Advancing Ideas on Roofing

There is no element of home décor or home construction that is immune from the latest trends and innovations in building materials, style, and concerns related to the environment. As these areas of design move forward, so do the construction and repair methods that people are using on their homes. Although the average person may not think that there are all that many options when it comes to roofing, tRoof Materialshis area of the home is as dynamic as any other, changing with the times and styles of the year or decade. Over 2013, there have been plenty of trends to appear in the world of roofing, many of which provide considerable advantages when it comes to home ownership.
One of the most prevalent changes that have been appearing over the past decade relates to the move towards recycled materials and sustainability. Some of the most commonly used materials that aid in this cause are recycled tiles, metal roofing, and individual structural components that increase the efficiency of the home as a whole. Metal roofing that primarily uses aluminum or light-reflective shingles resist the heat and UV rays of the sun, making the home easier to regulate internally. Many of these building materials will also give homeowners a tax break in certain states. Other items such as solar shingles are soon to hit the market. Some builders are embracing this trend by offering skylights and solar tunnels as part of their roofing designs as well.

The shape and color of roofing is not immune to the advances of style and efficiency either. The latest roof construction designs are creating surfaces that are dramatically arched and curved. In addition to the aesthetic factor at work, these types of design allow for more options when it comes to gutter installation and finished edges. The most popular, sweeping roof designs will work with any type of shingle that is available on the market today. The dark color that has been associated with roofing tiles of the past have also been thrown out of the window. People are now using asphalt tiling that can come in virtually any color. A huge number of homeowners are choosing colors that will give them an analogous color scheme when their roof in considered against the color of the home’s brick or siding.

See your trusted local roofing company to help you find the best solution for all your roofing needs.

Enlarging and Lowering Scuppers

Scuppers reinforce the roofing and prevent excess water from accumulating on the roof, which can lead to significant water damage. When combined with a complete drainage system, the water accumulated is redirected, preventing damage to the roof and structure.
These roofing applications are sometimes used with gutters and downspouts and facilitate the proper flow of water away from the structure.

Scuppers are often used as a part of a comprehensive drainage system. With downspouts and gutters, the rainwater system can divert significant amounts of water awayenlarge-roof-scupper from the property. This addition to a drainage system provides more protection for the property. Enlarging a scupper may be necessary to get maximum benefit from installing the application.

The scupper is not necessarily designed to serve as the primary draining component. Instead it is enlarged to catch water missed by the gutters and other drainage applications. When used in conjunction with gutter systems, the conductor can be widened to maximize performance of the system. Roofing experts recommend that if a scupper is incorporated into the drainage system, it should extend beyond the building structure to minimize the likelihood of structural damage.

Sometimes the scupper must be lowered to support the drainage system. This is often done to ensure that the water is stored further away from the structure. If the water is allowed to accumulate too close to the structure, it can cause structural and internal damage in some cases. Installed at the perimeter of the roofing area, it is often the designated secondary drainage source for the system. Lowering the scupper puts it in a position to collect an even larger amount of water.

The scupper can function as the primary or secondary drainage component in a system. It is installed by penetrating the drip edge or other wall area to facilitate drainage. Once it is installed, it connected to the downspout portion of the gutter system. Whether used as an emergency or secondary drainage system, its function is to redirect water further away from the structure. When lowering scuppers or enlarging scuppers, the roofing contractor will assess the slope of the roof and take into account the health of the gutter system to determine whether or not it would benefit the structure. Many homeowners have found that installing scuppers have yielded savings in the long run in protecting the integrity of the roofing and strengthening the rainwater system.

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We talk about roofs but our amazing roofing technology provider, the Johns Manville, gives customers top of the market quality and the newest forms of roof engineering out there! They work on perfecting low slope roofing solutions and construct highly protective, energy efficient and cost effective roofs! An integrated JM system delivers more value than individually purchased roofing pieces, due too it’s engineered package roofing methodology. Tested severly and proven to work together, the elements of a JM roofing system are designed to meet the specific requirements of each individual building. This banner shows everything that Johns Manville is:



Lastly, their amazing innovations, all in the order listed:

  • Multiple Cool Roof Systems — to include TPO and PVC single ply roofing systems; and SBS CR and BUR Glaskap® CR reflective, white mineral surfaced cap sheets
  • Next Generation PVC — Johns Manville’s PVC formulation with DuPont™ Elvaloy® KEE technology offering longer lasting protection
  • JMCleanBond™ — a self-adhering technology for cleaner installation of SBS modified bitumen
  • Invinsa® Roof Board — a lightweight board that reduces labor and optimizes longevity of the roof system
  • SeamFree™ Liquid Membrane System — easily applied waterproof barrier for decks with hot asphalt restrictions or numerous penetrations
  • PermaFlash® Bituminous Flashing System — a flexible liquid-applied flashing system for use on any penetration, even the most challenging


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.

shelton1Lets take a look at some of the benefits of metal roofing in Tucson:



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.


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!

Benefits of Tile Roofing in Tucson

tile roofing tucsonTile roofing can come with many great advantages for your Tucson home. Beyond the great aesthetic appeal that tile roofing can have—tying in to the rustic southwestern charm of our local homes—tile roofs can also last for 100 years or more.

Roof tiles come in various options for materials, such as slate, clay, concrete and even plastic, as well as different roof tile shapes including flat, roman, barrel and more. Any of the shapes work in an overlapping and interlocking method, hung in parallel rows from the roof’s framework. The roofing tiles’ unique structure drains water well and also has other important features:

Air Circulation

Because of their overlapping design, a tile roof lets air circulate nicely under the tiles and allows the roof to cool off and release the heat from the sun more quickly. They also have a high solar reflectance, which can add to the cooling efficiency of your home.

Fire safety

Usually, roofing tiles are made up of noncombustible materials such as ceramic or concrete, and can enhance your home’s level of fire safety.


Roofing tiles, especially cement or concrete tiles, are very long lasting. They don’t rust, rot, curl or burn. Clay roof tiles are also great for standing up the weather elements and their durability will even increase over time with exposure.

A couple disadvantages to roofing tiles however are their weight, which requires a heavy-duty support structure. The different materials and shapes will affect the total weight per square foot of your roof, ranging from 6 pounds up to 18 pounds per square foot. Roofing tiles can also have a higher cost than other roof products, such as shingle roofs, the lowest-cost option for roofing.

Alan Bradley Roofing in Tucson AZ is here to help you make the right choice for your home in roofing. Whether is it a new roof installation or a roof repair, give us a call at (520) 300-9983, and we will be happy to help you out.

Reasons Your Roof May Be Leaking

In Tucson, many do-it-yourself homeowners will often be perplexed when it comes to more technical things like roof repair – and especially so when those repairs involve roof leaks.

It’s difficult to determine exactly why your roof may be leaking, but there are several possibilities you should consider, most of which require hiring a professional roof contractor like Alan Bradley to administer the repairs.


Possibilities for roof leaks include, but are not limited to, the following:

Shingles or Shakes Missing

With missing/blown-off shingles or shakes your roof could easily obtain water ingress and begin leaking into your home. For a few shakes or shingles, DIY is possible, but most often you’ll want to hire a professional.

Large Object Damage

To state the obvious: large tree limbs or other falling objects can easily puncture a hole into your roofing system. This is often easy to diagnose, but shouldn’t be taken lightly or fixed without the help of a roofing contractor like Alan Bradley.

Moisture Back-up Around Penetrations

This can be more prominent in places with more snowfall, but with the monsoons we get in Tucson precipitation could very well back-up and puddle near vents, chimneys, and other such penetrations.

As such, your roof may begin to leak if the integrity of the roofing around those penetrations fails to uphold the backed-up moisture.

Life Expectancy Expired

A more common occurrence when I comes to roof leaks is simply that the roofing system itself is outdated or expired. If your roof is old and it’s time for a replacement, don’t wait!

Get the job done before any leaks or other such problems begin to eat away at your home!

Poor Installation by Roof Contractor

An unfortunate possibility is also that your previous roof contractor has poorly installed your roofing system and it is leaking due to this disservice.

No sweat! Call Alan Bradley and we’ll consult you to see what your best option is to fix the installation issues.

bad-roof-flashing-installRoof Flashing Failure

If your roof has flashing installed around skylights, chimneys, etc., then it’s very possible that storm damage or damage by other service workers could potentially cause leaking in those areas.

Keep in mind also that holes in your flashing are in immediate need of repair.


Most homeowners can handle fixing or preventing minor damages, even to their rooftops, but roof leaks specifically can be rather tricky, and that is exactly why we recommend hiring a contractor instead.

This is simply because a failed roof leak repair can only make things much worse, in that your roof’s integrity may be further compromised without you being aware.

A full roof replacement can be quite expensive, so you wouldn’t want to risk such a costly investment by stubbornly overlooking the potential damage that roof leaks can cause to your home.

Consult with Alan Bradley Roofing of Tucson AZ if your roof is leaking and we’ll be sure to get your roof repaired in no time!

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!