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A Complete Guide to Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most popular material for residential roofing applications. Why? Because asphalt is cost-effective, it’s durable, and it looks great with a variety of home styles. Accent Roofing lays tens of thousands of asphalt shingles each year. We know the ins and outs of this versatile roofing material and take great pride in always helping our customers select the ideal roof product for their home. Here’s what our technicians want you to know about asphalt shingles. Benefits of AsphaltThe contributions of asphalt shingles to the impermeability of your home are myriad. The primary value-adds of this material include: ·       cost-effectiveness ·       low-maintenance ·       easy installation ·       aesthetic variety Types of Asphalt ShinglesAsphalt shingles come in several types, but two are by-far the most common for use in both residential and commercial applications. Three-Tab: Three-tab shingles are the traditional choice for asphalt shingles, although they’re gradually being phased out by applications that offer even more durability. Dimensional: Dimensional shingles are made of laminated asphalt and can thus imitate the style and/or look of expensive shingle treatments such as slate or wood shakes. All asphalt shingles have a core made of fiberglass. This adds heft (to stay put during heavy winds) and allows the shingles to flex during cold weather. When finished, the shingles are coated with ceramic granules that help protect them from the sun and moisture. Some shingle brands coat their shingles with algae-resistant granules to prohibit the growth of unattractive blue-green algae. Shingles come in a wide variety of colors, ranging from earthy reds to dark blues and blacks. In the southeast, black and dark gray asphalt shingles are two of the most popular styles. Installation of Asphalt ShinglesAs with any roofing product, new asphalt shingles are impacted by the way in which they’re installed. Ultimately, some factors in the lifespan of your roofing materials are out of your control, including climate, humidity, and weather events. It’s imperative that you have your asphalt shingles installed by a professional roofer in your area. Not only is DIY-roofing unsafe, only professional roofing contractors have the experience necessary to determine how best to seal and protect your roof. Asphalt shingle warranties vary brand-to-brand and can be nullified if the shingles are not properly installed. Professional Application of Asphalt ShinglesYour roofer should walk you through the entire process before re-roofing or repairing your asphalt-shingled home. Here are a few of the components you…

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Pros and Cons of DIY Roof Repair

Should you repair your roof yourself? It’s never been “easier” to attempt DIY roof repair. A simple online search reveals millions of how-to videos and articles…it’s easy to see why so many homeowners decide going it alone is the most cost effective way to fix a faulty roof. So, should you attempt to repair your roof yourself? Let’s talk about the pros and cons of DIY roof repair in Georgia. Do-It-Yourself Roof Repair PROS It’s possible to save a significant amount of money on labor when performing a roof repair yourself. (Remember to factor in the materials discounts professional roofers pass on to the customer when determining materials costs) Perform the repair around your own schedule without having to wait on a professional roofer’s calendar to open up Do-It-Yourself Roof Repair Cons Roof repair (and especially roof replacement) are highly-skilled jobs. Without the proper training and in-field experience, it’s easy to miss underlying problems or to improperly perform a repair. Tools can be incredibly expensive. If you don’t already have a shed full of commercial-grade tools, you might end up spending more than you think on the equipment you need for the job at hand. Roof work is inherently dangerous. Without proper safety equipment, no repair job is ever truly safe. It’s also possible that your health insurance won’t adequately cover the cost of a fall in the worst-case-scenario. Relatedly, some homeowners’ insurance policies can be nullified when improper or unlicensed repairs are performed on a home. Check your specific policy for details, but in general, it’s always best to hire a licensed, insured roofing professional. Most materials come with their own warranties, but these are also nullified when the materials aren’t installed by a certified roofer. If your new shingles crack, for example, you may have no recourse if you’ve installed them yourself. There are, of course, dozens of other differences between a professional roof repair and a DIY-job. While it’s always tempting to perform residential repairs yourself, Accent Roofing strongly encourages you to reach out to a local roofing professional before going it alone. When you work with the right roofing company, you’ll be surprised just how efficiently and affordably professional roof work can be done. Considering do-it-yourself roof repair? Reach out to Accent Roofing for a second opinion. We always offer no pressure, no hassle advice whether you decide to go with us or DIY. …

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