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 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.
No matter who you are, cleaning out the gutters can not only be a pain but dangerous as well. Climbing up and down the ladder can be hard on your legs and back not to mention moving the ladder around the house can be dangerous for you and your home if not placed in the proper position. It is a necessary evil though. Leaves, twigs and other debris, if not removed from your gutters and downspouts can cause an overflowing curtain effect when it rains. This water will then go straight down into your foundation and walls which can cause damage to the inside and outside of your home.
One way to cut down on the frequency of gutter and downspout cleaning is to install gutter guards. Now, they are not a “never clean the gutter again” fix, but they are a help in reducing the number of times you have to climb that ladder every year. It will still be important to keep an eye on your gutters during the changing of the seasons. If you live in areas such as Northfield or Cannon Falls, Minnesota, then this especially means checking them during autumn when an abundance of leaves are falling or in winter making sure that snow and ice aren’t causing an obstruction such as ice dams.
Ronningen Roofing uses Mastic’s Leaf Relief’s patented gutter protection which allows water to freely flow while the wind carries away other debris. Our certified roofing contractors can easily and quickly install this leaf guard system to your gutters. We want to help you cut back on the work you do around your home and this is one way we can give you peace of mind in all seasons.