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What Causes a Roof to Deteriorate?

Have you ever wondered what actually causes a roof to deteriorate.  It would seem like they should last forever, but this isn’t the case and most last around 30 years or less.  Because your roof is constantly exposed to the elements, it is only natural that it will wear and age over time. Common Causes of Roof Deterioration Wind – Wind can severely impact a roof because strong winds have the ability to actually lift the edges of your roof’s shingles, which leaves them vulnerable and exposed to the water and debris that can be blown underneath the shingles by wind. Rain – Water that finds its way underneath roofing materials such as shingles will typically resulting in the decking and rafters to begin to rot.  Once these components begin to rot, the structural integrity of your roof begins to be significantly impacted.  If you moisture happens to find its way into your house through your roof, you may experience water damage to your home’s walls, insulation, ceilings, and electrical. The Sun – Heat and ultraviolet from the sun have a tendency to cause your roofing materials to age faster, especially the surfaces of your roof that are west or south facing. Condensation – Condensation is the result of water vapor changing from a gas form to a liquid form.  This is why you may see water droplets on blades of grass in the morning.  The same thing happens in poorly ventilated areas in your home, such as your attic.  Condensation that is allowed to occur in an attic can lead your roof decking and rafters to start rotting.  After they begin to rot, water can seep in because the structural integrity of your roof is now compromised. Trees & Leaves – Trees and leaves that have grown to the point of actually touching your roof can begin to cause some major problems if left unaddressed.  A tree branch that falls onto your roof can seriously damage your roof, and leaves that accumulate on your roof can clog your rain gutters and retain moisture.  Lack of proper drainage, the presence of water, and excess moisture in the leave can cause water to seep into your roofing materials and result in rotting and other damage. Deterioration of Your Roof’s Flashing – Your roof needs to have strong and tight-fitting flashing around your chimney, vents, and wall/roof junctions because…

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Roof Damaged After a Storm? What to do After a Summer Storm

Roof Damaging Thunderstorms are all too common here in Georgia. Hail is produced when thunderstorms occur in tandem with strong updrafts, forcing layered ice particles to fall to the ground. Mostly, though, they happen when it’s inconvenient. If you’ve never experienced property damage after a severe thunderstorm, count yourself lucky. In 2018 alone there were over 6,045 “major” hail storms causing over $1.8 billion in damage across the U.S. Much of the damage was done to commercial and residential structures that needed significant roof repair. Here at Accent Roofing, we’re never busier than after a hail storm. As a Gwinnett County roofing contractor, we’ve repaired thousands of hail-damaged roofs across North Georgia. Here’s what you should do immediately after a severe thunderstorm. Inspect the DamageOnce it’s safe to go outside, take a walk around your property. You can often see storm and hail damage to your roof from the ground, from missing shingles to pock-marked flashing. If you notice visible signs of damage from below, it’s imperative to call a local roofing contractor in Gwinnett County immediately to ensure water can’t get in. If the storm was serious but you don’t see damage, you may still have latent issues that require roof repair. Look for SignsHail damage to residential roofing looks different from property to property. On asphalt roofs (common here in Georgia), damage often appears in the form of cracked or missing shingles, granule loss, or exposed fiberglass mat. Some damage might only be noticeable by a local roofing contractor walking the roof, such as loose self-seal strips or cracked fiberglass mats. Call a Roofing ContractorAccent Roofing is often called in to perform roof repair in Gwinnett County and elsewhere after a large hail storm. Once a contractor is on site, they’ll typically talk with you about damage you’ve noticed then perform a thorough inspection of your roof and related systems. From there, you should receive a written estimate of damage and a timeline for roof repair or roof replacement, if necessary. Understand the DamageThunderstorm and hail damage can be surprisingly detrimental to the structural integrity of your roof. Missing shingles and/or cracked mats can allow moisture to seep into your home. Although on the surface it may appear that individual shingles can simply be replaced, severe damage may mean an entire roof replacement is necessary to properly protect your home. If your…

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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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Should You Repair Your Roof or Replace It
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Should You Repair Your Roof or Replace It

There are a lot of reasons to repair your roof. Maybe it’s got a small leak, maybe it’s missing a few shingles, or maybe there’s just some light cracking and warping happening in your underlayer. But how do you know when your roof should be replaced instead of repaired? Of course, a local roofing professional will help you determine what’s best, but here are a few things to know about roof repair vs. roof replacement. Replace Your Roof When…You Can See Daylight in Your Attic You should never be able to see daylight coming into your attic from your roof. If you do, it indicates serious issues with the underlayers of your roofing system and with the impermeable membrane that stands between moisture and the rest of your house. If there are cracks leading up through your roof you can see with your eyes, odds are your roof needs more than a simple tune-up. Replace Your Roof When…Shingles Keep Falling Off One or two missing shingles over the life of your roof isn’t a huge deal. Shingles can be knocked off during storms or heavy winds. But if you notice missing shingles often, you might be headed towards a roof replacement. This is especially true if you’ve already had the missing shingles replaced more than once. Replace Your Roof When…You’re Finding Granules When your shingles start to lose their granules, they’re nearing the end of their effective life. If you spot or feel granules in your gutters, drains, or around the base of your house, your shingles are no longer as efficient as they used to be at repelling water and debris. Most commercial shingles are only rated to last for 10-20 years, so if your roof is older than that you know it’s probably time. Replace Your Roof When…You’ve Got Buckling or Pooling There’s a difference in roofing problems caused by materials that can easily be replaced and those that are caused by structural inefficiencies. If your roof is sagging in spots, pooling water, or otherwise visibly “buckling,” you should have serious concerns. Not only does this make your roof bad at repelling water, it can also leave it vulnerable to collapse. On the flip side… Repair Your Roof When…It’s a One-Time Leak Leaks happen! They’re just a fact of homeownership. A leaky roof isn’t necessarily one that needs to…

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Is Your Roof Ready for the First Ice of the Year?

Ice…in Georgia? Depending on where you live in our great state you can expect anywhere from one to three ice storms per winter. Is your roof ready for the inevitable strain of ice? Accent Roofing sees far too many homeowners caught off guard by the damage ice can do! Here’s how to tell whether your roof is up for what winter has in store. Shingles, Flashing, and AttachmentsIce is most damaging to the parts of your roof that can detach. When water gets underneath your shingles, flashing, and other attached components (like antennas) and freezes, it expands. This constant contraction and expansion leads to detachment of your roof’s critical infrastructure and specifically, the parts that are supposed to keep it sealed! When the sealed components of your roof stop working correctly, water gets in and when it comes to roofing, water is the enemy. Guarded GuttersYou might be surprised to find out that one of the most common issues people report to us after an ice storm is broken or detached gutters. Why does this happen? Because gutters that are clogged with leaves and debris can’t effectively filter water away from the house. When that standing water freezes, it expands! This causes gutters to bend, break, and become far heavier than their supports are intended to handle. Keep your gutters clean and talk to your roofer about investing in gutter guards if you have a lot of overhanging trees. Structural StabilityOne of the untold dangers of ice, particularly here in the southeast where we don’t usually get a lot of it, is added weight. Ice is incredibly heavy. If an ice storm hits and lingers for more than a day or so, your roof is going to be under a lot of extra strain. When your roof is already structurally compromised due to unmitigated repairs or even old age, that extra weight can actually be dangerous. If you’ve been putting off much-needed roof maintenance until the spring, don’t wait; do it now. Insulation CheckThe insulation inside your attic can drastically alter how well your roof responds to ice. Heat rises, so the highest layer of your roof is likely to be the warmest; that’s where ice will melt first. If your insulation and ventilation systems are working properly, the temperature differential between the top and bottom of your roof won’t be all that significant. If it’s off kilter,…

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