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8 Signs You Might Need a New Roof

It can be difficult to know when you need to replace your asphalt roof, or when a simple repair will do. Here are a few signs you may need a new roof for your Atlanta area property: Shingle edges are curled or shingle tabs are cupped. There are bald spots on your shingles – Weather damage can remove your roof’s granules. Cracked shingles. Your roof is more than 20 years old – Most asphalt shingle roofs have a lifespan of 20 years.You've recently experienced severe storm damage The roof just looks old and worn. Neighbors are getting new roofs. Homes built around the same time period can be experiencing the same types of weather conditions can mean that your roof is nearing its useful life. Dark streaks. Airborne algae cause dark streaks on roof decks. While this may not necessarily harm the roof shingles, it may not look good. Algae streaks can be removed using a 50:50 blend of water and bleach sprayed on your roof. It is important to use a low volume garden hose so you do not knock the protective granules off your shingles. It is also important that you protect your landscaping from the bleach run-off. Moss can grow on roof surfaces that don’t get much sunlight, especially in cool, moist climates. Moss growth can be more than a cosmetic issue. Moss holds moisture against the roof surface and overtime in freezing climates can cause damage to the granules on the top of the shingles. Moss can be brushed off but it won’t prevent it from growing again; take care not to damage the shingle surface. You may need to contact a professional roofing contractor. If you have questions about roof replacement, roof maintenance, or about choosing the best roofer in Lawrenceville, GA., give us a call at 770-277-4869.

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Financing Your Roofing Project

One of the most important and rewarding home improvement projects for a homeowner to take on is a roof replacement. The roof is not only the first layer of protection from inclement weather; it is also a focal point for your home’s aesthetics and curb appeal. However, replacing the roof is a costly endeavor that can impact you in the immediate and long-term if you don’t plan properly. Even before figuring out what kind of roof you want, you need to determine your budget as well as your ability to secure financing—if you don’t already have the budget for it. With the roof, waiting till a rainy day isn’t an option, considering that a shoddy, low-quality roof can potentially cause you even more financial stress than patching up the roof you currently have. The good news is that there are plenty of options available to help you pay for your roof. To help you better understand your options, this guide from the experts at Accent Roofing will cover some of the most common options available to you as a homeowner—and how you can get started on your roof replacement project today. Breaking Down Your Options Before you decide to submit applications left and right for financing, it’s important to understand your options. While a replacement roof is important, it’s equally important that you’re in a good financial position to enjoy it for years to come. Common financial options include: Out-of-Pocket: For those who can afford it, there is no better option than paying out of pocket. This option allows you to save on interest and prevents you from adding another payment to your expenses. However, this option usually requires a healthy amount of savings or assets, which isn’t feasible for everyone.Credit: Credit cards and loans traditionally carry high-interest rates, which can have you paying back far more than the amount you originally financed. However, it’s still a viable option for those who lack other sources of financing.Company Financing: Many roofing companies offer financing in-house due to the expensive nature of a roof replacement project. Because roofing companies establish partnerships with various banks, you can usually get a better financial package than you would by yourself through credit. If you’re in the market to finance your next roofing project than consider looking into what our team at Accent Roofing has to offer our customers. We…

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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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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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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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