Whether you’ve just moved into your first home or you’ve been a homeowner for years, you may be wondering how to tell when you need new shingles. Worn, damaged shingles can become a homeowner’s nightmare and can lead to leaks and water damage. But, what are the signs of worn shingles on your roof?
In this blog, we’ll review the four signs of worn shingles, and what you should do when you suspect your shingle roof is deteriorating. To schedule shingle roofing repairs—or to schedule a free roofing checkup—contact us here at KY-KO Roofing.
The 4 signs of worn shingles on your roof
If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to call KY-KO for a free roofing checkup here in Phoenix.
#1. Your shingles are buckling
Buckling shingles are a telltale sign that you need or replacement. When a shingle buckles, it tends to look a little bit like a distorted wave. Buckled shingles have a high risk of being torn off in a wind storm, such as the summer monsoon weather patterns we get here in Phoenix during the summer.
Shingles usually buckle when they are old, or if they were originally installed poorly. If you can see shingles buckling from the ground, you need to have KY-KO Roofing come out for a free roofing checkup.
#2. You notice bare spots or missing granules
Take a look at your roof from the ground. Do you notice any shingles that look bare when compared to the others? Shingle granules can be washed away over time by a poorly designed valley drainage, insufficient eaves trough, or poorly placed downspouts. Again, most Valley homeowners begin to notice these problems when the monsoon arrives in late summer, or during winter rains.
Once the granules fall off, the shingle is no longer protected from exposure to the elements and can become brittle. Bare spots are a clear indication of a worn shingle roof that needs replacement.
#3. Some of your shingles are missing
If some of your shingles are missing, the entire structure of your roof is at stake. Missing shingles are a serious problem that should be addressed as quickly as possible.
Their absence can allow water entry into your attic and can compromise the strength of your entire roof. A damaged shingle roof should be repaired or replaced right away.
#4. Your shingles are curling
Curling shingles are a telltale sign of excessive heat damage and old age. If they are not replaced, curled shingles will likely become rigid and eventually break.
Keep your shingle roof in good condition with a roofing checkup from KY-KO
Your roof is your home’s main defense against the elements. Keep it in good condition by repairing or replacing damaged or worn shingles anytime you notice normal wear-and-tear or extensive damage from summer storms.
To schedule your repairs, call KY-KO Roofing Systems. Or, contact us to schedule your free roofing checkup.
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?”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 of 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 roofing is an affordable roofing option that offers many benefits. Some of the advantages of shingle roofing manifest themselves immediately, while others become evident with time.
You can find shingles in almost any color that provides greater flexibility in selecting one that perfectly complements the exterior house décor.
Shingle roofing has a relatively limited lifespan compared to other roofing options, such as tile roofing. That said, you can extend your shingle roofing lifespan by taking three simple steps below.
Call KY-KO for a regular checkup
Regular roof checkups—particularly during the spring—are important, as shingle roofs take a lot of punishment during the winter season due to cold and rain. Here in Phoenix, it might not be a bad idea to swap out that checkup for the fall if the monsoon has been particularly rough for your home.
A qualified and experienced roofing contractor from KY-KO will assess the condition of the roof and detect potential problems. We’ll pay special attention to missing shingles due to high wind damage, and cracked, curled, or bruised shingles caused by the pooling of rainwater.
Our roofing specialists will also pay special attention to damaged storm collars and hidden leaks that might have taken place during the winter season.
Ensure proper ventilation for longer shingle roof lifespan
Proper ventilation is important for the shingle roofing lifespan. Roofs that are not properly ventilated fail to push moisture in the attic areas outside. The increased moisture levels under the shingles can damage them rather quickly, requiring replacement or repairs.
Make prompt shingle repairs
The third important tip to extend your shingle roofing lifespan is to call KY-KO Roofing for prompt repairs. When shingles fall off, your roof is exposed to hail, wind, and rain. That’s why it’s extremely important to replace or repair shingles immediately if they are damaged.
Hire our roofing specialists for shingle repair and maintenance. We’ll check damaged shingles around the chimney area and skylights—which are the two most common roof leak locations. Also, the contractor will seal tack holes and tack down loose flashing with roof cement. Flashing replacement might be required in case of extensive damage to the roof.
Call KY-KO for shingle roof service
Although handyman professionals are often technically capable of performing roof shingle checkup and repairs, it’s recommended that you contact our experienced shingle roof repair and installation contractors.
Professional contractors are qualified and trained to carry out a thorough examination of the interior and exterior of the roof structure. They are more likely to detect leaks and problems in the shingle roofing.
You can rely on the expert roofing professionals at KY-KO Roofing to carry out all kinds of roof repair and maintenance work. We have been serving the Phoenix metro area with great integrity and devotion for more than 20 years.
To schedule your roof checkup and work to extend your shingle roof lifespan, get in contact with our team.