Your roof sits fully exposed to the elements, so it’s bound to suffer the effects of our harsh Minnesota winter weather. After months of frigid temperatures, brutal winds and frozen precipitation, scheduling a spring roof inspection is a necessity to find and fix issues like:
- Roofing and flashing deterioration. An onslaught of snow and ice and the freeze/thaw cycle can lift, crack or break your shingles, shakes or composite/slate tiles, strip off protective shingle granules and puncture or tear off flashing. If you’re not aware of these issues, you’re risking roof leaks and costly damage to your home’s interior finishes.
- Ice dam damage. When warm air rising up into your attic heats up the underside of the roof and melts built-up snow, the runoff will refreeze when it reaches the cold roof edge. Over time, ice dams will form that can damage the roofing and allow further runoff underneath and into your attic/ exterior walls.
- Excessive snow load. The weight of heavy snow and ice can stress your roof or even cause a partial or complete collapse. Clearing off built-up snow is dangerous work, and it can damage your roof it’s done carelessly. A spring inspection can uncover any concerning issues that need attention, like cracked structural members, sagging decking and scraped, broken or missing shingles/shakes/tiles.
What Should Spring Roof Inspections Include?
Having your roof inspected in the spring is the easiest way to keep it in top condition so it can protect your home and possessions from harm, but who you hire matters. You need a knowledgeable, insured roofing contractor who takes these steps during an inspection:
- Exterior evaluation. Up on the roof, a pro should examine the roof material and all flashed/caulked areas for signs of damage, and also check for blocked/ruined attic vents, deteriorated fascia and damaged gutters.
- Interior assessment. In the attic, an inspector should look for water stains, ongoing leaks and decay on the underside of the roof decking. They should also check for additional evidence of leaks like wet attic insulation and mold growth.
- Written report. Once the inspection is complete, you should get a report with descriptions and photos of any issues that were found, as well as recommendations and cost estimates for completing any needed repairs.
To learn more about our expert inspection services, or to schedule a spring roof inspection for your Twin Cities’ home, contact us today at LB Solutions.