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5 Roofing Problems You Can’t Ignore

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Along with your foundation, your roof is the most important part of your home. It makes sense, since it literally covers everything that lies beneath it: your house, your possessions, you! But, since we don’t look at it every day, we can take it for granted. We take it for granted, that is, until something goes wrong, at which point it’s too late. So, before you get to that point of no return, here are some common roofing problems you should act on right away.

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The Dreaded Roof Leak

These can be hard to ignore. If flashing is cracked, or if you suffer from broken shingles, tiles, or slate, then leaking could become a real problem. In particular, look out for leaking by the chimney and around gutters, and at any flashing points. Check your roof regularly, and if you see any leaks, or discoloration in the walls or ceiling, it’s time to call in a professional.

Look for Holes

Holes – or depressions on the verge of becoming holes – are more common than you might think. There are lot of outside debris that can damage a roof. From wind and rocks, to heavy hail, to wildlife tramping all over the roof. Squirrels, woodpeckers, and other birds can create holes that can cause tremendous damage over the years if they’re not dealt with.

Shrinkage and Cracking

Like roads, moisture, the accumulation of ice, and fluctuations in temperature can cause materials like roof tiles to shrink, expand, and crack. When a material shrinks, it damages everything connected to it, and since roofs are enormous collections of interconnecting materials, damage can spread in a hurry. Shrinkage can pull apart flashing, limiting their effectiveness, and can be particularly damaging to roofs covered in EPDM. Of course, even solidly built roofs can be vulnerable to damage cause by ice. All it takes is for water to accumulate under a roof tile, then freeze overnight, creating gaps between tiles which can further expand when that ice melts the next day. The only way to prevent this is to perform a thorough inspection every spring and fall to look or damage, and to make repairs before things get out of hand.

Beware of Trees

A tree falling into your house is obviously a bad thing. But, something people don’t always notice is trees rubbing up against the house. If not cut back, a tree can scrape against a roof constantly, scratching the surface, and wearing down your top layer of protection. Definitely be sure to prune your trees on a regular basis, and consider removing trees that pose a constant threat.

Poor Installation

Some roofs are so poorly installed to begin with, they never had a chance. Choose your roofer wisely. Don’t just go with the first one you see. Take the advice of your friends and neighbors who’ve had success with their roofers, and take the time to research any proposed roofer by checking out the testimony of users online.

If you regularly inspect your roof, and rely on the services of a reputable, experienced roofing company, then simple repairs are all you should need, sparing you from the emergency repairs that are the bane of every homeowner.

Skylights and Your Roof: The Pros and Cons

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

That warm spark of light from a ceiling skylight has its appeal. If you’re considering adding a skylight into your home, or if you are checking the housing market and looking into buying a home with a skylight, here are some pros and cons to consider beforehand.

Attic modern bedroom with white bed and skylight and beige walls and carpet.

The Sunny Side

This is what a skylight is for, after all! Having a skylight allows more light into a space, and makes it feel warmer and brighter in appearance as a result. This might be particularly appealing for rooms that have little regular window space, or no outside wall access, to allow for some natural light to enter a space. This is a huge key benefit of skylights—they can brighten up otherwise dark and dull rooms.

This can also be a negative. That extra light is nice, but because hanging curtains or coverings over skylights aren’t really an option, they can sometimes result in too much light, and too much light that you can’t really contain whenever you wish to.

Warm Up

The skylight is going to let in extra heat as well as light into that room’s space, which can be helpful if the room is naturally cooler or you’re trying to make a space feel warmer if you live in a cooler climate. For those living in hotter climates, it can also result in too much heat gain, and cause you some energy efficiency conundrums with your home’s cooling system.
In a similar vein, if you live in cooler

5 High-Tech Roofing Innovations

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Architecture is still a key place for technology and innovation to shake things up, especially with the increase of urbanization and the influx of more concentrated human populations around metropolitan areas. Here are some current roofing and architectural innovations that are shaking up the design game.

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Cool Roofs

Tar and asphalt seem like pretty standard roofing materials to cover buildings. A result of darker roofing surfaces, however, is an increase in temperatures and, as a result, greater heat gain. This increased heat intake naturally results in higher cooling costs.

Cool roofing systems are different. They are made of a light-colored membrane instead of a thick black tar, and they reflect the sun’s rays instead of absorbing them to protect a building from developing too much heat.

Green Roofs

Some urban planners prefer not to let solar energy go to waste. That’s where a green roof option comes into play to counteract the surface-absorbed heat while taking advantage of natural energy.

Green roofs are essentially turning a bare roof space into an active garden area—a kind of rooftop greenhouse. Perhaps that’s why they’re also referred to as a living roof because they have the goal of transforming a sterile space into a surprise ecological escape. This has a cooling instead of heating effect on the building due to the combination of shade with heat and sunshine absorption.

Blue Roofs

Another environmental roofing innovation is blue roofing. This roof is designed to capture and store rainwater and is used as temporary storage for that rainwater. Automated roof runoff management systems are also known as active blue roofs, as the control devices that collect the rainwater and roof drainage can be managed and adjusted to be most effective.

Sometimes, blue roof systems are integrated with green roof systems to make irrigation and plant watering a much more intuitive and effortless process. These systems help to prevent sewer water overflow in tightly populated or poorly irrigated urban areas, keep buildings naturally cooler and providing fresh rainwater to be used in a variety of ways.

Weather Resistant Barriers

This modern roofing innovation has been developing steadily over the past ten years or so into a more effective and balanced preventative barrier. Weather resistant barriers would be more aptly named water resistant barriers, as they take the form of mats that go down beneath your roof shingles and help block water from entering. There are a range of materials used for weather resistant barriers, and the technology is continually evolving and improving.

Solar

This is the innovative staple of the past ten years. Solar is getting more affordable all the time, and it follows the trend of the first three items on this list—it harnesses sunlight and heat energy, and redirects it from your home. Instead of baking the interior of your home, solar panels absorb heat and light and then transform it into energy, which can then be used to power your home or stored for emergency use.

Find out about the most innovative roofing solutions for your home from the experts at Findlay Roofing. Not sure how to tackle your next roofing project or repair dilemma? Our team can channel our expertise and personable practices into helping you get the roofing solutions that are just right for you.

Why Spring Is a Great Time for Roof Inspection

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Are the tiles or shingles on your roof looking a bit off-kilter? From out of uniform roofing tiles to ceiling water spots and sagging, you may be reading the signs and thinking that it’s time for a roof inspection and some professional TLC to set things right—especially after the hard Atlanta winter. Here’s why spring is the perfect time to get your roof checked out and, if needed, repaired.

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Post-Winter Assessment and Recovery

With the winter season over, it means this abnormal season of strong cold and a touch of snow is coming to an end. It also means that the damage caused by abnormal weather patterns to your home are completely behind us, and the healing can begin for your roof.

Leaks, water damage, infrastructure issues, or loose shingling are all issues that an inspection can assess to ensure that your roof not only looks good, but is safely doing what it’s meant to do in protecting your home. If you have noticed specific damage issues or if you just want to make sure that your roof made it through this crazy winter in good shape, an inspection is due. This is also a great time to get any built-up debris, like leaves or fallen sticks in difficult-to-reach places, removed from your roof. A clean roof and gutters means better structural integrity for your roof.

Perfect Conditions for Safe, Speedy Installations and Repairs

With the woes of winter behind, it means that spring is the perfect season to safely and effectively perform inspection and repairs on your roof while avoiding any potential further damage. The worst is over! It’s time to assess damage and move forward.

Spring is a drier, warmer season, without being blazing hot, providing the mildest conditions for roofing inspectors to come perform inspections and repairs. From a liability standpoint, it’s always important to work with roofers who are fully insured to cover their own workplace accidents. However, it can still be a consideration for their safety, as well as to ensure an expedient repair for you, letting you get back to your normal routine as quickly as possible while still getting a quality repair.

Also, roofing work performed during a dry, mild season will allow for repairs to be sturdy, lasting, and effective—and it will prevent any potential, unwanted weather damage if those repairs are more extensive or require an entire roof replacement.

Beat Others to the Punch, Get Repairs Done Faster

Extensive repair and replacement for roofing are more commonly scheduled during the hotter months of the year, so opting to get your repairs performed in early spring will put you ahead of the curve in terms of wait times. You won’t be waiting on a long list of previous roofing repair clients to get served before you’re taken care of, but will likely get your survey and estimate performed swiftly, with your repair completed in a fast and timely manner—as long as you’re partnering with a reputable repairman!

With springtime rolling around, it’s time to consider finding the right roofing repair specialist. Let Findlay Roofing get you on the right track this spring, so that you can kick back and enjoy that smooth transition into sweet summertime.

What to Expect During Your Roof Replacement

Monday, March 26th, 2018

You may be feeling nervous about the roofing repair that the gutter buildup or sagging water stains tell you that’s well overdue. Roofing repair doesn’t have to be a mess. Here’s what you need to know about your upcoming roofreplacement or repair job you’re getting for your house.

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The Estimate

This is a natural first step in finding the right roofing repair specialist. The prospective contractor will come to your residence, perform an initial assessment of damage or maintenance needs, and write up a general estimate for the overall expenses of the project. This estimate should include a price marker for each major aspect of the repair or maintenance work that needs to be done, and a reputable repairman like Findlay Roofing will walk you through the estimate so that you understand where the charges are coming from and that you’re comfortable with what to expect from their service.

Roof Replacement Permit

Some areas will require you get a building permit in order to perform the repairs needed. This is common for businesses or residents that live in an area that has a homeowners’ association. Ensure that the contractor you choose acquires the necessary building permit to work on your home or office building, if it’s applicable, and then you can move forward with the replacement or repairs.

Additional Costs to Consider

Things don’t always go according to plan, even whenever you partner with the most reputable roofing repair specialists. There may be unforeseen repair needs that were missed during the initial inspection and estimate phase that come up once the repairs are underway. These types of damage might include rotting wood or chimney repairs, for instance. Depending on the type of unforeseen repairs that arise, it can impact the bottom line once your project is finished.

Time

The time a project should take will likely be included in your initial estimate, as labor costs are impacted by the time a project takes to see through. If nothing changes to your repair needs, the time the project takes should stay pretty close to what you were quoted. If additional repair needs arise, that will have an impact on how long it takes for your repairs or replacement to be completed. Bear in mind this possibility before you move forward with the roof replacement, keeping in mind that it never hurts to over-budget for a roof repair just in case your repair or replacement team finds more than they were expecting.

If you’re ready to move forward with replacing your roof, then Findlay Roofing is here to help. Our reputable team of experienced professionals knows how to navigate any and all roofing repair needs in the Atlanta area. Our team makes clear communication and reasonable expectations a part of our exceptional customer service and roof installation experience, so customers don’t get bogged down in confusion and anxiety over their roof. Let us help fit your home with the fresh new roof it needs!

6 Reasons to Choose Quality Shingles

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Among the top priorities on any homeowner’s home-improvement list are roofs and the materials that protect them. The top choice is shingles: An American invention dating back to the early 20th century. Why are shingles so popular? For starters, they are highly effective at blocking the ultraviolet rays that can hurt the integrity of your roof.

But not all shingles are created equal. That’s why it’s crucial to invest in high-quality shingles. Here are a few of the benefits of choosing the best protection possible for your home and roof.

1. Versatility

Architectural shingles are among the best shingles on the market. Their dense fiberglass base and the ceramic shield of the mineral granules ensure that moisture hitting your roof will have a hard time causing any damage. This and their versatility, such as the option to install them at many angles, give your roof an elegant, attractive appearance.

2. Fire Protection

Fires can be disastrous, and no one wants to think about one happening in their home. Thankfully, best-in-quality architectural shingles are rated Class A for fire protection, the highest class. This designation means they provide the best protection against potential penetration and spread of flames.

3. Design Options

Perhaps the most popular shingle type on the market, architectural shingles, come in various styles to please virtually every homeowner. You can choose from several attractive styles, colors and designs to find the one that looks best for your home and neighborhood. Plus, they are often the most affordable.

4. Sound Protection

Do you have loud neighbors? Well, here’s some good news if you invest in quality shingles: Thanks to an asphalt base, these shingles help reduce external noises that would otherwise disrupt your home. That means the noisy party next door won’t disrupt your sleep the way it used to.

5. Wind Resistance

Almost anywhere in the Atlanta metro area can be subject to high winds. And anyone who’s experienced high winds knows that their roof can be the primary victim. The high quality of architectural shingles provides adequate protection, with most brands testing Class F wind speeds of 110 mph to 130 mph. That means you can stress less and sleep more during the next Georgia windstorm.

6. Ease of Installation

It’s hard to find a product that is both high quality and also easy to install. Architectural shingles are almost always the quickest to install, which can significantly lower your contractor costs.

The quality of shingles is not just about what they’re made of, but also who installs them. This is true whether you live in Gwinnett, Henry or other counties in the Atlanta metro area. Whether you’re seeking a new design on your roof or better weather resistance for your home, investing in quality shingles is a great place to start. Contact our professional staff at Findlay Roofing today to learn more about our roof repair and replacement services.

When Should I Replace My Roof?

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Many homeowners are well aware of the warning signs that they need a new roof. Warning signs such as loose or broken shingles, moss or algae growing on the roof, leaks or damp or rotten areas under the roof. However, it’s often better to replace your roof before these signs appear. Timely roof replacement is often far more economical than dealing with the many problems and repairs caused by an old or damaged roof. Here are a few good reasons to consider replacing your roof now.

Keep Tabs on the Time

Even a well-made roof won’t last forever. The National Association of Home Builders has found that a slate, copper or tile roof can last for more than a half-century. Wood shake roofs last for about 30 years, while roofs with fiber cement shingles last for about 25 years. Asphalt shingle roofs and composition roofs only last about 20 years. If your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, it’s probably time to replace it.

Consider Weathering

It is also important to note that severe inclement weather will wear down just about any roof, shortening its expected lifespan. Snow, hail, wind and severe rain are particularly bad for roofs. Georgia summers also wreak havoc on roofs, especially those that do not have a UV coating to block ultraviolet rays.

Increase Home Value

Replacing your roof is one of the best renovations you can perform if you intend to sell your home in the near future. It has been estimated that a new roof can boost a home’s value by as much as $12,000. That is because many new roofs are not only attractive but are also made to reflect solar heat in the summer, thereby reducing the home’s cooling costs.

Go Solar

If you want to reduce your energy bills drastically, then consider installing solar shingles on the roof. You can save up to 60 percent on energy bills with these attractive and durable shingles that look just like regular roof tiles but can be used to power your HVAC unit and a host of other electronic appliances and devices. In many areas, you can even sell the extra power generated from solar shingles to the local electric grid.

If you’re still thinking, “Should I replace my roof or wait awhile?” then contact Findlay Roofing for a free roof analysis and roof replacement estimate. Our trained and experienced professionals can not only give you expert advice but also help you pick the type of roofing that best suits your needs and budget. We use only the highest quality materials and offer a much longer warranty than other roofing companies in the Atlanta and North Georgia areas.

6 Things New Homeowners Need to Know About Their Roof

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Becoming a new homeowner can be one of the most exciting and fulfilling experiences of your life. When you first buy a house, it’s a bit like being in a brand-new relationship. There’s usually a “honeymoon phase” during which everything is perfect, and it seems as though nothing will ever change. Then, reality can come calling. For new homeowners, this is usually in the form of unexpected home repairs. This is why you should find out as much as you can about your new home before you buy it.

Whether you’re looking for a home, in negotiation for a purchase or you’ve just closed on your new place, here’s what new homeowners should know about the roof over their heads.

1. Your Roof Is not Immortal

Obviously, your roof won’t last forever. The typical lifespan for most roofs is around 10 to 15 years. If you’re in the process of buying a home, you should be able to find out how old the roof is. If it’s older, you may be able to negotiate a lower price with the seller in light of the fact that you’ll likely need to replace the roof soon.

2. You Should Never Put off Roof Repairs

It’s always best to take a proactive approach when it comes to maintaining and fixing your roof. It’s never fun to fork over money for roof repairs, but waiting until later could end up costing you much more in the long run. Even a small leak that doesn’t breach the inside of your home could be causing costly damage over time.

3. Leaks Can Be Tricky

If you notice a leak that seems to mysteriously disappear, don’t assume that your roof has somehow repaired itself. Unfortunately, that never happens. The location of the water in your home doesn’t always indicate the location of the roof leak. Water may travel along beams or other components of your home, leaking out in an entirely different place than the damaged portion of your roof.

4. Your Roof May Have a Warranty

Something you’ll definitely want to learn as a new homeowner is whether your roof has a warranty. If so, find out what maintenance and repairs are covered. Note that some warranties are non-transferable, meaning that coverage will cease once the new homeowners take possession.

5. You Should Never DIY Your Roof Inspection

You should have your roof looked at by a qualified professional who can tell you if there’s trouble you need to address or signs of impending issues. It can be difficult to detect leaks and other issues without the proper training and equipment. Consider a free roof analysis to get the true story of your roof’s condition.

6. Not All Roofing Materials Are the Same

Of course, your choice of roofing material should be only partly an aesthetic one. Just as important, of course, is knowing which materials are ideal for your location, your home and your concerns. Some materials are more durable, while others are can also increase energy efficiency.

If you live in Georgia and could use a professional opinion about your roof, look no further than Findlay Roofing. We can take care of all your roofing needs, including repairs and replacement. Get in touch today to learn more about the services Findlay offers for new homeowners and seasoned ones alike.

5 Reasons to Get a Free Roof Analysis

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Findlay Roofing offers a free roof analysis that can help you keep your roof in excellent condition and help pinpoint when it’s time to replace it with a brand-new one. If you live in the Atlanta area, here are five good reasons to take advantage of this free service.

1. You’re Selling a Home

Make sure your home will pass a home inspection with flying colors by having a trained, experienced expert perform a comprehensive roof inspection and analysis before potential buyers visit your home. A roof analysis can alert you to problems you need to address before listing your house for sale. Alternatively, this analysis can give buyers an incentive to buy your home because they have proof your roof is in good condition.

2. You Notice Problems

Roofing problems such as leaks, mold growth and damaged shingles should never be taken lightly. If your roof is having problems, get a free roof analysis as soon as possible. The cost of a roof repair or replacement can potentially save money in the long run by preventing worse damage to your home’s structure.

3. You Need Routine Maintenance

You don’t have to wait until you have problems or are ready to sell your home to have a roof analysis. Like many areas of your home and property, your roof requires regular maintenance to stay in good shape. Schedule an appointment soon if you haven’t had a roofing analysis in some time and want to find out if you need to replace your roof.

4. You Experience Extreme Weather

As you know, weather in North Georgia isn’t always predictable. Snow, prolonged hot weather, heavy winds and rain can all cause extensive roofing damage. It is a good idea to have an analysis performed after the hot summer months and after a period of severe inclement weather so you can correct small problems they become serious issues.

5. You’re Considering Solar Panels or Shingles

Solar energy can help drastically reduce utility expenses. It’s also great for the environment. If you want to know whether solar panels or solar shingles are a good option for your home, schedule an analysis first to assess the state of your roof. The roof analysis can help determine how much power your roof could generate and help you understand what your roof needs to prepare it for solar panel or solar shingle installation.

Your roof is one of the most critical parts of your home. If you suspect it may be damaged, want to find out if repair work or maintenance work is in needed or are planning to sell your home in the near future, contact Findlay Roofing today to schedule a free roof analysis. Give us a call or fill out the online form to schedule an appointment at your convenience. Doing so will help ensure your roof is in tip-top shape and ready to handle whatever nature has to throw at it.

Are Solar Shingles Right for Your Roof?

Friday, February 16th, 2018

Solar shingles are a relatively new product that’s becoming increasingly popular due to the incredible value they offer for the money spent. Leaning more about the benefits and drawbacks of these shingles can help you determine whether they are right for your home.

What Are Solar Shingles?

These cutting-edge shingles are made from the same materials that most solar panels are made from. However, their color and shape make them look very much like regular shingles. In fact, most people won’t be able to tell the two apart unless they get a very close look at your roof.

As the name implies, these shingles generate solar power that can be used to power lighting, appliances and more. Some models can even convert the electricity into heat that can be used to heat your home and/or a hot water heater.

What Are the Advantages?

Solar shingles are a good idea for a number of reasons. They are extremely durable and can withstand a great deal of wear and tear. They are available in various models and sizes to make it easy for you to choose the ones that look best on your home. Additionally, they are more efficient and can cover a larger area than traditional solar panels.

Though the cost of installation can be relatively high, the shingles will pay for themselves in the first several years. A number of Georgia utility companies allow homeowners to sell excess electricity to the grid, including Georgia Power. You can earn back hundreds of dollars a year by selling excess electricity your new shingles are producing. You can also apply for the Solar Investment Tax Credit on your federal tax return to deduct up to 30 percent of the cost of your solar shingles from your taxes.

Are There Any Disadvantages?

While the shingles can be installed over an existing roof, it is best to put them on as a new roofing option. It should also be noted that the amount of power these shingles will generate depends on how and when the sunlight hits your roof. A roof that is in the shade most of the day naturally won’t generate much power. Furthermore, the power cannot be stored, so you will still need to rely on the electric grid for power during the night and on cloudy days.

If you live in Georgia and still aren’t sure whether solar shingles are right for your home, call Findlay Roofing for our expert guidance. We also offer a free roof analysis to help you to make well-informed roofing decisions.