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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.

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.

When should you repair or replace shingle roofing?

Here’s a riddle: what’s a home without a roof? Not much, right? That’s why you need to ensure that your roofing is kept in perfect condition. When the rain, wind, and sun here in Phoenix damages your shingle roof, you’re at a crossroads: does your roof needs to be repaired, or is it better to replace shingle roofing?

Repair or replace shingle roofing

This shingle roof has significant damage, and will probably need to be replaced—not repaired.

Here’s the tough part: that answer is going to be different for every roof. That’s just one of the reasons that KY-KO Roofing offers free roof checkups. Our roofing professionals evaluate your roof and present you with options and our recommendation about how to proceed.

Where do you start?

In this blog, let’s walk through the process and some things you’ll need to consider when weighing the decision to repair or replace shingle roofing.

1. Have KY-KO check your roof

As we mentioned earlier, KY-KO offers free roofing checkups. We’ll carefully check your shingle roof to identify any issues and evaluate the overall state of the roof. We’ll check every part of the roof, including the flashing, pipe towers, chimneys, and other areas.

In terms of the shingles, we’ll look for soft spots in the sheathing and any granular loss. If the shingles look good and the granular loss isn’t significant, we’ll probably recommend repair. However, if the opposite is true, we’ll most likely advocate for you to replace shingle roofing.

We’ve previously written about this, but never attempt a roof checkup or repair by yourself.

2. Compare the repair and replacement costs

In general, shingle roof repairs are less expensive than a complete re-roofing process. However, if the shingles are in bad shape, simply repairing things or replacing individual shingles could be just putting a small bandage on a much larger problem. In fact, you could just be kicking the can down the road.

Think about this: if you once again need shingle repair within the next five years, wouldn’t it have been better to just replace the roof?

These kind of decisions are hard for homeowners. You don’t work with roofing on a daily basis, and you don’t know the numbers behind how long roofs last. That’s why we provide a free roof checkup. We want to be able to talk to you about your roof and what your options are—including what will be the most cost-effective option for the future of your home.

3. Consider the lifespan of the existing roof

Shingle roofing has a lifespan between 10-15 years. In case your home’s roofing is more than 15 years old, you should consider replacing your roof instead of repairing the shingle roofing. This will be more economical for you in the long term. However, if your roofing is relatively new, repairing the damaged shingles is a better option.

Here are some other signs that you might need a new roof installation.

Call KY-KO to schedule your free roofing checkup

The above tips will help you make a smart decision about shingle roofing. Whether to repair or re-roof depends on different factors. Contact the team at KY-KO Roofing. We have experienced professionals who can repair and install shingle roofs. You can rest assured that we will offer the best advice regarding shingle roofing.

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.

Shingle roof or tile roof? Which is a better option?

Shingle Roof or Tile Roof: Which is a Better Option?Are you thinking of installing new roofing for your home? If so, you should conduct thorough research before selecting a roofing option from your many choices.

In this blog post, we’ll compare and contrast two popular roofing options, and help you decide if you should install a shingle roof or tile roof.

Overview: Shingle roof or tile roof?

Shingle and tile roofing both have their pros and cons. The best option for you depends on what your priorities are. If you want roofing that is easier and thereby less costly to install, shingle roofing is the best option. On the contrary, if improved insulation is your preference, you should go for tile roofing.

Here are some of the important factors that you should consider before pinning down one for your house.

Cost of roofing

When it comes to the cost, shingle roofing is less costly than tile roofing. In fact, in most cases, shingle roofing costs half the price compared to tile. Therefore, if you want to install roofing material that will cost you less, you should go for shingle roofing.

Durability and ruggedness

When it comes to durability, tile roofing is a cut above shingle roofing. While tile roofs cost double the price of shingle roofs, the expected life is twice as long.

Tiles are not as easily knocked off as compared to shingles. They can withstand a lot more strain as compared to shingles. This means that, over the long term, tile roofing tends to be a less costly option as compared to shingle roofing.

Resistance to damage

Climate, weather, and seasons have a major impact on the lifespan of the roofing materials. Tiles are more resistant to damage compared to shingles. Tiles are a popular option here in Arizona because they can stand up to monsoon storms and winter rain, while also not wilting under the intense pressure of the summer sun.

Repair and maintenance cost

Tiles are costly to repair if they get damaged. There is also a risk that the surrounding tiles can get damaged during repair work. In contrast, shingles are easier and less costly to repair when damaged. Therefore, if repair cost is a main concern for you, the better option is definitely shingle roofing.

Let KY-KO help you decide between a shingle roof or tile roof

Whichever roofing option you chose, you should contact a professional contractor to perform the job for you. KY-KO Roofing is a name of quality in Phoenix metro when it comes to roof repair and installation.

We can help you select the best roofing option for your house that suits your budget and style. Contact us to get started.

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!