Minnesota winters are the biggest test to see if your roof is sturdy and in good shape. Now that the snow and ice are melting, it’s a good time to make sure your home is in good health before the summer sun hits. Here are the top three ways to inspect your roof for summer.
- Visual Inspection
- The summer sun can be tough on your roof. Shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose, or are missing granules need to be replaced.
- Check for damaged drip edge. These could be cracked, rusted, or torn.
- Buckled, loose, or missing flashing. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys need to be checked and repaired. In some cases, recaulking is necessary.
- Missing or exposed fasteners.
- Piles of granules. These can be knocked loose by severe weather.
- Check the gutters
- Look or leaky gutters can lead to water inside your home. Downspouts should drain away from the foundation and remain clear and free of debris. Gutter screens or protectors help keep debris out of the gutters.
- Trim tree branches or brush that could clog up your gutters over the summer months.
- Check your attic. It’s best to keep it well ventilated to prevent moss and algae from growing. A well-kept attic will mean a roof in good shape.
Upon inspection, if you discover any issues, be sure to give us a call right away.