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.

Siding Questions: Important Tips for Homeowners

Siding Questions

Siding Questions:

In today’s post our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss some commonly asked siding questions we receive. We also give homeowners some tips about trims and sidings.

Some Basic Knowledge:

Basics

Our team here as diligently come up with a few basic siding questions. We see a lot of these during our work. In our expert opinion, these siding questions wen unanswered can become a cause of concern for homeowners later on.

1. How to Choose Your Siding Color:

Color Siding Questions

This is one of the most frequent siding questions we receive. Our usual advice regarding color siding questions go for symmetry. Homeowners should choose colors that compliment the neighborhood colors as well as their own home’s colors. Color siding questions are also important because they reflect on homeowner’s personal taste and preferences as well. We covered colors siding question in another article as well. Please visit our page for more information.

2. How Long Do Sidings Last?

Roof Life Expectancy

This is also one of the popular siding questions. We offer a 30 year labor and product warranty on all our services. Homeowners can expect our sidings to last at least 30 years but most likely, they will outlast that number it will outlast you. We see very few siding repair jobs if they have been installed properly. One quick advice from our team is to pick a siding that is optimal for home’s climate conditions. This ensure a greater lifespan.

3. Will Siding Require Maintenance?

Proper Shingles Installation

The easy answer to it is this: maybe. Nothing on the outside of any home is ever maintenance free. That said, sidings require bare minimum attention. Homeowners can easily wash the sidings and they might require new paint after 10-15 years. But that is about the extent of it.

4. Are Sidings Expensive to Repair or Replace?

Roof Financing

This is also one of the common siding questions we receive. Obviously costs matter a lot to both contractors and customers. In general, the price varies with the scope of the project. If it is just a piece or a part of siding, things can get expensive. That is because such work requires finesse and might end up causing more damage. Our team advises that whenever you need sidings job done, have a complete install.

5. Should I Replace Windows With Sidings?

Window Siding

Finally, we often get asked if sidings and windows need to be replaced together. Our team advises for it. We think it is best if homeowners replace their windows and sidings at the same time. The reason is simple: installation at same time allows flashing installation and also stops any possible water penetration.

We’re Here For All Your Siding Questions!

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

Replace Roof Or Repair: Important Tips For Homeowners

Repair or Replace Roof

Good decision making can have a huge impact on any homeowner’s maintenance costs. Roof is a key component of any structure. More often than not, it is overlooked simply because it is not easy to access. In this article, our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing will discuss whether you should replace or repair roof when it seems like it needs maintenance.

Replace Roof Or Repair: Cost Consequences:

Whether you repair or replace roof, either one of these options will have associated costs. Obviously, the very first decision any homeowner needs to make is whether to simply repair the roof with patch up jobs or have complete re-roofing done.

Repairing Roof:

Roof Repair

As common sense would dictate, when it comes to the repair or replace roof conundrum, repairing is easier and inexpensive. A repair job usually involves replacing shingles. Torn or damaged shingles can removed and new ones put in place very easily. It might not be as aesthetically pleasing however because patch job may be obvious from afar because of faded and new roof colors of new shingles and older color of older existing shingles. Either way, a small price to pay if the repair would extend the life of homeowners roof for another decade or 15 years or so. This is a good option if you are planning selling your home in the next few years. Just ask your roofing professional to order matching shingles because an obvious patch job not only looks unappealing, it also might have a negative impact on property’s value.

Complete Roof Replacement:

Complete Roof Replacement

Even if only part of your roof is showing signs of wear, it’s wise to consider doing the entire job while the crew is on-site with iall of it’s equipment such as ladders, scaffolding and other materials. The reason why our team recommends this is because having a complete re-roof done at one time will be less expensive than doing one part now and the rest of the roof in a few years (which trust us, you will need to invest in).

Once you’ve decided to re-roof, you’ll have to decide whether to install your new roof over the current one. It’s either this or whether to tear the old one off. Once again, the choice comes down to saving a little money now and risking greater costs down the road. Or spending more now to do the job right and minimizing future costs. Once the contracting crew is up there, if you have only one layer of asphalt shingles, you may decide to have them removed even though you don’t have to. But again, doing that may save you money in the future.

Do Your Homework Whether it’s Repair or Replace Roof:

Whether it’s repair or replace roof, our team here at American Standard Roofing advises homeowners to follow the following guidelines:

  1. It is very important to obtain multiple quotes from same and different contractors. Whether it’s repair or replace roof, it helps in comparing process and the gives an idea of amount of needed work on your roof.
  2. Always ask contractors about the kind of warranty they provide on both labor and material. Reputable contractors almost always have more to offer in this regard
  3. In this day and age, reviews tell a lot about business. Go online, talk to people and get referrals. The better the reviews, the happier people are and it works in homeowner’s favor looking to repair or replace roof.
  4. Make sure that the contractor you are hiring is ranked with BBB and has a positive rating. Better Business Bureau has been around for a while and can help with identifying good contractors from the bad ones.
  5. Make a decision whether investing in a new roof is what you want or if you are okay with more frequent repair jobs. Most important decision when it comes to repair or replace roof.
  6. Make sure the contractors are licensed, bonded and insured. The last thing homeowners want is the liability falling on their heads for any mishaps that might arise during projects.

Our Advice:

While we understand that initial costs for a re-roof may be much more than a simple repair, a new roof will last homeowners for decades. A complete roof replacement job will never bother the homeowners for at least a decade or more. It becomes less of a hassle for homeowners because with roof repair chances are you will be contacting someone to fix it again very soon. Our bottom line: In the long term, you’ll end up with more money in your pocket.

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.

Roof Life Expectancy: Regular Maintenance

Roof Life Expectancy

Roof Life Expectancy:

In today’s post our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss roof life expectancy. We will also go over how routine maintenance leads to a healthier roof and increases roof life expectancy as well.

Why The Roof?

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While roof life expectancy may be the last thing on a homeowner’s mind, let us assure you it is as important as any other home renovation project. Not matter how one sees it, roof life expectancy is dependent on proper maintenance of your roof. Our team emphasizes on the fact that your roof affects the value of your home. It also adds curb appeal to your home.

Roof Inspection:

Passing Home Inspections

Our team advises that before any home improvement project is initiated, a roof inspection should be performed. During a typical roof inspection a professional roof consultant will examine the roof. He/she will also examine skylights, rooftop units and any parapits. In our experience, one of the main reasons roofs fail prematurely is due to neglecting the roof. In addition, failure to perform routine inspections that can save money in the long run is also a factor.

Self-Inspection:

Self Inspection

If hiring an inspector is proving to be difficult, do a self-inspection, our team suggests. Doing a self-inspection of your roof once a year is the best way to prevent any problems from appearing or getting worse. A self-inspection should be done regularly to determine if your roofing contractor should come out. Our team suggests that these inspections can be done safely from the ground with binoculars.

Immediate Attention List:

Attention

Our team has diligently created a list for homeowners. This will help them in quickly identifying trouble areas and will help in increasing roof life expectancy. These are as follows:

  • Missing or broken shingles.
  • Any moss or algae growing, this means your shingles are rotting.
  • Shingles that are curling, buckling and blistering.
  • Rust spots in you’re flashing or cracked caulk.
  • Cracked rubber boots and vent pipes.
  • Damaged chimney cap.

What To Do!

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Our team advises that the most important thing to do is not panic. Contact a local roofing professional immediately if you see any of above mentioned items. It is easy to identify above mentioned things with a self-inspection.  A professional will be able to give you a quote for repairs and roof replacement. A professional will also be able to perform small repairs immediately. Most importantly, a roofing professional will be able to tell you whether or not it’s a better investment to replace your roof or repair it. That is a important decision if you are looking to extend roof life expectancy.Here is a post we did earlier for more information.

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.

Gutters Importance: What Homeowners Need To Know

Gutters Importance

Gutters Importance:

In today’s post our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss gutters importance. We have noticed that a big majority homeowners do not spend a lot of time thinking about their gutters. It is unfortunate because understanding gutters importance may prevent costly home repair bills in the future.

What Are Gutters Anyway?

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In order to understand gutters importance, homeowner need to learn what they are and what they do. Gutters funnel water off of the roof and away from your home. This consequently protects your siding, windows, doors and foundation from water damage.

How Do Gutters Protect Your Home?

Gutter Worker

Many homeowners do not realize gutters importance until after the damage is done. We are here to address that issue. In order to full understand gutters importance, homeowners should realize how much damage can occur when their gutters are clogged, leaking, or broken. When gutters aren’t functioning properly, rainwater runs off the roof of the house. This results in rainwater collects on the ground near the foundation. Heavy rains can result in standing pools of water. This is bad because water seeps in to the foundation. This can cause a bunch of problems.

Benefits of Gutters:

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Below is a list of things our team came up with to show gutters importance. If homeowners are cognizant of these, it can help them save a lot of costs and trouble in the long run.

  • Stop from potential flooding.
  • Help in preventing cracked foundations by not letting water seep in.
  • Help prevent infestations – standing water can cause insects and other creepy crawlers to take over your home.
  • Gutters prevent mold from growing. Standing water make it easy for mold to grow.
  • Help soil from eroding.
  • Protection from paint damage.
  • Helps preventing rusting from outside building products.

Gutter Maintenance is Important Regardless of Climate:

Residential Versus Commercial Gutters

Our team advises that homeowners need to cater for gutters importance irrespective of local climate. This is because homes will have rainwater runoff regardless of extreme conditions. Even in moderate rain fall season homes have considerable amount of runoff. Clogged or damaged gutters can cause these above mentioned problems with ease.

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. 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.

New Roof Benefits: Quick Glance for Homeowners

New Roof Benefits

New Roof Benefits:

In today’s post, our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss new roof benefits. We all know that home improvement projects are never cheap. We are always prioritizing by importance as well as enjoyment. Unfortunately a new roof tends to get pushed to the bottom of the home improvement list simply because it is not very ‘fun’. New roof benefits are numerous for your home that you may not have thought of. Our team here has created a list for our readers. We recommend that you keep in mind these new roof benefits. They will help next time you’re deciding on which home improvement project you want to invest in next.

1. Helps Prevent Water Damage:

Emergency Exceptions

One of the biggest new roof benefits is prevention from water damage. Water can damage just about every area of your home from floors, to walls to ceilings. Keeping water out of your home is important so you don’t end up having to replace large, costly parts of your home; especially when all of that damage was preventable. A high-quality new roof will keep your home safe from water saving you money and the headache of having to deal with the aftermath of a leak.

2. Increased Value of Real Estate/Property:

Property

Increased value of your property is also one of the new roof benefits, our team advises. Homeowners know that their home is probably one of their biggest investments. Adding value to that investment is important. A new roof adds tens of thousands of dollars to the value of your home. A new roof also adds to your home’s curb appeal, making it easier to sell when it’s time. Even if you’re not thinking about moving now, adding value to your home is always a good idea.

3. New Roof = Safer Home:

Mold

Our team advises that new roof benefits also includes a safer home. We know that mold and mildew thrive in old roofs that are no longer watertight. Mold is known to cause respiratory problems, headaches and histamine reactions. Keeping you and your family safe from mold is an important health concern. Unfortunately, Michigan’s humid summers create the perfect conditions for mold to grow. If you’ve got an old roof that hasn’t been repaired or replaced in many years, you may want to think about preventing the growth of mold and mildew in your home with a new roof.

4. All-Season Energy Efficient Home:

Thermal Cycle Effect

Finally, one of the biggest new roof benefits is cost efficiency. We all like a comfortable home throughout the season. Having a well-constructed and well-insulated roof will keep your home comfortable year round. A porous roof lets heat and air conditioning escape. This means you have to pay more to keep your home at your desired temperature. A new roof will keep your home as warm or as cool as you like it without having to waste money on excess heat or A/C.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We know all new roof benefits. 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.

Roofing Shingles Types: Guide for Homeowners

Different Roofing Shingles Types

Roofing Shingles Types:

In today’s post we will be discussing roofing shingles types. There is a wide variety of roofing shingles types in the roofing industry these days. In today’s post our team of experts talk about 5 most common roofing shingles types. Each roofing shingles types have their pros and cons. Our team advises homeowners to keep these in mind before paying.

Below you will find 5 common roofing shingles types that we install for our customers.

Asphalt Shingles:

Asphalt Shingles

Our team tells us that this is the most common roofing shingles type. It is also not that expensive. Asphalt shingles have a relatively short life span of 20 to 30 years. Although 20-30 years sounds a lot but in terms of roofing materials, it is not the most durable.

Wood Shingles:

Wood Shingles

This type of shingle is more expensive than asphalt shingles. Wood generally enhances the appearance of the home. Most people like the natural appearance they bring.  Cedar and redwood shingles are more popular wooden roofing shingles types. They should generally last a homeowner about 40-50 years.

Metal Roofs:

gutters on home in rain

Metal roofs can be solid metal or composed of metal shingles. A metal roof is more suited for a home with flat roof lines. They are relatively inexpensive, and can last up to 50 years. The only drawback is that with rain and snow and other natural elements, it can get loud inside the home.

Slate Shingles:

Slate Shingles

Our team tells us that this type of roofing shingles types is more popular in the northeast of the country. The reason is the material is naturally found in that area so it is easier from a logistical perspective. These roofing shingles types known for being very durable, with a life span of up to 50 years.

Tile Shingles:

Tile Shingles

The first thing that pops after seeing these types of roofing shingles types is the era of colonial Spanish architecture. It is very popular in the southwest of the country. These types of shingles are the most expensive to buy and install. However, our team tells us they also last the longest. Some types have a life up to 80 years. Our biggest concern when installing these tiles is to make sure homes can withstand the weight of the tiles.

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.