15 04, 2015

Patio Covering, Keeping up the Cabana in Phoenix

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Patio Covering, Keeping up the Cabana in Phoenix At Gryphon Roofing we specialize in commercial and residential roofing projects, but we also handle renovations and unique projects such as patio coverings. Spending time beneath the scorching Arizona sun in the summer can be a hit or miss. If you’re outside digging a ditch, then chances are you will curse your existence and even consider jumping into the hole you are digging. However, if you are outside by the pool, shaded by patio covering while sipping cocktails, Arizona suddenly becomes paradiso. A Giant Sombrero The word sombrero comes from the Latin sombre, which means “shade.” Essentially, the Mexican sombrero is a hat that doubles as a shading device. That is why residents of Arizona will notice that working class natives almost always wear sombreros when tilling the soil in the summer. Although cocktails, swimming and fun is a far cry from digging up the hard desert [...]

13 04, 2015

Solar Shingles, the Modern Era of Roofing

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Solar Shingles, the Modern Era of Roofing As time rolls on, technology continues to astound, surprise, and alleviate the difficulties of the human condition. Usually, advances in the medical field, explorations in space, and creative novelties in chemistry are given the most attention. Indeed, practical inventions like Solar Shingles live in the shadow of these popular fields of technology. But this doesn’t need to be the case. It’s more likely that a technological discovery in a field like roofing will actually affect the life of common individuals. The discovery of an extra solar planet two billion light years away is probably irrelevant to your life and journey. But an innovative technology like solar shingles could save you money, and contribute to the longevity of our planet for future generations. Solar Shingles 101 At first the term solar shingles might strike you as some sort of deleterious blemish in our solar system’s sun. But solar shingles, [...]

10 04, 2015

Put Money in your Pocket—Take an Interest in Roof Health

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Put Money in your Pocket—Take an Interest in Roof Health In the field of medicine, the success of doctors depends largely on the responsibility of patients. Patients that visit the doctor at the first sign of harmful symptoms are almost always in a better position than those who wait till their symptoms become excruciatingly debilitating. Indeed, catching the ailment before its too late is essential for medical success. So it is the same with roofing. It’s important for our customers to know that catching a crack or leak early can drastically increase the lifespan of a roof, and thus, save money. Roofs and Natural Decay The roofs essential function is to protect the homeowner from the elements. In the process, roofs take a beating from the elements. Roofers in Arizona deal with the unique problem of the scorching desert sun. This tends to accelerate the aging process of shingles and asphalt covering, leading to cracks. [...]

7 04, 2015

The Sparrow of Shingles: Asphalt

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The Sparrow of Shingles: Asphalt Asphalt shingles are ubiquitous. Although cold hard statistics are unavailable, roofers agree that Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used material for roof covering. This is probably because asphalt shingles are easy to come by, affordable, and simple to install. History of Asphalt Shingles The genesis of Asphalt shingles can be traced back to the widespread practice of Asphalt roll roofing. This is essentially un-rolling a carpet like asphalt roll over the surface of a roof. Asphalt roll roofing is actually still used today in some commercial buildings where the roof cannot be seen. The use of Asphalt slates for shingling became popular in the early 1900’s, when it was discovered that adding granules to the composition of the shingle drastically increased the durability of the shingle. The low cost, accessibility, and ease at which asphalt shingles could be installed lead to an explosion of asphalt shingle installations throughout the [...]

5 04, 2015

Roof Shingles Explained

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Roof Shingles Explained Essentially, roof Shingles are a roof covering, laid in an overlapping pattern with the shingles horizontal to the axis of the roof. The word “shingle,” as it relates to roofing, comes from the German shindle which literally translates to “roofing slate.” Shingles are amongst the most common option for roof covering, and tend to offer the highest aesthetic appeal. Shingles can be made from wood, slate, flagstone, metal, composite material, and asphalt. The choice of shingle composition is usually contingent on the environment. Typically, roofers like to use shingles composed of material readily available. This is done for two reasons. First, using shingles composed of the natural material unique to an environment adds to the aesthetic appeal of the house. This is in line with Frank Lloyd Wright’s prairie landscape movement, which emphasized the inclusion of natural surroundings into the architecture of the house. Secondly, using shingles from readily available material drives [...]

2 04, 2015

Composite Slate Roofing Products 101

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Composite Slate Roofing Products 101 Roofing slate come in wide array of composition and style. Some of the most common options include: metal, clay, and even asphalt roofing. Recently, composite slate roofing has gained widespread popularity due to its low cost, durability, and high quality. The Constitution of Composite Slate Just like composite wood is made up of every tree imaginable, composite slate is an amalgamation of substances. Composite slate is typically made from fiber-reinforced cement, recycled plastic, recycled rubber, wood chips, and clay tile. These various substances are fragmented, and then pressed together, forming light weight composite slates for roofing. Lightweight, Simple Installation Composite roofing has gained credibility because it is almost indistinguishable from genuine slate, and its natural appearance blends in with the surrounding landscape. Genuine slate is extremely heavy, and thus, difficult and expensive for roofers to install and stressful on the house. Overtime the stress can build up, causing homeowners to [...]

30 03, 2015

Effective Ideas For Impressive Kitchen Remodeling

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Effective Ideas For Impressive Kitchen Remodeling There are many ways to remodel a kitchen, however some ways are more effective than others while some types of remodeling increase the value of a property more than others. That said here are some simple and easy to implement ideas that can greatly enhance the overall appeal and value of any residential kitchen. Working with an experienced remodeling contractor in Phoenix is always an important aspect of a successful remodel. A Countertop Can Substantially Enhance The Functionality One example of an excellent way to enhance the kitchen is to consider simply replacing the countertops. Countertops play a major role in how a kitchen ultimately looks and how functional a kitchen ultimately becomes. From granite countertops to any other type of countertop, adding a countertop can substantially enhance the functionality, appearance and value of the kitchen in a home. Best of all, a high-quality countertop can easily become the [...]

27 03, 2015

The In’s And Out’s Of Good Roof Inspection

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The In's And Out's Of Good Roof Inspection Having a comprehensive and complete roofing inspection typically means looking at both the internal components and external components of any roof structure. For example, the interior check associated with a roof inspection is as important if not more important than the actual outside inspection. This is simply due to the fact that roofing damage and roofing related problems that may not be obvious on the surface may be very obvious in the attic area. Markings Or Other Indications That Water Has Been Present Equally important with regard to an interior roof inspection is to check to ascertain whether or not the attic ventilation system is working as intended. Proper ventilation is essential to keeping a roof in good working order. The interior check should also include a comprehensive inspection checking for any water stains or water related damage. A professional roofing contractor can quickly determine whether or [...]

24 03, 2015

Tips On Remodeling A Home To Increase Its Value

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Tips On Remodeling A Home To Increase Its Value There are a number of reasons that people choose to remodel a home. From preparing to sell a home to increasing creature comforts or simply adding additional appeal, there are a wide variety of reasons that remodeling a home is a smart decision. However, one of the more common reasons (in general terms) is to simply add value to an existing home. Energy Efficient Type Fireplace Here are a few tips on remodeling a home as a way to increase its value over the long term. For example, adding a beautiful and attractive fireplace that is functional and modern in design can add incredible value to a home. Not only does a fireplace make a home look great but it also will add directly to the value of the property as it stands. Even better is considering installing an energy efficient type fireplace. This is an [...]

22 03, 2015

Common Sense Tips For Protecting A Residential Roof

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Common Sense Tips For Protecting A Residential Roof Homeowners have many options when it comes to protecting a roof over the long term. For example, one of the best ways to avoid causing damage to a residential roof is to avoid ever painting the roof. Even if shingles or tiles begin to look old and worn it is never recommended to paint a roof. The better option is to simply replace the roof with a new and more reliable roofing product. It Is Best To Inspect The Roof During High Wind Conditions In short, painting a roof is a sure way to cause a roof to fail and cause extensive water damage. Alterations and enhancements to a roof is a sure way to ask for trouble when it comes to roofing related problems. As a general rule, if a shingle roof is greater than 10 years old, it is best to inspect the roof during [...]