Foam Roofing Myths and Facts

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There are a lot of supporters of foam roofing in Mesa, Arizona. There are however some detractors that have outdated or misleading information about foam roofing. Today we will talk about foam roofing myths and facts. We will try to handle the most common misconceptions.

Foam roofing, or polyurethane spray foam has been around for better than 50 years. While installing foam roofing might cost a little more upfront its durability and energy savings far outweigh that cost. In fact it is more cost effective over the life of the roof.

Foam Roofing Misconceptions

Despite foam roofing’s advantages there are homeowners in the Mesa, and even professionals that have a strongly negative view of foam roofing. Foam roofing fails when it is improperly installed by unqualified techs or corner cutting unscrupulous contractors.  The advantages of foam roofing are so clear that it is worth talking about and laying myths to rest.

Foam Roofing Is Not Durable

With proper care foam roofing can last as long as any other roofing system. All roofing systems need basic maintenance every so often. Shingles need replacing, tiles need to be reset or replaced. With strategic reapplication of the foam roofing coating the roofs can last for 50 years or more.

Foam Roofing Isn’t Good For Commercial Roofing

Just about everything we buy or use, there are workers and then there true craftsmen. During the last 50 years of foam roofing installation there are commercial roofing companies that either did not understand how to install  foam roofing, or simply didn’t take the steps to do it right.  Study after study shows that foam roofing when installed correctly has high customer satisfaction ratings. In fact Texas A&M uses over 7 million square feet of foam roofing on their campus. They have foam roofing on their buildings that range in lifespan from 15 to 30 years, with some lasting even longer.

Foam Roofing Is Too Costly

This is possibly the most persistent misconception about foam roofing. If the cost of installation is viewed without the clear financial advantages of energy savings and durability the small difference in cost makes it seem like foam roofing is more costly. However the energy savings cannot be ignored in Arizona. The cost of electricity is always on the rise. Keeping our homes cool enough to enjoy being home ends up costing us in electricity costs. The energy savings are so significant that Texas A&M found that foam roofing pays for itself in 6 years or less. In addition to heavily reduced annual energy costs there are reduced maintenance costs and even tax benefits to foam roofing.

Foam Roofing Can’t Be Walked On

Foam roofing can support up to 40 psi or higher when installed correctly. This means that walking on foam roofing is possible with the right foot wear. You can’t have a cocktail party with ladies wearing heels, but normal flat footwear is totally fine on foam roofing. Other sharp objects should be handled with care on foam roofing because there is a possibility to pierce the surface and cause leaks or lost energy efficiency.

Foam Roofing Conclusion

Clearly there are huge advantages to foam roofing. When applied right, homeowners or businesses will enjoy as much as 30% reduced energy costs. Foam roofing lasts just as long as traditional roofing systems, but saves you much more on heating and cooling costs.

If you have foam roofing or are thinking about having one installed in Mesa Arizona, Right Way Roofing has the experience, tools, and right application method to install foam roofing right.

Shedding Some Light On Skylights In Phoenix

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Natural light can transform the feel of a room. Sunlight has been proven time and time again to elevate mood and engender an optimistic outlook. In addition to those health benefits having natural light in your home also cuts down on the lights you need to run during the day. If there is a power outage a skylight also helps get light into your home during the day.

An estimated 30% more light comes into our homes when skylights are installed. This is due to the fact that windows are installed on the exterior of our homes. This limits the light coming into our homes by the angle of the sun’s light. Skylights however can be installed so that the light can reach otherwise darker corners of our homes. Areas that we are only able to see well in by using electricity.

Skylight Considerations

Before you go running off to the hardware store or hire someone to throw in a skylight there are some things you should consider.

Skylight Location – Most people have a pretty good idea of where they’d like more natural light. Many times this is in the kitchen. What is hiding in the attic directly above where you are wanting your skylight can be a big problem. Attics are where most of our wires, HVAC and some pipes are hiding. This can mean there is an actual physical barrier to your skylight installation.

Trusses – Trusses are the skeleton of the roof. Generally there is a 2 foot space between them. If the exactly location you want your skylight in is directly under a truss, it can be moved, but you will need to consult a structural engineer.

Skylight Chases – If the area directly above your desired skylight location is blocked a chase can be the solution. Skylight chases are tunnels that conduct the light from the skylight. This can be a way to get the opening for the light, and then forcing it into the area of your home where you want the natural light.

Skylight Style – Each home has its own particular style or architecture. When choosing a skylight care should be taken to ensure that it fits the overall look and character of the home.

Roof Slope – The slope of the roof is a measurement of how steep it is. An easy way to figure this out is to know how tall by how wide the roof is.  This information is critical when choosing a flashing kit.

Cost To Install A Skylight – A well qualified handyman with the tools and time should be able to install a skylight for about $250 – $500. Most homeowners want a warranty on craftsmanship and will hire a professional. Depending on the location, size, and style of skylight this can mean an installation cost of anywhere from $500 to $3,000. If a skylight chase is needed there is an average of about $1,500.

 

How Long Does Roof Replacement Take?

How Long Does Roof Replacement Take Mesa AZ

To protect your home’s value and everything inside of them it’s critical to get roofing damage repaired. Home owners know that there is a level of disruption with any construction project. That’s why a lot of Mesa residents are asking; how long does roof replacement take?

Roof Replacement Time Factors

While the question is common, the answer does vary. There are many factors that can affect how long a roofing replacement will take.

Extent Of Damage – Clearly if it is a small section of a big roof, it will not take a few days. If the section is small enough it might only take a few hours. In contrast if it is a whole roof replacement there is work that needs to be done to remove all of the old roofing. Then the substrate must be replaced and new roofing put down. With complete re-roofing there is also some time spent reattaching trim pieces and rain gutters.

Type Of Roofing Material – Certain types of roofing take longer to put down. Shingles are relatively easy to put down and nail into place. While slate does take longer to install. Choosing a roofing material can greatly impact how long the roof is expected to last. Choosing a durable material does more than just ensure that your home lasts, but can increase the value.

Weather – Rain storms are not the roofer’s friend. While the biggest danger for roofers is the lightning, having water leak into the attic during the roofing process can be a problem. Typically a scheduled work date will be set, if there is inclement weather on the day or days work was scheduled the process might be put back to ensure that your roof is taken care of properly.

Pitch Of Roof – Flat roofs are easy to stand and work on. Steep roofs require more physical effort to climb up and stand on. Many times some involve safety harnesses that restrict movement. The pitch of the roof can affect the working conditions and increase the amount of time it takes to replace the roof.

Complexity Of Roof – Some homes have two surfaces, a front and a back. These roofs are very simple to put roofing onto. However some homes have more modern and architecturally interesting features. They add to the aesthetic appeal of the home, but they do take longer to put roofing on. Planning has to be done depending on the roofing system to make sure the seams are in the right places.

Size Of Home – Naturally the project is a complete roof replacement the size of the roof is a big factor in how long it will take. Small homes can be completed in just a couple of days. Larger homes can take considerably longer. Some times larger homes or commercial properties can take a week or two.

Location Of Home – Different cities and counties in Arizona have different codes, inspection requirements, and permit procedures. The time it takes to get this part of the project done varies by location. Generally more rural areas take less time to get the permits and have fewer restrictions for what materials or colors are used.

Conclusion

These are the factors that affect how long it will take to replace your roof. The question is, how many of those factors exist for your roofing job? Every roof is different so the only way to know, is to talk to a roofing expert. In Mesa, Arizona you can choose the Right Way roofing company to help you with your roofing projects. Give us a call today to start the process of repairing or upgrading your Mesa roofing at 602-299-8851 or 602-232-5458.

Mesa Rubber Roofs

Mesa Rubber Roofs

Rubber roofs are also called EPDM roofs. They come in both vulcanized and non-vulcanized variations. Vulcanized roofing comes in sections called membranes. Non-vulcanized rubber roofing is a semi-solid rubber roofing that is used as a flashing for the cured membrane roofing.

In Mesa rubber roofs are common, like most places in the country. The difference is that these EPDM rubber roofs can boast that they have more than 40 years of installation history. Not all roofing systems we use today have stood the full test of time. EPDM stands for “ethylene propylene diene terpolymer”. When installed and maintained properly these rubber roofs have a life expectancy of 30 + years.

If you’re home or commercial location needs a new roof in Mesa you might be interested that EPDM is one of the most affordable roofing systems available. It’s not just cost effective to install, but it also and insulating properties that reduce energy bills. This means your company is using less electricity and therefore has a lighter carbon footprint. This helps businesses qualify for green initiatives and certifications.

Rubber Roof Advantages

Color Option – Traditionally EPDM was only available in black. In recent years building materials science has seen a rise in the benefits of reflective white roofing. EPDM is also available in white, so business owners can take advantage of this energy saving property.

Rubber Is Durable – Objects fall on roofs, usually tree limbs but hail storms can pass through your area and do some serious damage. Rubber roofing is not only resistant to hail damage, but thermal shock as well.

UV Durability – Some alternative roofing systems are not particularly ultraviolet light resistant. They become brittle and wear out with the intense heat and sun of Mesa, AZ.  Rubber roofs are exceptionally good for resisting and weathering the intense heat and UV we get here in Arizona.

Rubber Roofing Climates

Rubber roofing is good for all climate types. In the northern states the traditional black EPDM rubber roofing adds to the overall insulation R-value to help keep the heat in during the winter time. Here in the southwest we are more concerned with the heat and air conditioning costs. So here in the hot southern regions of the United States highly reflective white EPDM rubber roofing is a better option. It still has a positive effect on the insulation R-values, but also benefits from the reflective properties. When sunlight hits the reflective surface a significant amount of energy is immediately reflected. This means there is less heat absorbed, and less heat the insulation must then control.

EPDM Rubber Roof Repair

Choosing a roofing system isn’t just about how it looks, but many times it is more important how long it lasts. This is especially true for businesses. Customers rarely can actually see the roof, so longevity is the key to a smart roofing choice. With EPDM rubber roofing regular inspections can help catch minor repair issues. Even larger EPDM roofing repairs help increase the lifespan of your roof, which means replacing it less frequently and saving money. Some of the larger repair projects of EPDM rubber roofing can be re-seaming joints, reattaching loose sections, and repairing roofing penetration.


Mesa Rubber Roof Installation

The professionals at Right Way Roofing has been installing rubber roofing in Mesa for decades. We can help you choose the most affordable, energy saving and durable solution for your home or business in Mesa, AZ. As a licensed, bonded, and insured roofing contractor we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Give us a call today for roofing inspections, repair, and installation.

Right Way Roofing 480-232-5458 or 602-299-8851

How To Handle Hail Damaged Roofing

How To Handle Hail Damaged Roofing Phoenix

Hail storms happen in the Phoenix area. These storms can damage cars, houses, and all sorts of property. Your roof is your main source of protection at home and at work. Severe hail storms will damage roofs, and be followed by opportunistic roofing repair people. So we created a guide to how to handle hail damaged roofing.

Hail Damage Is Big Business

Believe it or not mobile roofing contractors have taken advantage of storm prediction software and track storms that look like they are going to produce hail and head for the towns and cities that are in their wake. They can even get specific and only focus on the higher income neighborhoods to get the biggest payout.

It might seem nice that a bunch of contractors suddenly show up like the Red Cross with hammers. The difference is that the Red Cross is a temporary service and your roof needs to be rebuilt and last for another 40 years. You want a contractor that is licensed to work in your area and is going to be there in case your roof needs any warranty work.

Metal Roofing, A Hail Of A Good Option

Metal roofs, including aluminum roofs have seen great success in areas that experience hail. One of the great benefits of a metal roof is that it will withstand a hail storm just as well 10 years down the road as the day it was installed. Metal has the edge over many other roofing systems as they tend to get sun damage, get brittle, and are not ready to withstand the punishment a big hail storm will deliver.

Metal roofing can carry a rating and be UL listed. The UL code 2218 is an impact resistance rating. If the roofing you choose or already have installed has this rating it means that it much be able to survive the impact from a 2” ball which is dropped from 20 feet in the air. The metal roofing must not split or come apart. Metal roofing is one of the few options which can actually pass a test of this magnitude.

Metal Roofing And Insurance Discounts

Some insurance companies recognize the strength of metal roofing. If the roof is a UL 2218 roof there might be discounts available. In some cases the insurance company will only offer the discounts if there is a cosmetic wavier signed. What this means is that if there is a hail storm that peppers your roof they will only pay to replace the roof if there is actual structural damage. If there are just dents but your roof isn’t leaking they might refuse to pay to replace it.

The cost savings per month isn’t significant enough to risk being stuck with a golf ball textured roof. So many times it’s better to pay a little extra a month but know that if a sever hail storm is on its way that you’ll be covered by your roof, and your insurance company.

What To Do If You Have Hail Damage On Your Roof

The storm has passed and now you have to assess the damage. You may or may not know what to look for, and you might not really want to get up on a damaged roof without knowing where to step.

Caution Before And After The Storm

After the hail will come the hellos from many of the hail storm chasing roofing contractors. Many of these contractors that follow storms will try to get a local address they can use to appear local. Check their credentials, and try to find listings and reviews from them that are local. Some even go so far as to claim they are from roofing Manufacturer Company. This doesn’t happen and these are the characters to be wary of. Some of these roofing companies also carry contracts which, with your signature, allow them to claim the right to work with your insurance company to repair the roof. Once that document is signed you no longer have control over who you choose as the insurance company will be legally required to use the roofer with that has your signed contract.

Aesthetic Or Structural Damage?

Aesthetic damage is surface dents. This is damage that doesn’t actually affect the performance of the roof. In fact many time after a hail storm it can be hard to tell if some of the damage was there before the storm. This is a situation where you might choose to ignore it.

Structural Damage however means that you see seams have opened up or trim has broken loose. If you can see sections of your roof that are clearly damaged you have no choice but to nip it in the bud and get it fixed. Your best bet to finding the right roofing company is to contact your local roofer. Someone that might have built the roof in the first place or will still be in the area and able to help you with any other minor repairs and warranty their work.


Local Roof Hail Damage Repair

After the storm passes everyone wants someone that they can trust. Someone that has been working in the area for decades and intends on being in business in your home town for the long haul. Right Way Roofing is Phoenix and Mesa’s first choice when it comes to reliable roofing repair.

If you’ve had hail damage or any storm related damage to your roof give us a call today for a free inspection. We’ll assess the damage and help you find an affordable solution to fixing your roof.

Right Way Roofing 480-232-5458 or 602-299-8851

What To Do With A Leaking Roof

What To Do With A Leaking Roof

With the rains of the last week or so in Mesa and Phoenix, lots of residents have been calling asking about what to do with a leaking roof. Quick action when your roof is leaking can mean the difference between having an annoying drip in a bucket and having the ceiling either become infested with potentially dangerous mold, or come down entirely. Here’s a guide to how to handle those annoying roof leaks.

Minimize Damage With Immediate Action

Clearly if you’re reading this you’ve got some indication that your roof isn’t holding the water where it should be, namely outside. Firstly move any valuables away from the leaky area. Things like electronics or furniture don’t generally play well with water so get them out of the way right up front.

Then get a bucket or a trash can and set it under the area that you’re seeing water. Now get a stool or ladder, depending on how high your ceiling is, and find the center of the bulge. Take a screwdriver and stab it straight in the center of the bulge area.

You might think, “I’m trying to save my roof, not destroy it”. But the simple fact is ceilings weren’t designed to carry the weight of the water, nor do you want the water soaking into all of you insulation and other building materials in your attic.

The hole you make will let the water drain smoothly. This will relieve the weight of the water on the rest of your ceiling. It’ll be a heck of a lot easier to fix a screwdriver puncture than say if the weight of the water causes your entire ceiling to come down.

Decide If Roof Repair Really Is DIY

A few loose shingles or tiles might seem like an easy fix, and it might be. The ability to inspect the entire roof and see problems coming is the job of professional roofers. If you have a few years building houses and have done some roofing, fixing a small problem can be an easy weekend fix.

But if you don’t have the experience climbing up on that roof in bad weather, while it is wet and slippery can put you in a bad spot. Honestly evaluate your skills for fixing the problem.  Knowing what to look for to successfully repair the roof can be tricky, problems like to hide. You run the risk of proudly fixing your roof on Saturday and setting your buckets back out on Sunday, when it starts leaking again . .. from somewhere.

Evaluate Your Roofer’s Evaluation

You might not be a contractor with the skills and tools to fix the roof yourself. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be aware of hallmarks of a good roofing contractor. This will help you weed out less experienced or downright roofing imposters. There are a lot handymen looking for work that can handle basic tasks. Roofing can be a bit tricky and it’s the experience that matters. Make sure you’ve got a Real Roofer and not Hank The Handyman taking care of your roof.

Watch for these real roofer hallmarks during the evaluation:

  • The inspector looks at both the exterior and interior of your roof. This means they will have to walk the roof and get into the attic to properly assess the damage.
  • Make sure that your inspector looks at and talks about the condition of the underside of the roof sheeting.
  • Ultimately they need to assess the entire roof, it’s covering, and any internal pooling or damage to your roof.
  • When they’ve completed their inspection they should have a game plan for how to proceed. A clear bid for the complete job with specific costs is expected here. Don’t fall into a “price as we go” situation.

Got A Leaky Roof In Phoenix or Mesa?

Give the experts at Right Way Roofing a call. Their free roof inspections will help identify the problem and their wealth of experience will help get your roof back in shape so that the next storm doesn’t end up putting a damper on your inside plans as well.

Right Way Roofing:

480-232-5458  – East Valley/Mesa

602-299-8851 – West Valley/Phx

 

Which Single-Ply Roofing Is Best For Mesa?

Which Single-Ply Roofing Is Best For Mesa

Whether it is your home or business you’ve got options for the type of single-ply roofing system. You’ve got to take into consideration how much foot traffic your roof will see and how steep the roof is. There are 3 main types of single-ply roofing systems; we’ll take a closer look at them here.

Single-Ply EPDM Roofing

Being one of the most economical single-ply roofing options in Mesa it is very common. EPDM comes in varied thicknesses, up to 90 mils at its thickest. Being a synthetic rubber product it has a black color. This black color can help to transform the UV rays into heat. If EPDM is applied in the thicker coatings it can be very weather and puncture resistant. In addition it is very good at enduring extreme heat and ozone. The only drawbacks to this roofing system are, if you are going to be using any kind of chemicals, oils or solvents on your roof. Businesses that need to use these chemicals need to be aware of this limitation with EPDM. Over time the seams can degrade which will lead to potential roof penetrations.

Single-Ply PVC Roofing

PVC Single-ply roofing is a compelling option for many home and business owners in Mesa. The reason is that it has some of the best weather resistance and strength. PVC roofing withstands upwards of 200 pounds per square inch of pressure before it breaks. Some types of PVC can even withstand up to 350 pounds per square inch. If your business needs your roofing system to be chemical resistance, PVC is a great option. It is resistant to wind, chemicals, and even fire. Granted it is one of the more costly options, but it is also one of the most durable. While there is a chance that PVC roofing shrinks it has the massive benefit of reflecting the sun’s rays. The energy savings of a PVC roofing system are significant; up to 90% of the sun’s rays are reflected.

Single-Ply TPO Roofing

Of your single-ply roofing options TPO is relatively new. With that in mind regulations from the ASTM change frequently. While finding a good supplier and roofing contractor to apply this system in Mesa can be a challenge, it is extremely effective when made and applied correctly. As a flexible membrane TPO roofing is very good at resisting impacts. This is also a good roofing system if chemical exposure is a concern. In addition TPO is resistant to ultraviolet radiation and ozone. In comparison to EPDM the seams are stronger, an amazing 3-4 times stronger. The TPO membrane is Energy Star rated and carries solar reflective properties. It can lower your HVAC costs and is a green roofing option, as it is 100% recyclable.

Consulting The Experts in Single-Ply Roofing In Mesa

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a roofing system for your business or home. Depending on the industry, location, slope of roof and much more one system will be better fitted to your needs and budget. You know your business inside and out. Let someone that knows roofing help you make the best decision for the longevity of your roof and make a fiscally responsible choice when it comes to your single-ply roofing system.


Mesa Single-Ply Roofing Experts

Right Way Roofing can help you with your single-ply roofing project in Mesa, Phoenix or anywhere in the valley you live or work. We can help you choose between the EPDM, TPO and PVC options. We aim for quality craftsmanship, professionalism, and durable roofs. Your satisfaction at every stage of your roof project is our top concern.

Give us a call today and get that roof repaired – 480-232-5458 or 602-299-8851.

 

Choosing A Roofing Company in Phoenix

Choosing A Roofing Company in Phoenix

Only one thing is protecting your home or business from the elements in Phoenix, your roof.  Despite there not being designer roofs the condition and quality of your roofing is critical for keeping your investments safe and in good condition.  Many times professional offices have expensive equipment that won’t react well to rain water leaking down onto it.  With that much at stake you want to make sure you are choosing the right roofing company in Mesa!

With most roofing systems lasting 30 years, you have probably never had to hire a roofing company. Most home and business owners buy the structure already built and weren’t involved with the original construction.  Knowing what to look for when hiring a roofing company in the Phoenix area will save you frustration.

Traits To Look For In A Phoenix Roofing Company

The Warranty – Life happens, and so do problems. Ensure that the roofing company you choose in Phoenix carries a workmanship warranty.  This backs up the installation of the work. Know the difference between a workmanship warranty and a manufacturer’s warranty for the roofing materials.

Longstanding Company – New companies spring up every day. Many of them will make it and are good people, but not all of them. Don’t be the one that has to find out someone can’t deliver what they promise. Choose a roofing company in Mesa that has the years under their belt and the experience to deliver what they promise.

Open Lines Of Communication – Having a new roofing system installed on your house or business is a complicated process. From the inspection, to the proposal, to the delivery and installation of the roofing system you want a contact within that company that has you in clear view. They know who you are what your project is and you’re not reminding them that you exist and what you’ve been promised.

Insured Installer – As with any contractor that works on your house or business in Phoenix you want to make sure they are insured.  This prevents you from being held responsible for the damages if an accident happens.

Expert Experience – There are several types of roofing, and knowing how to remove and reinstall them can mean the difference between an affordable roofing contractor and your greenhorn newbie. A lot of companies hire roofers by the hour, so the longer it takes them to do the job the more it costs you. This is also true when it comes to putting the new roofing on your Phoenix area home. You want someone that knows how to help you choose a system that fits your budget, but also how to correctly install the system you choose.

Complete Credentials – As with many professional trade industries roofing contractors have different trade organizations that certify contractors. As you make your decision on who’s going to get the job to work on your Mesa roofing, make sure you check for valid credentials.  The first credential to look for in Phoenix is the Arizona Roofing Contractor’s Association.  The second credential you need to look for in Mesa is the National Roofing Contractor’s Association.

Reliable Reputation – Part of knowing when you’ve found a great longstanding roofing company in Phoenix is reviews. Satisfied customer reviews are your signals that you’ve found someone who delivers what they promise.  So you know when you give the green light on your project that your Mesa roofing company will get the job done.


Choose The Right Phoenix Roofer – Right Way Roofing

Founded over 50 years ago Right Way Roofing in Mesa has the longevity, experience, and bevy of satisfied customers that you’re looking for. As a Phoenix licensed, bonded and insured roofing company we can help with the inspection of your roof, develop a plan if there are any repairs, and make the entire process quick, easy, and affordable for your Mesa home.

Give us a call today at either 480-232-5458 or 602-299-8851

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How Do I Prepare My Roof For Monsoon Season?

How Do I Prepare My Roof For Monsoon Season Phoenix AZ

Long time residents of the valley here in Phoenix are accustomed to the Monsoon season.  For new residents many wonder how bad it will get and how do I prepare my roof for monsoon season.  If you’ve been here for a few years it’s become just part of life, but with the high winds, torrential rain, and walls of sand and dust coming through the city damage to your house isn’t a possibility, its eventually a fact.

There are a series of steps in ensuring that your home’s roof is ready for those high wind and heavy rainfall conditions.  The first is prevention, having your roof inspected before the clouds gather and it’s already leaking into your home.

If you’ve got a flat roof even before you have an inspection you can keep an eye out for debris lying on the roof.  Things like excessive leaves, branches, or other objects can actually get stuck in and block your gutters and downspouts which will trap water on your roof.   Also you want to make sure that if you have a BUR roof, that there are no open seams where water can get through.  With your elastomeric coatings you want to also ensure they are still in solid, undamaged condition.

When it comes to pitched roofs you have valleys that run down the roof.  These canals channel water down off the roof and they need to be completely free of debris like rubble or the material coming off of old roof shingles.  Just like the flat roofs you need to make sure that the seams are checked and that everything is in good condition.  Clearly if tiles or shingles are missing it’s time to do some repair or get your local roofing contractor out to fix it right, the first time.

Gutters and downspouts need to be checked.  They need to be in good condition, securely attached and free of debris so they can effectively channel the heavy rainfall off your roof.  If they are hanging in an odd way or not how they are meant to they can collect water and channel it back into the roof.  It’s also a good idea to work on the protection for the foundation of the home, ensure that proper drainage is possible and water doesn’t undermine the foundation.

Trees provide shade that cuts down on cooling costs, but if they are too close they can cause problems for a roof.  If it’s a large old tree and it fails during these high wind events a branch can leave a big mark, or even a hole in your roof.  Even if it’s not a big branch that comes through your roof, just having the twigs and branches on your roof interferers with proper roof drainage.

If you’re not the first owner of your home the previous owners might have taken shortcuts that weren’t caught during the inspection when it comes to roof patching and roof repair.  Having a professional come and inspect your roof to make sure there aren’t DYI mistakes like overlapping layers of roofing material, gaps, or just plain poor craftsmanship will prevent otherwise avoidable problems with leaky roofs, or roofs wearing out sooner than they should because of mold or algae.

Monsoon Season General House Preparation

A few steps of prevention will go miles to help prevent serious repairs and damage to the interior of your home.  Take a look at the list of prevention tips and be ready, because Monsoon season is upon us.

  • Make sure doors and windows have proper seals, install weather stripping if necessary.
  • Trim bushes and trees around the house to prevent them from causing damage to the walls or roof.
  • Be aware of water collecting near the foundation and install drainage options to redirect the water away from the foundation.
  • Have some sand bags handy, especially if you live at the lower end of a slope so you can set them out and redirect the water away from home.
  • Look at your ceilings and be aware of stains, they are a sign that water is finding a way through your roof. It might not seem like much, but water can stagnate and end up causing mold.

If you’d like a roof inspection or already know that there are repairs that need to be taken care of call the experts at Right Way Roofing, they can be reached at either 480-232-5458 or 602-299-8851.

Types of Roofs in Phoenix AZ

Types of Roofs For Phoenix AZ

There are generally two different classes of roofing options, one for the low sloping flat roof, and another for the steep sloping pitched roofs.  The type of roof system you choose will depend on the pitch of your roof.  A roof with a slope greater than 3:12 or 14 degrees is considered a steep sloped roof.  A low pitched roof is one equal to or lower than the 3:12 ratio.  Listed below are the types of roofing options and roofing systems.

Steep Roofs – 5 Types of Roofs

Concrete tile and Clay tile – Concrete tiles are created by mixing sand, water, and cement in different proportions.  These tiles are extruded in molds under high pressure to increase strength.  Clay tile roofs are very durable and last for many years.  Some homeowners even get as much as 50 years or more from clay and concrete tile roofing systems.

Asphalt Shingles – Created from a base material they are comprised from either glass-fiber or organic mat.  This gives asphalt shingles their strength and water-resistant attributes.

Metal Roofing – Having three main categories of metal roofing which are, metal shingles/panels, structural metal panels, and architectural metal panels, architectural metal panels are usually the preferred option in steep sloped roofs.  Given that the architectural metal panels aren’t generally made to have water tight seals, they are only recommended for these steep slope applications where the water will shed quickly.

Wood Shake Roofs – These shingles and shakes are manufactured from pine, cypress, redwood, cedar and redwood trees.  Wood shake roofs are shaped so that the butt is thicker than the tip of each the tiles to encourage quicker water drainage.   A split and resawn shake is first split from the log and then sawn on the back.  There are also taper sawn shakes which are sawn on both sides.  Wood shingles are also sawn on both sides and have a natural taper to them so they are uniform.

Slate Roofing – Being a naturally occurring material it’s naturally nonabsorbent, dense, and durable.  This type of material has two properties, fracture and cleave.  It’s the cleave property that allows manufacturers to split it in one direction and create uniform tiles to use as a roofing system.  Also being a naturally occurring material you will find that the characteristics of this material can vary depending on which quarry they are taken from.  Some will have a smooth or rough surface naturally.

Low and Flat Roofs – Types of Roofs

BUR or Built-up roof membranes – This type of roof has been used for better than 100 years and is commonly referred to as your “tar and gravel” roofing system.  These are usually constructed by using alternating layers of reinforcing fabrics and bitumen that cure to create a finished membrane.   You might hear people talk about the amount of piles their roof has, or a roofing contractor saying it.  A 4 pile roof means that it’s a four ply layer of this type of roofing system.

Metal Panel for Low Slope Roofs – The only option in this category is the structural metal panel.  This is due to the fact that metal panel roofs made for low slope applications have a seam system that helps keep water out.  These must be used in low slope applications, but can also be used for steep sloped roofs.   They have excellent hydrostatic properties that create a water barrier.

Polymer-modified sheets – This is a material much like your BUR roofing systems with the addition of a polymer modified membrane.  These are made of reinforcing fabrics and set into rolls so they can be transported to the job site.  They can either be applied with a hot mopping of asphalt, a cold adhesive, or even some varieties are applied with a heat-weld and torch.

Single-Ply Membranes – Having two main types, Thermoplastic and Thermoset variants, they are factory manufactured sheet membranes.  The Thermoplastic type can be adjusted and changed with the application of heat, while the Thermoset sets permanently after the application of heat.

Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Roofing – This type of roofing is made by mixing and spraying a binary liquid that forms the base of this adherent roofing solution.  Having the flexibility of being a sprayed and layers system it can be applied in a varied thickness to provide a natural slope to your roof and improve drainage.

If you’re not sure they pitch or slope of your roof, need a new roofing system for a new built house, or you need repair on an existing roof get in touch with the experts who to right the right way, Right Way Roofing Inc.  You can reach them at either 480-232-5458 or 602-299-8851.