The southern part of the U.S. is expected to experience extreme heavy precipitation during the winter months because of the impending El Niño season. NRCA is urging homeowners and business owners to take action as early as possible in preparing their roof systems for the expected rainy weather.
In some areas of the U.S. it is currently taking months to secure an appointment with a roofing contractor for a roof system repair or replacement. If consumers believe they are in need of roof system maintenance to prevent leaking or additional damage to their property, NRCA recommends contacting a professional roofing contractor as soon as possible.
However, NRCA warns it is common for unprofessional contractors to take advantage of unsuspecting and distressed homeowners and do less than proper repairs on roof systems.
A list of criteria to consider when hiring a professional roofing contractor, as well as NRCA member contractors by geographic area, can be found at NRCA’s consumer website www.everybodyneedsaroof.com.
NRCA also recommends cleaning out all gutters and downspouts throughout the El Niño season to ensure rain water will properly drain from roofs.
In addition, NRCA strongly advises against homeowners climbing up to their roofs to perform inspections or to remove debris and urges homeowners to contact a professional roofing contractor to perform these tasks.