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Why You Should Care About the Flashing on Your Roof 

Flashing is the unsung hero of your roofing system. It keeps out bugs, water, and air of all temperatures at your roof’s weakest spots. Not a lot of people fully understand how important their flashing really is! Here at Accent Roofing, a significant number of roof repairs we perform are simply flashing work. When flashing needs to be repaired, small defects can look like big problems. The good news is, a lot of these repairs are simple and relatively inexpensive. Here’s what your flashing does – and why you should be giving it more credit. Flashing: Your Roof’s Protector Flashing, typically made out of aluminum or another lightweight metal, is designed specifically to cover the gaps in your roofing system. Most of these gaps occur where your roof meets other things, such as your chimney or skylight, and others happen at the seams of the roof itself. Flashing is your roof’s first line of defense against all manner of threats, primarily water. How Do Flashing Issues Occur? Flashing doesn’t last forever, and it almost never lasts as long as the roof itself. Over time, nearly every kind of flashing will degrade. Over the years your flashing is likely to rust, to become warped in the heat or cold, and even to be knocked loose by falling pinecones or hail. Like any part of your roof, your flashing is only as effective as its installation, so the less professional your original flashing job, the sooner your flashing is likely to fail. When Flashing Stops Working From the ground, flashing may not look like much, but it’s vitally important to the overall health of your roof. Broken or bent flashing fast becomes an entry point into your home for unwanted water, and depending on the way the flashing is best, the water could actually be routed directly under your roof! When flashing isn’t functioning properly, moisture gets underneath your roof’s protective barriers and eventually, inside your house. This causes a multitude of problems like mildew, mold, and property damage. Malfunctioning flashing is also terrible for the effectiveness of your HVAC system. When flashing isn’t forming a tight enough seal at the joints of your roof, air gets in and out. This throws off the entire ventilation system inside your roof and drastically decreases the effectiveness of your heating and air conditioning systems. How…

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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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How to Protect Your Roof from Tornadoes

Since 1950, there have been more than 1,700 confirmed tornadoes here in Georgia. When the weather heats up, tornadoes become more and more likely – and they’re a huge risk to both people and structures. What can you do to ensure your roof makes it through tornado season, which peaks in May, unscathed? More than you probably think. Replace with Intention Are you already thinking about replacing your roof? If so, your roof is probably starting to age and likely isn’t as tornado-proof as it could be. You actually have a lot of options when it comes to choosing materials and installation methods that will better withstand the severe winds of a tornado, so talk to your roofing professional in Georgia. Choose the Right Material Metal roofs are, by and large, the best choice if you’re truly prioritizing tornado resistance. Metal itself holds up better to direct hits from debris and it’s heavier and less susceptible to gusts of wind. That being said, an improperly installed metal roof might actually be more likely to blow off in a storm, so be sure you’re working with a professional roofing contractor. Reinforce Retroactively Did you know that most roofs can be reinforced retroactively to make them stronger against wind? Talk to a local roofing professional in GA about hurricane clips. They’re essentially just fasteners that connect your roofing structure to your rafters and beams, but they provide significantly more stability when it comes to inclement weather. They’re also far less expensive than replacing your entire roof! Clean Up Debris At the end of the day, it’s not the wind you should be worried about in a tornado, it’s the debris. Making sure your property is clear of the kind of debris that can wreak havoc on your roof is your first line of defense. Consider everything from low-hanging branches to patio furniture to entire dead trees that threaten your property. Taking action now can save you a lot of hassle (and expense!) down the road. Schedule Regular Inspections A well-maintained roof is a strong one. The absolute best thing you can do to protect your roof against tornadoes – and any kind of severe storm – is to have it inspected early and often. A once a year inspection by an experienced Georgia roofer can spot issues that could cost you thousands down…

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4 Reasons Why You Should Replace Your Roof

Are you struggling with deciding about replacing your roof now or a few years down the line? While roof replacement cost in Johns Creek varies depending on the size of a home and the materials used, one thing is for sure: Replacing a roof is an expensive home improvement. If you’re on the fence about this project, here are 4 reasons to consider making this investment now instead of later. You're Selling Your Home  Homes with roofs that are in less than ideal condition take longer to sell and don't make a great first impression. Potential buyers don't want to go through the expense of buying a new home only to have to invest money in some huge home improvement project months later. Replacing your roof before you put your home on the market will make it more appealing to buyers. It will also increase your home’s value. New roofs have an average ROI rate of 71.6% (source: Remodeling Magazine, 2015 Cost vs. Value Report). Not only will you be able to make your home more attractive to buyers, but you may be able to get a higher sale price. Better Energy Efficiency Did you know that most of your home’s heat loss comes from a damaged roof? Roofs that are well-insulated and in good condition not only keep heat from penetrating into the home during the summer months. During the winter, they also keep heat in. Replacing your roof doesn’t just save you money on your heating and cooling bills, though. It also can save you money on your taxes. There are several federal, state, and local tax credit programs that will pay you back for replacing a residential roof with roofing materials designed to reduce heat. Did you know? Roofs that were replaced before December 31, 2016, on average, are eligible for a tax credit of up to 10% on their returns. Some restrictions apply, so speak with your accountant if you’re in this situation. Your Roof is Damaged Obviously, another reason to replace a roof is if it’s been badly damaged due to storms, age, or neglect. Your home’s roof protects the interior of your home from water damage. On average, a residential roof can last anywhere from 10-50 years. Unfortunately, many homeowners need roof replacement much sooner due to the following circumstances: Harsh weather conditionsSteep roof pitchesSouth-facing roofs If you’re concerned…

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The Characteristics of a Great Roof Replacement
The nail gun is used to attach shingles to the roof.

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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