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Common Issues with Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is enjoying a meteoric rise in popularity, particularly here in the south. Prefabricated metal roofing has a specific aesthetic appeal, and it’s an ideal choice for houses built (or novated) in the “modern farmhouse” style.Compared to traditional asphalt shingled roofing, metal roofs are significantly more expensive. A lot of people think it’s worth it, however, for the longer lifespan and reduced maintenance that come part-and-parcel with these kinds of roofs. Metal roofs are also much lighter, fire resistant, eco-friendly, and relatively quick to install. Here at Accent Roofing, we work with all kinds of Georgia roofs. In case you’re considering metal, here are a few of the most common issues we see with metal roofs. Denting Denting can be a problem for metal roofs. We always advise our customers to strongly consider “dent-proof” metals, and also to remember that some metals – like steel – are stronger than others – like aluminum. Metal roofs can be dented in a variety of ways, especially during one of our strong hail storms or when being walked on by an inexperienced roofer. In most cases, dents are purely aesthetic problems but in situations where the dent is particularly deep, an issue with water runoff may develop. Oil Canning Also known as “stress wrinkling” or “elastic buckling,” oil canning is when the flat parts of a metal roof begin to appear wavy and even buckle in places. It is very common and is typically a byproduct of the actual metal itself, not (necessarily) the installation process. Once metal roofs begin to oil can, the affected panels must be replaced to solve the issue. Ways to prevent canning include using a thicker metal sheeting, choosing a “stretched” metal, and having the roof installed over a totally flat decking. Leaking Leaks are the number one problem for almost any roof, and metal is no exception. Metal roofs tend to leak most at their fastener points but proper installation can help. A number of factors can make leaks more likely on a metal roof including driving rain, heavy wind, structural damage, and even back-to-back ice events. When installing a metal roof the flashing, seams, and fasteners are the most important areas to pay attention to for preventing leaks. Scratching Almost all modern metal roofs have some type of coating. In many cases, the coating also doubles as a paint,…

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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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October is the Best Month to Replace Your Roof

Here at Accent Roofing, we get a lot of questions about the best time to replace your roof in Georgia. We love when homeowners ask because it means they’re engaged in the process! Roof replacement is always most successful and streamlined when everyone knows what to expect. Our overall answer is that Fall is the best time of year to replace your roof. More specifically, October is the best month of the year to have a new roof installed. Why Fall? Because fall weather in Georgia is picture-perfect, of course! Fall is the season all professional roofers in North Georgia gear up for all year long. Not only are weather patterns generally predictable and mild, but winter isn’t far away. We don’t get a lot of severe winter weather here in Georgia but we get enough that having a sub-par roof during this time of year can actually be dangerous. Not to mention energy inefficient! Fall is the best time to get a good deal on roof replacement (roofers have extra materials in stock in advance of the “busy season”) and to schedule your roof work when it’s convenient for you (roofers are usually well-staffed this time of year.) But Why October, Specifically? Statistically, October has the driest weather of any month in the state of Georgia. Rainfall totals for north Georgia over a period of 30-years show that only about 3.5 inches of rain are expected for the month; the drier the weather, the more quickly, efficiently, and successfully a roof can be replaced. October is also one of the few months of the year here in GA where you may or may not need to use much HVAC. In general, temperatures are cool and although roof replacements don’t always leave homes “exposed” to the elements for long (particularly when you’re working with an experienced, professional roofer!), it always wastes less energy when a roof can be replaced while the HVAC system is off. And let’s be honest…there’s always great football on just about every day of the week now during October, so there’s plenty to keep you busy while your new roof’s being installed! But What About the Leaves? Great question! You don’t have to worry much about leaves falling into your home while your roof is being replaced as long as you’re working with a contentious installer. Tarps and other coverings are always used to protect…

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Best Time for Roof Replacement is Fall
Fulll Roof Replacement, March 2019

Best Time for Roof Replacement is Fall

If you are looking into getting a roof replaced, there are many reasons to hold off until the autumn months to get the job done. Here are just a few of those key reasons that you should wait until the fall to get your roof replacement taken care of. You Will Save Money As with any other industry, there is definitely an off-season for roof replacements. Late fall and all winter is the off-season for roofing companies, when you will be most likely to get a better deal on the work since the demand won’t be as high for roof replacements. Winter is not a great time to do it for two reasons. First, you want to make sure that your roof is in good shape before the winter months come in with all the harsh weather often involved with them. Second, the winter time brings with it more safety hazards for roofing companies and their personnel. This makes autumn a great time to replace or install a new roof. You Will Experience Less Stress and Frustration When the roofing contractor is not going through their busy season and trying to take care of you and all the other roofs that need to get done, you will have less stress and frustration with the process overall as well. They will be able to take more time for you, really assess the situation and the best materials for your particular project, and really do a thorough job. This is not to say that in other months the roofer is likely to do sloppy work, but the autumn is a better time generally to hire a roofer who is less busy and therefore less stressed due to a heavy workload. As a bonus, working with a roofing contractor who is less stressed and frustrated about all the work they are trying to do simultaneously means you have a better relationship with your roofer and may just have a higher quality job done because of that alone. You Will Have a Higher Quality Roof Replacement Ultimately, working with a residential roof company in Suwanee in the off-season may mean the quality of the roof installation will be better as well. You may have the benefit of having more skilled professionals who are only working on your roof instead of yours in addition to a…

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