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Why you should consider a tile roof

Whether you’re looking to replace your roof or install a new one, you have a variety of roofing options. In this post, we’ll outline the benefits of choosing one of the most popular roofing types: tile. We encourage you to choose KY-KO for your tile roof repair.

Tile RoofTile fits Arizona

Tile roofs go nicely with most Phoenix homes, which use brick or stucco construction. Tile operates best in a hot climate with no snowfall, and its durability helps it stand up to the rigors of the Arizona monsoon, a late summer weather phenomenon that brings pouring rain, high winds, and rolling dust storms. For these reasons, when you mention “roof” to a resident of the Southwest, they’ll probably picture tile first.

Tile may outlast your home

One of the major concerns of homeowners when they’re installing a new roof is how long it will last them. The truth is that most roofs are long-lasting. Shingle roofs, for instance, last about 20 years, which, on average, is more time than most American families stay in a single home. Yet, tile roofs take this longevity to the extremes.

If you’re planning on staying in your home for the long haul and don’t want to deal with roof replacement down the road, get a tile roof. Most last about 50 years or so. Even at that point, it’s often the underlayment—material between the wood and the tile on top—that’s failing. With minor upkeep, tile roofs can last far longer. Want proof? There are churches in Europe with tile roofs that haven’t been replaced in centuries.

This is because most tile roofs are made from either fired clay or concrete. These are two of the most durable materials you can use in roofing.

Tile Roof RepairTile is energy efficient

Here in Phoenix, energy efficiency is on everyone’s minds heading into the long, hot summer. As we watch our air conditioning bills spike, we look for any means of saving energy. One way that many people don’t consider is their roof, and tile is superior to shingles at absorbing the sun’s energy and radiating it outward, away from the interior of your home. It’s one of the reasons that tile roofs have become so popular in Phoenix over the past few decades.

A tile roof looks amazing

Okay, the appeal of different kinds of roofs is a matter of taste. Some people grew up with a classic shingle look, while others gravitate to a flat roof style. However, if you’re living in a home that’s tile-compatible and you’re trying to decide what to upgrade to, give tile a second look.

Here in Phoenix, it’s not difficult to find homes that use the traditional red “s” tile that has a distinctly Southwestern appeal. A deeper red fits a Mediterranean style of home. However, what’s often overlooked is that tile is available in a variety of colors and shapes. There’s even different materials of tile to give you more options. If you need help deciding what direction to go, call KY-KO.

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You may be surprised by how many styles of tile there are.

What do you want in a roof?

Tile isn’t for everyone, and that’s why KY-KO installs a variety of other types of roofs, from shingles to the flat roof foam setup. Interested in learning more? Contact us by giving us a call, and we can review roofs with you, and help you figure out which roof is best for your home.

Residential roofing options in Arizona

Tile is one of many residential roofing options in PhoenixWhat do you picture when you hear the word “roof”? That may depend on the home you grew up in, or the home you own now. For those from the east coast, shingles might come to mind. Those who have lived in Phoenix for a long time may picture tile. Still others may see a flat roof.

The truth is that we have many residential roofing options here in Arizona. KY-KO Roofing can help you make sense of them and review their advantages and disadvantages.

Tile

Tile roofing is very common in Phoenix, and it’s little wonder why. Available in a wide variety of colors and forms, tile roofing offers a good balance of aesthetic appeal, durability, and other benefits, such as heat and wind resistance.

Most homeowners choose tile because they love the look of it. But, the truth is that there a number of benefits to going with a tile roof. Here are just some of them:

  • Tile roofs offer better fire protection than other kinds of roofs.
  • A properly installed tile roof can last two to three times longer than a shingle roof.
  • Tile is available in a number of styles and colors, allowing homeowners to personalize.
  • Tile requires less regular maintenance.
  • A tile roof absorbs less heat than other roofing materials, meaning that it’s energy efficient.

Tile’s one downside? The initial cost to install tile is higher than most other options, and the sheer weight of the roof makes it a non-starter for a number of older homes. In fact, tile can be so heavy that the underlayment placed below begins to fail before the tiles do.

Shingle

While tile has become a popular choice in new home construction in the Valley, shingle is the most common form of roof available. There are two main forms: fiberglass and organic. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.Shingle roofing contractor in Phoenix

Fiberglass

These shingles are created from fiberglass mixed with resin to provide water and fire resistance. Fiberglass shingles come in different colors and textures, allowing for customization.

Organic

Created with paper and asphalt that has ceramic embedded within it, organic shingles are a traditional choice for residential roofing that offers water and fire protection.

Flat roofs

Residential Flat Roof in PhoenixA flat roof has special drainage and resistance needs that an angled roof does not, since there is no reliance on gravity to carry away rain. Even then, “flat” is a misnomer: most of these roofs have an ever-so-slight angle to carry water away from the center toward drains.

Foam

If you have a flat roof, the installation of a foam roof is a fantastic option and investment. Foam can be applied to almost any type of roof, is completely seamless, and is easy to repair down the road. As an additional bonus, foam roofs increase your home’s energy efficiency by effectively blocking the sun’s heat from coming through. Over years, this can amount to major energy savings here in Arizona.

Why go with KY-KO for residential roofing?

Since 1994, we’ve installed thousands of different roof types in Phoenix. Over 50 percent of our business comes from repeat customers who have grown to trust us for all their residential roofing needs. In fact, 95 percent of our customers say they’d recommend us to close friends and family.

We install and repair all kinds of roofs, and back up our work with our Owner’s Pride Guarantee. Learn more about what’s different about KY-KO Roofing.

The Perfect Time for Roofing Services in Phoenix, AZ

It seems like El Niño has been the weather buzzword this winter! Everyone is discussing how it will effect certain areas of the country. Each morning we see the storms and flooding around the nation that El Niño has caused. So far the effect that El Niño has had on the Valley is minor, but we are still looking at a few more months of possible rain and storms ahead of us due to this natural weather phenomenon. If you’ve been meaning to schedule roofing services, now’s the time to get it done! The next round of storms that travel through Phoenix might not be as forgiving and you could end up with some serious damage to not only your roof, but your home.

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Roofing Services in Phoenix, AZ

You want the roof above your head to be sturdy, solid and in good condition ready to protect you from whatever mother nature throws your way, especially during “El Niño.” During this time, the weather is extremely unpredictable and can quickly take a turn for the worst. If you roof isn’t up to par, you will be dealing with some unfortunate consequences that could cost you! So how do you know if your roof is ready to withstand these El Niño storms?

Roofing Inspections

Whether it is an El Niño year or not, it’s important to get your home’s roof inspected on a regular basis. It is a good rule of thumb to have it looked at 2 times a year, in the spring and fall. During these inspections, your roof will be searched for any blemishes or weak areas that have been caused by previous storms, sun, trees, etc. Once these areas are identified, the roofing inspector will be able to tell you if repairs can be made or if it would be more logical to replace the roof all together. Roofs that are damaged or have areas in need of repair will only further deteriorate overtime if no action is taken.

Roofing Repair

Repairing your roof could be an easy fix or a massive undertaking all depending on the extent of the repairs needed and the type of roofing that you have. The cost of roofing repairs can be determined by different factors such as the type of roof, unique features, and the size.However extensive your roofing repair may be, the bottom line is that in order to protect your home and avoid even more costly damages, repairs are necessary.

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Roof Replacement

If your roof has so serious damage, you might be looking at replacement. It is difficult for a homeowner to know when to replace their roof.  Just because you are aware of water or other types of damage to your roof doesn’t necessarily mean that replacement is necessary so don’t jump the gun. Instead, make sure to have a roofing contractor inspect the roof and give you a professional opinion. If you are looking at replacement, make sure to choose a type of residential roofing that is right for your home and climate. Here in Phoenix, AZ you have many roofing options such as tile, shingles, and foam.

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Whether you are in need of roofing inspections, repair, or replacement, the one thing to remember is to find a quality roofing company that can help you through this process. Professional roofers have the trained eye to spot weakened areas of your roof, provide quality repair work instead of sloppy fixes, and the experience to install a brand new roof if needed. But beware, roofing contractors vary in quality! Make sure you are choosing a roofing company that will take care of your roofing needs quickly and at a fair price.

Finding a Quality Roofing Contractor

There are many factors to consider when searching for that perfect roofing contractor. First and foremost, before hiring anyone make sure you feel comfortable with them. Call them on the phone and speak with someone from the company. Check out their website, videos, reviews and other easy-to-access information. Ask around! Talk to neighbors, family, and friends to see if they have had any experience with roofing contractors and if they have any recommendations for you.

Entering into a contract with a roofing company is a big decision and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Keep in mind to use a variety of sources. Don’t just call the first company you see on Yelp, and don’t choose from online reviews alone.

Do your research

Choosing the right roofing company for your inspection, repair, or replacement can make your life easier or can cause a huge headache depending on the quality and customer service level of the company. Do your research and choose wisely. Look for a company with years of experience and who is licensed, bonded, and insured!

Price shouldn’t be the bottom line

As we’ve all heard and many of us have had to learn the hard way, “You get what you pay for.” This is especially true when it comes to the service industry. Price should definitely be considered when choosing a contractor, but shouldn’t be the end all determining factor. Your roof isn’t something you want to take a chance with, so when it comes to the company with the lowest bid, make sure they can deliver on their promises.

KY-KO Roofing

Our slogan here at KY-KO is “We’re Crazy about Quality!” We have seen first hand what can happen to a poor unsuspecting homeowner when they choose the cheapest or most convenient roofing contractor for their roofing services. We want you to be prepared during this El Niño season. At KY-KO Roofing, we focus on providing QUALITY roofing services at a fair price that our customers feel comfortable with. We’ve been in business since 1994 and in that time have helped thousands of Phoenix homeowners with their roofing needs. Our expert technicians make our customers lives easier with clear and consistent communication followed up by quality work!

We are proud of the work that we do for our customers and would love to help you with your roof as well! Call us today at (602) 944-4600 to schedule your roofing services.

What to Look for in Phoenix Roofing Contractors

If you’re scanning the market for a roofing Phoenix contractor, like KY-KO Roofing systems (or any other roofing contractor for that matter), you should know that you’re facing a big and hugely significant investment. After all, a quality roof isn’t cheap, and you are advised to keep a sturdy one for those pestering rainy days.

Furthermore, you don’t want anyone with a hammer and nails in their hands to meddle with your roof. Therefore, hiring a contractor should not be a decision that you’ll make lightly.

How to choose the best roofing Phoenix contractor

There are tons of contractors out there, who claim all sorts of things with nothing to show for in the end. Prior to choosing your contractor, you should learn how to evaluate the available companies, and see which ones are the best fit for your needs.

A quality roof job needs to be done right the first time, making it even more important to make a well-informed choice in advance, even if it amounts to a higher price than the average one. Here are some basic tips that you can apply when looking for a good roofing contractor.

References

Always ask for references. If you stumble upon a contractor that offers a full list of promises, you’ll do well to remember to vet them afterwards. Make a few phone calls, ask a friend, search the web. Anything you can find can be of help. You could also call the chamber of commerce and inquire whether the roofing company you are thinking about hiring is a long-time member or a newbie. Ask for professional references from the roofing company. If they don’t have any, that’s usually a bad sign.

Maybe there’s a negative review out there that you would otherwise neglect. Or maybe, you’ll find a long list of satisfied customers. This is the best way to make sure the roofing company is capable of doing a quality roof job. Either way, you should do your homework.

Be certain the roofing company has the proper license

In many states, roofing companies are not allowed to operate without a permit. Therefore, always check if the company has the proper license to perform work in your home. The license often separates the most experienced companies from the less experienced ones. Check with the local authorities or ask the companies themselves to show you their documentation.

Are the employees skilled enough?

A reputable roofing company always consists of trained and experienced employees. Check the skill level of the employees of the companies you are interested in. Are they regularly undergoing safety training? It’s a good sign if they are, since it significantly reduces the risk of accidents or a poorly done roof job.

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Ask to see the training regimens the employees are undergoing. This way, you will know whether the contractor sends you qualified and experienced roofers, or newly hired workers with no proper training.

Make sure the roofing company offers a guarantee

Most of the roofing contractors offer a product guarantee. However, a product guarantee is not enough if the company does a poor job installing your roof. Therefore, you should always search for a company that offers both product and installation guarantee. This way, even if the contractor makes a mistake, you can rest assured that it will be taken care of.

Get insurance

The roofing company should have liability insurance that will protect both you, the homeowner, and the workers, from accidents. In other words, if an employee gets injured, the insurance protects you from liability, but will also keep you safe from responsibility if the workers damage your roof during the project. Always ask the contractor to give you proof of insurance.

Also, ask to see the exact liability coverage certificates and make sure they are valid for the duration of your roofing project. Without insurance, you may be found responsible for medical and other bills resulting from a worker’s injury, or the repair costs for the damage caused to your roof.

Make sure you have a place where you can voice your concerns

While nobody expects a catastrophe on-site, there are occasions when you might realize that your roof has wide open cracks, while the workers are packing up and leaving for the night. In this case, you should be informed if there’s a manager you can speak to about the problem and voice your concerns.

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Some companies promise you an on-site manager at all times, yet the manager is nowhere to be seen – no one assumes responsibility. Make sure that you can leave a complaint about this to the company, and make them provide you with a project manager as soon as possible. At the end of the day, they should also avoid leaving a mess (shingles, sharp wood, etc) on your roof prior to finishing their work for the day.

If the company is reluctant to speak to you regarding this matter, you are better off without their services.

Get a contract in writing

You must not rush into signing a contract with a company you just started negotiating with. However, after you complete the aforementioned steps, all you need to do is sign a contract with the roofing company of your choice. Even if you agree upon every aspect of the required work, and your roofing contractor is willing to live up to your expectations, signing the contract is a step you must take to ensure that all the terms and conditions are legitimate.

The contract usually includes the materials to be used, work days, the price, and all other important aspects regarding your roofing project. Make sure that an attorney can review it, so you can identify any possible loopholes in it.

Applying these tips will give you the peace of mind you need when hiring a roofer to do your roofing project. Make sure you go through all of them, as skipping some can result in a major setback down the road. In the end, you want your roof to be perfect, not just mediocre, right?

 

Dangers to Your Roof During Monsoon Season

Monsoon season in Phoenix, AZ lasts until the end of September,  but with the unpredictable weather here in the desert we never really know what we’re in for and it’s difficult to confine the crazy weather to a particular “season.” As a homeowner, it’s important to be aware of all of the dangers  that come with the violent storms and bad weather here in the Valley. Your roof in particular can be highly susceptible to damage caused by these brutal storms as well as other harsh weather we experience in Phoenix, AZ.

 

Monsoon Weather that can Damage Your Roof

Our monsoon storms here in Phoenix, AZ are sporadic and often times unpredictable despite the best efforts of our skilled meteorologists and weather experts. The storms and blow in quickly and leave a lot of damage in their paths. It’s important to be as prepared as possible for these damaging storms. Here are a few of the potential threats that blow in with these Arizona monsoon storms.

High Winds

If you’ve been in Phoenix for a while, you’ve probably experienced the spontaneous wind that is an inevitable sign of an impending monsoon storm. One minute everything is as calm as can be and the next, your patio furniture is being launched across your yard by a strong gust of wind. These high winds can be damaging to your home’s roof for a few different reasons.

One being the the strength of the wind can cause the roofing material whether it be tiles, shingles, etc. to lift up or come off completely and allow debris, rain, hail, and other harmful material to be exposed to your roof.

Another huge factor that comes into play with these damaging winds are trees. If you live in an area where trees are close to your home, their branches can easily be whipped around to disrupt the material on your roof. These branches being smacked down on top of your roof could rip off the roofing material, or even puncture holes through it allowing moisture and other material to pass through.

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The high monsoon winds in Phoenix, AZ could be very harmful to your roof and have the potential to cause extensive damage.

Heavy Rain

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Monsoon storms often are accompanied by heavy rain that cause flooding and lots  of other damages. Roofing in particular can be effected because heavy rain leaves your roof susceptible to moisture damages. Should the rain make it past the roofing material to your roof deck, the moisture will cause rot in the wood. Once the wood starts rotting, it can easily begin to spread to other areas of your home such as ceilings and walls.

When heavy rain is partnered with violent wind, they really have the potential to do some damage. The wind will pull up roofing material making it possible for the rain to make it’s way underneath.

Hail

While not always a prominent element of the monsoon storms we experience here in Phoenix, hail is still a possibility and can cause some serious damage to your roof. As you know, hail can range in size and intensity. Some hail storms have the ability to crack windshields, damage trees, and most certainly cause some problems to your roof. Depending on your type of roofing material, hail has the ability to crack or puncture holes in the outside of your roof. And just like rain, when accompanied with strong monsoon winds, it can become quite the damaging force.

Dust

Our infamous dust storms here in the Valley make for some awesome photo opportunities but can also create horrible driving conditions, power outages, wind damage, and more. They can also leave you with a gritty feeling in your teeth should you be outside when one blows in. In terms of dangers to your roof, dust storms have heavy winds that can cause extreme damage to your roof. And once that damage is caused, it leaves your roof exposed to dust and debris that the “dust storm” brings with it.

Other Types of AZ Weather Harmful to your Roof

In addition to the intense monsoon storms that blow into the Valley every year, there are also other dangers that mother nature has given us in Phoenix, Arizona that could attack the quality of your roof.

Sun Exposure

We are all aware of the dangers that sun exposure can cause to Phoenicians, that’s why we wear sunscreen any and everywhere that we go! However, it’s not often that we consider what the harsh sun does to our roofs. Unfortunately, the strong UV Rays will cause your roofing material to wear out and decline over time. The areas of your roof that bear the brunt of the UV Rays throughout the day will deteriorate at a faster rate than areas that are more shaded.

Heat

High temperatures are what we’re known for in Arizona. The heat, when it’s at it’s highest, not only takes a toll on the residents here, but it can also cause damage to your roof. When the heat is at it’s highest levels of intensity, it has been known to crack, and damage your roofing material as well as weaken your roof deck.

Protecting your Roof From Natural Threats

Being as unpredictable as our weather is in Arizona, its difficult to protect your roof from these natural threats. However, there are some steps you can take to give you roof the best odds for standing up against Arizona monsoon storms and other damaging weather. For instance, you can get up on your roof to inspect it for signs of damage. Visible holes or cracks indicate that there is a problem. For a more extensive inspection, you can have a professional roofing contractor come to your home and search for signs of damage. It’s usually a good rule of thumb to have your roof inspected once a year. Also, before monsoon season, make sure that your trees are trimmed. Remember we talked about those tall trees whipping their branches around and puncturing holes in your roof? Trimming your trees will reduce the risk of this happening.

Professional Roofing Contractors in Phoenix, AZ

Whether you need an inspection, roofing repair after a big storm, or even a complete roof replacement due to significant damage, KY-KO Roofing is the company to call!

Types of Residential Roofing Phoenix, AZ

Many factors go into determining what type of roof you should choose for your home. For instance, the architectural style of your home, the homeowner’s aesthetic preference, budget, and durability just to name a few. It is important that you get the roof that meets as many of your needs as possible. Before coming to that final decision of what type of roof you are going to rely on to protect you, your family, and your home for many years to come, it can’t hurt to do some research and learn about some of the residential roofing Phoenix, AZ has to offer you. Not only will this help you to become more informed, but when the time comes to involve a professional roofing company, you can impress them with all of the new roofing lingo that will have learned.

Types of Residential Roofing Available

Take a look at the following types of roofing to help you decide what would work best for your Phoenix, AZ home.

Foam Roof

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Foam roofing is a newer roofing material compared to some of the other options. It is providing homeowners with some awesome benefits and excellent results in protecting and insulating their homes. Here are a few of the most impressive features of the “foam roof.”

Versatility- You will typically find foam roofing material on flat roof homes, but it is versatile enough to be used on almost any type of roof.

Lifespan- In comparison to other types of roofing material, foam roofing has an incredibly long lifespan. Once it is applied, it will maintain it’s seal and durability for many years, in some cases even decades.

Durability- Foam roofing requires much less maintenance and upkeep than other roofing materials. When a repair is needed, it is typically a quick process as well as easy on the wallet- which is always a bonus!

Weight- Heavy roofing can cause stress on the overall structure of your home. Foam roofing is very light weight in comparison to other roofing material.

Overall, foam roofing is a great option to consider for your home and should be considered when thinking about your next residential roof.

Shingle Roof

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For homes in Arizona with the steep roofs, you will typically see shingles. This is due to the fact that shingles are effective at shedding water from these steep roofs as well as remaining visually appealing since steep sloped roofs are a large feature of the overall home. Many homeowner’s find a shingle roof appealing. Shingles can either be asphalt or fiberglass and reinforced with organic or fiberglass materials. Here are a few of the top benefits of a shingle roof.

Price- In comparison to other common roofing materials, the overall cost is known to be much for affordable due to the fact that shingles can be mass produced.

Variety- Shingles can come in just about any color that you are interested in. Since shingles are typically used most often of sloped roofs, the color overall appearance of the roof is important to many homeowners.

Durability- Shingle roofs have quite a long life-span. In some cases up to 30 years! Also, damages are in most cases easily repaired.

Weight- Shingle roofs fall in the middle of the weight spectrum. They are not as heavy as a tile or clay roof, but are heaver than a foam roof.

Shingle roofing is a smart solution for roofing material. With the combination of reasonable cost, color options, and longevity, you won’t be disappointed with this choice.

Tile Roof

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Tile roofing is growing in popularity because of the diverse styles and colors that it offers. Tile roofing will give a home an entirely new look and style. Tile roofing is also found on sloped roofs and like shingles, provides homeowners with the ability to make their roof into a beautiful feature. As with all roofing material, tile roofing has its advantages and disadvantages. It’s important to understand these before deciding on tile roofing for your home.

Longevity- Tile roofing is one of the most durable roofing materials and stands up against natural elements better than other roofing materials. This material’s durability leads to a longer life-span.

Insulator- In the hot Arizona weather, it’s important to have a roofing material that doesn’t absorb the heat allowing it to pass through your roof into your home. Tile roofing is an excellent insulator and will keep your home cool throughout the summer months in the Valley.

Cost- In comparison to other roofing materials, the up-front cost of a tile roof can be more expensive. However, with it’s durability and longer life-span, many homeowners feel that this cost is justified.

Weight- Tile roofing is exceptionally more heavy that other roofing types. Before you are able to have this roofing installed, your home will have to be inspected to make sure that it is able to sustain the weight of the tile.

It’s important to consider the pros and cons of a tile roof before making your final investment.

What to Consider Before you Decide

A new roof is a big investment and all of your options should be considered carefully before making that final decision. It’s definitely recommended that you work with a professional roofing company to help you work through your decision. They will have more valuable insight and will help you think of your options from perspectives you may not have previously considered. To help you decide on what roof is right for you, consider the following:

  • Budget- What is the maximum cost you are willing to invest into your new roof?
  • Architecture- What type of roof to you have and are you limited to specific materials?
  • Style- Is it important that your roof has a specific style and color?
  • Weight- Is your home prepared to carry the weight of a heavier roof, or would it be better to go with a lighter option?

Considering these factors will help you to get a better idea of what type of roof you want, and if there are any roofing materials that you can cross off the list. For a professionals help, call us at KY-KO Roofing Systems (602) 944-4600!

 

 

 

 

Expert Roofing in Phoenix, AZ

If you are a homeowner who has ever been faced with the realization that your roof has some serious problems and needs to be repaired or -worst case scenario- replaced, you know how frustrating and scary this can be. First of all, once your past the stage of denial, well into the stage of acceptance that something must be done, you worry. How much is this going to cost? How long will it take? How do I know which company to call to help me with this problem? All of these worries are valid. Any type of roof work is an investment and you should do some adequate research to find the right company to handle the job! To help you with your search in finding the highest quality roofing company in Phoenix, Arizona, here is some homework for you to do.

Finding an Expert Roofing Company

Make sure to do your research before finding the right company to hire for your roof repair or replacement. This is your investment and you have a choice of who you want to hire. So before you just hire the random company that your sister’s friend’s aunt used, do some research on your own and use this quick guide to help you find the roofing company that is going to take the best care of you!

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Look Around Online

This is usually the easiest source of information you can gather. Check to see if the company has a website, and take a look at their social media profiles. Look for signs of professionalism, consistency in address and phone numbers, images or before/after photos of recent work. You should also be able to find current associations, licenses, certifications, etc. There is a TON of information your can discover just by searching around online! Take your time, and get a feel for the company.

Check Reviews & Get Referrals

While your looking around online, check out the most popular review sites and see what past customers have had to say about their experience with the company. Of course, some reviews are completely phony so while searching through reviews look for any patterns of consistent problems that customers mention on different dates.

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Also, if you find a company that you think you like, go ahead and ask around. Talk to your friends, family, neighbors, etc. Put it out their on Facebook and ask if anyone has a recommendation for you. People love to share their good experiences, so this could be a great way to find a quality company.

Free Inspections/ Evaluations

Even though you are in that “acceptance” stage and you know that you need a professional to repair or replace your roof, it’s impossible to be able to tell the true extent of the damage. It’s nice to have a company to provide Free inspections or evaluations of the condition of your roof. This way, they will give you a detailed assessment and a expert opinion on the service that you need, without the bill!

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Warranties

Many roofing companies will provide warranties for your repair or replacement, but see if you can take a look at their warranty before hand. This is important because often, companies will include “terms” in their warranty that will void it out. Inspecting the warranty beforehand, will give you a chance to look at it closely and understand all of the “terms” that are included.

Years of Service

How many years has a company been in service? This is an important question because the more years of service that a company has, the more likely it is that they are a more professional and experienced company that knows how to take care of their customers in comparison to a company with little to few years of service.

Insurance & Workman’s Comp

It’s not against the rules to ask to see proof of the company’s insurance and workman’s compensation certificates. This is often a step that most homeowners either forget or don’t think to ask about. This is an important factor in choosing the right roofing company because you want to make sure that the company has it’s own coverage and that you will not be held legally responsible should anything happen while working on your home.

Variety of Services

Make sure that the roofing company that you choose can offer a variety of roofing material and options for you to choose from. They should be able to show you specific roofs that they have done that demonstrates their knowledge for each type. For example, you don’t want to find a company who does 90% shingle roofs and a few of the rest here and there. Your roofing experts should be just that- experts! In all types of roofing!

Certifications and Associations

Is the company you are looking into belong to any associations such as the Arizona Roofing Contractor’s Association? Or maybe you see that they have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. These affiliations tell you that this is a company that you can trust and is willing to go the extra mile to ensure they are doing right by their customers.

KY-KO Roofing

Of course we would love it if you chose KY-KO Roofing for your roofing contractor, but we encourage our customers to do their research and choose the company that will work the best for them. However, here is a little bit more information about us.

  • We’ve been repairing, replacing, and installing roofs all around the Valley since 1994.
  • We back all of our services with our Owner’s Pride Guarantee.
  • Our insurance and workman’s comp is active and up-to-date.
  • We only use the highest quality materials.
  • Our workers are professional and have excellent workmanship.
  • We treat every job as if it’s our only job- the customer gets our FULL attention!

Whether you end up trusting KY-KO Roofing Systems with your roofing issues, or would rather go with another company, we wish you all the best and hope that you roof is repaired or replaced in no time! For more information on our company and our trusted roofing services, give us a call anytime and speak to one of our friendly professionals! 602-944-4600.

 

Foam roofing benefits: why you should consider foam for your flat roof

Foam is a perfect fit for flat roofs here in Phoenix, Arizona. Some foam roofing benefits include greater energy-efficiency, better roof protection, and an easy installation process. All-in-all, foam roofs can be an excellent investment for many homeowners. In this article, we’ll walk you through what foam roofs are, how they work, what type of homes they work best for, and what the installation process is like.

KY-KO Roofing is your team of foam roofing experts here in the Valley. For a free roof checkup and foam replacement or installation consultation, contact us today!

One of the primary foam roofing benefits is the easy of installation, which helps cut down on costs.

One of the primary foam roofing benefits is the easy of installation, which helps cut down on costs.

What is foam roofing?

Polyurethane foam has been used as a roofing material for almost 50 years. Made from a combination of isocyanat and polyol, the foam is mixed together in a sprayer and applied to the roof surface as a liquid. The foam then begins to bubble up and expand, reaching into and sealing all the cracks and crevices in the roof. The roofing installation team will then apply a durable outer layer to protect the foam from the elements.

Foam is especially good at the following:

  • Preventing heat transfer: In the summers here in Phoenix, that means that foam does a good job insulating your home and preventing heat from getting into the living spaces of your home.
  • Preventing moisture: Because foam expands to fill up even the smallest of cracks, it’s good at preventing rain and moisture from getting to the roof itself.

Is foam roofing an option for your home?

 

Foam roofing is typically found on flat roofs. Here in the Valley, that typically applies to homes built in the adobe or Southwest styles. However, a wide variety of homes can reap foam roofing benefits.

As alluded to before, foam roofing is an excellent fit for homes in hotter climates, such as the one here in Phoenix. That’s because foam is a highly effective insulation material that prevents heat from getting into your home through the roof. In turn, that can help lower your summer electric bills for years to come—a great value for any homeowner.

Foam roofing benefits:

#1. Energy Savings

One of the biggest foam roofing benefits is the energy savings. Since the polyurethane material is a highly effective thermal insulator, it can drastically improve air conditioner efficiency in your home. A foam roof can cut your cooling costs by up to 30%. Add that up over the lifespan of your home, and you’re looking at major energy savings!

#2. Cost

In terms of upfront costs, foam roofing can be more expensive than shingles, but may be on-par with tile roofing. However, because of the added energy-efficiency, foam roofs can pay for themselves in about 5 years or so.

#3. Repairs

When you need roofing repair for a tile or shingle roof, you may be looking at a major expense. However, repairs are relatively easy to make to a foam roof: in most cases, a roofer will just need to add more foam to re-coat the foam underlayer. This can also help reduce your long-term costs.

#4. Weight

Heavy roofing material causes more stress on your home. Some homes, for instance, can’t get tile installed because the home’s frame wasn’t built to support that weight. In contrast, foam roofing is relatively lightweight, which means it can fit a wider variety of homes—including those built for just shingles.

#5. Lifespan

Believe it or not, there are structures that have maintained their original foam roofing for decades! The lifespan of a foam roof is significantly longer than that of a shingle roof, and—with regular upkeep and care—a foam roof can last just as long, if not longer, than a tile roof.

Installation process:

Foam roofing installation is relatively easy compared to other forms of roofing installation. First, you’ll want to locate a trusted, local company with foam roofing installation experience. Here in the Valley, you’ll want to call us at KY-KO: we’ve been installing foam roofs for decades. Once you’ve found the right company, get a free roof checkup to talk to a professional roofer about your options and what’s best for your home.

The application process starts with technicians spraying the foam directly onto the roof. The polyurethane is applied as a liquid from the hose, but will soon start to expand to 30 times its original size, sealing the roof completely from the outside.

For residential properties, depending on the configuration and complexity of the roof itself, you can expect the foam roof to be completed within 1-3 days.

Caring for your foam roof:

Even though a foam roof is extremely durable, there are precautions to take, as you would with any type of roofing material to make sure it is not damaged.

  • Avoid putting heavy equipment or furniture on the roof’s surface.
  • Keep it clean of dirt, debris, leaves, etc.
  • Do a quick inspection of your roof after major storms to look for cracks or distress.

Finding the right roofing company:

For the foam roofing to be applied correctly and consistently, it is important to have experienced and trained roofing specialists that will be administering the foam roofing. They need to have a special eye to identify whether or not the foam is being applied correctly. To make sure your foam roofing investment does not go to waste, make sure you find the best roofing company that will focus on the craftsmanship of their work. Do research and find a company that meets the following criteria:

  • Experience: An experienced company is one that focuses on quality. Look for a roofing company that has been in business for several years.
  • Satisfied customers: Look at reviews to see how past customers have felt about this company.
  • Guarantees: It is always important to find a roofing company that will guarantee their service to ensure you get the highest quality.

Here in Phoenix, that’s our team at KY-KO Roofing. Schedule your free roofing checkup or learn more about foam roofing benefits by contacting us today!