The shingle color

The shingle color needs to fit the whole picture.


Choose carefully, you only get to choose the color once!1

Since you took your time and hired the right roofing company, your new roof is going to last you a long, long time. That means you will no longer need to worry about those pesky leaks, BUT! You are going to be stuck with that color choice whether you like it or not. A higher quality material is known as architectural or 3D shingle.  You will notice that the majority of new roof installations will choose this option as opposed to the older 3-tab style. Architectural shingles have various benefits that make them both a practical choice because of their longevity and added protection, as well as an upgraded ascetic quality that makes the house have the little extra pop everyone is looking for. This added shingle dimension lets you play with the shadowing effect on the roof which allows customers to choose a wider range of colors that would not otherwise work as well.


A home design that captures your true personality.

Choose a color to express yourself.  If you are looking to make a statement there are numerous shingles available that use mixed color variations to give a unique and distinct look to the roof. If you are more concerned with playing it safe or are planning on selling the property some time in the near future consider using neutral colors such as pure browns, blacks, and greys. On this note, if you are trying to hide defects you should use low-contrast colors and if you are trying to accentuate certain features go with high-contract colors. If you want to make your house look smaller choose a dark color and if you want are trying to make it look bigger then it is stay with something light.

coordTie it all together with a coordinated color scheme.

Pay close attention to the details.  It’s common sense to say that you want all the separate elements used on the exterior of your home to blend together harmoniously, but nonetheless detail needs to be considered. For instance, if you have a white traditional house then you should stick with a dark grey or black shingle. If your siding or trim is brown, tan, or cream in color then you need to choose a shingle color that at least contains an element of brown to it. The harder to dress blue and grey homes need a dark grey or black shingle as well. The remaining green, yellow, and red painted homes allow for a wider variety of choices, so play off any accent coloring or even landscaping.


Beware of the HOA bylaws & opinionated neighbors.hoa

The last thing you want to happen would be to buy a new roof, only to receive a letter from your neighborhood HOA a week later stating you must now replace it because it is not an approved color shingle.  Contact them first to make sure everyone is on the same page, because a mistake like that you will only make once as it is quite a painful and expensive experience to learn from. Another thing to consider is how the new roof will look in comparison to your neighbors home. Did you copy their color exactly? Does the roof color you want contrast too much with what they had installed? Ideally, you want the entire block to look good, so do your best to help make that dream a reality.


enefThe often overlooked smaller factors can make all the difference.

Energy Efficiency.  For most families it is important to save every penny that they possibly can, so when it comes to heating and cooling, no one wants to be throwing money out the window. It may be hard to believe, but your choice of shingle color can make a difference of up to 40 degrees in the attic. In warmer climates, a lighter shingle color helps to reflect the sunlight off of your home thus lowering the temperature inside. For colder climates such as Michigan, darker shingles could help absorb the heat, thus melting the snow in the winter time.


Material can have the biggest effect on the appearance of your new roof.

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Clay, slate, concrete, wood shake, metal, and asphalt shingles are all options that are currently being used in residential construction. The pros and cons of each material is a vast subject that will be addressed in a separate article. For the time being it is easiest to choose a material that you like, go drive around a local neighborhood in which you can find a roof with the desired material so that you can see it in person, and then to Google it to do some research. As a last ditch effort you can follow the link provided at the bottom of this page to use a digital tool that will let you interchange shingle colors in real time.


Do you care what your neighbor thinks about your roof color?

 Yes, their opinion means a lot to me

 No, I could care less what they think                                                                                     What’s your take?


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Easy Rain Catchment

Got Rain?  An Easy Gutter Catchment System

 

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So you want to save the world one drop of rain at a time while saving on your monthly expenses? Then you have come to the right place!

Rain water collection systems are a fun weekend project for the family that are fairly easy to do. You can make it as simple as a rain barrel at the bottom of your gutter system, or as sophisticated as a buried underground tank with multiple filtration and pump systems.  Rain barrels are sold all over the place, from Whole Foods, to the local flea market…even Home Depot has them now. Do a Google search or click the link here to find a company near you. It is going to be a little trickier to find a commercial grade underground tank, but take your time and do the proper research as it is going to be a big investment and project.


Use gravity to your advantage

and collect the water that comes off your roof every time it rains.  The bigger the roof the better here! The first thing you are going to need is a collection basin or a tank. This can be made out of any material capable of holding water. Get creative here…unless you bury it, this is going to be a visible part of your yard. Enjoy yourself and have the kids paint it to liven up the gardens feng shui!  If you plan on using it during the cold weather, make sure it is properly insulated or buried more than 4 feet underground.  You can collect over a half gallon of water per inch of rain fall for every square foot of roof that you have. Add it up because that is a lot of water, even for folks with smaller roofs!  For most, just run an extension from the gutter downspout directly into the tank. The tank can have a release valve at the bottom to drain or you can even utilize a pump for this purpose. If you use a pump you can get even more creative, as gravity won’t be a necessity anymore.


Rainwater can get a little dirty over timeyuck

so make sure you clean out your collection basin periodically.  A best practice is to also completely drain it at least once a year and clean it thoroughly with bleach or another antibacterial soap to prevent algae growth.  Keep a close eye on the tank to make sure the winter hasn’t caused any cracking or other damage. make sure everything is properly secured and won’t tip over when it gets full with water. If at all possible, keep the tank covered to prevent bird droppings or insects from getting into it. Needless to say this water is best used for gardening or other similar purposed NOT TO DRINK.  As you get more advanced you can add a filtration system to the array. Depending on the quality it will allow you to use your newly acquired water for a variety of purposes. Rain water tends to be a little more acidic so make sure and test the PH if needed.


Another fun project is to create an aquaponics system and use the rainwater to run it. Check out this link to read further about the endeavor!


Web LogoWe 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. 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. Be sure to give us a call at (248) 350-2323 for all your roofing, siding and guttering needs.