Michigan Winter Roofing Issues: A Comprehensive Guide Part-II

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In today’s post we discuss second of the two most common Michigan winter roofing issues i-e roof leaks. Unfortunately it is also a very common issue as well. Our team here at American Standard Roofing will be discussing it in detail and give some helpful tips to homeowners.

Roof Leak Damage Explained:

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As mentioned above, roof leaking can cause all sorts of damage to the property. Our team agrees that skylights and flashing near chimneys are perhaps the biggest victims of roof leaks. Water is a huge factor in causing damage to your home. Cracking, bruising and blistering of the surface of the roofing material can also weaken your shingles and roof in general. But the best news is that it is preventable.

Prevention Tips:

Preventive Measures

  1. Always stay on top of your repairs windows, flashing or shingles. We recommend being proactive during summers. This will help combat potential water damage in your home. Having these small issues looked at will help keep costs low in the long run.
  2. Have good insulation and ventilation systems in place before winter arrives. Proper attic insulation and ventilation keeps roofs temperature stable. This helps moisture levels to stay at bay. Always schedule a roof inspection well in advance.
  3. If you are thinking about roof replacement, make sure you go with certified contractors who have licensed workmen.
  4. Finally, always have good quality shingles and products installed on your roof. Your roofs condition is critical in maintaining your home’s value. And even if you are thinking about selling your home anytime soon, good quality materials will last longer, repairs will be less and give you more peace of mind.

Here for All Your Roofing Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. We will get you the loan you need for your roof. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product, both labor and material. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out

Southfield Leaking Roofs: Quick Guide for Homeowners

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Southfield Leaking Roofs:

In today’s post our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss leaking roofs. And Southfield leaking roofs in specific. This is an important issue for homeowners. Today we will try to identify the sources for Southfield leaking roofs, and how quickly identifying them can help in stopping small issues turn into bigger problems.

Very First Step:

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Our team explains that the very first step to any such issues is to stop the leak wherever it is happening. Because of the climate Southfield leaking roofs need extra attention. Natural elements are not roofing material friendly. Water, in specific can penetrate almost anything. All forms of precipitation can prove to be a roofing system’s Achilles heel. Here at American Standard Roofing, we strive to install roofing systems that tolerate all natural elements in all seasons. Not only that, we also want to make sure precipitation does not creep it’s way inside the roofing system.

Determine the Source:

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Here in Michigan, we have a lot of precipitation. In order to stop Southfield leaking roofs it is important to identify source for that leak. We all know that leaks are simple to repair. The bigger task however is determining where that leak is occurring. In our experience, when homeowners identify a leaking spot in their ceiling, they often assume that the leak is right above that. That is not the case most of the time, in our experience. Leaks are sneaky. They have a tendency to travel down rafters or edges. That spot on the ceiling can also be condensation gathering up. We have seen our fair share of leaks thought to be as roof leaks. They were actually plumbing leaks. Another one was an air conditioner leak which traveled on to that spot in the roof.

Sources for Roof Leaks:

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In today’s post, our team has identified some common sources for leaking roofs. Our team advises checking against all these things before customers can come to a conclusion. If customers are still unable to figure things out we recommend contacting professionals for best results. Here are a few of the main sources for Southfield leaking roofs:

  1. Most important: missing or damaged shingles. Also make sure seams are in tact.
  2. Inspect flashings and seals. If they are damaged that means it is suspect.
  3. We always emphasize on the importance of proper attic ventilation. Improper ventilation gives way to moisture. You do not want accumulation of condensations anywhere near the roof.
  4. Ice dams are a major problem especially in winters. They prevent water from running off and force water to go underneath shingles. Big red flag.
  5. We have seen skylight flashings improperly installed giving way to water. We have also seen old flashings give out. Keep an eye out for them.
  6. Strong winds and rain. These cause damage to even the best roofing systems.

We’re Here For All Your Leaking Roofs Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We know the background of every roofing material we use. We know how to deal with leaking roofs! 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 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.

Leaking Roofs Signs: 7 Signs for Homeowners

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Important Leaking Roofs Signs:

In today’s post we go over some leaking roofs signs. Procrastination is a homeowner’s biggest enemy. Certain warning signs need immediate attention. If they are ignored, the problem usually gets worse and consequently more expensive to fix. Our experts here at American Standard Roofing have come up with a list of 7 warning signs of leaking roofs that need immediate attention. Taking care of them sooner will help lessening the home repair costs especially for your roof.

1. Roof is Missing Shingles:

Leaking Roofs Signs

If you spot a missing shingle, that is one of the important leaking roofs signs. A missing shingle might be indicative of a damaged sealant strip under the shingle. It can also point to a critter on your roof. A furry animal running over your roof can be responsible for loose or missing shingles. Our expert roofers here at American Standard Roofing recommend removing any tree branches or modes of access for these animal onto the roof.

If shingles become old and brittle, the sealant underneath them that holds them in place fails. Water can leak into the house if shingles are missing or loose. If you see missing shingles, the roof needs immediate attention.

2. Spots on ceilings:

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This is one of the biggest signs of leaking roofs. A water spot shows that roof has a leak but it can be tricky to pin point the leak’s location. Our experts point out that a small leak is much harder to spot than a big one. The reason is because if there are only a couple of drips it’s hard to locate than a full-on bigger leak. water does not drip straight down. It trickles along the roofing panels before dropping on your insulation. This is when you see water marks on your ceilings. The best way to go about in this situation is to enroll the help of a professional roofing expert. A light spot on the roof could be condensation from plumbing or windows. But if this water spot appears only after rainfall, or increases in size and color, it definitely shows signs of leaking roofs.

3. Water spots on exterior walls:

 

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Water spots and leak signs on the outside walls is a sign that the step flashing is damaged, rusted or loose. What is a step flashing? In layman terms, this is what connects the roof and the wall.

This type of leak is very similar to water spots on the ceilings, as explained above. If the damage appears and gets worse after rains, the problem is with a bad step flashing. Step flashing replacement is not a a very easy task as it has to be integrated properly with the roof and the siding. Our experts suggest hiring a professional roofing service to install these. What you do not want is two different sidings joined together and have a gap in between for water to seep through. We recommend keeping an eye for this one of the leaking roofs signs.

4. Gutters filled with granules after every rainfall:

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This is a clear indication of leaking roofs signs. This shows that shingles on the roof are disintegrating and their lifespan might be over. Our professional roofers here suggest that a little bit of granules collecting in the gutters is not a big concern. However, if homeowners see a lot of granules after a rainfall, check your shingles. Balding shingles without granules is a sign that you need new shingles. This is because granules protect the roof from sun’s UV rays. Once there are no granules, the shingles become exposed to extreme temperatures. This makes the shingles brittle and more open to exposure. Losing the granules simply means shingles are aging.

Before deciding to get new roofing shingles however, our experts advise to check if you’re shingles are still under warranty. That might save homeowners a lot of money.

5. Cracks in shingles on roof:

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Cracks in shingles is also another leaking roofs signs. It is a good indication that shingles have reached their lifetime. If you see balding shingles on your roof with no granules, that means they need to be replaced. If you didn’t see the granules washing away but are now seeing cracks, it means the same thing. Time to replaces shingles. Shingles crack because they have been exposed to direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. It is a good idea for homeowners to check if their shingles are still under warranty. If they are, it can end up saving money for the homeowner.

6. Cupped up shingles:

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We covered this in part in an earlier post as well for signs of leaking roofs. Cupping in shingles is more than likely due to improper ventilation in the attic. This leads to moisture getting trapped between insulation and the roofing panels. When the attic gets too hot, the heat generated from under the shingles can cause them to become curved as well. Another accepted reason is that when shingles get old, their corners turn up and they start becoming wavy. Our experts suggest that age of the shingles is more of factor than a hot attic when it comes to cupping or wavy shingles. The best solution if you spot wavy shingles on your roof: contact a professional roofer. If homeowners ignore this, the problem will only get worse and more expensive to fix.

7. Black stains on the roof:

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Black stains on your roof point out that there is algae growing on your roof (shingles). While it may not be a huge contender among signs of leaking roofs, it does have an unpleasant look to it. Who would want algae growing on their shingles, right? Power washing might solve the problem temporarily, but it might wash away the granules on the shingles. That is not a good solution.

The solution to this is simple. Our experts recommend placing zinc strips near the ridge of the roof. These strips release a fungicide when it rains. That can kill the algae growing on shingles. Another recommendation our experts suggest replacing homeowners existing shingles with algae-resistant ones when it’s time to re-roof.

Signs of leaking roofs: Summary

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If homeowners pay attention to these above mentions signs, this can help them in saving money. This will also help in cutting costs when it is time for a new roof. They say prevention is better than cure. We agree. 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.