You work hard to keep that roof over your head. That's why it's important to maintain your home's longevity. Paying attention to the seasonal weather changes that affect your home will save you a significant amount of time and money. And, while you may initially think of the harshest of conditions mother nature throws our way, it takes far less to cause deterioration of a home's structure over time. Luckily, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Listed below are damaging weather conditions that arise year-round, and simple ways you (or a service professional) can protect your home.
Spring / Summer
The Spring and Summer seasons bring a wave of excitement for warmer weather, beach days, vacations, barbeques, and fun indoor activities. Yet, we often forget that summer can bring about the most severe storms, fires, hail, and floods. In fact, 1 in 3 Americans experienced a weather disaster in the summer of 2021 and this trend is expected to continue. So, bracing your home to withstand the elements is more important than ever.
Attics: For most homeowners, attics are 'out of sight, out of mind' but the summer heat can cause significant problems. Moisture generated by daily routines in the home as well as the exterior elements (i.e., humidity; rain), may accumulate in the attic if there isn't proper ventilation. This can cause a series of problems, including mold and mildew. In addition, poor attic ventilation can cause an increased air conditioning bill during the warmer months due to your HVAC having to work harder. Moreover, improper or nonexistent attic ventilation can cause costly roofing systems and structural problems including mold.
Windows and Doors: Any gaps or cracks may allow water to seep through during a rainstorm. Over time the build-up of moisture not only causes water damage, which increases the risk of mold, but also becomes particularly attractive to termites.
Foundation: Water trickling through your home's foundation during and after rainstorms will cause major damage.
Landscape: In the case of protecting your home from water damage, landscape grading involves sloping the land so that water flows away from a house.
Your Home's Interior: Heat and light entering your home not only drives up your energy bill, but also causes fading of your walls, carpets, and furniture. Additionally, high humidity increases the risk for mold.
Check Your Trees: If you have trees that are dead, diseased or hollowed it may not withstand the winds and rainfall from summer storms.
Fall / Winter
Frigid temperatures, mounds of snow, icicles hanging from the gutters. The wintry weather does more than put a damper on your mood, it affects your home. So be prepared before the year's first freeze.
Roof: Ice dams form when snow or ice melts and then refreezes, causing a buildup of ice at the edge of your roof. Uneven roof temperatures also play a significant role in the development of ice dams as warmer temperatures inside the attic cause ice to melt on the upper portion of the roof and then it refreezes as it drains off to cooler parts of the roof, typically near the soffit or overhangs. Ice dams are also typically seen when gutters are blocked as the melted water cannot drain properly. This in turn forces the water to back up under the shingles, which can cause damaging leaks in your attic or living space. There are a few ways you can prepare for the winter:
Foundation: During the winter, the ground goes through a freeze/thaw cycle in which it freezes and then melts, over and over. This causes the soil to shift (expand and contract) which means there is movement beneath and around your home's foundation. This can cause pressure and damage potentially leading to cracks in your foundation.
Pipes (Indoor and Outdoor): When water freezes, it expands. This causes pressure within your pipes and can lead to a burst pipe inside your home, as well as damaged pipes in your outdoor irrigation systems (i.e., sprinkler systems).
Tree Limbs: In the winter conditions, weight from snow and ice or low temperatures can cause limbs to break and fall on your roof, power lines, or siding.
Remember, with proper planning and safety precautions the steps you take now to prevent costly damages will save you time, money, and stress. If your roof is top of mind, be sure you are collaborating with a certified professional you can trust such as National Contractors, Inc.
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Article and Snow images courtesy of GAF/Stefanie Zinchiak M. Ed