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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.

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.

What is the best roofing material for your home?

It’s a question that we see a lot when people are thinking about replacing their home’s roof: “What is the best roofing material for my home?”

Pictured: Roofers install a tile roof—one of the best roofing material options in Phoenix—on a home.As with most things, the answer is that it depends on a number of factors, including the age of your home, your HOA rules, city codes, and more. In this blog post, we’ll review some of the most popular roofing types, and then share some advice about how you can go about selecting the right one for your home.

Option #1: Clay tiles

Let’s start with Phoenix’s favorite roofing type: the clay tile. Ubiquitous in many Valley neighborhoods, clay tiles are known for their classic Southwest look and durability, but there’s still a few things you should know before you go about adding them to your roof.

The use of clay tiles is one of the oldest roofing techniques. They’re still in business because their styling features are unmatched and they are incredibly durable, lasting for decades. Even though clay tiles are mostly used in the architecture of ancient Europe and the Mediterranean region, they are equally feasible and aesthetically suitable for modern houses—especially here in Phoenix.

Here are a few things to keep in mind with tile roofing:

  • Clay roof tiles are suitable for houses in both wet and dry conditions.
  • They are fire-resistant and don’t favor insect growth
  • Due to their inherent thermal qualities, they are best for roofs for places with hot temperatures throughout the year.

Here are the primary disadvantages of tile roofing:

  • They’re heavy, which means your house and roof structure needs to have been built to support the weight.
  • They’re brittle, which means they can break and that a roofer can’t walk on them easily.
  • They cost of installing a tile roof can be higher than other kinds of roofing.

For more information, read our blog about why you should consider a tile roof. To learn more about tile roof installation, give our team a call for a free roof checkup!

Option #2: Asphalt shingles

Asphalt is the most-used roofing material in the United States, overall. The prevalence of asphalt shingles is due to the fact that they are inexpensive and easy to install. Asphalt shingles come in different colors and can be designed according to different aesthetic designs.

However there are two drawbacks of asphalt roofing.

  • They have shorter life span than other roofing materials, especially tile roofing
  • Asphalt shingles provide poor insulation

The many advantages of asphalt roofing triumph over these drawbacks to make it a suitable roofing option for households here in Phoenix. Debating between tile and shingle? Read our blog, then call our team.

Option #3: Foam roofing

They are also called polyurethane roofs and mostly used to cover flat roof structures. Foam roofs are elastomeric coated to get protection from all weather extremes.

Here are the advantages of spray foam roofs. You can also read about the advantages of foam roofing both residential and commercial buildings. Or, give our team a call, and we’d be happy to review what makes foam one of the best roofing material types for your home.

Option #4: Metal shingles

For their longevity and durability, metal shingles are arguably the best roofing material. The most common concern many people have regarding metal shingles is their quick-to-rust characteristic. But, these days, metal shingles are designed with rust-resistant capabilities.

Metal can prove to be the best roofing material option for the following purposes:

  • They are highly resistant to strong winds and the impact that comes with it. If you are living in an area that is subjected to hail and thunderstorms, metal shingles is the best roofing option for you.
  • Metal shingles are low-maintenance because unlike other roofing materials they don’t crack or rot. It is also very less likely that they will turn into an insect haven.
  • Since metal shingles can’t catch fire, you will have more peace of mind.

Due to its many inherent benefits, metal roofing will cost you more than other roofing materials. Call KY-KO Roofing to learn more.

 

 

Let KY-KO help you choose the best roofing material for your home

If your next renovation plan includes getting a new roof, KY-KO Roofing is your best bet in Phoenix to get professional roofing services. Call us at (602) 944-4600 or contact us online.

Why attempting roof repair by yourself could be dangerous

Whether your roof problem is major or minor, you may be tempted to just make the repair yourself. After all, if you’re handy and have the tools, you tend to do a lot of your own repairs around the home, in your backyard, or on your car. How bad could a roof repair be?

Or, perhaps, you can’t make the repair, but you have a friend, neighbor, or family member who claims that they can. Before you or someone you know gets on that ladder, KY-KO Roofing urges you to reconsider. Not only is roof repair potentially dangerous, but it could cause long-term, permanent damage to your roof that you’d then have to pay for out-of-pocket. In this post, we explore just some of the reasons you should always trust a licensed and trusted company like KY-KO with your roof repair.

roof repairs 1You could make the roof repair worse

From missing tiles to a leak, you need a professional to check the roof to determine what the problem is. KY-KO offers free checkups, so you have no excuse not to have us look it over. Otherwise, trying to just apply a fix could result in even more damage. This could be as low-impact as breaking even more tiles than the original missing tile or as high impact as making a leak significant worse.

You could injure yourself

Thanks to their height and sloped incline, roofs can be a dangerous place to work without the right training, precautions, and equipment. KY-KO’s professional roofers have all three of those things. Your second cousin Frank, however, does not. When you or Frank get onto the roof, you’re risking serious injury, especially if you’re trying to transport or move heavy tiles or operate equipment. The medical bills from a fall could be several degrees higher in cost than you would have paid KY-KO Roofing in the first place.

You’re liable for anything that happens

As a professional, certified company, KY-KO Roofing carries extensive insurance policies and licenses that cover anything that happens when our specialists are working on your roof. In the extremely rare case that one of our team members gets injured or there’s damage to your roof, it’s covered by our insurance and you’re not held liable.

However, when your neighbor Steve is on the roof, anything that happens is your responsibility. If Steve damages your roof in the process of trying to fix it, you’re now responsible to paying to fix that damage. If Steve trips and falls off of the roof while he’s working on it, he could decide to hold you liable for damages in a court of law. That’s bound to make your next HOA meeting awkward.

Trust a licensed, bonded, and insured company

When you decide to work with KY-KO Roofing, you’re getting more than just great roofing repair. You’re also getting access to some of the best roofing professionals in Phoenix who have the experience and equipment to do the job effectively and safely. Plus, since KY-KO is fully licensed, bonded, and insured, you’re getting the protection of a reputable company.

So, remove the ladder and tell Steve and Frank that you’ll see them at the next neighborhood potluck, instead. Then, give KY-KO a call to schedule your free roof repair checkup.