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Is Your Roof Ready for Winter? Roofer Greensboro NC Advice

roofer greensboro ncIs 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 Care

Cold 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

You can also look inside in your attic space. Do you see any leaks or light coming through the ceiling? This is a sign that you have issues to address as soon as possible.

If you do see signs of potential problems, contact Xterior for a professional inspection. We can give you our opinion with no obligations for roof replacement. Our experienced roofers will assess any damage and talk to you about your options.

The good news is this: if your roof is in good condition, there isn’t much you need to do to winterize it! Roofs are meant to withstand the weather here in North Carolina. We simply recommend making sure your gutters are clean and trimming back any tree branches that are close enough to touch or hang over your roof. Other than that, your roof should be ready to go for the winter.

Snow Removal for Your Roof

In 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 Challenges

While 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.

In other words, we look at what will be the most cost-effective, along with what will make you the happiest. We’ll never recommend replacement unless it is the best option for your home. When you work with a local company, you have the advantage of professionals who are familiar with weather conditions and local regulations in the greater Greensboro area. Your roofing project is in good hands, when you contact Xterior. If you have roof damage or a roof leak, especially, it is important to call a professional before it becomes a major, structural issue.

Best Roof Replacement Materials

When it comes to your new roof, you have two main residential roofing material options: asphalt and metal. This is the first decision you’ll need to make if you need a new roof installation.

Asphalt is the most common roofing material. If you drive down the street, most of the homes you’ll see have an asphalt roof. When a homeowner takes care of it, an asphalt shingle roof can last 20 years or more according to most reports, including this one on Roof Life Expectancy. Most people choose a neutral color, such as black, beige, or brown. However, we have asphalt shingle options in a variety of other colors as well.

Additionally, our team has experience installing metal roofs. A metal roof used to be a novelty for residential roofing. At one time, the only metal roof you could get was a large slab of grey metal, which frankly wasn’t very appealing for most homes. Metal was usually the choice as a material for commercial roofing. However, today’s metal roofing comes in a wide variety of styles and colors. You can even get metal roofing that looks like shingles, shakes or tile! The best thing about a metal roof is that it will last a lifetime. A new metal roof could last 50+ years.

Which is the best option for you? At the end of the day, your home’s exterior should make you happy. Both a metal roof and an asphalt roof will look great when our Xterior LLC team handles the installation. One of our team members can go over the different material colors and styles so you can pick the best roof for your home. Oh, and yes: if you need new siding to match your beautiful new roof, we can install new vinyl siding as well.

The Cost of a New Roof

When it comes to home renovations, the question on everyone’s mind is always about the price tag. How much will a new roof cost? This depends on a number of factors.

First and perhaps most obviously, your roof installation will cost more if you have a larger home. We’ll start by removing your old roof, which takes longer for larger homes. Then, we’ll inspect for any underlying damage before we install your new roof. Special considerations, like a flat roof, very steep pitch, or multiple features such as chimneys, skylights, dormers, and vents can also increase the price.

The biggest thing that will affect the cost is the material you choose. Asphalt is the more budget-friendly option upfront. That said, a metal roof could last twice as long (if not longer) and requires little maintenance. So, over time, metal roofing may actually be less expensive.

For both metal and asphalt, we have roof material options at various price points. Additionally, we offer financing for qualified homeowners. Our team is proud to offer discounts to military families, teachers, seniors and first responders. If you’re interested in learning more about our roof financing options, click here.

Finding a Roofer Greensboro NC Homeowners can Trust

If you need roofing services in Greensboro or the surrounding area, it is important to find a roofing company you can trust. Here at Xterior LLC, we provide our customers with the best roofing service possible. We are proud that we consider customer satisfaction a major priority. As a local company, we want you to be happy with the result of your roofing project and recommend us to your friends and family. You don’t have to take our word for it. Here’s what our customers are saying:

“Just had a meeting with Joel the regional manager about replacing our roof and he is awesome! He scheduled a free estimate within a couple days of us contacting him. He sat down with us and completely explained everything that they will do to our roof and gave us a quote within 45 minutes. The quote was very reasonable, you cannot beat the warranty they give you and they give you discounts wherever they can. […] They have made something that we dreaded having to do an easy and enjoyable process. We cannot say enough good things about them. We called several other companies but this company was by far the easiest to work with and you can tell they care about the customer and put them first. Thanks again Joel and Xterior LLC!!” – Chris

“I would just like to thank Xterior LLC for the best roof ever. I have never seen guys work so hard and so professionally at a job done so well. Couldn’t have asked for a better company or a better group of people for a job well done!!!” – Donn

We take pride in being a top-quality roofer Greensboro NC residents can trust. You can read more reviews here or click the “free quote” link above to begin the process with a no-obligation consultation. Or, call us today at 336-329-3667.

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