Time for a New Roof? Minnesota Roofing Tips
Most property owners are unsure of when they’ll need a new roof on their home. It may be true that most homeowners decide a new roof is needed when the ceiling starts leaking. However, this shouldn’t be the case. There are signs that your home needs a new roof or at least to have someone out to inspect it.
SO WHAT ARE SOME HINTS THAT YOU MIGHT NEED A NEW ROOF?
First: Roof age?
Is your roof 15 years or older?
A roof will typically last for 15-20 years if installed correctly and without weather defects. A typical Minnesota roof experiences a variety of weather and therefore should be inspected after 15 years to make sure it is working properly before the roof fails.
Technology is getting better for roofing materials but 15 years is still a good check point to have your roof examined. (Minneapolis Area? We offer free inspections)
Second: Shingles missing?
Are your shingles torn or missing?
Shingles that are missing or torn can lead to water trouble. Minnesota roofing systems should not go long without repairing or replacing the damaged shingles. Remember, your roof system is the first line of defense against water intrusion, and protecting the interior of your home.
So your missing a few shingles… have a storm damage expert perform a free inspection to determine if hail or wind may have lead to this damage. It could get you a new roof for the price of your insurance deductible.
Third: Veggies Growing?
Is there moss or vegetation growing?
Vegetation can grow on roofing systems that are in moist and cool areas. The moisture from the vegetation can speed up the decomposition of the shingle and cause defects over time.
Moss and other veggies slowly eat away at the granules that protect the shingle from sunlight. Vegetation generally leads to problems with your roofing system and will require a full replacement if it is not dealt with in a timely fashion. You’ll want to look into an algae-resistant roofing shingle if this is your problem.
Are your neighbors getting a new roofing system?
Generally homes in the same neighborhood were built around the same time, or experience the same severe weather. If your neighbors are getting new roofing systems, you should definitely investigate.
The roofs might be old and ready to be upgrade or you may find that a large storm has caused damaged to the entire block leading to roofing insurance claims being paid out in the entire neighborhood.
Tip: A large storm may lead to a catastrophic area. A term used by insurance companies that experience large amounts of damage due to a storm. These areas will generally get hit with a higher monthly premium regardless to whether the property owner files a claim or not. So it is best to get your home inspected and repaired in these circumstances.