What Damages My Arizona Roof?

Five things that can put your roof at risk while living in Arizona

The roof is the most important part of any structure, so it’s crucial not to overlook any damage on yours. The lifespan of your roof will depend on a combination of factors, such as the overall design, quality of materials, environmental conditions and quality of the installation. Ensuring that your roof is in good condition to withstand anything that could potentially damage it is vital to keeping you safe and secure. Here are a few factors that can put your roof at risk:

UV Rays

Ultraviolet rays have a bleaching effect on surfaces, causing pigments to fade like roofing and siding. Asphalt shingles are more likely to be threatened by extreme temperatures of 120 degrees, and it usually reaches those highs during Arizona summers. Clay tiles, on the other hand, do well with intense heat, as clay is a material that can withstand high temperatures. It’s important to schedule an appointment with a residential roofing contractor like American Roofing & Waterproofing to check if the roof has felt the effects of a hot summer.


Wind and Rain

High winds and thunderstorms can put your shingles at risk, especially during Arizona’s monsoon season in June-September. Choosing material with high wind resistance will help, as well as regular roof inspections done following all major wind storms to make sure there is no hidden damage that might result in a leak later on. Over time and weather wearing, the compound used to seal the flashing can become loose or dry out which can cause water damage



 Animals such as birds, raccoons, bats, wood peckers, squirrels and mice can all contribute to harming your roof. Pests like these can lead to roof leaks, causing wood rot, mold and a shortened lifespan of your roof. Birds and bats tend to nest in troublesome areas like in roof vents, blocking the flow of air in and out of the attic space. A lack of proper airflow can damage the structure of the roof during periods of extreme temperatures.


Roof Debris

Foliage and trees around your home can create a buildup of debris on your roof, specifically in the crevices made by extensions or dormers. Sticks, leaves, and pine needles can form into a stack of mulch on your roof which stays constantly moist on the bottom causing your shingles to deteriorate and your roof structure to rot.


Improper Installation

Hiring an inexperienced contactor or attempting to install a roof yourself can lead to issues and future headaches. Improper installation can cause excessive leaks, moisture intrusion and other types of water damage like mold and mildew growth. Poor drainage systems will cause standing water on the roof surface after heavy rainfall. It’s necessary to have a qualified roofing team install the roof on your structure to ensure future damage is avoided.

When you spot roof damage, call a professional right away. American Roofing & Waterproofing is here to help repair and replace your damaged roof as soon as possible. Our team is full of trained professionals that use only the best materials. Contact us today for your free estimate!

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