May 29

5 Vital Roofing Questions Answered for Minnesota Homeowners


At Shelter Construction, we frequently receive questions from homeowners and property managers regarding their roofs. As trusted roofing experts serving Minnesota and Western Wisconsin, we aim to provide you with valuable insights to keep your home safe and protected. Here, we address the top five most common roofing questions to help you better understand and care for your roof. By staying informed and proactive, you can extend the lifespan of your roof and avoid costly repairs in the future.

Question 1. What are the Signs My Roof Has Problems?

roof with wind damage

A well-maintained roof is key to the longevity of your home. However, identifying potential issues early can prevent costly repairs down the line. Here are the most common signs that your roof may have problems:

  • Visibly Missing Shingles and Exposed Underlayment: Missing shingles can expose the underlying layers of your roof to the elements, leading to further damage.
  • Leaks and Water Stains Inside Your Home: Water stains on your ceiling or walls are often indicators of a roof leak.
  • A Sagging or Uneven Roof Deck: This could suggest structural issues or damage to the supporting framework.
  • Seeing Sunlight Coming Through in the Attic: If you can see daylight through the roof boards, it’s a clear sign that your roof needs attention.
  • Hail Damage to Shingles: After a hailstorm, check for dents or cracks in your shingles.
  • Shingles Curling Up from Wind Damage: Wind can lift shingles, causing them to curl and lose their protective effectiveness.
  • Shingle Granules Accumulating in Gutters: An excessive amount of granules in your gutters can indicate that your shingles are nearing the end of their lifespan.

If you spot any of these red flags, it’s time to contact a professional for an inspection. For more in depth information on signs that your roof has problems check out our blog, “Recognizing Roof Damage Signs: Spotting Issues and Solutions in Minnesota and Wisconsin!“.

Question 2. What Should I Do If I Have a Roof Leak?

water damage caused by a leaky roof

Ignoring a leaky roof can lead to serious consequences, including:

  • Structural Damage: Water can weaken the integrity of your home’s structure.
  • Mold and Mildew Growth: These are not only health hazards but can also spread quickly if not addressed.
  • Electrical Hazards: Water interacting with electrical wiring poses a significant danger.
  • Increased Energy Costs: Wet insulation is less effective, causing your heating and cooling systems to work harder.
  • Decreased Property Value: A damaged roof can lower your home’s market value.

At Shelter Construction, we recommend consulting a roofing professional as soon as you notice any signs of a roof leak. Acting quickly can prevent further damage and save you money in the long run.

Question 3. How Much Does a New Roof Cost?

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The cost of a new roof depends on the materials you choose and the size and pitch of your roof. Here are some general price ranges per square foot:

  • Asphalt Shingles: $6-9 per sq ft
  • Metal Roofing: $12-15 per sq ft
  • Wood Shake: $11-15 per sq ft

For more detailed information, check out our blog post, “How Much Does a New Roof Cost in 2024?” to learn more about the best roofing materials and their costs.

Question 4. Do New Roofs Come with Warranties?

Shelter Construction with homeowner discussing an emergency roof repair

Yes! Most major shingle manufacturers like Tamko, Malarkey, GAF, and CertainTeed offer warranties on their products. However, the warranty details differ between manufacturers:

  • Tamko: Provides various warranty options depending on the product line.
  • Malarkey: Known for its extensive warranty coverage on impact-resistant shingles.
  • GAF: Offers multiple warranty tiers, including lifetime limited warranties.
  • CertainTeed: Provides comprehensive warranties that cover defects and wind damage.

We recommend visiting each company’s website to find their specific warranty information. At Shelter Construction, we work with any shingle manufacturer that you prefer, ensuring you get the best protection for your investment.

Question 5. What are the Different Types of Asphalt Shingles?

Tamko titan xt-rustic shingles

At Shelter Construction, we primarily use shingles from Tamko, Malarkey, CertainTeed, and GAF. While each manufacturer has slightly different shingle designs, they all serve the same function—protecting your home. Here are the types of shingles we recommend:

  • Impact-Resistant Shingles (Class 3 or 4): These shingles are designed to withstand severe weather conditions, providing maximum durability and protection.
  • Architectural Shingles: Known for their aesthetic appeal and enhanced performance compared to traditional 3-tab shingles.

All four of our preferred manufacturers offer these options, allowing you to choose the best fit for your needs and budget. We strongly recommend reading our blogs, “Why Asphalt Shingles are the Right Choice for Minnesota Homeowners” and “Why Impact Resistant Shingles are Minnesota Homeowners’ Best Friends” for more answers to your roofing questions about asphalt shingles. 

Understanding these common roofing questions can help you make informed decisions about your home’s maintenance and protection. If you have any concerns about your roof or need a repair or replacement, don’t hesitate to contact Shelter Construction. As your trusted local roofing experts serving Minnesota and Western Wisconsin, we’re here to help!

Turn to the Pros at Shelter Construction

At Shelter, we perform free inspections and consultations. We will perform minor repairs during the examination to small damage that we find. Call us at 612-284-6985 or contact us today on our website!


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