How Do I Take Care of My Roof

When it comes to roofing, it’s often the things you don’t see that make the biggest impact. But how do you take care of your roof when you can’t always see the things that matter most?  The good news is that you don’t necessarily have to take to the rafters to maintain your roof – there’s a lot you can do with a ladder and a little bit of elbow grease. Check out our guide to proper roof maintenance and make sure your roof is in peak condition year-round.  General Roof Maintenance 🗸 Keep your gutters clean Each season brings with it debris that can end up in your gutters. Making sure that your gutters are clean and free of blockages all year is important to maintaining the quality of your roof. If water can’t flow freely down your gutters and away from your home, it can cause a whole lot of trouble, from your basement to your ceiling. Roof decking rot caused by gutter backup is an easy thing to prevent. Get up on a ladder every now and again or call a professional gutter cleaning service to clear out any obstructions.   🗸  Trim back trees and landscaping While tree limbs close to your home can make for a picturesque landscape, they can cause some ugly problems. Limbs and branches knocked loose during a storm can cause immediate damage to your roof and provide easy access for squirrels and other critters to invade your home.  As tree branches and other landscaping starts growing a little too close to your home or roof, trim it back a few feet to make sure it won’t cause any issues during a sudden bout of bad weather. You also want to make sure shrubs and other ground landscaping allows enough space for your gutters to properly drain water away from your home to prevent damage to your foundation.  Seasonal Roof Maintenance Tips Most roof maintenance tips can be applied all year, but each season brings unique circumstances that need to be addressed in a timely manner.  Fall 🗸 Prepare your gutters for fall While you need to pay attention to your gutters year-round, fall deserves a little bit of special attention. With the volume of falling leaves raining down on your roof, it’s very easy for your gutters to get clogged, causing water to back up into…

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8 Signs You Might Need a New Roof

It can be difficult to know when you need to replace your asphalt roof, or when a simple repair will do. Here are a few signs you may need a new roof for your Atlanta area property: Shingle edges are curled or shingle tabs are cupped. There are bald spots on your shingles – Weather damage can remove your roof’s granules. Cracked shingles. Your roof is more than 20 years old – Most asphalt shingle roofs have a lifespan of 20 years.You've recently experienced severe storm damage The roof just looks old and worn. Neighbors are getting new roofs. Homes built around the same time period can be experiencing the same types of weather conditions can mean that your roof is nearing its useful life. Dark streaks. Airborne algae cause dark streaks on roof decks. While this may not necessarily harm the roof shingles, it may not look good. Algae streaks can be removed using a 50:50 blend of water and bleach sprayed on your roof. It is important to use a low volume garden hose so you do not knock the protective granules off your shingles. It is also important that you protect your landscaping from the bleach run-off. Moss can grow on roof surfaces that don’t get much sunlight, especially in cool, moist climates. Moss growth can be more than a cosmetic issue. Moss holds moisture against the roof surface and overtime in freezing climates can cause damage to the granules on the top of the shingles. Moss can be brushed off but it won’t prevent it from growing again; take care not to damage the shingle surface. You may need to contact a professional roofing contractor. If you have questions about roof replacement, roof maintenance, or about choosing the best roofer in Lawrenceville, GA., give us a call at 770-277-4869.

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