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:

Aluminum Trim 1

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?

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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.

Right Roof Contractor: Home Improvement Tips by ASR

Right Roofing Contractor Qualities

Right Roof Contractor:

In today’s post, our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss the right roof contractor for home improvement projects. Roofing is a very simple business from a layman’s perspective. For this reason, right roof contractor is a must for any homeowner.  In the roofing business, any contractor can purchase the exact same materials as everyone else. That makes it difficult for homeowners to find the right roof contractor.

What Homeowners Should Do:

Don't Panic

Our team advises homeowners to to relax and not freak out, first of all. Second, we suggest take your time doing your homework, and honestly listen to what the salesman has to say. There are a lot of knowledgeable and honest contractors out there, the problem is that a lot of them are just not very good at sales. Therefore, they don’t make a good living and end up just going back to installing shingles or managing crews. That leaves a certain breed to dominate the open market, and as we all  unfortunately know, sometimes all it takes to be successful in business is the complete disregard for other peoples feelings.

Devise a Good Strategy:

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Our team advises to use the following list as starting  points. From there on, homeowners should make a good strategy on who to hire:

  1. Price, Price Price: You might as well start with the most important part for most people. If the price is extreme, either much higher or lower, then all the other estimates you have collected then just forget about it all together.
  2. Materials: At the minimum, find out the type of shingle that they recommend, the underlayment used, and the amount of ice guard installed.
  3. Reputation: Look at their online presence and read some of their reviews. Keep in mind that if you do enough business there are bound to be complaints. It is more important how they are handled.
  4. Insurance: Just because they have a policy does not mean it is worth anything. Workers comp and liability are a must, but call the insurance to make sure it is actually valid as well.
  5. Time: Ask how long the project will take to complete and how long it is going to take to get started.

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

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors who know all about how to choose the right roof contractor. 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. 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:

Process

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:

Replacing Roof Shingles

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!

Perfect Gutter Guard System: Our Thoughts & Expert Opinion

Gutter Guard System:

In today’s post, our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss the gutter guard system. We hear the term “perfect gutter guard system” from customers all the time. We wanted to clear up the common misconception. While different patterns and designs exist in the market, no single type of gutter guard system is perfect. However we can definitely strive for perfection.

Gutter Guard Systems in Market:

Drainage Issues

There are various types and kinds of gutter guards system available in the market. The concept of gutter protection is not new however. Homeowners have seen debris getting collected in gutters for a long time. Because of this, gutters have almost become standard for every home. Consequently, this need increased the demand for gutters in the market. And where this is a need and demand, there is marketing to sell. And where there is marketing, smart homeowners know that there will always be some half-baked truths in the marketing slogans. Terms like “no maintenance required” are just that.

We Recommend Professionals for Gutters:

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American Standard Roofing has worked on almost every type of gutter and gutter guard system in existence. We have yet to witness a gutter or gutter guard system that was completely maintenance free. As with anything outside of your home, gutters need maintenance. We always recommend periodic maintenance for any gutter guard system. We advise that they be inspected, adjusted and kept an eye on.

What to Check?

Checklist

Below is a list of things our team advises to look out for:

  1. Oversized trees.
  2. Any protruding vegetation. That must be kept in check.
  3. Joints.
  4. Drains and outlets.
  5. Screens.
  6. Covers.
  7. Grates need to be examined as well.

All of these above mentioned things are important and need maintenance. Maintenance-free gutter and gutter guard system do not exist. That is a myth perpetuated by business marketing.

Product Fit for Home:

Gutters

Our team explains that cost, style and functionality vary with each product. The design, construction and composition of the guard is very important. So is the right balance between price and performance. It is up to homeowners to decide what they want.

Our Verdict:

Verdict

After all is said and done, we believe right balance is key. Market has several types of gutter protection systems that will assist in keeping your gutters clean. Homeowners however must realize that some maintenance will be necessary. A perfect gutter protection system simply does not exist.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We have extensive experience with any gutter guard system in market today. 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.

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:

Ladder Standing

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!

Planning Home Improvement: Don’t Overwhelm Yourself

Planning Home Improvement

Planning Home Improvement:

In today’s post our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss planning home improvement. Most of our customers are very ambitious when it comes to making upgrades to their homes. That said it is very important for homeowners to take it one step at a time when it comes to planning home improvement.

The Right Order To Do Things:

The right order

Planning home improvement is not easy. Our team has come across customers who start new home improvement projects in the wrong orderConventional wisdom dictates that if your roof needs replacement, you do not start painting your home. However, we are all human. We usually get caught up in the moment and make emotional decisions that we later regret.

Our team took time out to come up with some basic guidelines for planning home improvement. Homeowners should be able to bring some chaos to order with these. Following these basic guidelines will simplify your life drastically. That said, we also highly recommend hiring a professional for all roofing needs.

1. Start At The Top:

Top Down

Our team of experts indicate that planning home improvement should start from the top. That means your roof. A leaking or damaged roof can cause most damage to your home. We recommend getting an inspection by a reputable roofing contractor. Most will perform this service for new customers for free in hope that they will use the service when needed. A word of caution however: if you call a smaller company they may be inclined to sell you a repair or replacement that is not even needed. Always have work done by reputable contractors, period.

2. Work from Outside to Inside:

Outside to Inside

Planning home improvement, after the first step, should be followed by working from outside to inside. We advise homeowners to focus on exterior of the house after they have their roof taken care of.  It is important to know that it is the little things that will eventually turn into big issues. Small things like not maintaining gutters or painting every few years can come back in the shape of repair costs. Loose siding, rotten fascia boards, missing caulk etc, are all tiny things that you can take care of yourself. In addition to these things, if there are other major issues on the outside, do not be hesitant to call professional contractors. That move can end up saving homeowners a lot of money.

3. Structural Foundations:

Leaks

Our team advises that after the first two steps, slowly work your way back into the house. The homeowners focus next should be on structural and foundation issues. Check for any new cracks that appeared in your basement or any signs of leaking. If you have an exposed ceiling, make sure you don’t see any bending or warping of the floor joists. Cracking in the drywall can be a sign of too much moisture or the house is settling. If you suspect the former, make sure that your humidifier or furnace is set properly. In addition, our team recommends keeping your eye out for condensation build up on windows. The worse part is that condensation can cause mold to grow in your home.

Break It All Down In A List:

Professional Assessment of Roof

When it comes to planning home improvement, slow and steady wins the race. Our team advises to remember to take it one project at a time. Make a list of things to do. Make sure that list is in the right order.  Do not start tearing into multiple rooms at once. It is best to break it down into a manageable disaster. This also prevents you from getting in over your head financially.

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

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We know the background of every roofing material we use. We have the right home improvement tips for you. We also have over 36 years of experience in the roofing industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. Be sure to give us a call at (248) 350-2323 for all your roofing, siding and guttering needs.

Roofing Contractor Qualities: Maximizing Home Improvement Efforts

Roofing Contractor Qualities

Roofing Contractor Qualities:

In today’s post, our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss specific set of roofing contractor qualities which homeowners should look for. As the season transitions beautifully, we know that most homes would require work pending from last winters. Most homeowners have no clue about roofing contractor qualities they should look for when hiring roofers. We will break it down in this post and hopefully give a good idea to our readers.

1. Contractor Should Have All Paperwork Complete:

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We can not stress this enough. Always hire a contractor whose company is licensed and insured by the local governing authority. This can be the city where they do business or the state. as well as insured. More importantly, homeowners should always ask for proof of insurance. Our team here also recommends asking if the contractors is covered for workers compensation and general liability as well.

2. Always Get References:

Referral

We recommend that homeowners should always get references from people (friends, family coworkers etc). This can help in narrowing down potential hires. It can also help in determining how reputable and reliable the contractor is.

3. Contractor Should Provide a Clear Quote:

Checklist

We recommend this because we have seen our fair share of shady quotes written on torn pieces of papers handed out to customers. A proper contractor should be able to give a clear and precise quote on preferably a company letterhead. This speaks volumes of that company’s reputation and quality.

4. Have Designated Company Name & Address:

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A roofing contractor should always have a company name and address. You do not want someone working on your roof or in your home working out of the back of his pickup truck. A shady contractor is not what homeowners should agree on. It reflects not only poorly on the company but also the quality of work the contractor might do.

5. Certification from Material Manufacturer:

Certification

We also highly recommend certifications. Contractors should be certified through material manufactures. Many manufacturers offer certifications. It is in the best interest of homeowners to ask for these certifications. Certified contractors knows they know how to handle the material. This means clean and proper installations.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We know all about roofing contractor qualities. 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. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.

Roof Shingle Color And How To Pick Your Color: Guide by ASR

Roof Shingle Color

Roof Shingle Color:

In today’s post, our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing advise on how to pick the right roof shingle color. The task might seem easy enough but various factors go in deciding the right roof shingle color.

Color Guide

It’s Just a Color Right?

Well, true. But when replacing a roof, picking a roof shingle color can become quite a task. We have seen a variety of customers in our business.

Just Color

Needless to say, everyone has distinct taste and preferences. Consequently, this makes it harder for us, as expert, to weigh in on best roof shingle color. We don’t exactly have a one size fits all formula. What we do have however are some good tips for homeowners.

Observe Other Homes:

Observe

Our team recommends observing homes and neighborhoods with colors you have in mind. We also advise particularly noting different combinations of exterior facades such as trim, brick, stone and/or siding. Once homeowners have shortlisted the homes and neighborhoods they like, they can then shortlist. This will help in giving homeowners a real feel of what their home may look like.

Get Sample Shingles from Us!

Sample

Roof shingle color is very important. Our team advises that it is always best to get full size samples. This will show how the roof shingle color looks in person. Always get a full-size sample from the contractor as they have those. Our team highly recommends not to make a final shingle color selection from manufacturer sales brochures. They do not show the real colors and do not give a fair idea.

Available Colors:

Available Now

Our team explains that some colors may not be available in certain geographic areas. Homeowners should always contractors about availability. Roof shingle color can get very deceptive. We advise customers to look very closely at granules of the shingles. In addition, we also advise making sure you keep in mind the siding and other neighborhood home colors. You want your home to stand out, but only in a good way.

Check Previous Work from Contractor:

Sample Work

Finally, this is a big one. Once color preferences have been narrowed, homeowners should always ask contractors addresses of some homes where complete installs have been performed. It is good to take an idea. It’s worth the time to drive by and have a look. It is easy as well because most roofs can be viewed from the street. That should give a great idea how potential home would look like.

We Have You Covered!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We have extensive experience with roof shingle colors. With 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.