Installation Backlog!

help!I NEED A NEW ROOF YESTERDAY…HELP!!!!   Installation Backlog


If you have read the news at all lately, you have seen that our industry has taken quite the beating from this springs weather. The construction industry is feeling the pressure more than any other.  It is also a seasonal business, which means they have even less time to get through their larger than usual backlog.


Roofing and construction companies are typically working at full capacity by mid March at the latest, and this year the massive spring wind storm kicked everything into high gear right away. Certain roofing contractors, such as American Standard Roofing of Southfield Michigan, work throughout winter…but this is a rarity now a days. It is hard to find companies like this because of the extra work that is required shoveling off snow before working, let alone paying the workers extra for the increased hazard and effort.  Temps have to hit at least 40 degrees, and in Michigan let’s face it…not even the weather man knows what will happen with the weather, even on the day of.  Now that the weather is much more permitting, you will find tons of companies with a back log for MONTHS on end.  Companies are scrambling to complete work, and to find the necessary skilled workers to complete these jobs.


The good news is that the materials ARE available.

This should make the bids more competitive, but again this all depends on demand for the work. This circles us backJob Duration around to scheduling.  It is very difficult for a contractor to arrange for delivery of materials when there are 20 other shipments that need to be made that same day. Therefore, it is a lot safer to do business with a company that is large enough to have a good relationship with their suppliers. This is just one other downside to hiring to two guys working out of the back of a truck. An associate at the local distributor ABC Supply said “Unfortunately there are only so many orders that can get filled in a day, and we have to service our larger clients first before we can even consider the smaller guys.”  While material delivery is only one small part of a successful installation from start to finish, it is a very important one.


Please bare with your local contractors on scheduling installations!

Remember, every rain day or extreme temp day we deal with sets them back even further.  However many jobs were scheduled for installation that day are now added to backlog, and have to be moved in to the already existing future load.  Extreme temps and hard work day after day means tired crews.  Contractors can never forget to take care of their installers, and this also plays a key part in the proper scheduling of installations.  The safety and well being of the teams always must come first.  Go easy on your contractor if your installation dates take a bit longer to arrive, as they must make the best and safest decision and consider weather, availability of material delivery and refuse can delivery, the well being of their teams and the ability to successfully complete the project without issue concerning all points, and the existing backlog that must be taken care of.


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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. 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.

After the Storm: From the Vault

man-magnifying-glass-looking-coins-17275480Take a close look at your roof after the storm


These recent storms have created a lot of problems in Michigan,

from downed power lines to uprooted trees. But the most common type or problem most of our customers have had to deal with involve roofing.  The obvious storm related problems are easy enough to spot, such as shingles missing, holes, or gutter damage. But there are many other signs you need to look out for that are subtle and can be easily overlooked. If these issues are not addressed in a timely fashion they can lead to bigger problems down the road, from major leaks all the way to wood rot and structural damage.


Emergency calls from entire subdivisions

that all required immediate installation of a tarp due to storm damage. The hail hit so hard, they were left littered with dents and holes. Hail damage is not always so obvious; it can leave small indentations in the shingles that you would need to get up on the roof to see.  It is always better to call out the professionals after a major storm. It is not worth the risk going on the roof yourself without the proper safety equipment or precautions, and it is definitely not something you want to ignore just because it is not causing any immediate issues.  These little indentations leave your roof vulnerable to the elements making it easier for the sun to cook the shingles and for the rain to seep in slowly. Once the shingle has started decomposing there is no turning back, it is just going to keep deteriorating with time.  There are companies that will come out and perform a free inspection for you, so take advantage of that service.


Web LogoWe 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. 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.

Clean The Gutters! From the Vault

We all know that we’re supposed to clean and maintain our gutters, but do we know why?


A clean gutter system will channel rain water from your roof, through the down spouts, and safely out away from your home and foundation. When leaves, twigs, and otherdirty-gutters debris begin to build up in your gutters, water flow begins to slow down, sometimes stopping all together.  Rain comes, gutters begin to overflow & dump rain water down the side of your home and right onto your foundation. This can lead to basement leaks, dampness, and mold. Water could also travel down behind your siding and leak in through the wall, ruin ceilings, rot fascia boards, and destroy roofing material.wpid-img_20140430_160553585.jpg


03-ice-damClean gutters are also imperative in the winter. When gutters are full of debris they hold standing water. In the winter, this freezes over and allows ice to build up. Just the weight of the ice can rip gutters and siding off the house. Even worse, ice and melt water can back up under the shingles, causing leaks and interior damage that is not covered by warranty.  This would fall under ice damming, and it is definitely something to watch out for here in Michigan.


So the moral of the story? Clean your gutters! Don’t want to do it yourself? Don’t worry, there are tons on handyman companies that would love to do it for you.


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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. 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.

Easy Rain Catchment

Got Rain?  An Easy Gutter Catchment System

 

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So you want to save the world one drop of rain at a time while saving on your monthly expenses? Then you have come to the right place!

Rain water collection systems are a fun weekend project for the family that are fairly easy to do. You can make it as simple as a rain barrel at the bottom of your gutter system, or as sophisticated as a buried underground tank with multiple filtration and pump systems.  Rain barrels are sold all over the place, from Whole Foods, to the local flea market…even Home Depot has them now. Do a Google search or click the link here to find a company near you. It is going to be a little trickier to find a commercial grade underground tank, but take your time and do the proper research as it is going to be a big investment and project.


Use gravity to your advantage

and collect the water that comes off your roof every time it rains.  The bigger the roof the better here! The first thing you are going to need is a collection basin or a tank. This can be made out of any material capable of holding water. Get creative here…unless you bury it, this is going to be a visible part of your yard. Enjoy yourself and have the kids paint it to liven up the gardens feng shui!  If you plan on using it during the cold weather, make sure it is properly insulated or buried more than 4 feet underground.  You can collect over a half gallon of water per inch of rain fall for every square foot of roof that you have. Add it up because that is a lot of water, even for folks with smaller roofs!  For most, just run an extension from the gutter downspout directly into the tank. The tank can have a release valve at the bottom to drain or you can even utilize a pump for this purpose. If you use a pump you can get even more creative, as gravity won’t be a necessity anymore.


Rainwater can get a little dirty over timeyuck

so make sure you clean out your collection basin periodically.  A best practice is to also completely drain it at least once a year and clean it thoroughly with bleach or another antibacterial soap to prevent algae growth.  Keep a close eye on the tank to make sure the winter hasn’t caused any cracking or other damage. make sure everything is properly secured and won’t tip over when it gets full with water. If at all possible, keep the tank covered to prevent bird droppings or insects from getting into it. Needless to say this water is best used for gardening or other similar purposed NOT TO DRINK.  As you get more advanced you can add a filtration system to the array. Depending on the quality it will allow you to use your newly acquired water for a variety of purposes. Rain water tends to be a little more acidic so make sure and test the PH if needed.


Another fun project is to create an aquaponics system and use the rainwater to run it. Check out this link to read further about the endeavor!


Web LogoWe 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. 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.


 

Spring Storms Cause Install Backlog

help!I NEED A NEW ROOF YESTERDAY…HELP!!!!   Installation Backlog


If you have read the news at all lately, you have seen that our industry has taken quite the beating from this springs weather. The construction industry is feeling the pressure more than any other.  It is also a seasonal business, which means they have even less time to get through their larger than usual backlog.


Roofing and construction companies are typically working at full capacity by mid March at the latest, and this year the massive spring wind storm kicked everything into high gear right away. Certain roofing contractors, such as American Standard Roofing of Southfield Michigan, work throughout winter…but this is a rarity now a days. It is hard to find companies like this because of the extra work that is required shoveling off snow before working, let alone paying the workers extra for the increased hazard and effort.  Temps have to hit at least 40 degrees, and in Michigan let’s face it…not even the weather man knows what will happen with the weather, even on the day of.  Now that the weather is much more permitting, you will find tons of companies with a back log for MONTHS on end.  Companies are scrambling to complete work, and to find the necessary skilled workers to complete these jobs.


The good news is that the materials ARE available.

This should make the bids more competitive, but again this all depends on demand for the work. This circles us backJob Duration around to scheduling.  It is very difficult for a contractor to arrange for delivery of materials when there are 20 other shipments that need to be made that same day. Therefore, it is a lot safer to do business with a company that is large enough to have a good relationship with their suppliers. This is just one other downside to hiring to two guys working out of the back of a truck. An associate at the local distributor ABC Supply said “Unfortunately there are only so many orders that can get filled in a day, and we have to service our larger clients first before we can even consider the smaller guys.”  While material delivery is only one small part of a successful installation from start to finish, it is a very important one.


Please bare with your local contractors on scheduling installations!

Remember, every rain day or extreme temp day we deal with sets them back even further.  However many jobs were scheduled for installation that day are now added to backlog, and have to be moved in to the already existing future load.  Extreme temps and hard work day after day means tired crews.  Contractors can never forget to take care of their installers, and this also plays a key part in the proper scheduling of installations.  The safety and well being of the teams always must come first.  Go easy on your contractor if your installation dates take a bit longer to arrive, as they must make the best and safest decision and consider weather, availability of material delivery and refuse can delivery, the well being of their teams and the ability to successfully complete the project without issue concerning all points, and the existing backlog that must be taken care of.


Web Logo

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. 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.

Wind Warranties-A post from the vault

Is wind a real problem in Michigan?

This is the after math of the March 2006 storm in Nixa, MissouriAre crazy wind storms common? Not generally, and those that use it as a selling point are taking advantage of your anxieties. They say that shit happens, well so do storms. They can cause unbelievable damage to your home in a fraction of a second. But, spending additional money trying to prevent this is generally a waste. We do not live in tornado alley, and we are far from the coast with all of their funny named hurricanes. It snows a lot in Michigan, and once in a blue moon we will get to see a tornado or two. That’s it, plain and simple. Any salesman that tells you their shingle can withstand a tornado needs to clearly explain what magical nailing pattern they plan to use.


The details are important, but nothing to go crazy over.

This is roofing that we are talking about here, not the most exciting subject in the world. You can’t wear it or drive it, and you will most likely only look at it once after it gets installed. That being said, it is important to have a professional properly install a quality product in order to provide you with as much protection as possible. Unless you are electing to get a metal roof, or have special circumstances that require specific considerations, keep it simple when shopping around. Nearly every contractor has access to the same exact materials; anyone that tells you they make their own is probably stretching. Unfortunately, all too often, one product will be recommended over another because of price alone. This is an important factor, but make sure that you at least explore all of your options before making a decision.


So you are saying that my roof won’t blow away during a storm?roofing tornado

That is not exactly what we are saying. There are no special nails, installation procedures, or rubber shingles that will protect you if the conditions are bad enough. This includes any extreme wind, rain, or snow storms that occur. God forbid you ever experience one of these calamities personally. In such an instance, any damages are generally covered by your insurance company.  Clients of American Standard can easily call us for a copy of their records, as all records are now digitally kept.


Special circumstances that warrant further consideration:

Extremely steep roofs are one such exception to this rule, as they require more nails to hold the shingle in place properly. There are also many other details that need to be considered when working on steep pitched roofs, things that you should clearly go over with a roofing professional before signing a contract. Certain homes, such as those located directly on a larger lake, tend to get hit pretty hard with sporadic gusts of wind. Again, in such situations a similar strategy may be recommended. These are all things a reputable contractor would suggest anyhow, they are standard practices. Purchasing an upgraded wind warranty is most of the time just giving you some additional peace of mind. This soothing feeling can however cost a fair amount of money. Just like the cold hard cash that you just spend to get this boost of confidence, the additional warranty is just a thin piece of paper. There is nothing more to it, no actual substance behind it, except in your mind.  A good contractor will follow the proper nail and sealant installation patterns, and back their work without question with no additional charge.  That kind of peace of mind is priceless.


Web LogoWe 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. 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 gutter needs!