Since you have invested so much in your home one of the best ways of maintaining the integrity of that investment is to take care of your roof with regular maintenance. Many problems that start out very small can quickly escalate into a major financial problem such as issues that arise from not cleaning out the gutters or clearing downspouts, removing overhanging limbs, etc. Inspecting your roof at least once a year and making needed fixes will go a long way to extending the life of your roof and keeping your home safe.
A roof ages not only from actual time but exposure to the elements. Wind, snow, ice, rain and hail all create wear and tear which slowly ages your roof causing its lifespan to end prematurely. It has been proven that a roof that is not properly or regularly maintained will last only half as long as expected.
The best time to have your roof inspected and maintenance done is right before the most severe weather in your area. Here in southern Minnesota, that would be our winter and spring season. So having the roof inspected sometime in the fall would get it ready for winter snow and ice that comes in the spring.
Crawling around in the attic or climbing up on your roof inspecting the shingles, the flashings, gutters, vents, etc. may not be something you are willing or able to do as getting on the roof can be a very dangerous undertaking. Allow the expert roofing professionals at Ronningen Roofing to do it for you. We have the experience to find even the smallest potential problem and fix it before it becomes something major. Our roofing professionals are here for you and will do the inspection, discuss any problems or issues that can be problems in the future, even make repairs. Let us help you extend the life of your roof.
If you live in the southern Minnesota, then you know the winter season brings with it not only cold and freezing temperatures but ice and snow which can cause a variety of problems for your home. While looking at icicles hanging from roofs does look beautiful, it can also point to an underlying problem and one of your home’s worst enemies, ice dams.
Ice dams are those large chunks of ice that are on the edge of your roof that prevents melting snow from draining off of your roof the way it should. Ice dams occur when warmer temperatures or heat escaping from your attic melts the snow sitting on the roof. As this snow begins to thaw it runs down to the colder part of the roof and freezes. Any ice that has formed along the edge of your roof can be the beginning of problems, an ice dam. Because of the ice dam the thawing snow pools behind the ice that has already accumulated at the edge of your roof, backing up underneath your roofing shingles. Eventually the water will work its way into your home running down walls and ceilings, ruining drywall, insulation and paint, and staining wood around windows and doors. So, not only is there damage to your roof, but to the inside of your home as well. In addition to that, if an ice dam does break free it can take with it the roofing shingles as well as gutters and can possibly do damage to whatever it falls on.
While checking sealing, insulation and venting in the attic and eaves will help to keep ice dams from forming, not everyone is able to make the necessary improvements. Crawling around the attic or climbing up on the roof may not be something everyone can do or feels comfortable doing. Instead, let the professional roofers at Ronningen Roofing take on the task of ensuring your home is ready for the winter season. Our experienced roofing team will come in and access any damage, discuss it with you and make all necessary repairs to get your home safe and secure once again. In fact, don’t wait for an ice dam to do damage. We will come to your home, do the necessary inspections, explain the best solutions available and make all necessary fixes to prevent ice dams from occurring so when winter comes you can relax.