Gutter Guards: A Brief Overview for Our Readers

Gutter Guards

Gutter Guards:

Gutter guards are not something homeowners usually consider when making home improvement decisions. However gutter guards are important for an efficient gutter system for your home. Our team here at American Standard Roofing provides insight on different types of gutter guards and how they can help improve your guttering system.

What Do Gutters Do?

Purpose

While we have extensively covered gutters and their history of evolution, it is important to talk come back to basics again. Gutter questions are pretty popular in the industry. Protecting your gutters from fallen leaves and unwanted debris is essential. The main responsibility of gutters is to regulate the water around your home. Gutters funnel water off of the roof and away from your home. This consequently protects your siding, windows, doors and foundation from water damage. Clogged gutters may cause a variety of issues including flooded basements, cracked foundations, rotten wood, leaking roofs, slippery sidewalks, and cracked driveways just to name a few.

Why Use Gutter Guards?

Why

One way to avoid the above mentioned problems in your home is to install gutter guards. There are a variety of gutter guards available on the market. It is up to homeowners to determine the amount of money they are willing to spend. Our team here advises to keep long-term benefits of a premium gutter in mind. Homeowners save a lot more by not cutting corners on costs early on in the project.

Types of Gutter Guards:

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Our team has narrowed down six of the basic gutter guards currently available are listed below:

  1. Reverse curvethis is intended to direct water through a small horizontal slit, while preventing leaves and debris from entering the gutter channel. The guard is designed to equal the exact pitch of the roof and to collaborate with the natural gravity and surface pressure. This allows for water to flow right into the gutter while leaves and debris are forced to fall out.
  2. Mesh: this is a type of guard made from a sheet that has tiny holes in it. It is designed to leave out leaves and debris while letting rainwater go through the holes straight into the gutter. Usually the holes in the sheets are small enough to prevent miniature debris from falling into the gutter. The mesh guard is designed to glide under the roof shingles and attach to the front rim of the existing gutter.
  3. Bottle brush: this is the most affordable gutter guard in the market. Just as its name suggests it resembles a bottle brush with bristles. It is placed into the entire gutter and serves as a fence against leaves and debris while allowing water to flow unhindered into the gutter.
  4. Nylon: these gutter guards are ideal for winter conditions. They inhibit snow and ice buildup. They are made from thick industrial strength nylon that fits into the gutter without having to attach to the shingles. Not only are the shingles not affected, but the gutter is also able to completely absorb the incoming water.
  5. Non-gutter: covers substitute traditional gutters with thin aluminum louvers. The water is broken down into small drops instead of coming down as a heavy sheet. The tiny drops of water are diverted off the roof and do not cause damage.
  6. Foam: these gutter guards are made from plastic material that is designed to fit straight into the gutter and blocks all debris falling from the roof into the gutter.

Final Advice:

What You Need To Know

Our advice is very simple. Which gutter guard to choose is completely up to homeowners. It depends on their budget and circumstances. But it is extremely important to remember to maintain a clean gutter because this will potentially prevent a number of more serious and expensive problems in the long run.

We’re Here For All Your Gutter Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors and we know gutters importance. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product, both labor and material. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. Be sure to give us a call at (248) 350-2323 for all your roofing, siding and guttering needs.

Right Color Shingle: How to Make That Decision

Right Color Shingle

Right Color Shingle:

In today’s post, our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss right color shingle for homeowners. This is a very important decision for homeowners. Needless to say we receive inquiries on the subject.

It’s an Important Decision!

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For many people, choosing the right color shingle is as hard of a decision as deciding which contractor to hire. With so many different shingle manufacturers out there, and each with a variety of colors that they offer, it is understandable why this can be so difficult. Not that we are the best designers in the world, but because of our vast experience installing roofs we can offer up just a few hints and tips to help you make up your mind.

Aim For a Nice Contrast:

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You always want to see a nice contrast between your house and your roof. If you have real light brick on the majority of your home then pick a darker color so that the shingle really stands out. You can endlessly try to incorporate trim colors and even landscaping features but picking a style that has corresponding hints or tones to it. However, use this general rule if you are just looking to get something installed that will look nice. Most people only notice their roof color when they are thinking of getting it replaced, after they they completely forget about it.

Get Creative With Accent Colors:

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You always have the option of adding different color drip edge, vents, or counter flashing if you want to get creative with the accent colors. Beyond this, if you want to add any additional flare you can re-trim the windows or add new siding features that will really make your house stand out. You can get lost for days on Pinterest looking through examples of unique homes to emulate.

Light Vs Dark Color Shingles:

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Lastly, we often get asked about heat conductivity and any savings that you may get by installing a lighter color shingle. We also did multiple posts on this in the past well. It is a very valid point, but truthfully only makes a big difference if you live somewhere that is sunny year round. Down south, you can get huge savings but because of the heat many homeowners also elect to choose other roofing options such as tile or metal roofing solutions. In Michigan, half of the year you want those shingles to absorb heat so that they help to melt off the snow and ice. Picking the best shingle color is really about your personal taste. Just choose one that you like because once it is up there you are not going to get the opportunity to change it any time soon.

Give Us a Call Today!

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We recommend homeowners contact professional roofing specialists. They can make suitable recommendations for choosing right color shingle for your roof. Here at American Standard Roofing we also know of reliable solutions to enhance energy efficiency even if you like your current roof color and want to keep it. We are also aware of aesthetic appeals and what color simply looks good. We can definitely help with how roof colors affect your home. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323!

Details Behind Roofing Installations: A Basic Guide

Details Behind Roofing Installations

Details Behind Roofing Installations:

It is easy to overlook details behind roofing installations. That said you can gather details behind roofing installation easily.  We always recommend roofing professionals for roof related tasks. This is because we have seen a big number of DIY (do-it-yourself) projects with bad outcomes. In this article, our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing go over details behind roofing installations. Our team advises that it is a good idea to know these details behind roofing installations because it is always good to be prepared when the contractors shows up at your doorstep.

The Steps

Steps

Details behind roofing installations are fairly easy to gather. Homeowners can always look up accredited and reputable websites for roof installation ideas and industry standard best practices.

However, in terms of practicality things are different. Unlike siding, it is pretty tough to get up on the roof. Consequently it is equally hard to closely inspect the shingles to make sure that they were installed properly. Therefore, it makes it all the more important to know your stuff. Do your homework properly. Ask the contractors questions up front. Asking questions will show that you know your details behind roofing installations. It will also help you assess the knowledge of the contractor you have hired.

Roofing Installation Guide:

Our team has arranged a list of steps which may help homeowners when learning about details behind roofing installations. These are as follows.

  1. Removal of existing roof and servicing of the deck.
  2. Installation of the proper ice guard and underlayment.
  3. Use of start shingles.
  4. Proper pattern of shingle installation and nailing.
  5. Replacement and installation of flashing.
  6. Valley construction.
  7. Proper ventilation.
  8. Use of hip and ridge cap.
  9. Clean up and haul away debris.

Additional Tips:

Workmanship:

Lifetime Warranty

Quality install requires quality workmanship. Good quality product can not be installed properly unless contractors have experience. All manufacturers have instructions for their product listed and it is the contractors responsibility to install that product according to manufacturer’s installation requirements. When going over details behind roofing installations, it is a must to make sure you hire capable contractors.

Always Check Sample/Specimen Work:

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Every once in a while, you may even find that the roofer has a great idea that will actually benefit you or save some money. But that said, never accept someones word alone. Always try and ask for sample roofing the contractor has done in the past. This will help you decide if you wan to hire the particular contractor.

Take Your Time:

Lifespan of Your Roof

You never want to rush any home improvement project. Take your time. Let it take longer if it needs to be. It is still much better than dealing with a sloppy installation. But, always keep in mind that leaving your home exposed to natural elements can have drawbacks as well. Leaving the roof vulnerable and full of tarps may be okay for a day or two, not for weeks. Our recommendation is to hire a company that is capable of completing the work within a day. This will limit your liabilities.

Clean-up is a Must:

Clean up

We have seen our fair share of messy jobs. It is safe to say that it shows a greater level of professionalism if the crew picks up after them. The best way to find out if potential contractor cleans up afterwards to see check reviews. Talk to previous customers for that contractors. This will give a fair idea of what to expect.

Contact Professional Roofers:

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Finally, next recommended step is to contact professional roofers. Request quotes from multiple contractors for your best bang for the buck. You may turn out to be pleasantly surprised at the price some professional contractors may quote you. Professional contractors have great relationships with suppliers and a strong referral base that helps keep their costs low. They offer competitive pricing. That also helps reduce some of the financial stress that accompanies emergency home improvements.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

We are certified and licensed roofing contractors, with over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product ,both labor and material. This is something not common-practice in this industry. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.

Southfield MI Roofers: 5 Questions Homeowners Should Always Ask

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Southfield MI Roofers:

In today’s post, our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss Southfield MI Roofers and what criteria homeowners should look at. Our team has come up with following 5 questions which we think every homeowner should ask their Southfield MI roofers. This will ensure cost efficiency and quality workmanship for homeowners.

5 Questions For Southfield MI Roofers:

1. Are You Licensed & Insured?

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While you might assume that a company coming out to your house is licensed to do so, that is not always the case. Ask to see a copy of their license, and then double check the license validity with your state. Most states have a website where you can do this in a couple of minutes, or a hotline number where you can quickly verify.

Types of Insurances:

There are two kinds of insurance:

  1. General Liability
  2. Workers Comp

Your contractor should have both of them. General liability is coverage in the case of accidental damage, like if the crew accidentally lights your house on fire. Workers comp covers the crew, in case they are injured on the job. The last thing you want is a crew member suing you because they fell off your roof and got hurt on your property.

2. Will My Old Roof Be Torn Off?

Tearoff

Second question homeowners should ask their Southfield MI roofers is more of a technical nature. When a company quotes you for a roof, they will either give you a quote for a full tear-off or a recover. A full tear-off means they completely remove all of the old roofing material down to the roof, inspect and replace any rotten wood. After that, they will install your new roof. A recover is just what is sounds like. Your old roof is left exactly how it is and a new layer of shingles are installed over the old ones. The problem with this is that there is no way to inspect or replace bad wood under the shingles, and you don’t get new underlayment or flashing. This is obviously much easier and cheaper for the contractor, and you will see it reflected on the price. Make sure you know which one the roofing company is quoting, and get the advice of other companies before hiring somebody to do a recover. While you may not have issues with a recover, a full removal and replacement is best practice.

3. How Much Do You Charge For Additional Wood Replacement?

Hidden Charges

As Southfield MI premier roofers, we can attest that it is difficult to quote rotten wood before pulling off the shingles. Usually companies either give you a quote and guarantee not to charge extra for additional wood replacement, or they give you a price per sq foot. Make sure you know ahead of time what their policy is. Sometimes homeowners get charged insane amounts simply because they did not know of these hidden costs.

4. Warranty On My New Roof?

Upfront Warranty

Our team advises that homeowners should always ask for specifics on what the warranty will cover. Make sure you ask these three questions from your Southfield MI roofers:

  1. How long does it last?
  2. Is it both labor and materials?
  3. Is there a service charge?

Also, do your research on the company and think about whether they will be able to honor the warranty. If the company was just opened a year or two ago, can you count on them to honor a 30 year warranty or will they be out of business in two years? These are all important aspects to consider.

5. Roofing Job Duration?

Job Duration

Our team advises that if a roofing company has decent sized crews, they should be able to finish your roof in a day or two. However, if you have a large roof or they have small crews, they need to plan ahead. If it is going to take several days to finish a roof, they will either need to tear off and re-roof a small section at a time, or tarp your exposed roof areas at the end of each day. We have heard many horror stories of roofers tearing off a roof and not sealing it properly before they leave for the day.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product ,both labor and material. This is something not common-practice in this industry. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.

Roofing Contractor Qualities: Maximizing Home Improvement Efforts

Roofing Contractor Qualities

Roofing Contractor Qualities:

In today’s post, our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss specific set of roofing contractor qualities which homeowners should look for. As the season transitions beautifully, we know that most homes would require work pending from last winters. Most homeowners have no clue about roofing contractor qualities they should look for when hiring roofers. We will break it down in this post and hopefully give a good idea to our readers.

1. Contractor Should Have All Paperwork Complete:

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We can not stress this enough. Always hire a contractor whose company is licensed and insured by the local governing authority. This can be the city where they do business or the state. as well as insured. More importantly, homeowners should always ask for proof of insurance. Our team here also recommends asking if the contractors is covered for workers compensation and general liability as well.

2. Always Get References:

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We recommend that homeowners should always get references from people (friends, family coworkers etc). This can help in narrowing down potential hires. It can also help in determining how reputable and reliable the contractor is.

3. Contractor Should Provide a Clear Quote:

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We recommend this because we have seen our fair share of shady quotes written on torn pieces of papers handed out to customers. A proper contractor should be able to give a clear and precise quote on preferably a company letterhead. This speaks volumes of that company’s reputation and quality.

4. Have Designated Company Name & Address:

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A roofing contractor should always have a company name and address. You do not want someone working on your roof or in your home working out of the back of his pickup truck. A shady contractor is not what homeowners should agree on. It reflects not only poorly on the company but also the quality of work the contractor might do.

5. Certification from Material Manufacturer:

Certification

We also highly recommend certifications. Contractors should be certified through material manufactures. Many manufacturers offer certifications. It is in the best interest of homeowners to ask for these certifications. Certified contractors knows they know how to handle the material. This means clean and proper installations.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We know all about roofing contractor qualities. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product, both labor and material. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.

Right Roof Contractor: Home Improvement Tips

Right Roof Contractor

Right Roof Contractor:

In today’s post, our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss the right roof contractor for home improvement projects. Roofing is a very simple business from a layman’s perspective. For this reason, right roof contractor is a must for any homeowner.  In the roofing business, any contractor can purchase the exact same materials as everyone else. That makes it difficult for homeowners to find the right roof contractor.

What Homeowners Should Do:

Don't Panic

Our team advises homeowners to to relax and not freak out, first of all. Second, we suggest take your time doing your homework, and honestly listen to what the salesman has to say. There are a lot of knowledgeable and honest contractors out there, the problem is that a lot of them are just not very good at sales. Therefore, they don’t make a good living and end up just going back to installing shingles or managing crews. That leaves a certain breed to dominate the open market, and as we all  unfortunately know, sometimes all it takes to be successful in business is the complete disregard for other peoples feelings.

Devise a Good Strategy:

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Our team advises to use the following list as starting  points. From there on, homeowners should make a good strategy on who to hire:

  1. Price, Price Price: You might as well start with the most important part for most people. If the price is extreme, either much higher or lower, then all the other estimates you have collected then just forget about it all together.
  2. Materials: At the minimum, find out the type of shingle that they recommend, the underlayment used, and the amount of ice guard installed.
  3. Reputation: Look at their online presence and read some of their reviews. Keep in mind that if you do enough business there are bound to be complaints. It is more important how they are handled.
  4. Insurance: Just because they have a policy does not mean it is worth anything. Workers comp and liability are a must, but call the insurance to make sure it is actually valid as well.
  5. Time: Ask how long the project will take to complete and how long it is going to take to get started.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors who know all about how to choose the right roof contractor. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product, both labor and material. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.

Roofing Service Department: Our Company’s Reason for Success

Roofing Service Department

Roofing Service Department:

The roofing service department in our company is one of the most active departments. It is also one of the most important ones. Our team of experts today have decided to talk about roofing service department. We will discuss it’s important job not only in our company but in the sector as well.

Key to a Good Service Department:

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A good roofing service department not only constantly manages and supervise technicians but also to plan for the worst. It is quite common for bigger companies to fail simply because of a bad customer service department. Our team also advises that finding a good service tech is crucial. However, it is not always an easy thing to do. What kind of person do you want out there diagnosing your companies problems and dealing with irate customers? It is not easy to deal with customers who have leaks or other roofing issues. Are they going to be capable of both fixing the problem and calming the customer down? If they have those skill sets, are they going to be comfortable staying at this job long term? And above all, will homeowners be comfortable with these technicians working on their homes?

Asking the Right Questions:

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It is up to the customers to ask the right questions from the contractors so later on there is no need for unnecessary servicing. Our team here has diligently made a list of questions that customers should ask contractors before starting project. This will not only help contractors carry our proper service from their roofing service department but also alleviate concerns from homeowners.

1. Proper Insurance Coverage:

Your contractor should carry insurance to protect your home from accidental damage. Here at American Standard Roofing we are licensed, insured and bonded to obtain proper coverage.

2. Warranty & Workmanship Coverage:

Homeowners need to hire contractors who can offer an extended warranty that may include workmanship coverage.

3. Good Quality Roofing Material:

Always go with good quality material. Reputable contractors like to use good quality product so ensure that you have both.

4. Get Written Estimates:

Always get proper, written estimates on company letterheads. The estimate should also be an accurate description of work that is to be performed. Any work contracted out also needs to be clearly shown.

5. Compliance With Codes:

Always hire professional contractors who know the regional building and inspection codes. Contractors need to be in compliance with these codes all the time while working.

6. References:

Our team can not emphasize enough on how important this is. Homeowners should always ask for references. They should also call and check these references for quality of workmanship from contractor.

Finding the Right Balance:

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It is nearly impossible to find a flawless roofing service department. That is because anyone capable of performing all of the duties would ideally have to be great with customers as well. The problem we always see in the industry is an imbalance in customer service with regards to roofing skills.

Technicians may be great with people but if they cant diagnose and fix the problem they are pretty much useless to you. It is the ones that are able to do both of these things that you need to seek out and to keep satisfied because they run the risk of looking for other work constantly. Many times these type of individuals have ambitions to start their own company or attain a higher level position within the company. In short, finding the right balance is critical.

Good Roofing Service Department Protocols:

Protocols

A good service department always schedules the work properly. Customers are #1 priority. They need to be taken care of ASAP regardless of problem complexity. This takes some organizational skills as they will be required to drive all over the place and at each stop have to spend an undetermined amount of time. Leave some time between appointments, and also an emergency spot every day for those special situations that need to get addressed immediately. It helps to break down the jobs into piles that need to be scheduled with the homeowner present and those that can be completed when they are not home. Lastly, remember to keep the customer up to date about what is going on. There is no quicker way to create an enemy than by not communicating exactly what is going on. It makes the customer feel like you are ignoring them or just don’t care.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product ,both labor and material. This is something not common-practice in this industry. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out

Dark Color Roofing Shingles: Right Choice For Your Home

Dark Color Roofing Shingles

Dark Color Roofing Shingles:

In today’s post our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing discusses the importance of knowing how dark color of roofing shingles complement your home. We will also help ensure that you make a choice that will suit your home’s appearance. In addition we will also remind homeowners about how dark roofing shingles are almost always more suited to colder climates. Here in Michigan area, dark color roofing shingles are extremely popular too. Our team discusses further underneath.

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Climate Consideration is Important:

Climate Considerations

As mentioned earlier, the number 1 reason for choosing dark color roofing shingles should be your climate zone. Here in Southfield Michigan and Metro Detroit area in general, dark color roofing shingles are very popular for homes. The reasons are very simple. Color of roofing shingles keep homes energy bills from piling up. Roof colors affect the overall temperatures of your homes. Our team of experts explained this in an earlier post.

Reflection And Absorption of Heat:

Reflect or Absorb Heat

Reflection and absorption play an important part in how seasonal roof colors affect your homes. A well known fact that always escapes our attention is that roof colors affect your homes internal temperature. Another fact is that roofs with a lighter color reflect heat and high temperature. The opposite applies for dark color roofing shingles which absorb that heat and high temperature. This off course means that this heat gets transferred to the roofs below the roof.

Dark Color Characteristics:

Dark Colors

These colors include dark grays, blues and greens. They represent sophistication and contemporary architecture. Our experts recommend darker shades with white trims to bring out the contrast and personality of your home. For a great roof and siding color combination, we also recommend using darker shades for urban areas.The mix of old and contemporary architecture will develop your home build it’s own personality.

Are Dark Shingles More Suitable in Michigan Area?

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Dark color roofing shingles make sense in Michigan area. We sell a lot of them. In colder temperatures, people want more heat inside their homes. A darker shade roof captures and absorbs more heat compared to a lighter color roof. For this reason, our team here recommend darker colored roofs in older climate zones with long winters and short summers.

Verdict: Go For Dark Color Roofing Shingles?

Verdict : Roof Colors Affect Your Homes

In the end the decision is obviously the homeowner’s. We do know that roof colors affect your homes, and that is a fact. The Energy Department of US recommends lighter colored roofs for houses in warmer climates. But they also provide a caveat: lighter colored roofs may increase utility bills and energy costs in colder climate areas. Ultimately, it becomes a matter of personal preference. With the wide variety of roofing shades and materials available in the market, a suitable comprise can be achieved between the right color and local climate.

Call Us Today!

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We recommend homeowners contact professional roofing specialists as they can make suitable recommendations for the best roof colors. Here at American Standard Roofing we know of reliable solutions to enhance energy efficiency even if you like your current roof color and want to keep it. We can definitely help with how roof colors affect your home. Give us a call today!

Roofing System Moisture: A Brief Overview

Roofing System Moisture

Roofing System Moisture:

In today’s post, our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss roofing system moisture. While moisture is detrimental to all sorts of roofs, it applies specifically to flat roofs as well. This is because there is more chance for water to stand on flat roofs than sloping roofs. Roofing system moisture whether on flat or other types of roofs, is harmful to the roof. It can cause the building owners to spend considerable amount of money in the long-run if it is not taken care of.

How Roofing System Moisture Manifests Itself:

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Our team advises that it is best to learn what types of roofing system moisture exists to become better aware. We also emphasize that building owners and homeowners learn about these types. We also recommend you can do to protect your roof. This will automatically mean increased performance from your roofing system.

1. Small Moisture Generated by People:

Small Moisture

When keeping roofing system moisture in mind, always keep in mind the occupants. A little bit of moisture is very common in storage, warehouses offices and other buildings. The reason for that is warm air drifts upward along with moisture. As the air takes takes moisture up, it traps moisture between insulation and membrane of the roof. Our team advises that to keep this from happening, use staggered joints and multiple layers of insulation. We also recommend using cover boards if more than one layer of insulation is not possible.

2. Moisture Generated by Construction:

Construction Moisture

Another type of moisture that we have dealt with is the type that is generated by construction equipment and crews. Roofing system moisture sometimes is an issue even before a building is occupied. Our team explains that sometimes painting walls, curing concrete on outside and even installing drywall can trap moisture. We highly recommend going with professional construction crew who is familiar with these things. Our team also recommends having them use vapor barriers which help stop moisture build-up.

3. Large Moisture Created by Occupants:

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Finally, our team talks about large amounts of moisture that is created by building occupants. Our team suggests everything you can do to prevent build-up of moisture. Especially in large commercial buildings like mills, community centers with swimming pools etc. We recommend building owners should also make sure ventilation and air handling systems are in working order. We also recommend checking that they are designed to tackle all sorts of condensation.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We have with expertise in dealing with roofing system moisture. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product, both labor and material. This is something not common-practice in this industry. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.

Residential Roof Maintenance: Tips From American Standard Roofing

Residential Roof Maintenance

Residential Roof Maintenance:

Residential roof maintenance is an important part of home improvement. In today’s pot, our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing will discuss residential roof maintenance in detail. While we have covered this numerous times in the past, this issue is important enough for us to write about it again.

Michigan Extreme Weather:

Severe Weather

Michigan’s weather is not a secret. We have an extreme temperature be it the bitter winters, the harsh rainfall season or even the glorious sunny warm days. Homeowners always want their roofs to withstand this extreme weather. Our team here believes in the saying “prevention is better than cure”. We find that is is considerably easier and affordable to keep a roof well-maintained rather than having to make major repairs or replace it after a disaster. Roofs here in Michigan face strong winds, hail, ice, snow and intense sunlight. It is essential that they are properly maintained.

Good Tips:

Helpful Tips

Our team has come up with these very basic yet effective tips for homeowners. Follow these preventive tips and you might not have to shell out big bucks in repairs and replacements later on. These basic tips are as follows:

1. Keep Debris Away:

Maintenance Gutters

The first tip we like to give for preventive residential roof maintenance is this: keep debris away from your roof. Leaves and other small branches like wood can retain moisture. This will harm your roof over time. It can also become a fire hazard as debris can catch fire rather easily. We also recommend homeowners check building’s gutters and downspouts to ensure that debris is not clogging thereby forcing water to back up into the roof and other areas. This can cause damage to the structure. In short, by trimming trees and keeping debris away from building structure, homeowners can avoid costly repairs.

2. Regular Roof Inspections:

Passing Home Inspections

Our team also recommends regular roof inspections for good residential roof maintenance. We recommend periodic inspections to make sure the roof stays maintained. An inspection will also show any weaknesses like cracks, cuts or damages. We install a lot of shingled roofs. For shingled roofs, we highly recommend checking for missing shingles. For metal roofs, we advise to keep an eye out for dents and rust marks.

3. Standing Water Is Bad:

Emergency Exceptions

Standing water anywhere is bad for any building structure. This is especially true for roofs. Stagnant water standing anywhere on a roof is a red flag. Prolonged water beds on top of your roof can lead to soft spot and other moisture damage which will ultimately lead to costly repairs. Sometimes even a complete replacement is necessary simply because of standing water damage caused to the roof.

4. Be Proactive:

Preventive Measures

Another tip for residential roof maintenance is to be proactive. Proactive homeowners save a lot more money than those homeowners who just react to issues and fail to take preventive measures. A well maintained roof also survives extreme Michigan weather much better than a less maintained one. A roof that is not well maintained is bound to have leaks, cracks and deteriorating roofing materials. This will end up costing the homeowners a lot of money in repairs or even replacement.

5. Get Professional Help:

Winter Roof Replacement

Our final tip for homeowners looking into residential roof maintenance is to get professionals for any job. A well reputed, experience contractor knows what he or she is doing. They can give a deeper assessment of the roof condition. They will also be able to do a better job of repair or replacement than a do-it-yourself job. We highly recommend going this route.

We’re Here For All Your Maintenance Issues!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We have extensive experience with residential roof maintenance. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product, both labor and material. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.