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Roof Replacement Tips

Roof Replacement Tips

Do’s and Don’t’s

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

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

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

Don’t

Things to NOT Do

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

Things To Do

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

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

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

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

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What Will a New Roof Cost?

How Do You Estimate Your Roof Cost?

There is no such thing as a common roofing job, so any discussion about roofing expenses needs to point that out. Your neighbor may have totally different criteria for a new roof than yours. As an example, your roof could be more weather damaged and worn, besides the differences in pitch and size. Also, you might want to add additional features like solar shingles or dormer windows that allow more light into your attic.

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

Difficulty and Style.
If your roof has a large number of hips and valleys in its design, it will be more difficult to install. Style refers to the basic shape of your roof. If you have extra features built in to your roof design, like dormer windows, vent covers, chimneys, skylights, etc., that will make the difficulty factor rise and increase your cost.

Your Geographic Location. 
Depending on whether you're in a rural or urban area and your geographic location can affect your pricing.

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

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

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

What is the Expense of Your Roof Based On?
Size and dimensions. You can get a rough estimate yourself by measuring the the perimeter of your home, but a professional will climb onto your roof and get precise measurements.

Your Existing Roof's Slope and Pitch.
The steeper the pitch of your roof, the more expensive it will be due to the additional material needed.

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

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

Get Your Estimate from a Professional Roofing Contractor.

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

Mikku and Sons Roofing (623) 465-1068 has provided quality Phoenix roof installation services and has been a Phoenix roofing contractor since 2001. Give us a call for straight talk and advice on your roof installation project.

 

 

Repair or Replace?

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How do you know when to replace your roof or just continue repairing it? When do roof leaks become too expensive?

The lifespan of your roof depends on the materials used when its built. Usually, shingles have a life expectancy of 20-30 years (depending on the quality of the shingles you choose), while a foam roof, properly maintained, can last up to 50 years.

Of course, we have additional factors that come in to play in the Southwest. The heat, and especially the hot sun, are the main reasons for natural aging, and southern exposures usually have the most wear and tear. Wind, hail, bad drainage, tree branches, pollution and weather extremes also contribute to the aging of a roof. Of course, the easiest way to avoid having a roof replaced is to take care of the materials and fix any found damages right away.

if you’re questioning if your roof needs to be replaced, here are 10 signs to watch for that might be an indication that it’s time for a roof replacement:

  • Does the deck look like its sagging?
  • Are there any dark spots that are noticeable?
  • Any signs of leaking or water damage inside or under the roof?
  • Can you see light showing through the roof?
  • Are any roofing materials (shingles, tiles, shakes, foam, etc.) missing?
  • Are there any damaged, cracked or torn roofing materials? If you have shingles, look for unusually large amounts of granules in the gutters.
  • Are the flashing and seals around vents, pipes, chimneys and other penetrations in good condition?
  • Is the drainage system working the way it should?
  • Is there any moisture, rot or mold that’s noticeable?
  • Do the appliances and attic space have proper ventilation?

If you answered yes to some of these, then you need to compare the expenses involved. If you figure the amount to repair the roof will be $2,500 and will last five years, when it will need to be repeated. Compare that to the cost of a new roof that will need only routine maintenance and could last up to 30 years. It might make more sense to spend the money now and save a larger amount of money later in future repair expenses.

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However, be careful, you need to be aware that putting off a roof replacement can cost you more down the road. Poor maintenance routines can allow moisture to penetrate the membrane and cause damage to your insulations and roof deck. If you need to replace these along with roof materials you will have a much bigger roofing expense to deal with.

When you need a professional, trustworthy roofer to give you solid advice on whether you should repair or replace your roof, call us. Mikku and Sons Roofing (623) 465-1068 provides quality Phoenix roof repair services and has been a Phoenix roofing contractor since 2001.

Which Roofing System Should You Choose?

Before choosing a roofing material, a home or business owner needs to know how sturdy the roof structure is and what kind of weight load it can handle. For example, not all building structures are designed to handle the weight of ceramic or concrete tiles. In addition, the pitch and size of the roof may play a factor in selecting materials. Once the weight limit, size and pitch are known, then the choice of appropriate materials can be made. Here are some things home and business owners should think about when making a choice.

Tile Roofing
Clay, terracotta, slate and concrete tile roofing is very common throughout the southwest and particularly on homes and businesses in the Las Vegas area. This type of material holds up well to the extreme weather conditions in Vegas and is particularly impact resistant to falling debris and hail. It also allows a certain amount of air circulation up under the tiles, helping to keep your roof cooler in the heat. Since it comes in a variety of colors and shapes, it is also extremely attractive. However, the weight may be a factor when selecting this type of material.

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Foam Roofing
Foam roofing is most often used on flat surfaces, but thanks to its ability to flow when it is applied, foam can be put on almost any type of roof surface. With proper maintenance (every 10-15 years) this material can last more than 50 years. Foam roofs are also very light weight, much more so than more traditional roofing material options. Foam is also durable, impact resistant and very energy efficient. Foam roofing frequently produces an energy savings of 30% or greater when compared to the alternative roofing systems.

Asphalt Shingles
Standard asphalt shingles have three tabs and tend to have a repetitive pattern from one home or business to the next, although they do come in a variety of colors. In contrast, dimensional shingles, also known as architectural or laminated shingles, have two layers of shingle material bonded together, but random notches have been taken out, exposing the bottom layer. This gives these new shingles a three dimensional look to the roof, with different high and low tabs. Because of the double bonded layer, dimensional shingles actually offer more protection and impact resistance from wind and hail — with the heaviest grades able to withstand 120 mph winds. They also have a longer lifespan — 40 years compared to the average 20 years for the single layer asphalt shingles.

Single Ply Roofing
Single ply roofing is one of the fastest growing roofing applications for flat roofs in the world. Widely used in the Southwestern United States, these white-colored roofing systems are highly reflective and energy efficient, often Energy Star rated. Major manufactures including Firestone manufacture this product, and offer 10-30 year warranties. Single Ply roofs also offer creativity in the insulation package that can be installed underneath the membrane, with availability of R-30 and beyond.

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Cool Roofs
During the summer months, most people wear lighter colored clothing because light colors reflect heat and sunlight, whereas dark colors absorb it. Buildings are the same as people. A dark-colored roof will be hotter than a light-colored roof. The term "Cool Roof" refers to roofing materials that reflect the sun's energy from the roof surface. Cool materials for low-slope roofs are mainly bright white in color, although non-white colors are starting to become available for sloped roof applications. Cool Roofs must also have high emissivity, allowing them to emit infrared energy. For instance, metal roofing tends to have low emissivity and is not considered a cool material. Cool roofs can reduce the roof surface temperature by up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, thereby reducing the heat transferred into the building below. This helps to reduce energy costs (by keeping attics and ducts cooler), improve occupant comfort, cut maintenance costs, increase the life cycle of the roof, and reduce urban heat islands along with associated smog.

Mikku and Sons Roofing (623) 465-1068 provides quality Phoenix roof repair services and has been a Phoenix roofing contractor since 2001. Give us a call when you need a trustworthy roofing contractor to help you choose the right roofing system for your property.

 

 

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What to do about Water Stains

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A lot of homeowners take their ceilings for granted and don't check them often, but we recommend you inspect them regularly for signs of moisture seeping through. Even if you see something that looks minor, you need to get on it and check it out. Here's some tips for taking care of water stains quickly and effectively:.

Locate the Source
When you spot moisture, the first thing you need to do is find out the source of where its coming from. Most of the time, the area directly above the stain is the best place to start. If you can't see anything on your roof that looks like a problem, you could have a pipe thats leaking. There could also be moisture running along some pipes or trusses that will come from a source somewhere else and drop onto your ceiling.

Other reasons for stained ceilings could be:

  • Bad or old caulking.
  • AC ductwork thats faulty.
  • Water pans or piping that needs to be repaired.
  • Bad insulation, which could cause pipes to leak.
  • Older pipes that might need to be replaced or repaired.
  • Cracks in  stucco walls if you have them. 
  • Faulty flashing around chimneys and pipes.

Check Your Roof
If the leak is coming from your roof, it could be that there are other sources of moisture other than obvious leaks. If you need a professional, experienced roofing company to inspect your roof for leaks and determine where any moisture spots may be coming from, give us a call at (623) 465-1068.

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Don't Skip Any Steps
You don't want to repair any moisture stains, no matter how bad they look, until you know the source and have it repaired. If you fix it first then find the source, chances are you're going to be repairing another moisture stain. If there's permanent damage, you might have to take out part of your ceiling or wall to fix the issue. So the stain doesn't seep through, when you're dealing with a cosmetic stain, you should use a stain covering primer before painting over the spot. Depending on how much damage there is and the stain itself, you may need to call in a professional to help fix the issue..

Call on a Professional for Help
Make sure you don't let moisture stains and their source go unchecked. Always take care of the issue as soon as possible, or what could be a minor cosmetic and roof repair could turn into something major and much more expensive. Here at Mikku and Sons Roofing, we can put you in touch with financing options, if the need for it arises.

Tile Roofing Innovations

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

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

Lowering Weight – a lower weight makes them able to be used in many types of architectural designs and systems.

Increased Energy Efficiency – 20 to 30 % more utility savings for property owners due to modern green technologies.

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

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

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

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

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There are quite a few tile roofing options today, including:

Clay or Ceramic Tiles – these are made by baking clay thats been colored and glazed. They can be used with many textures, finishes and styles.

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

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

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

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

Building a new home or replacing an existing roof? Call your local professional roofing contractor, Mikku and Sons Roofing at (623) 465-1068 to explore how a tile roof can enhance your property's curb appeal.

Are Your Roof Drains Causing Leaks or Damage?

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For your roof to drain properly, you need 3 things – proper placement of drains, if needed, the proper slope on your roof and the size of the drains, which on a sloped roof would mean gutters. Also, you’ll need to consider the amount of rainfall you would normally encounter during storms and how intense the rainfall is during those storms.

What gutters and drains do is detour the water falling from your roof away from the exterior walls and foundation. If you have gutters, its critical that the materials they’re made of, how they’re installed and the maintenance you perform on them are needed to prevent damage to your roof. Blocked gutters or drains can cause water to back up below the membrane or pool on the surface in areas that could take a long time to dry out. You never want standing water on any roof surface.

Here are a few things to think about when considering the type of drainage you’ll incorporate into your roof:

  • For gutters, aluminum and steel are the most common material choices – they’re durable and resist cracking, bending and corrosion. These are 3 of the most common cases of damage to a roof. Corrosion, cracking and bending of gutters are one of the most common causes of damage to roofs.
  • Proper maintenance and regular inspections of your downspouts and and gutters is crucial to keep water flowing away from your property. The downspouts that carry that water away tend to clog and back up and must be kept clear. Proper maintenance and regular checks of the downspouts and gutters is essential to keep water flowing smoothly away from your building.
  • One of the most common causes of roof damage is a clogged gutter. Most gutters are open-top, which tend to accumulate debris (leaves, sticks) along with nesting birds and rodents. When your gutter gets blocked, water stops flowing and spills over the edge in the wrong places. The pooling and spilling water can soak your roofing material and make it rot. Locations where the gutters or downspouts are blocked also make a great place for mold, mildew and algae to thrive and grow.
  • Proper installation of the roof drain and gutters is also extremely important. If they aren’t installed right, they will almost certainly fail. they have to be installed with the roof’s pitch and angles taken into account. You’ll have damage to your roof line, or the gutters will crack or pull away from your property if they aren’t installed properly.
  • If you have a commercial building, where and how many roof drains or gutters you place is critical. Here are some guidelines:. Drains should be located no more than 100 feet apart and no more than 50 feet from the roof’s perimeter.
  • Your city or state surely has building codes that need to be checked before you make any changes or additions to your building.

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If you think your drainage apparatus isn’t working the way it should, you should call a professional roofing contractor to inspect it as soon as possible. they will be able to pinpoint any problems for you and should be knowledgeable about the type of drainage thats appropriate for your property and the areas applicable building codes.

Mikku and Sons Roofing has been serving the greater Phoenix area for over 16 years. When you need a professional, experienced and trustworthy roof repair contractor for your next roofing project, give us a call at (623) 465-1068.

 

A Little About Roof Warranties

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

The Product Warranty

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

An Installation Warranty

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

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An Implied Warranty

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

Signing Your Warranty

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

Notifying Your Warranty Holders

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

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

Information on Roof Warranties

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So, you’ve invested in a new roof  and now you get to sit back and enjoy the next 20 years with no roofing worries.  Or do you?  The best answer is that it depends on what you just purchased.

Most property owners tend to focus on the length of the warranty and don’t fully understand what is and what is not covered, leaving you open to some surprises later. Understanding your typical roof warranty can help you get the most out of your coverage.

It probably isn’t a surprise to learn that roofing warranties are usually more geared toward protecting the manufacturer than the property owner. Roofing manufacturers spend big money to compose lots of fine print that tries to limit their own liability if something goes wrong with their roofing products. That’s why it’s so critical that you understand the following before signing off on your project and warranty purchase:

    •    What kind of roof warranty am I getting?
    •    What is the actual term of the warranty?
    •    What can void my warranty?
    •    What are my responsibilities for maintaining my warranty?
    •    What doesn’t a typical roof warranty cover?

If you haven’t purchased your new roof yet, ask for a sample of the roof warranty template and read through it and ask for clarifications from your roofing contractor.

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If you have purchased already, here are some of the most common questions to look for:

Differences between a contractor roof warranty and a manufacturer roof warranty?
This one is pretty simple. One comes from the roofing company that installed the roof and one comes from the manufacturer of the roofing materials.

Manufacturer warranties differ – some cover only the material while others cover the whole system. Most manufacturer warranties also require the contractor to perform warranted repairs for the first few years after they install the roof.

Contractor roof warranties usually don’t cover materials and only cover the actual workmanship.

Material-Only Warranty vs. Labor-Only Warranty vs. System (Labor and Material) Warranty

Material Only Warranties typically has a lower cost than a full system warranty but will only cover manufacturing defects and premature deterioration for the term of the warranty. Material only warranties cover the roof membrane and not other accessories such as flashings, adhesives, metal edge, etc
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It only covers the cost of materials to repair or offers a credit toward buying a new membrane. These warranties don’t cover or include any labor or coverage for installation issues. They also don’t provide coverage for fixing leak repairs.

Labor Only Warranties cover only the labor required to fix a roof defect and doesn’t cover cost of materials. They are usually offered by the roof installation contractor. This type of warranty isn’t a roof workmanship warranty and probably won’t cover repairs for installation errors.

Full System Warranties usually cover not only the material, but also manufacturer approved flashings, accessories and metal work used in the original installation. They typically cover full cost, labor included, for any roof leak repairs within the warranty terms and conditions. Again, this type of warranty might not cover installation errors.

Labor Warranty vs. Roof Workmanship Warranty

These two types of warranties can be confused so let’s talk about the differences.
Labor warranties cover the costs associated with repairing a defective roof within the terms of the roof system coverage. Most full system warranties include labor. However, they don’t cover the cost of repairs associated with installation failures. That’s why the most critical step of your roof system is a good, solid, professional installation.

There isn’t much that can protect you against installation issues besides a roof workmanship warranty from the roof installer. Also remember that a warranty is only as good as the roofing company backing it. Make sure you have a professional, long-standing roofing contractor install your roof.

A roof workmanship warranty covers you against costs related to actual installation problems and errors which a labor-only warranty might not cover. However, some system warranties do cover workmanship. If your warranty doesn’t include workmanship coverage you might be able to get it directly from the installer.
 
Most roof warranties won’t protect you from a bad installation!
A roof warranty is only as good as the company backing it. Looking for a professional, experienced roofing contractor to install your roof? Contact Mikku and Sons Roofing today, at 623-465-1068.
 
What does a regular roof warranty cover?
Again, this depends on the actual type of warranty you have. You could be surprised by what you are or are not covered for. That’s why it’s so critical to know what the roof warranty will cover before you invest in a new roof system. Always read the fine print and exceptions. 

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Below are some things that are normally covered or that might require extra fees. Be aware that certain warranty coverage extras such as puncture coverage or high wind coverage require certain roof materials or installation methods which may impact the cost of the roof installation itself.

Roof Leak Repair
Most full system roof warranties cover labor and material costs for roof leak repairs as long as the cause of the leak fall under certain requirements or guidelines. For example, a typical roof warranty doesn’t cover the cost of leak repair if it was caused by fire, lightning, high winds, hail, earthquakes, negligent acts, misuse, vandalism or loss of integrity of the structure.

High Winds
Damage caused by high winds can fall outside of the typical roof warranty coverage. Check with your roofing contractor to find out what winds speeds you are covered for. If your property is in a high wind or hurricane area you might want to check into a wind gust upgrade. But know that this upgrade will probably increase the cost of your warranty and may need enhancements to the roof system like increased fastening patterns.  Those enhancements will also increase the total cost of your new roof system.

Hail Damage Coverage
Another warranty add-on is coverage for hail damage. If your property is located in a hail-prone area you might want to think about a roof design that allows for this add-on to protect you from the expense of repairing a hail damaged roof.  However, this may also  require enhancements that will increase the total cost of your new roof.

Roof Puncture Coverage
If your roof system has a lot of foot traffic you may want to consider adding accidental puncture coverage. There will be an extra charge for puncture coverage and you also might need to have a specific roof membrane thickness for your roof to qualify for this upgrade.

What doesn’t a typical roof warranty cover?
Almost as important as what is covered by your warranty is knowing what isn’t covered. 

Here are a few of the most common exclusions you’ll find in typical roof warranty clauses:

Ponding or Standing Water
There are differing opinions on what the definition of ponding water is but what counts is what your roofing manufacturer deems “ponding water.” Most manufacturers define this as water that remains pooled on the roof for a specific amount of time after rain has stopped falling. Warranties that exclude ponding water also exclude any problems caused by it, like roof leaks or damage to the area in question.

Consequential Damages
Most roof warranties don’t cover any consequential or interior issues caused by roof leaks or defects. This would include carpets, walls, ceilings, equipment and merchandise, etc.

Acts of God
Acts of God are things like high winds (sometimes additional wind coverage can be added), hail (same with hail, additional coverage can be added), tornadoes, floods, fires, etc. These are usually not covered.

Existing Moisture
If your roofing contractor is planning to install a new roof over an existing roof system the manufacturer could require an infrared scan before and after the roof installation to make sure there isn’t any moisture trapped in the existing system. Existing moisture that affects a new roof system is not typically going to be covered.

Improper Roof Repairs
Contractors that use improper repair materials or bad repair methods could void the manufacturer’s warranty.  The manufacturer also will not cover the expenses to have those poor repairs corrected by an authorized applicator.  Itt’s also worth mentioning that there could be more costs for you to have the manufacturer come out and inspect the recently repaired area in order to reinstate the warranty.

Unauthorized Alterations or Repairs
If you’re planning to install a new rooftop unit, addition or alteration to a warranted roof system be certain to contact the manufacturer before moving forward.  FAs an example, if you have an HVAC company install a new AC unit of some kind on your warranted roof but don’t have a manufacturer authorized roofer install flashing around the unit in you may be risking voidance of your warranty.

Replacement
Unfortunately,  you won’t find a roof warranty that covers the replacement of your roof system. You may even get the material expense covered but not the labor to install your new roof.

How Long Will Your Roof Last?

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

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

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How long do products last?

According to the National Association of Home Builders, most roofing products are designed to last at least several decades under normal weather conditions. Here's a closer look at how they rate the longevity of different materials:

  • Asphalt shingles — Usually, asphalt shingles last about 20 years; but, higher-quality asphalt shingles can be warrantied for up to 50 years. However, you can expect to pay more for a premium, long-life product.
  • Architectural asphalt — These products last about 30 years on average.
  • Wood shingles and shakes — Wood roofing has an expected lifetime of  about 30 years, but it can last much longer under moderate weather conditions. Not really used much anymore in our extreme Summer heat.
  • Metal — The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors projects metal roofing to last between 40 to 80 years. The Metal Roofing Alliance gives a life expectancy of at least 40 to 60 years.
  • Slate, concrete and clay tiles — Each of these products is rated for a life expectancy of 100 years or more by both the NAHB and NACHI. The underlayment beneath the tiles usually needs to be addressed every 15-20 years, however.

Your Roofing Investment

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

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

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

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

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Pros and cons of between materials

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

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

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

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

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

Before choosing a type of new roof, consider how much you want to invest, what types of roofing products are used in your neighborhood, and how long you expect to be living in your property. It would also be a good idea to consult with an experienced, professional roofing contractor about which materials are the best fit for your property and area. That’s where we can help. At Mikku and Sons Roofing, we have experience in all the roofing materials that are used here in the Valley of the Sun. Give us a call to go over your options and ley us help you choose the one that works for your home and fits your budget.

 

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