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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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4 Roofing Projects You Should Leave to the Pros

Some home improvement projects – painting the bedroom, changing the faucets – can be done with the help of a YouTube video and a home improvement store. Others, though, should be left to the professionals. Which roofing projects can you handle yourself, and which ones should you only allow experts to handle? Here at Accent Roofing, we prefer you leave all roofing projects to the pros, if only because working on the roof can be a dangerous job if you don’t know what you’re doing. But if you’re gung-ho for DIY, here are four roofing projects you should keep off your Honey-Do list. Roof Replacement It should go without saying that you should never, every try to replace your roof yourself. Not only is this backbreaking work, it’s also incredibly specialized. The best roofers have decades of combined experience working on different style roofs with a host of unique materials. Just one misplaced nail can make for years of water invasion, not to mention all the factors that go into considering a roof’s ventilation system. Some things only years of experience can teach you to do properly: roof replacement is one of them. Significant Repair It can be tempting to want to repair your roof yourself, particularly if the issue seems clear. Whether it’s a loose piece of flashing or a small drip leak in the attic…where’s the harm in repairing it yourself if you’re reasonably confident you can do so safely? The harm is, of course, that you might miss a much bigger underlying issue in an effort to DIY. Professional roofers understand that where there’s smoke, there’s (usually) fire. They have the tools and the know-how to tell when a small repair is actually pointing to a much bigger problem. Shingle Replacement Is your roof missing a shingle or two? Easy, right? Think again. Not only are missing shingles one of the first signs of many serious roofing problems, including the need for a full roof replacement, they’re actually very difficult to replace correctly! Attaching a shingle to your roof in the wrong way could compromise your roofing’s underlayment. What does that mean? That you might actually be unwittingly inviting water into your house every time it rains. Repairing Hail Damage Hail damage can be deceptively pervasive. What might look like just a few pock marks from the ground could actually indicate pretty problematic…

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How Did Summer Weather Affect Your Roof?

Summer is hard on your roof. It’s hard on everyone’s! And here in Georgia, summers are particularly brutal. They’re one of the busiest seasons for roof repairs and maintenance work because they’re often when problems arise.If you’ve been putting off having your roof inspected by a professional roofer in GA, don’t wait. Here’s how this summer has already taken a toll on your roof.Humidity Leads to MildewIt’s no secret that summertime humidity ranges from “unbearable” to “hard-to-breathe” here in the Southeast. In your home, humidity isn’t just annoying, it can actually be destructive. One of your roof’s primary jobs is to regulate the humidity levels in your attic. That’s incredibly difficult for it to do if your roof’s ventilation wasn’t installed correctly, or if there’s too much or too little venting to begin with. It’s been a particularly humid summer in the Atlanta area which means older, improperly vented homes are at higher risk of mold and mildew collection in the attic than ever; organic growth in your attic can actually make your family sick. Call a local roofing professional today to determine whether or not the ventilation system in your attic is optimal.Heavy Rainfall Takes a Toll on Your Roof We’ve already had over 15 inches of rain here in metro Atlanta this summer, far more than the seasonal average. All that rain is great for lake levels, but it’s hard on your roof. Excess water can cause backups on your roof – particularly if your gutters are already clogged – which means water has nowhere to go but inside your house. A sagging or otherwise uneven roof also creates the perfect surface for water collection; standing water on your roof almost always leads to water intrusion. If you’ve noticed drips, drops, or other leaks pop up this summer, rest assured winter is going to make things much, much worse. Now’s the time to have your roof inspected, repaired, and even replaced if need-be.Storms Can Cause External DamageThunderstorms may be atmospheric, but they’re usually accompanied by high winds, driving rain, and occasionally even tree-felling lightning. (And don’t even get us started on hail!) Summer is the number one season in which roofs are damaged suddenly, from falling limbs to blown-off shingles to pock marks created by hailstones. Even if the damage seems minor from the ground it’s imperative you have a recently damaged roof inspected by a…

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