The words monsoon season and desert may not often come up in the same sentence for most people, but here in Phoenix it’s a fact of life. By the time the scorching heat from the sun’s relentless rays yields and those thunderheads begin to form sometime mid-June, we are more than ready for those first raindrops to hit, aren’t we?
From then until September’s end, we are officially in monsoon season. The thunderstorms are not constant, by any means, but they can spring up and dump torrential amounts of rain in an instant! Sunny days still far outnumber the ominous storms. In addition to the heat, the sunny, windy days of summer could still contain a threat.
If the wind is not stirring up a rainstorm, watch out! A haboob may be blowing it’s way toward us and those dust storms are nothing to sneeze at. The sand pelting against… well, everything… is dangerous. When we seek to take cover inside, there truly is no place like home!
Your home is your family’s first defense against the elements. Knowing it is well maintained can bring a peace of mind of mind like no other. If you want to make sure your home is in peak condition, you should start at the top!
Whether it be due to the high winds and heavy rains of the monsoon season, or just natural aging, roof repair is not something to push down the to-do list. If there is a problem, it only grows worse with time.
A periodic roof inspection can nip many issues in the bud before they have a chance to become a major problem. If you are seeing signs of possible damage, please, contact a roofing professional to assess your roof and offer solutions rather than attempting the job yourself. It can be dangerous! And if the work is not completed properly, odds are it will all your hard work will have been for naught.
Should you find yourself in an emergency situation, a roofing professional will prioritize and get you under wraps as quickly as possible.
Several major factors play a part in whether or not it is time to replace your roof. Most often, the problem is caused by leakage. Once a leak is discovered from inside your home, it has most likely been going on for some time. Leakage over an extended period leads to structural damage.
Water exposure over the long-term will penetrate the roofing system, decking and insulation and continue enroute to the ceiling. Unfortunately, this is where the problem is usually discovered.
Many factors can lead to a leaking roof. The major indicators are:
- Wind damage: If they have not been ripped loose completely, shingles that have suffered wind damage can be hard to spot. When exposed to high winds, shingles move. This can cause the loosening of nails and damage to granules on the shingles surface that will eventually allow leakage.
- Cracked or curling shingles: Sun damage and age would be the culprit here. Both of these situations indicate roof replacement is necessary and should be moved to the top of the to-do list.
- No chimney cricket: Chimneys aren’t the norm in Phoenix, but if you happen to have a chimney and it is on a downhill slope, you need a chimney cricket installed. No chimney cricket installed in the flashing around the chimney allows moisture to accumulate. It can become trapped causing rusted flashing, mold, wood rot and leaks.
- Hail damage: Hail is a rarity living in the desert, but it happens! Large hailstones can cause severe damage to a roof, especially to asphalt shingles. The damage may not be visible to the untrained eye, it is best to call and schedule an inspection after a severe hailstorm. (Please, do call yourself rather than taking the chance on someone who shows up at the door stating they have a crew in the area or that they are out doing an inspection for someone nearby and noticed damage from the ground. This may be a scam artist.)
It used to be that roofs were pretty standard. There was not much available to the homeowner in the way of shingles other than basic black. No longer! A rainbow of color choices await consumers along with a variety of material options.
Asphalt shingles are highly affordable and remain one of the most popular roofing materials on the market today. In addition, they are long lasting and come in an array of colors. Architectural shingles are visually appealing and rated for wind resistance up to 120 mph. The 3-tab asphalt shingles are rated for wind speeds up to 60-70 mph.
Clay and concrete tiles
This roof type is often referred to as Spanish style and is the second most popular roofing choice if you live in Arizona. (Asphalt shingles are still number one.) Although more costly than asphalt shingles, clay and concrete tiles are energy efficient, durable, and have an extremely long life span. They give your home great curb appeal. If installed properly, clay or concrete tiles can be your home’s best defense against strong winds and heavy rain.
Not only are they beautiful, architectural metals are energy efficient, durable, low maintenance and weather resistant. They are rated to withstand winds up to 120 mph.
Standing seam metal roofs
Standing seam metal roofs are very effective at keeping water out because the raised seams remain above the water line as it runs down the roof. Even during the torrential rain of the monsoon season. The heavy material can also better withstand the weight of any tree limbs or storm debris tossed your way. Beauty meets brawn with this roofing choice.
Business owners have enough on their minds. You don’t need concerns about your roof weighing you down! We will help you make an informed decision regarding major roof repair or deciding if it is time to replace the roof all together. Our team will take you through the entire process helping you decide which roofing system will work best for your building.
We know the roofing material you choose now will have a lasting effect on your peace of mind years down the road.
Built up systems
Faring better in warmer climates and often used on low-slope roofs, built up roofing (BUR) has a life expectancy of 15-30 years. This roofing technique includes the layering of materials. Built up systems are extremely water resistant and are not adversely affected by ultraviolet rays. An added plus of this system? Due to the aggregate layer (which is often fiberglass) on top, these roofs are considered to be fire resistant.
After installation, additional upkeep is minimal. This fact often counteracts the expense of having the system installed.
Modified roofing systems
Also designed for low-slope roofs, the modified roofing system is similar to the BUR system. With a life expectancy of 10 to 20 years, modified roofing systems incorporate using membranes as the base material that adheres to the roof surface. This roofing system is most often described as a step up from the tar and gravel roof and was first used in the 1960s.
Cold applied systems
Both built up and modified roofing systems can be applied using a “cold system.” This means that the material used to adhere to the surface of the building can be done without “mopping” the surface with hot asphalt or a like material. When using a cold applied roofing system, there are no toxic fumes released during installation.
A good choice for business owners here in Phoenix, the exposed white surface of Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) reflects UV rays making this choice energy efficient. This single-ply roofing membrane is recommended for areas where the cooling system is used more frequently than the heating system.
Metal roof systems
The building structure, form and roof pitch are important things to consider when choosing a metal roof system. Averaging between $5 and $12 per foot, metal roof systems get expensive, but when comparing cost to a life span of 30 to 40 years, things tend to even out. Other factors for consideration are the climate and checking out any local code requirements.
Common choices for metal roof systems are steel, aluminum, copper and zinc.
- Galvanized or coated steel is the actual material used for ultimate protection.
- Aluminum is often painted for added resilience.
- Copper roofs are durable and have a long life span.
- Zinc offers the best corrosion resistance and produces a low-gloss look.
Coating systems and urethane systems
Roof coating and urethane systems actually adhere to your roof surface becoming the first layer of protection between your building and the elements. They are cost effective and energy efficient.
Acrylic coating is water based which makes it easy to work with. It is resistant to UV rays, but does not perform well in “ponding” situations. Silicone roof coating, however, is an option that does well in ponding water situations and very little product erosion takes place over time.
Urethane systems are the most impact resistant. A urethane roof coating stays cleaner and is resistant to ponding water. Because leaving them white is an option, urethane systems do very well as “cool roofs.” This might be a deciding factor here in Phoenix.
Roof maintenance & inspections
Living in the desert with little rain, less snow (but records show that Phoenix has received a half an inch of snow… twice!) and lots of sunshine, it can be easy to put roof maintenance on the back burner. Rather than waiting until certain evidence of a problem presents itself, perhaps you should consider setting up a maintenance schedule to have your roof inspected at regular intervals.
Our roofing maintenance programs consist of an inspection, a full report of findings (including photographs), and rapid restoration of any identified problems.
Frequently asked questions
Whether it be for your home or business, replacing your roof is a major expense. You will find answers to some commonly asked questions regarding roof installation below.
If you have others, please, contact us! Our staff is always at the ready to answer them for you.
We will assist you as you take in all the different considerations that pertain to your roof to help you determine which is the best for your home or business.
How much will a new roof cost?
That, of course, will depend on roof size, shape, and slope. In addition, of course, the materials you choose for your new roof is a large factor in determining final costs. Also, it depends on things like whether or not there are multiple layers of shingles to be removed, We offer free estimates to help you determine what your expense will be.
Can you install a new roof over the existing roof?
Possibly. An exception would be if there were multiple layers of shingles beneath the ones you can see on the surface. Even if there are not multiple layers, a tear off may be necessary due to damage. We’ll mention our free estimate again. It will lay out all the specific information you need to know.
How long will it take to have my new roof installed? Are you going to make mess?
Most residential roofs can be replaced in one day. If it’s a job that will take longer, rest assured that in addition to leaving a clean work area, your home will be weather proofed for the night before we call it a day. We take the utmost care to contain the mess that roofing can cause. We do our best to protect shrubs and other landscaping throughout our work process. We strive to keep debris to a minimum at all times.
What types of warranties are provided?
Most manufacturers provide material warranties ranging from 5 to 50 years, depending on the product. In addition, we are happy to provide our customers with our own guarantee of workmanship.
Do I have to replace gutters and downspouts at the same time?
No, not if your old ones are in good condition.
What happens to the old roof debris?
It is taken to the landfill and disposed of properly.