Residents in the Mid-Atlantic area know how all about the bipolar weather. In 2009 and 2010, the region suffered one of the worst snowstorms in decades, and the overall snowfall in most of the region was over 3 feet. However, not four months later, the Mid-Atlantic States started to feel the onset of one of the hottest summers in quite a while. Not only did the summer bring heat – it brought some violent thunderstorms through the area as well. Some of the Mid-Atlantic areas that are affected by the constantly changing weather include Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and the District of Columbia.
The severity of the weather did a lot of damage to the area. Not only did the heavy snowfall basically shut down the region for days, the snow on top of homes and businesses caused damage to buildings and their roofs. That amount of snowfall can damage not only the roof, but also the foundation of the building. Once that is compromised, the price of repair just skyrocketed.
Once the dog days of summer hit, so did the thunderstorms. One precaution that should be taken before the stormy months is to have your gutters cleared of debris. A few storms have also been very violent, knocking out power for hundreds of thousands of people in the DC metro area, as well as elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic. The staggering amounts of rainfall and even hail can cause small cracks and abrasions to occur in a building’s roof. If the problem is not properly fixed, or goes unnoticed for months, serious damage can take place on the roof and also to the foundation of the home. After such storms, it is important to take a look at your roof to check for loose shingles and visible signs of wear. Caught early, the roof can be protected very cheaply. Otherwise, the costs could pile up very quickly.