Recognizing Tile Roof Problems

Recognizing Tile Roof Problems

Does Your Roof Need Repair?

If you think your tile roof has potential issues and you want fix those problems before they becoming bigger and more expensive issues, you’ll need to know what to look for. However, how can a homeowner inspect their tile roof and recognize the telling points that may show your roof has problems? Read on and we’ll help you with telltale signs that your roof may need some attention.

We’ll be discussing:

  • Physically inspect a tile roof correctly
  • Signs to look for when inspecting your tile roof

Remember, do not walk on your tile roof! To be safe, and to keep yourself from breaking tiles, we recommend you don’t walk on your roof.  This is especially important when you have a fragile clay tile roof. A good suggestions would be to use binoculars to inspect your roof from a distance from your yard or up on a secured ladder. Move the ladder to different view angles around your property to get a clear view of the entire roof.

Know What To Look For

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Issue #1

Organic Debris
Between Tiles

Plant materials like mold and lichen or small branches and leaves can literally eat away at the underlayment.  This will leave your roof vulnerable and could void your roof’s warranty. If your tile roof is covered with lots of leaves, branches, and other organic debris, schedule a professional roofing contractor to preform maintenance as soon as you can.

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Issue #2

Deteriorated
Flashing

Flashing is the material around any pipes, vents, chimneys or other penetrations on your roof. Decayed or poorly installed flashing can lead to water penetrating under the tiles and potentially damaging your underlayment.

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Issue #3

Broken or
Missing Tiles

Missing or broken tiles will allow the tile roof underlayment (the roofs waterproofing feature) to decay. How does this happen? With a tile missing, the underlayment is now open and vulnerable to the weather and elements, like the hot sun, torrential monsoon rains and organic material from birds.

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Issue #4

Moisture Damaged
Fascia Boards

Fascia boards are long, straight boards that run along the lower edge of your tile roof. These boards may need repair or replacement since they’re susceptible to moisture and can rot or decay. You should look for cracks and discoloration in the fascia boards around the roof.

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Issue #5

A Sagging
Roof

If you think your tile roof is sagging, it may be that the roofing material that supports the roof has weakened.  Another reason could be that your roof has too much weight for the structure.  You may need to have a professional tile roof repair contractor bring in a structural engineer to analyze and recommend corrections to any structural problems your roof has.

The Underlying Issue

Deteriorating Underlayment

Everything we’ve pointed out so far is fairly easy to spot. However, deteriorating underlayment is harder to see because – as its name implies – it’s underneath the tile, which protects your roof from water penetrating through to the interior. Getting up on your roof and uncovering tiles to check your underlayment isn’t something you want to do yourself.

Here’s the most important thing to know – the underlayment on your tile roof needs to be replaced eventually. Usually between  12 and 20 years is about how long you can expect it to last in a climate like Phoenix.. If your roof is more than 12 years old and hasn’t been inspected in some time, you should contact an experienced tile roof repair company for a comprehensive roof inspection.

Does Your Underlayment Need Replacing?

The underlayment and flashings are critical on a tile roof because they are the primary water barrier to keep moisture from penetrating your roof. The tiles themselves are mostly for architectural curb appeal and helps to protect the underlayment. Since the tiles can last 50 years or more, your underlayment needs to be of similar quality. Usually, the tiles on the roof will outlast the underlayment and the flashings around your roof penetrations.

Whatever type of underlayment is deployed on your tile roof, the installation is as critical as the material used. It’s most important that proper sealing measures and flashing material is used at all penetrations for chimneys, skylights, pipes and roof vents. Valleys in your roof are also problem areas that need special attention.

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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.

Common Flat Roof Issues

Common Flat Roof Issues

Be Aware

While they do have their perks, flat roofs have design and installation factors that can play into damages and performance issues. In the long run, you may end up with a shorter roof lifespan than you expect – here are a few tips for issues you should consider.

Top 3 Common Flat Roof Issues

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Leaking

Among all issues a flat roof can experience, this is the most frequent by far. Usually caused by unnoticed ponding water after rainfall, only 48 hours are needed before leaks start becoming apparent. You should check for moisture buildup around seams and flashings around your roof. Clogged drains, chimneys, and skylights are also places where you’ll want to watch for moisture buildup. If any water gets under the membrane and into the sheathing of your roof, there’s a chance rot and mold will quickly start to grow.

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Shrinking and Deteriorating Materials

A common problem for EPDM membranes is shrinkage – when rubber shrinks, it can pull down other objects like parapet walls or chimneys! This is more likely to occur on a large building or on a building where the membrane was not properly secured and installed. Keep your eyes out for signs of discoloration along with signs of shrinkage to spot problems before they get out of hand.

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Damage Caused by Foot Traffic

The last major issue that commonly affects flat roofs and flat roof decking is caused by heavy foot traffic. Often done by HVAC contractors and other visitors who go on the roof, damage can be caused by dropping tools, tripping on fasteners, or otherwise puncturing the membrane and allowing moisture inside. After a company has been on the roof, be sure to inspect for any signs of punctures or other damages.

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.

Should I Get A New Flat Roof?

When the original material of your flat roof has grown old, the best route is to just replace it altogether. Depending on the material it’s made of, the local weather, and how consistently you run regular maintenance, this lifecycle often varies. Sometimes it’s also necessary to get a replacement before the material reaches the end of its lifespan, and this is often due to poor installation. If you are having to constantly make repairs on your flat roof, there’s a chance that it was installed improperly to begin with. While some issues can be rectified by an experienced roofer, there are some issues that will only be solved by a full replacement.

Get An Inspection

This is the most important first step when creating a maintenance and repair plan for your flat roof. Here at Mikku & Sons Roofing, we offer full roof inspections with our suggestions on how to handle any damages that may have occurred. For setting up a new flat roof or to run regular maintenance, we can be contacted through our contact form or called at (623) 465-1068.

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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.

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.

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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.

  • 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.

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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.

  • 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.

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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.

  • 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

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Information on Roof Warranties

Information on Roof Warranties

Should You Worry?

Understanding information on roof warranties is extremely important.  Does the purchase of a new roof mean you get to sit back and enjoy the next 20 years with no worries?  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 the information on roof warranties can help you get the most out of your coverage.

Common Questions To Ask Before Purchase

It probably isn’t a surprise to learn that information on roof warranties is 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 information on roof warranties before signing off on your project.  Here are some good questions to ask before making the purchase:

  • What kind of roof warranty am I getting?
  • What is the actual term of the warranty?
  • Can my warranty be voided, and what might cause this?
  • 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.

Common Questions To Ask After Purchase

What are the 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.

What is the difference between Material-Only Warranty, Labor-Only Warranty and 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.

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.

What is the difference between a Labor Warranty and a Roof Workmanship Warranty?

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.

Roof Workmanship Warranties cover 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.

Will my roof warranty protect me 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.

Things 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.

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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.

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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.

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Hail Damage

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.

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Roof Punctures

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 Typical Roof Warranties Don’t 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.

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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.

Emergency Roof Repair Service

Emergency Roof Repair Service

Call A Professional

When you need an emergency roof repair service, we don’t recommend that homeowners try to tarp or repair a roof on their own. It is work best handled by an expert 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. 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.

Helpful Tips When A Tarp Is Necessary

Rooftops are dangerous when wet, especially with tarps. Tarps can even be slippery when they are dry, so extreme caution is advised at all times. Be careful.

Roof Tarping Basics 

  • Don’t stand on any roof that has a steep pitch.
  • Don’t stand on any tarp, particularly if it is wet.  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.
  • nter 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
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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.

Tips For Tile Roof Maintenance

Tips For Tile Roof Maintenance

Schedule Annual Preventative Maintenance

Its great to own your own home, but when you own a property you have to perform the dreaded word, maintenance.  However, if you schedule time annually for preventative maintenance, it won’t to be such a burdensome task. 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.

When Having Your Roof Inspected

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 soon 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’s some important tile maintenance tips to consider when having your roof and the surrounding areas inspected.

  • 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.

When Hiring A Roofing Contractor

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.

  • 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.

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