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Roofing Material Lifespan

Your home’s roofing protects your family, the structure and your home’s contents so its care and maintenance is of utmost importance.  Needing to replace an entire roof can be costly, but waiting can be even more costly as it may result in further damage, both inside and out.

There are some quick tells of potential roofing problems such as water damage, leaking or water stains on your ceilings or walls, granules in your gutters and downspouts or clearly damaged or missing roof tiles. These can be signs of aging, and maintenance should be done to make sure problems do not escalate.

One thing that determines the lifespan of your roof is the roofing material that was used.  Different materials have different lifespans.  One of the most popular roofing materials, especially in areas such as Red Wing, Minnesota, is asphalt shingles because of their low cost, but they do tend to have a shorter lifespan which is 15-30 years.  Wood shingles on the other hand, while lasting 30-50 years, can be subject to mold and rot which will shorten its lifespan.  Clay or concrete tiles, which can help you save on energy costs due to their sun reflecting capabilities, can last 50 years and more.  To help your roofing last the entirety of its lifespan, regardless of the materials used, care and maintenance is vitally important.

Twice yearly roof inspections are a must to stay ahead of any potential problems.  While not everyone feels comfortable climbing on a ladder and walking around on their roof, the roofing experts at Ronningen Roofing have been trained for just that.  Our roofing contractors will come and inspect your roofing, gutters and flashing to determine if there are any potential issues that need to be addressed.  They will go over any problems and work with you to determine exactly what needs to be done.  Our roofing specialists will find the best solution that will work with your home and your budget.

How to Distinguish Roofing Stains

Dirt, algae and a variety of other factors can lead to the stains you may have been noticing on your roof.  While some stains only cause cosmetic damage, there are others that can be the source of damage to your roofing materials.  It is always best to call an experienced roofing contractor who can climb up on the roof and do a thorough inspection, but these may be some of the causes:

Dark streaking on your roofing can be caused by algae, dirt or the decomposition of debris.  If you are noticing dark staining in a particular area, such as by your chimney, this could possibly be soot.  Also, look to see if there is an overhanging tree which can encourage the growth of moss and fungus or can drop leaves and sticks that can decompose. 

If the pattern of the stain goes across the entire roof and is not due to a chimney or overhanging trees, it could possibly be due to the materials themselves which could be having a bleeding effect.  Another factor could be the sun shining on the roof in a particular position.  

Red stains can be rust from metal flashings, metal chimneys or caps, or antennas which have been mounted on the roof.  In any of these cases it is wise to have the roof inspected to make sure everything is safe and working efficiently and check for any leaks or areas that have the potential for leaks in the future.

In any of these situations there is no better person to call who would know exactly what is going on with the stains you are seeing on your roof than a qualified roofing contractor.  The team at Ronningen Roofing, who have been servicing areas such as Caledonia, Minnesota, has the knowledge and experience to know not only what is causing the staining but how to fix it.  We will work with you and your budget to give your home the curb appeal it deserves.