Protecting Your Roof During the Rainy Season
It’s no secret that Arizona’s rainy season is here. Homeowners must be prepared for the season, which starts in January and lasts through March. While Arizona doesn’t get as much rainfall as other states, the rain that we do get can cause severe problems for your roof. However, minor roofing problems can be difficult to detect before the rainy season.
Heat & UV Damage Can Degrade Roofing Materials
High temperatures and relentless sun typical of Arizona's climate can significantly degrade roofing materials. The intense heat can cause materials to expand and contract, leading to cracks or warping, while the detrimental UV rays can break down and weaken the material's structural integrity. These issues may not become apparent until the rainy season arrives, when water seeps through these cracks, causing potentially significant damage to your home.
Here are some of the signs to look out for:
- Water spots on the ceiling: These indicate that water has made its way through from the roof.
- Peeling paint or wallpaper: Water damage can cause paint and wallpaper to peel and flake away.
- Mold: Water damage can lead to mold and mildew, which poses a health risk to you and your family.
- Sagging or drooping ceiling: If water has leaked into your home for too long, it can soak into the ceiling and cause it to sag.
- Missing or damaged shingles: Even if only a few shingles have issues, this can lead to water seeping under the roof.
The rain will expose any vulnerabilities on your roof. If you have any of the above signs, it's worth getting a professional to inspect your roof for any underlying problems.
Common Rain-Related Roofing Problems
Maintaining your roof all year round is essential, but even more so during the rainy season. Ignoring any issues with your roof can lead to costly repairs or even a complete roof replacement. Below are a few examples of common rain-related roofing issues.
Leaky roofs are among the most common roofing issues experienced during the rainy season. Leaks often result from damage or cracks in the shingles, allowing water to seep through. The most common fix for roof leaks is to replace the damaged shingles and apply a waterproof sealant to prevent future leaks.
Shingles on the roof are coated with granules, which serve two primary purposes: to protect the shingles from the sun's harmful UV rays and to provide a fire-resistant barrier for the roof. However, over time, or due to the impact of heavy rain, these granules can be washed away. This loss of granules exposes the asphalt coating, leading to the accelerated aging of the shingles.
High winds and heavy rain can cause roof blow-offs, where shingles or even parts of the roof are torn away. This can result in significant water damage inside the house. The best solution is to replace the missing shingles or roof sections and use wind-resistant materials to prevent future blow-offs.
Contact Lyons Roofing today to prepare your roof for the upcoming rainy season. Stay safe and dry!