When the summer season rolls around in Phoenix, Arizona, you may be on alert for damage to your roof. The high winds and heavy rains could blow off a tile or a shingle, and hail could cause cracks and other damage.
Yet it is not always these obvious dangers that could leave you with costly roof repair. There are many other lurking dangers that could have you calling a PHX roofing contractor. Here are a few little known dangers to your Phoenix roof:
You might think that insects and animals are only a threat to other parts of your home, like the basement, but they can also damage your roof. Termites and roof rats can eat through the subdeck, the underlayment and wood shingles. Squirrels can cause damage with their burrowing and scratching, and birds can leave behind droppings that can decompose roofing materials.
You must treat your home and property for pests like termites and rodents, and you must clean your roof regularly to make it less attractive to rodents and to wash away bird droppings.
Phoenix, Arizona has some of the highest temperatures in the country in the summer. The high temperatures can break down roofing materials like the underlayment, roofing cement, or asphalt shingles. To better protect your home, find a Phoenix shingle roofing contractor to take care of your roofing.
Clay tile roofing in Phoenix is a better choice since it is heat resistant. Working with a North Phoenix roofing contractor can help you choose the right roofing material for your home or business to stand up to the temperature extremes and reduce your maintenance and repair needs.
Clogged Gutters and Downspouts
Gutters and downspouts don’t just move water away from your walls and foundation, they also divert water away from your roof. If your gutters and downspouts are clogged, water pools just under the edge of your roof and can backflow onto the roof itself.
You must keep your gutters and downspouts clear of debris to ensure the proper flow of water away from your roof and your home. Hiring a professional can take this chore off your plate and ensure that the work is performed on a regular schedule.
Large trees provide plenty of shade for your property and create beautiful scenery. However, large trees can also drop large branches. If one of those branches lands on your roof, it could cause a lot of damage — maybe even falling right through.
You can prevent damage to your roof by hiring a professional to trim the trees that are around your house. You may be surprised at how far a branch can travel, so it is important to work with a professional to identify any trees that can pose a threat to your roof. You should also hire someone to assess the health of the trees around your home. Even worse than a branch coming through your roof would be an entire tree crashing down on it.
Leaves, pine cones, pine needles, acorns, twigs and more are a much more common nuisance than the occasional large branch. Though this debris isn’t as devastating as a branch cutting a hole through your roof, it can still cause major damage over time. The leaves and other debris can decompose, which can introduce organic matter and chemical processes into the roof, drawing in the roofing materials themselves. The debris can break down asphalt shingles, roofing cement and underlayment.
You must hire a professional for regular cleaning of your roof and gutters to keep it free of this debris. The cleaning will also remove mold and mildew, which can develop in the moist conditions that can occur when debris begins to decompose.
Roof care isn’t just about calling a Phoenix roofing contractor when you need Phoenix roof repair. You also need to be proactive in removing the threats to your roof. Allstate Roofing provides the expert roof repair that your Phoenix, Arizona home or business needs if it does fall prey to these or other threats. Our roofing contractors can also develop a maintenance schedule to keep your roof healthy or can make recommendations for a more appropriate roofing material, such as clay tile that can withstand more damages and requires less maintenance. Call us today to find out how we can help you.
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Phoenix, Arizona 85017
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Peoria, Arizona 85383
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