What to do if you think your roof may be damaged?
Your roof is made to withstand storm damage, but nothing is perfect. Often you can see the damage done to a roof, but it’s still important to know how to identify it. Here are some things you can keep an eye out for after a storm.
- Look for obvious things like missing shingles and damage like broken, bent, or buckled shingles. Also, check the ground around your home for shingles that may have come loose during the storm.
- Look for water damage. Check inside your home for yellow spots, bubbling, cracking, or peeling.
If you find damage to your roof, take pictures first, you’ll want to document the damage. If there is major damage, use boards and tarps to keep the inside of your home and your belongings safe from further damage. Next, claim with your homeowner’s insurance. If you rent, your next step would be to contact your property manager or landlord.
If you think there is damage to your roof, or you have found it, give us a call. 602.743.3175
What’s the best time of year to replace your roof in Arizona?
What is the best time of year to have your roof replaced?
Monsoon season is July – August so avoiding that time frame is always a good idea. April – June is the best time to have your roof replaced in Arizona.
Can you replace a roof during the monsoon season?
High winds, heavy rain, hail, and dust are all things that can damage your roof on a good day. Having your roof in the middle of a repair during a monsoon leaves it even more susceptible to damage. Monsoon storms are unpredictable, no matter how much the weatherman tries, they still pop up out of nowhere it seems. Just avoiding the months where monsoons are prevalent is your best option for getting your roof repaired without damage from a storm.
Can you replace a roof in the wintertime?
Roofers are skilled enough to replace your roof in almost any condition. In Arizona, it may get a little chilly, but unless up north, you don’t have to worry about snowfall.
Can you live in your home while the roof is replaced?
Can you live in your home while your roof is being replaced?
Yes, you can, and there are pros and cons to staying in your home while your roof is replaced.
Pro: Staying in your home while replacing the roof will save you money. You won’t have to get a hotel or incur extra charges on top of your roof costs.
Con: It is going to be loud. A roof may only take a few days to complete under the best circumstances, but the noise can get overwhelming, even if only for a few days. Living in the home is fine, but if you work from home and need quiet, you will probably need to find a place that suits your needs better during the day.
Some people worry that they will be in the way if the company replacing the roof needs access to the inside of the house. This is unlikely since any inspections that need to be done inside the home will most likely have been done before the work has started on your roof.
Are solar panels safe for your roof?
Solar panels that are properly installed shouldn’t damage your roof’s exterior or infrastructure. Working with a qualified licensed professional and ensuring your roof is already in good shape will ensure that your solar panels won’t affect the integridty of your roof.
Some homeowners worry if solar panels are too heavy for their roofs. Solar panels are designed for rooftops and are made not to be too heavy to keep the integrity of the roof. In some circumstances, a roof’s architecture or age can affect if solar panels can be installed. Having a licensed professional thoroughly inspect your roof beforehand is very important.
How long does it take to replace a roof?
The short answer is anywhere from 1-3 days when no weather is involved. If the weather gets bad, as in Arizona during certain seasons, you could look at 3-5 days or even longer. The water can damage the roof decking if it rains during a roof install, and a new roof should never be installed over a wrinkled barrier or wet wood.
The type of roof you have installed can also affect how long it takes to replace it. A regular asphalt shingle roof is much quicker than concrete or wood tiles. The pattern you want your tiles placed in can also play a role, as some patterns are intricate and take longer to install.
House size is another huge factor in how long it can take to replace your roof. A 2000sqft home and a 5000sqft home will not take the same time to replace. It is best to ask your roofing company about time estimates as all roof jobs are different.
If you need a new roof or a repair, call us. 602.743.3175
Benefits of a tile roof in Arizona
Living in Arizona, tile roofs aren’t a new concept, but let’s talk about the benefits of having a tile roof in Arizona.
Tile roofs have a life span of around 50 years, while a regular shingle roof gets you 10-20 years. Tile roofs are more durable in the Arizona sun and are very low maintenance. If the environment is on your mind, it’s helpful to know that tile roofs are also more eco-friendly than most others as well. Tile is resistant to wind, heat, rot, and insect damage.
There are always pros and cons and many types of roofing materials to consider, but tile in Arizona is always a good choice.
If you are in the market for a new roof, tile, or otherwise, give us a call! 602-743-3175
Why it’s important to keep trees away from your roof.
Why is it important to keep your trees trimmed and away from your roof? Besides the obvious concerns for damage, there are a few other reasons to keep in mind as well.
Too shaded. Shade here in Arizona usually seems like a great idea, but too much shade in one area of a roof caused by trees that are too close can cause parts of your roof to not dry as quickly after a storm than other areas. It’s not good to let moisture linger too long on roofing shingles; it can cause decreased roof life.
Debris. Debris that falls from trees that are too close to the roof can cause damage and block important drainage. in a large storm, think of all the leaves that fall from trees, even if they aren’t close to your roof; these leaves and small bits of debris would have nowhere to go if trees and other large objects were blocking the drainage.
Animal Access. Allowing trees too close to your roof can allow access to all sorts of small critters; everything from rats, snakes, cats, etc. can have easy access to your roof when trees are close. Keeping your trees cut back away from the house, and the roof will discourage a whole host of critters from taking residency in your attic space.