What Damage Does the Glendale Weather Do to Tile Roofs?
Glendale is part of the Phoenix Valley Area, and as such, it experiences a lot of weather extremes. To start, the temperatures are pretty intense nearly the whole year round. Temperatures in the 70s and 80s are common through most of the year, but the thermometer often registers in the triple digits during the summer. Then the area gets hit by a series of monsoons every year, which bring with them heavy rains and intense winds. Altogether, the local weather can take a serious toll on a tile roof.
Knowing what kind of damage the weather can bring can help you know how to better protect your tile roof. Here’s the kind of damage that the Glendale weather can cause to your tile roof:
Missing or Loose Tiles
Monsoons bring with them intense winds that can pick up lawn furniture and relocate it a few houses over. These are winds that can knock down branches and even bring down some trees, depending on how strong the winds and how weak the trees. These winds can also blow some of the tiles on your roof clean off, or they can dislodge the tiles so that they are loose but not completely detached. Loose or missing tiles leave parts of your roof exposed to pests, water, and other elements that could damage it or penetrate to damage your home.
Check your roof for signs of missing tiles after each monsoon. If you see an area that looks suspect, get a roofer to do a formal inspection for loose tiles. Always schedule an inspection after the season ends to ensure that there is no lingering damage to your roof.
The heavy winds from monsoons won’t just knock your tiles loose; they can also knock down tree branches or pick up debris from your yard or your neighbor’s yard and send it flying. Any of those things can be sent crashing down on your roof, breaking one or more tiles and leaving your roof exposed to damaging elements.
Again, always check your roof after a big storm comes through. If you see any broken tiles, call your roofer right away for an emergency repair. Even a single broken tile can allow enough penetration of water and other elements to seriously damage your roof or your home in a short time. The sooner you get the tile replaced, the better.
Deteriorated Roof Materials
When it’s not raining in Glendale, the sun is usually beating down. The temperatures can reach brutal levels in the summer, and the heat will do more than send you running for a pool. Your roof is exposed to that sun for the majority of each day, and it has nowhere to escape. That intense heat can start to break down roofing materials, such as the glue used to attach materials, the underlayment under your tiles, and more. Over time, even the best materials will start to degrade under the intense sun.
Annual roofing inspections will help you stay on top of damage from the heat. This is damage that will appear gradually over time, so no sudden change will occur. Working with an experienced roofer on a consistent basis will give you the best chance of spotting problems as early as possible.
Sometimes, the temperatures can fluctuate wildly in Glendale. The heat may be intense during the day, and then the temperatures may drop significantly at night. Such changes may help you sleep more cozily at night, but they can wreak havoc on your tile roof. The extreme temperature changes can cause your tiles to expand and contract quickly, which can lead to cracks. Over time, those cracks will allow water or pests to penetrate, which can damage your roof.
Again, a consistent schedule of roofing inspections is what you need to prevent further damage if your tiles become cracked. Your roofer will spot these cracked tiles quickly and will replace them, ensuring that your roof and your home are protected.
Extensive Water Damage
Age and the wear and tear that your tile roof experiences over time can leave it vulnerable with cracks, looseness, and other issues. Even minor weaknesses in your tile can lead to big problems. When the monsoon season hits, you’ll be dealing with a deluge of rain at a minimum. With so much rain pounding down on your roof, a significant amount of water can penetrate the weaknesses in your tile and cause widespread damage in your attic, ceiling, or other areas of your home.
Many people like to schedule a roofing inspection before the monsoon season hits so they can fix any issues that are present before the flood of rain comes down.
Knowing what kind of damage the Glendale weather can cause to your roof can help you better prepare for the seasonal threats or to treat them. Always work with a local roofer who understands the unique issues that the local weather poses for your roof and can adequately inspect for them or repair them.
Arizona Roof Rescue is a Glendale roofer that specializes in emergency repair services. We can inspect your roof before the monsoon season to make sure it is ready for the damage that could come, or we can inspect it following a huge storm to make any emergency repairs that might be needed. Call us today to get a free estimate or to schedule your emergency repair.