Spring brings big business for Michiana roofing, gutter repair companies

SOUTH BEND After a long winter filled with continuous ice and snow, Michiana homes, especially roofs, took a big hit. Now, homeowners are struggling to fix the damage before spring storms strike again.

One South Bend homeowner, Kelly Watts, is still looking for a repair company. She says she's trying to stay patient, but is starting to get frustrated with the lack of response from area roofers.

"I can't afford to have many more damages," said Watts.

Time is of the essence for Watts not only because of the potential for spring storms, but also because her house is on the market.

"I am in a bit of a crunch with the rains coming because I don't know what sorts of damage could be underneath there and cause underlying issues on the inside, whether it affects the ceiling or flooring in other areas. There are lots of things that could happen, so I am concerned," said Watts.

Phones are ringing off the hook at roofing businesses like the South Bend Roofing Company.

"This winter being as tough as it was, it got off to a roaring start, right off the bat," said Barry Miltenberger, Vice President at South Bend Roofing Company. "We're backed up pretty well with business right now."

Miltenberger suggests cleaning out gutters to avoid buildup and debris that can put extra stress on the outer edges of a home.

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