While we have covered a good amount of information on inspection your roof, we wanted to cover just a quick tips list on annual residential roof maintenance.
We typically recommend at least 2 quick inspections of your roof every year based on the weather in Tucson. The first would be right after the colder months and the beginning of the Spring season – around February or March. This is after the cold months may have contracted parts of your roof with any intermittent freezes or moisture that may have penetrated the roof.
The second would be right around the start of the Monsoon Season where heavy torrential rains come for a couple of months. Making sure that your roof is prepared for extreme weather will go a long way to ensuring you don’t have any catastrophic failure. Additionally, throughout the rainy season just visually inspect your ceilings in the home to make sure you don’t have any minor leaks.
These inspections do not need to be long – just a quick check of the perimeter of the home and a fast visual inspection to make sure there are not obvious problems with your roof.
We’ve discussed before that flashing is a key area that every home owner should inspect regularly. The sealants that keep water away from the edges of your home will begin to fail at some point, regardless of how well they are installed. Ensuring that they are in good condition, have not come away or split open or no open gaps exist will keep these areas water proof.
Gutters do not typically get a lot of attention in Tucson, but they can provide a vital role based on the vegetation around your home. If you have deciduous trees that shed their leaves in the fall, you will want to pay extra attention because the lack of consistent rain usually makes gutters something many home owners neglect. Just doing an annual inspection of your gutters and cleaning out any leaves and debris will ensure this will not become a problem for your roof.
Cutting Back Trees
Trees around your property that are touching your home pose two threats. The first is that wind during Monsoon Season can break these branches and they can damage the home. The second is that they provide a way for animals to gain access to your roof and then into areas such as an attic or crawl space.
Once a year just trim back any branches or bushes that make contact with, or overhang the roof.
We hope these tips can help dramatically increase the life of your roof. Taking an extra hour or two per year can make a big difference in the lifespan of your roofing system, and ultimately, your pocketbook!