Summer monsoon season in Phoenix can wreak havoc on your roof. From high winds and heavy rains to blinding dust storms and scorching temperatures, roof repair and roof cleaning are common necessities during the summer. Here is what you need to know about keeping your roof in top shape.
Roof Repair: Regular Inspection
Grab a pair of binoculars, and check your roof regularly during the summer–especially after a particularly strong storm–for the following:
Obvious Damage. Look for missing shingles or tiles, damaged foam, or other gaps in your roofing.
Missing Pieces. Flashing is a metal strip used where two surfaces meet on your roof. Check to make sure none of it is missing. Check to be sure gutters and downspouts are in place and secure.
The Attic. If you’re having roof issues, your attic will show it. Check seals around anything that penetrates the roof including chimneys and vents. Check to make sure insulation is in good shape, and that it’s not covering vents. Also look for signs of bird or rodent inhabitants as they can cause significant destruction.
Roof Cleaning: Regular Maintenance
Summer storms can blow debris onto your roof and drainage systems and cause blockage and damage. Clean gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage, and remove any trash or debris from the roof.
The extra water can keep trees and plants growing strong and lead to overhanging branches and growth. Be sure to trim back trees and plants to prevent them from damaging your roof.
When to Call the Pros
For most minor areas of damage, you can manage the repairs yourself. From reattaching downspouts to clearing debris, this type of regular maintenance is often completed by homeowners. A simple garden hose is a great tool to help you clear your roof. But, do not use a power washer as the pressure can cause damage or force water under shingles and tiles.
On the other hand, missing tiles, shingles, and shakes should be replaced by a professional to ensure the integrity of the rest of your roof. Missing or damaged flashing and other seals are tasks best left to the pros. Incorrectly applied sealants and improperly installed flashing will lead to gaps and leaks that will slowly allow water to leak into your home.
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To learn more about caring for your Arizona roof or to schedule your repairs, contact RENCO Roofing today!