As many residents are aware, Greater Mankato and many Southern Minnesota homes were affected by storms late in the month of June. With high speed winds and heavy hail larger than golf balls in some communities, its not supring that a number of roofs have been replaced. With a high demand for roofing, siding and various exterior finish replacements, the area was flooded with numerous advertisements and contractors that aren't so "local" looking to get in on a chunk of the repair and replacement pie.
Now that a couple of months have past since most roofing and finish repairs have been completed we have had the opportunity to review some of the work done on local homes. While most homes were repaired in an appropriate manner with good workmanship and installation methods, some were less than appropriate and were just flat out installed poorly. With cold weather, winter and snow on its way it is important to ensure that your home is safe and...well, will be dry through the winter and into the coming years.
Below is a roof that was reviewed in just the last week that wasn't so stellar. If you feel comfortable getting out the ladder (always use safe ladder and roof practices, if you don't feel comfortable, leave it to someone that does) and taking a stroll on top of your roof, we would encourage you to do so, and make sure you don't see any of the alarming defects below or anything out of the ordinary. Roofs are meant to shield your home from weather and even the slightest mistake or opening in a roof covering or flashing member can mean heartache and problems down the road.
Some of the defects above are a little more obvious while others may be a little more difficult to notice to the untrained eye. (Above top left: Shingles are hanging well over the edge of the roof causing potential future wind uplift and ultimately damage typically in the form of tearing) (Above top right: The plumbing stack boot (metal) is not nailed down to the roof and can easily be lifted by wind) (Below left & right: Shingle rows are not straight throughtout most of the roof and rows are installed incorrectly)
While most roofs are not of this nature, it is very important to ensure you are going to be or have worked with a professional and competent contractor. If you don't think something is right, ask. Have a question about your roof? Give us a call or contact us by email today!