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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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Is Your Roof Damaged? How to Tell?

Sometimes it can be tricky to determine whether or not a roof is damaged. In fact, most homeowners actually ignore the signs of roofing decay until they notice a leak or ceiling damage, and by then it’s too late. So how can you determine if your roof requires a replacement or is in need or repair before it happens? Here are the three most common signs to look for: Bows or bends in the roofing Bows and bends in your roof may seem insignificant, but underneath lies a much larger problem. It could be a sign of inefficient shingles, roofing decay, and, at worst, large structural integrity loss. These symptoms can lead to overall roof integrity failure, so get it checked out as soon as you can. Roofing shingles or gutter falling off One of the more obvious items on this list, but surprisingly also overlooked. Most people write this off as only a small problem, but can lead to larger problems like water damage due to lack of water resistant shingles and, if left alone, roofing decay. Old age and shingle buckling Another silent but dangerous symptom, aging damage and shingle buckling is an inevitability for roofing that is not constantly maintained. If your home is older than 10 years, you should get your roofing inspected for damages. If your home is older than 25 years and you have not done any roofing maintenance, you are in danger of major roofing damage. Get it checked out immediately! Still have questions, unsure about your roofing situation? Accent Roofing is ready to schedule your free comprehensive inspection.1-770-277-4869

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Why to Have Your Roof Inspected Before Renting Out Your Home

So, you’re getting into the landlord business? That’s great! If you’re planning to rent out a single family home, you’ve probably got a long list of “to dos” to take care of before printing out those leasing applications. Having your roof professionally inspected should be one of them. The Right to Habitable Condition All tenants in Georgia (and nearly every other state) have what’s called a Right to Habitable Condition. That means your property must be safe for them to live in, but also comfortable to a reasonable degree. Why does that matter to you? If your roof is at the upper end of its effective life, it’s your duty to your tenants to ensure it’s safe and working as expected. That means no serious leaks, structural stability, and a degree of protection from extreme climates and weather. Avoid “Repair and Deduct” In Georgia, tenants who move into a rental property implicitly agree to accept the property as-is. (In some cases, landlords will make promises to repair certain facets of the property after move-in and should follow through with those promises.) If your tenant moves in, however, and an underlying issue with the roof becomes a big problem, it’s your responsibility as the landlord to have a repair done – and quickly. In cases where a landlord takes too long to repair an issue – a leaking roof, for example – Georgia courts have upheld that tenants have a right to “repair and deduct.” That means tenants can find their own repairperson, pay out of pocket for the fix, then deduct the (reasonable) expenses from their rent payment. Don’t let your tenant choose your roofer for you! Stay on top of emerging issues to ensure only a licensed, qualified roofer works on your house. The Presence of Mold As we’ve talked about before, mold growth is one of the most common results of an improperly maintained roof, especially here in Georgia’s humid climate. If your rental house has mold, it could make your tenants sick. This is undesirable for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that your tenants can actually take you to court to sue you for damages and medical expenses! They’re also within their rights in serious cases involving mold to claim the house itself is uninhabitable, meaning they can stop paying rent. Don’t let…

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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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