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Keep Up Roof Maintenance During Winter

Keep Up Roof Maintenance During Winter

Roof Inspections You Can Trust

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

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

Extending Your Roof’s Lifespan

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

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Get Your Roof Inspected

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

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

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Regularly Maintaining Your Roof

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

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

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

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

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

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

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

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

Request Your Free Estimate

Roof Repair or Replacement?

Roof Repair or Replacement?

Considerations When Repairing a Roof

A home’s roof is one of its most critical features. A solid, watertight roof keeps the rest of the property from water leaks and other damaging things outside the home. When you have an issue, or the roof comes to the end of its useful life, it will be one of the more expensive elements to fix.

Proper Repair or Just A Band Aid?

It’s important to try to repair rather than replacing your roof. A correctly done and well-timed repair can produce a lot of savings. On the other hand, sometimes a repair is just an expensive band-aid over a problem that needs to be corrected soon anyway. In this post, we’ll go over four key considerations to remember when deciding between roof repair or replacement.

  1. Roof Age and Repair Cost
  2. Cause of the Problem
  3. Potential Tax Incentives
  4. Warranty Status

Roof Repair or Replacement – Considerations

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The Age of Your Roof and Costs to Repair

All residential roofs have an expected useful lifespan, depending on the type of roof, the materials its made of, weather elements, and proper installation procedures. The closer the roof is to the end of its expected life, the more likely it is that replacing it will be a more effective solution. Cost of repair also plays a factor – a very inexpensive repair might be worthwhile even on a roof thats near the end of its useful life.

In general, in Arizona, you can expect about 15-20 years from a flat roof (more properly called a low-slope roof). Sloped or pitched roofs may give between 15 years (for asphalt shingle) and 50 years (for some tile roofs).

2

What Caused the Problem?

A common mistake homeowners make is thinking that if leaks are popping up often, the entire roof is bad and needs replacing. But repeated leaking can have more related with installation issues than the roof itself, and a proper repair will be a much more inexpensive choice.

When this happens, the first place to check is at penetration locations in the roof. Penetrations are places where holes are punched through the roof for things like pipe vents and chimneys. If leaks are showing up around penetrations, then you may have received a bad installation process. Depending on the number of penetrations, repairing the flashing will probably fix your issues more efficiently obviously much less expensive than completely replacing it.

If the leaks are penetrating seams in different roofing materials, then it could make more sense to replace rather than repair.

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Tax Considerations

Depending on where your property is located, there might be tax incentives available for installing energy-efficient roofing. Also, some roof repairs can be tax deductible. This could have a big impact on the cost effectiveness of your repair or replacement choice. Check your local, state, and federal tax guidelines.

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Is It Covered by Warranty?

If your roof has an existing warranty, you’ll want to get your repairs or your roof replacement done while it is under warranty, obviously. However, warranties on roofs can be difficult to decipher. For one thing, many warranties use proration clauses, which means you’ll only get credit for the remaining lifespan of your roof. Another factor to remember is that the manufacturer’s warranty is a separate item from the installation warranty. If there’s a reason for one of those parties to blame the issues on the other party, they will. This can put the homeowner in a difficult situation where nobody takes responsibility for the roof repair problems.

When you’re trying to decide whether to repair or replace your roof, you need to understand the terms of your warranty, how close you are to the end of it, and whether the root of the problem falls under the manufacturer or the installation sections of your warranty.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

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

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

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Tips For Shingle Roof Maintenance

Tips For Shingle Roof Maintenance

Maintaining Your Asphalt Shingle Roof

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

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

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

Three Tips for Regular Shingle Roof Maintenance

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

Routine Maintenance

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

Here’s what we recommend:

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

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

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

Get Your Roof Inspected

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

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

Perform Any Needed Repairs

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

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

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

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

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

A Secure Roof Equals a Secure Home

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

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

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

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

Request Your Free Estimate

Tips For Handling a Roofing Insurance Claim

Tips For Handling a Roofing Insurance Claim

An Intimidating Process

Finding out your roof is damaged and needs repairs or replacement can be stressful for a homeowner. Handling insurance claims, dealing with adjusters and ensuring you get paid for all covered damage is an intimidating process. Many property owners aren’t confident about filing a claim, process issues and what kinds of documentation they will need.

To an insurance company, your roof is the most critical feature of your property. If its damaged, it can lead to much larger damage claims. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety has stated that more than 90% of hail or high-wind claims result in a payout relative to the quality of the roof cover. Insurance companies check roofing claims with great scrutiny and expect homeowners to provide correct documentation and accurate information in order to process the claim.

Three Important Things To Do

Provide Documentation for Your Claim

To make the claims process experience easier and to help you get the right settlement for your damage, take some photos of your roof and exterior property before they are damaged. Then, when you have some damage from a storm, update the photos when you need maintenance or repairs completed. Once the roof is damaged take another set of photos showing the need for repairs. Document and record the damages and any quotes, estimates or bills you get in relation to the damage. Having this info on file in one place will ensure your claims process is a smooth and easy experience.

Hire a Roofing Contractor with Insurance Experience

Before you file your insurance claim completely, you’ll need an estimate from a professional roofing contractor. Most of the time you can pick the roofing company of your choosing. Your contractor should help you make your way through the sometimes complicated roof insurance claims process. Some roofing companies have adjusters on their staff that can deal with your insurance claim for you. Try to find a contractor that has a lot of experience providing roofing quotes for insurance claims.   They should help through the process of getting a roof repair or replacement covered by the insurance company.

Know Whats Covered in Your Policy

Keep in contact with your insurance agent and company. Its the best and most simple way to be aware of what’s covered or not covered in your homeowners policy.

Some policies use the age of the roof and take it into account when it gets damaged. If your roof is under 10 years old, you could be covered for the entire cost of repairing or replacing the damaged section at the time of the claim. If it’s more than 10 years old, you could be paid for the depreciated value of the damaged roof. The depreciated value takes wear and tear and age of your roof into account. This could mean the value has lowered before the damage occurred.

Some insurance policies will offer damage coverage only up to the depreciated value, no matter what the age of your roof is. Others will cover the entire cost of repairing or replacing the damaged section at the time of the claim, no matter the age of your roof. Most of the time, your insurance company will send out an adjuster to your property to inspect and verify the claim. If the damage is found to be from age, normal wear and tear, or the poor condition of your roof, it will probably be classified as normal maintenance, and won’t be covered under your policy.

The most critical thing to remember is if you think your roof has been damaged and needs repair, you shouldn’t wait for the inspection by a roofing contractor. Determine how much damage you have as soon as you can. This will help move along the process expeditiously and help you avoid more damage that might not be covered under your policy.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

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

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

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  • 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

1

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.

Request Your Free Estimate

What To Do When Your Roof is Damaged

When Your Roof Is Damaged – What To Do?

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.

#1. 
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.

#2. 
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.

Hire a Professional, Experienced Roofing Contractor

#3. 
Call your insurance representative and heck 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.

#4. 
If you need to hire a roofing contractor, be sure its 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.

Mikku and Sons Roofing (623) 465-1068 provides quality Phoenix roof repair services and has been a Phoenix roofing contractor since 2001. If you need advice from a trustworthy, professional roofing company, give us a call.

 

Roof Inspections Are Important

Roof Repair Contractors For Inspections

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, saving you a lot of inconvenience and expense in the process.

You should bring in a professional roof repair contractor if you think that there could be some 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.

When you're hiring your roofing contractor, here's some things to keep in mind:

  • 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.

Here are some 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 materials the roof is made of. 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 leaves and small branches don't accumulate 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 storms, make sure your gutters and downspouts include straps to hold them in place and resist uplift.
  • 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.

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.

Roofing Companies You Can Trust

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, and a lot of times, 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. Normally, you should schedule your roof to be inspected twice per year, in the spring and fall, to ensure that they're not being forgotten in your day to day life.

Mikku and Sons Roofing (623) 465-1068 provides quality Phoenix roof repair services including roof repair and roof installation on tile roofs, flat roofs, foam roofs and shingle roofs. We’ve been a reputable, professional Phoenix roofing contractor since 2001. Give us a call for all your roofing needs.

 

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.

Roof Repair Services for the Phoenix area

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.

The 7 Top Causes of Roof Leaks

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When your roof leaks you tend to panic. But, 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 doing so keeps more expensive repairs, or maybe replacement needing to be done in the near future. 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. So, don't panic. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

If you need a professional, quality roof repair contractor you can trust ti inspect your roof for leaks, give Mikku and Sons Roofing a call at (623) 465-1068.  

 

Tile Roofing Innovations

Tile Roof Repair

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.

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