Is Your Roof Ready for the Weather?

As cooler weather takes hold, be sure your roof is ready to keep your home protected.

Your roof has an enormous job to do protecting our home and valuables from damage and keeping us safe in storms and weather. Keeping your roof in good shape is key to protecting the rest of your home. 

When you are evaluating your roof to make sure you are ready for summer storms, winter snow or making sure your roof isn’t in need of a replacement, it is best to start at the top. Look for loose or damaged shingles. You should also check the seals around vents, skylights, and anything else that comes up through the roof. Keep an eye out for worn or damp shingles or any places on the roof that look uneven.

Check your gutters. Make sure they are clear and hung properly. They should securely connect to your downspouts. This will keep ice and water on the correct path away from your home. You should also check your downspouts and be sure the water will drain away from your basement or crawlspace. This quick check now can save you major headaches and costs later.

Now head inside and climb into your attic (if you have one). Between your attic and your roof is a layer of plywood. Is it wet? Warped? Damaged? Are there places that look like they may have been wet but have dried?

You should also check the areas around any skylights and windows. Water that comes in these spaces often indicates an issue with your roof and gutter system. Do your ceilings or walls have wet spots, brown rings, or other signs that they have been wet and dry multiple times? Is your wallpaper peeling? These things can indicate a water issue. Listen to your roof on a windy day. Often a roof that is having issues will creak in the wind or under the weight of snow. 

If you suspect an issue, schedule an appointment with a reputable roofing company or contractor. They will complete a roof inspection and suggest any potential roofing repairs. They can also discuss a new roof installation if that is the best next step.

Remember that all kinds of weather can cause issues. Winter in cold climates brings ice and snow. Excess heat can cause problems as well. Wind and rain can bring down branches and trees that can crack or crush singles. It is also important to remember that wind can drive rain to places it would not reach otherwise. A storm that has wind from the north instead of the regular east direction might expose an issue that you would not have found otherwise.

Making sure your roof is secure and ready for the weather to come is a small investment of time that can save you time and money later.

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Yes! We can arrange for tree removal prior to roof tarping. We’ll coordinate the entire project for you.

It is always your deductible plus upgrades if any.

Not many can. A membrane or metal commercial roof system generally requires a different set of equipment, specialized materials, and expertise. From asphalt emulsion-based systems to built-up and mod-bit systems to galvanized steel, commercial roofs require a different skill set than that of a roofer more used to dealing with residences. Best Roofing Now is the company to choose in North Carolina’s Piedmont Region when you want to “go local” and choose the best commercial roofing company at the same time.

While there could be some initial cost-saving in laying new shingles over an old, aged roof, we generally don’t recommend re-roofing. Old shingles also mean an old roof deck. By tearing off the old shingles, our licensed roofing contractor will then be able to spot any areas of instability or damage to the roof deck that may have been hidden by the shingles. We can replace any sections where there may be wood rot. Roof installation techniques and materials have also changed over the last couple of decades, and your old roof may not be up to code. “Re-roof” jobs may also not carry the same warranties as a full replacement.

Generally, we’ll wait for a break in the rain before climbing onto a roof when the rain is still sheeting due to the safety risk. One of the best benefits to choosing Best Roofing Now is that we live right here in Charlotte, so we’ll be watching the weather along with you. Just give us a call, and together we’ll determine the best time to tarp your roof.

Absolutely not, but you should. Temporary roof tarping is generally covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy, but choosing multiple contractors for the same claim may delay the process. Insurance companies refer their clients to us all the time, though, because they trust us to get the job done right at a reasonable price. We can be on our way to tarp your roof, and we’ll come back and meet with your insurance adjuster to discuss our recommendations for the repairs. One-stop-shopping!

There are two primary ways that homeowners benefit from owning a battery:

First, you can use the battery for backup power. If the grid goes down, you’re still covered. If disaster strikes, if there’s a hurricane in your area, or a fire, or any of the things that we’re all dealing with now, on a much more common basis, having a battery will allow you to continue to have electricity in your home, even if your utility company can’t provide it.

The second reason is that you can often actually save money by getting a battery if you live in a region with specific rate structures where you would benefit from using stored power from the battery during more expensive times of the day. In many regions, the net metering policy allows you to save money without the need for the battery unless you want the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your home can provide electricity even when your utility company can’t. Ask your Best Roofing Now consultant for more information. They’ll be able to give you a detailed proposal of exactly how much a system will cost with a battery if you’re interested in one. We work with all the biggest battery manufacturers and we can absolutely make sure that you get taken care of – whichever way is best for you.

Yes! We have years of experience installing, maintaining, and repairing the membrane roofs and steel roofs most often used for large, flat surfaces. Whether you want to know your options for a full replacement or simply need your roof repaired because you’ve discovered a water leak or other damage, Best Roofing Now can help. We will also help you develop a regular roof maintenance plan to help extend the lifespan of your roof.

Yes! Our experienced, licensed roofers will inspect your roof up close to assess the scope of any obvious damage and also map out the probable unseen damage just below the surface. With that knowledge at hand, we will let you know if roof repair is the most affordable option or if you’re better off with a full roof replacement.

Not every home is eligible for solar, so cross your fingers. Let’s hope you’re one of the lucky ones, and you can save money. There are three main factors:

Number one is called “sun exposure” – does your roof (or the location of your solar panels) get enough access to the sun? One of the things we’ll do is analyze your sun exposure from satellite images and other technology to make sure that you’ve got what’s called “proper solar access”. There’s a percentage we’re looking for which, as long as you’ve got that, you’re good to go.

Number two is orientation. What direction would your panels be facing? Ideally, we would want the panels facing South or West, since that is where the most sunshine hits. So you’re looking for the right sun exposure, you’re looking for the right orientation.

And then there’s just number three. Are there any structural issues with your house or roof that would make it difficult to mount solar panels? And if it turns out that it doesn’t work for solar, no harm done, you got educated and you know it is what it is. But that’s the reason why I encourage you to reach out and get a no-cost proposal from us so we can actually do the hard work of analyzing your property and show you exactly how much money you can save by going solar.