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Is it Time to Replace Your Roof?

Each year as you complete typical annual maintenance around your Lawrenceville home, we recommend that you also take the time to inspect your roof. Here are some of the common ways you can know whether your roof needs to be repaired or replaced. You want to ensure your roof is in good condition in order to protect the integrity of your home and keep the rain out. Broken or Missing Shingles As shingles wear out, they become brittle and break. When you notice bare spots on your roof from shingles that have gone missing, it’s time to do something. Noticing broken pieces off your shingles may mean that just a few shingles need to be replaced, but if it is a pattern that you see repeating across the roof, it’s probably time to have a new roof installed. Shingles Curling at the Edges Singles that spend a lot of time in the heat can begin to curl up at the edges as they wear out. This curling can lead to problems in windy weather as the wind can catch the uplifted edges and pull them up further, allowing rain to blow under. Missing Granules The granules on your shingles can be washed away over time, leaving bare spots. While this may not seem like a huge deal, it does show significant wear on your roof and may indicate the need for replacement. It can also indicate the need to repair other parts of your roof as an increased amount of water from drainage problems can cause uneven wear. Buckling Shingles A buckle in your shingles is a lifted ridge, almost like a bubble, that usually runs vertically up the roof. Two possible causes for buckling include if your previous roof was not installed properly or if the underlayment was wet when the shingles were placed over it. That said, even a properly installed roof can begin to buckle with age. The problem with this is that the wind can easily catch those shingles and pull them off the roof, leaving bare places where water can enter your home. Inspect Flashings on the Roof The last aspect of your roof that you want to inspect is the flashing. Flashing is installed over the roof itself at any fixture on the roof, such as the chimney. You may have flashing around a skylight…

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Roof Damaged After a Storm? What to do After a Summer Storm

Roof Damaging Thunderstorms are all too common here in Georgia. Hail is produced when thunderstorms occur in tandem with strong updrafts, forcing layered ice particles to fall to the ground. Mostly, though, they happen when it’s inconvenient. If you’ve never experienced property damage after a severe thunderstorm, count yourself lucky. In 2018 alone there were over 6,045 “major” hail storms causing over $1.8 billion in damage across the U.S. Much of the damage was done to commercial and residential structures that needed significant roof repair. Here at Accent Roofing, we’re never busier than after a hail storm. As a Gwinnett County roofing contractor, we’ve repaired thousands of hail-damaged roofs across North Georgia. Here’s what you should do immediately after a severe thunderstorm. Inspect the DamageOnce it’s safe to go outside, take a walk around your property. You can often see storm and hail damage to your roof from the ground, from missing shingles to pock-marked flashing. If you notice visible signs of damage from below, it’s imperative to call a local roofing contractor in Gwinnett County immediately to ensure water can’t get in. If the storm was serious but you don’t see damage, you may still have latent issues that require roof repair. Look for SignsHail damage to residential roofing looks different from property to property. On asphalt roofs (common here in Georgia), damage often appears in the form of cracked or missing shingles, granule loss, or exposed fiberglass mat. Some damage might only be noticeable by a local roofing contractor walking the roof, such as loose self-seal strips or cracked fiberglass mats. Call a Roofing ContractorAccent Roofing is often called in to perform roof repair in Gwinnett County and elsewhere after a large hail storm. Once a contractor is on site, they’ll typically talk with you about damage you’ve noticed then perform a thorough inspection of your roof and related systems. From there, you should receive a written estimate of damage and a timeline for roof repair or roof replacement, if necessary. Understand the DamageThunderstorm and hail damage can be surprisingly detrimental to the structural integrity of your roof. Missing shingles and/or cracked mats can allow moisture to seep into your home. Although on the surface it may appear that individual shingles can simply be replaced, severe damage may mean an entire roof replacement is necessary to properly protect your home. If your…

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