- Author : Hillary Cappel
As an Arizona business or homeowner, you may not have to shovel snow off your roof or deal with the potential for heavy flooding year-round, but there are still some geography-specific hazards you face that can wreak havoc on your roof – and your finances. Monsoon winds and rains, for example, can cause serious damage to your roof, and unless you address the problem and repair the damage promptly, it can have an equally serious impact on your home’s overall value.
Just as it typically pays to address problems with your car or truck before they worsen and cost you an arm and a leg, the same holds true when it comes to your roof. Some of the common problems we see on Arizona roofs that have the potential to lead to more serious issues include:
Lost or damaged shingles or tiles
Heavy winds often pack enough power to rip roof shingles or tiles off your home or business, and when they go missing, they expose your roof to additional moisture and damage. While you can mitigate the chances of this happening to some degree by landscaping properly and making sure large tree limbs and other obstructions won’t come crashing down on your roof, particularly severe storms and monsoons may cause substantial damage, regardless. Because most home and business owners spend little, if any, time on their roofs, it typically pays to have occasional roofing inspections performed to assess any damage and address it accordingly.
Leaks and water damage
A leaky roof can prove costly and troublesome, and in some cases, a leak can even be dangerous. For this reason, a leaking roof should take priority over virtually all over home improvement or repair projects. If you have a leak in your roof, which may be the result of age, poor design or weak construction, water can collect on it, and over time, that water can penetrate your roofing materials and make its way into your living space. In addition to compromising the structural integrity of your roof, leaks can lead to an excess of mold or mildew, which in turn can have a serious impact on your overall health.
To minimize the potential for a leaky roof, make sure any gutters you have are clear and free from debris. A gutter’s purpose is to divert water away from your roof and your foundation, but if it is too clogged to allow water to pass through, it cannot effectively do its job. Having a professional perform regular roof inspections can also help you identify potential problems before they prove far costlier.