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What Happens if You Don’t Have Roof Flashing?

A large sloped metal residential roof with two brick chimneys with flashing around

Learn More about Important Roof Structures

The traditional roofs on homes here in Canton, Georgia, and around the country have eight basic components: 

  • The roof decking.
  • The metal drip edge.
  • The underlayment. 
  • An ice and water shield.
  • The exterior roofing material.
  • The ridge cap.
  • Roofing vents.

And last, but by no means least important and not an option, the roof flashing. What is roof flashing? Using asphalt shingled roofs as our example in this article, roof flashing is made of a thin metal material, typically galvanized steel. It is installed over and/or under the shingles as a layer of protection for the shingles in critical areas. 

What are the critical areas that need roof flashing? 

The areas where professional roofing contractors install roof flashing are where water could seep under the shingles, causing a roof leak. Those areas include the roof valleys, around chimneys, dormers, skylights, and vents. Another key area for roof flashing is along the roof planes where walls meet.

Roof flashing is installed in these areas to redirect water down the roof, into the gutter system. From there, the gutter runs send the water to the downspouts, and the water is redirected again out and away from the foundation. 

Do all roofs need flashing?

Definitely!  Without roof flashing, or if the roof flashing is damaged, deteriorated, or missing, the roof is susceptible to leaking in these critical areas. Once a leak begins on a roof, it has a cascading effect and will spread throughout the roof. Water is one of the most dangerous things when it comes to the structure of a home, and will cause damage, eventually destroying the entire structure. 

Should roof flashing go over or under shingles?

It depends on where the flashing is being installed. Along the chimney, step flashing is installed which are squares of the metal roof flashing, overlapping between the shingles going along the chimney sides. 

The basic roof flashing that is installed in the roof valleys is installed under the shingles. In this manner, as water cascades down the roof, it can’t get under the shingles and the roof valley acts like a gutter, keeping the water running. 

Roof flashing is also installed around roof protrusions like the dormers, skylights, and vents. The flashing is usually integrated into the skylight’s design, and with dormers, it is installed like it is around the chimney, in “steps” with the shingles. 

What are the options for roof flashing material?

There are several types of roof flashing that break into different categories, as we described some of the main ones above. The materials used for roof flashing can vary, but the most common is galvanized sheet metal. Why galvanized sheet metal? Because of its durability.

Aluminum is used in some instances because it is easier to work with, making installation easier. And on some high-end roofing, copper is used.  There is also PVC roof flashing, while it is cheaper, you do get what you pay for, and it has a shorter lifespan than other roof flashing materials. A new product used for roof flashing is made with synthetic materials and composites, and the different properties of this roof flashing have proven to be easy to install and durable. 

Are there any problems with roof flashing?

Yes, there can be problems with roof flashing that can lead to roof leaks and more damage if those problems are found and corrected. The problem that roof flashing can have includes getting old over time. 

Like the roof itself, roof flashing ages too, and in areas where the temperatures fluctuate, the flashing often gets warped from the structure settling. On an asphalt shingled roof, the flashing should be replaced every 20 years, and when the roofing is replaced. 

 Another problem with roof flashing is the weather, like heavy rains and high winds. This is when you’ll find out if your roof flashing was installed correctly and is in good condition. The ice and snow that can cover a roof in the winter can weaken roof flashing too as the melting result of water gets under the flashing, and freezes, causing the flashing to come loose, this can lead to problems of roof leaks. 

And the biggest problem with roof flashing is the initial installation. When it isn’t installed correctly, or if the roofing contractor takes shortcuts, leaks are sure to happen. And of course, accidental damage to the roof can damage the roof flashing, like tree limbs brushing against it in high winds, pulling it loose from the roof.

Keeping Things Moving

To summarize, roof flashing keeps the water moving in a way that the roof is protected. It is an essential component of the many components of a roof and should be inspected 2-3 times a year, especially after any significant weather that included hard rains and high winds.

When you need roof flashing replacement in Canton, GA, you need our team! We can handle your roofing issues with alacrity. Give us a call at 770-735-4433 to schedule an appointment today!

What Can I Put on My Roof To Keep Squirrels Away?

squirrel

Squirrels and Homes

Squirrels are cute little critters. With the little head and big, bushy tail. Watching baby squirrels chase each other around and around a tree can be enjoyable. But when they get into your attic, and eventually, they will make their way into the house, they aren’t so cute and enjoyable anymore. That’s when you need squirrel deterrent flashing

What attracted those cute little critters to your house? 

Squirrels feed on acorns, bird seeds, fruit, fungi, insects nuts, and vegetables. They love bird feeders and squirrel feeders too, but if it gets empty and they can find a fruit tree or vegetable garden, they’re coming in! Unless you have a squirrel deterrent flashing installed.

What kind of damage can squirrels do to your house? 

You may be thinking that if these little critters are so adorable and cute to watch, surely they aren’t dangerous! If you are, you would be wrong, and if you’ve got squirrels in your attic, you need to call a pest control service that handles squirrels. 

If you’ve ever really looked at a squirrel and looked at a mouse or rat, they are very similar to each other. And nobody wants a mouse or rat running around inside their home! So, just what kind of damage can a squirrel do to your house? Keep on reading: 

  • Damage Building Materials

Squirrels are determined creatures and if they can find a crack or hole, they will make their way through it and into your house. Okay, maybe you’ve covered or patched all the cracks and holes, problem solved right? Wrong! 

When they can’t find a crack or hole to push their way in, they start chewing on roofing shingles, siding, and anything else they can gnaw. Once they are inside, they will find more stuff to chew on like wooden roof joists, walls, insulation, and more. With squirrel deterrent flashing installed, they won’t be able to get into your attic and you’ll avoid the following:

  • Chew On Wiring

Now the squirrel has found a way into your attic, it starts looking for utility lines and wiring in the walls. They are good at getting around in the dark, so they are working 24/7 to find materials they can make their nests with, cloth, wiring, wood, etc. 

  • Dig Up Gardens

Not only are squirrels looking for nesting materials, but they are also looking for food too. They can chew their way into cabinets and pantries, and from there, they’re eating your food. Squirrels like eating out too – in your garden. With a squirrel deterrent flashing installed, they would be stopped before they got in the attic. 

  • Gnaw On Furniture

Any outdoor furniture you have is up for grabs by the squirrels. They love gnawing on outdoor furniture, especially if there is a hole or tear in the cushions. That makes good material for nesting. Once they are in your house, they won’t hesitate to gnaw on indoor furniture too. They’ll even gnaw on metal and plastic furniture too. 

squirrel eating a nut

Are squirrels dangerous to humans? 

The majority of the time, squirrels aren’t any danger to humans. That’s why we find them cute and just watch them running around trees and across hi-line wires. Usually, when they are approached by humans or feel they are being approached, they’ll scamper off.  

However, these cute little critters have been known to attack and inflict wounds. Most rodents (yes squirrels are considered rodents), are likely to have rabies, but rarely do squirrels have them. If a squirrel does attack a human, it is usually because it contracted rabies making them aggressive. Again, if you have squirrel deterrent flashing installed on your home, that will eliminate the chances of a rabid squirrel getting into your attic and into the living quarters below.

How does a squirrel deterrent flashing work and where do you get it?

Squirrel deterrent flashing is a metal strip that is installed by a roofing contractor tightly into the roofing system. It is thick enough they can’t claw and gnaw their way into your attic. It is installed in roof valleys, roof steps, and other places that are tempting for these cute critters. 

How long does this type of squirrel deterrent flashing last?

Because a squirrel can chew through metal, you want to get the thickest metal squirrel deterrent flashing you can find. You can also implement other types of squirrel deterrents such as flashing strobe lights designed to ward off squirrels along with Norway rats, roof rats, raccoons, and almost any other rodent. Many of these claim to be 100% effective, even in houses that were already infested with these critters. 

For The Animal Lover …. 

There are many people that don’t want squirrels in their houses any more than they want mice, rats, or other critters. But they don’t want to harm them. So, is squirrel deterrent flashing humane? The metal flashing that a roofing contractor installs isn’t harmful to these critters, and there is debate by many if the flashing lights or high-pitched sounding squirrel deterrents even work, much less harmful. 

If you have a squirrel or other type of rodent getting in your attic and into your home, call a roofing contractor and have the metal squirrel deterrent flashing installed. You know it won’t harm the critters, but it will keep them out of your house.

Affordable Gutters Plus LLC provides professional installation of squirrel deterrent flashing in Canton, GA. Call 770-735-4433 today to learn more.

How Can You Keep Squirrels Out of Your Gutters?

Roofer checking gutters

Addressing Critters and Pests on Home Exteriors

Squirrels are adorable furry little creatures …. From afar! You don’t want them running through the gutters, gnawing their way into the walls, and chewing on electrical wires. As society has become ‘civilized’, we have found many different ways to deter the cute little critters from getting into our homes. One of the latest gadgets is squirrel deterrent flashing lights. 

Now the question is, do these squirrel deterrent flashing lights really work? It is said that in general, squirrels are not afraid of lights, but motion-sensing lights do seem to startle them, making their surroundings uncomfortable. 

Perhaps the next question would be, “Why don’t squirrel deterrent flashing lights work?”. Bright flashing lights don’t work in repelling squirrels any more than high-pitch frequency sounds because squirrels are not nocturnal creatures. In addition, they have become acclimated to humans and living around us, almost becoming tamed creatures. 

Are other animals deterred by squirrel deterrent flashing lights? 

Flashing light technology has become known to deter animal predators, but many ecologists however, after researching and studying this squirrel deterrent flashing types of devices that creates false eyes can intimidate potential predators. They sense they are watching larger predators that are more menacing. This has proven to work on nocturnal creatures, which squirrels are not. 

Squirrels aren’t the only critters that make their way into our homes via attics and crawlspaces, where they chew the electrical wiring along with gnawing into ceilings and walls. Other unwanted critters that the squirrel deterrent flashing devices will keep away are: 

  • Bobcats
  • Feral Cats
  • Groundhogs
  • Norway Rats
  • Raccoons
  • Norway Rats
  • Opossums
  • Roof Rats
  • Skunks

How do squirrel deterrent flashing lights work? 

It has been determined that squirrel deterrent flashing light devices work by the high-intensity lights that affect their eyesight, making it difficult to move around in. Studies have found that after the squirrel deterrent flashing lights are installed, they do seem to leave the area. 

How effective are squirrel deterrent flashing lights? 

Research has found that squirrel deterrent flashing lights are effective in just that – deterring them. However, more research and time are still needed to determine if they repel them. 

How long does squirrel deterrent flashing lights last? 

Depending on the brand of squirrel deterrent flashing you choose, each has a different lifespan and rating. Most have a 7000-hour lifespan of continuous use, lasting up to 1 year or longer.

Are squirrel deterrent flashing lights safe for birds and other wildlife? 

It is hard to imagine anyone wanting birds or other wildlife in the attic, nesting and causing damage, but, no worries of squirrel deterrent flashing light devices harming them.  In most cases, they deter other animals from approaching your property or getting into your attic, crawlspace, etc. 

Are squirrel deterrent flashing lights weatherproof? 

While most squirrel deterrent flashing light devices are designed to be used indoors, like the attic and crawlspace, each manufacturer will have the specifications for their product listed on the packaging or in the directions. 

How much do squirrel deterrent flashing lights cost? 

The cost of squirrel deterrent flashing light devices can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. The designs, features, and functionality can be factors in the pricing, with the less expensive starting at around $25.00 and they go up from there.

Do squirrel deterrent flashing lights require any maintenance?

Once you have plugged your squirrel deterrent flashing light device in, you won’t need to do anything more! This beats the heck out of live traps where you have to take your catch into the wild and let it loose. Since most last up to 1 year or longer, the only maintenance you need to plan is having to replace them when the time comes. 

Wrapping Up – Is It All Worthwhile?

Keep in mind squirrels are not nocturnal creatures. You can simply look outside in the early morning and into the afternoon. They are different in that compared to mice and rats who prefer to be out and about at night. So, are deterrent flashing light devices worth the cost and effort? 

Well, if you’ve had to hire an electrician to repair wiring recently, or a contractor to replace gnawed flashing or roof trim, or pay to have your gutters cleaned, repaired, or replaced, you may be thinking, “Why not?”. Because they aren’t an expensive investment, give them a try. As we pointed out, they don’t harm or kill any of those unwanted critters, they simply keep them at bay.

Take the position that squirrels should be contained in nature, like parks and the wild, along with other critters that can be damaging. Even for those who believe they can tame the wild, their natural instincts can take over, and if they get out of their cage, or wherever you’re keeping them, and find their way into your attic, crawlspace, etc. Give us a call at 770-735-4433 if you want to learn more about squirrel deterrent lights in Canton, GA!

When Do I Need Roof Drainage Repair?

Damaged Gutters

When do I need roof drainage repair?

Have you ever wondered about the importance of a gutter system on houses? A professionally installed gutter system creates a clean, crisp, edge trim around the roofline. But they also provide roof drainage too. Are roof drains necessary? Absolutely, and that is the main purpose of a gutter system. Roof drainage provides a way for water to be redirected down and away from the house and the foundation. And if the gutter system is failing, roof drainage repairs are essential to protecting the roof, the foundation, and the entire structural well-being of the house. 

Where does roof drain water go?

With a flat roofing system, roof drains are installed where the roof collects the most water. Then that water flows into a system of pipes which are installed below the roof and into a gutter system, to downspouts, and then out and away from the structure. Roof drainage repair for a flat roof is extremely important because, without the proper, working drainage system, the flat roof would accumulate water, and ponding and pooling would begin, with the possibility of the roof collapsing. 

For a standard home with pitched roofing, the roof drains into the gutter runs, into specifically placed downspouts, and then out and away from the structure. The gutter runs are attached to the fascia of a house and become a part of the outer curb appearance of a home. 

Roof drainage repair for this type of system includes making sure the gutter runs aren’t bent, broken, loose, or missing. When a gutter run isn’t in the proper position, the water can spill over and puddle around the foundation, or it backs up under the shingles, seeps to the roof decking, into the attic, and further damage ensues. 

What are the dangers of a broken roof drain?

Roof drainage repairs that are not addressed can lead to a few problems, each getting more expensive as time passes. 

  • Water Damage: 

It is estimated that over 8 percent of all home repair expenses are results from water damage, starting with wood rot. The eaves, fascia, and soffit can be destroyed by poor roof drainage. Repairs for these issues can cost a homeowner $1,000s and can keep climbing if the need for roof drainage repairs is not addressed. 

  • Health Issues: 

When the roof drainage repairs are ignored, it can cause mildew and mold to form and spread. These both are potential for causing health issues like breathing issues. 

  • Structure Damage

Poor roof drainage repairs left unaddressed will cause problems with the foundation, which will affect the walls. Some of the damage that can happen is cracking of any asphalt, deterioration of the outer building material like brick or siding, and the ground eroding and weakening the foundation. The ceilings, flooring, and walls become discolored where the water seeps through. 

  • Exterior Damage

Beyond the structural damage and health issues we’ve mentioned, roof drainage repairs can keep your flowerbeds, gardens, and surrounding landscape in good condition. When water can accumulate on the lawn, it destroys the dirt and mulch, making the surface uneven and messy. The water will destroy any plants, shrubs, and more. 

How do I know if my roof drain is damaged?

Locating where roof drainage repairs are needed on the roof isn’t always immediately visible. A few indicators that are telling that you need roof drainage repairs are: 

  • The first place to check is the gutter system. When there is water flowing over instead of through the gutter system, it is usually a clog somewhere along the line. 
  • Check the gutters for vertical streaks of dirt on the exterior of the siding and the gutters, mud splatters, and blistering paint. 
  • After the gutter drains the water, you need to watch where it goes. If the downspouts haven’t been installed properly, or have come loose, they can’t divert the water as intended. Make sure the downspouts are connected and pointed in a way to divert the water away from the foundation. 
  • Check your gardens and landscaping for signs of erosion. When roof drainage repairs are needed, they will often show up in these areas because of their proximity to the roof drainage. 
  • Check the basement for possible water damage, visible by areas of crust-like substance in grey or white, which is efflorescence. This is caused by mineral deposits from evaporated water. 

How do I keep my roof drain from clogging?

Regular roof cleaning will minimize clogs and should be a part of your home maintenance. Keeping the gutter runs clean, will stop any clogs, and lessen the amount of roof drainage repairs needed. This is especially true during the season when leaves and twigs are falling. 

How often should roof drains be cleaned?

In the Canton, Georgia area, your roof should be cleaned once at the end of spring. This will remove any dirt, dust, leave, twigs, and pollen. Then again after winter, a full roof inspection along with roof and gutter cleaning should be done. This will give you the opportunity to see if there is any roof damage, or roof drainage repairs needed, replacing as needed. 

How do I fix a leaky roof drain?

For a flat roof drainage repair, you can apply an acrylic or mastic waterproof coating, or any type of waterproof roof sealant and cover the exterior of the drain, going all the way around it.  For traditional sloped roofing, you’ll need to repair or replace the gutter runs and/or downspouts.
This may require replacing sections of the gutter runs, or you may be able to put it back together and then cover the seam with a waterproof sealant. If you need to replace sections of the gutter runs, overlap the edges of the replacement pieces with the existing pieces. Then apply a coat of sealant over the seam and screws. 

Who do I call when my roof drain is damaged?

A professional roofing contractor is the best source for roof drainage repairs and replacement. If the roofing contractor finds the damage is a plumbing issue, they will advise you accordingly.

Worker Repairs a Roof Drain

In Closing – Are roof drains connected to sewers?

In most, if not all cities, roofs should never be connected to the sewer system for draining the roof runoff.  Building and code compliances are in place in municipal areas and any infraction could result in the homeowner being fined. 

Get in touch with Affordable Gutters Plus LLC for gutter and roof drain repair in Canton, GA by calling 770-735-4433.

What is the best color for gutters?

white gutters along a home's roof

The Benefits of Gutters

A gutter installation for homes in Canton, Georgia provides many benefits. For example, with a gutter installation, your home will have a proper draining system and keep from decaying the eaves, fascia, and sides of your home. A gutter installation also keeps rain from splashing around your home and eroding the landscaping, keeping the moisture, nutrients, and organisms where they need to be. 

Other things to remember are that water around the foundation will seep into and under the foundation and soften the soil, making the foundation weak. A gutter installation stops that from happening. Additionally, the exterior of a home gathers moisture and a gutter installation will keep that moisture to a minimum. When there is too much moisture, mildew, and mold form, and seep into your home, causing an unhealthy living environment.

That’s not all a professional gutter installation will do for your home!  Gutters complete the look between the roof and the siding, and with the different colors and styles, you can match them to any architectural style. 

What are the different gutter styles?

There are three primary styles of gutters, each available in an assortment of materials including aluminum, copper, galvanized steel, and vinyl. The following is a description of the pros, cons, and the main gutter installation used for each of the three styles: 

K-STYLE GUTTER INSTALLATION

The most common type of gutter installation on modern houses. The front edge features a unique front edge shape that resembles crown molding and compliments any style of home. The backside is flat and installed flush to the Fascia around the top edge, to ensure that water doesn’t run down the wall. 

The Pros

  • Cheapest gutter installation option available
  • Easiest gutter installation
  • More durable and rigid than the Half-Round style 
  • High performance during heavy rains
  • A modern look

The Cons

  • Clogs easy
  • Corrodes easily 

HALF-ROUND GUTTER INSTALLATION

Commonly used on historic, older homes that the rustic appearance in copper material accents the architect. The half-circular style is open for the flow of rainwater. Installed with brackets along the roof edge then secured. The half-circular shape provides a smooth interior that is less likely to corrode or rust, and no creases keep the clogs to a minimum. 

The Pros

  • Gives a rustic appearance
  • Easy to clean
  • Less likely to corrode or rust
  • Less clogging

The Cons

  • More expensive gutter installation
  • Gutter installation takes longer to install
  • Doesn’t handle water flow as well 
  • Less durable and rigid, becomes damaged easily
  • Heavier and pulls loose

BOX STYLE GUTTER INSTALLATION

This is the third most popular choice in gutter installations and is used more on commercial structures due to the oversize shape. They have a high back section that is tucked under the shingles and is typically installed during the construction of the structure. 

Does gutter color matter?

Experts in architecture, exterior design, and real estate recommend choosing a gutter color with the downspouts in mind.  The downspouts are what will be against the exterior of the house and at eye level. For the downspouts to blend in, choose a color that matches your home’s exterior color. 

So, should gutters match the roof or house? 

The same experts recommend your gutter installation color should match either the roof or the trim so that it blends in with the exterior of the house. However, if you’re going to go with copper gutter installation, then the color choices are mute! The copper will patina over time, so you should make sure that will match or blend with the exterior. 

What are the different colors for gutters?

The old, galvanized gutter installation where the gutter runs had seams that aren’t as popular anymore. Today, homeowners are choosing seamless aluminum gutter installation or copper gutter installation has taken the industry to a new level, and they come in a variety of colors including beige, brown, dark blue, gray, green, and red.

As we mentioned above, you want to choose the color of your gutter installation so that they become a part of the roofline in either contrasting or matching with the roof color and yet allowing the downspout to blend with the exterior of your home. 

Should gutters match the fascia and soffit?

The ideal scenario is for the gutter installation to be a subtle part of the siding in a seamless fashion. Some homeowners choose their gutters to match the fascia or trim and others choose to match the siding. There isn’t a right or wrong, but if you ever sell your home, you don’t want it to mismatch so that it stands out in a bad way.

Do aluminum gutters come in different colors?

Yes! And this usually comes as a surprise to most homeowners.  Aluminum seamless gutter installation is available in approximately 20 different colors. Royal Brown is a common choice as is White, but you can also choose Grecian Green, Pearl Gray, Musket Brown, or Blue. By adding color with an aluminum gutter installation, you can give your home a unique look! 

Do colored gutters cost more?

It will depend on the material you choose and what colors are available. If there is an upcharge, it is typically a very minimal charge. 

close-up of red gutters on a home

In Closing – Is it a good idea to paint gutters?

Yes, it is recommended to paint them when they begin to look dirty and worn. This keeps them looking better and lasting longer.  How long do gutters last? Aluminum and galvanized steel gutter installation will typically last up to 20 years if you keep them clean and maintained, like painting and patching as needed.  A copper gutter installation will last up to 50 years or longer. 

What is the biggest problem with metal roofs?

Choosing a Metal Roof

Each year, after extreme hot summers and multitudes of hailstorms coming through the Canton, Georgia area, homeowners that need new roofing are choosing a metal roof installation. Once a roofing material used on barns and industrial structures, is now popular for residential structures. 

Why, what are the advantages of metal roofing that has made them so popular? A metal roof installation of today won’t look anything like the old barns. There are several benefits to a metal roof for homeowners to appreciate: 

  • Lifespan: A metal roof installation could be the last one you’ll ever need! Compare to an asphalt roof life expectancy to is maximum of 20 to 25 years, a metal roof will last up to 70 years! Depending on the type of metal, they have been known to last 100 years. 
  • Durable: A metal roof installation correctly done will take winds up to 140 miles per hour. Metal roofing won’t corrode, crack, and a good quality metal can be impact resistant. Maintenance on a metal roof isn’t required like with asphalt or tile roofing. Periodic professional roof inspection is recommended to make sure fasteners are tight. 
  • Safety. With a metal roof installation, your home is safe from sparks and igniting into flames from lightning and wildfires, a big plus here in Georgia. 
  • Energy Efficient: A metal roof installation reflects the suns UV that contributes to radiant heat on a roof surface. This can reduce your cool cost up to 25%! 
  • Environmental:  As much as 95% of the materials for a metal roof installation will be recycled content and is 100% recyclable when it is removed. An asphalt shingle roof adds to the 20 billion pounds in landfills when torn off. 

So, are metal roofs good for hot climates?

Absolutely!  When we think of metal and the hot sun, we think HOT! But the truth is, metal roof installation will keep your home cooler in three ways: 

  • First: Choosing a light-colored metal will reflect the radiant heat. Or if you choose a dark-colored metal roof installation, there are special pigments added to the color that will reflect the radiant heat. 
  • Second: A metal roof installation cools down quickly as the sun sets. Asphalt shingles and other roofing materials retain the heat throughout the night.
  • Third: A metal roof installation that has the appearance of shakes, shingles, or tile have an integral airspace between the roof decking and the metal roofing material. This creates an airspace that becomes a thermal break and stops any conductive heat transfer.

What are the disadvantages of metal roofing?

Like anything, where there are advantages, there are disadvantages too. A metal roof installation isn’t any different. The disadvantages include: 

  • Cost:  A metal roof installation is up to three times more the cost than an asphalt shingle roof installation. If you’re considering metal roof on your forever home, it is a great investment.  For short-term housing, you won’t see the financial benefits.
  • Noisiness. “Are metal roofs noisy?” is always a major concern, and yes, during a hard rainstorm and hailstorms, if proper decking isn’t used when installed, it is louder than an asphalt shingle roof. Additional insulation in the attic can minimize the sound. 
  • Contracting, Expanding, and Fasteners. Metal roof installations are done with large metal panels that contract and expand with the temperature. The fasteners, the neoprene washers, and the screws used degrade overtime and become dislodged. This is the purpose of the recommended annual inspection so they can be found and replaced before any leaking issues are started.
  • Inconsistent Color Match. If a metal roof needs repair, matching the exact color used in the metal roof installation can be difficult. The entire roof can be repainted to create a cohesive color match.
  • Performance. If the metal roof installation is done poorly, water can accumulate on the roof and begin to rust.  So, will my metal roof rust? Yes, if the metal you choose for your metal roof installation isn’t properly coated a protective layer, it can rust. Choosing to skip that additional expense will allow the metal roof to oxidize and form rust.

How do you treat rust on a metal roof?

With a wire brush, scrub the rusted areas then use an 80-grit wet/dry sandpaper and go over the area. Next, apply a rust inhibitor over the affected area with rust inhibitor. After that, you may choose to paint the entire roof. 

What metal roof is best?

There are two types of metal roofing systems – Standing Seam and Screw Down Panels. Both metal roof systems have a place in the roofing arena, but for residential structures, standing seam is the most recommended. The panels lock together at the seams or can be mechanically fastened. Under each seam is a fastener that allows the panels to flex with the temperature changes. The screw down panel system has no room for contracting and expanding.

What can damage a metal roof?

Other than a tree falling on a metal roof, the other possible damaging factor would be hailstones. A metal roof installation will typically deflect most hail, but the velocity and angle the hailstones hit could cause cosmetic damage. 

home with a standing seam metal roof

When All Is Said And Done – Which is better: metal roof or shingles?

Both are excellent choices for a home, but the initial cost is the first deciding factor. A metal roof installation is up three times more than an asphalt shingle installation. If this is short term concerns, asphalt is better cost wise. For a long-term concern, metal roofing is strong in the weather and more energy efficient.  

What Makes Seamless Gutters Seamless?

Seamless Gutter clogged with pine  needles

Why Seamless Gutters?

Most homes in and around Canton, Georgia have trees around them. And with trees comes leaves and twigs, birds, and assorted critters, which all give a reason why a gutter system is so important. When it comes to getting new gutters installed, more homeowners are going with the seamless gutters today instead of the regular gutters.

What’s the difference between seamless gutters and regular gutters?

 There are two types of gutters to choose from today: Seamless Gutters and Regular Gutters. What is the difference between seamless gutter vs regular gutters? Both serve the same purpose, both are installed on the fascia of your home. The difference is how they are manufactured and how they are installed. 

  • Regular gutters are what most homes still have today. They come in sections and are snapped or fastened together, creating seams. 
  • Seamless gutters are the newest innovation for a home’s exterior. They are just as the name says, seamless. They are manufactured on the job site from a truck-mounted machine that rolls off a continuous strip of metal. As it comes off the truck the contractor staff fastens it to the fascia. 

Whether one is better than the other is a personal opinion. The regular gutter style is less expensive than the seamless gutter style, so where budget is a concern, the regular gutters are your better choice. The seamless gutters do not have the joints and seams that the regular gutters have, which makes them stronger. Without joints and seams, they hold up longer than the traditional gutters that are known to be weak at the joints, and are prone to leaks. 

How are seamless gutters connected?

Seamless gutters are unlike regular gutters that come in sections, and one downside to that is if there is a malfunction or problem with seamless gutters, you can’t just replace the one section. The entire gutter system has to be removed and replaced. This means when they are installed, it must be done accurately and correctly.  The following is the process for installing seamless gutters: 

  • On your scheduled appointment day, the contractor will arrive with either a portable machine or truck-mounted machine with the materials needed to make your seamless gutter system. 
  • They will have already taken the measurements, but most will measure again, and the manufacturer your seamless gutters right there on the spot. The measurement and placement of your gutters are all based on the size and slope of your roof’s pitch. 
  • Gutters are made in meters today and your seam gutters will be many meters long without any joints up until they connect with the downspout. Seamless gutters will have joints to turn corners or if the angle varies. 
  • The seamless gutters are attached to the fascia with brackets and straps. Almost identical as fastening regular gutters, but without leaving any space between the gutter and the roof’s edge.
  • The same mechanism is used to connect the seamless gutters to curves and the downspouts as with regular gutters. The ends are secured with nails, screws, and gutter sealant.

How do Seamless gutters make corners?

Seamless gutter corners are made the same way regular gutter corners. The contractor will make two pieces, an inside corner piece, and an outside corner piece. Both are cut at 45-degree angles and then pieced together to create the corner. The inside seams are sealed with a gutter sealant. 

Are downspouts seamless?

Regular or seamless gutters are only as good as the installation job and the downspouts installed with them. In either style, a downspout is a larger diameter gutter run installed vertically and connected to the gutter run. Then a curved or elbow piece is placed at the end that redirects the water as it comes through the gutter run. 

Do you need a seamless gutter with a guard?

No, you don’t have to have gutter guards with your seamless gutters, but why wouldn’t you? Gutter guards on regular gutters or seamless gutters will less the need for cleaning the gutters. And with seamless gutter guards being made at the same time as your seamless gutters, they’ll fit perfectly as they are custom made too. 

Are the seamless gutter and roofing installed together? 

No, in most cases, regular gutters or seamless gutters will be installed after the roofing job is complete. In some cases, if the gutters are damaged beyond repair, seamless gutters can be installed first if the roof isn’t going to be replaced in the near future. 

grey house with seamless gutters installed

Are Seamless gutters worth it? 

Yes, they are more expensive but the benefits will outweigh that expense:  

  • Minimal Maintenance: Seamless gutters do not have any joints or seams other than the corners and downspouts. This minimizes the possibility of clogs from debris, leaves, limbs, or bird and critter nesting. 
  • No Backing Up or Overflowing: Again, with less clogging, the rainwater won’t back up under the shingles or overflow the gutter runs. 
  • Easy Installation: It may seem that the contractor making seamless gutters on the site would make it more difficult. But because it is one solid piece, it makes the job easier. 
  • Aesthetics: Without joints and seams, the seamless gutters are more attractive.
  • Fewer Leaks: Without joints and seams, seamless gutters aren’t as likely to have leaks, and weak areas are gone! 

Is roof flashing necessary?

roof flashing along a chimney

What is roof flashing?

Is roof flashing a necessity for homes? It is, but before we talk about why, we’re going to answer the question “What does roof flashing mean?” Any time you have a new roof installed or any roof repairs done, you want to make sure roof flashing installation is included.

Types of Roof Flashing

First and foremost, there isn’t just ‘roof flashing’ to think about; there are different types of roof flashing that your home should have, including the following: 

CHIMNEY AND COUNTER ROOF FLASHING INSTALLATION

Chimney and counter roof flashing installation is put on brick or masonry walls above the roof. This roof flashing redirects water to flow away, preventing leaks. They overlap to keep the water from getting behind and under the top flashing layer and working its way into the house. 

STEP ROOF FLASHING INSTALLATION

Step roof flashing installation’s purpose is to keep water from penetrating the walls. Step roof flashing will shed water; it is a pre-painted metal that extends a minimum of two inches, directing the water to the gutter run. Step flashing is used with counter flashing to protect areas that the counter flashing doesn’t.

APRON OR HEADWALL ROOF FLASHING INSTALLATION

Apron or headwall roof flashing is installed along the intersection of vertical walls to guide water away and prevent it from running down the wall and onto the roofing system. Apron or headwall flashing is typically installed behind siding or in conjunction with counter flashing where brick is present. It is important that a roofing contractor installing a metal roof knows how to install roof flashing against a wall to prevent future leaks. 

VALLEY ROOF FLASHING INSTALLATION 

Valley roof flashing installation is where the roof system has changes in angles. An ice shield is installed along the center of the valley to give the roof more protection from ice and snow. It also prevents water from draining along the row of shingles and redirects it to the gutters. 

GUTTER APRON ROOF FLASHING INSTALLATION 

Gutter apron roof flashing installation is placed along the line of the gutter where the gutter and roof meet, where there is a gap between the fascia trim board and roof decking. The gutter apron roof flashing has a drip edge to prevent water from draining onto other components. This roof flashing directs water to the gutters and protects the attic from animals, insects, and the weather. 

Is roof flashing required by code?

Yes, according to building codes R903-2 Flashing and R903.2. For locations in Canton, Georgia, roof flashing installation is required to provide moisture prevention in walls through intersections, joints, permeable materials, and other penetrations of the roof plane. Roof flashing installation is required where the roof and walls intersect, the roof slope direction changes, and along roof openings. Roof flashing installation will divert water away from the eaves and vertical sidewall intersections. It should be constructed of a metal that is non-corroding and no thinner than 0.5 mm.

What is the best roof flashing material?

Whether you’re getting your roof repaired from the storms that come through Georgia, or a new roof installed, there are a few different types of roof flashing installation. It can be important to choose the right material that gets the job done as well as fits your budget. The more common materials for roof flashing installation are: 

  • Aluminum: The most popular of all roof flashing installation materials because of the affordable pricing and durability.
  • Copper: The most expensive material option for roof flashing installation, it is also the strongest and provides a pop of eye catching curb appeal. 
  •  Membrane: For a drastic and different look compared to metal options, this material comes on a roll and can be used on areas other than the roof, like windows. It’s also a cost-effective option for protection against the elements. 

How do you install flashing on an existing roof?

A roofing contractor experienced in metal roofing will know how to install flashing on a metal roof the proper way, but just in case you’re feeling handy and want to tackle your own roof flashing installation, you can review online videos on how to seal roof flashing and then follow these steps: 

  • The Rake Trim

Along the roofline is where the rake trim is installed. This is where the gable and roof line meet, and the end should be cut in an angle then folded to fit and meet the eave and end wall.

Butyl tape is needed on the underside of the nailed flange to provide a seal to keep moisture from intruding where the end panel and the trim meet. Using fasteners, you can align the new cut, angled, and folded trim to the roof line, spacing them no more than 24 inches apart.

  • The Eave Trim

This roof trim keeps water away from the roof fascia, redirecting it to the ground. An underlayment should be installed first, then cut and folded, fitting the fascia and gable with a minimal angling. The screws used for eave trim roof flashing installation should be no more than 24 inches apart.

  • The High Side Peak Trim

The roof flashing installation along at the high point prevents moisture from intruding under the sloping panels. This is installed by applying butyl tape as a sealant along the top of the panels. Next, along the outside closure above the tape, apply tube sealant. This peak trim should be cut at an angle and folded to fit at the closure top and the end rake trim. After the trim is in place, fasteners should be applied along the top.

black shingles with copper flashing

In Closing 

For the homeowner that is handy and interested in DIY roof flashing installation, knowing how to repair roof flashing should also be easy to learn. It is basically a matter of removing the existing flashing and replacing it with new material. It can be repaired with butyl tape if it has simply come loose and can be reinstalled. 

Why do you need fascia board?

worker attaching gutters to fascia

Understanding Your Roof

When you think about a roof, like most people, you simply envision the shingles or other roofing materials on top, right? Before we discuss the fascia and fascia repair, we’re going to review the other components to a roof. These are each an important part to the roof and your home. Those components consist of: 

1. The Eaves – These are the roof edges that overhang vertically over the exterior wall. This keeps the rain off the walls. 

2. The Gable – This is the triangle where the two eaves meet at the top of the walls. They can be located at the front, back, or sides of your house, depending on the shape and size of the structure.  

3. Flashing – This is what keeps water from getting under the roofing materials in the roof valleys. It is also used around chimneys, vents, skylights, and other roof protrusions. 

4. The Hip – This is found on a house without gables, has a four-sloped roof line, and allows water to run off. 

5. The Ridge – This is where gables and sides come together at the top and run the roof length. 

6. The Fascia Board – This is usually a wood board that is located right under the roof, with the roof lower part resting on the fascia. Some fascia boards have been made from asbestos over the years and should be replaced with new and safer material. Fascia repair is important to the entire roofing structure.

7. The Rafters – This is the roof structure’s key component, working with the joists and purlins. This is the framework that creates the roof before roofing materials are ever installed and will be placed side by side during the construction of the roof. 

8. The Battens – This is the roof’s fixing point for roofing materials. Without this, if a tile were to slip, a gap would be left for water to enter. 

9. The Gutters – This is usually an aluminum or vinyl pipe-like item that goes around the roof under the eaves. It collects rainwater and directs it to the downspout. The Fascia board for gutters is extremely important, making fascia repair an urgent matter when damage or rot is noticed. Often, fascia board and gutter replacement are done at the same time. 

10. The Downspout – This is attached to the gutter run, is installed vertically, and sends the rainwater from the gutter out and away from the house foundation. 

How important is fascia on a house?

The fascia board is mounted where the roof and outer walls meet on your house. It is a finishing trim, attached directly to and connecting the rafters and truss ends. It often provides support for the bottom row of tiles and is where the gutter runs are attached. Fascia boards are made of: 

  • Aluminum
  • Plastic
  • Vinyl

The purpose of the fascia board is to block water from getting inside your home and under the roof. It provides safety for the roof and the interior of your home from moisture by blocking it from entry while providing an aesthetic touch to your home’s architecture. 

When water gets behind the fascia, it becomes susceptible to further damage that can continue on to the other roofing components. Having a drip edge along the roof’s edge just under the first row of shingles deflects water away from the fascia board. If the fascia repair isn’t done and the water issue isn’t resolved, this leaves your roof susceptible to critters and insects entering your house through the attic. 

Who repairs fascia board?

Fascia repair can be done by a roofing contractor or general carpentry contractor. Some painters are able to make minor fascia repairs while painting your home. A handy DIY homeowner can do their own fascia repair following the instructions from several YouTube videos. 

Why is fascia board grooved?

To help them connect to the soffit, the house, and each other for better stability.  If using plain wood for the fascia, J-Hooks are used to replace the groove of other soffit materials. 

What is the best material for fascia boards?

Wood has been found to be the best material for fascia boards. When it is properly implemented with the ideal roof covering, it is aesthetically complete while being resistant to the elements. When installed correctly, the fascia complements the overall architecture. 

Can you replace fascia and soffit?

When it comes to the fascia board vs soffit, is one more important than the other? No – both are equally important to your home’s roof, and both will need your attention for damage. Soffit and fascia repair is important and these items should be inspected by you at least once a year. 

During your inspection, you want to ensure the materials of both are in good condition – are they caulked, sealed, and painted? If not, yes, both can be replaced, and most times it is best to replace both but this isn’t always necessary. 

Depending on your home’s size, the construction material of the fascia and soffit, and the damage done, the soffit and fascia repairs can be as little as $20 per linear foot. Replacement of either can run around $30 per linear foot. Consider this an investment in the protection for your home. 

How is fascia board attached?

The fascia board is fastened to the rafter ends by nails. A tip is left out for the soffit to be installed and all are attached to the batten that has been attached to the exterior of the home. 

upwards view of roof fascia board and gutter system

Topping It All Off

At the end of the day, or the end of the rafter, the soffit and fascia repairs are important not only for the aesthetics but the stability of your home, too. In the case of homeowner’s insurance, many companies won’t cover the roof until these are repaired. In need of a bit of help with your home’s fascia? Reach out to the Affordable Gutters Plus LLC team by calling 770-735-4433.

Is a drip edge necessary?

Roofer installing drip edge along a roof.

Identifying Roofing Components

A roof has many components to it besides the shingles that we see. There are rafters, decking, underlayment, fascia, soffits, shingles, gutters, and the drip edge. Each of these has an important function in the health of the roof, which is an important component to your home as a whole. Today, we’re going to discuss the importance of the drip edge for roofing. 

Many homeowners getting a new roof installed will ask, “Is a drip edge required even if we have gutters installed too?” when they see it itemized on estimates. The answer is yes, the drip edge is required if you want investment in a new roof that outlasts the time spent paying it off. 

The next part of that question is, if gutters are installed, why use a drip edge too? Aren’t they doing the same job? A drip edge and gutters have different shapes, they’re installed differently, and they have different jobs and purposes. Both are an important part of your roof and if both aren’t installed correctly, or one is left off, your roof is at risk. 

The drip edge and the gutter system keep the roof secure as they filter and redirect water from the attic and away from the foundation of your home. While they may serve the same goal, they are different. 

Drip Edge Advantages 

Let’s discuss drip edge vs gutter, the advantages that both provide a roof, and why a house should have a drip edge with gutters. Here are some of the advantages you can expect from a drip edge.

  • Guards the Fascia: Without the fascia, the roofline is exposed to rain that can cause extreme damage with roof dripping, discoloration, and rot. The drip edge sends the water flow to the gutter.
  • Rain and Wind Protection: During a storm, the wind will push the water to the roof corners and gaps, and it’s here that gravity takes over. Without a drip edge, the wind will push the water back up on the roof instead of it being directed to the gutter. 
  • Insect Protection: The drip edge covers up the space between the roof decking and the fascia board. Without that big gap being overhead, critters and insects will have easy entry into your home and can get deep inside the wood cavity. 
  • Fascia Board Protection: The drip edge will also direct water away from the fascia to the gutter and keeps water from dripping to the ground under the fascia board. If your home has a basement, the drip edge will keep water from penetrating the ground at the basement and leaking into the basement.
  • Attic Stabilization: Roof damage is often caused from instability that heavy winds, ice dams, moisture, and rainwater can cause. A drip edge provides that stabilization by preventing formation of ice dams and prevents water from getting into gaps.

Gutter Advantages

Gutters have plenty of advantages as well. Here are some things having a gutter system can do for you.

  • Strong Protection: A drip edge will prevent the attic from being damaged in heavy rains that would otherwise be directed into a gutter. This secures the roof deck, fascia, and gaps, and fascia as water will not go down there. Gutter aprons are made up of galvanized material that tends to flow all the water smoothly into the gutter.
  • Infestation Prevention: A gutter will provide protection against small critters setting up residence in your attic by covering the gap into the attic. 
  • Minimize Maintenance: A gutter system will minimize maintenance needed by catching the rain so that it can’t penetrate into the attic and under the shingles.

When does a drip edge go on?

In 2012, the drip edge became mandatory on the IBS (International Building Codes). For a house with shingle roofing and a wooden attic, the drip edge provides a strong level of protection. It filters out the water from the roof and directs it away from the fascia and into the gutter. 

Drip edges are referred to as D-Metal, are usually in a ‘T’ shape, and are installed along the edge of the roof at the eaves, on the rakes after the underlayment is installed. 

How much drip edge do I need?

To calculate the amount of drip edge, the metal strip that is installed under the underlayment, measure the length of the roof all the way around and then add 10% to that amount. 

How to make drip edge corners?

Overlap drip edge sections by one inch on the straight edges, overlapping in the direction of the normal winds. With overlapping on rake edges from bottom to top, ensuring both sides are flush. Start at the corner and nail every two feet, mitering the corners with tin snips. Cut the angles at about 45 degrees, with the mitered ends overlapped, not flush. The corners should be overlapped with a piece of drip edge square on the two edges against the roof end. 

Roofer installing drip edge along a roof.

Curiosity May Kill The Roof 

What happens when you have a drip edge without fascia? Without a drip edge, the water clings to the shingles and will work up and under the shingles. This will create rot and eventually a leak. One of the key jobs of fascia is to cap the rafter edges. It also holds the gutters in place, all a part of proper water drainage that protects the roof, siding, foundation, and landscaping. If you need help with a drip edge in Canton, GA our team at Affordable Gutters Plus LLC can help when you give us a call at 770-735-4433.