Roof Measurements: How to Estimate Consistently

Roof Measurements

Roof Measurements:

In today’s post, our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing talk about roof measurements. It is important to for roof measurements to be consistent. Construction and other home improvement industries rely heavily on true roof measurements for their business. In today’s post we will explain why that is so important.

Important for Business Growth & Retention:

Business Growth

Our experts explain that successful businesses are always trying to get work. Workflow is especially important in roofing business. The only way to increase business and get more jobs is when roof measurements are accurate. Homeowners will get multiple estimates and a flawed roof measurement will instantly work against you.

Low Costs Win Projects:

Low Costs

Accurate roof measurements ultimately help business earn more business. If a roofing business can not measure a roof properly, it can not bid for for that project correctly. If that business can not build a project for the correct cost, then there will be no point in bidding. The reason? There will be no profits from that job. Businesses that do not make money do not remain in business long. It is absolutely essential that things start right from the beginning.

Checking After Completing Build:

Follow Up

A good quality build starts with a good quality roof measurement. Here at American Standard Roofing, we initially start with a satellite measure. We then follow it up with a ground measure estimate. As a business, one needs to make sure that the measurements are corresponding with the actual builds. Many times, you may notice that you are forgetting to account for enough of a certain material upfront. For example, hip and ridge or ice guard etc. Sometimes you may even notice that you are measuring correctly but material is still going missing or being over usedIn retail terms this is called shrinkage. This warrants immediate attention. It general means there is internal theft going on.

Accurate Roof Measurements Help Aggressive Pricing:

Accurate Roof Measurement

Our team advises that accurate roof measures general help with keeping costs low. This can help in making better offers to homeowners. When you are able to keep you build costs firmly in line, you are then able to more aggressively price material. Roofing is a very competitive industry. Lowering your margins exposes you to a major problem if you make the smallest of mistakes. This is what separates the pros from the amateurs. A professional contractor will be able to know exactly what a job is going to cost them before they finish an estimate.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. 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.

Planning Home Improvement: Don’t Overwhelm Yourself

Planning Home Improvement

Planning Home Improvement:

In today’s post our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss planning home improvement. Most of our customers are very ambitious when it comes to making upgrades to their homes. That said it is very important for homeowners to take it one step at a time when it comes to planning home improvement.

The Right Order To Do Things:

The right order

Planning home improvement is not easy. Our team has come across customers who start new home improvement projects in the wrong orderConventional wisdom dictates that if your roof needs replacement, you do not start painting your home. However, we are all human. We usually get caught up in the moment and make emotional decisions that we later regret.

Our team took time out to come up with some basic guidelines for planning home improvement. Homeowners should be able to bring some chaos to order with these. Following these basic guidelines will simplify your life drastically. That said, we also highly recommend hiring a professional for all roofing needs.

1. Start At The Top:

Top Down

Our team of experts indicate that planning home improvement should start from the top. That means your roof. A leaking or damaged roof can cause most damage to your home. We recommend getting an inspection by a reputable roofing contractor. Most will perform this service for new customers for free in hope that they will use the service when needed. A word of caution however: if you call a smaller company they may be inclined to sell you a repair or replacement that is not even needed. Always have work done by reputable contractors, period.

2. Work from Outside to Inside:

Outside to Inside

Planning home improvement, after the first step, should be followed by working from outside to inside. We advise homeowners to focus on exterior of the house after they have their roof taken care of.  It is important to know that it is the little things that will eventually turn into big issues. Small things like not maintaining gutters or painting every few years can come back in the shape of repair costs. Loose siding, rotten fascia boards, missing caulk etc, are all tiny things that you can take care of yourself. In addition to these things, if there are other major issues on the outside, do not be hesitant to call professional contractors. That move can end up saving homeowners a lot of money.

3. Structural Foundations:

Leaks

Our team advises that after the first two steps, slowly work your way back into the house. The homeowners focus next should be on structural and foundation issues. Check for any new cracks that appeared in your basement or any signs of leaking. If you have an exposed ceiling, make sure you don’t see any bending or warping of the floor joists. Cracking in the drywall can be a sign of too much moisture or the house is settling. If you suspect the former, make sure that your humidifier or furnace is set properly. In addition, our team recommends keeping your eye out for condensation build up on windows. The worse part is that condensation can cause mold to grow in your home.

Break It All Down In A List:

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When it comes to planning home improvement, slow and steady wins the race. Our team advises to remember to take it one project at a time. Make a list of things to do. Make sure that list is in the right order.  Do not start tearing into multiple rooms at once. It is best to break it down into a manageable disaster. This also prevents you from getting in over your head financially.

We’re Here For All Your Planning Home Improvement Help!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We know the background of every roofing material we use. We have the right home improvement tips for you. We also have over 36 years of experience in the roofing 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, for both labor and material. That is why we are number 1 metro Detroit roofers. Be sure to give us a call at (248) 350-2323 for all your roofing, siding and guttering needs.

Local Roofing Contractors: Good or Bad?

Looking For Local Roofing ContractorsThere is no doubt that looking for local roofing contractors should be a very big part of the roofing process. However, sometimes homeowners pay too much weightage in their decision making when looking for local roofing contractors. While in most cases our experts here at American Standard Roofing do advise homeowners to go local, it is not always the case. Our team advises that just because a contractor is nearby, it doesn’t necessarily mean they will have better service or products. Our team considers ourselves local the 50 mile radius we serve. We continue to provide quality products and service to the areas we serve. Something to keep in mind perhaps when looking for local roofing contractors.

Understanding Reasoning Behind Homeowners Looking For Local Roofing Contractors:

Having spent a fair amount of time in the roofing, sidings and gutters business, we have seen our share of customers. We have also seen many customers turn down extremely good offers from out-of-town contractors. The reason? Because they weren’t local to where the homeowners lived. Today we’ll look into this phenomenon a bit more and try to understand why it might not be such a good idea every time you are looking for local roofing contractors.

Does ‘Going-Local’ Really Have No Benefits?

Important Decisions

Most readers, after reading to this point would be asking this question. The answer however is not that simple. Yes, location is key when trying to find contractors. And in all honesty, most of the time it might be the best option looking for local roofing contractors. Not all the time though. The one thing homeowners need to understand is cost-effectiveness of their decision. On top of cost-effectiveness, homeowners need to consider the fact that sometimes it is easier for us to trust someone that lives close to us, or we have some sort of personal relationship with. Does that make this contractor within our proximity more qualified? Not really.

Here at American Standard Roofing, we have come up with a few questions that you can ask yourself if you get stuck in a situation looking for local roofing contractors:

  1. Is the total cost of the project coming out to be the same for both local and out-of-town contractors?
  2. Are there any added incentives from your local contractors?
  3. Is the local contractor fully licensed, bonded and insured?
  4. Most roofing contractors have a mileage radius drawn out where they will work. Most also have basically the same capacity to cater for emergencies, be punctual and provide equipment to site on time. What is the reason for giving the edge when looking for local roofing contractors?
  5. Finally ask yourself this: Will a local roofer fare better against a professional roofing contractor who is 30 miles away, but has excellent experience, knowledge and reputation?

The World is Getting Smaller:

Looking for Local Roofing Contractors: World Getting Smaller

Yes, it definitely is. Gone are the days when traveling to one place from another was a big task. In this day and age, contractors have equipment that is mobile, and vehicles that can easily carry all required product and materials. This makes looking for local roofing contractors versus out-of-town a bit easier to consider. Most roofing contractors with a good reputation will have their geographic area clearly identified. That renders close proximity as an attribute without any real value.

Sample Work Done by Contractors in the Past:

Sample Work Done

A good barometer for testing quality work is not by proximity but by past samples of work done. Most of the time, a local contractor might just be handyman looking for work. As noble as it may sound giving work to him, can homeowners really rely on his quality of roofing, siding or gutters work? Make no mistake, there is a world of difference between the quality works of professional contractors, versus someone working from the back of their pick-up truck. Here are some things homeowners looking for local roofing contractors can do for optimal results:

  1. Ask for samples from the local contractor. Just request addresses for the places they have done work. Go there, talk to people. Look at the work done. Is it up to your standards?
  2. Checking out local roofing contractors work done is also a good idea. It shows that the contractor has apt knowledge of working in your region. Different areas have different building codes and requirements set by law. Some areas require open roof inspection while some may require additional ventilation required by home inspectors. The more work your potential roofing contractor has done, the better.

Going Out-of-Town Betraying = Local Community & Neighborhood?

In short, not at all. Granted, it is a very noble thought. In this day and age, technological advancements have made things more complicated. Consider the fact that majority of people buy from the internet from websites such as Ebay and Amazon. A lot of products are manufactured overseas and brought stateside. The internet age has rendered proximity useless. We interact with people over social media and phones 24/7. The world has indeed gotten smaller.

Local Community

There are many ways one can contribute to the local neighborhood and community. Homeowners can give back to the community by attending social and charitable events, raise funds for local causes and contribute their time and hours for all sorts of volunteer work. Look, When it comes to replacing or repairing roofs and working on sidings and gutters, we can assure homeowners that they do not want to be spending money looking for local roofing contractors who do shoddy work. This is irrespective of whether it is a local or out-of-town contractor. If homeowners can find a local quality roofing professional, that is great. But if not, they should not hesitate to look for contractors who are farther away but can still cover the home the area is in.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We have extensive experience with any gutter guard system 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.

Roofing Disasters: How to Avoid Them

Roofing Disasters

Roofing Disasters And How To Avoid Them:

Roofing disasters happen when you leave roof unnoticed. Our team here at American Standard Roofing in today’s post will go over a few tips on how to avoid roofing disasters.

First Line of Defense:

Defence

The roof on your home is the first line of defense. It protects your home from roofing disasters caused by mother nature. This includes extreme temperatures, strong winds,  snow, ice and heavy rainfall among other things. Our team’s advice on the matter is to carry out a complete inspection. Do this inspection during the nicer spring times. Monitor both the interiors and the exterior. This can help avoid costly problems and issues that may arise due to roofing disasters.

Danger Signs of Roofing Disasters:

Our team advises to look for these key danger signals that indicate your roof is not properly protecting your home:

Water:

Water

Our team recommends doing a complete home inspection. Homeowners should start with a check for leaks in the attic. That can prevent roofing disasters waiting to happen. This can occur and be most obvious after heavy, driving rains. Also walk through each room of the house and inspect walls and ceilings. Ceiling spots can be another warning sign your roof needs repairs. And peeling of interior or exterior paint or wallpaper, sometimes from excessive moisture or high humidity, can be a sign of possible inadequate attic ventilation. If more ventilation is needed, it can be relatively easy and inexpensive to install-even if you don’t need a new roof.

Cracks:

Cracks

The most common leak sources on the outside include cracks in flashing around the chimney and vents.  Worn-out, decayed or missing shingles are also very common. Check your gutters for debris, including granules in the gutter too. This can help avoid roofing disasters. If you find an excessive amount of granules, it may indicate aging shingles that should be replaced. As you are up on the roof, check for any missing, cracked or curled shingles. These should be replaced quickly to avoid structural damage to your roof deck and the interior of your home.

Shingles:

Shingles

If any shingles are blistered, decayed or “dirty looking,” they need to be replaced, too.

Contact Professional Roofers:

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Finally, if you find any of these potential problems and are in need of repairs, the first and most important step to take is to find a competent roofing contractor. Always remember to 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.

Give Us a Call Today!

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We recommend homeowners contact professional roofing specialists. 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!

Southfield Leaking Roofs: Quick Guide for Homeowners

Southfield Leaking Roofs

Southfield Leaking Roofs:

In today’s post our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss leaking roofs. And Southfield leaking roofs in specific. This is an important issue for homeowners. Today we will try to identify the sources for Southfield leaking roofs, and how quickly identifying them can help in stopping small issues turn into bigger problems.

Very First Step:

First Step

Our team explains that the very first step to any such issues is to stop the leak wherever it is happening. Because of the climate Southfield leaking roofs need extra attention. Natural elements are not roofing material friendly. Water, in specific can penetrate almost anything. All forms of precipitation can prove to be a roofing system’s Achilles heel. Here at American Standard Roofing, we strive to install roofing systems that tolerate all natural elements in all seasons. Not only that, we also want to make sure precipitation does not creep it’s way inside the roofing system.

Determine the Source:

Source

Here in Michigan, we have a lot of precipitation. In order to stop Southfield leaking roofs it is important to identify source for that leak. We all know that leaks are simple to repair. The bigger task however is determining where that leak is occurring. In our experience, when homeowners identify a leaking spot in their ceiling, they often assume that the leak is right above that. That is not the case most of the time, in our experience. Leaks are sneaky. They have a tendency to travel down rafters or edges. That spot on the ceiling can also be condensation gathering up. We have seen our fair share of leaks thought to be as roof leaks. They were actually plumbing leaks. Another one was an air conditioner leak which traveled on to that spot in the roof.

Sources for Roof Leaks:

Leaks

In today’s post, our team has identified some common sources for leaking roofs. Our team advises checking against all these things before customers can come to a conclusion. If customers are still unable to figure things out we recommend contacting professionals for best results. Here are a few of the main sources for Southfield leaking roofs:

  1. Most important: missing or damaged shingles. Also make sure seams are in tact.
  2. Inspect flashings and seals. If they are damaged that means it is suspect.
  3. We always emphasize on the importance of proper attic ventilation. Improper ventilation gives way to moisture. You do not want accumulation of condensations anywhere near the roof.
  4. Ice dams are a major problem especially in winters. They prevent water from running off and force water to go underneath shingles. Big red flag.
  5. We have seen skylight flashings improperly installed giving way to water. We have also seen old flashings give out. Keep an eye out for them.
  6. Strong winds and rain. These cause damage to even the best roofing systems.

We’re Here For All Your Leaking Roofs Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We know the background of every roofing material we use. We know how to deal with leaking roofs! 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.