|For Immediate Release||CONTACT: Charlotte Norgaard|
|Date: March 26, 2014||(847) 493-7548|
Following a Brutal Winter, the National Roofing Contractors Association Advises Homeowners to Take Extra Steps to Prepare Roofs for Spring Thaw
Rosemont, Ill. With the snow and ice conditions of the 2013-14 winter season being some of the severest on record, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is advising homeowners to inspect their roof systems with extra caution this year in preparation for spring.
NRCA recommends all homeowners remove all debris from rooftops, drains, gutters and downspouts to ensure water from melting snow and ice, and spring rains will properly drain from the roof.
Homeowners also should look to determine that the winter's snow and ice has not damaged roof shingles or flashings or loosened sheet-metal openings. In addition, homeowners should check for signs of leakage around roof hatches, skylights and vents. Shingles around gutters should also be checked for damage from melting ice dams. If a roof has leakage due to ice damming, the damage should be inspected by an NRCA member contractor.
When cleaning gutters and inspecting a roof system, homeowners should make sure ladders are on solid, level ground and are secured at the top to prevent slipping. Before climbing ladders, homeowners should inspect rungs and rails for damage. In addition, a ladder must extend at least 3 feet above the gutter or eave edge and should be angled 1 foot back from the house for every 4 feet in eave height.
NRCA strongly advises contacting a roofing contractor if debris removal and close inspection cannot be done from a ground level.
To locate an NRCA member contractor, homeowners can visit NRCA's website, www.nrca.net/RoofingContractors/Find.
NRCA is one of the construction industry's most respected trade associations and the voice of roofing professionals and leading authority in the roofing industry for information, education, technology and advocacy. It represents all segments of the roofing industry, including contractors; manufacturers; distributors; architects; consultants; engineers; building owners; and city, state and government agencies. NRCA's mission is to inform and assist the roofing industry, act as its principal advocate and help members in serving their customers. NRCA continually strives to enhance every aspect of the roofing industry. For information about NRCA and its services and offerings, visit www.nrca.net.