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:

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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:

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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:

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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?

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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.