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Love Your Roof With These Summer Maintenance Tips

If your roof has taken a beating from this summer, there’s no better time than the end of summer to spruce it up and get it back into tip-top shape. From cleaning, patching, and replacing shingles, Accent Roofing has four roof maintenance tips to tackle before fall arrives. Get Your Roof Inspected to Ensure It’s Well-Maintained Between the heavy rainfall and hot temperatures we had this summer, it’s important to get your roof inspected before fall. Not only will a roof inspector be able to tell you if there are any areas that need to be addressed for safety reasons, but you’ll also have the opportunity to fix anything that isn’t aesthetically pleasing. And since the holidays will be here before you know it, this is the best time to address roofing issues! Remove Any Remnants of Summer Storms By the end of any season, gutter fill up with dirt, leaves and twigs, all of which can clog them up and keep them from functioning properly. To prevent damage this winter, it’s important to have your gutters cleaned by an expert ASAP. In addition to the lighter elements that end up in gutters, sharp items can also find their way onto your roof. Twigs and branches are known to damage to shingles and should be removed sooner rather than later. Replace Broken or Missing Shingles to Enhance Its Look Broken or missing shingles on your roof don’t just look unsightly—they lead to bigger problems like interior leaks and mold. If you notice any broken or missing shingles, schedule a roof repair appointment right away. Prune Trees to Prevent Limbs From Falling On It This Winter Winter can bring harsh winds, rain and sometimes ice and snow our way. Ice can accumulate on trees, weighing down limbs and knocking them onto your roof. Fortunately, an easy fix to this issue is to trim the branches of trees that are located near your home. Be sure to tackle this soon, because before you know it, Winter will be nipping at your nose! Proper roof maintenance will prolong the life of your roof, saving you money in the long run. Whether you need a roof repair or are looking for a roof replacement, the Accent Roofing team will take care of you and your home! Contact us today to schedule your roof appointment.

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Storm’s A Brewin? How Summer Storms Can Impact Your Roof

Now that summer is in full swing, we get to enjoy the summer fun, but it also means we have to welcome in summer storms, which isn’t fun for your roof. From making shingles go missing to causing gutter damage, storms can do a number on your roof. It’s important to know when its time for a roofing repair. Here are three ways summer storms can damage your roof, so you can be ready for whatever Mother Nature throws your roof’s way this summer. Winds Can Whip Up Roof Damage Even if there’s not heavy rain during a summer storm, the fast wind that comes with them can cause severe damage to your roof. Not only can wind take shingles off of your roof, but they can also take off underlayment and adhesive materials. If you notice missing shingles or other roof damage after a storm, these issues can lead to leaks and possibly damage the inside of your home. To keep your roof and home in a healthy condition, contact the best roofer in your area for a roofing repair. Hail Can Beat Up Your Shingles If you’ve ever been outside or in your car during a hail storm, you know how hard those pellets can come down—now imagine your roof getting pelted with those pellets! During a hail storm, the impact of the hail can create indentations on your shingles, which can eventually cause them to crack. When this happens, your roof becomes prone to water leaks and may cause interior water damage. Additionally, hail storms can also cause downspout and gutter damage, making your roof’s water drainage system less effective. In order to prevent this, schedule a free estimate with a roofing repair expert who you are confident will get the work done right the first time, so you can rest easy knowing every element of your roof is well taken care of. Debris Can Fall Onto Your Roof Just like the weather of summer, storms are very unpredictable—some are mild, some are intense and some can bring down branches, trees, powerlines, lampposts and other debris. And during some storms, these types of debris can be brought down right on top of your roof. As unfortunate as this situation is, hiring an exceptional roofing team who uses quality roofing products from GAF will ensure your roofing replacement is quick, easy and turns out beautifully. If you…

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Staying safe during Covid-19 pandemic? What to ask the roofer over the phone?

The first conversation you’ll probably ever have with a potential roofer is likely going to happen over the phone. It can be hard to get a sense of who’s professional, who’s reliable, and who’s worth investing further time in. At Accent Roofing, we’ve worked with hundreds of customers who have been “burned” by unprofessional or, worse, unscrupulous roofing companies they didn’t know how to properly vet. At the end of the day, we want everyone in need of roofing services in north Georgia to end up with the fit that’s right for them. Here are our suggestions for exactly what to ask a roofer over the phone. What is your legal business name?Any reputable roofer will be able to give you an answer to this question quickly. It’s fine if a roofer doesn’t necessarily do business as his business name, like in a situation where his company’s legal name is “”ABC Roofing Tristate Incorporated” but he generally markets as “ABC Roofing.” In fact, Accent Roofing is so well-known here in Georgia as the “Leaksmith,” some people even think that’s our business name from time to time! What’s not okay is for a roofer to give you a convoluted or cagey answer that leaves you questioning how exactly to confirm they are who they say they are. What kind of insurance do you have?Did you know that here in Georgia, all contractors are required to have liability insurance coverage of at least $1,000,000? It’s important that the roofing company you choose is fully insured, and ideally even more than the state minimums. When asked, your roofer should be able to send you a copy of their policy easily. Beware any roofer who answers this question with something confusing like, “Well, my company’s not insured but all my guys are, so don’t worry!” Who will be working on my roof?You’d be shocked how many Georgia roofing companies use subcontractors to do all their roof work! There’s nothing inherently wrong with this practice, but you should certainly know ahead of time. You don’t wait to be expecting ABC Roofing to show up and have the XYZ & Sons truck pull up. Ask your potential roofing partner who, exactly, will be handling your job, and who you can expect to be on site. They may not have the complete schedule right then and there, but they should even give you specific employees’ names. Can…

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Tips to Protect Your Roof from Summer Storm Damage

Homeowners trust that their roof will protect them from a storm, but how can they be sure that their roof is protected during the storm? As an experienced roof repair company, here are 4 tips that we recommend to ensure that their roof will hold out during storms throughout the year. Schedule Annual Inspections One of the most important things that homeowners can do to protect their roof and prevent the need for costly repairs is to schedule annual inspections. Call in a professional to inspect the roof. When we do this for customers, we make sure that all shingles and rafters are secure and in good condition. If we find any warped or split shingles, or other issues with the shingles or other parts of the roof, we can repair them in order to ensure that they are properly protecting the home when a storm comes. Install a Lightning Rod It’s uncommon, but not unheard of, for lightning to strike homes, causing severe damage to the homes’ roofs. In order to prevent such damage, homeowners can install a lightning rod. Lightning rods are made to absorb the electricity of the lightning so it won’t damage the home. Trim Tree Branches One of the biggest problems during storms is caused by trees falling on roofs. Homeowners that have large trees close to their homes get great shade to keep their utility bills low in the summer, but they are also susceptible to damage in storms. To prevent such damage, keep their trees trimmed and away from the roof. If there are any dead branches that are prone to falling, they should have these removed right away. Clear Gutters Clogged gutters lead to flooding on the roof, causing extensive water damage to the roof and home. In order to prevent this from happening, clean the gutters on a regular basis. Using gloves, homeowners should clear out debris, then run a hose through the gutters and downspouts to make sure that water can flow through them unimpeded. They can also install covers to prevent debris from getting into the gutters and clogging them. Roofs that are in great condition withstand storms better; however, roofs that are damaged are more likely to require roof repair after the storm. Instead, take the necessary measures to keep the roof in great condition. Make sure that all the components are in…

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Is Your Roof Ready for Spring

Roofing repairs are never something that people enjoy jumping into. You'll probably never get super excited about the prospect of tackling a roofing job. It just doesn't seem like the most enjoyable or most exciting thing to do on your weekends. So, naturally, everyone wants to avoid any need for repairs or roof services, if it can be helped. When checking your roof, you want to make sure that you take copious notes of everything that you see. The best time to inspect your roof is in the spring and in the fall, before and after the harshest months hit. Let's be honest, nobody wants to be on the roof in the middle of July or August anyway. There should be some basic items on your checklist. First and foremost, you want to make sure that the gutters are cleared, and that you've cleaned away any obvious debris on the roof itself. This'll make your job much easier because you'll be able to make a more thorough inspection. Every homeowner should do this sort of upkeep periodically, but if you haven't been up there all winter long, there's bound to be some stuff to clear away. Second, you should check for any rust spots or cracked caulk on flashing. You'll need to make sure that you note the exact locations and the degree of the cracking or rust. This is a good time to take pictures. Third, you'll check the shingles. You need to note if any are curling, blistering, or buckling. In the south, the UV bombardment that shingles receive every summer can wear and age them very quickly. Fourth, you should check if the rubber boots around vents are cracked or worn. Again, you should be taking plenty of notes and pictures the whole time, identifying not only the damage but also the exact locations. Worker hands installing bitumen roof shingles - fastening one with nails, closeup The fifth step will vary depending upon your needs and ability. If you're comfortable making some basic repairs like replacing shingles or doing some caulking, you can pick up the materials and get to work, whenever you're able to set aside the time. Typically, you can expect a half-day of work to handle a few basic shingle repairs. If the work is more involved or you're not comfortable doing the repairs yourself, you'll…

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