Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) September 14, 2011
Monsoon Season in Phoenix can bring extreme weather conditions, including high winds, hail, heavy rains and, of course, the epic dust storm that blanketed the entire valley. October will mark the one-year anniversary of the massive hail storm that hit most of the Phoenix Metropolitan area — a storm that has caused $3.5 billion dollars in damage and still counting since damage is still being discovered and repaired. Mother Nature’s elements, including the extreme heat of summer, can add up to cause severe damage to roofs all over the Southwest and particularly in the Phoenix area.
Now that the season of heat and storms is coming to an end, there are some simple roof maintenance activities every homeowner and business owner should perform before the winter rains arrive. Simple repairs now can prevent costly damage from the winter storms and rain.
General Maintenance Tips
Perhaps the most important item homeowners and business owners should understand is that just walking on a roof can cause damage, and can be dangerous for people not accustomed to heights. It is best to use a pair of binoculars to examine sloped roofs for monsoon damage. A roofing professional is recommended for roofs with parapet walls that prevent a clear view from the ground.
Here are some things to look for:
- Examine the roof for missing roof materials (whether it is tile, shingle, shake or foam roofing)
- Examine the roof for missing flashing
- Remove any debris that has accumulated on the roof by the storms; especially near drains.
- Examine the seals around any penetrations in your roof (e.g., skylights, soffits, chimneys, etc.)
- Clean the gutters and downspouts of debris; make sure brackets are securely in place; ensure water drains properly.
- Have the chimney inspected and cleaned to prevent dangerous chimney and roof fires (for wood burning fireplaces).
- Check to make sure the attic insulation doesn't cover vents in the eaves to allow proper ventilation.
- Check to be sure ridge vents and vents at eaves are free of plants and debris.
- Check bird and rodent screens for attic vents to prevent any unwanted guests.
Finally, summer rains encourage native and non-native trees to add plenty of growth. Overhanging branches can scour against roof surfaces, and especially on asphalt surface, scrape away the protective granules. Take the time to trim tree limbs that are dangerously close to the roof to prevent future damage.
If homeowners or business owners discover cause for concern or are uncomfortable checking the roof for damage, they should call in a licensed, bonded and insured professional roofer to catch or repair damage before it becomes a major problem.
This article provided courtesy of Roofing Southwest, licensed, bonded and insured roofers serving the Phoenix area for over 40 years.
About Roofing Southwest
With 40 years in the roofing business, the professionals at Roofing Southwest have decades of combined experience working on all types of roofs, both commercial and residential. The company is licensed, bonded, and insured to conduct business in Arizona, Nevada, California, New Mexico and Texas.
Roofing Southwest can handle everything from residential to large commercial projects, including noteworthy high-profile projects like The Westin Kierland Hotel and Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, The Orleans Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and The Carlsbad Caverns National Park in Southern, New Mexico, to name just a few. Currently, Roofing Southwest is completing the Unisource Mid-rise roof in downtown Tucson — the first mid-rise/highrise built in 20 years in Tuscon. The company is also working to complete the Casino Del Sol Roof in Tucson.
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