Understanding your roof fire rating and what it means

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.

What changed?

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.

A tile roof on fire, highlighting the importance of roof fire rating and testing.

In the event of a fire, a Class A roof is in the best position to resist fire getting into the attic until fire personnel arrive.

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.

What is roofing flashing and what are some common issues with it?

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home, so it’s very important to be aware of signs of trouble. Fortunately, with roofs, many of the signs of a problem are easy to see. In many cases, you can even see them from the ground. However, this doesn’t describe every situation: without regular roofing checkups, a small leak in your roof can go undetected for many years, causing significant damage before you even notice anything. This can be the case with your roof flashing, as well.

Roof flashing on a new roof that KY-KO Roofing is installing in Phoenix.

Roof flashing is an essential part of any roofing installation project. It protects sensitive parts of the roof from the elements.

A responsible homeowner should have their roof checked professionally at least once per year. Here at KY-KO Roofing, we even offer FREE roofing checkups—call us today to get started.

What is roof flashing?

So, let’s start with the basics: what exactly is roofing flashing? Roofing flashing is essential for preventing rain water from leaking through your roof. It is essentially a sealer between the joints of your roof (where the walls come together), and is the best way of keeping water out of places you don’t need water getting in.

It’s also important to know that certain areas of your roof and walls can be more susceptible to water damage from leaks. A few of these areas include roof valleys, skylights, and your chimney. Whenever the water runoff is heavier than normal, or two surfaces come together, they will need extra reinforcement by way of roofing flashing.

What is roofing flashing made from?

Some common materials used for roofing flashing include galvanized metal flashing, copper, and aluminum. Of these materials, the most common material used here in the Valley is galvanized sheet metal.

What are common issues with flashing?

A few things that can go wrong with your roofing flashing include small holes or corroded spots developing in the material. One or two minor leaks in your roofing is typically not a major issue, as long as you call KY-KO Roofing and have one of our expert roofing technicians out to fix them as soon as you notice them. However, if you don’t catch them right away, or you have more than one or two small leaks, you could be looking at some very extensive and expensive repairs.

The most major issue here is when your roof deck begins to rot. This is caused by water seeping under your shingles, getting through the underlayment, and eating away at the wood structure. Usually, when this happens, there is no other solution than to replace the entire roof. It’s important to always call a roofing professional when you spot a leak to potentially try and avoid a total roof replacement.

How much does roof replacement cost?

This is a hard question to answer because every home is different, and there are many different types of roofs, especially here in the Valley. The best way to get an estimate is by calling our team for a free roof checkup! We would be happy to offer you an upfront, honest quote because we believe in providing our customers with the best work possible.

Caring for your roof and the flashing

A few things you can do to help extend the life of your roof, no matter what material it is made of, include scheduling regular checkups and maintenance; washing the roof; and being aware of any signs of a failing roof or a roof leak. Always make sure your roofing flashing is still doing its job. There should never be any holes or corrosion of the flashing. Repairing flashing is something best left to a roofing professional, so call KY-KO Roofing if you suspect that something is wrong with your flashing or your roof in general.

When to replace or repair your shingle roof in Phoenix

Your roof is arguably the most important aspect of your home. That’s why you need to ensure that your roof is kept in its best condition at all times. There are several roof damage factors you need to take into consideration while living in Phoenix: rain, sun, and wind. When your roof is damaged here in the Valley, you may be faced with a set of new choices: do you repair the roof, or is it better to replace the entire roof?

The tough part about this is that every roof is different. This reason is a huge part of why we offer free roof checkups here in Phoenix. Our expert roofing professionals will evaluate your roof and present you with all of your options as well as our recommendations for how you should proceed. To schedule your free roof checkup here in the Valley, call KY-KO Roofing today.

Call KY-KO for a free roofing checkup, and we'll advise you on whether you should replace or repair your shingle roof in Phoenix.

Call KY-KO for a free roofing checkup, and we’ll advise you on whether you should replace or repair your shingle roof in Phoenix.

Where should you start?

In this article, we’ll walk through the roof checkup and decision process and provide you with some advice on what you will need to consider when deciding whether or not to replace or repair your home’s roof.

1. Schedule your free roof checkup with KY-KO Roofing

As we stated earlier, we proudly offer FREE roofing checkups. One of our roofing experts will carefully examine your shingle roof to identify any glaring issues and evaluate the entire state of the roof. We’ll inspect every inch of the roof, including the flashing, pipe towers, chimneys, and other specific areas.

When dealing with a shingle roof, we look for soft spots in the sheathing and any granule loss. If the shingles are in good condition and the granular loss is not extreme, we’ll likely recommend that you have us repair the roof. However, if there is significant granular loss or other substantial wear-and-tear on the roof, we’ll talk with you about the idea of replacing your entire shingle roof.

Just a reminder: it is dangerous to perform a roofing checkup yourself, and you should always call a roofing professional who has the right tools and equipment to complete the job safely.

2. Comparing replacement costs with repair costs

Usually, it is less expensive to repair a shingle roof as opposed to replacing the entire thing. However, if your shingles are in really bad shape—or there is damage to the underlayment—repairing or replacing individual shingles could be the equivalent of putting a bandage on a bullet wound. In fact, you could end up seriously regretting it if you have further issues with your shingles in the near future.

Think about it like this: if you replace the shingles now, and in 5 years you need to replace the entire roof, it may make more financial sense to just replace the roof now and be able to stop worrying about it.

This is where our free roof checkup comes into play. We want to be able to openly and honestly talk to you about your roof and what your options are. This includes giving you the most cost-effective options for the future of your roof and your home.

3. Consider the age of your current roof

Shingle roofs usually have a lifespan of 10-15 years. In the event that your home’s roof is older than 15 years, you really need to consider replacing the entire roof instead of just repairing it. This really will save you money and peace of mind in the future. On the other hand, if you roof is relatively new, replacing damaged shingles is probably the better financial option.

Call us today to schedule your free roofing checkup

The tips we mentioned above will help you with the process of deciding to replace or repair your current shingle roof. Whether to repair or replace depends on several different factors. Contact the team at KY-KO Roofing today. Our experienced professionals can repair or replace your roof, depending on your exact situation. You will have peace of mind knowing that we offer the best and most upfront advice regarding shingle roofing.

Protect your home’s roof before the summer monsoon season gets here

Living out here in the Valley and in the desert, we don’t always tend to think of the rain. But, the monsoon season is coming, and it will be here before we know it. Arizona’s monsoon season begins either around the end of this month or in July and continues through the end of September. The higher humidity of this season is caused by heavy rain and thunderstorms, lightning, hail, strong winds, flash floods, dust storms, and extreme heat.

Call KY-KO for a free roofing checkup and make sure your roof is ready for summer monsoon season here in Phoenix.

As the summer monsoon season rolls into Phoenix, have KY-KO Roofing make sure your roof is ready to go. Call us for a free roofing checkup!

All this means that your currently bone-dry roof is about to get soaked with more moisture than ever. Is your roof ready and prepared to handle the monsoon season?

A challenge we face with our roofs in the Valley is that the prolonged dry periods of no rain and heavy UV exposure often allows the roofing materials (tile, shingle, or the underlayment beneath them) to deteriorate, but for the majority of the year there is no rain to signal that there is a developing problem there. All of a sudden, a severe storm rolls in and—before you know it—there’s rain leaking into your kitchen.

Living in the desert, our roofs endure a lot. Just standing up to almost 365 days of UV radiation is more than most roofs in the country have to endure. If it’s been awhile since your last roof checkup, contact KY-KO Roofing today. Our roofers can check your roof and let you know of any damage or potential problems.

In this blog, we will list a few common things that can go wrong with Valley roofs when the summer monsoon season arrives.

1. Damaged tiles

Cracked tiles on your home’s roof might not seem like a huge deal, but they expose the relatively delicate underlayment to the intense UV radiation from the sun and—when the rain decides to show up—moisture. If you have a tile roof, the tiles serve as your home’s protective armor; if pierced, there is only a soft interior beneath. Being aware of any broken tiles and having them repaired quickly is very important.

Most tile roofs are laid in such a way to act as a mechanism for draining water from the roof as fast as possible, with the help of gravity. Any cracked tiles will break this chain, making it harder to get rid of standing water that accumulates on your roof.

The worst case of this happening is that the underlayment is damaged or compromised and water starts to leak into your attic and living spaces. Not a good time.

2. Inadequate gutters

Keeping your home’s gutters well-maintained is necessary to keep your tile or shingle roof in its best condition when the Arizona monsoon season arrives. Your gutters prevent water from pooling up on your roof, and helps move the water off.

If your gutters are blocked, the water will have nowhere to go and instead will stand on your roof. Bird nests, tree debris, and so much more can cause your gutters to dam up, leading to water collecting and pooling.

Call KY-KO, your trusted Valley roofing company, for your free roof checkup before the Arizona monsoon season arrives

If you’re looking for a company that understands how roofs work in the desert, we’re the team you need. We offer expert advice on how to keep your roof safe from damage when the rain arrives. Our roofers are industry-trained professionals who understand the warning signs of roof problems and how to fix them properly. We’ll help you determine just how prepared your roof is for the summer monsoons and the continued summer heat. Call us today!

Call our Arizona roofing company for foam roof repair this spring

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.

For foam roof repair this spring, contact KY-KO Roofing—your Arizona roofing company.

A well-maintained foam roof is an energy-efficient and protective layer for your home’s roof.

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.

Cracks

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.

Blisters

If cracks are not there, blisters probably will be. These bubbles are the result of sunlight, debris, or improper initial installation.

Leaks

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.

Is your roof ready for the summer here in Phoenix?

Everyone knows what Phoenix summers are like. Your roof is about to get a full bombardment of high temperatures and intense UV rays. But, more than that, the arrival of the monsoons in the late summer means that your roof will also have to contend with high winds and torrential downpours. In short: summers here in the Valley are hard on your roof. Here’s what you need to know as a Valley homeowner to keep your roof in tip-top shape heading into the hottest months of the year.

Call KY-KO and let us get your roof ready for the summer ahead.

Have KY-KO help get your roof ready for the summer ahead with a free roofing checkup from our experts.

Call KY-KO for a professional roofing checkup

At KY-KO Roofing, we offer free roof checkups here in the Valley. There’s nothing better than having a professional assess your roof prior to the start of summer. If your roof is missing shingles or tile, you want to know before that underlayment is exposed to UV rays and rain. Our professional roofers can also diagnose other small issues before they become major problems, like a leaking roof.

Trim any nearby trees

When high winds blow through Phoenix, you definitely do not want there to be any leaning trees anywhere near your roof. Many roofs sustain damage from nearby branches and trees falling on them. In fact, the monsoon winds of summer are especially threatening here in Phoenix—both mesquite and palo verde trees can become unmoored and fall onto your home, causing significant damage.

Beyond regular pruning to keep the tree from growing too close to the roof, consider having a tree professional come out to your home to check on the health of the trees and identify any problem areas. An arborist or landscaping professional will be able to identify if any of your yard’s trees are dead or diseased, which puts them at additional risk to come toppling down when that intense monsoon rolls into town in early July.

Check the gutters

Here’s an understatement: it tends to rain in Phoenix during the summer. While the overall amount of rain we get here in Phoenix is much lower than other places in the country, this rain tends to be deposited in a relatively short amount of time through brief, yet intense, monsoon storms. These squalls can quickly overwhelm clogged gutters, sending water onto your roof—the absolute last place you want it to be.

In contrast, you want to make sure that rainwater has somewhere to go. That involves having clear, resilient gutters. You want to ensure there are no clogs that could create pools of water. Water could leak down your home’s siding or onto the roof, where it then gets into the attic. That’s bad news for your roof.

Have the team at KY-KO examine the skylights during our checkup

Skylights are great features to have in a home. They’re also a weak spot in the shield that is your roof. You want to inspect them before the summer to ensure the edge is sealed properly. Without proper sealant, rain water could leak into the inside of your house. You do not want anything to get through.

Call KY-KO to get your roof ready for the summer

KY-KO is here for your pre-summer roof repair services, if you need them. At the end of the day, prevention is preferable over dealing with summer roof damage in the first place. Contact us to schedule a free roofing checkup today.

Let a professional handle your residential roof repair in Phoenix

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.

For residential roof repair in Phoenix, call KY-KO Roofing

Have a professional help with your professional residential roof repair in Phoenix. The repair will be done better, faster, and more safely.

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.

Here’s how to look for signs of roof damage this winter

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.

KY-KO Roofing offers free roofing checkups here in Phoenix. To schedule yours and make sure your roof is damage-free, contact us today!

Signs of roof damage on a shingle roof include torn or missing shingles.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.

Here’s how often you need to reseal your foam roof

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.

Here are the 4 signs of tile roof damage after this monsoon season

Arizona is known for our rainy, violent monsoon thunderstorms during the late summer. As we reach the end of monsoon season, it’s a good idea to have a professional from KY-KO Roofing check your roof for signs of tile roof damage. In this blog, we’ll review the reasons why you should call KY-KO to schedule your free roofing checkup here in the Valley.

4 major signs of tile roof damage after monsoon storms

1. Clogged or damaged gutters

Gutters often serve as a clear indicator of the overall health of your roof. After a monsoon, the gutters can become loose. They can also become filled with leaves, sticks and debris, making them less efficient at draining water. You need to unclog the gutters quickly before the clogs create further problems.

2. Leaks

Some roofs are more prone to leaks than others. Flat roofs in particular are typically not as efficient at draining water, and there is an increased risk of water pooling on the roof. Over time, that pool can penetrate the membrane of the roofing materials.

You may not be aware of leaks if your home has an attic. That is why you need to contact a professional to inspect the roofing immediately after a storm. The expert will look for loose tiles and sagging areas on the roof. Even if a leak is not present yet, a roofer can prevent problems from developing later.

3. Broken shingles or tiles

Monsoons bring high winds, which can rip shingles off the roof. From the ground, you may be able to see patches of missing shingles on your roof. You should also watch out for shingles and tiles on the ground that may have already broken.

4. Damage from trees

Monsoon damage extends to the trees you have on your property. The winds can knock branches over, and those branches end up striking your home’s roof. Not only will you need someone to repair your roof, but you will need someone to remove the dead tree from your yard.

Call KY-KO for a free roof checkup

You need to talk with the professionals from KY-KO Roofing Systems before and after a big storm to ensure your roof is in good condition exiting monsoon season and entering the fall / winter. You can do this by contacting us through our online form.