End of the Summer Checklist
for Your Arizona Roof
The summers in Arizona can be brutal. Think about how unbearable it is for you to just stand outside for longer than a few minutes, and then think about the intense heat that is bearing down on your roof all day long, all summer long. If you are sweating under the pressure after a few minutes, how do you think your roof is holding up?
Sure, your roof is designed to stand up to the sun, but there is only so much that traditional roofing materials can take. Over time, shingles can crack and buckle, and underlayment and other roofing materials can degrade. But you may not even know that it has happened until extensive water damage is present. That tiny stain on your sheetrock that finally alerts you to the problem is hiding a much larger problem in your attic and your roof, where you are likely to find rotted wood, damaged roofing materials, mold and more.
Before you have to call up a Mesa roofing contractor for emergency repairs, it is best that you take care of roof maintenance at the end of each summer to catch issues while they are still minor and easy to correct. Here’s an easy checklist to make sure that your Arizona roof is in good shape at the end of each summer:
Check Your Ceiling
Spots on your ceiling are almost always a sign that you have a problem on your roof. In some cases, you may have a ventilation problem that is allowing condensation to accumulate in your attic. However, it is more common that you have a leak on your roof if you are noticing brown spots or other discoloration on your ceiling.
Walk through your whole home and look carefully at the ceiling. Pay special attention to areas around ceiling fans and other items mounted on the ceiling as these can conceal stains. Also look for cracking in the paint or texture as this can be a sign of water damage, as well.
Inspect the Gutters
When your gutters are clogged with leaves and other debris, water can accumulate and run back over your roof, causing extensive damage. The end of the summer in Arizona also coincides with the monsoon season, so you want to make sure that your gutters are free and clear and ready to move all that water away from your roof and your home.
Clean your gutters and check for signs of any damage, such as sagging gutters, loose hangers or other hardware, rust, or bent gutters. If there is any damage to your gutters, you will need to have it repaired right away.
Also look inside your gutters for shingle granules. If you see any, this is a sign that your Mesa roof needs repair.
Ensure Proper Ventilation
Poor ventilation can damage your home and your roof. Make sure that the attic vents are clear of debris, including the accumulation of dust and spider webs. Boxes and other clutter should also be far from the vents to ensure proper circulation.
You may need to consult with a roofer 85207 if you feel that you are having ventilation issues but the vents are free of debris. You may not have the proper ventilation installed, or you may not have enough of it. However, only a professional will be able to tell you for sure.
Trim Your Trees
The Arizona monsoon season is no joke, and the savage storms can easily bring down trees and throw around lawn furniture like they’re nothing. You don’t need to tempt fate by having trees with heavy branches hanging right over your house.
Now is the time to trim back any branches that are hanging over your roof. You don’t want them to be knocked down during a storm and come crashing through your roof. Even smaller branches can knock tiles and shingles loose, creating leaks that can cause major damage. Getting rid of those branches will also minimize the leaf clutter in your gutters, which will minimize the risk of gutters becoming clogged and flooding your roof.
If you have already experienced a few summer storms, make sure you check your roof for any fallen branches. Your roof may have already suffered some damage, which makes it important that you call a roofer 85208 now before you need more extensive repair later.
Look for Signs of Damage
You may not be a professional roofing contractor, but you can spot some of the common signs of roofing problems yourself. Get on your roof and look for things like loose or missing shingles or tiles, buckling or curling shingles, cracked tiles, loose flashing (the material around the chimney and vents), dark stains or moss.
Always practice great care when getting on top of your roof. Use an appropriate ladder and wear the right shoes and other safety gear. Even better, just don’t go on your roof at all if you can avoid it. You can spot most roofing issues with a pair of binoculars, or you can just hire a roofing contractor to perform the inspection for you. You’ll stay safe, and you won’t inadvertently do anything to damage your roof.
Some may suggest checking in on your roof after each season, but if you can’t do that, it is most important to check out your roof at the end of the summer in Arizona, when your roof has experienced extremes in the climate.
The professionals at Canyon State Roofing and Consulting can perform the inspection for you and can perform any necessary maintenance or roof repair. Our goal is to extend the life of your roof and protect your home, saving you time and money on repairs and new roof installations. We can make roof maintenance recommendations to minimize the risk of damage and keep your roof in top shape. If you are ready for a new roof, we can also recommend the best types of materials to get the aesthetic you want while also offering the best protection. Contact us today!
4809 E. Thistle Landing, #100
Phoenix, AZ 85044
Office: (602) 400-1635
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