Best Fall Roof Maintenance Tips

Best Fall Roof Maintenance Tips Mesa AZ

Fall is a good time take care of your roof maintenance with more mild temperatures. In Arizona it comes a little later than other places in the country, but the cooler weather still comes. Knowing if there is any damage to your roof now, can prevent you from having to climb up in bad weather. Taking care of your roof proactively also extends the life of your roof. These are the best fall roof maintenance tips.

Trim The Tree

While Christmas is still a ways off, you should trim the trees around your home. As trees grow they usually get taller, and wider. This means that they grow toward the house and need to be kept back. If sections of your tree hang over your roof they pose a danger. Strong winds and tree diseases can mean they break and fall on your roof. The weight can pierce the roofing, the underlayment, and even the decking. Another benefit of trimming the tree back is less leaves in your gutters.

Clean Out The Gutters

While it is a bit of a thankless and somewhat dangerous task, it needs to get done. Gutters that are cleaned out help keep water flowing away from the roof. Clogged gutters splash water back up on the roofing and can lead to mold, cracking and other types of damage. Water can also spill out of the gutters and fall directly onto windows and window panes. Water allowed to free fall off the roof or out of clogged gutters also undermined the foundation of homes.

Add Gutter Guards

Gutter guards are caps that are put over your gutters that keep leaves from falling in and clogging your gutters. They are fairly inexpensive and easy to install. Installing them will reduce the need to climb up and clean your gutters to prevent storm damage to your roof.

Get A Roof Inspection

Having a roof inspector come out to take a look at the condition of your roof is a great way to avoid problems. Catching problems early can prevent serious and costly damage to your home. Water that is allowed to enter the home can cause damage. The damage can be ruining insulation, weakening the roof structure, or even the development of dangerous molds.

Invest In A Strong Roof

If you find out from the inspection that your roof does in fact have problems, get them fixed earlier than later. Fall is a great time to take advantage of lower electricity bills with not running the air conditioning all day and night. Use that savings to invest in your roof and it will keep you safe and dry. It will also cost less to fix problems while they are small. Instead of having waiting for leaks to get larger and ruin the roof, its insulation, and the contents of your home make sure you get repairs done promptly.


Mesa Roof Inspection & Repair

If you have a home in the east valley or Phoenix and want to catch problems before they become bigger and more costly follow these tips and call for one of our free roof inspections. Give us a call and we will come take a look at your roofs condition and help you find a way to affordably fix any issues you might have.

 

How Do I Prepare My Roof For Monsoon Season?

How Do I Prepare My Roof For Monsoon Season Phoenix AZ

Long time residents of the valley here in Phoenix are accustomed to the Monsoon season.  For new residents many wonder how bad it will get and how do I prepare my roof for monsoon season.  If you’ve been here for a few years it’s become just part of life, but with the high winds, torrential rain, and walls of sand and dust coming through the city damage to your house isn’t a possibility, its eventually a fact.

There are a series of steps in ensuring that your home’s roof is ready for those high wind and heavy rainfall conditions.  The first is prevention, having your roof inspected before the clouds gather and it’s already leaking into your home.

If you’ve got a flat roof even before you have an inspection you can keep an eye out for debris lying on the roof.  Things like excessive leaves, branches, or other objects can actually get stuck in and block your gutters and downspouts which will trap water on your roof.   Also you want to make sure that if you have a BUR roof, that there are no open seams where water can get through.  With your elastomeric coatings you want to also ensure they are still in solid, undamaged condition.

When it comes to pitched roofs you have valleys that run down the roof.  These canals channel water down off the roof and they need to be completely free of debris like rubble or the material coming off of old roof shingles.  Just like the flat roofs you need to make sure that the seams are checked and that everything is in good condition.  Clearly if tiles or shingles are missing it’s time to do some repair or get your local roofing contractor out to fix it right, the first time.

Gutters and downspouts need to be checked.  They need to be in good condition, securely attached and free of debris so they can effectively channel the heavy rainfall off your roof.  If they are hanging in an odd way or not how they are meant to they can collect water and channel it back into the roof.  It’s also a good idea to work on the protection for the foundation of the home, ensure that proper drainage is possible and water doesn’t undermine the foundation.

Trees provide shade that cuts down on cooling costs, but if they are too close they can cause problems for a roof.  If it’s a large old tree and it fails during these high wind events a branch can leave a big mark, or even a hole in your roof.  Even if it’s not a big branch that comes through your roof, just having the twigs and branches on your roof interferers with proper roof drainage.

If you’re not the first owner of your home the previous owners might have taken shortcuts that weren’t caught during the inspection when it comes to roof patching and roof repair.  Having a professional come and inspect your roof to make sure there aren’t DYI mistakes like overlapping layers of roofing material, gaps, or just plain poor craftsmanship will prevent otherwise avoidable problems with leaky roofs, or roofs wearing out sooner than they should because of mold or algae.

Monsoon Season General House Preparation

A few steps of prevention will go miles to help prevent serious repairs and damage to the interior of your home.  Take a look at the list of prevention tips and be ready, because Monsoon season is upon us.

  • Make sure doors and windows have proper seals, install weather stripping if necessary.
  • Trim bushes and trees around the house to prevent them from causing damage to the walls or roof.
  • Be aware of water collecting near the foundation and install drainage options to redirect the water away from the foundation.
  • Have some sand bags handy, especially if you live at the lower end of a slope so you can set them out and redirect the water away from home.
  • Look at your ceilings and be aware of stains, they are a sign that water is finding a way through your roof. It might not seem like much, but water can stagnate and end up causing mold.

If you’d like a roof inspection or already know that there are repairs that need to be taken care of call the experts at Right Way Roofing, they can be reached at either 480-232-5458 or 602-299-8851.

Roof Inspection Before You Need Roof Repair

Roof Inspection Mesa Arizona
Manage your roof before it manages to cost you big money

If you’ve ever bought or sold a house you are more than familiar with the need for having a roofing inspector.  If you haven’t, they are a professional who comes out and takes a look at the roof to assess the overall health of the roof during the selling or buying of a home and also after severe storms to check for damage.  They can also provide an invaluable service outside of those other roles.  They can come and do an inspection and find simple, inexpensive fixes that will prevent much more costly repairs later.

The majority of roofing experts agree that homeowners should have these professional inspections done annually or at least every two years.  Having a professional come and inspect your roof with help spot potential problems while they are small and easy, and inexpensive to fix.  Like all professionals, their expertise comes with a price.  But when compared with the high cost of full roof replacement, it’s well worth the money.

Inspectors are thoroughly trained to notice things that most of us would just ignore.  Small signs that can help prevent the big repairs.  Some of the things they’ll be able to tell you from looking at the roof will be its age, how long it will last, poor or unacceptable installation and even if there have been changes to the roof.

When considering the condition of your roof it’s not just about how it’s doing and if it needs to be replaced.  It’s also about all the things that you own and love that reside under that roof depending on it to protect them from the rain, the shine, and the everything else.

Some warning signs that you should get your roof checked out by a roof inspection professional are things like a roof over 15 years old, torn flashings, blistered or stained ceilings or walls, water stained brick or paint peeling from where the wall meets the roof, and even sagging eave troughs.

Leaking Roofs, the Hidden Menace

If your roof is leaking it can easily go unseen with our busy lives.  If it isn’t caught it can raise your energy bills, and lower your property value too.  Also if water sits it can cause mold in your walls and roof.  Everyone is affected by mold spores and certain molds can lead to serious respiratory complications.  So you can see that it’s not just the health of your house, but the health of you and your family that is on the line.  One of the best investments a homeowner can make is to make sure that their roof is up to code, energy-efficient and secure.

Easy ways to tell if you might have a leak in your roof:

Broken Roof Shingles – If you can see that some of your shingles have got broken by wind or impact it’s a sign that water might have a way in.

Shingle Bare Spots – Over time the surface of your shingles can actually wear away.  All the sun, wind, heat, rain and other elements that wear away at them can make spots where it’s not longer effective at guiding water away and off your roof.

Curling Roof Shingles – If the edges are starting to come up they are leaving your roof exposed to the elements and water will find a way in.

FREE roof inspections from Right Way Roofing
If you’re not sure, and don’t want to climb up on your roof, or up in your attic CALL the experts at Right Way Roofing for a FREE Roof inspection.   Prevent minor issues from becoming MAJOR roof repairs by having them come and check for the signs of damage and weakness today.