Dark Color Roofing Shingles: Right Choice For Your Home

Darker Roof

Dark Color Roofing Shingles:

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

Climate Consideration is Important:

Climate Considerations

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

Reflection And Absorption of Heat:

Reflect or Absorb Heat

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

Dark Color Characteristics:

Dark Colors

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

Are Dark Shingles More Suitable in Michigan Area?

Michigan Roofs

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

Verdict: Go For Dark Color Roofing Shingles?

Verdict : Roof Colors Affect Your Homes

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

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American Standard Roofing serves all Metro Detroit area and a covers a 50 mile radius of the region. We offer our services to each and everyone within this service radius. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 for all your roofing needs. We are happy to help!

Right Roof Contractor: Home Improvement Tips by ASR

Right Roofing Contractor Qualities

Right Roof Contractor:

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

What Homeowners Should Do:

Don't Panic

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

Devise a Good Strategy:

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

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

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors who know all about how to choose the right roof contractor. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.

Passing Home Inspections Should Not Be A Nightmare for Homeowners

Passing Home Inspections

Passing home inspections can become quite frustrating for homeowners. Today our team here at American Standard Roofing brings you some helpful tips for passing home inspections if you plan on selling your home.

Passing Home inspections is Important:

Common Roofing Issues

Home inspection is an extremely important step for anyone selling their home. Homeowners selling their home really do not want any major flaws found within their homes. Why? Because that would halt the selling process. Experienced home owners who have bought and sold their homes will tell you that home inspectors usually point to a few things that need to be fixed. The reason for that is because these professionals are trained to find structural issues that people cannot point out.

Some Common Issues:

Process

For your convenience, we will shed light on a few common issues discovered by home inspectors so you don’t have to be bothered later on to have to fix them:

1. Electrical Issues:

Electrical Issues

Some of the older houses usually have issues with electrical wiring. While the wiring may have been fully operational and safe when the home was being built and the wires being put in, but years later is a different story. For passing home inspections, electrical issues need to be looked into. Homeowners should check if all wiring follows the safety codes. Also check whether or not it has now become a fire hazard.

2. Water Damages:

Water Damage

 This is a big one for passing home inspections. Watch out for water damages. Best way to do that is to keep a look out for signs on your ceiling. A good sign to know if you have damaged plumbing in sinks or bathtubs is a wet ceiling. Another tip is to look for traces of wet surface and moisture around kitchen closets. Same applies to toilets as well. While any outside leakages are easy to point out and fix, you might need to open up internal pipes to check and see if they need repairs.

3. Home Damages:

Types of Damages

Taking care of foundation issues is important for passing home inspections. Foundation and some of the framing issues can be tracked through cracks and traces of termite. These can affect the foundation and become a big structural problem. Our experts recommend keeping an eye our for this one.

4. Roofing:

Replacing Roof Shingles

As roofing experts, we can tell you it will be very hard to completely inspect the roof just by a quick glance. That said, homeowners can just stand back in their yard and try to look for balding, bare or soft spots. We also advise to check for water damages as well. Fairly important for passing home inspections. One good thing here is that homeowners do not have to necessarily worry about complete roof replacements. It may just turn out to be just a repair. If you’re lucky it will just be a repair on a particular section of the roof.

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American Standard Roofing serves all Metro Detroit area and a covers a 50 mile radius of the region. We offer our services to each and everyone within this service radius. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 for all your roofing needs. We are happy to help!

Perfect Gutter Guard System: Our Thoughts & Expert Opinion

Gutter Guard System:

In today’s post, our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss the gutter guard system. We hear the term “perfect gutter guard system” from customers all the time. We wanted to clear up the common misconception. While different patterns and designs exist in the market, no single type of gutter guard system is perfect. However we can definitely strive for perfection.

Gutter Guard Systems in Market:

Drainage Issues

There are various types and kinds of gutter guards system available in the market. The concept of gutter protection is not new however. Homeowners have seen debris getting collected in gutters for a long time. Because of this, gutters have almost become standard for every home. Consequently, this need increased the demand for gutters in the market. And where this is a need and demand, there is marketing to sell. And where there is marketing, smart homeowners know that there will always be some half-baked truths in the marketing slogans. Terms like “no maintenance required” are just that.

We Recommend Professionals for Gutters:

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American Standard Roofing has worked on almost every type of gutter and gutter guard system in existence. We have yet to witness a gutter or gutter guard system that was completely maintenance free. As with anything outside of your home, gutters need maintenance. We always recommend periodic maintenance for any gutter guard system. We advise that they be inspected, adjusted and kept an eye on.

What to Check?

Checklist

Below is a list of things our team advises to look out for:

  1. Oversized trees.
  2. Any protruding vegetation. That must be kept in check.
  3. Joints.
  4. Drains and outlets.
  5. Screens.
  6. Covers.
  7. Grates need to be examined as well.

All of these above mentioned things are important and need maintenance. Maintenance-free gutter and gutter guard system do not exist. That is a myth perpetuated by business marketing.

Product Fit for Home:

Gutters

Our team explains that cost, style and functionality vary with each product. The design, construction and composition of the guard is very important. So is the right balance between price and performance. It is up to homeowners to decide what they want.

Our Verdict:

Verdict

After all is said and done, we believe right balance is key. Market has several types of gutter protection systems that will assist in keeping your gutters clean. Homeowners however must realize that some maintenance will be necessary. A perfect gutter protection system simply does not exist.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We have extensive experience with any gutter guard system in market today. 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. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.

Ladder Safety: Part II Continuation of Helpful Tips by ASR

Friend Ladder

Safety Precautions For Homeowners:

Our experts here at American Standard Roofing continue with our two part special on safely climbing roof. We pick up where we left off talking about ladder safety and safely climbing roof.

6. Sturdy Footing for Ladder’s End:

Rubber Ladder End

Our team recommends install rubber safety shoes on the ladder’s feet if your ladder already doesn’t have those. This is especially important if the ladder is to stand on a slick or slippery surface.

7. Don’t Overextend Ladder:

Overextended Ladder

This is one of the important ones. Overextending the ladder can cause the ladder to be more flimsy. Make sure that ladder extension is locked in place and that no section is extended more than three-quarters of its length. This will ensure a sturdier ladder and help in safely climbing roof.

8. Don’t Carry Stuff While on ladder:

Rope Over Ladder

We have seen a lot of ambitious homeowners lift tools and other stuff when going up the ladder, to the roof. It may seem trivial but it is a big issue when it comes to safely climbing roof. Be sure to pull materials up a ladder with a rope, and have a place to store them at the top. Carrying them over your shoulder gives you less stability and is an accident waiting to happen.

9. Keep Weather Information Handy:

 

5 Day Outlook

Our team recommends that homeowners work on the roof only if the weather is warm, dry and calm. We highly recommend against climbing the roof when there is a chance of lightning. Severe weather is just something that needs to be accounted for when safely climbing roof.

10. Always Get Professionals for Advanced Help:

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While DIY (do-it-yourself) projects are good to undertake from an economic perspective, our team advises homeowners to contact professionals for advanced level of work. Some roofs have high pitch and slopes and it can become dangerous for novice, first timers to get up there and tackle problems.

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American Standard Roofing serves all Metro Detroit area and a covers a 50 mile radius of the region. We offer our services to each and everyone within this service radius. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 for all your roofing needs. We are happy to help!

Safely Climbing Roof: Ladder Safety Tips by ASR Part-I

Safely Climbing Roof

Safely climbing roof is not as easy as it sounds. This is something our team here at American Standard Roofing agrees upon. We have been hearing a lot about accidents. We specifically hear horror stories about people climbing roof. This week, our team will do a two part special on ladder safety. Here is part-I of our two part special.

Safely Climbing Roof is Good For You!

Safely climbing roof keeps you from not becoming an accident statistic. In terms of home improvement, falling off a ladder, or for that matter a high spot, say like a roof, is no joke. According to a study conducted by CDC (Center for Disease Control) last year:

The study, published in the most recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), found that falls remain a leading cause of unintentional injury mortality nationwide, and 43 percent of fatal falls in the last decade have involved a ladder.

Among workers, approximately 20 percent of fall injuries involve ladders, and among construction workers, an estimated 81 percent of fall injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms involve a ladder.

Safety Precautions For Homeowners:

Our team has come up with a list of measures that will help homeowners and project undertakers in safely climbing roof and not have any accidents. Hopefully adhering to these safety measures and tips can stop these terrible accidents we keep hearing about.

1. Unnecessary Walk on Roof:

 

Footsteps

Avoid walking when not necessary. A good tip from our experts: stay off tile or slate roofs completely. They are slippery and breakable.

2. Find Proper Footing:

Walk Carefully

Make sure you step carefully once on the roof. Stepping on rotted and brittle old roofing material can cause falls and accidents.

3. Appropriate Clothes and Footwear:

Proper shoes and clothes

Safely climbing roof requires you wear loose, comfortable clothing. That and proper footwear is also necessary. Something like clean, dry rubber-soled shoes, with good ankle support comes recommended from our team.

4. Have a Friend Help:

Friend Ladder

Two is always better than one. At least when it comes to safely climbing roof. Have a friend or family member come help out or stand by the ladder when trying to climb roof.

5. Standing Properly on Ladder:

Ladder Standing

It is important to stand properly on the ladder when safely climbing roof. Never stand on the top two bars (or rungs) of the ladder. At least two rungs should extend above the eaves so you can step directly onto the roof. It is safer that way because of weight distribution between you, roof and the ladder.

Stay tuned Part-II of this article in the next few days!

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American Standard Roofing serves all Metro Detroit area and a covers a 50 mile radius of the region. We offer our services to each and everyone within this service radius. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 for all your roofing needs. We are happy to help!

Planning Home Improvement: Don’t Overwhelm Yourself

Planning Home Improvement

Planning Home Improvement:

In today’s post our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss planning home improvement. Most of our customers are very ambitious when it comes to making upgrades to their homes. That said it is very important for homeowners to take it one step at a time when it comes to planning home improvement.

The Right Order To Do Things:

The right order

Planning home improvement is not easy. Our team has come across customers who start new home improvement projects in the wrong orderConventional wisdom dictates that if your roof needs replacement, you do not start painting your home. However, we are all human. We usually get caught up in the moment and make emotional decisions that we later regret.

Our team took time out to come up with some basic guidelines for planning home improvement. Homeowners should be able to bring some chaos to order with these. Following these basic guidelines will simplify your life drastically. That said, we also highly recommend hiring a professional for all roofing needs.

1. Start At The Top:

Top Down

Our team of experts indicate that planning home improvement should start from the top. That means your roof. A leaking or damaged roof can cause most damage to your home. We recommend getting an inspection by a reputable roofing contractor. Most will perform this service for new customers for free in hope that they will use the service when needed. A word of caution however: if you call a smaller company they may be inclined to sell you a repair or replacement that is not even needed. Always have work done by reputable contractors, period.

2. Work from Outside to Inside:

Outside to Inside

Planning home improvement, after the first step, should be followed by working from outside to inside. We advise homeowners to focus on exterior of the house after they have their roof taken care of.  It is important to know that it is the little things that will eventually turn into big issues. Small things like not maintaining gutters or painting every few years can come back in the shape of repair costs. Loose siding, rotten fascia boards, missing caulk etc, are all tiny things that you can take care of yourself. In addition to these things, if there are other major issues on the outside, do not be hesitant to call professional contractors. That move can end up saving homeowners a lot of money.

3. Structural Foundations:

Leaks

Our team advises that after the first two steps, slowly work your way back into the house. The homeowners focus next should be on structural and foundation issues. Check for any new cracks that appeared in your basement or any signs of leaking. If you have an exposed ceiling, make sure you don’t see any bending or warping of the floor joists. Cracking in the drywall can be a sign of too much moisture or the house is settling. If you suspect the former, make sure that your humidifier or furnace is set properly. In addition, our team recommends keeping your eye out for condensation build up on windows. The worse part is that condensation can cause mold to grow in your home.

Break It All Down In A List:

Professional Assessment of Roof

When it comes to planning home improvement, slow and steady wins the race. Our team advises to remember to take it one project at a time. Make a list of things to do. Make sure that list is in the right order.  Do not start tearing into multiple rooms at once. It is best to break it down into a manageable disaster. This also prevents you from getting in over your head financially.

We’re Here For All Your Planning Home Improvement Help!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We know the background of every roofing material we use. We have the right home improvement tips for you. We also have over 36 years of experience in the roofing industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. Be sure to give us a call at (248) 350-2323 for all your roofing, siding and guttering needs.

Roofing Contractor Qualities: Maximizing Home Improvement Efforts

Roofing Contractor Qualities

Roofing Contractor Qualities:

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

1. Contractor Should Have All Paperwork Complete:

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

2. Always Get References:

Referral

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

3. Contractor Should Provide a Clear Quote:

Checklist

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

4. Have Designated Company Name & Address:

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

5. Certification from Material Manufacturer:

Certification

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

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We know all about roofing contractor qualities. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product, both labor and material. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.