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Why you should have KY-KO check your roof after this summer’s monsoon

Summers in Phoenix can be unpredictable: scorching heat one minute, monsoon storms and flash flooding the next. With such extreme weather, your roof can take quite a beating, leading to leaks or other problems.

How do you know if your roof can handle another storm season? A roof checkup performed by the experts at KY-KO Roofing may be your best defense this summer. Here are just three reasons why you call us for a Phoenix roof checkup after severe monsoon weather.

Why checking your roof after a monsoon matters

Monsoon rain and wind can cause significant damage to your roof. It's time to call KY-KO for a roofing checkup.

Monsoon rain and wind can cause significant damage to your roof. It’s time to call KY-KO for a roofing checkup.

1. Have us look for leaks

Whether you have a flat roof or a roofing system with tiles or shingles, your home can develop leaks that cause damage to your sub-roofing layers, insulation, attic, and more. Monsoon storms that hit one after another can also lead to standing water on your flat roof or loose tiles and shingles.

After a summer of rough weather, any small leaks may worsen and leave your home vulnerable to mold, mildew, and wood rot.

2. We can assess damage from wind

Heavy rain is just half the battle; high winds and dust storms can also wreak havoc on your home. Any loose tiles can break off, and if you have trees or saguaros next to your roof, you may end up with significant damage from branches or trunks on your roof or gutters.

When your tile or shingles are loose, rain water has an easy path to the other roofing layers. A roof checkup can determine how much damage your home has from wind gusts.

3. We’ll check the gutters

Don’t forget the importance of gutters for your home. Gutters can become blocked or damaged from monsoon storms. With all that debris clogging up the gutters, the run-off rain water can back up under the tiles and shingles, creating a big headache that can compound damage caused by small leaks.

A thorough roof checkup should include your gutter system to make sure your home is well-protected from the elements.

Call KY-KO for a free post-monsoon roofing checkup here in Phoenix!

Never try to inspect your own roof. Instead, call KY-KO Roofing for a free roofing checkup this monsoon season. We handle inspections and repairs, as well as total roof replacement if your roof needs to be replaced because of water damage.

Here are the 4 signs of worn shingles on your roof

Whether you’ve just moved into your first home or you’ve been a homeowner for years, you may be wondering how to tell when you need new shingles. Worn, damaged shingles can become a homeowner’s nightmare and can lead to leaks and water damage. But, what are the signs of worn shingles on your roof?

Repair or replace shingle roofingIn this blog, we’ll review the four signs of worn shingles, and what you should do when you suspect your shingle roof is deteriorating. To schedule shingle roofing repairs—or to schedule a free roofing checkup—contact us here at KY-KO Roofing.

The 4 signs of worn shingles on your roof

If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to call KY-KO for a free roofing checkup here in Phoenix.

#1. Your shingles are buckling

Buckling shingles are a telltale sign that you need or replacement. When a shingle buckles, it tends to look a little bit like a distorted wave. Buckled shingles have a high risk of being torn off in a wind storm, such as the summer monsoon weather patterns we get here in Phoenix during the summer.

Shingles usually buckle when they are old, or if they were originally installed poorly. If you can see shingles buckling from the ground, you need to have KY-KO Roofing come out for a free roofing checkup.

#2. You notice bare spots or missing granules

Take a look at your roof from the ground. Do you notice any shingles that look bare when compared to the others? Shingle granules can be washed away over time by a poorly designed valley drainage, insufficient eaves trough, or poorly placed downspouts. Again, most Valley homeowners begin to notice these problems when the monsoon arrives in late summer, or during winter rains.

Once the granules fall off, the shingle is no longer protected from exposure to the elements and can become brittle. Bare spots are a clear indication of a worn shingle roof that needs replacement.

#3. Some of your shingles are missing

If some of your shingles are missing, the entire structure of your roof is at stake. Missing shingles are a serious problem that should be addressed as quickly as possible.

Their absence can allow water entry into your attic and can compromise the strength of your entire roof. A damaged shingle roof should be repaired or replaced right away.

#4. Your shingles are curling

Curling shingles are a telltale sign of excessive heat damage and old age. If they are not replaced, curled shingles will likely become rigid and eventually break.

Keep your shingle roof in good condition with a roofing checkup from KY-KO

Your roof is your home’s main defense against the elements. Keep it in good condition by repairing or replacing damaged or worn shingles anytime you notice normal wear-and-tear or extensive damage from summer storms.

To schedule your repairs, call KY-KO Roofing Systems. Or, contact us to schedule your free roofing checkup.

Why hire a professional roofer to work on your commercial building?

With the prevalence of DIY tutorials and guides, you might be tempted to handle repairs to the roof of your commercial building on your own rather than “waste” time and money on commercial roofers. However, there are many benefits to hiring commercial roofers.

In this blog, KY-KO Roofing is here to show you just what you have to gain by leaving the job to us. For roofing services, contact us today.

Here’s why your commercial building should use professional roofers:

Overall experience

No matter how many videos you watch or articles you read, you’re quite unlikely to have the same insight as someone who’s been working in commercial roofing repair for several years. That experience leads to a quality of work and safe operation that can’t be matched.

Save time

Without the insight and experience mentioned above, there’s a very good chance that you’ll make a mistake if you try to handle roofing repairs on your own. What’s worse is the fact that you may not even recognize those mistakes until years later.

Professional roofers can handle routine repairs with ease, better ensuring that the final results are lasting ones and that no mistakes are made. This is sure to bring you a great deal of peace of mind.

Superior materials

Do you know the best materials and tools to use for your repair? Experienced roofers do, and if they don’t, they have the resources needed to quickly and easily find out. Now you don’t have to deal with a lot of guesswork or risk choosing a less-than-exemplary manufacturer. In fact, KY-KO’s Owner’s Pride Guarantee means that we’ll always use the best stuff on your commercial building.

Professional roof inspection

Don’t worry about the wrong work being done on your commercial roof when reputable pros are on the job. They’ll be sure to do a thorough examination of your roof to get to the bottom of exactly what’s going on so the issue is taken care of correctly the first time.

Regular roof inspections also go a long way in alerting you to minor problems that need to be addressed soon before they increase in cost and urgency. This info allows you to plan your finances accordingly and lets you know what’s coming down the pipeline in terms of tasks that need to be done around your business.

Learn more about roofing services for your commercial building by calling KY-KO today!

When your commercial roofing needs repair or replacement, let the experts take over. Contact us at KY-KO Roofing to schedule an inspection or repair.

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.

What is the process for installing foam roofing?

Foam roofing is a popular and relatively straightforward alternative to tile and shingle roofing here in the Valley. There are many benefits to this roofing material. In this blog, we’ll discuss the process for installing foam roofing, what foam roofing is made of, and how long it lasts.

Want to know if foam roofing is right for your home? Contact KY-KO Roofing for a roofing installation estimate!

#1. Find out if a foam roof is right for your home

Foam roofing is increasingly popular here in the Valley. Here are just some of the factors that might make your home a perfect fit for foam:

  • Your home has a flat roof: Foam is perfect for homes with flat roofs—a common style here in the Phoenix metro. If your home has a flat roof, you should call us to learn more about foam roof installation or repair.
  • Your home cannot support the weight of tile: Foam is just as long-lasting as tile, but weighs far, far less. In fact, tile is so heavy that many roofs—unless originally built for it—are not made to support the weight.
  • You want to save energy: If you’re building an energy-efficient home, foam roofing is an ideal fit. The polyurethane foam layer—in addition to further insulation in your attic—prevents heat transfer, making your home that much more energy-efficient.

If you need a new roof, start by contacting KY-KO to schedule a free roofing estimate. We’ll provide you with more information and advice about what kind of roof will best fit your home.

#2. The KY-KO roofing team installs your foam roof

If KY-KO has recommended moving forward with a foam roof, we’ll get started on installation. Generally, installation has four main areas:

  1. Prepping your roof for the foam: We’ll either remove your old roof material or, in many cases of old foam or shingles, simply apply the foam layer over it, sealing it.
  2. Applying the foam: This foam layer is sprayed onto your roof as a liquid. It quickly dries and solidifies, forming a solid, durable, and energy-efficient layer.
  3. Applying the coating: We’ll next apply the high-quality, durable exterior coating that will protect the foam underneath. This creates a waterproof seal.
  4. Quality assurance: Finally, as we do on every project, we’ll do a final quality assurance to make sure the roof is completely sealed and protected.

The foam roof has two primary layers. They’re applied in this order:

A. Polyurethane Foam

This is the primary material used to form the foam roof. This closed-cell, high-density insulation is adhered to the roof, forming a complete, tight seal against it.

This insulating foam helps prevent the movement of heat between your attic and the outside, keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

B. Elastomeric Coating

This coating goes over the polyurethane foam, completely sealing it from the outside. This coating is specially formulated to be waterproof and resist the constant bombardment of UV rays onto your roof.

There may be other coating options available, depending on the type of roof you have.

#3. Your new roof needs just minimal maintenance

Over time, it’s relatively easy and low cost to have this coating touched up by a professional roofer, allowing your roof to protect your home for years with no change in performance.

In total, a foam roof should last between 35 and 50 years, making it far more durable than shingles and comparable to tile roofing.

Learn more about foam roofing from KY-KO!

If you want to know more about foam roofing, contact our team. We provide free roof installation estimates.

Here are 5 common types of roof repair in Phoenix

During the lifespan of a home, every home needs roof repair at some point of another. In this blog, we’ll review the 5 most common types of roof repair here in the Phoenix metro.

Not sure if your roof needs repairs? Contact KY-KO to schedule your free roofing checkup today!

#1. Replacing or repairing broken tiles

Many homes here in the Phoenix metro have tile roofs. These roofs take a lot of punishment: baked in 110+ temperatures in June, they’re then hit by torrential downpours and storm gusts in July. Tile is built to be durable, but it’s not invincible: every homeowner will eventually have to deal with broken tiles.

Tiles that are broken or damaged need to be replaced. Your tile roof is a set of armor, and just one gap can allow moisture to get in and compromise the underlayment and structure itself.

#2. Fixing broken shingles

For the same reasons as tile, your shingles eventually will degrade or fall off completely. Maintaining your shingle roof matters: missing or broken shingles can expose the roof to moisture and UV radiation from our 300 days of sunshine each year.

#3. Locking down a leak

Moisture is the mortal enemy of all roofs. Roofing materials act like a shield, pushing moisture away and off of the roof. However, if you’ve found evidence that your home has some kind of leak, the time to take action is now.

After getting through broken tiles or damaged shingles, water will then reach the underlayment. If it gets through that, it’ll reach the structure of your roof, causing rot and mold buildup in the structure and in your attic.

Left untreated, this can eventually ruin the structural integrity of your home. In other words, the time to call KY-KO for a roofing checkup is the exact minute you first discover a leak from your roof.

#4. Repairing foam roofing

Foam roofing is increasingly popular here in Phoenix. One of the best features of this roofing type is that it’s easy to repair and patch. The outward-facing part—the elastromeric coating—is a tough, water-resistant membrane that takes the brunt of the damage from UV rays, wind, and moisture.

If your foam roof has been damaged, give KY-KO a call. We’ll check your roof for free and give you an upfront quote.

#5. Helping a flat roof drain water

If you have a flat roof, drainage is everything. You don’t want standing water pooling on your roof. One of the most common types of repair these roofs need is help with drainage.

No matter what kind of roof repair you need, make the call to KY-KO Roofing for your free roof checkup. Contact us online or call us at (602) 944-4600.

You should protect your home’s roof from Phoenix winter rain

There’s no two ways about it: this year’s winter has been dry. There’s no rain in the forecast through the rest of January. However, some meteorologists believe that we may be having a late Phoenix winter rain season. If that’s the case, your bone-dry roof is about to get rocked with moisture. Is your roof ready?

Protect your shingle or tile roof from Phoenix winter rain.One of the challenges roofs here in the Valley face is that prolonged drought conditions often allow the roofing materials (both tile, shingle, or the underlayment beneath them) to deteriorate, but there’s no rain to signal that there’s a developing problem. Then, a severe storm comes through and, suddenly, there’s rain in your kitchen. (Something we discussed with summer monsoons!)

In Arizona, we put our roofs through a lot; just standing up to 365 days of intense UV radiation is more than most roofs have to endure. If it’s been a while, contact KY-KO Roofing for your free roof checkup. Our roofers can check out your roof and let you know if there’s any damage or other problems.

Roofing problems that Phoenix winter rain exposes

Here are some common things that go wrong with Valley roofs when winter rains arrive:

1. Cracked tiles, exposed underlayment, big trouble

Cracked tiles may not seem like a big deal, but they expose the more-delicate underlayment beneath them to intense UV radiation and—when the rains arrive—moisture. With a tile roof, the tiles are the armor: if pierced, there’s only soft underbelly beneath. Repairing broken tiles is important.

For most roofs, tiles are laid in such a way to act as a mechanism for clearing water from the roof as quickly as possible, with the help of gravity. Cracked tiles break this chain, making it more difficult to get rid of standing water on your roof.

At its worst, the combination of cracked roof tiles and a damaged underlayment is a roof leak into your attic and living spaces. Not ideal!

2. Poorly maintained gutters

Having well-maintained gutters is necessary to keep your roof in its best condition when Phoenix winter rains arrive. Gutters prevent water from piling up on your roof, and helps roofs (particularly, non-tile roofs) move water quickly down to the ground.

Pigeon nests, leaf litter, and more can dam gutters, causing water to backup and pool. This breaks the whole water removal system, and puts your roof in danger.

Call KY-KO Roofing for your free roof checkup this winter

If you are looking for an expert advice on how to keep your roof safe from damage when the rains arrive, call KY-KO. Our roofers are industry-trained professionals who know the warning signs of roof problems, and how to fix them. We’ll help you determine just how safe your roof is from the winter rains and the coming summer heat.

What is the best material for church roofs in Phoenix?

Churches and other religious buildings come in all shapes and sizes here in the Valley, and often have unique roofing needs that aren’t residential, but aren’t exactly the same as commercial buildings. At KY-KO Roofing, we specialize in the repair and installation of church roofs here in Phoenix.

From traditional churches with sloped roofs and high steeples to modern churches with a Southwest flair, our technicians are roofing installation experts. If you’re thinking about replacing or building a new church roof, let’s run through your (many) options.

The best place to start with your roofing repair or replacement project is by calling KY-KO for a free roof checkup. Contact our team today to see what we can do for your organization.

Best materials for a sloped roof

Phoenix Church RoofingAsphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are suitable for churches with a sloping roof. These are very popular for churches with high steeples or unusual roofing shapes, mainly because their lightweight design means the roof doesn’t need too much support to hold their weight. This is in contrast, of course, to tile roofs.

Asphalt shingles are waterproof and help maintain the structural integrity of churches. Their versatility is what makes them popular for church roofs and residential roofs alike.

However, their one drawback is that they don’t last as long as tile.

Tile

Tiles are also a great choice for sloped church roofing. They are made from materials such as slate or terracotta. Just like on homes, tiles a popular choice here in Phoenix because they’re built to stand up to the sun, wind, and rain we get here in the Valley.

The downside of tile roofing is that tiles are heavy. Many church roofs just weren’t built to hold the weight of tile, which may limit your options to the two types of shingles.

Fiberglass Shingles

Fiberglass shingles are another good choice for sloped church roofs. They are relatively inexpensive, yet durable. Each fiberglass shingle has a base layer consisting of reinforcing mat. The mat is joined with asphalt and mineral fillers that make it waterproof.

Best materials for flat church roofs

Modified bitumen

Modified bitumen roofing is ideal for churches with flat roofs or low-slope. The roof is made up of layers of bitumen (either coal tar or asphalt) and felt. The highly sticky and viscous Bitumen keeps water out of the surface, making it ideal for waterproofing.

Polyurethane foam

Polyurethane foam is made of two components: polyol and isocyanate. The foam is sprayed directly on the surface of the church roof where it foams up and then solidifies, forming a protecting coating.

They are popular due to their great flexibility in being suitable for roofs with unusual shapes. (Read more on the benefits of foam roofing)

When Should You Replace the Church Roof?

A number of factors should be considered to know when to replace the church roofing. Some of the factors that you should consider include:

  • Age of the roof
  • The wear-and-tear on the roof
  • The type of materials

As we mentioned before, the best place to start is by calling KY-KO Roofing for your free roof checkup. Our roofers can meet with you, look at your roof, and give you an honest assessment of any repair or installation needs.

5 reasons to get a roof checkup before selling your home

If you’ve been thinking about selling your home, there are some good reasons to get a roof checkup before selling your home. From passing the buyer’s home inspection to making your home more appealing, it pays to know the condition of your roof before you go to put in on the market.

To schedule your roofing checkup here in the Phoenix metro, contact KY-KO Roofing. Or, learn more about roofing repair services.

The top-5 reasons to get a roof checkup before selling your home

Having an experienced roofer from KY-KO Roofing look at your roof prior to putting it on the market is a good idea for many reasons. Let’s run through just a few of them.

Getting a roof checkup before selling your home

If you’re selling your home, consider getting a roof checkup first.

1. Know that your roof will likely pass the home inspection

The buyer’s home inspection is where many things can unravel for the seller. Unless you’re selling through short sale, the buyer will probably make use of their right to hire an inspector to take a look at the home’s condition and report any problems. That includes the roof.

If your roof has problems, the buyer can use that as leverage against you in negotiations. The buyer may ask that you fix the problems, or compensate them through the asking price for the problems. This isn’t the worst thing in the world, but it’s a surprise cost to you.

However, if the problems are significant, the buyer will probably back out of the offer. That’s a lot of lost time and frustration for you as a seller.

2. Have an upper hand during negotiations

Of course, the opposite is true when you have KY-KO perform a roof checkup before selling your home. You suddenly know the condition of your roof, and can be proactive in either dealing with it or folding it into the deal of the sale.

For example, if you know your roof needs some minor repairs, you can have KY-KO perform those repairs and then be able to put your home on the market advertised with a “fully inspected roof”. The cost of those repairs will probably be well worth what you get back with better buyers and a higher asking price.

If you know your roof needs substantial repairs, you can adjust your asking price accordingly. You can choose to sell your home at a lower asking price “as-is”. Alternatively, you can have KY-KO replace the roof (at your cost), but be able to sell the home at a higher price advertised with “a new roof.”

We’re not realtors, but we do know this: getting a roof checkup before selling your home gives you options. In this case, knowledge is power.

3. Sell your home quickly and without problems

If the roof is in good condition, you will be able to sell the property quickly. Roofs that are not maintained repulse potential buyers. No one likes the sight of a damaged or broken roof tile, or the idea that they might be buying a home with a roof in poor condition.

Since a buyer might back out of a deal that involves a roof with problems, it’s in your interest to get a roof inspection and potentially roofing repair if you want to sell your home quickly and without roadblocks. It’s them most efficient way to do things.

4. Sell for more in this hot market

This is a hot real estate market, and many experts consider Phoenix a seller’s market at the moment. This means that any competitive advantages you have against other homes of your size and area can result in more return on your investment.

One competitive advantage is to be able to mention in your online advertising that you have an inspected and cleared roof. That’s a big part of your “digital” curb appeal. Speaking of which…

5. Improve the digital “curb appeal” of the property

Today, sites like Zillow play an outsized role in home sales and home buying. At a click (or touch of the smartphone), potential buyers can pull up a wealth of information about your property and compare it side-by-side with others. You need every advantage you can get when it comes to your digital curb appeal—how your home looks online.

A roof checkup before selling can be the difference between a buyer putting in an offer on your place or holding back. 

Call KY-KO to schedule your roof checkup today

If you reside in the Phoenix metro area, contact KY-KO Roofing Systems for a roof checkup. You can contact our team online, or give us a call at (602) 944-4600.

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.