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Is Your Roof Ready for the First Ice of the Year?

Ice…in Georgia? Depending on where you live in our great state you can expect anywhere from one to three ice storms per winter. Is your roof ready for the inevitable strain of ice? Accent Roofing sees far too many homeowners caught off guard by the damage ice can do! Here’s how to tell whether your roof is up for what winter has in store. Shingles, Flashing, and AttachmentsIce is most damaging to the parts of your roof that can detach. When water gets underneath your shingles, flashing, and other attached components (like antennas) and freezes, it expands. This constant contraction and expansion leads to detachment of your roof’s critical infrastructure and specifically, the parts that are supposed to keep it sealed! When the sealed components of your roof stop working correctly, water gets in and when it comes to roofing, water is the enemy. Guarded GuttersYou might be surprised to find out that one of the most common issues people report to us after an ice storm is broken or detached gutters. Why does this happen? Because gutters that are clogged with leaves and debris can’t effectively filter water away from the house. When that standing water freezes, it expands! This causes gutters to bend, break, and become far heavier than their supports are intended to handle. Keep your gutters clean and talk to your roofer about investing in gutter guards if you have a lot of overhanging trees. Structural StabilityOne of the untold dangers of ice, particularly here in the southeast where we don’t usually get a lot of it, is added weight. Ice is incredibly heavy. If an ice storm hits and lingers for more than a day or so, your roof is going to be under a lot of extra strain. When your roof is already structurally compromised due to unmitigated repairs or even old age, that extra weight can actually be dangerous. If you’ve been putting off much-needed roof maintenance until the spring, don’t wait; do it now. Insulation CheckThe insulation inside your attic can drastically alter how well your roof responds to ice. Heat rises, so the highest layer of your roof is likely to be the warmest; that’s where ice will melt first. If your insulation and ventilation systems are working properly, the temperature differential between the top and bottom of your roof won’t be all that significant. If it’s off kilter,…

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How to Decorate for Christmas Without Damaging Your Roof –

It’s easy to get caught up in the holiday spirit and forget to take care of your roof! Whether you’re just imagining a few tasteful strands of lights or are considering going full Clarke Griswold, there’s a right way and a wrong way to attach Christmas decorations to your roof. Here’s what your friends at Accent Roofing want you to know about decorating your roof for Christmas without having to pay for it in the spring. Choose Your Décor Wisely Some decorations simply shouldn’t be on your roof. That full-size Santa sleigh (with eight fiberglass reindeer) might look festive, but it’s murder on the structural stability of your roof. Putting decorations that are too heavy on your roof can cause you to need to replace it earlier than you might have otherwise. You should also never put anything in or around your chimney, like that cute pair of Santa’s “stuck” legs. This isn’t just bad for your roof, it’s dangerous if you plan to use your fireplace! And while inflatables might seem like the perfect compromise, know that a strong gust of wind can easily pick them up and carry them off, wreaking havoc on the ground below and on the roof components they were attached to. Use the Right Attachments The foremost rule of attaching anything to your roofing structure is to avoid puncture holes. Never, ever use staples or nails to attach anything to your roof, no matter how small. This can allow water to permeate the layers of your roof and eventually end up inside your home! It also decreases the energy efficiency of your HVAC system, which relies on an air-controlled attic space. Choose gentle plastic clips to attach decorations to your eaves, not your roof. Never force a clip in place – if you meet resistance, rethink it. You can hold certain decorations in place with sand bags or high-tensile cord, but we don’t recommend going up on your roof yourself. It’s dangerous up there! When in doubt, ask a professional roofer to help you install your décor. Know Your Roof No two roofs are exactly alike which means no two roofs can handle the exact same decorations. It’s important to keep any décor items on your roof away from anything else nearby: chimneys and electrical lines can pose a fire hazard while tree branches or other large objects can cause direct damage to your…

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