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Understanding the Impact of Weather on Your Roof: A Local Perspective

January 17, 2024

New Mexico’s unique climate is a blend of intense heat, occasional monsoons, and winter snowfall, presenting homeowners with distinct challenges when it comes to maintaining a resilient roof.  By understanding the impact of New Mexico’s weather on your roof, you can take proactive steps to mitigate potential issues and extend the lifespan of your roofing system. In this guide, we’ll explore the various ways our local weather conditions can affect your roof and provide valuable insights into preserving its integrity.

1. Sun-soaked Summers:

Since New Mexico gets about 300 days per year of sunshine (second only to Arizona), our roofs experience prolonged exposure to intense ultraviolet radiation. The UV rays can accelerate the aging of roofing materials, leading to cracks, fading, and deterioration. To counteract this, make sure you provide good positive drainage so water does not collect on the roof, install only those roof coverings that are designed for our extreme conditions, and maintain the roof regularly to limit any degradation that might start. For areas south of Albuquerque where there are fewer cooling days than heating days, opting for reflective roofing materials can help minimize heat absorption and add some years to the life of the roof.

2. Monsoon Madness:

The monsoon season brings a welcome reprieve from the heat but introduces the risk of heavy rainfall. Poorly maintained roofs may experience leaks, water damage, and compromised structural integrity. Regular roof and gutter inspections, coupled with timely repairs, are essential to minimize water pooling and help your roof remain watertight during the rainy season.

3. Winter’s Chill at Higher Elevations:

For homeowners at higher elevations, winter brings its own set of challenges, including snowfall and more extreme temperature swings. Snow accumulation on roofs can stress the roof structure, and if the snow is deep enough it will rise above roof penetrations and wall flashing points. Depending on factors such as the amount and placement of roof insulation, melting snow can lead to the formation of ice dams which can cause significant roof edge damage.  You can help safeguard your roof by using the proper underlayment for the roof system you choose to install, providing adequate insulation, incorporating snow retention and snow melt systems and regularly maintaining the roof system in all weather conditions.

4. Routine Maintenance for Longevity:

Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against the elements, and regular maintenance by a reputable company who understands the impact of New Mexico’s weather is vital for its longevity. Regular maintenance (typically at least two times a year) is key to ensuring your roof remains in top condition throughout the changing seasons. You can contact us to schedule a roof inspection or to set up a recurring roof maintenance plan.

In conclusion, by taking a proactive approach, making informed choices about roofing materials, and performing routine maintenance, you can ensure that your roof remains resilient in the face of our diverse and sometimes challenging climate. Remember, a well-maintained roof not only protects your home and contents but adds to its overall curb appeal and value. Stay weather-wise, and your roof will thank you for it.

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