The leaves falling from the trees are a reminder that another Minnesota winter is just around the corner. With winter come winds, snow and weather that may make your roof less than perfect. Last winter here in the Minneapolis St. Paul area was especially long and hard, and if you didn't get your roof inspected before now, we highly recommend you have a roof inspection done before fall. Not only was winter hard, but spring's heavy rainstorms added more stress to some already compromised roofs. Do you know what shape yours is in? Tree branches may have been blown onto your roof and possibly damaged it. The heavy winter snow load may have caused problems as well. Then there were the heavy hail storms and wind-driven rains that spring brought. Mother Nature was especially fierce this year, and the roofs on many Minnesota homes suffered damage. Left untended, minor roof damage can eventually lead to leaks and an assortment of other problems in your home. The first thing you can do is to visually inspect the roof yourself - a pair if binoculars will allow you do to this from the ground. But if you're already up on a ladder cleaning out your gutters (which we also recommend you do before winter), take some time to check out your roof while you're up there. Here are things to look for.
Signs of Roof DamageThe most blatant indicator of a roof problem is brown spots on the ceiling, or actual ceiling leaks itself. While not all roof damage can be spotted that easily, here are some of the more observable indications. If you spot any of these, it's a good idea to arrange for a professional roof inspection. Most reputable licensed roofing contractors in the Twin Cities will provide a roof inspection free of charge.
- If you've got an asphalt roof, check for an accumulation of roofing granules in your gutters or at the base of the downspouts. Also check the roof for dark patches where the roofing granules are missing. Hail is notorious for producing this kind of damage
- Buckling, curled, warped, or missing shingles
- Dents in gutters and flashing - hail causes observable damage to these metal areas, and if you see dents in gutters and flashing, that means hail hit your roof fairly hard
- Sagging areas in the roof