Few things in life are as important as the roof over your head. But that roof needs to be cared for and maintained to last. Small problems need to be addressed quickly and repairs need to be handled as soon as possible. Sometimes, an entire roof will need to be stripped and replaced. For all of these jobs, you only want to trust the best. Sentinel Exteriors employs the best roofing contractors in Alpharetta. Contact our Alpharetta roofing specialists today for all of your roofing needs.
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General Roof Information
Not every roof looks the same, but they are all designed with the same job in mind. The roof is a protective shield that prevents outdoor elements from getting inside the home and damaging the ceiling, the walls, the furniture, and everything you own. They should allow water to flow smoothly from the top, or the ridge, down to the bottom, or the eave. Different roof styles and slopes achieve this with varying levels of efficiency. The quality of the installation also has an impact on how well a roof can do its job.
The expert roofing contractors at Sentinel Exteriors have experience replacing every possible section of a roof. We can install them new without any pre-existing system or replace a damaged roof. Some of the most common roof elements we deal with on a daily basis include:
- Shingles: The protective covering that creates a waterproof seal over your roof. These can be blown off during a severe storm, damaged by hail, or cracked from prolonged exposure to heat and moisture.
- Flashing: This is a layer of metal used in key places on the roof to prevent water from flowing beneath shingles. It is common in areas where the shingles come in contact with a wall, chimney, or skylight.
- Pipes: The pipes coming from your roof are most often part of your plumbing system, but it’s still up to us to fix them when they are damaged. These pipes are important because they can remove gas from the home while also allowing proper airflow into the plumbing system.
- Sheathing: This is the layer of plywood connected to the rafters and trusses of your roof. When they are damaged, it is usually a sign of a severe problem. Most often, it is debris like a large branch that has fallen onto the roof. They can also be damaged by excessive water build-up beneath shingles.
Part of the joy of building a home in Alpharetta is getting to choose each material and style with purpose. There are plenty of areas in the home that are designed entirely for aesthetics. The roof is not one of those areas. A new roof should be designed and installed with careful purpose. From the rate of slope to the materials you choose for the shingles; each choice is going to have an impact on how well your roof can do its job.
Our professionals are more than happy to help you with your new roof installation needs. If you’re having trouble choosing materials or brands, then we can walk you through the options and discuss each of their advantages. Our goal is to ensure that when we’re done you have the best possible roof over your head.
Installing a new roof on an old home will require a lot of the same choices. It also allows you to upgrade an outdated structure and introduce a variety of great benefits. A new roof can eliminate built-up mold, mildew, and bacteria. It can help remove hazardous, outdated building materials and improve the overall air quality in your house. When you’re ready to make a big investment in your home, installing a new roof is the way to go.
Though they sound similar, there are some differences between a roof replacement and a complete roof installation. A roof installation requires all new materials from the supporting joints to the outer layer of shingles. A roof replacement simply removes the top two layers and replaces them with new materials. The deck, or sheathing, can remain if there are no signs of damage or rotting. The old flashing may be used as well if it is not damaged, rusted, or severely discolored.
Here are three signs that it’s time to invest in Alpharetta roof replacement:
Visible Holes In The Attic
A hole may seem minor at first, but it can cause a lot of problems if it goes unchecked. Holes let sunlight and water in while letting your precious air escape. They also make a great entrance for pests to wander into your attic and create a nest. A hole also means that all of the layers of the roof are damaged including the deck layer. This means it must all be removed and at least that section of decking must be replaced. We’ll also take that time to inspect nearby decking boards for similar damage.
The Roof Is Too Old
Each roofing material has an expected lifespan. Asphalt shingles have a lifespan of 20 years. Wooden shingles are usually slightly lower at 15 years, though high-quality brands can last as long as 25 years. Soft slate roofs will last closer to 50 years, though it is entirely possible for them to last much longer if cared for.
The closer your roof gets to this limit the more difficult it will be to repair the problems that appear. The integrity of the materials will degrade and you’ll find yourself investing in repair services every other month. At this point, it’s clearly time to invest in a roof replacement.
Visible Exterior Damage
If you’re moving into a house with a visibly damaged roof, then it’s likely the old owners didn’t care enough to invest in regular roof maintenance. Hopefully, you were aware of the damage already and got a good deal for the property. Now you can invest in replacing that old, damaged roof with something more appealing and reliable. But don’t make the same mistakes as the previous owners. Take the time to schedule regular inspections and maintenance as needed. Your roof will look better and last longer because of it.
Repairs are an unavoidable part of owning a roof. No matter how much we care for our roofs, sometimes weather or other unforeseeable accidents cause damage. What’s important is that you respond quickly and repair the problem before it can lead to more severe damage.
Visibly Damaged Shingles
If you can spot damage to your shingles from the ground, then it’s time to have them replaced. A visibly damaged shingle is more than just an eyesore. It’s an opportunity for water to break through the seal and cause further harm. Over time, enough water can build up that the decking wood begins to sag and eventually falls through. That’s a huge problem that can be prevented with a minor repair.
Shingle Debris In Gutters
Our shingles are always taking damage even if they don’t look harmed. Harsh winds can blow bits of debris off of the shingles and onto the roof. That debris often finds its way into the gutters where they become clogged. Water buildup in a gutter can be just as devastating as water buildup beneath a shingle. Having your gutters inspected and cleaned on a regular basis can prevent this from happening.
Flashing is another important roofing element that is designed to keep water away from where it shouldn’t be. There are areas where the sides of shingles do not overlap to create a seal. Flashing is used in those areas to maintain a watertight seal. But flashing can rust and can break away from the roof in extreme weather conditions. The good news is that replacing damaged flashing is a simple repair job that can be handled in a day’s work.
There are a number of problems that your gutter system can encounter. Debris build-up is only one of those problems. Like flashing, gutters can also rust and allow water to flow where it shouldn’t. If you notice that water isn’t flowing properly out of your gutter drain pipe, then you should consider scheduling an inspection. Our Alpharetta roofing contractors can clean and repair all sorts of gutter damage.
You can prevent a number of serious roofing problems by performing some mild maintenance on an ongoing basis. These simple maintenance tasks will extend the lifespan of your shingles, your gutters, and your flashing.
Removal Of Debris
Debris can become a problem even if it’s not in your gutters. Our team will blow loose debris off your roof in a controlled manner. Larger debris, such as branches and broken shingles, can be removed by hand and disposed of. With this debris out of the way, water can flow properly and your roof will work as it should.
Sealing Of Cracked Pipes
A cracked pipe on your roof can allow unwanted water to flow into the pipe and appear in unwanted areas in the home. Sealing these pipes is an easy task and they rarely require replacement. A standard plumbing vent should last for at least ten years if maintained like this.
Do you remember the last time your roof was inspected? If not, then it’s probably time to schedule one. We advise scheduling an inspection two times per year. Scheduling an inspection prior to the summer and winter seasons will ensure that your roof is up to par and can handle the harsher seasons. A roof inspection can reveal problems before they have time to cause severe damage to your home.
Contact the Alpharetta Roofing Contractors at Sentinel Roofing Today!
Time is of the essence when it comes to roof repairs. It takes less than 48 hours for moisture buildup in the home to begin forming mold. Within a few weeks, damaged boards can begin to rot and break away from the supporting structure. From that point, the damage only becomes more dangerous and more expensive to repair. Don’t hesitate if you believe your roof is in need of repair or an inspection. Take a moment to call Sentinel Exteriors today for a free estimate.