Everyone knows what Phoenix summers are like. Your roof is about to get a full bombardment of high temperatures and intense UV rays. But, more than that, the arrival of the monsoons in the late summer means that your roof will also have to contend with high winds and torrential downpours. In short: summers here in the Valley are hard on your roof. Here’s what you need to know as a Valley homeowner to keep your roof in tip-top shape heading into the hottest months of the year.
Call KY-KO for a professional roofing checkup
At KY-KO Roofing, we offer free roof checkups here in the Valley. There’s nothing better than having a professional assess your roof prior to the start of summer. If your roof is missing shingles or tile, you want to know before that underlayment is exposed to UV rays and rain. Our professional roofers can also diagnose other small issues before they become major problems, like a leaking roof.
Trim any nearby trees
When high winds blow through Phoenix, you definitely do not want there to be any leaning trees anywhere near your roof. Many roofs sustain damage from nearby branches and trees falling on them. In fact, the monsoon winds of summer are especially threatening here in Phoenix—both mesquite and palo verde trees can become unmoored and fall onto your home, causing significant damage.
Beyond regular pruning to keep the tree from growing too close to the roof, consider having a tree professional come out to your home to check on the health of the trees and identify any problem areas. An arborist or landscaping professional will be able to identify if any of your yard’s trees are dead or diseased, which puts them at additional risk to come toppling down when that intense monsoon rolls into town in early July.
Check the gutters
Here’s an understatement: it tends to rain in Phoenix during the summer. While the overall amount of rain we get here in Phoenix is much lower than other places in the country, this rain tends to be deposited in a relatively short amount of time through brief, yet intense, monsoon storms. These squalls can quickly overwhelm clogged gutters, sending water onto your roof—the absolute last place you want it to be.
In contrast, you want to make sure that rainwater has somewhere to go. That involves having clear, resilient gutters. You want to ensure there are no clogs that could create pools of water. Water could leak down your home’s siding or onto the roof, where it then gets into the attic. That’s bad news for your roof.
Have the team at KY-KO examine the skylights during our checkup
Skylights are great features to have in a home. They’re also a weak spot in the shield that is your roof. You want to inspect them before the summer to ensure the edge is sealed properly. Without proper sealant, rain water could leak into the inside of your house. You do not want anything to get through.
Call KY-KO to get your roof ready for the summer
KY-KO is here for your pre-summer roof repair services, if you need them. At the end of the day, prevention is preferable over dealing with summer roof damage in the first place. to schedule a free roofing checkup today.