Phoenix Arizona weather conditions take a real toll on a roof. Between the brutal heat and monsoon storms of the summer, and the winter rains of February, roof issues may develop or minor issues may turn into larger ones. Many homeowners don’t even realize that the elements have already started to wreak havoc underneath their roof’s tiles or shingles. Others have already had minor issues, which were put off, only to become larger issues over time. There is a solution: with regular inspections and maintenance, you can help prolong the life of your roof, keeping your home and family protected and quite possibly saving you money in the process.
There are many productive ways you can ensure that your home’s roof remains healthy and stays in the best shape possible. Here are a few helpful tips on how to maintain your roof:
Check Your Roof’s Materials
For those who have shingle roofs, it’s a great idea to periodically check for missing or damaged shingles. Perhaps you are “roofing inclined” and can do this on your own, or maybe you prefer to utilize the services of a local Phoenix roofing contractor to ensure the shingles are installed properly. Missing shingles need to be replaced in order to minimize the danger of roof leaks and bigger problems.
While you are checking your roof shingles, make sure that your roof sealant is not worn, cracked or otherwise deteriorating. If you find that your sealant is it must be replaced. Sealants in Arizona last an average of 5 to 10 years. Clean debris and dirt from your roof’s valleys every so often; this will reduce the possibility of water damming, therefore reducing the potential for roof leaks in those areas. Metal roofing materials should be checked for rust. This can include your gutters, flashing or other roofing trims. If rust is present you can clean it off with a wire brush and then coat for protection. If you feel it is more than you want to take on, contact a reputable local Phoenix roofer, as they’ll be more than happy to help you.
Keep Your Gutters Functional
While gutters are not technically part of the roof, they are very important. Clogged gutters are not only unsanitary, but when the water get’s backed up and has no place to flow but under your roof, the damage will be very expensive. You can also have your roofing contractor install modern gutter guards to prevent dirt and debris from making their way into the gutter and backing them up.
Keep Your Trees and Bushes Trimmed
If you have large trees with branches that hang over your home, these can cause a lot of problems. Not only can they damage the roof if they break off (a frequent occurrence during a monsoon), but they also drop leaves and other rubbish on the roof. Dropped branches and leaves prevent moisture from evaporating and being able to roll off the roof which can lead to a rotting roof. Additionally, they make it easier for scorpions, roof rats, and other unwanted creatures to get onto your roof, which can cause a multitude of other problems for your roof and home.
Protect Against Damage
Keeping an eye on your Phoenix roof and performing the necessary upkeep can help to ward off big or hidden damages. While it is easy to spot a leak that is dripping into your kitchen, many roofing issues are less noticeable. Taking preemptive measures helps you to prevent or resolve issues that are not visible otherwise. This is clear example of a little extra roof maintenance going a long way and saving you money down the road.
Contact a Reputable Phoenix Roofing Contractor
Sustaining your roof is not a difficult task. All it takes is some regular roof maintenance, and perhaps even an inspection from your Phoenix AZ roofing contractor to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
Allstate Roofing has been providing top notch roof installation and roof repair in Glendale, Phoenix and Chandler communities for years. If you are in need of a roof inspection, roof repair, or roof replacement, contact us today. We are happy to help.