How To Take Care of Your Minnesota Roof

man cleaning a roof and gutters

When you move into a new home, you also have a new roof over your head, literally. You want it to last you as long as possible. Taking care of your roof is protecting your investment. Damage to your roof can quickly become damage to your entire home. You don’t want to wait to reach out to a professional when you see any signs of damage that we will go over in this roofing blog or take preventative measures so this type of damage does not happen to you.

What Can Damage My Roof In Minnesota Besides Storms?

Without the proper upkeep of your roof, besides not having the best curb appeal, it can also cause serious damage to your home’s interior. The debris and leaves that fall onto your roof mixed with the moisture from rain or snow can lead to mold, mildew, algae, and bacteria, all of which can cause decay to your roof. 

Roof Algae

Algae is one of the most common elements found on your roof and can cause the most damage. If you ever see black streaks running down the slope of your roof, it is most likely roof algae. These streaks can be found beneath overhanging trees or on the north side of your roof. Anywhere on your roof that is typically moist and has fewer rays from the sun. Besides leading to the decay of your roof, the black streaks from the algae can cause the sun to absorb more heat leading to a hot roof. This will also increase the temperature inside your home. A hotter home leads to large utility bills during the hot summer months when you’re trying to cool your home during the hot summer months. 

Moss & Mold

Moss can also threaten your home as it causes the shingles on your roof to lift or curl. It holds unnecessary moisture on your roof and can eventually cause grass to sprout from the shingles. Mold is one of the most problematic issues as it can cause serious health hazards to you and your family. If you see mold forming on your roof, or even worse, on the interior of your home, call a professional as soon as possible.

Woodpeckers & Other Birds

In Minnesota, it is not uncommon for homeowners to notice woodpeckers or other birds trying to drill holes, create cracks, or even make a nest in your home’s shingles. If you see woodpecker damage to your shingles, you may be able to fill in small cracks or holes with wood putty. However, replacing damaged shingles is more helpful in the long run than trying to repair them. 

Homeowners have reported some success deterring Minnesota woodpeckers with anything distracting and shiny such as windsocks, pinwheels, mylar sheets, metallic balloons, strips of aluminum foil, or reflective tape.

What You Can Do To Keep Your Home Safe

With many of these problems, you can initially take matters into your own hands with preventative measures. To prevent bacteria, mold, algae, etc., from forming, ensure you continuously remove any leaves and debris from your roof. Make a habit of keeping your gutters clean of anything, so it doesn’t cause a backup. But when adding ‘cleaning your roof’ to your home improvement list, remember always to practice common sense safety measures. 

When the algae and mold begin to develop, the easiest thing you can do is call a roofing expert, such as All Craftsmen Exteriors. With extensive knowledge of damaged roofs, they can give you the best course of action and a free estimate on the project. All Craftsmen Exteriors will know what to do, whether it’s a complete roof replacement or a minor repair. Contact us today for a free inspection of your Minnesota roof!