Is Your Roof Ready for Winter? Roofer Greensboro NC Advice
Nov 30, 2020
Is your roof ready for any weather that comes its way this season? As we are writing this blog post, we are heading into winter, which means the potential for snow, ice, sleet, and below-freezing temperatures. However, in the spring, summer, and fall, your roof has to withstand weather challenges as well. Here’s how to tell if your roof is ready for whatever comes its way… or if it is time for a replacement. At Xterior, we have decades of experience in exterior home improvement and can help you assess your roof situation. Serving the greater Piedmont Triad area as a roofer Greensboro NC residents trust, we offer both residential roofing and commercial roofing services.
Winter Roof CareCold weather can be rough on your home’s exterior. Have you ever noticed that in the spring, roads seem to have more potholes than they did in the fall? This is because water expands and contracts as it freezes and unfreezes. Water can be very powerful when it finds its way into tiny cracks and crevices. Just as water can create issues on roads, it can also create issues for your home. As we head into winter, it is extremely important to inspect your roof for any leaks or other issues. You can do a quick visual inspection even without a ladder. Look for the following:
- Missing shingles
- Areas that are buckling or bulging
- Broken shingles
- Damaged flashing around the base of your chimney
- Visible signs of rot or decay
Snow Removal for Your RoofIn most cases, you won’t have to remove snow from your roof here in North Carolina. We simply do not get enough snow to cause major problems. Typically, you would only require snow removal in colder climates, where they measure in feet rather than inches. While anything is possible, we would have to get several feet of snow for roof snow removal to become an issue. If you try to remove snow from your roof, you could do more harm than good, since it is very easy to damage your roof this way. Additionally, going up on your roof in snowy weather can be extremely dangerous. So, we recommend that you stay on the ground. Even in upstate New York, where they get a lot more snow than we do, experts recommend staying off the roof in the winter. After all, if the snow really does accumulate, the pitch of your roof will allow it to slide off. Roofs built by professionals are up to code, meaning they use materials that can withstand a lot of weight. Stay safe and stay off your roof during the winter!
Warm-Weather Roof ChallengesWhile we tend to think of the winter as the most challenging time for your home’s exterior, warm weather in the spring and summer brings its own challenges. We recommend looking over your roof again in the spring, just as you did when winter was on the horizon. Do you notice any damage? Rot? Bulging or buckling? If you do, it is time to call a roofing contractor. Our team can inspect your roof for any problems and give you a no-obligation quote if your roof needs replacement. As spring turns to summer, it is especially important to look out for moss, algae, and mold if you have an asphalt shingle roof. Asphalt is susceptible to moss, algae, and mold growth whenever the weather is humid or rainy. The good news is that if you see any growth, you don’t need to panic. You simply need to remove it so that it doesn’t continue to coat your roof and cause rot. This is a great time to clean your gutters and down-spouting again. Doing so will prevent water from pooling. As you may have guessed, water is your roof’s natural enemy. You should also trim any branches touching or hanging over your roof that you didn’t trim previously.
Can Your Roof Weather a Storm?We might not get as much snow as upstate New York, but we are no strangers to storms during the summer and fall. As hurricane season approaches, make sure your roof is in good condition. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, you’ll want to visually inspect your roof for any damage, clean your gutters, and trim back trees around your house. This is extremely important heading into hurricane season. We also recommend having a plan in place if you need to store outdoor items like lawn decorations, garden equipment, and outdoor furniture. These items can damage your home’s exterior during a storm. If you need a roof replacement, get it before hurricane season starts. The last thing you want to do is deal with a bunch of missing shingles after a storm. We can install a new roof using techniques and products that help it withstand high winds. Here in North Carolina, this can be invaluable. We can help if you are dealing with storm damage. In the aftermath of a storm, we can assess the damage quickly and get on the phone with your homeowner’s insurance agency. Our experienced team will assist with processing your insurance claim so we can replace your roof as quickly as possible.
Is it Time for a Roof Replacement?If you need a new roof, don’t panic. We’ve got the solutions! Our team will come out for a no-obligation quote. We’ll explain your options so you can choose the roof that suits your needs best. How do you know if it is better to replace or repair your roof? Typically, we recommend replacement over roof repair in the following situations:
- You have substantial damage that will cost more to repair that it will cost to replace.
- Your roof is very old (20+ years for asphalt or 50+ years for metal).
- Professionals did not install the roof initially and it may be unsafe or not up to code.
- We see signs of water damage in multiple locations inside your home.
- Our team determines that any repair would just be a band-aid on the problem.
- You hate the look of your roof and are ready for a major change.