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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Why to Have Your Roof Inspected Before Renting Out Your Home

So, you’re getting into the landlord business? That’s great! If you’re planning to rent out a single family home, you’ve probably got a long list of “to dos” to take care of before printing out those leasing applications. Having your roof professionally inspected should be one of them. The Right to Habitable Condition All tenants in Georgia (and nearly every other state) have what’s called a Right to Habitable Condition. That means your property must be safe for them to live in, but also comfortable to a reasonable degree. Why does that matter to you? If your roof is at the upper end of its effective life, it’s your duty to your tenants to ensure it’s safe and working as expected. That means no serious leaks, structural stability, and a degree of protection from extreme climates and weather. Avoid “Repair and Deduct” In Georgia, tenants who move into a rental property implicitly agree to accept the property as-is. (In some cases, landlords will make promises to repair certain facets of the property after move-in and should follow through with those promises.) If your tenant moves in, however, and an underlying issue with the roof becomes a big problem, it’s your responsibility as the landlord to have a repair done – and quickly. In cases where a landlord takes too long to repair an issue – a leaking roof, for example – Georgia courts have upheld that tenants have a right to “repair and deduct.” That means tenants can find their own repairperson, pay out of pocket for the fix, then deduct the (reasonable) expenses from their rent payment. Don’t let your tenant choose your roofer for you! Stay on top of emerging issues to ensure only a licensed, qualified roofer works on your house. The Presence of Mold As we’ve talked about before, mold growth is one of the most common results of an improperly maintained roof, especially here in Georgia’s humid climate. If your rental house has mold, it could make your tenants sick. This is undesirable for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that your tenants can actually take you to court to sue you for damages and medical expenses! They’re also within their rights in serious cases involving mold to claim the house itself is uninhabitable, meaning they can stop paying rent. Don’t let…

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Why You Should Care About the Flashing on Your Roof 

Flashing is the unsung hero of your roofing system. It keeps out bugs, water, and air of all temperatures at your roof’s weakest spots. Not a lot of people fully understand how important their flashing really is! Here at Accent Roofing, a significant number of roof repairs we perform are simply flashing work. When flashing needs to be repaired, small defects can look like big problems. The good news is, a lot of these repairs are simple and relatively inexpensive. Here’s what your flashing does – and why you should be giving it more credit. Flashing: Your Roof’s Protector Flashing, typically made out of aluminum or another lightweight metal, is designed specifically to cover the gaps in your roofing system. Most of these gaps occur where your roof meets other things, such as your chimney or skylight, and others happen at the seams of the roof itself. Flashing is your roof’s first line of defense against all manner of threats, primarily water. How Do Flashing Issues Occur? Flashing doesn’t last forever, and it almost never lasts as long as the roof itself. Over time, nearly every kind of flashing will degrade. Over the years your flashing is likely to rust, to become warped in the heat or cold, and even to be knocked loose by falling pinecones or hail. Like any part of your roof, your flashing is only as effective as its installation, so the less professional your original flashing job, the sooner your flashing is likely to fail. When Flashing Stops Working From the ground, flashing may not look like much, but it’s vitally important to the overall health of your roof. Broken or bent flashing fast becomes an entry point into your home for unwanted water, and depending on the way the flashing is best, the water could actually be routed directly under your roof! When flashing isn’t functioning properly, moisture gets underneath your roof’s protective barriers and eventually, inside your house. This causes a multitude of problems like mildew, mold, and property damage. Malfunctioning flashing is also terrible for the effectiveness of your HVAC system. When flashing isn’t forming a tight enough seal at the joints of your roof, air gets in and out. This throws off the entire ventilation system inside your roof and drastically decreases the effectiveness of your heating and air conditioning systems. How…

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What Georgia Humidity Does to Your Roof

No one’s denying it’s hot here in Georgia. By the time summer rolls around, you can expect the humidity levels to hover somewhere between 99% and “hope you brought another shirt!” That humidity is hard on your hair, yes, but what about your roof? What does the relentless GA moisture mean for the functionality of one of your home’s largest – and most expensive – components? What is humidity, really? Humidity is essentially water vapor trapped in the air. The reason humidity is so high in the summertime is because warm air can hold higher concentrations of vapor. Humidity can be present when there’s no rain the forecast or it can linger in the wake of a storm. What does humidity do to your roof? Nothing good. Let’s talk about all the ways, both subtle and major, the humidity here in Georgia can wreak havoc on your roof. Lumber: Your roof is a actually and entire system, of which lumber beams play a large role. Humidity in the air causes that lumber to constantly expand and contract which over time will weaken the roof’s structural stability. Single-Tear Strength: As the humidity gradually weakens the places where your roof is held together, it’s in turn making it more vulnerable to wind. A roof that’s been weather-weakened is more likely to rip off in tornado or hurricane-force wind gusts. Decking: Humidity can cause the edges of your decking boards to absorb water. This will naturally lead to separation which causes major deflections along the plane of your roof. When water can’t run off your roof efficiently, leaks happen. And that’s just your roof. Next, let’s talk about… What humidity does to your attic ventilation system Your attic and, more specifically, its ventilation system, is a critical component of your roofing structure. Allowing air and moisture to effectively move in and out of your attic space ensures your roof will work properly and that your HVAC system won’t be spinning its wheels. What does humidity do to this ventilation process? Mold and Mildew: Yuck. Lingering moisture quickly leads to mold and mildew build up on the organic components of your attic such as the beams, stored items, or even certain insulations. This can actually make you and your family sick. Rot: Wood rot is a serious problem when it happens inside your attic –…

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How to Protect Your Roof from Tornadoes

Since 1950, there have been more than 1,700 confirmed tornadoes here in Georgia. When the weather heats up, tornadoes become more and more likely – and they’re a huge risk to both people and structures. What can you do to ensure your roof makes it through tornado season, which peaks in May, unscathed? More than you probably think. Replace with Intention Are you already thinking about replacing your roof? If so, your roof is probably starting to age and likely isn’t as tornado-proof as it could be. You actually have a lot of options when it comes to choosing materials and installation methods that will better withstand the severe winds of a tornado, so talk to your roofing professional in Georgia. Choose the Right Material Metal roofs are, by and large, the best choice if you’re truly prioritizing tornado resistance. Metal itself holds up better to direct hits from debris and it’s heavier and less susceptible to gusts of wind. That being said, an improperly installed metal roof might actually be more likely to blow off in a storm, so be sure you’re working with a professional roofing contractor. Reinforce Retroactively Did you know that most roofs can be reinforced retroactively to make them stronger against wind? Talk to a local roofing professional in GA about hurricane clips. They’re essentially just fasteners that connect your roofing structure to your rafters and beams, but they provide significantly more stability when it comes to inclement weather. They’re also far less expensive than replacing your entire roof! Clean Up Debris At the end of the day, it’s not the wind you should be worried about in a tornado, it’s the debris. Making sure your property is clear of the kind of debris that can wreak havoc on your roof is your first line of defense. Consider everything from low-hanging branches to patio furniture to entire dead trees that threaten your property. Taking action now can save you a lot of hassle (and expense!) down the road. Schedule Regular Inspections A well-maintained roof is a strong one. The absolute best thing you can do to protect your roof against tornadoes – and any kind of severe storm – is to have it inspected early and often. A once a year inspection by an experienced Georgia roofer can spot issues that could cost you thousands down…

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