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.

Keeping Your Roof Healthy in the Valley of the Sun

The Phoenix, Arizona area presents some unique environmental challenges to your home, especially your house’s roof. The Valley of the sun sees extreme sun, rain, wind, and hail; all of which wreak havoc on the materials that make up your homes structure. Being that your roof is the largest surface area on your home and is perpetually exposed to the elements, it will absorb the effects of the environment more than any other area of your home. We are going to go over a few of the things your roof will probably see throughout its lifetime in part 1 of a two-part blog entry.

AZ’s Famous Extreme Heat:  Phoenix is often the hottest area of the country when you see national weather reports. This heat speeds up the deterioration of shingles and roof cement. Knowing what materials do well in the heat will do a lot to extend the serviceable lifetime of your investment.  Making the right material decisions and hiring a knowledgeable and reputable contractor will ensure your satisfaction with your roofing decisions.

Desert Pests: Common pest related fears and concerns often times have to do with inhabited areas of your house. While that is definitely a very real possibility, your roof is also an area that can easily come under attack from damaging pests. Termites, rats, squirrels, raccoons, and birds can all do a number on your roof in their own ways. Making sure your ENTIRE home is properly prepared and treated for pest prevention, because they can and will access those hard to reach and out-of-mind places on and within your house.

As mentioned above, this is only part 1 of our 2 part blog on things to look out for involving maintaining a healthy roof in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Check back next week for part 2!

Reasons Roof Maintenance is Important

The Roof is one of the more involved and integral components of any home. The health of the roof is often indicative of the health of the entire house and the level of protection it can provide from the elements. Being that your roof is such a majorly important and sizable element of your home, it can be extremely expensive to repair and/or replace and being prepared for such a financial undertaking is hard to do comfortably.  This blog entry will outline some reasons why you want to pay attention to your roof’s well being.

Outside Elements: Your attic is a very desirable destination for various animals to seek out for shelter.  Raccoons, squirrels, rats, possums and more are all commonly found setting up homesteads in attics across the country. Plants and debris from trees can grow and collect on your roof and between your shingles creating separation where water and other materials can collect. The more areas of your roof that become compromised, the more chance you have of your home being invaded by pests as well as having your homes central heating and cooling systems significantly impacted in their ability to efficiently control the climate in your home.

A lack of proper inspection and maintenance on a regular basis could lead to some serious financial hits coming your way. Not only is it very costly to have roof work or replacements done, your monthly energy bills will continually climb as the problems with your roof persist and intensify over time. Save yourself the hassle of dealing with any of these potential maladies by taking the proper steps and checking on the condition of your roof from time to time. A small investment in time can save you a major financial investment in the future.