Norato Roofing and Renovations
Homeowners and business owners in the Wilmington area have come to appreciate the warmness of the weather in this area. Despite the high temperatures throughout most of the year, Wilmington does experience colder Winter weather for a few months out of the year. Something most homeowners and business owners don’t consider is what affect this has on a roof. Throughout this article, we’ll discuss the effects winter and cold weather have on your roof.
The Ways Winter Weather Can Affect Your Roof
Water Damage- While Spring and Summer are known for higher rates of rainfall in the Wilmington area, rain can potentially turn into ice or snow is where the trouble lies. On rainy days where water freezes into ice, this ice can potentially get underneath roof shingles and cause separation. This separation can lead to leaks through your roof and into your home. Another challenge of ice and snow is the clogging of gutter systems. Just like with leaves, clogged gutters due to ice prevent downspouts from removing water away from the roof and exterior of the home. Clogged gutters can lead to water spilling over into the surrounding flower beds, damaged fascia, and pooled water around the foundation of the home. Please do not be alarmed, as all of these issues can be prevented with a durable, properly installed roof and flowing gutter system.
Wind Damage- Strong winds can be problematic for roofs as gusts can displace shingles, threatening the integrity of the roof. Even just a small piece of missing or displaced shingles can cause major problems for a home, such as water damage, mold, etc. Also consider that strong winds can dislodge branches, tree limbs, and even entire trees to cause structural damage to both the roof and entire home. Cutting down older, decaying trees on your property is extremely beneficial not only during winter months but during hurricane season as well.
The Safest Way To Approach Winter Weather
- Free Inspection- If you’re unsure about the integrity of your roof, call Norato Roofing & Renovations or a local roofer you trust for a free inspection. Have a professional access the quality of your roof, especially if you have an older roof (over 10+ years)
- Following the Inspection- Following this inspection, ask for a detailed report of the findings. ASK QUESTIONS! While many local roofers are skilled professionals making honest recommendations, some roofers might be solving problems that aren’t there.
- Design a Plan- Based on the findings of the inspection and possibly multiple estimates from multiple roofing companies, go with the plan that appears to the consensus. In some cases that might mean a repair, a new roof installation, or potentially no action at all.
- Monitor your Roof- Throughout the Winter, monitor your roof for clogged gutters, displaced shingles, water spots in your ceiling, or anything that might be considered out of the ordinary. These things happen, often spotting them early is the most important action!
How to Contact Norato Roofing & Renovations
If you’re concerned with how your roof might fare under the winter and cold weather conditions, our roofing experts are available for free consultations. The Norato Roofing team members are trained to evaluate roofs and determine potential repairs for homeowners to protect their roof and homes over the winter. If you would like to schedule a free consultation, please feel free to contact our office at 910-228-5748 or by filling out your information in the “Contact Us” section of our website.