What’s one of the most attractive reasons to move to western North Carolina? The beautiful Charlotte weather.
Oh, yes: Charlotte weather is a four-season affair. We get to experience a legitimate spring, summer, fall and winter. That’s not the case in many other parts of the Carolinas.
We’re in the Piedmont region – the high, flat area in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains that stretches as far north as New Jersey and as far south as Alabama – and we tend to get the best of both worlds. The summers that aren’t broiling hot and winters that aren’t bitterly cold.
A look at Charlotte’s weather
During the winter, temperatures in Charlotte hit average highs of 51 degrees Fahrenheit and lows of 30 degrees. Charlotte gets about four inches of snow each year, most of which comes in January (two inches!). By March, average temperatures are in the 60s and Charlotte residents start to see a bit more rain.
Springtime in Charlotte offers warm days and cool nights. Humidity is also at its lowest at this time of year! By May, the average high temperatures are nearing 80 degrees.
Charlotte weather does get pretty warm in the summer. “Some of the scorchers in July and August hit and then remain upwards of 90 degrees, so you’ll be thankful for light summer dresses, shorts, sandals, sunglasses, and more,” note the experts at Visit Charlotte. “If you’re exploring outdoor attractions or the many parks about town, don’t forget sunscreen.”
The average high in July? Eighty-nine degrees.
“Fall in North Carolina is a lovely time of year,” remark the folks at the Davidson (N.C.) Village Inn, located just outside of Charlotte. “As the summer heat passes away, the cool autumn breezes give us more reason to break out our favorite layers and head outside for that crisp fresh air to enjoy the changing colors.”
It’s a charming experience! September through November averages 3.25 inches of precipitation.
So what does this mean for your roof?
From the outset, it doesn’t seem like Charlotte weather is going to provide too many extreme circumstances for your roof. That’s not always the case.
Charlotte roofing contractors will tell you that the biggest factor to keep in mind when it comes to Charlotte weather is summer thunderstorms.
“In most years the greatest economic loss entailed in North Carolina from severe weather is probably due to summer thunderstorms,” the State Climate Office of North Carolina reports. “These storms usually affect only limited areas, but hail and wind occurring with some of them account for an average yearly loss of over $5 million. In any given locality, 40 or 50 thunderstorms may be expected in a year.”
Other notes from the State Climate Office:
- North Carolina is not part of the principal U.S. tornado area. The state does averages two to three tornados per year, the office notes, “mostly east of the Mountains during early spring.” March through May is Charlotte’s tornado season.
- “Since 1950, March has seen at least 145 tornadoes of varying intensity, according to the Storm Prediction Center. April has experienced at least 200 and May at least 215,” writes Joe Marusak of The Charlotte Observer. “All of last year, the National Weather Service issued 25 tornado warnings for North Carolina and recorded nine tornadoes.”
- More from Marusak: “June and July are the worst months for all types of severe weather combined to strike in the state. That also includes large hail and straight-line thunderstorms.“
- Hurricanes that brew in the Atlantic Ocean affect North Carolina weather two times per year, on average. Roughly once per decade, a hurricane will touch down in North Carolina and wreak some havoc. Coastal properties are affected far more dramatically than a city as far west and inland as Charlotte.
These types of weather events can have a huge effect on your roof!
Damage can include split or missing shingles or visible holes in the roof. Pieces of asphalt shingles may be found in gutters or on the ground after a storm.
Heavy rains and high winds can also cause downed power lines or trees to hit the roof. These violent actions can cause damage that will need to be repaired quickly to avoid water damage from future storms.
Heavy rains can also lead to standing water accumulating in gutters, which can then leak into the attic space or build up around the foundation of the home.
In the wintertime, falling snow and ice can cause damage to a roof. Heavy accumulation of snow along eaves can put pressure on its overall structural integrity. In addition, water that freezes in gutters can increase the risk of leaks, mold or collapse, while accumulated snow can block plumbing vents or cause skylights to leak.
Shingles that are weaker and more susceptible to breakage during the cold winter months. These shingles can also be broken or cracked when walked upon – when installing Christmas lights on the exterior of a home, for instance.
Choosing a Charlotte roofer
It’s important to choose a Charlotte roofing contractor that understands Charlotte weather. A smart Charlotte roofer can help advise you on what materials stand up best to the demands of the weather.
When hiring a Charlotte roofing contractor to inspect your roof and make potential repairs, be sure they check for:
- Shingles that are missing, torn or broken
- Shingles with granules that are wearing away
- Flashing that is missing or rusted
- Areas where caulk is missing or cracked
- Areas were wood is rotted out or sagging
- Rubber boots around pipes that are missing, torn or rotted out
- Gutters that are hanging or not properly attached
- Cracks in chimney space
With the proper precautions, Charlotte weather doesn’t have to take a toll on you and your home. Despite the heat, rain, snow and ice, your roof can last for up to 15, 20 or even 30 years, with the help of a trusted Charlotte roofing contractor at your side.
Long Roofing now serves the Charlotte, North Carolina metro area.
When you need a roof replacement in Charlotte, contact Long Roofing at 1-866-328-1187 or visit us online to get a price, schedule a free, in-home consultation or find answers to any home roofing questions.