Southfield MI Roofers: 5 Questions Homeowners Should Always Ask

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Southfield MI Roofers:

In today’s post, our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss Southfield MI Roofers and what criteria homeowners should look at. Our team has come up with following 5 questions which we think every homeowner should ask their Southfield MI roofers. This will ensure cost efficiency and quality workmanship for homeowners.

5 Questions For Southfield MI Roofers:

1. Are You Licensed & Insured?

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While you might assume that a company coming out to your house is licensed to do so, that is not always the case. Ask to see a copy of their license, and then double check the license validity with your state. Most states have a website where you can do this in a couple of minutes, or a hotline number where you can quickly verify.

Types of Insurances:

There are two kinds of insurance:

  1. General Liability
  2. Workers Comp

Your contractor should have both of them. General liability is coverage in the case of accidental damage, like if the crew accidentally lights your house on fire. Workers comp covers the crew, in case they are injured on the job. The last thing you want is a crew member suing you because they fell off your roof and got hurt on your property.

2. Will My Old Roof Be Torn Off?

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Second question homeowners should ask their Southfield MI roofers is more of a technical nature. When a company quotes you for a roof, they will either give you a quote for a full tear-off or a recover. A full tear-off means they completely remove all of the old roofing material down to the roof, inspect and replace any rotten wood. After that, they will install your new roof. A recover is just what is sounds like. Your old roof is left exactly how it is and a new layer of shingles are installed over the old ones. The problem with this is that there is no way to inspect or replace bad wood under the shingles, and you don’t get new underlayment or flashing. This is obviously much easier and cheaper for the contractor, and you will see it reflected on the price. Make sure you know which one the roofing company is quoting, and get the advice of other companies before hiring somebody to do a recover. While you may not have issues with a recover, a full removal and replacement is best practice.

3. How Much Do You Charge For Additional Wood Replacement?

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As Southfield MI premier roofers, we can attest that it is difficult to quote rotten wood before pulling off the shingles. Usually companies either give you a quote and guarantee not to charge extra for additional wood replacement, or they give you a price per sq foot. Make sure you know ahead of time what their policy is. Sometimes homeowners get charged insane amounts simply because they did not know of these hidden costs.

4. Warranty On My New Roof?

Upfront Warranty

Our team advises that homeowners should always ask for specifics on what the warranty will cover. Make sure you ask these three questions from your Southfield MI roofers:

  1. How long does it last?
  2. Is it both labor and materials?
  3. Is there a service charge?

Also, do your research on the company and think about whether they will be able to honor the warranty. If the company was just opened a year or two ago, can you count on them to honor a 30 year warranty or will they be out of business in two years? These are all important aspects to consider.

5. Roofing Job Duration?

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Our team advises that if a roofing company has decent sized crews, they should be able to finish your roof in a day or two. However, if you have a large roof or they have small crews, they need to plan ahead. If it is going to take several days to finish a roof, they will either need to tear off and re-roof a small section at a time, or tarp your exposed roof areas at the end of each day. We have heard many horror stories of roofers tearing off a roof and not sealing it properly before they leave for the day.

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. 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 Qualities: Maximizing Home Improvement Efforts

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Roofing Contractor Qualities:

In today’s post, our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss specific set of roofing contractor qualities which homeowners should look for. As the season transitions beautifully, we know that most homes would require work pending from last winters. Most homeowners have no clue about roofing contractor qualities they should look for when hiring roofers. We will break it down in this post and hopefully give a good idea to our readers.

1. Contractor Should Have All Paperwork Complete:

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We can not stress this enough. Always hire a contractor whose company is licensed and insured by the local governing authority. This can be the city where they do business or the state. as well as insured. More importantly, homeowners should always ask for proof of insurance. Our team here also recommends asking if the contractors is covered for workers compensation and general liability as well.

2. Always Get References:

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We recommend that homeowners should always get references from people (friends, family coworkers etc). This can help in narrowing down potential hires. It can also help in determining how reputable and reliable the contractor is.

3. Contractor Should Provide a Clear Quote:

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We recommend this because we have seen our fair share of shady quotes written on torn pieces of papers handed out to customers. A proper contractor should be able to give a clear and precise quote on preferably a company letterhead. This speaks volumes of that company’s reputation and quality.

4. Have Designated Company Name & Address:

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A roofing contractor should always have a company name and address. You do not want someone working on your roof or in your home working out of the back of his pickup truck. A shady contractor is not what homeowners should agree on. It reflects not only poorly on the company but also the quality of work the contractor might do.

5. Certification from Material Manufacturer:

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We also highly recommend certifications. Contractors should be certified through material manufactures. Many manufacturers offer certifications. It is in the best interest of homeowners to ask for these certifications. Certified contractors knows they know how to handle the material. This means clean and proper installations.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We know all about roofing contractor qualities. 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.

Right Roof Contractor: Home Improvement Tips

Right Roof Contractor

Right Roof Contractor:

In today’s post, our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss the right roof contractor for home improvement projects. Roofing is a very simple business from a layman’s perspective. For this reason, right roof contractor is a must for any homeowner.  In the roofing business, any contractor can purchase the exact same materials as everyone else. That makes it difficult for homeowners to find the right roof contractor.

What Homeowners Should Do:

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Our team advises homeowners to to relax and not freak out, first of all. Second, we suggest take your time doing your homework, and honestly listen to what the salesman has to say. There are a lot of knowledgeable and honest contractors out there, the problem is that a lot of them are just not very good at sales. Therefore, they don’t make a good living and end up just going back to installing shingles or managing crews. That leaves a certain breed to dominate the open market, and as we all  unfortunately know, sometimes all it takes to be successful in business is the complete disregard for other peoples feelings.

Devise a Good Strategy:

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Our team advises to use the following list as starting  points. From there on, homeowners should make a good strategy on who to hire:

  1. Price, Price Price: You might as well start with the most important part for most people. If the price is extreme, either much higher or lower, then all the other estimates you have collected then just forget about it all together.
  2. Materials: At the minimum, find out the type of shingle that they recommend, the underlayment used, and the amount of ice guard installed.
  3. Reputation: Look at their online presence and read some of their reviews. Keep in mind that if you do enough business there are bound to be complaints. It is more important how they are handled.
  4. Insurance: Just because they have a policy does not mean it is worth anything. Workers comp and liability are a must, but call the insurance to make sure it is actually valid as well.
  5. Time: Ask how long the project will take to complete and how long it is going to take to get started.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors who know all about how to choose the right roof contractor. 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 Service Department: Our Company’s Reason for Success

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Roofing Service Department:

The roofing service department in our company is one of the most active departments. It is also one of the most important ones. Our team of experts today have decided to talk about roofing service department. We will discuss it’s important job not only in our company but in the sector as well.

Key to a Good Service Department:

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A good roofing service department not only constantly manages and supervise technicians but also to plan for the worst. It is quite common for bigger companies to fail simply because of a bad customer service department. Our team also advises that finding a good service tech is crucial. However, it is not always an easy thing to do. What kind of person do you want out there diagnosing your companies problems and dealing with irate customers? It is not easy to deal with customers who have leaks or other roofing issues. Are they going to be capable of both fixing the problem and calming the customer down? If they have those skill sets, are they going to be comfortable staying at this job long term? And above all, will homeowners be comfortable with these technicians working on their homes?

Asking the Right Questions:

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It is up to the customers to ask the right questions from the contractors so later on there is no need for unnecessary servicing. Our team here has diligently made a list of questions that customers should ask contractors before starting project. This will not only help contractors carry our proper service from their roofing service department but also alleviate concerns from homeowners.

1. Proper Insurance Coverage:

Your contractor should carry insurance to protect your home from accidental damage. Here at American Standard Roofing we are licensed, insured and bonded to obtain proper coverage.

2. Warranty & Workmanship Coverage:

Homeowners need to hire contractors who can offer an extended warranty that may include workmanship coverage.

3. Good Quality Roofing Material:

Always go with good quality material. Reputable contractors like to use good quality product so ensure that you have both.

4. Get Written Estimates:

Always get proper, written estimates on company letterheads. The estimate should also be an accurate description of work that is to be performed. Any work contracted out also needs to be clearly shown.

5. Compliance With Codes:

Always hire professional contractors who know the regional building and inspection codes. Contractors need to be in compliance with these codes all the time while working.

6. References:

Our team can not emphasize enough on how important this is. Homeowners should always ask for references. They should also call and check these references for quality of workmanship from contractor.

Finding the Right Balance:

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It is nearly impossible to find a flawless roofing service department. That is because anyone capable of performing all of the duties would ideally have to be great with customers as well. The problem we always see in the industry is an imbalance in customer service with regards to roofing skills.

Technicians may be great with people but if they cant diagnose and fix the problem they are pretty much useless to you. It is the ones that are able to do both of these things that you need to seek out and to keep satisfied because they run the risk of looking for other work constantly. Many times these type of individuals have ambitions to start their own company or attain a higher level position within the company. In short, finding the right balance is critical.

Good Roofing Service Department Protocols:

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A good service department always schedules the work properly. Customers are #1 priority. They need to be taken care of ASAP regardless of problem complexity. This takes some organizational skills as they will be required to drive all over the place and at each stop have to spend an undetermined amount of time. Leave some time between appointments, and also an emergency spot every day for those special situations that need to get addressed immediately. It helps to break down the jobs into piles that need to be scheduled with the homeowner present and those that can be completed when they are not home. Lastly, remember to keep the customer up to date about what is going on. There is no quicker way to create an enemy than by not communicating exactly what is going on. It makes the customer feel like you are ignoring them or just don’t care.

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

Dark Color Roofing Shingles: Right Choice For Your Home

Dark Color Roofing Shingles

Dark Color Roofing Shingles:

In today’s post our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing discusses the importance of knowing how dark color of roofing shingles complement your home. We will also help ensure that you make a choice that will suit your home’s appearance. In addition we will also remind homeowners about how dark roofing shingles are almost always more suited to colder climates. Here in Michigan area, dark color roofing shingles are extremely popular too. Our team discusses further underneath.

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Climate Consideration is Important:

Climate Considerations

As mentioned earlier, the number 1 reason for choosing dark color roofing shingles should be your climate zone. Here in Southfield Michigan and Metro Detroit area in general, dark color roofing shingles are very popular for homes. The reasons are very simple. Color of roofing shingles keep homes energy bills from piling up. Roof colors affect the overall temperatures of your homes. Our team of experts explained this in an earlier post.

Reflection And Absorption of Heat:

Reflect or Absorb Heat

Reflection and absorption play an important part in how seasonal roof colors affect your homes. A well known fact that always escapes our attention is that roof colors affect your homes internal temperature. Another fact is that roofs with a lighter color reflect heat and high temperature. The opposite applies for dark color roofing shingles which absorb that heat and high temperature. This off course means that this heat gets transferred to the roofs below the roof.

Dark Color Characteristics:

Dark Colors

These colors include dark grays, blues and greens. They represent sophistication and contemporary architecture. Our experts recommend darker shades with white trims to bring out the contrast and personality of your home. For a great roof and siding color combination, we also recommend using darker shades for urban areas.The mix of old and contemporary architecture will develop your home build it’s own personality.

Are Dark Shingles More Suitable in Michigan Area?

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Dark color roofing shingles make sense in Michigan area. We sell a lot of them. In colder temperatures, people want more heat inside their homes. A darker shade roof captures and absorbs more heat compared to a lighter color roof. For this reason, our team here recommend darker colored roofs in older climate zones with long winters and short summers.

Verdict: Go For Dark Color Roofing Shingles?

Verdict : Roof Colors Affect Your Homes

In the end the decision is obviously the homeowner’s. We do know that roof colors affect your homes, and that is a fact. The Energy Department of US recommends lighter colored roofs for houses in warmer climates. But they also provide a caveat: lighter colored roofs may increase utility bills and energy costs in colder climate areas. Ultimately, it becomes a matter of personal preference. With the wide variety of roofing shades and materials available in the market, a suitable comprise can be achieved between the right color and local climate.

Call Us Today!

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We recommend homeowners contact professional roofing specialists as they can make suitable recommendations for the best roof colors. 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 can definitely help with how roof colors affect your home. Give us a call today!