Whether you own a home or a commercial building, it’s important to take care of your gutters and ensure that they’re cleaned regularly. Neglecting your gutters for extended periods of time will only cause buildup and increase the challenge of cleaning them. Not to mention, your gutters will not work properly when the time comes that you actually need them to—and then it’s just too late! Metal gutters can last up to 20 years with proper care and installation, whereas cheaper alternatives such as plastic or vinyl will need to be replaced sooner.
What are the signs your gutters need to be replaced?
Not cleaning your gutters will also shorten the lifecycle of your current gutter and drainage system. You may start noticing the following problems much sooner:
- Signs of animal life/creepy critters
- Water leaks and dripping
- Overflow or higher levels of pooled water
Many problems caused by neglect are preventable. Below are some tips that will help you extend the life of your drainage system and save you money in the long term!
How often should you be cleaning your gutters?
Gutters for both commercial buildings and residential homes should be cleaned about twice a year. This frequency can be higher if you live in wetter climates or under pine trees that tend to drop dead needles. The recommendation for cleaning your gutters is every fall and spring, although you should be checking on them about every three months to start noticing the aforementioned signs and prepare your gutters before the first major monsoon of summer.
Tip! Tie this quarterly chore to another household chore so that you always remember to stay on top of your drainage system’s maintenance needs. For example, associate checking your gutters with swapping out your air filters or changing out smoke detector batteries.
How should you clean gutters safely and effectively?
When thinking about getting on a tall ladder and inserting your hands in dirty places, safety should always come first! In fact, the simplest way to clean your gutters is just gloving up and getting right in there. Some other ideas to possibly try include:
- Leaf blowers
- Shoveling (visit your local hardware store for a cheap one)
- Renting an extended vacuum
Keep your roof in great shape throughout the year
While you’re up there cleaning out your gutters, be on the lookout for any missing shingles, broken tiles, or other roof issues. If you notice anything that looks out of place, be sure to give our team a call for a free roofing checkup.
Whether you own or rent the building your business is in, the continued operation of your storefront depends on a working roof. After all, your customers and employees aren’t going to stick around if your roof is leaking or you’re experiencing other issues. In this article, we review the 5 major signs that your business needs commercial roof repair here in Phoenix.
For a free roofing checkup here in the Valley, call your friends at KY-KO Roofing. We’re proud to serve local businesses and business owners.
5 signs you need commercial roof repair
Here are the five major signs you need to call KY-KO Roofing for commercial roof repair here in the Valley:
1. You can see daylight through the roofing
You should go into the attic of the building to see if any holes have formed. These holes will create even greater problems if it ever rains in your area. Most of the time, the culprit involves moisture making its way into the insulation. The holes will only grow larger over time, so you need to take immediate action.
2. Your roof is missing tiles, shingles, or other materials
Weather damage can lead to tiles or shingles being removed from your roof. This, in turn, weakens your roof’s ability to shield the underlayment from further rain, wind, or UV damage. If you’ve noticed fallen shingles or tiles around your business, you should call KY-KO Roofing to schedule your free roofing checkup. We can take a look and make sure everything is where it should be.
3. Your energy bills have been on the rise
You should have insulation all throughout the building, but the roof also functions as insulating material. When your energy bills increase during the summer and winter, it is time to find the culprit. Prompt commercial roof repair helps your business save money.
4. Your roof is sagging
Roofs are design to bear their weights, so they should never appear uneven. This sagging can be a result of added weight being placed on the roof or excessive moisture accumulating over time. A professional will determine the best course of action to take.
5. The roof is too old
Depending on the material, commercial roofs can last anywhere between 20 and 80 years. You should look up how long your roof was designed to last and replace it when that time comes. It is always preferable to replace a roof before large problems begin to set in.
Hire KY-KO Roofing for commercial roofing repair
Phoenix business owners need to keep their roofs in pristine conditions to attract more customers. Your roof reflects the quality your company, so hire the experts from KY-KO Roofing to lend a helping hand. Contact us to schedule your next roofing checkup.
Finding the perfect fit in your search for a high-quality roofing company can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. If you know what to look for ahead of time, you can ensure that you’ll get quality, guaranteed work.
Here at KY-KO Roofing, we’re proud to be your high-quality roofing company here in the Phoenix metro. For a free roof checkup, contact our team today.
Use a paper trail to determine the legitimacy of a company
When you begin to consider a roofing company, first check that it has all of the proper documentation and essential legitimate business qualifications are present. A high-quality roofing company will be more than willing to share any paperwork with you and answer any questions you may have about the processes.
Be sure anyone you choose to do the work has all of these bases covered:
- Liability insurance coverage and workers’ compensation
- Available written or online references from clients
- Proof of work that has previously been completed
- Correct licensure and bonding per a state regulatory department
- A brick-and-mortar business location and sense of professionalism
KY-KO Roofing is happy to provide you with all of the listed materials. Just let us know, and we’ll show you the proof that we’re a trusted company.
Research the materials and processes the company utilizes
Determine where the roofers obtain their systems and other materials and whether they are qualified to install specific brands. Longevity of any work done on your home depends on this competence. Having membership in any number of industry-specific associations can also speak to the credibility of a business.
Ask about the process a company uses to ensure proper protocols are followed as work is ongoing and whether it can put its proposals in writing for your project. See what type of training is given to workers when it comes to safety as well as what learning experience is provided in the roofing trade. Reliability is paramount in undertaking such a structurally crucial task.
Need to do more research? Here are some more things to consider when looking for a roofing company here in the Valley.
Choose a company that gives you peace of mind
At KY-KO Roofing, we want to make sure you are confident in choosing us as your roofers. That’s why we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee through our Owner’s Pride Guarantee. Contact us today to discuss how we can best help you with your roofing needs, worry-free.
Foam roofing is a popular and relatively straightforward alternative to tile and shingle roofing here in the Valley. There are many benefits to this roofing material. In this blog, we’ll discuss the process for installing foam roofing, what foam roofing is made of, and how long it lasts.
Want to know if foam roofing is right for your home? Contact KY-KO Roofing for a roofing installation estimate!
#1. Find out if a foam roof is right for your home
Foam roofing is increasingly popular here in the Valley. Here are just some of the factors that might make your home a perfect fit for foam:
- Your home has a flat roof: Foam is perfect for homes with flat roofs—a common style here in the Phoenix metro. If your home has a flat roof, you should call us to learn more about foam roof installation or repair.
- Your home cannot support the weight of tile: Foam is just as long-lasting as tile, but weighs far, far less. In fact, tile is so heavy that many roofs—unless originally built for it—are not made to support the weight.
- You want to save energy: If you’re building an energy-efficient home, foam roofing is an ideal fit. The polyurethane foam layer—in addition to further insulation in your attic—prevents heat transfer, making your home that much more energy-efficient.
If you need a new roof, start by contacting KY-KO to schedule a free roofing estimate. We’ll provide you with more information and advice about what kind of roof will best fit your home.
#2. The KY-KO roofing team installs your foam roof
If KY-KO has recommended moving forward with a foam roof, we’ll get started on installation. Generally, installation has four main areas:
- Prepping your roof for the foam: We’ll either remove your old roof material or, in many cases of old foam or shingles, simply apply the foam layer over it, sealing it.
- Applying the foam: This foam layer is sprayed onto your roof as a liquid. It quickly dries and solidifies, forming a solid, durable, and energy-efficient layer.
- Applying the coating: We’ll next apply the high-quality, durable exterior coating that will protect the foam underneath. This creates a waterproof seal.
- Quality assurance: Finally, as we do on every project, we’ll do a final quality assurance to make sure the roof is completely sealed and protected.
The foam roof has two primary layers. They’re applied in this order:
A. Polyurethane Foam
This is the primary material used to form the foam roof. This closed-cell, high-density insulation is adhered to the roof, forming a complete, tight seal against it.
This insulating foam helps prevent the movement of heat between your attic and the outside, keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
B. Elastomeric Coating
This coating goes over the polyurethane foam, completely sealing it from the outside. This coating is specially formulated to be waterproof and resist the constant bombardment of UV rays onto your roof.
There may be other coating options available, depending on the type of roof you have.
#3. Your new roof needs just minimal maintenance
Over time, it’s relatively easy and low cost to have this coating touched up by a professional roofer, allowing your roof to protect your home for years with no change in performance.
Learn more about foam roofing from KY-KO!
If you want to know more about foam roofing, contact our team. We provide free roof installation estimates.
Churches and other religious buildings come in all shapes and sizes here in the Valley, and often have unique roofing needs that aren’t residential, but aren’t exactly the same as commercial buildings. At KY-KO Roofing, we specialize in the repair and installation of church roofs here in Phoenix.
From traditional churches with sloped roofs and high steeples to modern churches with a Southwest flair, our technicians are roofing installation experts. If you’re thinking about replacing or building a new church roof, let’s run through your (many) options.
The best place to start with your roofing repair or replacement project is by calling KY-KO for a free roof checkup. Contact our team today to see what we can do for your organization.
Best materials for a sloped roof
Asphalt shingles are suitable for churches with a sloping roof. These are very popular for churches with high steeples or unusual roofing shapes, mainly because their lightweight design means the roof doesn’t need too much support to hold their weight. This is in contrast, of course, to tile roofs.
Asphalt shingles are waterproof and help maintain the structural integrity of churches. Their versatility is what makes them popular for church roofs and residential roofs alike.
However, their one drawback is that they don’t last as long as tile.
Tiles are also a great choice for sloped church roofing. They are made from materials such as slate or terracotta. Just like on homes, tiles a popular choice here in Phoenix because they’re built to stand up to the sun, wind, and rain we get here in the Valley.
The downside of tile roofing is that tiles are heavy. Many church roofs just weren’t built to hold the weight of tile, which may limit your options to the two types of shingles.
Fiberglass shingles are another good choice for sloped church roofs. They are relatively inexpensive, yet durable. Each fiberglass shingle has a base layer consisting of reinforcing mat. The mat is joined with asphalt and mineral fillers that make it waterproof.
Best materials for flat church roofs
Modified bitumen roofing is ideal for churches with flat roofs or low-slope. The roof is made up of layers of bitumen (either coal tar or asphalt) and felt. The highly sticky and viscous Bitumen keeps water out of the surface, making it ideal for waterproofing.
Polyurethane foam is made of two components: polyol and isocyanate. The foam is sprayed directly on the surface of the church roof where it foams up and then solidifies, forming a protecting coating.
They are popular due to their great flexibility in being suitable for roofs with unusual shapes. (Read more on the benefits of foam roofing)
When Should You Replace the Church Roof?
A number of factors should be considered to know when to replace the church roofing. Some of the factors that you should consider include:
- Age of the roof
- The wear-and-tear on the roof
- The type of materials
As we mentioned before, the best place to start is by calling KY-KO Roofing for your free roof checkup. Our roofers can meet with you, look at your roof, and give you an honest assessment of any repair or installation needs.