Roof Shingle Color: How To Pick Your Color

Roof Shingle Color

Roof Shingle Color:

In today’s post, our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing advise on how to pick the right roof shingle color. The task might seem easy enough but various factors go in deciding the right roof shingle color.

Color Guide

It’s Just a Color Right?

Well, true. But when replacing a roof, picking a roof shingle color can become quite a task. We have seen a variety of customers in our business.

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Needless to say, everyone has distinct taste and preferences. Consequently, this makes it harder for us, as expert, to weigh in on best roof shingle color. We don’t exactly have a one size fits all formula. What we do have however are some good tips for homeowners.

Observe Other Homes:

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Our team recommends observing homes and neighborhoods with colors you have in mind. We also advise particularly noting different combinations of exterior facades such as trim, brick, stone and/or siding. Once homeowners have shortlisted the homes and neighborhoods they like, they can then shortlist. This will help in giving homeowners a real feel of what their home may look like.

Get Sample Shingles from Contractors:

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Roof shingle color is very important. Our team advises that it is always best to get full size samples. This will show how the roof shingle color looks in person. Always get a full-size sample from the contractor as they have those. Our team highly recommends not to make a final shingle color selection from manufacturer sales brochures. They do not show the real colors and do not give a fair idea.

Available Colors:

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Our team explains that some colors may not be available in certain geographic areas. Homeowners should always contractors about availability. Roof shingle color can get very deceptive. We advise customers to look very closely at granules of the shingles. In addition, we also advise making sure you keep in mind the siding and other neighborhood home colors. You want your home to stand out, but only in a good way.

Check Previous Work from Contractor:

Sample Work

Finally, this is a big one. Once color preferences have been narrowed, homeowners should always ask contractors addresses of some homes where complete installs have been performed. It is good to take an idea. It’s worth the time to drive by and have a look. It is easy as well because most roofs can be viewed from the street. That should give a great idea how potential home would look like.

Call Us For Your Roof Shingle Color Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We have extensive experience with roof 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.

Leaking Roofs Signs: 7 Signs for Homeowners

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Important Leaking Roofs Signs:

In today’s post we go over some leaking roofs signs. Procrastination is a homeowner’s biggest enemy. Certain warning signs need immediate attention. If they are ignored, the problem usually gets worse and consequently more expensive to fix. Our experts here at American Standard Roofing have come up with a list of 7 warning signs of leaking roofs that need immediate attention. Taking care of them sooner will help lessening the home repair costs especially for your roof.

1. Roof is Missing Shingles:

Leaking Roofs Signs

If you spot a missing shingle, that is one of the important leaking roofs signs. A missing shingle might be indicative of a damaged sealant strip under the shingle. It can also point to a critter on your roof. A furry animal running over your roof can be responsible for loose or missing shingles. Our expert roofers here at American Standard Roofing recommend removing any tree branches or modes of access for these animal onto the roof.

If shingles become old and brittle, the sealant underneath them that holds them in place fails. Water can leak into the house if shingles are missing or loose. If you see missing shingles, the roof needs immediate attention.

2. Spots on ceilings:

Leaking Roofs Signs

This is one of the biggest signs of leaking roofs. A water spot shows that roof has a leak but it can be tricky to pin point the leak’s location. Our experts point out that a small leak is much harder to spot than a big one. The reason is because if there are only a couple of drips it’s hard to locate than a full-on bigger leak. water does not drip straight down. It trickles along the roofing panels before dropping on your insulation. This is when you see water marks on your ceilings. The best way to go about in this situation is to enroll the help of a professional roofing expert. A light spot on the roof could be condensation from plumbing or windows. But if this water spot appears only after rainfall, or increases in size and color, it definitely shows signs of leaking roofs.

3. Water spots on exterior walls:

 

Leaking Roofs Signs

Water spots and leak signs on the outside walls is a sign that the step flashing is damaged, rusted or loose. What is a step flashing? In layman terms, this is what connects the roof and the wall.

This type of leak is very similar to water spots on the ceilings, as explained above. If the damage appears and gets worse after rains, the problem is with a bad step flashing. Step flashing replacement is not a a very easy task as it has to be integrated properly with the roof and the siding. Our experts suggest hiring a professional roofing service to install these. What you do not want is two different sidings joined together and have a gap in between for water to seep through. We recommend keeping an eye for this one of the leaking roofs signs.

4. Gutters filled with granules after every rainfall:

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This is a clear indication of leaking roofs signs. This shows that shingles on the roof are disintegrating and their lifespan might be over. Our professional roofers here suggest that a little bit of granules collecting in the gutters is not a big concern. However, if homeowners see a lot of granules after a rainfall, check your shingles. Balding shingles without granules is a sign that you need new shingles. This is because granules protect the roof from sun’s UV rays. Once there are no granules, the shingles become exposed to extreme temperatures. This makes the shingles brittle and more open to exposure. Losing the granules simply means shingles are aging.

Before deciding to get new roofing shingles however, our experts advise to check if you’re shingles are still under warranty. That might save homeowners a lot of money.

5. Cracks in shingles on roof:

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Cracks in shingles is also another leaking roofs signs. It is a good indication that shingles have reached their lifetime. If you see balding shingles on your roof with no granules, that means they need to be replaced. If you didn’t see the granules washing away but are now seeing cracks, it means the same thing. Time to replaces shingles. Shingles crack because they have been exposed to direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. It is a good idea for homeowners to check if their shingles are still under warranty. If they are, it can end up saving money for the homeowner.

6. Cupped up shingles:

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We covered this in part in an earlier post as well for signs of leaking roofs. Cupping in shingles is more than likely due to improper ventilation in the attic. This leads to moisture getting trapped between insulation and the roofing panels. When the attic gets too hot, the heat generated from under the shingles can cause them to become curved as well. Another accepted reason is that when shingles get old, their corners turn up and they start becoming wavy. Our experts suggest that age of the shingles is more of factor than a hot attic when it comes to cupping or wavy shingles. The best solution if you spot wavy shingles on your roof: contact a professional roofer. If homeowners ignore this, the problem will only get worse and more expensive to fix.

7. Black stains on the roof:

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Black stains on your roof point out that there is algae growing on your roof (shingles). While it may not be a huge contender among signs of leaking roofs, it does have an unpleasant look to it. Who would want algae growing on their shingles, right? Power washing might solve the problem temporarily, but it might wash away the granules on the shingles. That is not a good solution.

The solution to this is simple. Our experts recommend placing zinc strips near the ridge of the roof. These strips release a fungicide when it rains. That can kill the algae growing on shingles. Another recommendation our experts suggest replacing homeowners existing shingles with algae-resistant ones when it’s time to re-roof.

Signs of leaking roofs: Summary

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If homeowners pay attention to these above mentions signs, this can help them in saving money. This will also help in cutting costs when it is time for a new roof. They say prevention is better than cure. We agree. Remember to give us a call for your roofing needs. We handle metal roofing as well as shingles. We have been in the business for over 36 years and we stand behind our work. Our professionals take pleasure in providing quality service and products. We meet or beat any quotes from our competition.

Roof Professional Assessment: Importance in Winter Time

 

Roof Professional Assessment Checklist

Roof Professional Assessment:

Having a roof professional assessment done is extremely important for homeowners. It is even more important when it is winter time. This is because a roof professional assessment can save homeowners costs and provide for a better and efficient home in the long run.

We have all the answers here at American Standard Roofing. Our experts will try to answer he common question on everyone’s mind this winter. That is whether it is smart to replace roof during this time of the year.

The answer? It depends.

Leaks:

Roof Leak

Roof issues can happen for multiple reasons. One of the most common type of problem is leaks. These typically start out small. They eventually however turn into bigger problems. Even a small roof leak can cause major damage to your home. In addition, roofing system breakdown has the potential to raise some deeper issues. Here is a list of some issues.

  1. Structural damage to the building.
  2. Blistering or peeling of walls on the inside and the outside.
  3. Deeper damage to inside walls.
  4. Damage to flooring.
  5. Molding.
  6. High energy costs.

In addition to the above mentioned possible issues, it can also mean a combination of these problems too. Because of above mentioned reasons, our team here at American Standard Roofing recommends roof professional assessment. It is always better to safe than sorry.

Emergencies Are Exceptions:

Emergency Exceptions

This goes without saying. If it’s an emergency situation, you will need a roof professional assessment. Consequently the roof will need to be repaired or replaced regardless of outside weather. That said, we did an earlier post for homeowners to not get pressured when looking for roof professional assessment or any purchase. We always recommend homeowners to do their homework. This includes getting multiple quotes. It also includes finding best bang for your buck.

Extreme Temperatures Require Roof Professional Assessment:

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Weather fluctuations can be very harmful to your roof. Roofing materials contract and expand with temperatures. Deeper issues can arise causing waste of resources unless you take care of your roof. That is why we highly recommend roof professional assessment.

Cold Winters Mean More Potential Damage:

Extreme Temp

Roof replacement depends on variety of factors. Deep and cold winter in your region can result in blow offs and sealing issues. That will make it a really tough winter for those living inside the home.

Roofer’s Prospective:

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From a professional contractor’s perspective, harsher conditions also mean a riskier workplace. It also means extra effort put in for quality work. In addition, below freezing temperatures tend to have a knack for increasing chances of failures when installing new roofs. It would require extra time. Some cases extra materials as well.

Our Recommendation

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Our advice to our readers and homeowners is simple. Have roof professional assessment done today. Once you decide to go ahead with repairs/replacement, visit the manufacturer’s website for the material being used. Be sure to check out all the installation information there. If the manufacturer suggests that said it would be okay as long as the product is installed a certain way, ask your contractor. Remember this. When in doubt, check with the manufacturer. Also  talk to your contractor.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We have a lot of experience with roofing ice guard. 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.