MN Roofing Contractor | Spring Roof Inspection Part 2

Roofing Contractor MN | Roof Inspection

The 2013 Minnesota storm season has gotten off to a start. The weather this spring has already produced several severe storms throughout the state. Like we discussed in Part 1, you may want to make sure to do is get a spring roof inspection! Whether or not your home was affected by storms this spring, this is a great time to make sure your roof is up to the challenge of thunderstorms, blustery winds, hail, tornadoes, and more.

Missing shingles from wind damage

Tornado season is also here!  June and July are the peak months for tornado activity in Minnesota, with these two months accounting for 60% of the total tornadoes in the state.  Once the storm has passed, it’s important to inspect your roof to make sure it hasn’t left any trouble behind. Small things like a missing piece of flashing, or a couple missing shingles can cause leaks and damage that may go unnoticed until there is significant damage done.

Here are things to check each spring to make sure your roof is prepared for the summer season:

Check flashings

Flashings fill gaps to keep water from getting into your home. They are found around the chimney and any pipes that jut out of the roof. Inspect these areas to make sure the flashing is secure, as they can become loose after a winter season. Pay attention to these major problem areas:

  • Chimney flashings
  • Valley flashings (debris often accumulates here and absorbs water)
  • Vent flashings

Check for missing shingles

Missing shingles are pretty easy to spot. You might find that, during the winter, some shingles lose adhesion and become loose. Replacing these shingles now can save a lot of money later.

Consider installing shingles rated by UL 2218 or FM 4473 as Class 3 or 4 to protect your roof from hail damage. These shingles have been proven to withstand harsher hail damage.

Clean gutters

Clean gutters are especially important in spring when the Midwest has heavy spring rains. Do your best to keep your gutters clear of leaves, twigs, and other debris. If you flush your gutters with water, it will help loosen and push out stubborn debris.

Check the attic for holes

Check the attic during the day because it is easier to see cracks with slivers of light coming through. Taking care of holes in your roof now can save you thousands in future repairs.

Beefing up inadequate insulation is one of the quickest projects you can do, resulting in lower heating and cooling bills and increased comfort. Consider adding expanding fiberglass insulation and you can save approximately 20% a year on your energy bills.

Attic Insulation

If your attic is easily accessible, it can be tempting to attempt to insulate your attic on your own, but think twice before buying insulation materials to install. In order to achieve the energy savings you’re looking for, an attic must be sealed prior to installation of insulation. A licensed contractor will use specialized diagnostic tools to find and repair leaks, and if you are not completely thorough with this step, the insulation will not make the difference you are looking for.

If you have noticed a few shingles or flashing out of place, or are you concerned about other storm damage to your roof or exterior siding, a Minnesota roofing contractor can spot this during by doing a thorough roof inspection.