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Avoid Damage from Rain Drainage

If you don’t take care of your roof and gutters, the raindrops landing on your head can easily wind up damaging your foundation. The fact is that your roof collects an incredible amount of water, and it must be channeled away from the house to protect the structure. Here’s what you need to know about proper drainage around your home.

Path of Least Resistance

Water will always follow the path of least resistance, and that can take it on some surprising paths. Water traveling down your roof can slip underneath shingles that are loose or seep below shingles with curled, damage edges. It may penetrate cracks in a metal valley or slip between loose flashing and the chimney. From there, it can easily travel in to the interior of your home and down into the lower floors. Over time, this commits serious structural damage.

Power of Water

In a well-maintained home, water travels down the shingles and is collected by the gutters.

Using an Extension moves water away from your home.

Using an Extension moves water away from your home.

The gutters move it into the downspouts and away from the home. When it’s allowed to bypass the gutters, it hits the ground directly along the foundation with incredible force. Over time, it erodes the dirt, creates low spots, and starts looking for a new path of least resistance. Quite often, that path goes directly into your basement, crawl space, or under your foundation. Move the water from your downspouts away from your home by directing the water that comes out the end as far away from your foundation as possible. Extending the downspout as far away from your home is a start, but using a simple method as trenching can go a long way to saving your foundation.

Annual Roof Repairs and Maintenance

Protect your foundation by keeping an eye on the roof. After heavy storms, use binoculars to check the shingles on your roof from the ground. If you see signs of damage, including missing or curl shingles, you should call Alan Bradley Roofing to make the repairs. It’s also wise idea to have Alan Bradley perform a thorough inspection every couple of years just to be sure there aren’t any problems with flashing, valleys or other areas.

Clean and Check Gutters

You may hate the idea of cleaning the gutters, but it needs to be done twice a year. This is necessary to avoid a costly roof repair from water backing up onto your roof and below the shingles. Keeping the gutters clean also ensures that rain won’t run up over the exterior edge and turn into a waterfall along your foundation. While you’re cleaning the gutters, check for signs of damage or other problems.

Whether you have a flat roof or high-pitch roof, you can protect your foundation from water damage by keeping the roof in top condition. Professional roofers are more than happy to assist you by making necessary repairs and addressing any problems with your gutters. However, it all relies on you being observant as a property owner, looking for damage and calling Alan Bradley Roofing Company here in Tucson, AZ for assistance when necessary.

Roof Maintenance as You Prepare for Tucson Monsoon Season

There are many enjoyable things about living in the Tucson area, but one of the downsides is Monsoon Season. When the Tucson Monsoon Season arrives, you need to have your home prepared to withstand the heavy rains and winds that come with it. The official start of Monsoon Season is June 15th, and the season runs all the way to September 30th. One of the most important parts of getting your home ready for Monsoon Season is preparing your roof to withstand the ferocious weather.

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Recoat Your Roof

One of the most common types of roofing used in Arizona is the flat roof. Flat roofs require frequent recoating to stand up to the rigors of the monsoon rains and wind. If you have a flat roof on your Tucson home, make sure that you have it inspected well ahead of time in case you need to get it recoated before the rains arrive.

Check the Tiles

Tile roofs area another common type of roof used in the Tucson area. Though they look very beautiful, tile roofs require special care to keep them in good shape. You should have your tile roofs inspected thoroughly before Monsoon Season arrives to see if any of the tiles are cracked or otherwise damaged. It is very important to ensure all the tiles are in good shape to avoid leaks or improper drainage during the heavy rains that will come with the monsoons.

Call in a Professional

Because the Tucson Monsoon Season can be so intense, homeowners should not leave anything to chance when it comes to preparing their homes. Although it is a good idea to inspect your roof before the monsoons arrive, it is an even better idea to get your roof inspected by a professional roofing contractor.

It takes a reputable roofing professional to determine if repairs are really needed, and this is especially true for the tricky roof types like flat roofs and tile roofs. It is best if you have an expert look at your roof to ensure that it is completely ready to handle the rigors of the heavy winds and rain that will arrive with the monsoons.

When you get our roof ready, you will be able to relax inside your home when you hear the winds howling and rains thrashing your roof. Take a load off your mind by getting your roof looked at by Alan Bradley Roofing before Monsoon Season arrives.

Basic Roofing Safety

If you are a homeowner, there are many reasons you may need to perform roofing repair or maintenance work. Loose shingles, clogged gutters and pesky leaks are all common roofing problems. Whatever the issue, there are some basic safety tips that should be followed. A little preparation beforehand can help to prevent careless accidents and injuries.


Dress Appropriately for the Job

Wearing the right clothing for the job is essential. Clothes that fit too tight can restrict movement while loose fitting garments can easily get caught on protruding objects.
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Safe footwear is also an important factor. You’ll want to wear rubber-soled shoes that have a good tread. Worn shoes can even cause you to slip on dry surfaces and flat-pitched roofs.

Be sure to wear a hard hat to protect your head. Falling off a ladder can be just as dangerous as falling off the roof. Protective headgear will prevent or lessen injuries if you accidentally lose your footing.

Check the Weather Forecast Prior to Starting a Job

While this might seem like common sense, many homeowners have made the mistake of repairing a leaky roof during a rain, snow or windstorm. Wait until the weather calms down before you attempt any repairs. The cost and inconvenience of a serious injury is greater than the damage caused by typical roofing problems.

Invest in the Proper Tools for the Task 

Although you can save money by doing your own roofing repairs, you’ll still want to have the correct tools to perform the job safely. Roof jacks can be purchased for a reasonable amount at your local hardware store. They are very sturdy and provide great footing support.

For steep roofs and major repair jobs, a roofing harness will provide an added sense of security. A roof harness kit will include an anchor and a rope, allowing you to move around freely without the risk of falling.

Make sure your ladder is the correct height. As a general rule, it should extend at least a few feet about the eaves. Before climbing any ladder, check to see that you have properly secured both the top and bottom.

Lastly, you’ll want to use common sense judgment when performing any roofing job. Never attempt repairs without assistance or when you are alone. In emergency situations, you may not be able to call for help on your own. 

If you are inexperienced in roofing or DIY projects, contact a professional roofing contractor to avoid any nasty accidents.

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Common Residential Roof Problems

The roof on a home is designed to protect the entire house from moisture and weather. Most roofs see regular wear during every season. This can lead to a number of problems that have the potential to cause damage to other parts of the house. Any roofing issues should receive immediate attention and professional repairs. Homeowners should be aware of several common residential roofing problems.

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A problem many homeowners are familiar with is missing shingles. Shingles can become dislodged from the roof due to debris, weather or improper repairs. Missing shingles can allow water to reach the decking and underlayment. This can eventually lead to damage to the structural elements of the house. Missing shingles need to be replaced as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

Punctures and Holes

Punctures and holes in the roof can occur when debris like a tree branch impacts the home. They can also be caused by aging roofing materials, pests and incorrect roofing installation. The holes provide a direct route for water that will cause leaks. Punctures and holes are easiest to detect from inside the attic by looking for signs of water damage or small openings.

Damaged or Dislodged Flashing

Another common residential roofing problem is damaged, loose or dislodged flashing. Flashing is the metal material placed around pipes, vertical structures and angled areas of the roof. Flashing that has started to corrode or that has come loose will allow water to get under the shingles where it can damage the rafters or other parts of the roof. Damaged flashing can be hard to detect. Most repairs to flashing require a professional roofer who must remove the old pieces and install new flashing.

Pests in Soffits and Fascia

Homeowners sometimes encounter pests that have started to nest in soffits or dig through the fascia. Pests like termites and rodents can actually eat away parts of the roof creating unstable areas. They can also make it into the house and cause other types of damage. Signs of pests include irregular holes in soffits, holes in the fascia and droppings inside the home. Repairing the damage and calling an exterminator can solve this problem.

Blistering

A residential roofing problem that is easy to detect is blistering. Blistering means parts of the roof start to look wrinkled, raised, cracked or otherwise appear abnormal. This can be caused when aging materials start to contract, when the roof elements are not properly attached or when moisture gets between the layers. Minor blistering does not need immediate repairs. Major blistering that starts to form gaps and voids in the roof does require professional inspection and repairs.

 

Tips on Protecting Your Roof

There are many dangers to the integrity of your roof. Among those are algae, moss, lichens, trees, clogged gutters, wind and precipitation. The best defense for your roof is frequent inspection.

Your roof should be inspected often. Be sure to inspect it after any major storm. If you catch the damage early, you may be able to avoid costly repairs and water damage. When inspecting your roof, look for loose or missing shingles, nails protruding and discoloration. Also note the ground around your home. Pieces may have washed off. Check your gutters for pieces of shingles or small granules. Be sure that the gutters are not clogged. If possible, inspect from the inside of your home also. Look for spots of light coming through and dampness.

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If you notice a discoloring of your roof, you need to take action. Moss and lichens can cause green splotches on your roof. They loosen the granules on you shingles. This greatly reduces your roof’s ability to protect your home. The moss and lichen keep your roof damp. This encourages more unwanted growth. They will get between the shingles and grow. This causes loosening of the shingles that can let water in. If you notice discoloring on your roof, you can have it professionally cleaned. It is not advisable to try this yourself as the wrong product can cause more harm than

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Another thing to be watchful of is tree branches hanging over your roof. Trees near your roof can be extremely harmful. Falling limbs can wreck havoc on your roof. Overhanging branches can promote unwanted growth. The shade from the tree branches will keep the roof damp longer in the day. Debris from the tree will hold moisture also. All of this encourages algae, moss and lichen to grow. Tree debris will also clog your gutters. Gutters clogged with leaves or pine needles can cause water to sit against the edge of your roof instead of flushing away from your home.

Frequent inspections and preventive maintenance can go a long ways toward extending the life of your roof. Have it professionally cleaned if you see any discoloration. Have nearby trees trimmed and be sure to keep the gutters clear. Contact Alan Bradley Roofing for more information.

What Color is the Right Color for Your Roof?

Alan Bradley Roofing in Tucson, AZ knows that there are various items to consider when it comes to installing a new roof or replacing the existing roof on your Tucson home. You will probably come across the expected decisions such as what type of roof fits your home best or what types of materials work for your budget, but you may also come across the question of what color should your roof be. So aside from your favorite football team’s color being red, what should the driving factors be in deciding what color roof you need for your home?

For residential projects, there are four main items to consider when choosing a color for your roof: the style of your home, the color of the house, your surrounding community and HOA regulations and of course, the local climate.

 

Style of home

The style of your home is major contributing factor in selecting a color. Here in the Old Pueblo, we see many homes with a Spanish influence as well as a rustic Southwestern-style that effortlessly pairs with terracotta tile roofs. However, if you were living in Northern Arizona, surrounded by tall pines and winter snow falls, metal roofing in brown or green hues will not only help your home blend into the natural surrounding, but also help shed the snow fall in the winter months.

Color of your home

The color of your existing home can also impact your decision of color for the roof. If you have a light colored house, you could contrast the hue of the home with a dark shingle roof, giving it a traditional feel. A brown or darker tan colored house can look great with a mix of cream and brown roofing. You also want to keep in mind how the color combination you choose might affect the value of your home. Neutral colors are generally a safe pick that will stay in style for many years, helping to ensure a good resale value for your home.

Community and HOA regulations

Many communities with a Home Owners Association (HOA) may have a predetermined palate that you need to choose from in order to keep the neighborhood looking uniform. Be sure to check with their regulations prior to choosing a type of material and color for your roof. Even if there isn’t an HOA in place in your area, you want to make sure that your home isn’t the one that sticks out like a sore thumb amongst the rest of your neighbors! You may not want to copy your neighbor’s roofing style, but you do want to choose a color that will work well with their home.

Local Climate

Your local climate can play a big role in the color choice for your roof. The color of your roofing can help keep energy bills down, particularly here in Tucson with the high summer heat. The color of your roof can affect the temperature of your attic or roof structure by 20 to 40 degrees and can make a pretty big difference in the heating and cooling of your home. White or light roofing is ideal for Tucson homes because it can reflect the sunlight and help keep the temperature of your home down. You can also refer to our recent post on the benefits of tile roofing for your home to learn more about how that material can help keep your cooling costs down as well.

 

You should always consult with a roofing expert when looking to make a change to your roof. Alan Bradley Roofing will gladly answer any questions may have and help you find the color and look that is just right for your home. Contact us today for free estimate!

Shake and Shingle Damages

At Alan Bradley Roofing we service all types of roofs in the Tucson area, from flat roofs to built-up and even modified bitumen systems, but today we would like to discuss what we can do for shake or shingle roofs that have been significantly damaged.

What exactly qualifies as significant damage when it comes to such roofs though?

This question is especially important because some roofing companies may be tempted to ‘swindle’ homeowners into paying for roof repairs they might never have needed in the first place, or at least not until a much later date.roof-wind-damage

Damages or alterations to shingle and shake roofs that are considered purely aesthetic include: discoloration caused by overhanging trees, abraisions from hail that will dissipate over time, multi-colored shingles, painted shingles, semi-curled shakes (< 2″), scuffs, minor heat cracks, or even minor blisters.

All of these issues can be disconcerning to unknowledgable homeowners, and as such they create a potential for overstated estimates when you receive a roof inspection. If your roofing contractor is pointing to these as signs for immediate repair you should first question them in how they affect the overall integrity of the roofing system.

This is just one of many reasons why Alan Bradley suggests you always get quotes from several contractors, both licensed and bonded in the state of Arizona, before continuing with any repairs.

So what exactly does constitute as roof damage to shakes or shingles?

Typically in the Tucson environment damages to these types of roofing systems usually equate to either missing, or severely cracked/curled shakes or shingles.

In the case of missing shakes or shingles, damage is qualified as significant if for whatever reason any of the underlying components of the roof (i.e. the felt beneath your shakes) is openly exposed to the outside elements.

As for cracking and curling, both of these are common reactions to the harsh desert environment we live in, and as such they only become severe after extended periods of time.

Only a professional roof contractor can determine when such damages have gone from minor to major, and as such it would be unwise to diagnose your own roof as this could be creating unnecessary expenses.

As a general rule with shake or shingle roofs, if the shingle mats or underlying felt of your roof shakes are greatly exposed the damage has then taken toll enough on your roof to cause a need for repair.

For quality roof inspections in the Tucson area you can always count on Alan Bradley Roofing to reliably assess the damage to your roofing system and offer a thorough estimate of only the repairs that are necessary.

On the other hand, our professional team of roofers will never overlook significant damage in order to save homeowners money, as this can be the most devastating mistake of all!

Call Alan Bradley Roofing today and let us help to keep your home safe and efficient!

It’s Never Too Late for a Roof Coating!

In Tucson, we know all too well how hot the temperatures can get in the summer time. In fact, most homeowners in Tucson make it a point to combat this heat with certain energy efficient home improvements.

These can include many ideas both big and small: a lighter paint detail on the home’s exterior, new insulation, cooler flooring options, or even a quality roof coating.

One thing in common between all these is that they provide the most benefit when they are already in place for the coming summers. Therefore, we would we suggest making any plans for roof coating this year now instead of after summer!

tucson roof repair roof coating companyWith products like Elastek Roof Coatings specifically designed for the Arizona desert, you are sure to save on utility bills as well as be comfortable in knowing that your roof will last through the harsh summer and the following winter, which we all know is preceeded by those pesky monsoons!

Roof coating is actually most beneficial for protecting your home’s roof and extending the lifespan, but if you can get a product that will help you save energy too, then that’s best! So make sure to have Alan Bradley on the job!

Periodically coating your roof with quality products can easily double the lifespan of a flat roof in this type of environment too, which is all the better reason to make a routine of treating your roof to a healthy coat every year or two.

If you don’t have the time or budget to fit it in before summer, just know that really it’s never too late for a roof coating. We suggest getting an inspection anyway to identify and address any immediate threats to your roof’s integrity, if any exist; this way you aren’t risking any future costs by having your roof coated at a later date!

Alan Bradley Does All Roofs!

What makes a roof contractor the most dependable? Versatility of course! And that’s exactly why Alan Bradley Roofing of Tucson, AZ handles all your roofing needs.

We not only do roof coating, roof repair, roof inspection and so much more, but we also provide our services for a multitude of different roofing systems.

Yes, you heard correctly – we service flat roofs, built-up roofs, shingles, tiles, modified bitumen, ceramic roofs, fiberglass roofs – the list goes on!

So whether you’re looking for commercial or home roofing services Alan Bradley can provide you with a quality job and at an affordable price!

 

With our experience and background the odds are that we’ll be able to tackle any roofing repair or maintenance that you might require. That’s just one major benefit of being in business so long in the Tucson area! We can give you a free estimate at any time and our local team will come and inspect your roofing system for any leaks, cracks, or other inconsistencies.

Even if you have a less common roofing system for our environment, like three dimensional shingles, shakes, or a TPO roof we can still be of help to you so don’t hesitate if you’re looking for a quality roof contractor in Tucson call Alan Bradley now at 520-300-9983!

Plan Your Roof Inspection Now!

Damaged leaking roof in need of repairHow long can your roof withstand the sudden weather changes that come with living in the Tucson valley?

That depends on how well you take care of your roof and if you have proper inspection and maintenance done by a qualified roof contractor when needed.

Many people wonder what to do though if their roof seems to be holding up just fine. What’s the best way to go about choosing when to have it inspected?

Well, with the recent change from mellow winter weather to something more wet and windy, now isn’t too bad of a time to plan your next inspection – especially if you’ve been beating around the idea for some time now!

Storms and high winds are almost like black-lights to invisible ink when it comes to roofing; after they pass, a quality inspection can potentially reveal some normally hidden flaws in the integrity of your home’s roofing system.

As we’ve said many times before, roof repair is most costly when you don’t catch the early symptoms of potential future damage. So you would be wise to plan a roof inspection annually with your local roof contractor, Alan Bradley!

It can seem like a non-factor, or a hassle for most people to get around to such things, but all it takes is a quick call and a free estimate and you’ll know exactly where you and your roof stand.

Let Alan Bradley Roofing take care of you today! Call us at 520-300-9983, Mon-Sat., 8am-5pm.

 

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