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Most roof professionals in Columbus GA know the roof over your home is very important to keep in good condition to protect the rest of your home structure and contents from water damage which can cause mold and wood rot which can be extremely expensive to repair. For this reason, you would think when you initially build your home or sale it, a roof inspector would physically get on your roof and examine it very closely but unfortunately that is not the case in most situations. Generally a roof inspector will just look at it from the ground which I do not agree with and not a good practice to protect the homeowner.

If your roof has high steep slope, it helps the rain water to exit your roof faster and less time to sit around and leak into your attic causing damage to the rest of your home. Asphalt flat roofs on the other hand are more susceptible to leaks and needs more maintenance than other styles. Because flat roofs are not slanted, they have more pressure on them and can build up causing it to crack at which time it is time to call a roofing company in Columbus GA to get it repaired or replaced. Flashing on a flat style can move away from the corners and edges of your roof over time due to changes in temperatures and weather causing rain leaks.

The ridge is the top of a roof which normally has a vent along it for air to exit from the attic. You probably will not have a leak through your shingles if they are in good shape. Rain water leaks are more often around chimneys, eaves, behind fascia board, plumbing vents, and valleys where water sits which is why flashing is needed in these areas.

More sloped roofs usually have either architectural or three tab asphalt shingles. Architectural shingles have more of a two dimensional appearance than three tab which have a flat look. More expensive homes will typically have the architectural shingles and give the home a better resale value. Generally three tab have a 15 to 20 year life expectancy while architectural shingles will have a 30 year warranty or more. The reason for this is because three tab have much less asphalt which make them lighter and more prone to get blown off in strong winds. Directly below the shingles is a tarpaper felt that has the purpose of protecting your OSB decking from moisture. Slate or metal roofs have a warranty of 50 years or more.

When your home is initially built with the original new roof and it comes due to be replaced, instead of tearing it off and putting on a new roof you can put a new roof over the old roof but first I would recommend getting a professional roofing company in Columbus GA to determine if this is the feasible route to take because you do not want to put new shingles on top of buckled, curled or no shingles at all. If you decide to tear off all the old shingles before putting on new ones, you can inspect the OSB wood decking for rot and being warped which you cannot do if you decide to put new shingles over the old shingles and for that reason I would not recommend it. Some homeowners might decide to put new shingles over old ones because they can save on the cost of labor for pulling off the old shingles.


Any roof leaks that go unchecked for an extended period of time can result in extensive damage to the structure of your attic and the rest of your home. Regular inspections of your roof, vents and attic for water damage, mold and adequate ventilation is imperative to maintaining the life expectancy of your roof. If you see water stains on your ceilings and walls, call One Stop Roofing, LLC and our friendly professional roofers will be more than happy to resolve your situation promptly and exceed your expectations.

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