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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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10 Different Roofing Services for Your Home
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10 Different Roofing Services for Your Home

Want to keep your roof in good shape? Your roof is responsible from protecting your home against the elements, and it can make the difference between a comfortable home and one that is always too hot or cold. Here are 10 roofing services that can help you get more life out of your roof. Leak Identification and Repairs Roof leaks are often small and difficult to spot with the naked eye. A roofing contractor is an expert at finding and repairing leaks that are causing water damage in your home. If you notice mold or a musty smell in your attic, a roof leak is likely the cause. Shingle Replacement Shingles often fall off because of wind or damage. This can cause leaks and further damage to your roof. Luckily, they are easy and inexpensive for a contractor to replace. Mold Remediation Mold can spread rapidly and cause serious damage to your roof. It can also be dangerous to you and your family. Have your roof thoroughly cleaned to remove all traces and make sure mold doesn’t come back. Roof Waterproofing In certain climates, your roof may need special treatment to withstand the elements. There are various types of waterproofing options available that may better protect your roof against rain and snow. Gutter Repairs Your gutters help protect your roof and home from water damage. They should be repaired any time they become leaky, rusty, or otherwise damaged. Flashing Installation Flashing also helps your roof shed water efficiently. Make sure there is enough flashing to do the job, and make sure it hasn’t been damaged or grown rusty. Ventilation Repairs Without adequate ventilation, your attic will grow hot and humid, and your whole house will suffer. Have your roofing contractor repair damaged ventilation to keep your home cooler in the summer. If your roof doesn't have sufficient ventilation, more may have to be installed. Chimney Repairs Roofing contractors can also repair a cracked chimney or chimney cap. Cracks in your chimney cause your home to be less insulated, increasing your energy bills all year long. Skylight Installation A skylight can bring natural light to an otherwise dark and gloomy room. This can help save money on artificial lights and also gives the room a more natural, relaxing atmosphere. Roof Replacement When all other roofing services fail, you may need your roofing contractors to…

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Install a New Roof This Winter

Most homeowners think that they need to have their roof replacement installation done during the summer or even the fall before temperatures start to drop. You couldn't possibly replace your roof in the winter, right? Not true. It's possible to have roof repair done any time throughout the year, and there are even reasons why winter roof installation may be the best choice for you. It's the middle of a blustery winter night when a gust of wind sweeps by your home, knocking several branches off of your tree. The branches fall, cushioned by the snow on your roof. Great for the branch, but now you have damage to your roof. When damage happens to your roof, you can't wait until the spring to get it fixed. Obviously, you need to get it fixed right away. However, it doesn’t have to be an emergency for roofers to make repairs in the winter. Homeowners can have their roofs repaired whenever they need to. Waiting until summer to repair those damaged shingles allows the shingles to freeze, thaw and freeze again. This cycle can lead to more damage to your roof and leaks and damage inside your home. It’s best to have repairs done as soon as possible to save money and to prevent further damage to your roof. At Leaksmith, our roofers are professionally trained and experienced to work on your roof no matter the temperatures outside. Typically, it’s best to install a roof when temperatures are at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit.  Winter temperatures in Lawrenceville don’t often dip lower than that, so it’s almost always ideal weather for a roof install. Some roofers even prefer working in winter. Heat rises, and roofs tend to be 10-15 degrees warmer than the outside temperatures, making summer work a real rooftop sizzler! It may feel cold outside, but for the professionals on your roof, it’s the prime opportunity to work in comfortable temperatures. There are some challenges to replacing a winter roof. For example, we may slightly modify the roofing materials we use during the winter to ensure adhesives bond despite the cool temps.  At Leaksmith, we know which adhesives and shingles are best suited to work for the climate in which we install, and for the roof itself to be highly effective in the local elements. Because many people believe that roofers only work…

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