Lifetime Designer Shingles or Timberline® American Harvest shingles, you will receive a $200 rebate on a Golden Pledge warranty. For more information, visit the GAF rebate center or call Roofing & More at (703) 467-0206.

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Ask the Expert: “Is It Worth It to Choose Upgraded Shingles for My Roof?”

When planning to replace roofing in Chantilly, VA, there are many questions to consider and choices to make. Decisions about style, color, quality and longevity all come into play. Since a new roof is a significant investment, many Roofing & More clients struggle with the choice between standard and premium shingles in particular. They aren’t sure if the benefits of high-quality shingles like GAF Timberline® outweigh the higher upfront costs of general purpose shingles.

There is no one-size-fits-all answer for every homeowner, but in general, better quality shingles provide a generous return on investment and a longer, more attractive lifespan. Benefits include:

  • Enhanced curb appeal. Did you know that Timberline architectural shingles are designed to appear extra-dimensional and therefore hide imperfections that develop over time? They come in a wide variety of colors to complement the exterior of your home and fit homeowner’s association specifications. That color holds over time in a way that’s superior to less costly shingles.
  • Enhanced safety and durability. Weather can be unpredictable in Northern Virginia. No matter the season, the chance of high winds damaging your roof is there. When expertly installed, Timberline Advanced Protection shingles withstand wind speeds of up to 130 mph.
  • Enhanced warranty protection. In contrast to lower quality shingles that come with a 25-30 year limited warranty, Timberline Lifetime shingles include a transferable 50-year, non-prorated warranty. This not only protects your roof in the event of a natural disaster, but also potentially adds great incentive to prospective home buyers and increases resale value.

Still unsure about the specifics of your Chantilly, VA, roofing project? Call or contact the experts at Roofing & More at (703) 467-0206. We are a GAF Master Elite™ certified roofing contractor and can help you make informed decisions that best suit your needs.

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How We Help Our Customers Avoid “Construction Anxiety”

It seems like every home has a junk drawer into which all of those odds and ends get tossed until some brave soul cleans it out. It’s the same way for small businesses – that point in the year when as a business owner, you start to give thought to cleaning up operations and processes. I like to take time to do this in the late summer, before the holidays, because it gives me a chance to step back and reflect on what is most important for the future of Roofing & More. As always, I have customer comfort and satisfaction at the forefront of my mind.

It is all too common in this high-speed digital age to see contractors who speed through the improvement process, leaving their clients unsure, unsettled and uninformed. This is the very definition of the “construction anxiety” we discussed earlier this month. The project consultants at Roofing & More are trained to help clients avoid construction anxiety by taking all the time necessary with each and every client and potential client to address concerns, answer questions and clearly set forth a strategic plan for the project. Whether it’s an Arlington roofing replacement, Fairfax replacement windows or another improvement, Roofing & More clients always know what to expect. Most importantly, we take the time to bring all decision-makers in on this process. One unified vision is essential to preventing and alleviating construction anxiety.

Let me illustrate this idea. A husband and wife are on a road trip with the open highway spread out in front of them. They are both looking through the same windshield at the same scenery. Almost simultaneously, the husband points out an interesting water tower while the wife remarks about the hundreds of cows grazing in a field. They realize that despite the fact that they share an identical view, each of them has a different perspective. This kind of dynamic is part of every major home project, and that is why Roofing & More’s project consultants work to unify the perspectives of everyone involved. We make sure that everyone is aware of the realities of what they will feel, see, hear and spend so that all can be confident about the project.

To begin your simple, hassle-free home improvement experience, contact Roofing & More today at (703) 467-0206. We look forward to serving you.

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Ask the Expert: “Should I Replace My Roof Or Just Repair It?”

I recently met with a couple looking for an estimate on a new roof system. The homeowners told me that the other contractors said they could wait three to five years to replace their Northern Virginia roofing system and, in the meantime, pay less to simply repair it. I paused and offered, “Well, that could be true, but did they give you any more information?” The homeowners shook their heads and I went on to explain the following.

If your roof is just “getting by,” choosing to repair trouble spots as they come may seem cost-effective, but taking that approach may lead you to pay more in the long run. Not only will you have to replace the roof eventually, those spot-by-spot repairs add up. I like to show this example breakdown of projected spending to customers facing this dilemma.

There are, of course, instances in which a roof repair is the smartest choice – such as minor damage from a natural disaster. But homeowners should also pay attention to the following signs of a roof system that’s calling out, “Replace me!”

  • Your roof leaks in multiple areas.
  • It is more than 20 years old.
  • The shingles on your roof are excessively curled or buckled, or a number of tiles are cracked or missing.
  • The roof is stained or covered with mossy growth.
  • Ice dams on your roof’s edge or in the gutters.
  • Stains on interior walls, ceilings and attic rafters.

If you need insight on Northern Virginia roof repair or replacement, call Roofing & More to schedule a free roof system inspection at (703) 467-0206. We’ve been serving Northern Virginia since 1993 by providing quality, affordable home improvements. Our experts always tell you the full story so you can make the best decision for your home, family and wallet!

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4 Reasons TPO is Gaining in Popularity for Roofing in Chantilly, VA

Roofing & More routinely installs commercial and industrial roofing systems throughout Northern Virginia. Increasingly, we are asked about TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) roof membrane. TPO is an advanced single-ply roofing material manufactured from a rubber compound reinforced with polyester fabric. This membrane has been on the market for over 20 years, and has quickly gained in popularity for both new and replacement roofs on commercial and residential structures. Here are some of the most important benefits of TPO.

  1. Efficiency. TPO has excellent reflective abilities, which results in a great reduction in energy costs and reduced environmental impact. It generally comes in white, although manufacturers continue to expand their color palettes with colors including tan and grey.
  2. Performance. When properly installed, TPO systems will last from 10 to 20 years, depending on the method of installation. TPO is highly resistant to impact, punctures and tears.
  3. Easy installation. Most TPO membranes come in lighter, wider sheets than other roofing materials, so they’re easier to install and have fewer seams.
  4. Price. Ease of installation not only makes the installation process faster, it’s often less expensive.

When you consider its relatively easy installation, durability and cost, the rising popularity of TPO for roofing in Chantilly, VA, is easy to understand. Roofing & More offers professional TPO installation and repair, utilizing products from leading manufacturers. For more information about this roofing system, contact us at (703) 467-0206 to schedule a FREE consultation and learn more about the benefits of TPO.

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How Roofing & More’s Core Values Affect Our Customers

Picture the core of an apple. As the fruit grows, ripens and is eventually picked, the core of the apple never changes. It’s the strong center – the heart. It is what remains when the rest of the fruit is eaten and enjoyed. As the core is to the apple, so are core values to a successful company.

At Roofing & More, our core values (in conjunction with our vision and mission statement) are the guiding principles by which all employees live and work. They are honesty and openness, combined with quality products and installation where each staff member must maintain high standards with a positive attitude, always striving to exceed the expectations of each and every client.

Why do our core values matter to you? It comes down to purpose and integrity. Some companies take a haphazard approach to the work they do. Without well-established core values to serve as a foundation for every project, their focus shifts to money instead of providing the best result to each client. At Roofing & More, we believe that if we serve customers with integrity first, the money will come second. It’s all about priorities.

The discussion of purpose extends to how we approach each individual project. It is very common for homeowners to experience “construction anxiety” in the midst of a major home repair or renovation. To help alleviate this, we carefully walk each client through the unique plan for their home – always with honesty and openness. It is important that you are never in the dark about what is happening with your home; you are an important partner in achieving the very best result.

This is how we have been exceeding the expectations of Northern Virginia roofing clients for more than 20 years, and how we intend to do so for many years to come. Give us a call at (877) 398-4555 for a FREE estimate for your home improvement project in Sterling, Chantilly, Herndon, McLean, Great Falls or another Northern Virginia community. We look forward to serving you.

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Roofing & More Employee Spotlight: Rachel Patterson

RachelRachel Patterson, Administrative Assistant at Roofing & More, is one of the newest faces on our team. She started at her job in March 2014. In addition to being the all-important first impression of the company, Rachel schedules appointments with customers and provides them with any information they may need. She feels her greatest strength is her patience.

One of the reasons Rachel enjoys coming to work at Roofing & More is the great atmosphere. “This place has the best work environment,” she says. “I’ve never worked for a company that cares SO much about their employees!” She believes a company-wide dedication to the customer sets Roofing & More apart from other roofing companies in Northern Virginia. “We care about customer satisfaction from beginning to end of a project, and we are an honest company that wants to help our customers get the work done right.”

“Rachel has one of the best attitudes that I have seen in a long time,” says Todd Shaffer, General Manager. “She always has a smile on her face no matter the task at hand. She is definitely a vital part of the Roofing & More experience!”

Rachel is originally from Rappahannock, and studied photography at NOVA Community College for Art. She now puts her skills to use at her other job, a freelance photography business called Briarley Images.

Rachel and her boyfriend, James, have been together for four years but “aren’t ready for marriage just yet.” The couple has two Husky/Lab mixes. Rachel’s favorite place to dine out is Claire’s at The Depot in Warrenton, and her favorite TV show is Curiosity. If she could go anywhere for a day, she would scuba dive and explore a sunken ship.

One of Rachel’s long-term goals is to be financially secure for whatever the future may hold. She would give others the following advice about life: “You can’t please everyone, so stop trying. Focus on you. Find out what makes you tick. Then vow to be the best version of you that you can be. You have a unique gift and a special purpose. Be proud, be purposeful, and don’t ever apologize for being you.”

Thanks, Rachel, for being an important part of the Roofing & More team!

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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 (703) 467- 0206 … 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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