4th of July Risks to Your Roof

4th of July Risks to Your Roof

When you think of the 4th of July, you might think of hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, maybe a dip in the pool and, of course, fireworks. If you were a roofing contractor, like Alpha Roofing & Construction of Atlanta, on the other hand, you might be worried about what some of those fireworks could do to roofs in your area.

Every year bottle rockets and other types of fireworks that are set off as part of somebody’s backyard celebration end up landing on roofs in Temple, Douglasville and other western Georgia communities. And every year, some of those fireworks cause house fires. 

When a reader asked Popular Mechanics if bottle rockets are a serious fire danger, the answer was unequivocal. “Yes. Every year bottle rockets are the source of house fires,” Roy Berendson of Popular Mechanics said. “I had a close call with this several years ago, when I found a handful of charred leaves in a gutter. Probing deeper into the mess, I found the remains of a bottle rocket. But it could have been worse: Another neighbor found a copper-jacketed .45-caliber slug lodged in his roof.”

If you are worried about the fireworks your neighbors will be setting off, Berendson offers this advice: “As late as possible on July 4, wet down your yard and garden areas with a sprinkler. Take in materials like outdoor cushions and close patio umbrellas and awnings. Use a hose to soak your firewood pile, if you have one. Finally, clean dry debris like leaves, pine needles, and seed pods out of gutters and off roof valleys and shallow-pitched roofs such as over screened-in porches. It’s easy to do with a leaf blower. After that, all you have to do is try to enjoy the show.”

But, before the holiday rolls around, you might also want to get a roof inspection to see if you have any fire hazards. If your roofing is in Harlson County or Carol County, you can call on Alpha Roofing & Construction of Atlanta for a free roof inspection.

This Might Be a Good Time for a New Deck

This Might Be a Good Time for a New Deck

An outdoor deck is not only a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors as we head into summer, it’s also a great way to give your family a little extra room to spread out. If you are thinking about adding a new deck or replacing your old deck, call Alpha Roofing and Construction of Atlanta. We are a full-service pool decks, patios and roofing company

We are all looking forward to getting out and enjoying our favorite restaurants or getting a haircut, but there’s still no doubt that the safest place for you and your family will remain your home. So why not get the ultimate enjoyment out of it? 

Our convenient online deck designer is a great place to start. This handy tool allows you to select a deck plan, choose a substructure, a color/stain and a railing and will give you an idea of the costs involved in the project. 

Alpha Roofing Company Recommends Trex® 

When it comes to choosing the materials for your new deck, the experienced pros at our roofing company in Douglasville, GA, recommend going with Trex. 

Trex offers composite decking that is hassle-free. 

  • You won’t have to worry about sanding, staining or painting – ever. 
  • All you need to do to keep your Trex deck looking beautiful is to clean it with soap and water now and then or give it a quick power washing. 
  • It’s longer lasting and durable enough to stand up to whatever Mother Nature throws our way. 
  • Wood decks can cause painful splinters when the surface cracks or splits. And if the wood rots, you might be facing more serious injuries. Not Trex. 
  • There’s no need to worry about termites, either. 

And, of course, Trex looks great. (We wouldn’t recommend it if it didn’t!) The only tricky part might be deciding which finish you want to go with (you’ll be amazed at how many choices there are!).

All of us at Alpha Roofing and Construction, Atlanta’s porch, deck and patio experts, wishes you and your family all the best during these challenging times. If there is anything we can do to help you stay safe, we’d be honored to help.

Everything Under One Roof

Everything Under One Roof

These days, the roofing on your Harlson County home may also be the roof above your Atlanta area office. Alpha Roofing Company is deemed an essential business, but not all of our employees work up on a roof. Even we have folks working from home, helping to keep themselves and the community safe. 

In addition to roofing contractors, we have people to handle things like the bookkeeping, scheduling and ordering. Like many of you, they’ve had to adjust to working from home. We know there’s a lot more to it than finding a place to set up your computer and plug it in! 

Home Office 101

The Muse offered up some helpful tips for anyone who suddenly finds themselves working from home. As they point out, it’s not just about productivity. “These tips,” they say, “will help you make sure that you’re successful, both at getting your work done and at maintaining your mental well-being.”

Some of our favorite tips include: 

  • Maintain a Separation Between Personal and Professional. A good way to do that, they say, is to set up a designated workspace or home office. “One of the big challenges when it comes to working remotely is keeping your work and home lives separate,” The Muse says. “If you never fully disconnect from work, your work productivity will suffer and your home life can take a hit as well.”
  • Get Dressed. It may sound like fun to work in your pajamas, but for most people getting dressed will help put you in the right frame of mind. “You don’t need to dress as formally as you might for work, but the simple act of changing clothes serves as a signal that it’s time to wake up and get things done,” The Muse says. Besides, if you spend all day in your pajamas, you won’t be able to look forward to the magic part of the day when you shed your work clothes and get ready to relax. 

We hope your find these tips useful. If there’s anything else we can do to help you, we want you to know that all of us at Alpha Roofing and Construction of Atlanta are here for you. We’re all in this together! Stay safe.

With Unpredictable Weather You Need a Roof You Can Count On

With Unpredictable Weather You Need a Roof You Can Count On

If there’s one thing you can say about the weather in the Atlanta area lately, it’s that it’s unpredictable. All of us at Alpha Roofing Company get it – we’ve been handling the roofing needs of West Georgia homeowners and businesses for years. We could have a team from our company on a roof in Douglasville and another company team on a roof in Temple and if they looked up, it’s like they’d be looking at a different sky!

These days, it seems like the unpredictability of the weather is not the only thing we have to worried about. It seems like Mother Nature’s moods are more extreme than ever. One day it’s record heat, the next we’re worrying about a flash flood or devastating winds.

The Forecast for Your Roof 

The only way to be prepared for the unprepared – as well as the unprecedented – is to borrow a page from the Boy Scouts of America and Be Prepared!

The last thing you want is to discover that you have a problem with your roof when the rain is coming down by the bucket full or the wind is whipping the trees – and just about everything else in sight. Before a storm is bearing down on your property, you should consider having your roof inspected. 

“Experts say one benefit of scheduling a ‘peace of mind’ type of roof inspection every one or two years is the ability to catch potential roofing problems before they become bigger. It’s also helpful to get a professional estimate of how much useful life your roof might have left,” the experts at Angie’s List say.

According to them, a roof inspection will usually look to assess:

  • The overall appearance of your roof, both on the inside and the outside. “This will indicate whether there’s surface deterioration or any physical damage,” according to Angie’s List.
  • If you have any ceiling cracks or leaks. (That’s important because you may have a leak and not even know it!)
  • If your fascia, roof vents and gutters as well as any extras like skylights or chimneys are in good shape.
  • The condition of your shingles, in particular an inspector will look for evidence of shingles that are curled or broken. An inspection will also determine if you have any missing shingles.

If you have questions about the condition of the roofing on your Carol County home or the roof on your Harlson County business,  the pros at Alpha Roofing and Construction of  Atlanta are here for you.

Ladder Safety Is Always Important for Roofing Contractors – and it should be for you, too!

Ladder Safety Is Always Important for Roofing Contractors – and it should be for you, too!

At Alpha Roofing and Construction of Atlanta, you can be sure that we spend a lot of time going up and down ladders. You might think that the familiarity we have with ladders as roofing contractors would lead us to be a bit lackadaisical when it comes to ladder safety. Well, we’re here to tell you that you would be wrong. The proper and safe use of a ladder should always be paramount to any roofing company – and it should be just as important for you!

According to the National Safety Council (NSC.org), “Falls are the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths and the top cause of nonfatal injuries, according to Injury Facts. In 2017, 36,338 people died from falls at home or at work.”

Ladder Safety Tips

Some people approach ladders with caution, others will scramble up the rungs without a thought and, of course, some people would really rather keep their feet planted firmly on the ground. Even if heights aren’t your thing, there are times when you may have to climb a ladder – to change a lightbulb, to get something off the top shelf or to get your cat out of a tree!

Whatever category you fall under, you should always follow essential safety tips when working with a ladder. The following tips are drawn from the NSC’s Ladder Safety Precautions:‎

Choose the Right Ladder

“Using the wrong ladder can be dangerous,” they say. You’ll want to think about things like how high you need to go, how much weight the ladder will need to hold and the environment in which you are working.

Start with a Firm Foundation

First and foremost, the NSC says, “No matter what kind of ladder you’re using, place the base on a firm, solid surface and avoid slippery, wet or soft surfaces.”

Climb with Care

The NSC points out that people who use ladders frequently – like the professionals at a roofing company – can run the risk of becoming complacent. “Make sure every time you step on a ladder you are mindful of the task at hand, have reviewed the labels on the ladder and confirmed that the ladder is in good working condition.”

Safety is always a prime consideration for Alpha Roofing and Construction of Atlanta, a locally owned roofing company serving Carol and Harlson Counties.

Proud to Be a GAF Factory-Certified Roofing Contractor

Proud to Be a GAF Factory-Certified Roofing Contractor

When the time comes to find a West Georgia roofing company that can install a new roof on your home or business, you want to find a roofing contractor you can trust, right? You want to find someone with experience who uses quality materials. You know that’s exactly what you’ll get with Alpha Roofing in Temple, GA, because we are a GAF Certified roofing contractor

Getting a new roof is a huge project with long-term implications. Using a GAF factory-certified roofing contractor means your roof will get done right – giving you peace of mind for a long, long time. GAF trains and tests thousands of the best roofers in the country and makes sure they’re appropriately licensed and insured so they can offer their best warranties.

What Makes GAF Factory-Certified Roofing Contractors the Best?

In the roofing industry, GAF Master Elite® Contractors are second to none. That’s because each certified roofing contractor must be:

  • Properly licensed by their state 
  • Adequately insured, so you can rest easy knowing that you’re covered in the unlikely event of an accident
  • Known for quality – that means having a reputation for providing quality roofing services throughout the community.
  • Committed to the latest methods and up-to-date with the latest technology and practices

And because Alpha Roofing Company, serving Atlanta’s roofing and construction needs, is certified by GAF it also means that we have the knowledge and expertise needed to help you choose the roof that’s right for you – whether you’re looking for a roofing company for a Douglasville, GA home in need of a new roof or a roofing company serving Carol County for emergency roof repairs

Alpha Roofing Company in Temple offers free, no-obligation roofing inspections and roofing estimates to homeowners and business owners throughout the Metro Atlanta area. And we are proud to be a GAF Certified roofing contractor that you can trust! If we can be of assistance, we hope you’ll get in touch