Don’t Let Your Roof Repairs Go Sky High!

Even after this mild Minnesota winter, it’s a good idea to inspect your roof and gutters for any damage winter may have inflicted. The last thing you want to deal with this summer is water leakage, or, even worse, mold growth in your home. Help prevent it by having a qualified local roofing contractor, such as Tollefson Bros. Exteriors of Bloomington MN, inspect your roof for damage or loose and leaky gutters.

A leak from one dislodged tile is a small and inexpensive matter, but if you do not inspect your roof regularly, this will go unnoticed. By the time that you DO notice it, it may be because water is dripping into your spare room! This means that this whole area of the roof structure is soaked, the ceiling will need to be replaced and hopefully the flooring will recover.

Always check your roof for storm damage after a wind or hail storm, as most roofing is not designed to withstand fierce winds. Scrutinize the tiles for cracks, splits and torn-off corners; also check for lifting. Lifting is a common cause of roof leaks, and can be easily rectified. Be aware of multiple tiles lifting, as this could be a sign that the roofing material is too old and is warping from all the weathering.

Climb into your attic/loft and ensure that any insulation that you have in your roof is not right up against the roof itself. There has to be a gap for air to circulate; also when a roof heats up and there is insulation directly behind it, this heat is thrown back into the roofing and excessive heating like this can damage and warp the roof. Tollefson Bros. Exteriors will do a free attic inspection to check for proper levels of insulation. Proper insulation will both reduce your energy costs and prolong the life of your roof.

Another weakness in all roofs is the flashing. Flashing is designed to provide a watertight junction between roof materials and structure, especially if the roof projects out or changes design (as with extension roofs). If you are installing a new roof, it is worthwhile to get the flashing ‘inspected’ as it is a common failure area.

Often the simple fact that the gutters, leading into down pipes from the roof, are blocked with leaves and twigs can cause a problem. Roofs must have adequate run off, especially in the areas which may have snow. Water trapped in the gutter will mean that it will back up the roof for a few inches and have time to seep into the edges of the roofing tiles. Consider investing in ‘leafless gutters’ to prevent roof leaks caused by clogged gutters.

Tollefson Bros. Exteriors of Bloomington MN will inspect your roof, gutters and attic for free. To schedule an inspection, please call 952-881-2218 or use our online form 24 hours a day.. Tollefson Bros. Exteriors has been serving the Twin Cities communities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington, Burnsville, Lakeville, Eagan, and Apple Valley for over 25 years.