Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Foam Roofing

For those of you that do not have much knowledge about foam roofing, here is a great little article about foam roofing:

Foam Roofing for Flat Roofs

Foam roofing provides great protection for flat roofs and competes well with other forms of flat roof coverings. Foam roofing, however, is not without some disadvantages as well, so it’s important to consider the pros and cons of foam roofing before making a decision on what to use on your flat roof.

Benefits of Foam Roofing

  • Easily applied. Though this is not necessarily a job for a do-it-yourselfer, a roofer with the materials and protective equipment can spray-on a foam roof fairly easily. Not only is a foam room easy to apply, but the process is quick as well. The foam, usually polyurethane, expands and attaches on contact. Foam is also very lightweight, so it’s quite possible to apply directly on top of your old roof.
  • Waterproof. While other roof coatings must be applied carefully to make sure no spots are missed, foam roofing expands on contact to fill in all areas. There is no seam involve, so there is no place for water to seep through.
  • Natural insulation. Foam is a natural insulation product that helps to keep the sun out in the summer and to trap the warmth in your home in the winter. That means that you can save on your heating and cooling bills with the addition of foam roofing.
  • Battle the heat-island effect. That’s where building after building in a city absorbs the punishing rays of the sun. This contributes to the carbon in the atmosphere and can heat your building nearly 100 degrees above the actual outside temperature. White foam insulation helps to bounce some of the direct sunlight back into the atmosphere rather than absorb it into the building.

Disadvantages of Foam Roofing

  • Cost. Compared to tar and other roof coatings, foam roofing is perhaps the most expensive of the lot. Of course, supporters of foam roofing point to its many benefits as being well worth the cost.
  • Maintenance. Flat roofs in general will require more maintenance than peaked roofs and foam roofing is no difference. First, a covering to protect the foam must be put in place. An elastomeric material is usually applied and can help the foam last 20 to 25 years. You also must inspect the roof regularly to make sure there is no debris that could lead to a leak, and the protective covering over the foam must be reapplied every 5 years or so.
The original article can be found here:  https://enlightenme.com/foam-roofing/ 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Tile Roofing Facts

Tile roof systems are commonplace in the Southwest.  They are good roof systems, if installed properly.  Here in the Phoenix Metro area (Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale, etc...) the roofing community has learned over the years how to make these tile roofs systems better.

Here is an interesting article about tile roofing taken from the Tile Roofing Institute (link to article here):

Facts of Tile

Why is tile the most popular roofing product in the world? It has durability beyond compare, energy cost savings, and protection like no other roofing material. Read on to see why tile is the roof of choice for so many homeowners.

Features and Benefits Chart

Designed for Long Term Performance

With over a century of proper field performance in other parts of the world, tiles provide the longest track record of performance compared to other roofing materials such as asphalt shingles. Its modern engineering design provides a natural water shedding and ventilation feature allowing tiles to be the primary roof covering in warm and cold climates (even reducing ice damming in cold areas). Tile’s higher weight and strength allows it to meet the anticipated loads of today’s design requirements for all of the climatic regions.

Available in a Variety of Colors and Styles

Roof tiles come in many colors, shapes, and sizes. In fact, with modern innovations, concrete and clay roof tile manufacturers can produce tiles to suit any architectural style, from authentic Spanish and Mediterranean to New England Colonial, historic, or contemporary. Roof tiles can be flat or round, simulate wood shakes, or seek to replicate centuries-old roofing materials. The possibilities are virtually limitless.

Maintain their Color

Colors in tile come from natural sources such as the color and mixture of the clay used in clay tiles or from iron oxide pigments in concrete tiles, both of which are extremely durable. Tiles may experience varying degrees of color softening after extended exposure to the elements. However, this occurs to a lesser degree with roof tile than with most other roofing materials. Some clay roof tile manufacturers guarantee their tiles against fading for 50 years.

Long Lasting Protection

To maintain their long-lasting beauty, the weight of tile is important because it provides enduring protection without developing problems like other roofing materials. Most homes built today are strong enough to support the weight of a tile roof. There are also varieties of lightweight tile offered in certain regions of the country that are ideal for new and re-roofing projects. Tile is fast becoming the re-roofing product of choice due not only to its durability but also to its ease of maintenance. Single tiles are much easier to repair than other roofing materials.

Can Sustain High Winds

Due to its resistance to severe weather, concrete and clay tiles continue to be the preferred roofing material among homeowners in the Southeast. With proper installation, tile roofing is one of a few select roofing systems that is proven to withstand sustained winds of 150 miles per hour found in Florida.


Clay and concrete tile roofs are one of the most cost-effective choices due to their long lifespan—50 to 100 years or more. Both concrete and clay tile outlast other roofing materials, with manufacturers offering warranties from 50 years to the life of the structure. In fact, in Asia and Europe, many structures with clay roof tiles have remained intact, functional and beautiful for centuries.

Require Limited Maintenance

All roofing systems require some maintenance, and certain climates and regions have special issues to address regardless of the type of roofing system. Under normal conditions, tile roofs require minimal maintenance. With tile, maintenance is restricted to gutters, protrusion flashings, and venting. With other roofing systems, maintenance may include coating, painting, cleaning, and/or sealing the majority of the roof surface.
The Roof Medics provides all kinds of roofing services:
Residential & Commercial Roofing
Roof Repairs & Roof Replacement
Shingles, Tiles, Coatings, Foam, Flat Roofs, etc...
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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Roofing in the Arizona Monsoon Season

The Arizona Monsoon season brings some of the craziest weather in the American Southwest. It is hot (and humid!), windy at times (Haboobs!) and there is always a chance of rain – even when the forecast says 0%…  Stray thunderstorms may pop up anywhere in the Valley of the Sun.  It may be pouring rain somewhere in the East Valley (Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert) and sunny & clear at the same time on the West side (Glendale, Phoenix, Avondale, Surprise).
This is also an Arizonan roofing companie’s busiest time of the year, especially in the Phoenix Metro area.  Most roofing companies prepare all year for the Monsoon Season.  Some people can’t believe will still work in these conditions, but year-in and year-out the local roofing companies show up and take care of business.
So don’t worry about getting your roof work completed during Monsoon season.  Roofing companies are used to this (well, we may never really ever get used to working on a roof  in 100+ degree temperatures with a lingering chance of rain, but we will make sure the work gets done is a professional and efficient manner).
The Roof Medics take extra precations to make sure your job will be water-tight everyday during the project.  The Roof Medics understands what it takes to get great roof job completed with the threat of heavy rain and high winds.  We are the professional roofers you’ve been looking for.  We are honest and professional and take our jobs very seriously.  We look to provide you the customer service you don’t expect from our industry.
To set an appointment for someone to come and look at your roof problem, please call 480-284-7338 or click here.
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