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The Effects of Cool Roofing

Foam Roof Installation

There’s a lot of chatter in recent years about foam roof installation otherwise known as white or “cool” roofing options. Basically the thought is that dark colors, roofs constructed of asphalt or tar materials, take in heat, which increases the utility bills for the property they are installed on. Whereas white, or light colored materials which reflect the heat.

The main point being that lighter colored materials, like white spray foam, will help the occupants save money over time.  Not to mention reduced energy costs. The government has encouraged property owners to go with foam roof installation on their properties. They are also suggesting that all future roofing be lighter or white in color.

One Thing That Is a Factor in Foam Roof Installation… Where Your Property is Located.

In areas like Phoenix or Tucson, for example, where AC systems are used for a great portion of a calendar year, it would seem like an easy choice. And, there are some states, like California, that are forcing commercial buildings to go with a foam roof installation.

But, in cooler areas of the country, like Minneapolis or Chicago, it’s a little more complicated. There are some studies that show in the colder winter months, white roofing might actually increase heating expenses. The debate is about how much it actually does. The question is whether the decrease in cooling costs in the summer months will compensate for a possible increase in heating costs in the winter. Studies have disputed this, showing that the energy savings through air conditioning bills outweighs any negatives, even in colder climates like Chicago.

The other main factor is how cool roofing is, or can have on slowing down the effects of global warming. One major study found that the heat reflected off of white, cool roofing does affect climate change by putting more heat into the atmosphere, which absorbs more carbon emissions. Past studies had made claims that white roofing have a cooling effect, not a warming one.

Foam Roof Installation and The Environment

Know The Factors

So, you should know all the factors involved in the particular area where you reside before making any decisions. You should way all the pros and cons of your options and choose the one that best fits your locality and budget. There are several types of reflective materials to make your choice from.

You could also benefit from some local financial incentives from your governing bodies. There are states that offer their citizens rebates if they install white, cool roofing. Also incentives may be being offered by the various utilities in your city, county or state. On a roof with a dark surface, the temperature can get as hot as 180 degrees. on a warm sunny day. If your roof heats up like this, it will impact your property’s interior, which might be great in Chicago during a winter months. However this is not the case in Arizona during the summer, as heat will get inside and rise. You’ll need to use more air conditioning as the temperature inside increases as a result.

Roof Color & Heat Islands

Also, a dark roof will disperse heat back into the air, increasing a city’s heat island affect. The cumulative effect is  the planet’s solar reflectance by absorbing the heat from the sun and its rays. Scientists believe that this is having an impact on global warming and climate change.

This has created a movement towards government agencies recommending white, reflective roofing. For reflecting heat, white roofs are a great solutions due to their smooth exterior. Several major tests that have been completed have shown that dark materials, like shingles, asphalt and tar, only reflect 5-10% of the sun’s rays. This also means temperatures rise 70 to 90 degrees more than the air around them. White roofing materials, on the other hand, will reflect as much as 25% of the suns rays with a 50 to 70 degree difference in the surrounding air. Some materials will reflect as much as 35% and only 60 degree differences.

Mikku and Sons Roofing (623) 465-1068 provides quality foam roof repair, foam roof installation, foam roof replacement and other roof repair services to the surrounding Phoenix area communities. We’ve been a reputable, quality roofing contractor since 2001. Call us when you have any questions about installing or repairing a foam roof on your property.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

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

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

Request Your Free Estimate

Keep Up Roof Maintenance During Winter

Keep Up Roof Maintenance During Winter

Roof Inspections You Can Trust

Here in the Southwest, we tend to ignore our roof. One of the most critical features of our home, because we have so many days of sunshine every year. Then the monsoon season comes and all of a sudden we regret not doing our routine maintenance because we have a big, expensive problem with roof maintenance during winter.

You can only expect your roof to last about half as long as it should if you don’t regularly maintain it. Your roof accumulates damage every day from the elements – rain, the hot sun, even pests and people walking on it. Pile on to that the even more intense heat and periodic heavy rains from the monsoon season and it’s a disaster waiting to happen. You could have a big roof repair just waiting to happen and you’re completely ignorant of it.

Extending Your Roof’s Lifespan

There are several things you can do to extend your roof’s lifespan.  Properly maintain it when needed, get it inspected regularly and get repairs done quickly as needed.

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Get Your Roof Inspected

Before the monsoon season begins, at least once every year, you should have your roof inspected – especially if its a flat roof and its over 15 years old. Our roofs here in Arizona get hit the hardest during the winter rain between December and February and the monsoon season between June and September. When it rains here, we have drops in temperature that happen suddenly, causing thermal shock, compromising your roof’s surface.

In your roof’s warranty, it probably has a clause that voids the warranty if you’re not properly maintaining it, so its critical to keep up with regular maintenance, schedule routine inspections and fix any necessary problems as soon as possible.

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Regularly Maintaining Your Roof

If you’re not scared of getting on your roof, here’s a couple things you can do to increase your roof’s lifespan. Take the correct safety steps if you do, because one of the leading causes of serious accidents around a home is falling off a ladder. Also, be careful walking on it, especially if its older. You can cause some serious damage and weaken your roof if you do.

  • Prevent your gutters from clogging and water from ponding by removing any debris that accumulates – any small branches, leaves or organic material.
  • Check if there is any water ponding  if your roof is flat.
  • Check your chimney, vents or skylights for any leaks around their edges.
  • If you find any cracks or splits, they can be sealed with asphalt emulsion mixtures.
  • If you have any trees or branches hanging over your roof, trim them back.
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Promptly Repair and Inspect

There are some roofing issues that you should leave to a professional roofing contractor. Find an experienced, licensed, professional roofer like Mikku and Sons Roofing if you find any of these problems:

  • If you find pests like insects, birds or bees.
  • Leaks in your interior ceilings or damage from a storm.
  • Tiles or shingles that are broken or missing.
  • Damage after a serious hail storm.
  • Buying a new home – get a professional inspection every time.

Mikku and Sons Roofing provides quality roof replacement, roof installation and roof repair to Phoenix and the surrounding communities. Services are available for shingle, tile and flat style roofs. We’ve been a reputable, quality roofing contractor since 2001. If you need your roof to be inspected, or need roof maintenance during the winter, give us a call (623) 465-1068,

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

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

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

Request Your Free Estimate

Is Spray Foam Roofing Right For You?

Spray Foam Roofing

Flat Roof Replacement You Can Count On

It’s not easy to choose the type of roof you want if you’re looking to replace your existing one. However, there is one clear choice, especially if you have a flat roof, from all the options out there. – a spray foam roofing system. Here, we’ll go over the main pluses of spray foam roofing and why it’s a great choice.

Here Are Some of the Benefits of a Spray Foam Roof Replacement

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Easily Repaired

If they are minor repairs that are needed, you may not even need to call a pro. You can fix small punctures or cuts with a tube of exterior polyurethane caulk. Fill the cut or puncture with caulking, texture it to match the roof, and voila!, you just repaired your roof yourself! Unlike other roofing systems – you don’t have to have a professional flat roof repair contractor make these minor repairs.

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Easily Works With Your Drainage Configuration

If they aren’t installed properly, a flat roof can have serious drainage issues during heavy rains, which can damage your roof’s structure. You can get proper drainage with a foam roof by applying several layers with different thicknesses to make the water flow to the right areas for proper drainage. By applying the foam strategically in this way, you can virtually eliminate the drainage issues associated with other flat roofing systems.

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Saves Money

You will have less leaking issues with spray foam roofing. because it is seamless and has no gaps. It has no overlapping materials and zero seams. This means it has a surface that is pretty much impermeable because of its membrane comprised of polymers. This makes it a much more secure roofing system because you will have fewer issues and their corresponding costs from repairs and water damage.

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Energy Efficiency

Spray Foam roofing is an excellent insulator. It will save you money due to its outstanding R values of R-6 to R-7 per inch. much better than fiberglass insulation. This will save you money through your utility bills. You could save as much as 30% or more over other flat roofing systems. As a result, you should be able to pay for your new spray foam roof over about the first five years of its lifespan.

Spray Foam Roofing Contractors With Experience and Integrity

Weathers Storms Well

In high wind situations,  your roof and its materials are usually the most vulnerable components of your home. In high wind situations, metal roof panels, shingles and tiles can be blown loose and become dangerous being blown through the air at high velocity. Spray foam roofing adheres to the roof because of its seamless application. Which means there isn’t anything to be blown off the top of the roof and traveling through the air. Also, as other debris is flying through the air and hitting your roof, it will resist damage when its struck by them. There is also less chance that you will experience flooding and water damage due to its ability to withstand storms. By having greater resistance to these extreme conditions, you’ll save time and resources through insurance premiums and less claims.

Good For the Environment

When you tear off old roofing systems, they create a lot of waste that ends up in landfills or recycling centers. Spray foam roofing can be applied directly on top of your existing roof, leaving little to  no waste material. Also, you won’t ever need to completely replace your roof again. You just periodically and routinely maintain the roof by using sealant on problem spots and you’re good to go.

You Can Walk On It

Spray foam roofing is very durable and safe to walk on. This allows you to have access to your roof, making you able to check on problem issues yourself if needed and have easy access to the vents, pipes and ac units. There are also no overlapping seams or materials, as stated earlier, that you can trip over. Its safer for homeowners and roofing contractors alike due to its smooth, textured and even surface.

You Won’t Need a New Roof Again

As we’ve mentioned, spray foam roofs have long lifespans, they’re easy to maintain and less expensive to repair and update. You can just apply an update to the membrane about every 20 years at around 50% of what it would cost for a new foam roof, unlike  other roofing systems that need to be completely torn off and replaced when they’re useful life is over. The cost savings involved with these two scenarios is substantial. You won’t have to spend your money on expensive roof replacements ever again due to its long lifespan and ease of repair and maintenance.

Mikku and Sons Roofing (623) 465-1068 provides quality foam roof repair, foam roof installation, foam roof replacement and other roof repair services to the surrounding Phoenix area communities. We’ve been a reputable, quality roofing contractor since 2001. When you need advice on any type of flat roof repair or replacement from a reliable, experienced roofing contractor, give us a call.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

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

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

Request Your Free Estimate

Options For A Flat Roof

Options For A Flat Roof

More Slope Than Flat

Flat roof systems are more low-slope than completely flat. They have just enough slope to make water move toward gutter and drains to keep it from ponding on the roof. There are several options for a flat roof available when you’re deciding on whether to replace your roof.

What we feel is the best solution, sprayed-on polyurethane foam, should be used more than it is and pushed more by roofers in the industry. There are several options if you’ve decided to replace your flat roof.

Here Are 5 Options for a Flat Roof

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Modified Bitumen

This material is rolled on top of your roof’s surface in a single ply. Most previous installations were completed by placing it on the roof and then using a blowtorch to heat it. This poses some risks, so newer materials have been created that stick to the roof after they are peeled off, making it safer. It’s good for the environment due to its ability to reflect the heat and rays from the sun, which will lower your cooling expenses. However, it does have a major negative feature – walking on it can tear the material and cause scuffing.

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Built Up Roofing (BUR)

This material is very affordable, which entices homeowners to use it often as everyone likes to save money. It has a nice, attractive look which usually has gravel on top covering the material. Its constructed of several layers, so it provides more than adequate insulation for your home. But, due to these multiple layers, it weighs more tan other flat systems,. which means you may have to make some structural additions to your framing or structure in order to support it, meaning you’ll have additional expense when choosing to install it. One other drawback is you should not be occupying the property while its being installed, interrupting your families routine and schedule. There is plenty of info to be found online regarding BUR roofing if you need it.

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Sprayed-on Roof Coatings

Silicone is the material most often used for sprayed-on applications. And, because its sprayed onto the roof, it is seamless, making it work great in resisting moisture and deflecting the heat from the sun. Since it reflects the sun’s heat and rays, it lowers your utility costs, saving you money. Another big benefit is its contribution to the environment because its applied directly on top of the old system. No need for the occupants to be removed during installation and no need to tear off the old roofing and dispose of it before its applied. There are a few negatives, though – the biggest one being its price, as its more expensive than the other flat options. However, that should be expected from something of high quality with so many positives. Depending on your roof’s configuration and your location, silicone roofing will usually be the most expensive option to choose from.

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Single Ply EPDM

It’s similar to PVC, because of its single ply, but the main material is not plastic, but rubber. Its extremely durable, but it has a few drawbacks. Adhesives are used to close the seams, which can make them vulnerable to the elements over time, letting moisture get through and causing maintenance and repair issues. Asa result, you will have to pay more attention to routine maintenance and minor repairs than some of your other options.

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PVC

This material is very reflective and durable.  It is extremely water resistant, keeping moisture from pooling.  Lastly, the installation process is simple, making it one of the best choices for your flat roof. It may sound like it is similar to spray applied coatings because they do have a lot in common. The biggest difference from other materials, including sprayed-on, is that the seams can lead to failing. Glue or tape is used to connect the seams, and they will deteriorate over time.  This allows more water over time to enter your home than a seamless system would.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

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

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

Request Your Free Estimate

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.

Experienced Flat Roof Installation Contractors

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.

Request Your Free Estimate

Recognizing Tile Roof Problems

Recognizing Tile Roof Problems

Does Your Roof Need Repair?

If you think your tile roof has potential issues and you want fix those problems before they becoming bigger and more expensive issues, you’ll need to know what to look for. However, how can a homeowner inspect their tile roof and recognize the telling points that may show your roof has problems? Read on and we’ll help you with telltale signs that your roof may need some attention.

We’ll be discussing:

  • Physically inspect a tile roof correctly
  • Signs to look for when inspecting your tile roof

Remember, do not walk on your tile roof! To be safe, and to keep yourself from breaking tiles, we recommend you don’t walk on your roof.  This is especially important when you have a fragile clay tile roof. A good suggestions would be to use binoculars to inspect your roof from a distance from your yard or up on a secured ladder. Move the ladder to different view angles around your property to get a clear view of the entire roof.

Know What To Look For

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Issue #1

Organic Debris
Between Tiles

Plant materials like mold and lichen or small branches and leaves can literally eat away at the underlayment.  This will leave your roof vulnerable and could void your roof’s warranty. If your tile roof is covered with lots of leaves, branches, and other organic debris, schedule a professional roofing contractor to preform maintenance as soon as you can.

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Issue #2

Deteriorated
Flashing

Flashing is the material around any pipes, vents, chimneys or other penetrations on your roof. Decayed or poorly installed flashing can lead to water penetrating under the tiles and potentially damaging your underlayment.

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Issue #3

Broken or
Missing Tiles

Missing or broken tiles will allow the tile roof underlayment (the roofs waterproofing feature) to decay. How does this happen? With a tile missing, the underlayment is now open and vulnerable to the weather and elements, like the hot sun, torrential monsoon rains and organic material from birds.

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Issue #4

Moisture Damaged
Fascia Boards

Fascia boards are long, straight boards that run along the lower edge of your tile roof. These boards may need repair or replacement since they’re susceptible to moisture and can rot or decay. You should look for cracks and discoloration in the fascia boards around the roof.

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Issue #5

A Sagging
Roof

If you think your tile roof is sagging, it may be that the roofing material that supports the roof has weakened.  Another reason could be that your roof has too much weight for the structure.  You may need to have a professional tile roof repair contractor bring in a structural engineer to analyze and recommend corrections to any structural problems your roof has.

The Underlying Issue

Deteriorating Underlayment

Everything we’ve pointed out so far is fairly easy to spot. However, deteriorating underlayment is harder to see because – as its name implies – it’s underneath the tile, which protects your roof from water penetrating through to the interior. Getting up on your roof and uncovering tiles to check your underlayment isn’t something you want to do yourself.

Here’s the most important thing to know – the underlayment on your tile roof needs to be replaced eventually. Usually between  12 and 20 years is about how long you can expect it to last in a climate like Phoenix.. If your roof is more than 12 years old and hasn’t been inspected in some time, you should contact an experienced tile roof repair company for a comprehensive roof inspection.

Does Your Underlayment Need Replacing?

The underlayment and flashings are critical on a tile roof because they are the primary water barrier to keep moisture from penetrating your roof. The tiles themselves are mostly for architectural curb appeal and helps to protect the underlayment. Since the tiles can last 50 years or more, your underlayment needs to be of similar quality. Usually, the tiles on the roof will outlast the underlayment and the flashings around your roof penetrations.

Whatever type of underlayment is deployed on your tile roof, the installation is as critical as the material used. It’s most important that proper sealing measures and flashing material is used at all penetrations for chimneys, skylights, pipes and roof vents. Valleys in your roof are also problem areas that need special attention.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

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

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

Request Your Free Estimate

Inspecting a Flat Roof

Inspecting a Flat Roof

Leaks Can Be Devastating

When you’re buying a new property, you have a lot to think about to prepare for your new home. Inspecting a flat roof before following through with the purchase is extremely important. Even though you may have owned a property with a flat roof in the past, it is still a good idea to inspect the roof and understand how to maintain it. Leaks can be devastating and expensive if they’re not repaired quickly after they’re found.

Serious Flat Roofing Problems To Look For

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Blistering

These are areas that look like bubbles or where the surface is uneven. There could be moisture trapped underneath the membrane, but more often, its a result of improper installation. Ask a roofing contractor if a particular blister on your roof will cause bigger problems.

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Splitting

This could mean their’s a poor structure or bad insulation installation. Even if the membrane was installed correctly, shifting or movement inside could cause a split in the flat roof’s membrane. If this is the case, the flashing in this area will usually fail too.

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Movement

If the membrane looks like its shifted from it’s original position, it could be due to the slope of the roof being too steep for the type of membrane installed, poor adhesion, or thermal issues. This can contribute to ridges, splits and other roof problems.

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Obvious Damage

When inspecting a flat roof and find that it has been punctured or shows other signs of obvious damage, you should bring it to the attention of your professional roofing contractor.

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Shrinking

Some membranes have a tendency to shrink. You will see this as an issue if membrane seams look like they’re pulling against a penetration like a plumbing vent pipe, or if the membrane can be pulled away from the eave’s edges. You may also see “bridging” at angle changes such as parapet walls, against other walls, etc.

Things to Look When Inspecting A Flat Roof

On the Roof

If you don’t see any discolored spots or any other signs leaking inside, it is still a smart choice to have the roof inspected. There could be cracks beginning to form that will become bigger issues down the road. You’ll want to get these problems fixed before they cause any internal damage to the home.

One thing we would recommend is walking the roof to do a simple visual inspection. To be safe, make sure to be aware of where you are on the roof and never walk backwards. Make note of all the penetrations and don’t put any weight on any skylight covers, they’re not built to withstand significant weight. While you’re walking the roof, make a note of how it feels under your feet. If it feels weak, get off the roof safely and as quickly as possible and call a professional roofing contractor.

A leak on the roof could soak the insulation under the membrane. If it feels a spongy underneath you, you’ll also want to refer to a roofing contractor. This is also the case if you notice any water coming out of any part of the membrane.

Inspect Penetrations and their Seals

Next, you will want to look at all the penetrations and seals. A large amount of leaks start at penetrations and seals, which make up a very small percentage of the total area of the flat roof. Penetrations, things like pipes and flashings that ‘penetrate’ the roof, are usually enclosed by flashings made from some form of sheet metal. Inspect around these penetrations for deterioration and cracks. This cracking might not seem to be a big problem, but as moisture gets in, it will expand the crack until its large enough to cause a big leak. Seals are where two waterproof materials overlap, coming together in the same spot. Inspect these seals and make sure they’re smooth and still fully adhering.

In the Interior

You’ll want to check each individual room in the property carefully. Check the ceilings for any stains or discoloration. If the roof is leaking, you’ll find a dark colored ring forming around the water-saturated spot. If you see this, you should contact an experienced roofing contractor before moving ahead with your purchase.

Damage from a leak in one area doesn’t necessarily mean that the leak is located directly above it. Flat roofing systems have layers that might direct the moisture to other areas in the home, many times far away from the source. The damage could also be from a plumbing or AC leak or, possibly some other source other than your roof itself. Its also a possibility that the leak that caused the stain was previously repaired but the discoloration on the ceiling was not. However, to be on the safe side, the best thing to do is to hire a professional flat roofing contractor to locate the source of any leaks.

To Conclude

If you’ve finished your roof inspection and decide you need to hire an experienced commercial roofing contractor, make sure to get several bids to ensure that you thoroughly understand what really needs to be remedied. Also, if you get multiple bids, you’re more likely to pay a lower price for your roof repair. Your roofing contractor might also be able to help you extend your roof’s lifespan and give you instructions on what you can do for routine maintenance throughout the year.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

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

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

Request Your Free Estimate

Common Flat Roof Issues

Common Flat Roof Issues

Be Aware

Flat roofs have built-in design and installation factors that can often lead to performance problems and a shorter life span than you might expect.  There are several common flat roof issues to be aware of.

Top 3 Common Flat Roof Issues

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Leaking

This is the most frequently occurring problem on any kind of a residential flat roof. It usually happens due to ponding water that stands longer than 48 hours, after the most recent rain showers. Usually, moisture gets through at the seams or flashings. It can also come from clogged drains, chimneys, skylights, parapets and other types of penetrations on the roof. Its less common to have a leak from some sort of puncture. If moisture gets under the membrane and into the sheathing, mold and rot can start to form. This is especially likely in areas with lots of rain and severe storm frequency.

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Shrinking and Deteriorating Materials

One of the most common problems for EPDM membranes is shrinkage. When rubber shrinks, it can pull down parapet walls, drip edges or even a chimney. This is more probable on a larger building, and on a property where the membrane wasn’t properly attached or installed.

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Damage Caused by Foot Traffic

Another issue, especially for flat roof decking and commercial buildings is heavy foot traffic. Maintenance personnel (mainly HVAC contractors) and other random visitors going out on the roof, dropping tools, walking over fasteners, thus puncturing the membrane and causing other damages that need to be repaired.

When Should You Replace Your Flat Roof?

Replacing your flat roof can be a costly and time consuming project, and it should, in most instances, be your last resort. Just because your roof is leaking in a few spots doesn’t mean it necessarily must be replaced.

Two Scenarios That Warrant A New Install

The Age of the Roof
When the original material has gotten to the end of its lifespan, your best option is replacing it. Depending on the type of material your roof is made of, your local weather situation, as well as how you’re keeping up with routine maintenance, this life-cycle may vary, as we have discussed above. Since EPDM has seams that are prone to allowing moisture to get through, they will have a lot of issues in locations that have heavy and frequent rain storms. TPO may not live up to its fullest lifespan in geographic locations with high heat and drastic temperature fluctuations.

Poor and Faulty Installation
Unfortunately, installation issues happen way too much. This is the biggest source of all the other issues, including leaks. If you’re constantly fixing a fairly new roof, it probably indicates that it was not installed properly. Some of these can be rectified by a professional roof repair contractor, but their will be some that can’t be. This is why getting a thorough, professional inspection with an experienced roofer is so important.

If installation problems can’t be fixed, the best option will be replacing the faulty roof. Otherwise, you’ll just keep dumping more and more money into a roof that will never perform as its supposed to. If you find that there is wet insulation, it cannot dry out on its own and can cause mold issues and structural damage that will be much more expensive to fix than putting on a new roof, or replacing a large portion of the original one.

If you can afford it, choose a premium material like PVC. While its more expensive than other single ply choices, once you install it, you won’t have to worry about leaks and other problems again for a long time. PVC has hot air-welded seams that don’t come apart, and will remain resistant to water. It’s also an Energy Star rated, cool material, that reflects the sun’s heat, which will save you a lot of money on energy costs as you live in the property.

An Inspection is the Most Important First Step

To find out whether you should do a roof leak repair or replace it with a new membrane, find a professional, experienced roofing contractor to perform a thorough inspection. Be sure you hire an experienced pro, because a plain general contractor or an asphalt shingles expert won’tt know all the little details and complexities of these flat roof materials. They might give you poor recommendations that will cost you even more money and time to fix in the future.

During the inspection, your roofing contractor should include checking:

  • Seams
  • Flashings
  • Attachment points
  • Check for cracks at joints and corners, around chimneys and ventilation slits.
  • Assess any damage: deterioration, punctures, aging, leakage, ponding water, etc

It’s also very important that they do a test-cut (through the material to check what is under the top layer). A lot of times, mold and rotted sheathing underneath the top layer is not visible on the surface.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

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

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

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Tips For Shingle Roof Maintenance

Tips For Shingle Roof Maintenance

Maintaining Your Asphalt Shingle Roof

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

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

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

Three Tips for Regular Shingle Roof Maintenance

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

Routine Maintenance

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

Here’s what we recommend:

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

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

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

Get Your Roof Inspected

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

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

Perform Any Needed Repairs

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

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

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

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

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

A Secure Roof Equals a Secure Home

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

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

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

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

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Get Your Roof Ready for Storms

Get Your Roof Ready for Storms

Don’t Brush Off Bad Weather

Because monsoon storms are a way of life in Arizona, homeowners will brush off the news of bad weather, panicking when they realize the impact might be more than they thought. No matter which roofing system you have, your roof needs to be ready in the event of a severe wind storm, or simply daily onslaught of the quite violent monsoon summer thunderstorms. Even if you aren’t hit with hurricane-force high winds, one thing is sure: your roof will get its share of rain, dust and wind before the end of the season.

It’s best to start getting your property and roof ready now. Here are a few helpful tips to make sure you, and your roof, are able to make it through any monsoon storm.

Here Are A Few Things You Can Do To
Have Your Roof Ready for Monsoon Storms

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Secure All Doors and Windows

If there’s debris flying through the air and a window breaks, the pressure inside your home will dramatically increase, and your roof becomes just like a big parachute. To avoid this, make sure your doors and windows are tightly secured and locked during the peak of the storm.

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Take Inventory of your Property

You might have some damage after a monsoon storm. You want to be sure you’re prepared for your insurance company when they send their adjuster out to your property. Be ready by taking photos and videos that you can show to an adjuster.

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Secure Loose Objects in your Yard

Anything that can fly through the air and damage your home, or any other house nearby, should be secured or moved indoors. Patio furniture should be stored in your garage or shed. Your home isn’t the only thing that should be protected during a storm. Protecting your cars or trucks is also important. If you don’t have a garage, move them away from any large trees that could fall on top of them.

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Keep Tree Branches Away from your Roof

Tree branches need to be at least six feet away from your house. When winds are blowing high, they’re going to be like large whips across your roof, potentially causing a lot of damage. Be especially mindful of branches that grow up next to your roof’s edge. This is the area that provides protection from air lift, so its especially important that its not damaged.

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Keep Your Insurance Policy Current

Be sure you don’t have coverage gaps. If a tree causes damage to your home, you should contact your insurance company right away. Next, call a professional, licensed tree service. They’ll help you remove the tree from your roof and get it tarped. Then, your roofing contractor is there to help you repair any damage that occurred. They should also have tarps and crews that will be ready to help secure your property as soon as possible after the storm.

Before the Storm

Prepare for Strong Winds

Before a storm, you want to “batten down the hatches”,  as wind will be the factor that affects your roof the most. This is one of the most important things to take into consideration when preparing for a strong storm.  These steps will help ensure your roof isn’t exposed to the elements causing potential leaks.

  • When fastening roof decking during a roof replacement, add to its strength by using ring-shank nails.
  • Re-cement loose shingles. In high wind, loose shingles will lift and tear away, leaving the roof deck unprotected against moisture.
  • Use a self-adhering membrane or roofing tape to seal the roof deck. It minimizes the chance that moisture will get into your attic.

Prepare and Repair or Restore

Have a professional roofing contractor inspect your roof for weak areas that can cause issues during a severe storm. Here are some Indicators that an roof repair or restoration is required, grouped according to your roofing system material:

Shingle Roofs

All flashing should be sealed, properly aligned and checked for rust, corrosion or separating. Shingle tabs that are curled or lifted from a poor seal or prior wind damage, or those that have lost their protective granules, need to be replaced or resealed. Your roofing company should also check any vent turbines for proper seal and functionality.

Tile Roofs

Fasteners, tiles, flashing, ridges and risers must be in working order. Chipped, delaminated, slipping or sliding tiles must be repaired, restored or replaced. Flying tiles can become dangerous projectiles during high force wind.

Metal Roofs

Metal that buckles, fasteners that are the wrong type or are no longer functional, and unsealed or unseated flashing are signs of problem areas on your metal roofing system.

Flat Roofs

An emergency roof repair inspection for a flat roof means checking for ponding or pooling water, torn, cracked or broken surfaces, improper or non-functioning fasteners, buckling, poor seals, and overall flashing problems.

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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