Here's an overview of this week's 3 hour homeowner radio broadcast
Outdoor Living Hour: Talking Trees
On the House Hour: What Kind of Roof Do I Have and How to Make It Last? | Part 1 & 2
There are many types of roofs in Arizona. How do you know which type you have? Do you know their individual strengths? Most importantly, do you know their weaknesses and how to mitigate them? Tyler Johnson, Johnson Roofing, a Rosie-Certified Partner explains the difference between concrete tile and shingles in part 1 and flat roof systems (rolled and foam) in part 2.
Homeowner Topic: Open Home!
Weekly To-Do: #OutdoorFinishings | We all know how the AZ sun can damage any surface outdoors. Tune-In! We'll chat about how rather than buying new outdoor furniture, you can try your hand at restoring them! Read More>>
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John Eisenhower and Sarah Maitland talk about the pending monsoon season, excessive heat and The Tree Of The Month: The Palo Brea!
Palo Brea is a durable, thorny desert tree. Angles of attachment of the branches are wider. Blooms pretty yellow flowers in April. They need space to grow. Proper (careful) pruning techniques.
CALLER: New backyard installed. Two watering zones for desert shrubs and purple plums trees. Has some concern about watering too much with excessive heat and avoiding root rot.
CALLER: Regarding pruning their Palo Brea tree using the HEX ARMOR THORN RESISTANT GLOVES found at our E-Store.
Extreme temperatures can run the risk of tree defoliation. John suggests shade cloth to cover those trees that need it.
Monsoon tree preparation for wind. Hot dry wind can dry out trees and plants. Tree tape is good to wrap about thin skinned tree trunks to protect against sun damage.
CALLER: Has a lemon tree with brown spots on the leaves. Suggest 50/50 shade cloth.
CALLER: Has a rogue sissou tree with roots buckling the lawn and tiles. Is there a way to control the root growth. Discussion of root barriers that might work.
What is psithurism again?
Sarah's tips on helping your trees get thru excessive heat. Using drip or soaker hoses around the canopy. Using wood chips or mulch to retain moisture and cool the ground.
ArborKelp can promote root growth and heightens stress tolerance.
Discussion of a new program called 'Birds In Trees'. Educating people to keep your trees for wildlife and birds.
Tyler Johnson of Johnson Roofing discusses the details of pitched and flat roofs.
Discussion of the standard shingle pitched roof. Starting with the felt which is very important for tile roofs. Shingle and tile roof initial install is not too far from each other.
Concrete tile roofing is long lasting. But the real part of the roof is what was layed down before the shingles and tiles.
Tyler talks about a popular underlay called Fontana G40 with a really good warranty and other advantages.
CALLER: Has a dark red tile roof. Don't like the color and want to change it. Can they change the color of existing tile or have to completely change them?
Concrete tiles are a cool thing. Tyler explains its longevity can last 200 years. Meaning they can be repurposed if the underlay needs replacement.
Critical places on a roof that need extra attention to avoid leaks.
Discussion of flat roofs. They are not totally flat. The slope is usually a quarter inch to every foot of roof.
Three types of flat roof coatings: granulated rolled, foam and thermal plastics. Pros and cons. The differences in coatings for a commercial building (warehouse) and a home.
CALLER: Building a cabin the Arizona high country mountains. What type of roof will work for rain and snow? The advantages of metal roofs.
CALLER: Inquiring about solar shingles. Are the worth it? And do they make polyurethane tile?
CALLER: What is the lowest slope you can use shingles on?
Roof preparation for monsoons. Making sure your roof is properly cleaned off. Keep all debris off the roof. Lack of rain will challenge roofs.
Johnson Roofing has a special offer that includes free inspection.
Check out our E-Store for American and Arizona flags made in the USA. Plus the other Rosie On The House tried and tested products!
Get ready for Monsoon Season with a checklist of things to have ready in case you're hit with strong storms.
E MAIL: Listener read our article on conserving water. Which led to the homeowner measuring how long it takes for the water to get hot at various faucets in the home so they don't waste extra water. Rosie explains the solution of a hot water circulating pump and the importance of adding timer to it.
Tips to cleaning patio furniture, screens and more. 303 Aerospace Protectant cleans and protects vinyl sunscreens.
Also ALL-NEW Aluminum Restoration for cleaning patio frame furinture.
Maintaining furniture made of wood is a challenge but we give some ideas to consider.
Story of recent bee swarms and rescue.
CALLER: A 'snowbird' from Missouri owns a townhome in Green Valley, AZ. Past plumbing repair ran the pipe to the exterior of the home across the roof to the water heater. The problem of running water until it get hot in the winter. Would a circulating pump help?
EMAIL: Listener in Casa Grande want to replace his A/C. Current unit is 12 years old, works OK. Wants Rosie's recommendation of who to buy from, what to look for and cost.
CALLER: Has a home with a flat roof that borders the mountain preserve. Concerned about wildfire embers dropping on the roof. Any fireproof roof coating suggestions to protect the roof?