The shingle color

The shingle color needs to fit the whole picture.


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

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


A home design that captures your true personality.

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

coordTie it all together with a coordinated color scheme.

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


Beware of the HOA bylaws & opinionated neighbors.hoa

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


enefThe often overlooked smaller factors can make all the difference.

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


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

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


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

 Yes, their opinion means a lot to me

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


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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.

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 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 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.


 

Passing Home Inspections Should Not Be A Nightmare for Homeowners

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Not being able to clear 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.

Why is passing home inspections important?

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.

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: 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: 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. We covered this in a previous post as well. 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 Foundation: 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: 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.

Call us for all your roofing needs!

American Standard Roofing stands behind all of it’s work. As certified and licensed roofing contractors, we know what we’re doing. We have over 36 years of experience in the industry, Our reputation is on the line the moment we set foot on site. Unlike our competitors, we do not care more about profits than job done. We believe in never sacrificing quality for an easy profit. We stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product,both labor and material. This is something not common-practice in this industry. Please remember to call us for any professional help you might need.

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!

Guide to Choosing the Right Color Roofing Shingles

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The right color roofing shingles will help enhance your home’s appearance as well as work with the natural climate of the area where the home is. Shingles are important because roof is undoubtedly the most important factor in determining the appearance of your home. A properly installed roof lasts a long time, so choosing the right color roofing shingles is important. Our experts here at American Standard Roofing have come up with a few steps to help homeowners choose the right color roofing shingles for their homes.

Steps for choosing Right Color Roofing Shingles:

  1. Weather characteristics of the geographical location: it is extremely important to keep the climate in mind when deciding roofing shingles. The area of the house should be a big factor in deciding which color to go for. We did a separate blog post on how roofs reflect and absorb heat depending on color (and material) of the roof. You can read it here.
  2. Color coordination of roofing shingles with rest of the house: it is also important to color coordinate the roof of the house with the rest of the house. This can include the bricks, wooden siding, or stone used on the outside of the house. Our experts discuss the best color combinations in depth here.
  3. Curb appeal: your house makes a statement. Homeowners should remember that. Light or dark roofs, high contrast colors versus low contrasts, using neutral colors versus trendier colors; all these all make your home stand out and give it character. Be sure to consult with roofing professionals to add to your design of thought and customize your home.
  4. Crafting the right semblance: it is very important to provide the right illusion for your home by using the right color roofing shingles. Darker color roof shingles give the home a smaller, more cosier feel. Lighter color shingles do the opposite. Our experts advise to choose whatever look and feel you want carefully as well installed roofs last a long time.
  5. Harmony with the home’s neighborhood: most neighborhoods have regulations for using a designated range of colors on the outside. Our experts suggest making sure from the neighborhood associations before finalizing on your right color roofing shingles. This will ensure you are not in violation of any rules set in place. In addition, a house that awkwardly stands out also loses it’s aesthetic appeal sometimes. Make sure you find the right harmonious balance.
  6. Do your research before spending money: there is a wide array of right color roofing shingles and materials available in the market. Homeowners need to perform due diligence and do their home work as to what suits their needs best. They should also take time to speak to roofing experts to find that right color roofing shingles combination. This will be more economically viable and result in a better looking house.
  7. Work with colors that enhance the type of your home: finally, always make sure that whatever the right roofing color shingles you choose, they need to enhance the architectural style of your home. A traditional colonial style might not look as nice with a variety of different colors as a traditional ranch style home. A good tip from our experts is checking out similar build type house as your own. Drive around, see different similar house and see if you like their color combinations. This will give great ideas to homeowners looking for right color roofing shingles.

It’s That Simple!

So there you have it! Following these above steps will help homeowners choose the right color roofing shingles. These steps will also help your home stand out while remaining classy and chic at the same time. Remember to give us a call for all your roofing shingles need. We have been in the business for over 36 years. We stand behind our work and the material we use. In short we know what we’re doing.

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.