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Common Flat Roof Issues

Common Flat Roof Issues

Be Aware

Flat roofs have built-in design and installation factors that can often lead to performance problems and a shorter life span than you might expect.  There are several common flat roof issues to be aware of.

Top 3 Common Flat Roof Issues

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Leaking

This is the most frequently occurring problem on any kind of a residential flat roof. It usually happens due to ponding water that stands longer than 48 hours, after the most recent rain showers. Usually, moisture gets through at the seams or flashings. It can also come from clogged drains, chimneys, skylights, parapets and other types of penetrations on the roof. Its less common to have a leak from some sort of puncture. If moisture gets under the membrane and into the sheathing, mold and rot can start to form. This is especially likely in areas with lots of rain and severe storm frequency.

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Shrinking and Deteriorating Materials

One of the most common problems for EPDM membranes is shrinkage. When rubber shrinks, it can pull down parapet walls, drip edges or even a chimney. This is more probable on a larger building, and on a property where the membrane wasn’t properly attached or installed.

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Damage Caused by Foot Traffic

Another issue, especially for flat roof decking and commercial buildings is heavy foot traffic. Maintenance personnel (mainly HVAC contractors) and other random visitors going out on the roof, dropping tools, walking over fasteners, thus puncturing the membrane and causing other damages that need to be repaired.

When Should You Replace Your Flat Roof?

Replacing your flat roof can be a costly and time consuming project, and it should, in most instances, be your last resort. Just because your roof is leaking in a few spots doesn’t mean it necessarily must be replaced.

Two Scenarios That Warrant A New Install

The Age of the Roof
When the original material has gotten to the end of its lifespan, your best option is replacing it. Depending on the type of material your roof is made of, your local weather situation, as well as how you’re keeping up with routine maintenance, this life-cycle may vary, as we have discussed above. Since EPDM has seams that are prone to allowing moisture to get through, they will have a lot of issues in locations that have heavy and frequent rain storms. TPO may not live up to its fullest lifespan in geographic locations with high heat and drastic temperature fluctuations.

Poor and Faulty Installation
Unfortunately, installation issues happen way too much. This is the biggest source of all the other issues, including leaks. If you’re constantly fixing a fairly new roof, it probably indicates that it was not installed properly. Some of these can be rectified by a professional roof repair contractor, but their will be some that can’t be. This is why getting a thorough, professional inspection with an experienced roofer is so important.

If installation problems can’t be fixed, the best option will be replacing the faulty roof. Otherwise, you’ll just keep dumping more and more money into a roof that will never perform as its supposed to. If you find that there is wet insulation, it cannot dry out on its own and can cause mold issues and structural damage that will be much more expensive to fix than putting on a new roof, or replacing a large portion of the original one.

If you can afford it, choose a premium material like PVC. While its more expensive than other single ply choices, once you install it, you won’t have to worry about leaks and other problems again for a long time. PVC has hot air-welded seams that don’t come apart, and will remain resistant to water. It’s also an Energy Star rated, cool material, that reflects the sun’s heat, which will save you a lot of money on energy costs as you live in the property.

An Inspection is the Most Important First Step

To find out whether you should do a roof leak repair or replace it with a new membrane, find a professional, experienced roofing contractor to perform a thorough inspection. Be sure you hire an experienced pro, because a plain general contractor or an asphalt shingles expert won’tt know all the little details and complexities of these flat roof materials. They might give you poor recommendations that will cost you even more money and time to fix in the future.

During the inspection, your roofing contractor should include checking:

  • Seams
  • Flashings
  • Attachment points
  • Check for cracks at joints and corners, around chimneys and ventilation slits.
  • Assess any damage: deterioration, punctures, aging, leakage, ponding water, etc

It’s also very important that they do a test-cut (through the material to check what is under the top layer). A lot of times, mold and rotted sheathing underneath the top layer is not visible on the surface.

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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Tips For Handling a Roofing Insurance Claim

Tips For Handling a Roofing Insurance Claim

An Intimidating Process

Finding out your roof is damaged and needs repairs or replacement can be stressful for a homeowner. Handling insurance claims, dealing with adjusters and ensuring you get paid for all covered damage is an intimidating process. Many property owners aren’t confident about filing a claim, process issues and what kinds of documentation they will need.

To an insurance company, your roof is the most critical feature of your property. If its damaged, it can lead to much larger damage claims. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety has stated that more than 90% of hail or high-wind claims result in a payout relative to the quality of the roof cover. Insurance companies check roofing claims with great scrutiny and expect homeowners to provide correct documentation and accurate information in order to process the claim.

Three Important Things To Do

Provide Documentation for Your Claim

To make the claims process experience easier and to help you get the right settlement for your damage, take some photos of your roof and exterior property before they are damaged. Then, when you have some damage from a storm, update the photos when you need maintenance or repairs completed. Once the roof is damaged take another set of photos showing the need for repairs. Document and record the damages and any quotes, estimates or bills you get in relation to the damage. Having this info on file in one place will ensure your claims process is a smooth and easy experience.

Hire a Roofing Contractor with Insurance Experience

Before you file your insurance claim completely, you’ll need an estimate from a professional roofing contractor. Most of the time you can pick the roofing company of your choosing. Your contractor should help you make your way through the sometimes complicated roof insurance claims process. Some roofing companies have adjusters on their staff that can deal with your insurance claim for you. Try to find a contractor that has a lot of experience providing roofing quotes for insurance claims.   They should help through the process of getting a roof repair or replacement covered by the insurance company.

Know Whats Covered in Your Policy

Keep in contact with your insurance agent and company. Its the best and most simple way to be aware of what’s covered or not covered in your homeowners policy.

Some policies use the age of the roof and take it into account when it gets damaged. If your roof is under 10 years old, you could be covered for the entire cost of repairing or replacing the damaged section at the time of the claim. If it’s more than 10 years old, you could be paid for the depreciated value of the damaged roof. The depreciated value takes wear and tear and age of your roof into account. This could mean the value has lowered before the damage occurred.

Some insurance policies will offer damage coverage only up to the depreciated value, no matter what the age of your roof is. Others will cover the entire cost of repairing or replacing the damaged section at the time of the claim, no matter the age of your roof. Most of the time, your insurance company will send out an adjuster to your property to inspect and verify the claim. If the damage is found to be from age, normal wear and tear, or the poor condition of your roof, it will probably be classified as normal maintenance, and won’t be covered under your policy.

The most critical thing to remember is if you think your roof has been damaged and needs repair, you shouldn’t wait for the inspection by a roofing contractor. Determine how much damage you have as soon as you can. This will help move along the process expeditiously and help you avoid more damage that might not be covered under your policy.

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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Get Your Roof Ready for Storms

Get Your Roof Ready for Storms

Don’t Brush Off Bad Weather

Because monsoon storms are a way of life in Arizona, homeowners will brush off the news of bad weather, panicking when they realize the impact might be more than they thought. No matter which roofing system you have, your roof needs to be ready in the event of a severe wind storm, or simply daily onslaught of the quite violent monsoon summer thunderstorms. Even if you aren’t hit with hurricane-force high winds, one thing is sure: your roof will get its share of rain, dust and wind before the end of the season.

It’s best to start getting your property and roof ready now. Here are a few helpful tips to make sure you, and your roof, are able to make it through any monsoon storm.

Here Are A Few Things You Can Do To
Have Your Roof Ready for Monsoon Storms

1

Secure All Doors and Windows

If there’s debris flying through the air and a window breaks, the pressure inside your home will dramatically increase, and your roof becomes just like a big parachute. To avoid this, make sure your doors and windows are tightly secured and locked during the peak of the storm.

2

Take Inventory of your Property

You might have some damage after a monsoon storm. You want to be sure you’re prepared for your insurance company when they send their adjuster out to your property. Be ready by taking photos and videos that you can show to an adjuster.

3

Secure Loose Objects in your Yard

Anything that can fly through the air and damage your home, or any other house nearby, should be secured or moved indoors. Patio furniture should be stored in your garage or shed. Your home isn’t the only thing that should be protected during a storm. Protecting your cars or trucks is also important. If you don’t have a garage, move them away from any large trees that could fall on top of them.

4

Keep Tree Branches Away from your Roof

Tree branches need to be at least six feet away from your house. When winds are blowing high, they’re going to be like large whips across your roof, potentially causing a lot of damage. Be especially mindful of branches that grow up next to your roof’s edge. This is the area that provides protection from air lift, so its especially important that its not damaged.

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Keep Your Insurance Policy Current

Be sure you don’t have coverage gaps. If a tree causes damage to your home, you should contact your insurance company right away. Next, call a professional, licensed tree service. They’ll help you remove the tree from your roof and get it tarped. Then, your roofing contractor is there to help you repair any damage that occurred. They should also have tarps and crews that will be ready to help secure your property as soon as possible after the storm.

Before the Storm

Prepare for Strong Winds

Before a storm, you want to “batten down the hatches”,  as wind will be the factor that affects your roof the most. This is one of the most important things to take into consideration when preparing for a strong storm.  These steps will help ensure your roof isn’t exposed to the elements causing potential leaks.

  • When fastening roof decking during a roof replacement, add to its strength by using ring-shank nails.
  • Re-cement loose shingles. In high wind, loose shingles will lift and tear away, leaving the roof deck unprotected against moisture.
  • Use a self-adhering membrane or roofing tape to seal the roof deck. It minimizes the chance that moisture will get into your attic.

Prepare and Repair or Restore

Have a professional roofing contractor inspect your roof for weak areas that can cause issues during a severe storm. Here are some Indicators that an roof repair or restoration is required, grouped according to your roofing system material:

Shingle Roofs

All flashing should be sealed, properly aligned and checked for rust, corrosion or separating. Shingle tabs that are curled or lifted from a poor seal or prior wind damage, or those that have lost their protective granules, need to be replaced or resealed. Your roofing company should also check any vent turbines for proper seal and functionality.

Tile Roofs

Fasteners, tiles, flashing, ridges and risers must be in working order. Chipped, delaminated, slipping or sliding tiles must be repaired, restored or replaced. Flying tiles can become dangerous projectiles during high force wind.

Metal Roofs

Metal that buckles, fasteners that are the wrong type or are no longer functional, and unsealed or unseated flashing are signs of problem areas on your metal roofing system.

Flat Roofs

An emergency roof repair inspection for a flat roof means checking for ponding or pooling water, torn, cracked or broken surfaces, improper or non-functioning fasteners, buckling, poor seals, and overall flashing problems.

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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  • When Your Roof Is Damaged

What To Do When Your Roof is Damaged

What To Do When Your Roof is Damaged

You Can’t Predict The Weather

If you’re a property owner, you can’t predict when and how severe weather will hit you. You’ll need to take steps when your roof is damaged and you’ll need to completely understand the steps to take. Severe rain, high windstorms and monsoons can all cause heavy damage to your roof.

Important Steps To Take When Your Roof Is Damaged

Check Your Roof’s Damage

After your roof experiences severe wether, you have to assess the damage you’ve experienced. You can then be able to discuss what happened with your insurance representative and your roof repair contractor to help you avoid hidden costs or issues. (You should do this during daylight hours, which means you might have to skip to step 2 before you inspect the damage.) Use binoculars when you’re checking the damage so you can see the details closely.

Take the area thats been damaged and figure the estimated square footage. Look to see if there are any shingles missing and note how severe the damage is. In some smaller cases, you may just have a few random shingles missing or sheered off. Make a note of the material that’s visible and exposed. Here’s what to look for – the ends of missing shingles, tar paper or exposed plywood. Notice the shade and color of the material thats exposed. If you have some shingles from when the roof was installed or last repaired, you can check the packaging for the right shingle style and color you’ll need.

Make Temporary Fixes

If you have a little experience with repairs, try to make some temporary fixes to minimize your damage. Personal items inside your home could be damaged by water if your roof is leaking directly above a living area. Put a garbage can or bucket under any leaking water and move any valuable items away from the area so they won’t get damaged more. You may need to use a tarp to cover badly damaged areas to get them waterproofed immediately. If they’re smaller repairs that are needed you can get them shingled right away.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Call your insurance representative and check your insurance policy if it looks like there’s enough damage for a claim. If there isn’t, it may make more sense money wise to hire a roofer yourself and get any needed repairs done. If you’re involved in a large, natural disaster where big swaths of residential properties are hit by severe weather or a big storm, you may want to contact your insurance company ASAP so you can get on a good contractor’s schedule immediately. Good, reputable roofing companies will have their calendars filled up quickly after a severe storm in their area, due to demand.

Hire A Reliable Roofing Contractor

If you need to hire a roofing contractor, be sure it’s a reliable, professional roofing company. Be careful not to hire any fly-by-nighters that flood these areas after a storm and rip off vulnerable, uneducated property owners. Avoid these type of contractors at all costs. These traveling contractors that chase storms around will give you poor quality workmanship and be gone as fast as they arrived, leaving you with bigger issues than you had from just the storm.

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 Inspections

Roof Inspections Are Important

Roof Inspections Are Important

Regular Inspections Will Save Your Roof

Your business or personal belongings depend on the proper maintenance and repair of your roof. Keep in mind that a little prevention now can prevent catastrophic roof failure in the future.  This will save you a lot of inconvenience and expense in the process.

You should bring in a professional roof repair contractor if you have concerns after an inspection. The roofing contractor can also help you determine the remaining estimated lifespan of your roof, the roof’s general existing condition and help you develop a maintenance plan moving forward.

Roof Inspections – Things to Keep in Mind

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When Hiring A Roofing Contractor

  • Choose established, properly bonded roof repair contractors.
  • Get more than one estimate for the services you need.
  • Get references that include other properties in your area and follow up on them.
  • Make them show you their certificate of insurance and ensure they have current worker’s comp insurance.
  • Always check with the Better Business Bureau for any complaints that are open.
  • Make sure the estimate is very specific on the scope of work, including disposing of any debris created and cleaning up the grounds after the job is complete.
  • If you’re getting a new roof installed, make sure the deck has no deteriorated materials or any areas that are water soaked. Make sure any damaged material replacement is included in the contract.
  • Get a warranty in writing and verify the information. Confirm everything that is and isn’t covered in the scope of work and warranties. For future inspections and repairs, keep all records of work performed and warranties.
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Other Things To Remember

  • An inspection should provide a plan for repair any issues that might show problems.
  • After a severe storm with strong wind, have your roof inspected for damage, because these type of storms in succession can weaken your roof. Even if the roof appears to have survived a storm intact, there could have been damage or it could have been weakened enough to fail during the next one.
  • They should go back to previous areas where repairs have been made in the past to ensure they have held.
  • They should make sure to remove any accumulated debris or objects on the roof. Leaves, small branches and other organic material can hold moisture, which can cause deterioration of the roof materials. If you live in a dry area, keeping debris off your roof will place your property in less risk for fire.
  • Keep trees around your property trimmed back so branches don’t scrape the roof and drop debris on it. Debris on your roof can clog gutters and drains that would force water flow away from your roof.
  • Check your gutters, downspouts and drains for twigs, grass, leaves and other objects or debris that will prohibit proper drainage.
  • If you’re in an area prone to sever wind, make sure your gutters and downspouts include straps to hold them in place.
  • Inspect the seals around vents and other roof apparatus to make sure they’re sealed properly. Use flashing cement to seal any gaps that might be visible. You may need to replace the flashing if its been badly damaged or deteriorated, or if you can move your vents back and forth.
  • If you have a storm with large hail stones, contact your insurance company about having the roof inspected, even if you can’t see any easily visible damage.

The Best Way to Avoid Major Roof Issues

You should bring in a professional commercial roof repair contractor if you think that there could be some concerns after an inspection. The commercial roofing contractor can also help you determine the remaining estimated lifespan of your roof, the roof’s general existing condition and help you develop a maintenance plan moving forward.

Regular inspections and maintenance is the best way to avoid major roof issues and help your roof sustain extreme weather conditions. Regular maintenance will also prolong your roof’s lifespan.  This may allow you to repair your roof instead of replacing it when issues pop up, saving you a lot of money. How often you should have your roof inspected depends on several factors like age, recent weather events, foot traffic on your roof, and any type of conditions that may have been uncovered in past inspections. Your roof should be inspected twice per year, in the spring and fall, to ensure that it’s not being forgotten.

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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  • Water Stains

What to do about Water Stains

What to do about Water Stains

Inspect For Moisture Regularly

A lot of homeowners take their ceilings for granted and don’t check them often, but we recommend you inspect them regularly for signs of moisture seeping through. Even if you see something that looks minor, you need to get on it and check it out. This article will discuss tips for taking care of water stains quickly and effectively.

Locate the Source

When you spot moisture, the first thing you need to do is find out the source of where its coming from. Most of the time, the area directly above the stain is the best place to start. If you can’t see anything on your roof that looks like a problem, you could have a pipe thats leaking. There could also be moisture running along some pipes or trusses that will come from a source somewhere else and drop onto your ceiling.

Are they water stains?  There are other causes for stained ceilings including:

  • Bad or old caulking.
  • AC ductwork thats faulty.
  • Water pans or piping that needs to be repaired.
  • Bad insulation, which could cause pipes to leak.
  • Older pipes that might need to be replaced or repaired.
  • Cracks in  stucco walls if you have them.
  • Faulty flashing around chimneys and pipes.

What To Do If You Find Water Stains

1

Check Your Roof

If the leak is coming from your roof, it could be that there are other sources of moisture other than obvious leaks. If you need a professional, experienced roofing company to inspect your roof for leaks and determine where any moisture spots may be coming from, give us a call at (623) 465-1068.

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Don’t Skip Any Steps

You don’t want to repair any moisture stains, no matter how bad they look, until you know the source and have it repaired. If you fix it first then find the source, chances are you’re going to be repairing another moisture stain. If there’s permanent damage, you might have to take out part of your ceiling or wall to fix the issue. So the stain doesn’t seep through, when you’re dealing with a cosmetic stain, you should use a stain covering primer before painting over the spot. Depending on how much damage there is and the stain itself, you may need to contact a professional to help fix the issue.

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Call on a Professional for Help

Make sure you don’t let moisture stains and their source go unchecked. Always take care of the issue as soon as possible, or what could be a minor cosmetic and roof repair could turn into something major and much more expensive. Here at Mikku and Sons Roofing, we can put you in touch with financing options, if the need for it arises.

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 to Avoid Roofing Scams

How to Avoid Roofing Scams

Storm Chasers

Roofing scams happen far too frequently, especially after severe storms.  When there’s a lot of damage property owners become impatient with professional roofing contractors get backed up. The most vulnerable are the elderly and handicapped who might not be able to easily assess the damage themselves. Because of this, its important to make sure to get background checks on any roofing contractor you’re dealing with.  Make sure they are legitimate licensed and insured contractors.  It is also important to check out the quality of their past work.

Roofing scams are usually initiated by a someone going door to door offering repair jobs for an unusually low quote. They may say their crew has leftover supplies from another “project” they just completed in the neighborhood, which will let them pass the savings on to the next lucky customer. This “contractor” will usually ask for a cash deposit in advance. They won’t leave bonafide contact information, credible references, and won’t even attempt to produce a business license. The work they do will be poorly completed or left unfinished.  The “roofing contractor” and his crew will leave before the property owner figures out what has happened.  This leaves the property owner with little or absolutely nothing to go on.

How to Avoid Being Taken

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Look for Warning Signs

  • Are you being pressured to hire the contractor because of a low, low price that has a limited time attached to it? Especially if there’s been a lot of damage in your neighborhood, you should be very careful of someone pushing a very low, bargain quote.
  • Are you being asked to pay a large percentage or maybe all of the job up front?
  • Are the roofers based locally? Storm chasers (or, as they’re sometimes called, Travelers) will follow the damage from the latest storms, looking to make some quick cash through unsuspecting homeowners through the opportunity brought by monsoon storm damage.
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Tips for Avoiding Scammers

  • Never, ever agree to pay money up front before they complete the job. This should be a strong clue immediately as legitimate, licensed contractors won’t usually ask for cash up front.
  • Be sure to get references and check to make sure they have a current contractor’s license and that their insurance is up to date.
  • Call the Better Business Bureau for your city (or the city where the company is located) to see if they’ve had any complaints filed against them.
  • Get a written estimate and contract with all the details of the work to be completed in addition to the agreed upon price.
  • Get a phone number and a legitimate business address for the roofing ’company’ they say they represent. Call and/or drive by to visit the company address to confirm that they actually do exist and that the person you have talked to is actually employed there.

Beware of Pushy Contractors

Finally, remember that a scammer will usually want the work to be done immediately since they don’t want to give you any extra time to figure out who and what they are. If the representative insists on starting the project as soon as possible, be sure that you have checked the company out completely before handing over any of your hard-earned 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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Information on Roof Warranties

Roof Installation Contractors

So, you’ve invested in a new roof  and now you get to sit back and enjoy the next 20 years with no roofing worries.  Or do you?  The best answer is that it depends on what you just purchased.

Most property owners tend to focus on the length of the warranty and don’t fully understand what is and what is not covered, leaving you open to some surprises later. Understanding your typical roof warranty can help you get the most out of your coverage.

It probably isn’t a surprise to learn that roofing warranties are usually more geared toward protecting the manufacturer than the property owner. Roofing manufacturers spend big money to compose lots of fine print that tries to limit their own liability if something goes wrong with their roofing products. That’s why it’s so critical that you understand the following before signing off on your project and warranty purchase:

    •    What kind of roof warranty am I getting?
    •    What is the actual term of the warranty?
    •    What can void my warranty?
    •    What are my responsibilities for maintaining my warranty?
    •    What doesn’t a typical roof warranty cover?

If you haven’t purchased your new roof yet, ask for a sample of the roof warranty template and read through it and ask for clarifications from your roofing contractor.

Roof Installation Companies

If you have purchased already, here are some of the most common questions to look for:

Differences between a contractor roof warranty and a manufacturer roof warranty?
This one is pretty simple. One comes from the roofing company that installed the roof and one comes from the manufacturer of the roofing materials.

Manufacturer warranties differ – some cover only the material while others cover the whole system. Most manufacturer warranties also require the contractor to perform warranted repairs for the first few years after they install the roof.

Contractor roof warranties usually don’t cover materials and only cover the actual workmanship.

Material-Only Warranty vs. Labor-Only Warranty vs. System (Labor and Material) Warranty

Material Only Warranties typically has a lower cost than a full system warranty but will only cover manufacturing defects and premature deterioration for the term of the warranty. Material only warranties cover the roof membrane and not other accessories such as flashings, adhesives, metal edge, etc
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It only covers the cost of materials to repair or offers a credit toward buying a new membrane. These warranties don’t cover or include any labor or coverage for installation issues. They also don’t provide coverage for fixing leak repairs.

Labor Only Warranties cover only the labor required to fix a roof defect and doesn’t cover cost of materials. They are usually offered by the roof installation contractor. This type of warranty isn’t a roof workmanship warranty and probably won’t cover repairs for installation errors.

Full System Warranties usually cover not only the material, but also manufacturer approved flashings, accessories and metal work used in the original installation. They typically cover full cost, labor included, for any roof leak repairs within the warranty terms and conditions. Again, this type of warranty might not cover installation errors.

Labor Warranty vs. Roof Workmanship Warranty

These two types of warranties can be confused so let’s talk about the differences.
Labor warranties cover the costs associated with repairing a defective roof within the terms of the roof system coverage. Most full system warranties include labor. However, they don’t cover the cost of repairs associated with installation failures. That’s why the most critical step of your roof system is a good, solid, professional installation.

There isn’t much that can protect you against installation issues besides a roof workmanship warranty from the roof installer. Also remember that a warranty is only as good as the roofing company backing it. Make sure you have a professional, long-standing roofing contractor install your roof.

A roof workmanship warranty covers you against costs related to actual installation problems and errors which a labor-only warranty might not cover. However, some system warranties do cover workmanship. If your warranty doesn’t include workmanship coverage you might be able to get it directly from the installer.
 
Most roof warranties won’t protect you from a bad installation!
A roof warranty is only as good as the company backing it. Looking for a professional, experienced roofing contractor to install your roof? Contact Mikku and Sons Roofing today, at 623-465-1068.
 
What does a regular roof warranty cover?
Again, this depends on the actual type of warranty you have. You could be surprised by what you are or are not covered for. That’s why it’s so critical to know what the roof warranty will cover before you invest in a new roof system. Always read the fine print and exceptions. 

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Below are some things that are normally covered or that might require extra fees. Be aware that certain warranty coverage extras such as puncture coverage or high wind coverage require certain roof materials or installation methods which may impact the cost of the roof installation itself.

Roof Leak Repair
Most full system roof warranties cover labor and material costs for roof leak repairs as long as the cause of the leak fall under certain requirements or guidelines. For example, a typical roof warranty doesn’t cover the cost of leak repair if it was caused by fire, lightning, high winds, hail, earthquakes, negligent acts, misuse, vandalism or loss of integrity of the structure.

High Winds
Damage caused by high winds can fall outside of the typical roof warranty coverage. Check with your roofing contractor to find out what winds speeds you are covered for. If your property is in a high wind or hurricane area you might want to check into a wind gust upgrade. But know that this upgrade will probably increase the cost of your warranty and may need enhancements to the roof system like increased fastening patterns.  Those enhancements will also increase the total cost of your new roof system.

Hail Damage Coverage
Another warranty add-on is coverage for hail damage. If your property is located in a hail-prone area you might want to think about a roof design that allows for this add-on to protect you from the expense of repairing a hail damaged roof.  However, this may also  require enhancements that will increase the total cost of your new roof.

Roof Puncture Coverage
If your roof system has a lot of foot traffic you may want to consider adding accidental puncture coverage. There will be an extra charge for puncture coverage and you also might need to have a specific roof membrane thickness for your roof to qualify for this upgrade.

What doesn’t a typical roof warranty cover?
Almost as important as what is covered by your warranty is knowing what isn’t covered. 

Here are a few of the most common exclusions you’ll find in typical roof warranty clauses:

Ponding or Standing Water
There are differing opinions on what the definition of ponding water is but what counts is what your roofing manufacturer deems “ponding water.” Most manufacturers define this as water that remains pooled on the roof for a specific amount of time after rain has stopped falling. Warranties that exclude ponding water also exclude any problems caused by it, like roof leaks or damage to the area in question.

Consequential Damages
Most roof warranties don’t cover any consequential or interior issues caused by roof leaks or defects. This would include carpets, walls, ceilings, equipment and merchandise, etc.

Acts of God
Acts of God are things like high winds (sometimes additional wind coverage can be added), hail (same with hail, additional coverage can be added), tornadoes, floods, fires, etc. These are usually not covered.

Existing Moisture
If your roofing contractor is planning to install a new roof over an existing roof system the manufacturer could require an infrared scan before and after the roof installation to make sure there isn’t any moisture trapped in the existing system. Existing moisture that affects a new roof system is not typically going to be covered.

Improper Roof Repairs
Contractors that use improper repair materials or bad repair methods could void the manufacturer’s warranty.  The manufacturer also will not cover the expenses to have those poor repairs corrected by an authorized applicator.  Itt’s also worth mentioning that there could be more costs for you to have the manufacturer come out and inspect the recently repaired area in order to reinstate the warranty.

Unauthorized Alterations or Repairs
If you’re planning to install a new rooftop unit, addition or alteration to a warranted roof system be certain to contact the manufacturer before moving forward.  FAs an example, if you have an HVAC company install a new AC unit of some kind on your warranted roof but don’t have a manufacturer authorized roofer install flashing around the unit in you may be risking voidance of your warranty.

Replacement
Unfortunately,  you won’t find a roof warranty that covers the replacement of your roof system. You may even get the material expense covered but not the labor to install your new roof.

Emergency Roof Repair Services

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As emergency roof repair specialists, we don’t recommend that homeowners try to tarp or repair a roof on their own. It is work best handled by an expert emergency roof repair company that has a lot of experience with it. However, there are times when professional cannot be found immediately and a property owner may need to take drastic action to preserve their property.

Tarping a roof is a project to be completed only when a professional roofing contractor is not available, and the situation needs immediate attention to prevent further damage.

That being said, we’ll shed a little light on the subject of roof tarping for you.

This type of emergency roof repair is a temporary fix for a major roof leak and should only be attempted in a safe environment with the right array of safety equipment being used. Make sure you have at least one additional person to help in the repair. Final repairs are best left to a roofing professional that has the equipment and expertise to do it safely and permanently. 
                                                                         
If you feel you must tarp your roof, for whatever reason…here are some helpful tips.

Wet rooftops are dangerous, especially when wet and tarps can be slippery even when they are dry. Extreme caution is advised at all times. Be careful.

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Roof Tarping Basics  
• Don’t stand on any roof that has a steep pitch.
• Don’t stand on any tarp – particularly if the tarp is wet, as it will be very slippery.
• Never try to go up onto a roof in the middle of a storm.

Identify the Roof Leak’s Origin
Finding the exact spot that is causing the leak might be hard if an obvious damage spot is not clearly seen. Storm damage can range from large, highly visible damage or tears to almost undetectable penetrations. Even small types of damage can hurt the surface of your roof and lead to bigger problems over time. Leaks look like they start in one area, but water usually moves in ways that you don’t expect.

Start by checking the underside of the roof for water stains. Go up into the attic, if you have one, and see if you can spot where the water is coming from that is leaking into your property.

Roof Tarping Instructions
    •    Find the problem area in question on the roof.
    •    Measure the area that needs to be covered. Measure about 1 foot over the ridge to about 2 feet below the leak for the tarp length. Then measure the width of the leak area and add an additional 6 feet for the tarp width.
    •    Cut your roof tarp material to match the size you need.
    •    Center the roof tarping material from over peak to below the leak and open it up.
    •    Roll 2 to 3 inch rolls of plastic, creating a nail line, place the tarp flat onto the roof surface, pound your first nail in the plastic nail line. To keep wind from destroying your work,  you should pull the tarp tight and set nails about 2 to 3 ft. apart all the way around the material, stretching the tarp tight along eaves, parameter, and over the ridge.
    •    Step safely down the ladder and check your work on the inside to make sure it’s set.

Make sure to install your material over the ridge.  If the material is installed just shy of the ridge, it allows water to run freely right under the plastic and, again, inside your house.

What to Look For After the Storm
    •    Torn or missing shingles
    •    Dented metal roof vents and flashing
    •    Missing metal roof panels
    •    Broken or out of place tiles
    •    Roof indentations or penetrations
    •    Water spots and signs of water underneath the roof deck into the attic.
    •    Standing water on a flat roof
 
If you have to do a roof tarp installation yourself, be careful. Your first step, before trying to tarp yourself, is calling a professional, licensed, emergency roof repair contractor like Mikku and Sons Roofing. Feel free to call us at (623) 465-1068 if you have any questions regarding any emergency roof repair services.

Tips For Tile Roof Maintenance

Tile Roof Repair

Its great to own your own home, but when you own a property you have to perform the dreade word – maintenance.  But, home or property maintenance doesn’t have to be a burdensome task if you set some time aside every year to prevent future problems. This means you'll need to give equal importance to both the interior of your property and the exterior. Take your roof as an example. Roofs get more abuse from weather and the elements than any other part of your property. Preventative maintenance is a major factor to your roof providing the longest service life possible.

Whether it’s a commercial or residential roof, all roofing systems need some scheduled maintenance during the year. Concrete or clay tile roofs, under normal situations, don't require much upkeep. Twice-yearly inspections should take place to findand fix issues as they occur.  The best time to perform these inspections would be in the spring, before the monsoon storm season begins, and in the fall, after its over.

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When having your roof and the immediate areas inspected, be sure to:

  • Check any downspout exits to make sure they haven’t been crushed or crumpled, which could restrict proper drainage.
  • Inspect and clear any and all debris from your rooftop gutters and header boxes.
  • Remove leaves and debris from trees or vegetation from the rooftop. Don'tt try to remove the debris with a hose because that could cause any downspouts you have to become clogged.
  • Take note if any areas of the roof appears unusually sunken or if water is ponding anywhere.
  • Clean before visually inspecting the roof for signs of weathering.
  • Check your landscaping surrounding the property for tall trees that have dead or briken branches. Trim trees and bushes away from your property to minimize the chance of vegetation falling and gathering on your roof.
  • Inside, check interior walls and ceilings for water damage.

A good tip to having the best kept tile roof in the neighborhood is to have it cleaned and inspected by a licensed and insured tile roof repair contractor while these semi-annual dates are being scheduled. In monsoon seasons, its especially important to check your roof visually after each storm, in case tiles have been misplaced by high winds or flying broken branches.

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A lot of roof damage happens before anyone at ground level notices it. Finding ponding, gaps around penetrations, loose flashings or other roof damage should be promptly reported to a professional, properly licensed, roofing company.  If your property has any leaks, it’s critical to get a comprehensive leak inspection completed as quickly as possible. A visible interior leak could mean there’s an outside entryway for water to enter your roof structure, which could cause significant and more expensive damage. 

Here are a few tips for hiring a professional roofing contractor:

  • Make sure the roofing contractor is licensed and insured.
  • Request that the prospective contractor provide copies of their manufacturer certifications and warranties for their proposed system.
  • Ensure you have the necessary building permits.
  • Keep a file of all records and inspection reports that are related to your roof.
  • Establish a rooftop control policy. Advise equipment service personnel to be careful and observe safety precautions when handling tools and heavy equipment on the roof. Keep a log of all such trips to the roof.

If you see a potential roofing issue on your property, don’t try to fix it yourself. Call a professional roofing contractor, like Mikku and Sons Roofing at (623) 465-1068. Many repairs are quick and inexpensive if caught early, but putting them off could cost you a lot more money in the long run. Your roof is a big investment, make sure it’s leak-free all year long.

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