Georgia weather isn’t exactly known for being consistent. It’s your roof that takes the brunt of the damage when inclement weather hits, but today’s roofs are built to withstand a lot.
What are some of the most common roofing issues in Georgia, as seen by a professional GA roofing company? Accent Roofing has had decades of experience maintaining, repairing, and replacing roofs here in the south. Here are the issues Georgians call us about most.
The number one spontaneous cause of damage in Georgia is most certainly storm damage. Storm damage on your roof can take a number of forms, but it occurs when winds are high, rain is raging, and even when hailstones fall. Most people notice damage to their roof either immediately after a storm, such as in the case of missing shingles, or during the next time it rains when water infiltrates the house.
We’ve got a lot of big, beautiful trees here in Georgia, but they’re a hazard to roofs. Fallen trees – particularly oaks and pines – are a common occurrence during summer and winter when the ground is particularly soft or moist. Sometimes a whole tree takes out a home’s roof, and sometimes a single limb causes shingle damage that necessitates a fast repair. Whatever structural damage occurs, Accent Roofing is always on the scene to provide a fast, accurate quote.
Those beautiful trees? They also produce a lot of stuff. Gutter systems are one of the most underrated components of roofs; they keep water flowing away from the house and off the roof itself. Clogged gutters aren’t an uncommon sight here in GA thanks to a proliferation of pine needles, industrious squirrels, and heavy-leaved oak trees, but they’re avoidable. Have your gutters professionally cleaned twice a year: once in the spring and once in the fall.
Roofs that get a ton of direct sunlight degrade more quickly than those that don’t. Of course, experienced roofers know the tips and tricks to keeping a heat-prone roof up to snuff, but that hot Georgia sun inevitably takes a huge toll on vulnerable roofing components like shingles, flashing, and caulk. If your house gets a lot of sunlight, it’s all the more important that you have your roof inspected at least once a year to extend its lifespan.
Georgia roofs are built to last. Most have a significant pitch and durable asphalt shingles are by far and away the most common building material used on roofs around the state. Here in GA, you can expect a new roof to last anywhere from 20-30 years with proper maintenance, but failure to perform necessary repairs can cut that timeline in half.