Did you know hiring a roofer is like getting married? Think about it! Did you know that number one reason for divorce in America is getting married too fast? Many couples get married too fast and too soon, not realizing what they’re getting themselves into. The second biggest reason for divorce in America is communication breakdown. It is almost the same when hiring a Phoenix roofing contractor. Most property owners focus on price first, like many focus on looks. Hiring a roofing contractor too fast can lead to a disaster, much like a marriage.
The 4 stages of a roofing project
Using the “marriage” analogy, there’s the dating sage, honeymoon stage, reality stage and the mature marriage stage.
Dating Stage: Interviewing several contractors is like dating. There is always small talk, trying to get to know one another. Then you get a bit more serious once scope of work and money are discussed.
Honeymoon stage: You settle on a price, start date, etc. You like everything your chosen roofing contractor is going to do. You’re so excited to get your roof repaired or new roof and all seems fine.
Reality stage: The roofing project work has started. It a bit messier then you figured, little more noise, maybe is taking a bit longer then you or your roofer anticipated. There are some ups and downs, hidden things that neither party knew about, but you keep moving forward to completion of your roofing project.
Mature Marriage Stage: The roof project is completed, but the relationship doesn’t stop there. Now comes the workmanship warranty period. You are actually married to your roofing contractor for the life of your roof warranty period. If something goes wrong what type of partner are you going to have? One that is hard to communicate with, one that does not take responsibility, one that always has to be right, one that is just not there one you need them, or one that once the fun is over you can’t find them.
Moral of the story: Interview your roofer as if you will be married to them for 5 or 10 years. Don’t jump in too fast, even if they come highly recommended. For more information about choosing a contractor there is a free downloadable book just click here.
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.