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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.

1

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.

2

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.
3

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

1

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.

3

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.

4

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.

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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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  • Water Stains

What to do about Water Stains

What to do about Water Stains

Inspect For Moisture Regularly

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. This article will discuss 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.

Are they water stains?  There are other causes for stained ceilings including:

  • 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.

What To Do If You Find Water Stains

1

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.

2

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 contact a professional to help fix the issue.

3

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.

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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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

1

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.

2

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.

3

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.

4

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.

5

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.

6

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.

7

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.

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Tile Roofing Innovations

Tile Roofing Innovations

New Materials and Designs

In the past, Victorian gray slate and Spanish Mediterranean red tiles were about the only choices if you wanted tiles on your roof. But because of new tile roofing innovations, technologies and manufacturing methods, there are many more architectural choices for your tile 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.

Technological Tile Advancements

1

Lower Weight

A lower weight makes them able to be used in many types of architectural designs and systems.

2

Increased Energy Efficiency

20 to 30 % more utility savings for property owners due to modern green technologies.

3

Increased Reflectiveness

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

4

Flexibility

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

5

Adaptability

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

6

Water Resistibility

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

Today’s Tile Roofing Options

1

Clay or Ceramic 

These are made by baking clay thats been colored and glazed. They can be used with many textures, finishes and styles.  They are durable and long lasting, requiring less maintenance. 

2

Concrete 

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.

3

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.

4

Metal 

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.

5

Synthetic 

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.

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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Are Your Roof Drains Causing Leaks or Damage?

Are Your Roof Drains Causing Leaks or Damage?

Roof Drainage

For your roof to drain properly, you need 3 things; proper placement of drains, proper slope on your roof, and proper sized drains, which on a sloped roof would mean gutters. Also, consider the amount and intensity of rainfall you would normally encounter during 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.

Things To Think About When Choosing The Type of Drainage For Your Roof

Material Choices

For gutters, aluminum and steel are the most common material choices.  They are 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.

Maintenance & Inspections

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.

Clogged Gutter

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

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.

Commercial Buildings

If you have a commercial building, where and how many roof drains or gutters you place is critical. Drains should be located no more than 100 feet apart and no more than 50 feet from the roof’s perimeter.

Building Codes

Your city or state surely has building codes that need to be checked before you make any changes or additions to your building.

Call The Professionals

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.

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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A Little About Roof Warranties

Reliable Roof Repair Services

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.

Don’t Hire Unlicensed Roofing Contractors

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You hear advice all the time when you you’re looking for a roofing contractor in Arizona that you should never hire an unlicensed contractor to do your work.

Whats the reason for this? Does it truly even matter?

Some property owners think, that if the roofing contractor does good work based on a referral from an acquaintance or family member and they had a good experience, then why should it matter if they don’t have a license. And, as a bonus, they can probably save some money in the process.

Don’t be tempted to do this to save some money because you could possibly pay way much later as a consequence.

This is why:

1 – You will be limited in your legal remedies if there’s a problem

With a licensed roofing contractor, if you have a dispute, you can call the company’s licensing agency for help in mediating between yourself and the roofing company. They also may be able to help recover any monetary losses you might have incurred.

But, if you have an issue with an unlicensed contractor that they refuse to resolve, you’ll have to make a decision about filing a civil lawsuit. That isn’t something that you’re likely to have much success with.

Legal expenses are high and, even if you should win, you might never be able to collect any funds because unlicensed contractors are notorious for going in and out of business. Who knows how long they’ll be there to pay you, or they could just disappear completely leaving you holding the bag.

The reality is, an unlicensed contractor doesn’t have the same incentive to do quality work because it’s easier for them to get away with providing minimal service and poor work quality, due to the fact that your choices are limited with legal action.

So, lets say some unlicensed contractor doesn’t finish your roofing project and runs off with your money? Good luck trying to find them and trying to get any compensation or having the work finished!

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2 – They could have inadequate insurance

Worker’s comp and liability insurance is expensive for a contractor. Because of this, unlicensed contractors many times will not carry these vitally important policies. Just as important for you as it is for them.

If a roofing contractor’s crew member gets injured while working on your roof, without worker’s comp insurance would mean you’ll likely be responsible for paying for their medical bills. Have you checked the cost of a week long hospital stay lately?

Without liability insurance, if a contractor damages your home and refuses to fix it, you’re out of luck and you’ll have to pay for the damages yourself.  

3 – They may not have an adequate bond

A “Bond” is a type of insurance that compensates you if the contractor doesn’t complete the job as you’ve requested or contracted them to do. Unlicensed contractors usually won’t even offer a written and signed contract, much less be bonded with an adequate amount. So, if the finished product with your roof project isn’t what you thought you were getting, that’s your tough luck! There’s no bond available for you to make a claim on.

4 – Do They follow proper building codes?

To obtain a license, a contractor is tested on their knowledge and application of local building codes.

Here’s why this could be a big problem:

If you decide to sell your property and during the inspection process the home inspector points out that your roof isn’t built to code, you’ll be responsible for fixing that before the Buyer or the Lender will move forward to close on the purchase. Fixing something like this in a short time frame could cost thousands of dollars that you had no idea you were going to be liable for.

Also, disclosing to an inspector that you hired an unlicensed roofing contractor to fix any past issues with your roof could greatly decrease the property’s value, if the inspector or the Buyer isn’t comfortable with assuming the liability for an unlicensed contractor’s work.

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5 – The work could be lower quality

Obtaining a license means that a roofer meets minimum industry training standards and work experience. This is in place to protect consumers like you.

If a contractor is unlicensed, you don’t have any idea about their level of competency or experience. Low-quality roofing work and materials can backfire in a major way on you later. We have severe monsoon storms every summer in Arizona. Imagine seeing your roof literally blown off in the middle of one of these storms because the unlicensed contractor that did the work either cut corners, didn’t really know what they were doing, or used subpar materials to get the work done and pad their profits!

Don’t settle for a simple handshake…get your roof work completed by licensed, experienced, professional contractors. If they cut corners by not paying for licensing, insurance or bonding, what’s keeping them from cutting corners on their work or the materials they’re using?

If you need a licensed, experienced, competent roofing company to take care of your project, you’ve come to the right website! We’re licensed, bonded and fully insured, having been in business since 2001. We’ll take care of you and make sure your roofing project is completed to your satisfaction. Contact us today at (623) 465-1068.

 

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