Take Care of Roof Damages ASAP
Are you battling ice dams every winter? Did a recent storm cause damage to your roof? Have you discovered a leak in your attic or elsewhere? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we recommend you call Midwest Exteriors MN. The sooner the better.
You never want to ignore roof leaking or other damage to your roof, no matter how minor it may appear on the surface. Something that seems small, like a few missing shingles, can actually compromise the integrity of your entire roof if not addressed quickly, especially if the damage is present during a heavy rain or snowfall. That’s the thing about water – it spreads. Once rain or melted snow breaches your roofing system, it can travel far from the original source, causing serious structural damage that’s not only expensive to fix, but also potentially harmful to your health.
Consequences of a damaged roof may include:
- Mold | Once moisture gets into your home, mold can start to grow. Mold is not only expensive and difficult to get rid of, it’s also notoriously bad for your health. Exposure to mold can cause skin irritation, sneezing, headaches, throat irritation, chest tightness, and nasal congestion. If the mold infestation is severe enough, it can even lead to neurological damage.
- Compromised Structural Integrity | A leaking roof can cause water damage to basically every inch of your home. Over time, the moisture can rot and weaken rafters, wall framing, fascia boards, ceilings, and even exterior trim. This is why time is of the essence when it comes to leaking roof repair.
- Fire and Shock Hazard | Though it sounds a bit nonsensical, a leaky roof can be a fire hazard. Water from a leak can come into contact with the electrical wiring in your home, cause a spark, and ignite surrounding materials. Water seeping around open wiring can also become electrically-charged, shocking anyone who touches it.
- Increased Energy Bills | The same holes that are letting water leak into your home are also letting your cold air out in the summer and hot air out in the winter. This means you could be paying significantly more on your energy bills every month.
Routine Maintenance is the Key to Longevity
No one wants to pay for a full roof replacement, but sometimes it’s necessary. After all, no roofing system is built to last forever. The average lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof ranges from 15-40 years, and many factors, like weather, will come into play over that time. And that’s just asphalt. Wood shingles, fiberglass shingles, copper and steel roofing, and stone tiles all come with their own predicted timelines.
No matter what type of roof you have, routine maintenance is the key to longevity. At Midwest Exteriors MN, we recommend having your roof inspected by one of our experienced professionals at least every two years. Let them know of any problems you are having with your roof, including ice dams, damaged or missing shingles, ceiling damage, water coming in through the windows, peeling under the overhang, damp places on your fireplace, or water stains. We will perform a thorough inspection to identify any problem areas. Depending on the extent of the damage, we will recommend whether you need a complete roof replacement, or if repairs will suffice.
If you need a new roof, you have options.
Midwest Exteriors MN provides affordable solutions for new roofing projects and roof replacements. We offer a wide range of roofing products to choose from, which vary in price, durability, and weight. Most carry 25 to 50 year warranties. Our knowledgeable team has decades of experience working with different roofing materials, and can help you find a solution that meets your needs, style, and budget.
Roof repair or replacement can seem like a daunting task, but putting it off will only make the problem worse. If you have concerns about your roof, contact Midwest Exteriors MN today! We specialize in new roofs, roof repair, roof replacement, and storm damage repair. Our experienced crew members will guide you through the entire process, from shingle selection to installation. Want to see our handiwork? Check out our portfolio!