Most of us have a love-hate relationship with the Georgia sun — and your home’s roof is no different. Both heat and humidity cause problems for our roofing, just as all extreme weather can. From extreme temperatures to storms, weather conditions can cause damage to both commercial and residential roofing systems. But by taking some preventative measures and calling your professional roofers, you and your roof will be protected from the scorching summer heat.
How heat impacts your roof
Constant exposure to the sun will increase your roof’s temperature, making your air conditioning system work harder to cool the inside of your home too. This can damage your home’s roof and the wood materials used in the structure of your home’s rooftop.
Intense or prolonged heat can cause wood roof rafters, support beams, joists, and decking to expand, stretch, and crack. We also occasionally see shingles start to curl and shrink. When the roofing system is weakened in this way, you’re more likely to see urgent issues like leaks, mold, and mildew.
How humidity impacts your roof
Moisture can become trapped in your attic or crawl space, build up as condensation, and eventually lead to mold on attic floor joists, roof rafters, and roof joists. Moisture can also lead to wood rot and weaken plywood roof sheathing, causing the layers of the plywood to separate.
Prevent roof damage and protect your home
There are a few steps you can take to protect your home and roof against both heat and humidity.
Roofing Ventilation: Proper ventilation for your home can reduce the effects of heat and humidity on your roof. Without effective air circulation through roof vents, condensation can drip from your roof to your ceilings, causing water damage. Your roofing contractor can recommend the type of roofing ventilation system that will work best for your home based on your home’s design and local climate.
Dehumidifiers: Using a dehumidifier in your attic or crawl space can prevent mold caused by condensation. Plus, minimizing moisture will reduce the air’s heat capacity.
Preventative Maintenance: It is best to be proactive and have your roof checked after major weather events, such as a storm or heat wave. The most effective way to save money on your roof is to schedule a free inspection with roofing experts. That way, you’ll catch any issues early and save costly repairs down the line. Ignored or delayed repairs will likely result in more extensive repairs and could lead to complete roof replacement. We offer several specials and financing offers to work with your budget, so you can maintain your roof with peace of mind.
If you have any questions about heat or water damage to your roof, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 770-450-8829. Our roofing experts will be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have!
You likely already know that replacement windows come in many styles, shapes, and features—and not all are created equal. We offer a wide variety of Simonton windows, but there’s a reason some are more popular than others. One of the most popular options is vinyl windows.
Some people may view vinyl as flimsier than other materials. But this is not the case with the vinyl used in Simonton windows. The material compound used in the vinyl windows is produced with extra levels of UV inhibitors to help withstand harsh weather conditions. This also ensures you won’t have to replace your windows as frequently, as they’re more durable. You can expect your vinyl windows to last for decades and show few signs of wear even when exposed to harsh winds and trademark Georgia heat.
The insulating properties of vinyl can significantly reduce drafts and air seepage, keeping your home more comfortable and efficient year-round. You can see the savings on your utility bills, as the vinyl makes it easier to cool your home in the summer and heat it in the winter.
Vinyl not only is durable, it is also recyclable. Vinyl won’t pit or peel over time and with only simple care and cleaning, windows can keep their beautiful appearance for years to come.
Some older window materials are difficult to replace or install, particularly if your home was built at a time when windows were not the same size. A knowledgeable contractor will know how to simply adapt the windows to compensate for any differences in measurement and ensure a perfect fit. Vinyl windows can streamline this process further, with their ease of installation and optimal fit.
Most of us don’t love the thought of constant touch-ups and necessary repainting that comes with having older windows. But with vinyl windows, you’ll avoid the extra maintenance. In fact, in most cases, vinyl windows require little more than occasional washing! Simply select the color you prefer at the time of installation, and enjoy long-lasting window color. The color runs throughout the material and is coated to resist fading.
From their excellent thermal performance to their endless styles, Simonton windows are a great choice. And vinyl windows aren’t your only option! If you’d like to learn more about the many protective features available with your window options, call us at 770-450-8829 today.
Your home’s exterior is the first thing a buyer sees, and your roof plays a major role in the curb appeal. But even if the home you want to sell needs some serious roof repairs, it might still be worth the investment. A few cracked shingles likely won’t make or break a sale — but if your entire roof shows wear and tear, it should be taken care of before listing.
Should I replace my roof before selling my house?
Depending on the extent of the roof maintenance needed, you may be able to sell your home without a full roof replacement. Of course, you’ll want to address routine repairs along the way, so your roof passes any inspections with flying colors and reduces the need to replace it before selling.
Most non-emergency roofing issues can be resolved with a professional repair by a reputable roofing company. Click here for how to know when you need to call in a roofing contractor. What options do I have for roof repair and replacement?
If there are only certain sections of your home’s roof that need repair, you can do a partial re-roof. However, it’s crucial to note that a partial re-roof cannot be performed too often, as it can create an uneven slope. If your home already has multiple layers of roofing on it, you may have to replace the roof regardless.
Based on wear, age, and climate, you might be due for a full roof replacement. And even if you don’t see a direct financial return, a new roof can make you more likely to get the full asking price, lower time on the market, and smoother negotiations.
Our team at Dr. Roof is ready to discuss your home goals and needs, and will best connect you with a course of action that matches your property’s specifications. We offer roof replacements, repairs, gutter installations, chimney, skylight, siding, painting, and window replacement services. Our main goal is to differentiate ourselves from our competitors by providing excellent workmanship and outstanding customer service. Speak to us anytime at 770-450-8829 for more information and to get started!
Rooftop windows and skylights have advantages far beyond the luxe aesthetic. They can increase home value and even solve certain issues in stuffy, cold or dark rooms. Read on to discover if a skylight is right for your home.
There are a variety of types of skylights: vented, fixed, domed, or flat. They come in many shapes besides just rectangles. Fixed skylights are sealed during manufacturing, and so they are leak-proof. In contrast, vented skylights can be opened. Because they are not sealed, vented skylights can present opportunities for leakage if installed improperly or left open. However, over the years manufacturers have taken great pains to make vast improvements, so leaks are no longer cause for concern. If you are unsure, one of our roofing experts would be happy to discuss your options with you, addressing the pros and cons of each.
It’s critical to have a professional out to inspect your attic ahead of time, because if there are any wiring or pipes in the way, this will impact where a skylight can be installed.
Do you want to be able to open the window remotely? Or have your windows close automatically before a rainstorm? While fixed skylights are the most common option, vented skylights can be opened manually or by remote. These types of features are important considerations before choosing a skylight, and should be discussed with your salesperson or technician beforehand.
When skylights are installed or maintained improperly, leaks can occur. That’s why it’s so important to thoroughly research your roofing contractor before signing any contract. Here are a few tips to prevent leaks before they form:
Ensure your skylight is installed above the surface of your roof with at least a 2×6 inch curb.
Avoid DIY repairs and patching — these can reduce the integrity of the skylight and roofing materials. If an issue arises, it’s best to call your roofing contractor for advice.
Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for upkeep and installation. Preventative maintenance is key to preserving the look and functionality of your skylight — and will save you big on repairs!
Did You Know?
A skylight can provide crucial ventilation in bathrooms and kitchens. Just one skylight can bring 30 percent more light into a room than windows. This can save you big on your energy bills!
If you have any questions about skylight repair, installation, or replacement, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 770-450-8829. We will be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have!
You insulate your home to reduce temperature variations and save on utility bills, but then you allow fresh air to flow through the attic… As counterproductive as this seems, roof vents can extend the life of your shingles by reducing seasonal stress on the materials. A well-designed roof ventilation system also helps prevent moisture from building up in your attic and crawl spaces, to reduce your risk of mold, wood rot, and more.
How Attic Ventilation Works
A roof ventilation system works by providing consistent airflow through your attic space, helping remove warm, moist air. Maintaining the flow of air through the attic and roof system will also help reduce the impact of changing temperatures and moisture both inside and outside the home.
The ventilation system involves two types of vents — intake and exhaust — installed in the attic or roof area to allow attic air to circulate under the roof and eaves. When properly designed, the roof ventilation system will keep utility costs down by balancing the intake and exhaust ventilation, which keeps conditioned air from escaping too quickly.
How to Know If You Need Roof Vents
Screening for roof ventilation involves checking to see if you have an attic, an unheated space in the basement, or an upper floor attached to the roof. This is important because in summer, your roof’s ventilation helps cool the roof and underlying water barrier materials. Cooling these areas reduces the expansion of the metal and resulting heat damage to asphalt shingles. In addition to protecting your roof from heat damage, roof vents are critical in winter too. By preventing temperature fluctuations, you can keep snow from melting off the roof and refreezing in your rain gutters, leading to dangerous “ice damming”. The vents prevent both leaks and structural damage by circulating the coldest air from the eaves through the vent in the roof peak.
How Much Ventilation You Need
Most roofs are under-ventilated, so this skews public perception of how much and what kind of roof ventilation is needed. A lack of proper ventilation can drastically affect your energy bills and the lifespan of your roof. For this reason, the FHA recommends that you have 1 square foot of attic exhaust (both intake and exhaust) for every 300 square feet of attic space.
What Happens If Your Attic Is Not Vented
Have you ever walked upstairs and thought it was at least 10 degrees warmer than it was downstairs? These indoor temperature extremes are often the result of poorly vented roofs. A well-ventilated roof system circulates air more consistently, reducing the workload on your A/C or heating system, so your home stays comfortable year-round and you save on utility costs. But on top of indoor temperature fluctuations, improper roof ventilation can impact the integrity of your roof itself by causing moisture buildup, mold, rot, leaks, and more. Ensuring your home has the proper attic ventilation can save yourself the stress and hassle of everything from indoor discomfort to an emergency roof repair. If you have any questions about your roof vents, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 770-450-8829. We will be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have!
Most often roof damage is the result of severe weather, age, or other natural factors. But some of the repairs we’ve performed over the last 30 years could easily have been prevented.
Many avoidable mistakes can lead to a whole host of problems down the line for your roof and home as a whole. To ensure you don’t fall into this costly trap, here are three activities to avoid with your roof — and what to do instead.
1. Walking or sitting on your roof
You should always think twice before climbing onto your roof, no matter whether you get there by ladder or window. Beyond the danger of falling, extra activity on an unprepared roof may cause damage to the roofing materials or structure. Walking on your asphalt shingles can strip them, dislodge them, or form gaps that can increase the potential for leaks. However, some homeowners may consider a structural redesign to make the roof suitable for sitting and even outdoor entertainment. If you think your roof might be suitable for outdoor activities, contact us today for an inspection.
2. DIY or patching major repairs
Because leaks only get worse over time, sometimes it can be tempting for homeowners to try to patch it themselves in an effort to expedite the process. But in addition to the physical danger of dealing with roof repairs without experience, a patch may not be getting to the real root of the problem and could make it worse.
It’s not just about what you do to or on your roof, but instead what you don’t do. The rain, wind, and humidity that we see so often in Georgia can cause mold, mildew, and even black algae to grow along your roof. And besides being an eyesore, these stubborn growths can also weaken the integrity of your roof. To protect your shingles and help prevent future growth, you should hire a professional roofing contractor for a lasting solution. Plus, a pro roofer will be able to detect any other issues while they’re on your roof.
Your home improvement goals should always come first, whether that’s renovation or maintenance. One way to balance both is to make your rooms work for you: start by finding a less-used room and revamping it to be multipurpose.
In these clever spaces, the desk and bed co-exist beautifully.
Unless you host overnight guests frequently—and have space to spare—it’s smart to make a guest room do double duty as a home office. Here, six examples of guest quarters that pack in space-saving features with style.
1. The triple-duty guest room, den and office. A den with a door that closes for privacy can make an ideal guest space and, with some smart planning, can work as an office, too. In the space shown here, a daybed decorated with lots of cushions serves as a sofa for watching TV or as a bed for overnight guests. A pair of tall lamps flanking the computer helps the desk feel like part of the room.
2. The modern daybed. If you’re looking for a sleeker version of the typical guest bed, consider a modern, low profile daybed like the one here. During the day, the room functions as an efficient home office. At night, wheel the desk chair away and pull out the bed to create a cozy nest for guests.
3. The platform storage bed. A custom platform bed like this one offers storage in its compartments below, along with a sleek, one-of-a-kind look. The sturdy base is suitable for a Japanese futon or a traditional mattress, sans box spring. Combined with a slender built-in desk on the opposite wall, the narrow room feels serene and spacious.
4. The built-in daybed. This space-saving design can tuck in at the end of a small room, even in places a standard-size bed might not fit, leaving the rest of the room available for a desk.
Refer to standard bed sizing if you build a daybed. If it’s too short, your guests will be uncomfortable!
5. Over-the-bed cabinets. To fit in more storage, without skimping on a real bed, consider installing wall-to-wall upper cabinets. Here, a slim desk provides ample workspace below the cabinets on one side; on the other, a comfy bed invites relaxation.
6. The guest loft. Mezzanine levels can be tricky to furnish, especially as a sleeping space where guests might want privacy. One solution is to install floor-to-ceiling drapes that can be pulled shut when the space is being used by guests. A sleek sofa bed or, here, a settee bed, take up little space, while providing a comfy place to sit or sleep, leaving the other wall free for a desk and chair.
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While renovations may boost your home value, your best bet to see return on your investment is to keep up with regular maintenance. Not only will you be able to catch any minor repairs before they get larger, but you’ll also extend the life and performance of your property. Read more about the importance of regular inspections here, or call us with any questions at 770-450-8829.
Creating a safe home environment is your top priority. However, there are a number of serious health hazards that lurk around your home, including floods, fires, and choking hazards. Thankfully, there are a number of precautions you can take to eliminate these hazards and keep your family safe. Take a look at 10 common dangers in your home and what you can do to protect your family.
Carbon monoxide poisoning
High levels of carbon monoxide in the home can cause headaches, dizziness, vomiting, impaired vision, and even death. Carbon monoxide is impossible to detect by smell, sight, or sound. To ward off carbon monoxide-related injuries, you should install a carbon monoxide detector. These detectors plug into the wall and immediately alert you if carbon monoxide levels get too high.
Drownings aren’t just an outdoor risk, they’re an indoor risk as well. Every day, about 10 people die from unintentional drownings. Of these 10, two are children aged 14 and younger. To help prevent accidental drownings in the home, you should closely monitor infants, young children, elders, or the mentally handicapped during bathtime and ensure that hot tubs and swimming pools are gated.
The convenient appliances used every day in the home can pose a risk for burns, especially for young children. There are approximately 450,000 people who receive medical attention for burns every year. Curious, little fingers often come across hot surfaces that can result in serious burns. This includes stoves, hot pans and plates, fireplaces, and large amounts of steam. To reduce the risk of burns, make sure your dishwasher is securely latched to avoid being scalded by steam. Use back burners and stove knobs to reduce the chance of stove burnings.
There were over two million poisoning-related incidents in 2016. Several household items present poisoning hazards, including household cleaning items and maintenance supplies. A little diligence and taking the right steps can decrease the chance of anyone in your family becoming a victim. By properly storing medications, keeping paint out of reach, and securing chemicals, you avoid the chance of family members accidentally ingesting poison.
Candles and unattended appliances could lead to an accidental fire in the home, resulting in extensive damage to your property and belongings. Fires cause an estimated $7.3 billion in property damage and claim 2,500 lives each year in the US. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to prevent fires. Regularly checking your fire alarms and changing the batteries ensures you have adequate warning, should a fire occur. Keep candles away from curtains or loose materials. Ensure all appliances are in good working order to reduce the chance of a fire.
You can expect to find mold in your home in moist, damp areas or in places with poor ventilation. According to the Mayo Clinic, mold spores can trigger asthma attacks and lung infections in people with chronic respiratory disease. To eliminate mold from your home maintain a consistent cleaning schedule. Also, you should always thoroughly dry carpet, drywall, and insulation. Discard any that was left wet for two or more days—this is a breeding ground for mold spores. Always ensure your home is well-ventilated.
Water can wreak havoc on your home. Over the past 20 years, flooding disasters affected more than 2.3 billion people. Floodwater causes damage to a home’s foundation, insulation, drywall, flooring, and electrical systems. To prepare for water damage, direct rain gutters away from the house, set up barriers, and purchase insurance if you live in a high-flood area.
Whether it’s wood, gas, or electric, there are a number of potential hazards your fireplace holds. Gas fireplaces are particularly dangerous in the home—especially for children. They can increase levels of carbon monoxide in the house and can increase the chance of burns. There are a few tips for keeping safe around your gas fireplace. Installing barriers, turning the fireplace off, and monitoring your children around the fireplace decreases the chance of your children harming themselves.
There are a number of items around the home that pose a potential choking threat to children. In fact, choking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional death in children under five. Most of the biggest household choking hazards come from small toys and hard food that can easily block the airway. To keep your home choke-free, remove any small toys or loose parts that little hands can pick up. You’ll also want to keep small, hard foods (like nuts or hard candy) out of reach of children. Be sure to monitor children during meals, as well.
Cuts and scratches can happen to anyone in your family, at any time. There are a number of common household items that contain sharp edges on which cuts can occur. To prevent cuts from occurring, there are a number of precautions you can take. Safely storing kitchen supplies, putting away yard tools, pointing knives and forks down in the dishwasher and in drawers, and closing the trash can all reduce the chance of cuts in the home.
Nothing is more important than keeping your family safe. There are a number of potential hazards in your home that can pose danger to you and your family. Knowing what to look out for and what precautions you can take makes your job as protector a little bit easier.
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At Dr. Roof Atlanta, we ensure everything under your roof remains a safe environment for the whole family. Maintaining your roof, windows, siding, and more will help reduce the risks of mold, flooding, and other hazards. Reach out to learn more about how we can help protect everyone under your roof!
Whenever you need to talk to a professional for any kind of roofing project, it’s helpful to know the language. Understanding common roofing terms will help you be able to more fully understand your quote, ask questions, and make a better decision on your roofing project.
At Dr. Roof Atlanta, we want to ensure everyone is able to accurately understand a roof assessment or a roofing estimate, so we’ve compiled a glossary of some commonly used terms for parts of a roof and ventilation, as well as more sources. Read on for the full guide!
Common Parts of the Roof
These structural elements provide the foundation for the roofing system.
Trusses: Roof trusses form the upper support for a roof. A couple of main types include scissor trusses, which meet in the center and angle toward outer walls, and cantilevered trusses, which provide more vertical space for walking in the attic.
Rafters: Rafters are the less common version of trusses, as they are built on-site by carpenters instead of in a factory.
Roof Deck: The roof deck covers the trusses and provides a surface for roofing materials. It’s usually composed of plywood and covered with mixed asphalt paper.
Joists: Joists provide support below the attic floor, from one side of the home to another. They are also used in multi-story homes to support each floor.
Soffits: These are overhangs that are used for architectural design and/or shade. They extend beyond the roof line.
Fascia: This is the exposed horizontal band you see at the end of the rafters. It’s used to secure the gutters to the roof, keep water out, and increase curb appeal by covering the rough ends of the rafters.
Cornice: The cornice describes the portion of the roof extending out from the side walls of the house.
Hip: The hip is the external angle that forms where the two sides of the roof meet.
Eaves: The eaves are where the roof meets the tops of the exterior walls. They are used to wrap the house and seal the edges. Gutters are often attached to the eaves to flush out rainwater.
Drip: The drip is made up of a strip of metal that extends beyond the eaves to prevent rainwater from rolling around the shingles back onto the wooden portion of the house.
Flashing: Sheet metal or other material is used where different planes (angles) on a roof meet to prevent leakage.
Gable: This is the triangular upper part of a wall that seals the end of a ridged roof.
Ventilation is a crucial element of all roofs that prevents condensation from moisture and thermal buildup.
Ridge vents: These are found along the top center beam of the roof and allow hot air to escape.
Soffit vents: These are placed on the undersides of soffit overhangs. They’re often covered with a type of mesh or louvers to keep small animals out of the attic.
Gable end vents:These are built into the vertical ends of an exterior wall near the peak of the attic.
At Dr. Roof Atlanta, we go out of our way to make sure our clients understand the process that will take place, and we keep you informed throughout the process. Got questions about maintaining, renovating, or repairing anything from roofing to siding to windows? Send us a message or call us at 770-450-8829.
Investing in your roofing, siding, and insulation as a homeowner can provide some of the highest return on investment of any home improvement project. In fact: while a kitchen remodel might return around 64%, roofing and siding replacement returns between 80 and 92% of the cost in the form of home value! Read on for more do’s and don’ts of home improvement projects.
Everyone makes home improvements for different reasons, but most of the time they’re either a necessity (maybe a roof repair), something for personal enjoyment, or intended to increase a home’s market value. In fact, about 53% of adults in the U.S. have completed a home improvement project within the last year. Whether you’re getting ready to move or just sprucing things up a bit, it’s wise to be mindful of how the improvements you’re making will affect your home’s value when it comes time to sell or refinance your mortgage.
Based on what real estate experts say, the three top home improvement categories that deliver the biggest bang for your home renovating buck fall into three categories: practical appeal, curb appeal, and modern appeal. Let’s take a look at each:
#1: Practical Appeal
When we think of home renovation, our minds jump to fun projects like updating a kitchen or adding a deck, but “boring” projects like routine maintenance and repairs or energy-efficiency upgrades go a long way in creating baseline appeal and value to your home.
Maintenance & Repairs
Home hunters want to know the place they’re considering is in good condition. No matter how great a renovated bathroom looks, it won’t persuade a buyer to overlook a major repair they’ll have to deal with right away. Performing routine maintenance on furnaces and septic systems, fixing problems like plumbing leaks or rusty gutters, and making practical improvements are all investments that will raise and maintain your home’s value in the long run. Even spending a few hundred dollars in this area can yield a few thousand more in return.
This shows in statistics. Based on national averages, adding insulation regains 107.7% of the cost in the form of home value; replacing roofing or siding recoups 80 to 92% of the cost. Compare this to a bathroom or kitchen remodel, which only returns 64 to 80%, at best.
Homebuyers are looking more carefully at utilities – one of those controllable expenses that can be drastically improved with energy-efficient appliances and heating/cooling systems. Besides the personal savings on your utility bills and taxes, The Appraisal Journal says making your home greener will also improve the value of your home by up to 20 times the annual energy savings. Wow!
#2: Curb Appeal
Potential buyers decide within the first few moments of walking up to a house whether they’re interested in seeing more. First, there’s landscaping. Overhanging trees and unruly bushes can obscure your house’s best features, darken the interior, encourage mold, and can even cause expensive damage. A Home Gain survey showed that putting just $400 to $500 into landscaping could improve the value of your home up to four times that amount.
Then there’s the entryway. Is it neat, well-lit, and protected from the weather? Is your door in good shape and look secure? Consider updating your entry with a steel door – it’s another item you’ll recoup almost 100% of your cost on. Plus, they look modern and are pretty cool too.
Finally, fix other exterior issues like missing siding or chipped paint. Small updates like these can make a pretty big difference when it comes to shaping the first impressions of anyone who see your home.
#3: Modern Appeal
It’s time to give your home some modern appeal after the basics are taken care of. Real estate professionals say home buyers are looking for open floor plans, natural light, updated flooring, and bathroom and kitchen upgrades. Here are a few of the most value-driven ways to make your home look more modern:
Spend a few hundred dollars to knock out a non-structural wall or kitchen island.
Improve light by replacing broken panes, freeing painted-over windows, and installing less expensive tubular skylights.
Fix squeaks in your floors, patch and repair boards and tile, or rip out wall-to-wall carpet and replace it with engineered hardwood.
Update the bathroom on a tight budget by replacing frosted glass, cleaning grout, removing rust stains, re-caulking, updating doorknobs and pulls, replacing faucets, and installing a low-flush toilet.
The bottom line is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on improvements to increase your home’s value. Just choose your improvements wisely and you can easily recoup that investment back. The more you value your home by taking care of it, the more others will value it, as well.