Harsh winter weather
and inevitable spring storms wreak havoc on roofs, a home’s
first line of defense against Mother Nature. Snow, driving rain,
hail and even exposure to direct sunlight are hard on roofs. The
National Roofing Contractors’ Association (NRCA) recommends
that homeowners conduct seasonal roof inspections and be aware of
their material options in case their roofs ever require repair or
replacement. Following are tips from CertainTeed, a leader in the
roofing industry, to help your readers keep a discerning eye on
their biggest asset overhead:
- The NRCA says that each spring and fall, homeowners
should clear debris from their gutters, check roof shingles for
damage, inspect the areas around chimneys and pipes, and check
walls and ceilings inside the home for water damage.
- Shingles that are buckled, curled, blistered
or missing an excessive amount of granules are likely at the end
of their lives. CertainTeed recommends homeowners avoid potential
falls from the rooftop and use a pair of binoculars to inspect
from the ground for missing, torn or worn shingles, or better
yet, consult a professional roofer.
- Heightened frequency of severe weather patterns
has popularized weather-resistant roofing shingles. Several designer
shingles and products by CertainTeed are available with wind warranty
coverage up to 110 miles per hour (mph).
- Many shingles are now engineered for impact resistance
and can withstand the impact of a 2-inch steel ball dropped from
a height of 20 feet without cracking. Because of this durability,
homeowners who have impact-resistant shingles installed may be
eligible for insurance premium reductions depending on the location
of their properties and their insurer. CertainTeed offers the
most extensive selection of impact-resistant roofing products
in the industry.