Roll Roofing Mesa

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What is roll roofing?

Roll roofing is another asphalt roofing product much like asphalt shingles. Asphalt roofing rolls are common in residential roofing projects for flashings and underlayment. There are four basic types of roll roofing, each have their own best uses. Roofing codes in the state of Arizona do not allow for roll roofing to be used for flat roofs.

Roll roofing is an inexpensive roofing material that is used to cover low slope roofs.  A lot of DIY homeowners have used it and installed on top of a felt underlayment as a temporary roofing material. It has been used as the primary roof covering it is better used utility structures. The rolls are 36 inches wide and are typically sold as 36 feet in length. The common colors of the roll roofing are black, brown, and white. This material is sometimes referred to as 90 lbs felt by pro roofing companies as the weight of it is about 90 lbs.

The first types of roll roofing were made from felt canvas or sheets of cloth. These sheets were saturated with asphalt and then applied to low slope roofs. The long edge of the material was laid parallel to the eaves of the roof. Today 90 lbs asphalt roll roofing is made from either organic mat material or fiberglass reinforced mat. Both sides of the roll roofing are coated with asphalt and the exposed, or side that faces up is also coated with granules to protect it.

Roll Roof Installation

Single layer roll roofing typically has exposed nails with a 2 inch overlap between sheets.  To overcome the exposed nails many roofs are covered with a double layer of roll roofing. This means the nails are covered up under the lap joints that are in turn sealed with asphalt lap cement.  With a double layer of protection roll roofing can be used for small areas that are not flatter than 1:12 pitch.

Homeowners that want to do a DIY installation of this type of roofing should know the life expectancy of roll roofing. Due to the slopes roll roofing is used for the wear life is up to a decade, but many times can be as short as 5 years. This is because it gets “bald spots” or areas where the granules wear off from weather and the elements. If you can see these areas or areas where there are cracks you should know that the roofing is at the end of its useful life.

Mineral Surfaced

While this type of roofing is used as a primary roofing by itself it can also be a base under tile or shingle roofing. The top is imbedded with mineral granules that help increase durability. It also serves as roofing for secondary buildings like sheds, barns, and other outdoor structures.

Saturated Felt

The felt is asphalt impregnated and is an organic material. It has been used widely as underlayment between the roofing material and roof decking. For different types of installations the felt is sold in different weights, or thicknesses.

Smooth Surfaced

This type of roll roofing is used commonly at valleys, eaves, and to protect the roof decking. It can also be used to help protect protrusions, and roof line intersections. It is a smooth roofing material that is covered with mica or ground talc.

Eave Flashing Rolls

For colder climates or for superior eave flashing this is a specially designed material. It is self adhering, and made of a polymer-modified bituminous sheet. For places where water backup and ice damns this roofing helps protect the eaves from water penetrating the roof.

Roofing Contractors Mesa AZ

If your home could use new roofing the experts at Right Way Roofing know the industry, the local demands on roofing in the Phoenix area, and the right way to choose the best roofing material for your home or business. We can help you take the guess work out of making sure your roof is ready for the weather that comes each year. Protect your home and your health with roofing that will keep your home safe and dry.

Considering Roof Coatings

If you are thinking about replacing your roof you may want to consider an alternative that could save you a ton of money and extend the life of your current roofing; coating your roof.  It may actually end up being a better option for your home or business.

Almost all types of roofing can be coated as long as they are in good enough condition, save for asphalt roofs.   The type of roofing that coating can make the biggest difference for is metal roofing. You can seal leaks and reinforce the stability of the roof to a degree while also enhancing aesthetically. Some coats act as a new membrane, including fabric and even carry warranties to cover you in case you are not satisfied with the results.  Another benefit of coating your roof is that there is no permit necessary to do so which will push the savings even further.

In some cases you can use a roof coating as its own roofing system. Roof coating can be applied directly over plywood and can serve as a low cost, light-weight option that will allow you to overlay an already existing roof.  If you do use a coating as a standalone roofing system, you may want to consider a premium level coat. Many of these coats carry water tight warranties of 10-15 years so you can rest easy knowing that you will be covered if things go any way other than according to plan. If you play it right, you could get away with renewing your coat instead of your entire roof in another 10-15 years!

Roofing is always a big undertaking and finding cost effective, yet efficient methods can be a difficult task. Roof coatings are the rare exception and should at least be brought into the realm of consideration for anybody thinking about replacing their roof.

 

Rodents and Your Roof

While we have all been going about our lives throughout the generations, there has been an invisible war going on just above our heads; the war between roofs and rodents. Rodents are a natural and ancient enemy of the roof and the two will probably be at odds as long as either one exists.  This battle effects us in various ways and this collateral damage takes many forms.

Rodents seek warmth during the colder months of the year and your roof is one of their go to places to find it. One of the ways they find warmth is digging holes through your shingles and the components underneath creating openings for other pests, moisture, debris etc to make its way into your homes under structure. Over time this can degrade the protective qualities of your roof and can compromise the physical condition of your home as well as diminishing it’s overall energy efficiency.

While your roof can serve as shelter for various rodents, a lot of them use the roof as passage way to get to their favorite place to shack up; your attic. Attics are like 5 star hotels to rodents looking for an escape from the cold and the elements outdoors. Constant warmth, shelter and plenty of space, rodents can have a field day if they make it into your attic and are afforded plenty of room to breed and multiply. If you have an out of control rodent community develop, your house could sustain significant damage and loss of property value. On top of that, exterminating a large rodent infestation can be lengthy, messy, and worst of all costly. Most people are freaked out by the prospect of having pests and rodents sharing their personal spaces with them. The specter of these unwanted housemates can seriously impact the daily quality of life for anyone who lives within or visits your residence.

Being aware of this semi-secret war can do a lot to benefit you and your family, as well as your home. Rodents are small, but can multiply quickly and before you know it you may be surrounded by generations of rodents as well as their hair, dander and feces. The presence of these elements can aggravate allergies as well as cause health issues, some of which are potentially serious. Protect your home’s value and your family’s health. Have your roof regularly inspected and maintained in order to avoid the potential calamity of a rodent invasion.

Saving on Energy

We live in the age of going green and concern over the imperiled state of our environment. That means there are more solutions available than ever aimed at conserving energy and making the most out of the energy that does get used. New homes are being constructed with green building techniques and incorporate modern appliances that are extremely energy efficient compared to more antiquated appliances you may find in older homes.  There are several ways to ensure that your home is as energy efficient as it can be if you are looking to upgrade your home in the green friendly department. A huge area of your home that will affect the use of energy is your roof. We are going to cover a few aspects of your roofing that can affect the energy efficiency of your home.

Upgrading the insulation in your attic is probably the easiest step you can take in enhancing the energy efficiency of your roof. Having adequate insulation will keep the air from the environment outside of your home from entering and altering the comfortable environment you have set up on the inside of your home. If you have insulation that is lacking in quality, your home’s heating and cooling systems will have to work much harder in order to achieve the desired temperature and that could greatly shorten the life span of your A/C and heating units. Replacing central air system components can be extremely intrusive and expensive. The concealed nature of central air system installations means that you may need to tear out some ceiling or wall space in order to access the necessary components. It can be messy to say the least.

Adding a cooling element to your roofing via either a coating or material covering, is another step you can take to exercise further control over your roof’s thermal properties.  These are meant to shield your roof from heat by reflecting as much light as possible from your roof so the heat energy from the light isn’t absorbed by your roofing material. This will help keep your home cooler while reducing the demand on your cooling system. During certain times of the year having these layers will allow you to forgo the use of your Air conditioning as the layers will do an adequate job of keeping your home cool on their own.

These are just a couple of suggestions you can consider to increase the energy efficiency and comfort levels of your home. You can never be too energy efficient or too comfortable in your home. Increasing the energy efficiency of you home is definitely worthwhile. We will be revisiting this topic in the future to suggest more tips for you!

Trees and your Roof

Trees add a lot to the appearance and feel of a property and its landscape and give your home an enhanced sense of character. As much as trees bring to the table as far as benefits go, they can also be very damaging. Trees that sit close to your home can create difficulties for your roof with debris  and easier access for animals etc. We are going to go over some of the ways that trees can affect your roof when in close proximity to it.

Branches rubbing against your roof:  As the wind blows, close tree branches can bump and rub against your shingles. This can lead to shingle damage, losing entire shingles and holes developing in your roof. Depending on how close to your house the tree is, the branches could eventually put pressure on your roof and cause certain components to become warped and unbalanced. The effects of warping on your roof can lead to further issues such as leaks and pest infestation as opening are created. This can lead to costly repairs or tedious shingle replacement which can be a major hassle. Pruning the branches of the trees that are close to your house is very important as well as beneficial.

Leaf debris building up: Leaf build up can impede the designed path that water is supposed to travel down the slope of your roof. When the natural path is blocked, the water will make its way underneath the shingles and run under your roofs protective later. This is a very common cause of roof leaks and any roof is vulnerable to this. No matter how well the roof was constructed, if it is not kept clear of obstruction, you could be in line for an expensive repair project.

Vines: Vines affect your roof in a very similar way as tree branches; vines can grab and penetrate through shingles which allows water to easily enter into the area under your shingles and eventually into your home. Paying close attention to any vines and where they are spreading to can help you avoid the litany of issues they can create for your roofing.

Properly keeping your trees pruned and maintained is important when it comes to caring for a roof that has trees that reside close to it. Trees are beautiful and are a desirable addition to almost any property but you do need to account for them if you don’t want them to adversely affect your roof and your home by extension.

 

The Pro’s of Shingles

Shingles are the most popular roofing system found in the United States BY FAR.  Estimates have as many as 70% of homes in the US utilize shingled systems for their roofing. Great for sloped roofs, shingles are an efficient and cost effective alternative to using tile, metal or wood roofing systems.  Shingles are so popular that they are almost synonymous with roofs.

Shingles are very durable which makes them appropriate for use in any climate from mild to extreme.  Numerous manufacturers make countless styles of shingles and high quality shingle systems can have lifetimes of up to 50 years! Finding shingles that match your desired aesthetic as shingles manufacturers are producing more and more styles to the point that you are almost guaranteed to be able to find an appropriate style that fits with the rest of your home.

Shingle Benefits:

  • Durability, shingles will cover your roof adequately for generations
  • Shingles carry some of the best manufacturer warranties in all of roofing
  • Vast selection of styles and colors are available
  • More affordable than tile, wood and metal roofing

 

One of the major advancements over the past quarter century in the world of shingles is the addition of fiberglass to the shingles. Before fiberglass was incorporated shingles were purely made out of asphalt which cannot expand and contract to a level even close to what fiberglass can do. This is vital in extreme climates like Arizona and Michigan. Extreme levels of heat and cold have both left shingles severely damaged and in need of replacement countless times throughout the years, fiberglass has slowed the rate of weather damaged shingles tremendously.

Laminated (dimensional) shingles are another major advancement that has happened with shingles in recent times. Dimensional shingles are great for creating a distinct look that will differentiate home from the homes that surround it. These shingles are manufactured to look like wood roofing while offering the benefits that come with shingles. This style of shingle has become immensely popular and is steadily increasing in prevalence.

There are still older style ‘3-tab’ being manufactured and deployed on the roofs of homes to this day because they are cheaper and may be adequate for many situations homeowners may be in. One caveat to this is the fact that 3-tab shingles are more prone to being lifted off your roof by high winds, which could be devastating in the right circumstances.

If you are in the process of planning out a roofing upgrade or designing a roof for a new home, shingles should be high up on your list of prospective materials.

 

Keeping Your Roof Healthy in the Valley of the Sun

The Phoenix, Arizona area presents some unique environmental challenges to your home, especially your house’s roof. The Valley of the sun sees extreme sun, rain, wind, and hail; all of which wreak havoc on the materials that make up your homes structure. Being that your roof is the largest surface area on your home and is perpetually exposed to the elements, it will absorb the effects of the environment more than any other area of your home. We are going to go over a few of the things your roof will probably see throughout its lifetime in part 1 of a two-part blog entry.

AZ’s Famous Extreme Heat:  Phoenix is often the hottest area of the country when you see national weather reports. This heat speeds up the deterioration of shingles and roof cement. Knowing what materials do well in the heat will do a lot to extend the serviceable lifetime of your investment.  Making the right material decisions and hiring a knowledgeable and reputable contractor will ensure your satisfaction with your roofing decisions.

Desert Pests: Common pest related fears and concerns often times have to do with inhabited areas of your house. While that is definitely a very real possibility, your roof is also an area that can easily come under attack from damaging pests. Termites, rats, squirrels, raccoons, and birds can all do a number on your roof in their own ways. Making sure your ENTIRE home is properly prepared and treated for pest prevention, because they can and will access those hard to reach and out-of-mind places on and within your house.

As mentioned above, this is only part 1 of our 2 part blog on things to look out for involving maintaining a healthy roof in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Check back next week for part 2!

Reasons Roof Maintenance is Important

The Roof is one of the more involved and integral components of any home. The health of the roof is often indicative of the health of the entire house and the level of protection it can provide from the elements. Being that your roof is such a majorly important and sizable element of your home, it can be extremely expensive to repair and/or replace and being prepared for such a financial undertaking is hard to do comfortably.  This blog entry will outline some reasons why you want to pay attention to your roof’s well being.

Outside Elements: Your attic is a very desirable destination for various animals to seek out for shelter.  Raccoons, squirrels, rats, possums and more are all commonly found setting up homesteads in attics across the country. Plants and debris from trees can grow and collect on your roof and between your shingles creating separation where water and other materials can collect. The more areas of your roof that become compromised, the more chance you have of your home being invaded by pests as well as having your homes central heating and cooling systems significantly impacted in their ability to efficiently control the climate in your home.

A lack of proper inspection and maintenance on a regular basis could lead to some serious financial hits coming your way. Not only is it very costly to have roof work or replacements done, your monthly energy bills will continually climb as the problems with your roof persist and intensify over time. Save yourself the hassle of dealing with any of these potential maladies by taking the proper steps and checking on the condition of your roof from time to time. A small investment in time can save you a major financial investment in the future.