Maintaining Proper Flashing: How Important is it for Homeowners

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As our avid readers would know, we covered maintaining proper flashing in-depth in our last post. In today’s post, our team here at American Standard Roofing will discuss maintaining proper flashing and some important issues associated with it. We will further discuss what issues might pop up when maintaining proper flashing.

Maintaining Proper Flashing:

Is maintaining proper flashing import? Simple answer would be yes. Our team of experts advises that instead of repairing, homeowners should replace the flashing. Maintaining proper flashing is easier if it is new.

An important point is that over time, metal rusts and corrodes. This leaves your roof exposed to the elements that might penetrate through these holes and gaps. Our team reports that they see such situation with flashing as well as nail heads. If left unaddressed, both of these can cause a lot of financial pain and headaches.

Sometimes Replacing Just Flashing Isn’t So Simple:

Not So Simple

Sometimes replacing flashing is not so simple. It gets tricky sometimes. Our team indicates that you can run into these situations all the time. And that it may require more additional work later. It mostly happens when the vinyl siding needs to be completely removed. It is also common when there is a hardy board that you just can’t get the old flashing out from without causing damage to the entire wall or roof.

Creating More Damage Than It’s Worth?

Not Worth It

Sometimes situations arise where contractors end up creating more damage than it is worth. It does not necessarily mean the contractors do not know what they’re doing. It is just how things can get when maintaining proper flashing. We explain the biggest reason for this underneath.

Biggest Reason? Improper Home Design

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Maintaining proper flashing is sometimes hard because a lot of these homes were simply not designed well enough. Bad design leads to more costs. There are areas in which the water and snow will never properly drain. In addition most of the times, valleys on the roof end directly into a  wall. This leaves the wall open to leaks. In such a case it will not matter what kind of roofing system you install.

Our team explains that a lot of older homes were never designed with longevity in mind. It starts to become expensive as you try to rebuild basic architecture of the house in order to correct previous faults. This includes replacing even just the flashing. Homeowners simply need to make sure such a project undertaken is not because of laziness but after a knowledgeable contractor has looked it over and given the go-ahead.

Lifespan of Roof Flashing:

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We covered this in our earlier post as well. if you are having your roof replaced, it is best practice to get new flashing at the same time. Since you can see and access all parts of your roof flashing when the shingles are removed, this is the best time to replace it. Some roofing companies include flashing replacement in their estimate. Be sure to ask what is included when you are getting your bid. While flashing materials are designed to last at least the life of your roof, you will still need to maintain them. Resealing and caulking flashing periodically is normal. Same for making any necessary repairs after storms and harsh weather.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

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We understand that maintaining proper flashing can turn into a nightmare. Fear not. 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.

Roof Flashing: What Is It And Why Is It Important?

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Roof Flashing:

Roof flashing is often the most under-discussed roofing element in the entire roof flashing system. While Shingles might be the most talked about factor in the roof flashing system, flashings are equally important to prevent leaks and natural elements penetrating the roof. Our team here at American Standard Roofing can not emphasize enough on the importance of proper roof flashing installation. In today’s post will discuss in detail what roof flashing is. We will also go over how to inspect it for durability, its types and discuss it’s lifespan.

What Is Flashing?

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Flashing is basically a strip of material that is bent to fit your roof, and then installed in areas that need extra protection from water. It is designed to allow the roof and walls to expand and contract with temperature changes, without cracking and allowing leaks. In short, it is a thin layer of waterproof material that keeps water from getting into places it doesn’t belong. Examples of areas that may require flashing are around chimneys and other penetrations, where brick walls meet your roof, and where shingled areas meet flat roofs. Residential flashing is often made out of aluminum, but you might also see steel, lead, rubber, and various kinds of liquid flashing.

Roof Flashing Is Not Always Visible:

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Our team notes that homeowners aren’t always going to be able to see the flashing on their roofs. While some areas are exposed and fairly obvious, like where shingle meets brick, others may be hidden behind siding or other roofing materials. It is always a good idea to hire professional. They can better identify if your roof flashing needs work.

Inspecting Your Flashing:

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It is a good idea to do a basic inspection of your exposed flashing every year when you clean your gutters. Look for areas that are peeling away from the wall, severely corroded, or look bent or damaged in any way. If you aren’t sure, call your roofer for an annual inspection. Once water starts penetrating an area, it can cause a substantial amount of interior damage very quickly. Our team of experts advises it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Lifespan of Roof Flashing:

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If you are having your roof replaced, it is best practice to get new flashing at the same time. Since you can see and access all parts of your roof flashing when the shingles are removed, this is the best time to replace it. Some roofing companies include flashing replacement in their estimate. Be sure to ask what is included when you are getting your bid. While flashing materials are designed to last at least the life of your roof, you will still need to maintain them. Resealing and caulking flashing periodically is normal. Same for making any necessary repairs after storms and harsh weather.

Types of Roof Flashing:

Roof flashing are found in a variety of materials. Our team will discuss the common types of roof flashing and their attributes underneath.

  1. Aluminum: This type of flashing is easy to form. It is durable and relatively inexpensive. Be careful as aluminum corrodes if left in contact with alkaline materials like concrete or fiber-cement siding. It also will degrade from contact with the copper rich preservatives in treated wood in deck framing.
  2. Copper and Lead-Coated Copper: This type of flashing is expensive but durable. It is also harder to form than aluminum. Copper is more compatible with newer types of wood preservatives.
  3. Lead: Lead roof flashing is very soft and easy to bend.It is also durable. It does carry some health risk. It is a favorite of masons for chimney flashing.
  4. Galvanized Steel: This type of flashing is relatively inexpensive. The drawback is that it is not as durable as other choices.
  5. PVC: PVC (polyvinyl chloride) flashing is easy to work with. It is not affected by-treated wood. Our team considers that to be an advantage in deck building.

Call us for all Your Roof Flashing, Siding & Gutter Needs!

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American Standard Roofing serves all Metro Detroit area and a covers a 50 mile radius of the region. We offer our services to each and everyone within this service radius. We are Michigans #1 roofers and we have earned that title! Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 for all your roofing, siding and gutter needs. We are happy to help!

2016 Roofing Trends: An Insight Into What We Will Be Seeing

2016 Roofing Trends & Insights

2016 roofing trends can be predicted from last year’s market analysis. Here at American Standard Roofing, we believe that introspection is an essential part of progress. That is why we want to pay special attention to our work last year in order to accurately get insight on 2016 roofing trends. Our belief is that in order to better position our company for growth, we have to look at market conditions and recognize previous and 2016 roofing trends.

2016 ROOFING TRENDS:

Shortage of Skilled Labor:

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Our team suggests that this is one of the biggest industry trends recognized. Companies all across the market in this industry are struggling. It is getting harder to find and retain quality workforce.  In this post, we will go into depth on this trend as it is the biggest one of 2016 roofing trends. We will try to dissect it more for our readers.

FACTORS:

The shortage of skilled labor is a result of following factors.

1. Recession Times:

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Times have been hard on us. Many experienced workers left the roofing market during the recession times to find other work and just simply did not return. Then there were those who did rough it out during the recession but are at a retiring age. Or simply at an age where they just do not want to continue.

2. Lack of Interest:

Lack of Interest

On top of the older workers population and seasoned workers we have to cater for a whole generation. These younger workers no longer consider construction and roofing business as a worthy career option. In addition to that, many high school construction programs have diminished over time. They have decreased or even discontinued trade and industrial classes. Instead, more ‘higher status’ or ‘white collar’ career options are now being presented. With older workforce retiring, there is no one available to fill the empty slot.

In short, these two factors are key in determining why there is a shortage of skilled labor. Consequently they determine why 2016 roofing trends are showing what they are.

The Challenge:

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So, now the challenge becomes how to attract and retain people to the industry. And how to bring in new workforce to the construction industry. What is important to note is that this new generation, also called millennials, is growing fast. It will soon take over the Generation X and baby boomer generations. It will be a huge challenge to attract this generation to the roofing and construction industry.

The Solution:

Solution

Our team of experts at American Standard Roofing we have recognized these challenges and are taking steps to address them. A good first step for potential recruits would be to provide quality incentives. That would be to start thinking about flexible schedules, paid time-off and opportunities to grow.

While we can not speak for everyone else, our company is looking at opportunities for telecommuting and open work spaces to encourage innovative thinking. We recently, in fact, did a complete office redecoration for ideal employee conditions. We are also in the process of creating apprenticeship and looking into mentoring programs. Our goal is not just to attract young workers. We aim to have a place that can attracts and retains employees of all ages. We believe that our biggest asset is our workforce. Despite the shortage of skilled labor, we believe we can achieve industry success by employee satisfaction, communication and suitable workplace culture.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

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Even though labor shortage is the biggest one among the 2016 roofing trends, are here for you. And we are here full force with quality workforce! 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.

Roofing Process: How American Standard Roofing Stays #1

Roofing Process

In today’s post our team of experts talk about the roofing process adopted by American Standard Roofing. Our process is streamlined, and has been tried and tested with excellent feedback. Our reviews are extremely good as well.

ON-SITE ROOFING PROCESS:

Our roofing process is has been tried and tested over the past few decades.

1. Stripping Old Shingles:

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Our crew arrives early in the morning. They are very punctual from the start to the finish of the roofing process. Once on-site, they start stripping old shingles and preparing the surface for the new install.

2. Protecting Property:

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We pay special attention to protecting customer’s property in our roofing process. Our crew places tarps over the landscaping and boards over the windows. This is so that customer’s property does not get amaged from equipment and/or natural elements.

3. Wood Deck Replacement:

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Our crew then proceeds to take replace the wood deck which is present under the shingles. Our team does a 7 layer wood deck whereas the industry standard is a 3 layer. That elongates the life of the roof and helps keeping leaks to a minimum.

4. Underlayment and Material Installation:

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We install ice-guard 6 feet from all the eves and the valleys. Then synthetic or felt quality underlayment is applied. All of this is done according to manufacturer’s instructions that come with the materials.

5. Replace Flashing:

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We then continue to replace flashings and proceed to install ice-guard. That prevents leaks due to ice dams.

6. Recommended Materials Install:

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Our crew is licensed, insured and bonded. We have certified technicians on cite who install product as required by manufacturer. This ensures safe a a durable roofing process install.

7. Clean Up:

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We do a thorough clean-up after we complete the job using industrial magnets and powered equipment.

GIVE US A CALL!

American Standard Roofing stands behind all of it’s work. As certified and licensed roofing contractors, we know what we’re doing. We have over 36 years of experience in the industry, Our reputation is on the line the moment we set foot on site. Unlike our competitors, we do not care more about profits than job done. We believe in never sacrificing quality for an easy profit. We stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product,both labor and material. This is something not common-practice in this industry. Please remember to call us for any professional help you might need.

Choosing Right Roof Color: A Smart Guide For Smart Homeowners

Choosing Right Roof Color

Choosing Right Roof Color:

Choosing right roof color is an important part of being a homeowner. While we have covered this issue in the past, our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing have decided to weigh-in on choosing right roof color once again simply because of the buzz this topic creates among the contractors and homeowners alike.

What Homeowners Need to Consider:

Are you trying to figure out what color is best for your roof? Every home has different aesthetics and needs so finding the perfect color for your roof can seem daunting at first.

We’re here to help you find the best color roof for you. Below is a list of things that homeowners should take into account when choosing right roof color.

1. Know Different Type Materials:

Different Materials

There are a variety of materials that are used for roofing. Knowing which material you want to use will determine which colors are available for you to choose from. Clay tiles, slate, wood shakes, concrete tiles, metal and asphalt shingles all have different styles. Take into account the style of your home before deciding on the material you want your roof to be made of. Once you’ve decided on the right material, you can start looking at which colors are available and see which looks best on your home.

2. Light Colors vs. Dark Colors:

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We have also covered this in depth in the past. It is important when choosing right roof color because light colored shingles can keep your home cooler during the summer months and will save you money on air conditioning. If you find yourself spending a lot on A/C, lighter colored shingles will make your home more energy efficient. There are benefits to a darker roof though. During the winter months, dark colored shingles retain heat and will melt snow faster than their lighter colored counterparts. Darker shingles will also save you money on heating if you prefer a warmer home.

3. Find Home Complementing Color:

Complementing Color

Our team advises homeowners to choose a color that goes with the color of your home. Black, gray and dark brown shingles look great on almost any color home so if you’re looking for something traditional, these are the colors to choose. If you’re looking for something a bit more unique, try green, red or blue shingles. Using a mix of shades of gray or brown can give your house a different look without being as much of a statement as the brighter colors. Choose something that will make your home look its best and fits your personality.

4. Check With Homeowners’ Association:

Homeowners Association

When choosing right color roof, make sure to check from your homeowners association. Some neighborhoods only allow certain colored shingles. Make sure to check you are not violating any rules before you get your heart set on a specific look for your new roof.

Give Us a Call Today!

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We recommend homeowners contact professional roofing specialists as they can make suitable recommendations for choosing right roof color. 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 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!

Simple Roof Financing Options: We Make It Easy as 123

Simple Roof Financing

Simple Roof Financing:

Simple roof financing is garnering a lot of attention this season. While we have done numerous simple roof financing posts in the past, our team here at American Standard Roofing will be doing one more for homeowners.

Be Careful When Looking for Financing:

Be Careful

Our team advises homeowners to be careful when shopping for simple roof financing. It is tough enough trying to find a qualified roofing contractor and then negotiating a fair price. But, when roofing companies hear that you are financing, their whole game plan changes. Now, they want to sell you on a payment and upgrade packages. While they are at it, they will also want to sell you new gutters, windows, and insulation. Our team’s advice is simple. Take your time and do your homework like we remind our readers on our blog. There are a bunch of financial institutions ready to lend money out there for simple roof financing options. Homeowners just need to research well before deciding.

What Homeowners Should Do:

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While there has been a crack down in the finance industry, the home industry still has many predatory lenders. We still see a lot of deceptive practices and tricks being used for simple roof financing. In our previous articles we have discussed what type of financing you should ask about when looking to purchase a new roof. In summary:

  1. Homeowners should make sure the loan is simple interest.
  2. Make sure it is an unsecured loan with a fixed interest rate.
  3. Before getting to details regarding loan, homeowners need to make sure they are purchasing good quality product from a reputable company. Always make sure you are getting a fair deal.
  4. Tell the prospective contractor that you will be financing but do it at the end. If you disclose this information to early they can either try to take advantage of you, or sell you things that you just may not need.

In short, our team suggests advises that there are costs involved in financing that need to be taken into account. Homeowners have to decide if that is the best way to go or not when considering simple roof financing.

Always Negotiate!

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Our team advises that homeowners negotiate their best deal based on the total, final price. Do not let amount of monthly payments be a decider. This is common trick used to deceive customers who are looking for simple roof financing. A small monthly payment may sound good but it adds up in the long-run. It is even worse if you have to pay fines on it in case you get late.

Be Careful With Down Payments:

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Our team also advises that homeowners be careful about giving the contractor any money up front when financing. There have been instances in the past where customers have been duped to pay inflated payments mid way through the project after they have made a hefty amount as down payment. Always remember, having an open credit line doesn’t mean you can be taken advantage of. Stick with the total amount at the start of the project till the end of the project.

We’re here to help!

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Now that you know what to look for in a loan, you can apply directly through our website. We are licensed, bonded and insured contractors. We will find you the best roof loans for bad credit available. We’re Michigan’s #1 roofers. We have been in business for over 36 years. We know the right people who can get you financing. Call us today at (248) 350-2323. Or CLICK HERE. We’ll get you approved!

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Southfield MI Roofing: Important to Hire Professionals

Southfield MI Roofing Contractors

There is a big number of Southfield MI roofing contractors available if you look up yellow pages. New roofing companies and people keep popping on the Southfield MI roofing radar. While it is important to keep a track of competition, it is equally important for our team at American Standard Roofing to provide quality service. Not every new business is capable of that. In today’s post, our team of experts will discuss what the state requirement is to become a roofing professional. We will also discuss Southfield MI roofing and why it is important to hire professionals.

Geographical Proximity: Southfield MI Roofing

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Speaking in terms of regional areas, our business office is located in the northwestern part of Southfield city. Our office address is 29231 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield MI 48034. While we cover a 50 mile radius as our service area from Metro Detroit, sometimes customers prefer to go local. Should the proximity from a home deter homeowners from hiring Southfield MI roofing professionals? Short answer: no. We also discussed the pros and cons of that in an earlier post by our team of experts as well.

State Requirements to become Southfield MI Roofing Professional:

Unfortunately, it is not very hard to become a roofing professional in the great state of Michigan. We say unfortunately because a shady workforce with shoddy quality workmanship can be the result of these loose state requirements. In the end it is the customer who suffers. Our team discusses below.

Homeowners Suffer the Most:

Homeowners Suffer Most

It is the homeowners in the end who become victims of poor quality services and products. All because of lax state requirements. Southfield MI roofing professionals are a dime a dozen because it is so easy to become a roofer. How do homeowners suffer the most? Well the reason is simple. There are a lot of low budget, shadily operating companies out there. They offer services at discounted rates which are impossible to beat simply because of sub-par product quality and workmanship. This results in a plethora of problems and issues for their customers.

State Requirements:

So what exactly are the basic requirements from state for install a residential roof? They are just two that need to be met.

  1. The first requirement is you are supposed to hold a Michigan’s Residential Builders License. What exactly does it take to earn one? (a) Basic knowledge of the construction industry. (b) Capability to calculate formulas at a fifth grade level. (c) Reading comprehension of about the same fifth grade level. As our readers can figure out, this is by no means hard to achieve. That said, it is obviously something very important to have if you are keen to have a Michigan residential builder’s license.
  2. The second requirement is that you carry insurance. By law, all roofing contractors need to have insurance.

Homeowners need to do their homework:

Research

As explained above, these are the only two things needed to become a Southfield MI roofing professional. While they are a requirement, please note that the concerned authorities generally do not check to make sure that contractor has valid MI residential builders license. They also mostly never check whether they have insurance either. That means it is up to homeowners and people looking to get work done, to verify whether the contractor satisfies these two requirements.

Think Quality Not Just Cost:

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Just like everything else in the world, the right balance is very important. While costs might be important, remember that a bad installation can come back and haunt you. There needs to be a good balance between the quality of work and products and the costs incurred by the homeowner.

Sure quality comes at a price. We understand that. Especially when it comes to Southfield MI roofing industry. But that doesn’t mean you should compromise on quality of work.

Check Contractor’s Paperwork:

Check Paperwork

In our experience, we have seen many shady contractors try to fool the people and the state. We have seen such people work around expired paperwork and permits. They sometimes even go so far as to forge documentation. Once again, it is up to the homeowners to verify and check documentation authenticity. There is an easy way to do this. As per our team’s recommendation, see these licenses and policies yourself. After that check the state website and call the insurance company to verify their authenticity. Always remember to do your homework. It can save you costs and a lot of unwarranted headache later. Southfield MI roofing contractors are plenty. It is up to you to check if they are worth your time and money.

Call Us For All Your Roofing Needs!

American Standard Roofing stands behind all of it’s work. As certified and licensed roofing contractors, we know what we’re doing. We have over 36 years of experience in the industry. Our reputation is on the line the moment we set foot on site. We care more about quality of work than profits. We also believe in never sacrificing quality for an easy profit. We stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product, both labor and material. This is something not common-practice in this industry. Please remember to call us for any professional help you might need.