Understanding Our Roof Maintenance Processes

The importance of roof maintenance and repairs has been discussed at different lengths in many home improvement websites. Just about all of them agree on one thing: problems should be addressed as soon as they are detected.

Roof Maintenance

Performing roof maintenance and repairs is something that should always be done by professional roofing contractors in Minneapolis like Garlock-French Corporation due to the necessary technical skills, the risks involved, and the individual processes involved. Let’s take a look at our maintenance processes:

  • Asphalt shingles. These require the least amount of maintenance. After a thorough overall inspection, we start with recaulking the flashings. Then, we inspect the ventilation vents and perform repairs as necessary. Flashings are primed and painted if rust is present.
  • Cedar shakes and shingles. This wooden roofing material requires more care. We start by looking for deteriorated or missing pieces and replacing them. Then we clean off moss and algae. Loose flashings are caulked and refastened. As with asphalt shingles, we prime and paint if we find rust. We also offer Cedar Renew, a preservative especially designed for cedar.
  • Slate or Tile. A less-common material for roofing in Minneapolis, the process is similar to cedar shakes and shingles: replace missing or broken slates or tiles, caulk and refasten flashings, prime and paint rusted areas. Missing or broken slates or tiles should be replaced immediately, as underlayments could deteriorate if exposed to UV rays.
  • EPDM. Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) – typically known as synthetic rubber – is a roofing membrane used on low-slope concrete or metal roofing in Minnesota buildings. EPDM is attached using liquid adhesives or specially formulated tape. The maintenance process is simple – we inspect the flashings – perimeter, corners, drains, and curbs – and perform repairs or replacement as necessary. Loose metal flashings are refastened.

Knowing our maintenance processes helps you know what to look for when performing your own visual inspection, and when to call us for repair and/or maintenance. For your own safety, use binoculars when inspecting your roof – leave the climbing to the professionals.

If you need help with roof repair and maintenance, or cleaning your gutters, don’t hesitate to call Garlock-French Corporation at (612) 444-8900. You can also complete our contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.