So what’s the difference between a roof inspection and a free roof estimate?
If you have a roof leak you need to ask yourself this question; Do you need an estimate for a new roof or do you need a real roof inspection? That of course depends on your knowledge of your particular roof. If you know your roof is old, tired and it leaks, roof replacement may be your only option, then call three roofers and get three different free estimates for a new roof.
But on the other hand, if you want to know the condition of your roof, what actually needs to be done to repair or restore your roof, you may want to look at getting a roof inspection. So this season, “Get the Truth About Your Roof” and not just a free estimate for a new roof.
There are hundreds of Phoenix roofers advertising FREE Roof Inspections… but to be quite honest, in most cases they’re sending out roofing “sales guys” or roofing “estimators” to give you an estimate on a new roof. Many times these roofing estimators are simple roofing sales guys trying to sell a new roof. Be careful when searching Google for your roofing contractor.
Real Roof Inspections
Monsoon season is right around the corner, now is the time to have your roof inspected by a NRCIA Certified Roof Inspector and not a roofing sales guy. When you are looking for a Phoenix roofing contractor ask them if their roofing estimators are actually certified roof inspectors. TRM Roofing provides a written HD digital roof report, complete with pictures and the best part; roofing OPTIONS! So before Monsoon season is upon us, have your roof inspected by a Certified Roof Inspector and not a roofing sales guy. For more information visit www.TRMroofing.com.
Every Phoenix roofer will offer a free roof inspection in hopes of selling a new roof. But many property owners just want a real roof inspection; they want to know the current condition of their roof. Nicholas Bryditzki a licensed Phoenix roofing contractor and roof expert stated, “Roofs are like windshield wipers, we only think about them when it rains”. That’s why roof inspections are so important. If you want a free estimate for a new roof, call any roofer. But, if you want a real roof inspection call a licensed and NRCIA certified roof inspector. The National Roof Certification and Inspection Association only works with vetted contractors who eventually become Cert-A-Roof approved roofing contractors.
What is a roof certification?
Many insurance companies are now requiring roof certifications on older residential and commercial roofs. Insurance companies are trying to protect themselves from bad roofs, which equates to a bad risk. An NRCIA certified roof inspector can provide a detailed electronic roof report and a NRCIA certified LeakFREE® Roof Certification, which has several advantages over a roofer providing their own “roof certification”
In Arizona the most common tile systems are, sand cast, clay and concrete tiles. Most of what you see are concrete tile roofs. Most building codes call for one layer 30# felt with a 2” head lap. Even though the tile may last decades the underlayment usually last 15 to 20 years.
The 4 Top Reasons Why A Tile Roof Goes Bad:
1: Slipped, broken or missing tiles. This leaves the felt exposed to our desert sun and it will deteriorate causing it to dry out, crack and curl. Anyone walking on a tile roofs can break tiles, satellite installers, HVAC technicians, inexperienced roofers, etc.
2: Sloppy installation of the tile system. The installers went too fast not paying attention to critical detail areas at walls, skylights, valleys, chimneys and roof vents. Flashing details are one of the most vulnerable areas.
3: Deteriorated underlayment, remember there is supposed to be around 2” laps of felt, many times there’s not. So when the felt curl it exposes the decking. If water gets behind the tile and flows down, it may back up on the battens and get behind the felt into the building assembly.
4: Valley areas get filled with debris and when it rains the water can’t flow properly so it backs up beyond the valley metal usually following a batten and gets behind the flashing causing leaks.
Your actual tile should last a lifetime in Phoenix… it’s just your underlayment that’s the real issue.
Many property owners expect their tile roof to last a lifetime and are caught off guard when a roofer informs them they need a new roof. The concrete or clay tile usually can last a lifetime, but the underlayment won’t. For more information on tile roof repair visit: CostEffectiveRoofing.com
DIY Foam Roofing Repair & Maintenance Phoenix: If you have a foam flat roof in the Valley of the Sun you can understand the advantages of a sprayed polyurethane foam roof. One of the biggest factors that many property owners don’t think about is proper Phoenix foam roofing repair and maintenance. As a property owner with a foam roof you have two choices; hire a professional Phoenix roofing contractor or DIY… Do It Yourself Foam Roof Repair and Maintenance.
Foam Roof Blisters
Foam roofs can sometime develop blisters, which are usually caused by trapped moisture; most of these foam blisters do not cause an immediate threat. If left unfixed these foam blisters will eventually split exposing the foam roof to UV degradation… SUN LIGHT. This will cause your foam roof to deteriorate.
Do It Yourself Foam Blister Repair
Cut out the blister and remove any burnt or wet foam within the foam blister, you want to get down to dry and white foam. It is important to make sure everything is dry.
Using a sharp utility knife cut the edge of the roof foam at a 45-degree angle away form the blister. This will provide a smooth tie-in with your caulking.
There are several manufactures’ of elastomeric caulking, I recommend APOC’s 264 Flash N’ Seal Roof and Flashing Sealant. With a trowel, fill the foam blister void with APOC’s 264. Make sure to push the caulking in and completely fill the foam blister void.
Smooth out to match your current foam roofs texture as much as possible and allow the APOC 264 Flash N’ Seal Roof and Flashing Sealant to cure for several days.
Foam Roof Repair in Phoenix, many homeowners and commercial property owners cringe when people mention foam roofing or SPF, (Sprayed Polyurethane Foam). The fact is Phoenix foam roofing is very easy to maintain and may be the last roof you will ever need to install on your home or business. Foam roofing in Phoenix is easier to repair than other roofing systems. While most flat roofing systems like a TPO single ply roofing or modified bitumen roofing have to be removed after their useable lives, foam roofing with proper roof maintenance and foam recoating can last indefinitely!
Repairing Your Phoenix Foam Roof
If you want a Phoenix foam roof repair you can do it yourself or hire a Phoenix Roofing contractor to repair your foam roof. Many Phoenix DIY property owners choose to maintain and coat their foam roofs themselves. Many choose to hire a Phoenix roofing contractor to repair and coat their foam roofs. Hiring a profession licensed Phoenix roofing contractor provides several advantages. First, most have the experience to properly repair and coat a foam roof. Second, they provide a roof warranty and finally hiring a professional roofer provides you the peace of mind that if something goes wrong or you have a leak, you can just contact the Phoenix roofing contractor that repaired and coated your foam roof.
The Importance of Foam Roof Inspections in Phoenix
As I have stated so many times, “In Arizona we put a roof on and forget about it”. Unfortunately, this type of thinking is very expensive! Foam roofs are renewable which means your Phoenix Foam Roof can last a lifetime. All it takes in annual roof inspections and roof maintenance.
Here’s a foolproof tip on roof repair Phoenix. One of the biggest roofing challenges is to really know if repairing your roof is the best option in the long run or to know when it is time to throw in the towel and re-roof your house. There will come a time when you have to decide what to do about your roof, it may be looking a little deteriorated and may have some roof leaks. Most property owners dread this decision and put it off a much as they can, “out of sight, out of mind”. People are hesitant to call out a Phoenix roof for a roof repair, concerned that they will get taken advantage of.
It’s not uncommon for property owners to change out tiles in their office or paint over a leak stain on their homes’ ceiling. Ignoring a roof leak wont make it go away. A timely roof repair Phoenix or even a roof maintenance program would have protected the roof on their building or home. The extent of the roofing problems and the age of the roof are major factors that can help you decide on what course of action to take.
One of the first and most important actions to take is to have a roof inspection. You want a roof inspection, NOT A ROOF ESTIMATE, tell your Phoenix Roofer you want an actual roof inspection, with pictures and options, cost of repair verses the cost of replacement.
The last thing you want to hear when it’s raining is “You Need A New Roof”! Lets face it; most people don’t want to spend capital expenses on a new roof… Especially if you can get some more years out of your existing one. Getting a Phoenix roofing contractor to show up is difficult enough, let alone getting three bids on a re-roof, then choosing the right Phoenix roofing contractor. Wouldn’t it be better to really know what the condition of your roof is and what your options are?
Roof Repair Phoenix
A thorough roof inspection and with a written roof report should address all critical areas of the roof, provide recommendations for repairs, a maintenance program and/or roof replacement. This Phoenix Roof Inspection Report should include pictures of roof areas that require attention and a proposal for the above Roof Repair Phoenix recommendations. A good roofing contractor should have a certified roof inspector on their roofing staff. Understandably, some Phoenix roofing contractors will charge an inspection fee if you choose to go with someone else.
Many property owners with older flat roofs don’t realize they have choices when it comes to re-roofing. When a Phoenix roofing contractor see an older flat roof that leaks they immediately want to tear it off and put on a new roof.
Phoenix Roofers will provide a myriad of re-roofing options. Besides proposing to remove your old flat roof and replace with torch applied modified bitumen or a TPO single ply roof system, they can also propose to “overlay” your flat roof with the systems I just described.
Depending on your flat roof, whether an older built up roof or asphalt built up roof your Phoenix roofer can use a slip sheet or a fan fold type insulation board and install the new roof system over the old roof system.
In general, roof replacement is amortized over 39-years where a Phoenix roof restoration system is considered roof maintenance and deductible the year the work was performed. Ask you personal accountant or tax attorney regarding your particular tax situation.
Many older flat roofs in the Phoenix metro area have multiple layers making a roof overlay system not an option. Most local Phoenix building codes and the international building codes don’t allow a roof with two layers to overlaid with and third roof system. This is where the Phoenix Roof Restoration System is a viable option.
Last week I was starving, I normally do not eat fast food but, what can I say, I was starving! I found a local Phoenix fast food restaurant; I will keep the name private. While I was food “sinning” and eating my Super Taco, I noticed water stains on the ceiling; apparently they had some roof leaks. When I finished my lunch I found the manager about her roof leaks. “We just had our Phoenix roof repaired right before the monsoon’s hit”, she explained. She went on, her Phoenix roof was still leaking and the Phoenix Roofing Contractor came back and fixed the problem. Well, it hasn’t rained for a while so she figured here Phoenix roof repair was good and her roof was watertight.
Hiring the lowest bidder for your Phoenix Roof Repair can cost you more!
I went outside and took this pic of the Phoenix roof repair with my IPhone!! This roof couldn’t have bee repaired by a licensed Phoenix roofing contractor, or could it? I wont go into detail what is wrong with this Phoenix shingle roof repair; a picture is worth a thousand words.
This is why hiring the “Lowest Bidder” could cost you more! No matter what type of project you have, roofing, insulation, etc., hiring the lowest bidders is actually more expensive, a lot more expensive.
Hiring the Lowest Bidder Could Cost You More!
When choosing a Phoenix roofer or a Phoenix roof repair you have to choose wisely. Asks lots of questions about the roofing estimators personal experience and about the company. Now the Phoenix Roofing contractor company doesn’t have to be in business since Arizona became a state, but check them out. Check out their website and do your research.