As the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources puts it, our state is at a “climate crossroads.” Says the DNR, “drought and flood are as much a part of the state’s climate as “normal” weather.” Surviving a Minnesota winter yields the special prize of a Minnesota summer, with its brief warm (and often soggy) days. Getting ready for the next winter is a vital part of every Minnesotan’s summer plans. Be sure to pay attention to your home’s roof, so you can weather another winter just ahead.
Went Through It
Your home’s roof just went through a typical Minnesota winter. Minneapolis-St. Paul is pummeled with around 54 inches of snow annually, according to Current Results. Roofs in Minnesota generally age faster than more southern roofs, so perform recovery and repair while you can, in summer.
We never recommend roof work to homeowners — a roof is a dangerous, slippery place, no matter the pitch (slope). You can, though, examine the results of a long, hard winter from inside your home, by checking the attic.
Look up at the underside of sheathing. If you see dark stains, or even actual dripping water, you have a leak in the roofing above. The best remedy is to contact your local, friendly roofing contractor for repairs done right. Roofers Twin Cities homeowners use will have the safety equipment and experience to get to the leak, whether it is from the underlayment, fiberglass-asphalt shingles or flashing.
A quick extension ladder visit to your home’s gutters can tell a lot, too. Make the most of summer by getting your gutters cleaned out, to help prevent ice dams. While removing organic matter such as leaves and twigs, check the amount of roofing granules you see. A lot of granules means your roof is aging, fast. The granules stick in the asphalt, and help shed water while making your roof water resistant. Losing granules means you are losing water resistance.
To make the most of the quick summer repair window, schedule an inspection visit in the spring. The expert roofers Twin Cities homeowners trust will come out, safely inspect sheathing, underlayment, roofing material, flashing, vents and soffits to ensure the integrity of your whole roof. Winter takes its toll; use summer to recover and prepare. Contact Midwest Exteriors Plus Inc. today to see how we can squeeze time for roofing repair out of the too-brief summer.