Common Causes of Damage on Your Arizona Roof
We enjoy doing an activity with our family on a bright sunny day, but if your roof had feelings, those feelings would be quite the opposite. The harsh summer sun, small period of monsoon season, and winter months are a lot on our roofs to endure every year. Almeida Roofing Inc. knows how destructive our Arizona weather can be on homeowners’ and business owners’ roofs.
The top 4 suspects of roof damage are:
- Sun- While your roof sits in the sun day after day under the harsh UV rays, the roofing materials eventually deteriorate.
- Rain- During our brief monsoon season, the rain can potentially get under shingles and in holes. When water gets into places it’s not supposed to be, catastrophic damage occurs that results in very costly repairs.
- Dramatic Temperature Change- While your roof is blazing hot in the summer and monsoon season finally appears, the sudden cold rainfall causes the roof to swiftly expand and contract, creating cracks that will lead to leaks.
- Branches- During our monsoon storms, we get intense winds. These winds cause havoc for your roof when trees too close to your home get blown around, causing branches to fall. These large branches can crack, break, and displace your shingles.
Almeida Roofing Inc.
Almeida Roofing Inc. is your local roofing expert ready to take care of your roof! We take pride in our work and demonstrate that to each customer and roof we service. Our trained and professional roofing contractors are equipped to handle any roofing job big or small! To learn more about how we can service you, call us at 623-743-3175 .
Can the heat damage my roof?
We live in one of the hottest states, Arizona. The sun is constantly shining, and the heat is always rising. You might be wondering, can the heat damage my roof? That is a fair question considering the Arizona heat can be harsh on just about anything.
Extreme Heat & Your Roof
When people think of Arizona, the unbearable heat is the first thing to come to mind. Your roof can agree! During the summer when temperatures are at their highest, your roof will reach 150+ degrees. HOT! Those high temperatures lead to the breakdown of roofing materials. Shingles loosen, tiles crack, and even flat roofs bubble.
To ensure your roof is in tip-top shape during the summer and winter months, it is recommended to have a roof inspection 2x a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. If not twice a year, at least annually.
During an inspection, the roof specialist will check the structural integrity, materials, and signs of damage throughout the ceiling and walls. For any signs of damage, the inspector will bring options for roof repair or replacement. Whether you have loose, broken, or cracked tiles, a licensed roofing contractor can get your roof back in tip-top shape.
Almeida Roofing Inc.
Repairing or replacing your roof might sound like a major hassle, but it doesn’t need to be. Not when you have Almeida Roofing Inc. on your side! Our roofing specialists take pride in their work and demonstrate that on every roof they inspect, repair, or replace. Keeping your roof in great condition starts with a great roofer. Call the roofing professionals at 602-743-3175!
Why use a Licensed Roofing Contractor?
The unfortunate truth is that there are individuals who claim to be professional roofers but have little to no credentials. A guy that shows up to your house with a tool bag claiming to be a roofer isn’t always a roofer. Sure, they can give it a try but if you care about your family’s safety and the longevity of the roof, you’ll politely send them on their way!
Spend the extra time finding a licensed and qualified roofer for these reasons…
- Quality: A licensed roofing contractor has already put the time and effort into following and meeting requirements. A cheap and unlicensed roofer decided to take the lazy, easy, and most likely illegal route. You wouldn’t want that being reflected on your roof! A licensed roofer will ensure your roof is built with quality to keep you and your family safe.
- Knowledge: To become a licensed roofing contractor you must learn, study, past tests, learn more, study more, and pass more tests! If one too many questions get answered wrong, the individual won’t get their license. The dedication and understanding must be there to become a licensed roofing contractor. They will have most if not all the answers to your questions and be able to properly install a new roof with confidence.
- Accurate Estimates & Contracts: A licensed contractor will take the time to provide a detailed estimate so you aren’t hit with any surprising fees. You’ll know what your money is going towards and won’t have the feeling like they’re taking advantage of you.
- Legality: Using a licensed roofing contractor gives you legal security in case something did go south. The roofing company will have general liability insurance and worker’s compensation. This will cover damage done by the roofers in the event something like that does happen because hey, we’re still human.
Have the peace of mind knowing your roof will be installed properly when you use a licensed roofing company like Almeida Roofing Inc. We demonstrate our quality, knowledge, accuracy, and compliance to every customer we meet and through every roof we install. For an estimate on a new roof in the Phoenix, Arizona area, call Almeida Roofing Inc at 602-743-3175.
Do solar panels damage the roof?
We live in Arizona where the sun does nothing but shine. Thanks to Charles Fritts, inventor of the first solar cell, we can use that glorious sunlight to our advantage by lowering energy costs in our homes and businesses. The benefits of installing a solar system are many but people often wonder what damage can happen to their roof.
Hopefully we can put your mind at ease when we say, solar panels are not harmful to your roof and can actually be beneficial. of course, as long as a licensed and trained solar expert installs the solar system. Solar panels are kind to your roof in the way they offer it shade and protection from the outside elements. The shade helps to keep the roof cooler in our brutal Arizona summers. Solar panels protect your roof from those crazy monsoon storms too by providing that barrier to block debris from doing damage to the roof.
While getting a solar system does not mean damage to your roof, it is possible if you choose the wrong contractor to do the job. Do your research, pay for quality, and ensure you’re comfortable with your decision. Take the time to investigate 3 solar specialists nearby by checking out their website, verifying their licenses, reading reviews, getting warranty information, and scheduling estimate appointments with each contractor. Whoever has the best warranty, fair price, and finest customer service, is your new solar expert installer. And remember, CHEAPEST IS NOT THE BESTEST! CHOOSE QUALITY.
Almeida Roofing Inc. is here for any roof repair or roof replacement if you’ve already picked the wrong solar installer! Or, if you just want to be cautious, we can also perform a roof inspection after the solar system has been installed. Either way, Almeida Roofing Inc. is ready to take your phone call, get you scheduled, and service your roof. For scheduling and more information, call our roofing experts at 602-743-3175.
How do roof tiles get cracked?
There are different materials that go into building a roof and one of those are the roofing tiles. While these are meant to protect you, they still wear down and crack over time. Cracked tiles can be caused by impact from falling objects, freezing, and weather. Sometimes you can get away with repairing a few random tiles but in more serious cases, replacement may be necessary. Whether you need roof repairs or replacement, it’s important to know how these cracks can happen.
Causes of Broken/Cracked Roof Tiles
- Falling Objects
- Freezing and thawing
Falling objects could be things like… a branch from that giant tree on the side of your house or, if you’re really unlucky, an aircraft losing control and landing not so graciously on the roof. No matter what the object is, it’s possible to crack a shingle with it.
When there is sitting water on the roof that freezes and thaws over and over again, this can cause the roofing tiles to crack. While the water goes through the roofing materials, the temperature fluctuating causes the cracks to occur.
Here in Phoenix, Arizona, we occasionally get a crazy hail storm that lasts about 3 minutes. It may be a short time but the falling ice can cause cracks and holes in a matter of no time. When we get strong winds during monsoon season, the tiles have a chance of peeling or lifting.
Whatever the reason, if you need a roofing specialist to give you direction on repairing or replacing your roof, Almeida Roofing Inc is available to help! Our professionals will inspect the roof and present you with options. We will work with you every step of the way to get your roof back in shape! Call us anytime to schedule an inspection with Almeida Roofing Inc!
How long does a roof patch last?
A roof patch is a quick, affordable, easy fix, but most times, it’s meant to be temporary. Patches are mostly intended to buy you time rather than be a permanent fix. Roofers always stress that a roof patch should only last about six months.
There are certain times when roof patches make sense and other times when they don’t. If you live in an area that gets heavy rain, a roof patch might not last you six months or cause further damage when left unattended because rain can damage a patch. A patch is not the answer for a long-term solution if you have a roof that has already reached its life span expectancy. In this case, get with a roofing contractor and see if your roof is even worth repairs or if it’s time to invest in a whole roof replacement. If you need help deciding between a patch and a replacement, give us a call. 602.743.3175
Signs Your Home Requires a New Roof
Being a homeowner, we expect our roof to protect us forever. We never really consider the possibility of having to replace the roof when we are buying a house. We’re more excited about picking the house, getting approved, and moving in. People aren’t thinking about when they’ll have to replace their roof and if they are, they’ve probably worked at a roofing company! For those who have no roofing experience, here are signs that it’s about time for roof replacement.
Stains- Check for stains on the outer walls, rafters and decking underneath the shingles. If there are stains, it may be time to replace the roof. Staining is an indication of issues like wood rot and moisture.
Cracked & Curled Shingles- If your roof has shingles and is more than 15 years old, take a close look for any cracks or curling. Cracks and curls are no good!
Sagging- A sagging roof can be caused by poor workmanship, incorrect installation, undersized rafter, and extreme weight. Walk outside, step away, and look at your roof to see if you notice any sagging.
Visible Light- Get in your attic and look up to see if there is any light coming through. If yes, it might be time to call for a roof replacement. That light coming through is from cracks and holes that shouldn’t be there!
Do you need a new roof? Look no further than Almeida Roofing Inc.! Call us to schedule a roof replacement estimate with one of our professional roofing contractors. Our roof inspector will inspect the roof, give you replacement options, and answer any questions you may have. Our goal is to keep you safe by properly installing a new roof. Trust the professionals at Almeida Roofing Inc. 623-743-3175
Flat Roof Damage Causes
You may encounter several issues with your roof or maybe none at all… that you know of. It is 100% normal that over time, a flat roof loses its durability and strength. You might start noticing cracks and leaks. As a trusted roofing contractor in the Phoenix area, we get an abundance of calls with this type of problem and requesting immediate repair or replacement.
Our roofs however, can have more than just cracks and leaks. Other things like long-standing water, broken or rusted roofing material, ice dams, and sagging all occur and can wreak havoc to any roof. No matter the issue, it is crucial to get the problem repaired as soon as possible. In some cases, the phrase “just put it on credit card” is necessary and this would be one of those cases. The longer you wait to repair your roof, the more extensive the damage becomes. If damages are bad enough, there may not even be an option to repair.
For roof inspections and repairs, Almeida Roofing Inc. is here to save the day! When you call us, you’re calling a roofing contractor you can trust. We make your roof our priority to ensure it keeps you and the family protected all year round. Our roof inspector will inspect the roof and give you options whether it requires repair or replacement. Give us a call to schedule your roof inspection today!
Roof Damage After a Storm
What a weird couple of weeks it has been with all this rain! Homeowners in Phoenix, Arizona is used to seeing most of the rain activity during monsoon season in the summer months. These storms aren’t just bringing more rain… the wind and hail too! We haven’t had hail in what seems like years! Maybe it’s time to check on your roof… Just think about taking the brunt of all the force your roof is withstanding as it protects you!
Mother nature sure is beautiful when she pours from the skies but does cause some issues to our roofs. Rain damage is the most common and noticeable roof damage. As your roof weakens and storms continuously beat on it, the material weakens and the shingles start lifting. When this happens, water seeps into the holes and cracks with nowhere to drain… The moisture eventually begins to cause even more damage and can even create problems inside the home.
Storms in Arizona can be dangerous when the intense winds roll in. We see trampolines flying from backyard to backyard, a wall of dust coming straight at us, and our freshly washed car getting smacked with that wall of dust. What we don’t see is that shingle starting to lift up, completely come off, and fly away! You could be missing many pieces of your roof and you wouldn’t even know unless you checked. This brings us back to water damage because the rain, hail, and occasional snowfall can sit right where your shingles and other roofing materials are supposed to be!
Hail seems to be showing up more and more out of the blue. These balls of ice range from all different sizes. Some are as small as a pea while others can be as big as a soccer ball! No matter how big or how small, ice hitting your roof does damage. It may not be right away but overtime hail can breakdown the roofs material, creating issues in the future.
After any storm, you should check your roof or call for an inspection. Almeida Roofing is a professional roofing contractor who services the Phoenix, Arizona area. We can inspect your roof and tell you how well it held up after last week’s storm or give you options if it needs further attention. Take care of your roof by calling the roofing professionals at 602-743-3175.
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