The average asphalt shingle or cedar roof has a lifespan of about 20 to 25 years. If you recently moved into an older home in the Twin Cities area, you need to know the exact age of your roof and any previous roof repairs.
Keeping a roof in good condition will prolong its life. This involves having the roof professionally checked once a year or more by Minneapolis roofers. Homeowners are never advised to climb onto their roofs. This is a job for professionals with the right equipment.
A professional maintenance check by a roofing company will include shingles that need replacing. The underlaying deck will also be check for cracks. This is where water can get in and cause ceiling leaks.
You may consider having your roof checked in the spring after the worst of the winter storms are over. You can also call us at Midwest Exteriors Plus for any storm damage emergencies.
You need gutters and metal strips on the seams or valleys of your peaked roof for good snow and water runoff. You do not need water collecting on your roof.
Gutters and drains should be free of debris including leaves and twigs. A complete roof maintenance check will clean gutters and remove any branches or twigs that landed on your roof during high winds.
Prevent roof growth
If you decide to have a green roof with a garden on top of your home, you will have plants and flowers growing on it. This is the only reason for having growth on your roof.
Moss can grow on roofs in a the damp Minnesota climate during the mid-west spring and summer. Roofing materials should be treated to prevent the buildup of moss and other debris that can harm shingles.
Mold and mildew can build up under the overhang part of the roof and the fascia where the roof and walls meet. This is another area that should be inspected by a professional roofer.
Midwest Exteriors Plus is the Twin Cities shingle roof specialist. Our company has served the area for 40 years replacing and repairing roofs. Our technicians are trained by the roofing manufacturers on installation and maintenance of shingles.
Contact us today for a free estimate and information on roof maintenance to extend the life of your roof.