Did you know that Monsoon season starts in the middle of June and ends in September? But, did you know with the continuing threat of rain and wind can affect Phoenix roofer’s ability to re-roof or repair your roof. Our monsoon season can also be dangerous to your roof.
The word Haboob comes from the Arabic word, “Strong wind”. When I was stationed in Saudi Arabia during the First Gulf War Haboobs were common, coming back home to Phoenix, many times the larger Haboobs remind me of my tour of duty in Saudi Arabia.
Haboobs form after a good Phoenix Monsoon storm. Rain cooled air from the monsoon plunges to the desert surface at speeds of up 100 miles per hour. These strong winds kick up our desert dry and loose sand, causing the Haboob or large dust storms.
Dangers to your Roof
These strong winds can affect your Phoenix roof. It can blow of shingles, loosely installed tiles and even affect your air conditioners. These sudden and strong winds can cause your shingles or roof tiles to lift up or even blow off. It allows debris to move quickly and clog scuppers or roof drains on flat roofs. Trees and their branches can easily damage your roof. The monsoon season have the potential to cause serious damage to your roof.
If you own a commercial or residential flat roof our heavy monsoon rains can cause serious issues. Our roofs get over whelmed with the sudden and large mount of water. If your in-roof drains or scuppers are blocked by debris this large amount foo water may be impeded by the debris. This puts stress on your roofing structure and not only cause serious leaks but also can cause roof collapses.
Why roof Inspections.
It is always wise to have your roof inspected before monsoon season and especially after a storm. Being proactive is always “Roof-Smart”. Contacting a certified NRCIA (National Roof Certification and Inspection Association) roof inspector can put your “contractorphobia” at ease. For more information about roofing or roof inspection visit www.CostEffectiveroofing.com.
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
How To Never Have to Worry About Your Leaky Balcony or Walk Deck again!
There’s a great deal of Phoenix roofing contractors who advertise balcony or walk deck repair, many with some sort of coating roll on type of solution. What if there was a proven permanent solution to balcony leaks that allowed you to never have to worry about your balcony or walk deck again!
What if there was a permanent solution that you could enjoy a good Arizona rain without worrying about you balcony or walk deck. Well, now you can with a PliDek Waterproofing System!
PliDek has developed the ultimate way to save your leaky deck in 4 easy step economical process. Ask your Phoenix roofing contractor about PliDek and how it can virtually ease all your concerns about a leak balcony or walk deck. Your Balcony Restoration Specialist will inspect your deck and will identify issues, some obvious other may not be. They will inspect your flashing around the perimeter, the scuppers, and the current system.
Repairing your Balcony or Walk Deck
Step 1: A floating patch is installed over every major crack or split. New wall counter flashing may be installed if needed. The metal lath is mechanically fastened to your existing deck.
Step 2: A waterproofing base coat is applied. The installer will apply this waterproofing base coat with a trowel. It will evenly be distributed across the lath and feathered into your scuppers.
Step 3: After the base coat has cured all uneven areas will be grinded down to ensure the smoothest surface as possible. Then the next layer is applied, the knock down coat.
Step 4: After this second coat is completely cured the final color seal is applied. This can final seal coat comes in several colors.
Roofs are expensive to begin with. Replacing them can be even more expensive, when you consider the tough job of removing the existing roof to make way for the new one. If you’re a property owner, then it is in your best interest to avoid a roof replacement for as long as you possibly can. The best way of doing that is to maintain your flat roof properly. That means cleaning it regularly and repairing it as needed, before small problems erupt into larger, more expensive problems. If you notice that it might be time to pay your roof some TLC, then you will be thrilled to know that fixing a leaky flat roof is simple enough for you to do yourself. First, flat roofs in most cases are easy to walk on, but getting up there can be a different story. If you do not like heights or are unsure about climbing up and inspecting your flat roof, call a professional Phoenix roofing contractor.
Find problem areas. Of course, the easiest way to find a roof problem is to identify the source of the leak from the inside of your home or business. However, you can also easily spot roof problems on the outside of the property, especially if you know what to look for. Carefully walk the entire flat roof. Inspect the roof drains and/or through wall scuppers. Then look at every roof penetration. Look for gaps or cracks around these areas. Using a spray can mark the areas that concern you.
Remove Roof Debris. This part is super easy. Make sure your flat roof has zero debris on it. Sweep all the debris into piles and remove from the roof. Second, using a blower, blow the entire roof off. This could get dusty. If you want to take it a step further you can power wash the entire flat roof.
Repair damaged areas. No matter if you have a foam roof, rolled modified bitumen roof or one with a roof coating I would used a silicone or elastomeric type product like; APOC’s Silicone Armor Flash or Western Colloid’s Elastic Cement both are usually available at a roofing supply house. Henry has a good elastomeric product called 289 White Roof Sealant usually available at a big box store like Home Depot.
Using a trowel or brush seal every pipe and penetration in a circular movement. If you have a foam roof system there is a great YouTube video on repair splits you can click this link: Phoenix Foam Roof Repair. For those more experience you can seal your scupper areas. Make sure not to put too much on and block your roof’s drainage.
There is a lot to think about when it comes to roof repair and replacement. To put your roofing project into the hands of a roofing contractor you can trust, visit www.CostEffectiveRoofing.com. This is a great roofing website full of useful information to help you make the most informed roofing decision possible. There is even a FREE downloadable book on choosing the right contractor.
Whether you have a house in Scottsdale, or Mesa or a commercial building in Phoenix or anywhere in the Valley of The Sun you should treat your roof like your car… The longer you ignore that “check engine” light the more your car deteriorates. Eventually, your car breaks down, the cost to repair gets expensive and the value of your investment drops and eventually you need to get a new car. so that is why roof repair in the Phoenix metro area is so important.
Phoenix Roof inspections are Critical
Regular roof inspections are an important part of maintaining your roof. Our Arizona desert weather can wreak havoc on the roof of your home or business and can deteriorate the roofing materials faster than many may realize. Because we think it doesn’t rain much in Phoenix, it doesn’t mean our Arizona sun is not deteriorating our roofs on a daily basis. This adds to the importance of repairing your roof in a timely manner. Ensuring proper maintenance will also extend the life of your roof, effectively lowering the cost of that roof over time.
When the sun is out no one really thinks about their roof, as soon as it rains EVERYONE becomes conscience of their roof and its condition. With a lack of roof repair and Phoenix roof maintenance, our harsh desert sun will greatly damage the quality and value of your roof. Timely roof inspections, roof repairs or roof maintenance can keep your Phoenix roof cost-efficient and functional. To procrastinate and avoid calling a professional Phoenix roofing contractor can cost you money in the long run.
Every Phoenix roof has it’s own special issues; tile roofs can hide a myriad of issues, while looking good on the outside. Flat roof and shingle roof leaks usually can be spotted and in most cases easily be repaired.