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.


 

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.

Proper Roof Ventilation is Important: Our Experts Explain

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Proper roof ventilation is by far the most overlooked aspect of home maintenance by homeowners. Most homeowners fail to check if they have proper roof ventilation when considering repairs and other similar projects. One of the main reasons why it is overlooked is location. It is a hard to reach place. Access to roof is not always easy and same goes for the attic. Our experts go over proper roof ventilation in today’s post, and help homeowners better understand why it is so important.

What Does a Proper Roof Ventilation System Do?

In order to explain proper roof ventilation to homeowners, our experts here at American Standard Roofing came up with a simple explanation:

A proper roof ventilation system effectively stops moisture build-up in the winters on your roof, and lowers your temperature in the summers inside your home. It plays a key role in making any home’s cooling and heating systems more efficient. This not only increases the life of your roof, but also cuts down cost making it a friendly affair for your wallet.

It is also interesting to note that most homeowners think that once a roof is built or repaired, it is sufficiently ventilated. More importance is given to insulation than proper ventilation of roof. While insulation is extremely important, a proper roof ventilation is an important part of the equation as well.

Signs of Bad Ventilation in Your Home?

Signs for Non Proper Roof Ventilation

Our experts here have identified a few indicators that might point towards lack of proper roof ventilation. These are:

  1. If you feel there is excessive heat in the attic area during summers.
  2. If you spot mold or any kind of natural growth under your roof and attic area. These is usually due to dampness cause by lack of ventilation.
  3. If you see frosting on sheathing, rafters or other items in the attic. This can indicate a lack of air ventilation.
  4. If you spot water droplets from edge of nails. While this can also point to a leaking roof, this can also indicate a lack of proper roof ventilation.

Benefits of Proper Roof Ventilation:

Our team here is a big advocate for proper roof ventilation. Here are some benefits that homeowners reap:

DurabilityA properly ventilated roof lasts longer than a non-ventilated roof. It helps stop build-up of ice and dams on the roof which can cause damage to the roof and shingles. A big build up of ice is also bad for the entire building.

Airflow: A proper roof ventilation provides additional air-flow. This is beneficial both in summers and in winters. In summers it circulates the air keeping the temperature down. In winters additional air flow means dampness will not set in the building materials. Added air flow also means less damage to insulation in attic area.

Moisture lock: As explained above, proper roof ventilation also helps in protection from moisture. Moisture is the biggest enemy when it comes to roofing. It causes the building material to rot, consequently increasing repair costs. A well ventilated roof makes sure that air flow doesn’t allow moisture in the materials. A proper roof ventilation system also makes sure air is circulating adequately in both winters and summers.

Don’t Have Proper Roof Ventilation? Call Us!

Our experts strongly advise to check your roof for proper ventilation. If you think it needs work done, contact roofing professionals. If you’re wondering, homeowners can easily add on a ventilation system to an existing roof. If you’re roof has started showing signs of damage and you feel you might need a roof replacement, now is a good time as any to call us.

If you are not sure about your home’s roof ventilation, give us a call. We are roofing professionals with over 36 years of experience. We can help. We also do free roof, siding and gutter estimates. Give us a call today.

Holiday Tips: Decorating Roof Without Damaging it

Decorating Roof Without Damaging

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.

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

Tips for decorating roof without damaging it:

  1. Make sure your decoration lights are properly wrapped before you climb the ladder outside. Decorating roof without damaging it means 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. 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. Remember: decorating roof without damaging it means lights need to be secured properly to something. Do not leave them just hanging.
  3. 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. Here is a gem from our experts: patience now will save you in repair costs later on.
  4. 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. 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.
  6. Speaking of do-it-yourself, our recommendation this holiday seasons is to set aside a budget for professional installation of decorations. Most homeowners are not that well-aware of electrical circuitry knowledge that is needed. Then there is also the issue of physical and equipment limitations. Decorating roof without damaging it, or the safety of the person decorating, is best addressed when you hire professional decorators.

‘Tis The Season!

So there you have it. Hope these tips come in handy when you are decorating your home. Our team at American Standard Roofing wishes you a happy, healthy and safe Christmas and holiday season. For all your roofing,siding and gutter needs, feel free to call us at (248) 350-2323. We are happy to help!

Metal Roof vs Shingles: A Comparison

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Ask any homeowner and they’ll tell you that the whole metal roof vs shingles debate is something that can not be ignored. Each have their pros and cons. In the end, it is the homeowner’s decision which one to choose. The roof is arguably the most important surface in a home. It is the most exposed area of the entire house. Natural elements and extreme temperatures are always testing it. A properly installed, right material roof can end the debate between metal roof vs shingles. But there are many factors to consider.

Metal Roof vs Shingles: Pros & Cons

So where does that leave you? Our experts have weighed-in on the whole metal roof vs shingles debate and come up with a handy guide. It is excellent for homeowners to evaluate their options. It also lets them choose which type of roofing they want.

Shingles:

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Positives

  1. Homeowners and roofing professionals alike trust shingles. And there is a good reason for that as well. Shingle roofing has been in the home improvement industry for over a century now. An important point to remember when considering the metal roof vs shingles debate.
  2. Shingles, and specifically asphalt shingles, are super economical. That is their biggest selling point when people are debating metal roof vs shingles.
  3. Roof shingles are extremely easy to work with, perhaps the easiest in the roofing industry. They are easy to handle and pretty straightforward to put on. A complete roof install for these can be done in as little as one day.
  4. They are extremely easy to repair just like their installation. According to experts here at American Standard Roofing, shingle repairs can be done within a day.
  5. While the basic asphalt simple colors for cost effectiveness, shingles also come in good variety of styling options as well. Thicker, high-end laminate ones are available in the market with variety of colors as well. Something to consider when debating metal roof vs shingles option.
  6. Shingles have a proven record for decent performance in the industry. Depending on the make and line, shingles come with manufacturer warranties for generally up to 20 years.

Negatives

  1. The common consensus among roofing professionals is that shingles do not hold up well to severe weather conditions. Shingles that are element-resistant are available, but they are usually twice as expensive. They are more prone to have mildew and moss etc. This can shorten their lifespan. A big con when considering the metal roof vs shingles debate.
  2. Shingles can be quiet heavy on the roof. This is especially true for higher-end shingles. This is because expensive shingles are thicker, textured and laminated.
  3. While shingles may have styling options, they ultimately have a dull outlook when comparing metal roof vs shingles.
  4. Shingles have a much shorter lifetime than metal roofs. They are also dependent on how much maintenance a homeowner provides.
  5. Finally, shingles are harder to recycle when comparing metal roof vs shingles.

Metal Roof:

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Positives

  1. Metal roof are the lightest in the industry. The kind of metal is varied. It can be anything from the lightest aluminum to heavier steel. But it is still lighter in weight than shingles installed on the roof.
  2. Roofing professionals agree on the higher durability and longevity when comparing metal roof vs shingles. Copper and zinc metal roofs in Europe are known to have lasted for over a century.
  3. Metal roofs have a longer warranty from manufacturers. Most generally offer a 50 year limited warranty. That is much higher than a standard 20 year offered on shingles.
  4. Our experts suggest that metal roofs have excellent wind-resistance. They are fireproof and excellent in preventing leaks as well. Some insurance companies even provide lower premiums on metal roofs. This exceptional performance in harsh weather conditions is a must to consider when comparing metal roof vs shingles.
  5. Metal roofs are usually made from recycled content and are highly recyclable. They are also very energy-efficient. An important point to consider comparing metal roof vs shingles is that they are highly environment friendly.

Negatives

  1. Costliness is a metal roof’s biggest downfall. They are very expensive. On average, our experts suggest metal roofs cost three times as much as a shingled roof. Stainless steel, copper and zinc metal roofs can cost even more.
  2. Metal roofs are not that common in residential settings. This might give a feeling that metal roof vs shingles, are not as aesthetically pleasing.
  3. Past perception issues can play a big role in metal roof vs shingles debate. Long ago, basic metal roofs corroded in under a decade. Coastal areas had metal roof buildings with rust on them as well. These days, newer metal roof and products are treated specifically with new-age technology for durability. However, age-old perception can become quite a negative when deciding between metal roof vs shingles.
  4. Low end steel roofs and products are still available in the market. Our experts advise against using them. They tend to be thinner and lower quality build. That consequently makes them less durable.

Metal Roof vs Shingles: The Verdict

Verdict Metal Roof vs Shingles

Our experts say that the final decision is always the homeowners. Both materials are versatile, offering diversity in different areas. Both have their pros and cons as well. But for the metal roof vs shingles debate, in the end, it all depends on what the homeowners prefer.

So there you have it! Remember to give us a call for your roofing needs. We handle metal roofing as well as shingles. We have been in the business for over 36 years and we stand behind our work. Our professionals take pleasure in providing quality service and products. We meet or beat any quotes from our competition.