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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How to Recognize a Roofing Scam

Home › Roofing FAQ’s › Roofing Scams There is probably nothing that attracts scam artists faster than disaster, and unfortunately the roofing industry has it share of shady characters. The main goal of Accent Roofing is to eliminate as many as possible. We are going to list a few to be aware of: (1) Paying money up front: Never give any contractor money for work not done, or to buy materials. Any reputable contractor has a supplier that will work with them. (2) Substantially lower bids: This can work in a couple of ways. The most common is adding to the contract after the job is done. Crooks know that the insurance company is paying replacement and will submit the final bill reflecting the actual cost. Most insurance companies will pay the invoice. In some cases the bid is just flat too low and doesn’t cover all the costs involved and still allow a profit. In this case bills don’t get paid. It might be the phone bill, the rent or the tax bill, but there isn’t enough money to go around. So what, you say. In most cases it is the material bill that doesn’t get paid, and the supplier has the right to put a lien on your property forcing you to pay the material bill. Remember someone delivered material to your property, and it needs to be paid for. (3) Submitting two invoices: One to the home owner and one to the insurance company at an inflated price. This by any definition is insurance fraud and is illegal, and from time to time is prosecuted. If you decide to use a contractor willing to do this don’t be mad if you get cheated. You knew you were dealing with a crook from the start. In any case there is no need to be afraid, just be cautious and aware. There are lots of reputable companies to choose from that will do exactly what they say they’ll do. Accent Roofing is in that group. Ready to get started with your Georgia roofing company? Then give us a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional roofing services or fill out our online form to schedule your free quote.

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Roof Damaged By A Storm? What’s the Role of the Insurance Adjuster?

The duty of an insurance adjuster is to give you an accurate accounting of everything that was damaged by the storm and a written estimate of what it will cost to put your property back to the condition it was in prior to the storm. Remember, this is only an estimate and actual costs may vary. This is easily resolved between the adjuster and the contractor. In any case you are going to be liable for the amount of your deductible and no more. The adjuster will either leave you a statement of loss or you will receive it in the mail in a few days. The statement of loss will itemize your losses, and the estimated cost of repair for each. Most home owner policies are replacement cost and will pay that amount even though the actual cost may exceed the adjusters estimate. The loss statement will reflect the replacement cost value (RCV), the depreciation, and the actual cash value(ACV) of your loss. The (ACV) column of the statement will reflect the amount of your first check minus your deductible. The depreciation column should be called the deferred column as it reflects the money held back by the insurance company until the work is complete and an invoice is submitted by the contractor for payment. The insurance company will then issue another check to you for the exact amount between the final bill, and (ACV) portion of your first check relating to that particular repair. For that reason, they will tell you to get estimates to repair the damage, most will not tell you that you are spending your time shopping for the insurance company, as they have held out money as depreciation and will pay only the (RCV) for the repairs. As time goes on many home owners will realize that it is reputable companies like Accent Roofing that are actually looking after their interests in the repair process.

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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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