A Minnesota Winter is Coming. Is Your Roof Ready?

It’s that lovely time of year in Minnesota. The trees are changing. The mornings are crisp. You have your rakes in queue – and your shovels right behind them. Have you thought about the integrity of your roof? This is a smart time to get your roof inspected.

It’s best to call a professional roofing contractor, who will know both the ins and outs of roof wear and also the required safety precautions so you don’t have a lawsuit from someone falling off your roof. Most contractors will offer a flat rate inspection – and some may even do it free if you are in the neighborhood.

If your roof is new, you probably do not need this, but even so a new roof may have storm damage you do not even know about, and that makes it vulnerable to water penetration. The least you should and must do is to visually inspect your roof from the ground. Are there missing shingles, damage to soffits, uneven or sagging areas that could indicate warped boards underneath? Are there areas with moss? That means excessive and continued moisture is present and could mean rot underneath. Are there any large tree branches up there? If so, you could have a penetration from that falling branch. If you see anything unusual, getting a professional inspection is a good next step.

Moss on roof in Minnesota.
Moss on roof in Minnesota. This roof needs a full inspection before the Minnesota Winter hits.

The professional roof inspector will look for a number of things, such as shingle integrity, where the shingles meet flashing or any objects that extend out of the roof, such as vents and chimneys. These areas are always weak spots and should be looked over carefully.

Inspect your roof gutters before the Minnesota winter hits
Inspect your roof gutters before the Minnesota winter hits

Moving out and down, where the gutter is attached is often a trouble spot. They can get filled up with leaves and such and then create areas of excessive moisture, which can lead to soffit rot. It’s always a good idea to clean out your gutters after the leave have fallen because a packed gutter can lead to ice dams that can cause damage to the roof. We’ve even seen gutters tear off a house because they were so weighted down with ice!

Moving to the inside and under the roof, inspecting your attic, if possible, is another smart move. You want to make sure there is no evidence of water damage, the vents are clear and airflow is adequate, and the insulation is ample and consistent to prevent ice dams.

All Sons Exteriors is always available for consultation and inspection. We know how hard a Minnesota winter is on roofs and are here for you.

A Roof Needs to Breathe – Proper Roofing Ventilation

Knowing Your Roof

Whether you are considering a new roof or have been living under the same one for a decade, understanding what goes into your roof is important. It does more than just keep off the rain, snow, and all the rest: it also regulates temperature, and protects the house from the nastier sides of the elements. There is a lot that goes into making a roof reliable, but fortunately, it all has a logic to it. While every part of the structure is important, there are a couple aspects that stand above the rest.

anatomy of a roof

One such aspect of roof durability is ventilation. Just like any other part of your home, you want to make sure that nothing (aside from memorabilia) is building up in your attic. Everyone has seen what happens to a forgotten Tupperware of leftovers in the back of the fridge, no one wants the same thing to happen to their house. Therefore, proper insulation and airflow are key to making a roof effective at dealing with moisture and temperature. As an added bonus, the temperature-regulating properties of a well-made roof will also reduce energy consumption.

diagram of air circulation and ventilation in a roof

Alongside ventilation is a more visible aspect of the roof: the shingles. There are many options available, but the right material for you will depend on your location and personal taste. Although cedar shingles may accentuate the rest of the house perfectly, the climate of your area may be the deciding factor that turns you towards metal. Some types of shingling are more expensive than others, some are more heavy, but a good contractor will be able to help you narrow it down. If indecision is playing a role in getting your house reroofed, remember: asphalt shingles are just as good as anything else. There is a reason why they are the most popular type on the market.


Even the most enduring roof will break down eventually. After all, part of its job is to take a beating. A strong roof can typically be relied upon for around ten years, but as with anything else, it is good to check up on it regularly. Just because there are not any wet spots on the bedroom ceiling does not mean that something might be compromised. Fortunately, though, a damaged roof is easily noted. Shingles that are buckling, lacking the roughness lent by their built-in granules, or that are missing altogether are some common indications that a roof needs attention. Rotted or curling sections of roofing are also reliable signs. When in doubt, get a professional examination. It is better to be sure than to worry about a leaking roof every time rain rolls through.

Emergency Roof Tarp After Storm

Your home usually is your most valuable asset, not to mention where you live. When good old Minnesota nature rears it’s ugly head and damages your roof or exterior, creating a penetration into the structure, you need to act immediately to protect your home from further damage.

The need to secure you roof is not limited to  storm damage. We’ve dealt with the aftermath of vandalism, fire, and other accidents in which a roof was compromised.

The most common culprits are trees, high winds and tornadoes, or hail and lightening. The damage may be severe and obvious or the damage may be elusive and take days or months to manifest in a leak. If you see or suspect damage, you really should error on the side of caution and get an inspection.

Regardless how it comes, the main objective is to protect your home as soon as possible. That’s why we offer our emergency services. As with all repair work, if the job’s not done correctly you will have wasted the money you spent and more than likely added more damage to your home. You can do the work yourself, just be extremely careful. Make sure you cover the entire area using proper installation methods to keep the temporary roofing from being damaged from high winds or other weather events. And please always keep safety in mind.

Emergency roof tarp in Minnesota
Emergency roof tarp in Lakeville, Minnesota

Can you do this yourself?

Maybe. Working on roofs is never a “safe” environment, and when damage and trees are involved it gets even trickier. This is a good reason to let the experts with years of experience do this. We will make sure it’s done safe and you roof is safe from further damage.

How Fast Can You Get to My House?

All Sons Exteriors will get your roof and house protected within 24 hours from contacting us. If a tree is part of the equation, as is often the case, we can assist or advise on the best removal options. Depending upon the size and orientation of the tree, it may need to be removed quite carefully to avoid further unnecessary damage.

Call us at 952-469-5221 to get emergency tarps on your roof.

What is involved?

During emergency roof tarping, boarding, or repairing operations, our experienced roofers will  create a temporary barrier and make a plan to get the roof repaired as soon as possible.

What About Insurance?

All Sons Exteriors is a fully licensed and insured Minnesota company. We are very familiar with the insurance claim process and can guide you through the process.

Crew installing tarp on damaged roof in Minnesota
Installing tarp on damaged roof in Lakeville, Minnesota

Priority One: Protection

Contact All Sons Exteriors for an immediate roof inspection. We will triage the damage and secure the structure as needed right away.

Next Step: Estimate and Insurance

We will estimate the proper repairs and coordinate with your insurance to make sure you are properly covered for repairs.

Final Goal: Total Repair

All Sons Exteriors wants to get your home back into perfect condition. In fact, we like to leave it in better condition that it was before your damage situation. You can trust in us to take treat your property as though it was our own.

We are a Minnesota company and are invested in our community. We are you partner for protecting your home over the long haul.

Call Kathy at 952-469-5221 to get your project rolling.

The Top 3 Roofing Materials for Homes in Lakeville, MN and the Twin Cities

Here’s how a roofing contractor can help you determine what is best for you and your home.

Find out the top 3 roofing materials for homes in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota

A new roof is not only a major investment in your house, it can completely transform your home. Old roofing materials are now new again. There are now more choices than ever before. Each choice comes with some benefits and some considerations. The plain black asphalt tiles of the past may be available, and there is so much more to choose from including several other materials.

All Sons Exteriors only partners with leading manufacturers to give your home the presence it deserves. The materials are only as good as the people who install them. All Sons Exteriors has the over 30 years of experience so you can trust the durability of your roof for the next 30 years.

Since roofing technology has changed so much over the years, here are the top 3 roofing materials people are using today in Lakeville MN. We can help you choose which roofing solution makes the most sense for your home and for your family.


wood shingles aged by weather
Wood shingles look great but are harder to maintain

Wood has been available as a roofing material for as long as there have been roofs. While many people prefer the look of wood shingles, there are an equal number of homes that require the classic look of cedar shingles. Unfortunately, new local codes often times prohibit the installation of wood materials for new roofs. This can create issues for the homeowner who is looking for a more traditional look. Our roofing material partner Certainteed has an entire line of composite roofing materials inspired by the classic look of cedar shingles. Like many other composites, these are available in a wide variety of colors to give your home a roof that looks new, yet very familiar.


metal shingle example from mn roofing contractor
Metal shingles can look like tile and other materials.

Metal roofing products are becoming more and more popular. Not only do they enhance contemporary, modern and the newest home styles, they can also be used with more traditional homes. No matter your house style, metal roofing has a style and finish to make your home at home in any neighborhood. Metal roofing has three big advantages over other roofing materials.

The first is it is the most durable against natural disasters. It is also fireproof. The second advantage is that it is low maintenance meaning there are fewer costs associated with maintaining this material in the long run. And the third advantage is that metal roofs last the longest. Some manufacturers offer a 50-year warranty for metal roofs. That is not to say that steel is indestructible. Severe hail can even damage a steel roof.

Metal roof damaged by hail
Metal roofing cand be damaged by large hail. No roof is damage proof.

Asphalt Shingles

Your parents probably had only one choice when it came to roofing shingles and that was asphalt. Now, homeowners have a diverse choice when it comes to asphalt shingles. Our partner GAF has a premium line of shingles that combine the elegance of a wood or composite shingle, the durability of a metal roofing material, that comes with a lifetime warranty. There are a wide variety of textures, colors, and technology built into every asphalt shingle to maximize both the style and the function of your investment.

Why not call All Sons Exteriors to schedule an appointment and get an estimate by calling  952-469-5221 or email us at allsonsexteriors@gmail.com. We can show you how you can effectively change the entire feel of your house yet still maintain the charm of your home in your neighborhood.