Lower AC Bills this Summer with a New Roof

Spring is one of the best times of year to replace your roof. Why? Because summer is just around the corner! Your Roof as a Cooling Mechanism Did 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 Money A 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 cover your home completely…

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Average Cost of Roof Replacement

When it's time to replace the roof, most homeowners get sticker shock when they hear about the price of a new roof. It's true that roof installations and repairs are reportedly one of the biggest costs of home ownership. In this article, you'll learn how to estimate the average cost of a roof replacement. Geography Plays a Role By this point, you can't really do anything about this, but geography does factor into the costs of a new roof. Some areas of the country demand higher prices because of the higher cost of living. Of course if you're not open to relocating to an area where prices are cheaper, then this is not useful information for you. Size Matters Smaller houses are cheaper to build because they have smaller roofs. The size of the roof determines the cost of the roof replacement because the square footage of your roof directly influences the cost of material and the time it takes to get the job done. The latter translates to labor costs.The average roof has about 1,700 square feet. You may pay anywhere from $2.75 to $7.50 per square foot installed. In this case, the low-end pricing is typical for a contractor who works alone without liability insurance. The higher range will most likely be a fully warrantied job done by a professional roofing service. Every Roof Is Unique One of the challenges of pricing the cost of a new roof is the fact that every roof is a little different. For example, a roof that's difficult to access would be more expensive to replace. If the roofer has to take off your old roof before installing the new roof, then they will have to charge you additional labor costs. When your roofer takes down the old roof, there may be unpleasant surprises, too. It's possible that the wood underneath has to be replaced if it's rotten or damaged. Roofers will also take into consideration flashing and skylights on your roof. Obviously, installing a new skylight and new flashing will increase the price of your new roof. Material Cost Varies There are many different roofing materials available for your roof. You can ask your roofer to provide you with different estimates. Obviously, you'll pay more for high-end materials. Of course, if you choose high-end materials, you need to choose a reputable roofing company…

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Is Your Roof Ready for Spring

Roofing repairs are never something that people enjoy jumping into. You'll probably never get super excited about the prospect of tackling a roofing job. It just doesn't seem like the most enjoyable or most exciting thing to do on your weekends. So, naturally, everyone wants to avoid any need for repairs or roof services, if it can be helped. When checking your roof, you want to make sure that you take copious notes of everything that you see. The best time to inspect your roof is in the spring and in the fall, before and after the harshest months hit. Let's be honest, nobody wants to be on the roof in the middle of July or August anyway. There should be some basic items on your checklist. First and foremost, you want to make sure that the gutters are cleared, and that you've cleaned away any obvious debris on the roof itself. This'll make your job much easier because you'll be able to make a more thorough inspection. Every homeowner should do this sort of upkeep periodically, but if you haven't been up there all winter long, there's bound to be some stuff to clear away. Second, you should check for any rust spots or cracked caulk on flashing. You'll need to make sure that you note the exact locations and the degree of the cracking or rust. This is a good time to take pictures. Third, you'll check the shingles. You need to note if any are curling, blistering, or buckling. In the south, the UV bombardment that shingles receive every summer can wear and age them very quickly. Fourth, you should check if the rubber boots around vents are cracked or worn. Again, you should be taking plenty of notes and pictures the whole time, identifying not only the damage but also the exact locations. Worker hands installing bitumen roof shingles - fastening one with nails, closeup The fifth step will vary depending upon your needs and ability. If you're comfortable making some basic repairs like replacing shingles or doing some caulking, you can pick up the materials and get to work, whenever you're able to set aside the time. Typically, you can expect a half-day of work to handle a few basic shingle repairs. If the work is more involved or you're not comfortable doing the repairs yourself, you'll…

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Checking Your Roof for Leaks

Roof leaks can occur for many different reasons, but leaks typically begin small and evolve into larger issues over time.  Even small roof leaks can result in significant damage to you home.  In addition to the stains that roof leaks can leave on your ceiling, they can also result in mold growth and/or rotting.  Additionally, roof leaks can result in troublesome electrical shorts.  While checking for roof leaks is not as easy as changing a light bulb, you can check for them yourself. Roof leaks are interesting in that roof leaks are very rarely directly above the damaged ceiling area.  Roof leaks typically begin/form at a higher spot on the roof and then show ceiling damage or other evidence of a leak, farther down the down the roof.  One thing that can prevent roof leaks from becoming a larger issue down the road, is to ensure that your attic is adequately ventilated.  If you would like to check for existing leaks can go into their attic and see if there are any dark spots on the decking.  The purpose of this is to catch small leaks while they are small and prior to them causing a lot of damage.  Most asphalt shingle roofing materials are designed to last approximately 18-22 years, but they can last longer or shorter depending on the maintenance you perform on your roof. f it turns out that your decking is water-stained, you can be pretty sure that you have either a roof leak or a condensation problem.  Figuring out which problem you have is something you want to do so that you don’t try to fix something only to realize that it doesn’t fix the problem.  Condensation is easily identified because it is generally in the corner near an exterior wall.  Additionally, you will typically see some smaller circles with white-colored centers.  Rain leaks on the other hand, can be found anywhere on the decking.  Until you have identified the source of the leak don’t bother replacing the drywall because you may replace the drywall only to find that the source of the leak is still going to impact the newly patched section of roof. In order to find the roof leak, you should check the entire roof for potential damage and/or leaks.  When doing this, be sure to walk on the rafters of a sheet…

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What’s the Difference in a “Roofer” and a “Professional Roofing Contractor?

In roofing, the words “roofer” and “professional roofing contractor” are often used interchangeably. They are not the same thing! Though you might actually be talking about a professional roofing contractor when you say, “I need to call a local roofer,” you’re actually saying something different. We know. We’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to roofers vs. roofing contractors. So, what’s the difference between a roofer and a professional roofing contractor? Roofers… Have a ladder and maybe a few toolsDo not have any specific training or certifications regarding roofing skills; they can be “handymen,” general contractors, or specialists in another areaDo not work directly with leading roof material brands but rather buy their materials at home improvement storesAre not licensed as roofers and/or insured to perform work on your roof Professional Roofing Contractors… Are experienced in roofing and continuously undergo professional training to bolster their industry knowledgeCome outfitted with the tools and equipment (especially safety equipment) needed to perform work on your roofWork directly with roofing brands to offer customers the lowest prices and best warranties availableAre licensed and insured to work in, on, and around structural roofing That’s quite a big difference! Given that your roof is one of the most important structural features of your home, it makes sense you’d want to work with a roofing contractor who isexperienced, qualified, and legal. If this is the case, you need more than just a “roofer.” How can you tell the difference when the terms are used to mean the same thing? By asking the right questions. When interviewingprospective roofing professionals, talk to them about… How long they have been in business, andwhether or not they have a physical location. (They should.)Whether they can provide you actual references. (If they do, check them!)If they use subcontractors, or if theydo the work themselves. (Right answer: Themselves.)Whether you can see their certificationand insurance paperwork. (Hard copies.)What their installation warranty islike, if they have one. (They should.) Knowing the real difference between a roofer in Georgia and a professional roofing contractor in Georgia can save you a lot of time and money. Don’t get sold short by a contractor looking for a side-job or a painter with a penchant for roof work. When it comes to your roof, you need a professional.

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