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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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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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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How Sleet Can Damage Your Roof
Sleet and Freezing Rain Can Damage Your Roof

How Sleet Can Damage Your Roof

Summer is long gone and we’re heading into the holidays, which means that winter is on the horizon. While it’s nice to escape from the oppressive heat and frequent storms summer can bring, it doesn’t take away from the potential hazards to your home that colder weather brings. One of the most devastating sources of roof damage is water, which only becomes more troublesome when it turns into snow or even worse sleet—or freezing rain. Commonly known as a “wintry mix” during weather reports, freezing rain can cause lasting damage to your roof if you’re not prepared. The more you delay in preparing your home for sleet, the more likely you are to experience the need for expensive replacements and repairs. In this article, our expert team of roofing specialists at Accent Roofing explain more about this natural weather condition to help you get your home ready for winter this year. Why is Freezing Rain Harmful? It’s true that freezing rain is not as immediately damaging as hail, but that just makes sleet that much more dangerous to your roof. As sleet builds up, it can further damage an aging or weaker roof. When the roof is compromised by sleet, the water can leak into your attic. This can also cause your shingles to be loosened and standing pools of water to collect on your rooftop. This can also cause ice dams to form. Ice Dam Destruction When an ice dam forms, that’s when the real damage starts to occur. Ice dams occur due to a rotating cycle of low temperatures and slightly warmer temperatures, which results in the pools of water melting and reforming over and over again. The longer this continues, the more stress is put on your roofing system. This in turn necessitates roof repair or roof replacement depending on the extent of the damage. Fortunately, there are things you can do in the event you have an ice dam on the roof. These tasks include: Scraping off all of the excess snow, sleet, or ice that you can.Monitoring the attic areas near the ice dam for leaks.Maintaining vigilance as long as the ice dam exists.Checking for water stains on the ceilings in all rooms.Placing a box fan in the attic directed at the area near the ice dam to help circulate the warmer air of the attic.Try…

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How Do I Take Care of My Roof

When it comes to roofing, it’s often the things you don’t see that make the biggest impact. But how do you take care of your roof when you can’t always see the things that matter most?  The good news is that you don’t necessarily have to take to the rafters to maintain your roof – there’s a lot you can do with a ladder and a little bit of elbow grease. Check out our guide to proper roof maintenance and make sure your roof is in peak condition year-round.  General Roof Maintenance 🗸 Keep your gutters clean Each season brings with it debris that can end up in your gutters. Making sure that your gutters are clean and free of blockages all year is important to maintaining the quality of your roof. If water can’t flow freely down your gutters and away from your home, it can cause a whole lot of trouble, from your basement to your ceiling. Roof decking rot caused by gutter backup is an easy thing to prevent. Get up on a ladder every now and again or call a professional gutter cleaning service to clear out any obstructions.   🗸  Trim back trees and landscaping While tree limbs close to your home can make for a picturesque landscape, they can cause some ugly problems. Limbs and branches knocked loose during a storm can cause immediate damage to your roof and provide easy access for squirrels and other critters to invade your home.  As tree branches and other landscaping starts growing a little too close to your home or roof, trim it back a few feet to make sure it won’t cause any issues during a sudden bout of bad weather. You also want to make sure shrubs and other ground landscaping allows enough space for your gutters to properly drain water away from your home to prevent damage to your foundation.  Seasonal Roof Maintenance Tips Most roof maintenance tips can be applied all year, but each season brings unique circumstances that need to be addressed in a timely manner.  Fall 🗸 Prepare your gutters for fall While you need to pay attention to your gutters year-round, fall deserves a little bit of special attention. With the volume of falling leaves raining down on your roof, it’s very easy for your gutters to get clogged, causing water to back up into…

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