How to Prepare for a Successful Spring
While the winters in North Carolina are relatively mild, understanding the potential issues with your roof will help prepare for a successful spring. In fact, there is a lot that can go wrong with your roof over the winter months, and it is never ideal to have a compromised roof (no matter the season). To help, our experts at TruBlue Roofing and Remodeling took the time to tackle some of the winter roofing vulnerabilities and put together a handy list of what to look for when checking your roof this spring.
Condensation occurs when warm air meets cold air. While that may not sound very threatening, it is a significant concern for your attic space and roof. Condensation leads to water buildup, which can cause algae, mold, and mildew growth. The best way to combat this situation is to ensure that your roof is properly ventilated to keep the airflow circulating.
Compromised flashing equals a leaky roof! The flashing on your roof helps to close the gaps between building materials. This water-tight seal keeps moisture out of areas such as the chimney, vents, pipes and sidewalls where the roof meets the home. The roof flashing must be in good condition and not compromised due to age or the elements to prevent leaks.
Storms aren’t uncommon in North Carolina in both the winter and spring. From high winds to tree limb damage, severe weather conditions can take a toll on your roof. The best course of action is to prepare for the storm before it hits and be proactive. Remove tree limbs that may cause problems, secure shingles, and make sure your first line of defense (aka- your roof) is in tip-top shape.
Although trees can add a beautiful element to your yard and provide privacy from those nosey neighbors, they can also pose a serious threat to your home. Take some windy weather, add in a dash of weakened tree branches, and you have a recipe for disaster! To avoid this combination, trim your trees regularly and inspect the older trees for decay and insect damage.
Those squirrels running around your yard may seem harmless and, at times, rather cute, but they can wreak havoc on your roof. Critters are great at finding hiding spots in your roof and like to use them as a pleasant, safe haven away from the elements. Even the tiniest hole can be a welcome mat for an animal needing a warm place to live.
What to Look for During an Inspection
Your roof is more than just the shingles! When inspecting your roof, make sure to complete a visual inspection of the entire area. Examine all exterior and interior structural components from the attic space to the gutters. Also, take the time to look at the trees and vegetation around your home. And remember, inspecting your roof can be dangerous! When you complete a visual inspection of the roof, it should be done from the safety of the ground, through a window or on a sturdy ladder.
After the Inspection
If you feel your roof requires a professional inspection or are concerned about your roof’s integrity, then TrueBlue Roofing is the company to call. You can trust us to inspect your entire roof and provide a detailed written report about the overall condition. We strive to maintain high standards and will make sure to assess the problem and implement roof repairs quickly and efficiently. We take pride in providing excellent services at competitive prices! We also guarantee outstanding craftsmanship with a no-obligation estimate on every job.
Want to Read More?
If you found this blog helpful, take a look at our “Checklist” series that focuses on roof inspections by the season!
- Summer Roofing Inspection Checklist
- Spring Roofing Inspection Checklist
- Fall Roofing Inspection Checklist
- Winter Roofing Inspection Checklist
- General Roofing Inspection Checklist
- Hurricane Checklist: Top 8 Things to Consider