Shingle Blowoff Reasons: A Comprehensive Guide by ASR

Shingle Blowoff

Shingle Blowoff is Common:

Shingle blowoff is a very common phenomenon. In today’s post our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing will discuss shingle blowoff in depth. Like many Metro Detroit Michigan residents discovered this winter, wind is a very powerful force. Every year the storms blow in, and leave wreckage in their wake. Unfortunately, that wreckage sometimes includes shingles from your roof.

What To Do:

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If you wake up and see shingles all over your yard, the first thing to do is call a few roofers to get a couple of estimates. Have a tarp installed. The quicker you can do this, the better. Exposed elements can cause more damage and leaks to your home.

Get a Professional Opinion:

Expert Advice

Even though you might only see shingles blown off on the ground, there could be more damage that you can’t see from the ground. Hail can crack shingles and damage flashing for example, but you won’t be able to see that unless you are up on the roof. The best plan is to bring out a professional as soon as possible.

Was the Roof Installed Properly?

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Ask your contractor why the shingles blew off. Most shingles withstand 100mph winds. Check your shingles for installation if they are blowing off.

Technical Reasons for Shingle Blowoff:

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There are a couple of things that could be happening resulting in a shingle blowoff.

  1. Each shingle has a strip across the top of it where the nails have to be placed. If the roofer was lazy and landed a few nails off of the strip, then that shingle hasn’t been securely fastened. Check to see if this was a reason.
  2. Each shingle also has an adhesive strip on the back which needs to be clean. Dirty adhesive strips can lead to improper sealing. This would leave your shingles literally flapping in the wind.

Contact Your Insurance Company:

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Contact your insurance company after finding real issue. If the roof was improperly installed from the beginning, you are likely to have continuous problems with it. We find that it is almost always cost effective to replace roofs rather than repairing them.

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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.

Proper Attic Ventilation: Quick Overview For Homeowners

Proper Attic Ventilation

Proper Attic Ventilation:

In today’s post, our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss the importance of proper attic ventilation. Maintaining a proper attic ventilation system in your attic is essential for protecting the efficiency of your home and also for helping establish a comfortable living area. There needs to be a balance between the air intake and air exhaust near your roof edge. The combination between proper building insulation and purposeful flow of air is the most important component of a durable and energy efficient home.

Types of Damages That Can Occur:

Types of Damages

There are several types of damage that can result from improper ventilation. These are:

  1. Premature aging of your roofing system.
  2. Breaking wood framing.
  3. Damage to your exterior or interior paint.

Our team advises not to undermine the importance of proper attic ventilation. Do not assume that completely blocking the air out of your home is the best decision in the long term. This is a mistake homeowners often make when installing their insulation.

Types of Ventilation:

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There are different types of ventilation that you can consider:

1. Attic Fans:

These usually reduce the heat in your attic by bringing in cooler outside air from either soffits or gables and pushing hot air to the outside. You need to ensure that your attic doesn’t have blocked soffit vents and is well sealed from the remainder of your house. Otherwise you may witness that your attic fans suck conditioned air from your house and use your air conditioning to cool off your attic area, which is very costly and inefficient.

2. Rafter Vents:

Our team strongly advises to cover your attic floor and seal air leaks. They also ensure that the soffit vents are clear and there is room for outdoor air to move into the attic from the soffits and out through the gable or ridge vents. Installing rater vents is as simple as stapling them straight to the roof decking. They should be placed at the point where your ceiling reaches your floor.

3. Ridge Vents:

Ridge vents are usually installed at the top of a sloped roof and allow hot, humid air to escape a building’s attic. A well set up ridge vent will increase energy efficiency and prolong the life of your roof. There are generally two types of vents: metal ridge vents and shingle-over vents. To ensure that a ridge vent works according to your expectations, it needs to have proper intake of fresh cool air, and equal flow of exhaust. Before you begin installing ridge vents you need to remove cap shingles and any wood sheathing. Then you can proceed with the installation of the shingle or metal ridge vent.

Food for Thought:

Food for Thought

Keep in mind that proper ventilation is as important as good insulation of your home. Locating air leaks is as important as ensuring you have a good ventilation system in place. Leaking air is damaging both in the winter when warm air rises up and eventually escapes to your attic, as well as during the winter when cold air can be sucked from your attic. So make sure that you focus on both proper insulation and ventilation in order to increase your home efficiency and prevent any potential damage.

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.

Roof Insulation Importance & Science Behind it: Quick ASR Guide

Roof Insulation Importance

Roof Insulation Importance:

In today’s post our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss roof insulation importance. Most homeowners are not aware that 40% of both your cooling and heating costs are associated with roof insulation. This gives roof insulation importance a whole new meaning. Imagine almost half of your energy bills associated with roof insulation. Our team of experts discuss further.

The Science Behind Insulation:

Mapping Heat Loss

Our team will discuss the science and physics behind the whole insulation process. This will help homeowners understand the importance of roof insulation.

Lack of Insulation: Winters

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In order to understand the importance of roof insulation, we must first understand the science behind it. Our team explains that warm air rises up as long as nothing is blocking it. In contrast, colder air will tend to drop. Now bring insulation into the equation as this highlights the importance of roof insulation. Now think of a roof without insulation. If a homeowner is heating a room, that heated air will go up and touch the ceiling. This will end up warming the ceiling. Without insulation, this warmth gets transferred through the ceiling, and outside the home.

Thermal Cycle Effect:

Thermal Cycle Effect

In addition, this loss of the heat results in the cooler air ‘dropping’ in the room. Consequently, you end up with a cycle of cold air dropping down and warm air going up. This is called thermal cycle effect. This will end in homeowners losing a lot of warmth. Homeowners will have to crank up their hearts and furnaces to keep a home warm. As our readers can see, this will end up with high energy bills.

Lack of Insulation: Summers

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Now consider the importance of roof insulation during summer times. During a hot day the roof space gets very hot. The ceiling and roof space will have a lot of hot air just sitting on top. This will result in everything being heated up. As the ceiling starts to get warm and starts making the air around it warm too. Air conditioners try to cool down rooms, but they are having to work extra hard now. With insulation in place, the outside heat will not get to the ceiling keeping the room temperature inside the home low. That is why our team insists on talking about importance of roof insulation throughout the year, not just winters.

What is The Solution?

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Our team advises mainly two solutions:

  1. Most importantly, get your roof insulated. Trust us when we say that it will pay-off in the long run.
  2. Properly inspect your doors and windows. We especially recommend those areas where you spend most time, like living room. Just make sure you have sufficient wind and natural element proofing.

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.

Roofing Contractor Search: What & Who to Look For

Roofing Contractor Search

Roofing Contractor Search:

In today’s post, our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss how to properly execute a roofing contractor search. We know that finding a contractors for your home improvement needs is tough. We also know that there are several factors you should consider before deciding to go with a particular contractor. We will discuss some key factors for roofing contractor search and help homeowners understand it’s importance.

Internet is Your Friend:

Internet is your friend

The first place to start a roofing contractor search is from the internet, our team advises. There are many benefits of surfing the internet for your roofing contractor search needs.

  1. It is convenient.
  2. You have access to so much information.
  3. Search engines like Bing and Google make researching a breeze.

But Still be Careful on the Internet:

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We may have established that roofing contractor search is easy. What we have to cater for is that there also are a lot of things homeowners should be careful about it too. Internet is a vast space accessible to everyone. This includes shady companies looking to get the attention of naive homeowners doing a roofing contractor search. Here are some of the things homeowners should be careful about when ion the internet:

  1. Be careful in reading reviews: if the names are shady and reviews are similar looking one-liners, make sure you research it further. People either leave bad reviews, exceptionally good reviews, or nothing at all.
  2. Learn to differentiate between fact and ads: some creative ads out there are made to target innocent homeowners not knowing what to look for. Always do your homework and try to learn as much as possible about the contractor.
  3. Always check the business with BBB: Better Business Bureau still remains a great yardstick to measure competency of a business.
  4. Check with Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor: These two are leading home improvement related websites with business listings and true reviews.

Always Look for Referrals:

Our team advises that some homeowners make the mistake of roofing contractor search by taking this step first. We advise that homeowners first do their homework and then ask family, friends and coworkers. We recommend this for a very simple reason: referrals can sometimes veil your reasonable research efforts. If an acquaintance has success with a certain contractor it also does not mean 100% success for you. You have your own needs and requirements. Our team has heard fare share of stories about referred contractors ripping homeowners off simply because they could.

Referral

That being said, we rely heavily on referrals in our business. It is also our single largest lead source. From a contractors perspective we can tell you that y cultivating good relationships with the customer base, we effectively reduce our advertising expenses. That too by almost 75%. We still do not expect people to hire us based on someones word alone. We let our work and professionalism do the talking.

Do Your Homework:

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Our team can not emphasize on this enough. Always do your homework. Know what product and materials you want. Also know how you want the end result to come out like. And most importantly, get multiple quotes. Shop around for the best deal that you can get. That enables homeowners to be more aware of what options they have available. Consequently this leads to good decision making.

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.

 

Roofing Goals And How Long Term Planning is Key!

Roofing Goals

Roofing Goals:

In today’s post our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing talk about our roofing goals and how long term planning can help us achieve our desired results. Roofing goals are important to be established if you are a small business owner looking to do big things and we have done just that.

Big Picture:

Big Picture

Our mantra is if you don’t see the big picture, then you tend to lose focus of what really matters. Therefore, it is important to find a perfect balance. From a roofer’s perspective some things are important to note for roofing goals. Business has evolved and many industry leaders have now decided to completely throw out the idea of the five year plan. Why? Because the landscaping is changing so fast. The thought is that anything beyond a one year projection is just a hypothetical fantasy. Even in the home improvement industry, we are seeing things progress quicker and quicker.

Internet is our Friend:

Internet

There are some new up and coming and older companies on the internet these days. For a small roofing business to succeed integrating with these is a great idea. Additionally, there are countless other startup companies that are attempting to infiltrate this murky landscape. Some succeed and some burn out quickly. It is up to the small businesses to know who to invest with and make sure that they have short-term goals ready for long-term success.

Small Business Owner Advice:

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So then, as a small business owner, where do you focus your time and efforts? Constructive short term goals is the answer. Question yourself this: is there any way that you can position yourself to be in a favorable position when something like this happens? The decision might be a gamble but it will be smart decision nonetheless. Finally, we think it is better to at least try something in the interim, and if at all possible to accomplish goals that will serve a short term purpose as well.

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.

 

Synthetic Versus Felt Underlayment? A Brief Overview by ASR

Synthetic versus felt underlayment

Synthetic Versus Felt Underlayment:

In today’s post, our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss synthetic versus felt underlayment. Deciding the best underlayment option for your project can be challenging. In order to make the right decision, you need to understand what alternatives for roofing underlayment. Homeowners also need to consider the value they deliver after installments.

Things To Consider:

Pros & Cons

Our team advises that homeowners should always consider the following two things when considering underlayment:

  1. Pros and Cons of the types of underlayment.
  2. Specific uses of these underlayments.

Questions to Ask Yourself:

Questions

It is not easy choosing between synthetic versus felt underlayment. Our panel of experts advise asking yourself the following questions:

  • Do I need a more durable and water resistant underlayment?
  • Is roof in need of vapor protection?
  • Do I need protection from likely storm damage?
  • Do I need protection from resins?
  • How much am I looking to spend?

Consider Needs of the Project:

Needs of The Project

Synthetic versus felt underlayment is not an easy decision. It becomes easy however once homeowners consider the needs of the project. Every project is different. Some important facts to consider when deciding between synthetic or felt underlayment are as follows:

  1. Usage.
  2. Budget.
  3. Durability.
  4. Safety.

Deciding between these factors is important. It also varies individually based on circumstances and resources at hand. For example, metal or slate roof requires different vapor protection than that of a standard asphalt shingle underlayment. On the other hand, synthetic underlayment might be safer for a steeper roof which requires a better walking surface.

Types of Underlayment:

Below we will discuss both synthetic underlayment and roofing felt. As we explained earlier, choosing which ones depends completely on what homeowners specific need and requirements.

1. Roofing Felt:

Felt Underlayment

In simple words roofing felt is a felt paper inundated in a compound consisting of asphalt and other water resistant materials to achieve a coating sheath. Felt usually comes in #15 or #30 rolls, which are 36 inches wide. This type of underlayment will be ideal for you if your budget is limited. It has been used quite a bit by commercial roofing companies and has proven to be durable and reliable. In addition, felts offer ideal fire rating and do not burn quickly.

2. Synthetic Underlayment:

Synthetic or Felt Underlayment

When compared to roofing felt, one of the cons of synthetic underlayment is price. It costs more. However if the price is not taken into account, the benefits of this type of material are numerous. They include: extremely lightweight, safer for walking, high durability during strong storms, water and vapor resistant, very suitable for metal roof installations, lays smooth and flat on the roof.

Pricing for Both Kinds:

Pricing

When it comes to pricing the two underlayment options, the cost varies depending on the brand. It also depends on quality and applications. However, generally speaking a 15# roll of felt costs between $20 and $30 and covers around 400 – 440 sq. ft. In comparison, synthetic underlayment may cost between $150 and $175 per roll. Each roll will cover an area of about 1000 sq. ft. Labor costs are also higher for synthetic underlayment due to the additional care required for its installation.

CALL US FOR ALL YOUR SYNTHETIC OR FELT UNDERLAYMENT 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.