Yes, we call all soft drinks Coke, but we give you a chance to specify which kind you’d like when you order one. And, sure, 71 variants of the street name Peachtree might seem a bit excessive, but here in Atlanta, peaches are by far our chief export. We are proud to give them their due. Besides, it makes giving directions to out-of-towners easier, doesn’t it? Have you ever told a tourist to make two lefts and a right from anywhere and they’ll find themselves on Peachtree?
But, what outsider deemed it okay to nickname our city Hotlanta? Atlanta has four very distinct seasons, thank you very much. And, we prefer the cool, serene image our nickname projects. The City in the Forest fits just fine.
We have some beautiful treescapes here, don’t we? All those shady spots serve us well during our sultry summer months. The beautiful colors of the changing leaves in the fall are a sight to behold. And, the occasional winter weather is a spectacular sight when the sun comes out and glistens off branches covered with ice or snow.
If only they didn’t pose any potential problems for our roof.
Trees are not always the culprit when it comes to damaged roofs, but falling branches and decaying leaves do pose potential problems. Damage can also occur from high winds, Atlanta’s intense humidity and plain old age.
Minor damage is not likely to be visible from the ground. Even getting on the roof to look around won’t yield much information to the untrained eye. It’s best to schedule a periodic inspection with a roofing professional. Catching small problems early is better than waiting for them to present themselves on their own at a later date. Left unchecked, even small leaks can lead to extensive damage over time.
If your home has suffered damage due to an emergency situation, a roofing professional will get you on the priority list and have things under control as quickly as possible.
It’s not something homeowners look forward to, but eventually it’s going to be time for a roof replacement. Many things play a part in determining the need for a new roof, but the root problem is most always due to leakage.
Mention a leaky roof and it’s not hard to conjure up an image of pots and buckets scattered about the house amidst a raging storm. If it’s come to that, you could be in big trouble! Left to be discovered on its own from somewhere inside the home, that little drip has slowly saturated its way from the rooftop, through decking, followed a trail from rafter to rafter, saturating insulation and damaging framing until it finally soaks through sheetrock or interior ceiling tiles. Oh my.
There are many things that can cause a roof to leak.
- Wind damage: If exposed to high winds, moving shingles can cause the loosening of nails and damage to granules on the shingles surface that will ultimately allow leakage. Short of being ripped loose completely, shingles that have suffered wind damage can be hard to spot.
- Missing granules and exposed nails: Missing granules on the shingle surface can be caused by hail damage. Exposed nails allow small leaks to form. If not addressed, over time major damage can occur.
- Cracked or curling shingles: Both of these situations would indicate roof replacement is necessary.
- No chimney cricket: If your chimney is on a downhill slope, you need one. With no chimney cricket installed in your flashing around the chimney, moisture is likely to accumulate causing rusted flashing, mold, wood rot and leaks.
- Hail damage: Hailstones can cause severe roof damage, especially if the shingles are asphalt. The damage may not be visible to the untrained eye, it is best to schedule an inspection after a severe hailstorm with a roofing professional. Beware of scammers who, for example, may show up professing to have a crew in the area and saw damage that caused them to knock on your door.
It used to be homeowners did not have many color options other than basic black in the way of shingles. Today, however, that is no longer the case! There is an array of choices available for consumers, both in color and materials used.
Asphalt shingles are affordable, long lasting, and come in a variety of colors. It’s no wonder they remain one of the most popular roofing materials on the market today. The 3-tab asphalt shingles are chosen the most frequently and are rated for wind speeds up to 60-70 mph. Architectural shingles are not only very attractive, but are rated for high wind (up to 110 mph) resistance.
Clay and concrete tiles
Also known as Spanish roofing, clay and concrete tiles are energy efficient, durable, long lasting, and have great curb appeal. If installed properly, clay or concrete tiles can be your home’s best defense against strong winds and heavy rain. The tiles do crack easily, so you should avoid walking on your roof whenever possible.
Not only are they beautiful, metal roofs do well in hot, humid climates thanks to advances in technology that make them rust proof. They are also energy efficient, durable, and low maintenance. An added plus, they are rated to withstand winds up to 120 mph!
Standing seam metal roofs
Standing seam metal roofs are very effective at keeping water out. The raised seams remain above the water line as it runs down the roof, even during torrential rains! They are attractive and the heavy material can better withstand the weight of tree limbs or storm debris.
Business owners have a lot on their minds. Let us help you make the weighty decision whether roof repair is necessary or if it’s time to replace the roof all together. Our professional consultant will walk you through the process every step of the way. We understand that the roofing material you choose now will have a lasting effect on your peace of mind years down the road.
Built up systems
Built up roofs are extremely water resistant and are not adversely affected by ultraviolet rays. Often used on low-slope roofs, built up roofing (BUR) has a life expectancy of 15-30 years and fares better in warmer climates. The technique includes layering materials and because of the aggregate layer (which is often fiberglass) on top, these roofs are classified as being fire resistant.
The initial cost of installation is expensive; once the job is completed, however, additional upkeep is minimal.
Modified roofing systems
The modified roofing system is similar to the BUR system. Most often described as a step up from the tar and gravel roof, the modified roofing system was first used in the 1960’s. Designed for low-slope roofs, modified roofing systems incorporate using membranes as the base material that is adhered to the roof surface.
Cold applied systems
Either built up or modified roofing systems can be applied using a “cold system.” This means that the material used to adhere to the surface of the building does not require “mopping” the surface with hot asphalt or a like material. When using a cold applied roofing system, there are no toxic fumes released during installation.
Recommended for areas where the cooling system is used more frequently than the heating system, thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) is a reflective, single-ply roofing membrane. The exposed white surface reflects UV rays making this choice extremely energy efficient.
Metal roof systems
We’ll just put it out there at the beginning. Metal roof systems average between $5 and $12 per foot. But, compare that to a life expectancy of 30 to 40 years and things tend to even out a little.
When choosing a metal roof system, your building structure, form and roof pitch are important things to consider. Other considerations would be the climate and meeting local code requirements.
Common choices for metal roof systems are:
- Galvanized or coated steel for ultimate protection.
- Aluminum, which is often painted for added resilience.
- Copper, because it is durable and has a long life span.
- Zinc offers the best corrosion resistance and produces a low-gloss look.
We will be happy to help you work through all these considerations to determine which metal roof system will work best for your business.
Coating systems and urethane systems
Roof coating and urethane systems actually adhere to your roof surface becoming the first layer of protection against the elements. They are cost effective and energy efficient.
Acrylic coating is water based and easy to work with. Acrylic coatings are resistant to UV rays, but do not perform well in “ponding” situations. Silicone roof coating is an option that does well in ponding water situations, in addition to having very little erosion over time.
Urethane systems are the most impact resistant. A urethane roof coating stays cleaner and is resistant to ponding water. Urethane systems also do well as “cool roofs” because they can be white.
Roof maintenance & inspections
Left unchecked, roof issues are only going to get worse. Ultimately, structural damage to your home is inevitable.
Why not consider setting up a maintenance schedule of your choosing to have your roof inspected at regular intervals? Our roofing maintenance programs consist of an inspection, a full report of findings (including photographs), and rapid restoration of any identified problems.
Frequently asked questions
Replacing your roof is a major expense whether it be for your home or business. We want to make the experience as easy for you as possible. You will find answers to some commonly asked roofing questions below. If you have others, please, contact us! Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer them for you.
How much will a new roof cost?
The material you choose for your new roof is a large factor in determining final costs. In addition, roof size, shape, and slope play a part. Final cost will also depend on things like whether or not there are multiple layers of shingles to be removed.
We will be glad to work with you to estimate your final cost free of charge.
Can you install a new roof over the existing roof?
Possibly, but if there are multiple layers of shingles beneath the ones you can see on the surface, they should be removed. A tear off could also be necessary due to existing damage to the roofs surface.
Again, our free estimate will lay out all the specific information you need to know.
How long will it take to have my new roof installed?
Most residential roofs (and some commercial) can be replaced in one day. If the job takes longer, you will rest assured that, in addition to leaving a clean work area, your home was weather proofed for the night before we called it a day.
What types of warranties are provided?
Most manufacturers provide material warranties that range between 5 to 50 years, depending on the product. In addition, our customers are guaranteed of quality workmanship.
Are you going to make a mess of my property?
We do our utmost to protect shrubs, landscaping and the surrounding yard throughout the roofing process. At the end of the work day, we ascertain that all debris is collected and the work area is cleaned up before leaving your property.
What happens to the old roof debris?
All debris is collected and taken to the landfill where it is disposed of properly.