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Why to Have Your Roof Inspected Before Renting Out Your Home

So, you’re getting into the landlord business? That’s great! If you’re planning to rent out a single family home, you’ve probably got a long list of “to dos” to take care of before printing out those leasing applications. Having your roof professionally inspected should be one of them. The Right to Habitable Condition All tenants in Georgia (and nearly every other state) have what’s called a Right to Habitable Condition. That means your property must be safe for them to live in, but also comfortable to a reasonable degree. Why does that matter to you? If your roof is at the upper end of its effective life, it’s your duty to your tenants to ensure it’s safe and working as expected. That means no serious leaks, structural stability, and a degree of protection from extreme climates and weather. Avoid “Repair and Deduct” In Georgia, tenants who move into a rental property implicitly agree to accept the property as-is. (In some cases, landlords will make promises to repair certain facets of the property after move-in and should follow through with those promises.) If your tenant moves in, however, and an underlying issue with the roof becomes a big problem, it’s your responsibility as the landlord to have a repair done – and quickly. In cases where a landlord takes too long to repair an issue – a leaking roof, for example – Georgia courts have upheld that tenants have a right to “repair and deduct.” That means tenants can find their own repairperson, pay out of pocket for the fix, then deduct the (reasonable) expenses from their rent payment. Don’t let your tenant choose your roofer for you! Stay on top of emerging issues to ensure only a licensed, qualified roofer works on your house. The Presence of Mold As we’ve talked about before, mold growth is one of the most common results of an improperly maintained roof, especially here in Georgia’s humid climate. If your rental house has mold, it could make your tenants sick. This is undesirable for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that your tenants can actually take you to court to sue you for damages and medical expenses! They’re also within their rights in serious cases involving mold to claim the house itself is uninhabitable, meaning they can stop paying rent. Don’t let…

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Why You Should Care About the Flashing on Your Roof 

Flashing is the unsung hero of your roofing system. It keeps out bugs, water, and air of all temperatures at your roof’s weakest spots. Not a lot of people fully understand how important their flashing really is! Here at Accent Roofing, a significant number of roof repairs we perform are simply flashing work. When flashing needs to be repaired, small defects can look like big problems. The good news is, a lot of these repairs are simple and relatively inexpensive. Here’s what your flashing does – and why you should be giving it more credit. Flashing: Your Roof’s Protector Flashing, typically made out of aluminum or another lightweight metal, is designed specifically to cover the gaps in your roofing system. Most of these gaps occur where your roof meets other things, such as your chimney or skylight, and others happen at the seams of the roof itself. Flashing is your roof’s first line of defense against all manner of threats, primarily water. How Do Flashing Issues Occur? Flashing doesn’t last forever, and it almost never lasts as long as the roof itself. Over time, nearly every kind of flashing will degrade. Over the years your flashing is likely to rust, to become warped in the heat or cold, and even to be knocked loose by falling pinecones or hail. Like any part of your roof, your flashing is only as effective as its installation, so the less professional your original flashing job, the sooner your flashing is likely to fail. When Flashing Stops Working From the ground, flashing may not look like much, but it’s vitally important to the overall health of your roof. Broken or bent flashing fast becomes an entry point into your home for unwanted water, and depending on the way the flashing is best, the water could actually be routed directly under your roof! When flashing isn’t functioning properly, moisture gets underneath your roof’s protective barriers and eventually, inside your house. This causes a multitude of problems like mildew, mold, and property damage. Malfunctioning flashing is also terrible for the effectiveness of your HVAC system. When flashing isn’t forming a tight enough seal at the joints of your roof, air gets in and out. This throws off the entire ventilation system inside your roof and drastically decreases the effectiveness of your heating and air conditioning systems. How…

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