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Reduce Energy Costs this Summer with Roof Insulation

If you’re trying to lower home energy costs, it may be time to take a close look at your roof. While you understand the importance of having quality windows, you may not realize how vital it is to make your roof more energy efficient. When you’re ready to add insulation to your home, consider these important reasons for putting the insulation along the roof.

Watch the Sun
As the sun tracks across the sky in Tucson, AZ, notice how it strikes the roof. At any given point in the day, your roof is receiving a beating from solar rays. The heat transfers through shingles and into the attic area. Once in the attic, it starts to build. If the attic is not properly insulated, that heat can reach astronomical levels. With no way to escape the attic, it’s pushed down into the living space of your home. This is why it’s vital to invest in roof insulation. With the right protection, this heat transfer is minimized, and that keeps the temperature in your attic and home down.

Heat Also Rises
A general rule of thumb is that the heat your furnace generates rises. When you’re trying to heat the home in the winter, all of your treated air could be escaping through your uninsulated attic and roofing. In addition to blocking drafts, insulation also helps to keep the heat inside your home when you want it there. It’s estimated that as much as 25 percent of the heat your furnace works hard to create can be lost through a poorly insulated roof.

Enjoy Lower Energy Bills
The Department of Energy reports that homeowners can lower heating bills by 10 to 50 percent when they insulate the right areas of their home. The insulation helps stabilize interior temperatures, so your HVAC won’t have to work as hard. The savings aren’t just enjoyed in cold climates, either. The right insulation will make your home easier to cool so that you can also save money in our hot climate.

You want to have a comfortable home, and that all starts by investing in the right support systems. In addition to getting the roof and attic insulated, you can also invest in light colored shingles that will reflect the heat rather than absorbing it. Metal roofs are a very popular option in our area because of their durability, ability to reflect heat and low maintenance. Regardless of the roofing your choose, make your home more energy efficient by letting a professional roofer add insulation to the property.

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.

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.

Benefits of Metal Roofing in Tucson AZ

In our last post, we briefly discussed the possible benefits of using metal roofing on your home if you lived in Northern Arizona with the surrounding forest and more frequent snow falls. But what about using a metal roof here in Tucson? With the hot summer days already in full swing and the monsoon season just around the corner, Alan Bradley Roofing wants you to have all the information you need to make the best decision for your home.

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Longevity

Although the initial installation of a metal is more expensive than an asphalt shingled roof, a major percentage of those costs can be made up over the long run, especially if you plan on staying in that home for a long time. Asphalts roofs are much more likely to develop leaks and need repairs over time and will need to be replaced completely every 15-20 years. Metal roofs have a proven performance expectation of over 50 years.

Energy Efficient

In our hot Tucson climate, a metal roof can be much more energy efficient than an asphalt roof. Its highly reflective properties can lower cooling loads and keep your air conditioner from having to work so hard. Pre-painted or granular coated metal roofing systems not only reflect solar energy but also cool your home by re-emitting most of what solar radiation is absorbed.

Low Weight

Unlike tile roofs, whose heavy weight requires a heavy-duty support structure, metal roofs are very low in weight. They can weight as low as 0.5 pounds per square foot; compare that to the 6 to 18 pounds per square foot with tile roofs! This low weight can help preserve the structural integrity and life of your roof and your home.

Eco-Friendly

According to the National Association of Homebuilders Research Center, 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles are dumped into U.S. landfills every year. But a metal roof can be installed over your current roof, without removing any of the materials that are already there, helping to reduce the amount of shingle waste that goes into the landfills. Furthermore, metal roofing is a very eco-friendly roofing material. It is generally made from recycled materials, and if a metal roof is removed, it too can be recycled.

Rain Harvesting

With the official start of monsoons coming up in the next few days, we feel that is also worthwhile to note that metal roofs are excellent for rainwater harvesting. Its smooth and clean surface means less filtering is needs than with asphalt shingles, which can cast off small particles of materials and even other chemicals from the materials used in installation.

 

Whatever your roofing needs, Alan Bradley Roofing is here to help you out. If you have any questions about what the right roof for your home and budget maybe, contact us and we’d be happy to help you out. And with the monsoons drawing near, be sure to keep us in mind for any leaks and roof repairs!

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!

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.

 

Tucson Roof Maintenance & Upkeep

In Tucson the weather can be stagnantly bitter, both hot and cold, or wildly unforgiving (monsoons, high winds, floods, etc.) and in both cases your home is always at risk to damage.

Being that your roof is the part of your home most susceptible to weather elements it’s important to maintain a certain level of upkeep on your roofing system.

 

A Few Roof Maintenance Tips

There are a few things you can do as a homeowner to protect the longevity of the investment that is your roof. Some of those things are:

Check Roof Edges

The corners of your roof are the most prone to weather wear and damage. Be sure to check them out and ensure the sealing in that area is suitable and intact. If anything looks off it should be fixed immediately.

tucson-roof-drainCheck Drains & Look for Leaks

Always keep your roof drainage system clear of any debris and make sure it is secured properly to your roof. Also do a check for any cracks or leaks on the roof, and if there are any do a self repair or call for roof repair immediately.

 

Check Your Rooftop

Aside from doing a search for cracks and leaks be sure to do an inspection of all sealants and rooftop equiptment. If anything needs to be resealed or refastened, then making the fix sooner reduces the chance of unexpected weather damage to your roof.

 

Check Around Your Roof

It may not seem obvious, but doing a perimeter check around your home and roof can save you from costly accidents like falling tree limbs or uplifted debris damaging your roof.

Maintain the trees around your roof by cutting any dead branches and also be on the lookout for loose objects and clutter (building materials, wood, home objects, etc.) that could be thrown around in a storm. This helps reduce the chance of damage to not only your roof, but your home in general.

 

By practicing these tips regularly you’ll typically prevent or catch any roof repairs that need to be made before the problem ever gets too serious!

Winter Roof Repairs

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Home improvements, like roof repairs and replacements, are often put aside during the colder months of the year.

However, while the winter can make time seem to slow down, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should emulate the same laziness!

Be Proactive

Like with most things – don’t let it go bad before you fix it; this is especially true of roofing repair too. It’s actually during the winter months when your roof can be damaged the most.

What Happens?

Roofing companies from everywhere have all experienced an increase in calls summer after summer as homeowners realize they have leaks and worse.

Don’t be calling after your roof is already in immediate need of repair. The sooner you identify a problem the better and more efficiently it can be resolved.

The Best Way to Avoid Those Calls

Get yourself a quality roof inspection now from a professional roofing company like Alan Bradley of Tucson AZ. It’s smart to catch the onset of severe future damage before it gets out of hand.

It’s easier for our expert team to work around your daytimes hours being that it’s not as hot in the winter, so take advantage of that too!

If you’re badly in need of an energy efficient roof coating we’ll be able to recommend and provide an estimate for that as well, and it can save you heaps on cooling over the harsh days of summer.

When to Contact Us

Any day Monday through Saturday, 8am-5pm we’re available to assist you with information or appointments for any roofing services you might need.

Call (520) 300-9983 or email AlanBradleyRoofing@hotmail.com

 

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