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Biggest Effects of Different Weather Conditions

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Heat

We normally assume that the brutal weather conditions during the winter are the one and only cause for damaged roofing system. Although it is true that the winter is very detrimental to a roofing system, it isn’t the only cause for vulnerability. The summer weather can be just as hazardous as winter weather or spring storms, but while the birds are chirping and the sun is shining, chances are we let it slip from our attention. Excessive heat can cause materials on your roof to swell and cause immediate damage, and as they begin to think it can cause further problems in the future. Excessive heat can be extremely damaging to the roof and your property in general.

Rain

Unfortunately, rain is a year around element and it requires you to pay attention to your roof year around. Small cracks or holes start to allow water into your home and without treatment, a minor problem can quickly escalade to a larger one. Since the attic separates your ceiling from your roofing system, it is common for homeowners to notice the damage that rain has done at the moment their attic is in need of immediate attention. A good suggestion would be to take a peak in your attic during a heavy rainfall just to be sure.

 

Wind

Although underestimated, wind storms can be a very damaging element to your home. We tend to only give special attention to conditions like hurricanes, but a strong wind storm can essentially leave your home exposed. Your roof is most likely to be the victim of heavy wind storms, causing shingles to move or blow off and the force of trees rubbing against the roof.  

Snow

There is a long list of ways a roof can be damaged by different weather elements, but snow has one of the strongest effects on your roofing system. We all have a love-hate relationship with snow, but if you aren’t consistently evaluating your roof, it can cause major issues and disruptions to how your system can operate. During the snow we can experience the same issues of wind and rain, but pounds of snow sitting on top of your roof for a long period of time can add weight that you're system can’t handle. The weight of snow can cause parts of your roof to collapse or your gutters to fall, and that is the last thing anyone wants to deal with.  In extremely low temperatures, ice tends to develop and can clog your gutters and cause damage to your roof and how it operates. Snow can often cause the need for professional attention to be accelerated, but as long as you are on top of things you’ll be fine.

If you are in any need of assistance, NCE Homes can get you educated on how to move forward with caution to avoid these elements damaging your home.


#TheNation: NCE Homes Employee Spotlight: Meet Ian

Ian Zucker, Consultant

Ian Zucker, Consultant

Name: Ian


Home: Gaithersburg, Maryland 

 

Education: University of Mississippi 

 

Before NCE Homes: Commercial Real Estate

 

“I thought that not having a set schedule with commercial real estate would be nice but having to discover all the leads myself was a bit stressful and frustrating. With NCE, our marketing team finds majority of our leads and I have to do is run them. This has made my experience a lot more enjoyable because every day is a new experience. I’m not sitting at a cubicle doing the same exact thing day after day, and here at NCE the potential for growth is much bigger than who I have worked for before. There are many positions I can potentially move into with new branches opening, and the potential for income growth is much larger than many employment opportunities that I’ve ever seen. Coming into this company was really exciting, but I obviously had to learn the ropes because this was a new industry to me. Once I got it down, I truly started to love it because of the daily challenges that helped me to better myself as a person and professional. Working with like-minded individuals has been really rewarding, and with the family-oriented environment here at NCE, it has helped me develop great relationships that I enjoy even outside of work. My core values are treating others like you want to be treated and doing the right thing. This is an industry that has a 68% complaint rate, so it’s a really good feeling to be working for a company that communicates the truth. As a representative, you know what you give them is the best possible thing for their home, it’s great. I can only do what I do because I am actually helping people in the long run. Working for a company like NCE Homes who treats their employees with respect and customers with respect is a huge thing for me.” 



#LetYourHomeDoTheTalking: Warning Signs of Needing a New Roof

Missing Shingles Due to Winter & Wind

Missing Shingles Due to Winter & Wind

Warning Signs of Needing a New Roof

Some of the most common misconceptions of not needing a new roof are typically the sayings, “I’m not having any leaks” or “If my roof were leaking, I would see stains on my ceilings”. Both of these hazards are indeed a sign of needing a new roof, but there are many more danger signals that can result in you needing a new roof on your home.

Blistering or Peeling Interior or Exterior Paint

Due to poor ventilation. Moisture gets trapped in the house with nowhere to escape, causing exterior paint to peel and blister. 

Exterior Decay in Sheathing and Siding

Excess moisture is the most popular cause of decay. 

Missing, Curled or Cracked Shingles

If shingles are cracked or easily break, it means they have reached the end of their productive life. 

Dark Streaking on Roof

Some of the most common visual signs of roof damage is vegetation, fungus, mold or algae growth. These visual signs result in dark stains on your roof and sometimes mean your roofing structure is vulnerable.

 

High Energy Costs

Trapping hot air in your attic is a result of poor ventilation.  It can drive up your household cooking costs and also cause attic moisture that can drip into your insulation, reducing its effectiveness.  

 

A Leak in the Attic

The best time to check in your attic for a leak is during or after a strong storm. If you see any signs of leaking, it could be the result of damaged shingles, and a deficient underlayment.

 

Stains on Interior Ceilings and Walls – Mold or Mildew Growth

Moisture trapped inside attic caused by leaks usually results in the appearance of stains and mold on your ceilings or walls in your home.

 

To take precaution, inspecting most of these issues can be done on your own.  If for any reason you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, NCE Homes can be of assistance. Call us today for a complete inspection of your roof, windows, and siding at 443-400-5210.