Roofing System Moisture: A Brief Overview by ASR

Roofing System Moisture

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:

Large Moisture

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:

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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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Here for All Your Roofing Needs!

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Here at ASR, we are certified and licensed roofing contractors here for your roof ventilation needs. We have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.

Keeping Roof Healthy: Spring Maintenance Tips by ASR

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Keeping Roof Healthy:

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

Somethings Need Attention:

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

Things That Require Immediate Attention:

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

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

Hire a Professional:

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

Here for All Your Roofing Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work as our reputation is important to us. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.

Roofing Emergencies: 5 Things for Homeowners to Remember

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Roofing Emergencies: Tips From Our Team

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

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

Inspect The Exterior:

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

Inspect the Interior:

Inspect Interior

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

Try & Contain Problem:

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

Contact Professional Roofers:

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

Do Not Panic!

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

Here for All Your Roofing Needs!

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

Safely Climb Roof By Following These Helpful Tips From ASR

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Safely Climb Roof:

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

Ladders Can Slip: Always Have Help

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

Never Put Ladders Against Gutters:

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

Don’t Tread on Shingles:

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

Never Underestimate Heights:

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

Here for All Your Roofing Needs!

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