Your Roof and Arizona Monsoons
Category : Roof Maintenance
Monsoon season is upon us in Arizona, and that affects you and your roof. Storms can cause debris to accumulate on your roof, high winds to damage or tear off shingles, and tree branches to land on your roof – so it’s a good idea to be prepared and on the lookout for any possible roof damage after Arizona monsoon storms.
Arizona Monsoon Storms: How Bad Is Monsoon Season In Arizona?
We all know the monsoon season brings some pretty heavy storms, but what exactly is a monsoon? According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the monsoon season starts officially on June 15 and ends officially on September 30; however, these specific dates serve to reduce confusion and the actual monsoon start and end dates are based on dew points, which means it varies from year to year.
According to the NWS, the monsoon season is caused by “large-scale wind shifts that transport moist tropical air to dry desert locations, such as the southwestern United States.”
Monsoon season brings with it dust storms, thunderstorms, and heavy rain. These storms can cause damage from strong wind, flying debris, and flooding – so it’s important to take precautions, especially while driving or walking outside during a storm. After a storm, you should take a look at your roof to make sure it wasn’t significantly damaged.
Protecting Your Roof Before the Monsoon Season
Want to protect your roof before the monsoon season starts? The best idea is to have your roof inspected. If there are any cracks or leaks in your roof, a storm is much more likely to cause major damage. A professional inspection will catch these issues and allow them to be fixed before the storm hits.
Once you’ve had your roof inspected – or safely and carefully inspected it yourself – remember to trim any branches that hang over your roof; high winds could easily cause these to crash onto your roof and cause damage.
Can Heavy Rain Damage a Roof?
Heavy rain can become a problem for your roof. Prolonged periods of heavy rain will wear down your shingles, making them more susceptible to breaking – and also possibly causing moisture to sneak underneath. Rain also causes a problem if your gutters are clogged.
Why Is My Roof Leaking When It Rains?
There could be many different reasons why your roof is leaking during a rainstorm. Some of the most common reasons are:
- Poorly Ventilated Attic: Improperly ventilated attics can lead to leaks, as condensation forms inside. High humidity levels during heavy rainfall can make this issue even worse.
- Roof Damage: If your roof is damaged during or before a storm – for example, if a large branch fell on it and causes a crack or a hole – it will likely leak when it rains.
- Cracked, Damaged, or Worn Shingles: Shingles are your roof’s first line of defense against water. If they are broken or worn down, water may seep through them, causing leakage.
Whatever issue is causing the leak, it’s important to get a trusted contractor – like Roofstar Arizona – to get it looked at and fixed as soon as possible. You don’t want a small leak turning into a big leak.
If you want to schedule an inspection, repair, or replacement, or just want to ask more questions about protecting your roof during the monsoon season, call Roofstar Arizona now at (480)-426-1915. We’ll always tell you the truth about your roof!