Though we’re now knees-deep in the slosh-pit that is a Minnesotan spring, summer is right around the corner—and with that transition comes the potential for storms. High winds, tornadoes, torrential rain, you name it and your home’s exterior will need to stand strong against it.

But don’t just take our word as a condo contractor for the upcoming season’s stormy potential; according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, when it comes to tornadoes, “Historically and statistically, June is the month of greatest frequency with July not far behind. May has the third greatest frequency, followed closely by August.”

In short: it’s time to batten down the hatches. In particular, your roof deserves your attention, as it’s your home’s first line defense from errant and excessive precipitation—and luckily, Midwest Exteriors MN, your Lake Elmo roofing contractors of choice, is here to help you get ready for the upcoming storm season. Below, we break down this process into easily manageable roof regions so that you and your family can get through this summer’s rough weather stress-free.

Shingles

No matter what type of roof you have, this should be close to the top of your priority list. Your shingles, when combined with your roof’s slope, are the sole thing that enable the structure to shed water and keep your family dry. Without properly functioning shingles, your roof is vulnerable to leaks, physical damage, and more.

A healthy shingle is fairly easy to spot. It has a lack of pockmarks, has uniformly retained its granules (in the case of asphalt roofing), and is flush with your roofline. On the other hand, if your roofing looks like a car that needs dent repair, you very well could need the help of a roofing company for storm damage or roof replacement to avoid even more extensive damage down the line.

Just make sure to stay away from storm chasers—we cover exactly why in our roofing contractor blog. They frequently show up this time of year, when the first storms of spring turn severe as summer nears.

Soffit

If you’re like many homeowners, you’ve probably never heard this word before, let alone know that it’s a part of their roof! But it too plays an important role in storm defense—and your roof’s general defense, too, so it benefits you to know about it.

If you stand on your front deck or step and look up, soffit is the stuff that runs from your roof’s edge to your home’s walls. Frequently perforated for ventilation purposes and made of wood, metal, or vinyl, it’s the only thing at that angle that separates your roof beams from exposure to the atmosphere outside—from potential rainfall, in other words.

And wet roof rafters aren’t something you want to deal with, as we cover in our condo contractor blog on mold in the attic.

Just like shingles, healthy soffit is easy to spot. It should have no dents, cracks, or holes (aside from those obviously pre-placed and used for ventilation). Ailing soffit, on the other hand, has chipped paint, holes from pest infestations, and, potentially, evidence of rot.

Fascia

Another weird roofing word, your fascia is the roofing area that connects your gutter installation to your home. It also gives your roof its characteristic shape, according to Millennial Homeowner, but the former is more important as far as storm damage is concerned.

Your gutters are a critical part of your home’s rainwater management system. As water flows off of the roof, it’s handed off to the gutters, which safely funnel it away from your landscaping—and more importantly, your foundation—to drain at a safe distance in the yard. However, over time and with a lack of maintenance, fascia can begin to rot, which in turn affects your gutters’ ability to deal with water. This ultimately can mean big problems for your foundation, as the shifting soil caused by water exposure puts extra strain on it.

So unless you want cracks in the very thing that keeps your home standing, make sure your fascia is ready to give it a fighting chance. Cracks and broken pieces are obvious red flags, as are sagging roof lines and warping.

A Word on Your Gutter Installation and Fascia’s Relationship

Don’t be too quick to put the blame on your fascia, though, when it comes to moisture problems in the area. Your gutters can play a big role in that, too—in fact, they can even be the cause of decaying fascia in the first place, usually when they’re installed poorly with incorrect nails. However, if you fail to clean your gutters, the resulting water overflow can also prove damaging.

Aside from your roof, it pays to have a home and condo contractor go over your gutters, too, before storm season starts, as the two work closely in tandem to manage moisture and keep your home standing strong.

Midwest Exteriors MN: Here to Prepare Your Home for Whatever Weather Lies Ahead

Rain or shine, our skilled home and condo contractor craftsmanship provides top-notch weather resistance. Reach our Lake Elmo office today at 651-346-9477.