Is Your Roof Ready For The North Carolina Spring And Summer?
With April showers right around the corner and May flowers soon to follow, the North Carolina summer is just over the horizon. You should be concerned about the condition of your roof and whether or not it’s ready for the summer season ahead. The last thing you want to be concerned with is that drip, drip, drip in your living room during dinner or when you’re sitting down to relax in front of the TV. Once the storm finally passes, you’re going be too busy cleaning up the mess from a leaking roof to go outside and watch that beautiful sunset that is happening.
Check Rain Gutters for Clogs and Leaks
This should be a priority along with examining the shingles on your roof. Rain gutters tend to get clogged up with all types of debris and leaves during our North Carolina winters and when that happens, they don’t drain properly. Rain gutters also tend to get loosened up and start leaking as a result. When this happens, they will eventually fail and inevitably lead to more serious problems as well as damage to your home and property when the water overflows instead of getting caught by your rain gutters. Now is the time to clean them out and ensure that they work the way they’re supposed to.
Examine the Condition of Your Shingles
Whether temperatures in your area dropped below freezing on a regular basis or there were a number of heavy snow and icy rain storms, you want to examine your shingles to ensure that they weathered those events. If you find that some are curling up and deteriorating or that some are simply missing, you should contact your local roofing contractor or repair specialists. In times of high winds, those curled up shingles will break and create gaps in the roof. As shingles deteriorate, this is a warning sign that indicates their lifespan is nearly at its end.
Inspect the Areas around Your Skylight
Many homes in the Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem areas have skylights, a wonderful amenity to have – unless it leaks during rainy weather. Be sure that you have thoroughly inspected the roof areas around skylights before the spring and summer rains start moving in. Areas where the roof and skylight are connected are the most prone to leaking if the seals have weakened. Weak areas will have to be strengthened unless you want to contend with leaks every time it rains.
Granted, these three tasks could be difficult for someone who is not an avid DIY’er. If that’s the case, your best option is to contact the local area roofing contractor that installed your roof or a trustworthy roof repair specialist to handle these tasks for you. However, ensure that they are licensed, insured and have a team of skilled roofing specialists.