Keep your roof safe from water damage this monsoon season
The ability to drain away water has been necessary for centuries. Ancient civilizations created drainage systems that featured detailed aqueducts, and technological advances throughout the years have enabled drainage systems to be even more effective on the average residential or commercial roof. With Arizona having record rainfall this year, an effective gutter system is essential for situations like flash flooding. Here are a few ways you can protect your roof against water damage from heavy rainfall:
Gutters funnel the water from your roof to your downspout and live along the edges of a roof. They protect your windows and siding from most of the rain water that would otherwise dampen it. Heavy rain and winds may cause your gutters to become clogged with leaves, branches and other debris, especially during an intense storm. Damaged gutters can cause leaks, blocks and water damage to your roof. Be sure you have an adequate gutter system that is clear of foliage to do its job efficiently.
Downspouts are pipes that allow water from a gutter to reach the ground without splashing down the side of a building. They can be an important tool for preventing water damage on a roof. By preventing rainwater from accumulating on your rooftop, you will avoid future repairs and expenses with a downspout professionally installed.
Heavy rain can wear down shingles and other elements of a roof. The damage left in a storm’s wake can involve lost shingles and moisture in the underlayment. This water damage can penetrate the roof deck and eventually damage the structural integrity of a building. Excessive moisture may also lead to rot and mold, which raises risk for both your structure and your health.
Roof damage is the last thing you want from a rainstorm. Knowing a roof’s weak spots and taking the correct measures to protect against them is the best way to prepare for flash flooding. Checking on your roof’s condition after a heavy storm is recommended, as well as a professional inspection every year or two.
Drainage systems play a very important role in protecting your roof and home. Always allow a professional to install protective components like gutters and downspouts, as a properly working drainage system is essential to avoiding moisture and corrosion. Protecting your roof from water damage is in our name! At American Roofing & Waterproofing, we can install gutters with quality craftsmanship and skill.