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roofing2Minneapolis roof repair is an inevitability. In the Twin Cities, Mother Nature throws just about everything she possibly can at your home, including thunderstorms, high speed winds, blizzards, tornadoes, hail, pounding rain, derechos, and periods of extreme heat and cold. When it comes to roofing, that kind of weather adds up to one thing: roof damage. And when it comes to roof damage, putting off a roof repair is the worst thing you can do.

Minneapolis Roof Repair 101
The truth of the matter is that most major roof damage starts out small, and if caught early it usually only amounts to a few hundred dollars in damage. Torn, loose, bare, and split shingles make for the easiest repairs, while curling, clawing, and buckling often indicate larger problems or worn out roofing materials. If any of these more menacing characteristics describe your roof, the damage may already be too severe to fix cheaply.

With the exception of extremely violent storms where no roof is safe, such as a tornado or derecho, major damage to most roofing happens because homeowners tend to neglect or put off minor roof repair. Minneapolis roofing systems must work as a unit; if they don’t, small problems can lead to huge ones before you know it. Though it might sound a bit over-dramatic, the fact is a loose or missing shingle in the wrong spot can be a recipe for disaster. That single defect in your roof exposes all the shingles around it to the next extreme weather event, and suddenly that one loose shingle has become an entire square of torn asphalt roofing laying in your back yard, not to mention additional water damage to your roof and attic space. The moral of the story: when you spot a problem, fix it immediately. Your bank account, and your home, will thank you for it.

Avoid Major Roof Repair: Minneapolis Roofing Inspections
There really is no substitute for early detection when it comes to roof repair. Minneapolis is a place where homeowners should examine their roofing regularly to avoid large repair costs. Since few Twin City homeowners will want to shell out the money it would cost to have a professional roof inspection more than once annually, knowing how to inspect your own roof can be very beneficial for the times between professional inspections.

There are two tools that many of us already own that are necessities when inspecting a roof: a pair of binoculars and a ladder. The binoculars come in handy any time your roof has weathered a major storm. Take a few minutes to stand out in your yard and look over the roof. Sounds a bit simplistic, but it’s a proven tactic used even by professional roof inspectors to head bigger problems off at the pass. The second is making sure you inspect your roof for damage twice a year, at the beginning of spring and fall, by walking it if at all possible. That makes a lot of sense, since the two seasons that bring out the greatest need for Minneapolis roof repair are thunderstorm and tornado season in spring and the Twin Cities’ rough northern winter.

Regular do-it-yourself inspections can be a huge money saver, but if you’re not physically able to do them, a single, annual professional inspection should be enough to thwart most serious roof repair. Minneapolis homeowners should have a professional roof inspection at least once a year anyway, as the pros can often spot problem areas that homeowners cannot. Sure, a glance through your binoculars can save you money by identifying loose shingles, but the keen eyes and specialized equipment of a professional roof inspector might identify the areas where a shingle might come loose well before it actually happens.

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