Common Causes of Home Roof Leaks

Residential roofing leaks are one of the most common reasons cited for homeowner’s insurance claims in the U.S. Whether a leak is the result of a faulty roof repair or caused by an overdue roof replacement, it can cause thousands of dollars in avoidable damage to your home. Here at Accent Roofing, we see hundreds of roof leaks a year, from small to disastrous. We’re your local roofing contractor in Dacula, Grayson, Lawrenceville, and beyond, so we’re familiar with the most common causes of residential roofing leaks in the north Georgia area. Here are five common causes we see time and again: Cracked FlashingFlashing is your roof’s last line of defense against the elements. Installed directly underneath the shingles and joints of your roof, metal flashing should be flat, straight, and covered by a rubberized overlayer. Over time, flashing can crack and break, leading to the need for an extensive roof repair. Prevent cracked flashing by regularly having your roof inspected by a roofing contractor in Dacula or other local area.Broken Chimney/Vent SealThe parts of your roof that are the most difficult to protect from leaks are the areas in which objects like your chimney, your gas exhaust pipe, or even your vents protrudefrom the roof itself. Even the smallest breaches – mere millimeters – can invite water to collect and slowly enter the attic space of your home. A licensed residential roofing contractor should be able to properly seal any cracks if you notice leakage.Damaged ShinglesYou may have noticed that in the Suwanee, Grayson, and Dacula areas, a vast majority roofs are topped with asphalt shingles. Although these types of roofs are cost effective and hold up well in the heat, each individual shingle is vulnerable to the elements. Over time, shingles can crack, break, or even fall off due to factors like age and even events such as a hailstorm. Improper roof replacement jobs can also leave nail holes in shingles themselves, inviting water in. If you notice missing or broken shingles, call a reputable local roofing contractor right away.Pooled ValleysIf your roof has any “valleys,” sections where two slopes meet, it probably experiences a bit of pooling. Water collects in these valleys, and when they’re improperly sealed, moisture can enter your home. A roofing contractor in your area can help by evaluating the condition of your roof and applying sealant where it’s needed…

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Lower AC Bills this Summer with a New Roof

Now is one of the best times of year to replace your roof. Why? Because summer is just around the corner and summer in the south is hot! Your Roof as a Cooling MechanismDid you know your roof actually plays a pretty significant role in the functionality of your home’s HVAC system? Here in Georgia, summers get hot, so having a well-maintained, light-reflecting roof is one of the easiest ways to ensure your air conditioning can do its job. The more efficient your roof is, the more efficiently your air conditioning will cool your home. A well-ventilated roof ensures hot air won’t stay trapped inside your attic space, and also keeps hot air out. The composition of your roof also plays a big role in keeping your home cool. Reflective roofs, for example, can easily be 10-40 degrees cooler than traditional roofs because their shingles are made to reflect the sun’s heat. If your HVAC bills are getting higher and higher each year, it might be time to consider a new roof. Replacing Your Roof Saves You MoneyA roof replacement is a big investment. Putting off a roof replacement to “save” yourself money, though, is never a good idea. Over time, the problems your roof has now will only get worse if left untreated; for many homeowners, the money they’ll save cooling their homes can make a huge dent in the overall cost of a new roof. Once you decide to replace your roof, working with a reputable local roofer is always a good idea. They’ll know the particular weather patterns in your area and also the foliage your roof will need to withstand. They can also tell you what kind of replacement materials are most popular in your area. Why Replace Your Roof in Spring? Spring is actually the ideal season to replace your roof for several reasons. After daylight savings time hits, daylight hours will last longer which gives professional roofers more time to get their jobs done. Additionally, you may not need to use your HVAC system here in Georgia much during the spring, a plus when replacing your roof means your home won’t be airtight for the better part of a day. Spring rains are obviously one of the only concerns when it comes to roof replacement this time of year, but they’re usually relatively predictable. A reputable roofer has the tools and equipment necessary to…

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