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Is a Cool Roofing System Right for You?

Is a Cool Roofing System Right for You?

Light Colors Equal Cooler Temperatures

The idea behind cool roofing is the same as the reasons people living in hot climates wear light colored clothing. Here in the desert southwest, wearing light-colored or white clothing helps keep you cool. Its because light colors reflect heat and sunlight, whereas dark colors absorb them. Homes are similar to people. If your roof is dark colored, your home will be hotter than if it had a light-colored roof. During the hot summer months we experience here in the Phoenix area, a darker colored roof can reach temperatures as high as 150 to 190 degrees at their peak.  In contrast, a cool roofing system will peak at around 100 to 120 degrees.

A cool roofing system can reduce the temperature on the surface of your roof by as much as 100 degrees.  This will reduce the heat that is transferred into the interior below.  The attic space and ductwork under the roof will be cooler.  This will lower utility and maintenance costs and improve comfort inside.  It will also increase the lifespan of your roof and lower the urban heat island affect and associated smog levels in cities.

What You Should Know About Cool Roofing

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Cool Roofing Materials

They are made of materials that reflect the energy and heat from the sun away from the surface of your roof. The materials for homes with low-slope roofs are typically bright white, however, there are other colors that are being made for more sloped roof applications. Cool roofing is highly emissive, which allows it to emit infrared energy away from the roof. Bare metals and metallic coatings usually don’t have low emissive abilities, which is one of the reasons they aren’t thought of as cool roofing materials.

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Cool Roofing Benefits

  • Lower annual electricity expenses by reducing summer cooling costs.
  • Reduce infrared conversion from visible light, making your interior more comfortable.
  • Lower maintenance and replacement costs by extending roof life.
  • If you have time-of-use metering you can save on peak time usage.
  • Reduce roofing waste materials in landfills.
  • Lower the highly publicized heat island effect in urban areas.
  • Lower air pollution and smog in urban areas.
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Cool Roofing Costs

Initial costs for a cool roof are similar to traditional roofing materials. Some cool roofing materials cost less than traditional materials and some cost more. Cool protective coatings can be applied every 10 to 15 years, which can reduce, or eliminate, the need for expensive roof tear-offs and replacements. If you add these roof repair or replacement savings with an average 20 percent savings on utility costs, it makes a cool roof a money saver over the life of your property. You can also get rebates in some communities, in addition to energy and lifespan savings, from local utility companies for installing cool roofing on your home.

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There are 2 two types of materials for low-slope roofing systems on homes – single-ply materials and reflective coatings. Single-ply materials are made of large sheets of pre-constructed roofing fastened together over the old roof and sealed at the seams. Reflective coatings are installed or applied over an existing clean, leak-free roof surface using rollers, sprayers, or brushes.

There are other materials available for sloped roofs in clay or concrete tiles. They stay cool by using certain pigments that reflect the sun’s infrared heat. There aren’t asphalt shingles or pre-coated metal roofing materials available in cool versions right now.

You can visit the ENERGY STAR® Website for a comprehensive list of cool roofing system products and manufacturers at www.energystar.gov.

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 Do You Figure the Cost of Roof Replacement?

Hiring a Roof Replacement Contractor

Before hiring a roof replacement contractor, the NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association) recommends checking that its crew members are licensed and insured. Ask the roofer to produce a copy of their proof of insurance.

The contractor may also need to pull permits depending on the city you live in, which can add several hundred dollars onto the estimate. As an example, a permit to replace a roof on a 1,350-square-foot home can cost between $150 and $500.

The roof replacement contractor should also be familiar with local building codes, which might include the kinds of shingles or tiles allowed in a particular neighborhood or regulations regarding the underlayment.

Get multiple quotes and don’t be swayed by just the price. An estimate thats too low could be a sign the company isn't operating legally. Check their online reviews. The bottom line is too make sure the contractor has a good reputation.

Most roofers guaranty the work they do, usually for between five and 10 years for their workmanship. This will typically cover leakage or total failure, but won’t cover general wear and tear or damage from storms. Some companies offer 25-year warranties, but those typically apply to specific high-end roof products and require certain installation procedures.

Replacing a roof is one of the biggest and most costly project a homeowner can take on.

Roofing companies look at a lot of variables to determine the price of a new roof, including its size, pitch, accessibility and cost of materials. Because of this, prices for a new roof can vary drastically.

The average cost of a new roof can be as low as $5,000 for a basic asphalt shingle roof — the most commonly used roofing material in the country — to $25,000 or more for higher-end roof types, like tile or slate The average price, however, from around the country is $12,000 to replace an architectural shingle roof.

Calls to contractors show that prices can vary from $5,500 to $12,000 to tear off and replace a roof with basic shingles in 2018. Prices can also vary greatly depending on where you live.

Other roofing cost factors

Water damage can also factor in to the final expense of a roofing project. Usually, you won’t find water damage until after the roofer has removed the roofing materials and the deck is exposed. If there’s significant water damage, it can change the project from a roof repair to a roof replacement.

Another factor that can affect the price is whether your home has chimneys or skylights, or other protrusions. They will increase the cost and scope of the project, as your roofing contractor will need to work around them. The cost of repairing flashing around a chimney can range from $200 to $500, while repairing it around the skylight can average between $300 and $500.

You might be able to save some money by overlaying an existing roof, instead of replacing it. But doing this can lower the lifespan of the new roof and could void warranties you'd have on labor and materials.

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Here are the main factors:

Roof Size
A roof’s size is the largest cost factor. Roofers charge per roofing square. A 10-by-10-foot (100 square feet) area is equal to one roofing square. So, a 3000 sq. ft roof is equal to 30 squares.

Pitch of the Roof
Another variable in pricing is the pitch of the roof, or the slope. Some roofs have a high pitch, while others have a low pitch or no pitch at all — all factors which affect the cost of the roofing estimate.

A roof with a pitch of about a 7:12 ratio — the first number represents the height and the second the length — or higher isn’t walkable and will probably require more safety harnesses and equipment. A 7:12 roof, as an example, means that for every 12 inches it runs horizontally, the roof rises 7 inches vertically.

A roof of 7:12 or greater is a pretty steep roof, and roof replacement contractors will charge more to work on this type of roof. The work goes more slowly with a steep roof. You can’t stack materials on the roof, and crew members will need to wear harnesses. Because of these difficulties and because the roofing company will pay more in insurance costs, their quote is adjusted accordingly.

Accessibility to the Roof
Can the roofer get a truck in close to the house? Can they back the truck up against the house? If not, they’ll have to carry the materials to and from the trucks. That will cause more costs for the roofing contractor and will make the project more expensive. Tearing off a heavier roof can also increase labor costs.

Type of Roofing Material 
It costs from $1.50 – $4 a square foot to remove and replace the roof or $1,800 to $8,600 for a typical 1,700-2,100 square foot ranch-style home, with a gentle slope, on average. The cost and labor for an asphalt roof for a 1,200-square-foot house in larger markets across the country ranges between $4,500 and $7,000. Asphalt is the most affordable roofing option, followed by wood, metal, tile and slate.

The cost per square foot for a wood shingle roof is between $7.37 and $9.77. That equates to about $1,474 to $1,854 per 200 square feet, which is two squares.

Materials for a metal roof can cost upwards of $1,900 per 100 square feet. The price can be twice as much for a metal roof compared to asphalt shingles, and as much as four or five times more for slate.

While a good asphalt shingles may last 20 or more years, metal, tile, and slate may last 30 or more years, which can play a role in determining the type of roof you ultimately choose.

Mikku and Sons Roofing (623) 465-1068 provides quality roof replacement, roof installation and roof repair services to Phoenix AZ and the surrounding Phoenix communities. We’ve been a reputable, quality roofing contractor since 2001. If you need hones advice regarding your roofing project, give us a call.

  • Roof Replacement Tips

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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What Will a New Roof Cost?

What Will a New Roof Cost?

New Roof Costs Vary Roof to Roof

There is no such thing as a common roofing job, so any discussion about roofing expenses needs to point that out. There are many factors that will effect what a new roof cost might be including roof pitch and size, materials, damage level, accessibility and more.

Your neighbor may have totally different criteria for a new roof than yours. As an example, your roof could be more weather damaged and worn, besides the differences in pitch and size. Also, you might want to add additional features like solar shingles or dormer windows that allow more light into your attic.

New Roof Cost Factors

Is Your Roof Easily Accessible?

The ease of access and the number of stories your property have will affect your estimate. If your property is two stories or more, your cost will be higher. Also, if the roofer has more difficulty getting to the roof, like if you have a townhouse or other type of property that attaches to another dwelling.

Difficulty and Style

The pitch of your roof, whether it be steep or a mild slope will have an effect on your estimate. Likewise, if your roof has a large number of hips and valleys in its design, it will be more difficult to install. Style refers to the basic shape of your roof. If you have extra features built in to your roof design, like dormer windows, vent covers, chimneys, skylights, etc., that will make the difficulty factor rise and increase your cost.

Your Geographic Location

Pricing can be affected by where you live, your geographic location, whether it be in a rural or urban location.

Local Weather Elements

If you live in an area with extreme heat, heavy snowfall or high winds, your roof will need particular fortifications that will increase your costs.

Your Materials

There’s a lot of choices available to you regarding materials, depending on your budget and tastes. One thing to be careful of though. Be sure that , if you have chosen a breakable material, such as concrete or clay tile, you order enough material to allow for broken material during the installation process.

The Age of Your Property

If your home is older, it may have some structural deterioration, which would mean an increase in your labor expenses.

What the Expense of Your Roof is Based On

Size and dimensions. You can get a rough estimate yourself by measuring the the perimeter of your home, but a professional will climb onto your roof and get precise measurements.

Your Existing Roof’s Slope and Pitch

The steeper the pitch of your roof, the more expensive it will be due to the additional material needed.

Are You Stripping Off or Adding a Layer?

Its less expensive to add a layer over the top of existing shingles. But, if you already have several layers of shingles, you may have no choice other than stripping them off first, which is called a “tear-off”. If you’re installing a particularly heavy material like slat or concrete tile, in addition to the tear-off, you may need to reinforce your trusses and roof structure. You’ll need to get rid of the old material and it will add significant labor hours to your project.

Miscellaneous Factors

There are other, less predictable factors that can add to your cost. Your roofing contractor might find that your flashing is damaged or your roof decking has deteriorated and needs repair first, which will lengthen the time for the project and add additional expenses.

Getting quotes from several reliable roofing companies is the best way to find out what your new roof will cost. You should not be charged for an estimate by a legitimate, professional roofing contractor. If you get an estimate that seems substantially lower than the others, be wary. Its likely to produce a poor installation. Get references from any company that is giving you a quote and make sure you do your due diligence on those references. Go to your homeowners insurance policy and see if your new roof can be covered under the policy.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

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

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

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Tile Roofing Innovations

Tile Roofing Innovations

New Materials and Designs

In the past, Victorian gray slate and Spanish Mediterranean red tiles were about the only choices if you wanted tiles on your roof. But because of new tile roofing innovations, technologies and manufacturing methods, there are many more architectural choices for your tile roofing system. Now, tile roofs are constructed of many different materials, colors and designs that can fit a multitude of taste and design choices for residential and commercial property owners.

For the most part, you can expect a tile roof to have a lifespan of 50 years or more. Some of the great things about tiles are their fire resistance, how they withstand strong chemicals, how they are resistant to biologically degrading, keep away bugs and animals, are mold resistant and can handle extremes in temperature, whether hot or cold.

Technological Tile Advancements

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Lower Weight

A lower weight makes them able to be used in many types of architectural designs and systems.

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Increased Energy Efficiency

20 to 30 % more utility savings for property owners due to modern green technologies.

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Increased Reflectiveness

Cool roof choices that will help towards solving urban heat island issues.

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Flexibility

Manufacturing processes are incorporating new materials, such as recycled options in their manufacturing of tiles.

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Adaptability

Many architectural styles can be used because of a myriad of new colors and shapes, such as even wood and shakes.

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Water Resistibility

They’re more moisture resistant than the past due to developments in waterproof underlayment barriers and trim and venting options.

Today’s Tile Roofing Options

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Clay or Ceramic 

These are made by baking clay thats been colored and glazed. They can be used with many textures, finishes and styles.  They are durable and long lasting, requiring less maintenance. 

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Concrete 

These are made using concrete reinforced with fibers, which increases strength and durability. They can be pressed into molds, which creates different kinds of shapes and designs for architectural purposes. They are then finished with different colored dyes and glazes.

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Slate

Can last as long as 100 years, a natural stone material that requires very little maintenance. You can cut it into various shapes and sizes to fit the architectural needs of any home or business its being designed for.

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Metal 

Made form aluminum, copper, steel or tin, they can be made to look like stone  with many different shades, shapes, and colors. They’re very lightweight, extremely durable and can be used in cold and elevated areas that have a lot of snow.

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Synthetic 

They can mimic the look of clay, ceramic or slate through rubber or polymer compounds that can be shaped and molded into many styles and designs. They’re also very light, durable and much easier to install than other tiles like clay, concrete or metal.

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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A Little About Roof Warranties

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No matter what type of property you own, the roof on it will usually have some sort of warranty. actually, there's two warranties – the actual one and one thats inferred or implied. Lets talk a little bit about the warranties on your roof.

The Product Warranty

The materials manufacturer will issue a warranty guaranteeing that their product will perform to certain standards over a specific period of time. It could be 10, 15, 20 or even more years, depending on the type of material they're made of. They are taking for granted that the installation was performed correctly and that routine maintenance is being done on their product. Let's say your roof is looking like it needs to be replaced with a new one and the materials were warranted for 10 years. Alo, lets say your roofing contractor did a good job following the installation instructions and installed your roof perfectly. If the materials fail during your 10 year warranty period, the manufacturer is guaranteeing that they will be replaced with no cost to you.

An Installation Warranty

A roofing installation contractor should provide a warranty that their workmanship will be guaranteed over a specific period of time. The most common is 2 years. So, if your contractor makes a mistake in installing your roof, and it fails from their bad workmanship, the professional roofing contractor will honor their warranty and supply the materials and labor to fix the problem. Make sure you scrutinize this one very carefully, making sure both labor and materials are covered, not just one or the other.

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An Implied Warranty

This means a product will do what its designed to do. An example would be a roof membrane keeping water out of your home. Another term for this warranty is merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. They usually come with some instructions (and warnings) from the manufacturer. An example would be if you or someone else that walked on the roofing membrane and caused it to leak or fail. If you don't follow these instructions or warnings, you'll have a problem getting the manufacturer to honor their warranty.

Signing Your Warranty

You'll need to make sure you do whats necessary to maintain your roof once you've signed your warranty. With commercial roofing, property managers and building owners will hire facility managers and on-staff maintenance teams to make sure they comply with their maintenance requirements. Experienced professionals are aware of what they need to do (and avoid doing) to make sure they maintain their roof and hence, their warranty. Overall, improper maintenance will cause damage to your roof, so when you hire someone to do repairs, or any work on your roof, make sure they are competent and familiar with your roof system, along with the manufacturersnspecs and maintenance instructions. 

Notifying Your Warranty Holders

When your roof has a problem and you think your warranty has been violated, property owners generally have 30 days to notify the manufacturer or roofing contractor. If you don't, you'll void the warranty. If you wait too long, the manufacturers and roofers won't be legally required to fulfill their obligations (which includes repairing or replacing your roof). So, if you suspect something is amiss with your roof, get it inspected by a competent professional roofing contractor as soon as possible, so you can make your notifications in a timely manner.

Mikku and Sons Roofing (623) 465-1068 provides quality Phoenix roof repair services and has been a Phoenix roofing contractor since 2001. Call us when you need a professional roofing contractor that you can trust, give us a call.

How to Avoid Roofing Scams

How to Avoid Roofing Scams

Storm Chasers

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

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

How to Avoid Being Taken

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Look for Warning Signs

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

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

Beware of Pushy Contractors

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

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

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

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

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How Long Will Your Roof Last?

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If you’re thinking about putting a new roof on your home, your choice of roofing materials has a direct relationship with long you can expect your new roof to last. The longest-lasting  products are extremely durable, such as concrete, clay or slate tiles and outperform other manufactured roofing materials — asphalt shingles, metal roofing — by a significant margin. They 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.

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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. Here's a closer look at how they rate the longevity of different materials:

  • 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.
  • Architectural asphalt — These products last about 30 years on average.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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, Ddifficulty 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.

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Pros and cons of between 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 twide 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. That’s where we can help. At Mikku and Sons Roofing, we have experience in all the roofing materials that are used here in the Valley of the Sun. Give us a call to go over your options and ley us help you choose the one that works for your home and fits your budget.

 

Hire The Right Roofing Contractor

How to Hire the Right Roofing Contractor

When it comes time to hire a roofing contractor, it’s not always an easy process. It’s certainly very easy to get on the internet out and look at the various companies who claim all kinds of things, but how do you know the work you get will be quality and guaranteed? As a homeowner, a roofing contractor is one of the most important people you will need. Let’s face it—our roof keeps us dry and warm so we need to take care of it! Your properties continued existence literally depends on your roof's performance. Here are some steps to keep in mind when it’s time to hire a roofer.

Do it by word of mouth. Don’t just rely on the internet or advertising; ask family and friends and find out about their experiences. If they were satisfied, it’s a pretty sure bet it’s a good company that you can trust to do the job right too.

Ask Questions. Once you get a good report from your friends who have used the roofing contractor, be sure to ask questions, such as areas of special expertise and if they are licensed and insured.  You should also check with the Better Business Bureau and look online for reviews. Ask them for some recent referrals of jobs they've completed and call up their past customers.

Get at least two or three estimates and ask them to come to your house so you can discuss the work you need done, as well as what it will entail and how much it will cost.  Ask about the time needed to complete the job, as well. Don't be afraid to ask some difficult questions and if they dodge or won't answer them, move on to someone else.

Get a Contract. After you’ve decided on the company or roofing contractor you would like to hire, draw up a contract! It’s VERY important to have it all in writing and make sure you both sign it and agree to the terms. The contract should include all the details about the job, materials, cost and time. Give the contractor a chance to review the contract and adjust it if necessary. The bottom line here is that you are both on the same page about the task at hand. 

​• A Few More Considerations. A few extra points to consider asking about are clean-up procedures, how compensation is to be handled, liability, and safety concerns. Finally, you should also see to it that a lien waiver is established if there’s a third party involved so if the roofing contractor has failed to pay a vendor, you will not be responsible.

Roof Repair Contractors

Hiring a roofer doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Following these simple steps should ensure that you have a positive result. You roof is one of the most important parts of your property, so take care of it and keep it maintained.  Remember, if your roof is damaged by weather or other disasters, a good roofing contractor will handle your insurance claims for you! 

Roof Installation Contractors

When you have questions about roof repair and need some straight answers from a trusted, licensed, professional roofing contractor, call us at Mikku and Sons Roofing. We have decades of combined experience in all types of roofing – shingle, tile, flat, foam, metal, you name it – residential or commercial. Give us a call at (623) 465-1068 for your free estimate today.

 

  • 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

1

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.

2

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.

3

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.

4

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.

5

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.

6

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.

7

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.

8

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?

9

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?

10

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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