Most of us are ready for spring after enduring another snowy Minnesota winter. Granted the cross country skiing and ice fishing were nice, but so is enjoying warm weather and summer activities like kayaking or going to the beach! After this weekend, we are finally seeing signs of spring. The next month or two will bring many spring showers, so understanding how to prepare your home for the weather is important. Here’s how to make sure your Minneapolis roof and home are protected:
Schedule a Roof Inspection
Schedule a roof inspection! A professional can stop out and inspect your roof to evaluate the current condition and help identify any areas that may need repair or possible replacement. An inspection is also a good idea for peace of mind in knowing you’re not going to be experiencing leaks when it rains. This inspection would also identify possible storm damage from last year’s storms.
Get Your Roof Replaced
If your roof is older or has any storm damage, this is also the perfect time of year to schedule a roof replacement. Having a new roof installed will make sure your home stands up to the impending weather – and not just the rain. A new roof (and possibly upgrading attic insulation) will help boost energy efficiency for the summer months ahead.
Gutters offer a lot of home protection. Your gutters corral the rain and disperse it safely away from your home’s foundation. When gutters have separated from the home, they lead rain water directly to your foundation which leads to basement leaks and can cause expensive damage. Gutter spouts should be directed away from the home and also make sure drains are not clogged. You should also have an inspection to make sure fascia is not rotted and contributing to interior leaks.
Foundation / Grade Repair
As spring storms approach, check that the foundation and the soil around it is prepared to protect even if the gutters fail. Foundation walls should be repaired if they have cracks or they can also be waterproofed (interior or exterior) for added moisture resistance. You may also have to build up the soil around the foundation (grade) so that water is whisked away instead of towards.
Window Repair / Replacement
Have your windows become rotted due to prior moisture exposure? Do you want to protect your existing ones so they do not become damaged? Are there broken panes or other damage that will let water in when it rains? These are scenarios that should be addressed so that your windows aren’t a cause of rain access now – or in the future.