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Tips For Shingle Roof Maintenance

Tips For Shingle Roof Maintenance

Maintaining Your Asphalt Shingle Roof

A roofing system is a big investment for property owners, and represents a big portion of construction costs.

It’s a roofing contractor’s job to help the owner protect their investment. They should provide professional, careful maintenance on the roof on a regularly. This will make sure its properly protected.

Here are some tips that will help your roofing contractor ensure they won’t miss any essentials during services. If you’re a homeowner, these tips will guide you on what to expect when you hire a professional roofing company to perform routine shingle roof maintenance.

Three Tips for Regular Shingle Roof Maintenance

A roofer should perform 4 basic services twice per year to help a homeowner properly maintain their asphalt shingled roof. Also, you’ll want to do this after major storms. Here’s your roofing maintenance checklist:

Routine Maintenance

A critical part of roof maintenance is routine cleaning and clearing of the roof and its related systems. Pay attention not only to shingles and flashing but other key elements, like eaves, troughs, down spouts, installations (such as skylights, vents, chimneys, solar panels), and ventilation.

Here’s what we recommend:

Property owners should regularly clear debris from the roof, including leaves, branches, and other items that might clutter the surface. Your roofing contractor might use a leaf blower, being sure to blow the air down the roof.  This will ensure that debris won’t be blowing up and underneath the shingles. To lower the debris that accumulates, clear away vegetation and branches that hang over the roof. Hire a professional tree service to cut away difficult or hard to reach areas.

Dig out leaves and organic material from all gutters. This will ensure water drains without obstruction through to the downspouts. Homeowners could install eave protectors, metal meshed grates that prevent buildup of debris and make cleanup easier.

Be sure the downspouts are clear and unobstructed so water drains properly from the roof and away from the foundation. A homeowner should take notes of any leaks or drips that occur during or right after a rain storm. Report any issues to the contractor during inspection time.

Get Your Roof Inspected

Once cleared of debris, your roofing contractor should inspect it for any red flags that could indicate potential trouble.

They should complete this inspection twice a year – recommended in the spring and fall. This will allow them to make note of anything suspicious, as well as complete small fixes or minor repairs before they become bigger issues. Also, they’ll see if there’s any evidence the ventilation system is malfunctioning or might need maintenance or cleaning.

Perform Any Needed Repairs

An experienced roofer should immediately complete any asphalt shingle roof repairs to maintain the integrity of the roof’s materials and related systems, such as drainage and ventilation. Little fixes performed properly will prevent bigger issues, or more costly repairs, over time. They could:

Replace or repair missing, broken or buckled shingles: A roofing contractor could use roofing cement or nails to repair shingles that have become cracked or loose. They could also replace any shingles that have broken free or blown away.

Replace or install valley flashing: They may also consider replacing the existing valley flashing if its become corroded, cracked or is no longer secure – which would threaten its waterproofing abilities.

Replace other flashing: Your roofer could use roofing cement and nails to replace metal flashing around chimneys, roof vents or other installations if the flashing has become loose or rotten. If they’re installing the flashing against a brick structure, it’s advisable to use copper or galvanized steel, because the lime in brick mortar could corrode aluminum materials.

Repair gutters or downspouts: Your roofing company might use gutter caulking, a gutter patching kit or roofing cement and patches to fix leaky or corroded sections of the eavestroughs or downspouts. If they are sagging, they should use a level to determine the proper pitch, then rehang them so they drain properly.

A Secure Roof Equals a Secure Home

Whether you’re a homeowner looking to maintain the life of your roofing system, or a roofing professional educating your customer on the benefits of regular inspection, maintenance and repair, sticking to a consistent, regular schedule is well worth the investment.

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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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.

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.

Your Roof’s Five Biggest Enemies

Emergency Roof Repair

Hiring the right roofing company can make a world of difference for your home or business. Knowing the main reasons you're going to need to hire a professional roofing company can help you hire the right one for the job. Here are the five biggest enemies to the health and condition of your roof:

1 – Trees and Their Branches

Trees are beautiful and must-have additions to your homes landscaping for their aesthetics and shading possibilities. They will give your home fantastic curb appeal and possibly help you lower your cooling bills, but, they can also be  a major problem for your roof if they're in the wrong location. If they're too close to your home, a branch being knocked down or even being scraped across your roofing material in a storm can inflict serious, expensive damage. In severe storms, the entire tree could fall on top of your roof. 

They also drop a lot of organic material, like leaves, pods and small branches, that can cause problems by clogging gutters and causing standing water after rains. If you don't clear the material on a regular basis, the materials can decompose and break down the roofing materials, leading to leaks.

2 – Roof Leaks

A leak itself is, of course, one of, if not the biggest problem. There's a lot of reasons leaks can happen – poor installation, water standing in areas, busted tiles and cracked shingles, failing underlayment, flashing problems and more. There's no limit to the areas of your roof that these issues can occur. 

Water can flow from one location to another, making it difficult at times to determine exactly where a roof leak is originating. The best thing you can do is hire a professional roofing contractor Like Mikku and Sons Roofing and Repair to discover the source. They can find the leak's source and make the necessary repairs to stop it and prevent it from happening again.

3 – Poor Ventilation

Air needs to flow through your roof freely to prevent heat, pressure and humidity from building up, causing stress to the materials. You should never completely block the air flow into your home through your roof.  During installation, sofits, vents and other means need to be installed in the proper locations to ensure that your roof will always have proper air flow through your attic. 

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4 – Pooling or Standing Water

During installation, a certain pitch or slope needs to be used to make sure water flows off and away from your roof to avoid any pooling or standing water issues. Standing water, whether caused by poor installation or some sort of obstruction, like tree debris, can be a major issue for your roof. Water is heavy. If there's a lot of it pooling on your roof, it can put a lot of stress on the support structure, along with, if its not removed, helping to decompose the construction materials and making its way into existing cracks, creating leaks. 

5 – Poor Initial Installation

When your home is built, or your roof is replaced, it needs to get off to its best start by being installed correctly. If not, you'll soon see loose shingles, broken tiles, decaying underlayment and other items that will start causing leaks. Choosing the right roofing company to complete your installation is one of the most important decisions you'll make for the construction and durability of your home or business.

Make sure you do your homework before hiring someone. Check the company's reputation online and check their standing with the Better Business Bureau and Registrar of Contractors. you'll have the peace of mind knowing that a quality, professional contractor has installed your roof.

 

Do I Need a Phoenix Roofer?

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Phoenix Roof Repair

Do-it-yourself projects are currently very popular, but, you should know when it’s time to stop being a weekend warrior and call in a professional for any of your Phoenix roof repair needs. Learn when it’s time to bring in the experts for the benefit of your home and your finances. A professional roofing companyy will help your roof look and perform at its very best, but they can’t make that happen unless you let them know when you need help.

Phoenix Roof Leak Repair

Make sure to Inspect regularly. You’ll want to visually inspect your roof several times a year, but a professional can climb on your roof and do a much more thorough job. If you  see any streaking, stains, buckling, curling or missing tiles or shingles, make sure to let your roofing contractor know as early as possible. Even if you don’t go up on your roof, you probably have problems with the materials if you ever see water stains in your attic, ceilings or walls on the interior of your home.

Phoenix Roofing Repair

Regular Maintenance is essential. Routine maintenance is an extremely important part of properly maintaining your roof. It will prevent avoidable problems down the road. No matter how simple the maintenance task might seem, you should leave the job to a professional who has the training, knowledge and experience necessary to do the job adequately. Your roof is your home’s strongest and most important line of protection. It only makes sense to do everything possible to protect it.

Getting Ready for a Move? If you're planning on putting your home on the market in the near future, you can definitely increase its market value and curb appeal by tearing off your current worn out roof and replacing it with a new one. By investing in the repairs upfront, you can sell your property for more than you probably thought. Even if you're planning on staying for some time, a new roof is a great way to improve your home’s exterior look for the better.

For all you roofing needs contact Mikku and Sons Roofing.

 

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