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Ice Storms and Roof Damage: What to Know

Ice storms are the silent threats of winter. Particularly here in the Southeast, most people underestimate their home’s vulnerability to winter because “winter weather” in the south is relatively mild. That means homes here are often even more unprepared for ice, snow, and other hazardous precipitation. What to Know Before an Ice StormThere are actually a few things you can and should do before an ice storm to protect your roof. By far the best course of action is to have your roof inspected by a professional roofer at least once a year. Doing so ensures all the components of your roofing system are ready for inclement weather, from your shingles to your gutters. If you have any damaged or missing shingles, aim to replace them before a weather event so water won’t be able to penetrate the roof. After an Ice StormOnce an ice storm is over and the ice has (mostly) melted away, it’s important to check your roof for damage. Always do so from the ground, where conditions are safe. Even if there doesn’t appear to be any obvious damage, it’s always best to call a local roofing company like Accent Roofing to know for sure. Even hard-to-see damage can result in massive water issues. Here are some of the most common damages that can result from ice storms: ·       Missing, split, or cracked shingles can result from falling ice or slushy rain ·       Dented metal, particularly on gutters and flashings ·       Missing granules that were knocked off by freezing rain or falling ice ·       “Bruised” shingles that can eventually crack and allow water to penetrate ·       Gutters that were bent, misaligned, or otherwise punctured by ice What to do About Ice DamageIf you can see any damage from the ground, call in a professional roofer right away; the longer you wait to repair cracked shingles and other vulnerable roofing layers, the more likely your home is to suffer from serious water damage. Even if you can’t detect any damage, it’s important to contact a roofer to ensure there’s no underlying damage. Doing so may protect your ability to file a homeowner’s insurance claim…a great roofing company will even help file insurance paperwork on your behalf! The sooner you call, the sooner you’re likely to get an appointment – remember that roofers get busy after particularly serious ice events! Has your roof been damaged by ice?Accent Roofing is…

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Why Fall is the Perfect Time to Have Your Roof Replaced

Considering a roof replacement in Georgia? NOW is the time!Fall is actually the ideal time of year roof replacement in Suwanee, Lawrenceville, Johns Creek, and all over North Georgia. It’s Accent Roofing’s busiest re-roofing season year after year…here’s why.Fall Weather in GA is WonderfulWho doesn’t love the fall color in north Georgia? Our beautiful autumns aren’t just good for leaf-peepin’ and football, they also create the perfect foundation for exterior residential roofing work. Fall weather is predictable, and when it rains it’s generally more of a light sprinkle than a heavy soak. The cool air also makes it far easier for roofers to work for long stretches of time – summer sun is not a roofer’s friend! The faster your roof can be replaced, the less “exposed” your home will be for any length of time. Good weather means quicker roof replacement.Seal Up Tight Before Winter Sets InFall’s temperatures here in Georgia are moderate: they’re neither the coldest or the warmest of the year. That means when your new roof is installed it can be sealed based on average material size; expansion and contraction happen naturally during serious temperature swings. It’s best to seal a new roof when conditions are dry, too, and fall actually offers some of the lowest rainfall totals of the entire year here in our region. By replacing your roof in fall, new shingles and other roofing components have time to properly bond before winter’s wet conditions set in.A New Roof Improves the Efficiency of Your HVACOdds are, you’ll be running your heat quite a bit in wintertime. Roof replacement by a local roofing contractor is actually one of the best ways to improve the performance of your entire heating system. Newer roofs are far more energy efficient than they were even ten years ago; they’re better sealed, better insulated, and depending on the roofing material you choose, may even help convert the sun’s rays into heat. You may even currently be eligible for a federal tax credit if you choose to install an Energy Star certified roof!Think Beyond Your RoofOne of the biggest benefits of replacing your roof anytime of year is having a professional roofer assess your entire system. Don’t forget: Your roof doesn’t function alone. Components like your gutters, your flashing, and even your chimney all work in harmony to keep your home insulated and leak-free. When you have your roof replaced, talk to your local roofer…

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How to Hang Christmas Lights Without Ruining Your Roof

Maybe you’re not aiming to be the next Clark Griswold, but you still want your house to look nice for the holidays. There’s a right way and a wrong way to hang Christmas lights on your roof. Don’t let your festive spirit wreak havoc on your home! Your friends at Accent Roofing Services have seen far too many leaks caused by errant staples and misplaced nails. Here are our tips and tricks for hanging Christmas lights without ruining your roof. Nix the Holes Why on earth would anyone add holes to their roof? Your roofing materials are meant to be watertight, so don’t render them leak-prone by puncturing through them with nails, staples, or tacks. Even the smallest fasteners can puncture your shingles, and once punctured, water begins to infiltrate at the first rain. Holes and your roof go together like…eggnog and pickles. That is to say, don’t do it. Look for Clips There are a wide variety of plastic (never metal!) clips on the market specially designed for safely clipping Christmas lights to your roof. They generally work by attaching to your gutters or to the sides of your home, but be sure to read the directions carefully. Even if you’re attaching clips to your gutters rather than your roof, be careful not to pull the gutters away from the house at all while you’re working. This can change the flow of water and weaken the entire system if you aren’t careful. Before You Walk We do NOT recommend walking on your own roof; it’s a job best left to professionals with the right safety equipment at hand. If you do need to walk on your roof to hang your holiday lights, take care wear soft, gripping shoes and always have a spotter on the ground. Prepare the lights before you get on the roof to minimize the time you spend up there, and always remember to walk on the “peaks,” not the “valleys” of the structure. Miscellaneous Décor Yes, the plywood cutout off Santa and his eight tiny reindeer looks cute on your roof, but is it good for your house? Probably not. Minimize the time you spend walking on your roof and also the weight load you ask it to bear. Since it’s difficult to attach large décor items safely without puncturing your roof, you’re looking at a physics problem anyway.…

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