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Re-invest your tax return in your home by replacing your roof

If you’re like most Americans, you’re probably getting a sizeable tax return this spring. Before you start planning that vacation or thinking about the boat you’d like to buy, let’s start practical: you should think about reinvesting your tax refund in your home. And, if it’s time to replace your roof, that’s a good place to start.

Not sure if your roof needs to be repaired or replaced? Start by calling KY-KO Roofing for a free roofing checkup. We’ll advise you on the state of your shingle or tile roof.

Why is roof replacement so important?

Your home’s roof isn’t something that should be taken for granted. In many ways, it’s the one thing that truly makes your house a, well, house. It protects your things and family from the elements.

When tiles break or shingles deteriorate from age, you need to start thinking about replacing your roof. Failure to do so will eventually result in further problems as both water and UV rays penetrate the “shield” (the tiles, shingles, or foam) to reach the relatively unprotected underlayment and wood layer.

There are many signs of impending, needed roof replacement, but one of the best ways to proceed is to have a professional from KY-KO Roofing come to your home and perform a roof checkup to see how things are looking.

Why spend your tax return on your roof?

Depending on factors such as the material and the size of the roof, replacing a roof can be a major home investment. After all, it’s something most homeowners only do every few decades or so.

When you get your tax refund, you have a ready source of cash to invest in your home. A refund isn’t free money: it’s part of your income, returned to you as overpaid taxes. But, it’s still a large amount of income delivered to you at once, which is useful when tackling large home projects.

If your tax refund was less than you expected, you should still move forward with your roof replacement. Apply for financing from KY-KO Roofing.

Why work with KY-KO Roofing?

KY-KO Roofing has been serving Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun for more than 20 years. From our free roof checkups to our Owner’s Pride Guarantee, we’re a better roofing company to work with.

To start your roof checkup to see if your roof needs replacing this spring, contact KY-KO Roofing.

The 5 Benefits Of Spray Foam Roofs

Spray Foam RoofsSpray foam roofs are some of the most energy and cost-effective roofing options for the house. Most of the heat loss in the homes occurs due to poor roof insulation. Roofs that are insulated with spray foam will act as an effective barrier against loss of heat from inside the home. The cost of installing spray foam will pay off in about 5 years after the installation.

Installing spray foam on the roof can provide you with innumerable benefits. You should consider spray roof insulation as an essential part of the home construction or renovation project. Below are some of the benefits that you can gain from spray foam insulation.

1. Great flexibility

Spray foam comes with different physical properties. The texture of the spray foam ranges from soft and semi-rigid to highly dense foam that can sustain heavy equipment, heavy weather, and heavy human traffic. Individuals can select a foam type based on their roofing requirements and budget. Both soft and dense foam can give extra strength to the roof thereby increasing the structural integrity of the house.

2. Less time to install

Installing spray foam requires less time as compared to alternative roofing options. There is no requirement of tearing off the old roof prior to installation of the foam. This ensures minimum time as well as cost to install the spray foam.

3. Superior wind resistance

Spray foam has superior wind resistance as compared to shingles and even tiles. They remain fully adhered to the roof and cannot be ripped apart by strong winds. This makes the roofing option particularly recommended for areas that are susceptible to high windstorms.

4. High insulation property

Spray foam has a high insulation property that can save you on energy bills every month. Having high R-value, spray foam allow the house to retain cool air during the summers and warm air during winters. This makes it a particularly attractive option in homes that are exposed to frigid winters and scorching summers.

5. Minimum repairs

Repairing spray foam roofs is not a major headache as it does not cost a lot of money. Once the foam starts to wear off, the roof can be recoated with the spray foam. The recoating can be done at a fraction of the cost of the installation. And what’s more, you will get additional warranty period as well.

Call KY-KO to learn more about spray foam roofs

In the end, spray foams are certainly a good choice for the roofs. They offer a myriad of benefits to the homeowners. You can save energy bills when you install spray foam. You may be able to recover the cost of installation within a few years of the spray foam installation.

In order to know more about the benefits of spray foam installation in Arizona, you can KY-KO Roofing Systems.

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.

Signs that it is time to replace or repair your roof

replace roofThere has been a great deal of rain in the Valley this winter, and the El Nino effect is showing no signs of letting up. With that much rain, you may be wondering if your roof will make it through the next rainstorm that hits. If you haven’t already encountered a leaky roof during a rainstorm, there could be other warning signs waiting for your review. Inspecting your own roof may be easier than you think, so to get started, we have shared our top warning signs that it is time for a new roof.

Shingle problems

If you have a shingle roof, you can inspect your roof to see if there are any signs of damage. Start by standing on the ground and step back so you can see your entire roof from a distance. When your shingles begin to wear out, you will be able to see them start to curl.

There are two types of curling. Once is known as cupping, which mean the edges will begin to curl up. The other type of curling that occurs is known as clawing. This is when the edges curl under.

Shingles that are exposed to a lot of sun, like Phoenix homes, will start to crack and fall apart. In some places, you can even spot missing shingles.

Interior signs

Roof leaks can present themselves in many ways. The most common is in the interior of your home. When your roof begins to leak, it trickles down from the top of your house down into the inside of your home.

Smaller leaks tend to cause bubbling and peeling paint. While these leaks may seem small at first, it could lead to a larger more expensive problem. Larger leaks are seen in the ceiling and can even cause the interior to cave in.

Inspect the metal

Don’t forget to inspect the metal on your roof as well. This is often an oversight for homeowners and can result in larger damage. Check around chimneys, pipes, and other openings can help to prevent water from sneaking in and ruining your shingles.

Check the attic

The next place to check for roof leak is in your attic. Now, we know it is no fun heading up to the dusty, dingy attic, but detected small leaks can help save you from water damage in the future.

Once in the attic, check to see if you can see daylight shining through and search for any signs of moisture in the insulation. If light can shine through, that means there is a chance water can sneak in as well. Wet insulation is a health hazard that can lead to mold as well as decrease the energy efficiency of your home.

Inspect your gutters

rain damage to roofOne of the last places to inspect for leaks is your rain gutters. Now, we know this may seem like an odd place to check for roof leaks, but if you find a lot of gravel in your gutters, it could point to the wear of your shingles.  

Check the age

All roofs have a shelf life. While some may last longer than others, the wear and tear from the sun’s UV rays and the natural elements will start to take a toll on your roof. If your roof is over 20 years old, it is time to have your roof inspected to see if it needs to be replaced or repaired.

Most homeowners automatically think that if your roof is leaking that it needs to be replaced; however, sometimes, all that is needed is a simple repair to keep your roof going for many more years.

Call an expert

KY-KO-Roofing-QuoteIf you are experiencing any of these signs of deterioration, it is time to call a roofing contractor to inspect and provide you with some next steps. Some problems are easy to repair whereas other leaks can result in a full roof replacement. Either way, you will want to enlist a company you can trust to inspect, repair or replace your roof.

We have been helping Valley homeowners since 1994 by replacing and repairing their roofs. We believe that when it comes to your roof, we want you to enjoy peace of mind. That is why we provide all potential customers with a free roof check-up without the pressure of having to go with our team.

Schedule your free roof check-up by visiting www.kykoroofing.com or call (602) 944-4600 today!