What are the Most Common Roofing Issues in Georgia?

Georgia weather isn’t exactly known for being consistent. It’s your roof that takes the brunt of the damage when inclement weather hits, but today’s roofs are built to withstand a lot. What are some of the most common roofing issues in Georgia, as seen by a professional GA roofing company? Accent Roofing has had decades of experience maintaining, repairing, and replacing roofs here in the south. Here are the issues Georgians call us about most.Storm DamageThe number one spontaneous cause of damage in Georgia is most certainly storm damage. Storm damage on your roof can take a number of forms, but it occurs when winds are high, rain is raging, and even when hailstones fall. Most people notice damage to their roof either immediately after a storm, such as in the case of missing shingles, or during the next time it rains when water infiltrates the house.Structural DamageWe’ve got a lot of big, beautiful trees here in Georgia, but they’re a hazard to roofs. Fallen trees – particularly oaks and pines – are a common occurrence during summer and winter when the ground is particularly soft or moist. Sometimes a whole tree takes out a home’s roof, and sometimes a single limb causes shingle damage that necessitates a fast repair. Whatever structural damage occurs, Accent Roofing is always on the scene to provide a fast, accurate quote.Damaged GuttersThose beautiful trees? They also produce a lot of stuff. Gutter systems are one of the most underrated components of roofs; they keep water flowing away from the house and off the roof itself. Clogged gutters aren’t an uncommon sight here in GA thanks to a proliferation of pine needles, industrious squirrels, and heavy-leaved oak trees, but they’re avoidable. Have your gutters professionally cleaned twice a year: once in the spring and once in the fall.Heat DamageRoofs that get a ton of direct sunlight degrade more quickly than those that don’t. Of course, experienced roofers know the tips and tricks to keeping a heat-prone roof up to snuff, but that hot Georgia sun inevitably takes a huge toll on vulnerable roofing components like shingles, flashing, and caulk. If your house gets a lot of sunlight, it’s all the more important that you have your roof inspected at least once a year to extend its lifespan.Georgia roofs are built to last. Most have a significant pitch and durable asphalt shingles are by far…

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Is Your Roof Leaking? How to Tell

Roof leaks are one of the most common roofing issues in Georgia. Here at Accent Roofing, we help hundreds of homeowners deal with roof leaks every year…that’s why they call us The Leaksmith!Some roof leaks are easier to spot than others. It’s not impossible to have a leaking roof for weeks or even months before you notice something’s amiss. So, how can you tell if your roof is leaking? Here are a few tell-tale signs to look for.Dripping WaterIf your house drips water when it rains, you have a leak! How “hard” rain is falling shouldn’t impact your roof’s ability to keep out moisture, so beware the thought pattern that a leaking ceiling is only caused by a particularly bad storm. Water in the interior of your home means mildew and mold aren’t far behind. Put down a bucket, call a local roofing specialist, and get an appointment on the books ASAP before your leak goes from bad to worse.Water-Stained CeilingsOne of the easiest-to-spot signs of a slow roof leak is a water stain on the ceiling. Some stains are obvious, blob-shaped and brown around the edges; other stains are a little harder to detect and appear as darker areas of drywall, only visible in certain light. Once you notice a stain, you already have a pretty significant leak as water must travel through your attic space and insulation before it ever makes it to your ceiling. Call a professional roofer right away.Your Exterior Walls Have Water SpotsDo you ever notice moisture on particular parts of your exterior walls? When moisture appears just below the roofline, you may have an issue with your roof’s flashing which is designed to cover the seams where your roof and exterior walls meet. If your flashing has worn out or shifted, water could be infiltrating your roof at the seams, slowly seeping down between your walls and your insulation. Be sure to have your flashing inspected once a year by a professional roofer to keep it performing how it should.Missing ShinglesYour shingles are there as a last line of defense against water. Once they go missing, whole sections of your roof are woefully exposed to the elements and water is almost certainly making its way between the vital components of the structure. If you can stand on the ground and spot missing shingles on your roof, you’re inviting…

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How a New Roof Can Help You Sell Your Home

Thinking of putting your house on the market? You might need a new roof! Your roof plays a surprisingly big role in the speed and ultimate amount of your home sale.Here’s how.Bring More Buyers InA new roof is a sign to buyers that you’re invested in the sale of your home. It tells them you’ve been maintaining your property and that you care about the aesthetics of your home. New roofs inevitably look better and more inviting than worn, mildewed roofs; they can help take some of the attention away from other home elements that might be lacking like an overgrown front yard or a peeling paint job. Having a local roofer install a new roof before you have professional real estate photos taken is a great way to get more attention online and thus, more showings.Don’t Scare Buyers OffIf you were a buyer, what kind of assumptions would you make if a home you were interested in had a less-than-perfect roof? Even if it didn’t need a full replacement, what would you think if you drove up and there were shingles missing and a dangling gutter? Don’t let buyers make assumptions about your home. A roof in disrepair can be an inadvertent signal to buyers that you’ve neglected maintenance on one of the most important components of your home. They might wonder what else your house is hiding.Save a Floundering SaleGot buyers on the line, but they don’t want to pay for the roof repairs their inspector says your house needs? Call an experienced roofing professional in to get a second opinion, then ask the buyers if they’d be amenable to forgoing a price reduction if you have the work done yourself by a licensed roofing company. They’re likely to say yes – everyone wants a move-in ready house! – and you’re likely to save an offer that might have otherwise sunk the sale.Replace and Reap the RewardsStatistically, the best time to replace your roof is well before you put your home on the market. Why? So you can enjoy some of the benefit, too! A new roof still feels “new” to buyers for a couple of years, particularly if you make an effort to have it professionally cleaned and inspected annually. In addition, a new roof can help you save money on heating and air conditioning costs in the meantime, and even prevent…

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