Residential Roof Maintenance: Tips From American Standard Roofing

Residential Roof Maintenance

Residential Roof Maintenance:

Residential roof maintenance is an important part of home improvement. In today’s pot, our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing will discuss residential roof maintenance in detail. While we have covered this numerous times in the past, this issue is important enough for us to write about it again.

Michigan Extreme Weather:

Severe Weather

Michigan’s weather is not a secret. We have an extreme temperature be it the bitter winters, the harsh rainfall season or even the glorious sunny warm days. Homeowners always want their roofs to withstand this extreme weather. Our team here believes in the saying “prevention is better than cure”. We find that is is considerably easier and affordable to keep a roof well-maintained rather than having to make major repairs or replace it after a disaster. Roofs here in Michigan face strong winds, hail, ice, snow and intense sunlight. It is essential that they are properly maintained.

Good Tips:

Helpful Tips

Our team has come up with these very basic yet effective tips for homeowners. Follow these preventive tips and you might not have to shell out big bucks in repairs and replacements later on. These basic tips are as follows:

1. Keep Debris Away:

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The first tip we like to give for preventive residential roof maintenance is this: keep debris away from your roof. Leaves and other small branches like wood can retain moisture. This will harm your roof over time. It can also become a fire hazard as debris can catch fire rather easily. We also recommend homeowners check building’s gutters and downspouts to ensure that debris is not clogging thereby forcing water to back up into the roof and other areas. This can cause damage to the structure. In short, by trimming trees and keeping debris away from building structure, homeowners can avoid costly repairs.

2. Regular Roof Inspections:

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Our team also recommends regular roof inspections for good residential roof maintenance. We recommend periodic inspections to make sure the roof stays maintained. An inspection will also show any weaknesses like cracks, cuts or damages. We install a lot of shingled roofs. For shingled roofs, we highly recommend checking for missing shingles. For metal roofs, we advise to keep an eye out for dents and rust marks.

3. Standing Water Is Bad:

Emergency Exceptions

Standing water anywhere is bad for any building structure. This is especially true for roofs. Stagnant water standing anywhere on a roof is a red flag. Prolonged water beds on top of your roof can lead to soft spot and other moisture damage which will ultimately lead to costly repairs. Sometimes even a complete replacement is necessary simply because of standing water damage caused to the roof.

4. Be Proactive:

Preventive Measures

Another tip for residential roof maintenance is to be proactive. Proactive homeowners save a lot more money than those homeowners who just react to issues and fail to take preventive measures. A well maintained roof also survives extreme Michigan weather much better than a less maintained one. A roof that is not well maintained is bound to have leaks, cracks and deteriorating roofing materials. This will end up costing the homeowners a lot of money in repairs or even replacement.

5. Get Professional Help:

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Our final tip for homeowners looking into residential roof maintenance is to get professionals for any job. A well reputed, experience contractor knows what he or she is doing. They can give a deeper assessment of the roof condition. They will also be able to do a better job of repair or replacement than a do-it-yourself job. We highly recommend going this route.

We’re Here For All Your Maintenance Issues!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We have extensive experience with residential roof maintenance. 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 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!

The Effects of Weather

Protecting us from the power of nature


Your home is the last line of defense

lightningThe only thing standing between you and the elements is the house that you live in. This can be quite scary if you really consider the implications. We all know that taking care of home improvement projects can seem like a never ending task. So, where to begin? Well, from the top down of course! Think of the roof like the head of a body, it is in charge of all the major functions you need to protect your property. It is the closest part of your house to the sky and therefore takes the harshest punishment from the weather. Heavy snow, ice, rain, and other wet weather all need to be kept outside of your house, but they take a heavy toll on that poor old roof over your head!

Praying to the weather Gods will only get you so far!


Practical advise to help preserve your roof.

Now, keep in mind all this information is provided assuming you had a quality roof installed in the first place. Trust me when I say, more often then not this is simply not the case. The majority of roofing contractors simply install the cheapest and easiest roofing system available, then run off with all the profit that they can. This is because they have no intention of staying in business long. They may not be licensed or insured, and simply change the companies name when the problems and complaints start to pile up. To make this short and to the point…the first thing you can to in order to properly maintain your roof is to hire a professional roofing contractor in the first place!


Dangerous and not much fun but so, so important:  Get rid of all that heavy snow ASAP!roof snow remove

Once the snow has piled up past a half-foot or so you are risking potential damages to your roof. It is obviously best if you are capable of getting up there and actually shoveling the snow off the entire roof. However, there are tools for the less coordinated or adventurous such as the roof rake that allow you to accomplish similar results from the ground. This simple tool can be purchased at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot and is telescoping so that you can get that extra reach without over extending yourself. If you are a hard core do it yourself type person check out this article on how to make one yourself and save a little money. The DIY Snow Ripper Can Eliminate Snow From Your Roof in Minutes


Properly installed, this can be a life saver!

Heat Tape for heavy traffic problematic areas.

heat tapeA solution that should be utilized for any pesky or hard to reach areas that are a constant pain in the winter times. There are just some areas that you can’t get to in order to clean them off or that seem to collect a ton of ice regardless of what you do. Heat tape will help to melt the snow and ice in these areas, but make sure it is installed in such a manner that it will work with gravity. Some people have had great success running it throughout the gutter system as this is usually the first place to freeze up when it gets cold. The last thing you want to do is to install it somewhere in which it will just melt the ice and then the water just sits there with no where to go. It will find its way right into your house somehow or another. There are heat tapes available at your local hardware store for common problems, and there are commercial heat tapes that require a electrician to install. Analyze the situation and determine how severe of a problem you have before making a purchase.


Proper air flow will do wonders.

With enough ventilation, most of your problems should solve themselves.air flow

Most people do not understand how important ventilation is when it comes to roofing. You want the temperature in your attic to match that outside, and the only way to ensure this is with the proper installation of intake and output vents. With the temperatures closely matched you minimize the condensation and thus likelihood of the roof wood rotting or growing mold. When a roof is well ventilated rarely will you see any major issues with ice damning except in low slope areas. A commonly overlooked mistake is when the bathroom or dryer vents are dumping right into the attic. These need to be properly vented using a roof jack so that they do not cause unwanted temperature fluctuations & excess moisture from getting in your attic.


Animals love to find soft spots so they can make their new homes in your roof!

If you suspect any rotten wood up there, it is best to replace it sooner then later.

squirrel houseThe smallest of leaks can cause moisture to rot away that wood quicker then you would ever believe. As cute as they may seem you really do not want to deal with any animals taking up residence in your residence. Animals such as squirrels and birds will literally spend an entire day searching for that one soft spot that they can continue to chew until a hole straight into the attic has been formed. Once inside, getting them out can be tougher then evicting dead beat tenants from a rental property. If you have any concern about questionable looking wood on or around your roof, call a professional out as soon as possible. Better to be safe then sorry. Wood replacement is not all that expensive, and will save you a fortune in the long run by preventing the need for some major repairs.

Personal Sob Stories:

Have you ever delayed a roof repair only to suffer major consequences?

  •  Yes, it was a horrible mistake I will never make again
  •  No, we are lucky and should play the lotto!

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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.


 

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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.

After the Storm: From the Vault

man-magnifying-glass-looking-coins-17275480Take a close look at your roof after the storm


These recent storms have created a lot of problems in Michigan,

from downed power lines to uprooted trees. But the most common type or problem most of our customers have had to deal with involve roofing.  The obvious storm related problems are easy enough to spot, such as shingles missing, holes, or gutter damage. But there are many other signs you need to look out for that are subtle and can be easily overlooked. If these issues are not addressed in a timely fashion they can lead to bigger problems down the road, from major leaks all the way to wood rot and structural damage.


Emergency calls from entire subdivisions

that all required immediate installation of a tarp due to storm damage. The hail hit so hard, they were left littered with dents and holes. Hail damage is not always so obvious; it can leave small indentations in the shingles that you would need to get up on the roof to see.  It is always better to call out the professionals after a major storm. It is not worth the risk going on the roof yourself without the proper safety equipment or precautions, and it is definitely not something you want to ignore just because it is not causing any immediate issues.  These little indentations leave your roof vulnerable to the elements making it easier for the sun to cook the shingles and for the rain to seep in slowly. Once the shingle has started decomposing there is no turning back, it is just going to keep deteriorating with time.  There are companies that will come out and perform a free inspection for you, so take advantage of that service.


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.

Clean The Gutters! From the Vault

We all know that we’re supposed to clean and maintain our gutters, but do we know why?


A clean gutter system will channel rain water from your roof, through the down spouts, and safely out away from your home and foundation. When leaves, twigs, and otherdirty-gutters debris begin to build up in your gutters, water flow begins to slow down, sometimes stopping all together.  Rain comes, gutters begin to overflow & dump rain water down the side of your home and right onto your foundation. This can lead to basement leaks, dampness, and mold. Water could also travel down behind your siding and leak in through the wall, ruin ceilings, rot fascia boards, and destroy roofing material.wpid-img_20140430_160553585.jpg


03-ice-damClean gutters are also imperative in the winter. When gutters are full of debris they hold standing water. In the winter, this freezes over and allows ice to build up. Just the weight of the ice can rip gutters and siding off the house. Even worse, ice and melt water can back up under the shingles, causing leaks and interior damage that is not covered by warranty.  This would fall under ice damming, and it is definitely something to watch out for here in Michigan.


So the moral of the story? Clean your gutters! Don’t want to do it yourself? Don’t worry, there are tons on handyman companies that would love to do it for you.


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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.

Homeowners Dilemma: How To Get Rid Of Woodpeckers

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Wondering how to get rid of woodpeckers?

Here at American Standard Roofing, we get a lot of questions from homeowners who are inquisitive about woodpeckers. While everyone enjoys the birds singing, flowers blossoming and bees buzzing, no homeowner wants woodpeckers pecking on the outside of their home damaging it. The most frequently asked question is the most important one: how to get rid of woodpeckers. Homeowners in particular are interested to knowing about preventive measure that can be taken to limit the damage caused by woodpeckers. Another most frequently asked question we get is why these woodpeckers hammer on the outside of the houses.

Our experts have done some research on how to get rid of woodpeckers. We will discuss all of these important issues and give some tips and advice on how to keep your home woodpecker free and how to get rid of woodpeckers the safe way.

Why do Woodpeckers peck on the outside of my home?

In order to learn how to get rid of woodpeckers, readers first need to learn on why woodpeckers hammer on the outside of the house. According to Cornell Lab Study published in the journal Human-Wildlife Impacts there are four main reasons why woodpeckers peck on the outside of your home

  1. The bird is trying to mark it’s territory by making a loud noise.
  2. Because the woodpecker wants to create a nest. In that case the hole they make will be round and large.
  3. The woodpecker might be feeding off on insects living on the inside of the sidings and trimmings.
  4. The bird might be storing food. Different breeds of the bird are known to store acorns in those holes they peck.

Our roofing experts would also like to point out that the most common culprits in the Michigan area are the Acorn, DownyHairy, Pileated, and Red-bellied Woodpeckers.

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Preventive Measures:

So what kind of deterrents and preventive measures will work when it comes to how to get rid of woodpeckers? Here is a list of things compiled by our experts.

Lighter Colors:

The same Cornell Lab Study cited earlier also points out that aluminum and vinyl sidings that are lighter in color are less likely to be pecked and damaged by woodpeckers. The drawback however is pretty obvious. If they continue hammering, it can get loud and frustrating for homeowners. Woodpeckers usually stop hammering in the spring time when they start breeding. This is because they mostly hammer to attract a mate and to mark their territory. If you want to see results in how to get rid of woodpeckers, go for lighter color sidings.

Wood gets more damage:

How to get rid of woodpeckers? This is a big one. Wooden sidings and trimmings compared to metal or aluminum, get damaged more if woodpeckers hammer on them. A good measure would be to switch to metal or aluminum, depending on the area the home is built in.

Commercial areas get less damage:

Homes built near wooded areas are obviously more vulnerable to damage caused by woodpeckers. Comparatively, homes in commercial areas are less prone to damage caused by the birds. This is because wooded areas are more of a natural habitat for the bird.

Call the Exterminator:

If the pecking is due to woodpeckers looking for food, the holes made on the outside will be small and irregular. This is opposite of when they are making a nest (in which case the hole will be round and large). If you see irregular holes, the problem is more than likely insects inside your trimmings and sidings. Woodpeckers eat larvae of insects. An exterminator will know how to get rid of woodpeckers and be able to get rid of the insect problem permanently.

Other Methods:

According to a study published in Journal of Wildlife Management, there were six preventive measures tested to see how to get rid of woodpeckers. They also were tested to see if they could prevent long-term damage from woodpeckers. These methods included using life-sized plastic owl and fishing lines with plastic eyes (to give the scare-crow effect), using reflective streamers with shiny coating, sound system with calls of a hawk to scare woodpeckers and roost boxes among others. Test results showed that scare crow effect techniques only worked in the beginning. Later on the woodpeckers got used to them. The only effective method was using the streamers whose color and wind effect kept woodpeckers from doing damage.

In addition to above deterrents, our experts also suggest that they have heard of some success with homeowners using reflective tape and strips of aluminum foils along the places where there is damage. Sometimes windsocks and pinwheels work too. Sometimes people use bird nets for gardens to get some extent of effectiveness. Unfortunately nothing works 100% all the time, and homeowners need to engage in variety of tricks to keep woodpeckers at bay.

Be sure to give us a call at (248)350-2323 for all your roofing, siding and guttering needs. You can also visit our website for any help or ideas your might need for preventive measures for your home.

What Are The Little Rock Granules In My Gutter?

When shingles are manufactured, there are mineral granules pressed into the hot asphalt. These granules create the color of your shingles and protect them from UV rays, as well as make them fire resistant and more durable. As your shingles are exposed to the elements, it is not uncommon for small numbers of granules to come off and get washed down into your gutters. They will look like little rocks and you might see them here or there as your roof ages.

If you are seeing huge numbers of granules, to the point where it looks like there is gravel in your gutters or coming out of your downspouts, your roof might be nearing the end of its useful lifespan. However, there are other factors that can cause granule loss, such as heavy rain, hail, or damage from foot traffic. It is normal to see some granules loss on these occasions and does not necessarily mean your roof is failing.

If you are seeing a large number of granules on a regular basis, and you start to notice that your shingles look spotty or bare in areas, you should call a roofing professional to take a look before you have a leak.

 

Clean Those Gutters!

We all know that we’re supposed to clean and maintain our gutters, but do we know why?

Clean gutters quickly channel rain water from your roof, through the down spouts, and safely out away from your home and foundation. When leaves, twigs, and other debris begin to build up in your gutters, water flow begins to slow down, sometimes stopping all together.

When the rain comes, gutters begin to overflow, dumping rain water down the side of your home and right onto your foundation. This can lead to basement leaks, dampness, and mold. Water could also travel down behind your siding and leak in through the wall.

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Clean gutters also help in the winter. When gutters are full of debris they hold standing water. In the winter, this freezes over, allowing ice to build up. Just the sheer weight of the ice can rip gutters and siding off the side of the house. Even worse, ice can back up under the shingles, causing leaks and interior damage.

So the moral of the story? Clean your gutters! Don’t want to do it yourself? Don’t worry, we can do it for you. Call us now to schedule your appointment!

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