Is Your Roof Damaged? How to Tell?

Sometimes it can be tricky to determine whether or not a roof is damaged. In fact, most homeowners actually ignore the signs of roofing decay until they notice a leak or ceiling damage, and by then it’s too late. So how can you determine if your roof requires a replacement or is in need or repair before it happens? Here are the three most common signs to look for: Bows or bends in the roofing Bows and bends in your roof may seem insignificant, but underneath lies a much larger problem. It could be a sign of inefficient shingles, roofing decay, and, at worst, large structural integrity loss. These symptoms can lead to overall roof integrity failure, so get it checked out as soon as you can. Roofing shingles or gutter falling off One of the more obvious items on this list, but surprisingly also overlooked. Most people write this off as only a small problem, but can lead to larger problems like water damage due to lack of water resistant shingles and, if left alone, roofing decay. Old age and shingle buckling Another silent but dangerous symptom, aging damage and shingle buckling is an inevitability for roofing that is not constantly maintained. If your home is older than 10 years, you should get your roofing inspected for damages. If your home is older than 25 years and you have not done any roofing maintenance, you are in danger of major roofing damage. Get it checked out immediately! Still have questions, unsure about your roofing situation? Accent Roofing is ready to schedule your free comprehensive inspection.1-770-277-4869

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What Causes a Roof to Deteriorate?

Have you ever wondered what actually causes a roof to deteriorate.  It would seem like they should last forever, but this isn’t the case and most last around 30 years or less.  Because your roof is constantly exposed to the elements, it is only natural that it will wear and age over time. Common Causes of Roof Deterioration Wind – Wind can severely impact a roof because strong winds have the ability to actually lift the edges of your roof’s shingles, which leaves them vulnerable and exposed to the water and debris that can be blown underneath the shingles by wind. Rain – Water that finds its way underneath roofing materials such as shingles will typically resulting in the decking and rafters to begin to rot.  Once these components begin to rot, the structural integrity of your roof begins to be significantly impacted.  If you moisture happens to find its way into your house through your roof, you may experience water damage to your home’s walls, insulation, ceilings, and electrical. The Sun – Heat and ultraviolet from the sun have a tendency to cause your roofing materials to age faster, especially the surfaces of your roof that are west or south facing. Condensation – Condensation is the result of water vapor changing from a gas form to a liquid form.  This is why you may see water droplets on blades of grass in the morning.  The same thing happens in poorly ventilated areas in your home, such as your attic.  Condensation that is allowed to occur in an attic can lead your roof decking and rafters to start rotting.  After they begin to rot, water can seep in because the structural integrity of your roof is now compromised. Trees & Leaves – Trees and leaves that have grown to the point of actually touching your roof can begin to cause some major problems if left unaddressed.  A tree branch that falls onto your roof can seriously damage your roof, and leaves that accumulate on your roof can clog your rain gutters and retain moisture.  Lack of proper drainage, the presence of water, and excess moisture in the leave can cause water to seep into your roofing materials and result in rotting and other damage. Deterioration of Your Roof’s Flashing – Your roof needs to have strong and tight-fitting flashing around your chimney, vents, and wall/roof junctions because…

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Choose the Best Roofing Company in Lawrenceville

Is it time to hire a roofing contractor in Lawrenceville, GA? You have options when it comes to hiring a roofing contractor in Lawrenceville. Choosing between roofers can feel overwhelming. How do you know when you’ve selected a professional? Will they do good work on your house? Are their prices reasonable? At Accent Roofing, we’re a leader in residential roofing in Lawrenceville and all of Gwinnett County. We’ve performed hundreds of roof replacements throughout North Georgia, in Lawrenceville, Grayson, Jefferson, and beyond. Lawrenceville homeowners (and business owners!) call us each and every day to schedule repairs, regular inspections, and to get no-obligation roof replacement quotes. We understand that you’ve got options. Whether you choose to use us for your next roof repair or not, we want to be sure you’re getting the kind of service you deserve from a professional roofer in Suwannee. Here are a few things to keep in mind. Lawrenceville Roofing Contractors Should be Insured and Licensed Roofing is a highly-skilled industry. Beware GMs who say they “do roofing” or the guy who’s a friend of a friend with a ladder. Your roof is your home’s last line of protection against the elements, so hiring someone who’s totally licensed and experienced is important. Look for roofing industry certifications such as those from GAF or the Professional Roofer Advisory Council. Also ask to see the licenses and certifications your roofer’s company has, as well as proof of insurance. Local Roofing Contractors Should Have Local References The internet is a great place to gather information, but be skeptical of online reviews. They should be considered holistically rather than one-by-one; when you research a particular roofer, do they have more positive client reviews than negative ones? Do they have any reviews at all? Are their reviews anonymous, or are they backed by industry reviewers like Angie’s List or Kudzu? You can bet that if a roofing company in Lawrenceville has received any notable local awards for service (such as the “Best of Gwinnett” title), they’re living up to their service promises. Roofing Companies Should Educate, Not Just Supply At Accent Roofing, we think an educated consumer is a good consumer. It’s important to us to put information in the hands of our clients so they can make informed decisions about one of the most important components of their home: the roof.…

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Is it 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. 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. 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. 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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Roof Damaged After a Storm? What to do After a Summer Storm

Roof Damaging Thunderstorms are all too common here in Georgia. Hail is produced when thunderstorms occur in tandem with strong updrafts, forcing layered ice particles to fall to the ground. Mostly, though, they happen when it’s inconvenient. If you’ve never experienced property damage after a severe thunderstorm, count yourself lucky. In 2018 alone there were over 6,045 “major” hail storms causing over $1.8 billion in damage across the U.S. Much of the damage was done to commercial and residential structures that needed significant roof repair. Here at Accent Roofing, we’re never busier than after a hail storm. As a Gwinnett County roofing contractor, we’ve repaired thousands of hail-damaged roofs across North Georgia. Here’s what you should do immediately after a severe thunderstorm. Inspect the DamageOnce it’s safe to go outside, take a walk around your property. You can often see storm and hail damage to your roof from the ground, from missing shingles to pock-marked flashing. If you notice visible signs of damage from below, it’s imperative to call a local roofing contractor in Gwinnett County immediately to ensure water can’t get in. If the storm was serious but you don’t see damage, you may still have latent issues that require roof repair. Look for SignsHail damage to residential roofing looks different from property to property. On asphalt roofs (common here in Georgia), damage often appears in the form of cracked or missing shingles, granule loss, or exposed fiberglass mat. Some damage might only be noticeable by a local roofing contractor walking the roof, such as loose self-seal strips or cracked fiberglass mats. Call a Roofing ContractorAccent Roofing is often called in to perform roof repair in Gwinnett County and elsewhere after a large hail storm. Once a contractor is on site, they’ll typically talk with you about damage you’ve noticed then perform a thorough inspection of your roof and related systems. From there, you should receive a written estimate of damage and a timeline for roof repair or roof replacement, if necessary. Understand the DamageThunderstorm and hail damage can be surprisingly detrimental to the structural integrity of your roof. Missing shingles and/or cracked mats can allow moisture to seep into your home. Although on the surface it may appear that individual shingles can simply be replaced, severe damage may mean an entire roof replacement is necessary to properly protect your home. If your…

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