In Texas, springtime weather is unpredictable. Anything from tornados to droughts to severe thunderstorms is possible, and all these conditions can wreak havoc on the state of your roofing this spring. This article will explore some common roof issues that come with the change of seasons, what causes them, and how best to respond.
First and Foremost
Are you protected?
The most crucial issue you should address as you head into spring isn’t even related to the roof’s state itself. Step one is ensuring your policies adequately cover your roof against a hailstorm. Full “Replacement Cost Value (RCV)” coverage on your home ensures there are no surprises if you must file an insurance claim. Too often, homeowners don’t understand their coverage and are underinsured, forcing them to pay out of pocket to use a reputable company or settle for an inferior job.
Call your insurance agent and do a quick audit of your homeowner’s policy (and all policies, for that matter) to ensure you are properly insured. We get a lot of hail in Texas, and insurance companies constantly change their coverage. So, take a few minutes once a year to ensure you have the best coverage for your home and roofing this spring. That simple step can make all the difference when spring weather strikes.
Other common spring roofing issues?
Shingles can last anywhere from 15 to 50 years. With a range that wide, it is essential to check your shingles’ condition regularly. Extreme weather conditions can cause shingles to crack, curl, or warp. In some instances, shingles can even become misaligned. Damaged shingles are essentially holes in your roof’s armor, which can lead to more damage if not repaired.
Blocked or broken gutters
Initially, blocked gutters may appear to be a mere hassle. However, gutters serve an essential function for your roofing this spring. When left uncleaned and/or unrepaired, blocked, or damaged, gutters can lead to mold, foundation problems, and leaks over time as excess water has no route to drain properly. Therefore, annual gutter checks and cleanings are a vital part of your roof’s longevity, especially if your property or neighborhood has many tall trees.
In the winter, animals seek warm areas to shelter themselves from the cold conditions. A roof with a heater underneath it is the perfect place for those animals, which prompts them to set up camp. Unfortunately, in search of even warmer conditions, pests can then attempt to move further into your home, leading to both roof and interior damage.
What do I do next?
Take an active role in maintaining your roofing this spring as the first step toward avoiding future issues. This step includes monitoring the condition of your roof (especially after severe weather) and making sure your gutters are clean and functional to avoid damage.
As the next step, you should consult with the experts. At HUF Construction, we are dedicated to completing high-quality roofing construction projects for Waxahachie, Ellis County, the greater DFW area, and the Permian Basin. Spring weather is no match for our extensive experience and craftsmanship. Contact Huf Construction today with your roofing questions. We are happy to assist you!