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.

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.

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!

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.

5 signs that your business’ roof has been damaged and needs repairs

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.

Call KY-KO when you need commercial roof repair in Phoenix.

We’re your commercial roof repair experts here in Phoenix.

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.