The monsoon season brings lots of storms – some of which can be heavy and can cause damage to your roof. It’s important to know how to check your roof after a monsoon storm to assess whether or not any repairs need to be done.
The Monsoon Season
Living here in Arizona we are all familiar with the drama of the monsoon season. The monsoon season in Arizona starts in June and ends in September, and with it comes heavy wind, rain, and dust storms; all of which can wreak havoc on your roof.
What Kind of Damage Can a Monsoon Cause to a Roof?
Storms, especially those that include heavy wind – common during dust storms, a staple of the Arizona monsoon season – can cause damage to your roof. Wind can cause branches to fall on your home, or loose shingles to fly away, which exposes your roof to rain and debris, potentially causing damage over time.
Heavy rain also poses a problem: sustained exposure to rain can wear down your shingles, and if water seeps underneath, it can cause rot in the wood of your roof deck.
Hail, while less common than other types of storms, can also occur and can damage your roof, particularly the shingles.
What to Check For After a Monsoon Storm
After a storm passes, don’t fret: check your roof and, if necessary – or just to be on the safe side – call a roofing company to make repairs or perform a professional inspection. Here’s a checklist of what to look for after a storm rolls through:
- Check for Obvious Damage: If there’s anything major, you should be able to see it even from your driveway; so after a storm, just go outside and take a look. If there’s obvious damage, for example, a large hole caused by falling or flying debris, it’s essential to get it fixed as soon as possible, in case another storm blows by and causes flooding.
- Check Your Shingles: It’s important to take a good look at your roof after a storm to make sure no shingles have been damaged or blown off. Shingles are your roof’s first line of defense against the elements, so if you notice that any have disappeared or been damaged after a storm, it’s a good idea to get them repaired as quickly as possible.
- Check Inside Your Attic: If you have an attic, go ahead and take a look after a storm passes by. Look for dark spots, holes, or mold on the ceiling, walls, and beams. Some signs of damage can be very subtle, so make sure to take a flashlight with you and keep a sharp eye out.
- Get a Professional Inspection: Even if there wasn’t any obvious damage sustained after a storm, it’s a good idea to get a professional inspection. Roofers may notice small issues with your roof that can fly under the radar and cause big problems later, especially if another storm is on the way. So if a huge storm blows by you, think about getting an inspection done the next day.
Even if your roof was fine during the monsoon season, it’s a good idea to get an inspection performed once the season is over, just in case any subtle damages have occurred. Call Roofstar Arizona now to schedule that inspection and make sure your roof is in tip-top shape. Call us now at (480)-426-1915. We’ll tell you the truth about your roof!