Living in Minnesota, the weather can be quite unexpected. Whether you just had your roof replaced or repaired, you want it to last you as long as possible. That’s why it’s important to upkeep and anticipate the unexpected. To help in your preparation, we’ve put together some helpful tips and tricks for keeping your residential roof looking brand new.
Clean Debris From Your Roof
It’s important to continuously clean out your gutters and downspouts. If everything isn’t draining properly, it could lead to serious cracks in your foundation. Whether it’s a severe thunderstorm or an oncoming blizzard, water will typically expand, leading to serious consequences if debris isn’t cleared away.
Inspect Your Interiors
A lot of times, people tend to overlook the interior of your home when examining your roof. A good way to check if your roof is properly sealed and insulated is to inspect your attic. Making sure your roof has proper ventilation will reduce the formation of any mold, mildew, and rust. It will also help prevent any buildup, such as ice dams forming on and around your roof.
Since you’re already looking up, it’s a good idea to check your ceiling for leaks. Any ceiling stains you might notice could be from your roof, and if you don’t get it fixed before the water freezes, it can increase damage to your home.
If your home has a chimney, it should also be on your list for checking and preventing any damage to your home. When Minnesota’s colder weather approaches and your first instinct is to burn the wood in your fireplace, you don’t want any cracks or blockages that could start a house fire to possibly damage your roof and the rest of your home.
Clear Away Any Overhanging Trees
If you have any large branches over your roof, it might be a good idea to remove them. A large part of repair jobs is the damage from trees falling on your roofs after a storm. Ice and snow also add a heavy load to branches, causing them to bend and snap. For the safety of your home and the state of your roof, be sure to trim back or remove any nearby branches.
Routine Maintenance Inspections by a Professional
Although a lot of these tips can be done by you, sometimes it can be necessary to get a professional to inspect your roof. Having routine maintenance and inspections done helps extend the lifespan of your roof. All Craftsmen Exteriors offers multiple maintenance services to make sure you’re getting the most out of your new roof.
For any questions regarding your existing residential roof, contact All Craftsmen Exteriors today! We offer free on-site consultations and give you an estimate on your future roofing project.