Decorating Roof: Some Holiday Tips From ASR

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Colorful lights on a home are certainly enjoyable to look at but it takes considerable time and effort. It can also take a toll on your roof. That said, safety is key when looking to get involved in decorating roof without damaging it. For a homeowner, decorating accidents are the worst thing that can happen this season. That is why it is important to make sure decorating roof without damaging it is done safely. It is also important that ornaments and decorations are properly secured.

Decorating Roof Tips:

Helpful Tips

Our experts over at American Standard Roofing have compiled a list of tips for decorating your roof without damaging it. These tips help you stay stress-free and encounter minimal danger so you can enjoy the season fully. Happy holiday season!

1. Decorations Wrapping:

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Make sure your decoration lights are properly wrapped before you climb the ladder outside. Always make sure there are no tangled or twisted decoration lights/wires. It also means less time for you on the roof and more safety. Fix the wires before climbing the roof. Tangled wires can get caught in cracks and crevices. This increase wire exposure chances. This can also result in electrical sparks and other issues.

2. No Hanging Lights With Shingles:

Hanging Lights

A common mistake that most homeowners make is hanging decorative lights from their shingles. Our experts have seen people making holes in shingles and roofs to hang lights. This is a major no-no. Why? Because it can let moisture and other elements in. A suggestion we have is to put the Christmas lights up with clips that hang on from the gutters.

3. Careful When Taking Down Decorations:

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It is important to take decorations down carefully when talking about decorating roof without damaging it. After the season, everyone is in a rush to take the decorations down. Ripping them down or hastily grabbing and pulling/tugging at them will only result in gutters and shingles being damaged. Take your time to remove each clip holding decorations, separately. Patience now will save you in repair costs later on.

4. Don’t Overload your Circuits?

Electrical Issues

Our crews have also come across quite a few homeowners who have been subject to electrical shocks while setting up decorations. These decorations have a tendency to shock if they are not properly plugged away from power lines. Decorating roof without damaging it means using an external, portable outdoor circuit, for safety. We have also come across homeowners who overloaded their circuit breakers resulting in fires damaging the home. Be safe and play it smart.

5. Safety in Numbers:

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Two is better than one. Always have someone help you out when you are setting up the decorations for your home. There is a wide variety of things the helper can do. He/she can hold your ladder, help carry items, and above all help in times of emergency. This also reduces the chances of damages to homes which an average do-it-yourself-er is prone to.

‘Tis The Season!

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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.

Passing Home Inspections Should Not Be A Nightmare for Homeowners

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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:

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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:

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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.

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

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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!

Ladder Safety: Part II Continuation of Helpful Tips by ASR

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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:

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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:

 

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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.

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

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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:

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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!

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

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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!

The shingle color

The shingle color needs to fit the whole picture.


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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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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. 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.

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!


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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.