What Kind of New Roof Should You Choose For Your Georgia Home?

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For most people who have grown up in America, the question, “What kind of roof would you like?” is a strange question. It’s almost certain they grew up in a house with asphalt shingles, and most of the houses they’ve lived in have had asphalt shingles as well. Even manufactured homes, which once only had hard metal roofs, increasingly have asphalt shingles. Considering asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing material used in this country (and have been for some time,) people are sometimes surprised to realize that they can change things up if they want to during their next roof installation.

At Roofing Resources of Georgia, we offer four distinct types of roofs for your home: asphalt shingles, metal roofs, tile roofs, and wood shakes roofs. If that seems like a lot of choices, it is, especially for someone who thought the only choice they’d have to make was whether or not to change their shingle color. But you may have the opportunity to upgrade to something much more durable or beautiful when you’re looking for a new roof…or maybe not, depending on how you answer the following questions.

What Can You Afford?

No doubt about it, traditional asphalt shingles are the least expensive option when it comes to roof installation in America. Not only are they made from the least expensive materials — petroleum and stone granules — but they’re also the easiest to install. When you’re in need of roof repair, it’s very easy to find someone who can get up on your roof and replace a few shingles. 

If you’re looking for an upgrade, tile roofs and metal roofs are more expensive options. Not only are they more expensive to install, but repair on tile roofs takes a specialist. Each type of roof adds a distinctive look and requires very little upkeep, and they’re also going to last longer than an asphalt roof. Which brings us to our next point…

How Long Will You Be In The House?

Metal roofing panels and tiles last a long time. How long? The average metal roof will hold up for 50 years or more, while tiles can last 100. It’s very unlikely that you’ll still be in the house when either would need replacement, which means it might be the last roof you ever buy!

While that sounds great, people are on the move more than ever. As people change jobs, move across the country, or simply upgrade from one house to the next, they’re living in each individual house for shorter periods of time. If you install a relatively expensive tile roof on your house and then sell it soon after, you’re essentially upgrading for the buyer and not yourself. 

But if you’re building your retirement home, a tile or metal roof might be exactly what you’re looking for. And if you choose a tile roof, there’s something you should know about preparation…

Are You Prepared For the Prep Work?

Both metal roofs and tile roofs are attractive to our clients due to how long they last. But when it comes to preparing a roof for each style, they couldn’t be much different. 

While metal roofs are far from easy to install, they do have one distinct advantage when it comes to installation: They can be installed directly over the old shingles. Leaving the old shingles on simply creates one more insulative and protective barrier between your house and outdoor elements.

Tile roofs, on the other hand, require a house frame that can support them. Since tiles are so heavy, the attic of a house may require additional interior support to prevent sagging and collapse of the roof. This can, of course, factor into the final cost of a tile roof here in Georgia.

Are You Environmental?

If you’re concerned about the environment — and we all should be — metal roofs and tile roofs are certainly more environmentally friendly, with metal roofs coming out on top. Metal roofs are made from steel or aluminum, two very recyclable metals. Tile roofs are made mostly from clay, so while they might stick around for a while, they’re also mostly natural.

Asphalt shingles are probably the worst from an environmental standpoint. Asphalt shingles have a great deal of petroleum in them, and there’s almost nothing you can do with them when they reach the end of their lives. Most asphalt shingles just end up going to the dump. Similarly, there’s not much you can do with wood shake shingles because the wood has been treated with chemicals in order to keep it from rotting. 

How Much Maintenance Do You Mind?

In general, asphalt shingle, tile, and metal roofs don’t really need much upkeep. While a metal roof can be painted and an asphalt roof might need a few new shingles after a storm, upkeep is minimal.

The exception is with wood shake roofs. While wood shake roofs can last 30 years — a bit longer than asphalt shingles but shorter than a metal roof — they need to have regular upkeep performed to ensure they stay in the best shape possible. It’s also important for them to be installed by a professional so that airflow is optimized and mold doesn’t have a way to take hold.

What Looks Best On Your House?

While practicality is important, it’s also a good idea to consider new kinds of roofs to see how they can improve the look of your house. Tile roofs give a Mediterranean look to a house. Metal roofs, once restricted to commercial buildings, are becoming more common on houses because of their unique look. Wood shake shingles don’t complement the look of most modern homes, but they can be an excellent choice on an older house. 

Do you want to stand out in your neighborhood? Or is your house the oddball because it still has asphalt shingles? Maybe it’s time to switch to a new type of roof. Well, that’s if you’re allowed to, because you have to ask…

What Does Your HOA Allow?

HOAs can be great, making residents keep their trash cans behind fences and preventing them from parking boats on the street. But they also reduce the options you have when changing your house, whether it’s the color, siding, or roof option. Many HOAs restrict the kind of roofing material that can be used to just two, either tile or asphalt shingles. If you want wood shake or metal roof, you might be out of luck. Be sure to check with your HOA to make sure you won’t get into trouble. 

Where Do You Live?

Where you live might change the way you feel about certain types of shingles. For instance, if you live by the ocean, you won’t want a steel metal roof because the saltier air could cause it to rust. Aluminum might be a good alternative for you, but they’re not nearly as heavy and could be more prone to flying off during a hurricane.

Do you live deep in the woods? A metal or clay tile roof might be an excellent option in case a fire comes along. These two types of roofs are fireproof thanks to the materials they’re made from. Still, if you want an asphalt shingle roof, Roofing Resources of Georgia can provide you with shingles that have additional fire retardant applied. 

Which Roof Do You Want?

Even more important, which roof do you need? When you come to us at RROG, we’ll help you pick the perfect roof for your house, whether you’re paying for it out of your own pocket or are using insurance. 

If you need a new roof, we’d love to answer any questions you have about the various kinds that we’ve detailed in today’s blog. We’ve been doing this for nearly 20 years, and we’re ready to get you the best roof possible. Click here to contact us today!

Is Wood Shake the Right Roof Replacement For You?

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When most people think roof replacement, their first thought is of asphalt shingles. This makes sense, considering asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing in the country. If prompted to name another type of roof material, clay tile roofs might come to mind next. Following that would probably be metal roofs, though most people associate them with businesses even though they’re becoming more common in residential roofing. But what about wood shakes roofs?

Wood shake roofing might not be that common, but it is an excellent option when some of our customers are looking for a new roof. Let’s take a look at wood shake roofs and why some might choose it…and a couple of things to think about that might not make it the right roof for you.

Advantages of Wood Shake Shingles

The Beauty

Without a doubt, the most common reason that people choose wood shake shingles is because they are so beautiful. In fact, wood shake shingles are probably the most beautiful type of roof out there. Shake shingles bring a great deal of character to a home, making it special. If you have a particular style of home for which clay, asphalt, and metal roofing just doesn’t make sense, wood shake might be exactly what you’re looking for.

Each Shingle Is Unique

Because every shingle is made from natural material, each one is going to be slightly different from the last. This adds to the beauty of the roof, giving it a rustic look that many homeowners are looking for.

They Last

While cedar shingle roofs might be a bit more expensive than asphalt roofs, they also last longer. In general, a shake roof will usually outlast an asphalt roof by about 10 years.

Wood Shake is Energy Efficient

Wood is a natural insulator, and the thickness of each shingle makes them considerably more energy efficient than asphalt shingles.

Just As Resistant to the Elements

Shake roofs are just as resistant to heavy rains, snowstorms, and hail as other forms of roofing are. They also stand up to heavy winds incredibly well.

You Still Get Variety

If you think the only option you’ll have with a wood shake roof is “wood-colored,” think again! You’ll have color choices when it comes to shake roofs, whether you’re looking for a natural color or a pre-stained and aged option.

Disadvantages of Wood Shake Shingles

It’s Not For Every House

Just as not every house looks good with a clay tile roof, and not every house can pull off the metal roof look, a cedar roof isn’t right for every house. Some styles of house look absolutely amazing with shake roofs, while others simply don’t look right. (HOA restrictions also have to be considered.) But on the right house, it’s the perfect decision!

The Initial Cost

Wood shake roofing costs more than traditional asphalt shingles, but this cost is usually offset by the energy savings you’ll experience and the fact that they last longer. How much is the difference? A lot of it depends on the particular type of shingles you choose, so simply give a call for a quote.

Maintenance Is Required

Wood shake roofs are made from…well, wood! And because they are made of wood, there are organic parts of them that stuff likes to feed on. In general, you don’t have to worry about insects, but moss, mold, and mildew do like to grow on shake shingles if given the chance. With regular treatments, these won’t become a problem.

Is A Wood Shake Roof Right For You?

Every type of roof has characteristics that might make you choose or reject it. Metal roofs are lightweight and highly recyclable, but tend to cost more. Asphalt shingles are inexpensive but don’t last as long. Clay tiles might last a hundred years, but they also require a reinforced roof to take the added weight.

No type of roofing is perfect, and as we’ve discussed, wood shake roofs aren’t necessarily the right choice for every style of home. But on the right roof, they make an absolutely stunning statement. If you’re ready for a new roof, we’d love to talk with you about your options. Contact Roofing Resources of Georgia today!

Are Clay Tiles The Right Choice For Your Georgia Roof Replacement?

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As we discussed in our most recent article, asphalt shingles are the most commonly used type of material during roof replacements in Georgia. Considering that they’re the cheapest roofing option while still offering a couple decades of service, it’s no wonder that our roofing company installs more asphalt roofs than any other kind.

Asphalt shingles might be the most commonly used type of roofing material used in Georgia (and, indeed, the entire United States), but there’s another material that’s used in more places across the world: tiles. Clay tiles offer many advantages over a typical asphalt shingle roof, so let’s talk about why they may — or may not — be right for you.

What Are Roof Tiles Made Of?

Clay tiles are made from terracotta clay and have been used for thousands of years. Because clay is found just about everywhere on Earth, most civilizations have used it at some time during their history. The primary difference in tile has been the shape of tile; some are flat, some are curved, some are S-shaped.

Tiles remain popular for the many reasons we’ll discuss below. While the most popular types of tiles have been clay and slate, tiles of today can also be made from plastic and concrete.

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Positives and Negatives

There are many advantages to clay tile roof installation, and, admittedly, a few negative aspects that are important to know about. Let’s take a closer look at how a new roof made from tiles can improve your home.

Advantages of Clay Tile Roofs

The advantages of using clay tiles during roof replacement make them an attractive option for many people. Let’s take a look at why they’re becoming such a popular option in both Dahlonega and around the country.

Clay Tile Roofs Last a Long Time

Clay tiles last a long time. So long, in fact, that the chances of you having to replace the roof during your lifetime is pretty small. If you put a clay roof on tomorrow, they will last for 75 years or more. They won’t fall apart like asphalt shingles will, and they aren’t susceptible to insect damage like shake roofing.

But what good is having such a nice roof installed if you ever decide to move? Well…

It’s A Selling Point

If you decide to sell your Georgia home with clay tiles on it, you’re definitely going to be able to use the fact that it has clay tiles as a selling point. Both potential buyers and house inspectors are going to take a look at your roof, and being able to say “it’s a 100-year roof with only 20 years on it” can be an excellent aspect to focus on when marketing your home.

They’re Made From All-Natural Materials

Clay is an all natural material, so it’s considered environmentally friendly. This makes clay tile roofs an excellent alternative to asphalt shingles, which are made from petroleum.

They Hold Up Well In Weather

Clay roofing is an excellent way to protect your home from the elements. Not only are they impervious to rain, but they’re so heavy that they aren’t blown off by heavy winds like shingles can be.

Are clay tile completely impervious to hail damages? While extremely large hail has been known to crack clay tiles, it’s rare. Tiles hold up better than typical shingles do, and much better than worn and aged shingles.

They Are Fireproof

While all roofs have some sort of fire retardant applied (asphalt shingles are made from a form of oil, after all), the stone-like nature of clay makes them naturally fireproof. While flaming ash from a neighbor’s house fire might pose a danger to a shingle roof, there’s nothing to worry about if you choose clay roof installation.

Clay Tiles Offer Excellent Insulation

Traditional asphalt shingles are often black, which absorb heat in winter and can help warm a house. But they’re also very thin, which means they’re not trapping the heat — either the heat they absorb or the heat that’s coming from the HVAC — very well.

That’s where clay tiles shine. They are excellent insulation for any heating or cooling that your HVAC might provide, and that cuts down on your utility bills.

They Are Beautiful and Classy

Let’s be honest, clay roofs simply look very good. They give many types of homes, from Mediterranian to modern, a very classy look. It’s not only the longevity that draws people to a house when it’s sold, but the fancy look that gives a house a much more elegant look.

They Retain Their Beauty

One of the nice aspects that people often forget about when discussing clay tile roofs is that they keep their beauty long-term. If you’ve ever looked at 20-year-old asphalt shingles, it’s easy to tell that they’re falling apart as they lose their surface granules and curl up. Clay roofs look nearly as good after 50 years as when you had them installed.

Disadvantages of Clay Tile Roofs

If clay tile was the perfect choice in every way, they’d be on every roof! But there are a few disadvantages that someone considering new roof installation should be aware of.

Clay Tiles Are More Expensive

No doubt about it, clay tiles are more expensive than standard roofing options like traditional shingles.

We can’t really tell you the roof replacement cost of a clay tile roof in a blog. Many factors, including the size of the roof and roof complexity, will play a part in how much money you’ll be spending. What we can do is offer you more information and a quote. Click here to get the process started.

They Require Specialized Installation and Repair

While clay tiles are becoming more popular in Dahlonega, they certainly aren’t as common as other types of roofing. Clay roofs are not easy to work with, and roofers who install them need specialized training. Clay roof installation also takes longer than regular roof replacement.

That’s true of clay roof repair as well. It takes a specialist to know how to walk on a tile roof; while they’re long-lasting, they can also be damaged by walking on them improperly. The good thing is that clay tiles age so well that the new and the old tiles look the same!

Clay Tiles Need More Roof Support

Clay tile roofs are heavy. While that’s a good thing when it comes to them being insulators, it can cause problems when it comes to the weight it’s placing on the roof of the house.

If you are replacing one clay tile roof with another, the roof was obviously able to handle those other tiles and was probably built with clay tiles in mind. But if you have always had a lightweight roof (asphalt shingles, metal, shake) and you want to switch to clay tile, it’s very likely that you’ll need to reinforce your existing rafters in order to handle the additional weight.

Ready To Get Your New Roof On?

No matter the kind of roof you’re looking for, Roofing Resources of Georgia is ready to help. Contact us today with any questions you may have!

 

 

 

Should You Choose Asphalt Shingles For Your Roof Replacement

Without a doubt, asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roof covering in the United States. While other types of roofing is becoming more popular — such as metal roofing, tile roofs, and wood shake — asphalt shingles still continue to dominate.

Have you ever wondered why? That’s what we’re going to talk about today. But before we do that, let’s take a look at what an asphalt shingle is.

What Is An Asphalt Shingle?

While most people see thousands of asphalt shingles every day, they’re so ubiquitous that we don’t really even see them at all. Most people also don’t know what they’re made of, even if they sleep under them every night.

Base Material – The base material that is on the underside of a shingle is often made of fiberglass or organic felt. As the name suggests, it forms a base for the other layers of the shingle.

Asphalt – When most people hear asphalt, they immediately think of an asphalt road. Both the asphalt on a shingle and in the road are made from a highly-viscous form of petroleum. Yep, you’ve got oil on your roof if you have asphalt shingles. Asphalt is used because it is a pliable and long-lasting waterproof material.

Surface Granules – The surface granules are the topmost layer of the shingle and are made from tiny rocks. The surface granules that are attached to the asphalt layer serve many purposes. First of all, they protect the asphalt layer from UV rays. (Petroleum is organic and can be broken down by the sun’s rays over the years). They also provide the color of the roof, and add a layer of fire protection.

Positives and Negatives of Asphalt Shingles

There are many reasons why asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roofing in America, but it’s also important to know why you might choose a different kind of permanent covering during your roof replacement.

Positives of Asphalt Shingles

Shingles Are Easy To Install – Well, we should say that asphalt shingles are relatively easy to install, especially when compared to other types of roofing like clay tiles. As we discussed in this article, you could attempt to replace your own roof, but there’s really no reason to do so. A professional can get the job done better and faster, and your insurance might pay for it anyway. On top of that, having professional roofers take care of your roof replacement ensures that you won’t get seriously injured…or worse.

Shingles Require Very Little Upkeep – For most of the time that they’re on your home, shingles aren’t going to require much upkeep. New shingles seldom cause the need for roof repair, and they’ll hold up to standard weather events. If you notice moss start to grow on them, you might want to have a professional roof cleaner come and remove it.

Shingles are Lightweight – Shingles are one of the lightest forms of roofing material. This is an advantage because they don’t require the roof to be reinforced before they are put on. Tile roofs often require the underlying roof to be reinforced due to the great weight.

Shingles Are the Least Expensive Option – Of all roof replacement options, shingles tend to be the least expensive. The bulk of the reason for this can be attributed to the previous advantages we’ve already mentioned, and the fact that they can be easily be mass-produced further makes them the least expensive option.

Shingles Last – While metal, slate, and tile roofs all last longer than a shingle roof, shingles certainly don’t give out quickly. Most shingles won’t need to be replaced for 20 to 30 years, and the highest grade of shingles can actually last nearly as long as metal roofs!

Shingles Have Many Color and Style Options – What color shingles do you want? There’s a really good chance that your roofers can accommodate (though your insurance might make you pay a surcharge for some colors). And while most shingles look the same, they don’t have to. You can choose different styles to match your home, such as laminated or 3-tab shingles that will give a very different look. Some even have extra coatings on them to reflect more of the sun’s light away from the house.

Negatives of Asphalt Shingles

Shingles Shouldn’t Be Installed In Freezing Temperatures – Singles are meant to be pliable, and the sticky coating on them are supposed to…well, stick. This is one aspect that we don’t have to worry about too much. While it does sometimes freeze here in northern Georgia, there are still enough warm (and hot!) days to install shingles that the freezing days aren’t affecting our schedule very much.

They Are the Shortest-Lived – Like we said above, shingles last quite a long time. But if you are planning on being in the same house for the next 50 years, the 20-30 year lifespan of typical shingles might upset you. Considering most people don’t plan on putting two or three roofs on during their lifetime, shingles are perfectly fine for most people.

Extreme Heat Can Shorten Their Life – Asphalt shingles in Georgia tend to last about 20 years, but they can last longer in other parts of the country. Extreme heat, as well as extreme temperature fluctuations, mean that asphalt shingles don’t always do as well when they expand and contract.

They’re Not As Environmentally Friendly – As we noted above, asphalt shingles are partially made from petroleum. That means pumping the oil up out of the ground (or digging it out) and refining it to shingle-grade asphalt. In addition, when the shingles are replaced nearly all of them head to the landfill. There are efforts to find a way to recycle them, but they’re not nearly as recyclable as, say, a steel or aluminum roof.

Are Asphalt Shingles For You?

When it’s time for a roof replacement, most people just put the same kind of roof on that they had before. But that’s not a requirement (unless your HOA says it is!); maybe you can change up the color or style of your asphalt shingles. Or maybe a different type of roof is for you. Keep checking back to learn more about the other types of roofs that we install here at Roofing Resources of Georgia.3

We’d love to help you make the decision about what type of roofing material you might choose during your roof replacement. Contact us today to get the process started!

 

 

 

What Weather Decides If You Need Roof Replacement?

If you need roof repair, the only problem that you’re thinking about is the one that you’re having right now. If rain is getting into your house and damaging the ceiling, you probably aren’t really concerned with how long roofs last in Georgia. All you know is that you need roof repair or replacement and you need it now!

But the roofing problem you have might not be the same one as the person down the street who just called their local roofer. Roofs can fail for any number of reasons, and that what we’re talking about today. Here are the most common types of weather that caused the need for roof repair and replacement here in the Dahlonega area.

Wind

What’s the number one cause of roof damage? Wind. (And we’re not even talking about tornadoes yet; they’re categorized separately and we’ll talk about them below.)

Why is wind so damaging? Mainly because of the way in which shingles operate. When you think about the way that traditional asphalt shingles work, the lower shingles are put on first. The roofer works his or her way up from there, placing the flap from the next shingle over the first in order to protect it. This ensures that the rainwater running down the roof never comes in contact with the underlying layers. Unfortunately, a strong wind can negate this protection and lift the shingles, especially if the wind is particularly strong or if the shingles are old and working loose. Winds blow from the sides, which pushes water up under the shingles. Of course, it can also tear shingles right off the roof. If it’s a fairly new roof, you might just need some shingle replacement. If many of the shingles are torn off in the wind, it’s probably time for roof replacement. Putting wind and rain together — such as during a hurricane — means that certainly leads to a lot of roofing problems.

There’s another way in which wind can damage a roof: falling trees. Wind blows over falling trees and can damage a roof. When this happens, it’s seldom just the shingles in need of repair. Falling trees also strip siding, break windows, and punch holes down to the attic. Roofing Resources of Georgia is more than happy to deal with your roof repair when this happens.

Tornadoes

How does Georgia compare to other states in terms of tornados? Georgia is one of the most tornado-prone states out there, hosting about 30 per year. While other states might have more tornadoes, Georgia has more tornadoes than per square mile than Texas! In fact, back in 2017 there was a point in the year where Georgia had more tornadoes than Texas as a whole.

Remember up above when we said that your roof problem might not be the same as that of your neighbor down the road? Tornado damage is a good example of this disparity. It’s possible that you might lose a few shingles in a tornado while a neighbor has lost their roof. No matter the situation, we’re here to help. Just be sure to call us as soon as you can after a tornado, because you don’t want to be at the bottom of the list and have to wait on supplies.

Hail

In our most recent article, we told you all about hail. We told you how it’s made, the most common insurance claims that hail brings about, and how to file an insurance claim for hail damage.

Hail is the most expensive type of weather event across the country except for hurricanes. Around $10 billion dollars in hail damage occurs annually. While a good deal of that damage occurs to crops and vehicles, there’s also quite a lot that goes into repairing roofs and siding on homes and other buildings. Approximately 15-percent of homeowners file a hail damage claim at least once during their time owning property.

You won’t be surprised to know that an older roof is going to suffer hail damage more than newer shingles. The granules on the shingles are there to protect your roof, and hail not only removes these granules but can also damage the rest of the shingle if that hard surface is no longer there. Typical asphalt shingles give out after about 20 years, so if you are wary of hail damage you might want to consider a clay tile roof next time you have roof replacement performed.

Ice and Snow

Okay, not ice and snow. Mostly just ice here in Georgia. The Atlanta area only sees about two inches of snow per year. We only bring it up to remind you how nice it is not to have to worry about four feet of snow on your shingles causing roof collapse as it does in other parts of the country.

Ice, on the other hand, can cause problems even here in our usually warm state. Water can get into damaged parts of a roof — such as damaged parts caused by hail — and expand when it freezes and becomes ice. If it’s been raining, that rain can freeze the water and rip gutters right off the roof, which sometimes affects the shingles frozen to the gutters. Our area of the country sees freezing temperature about 35 days a year, and on two of those days the temperature won’t even get above freezing during any part of the day.

Did Your Roof Suffer a Weather Event?

As you can see, nearly every weather event (short of flooding) is going to affect the roof of a home in some way. Sometimes it’s minor, such as when a strong wind whips a single shingle from a new roof. Other times the entire roof might be ripped off by a tornado. Either way, Roofing Resources of Georgia will be there to help.

No matter what has befallen your home, whether it’s a hailstorm, high winds, tornado, or ice, or simply the combined effects weather over time, we’re your local roofers ready to tackle your problem. Contact us at the first sign of trouble and we’ll get to the bottom — or rather the top! — of your problem!

 

 

What Tools Do Roofers Use During Roof Replacement?

Replacement of a typical asphalt roof doesn’t take very long at all. In most cases the asphalt roof will be off in a couple of hours, and it will take between one and two days to put the new one on. There are many things that will influence the timing of roof replacement, including the weather, the size of the roof, the pitch of the roof, and the number of people on the crew.

Because it doesn’t take long, you might not even see most of the work being done. If you’re working from 8-5, those are generally the hours that roofing occurs as well. In fact, most people like to be away from the house during the roofing, due to the unavoidable level of noise. There’s hammering, shouting, scraping, and the sound of the compressors and tools. And if you’re away during our work, you might never even see those tools at work.

If you’ve ever been curious about tools and materials that roofers use, this is the blog for you. Let’s take a look at what we use on a daily basis.

Cameras

The roof replacement begins with documentation. A digital camera is used to take pictures of all of the damage that has occurred. Those pictures are also sent along to the insurance adjuster if you are making a roof insurance claim.

Shingle Scrapers

When it comes to removing the old asphalt roof, the most common way of getting rid of the old shingles is simply to scrape them off. The overlapping nature of the shingles that protected the underlying roof all those years now works against it, allowing the scrapers to get up under the shingles and pop the nails up with relative ease. Some people choose to use pitchforks, but their pointed tines often go through the underside of the single and get stuck.

Single scrapers don’t pop up every shingle nail. Any that stayed in the roof while the single came up will be removed with a crowbar or a hammer.

Roof Felt

Shingles are excellent at keeping the elements from reaching the plywood that makes up the roof, but it’s the roof felt that is the most waterproof.

Roof felt, also known as tar paper, is a bituminous waterproofing material that is tacked down directly to the plywood roof. (Roof felt can also be self-tacking.) If the wind blows water up under shingles, the waterproofing nature of roof felt will ensure that your attic stays dry and your roof doesn’t warp. Roof felt can either be synthetic or organic.

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Drip Edge

The drip edge is a length of corrosion-resistant metal that covers the edges of the roof. This simple piece of roofing material performs three very important jobs. First of all, it helps to keep the edges of the roof felt in place, which improves waterproof at the edge of the roof that might otherwise have wind blown under it. It also sheds water by itself, as the name drip edge suggests. Finally, it works like trim on the inside of your home in that it covers the rougher construction material and makes it look “finished.”

Your Roof Of Choice

Just because we’re removing traditional asphalt shingles doesn’t mean that we have to replace your roof with more of the same. While an asphalt roof installation is certainly the most common type of roofing in the country, you have other options that you can read about here. Here’s a quick breakdown of the various types of roofs most commonly installed in Georgia in addition to regular shingles.

First of all, there are standing seam metal roofs, which are roofs made of lightweight steel or aluminum. These roofs can last for up to 50 years, but they require specialized roofers in order to install them. Though they’re more expensive than shingles, their longevity more than makes up for it.

Another option is getting a tile roof. Tile roofs look absolutely amazing, and can last for 100 years or more. One thing to remember is that a roof might have to be structurally reinforced before a tile roof is installed because of the weight of the tiles.

Roofing Resources of Georgia also offers wood shake shingles. While they last longer than asphalt shingles, they do require additional maintenance over the years. But on the right house, it’s hard to beat the look of a shake roof!

Ridge Caps

A gable is the topmost part of the roof where the two primary sections come together. Something has to protect the place where the shingles start so that water isn’t getting under that top shingle, and the ridge cap is the answer. The ridge cap is nailed down to create the “cap” of the roof and act as the first line of protection against the elements. Ridge caps are often metal, though they can also be a layer of shingles that is bent over the ridge.

Valley Flashing

Few roofs are just an inverted V shape; most roofs have multiple angles to accommodate the rooms inside. Where these angles of the roof meet, valley flashing is often used. These metal pieces will provide additional protection to the roof by channeling the water quickly away to the gutters.

Other Flashing

In general, flashing is any metal piece that’s used on a roof in order to channel water or offer additional protection, and valleys aren’t the only places that need it. Another common place that flashing is used is around the chimney (if there is one). But even if there’s not a chimney around, there will by a myriad of other rooftop extras that require flashing, whether it’s attic fans, radon exhaust, bathroom exhaust, skylights, or furnace exhaust.

Ready For New Roof?

Whether you’re not there for the roof replacement or you’re sitting in the backyard watching us work, we hope you’ve enjoyed a little look into the tools and materials that we’ll be using when we take care of your new roof in Georgia. Ready to get an amazing new roof from the best roofers around? Contact us today!