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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.

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.

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

 

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!

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!

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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