As the weather gets warmer, most North Carolina homeowners are starting with their spring cleaning duties to help their homes recover from the winter cold. Aside from maintaining and enhancing your home’s interior, though, you also need to pay attention to the outside, particularly your roof. After all, this vital exterior component protects your entire property from the elements. Freezing temperatures and winter debris may have caused damage to your roof without you knowing. This spring, look for common roof problems while maintaining your home to keep it in excellent condition throughout the season.
Having a professional team of roof builders inspect your roof offers the best protection for this part of your home. These experts have the experience and expertise to spot spring roofing issues that you might overlook. Keep these X roofing problems in mind this spring as you clean and take care of your home in the warmer weather.
- Missing or Loose Shingles. Look for any gaps between your shingles or shingles that aren’t laying straight on the roof. Over time, North Carolina’s wet and cold winters and high winds can cause roofing membranes to loosen and peel off. This then results in missing or loose shingles, which can eventually lead to roof leaks, mold, pest infestation, and more. A simple visual inspection from the ground using binoculars will reveal obvious issues, but a trained Raleigh, NC, and Columbia, SC roofer can provide a thorough inspection of the whole roofing structure and its components.
- Damaged Gutters. Your gutters protect your home from damage by directing rainwater away from the roof’s edge, home siding, and foundation. Constant ice accumulation over the winter can crack or cause gutters to sag, so it’s important to walk around your home and do a visual inspection at the beginning of spring. Any rusted, broken, or loose gutters must be repaired or replaced as soon as possible before the spring rains cause further problems. This is also a good time to deep clean your gutters and downspouts.
- Animals in the Attic. When warm spring weather arrives, animals, including pests, come out of hibernation and look for their new home for summer. If your roof has missing shingles or damaged flashing, it could be an invitation for raccoons, squirrels, birds and other pests to enter your attic and build their nest. Not only is this unsanitary, but the animals can also damage your home’s walls, ceiling, electrical system, and more when they stay long in your attic. If you notice any unusual sounds or smells coming from the attic, call a roof repair and roof replacement professional right away.
- Water Leaks. Among the common spring roofing problems, this one has probably the biggest mess. Water leaks may go unnoticed during winter because of freezing temperatures. But once spring rolls around and you have a chance to inspect your attic, the problem may reveal itself. However, noticing it won’t prevent further damage to an already vulnerable roof. That is, unless you seek the help of an expert to repair the problem. A surefire sign of leaks is if you see water stains on your ceiling or walls.
Need help keeping your North Carolina roof in top shape this spring through high-quality roofing services? You can always count on International Construction Services, Inc. To get started, call us at (803) 699-5106 or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate.