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How to Prepare to Have Your Roof Replaced

Your roof is one of the most important – and most expensive! – components of your home. It’s totally understandable that homeowners would be interested in extending the lifespan of their roof as long as possible. Replacing a roof is always a big investment. So, how often does your roof really need to be replaced? The experts at Accent Roofing, one of Atlanta’s best roofing companies, weigh in. Roofing Materials Matter The number one factor that will determine exactly how long your roof will last is what it’s made of. Certain roofing materials are more durable than others and more likely to hold up in conditions like rain, hail, or strong winds. Here’s a general guide to how long several common roofing materials can be expected to last: Composition Shingles: 12-22 years Asphalt Shingles: 15-30 years Wooden (Cedar) Shingles: 15-25 years Tile Shingles: 40-50 years Metal Roofs: 50-75 years Why the Discrepancy? Because different materials require different levels of maintenance. Composition shingles, for example, are low-cost but also on the low-end of the durability spectrum, depending on the style and brand. A very well-maintained composition shingle roof can last more than two decades! A composition roof that’s never cleaned, inspected, or repaired might only last 12-15 years. Remember that roof maintenance is compounding. You can’t ignore your roof for ten years then expect to make up for lost time with one big repair job. The more regularly you have your roof inspected the earlier on you’ll catch little issues that can turn into big ones: missing shingles, loose flashing, leaking underlayment, and more. How Can You Tell When It’s Time to Replace Your Roof? There are a few tell-tale signs it might be getting close to time to replace your roof. Sagging, especially when obvious from the ground, is a key indicator that the roof’s structural integrity has been compromised. A significant number of missing shingles could also mean it will be less expensive to have your roof replaced than repaired. The only way to know for sure? Have your roof inspected by a professional roofing company! Some roofing issues, even serious ones, can only be determined through a thorough and comprehensive inspection. Having a roofer walk your roof, use tools to measure the moisture levels in your attic, and test the veracity of the materials used in its construction is the only way to really know its condition. How Long Does Roofing Replacement…

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How to Decorate for Christmas Without Damaging Your Roof –

It’s easy to get caught up in the holiday spirit and forget to take care of your roof! Whether you’re just imagining a few tasteful strands of lights or are considering going full Clarke Griswold, there’s a right way and a wrong way to attach Christmas decorations to your roof. Here’s what your friends at Accent Roofing want you to know about decorating your roof for Christmas without having to pay for it in the spring. Choose Your Décor Wisely Some decorations simply shouldn’t be on your roof. That full-size Santa sleigh (with eight fiberglass reindeer) might look festive, but it’s murder on the structural stability of your roof. Putting decorations that are too heavy on your roof can cause you to need to replace it earlier than you might have otherwise. You should also never put anything in or around your chimney, like that cute pair of Santa’s “stuck” legs. This isn’t just bad for your roof, it’s dangerous if you plan to use your fireplace! And while inflatables might seem like the perfect compromise, know that a strong gust of wind can easily pick them up and carry them off, wreaking havoc on the ground below and on the roof components they were attached to. Use the Right Attachments The foremost rule of attaching anything to your roofing structure is to avoid puncture holes. Never, ever use staples or nails to attach anything to your roof, no matter how small. This can allow water to permeate the layers of your roof and eventually end up inside your home! It also decreases the energy efficiency of your HVAC system, which relies on an air-controlled attic space. Choose gentle plastic clips to attach decorations to your eaves, not your roof. Never force a clip in place – if you meet resistance, rethink it. You can hold certain decorations in place with sand bags or high-tensile cord, but we don’t recommend going up on your roof yourself. It’s dangerous up there! When in doubt, ask a professional roofer to help you install your décor. Know Your Roof No two roofs are exactly alike which means no two roofs can handle the exact same decorations. It’s important to keep any décor items on your roof away from anything else nearby: chimneys and electrical lines can pose a fire hazard while tree branches or other large objects can cause direct damage to your…

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3 Ways Ice Can Damage Your Georgia Roof

It’s only January, and already it’s been a winter to remember e in Georgia. Nearly everywhere in the state is recovering from record snowfall and ice totals after a recent storm, but it’s yet to be seen exactly how extensive damage from the event will be. While homes in the Northeast are prepared for harsh winter weather, houses here in the Southeast aren’t used to experiencing many inches of snow and/or extended periods of heavy ice. At Accent Roofing, we’re gearing up for what’s certain to be an influx of calls here in north Georgia as residents begin to realize the full extent of damage to their homes and more specifically, to their roofs. How damaging is ice? Here’s how ice can wreak havoc on your roof…yes, even here in Georgia. Ice dams Ice dams are by far and away the most dangerous side effect of ice on roofs. They’re rare in climates like ours, but not unheard of. Particularly when temperatures hover at or below freezing for days and/or weeks at a time and a snowfall occurs, ice dams are more likely to form. An ice dam is essentially a wall of ice that forms around the bottom edge of your roof. As snow behind it melts (or, in some cases, when it’s raining but there’s still a thick ice dam built up), water cannot drain properly off of the roof. Moisture can seep inside, shingles can be pushed up by the pressure, and structural damage can even result. Gutter Damage Our gutters are far more important than we give them credit for. Without functional gutters, water can’t efficiently make its way off of your roof and away from your foundation. Ice poses a lot of threats to your gutters, particularly if you’ve fallen behind on cleanings. The weight of ice can cause your gutters to pull away from their attachments. It can bend them and warp them, making waterflow inefficient. Ice can even encourage premature rust as moisture sits inside your gutters for weeks at a time. Excessive Weight Weight isn’t just an issue for your gutters, it’s an issue for your entire roofing system. Northern roofs are designed to accommodate for the heavy weight of snow; southern roofs, comparatively, are typically not constructed to withstand the heavy weight of winter precipitation. That’s not to say that a single snow or ice storm will…

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