Top Three Challenges Your Roof Can Face in the Winter Months

Missing shingles on roof due to storm damage.

We may not get extreme winters here in the Carolinas, but a sudden winter storm can magnify common roofing problems. Freezing precipitation has started falling in some areas of the state and the nightly temperatures have dropped below freezing. While we admit this hasn’t been consistent – with the mild temperatures we’ve enjoyed throughout the holiday season, that can also change quickly. We’ve compiled a list of winter roof risks property owners may experience in North Carolina and wanted to take a moment to inform homeowners to help them with the weather this season.

 

  1. Winter Winds

High-speed winds can rip shingles off a roof any time of the year. However, winter winds can be aggressive and have the habit of doing that more so than any other season. If your roof is in good condition, the shingles will be able to hold but if your roof is older, it is at a higher risk of being damaged. After a strong winter wind event, check your yard for shingles that got knocked loose or visible damage on the roof.

 

  1. Flashing Leaks

Sloped roofs have parts that are more vulnerable to leaks. This can include roof edges, valleys, and areas where a roofing plane meets a dormer or wall. These areas should be protected with metal strips called flashing. Sometimes flashing can get dislodged by aggressive winds and leave certain spots vulnerable to leaks. A properly trained roofing contractor can easily replace flashing. The sooner it’s completed, the lower the risk of roof leaks.

 

  1. Condensation in the Attic

Condensation happens when warm and moist air meets a cold surface. Usually, indoor condensations is a sign that a home’s entry doors, windows, and exterior walls are correctly sealed. However, condensation in the attic is an indication that your roof is not getting properly ventilated. Fortunately, ridge vents can be installed on an existing roof. New soffits may need to be installed to correspond with new ridge vents.

 

No matter what this winter has in store, Atlantic Roofing has you covered. From hail damage to winter storm winds, we offer a full range of support for your roof. We offer free inspections so there is no reason not to call! Don’t get caught out in the storm, we’re here to help.

 

Get Your Roof Winter Ready!

Fall is a magical and unpredictable season in the lower Cape Fear. and it’s the time of year when we should button up our homes as well as our jackets. Between now and the onset of winter cold, there are four things you can do to prepare your roof for bad weather.

CLEAN THE GUTTERS

When leaves and debris collect in your gutter system, eventually, it will create a clog in the downspouts. Rainwater will overflow the gutters, damaging your roof, trim, and siding. The added weight of the wet leaves and water could also cause your gutters to tug loose from the anchor point or collapse.

To prevent these problems and unforeseen repair costs, make sure to keep your gutters relatively clear through the fall. And, once the trees around your home are bare, do a radical cleaning. You can also get out ahead of the fall season and have gutter screens or guards installed to prevent the collection of debris in the first place. We recommend Master Shield gutter protection system.

CLEAR OFF DEBRIS

It’s important to get rid of leaves, pine needles, and other debris from the surface of your roof also as your gutters. Even small bits of debris will hold moisture and possibly rot or mold, which can break down your building material.

If you’re confident and experienced in walking on your roof, rise up there and broom or detach the debris that has collected on your roof, paying special attention to the valleys, which are most susceptible to water damage. Make sure they are free and clear of debris so as to allow water to flow.

As part of our roof evaluation and maintenance services, we also treat roofs for moss, which is certainly not a bad idea in our moist climate.

CHECK FOR DAMAGES AND DETERIORATION

With a clean roof, scan the surface for missing shingles or ones that have cracked curled, or frayed edges. You can use binoculars to inspect from the ground or climb up to the roof to have a look.

Also check for damaged flashing around vent stacks, chimneys, and skylights. These areas are the usual suspects when you have a leak. Repairing flashing yourself might not always provide the results you expect, so give us a call and we’ll confirm everything is sealed properly before the rain hits.

ATTIC INSULATION AND VENTILATION

Without adequate airflow in your attic, you’ll be watching higher-than-necessary energy bills and roof leaks emerging during a snowstorm. During the day, sunlight hits your roof and heats up the air in your attic. Without vents located at the soffits, ridges, and/or gables of your roof, the air condensates, causing moisture damage and possible mold or rot in your roof’s supports.

This heat also can cause ice dams in higher elevations, inviting leaks when snow accumulates on your roof.

Additionally, when that hot air has nowhere else to go, it will seep into and overheat your living space, asking you to use your AC more than you have to. This is one of the reasons why insulation is so critical to an energy-efficient home.

To evaluate your attic insulation and ventilation, you’ll hire an energy auditor or weatherization contractor to try to do an inspection and make modifications.

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What to do if Your Roof Has Storm Damage

Most roofs are designed to be replaced every 30 years, on average. In an ideal world, this would happen. However, in the real world, there are countless things that can wreck your roof, requiring extensive repairs or an entire replacement long before the three-decade mark.

Storm damage is a common reason Americans must spend on roof repair or replacement. Regardless of where you live in the country, it’s likely that you’ve encountered your fair share of violent storms at some point. But even if you haven’t, it helps to prepare for this rough weather.

In this comprehensive checklist, we give you all the information you need to deal with roof damage from storms.

Types of Roof Storm Damage

During a storm, there are various agents that can cause roof damage. Here we look at some of them.

Wind

Hurricane-force winds traveling at high speeds can cause severe damage to your home’s roof. These winds can tear or remove shingles, exposing the roof deck, underlayment for waterproofing material to the elements.

Gale-force winds, which are slower than hurricane-force winds, can also cause visible dents to your roof. Sharp, sudden gusts of wind lift or curl the shingles, leaving the roof vulnerable to wind-driven rain.

Hail

Hailstorms rarely last longer than a quarter of an hour. During that time, however, hailstones can cause visible dents and pockmarks in your roof. They can knock your shingle granules loose, requiring immediate roof repair.

Standing Water

The issue of standing water after a rainstorm is common in roofs that do not have proper drainage. It’s one of the top signs of a damaged roof, and you need to take action urgently.

Sometimes, the issue is caused by clogged gutters. Rainwater backs up under the shingles, allowing moisture to seep into the roof deck or the underlayment.

Debris

During a severe storm, debris can be hurled onto your roof. Anything from small tree branches to much larger tree limbs can impact your roof’s surface and dent it, leaving your roof vulnerable to intrusion by moisture.

What to Check After a Storm

Once the storm has passed, it’s time to examine your roof to determine the type and extent of damage you’re looking at. Here’s a checklist for you to follow.

Start With the Protruding Roof Parts

Check the chimneys, skylights, and other protruding roof parts for damage. Typically, such parts are covered with flashing and are sealed to avert water leaks into the seams.

If the flashing or seals seem damaged or compromised, you’ll need to act. Leaving the problem unattended can lead to water leaks.

Inspect the Exterior Shingles

Roof damage after a storm is most evident on the shingles, as they serve as your home’s first line of defense against harsh weather. Check for granule loss, curling, and cracking of shingles. Some shingles might also be missing.

When checking the damage, avoid setting foot on the roof to do so. The best way to go about it is to use a pair of binoculars and inspect the roof from the ground. As an alternative you can always hire a roofing contractor to inspect the roof for you.

Examine the Roof Vents

Some homeowners think that storm damage to the roof’s soffit and fascia is superficial and nothing to be concerned about. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Damage to these two parts can interfere with your home’s ventilation system. Once your vents are warped or otherwise damaged, the air they draw into your indoors is compromised. That’s why vents should be part of your roof storm damage checklist.

Inspect the Gutters

The gutter system of your roof diverts rainwater away from your house during a storm. When gutters get clogged, water backs up under your shingles and can start to leak to areas where it shouldn’t, including the attic.

Gutters can become clogged during a storm that hurls leaves, twigs, and other debris on your roof and directs the debris to the gutters. Forceful storms can even cause the gutter system to detach from the roof.

Inspect these gutters following the storm to see whether they’re still in good shape or need repair.

Check the Attic and Ceilings

If your roof seems relatively undamaged on the exterior, check the attic and ceiling for signs of water spots. Hail and wind can cause invisible leaks that cause more significant issues later. Use a flashlight to check for any leaks and take appropriate action if you see them.

What to Do if Your Roof Has Storm Damage

So you’ve carefully checked your roof and spotted signs of storm damage. What’s your next move?

Make Temporary Fixes to Reduce Property Damage

Is the damage in an area that’s directly above your living space? Place a bucket under the leaks to avert damage to interior property. It’s also wise to move any valuables that may be damaged further because of the roof damage.

You may also need to waterproof severe damage quickly using strapped tarping.

Contact the Insurance Company

While most insurance companies will not pay for a roof that needs to be replaced because it is worn out, they will cover a replacement if the damage was caused by a storm, fire, or other natural disasters. A lot of storm damage may not be visible from the ground but will lead to a shortened life expectancy for your roof. If you suspect even the slightest bit of storm damage, you should contact the insurance company immediately. If you wait too long, they may claim the roof has just reached its life expectancy, whether it is due to old storm damage or not.

Talk to a Reliable Roofing Contractor

Sometimes, it makes more sense to hire a private roofing contractor to fix your roof after storm damage.

The thing to remember when hiring a roofing contractor is to go for one with the appropriate credentials. Ideally, you want to work with a certified contractor with a proven track record of doing a great job.

How to Choose the Color of Your Roofing Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most popular residential roofing material in the United States due to their classic yet customizable look. Whether you’re building a new house or replacing a worn roof, asphalt roofing shingles can add lasting strength, efficiency, and protection against the elements.

 

But what color should you choose? Picking the color of your shingles can be an easy and enjoyable process. Here are a few tips to get you started.

 

5 Ways to Ensure That Your Roofing Shingles Are the Right Color

 

Coordinate with the fixtures

Certain exterior features, such as shutters and paint color, can be swapped out with ease. On the other hand, your home’s chimney and brick facade are built to stand the test of time. Holding up sample shingles to the bricks on the exterior of your house with allow you to see how the color will complement, coordinate, or completely blend in with the stone.

 

Play the match game

Not every house is the same, which is why Atlantic Roofing Company offers so many color choices. What works on the Tudor down the street may not with your Colonial or Ranch. Neutral colors provide a classic look that helps keep your home current. A striking color will help it stand out from the crowd.

 

Decide what you want to highlight

You may want to shine a spotlight on some of your home’s exterior features. Do you have a wrap-around porch that you want to emphasize? Windows that seem to blend in with the siding? Finding a roofing color that makes the features pop out may be the ideal solution.

 

Gauge sun exposure

The color of sunlight is different based on where you live in the country. Here in the South, the sun produces a reddish glow, so holding up samples against your home’s features at different times of the day will give you a good idea of what your roof will look like from morning until night.

 

Learn from your neighbors

Look around at the other homes in your neighborhood. Is there anything you like? Talk to your neighbors and ask them what color shingles they have. Maybe you live in a neighborhood that has a homeowner’s association. Check with it to see if there are rules as to what color shingles you can have.

 

Find Roofing Services in Wilmington, NC

Atlantic Roofing Company serves Wilmington, North Carolina, and the surrounding areas. We

deliver expert installation on high-quality asphalt shingles. We offer a variety of colors to fit your style, including Silver Birch, Pewter, Moire Black, Atlantic Blue, Heather Blend, and Burnt Sienna.

If you’re considering asphalt shingles for your home, contact Atlantic Roofing Company at (910) 799-3858 to request a free estimate.

What Do Our Customers Look For In A Roofing Contractor?

We are always curious to know what today’s customers care about when it comes to hiring a contractor. We want to know what they look for and what kind of research they do to find the right reputable contractor for them. Luckily for us, we have a lot of customers – past and present – who are willing to give us feedback. Their candor helps us improve what we do and how we do it. What we have found is common sense and as business owners, we strive for excellence in everything we do. It actually surprises us to learn that so many don’t follow that same ethos.

People look for longevity, product quality, reliability, quality of service, good referrals, good reputation, and good price. But the number one thing our customers look for in a roofing company – reliability.

When consumers are having work done on their home, they want it done quickly and efficiently. In-home projects can take up a lot of time and space in someone’s home, so reliability is key. The last thing someone wants is to have to track down their contractor when they have a question or an issue arises. Reliable contractors will be ahead of the curve and contact the homeowner first before they have to track down the contractor. In a time where everyone has access to the internet and phone service almost all of the time, most consumers fully expect that they can get in touch with their contractor at any point, using any form of communication. And that’s definitely true—there is really no excuse for a contractor not to be able to respond to a customer’s call, text, or email in a timely manner.

Everyone wants a company that can cover all the bases and works with them every step along the way. Reasonable price and high-quality products are obviously a factor people look for, but without that reliability, it may not always be worth it in the end. Thanks to Google reviews, consumers can do plenty of research before they ever need to contact a potential business and weed out contractors that have poor reviews and don’t fit the bill they’re looking for.

An article showcasing customer behaviors in 2019 shows two key stats that prove how important online reviews actually are. First, 91 percent of consumers regularly or occasionally read reviews to determine whether a business is good or bad. Second, 84 percent of consumers find online reviews as trustworthy as a personal recommendation or referral. Keep in mind, these stats were taken in 2019, which means they could be even more apparent now!

With a 5.0 star rating on Google, we at Atlantic Roofing Company rely heavily on the good experiences of our clients to bring in more business. We appreciate so much when people are willing to share their experiences, both positive and negative. Most consumers say they would give a review if asked, so never be afraid to ask your clients to leave a review!

Three Things To Know About Gutters

A metal, black gutter on a roof covered with ceramic tiles

Can gutters be repaired?

If you’ve noticed your gutters are leaking or sagging away from your roof, the damage needs to be fixed. So, yes, depending on the severity of the damage, gutter repair is possible. If your gutters aren’t repaired or replaced you can risk damaging your siding, your roof, and your foundation, and that damage can cost thousands.

Gutters leak for a variety of reasons. One common cause of leaks is clogging. As gutters fill up with debris, excess water will begin to overflow and the gutter will leak. Clogs and standing water can also cause the gutter to sag and pull away from the home. If a gutter pulls away from your home, it may appear to be leaking because water will run between the roof and gutter.

Why are my gutters leaking?

If your gutter was improperly installed with too steep of a slope or begins to sag, leaks can occur. A steep slope will cause water to pool instead of drain properly. In time the standing water can cause corrosion or rust that creates leaks. Additionally, the older the gutters are the more likely leaks will develop, especially as the sealant that holds sections together begins to deteriorate. In any of these cases, gutter repair will be necessary.

Gutter repair and cleaning

While gutters can get damaged in a variety of ways, keeping your gutters clean can often save you in unnecessary repairs. If your gutters are regularly cleared of leaves, sticks, and other debris, you are more likely to avoid problems like sags and even leaks. When debris clogs up a gutter it can weigh the gutter down, and eventually cause it to pull away from the house. A sagging gutter results. Sags increase the chance of further damage like leaks or even collapse.

How frequently you clean your gutters often depends on how many trees are in the area, because leaves and sticks are the primary materials that clutter gutters. If you have a lot of trees around, you should probably clean your gutters at least twice per year. If you clean your gutters just once per year, it’s best to do so in the fall once the heaviest concentration of leaves has fallen.

Good maintenance is important throughout your home from your roof to your plumbing. Make sure repairs, including plumbing leak repair, are taken care of quickly.

When should you replace gutters?

When making a choice between gutter repair or replacement you should consider various factors. While you may have a few holes opening up from time to time, if your gutters have multiple holes, cracks, or rust spots, and corrosion, replacement is probably a better option. You may also want to consider replacing your gutters if you have several fasteners breaking loose at one time. A few fasteners can be repaired fairly easily, but the gutters themselves may be the problem if you are having to repair the fasteners often. If you’re seeing a lot of nails or screws on the ground and you’re replacing them frequently your gutters may be wearing out and need to be replaced.

Gutters that are beginning to separate at the seams frequently, it’s a good indication they are wearing and in need of replacement. Frequently needing to repair sagging gutters is usually a good sign it’s time to replace your gutters. In this case, it may be the fascia boards that are rotting, and you can fix your fascia and replace your gutters at the same time. Problems with eroding landscaping or flooded basements, your gutters may be the problem. They may need to be replaced.

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