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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.
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When people imagine a house, many picture a building with a pitched or A-shaped roof. However, this is far from the only option available for your home or business. One style to consider is a flat roof, a horizontal roof that is usually tilted at a very low angle.
At Mikku and Sons Roofing we're ready to construct and repair a wide variety of roofs. To learn more about the services we offer, call our Phoenix roofing crew at 623-465-1068.
Why Get a Flat Roof?
People choose flat roofs for a variety of reasons. Some simply like the way they give a home a more modern look. Others appreciate advantages such as:
- Low cost – Flat roofs are generally easier to design and construct that angled roofs. Depending on the materials you use, they can cost significantly less money to build.
- Accessibility – It is much easier to access a flat roof for maintenance or repairs. Some people with flat roofs even use them for gardens or other projects.
However, it is important to note that there are also disadvantages to living in a building with a flat roof. For example, these roofs require careful maintenance, or they can be damaged by weather and gradual wear and tear. They can also be prone to water pooling and flooding.
Before choosing a roof design for your home, it is important to be fully informed about your options. Our Austin roofing specialists can help you review your choices when designing a home or constructing a new roof.
Built-up Roof Membrane (BUR):
- Assembled in place using multiple plies of asphalt- impregnated felt bedded in bitumen.
- Asphalt or coal-tar is applied hot in order to merge with the saturant bitumens in the felt and form a single-piece membrane.
- The felt is laminated in overlapping layers to form a membrane that is two to four plies thick.
- The membrane is protected from sunlight and physical wear by applying a layer of aggregate (such as crushed stone or other mineral granules) embedded in the surface ply.
Foam roofing is the most energy-efficient roofing material available – over 500% more efficient than conventional roofs. It’s the first intelligent roofing technology for flat and low-sloped roofs, combining insulation and roofing into one material. That means no roofing seams or multiple layers – eliminating the expanding and contracting and separating that allows water and microbes to seep in and damage your roof.
Each Mikku and Sons foam roof is custom installed. It’s sprayed on as a liquid mixture, and within a few seconds expands up to 30 times its original volume into a watertight, seamless solid that custom forms to the roofing substrate. Just look at the advantages of an Armstrong Foam roof:
- Tough, seamless construction
- Can be sprayed onto almost any surface including irregularly shaped roofs and uneven surfaces
- Tenacious adhesion – demonstrated in the most recent Florida hurricanes
- Moisture resistant – even when the membrane coating is damaged
- Inch-per-inch, the highest energy efficient roofing material available
- Extremely strong – yet ultra lightweight
- Proven longevity classifies it as a sustainable low-slope roofing system
- In most cases requires only periodic recoating for decades of service
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Elastomeric/Plastomeric Roof Membrane:
- Sheet materials applied to the roof in a single layer.
- They require less on-site labor than built-up roofing and are usually more elastic and, therefore, less prone to cracking and tearing.
- They may be affixed to the roof with adhesives, by the weight of a gravel ballast, by fasteners concealed in the seams between sheets, or with mechanical fasteners that do not penetrate the membrane.
- Some types of elastomeric/plastomeric roof membranes include the following:
- A high-performance synthetic rubber compound applied in sheets ranging from 0.030 to 0.120 inches thick and joined at the seams with an adhesive.
- Vulnerable to attack by ultraviolet light; therefore, it is usually coated with a protective layer of chlorosulfonated polyethylene.
- Vulnerable to aromatic solvents and strong oxidizing chemical.
- It may be fully adhered to the roof deck or partially adhered, with aggregate ballast to prevent wind uplift.
EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer):
- The most widely used material for single-ply roof membranes.
- A synthetic rubber manufactured in sheets ranging from 0.030 to 0.060 inches thick and joined at the seams with an adhesive.
- Vulnerable to petroleum products and plastic roofing cement.
- It may be fully or partially adhered, or used in a protected membrane roof.
PVC (polyvinyl chloride):
- A thermoplastic compound commonly known as vinyl.
- Relatively inexpensive.
- PVC sheets for roofing range from 0.032 to 0.060 inches thick and are joined at the seams either by solvent welding or hot air welding.
- Vulnerable to ultraviolet radiation, petroleum products, and coal tar.
- It may be fully or partially adhered, or used as a protected membrane.
Chlorinated polyethylene and chlorosulfonated polyethylene sheets:
- Vulnerable to petroleum products.
- Not compatible with PVC.
- Highly resistant to ultraviolet deterioration and can be manufactured in light, heat-reflective colors.
- Used on roofs where aggregate ballasting is unacceptable for reasons of appearance or excessive slope.
- Vulnerable to petroleum products, hydro-carbons, and some chemicals.
- Formed into composite sheets with various other materials.
- Some are intended to be laid loose, others to be adhered to the roof deck or insulation.
Fluid-applied Roof Membrane
- Used primarily for domes, vaults and other complex shapes that are difficult to roof by conventional means.
- Applied usually in several coats using a roller or spray gun. When it cures, it forms a rubbery membrane.
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Factors Contributing to Flat Roof Deterioration
- Hot sunshine on a roof causes the volatile ingredients of tar or asphalt to evaporate.
- The asphalt oxidizes and becomes brittle.
- The roof mat eventually loses its elasticity, the surface coating becomes checked and flakes off, exposing the felt below.
- Water can seep into a dry roof through cracks and cause a leak.
- This moisture can turn to ice in freezing temperatures and can cause the roof to tear or heave.
- A strong wind can drive rain into defective joints in the mat or parapet, can cause the roof to tear at loose seams and can cause the roof structure to sway.
- Expansion and contraction place strains both on the roof structure (deck and walls) and strain the flashings. These strains can cause the roof mat to tear and mortar in coping joints to crack, providing sources for water entry.
- As walls settle, extra strains may be exerted on flashings, or the roof may settle below the level of the drain pipe. This will either cause a backup of flood water, or a leak through the crack around the drain.
- Roof mats are not designed for extra accessories such as signs and electric wires, nor are they intended for regular foot traffic. Anchorage planks are spiked or lagged to the deck, piercing both the mat and the deck, causing serious damage.
- Pollutants, acids and saturated animal fats can potentially damage membrane roofing. Protection from these is provided through coatings and/or ballast covering.
If you need the advice of a professional flat roof repair contractor, give Mikku and Sons Roofing a call at 623-465-1068.
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Tips for Filing a Roof Replacement Insurance Claim
Discovering that you have serious damage to your roof can be stressful. Going through the insurance claim quagmire can require lots of contacts with insurance adjusters, roofing contractors, and in some instances, maybe even your mortgage company. To make sure you can handle the insurance claim process, Mikku and Sons Roofing recommends you follow these five tips as a guideline:
1 – Check for damage right after a storm
If you think your roof is damaged, call a reputable and licensed roofing contractor to come out and inspect your roof. Even if your roof looks good from the outside, there could be serious internal damage that only an experienced roofing specialist can see. Some insurance policies have conditions that tell you how long you can wait after the damage has occurred and still have your roof covered under your policy. After a severe storm, as soon as it’s safe, have your roof inspected.
2 – Take pictures and document the details
An experienced roofer will know where to check for damage and should be thorough in documenting the damage and how extensive it might be. They will take pictures of damaged areas and get you a written explanation of what needs to be fixed and the estimated cost to repair. In some cases, you might have roof damage that isn’t serious enough to justify an insurance claim and in this case, your preferred roofing company can work with you to plan how to handle the repairs. In more serious cases, you’ll need to get your homeowner’s insurance company involved and will need to provide proof of damage, including measurements, the events that led up to the damage, and dates and times the damage occurred.
It is always a good idea to take pictures of your roof periodically, especially after any maintenance has been done. Make sure the images are clear and well labeled with date and time. If possible, take several photos from different angles to show the whole roof and its condition. By doing this, you can make a more convincing argument and you will have visual proof to justify that the damaged areas were not there before the storm and were a direct result of the storm itself.
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3 – Call your insurance agent and go through your policy
If you have extensive roof damage, be sure to contact your insurance company right away. If you wait too long, you may not be able to submit the claim. Always have the latest copy of your homeowner’s insurance policy to see what statute of limitations there are for reporting damage and what types of roof damage are covered. Some homeowner’s policies have clauses detailing the amount of damage that will be covered. For example, if your roof is over ten years old, your insurance company may only cover a portion of the roof replacement cost, based on the depreciated value of your roof. If there’s ever any question of the precise roofing insurance coverage you have, contact your insurance provider. When you submit your claim, an adjuster will be sent to inspect the damaged areas and determine what the insurance company will pay out to repair or replace your roof.
4 – Find a roofing contractor with extensive insurance experience
Assuming your claim is covered under your homeowner’s policy, you will have a certain amount available to repair the damage. You can pick the roofing contractor to complete any repairs needed or to replace your entire roof. When selecting a contractor, make sure you ask for references and only use licensed and insured contractors. It’s okay to shop around and get more than one estimate to fix your roof. By doing this, you can be comfortable that you’re not overpaying, and you’ll have a lot more information to choose a qualified roofing contractor that you think will complete the job correctly. Not every roofing contractor will provide insurance claim assistance. At Mikku and Sons Roofing, we’re roof replacement specialists who will work with you to make sure your claim is submitted promptly to your insurance company, and that you get the maximum reimbursement for your roof repair issues.
5 – Watch out for contingency contracts
Most roofing contractors will provide a free roof inspection and roof repair estimate. However, keep an eye out for contingency contracts that may be disguised as inspection reports. By being led to sign one of these contracts you are agreeing to give the job to that roofing company if your insurance claim is approved. Remember, when you’re getting estimates, you should not need to sign anything. If you are pressured into signing something, it is a sure sign that it’s time to find a more trustworthy roof replacement company. Checking with the Better Business Bureau and selecting only the roofing companies that have an A or better rating is a good way to parry your list of options to only those roofing professionals that have a reputation for doing quality work.
Getting roof repairs covered by your insurance company can be a difficult and confusing process. By working with a certified, licensed and locally experienced roofing contractor, you can make sure your roof damage claim is submitted correctly to your insurance company and the roof repair is handled quickly, accurately and with the lease amount of hassle. The roof replacement experts at Mikku and Sons Roofing are experienced in handling roof insurance claims and restoring your property back to its original condition. If your roof is damaged by one of our severe monsoon storms, call us at (623) 465-1068. We will schedule a free roof inspection, document the damage, and give you a free estimate to get your roof insurance claim started as soon as possible.