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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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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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Top 4 Reasons People Need an Emergency Roofer
A large oak tree falls on and into a small house during a storm demolishing its roof

Top 4 Reasons People Need an Emergency Roofer

Roofing problems don’t always come on gradually. Many roofing issues are emergencies, requiring professional assistance right away. Here at Accent Roofing, we know a thing or two about emergency roof repair in Atlanta and beyond…we’ve been helping homeowners recover from roofing issues for over 30 years! What kind of roofing emergencies do we see most often? Here’s what you need to know about four common roof emergencies you’re likely to encounter at some point in your life. 1. Fallen Limbs/Trees By far and away the most common causes of severe roof damage here in Georgia are fallen limbs and uprooted trees. Heavy rains can cause old or diseased trees to fall over, and wind gusts can easily blow large limbs down off from overhanging branches. When these limbs or, worse, whole trees strike a home’s roof, serious damage almost always ensues. If your roof is damaged by a roof or tree, your first order of business is to ensure the safety of everyone in the house; a fallen tree can actually make the structure unstable. Call a 24/7 roofing company right away, and also contact the emergency number of any utilities that might have been affected, such as gas or electric. 2. Sudden Leaks When roofing emergencies happen, leaks are almost always the result. Sometimes a sudden leak is the only sign of a roof emergency! When water is dripping (or more likely, rushing) into your house in the middle of the night you don’t worry so much about where it’s coming from as how you can get it to stop. Emergency roof leaks can cause thousands of dollars in damage in just a few minutes. If you have a leak, do your best to remove any furniture or other vulnerable items from the leak’s path; put down buckets if you can. If the ceiling itself is wet, leave the room in case of structural collapse. And of course, call an all-hours roofer! 3. Storm Damage The term “storm damage” can encompass a lot of things here in north Georgia. In regards to roof damage it usually refers to strong winds, heavy rains, hailstones, or even lightning strikes. Your roof is there to protect your home and its contents from storms, and sometimes it gets damaged in the process. It’s a situation all homeowners need to be prepared for. When your…

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What Risks Do Spring Storms Pose to Your Roof?

Spring weather isn’t just some of the prettiest here in Georgia, it’s also some of the most volatile. It’s not unheard of for one week in April to be sunny, hot, and dry, only to be followed the next week by a freak ice storm! So, what do spring’s storms mean for your roof? If your home isn’t prepared, spring storms can have dramatic (and costly!) effects on your roof. Here are the major risks they pose. Interior LeaksBy far the most common problem caused – or at least exacerbated – by spring storms is leaking. Every year, anywhere from 10-15 inches of rain fall here in Georgia in the springtime and it tends to come in concentrated bursts. It’s imperative that your roof’s underlayment creates a tight seal between your home’s interior and your roof in order to stand up to the deluge of water. Debris DamageOne of the biggest problem-causers for roofs in spring is debris. Limbs and branches that fell during the last ice storm…built-up pine needles that fell off the tree cover…piles of dead and decaying leaves; these can all wreak havoc on your roof’s ability to funnel and repel water. Having your roof (and your gutters!) cleaned before spring storms start in earnest is a smart way to minimize the impact of debris. Denting and BendingNot all of spring’s precipitation comes in the form of water! It’s totally possible to see sleet in Georgia in early spring, and it’s also not impossible to see hail as the year wears on. Hard precipitation can easily dent the crucial components of a roofing system, from the flashing to the fascia to the gutters themselves. If precipitation hits your roof hard enough that you can actually see physical damage from the ground, it’s time to call a roofer. Standing WaterIs your roof level? Are you sure? Over time, roofing components can become warped or even start to sag. Once that begins to happen, water leftover after big spring rains can pool. Pooling water makes your roof far more likely to leak, but it can also be heavy! That extra weight isn’t good for your roof and can actually weaken its structural components over time. What can you to in order to prepare your roof for spring? Your first order of business is to contact a reputable roofing company in Georgia. When choosing…

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Your Spring Roofing Checklist in Georgia

Spring is a great time of year to start thinking about home maintenance. We’ve all battened down the hatches for winter, but now that the weather’s warming up and the snow and ice is (hopefully) behind us, now’s the time to prepare for the hottest months of the year. They can be more dangerous to our houses than the coldest months here in Georgia! Your roof is your home’s biggest investment against spring weather’s threats. Here’s your springtime roofing checklist for Georgia to help ensure you’ll make it through the summer and beyond. ð      Clean & Examine GuttersClogged gutters don’t do you any good…in fact, they can cause you harm. If water can’t make it through your gutters effectively, you’ll end up with standing pools on your roof. They’re a surefire precursor to leaks. This spring make sure your gutters are clean and open to accommodate those frequent heavy thunderstorms we’ll start getting come June. Also check to make sure none of your gutters were dented or knocked loose by ice or falling debris over the last few months, which can impact their performance, too. ð      Hit the AtticYour attic is like the window to your roof’s soul. It’s a great indicator of the health of your overall roofing system and can help you identify little problems before they become big issues. Check your attic for anything amiss – sagging, moisture, light coming through the roof cracks – and bring in a professional roofer if you suspect something’s off. ð      Check for CrittersIt’s not uncommon here in Georgia for small animals like squirrels and birds to make their homes in gutters, roof nooks, or underneath the eaves of homes. Do a visual inspection of the perimeter of your home to look for signs of nesting, and call an exterminator if you spot anything out of the ordinary. With animals, there’s usually smoke where there’s fire and you wouldn’t believe the damage just one opossum can do to a roof! ð      Trim Those BranchesIf your home is surrounded by large trees like pines or oaks like many people’s in Georgia, spring is the time of year to trim any problematic branches. Summer’s heavy storms are prime-time for big branches falling onto homes; dead trees should also be removed so they don’t fall over once the ground becomes saturated. ð      Spot Winter DamageWhether we had a particularly bad winter or not, it’s…

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