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!

Simple Guide to Roofing Companies That Finance

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While there are many roofing companies that finance, homeowners need to do due diligence for best results. Looking for ways to pay for your new roof is no easy task. We have created a simple guide on roofing companies that finance after thorough research, weighing-in on options and different essential factors.

Why the Roof?

Roofs are an essential part of any building or house. They protect the inside of the building from natural elements such as all sorts of precipitation and extreme temperatures. Needless to say, without a roof, a building is incomplete. A perfect roof is even more important for your home. It improves the aesthetics as well as durability of the home. That is why paying special attention to roofing companies that finance is an essential ingredient of the entire mix. A new roof can be costly, tiresome and downright depressing to figure out small details. Details like how to pay for labor, products, services etc.

Fortunately for our readers, we have done most of the work for you guys. In today’s post, we will talk about different options for loans, rebates, and methods helpful to you. This will essentially cut your time in half when you are researching on roofing companies that finance.

Quick Glance at Roofing Companies That Finance:

Government Loans & Rebates

FHA Loan

A loan called Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Title I is available to US citizens looking for roofing companies that finance.This loan includes roof financing. Most property owners with limited home equity and good credit generally get qualified for this. How this works is very simple. A bank will or a qualified lender will provide these loans from their own funds and FHA insures them against any loss they might take. This can include roofs and even renovations to some luxury items like new patio, swimming pools, outside fireplaces etc. More information on roof financing can be obtained from the program’s website.

Energy Efficient Roofing

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For homeowners looking into energy efficient roofing solutions, we strongly recommend contacting Department of Energy. There are multiple rebates and tax credits available that can apply towards a new roof. We also highly recommend checking out Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy. Their website can be accessed here. DSIRE has multiple incentives for making energy improvements to any home and also helps in financing. This can help in eliminating or short-listing the search for roofing companies that finance.

Credit Cards

Credit Cards

No interest credit cards are also a good way for your roof financing. Homeowners do need to have good credit to qualify for that however. An excellent tip from our experts here at American Standard Roofing is that homeowners should avoid charging anything else to this card. This will make the card roof specific eliminating need for further search of roofing companies that finance. Homeowners should break up the cost into twelve monthly payments. It is a great option for homeowners if they are organized and careful.

Home Equity Line of Credit

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Homeowners have another option as well. A line of credit that uses an owner’s home as a collateral. It is called Home Equity Line of Credit. The information brochure for HELOC can be accessed over here. This type of line of credit is generally only used for large expenses. They can include medical bills and necessary home improvements. A good idea is to draw on this line of credit. Then finance a new roof with this credit, and pay it all off over time eliminating further need for search of roofing companies that finance.

Savings

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The best option for getting your roof done, among all these roofing companies that finance, is drawing from your savings. Start putting away a fixed amount that you can spare, into your savings account. This is very important if you know that you will need a new roof in a few years. Even if homeowners are able to pay a quarter of the new roof’s price, it will make a world of difference on their wallets.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it. Having a new roof is not hard. It simply requires proper knowledge of roofing companies that finance. It also depends on available resources at hand. In addition it also requires considerable patience from the homeowners. For above mentioned or other ways of getting a loan, feel free to call us. We have been in the roofing business for over 36 years. We also know of multiple independent financing and loaning institutions as well that can help. Give us a call for any of your roofing needs. We’ll be happy to help.

Homeowners Beware: Do Not Let Scammers Enter Your Home

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Here at ASR, customer safety and protection are our priority #1. We want to divert the attention of our readers to this post from Betty Sexton of KKTV11 News:

I want to pass on another reason to be very careful about opening your door to a stranger. A Colorado Springs couple who live on the north side of the city tell me they’re still shaken about their experience.

Even though they have a “No Soliciting” sign on their front door, a man rang the doorbell, claiming to be a roofer, offering to help them for free. They now believe he had an ulterior motive.

The so-called roofer said he noticed a few loose shingles on the couple’s roof. He told them if they had some hot water, he had the glue and material to fix the problem. They tell me, “He seemed like a real nice guy. I think he had a gift of gab.” They say the man, in his late 20s, about 5-foot-5 with a muscular build and dark hair was driving a royal blue Ford pickup truck. The man reportedly got some items out of the back of his truck and seemed ready to get to work.

The stranger followed the husband into the kitchen and waited while he ran the tap. He told him the water had to be really hot. Then the man claimed the water wasn’t hot enough. He insisted that they boil the water.

That’s when the husband got suspicious. Out of the corner of his eye he noticed movement and saw another man had somehow entered their house and was heading out of the bedroom area of their home.

When the husband confronted the second man, who also had dark hair but was younger and smaller, the so-called roofer reportedly said, “Oh, this is my brother. His name is Joey. He’s looking under your ceiling for water leaks.” Neither the husband nor the wife bought that story. They said the first man never talked about a second man and they have no idea how or when he got into their home. Both men were then ordered out.

The husband told me, “It scared the hell out of me.” his wife said, “I still don’t feel very safe.”

The couple called 911 and a police officer came out and took a report. They checked, but don’t believe anything is missing. The couple feels lucky. They’ve beefed up security and want to share their story so others won’t be as trusting as they were.

I’ve told you about a few other cases where homeowners have allowed a stranger into their homes, who claimed to be with Colorado Springs Utilities. They later learned the man was a crook who had a second, silent accomplice who helped himself to their valuables.

It’s no longer safe to open your door to strangers, period. If you’re not expecting someone, don’t feel compelled to open the door. If you do open the door, keep outsiders outside. Ask to see their credentials, keep the door locked, and call to verify their story.

One more note: 11 Call for Action had such an overwhelming response to our free senior seminar last week, we’ve decided to hold a second one from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Two representatives with the Colorado Springs Police Department will be there as well as the head of Silver Key. It will be at Radiant Church at 4020 Maizeland Road in Colorado Springs. We will focus on the scams targeting seniors.

Contact Betty Sexton at bsexton@kktv.com or 578-0000.

Here at American Standard Roofing, we strive to make sure our customers feel safe and secure. Customer satisfaction is our main goal and that includes our high quality craftsmenship, to our safe and reliable crews. Our reputation and reviews speak for themselves. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to schedule your free quote. And remember homeowners, be safe!