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5 benefits of foam roofing for residential and commercial roofs

Many homes and businesses here in the Valley and elsewhere in the United States feature foam roofs. Why? Well, it’s mainly because there are many benefits to foam roofing: foam roofs are incredibly durable, dependable, and relatively affordable to install, maintain, and repair. Foam roofing compares positively to other residential and commercial roofing choices, and it’s the superior flat roofing option. Finally, with rising energy costs and an increased emphasis on energy-efficient building design, foam roofs are incredibly efficient.

For both residential and commercial buildings, foam roofing has surged in popularity in recent years. In this article, we’ll review exactly why this is, and what the complete benefits of foam roofing are.

Interested in learning more about foam roofing for your home or business? You’re in the right place. Contact us at KY-KO Roofing for a free roof checkup. We’d love to talk to you more about foam roofs and your options for roof replacement.

What exactly is foam roofing?

Foam roofing consists of polyurethane foam and elastomeric coating. Polyurethane foam is a material with many uses. It’s used in foam roofs as a high-density insulation material. The elastomeric coating is a water-resistant membrane that is designed to effectively protect the roof against rain, water, and sun.

A seamless layer of foam is applied to the roof surface. This foam offers superior protection against moisture. There are several benefits of foam roofing for commercial and residential buildings.

What are the benefits of foam roofing?

Here are just some of the ways in which you can benefit from installing foam roofing on your roof.

1. Lower energy bills

One of the benefits of foam roofing is that it offers superior insulation properties. The suspended aluminum particles of the foam reflect UV rays. As a result, less heating is required to keep the house warm during the winters, and less cooling is needed in the summer to keep your home cool. This effectively reduces your home energy bills.

2. Waterproofing qualities

Another benefit of installing foam is that it offers unique waterproofing qualities. Polyurethane foam is one of the best insulators. The closed cell foam is the only insulating material that doesn’t soak up water. This makes foam roofing ideal for areas that receive high rainfall every year.

At first glance, it might not seem that Phoenix fits that description. However, consider our monsoon storms, which can drop a tremendous amount of rain in a matter of minutes. One of the benefits of foam roofing is that it’s waterproof against such torrential downpours like those seen during our Arizona monsoon season.

Foam is applied as a liquid that forms into a single monolithic membrane. This material covers the entire roof, and there are no joints or seams. Water gets in from the joints and seams of the ceiling. Therefore, foam roofing makes the roof effectively leakproof.

3. Flexible installation

Foam can be applied on both existing and new roofing projects. Moreover, it can be applied on different types of roofs, including domed, pitched, flat, wood, metal, and concrete roofing. Foam can also be applied on irregular-shaped roofs. It eliminates the need of costly tear-off in case of roof replacement.

4. Maintain structural integrity

Polyurethane foam has the ability to withstand the expansion and contraction of the structure. They can remain sealed to the roof for a very long time, protecting the roof from harsh weather conditions. Foam can easily withstand high winds, sunshine, rain, and other natural elements here in central Arizona without breaking down. Finally, foam roofs are fire resistant.

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

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

5. Foam roofing directs rain to the drain

One of the benefits of foam roofing is that it allows rainwater to slope down to the drains. This is made possible by adding a little thickness in low areas. In this way, “flat roof” is actually a bit of a misnomer: there’s a slight slope that allows rainwater to come off of the roof and get into the gutters.

Learn more about the benefits of foam roofing from the pros at KY-KO Roofing

KY-KO Roofing is a name associated with quality when it comes to roofing repair and installation in the Phoenix metro area. We have been serving our residential and commercial clients with great dedication and sincerity in the area for over two decades. Our expert roofers can take care of your roofing needs and answer your roofing questions.

If you have any other questions about foam roofs beyond the scope of this article, contact us. We’d love the opportunity to discuss roofing with you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Water leakage

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

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

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

2. Mold formation

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

3. Compromise structural integrity

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

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

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

4. Improve property value

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

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

What should you do?

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

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

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

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

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

Why 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.

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.

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.