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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Common Causes of Home Roof Leaks

Residential roofing leaks are one of the most common reasons cited for homeowner’s insurance claims in the U.S. Whether a leak is the result of a faulty roof repair or caused by an overdue roof replacement, it can cause thousands of dollars in avoidable damage to your home. Here at Accent Roofing, we see hundreds of roof leaks a year, from small to disastrous. We’re your local roofing contractor in Dacula, Grayson, Lawrenceville, and beyond, so we’re familiar with the most common causes of residential roofing leaks in the north Georgia area. Here are five common causes we see time and again: Cracked FlashingFlashing is your roof’s last line of defense against the elements. Installed directly underneath the shingles and joints of your roof, metal flashing should be flat, straight, and covered by a rubberized overlayer. Over time, flashing can crack and break, leading to the need for an extensive roof repair. Prevent cracked flashing by regularly having your roof inspected by a roofing contractor in Dacula or other local area.Broken Chimney/Vent SealThe parts of your roof that are the most difficult to protect from leaks are the areas in which objects like your chimney, your gas exhaust pipe, or even your vents protrudefrom the roof itself. Even the smallest breaches – mere millimeters – can invite water to collect and slowly enter the attic space of your home. A licensed residential roofing contractor should be able to properly seal any cracks if you notice leakage.Damaged ShinglesYou may have noticed that in the Suwanee, Grayson, and Dacula areas, a vast majority roofs are topped with asphalt shingles. Although these types of roofs are cost effective and hold up well in the heat, each individual shingle is vulnerable to the elements. Over time, shingles can crack, break, or even fall off due to factors like age and even events such as a hailstorm. Improper roof replacement jobs can also leave nail holes in shingles themselves, inviting water in. If you notice missing or broken shingles, call a reputable local roofing contractor right away.Pooled ValleysIf your roof has any “valleys,” sections where two slopes meet, it probably experiences a bit of pooling. Water collects in these valleys, and when they’re improperly sealed, moisture can enter your home. A roofing contractor in your area can help by evaluating the condition of your roof and applying sealant where it’s needed…

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Checking Your Roof for Leaks

Roof leaks can occur for many different reasons, but leaks typically begin small and evolve into larger issues over time.  Even small roof leaks can result in significant damage to you home.  In addition to the stains that roof leaks can leave on your ceiling, they can also result in mold growth and/or rotting.  Additionally, roof leaks can result in troublesome electrical shorts.  While checking for roof leaks is not as easy as changing a light bulb, you can check for them yourself. Roof leaks are interesting in that roof leaks are very rarely directly above the damaged ceiling area.  Roof leaks typically begin/form at a higher spot on the roof and then show ceiling damage or other evidence of a leak, farther down the down the roof.  One thing that can prevent roof leaks from becoming a larger issue down the road, is to ensure that your attic is adequately ventilated.  If you would like to check for existing leaks can go into their attic and see if there are any dark spots on the decking.  The purpose of this is to catch small leaks while they are small and prior to them causing a lot of damage.  Most asphalt shingle roofing materials are designed to last approximately 18-22 years, but they can last longer or shorter depending on the maintenance you perform on your roof. f it turns out that your decking is water-stained, you can be pretty sure that you have either a roof leak or a condensation problem.  Figuring out which problem you have is something you want to do so that you don’t try to fix something only to realize that it doesn’t fix the problem.  Condensation is easily identified because it is generally in the corner near an exterior wall.  Additionally, you will typically see some smaller circles with white-colored centers.  Rain leaks on the other hand, can be found anywhere on the decking.  Until you have identified the source of the leak don’t bother replacing the drywall because you may replace the drywall only to find that the source of the leak is still going to impact the newly patched section of roof. In order to find the roof leak, you should check the entire roof for potential damage and/or leaks.  When doing this, be sure to walk on the rafters of a sheet…

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Roof Damaged By A Storm? What’s the Role of the Insurance Adjuster?

The duty of an insurance adjuster is to give you an accurate accounting of everything that was damaged by the storm and a written estimate of what it will cost to put your property back to the condition it was in prior to the storm. Remember, this is only an estimate and actual costs may vary. This is easily resolved between the adjuster and the contractor. In any case you are going to be liable for the amount of your deductible and no more. The adjuster will either leave you a statement of loss or you will receive it in the mail in a few days. The statement of loss will itemize your losses, and the estimated cost of repair for each. Most home owner policies are replacement cost and will pay that amount even though the actual cost may exceed the adjusters estimate. The loss statement will reflect the replacement cost value (RCV), the depreciation, and the actual cash value(ACV) of your loss. The (ACV) column of the statement will reflect the amount of your first check minus your deductible. The depreciation column should be called the deferred column as it reflects the money held back by the insurance company until the work is complete and an invoice is submitted by the contractor for payment. The insurance company will then issue another check to you for the exact amount between the final bill, and (ACV) portion of your first check relating to that particular repair. For that reason, they will tell you to get estimates to repair the damage, most will not tell you that you are spending your time shopping for the insurance company, as they have held out money as depreciation and will pay only the (RCV) for the repairs. As time goes on many home owners will realize that it is reputable companies like Accent Roofing that are actually looking after their interests in the repair process.

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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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