How Phoenix Monsoons Affect Damaged Roofs
You find a little drip of water coming through the ceiling during the monsoon, but you shrug it off. “It’s no big deal. It’s not like it rains much here anyway.” Living in the desert, it might not seem like much, but Phoenix roofers know that your roof is your key protector from the elements, and a tiny drip means a leak, which threatens the entire structure of the roof.
The monsoons may not last long, and the rain may come more in the form of flash floods than April showers, but this intense weather is pretty good at exacerbating the condition of damaged roofs. That’s why you need to be aware of your roof’s condition and take steps to ensure it’s in great working order before you find yourself facing a big problem.
Areas of Concern
It’s easy enough to conduct a simple review of your roof’s condition with a walkaround. The kinds of things that should cause you to consider calling in the experts include:
- Debris: If you have trees near your home, you could be collecting some leaves on your roof. You definitely don’t want that extra stuff up there; it could get lodged in eaves and cause water backups—which lead to roof leaks.
- Loose Shingles or Tiles: One clear sign that you have some work to do is that you have loose pieces of roofing. You could start the season with loose shingles, or the high winds could cause them to lift. Either way, get these taken care of immediately.
- Water Accumulation: Flat roofs are notorious for collecting water—and we have plenty of flat roofs in the Phoenix area. Flooding on the roof could jeopardize its integrity, which could turn into a bigger issue down the road.
How Monsoons Cause Damage
With our affinity for haboobs, bringing walls of dust across the Valley, there’s a strong possibility for damage, even when your roof is in tip-top condition. But when you have a damaged roof, the chances of something small turning into something big escalate quickly.
Winds can whip up loose tiles and the underlay below them. And those flying tiles can mean damage to more than just your roof.
Rains can wreak havoc on older roofs, loosening adhesives and infiltrating small leaks to create bigger ones.
And dust gets into everything. Not only does it dirty your roof and home, but it can contribute to loosened tiles and shingles as well.
In short, the monsoons can be a treacherous endeavor for any home, but they are especially heinous for older homes and older roofs.
Trust Your Phoenix Roofers
Gryphon Roofing has your back, whether you need us to inspect your roof before the rains or repair it afterward. We have been in the Valley a long time, and we know how to help you keep the integrity of your home and protect your family with a strong roof.
Call us today to learn more and to schedule your inspection or service.