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The Effects of Cool Roofing

Foam Roof Installation

There’s a lot of chatter in recent years about foam roof installation otherwise known as white or “cool” roofing options. Basically the thought is that dark colors, roofs constructed of asphalt or tar materials, take in heat, which increases the utility bills for the property they are installed on. Whereas white, or light colored materials which reflect the heat.

The main point being that lighter colored materials, like white spray foam, will help the occupants save money over time.  Not to mention reduced energy costs. The government has encouraged property owners to go with foam roof installation on their properties. They are also suggesting that all future roofing be lighter or white in color.

One Thing That Is a Factor in Foam Roof Installation… Where Your Property is Located.

In areas like Phoenix or Tucson, for example, where AC systems are used for a great portion of a calendar year, it would seem like an easy choice. And, there are some states, like California, that are forcing commercial buildings to go with a foam roof installation.

But, in cooler areas of the country, like Minneapolis or Chicago, it’s a little more complicated. There are some studies that show in the colder winter months, white roofing might actually increase heating expenses. The debate is about how much it actually does. The question is whether the decrease in cooling costs in the summer months will compensate for a possible increase in heating costs in the winter. Studies have disputed this, showing that the energy savings through air conditioning bills outweighs any negatives, even in colder climates like Chicago.

The other main factor is how cool roofing is, or can have on slowing down the effects of global warming. One major study found that the heat reflected off of white, cool roofing does affect climate change by putting more heat into the atmosphere, which absorbs more carbon emissions. Past studies had made claims that white roofing have a cooling effect, not a warming one.

Foam Roof Installation and The Environment

Know The Factors

So, you should know all the factors involved in the particular area where you reside before making any decisions. You should way all the pros and cons of your options and choose the one that best fits your locality and budget. There are several types of reflective materials to make your choice from.

You could also benefit from some local financial incentives from your governing bodies. There are states that offer their citizens rebates if they install white, cool roofing. Also incentives may be being offered by the various utilities in your city, county or state. On a roof with a dark surface, the temperature can get as hot as 180 degrees. on a warm sunny day. If your roof heats up like this, it will impact your property’s interior, which might be great in Chicago during a winter months. However this is not the case in Arizona during the summer, as heat will get inside and rise. You’ll need to use more air conditioning as the temperature inside increases as a result.

Roof Color & Heat Islands

Also, a dark roof will disperse heat back into the air, increasing a city’s heat island affect. The cumulative effect is  the planet’s solar reflectance by absorbing the heat from the sun and its rays. Scientists believe that this is having an impact on global warming and climate change.

This has created a movement towards government agencies recommending white, reflective roofing. For reflecting heat, white roofs are a great solutions due to their smooth exterior. Several major tests that have been completed have shown that dark materials, like shingles, asphalt and tar, only reflect 5-10% of the sun’s rays. This also means temperatures rise 70 to 90 degrees more than the air around them. White roofing materials, on the other hand, will reflect as much as 25% of the suns rays with a 50 to 70 degree difference in the surrounding air. Some materials will reflect as much as 35% and only 60 degree differences.

Mikku and Sons Roofing (623) 465-1068 provides quality foam roof repair, foam roof installation, foam roof replacement and other roof repair services to the surrounding Phoenix area communities. We’ve been a reputable, quality roofing contractor since 2001. Call us when you have any questions about installing or repairing a foam roof on your property.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

Mikku and Sons Roofing has been helping residents throughout Phoenix since 2001. Our experienced and friendly crew members can inspect your roof and help you get it ready for the monsoon season to help you reduce the risk of damage. But, if your roof does have damage due to monsoon storms, we are ready to help you with quick and complete roof repair. We have experience in all types of roofs, including tile, shingle and flat roofs on both personal residences and commercial property. We are fully licensed and insured and make it our mission to provide quality workmanships and exceptional service.

Call us today at (623) 465-1068 to find out how we can help you prepare your roof for the coming monsoon season or to repair it after a storm.

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Is Spray Foam Roofing Right For You?

Spray Foam Roofing

Flat Roof Replacement You Can Count On

It’s not easy to choose the type of roof you want if you’re looking to replace your existing one. However, there is one clear choice, especially if you have a flat roof, from all the options out there. – a spray foam roofing system. Here, we’ll go over the main pluses of spray foam roofing and why it’s a great choice.

Here Are Some of the Benefits of a Spray Foam Roof Replacement

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Easily Repaired

If they are minor repairs that are needed, you may not even need to call a pro. You can fix small punctures or cuts with a tube of exterior polyurethane caulk. Fill the cut or puncture with caulking, texture it to match the roof, and voila!, you just repaired your roof yourself! Unlike other roofing systems – you don’t have to have a professional flat roof repair contractor make these minor repairs.

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Easily Works With Your Drainage Configuration

If they aren’t installed properly, a flat roof can have serious drainage issues during heavy rains, which can damage your roof’s structure. You can get proper drainage with a foam roof by applying several layers with different thicknesses to make the water flow to the right areas for proper drainage. By applying the foam strategically in this way, you can virtually eliminate the drainage issues associated with other flat roofing systems.

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Saves Money

You will have less leaking issues with spray foam roofing. because it is seamless and has no gaps. It has no overlapping materials and zero seams. This means it has a surface that is pretty much impermeable because of its membrane comprised of polymers. This makes it a much more secure roofing system because you will have fewer issues and their corresponding costs from repairs and water damage.

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Energy Efficiency

Spray Foam roofing is an excellent insulator. It will save you money due to its outstanding R values of R-6 to R-7 per inch. much better than fiberglass insulation. This will save you money through your utility bills. You could save as much as 30% or more over other flat roofing systems. As a result, you should be able to pay for your new spray foam roof over about the first five years of its lifespan.

Spray Foam Roofing Contractors With Experience and Integrity

Weathers Storms Well

In high wind situations,  your roof and its materials are usually the most vulnerable components of your home. In high wind situations, metal roof panels, shingles and tiles can be blown loose and become dangerous being blown through the air at high velocity. Spray foam roofing adheres to the roof because of its seamless application. Which means there isn’t anything to be blown off the top of the roof and traveling through the air. Also, as other debris is flying through the air and hitting your roof, it will resist damage when its struck by them. There is also less chance that you will experience flooding and water damage due to its ability to withstand storms. By having greater resistance to these extreme conditions, you’ll save time and resources through insurance premiums and less claims.

Good For the Environment

When you tear off old roofing systems, they create a lot of waste that ends up in landfills or recycling centers. Spray foam roofing can be applied directly on top of your existing roof, leaving little to  no waste material. Also, you won’t ever need to completely replace your roof again. You just periodically and routinely maintain the roof by using sealant on problem spots and you’re good to go.

You Can Walk On It

Spray foam roofing is very durable and safe to walk on. This allows you to have access to your roof, making you able to check on problem issues yourself if needed and have easy access to the vents, pipes and ac units. There are also no overlapping seams or materials, as stated earlier, that you can trip over. Its safer for homeowners and roofing contractors alike due to its smooth, textured and even surface.

You Won’t Need a New Roof Again

As we’ve mentioned, spray foam roofs have long lifespans, they’re easy to maintain and less expensive to repair and update. You can just apply an update to the membrane about every 20 years at around 50% of what it would cost for a new foam roof, unlike  other roofing systems that need to be completely torn off and replaced when they’re useful life is over. The cost savings involved with these two scenarios is substantial. You won’t have to spend your money on expensive roof replacements ever again due to its long lifespan and ease of repair and maintenance.

Mikku and Sons Roofing (623) 465-1068 provides quality foam roof repair, foam roof installation, foam roof replacement and other roof repair services to the surrounding Phoenix area communities. We’ve been a reputable, quality roofing contractor since 2001. When you need advice on any type of flat roof repair or replacement from a reliable, experienced roofing contractor, give us a call.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

Mikku and Sons Roofing has been helping residents throughout Phoenix since 2001. Our experienced and friendly crew members can inspect your roof and help you get it ready for the monsoon season to help you reduce the risk of damage. But, if your roof does have damage due to monsoon storms, we are ready to help you with quick and complete roof repair. We have experience in all types of roofs, including tile, shingle and flat roofs on both personal residences and commercial property. We are fully licensed and insured and make it our mission to provide quality workmanships and exceptional service.

Call us today at (623) 465-1068 to find out how we can help you prepare your roof for the coming monsoon season or to repair it after a storm.

Request Your Free Estimate

Options For A Flat Roof

Options For A Flat Roof

More Slope Than Flat

Flat roof systems are more low-slope than completely flat. They have just enough slope to make water move toward gutter and drains to keep it from ponding on the roof. There are several options for a flat roof available when you’re deciding on whether to replace your roof.

What we feel is the best solution, sprayed-on polyurethane foam, should be used more than it is and pushed more by roofers in the industry. There are several options if you’ve decided to replace your flat roof.

Here Are 5 Options for a Flat Roof

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Modified Bitumen

This material is rolled on top of your roof’s surface in a single ply. Most previous installations were completed by placing it on the roof and then using a blowtorch to heat it. This poses some risks, so newer materials have been created that stick to the roof after they are peeled off, making it safer. It’s good for the environment due to its ability to reflect the heat and rays from the sun, which will lower your cooling expenses. However, it does have a major negative feature – walking on it can tear the material and cause scuffing.

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Built Up Roofing (BUR)

This material is very affordable, which entices homeowners to use it often as everyone likes to save money. It has a nice, attractive look which usually has gravel on top covering the material. Its constructed of several layers, so it provides more than adequate insulation for your home. But, due to these multiple layers, it weighs more tan other flat systems,. which means you may have to make some structural additions to your framing or structure in order to support it, meaning you’ll have additional expense when choosing to install it. One other drawback is you should not be occupying the property while its being installed, interrupting your families routine and schedule. There is plenty of info to be found online regarding BUR roofing if you need it.

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Sprayed-on Roof Coatings

Silicone is the material most often used for sprayed-on applications. And, because its sprayed onto the roof, it is seamless, making it work great in resisting moisture and deflecting the heat from the sun. Since it reflects the sun’s heat and rays, it lowers your utility costs, saving you money. Another big benefit is its contribution to the environment because its applied directly on top of the old system. No need for the occupants to be removed during installation and no need to tear off the old roofing and dispose of it before its applied. There are a few negatives, though – the biggest one being its price, as its more expensive than the other flat options. However, that should be expected from something of high quality with so many positives. Depending on your roof’s configuration and your location, silicone roofing will usually be the most expensive option to choose from.

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Single Ply EPDM

It’s similar to PVC, because of its single ply, but the main material is not plastic, but rubber. Its extremely durable, but it has a few drawbacks. Adhesives are used to close the seams, which can make them vulnerable to the elements over time, letting moisture get through and causing maintenance and repair issues. Asa result, you will have to pay more attention to routine maintenance and minor repairs than some of your other options.

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PVC

This material is very reflective and durable.  It is extremely water resistant, keeping moisture from pooling.  Lastly, the installation process is simple, making it one of the best choices for your flat roof. It may sound like it is similar to spray applied coatings because they do have a lot in common. The biggest difference from other materials, including sprayed-on, is that the seams can lead to failing. Glue or tape is used to connect the seams, and they will deteriorate over time.  This allows more water over time to enter your home than a seamless system would.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

Mikku and Sons Roofing has been helping residents throughout Phoenix since 2001. Our experienced and friendly crew members can inspect your roof and help you get it ready for the monsoon season to help you reduce the risk of damage. But, if your roof does have damage due to monsoon storms, we are ready to help you with quick and complete roof repair. We have experience in all types of roofs, including tile, shingle and flat roofs on both personal residences and commercial property. We are fully licensed and insured and make it our mission to provide quality workmanships and exceptional service.

Call us today at (623) 465-1068 to find out how we can help you prepare your roof for the coming monsoon season or to repair it after a storm.

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Is a Cool Roofing System Right for You?

Is a Cool Roofing System Right for You?

Light Colors Equal Cooler Temperatures

The idea behind cool roofing is the same as the reasons people living in hot climates wear light colored clothing. Here in the desert southwest, wearing light-colored or white clothing helps keep you cool. Its because light colors reflect heat and sunlight, whereas dark colors absorb them. Homes are similar to people. If your roof is dark colored, your home will be hotter than if it had a light-colored roof. During the hot summer months we experience here in the Phoenix area, a darker colored roof can reach temperatures as high as 150 to 190 degrees at their peak.  In contrast, a cool roofing system will peak at around 100 to 120 degrees.

A cool roofing system can reduce the temperature on the surface of your roof by as much as 100 degrees.  This will reduce the heat that is transferred into the interior below.  The attic space and ductwork under the roof will be cooler.  This will lower utility and maintenance costs and improve comfort inside.  It will also increase the lifespan of your roof and lower the urban heat island affect and associated smog levels in cities.

What You Should Know About Cool Roofing

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Cool Roofing Materials

They are made of materials that reflect the energy and heat from the sun away from the surface of your roof. The materials for homes with low-slope roofs are typically bright white, however, there are other colors that are being made for more sloped roof applications. Cool roofing is highly emissive, which allows it to emit infrared energy away from the roof. Bare metals and metallic coatings usually don’t have low emissive abilities, which is one of the reasons they aren’t thought of as cool roofing materials.

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Cool Roofing Benefits

  • Lower annual electricity expenses by reducing summer cooling costs.
  • Reduce infrared conversion from visible light, making your interior more comfortable.
  • Lower maintenance and replacement costs by extending roof life.
  • If you have time-of-use metering you can save on peak time usage.
  • Reduce roofing waste materials in landfills.
  • Lower the highly publicized heat island effect in urban areas.
  • Lower air pollution and smog in urban areas.
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Cool Roofing Costs

Initial costs for a cool roof are similar to traditional roofing materials. Some cool roofing materials cost less than traditional materials and some cost more. Cool protective coatings can be applied every 10 to 15 years, which can reduce, or eliminate, the need for expensive roof tear-offs and replacements. If you add these roof repair or replacement savings with an average 20 percent savings on utility costs, it makes a cool roof a money saver over the life of your property. You can also get rebates in some communities, in addition to energy and lifespan savings, from local utility companies for installing cool roofing on your home.

Experienced Flat Roof Installation Contractors

There are 2 two types of materials for low-slope roofing systems on homes – single-ply materials and reflective coatings. Single-ply materials are made of large sheets of pre-constructed roofing fastened together over the old roof and sealed at the seams. Reflective coatings are installed or applied over an existing clean, leak-free roof surface using rollers, sprayers, or brushes.

There are other materials available for sloped roofs in clay or concrete tiles. They stay cool by using certain pigments that reflect the sun’s infrared heat. There aren’t asphalt shingles or pre-coated metal roofing materials available in cool versions right now.

You can visit the ENERGY STAR® Website for a comprehensive list of cool roofing system products and manufacturers at www.energystar.gov.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

Mikku and Sons Roofing has been helping residents throughout Phoenix since 2001. Our experienced and friendly crew members can inspect your roof and help you get it ready for the monsoon season to help you reduce the risk of damage. If your roof has damage from monsoon storms, we are ready to help you with quick and complete roof repair. We have experience in all types of commercial and residential roofs, including tile, shingle and flat roofs. We are fully licensed and insured and make it our mission to provide quality workmanships and exceptional service.

Call us today at (623) 465-1068 to find out how we can help you prepare your roof for the coming monsoon season or to repair it after a storm.

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Roof Repair or Replacement?

Roof Repair or Replacement?

Considerations When Repairing a Roof

A home’s roof is one of its most critical features. A solid, watertight roof keeps the rest of the property from water leaks and other damaging things outside the home. When you have an issue, or the roof comes to the end of its useful life, it will be one of the more expensive elements to fix.

Proper Repair or Just A Band Aid?

It’s important to try to repair rather than replacing your roof. A correctly done and well-timed repair can produce a lot of savings. On the other hand, sometimes a repair is just an expensive band-aid over a problem that needs to be corrected soon anyway. In this post, we’ll go over four key considerations to remember when deciding between roof repair or replacement.

  1. Roof Age and Repair Cost
  2. Cause of the Problem
  3. Potential Tax Incentives
  4. Warranty Status

Roof Repair or Replacement – Considerations

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The Age of Your Roof and Costs to Repair

All residential roofs have an expected useful lifespan, depending on the type of roof, the materials its made of, weather elements, and proper installation procedures. The closer the roof is to the end of its expected life, the more likely it is that replacing it will be a more effective solution. Cost of repair also plays a factor – a very inexpensive repair might be worthwhile even on a roof thats near the end of its useful life.

In general, in Arizona, you can expect about 15-20 years from a flat roof (more properly called a low-slope roof). Sloped or pitched roofs may give between 15 years (for asphalt shingle) and 50 years (for some tile roofs).

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What Caused the Problem?

A common mistake homeowners make is thinking that if leaks are popping up often, the entire roof is bad and needs replacing. But repeated leaking can have more related with installation issues than the roof itself, and a proper repair will be a much more inexpensive choice.

When this happens, the first place to check is at penetration locations in the roof. Penetrations are places where holes are punched through the roof for things like pipe vents and chimneys. If leaks are showing up around penetrations, then you may have received a bad installation process. Depending on the number of penetrations, repairing the flashing will probably fix your issues more efficiently obviously much less expensive than completely replacing it.

If the leaks are penetrating seams in different roofing materials, then it could make more sense to replace rather than repair.

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Tax Considerations

Depending on where your property is located, there might be tax incentives available for installing energy-efficient roofing. Also, some roof repairs can be tax deductible. This could have a big impact on the cost effectiveness of your repair or replacement choice. Check your local, state, and federal tax guidelines.

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Is It Covered by Warranty?

If your roof has an existing warranty, you’ll want to get your repairs or your roof replacement done while it is under warranty, obviously. However, warranties on roofs can be difficult to decipher. For one thing, many warranties use proration clauses, which means you’ll only get credit for the remaining lifespan of your roof. Another factor to remember is that the manufacturer’s warranty is a separate item from the installation warranty. If there’s a reason for one of those parties to blame the issues on the other party, they will. This can put the homeowner in a difficult situation where nobody takes responsibility for the roof repair problems.

When you’re trying to decide whether to repair or replace your roof, you need to understand the terms of your warranty, how close you are to the end of it, and whether the root of the problem falls under the manufacturer or the installation sections of your warranty.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

Mikku and Sons Roofing has been helping residents throughout Phoenix since 2001. Our experienced and friendly crew members can inspect your roof and help you get it ready for the monsoon season to help you reduce the risk of damage. But, if your roof does have damage due to monsoon storms, we are ready to help you with quick and complete roof repair. We have experience in all types of roofs, including tile, shingle and flat roofs on both personal residences and commercial property. We are fully licensed and insured and make it our mission to provide quality workmanships and exceptional service.

Call us today at (623) 465-1068 to find out how we can help you prepare your roof for the coming monsoon season or to repair it after a storm.

Request Your Free Estimate

Options For Flat Roofs

Options For Flat Roofs

Correct Flat Roof Repair Installation

Roofing systems take abuse and have to be maintained. Pitched roofs are fundamentally built to shed water and keep snow from piling up. As a result, sloped roofs that utilize asphalt shingles, tiles, or wood shakes are designed to work similar to fish scales – overlapping each other to shed the water and snow.  Flat surfaces require different coverings and this article will discuss three options for flat roofs.

Flat roofing systems aren’t built that way. With extremely low slopes (between 1/4″ to 1/2″ per foot, if installed the right way), flat roofs don’t shed water easily. Flat roofing systems are built as a monolithic roof surface and will have times where water is pooling and standing.  There are 3 main options for flat roofs including Built-Up Roofing (BUR), Modified Bitumen Roofing, and Membrane or ‘Single-Ply’ Roofing (such as EPDM). EPDM is the latest flat roof technology (around 55 years) and BUR is the oldest (about 120 years). Modified Bitumen is between the others (+/- 60 years). Here are the pluses and minuses of each flat roofing system.

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Built-Up Roofing Systems

Built-up roofing (BUR) was the most commonly installed type of flat roof until single-ply roofing and modified Bitumen came along. BUR uses tar and gravel for a watertight layer on top of the roof. Some of its biggest benefits include longevity, the thick coverage of the roof deck and high resistance to damage. It’s a costly choice for a residential property, and some of the odors that come with tar and gravel can be bothersome. Here are some additional pluses and minuses of built-up roofing:

Pluses

  • It can last ten to fifteen years with routine maintenance and repair.
  • Several types exist — smooth asphalt built-up, ballasted asphalt built-up and cold built-up
  • Great protection against rain, UV rays, and severe weather.
  • Its low maintenance and costs little to maintain throughout its lifespan.
  • You can remove layers when repairing or resurfacing the roof.
  • The gravel in built-up roofing makes it resistant to normal foot traffic.

Minuses

  • Installation is lengthy due to involving a number of materials — asphalt, coal, tar, gravel, etc.
  • Potentially hazardous odors, fumes and vapors are emitted while being installed.
  • It has high initial installation costs.
  • It’s susceptible to high winds and unusually high levels of moisture.
  • It’s heavy, which can require roof joists be strengthened before it’s installed.
  • It can be difficult to find the source of a leak. At times, it requires dismantling the whole roof.
  • It’s not flexible in colder climates and is prone to damage as a result.
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Modified Bitumen Systems

It didn’t take long for the public to move away from the mess, heat, and odors of installing a BUR roof. But, for a long time it was the only option. In the early 1960’s a new technology was developed – modified bitumen roofing (MBR). It leveraged the proven performance of BUR and added roof wear layers or cap sheets that were polymer reinforced for strength and durability.

Pluses

  • Factory applied mineral surfacing that makes the application consistent.
  • Overlapping rolls create big, seamless areas.
  • Easier to install than BUR which saves on labor costs and reduces installation mistakes.
  • Polymer reinforced roof wear layer gives better elasticity and flexibility in colder temperatures.
  • There are several application methods – hot applied, torch applied, cold applied, self-adhered.
  • Its low in maintenance and durable.
  • Its inexpensive compared to other systems.
  • Recyclable materials at end of its lifespan.
  • More durable than BUR with installation thats similar to EPDM.

Minuses

  • Some application techniques require an open flame/torch which requires special safety considerations.
  • Overlapping joints must be adhered correctly to prevent leaking.
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Single Ply Membrane Systems

There are a few types of rubber/polymer membrane roofing systems – PVC, Neoprene, EPDM and several others. EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) is used the most, especially for residential projects.

EPDM is constructed of recycled rubber materials, making it environmentally friendly. It helps to insulate your roof and attic. In addition to covering your roof, it will bring down utility costs and make it economically viable as well. It comes in a large variety of textures and colors.

Pluses

  • EPDM roofing is waterproof.
  • You can encase your whole roof.
  • Repairs are pretty simple and inexpensive; property owners can do some simple repairs themselves.
  • They last 30 to 50 years and hold up against the elements and fire well.
  • Its lightweight so the roof deck doesn’t need to be reinforced.
  • Leaks are very rare.
  • Its durable — it doesn’t scratch or scuff easily — and repairs are easily made.

Minuses

  • Must be installed by a professional roofing contractor who knows how to properly install it. It can be somewhat expensive.
  • Exterior features such as pipes, HVAC systems and chimneys, can pose a risk to your EPDM roofing and cause leaks if flashing is not properly installed around them.
  • It can be damaged by branches, foot traffic or storm damage. You need to be more careful when walking on a membrane roof.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

Mikku and Sons Roofing has been helping residents throughout Phoenix since 2001. Our experienced and friendly crew members can inspect your roof and help you get it ready for the monsoon season to help you reduce the risk of damage. If your roof has damage from monsoon storms, we are ready to help you with quick and complete roof repair. We have experience in all types of commercial and residential roofs, including tile, shingle and flat roofs. We are fully licensed and insured and make it our mission to provide quality workmanships and exceptional service.

Call us today at (623) 465-1068 to find out how we can help you prepare your roof for the coming monsoon season or to repair it after a storm.

Request Your Free Estimate

Tips For Installing a Shingle Roof

Tips For Installing a Shingle Roof

Installation With Experience

Your roof plays a huge role in protecting your property and everything inside that you own. Anytime the roof’s structure is in trouble, you need to take action right away to fix the issue. If you don’t to fix a damaged roof, it can lead to big problems and expensive repairs down the road. This article will discuss the things you should consider before installing a shingle roof.

Things to Consider Before Installing a Shingle Roof.

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Hire a quality roofing contractor

Some people like to keep the costs down by doing part or all of the job themselves. Most of the time, it’s safer to hire professional, experienced roofing contractors because they have valuable knowledge and experience as well as training in the appropriate materials to use, proper installation, safety procedures, building code requirements and waste disposal.

Here are some tips for hiring the right contractor:

  • First some common sense. Be sure to have your contractor’s license number so you can do some research at the Regitsrar of Contractors website/office. they will have all complaints, if any, posted about the company that have been filed in the last 3 years. You can also find out if their license is in good standing, the amount of their bond, if their license has ever been suspended and when it expires. You can find the name of the owner and how long they’ve had this license. All key information that tells you you’re dealing with a real, reputable contractor.
  • Ask what type of experience and other information about the crew that will be working on your property. How many crew members will there be? How much experience do they have? Have they been working for the contractor for some time or are they new? Will the estimator be part of the crew and follow up with them after the sale is made and they begin the work?
  • Make sure you get a copy of their liability and workman’s comp insurance. They should be able to give you the name of their insurance agent, who can then send you a copy of their certificate of liability and insurance limits. Having properly insured workers on your property is of the utmost importance.
  • Make sure you find out what type of warranty you’re getting for the work they do. Get it in writing and ask to see a physical copy of the warranty. If they just give you something verbally tell them to keep on walking.
  • The materials they use should also have a warranty. Ask what type of warranty they have and, again, ask to see that warranty in writing.
  • Will the estimator or owner be inspecting the project after its finished? Make sure a final inspection is included in your project and that you have the right to be present for the inspection.
  • How long do they estimate the project will take and can you get some kind of hard estimate in writing? Make sure you have a solid start date and a good hard estimated completion date before they start their work.
  • What are the hours and days the crew will be working on the property? What time do they begin their work each day and what time do they call it a day. Do they just work on weekdays or will they be including any weekend work in the project?
  • Last, but not least, what happens when it rains? How do they cover the project and what type of delays should you expect if the weather doesn’t cooperate during the project. Especially if your work is being done during our volatile monsoon seasons, you’ll need to have some clarity on this so you know what to expect.
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Get Things Going with Necessary Building Permits

Most cities and local governments will require permits for roofing work. Most roofing contractors will do the basic work for obtaining these permits, but you should know what the costs and time frames for permits are beforehand. This way you can add these expenses to your budget and the additional time to the project’s schedule — the sooner you know these time frames and costs, the better.

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Removing the Old Roof is Better Over Time

Some roofing contractors might propose you leave your old roof in place and consider installing a shingle roof on top of it. It will save money but you should avoid this. When an old roof is removed, the roofing contractor can inspect the decking and other areas for any possible structural damage that may exist. You could be creating a more costly repair by adding a new roof without removing the old one.

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Asphalt Shingles are Durable and Affordable

There’s a lot of roofing materials to pick from, like wooden shakes, clay, metal and slate. Asphalt shingles are a happy medium for many property owners because they come in lots of shapes and colors, they’re the most affordable, the easiest to install and usually last for at 15-20 years.

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Schedule During the Most Forgiving Time of the Year

Schedule your roof repair or replacement during a time when weather in your area is most favorable. Most roofing projects will be completed in a week to a few days, if weather is permitting. Some roofers give discounts if you schedule the project during their slow season, so make plans ahead of time with your scheduling and you could save yourself a lot of money.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

Mikku and Sons Roofing has been helping residents throughout Phoenix since 2001. Our experienced and friendly crew members can inspect your roof and help you get it ready for the monsoon season to help you reduce the risk of damage. If your roof has damage from monsoon storms, we are ready to help you with quick and complete roof repair. We have experience in all types of commercial and residential roofs, including tile, shingle and flat roofs. We are fully licensed and insured and make it our mission to provide quality workmanships and exceptional service.

Call us today at (623) 465-1068 to find out how we can help you prepare your roof for the coming monsoon season or to repair it after a storm.

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The 3 Main Benefits of a Tile Roof

The 3 Main Benefits of a Tile Roof

More Than Just Good Looks

Tile roofing is most commonly installed on Southwest and Mediterranean style homes.  These aesthetically pleasing tiles are generally made of clay, concrete, or slate. However, benefits of a tile roof are more than just good looks.  Familiarize yourself with the selling points that make them such popular roofing options. Weigh those strengths against key factors to decide whether or not your home can benefit from a tile roof.

Here Are A Few Key Benefits of a Tile Roof

Durability and Long Lifespan

Clay, concrete, and slate roofs are extremely resistant to fire and resist rot, bugs, and most other pests. Most tile roofing will hold up to extreme heat and cold, making it great for use in almost any climate. Clay tiles are especially resistant to the corrosion from salty air, which makes them an excellent choice for properties located in coastal areas. Many kinds of roofing tiles can also brag of superior impact resistance, which makes them a superior option in areas that experience severe storms with hail or high winds.

Most tile roofs are found in the warmer warmer regions of our country, but they can be utilized in colder areas, too. When you’re installing a clay or concrete tile roof in a region with a colder climate, however, you should require materials designed to handle the expansion that occurs with freezing and thawing cycles.

Quite frankly, people are the biggest threat to tile roofs. The tiles are not typically designed to handle foot traffic and are prone to be being broken or chipped when people walk on them and are careless. This is why its important to hire an experienced, professional roofing contractor to do any repairs or maintenance on or around a tile roof – including cleaning gutters, maintaining chimney and other protrusion flashing, and routine regular inspections.

A roof made of concrete, clay, or slate could be the last roof you will ever need on your home. Clay or slate tiles can last as long as 100 years, while most concrete tile comes with a 50 year warranty. Slate is one of the most durable and long-lasting roofing materials of all, with a lifespan of 100 to 150 years or more.

Curb Appeal and Versatility

Concrete and clay tiles usually feature natural earth tones, a sand-cast or unglazed finish, and a classic curved shape. However, their design isn’t limited to just these Southwestern and Mediterranean benchmarks. Their casting allows for a lot of different style options which will suit just about any type of architectural taste.

Both concrete and clay tiles come in a large array of colors and can have glazed or unglazed finishes. The most common shapes are flat, fluted, and interlocking that can be used in a wide variety of home designs. Some tiles are made to look like wood shakes, for use on craftsman, rustic and  log homes. Others are designed to mimic traditional European properties. Natural slate tiles are used often as the roofing system of choice for victorian, colonial, and tudor architecture.  They also looks great on sleek, modern, contemporary homes.

Slate tiles give the distinct appearance of natural stone and have a lot of the advantages that clay and concrete tiles have, including durability and long lifespans. They’re very popular in northern Europe, and are often found on victorian and tudor style homes in the US.

Long Term Return on Investment

Tile roofs are one of the most expensive upfront for both materials and labor. Slate, as an example, can range from $1,000 to $2,000 per square (which is a 10-foot-by-10-foot section of roofing) installed and a tile roofing contractor that has experience working with the high-end material may also require more. However, over their long lifespan, concrete, clay, and slate tiles will offset their initial cost. Because of a high thermal mass, tiles do a great job of regulating the temperature of your property, thus helping you lower heating and cooling expenses. The durability and longevity of clay, concrete, and slate also mean that you save a lot of money by not having to replace your roof multiple times over the lifespan of your home.. As an added benefit in todays eco-friendly world, all of the materials used are environmentally friendly, easily recycled.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

Mikku and Sons Roofing has been helping residents throughout Phoenix since 2001. Our experienced and friendly crew members can inspect your roof and help you get it ready for the monsoon season to help you reduce the risk of damage. If your roof has damage from monsoon storms, we are ready to help you with quick and complete roof repair. We have experience in all types of commercial and residential roofs, including tile, shingle and flat roofs. We are fully licensed and insured and make it our mission to provide quality workmanships and exceptional service.

Call us today at (623) 465-1068 to find out how we can help you prepare your roof for the coming monsoon season or to repair it after a storm.

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  • Why Foam Roofing

Why Foam Roofing is a Great Option

Why Foam Roofing?

An Excellent Choice

Spray foam roofing (SPF) is an excellent choice for a flat roof because of its insulation properties and seamlessness. It has a long lifespan, if its been installed correctly, which takes skill and special equipment for the project.

Benefits of a Spray Foam Roof Installation

  • A spray foam roof has a relatively quick installation process. Depending on the size and features of your roof, you could have a new SPF roof in a day. You can also install SPF over the top of an existing roof which can save a lot of time and money by avoiding a roof tear-off.
  • SPF roofing is also low in volatile organic compounds, or VOC’s.
  • SPF roofing causes very little disruption for the property owner.

Mistakes to Avoid in SPF Installation

  • The roof substrate has to be clean. Any debris or water can keep the material from adhering properly to the substrate, which can cause ruptures in the future.
  • An SPF installation must be be done on a clear and calm day. Wind could make the spray foam fly where you don’t want it.
  • Proper safety equipment has to be used. Small droplets of foam can end up all over the place, so you need to make sure any equipment or electronics are put away or covered. Let the installers do their job, but it might be a good idea to be close by to clean any drops that land on the exterior of your property. Spray foam dries in minutes, and it cab be very difficult to remove.

Foam Roof Installation and Finding an Experienced Contractor

How It Works

Spray foam roofing sounds easy enough. Two ingredients are mixed using special equipment attached to a truck or trailer. A chemical reaction starts as soon as the ingredients are mixed together. Heated hoses bring the mixture forward to a spray gun, which is used to apply the foam to the roof with a thickness of 1 to 2 inches. The liquid then foams, expands and hardens. An elastomeric coating is applied to protect the foam from UV rays.

This installation takes skill and experience. The equipment is too specialized for a one-off job. Only an experienced pro will be able to mix the components correctly, at the right temperature, and apply the liquid properly while anticipating how much the foam will expand.

This is a widely recognized and highly effective building envelope material, with roofing systems being one of the main application categories. A high-performance product with a lot of incredible benefits, spray foam has gained popularity builders and roofing contractors. Like a lot of building products, installation should always be performed by a professional, experienced installer utilizing correct handling and installation techniques, with safety precautions employed and followed.

Dual Purpose Material

The foam serves dual purposes as a protective roofing material and as a thermal insulation solution. A roof’s main purpose is to protect what is underneath it. SPF roofing systems provide durable protection for the structure and personal items contained below. Its lightweight, as most SPF roof systems weigh less than a pound per square foot. Its also seamless and self-flashing, and highly resistant to severe weather, wind and foot traffic. Once its installed, it requires minimal maintenance, providing more strength to the roofing system. It works well in most of the country’s geographic regions and climates.

Insulation Properties

It also works well as both an air and moisture barrier. Not only does it protect against water and moisture intrusion, but it also reduces air movement through the roof system, which improves indoor air quality and lowers the energy use of the building.

Because the roof of a building is a big source of heat loss, the insulating qualities of the SPF helps to provide excellent indoor temperatures and energy efficiency. As a thermal insulator, it has one of the highest R-values per inch of all roofing insulations. And, because spray foam is fully adhered, there are no thermal intrusions from fasteners. Keeping heat inside the property during colder months and keeping heat out in warmer months. It reduces heating and air conditioning demands, which lowers energy expenses during its lifespan, which can be 30 to 50 years with the right maintenance. In warmer areas, reflective roof coatings can also be added over the SPF to further reduce cooling expenses.

Why Foam Roofing In Summary

Roof performance isn’t measured by just one factor (like R-value). Rather, the success of a roofing system is accomplished by reviewing combined considerations for air movement, moisture control, health, safety, durability, occupant comfort and energy efficiency. An SPF roof scores high marks in all of these categories.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

Mikku and Sons Roofing has been helping residents throughout Phoenix since 2001. Our experienced and friendly crew members can inspect your roof and help you get it ready for the monsoon season to help you reduce the risk of damage. If your roof has damage from monsoon storms, we are ready to help you with quick and complete roof repair. We have experience in all types of commercial and residential roofs, including tile, shingle and flat roofs. We are fully licensed and insured and make it our mission to provide quality workmanships and exceptional service.

Call us today at (623) 465-1068 to find out how we can help you prepare your roof for the coming monsoon season or to repair it after a storm.

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How Do You Figure the Cost of Roof Replacement?

Hiring a Roof Replacement Contractor

Before hiring a roof replacement contractor, the NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association) recommends checking that its crew members are licensed and insured. Ask the roofer to produce a copy of their proof of insurance.

The contractor may also need to pull permits depending on the city you live in, which can add several hundred dollars onto the estimate. As an example, a permit to replace a roof on a 1,350-square-foot home can cost between $150 and $500.

The roof replacement contractor should also be familiar with local building codes, which might include the kinds of shingles or tiles allowed in a particular neighborhood or regulations regarding the underlayment.

Get multiple quotes and don’t be swayed by just the price. An estimate thats too low could be a sign the company isn't operating legally. Check their online reviews. The bottom line is too make sure the contractor has a good reputation.

Most roofers guaranty the work they do, usually for between five and 10 years for their workmanship. This will typically cover leakage or total failure, but won’t cover general wear and tear or damage from storms. Some companies offer 25-year warranties, but those typically apply to specific high-end roof products and require certain installation procedures.

Replacing a roof is one of the biggest and most costly project a homeowner can take on.

Roofing companies look at a lot of variables to determine the price of a new roof, including its size, pitch, accessibility and cost of materials. Because of this, prices for a new roof can vary drastically.

The average cost of a new roof can be as low as $5,000 for a basic asphalt shingle roof — the most commonly used roofing material in the country — to $25,000 or more for higher-end roof types, like tile or slate The average price, however, from around the country is $12,000 to replace an architectural shingle roof.

Calls to contractors show that prices can vary from $5,500 to $12,000 to tear off and replace a roof with basic shingles in 2018. Prices can also vary greatly depending on where you live.

Other roofing cost factors

Water damage can also factor in to the final expense of a roofing project. Usually, you won’t find water damage until after the roofer has removed the roofing materials and the deck is exposed. If there’s significant water damage, it can change the project from a roof repair to a roof replacement.

Another factor that can affect the price is whether your home has chimneys or skylights, or other protrusions. They will increase the cost and scope of the project, as your roofing contractor will need to work around them. The cost of repairing flashing around a chimney can range from $200 to $500, while repairing it around the skylight can average between $300 and $500.

You might be able to save some money by overlaying an existing roof, instead of replacing it. But doing this can lower the lifespan of the new roof and could void warranties you'd have on labor and materials.

Roof Relacement Contractors With Experience

Here are the main factors:

Roof Size
A roof’s size is the largest cost factor. Roofers charge per roofing square. A 10-by-10-foot (100 square feet) area is equal to one roofing square. So, a 3000 sq. ft roof is equal to 30 squares.

Pitch of the Roof
Another variable in pricing is the pitch of the roof, or the slope. Some roofs have a high pitch, while others have a low pitch or no pitch at all — all factors which affect the cost of the roofing estimate.

A roof with a pitch of about a 7:12 ratio — the first number represents the height and the second the length — or higher isn’t walkable and will probably require more safety harnesses and equipment. A 7:12 roof, as an example, means that for every 12 inches it runs horizontally, the roof rises 7 inches vertically.

A roof of 7:12 or greater is a pretty steep roof, and roof replacement contractors will charge more to work on this type of roof. The work goes more slowly with a steep roof. You can’t stack materials on the roof, and crew members will need to wear harnesses. Because of these difficulties and because the roofing company will pay more in insurance costs, their quote is adjusted accordingly.

Accessibility to the Roof
Can the roofer get a truck in close to the house? Can they back the truck up against the house? If not, they’ll have to carry the materials to and from the trucks. That will cause more costs for the roofing contractor and will make the project more expensive. Tearing off a heavier roof can also increase labor costs.

Type of Roofing Material 
It costs from $1.50 – $4 a square foot to remove and replace the roof or $1,800 to $8,600 for a typical 1,700-2,100 square foot ranch-style home, with a gentle slope, on average. The cost and labor for an asphalt roof for a 1,200-square-foot house in larger markets across the country ranges between $4,500 and $7,000. Asphalt is the most affordable roofing option, followed by wood, metal, tile and slate.

The cost per square foot for a wood shingle roof is between $7.37 and $9.77. That equates to about $1,474 to $1,854 per 200 square feet, which is two squares.

Materials for a metal roof can cost upwards of $1,900 per 100 square feet. The price can be twice as much for a metal roof compared to asphalt shingles, and as much as four or five times more for slate.

While a good asphalt shingles may last 20 or more years, metal, tile, and slate may last 30 or more years, which can play a role in determining the type of roof you ultimately choose.

Mikku and Sons Roofing (623) 465-1068 provides quality roof replacement, roof installation and roof repair services to Phoenix AZ and the surrounding Phoenix communities. We’ve been a reputable, quality roofing contractor since 2001. If you need hones advice regarding your roofing project, give us a call.

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