Is your roof in good shape? Spring is a good time to find out. A roof replacement is a major expense, but you can save yourself a significant amount of time and money when you watch your roof for common roofing problems. With the help of a trained professional, not only can you spot the problems but you can have them repaired quickly, avoiding further damage and expense. As your roof ages, you want to make sure you’re on top of the fixes required.Here are the most common problems to watch out for on your roof each year:
- Poor installation - From time to time, homeowners around the Minneapolis area hire a roofing contractor that was a deal, but only to find out that they did not do the roofing as professionally as they should have. Improper installation can leave your roof with a lot of spots left exposed to the outside elements. That can cause leaks and other problems to happen.
- Moisture and leaks - Where there is moisture, there are problems. If you do not take care of the moisture and leaks coming into your home, you’re opening yourself up for some additional problems. Not only can mold and mildew happen, but various pests can burrow into the sides and roof of your home. Moisture can cause ceiling and other structural damage as well, leading to costly repairs.
- Flashing that was not installed correctly - When the flashing is not installed correctly, this leaves the area open, causing leaks. Improperly installed (or missing) flashing can also mean you're paying more for heating and cooling than you should.
- Those pesky critters - When climbing, digging and making a mess within your walls, they can cause further problems with the roof. Anything from birds to insects to small animals that like a warm haven to live in (such as your attic) can cause many problems.
- Standing water - Water just sitting and pooling on your roof can cause further problems for you. Water should never pool on your roof but instead run off of it and into the gutter system. Areas of standing water are an indication that some roof repairs are needed.
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