Does rain damage roofs? When putting a new roof on your home or focusing on roof maintenance, you must consider the long-term exposure your roof will face to rains. Heavy rainfall can be quite harsh on roofs, and even an extremely sturdy, well-built home can have the occasional weak spot in its roof. Over time, it’s possible for rainstorms to loosen up shingles and cause them to fall off the roof, especially when combined with wind and other elements. This could result in some deterioration of the structure of the roof and potential leaks in your home. While Arizona might not get as much rainfall throughout the year as other states, the monsoon season can still cause some serious damage.
With this in mind, it is important you put in the proper effort to maintain your roof and protect it against the elements. Here are a few tips to protect against heavy rain on roofs in Gilbert, AZ:
- Keep your gutters clean: Make sure your gutters are clear of debris. This will prevent water from overflowing out of the gutters during heavy rainfall, which will both protect your foundation and the area around your house, as well as prevent your gutters from getting so heavy that they start to pull away from your roof.
- Check the chimney: If your home has a chimney, it will be a potentially weak spot on the roof. You should make sure it has been hooded properly so no rain is able to get down into your home. You should also have it inspected to make sure there are no cracks or vulnerabilities—otherwise, the rain could make those even worse.
- Keep tree limbs away: It’s a good idea to trim any tree limbs that are hanging over your roof. Not only will they cause more water to fall on your roof, but they could also send more debris onto the roof and into the gutters, and major gusts of wind could cause them to fall off and damage your shingles. If possible, it’s a good idea to cut them back.
- Check all vents: Not all soffits and vents are capable of withstanding extremely heavy storms. There are some circumstances in which heavy rain and wind can push water back up into your attic vents, causing water to get inside your house. With this in mind, you should use vents that have been specifically designed to protect against water and wind.
- Avoid water pooling: If you have a flat roof, it’s more likely that you will have issues with pooling water. You might consider a new installation that will at least give your roof a slight pitch, but otherwise you can select underlayment, shingles and sealants that will offer your roof greater protection. Have a specialist look at your roof and pinpoint areas that are most likely to have pooling water problems.
For more information about the effects heavy rain can have on a roof, or to schedule roofing maintenance in Gilbert, AZ, we encourage you to contact Five Guys Roofing today.