6 Ways to Prevent Leaks in Your Roofing
Storm season in Minnesota can take a toll on your roof. From hail and wind damage to leaks dripping in your attic, your roof needs to be taken care of so it can protect you and your family.
The sooner you can catch a leak or keep one from starting, the better for you and your pocketbook. That’s why we’re sharing some tips below for preventing roof leaks in the first place.
But first, it’s important for you to know that most roofing issues are best handled by a professional.
Why Call a Professional Roofer for Repair vs. DIY?
Our Restoration Geeks contractors are always here for your roof repair needs, and it’s recommended to work with professional roofers over doing it yourself.
Trying to do it yourself can be costly because, without proper training, mistakes can happen, and the entire project might need to be redone. This means more time and money out of your pocket that would have been avoided with a professional repair.
DIY also means having the proper tools, including safety gear, to avoid injuries and liabilities. And, without expert knowledge, the project can take much longer, leaving the damage exposed and risking larger issues with the structural integrity of your home.
Working with a professional roofing company like restoration geeks means you're going to be getting a trusted name in the industry for over 20 years. Our experts offer a complimentary on-site consultation, and we provide high-quality craftsmanship to help repair and restore your home, so you don’t have to worry about the finished project.
Common Causes of Roof Leaks
Whether your home is big or small, there are several reasons why they can develop, including:
Broken shingles or metal panels
Improper sealing on roof valleys
Ice dam build-up
Improper installation of skylights
Cracks in your chimney
All of these risks are a cause for concern, and if you do find a leak, a few steps to follow until one of the Restoration Geeks experts can get to your home include:
Use an appropriate size container because this will remove the risk of additional damage to the area.
If you know where the leak is located, shut off the water source and cover the exterior surface with a tarp.
Inspect your attic, the roof sheathing, and rafters for any signs of mold or watermarks, and keep an eye out for leaks as you're walking around.
Treat the leak as quickly as possible because it will not go away without a repair and the damage to your home can build quickly.
How to Prevent Roof Leaks
If you’re still in the preventative stage, let’s keep it that way.
1. Schedule Regular Roof Inspections
The best way to maintain your roof is to plan yearly roof inspections. Regularly checking your roof yourself helps keep you aware of potential problems, but for a thorough inspection hire a professional.
Your roofer will check all the nooks and crannies in your attic, verify your roof’s flashing is stable and well connected, inspect your roof’s drip edge to make sure water drips off the roof and away from the fascia, and more. If they see any minor issues, you’ll have options to quickly fix the problem before it becomes a big deal.
2. Keep Your Gutter Systems Clean
Gutters are an essential part of draining water off your roof and away from your house. Any leaves and debris that clog your gutters also trap water on your roof, which can leak into your roof and exterior walls.
Clean out your gutters around the spring and fall to allow for better drainage in Minnesota’s wet months, and don’t hesitate to replace your gutters if you notice broken or missing parts.
3. Cut Back Trees & Branches
If trees or their branches encroach on your home, your roof is at risk. One big storm is all it takes for a tree limb to crash into your roof, scratch your shingles, or puncture your home’s siding.
Removing those branches that edge close to your home is an easy way to prevent roof damage, and it also decreases the amount of leaf, twig, and debris build-up in your gutters.
4. Ventilate Your Attic
Since heat rises, your attic can trap warmer air and humidity, especially in Minnesota’s humid spring and summer months. All that heat and moisture creates a perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow in your walls and even make your shingle roof leak.
Ventilating your attic allows hot, humid air to escape, which keeps your home cooler and even protects your roof.
5. Install Roof Deck Protection
For even more substantial protection on your shingle roof, have an underlayment (or roof deck protection) installed. This helps your shingles lay flat so water can’t slip under them.
When installed by experienced professionals, an underlayment even keeps your shingles from curling in heavy wind and extends the life of your roof.
6. Add Hip & Ridge Cap Shingles
Hip and ridge shingles cover the seams at the top of your roof where rainwater could seep in. They are also a thicker material that is highly wind-resistant, so by professionally installing these cap shingles, you protect your roof immensely.
An added benefit of cap shingles is that they give your roof a polished, complete look, boosting your home’s value!
Free Consultations for Roofing Near Edina, Eden Prairie, & Nearby
Ready to schedule a roof inspection or look into replacing some shingles before the next rainy day? Get a free assessment for your roofing project.
Contact Restoration Geeks at 952.500.9546, or connect with us online.