Roofing Disasters & How to Avoid Them: ASR Quick Guide

Roofing Disasters

Roofing Disasters And How To Avoid Them:

Roofing disasters happen when you leave roof unnoticed. Our team here at American Standard Roofing in today’s post will go over a few tips on how to avoid roofing disasters.

First Line of Defense:

Defence

The roof on your home is the first line of defense. It protects your home from roofing disasters caused by mother nature. This includes extreme temperatures, strong winds,  snow, ice and heavy rainfall among other things. Our team’s advice on the matter is to carry out a complete inspection. Do this inspection during the nicer spring times. Monitor both the interiors and the exterior. This can help avoid costly problems and issues that may arise due to roofing 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:

Water:

Water

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.

Cracks:

Cracks

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.

Shingles:

Shingles

If any shingles are blistered, decayed or “dirty looking,” they need to be replaced, too.

Contact Professional Roofers:

Roofing Contractor

Finally, if you find any of these potential problems and are in need of repairs, the first and most important step to take is to find a competent roofing contractor. Always remember to 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.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.

Siding Job Done Right: What To Ask Your Contractor

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Siding Job Done Right:

If you’re looking for siding job done right, look no further. Our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing continue discussing siding job done right this week. In addition we will also discuss issues that homeowners should remember to discus with their contractors.

Talk To Your Contractor:

Self Inspection

Our team advises that for siding job done right, it is essential homeowners talk to their contractor. Most of us only buy siding once or twice in a lifetime, so there is a lot to learn before getting started. When choosing contractors to give you quotes, you will need to know what type of siding are you looking for. Different siding materials require different skill sets to install them, and some types require special tools. Often a contractor will only install one or two types, so you will need to ask before having them come out.

Types of Sidings:

Our team took out the time to discuss types of sidings and above mentioned issues. We will talk about the three major types. A siding job done right requires that homeowners be aware of which type to use for their homes.

1. Aluminum:

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This is the type of siding that you normally see on older homes, and used to be a top choice. Since the price of aluminum has been increasing over recent years, it has been primarily replaced by less expensive vinyl siding. Aluminum is desirable since it is virtually maintenance free. You don’t need to paint it, and it is easy to wash clean with soap and water. It is very durable, resists dents, and is fireproof. Aluminum siding will last about 20 years before the finish starts to fade, and then it can be painted after that if desired. It comes in many different textures and designs, and can be installed vertically or horizontally.

2. Vinyl:

Vinyl

Another type is vinyl. One of the most popular options today, vinyl is relatively inexpensive compared to other materials, and looks very similar. You can find vinyl in virtually any style. It is made of PVC. That is why it is easy to mold. There are many options and colors in vinyl. Some of the popular ones are Cedar Shake, Carriage House and Woodgrain. It will require nothing more than a good cleaning once a year. It is also less fire resistant than aluminum and will slowly burn.

3. Wood:

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Wood siding has a look all of it’s own. While vinyl sidings can mimic the look of wood, they will never be able to match the rich, dimensional look that wood provides. However, wood is substantially more expensive than vinyl, and requires much more maintenance. In order for wood to last, you should expect to paint or reseal it every 3-5 years. Properly maintained, wood siding can last for 100 years or more, but if poorly maintained, you will quickly see signs of rot and pests. Wood is also very flammable, another factor to consider.

4. Fiber-Cement:

Fiber Cement

Fiber-cement is becoming increasingly popular these days. It is cheaper than wood, with a similar look, but is maintenance free like vinyl. Also available in forms that look like brick and stucco, but is much less expensive. It is fireproof, and properly maintained, it will last 25-50 years or more. However, it is more difficult to install than other types of siding, and requires special tools. It is also prone to moisture problems, so if you live in a very wet climate, it may not be your best option.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.

Siding Questions: Important Tips for Homeowners From ASR

Siding Questions

Siding Questions:

In today’s post our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss some commonly asked siding questions we receive. We also give homeowners some tips about trims and sidings.

Some Basic Knowledge:

Basics

Our team here as diligently come up with a few basic siding questions. We see a lot of these during our work. In our expert opinion, these siding questions wen unanswered can become a cause of concern for homeowners later on.

1. How to Choose Your Siding Color:

Color Siding Questions

This is one of the most frequent siding questions we receive. Our usual advice regarding color siding questions go for symmetry. Homeowners should choose colors that compliment the neighborhood colors as well as their own home’s colors. Color siding questions are also important because they reflect on homeowner’s personal taste and preferences as well.

2. How Long Do Sidings Last?

Roof Life Expectancy

This is also one of the popular siding questions. Homeowners can expect our sidings to last at least 30 years but most likely, they will outlast that number it will outlast you. We see very few siding repair jobs if they have been installed properly. One quick advice from our team is to pick a siding that is optimal for home’s climate conditions. This ensure a greater lifespan.

3. Will Siding Require Maintenance?

Proper Shingles Installation

The easy answer to it is this: maybe. Nothing on the outside of any home is ever maintenance free. That said, sidings require bare minimum attention. Homeowners can easily wash the sidings and they might require new paint after 10-15 years. But that is about the extent of it.

4. Are Sidings Expensive to Repair or Replace?

Roof Financing

This is also one of the common siding questions we receive. Obviously costs matter a lot to both contractors and customers. In general, the price varies with the scope of the project. If it is just a piece or a part of siding, things can get expensive. That is because such work requires finesse and might end up causing more damage. Our team advises that whenever you need sidings job done, have a complete install.

5. Should I Replace Windows With Sidings?

Window Siding

Finally, we often get asked if sidings and windows need to be replaced together. Our team advises for it. We think it is best if homeowners replace their windows and sidings at the same time. The reason is simple: installation at same time allows flashing installation and also stops any possible water penetration.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.

Local Roofing Contractors Are The Way To Go! ASR’s Advice

Looking For Local Roofing ContractorsFollowing up on our theme from this week, we talk about choosing local roofing contractors. There is no doubt that looking for local roofing contractors should be a very big part of the roofing process. However, sometimes homeowners pay too much weightage in their decision making. While in most cases our experts here at American Standard Roofing do advise homeowners to go local, it is not always the case. Our team advises that just because a contractor is nearby, it doesn’t necessarily mean they will have better service or products. Our team considers ourselves local the 50 mile radius we serve. We continue to provide quality products and service to the areas we serve. Something to keep in mind perhaps when looking for local roofing contractors.

Understanding Reasoning Behind Homeowners Looking For Local Roofing Contractors:

Having spent a fair amount of time in the roofing, sidings and gutters business, we have seen many customers turn down good offers from out-of-town contractors. The reason? Because they weren’t local to homeowners. Today we’ll look into this phenomenon a bit more and try to understand more.

Does ‘Going-Local’ Really Have No Benefits?

Important Decisions

The answer is not that simple. Yes, most of the time it might be the best option looking for local roofing contractors. Not all the time though. The one thing homeowners need to understand is cost-effectiveness of their decision. On top of cost-effectiveness, homeowners need to consider trust and personal relationship as factors. What really makes the contractor more qualified than others?

Questions to Ask Yourself:

Questions

Here at American Standard Roofing, we have come up with a few questions that you can ask yourself if you get stuck in a situation looking for local roofing contractors:

  1. Is the total cost of the project coming out to be the same for both local and out-of-town contractors?
  2. Are there any added incentives from your local contractors?
  3. Is the local contractor fully licensed, bonded and insured?
  4. Most roofing contractors have a mileage radius drawn out where they will work. Most also have basically the same capacity to cater for emergencies, be punctual and provide equipment to site on time. What is the reason for giving the edge when looking for local roofing contractors?
  5. Finally ask yourself this: Will a local roofer fare better against a professional roofing contractor who is 30 miles away, but has excellent experience, knowledge and reputation?

The World is Getting Smaller:

Looking for Local Roofing Contractors: World Getting Smaller

Yes, it definitely is. Gone are the days when traveling to one place from another was a big task. In this day and age, contractors have equipment that is mobile, and vehicles that can easily carry all required product and materials. This makes looking for local roofing contractors versus out-of-town a bit easier to consider. Most roofing contractors with a good reputation will have their geographic area clearly identified. That renders close proximity as an attribute without any real value.

Sample Work Done by Contractors in the Past:

Sample Work Done

A good barometer for testing quality work is not by proximity but by past samples of work done. Most of the time, a local contractor might just be handyman looking for work. As noble as it may sound giving work to him, can homeowners really rely on his quality of roofing, siding or gutters work? Make no mistake, there is a world of difference between the quality works of professional contractors, versus someone working from the back of their pick-up truck. Here are some things homeowners looking for local roofing contractors can do for optimal results:

  1. Ask for samples from the local contractor. Just request addresses for the places they have done work. Go there, talk to people. Look at the work done. Is it up to your standards?
  2. Checking out local roofing contractors work done is also a good idea. It shows that the contractor has apt knowledge of working in your region. Different areas have different building codes and requirements set by law. Some areas require open roof inspection while some may require additional ventilation required by home inspectors. The more work your potential roofing contractor has done, the better.

Going Out-of-Town Betraying = Local Community & Neighborhood?

In short, not at all. Granted, it is a very noble thought. In this day and age, technological advancements have made things more complicated. Consider the fact that majority of people buy from the internet from websites such as Ebay and Amazon. A lot of products are manufactured overseas and brought stateside. The internet age has rendered proximity useless. We interact with people over social media and phones 24/7. The world has indeed gotten smaller.

Local Community

There are many ways one can contribute to the local neighborhood and community. Homeowners can give back to the community by attending social and charitable events, raise funds for local causes and contribute their time and hours for all sorts of volunteer work. Look, When it comes to replacing or repairing roofs and working on sidings and gutters, we can assure homeowners that they do not want to be spending money looking for local roofing contractors who do shoddy work. This is irrespective of whether it is a local or out-of-town contractor. If homeowners can find a local quality roofing professional, that is great. But if not, they should not hesitate to look for contractors who are farther away but can still cover the home the area is in.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.

5 Questions Homeowners Should Always Ask from Contractors

5 Questions

Southfield MI Roofers:

In today’s post, our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss questions homeowners should ask Southfield MI Roofers and what criteria homeowners should look at. Our team has come up with following 5 questions which we think every homeowner should ask their Southfield MI roofers. This will ensure cost efficiency and quality workmanship for homeowners.

5 Questions For Southfield MI Roofers:

1. Are You Licensed & Insured?

Fully InsuredLicensed

While you might assume that a company coming out to your house is licensed to do so, that is not always the case. Ask to see a copy of their license, and then double check the license validity with your state. Most states have a website where you can do this in a couple of minutes, or a hotline number where you can quickly verify.

Types of Insurances:

There are two kinds of insurance:

  1. General Liability
  2. Workers Comp

Your contractor should have both of them. General liability is coverage in the case of accidental damage, like if the crew accidentally lights your house on fire. Workers comp covers the crew, in case they are injured on the job. The last thing you want is a crew member suing you because they fell off your roof and got hurt on your property.

2. Will My Old Roof Be Torn Off?

Tearoff

Second question homeowners should ask their Southfield MI roofers is more of a technical nature. When a company quotes you for a roof, they will either give you a quote for a full tear-off or a recover. A full tear-off means they completely remove all of the old roofing material down to the roof. Then they will inspect and replace any rotten wood. After that, they will install your new roof. A recover is just what is sounds like. Your old roof is left exactly how it is and a new layer of shingles are installed over the old ones. The problem with this is that there is no way to inspect or replace bad wood under the shingles, and you don’t get new underlayment or flashing. This is obviously much easier and cheaper for the contractor, and you will see it reflected on the price. Make sure you know which one the roofing company is quoting, and get the advice of other companies before hiring somebody to do a recover. While you may not have issues with a recover, a full removal and replacement is best practice.

3. How Much Do You Charge For Additional Wood Replacement?

Hidden Charges

As Southfield MI premier roofers, we can attest that it is difficult to quote rotten wood before pulling off the shingles. Usually companies either give you a quote and guarantee not to charge extra for additional wood replacement, or they give you a price per sq foot. Make sure you know ahead of time what their policy is. Sometimes homeowners get charged insane amounts simply because they did not know of these hidden costs.

4. Warranty On My New Roof?

Upfront Warranty

Our team advises that homeowners should always ask for specifics on what the warranty will cover. Make sure you ask these three questions from your Southfield MI roofers:

  1. How long does it last?
  2. Is it both labor and materials?
  3. Is there a service charge?

Also, do your research on the company and think about whether they will be able to honor the warranty. If the company was just opened a year or two ago, will they last long? How will they honor warranty after 30 years if they are not around? These are all important aspects to consider.

5. Roofing Job Duration?

Job Duration

Our team advises that if a roofing company has decent sized crews, they should be able to finish your roof in a day or two. However, if you have a large roof or they have small crews, they need to plan ahead. If it is going to take several days to finish a roof, they have two way to go about it. They can either tear off and re-roof a small section at a time. Or they can tarp your exposed roof areas at the end of each day. Make sure to look into these options.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

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So there you have it. These are the 5 questions we recommend homeowners should ask prospective contractors.

But you dont have to look further, we are certified and licensed roofing contractors ourselves. 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.