Is it time to replace your roof?

Each year as you complete typical annual maintenance around your Metro Altanta home, we recommend that you also take the time to inspect your roof. Here are some of the common ways you can know whether your roof needs to be repaired or replaced. You want to ensure your roof is in good condition in order to protect the integrity of your home and keep the rain out. Shingles Curling at the Edges Singles that spend a lot of time in the heat can begin to curl up at the edges as they wear out. This curling can lead to problems in windy weather as the wind can catch the uplifted edges and pull them up further, allowing rain to blow under. Broken or Missing Shingles As shingles wear out, they become brittle and break. When you notice bare spots on your roof from shingles that have gone missing, it’s time to do something. Noticing broken pieces off your shingles may mean that just a few shingles need to be replaced, but if it is a pattern that you see repeating across the roof, it’s probably time to have a new roof installed. Missing Granules The granules on your shingles can be washed away over time, leaving bare spots. While this may not seem like a huge deal, it does show significant wear on your roof and may indicate the need for replacement. It can also indicate the need to repair other parts of your roof as an increased amount of water from drainage problems can cause uneven wear. Buckling Shingles A buckle in your shingles is a lifted ridge, almost like a bubble, that usually runs vertically up the roof. Two possible causes for buckling include if your previous roof was not installed properly or if the underlayment was wet when the shingles were placed over it. That said, even a properly installed roof can begin to buckle with age. The problem with this is that the wind can easily catch those shingles and pull them off the roof, leaving bare places where water can enter your home. Inspect Flashings on the Roof The last aspect of your roof that you want to inspect is the flashing. Flashing is installed over the roof itself at any fixture on the roof, such as the chimney. You may have flashing around a…

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Lower AC Bills this Summer with a New Roof

Now is one of the best times of year to replace your roof. Why? Because summer is just around the corner and summer in the south is hot! Your Roof as a Cooling MechanismDid you know your roof actually plays a pretty significant role in the functionality of your home’s HVAC system? Here in Georgia, summers get hot, so having a well-maintained, light-reflecting roof is one of the easiest ways to ensure your air conditioning can do its job. The more efficient your roof is, the more efficiently your air conditioning will cool your home. A well-ventilated roof ensures hot air won’t stay trapped inside your attic space, and also keeps hot air out. The composition of your roof also plays a big role in keeping your home cool. Reflective roofs, for example, can easily be 10-40 degrees cooler than traditional roofs because their shingles are made to reflect the sun’s heat. If your HVAC bills are getting higher and higher each year, it might be time to consider a new roof. Replacing Your Roof Saves You MoneyA roof replacement is a big investment. Putting off a roof replacement to “save” yourself money, though, is never a good idea. Over time, the problems your roof has now will only get worse if left untreated; for many homeowners, the money they’ll save cooling their homes can make a huge dent in the overall cost of a new roof. Once you decide to replace your roof, working with a reputable local roofer is always a good idea. They’ll know the particular weather patterns in your area and also the foliage your roof will need to withstand. They can also tell you what kind of replacement materials are most popular in your area. Why Replace Your Roof in Spring? Spring is actually the ideal season to replace your roof for several reasons. After daylight savings time hits, daylight hours will last longer which gives professional roofers more time to get their jobs done. Additionally, you may not need to use your HVAC system here in Georgia much during the spring, a plus when replacing your roof means your home won’t be airtight for the better part of a day. Spring rains are obviously one of the only concerns when it comes to roof replacement this time of year, but they’re usually relatively predictable. A reputable roofer has the tools and equipment necessary to…

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Lower AC Bills this Summer with a New Roof

Spring is one of the best times of year to replace your roof. Why? Because summer is just around the corner! Your Roof as a Cooling Mechanism Did you know your roof actually plays a pretty significant role in the functionality of your home’s HVAC system? Here in Georgia, summers get hot, so having a well-maintained, light-reflecting roof is one of the easiest ways to ensure your air conditioning can do its job. The more efficient your roof is, the more efficiently your air conditioning will cool your home. A well-ventilated roof ensures hot air won’t stay trapped inside your attic space, and also keeps hot air out. The composition of your roof also plays a big role in keeping your home cool. Reflective roofs, for example, can easily be 10-40 degrees cooler than traditional roofs because their shingles are made to reflect the sun’s heat. If your HVAC bills are getting higher and higher each year, it might be time to consider a new roof. Replacing Your Roof Saves You Money A roof replacement is a big investment. Putting off a roof replacement to “save” yourself money, though, is never a good idea. Over time, the problems your roof has now will only get worse if left untreated; for many homeowners, the money they’ll save cooling their homes can make a huge dent in the overall cost of a new roof. Once you decide to replace your roof, working with a reputable local roofer is always a good idea. They’ll know the particular weather patterns in your area and also the foliage your roof will need to withstand. They can also tell you what kind of replacement materials are most popular in your area. Why Replace Your Roof in Spring?  Spring is actually the ideal season to replace your roof for several reasons. After daylight savings time hits, daylight hours will last longer which gives professional roofers more time to get their jobs done. Additionally, you may not need to use your HVAC system here in Georgia much during the spring, a plus when replacing your roof means your home won’t be airtight for the better part of a day. Spring rains are obviously one of the only concerns when it comes to roof replacement this time of year, but they’re usually relatively predictable. A reputable roofer has the tools and equipment necessary to cover your home completely…

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Average Cost of Roof Replacement

When it's time to replace the roof, most homeowners get sticker shock when they hear about the price of a new roof. It's true that roof installations and repairs are reportedly one of the biggest costs of home ownership. In this article, you'll learn how to estimate the average cost of a roof replacement. Geography Plays a Role By this point, you can't really do anything about this, but geography does factor into the costs of a new roof. Some areas of the country demand higher prices because of the higher cost of living. Of course if you're not open to relocating to an area where prices are cheaper, then this is not useful information for you. Size Matters Smaller houses are cheaper to build because they have smaller roofs. The size of the roof determines the cost of the roof replacement because the square footage of your roof directly influences the cost of material and the time it takes to get the job done. The latter translates to labor costs.The average roof has about 1,700 square feet. You may pay anywhere from $2.75 to $7.50 per square foot installed. In this case, the low-end pricing is typical for a contractor who works alone without liability insurance. The higher range will most likely be a fully warrantied job done by a professional roofing service. Every Roof Is Unique One of the challenges of pricing the cost of a new roof is the fact that every roof is a little different. For example, a roof that's difficult to access would be more expensive to replace. If the roofer has to take off your old roof before installing the new roof, then they will have to charge you additional labor costs. When your roofer takes down the old roof, there may be unpleasant surprises, too. It's possible that the wood underneath has to be replaced if it's rotten or damaged. Roofers will also take into consideration flashing and skylights on your roof. Obviously, installing a new skylight and new flashing will increase the price of your new roof. Material Cost Varies There are many different roofing materials available for your roof. You can ask your roofer to provide you with different estimates. Obviously, you'll pay more for high-end materials. Of course, if you choose high-end materials, you need to choose a reputable roofing company…

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Is Your Roof Ready for Spring

Roofing repairs are never something that people enjoy jumping into. You'll probably never get super excited about the prospect of tackling a roofing job. It just doesn't seem like the most enjoyable or most exciting thing to do on your weekends. So, naturally, everyone wants to avoid any need for repairs or roof services, if it can be helped. When checking your roof, you want to make sure that you take copious notes of everything that you see. The best time to inspect your roof is in the spring and in the fall, before and after the harshest months hit. Let's be honest, nobody wants to be on the roof in the middle of July or August anyway. There should be some basic items on your checklist. First and foremost, you want to make sure that the gutters are cleared, and that you've cleaned away any obvious debris on the roof itself. This'll make your job much easier because you'll be able to make a more thorough inspection. Every homeowner should do this sort of upkeep periodically, but if you haven't been up there all winter long, there's bound to be some stuff to clear away. Second, you should check for any rust spots or cracked caulk on flashing. You'll need to make sure that you note the exact locations and the degree of the cracking or rust. This is a good time to take pictures. Third, you'll check the shingles. You need to note if any are curling, blistering, or buckling. In the south, the UV bombardment that shingles receive every summer can wear and age them very quickly. Fourth, you should check if the rubber boots around vents are cracked or worn. Again, you should be taking plenty of notes and pictures the whole time, identifying not only the damage but also the exact locations. Worker hands installing bitumen roof shingles - fastening one with nails, closeup The fifth step will vary depending upon your needs and ability. If you're comfortable making some basic repairs like replacing shingles or doing some caulking, you can pick up the materials and get to work, whenever you're able to set aside the time. Typically, you can expect a half-day of work to handle a few basic shingle repairs. If the work is more involved or you're not comfortable doing the repairs yourself, you'll…

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