Minnesota Roofing, Siding, Windows & Insulation

Roofing, Siding, Windows & Insulation MN

If you live in Minnesota, I don’t have to tell you the past few weeks have been cold, wet and rainy, with even a few snowflakes thrown in. But this is only a warm up of what’s to come. That is if you have any faith in the Farmer’s Almanac. According to them, you better start stocking up on heavy coats, flannel and thermal underwear. The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting a snowy, cold, frosty, wet winter for the Midwest.

So you might take the Farmers’ Almanac predictions with a grain of salt, but just in case, you might want to make sure that you and your home is ready for the almost guaranteed very cold, very snowy, and very long winter ahead!  That means taking a good look at your roof, siding and gutters. Unfortunately, the maintenance-free roof system does not exist. All types of roofs require a certain level of attention. Whether a result of storm damage or the ravages of aging, at some point we have to perform maintenance on our roofing or siding. The key is to catch any damage “before” it becomes problematic.

Look for damaged or loose and leaky gutters!

Your home takes a real pounding through an average Minnesota winter. Your roof is often forgotten about because it is not at eye level to give you a subtle reminder every time you walk past it.  So before harsh winter sets in, walk around your roof slowly and inspect it thoroughly one section at a time. Look for damaged or loose and leaky gutters.

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. Ice dams are sure to follow! Consider investing in ‘leafless gutters’ to prevent roof leaks caused by clogged 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 down the walls in your home! 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. Inspect 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. Many Minnesota roofing contractors 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.

Owens Corning Roofing Preferred Contractor

Look for an Owens Corning Preferred Roofing Contractor

Whether you love it, hate it, or just tolerate it, another Minnesota winter is on the way. And since there’s no way to avoid it… instead of dreading it, we might as well prepare for it! Schedule a roof inspection today!

Choosing the right roofing contractor is an important step. Look for an Owens Corning Roofing Preferred Contractor in your area. They have been specifically trained on how roofing, ventilation, and attic insulation work together to improve your homes energy efficiency and comfort.

Owens Corning Preferred Roofing Contractors are part of a chosen network of roofing professionals selected specifically for their commitment to service, reliability and unparalleled craftsmanship. They meet high standards and satisfy strict requirements – all to give you the peace of mind that you’ve chosen the right contractor for the job.