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Leaking roof from the summer monsoons? Here’s why you need call KY-KO today

Every year here in the Valley is the same. A dry-as-bone June rolls by, leaving your roof to bake in the summer sun. Then, the monsoons arrive, and your roof—which, depending on the year, hasn’t seen moisture since January—gets soaked with rain. That’s when your chances of a leaking roof jump.

Pictured: Rain falling onto glass window on a rainy day when the chance of a leaking roof is higher, with outside blurred.As wind and storms beat down on tile, shingle, and flat roofs, there’s always a chance of something going wrong and water getting into the roof itself.

Perhaps needless to say: this is a bad situation to be in. In this blog post, we’ll review some of the signs you have leaking roof, how to check, and why you should absolutely not procrastinate when faced with the need for roofing repair.

If you have any suspicion that your roof is leaking, call us immediately. We offer free roofing inspections, so there’s no harm in giving us a call at (602) 944-4600 or contacting us online.

Signs you have a leaking roof

Before we move onto other subjects, let’s review some of the signs of a leaking roof.

Water dripping

Obviously, any water that’s dripping from the ceiling into your living space is a sign that you have a leak, right? But, a leak might not always be that, well, dramatic.

Consider this: water would have to travel through the roofing, into your attic, through the insulation, through the ceiling, and to your floor. By the time that happens, there’s already a lot of water in your home.

Water stains

Beyond dripping water, you should also look for water stains on your walls and ceiling. Strap a headlamp on and head up into your attic and do a quick spot-check for any staining, water dripping, or pools of water.

Any of those three are signs you have a problem and that you need to call KY-KO immediately.

Missing tiles and shingles

If you’re just heading out after a major monsoon storm here in Phoenix, check around your home for missing roof tiles or shingles. If stuff is coming off of your roof after a storm, water had a puncher’s chance of getting into your attic.

Don’t see anything? We still recommend calling us. There’s a lot with your roof that can’t be seen from the ground by untrained eyes that don’t know what you’re looking for.

How to check for a leak

As we mentioned, look in your attic. If there’s no problems in there, check for water stains and look around your house for any missing tiles or shingles. If you have a flat roof, you may need us to inspect the top of the roof, but it’s possible that you can see the sides of your tile or shingle roof. Look for any irregularities.

Never climb on top of a roof yourself! It’s something we covered when we discussed why repairing your own roof was a bad idea. It’s even a worse idea (if that’s even possible) in the context of possible water damage. A water-damaged roof is a roof that you can quite literally fall through, hurting yourself, others, and your roof.

Again: just give us a call for a free roofing inspection. Our roofers know the signs of water damage and can spot them without needing to put ourselves in danger.

Don’t procrastinate on roofing repairs

Look, if there’s one constant here in Phoenix, it’s that the next monsoon storm is an afternoon away. They’ll be more rain, more wind, more dust. Even if it’s the tiniest of drips today (and even that’s a problem), it could be a river in your house tomorrow.

If dealt with quickly and effectively by experienced roofers, a leaking roof doesn’t have to be the end of your house. But, waiting a week or two, and you’re gambling with your home. Rain is perhaps the most dangerous of all the natural enemies to your roof.

Even if you don’t see the leak and it never enters your living space, all that extra moisture and water will encourage the growth of mold and mildew while attacking the structure of your home. Water can hit electrical wiring in your home and spark a fire. It’s not an exaggeration to say that a bad enough leak, left for long enough, can kill you.

If you have a leaking roof, call KY-KO Roofing immediately

If you even have the suspicion that your roof is leaking, call us at (602) 944-4600 or contact us online.

Don’t wait for that next monsoon storm to hit your roof. Take action and protect your roof, so that it can, in turn, protect your home.

Keep your roof safe with these shingle roof maintenance tips

With regular shingle roof maintenance, your roof can last for a long time. In this article, we have shared four summer shingle roof maintenance tips.

When in doubt, contact KY-KO Roofing to schedule a free roofing inspection.

First: What are shingle roofs?

Shingles are one of the most versatile and flexible roofing materials. They are available in a wide variety Shingle Roof Maintenanceof different shapes and sizes. The shingles can be adapted to different shapes, angles and forms allowing custom roofing solution.

The shingles can be installed to simulate sophisticated architectural styles. They also serve as an affordable alternative to tile roofing. 

1. Call KY-KO to have our roofers inspect the roof for damage

You should walk around your home and check for the signs of shingle roof damage from the ground. But, for the view from the roof, call in a professional. Climbing onto your own roof without proper knowledge, training, and equipment can be extremely hazardous.

Even if you detect a single damaged shingle, call KY-KO. One or two missing shingle may seem like a minor issue. But, when shingles are broken or damaged, it compromises the rest of the shingles that are remaining on the roof.

Strong winds can remove large sections of the missing shingles if they are not replaced. With the summer monsoons on the way, you will want KY-KO to help you inspect for shingle damage and get it repaired immediately. Missing or damaged shingles can spell a roofing disaster during a severe storm.

2. Clean the debris

Debris—including dust, leaves, and twigs—tend to accumulate on the roof over time. This debris can collect beneath or in-between the objects placed on the roof, such as the pipes and air conditioners.

It’s essential that you clean the debris from the roof during the summers. This is important to prevent the deterioration of the shingles.

3. Cut back overhanging branches

Tree branches that hang over the roof can cause damage to shingle roofing. You should cut back the overhanging limbs to avoid any damage. Also, you should remove dead limbs that may fall on the shingles.

It’s recommended that you cut trees at the edge of your home to prevent them from causing damage to the roof. If you need help and advice on this front, give KY-KO Roofing a call for your free roofing inspection.

4. Inspect and maintain gutters

Water and other debris will collect on the roof due to a clogged gutter. That’s why it’s essential that you regularly check and clean the gutters. If they are not cleaned on a regular basis, mildew and plants will weed its way up the roof and damage the shingles. Regular cleaning of the gutters will help avoid costly shingle repairs down the road.

Call KY-KO Roofing for shingle roof maintenance tips and advice

Shingle roofs are preferred by most homeowners due to the excellent curb appeal that they provide to the home. With regular shingle roof maintenance, your roof can last for decades. Call KY-KO Roofing to schedule your free roofing inspection.

We have a team of experienced professionals who can expertly install and repair shingle roofs. You can count on us for solving all kinds of roofing problems.

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!