How often should I inspect my tile roof?

Tile roof inspection schedules are subjective amongst roofers, but most would agree that tile roofs should be checked at least every year. These periods could change dependent upon conditions of course, and tree droppings should be removed from drainage areas -whenever noticed. It should be known that your tile underlayment must be preserved to a maximum, as this is a very important and unseen component of your roof. Cracked tiles and damaged mortar will allow your underlayment to expire considerably sooner than expected. In short, a tile roof is largely dependent upon the underlayment below, and this underlayment should be completely protected at all times. Proper maintenance and periodic inspection could make the difference towards getting many more years of protection out of your existing tile roof. If you think your tile roof needs inspection, please contact us here.

How often should I recoat my flat roof?

Flat roofs that require elastomeric roof coatings should be re-coated every handful of years. This re-coating process is again dependent upon conditions, including: the age of the roof, slope, and the quality of materials and installation provided. Despite the apparent ease of application, this job is NOT for the do-it-yourselfer, as a proper “general seal and recoat” should only be provided by a licensed professional. These jobs are usually very affordable! Please contact us to arrange a free estimate.

Are silicone coatings the last flat roof coating I’ll ever need?

Silicone coatings are disputed amongst roofers to be certain. One issue commonly mentioned is the inability to provide repair once a silicone system is installed. Another issue often mentioned is that they appear to collect dirt much more than a conventional elastomeric -leaving the roof less able to reflect our summer sun. Proponents of these products claim that these systems do not break down and wear like a conventional elastomeric. It should be noted that there are many grades of silicone available on the market, including solvent and water based, high-solid options and several manufacturers that require specific patching membranes and priming agents. As a certified silicone applier, we have the right answer for you depending on your exact situation. Contact us for a free evaluation today!

How do I know if my shingle roof is due for replacement?

3-tab shingles are typically a 20-year variety and often wear a bit premature. Here in the desert, heat is usually the culprit towards a justification for a new shingle roof. Today, 3-tab shingles have improved and are thus quoted as a 25-year product. However, we rarely sell a 3-tab shingle due to the fact that a laminate lifetime warrantied shingle is available for a just a few dollars more per square. These laminate shingles have almost twice the wind resistance, are much more aesthetically pleasing, and are actually a little easier to install. Typical signs that reflect a need for replacement are as follows: warped tabs and/or curling shingle ends, and a loss of granule -which is apparent in the gutters, grounds of property, etc. Shingle roofs are still very affordable. Please contact us today to arrange a site visit and free evaluation.

What roof options do I have to lower my energy costs?

You have many options to improve your energy usage using our roofing techniques! Here is a list of a few: insulation boards (polyisocyanurate), multiple intake and outtake vent options, solar vents, radiant barriers, vented bird stop (concrete tile roofs), ridge vents, tile vents, heat and UV resistant skylights, energy star rated roof coatings and shingles. The benefits of utilizing these components within your roof system can be remarkable and the savings can often go a long way towards paying back the cost of the roof replacement in need. We are a certified installer through multiple ventilation vendors, and are aware of proper ventilation techniques and the suitable installation methods associated with such a job. We are happy to discuss all options available with a free estimate. Contact us now.

Should I have my roof replaced before I install solar panels?

Every roof should be inspected by a licensed roofing professional before the commitment of a solar panel system. This can help towards avoiding a hefty and unnecessary cost to have the panels removed and replaced, after its already been done.    

An easy determinant all parties should consider is the age of the roof, as this doesn’t require an expert. Buyer beware: we have seen many solar systems that were not flashed correctly, left with broken tiles or other roof damage caused by the solar people. It is our professional opinion (and the Tile Roofing Institute’s) that all tile roof protrusions require a secondary jack (which is usually not installed) and a top jack to channel water atop the roof in place. Shingle standoffs should be flashed “under and over” -and not dependent upon roof cement or any other liquid flashing. The current issue is that the solar companies have been granted an exception to minimal roofing standards, which includes the “mighty hook” or any other hook-type of hardware on tile roofs; this leaves the property owner very vulnerable -despite all the verbiage from the solar representative. We are capable of working in coordination with your solar company to ensure a professional and properly executed job, and we have written proof that there is only one standard that meets minimal code. We have provided this service hundreds of times for our smart and informed customer. If you are in this predicament, it is imperative that we hear from you soon; we’re here to help!  Please contact us here

Why should I hire a licensed contractor?

Licensed contractors have met the standards as dictated by the Arizona State Registrar. They have to provide workman’s compensation to protect their workers and their customers against suit, are required to carry a bond, and have an available recovery fund held by the state for their customers -should any mishaps occur. Each licensed contractor has passed the applicable trade and business exams in need, and has proven to the state his/her credentials and experience within their trade. It is also illegal for an unlicensed person to provide roof work when that job cost totals $1,000.00 or more. When work is provided by an unlicensed individual, it can present a major dilemma when that house hits the market for sale too -including a full disclosure to the associated real estate parties in regard to the unlicensed work performed. Even worse, the property owner has little recourse or protection towards their warranty when needed; the ROC will not give this customer access to the recovery pool under these occurrences and has fewer resources to employ when attempting to help those property owners. Hiring a licensed contractor is the only legal, safe and reasonable option, but it is not the security that one needs alone; just because one holds a valid license does not insure a property owner that he/she is guaranteed a satisfactory job…check references, ask questions, verify, verify, verify!

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