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Questions About Cleaning Roof? Your Comprehensive Guide by ASR

Cleaning Roof

We Get Frequent Questions About Cleaning Roof:

Here at American Standard Roofing, we often get questions about cleaning roof. Homeowners want to know various questions like “is it okay to power wash my roof?” or “is shampooing roof okay?”. Keeping these questions in mind, our team of experts have decided to talk about cleaning roof. What we often see is that homeowners in fact sometimes overlook a deeper, underlying issue.

Aesthetic Appearance Matters To Customers:

 

aesthetics matter

People want their roofs to look good. We have had people replace their roofs more than a couple dozen times simply because they did not like its appearance. The “cleaning roof” question is more popular because most people are not interested in replacing their entire roof just because it is stained. People want a faster and cheaper way of making their roof look good. We are here to help!

Overlooking Underlying Root Cause For Stains:

Underlying Cause

In our experience, all shingles will eventually stain. With time, there is a variety of factors that come into play. Shampooing roof alone most of the time just does not cut it. Our team advises homeowners that staining on your shingles alone does not necessarily mean that there was an inferior product installed. Variety of factors that can contribute to staining of shingles over time.

Pressure Washing?

Pressure Washing

One of the most frequent questions we asked is if homeowners can pressure wash their roof. Our team advises against it. Power/pressure washing is detrimental for roofing materials and will shorten the life of your roof. Shampooing roof and cleaning gently is a much better alternative. It will take longer but it will make sure that the roof lives its full life.

Using Correct Shampooing Roof Materials:

Roof Shingles Cleaning

Cleaning the algae and mold off of your roof should not void the manufacturers warranty if correct products are used and applied. Our team would like to lay special emphasis on how good workmanship is necessary for application of these materials.

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In our experience, a majority of homeowners do not want get up on their roofs and get their hands dirty. Cleaning by hand also takes up time. These homeowners then hire contractors for these jobs. If these contractors are not reputable and use inferior products or practices, they will end up doing more damage than good. The lifespan of the shingle can be seriously compromised if the wrong chemicals are applied as it can cause premature drying and cracking. Depending on the instruments used, the shingle granulation can get scrubbed off shortening the lifespan of your entire roof. The granules are what protect the asphalt roof from damaging UV rays, and without them your shingle will suffer the consequences. The last thing that should be considered is any run off from the roof and the effect that it will have on the rest of the house.

If applied evenly and properly, a good roof cleaning can be effective in restoring that youthful look to the shingle.

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At ASR, 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. 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.

Cleaning Roof Shingles For Your Home the Proper Way: Complete Guide by ASR

Roof Shingles Cleaning

Cleaning Roof Shingles:

In today’s post our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss cleaning roof shingles. A roof is like your body. It must be kept clean for it to last long. Keeping your roof clean will also help homeowners keep costs down. Below we will discuss a few things to keep a lookout for.

Dark Stains on Your Roof?

Mold on Roof

Cleaning roof shingles is especially necessary if you live in a wet climate or a shady area. Sometimes, you might see dark stains on your roof. They don’t compromise the function of your shingles, but they are definitely unsightly. These are usually caused by algae growth, but can also be caused by leaves or branches sitting on your roof for too long. Newer shingles contain copper and zinc which help to prevent these stains, but if your roof wasn’t installed recently, the shingles probably don’t contain these minerals.

Solution:

Cleaning Material

The best way to get stains off of your roof is by using a mixture of TSP (trisodium phosphate), bleach, and water. This mixture can harm your plants so be careful. A good ratio is 1 quart of bleach, 1/4 cup of TSP, and 1 gallon of water.

Use a Soft Brush!

Soft Bristle Brush

Always use a soft brush for cleaning roof shingles. Apply the mixture to your roof, and then use a soft bristle brush to scrub. Hard brushes can damage shingles and break off the granules which will shorten the lifespan of your roof. Allow the mixture to sit on your roof for about 15 minutes, and then rinse the roof thoroughly. Our team highly recommends against power washing your shingles.

Future Preventive Maintenance:

Preventive Measures

To prevent future stains, strips of copper or zinc sheet metal can be installed near the peak of your roof. When rain washes down the shingles, it will carry particles down the roof, killing off any algae that tries to grow. While you can install this yourself, you might want to have a roofing company do it to ensure that you don’t cause any leaks.

Hire Expert Contractors!

New Roof Debris

In our experience, a majority of homeowners do not want get up on their roofs for cleaning roof shingles. Cleaning by hand also takes up time. The lifespan of the shingle can be seriously compromised if the wrong chemicals are applied as it can cause premature drying and cracking. Depending on the instruments used, the shingle granulation can literally get scrubbed off, again shortening the lifespan of your entire roof. By ensuring proper methods and material, cleaning roof shingles can be done easily and effectively. For that, our team highly recommends contacting reputable contractors.

Here for All Your Roofing Needs!

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At ASR, 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. 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.

Residential Roofing Checklist: ASR’s Guide for Homeowners

Residential Roofing Checklist

Residential Roofing Checklist:

In today’s post, our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing talk about residential roofing checklist. We discuss all the things homeowners should cater for when considering any home improvement projects. As spring approaches and weather changes, homeowners want their roofs to be prepared. And we are here to help.

Fascia:

Soffit Fascia

The fascia is a vertical finishing edge connected to the ends of the rafters, trusses, or the area where the gutter is attached to the roof. The primary role of the fascia is to act as a layer between the edge of the roof and the outdoors, and is meant to protect the wooden board against water damage that can occur during certain weather conditions. We recommend homeowners check for any sort of leaks, stains or anything that looks out of the ordinary. Bad fascia boards can lead to other issues.

Interior Walls and Ceiling:

water spot: signs of leaking roofs

The most important thing homeowners should should for are leaks. Any leak is detrimental to the entire structure. Liquids can cause a lot of damage.

Base Flashings:

flashing brick to shingle

Our team recommends that homeowners mark this of their residential roofing checklist by making sure attachments are good. Also check for any signs of movement.

Roof Edges:

This is a big one. We recommend homeowners check for any traces or evidence of deterioration of the edges.

Unusual Things:

Self Inspection

In addition to above mentioned things, we also recommend that homeowners keep an eye out for things that are unusual. This can include water puddles or ponds. This can also include oil deposits.

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At ASR, 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. 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.

Spring Home Maintenance: Top 3 Tips For Homeowners by ASR

Spring Home Maintenance

Spring Home Maintenance:

In today’s post, our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss 3 tips for spring home maintenance. As the weather changes from bitter cold to warm and sunny, spring home maintenance is a must for all homes. With the following three spring home maintenance tips, homeowners can make sure their homes remain issue-free and cost-friendly.

1. Gutters Maintenance:

Gutters

As the cold, bitter winter winds down, homeowners should keep an eye on their gutters. Debris-filled gutters can wreak havoc on your roof and gutters. Make sure to regularly clean any fallen leaves off your roof and out of your gutters including sludge and mush that previously might have been frozen. Since the leaves are not going to be frozen, they are easier to remove as well unlike winters. Making sure that leaves aren’t piling up in your gutters is important. Wet leaves can become very heavy and will weigh down gutters which can cause expensive damage. We covered that not too long ago. Our team advises homeowners to always keep an eye out for debris and other buildups in the gutters. It might seem like a tough chore, but trust us when we tell you that this spring home maintenance will save you a ton of money later on.

2. Check Attic for Pests:

Pests in Attic

Our team explains that small animals and insects are looking for a places to build their homes and nests. Homeowners should not let that happen as it can be disastrous for their homes. If you notice holes in your roof or siding where small animals could get in, you may want to think about having replacements done. Most of the times, animals have lived there during the winters and now as snow melts and weather gets nicer, these spots become obvious. Another important reminder here is that any hole in your home will let heat escape, causing your energy bills to rise. It’s always better to have any major home improvements as quickly as possible for more effectiveness and better living.

3. Make Your Roof Leak Proof:

Leaking Roofs

Finally, our team advises a home inspection. We suggest homeowners have an inspector survey around your chimneys, skylights and pipes. If these areas are no longer water-tight, you may have to deal with leaks once spring starts. Fixing leaks on top of water damage to the interior of your home can be incredibly costly. If there are areas that need to be replaced, spring is the best time to have that work done. If you hire an inspector and they find that everything is still looking good, you’ll have peace of mind as well.

Here for All Your Roofing Needs!

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At ASR, 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. We will get you the loan you need for your roof. 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.

Roof Replacement vs Repairs: The Inside Scoop From ASR

Roof Replacement vs Repairs

Roof Replacement vs Repairs:

This spring, the roof replacement vs repairs debate is heating up again. We see multiple homeowners and commercial business owners contemplating one or the other. Our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing took time out to once again discuss roof replacement vs repairs debate. We will try to give our readers a fair idea of pros and cons and help them decide what route to go for.

Costs: Huge Factor

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Our team explains that costs are a huge factor when it comes to roof replacement vs repairs debate. The fact of the matter is roofs are very expensive t​o replace. We have to keep in mind the materials, labor, and specialized equipment needed for such a home improvement project. In some cases, it can be tough to justify costs associated with roof replacement even when the roof is in really bad shape. In the end, it is all about how much money you are wiling to spend.

Repairs:

Repairs

This option is usually the go-to options for most homeowners. With the earliest signs of any leaks, the first option is to simply repair the leak. In our expert opinion, while it may not be ideal, sometimes money constraints and other factors leave homeowners with no other options. As with all options, repairs have both pros and cons. The pros obviously being less money involved. Homeowners spend less and stop the damage short-term. The cons being that most of the time this move turns out to be temporary. Repairs and restorations may buy some time but ultimately will require attention.

Replacement:

Complete Roof Replacement

Highly recommended by American Standard Roofing, replacement is when you tear out the old shingles and replace the roof with fresh shingles. This too has pros and cons. The biggest pro being that a new roof lasts for almost 30 years. In some cases it lasts even longer. The biggest con off course being that it costs way more than a simple repair. We recommend roof replacement over repairs most of the time become a repair eventually turns into a bigger issue. A replacement gives you the peace of mind that homeowners will not have to worry every few weeks or months about the same leaky roof.

Never Ignore The Issue:

Ignore Issue

Whatever you do, our sincere advice is never ignore roof replacement vs repairs issue. A small issue can turn into a big one in to time. That can turn very expensive. Our advice is call good, reputable professional contractors. They have the experience and skills necessary to take care of your roof and give you an idea of what is going on. What you do not want is leaving the roof problem unaddressed leading to more expenses down the road.

Here for All Your Roofing Needs!

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At ASR, 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. We will get you the loan you need for your roof. 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.

Home Maintenance Tips for This Spring Season by ASR

Home Maintenance Tips

Home Maintenance Tips:

In today’s post, our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss some basic home maintenance tips. As the weather changes from bitter cold to sunny spring, these home maintenance tips will come in handy.

Always a Great Idea To Have Professionals Inspect Roof:

Professional Assessment of Roof

While homeowners are hesitant in calling a professional out just for an inspection, our team suggests that this is one of the good home maintenance tips. If there are any damaged shingles, it is a good time to have them replaced. Shingles that are torn, curling, or buckling can be easily identified by professionals. The professional contractor will also be able to look at homeowners chimney and skylights for better assessment. This is very necessary to prevent leaks from precipitation.

Window Seals Should be Checked:

Window Seals

Our team advises that window seals can crack or shrink with change in temperatures. One of the best home maintenance tips that we can give homeowners is to intermittently check window seals. We recommend homeowners check for any wind drafts or leaks to identify the source of the problem. A good solution is replacing faulty windows. Our experts also point out that it will also help cut down energy costs during those bitter cold winter months.

Check Gutters & Downspouts Regularly:

Gutters Importance

Another one of the many good home maintenance tips we can give to homeowners is pertaining to gutters and downspouts. With onset of spring, trees shed leaves and that can clog gutters causing water to back up. This backing up leads to water going under shingles and getting into crevices. Debris and clogged gutters can also cause damage to roofing material and sidings. We highly recommend using professional contractors to inspect gutters and downspouts.

Home Sidewalks Repairs:

Sidewalk

Winter always takes its toll on the pavements and sidewalks near the homes. Make sure to check them and fix any holes or cracks you might see. As a great home maintenance tip, we recommend cleaning walkways of ice and snow so they don’t damage the cement.

Consider Adding a Chimney Cap:

Chimney Cover

A chimney cap can be worth your while, our team advises. First make sure that the chimney is cleaned and does not have any issues. Next, have a professional add a chimney cap. This will help in stop those pesky bugs and critters crawling down.

Here for All Your Roofing Needs!

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At ASR, 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. We will get you the loan you need for your roof. 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.

Proper Insulation Benefits: A Comprehensive Guide by ASR Part-II

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Insulation Benefits:

In today’s article our team here at American Standard Roofing picks up where we left off. This part – II of the article provides great insight into some insulation types and benefits for homeowners.

Insulation & Weather:

Thermal Cycle Effect

Proper insulation benefits are abundant in both winter and summer seasons. Good insulation lowers bills in winters by providing warmth and in summers by not making your air conditioner over work. Proper insulation helps in keeping your home temperature even throughout the year.

Types of Insulation:

There are several types of insulation to choose from. Here are some of the most popular ones that we deal with.

Blown-In:

Blow in

There are further three types of blown-in insulation:

  1. Cellulose.
  2. Fiberglass.
  3. Mineral woo.

Each type of insulation has a different R-value. This value varies on how deep the insulation is sprayed. Blown-in is a popular option for attics. It is also easy to access cavities. This is because it is simply sprayed in around existing structures. There is no need to cut to fit around chimneys, pipes, and other objects. You do have to have a special machine to spray the insulation in. For this reason we recommend having this done by a professional.

Fiberglass Batts & Blankets:

Importance of Roof Insulation

Batting is probably the easiest insulation to install. It comes in a roll and is simply laid out for insulation. It can be cut to shape so it fits perfectly. This makes it a popular option for homeowners who would like proper insulation benefits and would like to do it themselves.

Spray Foam:

New construction projects primarily use spray foam. It is however becoming more popular in remodels as well. Insulated area has to be completely accessible in order to complete the installation. Spraying it makes area water and air tight. This type of insulation also requires a special sprayer. Our team recommends a professional contractor for this type of insulation.

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Now that we’ve gone over the technical part of materials, here is the bottom line: Call us todayWe can guide you about proper insulation benefits. We are great with installing insulation, and we have great specials going on right now! 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. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.

Proper Insulation Benefits: A Comprehensive Guide by ASR Part-I

Proper Insulation Benefits

Proper Insulation Benefits:

As our team of experts was carefully crafting out some unbelievable insulation specials, we decided to discuss insulation at length. This is article is Part-I of our two part special on insulation.

Here at American Standard Roofing, our team feels that proper insulation benefits are always overlooked by homeowners. We have come across a lot of homeowners who try to cut corners when it comes to insulation. Needless to say, they end up paying heftily for it. In today’s post, our team of experts will discuss proper insulation benefits and provide a brief overview to our readers.

What is the Purpose of Insulation?

Natural Phenomenon

Insulation stops all heat from moving through it. This means all heat whether it is on the inside of your home or the outside. This means that in the winter, insulation will stop heat from escaping. This also means that in the summer, insulation will stop heat from entering into your home. Consequently, homeowners will have a warmer home in winters and a cooler home in summer. This is among the biggest proper insulation benefits.

Insulation Reduces Heating & Cooling Bills:

How Insulation Helps

Areas That Need Insulation:

Mapping Heat Loss

Your home is prone to heat loss from these above-mentioned major areas. The roof and attic, along with windows, make up 25% of your home’s heat loss. Walls add up to 35% of heat loss from your home. Floors finally, make up the rest of 15% of heat loss. As our team explains, proper insulation benefits come from a well insulated home.

Pay-off in the Long Run:

Pros & Cons

Adding proper insulation does make an initial dent in homeowners wallet. Not to mention it requires extra effort as well. But our team suggests it is well worth it. Over long-term, the proper insulation benefits should outweigh your efforts when you see your reduced heating and cooling bills. Proper insulation is like a good investment that pays dividends over time. Our team also highly recommends taking advantage of great insulation specials we have going on right now. We specialize in all types of insulation installments.

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At ASR, 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. We will get you the loan you need for your roof. 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.

Preventive Roofing Maintenance: Some Tips From Experts at ASR

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Preventive Roofing Maintenance:

With the better part of winters behind us, our team here at American Standard Roofing has come up with preventive roofing maintenance tips for homeowners. Snow, ice and extreme temperatures wreak havoc on your home’s outsides. Our team advises a good and thorough inspection. We then recommend proper preventative roofing maintenance for long-term benefits.

Roof Inspections:

Looking

Roof inspections are an integral part of preventive roofing maintenance. Snow falls were extremely heavy in many parts of the country. With spring right around the corner, this is the time to look at minor issues before they become major problems. Our team here recommends performing at least two roof inspections a year. We advise homeowners to first go have a basic look on the outside. That can determine if they need to contact professional contractors for more serious concerns.

Start With Basics:

Benefits

Your roof inspection should start with the basics. This includes clearing any debris off the roof that is left over from winter. Homeowners should also do a basic clean-up after clearing your roof. That will make it much easier to identify any tears or punctures in the roofing materials that can lead to bigger 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. Have a look around your home and check for these signs:

Water Damages:

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.

Broken & Cracked Walls:

Underlying Cause

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.

General Roof:

Aging Shingles

If any shingles are blistered, decayed or “dirty looking,” they need to be replaced, too. Keep in mind that for preventive roofing maintenance you have to track water seepage. Low-slope roofs are designed to drain water within 72 hours. If you notice water in areas of your roof for longer than 72 hours, we recommend investigating the issue further.

Drainage Issues:

Leaks

Our team also recommends that after a long winter, check for drainage issues. That is very important. Drainage issues can also lead to buckling of the roof. This buckling can create standing water on the roof. Such buckling indicates more serious issue with homeowner’s roof decking and other internal infrastructure. In short, drainage issues are important for preventive roofing maintenance.

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At ASR, 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. We will get you the loan you need for your roof. 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.