Here’s why you should schedule a free roofing checkup

At KY-KO Roofing, our team offers free roof checkups for homes and businesses throughout the Valley. Here’s how it works: we’ll send a roofer out to your home to take a look at the roof and its general condition. They’ll take note of any issues they can see—such as missing shingles, broken tiles, deteriorating underlayment, or out-of-place flashing—and then review your options for further repairs and upkeep with you.

When should you schedule one?

To schedule your free roofing checkup here in the Valley, call the team at KY-KO Roofing today.

To schedule your free roofing checkup here in the Valley, call the team at KY-KO Roofing today.

Let’s put it this way: there’s no wrong time to have one of our expert roofers take a look at your roof for signs of damage or problems. Roofing issues, from missing tiles and shingles to problems with the protective underlayment, can happen in any season and any time of year here in Phoenix.

However, there are certain stretches of the year where a roofing checkup especially makes sense:

  • Late Spring: By booking your roofing checkup with our team in the late spring (April, May), it gives our roofers a chance to take a look at your roof and identify potential issues ahead of the late summer monsoon season. If there is a problem with your roof, you’ll want it fixed before rain arrives.
  • Post-Monsoon: A strong monsoon storm can blow shingles and tiles off of your roof and cause significant damage. If you’ve noticed issues with your roof from the ground, it’s probably not a bad idea to have the pros at KY-KO Roofing come and check it out.
  • Late Fall: Here in the Valley, we tend to get a lot of winter rain in many years. Just as with a late spring checkup, the idea here is to have one of our roofers make sure everything looks ship-shape heading into a time of the year where we’ll receive rain.

Again, if you’re noticing signs of damage from the ground—such as tiles that have slid off and cracked around your home or shingles that are missing—that’s your best indicator that it’s time to have us out for a free roofing checkup.

Is there a difference between a roofing checkup and a formal inspection?

Yes. A roofing checkup is a quick, informal survey of your roof’s condition that we provide as a free service to Valley homeowners. Think of it as a “peace of mind” check on your roof’s status: anything our roofer notices will be brought to your attention and will need to be investigated further.

In contrast, in our industry, a “roofing inspection” refers to a formal and complete inspection of the roof and its condition. In most cases, our team performs roof inspections on behalf of homebuyers who are having a home inspected prior to finalizing the sale. A roof inspection comes with a complete checklist and a written assessment of the roof’s overall condition, lifespan, and other details. We offer both roof checkups and roof inspections, but we do charge for the latter, since it’s a more extensive service we’re providing.

We certainly recommend that anyone planning on purchasing a home have a roofing professional inspect the roof prior to closing. If you’d like to schedule a homebuyer’s roof inspection, please call us for an estimate.

Schedule your free roofing checkup today!

If you would like a professional from our team to take a look at your roof, call us now and schedule a free roofing checkup here in Phoenix.

How do you know when it’s time to replace your shingle roof?

Is your roof starting to show its age? In addition to being an eyesore, an old, worn-down roof can be quite dangerous. If you’re thinking it might be time to replace your shingle roof, but you’re not sure if it’s necessary, ask yourself these questions. Then, get a professional opinion. Call us here in Phoenix for a free roofing checkup, and we’ll send one of our expert roofers out to your home to take a look at the structure and shingles.

Here are some of the signs that it might be time to replace your shingle roof

Is your roof droopy or sagging?

Roofs should never look like they’re sagging or drooping in any area. If yours does, it’s probably time to replace it, because a sagging roof is a top sign of water damage. Look for signs of water collection or leaks to determine if your roof is being affected by roof rot.

Once a rooftop shows signs of rotting boards and trapped moisture, total replacement is generally needed. Though this can cost a lot of money up front, it’s much wiser than waiting for your roof to fall inward and damage your property or even hurt someone inside.

Are your shingles buckling, damaged or falling off?

Heavy Arizona winds and storms can damage shingles and cause them to fall off. A few times each year, it’s important to check on your shingles and make sure they’re in good condition. Look for telltale sings of trouble, such as buckling, cracked, or broken shingles. If you notice any bald spots on your roof where shingles used to be, replacing them should be your top priority.

If your roof has significant damage like this one, it might be time to replace your shingle roof.

If your roof has significant damage like this one, it might be time to replace your shingle roof.

If you spot damaged shingles call a Ky-KO Roofing Systems professional to provide you with a roof checkup and repair estimate. A professional can let you know if the damage can be fixed or if the entire roof needs to be replaced.

Is green stuff growing on your roof?

Green stuff looks great in the garden, but it should never be seen on your roof. Due to our aridity, this is a rare issue here in the Valley, but it can happen with the right conditions in the wetter months of the year. If you have moss growing in shaded nooks and crannies of your roof, you have a moisture problem.

While you can remove most moss by using a stiff-bristled brush to sweep it from your rooftop, don’t make the mistake of ignoring the underlying problem. Find out why moisture is pooling in that area and correct the issue before it leads to even greater damage in the future.

Is your flashing broken or cracked?

Flashing is the thin material that roofers use to seal seams around skylights, vents, and chimneys. It’s also used to direct water away from important areas of the roof. In older homes, flashing is often made from tar or cement, but thin metal is generally more effective.

If your flashing is broken, cracked, or shows other signs of damage or weakness, talk to a roofing professional right away. Replacing damaged flashing is essential for keeping water out, where it belongs. If you have an outdated flashing system, consider upgrading it for added durability.

Are you ready to replace your roof?

If your roof is beyond repair, replacing it is important for your safety. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy for a homeowner to tell how far gone a roof may be. That’s why it’s always best to get a consultation from a professional before replacing your shingle roof.

Call KY-KO Roofing today to claim your free roof checkup in Phoenix, AZ. We’ll get in touch with you soon.

5 benefits of foam roofing for residential and commercial roofs

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.

Here in the Valley, KY-KO is a leading roofing company. Call us to learn more about the benefits of foam roofing, especially here in Phoenix, Arizona.

Here in the Valley, KY-KO is a leading roofing company. Call us to learn more about the benefits of foam roofing, especially here in Phoenix, Arizona.

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.

Why you need to repair broken tiles on your roof after this Phoenix summer

Out-of-sight, out-of-mind. That’s what the roof is to most homeowners. We all tend to take the very thing that makes our house a house for granted, and just assume it will be there to cover our heads. However, after a long, hot Phoenix summer complete with monsoon storms, you need to repair broken tiles if you want to keep your roof in good condition.

Neglecting roof maintenance and seasonal upkeep is not a good idea. In this blog, we’ll run through the four main consequences of not having a professional roofer repair broken tiles.

If you’re ready to schedule a free roof checkup here in the Valley, call the pros at KY-KO Roofing at (602) 944-4600 or contact us online.

Repair Broken Tiles after Phoenix's monsoon stormsFour reasons why you should call KY-KO to repair broken tiles on your roof

Here are four main reasons why it’s important to have a professional replace damaged and broken tiles immediately.

1. Water leakage

We covered leaking roofs in a previous blog post, but the truth is that sometimes leaks can go unnoticed for a long time after they start. You can cut leaks off at the source by making sure your tile roof is working as intended. That is to say: finding and fixing broken tiles helps your roof function like a waterproof shield.

Water getting underneath broken tiles is bad news for your roof. If left unchecked for long enough, it can cause serious damage, including the need for complete roof re-installation. Worst of all, many insurance policies don’t cover damage caused by a roof that’s gone without maintenance.

It’s much better to catch is early, and that means having a professional roofer check your roof for missing tiles.

2. Mold formation

This goes along with water getting underneath the tiles. Mold generally forms in damp and moist places. The attic and roof of a Phoenix-area home that has pooled water is an almost perfect place for mold to form. Getting rid of the mold from your ceilings is not an easy job, and can cost you thousands of dollars.

3. Compromise structural integrity

In addition to forming mold, water getting underneath the tiles can cause structural damage to your home. First, missing tiles put stress on the underlying layer of protection beneath the tiles.

This layer of protection cannot stand up the moisture and UV radiation here in Phoenix the way that your roof tiles can (in fact, that’s one of the major benefits of tile roofing to begin with!) Left exposed for long enough, it will be heavily damaged.

Once damaged, moisture is free to get through the roof and into the living spaces of your home. This is not something you want happening. It’s better to get tiles checked out before this occurs.

4. Improve property value

Last but not least, damaged tiles and roofs negatively impact your property value. A history of roof damage makes selling your home a tricky proposition, especially since you have to disclose prior known roof damage when selling your home, per Arizona state law.

Even if it’s not a part of the disclosure, any home inspector worth their salt will check the roof tiles and condition of the roof on behalf of the buyer.

What should you do?

Our recommendation: have our team check your roof for damage after every monsoon season. That goes double if you even have an inkling that there was damage. Even if we don’t find any damage, that’s peace of mind for you and your family.

One thing: never attempt any kind of roof repair or checkup yourself. This is especially true for tile roofs: while they may appear outwardly durable, some tiles will break if walked on. You’ll just double your problems and put your life in danger. Not worth it.

Fall is the time to have KY-KO repair broken tiles on your roof

Here in the Phoenix metro area, KY-KO is the go-to team for tile roof repair, and the ones you should trust to repair broken tiles on your roof. Our experienced roofers have experience with both residential and commercial tile roofs. We offer a free roof checkup!

To contact us, give us a call at (602) 944-4600 or contact us online.

Why is it important to clean your gutters regularly?

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:

  • Cracks
  • Signs of animal life/creepy critters
  • Water leaks and dripping
  • Mold
  • Overflow or higher levels of pooled water
  • Sagging

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.

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.