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Why It’s Important to Remove Roof Mold

Friday, September 8th, 2017

This summer, Greater Atlanta’s rainy conditions and high humidity created the ideal conditions for roof mold. When allowed to grow unchecked, mold stains and damages roofs.

Mold is usually the result of algae growth. In rainy, humid weather, algae (and other botanical growths like moss and lichens) can take hold and grow quickly on your roof. This causes the roof materials to remain damp, which promotes rot. When rot sets in, so can mold. Even with no rain, warm, humid weather creates ideal conditions for quick mold growth.

Roof mold thrives in shady, moist conditions. The problem commonly occurs on the northern section of the roof and in areas that remain shaded throughout the day from surrounding plants or buildings. Throw in excessive moisture from rain and humidity, and you get mold overgrowth.

Here are five good reasons to remove mold and moss from your roof as quickly as possible.

Roof Mold Is Unsightly

Roofs are the most visible element of the home. Drive down the street, and you’re likely to notice a home’s roof from a distance. Mold is often black and creates streaky, ugly stains on your roof. These stains can make an otherwise attractive home seem neglected.

Mold Can Travel

Mold can wash off your roof in the rain and get tracked into your home. Indoors, mold can take hold and create health problems. If there’s a great deal of rotting on the roof because of moss, mold can penetrate roofing materials. Mold promotes wood rot and erodes the asphalt in shingles. It can also spread onto adjacent structures.

Mold Is Stubborn

As a fungus, mold is pervasive and persistent. The more entrenched mold becomes on your roof, the more difficult it’ll be to control. Clean the mold from your roof when you first see it, or have a roofing professional take it off. The sooner you deal with the mold, the better.

Mold Can Attract Rodents

Roof mold provides an inviting habitat for rodents such as mice, rats and squirrels. These unwanted critters climb up gutters to reach the roof. If the roof is moldy, damp and soft, rodents often chew on roofing materials, causing serious, costly damage. They may even cart off portions of your roof to create nests.

Mold May Result in the Need for a New Roof

Let a mold situation linger and the damage may become irreparable. Mold left to feed on rotting wood can create an unstable roof that requires replacement. Avoid this expensive project by having regular maintenance done on your roof. Keeping your roof clean helps to increase its longevity.

If your roof has mold or moss, have it cleaned as soon as possible to minimize damage and staining. Contact Findlay Roofing today for a free roof analysis.

Roofing Options: Why This Factor Really Matters

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Roofing options often come down to color. It’s not necessarily a style thing. Sure— a light-colored roof may be the best color to complement your Bartow home’s siding. However, it’s also the best option if you want to reduce energy costs—and that’s the real guiding factor when it comes to choosing the color of your roof.

There’s a more complicated way of discussing roof color and temperature. Let’s break these complex topics down:

  • Reflectivity: You can thank Ben Franklin for uncovering this scientific concept. He placed dark- and light-colored fabric swatches in the snow and discovered that the snow melted faster around the darker colors than the lighter colors. In many ways, this concept can be applied to your roof. Dark-colored roofs give off more heat, which is a bad thing for intense Atlanta summers.
  • Emissivity: As with any roofing material, the energy roofs absorb is eventually radiated back out into the atmosphere. However, not all roofing options re-radiate at the same level. A cooler roof will re-radiate the majority of the energy absorbed while a “hot roof” will keep most of the energy trapped.

When choosing a roof for your home, you’ll ideally want to select a material that promotes a cool roof – one that has a high reflectivity and high emissivity. According to roofing experts, a cool roof can reduce the amount of heat generated by as much as 60 degrees. In addition, a dark roof can soar to very hot temperatures (as high as 175 degrees). If your roof is hot, the heat creates a trickle-down effect. Here’s what happens:

  • The roof’s temperature soars.
  • The attic gets hot, especially if it’s not adequately insulated and ventilated.
  • That heat radiates back down into the home, creating uncomfortable conditions.
  • Your air conditioner runs more often to compensate for the heat.
  • Energy bills get higher and higher.

For more information about roofing options, contact Findlay Roofing. From roofing to attic insulation to ventilation, we’ve got our Bartow neighbors covered.

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Gauging Gutter Materials: What’s the Best Option?

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Your Gwinnett home depends on its gutters for protection from the elements. Gutters route rain runoff away from the roof and your home’s foundation, where it would otherwise wreak havoc on the roof, siding and basement. Gutter material are critical to the health of your home and they should be selected with care. Here’s how the most common materials, vinyl, aluminum and steel, measure up.

  • Vinyl. A common choice among gutter materials, vinyl is easy to install and has fast become the go-to choice for many homeowners. It’s a low-cost gutter material that doesn’t corrode or rust, making it a sturdy choice for your money. The gutters are also lightweight, so they don’t pose as much of a risk of becoming compromised over time, such as if a fastener comes loose. Installation costs for this product are also typically lower, due to the ease with which the gutters install. While vinyl is not always the best choice for homeowners living in colder climates because they become brittle; which makes vinyl a great option for Atlanta-area homeowners.
  • Aluminum. Also low in cost, aluminum gutters are lightweight, they don’t rust and they’re easy to install. However, they stand up well in any climate and they can be painted, making them a great option for homeowners who need to color match gutters to the home’s exterior. Lower-quality grades of aluminum, however, have one drawback: They are easily dented or crushed. It pays to invest in one of the higher-quality aluminum grade gutter materials as a result.
  • Steel. Galvanized steel gutters offer a competitive option to aluminum, as they are sturdier and in the same general cost range. On the other hand, steel is prone to rusting, so the gutters will eventually rust through. For homeowners who want to use this material, following proper maintenance can help ward off rust so you can get the most out of them.

For help selecting gutter materials or to talk about creating a drainage system, contact the experts at Findlay Roofing today! We’re happy to help with gutters, roof repairs, siding installation and more.

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Roofing Problems: Costly, but sometimes avoidable

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Roofing problems are costly, they can damage the home and they can be a nuisance. When Gwinnett homeowners suspect they have a roofing problem on their hands they need access to expert help, and fast.

You see, you don’t want just any professional helping you find the leak in your roof, or the source of wood rot. You want a proven professional to help you uncover the root of the problem, and then offer affordable, lasting solutions.

Common roofing problems

Whether you’re being proactive or you believe your roof is already showing signs of problems, here are some of the common contributors:

  • Blistering: When moisture gets trapped inside shingles they can blister. In addition, improper installation due to excessive adhesive can also lead to blistering.
  • Rotting: Shingles can rot when the core of the shingle absorbs moisture.
  • Flashing: The joints of a roof are protected by metal flashing that prevents moisture from accessing the roof’s structure. Damaged flashing can wreak havoc on the roof, and eventually require a replacement if left unchecked.
  • Spotting: Inside the home, wet spots on the ceiling are a surefire sign of roofing problems. Often, spotting is the result of damaged shingles leaks on the roof deck or damaged flashing.
  • Mold: When moisture gets into shingles or the roof’s wood structure, mold begins to grow. As it proliferates, mold destroys the roof’s components.
  • Weather: Hail storms, strong winds, ice, tree branches that fall on the roof — these are all common causes of roofing failures.

The friendly experts Findlay Roofing are happy to help homeowners with these and other common problems that can destroy roofs. Call us today to schedule a roof inspection and we’ll identify damaged shingles, moisture problems, or other early signs that your roof needs help.

We provide the greater Atlanta area with roof repairs, roof replacements, and attic insulation. We also provide gutter, siding, door and window installations — services for the entire exterior of the home.

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Why replacing old windows makes sense

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Are you motivated by the impact replacing old windows will have on the aesthetics of your DeKalb-area home? Often, old windows are unsightly, especially once you’ve upgraded siding, replaced the roof and invested in landscaping. Windows can be costly to replace, but doing so enhances the home’s look and leads to other benefits.

Energy savings

According to the Department of Energy, inefficient windows can let a lot of heat energy escape. As much as 25 percent of your heating bill can escape out the windows.

Climate considerations

Homeowners living in Atlanta’s warm climate can choose windows with special coatings designed to stop heat gain through the windows. The special coating stops heat before it can penetrate through the window, so your home’s climate will be consistently comfortable.

Convenience

With more efficient windows, you can enjoy a hassle-free day. Instead of opening drapes to let the heat in during winter and closing them to keep heat out during summer, you can relax and leave the drapes in place. You can enjoy the view out of your windows and let the light through without concern for heat gain or loss.

Comfort

With consistent control, your home won’t feel cold or drafty in winter from heat loss through the windows. In summer, you’ll avoid hot zones. Both hot and cold zones can cause homeowners to adjust the thermostat, which uses more heating or cooling to compensate and further drives energy costs.

Less fading

It’s well known that sun exposure over time fades furniture, flooring and anything else in its direct path. According to The National Fenestration Rating Council, single-pane glass deflects only 25 percent of UV rays from the sun. Insulated glass does a slightly better job by reflecting 40 percent of the rays. Windows designed to reflect heat through special coatings reflect as much as 74 percent of UV rays and greatly decrease fading. Replacing old windows, therefore, helps your investments in furnishings and flooring last longer.

With more efficient windows at work, you’ll benefit from a nicer-looking home, energy savings, a controlled climate, better home comfort and less fading. For more information about replacing old windows or to talk to a representative about your options, contact the experts at Findlay Roofing today! We serve homeowners in DeKalb and the surrounding areas.

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Signs that you need a roof replacement

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Depending on your roof’s quality, the materials it’s constructed from and how well you care for it, you can expect your roof to last between 20 and 30 years, according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. It’s true, however, that homeowners who live in very hot climates like Atlanta’s can expect to need a roof replacement sooner. Elements such as heat, hail, hurricanes and tornadoes decrease the life span of shingles.

Average shingle life span is useful to know, but there are also common signs you can look for that indicate how well the shingles are faring and whether it’s time for a roof replacement project. Here’s what you should look for:

  • Ceilings: If there are leaks in the ceiling, crawl space or attic, the roof could be letting water through. Check the vents, rafter and chimney for leaks. Finally, check the condition of the shingles, and look for evidence of damage.
  • Flashing: Water may be seeping through the flashing if it was not installed correctly. It may be possible to replace the flashing without having to move forward with a full-scale roof replacement.
  • Shingles: Look at your roof to see if any shingles are missing. Poor installation may have caused some shingles to come loose, but the glue underneath the shingles may simply be wearing out. High winds and exposure to the elements can also hasten shingle demise. An expert can access their condition and determine if individual shingles can be replaced.
  • Damaged shingles: Signs that your shingles have fulfilled their service life and need to be replaced include shingles that buckle or curl.
  • Blistering: Often, shingles blister when moisture gets underneath the material. It’s also possible that the installers used too much cement or sealant when the shingles were first installed.
  • Algae: A small amount of algae on roof shingles is normal, especially in climates that are humid. Generally, algae shouldn’t affect the life span of the shingle. It’s possible to purchase algae-resistant shingles if its presence is unsightly.
  • Granules: Older shingles are prone to losing granules. If you notice missing granules, it’s time for a roof replacement.
  • Rot: Many problems are caused by moisture that seeps into a shingle’s internal components and causes the shingle to rot. Rotting is a particular concern with shingles that are constructed from organic materials.

At Findlay Roofing, we’ve replaced over 40,000 roofs for homeowners in Bartow and beyond. Give us a call if you notice any of these warning signs, and talk to one of our consultants about your roofing options.

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With a roof analysis, you can plan for the future

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

For Dawson homeowners, it’s a challenge to determine roof conditions without actually getting up on the roof to perform a roof analysis. Most homeowners are also short on the expertise to know what to look for. At Findlay Roofing, we perform free roof analysis for residents across greater Atlanta. Even if it’s not time to replace your roof, an analysis can help you plan for the future so you’ll be prepared financially when the time comes.

Here are the primary components we’ll inspect during the assessment:

  • The structure: The general structure of the roof reveals how damage, such as uneven pitch or sagging construction, affects the roof’s performance. Eventually, uneven pitch or sagging can cause the roof to collapse.
  • The surface: Weatherization can lead to damage to the shingles or flashing, for example. Poor construction or defects in roofing materials can lead to popping nails or granular wear and tear. During the inspection, we will also look for leaks, rusting and fasteners that are loose.
  • The attic: We’ll inspect the interior of the attic and look for signs of leaks or wood damage. The inspection also includes assessing the effectiveness of the attic’s ventilation system. We’ll identify potential problems with the roof deck and evidence of mold. Finally, we’ll make sure that the home’s exhaust systems don’t route into the attic where it can wreak havoc on the spaces.
  • The ceilings: Inside your home, a compromised roof can eventually cause damage to the home’s ceilings. Water damage on the ceiling is often a sign that there’s ventilation problems or leaks in the attic. This means that attic insulation could be wet and damaged, which will eventually cause problems for the roof itself.

With an expert assessment of the roof, its general condition, age, dimensions, shingle type, pitch and weatherization, you’ll be able to estimate its durability and calculate its expected service life.

Avoid facing a costly emergency roof replacement by knowing the current condition of your roof and its expected life span. Contact Findlay Roofing to schedule your free roof analysis, and start planning for the future today!

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What roof shingle colors are best for your home?

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

When it’s time to select new roofing materials, choosing roof shingle colors may be among one of the most difficult selections you’ll make. For Paulding homeowners, it’s important to consider the quality of shingle for energy efficiency and durability. The color of the shingle you select can also have a dramatic impact on efficiency and the aesthetic of your home. Here’s an easy guide to choosing roof shingle colors that work for your home.

Function vs. form

Fortunately, manufacturers make a range of shingle colors to fit the style of a home as well as its climate needs. The deciding factor for your ideal color choice should generally start with the climate in which you live. For homeowners in Paulding dealing with very warm temperatures, lighter shingle colors work better because they don’t absorb as much heat. The U.S. Department of Agriculture states that if you go with a darker shingle color, your attic will be warmer — an undesirable condition that can lead to higher home-cooling bills.

Your home

Obviously, the roof’s shingle color should complement your home’s siding. A shingle shade that is similar to the home’s siding will complement it, and a contrasting color will accentuate the roof. For example, you can choose an entirely different color for the shingles to highlight that space.

Accessories

Your new roof will last a long time, and it’s generally the most costly item on your home to replace. When choosing roof shingle colors, keep in mind that it’s easier to swap out or paint doors and shutters to complement the roof color.

Shingle type

Another factor to consider is the type of shingle itself. It can also help or hinder energy efficiency. Asphalt shingles tend to retain heat, which is a help in colder climates. In warmer climates like those in greater Atlanta, clay shingles are a good option because they don’t absorb heat.

For all of your roofing needs in Paulding and the surrounding areas, contact Findlay Roofing today!

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