Keeping Roof Healthy: Spring Maintenance Tips by ASR

Keeping Roof Healthy

Keeping Roof Healthy:

In today’s post, our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss tips for keeping roof healthy. As winter unwinds it is especially necessary to understand importance of keeping roof healthy. Our team will highlight a few things that homeowners can keep an eye out for.

Somethings Need Attention:

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As the snow melts away, people see a clearer picture of how much damage their home’s roofs suffered. Winters can be brutal for any home. There are a bunch of things that can be left or ignored. And then there are some things that require immediate attention for keeping roof healthy. For example, homeowners can procrastinate on painting their house. That said, we highly advise not to be lazy if you see shingles lying on your front yard. A roof needing maintenance can end up with a lot of costs for homeowners.

Things That Require Immediate Attention:

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As mentioned above, there are things homeowners can be lazy about and there are things that require immediate attention. Our team has come up with a list of items below that homeowners should always keep an eye on for keeping roof healthy. If you see any of these signs, that is a red flag.

  1. Missing or broken shingles: This is the most important as we explained above. If you want to avoid a plethora of roofing issues, make sure your roof is secure with no missing or broken shingles.
  2. Signs of moss or algae: if you have any of these growing, this means your shingles are rotting. Rotting shingles can result in a lot of expenses. Never take moss or algae lightly.
  3. Deteriorating shingles: this means that shingles that are curling, buckling and blistering need to be carefully looked at. This is a major red flag.
  4. Rust spots: we advise homeowners to check for rust spots in flashing. If you have cracked caulk, chances are there can be rust there as well. Rust can lead to all sorts of issues.
  5. Cracked rubber boots and vent pipes: this shows aging and can cause water and other natural elements to penetrate inside the roof.
  6. Damaged chimney cap: a damaged chimney cap can lead to all sorts of critters and insects inside the home.

Hire a Professional:

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If you notice any of these items during your inspection, it’s a good idea to contact a local roofing professional to perform a more thorough roof inspection. A professional will be able to give you a quote for repairs and roof replacement, perform small repairs immediately and tell you whether or not it’s a better investment to replace your roof or repair it to extend its life span a few more years. Here at American Standard Roofing, we will be more than happy to help.

Here for All Your Roofing Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work as our reputation is important to us. 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 Emergencies: 5 Things for Homeowners to Remember

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Roofing Emergencies: Tips From Our Team

Today, our team will talk about a few things homeowners need to do when faced with roofing emergencies. Such situations can be stressful. But we are here to help.

Homeowners will sooner or later have to face at least some form of roofing emergencies. These can be minor, and quick fixes. Or, these can turn out to be a big project needing to happen. Either way, below are 5 tips our team can give to homeowners who have run into roofing emergencies.

Inspect The Exterior:

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Our team of experts recommends homeowners inspecting their roof regularly to avoid roofing emergencies. A regular visual inspection on the outside can help catch problems early. If the roof is too high, use binoculars to view the roof  while standing on the ground at a distance (for better angle). Look for missing, torn or discolored shingles. Also note areas which seem like potential problem areas in the future. Know that if you spot missing shingles, that is a cause for concern. Missing shingles open up the way for water to leak from outside into the home.

Inspect the Interior:

Inspect Interior

Once step one is completed and the outside of your home looks okay, check the underside of the roof from your attic. Make sure you especially check around the corners and places where flashing is used. Some important areas for this interior inspection are chimney, skylights, and vents. In addition any areas on the outside which looked problematic need to be checked from the inside also. These areas need to be continuously monitored. During extreme winter temperatures here in Michigan, we advise that you check more frequently.

Try & Contain Problem:

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If you spot a leak, try to contain the water as soon as possible. Water spreading is not good. It can do damage if it leaks into boards and support beams. Homeowners also need to check if water is accumulating under the leak area because that can sit in and cause long-term damage too. If you find a leak, make sure you do not waste more time and start repairs. The more you let it sit, the bigger issue it can become.  There is no time to waste when you discover a roof leak. The most important thing you can do is contain the problem, and then contact a professional roofer as we explain next.

Contact Professional Roofers:

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The next step now is to contact professional roofers. Request quotes from multiple contractors for your best bang for the buck. You may turn out to be pleasantly surprised at the price some professional contractors may quote you. Professional contractors have great relationships with suppliers and a strong referral base that helps keep their costs low. They offer competitive pricing. That also helps reduce some of the financial stress that accompanies emergency home improvements.

Do Not Panic!

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And finally, this is the most important one. Do not panic on roofing emergencies. Yes it might be a costly fix, but it can turn out to be a small issue too. Also, even if it is turns out to be a costly project, there are a ton of financing opportunities available. Good reputed contractors work with homeowners and get them the roofing loans they need. We have discussed these in the past as well.

Here for All Your Roofing Needs!

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Here at ASR, we are certified and licensed roofing contractors here for your roof ventilation needs. We 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.

Safely Climb Roof By Following These Helpful Tips From ASR

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Safely Climb Roof:

Here at American Standard Roofing we want homeowners to safely climb roof and be secure in all their home improvement endeavors. As the weather changes, homeowners get curious about roofs. We have been hearing a lot about accidents caused by lack of safety measure. In today’s post we will discuss how homeowners can do these simple things and be able to safely climb roof.

Ladders Can Slip: Always Have Help

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In order to safely climb roof, you should really have two people present. One should hold the ladder as the other person climbs. Ladders are notorious for going flying right when you get to the top of the roof, the last place you want your ladder to take off on you. If you don’t have somebody to hold your ladder, make sure it is very securely placed on level ground, and the feet are properly angled. Even better, place something heavy in front of the ladder, so if it starts to slide it can’t go very far. When you are coming back down off the roof, do so carefully.

Never Put Ladders Against Gutters:

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When you are putting your ladder against the house, be careful of your gutters! They are very thin aluminum, and if you aren’t careful they will end up a dented mess. Find a gutter screw to lean your ladder near where you are less likely to do damage.

Don’t Tread on Shingles:

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Shingles are covered in little granules, which happen to come off when you walk on them. This leads to an effect like walking on marbles, especially on older roofs. Be especially careful on roofs that are wet or mossy, as these can send you flying off the side before you even know what happened. Heavy traffic can damage your shingles and shorten their lifespan. Be careful when walking on your shingles and don’t drag tools or other sharp objects across your roof. It’s easy to safely climb roof but fall anyway by being careless.

Never Underestimate Heights:

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From the ground, most roofs don’t look very steep. It’s a whole different story once you are up there looking over the side! Make sure you know what you are getting into. Don’t go up on a roof if it feels too steep once you get there. Roofers use jacks on steep roofs to keep their footing, and they are professionals who spend all day every day up there. If they won’t even walk on the roof without precautions, you shouldn’t either. Our simplest advice: if you aren’t comfortable, don’t do it.

Here for All Your Roofing Needs!

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Here at ASR, we are certified and licensed roofing contractors here for your roof ventilation needs. We 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 Roof Maintenance: A Quick Overview by ASR

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Proper Roof Maintenance:

In today’s post our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss proper roof maintenance. It is extremely important to monitor and check proper roof maintenance. Our team of experts explain that while your roof should last approximately 30 years, homeowners need to do their part. A team member points out that just like a car will not run for long without proper maintenance, you need to make sure you maintain your roof as well.

Shingle Proper Roof Maintenance:

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Since asphalt shingle roofs are the most popular type, we will discuss those here. There are a few things homeowners can do for maximum durability and reliability of their roofs:

  1. Keep it free of debris. This includes leaves, branches and similar things.
  2. Leaving debris on roof for extended period of time can cause stains and discoloration which looks awful.
  3. If your roof is stained, please follow these guidelines we talked about in our previous article.
  4. Most importantly, homeowners needs to remember that excessive scrubbing and cleaning damages roofs. It can knock off granules and reduce lifespan of roof by a big margin.

Keep Roof Clear:

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Homeowners need to understand the importance of proper roof maintenance by keeping their roof free of snow and ice in the winter. While we are not suggesting sweeping it off every time there are light flurries, please make sure there is no build-up. Proper roof maintenance requires that there is no excessive weight and stress on your roof. In the northern climates that get a lot of snow, roofs have been known to collapse from the weight of the buildup if they aren’t cleaned off.

Other Drawback of Letting Ice Build-up on Your Roof:

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If you let ice build up, that is extremely bad for the building’s structural integrity. Not only are you letting stress on the structure but the freezing and thawing can cause water to back up under shingles, fascia, trim, and other areas. This can cause severe leaking issues. proper roof maintenance requires that ice needs to be dealt with before it turns into a large block. Cleaning your gutters in the fall can help to prevent ice buildup during the winter, which can save your roof as well as your gutters.

Restrict Traffic on Roof:

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Yes, for proper roof maintenance, be sure that you are not allowing family members and friends to roam on your home’s roof. In short, restrict traffic on your roof. If you have to get up there for needed maintenance than do so. However, do not allow unnecessary traffic up there. Ladders, boots, and toolboxes can all rub granules off of your shingles, shortening their lifespan.

Here for All Your Roofing Needs!

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Here at ASR, we are certified and licensed roofing contractors here for your roof ventilation needs. We 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.

Aging Shingles Losing Granules? Time To Have Roof Checked

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Does Your Roof Have Aging Shingles?

One of the most common questions we receive from customers is about aging shingles. As spring approaches and snow melts off, homeowners see granules coming off in the gutters and they wonder why that is. In today’s post, our team of experts discuss aging shingles, what can cause they and how it affects your home.

First Signs:

Gutter Granules

The very first sign of aging shingles is that you will start seeing granules in your gutter lines after heavy rainfalls. Water basically runs over the shingles taking the granules from the shingles with it. These granules start gathering in your gutters visible to naked eye. It’s completely normal to lose some of the granular textures on the roof. Over time however aging shingles starts to become a concern.

What Are Those Granules Anyway?

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Asphalt shingles are one of the most widely used type of shingles on roofs because they’ve been around for a while. Their design has been perfected by many manufacturers in the industry over time. One of the ways manufacturers have made shingles more sturdy and protective of a home is by adding granules onto the exterior. This helps fight the natural elements. Aging shingles lose granules giving a definitive answer to the question of whether it is time to repair or replace your roof.

Why Are Granules On Shingles?

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Granules were added to the design of shingles because of mainly these reasons:

  1. They help keep ultraviolet rays off the shingle’s asphalt coating. UV rays can cause a lot of damage. Aging shingles lose granules hence becoming more prone to damage to the home.
  2. They protect from algae, fungus and moss from growing in-between shingles and crevices.
  3. Adding granules helps make the shingles more fire-resistant.

#1 Reason For Loss of Granules:

 

Thunderstorms

Our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing advise that heavy rain or strong wind are number 1 reasons that make your roof lose granules. If after a storm, you find a buildup of shingle granules in your gutters or on the ground, don’t panic. Homeowners should check for granules on aging shingles. If granules are gone, a roof repair and shingle replacement should be considered. A small amount or no granules can be bad news for your roof. Our team advises inspecting roof and specifically shingles in a timely manner.

Here for All Your Roofing Needs!

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Here at ASR, we are certified and licensed roofing contractors here for your roof ventilation needs. We 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 Ventilation: Importance & Approaches to Home Climate Control

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Roof Ventilation is Same as Breathing:

In today’s post our team discusses the importance of roof ventilation and different approaches one can adopt to addressing this issue.

As we discussed in our previous post, ventilation is to the roof what breathing is to the human body. Fresh air cleans the lungs and helps to bring more oxygen to the cells. Fresh air improves the cleansing action of your lungs as well. When you exhale and breathe out through your lungs, you release airborne toxins from your body. The increased oxygen level in the body brings with it increased energy to do the things you need to do.

Roof ventilation, essentially, is the same concept. It brings in fresh air and helps get rid of the old stale air from the home.

Michigan Weather & Your Roofing System:

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Metro Detroit area is known for its bipolar division of weather forecasts. As we have lately been seeing, we can have rain one day, sunshine the next day and half a foot of snow the following day. Your roofing system has to be capable of handling it all in stride. Here at American Standard Roofing, we can help you with putting a quality roofing system so give us a call anytime.

Ventilation in Cold Weather:

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We covered this in our previous post as well. Good roof ventilation will help to maintain the heat within the house. It also helps in preventing build up of ice dams. Ice dams can start forming under shingles and leak through the roof causing damage.

Ventilation in Heat:

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This is also an important one. Roof ventilation allows hot air to rise through and go up. This alleviates stress put on an air conditioning system, which will in turn bring down electricity costs.

Approaches to Roof Ventilation:

Complete Roof Replacement

When it comes to roof ventilation, there are a couple of different ways to approach the process. Our team explains them as follows:

Roof Ventilation:

This is the most common approach. It involves making sure the space between the insulation and the underside of the roof membrane or shingles is properly ventilated.

Roof-Deck Ventilation:

This is the slightly more complex approach. It involves creating space between the roof deck and shingles and installing a special baffling for ventilation. The air goes in through the specially made slit in the ceiling, travels through to the top and exits outside.

Bonus: The 4-7-8 Breath Tip!

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Since we know the importance of breathing right, here is a simple bonus tip from us to you – for your better health. It is called the 4-7-8 breath. To perform this breathing exercise do the following:

1) Exhale completely through your mouth gently.

2) Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.

3) Hold your breath for a count of seven.

4) Exhale completely through your mouth, to a count of eight

Here for All Your Roofing Needs!

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Here at ASR, we are certified and licensed roofing contractors here for your roof ventilation needs. We 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 Ventilation Importance: Is Your Home Breathing Right?

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Home Ventilation Importance:

Our team here at American Standard Roofing recently covered insulation and it’s importance. While having a good insulating product is extremely important, there needs to be another vital element at play to ensure that your home’s roof remains in good order and functions well. That element is home ventilation.

Today we will go over two big benefits of ventilation and how it is a necessity for a good home.

Breathing Right:

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We understand the importance of breathing as human beings. Clean fresh air not only invigorates, it also supplies us with rich oxygen which is essential for all our internal organs.

Just like human beings need to breathe properly to remain healthy, home ventilation is a basic need for a healthy home. Not many people put a lot of thought into whether or not their roof can “breathe” properly, but this is of major importance when it comes to a roofing system’s overall health.

1. Proper Home Ventilation Gets Rid of Excess Moisture:

Excess Moisture

In the winter months, moist air travels to the roof area. It comes from how showers, cooking, and doing dishes etc. When this moist air gets in contact with cooler underside of the roof, it condenses. This can cause all sorts of issues like mold and mildew. This condensation can cause insulation and other structures to get damaged. Proper home ventilation not only requires good insulation, it requires vapor barriers and vents as well. Our team highly recommends contacting us for an evaluation of your home.

2. Proper Home Ventilation Gets Rid of Excess Heat:

Insulation Benefits

In warmer weather, excess heat can build up in the roof attic. This happens mostly during the day. This heat then radiates into the house. If not removed, that heat is trapped inside the attic space after sunset, continuing to heat the home. Proper roof ventilation is needed to effectively remove heat from roofs during the summer months. This is not only desirable for comfort but it can help lower power bills by better circulating air.

Here for All Your Roofing Needs!

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Here 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.