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Why you should only hire insured roofers

The roofing system of your home is vital to your investment. In today’s DIY world, it’s easy to want to try and replace your roof on your own. But major home improvements should be left to professional, insured roofers.

Here are five reasons to hire a roofing company like KY-KO Roofing instead of taking care of your roof on your own.

Tile roof in Chandler, AZ.

#1. Turnaround Time

An experienced and insured roofing team will often finish your roof very quickly, knowing that the longer the underpinnings of the roof are exposed, the more damage that could be done. If you work and have a family, putting on a roof will take time away from your own needs.

#2. Safer Workmanship

Professional roofers have risk management protocols which helps them avoid falls and injuries. Roofing companies invest in safe equipment to ensure no one is injured on the job. Hiring a professional company keeps you safe and protects your home from your own inexperience.

#3. Technical Experience

The roofing system on your home is complex. It’s not just shingles, but vents, flashing, membranes, soffit, and fascia. A professional roofing company has practical application in dealing with the entire system. No matter how much research you do, you can’t match the knowledge and skills that KY-KO’s roofers will have.

#4. Insurance Coverage

Roofing company insurance isn’t just about worker’s compensation, but that is a big part of it. Your roofing company should have general liability insurance, commercial auto and workers compensation insurance. If your property is damaged during the job, you’ll be protected. If a worker is injured, you aren’t liable.

#5. Roofing Warranties

Manufacturers train technicians on installation of their products. You may not get the same warranty if you DIY your roof. Plus, when something does go wrong, you can be sure that you have people who can solve the problem quickly. Your roof will get the longest lifespan when it’s installed correctly and taken care of.

Call KY-KO for insured roofers who do the job right

Trust KY-KO Roofing with your roof. We offer a free roof checkup. We have sufficient roofer insurance to protect your home and our workers. Whether you need repairs or a new roof, give us a call at (602) 944-4600 to learn more about your roofing options. We are licensed, bonded, and insured for your protection.

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.

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.

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.

What’s the best time to recoat spray foams?

In our latest blog post, we aim to answer a relatively simple question: what is the best time to recoat spray foam roofing? Here’s the answer:

Spray Foam RoofsWhat is spray foam roofing, anyway?

Spray foam is widely considered by many to be one of the best roofing materials for the home. This roofing type does not soak up water, making it the best material for homes located in areas that receive lots of rainfall.

In addition, spray foam roofing has great thermal insulation properties. This results in reduced cooling and heating costs in climates with tons of sunshine. In other words, spray foam roofing is a good fit in Arizona.

Just like any other roofing material, spray foam roofing has a limited lifespan. A spray foam roof needs to be recoated again near the end of their lifetime. In this article, we will tell you about the best time to recoat spray foam roofing.

When should you recoat spray foam roofing?

The best time to recoat spray foam roofing is before the expiration of the warranty. Generally, spray roofing has a lifespan of about 15 years, which is the standard warranty period. In most warranties, having a professional roofing company perform a recoat will extend the warranty period by another 15 years. In this way, you will always be covered against any unexpected damage.

Recoating involves applying a new coat on top of the foam. The existing foam is not removed from the roof. This results in additional protection for the roof. Before the recoating of the roof, installers will examine the roof to make sure there are not wet areas. They will also find out whether there are any leaks.

After the inspection, the installers will clean the roof and then apply a protective coating to the roof. The coating can be of either silicone or acrylic. However, it should always be the same as the original coating. If your warranty has a 15-year extension with a recoat, that means that you will benefit from 30 years of leak-free guarantee with one installation and one recoating.

Hire the right team to handle your roof

Spray foam is a strong roofing material that offers various benefits. The roofing material is cost-effective lasting for decades. One of the best things about the roofing material is that you can recoat multiple times. Each additional layer offers increased protection against the sun, wind, and rain.

However, it is important that the roofing material is installed by an experienced contractor. Hiring an inexperienced contractor may cost you more money in the end due to unprofessional installation.

You should hire a reputable foam roofing installer. The roof needs to be properly inspected before installation of the spray foam. Improper installation can cause the foam to deteriorate quickly. If the foam deteriorates, recoating won’t be enough. The roofing material will have to be installed again.

Call KY-KO Roofing to get started

Contact us at KY-KO Roofing for professional spray foam installation and recoat spray foam services in Phoenix, AZ. We have a team of highly experienced and dedicated roofing experts. You can rest assured that you’re getting high-quality, professional work from our roofing experts.