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The Characteristics of a Great Roof Replacement
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The Characteristics of a Great Roof Replacement

A roof is an investment. Like other parts of the home, it requires maintenance to keep its structural integrity. But every 20 to 30 years, depending upon the type of materials used in the roof’s construction, a repair or replacement is required. Quality roof replacement materials in Suwanee are important to the overall longevity of the roof because the roof must withstand an array of weather conditions. In Georgia, it’s not snow and sub-zero temperatures that test a roof’s ability to withstand Mother Nature’s wrath; it’s hot, humid weather and lots of rain. Where there is humidity and warm temperatures, there is a threat of mold or mildew if adequate ventilation is not present. A great roof should enhance the architecture of the home and provide years of service. Here are our suggestions for choosing a durable, attractive roof that not only protects, but adds value to a home. Quality Roof Coverings Not all roof coverings are equal in longevity or cost. Some are more affordable than others, and some are more tolerant of hot and humid weather. From asphalt to wood shake, slate, and metal, there is a wide variety of roof materials to choose from, in an array of colors or styles that work well in the Georgia climate. The most common shingle used, asphalt, has evolved over the years and is now available in an architectural style that offers a three-dimensional appearance that works well with steep roof planes and gables. An experienced contractor will make suggestions as to the best type of roof for your home, and offer a roof replacement estimate for the cost of the job.   Good Ventilation Not only does good roof ventilation remove heat from the attic in warmer months; it dilutes and removes moist air that collects in the attic during the winter months. A humid climate like what is found in Suwannee and across Georgia, accompanied by a lack of ventilation, can lead to a buildup of moisture and heat in an attic that can damage and deteriorate roofing materials, shortening the life of a roof. Hire Reputable Contractors Every year, fraudulent and crooked roof contractors make their way across the country, scamming customers who think they are getting a good deal on a cheap roof. These homeowners are left with a shoddy roof that must be replaced, and they lose the hard-earned dollars doled out…

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Clear Summer Skies for Residential Roofing

When summer rolls around, people think about going to the beach, having a barbeque, or their upcoming vacations. The smart ones also think about having their roofs serviced. Whether it is a simple maintenance check, calling someone out to look at a possible leak, or getting the roof replaced, there are some very good reasons to look at summer as a great time to get your roof fixed. At Accent Roofing Service - The Leaksmith in Suwanee, GA, we fix roofs all year round, but here are some distinct advantages that summer has over the other seasons when it comes to roof repair. Check out these reasons for getting your roof done during the summer months. Daylight Lasts Longer Longer daylight hours means that more work can get done. When it comes to residential roof replacement, the more that a team can work on a house during the day, the more gets done. It's logical. With the summer sun providing the appropriate light, the job gets done seemingly more quickly and still well. The work hours may be the same, but the work days will be smaller in number. Summers Are Drier Typically speaking, summers are drier than other months. With fewer days or hours lost due to rainfall, summer provides more work hours for the job. So while the job may take the same number of hours in summer or winter, the additional work hours provided by more light and less precipitation helps the job seemingly get completed faster. Fun in the Sun There's a reason why people like to be outside in the summer, and it isn't just because it is warm. The sun is a natural supplier of endorphins. These are the feel-good chemicals that are released during exercise and when a person is engaged in something meaningful. Some scientists believe that people happier people do better work. Employees are happy any time of the year, but the sun gives them an extra boost that translates into a job well done. Is Summer Better?  For a residential roofing contractor, summer is a great time to work. Of course, every contractor needs to make sure to take proper safety precautions so that your job gets done on time and without any problems. But you want to make sure that your roof is done right. For that, it doesn't depend on what season the…

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Tips to Protect Your Roof from 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 repaair 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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How to Choose a New Roof for Your Home

When it’s time to get your roof replaced, you want to know that the roof you choose will serve your home well for many years to come. Hiring someone to do a roof replacement installation is a big deal. The first thing you need to do is determine whether your roof is due for a makeover. It’s Time for a New Roof A roof typically lasts for between 20-25 years. Depending on how the previous roof was installed, it may need to be replaced sooner. If your current roof was placed over the top of an older roof, rather than the old roof being removed first, you will probably need to replace it closer to that 20-year mark. If you have a lot of storm damage to your roof and it is getting close to that 20-year mark, you may choose to simply replace the roof rather than pay for repairs, only to turn around and have to replace the roof in a couple more years. You can look at your roof and know whether it needs to be replaced if you know a few key things to look for: 1.       Shingles that are curling. If the shingles are starting to curl or fall apart, it’s a good sign that they are past their prime and need to be replaced. Check the side of the roof that faces the sun. These are the shingles that will be the most worn out. 2.       Missing shingles. If you have a room that has peaks and valleys, check the valleys for missing shingles. Missing shingles in this area in particular can make your home more susceptible to leaks. Sometimes a storm can blow individual shingles off a roof. While you may be able to have this repaired without replacing the whole roof, it is best to have the roof inspected to ensure that your home is well-protected. 3.       Spongy boards on the roof. If you climb to your roof, you may notice walking around that some boards have some give to them—we describe this as “spongy”. If you notice this, it is important to have the roof repaired or replaced quickly to prevent leaks from ruining your day. Making the Call If you have questions about your roof, it’s always best to call and have the roof inspected. While the cost for repairs or replacement can be steep, estimates…

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Roof Ready for Spring Checklist

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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