We Love Receiving Emails Like This From Roofing Clients in Yorktown, Virginia

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Excerpt: It’s great to get emails like this: “Hi Sharon, Everything was fine with the work. I must say that it is apparent that Justin Foreman is a key component to your workforce. He is great to work with, as are you. You have been most responsive with communications. I did submit the Angie’s List review. I must verify it at my home e-mail address before it is accepted. Have a great day.” The actual Angie’s List review was even better! “Justin Foreman was the coordinator for this job and we had the pleasurable experience of working with him on a previous job for our home….

Slate Roof Leaks in Hilton Village, Newport News, Virginia

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Excerpt: This 1948 built home in Hilton, Newport News, has an original slate roof. As you can see from the pictures, a competitor of ours, using the “guess and goo” technique has tried to stop leaks on the roof with copious amounts of roof tar. This homeowner paid the other contractor for several attempts to fix the leaks which included tarring the slate and replacing some slate. Why are we different? We don’t guess, we test. We performed diagnostic water tests and located both leak sources in under 20 minutes.  WHY DIDNT ANYONE THINK OF THIS THE 1st TIME…or 2nd time…or…

Things I Learn On the Job: Hampton Architecture and Big Virginia Trees

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Excerpt: I was recently referred by JoNika Yarborough of Old Point National Bank to look at the roof of the parsonage of the Bethany United Methodist Church in Hampton Virginia and give an estimate to replace it. The gentleman that met me there was very proud of the age of the building as well as the size of the tree behind it. He told me the house was built in the 1800’s. That sounded a bit too old to me. Its not uncommon for church stories to get “skewed” a bit when passed along from member to member, not unlike the “Telephone…

Family Room Addition in Seaford, Virginia

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Excerpt: These are pictures of a Family Room Addition in Seaford, Virginia that we just completed for a great couple! The Whites needed more room for the growing family when the grandkids would come and visit. They had an existing deck that they never used so they asked us to remove the deck and build a room addition where it used to be. They had a beautiful backyard and still wanted to be able to enjoy it. To accomplish this we used large picture and double hung windows to give a full view of the trees in the backyard. The part of…

New Roof, Siding, Windows and Trim = Different Home at Same Address in Hampton!

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Excerpt: Everyone loves “Before & After” pictures, but seldom are some as dramatic as the transformation that we witnessed in Hampton on Missionary Ridge.  Our clients loved their neighborhood and their home that they had raised their family in, but knew that it was long overdue for some updating.  So, rather than move to a new home in a different neighborhood and leave so many wonderful memories behind, they contracted Jim Hicks Home Improvement to replace the roof, the windows, the siding, rebuild an built-in entertainment center for a new TV, replace skylights,  replace garage doors, replace entry doors and porch…

When in doubt, Safety 1st when roofing in Virginia Beach!

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Excerpt: Is this OSHA approved?   It’s good to hear that the fellow hanging upside down by his ankles is still alive and well.  Sadly, I’ve seen more dangerous things done by roofing contractors here in the Virginia Beach area. This post authored by Jim Hicks. Jim Hicks Home Improvement serves Yorktown, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Williamsburg, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Hampton, Suffolk, Portsmouth Contractor, Home Improvement, Remodels, Additions, Kitchen, Bathrooms, Shingle Roofs, Slate Roofs, Siding, Windows https://www.jimhicks.com 757-706-3110 Disclaimer: All images, unless otherwise noted, were taken from the Internet. In the event that there is a problem or error with copyrighted material, the break…

Should Flashing Be Replaced or Re-Used When Installing a New Roof?

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Excerpt: I knew comparing bids from different contractors was difficult for homeowners that don’t do it everyday, but I didn’t realize HOW frustrating it truly was until my grandmother in California sent me three estimates she had received from local roofing contractors and asked me to tell her which one she should go with.   This is what I do for a living and I couldn’t compare one to another as each contractor was recommending a different scope of work, different specifications and different products in each proposal.  (Have you ever felt frustrated comparing estimates? This article here: “How to compare…

Should You Add a RidgeVent When You Have a New Roof Installed?

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Excerpt: It is said that “he who is only armed with a hammer, treats everything as a nail.” Ridgevents have become so popular that many roofing contractors are using them on every roof, regardless of whether they are appropriate for the roof style or current ventilation system. Unfortunately, because most contractors don’t understand proper ventilation they use ridgevents as the “panacea” to cure all ills and ward off all evil spirits, real or imagined. A few rules of thumb apply when considering whether a ridgevent should be used: 1. NEVER mix a ridgevent with other type of exhaust vents on a roof: gable vents,…

Should You Replace Your Leaking Slate Roof In Norfolk or Newport News

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Excerpt: In our area of Virginia, known as Hampton Roads or Tidewater, there are still many slate roofs in key areas of  Yorktown, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Williamsburg, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Hampton, Suffolk, and Portsmouth. The most common areas for Slate Roofs being in Ghent and Larchmont in Norfolk and Hilton Village and Huntington Heights in Newport News. A question that we receive over and over is “I had a leak in my slate roof and a roofing contractor said I had to replace it, is that true?”  The short answer is “not necessarily.” Slate may be the best roofing product ever used.  We are…

The Solution for Poor Intake Ventilation on Roofs in Hampton Roads, Virginia

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Excerpt: Ever since the 1960’s and 70’s, as we built homes more airtight and energy efficient, attic ventilation has become more and more of a critical issue in building science.  The chief reason is because of the phenomenon of  stack effect, which is discussed in more detail in this video:   From the Air Vent website: “The constant, year-round movement of air across the attic is a process that can improve home comfort, reduce damage to the roof structure and help keep a roofing warranty valid. Every time stale, overheated air is vented out of the home, and fresh air is pulled in to replace it,…