blog-roofMany associate property damage with winter: ice expands, cold causes materials to crack and freeze and snow piles up, causing roofs to leak and sag. Yet, warm weather comes with its own set of detrimental issues, including the following seven outlined below.

1. Roof Damage

When spring rolls around, your roof faces a new set of issues, including leaks related to winter damage and fallen tree branches. The latter issue is especially concerning, as branches push off shingles, make holes and damage materials underneath. As a result, it’s recommended to check your roof after a storm.

2. Water Damage

Speaking of storms, heavy rains may cause your roof’s materials to bubble which, in turn, can result in a leak. Puddles may form as well and standing water on the surface that isn’t cleaned off will eventually seep through and cause rot.

3. Pests

This time of year, squirrels are known to enter homes through small holes, then tear at your shingles or insulation. The result makes your roof more susceptible to water damage.

4. High Heat

Higher temperatures may cause foundation separation. To spot it, notice any cracked earth near where the ground and house meet. If left alone, it may spread, manifesting as cracks in exterior walls and pipe damage. Experts say that keeping the area moist, not wet, with mulch can lessen the issue, especially if your home uses a concrete slab foundation.

5. Vines

Vines climbing along the side of your home might add rustic appeal – until you realize the damage they can do to your property. For one, they attract squirrels and rodents. Secondly, they reduce your home’s air circulation, which allows mold and mildew to grow. If left unchecked, this eventually causes rot to form under your siding, which leads to shingles pulling from or falling off your home.

6. Poor Caulking

Warmth and humidity may result in separating or cracking caulk. When this occurs around your windows and doors, water comes in during rainstorms. As a result, these fixtures indirectly start to show signs of water damage, such as warping and staining.

7. Clogged Gutters

Also a source of water damage, broken or clogged gutters – this time with leaves and debris – cause rain water to back up. In turn, the pooling or improperly draining water may eventually create a stained ceiling or roof and may make shingles break off.

Even when your home is energy smart like By Carrier’s properties, regular maintenance is essential. If you’re in the early stages of buying property and want to check out custom homes in central Connecticut, contact By Carrier today.

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