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El Niño and Your Roof

The 2015 – 2016 El Niño has been compared to the 1983 El Niño in terms of its intensity and has tied the record with the strongest previous El Niño on record. Weather experts are quick to note, though, that no two El Niños are alike. Fortunately, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), believes this current El Niño has peaked. In recent months, El Niño has caused hundred-year flooding, massive snowstorms, and mild temperatures. These weather events are a result of a warming of the Pacific Ocean waters around December. The warming of those waters, known as El Niño, drives weather patterns across America, including Oklahoma. The event occurs every two to seven years for reasons still not fully understood.  That patch of water warms for anywhere from six to 18 months before cooling again.

How El Niño Will Affect Weather This Year in Oklahoma

El Niño is getting weaker and will continue to do so through spring; however, it will be a critical factor in the coming weather. The spring temperature outlook is estimated to be above normal for most of Oklahoma. It is predicted that a good portion of Oklahoma will experience seasonal precipitation. The west is anticipated to go above average, while the north and east may fall below average. In general, warmer weather is predicted, but with an active weather pattern. Fewer tornadoes are anticipated this year, but there are likely to be some significant ones during the spring weather season.

How Homeowners Can Prepare for the Upcoming Storm Season

Being a homeowner means that you will be making repairs. It’s just something you accept when you buy a home. However, with preventive maintenance, homeowners won’t face major repairs as often. Here are some preventive measures to take before the storm season hits.

Check for and fix leaks before it rains.

Leak points can result as dry heat causes wood structures to shrink and possibly open up expansion joints. A qualified roofer can spot these points and make the necessary repairs. The majority of roof leaks happen at metal flashing connection points. With this in mind, it’s important to ensure the flashing is clear of debris. Utilize a hose to make certain the flashing is sending water off the roof and into the gutters.

Clean the gutters.

Clear the muck out of the gutters, paying particular attention to the downspout. Check the gutter spikes, and ensure that the spikes are securely fastened. Replace as needed to secure the gutters. Check for leaks. Leaks could come from holes in gutters or cracked caulking in the seams. If rusted, either replace the gutters or sand off the rust and paint with primer and then rust inhibiting paint.

Assess the trees in your yard.

A tree branch that comes within six feet of your roof can be a risk. Not only does the risk exist from weather, but also because small animals may use it to gain access to your home. Of course, if an entire tree stands close enough to fall on your roof, you may want to consult with a professional roofing contractor or tree expert about its risk and possible removal.

Call in experts when help is needed.

If severe weather does strike and roofs are damaged across the area, be weary of out-of-state roofing companies who rush into the area and set up temporary shops. Look for a home-based OK roofing company like Majestic Roofing. We have been here for more than thirty years, proudly serving Oklahoma residents. Our company specializes in residential and commercial roofing, so we can take care of any roofing needs.

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