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History of Residential Roofs in AZ 

In Arizona, roofing systems have always played a vital role in the aesthetic appeal and functionality of any standing shelter. The evolution of materials used and roofing techniques has been driven primarily by what functions best in our unique desert environment. Until the mid-19th century, materials like clay, wood and slate were the most popular choices for roofing in the southwest. Around the turn of the 20th century, new materials such as asphalt were used for low- and steep-sloped roofs. Asphalt shingles were a U.S. invention first used in 1901. Since then, asphalt shingles have remained the most popular type…

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Protecting Your Home from Floods and Water Damage

Arizona presents its own unique set of challenges for homeowners when it comes to protecting their properties from the outdoor elements. While it’s essential to be mindful of the extreme summer heat, monsoon storms can be even more aggressive, causing severe damage to houses, gardens and other structures. Because the Arizona soil is extremely dry, water doesn’t absorb very well and increases the likelihood for severe flash flooding. Roadways and neighborhood layouts can also lack the necessary drainage systems needed to ensure these floods don’t send water onto your property. For this reason, it’s essential to assess and maintain your…

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How AZ’s Sun and Extreme Heat Can Affect Your Shingles

Summer time is here and has already bought incredibly strong sun rays that guarantee you’ll be seeking shade if you’re outside. While your roof and shingles are designed to withstand many weather extremes, excessive heat combines with sunshine beating down constantly can have negative effects if your roof is not brand new. Jim Brown and Sons Roofing sees a wide variety of roof damage when we perform roof inspections and roof repairs. Sun damage on older shingles and heat to a roof can be extreme and can also increase the damage to a roof, causing the need for replacement before…

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Why a Roof Inspection is Important

A roof inspection is a process that will determine the integrity of your roof and determine what, if anything, is needed to ensure it does not run the risk of leaks or other issues. Our roofing specialists are always available to come out to your home, look at your roof and discuss your options. The following outlines what roof inspections offer to you as a homeowner. Honest Evaluation Getting a checkup for your roof is a proactive measure that will let you know if your roof is still viable, or it is in need of repair. There are several different…

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When is a Flat Roof Replacement Necessary?

At some point, even a well-maintained flat roof will need to be replaced. The most common issues that lead to replacement are roof uplift, standing water, weather exposure and age. Despite these factors, research suggests that up to 80 percent of roofs are replaced before it is necessary. This is why it is important to get your flat roof inspected by a professional roofing company to see if repair or recoating versus replacement is still an option. Signs a Flat Roof Needs Replacement If any of the following factors apply to your flat roof, it is time to think about…

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5 Possible Roof Issues When Installing Solar Panels

When installing rooftop solar panels, it is important to understand that your new system needs to have a long-lasting, solid foundation. That foundation is your roof. Solar panel systems and roofs have a similar life span of about 20 years, which means there are several things to consider prior to installation to ensure you don’t run into issues. As solar installations continue to grow in popularity, we have run into specific situations where the solar installer and/or customer did not take the roof into account. Here are some common problems to avoid. Having New Solar Panels Installed on an Old…

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Don’t Wait for it to Rain to Repair Your Roof!

The Phoenix Valley recently experienced several extended rainy days. When this happens, we always receive an influx of calls as many homeowners experience water damage from roof leaks. The rain is definitely good for the roofing business and will wreak havoc on your home if the roof is in need of repair. How can you, as the homeowner, possibly know that your roof needs to be repaired unless the rain lets you know? There are several signs to look for. There is also something you can do to be proactive versus reactive. Signs Your Roof is in Need of Repair…

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Why Do Roofs Leak?

  No matter what type of roof your home has, it will leak at some point in time if not maintained and cared for. Performing preventative maintenance or having annual inspections from a professional roofing contractor in Phoenix can ensure these leaks don’t lead to bigger issues. Below are some of the main reasons your roof might leak. Damaged Flashing Flashing is the thin metal pieces that are installed underneath the shingles of your roof. They are placed over the joints to create a barrier against moisture and prevent water damage inside your house. When flashing develops cracks from weather,…

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What are the Benefits of a Silicone Roofing System?

Maintaining the integrity of a commercial roof should always be a top priority. Whether it is multi-family housing or an office building, silicone roof coating provides years of leak-free functionality. It is applied in liquid form and comes in several colors with white being the most popular. The benefits it brings make it a good choice.   Reduced Cost of Maintenance While rain and wind can cause damage over time, the sun is a roof’s biggest enemy. Extended exposure to ultraviolet rays can break down the structural integrity of a roof and eventually make it useless. Using a white silicone…

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3 Things That Are Involved in an Attic Inspection

Roof Ventilation: What’s Involved in an Attic Inspection? You may think that if the roof is not leaking and seems to be holding together, nothing is wrong. The reality is many small problems could be hidden away and ongoing, especially if the ventilation system is not working properly. This is why a thorough inspection of your roof and attic is very important before moving on to repairs or replacement. Hire a Professional While it may seem like a simple job, attic inspection is best left to a professional. No matter how long you have owned and lived in a home,…

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