When you are having a facility built or own an existing facility in Mesa, AZ that is in line for a roofing upgrade, finding the right roofing system to fit your situation is of the utmost importance. There are many things that should be taken into consideration before you come to a conclusive decision on a specific system.
Your Location and Climate:
Knowing what the elements will be throwing at your roof throughout the year is an absolute must when selecting what kind of roofing your facility will have. Precipitation, temperature changes, temperature extremes, wind speeds, and sun exposure will all play into how well your roofing will perform. Living near the ocean is another factor that needs to be considered as salt water vapor can speed up erosion on certain materials.
How Will The Facility Be Used?
The everyday use of your facility and the purpose of the operations taking place therein will need to be greatly considered when you are making your decisions on roofing materials, aesthetics, structure etc. You will not want to use the same roofing system for a retail environment that you would use for a manufacturing environment.
Some operations require the roof to be traversable with walkways and even some structures in place on the surface of the roofing. Obviously the more complex and robust the roofing system, the more expensive it will be.
Some roofing systems can be maintained fairly easily by an in house staff of maintenance technicians. There are some systems that will require specialized technicians to maintain your roof and keep it operational. This will factor into the overall lifetime cost heavily.
Improving the energy efficiency of your facility can help save money over time, which can offset the cost of your roofing system considerably. The right roofing system will pay for itself over time if it possesses the proper energy efficiency traits to do so.
Do You Need a New Roofing System Installed?
If you are need of roofing repair or a new roofing system, contact 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)299-8851today!
Your roof is your first and most important line of defense against the water that the sky sends to constantly try to invade your house. Water can come in many forms, rain, sleet, hail and snow (although we never see snow in the Phoenix area) and every form can cause its own brand of damage and all can be devastating in their own way. Our focus in this blog entry is on roof leaks and what causes them. Almost all of us have been there…..hanging out on the couch enjoying some relaxation and maybe enjoying a game or your favorite show and then you hear it….drip…..drip……It always takes a second, but you know after two or three drops that you have a leak. Few things can kill a good mood more quickly than realizing you have a leak in your roof.
Most leaks are easy to fix, the tough part is locating the source and figuring out the cause of the leak. A common assumption is that the source of the leak is located directly above where you see the drips falling from. Water travels along surfaces with gravity and momentum providing the locomotion. Water can travel along pipes and beams before reaching a point where the water gathers enough to cause drips to occur. Condensation can collect and drip from seemingly random points. You may have a leak in your AC unit that is masquerading as a roof leak. Finding the source is absolutely the hardest part of the leak repair process.
Common causes of leaks are damaged shingles, loosened or missing shingles, damage to tiles and seams, damaged flashing, worn seals, caulking that needs to be redone, inadequate attic ventilation, exposed nail heads, skylights that aren’t properly sealed, etc. Improper installation of any roofing element can be the cause of your roof leak.
The goal of this post is to help you figure out whether your water leak coming from your ceiling is in fact a roof leak and not a plumbing leak. Yes, people do confuse leaky roofs with plumbing leaks because water leaks that are coming from your ceiling doesn’t necessarily mean there coming from the roof.
Determining where you leak is coming from is by far the most difficult task depending on the location of the leak and how your home/roof is constructed. Most people automatically assume that if the ceiling is dripping that the leak is coming from directly above the leak. This is not always true, it is very possible that your leak could be coming from the AC or plumbing pipes, traveling and accumulating all in one place. It is very common in the roofing industry for a AC or plumbing leak to be misdiagnosed as leaky roof.
Roof leaks on the other hand can be caused by numerous issues. We put together a list of the most common sources of roof leaks so you are better able to determine where your leak is coming from and who you need to call to fix it.
Here are the most common causes of leaky roofs:
- Broken, cracked or missing roof tiles, shingles and seams
- Deteriorated or damaged seals, flashing or caulking
- Not enough attic ventilation causing condensation/moisture buildup
- Improper Installation of flashing, valley, collars, shingles, etc..
- Ice Dams (build up of ice) that prevent water from running off the roof forcing it to build up underneath the roofing shingles
- Cracked Flashing – Exposed flashing can become cracked due to high winds or rain
- Improperly installed skylights – Your skylights were improperly measure or the insulation has decayed along the edges of the skylight
- Clogged Gutters – Your gutters help water travel away from the roof. A clogged gutter will make water sit in place and eventually find its way inside your home through cracks or deteriorated parts of your roof where the water tend to build up the most.
- Cracked Chimneys – Most of the time, missing mortar is the suspect here. Mortar erodes easily in bad weather conditions.
- Overusing your roof – Try not to walk on your roof to often, also make sure your children are not playing on the roof as well. Some of the material used to build your roof is very fragile and can be cracked easily from too much use. Try to stay off of the roof as much as possible. Also, try to be careful and walk softly when installing Christmas lights.
There are many roofing materials available on the market and making a selection for your roof can get overwhelming if you don’t have knowledge about the materials you have to choose between. The purpose of this blog entry is to equip you with some basic knowledge on various roofing materials to help bring some ease to your selection process. We will briefly outline various materials in the following paragraphs.
Metal: Usually constructed with aluminum or steel and considered the strongest overall option when it comes to durability and longevity. Zinc, titanium and copper are also sometimes used in metal roofing although they can be more expensive.
Thermoplastic Polyolefin: Blends of plastics or metal alloys, TPO’s are commonly used on both residential and commercial buildings that have slopeless roofs. They can be applied to slight slopes as well. They are very durable and the membranes come in varying thickness.
PVC: A long lasting polymer PVC is a flexible and UV resistant. Most commonly used on commercial buildings, PVC membranes are thick and ideal for long term use.
Shingles: The most common roofing material, shingles are affordable and durable. Shingles are made of several materials including wood, cellulose and asphalt. Found in almost every neighborhood in America, shingles are the king of roofing materials and they aren’t unseating the throne any time soon.
Synthetic Tiles: An alternative for wood and slate, synthetic and composite tiles are an efficient and more environmentally friendly substitute for other roofing materials. To the naked eye these tiles are almost indistinguishable from the genuine materials they are imitating. These materials can save you money on your power bill as they can add a considerable amount of efficiency to your homes energy use.
There are tons of options out there and innovations are always being made. Having even basic knowledge on roofing materials can help you construct the roof that best fits you and your building.
Wind is one of the most powerful forces on our planet and it has the power to devastate and destroy anything in its path. Your home is definitely no exception to the rule; in fact, it’s probably more at risk than most objects the wind can affect. The force of the wind against the exterior of your home should be accounted for in its design. In an efficiently build house, the idea is to transfer the energy of the force generated by the wind against your house to the ground through the foundation. There are steps you can take to augment your homes ability to transfer the force and energy efficiently in order to protect your family as well as your investment in your home.
Since knowledge is power, the first thing you should do to enhance your homes ability to endure high winds is find out what kind of roof your home has. The roofs that you see shaped like the letter A are gabled roofs. The side of the roof that looks like the ‘A ‘takes and absolute pounding when wind hits it directly and if proper bracing isn’t present on those sides, the walls could collapse from the force of the wind against it. There are usually trusses in place that have been manufactured for the exact purpose of keeping the walls braced on the exposed sides of your gabled roof. Making sure these trusses are properly installed can be the difference between making minor home repairs and replacing a wall, let alone anything that may end up as collateral damage from the wall collapsing.
A trip to your attic should afford you the perspective you need to be able to see if your home has quality reinforcement where it needs it. Make sure your home and family are safe by arming yourself with the knowledge necessary to be aware of the type and condition of your roof and how it will withstand high winds.
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!
Having an energy efficient home or business facility is a beneficial trend that is becoming more and more prevalent in modern times. Many new homes and facilities are built along green-friendly guidelines and are equipped from the onset for maximized efficiency. On the flip side, many home and business owners who have been in their homes for some time are renovating their homes and businesses in order to reach the same level of efficiency and green friendly practices as new homes and buildings. One area of the home that plays into the overall efficiency of you home more than any other element is your roof. We are going to go over some key points on improved energy efficiency and how it can benefit your home life and business.
- More money left in your budget: One of the main benefits to the owners of businesses and homes that go with green, energy efficient building methods and practices is saved money on energy bills. The savings add up over time and can greatly benefit other areas of your business or contribute that trip you and your family have been dreaming about.
- Help strengthen the economy: Many of the commercial business facilities in the United States were built prior to 1980. That means they were constructed long before our current understanding and practice of green-friendly living. A lot of money could potentially be saved with the conversion and upgrading of older buildings which could spill into other areas of the economy.
- Peace of Mind: Knowing that you are contributing to the greater good of society as well as improving your personal situation for you and your family or business. Going green is truly a win-win for everybody and the more people who adopt green practices; the sooner we will see a healthier society and ultimately a healthier planet.
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.