TILE, SHINGLE, FLAT, FOAM it doesn’t matter most Phoenix roofers will tell you, “It’s time to remove the old roof and install a new one” One of the biggest fears is really knowing if your roof can be repaired or if you have to replace it. 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 leaks. Most individuals dread this decision and put it off a much as they can, “out of sight, out of mind”, sometimes until they have no other choice and they have roof failure. At this point most property owners are fearful of calling a roofing contractor.
By that time costly damages may have occurred and roof replacement is the only option. A timely roof repair or even a maintenance program would have protected the building. 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.
Can I repair my roof?
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 more years out of your existing one. Getting a roofing contractor to show up is difficult enough, let alone getting three bids on a new roof, then choosing the right contractor. Wouldn’t it be better to really know what the condition of your roof is and what your options are?
Learn to be ROOF SMART: When it comes to real estate, roof issues are usually ignored, until they leak. If you are having roofing issues, problems, leaks, etc. After calling your favorite roofing contractor call a roofing contractor that specializes in roof inspections and knows how to provide a written roof report with OPTIONS…. Know what is going on, know your options about your roof prior to taking the word of a hungry roofer or slick roofing sales guy.
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.
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
Yes! Every American makes a New Year’s resolution and only 8% achieve their New Year’s goals. Let me guess, you want to make more money, lose some weight, eat better or spend more time with your family… sure they are all good goals. But what about a New Year’s resolution for your flat roof?
Setting ambitious New Year’s resolution can be fun, but to actually achieve them can be another story. But what about a New Year’s resolution for your Phoenix commercial flat roof? Your roof is the most important part of your building, when it comes to protecting your investment. A maintenance-free roof system is as real as Santa Clause, it may sound good and give you a warm feeling but both simply don’t exist.
So what is the number one New Year’s resolution for your flat roof?
Walk the perimeter of your building: Walk the perimeter of your phoenix building and make sure there are no loose objects hanging like, signs, satellite dishes, tree branches, and other building materials. These can be come airborne in high winds causing damage. Don’t forget to trim back trees that can rub or damage your roof and building.
Walk your flat roof: If you are able walk your Phoenix flat roof, check all pipes and other roof penetrations for gaps and other age related damage. Inspect your roof drain and/or scupper areas to make sure they are clear of any debris. Check your roofs edge details to make sure they are tight fitting and properly sealed at the seams and fasteners. Inspect the actual roofing membrane for breaches or other roof damages.
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.
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.