What Every Snowbird Needs to Know About Their Arizona Tile Roof

Arizona-style house design common to the region

Many homeowners relocate to the Valley from colder climes, either for the winter or permanently.  They may be used for roofing options more typical for Northern states, like asphalt shingles, cedar shakes, standing-seam metal roofs or even slate roof tiles. While these roofing materials are used in and around the Phoenix metro area, you’re far…

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Adding a Second-Story Deck: Style Practicalities

home with tile roof overlooking beautiful pool. A second-story deck gives you more room to enjoy the Arizona outdoors.

Homeowners are usually looking for ways to add livable space to their house. The desire is often to add outdoor living areas. The common method for adding outdoor living space is to install a first-story deck or patio. However, if you have a multi-story house, you have even more potential space for increasing your outdoor…

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Does Your Roof Actually Need Gutters?

brown guttern and drainpipe

Earlier this year we discussed some of the typical causes of gutter damage. But does your roof even need gutters? The short answer: probably, but not always. It may seem strange to see a house without gutters, but every once in a while, you might encounter one. In fact, whether your home actually needs gutters…

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Why Should You Choose a Flat Roof for Your Home?

concrete building with flat roof

The flat roof is a commercial staple that you’ve probably seen on more than a few office buildings, warehouses, and retail spaces. Even though this roof enjoys grand commercial popularity, it isn’t only a business design solution. This stylish roof is also an option for residential structures. If you’re re-roofing your home, considering a major…

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5 Facts About High Temperatures & Your Asphalt Roof

Hammer and Nails on an asphalt roof

The Phoenix area experiences high temperatures that routinely exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the hottest months.  If your asphalt shingle roof system is looking a little worse for wear, high heat may be the cause.  Here’s what you should know about hot weather and asphalt shingles. The Sun is an Asphalt Roof’s Worst Enemy Asphalt…

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What Causes Blisters, Wrinkles, and Ridges on Your Asphalt Roof?

Asphalt roof. Learn about common issues and how to remedy them.

Sometimes, you may notice odd shapes or distortions on your asphalt shingle roof, particularly on scorching summer days.  Commonly known as “roof blisters” or “roof ridges,” these distortions originate from installation or quality issues.  While a new asphalt shingle roof may last for decades, a poor quality (or improperly installed) roof could experience problems early…

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What Every Homeowner Should Know About Their Roof Eaves

Close up of roof eaves. What do you need to know as a homeowner about this section of your roof?

Your pitched residential roof consists of more than just the metal, tile, or shingles covering the surface or the underlayment below.  Where water drains from the roofs, commonly referred to as eaves, are more than just the end of a roof.  Eaves consist of two main components — the soffits and the fascia — which…

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Dead Leaves and the Threat They Pose to Your Roof

Leaves can cause extensive damage to your roof if not properly cleared.

Having trees growing next to or in front of your building certainly has its upsides.  For one, they provide shade in summer.  They offer a picturesque aesthetic.  But unfortunately, trees shed leaves.  Deciduous trees shed their leaves in the fall and blossoms in the spring.  Evergreens shed all year round.  It can be a lot…

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How to Replace a Roof When You Have Tenants

Woman looking up at a ceiling that's cracked.

As a landlord, you want to maintain your rental property and keep generating rental income.  Tenants want quiet enjoyment of the property.  How do you juggle serious repairs while minimizing disruption to tenants?  What should you do if you have to do something serious, such as replace the roof? Fortunately, we have some insight on…

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4 Things to Know Before Installing Skylights

A rooftop with a 4x6 grid of opaque skylights.

Skylights can be a great addition to your home or office roof.  These unique additions create extra natural light, giving your space a brighter, more open and vibrant feel.  However, skylights are not appropriate for every home or building.  A significant amount of problems can arise, and some people find out too late that their…

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