Minnesota's famous winters can prove challenging not just to all of us, but to our roofs as well. With spring around the corner, there is no better time to inspect your roof to determine if a repair or replacement is right for you.
How to Inspect Your Roof
First, we recommend you check your roof at least twice for problems. From the outside of the structure, a good pair of binoculars can be employed to check for missing shingles, discoloration, buckling, and other defects. However, you will almost certainly need to get up close and personal, and inspect the roof from the inside as well.
From your attic vantage point, check your roof for trails of water, rotting wood, or discoloration caused by moisture. Often the moisture will have damaged painted or finished surfaces, so be sure to look for bubbling or cracking in paint as well. Sags or bumps in the structure are more telltale signs of roof damage, as is any outside light peaking through.
Do I Need a Roof Repair or Replacement?
If your roof is compromised, then it must be fixed or replaced before it leads to water damage, mold, and other expensive headaches. The choice of whether to fix or replace a problematic roof is a function of the cost associated with either.
Repair costs can vary based on the type of roof and size of the repair required, and can range from a $ 5 squirt of mastic to a complicated repair along a chimney or skylight that can cost over $ 1000. We are always happy to provide you with an estimate and advise you on your repair options.
Although a roof that is otherwise sound can be repaired, sometimes the economics of repairs make little sense over roof replacement. Consider that:
• Remodeling Magazine's annual Cost vs. Value report found that last year, homeowners recouped almost 60% of the cost of a roof replacement in added resale value to their homes.
• New technological advances in roofing materials can lead to lower energy costs, which builds further value in your home while the roof essentially pays for itself down the road. Be sure to ask us about new Energy Star compliant materials that can save you money and make you eligible to receive up to a $ 500 federal tax credit.
• Roof replacement offers a perfect opportunity to upgrade your roof to materials more resistant to fire, the elements, and freak weather events, which can net you valuable discounts on your homeowner's insurance policy while making you and your family safer.