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Options For Flat Roofs

Options For Flat Roofs

Correct Flat Roof Repair Installation

Roofing systems take abuse and have to be maintained. Pitched roofs are fundamentally built to shed water and keep snow from piling up. As a result, sloped roofs that utilize asphalt shingles, tiles, or wood shakes are designed to work similar to fish scales – overlapping each other to shed the water and snow.  Flat surfaces require different coverings and this article will discuss three options for flat roofs.

Flat roofing systems aren’t built that way. With extremely low slopes (between 1/4″ to 1/2″ per foot, if installed the right way), flat roofs don’t shed water easily. Flat roofing systems are built as a monolithic roof surface and will have times where water is pooling and standing.  There are 3 main options for flat roofs including Built-Up Roofing (BUR), Modified Bitumen Roofing, and Membrane or ‘Single-Ply’ Roofing (such as EPDM). EPDM is the latest flat roof technology (around 55 years) and BUR is the oldest (about 120 years). Modified Bitumen is between the others (+/- 60 years). Here are the pluses and minuses of each flat roofing system.

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Built-Up Roofing Systems

Built-up roofing (BUR) was the most commonly installed type of flat roof until single-ply roofing and modified Bitumen came along. BUR uses tar and gravel for a watertight layer on top of the roof. Some of its biggest benefits include longevity, the thick coverage of the roof deck and high resistance to damage. It’s a costly choice for a residential property, and some of the odors that come with tar and gravel can be bothersome. Here are some additional pluses and minuses of built-up roofing:

Pluses

  • It can last ten to fifteen years with routine maintenance and repair.
  • Several types exist — smooth asphalt built-up, ballasted asphalt built-up and cold built-up
  • Great protection against rain, UV rays, and severe weather.
  • Its low maintenance and costs little to maintain throughout its lifespan.
  • You can remove layers when repairing or resurfacing the roof.
  • The gravel in built-up roofing makes it resistant to normal foot traffic.

Minuses

  • Installation is lengthy due to involving a number of materials — asphalt, coal, tar, gravel, etc.
  • Potentially hazardous odors, fumes and vapors are emitted while being installed.
  • It has high initial installation costs.
  • It’s susceptible to high winds and unusually high levels of moisture.
  • It’s heavy, which can require roof joists be strengthened before it’s installed.
  • It can be difficult to find the source of a leak. At times, it requires dismantling the whole roof.
  • It’s not flexible in colder climates and is prone to damage as a result.
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Modified Bitumen Systems

It didn’t take long for the public to move away from the mess, heat, and odors of installing a BUR roof. But, for a long time it was the only option. In the early 1960’s a new technology was developed – modified bitumen roofing (MBR). It leveraged the proven performance of BUR and added roof wear layers or cap sheets that were polymer reinforced for strength and durability.

Pluses

  • Factory applied mineral surfacing that makes the application consistent.
  • Overlapping rolls create big, seamless areas.
  • Easier to install than BUR which saves on labor costs and reduces installation mistakes.
  • Polymer reinforced roof wear layer gives better elasticity and flexibility in colder temperatures.
  • There are several application methods – hot applied, torch applied, cold applied, self-adhered.
  • Its low in maintenance and durable.
  • Its inexpensive compared to other systems.
  • Recyclable materials at end of its lifespan.
  • More durable than BUR with installation thats similar to EPDM.

Minuses

  • Some application techniques require an open flame/torch which requires special safety considerations.
  • Overlapping joints must be adhered correctly to prevent leaking.
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Single Ply Membrane Systems

There are a few types of rubber/polymer membrane roofing systems – PVC, Neoprene, EPDM and several others. EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) is used the most, especially for residential projects.

EPDM is constructed of recycled rubber materials, making it environmentally friendly. It helps to insulate your roof and attic. In addition to covering your roof, it will bring down utility costs and make it economically viable as well. It comes in a large variety of textures and colors.

Pluses

  • EPDM roofing is waterproof.
  • You can encase your whole roof.
  • Repairs are pretty simple and inexpensive; property owners can do some simple repairs themselves.
  • They last 30 to 50 years and hold up against the elements and fire well.
  • Its lightweight so the roof deck doesn’t need to be reinforced.
  • Leaks are very rare.
  • Its durable — it doesn’t scratch or scuff easily — and repairs are easily made.

Minuses

  • Must be installed by a professional roofing contractor who knows how to properly install it. It can be somewhat expensive.
  • Exterior features such as pipes, HVAC systems and chimneys, can pose a risk to your EPDM roofing and cause leaks if flashing is not properly installed around them.
  • It can be damaged by branches, foot traffic or storm damage. You need to be more careful when walking on a membrane roof.

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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Tips For Installing a Shingle Roof

Tips For Installing a Shingle Roof

Installation With Experience

Your roof plays a huge role in protecting your property and everything inside that you own. Anytime the roof’s structure is in trouble, you need to take action right away to fix the issue. If you don’t to fix a damaged roof, it can lead to big problems and expensive repairs down the road. This article will discuss the things you should consider before installing a shingle roof.

Things to Consider Before Installing a Shingle Roof.

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Hire a quality roofing contractor

Some people like to keep the costs down by doing part or all of the job themselves. Most of the time, it’s safer to hire professional, experienced roofing contractors because they have valuable knowledge and experience as well as training in the appropriate materials to use, proper installation, safety procedures, building code requirements and waste disposal.

Here are some tips for hiring the right contractor:

  • First some common sense. Be sure to have your contractor’s license number so you can do some research at the Regitsrar of Contractors website/office. they will have all complaints, if any, posted about the company that have been filed in the last 3 years. You can also find out if their license is in good standing, the amount of their bond, if their license has ever been suspended and when it expires. You can find the name of the owner and how long they’ve had this license. All key information that tells you you’re dealing with a real, reputable contractor.
  • Ask what type of experience and other information about the crew that will be working on your property. How many crew members will there be? How much experience do they have? Have they been working for the contractor for some time or are they new? Will the estimator be part of the crew and follow up with them after the sale is made and they begin the work?
  • Make sure you get a copy of their liability and workman’s comp insurance. They should be able to give you the name of their insurance agent, who can then send you a copy of their certificate of liability and insurance limits. Having properly insured workers on your property is of the utmost importance.
  • Make sure you find out what type of warranty you’re getting for the work they do. Get it in writing and ask to see a physical copy of the warranty. If they just give you something verbally tell them to keep on walking.
  • The materials they use should also have a warranty. Ask what type of warranty they have and, again, ask to see that warranty in writing.
  • Will the estimator or owner be inspecting the project after its finished? Make sure a final inspection is included in your project and that you have the right to be present for the inspection.
  • How long do they estimate the project will take and can you get some kind of hard estimate in writing? Make sure you have a solid start date and a good hard estimated completion date before they start their work.
  • What are the hours and days the crew will be working on the property? What time do they begin their work each day and what time do they call it a day. Do they just work on weekdays or will they be including any weekend work in the project?
  • Last, but not least, what happens when it rains? How do they cover the project and what type of delays should you expect if the weather doesn’t cooperate during the project. Especially if your work is being done during our volatile monsoon seasons, you’ll need to have some clarity on this so you know what to expect.
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Get Things Going with Necessary Building Permits

Most cities and local governments will require permits for roofing work. Most roofing contractors will do the basic work for obtaining these permits, but you should know what the costs and time frames for permits are beforehand. This way you can add these expenses to your budget and the additional time to the project’s schedule — the sooner you know these time frames and costs, the better.

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Removing the Old Roof is Better Over Time

Some roofing contractors might propose you leave your old roof in place and consider installing a shingle roof on top of it. It will save money but you should avoid this. When an old roof is removed, the roofing contractor can inspect the decking and other areas for any possible structural damage that may exist. You could be creating a more costly repair by adding a new roof without removing the old one.

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Asphalt Shingles are Durable and Affordable

There’s a lot of roofing materials to pick from, like wooden shakes, clay, metal and slate. Asphalt shingles are a happy medium for many property owners because they come in lots of shapes and colors, they’re the most affordable, the easiest to install and usually last for at 15-20 years.

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Schedule During the Most Forgiving Time of the Year

Schedule your roof repair or replacement during a time when weather in your area is most favorable. Most roofing projects will be completed in a week to a few days, if weather is permitting. Some roofers give discounts if you schedule the project during their slow season, so make plans ahead of time with your scheduling and you could save yourself a lot of 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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  • Ready for Monsoon Season

Is Your Roof Ready for Monsoon Season?

Is Your Roof Ready for Monsoon Season?

Do You Need A Professional Roof Inspection?

Getting your roof ready for monsoon season is an important task here in the Arizona. If you’re new to the Valley, you might wonder how bad it will get and what to do to get your roof ready. It’s just an accepted fact of living here with the high winds, sudden, heavy rain, and cascading walls of sand and dust coming through the valley to damage your house. It isn’t just a possibility, its eventually going to happen to you.

Get your roof ready for monsoon season.  There are several steps you can take to ensure that your roof is ready for high winds and heavy rainfall.  The first is taking an ounce of prevention by having your roof inspected by a professional roofing contractor before the storms gather and it’s already leaking moisture into your home.

Essential Inspections

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Flat Roofs

Before you order the inspection you can look for debris thats lying up on your roof.  Things like branches, bunches of leaves, or objects that might have gotten tossed up there can get stuck in and block gutters and downspouts. This will cause a problem when it rains by trapping water and making it pool up on your roof. if you have a BUR (built-up) roof, you want to make sure there are no open seams where moisture can enter. With elastomeric coatings you want to also ensure they are still in solid, undamaged shape.

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Pitched Roofs

On a pitched roof,  you’ll have valleys that run down it. These canals channel water down off the roof and need to be completely clear of debris like the material coming off of aging asphalt roof shingles, leaves and branches. Just like flat roofing systems,  you have to make sure that the seams are inspected and that everything is in good condition and watertight. Obviously, if tiles or shingles are missing, you’ll need to order some repairs or if its still under warranty, get your roofing contractor out to replace them.

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Downspouts and Gutters

These need to be inspected also. They need to be in good shape, attached securely to your property and free of debris so they can be effective in channeling the heavy rainfall off your roof and down to the ground. If they are hanging oddly or not how they’re supposed to they can accumulate water and it can be pushed back onto the roof, instead of flowing down away from your roof and foundation. Speaking of the foundation, It’s also a good time to check the protection for the foundation of your home, making sure proper drainage is occurring and water isn’t pooling up against it, which will undermine it over time.

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Trees

They provide shade that can cut down on energy bills, but if they’re too close to your property  they can cause problems for a roof. If it’s a bigger, older tree and it collapses during a high wind event, a large branch can scrape across the roof, knocking off shingles or tiles, or even knock a hole in your roof.  Even if it’s not a big branch that comes through your roof, just having all the falling leaves, twigs and branches on your roof  will interfere with proper roof drainage.

Preventative Measures That Will Have Your Roof Ready for Monsoon Season

Previous owners might have taken shortcuts that weren’t caught during the home buying inspection. Patching or other roof repairs may have gone unnoticed. Have a professional roof repair contractor come out and inspect your roof to make sure there aren’t any do-it-yourself problems.  Catching simple problems ahead of time will keep them from turning into major problems later on.  Contractors should look for overlapping layers of roofing material, gaps, or just poor craftsmanship. Any of these could lead to a leaky roof, premature wear, and mold or algae.

A few preventative steps will go a long way to avoid serious issues and damage to the interior of your property.

  • Make sure doors and windows are properly sealed, installing weather stripping if needed.
  • Trim bushes and trees to keep them from damaging the walls of your home or the roof.
  • Be cognizant of water pooling near the foundation and install drainage equipment to redirect the water away from it.
  • If you live at the end of a sloped area, use sand bags to redirect water away from your home.
  • Check your ceilings for stains, as they are a sign that water is finding a way through your roof. Water can accumulate and cause mold and mildew, which can become a health problem.

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. 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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The 3 Main Benefits of a Tile Roof

The 3 Main Benefits of a Tile Roof

More Than Just Good Looks

Tile roofing is most commonly installed on Southwest and Mediterranean style homes.  These aesthetically pleasing tiles are generally made of clay, concrete, or slate. However, benefits of a tile roof are more than just good looks.  Familiarize yourself with the selling points that make them such popular roofing options. Weigh those strengths against key factors to decide whether or not your home can benefit from a tile roof.

Here Are A Few Key Benefits of a Tile Roof

Durability and Long Lifespan

Clay, concrete, and slate roofs are extremely resistant to fire and resist rot, bugs, and most other pests. Most tile roofing will hold up to extreme heat and cold, making it great for use in almost any climate. Clay tiles are especially resistant to the corrosion from salty air, which makes them an excellent choice for properties located in coastal areas. Many kinds of roofing tiles can also brag of superior impact resistance, which makes them a superior option in areas that experience severe storms with hail or high winds.

Most tile roofs are found in the warmer warmer regions of our country, but they can be utilized in colder areas, too. When you’re installing a clay or concrete tile roof in a region with a colder climate, however, you should require materials designed to handle the expansion that occurs with freezing and thawing cycles.

Quite frankly, people are the biggest threat to tile roofs. The tiles are not typically designed to handle foot traffic and are prone to be being broken or chipped when people walk on them and are careless. This is why its important to hire an experienced, professional roofing contractor to do any repairs or maintenance on or around a tile roof – including cleaning gutters, maintaining chimney and other protrusion flashing, and routine regular inspections.

A roof made of concrete, clay, or slate could be the last roof you will ever need on your home. Clay or slate tiles can last as long as 100 years, while most concrete tile comes with a 50 year warranty. Slate is one of the most durable and long-lasting roofing materials of all, with a lifespan of 100 to 150 years or more.

Curb Appeal and Versatility

Concrete and clay tiles usually feature natural earth tones, a sand-cast or unglazed finish, and a classic curved shape. However, their design isn’t limited to just these Southwestern and Mediterranean benchmarks. Their casting allows for a lot of different style options which will suit just about any type of architectural taste.

Both concrete and clay tiles come in a large array of colors and can have glazed or unglazed finishes. The most common shapes are flat, fluted, and interlocking that can be used in a wide variety of home designs. Some tiles are made to look like wood shakes, for use on craftsman, rustic and  log homes. Others are designed to mimic traditional European properties. Natural slate tiles are used often as the roofing system of choice for victorian, colonial, and tudor architecture.  They also looks great on sleek, modern, contemporary homes.

Slate tiles give the distinct appearance of natural stone and have a lot of the advantages that clay and concrete tiles have, including durability and long lifespans. They’re very popular in northern Europe, and are often found on victorian and tudor style homes in the US.

Long Term Return on Investment

Tile roofs are one of the most expensive upfront for both materials and labor. Slate, as an example, can range from $1,000 to $2,000 per square (which is a 10-foot-by-10-foot section of roofing) installed and a tile roofing contractor that has experience working with the high-end material may also require more. However, over their long lifespan, concrete, clay, and slate tiles will offset their initial cost. Because of a high thermal mass, tiles do a great job of regulating the temperature of your property, thus helping you lower heating and cooling expenses. The durability and longevity of clay, concrete, and slate also mean that you save a lot of money by not having to replace your roof multiple times over the lifespan of your home.. As an added benefit in todays eco-friendly world, all of the materials used are environmentally friendly, easily recycled.

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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Flat Roof Dont’s

Flat Roof Don’ts

Things to Avoid With Your Flat Roof

Flat roof don’ts are important to consider, and calling a contractor is likely in your best interest.  There have been a lot of flat roofs that have been lifted up or completely blown off buildings here in the Phoenix area due to monsoon storms kicking up severe, heavy wind gusts. Fortunately, most of the time, injuries are avoided, but the peeled away roofs are a reminder that flat roofing on a home is no place for amateurs.

If the homeowner or property manager happened to be up on the roof to do something they thought was simple, like checking the drains and gutters for debris, when the monsoon storm hit, as an example, much worse results would have occurred and made for major, tragic headlines. Unnecessary rooftop visits are just one practice to avoid with residential flat roofing.

Don’t Do These Things With Your Flat Roof

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Don’t Go On Your Roof

Rooftop visits that aren’t necessary are just one practice to avoid with flat roofing systems. Some homeowners think of their roof as their personal property, the same as you might look at something you own like a guard dog. But, you know guard dogs can sometimes bite the hand that feeds them. Your roof should be treated with the same kind of caution – it will be there, inviting you to climb up on top of it, but roofs can be very unpredictable. The less time you spend on your roof, the safer you are. Leave inspections and repairs to the experienced professionals like Mikku and Sons Roofing. We have the trained crews, specialized equipment and certified training to walk your residential flat roof safely and securely.

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Don’t Put Off Repairs

Another poor behavior to avoid is procrastinating your roof repairs. Ignoring the trouble signs of a potential leak – ponding, musty odors in your interior, ceilings that have stains, or moisture damaged roof insulation – will only cause your eventual repair to be more costly. If your home has any of these signs pointing to a leak, get that small repair made as fast as you possibly can, before it turns into a major roof replacement project. You can also avoid damage to your insulation and roof decking with quick attention to repairs. This quick repair strategy will always save you money in the long run.

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Don’t Be a Do-It-Yourselfer

Some homeowners think they can do minor roof repairs themselves. You, or a property manager, might think of yourselves as some sort of “handyman”. Why would you risk your health, your job and your well being by going up on a roof to try to make an amateur repair? The do-it-yourself approach might work for a while to clear a clogged scupper or something simple, but for most residential flat roof repair, you need the guidance and experience of a professional roofing contractor.

Some other flat roof don’ts to consider:

  • Differing roofs require different materials.
  • A common issue is someone using chemical solvents to clean or seal seams that were originally sealed with heat.
  • Not only can amateurs use the wrong roof surfacing materials, they can unknowingly put the wrong materials together at seams and flashing, causing more problems than they solve.

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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  • Why Foam Roofing

Why Foam Roofing is a Great Option

Why Foam Roofing?

An Excellent Choice

Spray foam roofing (SPF) is an excellent choice for a flat roof because of its insulation properties and seamlessness. It has a long lifespan, if its been installed correctly, which takes skill and special equipment for the project.

Benefits of a Spray Foam Roof Installation

  • A spray foam roof has a relatively quick installation process. Depending on the size and features of your roof, you could have a new SPF roof in a day. You can also install SPF over the top of an existing roof which can save a lot of time and money by avoiding a roof tear-off.
  • SPF roofing is also low in volatile organic compounds, or VOC’s.
  • SPF roofing causes very little disruption for the property owner.

Mistakes to Avoid in SPF Installation

  • The roof substrate has to be clean. Any debris or water can keep the material from adhering properly to the substrate, which can cause ruptures in the future.
  • An SPF installation must be be done on a clear and calm day. Wind could make the spray foam fly where you don’t want it.
  • Proper safety equipment has to be used. Small droplets of foam can end up all over the place, so you need to make sure any equipment or electronics are put away or covered. Let the installers do their job, but it might be a good idea to be close by to clean any drops that land on the exterior of your property. Spray foam dries in minutes, and it cab be very difficult to remove.

Foam Roof Installation and Finding an Experienced Contractor

How It Works

Spray foam roofing sounds easy enough. Two ingredients are mixed using special equipment attached to a truck or trailer. A chemical reaction starts as soon as the ingredients are mixed together. Heated hoses bring the mixture forward to a spray gun, which is used to apply the foam to the roof with a thickness of 1 to 2 inches. The liquid then foams, expands and hardens. An elastomeric coating is applied to protect the foam from UV rays.

This installation takes skill and experience. The equipment is too specialized for a one-off job. Only an experienced pro will be able to mix the components correctly, at the right temperature, and apply the liquid properly while anticipating how much the foam will expand.

This is a widely recognized and highly effective building envelope material, with roofing systems being one of the main application categories. A high-performance product with a lot of incredible benefits, spray foam has gained popularity builders and roofing contractors. Like a lot of building products, installation should always be performed by a professional, experienced installer utilizing correct handling and installation techniques, with safety precautions employed and followed.

Dual Purpose Material

The foam serves dual purposes as a protective roofing material and as a thermal insulation solution. A roof’s main purpose is to protect what is underneath it. SPF roofing systems provide durable protection for the structure and personal items contained below. Its lightweight, as most SPF roof systems weigh less than a pound per square foot. Its also seamless and self-flashing, and highly resistant to severe weather, wind and foot traffic. Once its installed, it requires minimal maintenance, providing more strength to the roofing system. It works well in most of the country’s geographic regions and climates.

Insulation Properties

It also works well as both an air and moisture barrier. Not only does it protect against water and moisture intrusion, but it also reduces air movement through the roof system, which improves indoor air quality and lowers the energy use of the building.

Because the roof of a building is a big source of heat loss, the insulating qualities of the SPF helps to provide excellent indoor temperatures and energy efficiency. As a thermal insulator, it has one of the highest R-values per inch of all roofing insulations. And, because spray foam is fully adhered, there are no thermal intrusions from fasteners. Keeping heat inside the property during colder months and keeping heat out in warmer months. It reduces heating and air conditioning demands, which lowers energy expenses during its lifespan, which can be 30 to 50 years with the right maintenance. In warmer areas, reflective roof coatings can also be added over the SPF to further reduce cooling expenses.

Why Foam Roofing In Summary

Roof performance isn’t measured by just one factor (like R-value). Rather, the success of a roofing system is accomplished by reviewing combined considerations for air movement, moisture control, health, safety, durability, occupant comfort and energy efficiency. An SPF roof scores high marks in all of these categories.

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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  • When Your Roof Is Damaged

What To Do When Your Roof is Damaged

What To Do When Your Roof is Damaged

You Can’t Predict The Weather

If you’re a property owner, you can’t predict when and how severe weather will hit you. You’ll need to take steps when your roof is damaged and you’ll need to completely understand the steps to take. Severe rain, high windstorms and monsoons can all cause heavy damage to your roof.

Important Steps To Take When Your Roof Is Damaged

Check Your Roof’s Damage

After your roof experiences severe wether, you have to assess the damage you’ve experienced. You can then be able to discuss what happened with your insurance representative and your roof repair contractor to help you avoid hidden costs or issues. (You should do this during daylight hours, which means you might have to skip to step 2 before you inspect the damage.) Use binoculars when you’re checking the damage so you can see the details closely.

Take the area thats been damaged and figure the estimated square footage. Look to see if there are any shingles missing and note how severe the damage is. In some smaller cases, you may just have a few random shingles missing or sheered off. Make a note of the material that’s visible and exposed. Here’s what to look for – the ends of missing shingles, tar paper or exposed plywood. Notice the shade and color of the material thats exposed. If you have some shingles from when the roof was installed or last repaired, you can check the packaging for the right shingle style and color you’ll need.

Make Temporary Fixes

If you have a little experience with repairs, try to make some temporary fixes to minimize your damage. Personal items inside your home could be damaged by water if your roof is leaking directly above a living area. Put a garbage can or bucket under any leaking water and move any valuable items away from the area so they won’t get damaged more. You may need to use a tarp to cover badly damaged areas to get them waterproofed immediately. If they’re smaller repairs that are needed you can get them shingled right away.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Call your insurance representative and check your insurance policy if it looks like there’s enough damage for a claim. If there isn’t, it may make more sense money wise to hire a roofer yourself and get any needed repairs done. If you’re involved in a large, natural disaster where big swaths of residential properties are hit by severe weather or a big storm, you may want to contact your insurance company ASAP so you can get on a good contractor’s schedule immediately. Good, reputable roofing companies will have their calendars filled up quickly after a severe storm in their area, due to demand.

Hire A Reliable Roofing Contractor

If you need to hire a roofing contractor, be sure it’s a reliable, professional roofing company. Be careful not to hire any fly-by-nighters that flood these areas after a storm and rip off vulnerable, uneducated property owners. Avoid these type of contractors at all costs. These traveling contractors that chase storms around will give you poor quality workmanship and be gone as fast as they arrived, leaving you with bigger issues than you had from just the storm.

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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  • Roof Inspections

Roof Inspections Are Important

Roof Inspections Are Important

Regular Inspections Will Save Your Roof

Your business or personal belongings depend on the proper maintenance and repair of your roof. Keep in mind that a little prevention now can prevent catastrophic roof failure in the future.  This will save you a lot of inconvenience and expense in the process.

You should bring in a professional roof repair contractor if you have concerns after an inspection. The roofing contractor can also help you determine the remaining estimated lifespan of your roof, the roof’s general existing condition and help you develop a maintenance plan moving forward.

Roof Inspections – Things to Keep in Mind

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When Hiring A Roofing Contractor

  • Choose established, properly bonded roof repair contractors.
  • Get more than one estimate for the services you need.
  • Get references that include other properties in your area and follow up on them.
  • Make them show you their certificate of insurance and ensure they have current worker’s comp insurance.
  • Always check with the Better Business Bureau for any complaints that are open.
  • Make sure the estimate is very specific on the scope of work, including disposing of any debris created and cleaning up the grounds after the job is complete.
  • If you’re getting a new roof installed, make sure the deck has no deteriorated materials or any areas that are water soaked. Make sure any damaged material replacement is included in the contract.
  • Get a warranty in writing and verify the information. Confirm everything that is and isn’t covered in the scope of work and warranties. For future inspections and repairs, keep all records of work performed and warranties.
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Other Things To Remember

  • An inspection should provide a plan for repair any issues that might show problems.
  • After a severe storm with strong wind, have your roof inspected for damage, because these type of storms in succession can weaken your roof. Even if the roof appears to have survived a storm intact, there could have been damage or it could have been weakened enough to fail during the next one.
  • They should go back to previous areas where repairs have been made in the past to ensure they have held.
  • They should make sure to remove any accumulated debris or objects on the roof. Leaves, small branches and other organic material can hold moisture, which can cause deterioration of the roof materials. If you live in a dry area, keeping debris off your roof will place your property in less risk for fire.
  • Keep trees around your property trimmed back so branches don’t scrape the roof and drop debris on it. Debris on your roof can clog gutters and drains that would force water flow away from your roof.
  • Check your gutters, downspouts and drains for twigs, grass, leaves and other objects or debris that will prohibit proper drainage.
  • If you’re in an area prone to sever wind, make sure your gutters and downspouts include straps to hold them in place.
  • Inspect the seals around vents and other roof apparatus to make sure they’re sealed properly. Use flashing cement to seal any gaps that might be visible. You may need to replace the flashing if its been badly damaged or deteriorated, or if you can move your vents back and forth.
  • If you have a storm with large hail stones, contact your insurance company about having the roof inspected, even if you can’t see any easily visible damage.

The Best Way to Avoid Major Roof Issues

You should bring in a professional commercial roof repair contractor if you think that there could be some concerns after an inspection. The commercial roofing contractor can also help you determine the remaining estimated lifespan of your roof, the roof’s general existing condition and help you develop a maintenance plan moving forward.

Regular inspections and maintenance is the best way to avoid major roof issues and help your roof sustain extreme weather conditions. Regular maintenance will also prolong your roof’s lifespan.  This may allow you to repair your roof instead of replacing it when issues pop up, saving you a lot of money. How often you should have your roof inspected depends on several factors like age, recent weather events, foot traffic on your roof, and any type of conditions that may have been uncovered in past inspections. Your roof should be inspected twice per year, in the spring and fall, to ensure that it’s not being forgotten.

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

The 7 Top Causes of Roof Leaks

The 7 Top Causes of Roof Leaks

Don’t Panic!

With all of the potential causes of roof leaks, you tend to panic at the first sign. It may not be as bad as you think.  Most leaks just need minor repairs and aren’t indicative of your roof failing or needing to be replaced. Most of them are easily rectified, and expensive repairs, or even replacement are unnecessary. You should remedy roof leaks as soon as you find them though, because it will keep your roof from further deterioration that could lead to mold, mildew and interior damage, as well as possibly needing to replace it.

If you do find a leak, you can use this list of the 7 most common causes of roof leaks in the Valley to figure out the issue and ix it before it gets worse. If you don’t vent your attic properly, warm, moist air from below can gather and in time, condensation can build up and leak back down through your ceiling.

7 Most Common Causes Of Roof Leaks

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Faulty Flashing

The number one cause of roof leaks is flashing, the thin metal sheeting around openings in your roof,  that is either faulty or cracking. Flashing doesn’t last forever and it will split or crack before you need a new roof, which is why leaks here are so common. To fix it, you just pull up the shingles that are covering the edges of flashing, and then remove the faulty piece. Your roofer will place a new flashing around the opening by nailing it down. Cover the nail heads with sealant and the repair is made.Then they’ll seal the nail heads and area around the opening and replace the shingles. A simple repair.

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Broken and Cracked Shingles

Cracked, broken and missing shingles can cause problems. You can spot them easily and they’re not difficult to replace. They can be cracked by hail or flying debris, or just simply wear out and start to crack. If the rest of the roof is in good shape, you can usually just replace the faulty ones. Your roofer will lift up the shingles that cover the edges of the broken ones and remove it. Then, they place a new shingle in, nail it down and replace the shingles that were lifted up to expose it.

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Missing Valley Sealant

Your roof valleys need to be properly sealed because moisture tends to pool there. Delete this sentence. If it wasn’t properly sealed, or, if the existing sealant is breaking down, it may leak in this area after a healthy rain storm. To repair it, your roofing contractor will coat the bottom of the valley with new sealant, overlapping the the sides of the valleys to get the right kind of coverage.

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Bad Vent Boots

Vents, for gas as an example, are pipes that stick out around 2 feet over your roof. There’s a boot around the base that keeps water from getting through around the vent. This boot, over time, will crack or split and allow moisture to get through. The roofing company will pry up the old boot and remove any nails and adhesive holding it down. Then they slide a new boot over the vent and using caulk to seal it to the shingles.

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Debris in Gutters

Your gutters are there to direct water away from your roof and foundations. If they get clogged with debris they will cause water to back up and get beneath your shingles and roof underlayment. If you have a leak thats close to a gutter, it could be caused by water backing up out of it due to debris.
To fix it, just remove whatever debris or leaves are causing the back up and get the water flowing through them smoothly again.

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Attic Condensation

Your problem could be in your attic and not your roof. If you see indications of mold or mildew, you’ve probably got a condensation problem in your attic. The solution is getting attic ventilators installed that will circulate the air and keep it dry to prevent moisture and mold from getting a foothold.

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Normal Wear and Tear

The shingles on your roof could lose their protective granules over time and normal wear and tear, causing leaks. You could cause this issue yourself by doing things like retrieving items from your roof, fixing or installing things like satellite dishes, or just casually removing debris. Don’t go up on your roof any more than you absolutely have to, because these types of leaks are the kind that most often lead to replacement. You’ll need a roofing contractor to come out and inspect your roof to determine if this is your problem.

Not Fixing Leaks Quickly

When you have a leak, the tendency is to sometimes put it off because you might think it will cost too much. Unfortunately with roof leaks, this is the worst thing you can do, because the issue will just get worse over time, making it even more expensive. So, the most cost effective and cheapest option is usually getting your leaks fixed as soon as you find them. Keep in mind that a leak can have several causes, so don’t automatically think its a worst-case scenario. Every time you find a leak, make sure to have a professional inspect it to pinpoint the cause.

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

Spray Foam Roofing Myths

Spray Foam Roofing Myths

Debunking the Myths

In the Desert Southwest, spray foam roofing is a great solution for flat or low sloped roofs, but there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about this roofing choice.  As a result, many customers tend to have concerns about taking advantage of this option. To show consumers the value and versatility of spray foam, we hope to shed light on several of these myths.

5 Spray Foam Roofing Myths and Misconceptions

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SPF Costs Too Much

Spray foam roofing is very affordable compared to other options. The cost is about the same as a single layer of asphalt shingles. In fact, with the rising cost of oil, the expense of oil based asphalt shingles is going up.  On the other hand, spray foam pricing has remained fairly constant.

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SPF Isn’t Durable

Research has shown that properly applied roofing foam can last as long as 50 years when applied correctly and maintained by re-coating it on a regular basis. There are foam roofs that were applied over 40 years ago that are still holding up well.

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SPF Is Too Toxic

Spray polyurethane foam is just a type of plastic that has been altered slightly and has been used to make the millions of bottles that are used in the food manufacturing industry — bottles that are used for bottled  water, soft drinks, ketchup, mustard, mayo and hundreds, maybe thousands of other products that are consumed in households throughout our country every day.

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SPF Isn’t A Good Insulator

Foam roofing is a great option for insulating your property or business from heat, especially on flat or slightly sloped roofs. The closed cell structure gives SPF one of the highest R-Values (thermal resistance) of all roofing materials that can be used on your property, and it makes it very moisture resistant as well as being highly fire resistant, which is great for insurance rates.

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SPF Is Not Energy Efficient

Texas A&M University studied the energy use of its campus buildings before and after they applied Spray foam on its building’s roofing systems. They studied more than eight million square feet of SPF roofing on their campus, and found that their energy savings completely paid for the expense of Texas A&M’s SPF roof systems in three to four years.

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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