Home Asset Protection Services, LLC (HAPS)
Suwanee, GA 30024
Here's a 400,000 sf Church we re-roofed in Gwinnett County. No job is too large or too small for HAPS.
Full Service Home Improvement Company specializing in Roofing, Siding, Painting, Gutters, Flooring, Water Remediation, and Carpentry.
We service the Gwinnett County area for roof repairs and full roof replacement.
When you have issues on your roof, it is in your best interest to use a company who specializes in diagnosing leaks and PROPERLY repairing the issue. Our company Home Asset Protection Services, LLC performs a large percentage of our work repairing leaks from faulty installation from other contractors (many who are out of business). Additionally, when you replace your roof, you need a contractor who specializes in leak repair to ensure the areas most susceptible for leaks are installed properly the first time. So why use HAPS?
We know what we’re doing. Our leak repair specialist (Richard) has been repairing leaks for 25 years, and he knows how to find the leaks and repair them the right way.
We’ve seen so much poor workmanship over the years, and it’s a shame because it gives the industry a bad name.
Quite often we can diagnose a roof leak just from talking to the homeowner or looking at the roof on satellite.
What are the most common leak issues.
Chimneys – If a chimney is not flashed properly, there’s a good chance you’re going to see a leak. Main problems we see are. Improper flashing, no chimney pan on back side of roof, siding cut back too far or too close to roof, no kickout flashing, no crickets, rotten cornerboards or siding, and rusted out chimney caps. Note to roofers…use step flashing on slopes…not j channel. Also, put a chimney pan on back side (rarely see this), don’t seal with caulk or tar (its only temporary), and make sure the siding and cornerboards are sealed properly. Also, on brick chimneys, please install counter flashing properly.
Pipes, Vents, etc. – People don’t realize that your roof needs a “tuneup’ every 3-5 years. The rubber boots that fit around your pipes dry rot over time. If you see a leak in a bathroom, good chance its a pipe boot. If leak is below HVAC exhaust…make sure it’s sealed properly and painted with rust preventive paint.
Valleys and dead valleys – Often cause by improper shingle installation, nails in valley, or lack of ice & water shield in valley.
Flat roofs – Too often we see shingles on a flat roof. That’s a no-no. Sideways rain can get under the shingles and cause leaks. With a flat roof you need modified bitumen or TOP to prevent standing water from entering your home.
Exposed nails and toe board holes – There are exposed nails all over roofs. The sealant wears off over time. These areas should be sealed with premium roof sealant every 3 to 5 years before the nails start rusting.
Gutter issues – overflowing gutters, debris, improper installation, and poor overhang just scratch the surface. Sometimes home design is the issue if the gutter can’t handle the amount of water that flows into certain areas.
These are just a few explanation, but they are very common issues which cause leaks. There is a proper way to repair, and there is a bandaid approach. Go the cheap route, and chances are you’ll be spending more in the near future. Do it right the first time. Don’t mess around with your roof. Too many bad things can happen (wet drywall, mold, constant leaks, etc_).
If you need a full roof replacement, the same rules apply. Make sure it's done right the first time, and use a local contractor who has been in business long enough to have a positive track record. Nailing down shingles is the easy part. Working with flashing, chimneys, valleys, and eaves (edges) requires someone who knows what they are doing.
When we replace a roof, here are some of the important things we do to ensure your roof will last.
- We replace damaged decking. If your plywood is damaged, it needs to be replaced. We generally find at least 2 pieces of damaged decking on every roof we replace. Why would someone not replace damaged plywood for a few dollars on a roof which needs to last 20-50 years depending on the type of shingle.
- We install ice & water shield in all areas susceptible for leaks. This includes valleys, around chimneys, where walls meet the roof, around vents, etc. Ice & water shield was invented to be used in the Northeast where ice/snow sits in valleys during the winter months. We believe in using this product liberally because these areas are where most of our repair jobs occur.
- We install a chimney pan on the backside of the chimney. Installing pan metal in an area where water slams into the chimney is one of the most common leak areas we see. Based on our repair jobs, we predict close to 90% of roofing crews don't install chimney pans.
- Proper flashing. Properly flashing a roof is critical. Many crews keep the old flashing when replacing a roof because it's easy. Flashing goes behind the siding or brick and in between overlapping layers of shingles. Once again, why not change the flashing, and why not use the right flashing? Step flashing is for sloped areas...not flat areas. Counter flashing is needed on top of step flashing for brick surfaces. Whether you use HAPS or not, make sure your contractor promises to reflash the roof.
Siding Repairs - Generally, the bottom pieces of siding which meets the roof is water damaged or cracked. If it needs to be replaced, then replace it. Yes, it calls for an additional expense. When the siding is replaced, the crew needs to know how to carefully remove the replaced pieces by cutting the caulk line, carefully loosening the piece above, and cutting the new pieces to fit properly and leave enough gap to keep water from contacting the siding during rainstorms. Next, the siding needs to be painted. Crews don't like to replace siding because it takes time. While you should expect to pay for this time, the materials, and the quality...you should request that damaged siding be replaced.
Dead Valleys - Uggh. A dead valley is a section of your home where water travels down the roof and slams into the house. Usually dead valleys are found around garages or gables which run into the main roof. With a dead valley, you definitely need to flash the area properly, and it's wis to run ice and water shield up the wall higher than the flashing detail due to the amount of water that is channeled to these areas. Dead valley repairs usually cost over a thousand dollars just for the roof work. We address dead valleys when the roof is being replaced. Again, it may cost a few dollars more...but why not do it right the first time.
When you get your roof replaced, you want it done right. After all, you get what you pay for. If you would like a professional job from an experienced contractor, call us at 404-933-6610 to discuss the details. If you want the cheapest deal out there, call us when you have leaks. It's your house, your ceilings, your furniture, your floors which need to be protected by your roof. It's why we named the company, albeit too long for marketing purposes) Home Asset Protection Services. We believe in protecting one of your largest assets...your home and your personal belongings.
Please call us at 404-933-6610 to discuss your roof leaks, and we can help do it right the first time. Not only do we do it right, we show you pictures to help you understand what really needs to be seen. Go with someone you trust. Call Haps Atlanta today if you like in Berkeley Lake, Buford, Duluth, Dunwoody, Flowery Branch, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Peachtree Corners, Norcross, Sandy Springs, Sugar Hillor Suwanee. It’s worth it to get a professional opinion from someone who knows what they’re doing. Don’t take a chance. Do it right the first time.
Call George at 404-933-6610 to discuss your issues, and we’ll take care of you.