Many homes and businesses here in the Valley and elsewhere in the United States feature foam roofs. Why? Well, it’s mainly because there are many benefits to foam roofing: foam roofs are incredibly durable, dependable, and relatively affordable to install, maintain, and repair. Foam roofing compares positively to other residential and commercial roofing choices, and it’s the superior flat roofing option. Finally, with rising energy costs and an increased emphasis on energy-efficient building design, foam roofs are incredibly efficient.
For both residential and commercial buildings, foam roofing has surged in popularity in recent years. In this article, we’ll review exactly why this is, and what the complete benefits of foam roofing are.
Interested in learning more about foam roofing for your home or business? You’re in the right place. Contact us at KY-KO Roofing for a free roof checkup. We’d love to talk to you more about foam roofs and your options for roof replacement.
What exactly is foam roofing?
Foam roofing consists of polyurethane foam and elastomeric coating. Polyurethane foam is a material with many uses. It’s used in foam roofs as a high-density insulation material. The elastomeric coating is a water-resistant membrane that is designed to effectively protect the roof against rain, water, and sun.
A seamless layer of foam is applied to the roof surface. This foam offers superior protection against moisture. There are several benefits of foam roofing for commercial and residential buildings.
What are the benefits of foam roofing?
Here are just some of the ways in which you can benefit from installing foam roofing on your roof.
1. Lower energy bills
One of the benefits of foam roofing is that it offers superior insulation properties. The suspended aluminum particles of the foam reflect UV rays. As a result, less heating is required to keep the house warm during the winters, and less cooling is needed in the summer to keep your home cool. This effectively reduces your home energy bills.
2. Waterproofing qualities
Another benefit of installing foam is that it offers unique waterproofing qualities. Polyurethane foam is one of the best insulators. The closed cell foam is the only insulating material that doesn’t soak up water. This makes foam roofing ideal for areas that receive high rainfall every year.
At first glance, it might not seem that Phoenix fits that description. However, consider our monsoon storms, which can drop a tremendous amount of rain in a matter of minutes. One of the benefits of foam roofing is that it’s waterproof against such torrential downpours like those seen during our Arizona monsoon season.
Foam is applied as a liquid that forms into a single monolithic membrane. This material covers the entire roof, and there are no joints or seams. Water gets in from the joints and seams of the ceiling. Therefore, foam roofing makes the roof effectively leakproof.
3. Flexible installation
Foam can be applied on both existing and new roofing projects. Moreover, it can be applied on different types of roofs, including domed, pitched, flat, wood, metal, and concrete roofing. Foam can also be applied on irregular-shaped roofs. It eliminates the need of costly tear-off in case of roof replacement.
4. Maintain structural integrity
Polyurethane foam has the ability to withstand the expansion and contraction of the structure. They can remain sealed to the roof for a very long time, protecting the roof from harsh weather conditions. Foam can easily withstand high winds, sunshine, rain, and other natural elements here in central Arizona without breaking down. Finally, foam roofs are fire resistant.
5. Foam roofing directs rain to the drain
One of the benefits of foam roofing is that it allows rainwater to slope down to the drains. This is made possible by adding a little thickness in low areas. In this way, “flat roof” is actually a bit of a misnomer: there’s a slight slope that allows rainwater to come off of the roof and get into the gutters.
Learn more about the benefits of foam roofing from the pros at KY-KO Roofing
KY-KO Roofing is a name associated with quality when it comes to roofing repair and installation in the Phoenix metro area. We have been serving our residential and commercial clients with great dedication and sincerity in the area for over two decades. Our expert roofers can take care of your roofing needs and answer your roofing questions.
If you have any other questions about foam roofs beyond the scope of this article, contact us. We’d love the opportunity to discuss roofing with you.
A fire near your home is a nightmare scenario, but such events are actually quite common here in the Valley. Every New Year’s Eve and Independence Day, errant fireworks accidentally set neighborhood trees ablaze, threatening surrounding homes. It’s important for your home’s roof to protect the rest of the structure when that happens. In this article, we’ll review what roof fire rating is, the origin of these ratings, and what classification your roof likely has.
Why are roof fire ratings important?
It’s unheard of today in the United States, but there once was a time when cities feared what homeowner-started fires could do. In 1871, the Great Chicago Fire killed 300 people and left 100,000 more homeless. The 1906 San Francisco earthquake was devastating, but most of the damage was actually caused by the fires started by ruptured gas lines. Phoenix has even seen its share of devastating fires throughout its own history.
First, big city fire departments became more organized and more sophisticated, moving from volunteers to trained professionals. New infrastructure, such as fire hydrants, were installed to make fighting residential fires more efficient. But, most importantly, new building codes came into effect that dictated how buildings were constructed and what standards they needed to meet for fire resistance.
Today, this includes your roof, which often needs to shield the rest of the home in the event of a neighboring home on fire or a nearby tree that has caught ablaze.
Understanding fire rating
Let’s start by discussing who decides what the particular “fire rating” of a material is. That’s typically a third-party, independent safety company. Here at KY-KO Roofing, our Owner’s Pride Guarantee promises that we only use high-grade roofing materials tested and approved by Underwriters Laboratories (UL, LLC). UL and similar companies put roofing materials and products through rigorous, scientific fire testing to determine how different materials stand up to fire exposure. They then assign a rating to those materials: A, B, C, or unrated.
In layman’s terms, your roof’s fire rating can be understood as:
Roofing Material + Underlayment Material + Any Additional Treatment = Roof Fire Rating
For example, a certain type of roof shingle might be a Class C material, but if the right underlayment is used and there is additional flame retardant added to the shingles during manufacturing, the entire roof’s fire rating may be Class A.
So, what do each of those “classes” mean?
- Class A: The highest resistance to fire. Typical Class A roofs are those with concrete or clay roof tiles; metal roofs; or those using fiberglass shingles.
- Class B: The second-highest resistance to fire. Typical Class B roofs are those with shingles that contain fire retardant chemicals.
- Class C: The second-lowest resistance to fire.
- Unrated: The lowest resistance to fire, or no fire resistance.
What kind of fire rating does your roof have?
- Tile Roof: Many homes here in the Valley have tile roofs. That choice may have been made because of neighborhood aesthetics, but it’s also a good thing in terms of fire safety. Clay, concrete, and sandcast tile are all highly resistant to fire and heat, and have a Class A rating. Fire has a difficult time penetrating the tile to the underlayment and the attic below.
- Foam Roof: Similarly, most foam roofs are considered Class A. Foam roofs are made of multiple layers to protect the underlayment and roof structure.
- Shingle Roof: Shingle roofs can vary in terms of their fire rating, but the most commonly used fiberglass asphalt shingles typically are Class A. Organic shingles are more likely to be Class C by default, but, as noted above, the right underlayment and treatment can raise that classification to Class B or Class A.
What does this mean for your new roof?
First, you should only work with a roofing contractor that uses high-quality, UL-approved materials like we do here at KY-KO Roofing. Without that testing and verification process, the material’s fire resistance is effectively unknown. You’re, well, playing with fire.
One of the things that KY-KO Roofing does differently is our detailed roofing installation process, which has three phases overseen by an experienced roofing project manager. Proper installation is a major part of ensuring that the roof fire rating actually lives up to its billing in the event of a fire, which is why we focus on quality at every step of the job.
If you need a new roof here in the Phoenix metro area, call us for a free roofing checkup from our professional roofers. We’d be happy to discuss our materials and installation process in greater detail with you.
Not doubt you have been enjoying the benefits of your foam roof, such as lower energy costs. However, the time will come that you will need our Arizona roofing company to make repairs on the foam coating. In this article, we’ll review the signs of foam roof damage that you should be on the lookout for, as well as what you need to know about keeping your roof in good shape ahead of it being resealed every 10-15 years.
Want a professional to look at your roof this spring before high temperatures and heavy rains arrive? Call us for a free roofing checkup here in the Valley.
What are the signs of foam roof damage you should watch for?
Here are just a few of the signs that your foam roof may need to be repaired before our high summer temps and monsoon rains arrive.
As we all know, the Valley gets a lot of sun in the summer. All this heat and UV radiation eventually causes cracks to appear in the foam’s top layer. Since this is the protective layer, it’s important that you treat these cracks as the “canary in the coal mine” for your roof: while your roof is probably not seriously damaged, this is the first sign that you need to get our team on the phone for a free roof checkup here in Phoenix.
If left unchecked, foam cracks can lead to further deterioration.
If cracks are not there, blisters probably will be. These bubbles are the result of sunlight, debris, or improper initial installation.
Cracks, blisters, and other damage will result in water being able to enter. Leaks lead to other undesirable problems, such as mold and mildew, which can be hazardous to your health. Other elements that can seep in are light (such as in the attic), wind, and dust.
Higher utility bills
Likewise, spray foam roofing that has lost its effectiveness will lead to a higher utility bill. Keep track of your monthly bills so you can watch for unusual hikes in usage and cost.
When does your foam roof need to be retreated?
Left off the list of natural enemies above is one that you can’t do much about: time. Foam roofs should be resealed every 10-15 years to ensure that the protective top layer—as well as the rest of the foam—is protected and ready to stand up to the harsh elements here in Phoenix. If you’re getting close to the point of your roof needing to be resealed, you should step up your monitoring of your roof and consider having KY-KO Roofing out, at least annually, for a free roof checkup.
Whether you’ve been noticing signs of damage or it’s just time for the roof to be resealed, call your local Valley roofers at KY-KO Roofing for a free roof checkup. We’re Phoenix’s trusted team for foam roofing repair services.
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.
Taking on a roof repair is no small task. Avoid a dangerous situation or costly mistakes with professional residential roof repair in Phoenix. In this article, we review the three major reasons you should always hire a professional roofer instead of doing the work yourself, from safety to the effectiveness of the repair.
KY-KO Roofing is the local team to trust with your residential roof repair in Phoenix. Give us a call for a free roofing checkup here in the Valley.
Why hire a professional?
1. Professionals have the experience needed
While it’s tempting to do the repairs yourself, the truth is you probably don’t have the necessary training, materials, or safety gear. On the other hand, professionals have all three.
Training is incredibly important. It means they know how to lay a roof, maintain one and inspect it in order to determine the work that needs to be done. Without this knowledge and expertise, your roof may not be repaired they way it should be.
Fixing a roof by yourself can lead to expensive work down the road that could have been avoided simply by hiring a professional for your residential roof repair in Phoenix. With an expert, you can rest easy knowing the job will be done correctly the first time.
2. Experts know how to remain safe
Mending a roof is no easy feat and should not be undertaken lightly. Professionals are trained in safety measures when walking on and repairing a roof, and that includes the proper equipment to use in order to avoid accidents.
However, if an accident does occur, experts have insurance so they are covered. That way, you are not liable for any damage or injuries and everything is taken care of.
3. Contractors work in a timely manner
Last but not least, trained professionals like KY-KO Roofing can complete the work in far less time than it would take you. This comes down to the fact that they have the experience and the hours to do the repairs, while you might be doing yours piecemeal over the course of a few weekends.
You may have a full-time job or other obligations that could lead to you cutting corners to speed things along. However, contractors do this sort of work for a living, which means it will be done faster and without skipping any steps.
Hire a professional today
Leave your residential roof repair in Phoenix to the professionals rather than attempting a DIY project of this magnitude. Contact our team at KY-KO Roofing today to make an appointment for your free roofing checkup.
The Phoenix metro area is home to many different types of roofs: tile, shingle, flat, and foam. Yet, for all roofs here in the Valley, here’s one thing that’s true: winter is a good time to have a professional check your roof for signs of damage from the long, hot summer. In this article, we’ll review how you can check for signs of roof damage this winter, and when you need to call in the professionals.
Keep up with the state of your roof
Too many homeowners simply take their roof for granted, not thinking too much about the very thing that (arguably) makes their house a home. Your roof is what keeps you dry, keeps your home cool in the summer, and more. A damaged roof is a damaged shield: water can get into the roof and start to compromise the structural integrity of the entire system.
This doesn’t mean you need to check your roof on a daily basis. However, we recommend that you take a look around your home at regular intervals to make sure there’s no obvious signs of damage.
Signs you can observe from the inside of your home
The most obvious sign of roof damage you can observe from inside your house is water leaking through the roof and into your house. However, the water doesn’t always make it down into your living space. Sometimes it pools in between the roof and the plaster of your ceiling, in which case you may notice discoloration or sagging.
Signs you can observe from out in the yard
As we’ve discussed before, we don’t recommend climbing up on your own roof. It’s extremely dangerous! However, there are warning signs of roof damage you can look for while still keeping your two feet on the ground. If you can’t see well from a distance, a pair of binoculars can help:
- Missing shingles or tiles; you may find them in your yard, you may be able to see gaps on your roof
- Rusted gutters
- Mold growth at a junction with an exterior wall
- An excessive amount of shingle granules in downspouts
Signs a roofer can see from the roof itself
During your free roofing checkup from the professionals at KY-KO Roofing, here are just some of the things our team will be looking for:
- Shingles or tiles that are discolored, dirty, or wet-looking
- Cracked or missing shingles or tiles
- Shingles that are missing most of their granules
- Moss or algae growing on the roof
- Rotting shingles with holes in them
- Curled or warped shingles
Contact KY-KO for a free roofing checkup
If you suspect that your roof has been damaged or has a leak, now’s the time to call KY-KO Roofing before things potentially get worse. We offer free roofing checkups here in the Valley. Have one of our expert roofers inspect your roof and determine if there’s signs of roof damage and if you need roof repair.
If properly maintained, a foam roof can last as long as your home does. By having us reseal your foam roof, you can continue to see the benefits of having a foam roof without the cost and hassle of completely having to replace your roof.
To ensure your foam roof performs as it was designed to and passes the test of time, you need to periodically have your roof complete a foam roof re-sealing. While there are recommended intervals at which to have your roof re-sealed, you should be quick to re-seal more frequently if you find signs of wear-and-tear or damage.
To get a status report on the state of your foam roof, call KY-KO Roofing for a free roofing checkup here in the Valley. We’re happy to help homeowners in the Phoenix metro with all their foam roofing needs!
If there’s no problems, have it treated at the 5-year mark
Assuming that you’re not having trouble with damage or leaks, you’ll generally want to have your foam roof re-sealed every 5-10 years here in Arizona. The 5-year mark is generally when wear-and-tear caused by the sun starts to become a factor.
Every roof and seal is different, so here’s what we recommend: call KY-KO for a free roofing checkup during your roof’s fifth year so we can give you a recommendation on when you need to reseal your foam roof.
When you notice signs of UV damage
Even though foam roofs typically hold up very well under UV rays because of their seamless application, the sealant layer does take a beating from UV radiation over time. And, once UV rays have penetrated the outer coat of sealant, they can degrade the underlying layers of foam and cause leaks. At that point, you’re facing the much more expensive project of replacing your roof.
Here in Phoenix, UV damage is an ever-present threat to your roof. When in doubt, we recommend calling us to schedule your checkup. We can assess how good your sealant layer is looking, and whether or not your roof needs to be re-sealed.
If you discover leaks
A sealant layer that has been compromised will eventually mean that the elements—sun, wind, rain, hail, and dust—start to attack the foam directly. This can result in water and moisture getting through the foam layer into your attic and your home.
A roof leak is every homeowner’s worst nightmare. If you’ve neglected roof maintenance, you may be faced with the prospect of replacing your roof. However, depending on the scope of the damage, it might still be possible to repair your roof. We recommend giving our team a call immediately if you encounter roof leaks of any kind.
Reseal your foam roof with KY-KO Roofing!
Foam roofs are very energy-efficient if correctly maintained. Because they are inexpensive to touch up, keeping your roof in optimum condition can save you more money than you might realize. Contact the team at KY-KO Roofing today and keep your roof in ideal condition so it can last a lifetime.
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.