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When Should You Have Your Roof Replaced?

Having your roof replaced is a big decision. A new roof is an investment in your home, and it’s not one you should take lightly. Here at Accent Roofing, we perform roof replacement in Suwannee, Lawrenceville, Johns Creek, and beyond, and we’ve worked on thousands of North Georgia homes. Over the years, we’ve learned to detect a few tell-tale signs that roof replacement will be necessary in the near future. Here are some tips on when to have your roof replaced from your local residential roofing specialists. Curling/Buckling ShinglesIf you can see extensive shingle damage from the ground, your roof is, at the very least, in need of repair. In some cases, shingles can be replaced one-by-one, but if large swaths of shingles are curling, cracking, buckling, or losing granules (check around the base of your gutters!) it’s likely time for a full roof replacement. Missing ShinglesAre there spots on your roof that are missing multiple shingles? Unless caused by something sudden like a hailstorm, shingle loss is an inevitable sign of a worn-out roof. Your shingles are your roof’s first line of defense against the elements so it’s critical they form a total barrier against wind, rain, and other hazards. One missing shingle is an easy fix…100 missing shingles? Time for a new roof. Daylight in the AtticWhen you go into your attic space, can you see daylight peeking in through the rafters? You should never, ever see daylight in spots your roof should be covering. This indicates a malfunction in the under-layer of your roof and is almost certainly allowing moisture into your home. If you’ve got daylight, you’ve got leaks! Leaking FlashingThe flashing on your roof – the materials that keep water from seeping into seams and cracks around valleys, chimneys, and dormers – will eventually wear out. In some cases, flashing can be replaced or repaired bit-by-bit, but if significant portions of flashing are failing it may be more cost effective to replace the whole roofing system rather than repair individual issues. Neighbors ReplacingHave you noticed many of your neighbors replacing their roofs? Their structures, of course, don’t necessarily have any bearing on yours, but in a neighborhood setting, most houses are around the same age. If their roofs are ageing into replacement, it might be time to have your roof professionally inspected, too. Is it time you found a…

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