Protect your roof this monsoon season with our free roof checkups
Our summers are probably best known for their near-unbearable heat. But, they’re also known for the violent thunderstorms that come with the arrival of the desert monsoon.
Monsoon in the desert
In the late summer, Phoenix is subjected to this unique combination of blistering heat, drenching rain, and howling gusts. It’s a lot for your home—and especially your roof—to take. In this article, we’ll review everything Valley homeowners need to know about our summer monsoon season, including what you should do before it arrives, while it’s here, and after it ends. Ultimately, a free roof check-up from the professionals here at KY-KO Roofing might just end up being your roof’s best defense against our unpredictable monsoon season.
Preparing for monsoon season
The months preceding our monsoon season are often dry as a bone. It’s almost unheard of for the Valley to get any significant rainfall from mid-May to early July. This dry, sunny weather can lull homeowners into a certain sense of complacency. The lack of rain makes roofing issues feel a little less urgent.
However, as anyone who has lived here for the past few years can tell you, that first monsoon storm often rolls in with unexpected force. It can catch a lot of homeowners—and their roofs—off-guard. That once-dry roof is now subjected to fierce winds, pounding rain, and even hail. In short, your roof needs to be ready for what’s ahead. The best way to ensure your roof is prepared for Phoenix’s monsoons is by scheduling a free roofing checkup with our team.
During monsoon season
Once monsoon season starts, your roof is set to run a gauntlet of dust storms, thunderstorms, and other inclement weather. Here’s what you need to know about both diagnosing in-season roofing problems and checking for any leaks. Roof leaks are insidious. With enough time, they can damage the structure of your home, lead to the formation of mold and mildew, and completely compromise your roof. Here are four signs you have a leaking roof—and you need to bring in an experienced, local roofer for a closer look.
Signs you have a leaking roof
Missing tiles and shingles
Checking for roof leaks
If you’re noticing signs of a roof leak, you need to take action. It’s time to have a professional diagnose your roof’s problems and determine what your next steps need to be. Start by looking around in your attic. If there’s a roof leak, you may notice pooled water, water stains, or water damage. If there’s no problems in the attic, take a walk outside. Go around the perimeter of your home and look for any missing tiles or shingles. If you have a flat roof, you may need a professional roofer to inspect the top of the roof, but it’s possible that you can see the sides of your tile or shingle roof. Look for any irregularities. Never climb on top of a roof yourself! It’s something we covered when we discussed why repairing your own roof was a bad idea. It’s even a worse idea (if that’s even possible!) in the context of possible water damage. A water-damaged roof is a roof that you can quite literally fall through, hurting yourself, others, and your roof.
Again: just give us a call for a free roofing inspection. Our roofers know the signs of water damage and can spot them without needing to put ourselves in danger.
Deal with leaks immediately
If there’s one constant here in Phoenix, it’s that the next monsoon storm is an afternoon away. There will be more rain, more wind, and more dust. Even if it’s the tiniest of drips today (and even that’s a problem), it could be a river in your house tomorrow. If dealt with quickly and effectively by experienced roofers, a leaking roof doesn’t have to be the end of your house. But, by waiting a week or two, you’re gambling with your home. Rain is perhaps the most dangerous of all the natural enemies to your roof.
Even if you don’t see the leak and it never enters your living space, all that extra moisture and water will encourage the growth of mold and mildew while attacking the structure of your home. Water can hit electrical wiring in your home and spark a fire.
After monsoon season
By mid-September to early October, Arizona’s monsoon season is mostly in the rearview mirror. However, that doesn’t mean you should let your guard down. Post-monsoon roof repairs are essential to protecting your home throughout the rest of the year.
Post monsoon season
Take the following actions
Check your gutters
Deal with nearby trees
Have an expert look at your roof
Make any recommended roof repairs
Protect your home’s roof
Your roof is arguably the single-most important part of your home. A damaged roof is a ticking time-bomb. It might be this year. It might be next year. But, at some point, you’ll experience a roof leak and, with it, have to deal with a whole new set of problems.
It doesn’t have to come to that. By being proactive and scheduling a free roofing checkup with our team, you can stop roofing problems before they even happen. Most roof issues start with something relatively minor—broken tiles, missing shingles, damaged flashing—that blooms into a catastrophe over time. To protect your roof, all you need to do is think about it, especially in the months following our monsoon season.
Start by calling us and getting a free roofing checkup from our team. As the Valley’s premier roofing team, our roofers have the expertise to diagnose roofing problems, make informed recommendations, and provide you with a fair and honest quote for any needed repairs. Talk to us—your roof is worth it.