Is it time to replace your roof?

Each year as you complete typical annual maintenance around your Metro Altanta 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…

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Staying safe during Covid-19 pandemic? What to ask the roofer over the phone?

The first conversation you’ll probably ever have with a potential roofer is likely going to happen over the phone. It can be hard to get a sense of who’s professional, who’s reliable, and who’s worth investing further time in. At Accent Roofing, we’ve worked with hundreds of customers who have been “burned” by unprofessional or, worse, unscrupulous roofing companies they didn’t know how to properly vet. At the end of the day, we want everyone in need of roofing services in north Georgia to end up with the fit that’s right for them. Here are our suggestions for exactly what to ask a roofer over the phone. What is your legal business name?Any reputable roofer will be able to give you an answer to this question quickly. It’s fine if a roofer doesn’t necessarily do business as his business name, like in a situation where his company’s legal name is “”ABC Roofing Tristate Incorporated” but he generally markets as “ABC Roofing.” In fact, Accent Roofing is so well-known here in Georgia as the “Leaksmith,” some people even think that’s our business name from time to time! What’s not okay is for a roofer to give you a convoluted or cagey answer that leaves you questioning how exactly to confirm they are who they say they are. What kind of insurance do you have?Did you know that here in Georgia, all contractors are required to have liability insurance coverage of at least $1,000,000? It’s important that the roofing company you choose is fully insured, and ideally even more than the state minimums. When asked, your roofer should be able to send you a copy of their policy easily. Beware any roofer who answers this question with something confusing like, “Well, my company’s not insured but all my guys are, so don’t worry!” Who will be working on my roof?You’d be shocked how many Georgia roofing companies use subcontractors to do all their roof work! There’s nothing inherently wrong with this practice, but you should certainly know ahead of time. You don’t wait to be expecting ABC Roofing to show up and have the XYZ & Sons truck pull up. Ask your potential roofing partner who, exactly, will be handling your job, and who you can expect to be on site. They may not have the complete schedule right then and there, but they should even give you specific employees’ names. Can…

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Tips to Protect Your Roof from Summer Storm Damage

Homeowners trust that their roof will protect them from a storm, but how can they be sure that their roof is protected during the storm? As an experienced roof repair company, here are 4 tips that we recommend to ensure that their roof will hold out during storms throughout the year. Schedule Annual Inspections One of the most important things that homeowners can do to protect their roof and prevent the need for costly repairs is to schedule annual inspections. Call in a professional to inspect the roof. When we do this for customers, we make sure that all shingles and rafters are secure and in good condition. If we find any warped or split shingles, or other issues with the shingles or other parts of the roof, we can repair them in order to ensure that they are properly protecting the home when a storm comes. Install a Lightning Rod It’s uncommon, but not unheard of, for lightning to strike homes, causing severe damage to the homes’ roofs. In order to prevent such damage, homeowners can install a lightning rod. Lightning rods are made to absorb the electricity of the lightning so it won’t damage the home. Trim Tree Branches One of the biggest problems during storms is caused by trees falling on roofs. Homeowners that have large trees close to their homes get great shade to keep their utility bills low in the summer, but they are also susceptible to damage in storms. To prevent such damage, keep their trees trimmed and away from the roof. If there are any dead branches that are prone to falling, they should have these removed right away. Clear Gutters Clogged gutters lead to flooding on the roof, causing extensive water damage to the roof and home. In order to prevent this from happening, clean the gutters on a regular basis. Using gloves, homeowners should clear out debris, then run a hose through the gutters and downspouts to make sure that water can flow through them unimpeded. They can also install covers to prevent debris from getting into the gutters and clogging them. Roofs that are in great condition withstand storms better; however, roofs that are damaged are more likely to require roof repair after the storm. Instead, take the necessary measures to keep the roof in great condition. Make sure that all the components are in…

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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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