5 Roof Repair Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

Regular roof maintenance and timely repairs can save a homeowner thousands of dollars when it comes to the expenses involved with a roof replacement. When roofing damage is ignored or goes unnoticed, the problems will only get worse. There are several different signs that indicate that it’s time for professional roof repair that should not be ignored. Watching for these signs and acting promptly can not only extend the life of your roof but ensure your home does not suffer from more extensive damage over time.

Damaged or Missing Shingles

Perhaps that most common sign that strikes a need for roof repair is the loss of — or damage to — roofing shingles. High winds, severe thunderstorms, hail, and plenty of other inclimate weather conditions can damage shingles, sometimes enough to cause them to break away from your roof. If you notice that your roof has shingles out of place, it’s important to take care of the problem quickly. When shingles or other roofing materials are damaged, the risk of water reaching the underlayment of your roof is increased, which can lead to serious damages such as wood rot and mold growth. To avoid further damage and keep more money in your pockets, it is best to have a roofing company come out to handle the necessary repairs. 

Leaking Ceiling

Wondering why your ceiling is leaking? Chances are it’s due to roof damage. Roof leaks are serious and need to be handled with urgency, especially if the moisture has reached the ceilings in your home. Leaks start in the attic before making it to the ceiling, so it’s possible that roof leaks can go unnoticed for some time. If you suspect a roof leak, take a peek inside of your attic to look for any signs of water damage. This could include dark or damp spots, rotting wood, or being able to see daylight through certain parts of the roof. Leaks inside your home are more than just inconvenient — the moisture can lead to mold growth, which is harmful to your family’s health. As soon as you notice a leak, contact an experienced roof repair company that can provide you with a solution. 

Hail Damage

We get pretty severe hail storms in Georgia that can wreak havoc on your roof. Hail can puncture and dent roofing shingles, which of course can lead to leaks. Even a moderate hailstorm can cause damage to a roof. The challenging part of assessing roof hail damage is that it may not be obvious immediately following the storm, and different types of roofing materials will experience different kinds of damage. After a hail storm, it’s best to call a hail roofing repair company that can properly assess the damage and provide you with the necessary repairs.

Discoloration

Is your roof turning a strange color? In humid climates like Georgia, moss and algae can begin to grow and accumulate on your roof during the hottest months of the year and cause discoloration. Moss and algae thrives in environments where there is heat and moisture, making your roof the perfect space. If you notice dark green or black streaks on your roof, hire a professional roofer to take care of the problem for you. This is something you don’t want to put off, as both mold and algae can spread and eventually break down the integrity of your roof.

Clogged Gutters

Clogged gutters are not fun to deal with and if you notice your gutters get clogged more often than normal, you may have roofing damage. If you suspect your gutters are clogged, see what is causing the issue. While leaves, twigs and other natural debris are common to find in your gutters, there should not be any roofing granules in there. Granules in gutters are a sign that your roof is deteriorating and should be looked at by a local roofing company. 

If you notice any of the above signs with your own roof, it’s important to quickly take care of the issue before the problem becomes worse. At Roofing Resources of Georgia, we specialize in roof repair services that are designed to restore the integrity and look of your roof. If you feel that your roof is in need of repair, don’t wait! Contact our team of experienced roofing contractors to schedule an inspection. 

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!

What To Watch Out For When Dealing With A Damaged Roof

If your roof has suffered enough damage from a weather event — whether it’s a huge hailstorm or winds that ripped shingles off — it’s very likely that the cost of your roof repair or replacement will be covered by your homeowner’s insurance. This is something you should take full advantage of, because your roof is the first line of defense against the elements. Having one huge storm in June doesn’t mean another won’t be along in July, and you want to have your roof in the best condition possible when it hits.

If you have a damaged roof and are looking for a roofing company, here are some things to watch out for when it comes to dealing with an insurance company and the roofers. 

Don’t Pay For Inspections

As we discussed in this article, the cost of new roof installation is certainly worth it…but they’re certainly not cheap! Because quite a bit of money is involved, roofing companies want your business. That means many of them (including Roofing Resources of Georgia) will do a no-cost inspection of your roof to find out if roof repairs or a new roof installation could be covered by your insurance company.

Be Wary of the Guy Who Comes Knocking

If there’s a big hailstorm in the area, don’t be surprised if your doorbell rings. Many roofing companies will send someone door to door offering their services because they know that 1) a lot of damage has occurred, 2) everyone has homeowner’s insurance, and 3) they have to secure the contracts before another roofing company comes along.

We’re not saying that every roofer who stops by is trying to scam you; some very reputable companies take advantage of storms and send people around to drum up business. But we are telling you to be careful about who you let up on your roof. Letting an uninsured person on your roof could open you up to a lawsuit, even if they’re just doing an inspection. It’s better to take their phone number and research the company, ensuring they have a good reputation and proper insurance before you ever agree to an inspection. If they are reputable, they’ll be more than happy to go away and then come back when you call. 

Even better, just go ahead and do your research for roofing companies the moment the hail stops. After all, if you have hail damage, hundreds of other houses in the area do too. Calling a company with a great reputation right away (instead of waiting for someone to stop by and ring your doorbell) is the best way to make sure that you’re at the front of the line instead of having to wait months while other people get new roofs. 

Watch Out For Lowball Quotes

Despite the likelihood of insurance paying the bulk of the cost, some people will choose to go with the lowest bidder. Watch out! If you get two separate quotes for a $5,000 roof replacement and then have someone come along and say they can do it for $2,500, they’re definitely cutting corners somewhere. If you go with them you’ll most likely end up having problems with the roof almost immediately. 

Don’t Worry About Taking Advantage of a Roofer’s Help

Unless you’re one of the three people in Georgia who actually enjoy dealing with insurance companies, you can sit back and let the roofing company take care of most of the paperwork. Again, roofers want your business and will go the extra step of dealing with insurance companies if it means they get the job. Since companies like ours deal with insurance companies every day, we know the best ways to approach them regarding particular claims. 

Ready To Work With the Best?

If you need help with your roof, we know you don’t want to deal with the insurance company. RROG will take care of it for you! Contact us today to schedule a free roofing inspection and get the process started!

Is Roof Installation Really That Expensive?

When customers contact us to handle their roof installation, their reaction to the price of a new roof can go one of three ways. In the first group are those who have already done their research and have a pretty good idea of what new roofing is going to cost them. In the second group are those who have never had a new roof put on and heard that a basic roof installation costs $20,000 or more (these are the most relieved people when they find out that a typical asphalt shingle roof is between $4,000-$6,000). 

Finally, there are some people who come to us and, after hearing how much a new roof costs, wonder why it could possibly cost so much. If you’re in this third group and are wondering why a new roof is expensive, we have a few answers that should help you put some perspective on it. 

It’s Protecting Everything You Own

Most people don’t stop to think about how the roof is the first line of defense for your home. It’s protecting your home from weather events such as rain, snow, hail, and wind. Your roof is protecting your house from the sun, wild animals, and the occasional tree branch that falls on it. 

When you’ve got something that’s protecting everything under your roof (literally), the outlay of funds for new shingles doesn’t seem like such a bad expense. After all…

It Beats A Soaked House

As we discussed in this article, a lot can go wrong when you start to neglect the health of your roof. Water that gets in an attic can compact insulation and invite black mold into your house. It can also cause electrical fires if it gets into the walls and comes in contact with wiring, and can stain ceilings and walls throughout the house. Whether the roof is failing across the board or you need simple roof repair, it’s important to never put off getting it taken care of.

Roof Installation Is A Specialized Skill

This one is pretty straightforward: roof installation takes some very special skills. While the average replacement only takes one or two days from start to finish — which is a good thing in most people’s minds — that’s not because it’s a simple task. The job doesn’t take long because we have enough people on the site in order to get it all taken care of as quickly as possible. Hiring professionals and paying them for the skill they put into a job is a surefire way to make sure that you’re getting a quality roof and that you won’t have a surprise leak the next time it rains.

Could you install your own new roof? For most people, the answer is a definitive “no.” And for anyone who thinks that they’ll save a lot of money putting on their own roof, we still advise them to seek the help of a professional instead. 

Compare The 20-Year Cost

If you get a typical asphalt roof, you can expect it to last for 20 years or more. That’s 20 years of holding up to just about anything the weather and sun can throw at it, day after day.

When considering just what a bargain a new roof can be, think about what you’ll be spending on other aspects of your life over the next 20 years. You’ll probably go through two cars, at a cost of about $40,000. You’ll probably spend $15,000 or more on homeowners insurance. You could spend $25,000 a year getting a masters degree. The list goes on. And while all of these are good things to spend money on, it just goes to show that a new roof really isn’t that expensive in the grand scheme of things. Especially when you consider how long it lasts.

Now let’s say you choose another type of roof, such as a metal roof or clay tiles. Metal roofs tend to last 50 years, and clay tiles might last more than 80. If you plan on living in your house for the rest of your life, having your next roof installed could outlast your next 10 vehicles! 

Your Insurance Company Might Pay

You know what? You might not even be paying for your next roof. In many cases, homeowners insurance takes care of the brunt of our client’s fees when it comes to new roof replacement. While they might not cover the claim if the roof is just “old,” they are much more likely to replace it if there are signs of hail damage. If your roof has experienced hail damage — even if it wasn’t necessarily from a recent storm — it’s likely you’ll be eligible for a new roof. 

If you think that getting a new roof is too expensive, be sure to get a free estimate from a Georgian roofer. If we find signs of hail damage, that new roof could end up costing you a lot less than you originally thought.

Do You Need A New Roof For Your Georgia Home?

Many people don’t realize just how reasonable the cost of a new roof is, despite everything it does for them. Sure, a roof just sits there every day and you might never give it a second thought for a decade or more (except, maybe, during a hail storm). It’s not flashy like a new car or exciting like a big-screen TV, but it’s a vital part of your home that can’t be ignored.

If it’s time for a new roof, Roofing Resources of Georgia would love to give you a quote. Click here to find out exactly what we can do for you!

What Are People Saying About Our Georgia Roofing Company?

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Now that we’ve been writing our roofing blog for a while, we’ve covered most of the basics when it comes to getting the right roof on your home. We’ve discussed the advantages of each type of roof material — tile, metal, asphalt, shake — and talked about the ways in which each of these can wear and be damaged. We’ve talked about the dangers of ignoring your need for roof repair and some of the reasons you shouldn’t try tackling your own roofing project.

So, with us doing most of the talking, we thought we’d give our customers a chance to talk. We can say anything we want about ourselves, and while we certainly believe we’re the best Georgia roofing company around, we know it means a lot more to our blog readers to hear it from an actual customer. Today we’re going to see what Sue has to say about RROG.

“They gave me thorough explanations and answers to my questions. I was shown a video of my old roof and a computer simulation of what my shingle selection would look like. The crew arrived on time and were careful to protect my landscaping. They also cleaned up before they left. Then a few days later a different crew came to inspect the work and answer any concerns I had–which I did not. They did not ask for any payment until after the quality-control inspection was complete. My insurance adjuster also raved about RRG. He told me he wished he could work with them on every job!”

— Sue Finley

Thanks for writing in, Sue.  You’ve brought up quite a bit, so let’s break it down.

“They gave me thorough explanations and answers to my questions.”

We’re glad you pointed that out. The fact is, a good roofing company will always realize that we’re working for you, the homeowner; it’s still your house! While we might be experts, we know very well that there are many common questions about roofing that the average homeowner doesn’t understand. We’re happy to work with homeowners who have dozens of questions about the process as well as homeowners who trust us fully and just say “you do your thing.”

“I was shown a video of my old roof and a computer simulation of what my shingle selection would look like.”

We’re glad you enjoyed our little demonstration regarding what your house would look like with different types of shingles. While it’s much more likely that the color of your house will change before you’ll need another set of shingles in 20 years, most people are choosing the shingles that will match the house color right now. Shingle color can play a big part in how your house will look, and having a visual representation of how it will look has changed the minds of many customers. A green house with red shingles? That ends up looking a little too year-’round-Christmasy for most people!

“The crew arrived on time and were careful to protect my landscaping. They also cleaned up before they left.”

Check, check, and check! You’ve just mentioned three of the most important considerations our roofing company makes whenever we perform a job. We know that your time is important, and that you don’t want us to be around for any longer than we need to be. Of course, we’re also concerned about taking care of our clients’ yards, because we know how much work (and money) they’ve put into them. On top of that, we always make sure to leave the yard looking good after we leave. While there will always be some detritus that washes down the gutters after the first few rains after installation (shingle granules, tiny pieces of shingle), we make sure to clean up everything we can from the driveway, rocks, and grass.

“My insurance adjuster also raved about RRG. He told me he wished he could work with them on every job!”

Have to admit, this is one of our favorite parts of this review. How a roofing company deals with insurance adjusters can play a huge role in how smoothly everything goes for the homeowner. If a company isn’t familiar with what’s needed for a particular roof replacement, they might not secure the homeowner the amount of money needed to get the job done. On the other hand, asking for too much can put some insurance adjusters on edge and make them fight back against the payments.

We’re so glad that the insurance adjuster was pleased with the way we handled things. We take pride in that.

Contact Our Roofing Company Today!

If you are in need of a roofing company, we hope that Sue has convinced you of how easy it is to work with Roofing Resource of Georgia. Whether you’re in our hometown of Dahlonega or just about anywhere in North Georgia, we’d love to talk to you about your roofing needs. Contact us today with questions or to get started!

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 Is Hail, and How Do Roof Insurance Repairs Work in Georgia?

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At first, the title of this article might seem silly: “what is hail?” Every person reading this blog has experienced hail at one time or another, and we know hail when we see it. But many people might not know what constitutes hail damage, and how roof insurance repairs work in Georgia. That’s what we’re here to talk about today.

What Is Hail?

There’s that simple question again! Hail is a form of solid precipitation that sometimes occurs in cumulonimbus clouds during thunderstorms (even though hail can blow in from a storm up to two miles away). The basic theory behind hail formation goes like this: a water droplet is blown upwards in a cloud to such heights that the temperature freezes it. It falls down through the cloud, and if it is blown back up again, it catches more water and a layer of ice freezes over it. This keeps happening until the weight of the hailstone becomes too heavy for the winds to keep it aloft. It then falls to the ground, and hopefully doesn’t do any hail damage.

Hail is different from sleet, as sleet tends to fall when it is cold. Sleet is also solid precipitation, but the ice pellets are smaller and more plentiful than hail. Cold weather actually prevents hail from forming, which is why it’s so common in summer.

While we’re on the subject, let’s bring up graupel, because most people don’t know about graupel. Graupel is softer than hail and occurs when the weather is cold and water droplet freeze on snowflakes. It looks a lot like shaved ice you might get at a fair. Neither graupel nor sleet presents any damage danger to your home.

Hail does about $10 billion (that’s billion with a B) in damages in the United States every year, and the costs continue to rise. In fact, in 2017 there were two hail storms that did more than $2 billion each in the US, one in Minneapolis and one in Denver.

Part of the reason for the increase in damage is urban sprawl, giving hail more targets. Home sizes have also doubled in the last 40 years, giving the hail bigger targets. And while vinyl siding might be nice and easy to install, it’s also very vulnerable to hail damage.  

What Is Hail Damage? What Gets Damaged?

Now that you know what hail is, you might wonder what’s going to get damaged when it falls. While crop damage and automobile damage is a huge part of the havoc hail wreaks, today we’re going to talk about the most common ways that it damages buildings.

Roof Damage

When people think of parts of a house being damaged by hail, their first thought is usually the roof. When hail reaches a certain size — say the size of a softball all the way up to a soccer ball! — each hailstone is carrying a lot of energy with it by the time it falls from the clouds and hits a roof. The type of roof you have and its age can make a big difference, but once hailstones reach a certain size there aren’t many materials that can stand up to it.

Hail damage on the roof itself can be difficult for the average person to identify. For an asphalt roof, hail damage can look like general wear to most people, but to a roofer the signs are obvious. If you see that many other people in your neighborhood are getting new roofs, you might want to call a roofing contractor to see if you also need roof replacement.

Vent and Flashing Damage

We just mentioned that roof damage can be difficult for most people to identify, but seeing vent and flashing damage is a bit easier. That’s because the damage in metal can be very obvious because of the way the light hits it. Heating vents, bathroom vents, attic fans, flashing, radon vents, and many other types of metal caps on roofs can easily show damage. That’s when it’s time to call a roofer.

Siding Damage

Siding is the most common type of house covering in the United States today. And while it holds up very well to most of the elements, it’s Achilles heel is hail. Hail can shred siding, especially if the siding is old and its molecules have been broken down by years of UV radiation.

Window Damage

Because hail can blow in from distant thunderstorms, it sometimes comes in at an angle that can smash through windows. And even if the hailstone itself doesn’t end up in the house, the crack it causes in the window can cause the inert gas between the window panes to seep out, compromising the building’s thermal envelope. Our roofing company can help you find the right contractor to replace a broken window due to hail damage.

Screen Damage

Window screen damage can be one of the least expensive types of repairs to a home after a hail storm, but getting screens nice and taut so that you don’t notice them can be difficult. Luckily, screen replacement can be a part of hail insurance repair. Which brings us to our final topic…

How Do Roofing Insurance Repairs Work?

If you believe you might have hail damages, the process of getting roof repair or roof replacement isn’t that difficult. Better yet, your insurance company might pay for the entire thing.

First of all, give our roofing company a call at 678-517-4211. We’ll give you a free inspection and let you know if you should contact your insurance company. If we believe that you do have a valid claim to file, we’ll help you contact your insurance company and start a claim. They’ll send out an adjuster to find out if you do, indeed, have reason to file a claim. We’ll even be there when the adjuster arrives to show him what we’ve seen.

If your claim is approved, we’ll work with your insurance company to make sure that they are providing enough money to cover the roof in accordance with state and local codes. Once payment is squared away with them, we’ll get to work on your roof repairs or replacement!

To get an even more detailed description of what can expect with roof insurance claims, click here.

Our Roofing Contractors Will Take Care Of Your Hail Damage

When it comes to hail damage on cars, the damage is purely cosmetic unless a window is busted out. But when it comes to hail damage on a roof, hail damage can lead to some pretty bad problems. In the case of asphalt shingles, once they start to lose their granules it’s a fast slide to shingles that fail completely. This can lead to exposed areas of your roof and water that gets under the shingles and into your home.

If you believe you’ve suffered hail damage to your Georgia home or business, we want to help. Contact the best roofers around today!

 

 

 

Should You Do Your Own Roof Replacement, Or Hire a Georgian Roofing Company?

If you’ve been researching roof replacement costs in the Dahlonega, GA area to find out how much new roofs costs, you might have gotten sticker shock. Yes, you only have to have roof replacement performed once every 20-50 years, and yes, your roof is the first line of defense against the elements…but still, it can seem like a lot of money at first.

Some people who are do-it-yourselfers see the price and think to themselves, “I’ll take care of my own roof replacement. How hard can it be?” While we admire the go-getter attitude, with all due respect it’s a bigger deal than most people realize. Here are some very good reasons why calling a roofing company to handle your new roof installation beats doing it yourself.

The Danger

Let’s start with a big one: bodily injury. While some DIY’ers are fine building a deck or putting up a fence, this is the primary reason that many people decide to call a roofer. After all, even people who aren’t afraid of heights can be fearful of roofs because of the increased risk of falling due to their slanted nature.

What can happen when you fall off a roof? Death, of course. Between 500 and 2000 people died from falling from roofs each year. When you talk percentages, homeowners are more likely to take a fall from a roof.

Death isn’t all you have to worry about, of course. There’s also a wide variety of horrible injuries that you can experience. The best case scenario is that you might simply fall off the lower part of the roof and be sore for a few days. (You’ll still be wishing at that moment that you had hired a professional moving service.) Broken bones are also quite common, but it’s the lifelong back pain from falling off the roof that you should be more worried about. And then there’s paralysis, which we’d rather not talk about.

How do roofers spend so many hours up on a roof without taking a tumble? It really doesn’t happen that often for a few reasons. First of all, there’s a right way and a wrong way to walk on a roof (especially when it comes to tile roof installation), and roofers are trained to do so correctly. They also have the right footwear that helps them navigate the roof, because, again, each type has a different surface. Finally, it’s simply experience that keeps them from falling. The more time they spend on a roof, the more the body and mind make the connection and ensure that they’re not going to fall. The average person has spent maybe an hour on a roof during their lifetime; most roofers do that before breakfast!

The Cost Savings Myth

Most do-it-yourselfers aren’t tackling home projects solely because they’re fun, but because of the cost savings they can realize. But there are many tools used in roof installation that you might not have. You might have a ladder, but do you have scrapers, nail guns, and moisture detection tools? Have you considered the cost of a dumpster, which is already included with roofing company quotes?

Then there’s the roofing material. If you’re putting on an asphalt shingle roof, you’ll be paying retail for them. But when you purchase as many shingles as we do and have excellent relationships with the suppliers, you’ll find that we’re actually able to get a much better deal.

When you take everything into account, you won’t be saving too much if you decide to handle the roof installation yourself.

The Stingers

Ever see a stinging insect in Georgia? We know you have. Because Georgia is labeled a “humid subtropical” climate, the mild winters don’t knock back the insect populations like winters do in other parts of the country. Insects flourish, and that includes the stinging insects such as bees, wasps, and hornets.

While many species of stinging insects live underground, there are just as many that have historically built their nests in trees. But houses seem to attract nests even more than trees do, because eaves offer the perfect protection from the elements that wasps and hornets are looking for. After all, eaves were built to protect the home itself and channel water away from particular areas of the house.

So what happens when you get up on a roof? Not much, because just walking on a roof isn’t going to agitate the stinging flyers. But what happens when you get up on a roof and start banging with a hammer and scraping the shingles off? That’s what’s going to get them all riled up, and unless running on a roof is something you’re used to, you’re going to be in trouble. A single misstep means you’ll be heading off the roof and onto the ground, which, as it turns out, is the fastest way to deciding you should have called a professional roofing contractor. Let us handle the risk of stinging insects while you stay inside and relax.

Your Insurance Might Cover It Anyway

You might not even have to worry about doing it yourself if you can make an insurance claim on your house. In many instances, such as those where hail damage is done, the insurance company will pay for a new roof even if the old one was quite old.

But what if you still want to DIY? Can’t you just take the money the insurance company will pay and do it on the cheap, maybe even pocketing some money? Don’t count on it. The insurance company might not let non-professionals do the roofing (for insurance purposes, appropriately enough) because amateurs are more likely to do it wrong and lead to even more damage. Or they might reduce the amount you get based on the fact that the labor will be less.

It’s worth a shot to find out if you’re covered, isn’t it? Talk to Roofing Resources of Georgia about the possibility of a roofing claim!

The Quality

No offense. Really, we don’t mean any at all. But we’re better at this than you.

The fact is, we’re up on roofs all day, every day. We know the tricks of the trade, and we roof quickly and confidently. We know what to watch out for when it comes to damage the subsurface so that it can be prepared before we put the new roof on. We also know how to install the proper flashing so that the damage doesn’t happen again.

Let’s Get Roofing!

We know that you’re looking for the best roofers in Georgia, because your roof is an incredibly important part of your home. When you’re looking for new roof installation, we’re ready to help. Contact us today!