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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.

Re-invest your tax return in your home by replacing your roof

If you’re like most Americans, you’re probably getting a sizeable tax return this spring. Before you start planning that vacation or thinking about the boat you’d like to buy, let’s start practical: you should think about reinvesting your tax refund in your home. And, if it’s time to replace your roof, that’s a good place to start.

Not sure if your roof needs to be repaired or replaced? Start by calling KY-KO Roofing for a free roofing checkup. We’ll advise you on the state of your shingle or tile roof.

Why is roof replacement so important?

Your home’s roof isn’t something that should be taken for granted. In many ways, it’s the one thing that truly makes your house a, well, house. It protects your things and family from the elements.

When tiles break or shingles deteriorate from age, you need to start thinking about replacing your roof. Failure to do so will eventually result in further problems as both water and UV rays penetrate the “shield” (the tiles, shingles, or foam) to reach the relatively unprotected underlayment and wood layer.

There are many signs of impending, needed roof replacement, but one of the best ways to proceed is to have a professional from KY-KO Roofing come to your home and perform a roof checkup to see how things are looking.

Why spend your tax return on your roof?

Depending on factors such as the material and the size of the roof, replacing a roof can be a major home investment. After all, it’s something most homeowners only do every few decades or so.

When you get your tax refund, you have a ready source of cash to invest in your home. A refund isn’t free money: it’s part of your income, returned to you as overpaid taxes. But, it’s still a large amount of income delivered to you at once, which is useful when tackling large home projects.

If your tax refund was less than you expected, you should still move forward with your roof replacement. Apply for financing from KY-KO Roofing.

Why work with KY-KO Roofing?

KY-KO Roofing has been serving Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun for more than 20 years. From our free roof checkups to our Owner’s Pride Guarantee, we’re a better roofing company to work with.

To start your roof checkup to see if your roof needs replacing this spring, contact KY-KO Roofing.

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.

What is the best roofing material for your home?

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?”

Pictured: Roofers install a tile roof—one of the best roofing material options in Phoenix—on a 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

If your next renovation plan includes getting a new roof, KY-KO Roofing is your best bet in Phoenix to get professional roofing services. Call us at (602) 944-4600 or contact us online.

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.

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.