Summer Roof Inspection Checklist: Avoid Costly Energy Bills
Minnesota winters are rough. Snow, ice and harsh temperatures are all hallmarks of the cold months in our state. This extended exposure to the elements can cause significant wear on your home’s roof. When the cold finally fades away and the temperate climate of spring takes over, it would be wise for homeowners to schedule a roof inspection. Doing so will either give homeowners the peace of mind that their roof is ready to withstand summer storms, or help them prepare for needed roof repair or roof restoration.
It is vitally important to get started in spring as the summer months bring another spike in your energy bills in the form of increased cooling costs. Roof damage can cause your home to become energy inefficient. Here are some tips to keep an eye out for when you are checking your roof.
Look for Internal Signals
If your roof is still covered in snow, it will be difficult to properly inspect. However, you can be mindful of interior damage. If you’re noticing damage to your ceilings or molding, cracks may have formed in your roof, allowing snow to creep in and cause moisture damage. If you are noticing these types of issues, you should reach out to your roofing contractor as soon as possible. Mold can begin to develop, which will create health risks inside your home.
If you have noticed a shingle or two on the ground as the snow melts, it would be best to prepare for at least some light roof repairs. You will still want to have a roof inspection conducted so you can understand the full extent of the damage. While the loss of a few shingles needs to be addressed as quickly as possible, it is not necessarily a sign that you need a full roof restoration. Missing shingles will lead to your home becoming energy inefficient, leading to increased energy bills.
If you did not clean your gutters in the fall, it might be too late. In fact, even if you did thoroughly clear your gutters, you should clear them of any debris that may have accumulated over the winter. Should water become trapped in your gutters, it can freeze and creep up onto your roof and damage it. It may feel like a monotonous chore, but keeping your gutters clear will go a long way toward protecting your roof.
Call On the Experts
Even when you do all the small things as a homeowner, eventually it becomes time to call on the experts. MNRC is here to offer GAF Master Elite-certified roofing for your home. We are prepared to take on any residential roofing project in the Twin Cities.
Get in touch with us if you need a roof inspection or repair.