Roof Replacement

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.


Actions To Take if Your Roof is Leaking

#LetYourHomeDoTheTalking

#LetYourHomeDoTheTalking

Your roof has a job to do; Keep you warm and dry.  If your roof isn’t doing the job once the rain begins, you will deal with water dripping into your home.  If you are having this issue, it is important you find the treatment immediately.  Here are some DIY remedy’s, but please be aware that eventually the problems will grow larger.  

 

Tarping the Roof

The first thing most homeowners due when experiencing a leak is to put tarp on the roof during a storm. This will be like a band-aid over a cut, but unfortunately it doesn’t heal the wound. It will temporarily stop more rain from coming in until consulting a professional, but it should never be considered a permanent solution.  

Poke a Hole

If your roof is currently leaking, the first thing you want to do is attempt to minimize your ceiling damage. Wherever you notice the biggest bulge or wettest spot on the ceiling, you want to poke a small hole in the middle to drain and air out the area. Keep in mind the damp drywall will never safely dry out, instead it will start to form mold and mildew. 

Consult a Professional 

Unfortunately, no matter what DIY treatment you pursue you will need to consult with a professional when experiencing a roof leak. It is extremely important to take proper action sooner rather than later to avoid more expensive damages. A professional will give you the immediate service needed, and if you need to wait a while for your ceiling to be fixed that can come secondary to the immediate need of servicing your roof leak. 


NCE Homes can help you understand on the best options. We will consult you on all of your options and detect a solution that keeps you and your family safe in your home.  If you are in need of a consultation, give our team a call at 443-400-5210. 

 

#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.