Roofing Southwest Blog

Replace or Maintain: What To Do With Your Roof

February 15, 2012

How do you know when to replace your roof or just continue maintaining it? At what point do roof leaks become too costly? The life of your roof depends on the materials used in its construction. In general, a shingle roof has a life expectancy of 20-30 years (depending on the quality of shingles chosen), while a foam roof, properly maintained, can last up to 50 years.

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What is R Value

January 27, 2012

Simply put, R-value is the measure of a material’s resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the better the material insulates. R-value is particularly important when considering what types of material to select for your roof since increasing the thickness of an insulating layer produces more thermal resistance.

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Proper Roof Drainage Can Extend the Life of a Roof

January 15, 2012

Whether it is a residential or commercial building, proper drainage of the roof is critical. Unless water is channeled away, it can pool and begin to eat away at the roofing material and the layers below until you’ve got a leaky roof or worse. In addition, when a roof retains water, it is an invitation for algae and mold to take hold.

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Unforeseen Property Liens

December 28, 2011

The Southwest is notorious for big storms with lots of wind, rain and hail. Such storms can cause major damage to all types of roofing – tile, shake, shingle, single-ply, built-up, foam etc. When a storm hits and causes damage, whether you are a home or business owner, your next step is to file an insurance claim.

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The Advantages of Single Ply Roofing

December 16, 2011

Single ply roofing membranes have grown in popularity over the past 30 years, thanks to their flexibility, relative ease of installation and competitive price. They started to become popular when the U.S. market became concerned for the environment and energy conservation.

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