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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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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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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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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What’s Makes Up a Residential Roof

A roof is made of different components that keep it strong and durable. All of these parts play a role in making sure you are protected from the elements. It’s important to know what they are and how they work. This can help you understand what purpose they serve. Shingles Your first line of defense in all roofing related matters are the shingles. It is the topmost part of the roof, and goes through the most punishment, enduring everything from rain to sunlight. Any damage to this section calls for immediate roof repair, since it can lead to leaks, debris build up and unexpected animal visitors. Underlayment An essential component of residential roof installation is the underlayment. It is a durable sheet of water-resistant paper that protects your roof from leaks and wind damage. Rolled out just underneath the shingles’ cover, it also helps water runoff. Soffits and Fascia The final primary pieces of your roof are similar in design. Both the soffit and fascia connect your roof to the other parts of your home. The soffits are the underlying pieces connecting your roof to the rafters that provide your attic with ventilation. The fascia, on the other hand, connects each end of the rafters together as part of a long board. Want to learn more about your roof? With more than 30 years in the business, our experience speaks for our proficiency, professionalism and integrity. To learn more about our services, contact us for a free estimate. We offer residential and commercial roofing repairs in the greater Atlanta area. Accent Roofing is your experienced Georgia roofing company.1-770-277-4869

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