What is the best roofing material for your home?

It’s a question that we see a lot when people are thinking about replacing their home’s roof: “What is the best roofing material for my home?”

Pictured: Roofers install a tile roof—one of the best roofing material options in Phoenix—on a home.As with most things, the answer is that it depends on a number of factors, including the age of your home, your HOA rules, city codes, and more. In this blog post, we’ll review some of the most popular roofing types, and then share some advice about how you can go about selecting the right one for your home.

Option #1: Clay tiles

Let’s start with Phoenix’s favorite roofing type: the clay tile. Ubiquitous in many Valley neighborhoods, clay tiles are known for their classic Southwest look and durability, but there’s still a few things you should know before you go about adding them to your roof.

The use of clay tiles is one of the oldest roofing techniques. They’re still in business because their styling features are unmatched and they are incredibly durable, lasting for decades. Even though clay tiles are mostly used in the architecture of ancient Europe and the Mediterranean region, they are equally feasible and aesthetically suitable for modern houses—especially here in Phoenix.

Here are a few things to keep in mind with tile roofing:

  • Clay roof tiles are suitable for houses in both wet and dry conditions.
  • They are fire-resistant and don’t favor insect growth
  • Due to their inherent thermal qualities, they are best for roofs for places with hot temperatures throughout the year.

Here are the primary disadvantages of tile roofing:

  • They’re heavy, which means your house and roof structure needs to have been built to support the weight.
  • They’re brittle, which means they can break and that a roofer can’t walk on them easily.
  • They cost of installing a tile roof can be higher than other kinds of roofing.

For more information, read our blog about why you should consider a tile roof. To learn more about tile roof installation, give our team a call for a free roof checkup!

Option #2: Asphalt shingles

Asphalt is the most-used roofing material in the United States, overall. The prevalence of asphalt shingles is due to the fact that they are inexpensive and easy to install. Asphalt shingles come in different colors and can be designed according to different aesthetic designs.

However there are two drawbacks of asphalt roofing.

  • They have shorter life span than other roofing materials, especially tile roofing
  • Asphalt shingles provide poor insulation

The many advantages of asphalt roofing triumph over these drawbacks to make it a suitable roofing option for households here in Phoenix. Debating between tile and shingle? Read our blog, then call our team.

Option #3: Foam roofing

They are also called polyurethane roofs and mostly used to cover flat roof structures. Foam roofs are elastomeric coated to get protection from all weather extremes.

Here are the advantages of spray foam roofs. You can also read about the advantages of foam roofing both residential and commercial buildings. Or, give our team a call, and we’d be happy to review what makes foam one of the best roofing material types for your home.

Option #4: Metal shingles

For their longevity and durability, metal shingles are arguably the best roofing material. The most common concern many people have regarding metal shingles is their quick-to-rust characteristic. But, these days, metal shingles are designed with rust-resistant capabilities.

Metal can prove to be the best roofing material option for the following purposes:

  • They are highly resistant to strong winds and the impact that comes with it. If you are living in an area that is subjected to hail and thunderstorms, metal shingles is the best roofing option for you.
  • Metal shingles are low-maintenance because unlike other roofing materials they don’t crack or rot. It is also very less likely that they will turn into an insect haven.
  • Since metal shingles can’t catch fire, you will have more peace of mind.

Due to its many inherent benefits, metal roofing will cost you more than other roofing materials. Call KY-KO Roofing to learn more.

 

 

Let KY-KO help you choose the best roofing material for your home

If your next renovation plan includes getting a new roof, KY-KO Roofing is your best bet in Phoenix to get professional roofing services. Call us at (602) 944-4600 or contact us online.

Leaking roof from the summer monsoons? Here’s why you need call KY-KO today

Every year here in the Valley is the same. A dry-as-bone June rolls by, leaving your roof to bake in the summer sun. Then, the monsoons arrive, and your roof—which, depending on the year, hasn’t seen moisture since January—gets soaked with rain. That’s when your chances of a leaking roof jump.

Pictured: Rain falling onto glass window on a rainy day when the chance of a leaking roof is higher, with outside blurred.As wind and storms beat down on tile, shingle, and flat roofs, there’s always a chance of something going wrong and water getting into the roof itself.

Perhaps needless to say: this is a bad situation to be in. In this blog post, we’ll review some of the signs you have leaking roof, how to check, and why you should absolutely not procrastinate when faced with the need for roofing repair.

If you have any suspicion that your roof is leaking, call us immediately. We offer free roofing inspections, so there’s no harm in giving us a call at (602) 944-4600 or contacting us online.

Signs you have a leaking roof

Before we move onto other subjects, let’s review some of the signs of a leaking roof.

Water dripping

Obviously, any water that’s dripping from the ceiling into your living space is a sign that you have a leak, right? But, a leak might not always be that, well, dramatic.

Consider this: water would have to travel through the roofing, into your attic, through the insulation, through the ceiling, and to your floor. By the time that happens, there’s already a lot of water in your home.

Water stains

Beyond dripping water, you should also look for water stains on your walls and ceiling. Strap a headlamp on and head up into your attic and do a quick spot-check for any staining, water dripping, or pools of water.

Any of those three are signs you have a problem and that you need to call KY-KO immediately.

Missing tiles and shingles

If you’re just heading out after a major monsoon storm here in Phoenix, check around your home for missing roof tiles or shingles. If stuff is coming off of your roof after a storm, water had a puncher’s chance of getting into your attic.

Don’t see anything? We still recommend calling us. There’s a lot with your roof that can’t be seen from the ground by untrained eyes that don’t know what you’re looking for.

How to check for a leak

As we mentioned, look in your attic. If there’s no problems in there, check for water stains and look around your house for any missing tiles or shingles. If you have a flat roof, you may need us to inspect the top of the roof, but it’s possible that you can see the sides of your tile or shingle roof. Look for any irregularities.

Never climb on top of a roof yourself! It’s something we covered when we discussed why repairing your own roof was a bad idea. It’s even a worse idea (if that’s even possible) in the context of possible water damage. A water-damaged roof is a roof that you can quite literally fall through, hurting yourself, others, and your roof.

Again: just give us a call for a free roofing inspection. Our roofers know the signs of water damage and can spot them without needing to put ourselves in danger.

Don’t procrastinate on roofing repairs

Look, if there’s one constant here in Phoenix, it’s that the next monsoon storm is an afternoon away. They’ll be more rain, more wind, more dust. Even if it’s the tiniest of drips today (and even that’s a problem), it could be a river in your house tomorrow.

If dealt with quickly and effectively by experienced roofers, a leaking roof doesn’t have to be the end of your house. But, waiting a week or two, and you’re gambling with your home. Rain is perhaps the most dangerous of all the natural enemies to your roof.

Even if you don’t see the leak and it never enters your living space, all that extra moisture and water will encourage the growth of mold and mildew while attacking the structure of your home. Water can hit electrical wiring in your home and spark a fire. It’s not an exaggeration to say that a bad enough leak, left for long enough, can kill you.

If you have a leaking roof, call KY-KO Roofing immediately

If you even have the suspicion that your roof is leaking, call us at (602) 944-4600 or contact us online.

Don’t wait for that next monsoon storm to hit your roof. Take action and protect your roof, so that it can, in turn, protect your home.