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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.

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.

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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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!

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.

 

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

 

Your Tucson AZ Roof Coating Specialists

Is your Tucson, AZ home inefficient? More specifically is it your roof that’s lacking in efficiency?

With the brutal heat we experience in Tucson, Arizona – it’s important that our homes are energy efficient in all areas, especially on the roof.

That’s why Alan Bradley Roofing of Tucson, AZ uses only the most efficient roof coating products. If you’re looking for roof coating in Tucson, then look no further because Alan Bradley does it all.

 

To make sure your roof saves as much energy as possible we offer our roofing services featuring Tucson’s own Elastek® roof coatings.

Elastek® elastomeric cool roof coatings and repair materials are among the most energy-saving products available in the desert Southwest market.” (Elastek.com)

Many of the Elastek products we offer are Energy Star® qualified, which means you’ll be saving significantly on your energy bills when you coat and repair your inefficient roof.

 

Energy Star products are only marginally more expensive, but for longevity and efficiency, they simply can’t be beat.

EnergyStar.gov states that, “if the qualified product costs more than a conventional, less-efficient counterpart, purchasers will recover their investment in increased energy efficiency through utility bill savings, within a reasonable period of time.”

That’s the guarantee they offer, and that’s the one Alan Bradley backs. We make sure your Tucson roof is coated and sealed properly to maximize energy efficiency, so that you can stay cool in the summer (or warm in the winter) and save money on energy bills too!

 

Contact Alan Bradley today for a free estimate on the many Tucson roofing services that we offer.

Call (520) 300-9983, or visit our site and inquire by email!

Your Dependable Tucson AZ Roofing Contractor

If you’re searching for roofing services in Tucson, AZ then you’ve come to the right place. Alan Bradley Roofing has been in the business for over 25 years, providing Tucson homes with quality roof repair, roof coating, ventilation and more!

We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and like to think that’s what got us to where we are today.

Now one of the most trusted and reliable roofing contractors in the valley,

Alan Bradley Roofing provides the following roofing services:

Ventilation systems

  • GAF-Elk
  • Lomanco

Shingles (3-Tab, Dimensional, and Designer)

  • CertainTeed
  • GAF-Elk
  • Owens Corning
  • TAMKO

Built-Up Roofing (3 & 4-ply)

  • GAF-Elk
  • Johns Manville
  • TAMKO

Roof Coating

  • Elastek

Roof Repair

  • Leaks
  • Insulation
  • Ventilation
  • Shingles, Shakes, Tiles, etc.

Other Services Include:

  • Tile Roofing
  • Shake Roofing
  • TPO Roofing
  • Bitumen Roofing

Alan Bradley Roofing of Tucson, AZ provides Quality & Service You Can Trust!

We were named Arizona’s Contractor of the Year in 2011!

For a name you can rely on and the quality roofing you need in Tucson, AZ:

Call Alan Bradley Roofing at (520) 300-9983,

or contact us by e-mail at AlanBradleyRoofing@hotmail.com

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