Solar and Roofing Incentives

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Since the beginning of 2006, the “Solar ITC” or Investment Tax Credit has helped yearly residential and commercial solar installation increase by 1600%. In 2015, showed the largest increase for installed solar, and within the next year it is expected to double.

Solar ITC Extension

Just this last year, the solar ITC gave a multiyear extension, which provides a business certainty to project investors and developers. Right now, the ITC has a 30% reduction for income taxes based on the solar investment. This extension provides a tax credit based on the invested eligible property through the projects that have started constructions before 2019. This is when the ITC will drop to 26% for 2020 and then 22% in 2021. Once 2023 hits, the residential credit will then drop to zero while the utility and commercial credit will drop to 10%.

Because of this extension, the solar prices are expected to keep falling. Solar power happens to be one of the most versatile forms of electricity and can be used anywhere. It has a lot of potential for fighting climate change as well removing poverty through rural electrification. Additionally, while the solar prices fall, the installation and technical efficiency will climb as the ITC causes job creation and growth within the US.

“Residential solar systems are available in different sizes, ranging anywhere from ‘size 3’ to ‘size 8kW’, and they are going to cost you between $15,000 and $40,000 dollars.” Power Solar Phoenix

Although this extension is a great place to start, the question is if the government should continue to expand and extend the solar incentives to try to attract more commercial customers?

The answer is a big “YES”. There are more and more businesses that want to have a competitive advantage over global counterparts, and the solar ITC helps to give installation savings with a tax credit but also energy savings..

Roofing & Solar System Installation

Generally solar systems are installed on the roof tops of homes and businesses. Clearly the first step to prepping a roof for solar power is to make sure that it is structurally sound and all of the roofing material is in good condition. Roofing systems that are highly reflective may be added as part of your solar ITC, but only in the case that the highly reflective roofing is more costly that a conventional roofing system. Although, when it comes to the roofing industry, the solar ITC will need to establish parameters that are for roofing installation on what type of roof would be needed for solar installation in order to get that particular incentive.

The roof will need to be in good condition to start with before the installation. It needs to have the right insulation and membrane thickness to support installation. If the roof doesn’t meet these types of conditions, then the roof will need to be replaced with a system to support it. You won’t be able to use a cheap roof or just not replace the roof and install a solar system with the mindset of getting full benefits. You will eventually run into issues with leaks, but it will cause you to reinstall the whole solar system once you replace the roof.

The solar ITC is a great way to create jobs and move towards having clean energy, but as the solar energy industry increases, so do the stipulations for having continued success.


Roofing Installation & Repair in the Phoenix Valley

Right Way Roofing has the right tools, knowledge, and understanding of all things roofing. If you have a solar system or are thinking about getting one installed Right Way can help you make sure that the roofing is right before and after the solar system is installed to avoid leaks. Use our contact form or give us a call today.

 

What Makes Tile Roofing Better for Mesa?

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What makes tile the most popular choice for roofing in the world?  It has benefits that overshadow it’s alternatives in energy savings and protection.  Below you’ll find out why so many homeowners choose tile roofing.

Long-Term Performance

Throughout the world for over 100 years tile roofing has held the track record for performance when compared to it’s alternatives.  With the latest advancements in materials tile roofing has a natural ability to shed water and with it’s shape it allows ventilation.  This flexibility allows tile roofing to be the go to choice for both the warmer and cooler climates.   With tile’s higher strength and weight it’s able to meet the demands from today’s design requirements.

Colors and Styles to match everyone’s preferences

With many shapes, colors and sizes, Rightway Roofing can help you achieve the architectural style that you’re looking for, whether its New England Colonial, contemporary, historically accurate or even Mediterranean and authentic Spanish styles.  In addition tile can be round or flat, have wood grain, or attempt to match original roofing materials.  With so many options, the sky’s  the limit!

Color fast benefits

While sourcing the clay from natural deposits that have varied colors or concrete files with different amounts of iron oxide pigments the color of your tile will stay true for many years.  This durability can serve you for up to 50 years, or more!

Protection that lasts

Unlike other roofing materials tile roofing is robust in it’s weight which maintains its long lasting beauty.  While most homes today are constructed stout enough to support a tile roof, there are alternatives for a lighter weight tile.  Because of this it’s quickly becoming the consumer’s choice due to it’s durability and ease of replacing individual sections more easily that shingles and other alternatives.

High Wind Protection

With Mesa’s frequent high winds tile roofing can be one of the best options for our customers.  The clay and concrete tiles are one of the few roofing choices that can withstand winds up to 150 mph!  This allows our customers to rest assured that their home rests under a secure cover.

Cost Effective

The National Association of Home Builders found that fiber cement shingles last about 25 years and asphalt composition last about 20 years. So with a lifespan of 50 to 100 years clay and concrete tiles you’ll be saving money, year after year.

Easy Maintenance

Maintaining tile roof systems require considerably less work.  Tile maintenance is restricted to gutters, venting, and protrusion flashings. Other roofing systems require painting, cleaning, coating, and/or having to seal the majority of the roof surface.

Free Tile Roofing Estimates

If you’re interested in receiving a free tile roofing estimate, contact Right Way Roofing today at 480-232-5458 or use our contact form and one of tile roofing experts will be with you shortly.

Do You Know Your Roof?

Many people don’t commit much time to understanding the surface of their roof and, let’s face it, they probably shouldn’t dedicate much time to it unless they are roofers or preparing to get roof work done on their home or business.  Another thing most people don’t think about is how the environment effects their roof. Some materials can become hot to the point they are dangerous to even touch while other materials can become damaged by being exposed to too much water or temperatures that are extremely low. Fluctuations in weather, especially of the extreme variety, can really play havoc on your roof.

Having the right materials for the environment around your home can save you a lot of money and discomfort in the long run. Having your roof redone is an extremely expensive process and one that nobody wants to repeat or do more often than is absolutely necessary. Aside from the cost of replacing or upgrading your roof, having a roof fail can put you and your family out of your home and potentially for a long time which can also carry burdensome cost depending on what your insurance will cover.

The weather and environment around your home can also dictate when your roof can be worked on. The job of a roof worker carries inherent risk and a roof with the wrong materials for the environment can amplify the level of risk that comes with the work.  If you have a roofing failure and roof workers cannot work on your roof under the current conditions, you and your family will be put in an uncomfortable and unexpected for an extended amount of time.

Having a basic knowledge of your roof and it’s materials can  help you avoid many an inconvenience and save a good amount of money as time goes.

Roof Ventilation 101

Ventilating you attic is important for several reasons. If an attic is not properly ventilated you are most likely in line for a plethora of problems that can grow from small nuisance into full fledged urgent issues. It’s important in the summer months to let heat out of your attic so your air conditioning system can efficiently operate. If the attic is allowed to heat up then the overall temperature of your entire house will be much higher than it would be with proper ventilation. That means that even after your air conditioning system has cooled your home, it will heat up more quickly, forcing you’re a/c to kick back on a lot sooner than it would otherwise. This leads to much higher electricity bills and a significantly reduced life span for your air conditioning unit.  Air conditioners are not small investments and it would serve you well to do everything within your power to extend the life of your system and avoid incurring an unexpected and large expense.

Aside from excessive heat in the summer, there are also other issues that can pop up as are result of not having proper roof ventilation. Moisture can build up in the cooler months and can cause damage to possessions and mold growth to spread throughout your attic. Having your possessions compromised is one thing and it’s bad enough on its own, but mold spreading in your home is a major and potentially fatal problem.  Certain kinds of mold are extremely toxic to the human organism and if you continually breathe in the spores unwittingly, you can end up with a very unpleasant surprise in the health department. Even if the mold that grows isn’t of the extremely toxic variety, it is still very unhealthy for your respitory system to intake even a minor irritant day in and day out for extended periods of time.

Proper roof ventilation is key to maintaining the efficiency of your home and its systems. With proper care, your various investments in your home can last you a long time and stretch you hard earned dollars a lot farther. Call Right Way Roofing in Phoenix today at 480-232-5458 (East Valley) and 602-299-8851 (West Valley) to get any of your roofing questions answered and to get any necessary quotes.

Prepping For Roof Work

Having roof work done is no small task, especially if you are getting something done like shingle replacement. You have to choose the style, color, material and find a contractor that combines the right mix of quality and fair pricing. After all of that you need to prepare to have your home under constructive siege for a period of time. There are several things you can do to prepare and the more informed you are about the process that is about to happen, the more efficiently you can prepare. Here are some steps you can take to make the process as unobtrusive as possible for you and your family.

Making your property accessible to the crew that is about to work on your roof is very important and can make a big difference in the amount of time it takes to finish the job. Things like keeping cars clear of your driveway so they can set up equipment and keep supplies close weight a lot on how efficient the crew can be with time. Generally, keeping the perimeter of your home cleared will aide the process greatly and reduce the chance for any kind of accident occurring. It’s not easy to surrender you outdoor space, but it will be worthwhile during the process of having your roof worked on. The benefits of efficient time use and increased safety in the surrounding environment will outweigh any inconvenience you may feel or experience by not have your normal access to your yard etc.

Keeping your children and pets indoors and away from the construction site/materials is also majorly important. There are a lot of potential hazards on a construction site, from rogue materials to falling debris. Kids and pets can step on or ingest nails or other small trinkets, get mixed up with the crew’s tools and equipment or even become victim to falling materials from your roof. Construction workers wear hard hats and protective gloves and boots for a reason; construction zones are inherently unsafe. It is a good idea to have some kind of head protection for when you or any loved ones need to venture outside during the roofing process. Safety truly needs to be priority number one with roofing or any construction oriented undertaking.

Prepare for noise and you may need to relocate a satellite dish if necessary, but it will all be worth it when you have that sparkling new roof and your family and pets are happy, safe, and sound!

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.

 

Algae Resistant Roofing Mesa, AZ

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There is a plethora of algae resistant roofing and shingle options available today and each one of the varying materials offer their own pros and cons. When considering which roofing material you should go with, prioritizing which aspects you want present in order to best protect your home is hugely important.  One of the aspects that should take top priority is algae resistance as algae can present many unique problems and can be hard to eradicate.

If you have ever been out in your neighborhood and noticed a roof that looks like it’s dirty or off color? The cause of this appearance is from the buildup of algae on the shingles. It’s easy to end up with algae on your roofing as the spores are spread by the wind, so neighborhood wide algae blooms are entirely possible if your neighborhood isn’t equipped for algae resistance. If a bloom of any significance takes place on your home or in your neighborhood the property value of every effected home will drop and the cost of the algae bloom will be in the thousands.

One way that an algae bloom can cost you money aside from effecting your property value is the fact the algae attracts heat which will cause your home to lose energy efficiency. That means your a/c system will need to work much harder in order to keep your home cool which will cost you more money on your power bill.

Algae Resistant Shingles

Purchasing algae resistant shingles will benefit you and your home tremendously by keeping that clean appearance your home needs to have sell-able curb appeal as well as keeping your energy bills from making unexpected rises.  Algae resistant shingles may cost more than some other options, but they will save you money in the long run, which is good for everyone!

Roofs with wood shingles are more at risk of developing an algae bloom because they provide a natural surface for it to propagate on. Factors like the material that your roofing consists of along with the level of shade exposure. Shaded areas are more prone to developing algae populations because there is limited exposure to UV light which would kill off the algae and keep it from spreading if the light exposure was abundant.

Cleaning your shingles on a semi-regular basis is another way to ensure that you avoid developing algae blooms on your roofing. You can take measures to take care of this on your own with a DIY approach or you can hire a professional to come and eradicate your problem from a position of expertise. Hiring a professional is highly recommended because they will be covered by insurance in the event an injury or accident occurs and they should guarantee the results of their work. Having knowledgeable professionals take care of potentially serious problems is usually the best course of action to avoid getting hurt, incurring greater expenses, or worse, both!

Does your Roof have an algae problem?

If you are dealing with an algae problem on your roof r roof shingles and you want it taken care of, Right Way Roofing in the Mesa, AZ metro area can take care of it along with any other roofing needs you may have. Give us a call at (480)232-5458 (East Valley) and (602)299-8851 today!

Tradesman can Damage Your Roof

Living in Arizona, having technicians working on your roof is very normal. From roof mounted air conditioning units to satellite dishes, most houses in the area have one or more appliances based on their roofs. Having these appliances placed on our roofs means that any work done on them will also need to take place on your roof as well. This means people walking, using tools and installing heavy equipment onto your roofing material who are not roofers. Many of the techniques used to install and maintain these appliances do not take the integrity of your roof into consideration and end up leaving you at risk for leaks and other roof related issues.

Having a satellite dish technician install a satellite on your roof involves the base for the dish being attached to your shingles and roofing with large and lengthy screws. Sometimes caulking is placed around the screws, but this will only temporarily keep water from leaking in through the screw holes. Over time wind will cause our dish to rock back and forth which will loosen the caulking and the seal along the surface of your roofing around the screw hole will be broken. Once the seal is broken water will trickle in every time it rains, which can be pretty brutal during monsoon season.

Air Conditioning technicians bring heavy tool boxes with them onto your roof. Dropping these heavy tool boxes or any of the tools can tear the roofing material. Truthfully, a visit from the A/C man will almost always damage your flashing. If a Freon line is being repaired the pitch pan flashing will be opened and damaged. It’s unfortunate, but it comes with the territory of being an Arizona home owner. Keeping your appliances properly maintained is a must just like keeping your roofing in good condition. Finding a way to balance both is vital.