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What Risks Do Spring Storms Pose to Your Roof?

Spring weather isn’t just some of the prettiest here in Georgia, it’s also some of the most volatile. It’s not unheard of for one week in April to be sunny, hot, and dry, only to be followed the next week by a freak ice storm! So, what do spring’s storms mean for your roof? If your home isn’t prepared, spring storms can have dramatic (and costly!) effects on your roof. Here are the major risks they pose. Interior LeaksBy far the most common problem caused – or at least exacerbated – by spring storms is leaking. Every year, anywhere from 10-15 inches of rain fall here in Georgia in the springtime and it tends to come in concentrated bursts. It’s imperative that your roof’s underlayment creates a tight seal between your home’s interior and your roof in order to stand up to the deluge of water. Debris DamageOne of the biggest problem-causers for roofs in spring is debris. Limbs and branches that fell during the last ice storm…built-up pine needles that fell off the tree cover…piles of dead and decaying leaves; these can all wreak havoc on your roof’s ability to funnel and repel water. Having your roof (and your gutters!) cleaned before spring storms start in earnest is a smart way to minimize the impact of debris. Denting and BendingNot all of spring’s precipitation comes in the form of water! It’s totally possible to see sleet in Georgia in early spring, and it’s also not impossible to see hail as the year wears on. Hard precipitation can easily dent the crucial components of a roofing system, from the flashing to the fascia to the gutters themselves. If precipitation hits your roof hard enough that you can actually see physical damage from the ground, it’s time to call a roofer. Standing WaterIs your roof level? Are you sure? Over time, roofing components can become warped or even start to sag. Once that begins to happen, water leftover after big spring rains can pool. Pooling water makes your roof far more likely to leak, but it can also be heavy! That extra weight isn’t good for your roof and can actually weaken its structural components over time. What can you to in order to prepare your roof for spring? Your first order of business is to contact a reputable roofing company in Georgia. When choosing…

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Your Spring Roofing Checklist in Georgia

Spring is a great time of year to start thinking about home maintenance. We’ve all battened down the hatches for winter, but now that the weather’s warming up and the snow and ice is (hopefully) behind us, now’s the time to prepare for the hottest months of the year. They can be more dangerous to our houses than the coldest months here in Georgia! Your roof is your home’s biggest investment against spring weather’s threats. Here’s your springtime roofing checklist for Georgia to help ensure you’ll make it through the summer and beyond. ð      Clean & Examine GuttersClogged gutters don’t do you any good…in fact, they can cause you harm. If water can’t make it through your gutters effectively, you’ll end up with standing pools on your roof. They’re a surefire precursor to leaks. This spring make sure your gutters are clean and open to accommodate those frequent heavy thunderstorms we’ll start getting come June. Also check to make sure none of your gutters were dented or knocked loose by ice or falling debris over the last few months, which can impact their performance, too. ð      Hit the AtticYour attic is like the window to your roof’s soul. It’s a great indicator of the health of your overall roofing system and can help you identify little problems before they become big issues. Check your attic for anything amiss – sagging, moisture, light coming through the roof cracks – and bring in a professional roofer if you suspect something’s off. ð      Check for CrittersIt’s not uncommon here in Georgia for small animals like squirrels and birds to make their homes in gutters, roof nooks, or underneath the eaves of homes. Do a visual inspection of the perimeter of your home to look for signs of nesting, and call an exterminator if you spot anything out of the ordinary. With animals, there’s usually smoke where there’s fire and you wouldn’t believe the damage just one opossum can do to a roof! ð      Trim Those BranchesIf your home is surrounded by large trees like pines or oaks like many people’s in Georgia, spring is the time of year to trim any problematic branches. Summer’s heavy storms are prime-time for big branches falling onto homes; dead trees should also be removed so they don’t fall over once the ground becomes saturated. ð      Spot Winter DamageWhether we had a particularly bad winter or not, it’s…

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