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Roof Replacement Tips

Roof Replacement Tips

Do’s and Don’t’s

Is it time to replace the roof on your house or commercial building? If you are, there’s some do’s and don’t’s that you’ll want to remember. Having an intact roof that your property can rely on is critical, as it’s the first defense against severe storms.  The following roof replacement tips are essential when making this decision.

If you don’t know your the condition your roof is in, you can look for several different warning signs. Look to see if there are any signs of water damage or spots that are leaking. Are there any spots where it looks like its sagging? Can you detect any outside light shining through in the attic? Are there any dark spots or water trails that show?

If you come to the decision that its time to have your roof replaced,
here are the things you should not do and do during the process.

Don’t

Things to NOT Do

  • Don’t quickly hire the least expensive roofer. Be careful about picking someone that does work on the side or a contractor that hasn’t been around long. Remember, you usually get what you pay for – picking the lowest bid isn’t always getting yourself the best possible deal.
  • Don’t forget to check with your Homeowners Association, if you have one, and find out which styles, colors and materials that will work in your community.
  • You definitely don’t want to cut corners or take shortcuts. Keeping within your budget is important, but don’t compromise in quality just to save some money.
  • Don’t let other people watch or view the work while its being done. It could create a potentially dangerous situation where someone could get hurt.
  • Don’t add more weight if your property’s frame structure can’t support it. Its obvious if you’re going from asphalt shingles to tile, but different shingle types and styles also have different weights. If you’re upgrading to a more quality style or material of shingle, make sure your property’s structure will support the extra weight.
Do

Things To Do

  • Choose a roofing company that has a lot of experience in your area and is properly licensed and insured for your location.
  • Know your budget and use the best materials that it will allow. Don’t compromise on quality. Asphalt shingles can last as long as 20 to 25 years, but tile or metal roofing can last 2 or 3 times longer.
  • Maintain your roof on a regular basis. As soon as you notice a shingle or tile thats damaged, get it fixed right away, as it will, no doubt, turn into a bigger issue if you don’t.
  • Research the different kinds of roofing materials that you have to choose from and which ones work best for your property.
  • When you meet with roofing contractors, ask them a lot of questions and make sure you have all the information you need to make an thoroughly researched, intelligent, informed decision.
  • Get your roof inspected regularly – at least once every year. Just because your roof has been recently installed, it doesn’t mean you won’t have problems and you are now issue free.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

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

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

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How Long Will Your Roof Last?

How Long Will Your Roof Last?

Choose Your Materials Wisely

If you’re thinking about putting a new roof on your home, your choice of roofing materials has a direct relationship with how long you can expect your new roof to last. The longest-lasting  products, such as concrete, clay or slate tiles are extremely durable.  These tiles outperform other manufactured roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles and metal roofing, by a significant margin. These have a good lifespan, but aren’t quite as durable.

Other factors to take into account are regional weather conditions, the design of your home and the amount of routine maintenance the materials will need. In short, the quality of the roofing materials you invest in play a critical role in determining the life expectancy of your new roof.

How long do products last?

According to the National Association of Home Builders, most roofing products are designed to last at least several decades under normal weather conditions. Let’s take a closer look at how the longevity of different materials is rated.

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Asphalt Shingles

Usually, asphalt shingles last about 20 years; but, higher-quality asphalt shingles can be warrantied for up to 50 years. However, you can expect to pay more for a premium, long-life product.

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Architectural Asphalt

These are asphalt shingles that are thicker, which can create an appearance similar to slate, or clay tiles at a lower cost. Architectural asphalt shingles last about 30 years on average.

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Wood Shingles And Shakes

Wood roofing has an expected lifetime of  about 30 years, but it can last much longer under moderate weather conditions. Not really used much anymore in our extreme Summer heat.

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Metal

The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors projects metal roofing to last between 40 to 80 years. The Metal Roofing Alliance gives a life expectancy of at least 40 to 60 years.

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Slate, Concrete And Clay Tiles

Each of these products is rated for a life expectancy of 100 years or more by both the NAHB and NACHI. The underlayment beneath the tiles usually needs to be addressed every 15-20 years, however.

Important Information Regarding Materials

Your Roofing Investment

How long your roof lasts is directly related to the cost of the materials you choose.

Asphalt shingles are among the least expensive residential roofing products. But, difficulty of installation will greatly increase the cost per square foot. Architectural shingles, which are twice as thick (and heavy) as asphalt costs almost twice as much as regular asphalt shingles.

Metal roofing materials are a premium home product, and costs run about two to three times that of asphalt shingles. It’s comparable to tile or cedar shakes, but less expensive than slate. Expect to pay between $5.00 to as much as $15 per square foot.. Adding a breathable underlayment is recommended and can increase these figures also.

Simple roofing designs with tile or slate cost about $15-20 per square foot, but more complicated architectural designs and premium slate or tile roofing materials can cost as much as $40-50 per square foot.

Pros And Cons Of Materials

Asphalt shingles are the most extensively used roofing product in the United States the says the National Roofing Contractors Association. They are relatively inexpensive, and there is a wide choice of colors, patterns and styles to choose from.

Architectural asphalt shingles are a recently developed product. Its a material made from engineered polymer composites that look like cedar wood shakes or slate tiles. The good news is that they’re much less expensive than natural products; the bad news is that they don’t have a long history of performance benchmarks to analyze.

Metal roofing materials, including metal shingles, slates, tiles and vertical panels, weigh  up to 50% less than asphalt shingles and 75 percent lighter than tiles. The problems they have are the same as the other materials: leaks, punctures or tears and pooling water.

Wood shakes typically get warped from a lifetime of wetting and drying with the seasons. This can jeopardize the integrity of the roof. But, they’re still a popular choice in many parts of the country.  Pressure-treated shakes will hold up better, and that thick-cut cedar shakes generally last longer than thinner cedar shingles.

The main drawback with slate or tile roofing is their weight. 3/8-inch thick slate or tile can weigh as much as 1,500 pounds per square (a 10-foot by 10-foot area), and each additional 1/8-inch thickness increases the weight by 500 pounds per square.

Before choosing a type of new roof, consider how much you want to invest, what types of roofing products are used in your neighborhood, and how long you expect to be living in your property. It would also be a good idea to consult with an experienced, professional roofing contractor about which materials are the best fit for your property and area.

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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  • Shingle Roof Installation

10 Tips For a Shingle Roof Installation

10 Tips For a Shingle Roof Installation

Protect Your Property

There are many things to consider when making the decision to do a shingle roof installation on your home.  Your property in the interior of your home depends on having a quality roof overhead. Anytime the roof’s structure is in trouble, you need to take action right away to fix the issue. This article will discuss 10 steps you can take to ensure your shingle roofing system is up to par for your peace of mind.

Shingle Roof Installation Tips

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Should You Install Over Existing Shingles?

Like many home improvement projects, installing a new roof is expensive. One way you may think you can save money is with a “roof over” or by re-roofing- this entails placing the brand-new shingles immediately over the age-old ones. While it might seem advisable and allow you to save money in lower disposal and labor expenditures, the problems will probably outweigh the benefits. Roof overs may actually reduce the life of brand-new shingles due to heat buildup and issues with moisture. There is also possible problems with the underlying decking that are not seen and restored. Check your shingle warranty to avoid loss of coverage due to an ill-advised roof over.

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Figuring Your Roof Size

For a shingle roof installation, contractors will measure your roof and offer you an estimate based on the number of squares of shingles needed. A square is the material needed to cover 100 square feet, so a roof with 20 squares has 2,000 square feet of surface area that needs to be covered.

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Make Sure Its Ventilated

One element that contributes to the long life of your roof is the right amount of ventilation. Ascertaining your roof system has the necessity ventilation can modulate the attic temperatures in the summer and reduce moisture being developed in winter. Request your contractor supply you with the kind of venting that is included with the roofing project to make sure your roof lasts through its warranty period.

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The Wood Under the Shingles

Part of professional roof repair is not only removing all the old shingles, but making any needed repairs to the underlying wood substructure. Your contractor should address this and allow for these kinds of repairs if needed in your agreement. Placing brand-new shingles over faulty wood is never advisable and will  reduce the life of the brand-new roofing materials.

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Protective Cover Under the Shingles

Shingles should never be affixed directly to raw lumber on the roof. Protective coverings made of felt or other materials offer additional heat and water shields needed to fully protect your dwelling. This is especially important in areas with heavy rains or icy temperatures. Likewise ensure the contractor includes all the additional substances needed for a proper roof replacement like fasteners, flashing and drip boundaries are a part of the estimate.

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Make Sure It’s Inspected

A properly functioning roof system will protect your home and possessions for many years. Be sure you discuss what this assessment consists of and how your contractor will ensure that your brand-new roof is finished to your satisfaction. Some roofing contractors will provide independent inspections and certifications for your complete peace of mind.

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Don’t Forget About Wind Resistance

In evaluating the quality of the roofing materials and their installation, the warranty and performance relevant to wind is a major factor in evaluating which product to purchase. This is especially important in areas where monsoon storms, micro bursts or other severe weather patterns can cause severe wind damage. Wind speed warranties can be as low as 60 miles per hour and can cover up to 130 miles per hour. Properly installed, acquiring shingles with higher wind warranties can be the difference between a brand-new roof and complete protection should you experience severe weather.

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Thoroughly Research Your Contractor

Is your contractor licensed and bonded? Does your contractor have proper insurance? What warranties do they offer for materials and labor? Do they secure the proper permits and follow all local, regional codes and regulations? How reliable are they? What work have they performed previously in your geographic area?

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Your Warranty and Service After the Sale

One of the most important parts of any residence improvement project is the service you get after the project is complete. Does your contractor offer a standard warranty? What does that include for products, labor and parts? For what length of period does the warranty have? Is there an extended warranty available? What does that include and for how long? What does it cost? How do you request service calls? Is there a cost for service calls? Will the company be there over the next 10 years if you need them?

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It’s Not Always About Price

The natural inclination is to find the lowest cost. While cost should always be a factor, the most important part of the decision should be appreciable value and your return on investment. Will the contractor give you a fair estimate and one that handles the cost of quality products and professional installation? Does the estimate encompass all facets of your roof replacement including ventilation, protective coverings, fasteners, permits and inspections, flashing as well as removal and dumping of the old roofing substance and delivery of brand-new materials? Does the estimate encompass all labor, project management and coordination? Are there allowances for unforeseen expenditures such as repair or replacing the underlying wood structures? Peace of mind, quality substances and complete project specs are as important and will provide you with a roof that lasts a lifetime.

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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Choosing a Roof Installation Contractor

Choosing A Roof Installation Contractor

It’s A Big Investment

A new roof is a big investment that typically can cost thousands of dollars. The materials you use will be a small portion of your investment. Most of it will go toward the skilled labor involved. That means choosing an experienced roof installation contractor is the best route to protect your investment and ensure a proper job.

Sounds simple, right? Unfortunately, roofing is an business that requires little more than a pickup, a ladder and some basic tools start, so you have to be careful and diligent in choosing the right roofer for your project.

If you can get recommendations from a neighbor, friend or someone you are familiar with, its probably the best route to proceed. Gather the names of at the least two potential companies. Make sure each one has been in business for a minimum five years.  Roofing corporations who do bad work generally won’t be in business that long.

Things You Can Do To Make Sure You
Choose The Right Roof Installation Contractor

Check Availability

Check the availability of your roofer. There’s no reason to waste time if they’re booked up for months. Make sure to get calls and addresses of past customers, and eliminate any contractor that is hesitant to provide them.

Inspect Previous Work

Do a drive-by inspection of a few of their recent projects. If its a shingle roof, visually make sure that the spaces between individual shingle tabs, known as water gaps, line up laser-straight as they alternate shingle rows. Make sure the shingles are trimmed in a clean path along the valleys where they overlap the flashing. On the ends of the roof, shingles should also be neatly trimmed so they align with the leading edge of the roof. Ragged paths mean poor work. Likewise look for neat, tar-free flashing at the roof valleys and at the eaves.

Ask Past Customers Questions

If the roofs look like they stand up to scrutiny, call their past customers and ask them these questions:

  • Would you use this roofer again?
  • Did the roof have leakage after being fixed or installed? If it did, did the roofer respond right away, were they courteous and did they charge for any additional work they had to do to fix their own problems?
  • Did the project come in with the budget they quoted? If it didn’t, how much was it off by?
  • Were the additional charges justified and plainly required?
  • Did the roofer destroy any landscaping, and did they leave nails or debris on the property? Flat tires are one of the biggest complaints during and after roofing jobs. Good roofing contractors make sure to pick up any nails with big rolling magnets during and after the job.
  • Was there a designated foreman to address any concerns during both the tear-off and the installation of the new roof?( These separate tasks are sometimes completed by different crews). You want a person there for any questions or concerns you have throughout the project.

Look For A Professional Appearance

When a roofing company comes by to estimate your job and work up a price quote, notice their look. If they aren’t clean enough to sit at your dinner table, do you really want them working on your property? Make sure to detail the entire assortment of your expectations. Know who will be doing the work and who the main foreman will be. Always get everything in writing.

Proof of Insurance

If you like them, then it’s time to ask if they carry workman’s compensation coverage and at the least$ 1 million of liability insurance. Get the name and contact information of the roofer’s insurance agent and ask the agent for their proof-of-insurance certifications. After you’ve seen these documents, then its time to talk about an estimate, which they should be doing for free.

Warranty

Make sure you get a warranty that takes care of leaks, flashing loss or failure and any other labor-related issues. A one-year warranty is the minimum you should get, but two or three years is what you should really demand. These same specifications need to be in the contract, which should also include what type of quality materials they will be using. Make sure you ask for the highest-rated, longest-lasting shingles or tiles you can afford to pay for.

Manufacturers generally warrant their products for 20 to 30 years. Some can be voided if shingles are put on over existing ones, so tearing off the existing layer of shingles might be required, which would be an additional expense. Asphalt shingle roofs should last 13 to 15 years on average, so a 20 year warranty is what you would want. Tiles should last 30 to 40 years. Make sure to get the proper paperwork and proof of purchase required, in case you have to pursue any problems that arise in the future.

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

How Much is a Tile Roof Installation?

How Much is a Tile Roof Installation?

Tile Roofs are a Quality Choice

A tile roof adds a rich and elegant look to any residence, while giving it a durable, fire-safe protective layer that is also resistant to bugs and rot. It won’t grow mold, stain or lose any of its color as years go by. For these reasons, a tile roof installation is a great choice for your roof.

Tiles are generally made of concrete or ceramic clay, and come in a broad range of traditional and modern designs. Concrete tile is generally warranted for at least 50 years, while ceramic clay can be warranted for 75 years or more.

Average Costs for a Tile Roof Installation

  • Concrete tiles care about $4.50 – $9 a square foot for installing standard-grade, or $7,650 – $19,000 for a basic roof on a single level home with1,700 to 2,100 square feet of roof. It can be $7-$10 or more per square foot for upgraded concrete tiles, or $11,900 – $21,000 or more for 1,700-2,100 square feet.
  • Installing a ceramic clay tile roof starts about $7-$10 a square foot for lower-grade tiles in regular shapes and earth colors, or about $11,900 – $21,000 for a basic 1,700 to 2,100 square foot roof. Custom-glazed colors and custom shaped premium clay tiles can be $10-$30 or more per square foot, or $17,000-$63,000 or more for the same 1,700-2,100 square feet.
  • More difficult installs — a steep sloped roof, multiple stories, skylights and other custom features — can cost more. ImproveNet.com has an online roofing calculator that lets you input details about your roof size and features to get a rough estimated cost for materials and installation.
  • These prices are typically for installation only. Costs vary depending on what’s involved, but if you’re removing and disposing of existing asphalt shingles, you can expect around $3-$5 a square foot or $510 – $1,100 for a basic ranch-style property.  It can be more depending on the type of existing roofing materials, your location and how difficult the removal is.
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What to Include

  • The cost of putting a new roof on your home depends on the shape and size of your roof. A 1,500 square foot property might have a 2,100 square foot roof. So, make sure the roof square footage is measured and calculated properly.
  • Ceramic clay tile is made by firing individual pieces in a kiln.  This hardens the raw clay, sets the color glazes and minimizes how porous it is so it accepts less moisture. Concrete tiles can imitate the look of wood, slate or other roofing materials. Whether clay or concrete, roofing tiles can be rounded, like the classic half-barrel shape, or flat.
  • Tiles are not recommended for a roof that has less than an 18-degree slope. Because a tile roof lasts a long time, everything underneath the tile needs to also be high quality and long-lasting.
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Other Costs

  • Tile roofs are heavy, so If you’re switching to tile from a lighter-weight material, you’ll need to have the structure inspected by an engineer and have the roof supports possibly reinforced or replaced, which could add $1,000 -$10,000 or more to the cost.
  • If your home is not very close to the source of the tile, freight costs can add $600 – $1,000 or more to the total price.
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Do Your Homework

  • Get estimates from more than one contractor, and ask for references. If one estimate includes repairs or upgrades to your roof structure, check if the other quotes also include it. The National Roofing Contractors Association provides a detailed guide[ for buying a new roof.
  • Visit the Contractor’s License Reference site to see if the company is licensed in your state and if they have any complaints registered there. Also, check their rating with the Better Business Bureau.
  • A written contract should include a detailed outline of the work required and materials used, dates within which the project will be done, and a payment schedule. Be sure you understand exactly what is and isn’t included.

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.  It is 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

Roofing Contractor Tips Everyone Should Know

Roofing Contractor Tips Everyone Should Know

Is Your Roof Protecting You?

Like most other homeowners, you may not worry much about roofing. However, you need to know that your roof is there to protect you and your home as well. This article is not going to teach you all that there is to know about getting a roof repaired, but these roofing contractor tips are very important.

Here Are Some Roofing Contractor Tips

Safety First

If you can afford to, you should always hire a professional roofing contractor, but if you have to work on the roof yourself, make sure that the weather conditions are clear for your own safety. A wet roof can be slippery. Your roof will also need an ample amount of time to dry. A rain shower the following morning can end up setting you back. Hose off the shingles, so you can have a clean workplace without a mess of leaves or other debris.

You can also use the hose to find a leak in your roof. One of the best ways to find a source of a roof leak is to use water itself. It can be tricky to see where a leak is coming from in the middle of a storm, but a garden hose will allow you to test your roof until the leak has been found. Your best bet, however, is to always hire a professional roofing contractor to inspect and repair your roof.

Choose A Reliable Contractor

Do not choose the first roofing contractor you find in the phone book or online. By choosing the first roofing contractor you read about, you may end up spending more money than you need to. Call numerous roofing contractors and go with the most reliable one at the best price you can find. Its not easy to choose a roofing contractor, but asking for a list of references can be a huge help. Any roofing contractor which refuses to provide such a list is not one which you want to hire. Don’t just ask for the list, though, be sure to call a few people on it to double check their experiences.

Inspect The Whole Roof

When inspecting your roof for leaks, it is important that you inspect the whole roof, not just one section. If you find a troublesome area of your roof, you should still check all areas, as there could be more problems elsewhere. It will be cheaper for you to have all fixes done at the same time, when you hire your roofing contractor, rather than waiting.

Leave It To The Experts

If you have a general handyman that does work in and around your home, do not allow him to do anything to your roof. Fixing a roof requires a high level of experience and know-how. This is why you would be better off hiring a roofing contractor that specializes in this type of work.

What’s Your Roof’s Age?

The age of your roof is a good indication of whether it needs replacing or not. Most roofs have a lifespan of fifteen to twenty years before replacement is needed. If you have a roof that was put on top of another roof, if 20 years have gone by, you likely must replace it.

Inquire About Credentials

Take the roofing contractor’s credentials into consideration during the hiring process. Although credentials do not give you a guarantee that you will get quality work, they do show you how involved the person is with your local community. It also says a little something about their character as well, which is valuable information.

Contractor License & Insurance

Any roofing contractor you hire needs to have proper licensing and insurance. If they don’t have this available, then its best not even to consider hiring this particular roofing contractor. If your roofing contractor does not have insurance and causes a large amount of damage, then you will be the one to pay. As was mentioned in the beginning of this article, most homeowners don’t really know too much or concern themselves with roofing. However, it is an important topic since you will want to protect your family and the items that are contained in your home. Knowing this information will help to keep your family and valuables safe.

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

Determining If You Need a New Roof

Determining If You Need a New Roof

A New Roof Can Be An Expensive Investment

When it comes to determining if you need a new roof, there is a lot to think about and consider. Often homeowners are unsure if a new roof is necessary or if the existing roof just needs some minor repairs. The best way to know is to have a local roofing contractor come to the house for a free consultation.  They will evaluate the home’s roofing materials as well as the structural soundness. Replacing a roof with a new roof can be an expensive investment. A roofing contractor will advise you about the roofs condition and the best steps to take going forward.

Things Every Homeowner Should Know About Roofing

A New Roof Will Be Costly

When determining if you need a new roof, the most obvious factor is that a new roof will be expensive. When a new roof is needed it’s important to make sure everyone in the household knows what is going on. It will alter your life while the work is being done, which is typically about a week.

A new roof is best installed when life is not chaotic and nothing pertinent for the family is happening. The stress that comes along with paying for a new roof and living in the home while the roof is installed is exhausting. Having a baby, starting a new job, kids studying are all good reasons to delay a new roof install. Installing a new roof will be loud, and you should be prepared for early mornings. The best time for roofers to remove shingling and old roofing is in the morning when temperatures have not peeked.

Choose Your Materials Wisely

Another thing to think about when beginning a new roof installation is the material that you will use for your roof. Shingles and tiles are the most common choice for homes here in the Southwest however; depending on your home’s style, flat or foam roofing can be considered.. When considering materials to use it is best to do benefits analysis to decide if the extra money for a tile roof is worth it in the long run over shingling. If you plan on staying in your home for a long time a tile roof will stand the test of time, and you will not need to worry about the hassle of a new roof in twenty years.

Find A Reliable Roofer

When choosing a contractor for your new roof, the best way to find reliable roofers is to check their reviews online as well as asking neighbors, friends and family for referrals. If you find a roofer online it is important that you are able to contact their referrals to ensure they are satisfied with the job that was done on their home. It is the appropriate time to ask about the time frame of the job as well as cost in comparison to the original quote.

Homeowners should also consider asking about the mess, the cleanup and the professional nature of the crew. These are important things to inquire about before you hire a roofing contractor to install your new roof. A roofing contractor can seem incredibly professional when selling you on a new roof but finding out what they are like in the heat of a roof replacement is what you need to know. Asking their referrals and checking their reviews and testimonials is a sure fire way to know ahead of time what you are getting into.

Get A Signed Contract

The last thing to do before any work is done replacing or repairing a roof is to have a signed contract. A contract between the roofer and the homeowner should include labor and material costs, an estimate on competition time and a copy of the roofers insurance. It is important that the roofer covers insurance coverage for the employees. This responsibility is not that of the homeowners and is not theirs to be liable for should an accident occur. All reputable roofing companies will have no problem supplying you with proof that they are fully insured.

When determining if you need a new roof, trusting the people working on your home is a number one priority. Hiring a company for a big job such as a new roof is not something to consider lightly. The home’s roof is structurally important to the house and therefore care should be taken when work is done 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

Curb Appeal And Roof Installation

Curb Appeal And Roof Installation

First Impressions

When it comes to first impressions you only get one chance; that is why it’s called the first. Your homes first impression comes from its curb appeal and your roof installation can greatly affect it. This isn’t something most homeowners think about when it comes to home improvements and renovations.

The reality is that curb appeal can truly end up being the deal maker or breaker when it comes to selling your house. Without a doubt, one of your top priorities when it comes to improving your home should be the homes exterior, and your roof installation is an important part of that.

Why Your Roof is Important to Your Home’s Curb Appeal

1

Don’t Overlook the Look

Besides your home’s landscaping, windows, siding, your roof installation is beyond important when it comes to curb appeal. Your home’s roof installation is one of the main aspects of your home seeing that is covers about fifty percent of the home visible surface. The roof installation often goes unnoticed by homeowners as it is not something that requires constant attention. With your home’s roof, often yearly maintenance is enough to keep the roof functioning structurally as well as looking good.  Therefore it is often something that is overlooked with the overall curb appeal of your home. The time will come when your home needs a new roof installation to maintain curb appeal and maintain its structure.

2

Consult an Experienced Contractor

An experienced roofing installation contractor is the best source of information when it comes to your new roof installation. Many homeowners are inclined to select a roofing material based on their limited knowledge in roofing, the color of the shingles or even the price. An experienced roofer takes all of this into consideration as well as more important criteria such as durability, climate, weather conditions, and exposure. With this information they find a roofing material that will not only withstand the test of time, add curb appeal but also give you the best value for your new roof. Roofing contractors also have the added advantage of experience with different roofing materials and styles. Roofers have the ability to look at the exterior of the home and recommend products that will enhance the existing exterior.

3

Choose the Right Material

This is also true of homeowners that are looking into changing the exterior all together as well. There is more to roof installation than choosing between shingles, tile and foam roofing. Asphalt shingles come in a variety of styles just like tile roofing. Roofing professionals will perform a roof installation that enhances your homes curb appeal using appropriate materials that will stand the test of time taking into consideration natural elements that affect your roofs durability. More Information: Mikku and Sons Roofing offer a variety of roofing services throughout the greater Phoenix area, including roof installation of shingle roofs, tile roofing, flat and foam roofing and roof repairs.

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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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

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