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:

Leaking Roofs

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.

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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

Michigan Winter Roofing Issues: A Comprehensive Guide Part-I

Michigan Winter Roofing Issues

In today’s post we discuss one of the two most common Michigan winter roofing issues. We will go in detail on the first issue today and will follow up with the second issue in the coming days.

Common Michigan Winter Roofing Issues:

Here at American Standard Roofing, our experts agree that two most common winter roofing issues are:

  1. Ice Dams & Buildup
  2. Leaking Roofs

As mentioned above, for the sake of brevity, we will go over Ice Dams & Buildups today. We will cover Leaking Roofs in a follow up post soon.

Ice Buildup Explained:

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We often see ice buildups in Michigan winters. This is actually common in areas that have a lot of snow fall and fluctuating colder temperatures. The cause is simple. Snow melts when temperature goes above freezing and then turns to ice when temperature falls below freezing. This re-freeze of ice on surface of roof forms ice dams that cause long term damage to roofs.

Prevention Tips:

Helpful Tips

  1. First and foremost, we recommend clearing of roof after periods of heavy snowfall. Ice dams lead to shingle damage on roof ending up costing home owners a lot of money. This simple prevention method can help avoid that.
  2. Gutters also play a key role. Make sure your gutter systems are working properly providing proper flow for runaway water.
  3. We recommend being proactive. Have good insulation and ventilation systems in place before winter arrives. Proper attic insulation and ventilation keeps roofs temperature stable. This helps prevention of ice buildup on roof top.

We highly recommend contacting our team here at ASR to help guide you and give a list of services we provide. Stay tuned for our follow-up article on Michigan winter roofing issues.

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 because 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.

Common Roofing Issues: Quick Guide by American Standard Roofing

Common Roofing Issues

Common Roofing Issues:

In today’s post our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss some common roofing issues. With the spring ahead of us, our team recommends that homeowners become aware of these common roofing issues when they discover leak in the roof. This will help homeowners diagnose issues early and take measures to address them.

The 4 Most Common Problems:

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Our team indicates that roof leaks are hard to source. It is very difficult to find where the leak is originating from. Sometimes a ceiling spot can be the result of a plumbing leak in a separate room altogether. While it is one of the common roofing issues there are many different contributing factors to a leaking roof. This can vary from the age of the roof to the quality of the original installation. Below, our team will discuss 4 of the most common roofing issues we have come up with.

1. Clogged Gutters and Downspouts:

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This is the number one issue our team comes across. Gutters are an integral part of any home roofing system and are important when you consider maintenance and other roofing issues.

Why Are Gutters Important?

Debris, if not cleaned up, turns into sludge in the gutters. Home’s gutters are important to keep clean for following reasons:

  1. The weight of the debris can press down on the gutters and weigh them down.
  2. This sludge can also attack the metal coating of the gutters.
  3. Leaves and debris from tree burns very easily. Debris is a big fire-hazard. Some states like California even require gutter guards for homes, to keep debris out.
  4. Another one among common roofing issues is water flow. A clogged gutter causes water to back up, not flow properly and get underneath the siding and the foundation of the home. This can have huge consequences in the long run.
  5. Gutters can become breeding places for insects, reptiles and other vermin if not cleaned regularly. Mosquitoes can become a huge concern.

All of these factors can negatively affect the lifespan of the home’s gutters.

2. Damaged & Aging Shingles:

Roof Soft Spot

In our experience, roofing shingles generally last the manufacturer’s warranty time period. Give or take a few years, off course. Our team advises that it is very important for homeowners to know when the shingles were installed. The average lifespan of shingles is roughly 30 years. Even then, aging shingles is among common roofing issues we see.

How to Check Shingle Condition:

A good indicator of deteriorating shingles is the amount of granules lost in the gutters alongside the eaves. A good method to measure how much the roof has deteriorated is comparing granules lost each year and estimating how much life is left. Among common roofing issues, this is harder to keep track of simply because it takes longer to compare year one from year 15. It is important however to know this because it can save homeowners a lot of money. It is better to replace deteriorating shingles than having to replace whole roofs and foundations because water seepage due to bad shingles.

3. Deteriorating Pipe Boots:

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This is among common roofing issues as well. A vent pipe boot is a type of roof flashing that consists of metal or plastic base with a dome shape rubber boot. It is designed to fit snugly over the plastic vent pipes. The base lies against the roof with its top portion covered by shingles above to shed any water.

How to Check Condition:

In our experience the most common failure of this type of flashing occurs when boot cracks or peels away. This can be due to prolonged exposure to direct sun (heat) or other extreme weather conditions (rain, thunderstorms snow/ice etc). This will consequently allow water penetration damaging the roof.

4. Rotting Fascia Boards:

Rotten Fascia

Rooting fascia boards are among the most common roofing issues, according to our team. Just to give readers a picture, fascia is the lower part of the roof, that covers the eaves. The rain gutters we discussed above are situated just below the fascia. Bad gutters that are not cleaned and have stagnant water will ultimately lead to rotten fascia because of moisture in the area.

Why is it Important?

As common roofing issues go, a bad and rotting fascia is detrimental to any roof. This is because a leaking fascia means moisture is getting into the eaves. This can lead to mold growing inside the structure which is a major health concern. Our team advises that the best time to replace fascia is when roof is being replaced. This can help save any additional costs from occurring later on.

We’re Here For All Your Common Roofing Issues!

 

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We have extensive experience with common roofing issues in market today. 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. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.