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
Full 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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The Characteristics of a Great Roof Replacement
The nail gun is used to attach shingles to the roof.

The Characteristics of a Great Roof Replacement

A roof is an investment. Like other parts of the home, it requires maintenance to keep its structural integrity. But every 20 to 30 years, depending upon the type of materials used in the roof’s construction, a repair or replacement is required. Quality roof replacement materials in Suwanee are important to the overall longevity of the roof because the roof must withstand an array of weather conditions. In Georgia, it’s not snow and sub-zero temperatures that test a roof’s ability to withstand Mother Nature’s wrath; it’s hot, humid weather and lots of rain. Where there is humidity and warm temperatures, there is a threat of mold or mildew if adequate ventilation is not present. A great roof should enhance the architecture of the home and provide years of service. Here are our suggestions for choosing a durable, attractive roof that not only protects, but adds value to a home. Quality Roof Coverings Not all roof coverings are equal in longevity or cost. Some are more affordable than others, and some are more tolerant of hot and humid weather. From asphalt to wood shake, slate, and metal, there is a wide variety of roof materials to choose from, in an array of colors or styles that work well in the Georgia climate. The most common shingle used, asphalt, has evolved over the years and is now available in an architectural style that offers a three-dimensional appearance that works well with steep roof planes and gables. An experienced contractor will make suggestions as to the best type of roof for your home, and offer a roof replacement estimate for the cost of the job.   Good Ventilation Not only does good roof ventilation remove heat from the attic in warmer months; it dilutes and removes moist air that collects in the attic during the winter months. A humid climate like what is found in Suwannee and across Georgia, accompanied by a lack of ventilation, can lead to a buildup of moisture and heat in an attic that can damage and deteriorate roofing materials, shortening the life of a roof. Hire Reputable Contractors Every year, fraudulent and crooked roof contractors make their way across the country, scamming customers who think they are getting a good deal on a cheap roof. These homeowners are left with a shoddy roof that must be replaced, and they lose the hard-earned dollars doled out…

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