How To Know If Your Roof Needs Maintenance

The best roofs are made to last, but even those of the highest quality need repairs from time to time. Catching minor repairs before they create significant issues is crucial to getting the longest life possible from your roof.

Knowing when your roof needs maintenance also is essential for its longevity, and for preventing damage to your home’s exterior and interior. So, when is it time to call a dependable roofing contractor who can assess your roof’s problems and then do necessary repairs? The following are some signs that maintenance is needed.

Missing or Broken Shingles

Perhaps the most obvious sign of roof damage are shingles which are missing or showing evidence of wear and tear. Remember: your shingles are designed to move water off your roof quickly and efficiently, and provide a layer of protection in winter. Don’t wait too long to have them repaired.

Damaged Flashing

If you notice leaks in the attic after a rainstorm, you may need to replace some broken flashing. Metal flashing covers areas such as a roof’s valleys, or around chimneys, where shingles can’t funnel water properly. If the flashing seems loose, rusty, or completely missing in some areas, repair work is in order.

Shingle Granules in Gutters

Asphalt or composite shingles lose their granules when they start to wear out, and most of the granules end up in your gutters.

Blistered or Peeling Exterior Paint

If the exterior paint on your home is peeled or blistered it may be a sign that your gutter system is failing, or your attic has poor ventilation – which means moisture can build up near your roofline.

Tis’ The Season

The time of year can create specific roofing issues. Winter, for example, is a time when condensation can build up and cause mold and mildew. Ice dams, which result when the upper areas of an icy roof begin to thaw while the lower areas remain frozen, are another common winter roofing issue.

In the spring and summer, wide swings in temperature can cause issues such as deterioration and leaks, while storm damage is always a threat. Moreover, excessive rain and heat create an ideal environment for mold and algae growth.

If your roof needs repair, call the experts at Midwest Exteriors Plus, Inc. They’ve proudly served the Minneapolis area for over 40 years.