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About Arizona Roofing
Although Arizona's climate is primarily hot and dry, northern Arizona does experience snow. Extreme heat and sun exposure can damage roofs over time, so heat-resistant roof coverings are important, and in areas of the state where it snows, roofs should also be able to withstand the cold and snow. Arizona roofing contractors offer services that include repair, replacement and snow clearing as well as debris cleaning, especially for flat roofs.
Typical Climate In Arizona
Although Arizona's climate is primarily hot, dry and sunny, because of varied elevation within the state, temperatures, as well as precipitation, vary. In southern cities, such as Yuma and Tucson, temperatures can range from 43 degrees in January to 106 degrees in July as well as extremely low precipitation, with averages of less than 3 inches a year. Northern Arizona is colder and wetter with temperatures ranging from lows of 14 degrees to highs of 81 degrees and averages of 25 to 30 inches of precipitation, a good amount of which, is snow. The rest of the state, including Phoenix, has average precipitation somewhere in the middle with a range of 7 to 20 inches per year and temperatures ranging from 67 to 106 degrees.
Common Roofing Issues In Arizona
High winds during monsoon season can pose a problem for roofs in Arizona. These high winds can tear off shingles or tiles, which can lead to leaks. Due to poor design, flat roofs tend to collect water or debris that can damage a roof if it isn't cleared. Tile roofing also has its own set of issues. The tile itself isn't water or leak proof, and underneath the tiles is a felt material that deters leaks, but in the hot Arizona sun, it deteriorates over time.
Licensing In Arizona
A contractor's license is required in the state of Arizona for anyone bidding on a job over $750. General roofing contractors are required to take a trade exam and have four years of experience. Contractors specializing in foam and panel roofs, shingles and shakes or liquid-applied roofing don't need to take a trade exam but are required to have one to two years of experience.
Legal Issues And Complaints
The first line of defense that a consumer has against fraudulent or negligent roofing contractors is that legally all roofing contractors are required to be licensed by the State of Arizona. The state has rigid licensing standards in order to protect the consumer. Contracting without a license in Arizona is a criminal offense. Always ask to see a contractor's license. In the event that a consumer suffers loss caused by substandard work by a licensed contractor, they may file a claim against the Registrar of Contractors Recovery Fund. The Recovery Fund can cover as much as $30,000 worth of damage if the licensed contractor refuses to remedy inadequate work.
Energy Efficient Roofs In Arizona
There are currently nine roofing companies in Arizona that partner with ENERGY STAR. These companies offer a variety of coatings, such as foam, fabric and elastomeric, or polymer instead of crystalline coatings. These treatments are intended to extend the life of the roof, deflect UV rays, which keeps homes cooler, and also reduces heat island affect in urban areas. The Tucson roofing company Elastek is dedicated to making "green choices" by not only offering environmentally friendly roofing treatments but also taking steps to conserve resources in their own offices.
Unusual Roofs In Arizona
The Southwest is no stranger to geometrically playful architecture, and Arizona is no different. Frank Lloyd Wright designed three notable residences in the Phoenix area that use the roof to play with lines and create interesting angles. The Boomer residence, for example, was completed in 1953 and is a two-story house with different levels of shingled roofing. Another Wright work is the Taliesen property in Scottsdale that was Wright's winter studio and classroom. The walls are constructed of native boulders. Above the walls are redwood trusses, which support canvas-covered roof flaps. The canvas acts as an alternative to glass by creating a soft, diffused light.