Homeowners in Utah should have their roofs inspected at least twice a year to check for any weather damage. Throughout the year, roofs face a number of challenges from the natural elements, from blistering hot summers to snow-packed winters. It is a good idea to schedule a roof inspection twice per year, in spring and autumn, to ensure your roof is ready for the impending hot and cold seasons. However, the weather—and all that comes with it—can cause trouble during any season.
Utah summers are notoriously hot, and those temperatures combined with more intense UV rays can cause serious roof damage. A roof’s age and the material it’s made of can affect how it absorbs UV rays. Some homeowners opt to add a roof coating which helps absorb and/or deflect the sun’s rays, which can lower utility bills, keep homes cooler and extend the life of the roof. However, roofs that are not well-maintained have fewer defenses against heat and rays, thus they deteriorate faster.
Autumns in Utah are usually mild, but come with their own set of challenges. For example, some roofs and gutters are prone to clogging with leaves, which can lead to leaks and deterioration. The good news is that, should you schedule an inspection during these months, you have time before the winter sets in to repair leaks, broken gutters or other problems. Homeowners may also want to trim their trees to minimize leaf accumulation.
Winters can be brutal in this region, with freezing temperatures, snow and ice dams. Your roof has a tough job keeping you warm while also avoiding leaks and managing heavy loads. Winter is a prime time for leaks, and snow or ice damage. Bear in mind that leaks are rarely obvious, and if they are not caught early they can cause severe damage and even lead to mold growth. Once the weather warms up, it’s time to schedule that other roof inspection to see how your home fared.
Sudden thaws are not unusual in springtime. If winter quickly transitions to spring, this can cause fast snow melt and flash floods—both of which are dangerous for roofs. Plus, this is also the time of year that pests come out in droves and may choose your home to call their own.
Caring for your roof, scheduling regular inspections and staying on top of maintenance are key factors any time of the year. Your roof may have unique obstacles depending on the season, but with regular inspections you will be able to stay ahead of the challenges. Call the Roof Doctor to schedule an inspection for your roof this season to help keep it in tip-top-shape.