Is Your House Breathing? What Homeowners Need to Know

House Breathing

Just like you, your house needs to breath. The bigger and deeper the breaths of fresh air it can get, the better the circulation of clean air through your home for your family to enjoy. Your roof is like the lungs of your house, allowing air in and out from the outside. If you, for example, had a cold or a cough and it was challenging to breath your whole body would feel the effects. Well, the same is true for your home!

Ventilation is Same as House Breathing:

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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.

Home Needs a Flow of Fresh Air:

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Your home needs to have a constant flow of fresh air moving through it, especially in those winter months when the windows are closed and the heat is on. If your home is not getting plenty of ventilation, it can create mold problems that are a real challenge to deal with as it progresses, not to mention a health risk for your family. The best way to offer your home the ventilation it needs is to make sure your roof is clean and up to date.

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Is your house breathing free? Not sure? Call us at American Standard Roofing and we are happy to come do a FREE ‘Wellness Check’ on your home. Don’t wait until you have a sick home, be proactive and make sure your family has the fresh, clean air that it needs. 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

Right Color Shingle: How Homeowners Should Make The Decision

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Right Color Shingle:

In today’s post, our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss right color shingle for homeowners. This is a very important decision for homeowners. Needless to say we receive inquiries on the subject.

It’s an Important Decision!

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For many people, choosing the right color shingle is as hard of a decision as deciding which contractor to hire. With so many different shingle manufacturers out there, and each with a variety of colors that they offer, it is understandable why this can be so difficult. Not that we are the best designers in the world, but because of our vast experience installing roofs we can offer up just a few hints and tips to help you make up your mind.

Aim For a Nice Contrast:

Choosing Right Roof Color

You always want to see a nice contrast between your house and your roof. If you have real light brick on the majority of your home then pick a darker color so that the shingle really stands out. You can endlessly try to incorporate trim colors and even landscaping features but picking a style that has corresponding hints or tones to it. However, use this general rule if you are just looking to get something installed that will look nice. Most people only notice their roof color when they are thinking of getting it replaced, after they completely forget about it.

Get Creative With Accent Colors:

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You always have the option of adding different color drip edge, vents, or counter flashing if you want to get creative with the accent colors. Beyond this, if you want to add any additional flare you can re-trim the windows or add new siding features that will really make your house stand out. You can get lost for days on Pinterest looking through examples of unique homes to emulate.

Light Vs Dark Color Shingles:

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Lastly, we often get asked about heat conductivity and any savings that you may get by installing a lighter color shingle. We also did multiple posts on this in the past well. Truthfully it only makes a big difference if you live somewhere that is sunny year round. In Michigan, you want those shingles to absorb heat so that they help to melt off the snow and ice. Picking the best shingle color is really about your personal taste. Just choose one that you like because once it is up there you are not going to get the opportunity to change it any time soon.

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.

Roofing System Moisture: A Brief Overview by ASR

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Roofing System Moisture:

In today’s post, our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss roofing system moisture. Moisture is detrimental to all sorts of roofs. Roofing system moisture can also cause the building owners to spend considerable amount of money in the long-run. That is why our team recommend taking care of moisture issues ASAP.

How Roofing System Moisture Manifests Itself:

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Our team advises that it is best to learn what types of roofing system moisture exists to become better aware. We also emphasize that building owners and homeowners learn about these types. We also recommend you can do to protect your roof. This will automatically mean increased performance from your roofing system.

1. Small Moisture Generated by People:

Small Moisture

When keeping roofing system moisture in mind, always keep in mind the occupants. A little bit of moisture is very common in storage, warehouses offices and other buildings. The reason for that is warm air drifts upward along with moisture. As the air takes takes moisture up, it traps moisture between insulation and membrane of the roof. Our team advises that to keep this from happening, use staggered joints and multiple layers of insulation. We also recommend using cover boards if more than one layer of insulation is not possible.

2. Moisture Generated by Construction:

Excess Moisture

Another type of moisture that we have dealt with is the type that is generated by construction equipment and crews. Roofing system moisture sometimes is an issue even before a building is occupied. Our team explains that sometimes painting walls, curing concrete on outside and even installing drywall can trap moisture. We highly recommend going with professional construction crew who is familiar with these things. Our team also recommends having them use vapor barriers which help stop moisture build-up.

3. Large Moisture Created by Occupants:

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Finally, our team talks about large amounts of moisture that is created by building occupants. Our team suggests everything you can do to prevent build-up of moisture. Especially in large commercial buildings like mills, community centers with swimming pools etc. We recommend building owners should also make sure ventilation and air handling systems are in working order. We also recommend checking that they are designed to tackle all sorts of condensation.

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.

Roof Lifespan & Nature: Considering The Four Factors

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Roof Lifespan & Nature:

In today’s post we will be discussing a variety of factors that reduce roof lifespan. Our team at American Standard Roofing has come up with 4 of the biggest factors that can lower roof lifespan. Taking care of these factors will rid homeowners of extra costs and headaches in the long run.

1. Extreme Weather Impacts Lifespan Of Your Roof

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  1. Sun: As much as we love the sun, it is not your roof’s friend. UV rays from the sun cause roofing materials to deteriorate over time, reducing roof lifespan. Homeowners can actually see this deterioration over time by looking at the roof area which is most exposed to the sun.
  2. Rain: Rain can also cause havoc reducing the lifespan of your roof. Aided by strong winds, rain is the main reason behind rotting of roof deck. It gets under the shingles by the help of strong winds and seeps through. Our team advises homeowners to always check their attics from time to time. This ensures you do not end up with rotting areas on your roof.
  3. Wind: As mentioned above, coupled with rain, strong winds can pose to be quite a problem. Wind can blow away shingles, sidings and trims letting in other natural elements. This consequently is bad for the home’s structural integrity and lifespan of your roof.
  4. Snow & Ice: Snow and ice can be especially detrimental to the roof of your home. Since heat flows upwards, the top of the roof is generally warmer. This causes all the ice and snow to melt on the top and slide towards the sides. Since the roof is not as warm on the sides, this melted snow/ice starts re-freezing. This is dangerous because it causes ice-dams. This prevents water from running through gutters consequently backing up under the shingles and into the building. Proper ventilation also helps, which we covered in an earlier post.

2. Growing of Moss & Algae:

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Our team has come across plenty of homeowners who have run into this issue. Common in shady moist areas, moss and algae can start to grow on your roof without any warning. Moss and algae leave stains and are not exactly pleasant to look at. They also shorten the lifespan of your roof. The biggest drawback of having these grow on your roof is that they can also hold moisture against your home. This significantly promotes rot and mold. We recommend periodically inspecting against moss and algae for longer lifespan of your roof.

3. Big Leaves & Branches From Trees

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As harmless as it may sound at first, trees and leaves can also do a lot of damage. They can not only stain your roof but also damage shingles, siding and other roofing material reducing lifespan of your roof. Branches rubbing against your home will scratch and gouge shingles, and in extreme instances can even come right through into your attic. A helpful advice from our team here at ASR is that keep trees and other plants trimmed away from your roof. This will prevent costly damage.

4. Moisture Build-up:

Excess Moisture

Moisture buildup in your attic can result in condensation on the roof deck. This eventually leads to mold and rotting of wood and other roof supports ultimately reducing lifespan of your roof. Condensation can be caused by bathrooms and kitchens venting into the attic, inadequate ventilation of the attic, or substantial buildup of moisture inside the home from items like hot tubs and saunas. Whatever the reason, it should be addressed to prevent mold and other serious issues.

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.

Roof Repair or Replace? Some Important Pointers for Homeowners

Roof Repair of Replace

Roof repair or replace is an important question that is usually on homeowners minds. We have a fair share of customers who ask why their roof just cant be repaired. And that they are not “ready” to replace the roof. Keeping in mind the issue, our team here at American Standard Roofing has come up with a few pointers for homeowners.

Roof Repair or Replace: Can’t It just be repaired?

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The long and short of it? Yes. Almost anything can be repaired. The real question however that needs to be asked is whether the roof is actually worth repairing. Our team here at American Standard Roofing advises that sometimes repairing might not be the right way to go. If a contractors agrees to repair, homeowners must know the entire picture. Repairs have their own pros and cons. We also covered that in our previous posts.

Repairs Are Generally Not Guaranteed:

A repair typically is not guaranteed. You could have the world’s best roofer come out and patch an area. Even he will not be able to guarantee that it won’t start leaking somewhere else the next day. This is especially true if you have an older roof. It is also true for a roof that was installed improperly in the beginning. A roofing system has multiple layers. It is almost impossible to tell roof condition without lifting shingles from the top of the roof. This is because it becomes extremely hard to look at a roof and see all the places that might need a future repair.

It Can get Expensive Quickly:

Repairs costs can add up quickly. The only exception perhaps is if your roof has a substantial amount of life left. Imagine paying a roofer to keep doing repairs over and over. Our team here advises that a repair usually costs between $500 and $1500. A new roof starts around $4000 depending on the size. So what does that mean? It means that after three or four repairs, you could have bought a new roof with a 30 year warranty. That and not have to worry about paying for future repairs as well.

Things Are Not What They Seem!

First thought that pops in homeowners minds when they are told a roof replacement is costs. We have sen several customers in the beginning worrying about roof repair or replace issue simply thinking they will be ripped off because contractors will make more money. That is a not true most of the time. Important thing to note is that profit margins on repairs are generally much higher than that of whole roof replacements. That means a contractor will make more money on those three or four repairs than they would by selling you a whole new roof up front. In addition, doing repairs gives them a chances to sell you a new roof down the road whenever you are ready. This is an important point to consider when considering roof repair or replace.

When it Makes Sense to Repair:

Common Sense

Keeping in mind the above factors we explained, there are times where it makes financial sense to repair a roof instead of replace it. The two most common factors are as follows.

Size of the Roof:

If you have a very large roof, you may be able to do entry repairs before you reach the price of replacing the whole roof. In that instance, it might make sense to repair the roof a couple of times before replacing it. However, if you have a smaller roof, you should probably look into replacing the whole thing. Even if you don’t have the cash at the moment, many companies offer low interest financing. Some of them even have 0% specials if you pay the project off within a certain amount of time. We also provide great financing. Have a look here.

Age of the Roof:

Contrary to popular belief, newer roofs can leak too. Sometimes flashing comes loose and allows water to penetrate. Other times wind might blow shingles up, or animals may break in and create leaks. Whatever the reason, if you have a newer roof, you should definitely consider a repair. On the other hand, if your roof is older, it’s time to call professional roofers. Maintaining fiscal balance is key. Our advice is always weigh the pros and cons.

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.

Right Roofing Contractor for the Job? Helping Homeowners Decide

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Right Roofing Contractor:

Choosing the right roofing contractor can be a pain. Homeowners need to find the right balance between costs and quality workmanship. The right roofing contractor usually is able to keep the costs low for homeowners and still be able to provide quality work. Keeping that in mind, homeowners can rejoice. Our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing have done it again. Here are are some quick tips to help ease the anxiety.

Some Key Tips:

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  • Go Local: finding local contractors is a smart idea. They know the local rules, regulations and building codes better than out-of-town contractors. They will also be more involved with the local community which reduces chances of potential scams.
  • Look for Certified and Licensed Contractorsthis is a big one! While you can find unlicensed contractors for much less, the quality for such work is bound to be shoddy. Properly licensed and certified contractors will have superior work quality. A good idea would be to research Better Business Bureau (BBB )ratings.
  • Always Get Referrals: one of the best ways to find a roofing contractor is to check local listings and directories, to find a reliable and reputable contractor. A bunch of websites offer client feedback for these contractors and it can be very helpful. In addition, contacting family and friends who have roofing work done for referrals is also a good idea.
  • Go for Warrantythis is also a big one. Here at American Standard Roofing, we offer a lifetime warranty. We stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product, both labor and material. We think that should be an industry standard. Unfortunately not all roofing contractors offer warranties of their work. This can be a huge issue as it can take months or even years for damage to start showing. By that time, if it is out of warranty the contractor will not fix it and you might have to pay out of pocket for the contractor’s mistake.
  • Know Your Materials: It is always a good idea to become acquainted with the material being used so you know what options you have. A roofing contractor should be able to provide you with different options for shingles, decking boards, underlayments, flashings etc. These options (or lack thereof) can have a significant effect on your immediate as well as long-term costs as well.
  • Always Look for Customers Feedbackthis is tied in with getting referrals. One of the best ways to assess a contractors work is by hearing from his clients. Always go for positive feedback from customers, and always make sure to check multiple sources for such feedback. Here at American Standard Roofing, we stand behind our work and our reviews and reputation are the best in the business.

Do Your Homework!

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Remember, you shouldn’t just choose the first contractor who comes to check out the roof. Homeowners need to find contractors who are professional and honest. That is how you find a right roofing contractor for your project. Hopefully these important tips will help in doing just that. If you’re in the Metro Detroit area needing help with your roofing needs, do check us out. We’ve been in the business for over 36 years and have served over 11000 Metro Detroit customers.

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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.

Roofing Ice Guard Explained: A Quick Simple Guide by ASR

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Roofing Ice Guard:

In today post our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss roofing ice guard in depth. This is an important component of a roof and homeowners need to be aware of the importance of roofing ice guard.

Explaining Roofing Ice Guard:

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Our team explains that basically a roofing ice guard is an asphalt impregnated membrane that gets applied to the roof deck and then shingled over. It is intended to prevent any leaking from occurring if ice or water gets beneath the shingle for any reason. That being said, it is definitely not a waterproofing system. If enough water gets on it there will be a leak. It is no substitute for a commercial roofing system if the pitch is to low and it can not hold standing water long term. What is important is where it gets used and how sparingly for a typical residential construction project.

Is it Mandatory to Use?

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Our team explains that city code requires the use of the ice guard product at least 2 feet from any inner walls and three feet from the eve. This is a great recommendation but simply not enough in the Michigan environment. A good install will typically include 6 feet worth of ice guard from the eve or edge of roof. It should also be used around all penetrations such as skylights, vent pipes, and chimneys.

Does it Cover Entire Roof?

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We recommend that it should. In some instances it is recommended to use more of the product where snow or rain is going to inevitably accumulate. Also, any unheated areas should be completely covered. If the roof is not properly ventilated, the ice guard will trap more moisture then normal causing the potential for mold growth and wood rot prematurely. Roofing ice guard is required by city code and can save both the homeowner and contractor a lot of future problems if used right.

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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.

Replacing Roof Shingles? Homeowners Dilemma Solved by ASR

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Replacing Roof Shingles:

Questions about replacing roof shingles are very popular among our customers. In fact, they are one of the most important questions we receive here at American Standard Roofing. We often get questions like “Why should I replace my roof shingles? Can’t I just repair?”. In the end it matters to the customer and we are here to help.

Reasons for Removing Existing Shingles:

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There can be a variety of reasons for replacing roof shingles and removing the existing ones. As C. Dwight Barnett of Tribune News Service explains:

A low-sloped roof, one that has 4 inches of rise for every 12 inches of run should have only one layer of shingles. This is due to the added weight of a second layer of shingles. A low-cost shingle weighs approximately 22 pounds for every square foot of area covered. The rafters may not be designed to support this amount of additional weight plus any additional weight from a heavy snow or high winds. When the pitch of the roof is increased, it may be possible to add a second layer of shingles.

Adding Second Layer:

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Adding a second layer of shingles also has another drawback. It will have a reduced life expectancy for the roof when replacing roof shingles and adding layer. Add in the constant ventilation of the attic as well and its a recipe for disaster. This will ultimately result in a decline in manufacturer’s suggested life expectancy by a considerable number of years.

Length of Ownership?

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This is another important factor to consider. Do you wish to remain in your home for long? Do you want to maintain ownership of place you live in for short term or long term? Minor savings now can become costly in the near future. We advise to think about this when replacing roof shingles as it can help homeowners be more cost efficient.

Expert Advice:

Self Inspection

Our experts here at American Standard Roofing advise that homeowners you should keenly observe and assess the condition of the already present shingles. Second layer of shingles can always identify if the shingles are deformed in any manner (dimpled, twisted or curled). Our experts here strongly recommend that cupped or curled shingles should be taken out before the damaged decking boards should be replaced and then new shingles should be installed. We also recommend using roof leak barriers once shingles are properly installed.

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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. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.