Millennial market madness: How buyers in this generation are shaking up local housing trends

Millennial market madness: How buyers in this generation are shaking up local housing trends

April 6, 2021

Charlotte Business Journal, Laura Williams-Tracy

Millennials famously put off buying homes longer than previous generations and are now getting a rude welcome to the real estate market. Trading that trendy urban rental for a first home is bringing new buyers face to face with high prices and fierce competition.

Buyers between the ages of 25 and 40 are now the fastest-growing segment of homebuyers. According to the National Association of Realtors, millennials now make up 38% of the home-buying population.

Sarah Airing and her fiancé, Garrett Ford, began looking at homes in October ahead of their May wedding. They encountered canceled home tours as sellers entertained multiple offers. Airing and Ford made offers on two houses only to lose out to higher bids.

On the third try, they landed a three-bedroom house with a renovated kitchen in east Charlotte.

“The third time, we were more aggressive,” Airing says. “We really loved this house we ended up with. We are saving money, and we have an investment now.”

In 2018, millennial homeownership was at a record low. The generation has waited longer than previous generations to set up households after graduating from college in the last recession and carrying $1.5 trillion in student debt.

Three years later, millennials still face financial challenges, but other factors weigh on their purchase decisions and are pushing them into the market, says Faith Triggs, an agent with Keller Williams SouthPark.

Covid-19 sent many home to work, creating the necessity for more space or the desire for less communal living. Young couples can trade two rents for one mortgage. In many cases, friends are becoming roommates with one paying rent to help make the mortgage.

Triggs says buyers are motivated by low interest rates and because they are already paying high rent.

“If you are paying $1,500 in rent for a small two-bedroom, and you can get a mortgage for $1,000 — you do the math. Why wouldn’t you do it?”

Other first-time buyers are relocating from larger markets, says Nick Hill, a Realtor with Allen Tate’s SouthPark office.

“I have had several clients and friends find out that their jobs are forever remote so they figure, why should I pay $4,000 in rent in New York City when I could have a three- or four-bedroom house here with a mortgage payment that’s half that,” Hill says.

Those with lower budgets are finding only fixer-uppers for less than $300,000. The average price point is $345,000.

“I have to help some understand that this is your first house, not your forever house,” Triggs says. “Let’s get you in your first house with 85% of what you want and then you leverage that to move up. We have to manage expectations so they see the long game.”

Hill says about a quarter of his millennial clients are not willing to compromise on location or reseidental construction amenities to get a new home and are choosing townhouses to stay closer to town.

About 70% of sales by Brookline Homes are to millennials, a growing percentage in the past year, says Andi Dirkschneider, Brookline Homes vice president.

Brookline has targeted Gaston County for construction as a way to keep its homes priced under $350,000. Dirkschneider says the builder has found affordable land there, and the commute into center city is shorter than from parts of Ballantyne.

Brookline is building in Belmont, Mount Holly and Cramerton and soon will begin in Gastonia with a 108-townhouse project called Beatty Woods. Homes will be priced in the low to mid-$200,000s. Brookline opened a model home in July and has already sold the first 70 homes. Other Brookline projects are in Huntersville and Concord.

About 85% of Brookline Homes are townhouses, though it has two projects coming up with single-family homes.

Dirkschneider, herself a millennial, says her conversations with her friend group helped Brookline determine what millennials want in their first homes.

Andi Dirkschneider, vice president of land acquisition and development at Brookline Homes, is pictured with townhomes at Beatty Woods in Belmont.
A look inside a model townhome by Brookline Homes at Beatty Woods in Belmont.

“We heard they were not finding what they wanted where they wanted to live,” Dirkschneider says. Luxury modern apartments set a high bar for amenities in new houses, Dirkschneider says, and Brookline aims to keep some of those amenities, such as dog parks, ample USB ports and smart locks that do not require a key in the door.

Dirkschneider says millennial buyers would quickly turn up their nose to laminate floors and carpet in the living room, so all Brookline homes have hardwood floors or engineered vinyl plank flooring.

Those features are part of the base package price, so buyers do not have to wonder how much the upgrades they want will cost.

“Buying a house is scary and a mortgage is intimidating,” Dirkschneider says. “We include features in the base price so there’s no sticker shock. The younger generation is so used to being able to price check anything.”

Bart Hopper, founder of Hopper Communities, develops townhouses at in-town locations such as lower South End, Wesley Heights and FreeMoreWest. Hopper says his buyers are generally younger people, singles or couples without children who want to stop renting but do not want to leave Charlotte’s amenities.

 “We are selling primarily to millennials. They want to be near all the action, the restaurants, the shopping, the workouts,” Hopper says. “Millennials who have kids are going out to the suburbs, going further to get more house.”

Hopper Communities townhouses are priced from the high $300,000s up to the mid-$600,000s. A popular seller among younger buyers are four-level townhouses that include a rooftop terrace at its Bryant Park Terraces development. Every community includes a dog park to satisfy millennial pet owners.

Hopper says he believes the Covid-19 pandemic pushed millennials to want to leave apartment living with shared elevators and common spaces and move to their own home with their own HVAC system.

“It makes them feel safe,” Hopper says. “We see a lot of single young women buying and getting out of apartments.”

Hopper says low interest rates and strong demand means he presells units well before construction begins. Bryant Park Terraces on West Morehead Street just went vertical, and 13 of the 52 units have sold.

The same demand exists for single-family homes. Hopper Communities recently rezoned and engineered 300 residential lots in Mooresville for major production builders.

“If you can get land under contract, rezoned and engineered and ready to go for the site work, there’s a feeding frenzy of builders interested,” Hopper says.

This article was originally posted in Charlotte Business Journal

How Building Momentum is Supporting Imagination and Playtime for School-aged Kids

Throughout the pandemic, families everywhere have had to make changes to the way they do everyday things. With distance learning and stay-at-home-orders, many children have missed out on the opportunity to truly play. While it may not seem that important to adults, imaginative play teaches kids important skills – such as how to regulate their emotions and solve problems. These are beneficial skills they will use throughout their lives. 

How Building Momentum is Supporting Imagination and Playtime for School-aged Kids

This year, Building Momentum helped Chloe Varelidi with the use of their laser cutters to create her Follies Play Kit. This brightly colored building toy allows children to build their own play space. The large pieces connect together to create unique structures that kids can easily make adjustments to or create new structures. The pieces are constructed from the same material as indoor playgrounds ensuring a sturdy toy that will last for years to come.  

In addition to providing kids a toy to play with both indoors and out, the Follies Play Kit encourages kids to develop math, engineering, spatial and tactile skills. Supported by the National Science Foundation and educators everywhere, learning STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math) helps children develop important language and problem-solving skills. Playing with toys like the Follies Play Kit helps kids learn through self-discovery.   

Educators understand the importance of STEM learning which is why many encourage students to continue practicing STEM skills while remote learning from home. Unfortunately, many courses in the STEM fields require students to physically touch and feel materials within the lesson. This simply isn’t possible through a computer screen or tablet. This is why STEM toys and activities are so critical. 

Toys like the Follies Play Kit allow kids to become architects, designers and builders. When the structure falls apart or doesn’t stand up straight, they learn they must adjust and rebuild. This helps build self-confidence and encourages learning while also stimulating and encouraging children to manage strong emotions like frustration and anger.

Playing with STEM toys at an early age can spark an interest in the STEM subjects. Toys can foster interests that may one day become a hobby or even a career. 

Bringing Toys to Life

Building Momentum encourages and supports innovators like Chloe Varelidi by providing a variety of prototyping services and solutions designed to help jump start projects. Their team of skilled professionals understands the importance and urgency of getting great ideas off the drawing board and into production. They also understand the importance of play and the STEM subjects, especially during distance learning. 

Please contact us for information about our prototyping services.  Orginally seen on https://buildmo.com/blog/how-building-momentum-is-supporting-imagination-and-playtime-for-school-aged-kids

SAFETY AND THOUGHTFULNESS – KEY THEMES FOR 2021 CORPORATE EVENTS

As we begin 2021, businesses are starting to plan events for the year. While it’s unclear how much longer we’ll have to limit our interactions with others, many are hopeful for the opportunity to reconnect with friends and co-workers in a safe way. 

Maintaining and nurturing positive work relationships is critical. Without regular interaction, problem solving, employee communication and satisfaction can suffer. This can impact work performance and productivity – making employee satisfaction diminish. Planning a corporate event shows that you are invested in your employees. It also helps encourage collaboration and boosts employee morale. 

Finding the Perfect Space 

Planners must choose an event venue that allows for adequate social distancing, ideally with some outdoor space for maximum ventilation. The Garden offers 2,600 square feet of space for events of all sizes. The rustic, industrial-chic event hall provides an ideal space for meetings, presentations, company parties and more. With no minimum booking time, The Garden is a great choice for accommodating last-minute gatherings. This might prove especially beneficial now, as companies navigate the changes caused by COVID-19. 

To ensure the safety of all guests and staff, The Garden has implemented several safety measures including limited capacity, increased cleaning, and sanitization using innovative technology and they will continue to adjust the number of occupants allowed in the facility in accordance with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s COVID-19 guidelines.

Childcare is always a factor when planning events outside of regular work hours and The Garden offers a solution. With partnerships that include neighboring businesses, Scramble and Sportrock, event planners can provide a safe and fun activity for children to attend while their parents are at The Garden. Both of these businesses offer kids camps to keep children busy and having fun safely while their parents enjoy their time connecting with colleagues.

Optional Alternatives for Kids

  • Sportrock provides climbing walls for children. In addition to being one of the founding rock climbing gyms in the country, Sportrock has the most highly certified routesetting team in the industry. Children that attend Sportrock camp learn problem-solving skills, build strength, stamina, and flexibility, and build concentration, coordination and patience. 
  • Scramble offers fun and educational camps for children ages pre-k to 5th grade. Attendees learn through play as they interact with their peers. Kids that attend Scramble camp build social skills, increase their coordination, balance, and motor skills, and learn to deal with tough emotions like fear, frustration, and anger. By encouraging imaginative play, Scramble helps kids form unique ideas and solutions to a wide range of problems.

Corporate Event Venue

In addition to plenty of space and camp opportunities for children, The Garden is conveniently located just a two-minute walk from Van Dorn Metro Station on the Blue Line. The Garden allows event attendees to bring outside food and drink, so catering can be arranged as desired. 

Companies considering corporate events for 2021 should begin planning now. It’s likely that event venues will book fast once the pandemic is behind us.

Please contact The Garden for more information about our partnerships with Scramble and Sportrock or to book your next event. Orginally seen on: https://www.thegarden.net/blog-3/safety-and-thoughtfulness-key-themes-for-2021-corporate-events

How a Drain Line Repair Can Save the Earth and Your Wallet

It does not matter if it is a kitchen sink faucet, a drip from a bathtub, or a running toilet: 10% of United States households have severe leaks in their plumbing that can lead up to 90 gallons of water waste per day. This doesn’t have to happen. The government-backed organization, Energy Star, says using certain water-saving techniques can keep the environment healthy. Saving water means using less energy, and using less energy means cleaner lakes and rivers. What is Energy Stars number one listed water-saving technique? Making changes in your own home by stopping leaks with a drain and sewer line repair.

Saving water means saving the earth but it also means saving you money on your monthly water utility bill. According to Lakeview Water Corp., an unusually high water bill is most often caused by a leak. In order to pinpoint exactly what it is in your home that is wasting your money on incessant dripping, they recommend a plumber to come in and perform a routine drain line repair. So, in order to get the best of both worlds — saving money and saving the earth — a drain line repair is a must. Though, a few questions remain.

What should I check for leaks?

When you’re problem solving and wondering if you should invest in drain line repair, you should inspect anything that sprouts water. This can be a sink faucet, a bathtub faucet, a toilet, a clothes washer, or even an outside hose or sprinkler.

It isn’t just your inside pipes that could be contributing to the problem. LWC assumes the most common cause of leaks is from toilets with continuously running toilets wasting up to 200 gallons a day. Underground leaks from outdoor usage is the runner up for where the most common leaks come from.

How do I know if something is leaking?

Before calling a plumber right away for drain line repair, there’s a trick to check if a toilet has a leak. Take off the top of the tank behind the toilet, flush the toilet, wait for it to refill with water, drip colored dye, and wait twenty minutes. After twenty minutes, look inside the tank. If there is any color left in the water, there is a leak.

Also with toilets, there might be a low humming sound that might sound like it is “running”. For outside leaks, check under crawlspaces for soggy ground. Sinks and bathtubs are easier to eyeball for drain line repair: in this case, the faucets simply drip water when not turned on.

What exactly is drain line repair?

After finding and contacting a local plumbing company in your area for a quote and service request, a typical drain line repair checks for leaks by examining the washers and gaskets for wear and replacing them if necessary. The plumbing company, or plumbing companies, you contact are the best point of reference.

Getting a drain line replacement is going to be necessary for the long run, especially if you live in higher populated cities like California. It’s worth it to check out plumbing companies in San Diego, CA since a recent survey by the American Water Works Association shows a typical San Diego household pays about $80 a month for water when the national average is less than $40 a month. By simply searching for a plumbing company near me, it’ll be the first step towards repairing the earth and your wallet.

Orignally seen: https://myplumberca.com/how-a-drain-line-repair-can-save-the-earth-and-your-wallet/

Important Estate Planning Factors to Consider

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Recent events have created a lot of personal and economic uncertainty for people around the globe. During these uncertain times, it’s not uncommon to start thinking about the future. Not surprisingly, the current global pandemic has led to an increase in personal planning and people developing, reviewing, and modifying their estate plans.  

comprehensive estate plan answers many uncomfortable questions and scenarios. It identifies the people responsible for handling medical decisions, financial affairs, estate affairs, and assets of an individual when they can no longer make these decisions themselves. This provides peace of mind for loved ones and ensures family members respect the individual’s wishes. 

It’s extremely important to review estate planning documents regularly. This is the only way to ensure up-to-date information and that the documents reflect current intentions. Although many people believe they can handle estate planning themselves, this isn’t advised. Having a poorly executed plan could have a long-lasting and costly impact on loved ones. Even relatively simple estates can benefit from the advice and assistance of a qualified estate planning professional. 

Act Now

There’s no better time than the present to begin developing or revising an estate plan. In addition to alleviating many of the fears caused by the global crisis, current low interest rates and reduced asset values enhance the ability to engage in cost-effective wealth transfers. Another benefit of acting fast, individuals can take advantage of the temporary doubled estate, gift, and generation-skipping tax (GST) exemption. Although not scheduled for reduction until 2026, the GST exemption may change before that time if legislation passes. This is why it’s so important to begin the estate planning process now. 

Documentation

Estate plans can include a number of documents. When developing a plan, it’s important to know which ones to include.  Regardless of the situation, every plan should include a last will and testament, medical power of attorney, financial power of attorney, and living will.  While the last will directs the distribution of assets after a person’s death, a living will helps individuals state their wishes should they end up on life support or in an end stage condition.  Combined, these documents ensure that family members follow the individual’s wishes, provide loved ones with peace of mind during a difficult time, and later, facilitate the probate process.

Another document to consider as part of the estate plan is a revocable living trust (RLT).  This planning tool allows the individual to move assets like investments, bank accounts, real estate, or business holdings into a trust while they are still alive.  The assets placed in an RLT avoid probate, which speeds up the transfer of the assets to the beneficiaries.  It also protects the privacy of the individual.  A trust can also allow an individual some control over the distribution of assets even after death.  This can be important in the case of a split family, a second marriage, or a special-needs beneficiary. 

Annapolis/DC Area Estate and Tax Planning Consultants

It’s natural to have questions when revising or developing an estate plan.  Working with a knowledgeable team of estate planning professionals can help ensure that every factor is considered.  This alleviates stress and ensures the best possible outcome.  TMDL can help!  We have years of experience guiding clients through both the estate planning and administration processes.  Please contact us about our services. Article originally seen on: https://tmdlcpa.com/important-estate-planning-factors-to-consider/

THE REYNOLDS TEAM HELPED THESE MARYLAND TEACHERS UPGRADE BY SELLING THEIR HOME FAST & OVER ASKING PRICE

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As space was becoming scarce in their home with four kids, Salim and Valerie, both teachers in Maryland, needed to move up to a much larger house! Our task was to sell their home in Fort Washington, MD, and at the same time, find a new place located within their school district.

First, we helped Salim and Valerie get their home ready for market by suggesting repairs and cosmetic improvements that would make their stunning home stand out. While renovations were being made, we were on the hunt for the PERFECT home! We strategically found a house that was fully-equipped with tons of space—a bonus loft space, spread out bedrooms, and a finished basement! SarahDebbie, and The Reynolds Team secured this dream home by swiftly selling Salim and Valerie’s home just 14 DAYS after going LIVE on our marketing channels for ABOVE ASKING PRICE!

Sell Faster! Selling a home can be so stressful, especially when your home sits on the market. We sell our listings three times faster, which reduces stress for our clients and gets more money in their pocket. Curious on how quickly your home could sell? Call Us at 703-844-1227.

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Oncology Care Programs and Pastoral Counseling

While we are all self quarantining because of COVID-19 at home, many of us don’t have the ability to visit some doctors or get the counseling services we need.

For those of you are looking for second opinion on a cancer diagnosis we have a suggestion fo you.

At Paideia Oncology Care, they’re dedicated to providing you with the foremost cancer care, with the best possible outcomes. They take a faith-based, Christ-centered, comprehensive approach to the treatment of your cancer.

Most great doctors or dentists understand the value of a second opinion, and they are not offended when a patient wants one. Initially, we provide an in-depth assessment of your cancer by extensively reviewing your medical records. This includes analyzing pathology reports, imaging studies and appropriate molecular, cytogenetic and bio-marker data. We then provide an exhaustive, personalized and exclusive Consultation/Second-Opinion. In addition, we provide monthly follow up, remote monitoring consultative sessions for the duration of your treatment. This is done to insure optimal medical management of your illness.

During this period, you may choose unlimited access to our board-certified medical oncologists. But above all, and most importantly, we provide a comprehensive cancer distress management program. This program involves weekly sessions with a pastoral counselor which is, we  believe, the key advantage to overcoming your cancer.

Yes, by your Faith, we move your cancer care to a higher realm—-right into the arms of God, the great physician.

As a result, Paideia Oncology Care is leading the way in comprehensive cancer treatment. We will help you obtain a better cancer outcome, and even more importantly, a greater faith in God.  For a free consultation with one of our physicians, call (201) 906-6391.

About Dr. Graham

Dr. Peter E. Graham MD is a board certified medical oncologist, who has practiced Hematology- Oncology for over 40 years. Dr. Graham is a highly regarded and experienced national physician. In practicing medicine, he has personally witnessed the power that faith can have in eradicating cancer. Dr. Graham has recognized that this is the method that Jesus himself prescribed. In the Bible, “Your faith has made you whole” Jesus said time and time again. In this regard, Dr. Graham has developed a telemedicine program that emphasizes faith, intertwined with the best cancer treatment available via telemedicine.

About Pastor Scudder

David Scudder worked ten years in the business world before becoming a full-time senior pastor, first in rural North Carolina and then, since 1992, at Bethel Chapel Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Also previously serving the Lord at a nearby cancer center, Pastor Scudder has extensive experience working with those who are struggling with the emotional and spiritual issues that cancer can bring. He brings faith into the lives of stressed and brokenhearted individuals, by applying God’s Word to meet their needs.

Frederick’s Fastest-Selling New Home Community

Landsdale Frederick MD Homes for sale

Life With A View

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Landsdale Frederick is more than just a community, it’s a way of life. Every aspect has been thoughtfully designed to inspire more relaxation, togetherness and fun in your daily life. A place where you can enjoy a tennis match and a dip in the pool, gathering with neighbors at the clubhouse, or watching the sunset from your back porch. A place where you can own a new home built just for you. With five of the area’s most talented builders, offering a large selection of home styles, it’s easy to find the perfect fit for you and your family. Perhaps the most exceptional quality of Landsdale is the incredible natural beauty surrounding it, making you feel that no matter what you’re doing, you’re living somewhere very special indeed.

  • 6,000 square foot Craftsman-style clubhouse overlooking community
  •  8-lane Olympic-size pool
  • Zero-entry leisure pool
  • Tennis courts
  • Playgrounds and tot lots
  • Sport court and open spaces
  •  Walking/biking trails
  • Outdoor amphitheater
  • Future elementary school on-site

Carved into the rolling hills of Frederick County, Landsdale is a stunning master-planned community thoughtfully designed to capture the best in small-town living. This modern sanctuary is a careful blend of serene natural beauty and active vibrant lifestyle in a perfectly accessible location. Here, you will find a place that feels as fresh as it does familiar with meandering streets, adventurous amenities and sweeping views of Sugarloaf Mountain. A place where you can connect with your neighbors, make life-long friends and enjoy the simplicities of life. A place that’s inspired, offering the latest new townhome and single-family home designs from the finest local builders. A place you’ll be delighted to call home.

With picturesque rolling hills and sweeping views of Sugarloaf Mountain, Landsdale’s location in Frederick County offers a tranquil respite for those looking to escape the daily grind. Here you are perfectly placed just 4 miles east of Urbana, near sought-after schools, shopping, dining, arts, entertainment and recreation, with instant accessibility to downtown Frederick and commuter routes to Montgomery County, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Whether you seek unique epicurean delights, a quick bite while shopping, an afternoon of outdoor exploration, or an escape to an exotic destination, Landsdale makes it easy for you to satisfy your every whim. No matter where you decide to roam, you will feel a breath of fresh air every time you come home.

  • 4 Miles East of Urbana
  • 4 Miles to I-270 and 2 Miles to I-70
  • 10 Miles to Downtown Frederick
  • 25 Miles to Rockville Town Center
  • Everyday conveniences nearby
  • Highly Acclaimed Frederick County Schools
  • Convenient to three International Airports

Frederick’s Fastest-Selling New Home Community

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WAYS TO ADD VALUE TO YOUR HOME

Even if you don’t plan to sell your home any time soon, it’s never a bad idea to add some value to it. Not only does this make it worth more should you choose to sell it in the future, but it makes living there more enjoyable for you. Investing in your home is a worthy way to spend your money and can increase the value of your daily life.

There are all kinds of things you can do to increase the value of your home. Some of them are small and simple, while others are a bit more involved. You can pick and choose depending on the state of your home and find the best ways to spruce the place up.

CONSIDER REMODELING

From kitchen remodeling to basement remodeling, home renovations can greatly increase the value of your home. New paint and flooring alone can help to boost the beauty and monetary value, but you can boost them even more by adding new appliances or plumbing items. Not only does this make your home worth more, but it will make it a more enjoyable place to live for you. Having a gorgeous kitchen to cook in or a luxurious tub to bathe in can make being at home more relaxing. You can always start in the room that needs it most and then work on other rooms as time passes. Maybe you will start with a new roof or kitchen remodeling before moving on to the bathroom, or maybe you will just go straight for the basement. No matter where you start, you will be boosting the value of the house.

DO SOME LANDSCAPING

The inside of your home isn’t the only thing that matters. You can take pride in having a beautiful outdoor space as well. A stunning backyard where you can have cookouts with the family makes for a summer full of memories. A beautifully sculpted front yard and a smooth driveway can make it easier to sell your home if you need to. After all, the front of your home is going to be the first impression that potential buyers have, so you want it to look good.

MAKE ADDITIONS

Maybe you don’t need kitchen remodeling, but you do need more space. Home additions not only give you more room in your home, but they add to the value of it. More space for bedrooms, offices, or other areas can make your house worth considerably more. Adding a bathroom can increase your ROI to 86.4% on its own. However, you don’t have to be selling for an addition to be worth the money. You could do it if you need a new home office or a nursery for a new addition to the family.

Reaching out to a home remodeling contractor could be worth your time whether you plan to sell your home or not. If you are selling, it can get you more money when you make the final sale. If you’re not selling, it can increase the happiness of the years you spend in your home. Either way, it’s a great investment that you should consider making.

5 TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR RESIDENTIAL ROOFING FROM SUMMER STORMS

Summertime can be full of many joys, from lazy days in the pool to fun cookouts with your friends and family. Severe summer storms, however, are usually the tougher parts of the year’s warm months. Thunderstorms over the summer can bring serious wind, rain, and hail to your area in mere seconds. In the short amount of time a storm sweeps over your home, it can knock trees and power lines onto your roof, cause damage with hail and rain, and result in flash flooding.

Your residential roofing doesn’t have to be at the mercy of the natural elements. Let’s take a look at the top tips for protecting your home’s roof against dangerous summer storms.

Have an annual inspection

Getting regular annual inspections of your roof will help catch small problems before they become much larger. As a central part of preventative maintenance, an annual inspection will help ensure that your shingles stay in good shape and there are no opportunities for leaks. This is all essential in saving you money in repair bills when the storms do strike.

Replace damaged shingles

A single damaged shingle may not seem like it will have a huge impact on the overall state of your roof, but sound residential roofing relies on every piece of it being in tip-top shape. High winds throughout the year can loosen or dislodge shingles. These gaps leave your roof vulnerable to more serious damage when severe storms roll in during the summer. By replacing the occasional shingle or two during the year, you’ll give your family a much more stable roof over their head.

Clean your gutters

The state of your gutters is directly connected to the state of your roof. When your gutters are clean, water will flow off of your roof properly. When gutters have dirt and debris clogging their paths, rainwater will pool on your roof. This standing water can then seep into the shingles, soffit, and fascia, causing the gutters to tear away from your house.

Clogged gutters can also affect the quality of your siding and even your home’s basement. If your gutters are blocked, water will fall away from the downspouts and spill down your home’s exterior walls. The water will then deteriorate wood framing, saturate vinyl siding, and potentially cause mold growth inside the walls. After hitting your home’s sides, the water will saturate the ground right below it and may penetrate the pores of your home’s concrete foundation. Make sure that your gutters are ready for heavy rains by clearing them out yourself or calling a professional to do the job.

Trim your trees

Fallen branches and trees are perhaps the most prevalent danger that comes from heavy storms. You know that a falling tree can cause major structural damage to your home, but smaller branches that fall can also lead to lasting damage. These tinier branches can scrape off the protective coating on your roof as they cause granular loss on its shingles. To prevent this, trim trees on your property that are close enough to fall on the roof. Aim for at least six feet of clearance to ensure that no wily branches make their way onto your roof during strong winds.

Don’t ignore damage

According to a consumer survey, durability was chosen as the number one factor when deciding which new roof to purchase, with 88% of the consumers’ votes. While this concentration on durability will hopefully lead homeowners to choose a roof that doesn’t often get damaged, wear and tear happen to almost every roof. It’s impossible to control elements of nature that pierce your roof or lead to leaks.

As soon as you notice a leak in your roof or damaged shingles, contact experienced residential roofing contractors immediately. They will assess your home for residential roofing replacement and get you the roof your home needs in order to keep your family safe. When you ignore the signs of a damaged roof and procrastinate roof replacement, you put yourself and everyone who lives in the home in danger when the summer storm season rolls around.

Summer is about to kick into full gear. Before it does, you need to ensure that your home is ready for the thunderstorms and winds that the season often brings. Contact Style Roofing Inc. today to learn more about how you can ensure your roof is ready to stand up to the challenges of the summer.