Roof cleaning DOs and DON’Ts

  • DO use equal parts bleach and water. It’s important to remove not only dirt but any algae or mildew that may be growing. 
  • DON’T use a power washer on shingles – Power washers are too strong to clean shingles; the force will break them down. 
  • DO let the bleach and water solution set for up to 20 minutes and then rinse it away with clean water. 
  • DON’T forget about your plants and shrubbery around your home when rinsing off the cleaning solution. Wet any plants with water and then cover them with plastic to protect them. 
  • DO clean your roof on a cool day, with cloud coverage and no wind. 
  • DON’T wait until your roof is covered in algae or moss to clean it. It’s always better to keep your roof clean rather than waiting until it’s a big task. 
  • DO Hire someone to clean your roof if you are unable to clean it yourself safely. 
  • DON’T clean your roof without taking proper safety precautions. 

Should you replace or repair your roof?

Maybe you have a leak, or there is just a spot on your roof that’s looking a little bit rough; how do you know when it’s time to replace your roof or just repair the damage?

The first step you need to take for any issues with your roof is to get it inspected by a trusted roofing contractor. A professional will be able to search for small damage or structural damage and be able to tell the difference. An inspection is most important because you may not need a full roof repair for a small area, and you wouldn’t want to only patch a small area when your whole roof needs to be replaced.

When deciding if you need a repair or replacement, consider the age and condition of your roof also. If your roof is over ten years old and there is significant damage, often the best choice is just to replace the whole thing. If your roof is newer and was just damaged in a small area from a storm or bad weather, then having a repair in that area might be all that’s needed. The general rule of thumb is that if the damage affects more than 30% of your roof, it’s better to replace it.

Oftentimes, cost has a lot to do with people’s decision on repairing or replacing. In the long run, if a professional has recommended a whole new roof, going that route will save money on further damage to the home or the structure that could have been avoided if the roof had been replaced. If cost is something you are concerned with, most homeowners insurance will cover roof replacement, depending on your policy.

If you think there’s an issue with your roof with their, small or large, give us a call for an inspection. 623.743.3175

Preparing your roof for winter.

Check Your Roofline 

Check your roof line for sagging. Your roofline should be straight, so any signs of drooping or curving may mean you need to investigate. A saggy roof can cause frame issues, so catching it early is key.

Check Chimney Flashing For Leaks  

Chimney flashing is the strip of metal that seals the chimney and your roof and is one of the most common spots for a roof leak. A Leak in the flashing can be mistaken for a leaky roof.

Check to ensure your flashing doesn’t appear damaged or loose and that the caulk hasn’t cracked or deteriorated. Also, look for any signs of water intrusion near the chimney.

Check The Attic For Signs Of Water Damage

In many cases, the first sign of a leaky roof will be seen in the attic. Symptoms of a leak include water spots on the walls and/or puddles of water on the attic floor. If you see any signs of water damage in your roofing system, you can schedule an appointment to have your roof inspected before winter hits. 

Remove debris and clean out your gutters

Remove leaves, twigs, and other debris accumulated on your roof and in your gutters. In the winter, leaves, especially in your gutters, become waterlogged and can cause a block leading to water build-up. Water build-up can cause pooling and a leak over time. 

If you are more comfortable letting the pros handle a roof inspection give us a call.  (602) 743-3175

3 signs you need roof repairs

Interior leaks: Any discolored patches on ceilings are a good sign that your roof needs repairs. Checking attic and crawl spaces for discoloration is also a good idea as often, the damage will show there before the ceilings of the home interior. 

Moldy or moss-covered patches on the roof: Moss on a roof can look very neat, but we can assure you that it is doing more harm than good. Moss or mold means moisture is trapped long enough between or under shingles to promote growth. There should be no standing water or moisture on your roof. Over time moss breaks down your roof and may cause mold or moss to grow inside the home. 

Missing or damaged shingles: After storms, you may have damage without even realizing it. With gusty winds, shingles come loose and can blow away, so there won’t be any signs of fallen shingles on the ground. Getting up to your roof is the best way to check, or give us a call, and we can take a look. Shingles that come loose are a big deal because not only is your roof not being protected in that area of your roof, but they can also fall off and block your gutters and cause more issues. 

National Bologna Day

Every year on October 24th, people from all across the nation celebrate National Balogna day with a sandwich, but what other ways are there to enjoy this meaty delight?

Have you ever tried fried bologna? This seems to be a treat that is enjoyed mostly in the south. While not deep fried, fried bologna is seared in a pan until hot and crispy, then served on the side for breakfast or in a sandwich.

Pickled bologna is also an option. Pickled bologna is a refreshing summertime treat with a texture more like summer sausage.

In the 1950s, bologna cake was popular. This “cake” was bologna stacked up like cake layers and iced with cream cheese. Not exactly the birthday cake everyone hopes for, but a very popular party dish.

How do you enjoy your bologna?

Do you need to clean your roof?

Yes! cleaning your roof is important!

It seems like something many people don’t think about, but it is important to clean your roof regularly. It can be done by a homeowner or a professional cleaning service. 

Shingle roof – the most harmful thing to a shingle roof is moss. If you live in a damp place, it’s important to have your roof cleaned yearly to avoid moss buildup. Here in Arizona, moss isn’t too big of a concern, but long periods of no rain can cause a buildup of dirt and dust, so it is good to have your roof cleaned by a professional every few years. 

Tile roof – Regular cleaning can double the life of your tile roof. Tile roofs are super durable, but everything needs a good bath now and then. Like a shingle roof, cleaning your roof every few years will only help your roof stay in good condition. A tile roof is a huge investment, so why not protect it with regular cleanings? 

Metal roof – Deep cleanings aren’t necessary with a metal roof like other types of roofs; they are very low maintenance. Cleaning a metal roof is more about keeping it looking nice rather than helping with its longevity. 

Should you replace your own roof?

Can you replace a roof by yourself?

These days we live in a world of DIY, and while there are lots of home projects you can do yourself, roofing is not recommended. Sure, there are youtube videos and books you can get to answer every question you can come up with, but if something goes wrong, you could be looking at major damage and more money spent in the long run. 

So yes, anyone can do the work to replace their roof. It might even be a task that is considered ‘easy’ compared to other DIY home projects, but if you ask any professional, they will tell you it’s one of those things that ‘just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Some things are just better left to the professionals. 

For questions and estimates contact us. (602) 743-3175

What to do if you think your roof may be damaged? 

Your roof is made to withstand storm damage, but nothing is perfect. Often you can see the damage done to a roof, but it’s still important to know how to identify it. Here are some things you can keep an eye out for after a storm. 

  • Look for obvious things like missing shingles and damage like broken, bent, or buckled shingles. Also, check the ground around your home for shingles that may have come loose during the storm. 
  • Look for water damage. Check inside your home for yellow spots, bubbling, cracking, or peeling. 

If you find damage to your roof, take pictures first, you’ll want to document the damage. If there is major damage, use boards and tarps to keep the inside of your home and your belongings safe from further damage. Next, claim with your homeowner’s insurance. If you rent, your next step would be to contact your property manager or landlord. 

If you think there is damage to your roof, or you have found it, give us a call. 602.743.3175

What’s the best time of year to replace your roof in Arizona?

What is the best time of year to have your roof replaced?

Monsoon season is July – August so avoiding that time frame is always a good idea. April – June is the best time to have your roof replaced in Arizona.  

Can you replace a roof during the monsoon season?

High winds, heavy rain, hail, and dust are all things that can damage your roof on a good day. Having your roof in the middle of a repair during a monsoon leaves it even more susceptible to damage. Monsoon storms are unpredictable, no matter how much the weatherman tries, they still pop up out of nowhere it seems. Just avoiding the months where monsoons are prevalent is your best option for getting your roof repaired without damage from a storm. 

 Can you replace a roof in the wintertime?

Roofers are skilled enough to replace your roof in almost any condition. In Arizona, it may get a little chilly, but unless up north, you don’t have to worry about snowfall. 

Can you live in your home while the roof is replaced?

Can you live in your home while your roof is being replaced? 

Yes, you can, and there are pros and cons to staying in your home while your roof is replaced. 

Pro: Staying in your home while replacing the roof will save you money. You won’t have to get a hotel or incur extra charges on top of your roof costs. 

Con: It is going to be loud. A roof may only take a few days to complete under the best circumstances, but the noise can get overwhelming, even if only for a few days. Living in the home is fine, but if you work from home and need quiet, you will probably need to find a place that suits your needs better during the day. 

Some people worry that they will be in the way if the company replacing the roof needs access to the inside of the house. This is unlikely since any inspections that need to be done inside the home will most likely have been done before the work has started on your roof.