Cedar Shake Roof Replacement – Great Falls, VA

In today’s customer journey, we get to explore one of the most luxurious roofing materials on the market: Cedar Shake

Alex S reached out to Schaefer Burdett Exteriors after doing extensive research on roofing companies in Northern Virginia that install cedar shake roofs.  Alex started the process after realizing his home suffered from storm-related wind damage.  Alex reached out to USAA and opened a claim.  USAA determined there was indeed wind damage to the existing cedar shakes, and worked with Schaefer Burdett Exteriors to cover the cost of the entire job.

Schaefer Burdett Exteriors knows how to appropriately build and file an itemized claim estimate in the insurance company’s format.  This process is often very tedious and confusing.  Hiring Schaefer Burdett Exteriors to work with the insurance company will often pay dividends, as we know how to properly build an itemized claim estimate according to the type of damage on the home, and the type of material present. The type and format of the insurance estimate is very different and much more complicated than a standard estimate produced for a homeowner’s review.

Alex’s new cedar shake roof will be completely installed today – the whole job took 3 days start to finish on a roughly 3600 square foot roof with two mansard sections.  Cedar shake is certainly more of a financial investment than asphalt shingles, but the look is timeless and classic.  Cedar shakes come in medium and heavy thickness, as well as hand-split and machine-cut varieties. On this particular job, we also installed copper valley flashing and counter flashing, giving the home an extra luxurious appearance. The mansard section of the roof really shows off the new shakes from the curb, and will maintain the curb appeal of this beautiful Great Falls home for years to come.

If you’re interested in having a luxury roofing material installed like cedar shake, slate, or synthetic slate, look no further.  Schaefer Burdett routinely installs high-end roofing and siding materials around Northern Virginia and our customers are delighted.   Schaefer Burdett Exteriors installs all types of roofing, siding, and windows.  Please contact us here if you’re interested in a free estimate!

Roof Replacement: Northern Virginia

In this edition of Schaefer Burdett’s customer journey, we will be highlighting a townhouse roof replacement.  Townhouses are a unique project – they’re often 3-stories high and usually significantly smaller and quicker projects than single family homes.  However, many townhouses have unique shapes, pitches, and layouts.  This townhouse, as seen in our final drone picture, has an extended back side of the roof, making it larger than the average townhouse roof.

A normal town home roof is roughly 1,000 square feet, accounting for waste during the construction job.  According to Cost Vs Value Report, the average cost for a roof replacement in the Great Washington Area is $24,647 for 235 lb fiberglass asphalt shingles for a 3,000 square foot roof.  These types of shingles include Certainteed Landmark, GAF Timberline HD, among others.

Breaking the math down, $24,647 into 3,000 square feet results in $8.21 per square foot.  This is the cost per square foot to replace a roof in Northern Virginia, on average.  If you own a normal townhouse at 1,000 square feet, you’re looking at paying about $8,210 on average.  This pricing does not represent Schaefer Burdett’s roofing pricing.  In fact, Schaefer Burdett is almost always priced below the national average especially for asphalt roofs. We maintain extremely high quality but have a low-overhead business, resulting in a great value for our customers.

So, if you’re getting door hangers that are advertising “$5,000 per roof!” without having ever been on your roof, measured your roof with an EagleView, or even met you, beware!  These types of companies often have limited or zero project management during the job and quality could be questionable.  Schaefer Burdett Exteriors prices each roof individually after speaking with our customers in-person, hand-measuring the roof, or ordering a reliable satellite report on the roof size and slope.

If you or anyone you know needs a new roof before we head into the busy fall, please mention the code “CVV” and get $250 off your next project.  Schaefer Burdett Exteriors specializes in all types of roofing, siding, windows, and doors. Please contact us here if you’d like a free estimate: https://www.schaeferburdett.com/contact/

Certainteed Landmark Moire Black

Roof & Gutter Replacement: Certainteed Landmark in Fairfax, VA

Andrew G. recently reached out to Schaefer Burdett Exteriors for a roof replacement, gutter replacement, and soffit repair estimate.  Andrew did extensive research on companies in Northern Virginia and ended up reaching out to SBE after seeing their Angie’s List Super Service Award, Google Guaranteed status, and stellar Yelp reviews.

Schaefer Burdett was able to come and visit with Andrew within 4 days.  Josh met with Andrew and talked a little bit about the company and ended up emailing the estimate so Andrew could speak with his wife about the job.

Andrew’s roof was 20 years old and had visible damage on the shingles as well as minor leaks inside.  He reached out to several contractors and decided Schaefer Burdett would serve him better than any other company in the area.  He also had visible soffit damage.  While it’s easy to find a contractor to replace just your roof, it can actually be challenging to find a company that can do it all.  When SBE finished the job, the home looked visibly newer and had an improved curb appeal.  Check out the before and after pictures and decide for yourself!

Schaefer Burdett offers competitive financing plans, accepts all major credit cards, and offers cash discounts for all projects.  If your roof is aging, if you notice leaks, or if you’d like a free inspection please reach out to SBE today and we’ll get you set up with a consultation.  Please reach out to us at 703.628.7663 or tell us more about your project here: https://www.schaeferburdett.com/contact/

After! Certainteed Landmark in Moire Black with new gutters.
New gutters!

Roof Replacement: Cedar Shake to Certainteed Belmont in Great Falls, VA

Schaefer Burdett Exteriors (SBE) is exciting to announce: we will be posting regular blog posts about our projects.  We understand that when customers begin the process of researching companies to invest with for projects like roofing, siding, windows, doors and gutters, it can be a bit daunting.  The aim of these blog posts is to show the extensive work that SBE puts into each and every job in order to deliver a top-quality end result – a finished exterior remodeling project that brings the homeowner peace of mind.

In these posts, we will talk about the customer journey, the type of project, and other relevant details about the process.  Our first customer to highlight is Jim B in Great Falls, VA.  Jim reached out to SBE regarding drywall staining in one of his upstairs rooms.  Josh and Toby, owners of SBE, conducted a site visit to inspect the issue.

Josh and Toby went inside to inspect the initial damage in the room, then went into the adjacent attic to inspect further.  After doing a thorough internal inspection, Toby went on the cedar shake roof and inspected the condition of the roof.  After a full review, Josh and Toby informed Jim that the issue of drywall discoloration was due to poor ventilation of the roof.  Josh also informed Jim that the cedar shakes were beyond their usable life and recommended a full roof replacement in order to provide a comprehensive solution.

Jim’s wife was not present for the appointment, so he decided to speak with his wife before proceeding with the job.  After one week of deliberation, Jim decided to proceed with a full roof replacement on a 7,000+ square foot job.  Jim actually didn’t meet with any other roofers and fully trusted SBE’s pricing and recommendation, relying our robust online presence and after reading other customer reviews.  Trust is paramount when hiring a roofing contractor.

Within three weeks, SBE started the roofing job and finished within 3 days, including a thorough clean up and final inspection.  Jim and his wife decided to change the roofing material to Certainteed Belmont in Shenandoah (brown).  The new luxury asphalt shingle maintained an elegant look on the Great Falls single family home. 

SBE is a “Shingle Master” through Certainteed, meaning we offer a 4-star warranty that is backed by Certainteed, one of the largest shingle manufacturers in the world.  Certainteed Belmont carries a 50-year, non-prorated warranty for materials, as well as a 130 mph wind warranty.  SBE also offers a 10 year “no questions asked” workmanship warranty for this type of roof replacement.  SBE offers 24-hour emergency roofing services for all previous and existing roofing customers and we take pride in delivering top-notch customer service.

If your home needs roofing, siding, windows, doors, or gutters, please reach out to SBE today!  You can email us at [email protected] or call at 703.628.7663.  Please mention the “Belmont Blog Post” to receive $250 off your project.  SBE offers financing and accepts all major credit cards, including American Express. You can also contact us here: https://www.schaeferburdett.com/contact/

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Repair vs. Replace

The age old question in roofing is how much longer will it last. “Can you just put up a quick patch job and give it a few years?” “I think we’ll wait till the Spring to do anything serious.” “Will this fix the leak?” 

The questions above are just a small sample of real questions asked by our customers and it’s likely you have the same ones. While it may seem like an easy thing to just throw up some shingles in a compromised area, often more times than not it is quite a bit more complicated. The process of patching starts with the age of your roof. Generally, it is not good practice to confidently go in repairing a damaged area of asphalt shingles when the roof is above 10 years old. The main reason for this comes down to The Brittle Test. This is basically a way for roofers to determine if shingles surrounding the compromised area will lift without becoming compromised themselves. In order for a shingle to properly be installed, you have to lift the shingles above in order to nail along the proper lines and keep a watertight seal throughout the roof. If a crease forms on any of the surrounding shingles, that set has been compromised and can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs to continue working, that is, if the worker even tells you. Schaefer Burdett Exteriors will always perform the brittle test before working on any repair related job. This ensures we are able to warranty any part of the roof we work on as well as inform you of other issues that come up.

Don’t take a risk with your roof. Give SBE a call and set up a FREE appointment.

What you need to know about flashing

Flashing is the material that runs along any edge, valley, or channel that your roof may have. It is a necessary piece to complete a roof and essential in weather proofing your home. Materials can range from aluminum or steel to copper depending on the look you desire for your home.

Schaefer Burdett Exteriors is a leading roofing company in the Norther Virginia area and we take all the necessary precautions to ensure the weather resistant barrier of you home is protected. We also inform you as the homeowner what exactly our products are and provide samples for your convenience to compare. Our experts can have your home completely sealed from start to finish in as little as one day, allowing you to live stress free knowing that your home is secure from the elements.

If you have a leak or concern about and flashing or roofing related issues, give us a call here at Schaefer Burdett Exteriors so we can help you with your next project!

About Schaefer Burdett Exteriors

Before you know it a storm has rolled in and left you with water damage throughout your home. A decision has to be made whether or not to fix it yourself or call around for an estimate. Work can get in the way and leave you with picking the first contractor you meet who may or may not be a licensed professional and leave you with an even bigger headache.


Why settle for the below average job that leaves you spending more in the long run or even worse, go with the bigger company that lacks in customer service and leaves you with a leak in your wallet. When it comes down to it, you are the homeowner and you get to make the decisions that ultimately impact the satisfaction with your home. Schaefer Burdett Exteriors understands that and is willing to go out on a limb to ensure that every one of our customers is thoroughly satisfied with our work. Before you read any further we would love for you to open another page and check out our Yelp/HouzzFacebookGoogle/ and GAF reviews. Our 5-star rating across the board not only comes from our workmanship but largely from the customer service and support to smooth the entire process of replacing a roof, gutter system, windows, and so much more.

Let me explain the process. Josh, who previously sold for two other leading companies in the area, recognized the flaws in customer service. His experience with haggling the customer into signing day of ultimately left both parties unsatisfied. The experience you will receive with SBE is unlike any other in the industry with an informative approach that gives you the option to think on what can sometimes be a very large investment in the protection of your home.

After approving the work deemed necessary by Josh, Toby, steps in and takes care of any production related issues and ensures that your home stays protected for years to come. Toby specializes in the management of the project and oversees our exclusive crews, where he double checks every aspect of repair or replacement and responds to you, giving you the satisfaction of meeting directly with an owner.

We trust our work so much that we always offer a minimum of a 5-year workmanship warranty. What does that mean? If you have any issues you get to call an owner directly and we will have a crew ready to perform any maintenance deemed necessary to offer you the best service we can. Call the mainline today to set up a FREE estimate and see why our customers only have positive reviews about this family owned and operated business.