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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.

Here are the 4 signs of worn shingles on your roof

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?

Repair or replace shingle roofingIn 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.

Why hire a professional roofer to work on your commercial building?

With the prevalence of DIY tutorials and guides, you might be tempted to handle repairs to the roof of your commercial building on your own rather than “waste” time and money on commercial roofers. However, there are many benefits to hiring commercial roofers.

In this blog, KY-KO Roofing is here to show you just what you have to gain by leaving the job to us. For roofing services, contact us today.

Here’s why your commercial building should use professional roofers:

Overall experience

No matter how many videos you watch or articles you read, you’re quite unlikely to have the same insight as someone who’s been working in commercial roofing repair for several years. That experience leads to a quality of work and safe operation that can’t be matched.

Save time

Without the insight and experience mentioned above, there’s a very good chance that you’ll make a mistake if you try to handle roofing repairs on your own. What’s worse is the fact that you may not even recognize those mistakes until years later.

Professional roofers can handle routine repairs with ease, better ensuring that the final results are lasting ones and that no mistakes are made. This is sure to bring you a great deal of peace of mind.

Superior materials

Do you know the best materials and tools to use for your repair? Experienced roofers do, and if they don’t, they have the resources needed to quickly and easily find out. Now you don’t have to deal with a lot of guesswork or risk choosing a less-than-exemplary manufacturer. In fact, KY-KO’s Owner’s Pride Guarantee means that we’ll always use the best stuff on your commercial building.

Professional roof inspection

Don’t worry about the wrong work being done on your commercial roof when reputable pros are on the job. They’ll be sure to do a thorough examination of your roof to get to the bottom of exactly what’s going on so the issue is taken care of correctly the first time.

Regular roof inspections also go a long way in alerting you to minor problems that need to be addressed soon before they increase in cost and urgency. This info allows you to plan your finances accordingly and lets you know what’s coming down the pipeline in terms of tasks that need to be done around your business.

Learn more about roofing services for your commercial building by calling KY-KO today!

When your commercial roofing needs repair or replacement, let the experts take over. Contact us at KY-KO Roofing to schedule an inspection or repair.

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.

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’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.