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What to do If Your Roof Fails the Home Inspection

Home inspections are stressful. A good one can give prospective homebuyers the peace of mind they need to sign on the dotted line. A bad one can sink a home sale in seconds flat. Roofing issues are some of the most commonly reported by home inspectors, especially in a climate like Georgia’s. If your home inspection turned up a bad roof report, what should you do? Whether you’re the buyer or the seller, Accent Roofing offers advice you can take to the bank. If You’re the Seller: First things first: don’t panic! No good buyer’s agent on the planet would let a buyer “leave money” on the table by not asking for something based on the results of a home inspection. Unless you’re selling your house “as-is,” you should expect some complaints. The next thing you’ll want to do is try and understand the severity of the issues reported in the inspection. “Roofing problems” can cover a wide variety of issues, from a missing shingle or two to a totally rotten underlayment. Either way, you’re going to want to bring in a pro of your own. Your best course of action is to hire your own professional roofer for a second opinion. Remember that home inspectors are not professional roofers! Just because they think something’s seriously wrong with your roof doesn’t mean there is. The home inspector technically works for the buyer; you need a professional in your corner. Once your roofer gives you the scoop, you have options. You can choose to fix the roof on your own dime, or you can offer the buyer a “credit” for the repairs. You also have the option of ignoring inspection and your roofer’s repair advice but be forewarned that anything you find out during the inspection process becomes a “material fact,” which means you have to reveal it to the next buyer who comes along should your current contract fall through. For most people, choosing to repair the roof is usually less costly than forking over a credit to buyers. For some sellers, though, like those who’ve already moved out of the home or those who need an entirely new roof, giving the buyers money off the transaction makes more sense than going through the trouble of the repairs themselves. If You Are the Buyer There’s nothing more disheartening then getting a bad inspection report when you’re excited to buy a house! Roofing…

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What “Winter Whiplash” Does to Your Roof

Ever heard of “winter whiplash?” If last month’s extreme (and we do mean extreme) low temperatures in the upper half of the country didn’t initiate you, let us! Winter whiplash is a term meteorologists use to describe particularly dramatic shifts in temperature. Some parts of the country recently experienced temperature shifts of anywhere from 40-60 degrees in a single day. Here in the south, we just call it “weather.” What Does Winter Whiplash Mean in the South? For us Georgians, winter whiplash usually happens at least a couple of times a year. It’s defined by extreme temperature changes, like a 31 degree Tuesday followed by a 74 degree Wednesday, but it’s particularly noticeable when precipitation is involved. A lot of our winter storms are often accompanied by whiplash. Ice storms in particular can be very dangerous if followed by a spell of warmer weather that causes the ice to melt off rapidly. Warm weather followed by very cold weather can mean just the opposite, coating everything in a dangerous layer of ice. How Does Winter Whiplash Affect Your Roof? As you probably already know, extreme temperature swings aren’t great for your roof, especially when there’s moisture. When water freezes, it expands. On your roof, this can equate to cracked shingles, bent flashings, and leaks. The more often this happens, particularly if water freezes and melts several times in a row over a week of wacky weather, the more likely to are to experience issues. When roofing materials are very cold, they also become brittle. This makes them more likely to break in the event they’re struck by a falling tree branch, for example, or to crack under the strain of excessive ice. Although ice dams aren’t really much of a concern here in the south, our wild winter weather absolutely can be. What Can You Do to Protect Your Roof from Weather Whiplash? One of the absolute best ways to protect your roof from extreme changes in temperature is to be sure the ventilation system in your attic is appropriate. If too much heat becomes trapped or flows out of your attic, ice issues are sure to follow. Remember that insulation itself is only half the equation; considering the functionality and positioning of vents is essential. It’s also critical to have your roof inspected at the first sign of condensation inside your home. Ideally, you’ll have had…

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