Now that another Minnesota summer is in full swing, it’s important to ensure that your roof can withstand the wind and hail of summer storms. The last thing you want is your roof leaking due to a combination of wind damage and driving rain. These types of leaks can cause damage to the structure of your home and the possessions within.
Check your roof for potential problems so that you can have roof repair work done before the harsher weather of winter kicks in:
Missing shingles and rusted metal roofing are warning signs. In some cases, a homeowner’s insurance policy will cover the cost of repairs or replacement. If you are left to foot the bill on your own, you can either apply for financing options or ask for the most basic repairs to keep your home protected while you save up for the cost of a more thorough solution.
Check the interior of your home – particularly your ceilings and walls – for any water spots. These may be caused by leaks in your roof or siding, which will require immediate repairs.
Leaks in the attic
A sure sign of roof damage is if there are any leaks in your attic after a rainstorm. This could be caused by a plethora of reasons, from deteriorating flashing to insufficient underlayment. Repair costs will vary greatly.
If there is any light showing through the roof in your attic, then you definitely have a roof problem! If the light is coming through, then so is rain, snow, and any other weather.
Sagging roof deck
If the roof deck is visibly sagging, then it’s a sure sign that your roof is ready to be replaced. A sagging roof deck can be a real hazard, especially when it takes on the added weight of a layer of snow.
Be aware of these signs signalling the need for roof repair. And remember that for over 40 years Midwest Exteriors Plus has been the Twin Cities trusted source for residential roof repairs and replacement. We can help you make sure your roof is safe.
During Colder Months…
When the temperatures drop, keep an eye out for these additional signs:
Icicles or Ice Dams
Are there icicles hanging from your roof? They may provide a beautiful winter look to your home, but in addition to being a danger to anyone walking below, they are also a sign of potential ice damming. Ice dams are basically thick ridges of ice that have built up along your roof’s eaves. These ice dams can cause your roof’s shingles to loosen, your gutter to tear down or can cause water to back up and leak into your home causing all sorts of damage.
Heavy snow load
If your roof is covered by what looks like a heavy load of snow, then you should have it removed. Even a light snowfall can be dangerous to the roof of your home, as the weight of accumulated snow continues to build up. It could eventually cause the roof to collapse!
Professional Help is Available
When working with a roofing system in the Twin Cities metro area, know that there is always professional help available.
Contact Midwest Exteriors for more information on roof repair and replacement options for your home.
Originally published: Dec. 26, 2013
Information updated: July 9, 2015