Common Roofing Issues: Quick Guide by American Standard Roofing

Common Roofing Issues

Common Roofing Issues:

In today’s post our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss some common roofing issues. With the spring ahead of us, our team recommends that homeowners become aware of these common roofing issues when they discover leak in the roof. This will help homeowners diagnose issues early and take measures to address them.

The 4 Most Common Problems:

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Our team indicates that roof leaks are hard to source. It is very difficult to find where the leak is originating from. Sometimes a ceiling spot can be the result of a plumbing leak in a separate room altogether. While it is one of the common roofing issues there are many different contributing factors to a leaking roof. This can vary from the age of the roof to the quality of the original installation. Below, our team will discuss 4 of the most common roofing issues we have come up with.

1. Clogged Gutters and Downspouts:

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This is the number one issue our team comes across. Gutters are an integral part of any home roofing system and are important when you consider maintenance and other roofing issues.

Why Are Gutters Important?

Debris, if not cleaned up, turns into sludge in the gutters. Home’s gutters are important to keep clean for following reasons:

  1. The weight of the debris can press down on the gutters and weigh them down.
  2. This sludge can also attack the metal coating of the gutters.
  3. Leaves and debris from tree burns very easily. Debris is a big fire-hazard. Some states like California even require gutter guards for homes, to keep debris out.
  4. Another one among common roofing issues is water flow. A clogged gutter causes water to back up, not flow properly and get underneath the siding and the foundation of the home. This can have huge consequences in the long run.
  5. Gutters can become breeding places for insects, reptiles and other vermin if not cleaned regularly. Mosquitoes can become a huge concern.

All of these factors can negatively affect the lifespan of the home’s gutters.

2. Damaged & Aging Shingles:

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In our experience, roofing shingles generally last the manufacturer’s warranty time period. Give or take a few years, off course. Our team advises that it is very important for homeowners to know when the shingles were installed. The average lifespan of shingles is roughly 30 years. Even then, aging shingles is among common roofing issues we see.

How to Check Shingle Condition:

A good indicator of deteriorating shingles is the amount of granules lost in the gutters alongside the eaves. A good method to measure how much the roof has deteriorated is comparing granules lost each year and estimating how much life is left. Among common roofing issues, this is harder to keep track of simply because it takes longer to compare year one from year 15. It is important however to know this because it can save homeowners a lot of money. It is better to replace deteriorating shingles than having to replace whole roofs and foundations because water seepage due to bad shingles.

3. Deteriorating Pipe Boots:

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This is among common roofing issues as well. A vent pipe boot is a type of roof flashing that consists of metal or plastic base with a dome shape rubber boot. It is designed to fit snugly over the plastic vent pipes. The base lies against the roof with its top portion covered by shingles above to shed any water.

How to Check Condition:

In our experience the most common failure of this type of flashing occurs when boot cracks or peels away. This can be due to prolonged exposure to direct sun (heat) or other extreme weather conditions (rain, thunderstorms snow/ice etc). This will consequently allow water penetration damaging the roof.

4. Rotting Fascia Boards:

Rotten Fascia

Rooting fascia boards are among the most common roofing issues, according to our team. Just to give readers a picture, fascia is the lower part of the roof, that covers the eaves. The rain gutters we discussed above are situated just below the fascia. Bad gutters that are not cleaned and have stagnant water will ultimately lead to rotten fascia because of moisture in the area.

Why is it Important?

As common roofing issues go, a bad and rotting fascia is detrimental to any roof. This is because a leaking fascia means moisture is getting into the eaves. This can lead to mold growing inside the structure which is a major health concern. Our team advises that the best time to replace fascia is when roof is being replaced. This can help save any additional costs from occurring later on.

We’re Here For All Your Common Roofing Issues!

 

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We have extensive experience with common roofing issues in market today. 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.

Choosing Shingle Colors: Basic Roofing Guide for Homeowners

Choosing Shingle Colors

Choosing Shingle Colors:

In today’s post our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing help homeowners in choosing shingle colors. There are several tips that our team would like to give. These tips will help homeowners in choosing shingle colors and making it a more simpler ordeal. Roofing shingle colors basically define your home and it’s character. Therefore it is very important to make the right color decisions.

Roof Replacing Process:

Process

As our team points out, choosing shingle colors seems easy enough but can turn into a complex process very quick. This is because homeowners have to cater for siding colors at times and various other factors as well. Given the fact that tastes and preferences vary from customer to customer, there is no perfect formula for choosing shingle colors. Still, our team has come up with a few tips for homeowners to ease the pain.

1. Observe What You Like & Dislike Closely:

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When it comes to choosing shingle colors, there is no one standard formula. Our team advises that the best way is to look at homes you like in the neighborhoods. Check out how their color combinations sit with siding, trims etc. Compare these homes with what you do not like. This should give homeowners a good picture of what they want.

2. Get Actual Shingle Samples From Contractors:

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This is a very common mistake that we have seen homeowners make. We regularly see customers make purchases after looking at sales brochures from manufacturers. This does not give a very good idea when choosing shingle colors. Always have full size samples available to you. Reputed contractors have those available. Make sure they are the exact same color you are interested in as well. Also keep a look out for granules and shades.

3. Check for Similar Color Installs Near You:

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Our team advises that once homeowners have short-listed the colors they are leaning towards, it is best for a road trip. Ask the contractors for addresses of similar color installation homes. Then drive to those locations and check out the homes yourself. This will give you a very good idea how the home looks from the street and even up close as you drive by.

4. Let Technology Help You:

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Our team recommends using online softwares available for choosing shingle colors as well. One of our biggest suppliers, GAF have a whole page dedicated to easy remodeling apps and features. After simply downloading your home’s photo, users can play around with colors. We recommend homeowners try this page and get a good feel of how their home would look like.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

 

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We have extensive experience with choosing shingle colors. We have extensive experience with roof measurements as well. 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 Shingle Manufacturing Process: A Basic Explanation

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Roofing Shingle Manufacturing Process:

Our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing decided to talk about the manufacturing process roofing shingle goes through. As professional contractors who do a lot of roofing work, we want our readers and customers to know the very basics of how shingles are made.

Manufacturing

Roofing Shingle Basics:

There are two different types of asphalt shingles, organic-based or fiberglass-based. In recent years, many shingle manufacturers have had issues with organic based shingles deteriorating early, so most of the products that you can buy now are fiberglass based. We have a lot of product that is fiberglass based.

Basics

  1. Shingle Base for Organic Shingles: organic based shingles start with a mat (aka. base) of cellulose fibers, like recycled paper or wood. The fibers are mixed with water to make a pulp, dried into sheets, and then wound onto a long roll. This is then run through a tank filled with how asphalt, so the felt ends up covered with a layer of asphalt and ceramic coated mineral granules.
  2. Shingle Base for Fiberglass Shingles: fiberglass based shingles are a little bit different in that the mat is made out of fibers of glass. This mat is then covered with a layer of asphalt and granules, just like the organic based. They are lighter than organic shingles, and more fire resistant.

Adding Granules:

Granules

The granules that are adhered to the shingles serve a couple of purposes. The protect the roof from UV rays, help increase fire resistance, and provide the color for the shingle. For increased algae and stain resistance, they are often mixed with copper.

Roofing Shingle Packaging:

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The final step is packaging. After the mats are coated with asphalt and granules, they are cut to shape and sorted into bundles. After testing, these bundles are then packaged, labeled, and shipped to a supply house near you.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Shingle Needs!

 

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We know the background of every roofing material we use. 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 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.

Roof Soft Spots: Homeowner’s Guide

Roof Soft Spots

Roof Soft Spots:

Roof soft spot are fairly common in our industry. We see weather changes and roof soft spots start appearing. It is early March and we are beautifully transitioning from the bitter cold winters to sunny and pleasant spring time, here in Michigan. In order for your roof to continue being in great condition, it is extremely important to make sure that you have your roof clean and inspected during this time.

But Roofs Are Expensive!

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We all know that maintaining the roof of your home is one of the best ways to protect it, especially in areas prone to extreme cold. Think of your roof as an investment: you reap the dividends in the long-run. Roof soft spots need to be looked at remedied. If you do it now you might save yourself money later.

What is a Roof Soft Spot?

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One of the most common questions we receive here at American Standard Roofing is about roof soft spots usually after a weather change. That dip in the roof with a soft spot is indicative of the fact that you should have your roof repaired ASAP. The reason for these soft spots is that the layer underneath is probably very soaked due to gaps in the shingles cause over time and weather changes, and the water is seeping through the sheeting. Most roofs have plywood sheeting underneath the roofing tiles or shingles. Over the period of manufacturer’s designated roof lifetime of 25-30 years, that plywood is exposed to heat in the summers, heavy rains, and the winter weather and cold dampness it brings. Plywood will weaken over time, possibly softening in places where the wood has gotten damp because of a gap between shingles.

What Should I do?

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A soft spot on your roof doesn’t necessarily mean you need a full roof replacement. It is important to note though that most of the time, if you have identified one soft spot, there are chances that there will be more soft spots. That is one of the reasons why it is important to have your roof checked by an expert professional. Roofing professionals who are experienced know what warning signs to look for, and may be able to point out potential issues before you might need to spend extra on costly repairs later on. That soft spot may turn out to be nothing major, but it might also be a big leak catastrophe waiting to happen. A properly installed, well ventilated roof not only keeps water from coming in, it allows heat and moisture inside the house to escape without building up in your rafters and encouraging mold growth. Having the right gutter set up to route water off of your roof can save you, the homeowner, a lot of potential issues as well.

It’s Just a Natural Phenomenon:

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It is also a fact that changing weather conditions are the biggest problem for your roof. The roof has to deal with hail, strong winds, scorching heat and heavy rains year after year. In our experience, we have seen hail and wind remove pieces from the roof which then give way to direct water seepage ultimately incurring more costs to you than just those of roof repairs.

Our Advice:

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Our advice to the readers if they see a soft spot on their roof, or a spot that looks damp inside is this: do not procrastinate. The more time you waste, the higher the chance is that you will end up spending more in repair or replacement costs. Call a professional roofer. Your wallet will thank you later.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

 

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We know what to do with roof soft spots. We have with expertise in increasing roof life expectancy as well. 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 Goals: How Long Term Planning is Key

Roofing Goals

Roofing Goals:

In today’s post our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing talk about roofing goals and how long term planning can help achieve results. Roofing goals are important to be established if you are a small business owner looking to do big tings.

Big Picture:

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Our team advises that if you don’t see the big picture, then you tend to lose focus of what really matters. Therefore, it is important to find a perfect balance. From a roofer’s perspective some things are important to note for roofing goals. Business has evolved and many industry leaders have now decided to completely throw out the idea of the five year plan. Why? Because the landscaping is changing so fast. The thought is that anything beyond a one year projection is just a hypothetical fantasy. Even in the home improvement industry, we are seeing things progress quicker and quicker.

Internet is our Friend:

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There are some new up and coming and older companies on the internet these days. For a small roofing business to succeed integrating with these is a great idea. Additionally, there are countless other startup companies that are attempting to infiltrate this murky landscape. Some succeed and some burn out quickly. It is up to the small businesses to know who to invest with and make sure that they have short-term goals ready for long-term success.

Small Business Owner Advice:

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So then, as a small business owner, where do you focus your time and efforts? Our team explains that eventually bigger companies will swoop in and take over, but who knows exactly when that will happen. In the meantime, constructive short term goals are the way to go. Question yourself this: is there any way that you can position yourself to be in a favorable position when something like this happens? The decision might be a gamble but it will be smart decision nonetheless. Finally, our team advises that it is better to at least try something in the interim, and if at all possible to accomplish goals that will serve a short term purpose as well.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

 

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We have with expertise in increasing roof life expectancy. 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 Search: A Quick Glance

Roofing Contractor Search

Roofing Contractor Search:

In today’s post, our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss how to properly execute a roofing contractor search. We know that finding a contractors for your home improvement needs is tough. We also know that there are several factors you should consider before deciding to go with a particular contractor. We will discuss some key factors for roofing contractor search and help homeowners understand it’s importance.

Internet is Your Friend:

Internet is your friend

The first place to start a roofing contractor search is from the internet, our team advises. There are many benefits of surfing the internet for your roofing contractor search needs.

  1. It is convenient.
  2. You have access to so much information.
  3. Search engines like Bing and Google make researching a breeze.

But Still be Careful on the Internet:

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We may have established that roofing contractor search is easy. What we have to cater for is that there also are a lot of things homeowners should be careful about it too. Internet is a vast space accessible to everyone. This includes shady companies looking to get the attention of naive homeowners doing a roofing contractor search. Here are some of the things homeowners should be careful about when ion the internet:

  1. Be careful in reading reviews: if the names are shady and reviews are similar looking one-liners, make sure you research it further. People either leave bad reviews, exceptionally good reviews, or nothing at all.
  2. Learn to differentiate between fact and ads: some creative ads out there are made to target innocent homeowners not knowing what to look for. Always do your homework and try to learn as much as possible about the contractor.
  3. Always check the business with BBB: Better Business Bureau still remains a great yardstick to measure competency of a business.
  4. Check with Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor: These two are leading home improvement related websites with business listings and true reviews.

Always Look for Referrals:

Our team advises that some homeowners make the mistake of roofing contractor search by taking this step first. We advise that homeowners first do their homework and then ask family, friends and coworkers. We recommend this for a very simple reason: referrals can sometimes veil your reasonable research efforts. If an acquaintance has success with a certain contractor it also does not mean 100% success for you. You have your own needs and requirements. Our team has heard fare share of stories about referred contractors ripping homeowners off simply because they could.

Referral

That being said, we rely heavily on referrals in our business. It is also our single largest lead source. From a contractors perspective we can tell you that y cultivating good relationships with the customer base, we effectively reduce our advertising expenses. That too by almost 75%. We still do not expect people to hire us based on someones word alone. We let our work and professionalism do the talking.

Do Your Homework:

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Our team can not emphasize on this enough. Always do your homework. Know what product and materials you want. Also know how you want the end result to come out like. And most importantly, get multiple quotes. Shop around for the best deal that you can get. That enables homeowners to be more aware of what options they have available. Consequently this leads to good decision making.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

 

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If you’re doing a roofing contractor search, look no further. 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. Be sure to give us a call at (248) 350-2323 for all your roofing, siding and guttering needs. You can also visit our website for any help or ideas your might need for roof and siding color combinations and types for your home.