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.

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.

Here are five signs that you need new roof installation from KY-KO Roofing

KY-KO Roofing New Roof InstallationA roof above our head is the basic need for most people. However, when it comes to taking care of a roof, most people tend to wait till the roof to develop a leak before installing a new roof.

According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, every homeowner should carry out a routine checkup of the roof at least two times in a year – once in spring and then in fall. That’s why KY-KO offers free roofing checkups.

If you want to ensure that the house remains cozy, comfy, and leak-proof, you should look for telltale signs of wear and tear. Here are some of the signs that indicate that your house roof has come to the end of its life, and requires replacement.

1. Granules around the house

Shingle roofs break off into small pieces over time that looks like coarse dark sand. In case you see granules littered around the house such as in the yard, gutters, or other places, it indicates that the roofing needs to be replaced.

You should closely check the house roof. If the shingles appear to be stained, wet, bent, broken, or curled, a professional contractor should be contacted to install a new roof. You should also consider installing a new roof over the house if the shingles are darker than normal as it indicates that they are at the end of their lifespan.

2. The growth of moss and algae on your roof

Another telltale sign that you should replace the roof is the growth or moss or algae on the roof. They grow on the surface of the roof that doesn’t get much sunlight in a year. Once the moss is allowed to grow on the roof, they are difficult to remove without damaging the surface. Moisture is trapped by moss, which further damages the granules on the shingle. This is mostly the case in cold and freezing climates. You should contact a professional roofing contractor in your area to find out whether the roof needs to be replaced or repaired.

3. Cement or tar chimney flashing

In case your house consists of cement or tar flashing, you should consider replacing the roof with one that has a metal flashing. The reason is that cement or tar flashing deteriorates quickly resulting in water leaks.  A roofing contractor will install a roof flashing with a waterproof fitting that will last for a long time.

4. Daylight penetrating through the roof boards

Inspect the attic to see whether daylight is seeping through the roof boards. If you see light penetrating through the roof boards, you should consider calling an expert to replace your roof. Also, you should inspect the attic for moisture. If you the water leaks from the attic, the best course of action is to install a new roof.

5. Very old shingle roof

In case you live in a 30-year old house that has a shingle roof, you should consider installing a new roof.  Shingle roofs have a lifespan of 25 to 30 years. Even if the roof looks good from the ground, you should have it replaced by a professional. You can either replace the house roof with a new shingle roof or install modern tile or foam roof.

Call KY-KO for new roof installation

Keep in mind that if you delay replacing the old roof, it could result in bigger problems that would be costly to resolve. If you want the help of experienced roofing contractor in Phoenix, AZ, you can contact KY-KO Roofing Systems.