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Keep Your Roof Ventilated

Keep Your Roof Ventilated

Proper Ventilation is Key

To help keep your roof healthy, proper ventilation is key. Proper ventilation extends the life of your materials, and keeps them cooler in the heat of the summer and warmer in the cool of the winter. It will also keep moisture from forming in your attic, which can harbor all kinds of nasty pathogens, putting you and your family’s health at risk. Also, not properly venting your roof can be an expensive problem to solve after the fact, so make sure you ask your roof installation contractor about how your roof and attic will be vented during the installation process.

Attics need fresh air to breathe and stay healthy just like we do so it is important to keep your roof ventilated. You’re going to have two types of vents, which are intake and outlet. Intake vents are installed lower than the outlets so that a sort of vacuum is created by moving fresh air in through the intake vents and circulates it out at the higher outlet vents. This creates a constant air flow that keeps fresh air circulating throughout your attic, allowing it to breathe keeping your materials healthy.

Keep Your Roof Ventilated Properly By Calling A Contractor

How to Figure the Right Ventilation

It is possible to have too much ventilation, so determining how keep your roof ventilated properly is important. You need the exact amount of ventilation in order for your roof to be as energy efficient as possible. It is important to figure out where the vents should be placed and what size vents you’re going to need. The best way to accomplish this and get it done properly, you will need to hire a professional, licensed roofing contractor to configure the correct vents and locations according to the design of your roof.

Checking For Ventilation Problems

Look for these signs that your attic may not be properly ventilated:

  • Moisture on the underside of the roof or rafters
  • Any kind of mold growth
  • A feeling of higher humidity in your attic
  • Rusted nails in the rafters and trusses
  • Water stained wood of any kind

If you see any of these issues or signs, you should call a professional, licensed roofing company as soon as possible to inspect your attic and roof to give you a solution to the problem. Your family’s health and the lifespan of your roof could depend on it.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

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

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

Request Your Free Estimate

Questions For Your Roofing Contractor

Questions For Your Roofing Contractor

Hire The Right Roofing Contractor

The roof on your home and business is a significant investment. You need to learn as much information as possible about any roofing contractors you hire to do installation or repair work on your roof. Although there are a lot of questions for your roofing contractor that you’ll need to ask about the project, this is a good list for every roofing company that interviews for your business.

First some common sense questions for your roofing contractor. You need to have their license number so you can do some research at the Registrar of Contractors website/office. They will have all complaints, if any, posted about the company that have been filed in the last 3 years. You can also find out if their license is in good standing, the amount of their bond, if their license has ever been suspended and when it expires. You can find the name of the owner and how long they’ve had this license. All key information that tells you you’re dealing with a real, reputable contractor.

Here Are Several Important Questions
To Ask Your Roofing Contractor

1

Ask About The Crew

Ask what type of experience and other information about the crew that will be working on your property. How many crew members will there be? How much experience do they have? Have they been working for the contractor for some time or are they new? Will the estimator be part of the crew and follow up with them after the sale is made and they begin the work?

2

Inquire About Their Insurance

Make sure you get a copy of their liability and workman’s comp insurance. They should be able to give you the name of their insurance agent, who can then send you a copy of their certificate of liability and insurance limits. Having properly insured workers on your property is of the utmost importance.

3

What Is Their Work Warranty

Make sure you find out what type of warranty you’re getting for the work they do. Get it in writing and ask to see a physical copy of the warranty. If they just give you something verbally tell them to keep on walking.

4

What Are The Materials Warranties

The materials they use should also have a warranty. Ask what type of warranty they have and, again, ask to see that warranty in writing.

5

Is There A Final Inspection

Will the estimator or owner be inspecting the project after its finished? Make sure a final inspection is included in your project and that you have the right to be present for the inspection.

6

How Long Will It Take

How long do they estimate the project will take and can you get some kind of hard estimate in writing? Make sure you have a solid start date and a good hard estimated completion date before they start their work.

7

When Will They Work

What are the hours and days the crew will be working on the property? What time do they begin their work each day and what time do they call it a day. Do they just work on weekdays or will they be including any weekend work in the project?

8

What If It Rains

Last, but not least, what happens when it rains? How do they cover the project and what type of delays should you expect if the weather doesn’t cooperate during the project. Especially if your work is being done during our volatile monsoon seasons, you’ll need to have some clarity on this so you know what to expect.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

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

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

Request Your Free Estimate

Should You Use Tile or Shingles for Your Roof?

Should You Use Tile or Shingles for Your Roof?

Arizona’s Extreme Temperature Changes

When you’re trying to decide which material is best for your new roof, there are several factors to consider. Here in Arizona we have extreme heat in the summer months and beautiful, cool days in the winter. If you can take the summer heat, Arizona is a great place to live the rest of the year. However, with the extreme temperature changes form season to season, you need to make some intelligent choices about the materials you use to build a home.

Choosing the right material, whether you’re building a new house or replacing the roof on your existing home, will be a major factor in how your home looks and how long your roof lasts over time.  If you live in a homeowners association, you may not have a choice. The two choices used the most here in Arizona are asphalt shingles and tile.

Some Information to Consider When
Deciding On Tile or Shingles for Your Roof

Asphalt Shingle Roofing Systems

To hold up against the elements, asphalt shingles are made of one of two materials.  They have either an organic or a fiberglass base and are coated with minerals and an asphalt saturation.

They come in a wide variety of colors and styles giving you options for the look you want. They’re very durable and make it easier for someone to be up on your roof without causing damage. They’re also considerably less expensive than tile.

There are a couple of drawbacks, however. First, they can discolor over time so that fresh, new look you have when they’re first installed may fade. Secondly, they make it a little more difficult to heat and cool your property, as the materials used on the top of your roof don’t breathe very well. If they’re properly maintained and inspected over time, they should last between 20 and 40 years, depending on the type of shingle used.

Concrete and Clay Tile Roofing Systems

The most widely used option for roofing in our state, due to the extremely dry climate, is concrete or clay tile. They’re more expensive than asphalt shingles, but they have a longer lifespan – as much as 50 years – they’re easier on your utility bills as they’re more energy efficient, they give a much more “southwest” regional look to your property and they’re more heat resistant and fireproof.

They do have a couple of downsides, however. Concrete and clay tiles are much heavier than asphalt shingles, requiring an entirely different type of support system for your roof, adding to the cost. Also, they can become somewhat fragile, which can make them more likely to break or crack, especially if someone has to go up on the roof for some reason. They also have more costly periodic maintenance requirements than shingles.

In Summary

As you can see, there are pros and cons to each type.  Tile roof homes are usually appraised at higher values than shingles, and they both have their maintenance costs. But, in the end they’re both quality products that will last a long time with proper maintenance and protect your home well from the extreme elements we have here in Arizona. What it really comes down to is your personal preference of how you want your home to look and your budget, but either way is a great choice.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

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

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

Request Your Free Estimate

What is the Lifespan of a New Roof?

What is the Lifespan of a New Roof?

Know What To Expect

Arizona’s extreme weather conditions can be harsh on your roof.  It is important to know what to expect regarding the lifespan of a new roof given these conditions. Many Arizona residents are hear for the warm winter weather, heading back to their summer homes once the temperatures rise.  Their roofs are left behind amidst the big swings in temperatures, sometimes high winds, and rain from monsoon storms.

Factors That Determine The Lifespan Of A New Roof

Why You Should Worry About The Weather

There isn’t a lot of rainfall, compared to other parts of the country, so you may think your roof here isn’t stressed as much as it might be somewhere else. Expanding and contracting materials tend to wear out quickly in fluctuating hot and cool temperatures. Monsoons then bring rain, high winds and blowing sand, which can damage a new roof in a hurry.

What Type Of Material Should You Use?

The type of material you use for your new roof depends on several factors including how you want your home to look and the budget you have to work with. A professional consultation with one of the professionals at Mikku and Sons Roofing and Repair can help in determining the right Phoenix roof installation for you. Here’s a list of the most common materials and how long they should last if you properly maintain them:

  • Asphalt Shingles  – 20 to 40 years
  • Tile – 20 to 30 years – the underlayment beneath the tiles will have to be replaced before the tiles themselves
  • Foam – 10 to 15 years
  • Built Up – 10 to 15 years

Something to keep in mind: it isn’t always the material on top that can cause problems. As mentioned above, with a tile roof, the underlayment that’s placed beneath the tiles for an extra layer of protection can dry out and will probably have to be replaced every 12 to 15 years. So, its important that you do inspections at certain intervals in the life of your roof and perform common maintenance tasks to insure you get the most possible years from your roof’s
materials.

Maintenance Of Your Roof

The best way to make sure your roof lasts is to get it inspected on a regular basis. If you have gutters, make sure you’re cleaning and clearing them out monthly to get rid of any debris and ensure proper water flow from them. Keep an eye out for loose shingles or tiles, especially after monsoon storms, that could cause water to get under the top material. If you have tall trees, make sure you keep the branches trimmed and away from the roof so that they don’t drop leaves and other organic material on it. Tree branches can also scrape the top of your roof during  strong winds and knock off shingles or tiles.

If you have a flat roof, check it after storms to make sure debris isn’t impeding the flow of water off of it and leaving standing pools that can erode the materials on top. Finally, inspect your roof yourself every 3 months and then have a professional roofing company inspect it annually to catch any problems you may have missed early. Your roof is one of the most vital and expensive components of your home. Follow these suggestions and it should last a good, long time.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

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

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

Request Your Free Estimate

Replace or Repair Your Roof?

Replace or Repair Your Roof?

Make An Intelligent Decision

Your roof is made up of big, heavy materials that work together in creating a barrier to the elements for your home. When you have a problem with it, it’s difficult to decide whether to replace or repair your roof with a new one. Here at Mikku and Sons Roofing, we’re experts in all things roofing. You need to make an intelligent decision. We can provide you with all the information you need to make that decision an informed and cost-effective one.

Things to Consider When Deciding to Replace or Repair Your Roof

Good Times to Repair

Eventually, every roof needs to be replaced. You need to know when the time is right because you don’t want to blow a lot of your hard-earned money on a big project that could be postponed. Consider these things:

If most of the roof is in good condition, it would make sense to fix the trouble spots and problem areas to save big bucks.  Obviously, spot repairs are way less costly than full-blown replacements.

In case of wind damage, get in contact with your homeowner’s insurance agent because they may cover repairs. If it’s minor work, like replacing shingles, it can be completed for relatively little cost.

Regular Maintenance is Important

It’s easier to repair an older roof when you’re keeping up with regular maintenance and inspections. By doing the necessary repairs through the years, you will save money in the long run. Check yearly for dark spots or stains on your ceilings that could indicate damage, or paint that might be peeling on the underside of any overhangs. Have a professional roofing company, like Mikku and Sons Roofing, to come out and thoroughly check your roof to make sure there isn’t any cracking in the caulk, any buckled shingles, any rusty areas on the flashing, or, if you have a tile roof, any brittle or deteriorating underlayment.

If your roof only has partial damage to one side, it would make sense to only partially re-roof – which would save you a lot of money. However, If you think your roof needs complete replacing, here are a couple things to consider:

  • The age and condition of the current shingles, tiles or underlayment.
  • The climate you reside in.
  • The exposure to future damage that exists.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

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

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

Request Your Free Estimate

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