Is It’s 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. 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. 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. 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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How Sleet Can Damage Your Roof
Sleet and Freezing Rain Can Damage Your Roof

How Sleet Can Damage Your Roof

Summer is long gone and we’re heading into the holidays, which means that winter is on the horizon. While it’s nice to escape from the oppressive heat and frequent storms summer can bring, it doesn’t take away from the potential hazards to your home that colder weather brings. One of the most devastating sources of roof damage is water, which only becomes more troublesome when it turns into snow or even worse sleet—or freezing rain. Commonly known as a “wintry mix” during weather reports, freezing rain can cause lasting damage to your roof if you’re not prepared. The more you delay in preparing your home for sleet, the more likely you are to experience the need for expensive replacements and repairs. In this article, our expert team of roofing specialists at Accent Roofing explain more about this natural weather condition to help you get your home ready for winter this year. Why is Freezing Rain Harmful? It’s true that freezing rain is not as immediately damaging as hail, but that just makes sleet that much more dangerous to your roof. As sleet builds up, it can further damage an aging or weaker roof. When the roof is compromised by sleet, the water can leak into your attic. This can also cause your shingles to be loosened and standing pools of water to collect on your rooftop. This can also cause ice dams to form. Ice Dam Destruction When an ice dam forms, that’s when the real damage starts to occur. Ice dams occur due to a rotating cycle of low temperatures and slightly warmer temperatures, which results in the pools of water melting and reforming over and over again. The longer this continues, the more stress is put on your roofing system. This in turn necessitates roof repair or roof replacement depending on the extent of the damage. Fortunately, there are things you can do in the event you have an ice dam on the roof. These tasks include: Scraping off all of the excess snow, sleet, or ice that you can.Monitoring the attic areas near the ice dam for leaks.Maintaining vigilance as long as the ice dam exists.Checking for water stains on the ceilings in all rooms.Placing a box fan in the attic directed at the area near the ice dam to help circulate the warmer air of the attic.Try…

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