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Roof Checkup For Minnesota Homeowners

Roof Inspection For Minnesota Homeowners A checkup on your roof system will help diagnose potential problems early. NRCA recommends you hire a professional roofing contractor to assist you with checking your roof. However, NRCA realizes many homeowners prefer to perform an initial roof inspection themselves. If you prefer to go that route, following are some important tips to get you started. So how’s your roof? You don’t know? Most of us don’t know what’s happening with our roofs because we never actually climb a ladder and look at them. But that out-of-sight, out-of-mind approach can turn into a costly roof maintenance strategy. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends homeowners conduct a simple roof checkup every fall and spring. Doing so now can help prepare your roof for harsh weather. NRCA recommends you hire a professional roofing contractor to assist you with checking your roof. However, NRCA realizes many homeowners prefer to perform an initial inspection themselves. If you prefer to go that route, following are some important tips to get you started. Removing Leaves and Debris from Your Gutters Once or twice a year, it’s a good idea to clean out your gutters and downspouts. If your gutters are clogged, rain won’t drain properly. Water can overflow the gutters and cause serious structural damage to your foundation over time. In addition, a gutter full of water is heavy and can damage the fascia boards on your roof. Some hints: • Remove leaves, sticks, needles and seeds from gutters, scooping out debris with a garden trowel or gloved hand. • Don’t try to remove the debris with a hose because...

Minnesota Residential Roofing Contractor

Roofing Company MN | Minnesota Roofing Contractor Is it Time for a New Roof? Curling Shingles: Curling shingles allow rain and snow to get into your property. These shingles may also be damaged by wind easily. Missing Granules & Exposed Shingle Mat: Granules are there to protect the asphalt from UV rays and water. If you view worn areas on your shingles your roof is deteriorating. Many times you will discover granule accumulation by your gutter downspouts. Broken or Missing Shingles: If they are not on the roof they are not doing their job!. Cracked Shingles: Many leaks arise from this condition. Nails that have come loose may contribute to this. Interior Water Spots: Notice any interior water spots on your ceiling? Life Of Roof Quality: Shingle installation can last between 10-25 years. If you notice many properties in your area getting new roofs it is a good idea to have yours evaluated. A roof system’s performance is affected by numerous factors. Knowing about the following will help you make informed roof system buying decisions: Sun: Heat and ultraviolet rays cause roofing materials to deteriorate over time. Deterioration can occur faster on the sides facing west or south. Rain: When water gets underneath shingles, shakes or other roofing materials, it can work its way to the roof deck and cause the roof structure to rot. Extra moisture encourages mildew and rot elsewhere in a house, including walls, ceilings, insulation and electrical systems. Wind: High winds can lift shingles’ edges (or other roofing materials) and force water and debris underneath them. Extremely high winds can cause extensive damage. Snow and...

Minnesota Hail Damage Roofing Contractor | MN Hail Damage Repair

Storm Damage  MN | Hail Damage Roof Repair MN When hail damage occurs to shingles, there may be severe granule loss, the shingles may lose material at their edges, and penetration is also possible. If wind is involved, then the damage becomes much worse. Minnesota Impact Resistant Shingles Are any Minnesota shingles impact resistant? That is a good question because there is approximately $1 billion in damage done to roofs each year due to hail storms. From the years 1991 to 1995, hail damage resulted in nearly $8 billion in insurance payouts for each year. Fortunately, there are new shingle designs that are able to resist both hail and wind. If you currently have old shingles on your roof, then you may already have hail damage. Some of the older asphalt shingles that are currently on roofs around Minnesota are not designed to handle the harsh environment of a hail storm. As a matter of fact, many of these older roofs have got wear and tear that makes them weaker than what they used to be. New shingles There are several manufacturers offering resistance to the effects of weather. Not only do they resist hail, but they can resist flying debris. These shingle products are known as Class 4 shingles. These are shingles that meet standards that are quite stringent. These standards are set by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). The manufacturing methods that are used are meant to keep the granules attached and prevent the shingles from breaking during impact. And when high winds occur, the shingles stay attached to the sheathing. When these shingles are tested, steel balls are...

Minnesota Roof Repair | Minneapolis Roofing Company MN

Minnesota Roof Repair | Minnesota Roofing Contractors What Are The Signs That I Might Need A New Roof? Roof Damage? The roof of our house plays an important role in preserving our house and maintaining its value in the resale market. The life of the roof depends on the roofing materials used, the local weather conditions, care taken during the installation process and the level of maintenance applied to it. If you suspect that you have problems with your roof, or if you see any of the warning signals shown here, call a roofing contractor for a roof inspection.  A thorough inspection will give you peace of mind in knowing, whether repaired or replaced, that your roof is prepared to withstand the harshest Minnesota storms without leaking.  And if there is a problem with your roof, catching it early can literally save you thousands of dollars in repair work later on! Do You Need A New Roof? If you see any of the warning signs above you may have a potential problem. But inspecting your roof from the inside is also very important. The following is a checklist of problem signs you can look for during an indoor roof inspection. Sagging decking between the rafters. If the decking is sagging or deteriorating, the decking will also require replacement when a new roof is installed Outside light that can be seen through the roof. This may be common (and not a problem) but it is best to have a professional make this determination. Signs of leaking in the attic (dark spots in the wood, especially around vents, chimneys, and other holes...

Albertville Hail Damage Roof Repair, MN

Roof Damage Caused by Hail in Albertville, MN Most people in Minnesota don’t recognize they have hail damage to their roof, siding, or fascia materials. The impact of hail damage can loosen, fracture or remove granules from your asphalt shingles. Hail can leave tiny to large pits in your siding and fascia as well. The granules protect the asphalt from sunlight and Ultra Violet Light (UV). The roofing asphalt will deteriorate very quickly once it has had hail impact and is exposed to the sun. This is the reason hail damaged roofs will prematurely fail. Hail damaged roofs may or may not show up immediately as visual damage to the inexperienced observer. In some cases, the effects may not be visible or evident for about a year or more. The effects of a hailstorm void the shingles manufacturer’s warranty, as they cannot warrant against “Mother Nature” such as hailstorms. How To Determine If Your Roof Has Hail Damage To be able to detect roof hail damage, it’s important that you do a roof inspection after a hail storm. Please make sure you exercise all necessary caution while doing so!! Check in and around the roofing shingles for signs of damage. For example, you may notice dents on the shingles of varying sizes, from small to large. In addition check the metal vents, if these have been damaged; it’s a good sign of roof hail damage too. If you have asphalt shingles, you should check for a collection of asphalt granules in the roof gutter. These may be settled or evenly distributed along the gutter. This is another sure sign...
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