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Is your home protected this winter?

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North Carolina is notorious for its intense temperature swings. Just last week, the Triangle area experienced several days in the 70°s. Then, snow and temperatures dropping to the mid-20°s this week. While this may be the area’s only snow of the season, roofs may still be at risk due to the drastic fluctuations in weather.

Water’s nature is to contract and expand. As a liquid, water can seep into small cracks where it may then freeze and expand. This causes the crevices to further stretch, crack or open. The same way potholes form on the highway, ice-dams can wreak havoc on a roof. Ice-dams may not be common in the Triangle area of North Carolina, but the same “freeze-melt cycling” may still occur without any obvious snow buildup. Freezing rain, sleet and rain that later freezes can all potentially lead to the same issues caused by ice-dams. Homes may be especially at risk considering the amount of wind and hail damage caused by the recent storms here in the Triangle. If you suspect storm damage to your roof, reach out to a roofing professional. Schedule an inspection to identify the damage before any leaks can occur.

The elements can be unpredictable, but Artisan is not. WinterGuard is included as a part of CertainTeed’s Integrity Roof System, which means Artisan Quality Roofing always applies CertainTeed WinterGuard: Ice & Water Shield on all valleys and roof penetrations during roof installations. Are you protected against winter related leaks?

Creatures in the Attic?

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Fluttering at night? Noises in your attic? Feeling like you’re not alone in your home? You may not be.

While we’re not referring to ghosts or goblins, we’re alluding to a much worse horror story in the making: BATS. Cute as they are, guano can cause damage to your roof. Guano, or bat droppings, look like mice droppings, however bats deposit in piles, which may lead to mold and fungus growth, with potential for wood rot in your roof or attic. Bats are extremely beneficial to the environment, but they can carry diseases and additional pests that are harmful to humans. Keep an eye on possible entry points such as dormers, vents, ridge caps, or gaps in fascia and roof trim; if you notice dark staining near these areas, bats may be the culprit. If you suspect these (or any other) critters in your dwelling, you may consider contacting @trianglepestinc to have them safely removed.