Get ready … after a brutal winter throughout the country, springtime weather is no picnic. Thunderstorms, high winds, hail and tornados are all commonplace as the weather warms up and storms kick in.
“Weather conditions have changed so much in recent years,” says Mark Clement, co-host of MyFixitUpLife home improvement radio show and a professional contractor. “My recommendation is to always select an impact-resistant roof for the home. Even though we live inland in Pennsylvania, we put a DaVinci Roofscapes polymer slate roof on our home.
“Now is the time to carefully evaluate your home’s exterior. Never assume that the roof, windows, doors or garage doors that held up well during previous storms will again be able to handle severe weather conditions.
“Repeated exposure to strong weather can take a toll on the home. Always review and evaluate the effectiveness of the entire home ‘envelope’ each year. Start at the top of your home and evaluate the condition of your roof first, then work down to your windows, entry doors and garage doors. These are the four most critical areas of the home because if any one of these areas is compromised, then wind and pressure can enter the home with devastating results.”
A home’s roof should be examined yearly to determine if there are missing shingles, curling or splitting shingles, lifting shingles or loss of granules. Both straight line winds and pressurized winds can cause different damage — from uplifting the shingles off the roof to pushing intense wind-driven rain and flying debris onto the roof. Also check for damage from severe winter weather that may have included freeze/thaw cycles, heavy snow sliding off the roof, damage to gutters and loose tiles.
Clement notes that these headaches are greatly reduced when having a composite slate or imitation shake roof from DaVinci installed on the home. The manufactured slate and composite shake roofs resist impact, fire, insects and termites — making for years of worry-free enjoyment of your designer roof.
For more insights on preparing your home for the next season, see Springtime Home Improvement Tips for Knowing When It’s Time to Replace The Roof on Your Home and Hail Bounces Off DaVinci Synthetic Roofs.